Friday, July 29, 2011

Big Jet Plane

I love this song by Angus and Julia Stone, a brother-sister duo from Newport. They both have the loveliest voices, and I feel like Big Jet Plane is perfect for a summer playlist. Ryno and I are off to enjoy a long weekend together. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

market totes

It has been hot here lately, and that pretty much seems to be true throughout the rest of the country. All of the heat has me searching for perfect lightweight pieces to wear and large bags for carrying water and straw hats. Today, I found this fun tote bag from Anthropologie.

Tackle Box Tote

However, I'm still searching for the perfect Market tote to take to the Farmer's Market or to the park. It just seems like the perfect summer accessory. Here are a few that I am loving right now!

Gambi U Shaped Tote from Bamboula Ltd.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Just a Minute...

Making... an extension to our vegetable garden; I bought basil plants today!

Reading... Print Workshop by Christine Schmidt

Listening... The Head and The Heart, Sounds Like Hallelujah

Loving... straw hats of all varieties; especially big, floppy ones

Waiting... to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows part II on Friday!

Wishing... my dad a very, happy birthday!
Dad in the 70's

While I was browsing through some of the blogs I follow I found this meme on Daydream Lily. I thought it was so sweet, so I followed it here to learn more of what it was all about. It's definitely something I plan to do every now and then for a little fun.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


It's been awhile since I've pulled together a top five, but today with sno cones on the horizon I am inspired. Inspired by's so scrumptious! So here are my top five watermelon flavored/colored items around.

1. Watermelon Cross Cushion
Olive & Joy

2. Burt's Bees watermelon lip shimmer
Burt's Bees

3. Market Tank Dress
Market Tank Dress

4. Pom Pom Shoe Clips
Pompom Shoe Clips
5. Zig-Zag Wedding Cake
Zig Zag Cake Teal Wedding Cake
Sweet Sensation via OnceWed

Monday, July 25, 2011

pinterest love

I spent a large portion of my weekend dedicated to learning/using Pinterest. I mentioned before that I signed up a couple of months ago, however, I never had the time to really use my account. This weekend I was able to move a lot of inspiration images onto my Pinterest boards, and I have added a link to my boards at the bottom of this page if you want to check them out. I am completely addicted to pinning all of the inspiration I come across now. It is such an aesthetically pleasing way to sift through images, and I absolutely love it!

Also, we checked out Austin Homebrew Supply this weekend. They were having a beer tasting event on Saturday, so we stopped by and showed our support with the purchase of a 20th Anniversary glass. One can never have enough glasses!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

We've had a busy week, and I am so happy the weekend is finally here. I can't believe I haven't had a chance to post since Monday. I'm looking forward to finishing our garden this weekend, taking Elton to his play group and hopefully catching a movie.

Our garden is looking really great, and I think we may be able to eat some of our peppers soon. We need to add some new soil and spread things around this weekend, but then I will share photos here.

Also, how adorable is this little Austin onesie we picked up at Parts & Labour last weekend? We sent it to congratulate our friends who just had a baby.

Since I missed Friday's music post, I thought today would be a good time to share the ACL satellite sessions we saw a few weeks ago. You can check out all the songs David Bazan played here.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Swan Dive

We had a great weekend exploring places we have yet to try in Austin. Funny enough our weekend of exploration started at Mellow Mushroom on campus. We've walked by it so many times, but Saturday was our first time trying it here. Mellow was a frequent date spot for us when we lived in Atlanta, but when we got here we wanted to try new places. The nice thing about this Mellow is they have pizzas unique to Austin, so even if you have been to other locations there are still new things to try.

After lunch we walked over to Tyler's, a locally owned sports store. It is a go-to place for local t-shirts and vintage-inspired clothing. We were there looking for Austin City Limits shirts. Ryno and I both decided to pick one up. Then we drove to South Congress to try out a store a friend told me about called Parts & Labour. They sell a range of goods from local artists. After a day of shopping around, we went to check out an album release party at Swan Dive. The band performing was the Monarchs, which was a fun band to see. They did an Outkast cover that was pretty fantastic, since their music style is very much the opposite of Outkast.

all photos via my lightbox/android phone

Friday, July 15, 2011

the head and the heart

It's Friday! I am really excited to share today's music choice.  I absolutely love this Seattle based band, The Head and the Heart. Their music completely transports me to the Georgia hills and camping in college. I have no idea why that is what I see when I hear their music, since it is very different from the music I listened to then. However, it just is, and I love it!

I have been checking their site for tour info, and they have recently added more shows to their schedule. So check it out if you would like to see them live. While I was on their site I read through their bio. I love to read the story behind the band. I always find the events leading up to a band forming fascinating. I thought their bio was really well written, and gave so much insight into what The Head and The Heart are all about. I particularly loved the following,

"These are songs about crossing rivers and roads to get to the one you love, 
about family far away, and the desire to chase Technicolor dreams down foreign horizons." -Heather Browne

I hope you all enjoy the song, it's my favorite. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Family Style

I've heard great things about the restaurant Contigo on east side, and after seeing this promotional video on their website I definitely want to check it out. Isn't it beautiful?


