C + B apartment tour

Life's Pleasures

After a year of living very uncomfortably in an apartment that we hated, we have finally moved into our new place and we love it! We’ve been slowly accumulating furniture from thrift stores, ikea, and consignment shops to create a home that matches who we both are as people. I might be biased but it may just be the cutest apartment ever. So feast your eyes on the picture below:

kitchen –

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Chloe’s Room –

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My Room –

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and… LIVING ROOM –

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thanks for stopping by, you are welcome anytime ūüėČ and if you have any questions about where things are from just ask in the comments!

PHOTOS BY CHLOE NICOLE PHOTOGRAPHY

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just some summer inspiration

Fashionista, Life's Pleasures

Summer is just around the corner so as per usual I am looking for outfit inspiration and ideas. I have a lot of fun things happening this summer including heading to NYC for a study tour with the UNT Merchandising program, so of course I need to look my best! I have been on Pinterest for the past few weeks rounding up some of my favorite summer looks. So enjoy!

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Photos courtesy of Pinterest and Beehive

New Orleans

Life's Pleasures

New Orleans is not a place for the faint of heart. Charming and full of fabulous food no doubt, but come nightfall it becomes an¬†interesting and very intense place to say the least. On the first night we decided to tackle the infamous Bourbon Street, because after all we did make the journey to celebrate my dear friend Kerrigan’s 21st birthday. It was a overall a super fun night, but it definitely took a lot out of us. After waking up later than anticipated we¬†opted for a chill day full of exploring, good food and a late night ghost tour. Walking through the streets of the french quarter listening to¬†ghost stories and old legends is a memory I will never forget. Throw in a few beignets from Cafe Du Monde and loads of live jazz and you have yourself quite the enchanting city.

I’ll be back soon,

Charleston, SC

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Let me start by saying Charleston is one of the most charming cities that I have ever visited, the people were super friendly, and the houses were very pink.

Day 1: Having never been there before we wanted to just walk around and get to know the city a little bit, while we were there the Charleston Wine + Food festival was going on so the town was packed with people and the city was very alive. Upon arrival we smelled the most amazing croissants being baked fresh in a little pastry shop off of King street called Macaroon, so obviously we had to shop and grab one to-go. For the rest of the day we walked up and down King Street and checked out some of the local shops.Then stopped by waterfront park and strolled down some of the historic streets. We ended day one with dinner at Pearlz on East Bay street, and from there I would recommend the Shrimp and Grits with green beans. And then head to Kaminsky’s for a brownie sundae and shot of espresso!

Day 2: On our second day we woke up early to get to Black Tap coffee before the large crowds would get there, Black Tap was one of my favorite places that we went to throughout our entire stay in Charleston. The cappuccino was strong and the chocolate croissant was fresh, hot, and melted in my mouth. Not to forget the interior was just as amazing as what they were serving, it was very minimalistic with natural light streaming in from the windows. After a fulfilling breakfast we walked to visit Battery Park and Rainbow Row. Rainbow Row looked like it does in all the pictures that you see, but it was amazing to see it in person and the houses around it are just as charming. I was also amazed by by how big the houses were. Definitely a must see! After all that we went to the City Market to see what all of the local vendors had made. We ended day two by taking a two hour sail through Charleston Harbor on the sailboat Schooner Pride. Once we got back we headed to Taco Boy for some incredible mexican food and then King Street Cookies for dessert.

Day 3: On our last day in Charleston we decided to rent bicycles from Affordabike Bicycle Shop and just cruised around the entire city. I had never biked in a major city before but Charleston was a very bike friendly place, and made it very easy for me to feel comfortable on the road. We stopped by Sugar bakeshop for a cupcake and it was hands down one of the best chocolate cupcakes I have ever had, I will definitely head back next time I am in town! Another one of my favorite stops was Carmella’s Cafe and Dessert Bar, it reminded me of Paris with its outdoor seating and very feminine chic decor it is a great spot for an afternoon coffee and sweet.

Other notable places I went to are: Folly Beach, The Mills House, Marine Layer, Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts, Hominey Grill, Brown’s Court Bakery, Whisk and the Pineapple Fountain.

Also big shout out to The Belmond Hotel for being an amazing host!

xo

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2016

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Happy New Year to all! I hope that 2015 was all that you wanted it to be and more. Throughout this last year I was fortunate enough to travel to places on my bucket list, make several new friends, and complete my freshman year of college. 2015 was a busy and unforgettable year and I cannot believe it flew by as fast as it did.

2016 resolutions:

1. travel more / take more spontaneous trips with family and friends

2. blog frequently Рalways fuel my creativity 

3. allow myself to say “yes” to more things

4. exercise at least once a day 

5. document everything – taking pictures, writing it down, etc.

6. focus on right now –¬†putting my phone down while with people¬†

7. go to more concerts

and lastly..

8.¬†drink more coffee ūüėȬ†

 

I also gathered up some of my favorite memories and major milestones that this this year brought me. I hope you all have an amazing year!

colorful colorful colorado

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If you know me, then you know that I am not a fan of the insane Texas heat or any sort of hot weather; so obviously I was excited to be able to escape for a while and cool-off in the beautiful state of colorado for a week. Exploring cities like: Denver, Boulder, Vail, Breckenridge, and Estes Park.

