THIS JUST IN: I’m obsessed with Texas.
Top to bottom side to side, I’m in love with that grand ol’ state. Slightly
incredibly jealous of all you mockingbirds that call it home. The people, the food, the history - oy vey, I could ramble on for days about how much I relished my time there.
However we’ll start with this : the blog friends that I met while there. I’ve known for quite sometime that this blog has a little following in Texas. And seriously I think I nearly died when I realized I’d have the chance to meet a few of them.
So in Houston, Lindsey & Melissa welcomed me with bells on. These two are ador-a-ble. Lindsey even let this creepy blogger stay with her for two days and welcomed me with polish from the OPI Texas Collection. I mean really? What a gem.
Is she not the most precious thing? Linds works for YES Prep, an incredible school that offers low-income students in Houston an enriched college prep education. Hop on over and learn more - Linds is constantly on the lookout for passionate candidates for their teaching program :)
And Melissa, this blog’s first follower and the source of so many referrals. She is one of those people that knows absolutely everyone (Am I right or am I right? If you’re reading this, you probably count yourself blessed to know her as well.) In the most epic tragedy, we didn’t snap a picture together, oh but I found one on her Facebook:
You’re welcome adorable Mel:
Mel & her best friend Carter run The Glitter Collective - which is every bit as sparkly and joy ridden as it sounds. Hop over!
Next was San Antonio:
Meadow in San Antonio is now carrying Leona and can we just [pause] for a moment for this breathtaking architecture?
Flanked with gorgeous ceiling-to-floor windows and flooded with natural light, the entire appointment I just gawked. If ever in the area, swing in and tell sweet Susanna, the owner, that I sent you over. It’s a piece of heaven, I tell ya.
Also, I popped in the Alamo for a brief second. How can you pass through San An and not see the place where Davy Crockett died? It was magnificent.
On to Austin (!!!) - I.am.in.love.with.ATX.
The food. The culture. The unique people. The shops. The style. The music. That entire town just swept me clear off my feet and sent me into a lovely tailspin. Per the recommendations of Mary Caroline & my new friend Elizabeth (more on her soon), I saw only the greatest spots in my short 48 hours there.
Also, my sweet family that lives in Austin housed me for a night and having the chance to visit with them for the first time in 3+ years was more refreshing than I can wrap words around. Love you Sue & Katie Ann :)
Jo’s Coffee: Iced Turbo saved.my.life. in that blazing 112 degree heat.
love graffiti on the side of Jo’s. just too much to handle.
Yes please, South Congress Cafe:
And then I spent most of my day working at Spiderhouse (per Mary Caroline's recommendation) To say that I am not hipster enough for that place is a grand UNDERSTATEMENT, but they welcomed me in - glittery pink shorts and all.
New Bohemia: incredible vintage finds. Scored a gorgeous gold cuff bracelet.
And brace yourselves for this one. Elizabeth, a blog reader, and I began emailing several months ago. When I came through town, I knew I just had to meet her. Not only is she adorable, but she owns, yep owns her very own sno-cone truck.
Living the dream. Mid-20s, loving life in Austin, running this infamous sno-cone company, employing 35+ girls and making people smile every single day. She’s quite possibly one of the coolest people I know.
Yes that sno-cone is wearing sunglasses. And yes that is my awkward pageant stance.
Austin friends, lovers, visitors- go to Sno-Beach, tell Elizabeth I sent you and order the blackberry & cream.
Rocking my Sno-Beach shirt all day too:
And as if that wasn’t enough, onto Dallas:
Loved on/was loved on by Libs who now works for Kate Spade. Her store is gorgeous:
And I ate alot.
And my sweet family flew in to meet me for the weekend. We sailed, we drank wine, we ate more, we spent time with our Texas family. It was beautiful and much needed.
Oh and I swung through SMU. obsessed.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, if I ever cheated on Nashville, it would be with the entire state of Texas.
Next? A post on my new love for The Windy City. Did you know windmills are real?
And we’re NYC bound tomorrow. Stay tuned for news, gushes and stories from my heart’s home.