This summer has almost come to a close, and my favorite time of year is just around the corner! I’ve always loved the excitement that comes along with back to school, whether I’m experiencing it as a student or as a parent. And of course, fall clothes are so much more fun! I had the best time collaborating with Abejas Boutique to choose some fun late summer/early fall looks. These leather joggers could not be more “me” and how perfect for Texas autumn! I absolutely love the dressed down silhouette paired with leather. I think a lot of us get stuck with the idea that leather pants are “fancy” and/or “edgy” and not appropriate for daytime, but these joggers also look great with Adidas and a tank and are plenty comfortable enough for 9 to 5. Paired with this pretty Peter Cohen draped silk tank, though, they also create the best date night look. The photos do not do this top justice…the draping is just so perfect. It is a classic style that will never look dated, and that’s exactly what I look for when I’m contemplating a splurge piece!
Easter is one of my favorite times to gather with family and celebrate both Jesus’s resurrection and the arrival of spring. With my children still young enough for Easter bunny visits, it’s also a bit magical, so I really love going all out. I want their memories of holidays to be special and full of tradition. Plus, I love menu planning and table setting and all that goes along with entertaining! BUT I also want to enjoy the day myself…
There’s nothing I love more than a good casual pant! Jeans are such a staple, but a great pair of pants always makes me feel a little more with it. This pair of Isabel Marant Etoile trousers is so me and just perfect for this spring weather. The high waist makes them feel current, and the pocket detail makes them feel special. Who doesn’t love that combo?
Eight years ago, my husband and I traveled to L.A. to watch the Horns play for the national title. Alabama came away victorious, which didn’t necessarily hurt my Aggie feelings (which were still fully Big 12-rivalry envious at the time…I might feel differently these days!), but the trip was worth it because of a fun side trip to Malibu and Santa Barbara and all of the fabulous meals we had in SoCal that weekend. The standout for me, hands down, was Madeo. With its low ceilings and nondescript appearance, this West Hollywood Italian joint absolutely relies on consistent, authentic, delicious food to keep its doors rotating. It’s been around forever, and the celebs flock there as a place to see and be seen without really seeing and being seen. I didn’t spot anyone famous, but I did find the holy grail of pasta bolognese! The sauce was rich and meaty, and I’ve contemplated planning trips back west just to order this dish. I supposed it was probably my first real deal bolognese, and I’ve since been on a mission to find something even remotely comparable. This recipe is just about as good as it gets! It evokes that same richness, and the all-day simmering is one of my favorite things to do on a chilly rainy day like today. This is solidly on my list of go-to recipes that will easily please any crowd!
Y’all, I cannot handle this dreary weather anymore! What is going on? I’ve loved that Houston has actually had a winter this year, loved bundling up and building fires, loved wearing sweaters and boots. But I need a little sunlight! When it comes back, here’s what I plan to wear: white, white, and more white! White linen really is the epitome of springtime, and my favorite way to transition to the warming weather is to pair it with a little leather and some black accessories. It says “I’m so over winter, but I’m still too chilled to bare my toes or expose my arms.”