Baby on board.

Friends, quit jumping to conclusions, this is not a baby announcement! I just had to find a clever way to get you reading – it’s been a while. 

In fact, when I planned this fruity & floral baby shower for one of my best gal pals, Ali, she was still preggers with her baby g. Now, little Margaret is here, adorable and healthy as ever. Amen. 

I had so much fun helping Ali celebrate her first with a boat full of friends, flower crowns and some pretty entertaining baby shower games. I’m sure you could hear us laughing from the other side of the lake. Honestly, life just doesn’t get much better. Hop on board for a party overload!IMG_1635Momma to be and me! Isn’t she the cutest?!SAMSUNG CSC
What really sealed the fun factor was that we had the party on a boat! Thanks to baby daddy Aric for being our El Capitan!SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCFlower crowns made fresh from Babe Blooms, greeted everyone when they hopped on board. SAMSUNG CSC
There was no guessing what gender baby was with plenty of pinks, purples and all things girly. The theme was “Fruity & Floral,” and I just think those two go hand in hand, especially on a hot summer day in Austin, Texas.SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCBaby [girl] daddy!IMG_1567How great is this spread?! But everything you need for a great party?: mimosas and cake. Speaking of cake, it’s no surprise I love making cakes (check out some of my previous ones here and here). But it’s pretty rare to find a friend that enjoys making them too! My girl Meggie made this incredibly delish and beautiful cake for the party. No question, we all had seconds.
Naturally, to keep the theme alive, I ordered some cookies to add an additional sugar rush to the table. These fruity sugar cookies, made by a friend at Sugar Brookies, were as tasty as they were cute! 

…But wait, there’s more!

It ALSO just so happened to be Ali’s 30th birthday! So we added in a little 30th birthday touch to make her feel extra special!IMG_1693SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCPhoto backdrop courtesy of the 360 bridge on Lake Austin. What a perfect day with the perfect crew!SAMSUNG CSCWelcome to the world baby Margaret! We love you! <3

Tribeza Interiors Tour 2016

One of my all time favorite events was a couple weeks ago and I’m still gushing about it…

Tribeza held it’s 3rd annual Interiors Tour (check out my write up on last years tour here), where local interior designers graciously open up their homes to the public, so you can walk around in awe, staring at chinoiserie wallpaper for hours – yes! Each home is a reflection of the designers aesthetic and simply put, I get pretty jellybeans. Every home has something that inspires you or makes you think of incorporating unique elements to your own space in different ways (never thought of adding art over a mirrored fireplace?). Check out some pics from the tour below…

Meredith Ellis Design

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A Maker’s Affair.

Forget Black Friday madness, the Renegade Craft Fair is coming to Austin this weekend! SAMSUNG CSCThere’s something about people who are makers and do-er’s and I just love that Austin is full of ’em. From jewelry designers to restauranteurs, this place has a entrepreneurial and creative spirit that makes you want to dive right into your next big idea. Since I’m someone who would rather pick up the hammer/paint brush/whatever and get crafty, I really appreciate seeing others talents in full swing, which is why I just had to check out the Renegade Craft Fair when it made it’s sweep through Austin last spring… And lucky for you (and your holiday shopping list) the fair is here all weekend long to help you score some holiday swag!
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ACL fashionistas.

Ah yes, festival season in Austin, Texas. A time where barely there clothing is acceptable and pretty much anything goes when it comes to outfit planning.

It’s no surprise I love playing dress up. In fact, a major part of why I love the infamous Austin City Limits music festival is because of the ability to switch up my usual attire for something a little more playful. Sure, the live music and mighty cone lunch breaks are great, but what really draws people (fellow fashion lovers) to Zilker Park in the 90 degree Texas heat is the consistent scouring of outfit ideas. AKA ACL is pretty much one live Pinterest feed and I don’t hate it.IMG_9809The back to back weekend long music festival attracts more than 400,000 festival go-ers and 140+ artists. This year we were #blessed with performances by Drake, The Weeknd and Foo Fighters, to name a few.

But the festival fashion is what really takes the cake. Here are some looks that caught my eye:
IMG_9791 Crop tops are a staple in my wardrobe, so I was happy to see a variety of the mid drift cut gracing the festival grounds. Round sunglasses however, really made a debut this year. I mean how adorable are these mirror ray bans (and my gal, Meggie)?! :D
IMG_9796More babes. And this ain’t their first rodeo – they know how to rock that comfy cute.

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Got weekend plans?

IMG_6005Fact: Austin has had more rain this year than Portland AND Seattle!

If you live in Austin, or been keeping up with Al Roker lately, you’ve probably seen the torrential downpours we’ve been experiencing – and I’m not complaining. Mother Nature is getting us out of this drought and filling our lakes, just in time for summer board meetings (wake surfing Lake Austin).

So yes, thunderstorms are in our 7 day forecast, but I have just the thing to turn that frown upside down. Thankfully, with Austin being a maker + do’er city, there are a lot of events this weekend to keep your right brain moving and mildly dry. Clearly, I love crafting, art and anything in between, so if we’re on the same page, you’re in for a treat. Check out some of the events going on in Austin during this rainy weekend:

Renegade Craft Fair – Calling all DIY’ers! This event showcases makers of all kinds and you can even purchase your goods right away and bring them home to bae. From 11-6pm Saturday and Sunday, you’ll enjoy sipping mimosas and shopping for unnecessary home decor. Sounds pretty perfect to me!15708397124_4333a673f7_o-e1422383760991

West Austin Studio Tour – You’ve heard of the East Austin Studio Tour (and, well, hopefully the EAUFT), but for the 4th year, Big Medium has continued their efforts to support another great art/event/happening, that is the West Austin Studio Tour. Discover new artists and explore their studios in their self-guided tour, all west of I-35. Still unsure? It’s free.11205988_10153313148074036_4943282366283623188_n*Pick up your catalog from the Austin Public Library for a full list of events.

 Holy Grail Vintage Pop Up Shop – Three designers curate quite the collection of antique gems at this pop up shop guaranteed to be a vintage lovers dream. Just look at their hashtag (#holygrailvintage) to lure you in before the shop opens at 11am this Sunday.11147583_10206654686306123_5753895710748460787_n

 Spring Jazz Brunch – If you love brunch (because who doesn’t?) and jazz music, look no further than Hotel San Jose for their Spring Jazz brunch series. This is the second to the last before it’s over for summer, so consider this a must on your Saturday morning to do list.11174901_10152694070961673_8478790337935394725_n

TONIGHT! If you happen to be in Houston, check out my friend’s movie debut Echoes of War at AMC Dunvale 30 at 9pm. It won the Grand Prize Jury Award for best ensemble at the Dallas Film Festival, so you know it’s gonna be good ;)background

Happy Friday!!!!

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