Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sweet Summertime

I'm happy to say, I have spent the last week at Horseshoe Bay, Texas on lake LBJ. It has been so relaxing spending most of my days reading, laying out, shopping and spending time with my family. Although it rained till about 3 o'clock most days, we managed to go into town to shop and eat great meals at places like the Bluebonnet Cafe in Marble Falls. May 28th was my dad and sister, Carly's birthday so I made Champagne Punch  for us to drink on the dock. I got this recipe from Martha Stewart, and it is a perfect, refreshing cocktail to drink by the lake. On our way to the lake, we stopped in Llano at some cute, antique shops. I was hoping the outdoor table I wanted last time was still there, but it had been purchased in the mean time. However, I found a great lamp for my new living area, a set of some great glasses and some vintage, Beatles records. While being at the lake, it made me think of the things I want to do for myself this summer. Everyone is so busy nowadays, it's important to get back to the basics and to remember the things that make us happy. I have started my own bucket list for the summer months. What's on your bucket list this summer?

 Check out Lauren Conrad's Summer Bucket List: Here


Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Marble Falls, Texas is my home away from home. My family built a lake house on Lake LBJ in 2001 and it has been my favorite get away ever since. Marble Falls, is a quaint, friendly town close to Austin. It has great places to eat and some fun, local shopping. About five years ago I came across an antique shop right on the lake called Whimseys. I believe that it was then and there that I started to love antiques. My mom and I stopped in during a summer, lake trip and I bought lamps, a chandelier, some old picture frames and wall ornaments for my bedroom (which I will post pictures of later on). So, last weekend I went to LBJ with some friends and had to stop in and see the antiques they had added since my last visit. I found a perfect, outdoor table for my new house, that now, I wish I would have purchased. I'm going to the lake again next week so I will be sure to stop by and see if it's still there. In my opinion, this is a must-see in Marble Falls. That and of course the lake!


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is by far one of the coolest cities I've ever visited in the United States. You get the big city feel with the small town friendliness. A few weeks back, I traveled to Nashville for the first time with my mom for some meetings. When we arrived on Thursday, we ate a great lunch at Merchants in downtown Nashville. From there we walked around downtown looking at cowboy boots and records. Friday was our only full day there so we tried to fit in as much as we could in between our meetings. We went to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and shopped at a quaint, shopping strip next to Vanderbilt University. The Hermitage is an old, historic hotel and we couldn't wait to walk over and see it. We ended up eating lunch at the hotel restaurant, Capitol Grille, and had amazing soup and sandwiches. Our waitress told us that the Grille is connected to the capitol with underground tunnels and that the restaurant used to be a men's lounge. That night we went to a Third Day concert and ate way too much at Ruth's Chris Steak House. After our busy days, we stayed at the Hilton downtown and we even got a glimpse of Little Richard, who apparently has lived on the 10th floor of the hotel for years. My short trip to Nashville went by too fast, but I hope to visit again soon. If you are looking for an exciting, fun place to live or visit; go to Nashville! I guarantee you won't be disappointed. 


 Lunch at the historic Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville

 Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Long Run

Sometimes, old is better than new. I definitely think this is the case for music and in some instances, architecture and scenery. Living in West Texas, there is not much to see on our long drives to civilization. However, I have grown to appreciate the small things along the way. Maybe I'm crazy, but I see an old, abandoned boat in a field as scenic rather than junk. I truly see the old, outdated and abandoned objects as art. With that being said, I feel that some people see musicians such as Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones & the Eagles as old and outdated, and many have abandoned this classic style of music. Through the influence of family and friends I have been fortunate enough to broaden my knowledge of music and have even been able to see some of my favorites, like the Eagles, in concert twice. At the end of the concert, Timothy B. Schmit leaned off the stage and gave me one of his guitar picks. Needless to say, I was on cloud nine and bragged about it for weeks. So, on a recent trip to Lubbock, Texas I stopped by Ralph's Records and purchased records of some of my favorite artists. My next step; buy a record player. Some of you may now think that I am outdated and old fashioned, but I think the best way to enjoy these great artists is to enjoy them how they were meant to be enjoyed; the old fashioned way.