Fall is finally here y’all!! The heat in Austin has been so overwhelming the past few weeks so when we woke up to weather in the 50s, Will and I decided to have date night at one of our favorite outdoor spots, Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden. Although Cosmic has a gravel patio, I just knew I had to break in my favorite new shoes from Zara!
I didn’t expect this, but baby blue or powder blue has become my most worn shade this month and might be my favorite color for fall. Here’s what I threw together to pair with my shoes.
Are you excited for cooler weather?! Leave me a comment and let me know which looks and colors you are loving for fall!
I can’t believe we are finally going on a vacation this summer! Because of our housing drama, we were forced to cancel all of our trips this summer except for one…of course it is a golf trip, but regardless, I am excited to travel and get out of the Texas heat for a few days.
This weekend we will be going to Chicago for one night and Destination Kohler for a few days so my husband, dad and a couple of their friends can have a Ryder Cup Style golf tournament with one another. Thankfully, my mom and sweet Charlie are coming on the trip too. We plan to do an architecture river cruise and dinner in Chicago and lots of spa time, walking and water activities while we are in Kohler.
Since the vibe of this trip is relaxation and fun dinners, I’m bringing mostly casual clothes with a few fun pieces for our dinners. I am also so excited to read my new book, Golden Girl, written by the “queen of beach reads” Elin Hilderbrand. Of course we will be on the shores of Lake Michigan, but that counts as a beach, right?
Stay tuned next week for my travel guide to Chicago and Destination Kohler!
Father’s Day is almost here! If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I’m a daddy’s girl.
I’m so excited this year because my dad will be in Austin this Father’s Day so we will get a chance to celebrate with him in person this year. Although one day is not enough to celebrate the dads in our lives and thank them for all they’ve done for us, it is a nice place to start. Depending on the interest of the guys in your life and your budget, I’ve shared a few of my favorite gift ideas for this Father’s Day below.
Many of you probably know by now that the men in my life are golfers. Golfers are so hard to buy gifts for because they are so specific about their gear and I believe there is a limit to how many polo shirts and hats you can buy for one person. I love this golf inspired cookie set from Etsy and if you’re looking to splurge, I have it on good authority that this Tag Her golf watch is the next hot thing for golfers.
For the grilling and cooking dads, you can’t go wrong with a great set of knives, grilling tools or even a grill. Bluetooth speakers set the mood for a big day of cooking so if you want to save, check these speakers out and if you’re looking to splurge, check out this Sonos system. If your dad or hubby is a wine lover, a nice bottle is always a great gift.
If you’re shopping for a man on the go, Yeti Ramblers are a fabulous gift and also the Yeti Cooler Bag makes a great gift. Chick-fil-a gift cards are also a fun treat.
Will has also fully stepped into his life as a dog dad so we can’t forget to celebrate the fathers of our furry ones this year! I love this little mug because you can upload your pet’s pic to personalize the mug. Both of my grandfathers have passed so unfortunately I can’t celebrate with them this year, but I love this personalized handprint frame for the grandpas.
My Dad always told me that he only wanted a card for Father’s Day so however you choose to celebrate the dads in your life, don’t forget the cards! It’s the best way to say thank you for all they do and to express your love for them. Hope you all have a great Father’s Day!!
Easter is just two weeks away! I love Easter because it symbolizes rebirth and it’s basically a pastel haven. Whether you celebrate at church or on the beach, I’m sharing my favorite Easter looks for this spring.
First and foremost, this pink SWF dress, y’all. I loved it for Valentine’s Day and I love it for Easter. It is so cute, comfortable and currently 25 percent off at Saks. I paired it with wedges and my favorite Pamela Munson bag, which makes an ideal look for a day time church service.
The amount of gorgeous pastel dresses this spring just has me so overwhelmed and happy. From pink to mint green and yellow polka dots, you will look stunning no matter where you celebrate your Easter Sunday. If you’re looking for a fun addition to an Easter egg hunt, check out these designer eggs from Haute and Cool.
