Nannie Inez

Nannie Inez Austin, TXWhen B asked me to move with him, my heart was bursting with love and my mind was busy imagining just how special our home would be. We both had a few items from living in other apartments, and kind parents who were willing to give us odds and ends from their homes, so we decided to save money and not buy anything before we were in this space we now call our home. We both love the idea of building our home with items we found and loved along the way, rather than just buying for the sake of having. This is why we chose to get to know Deeyn Rhodes of one of our favorite local Austin shop’s, Nannie Inez, which features whimsical, modern, beautifully designed products. Deeyn is a Texas native, and graduated from UT with a fashion merchandising degree and spanish minor. While living in Austin, she met her partner, and co-owner of Nannie Inez, Lonzo Jackson. After graduating, the couple moved to NYC for her to work in the fashion industry for a few years before moving to London, which she describes as her “happy place”. While in London, Deeyn discovered she was no longer passionate about working in fashion merchandizing, but instead dreamed of surrounding herself with well-made, well-designed products that made her happy. After moving back to Austin, Nannie Inez opened in 2012.

Deeyn Rhodes of Nannie Inez in Austin, Texas.

CG: What was it about the design in London that captured you and made it your “happy place”?

DR: In London, design is everywhere.  You have access to the best museums and galleries, amazing shops and restaurants and the cultural diversity and unlike any other place.  You see design even when not seeking it out.  It's in the architecture and literally on the streets as some of the best street artist are from London (hello Banksy).  I was in London for London Design Festival a few months before we opened our new shop and I spent days hopping around from event to event and on our last day there, I snapped a picture of a poster I stumbled upon in the underground tube station (old street) and this became one of our main sources of inspiration for the new space.  I like British design because it's modern (not to say there can't be stuffy and dusty British design) but a truely unique sensibilty about British design is the sense of humour.  It's modern and whimsical and as you can see from the shop, I totally identify with that.

CG: How did you fall in love with the minimalist aesthetic?

DR: City living, because the spaces are smaller. The way you decorate in New York, or London, or even here in Austin, is not the way your decorate a huge house. From a fundamental level, it’s the city living. Plus, I like clean lines and furniture that is low profile. Minimalist ,to me, can still be color, print, and texture, but it’s really clean. I like to call things ‘visually light-weight’. Like those brackets (Bend Triangle Wall Brackets) over there, they are so impactful! They’re almost neon and the design is really architectural, but that is completely minimalist. Even though they’re very impactful, they’re also ‘visually light weight’.

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CG: What are a few of your favorite things in the shop?

DR: The terra-cotta pots (from Belgium) are such a simple product but, they’re one of my favorite things in the shop because the colors are so unique. It’s a simple pot, they’re just terra-cotta, you could get a terra cotta pot anywhere, but there is something special about these colors and I’ve never seen anything like it before. The ‘Take a bath’ tea set. That is hilarious. Say you’re having your morning tea or coffee.. Sure you could have it in a free mug that someone gave you, but how nice is it to pour your coffee in a cup that is well made, cute, and funny. I’m really loving the Kristina Krogh prints. They’re really unique, the color is great, the range is great. From the copper foil, to the 2015 calendar, to the watercolor. It’s a pretty wide aesthetic, but I love it.

CG: What do your everyday routine look like?

DR: Wake up and start making a pot of coffee immediately. I take the dog out for a little walk. Most days, I try to go to the Gym ,or do something active in the morning. I find that if I don’t do that I’m pretty grumpy the rest of the day. I come into the shop at 11, and pick up a cup of coffee (either from Seventh Flag or Pacha) before so I have one cup as a little treat for the day. Work until 6. Sometimes we’ll go for happy hour drinks at Weather Up, my favorite place. Then we cook at home around 3 times a week. Bed by 11.

CG: What are you favorite Instagram accounts?

DR: @kristinakroghstudio and minta_maria_photo

Nannie Inez Austin, TX

CG: What are the places outside of home design where you gain inspiration?

DR: Any time spent outside, nature. Just away from the computer and the phone, or doing something active. Clearing the dust and letting inspiration happen naturally, without going out and seeking it. The boardwalk in Austin is one of the best things in the city. It’s beautiful and a great way to spend time outside on the water. Going for a walk, or run.

CG: What would you do with a Saturday free in Austin?

