I just arrived in Austin for the annual intersection of Music, Film and Interactive -South by Southwest (SXSW) last night, directly after my trip to Miami.
I will spare you the full recap, but her are three things about SXSW Day 1.
The taxi line.
As Austin is inundated with badge holders arriving from faraway lands, the cities resources are obviously going to be a little drained. This is probably the longest taxi line I've ever seen.
Art is everywhere.
One of the things I love most about Austin is the creativity. It's literally everywhere and always unexpected to a straight-laced New Englander like me. This photo was taken outside of Chuy's restaurant.
Forget the ABC's of SXSW and you'll be sorry. Luckily you can usually find a free plug, just don't forget your charger!
And just like that, January is almost over. (YAY!) Each year I absolutely dread the month of January. I'm only slightly more ok with February because of Valentine's Day and now Gracie's birthday. It gives me something to plan, something to look forward to.
January on the other hand? What choice do I have but to keep busy. I've been pretty busy for the past few weekends and SUPER busy at work.
Two weeks ago I had a much need Girls' Night Out at StyleWeek, followed by an amazing dinner at Nick's on Broadway.
Sporting our Red Lip thanks to the Sephora Red Lip Bar!
This past weekend Grace, my Mom, and I piled into the car for a trip to visit Auntie Jess and Michael at their place in Jackson, NH. Matt was awarded with a solitary Man's Weekend at Home. Lucky guy.
Anyway, it's amazing to be able to bring my daughter up in the skiing world just as I was. I can't take most of the credit though. My Mom was the one driven enough to get Grace on skis before the age of 2. She sourced the pink helmet, snowsuit and even tiny little skis. She's a professional after all. Actually, a real Professional Ski Instructor of America (PSIA) for realz. She actually has what (I believe) equates to a PhD in Skiing.
Meanwhile, the après ski fireplace was doing its job. And I think it's incredible that I still remember the Alt+0232 code for è 9 years after getting my French degree. I hope it's not the only thing I've maintained from that degree...
Wishing you a wonderful 2014! I'm still recovering from a whirlwind end to 2013 with selling the house, moving back to my childhood home, and then buying and moving in to our new home in December. Lots of updates to share soon!
It sounds so easy doesn't it? Let me be a little more specific: we searched for, found, had inspected, received financing for, and officially closed on A HOUSE! Our official close date was December 2nd so we've actually had it for over a week now. We had a few things to take care of pre-moving in like installing insulation in the attic, but we're hoping to schedule our movers for this weekend. Weather permitting - and moving in December adds another snowy dimension that we have never dealt with before since we've always moved in either August or September.
This time around (you know, as veteran second-time homebuyers), we have far fewer large scale DIY projects to get out of the way before we move in. Last time, we repainted a bunch of rooms, ripped out second floor carpet (gross.), and completely demo'd and reinstalled a master bedroom closet. This time we're working with a house that was just flipped and the seller did a great job at making it totally modern and liveable. The attic insulation had to happen because before we closed on the house, the seller had vermiculite insulation (i.e. an insulation type from the 50's that contains asbestos) removed because our plan is to create a master bed and bath suite on the second floor in the spring. It was a pretty glamourless job, but the good news is that 1. it didn't take terribly long (about 4 hours?) and 2. no one fell through the ceiling! It wasn't a huge project, but I'll try to share how we did it soon.
I'll be sure to share a full house tour in the next post so you'll get to see some pics of the house before the furniture arrives.
Things have been a little crazy around these parts so I'm just getting back to my September Birchbox Reviews. I have received October, but at least I haven't seen November yet!
Anyway, September was my first monthly Birchbox and I was super excited to see it waiting at my desk after returning from a weeklong off-site meeting. I made the decision to have them delivered to work so I could share my monthly treasures with some beauty loving co-workers.
This stuff is intense! If you have very dry hands and need some serious moisture this will work for you. I'm not the type to be pawing around the garden without gloves so a Gardner's Hand balm is a little extreme for my needs but if your hands need some healing, this product will probably work very well for you!
RUFFIAN: Nail Lacquer - Fox Hunt Full-size $10
Pretty and seasonally relevant orange color.
I was most excited to use my orange nail polish! I love these little sizes because let's be honest, how much nail polish can you go through before you're sick of the color, or the nail polish is too old and gross. It was very easy to apply and after 2 coats the color was nice and vibrant and has lasted me at least 2 weeks with a little chipping here and there.
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I wanted to post a quick update to let you know what we've been up to since closing on our house in Norton on September 10th. The short answer is.... RELAXING! We gave ourselves about 1 month before we agreed to go into house hunting mode, and as it turns out, our deadline ends tonight! Tomorrow we really start to dive into the process head first with 5 showings. The weather is starting to turn into hibernation mode in New England so the inventory is looking preeettty low. Especially since the specific area we're looking at is pretty small. Who knows what we'll find or if we'll have to wait until Spring. We'll see!