Instagram/Weekend Round Up!

I started this post yesterday, but Monday just totally kicked my butt. So here we are Tuesday! Seriously, weekends are just too short. Regardless, this week will be flying since it is a short week for us. We fly to CHARLESTON (my hometown for those of you who don't know) on Friday BRIGHT & EARLY for one of my best friend's weddings!

I thought I'd share briefly with y'all weekend outfits. It got a bit chilly & windy this past weekend in Austin. We were supposed to have friends in town this weekend, but unfortunately they couldn't make it last minute.We were bummed!!

Friday night we did a little date night and tried out El Burro over off S. Lamar. I wouldn't recommend it. We walked over to The Alamo Drafthouse bar call The Highball. It was neat and we definitely want to come back and watch a movie there. They have dinner & cocktails & reallyyyyy nice chairs from what I hear. I was dying to wear some of my purchases from Loft.

I feel like I could have gone down a size in the shorts. Lately, I feel like Loft is running a bit large on me (but hey that isn't a bad thing right?!). These shorts a ridiculously comfortable & they are nice and cool for the hot summer that's ahead. You could dress these up even more or dress them down. It's your choice. Very versatile. And the top, get 'em y'all. They just go with everything. I picked up another in the color "Light Prairie Blue."

Since Saturday was Earth Day, I wanted to get out and walk Town Lake with Gopher. We grabbed coffees on the way. It was a little misty and windy, but it lightened up and we had a nice time walking and talking. Usually every time we are at Town Lake, we are out running. It was really nice to spend time that way. We ended up doing 4 miles round trip and Gopher was TIRED. He is normally the kind of dog who stands up the ENTIRE car ride. On the way home, he laid down. HA! He is technically a "senior," but he is still pretty spry.

Saturday was spent at two new breweries, Live Oak Brewing & Friends and Allies. Live Oak was beautiful because it was surrounded by, you guessed it, Live Oaks. It's right near the airport and really pretty. They have the industrial string lights through the oaks with lots of picnic tables. It would be so nice to go at night when it wasn't so blustery. Only thing here...no dogs allowed. Sorry guys!

I recently bought this sweater from Loft. I was thinking to myself, Haley, you're in Texas. You aren't going to be wearing this anytime soon. Well guess what!? Saturday proved worthy of this summer sweater. It is soft and not itchy at all. The stitch in it is large so it gives you that beachy feel. 

Friends and Allies was our last stop and it was pretty cool. They were having their grand opening. It was PACKED. And if you want to bring your dog...this is the place. Dogs were EVERYWHERE. I was in heaven.

I am thinking about doing a haul on some recent items I've purchased from Sephora & Ulta. Stay tuned for that later this week.


Weekend Recap: Easter 2017

Happy Monday y'all! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend. Ours started early with Good Friday off. Actually, we hit up Grassy Thursday at a local brewery called St. Elmo. Y'all it was so fun! They had several guys and a girl playing bluegrass. I felt right at home. We are definitely going back! It won't take much to get Brian to go.

I really wanted to "sleep in" on Friday, but I got my butt up for a 6:15 workout on the east side of town with a new trainer starting at CG. Who knew I liked track workouts?! I grabbed a coffee at one my favorite shops afterwards. B ended up having to work a half day but turned out okay.

We had a late seafood lunch at Clark's. My husband grew up Catholic and is for the most part still practicing so during Lent, it's always seafood on Fridays. I ain't complaining. It's funny because I grew up in the Baptist church and some of the Catholic ways are just mind blowing to me. At the start of Lent, B went to Ash Wednesday during his lunch...the priest put it so eloquently... "If it's got feet, ya can't eat." So now I always joke that.

Clark's is probably hands down one of my absolute favorites in Austin. From the food to the ambiance, it's just fantastic. It will put a hole in your pocket but when you are far away from the beach, and you're FROM the beach, it's worth it.

Saturday I had a hair appointment...just for a trim since we have one of my best friend's weddings coming up in 2 short weeks. Everyone will be reunited and I am so excited!! I stopped by the mall after and picked up a couple things. I got this sweater from Loft (They are having 50% off right now and free shipping with code CYBER.) and my first (gasp) items from Lululemon: here & here. {Disregard that dirty mirror and pile of laundry needing to be folded...real life folks.}

That afternoon we had a crawfish boil with our neighbors... T H I R T Y pounds, y'all! It was CRAZY! Oh and don't forget, shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and corn too. Needless to say, we are having crawfish/shrimp etoufee for dinner tonight. Stay tuned!

Sunday we went to church and of course it was packed. We actually had to sit outside the sanctuary in the little room before you walk in. It was insane. Great service & lunch at Opa! afterwards. We were super low key the rest of the afternoon which was wonderful.

And back to it today, I have GOT to kick my butt in gear. The Easter candy y'all! It is the devil. It really is my favorite of all the seasons...I just love everything in pastel wrappers or shaped like eggs. So. dang. cute. I'll leave you with this cute picture of our pup.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!


