November 30, 2014

the pattern of coffee & people

after a sharktank marathon last night, dekel & i woke up early to head to houndstooth coffee, a quaint corner coffeeshop off henderson avenue, recommendation by my friend harley. the place was so my style and i loved the uniqueness of everything. you walk in and are greeted by handsome baristos behind a beautiful chrome, mirrored espresso bar. after placing your order, we went with lattes (me: almond latte with vanilla, dek: original) you get to watch a beautiful creation of latte art and then enjoy the natural-lighted space with your caffeinated beverage of choice. 

another point to make is you can even choose which espresso you would like in your shots! check out their daily offerings board below, but after choosing which espresso you would like you can see the barista stuffing your chosen grounds into the filter, yielding a special "brewed for you" feeling. 

starbucks needs to step up their game. 

 the pattern of coffee and people is what they are all about
 pretty teal barstools fill the room
 chocolate croissant & latte art 

 cute detail revealed when you finish your last sip
cool, tucked away room in the cafe & their sleeves at the condiment bar
 daily offerings board; we enjoyed timepiece in our lattes
 houndstooth, one of my favorite patterns & now one of my favorite coffee shops!
milk & honey, a boutique next door i have been dying to check out but they don't open until noon on sunday, so i'll just have to come back...  ;)
 booties from hallelu that i bought four years ago! you know you made a great purchase when you wear them often & still love them just the same.

thanks for reading & have a great week!

November 28, 2014

thanksgiving our way

my aunt carol was kind enough to host this year's thanksgiving celebration at her home and yesterday my family & i had a nice meal around the table. after saying what we were thankful for and eating until we simply could not any more, we unbuttoned our pants & watched the cowboys game. (let's not talk about how that game ended!)

in between our late thanksgiving lunch / early dinner and the dessert portion of the meal, mirelle & i stepped out in her front yard to have a little photo shoot, before our bellies got too big. ha! my mom made a version of the high & mighty ice cream pie that used to be my favorite chili's dessert, but they discontinued it, so she made it for me & i had way too many slices to mention...

here are some photos from yesterday, if you would like to see:

i wore: target skinny jeans, target top, jessica simpson boots & a thrifted belt (not pictured: my grandfather's cardigan for when it got chilly)

mirelle wore: charlotte russe sweater, target tights, target boots, buffalo exchange necklace, bracelet by sour melan and rings are from jj pearce pacesetter bazaar

hope you had a wonderful holiday!
thanks for reading!

November 25, 2014

cowl neck cravings

i want one some.
all photos via 

November 23, 2014

coffee shops & such

dek & i love trying out new coffee shops, especially on weekend mornings when we are both off. (this is my 3rd saturday off in a row & i am LOVING it!)

this time we headed for downtown garland to check out generator coffee, recommended by my friend daiana from work. we didn't look at the menu, we didn't read reviews, we just woke up and went and loved it! the ambiance of sitting under tiny white lights is magical and the fact that there are games to play while you sip your morning latte is genius. we played connect four & then headed outside in this gloomy, yet sort of warm weather for a quick photoshoot. we are loving photography more by the day and we love practicing any chance we get. hope you enjoy the below photos :)

earring from my friend monica
beautiful fall leaves, my grandfather made me appreciate the beauty in the different colors. fall was his favorite season. 

thanks for reading!

November 18, 2014

winter chill

i am pleased to report that i found a super cute and really cozy winter jacket :)
it did cost $60 total, but it's already proving to be well worth it & i'm so happy with my purchase!

we headed to old navy because they were having a sale and while the decision was between either this gray jacket or a black waist-length pea coat, i love the longer length of this one and the toggle detail is what sealed the deal. my sister and i ended up getting the same coat just different colors, it's just that cute! i sized up and got a medium, so it would layer well over shirts and sweaters and if you can't tell from the photos below, i absolutly LOVE the large pockets, super convenient for your phone, keys, gloves, etc... i went with this gray color & mirelle got navy blue and of course we plan to exchange them with each other every few weeks, haha! #soulshoppers is the word we use to describe our shopping habits because even when we are apart, we often pick out and purchase the same items just in different colors or variations. mirelle also found i also found for mirelle these adorable black boots with blue zipper detailing in the back at burlington for only $30! she was on the hunt for a knee-length black boot & they were really perfect! (they remind me of these

on another note, sunday was kind of a funky day for me.
i guess you can say i woke up on the wrong side of the bed or whatever, but i was just in a bad mood and sort of really "moping around," and even taking frustration out on dekel, which i have since apologized for, but still today i am feeling emotional and a little 'out-of-whack.' anyways, about to wash away all negativity with a warm shower since it's approx. FREEZING 43 degrees over here! 

here's to a productive and happy week!

thanks for reading!

November 15, 2014

four letter word

second saturday in a row that i am off and i am loving that!

i spent the morning with dekel, having a very strong (quad shot!) latte + bagel w/cream cheese (for me) & breakfast burrito w/salsa (for him) at dunn bros coffee, again. it was much more crowded this time but we squeezed into a small corner table until some big, comfy chairs opened up and we swooped in.

it's been pretty chilly here in dallas the last few days, so this morning i bundled up with layers in a long tank top, a long sleeve shirt and then this soft, knit sweater topped off with a hat, scarf and knee-high boots to keep me warm. since getting this hat a few weeks ago, i am falling more & more in love with it and hats in general and i want all different kinds, like this one and this one in particular!

on that fashion note, my sister, mirelle, & i are headed to burlington & old navy today to try to find a winter jacket or coat. i am leaning toward a pea-coat, since they look so cute with everything and layer well, but my budget is $50 so we will have to see...hopefully there will be some sales!!

what are you up to this weekend?

hat: target, scarf: h&m, knit sweater: charlotte russe, purse: vintage neiman marcus, bracelet: sour melan, plum jeans: two by vince camuto from buffalo exchange, boots: target

November 11, 2014

behind the lens

this past weekend dek & i made our way up to mckinney to photograph the epperson family. 

check out marli's blog here & some of my favorite shots from the day, if you would like: