Thursday, July 11, 2013

Saying Goodbye

The past few months have been tough on us as we had to say goodbye to our beloved dog of 12 years - Raz.  He was an Australian Cattle Dog with endless energy and a strong desire to play.  This was apparent from when my husband (then boyfriend) first brought this tiny little puppy home.

Darling Husband (DH) and Raz on his first day home with us.  We lived in College Station, TX at the time.  In case you are wondering if I darkened DH's face for this photo - I did not, I was just exceptionally bad at taking photos at that time!

Raz loved to do EVERYTHING with us, including rafting the Guadalupe River.  He gained many fans on this trip.

Raz also loved to play with his toys.  This particular toy - a cigar - made us laugh constantly because he carried it the proper way.  Very distinguished, isn't he?

A spring day in Texas in the bluebonnets at the first house we lived in after we got married.

He wasn't too particularly happy about being a baseball player for Halloween.

I wish I had some photos of him playing fetch - which was his very favorite past time.  So much that we would have to force him to take a break or he would wear himself out.  He also loved to climb trees, find squirrels, do flips and go on long walks.  It was really hard to lose him, but we had such a wonderful time with him and count ourselves lucky to have had Raz in our family.  Since we don't have kids yet, our dogs have filled in as our children and are extremely special to us.  DH was particularly bonded with Raz and filled with sorrow when we had to say goodbye.

About a year ago, I asked my friend, Cara, to draw Raz's portrait as well as the portrait of our other dog - Maverick.  I had not gotten them framed yet and knew this was the perfect time.

Maverick and Raz

I was THRILLED with the way his portrait turned out - I love the modern interpretation and it serves as a loving memory displayed DH's man cave.  I'm so grateful to have a fun way to remember our beloved boy.  We also feel content knowing that he is resting at my parents' house under a live oak tree.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Nick Verreos Fashion Show

A few weeks ago, I attended a fashion show by Nick Verreos for the launch of his new line for Dillard's - NV Nick Verreos.  You may recognize this designer by his time on season 2 of Project Runway.  Nick has since gone on to design a beautiful high-end brand called Nikolaki as well as to commentate on fashion for various lifestyle shows.

I always love it when designers create more accessible labels for those of us who can't afford to spend $1,000 on a new outfit (Target does a great job at this).  Nick infused this collection with his signature flirty and sexy style, MUCH to my delight!  Kudos to Dillard's for bringing in a line by an emerging designer and at a fabulous price point.  The collection consists exclusively of dresses and prices range from $128-$168.

As his designs marched down the runway, I found myself liking each one even better than the last.  Gorgeous prints combined with carefully draped fabric make this an exciting line.  It is obvious that Nick meticulously crafted dresses that accentuate all the right curves of a woman's body.  You needn't be a size 2 to look smashing in these clothes and if you skipped the gym last week, Nick has you covered.

The best part about this fashion show was that you could try on the clothes immediately after.  There was a mad dash to the racks and then the dressing rooms as soon as the show was finished.  Nick was incredibly nice to all of his fans, posing for photos and signing autographs.  When some of the ladies came out of the dressing room wearing his garments, his face lit up with excitement and I thought that was just precious.

It was so much fun to meet Nick (what a sweet guy!) and he even complimented me on the gold sandals I was wearing that day.  Blush.

You can check out all the dresses in the collection by visiting and you can snap one up at or at a Dillard's near you.  My personal favorite is the 'Heidi' dress (named after the one and only Heidi Klum) - a one shoulder number with a faux-leather waist.

I also love his colorful pieces, so I guess I should just take one of everything!  Happy shopping friends!