links and things

links and things | beautiful texas landscape{beautiful Texas landscape}

 It’s been a hectic week from early mornings to late evenings and I’m ready to call it a day. And with our quick day trip last Saturday and the ACL festivities going on, I’m craving some quiet quality time at home. Anything exciting planned for you? Whatever it may be I hope you have a great weekend! Keep reading for more…

links and things | feather friends{feather friends}

links and things | al fresco chair envy{al fresco chair envy}

Wishing I had an attic to convert.
Halloween dinner party ideas.

These monster cupcakes are simply adorable!

I dream of tile!

The perfect fall chili recipe.

simple savorings : apple cider

simple savorings | apple ciderA is for Apple and Autumn certainly has its fair share as it is the fruit of the season. And what do you do when life gives you apples… Make cider! I have been experimenting in the kitchen lately and have finally perfected my version of this fall beverage. I substituted lemon, instead of the classic orange to give it a more zesty kick and used two varieties of apples for a more complex flavor. Hope you enjoy and say tuned, as later in the month I’ll be mixing up an apple cider cocktail. Keep reading for more…

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Apple Cider 

*makes about 12 cups


  • 6 Gala apples, washed and quartered
  • 6 Granny Smith apples, washed and quartered
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • water (about 14 cups)
  • cinnamon sticks (optional, garnish)
  • lemon wedges (optional, garnish)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a pot.
  2. Cover with water, filling the pot until it is nearly full.
  3. Bring to a simmer over high heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  5. Strain out the apple cider into a clean pitcher or pot.
  6. Serve warm or refrigerate for up to five days.

the edit : october

the edit | october

Whether your looking to keep warm on these slightly chilly fall days, cozying up with a couple books or wanting to try a few new beauty products for fall this month’s edition of the edit is just for you. I’ve rounded up some of the best of the best from books to enjoy with a cup of tea to puckering up with a shade of brown, there’s a little something for everyone here! What are some of your picks for the month?

{one} I’m obsessed with using oils for my skin, and currently love taking the day off with this stuff.

{two} looking for a new book filled with some inspiring interiors and a little help to decorate the life you want? … Sage Living is page after page of just that!

{three} Remember when that “honey” lip color was all the rage in the 90’s? Well get ready for the return of the brown lip! I confess I’m a little excited!

{four} Scarf season is here.

{five} loving the new tunes from Milo Greene.

{six} eyeing this necklace as it will hold its own without being too chunky against long sleeved shirts and sweaters.

{seven} Honest Beauty recently launched and I’m dying to try the mascara as it has a primer on one end and mascara on the other… Talk about double duty.

{eight} my latest downloaded read and can’t wait to dive in as I’m such a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert.

{nine} this pitcher is oh so gorgeous and would make a stunning vase too.


day tripping : round top antiques fair

day tripping | round top antiques fair Morning friends! It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend as we took a day trip to Round Top on Saturday for an antiquing adventure. We drove about an hour and a half southeast of Austin in some of the most beautiful Texas landscape to uncover some hidden treasures at the biannual antiques fair. Since it was the first time for both of us, we decided to play it safe and stick to a couple of venues, the original Big Red Barn and Blue Hills for midcentury finds, to maximize our time. Keep reading for more…

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day tripping | round top antiques fair | 3 My door obsession from NOLA continues.

day tripping | round top antiques fair | 4 Beautiful hand carved wooden baskets.

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day tripping | round top antiques fair | 6Oh the rugs… I wanted them all!

day tripping | round top antiques fair | 7Ready to head home with my bag filled with a few treasures. Can’t wait for next year!

links and things

links and things | tex-mex break{Tex-Mex break}

It’s ACL time and since we dove in last year, we plan on taking a day trip away from the musical madness. We’ll be spending the day in Round Top to check out the Antiques Fair and hopefully bring home a treasure or two. Then it’s back home on Sunday for a brunching session and relaxing afternoon before we welcome another busy work week. Have a great weekend! Keep reading for my favorite links and things…

links and things | favorite spot for a coffee and pastry{favorite spot for a coffee and pastry}

links and things | bowl of peppers from the farmers' market{bowl of peppers from the farmers’ market}

A new must see movie and a tour of the fabulous set.

Thinking I need a pair of these!

In Her Own Words: Marie-Agnès Gillot.

An interview with Ruth.

Apple pie taken to a new level!

musing for october

musings for october | 2015Happy October lovelies! Sweater weather is nowhere near here in Austin, but that’s not stopping me from all the excitement that the Fall season brings. From glorious ghostly gourds popping up on neighborhood doorsteps to candy corn cravings, I’m ready for a frightfully delightful month. On bonjour jacqueline, I’ll be sharing a pumpkin sausage pasta to warm up those chilly nights, making a batch of homemade cider, and crafting some scary spider straws to spook guests at your Halloween bash… So stay tuned for a wicked month!

simple savorings : affogato

simple savorings | affogato If you haven’t noticed, just by my Instagram posting alone, I do love my daily cup of jo. While most rely on it first thing in the morning to perk up, I’m more partial to enjoying a cup in the afternoon. And while we are on the topic of things I love, let’s add an affogato to the list as it combines two if my loves, ice cream and espresso. Meaning drowned in Italian, an affogato is basically hot espresso poured over ice cream. Enjoy as an after dinner drink or as an afternoon treat, either way you can’t go wrong with this elegant dessert. Keep reading for the recipe…

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*serves 2 


  •  2 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1/2 cup hot espresso


  1. Divide ice cream evenly between 2 tumbler glasses.
  2. Pour about 1/4 cup espresso over each glass of ice cream. Serve immediately.