DR: Run on the boardwalk. Maybe go out to Jester King for a beer and pizza. Come back home and go to a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse.

Then, Bruce asked Deeyn what she would do if she came into $100, $1,000, and $10,000 and could spend on whatever she wanted:

DR: $100 - I would probably get a facial at Milk + Honey. $1,000 - I would go shopping. Locally, it would either be kick pleat or Olive. Online, Totokaelo. $10,000 - I would probably spend a few weeks in Greece. Lonzo and I went maybe three years ago and it was one of the best holidays we’ve ever, ever had. The Mediterranean and getting in the water… There is so much salt in the water that you float without trying. The water is beautiful. The food is amazing. The architecture is amazing. The people are super friendly and completely accepting of you being an American. You can either have a fancy day or weekend there where you’re in a nice hotel with striped beach chairs, fluffy pillow, waiters, $20 dollar cocktails, and a house band playing. Or you can just go to a random beach with plastic chairs, or beach towels, and have a beer and it’s really relaxed and beautiful. It’s easy to have both of those experiences if you wanted.

Deeyn Rhodes of Nannie Inez in Austin, Texas.

Each time we visit the shop Deeyn is very friendly to us and eager to share her extensive knowledge for the products she’s passionate about. Her love for the products is contagious, so we can never leave the shop without a few little home goodies or adding a new item to our wishlist, like this chair I’m determined to own one day. I highly suggest following @nannie_inez on Instagram, visiting while you’re in Austin, or checking out the online shop!

CAMP TXSC

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Last weekend I attended Texas Style Council CAMP, where over a hundred bloggers and brands got together right outside of Austin at a Girl Scout Camp to hangout, listen to some inspiring speakers, learn from discussion groups, and have a little fun in the mud.

Friday afternoon my designer and blogger friend, Joanna Hawley, flew into Austin, and we met for the first time in real life after being internet friends for months. I was able to show her around Austin a bit despite the SXSW traffic, and get her some tacos and queso before heading out to camp. It was her first time in Texas, so we had some priorities (queso was number one).

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As soon as we arrived and found our cabins, we heard our first speaker then headed to a night full of crafting and learning about some of the sponsors and brands represented over the weekend.

Jess Lively and Caroline Rector | coloregrace goes to Camp TxSC

I woke up extra early to sip some Tom’s Roasting Co. coffee, and then learn from many wonderful speakers and discussion leaders including: photographer Shalyn Nelson, Bethany Joy Clark of Tom’s, Carli of Inked Fingers, Tieka of Selective Potential, Becky Murphy of Chipper Things, Indiana Adams the fearless Camp leader, Jess Lively of The Lively Show podcast, and Caroline Rector of Un-fancy.

After dinner, we got into our ‘khaki cool’ attire for a jamboree! (My only khaki was a pair of shorts, so I decided to stay warm in my jeans instead.)

coloregrace goes to Camp TxSC

There was A LOT of photo-booth fun. Each sponsor had more crafts, temporary tattoos, and desserts tables too! In the photos above, you’ll find my OKC friend Kelly Beall of Design Crush, Chloe Mitchell, a representative of Hello Society, and my new friend Ana, who blogs at The Iron Pearl!

coloregrace goes to Camp TxSC

coloregrace goes to Camp TxSC

By the end of the evening, putting my tired Converse up in this Kammok was necessary! These Converse were the best shoe options I packed with me for Camp so I wore these all weekend through the rain and mud, and the sunshine that came out Sunday morning.

coloregrace goes to Camp TxSC

We enjoyed all of the sun we could Sunday morning after out last speaker and goodbyes. It was nice to spend some extra time chatting with Randle Browning of Week of Plenty, my kindhearted friend from Waco, TX! This girl’s recipes are beautiful looking; I cannot wait to start trying each one.

OH! and I can’t forget to say how much fun it was to make a cool necklace with Hello Society. So much fun that I won this amazing Lomography camera! I’m so excited to buy some film and capture some amazing days coming up.

Most of all, I came back to Austin with a head full of new ideas and fresh passion for my work. I feel refreshed to be vulnerable and authentic, and hoping work on some fun collaborations with my new Camp friends.

coloregrace goes to Camp TxSC

SXSW: Lettering and Lattes

sxsw lettering and lattes - coloregrace sxsw lettering and lattes - coloregrace3 This past Saturday I had the pleasure of joining a bunch of local hand-letterers at Lettering and Lattes, hosted by Creative Market and Toms Roasting Co, to kick off SXSW. It was my first event as a letterer, and I couldn't have had a better time. A group of letterers were brought together by Creative Market to hang out on a beautiful Saturday morning, drink coffee, letter, and talk with each other and the attendees. I was happy to spend time with a few letterers I was already close friends with (Becky Murphy, Angela Duncan, Zachary Horst, Ryan Hamrick, and Lin Zagorski), as well as get to know others, like Sean McCabe.

We all had a blast trying each others markers, pens, and different lettering styles. B took these photos, but joined the letterers in having some fun too. I'm so happy to be in this community and learn from each other, and I cannot wait until we all get together again.

Find all of the links for the extraordinary letters here!sxsw lettering and lattes - coloregrace4 Zachary-Horst-and-Becky-Murphysxsw lettering and lattes - coloregrace2sxsw lettering and lattes - coloregrace6

Laura Uhlir of Olive

coloregrace- Laura Uhlir of Olive During my short time working for Apple in Austin, I had a very cool customer come in to buy an extra charger. After chatting for a few minutes, and complementing her blue Clare Vivier clutch, I discovered that Laura is a shop-owner in East Austin. On my next day off work, I visited her shop Olive and purchase a thin gold knuckle ring, which I now wear daily. I’ve been in love with Olive ever since. Last Saturday I was able to sit down with Laura in her new shop location and ask her a few questions about her style, her love of vintage and new designers, and her lovely shop.

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Laura Uhlir is originally from a small town in east Texas, Longview, where she lived on a farm with a couple of cows, goats, chickens, rabbits. While she loved playing on the farm as a girl, Laura always wanted to be in the city.

(Living in a small town) pushed me towards being a little outside of the box. Everyone kind of had a similar aesthetic, and a similar state of mind, so it really pushed me in the opposite direct, which I think is good. I feel like if you grow up in small town, you maybe have to work a little harder. When you grow up in the city you have all of these great cultural things at your finger tips, and when you’re in a small town you have to go out of your way to find it. So I went out of my way.

“I thrifted; That’s how I survived middle school and high school. I was a thrift store junkie, and still am. It was where you could get cool stuff.” She enjoyed finding the things the old ladies in town would bring in, like their old cowboy jeans and polyester, but her “holy grail” was the little boy tee-shirts for a quarter each.

The thrift store jam was finding perfect, old, holy, beat-up teeshirts. I would find them left and right. I still have a bag of them, I never wear them but I cannot get rid of them it makes me too sad so I have a bag in my closet.

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Laura would wear mostly vintage, never altering it, and it was her way of trying to be different, along with dying her hair fushia-pink. Though she admits she wasn’t, she fancied herself as “a little bad-ass.” She spent a lot of time hanging out with her friends in the high school darkroom or art studio. After high school Laura moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas and get a degree in Visual Art and Art Education Studies. With a history in art and a family full of teachers, she thought the logical thing was to be an art teacher, but kept her passion for thrifting too.

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After graduating, Laura and her husband moved to LA and her thrift-store finds were even greater. She started selling her vintage on Etsy under the name Olive Vintage. Olive was the name of her “sweet, fat, amazing” Boston terrier, who was her spirit animal. When they moved back to Austin a few years later, Laura was able to sell at a few pop-up shops and work as a buyer for friends of hers in Houston who were opening a shop. After their shop had opened, Laura decided it was time to open her own. In 2012, Olive’s brick and mortar sold only vintage clothing, because it was an easy small investment for her, but carried new jewelry and accessories. Then she grew with new design as her business grew, just slowly and carefully. When Olive opened Laura says it was probably 20% vintage and 80% new designers but now it has flipped.

I will always carry vintage, because its illogical to cut it out. Almost everyone I know wears vintage clothes in some way or another, so it makes sense to have them in to round out your new wardrobe too. It’s more unique and affordable. I’ve been saying Olive’s aesthetic now is ‘artful design with everyday dressing in mind’. So to me, that means clothes with an artist approach…something that’s a little different than your everyday piece of clothing. Maybe it’s the fabric, the print, some detailing like a fringe, but something that sets apart from your basics but still wearable everyday clothes.

