Backyard Bum



One thing I learned about Austin is that people love backyards there. Every backyard I saw was perfectly prepped for some serious down time, sipping an Austin Beerworks brew or a Topo Chico (how can one brand of sparkling water be so particularly refreshing? Must be the graphic design), and hanging out with the neighborhood pets/livestock. The backyard at the house we rented had a chicken coop, an extensive herb garden, and of course a Texas flag - as we all should. This is the way of life there and I love it. Heather and I decided to shoot in the yard to capture the beautiful simplicity of it all, which is why I obviously had to add a harness to the equation. OK fine, that was just for dramatic effect. But in all seriousness, I'm a harness fan and you can expect to see more ways to wear them in the coming months. This flowy Gold Hawk dress is going to be my summer favorite, I just know it. It's so soft and feminine which makes it an easy target for edging out with hardass accessories. I might even have to grab it in gray too. I picked up the star jacket at Forever21 back in February with Austin already in mind, but at the last minute decided to chop off the sleeves which took it from middle school to School of Rock. I wish you all the chillest of weekends, Austin style.



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130428_TheLifeStyled_ATX_0066Gold Hawk dress (here it is in blue), Forever21 jacket (turned into a vest), BCBG harness, Marlies Dekkers bra, Jeffrey Campbell boots, Workhorse Jewelry necklace (c/o), Bracelets: H&M, Hailmary (c/o), DIY, Forever21, BCBGeneration
Photography by Heather Gallagher (see more photos from this shoot on her blog!)



Gazebo Mornings

Gazebo Mornings
Warby Parker glasses, Alexander Wang pullover, Undrest silk shorts (sold out - boo! But here are some similar ones in a pretty honeydew color), Heath Ceramics mug, Catstudio geography pillow, Woolrich moose pillow, West Elm throw, Melissa Harmonic flip flops

I'm happy to be home in Minnesota for the next week to work with clients and spend some overdue quality time with my family. One of my favorite routines at home is waking up in the morning and going straight out to our backyard gazebo for coffee and long chats. I don't bother changing out of my pajamas (hello, neighbors!) but I always grab a cup of hot coffee on my way out. Small town life is delightfully slower paced than I'm used to, so I love to linger out there for as long as I want, catch up on all my favorite catalogs and trashy mags, and map out the day ahead. We repeat the activity about 8 hours later, only then we have glasses of wine in hand.