Friday, June 26, 2015


Same-sex marriage passed with a 5 to 4 vote in the Supreme Court this morning. The New York Times shared this video of the excitement outside the Supreme Court building. However, for my music video pick for this week, I wanted to share YouTube's #ProudToLove video. YouTube has a whole series supporting the LGBT community including this #ProudToPlay video. I personally could watch these videos all day; they fill me with hope for equality.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

shut up and dance

So You Think You Can Dance has started a new season, and I thought I would kick off the start to a new season with a little dance tribute. Nothing brings a smile to my face like a dance scene in a movie. This dance montage, featuring "Shut Up And Dance" by Walk the Moon, has some of my all time favorite dance moves in movies. I'm sure it hits a lot of peoples' favorite dance movie moments as it seems to cover a lot. However, my top five from this montage are the following:

1- Hugh Grant in Love Actually
2- Julia Stiles in Save The Last Dance
3- Jennifer Grey & Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing (both scenes)
4- Joseph Gordon-Levitt in (500) Days of Summer
5- Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia in Big

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


I have always loved the shapes of states and countries; something about the graphic, organic lines draws me in every time. Naturally, I'm also a sucker for anything state shaped, which led me to AHeirloom. A Brooklyn based company created by Amy Stringer-Mowat and Bill Mowat. They made their first state-shaped cutting boards for their wedding in 2010 and quickly turned it into a successful company featuring all fifty states as well as some specialty designs too. The cherry on top is that all of their products are made in the US. Definitely check them out. Their site features really beautiful woodwork that is perfect for summer wedding or housewarming gifts.

all photos via AHeirloom

Monday, June 22, 2015

happy father's day

Ryno and I refused to allow the rain that persisted this weekend to keep us down. We gathered up some basics like water, towels and all of Elton's supplies and ventured out to walk around Town Lake aka Ladybird Lake. It was overcast and muddy, but we had a great time all the same. Also, Elton found some friends and a few mud puddles that he loved running through.

Sunday we spent celebrating Father's Day with my family. We had a tasty morning brunch accompanied by a huge downpour. Then a nice seafood dinner to end the day. Hope all of you dads out there had a wonderful Father's Day!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Meg Mac

Today I thought I'd share an artist that I've only recently discovered. Meg Mac is an Australian singer, and she released her debut album MEGMAC in 2014. I'm really into her song "Roll Up Your Sleeves," which is featured on her debut album along with her other single "Known Better." She's touring the Eastern US at the moment, but sadly I haven't seen any references of her coming to Austin.

We're celebrating Father's Day with my dad and harvesting some honey this weekend. It looks like it may be another rainy weekend here in Austin. What do you have planned this weekend?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

as of late

My life in photos lately...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

skin deep

I think by now everyone is well aware I have a slight addiction to Sephora. I have to say that the point incentives they offer are pure genius. I absolutely love earning enough points to select a free item from their samples of the month. The idea that I can get a sample size of a new mascara, lipgloss or fragrance is completely thrilling to me. After reading an article that discussed requesting actual samples at Sephora, aka those not given through points, but rather through tiny plastic containers that hold a nickel sample size, I have been introduced to a ton of new products. Sometimes I go in really wanting to try something specific. Other times I ask whoever is helping me what their favorite product is in the store. I have to admit it's really blown my world open. My newest addiction that I discovered through samples and a very helpful Sephora employee is FIRMx Peeling Gel by Peter Thomas Roth. I was a bit skeptical at first, but the sample went a long way so I've been able to tell that it really has benefited my skin. Being of the fair-skinned complexion it's helpful to fight sun damage as much as possible, and I liked the suggestion I read to use this gel on my hands and neck as well as my face. I haven't invested in the full tube yet as my sample keeps on going, but I plan to on my next stop into the store. If you need more convincing check out Refinery 29's discussion and Beauty Test Lab for the gel as well.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

the royal we

Reading has become my summer passion. It helps that the weather has been dreary here, and this week we have a tropical storm coming into town. Time I would typically be outside, or more specifically at a pool, I've spent curled up with a stack of books. It has honestly felt like a childhood luxury and made the stints between work feel like a true summer of my youth. Currently, I'm plowing through the Go Fug Yourself ladies' book The Royal We. Morgan and Cocks did a wonderful job writing a story that seems just different enough from Kate and Wills to be entertaining, but still allows you to picture Prince Harry every time you read the name Freddie. I have about a quarter left to read, but have enjoyed it so much to this point I felt I could recommend it as a fantastic summer read! What have you been reading this summer?


