Bike Rides & Libraries

    I mentioned that my husband and I bought ourselves some new bicycles a few weeks ago.  Well, we’ve become pretty obsessed with them.  The two of us have been out and about exploring the neighborhood almost every day lately.  It certainly has filled our weekends with some much needed adventure.

    Linus Scout Bike, Nantucket Bike Basket, Anthropologie, Ruffled Swing Henley, Trendy in Texas

    This is my new bad boy, he’s a Linus Scout bike.  I love that this bike looks very vintage but also has the modern gears and breaks that make me feel safe while riding the streets of Houston. 
    My bike basket is one of those that all have that vintage-y look I was going for.  They make a bunch of different styles and are actually pretty sturdy, though this is something I have yet to truly test. 
    Linus Scout Bike, Nantucket Bike Basket, Anthropologie, Ruffled Swing Henley, Trendy in Texas

    Before I get to far along, let me recommend this utterly amazing top that I recently purchased from Anthro.  I’m forcing myself to buy more sleeveless and lightweight clothing with the anticipation of the dreaded Houston summer.  This top certainly fits in that category.  I love the way that it is cut in the front, which makes it very flattering on a lot of different body types.  The mini capped sleeves are also a fun touch.   
    **on sale!**
    Okay….back to the biking adventure.   There are so many places to stop & eat & things to do in see that its hard to decide which way we’re going to go when the two of us set out.  On this particular day we biked to Chilosos Taco House.   This place is only open for breakfast and lunch. It’s ranked pretty high up there for best breakfast tacos in town.  I only recently learned you could add guacamole to your tacos!  How I have gone so long without that addition…I do not know. 
    Chilosos Houston Breakfast Tacos
    After filling up on tacos the two of us headed out for the rest of our little morning adventure.   We never really have a set plan of where we’re going so its usually like “hey lets go down that street,” … or “those houses look interesting, let’s turn this way.”  On one of the particularly random streets we came across what looked like a mailbox full of books.   
    Little Free Library Trendy in Texas
    Little Free Library Trendy in Texas
    Naturally, I was intrigued.   We stopped and discovered the phenomenon known as the Little Free Library.  Apparently people set these up all across the country with the premise that in order for you to take a book, you must leave a book.   Unfortunately I wasn’t carrying a novel with me that day, so I plan on returning  soon to check out a book from this quirky little (and free) library.  
    We spent the rest of that morning riding up and down the streets of H-town.  I hope this posts inspires you to get out and explore your neighborhood, you never know what little surprises (or libraries) are in store!

    Summer 2014 Bucket List

    Summertime is just around the corner and boy do we have a BIG summer ahead of us this year.  Celebrating friends with weddings all across the country, a beach trip, a bachelorette party in Vegas, and then some short trips exploring our new home state are all on our agenda this year.
    To make the most out of each weekend away I’m coming up with a Summer 2014 bucket list of things to do, food to eat, and unique places to visit during our first full summer as a husband and wife.  We will just have to wait and see what gets checked off this lengthy list! 
    1. Float the Guadalupe River. 
    2. Eat a Chicago dog ….. in Chicago. 
    3. Attend a Food Truck Festival 
    4. Spend a day on the beach in Galveston.  
    5. Meet my cousin’s new little one 
    6. Visit Patrick’s childhood summer camp
    7. Pool day at Hotel Zaza
    8. Ride bikes through Seaside, FL
    9. Refinish my Grandmother’s antique desk 
    10. Gamble (just a little bit) in Vegas 
    11. Wander through Market Square in Knoxville, TN
    12. Sea Kayak? Maybe? 
    13. Camping near the swamps at Brazos Bend Park
    14. Snack on peanuts at an Astros Game 
    15. Drinks at the top of the John Hancock Building 
    16. Attempt to start house hunting..may put this off until next summer!
    17. Brunch at Puckett’s Restaurant in Franklin, TN
    18. Relax in the historic hot springs of Virginia 
    19. Sip on the lemoncello that we saved from our honeymoon
    20. Witness four (or more) lovely couples say “I do”
    Even though I don’t have the time off that comes with summer vacations growing up & in college, I’m still planning on making the most of the weekends and the time that I do have off.  It’s definitely going to be a challenge to fit as much as we can in. 
    But after all, 

    Beautiful Blooms

    This past weekend, Patrick and I stumbled upon a very charming and popular plant nursery in our neighborhood.  After seeing this place, I’m afraid I won’t be venturing to the Lowe’s garden section ever again.
      Since we’ve moved here, we’ve been obsessing over fixing up our backyard and filling every little nook and cranny in our home with some sort of potted plant.   I think this is due to the fact that neither of us have ever had any outdoor space to call our own, until now.  
    I’m sporting my new (and favorite) Anthro dress today!   Looks like I was taking a little spin around the green house, normally the skirt doesn’t flare so much. 😉  If you’re searching for a perfect every day dress for Spring, this is it!  I’m sure I’ll be able to dress it up or down for many different occasions.
    Lolanthe Dress / Anthropologie 
    Belt / Anthropologie 

    On to the plants! 
    Rows and rows of tiny succulents.  
    It was quite the difficult decision to decide which to take home. 
    Until I found these itty bitty pink flowers that were begging to be adopted.   Let’s just hope I can keep them alive for a good while. 
    Patrick also picked out a few new additions to our plant family. 

