Lost in Drawers

Month: April, 2013

New Orleans City Park

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While we try to visit New Orleans every few months, this was our first time to City Park in the northern part of the city. The park is a beautiful and very large 1400 acre complex that has something for everyone. We got the sounds of Jazz Fest brass bands, echos of The Black Keys on the main stage, actors performing Shakespeare in the park, we got some bicycle riding in, enjoyed the fresh air, people watching among the always kind people of NOLA and New Orleans Museum of Art Sculpture Garden. The great joy of New Orleans is always the feeling you get when you arrive and you hear that random and unexpected music playing in the air and the city comes alive. It’s a great place to be, and can we just say how we had the best grilled cheese of our entire life at Il Posto in Uptown. A great first day back in our favorite city. More to come…..

(And lastly, can I just say that these new shoes I purchased are the most bike friendly shoes I own!)

Warby Parker-Aldous & Boyd

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With the Texas sun already blazing, summer seems to be making an appearance and it’s only April! Geese! If we ever needed sunglasses, we needed these wonderful frames from Warby Parker’s Summer 2013 Collection .

As Warby Parker so brilliantly says, Sand dunes, hammocks, little sculptures made of driftwood.Gone are the socks, the formal affairs, the after-dusk shivers. It’s summer, which means it’s time to let loose a little.

We are wearing the Aldous in English Oak and Boyd Marbled Charcoal models and we can say with confidence that these sunglasses live up to their namesake.We had never used the Home-Try-On program for the sunglasses before. It is quite wonderful to be able to try on both optical frames and sunglasses both as summer will be here before any of us know it. The frames themselves are well made, and we both commented on how well the lenses performed in the Texas sun. Paired with vintage lace and jean cut offs for a day of bike riding on a sunny day and we can see them equally worn all dressed up. Amazingly versatile and stylish for everyday wear!

It was just a perfect day for bicycles and all the flowers the heat hasn’t consumed just yet. We can’t recommend the new sunglasses from Warby Parker enough!

Defiantly, Defiantly try yourself a pair!

Warby Parker-Chandler Olivewood & Baxter Catalina Blue

When Zack and Brian from Warby Parker contacted us about trying out some of the 2013 Summer Collection through Warby Parker’s home-try-on program, we just couldn’t say no! The home-try-on program is a great resource when looking for frames, as Warby Parker allows you to pick 5 pairs of frames that they ship to you for a 5 day try-on period. Try them on, wear them about and then simply ship them back with the included return label. It’s absolutely the best way to try on frames. As we have followed the company over the years with great admiration, we jumped at the opportunity to try out new frames with our style.

So we headed out and did the most summery thing we could think of, and had a picnic by the lake while taking in the glorious sunshine! In this particular post, Bo and I were trying out the Chandler Olivewood  & Baxter Catalina Blue optical frames. Zack deftly suggested we try these and after a day of wearing them about, we wholeheartedly agreed. Warby Parker simply makes great frames. The quality is apparent from the minute you open the box, the fit solved many problems one has with acetate frames and the styling bridges the gap between classic and fashion forward. We both were in agreement as to how the frames color, and in the case of the Chandler, pattern allowed these to be everyday frames for any occasion.

And to be honest, they look great and are fun to wear. You can’t ask for much more in a pair of glasses that should cost much more than around $99.

Warby Parker was founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: to create boutique-quality, classically crafted eyewear at a revolutionary price point.

And they give a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair sold!

Eyewear with a purpose

Almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses. This means that 15% of the global population cannot effectively learn or work – a problem that Warby Parker is determined to address. We’ve partnered with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. We believe that everyone has the right to see.

We have a few more Warby Parker post coming, check back soon!!

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It was hopping, It was Leaping

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Like Refinery 29 said so perfectly, and first:

There’s nothing hotter than a smart, sassy local lady two-wheeling around town. And, of course, the wisest of those ladies knows that it’s essential to wear a bicycle helmet…

And it’s true. If you cycle, you need a helmet. They are hilarious looking, and can be quite dorky feeling to wear. But safety first, yes? But enough about that as we aren’t the police, we just want people to be safe.