How are you celebrating Easter this year? Will you be wearing any of my Easter looks? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Happy February, loves!! I absolutely love the month of February because its filled with all things pink and just has such a romantic feeling. To help get you all in the spirit for Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing my favorite looks that will keep you looking gorgeous whether you’re going out for a picnic with your SO or for a nice dinner.
Valentine’s Day is a special day to celebrate the ones you love in your life. Whether that is a significant other, your parents, your children, a pet or even yourself, remember to add a little extra love to your day. Here are a few of my favorite things as Valentine’s Day approaches.
Keep an eye out for a *very* special giveaway I’ll be doing for Valentine’s Day with one of my favorite gal pals! What are your plans for this Valentine’s Day? Leave me a comment and let me know!
With Hanukkah in full swing and exactly two weeks until Christmas, we are down to the wire on ordering gifts, y’all! For the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing gift guides for all of the people in your life–friends, significant others, parents, in-laws, grand parents, siblings and co-workers. From stocking stuffers to luxury items, I am sharing all of my gift guides here on the blog today.
Most stores should be able to deliver items before Christmas if you order this weekend! Happy shopping and let me know what you loved most from the gift guides!
Ok y’all, I have to admit, this set of gift guides might be my favorite so far! I have a bunch of nieces and nephews and lots of friends with little kids and of course my sweet Charlie so I LOVE getting gifts for the little ones in my life! From kitchen play sets to Disney pajamas and sparkling water toys for dogs, these gift guides are perfect for the children and pups in your life and cover all price points.
My sister-in-law loves getting matching monogrammed Cecil and Lou pajamas for the kids in the family every year for Christmas and I think that is such a fun idea! The pajamas are so festive and it makes for great photos that can be treasured forever.
I don’t have children yet, but I love buying gifts for the little ones in my life. Over the years, I’ve really liked bundling several things for the kids like pajamas, a book and a stuffed animal as a gift. When I was little, I treasured my books and stuffed animals so I guess I’m pushing those things on the kids in my life now, but I do think they really love getting them! I’m also DYING over these alligator slippers and in addition to getting a pair for my nephew, I might get a pair for my future son too!
And now for the puppies!! As most of you know, I got a puppy in August so this will be our first Christmas with our precious Charlie and I am so excited to spoil him!! From fuzzy sweaters to sparkling water, this gift guide will help you pamper your furry friends for the holiday. Charlie already has a few of these items and he loves them.
The fuzzy donut bed from Amazon is probably the best thing we’ve bought him so far. It is only $35 and he uses it all the time! It comes in two colors and is machine washable so I cannot recommend this product highly enough. Charlie also loves his SparkleDog treats and they would make such a fun gift for your pup and to give your friends who have dogs too. We also use the Kiehl’s Cleansing Spritz on him in-between baths. It smells great and is so much easier to use than giving him a bath.
Don’t tell Charlie, but I’m wrapping all of his gifts this year in the personalized wrapping paper from Etsy! Is it not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?!
I hope these gift guides help you spoil the children and animals in your life this holiday season! Check back next Friday for another set of my gift guides!
Happy Friday, everyone! Can you believe we made through this week?! Luckily, the gauntlet that is 2020 is ALMOST over and that means Christmas is upon us!! I have started my gift guides for the season and am so excited to share them with y’all! Today, I am sharing my guides for Her, Him and Them.
Let’s start with the ladies! I developed this guide at several different price points and I think these gifts are most applicable for your friends, sisters, sister-in-laws, moms, mother-in-laws, grandmothers, girlfriends, fiancés and wives.
You’ve probably noticed by now, but I love cooking and I love pulling recipes from all over the place! This adorable binder is such an upgrade from the basic Office Max version I was using before and I truly love it! Such a thoughtful gift for the chefs and hostesses in your life! Pair this set with a cute Apron and Spatulas and you’ve got a beautiful gift.