Five on Friday: Randoms!

I don't know why but Wednesday and Thursday felt like they should have been Fridays. And thank the good Lord that it's finally here! The weekend weather is shaping up to be really pretty & I am so excited for weekends with my hubs. We are always exploring & when the weather is beautiful....there is no sitting around inside. Well, maybe for just a little bit since it is Masters weekend. We always watch on Sundays (like every 12 other billion people do). I love good reactions to a win at the Masters because it can make the most grown man boohoo like a baby a la Bubba Watson in 2012. THE BEST. Anyways, I've got just some random thoughts for y'all today. Bear with me.

I had to laugh at myself and wonder what the Amazon shipment packers thought of me. I had ordered some Nespresso pods, this all natural charcoal teeth whitener (more on that later!) & some rescue remedy (for my dog). I probably looked like a total psycho. The Nespresso pods and the teeth whitener came in the same box...how ironic? I am still loving our Nespresso and it has kept me from going to Starbucks. Honestly, I like my at home lattes a lot more.

I have recently come to the conclusion that not all people will reciprocate the effort or thoughtfulness you put into something. B (my husband) is my sounding board. I can go off on a rant about it and question everything and just be straight pissed to be frank. He always comes back with the truth but in a calm manner. He is complete opposite of me and for that I am SO grateful. The man keeps this crazy over the top lady somewhat grounded. End rant!

I have recently been on a Clinique kick. Maybe because it's the first set of makeup when you walk through the doors at my Ulta. Touché Clinique! I picked up a couple things yesterday. I also picked up a Stila blush that is a liquid. It is SO beautiful and gives a slight dewy look. I'm obsessed. I got the color, "Rosewater."

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If you want to see something funny, I did a 5 minute makeup challenge over on the blog that my bffs' and I blog at. It was my first YouTube video. #JudgementFreeZone

I had to share this sweet picture of my Gopher. He was sitting out on the balcony just sniffing and listening to the birds this morning. It was so cute. #crazydogmom

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by!


Spring Basics!

Spring is in full force, and I am loving it. Well maybe minus the temperature swings we have almost daily here. Oh well. I picked up this cute navy top (Ruffles are synonymous with spring right?) while I was in Boone a couple weeks ago. I got it from the Loft Outlet and apparently they don't have a website?? I apologize for that but do not fear, I'll be linking some similar options for y'all. One of which is practically identical!

If you have been reading here for any time, you know that these jeans are hands down my favorite. I have so many pairs, and they just fit so well. They suck you in in all the right places. I have two pair of the white. I should probably buy another pair. And heads up, they are currently on SALE. Pairing navy and white will NEVER go out of style. I think it looks clean, polished and CLASSIC.

I wore this outfit for date night out to Mongers Market + Kitchen last Friday. It was SO yummy. We shared shishito peppers for an appetizer and had awesome fish tacos & grouper for our meal. And, the rosé was fabulous too! We hit Blue Owl Brewing after and tried their beers which all happen to be sours. It's an acquired taste that's for sure. If you ever find yourself in Austin, check them both out. They are right across the street from each other. Both are in East Austin which we really love that side of town. Think artsy & eclectic. It's also much quieter.

Jeans: Old Navy
Top: LOFT Outlet Similar
Shoes: Merona
Earrings: JCrew Outlet
Clutch: Tory Burch Similar

Be sure to shop the look below. The first top is almost the exact same. Even down to the key hole button & it's totally affordable! I hope y'all have a wonderful Wednesday! Half way there, y'all! HALF WAY. 


Easter with Francis + Benedict

I can't even begin to tell y'all how excited I am about this outfit I put together for Easter. When we shot this look Friday, I wanted to stay in it the rest of the night. It is just too fun!!I had heard about Francis + Benedict probably about a year or so ago. They are a 501(c)(3) company based out of Charleston, SC who employ & empower Togolese seamstresses in making these stunning skirts. The profits go right back to Togo to help their community & help benefit those in need. I think it is so awesome and makes your skirt of choice extra special. The prints are awesomely beautiful, and their newest collection has me wanting another.

Another thing I know you'll love, POCKETS! What is it about pockets in a skirt or dress that just makes us lose our minds?! HA! The material is very sturdy and holds it's shape very well, yet at the same time, very cool. Girls living in the South need as much "cool" as we can get when it comes to the summer months. Francis + Benedict also offer two other skirts, a midi and mini, for those who want something a bit shorter. If you aren't sure about sizing, their online sizing guide is dead on.

I paired my St Tropez skirt with a cream blouse, some nude wedges, and a dainty gold necklace. The skirt speaks for itself, and I like to keep it that way. No distractions! After all, it is the star of the show. Can't you tell I love it so much?

Right now, Francis + Benedict is offering a 20% off maxi skirt purchase and free shipping if you use code Maxi20. Now is your chance to snag one of these beautiful skirts. I promise you won't regret it. Twirling in a full skirt is just way too much fun.

This is not a sponsored post...I'm just obsessed with my skirt. 

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