Anyone else counting down the days to Austin City Limits music festival this year? While I love the bands, scene and food trucks (obviously…haha), half the fun is figuring out what to wear. ACL is a lot more relaxed than Coachella – the two aren’t really comparable in the style category… it’s doubtful you’ll see anyone with glittery tattoos on their faces or designer handbags around their waists. Which is all the more reason why I love this wonderful weekend in Austin… you can still have fun dressing in your festival best, but the outfits are also 100% wearable off the festival grounds… which is totally a win/win in my book!
It’s that time again…we’ve got the itch to go somewhere and explore! In a few weeks, Blake and I are headed on a two week cruise through the British Isles…Ireland, Scotland, England…we’re ready to escape the Texas heat! I’ll share more on that trip soon…but in the meantime we’re looking forward to photographing and sharing all the details, big and small.
Blake and I have been so fortunate to have traveled near and far these past few years, and capturing our adventures is something I LOVE to do. Not only is photography a passion of mine, but I love to print our photos and reminisce about the memories in those 2 x 3″ frames…I feel pangs of nostalgia as I look at each of these prints and I’m immediately transported back in time. What we did that day, whether it was hot or cold out, the smell of the cuisine in each country. Ohh the power of a photo – it truly is something so special. Which is why I am thrilled to partner with HP and share why I’m loving the new Sprocket 2-in-1 portable photo printer. If you’re one for adventure or simply love taking photos (…which is most anyone with a smartphone these days, ha!), then you’re going to LOVE this pretty little thing!
You know what I love? A restful, relaxing weekend. Lately work and life has been so crazy that finding two consecutive days to fully escape has seemed nearly impossible. Blake started a new job, some personal things were taking up a lot of my free time and getting out of Austin simply wasn’t in the cards. Which is where the idea of a stay-cation came to our rescue! As Austin has become a booming city, it’s cool factor has grown dramatically over the years and new hotels are popping up left and right to accommodate the influx of visitors. Fairmont Austin opened their gorgeous 37-story, luxury hotel in March of 2018 and lemme tell ya, it blew us away! Given that we live in the ‘burbs, we were excited to stay in the heart of downtown, with access to restaurants, bars, shopping – you name it – within walking distance.
I’m excited to give y’all a glimpse at our lovely stay-cay! Disclaimer: Blake and I share a love of indulging in sips and eats when we’re in vacation-mode…so prepare for some yummy food pics!
This day has been a long time coming and I am SO EXCITED to finally share my first video with you guys! Disclaimer: please go easy on me haha, I am not used to shooting video!! YouTube is another part of the blogosphere I have wanted to add to my content for a really long time, and I’m fortunate that my brother, Jacob, is a videographer and photographer – so he has been kind enough to bear with me as I dip my feet into this new space. Ps. I may or may not have had a few mimosas prior to shooting to calm my nerves…ha! (You’ll want to watch until the very end – it’s pretty funny!).
Lately, the blog post that’s been coming back up in conversation via emails, direct messages on Instagram and comments on my blog – is how we renovated our back patio. In a nutshell, the paint colors, materials, why we decided to renovate, etc. A ton of you are working on patio renovations of your own, so I am thrilled to be able to give you a full-on walkthrough of the reno from the inside out, sharing all the details throughout! Aaand with that said, let’s get to it…
Early bird gets the worm…and the best view without the crowd! Blake and I both had intense work weeks, so the first thing on our minds for the weekend was to get outside and soak in some fresh air. We’ve been glued to our computers lately, so it was a very welcome break to swap my jeans for ultra comfy leggings + a breezy oversized tee and enjoy time at the 360 Overlook, a hike that overlooks the beloved 360 Bridge and Lake Austin here in town. Now that this city has an ever-expanding population, we’ve realized to soak up our old stomping grounds without a crowd of people, you’ve got to get up early…which also kind of kicks us into high gear to seize the day just as the sun comes out! One of my favorite things about Austin is how outdoor friendly the city is…there’s always a nature-filled place you can go to clear your head and reset – and this weekend is all about hitting that reset button!
Have y’all been shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? It ends August 6th, so now is the time to scoop up those last minute favorites before they go back to full price! Quite a few of my favorite brands are included in the sale (namely, Madewell…) and I’m excited to share a head-to-toe sale outfit with y’all today! I love each of these items and feel like they’re practical, versatile (you can wear them ALL the time in the fall and even into the winter) and timeless. I’m all about investing in pieces you can wear often and for years to come, and each of these items checks that box for me! read more
Well hello there, summer shoes of my dreams! I recently discovered a shoe brand that I am now boasting about all over town (…well really, whenever I wear these shoes, someone stops to ask where I got them…they pretty much speak for themselves). Nisolo makes the most stunning leather shoes and everything from the design, to the team, to the Instagram feed is totally speakin’ my language! Pretty neutrals, versatile silhouettes and buttery smooth leather that will make your feet extra happy. I’m so excited to partner with Nisolo and share two of my must-haves with y’all! Hint hint: the second pair I’ll show ya are nude suede mules (swoon!!!) – you’ll want to keep scrolling to see those gorgeous kicks!
PS. Use code LIVVY10 to take 10% off when you order either pair from today’s post! Offer ends August 5th, 2018.
If there’s one thing y’all know I love…it’s pants. Always high waist, sometimes straight leg, often cropped and a style that’s new to me (…and that I am now totally in love with…), wide leg! My sister shot this post and she was even completely sold and went out and scooped up a pair for herself THAT DAY. If that doesn’t tell ya how good these pants are, well then, hopefully by the end of this post you’ll be sold enough to join the wide leg trouser brigade. (…I just made that up…). read more
I don’t know about you, but jumping into an ultra cozy bed sounds like the most amazing thing ever right about now. This week was a straight up d-o-o-z-y and I am very much looking forward to some quality lounge time…and you can find me riiiight there in that spot above, being slobbered on by Watson and with a giant cheesy grin on my face! If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that Blake and I recently updated our bedroom a bit – we switched to a king size bed and swapped out our old lamps (…although beloved!) for some bronze wall sconces (swoon!). I feel like such a grownup with the sconces haha. It’s almost like I should be reading the newspaper instead of scouring gossip websites (god bless you JustJared…you’ve kept me entertained for yeaaaars)…but nahh, I’ll stick to my ‘ol reliables! 😉 In addition to the headboard, lighting and sheets, we topped off the space with THE most beautiful lumbar pillows. Our rug has hints of orange throughout, so I thought opting for a mix of orange and cream pillows would be really pretty and soft…without adding more pink to the room (…thinking of Blake with this one, ha!). We also added a couple of seat cushions to our living room area (more on that further into this post…). Excited to share it all with y’all!
Have you heard about the restaurant Sqirl in LA? I’ve never been, but it’s one of those spots that you hear about all over the place — in food-centric magazines, on Instagram, from that one stylish friend who came back from a vacation in sunny California. The owner, Jessica Koslow, is one of those badass women who worked hard to pursue her dream of owning a restaurant, aka she’s kind of my hero.
So after scooping up her cookbook, Everything I Want To Eat, last week, I knew I needed to recreate one of her recipes for you guys. This Kale Rice Bowl is the most delicious bowl of health. I swapped out a poached egg for a hard-boiled egg because I had some on hand, but a poached egg or fried egg would also be really delicious here. And don’t skimp on the fresh dill! read more