Hey friends! God bless your patient souls because I KNOW this post has been loooong awaited! I have this thing about showing “unfinished” renovations, when really, the unfinished stuff can also be pretty interesting, too (…it’s me in my own head, per usual)! Moving forward, I’ll be sure and show more progress-type photos/blog posts along the way. Constantly learning over here and I always appreciate your feedback so much!
Sooo if you’re new to LL, we decided to do some serious renovating to the back of our house in February (you can refer to this post where I shared our reno plans). In a nutshell, we removed four paneled windows along the back of our house and installed custom floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. We added new siding (went for horizontal instead of vertical) and a fresh paint job, then added a covered patio (but opted for a polygal roof instead of extending our current roof to save the natural light). Given that this renovation was a big one, I’ve decided to break up “the reveal” into two separate posts because there’s just so much to share! Thus, today we’ll focus on the outside patio and all the furniture details, then in a couple of weeks I’ll share some before/after snapshots from the inside of the house and (fingers crossed) share a video (!!) giving y’all a house tour from the inside out, while also sharing the materials we chose and why, who we used for contracting, etc. We learned a TON from this process and I am thrilled to share it all with you guys!
Aaand with that said, let’s get to the patio makeover! Take a look at these (drastic) before and afters…
When I posted this recipe on Instagram, my friends lost their minds. I got texts asking how I made it, I got invitations to come over and make it for dinner, and I quickly realized that this dish is a crowd pleaser.
Ok, so that wasn’t really a surprise. I LOVE this dish. One of my favorite dinners in town is at Juniper, and they offer a side of Cacio e Pepe. Like as in order a pasta and get a side of buttery, cheesy pasta. That’s my kind of place…
So when I was thinking about recipes to share with you guys, this one immediately came to mind. I love how truly easy it is to make, and how elegant it feels. I always serve it with a salad because hello that’s a lot of butter and cheese. #balance
As you have probably noticed by now…LivvyLand got a makeover! This has been a long time in the works behind the scenes, and I am thrilled to finally share the new logo + site design (and a life update) with y’all!
Hope y’all are having a wonderful long weekend! Blake and I have been busy spending time with family (my dad was in town this weekend, hooray!) and watching aaaall the crazy basketball playoff games. Tonight’s another big one (…eek! Obvs I’m putting all my positive juju towards the Houston Rockets!), and while we watch, I’ll be putting my multitasking skills to the test as I online shop all of the AMAZING weekend sales. (…True story: I’m a pro by now 😉 ). We don’t have cable, otherwise I would 100% be flipping back and forth between The Bachelor season premiere (…although Blake might be fighting me for the remote haha). I did some sale research this afternoon and rounded up my favorites from a few of my go-to retailers… enjoy some summer shopping, gals!
Happy almost-Friday! I wanted to quickly get this post up because Urban Outfitters (where I got my skirt/tee/hat) is having a MAJOR Memorial Day sale (up to 50% off!) aaand also because this look just screams “give me a beer and an outdoor patio and I’m a happy human!” …Can you tell I’m ready for the weekend? 😉
Austin is filled with so many beautiful lookout points, and Mount Bonnell is one I hold dear to my heart. It’s a short hike up to jaw-drop stunning views of Lake Austin (…and the mega mansions that surround it!), and on a weekday evening it’s not yet filled with tourists. It was once a hidden gem in town, and thankfully on a random Wednesday night as the sun was setting, we were able to set up camp and practice some poses. The sun sets around 8:30pm these days, so luckily most folks had left the area and were headed home – which gave us plenty of space to stretch freely and soak up the cliffside views, lush greenery and open air.
Hooray for another home decor project! Never a dull moment over here… home ownership means a running list of updates, fixes, changes and renovations, and we are FINALLY making progress with our master bathroom plans! I’ve mentioned before how the previous owners of our 1980’s abode flipped the house and did a fabulous job – but of course, there are a number of things we’re excited to update to feel a little more “us.” The master bathroom has been at the top of my list for quite some time now and over the weekend we finally nailed down our plans and started purchasing products…it’s really happening, y’all! 😉
If there’s one item I can say is 100% a must in my summer wardrobe, it’s hands down a pair of boyfriend shorts. While I love a good pair of high rise, tighter denim shorts, there really is no comparison to the comfort of the effortlessly relaxed boyfriend style. Aaand as if the shorts alone weren’t wonderful enough, add in the softest tee (ever!), a pair of sneakers and an adorable little leather backpack. Hello, cute and oh-so-comfortable summer outfit option! Blake and I spent the entirety of our Saturday running errands around town and we stopped into the cutest local gardening store for some patio plants. Between the Texas heat and heavy plant lifting, let’s just say a breezy tee and denim combo was a very good idea!
Say hello to the straw hat that adds an effortlessly cool, summer vibe to any outfit. Pair with a relaxed button down and denim shorts, or grab your swimmie and hit the pool (…currently daydreaming of a “no worries” kinda day and that combo sounds fab-u-lous!). Brixton continues to bring their A-game when it comes to hats of all shapes and sizes (I styled this fun fisherman’s hat last week), and their selection at Urban Outfitters is simply the best. Y’all know I can’t live without my hat collection (no really…I use them for both decor and fashion, ha!) and I’m excited to share a few more of my faves today…
Austin has officially hit summer temperatures (apparently we’ll get up to 100 degrees within the week, ah!), which means I have neatly tucked away my jeans and traded them for shorts of all styles…cutoffs, high rise, boyfriend and my current favorite: tie front. Insert the praise hands emoji here because these things are SO comfortable and flattering! (…And breezy…which is something to note because when pretty much anything you put on sticks to you in this heat, finding shorts that don’t is a REALLY big deal, ha).