    Sadly, these amazing cowboy boots did not make it into our basket. 

    Once home, we decided where everything must go.  We are still only just renting out home, otherwise you better believe we’d be planting all sorts of things in the ground, to last for years and years.  But for now,  pretty potted plants that we can take with us wherever we may go will just have to do.    
     There is a landscaper that comes by every so often while we’re both at work,  and we aren’t ever quite sure what the landlords are going to have him do next.  It’s been a lot of fun seeing the little surprises that have popped up in our yard this spring.

    …..they must have known I was a Tri-Delt. 🙂 

    Houston Rodeo

    The Houston Rodeo.  Where do I even begin?  Last weekend was the end of the month long Rodeo here in Houston.   The Rodeo is a serious way of life for the people involved.   There is an entire livestock center where all of the animals are kept.   Surrounding the animal stalls are aisles upon aisles of shops where you can buy any Western themed item that you could have ever imagined.  I certainly have never seen anything like this before and was definitely on the edge of my seat watching all of the events!    
    We were able to get up close and personal with the animals.  🙂

    After all of the walking, Patrick and I stopped for a bit and got ourselves a “Texas Pedicure,” ….. we’re definitely going native now.

    Once we had our fill of the livestock show and had enough browsing of all the shops, we headed to the stadium for the Rodeo.  
    So glad my family (sadly minus my older bro) was able to come into town!
    In addition to the normal rodeo events (like barrel racing & bull riding) there were also a bunch of surprises in store, for a first timer like me.  Horse racing for one?  It almost felt like I was watching the chariot race in the movie Ben Hurr!  Very intense.  
    And the other big surprise: Mutton Bustin! Basically this is like bull riding, but for five year olds.   These little kids climb on up a rather large sheep, hold on tight, and see how long they can stay on.  In the end, usually two or three out of twenty kids stayed on longer than three seconds tops.  Check out the video below. 🙂 

    To top off the evening, we stayed in our seats while we watched the arena transform itself into a concert venue, hosting (one of my favorites) Hunter Hayes. 

    The city of Houston truly transformed itself during the month of Rodeo.  Cowboy boots and hats became a common sight to see.    If your planning a trip to Houston, make sure to visit in March, you don’t want to miss the Rodeo! 
    TN people, I’m taking reservations for next year. 🙂

    Five Little Things

    I’ve been a busy bee this past week and have not had any time to blog.  This weekend I’m planning on reading a new book and being just a little bit too lazy for my own good.  But for now, here are a few tidbits of what I’ve been up to lately. 
    ONE:  I ordered this hammock from Amazon about a year ago, with intentions of hanging it up at our outdoor wedding.  Somewhere in all the craziness of that day, the hammock was forgotten.  But alas, months later, this cute little hammock made its way to Houston with my parents during their recent visit.   My husband and I found a stand for it for just $45 off Craigslist and voila: a fabulous new addition to the backyard.
    TWO:  I joined a book club! Hopefully this will be a great way to make new girl friends who also share my love of reading. This month’s book is The Perfume Collector.   I’m only about 8% in (according to my Kindle) and I can tell that this is going to be a wonderful read.   The book is about Grace, a married socialite living in London.  Not sure of how she feels about her situation in life, she suddenly receives a letter from Paris stating that she’s inherited a massive fortune from a complete stranger.   I’m expecting from this point, a wondrous adventure to ensue? The book has rave reviews so I’m sure it won’t disappoint. 
    THREE:  These. Shorts. Are. Amazing.   I recently purchased these Pilcro white denim shorts from Anthropologie. (I’m actually wearing them in the picture up top).  I have never once worn shorts so completely comfortable yet flattering as well.  They are just long enough and short enough at the same time, if that even makes any sense.  But do yourself a favor, and get some of these shorts.  
    FOUR:   Living in the Heights in Houston, its almost mandatory to have a bicycle.  It seems like everyone in the neighborhood is out riding their bikes on the weekends.  My husband and I took the plunge and each got ourselves a shiny new bike.  We acted just a tad impulsively, but we figured why not go for it now, when we can at least get a few months riding in before the dreaded Houston summer heat makes us never want to go outdoors again.   
    I picked out the Linus Scout.   Its got that vintage-y feel that I love, but its also a great street bike.  Only time will tell if I’m feeling hip enough to don a sun hat on a ride, like this stylish girl posing above. 

    FIVE:  Earlier this week, my hubs and I headed out on an evening bike ride, and wound up at Good Dog.  Formerly a food truck, Good Dog is now a brick and mortar hot dog serving restaurant that artfully creates delicious dogs.   I chose the Chicago dog.  I’m proud to say I didn’t pick off any of the pickles or peppers, a first for me.  But this will not be the first time that I will be stopping here. 
    Thanks for letting me share these little tidbits of my life with you! 🙂

    Tonight’s Dinner & My Favorite Blog

    Cheerio Mate! 
    This morning I was flipping through a few of my favorite blogs and I came across this absolutely delicious looking recipe, that I will be attempting to make for dinner tonight.   Its from my favorite blog: The Londoner.  Rosie, the blog’s creator, is such a quirky, interesting, and stylish person.  Not to mention, she’s British. And I love all things British.  A lot of her blog posts have actually inspirited a few of mine.  Just thought I’d share her blog and this steak and taco recipe with you all.  Happy Saturday!  
    Check out Rosie’s fabulous London life: here.