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While I was there, Laura also picked out a few dresses for me to try on. This Just Female navy ‘coffee’ dress was unbelievably soft and comfortable. I ended up wearing it around the shop for the rest of the interview and buying it too.

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Next, I asked Laura some quick questions:

Who is your biggest business inspiration and resource?

My friend Whitney, of Myrtle, in LA. She is the feminine sister to my tomboy store. She has a similar approach to her shop, we’re both a one woman show, so talking with her everyday is inspirational because we don’t have co-workers everyday. We can shoot ideas of each other, talk about what we’re buying, seeing, sales, and everything. She’s indispensable.

When do you usually buy for your shop and where do you do to find the designers new lines?

We (Laura and Whitney) go to New York twice a year, in February and September. Laura also gets to visit her brothers and friends, while she’s there for her long weekend.

When shopping for vintage do you bring everything to the shop first, or keep a few favorites for yourself?

During my last trip, I found a cream jean jacket navy and royal blue beaded detailing on the shoulders. I just used it in my most recent look-book for the shop. I was fully intending to bring this to the shop, but I think it may come home with me.

Current favorite designer?

DusenDusen (which was also her first designer in the shop) always lands in my favorites just because her work like none else. Her pattern, print making, is just incredible. Her spring delivery will be in the shop in a few weeks. I’ve also been admiring this line, Kaarem. I don’t actually have any of their stuff in the store, but they have these really beautiful, angular pieces. Super minimal and slick but wearable and nice.

coloregrace- Laura Uhlir of Olive

Favorite piece currently in the shop?

Tie between the the marbley print Just Female dress, and this high-collar pink Nanushka, a Hungarian line she’s now carrying, dress but its the prettiest shade of pink. (In the photo above.)

What are you looking forward to this Spring?

Looking forward toward a weekend trip with my husband to Tulum in May, but other than that, swimming and being outside. Looking forward to not wearing socks with everything. (Ready for) sandals and not layering all of the time.

Favorite Instagram accounts?

@wideeyedlegless and @ardenwray

Most recent inspiration?

Decorating with Plants book, and always art galleries and movies.

Finish the sentence, I couldn’t live without… coffee. (Her current go-to order is a cortado.)

It was fantastic to talk more with Laura about her style and Olive. After living here for nine months, I can still confidently say this is one of my favorite shops in Austin and I can’t wait to slowly own more of these beautiful new and old pieces Laura’s finds.

Oh, and before I forget, she also suggested we try a nearby taco-truck, Veracruz All Natural, and get the migas taco. It was delicious! I’ll highly recommend it now too.

coloregrace- Laura Uhlir of Olive

wandering Austin

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Time continues to fly by as B and I live in Austin. It seems like we’ve blinked and now we’ve lived here over 6 months, even more excited B and I are close to celebrating our one year of being a couple! Since living in Austin we’ve had the best time exploring our new home, however we noticed we had not explored a few quintessential Austin places yet. So we made a plan!

B and I dedicated1–2 days to explore Austin and document the day’s findings with photos. Then we printed our favorites as a Square Print Set from Artifact Uprising!

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On a rainy Saturday morning we grabbed coffee at one of our favorite local spots, Figure 8. We made a list of places we’ve wanted to go and places we’ve heard great things about, we even asked the baristas and people in line for their recommendations. At the end of the list, there were simply too many good Austin eats to try and not enough time or space in our stomachs to try them all so we focused more on sites. Unfortunately, all of the places were outdoors so our adventure was pushed back until Sunday. However, Sunday the sun was shining bright; our adventure day was finally here! We packed our camera, and sunglasses, and headed out the door for almost the entire day.

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Some of the Austin places we explored included:

  • ‘Greetings from Austin’ on Annie St.
  • ‘I love you so much’ street art at Jo’s on S. Congress.
  • Downtown and the Capitol building.
  • Castle Hill (The Hope Gallery).
  • Lady Bird Lake and Lamar pedestrian bridge
  • East Austin Succulents

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Narrowing the several hundred photos we shot down to our favorites took a little time, but we both had clear favorites. Once we decided on our the set the rest was easy through Artifact Uprising! Ordering our Square Print Set on the website was simple and quick. The prints are 5" squares with a small white border on semi-matte paper. We didn’t have to worry much about the color calibration of monitors, screens, or printers; the prints’ colors looks exactly as they do on our Macs and iPhone screens.

