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    A Tennessee Wedding

    This past weekend, Patrick and I travelled to Franklin, Tennessee to see two lovely college friends of ours say “I do.”  
    The wedding perfectly reflected the couple and was every bit as southern and charming as the bride and groom.  Hands down one of the best and most beautiful weddings that I have ever been to.  Thanks for throwing a great party, Patty and Mel! 
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    Can you believe this backdrop!? 
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    Their ceremony was filled with so much personality.  The groom walked down the aisle to “Rocky Top” and the ring bearer carried the rings up in an old lacrosse stick.  The string quartet that was nestled in the corner even played “Call Me Maybe” at one point! So fun. 
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    Patrick and the groom both played lacrosse together in college.   Lucky for me, a good portion of my college girl friends ended up dating Patrick’s “Lacrosse House” roommates.   Needless to say, it was a fun reunion for the both of us!
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    My friend Christen and I were rocking our fancy maxi dresses, while just pretending to be modern day Scarlett O’Haras.  
    Okay not really.   But it did sort of feel like we could have been attending a 21st century party at Twelve Oaks Plantation….Gone With the Wind reference anyone?
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    Tennessee, you sure are pretty! 

    It was sad to leave all of our good friends and fly back to Texas, when not long ago we were living such a short distance away.  However, there will be many more weddings and reunions soon enough.  And this gorgeous sunset definitely made the plane ride home much more bearable. 
    I can’t complete this blog post without talking about all of these girls pretty dresses, now can I?  

    I loved how bright and colorful all of our party dresses were and I am especially loving these printed maxi dresses!  Weddings are the perfect excuse to pull out that dress that you can’t possibly where any where else and have fun with it.

    I purchased the green dress that I’m wearing from Anthro a few months ago.  It’s been hiding in the back of my closet all of this time, waiting to be worn.  The Vernalis Maxi Dress is on sale at the moment but it looks like it may be sold out online.

    Here is a bit of summer time wedding guest style inspiration….as well as where you can get those pretty ones that my friends are stunning in.

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    Anthropologie 
    both of these just hit sale! 
    here            &               here
    Asos 
    both are right around $100
    here               &                 here

    If shorter dresses are more of your cup of tea, these are some of my favorites in stores at the moment.

    Modcloth 
    here                 &                 here

    SheInside
    both of these are around $20! 
    here                 &               here   
    I thought I would also mention, I’ve purchased a few things from SheInside recently and the dress that I received was actually really great quality for the low price tag.  It’s definitely a risk worth taking! 


    Thanks for letting me share my Tennessee weekend and some style inspiration with you!  

    Tuscany, Austin, & A Red Dress

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    I wanted to make the most out of our last day in Austin, so we squeezed in a bit of sightseeing Sunday morning.  Then Patrick and I hit the road to head back to Houston, but not before we made sure to stop in a small little Texas town for quite possibly the best lunch the two of us will ever have.
    More on that in a bit.
    But first, we had coffee in Tuscany. 
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    Julie had to catch a flight before the sun came up.  So she told us a few places that we had to visit before we left town. One being her favorite coffee shop, Austin Java, which just so happened to also be inside of a gas station that looked and felt like you were deep in the rolling hills of Tuscany.  
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    The scenery in this town is ridiculously stunning.  Patrick and I had the patio to ourselves and while we admired the view.  He sipped on a regular cafe au lait and I ordered a syrupy espresso drink filled with milk, honey, and hazelnut.   Sometimes you just have to treat yourself to the most sugary of speciality coffee drinks.  
                             
                                
    After coffee, we headed closer to downtown for even more coffee and some breakfast on South Congress Street.  This part of Austin is riddled with restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, and antique stores.  
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    First stop was Jo’s Coffee.  We didn’t know where to go for breakfast so we decided that whichever restaurant looked the most crowded, we’d try it.  Which is funny because I feel like most of the time people act the opposite.  In my opinion though, crowded means the food is going to to taste really good! 
    Luckily Patrick and I made it to Jo’s before the “No Breakfast Tacos” sign was lit.   We both tried the Migas Breakfast Tacos and they did not disappoint.   
    Six months ago, I’d never even had a breakfast taco and now they are something that I eat on a weekly basis.  Another pro to this new life in Texas! 
    If you’re ever in Austin and you stop at Jo’s, be sure to get a picture by their “I Love You So Much” sign on the side of the building.  Its a fun little photo op spot that people we’re lining up to take their pictures in front of.  
    I think I may have to frame this one.  Thank you to the nice old man who took this for us! 
    Before we go any further, let me tell you about this “red” dress that I’m wearing.  
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    For some reason Anthropologie is saying that it’s orange.  But its RED!  I promise.  Or I may be just a bit colorblind.  The picture online doesn’t really do it justice.  I saw it in the store and before I even tried it on I knew that it would be a staple in my closet for years and years.  
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    This dress is polyester so I feel like it is a perfect dress for summer, it’s lightweight and breathes easily. And I love the classic shape it has to it, this dress could have easily been worn by Hailey Mills on The Parent Trap or Betty Draper in Mad Men.  Gotta love Mad Men.  But there is a cut out on the back gives it a fresher more modern feel. 
    The necklace that I’m wearing was purchased from GroopDealz but it looks like they’re now sold out, sad.  Amazon has an identical one for under $18.99!  And compared to the $150 price tag of the J. Crew lookalike version of this necklace…it’s practically a steal!

