Friday, April 26, 2013

Closet Satisfaction-White Heels

With the addition of these snowy heels,

I am having a brief moment of closet satisfaction. I've been on the hunt for at least 2 months, (once again, it was a size issue, nothing to be had in a size 5,) and they are exactly what I've been looking for, a basic leather, open toe in white, something that I think will actually be in my closet for a long time. 

Yes, satisfied...there's no knowing how long this will last.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Pleated Persuasion

I fell hard for this mini pleated midi length skirt...

(Close up...the details get lost on black.) I normally stay away from the pleated persuasion because sometimes I think it adds inches in places where I don't want them, but this one from Bordeaux drapes quite nicely, I'm guessing because the crimping is much smaller.

Ok, so on me it's maybe a little closer to a maxi, but I can still show off a great shoe. It's a piece that I can dress up easily so really the challenge will be to dress it down, to be more wearable for day.  Which I attempted to do with this look, just going with a simple cotton v-neck top/tee, (that I have actually been debating about getting rid of,) and fun necklace from Debbie Carroll. I would love to find a great flat sandal to wear with it for summer...suggestions?


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Out And About In Austin

Warning-Picture Heavy
This past weekend, on a hunt for a very specific mustard, I visited no less than 3 local farmers markets.  When the lady who makes and sells the mustard was finally found, she was already sold out!  (It's that good!)  Bummer, but at least I know where to find her and I guarantee that I'll be first in line to get it this coming weekend, and I'm not complaining about that because Austin has some great local vendors and there's nothing like cooking with fresh foods and of course there's no calories in taking pictures of pretty food...
On Saturday the BF and I visited the Barton Creek Farmer's Market, one of the nicer and bigger markets around. Isn't this beet beautiful?  It's from one of my favorite local farms, Johnson's Backyard Garden.  They always have a great variety and a few interesting things as well, (like black Spanish radishes.)

I didn't buy any beets or radishes but I did buy some of these turnips, which I have only eaten once and have never prepared myself, so these will be an adventure for sure!  (Let me know if you have any good recipes!)

  I love this sign!  And I'm looking forward to eating some lamb.  (I go for ground.)  It's a new item in my diet and I only eat it every so often because it's a heavier and fattier meat than chicken or beef but it's delicious!

Afterwards we stopped at Gourdough's Public House for lunch, another new place for me.

Anything and everything served on or with a donut!  Burgers were actually served on donuts instead of buns.  Sounds weird because you think it's going to be overly sugary but not so!  They were a little bit on the sweet side, but without any frostings or fillings it worked perfectly with the saltier items that it was served with.

 I had 3 Little Guidos.  Pork belly, mozzarella, basil and tomato on donuts with homemade chips.  What can I say but WOW!

I guess technically this place is a bar and the rustic, industrial interior is really quite perfect, very Austin.  Afterwards, we rolled ourselves home for a nap.

  On Sunday we thought we would try to catch the mustard lady at another market, this time it was the Mueller Market, but sadly, she wasn't at this location.  However, this one had more prepared foods, and was very child friendly with a petting zoo and balloons.

You see the rectangular donut on the right?  Peanut butter frosting and jelly filling.  And it was amazing!  (Ok, so it wasn't the healthiest of weekends...) 

So after admiring some ducks we made our way out to Micklethwait's Meat Trailer, the newest, hyped up barbeque joint (trailer) in town.

 Barbeque goes fast here in Austin and to get the good stuff you gotta go early, that's all there is to it.  Usually you need to be in line by 10:30 AM.  We got there around 1:30 and they were already sold out of everything but ribs and sausage and 2 or 3 sides.  I was already full by the time we got there so after a few bites of sausage, I was done!  The BF enjoyed the ribs.

Verdict-Sometimes BBQ gets a little over spiced but we both agreed that you could actually taste the meat and it was very nice.  We will be returning to try the brisket.

As if this post isn't super long already, here's a few pics of the local scenery around the BBQ trailer...

Gigantic BBQ pit/smoker thing...I don't claim to know the process, I just eat it.  And for some reason I find these things wonderfully depressing, like oil derricks.

This little salon was right next door...

and this Airstream was sitting next to it.  I looked up the website - I'm some what intrigued by facial acupuncture.  Anyway, it was just as pretty on the other side...

Used to be that you never went to the East Side of Austin...ever...

What's going on with you?


Friday, April 5, 2013

A Pair of Heels Helps Everything

I knew we were having a meeting with some regional managers and I really should have worn something more a dress... but the day had 3 things going against it...A) I was going to be putting in a long day, B) it was suddenly very very cold, and C) it was Monday...enough said.  So I stuck with my original outfit that I first put on that day and added these heels...

Old Steve Maddens, and really, these were not meant for work, knowing that I would be on my feet for an extended period of time, but they took the look to the next level...

 They loved it. 
PS-Looking for a new orange lipstick...suggestions?

What lessons did you learn this week?

Monday, April 1, 2013

I Finally Get to Take This Out Of My Closet- Eyelet Dress

First let me say, I wore white today and didn't spill anything on myself!  (Thank you, thank you very much.)  I'm not bragging, I consider that a win for the day.
Anyway, being that we are supposedly into the Spring season, (the last few days have not been very warm here,) I finally decided that today the time was right for eyelet...

and to be honest, it's a lot of eyelet!  The skirt actually has a slight bubble to it and it's more fabric and pouf than I'm used to.  There's more heft to it than one would imagine for eyelet!  But it's so darn pretty and I've been waiting since September to wear it.  It's a shame that I only wore it to work.  Anyway, the broach is a vintage piece from the BF's great aunt.

(Close up of eyelet and broach.)

What are waiting to wear this spring?