7.22.2014

austin eats | part 1

One of the things we love the most about Austin is all the amazing places to eat. We vowed to not eat at the same place twice in order to ensure that we try a variety of new places. I love looking at restaurant recommendations on other blogs so I thought it might be fun to share the places we've tried and loved so far. 

I don't really crave BBQ but you know, when in Texas. So we yelped this restaurant and made a quick reservation. It's downtown and actually quite large inside with two floors. There's usually live music and a great bar if you're waiting for a table. The menu is basically meat and sides - so make sure you're hungry! C and I opted to split the short rib (basically a dinosaur bone as seen below) and a few sides - corn, brussels sprouts...yum! I had a delicious cocktail which was basically a moscow mule made with Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka (grapefruit). 





I found this gem on yelp and knew it was perfect for a working lunch. I ordered the Turkey Sweet and an iced tea - talk about heaven! I'm not really a sandwich person but this sandwich was life changing. The croissant, the shaved turkey, the onion apple marmalade...it was all just so amazing! This place quickly became a repeat offender so our rule has not applied here. We've been back!






I discovered this place from another blog and I'm so glad we tried it out! This adorable, low key restaurant had a great, simple menu and gorgeous outdoor seating. We particularly love the East Side of Austin. 





7.21.2014

monday musings.



>> After a quick trip to Boston in the middle of the week for work, Friday snuck up on me. It's been a crazy summer with all the travel and extra work stuff so I feel like these weeks are flying by. I was able to squeeze in drinks with a former teammate before crashing pretty early.

>> Since my two friends signed up for Birchbox this week, I had about $20 work of points burning a hole in my online wallet. I also had a coupon in honor of my 35th box! I was excited to pick up a few basics from W3ll People now that my samples are depleted. It feels good to have found makeup that truly works for my skin AND is made with clean ingredients. 

>> Speaking of skin, I've been trying to reduce the amount of gluten in my diet among other things in order to see if my skin responds. I'm excited to say that this is probably the best my skin has ever looked. It's so clear and smooth that I'm honestly shocked how well my new routine has been working. I'll be sure to get a full post together soon.  (PS. The gluten-free pizza at Da Legna in New Haven is DELICIOUS!)

>> I have packed for Austin so many times that usually, as soon as I wash the clothes in my suitcase, I just fold them and put them right back in. #lazypacking

>> I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing C this week and hopefully having some R&R time. I've gotten to the point where I try to make every excuse not to use a dish so that I don't have to wash them. On my trek to take the trash out, I'm positive I almost contracted rabies. #dramaqueen

>> If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I've taken up calligraphy and I'M OBSESSED! I'm honestly not very good at it right now BUT it's such a calming evening activity that I think with a little practice, I might be able to get the hang of it. I've been taking this Skillshare class and it's perfect. 

>> I feel like I'm in a book rut. I haven't been inspired by anything that I haven't read anything great in a few weeks. Any suggestions? 

>> Go download this BEAUTIFUL app immediately. 

7.14.2014

monday musings.


>> Yesterday we celebrated 1 sweet year of marriage. Go Team Thomas! I'm seriously obsessed with the amazing peonies that C had delivered to work for me - he's a keeper, that one.

>> The fact that your yoga class card is about to expire is a great way to get motivated to go to class almost every day. I'd been SO loving yoga lately and I'm happy to have a little extra motivation to attend. Sometimes it feels cumbersome to carve out an hour and a half of my evening to practice but even when I get home at 7pm or 8pm I'm always so glad I went. I even went to my first Restorative Yoga class last week which was basically assisted napping. #awesome

>> My college roommate and long time bestie came out to New Haven this weekend on her way up to Pomfret, CT for a bachelorette party and bridal shower. We had a blast catching up over margaritas at Geronimo's and then wandered down to Oak Haven for drinks and dessert. A weekend in New Haven isn't complete without stuffing our faces with cinnamon roll pancakes at The Pantry and a nice long walk/hike around East Rock.

>> On my way back from Pomfret, I stopped at Whole Foods to grab a few things. My basket ended up costing a small fortune and was filled with a bizarre variety of goodies including avocado oil (for skin), quinoa hot breakfast cereal, some sort of delicious goat's milk cheese, one goat's milk yogurt, some granola bars, liquefied coconut oil, natural deodorant, a bit of kale from the salad bar, some gnocchi, and a bar of amazing smelling soap. #umwhat?

>> I spent Saturday evening curled up on the couch with a face mask on, engrossed in Orange Is The New Black. Lizzie got me hooked and now I'm already 5 episodes in. Is it weird that I sort of wonder what the heck I would do with myself in prison? Would I be like Piper???? I didn't leave the house until 4:30pm on Sunday purely to attend a yoga class. #winning But I did catch up on a bunch of reading, cleaning, laundry, and some more OITNB. 

>> LOVING this tinted moisturizer that has replaced my Bobbi Brown. It only comes in one color but blends beautifully and serves as the perfect base. I love that it's made of healthy ingredients. 

>> I've started to talk a lot about my new skincare and makeup routine. Are y'all interested in a full post on all the stuff I'm using?! I'm thinking about working one up for you.

7.13.2014

one year.

Around this time, one year ago, I was probably stuffing my face with Panera mac & cheese, getting my hair did, chatting with my sweet bridesmaids, and obsessing over the fact that I was about to marry the love of my life. Crazy to think that HUGE day was one year ago! Our wedding day was awesome but spoiler alert, marriage is better than the wedding day. 

Marriage has been amazing - crazy, fun, exciting, hard, sweet, encouraging, fulfilling! I made a book filled with pictures to document our first year and it's set to arrive tomorrow! I can't wait to share it with C when he gets back. I'm also excited to read out vows again and the beautiful homily that Elizabeth gave during our ceremony. Such precious reminders of why we decided to do this in the first place. 



It's also so fun to have so many friends and family who share a similar anniversary month - shoutout to Keelie & David, Erica & Tyler, Katie & Patrick, and Becca & Brian! Thankful that we have such amazing people to do marriage alongside.

7.10.2014

book review // The Vacationers

I honestly wasn't sure what to expect with this Birchbox #Birchbloggers Bookclub book (say that 5 times fast!). However, I was so pleasantly surprised to find it a fun, easy airplane read that I breezed through in just a few days! The Vacationers is the perfect summer ready because the plot is fun and flirty and the pace is just right to keep you hooked while you're soaking up some sun. 

The story is set on the beaches of Spain in what seemed like the most adorable house with some sort of amazing infinity pool. I was totally daydreaming about romantic vacations while reading this book!

I'm excited to check out some of Emma's other books. This book club is such a fun way to discover new authors and join in a conversation with other readers! 
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