Saturday, July 31, 2010

A new marketplace

For all of you lovers of Etsy out there, check out I Heart Handmade at

Happy Hour {oh so happy}

It has been a long and strange week for me so I have felt the need for a drink, a little more than usual. But, the other night when I went out with some girl friends, when hey ordered beer, I ordered lemonade. I have to say it was JUST as satisfactory as an ice cold pint of Hefeweizen in my hand. Here, below, is a recipe for mint lemonade that it guaranteed to make your taste buds sing on a hot Saturday afternoon. Of course, if you are making it later in the day, a little vodka would surely make a nice addition.

Homemade Mint Lemonade

What You'll need...
2 cups granulated sugar
6 cups water
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh whole mint leaves

Make a simple syrup by combining 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water in a saucepan and bringing to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved and then let cool.

Pour lemon juice and remaining 4 cups water in a large pitcher. Add 1 cup of the simple syrup and taste. Gradually add more simple syrup to reach desired sweetness. 

Stir in mint leaves and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve over ice.

Recipe from 

TGIS : Thank God it's Saturday

Whatever it is you've been wanting to do or see or get done; do want you want this weekend without shame. And let it be fabulous.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Canopy Couture

Feminine, masculine and for unexpected rooms and places in the house. A canopy is a great way to add some romance and intimacy to a space. They can also be a very fun DIY project for you and your roommate. Check out a few of my favorite examples, Above. 

Photo credit: Pink Wallpaper blog, Design*Sponge, Sanctuary Home blog, Domino magazine, Twig Hutchinson, Sanctuary Home blog, Design*Sponge.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Color Spectrum Interiors

Today with all the rain - and then sun and then rain again - I have been looking around for rainbows. Check out all of these beautiful color spectrum or "rainbow-inspired" interiors, above.

And then "feast" your eyes on these rainbow eats - taste the rainbow!

Photo credit Interiors:, arainbowidea.blogspot, design*sponge,, 4floors, B watches, Eats: wiskkid,, birthdaygirl.blogspot.

Friday, July 23, 2010

TGIF : Happy Weekend

May your weekend be full of colorful umbrellas, messy beachy ponytails and cuddling in the sand! 

Top Image from Christian Chaize

Pratt Pride

Check out the latest endeavor from my Alma Mater - West Elm has teamed up with Pratt Design Incubator to create this new line of fashionably sustainable furniture and wall accessories. Check out the full collection here!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Summer Decorating made {so} easy with Thomas Paul

Items listed from top left to bottom right: Thomas Paul chair trio in Love Birds textile; Coral tufted pile rug in Cream Orange; Sea-life coasters set, Pufferfish pouch 5.5"x9", Octopuss java, Seahorse indigo and Lobster tomato 18" pillows. Check out for more fabulous items to fill your home!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mid Summer faves {under $100}

Hi, my chickadees! Sorry, I have been away from my blogging , but my sweet boyfriends swept me away on a birthday weekend to west Texas - more to come soon on the trip!

So, here we are in the middle of summer and I have found a few great ways to keep "cool" for the next few weeks of heat! Everything is under $100 for proof that it's easy to be fashion forward and be summer savvy on a budget! Enjoy!

Items listed upper left to bottom right: Old Navy Cat-eye Sunglasses $7.97; John Masters Organics Sea Mist, Sea Salt Spray with Lavender $16.50; Kleenex brand Slice of Summer Series; Urban Outfitters duvets starting at $58; Urban Outfitters Lucca Couture Floral Romper $58; Beekman Soothing After Sun soap with goats milk $14; Gap Nautical Tote Bag $39.50.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Monday morning inspiration

I hope your day is full of sunshine and citrus...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Premiere Vision Preview {New York}

All my NYC based designer friends should head over to the Première Vision New York Show this week on July 14th & 15th. This show will introduce you to all the major and most renowned textile mills to start your Fall/Winter '11 collections off right.

This unique opportunity will offer a preview of a large selection of fabrics as well as trimming collections of the highest quality and creativity. There will be many forums and seminars to sit in on! Get your free badge here, and reserve your seat on the Première Vision Fashion Tour, here.

Logo and photos courtesy of PV 2010 informational website.

Cinema East {Austin}

Produced by Scott Jawson & Curated by Maggie Lea, Cinema East is a free summer film series featuring over 15 of the year's festival-favorite independent films. All-ages are welcome for screenings and BYOB friendly for those over 21. Seating is limited, lawn-chairs and blankets are encouraged and strongly recommend.

Hosted at Baby Blue Studio's with a relaxed Drive-In style outdoor lot located on 1522 East 12th St, Cinema East kicked off on Sunday June 13th and will continue every-other Sunday for the rest of the summer and through September. Let the fun times begin at 8:00pm, and screenings at 9. Check out the full schedule here!

111 Navy Chair

When you recycle your Coke bottles something can great come out of it, like the 111 Navy Chair, sold at Design Within Reach. This chair is the result of approximately 111 of your 12oz. Coke bottles being recycled and remade into a beautiful product anyone would be proud to have in their home or office. A collaboration between DWR, Coka Cola, and Emeco, and with your help in making the planet a greener place.

Photos courtesy of DRW website.

Gimmie Gimmie (oh honey honey)...

