weekend in SoCo

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The house cat

mimosas for breakfast

This past weekend, I co-hosted a bachelorette weekend getaway in Austin with the bride’s sister and matron of honor.  We rented this amazing house in the SoCo district and spent the weekend lounging in the pool and taking our time to enjoy good food and company with each other. A couple of highlights included paddle boarding for the first time on the lake, experiencing 6th Street since my college days, brunch at Lucky Robot where the roasted brussel sprouts are very crunchy and yummy, and dining at Odd Duck, whose ceviche and fig trifle dishes were so savory and delicious.

We hand printed these gift bags for the guests and included a gift basket filled with our favorite beauty products, including these lip stains that are my new obsession of the moment, some Burt’s Bee’s essentials, and soap from Anthropologie. These floral arrangements were easy and fun to make using filler flowers and a few brightly colored roses. You can see more here.

I think I really needed this getaway to really relax and enjoy the last few moment s of summer. Two more weeks until the beginning of another school year and I know it’s going to go by very quickly.

just a few things

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My desk and work area is often cluttered with things, so I’ve been trying to simplify and de-clutter as much as I can over the summer, organizing just the essential tools and supplies that I need.  And these plants from my classroom have been poorly neglected since I’ve brought them home for the summer, and now, I’ve been trying to rejuvenate them back to life with a little TLC. These succulents are so sturdy that I have a good feeling they’ll be back in good shape in no time.


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We took advantage of free museum day at the MFAH to enjoy Jesús Rafael Soto’s floating installation. It was quite crowded with visitors and Olivia was scared at first, but when she felt more comfortable in the space, she was running through the curtains of plastic and thoroughly enjoying the experience on her own.

crepe mrytle

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I love all the crepe myrtle during summer time. It sort of makes up for not having all those giant rhododendron trees that are always so majestic and beautiful in all those fancy fashion magazines. I took my old 50mm lens out for a shoot today and forgot how soft and dreamy the quality of the focus can be. I normally don’t shoot self portraits, but my sister is slowly learning to compose beautifully on her own.

…and I’m slowly embracing the weird splash of freckles across my face as I get older