Part of why we love to blog is because we enjoy sharing the fun highlights of our life with you each day. But, that’s what they are; the highlights. The blogging world has a tendency to make people’s lives look much more glamorous than perhaps they really are (insert picture of random array of products styled on the floor here (side note: we promise not to do that)), and we want to make sure that you guys know for every successful post we put together, we probably had a few fails that never showed up on here.
The truth is … we sometimes cook things that taste bad. We go to restaurants where the service is subpar and the food isn’t worth the price. Our rooms are not always perfectly kept, nor do we wake up looking like we are ready to take pictures. We don’t leave the house looking like our day in the outfit posts all the time and you can find us wandering around Austin in workout clothes on a very frequent basis. We also both have day jobs and those come first. You know, normal real people stuff.
So, in the spirit of transparency… a few things that failed or we failed to do in August:
- Showing up at the greenbelt (read: usually a hike with swimming holes), not one, but two times where there was not a drop of water to be seen
- The first location we went to for this shoot made the entire outfit blend in with a wall
- A chilled asparagus salad recipe that we decided to “make our own” and ended up ruining it in every way possible.
- Our apartment. In a three week period of time, the hot water heater went out three times, we found ourselves sitting on a curb in the middle of the night for a fire drill and a few other mishaps. Thankfully all fixed now.
And last but not least, Austin’s strange style of back up angle parking that can be found all over the city. Check this out, apparently we aren’t the only ones. We don’t know why, but we just aren’t brave enough to do it and find ourselves driving in circles for long periods of time to find a spot.
Anyway, that’s our little list of perfect imperfections that have happened in the past month that have often ended with us laughing uncontrollably at ourselves. Life wouldn’t be fun if things always went exactly as planned.
This weekend, we are both headed out of town and will be spending lots of time in the sun with friends and family. We are also over on Caramelized Blog today answering some fun questions about everyday adventure and thoughts on some of our favorite places and experiences, so be sure to check it out. We hope you all have relaxing Labor Day weekends and take it easy in honor of the name of the holiday. See you on Tuesday!
Photo Credit: Frenchie, original source unknown
We’ve been wanting to make our own gallery wall full of things that make us smile, inspire us and help us remember fun places we’ve been for some time now. Once we moved in to our new apartment, we started looking for pieces that would add a lot of personality to a gallery wall and found several on Minted’s art marketplace that we completely fell in love with. Two of their limited edition art prints called Fiesta Turtleneck and Big Ben Flare quickly became the pieces we wanted to build the whole wall around. In fact, we love the colorful giraffe in the Fiesta Turtleneck print so much, that we’ve nicknamed him Fiesta Frank and are quite happy when he greets us upon walking in to our apartment each day.
Our wall is full of pictures of us visiting destinations we love, prints that add instant happiness and a few items we have picked up on our travels.The small print on the far right of the wall was picked up on a spring trip to DC at the Eastern Market and the artist’s last name just happened to be the same as ours. We have pictures of the two of us visiting Palm Beach, Turkey and Greece on family vacation, as well as two bold quotes that are great reminders for when you need some extra inspiration when you wake up in the morning.
5 Steps to Create a Gallery Wall:
- Be patient: Having enough items to build a gallery wall does not happen overnight. Be patient and collect items as you see them and your wall will naturally be filled with things you love. We’ve had some of these pieces for several years hanging by themselves before they were incorporated in to our new wall. A few places that we have found that have lots of unique prints and photos are Minted, Etsy, West Elm and World Market.
- Get inspired: Gallery walls of every style and taste are all over the internet, especially Pinterest. We built out a board with different styles of walls to keep us inspired while we were figuring out how we wanted to create our own.
- Use variety: We think the best gallery walls have a lot of variety. Using different sizes and styles of frames, photos, prints and art make the entire wall more entertaining to look at.
- Check out different layouts: Half of the battle of putting your wall together is deciding on the layout that looks best. There are an insane number of layouts and templates that are helpful if you aren’t sure how to piece your items together.
- Put the puzzle together before you hang anything: Confession: we spent several hours arranging our pieces on our living room rug in every way imaginable before putting one nail in the wall. It made hanging everything up much easier, because we already knew the way that everything looked best.
What’s on Our Wall and in Our Living Room
Summering Forever (c/o Minted) // Fiesta Turtleneck Giraffe (c/o Minted) // Big Ben Flare (c/o Minted) // The World is your Oyster Print //Antique Silver Gallery Frames //Turquoise Rumi Quote // Cherry Blossoms Art (found at Eastern Market in DC) // Origami Coffee Table// Book: A Perfectly Imperfect Home // Book: 50 Hikes Before You Die// Charcoal Throw
Two things that could not be more worlds apart in my mind are taking a vacation and traveling. Those who choose to go on vacation are not traveling, but escaping. Even though taking a vacation (and escaping) can certainly be nice, I find myself craving to truly travel and adventure every single time.
When I found out about the Sailing Collective, I literally spent over an hour on their site, reading every detail about their itineraries, Googling the destinations they visit, and, in general, drooling over the pictures people take on their trips.You see, The Sailing Collective is traveling and adventuring perfection. They organize a fairly limited number of journeys each year that happen all over the world, each lasting about a week in length. Your home during your trip is a sailboat, traveling in a sort of caravan with other boats also with Sailing Collective. I can’t even imagine the memories that you make with a new group of people, watching the world sail by as you move from destination to destination. Out of the collection of itineraries they offer there are a couple in particular that we just can’t stop thinking about. READ MORE
How was everyone’s weekend? We had a much needed relaxing weekend that consisted of lots of couch time, good food, and purchased a few things to complete our living room in our apartment. This matchy-matchy number made an appearance out to dinner Saturday night for Italian food and window shopping. I love that it is lightweight and is an easy outfit you can throw on to beat the heat. It is also the prettiest combination of colors, which also happen to be two of my all time favorites. I have been drawn to the matching coordinate trend that has been a hit this summer and have had my eye on some other sets as well, like this Trina Turk crop top and skirt combo, as well as this Townsen matching short and top.