May 31, 2009

The Sweetest Thing

My new summer drink, latest obsession, the greatest invention on earth: Sweet Tea Vodka. Firefly, made of tea grown five miles from the distillery in South Carolina mixed with Louisiana cane sugar, nothing could be better. Heaven in each sip. Have it on ice with a little lemonade, perhaps a sprig of mint, and voila, perfection. Highly highly recommended. I think this vodka tea can be drunk at any time of the day from the months of May to September without any questions asked!
May 29, 2009

Fat Freddy's Drop

If you haven't heard them...down load now! New Zealand's coolest band are out with a new album! Dr. Boondigga and the Big BW. Yay! I'm so excited to have something new and chill to jam to while I live in my car everyday!
Here's some older stuff:

And this...


Across the Wire

Last night we had a mini reunion with Tim's family, all on Skype. It was awesome! Chris & El were in Dubai, Joanne was in New Zealand, Leo was in San Francisco, and we were in Houston...all talking together at the same time. We laughed and laughed, and talked about nothing important. It made me feel like we were all siting together in the same room. Just all of us being in the same place at the same time with the time zones was a feat in itself. Unfortunately we couldn't connect with my mother-in-law who was flying somewhere over Mexico on her way to Peru. But 4 out of 5 ain't too bad! Do you use Skype? I am amazed by it, all talking at the same time, through our computers for free. How does it work??? Isn't technology amazing but kinda freaky at the same time?


May 28, 2009

South American Style

With my Dad in Brazil right now, and my mother-in-law leaving for Peru today, I have South America on the brain! Doesn't this farm house in Sao Paulo look lovely? I haven't been to South America yet, have you? Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru are on my bucket list!

May 27, 2009

Memorial Day

I'm a little late on this one, I'm always late, hence the name of this blog. But better late than never right? I would like to honor this year's Memorial Day with this photo of my paternal grandparents. Judge and Mrs. Leon J. LeSueur. Aren't they adorable? They are in England in this picture, 1945, in their wartime uniforms. He was young man from the cane fields of south Louisiana, leading soldiers in France. He was sent to a hospital in England after a bullet fragment hit him in the face. It was there he met a pretty young woman from Boston, she was a nurse at the hospital where he was recovering. They fell in love, and got married there. The chief nurse was their witness, she wrote letters back to his mother telling her what a fine young lady he had fallen in love with. He had never been to Boston, she had never been to Louisiana, but they remained married for the next 60 years. They met and fell in love while serving our country. Isn't it romantic?

Louisiana Recap

We had a great time at an old friend's beautiful wedding this past weekend in Lafayette, Louisiana. When I was talking about the live oak's, I wasn't lying. These trees were in the yard where the reception was held at the University of Louisiana's Alumni Center. They were beautiful!

After the wedding we went and ate our body weight in crawfish, Lafayette is in the heart of Cajun country! If you are ever in South Louisiana, make the trip to Lafayette to Dwights for crawfish, you will not regret it. Tim was in heaven! (except when I made him pause from digging in to take this picture!)

Cape Town Charm

I like this cozy house in Cape Town, South Africa. Although a tiny space, the owners are right downtown, close to the beach, their local coffee shop and their gym. Simple is more, no?

May 22, 2009

Trees of Life

We're getting ready to go to Louisiana tomorrow morning first thing. It's our third weekend in a row crossing the Texas state line, driving to my home state. Of course seeing my family and friends makes the long tedious drive on I-10 all worth it. Another thing I look forward to when I'm in Louisiana, the sweet smell of the oak trees. I can't describe it, there is a beautiful, intoxicating smell that goes with these gorgeous animals, and that reminds me of home.

May 21, 2009

Stylin' in Singapore

I love to go inside people's homes, I can't help but look around, I often get caught staring! Even though my family lived in Singapore for 10 years, it was a rare opportunity to get to peak inside the home of a local Singaporean. Wanna snoop around with me?

This is no old fashioned typical Shop House~

I love looking at modern architecture and interiors. I was born and raised in the south, taught to appreciate a traditional approach. I grew up surrounded by brick, honey colored Cyprus, lace cafe curtains, and crown molding. Living in New Zealand opened a whole new world to me as far as architecture and interiors. The Kiwi's are far more European in their style than us Americans. Their current architecture is clean, modern, open, with no fuss or fluff. I kinda like it. It's refreshing, and opposite to what is comfortable to me. I like that modern spaces spark a little curiosity in me. When I look at modern rooms, I start to think, 'can I live there?' 'Where's their stuff?' 'Don't those white lacquered kitchen cabinets get dirty?'...

Sometimes driving around in the West University area of Houston, I see Bauhaus inspired town homes and apartments and think, is this where we are headed? Or are these homes out of place in the south, here in Houston? In 30 years are people going to be wanting this modern look? Is buying one of these places a good investment? Do I love this look? Am I one of the few people (like the architect and owner) who likes this? In 30 years are people going to be itching to live in these homes? Are they going to be eye sores or the highest priced real estate?

I become more and more intrigued each time I see one, amidst all the old school, typical brick and timber homes that are around them. Or even worse, the brand spanking new 'Tuscany Villa' or 'Chalet from Provence' that have just been built across the street. Those are a little out of place, especially when they have no yard. But these modern homes (they look more like boxes) with corrugated iron and sharp lines seem to look so attractive to me! I'm sure tons of people are looking at them saying, "that is so hideous, and is ruining our precious neighborhood." But that is the easy reaction, to dislike; people don't like different, and they definitely don't like change. So as Tim and I begin the search to buy our first home, I'm sort of caught between two worlds. The world of the 1920's bungalow with wood floors, charming molding and character all the way, the easy/no brainer choice, ....or a clean, modern, loft type space that is more or less 'cutting edge' (Tim's aesthetic and choice all the way).....Any thoughts or advice?
May 19, 2009

Spring Showers in Paris

Yes please!

There's Not a Pair I Don't Like....

Inspired to do this post after I drooled on my computer and passed out from seeing these wedding photos:

Giuseppe Zanotti Love...

You can buy them here, here, here and here.


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