Friday Favorites: 09.08.17

Short, holiday weeks are funny. I think we enjoy them because we have an extra day on the weekend, but upon our return to work, there is a need to squeeze five days of work into four days. Nevertheless, it has felt really nice to be back in the office with my team after Hurricane Harvey last week. Our hearts go out to everyone in the Caribbean who were devastated by Hurricane Irma. We are thinking about and praying for those in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas as Irma continues on her path. It has certainly been an active storm season, hasn’t it? It’s unbelievable. Here are a few things that are currently on my radar.

Design: Next week, I am heading to New York for a few different meetings as well as to speak on a panel for What’s New, What’s Next at the New York Design Center. WNWN is a jam-packed day that takes place at the New York Design Center to kick off the fall design season. There are panel discussions, keynote presentations, book signings, and cocktail parties with all of the top movers and shakers in the design industry from New York and beyond. I am looking forward to a lively panel discussion and a day of inspiration and networking. Click here for the full schedule. I hope you’ll join us for our panel, What’s New in Tech?, hosted by Dering Hall as designers Kati Curtis, Patrick Dragonette, Joe Human, and I discuss the intersection of design and technology in the Odegard showroom at 6:00 pm. You can find the full details here. Come by and say hello!

Style: Spring 2018 Fashion Week just kicked off in New York yesterday! It is always fun to see the collections, especially the various color palettes, silhouettes, and details. It will be fun to see who the stand-outs are this season!

Read: I love this time of year because all of the new fall books start being released. There are quite a few to look forward to this season including An Eye for Beauty by Beth Webb, Haute Bohemians by Miguel Flores-Vianna, and Houses That We Dreamt Of by Delphine and Reed Krakoff.

Watch: Last weekend, we watched The Trip to Spain with British actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. This is the third installment in The Trip series, which is among my favorites. These movies don’t have a real plot per se, they are more about enjoying the journey. Isn’t that a lesson we could all apply to our lives? When you pair that with the hilarity of Steve and Rob who play themselves and the stunning scenery, this time spanning Spain from North to South, it is a winning combination. You can watch the trailer here.

Eat: I rarely ever bake. I enjoy cooking and used to bake a lot when I was younger, but I hardly ever do it now thanks to the fact that my husband doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, so guess who will be left to eat everything? That would be me, so I don’t tempt myself. However, I recently came across this recipe for Healthy Banana Nut Blender Muffins on Lively Table, one of my favorite blogs for healthy, but tasty recipes. With ingredients like bananas, oats, flaxseed, and walnuts, these gluten-free muffins are filling, delicious, and good for you. I like to make a big batch on the weekends and then have one with my morning coffee during the week.

Give: It has been so heartwarming to see the outpouring and support for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and Southeast Texas. Just this week, we have visited three of our five clients whose homes flooded, which has been heartbreaking to see. That said, everyone has been in really good spirits and has had an amazing sense of perspective. There are so many people who are so much worse off. There are many wonderful charities who are continuing to help with relief efforts including Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market who are donating all proceeds from the sale of their Texas Forever t-shirts; Houston Texans superstar JJ Watt who has raised an astounding $28 million through his charitable foundation; the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund established by our Mayor Sylvester Turner who has demonstrated great leadership through this crisis; and both The Houston Humane Society and Houston SPCA who have been caring for so many displaced animals since the disaster.

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