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Our prints are now hung by DIY gold color block clips in our home; I smile each time I catch a glimpse of them. Thankfully, B is fantastic and spaced out the whole grid evenly, so it doesn’t drive us both crazy.

Going on these little adventure will always be one of my favorite things to do with B. I’m lucky to spend these days, in a spectacular city, with my best friend.

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photography by Bruce Layman and Colore’ Lincoln

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Artifact Uprising. I received a product to review for this post, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands I believe in and that keep Colore’ Grace abundant.

peeks into our home

coloregrace and Bs home B and I have officially lived together for six months. Time continues to fly by. And we both continue to be amazed at how happy we are here. It has been so fun learning to cook together (and I’ll add that we have been making excellent dinners for the last week), running errands on the weekends, constantly rearranging our furniture, and mixing up our growing print collection. Since it is our first home, it has been quiet the process to arrange our things exactly how we like them, add a few new pieces in, and declutter items we no longer need or use. In the future we hope to keep a minimal amount of things, however we will keep all of our art prints. Today I’m excited to share a small peek into our process of building a home at 6 months.

This corner is a recent favorite of ours. I’ve had this vintage green chair since I was young, and I’ve always loved it. We’ve enjoyed keeping a few succulents around to bring some life in, and occasionally we’ll bring home a few hydrangeas because they’re my favorite. Our two large prints were framed and hung last week. The left print is from a recent AIGA lecture we attended called Print Matters, and the right is A Visual Compendium of Cameras from Pop Chart Labs.

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Our oversized wooden coffee table serves us in more ways than one. We like to keep these books on the table to flip through, but they often get pushed aside for work, yummy food, and sometimes photos. Right across the coffee table, we have a tall bookshelf/entertainment center with a low shelf that serves as our bar. We like to keep Gin, Bourbon, and a Malbec or Cab Sav stocked up; the Vodka is simply there as a bar staple. The glass and gold leaf sign behind hung in the doctor’s office of B’s great-grandfather, he saved it from the recycling bin before the move.

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Finally, our office, which is actually the dining area in the floor plan, is where we spend the most time. About two months ago we bought our giant white desktop which gives each of us plenty of space to spread out all of the paper and pens we wish. Behind us we have shelves that allow us to rotate our prints around occassionally.

We are truly enjoying building our home in this apartment. It is ever-changing, evolving, and so much fun.

coloregrace at home

FRENCH 75

cg over a french 75french 75 feature Have you decided how you’ll be celebrating tomorrow night? Whether you’re going out with sequins, or staying in with blankets, a drink will be necessary to toast the New Year. I’ll be enjoying my new favorite year-round cocktail, the French 75, which was named in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris. People said this drink was as powerful and hard-hitting as the French 75mm field gun, but was easy to drink because of its subtle taste. I was practically giddy when I met with the East Side Showroom Executive Barkeep, Julianna Fry, to learn the simple recipe.

“When you look at the ingredient list, it’s so short but it packs so much more than that. For most people it’s the lightness of the drink that attracts them,” said Julianna. She noted the French 75 is ordered by a wide range of people, but the drink tends to attract customers who are already gin drinkers. “More women seem to be attracted to the drink because of the bubbles. Bubbles typically draw more women because it feels more feminine.”

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How to make a French 75

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Ingredients and Materials:

  • Gin
  • Sparkling white wine or champagne
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Simple syrup
  • A martini glass
  • A cocktail shaker and strainer
  • A jigger for measuring

Directions:

  1. In the small half of the shaker, add .5 ounce of the fresh lemon juice.
  2. Add .5 ounce of the simple syrup.
  3. Add .5 ounce of Gin. (East Side Showroom uses Monopolowa Dry Gin as their house gin, because it brings out the juniper. They tend to go through 16–18 bottles of this particular gin a week.)
  4. Fill small shaker over the top with ice, cover with tall half of shaker.
  5. To keep the lemon very bright, do a quick and vigorous shake of less than 30 seconds. Just as you start to feel the drink going from mainly ice to being more liquid, it is time to stop.
  6. Strain the drink out into your martini glass making sure to hold back the ice. Give the drink a little bit of air. (Julianna added that the Martini glass helps keep the proportion really nice. You still get the crisp spike from the lemon, and it also opens up the nose of it. You get all of that citrus and bright notes right at the top.)
  7. Add the little splash champagne to top it off. (Tip: when opening your bottle of champagne, be sure to turn bottle, not the cork.)
  8. Toast and sip your French 75.

