Archive for February, 2010

fancy furniture

It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of anything and everything Mid-Century modern. I’m always seeking it out online and in furniture stores. Someday I’d like to have a really stunning Mid-Century dining room table…but for now I’ll be happy with the two Mid-Century dressers that we have in our master.

Alex’s mom scored the dressers for him when he was a college student and I’m pretty sure she got them for FREE! I always knew they looked Mid-Century but didn’t know that they were true authentics until Alex noticed the Kent Coffey stamp on the inside of one of the drawers last weekend.

He did a quick google search online and found one of our exact dresser for $1500 on eBay. Schwing! And I dare say that ours is in better condition! The other one that stands tall is actually my favorite of the two, but I think they go so well in our master with the perfect wood color and design.

Some of our friends have already told us that they’d sell them, but hey, we work hard and we deserve to have nice pieces in our house. Therefore, these dressers are here to stay…forever!

February 28, 2010 at 9:13 pm 4 comments

Fredericksburg, Texas Day Trip

Some plans changed this weekend and freed up some time for us on Saturday. After reading this post by a shop owner whose store I’ve been meaning to pay a visit to I made a rash decision to make a day trip to Fredericksburg for the day. This quaint hill country town (southwest of Austin) is known for its peaches, pecans, vineyards, German influences, and charming main street.

It was a perfectly sunny day that got up into the high 60s and gave us a hint of how sweet spring will be. While there we ate Weiner Schnitzel and Goulash, window shopped up and down main street, and gazed at architecture from days past.

Of course we stopped in Enid on Main Street so I could see what all the fuss was about. I’ve seen products from this store on various design blogs for awhile now, the owner’s aesthetic is right up my alley. I walked away with a turquoise bud vase to help dull my ever present obsession with mini vases and cute ceramics. We were also lucky enough to meet and speak with owner Lara Collins Bobo about her shop and Fredericksburg in general.

On the way to and from town we saw dozens of empty peach stands awaiting the summer months to ripen the fruit that doesn’t exist yet :-) We plan on going around late June or early July and vow to find some incredible peach cobbler!

February 28, 2010 at 8:47 pm 1 comment

Happy Friday

Enjoy this little bit of adorable. After work I’m going to dinner and slurping down a margarita. Lions make me think of margaritas…but only somtimes.

February 26, 2010 at 10:09 pm 3 comments

snOw sNoW SNow SnoW

It’s snowing in Austin, and not just crap snow that falls for 5 minutes and melts when it hits the ground either. It looks like a winter wonderland outside of my (floor to ceiling) window. omg omg omg omg. I want to go home and frolic with my dog in the backyard. But she’s a priss and would probably hate it anyway.

We had two mini snowball fights outside with office mates. Photos courtesy of Kevin Nuut.

February 23, 2010 at 5:41 pm 2 comments

Austin Eats – Lambert’s, Leaf, and Delish

This past weekend was awesome. The Winter Games started (EUREKA!), we ate at Lambert’s (one of my top five fav restaurants in Austin), and I ate 3 chocolate covered strawberries, an $8 chocolate bar, and two gourmet cupcakes. You can’t go wrong with those combos…oh and it was Valentine’s Day, fun time had by all!

Lambert’s, an favorite among many Austinites, is located in the 2nd Street district and serves up Fancy BBQ. It’s located in what was once a general store back in the late 1800’s and boasts both charm and trendiness. I’ll skip to the chase and let you all know that they serve up what I think is the best mojito in Austin as well as the best mac ‘n’ cheese that either of us have ever been so lucky to devour. It was laced with goat cheese, cheddar, and other creamy delights with a perfect brown crust on top. Other things we treated ourselves to were fried oysters with cauliflower puree and green chili salsa, green chili cheese grits (my fav of the evening), Mexican rice stuffed quail on top of a cheese enchilada and topped with two quail eggs, and applewood smoked pork ribs. um yeah…..we retained a smidge of dignity by skipping dessert. I then lost all dignity again (but privately) when I consumed the $8 candy bar (purchased next door at Teuscher) on the way home…what?

