Friday, July 15, 2011

It's My Birthday

...and it's the weekend! Enjoy! xo

images via glitter guide, party hardy pintrest, and oh joy pintrest

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Birthday + Road Trip

On the brain...

images via estilo atendances, we heart it, pintrest, and rockerista

Library Lust

I came across this Kanazawa Umimirai Libray in Japan, designed by Japan based Kazumi Kudo and Hiroshi Horiba of Coelacanth K&H Architects, and had to share. Maybe it's ultimately my love of polka dots that first attracts me to this project, but as playful as it is, the spaces are also sophisticated and really quite elegant. 

Translucent glass fills each of the 6000 holes, diffusing natural light into each of the spaces which creates a sense of emotional or almost spiritual richness. Take a look...

Images via dezeen and Coelacanth K&H Architects home page

Road Trip!

I am so excited that I am soon to hit the road with a good friend of mine for a half-cross-country road trip! We leave on Sunday (so soon) and there are a hundred things to do before we depart on this great adventure (like, celebrate my birthday, for one!).
You can see our route below. We will be crossing west from Austin to the City of Angels and then up to Seattle for our final destination. I have driven the east coast (from Vermont to Florida) a good half dozen times, but I have never driven or even seen most all of the west coast - I couldn't be more excited about what I am going to see and experience for the first time!

Day 1 :: Depart Austin drive through Balmorhea (natural springs) for a quick dip and, through El Paso, and stop just west after Tuscon.
Day 2 :: Drive through Palm Springs on route to Los Angeles, arrive in LA for dinner and drinks.
Day 3 :: Full day and night in LA site seeing and meeting up with friends.
Day 4 :: Coffee and breakfast in Venice beach and off to San Francisco (we'll take Route 1 for this part of the drive). Arrive in San Fran for dinner and drinks.
Day 5 :: Full day and and night exploring San Francisco.
Day 6 :: Coffee and breakfast in San Fran and off to Portland! Dinner and drinks with friends upon arrival.
Day 7 :: Coffee and brunch and a few hours up to Seattle (hopefully my friend will have an apt waiting for her when we arrive)! A music festival and exploring our final destination!
Day 8+9 :: My friend will start her residency but I will be wandering the streets of Seattle.
Day 10 :: I will hug my friend good-bye for the rest of the year and I'll fly back to Austin.

It's also great that we, also, have a day or so to play with in our schedule, so maybe an extra day on one of these cities! This is definitely going to be a trip to remember!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer Hair

Well, it has officially been in the triple digits here in Austin for 11 consecutive days. Yes, it's hot. In fact, it's too hot to make a fuss over what you look like leaving the house. Of course I still apply my mascara each morning, but as far as standing in my small bathroom to curl or straighten, yea right buddy. And so, as a result, summer "beach" hair has been fully embraced.  

images via hush n wonder, beauty addict, favim, toxic feel, gold fish kiss, + guest of a guest.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Happy {Sparkly} 4th

I'm taking off for Vermont for this lovely holiday weekend and I can't be more excited to be back in the north east (not to mention be in one of my best friend's weddings!). Here are some of the colors of independence day in forms that make me smile. I hope you all have a wonderful red, white, and blue [and sparkly] weekend!


Images via, Pintrest, and Atlantic Pacific blog.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Feeling the need for a little adventure

I've been looking over my calendar and seeing what the summer has in store for me and I couldn't be more excited. I hope you all have a little adventure planed for yourselves as well.

Monday, June 13, 2011


A black fruit + red lips kind of monday...

image via wit+delight

Time for salad..

I think I look at this article from The New York times, that I found a few years back, at least once a summer when it gets to be about a hundred degrees outside - not kidding - for those of us in Austin. 101 Simple Salads for the Season has so many (one hundred and one, to be exact) awesome salad ides so that you can limit your time in a hot kitchen and use fresh ingredients you may pick up from your local farmers market! Check it out, and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

PS1 MOMA :: Young Architects Competition

This years winner for the PS1 Young Architects Program competition are a Brooklyn based design studio, Interboro Partners. Their design for this years installation is clean and simple and actually quite elegant. Having seen many of the summer installations, in person, this is one I am sad to miss. The installation, named Holding Pattern, will feature a twisted rope canopy stretched over the courtyard. I enjoy how it's a bit more interactive from the dance floor for the Warm Up Parties where the people can enjoy the summer music series and the art at the same time. Take a look below for images of what PS1 will turn into for the next few summer months (opening this June).

Images via Dezeen magazine 

Take me Away :: Ace Hotel

Every now and then I will see a hotel design that makes me want to to go vacation JUST to be able to stay in the hotel - Luckily the Ace Hotel's are also located in a few great cities across the US. Check them out and tell me you don't want to visit Palm Springs just to hang out in that hammock.

New York.


Palm Springs.

{I should also mention I love their website design.}


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