Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Weekend

Happy Friday lovelies! Any plans for this halloween weekend?

We have a birthday dinner tonight, a halloween party tomorrow and our annual pumpkin carving on Sunday. I just love the playfulness in the air, don't you?

I hope you have a cozy, sweet and blessed weekend!


Image Credit: Leaves {Tiny White Daisies Tumblr} Pumpkin Donuts {Babble Blog} Candy {Martha Stewart} Pumpkin Spice Latte {Here} White Pumpkin Silhouette {HGTV}

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

And then there were three...

The time has come for me to announce some big personal news! The hubby and I are expecting our first child! We are so over the moon about our wonderful little gift. And I'm so glad to finally share the news on this here bloggy.

I'm 15.5 weeks along now and can finally see a little bump peeking through. The morning sickness is gone {thank goodness} and I can finally say that I'm feeling great! We get to know the sex of our little babe in 3.5 weeks and we are reeling with excitement and anticipation. I plan to keep blogging about my daily inspirations, foodie loves, shop news and design ideas but plan to also pop in from time to time with new bump pics and babe updates. More to come!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Shop Love {Toast}

I recently came across a beautifully curated online shop called Toast. The shop that carries carefully selected, lovely handmade products. I love the rustic simplistically of the products and the ethical responsibility the shop stands behind. And I'm loving that blanket and coffee mug!

Check out the full shop here.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Weekend Blessings


I hope you had a lovely weekend! Our weekend was super laid back and full of movies on the couch, errands, food, dog sitting, yoga and pumpkin painting. Just in case you were wondering, those pancakes shown above are strawberry lemon ricotta cream...oh yeah they were gooood!

Have a fabulous start to your week friends!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Pancakes & Ranunculus

TGIF beauties! What are your plans for the weekend?

We don't have many plans other then to watch a friends dog and go with the breezes. Hubs leaves on Sunday for a 4 day business trip so we'll be making the most of tonight and Saturday together.

I hope you have a beautiful, cozy and blessed weekend!


photo credits: ranunculus {The Meadow Brook Blogspot} pancakes {Simple Bites} coffee {Ram Photography}

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Collection of Pure White Goodies

Above is a collection of lovely pure white finds along with the Twig & Lily 'It was perfect' thank you notes.

Thank You Notes {Twig & Lily} Silhouette Plates {BHLDN} Striped Linen Bath Towel {Linen By Inga} Snow White Wired Pom Pom {Caramelos} Saffron White Chocolate Truffles {Esther Aguirre}


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cute Casual Work Days

Good morning! It finally feels like Autumn here today. We had a low of 44 last night and the air smell's so sweet. I LOVE it! Today's a busy day over here as I'll be finishing up some fun projects. So above is a cute, playful yet comfy outfit for those fun busy days.

1. Jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch 2. Sweater: Old Navy 3. Belt: Zara 4. Shoes: Asos 5. Blouse: Banana Republic 


Monday, October 17, 2011

Weekend Blessings


It was a lovely weekend over here. There was halloween decorating, tea room sipping and nibbling, doggy snuggles, and brunch with the girls. Sunday brunch with the girls was at South Congress Cafe and I must say it was divine. The migas with refried black beans and smoked gouda pancake was amazing! Not shown above is the carrot cake french toast that I ordered 'to go' for hubby. Confession: I ended up eating half of it. Carrot cake's kinda my favorite!

How was your weekend lovelies?


Friday, October 14, 2011

Let Your Heart Flourish

Let Your Heart Flourish Print by Twig & Lily

TGIF lovelies!! What are your plans for the weekend?

My big goal for the weekend is to put out my Halloween decorations. And then other than my brunch plans with the girls, I just plan to go where the weekend takes me.

Have a great one and let your heart flourish beauties!


Image via Everything is Light Blogspot Art Print via Twig & Lily 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I'll Take Cream In My Tea Please

Above is a bit of my recent Etsy loves. A beautiful collection of the cozy and shimmery.

