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Delightful Dishware

I’ve never expressed on this blog how much I adore our dishware.

I fell in love with the set we registered for about 6 months before we got married. We of course registered for it and it was the number one item I looked forward to receiving. Of course, it was also the most expensive item we registered for…

Luckily we have some awesome friends and family members who bought the entire set for us and we’ll be eternally grateful! It matches the decor of our home so well and each time I use it, even if it’s just for my morning bowl of cereal, I still appreciate it!

It’s the set above of course…from Crate & Barrel. I recently came across this article on Apartment Therapy of a fellow fan of the set who had her heart broken when the set was discontinued…after she had finally saved up enough money for it. OH THE HEARTBREAK.

I too had the exact same fear, 6 months before we got married when we registered for it. I told Alex one day, “That’s it…I’m just going to buy it myself because I KNOW it’s going to be discontinued.” Thankfully it was not…until we received each last piece. Phew!

To the woman out there who lost her dream dishware, don’t fret, I’m sure a lovely set will come along soon that will be just as gorgeous. Meanwhile, I’m going home…to spoon with my plates, bowls, mugs, and platters.

August 17, 2010 at 5:08 am 3 comments

The Sunshine State

Alex and I have just arrived back home from a lovely stay in Florida. A state that wouldn’t have been our first choice for a summer vacation (we tend to choose cooler locales than our home state of TX for the summertime) but we were attending a family reunion there anyway so we decided to make a vacation out of it.

After two days in Orlando for the family reunion we were both ready to hit the road two hours north to beautiful St. Augustine. Orlando was way too commercial, chain restaurant dotted, and theme parky for our taste. Not to mention that the full humidity in 95 degree heat actually made my body hurt.

St. Augustine was recommended to us by fellow blogger Erin. She and her husband Chris share a home on St. Augustine Island and spoke very highly of their hometown!

We knew why as soon as we entered the downtown area (which is still said to be owned by Spain). The architecture was lovely and almost made me feel like I was walking around a small Spanish town rather than one in north eastern Florida.

We stayed at The Carriage House which I hands down, wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who’ll be in the area needing a place to rent. It was chock full of history and Americana nostalgia and was sooo adorable. As soon as we pulled into the long driveway we immediately gasped. The house was nicely set back about 25 yards from the main road and had a giant 200 year old oak tree with Spanish moss hanging from its branches looming overhead. The mossy green home had a charming balcony in the front as well and it reeked of southern charm. The house got even better as you walked through the front door and discovered its three spacious bedrooms, two baths, fully stocked kitchen, a parlor, large dining room, and a spacious terrace. And thankfully the homeowner had the AC cranked so it was a comfortable 74 degrees throughout our entire stay!

During the four days we were in St. Augustine we were able to do a lot of sightseeing, shopping, beach going, watching of the World Cup :-), and EATING. We ate really well there. Our favorite restaurant of the trip was The Tasting Room, a Spanish fusion tapas bar with great ambiance, live music, and fantastic food. We feasted on spinach and pine nut empanadas, mussels with a Thai curry broth, and seafood paella! They even had a psychic walking around that was “on the house” that entertained us while we waited in between courses.

Besides eating in many great restaurants while there we were lucky enough to visit Erin and Chris’s home on the island where they made a proper Italian meal for us. Alex and I were insanely impressed with their mad pizza making skills. Having recently returned from a special trip to the island of Ischia they brought back a recipe they sampled while there. The pizza that I will forever refer to as Ischia Pizza was FABULOUS and I’ve vowed to make it this Saturday for our late Father’s Day celebration (I’ll blog about it in detail then)! Also on the menu was a tasty arugula, corn, and tomato salad, and a scandalous dessert of homemade brownie topped with lemon marscapone and candied lemon slices. So impressive!

I was spoiled even more the next morning when Chris made me a marocchino, an Italian coffee I’d never sampled before. You can read how they make it here. The process was a bit tedious, but oh man the end result was fantastico. I literally felt like I was back in Italy sipping in a small cafe. Bravo! Moments later I was out their front door on the two block walk to St. Augustine Beach where I enjoyed some AM waves before traveling back home. Oh to live by the beach, I can’t imagine how great that would be…

With full bellies, heavy suitcases, and slight tans :-) we headed back to Austin this past Monday.

We were so excited to see Saci who had been staying with my parents the entire week (thanks Mom!) and get back to our normal grind. The week prior to going to Florida I was in Denver for a conference while Alex was in Ohio for work as well. Living out of a suitcase was growing old and we missed the comfort of our own bed. The house was EIGHTY THREE degrees when we walked inside. Yuck. But soon cooled off and we’re settling in for what may be a gruesome summer of 3 digit heat. Eek.

June 24, 2010 at 7:46 am 3 comments

Do you know Charley Harper?

Our past two trips to Ohio I’ve been bombarded with artwork from Charley Harper, especially on this past trip to Cincinnati. After asking a sales clerk at a local book shop I learned that it’s because he’s from Cinci.

I adore his geometric animal prints. They’re so simple and whimsical and I’m aching to purchase my own one of these days.

My friend Sam had an amazing giraffe one in her bedroom that I am totally in love with. And to make me even more jealous, it’s one of his original prints. SAY WHAT?!?!?! Yes, she’s one lucky girl!