The next day we rolled ourselves into Leaf to allow fresh spinach, strawberries, walnuts, and the like to absorb the gluttony from the previous evening. I ordered El Jefe while Alex got the BLT salad…bacon always knows best. The salads were solid but a bit pricey for a lunch item I thought.

Later we decided to follow suit from the previous day and dropped by Delish cupcake bakery. A good friend had been telling me that they were the best cupcakes in the city so we had to see for ourselves. I had TWO, remember TWO. First I had white chocolate cake with raspberry ganache and cream cheese frosting. SUBLIME. And I bought a black and white (chocolate cake and butter cream frosting) to go, it was also amazing and I loved the edible glitter that they lightly sprinkled on all of their rich delights. Alex’s was also great, he ordered the Mexican vanilla cake with Mexican vanilla frosting. SO GOOD. If you can, go here! I will now also dub it the best cupcakery in Austin :-)

February 18, 2010 at 7:34 pm 5 comments

Just in case you were wondering what I was doing this weekend…

…besides getting my St. Valentine on, I’ll be glued to the tube watching the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver with my friends Sumi, Miga, and Quatchi. As Alex pointed out earlier, the only other person as excited as me right now is possibly Stephen Colbert.

February 12, 2010 at 9:17 pm 5 comments

Puppeh overload…

Dear friend and fellow dog enthusiast sent me a link today, I couldn’t contain my excitement and the shear joy. Is there a pill for this? Anyway, the photo below HAD to be posted. Enjoy!

February 11, 2010 at 9:04 pm 2 comments

Puppy Love

Found these adorable images on one of my favorite blogs. Even if you’re a cat person you have to admit that dogs FREAKIN’ RULE!!!

And speaking of dogs ruling Alex just called me to tell me how Saci spent the last 3 minutes licking food bits from his hands after he ate lunch…I think he ate hot dogs. mmmm greasy meat remnants.

We also caught Saci licking the bottom of our garbage can when the wind blew it over last week. Who knows what was at the bottom of that receptacle. I imagine she had a nice midday snack of chicken grease, grass bits, and vacuum cleaner dust. Three of my favorite things too.

February 11, 2010 at 7:03 pm 4 comments

Good Change.

I saw the eye doctor yesterday for an annual appointment. It was my first time seeing this doctor and it was also the first time anyone (esp. an optometrist) has questioned my decision to still be wearing hard contact lenses. I’ve been wearing them since the 8th grade and had done fine with them…although the past few years I’ve become more and more uncomfortable while wearing them.

Well today has been my first full day wearing soft lenses and oh man WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! I haven’t had to take them out once for dust or eyelashes getting stuck in them…they don’t get dried out or scratchy on my eyes…and it doesn’t hurt to put them in at 5am before swim practice in the mornings.

I love them. Really wish I’d made the switch sooner…but better late than never!

February 10, 2010 at 11:05 pm 5 comments

Hello Monday.

When I was a kid I related The Simpsons to a horrible feeling I would experience every Sunday evening. The feeling of “oh crap, tomorrow is Monday and I have to go to school.” The Simpsons was the last show we were allowed to watch before helping pack our lunches, making sure the last of our homework was finished, and getting ready for bed. And then HELLO MONDAY.

These days I normally am introduced to the start of a new week at 5am…awful. But then good because two hours later and I’ve already finished an amazing work out in the pool, I feel refreshed and ready for the day…for the most part.

What helps you guys out there?

I find that dressing up just a little bit extra helps. This morning for example I threw on a really bright floral cami and a yellow cardigan on top, some purple ballet flats, styled my hair, and applied the new eye shadow I had purchased the week before. It was nice to feel that much more confident about my day knowing that I left the house a little more polished than usual.

Something else I find that helps is having an interesting lunch packed (i.e. yummy leftovers from Sunday) or even eating out at lunch with a friend/family. Today I did both, I packed chili but then was treated to lunch by my mom…where to you ask, TORCHY’S yum yum yum. Except now my tum-a-lum is doing somersaults all over the place! Sometimes you can’t win.

Anyone out there have tips to beat the Monday Blues?

February 8, 2010 at 10:51 pm 8 comments

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