BRIGHT LIVING

My Morning Ritual
For as long as I can remember, I have always loved mornings. There is just something special about waking up feeling refreshed and getting the opportunity to start a new day. I love being able to treasure that feeling of renewal, and for me mornings are when I feel the most inspired.…
Travel Tuesdays: Montana
Montana is one of those places you visit and immediately wish you had more time– last September I spent a week national park hopping and was blown away as I kicked off my trip with glacier park’s beauty. the turquoise lakes, the gorgeous {and challenging} hikes, the little dive bars and local…
Glam Valentine's Day DIY Entertaining Pieces
[dropcap letter=”V”] alentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, but that’s probably because I love the color pink. This year I found a way to glam up Valentine’s Day with DIY entertaining pieces that are not only beautiful, but also are inexpensive and easy. The best part about these gold…
Strawberry Champagne Float
In preparation for Valentine’s Day coming up this Saturday, today’s Pop Liz Clink recipe is more desert than cocktail. It’s a super simple and super decadent Strawberry Champagne Float. You may be thinking “What?! Champagne and Ice Cream?! That’s weird.” But trust me, have no fear! I promise it’s delicious.…
Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Guide
1. Copper Candle 2. Pinch Me Print 3. Khandar Pillow 4. Jewelry Box 5. Essie Nail Polish 6. Le Labo Santal 33 7. Bow Pencil Case 8. Coin Purse 9. Courage, Dear Heart Print 10. Heart Earrings 11. Estée Lauder Lipstick 12. Voluspa Candle  Valentine’s Day is right around the…
Hotel San Jose Chili Cook-Off
Hotel San Jose is really just my favorite place to hang out in Austin – from after work happy hours to all day Sunday brunches, it always has the best atmosphere rain or shine. This past weekend was Chili cook-off  hosted in their parking lot shared with Jo’s. They’ve hosted…
Photographer Max Wanger on Love
A few months back I discovered photographer Max Wanger via Instagram. I quickly became a fan of his California meets whimsical, colorful, romantic style. While planning for my recent move I purchased these three photographs from his print shop. I started hanging the framed versions of them this week. I’m not…
Classic Champagne Cocktail
Today I’m showing y’all how to make a Classic Champagne Cocktail. It’s seriously so easy, but one of those easy recipes that will still impress your friends. Based on what I’ve read about this particular recipe, it’s one of the oldest cocktails ever, with recipes dating back to the 1870’s.…
Golden Globe DIY
One trendy home decor item I have recently noticed, and fallen in love with, is painted globes. They are the perfect book shelf styling piece and can add character to add table or space. Despite loving the painted globes from places like Anthropologie, I just cannot bring myself to spend…
Travel Tuesdays: Jackson Hole
I was first introduced to Jackson Hole back in college when my roommate / best friend took me to her family’s home tucked behind the Snake River. I instantly became obsessed with this romantic little town for a number of reasons – the fact the any time of year is…
Last Minute Patriots Cape Cod Cocktail
What better way to celebrate the New England Patriots on Super Bowl Sunday, than to serve beautiful Cape Cod Cocktails. We have lightened it up by using Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka instead of the traditional cranberry juice. Cheers! Photographs courtesy of the lovely Pete Phillips of ATXPetePhotography   Patriot Cape…
Seahawks Blueberry Mojito
To celebrate Superbowl XLIX this weekend we mixed up a little cocktail in honor of the reigning Champion Seattle Seahawks. A little blue and green with a dash of rum equals a winner cocktail that will impress even your biggest rival. Add the sugar cubes (you can use simple syrup if you…
Sawyer and Co.
This New Orleans Inspired Diner opened semi-recently over on E. Cesar Chavez (right down the street from jacoby’s). Their space is awesome with a huge outdoor patio and cozy diner vibes inside. I thoroughly enjoyed my festive cocktail and creole + cajun style dinner, and look forward to coming back…
Tribeza Home Tour in Review: Hatch Works
Another fan favorite of this weekend’s Tribeza home tour was the abode of husband-wife design company duo, Hatch Works. He’s a third generation builder and she a designer. Together they own and operate the custom home-building company churning out incredible craftsmanship all over Austin. Their east side speck house-turned-personal residence…
Tribeza Home Tour in Review: Meredith Ellis
This weekend I attended the second annual Tribeza home tour with some friends. It was 65 and sunny in Austin and I was alone for the weekend (no man, no kids, just the dog and me), for the first time in a long time. The solitude was as glorious as…
Travel Tuesday: Marfa
Marfa was never on my radar growing up in Austin – I hadn’t even heard of the place. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started hearing buzz around the food, art, character, and el cosmico that inspired my recent trip. West Texas is beautiful and charming and peaceful. If you…
Serving Tray DIY
Serving trays are an essential when it comes to entertaining, but lets be honest sometimes they get more expensive than they should be and it seems there aren’t great ones out there. They seem to all have kind of stayed in the nineties.  So, this week I’m going to show…
#MOMFAILS are the best teaching moments
As working moms, we often feel like we are treading water just trying to not let our kids down. Feelings of failure can engulf us, as we pray that whatever we are doing, or not doing, won’t officially screw our kids up. No season gives rise to these feelings more…
Elizabeth Mollen's Killer Style
I first bonded with Elizabeth Mollen, owner of Stone Textile, over Mexican and Margaritas at Benji’s when pulling out our wallets to pay, we saw that we were dealing with the same situation. Heaps of receipts and notes and business cards were spilling over onto the table but this time not…
Making a Move Meaningful
I moved into a new house this weekend. Since graduating college 8 years ago I’ve moved 15 times. I should be an expert by now but feel this past weekend’s move was one of my best. Not because it wasn’t fraught with all of the normal stresses of living in…
DIY Marble Ring Dish
In the past year I’ve started loving rings but I have been driving myself crazy leaving them everywhere. I realized what I needed was an easy solution that also happened to be a perfect first DIY. So here goes! Supplies list: Fimo clay ( I got white, black, orange, aqua, and pink!)…