— Feathers and Wax

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Just like how leather and jean jackets are a cool girl’s go-to armor, a back patch on that jacket is the ultimate ride-or-die.

Whether you iron it, sew it, safety-pin it or paint it, there’s only one rule: don’t mince your words.

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My last day in Amsterdam was Easter Sunday, and while I wasn’t planning to hunt for eggs or attend mass, I still hoped to celebrate the holiday with a little bit of arts and culture.

Apparently, so was everyone else in Amsterdam. We arrived at the Van Gogh museum to see a line stretching for blocks, and a four-hour wait, according to a museum employee. Oof.

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On our second full day in Amsterdam the weather had turned quite a bit colder so we found ourselves regularly holing up in restaurants and cafes to drink Belgian beers and hot tea in between sightseeing and shopping.

The locals went about their business, bicycling through the chilly winds without a care, of course.

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As we planned our trip to Amsterdam, one of the things I was looking forward to the most was all the amazing apartments and houses that were available to rent in that city. As I said in my last post, I love the architecture in Amsterdam, and judging from the roundup on Airbnb, a lot of these homes are just as adorable on the inside as they are on the outside.

After all, the Jordaan neighborhood is considered rather hip, with lots of great design shops and cute cafes in walking distance, so the people who choose to live there certainly seem to know a thing or two about how to decorate a house.

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I’ve been back from Amsterdam for a week now. Editing the photos for this post brought it all back to me: the gently shimmering canal waters, the dozens of bikes riding down every cobblestone street, the proud houseboats in shades of navy blue and cream.

The architecture and the feel of this city is certainly what impressed itself upon me the most during this trip.

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Houston rarely experiences much of a spring season. Generally you might get a few perfect days of high temperatures in the 80s, but they’re few and far between, interspersed between chilly winter holdovers and angry, dark, thunderstorm-filled days (like today, yikes).

Not this spring! I’ve been amazed by all the multiple breezy, warm, PERFECT days we’ve had so far this season. And after a few weekends of being a homebody and getting a bunch of work done around the house, I have officially reemerged into an actual life, back to my social butterfly ways.

Read on for what I’ve been up to!

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We’ve lived in our current house since September 2014. While planning our move I recall that I had originally intended to make each room in it at least relatively livable — as in proper furniture and some decent decor — by the end of that year.

Let’s all pause for some hearty laughter.

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Pairing blush tones of rose with metallic gold is a total winning combination, guaranteed to get my attention. It makes sense that those two shades are practically BFFs, considering how we all already love rosegold, right?

Read on for more soft-pink-and-shimmer combos to inspire you today!

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Three years ago I started Feathers and Wax! So it’s time for some introspection on how things around here have changed since then, what my most popular posts have been, and what I plan to do with this blog in the future.

Come along with me for a nostalgia trip!

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As far as I’m concerned, spring is the best season in Texas even though it’s really more like summer-lite and practically only lasts for a couple of weeks. Regardless, it’s plenty warm and sunny but it’s stopping short of being oppressively hot, and I’m taking full advantage of that.

This past weekend I did some spring cleaning and packed all of my winter clothes, coats and boots away. I’m so excited to no longer have to wear tights or bring a jacket with me everywhere. Let’s swoon over spring fashions!

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