BRIGHT LIVING

Try It Tuesday: Olamaie
Southern fare with farm-fresh ingredients in an chic refurbished home; hello, Olamaie. This spot was recently put on my radar when a dear friend (who is very hard to please when it comes to Southern food) told me they had “the best biscuits in the whole world” – it has been confirmed! Best…
DIY Easter Eggs with Gold Leaf
Decorating Easter eggs is always one of my favorite family activities of the year. My love for diy has definitely influenced my Easter egg design ideas. This year my obsession with gold led me to experiment with putting gold leaf on my Easter eggs. So, just in time for Easter…
Travel Tuesday: San Francisco
SF is one of those places you visit, fall in love with, and immediately feel the need to plan your next trip. Trying to decide if you’ll spend your time in the city itself – or in the many surrounding adventures is the toughest part. Hiking in the redwoods, camping…
Travel Tuesday: Wimberley
After what seemed like longer winter than usual, all of Texas is rejoicing that spring is here, and our Bright Living travel expert, Kate Harris, is no exception. While there are countless awe inspiring places across the globe, Kate is reminding us that there are plenty of awe inspiring experiences to be had…
Just Breathe
I challenge you to do something that gets your body REALLY moving.   We hover over computers, over kiddos, over kitchen tables, and art, over papers, and patients.  When was the last time, you sat up straight, lengthened your back body?  When was the last time you not only took…
Sunburst Mirror diy
Spring, I think, is finally here to stay! To celebrate the long await arrival of spring, I decided to bring some new life to my space and to freshen things up with some new decor. What better way to add a personal touch  than with a good diy project. One piece I…
Try It Tuesday: Gardner
Contigo’s newish sister restaurant on east 6th focuses on primarily vegetable dishes as well as beer and wine. The intimate interior was so different from what we usually see in Austin – it is so crips and refreshing. The food was also very unique and delicious (go in a group so you can…
#kkcocktailhour: Prickly Pear Margarita
Our final SXSW inspired cocktail is a quick one, so that you can get out enjoy as many events as possible. This simple, sweet margarita is the perfect cocktail for anyone who is ready to take on the day full of events. Prickly Pear MargaritaIngredients: 2 oz. Prickly Pear Puree,…
#kkcocktailhour: French 75
It’s time to kick off the last weekend of SXSW the right way with a morning alternative. Rather than go with the usual morning go-to mimosa, us at Bright living decided to mix things up with a morning French 75.  French 75/strong>Ingredients: Juice of 1 Lemon, 2 Sugar cubes, 1…
#kkcocktailhour: SXSW Cilantro, Jalapeno, and Ginger Margarita
To keep with the SXSW inspired cocktails, we are making a Texas favorite, but switching things up. For our second SXSW cocktail we are making a Cilantro, Jalapeño and Ginger Margarita.  With SXSW in full swing now and the temperature warming up, what better way to celebrate than to turn up the…
Travel Tuesdays: Buenos Aires
Over the holiday I spent 2+ weeks in Buenos Aires and Patagonia – it was the perfect combination of city and adventure. BA is a place that has been on my list for a while now, and I’m so glad I was finally able to check it off. It’s much…
#kkcocktailhour: Tito's Texas Sipper
March in Austin means SXSW and for our Bright Living Cocktail Hour we are mixing up some SXSW inspired cocktails made with Texas Spirits. SXSW began in 1987 and has grown from 700 participants to 51,000 today. The event brings together a diverse international community from the Technology, Film, and Music industries.…
A Woman's Luck
Throughout my career I have had to engage (sometimes unwillingly) in some serious thinking and reflecting on what I wanted do when I grow up. When I entered college, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. As an undeclared major halfway through my junior year, I knew I could do anything,…
Try It Tuesday: Nau's Diner
Nau’s has been in Clarksville since 1951 which is straight up nuts. This cute little corner spot is famous for their original full service drug store, soda fountain, milk shakes, and delicious burgers. A few warmer weeks back we finally took the time to sit down in the diner and I’m…
Beauty Abounding
I am realizing more and more how we are just surrounded by beauty.  This thought may hit me like a ton of bricks while on a hike or waterskiing behind a boat or just listening to my breath, breathing in and out, laying on my yoga mat at the end…
Travel Tuesdays: Yellowstone Glamping
I’m already trying to figure out how I can get back to Yellowstone as soon as possible – this place is really just heaven on earth. After our road trip through Montana we crossed over into Wyoming where we “glamped” at Yellowstone under canvas; a place I had my eye on for…
Gold Dipped Coffee Mug DIY
If it hasn’t become abundantly clear already: I really  love coffee. So, as you can imagine my excitement when I arrived at the Katie Kime Headquarters on Wednesday morning and there was a Keurig sitting on one of the desks. In true Katie Kime fashion, we knew that we would have to…
Champagne Cupcakes
Happy Birthday to me! That’s right – this is a very special “it’s my birthday” blog post, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate with y’all than by sharing with you another “Pop Liz Clink” recipe – Champagne Cupcakes. They’re perfect for birthdays, wedding and baby showers,…
The Silver Linings of Sacrifice
A few weeks back we found out my husband has been selected to serve as a JAG Officer in the Texas Army National Guard, an honor only 30ish other people in the State of Texas currently hold and requires over a year of applying and waiting. If you don’t know…
Try It Tuesday: Jacoby's
It  may only be Tuesday, but the cold front here in Austin is making me dream of  warmer weekends that will hopefully be spent on patios much like the one at Jacoby’s…. jacoby’s restaurant & mercantile semi-recently opened over on east cesar chavez and everything about it is extremely pleasant. the cocktails are unique…
In Review: The Best Weekend Ever
This weekend I got time to reflect on last weekend, an overwhelming 72 hours of a birthday, engagement and a surprise party with in and out-of-town friends and family there to celebrate. It all started on Thursday the 12th when I was told to pack a bag “with some beautiful…