Vintage Style Lace Belt ~ Etsy Shop: Room of Your Own White Lace Handmade Bowl ~ Etsy Shop: D Gordon White Turquoise Bracelet ~ Etsy Shop: By Jodi Oatmeal & Honey Handmade Soap ~ Etsy Shop: Blushie Handmade Knit Big Rose Scarf ~ Etsy Shop: Ayca White Wool Slippers ~ Etsy Shop: Grazim


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

It's S'more Season

There's no denying that s'more season is in full swing. And I'm so craving the simple three part treat like no tomorrow, hence the yummy s'more inspiration board. What's your favorite s'more variation? Those s'more bars look quite delicious but I have to say that I'll forever be partial to the original 'camp fire' version with a crisp, slightly burned marshmallow of course!

s'mores candy bars {Not so Humble Pie Blog} toasted s'mores bars {Endless Simmer} s'more cakelettes {Desserts for Breakfast} s'mores cake in a jar {How Sweet It Is}


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Style {Frills & Rust}

I am a lover of the mix of masculine and feminine in every aspect: art, stationery design, fashion, interior design, ones personality, food, you name it. And this outfit is a lovely example of a beautiful marriage between the two opposing yet well suited for one another styles.

I think I'll be headed out for a shopping trip soon to make this imagined ensemble a reality. Yeah!

1. JCrew 2. ModCoth 3. Zara 4. Gaby Burger via Etsy 5. Nordstrom 


Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekend Blessings


We had rain this weekend! And it was a glorious blessing. Specially because of the summer drought and recent wild fires here in Austin. The rain was like magical fresh scented beams of grace showering down to bless the land. We were so happy to see the magical wet stuff that we decided to abandon the umbrella and let the rain kiss our checks. It was delightful! The weather got us in the mood for comfort food so we enjoyed soup at my favorite bistro and stayed in on Sunday for movies and homemade margarita pizza.

Looking forward to a busy week!

Blessings to you.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Stay Hungry Stay Foolish

Art via Christina Bronstein {twig & lily}

Happy Friday! This week has been a quick and productive one and once again, I'm excited about the joyful slow pace of the weekend. What are your plans for the weekend? This weekend I plan to celebrate life as I along with many others this week was reminded that life is short and needs to be lived richly and vibrantly.

Have a beautiful one friends!


balloon image {la maison d anna g} art {twig & lily}

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Cuisine {Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce}


I pretty much have three Asian meals I make these days, lettuce wraps, ginger chicken and Asian Noodles. The lettuce wraps which I'm featuring today are so fresh and packed full of flavor. Below is the recipe, I use actual peanut butter for the sauce instead of peanut sauce or peanut oil I find it gives the wraps an extra rich and decadent flavoring.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps
2 boneless skinless chicken breast
4-5 green onions
1 1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 cup chopped button mushrooms
1 can sliced water chestnuts chopped
1 tablespoon thinly grated ginger root
1 head bibb or iceberg lettuce
salt and pepper to taste

Peanut Sauce
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
2 tablespoon tamari soy sauce
4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
3/4 shakes of garlic powder
4 shakes crushed red pepper flakes

What to do
Salt and pepper the chicken breast and add about 1 tablespoon of light olive oil to a pan and cook on medium heat for 6 minutes on each side or until browned and done. To a large wok or skillet add in the carrots and mushrooms. Cook on medium for 3-4 minutes stirring often. To the wok add in the water chestnuts and green onion. Lightly salt and pepper the vegetable mixture. Cook for 2 minutes and turn the heat off. To a microwave safe bowl add in all the the ingredients for the peanut sauce. Microwave the mixture for 20-30 seconds. Stir the mixture together until sauce is creamy. When the chicken is done, remove from heat and cut into small chunks. Add the chicken and half the peanut sauce to the veggie mixture and stir until combined.

Serve in lettuce cups with remaining peanut sauce on top.



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

For Fall

Since the times and weather are a changin round here, I've been slowly "window" shopping to compile my cooler weather wish list, and above are some items from said list.  I need only wait a few more weeks until the weather's cool enough to wear THOSE boots.

1. Modcloth 2. Asos 3. Terrain 4. Terrain  5. Nordstrom 5. Zara 6. Zara 7. Asos 9. Terrain


Monday, October 3, 2011

Weekend Blessings


It was a lovely weekend here in Austin. We're starting to feel the change of weather and let me tell you, it seemed like everyone was out and about enjoying life this weekend. There was a giddiness in the air as passer-byers seemed refreshed and excited by the subtle change in season. Friday night we had dinner with friends at a cute french bistro called Justines. The cheese plate was divine! Saturday we took our little boy {a.k.a our dog named Brodi} to his favorite dog park. He's seen swimming above on the right. After the dog park we went to Mozarts on the lake and enjoyed veggie empanadas + hibiscus mint tea. Sunday we took our little nephew to feed the ducks on town lake and were pleasantly surprised to come across a swan. It was truly a blessed weekend. I hope you had a beautiful weekend lovelies and that you're gearing up for a fabulous week!

Blessings to you!