California Casual


Alex and I are back from our California trip, and are so happy to back with Turner! A few months prior to the trip Alex said we should only take carry-ons.  My initial reaction was "Are you crazy!?" 6 days with unfamiliar weather and only a carry-on?  Thankfully, he convinced me and it was definitely the right choice.  I packed the following; 

- 6 shirts
- 2 casual dresses
- 2 scarves
- 2 jackets
- 3 pairs of jeans
- 1 small purse
- 3 pairs of shoes

It was a bit tough packing because I wasn't sure of the weather, and I didn't know how dressy or casual we would be at night.  Most days I wore jeans and sneakers since we walked almost all day, and my scarves saved my life (the wind was frigid).  Here's my outfit I wore on the plane and the first day in the city.

Jacket/Jeans: Gap
Tee: Nordstrom Rack
Shoes: Birkenstock
Purse: Vintage Dooney & Bourke

Night Out with Design Lab


I was invited by my friend Rebecca to attend the grand opening Austin's newest designer boutique, Design Lab. The boutique features a variety of items from jewelry and kids clothing to menswear and women's apparel all created by Texas based designers. I was able to meet the designers of each collection, and fell in love with Daniel Esquivel's collection (Project Runway Season 11 contestant). Design Lab is located near Austin's scenic restaurant, the Oasis on Lake Travis. 

It felt really great to get dressed up, and actually put on a dress. This dress had been sitting in my closet since last years TX Blogger Conference. I snagged it for free at the swap, and haven't had the chance to wear it.

Dress: Lulu's
Shoes: DV via Nordstrom
Purse: Lulu's (also from the swap..whoo hoo for free stuff!)

Simple Stripes


As a full time working mom, I'm always looking for comfy clothes that can be dressed up or down.  I spotted this dress at Kohl's on sale for $30, and knew it would be perfect to dress up for work or dress down for a casual weekend (comfy enough to wear while chasing Turner). I went casual here and wore sandals, but I could easily put on a pair of heels and wear it out for date night.

Dress: Kohl's
Shoes: TJ Maxx
Belt/Sunglasses: Forever 21

Warm Weekend


We had a wonderful weekend even with the triple digit heat.  Friday, we had a last minute bbq with friends in our backyard.  My buddies discovered our selfie stick, and as you can tell by the pics below we had a good time.  I'm extremely lucky that so many of my college friends live in Austin permanently.

Saturday, I worked some overtime early in the morning, then Alex and I took Turner to the Cedar Rock RailRoad.  Turner loved it of course and it only cost $2.50 a person.  He kept saying "Choo choo" over and over again.  After the ride, we put our tax free shopping plans on hold to take Turner to home to get a nap, sure enough, he NEVER took a nap. That has never happened. I was completely wore out, so that night I went to see Boyhood with my friend at Moviehouse & Eatery. Wow, that movie theatre was insane. I felt extremely lethargic and amazing all at the same time when I reclined by leather chair back while eating soft pretzels and sipping on a mojito.

Sunday, we ate an early breakfast full of pancakes at Ihop, my hair got a trim (I've decided I can't afford to maintain short hair, so I'm growing it out), and we did a little tax free shopping for Alex.  What did you do this weekend? Have a great week!

Estate Sale Finds - 8.7 - 8.10


Estate Sale #1 - New Braunfels

Estate Sale #3 - Bedford

Estate Sale #4 - Kerrville
Can you tell I'm on a furniture kick? I just see the potential in all of these pieces!




Custom Made Smoker


Ever since we've moved in to our new house, Alex has wanted to buy a bbq pit.  When we started looking in the spring, every pit he wanted was super expensive and not in our budget.  Alex had the idea that he would just make his own. My first thought, "What? You want to build your own bbq pit!? Do you know how to do that?" The only experience Alex had with welding was a class he took back in high school, but he was pretty optimistic he could make it happen.  The average smoker he wanted was around $1,500 and to build it was about $500.  This pit is huge ( 66 " wide) and heavy (around 650 lbs)! Thanks to the help of my bro-in-law and other family who let us borrow a welder, Alex pulled it off.

The first thing he smoked was a brisket, this weekend he smoked a pork butt and next on the list are beef ribs. MMMMmmmmm. Here's to many more barbecues!

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