I think they’re perfect for a child’s bedroom, or any room of the house really. I will have one on our walls soon, just you watch…

April 27, 2010 at 9:40 pm 4 comments

home feels so good

Alex and I were in Cincinnati for a long weekend for a good friend’s wedding.

While there we discovered that Cincinnati really is a cooler town than either of us imagined and enjoyed staying in my friend’s craftsman house where she rents out the second and third story. I took some pictures of her nicely decorated abode…

The city was filled with hills, lots of tall, green trees, and a lot of joggers. I love being in a town with a lot of healthy conscience people…it usually means that they also care about the environment and keeping their city looking fabulous. Definitely one of the things I adore most about Austin.

We also celebrated our two year anniversary on the same day that I was a bridesmaid in Kristi’s wedding. The event was glorious and despite some fog and drizzle the day went off without a hitch!

Now we’re home and getting back to the daily grind. Home and MY BED feel so good!

April 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

Kat Edmonson

Yesterday our good friends invited us along to the Texas Hill Country Food and Wine Festival. We had a great time, talking, drinking, eating, and sloshing through mud.

One of the highlights for me was seeing Kat Edmonson perform for the second time just this spring. We were lucky enough to catch her one Monday evening at Ming Cafe for a free jazz show. She was sweet and dreamy as ever on stage yesterday. Check out the video for one of her songs, (also Alex’s new tumblr site that he just started last week). The content will mostly be music, but he throws in some design and art related content as well.

April 19, 2010 at 8:43 pm 2 comments

I love it when…

…I get mason jars of homemade granola in the mail :-) College buddy Erin Coates is a nutritionist and fellow blogger that runs an ultra informative blog called The Healthy Apron.

I created a logo for her and business cards and to show me just how much she appreciated my help she sent me some of her homemade granola (bc I’m a slave to the stuff). It was so delicious, for the recipe go here!

March 21, 2010 at 10:33 pm 8 comments

I thought Summer was wedding season…

This Fall Alex and I have been to more weddings in a short time frame than usual. It started in October and picked up steam this November. I’ve enjoyed it, I know a lot of people loathe weddings, I welcome them and usually fight back tears when the bride is walked down the aisle or during the Father/Daughter dance. Annnyywayyy, we’re ending our Season of Weddings on November 28th when Alex will be the best man in his best friend Tim’s wedding…it’ll be a good one.

Also coming up, we’re flying up to Ohio for Thanksgiving with Alex’s friends and family on the 24th. It’s been a whopping two years since our last visit up there, so we’re way overdue. We’re excited to see old faces and places…we’ll definitely take the obligatory pilgrimage to Bowling Green (20 min. south of Toledo) to romp around our Alma Mater Bowling Green State University. I love going back there and reminiscing about the good ole college days…because they were so amazing!

So posting will be light the next week or so. Hope everyone out there has a plentiful and yummy Thanksgiving meal.

November 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm 3 comments

I have cool friends

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Today I was haphazardly scrolling through one of my favorite blogs, Design*Sponge, when I came across a collaboration of furniture and pet that I had definitely seen before. Where I’d seen it, in my super talented/fellow art major, Erin Heath’s blog…where she speaks of her quirky home finds and craft projects. But then I realized I wasn’t reading her blog but Design*Sponge, a blog read by millions. She’s super cool and definitely deserves a shout out based on the awesome work that she does.

Go here to read the full post.

November 9, 2009 at 8:12 pm 1 comment

Sweet Treats

This past week I was a busy baker. Let’s just say I owed a few people after tremendous favors they’d done for me. So how do I repay tremendous favors you ask? With baked goods silly!


I prepared my famous Nutella Trifle for my mom’s office. They were all smiles when I brought it in and I heard that it was a big hit.


Fast forward two days later, I owed another friend for dealing with a major headache for the past four months. I won’t get into it. BUT when I asked her what her favorite flavor or cupcakes were she responded, “strawberry!” How very convenient because my strawberry cupcakes I believe are my best cupcakes. They come out so splendidly delicious and this time was no exception. I sent her home with at least 6 and still had leftover cupcakes and icing. The cupcakes are gone…but there’s still a bowl of icing in the fridge…it’s almost a week old (gross I know) but it’s so painful for me to have to throw it away. It’s on my to-do list for when I get home, calm down people, I’m not going to eat it, or even roll around in it…much.

September 24, 2009 at 9:42 pm 5 comments

I just lol’d

I haven’t watched the Obama school speech yet. I’ll make that a bullet point of my evening tonight. Because I like strong, successful black men telling me to be persistent and confident. It sits well with me. Why it doesn’t with others I will never know…

…As of yesterday I reached a boiling point after hearing how stupid parent after stupid parent pulled their kids out of school for the day so they didn’t have to hear the PRESIDENT OF THE FREE WORLD speak. It’s ridiculous. Which is why I lol’d at my friend Kevin’s recent tumblr post.

I am finally watching the Obama school speech. I’m having trouble swallowing all these liberal agendas like ‘trying hard’ and ‘staying educated’.

September 9, 2009 at 9:54 pm 2 comments

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