A friend of mine shared a cobbler she made in a cast iron skillet on Instagram Stories, and I immediately hounded her for the recipe. I’d never seen cobbler made that way and it seemed pretty genius. Cast iron is perfect for getting that crispy crust that tastes divine on cobbler. Fast forward to today, and I’ve updated the recipe a bit to combine two of my favorite ingredients: blackberry and sage…
We’ve got a little (okay…a BIG) secret to share with y’all…we’re having a BABY! On June 14th, our lives changed forever when we found out some very exciting (and surprising!) news. To say the last few months have been an emotional roller coaster would be extremely accurate haha – I have never been so happy/excited/nervous (insert all the feelings) in my entire life to know that Blake and I are creating a tiny human together. It’s been crazy to watch my body change, our conversations go from work banter to discussions about how we want to raise this child and the good we want to instill in him or her. We are welcoming this next chapter with open arms and grateful hearts!
Do you ever get home from a long day at work and want nothing more than a mini spa sesh in your own bathroom? My sister and I have been talking about this feeling more and more…the older we get, the more we appreciate a solid skincare routine that both works and feels like pampering – I mean, is that too much to ask? There’s not a whole lot a hot bath, face mask and glass of wine can’t fix…at least in the short term. 😉 Apparently the fine folks over at Colleen Rothschild heard our woes because their line of best sellers (…and now I totally know why they’re listed under that tab!!) are actual magic-luxurious-skincare-yummy-goodness. (Turning that into a thing, btw…). My old skincare routine was just that – a routine…and it’s been SO…dare I say, fun?…and refreshing to discover five special products that truly make me feel amazing. My skin is glowing and hydrated, my cabinet is no longer filled with dozens of random skincare samples and that incredible pampering thing? Yep, it’s here to stay!
Sharing my step-by-step skincare must-haves with y’all – trust me, five simple steps goes a long way!! PS. All of these are currently 25% off! Look for the discount code at the end of this post.
Anyone else counting down the days to Austin City Limits music festival this year? While I love the bands, scene and food trucks (obviously…haha), half the fun is figuring out what to wear. ACL is a lot more relaxed than Coachella – the two aren’t really comparable in the style category… it’s doubtful you’ll see anyone with glittery tattoos on their faces or designer handbags around their waists. Which is all the more reason why I love this wonderful weekend in Austin… you can still have fun dressing in your festival best, but the outfits are also 100% wearable off the festival grounds… which is totally a win/win in my book!
It’s that time again…we’ve got the itch to go somewhere and explore! In a few weeks, Blake and I are headed on a two week cruise through the British Isles…Ireland, Scotland, England…we’re ready to escape the Texas heat! I’ll share more on that trip soon…but in the meantime we’re looking forward to photographing and sharing all the details, big and small.
Blake and I have been so fortunate to have traveled near and far these past few years, and capturing our adventures is something I LOVE to do. Not only is photography a passion of mine, but I love to print our photos and reminisce about the memories in those 2 x 3″ frames…I feel pangs of nostalgia as I look at each of these prints and I’m immediately transported back in time. What we did that day, whether it was hot or cold out, the smell of the cuisine in each country. Ohh the power of a photo – it truly is something so special. Which is why I am thrilled to partner with HP and share why I’m loving the new Sprocket 2-in-1 portable photo printer. If you’re one for adventure or simply love taking photos (…which is most anyone with a smartphone these days, ha!), then you’re going to LOVE this pretty little thing!
You know what I love? A restful, relaxing weekend. Lately work and life has been so crazy that finding two consecutive days to fully escape has seemed nearly impossible. Blake started a new job, some personal things were taking up a lot of my free time and getting out of Austin simply wasn’t in the cards. Which is where the idea of a stay-cation came to our rescue! As Austin has become a booming city, it’s cool factor has grown dramatically over the years and new hotels are popping up left and right to accommodate the influx of visitors. Fairmont Austin opened their gorgeous 37-story, luxury hotel in March of 2018 and lemme tell ya, it blew us away! Given that we live in the ‘burbs, we were excited to stay in the heart of downtown, with access to restaurants, bars, shopping – you name it – within walking distance.
I’m excited to give y’all a glimpse at our lovely stay-cay! Disclaimer: Blake and I share a love of indulging in sips and eats when we’re in vacation-mode…so prepare for some yummy food pics!
This day has been a long time coming and I am SO EXCITED to finally share my first video with you guys! Disclaimer: please go easy on me haha, I am not used to shooting video!! YouTube is another part of the blogosphere I have wanted to add to my content for a really long time, and I’m fortunate that my brother, Jacob, is a videographer and photographer – so he has been kind enough to bear with me as I dip my feet into this new space. Ps. I may or may not have had a few mimosas prior to shooting to calm my nerves…ha! (You’ll want to watch until the very end – it’s pretty funny!).
Lately, the blog post that’s been coming back up in conversation via emails, direct messages on Instagram and comments on my blog – is how we renovated our back patio. In a nutshell, the paint colors, materials, why we decided to renovate, etc. A ton of you are working on patio renovations of your own, so I am thrilled to be able to give you a full-on walkthrough of the reno from the inside out, sharing all the details throughout! Aaand with that said, let’s get to it…
Early bird gets the worm…and the best view without the crowd! Blake and I both had intense work weeks, so the first thing on our minds for the weekend was to get outside and soak in some fresh air. We’ve been glued to our computers lately, so it was a very welcome break to swap my jeans for ultra comfy leggings + a breezy oversized tee and enjoy time at the 360 Overlook, a hike that overlooks the beloved 360 Bridge and Lake Austin here in town. Now that this city has an ever-expanding population, we’ve realized to soak up our old stomping grounds without a crowd of people, you’ve got to get up early…which also kind of kicks us into high gear to seize the day just as the sun comes out! One of my favorite things about Austin is how outdoor friendly the city is…there’s always a nature-filled place you can go to clear your head and reset – and this weekend is all about hitting that reset button!
Have y’all been shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? It ends August 6th, so now is the time to scoop up those last minute favorites before they go back to full price! Quite a few of my favorite brands are included in the sale (namely, Madewell…) and I’m excited to share a head-to-toe sale outfit with y’all today! I love each of these items and feel like they’re practical, versatile (you can wear them ALL the time in the fall and even into the winter) and timeless. I’m all about investing in pieces you can wear often and for years to come, and each of these items checks that box for me! read more
Well hello there, summer shoes of my dreams! I recently discovered a shoe brand that I am now boasting about all over town (…well really, whenever I wear these shoes, someone stops to ask where I got them…they pretty much speak for themselves). Nisolo makes the most stunning leather shoes and everything from the design, to the team, to the Instagram feed is totally speakin’ my language! Pretty neutrals, versatile silhouettes and buttery smooth leather that will make your feet extra happy. I’m so excited to partner with Nisolo and share two of my must-haves with y’all! Hint hint: the second pair I’ll show ya are nude suede mules (swoon!!!) – you’ll want to keep scrolling to see those gorgeous kicks!
PS. Use code LIVVY10 to take 10% off when you order either pair from today’s post! Offer ends August 5th, 2018.