    Now back to our morning on South Congress: 
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    There are tons and tons of shops in this area.  Uncommon Objects had to be my favorite of them all.  
    I have this not so secret dream to follow in my mom’s footsteps and have my own antique booth one day.  I was dragged all over the South as a kid, going in and out of antique shops, estate sales, and even some junk yards with my mom.  It wasn’t until college that I actually started appreciating (and loving) antiques.  
    This shop was so fun because each booth had a different color scheme to it.  Plus it was filled with THE most random of random things.  I guess that is why they call it Uncommon Objects, after all. 
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    We walked in an out of every store on the street and passed some cactus plants along the way.  I always have to do a double take when seeing cactuses or palm trees.  I’m still not used to living this far south! 
    One of the last shops we stopped in had the most precious of pillows that I’ve ever laid my eyes on.  Did the makers of this pillow come into my home and take this photo of my dog, Lily?  Because it looks exactly like her.  
    After having our fill of all the shops on South Congress we were ready to hit the road in search for somewhere good to stop for lunch on the way home.
    But it seems that this post is starting to get a little too long for its own good, so I’m going to have to share that for another time.  
    Thanks for reading! 🙂
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    Lounging on Lake Austin

    This past weekend we jaunted the 160 mile trek across the most gorgeous Texas country side on highway 290 to get from Houston to Austin.  
    Let me tell you, Houston is starting to get HOT.  REALLY HOT.  Like it almost hurts being outside at times, HOT.   Thankfully this past weekend we were able to cool off in the almost less scorching temperatures of Austin. But we were on a lake …. so that really is what made everything better.
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    My college roommate, Julie, is from Austin and she was in town for the weekend.  I hadn’t seen this dear friend of mine since she was a bridesmaid in my wedding, a year ago!  
    Our reunion was long overdue.

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    We made plans to meet up in her hometown and spend the day on the lake with a few of her friends.    
    I still can’t get over the fact that this massive lake is right in the middle of the city.   At times, I felt like we were miles away from civilization when we were maybe only fifteen minutes from downtown.  
    Austonions, you have it good! 
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    Probably my favorite part of our day on the lake was when our boat driver/tour guide (friend of Julie’s) drove us through this little moat that ran parallel to the lake.  
    This moat (or stream/creek …I’m not really sure) was lined by the most gorgeous houses, or should I say mansions, that I’ve ever seen! 
    Floating past these homes felt like the real life equivalent of flipping through the pages of House Beautiful. 
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    Can you imagine if this was one of your many patios?  I’m pretty sure that that’s a fireplace in the center, under the ceiling fan.   
    Nope…..I definitely can’t imagine that. 
                                   
    We spent the majority of our day cruising all across the lake, swimming, and soaking up just enough sun to be plum tuckered out by 8pm.  
    We packed a lot into our short two day weekend trip and Sunday Patrick and I spent the day playing tourists.  I’ll just have to fill you all in on the rest of our Austin getaway tomorrow!  
    Thanks so much for reading and happy Monday ya’ll!

    Shopping & Drinks in Montrose

    Here’s a little bit about one of my new favorite home boutiques here in Houston: Biscuit Home
    I’d seen this fun shop mentioned on a few Houston blogs so when I was right across the street from it, early to happy hour with the girls, I had to stop by.  

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    And get a shot of that fabulous paint wall of theirs.   Such a creative idea! 

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    The store specialized in textiles: bedding, linens, and fabulous pillow cases.  They were all simply stunning, as was the home decor, accessories, and art.  
    I’m particularly in love with their Marfa sheet set.  
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     here
    Wouldn’t these sheets be great in a guest room?  I love the “Texas Theme” it has to it.  They would be perfect, especially for the fact that all of our visitors would be coming in from out of state.  
    Also, how PRECIOUS would these sheets be in a little boy’s nursery, and do the room cowboy themed?  
    Marfa Sheets, you shall be mine one day! 
    I loved this piece of art too, it was so bright and colorful in person. They had a few others on display by the same artist. And I thought they were a great price too, under $400 for a hand painted piece of that size.   
    And if you’ve read some of my previous posts, you’d know my little obsession with ghost chairs.  I loved seeing this one styled with that pretty pretty pillow. 
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    Here are few of my favorite things that I found in the store that are also sold on line.  
    Those cocktail napkins are ahhh-mazing! 
    navy fleur pillow $60 here  / acrylic ice bucket $65 here  / howdy doormat $50 here
    cocktail napkins $35 here / porcelain zebra dish $32 here / floral throw pillow $195 here
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    After some shopping, I meet a few friends across the street at Anvil Bar & Refuge in Montrose.   This bar is currently in the running for one of the best bars in the entire country.  Houston seems to be doing big things in the food & drink category, which I love about this town!      
    Anvil’s cocktail menu was about a mile long, so it took me forever to decide on which to choose.  
    Thankfully each of us ordered something different, so we were able to try a more than a few that evening. 
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    Not surprising, though, the traditional mint julep was my favorite of the evening!  I really need to attempt to make these at home sometime….
    We also munched on some very interesting appetizers, which I was a little bit too hungry to even think about grabbing pictures of.   We had milk curds drizzled with honey and lamb meatballs with a curry sauce.  Definitely different than your typical bar food of cheese sticks and nachos but it was fun to try some new dishes. 
    Well we are off to Austin this weekend, to tick some things off of that summer bucket list of ours. Any restaurant or sightseeing suggestions would be appreciated!  Happy weekend, ya’ll! 

