Sunday, June 30, 2013

Out And About in Austin-Brunch At Mulberry

I was up crazy early today and yet it has taken me all day to post about my morning!  Anyway, storms and bad allergies got me out of bed which isn't to glamorous a claim, but the truth.  The storm itself was a nice surprise (even though it ends up making the rest of the day humid and gross,) and I sort of enjoyed the rare gloom.
But by 8 AM, I was starving and the 3rd cup of coffee wasn't doing it for me and it didn't take much to convince the BF to get out of bed for brunch.  (Which he did around 9:30, sort of a record for him.)  He had been teasing me with pictures of Mulberry for a while and I had been wanting to check it out for at least a year but had heard mixed reviews. I'd say it was well worth the early rise...

He had the blueberry crepes,

And I had the french toast.   My picture doesn't show it but the single slice is at least 2 inches thick, and perfectly buttery soft on the inside...It was amazing, it was obscene.  I hope to return...

After this a short walk was called for, if only to check out the landscape,

I love this Ranna Gill dress, it has neon studs on it!

Seriously, I need to shout it out loud NEON STUDS!!!  Ack, the pictures don't do it justice, it's much better in person.  The shoes however rubbed blisters and I wasn't able to walk much further, it was the first time I'd worn them for any length of time.

We made one last stop at Vintage Heart Coffee for vanilla lattes. 
 I figure you know what a cup of coffee looks like so here's one of the amazing murals in the parking lot. 

What'd you do today?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Look From My Closet That I Never Thought I'd Wear

For $19.95, I am in love with this Girls From Savoy dress...

 At that price point I don't feel bad shortening it AND wearing it as a day dress, even though it is a bit more fancy than I would normally wear.  I think it has come down to the shoes...

  I admit wearing platform sandals like these reminds me a bit of Elle Fanning in this Chanel dress,

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 and originally, I wasn't a fan of this look, but I love how it makes the entire look more casual and much easier for running errands.  Plus they pull out the glimmer of gold in the fabric...

I wasn't entirely sure that I didn't look crazy, but the response from my co-workers was positive, and I have no doubt I'll wear the ensemble again.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

I'm Glad I Kept This In My Closet-The Denim Shirt

I remember when I first started this blog, I had debated whether or not to keep this denim shirt in my closet...

 At the time, I had hardly worn it at all, I think because I remember the denim/chambray shirt from the 80's and wasn't in love with it back then.  Now I can't get enough of it.  It's the perfect layering piece, striking the balance between the heavier denim jacket and the simple white button down. 

 It works over dresses and with skirts but I still can't bring myself to do the double denim.

What item in your closet are you happy to have held on to?

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Out And About in Austin-The Butterfly Bar

I have been stuck at home sick on and off for the last two weeks and I finally had the chance to get dressed and go out for the evening! 
Yup, no more pajamas and sweatpants.  No heels but they weren't really necessary for the night.  Austin is probably one of the most casual cities ever and the Butterfly Bar helps it live up to that reputation.

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It's attached to a local theater, the Vortex.  I think it sort of serves as the concession stand for the theater.  The inside is lovely but it's even better outside...

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You can hang out on the patio or in one of the many outdoor chairs...

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or in the greenhouse for a little privacy.  No heels...they either get caught between the porch planks or dig into the dirt.  I speak from experience.  But like I said, Austin is very casual and this place is kind of like hanging out at your neighbor's, which also happens to have an excellent Italian food cart conveniently located in the backyard...

 Mmmm!  Patrizi's!  I don't tend to eat Italian food very often so it's a treat when I do.  Apparently the family has a few restaurants around Texas and this is the 2nd food trailer/cart in Austin.

 Plastic forks and paper plates...Last night I had the carbonara and soup special. 

(If I hadn't almost gotten my car towed, it would have been a perfectly lovely took a lot of politeness and sweet talk, but I got out of it!)
I love eating outdoors and the sweaty hot nights of Austin...what do you love about where you live?