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2012 Every year, BJ makes end of the year lists for his favorite, movies, books, songs, albums, etc . He loves it and spends so much time on it. I give him a hard time though because he’s still working on the list way into the next year. This time around, he’s finally sharing his favorite longreads from 2012. I’m going to try and read one a day. Enjoy!


Some of my favorite toppings.  We’ve been on a taco kick lately. (Mats from Anthropologie and the plate is from Angel.)

I’ve been watching the Inauguration all day while I work and catch up on emails. Later, BJ and I are going to Pass & Provisions with some new friends for dinner. A pretty good day so far. Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Over the weekend, we went for a short trip to NYC for the store. I need to do a better job at taking photos – after all, this camera is pretty heavy to lug around. We managed to make the most of the little free time we had. Highlights include seeing Jeff, eating brunch at Diner with Fay, Anne, and Jennifer, meeting Megan for the first time, watching The Master, stopping by Beautiful Dreamers and Mociun, catching the ferry from Brooklyn to Manhattan while passengers took turns reading Walk Whitman’s “Crossing the Brooklyn Ferry”, and walking everywhere. On the last day, Beth wasn’t feeling too well so I assisted her while she shot street style photos for Travel and Leisure aka I awkwardly chased down people. We got a couple of nos, but it was a little nice to get out of my comfort zone.

Hi! I miss posting in this space, but hopefully that will change soon.

In the midst of trying to find a new place, we’ve been purging. But when I saw this Yayoi Kusama tribute mobile by Kim Baise at the Menil Bookstore, I caved and rushed over to buy it. I’ve been a huge fan of her work, and her artist tribute mobiles at the Menil are so whimsical. Here‘s a little about the inspiration behind this piece. Now I’m a little addicted, and I want to gift these to all my friends. You can get custom mobile from her etsy site. Trang is thinking of getting a custom one about Igby.

In school news, I can’t believe this is my 5th year. I’m throwing a big party at the end of the school year if I complete this milestone and everyone’s invited :) I have a good group of kids this year even though the class sizes have grown significantly. Good luck to all you teachers out there.



I can’t believe M & S has been open for a little over a month! There’s a lot to do and learn, but it definitely has been rewarding. So happy we all came together to give this a go. And a big thanks for everyone’s encouragement and support. I’ll be heading back into the classroom next week, but I’ll still be working at the shop from home, after work, and weekends. Here are a few photos from the past couple of weeks:

Inside the store, trying on a Rachel Comey jacket (#1 on my wishlist for the winter), new ring dishes from Angel holding my tiny ring from Jennifer, Trang manning the desk, brushed up on my graphic design for a couple of ads, Maggie modeling…


In preparation for fall arrivals, we put our spring and summer sales online as well as a few select items. You can also follow us in these places:

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pictures from my iphone and camera of the last few days

I can definitely feel the end of summer break getting closer, and I’m trying to fight off the back to school anxieties (does it ever go away?) Last weekend, BJ and I decided to take a last minute road trip to Austin since we didn’t really do anything for our anniversary earlier in the month and the store was finally finished. It was nice to take a mental break from everything and just relax. We grabbed pizza from Homeslice, walked along South Congress, bought swim trunks at Stag’s, visited Domy and Busy Beings, ordered drinks and small plates from Contigo (I love the crispy green beans), made a midnight food truck stop at East Side Kings, ate some amazing pulled pork tacos at Elaine’s while waiting for our table at Eastside Cafe, and browsed the Barney’s Co-Op on our way back to Houston. I often forget how relatively close we are to Austin, but it was just what we needed. I’m looking forward to going back for Feliz!

Just checking in. Life has been a little crazy as expected. We wish we were open already, but some construction got behind, and it’s best not to rush things. But by the end of the month, which is so soon, we should/better be up and running. Let’s just say it has been a huge learning experience!

A few things that have kept me a little sane: loading up on Texas peaches (I think I can eat that entire bowl in half a day), watching old Felicity episodes before bed, and lots of encouragement from friends, strangers, and family. Thanks, Mallory for the card and for everyone who has helped us clean up the space, detangled rope, visited, checked in, etc. You guys are the best.