To make your drink extra special, add a small lemon twist garnish.

If you’re not a gin drinker, spins on the French 75 include the French 76, which substitutes vodka for the gin, and the French 77, which uses elder flower liqueur in place of the gin or the simple syrup to make it extra botanical.

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East Side Showroom was opened about 5 years ago by the mom and daughter duo, Mickie and Trudy Spencer. The Showroom is located at 1100 East 6th Street Austin, TX and their doors open everyday from 5 p.m to 2 a.m.

“We’re very warm and cozy. It feels like a good place to be to when it gets cold out, so we get a lot of good winter business. Especially when you just want a good, boozy drink. There is a wall of liquor waiting for you,” said Julianna.

East Side Showroom will offer each person at the bar a glass of complimentary champagne at midnight, and I am not one to pass on free champagne or the chance to toast to the New Year with the one I love.

cheers

Link list

lovelylinkjulyIt's my second week in Austin, and I'm happy to say I'm finally getting comfortable with driving around without having mini-panic attacks or GPS! I'm learning to tolerate and almost enjoy the crazy heat. And, I am loving all of the friendly people who constantly say to us, "Welcome to Austin". It makes me smile every time. Life is full of happy new inspiration for us! My head is spinning with all of the possiblities. Also, I've been really loving this large framed print I ordered from INK361! It's a photo I took when Bruce and I were leaving Oklahoma City to go to Austin for the first time last March for an Ellie Goulding concert! (what an amazing show!) While we were driving around, we day-dreamed about one day living here. Little did we know, the dream would become reality in a few short months! I ordered the print to surprise B when we moved in last week. We haven't quite decided on the perfect place to display it yet, but it's perfect nonetheless.

I wanted to share a list of a few other things I'm loving too!

  1. Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work by Austin Kleon, who happens to be an Austin local.
  2. Joy Cho's Keynote from Alt. Summit Summer 2014
  3. These desktop wallpapers by Victoria Macey.
  4. Listening to Beyonce Live and dancing while you work.
  5. This comfy Madewell dress on repeat.
  6. Looking for little details for our home, like this L.
  7. A new colorful clutch to take around Austin when we're trying new restaurants and food-trucks.  (P.S. last night we met some friends in east Austin at a food truck named East Side King in the backyard of Liberty Bar. I ate Thai Chicken Karaage, rice, and Beet fries. No joke, I ate beets.) 
  8. This AMAZING quote from Jen Gotch.
  9. Oh yeah, and this Pin too!
  10. Finally this EXTREMELY helpful post from House of Earnest about keeping hydrangeas looking beautiful.

Enjoy!

HAPPY FRIDAY + kitchen inspiration

kitcheninspiration Hello Hello! A quick apology for the silence for the last few weeks but I'm excited to report I'm now living in Austin, Texas! HOORAY! Bruce and I have lived in new our home for a week! I'm excited to report that it is slowly starting to look like a home (photos soon, I promise) and we now have amazing fast internet! This week has been crazy exhausting and fun as we've moved things around and tried our best to figure out a place for everything. At first my head was kind of spinning because I've never had an entire home to organize before! My biggest task for the moment is learning how to organize our kitchen. Bruce and I brought our few somewhat random kitchen items we had from college, but thankfully his parents have many extras we've been lucky enough to bring home. Everyday this week I have brought home more kitchen stuff from them. haha, Yikes! How the heck are you suppose to find the right flow of your kitchen?! For now we have put things away where we think it will work, but we know we'll probably move things around for it to make a little more sense. Thank goodness we are both big fans of efficient organization. Now that I have internet, I'm going to be searching for kitchen DIYs, organization tips, and inspiration. I love these two images and post from A Beautiful Mess (here are the links: image 1 and image 2). So I'm leaving you with a question:

Do you have an kitchen organization tips or tricks?

How did you find inspiration to organize and style your kitchen?

Anything will be appreciated!