Today was a mighty good day, people. We had sunshine, BBQ, visited Doc’s Records for National Record Store Day, and best of all, hung out with our bestest of friends Katie for a belated birthday get-together. We do love her, she is a friend that just gets “it”. The world is a better place because she is in it. And she is the funniest of the all funny people because she knows how to be herself. Those are the people who make a day like today one to remember.

Yo, Wear a Helmet

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Finally. After searching high and low for helmets for me and Bo, we finally find some that we don’t hate and that don’t have horrible visors or pointy backs. We found them shortly after our ride today, so obviously they aren’t in these pics. But, we are all for wearing and being safe with helmets in place. So, despite the cold, (what is up with Texas weather?) Emory and I bundled up and headed out with Bo to relearn this neighborhood. Emory needed the fresh air, as he has been acting a bit…crazy? Many rides will be needed, as our knees and thighs ARE not up to par. Much more exercise needs to be going on in our house as a general principal. We much needed exercise was needed after a batch of homemade gumbo and strawberry shortcake y’all! But really…here’s to summer rides and warmer weather!

Critical Cycles

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I’ve waited patiently for this little beauty of a dutch style bicycle to come to my door, checking the windows constantly every time the FedEx truck drove by our new little house. And she (yes, she) finally arrived today! I sold my not-that-old bike that I had customized to a very kind and chic girl a few weekends ago. So, it was time to finally find my own dutch style bicycle I have been dreaming of for a long while. I was fortunate to find it at Critical Cycles. And I love it! Love, love, love it! The dutch style of bicycle is really cool and practical, with a step through frame and upright position, which is a must for any of us who don’t ride clothed in too much spandex. We added Emory’s basket, and I am sure my husband will think of a thousand ways we can make this bike even more my style. Quite the pick-me-up that was much needed after this long week!

And nothing ends a post like a little Emory Holden action. We HAD to get these Mickey Mouse shirts at Petsmart, if we didn’t purchase them it would have been a crime against nature, I tellz ya!

Wicked

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Before anything else can be said in this post, let us say that our hearts go out to the resilient Boston people, who have had a day and week that no one should ever have to endure. We send our love in hopes that you can take comfort in knowing that you all are not alone. So, hold fast and in the words of our departed friend Leo Lewis, we sail on. Together.

Now, I mean…what. Can. I. Say. I have waited 10 years to finally be able to see this beyond fantastic musical…Wicked has been a big part of my life for a decade. The songs, the story…and tonight, we finally got to see it, live rather than repeated viewing of clips on YouTube. We got all dressed up, found our way to Dallas and, despite our split seats were able to get lost in Oz. It was as great as expected, so what better way to celebrate than pancakes! All in all, a dream come true with a husband for a date?

Spring has truly arrived.

Defying Gravity

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Well, here we are…in our new house. And if we are going to be anything, we are going to be completely honest. This whole move ordeal is a huge, not fun, and at times terrible kind of change. This was a move not by our choice, and not our dream home or dream city for our future. It’s really hard to get use to, to the point it feels as if we are ghosts in our own life. BUT, this is our season of life, and we are moving forward as we always find a way to do.

To occupy our minds through all of this, I received my Lula issue 16, we have spent quality time with our little Pomeranian peanut trying to teach him the ways of this house even though he won’t stray from our rug to walk across our hardwoods, lots of cookie baking has begun, catching up on Game of Thrones, searching for and dreaming up a new bicycle, and best of all…finally receiving after 10 years of waiting…Wicked tickets! (Bo gets the award of all good and lovely awards…he did a lot of searching, let’s just say we aren’t in the back back balcony!)

So, even when life seems its most difficult, the best thing to do is to take small joys in the little things and know that a season is just beyond the horizon.