Monday, July 11, 2011

small islands

I realized I never shared these photos from a couple weekends ago. Ryno and I followed our love of barbecue out to Lake Travis, and we spent a warm afternoon hanging out on the patio of Uncle Billy's "Brew & Que with a view," as they call it. Our waitress was amazing, and she refilled our drinks and told us to hang out. It was a perfect day to have an ice cold beverage and sit under fans spraying cool water as we watched the water activities below. Due to the drought we are experiencing, small islands have started popping up in the lake. It looked like one of the low points from the shore was being used as a beach. Even with the low water, the lake was still beautiful, and the blue skies made it all the better.

all photos from my android phone via lightbox

Friday, July 8, 2011

David Bazan

As I started writing this it struck me as strange that I haven't shared David Bazan as an artist before. He is hands down Ryno's favorite musician, and his was the first show that Ryno and I ever saw together (when Bazan was still touring under the name Pedro the Lion). If I am being completely honest, I was not immediately won over. Although, I really enjoyed the Q&A time Bazan took during his shows. However, over the course of our seven year relationship I have grown to really enjoy Bazan's music. I particularly enjoy seeing him live, and I still love the Q&A sessions.

So when Ryno told me he got tickets to see Bazan record a satellite series here in Austin, I was pretty thrilled. Early in the evening on Tuesday night Ryno, his brother and I all lined up with the other ticket holders outside the studio waiting for the doors to open. We were among the first people to get in, so we had amazing seats right off the stage but still far enough away from the cameras (most of the time). We were allowed to take photos sans flash, so I have some from the night. I was hoping to share the video, but it doesn't seem to have released yet. However, I will share it when it becomes available. Until then here is a video from their tour last year. Also, I've added some photos I took of the show.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Myth of the American Sleepover

I couldn't wait to get home today and share the news that The Myth of the American Sleepover is going to be releasing July 22nd in New York, July 29th in LA, August 5th in Detroit and nationwide on demand July 27th!

Ryno's friend, Adele, produced the movie and she has been working on it for the past five years! We watched the trailer for the first time last year when it was making the rounds at film festivals. I've anticipated its release ever since. The trailer alone is extremely sweet and fills one with nostalgia. I love how it conjures the feelings of excitement and apprehension experienced the last summer before college. I hope you enjoy it too!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

San Antonio

We made another trip to San Antonio. It's funny, we never seem to go unless we have a good excuse, but we always have a fun time. This time the good excuse was my best friend from high school. She was in town for work, so we all had dinner Friday night at La Margarita in El Mercado. She was staying up the street from the Alamo, but hadn't walked over to see it yet so we made the trip together. After the tourist photos at the Alamo we had drinks at the bar in the Menger Hotel. The bar is very traditional with dark wood walls and is more of a liqueur and cigar bar. We walked through the hotel to check out the museum like cases of Teddy Roosevelt photos and Rough Rider gear. Ryno and I hadn't seen C since the summer of our weddings, four years ago, when we were both each other's bridesmaids. It was so fun to see her, and I hope we persuaded her to come visit us now that we are settled in Austin!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth!

I hope everyone is having a great Fourth of July! We spent all of today working on preparing our yard for a garden. We had to clear out the weeds and flatten the land before laying down the Weedblock cloth. After that we rewarded ourselves with plant shopping. It seemed like we may be motivated to finish the project if we had plants to put in the garden. We bought some herbs, okra, peppers and a large variety of tomato plants. Now we are going to build our planter boxes and then we get to start planting! Elton has really enjoyed this project too. As soon as we started moving the dirt around he ran over and began rolling in the dirt piles.... someone is getting a bath tonight.

I'm sad the long weekend is almost over.; we've had a really fun time working on projects around the house. Also, we have done a lot of cooking or I should say Ryno has cooked a lot. Since we can't grill out, we are making pan-seared scallops for dinner tonight with blueberry cobbler for dessert. I'm glad Ryno thought to make cobbler, otherwise, it really wouldn't feel like the Fourth at all. No fireworks or even sparklers! I hope you are able to enjoy some the festivity of the evening!

Below are photos I took of our friends' garden. Isn't it inspiring? 
I hope ours will be even half as successful.

Also, we took a trip to San Antonio Friday; I will share photos tomorrow. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Rosi Goslan

I think Rosi Golan has an amazing voice. I especially love her song Hazy, however, there was not a video available to share for it. Plus this video is pretty adorable. I hope you enjoy, and have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend. No fireworks or even sparklers in Austin due to the drought, but I think we may really make a garden this weekend... I know you have heard that here before. If it works out I will share photos. I am pretty thrilled by the idea of growing watermelon, so that may keep me motivated to build even in the 100 degree temperatures. I hope you will be able to enjoy fireworks over your Fourth!

Rosi Golan "Think of Me" Official Music Video from josh franer on Vimeo.