Friday, April 24, 2015

Happy Weekend! | Oops!

There went this week!  Holy smokes - TGIF!  Y'all have to forgive me for the radio silence, my brother and his precious girlfriend (now fiancĂ©!) got engaged!  I am over the moon!  Anyway, between that and everything else there was just no time this week.  Next week, I promise.  I'm headed to Austin this weekend for one of my favorite's bachelorette party, and I am so excited to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones too.  What are y'all up to this weekend?  
Weekly roundup:
Spicy Cucumber Margarita - YUM!

30% off your purchase at J. Crew with code TIMETOSHOP!

This is the cutest thing ever

30 grilled cheeses you didn't know could possibly exist

This is an article about raising happy kids, but I read it and thought there was some super valid advice for non-parents too!

Do y'all love La Croix as much as I do?  This is awesome.

Extra 40% off sale at Madewell with code EXTRA40!

Best design blogs of 2015

Discover the white wine you like 

Great Houston pizza places (inside the Loop no less!)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekend Recap

Weekend's in Houston have become so few and far between I feel like when we're here we're shoving a bajillion things in to 60ish precious hours.  We laid low on Friday night catching up on all of the good TV we've been missing (GOT, anyone?)...#marriage.  Saturday we did the 5K I mentioned, checked out Biscuit's Warehouse Sale (which, by the way is now online), and ate some crawfish at our favorite Cajun place in town.  We had some friends over for dinner, which is my favorite way to spend any Saturday night - drinking too much in your own home  catching up with favorite pals.  Sunday we headed to a Food as Medicine Seminar called FARMacy at The Last Organic Outpost - an urban farm in the middle of Houston.  It was wild!  I had no idea such a place existed, and I was in awe of everything they're doing.  We learned a lot about integrative health and nutrition as well as heard experts on having city chickens, beekeeping, kombucha fermenting, and the like.  Monica Pope, one of Houston's most badass chefs, also did a lunch demonstration, and I kid you not her vinaigrette was hands down the best I've ever tasted.  I'm praying I can replicate it!  We had a special visitor this weekend too - my favorite Yorkiepoo, Kingston (who happens to be Mollie's best friend).  It was the best.  I can't believe it's already Monday and we're off to another busy week.  I loved everything we got done this weekend too, though.  Man, I love Houston!  How were y'alls weekends?
 Biscuit sale goodness | My goodies from the sale 
My garden is coming along!  (My seeds even sprouted!) 
New gardenia trees that smell divine 
Finally got my favorite Inslee illustration in a frame and out for everyone to see 
Setting up for Saturday night - had to do a little mixing and matching
Don't mind the BKR (I'm never without it for long) - Love, love my Elson and Co. napkins! 
I dream of owning a dog this small that likes to chill on my dash | KK, the one and only
Farm Open Everyone Welcome
License plate gazebo 
Free Snap!  Yes! 
Literally, this is in the middle of Houston
Monica Pope doing her thing 

Proof that you can grow veg anywhere 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Happy Weekend!

It's Friday!  We made it!  I am so excited to be in town this weekend.  I have a crazy schedule coming up - bachelorette next weekend, wedding the next weekend and then a tiny break before it's wedding, wedding, wedding.  'Tis the season, right?  We have some fun stuff going on this weekend, we're running a 5K tomorrow to benefit our neighborhood association, and then on Sunday we're going to FARMacy, which I told y'all about a week or two ago.  I'm excited!  I will report back.  The weather is also so beautiful, and I can't wait to have some friends over to grill out on Saturday.  I plan on drinking a LOT of wine.  What do y'all have going on this weekend?  Fun stuff, I hope!  

And in The Weekly Roundup -

The emojis I really need

Baby otters opening their eyes.  Oh, My. God.

Major, Major J. Crew SALE going on!  Up to 75% off with code THEBEST

What do you think deserves to be in the Cookbook Hall of Fame?

The best spring desserts!

A look at couples who have been together for 50+ years (This is so sweet)

Finally! I can crack my knuckles with peace of mind!

