A Weekend in Austin Texas: On Video!

Austin is the kind of city that exudes quirkiness and kindness around every corner. From colorful murals to rich queso dips, this city was overwhelming in the best kind of ways. Some of my favorite highlights: Kayaking and spotting turtles along Lady Bird Lake, eating copious amounts of perfectly seasoned tacos, and drinking a Lone Star under a shady umbrella. It was a lovely long weekend; I left with a tan and a new appreciation for Southern hospitality. 

Stay tuned for a weekend guide to the city, but until then: here's a weekend in Austin on video! 

Have you ever been to Austin, Texas? 

Worth Noting: 6.9.17

In the spirit of savoring the little things, I’ll be sharing a few things “worth noting” to me every other Friday. I love sharing a great book, show, product or even just a memorable moment from the week. "The little things? The little moments? They aren't little." - Jon Kabat Zinn.

Somehow it's already June?? That's kind of crazy to me, but time seems to fly when the weather is nice and you just don't want the long, sunny days to end. The last couple weekends have been filled with fun trips to Napa and Seattle and this weekend I'm headed to Austin, Texas for the very first time! I've heard nothing but amazing things, so I'm extra excited to explore the food scene and all those things that keep Austin weird. Oh, and I'll be there during my birthday, too! :) 

It feels like I've spent most of this week glued to my desk or laptop trying to prep for this weekend's vacation, but I still wanted to share a few things worth noting from the past couple weeks! I'm excited to be sharing a couple upcoming posts on my favorite Summer books and beauty products soon -- so stay tuned!

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Jord Watches: A Giveaway!

As my friends will tell you, I love a good watch. Delicate, large, metal, leather, you name it. Give me a simple, practical accessory that's also cute and I'm a happy gal. Thus, I was oh-so-excited to be introduced to Jord watches. Their design is really unique and different from anything I've previously owned. With intricate wood detailing but light-weight movement, it's easily become a staple in my watch wearing rotation and I can't get enough!

Jord Watches are self-described as "hand-crafted wooden time pieces"; they make a unique statement on your wrist that feels equally modern and classic. 

Jord Watches

So, to share the love, I've teamed up with Jord to give you a chance to win a $100 gift card towards a watch! Entering is super easy, PLUS just entering will automatically get you a $25 credit to JORD via an e-gift card at the end of the contest. Win-win. 

Simply click HERE to enter to win an e-gift card!

Jord Watches Womens watches

Contest ends at 11:59 CST 06/18/17 and both gift codes expire 09/17/17.

Browse their watch collection below: 

Winner will be announced shortly after 6/18. Good luck, friends!

A Weekend in Seattle: On Video!

Whenever the promise of a three day weekend lies ahead, I like to schedule a road trip to pursue that extra long weekend bliss. This past weekend, I took a scenic drive up the Pacific Northwest to the rainy city of Seattle (lucky for me the weather was GORGEOUS) to explore the city, attend a concert and make some of my favorite stops in Oregon along the way! 

While this wasn't my first trip to Seattle, it was my first time checking off the major touristy things and they were all totally worth it! From the Space Needle to the Underground Seattle Tour, it was so much fun getting to learn about Seattle's history and landmarks. In between exploring and eating at local recommendations, it made for such a lovely weekend. Bonus: I highly recommend going into the city during a long weekend because so many residents leave! All of the usual traffic and wait times were basically gone. One last thing to note: I especially recommend the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum -- it was incredible to explore all of these creative glass installations, plus it gives you a gorgeous view of the Space Needle, which is next to lots of interesting areas to wander to. 

Here's a quick little video of the trip! 

Have you been to Seattle? What are some of your favorite things to explore?