A week in Colorado would look like:

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Colorado was full of little moments. Like: finding vintage shades and jewelry in local boutiques, seeing Ingrid Michaelson and Ben Folds perform at Red Rocks, splashing your toes around in the ice-cold mountain stream, blaring pocketful of sunshine with the windows down as the cool air blows through our hair, shouting from the top of a ski lift, yoga on the top of a huge rock, to finally eating turkey sandwiches next to a waterfall after it took two hours to hike there.

It’s the little moments that make the big memories.

xo,

B

Introducing A New Member

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Today I am happy to announce a new member to the Woman of Quaintrelle team! This new member is someone I that I am very close to, my very talented best friend and now business partner, Chloe Gonzales. She is going to be my photographer and cowriter for the blog. She is on the rise, booking new clientele left and right. I am so glad that I could convince her to join my team and help make my blog even better. Blog posts that have been photographed or posted by Chloe will be signed at the bottom with her name on it. So look for her in up and coming blogposts! So excited for this journey ahead.

I have attached some samples of her current projects, so take a look!

XO,

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When In Rome…

Fashionista, Life's Pleasures

Ah, Roma. You are my absolute favorite of all the cities that I visited on this once in a lifetime trip. The energy and pace of the city streets are what lure me in. It was here where¬†I got to live out my childhood dream of transforming into Lizzie McGuire. While there was no Paulo involved, I did get a good view of just how handsome the men here are. We even took a picture with a group of Italian boys to show for it. Of course the true test that Rome had to pass was that of a truly great cappuccino and espresso. Without the proper fuel I just do not operate in the way that I should. And let me tell you… Rome passed. Every single place that we stepped into for a sip almost had me in tears. The espresso was so rich and full of flavor I almost dare to say that I enjoyed it more than the spaghetti. It was in Rome where I found the chic-est and classiest caffe that I have ever layed eyes on. The Angelina. It was in the Angelina where I enjoyed a truly well made cappuccino while I flipped through the pages of Vogue Italia. From the bike that sat out front to the cowhide chairs and leather couches, this place had a aura that you would not believe. Ok, enough about coffee. The street style of Roma has inspired me to better strategize and pick out only the key pieces that I want to add to my wardrobe and forget the cheap, trendy, and poorly made clothing. I will now attempt to stop just “swinging by” Target, H&M, or Forever 21 for a “now” piece, and instead wait and save my money to splurge on a more reliable and durable brand. One thing that Europe has taught me is to focus on my personal style and stop just wearing something that is trendy or a new fad that will last five minutes. As long as you are confident and truly love what you are wearing beauty will ooze from your pores. Another thing I have learned from the chic women of Italy and Germany is effortless, timeless class. I was in a taxi when I looked out the window and saw a woman about the age of 75 wearing an elegant fur coat, leather pants, and classic black pumps. I knew then that style really has no age limit. When it comes to someone truly having style, it does not ever fade out.

I think I left my heart in Europe, which means I must return soon to retrieve it. So, who is coming with me?

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xo

B

City Vibes

Fashionista, Life's Pleasures

The sound of car horns honking, the lingering smell of delicious street-made hot dogs from nearby food trucks, surrounded by skyscrapers towering over me, and inner city parks are all triggers that remind me of New York City. Of course Dallas is no New York, it does have its amazing and quirky qualities as well. In place of Central Park you have Klyde Warren Park and instead of curb-side hotdog vendors you have an assortment of different food trucks to choose from. Dallas has really surprised me as it continues to grow into such a fascinating city. I had some of my close friends model for me to try and capture just some of Dallas’ great spirit.

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ice cream sandwiches at Gandolfo’s Deli

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enjoying my hotdog while taking in the city

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deep ellum

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love yourself

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mirror selfie

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trolly rides through uptown (funk)

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looking up

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architecture

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city style

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klyde warren park

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outfit details | blazer – forever 21 ; blouse – rag & bone ; leather pants – Zara ; booties – steve madden

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city smiles

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“Hey take my picture and put it on your wall” …. “My Facebook wall?” … “That too.”

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my models

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what is she looking at

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city laughs

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sip | stir coffee – location is Uptown/Cityplace

xoxo 

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Fatal Attempt?

Fashionista, Life's Pleasures

Our first attempt at this photo shoot was an epic fail. We took the camera out around 5 PM, which would’ve been just fine for a few cute photos… but then my camera had some technical difficulties. By the time we got it to work¬†again the sun had gone down, meaning that our natural lighting was no more. Not ready to give up we headed back to my house in search of a new backdrop. My untouched white bedroom wall was our only solution in the time frame that we had; so we grabbed my book light and hung it to my ceiling fan so that it would be a sort of “make-shift” spotlight. What’s funny is that it ended up being so much fun. Lots of laughs were exchanged as we tried to come up with cute poses for the other to do that wouldn’t be perceived as cheesy or “too staged.” As for the photos from our pretend studio, they turned out way better than we originally expected. More to come soon.

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xoxo

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