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Due to some issues with timing, I broke my buying trip into two separate weekend visits so that I didn’t have to take time off from work. With 4-5 trips under my belt, it has gotten a little easier (especially when BJ or Trang go too), but I often still feel like a newbie learning the ropes, being assertive, etc. I’m sure more mistakes will be made along the way, but I’ve gotten more comfortable with taking my time, trying things on, looking at details, and sticking with my instincts. I still think back to my first time buying, wondering why the heck I choose a chunky knit, almost floor length, coat for our Houston winters. I almost did a dance when we sold it – not to a Houstonian, go figure, but a lovely visitor from Germany where I’m sure it would get much more use. This time around, I had a better idea about what does well for us, which of our customers would really love a particular style, and how to filter through all the trends. It’s still hard though, specially for Fall/winter collections where I’m immediately drawn to everything wool, heavy coats (like the one above by Feral Childe), and basically anything that would only get 1-2 weeks wear in Houston. A few things that stood out to me were layering pieces like the denim crop top from Rachel Comey, a 2 piece jumper from Black Crane (the collection keeps getting better and better with new fabrics each season), and pretty prints from No.6 like the one above.

Going on two very short trips was a bit of a crazy idea, but I managed to carve out a bit of time and treat myself to non work related activities (even though my skin, sleep, and body are making me pay for it now). Before it all passes me by, I wanted to write down some of my memories: eating Shake Shack while it’s snowing around us, sitting window side at the Butcher’s Daughter watching the first snow fall do a sort of dance in the wind — it was so beautiful, randomly running into and meeting for the first time Julia from Rennes and her husband while reading at McNally’s bookstore, spending time with my brother in law Jeff, forcing myself to enjoy eating dinner alone, sleeping over with my friend Jen in the loft (the view!) her boss rented and enjoying bombolonis at Bottega Falai before our first appointments, grabbing brunch with Beth, and escaping for a bit with BJ – sometimes it’s exactly what we needed.


I got to try on some new stock at the store this week, and man, I wish I can wear Steven Alan’s spring collection everyday.

Hope everyone has a good week!

around the web

Last night before bed we watched this Spike Jonze Tell Them Anything You Want: a Portrait of Maurice Sendak. It got emotional a parts, especially when he was reflecting on death and the highlights of his life. I’m not too familiar with all of his work, but I liked hearing him talk about not shying away from the darker side of childhood in his books. If you have a bit of time, it’s worth watching.The segment where he shows off the toys he and his brother made has to be one of my favorites.


Looking forward to seeing Mav’s Beauty and Use Collection. In her words …

we don’t want to put more “stuff” out into the world. We want to share our loves and our visions, and in the case of our Collections, our creations, but we want the impact to be gentle … handmade and small … simple … beautiful & useful.


After shelling out for upcoming trips and much-needed purchases (goodbye, creaky mattress from Boston’s Craigslist—ew), I’ve put a short leash on personal purchases. I could be convinced, however, to get this saffron dress from Wikstenmade‘s newest collection. Reason number one: versatility. I could dress it  up or down. Reason two: the color is amazing! And three: with the mild winters in Texas (cf. Chicago, Boston) this would work year-round. Okay, I think I just convinced myself.

heart to heart

I had fun making the first Valentine’s heart, and kept at it. These are inspired by some of the prints that caught my eye while browsing Most are from previous seasons (Too hard keeping up with everything!) I’ll probably send some late V-day cards.

  1. Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 rtw
  2. Jil Sander Spring 2011 rtw
  3. 3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2010
  4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2010 rtw

– C

Tinsel icicles and watercolor bunny

  • Les Givral’s nest of 2×4’s. BJ and I were craving their bbq pork & pâté banh mi .
  • Barney’s Co-op is closing their Houston store. I bought one Richard Chai LOVE hooded parka for my sister Thuy and one for me. The drape and details are nice with plenty of room for layering. Plus you can’t beat a deal that is almost 90% off!
  • The weather is finally feeling like winter! I think the decorations will have to stay up a little longer.
  • Tinsel icicles on clearance + washi tape = a Confetti System-inspired project.
  • This watercolor portrait of Baby Bunny is a present from Julia made with the Christmas presents we gave her. I love her background!