30 November 2009
I was invited by some friends to the 4th Annual Andy Roddick Gala Foundation in Austin. It was at the Hilton which is the equivalent of Sir Elton playing Choctaw, but whatever, it was fine. It was more than fine. It was amazing. I got to hear Crocodile Rock, Your Song, Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer. Elton was super cute and had a fabulous dangly diamond cross earring swaying from his right ear. A few times some drunk ladies came up to the table and had to be escorted away from him. That was kind of sad. But you know what was more sad? That Roddster and Brooklyn didn't want to be BFF with me. What is up with that?
A simple found object turned chandelier. Bobby thinks it may have been a plant covering in a former life.
Faceted tin light pendants. They have 2 more that are for sale. Everything in the store down to the furniture will be for sale, actually. They're working non-stop this week for the Saturday opening. If anyone can get it done, it's these guys.
The quiet scene on a cold Monday.
An old San Jose Motor Court hotel sign in the back of Jo's Coffee on S. Congress. I apologize, but a lot of what I'm posting today is Liz Lambert-related. Can you blame me? I love her. Don't you?
Pleasingly chewy macaroons.
A warm dose of color on a gray chilly day.
Terry cloth is so Four Seasons. Only heavy linen robes from Society will do.
French wool Aladdin slippers.
Slumber on a Haastens bed.
A perfectly edited mix of high-low bath goodies.
28 November 2009
27 November 2009
Apiece Apart is available at KickPleat in Austin, but I think that will change soon. With all the love the girls are getting from Vogue, WWD, and NYT, it would be unfathomable for boutiques not to take notice.
26 November 2009
This is the Weekender Tote. Love the navy ticking. $195.
This one, the handlebag bar, $95, is perfect for all the boho cyclers in Austin. Attached to the front of your bike as you buzz around town, then strap it over your shoulder when you're ready to walk.
25 November 2009
24 November 2009
Loeffler Randall's Cale. Was $675, on Friday will be $540.
TSS: Why is your line called Deszo.
23 November 2009
After working, I went to Brown on Ferndale. I heard of this shop from Cote de Texas and when I was in Houston a few weeks ago I missed the chance to stop in. Brown specializes in lighting - gorgeous, handcrafted chandeliers and sconces - and small gift-y things like soaps - lots of soaps - and lotions and candles.
I adore these nubby candles above. They must be embedded with bits of herbs, cinnamon, and cloves because they smelled like a Thanksgiving pie. There were bundles of them tied with pretty plaid ribbon.
So much to look at.
I do think they have every fancy soap imaginable. And the area Brown is in is my favorite area to shop in Houston. It's sandwiched between West Alabama and Westheimer where all my must-stops are. Thompson + Hanson on W. Alabama is hands down one of the best gardening stores (along with Gardens in Austin and Dallas) in the state - and each time I visit I can't help but have lunch at Tiny Boxwoods, its in-house cafe. It's simple clean lines and tonal palette are utterly chic and the menu is filled with yummy salads with champagne vinaigrette and simple, but artful sandwiches like grilled cheese smeared with herb-y pesto. I like to sit outside overlooking the pristinely landscaped green space or at the lunch counter. Of course, after that I always head to across the parking lot to Indulge, which is filled with all things French-tinged. And no visit to Houston is complete without losing yourself and the contents of your pocket book at A Bientot, an accessory fiend's ultimate fantasy. More details on all those next...
22 November 2009
I was in Super Target recently - who am I kidding? I'm in ST all the time to feed a never ending need for diapers, juice boxes, and Topo Chico - and I was pretty impressed with their private label line of jewelry. This is the stuff that's kept under lock and key and after seeing it up close I can see why.
It's all 14 karat matte gold over silver so it has heft and feels much more expensive than it is. The earrings are $29.99. Some of the necklaces have carnelian pendants, but my favorite was a black onyx raw geode ring. For $49.99 it's a super budget-friendly version of Jacquie Aiche's piece that sells for $1,825. xx