After college I found myself moving back to my hometown and living with my Mom & Dad. Not knowing exactly what I wanted to do or where I wanted to be, I needed some time to figure these things out. I did, however, know I was passionate about retail and styling clients and accepted a position at a local store. I quickly became close friends with everyone in the store, spending many hours after work together winding down with a few glasses of wine and having the best talks about life (which I miss dearly). Being a few years older and having known what it was like being in my shoes, Kendi, Bryan and Ramie gave me great advice on pursuing a career I am passionate about, which helped me so much in taking the leap in my current career path.
Kendi and Bryan have since started an amazing new venture called West & Lou that opened a few weeks ago and launched their stunning website last week. Even though I’ve been in Austin and haven’t gotten to go to the store yet, I couldn’t resist purchasing my first West & Lou piece and can’t wait to visit the store when I make it back to McKinney over Christmas. McKinney & Dallas friends if you haven’t checked out West & Lou yet it’s a must!
Inspired: By Ivanka Trump’s new website for the modern professional woman and her campaign Women Who Work. Her boldness to share her story and others about being entrepreneurs, style icons, moms, sisters and friends inspires us.
Get us to Marfa: Our friend Caitlin just took an amazing trip to the wild wild West of Marfa, Texas and her pictures make us want to load up the trunk and go now.
Balance: An interesting article on why millennials have a hard time finding the right combination of mobility + affordability in US cities.
Cozy up: And then flip through this beautiful slideshow of an outdoor entertaining vignette that will make you want to have your closest friends over for dinner tonight.
Black is always the new black: This head to toe black ensemble is chic, classic and oh so ladylike.
Preach: If you have 30 minutes at your desk or in your car today, listen to this. Just do it. Promise it will make your day better.
OOHSALE: One of our favorites, Club Monaco is doing an extra 30% off sale and 50% of clearance. Use code OOHSALE at checkout to score pieces like this.
This week some of our everyday adventures included:
Meeting up with our sweet cousin at a wine bar we had never been to before. It was called Vino Vino and we will definitely be going back.
Checking out a new-ish singles ministry that is near downtown Austin on Tuesday that we really enjoyed going to and meeting new people.
Nailing down lots of details for Lindsey’s upcoming Argentina trip (wine tours and hiking anyone?)
It’s really starting to feel like the holiday season around here. As we prepare for our family to come down to Austin next week to celebrate Thanksgiving, we can’t help but feel full of gratitude for all of the amazing things that have happened in the past year. We are gearing up for a fun day of eating, watching a little TCU football and, per usual, hoping around Austin. Last Thanksgiving, neither of us would have thought that we would have moved, started new jobs, or be living together in one of our favorite cities. It is pretty cool to think about how much can happen in a year. We hope you enjoy the weekend and be sure to come back next week as we will be rounding up holiday gifts and obviously, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
For us, pasta is comfort food. When we’ve gotten home from a long day at work and get to sit down over a glass of wine and a large bowl of pasta, all is made right in the world. We’ve made this recipe a hundred times and have changed it up until we’ve gotten it to its current state below, and we think you’ll love it too. It is one of our faves it because it has a little bit of spice from the Italian sausage, tomatoes and just a hint of cream and cheese at the end. This time, we made it with parpardelle, but we’ve also made it with other types of pasta (it’s really whatever you’re in the mood for).
What you’ll need:
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
2 spicy Italian chicken sausages (casings removed)
2 mild Italian chicken sausages (casings removed)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red onion, diced
1 Tbs. fresh sage (minced)
1 Tbs. fresh oregano
1/2 cup red wine
1 (28 oz) can tomato sauce (we use Cento)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 package pappardelle
Salt and freshly ground pepper
How to make it
In a large skillet, bring the oil to a medium-high heat. Brown the sausage until cooked through, about 5-7 minutes (if you can’t find chicken sausage, you can substitute with pork). Add the onion, garlic, and herbs and continue to saute for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Your kitchen should be smelling really good right about now. READ MORE
I’ve spent the last two weekends back in Dallas, enjoying the cool weather in cozy sweaters, vests and booties (like this wintery outfit above) and catching up with close friends. While making the trek back and forth on I-35 in all hours of the day and night, I found myself reflecting on the value and meaning of true friendship (funny how prolonged silences in the car can make you do deep reflecting like that).
When I left Dallas for Austin, I was profoundly aware that I was leaving behind people that really matter to me, even though I was also profoundly aware it was time to start a new adventure. Over time, these are the people that have become my extended family, my travel companions, my deep dinner time conversation, watch trashy television, drink wine on the front porch together kind of people. We have stories from so many happy and trying seasons of life together and we have all come to accept and love each other for exactly who we are.
I’m writing all of this because during the past two weekends I’ve had these “reunited and it feels so good” moments where I look around the table or couch or wherever we are hanging out and felt this sweet reminder of the truest of friends. So for “my people” reading this, thanks for always being there and for everyone, I hope you tell your people how much they mean to you today.