Happy Friday everyone! I'm off to unpack another box. (phew, almost done.)

weekend in Austin

greetingsfromaustin1Hello hello! Over the weekend I conquered the 6.5 hour drive down to Austin for a little exploring. It was my first time to take a road-trip by myself, and I was so nervous, but I'm happy to report that I did great! The drive is actually very simple, yay! Once I got to Austin, I had time to kill and was lucky enough to find a Madewell store. Since I've always had to order online, I had to go in. After trying on a few items, I've come to the conclusion that most of their clothes are made for tall skinny ladies, not like myself, but I was happy to find this comfy grey dress! hopdoddybrewandbrewOver the weekend, we explored many lovely places and ate a lot of delicious food. Thursday night we had burgers and drinks at Hopdoddy. Friday I ventured out to find Wright Bros. Brew & Brew to sip coffee and do a little work. I found an Austin gem, Mockingbird Domestics, a local home good store. B and I were excited to find a giant art supply store in north Austin, where we found a few things we "needed". haha. It's dangerous when two calligraphers go to the art store together. mimosaI loved driving around and getting to know my way around Austin. I was so inspired by everyone walking around, having fun, and being themselves. Every one is so different but all commonly weird in their own way. There are so many places to go and things to see. Of course we will both have to get adjusted to the heat and humidity, but thankfully most places you walk into are heavily air-conditioned to cool you down. By Sunday morning while we were enjoying these lovely tiny mimosas at Hillside Pharmacy, I acknowledged the fact that every time we ate a meal I was telling Bruce that each place was my "new favorite". haha. I'll figure it out after months or maybe years of research.

It feels strange to know that I only have two weeks left in Oklahoma City. They're going to go by so fast. Now, I'm off to begin organizing and packing! Does any one have great packing tips?

 

home decor dreamin'

homeatx1I am Pinning on a whole new level, people! In between working, blogging, updating my resume, applying for jobs, apartment hunting, going to every doctor I can before the move, getting my car fixed, cleaning, and everything else, I am daydreaming of our new lovely home. Thankfully we already have a lot of furniture and basic things, but I'm looking into a few little pieces to add into our decor. Needless to say, Pinterest and Houzz are my good friends for the new few months. Lately I've been dreaming about using mostly neutrals with pops of color and maybe a few patterns too. The dream of living in an apartment is filling with me with many different DIY project ideas too! Exciting things are happening!  These are a few of the items I have a little crush on:

  1. Large bulb Christmas lights to string above our patio.
  2. Bright yellow bar stools for two.
  3. Glitter favor bags. (which have inspired me to make DIY gold dot napkins!)
  4. A large L, for Lincoln and Layman.
  5. Copper mail inbox for our lovely snail-mail from Oklahoma.
  6. Grey ikea sofa.
  7. A patterned rug.

Happy weekend everyone!

 

we're moving to AUSTIN, TX!

austinheader Announcement! Bruce and I are moving to Austin, Texas! I'm extremely excited to be making my first big move, and I'll admit a little afraid too. It feels strange to me that I'm now old enough to move to another state without my parents. Growing up, I always dreamed of exploring and living in new cities, and I am grateful to get this chance. Since I've recently graduated I feel like this will be a wonderful opportunity for my career. I'm excited for all of the new opportunities I will have in Austin. That said, I'm extremely sad to be leaving my sweet shop-mom, Susan, who has always pushed me to follow my dream, and my shop-sister Sami, who is one of my best friends. They're the best bosses a shop-girl could ever ask for. Of course I'm going to miss my parents and all of my other sweet friends too. But, I'm seeing this as a the perfect chance to get all of my addresses up to date so I can send a lot of lovely snail-mail!

When Bruce asked me to move with him, my gut told me to go for it. So I am. Even in seconds when I doubt myself, I know I'm brave and I know how much I want this. I love him, and he loves me. I cannot wait to explore a new city with him and grow with him.

So readers, get ready for a lot of posts including but not limited to: moving highs and lows, apartment styling and restlying, Texas exploring, bohemian fashion, new yummy foods with Texas beer, us keeping Austin weird, new jobs and experiences, and a lot of new inspiration.

As of right now, we are planning to move in July. Yes, of course when it's getting really hot. EEK! It's only a month away! I'm really excited for this advernture!