Archive | August, 2011

Julianna Dress

31 Aug

Unique & Chic!

With a budget-friendly price tag.


Purchase here.

P.S. the whole “Don’t wear white after Labor Day” rule is long gone. ūüėČ


xoxo Ari


GLAM: Watches

31 Aug

Fall is almost here, which means it will be hot/warm in Houston for another two months. Noooo. I can’t wait to move (sometime in the future) to a city that has actual seasons. Houston pretty much has summer and a few weeks of “cold” weather. Hmph.

Anyway, fall and winter are my favorite times of the year because the weather is great and I get paid holidays! I also love to layer and wear extra accessories besides my pearls. Watches are a great accessory and I love my Perfect Timing watch from Francesca’s. I usually wear it during the cooler months though.

Here are a few watches I love love love. Prices from budget-friendly to high-end splurge!

Rainbow of affordable watches from Francesca’s

Perfect Timing Black & Gold – Francesca’s¬†(I own this one!)

Perfect Timing White & Gold ¬†– Francesca’s

Gold Rush – Francesca’s

Betsy Johnson Leopard Print Patent Leather – Macy’s¬†

Freelock – Harpers Bazaar via

Citizen Watch – Macy’s

and jumping several thousand up…

Tiffany Atlas¬ģ Watch – Tiffany

xoxo Ari


30 Aug

Fashion Maps

DIY Maps

For purchase

Where to find:

Map of the World Skirt via Anthropologie

Map Cufflinks via Martha Stewart Online

Pinwheels via Elizabeth St. ETSY

Map Wrapping via Martha Stewart Online

Distressed Maps via Corner House Blog

Globes via Art on Globes

xoxo Ari

Austin, Texas

29 Aug

This past weekend I visited my best friend Julia and her family in Austin, Texas. It was great spending time hanging out, eating, cooking and shopping together.

We met some of Julia’s extended family at Corazon’s Friday night. I tried the Freaky-Tiki Martini. DELISH but STRONG. Made with ginger vodka, ground pineapple and whatever else you throw in a martini glass and shake. Julia tried the Jalapeno-Hibiscus Martini. It was SPICY. Had a great kick to it. I highly recommend.

For dinner I settled on the Shrimp “Voo-doo” with mango salsa and the cutest tamale I’ve ever seen. It was made with banana! Very interesting. Who’da thunk it? I highly recommend this dish, especially if you LOVE spicy food. My mouth was on fire! In a good way.

Coconut Crusted “Voodoo Shrimp” with a Mango-Habanero Salsa

Coconut crusted and fried large Gulf shrimp served on a generous bed of spicy Caribbean-style mango and habanero sauce.      Served with a banana and corn pone filled tamale and topped with a fresh papaya and pineapple relish and an electric lime      and mango puree. OooOh yeaaah!

You can find the dinner menu here.


Now, onto Gourdoughs. LORDY. My goodness gracious. Sinful desserts I tell ya! We were in the middle of a round of Apples to Apples and one of my words happened to be “Doughnuts.” Well, one thing led to another, and Julia and I set off on a donut run.

Gordough’s popped up on Yelp with great reviews, so we headed that way. WOW.

For real the donuts are BIG, FAT and ROUND. They’re made fresh, so we had to wait a bit, but boy was it worth it. Well, my bum and thighs think otherwise…


The menu is below. I added purple stars next to the donuts we tried. Son of a Peach is my fave! The Blue Balls were divine. Oh, and I forgot to put a star next to Heavenly Hash, also very good. Description is right above the Son of a Peach. This is definitely a stoner hangout. The place is open until 3 am. Sheesh!

Read on if you DARE. Camera snap shots of the sinful donuts are below.


Son of a Peach and Blue Balls covered in blueberry goo-ness.

Digging in! Heavenly Hash top left corner. Right under that is a Naughty & Nice. Cherry Bomb in the middle. Son of a Peach and Blue Balls bottom right.

I think I gained 5 lbs just looking at these. Oi!


xoxo Ari




Weekend getaway

26 Aug


Beautiful design and outdoor space.

interior design by michele bonan via lonny mag.

DVF Opal Linen Wedge

25 Aug

GORGEOUS. The wedge design, the material, the brand. I love everything about this wedge.

Shop Net-A-Porter to buy.

xoxo Ari


25 Aug

Food & Wine online recently posted an a “11 Marvelous Margaritas” feature. I picked out my top four choices that I MUST try soon. The Blood Orange Margarita looks so tasty. Especially with some salsa, chips and fish tacos. Mmmmm…

See Food & Wine’s¬†full line up here. What are your favorites?

Mango Margarita. Recipe here.

Blackberry Mint. Recipe here.

Salt and Air Margarita. OoOh La la. Recipe here.

Blood Orange Margaritas. Recipe here.

xoxo Ari

Crayola Art

24 Aug


Isn’t that neat? This ETSY seller quickly sold out, but I included a DIY below from Whatever Blog. Cute name, huh? Whatevs.


xoxo Ari



Sun and Rain

24 Aug

The rainbow cake was a big hit at an Oscar party I attended earlier this year. I found the recipe on the Whisk Kid blog. The owner is so talented. She even made it on the Martha Stewart Show!

Here is the original recipe.

Take a look at this other version from The fondant flowers are precious!

Speaking of heart cakes…

From I Am Baker Blog. Tutorial and recipe here.

xoxo Ari

H&M + Houston = LOVE

23 Aug

H&M is coming to Houston! Exact location is still in the works.

Top choices are The Galleria, The Woodlands and Memorial City Mall. Eeeek! Can’t wait.


Read more here.


xoxo Ari