Dress me up in Kate Spade! (The scallops and polka-dot combo on these stilettos make me melt!) ...did I mention my birthday is next week?

Monday, July 5, 2010

Play Me {I'm yours}

Touring internationally since 2008, ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ is an artwork, by artist Luke Jerram, where street pianos are popping up in cities all over the world. You can stumble upon one of these 167 pianos in parks, bus and train stations, outside galleries, markets and on bridges and ferries in one of 8 different cities worldwide. The pianos are for anyone in the community to play, admire or claim ownership of. The whole point of the installation/experiment is so that each piano acts as a sculptural, musical, blank canvas that becomes a reflection of the communities it is embedded into. Many pianos become personalized or decorated by the community that it sits in. 

Jerram says "Questioning the ownership and rules of public space ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ is a provocation, inviting the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment." So, go ahead, don't be afraid, when you find one of these street pianos, sit down and leave your mark and make it yours (even if only for the duration of Chopin's Nocturnes). 

‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ will soon be presented in: New York City, London, Belfast, Burnley and Blackburn, Cincinnati, San Jose, and Grand Rapids(US). 

Photo credit: (top) Sarah Faye Olman, piano spotted in NYC; (bottom) Luke Jerram, NYC Times Square.

Listening to : Part 3

Another happy Monday with more happy music. I am sure most of you have the day off, so here are some great tunes to play at a bbq or on your day road trip with friends. I promise either of these two bands will help set the scene.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Living in the red white and blue

Happy Birthday to the United States of America; and happy red white and blue to you!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy Weekend

Wishing everyone a happy long weekend!

Photo via We Heart It

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Spanish Inspired

Living in Texas, I have embraced and have become ever so inspired by Spanish style interiors. I love the warmth of the earth tones with the brilliant touches of jewel tones. The textures used through out these spaces bring such a richness and boldness, yet something so calm and serene. The use of woods, straw and linen textiles, tile and wrought iron bring so many elements that all naturally compliment and work together. These interiors above make me want to escape on vacation - how lovely would it be if you came home to this every day.

Photo credit: image via Katie Did;; VTinteriors;; image of a hotel in Cabo San Lucas via;

Long weekend {and} Events in Austin

I feel a bit lacker-ish for not posting anything for a while - I had a great long weekend in Chicago and am happy to have been able to bring my loving boyfriend back to Austin with me. Now that he is back and one of my good friends, Kate, will be heading back to Austin, from NYC, in a few weeks, I am very excited to be discovering all the fun things Austin has to offer during the summer months. I have read through Austin Monthly magazine which has a huge calendar of events. Here are a few highlights I wanted to share with you, that I will surely be attending!  

Sail Away - July 1st through 5th, it's time to head to Corpus Christi for Sail South Texas 2010. Ships come from around the world to be a part of this three to five day festival which honors the 234th anniversary of the United States', the bicentennial of the Latin American independence, and return of the Naval Station Ingleside to Port Corpus Christi. During the celebration, there will be musical and various cultural performances. Attendees can also board and explore the ships for themselves!

HEB Austin Symphony and Fireworks - Austin's biggest 4th of July bash celebrating with Austin's symphony orchestra. Fireworks starting at 9:30pm at Auditorium Shores.

Matisse as Printmaker - Through August 23 at Blanton Museum of Art, a collection of the french sculptor and artist, Henri Matisse's, etchings, monotypes, aquatints, lithographs and linocuts.

Saturday Night Special - Laugh your ass off at Salvage Vanguard Theater on Manor Road on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month where Austin's best comedy troupes perform two show's; audience participation highly encouraged.

Capoeira - Some consider Brazilian-African dancing to be a healing art form. Come watch this mix of choreographed dance, acrobatics, and non-contact fighting put to song and rhythm and find out where its powers come from. Ongoing for the duration of the summer at Austin's Mexican American Cultural Center.

Tango Wednesdays - After you leave the office, start your Wednesday nights off at Annies Cafe & Bar, on Congress Avenue, for a free mini dance lesson at 7pm. Continue to showcase your skills after with a guest DJ.

Petanque - The French Legation Museum will be hosting an ongoing event on the second and fourth Sunday's of every month where people can come and play the traditional French game, Petanque. All ages are welcome and encouraged to play and have a good time! 

First Thursday - An ongoing delayed closing hour where all the shops and restaurants down South Congress Avenue keep their doors open until 10pm, every first Thursday of each month.

Wimberley Lions Market Days - Venture out to Lions Field, Wimberley to the oldest market in Texas Hill Country. This market houses 475 booths full of treasures for you to look through while listening to live music. Food vendors ranging from barbecue to funnel cakes abound.

Splash Movies - Throw yourself into the deep end of Deep Eddy and watch one of your favorite movies with family and friends. Catch a movie select days now through August 14th. Upcoming films include Grease, Where the Wild Things Are, Star Trek, and many more - movies start at dusk!

Lonestar Rollergirls - July 10 be sure the catch the Cherry Bombs battling the Hellcats, and the Holly Rollers will go head to head with the Rhinestone Cowgirls on July 24th, at the Plamer Events Center on Barton Springs Road.

Check out the full calendar in the July issue of Austin Monthly - let the fun begin!