I've seen a few articles about this the last few days - why we bond with our dogs like our children (I mean, like I needed an article to tell me that I love Mollie probably more than I love my unborn children)

30% off $200 and 20% off $100 at Madewell with code YOUCHOOSE (yes and please!)

Do y'all remember this story?  Makes my heart burst!

Lipstick hacks! (Some of these are really helpful, but please don't ever try to make your lips look just look like a clown.  I promise.  It doesn't work.)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

There's An App For That

So if you were to ask any of my close friends / husband what I love most about my phone I absolutely guarantee they would tell you APPS!  Like, without any shred of doubt.  I'm the person who deleted her entire music library just to have more space for apps on my phone (who needs it anyway when you have Spotify and Pandora?!) I totally realize what a loser I sound like, but really its to your benefit.  So many friends have asked me to share my favorite apps (because at least once a day I'm like, oh I have an app for that! #seriously), and I figured it was time.  Once a week or so I'll try to tell y'all about an app that really makes a difference in my every day life.  And I'm actually not being dramatic about that!  So anyway - today's app is also a website, but that's neither here nor there.  Most of y'all probably know about ClassPass already, but if not read on...

ClassPass is a pretty amazing little tool, where for about $80 a month you can take an unlimited number of classes at various studios across the city.  I'm pretty dedicated to my workout routine (yoga / spin / run walk), but I thought it might be a fun opportunity to find some new studios in my neighborhood and vary my routine a little bit.  It is awesome!  I found an amazing new spin studio, like, 3 minutes from my house, a CrossFit Box, and I even tried to try (long story) a barre class or two.  There are SO MANY CLASSES to try, it can almost be overwhelming, but it's a really great tool for discovering new studios and trying out new classes.  I have really, really enjoyed it.  There are downsides too though - you can only attend three classes at a studio a month (but you have unlimited studios to choose from...see what they did there?), and if a class fills up with non-ClassPass members you get booted (which sucks).  Overall though, it's been a handy little app when I'm needing to get my ass in gear and my spin / yoga schedules aren't jiving with whatever I've got going on that day.  And y'all, it's $80.  For a literally unlimited number of places to try.  Worth it to me!   

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Piperlime Closing Sale!

So y'all have probably heard that Piperlime is closing by now. I was kind of crushed when I initially got the news - I buy a lot of stuff from their site!  It's been a great resource for shoes, dresses, sweaters, and the like, and I'm so bummed that they've decided to say goodbye.  On the plus side though! (Always a silver lining, y'all) Everything is on sale.  Like, major, major sale, and there are serious bargains to be had.  I figured I'd share a few of my favorites from their - because as sad as I am that Piperlime will be no longer, I'm kind of thrilled that my closet can get an update without my wallet taking a huge hit.  Wins all around!   

Shop my faves!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Weekend Recap: Gasparilla Inn

What a weekend!  I'm still feeling like a zombie.  It was such an amazingly awesome whirlwind - we got to see so many friends and celebrate a great couple (finally) tying the knot.  So fun!  I think I'll be in the strug for at least half of this week.  I thought I'd share a few pics from the weekend; I would give just about anything to be back on that beach right now.  Although, I'm not thrilled with my sunburn.  Sunscreen, y'all.  I think the major takeaway from this weekend is that I really - like, really, really - love my new sunnies.  Even if Juan told me I look like a preying mantis.  I think that's a compliment, right?
Beautiful rehearsal dinner here 
Another pic from the RD in one of my fave Mignonne Gavigan necklaces
An awkward selfie to show how happy I was to be back on the beach
Beach time at the Gasparilla Inn 
A sneak peek at the amazing florals from the wedding
The bride and her maids
My favorite wedding outfit ever I think (this + these

A horrible view for a wedding reception, obviously 
And then we came home to find our little jardin looking all kinds of great! 

PS!  Today is the last day to shop my Open Door collection!  Use the code FF20 for 20% off - don't miss out on some serious goods.  

Friday, April 10, 2015

Happy Weekend!

