Friday, April 18, 2014

Egg-Centric Easter Eggs!

Dying eggs with plain ol' food coloring is sooo 2013.  This year, take your Easter egg decorating up a notch by pulling inspiration from some of these festive ideas!  For even more holiday decor ideas, be sure to follow my Pinterest board. 'Hoppy' Easter!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SP&C for DARBY SMART: Stamped Spoons Kit

I'm so, so excited to announce that I have designed my very first kit for one of my favorite DIY sites, Darby Smart! I've mentioned Darby Smart in previous posts, but for those of you new to the DIY one-stop-shop, they recruit designers to create projects based on the latest home and fashion trends and then turn those projects into kits that include all materials and step-by-step instructions for you to create masterpieces of your own! I love this idea

Personalized and custom stamped spoons have become one of my favorite things to make and gift to friends, so when asked to propose a kit idea, I couldn't think of anything better!   For the the low, low price of $31 [+ free shipping!], my project includes the following supplies: 
  • 4 Silver Plated Demitasse Spoons
  • Alphabet Stamp Set
  • Metal Block 
  • 8 oz. Hammer
  • DIY Instructions
As mentioned, this makes a great gift for all occasions, from birthdays [and births], weddings, anniversaries, and engagements.  Like many, I always start my day with a cup of coffee--two sugars and a little cream--and stirring it with a personalized spoon is such a special way remind those you love that you're thinking about them! 

To see some of my recently stamped spoons, be sure to follow me on Instagram! Also, this is my 300th post! Yay!!!

all images via Darby Smart

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What I Wore: Black & White

Top: Vince Camuto, Faux Leather Skort: Zara, Shoes: French Connection (on sale here), 
Sunglasses: Super, Clutch: Banana Republic Outlet (similar), Earrings: Gorjana
Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelets: J.Crew and Stella & Dot
Necklaces: Gorjana (this one & this one), Ring: Kendra Scott (on sale!), Midi-Ring: Gorjana

One trend I'm particularly fond of this season is sheer tops, so when I spotted this Vince Camuto number a couple of weeks ago, I had to have it.  Earlier in the day, I paired the top with a distressed pair of 'boyfriend' jeans.  Later, I swapped the beat up jeans out with this faux leather skort [yes, the 90's have sent skorts back...] for a night out on the town.  I know spring is the time to bust out the brights in your wardrobe, but there's something simple yet fun about these black and white pieces, and I feel confident they'll be on steady rotation this spring!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Style: Graphic Tees

Fewer things put a smile on my face like a good ol' t-shirt, and when it's a darling t-shirt, I'm grinning from ear to ear. Whether I'm running errands or hitting up happy hour, I find myself gravitating towards a graphic t-shirt for the occasion. Paired with a tailored blazer, skinny jeans and some peep-toe booties [like these!], a t-shirt can be a great option for a night out on the town. And don't forget accessories! I love the contrast of a big crystal necklace [like this one!] against a comfy, worn-out tee.  Below are few of my current favorites! [Note: Trust Your Guts & Waylon Jennings are on heavy rotation in my closet!]

Monday, April 7, 2014

Get the Look: The Printed Short Suit

Last week, local lifestyle magazine, Tribeza, hosted their annual Lawn Party on the grounds of the French Legation Museum in east Austin, and despite the less-than-spring-like weather we've experienced lately, I was determined to dress the part!  This bright, floral blazer + short combination screamed 'Lawn Party' and was the perfect ensemble to welcome / force spring with open arms!
Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Earrings: BaubleBar x Anthropologie, Blazer: J. Crew Factory
Tank: Target, Shorts: J. Crew Factory, Booties: Dolce Vita
Pairing a printed blazer with matching shorts is a fun, comfortable alternative to the sundress and the set can be dressed up or down, dependent upon the occasion. For more 'short suit' options, click below!

Also, don't forget that today is the last day to vote in Martha Lynn Kale + Hem Jean's DENIM CHALLENGE! Be sure to go cast your vote for SP&C here! Please and thank you. There just might be a fancy made-by-yours-truly denim chair in it for you.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Round Top Comes to Austin: Royer's Pie Haven

Besides comfortable shoes and cash-on-hand, another "must" when heading to Round Top for Antiques Week is stopping by Royer's Pie Haven--located in Henkel Square just steps away from famed parent restaurant, Royer's Round Top Cafe--to refuel with some sweet treats and caffeine!

Words couldn't express my elation when Royer's announced they would be bringing one of my favorite parts of Round Top to Austin, by opening their second Pie Haven location on The Drag, just north of UT's campus.  Sweet pie, savory pie, coffee, or tea--Royer's Pie Haven has just what you need for a mid-day pick-me-up!

With the anticipation of Antiques Week growing, I couldn't wait any longer for a taste of Royer's, so I headed the few short blocks from the Capitol to the Pie Haven for lunch.  What did I have, you ask? Pie. And Pie.  I started with a slice of their Veggie savory pie and topped off my meal with none other than their famous Junkberry Pie, which was chock full of apples, peaches, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and peaches and then topped with Austin's own Amy's Ice Cream--I. Die.   If there ever was an official food of junkin', it's Royer's Junkberry Pie...It is named after my favorite 'tiquing ladies, the Junk Gypsies, after all! 

Need your breakfast to pack a little more punch? The Pie Haven has a full espresso and coffee bar, Havenly muffins, scones, smoothies, and BISCUITS. Not enough people serve biscuits...And in addition to the bevy of sweet and savory pies offered, they also serve cookies, 'sin-namon' rolls, homemade ding dongs [yes, you read that correctly], pie shakes, and pie pops [a ball of pie dipped in chocolate--need I say more?].

Although they've moved to the 'big city,' Royer's holds true to the small town feel that is often so desperately missed in our ever-growing town of hipster dives and high rises.  Stepping into Royer's is honestly like stepping into a friend's kitchen--you're immediately greeted with a warm welcome and a "Honey, what can I get ya?" All of this made going back to work after a couple of pieces of pie extremely difficult.

Tara Royer, aka "The Pie Queen", [daughter of Bud Royer, aka "The Pie Man"] has mastered the art of the pie business, and has expanded the em'pie're [see what I did there?] to offer catering and delivery. You can even reserve the Pie Haven "After Dark" for small gatherings such as wedding showers and birthday parties, etc.  Now I know what I want for my birthday, a party at the Pie Haven and maybe a cool pie nickname too..."The Pie _______"...we'll keep thinking on that. 

Round Top is really and truly my happy place, so having a little piece of it just down the road makes me all kinds of happy. And as they have so perfectly scrawled upon their wall at the Haven, "All Roads Lead to Round Top." 

Also, if you haven't already voted for SP&C in Martha Lynn's Denim Challenge, be sure to do so here!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

APB: Brass Trunk

I'm putting out an All Points Bulletin for the above pictured brass trunk.  A brass trunk was one of the few things I was on the hunt for while in Round Top, and while I spotted one [and physically ran to it, which we all know I don't do], by the time I got to the dealer to inquire price, it had already been sold.  Fewer things make me more sad than 'SOLD' stickers--well those and losing eBay auctions in the final minute.  Despite my recent trunk acquisition failures, I refuse to believe that this trunk isn't meant to be mine. I also refuse to pay the $350 price tag that I keep stumbling upon.  I will find this trunk. And I will find it at a steal. Perhaps there will be a 'finders fee' for anyone that's able to help procure said trunk. The race is on. GO!

Because how cute do Kristin's and Caitlin's little trunks look? 

via The Hunted Interior

via Desert Domicile