Monday, November 16, 2015

Marfa, TX

When Adam and I decided to bite the bullet and hit the road for a trek deep into West Texas, I worried that this quirky, eclectic destination wouldn't live up to its hype. Our visit to Marfa not only surpassed all of my expectations, but it became one of the best weekend trips Adam and I have ever taken. The town's charm is indescribable, and we had a truly incredible weekend eating, drinking, and exploring Marfa's hot spots. From famous food trucks to modern art installations, there was no shortage of trendy, memorable places to experience. Outside of town, the scenery is breathtaking, and provided the perfect backdrop for an afternoon drive. The drive is long, but I have no doubt that someday we'll be back.

EAT //  Food Shark (order the Marfalafel)
DRINK // Planet Marfa
SEE // The Chinati Foundation
STAY //  El Cosmico
VISIT // Big Bend Brewing Company, Alpine

Me seeing a tumbleweed for the first time!
Art installation at the Chinati Foundation
Planet Marfa (known to us now as the greatest bar in the world) - this quirky, fun watering hole was a perfect spot for a sunny afternoon beer, complete with its own giant teepee, a converted school bus, and a treehouse deck for seating options. Why can't a perfect replica of this place pop up in Austin?
We took an amazing scenic drive to Alpine and its surrounding areas. The ultimate destination was Big Bend Brewing Company for a tour and some of their yummy Hefeweizen, which tastes a bit like banana bread.
We ate at the fanciest restaurant in town, Cochineal, and it didn't hold a candle to the food from Marfa's famous Food Shark trailer. The Marfalafel was pure heaven.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

El Cosmico

It's startling how quickly time flies (old person statement of the year).  I have been swooning over our Marfa pics for so long that I didn't even realize they were never posted. I've even made a gorgeous photo book of them, using the highly recommended company Artifact Uprising, that sits on my coffee table as we speak. If you've never heard of Marfa, it is an otherworldly, artsy oasis in the middle of the vast expanse of West Texas. The charm of Marfa is widely known, as its quirky nature has sparked a trendy notoriety among bloggers, Pinterest... and even Beyonce (bow down). 

The hottest spot in town, El Cosmico, is a modern hippie haven. Created by hotel genius Liz Lambert, of Austin's Hotel San Jose, accommodations include your choice airstreams, tents and teepees, all of which define glamping at its best. We split our long weekend between an airstream and a teepee to experience as much as possible. Both were fabulous, but the teepee was the hands-down star of the show. 

The design was flawless, the people hospitable, and the experience nothing less than magical. If it's good enough for Yonce, it's beyond worthy of us all.


After years of pining over pair after pair of coveted Stuart Weitzman boots, I have finally bitten the bullet and snagged myself a jaw-dropping pair of black suede Highland boots. They are my current pride and joy, and pretty much the only thing (other than Oliver) that is treated with the pinnacle of utmost respect in my house. It was a huge splurge, and not one that was made lightly. Except, sometimes you can love something too much. It's true. I loved them so dearly that I bought them in charcoal too. (Insert cringe face here). It was like I literally couldn't stop myself from pressing that checkout button, I swear. But now I'm daydreaming over the hundreds of ways I want to wear them, and pinning inspiration left and right. Sometimes, a girl's gotta justify.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Cafe Josie

After living the better part of two years about a block away from Cafe Josie, I'm not sure how or why we have put off a visit for so long. However, after restaurant critic Matthew Odom placed this adorable neighborhood spot on his powerhouse-packed list of top 25 restaurants in Austin, I knew I couldn't ignore it any longer. We of course called ahead to make sure we could be seated outside with the big guy, because that's what sane people do before a nice dinner. 

The ambience of the courtyard is so charming and unpretentious that I can't imagine wanting to sit indoors, even in August, but the food really stole the show. We were very impressed with the drink menu, and the three menu items we ordered left us licking the plates clean within 20 minutes start to finish (oops). I already can't wait to walk down and spend some more evenings here in the early fall.

Grilled Shrimp with Blue Corn Grits, Honey Chipotle Corn Relish and Shaved Scallions
Fried Brussels Sprouts with Rum Soaked Cherries, Candied Pecans, and Dijon Rum Glaze
Grilled Mahi with Sweet Corn Succotash, Fritters and Zucchini Ribbons
Someone else wanted a taste...
He loves me.

Jumpsuit: Sam Edelman, Shoes: Aldo (older), Sunglasses: ASOS (older)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Keukenhof Gardens

Just a short bus ride from the city of Amsterdam, Keukenhof Gardens is one of the largest flower gardens in the world. Adam and I visited the gardens in April, during the peak season for viewing its seven million flowers in all their colorful glory. The Netherlands is, of course, known for its tulips, which dominate the gardens. There are literally hundreds of different species, each with perfectly cultivated blooms larger than my outstretched hand. For real: tulips larger than my hand!

The gardens are more beautiful than I can possibly describe, and even Adam admitted to having a great day walking amongst the fields and displays. Definitely visit in the spring, as the fields were rainbow-striped as far as the eye can see. Get ready for a barrage of flower + boot photos, as I felt that including my favorite 5050s would help show the colossal size of these beauties.