Mara, From HTX to PDX

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Apr 28, 2017


PHEW! I can't believe it's almost MAY! Its almost 6 months since deciding to move to Portland!  About a month ago I got settled into my own 1BDR. I haven't sent anything from Texas yet (long story) but I was lucky enough for Jennifer from Modern Map Art to gift me a print of my hometown! My room is shades of Black, gray and white so it fits in so perfect. I am still in the process of slowly decorating and will share more as time passes.
I love these map art prints! They are such a good thick quality and come shipped in a poster tube to avoid any damage. I also talked about them here. I love great wall art and wanted to share a little inspiration if you are looking to newly decorate a room. I am really into simple industrial things right now. The one thing missing from my bed is a headboard, only because I haven't found one I love yet. My bed is between two ladder bookshelves that I found online as a set of 2 for around $90. I was super excited by how cheap that was! I wasn't so excited to build them. Each ladder has 4 shelves and in a "small" place I like being able to stack many things vertical. On the bottom shelves I am looking for some stylish boxes to use as storage. 
I found these clamp on industrial lamps at Ikea! These are black but I want to spray paint the silver parts gold soooo bad. they were $8 each and the bulbs were $3 for a set of 2. What a steal! Lamps can get expensive and all of the ones I liked similar to this from Target were $30 each. I love how these move around with the arms, but i kind of noticed they remind me of the dentist or doctors office. I mean... I did say industrial inspiration. The lamps also come in white, yellow and green. I was so close to buying yellow but I am happy with Black. 
The frame for this print is also from Amazon, I found a 24x36 frame in black for $26. My bed is from Zinus and is seriously the most comfortable mattress I have ever purchased! I will make a post on this bed specifically next month. If you are are an urban living individual this is one of the best sleep solutions ever. Again, I need a headboard ....and probably another set of pillows. 
Its fun putting together this space with my personality. It is really challenging because this place is not Texas sized, but it has been ok so far. I'm making it. I hear summer is coming to the PNW soooo we will see what an "amazing summer " is. This winter was record breaking cold and snow, this spring is record breaking rain. If this summer has record breaking heat I will feel right at home! Who is laughing at my 5% tint now? Can I just get some sun?
If you are interested in a print there are many more cities and other colors to choose from at .


Apr 24, 2017

WEEKEND WRAPUP: Big Freedia & Kid Fury Girl Weekend

I've been looking forward to this weekend for a while! Grace and I headed to Big Freedia and Kid Fury. Friday Night was the magic that is Big Freedia. I have seen her before, but besides wanting to know what the crowd in the Pacific North West (PNW) would look like, My BF Grace wanted to experience in person. Freedia puts on such a show, I wouldn't mind seeing her anytime she is in whatever city I am in.


Apr 21, 2017


I have at least 15 shades of nude lips colors and apparently that is not enough. I don't own any Kylie lip kit colors because most of my collection is made of colourpop (for those of you who don't know, they're the same company and 30% of the cost of Kylie's Kits) 
When Kim and Kylie both posted their upcoming lipkit collab I kind of fell for it. Colurpop generally does a take down a month after Kylie, so maybe I will keep an eye out because I have a feeling this collab will be very hard to buy. They sell out as fast as some sneakers.

Apr 19, 2017

Bubble N Tea, A PDX Foodie Chronicle

On Saturday I ventured off to find this boba place I came across on Instagram. Since I got to Portland I have found Instagram is the easiest place to find food, activities, or areas of town to visit. Bubble N Tea is outside of Portland in the Beaverton area. They have a tea topped with cotton candy that I want to try next! I started off with Matcha milk green tea with boba. The boba (tapioca bubbles) were really fresh and you could definitely tell they use premium teas.  The large bucket cups are really cute but do not fit a car cupholder. The shop is cute but small, it maybe has five 2 person tables. I would say to just hang out there to enjoy your tea. On my way home I didn't want to take any chances so I put mine in the seatbelt!

Apr 17, 2017


My music Monday is an OLD project that I am working on resurrecting. Remember when I used to make mixtapes? Well, I accidentally deleted them all from media fire. I really miss this project and I hope to start mixing again VERY SOON. I liked the emotions I had while making this tape, thats what music is to me. There are certain songs I associate with times in my life, and this is no different. I can't wait to start mixing again. 

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