Monday, June 15, 2015

go usa!

Not realizing the US women's team played earlier in the week, we had our own kick-off to the FIFA Women's World Cup on Friday night. We met some friends at a nearby bar and cheered for the US women until the game ended in a 0-0 tie.  I don't keep up with soccer regularly, but I always enjoy a World Cup game.  It was fun to familiarize myself with the newer members of the team. A friend of mine who still plays soccer was with us, so she filled me in on the best players to follow. After a late night out on Friday, we checked on the beehive on Saturday. Ryno said we'll be able to collect a good amount of honey this year! I'm looking forward to it, and I'm prepared with a collection of new jars.

photos from last years honey collection

Friday, June 12, 2015


I love this song, "Country Down," from Beck's Grammy Award winning album Morning Phase. The video is really serene as well, and I think it really speaks to the feeling of the summer.

With summer in full force here in Texas I'm hoping we can make it out to the pool. The city pools opened this week, and we still haven't made it out to one yet. I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

one thousand places

I'm a huge fan of lists of all varieties. I enjoy making lists, combing through lists and in particular checking off items on lists. So when I received the book, 1,000 Places To See Before You Die from a friend I was thrilled. Although I received the book several years ago, I only recently dedicated the time necessary to go through page by page and highlight the places I've already visited. The chance to check off items on a list brought a wide smile to my face, while also making me acutely aware of how many places I still want to explore. I was very fortunate in college and was able to spend a summer abroad. My favorite countries that summer were Italy, Spain, England and Ireland. I loved spending time around the coastlines or on the water which we did a lot of in Venice. Now that I've checked off what I've seen it's time to start the lists of places we hope to still explore. I'll be sure to share as we develop those more.

friends in Mallorca and Wicklow

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

national geographic

If you're looking for a daily dose of inspiration check out National Geographic's Instagram feed (@natgeo). It's one of my favorites and one of the most inspiring feeds that I follow. Today they shared a lovely aerial view of the Grand Canyon by Pete McBride aka @pedromcbride. Also, their World's Ocean Day series of photos from this week has been absolutely beautiful.

photo via Pete McBride

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

a first time for everything

While I typically like to share the weekend recap on Mondays, I was too excited to share my Etsy news yesterday. Therefore, today I'll share the events of the weekend, which were a lot of Austin firsts. Ryno and I kicked off the weekend at Justine's Brasserie a local, French cuisine restaurant. We've talked about going since we first moved to Austin, and it was exciting to make it there. Then we spent another night at home cooking a lovely meal with friends. Our friend had just been to Memphis and brought back a new cookbook Collards & Carbonara, which we used to select recipes for a main course and dessert. The dessert was Peanut Butter and Banana Pie; it was delicious! Lastly, we went to a Round Rock Express baseball game. While the home team was defeated, it was still fun to spend the evening in a ball park.

Monday, June 8, 2015


My paintings are now available on Etsy! I have wanted to be a seller on Etsy, since sometime around the year 2007. The problem was I didn't have an answer to the question "What will I sell?" Last year I made some real strides in hunkering down to create my own artwork and sharing that art outside of the four walls of my studio. Sharing your art is a fairly intimidating experience or at least it is for me. I always enjoyed working for companies as an artist, because I was working within a structure. Stepping away from my role working for a large corporation allowed me to start exploring what I enjoy creating. I'm very much still at the start of that journey, but just like participating in my first art show last year was a big step so is making my work accessible on Etsy. If you'd like to check out my shop you can see it here. I hope to eventually add a permanent link to it on this blog, so look back for that later. Below is a sneak peak of a few of the paintings I have on Etsy.

I'll be sharing my weekend recap later this week! I'm excited to discuss an artist I heard speak over the weekend with you. Hope your week is off to a great start!

These are original paintings produced under copyright laws and may not be
reproduced without the artists' consent. Copyright 2015.

Friday, June 5, 2015

bahamas | lost in the light

My new band obsession is Bahamas. In particular, his song "Lost In The Light." I find it completely mesmerizing, and every time I hear it I do the slightest, little dance. I have the feeling there is a very good chance it will be my 2015 summer song. Something about this song makes me want to be part of a Palm Springs pool party with colorful swimwear surrounding a modern, azure pool. I hope you enjoy it too! Have a wonderful weekend lovelies!