Was there a sport you were really into when you were younger that you haven’t spent much time on as you got older? Blake always talks about basketball in that sort of adoring, nostalgic way. It was a huge part of his childhood and teenage years – a time when he could clear his head alone practicing in his driveway or pick up a game with neighborhood kids at a local park. When I think back on the one form of exercise that used to be that stress reliever for me, it’s running. From high school through college (…really until I joined the workforce), running was my daily therapy. Not running on a treadmill, but getting outside in the sunshine and heat of summer or bundling up during the winter months. I was never a lover of a gym run – there’s just something about being outside and feeling the wind on your face or the sun on your back. And even though summers are brutally hot in Austin, I lived for that crazy sweaty high that a summer run brings.
We’re in the home stretch to Christmas and you know what that means? Last minute gift shopping! I’d like to think of myself as a professional procrastinator when it comes to my holiday shopping every year. On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I have such great intentions but often don’t get to everyone on my list. Which means that last-day-to-ship-in-time-for-Christmas-Eve banner in bold print at the top of every website finally gets me to act fast! SO! I’m here to help all the last-minute folks, like myself, find some incredible gifts certain to bring holiday cheer to all the ladies in your life.
Ohh the weather outside is…definitely COLD! We bundled up and hit the town for a little coffee date on Lake Austin. Jude fell asleep on our way to Mozart’s, so Blake and I enjoyed a coffee date just the two of us before the lil man woke up and was ready to MOVE outside. We’re just days away from 10 months over here and this boy is officially a wiggle worm. He is very vocal and let’s us know quiiiickly that he wants to be down and walking (with our help!). And while mom and dad are absolutely getting their steps in these days (and passing out before 9pm because of it, ha!), what a joy it has been to spend the holiday season together. Mozart’s forever has a special place in our hearts because Blake and I grew up coming here, it’s where he proposed and now we get to bring Jude to enjoy their yummy pastries, this view and the outdoors all at once. Such a lovely place to come as a family! read more
I don’t know about y’all, but I believe few things can cure all like a hot shower. Ever since having a baby, it’s one of the few moments of the day where I get to be alone with my thoughts. Well…maybe the dogs are staring from behind the shower curtain and maybe Jude is in his bouncer just feet away babbling and hitting all the buttons (#realreality)…but even with what often feels like chaos around me, I am oh-so-relaxed and always look forward to 10 minutes to myself (well, mostly…haha). So, what’s one way to make your shower situation even better? If your guess is a glass of wine – YES you are correct…but also using really awesome bath products just kicks that shower time up a few notches. Which brings me to the razor of my (and yours…you wait!) dreams. Insert: Billie. Trust me, it’s THAT good. read more
This week has been rainy and cold…which means we’ve finally reached the fall season in Austin, ha! And while most days I’m not a huge fan of this combination (…dogs + rain = mud eeeverywhere in our house haha), this week was different because we totally embraced the crazy weather and it was maaagical. My sister and I spent an afternoon hiking down to Barton Creek (…the dogs stayed home haha). Mud, rain, cold wind…it was invigorating. We were both so happy! I know I say this all the time, but getting outside and spending time in nature really does revive the soul.
Are you into thrift shopping? #Sponsored Lately, my sister and I have had so much fun scoping out the cool secondhand stores around Austin. thredUP has been an online thrift brand we’ve both shopped for years and when we found out they were opening shops in 30 select JCPenney’s nationwide, we were pretty pumped to find one in a south Austin store just minutes away from my house. Blake watched Jude for a couple of hours while we got enjoy a coffee date and some thrift shopping! Needless to say, it was an afternoon very well spent and we left with some awesome finds.
Sharing some snapshots from our visit and a try-on haul of what I left with!
A question I get asked frequently is, “how do you find your personal style?” My answer is always: I wear what feels most “me.” Which means, I buy pieces that fit into my lifestyle and make me feel confident and beautiful. I am not a girl about town attending trendy events, so I don’t wear swanky dresses or glittery heels – they’re simply not practical or worth investing in for me. What I am though, is a mom on the go, enjoying coffee dates with my little man and Blake and more often than not, attending some sort of family event every weekend (football season, birthdays, fam dinners…there’s always something going on!). I want to look put together, feel comfortable in whatever I’m wearing and be able to style an outfit quick…time is limited these days!
Best fall season yet! Pretty certain every holiday this year will be our best one yet, thanks to one special little guy. Picking out pumpkins is always a fun annual activity, and this time was particularly adorable because I got to dress Jude in a matching mama and me outfit. Call me a dork, but man, I live for this stuff! Also…infant Patagonia vests?! I die!
Oh Everlane, you consistently have me swooning with every new arrival. Clean, classic and effortlessly chic…this brand just nails it every time. Pre-baby I shopped regularly at Everlane, then once pregnancy happened it was time to box up my high waist jeans and bring on the giant tees and stretchy leggings. Alas, my postpartum body is slowly but surely allowing me to wear all the high rise denim, skirts and cinched dresses I’ve been lusting after for months.
Oh my goodness it’s been hard to contain my excitement for today’s post! It’s finally HERE! The LivvyLand Collection over at Fortress of Inca launched today and I am thrilled to share 6 of my top favorite styles with you guys. PLUS Fortress is offering LL readers 20% OFF my favorite styles (in all colors!) with code livvy20 at checkout (until Oct. 31). Now that’s a great way to start the week if you ask me! 😉
If you’ve followed me on my blog or Instagram over the years, you’re likely familiar with my love for Fortress of Inca. For one, their HQ is in Austin and home to THE kindest folks behind the brand. Two, the shoes are such beautiful quality – ethically sourced and handmade in Peru. This is a brand that genuinely cares about every detail…from the design and fit, to the artisans who create the shoes, all the way to the packaging and of course their loyal followers and customers…it’s easy to see why my closet is full of FoI shoes – and why I’m so proud to represent them. As Blake and I say in our house, they’re “the tops” when it comes to a brand you want to wear and support!