pretty palette : austin state of mind

pretty palette | austin state of mindGood morning lovelies and a happy Monday to you all! Well, time has finally come for the BIG move this week and today’s board reflects my current state of mind. Excitement lies within all the new places to see and some of my favorites to revisit. We are thrilled and honored to call this city home and can’t wait for the adventures to begin!

{row 1} roadhouse relics, san jose hotel {row 2} frankiln barbecue, la condos {row 3} jm dry goods, elizabeth street café {row 4} contigo, jo’s

weekend wishes

weekend wishes savoring moments

We are savoring moments of our very last weekend here… Spending some quality time with family and a couple of visits to our favorite local spots tops our list. I know we will be back seeing loved ones and the city often, but visiting Las Vegas will be a new experience for both of us. So on the agenda will be a trip to the cafe and hopefully squeeze in some pizza time at this place between all of our “see you laters” before we head out to The Lone Star State next week. What are you up to this lovely summer weekend? Anything fun on the agenda? Have a happy weekend and keep reading for my favorite links…

Loved getting to travel around the world through all these gorgeous images.

Next on my breakfast smoothie list involves a little matcha.

Some inspiring words on setting your mind to be your best self.

Thinking this jacket needs to be apart of my fall wardrobe.

One of my favorite gals shares a few summer party planning tips.

*image via remain simple

with a twist : the hurricane

with a twist | the hurricaneHappy Friday my dears! When in New Orleans a must stop is Pat O’Briens for the famous hurricane cocktail. What was created in the mid 1940′s to use up excess supply of rum is now the official-unofficial drink of the Big Easy city. And you know I couldn’t wait to get home to mix up my own version of this cocktail! I kept it pretty close to the original recipe but of course added a little twist. Hope you all enjoy and keep reading for the recipe…
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The Hurricane

*makes 1


  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce passion fruit liquor
  • 2 ounces passion fruit juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 cup ice


  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Fill a hurricane or tall glass with 3/4 full of crushed ice and strain hurricane over.
  4. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.

center stage : margaret elizabeth

center stage margaret elizabethMeg Shackleton the designer and founder of Margaret Elizabeth, the uber chic jewelry line, sure knows what she’s doing because I for one am completely in love with every single piece. After recently discovering her and picking up a bangle for myself, I’m completely obsessed. Based in San Francisco, this former Google employee left her position to pursue her dream of Margaret Elizabeth. The inspiration of travel, color and bold prints definitely translates into many of her pieces. Keep reading for more of the Summer 2014 Lookbook… I must admit many pieces have made it’s way onto my wishlist!
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*images from margaret elizabeth


bon appétit : oreo cookie cake

bon appetit | cookie birthday cakeI think it’s an unspoken deal that every year for R’s birthday I make him a layer cake. If you remember last year I made this one for him. So you bet this birthday it had to be another type of layer cake with a little added wow factor because it was the big 4-0. But with all of my baking pans packed away I was facing a slight dilemma. So in search I went for a no-bake cake and came across a layered Oreo cookie cake (which happens to be one of R’s favorite kind of cookie) and knew it would be perfect for the occasion. Needless to say he loved it and was definitely wowed!

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Oreo Cookie Cake
For this cake I used 4 packages (14.3 oz) of Oreo cookies and a 10 inch cake stand.


up close and personal : the big move

up close and personal | the big move
Forgive me for the lack of content on here lately but there is simply so much going on! We leave in exactly one week and find ourselves not only in the midst of packing everything up but many “see you soon” lunches and dinners, as well as last nights big birthday celebration for R. But today I did want to take a moment to share a little about our big move…

As you already know, this year R and I reached a new milestone and entered a new decade… his being 40 and mine 30. Originally with our birthdays about a month apart we were planning a European escape to celebrate this new chapter in our lives, but then quickly found ourselves in the midst of brewing up something big.

Moving away from Las Vegas has always been something that we’ve wanted to do. Don’t get me wrong this is a fun and exciting city but never really fit our lifestyle. And after a visit to Austin, on our second wedding anniversary, we knew someday we’d end up in the beautiful Silicon Hills.

So here we are the stars have aligned and we are ready to embark on this adventure. I’m so excited and can’t wait to share all the many Austinite moments ahead with y’all!