Eric and I spent the weekend in Kansas City, Missouri where we got to see Eric’s grandfather and catch up with his family. His parents, brother, sister, & nephew all made the trip, so it was extra special. We don’t get to see each other very often, and especially with a little one, a lot changes in a year. Eric was very eager to see his nephew who is also his God Son. We spent Saturday with his immediate family and caught up with some of his extended family at a barbecue Saturday night. I brought my camera and took the opportunity to snap some shots of the family. I’m excited to share them with you! I love little pics. They are so special. Here are some highlights from the weekend!
It’s October 1st. The first day of my favorite month of the entire year. The cool crisp mornings and excuse to wear sweaters is only a drop in the bucket of the awe and wonder of the fall season. Pumpkin spiced everything, sunflowers at the farmer’s market, the array of color in the trees as the leaves change- I can’t pick a favorite moment. I love the smell of a campfire and the scent of a spiced candle. I love the countdown to Halloween and the crunching of leaves under my boots as I meander home.
It’s our first official fall season as newcomers to Austin. We were here last year but missed most of October due to our wedding and honeymoon, so I don’t think it counts. We got to experience the cooler weather and changing temperatures while traveling in Europe, and this will be the first time we see how October pans out in Austin. We have been told to not get too excited. It’s still hot here. And although I know I’ll miss the vast colors of bright maples and oaks, I’ll savor the short weekend in November when the leaves wilt into reds and browns here in Texas. And I’ll document thoroughly ;)
Eric and I used to blast Frank Sinatra as we drove down Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. We felt like old timers in a big city. And we’d dine at fun restaurant, drink red wine, and plan the future. I loved it.
But one thing that never changes, no matter where I’m located, is my love for the flannels, booties, hats, and jeans that define fall fashion.
Welcome back denim, flannels, and plaid! I cannot get enough of you. I find myself purchasing more with each returning season and I still have not tired from the trend. I love being warm and cozy (and cute) and these shirts offer an opportunity for all.
I have bought my shirts from many different places. I love the flannels at Nordstrom. I have also made purchases at J Crew & Loft. And also Urban Outfitters. I recently stumbled into Evereve, formally “Hot Mama” and am bumming hard that there isn’t one located in Austin. I loved everything in the store. It’s probably a good thing- I can see myself venturing in there on too regular of a basis come Autumn season… Can’t help myself.
So here I am, sitting in the AC in my red flannel and reminiscing of past falls, pandora playing in the background as I admire my pumpkin spiced candle. Cuddled up in my little world until the outside one follows suit ;)
We are moving from our cozy one bedroom apartment at Eleven Austin to a condo rental across town. Though we have enjoyed our time at this place (and I’ve enjoyed using our amenities such as the pool), we are ready for more room and a different neighborhood. Austin definitely has a different feel to it depending where you are in town. I feel like this is a city that any person feels they can belong in. It’s awesome. East Austin (where we currently live) is developing rapidly into one of the coolest parts of town. It used to be a lot more urban and dangerous– we were told that it wasn’t a recommended spot to visit, but now it is up and coming with a lot of unique bars and restaurants.
Where we are heading is more of a homey neighborhood. It feels a lot like my hometown back in Chicago. We’ll be a few blocks from our church and in walking distance from some of our new friends. I am so excited for this new chapter! (Although I will miss this apartment and our first little home in Austin)
I’ve been fortunate to travel to many incredible places in the past year. One of the most gorgeous places I have seen is Lucerne, Switzerland. My husband Eric and I traveled there as part of our honeymoon adventure last October. It was the third stop on our trek and we were blessed with crisp, cool, and sunny weather. We took a day to explore Mount Rigi, hike, enjoy a ferry and gondola ride, and take pictures of breathtaking scenery.
The best thing we did in Lucerne besides take too many pictures was to enjoy authentic fondue- both cheese & chocolate dipping at a local restaurant. It was UNREAL.
One of the cool things about Lucerne besides its breathtaking beauty, is that it isn’t too far away from other awesome spots. Eric and I took two day trips while in Lucerne. The first was to Interlaken, an hour and a half (ish) drive from Lucerne. It’s absolutely beautiful and we took an opportunity to roll into town, enjoy a coffee shop, and take pictures. We did not hike per many recommendations (hiking actually costs you quite a bit of money!) but we did explore a local cave and have lunch in town. Our second day trip was actually one of the coolest parts of our adventure: a day trip to the Alsace region of France. I’ll post pictures and details about that later, but it was such a neat experience. Little quaint villages & wine towns in the East of France. Less tourists. Amazing.
The best advice I can give to anyone with an itch to travel Europe is to properly plan! Eric and I had so much going on last year with a big move and wedding planning that we did not put the time into planning that we should have. Although I would not replace one minute of our trip (besides the struggle with the German GPS system!), I would caution to do as much research as possible beforehand. Our trip cost us more money than we anticipated with Switzerland being the most expensive country we visited.
Our trip was worth any penny but if we did it all over again, we would have changed the length of stay at a few places :)