And just like that, we are off to Florida to watch two of our pals get married.  We'll be at the Gasparilla Inn this weekend, and I expect it will be particularly beautiful.  I'm so excited to reunite with some of my college pals - well, Juan's college pals, but mine too right?!  I think so.  This week has been the ultimate whirlwind of preparing to leave town, so I'll leave you with this: Have an amazing and happy and safe and FUN weekend!  I'll see y'all on Monday!

6 healthy habits to form in your 20s and 30s

Lemon bars (are my fave!)

Who would have thought: cheese changed the course of Western civilization

Charred cabbage sounds oddly delicious

Don't forget about my collection at Open Door!  Use the code FF20 to get 20% off through Tuesday

Lilly Pulitzer for Target launches in 9 days!  What do you think about it?

Such sweet brudder seester luve

Women feigning interest...

Centenarian from Japan breaks swim record

HATE that we're missing the Art Car Parade again this year!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Open Door Shop Collection (+ a discount for y'all!)

2014 was a big year for us, for sure.  We bought a house, got married...well, that pretty much rounds it out, but that's two major life moves, right?!  I think so.  Before we moved in to our house (a few short weeks before our wedding, never again) I was worried we'd never be able to fill so much space between the two of us.  Umm...I was wrong.  Like, majorly, majorly wrong. Not because we had so many precious things, but because I never realized how much stuff people come with.  Like the leather recliner.  Kill me. It took awhile before we really felt settled in to our house, but slowly and surely over the last six or so months we've done exactly that.  Yes, of course there are still updates to be made - painting, wallpapering, window treatmenting, and the like - but overall I feel like we're in a pretty good place. A big part of that, though, was curating what we already had and then making sure the pieces we added meshed - for the most part at least.  
I've been an avid supporter of Open Door since its first days - one of the founders, Marion, and I went to Sewanee together.  We actually also traveled through China together, but that's a different story for a different day, for sure.  The thing I love most about Open Door is that it has something for everyone - whether you're looking for a bridal registry, the perfect baby shower or hostess gift, or - like me - to fill your first home with things that you love, they have it.  I have my favorite pieces scattered throughout our house, and they are so versatile.  These salad tongs are perfect for every day and really look great when you have people over (a major step up from two dinner forks, if I may say).  My pineapple bowl sits in our entry as a catch all for keys, sunglasses, and mail, but it would be equally as precious holding appetizers for a girls' dinner.  It's no secret that I love Terrafirma, and in my opinion OD has the best selection.  I use their pieces everywhere - from cheese plates to decorating my coffee table and everything in between.  I am obsessed with these amazing glasses made from recycled wine bottles.  Like, why didn't I think of that?!  Lord knows I drink enough wine. They are perfect for morning iced coffee or as water glasses for a dinner party.  And I love my hemstich cocktail napkins.  We received some for our wedding, and I promptly ordered more because a. they're an incredible deal, and b. can you ever have enough monogrammed cocktail napkins?  No. You can't. 

You can really tell that Marion and Leslie have put a ton of thought in to the pieces they sell in their store, and I definitely appreciate their effort.  But the best part of all?  I have curated a collection of my favorite pieces that have really made our first house a home, and you can save 20% on any of these items until Tuesday, April 14th! Just use the code FF20 when you shop my goods and reap all the benefit.  I don't think you'll be sorry!  All of the things I mentioned above are a part of my collection plus a bunch more awesomeness. I hope you enjoy!

*All of these opinions are my own, and I would never lead y'all astray.  Their store (and my collection) is legit awesome!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


I legitimately wait for this day (these days) all year.  No lie.  The Shopbop Friends & Family event is the perfect time to stock up on tons of goods for spring and summer.  I'm always on the lookout for a good deal, and there a LOT of deals to be had.  Check out a few of my faves below!  What are you going to update your closet with?  I'm thinking this, these, and this for sure! (Eek and these too!) Don't miss 25% off your order w code SPRING25 - offer ends April 9!
Shop my faves!