Monday, February 16, 2015

Exploring on the East Side

Forever 21 Kimono, Charm School Vintage Top & Belt, Forever 21 Pants, Booties (similar), Cleobella Bag (similar), Brixton Hat

Went scrolling around East Austin a few days ago. I love how the east side is always changing. So many new spots I haven't come across before in my very own neighborhood. I love walking around and exploring. It's become one of my favorite things to do these days...

Photos by Whitney Devin

Friday, January 16, 2015

The "Oversized" Sweater Theory

Forever 21 Coat & Sweater; Shoes (similar), Urban Outfitters Bag & Socks, Ray-Ban Sunnies

So about this sweater... As you can see it is, in fact, oversized on me. But, I got to thinking- is it really, actually oversized or am I just freakin' short? Well, I have to admit, it was pretty easy to test my theory. I just asked my roommate to try it on. We wear the same size clothes but she's about 6-7 inches taller than me. Conclusion- this sweater is, in fact, not oversized at all. But isn't it so much cuter on me since it is? Conclusion #2- there are, in fact, perks of being short. Boom. Science... (sorta). Happy Friday!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Weekend Trip To Gruene

As I mentioned earlier this week, we visited the little town of Gruene, Texas this past weekend which is located right outside of New Braunfels. Gruene is considered by some similar to Fredericksburg but more quaint and less crowded but still just as charming and I'd have to agree. The town is pretty much just one street which houses cute shops, places to eat and a few bars here and there for drinks and dancing. All in all, I had a great time and would definitely visit again. Being only about an hour south of Austin it was a great little weekend getaway. If you ever find yourself heading that way here are a few recommendations you should check out while you're there.  

Gruene Mansion Inn - This is where we stayed and where the majority of the photos you see were taken. This bed and breakfast is awesome. They serve breakfast every morning in the main house and also have rooms you can stay in. Additionally they have cottages in the back that sit right on the Guadalupe River which is where we stayed. I really enjoyed staying in the cottages. The room was adorable and it felt more private being on the backside of the property.

The Gristmill - There are only a handful of restaurants in Gruene and this one was right next to our B&B. Literally right next door. The food was pretty good and the atmosphere was great. It was really chilly out the night we went but the patio was covered and heated so we were able to sit outside and actually enjoy it.

Natural Bridge Caverns - This is a must. It's about 20 miles further south toward San Antonio, but is worth the short, scenic drive there. The caves at Natural Bridge Caverns are so beautiful and the tour guides were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. If you are even slightly interested in the outdoors (like me) you will enjoy this.

Mozie's - This is a bar/restaurant right across the street from our B&B. It has the longest bar I've ever seen and even though you'd expect there to be only half decent bar food there is actually a full menu. I got the fish tacos which were great. They even serve pasta which was also very tasty.

Vineyard at Gruene - Naturally, we went wine tasting one night, because... well I don't need a reason for drinking wine. We went in the evening when it was pretty quiet but the space is huge and would probably be beautiful during the day. I'm more of a red drinker but I actually liked one of the white's (a Chardonnay) we tried best and bought a bottle, again, because I need no reason for wine drinking. It's just necessary.

Gruene Hall - We actually didn't go to Gruene Hall but heard good things about it. It's mostly live country music from my understanding which really isn't my thing but I think this would be an enjoyable spot for a lot of people to check out while in town. It is also right next door to Gruene Mansion.

I hope this little guide helps if you ever go out to Gruene for a visit. I highly recommend it! Happy Friday!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Janis in Winter Whites

Forever 21 Sweater, Thrifted Dress (worn as a skirt, similar), Free People Coat, Rag & Bone Booties, Cleobella Fringe Bag, Ray-Ban Sunnies 

Happy New Year! I hope your year is going well so far. Mine has gotten off to an awesome start. And by awesome start, I mean we went away for the weekend on a little staycation in Gruene, Texas, about an hour south of Austin. I'll be posting later this week about our stay and things to do in the area so stay tuned for that. I really like the idea of starting the new year with a vacation. Taking time to fully indulge yourself and recharge before the first full week of the new year begins and shit gets real, ya know? Plus I kinda felt like a bit of a rock star in this outfit. I had a friend recently tell me that my style reminds him of Janis Joplin. Huge compliment, of course. I was definitely channeling Janis in some whimsical white, a fur-collared coat and fringe bag. Let's rock on 2015!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Favorite Albums of 2014

The other day I did a little reflection about my year as a whole. But, another big part of my year was live music. I went to NINE festivals- SXSW, Jazz Fest, Psych Fest, Free Press Summer Fest, X Games, Float Fest, Utopia Fest, ACL, and Fun Fun Fun Fest (all but one were in Texas) and I'm not sure how many regular live shows (at least 15). It was by far my biggest year of music yet. It was fantastic.

These are my favorite albums that came out this year in no particular order. I was fortunate enough to see 7 out of the 10 live. Pretty awesome and I'm so thankful to live in a city that offers so much great live music every single day. Check out my list and I also put a playlist together with my favorite songs from each album. Oh, and Happy New Year's Eve! I'll talk to ya next year.

1. Odesza* - In Return
2. Sylvan Esso* - Sylvan Esso
3. Glass Animals* - Zaba
4. Ages and Ages - Divisionary
5. Caribou - Our Love
6. alt-J* - This Is All Yours
7. First Aid Kit* - Stay Gold
8. Stars - No One Is Lost
9. Spoon* - They Want My Soul
10. Temples* - Sun Structures

*saw live performance