    LBD for Summer

    I originally set out to make this blog primarily a fashion blog and it has turned into the most fun way I could have ever imagined to document my regular old life and interests.

    Today, however, I’m sharing some style with you.

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    This black knit high-low dress is a staple in my closet.  Not really a little black dress, but it gets the job done.  Its so easy and comfortable to throw on with a scarf, like I’m wearing here, or topped with a chambray button up shirt (un-buttoned!) and flats.

    Its funny how maxi dresses can feel so light and breezy.  I’ve really had to rethink my entire wardrobe to be able to handle this 90 degree plus heat I’ll be enduring all summer long.

    But anyway, I’ve dressed this up a time or two with heels and a statement necklace, but most often I wear it just like this.

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    These pictures were snapped when I was visiting family back in Memphis, last month.  My mom and I were headed out for a fun girl’s day of shopping, visiting friends, and having lunch al fresco.   
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    dress / bloomingdales / here
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    Celebrating One Year

    Patrick and I celebrated our One Year Anniversary yesterday.  We have a bunch of trips coming up this month so we wanted our day to be low key and relaxing, and oh it was! 
    We cooked an elaborate breakfast, sipped on mimosas, went for a bike ride, watched a long movie, and then geared up for a big fancy dinner at home.  

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    The two of us decided to recreate our favorite meal that we had while on our honeymoon in Italy.

    Spaghetti with cherry tomatoes, mussels, and a caprese salad.  I think we did a pretty good job.

    Our honeymoon was truly a DREAM.   I can’t believe we were able to go and see and do as mush as we did.  Believe me we were both so exhausted leaving at the crack of dawn for a 12 hour flight right after our wedding. I don’t think I’ve ever fallen asleep on more public transportation in my life!   
    We spent a few days relaxing on the beach, but most of our honeymoon was spent sightseeing and eating.  Lots and lots of eating.  We were in Italy after all.  😉
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    We spent a week on the Amalfi Coast, a few days in Florence, and a few days at a vineyard in Tuscany.   For our Anniversary dinner, we wanted to incorporate a little bit of each part of our trip into the meal.  

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    The main dish, the pasta & mussels, was inspired by this little restaurant we ate at right on the beach in Positano.

    That fried stuff you see in the picture… I’m still not even sure what it was!  It was pretty good though, but really what fried food isn’t?

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    And that view? I could have sat in that chair for the rest of my days, eating all sorts of strange and unique Italian things and would have been as happy as a clam.

    Or a mussel, in this case.

    Sorry, couldn’t resist that one.

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    Mussels & Pasta in Italy.
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    Mussels & Pasta in Texas. 
    We had a pretty legit cookbook.   So there wasn’t too much room for error.  
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    Get it here  (on sale!)
    Also this cookbook has fun stories about the towns along the Amalfi Coast, so it could also double as a coffee table book if you wanted to. 
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    Proud chefs in the kitchen after cooking this much anticipated meal.
    We couldn’t have done it without our little golden haired assistant, of course. 
    And a little fashion for you, if you’re into that:  
    You can’t see it at all in these pictures but I’m wearing the Ijada Stitched Shift from Anthro.  Which is now on MEGA sale, I might add.  This may be my favorite dress for the summer, it’s super lightweight and easy to throw on to dress up or down. 
    Or you can always wear it with no shoes on, cooking in the kitchen…take your pick. 
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    And finally, the table is set!

    To try to make it special, we ate dinner surrounded by maybe one too many lit candles.   Which led to great discussions about what people did before electricity….

    Then the meal was followed by a few bites of the top of our wedding cake, one year later.

    Pretty glamourous, huh?

    Well, it did survive a FedEx trip all the way from Memphis.  Thank’s mom!

    Honestly, Patrick had to literally STOP me from trying to eat the whole thing.  It was so delicious! One year old and all.   I’m glad he did, I may not have been feeling all too well today otherwise.

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    And finally, here is a shot of our cake in it’s original form, topped with magnolia flowers and leaves.  We chose magnolia flowers because they are the state flower of Mississippi.  
    Why Mississippi you ask?  We got married on my uncle’s farm in Mississippi, which is only about thirty minutes from Memphis, TN, where I grew up.   It was really fun to be dancing our wedding night away with all of our friends in the same spot where I used to sit in the grass and play with my Barbies as a kid.  
    And now our first anniversary has come and gone, and we are officially newlyweds no longer.   It has been the most amazing and eventful year and quite frankly….I just love being married to this one! 
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