well being : getting back in the game

well being | getting back in the gameAfter turning thirty I have noticed a slight change in my body and the pounds seem to stick around rather than just slide right off. I’ve been pretty good at maintaining healthy eating habits but lacked in the exercise department. Running has always been an on and off thing with me, don’t get me wrong it’s great cardio and all, but I don’t get that “runners high”… it feels more like a chore. Yoga and Pilates are my go-to’s, but as of lately I’ve been intrigued by all those “bar” studios that keep popping up. Last week it finally happened, I attended my first bar class and let’s just say I got a good workout. As a former dancer (ballet, tap, jazz and hula), I knew it would be a fun class but it also made me realize just how out of the game I have been. So it’s time to get back in! hat are some of your favorite ways of exercising?

*image via outdoor voices

austin eats {drinks} : coffee

austin eats | coffeeIt’s no secret that I love coffee! I take my daily cup iced or hot, depending on the weather, no sugar and a little splash of milk (almond or soy) or cream. Today I’m honoring my everyday ritual and sharing some of the local coffee shops around town on this guide of austin eats {drinks}. Baristas in the ATX craft it out with coffee and these spots serve up some of the best cups the city has to offer. Keep reading for more…

{Seventh Flag Coffee} French pressed café au lait please.

{Houndstooth Coffee} The cortado… enough said.

{Thunderbird Coffee} Even though I don’t like my coffee sweet the honey-nut latte is one of those special treats.

{TOMS Roasting Co.} Straight up black and iced… with a side of shoes.

{Caffe Medici} The verdict is still out on this one, but I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.

*all images have been sourced directly from websites

for the littles…

halloween costume ideas | moonrise kingdom{Moonrise Kingdom}

Although I have no littles of my own, I always get pretty darn excited to see what costumes are favored every year. As you know I don’t like to follow the latest trends and the same goes dressing up for Halloween. Not that there is anything wrong with the latest princess or super-hero, but it seems to be much more fun to think outside of the pre-packaged costume. One of my favorite daily reads, Oh Happy Day! always hits it out of the park with creative ideas but when it comes to costume time the volume gets turned up. I love Anna Wintour and the other Fashion Icons! This year it’s all about the hipsters and I couldn’t be more giddy especially since one of my all time favorite characters, Amelie, is featured. For more ideas keep reading and check out Oh Happy Day!.

halloween costume ideas | amelie{Amelie}

halloween costume ideas | wes anderson{Wes Anderson}

*images from oh happy day!

pretty palette : dark and stormy

pretty palette | dark and stormyHalloween is in just a few days, so I thought to honor this haunting holiday with a pretty palette in a dark and stormy theme. After experiencing a storm a couple of weeks ago, I was left inspired and hopes of another on hallows eve. The forecast predicts clear skies and no chance of rain, and since I can’t control the weather this inspiration board will have to do. Have a happy Monday!

* images {row 1} dark interior, pale pumpkins {row 2} tulle, cookies {row 3} gray pumpkins, forest

weekend wishes

weekend wishes | simplicity
Happy happy weekend! Looks like a fun filled Saturday is in the books from an afternoon tea with a special viewing of this movie to a cider tasting later in the evening. I’m sure after all our buzzing around Sunday will be spent lounging and catching up on some much needed reading. Wishing you all a lovely fall weekend and keep reading for my favorite links from the week…

Congratulations to Joy and the arrival of her little lady.

A dinner party I’d love to attend.

Next time there are sweet potatoes around I’ll be making this juice.

10 things to do every morning.

Perfect picket fence home.

*image via dustjacket attic

take five!

take five! |

I had such a fun evening vodka craft cocktail tasting last night, but now it’s time for a good workout. I’ll be attending my first bar class and crossing my fingers that I don’t faint in the middle of it all. But first up a new installment of take five!… {one} I picked up this linen ribbon earlier this week and crafting up some ideas. {two} These coconut chocolate tartlets keep making their way onto my pinterest feed and I’m starting to get a little itch to bake them up myself. {three} Silk shirts are the trend right now and although I don’t usually follow trends they are a classic piece. {four} Loving this up do! {five} About those cocktails… Bottled craft cocktails enough said! The cucumber vodka mojito and tea twister are my faves.