Tickled Pink

January 29, 2015

pale pink studio
pink turkish towel mexico exterior hot pink
pink roses
mottahedeh lotus tin
pale pink walls
pink oriental rug
Description of Photo
Inspired by tasteful pink design. It must be the upcoming lover's holiday on my mind.

Image sources: studio | towel | exterior | roses | mottahedeh  | plants | pendants | rug | bathroom

Winter Staple | Denim on Denim

January 28, 2015

denim jean chambray shirt Description of Photo
My winter uniform is simple, comfy, and relaxed. I usually pair my Canadian Tuxedo with worn-in engineer boots, and I'm often barefoot at homea perk of living in Texas.

Skinny jeans, Levi. Chambray shirt, LOFT. Initial necklace, Etsy. Wrap bracelet, Chan Luu.

Gratitude Lately

January 27, 2015

sunny path old trees
Warm winter walks

Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
What have you been thankful for lately?

Aeropress

January 26, 2015

aeropress coffee brew
aeropress coffee
aeropress coffee crema
aeropress coffee
aeropress coffee
After receiving the AeroPress as a gift, this has become my favorite method of brewing coffee at home. The lightweight coffee/espresso maker is easy to use (and to clean), and creates a smooth cup every time. Hot water and gentle air pressure make rich coffee with low acidity.

Once you begin researching how to use an AeroPress, you'll find that there are many different methods and opinions around brewing. The best guide I've found is from The Kitchn.

I hesitated sharing these images, for fear of making this simple process appear more complicated than it is. It really is easy, especially after a little practice. We use the AeroPress most on the weekends when we have the time to savor a quality cup of coffee.

I also look forward to bringing along the AeroPress for camp coffee as the weather warms. The Aeropress is so lightweight and compact and affordable. All you need is boiling water, a camp mug, and your favorite ground coffee. Cheers!

airbnb Colorado

January 23, 2015

Longmont Colorado airbnb
Longmont ($78/night)

Ridgway Colorado airbnb
Ridgway ($110/night)

Breckenridge Colorado airbnb
Breckenridge ($120/night)

Mancos Colorado airbnb
Mancos ($135/night)

Nederland Colorado airbnb
Nederland - outside Boulder ($149/night)

Telluride Colorado airbnb

Telluride ($195/night)

Just adding a few pads to my Colorado airbnb wishlist. It's all about the view. 

Interior Inspiration

January 22, 2015

floor plan sketch beige fabric paint swatch

This is a snapshot of my grandmother's interior planning station. She is sketching and preparing for a downsizing move to a new home.  Not pictured in this photo are the numerous swatches of fabric, wallpaper, and paint samples spread across the dining room table. This is her pre-Pinterest inspiration board.

I am inspired by this scene, and my 80-something grandmother's clear passion. I imagine what she would have done at my age with the resources I have. I think she would be seriously pursuing this interest that has forever remained just a hobby. It's a good reminder to explore my own (similar) passions.

Gratitude Lately

January 21, 2015

rhinestone cowboy boots
A special visitor & a long weekend to explore

sunrise Austin Texas
Sunrise from my office
Nicholas Stevenson globe illustration
Dreaming and realizing {Illustration by Nicholas Stevenson}

Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
What have you been thankful for lately?

Happy Weekend

January 16, 2015

yarn typography up close
thread typography
tactile typography
we are all a part of the same thing
Cheers!

tactile typography by Dominique Falla

CSA: Charleston Supported Art

January 15, 2015

Charleston Supported Art
When I hear CSA, I think of Community Supported Agriculture, a partnership between consumers and local farms where members pay in advance for shares of upcoming produce and receive recurring deliveries of fresh produce each season. Consumers are ensured high quality local produce, and farmers are ensured a consistent market.

I love that CSA programs are growing in popularity in many cities (my office building coordinates a CSA!), and I was so excited to see this model applied to the arts.

Gratitude Lately

January 11, 2015

small cactus succulents
Tiny cacti 

feathercraft boat
A special place in Tennessee

blue twinkle christmas lights
The days are getting longer! | Twinkle lights in the meantime

Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
What have you been thankful for lately?

Happy Weekend

January 9, 2015

woman chopping wood
Photo by Helmut Newton, Ch√Ęteau d’Aunoy, 1978.

Cheers!

The Ballad of Shovels and Rope

January 8, 2015

It ain't what you've got, it's what you make.



I really enjoyed The Ballad of Shovels and Rope, which documents husband-wife duo Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent from their humble Charleston roots to their much deserved explosion on the Americana music scene. The fast rise is filmed at home and on the road over a 2 1/2 year period.  I loved getting an intimate look into the life of one of my favorite bands. Their drive and love is admirable.

The Ballad of Shovels and Rope can be rented or purchased here. And catch ShoRo live if you're lucky.

Home | Organized

January 7, 2015

A friend recently introduced me to the Beverly Hills Organizer how-to videos. While we had some good belly laughs over these (thong folding!), home organization truly is up my alley. No, I don't fold my undies or color coordinate my closet, but I do get excited about learning new systems for simplifying and creating flow in a home with limited square footage and minimal storage.

A few tools for getting a fresh, organized start to the new year:

organized home collage


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Gratitude Lately

January 4, 2015

vision board magazine clippings
A vision for 2015

fireplace
Home for the holidays

painting yams still life
My artistic and inspiring mom

sunset silhouette
Calming winter views

hotel san jose austin
A midtown oasis | Happy to be back in Austin.

Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
What have you been thankful for lately?

January 2015

January 2, 2015

Now that I've set a new year intention, it's time to create an action plan. 

I'm going to be setting and sharing monthly goals here on the blog, and each month I will check in with a progress update. My very private self feels a bit uncomfortable sharing these goals with the universe, so I will try to balance personal privacy and public accountability. No super juicy details here. But, this little blog is partly an experiment in vulnerability, so I hope to open up with this challenge. See my January goals below, if you'd like.

santiago salvador girls dance
January 2015

1. Service camera and take intro photography course online  - This serious amateur needs to learn the basics beyond auto and trial-and-error.

2. Complete Barre3 Challenge - Excited about working off some of my holiday indulgences, and the chance to take my mom to a class when she visits this month. 

3. Cook 3 yummy meals each week, using new recipes  - Sounds simple, but I have gotten lazy in the kitchen. There really are so many healthy restaurants and grab-and-go options in Austin (hello, Whole Foods every day of the week), but I want to step up my game at home. 

4. Travel  - Yes, we are just returning from holiday travel, but this goal is a big one for me in 2015. Even if it is a day trip, I want to explore a new town/attraction. I also hope to buy a ticket to visit a friend in the mountains. 

Do you have any goals for January? I would love to hear them.

Painting by Santiago Salvador

Yes | A New Year Intention

January 1, 2015

adventure this way key tag
Yes. 

This year I want to embrace a mindset of yes. I want to invite more doing, more fun, more opportunity—less fear. This one word will be my guide for 2015.

2014 did see several big moments of 'yes', notably the best moment when I said yes to spending my life with M. My new year intention, however, is more about embracing a certain attitude toward the little things that come up each day.

Part of it is about being more agreeable, part of it is knowing that saying yes opens doors. Most of all, yes is about facing fear (the 'no you can't' or 'not today' or 'no thanks') and challenging my cautious nature in a healthy way.

I feel refreshed and excited just setting this one word intention to lead me through the year.

I'm curious, what are your resolutions/intentions for the new year?
 

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