Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

I hope you all had a great weekend. Ryno and I took Elton to his play group, which was sadly lacking in pet costumes. Of course, we didn't dress E up either. He looks pretty pitiful when we try to put clothes on him, so we decided best not to put any of us through that this year. I went a bit overboard with candy again for Halloween, so here is hoping the new place has lots of Trick or Treaters! Hope you have a great Halloween!

ps- How adorable is this moth pup? Also, E's girlfriend was back at the play date this weekend. They were reunited through tug-of-war.


Elton & his girlfriend from my phone

Thursday, October 27, 2011

shades of gray

It is a gray day here, which is pretty rare. I am reveling in it while it lasts and imagining all the things I'd like to make before the holidays approach. I found these super adorable mittens on Pinterest, and I think they would be the perfect gift for a few of our friends. Knitting is a skill I haven't really mastered, fortunately they are available on Oeuf. They are called the Squeeze-Me-Mittens. Adorable, right?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

loving petrified wood

I am in love with the petrified wood pieces that I've seen around lately. I think the irregularities are so beautiful. I have the petrified wood slice below for a serving platter, and I love that it is a great decorative piece for the table too.

source: Anthropologie

source: Urban Outfitters

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

cooler days and instax

Fall has finally arrived in Texas. We have spent the last few days with our windows open enjoying the cooler air and the breeze. The end of October crept up on me, and I find we are without costumes the week of Halloween. I think it would be fun to do a couples costume that could include Elton as a dog, since we don't dress him up. I am working on that right now, and I will share if I find something. For now, I thought I would share some Instax photos I took this summer.

Monday, October 24, 2011

festivals and friends

We had friends visiting from Atlanta this weekend. It was a beautiful weekend and we were able to spend most of Saturday outside. We started with crepes at Flip Happy Crepes. As much as Ryno and I have talked about going it was our first time actually making it there while they were open. Our group ended up with savory and sweet crepes, and I thought both were equally delicious. After breakfast we headed to a brewery tour of Live Oak Brewery. It is our favorite local brewer, and I absolutely love their hefeweizen beer! We have toured the brewery before, but I still left with a new piece of trivia. Our guide told us that the Live Oak taps are made from real Oak trees. I was really impressed that they make their own taps, and even though I have no use for a beer tap I still kind of want one just because they are handmade. After the brewery we headed to the Texas Book Festival. Unfortunately, we just missed Lisa Loeb who was there to promote her new children's book. We took our time walking around enjoying the book selection and the lovely views of the state capitol. There were a lot of festivals surrounding the capitol this weekend, so it was fun to see some of the activity pouring over from those festivals as well. Hope everyone is having a great start to their week!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

a charmed life


Have you seen the new charm necklaces at Anthropologie? I think they are adorable. What I really love though is the variety of necklace chains you can buy. I am not a big jewelry wearer, but I am a total sucker for a simple chain whether it is a necklace or bracelet. I think the simplicity of the links is beautiful. Here are the pieces that are going straight to my wish list!

the collector's necklace
vintage whistle charm

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

midnight in paris

Did you watch Midnight in Paris? It was written and directed by Woody Allen. Ryno and I saw it recently, and we loved it! One of the first movies we saw together was Melinda and Melinda by Woody Allen, and while we enjoyed it I would not call us hardcore Woody Allen fans. However, Midnight in Paris may have swayed us. We already have some of his older movies lined up to watch next. Although, I do think this was a unique combination of things we both love, the French language and art. It inspired me to look for photos of some of the artists I would love to meet if place in time were not an issue. What artists and writers do you admire and want to meet?

Hemingway via straightdopeness

Marc Chagall via Blue Ruins

Paul Cezanne via picturalissm

Monday, October 17, 2011

georgia the whole day through

Ryno and I spent the weekend in Atlanta visting friends and attending a wedding. We had a fantastic brunch at Dakota Blue in Grant Park on Saturday. I had my favorite Banana Bourbon Pancakes and jalapeno grits...delicious! Afterwards we walked around Georgia Tech and checked out the changes on campus. Then we left for the wedding, which was at Rhodes Hall on Peachtree. It was a really lovely wedding and we were so excited to be there to celebrate with our friends. Also, we got to finally meet baby A, and she is the sweetest!

Monday, October 10, 2011

rainy weekend mornings

The weekend was full of rainy days. We went shopping followed by sushi downtown on Saturday. We made it to the sushi restaurant just before it started pouring. It was crazy how the rain and wind just picked up out of nowhere. The grayness hung around all weekend, but we didn't mind. It was a nice break from months without rain and a nice preview for fall (yet to really come here in Texas)! Speaking of fall, I'm excited to break out the scarves and boots. Here are some of the boots I'm loving right now.

the biker boot by Madewell

the archive leather boot by Madewell

Thursday, October 6, 2011

honey, I baked

Do you remember the scene in Clueless, when Alicia Silverstone (Cher) invites Justin Walker (Christian) over to her place and she throws a roll of cut-and-bake cookies in the oven as part of the ambiance for the date? Well, that is pretty much my skill level as a baker. However, this weekend I surprised Ryno and myself when I decided I wanted to make pancakes from scratch. My dad makes them all the time when we go home, and I felt inspired to give it a shot. I searched for a recipe on Pinterest and found a link to Primland Resort's buttermilk pancake recipe. They ended up being wildly dense, but in a really good way. I just had to experiment with the first one to figure out the best way to pour them onto the skillet. I definitely recommend them if you want a great buttermilk pancake. I am hoping to try for a great chocolate chip cookie next. Maybe it's not too late to find my inner-Martha!

via Pinterest: Amie the Flapjacks

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

sweet home alabama

Today we officially sold our house! We signed all the papers and turned in the keys to the new homeowners this morning. It was somewhat surreal, since we weren't actually there for the signing over portion. Instead, I received an email saying everything was taken care of; Ryno and I sold our first home. It was a lovely first home, unfortunately it was just in a state we no longer live in anymore. Last month, we went back to pack up the remaining furniture we left behind to stage the house, and yesterday that furniture arrived. It was perfect that our things made it to our new place right before we said goodbye to our old one. We stayed up last night arranging furniture and making things feel more like home here. It was really rewarding and surprising what a difference those first additions made to the space. We still have a lot to unpack this weekend, but I am excited to start opening boxes.

Me at our house on our most recent visit 
standing with the tree we planted

As for our weekend we spent some a lot of time preparing for everything to arrive. So it's been a lot of moving furniture around. However, we did have a nice little break to grab pizza on Eastside and take Elton to the dog park. He had his play date with the other Boston Terriers this weekend. Quite a few of the spring puppies were older and ready to play. He had one puppy that was completely enamored with him and followed him all around the park. It was the first time I have ever seen Elton in need of some extra energy to keep up!

Elton, Elton & Zoe, the puppy that
followed E around (photos on my android)