I am obsessed with anything Rose Carmine, but particularly this stunning sweater and would love to get this under the tree this year…*hint,hint, Will!!!* It is a bit of a splurge, but IMO, totally worth it!
This pajama set is to die for!! I bought several sets for myself and family members during the anniversary sale and cannot recommend it enough! First and foremost, it is so cozy, but it is affordable and machine washable and dryable!! Seriously saves me so much time compared to my Eberjey and Bedhead sets, but same quality.
Whether the women in your life enjoy working out or not, we’re all wearing leggings…a majority of the time lately and IMO, these are the best. They fit many different body types perfectly and last forever! Can’t go wrong with these.
This bag is a must for every woman. It is timeless, durable, practical and elegant. I got mine several years ago and it is my most-used bag to this day. It can also transition from an everyday bag to a work bag or diaper bag seamlessly.
I LOVE Jo Malone Perfume and think it makes for a wonderful gift. During the holidays, Neiman Marcus stores have artists who come to hand paint all Jo Malone products and I think giving someone one of these painted bottles is extra special. My favorite scent is Earl Grey and Cucumber…it is very light and smells like you just walked out of the spa. I will say that perfume is a very personal choice so maybe check your girlfriend/partner/mother’s bathroom before buying a fragrance.
Hands down, this is the best at-home facial money can buy. For $30, you are getting fabulous packaging, a fun at-home system and a facial that can tighten and brighten your skin.
Let’s all take a minute and admit that it is really hard to buy gifts for the men in our lives. With that said, I have learned a few tips about giving gifts to men over the years. For my dad, I know that a handwritten note is the absolute best gift I can give him, but outside of that, I’ve started paying attention to what my dad buys for himself. Mostly golf stuff and Peter Milar anything. So whether it is your dad, husband, brother or grandfather, look at what they buy themselves and maybe get them something they already have in another color or pattern.
When I was telling my dad about the gift guides, he told me that when you’re thinking of a gift to get the men in your life, you should follow their hobby. So basically, if they’re a golfer or a car fanatic, look at that and then do some research on a great gift in that area. Also, pay attention to what they say they want. My husband and dad both want very few things in this world so whenever I hear them say, “oh wow! I want that!” I immediately make a note in my phone and save it for their birthday or Christmas.
These hand-dipped cocktail glasses come from the coolest store in Houston and now Austin, Manready Mercantile, and they are a wonderful gift for the guys in your life. You could add a bottle of their favorite drink and you’re all set. They also come in orange and pink if you don’t like the black.
I ordered this for my husband for his birthday this year because he said he wanted it and he enjoys cigars once in a while. It is a beautiful gift from a local shop in Fredericksburg, Texas and relatively affordable. I also got him a few cigars to go in it and he absolutely loved it!
From what I’ve heard from all of the male golfers in my life, Pro V1s are the gold standard in golf balls. For my dad’s birthday, I ordered him a custom set of these golf balls with Lar Bear and a shamrock on them. They were about four months late arriving because of COVID, but when they did finally arrive, he loved them and thought they were funny.
Ok y’all, I’m sure you’ve seen these sneakers everywhere, but my dad bought several colors and he is obsessed with them! Scoop up a pair for your man and I’m sure they will be thrilled!
Now for the couples in your life or your parents or mother and father-in-law. For this category, I’m thinking of your married friends, brother and sister-in-laws, married cousins, etc. When I think of buying gifts for my parents and couples in general, I try to think of things that both a man and woman would like or that would be good for the home or entertaining.
For this gift guide, I’ve shown items individually and have added suggestions of things you can pair them with if you want to elevate your gift.
For the wine lovers in your life! The Coravin is a game changer for wine drinkers. How many times have you been at home alone and wanted a glass of wine, not the whole bottle and didn’t want the rest to go bad? This system can serve wine in small amounts without losing the integrity of the bottle. Pair this with a bottle of wine and a set of glasses and you will have an ideal gift!
