Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pearls and gemstones


This simple and unique pearl and gemstone gold necklace is now available in my shop.

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You can also add a personalized hand stamped gold tag!
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Urban Decay


Beloved Westbury Square in Southwest Houston.
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Still standing but reduced to shambles.
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Anyone who was around in the '60-'90s remembers its hayday. The galleria before the Galleria.
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I often went to the unique specialty shops with my grandmother - candle stores, fabric stores, restaurants, her hair salon every Saturday!.
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Every halloween all the shops opened their doors to trick-or-treaters and there was a makeshift haunted house that has now been replaced by Home Depot.
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All that's left is Honey's Sno-Ball truck in the parking lot (delicious sno-cones, by the way!).
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With all of the debate about demolishing the remains, why can't it be rebuilt to it's former charm? That would make MANY Houstonians happy!
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(older pictures courtesy of houston press and houston architecture)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Broken bones


Geez, you can never keep these guys safe. Noe had a little accident on the playground at her school.
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Surgery complete, pin in place, purple cast secured. She's a trooper!
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The first and hopefully last broken bone in the Ostrin household. Oh, except for that time Edwin broke his foot walking around the swimming pool...

Monday, June 23, 2014

San Francisco in 48 hours


San Francisco is a great place to go in the summer... if you are missing winter! I was lucky enough to have about 48 hours to enjoy the sites and sounds, and I made the most of it. I stayed at my brother's place on Telegraph Hill, so walking out the front door, this is what you see.
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Turn the corner towards Columbus and you will run into these.
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My first stop was at Mara's Italian Pastry for a treat, then into China town.
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Max and I had just about the tastiest chicken wings in San Francisco CAPITAL Restaurant on Clay.
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Next day I did some shopping in Union Square.
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Then dinner at Fisherman's Wharf. Seriously, #wherearethesealions ??
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With a final stop in Berkeley for my favorite salad and a visit to my previous work, which I left exactly one year ago.
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Thanks to Edwin and grandparents for holding down the fort while I retrieved Ronnie!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The latest masterpiece


Edwin was determined to make his favorite dessert, which somehow I had never even heard of. Recognize these?

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Apparently these are caneles. And Edwin nearly burnt down the house trying to make them. Our nest protect was yelling at us for an hour! But they were enjoyed by all. If you happen to have your own block of beeswax, you, too, can make your own caneles.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day Music


Edwin and I were lucky to be up close and personal with Kishi Bashi at Fitzgerald's this weekend. Here's a little snippit from my iphone:


How come my violin never sounded so good?

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Definitely one of the best shows I've ever seen.

Then came the real stars. Ronnie and Ben had their first piano recital at Rice University. It was at the Shepherd School of Music. No pressure there.

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Ben was in such a rush, he forgot to sit down! And he still didn't miss a note.

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Next stop - Carnegie Hall.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Beautiful Gulf Waters


You heard me. You might think we were sad to give up the Pacific Coast, but I'd trade it for Texas beaches any day. Beaches that are warm enough to run right into the water.
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Beaches where kids can head off with new friends and boogie boards.
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Beaches that won't sweep away little Ostrins with one giant undertow.
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Warm sun, warm water, warm sand and only a quick 45 minutes drive away. What more can you ask for?
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cheerful good luck bracelets


Something about these little tassels is so cheery! Just the right pop of color. This all sterling silver bracelet includes a stamped initial disc, a hamsa, cross or tree of life charm, along with a silk tassel in green, purple, wine or black.
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Find them in the bracelet section at Under Her Charm.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

New Website Launched


Please visit Under Her Charm's new website! New simple look, and easy to browse and purchase. Not all items have been added to the website yet, so please come back soon, or visit my etsy website which is open as usual.
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Friday, January 10, 2014

New Year's Eve in New York City


Girl's trip! Ronnie, Lila and I took off for the Big Apple for New Year's Eve en route to New Jersey.

Monday, August 26, 2013

School Days at a New School


We've got one nervous 4th grader, a very excited kindergartener, and a 2nd grader whose about to dart back home.
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Hope everyone survives their first day.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Meet our newest family addition


With a new house, new job, new schools, new everything, it seems fitting to get a new dog, too! Right? I've been researching dogs and scouring the Houston shelters for months. On my third visit to a shelter, this time BARC, I found HELEN.
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Helen was happy and friendly, and looked like her name should be Berkeley, so I took her home! The shelter thought she was 11 weeks old, and a German Shephard mix. Here she is on the ride home.
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I loved her brindle coloring and thought she would be great for the kids. Noe spent the first 3 days SHRIEKING in fear whenever Berkeley was near her. You can't imagine how bad I felt making Noe uncomfortable in her own home. I don't know what suddenly switched, but luckily, they are best buds now.
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Like seriously, best buds.
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I hope Berkeley is happy with her new family!
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Party of seven...

Friday, August 2, 2013

Silhouette Project


Several years ago I had custom silhouettes made of Ronnie, Ben and Lila. When Noe came along, I wanted to make hers different, because otherwise, she would look the same age Lila did in her silhouette, when they are actually 3 years apart! So, I finally made silhouettes of the two newest members of the family.
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It was much easier than I feared! I simply snapped a side view of Noe and Berkeley with my phone. Then I printed them on thick paper, and cut out around their profile. I spray painted Berkeley black, and Noe white.
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I picked out paper from the scrapbooking section of Michael's, taped the painted silhouette on, and popped them in a frame! Here they are along with the other guys.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Noe and Ben


This is Noe.
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She's two.
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This is Ben. Don't you love his heterochromia?
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Noe loves Ben.
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And Ben loves Noe.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Houston, we are HOME


Three years in Baltimore, four years in Berkeley. Now, we are HOME. Back to Houston! After 6 months of trying to secure our perfect house (apparently, banks want you to have jobs... in the city you are moving to), we finally closed.
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Thanks to the seller who stuck it out with us for 6 months!
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The movers have come and gone, and boxes are mostly unpacked.
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The kids started new camps
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and our swimming pool has gotten TONS of use!
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So stay tuned for LOTS of before and afters, lots of DIY projects, lots of spending time with family in our new HOUSE, and Happy 4th!
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