Ladies' Night at Parlor Beauty Bar

Images courtesy of Ben Porter Photography

Images courtesy of Ben Porter Photography

I was so excited when my friend Alicia invited me to join in on a girl's night at Parlor Beauty Bar. Ever since Chris started his new job at W2o Group, we've been adventuring on the East side of Austin, and Parlor was on my bucket list. I'm always on the lookout for a new spot for blowouts, eyebrow shaping and spray tans. 

Images courtesy of Ben Porter Photography

Images courtesy of Ben Porter Photography

When you enter into Parlor, you feel like you've entered the Austin version of the Beverly Hills Hotel. A grass wall featuring the Parlor logo greets you at the concierge. They have a variety of refreshments including all my fave La Croix flavors - big plus! The best part of the whole salon? The best wallpaper I've ever seen with palm leaves AND flamingos. I fell in love - I mean have you seen our moped? We LOVE palm leaves at the Olfers' household! 

I had the best time being pampered and having conversation with my blogger girl gang. It was a blast, and I'm excited to have a new go-to spot when I need hair and makeup done for events! 

 

Merit Coffee Opens at the Seaholm

Merit Coffee Opens at the Seaholm

As a Seaholm resident, I've long awaited the opening of Merit Coffee in our neighborhood district. I was so excited to run in the store manager, Alissa last night because she mentioned they'd be doing a soft opening today. I was there by 8:00 AM sharp to awaken my tastebuds with a fresh Merit Coffee latte and it did not disappoint! 

Holiday Gift Guide - Liz James Designs

Holiday Gift Guide - Liz James Designs

With Christmas just around the corner, I'm so excited to share my Liz James Gift Guide. Whether you're looking to share a gift with a friend, buy something for a client or grab some last minute gifts for your loved ones, Liz James pieces are perfect for anyone you have in mind! 

Lately...

Lately...

I feel like I've entered a strange season over the last month. Lots of uncertainty, change and lack of time to really be sure of anything. Without really going into too much detail, I will say that I tend to put myself in situations where I over-work and the work/life balance goes out the window. March - June was just that - losing stability in the midst of chaos (good and bad)! I had some really great clients to work with, a big grand opening event to plan and a ton of content creation going in and out the door. Overall, it was a big success and I'm proud of what I was able to accomplish in my first six months on my own...

Making TIME for Adult Spring Break

Making TIME for Adult Spring Break

No matter how old I get, mid-March always seems like a good time to get away. And this past week, we did just that. We hopped in the car and took a good old-fashioned family road trip to Seaside, Florida...While I didn't purchase a ton of new clothes for this trip, I was excited to find some great espadrilles and this great boho beach hat from Forever 21 (of all places)! But, my favorite new accessory for our adult Spring break trip was my new JORD watch...

Making Waves

Here's the deal - [rewind sound] I went to school to be an opera singer. When I finally realized that path wasn't a good fit for me, I moved on to the business side of the entertainment industry. The last decade has been a whirlwind - from event and video production, to advertising in the Hispanic market all the way to events and experiential marketing right here in Austin...my whole life has culminated up to this very moment, and I'm standing here finally connecting the dots. 

All things Austin Interior Design with Tribeza

All things Austin Interior Design with Tribeza

You know it's going to be a great Sunday when you get to spend it touring brilliantly designed homes all around Austin - and that's exactly what it was last weekend thanks to Tribeza! These homes were designed by the best and brightest interior designers in town, and thrilled to share some of my favorite details of each spot along the tour.

The Austin Trail of Lights from an Insider

In my world, Christmas is 365 days a year. Literally. I work on planning a holiday event all. year. long. How many people can say they get paid to plan the happiest event of the year in Austin, TX? One of my projects is to produce the 2nd largest event in Austin, TX - the Austin Trail of Lights. Because of this, I like to consider myself a true expert in navigating this original-Austin event.

San Miguel - Part II, The Dress Shop

 
The dress that enticed us into Sindashi from the street...

The dress that enticed us into Sindashi from the street...

 

It was a rainy afternoon on our second day in San Miguel. We spent the day walking down the cobblestone streets, in and out of local shops and galleries, wine-tasting and eating along the way. When the rain finally stopped, we ventured down Mesones into a shop called Sindashi. Much to our surprise, each piece was handmade and hand-painted. From shawls to dresses and skirts, to hand-beaded ball gowns - I was enamored by the color surrounding us. It took about five minutes before Judy and I decided we were going to play dress up. The next two hours were spent trying on dress after dress, and making friends with other women as they visited the shop. Oddly enough, two of the women we met were also from Austin! Small world. We found the sweetest dress for Carrie too!

Carrie trying on a dress for her son's wedding. 

Carrie trying on a dress for her son's wedding. 

Judy & I in maybe our 3rd dress? 

Judy & I in maybe our 3rd dress? 

It was Judy's birthday and she ordered a custom dress before we left the store - I can't wait to see the finished product when it's complete! 

 
The dress from the storefront...can you believe all the detail? And the train? 

The dress from the storefront...can you believe all the detail? And the train? 

 
This. red. dress. I fell in love with it. Vibrant, richly dyed fabric with handpainted and handbeaded flowers everywhere you looked. This dress probably weighed 5-10 lbs - it was crazy! I tried it in black too - still may have to order that one. 
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This. red. dress. I fell in love with it. Vibrant, richly dyed fabric with handpainted and handbeaded flowers everywhere you looked. This dress probably weighed 5-10 lbs - it was crazy! I tried it in black too - still may have to order that one. 

In theme with last week's post, everything I love about traveling happened during our visit to San Miguel. You know you're on a true vacation when you don't care what you might be missing, because you want to stop right where you are and soak in the opportunity to act like a little girl and play dress up. I was grateful to the boys for being so patient with us during this pitstop - it's one of my favorite memories from the trip. If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind dress for an upcoming event, look no further. Sindashi will create and paint a dress to your liking. The dresses pictured were off the rack, but they do custom orders all the time!