I absolutely love these Katie Kime ice buckets to give to couples as a gift! My personal favorite is the oyster and lemon design, but there are so many cute options to choose from. You can also get these monogrammed which is a great personal touch. I would pair this with a nice bottle of champagne and you’re all set!
These cheese knives and marble cheese boards are sure to be a crowd pleaser for your friends and family members! Whether you’re entertaining or just making a cheese board at home, this set is perfect and an affordable gift!
This terracotta pomegranate serves not only as a beautiful display to dress up a powder room, but also as a diffuser. I also recommend Monogram napkins as a wonderful gift for friends and family. To dress them up a bit, you can present them with a tray to hold them in.
Many people have had to put trips on hold this year, but what about surprising friends and family with a beautiful coffee table book and an airline gift card to a destination they’ve been dreaming about.
This one doesn’t need much of an explanation, but I have never met anyone who doesn’t love Nespresso machines! They are the best and so easy to use. Pair the machine with a sleeve of their favorite coffee pods and maybe some cute mugs and you’re good to go!
Gift Card to their favorite restaurant
Restaurants have been struggling during the pandemic and we all love a nice out for dinner so think about your loved ones’ favorite restaurants and get them a gift card to their favorite spot.
I hope y’all loved these gift guides and that I’ve been able to help you kick off your holiday shopping! Come back next week to see my next set of gift guides!
It is feeling like fall here in Austin, y’all and I am here for it!! This was my first summer in Austin and I was shocked at how hot/unbearable it was! So of course when I got a whiff of this 65 degree weather, I jumped on my chance to try out some of my new fall clothes!
I recently picked up this plaid green dress by Sister Jane and am so in love with it! The fabric is a bit heavier than I expected, but it is beautiful in person and really well made! I’ve paired it here with a pair of old Zara boots that have since sold out, but I’ve linked a similar pair here, and my grey Celine Belt Bag. If boots are too heavy for the climate you’re in right now, I would suggest wearing this dress with tan ballet flats or even slide sandals.
If you’re looking for a for a casual fall uniform, look no further than this combo! I’m a sucker for anything green so this Cupcakes and Cashmere Sweater speaks to me on so many levels! The simplicity of the sweater and classic Moussy jeans (currently on sale) leave a perfect opening for these amazing Gucci loafers! Will be running all of my errands in this look for the next few months! If you’re looking to add a little more color to your look, I would suggest this amazing set of blush-toned bracelets from Roxanne Assoulian, they are 80 percent off right now at Moda Operandi! I know Christmas is still a few months away, but if you have ladies you need to buy gifts for, these make a fabulous stocking stuffer!
Y’all…..this dress is giving me ALL of the Juliet vibes and I plan to live in it for the rest of this summer!! Did anyone else dream of being Claire Danes opposite *LEO* in the 90s version of Romeo + Juliet?! Because I did and this dress is getting me closer to that dream. I have a feeling this will sell out quickly so make sure you scoop it up while you can!
I don’t know if you’re in the market for a new hand or body soap, but let me tell you about the Raw Sugar Living soaps. I discovered them a couple of weeks ago at Target and am now completely obsessed. At first I just tried the Watermelon + Mint hand soap because the bottle looked really cool and it was priced well ($4.99 compared to the $12.95 hand soap I buy at Williams-Sonoma) and I am so glad I gave it a shot! The Raw Sugar soaps are not tested on animals and they are sulfate and paraben free. The Watermelon + Mint flavor literally smells like a jolly rancher when I was my hands, it’s amazing! Since I liked the hand soap so much, I decided to buy the body wash too and I love it! As I’ve gotten older, I have developed an allergy to sulfates and it has been challenging to find a sulfate-free body wash that actually cleans your body well and is not $30 or $40. At $6.99, the Raw Sugar body wash is fresh, chemical-free and cleans well with a beautiful summery scent.
I hope everyone has an incredible weekend and that you love my picks this week!