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2011 improvements

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Everyone I know hates this hat. I saw it at Marshall's last week and had to have it. I've been jonesing for a sequined hat ever since I saw this hilarious post on Le Quaintrelle a long, long time ago.
hat2My mother, who I really think should do a side-by-side commentary of my blog told me "You look like New Year's Eve" when I wore this hat. Therefore, I thought it totally apropos that I actually wear it on New Year's Eve.

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Date: 31 December 2010 | occasion: Ikea run
sequined hat: Marshalls | cardigan: Halogen | tee: UO | watch: c/o TIKKR | jeans: Lands End Canvas | leopard flats: Target | clutch: Timi & Leslie

For this new year, I'm starting a new project: Eleven improvements in 2011. One of my 11 goals is to vastly improve this blog. This means I'm going to be introducing a lot of gradual changes to Adored Austin this month, starting with the comment system. Instead of Blogger's commenting, I'm trying Disqus. Disqus is threaded, and it enables me to easily reply back to each and every comment that needs a reply. We can have conversations on this webpage, y'all! I've been wanting to improve my interaction capabilities on Adored Austin for a while, and this is just the start. I hope you like it.

I'll post more about my 11 goals later this week. What about y'all? Any big new year's resolutions?



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Pajama Jeans!

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Are these old news? If so, apologies.
They're jeans! They're pajamas! My entire freshman year of college would have been vastly different had these been around.

Fact: These will be on my doorstep in 4- 6 weeks. This may be because I'm going to review them like I did Bump-its and Smooth Away a while back. Or it may be because I'm a lazy suburban housewife now, and someone invented these with my ever expanding booty in mind. Video to come!



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Best of 2010

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I'm on the road heading back to my beloved Texas today, so I thought I'd do a little 2010 wrap-up. Instead of posting my favorite outfits (big yawn!*), I thought I'd post some links to my favorite Adored Austin posts:

January 26: No Nike Shorts! No Nike Shorts!

February 17: Worst Valentines Day, ever

June 25: The Anatomy of a Fashion Blogger

September 29: Sexy Halloween?

August 26: What Not to Wear- the Pregnancy Edition

November 10: Celebrities smell

Thank you to all of you! You have made 2010 a banner year for Adored Austin. I've had a lot of fun, but I do have some big changes coming up for 2011 (to be announced soon). I hope you'll stick with me in the new year. I've loved having you!

*Tiny P.S.
I don't think all "best of what I wore this year" posts are boring. I just think mine would be boring.



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Yum-o!

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If you have ever been a tourist in Atlanta, you have probably been to the World of Coca-Cola museum. I bundled little Jude up, and Hubs and I made a day of it:

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Sorry for the lack of style photos as of late. I've been living in my BCBG jeggings (c/o TJ Maxx), F21 sweater, and carrying my Timi & Leslie diaper bag. Jude's been rocking a knit teddy bear hat and has been bundled up in my Moby Wrap all winter break.

My favorite part of the museum was the taste room where there were sixty different Coke products to try. The infamous "Beverly" from Italy was just as gross as everyone said it would be:

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If a lemon peel had a baby with crushed up Aspirin and took a bath in carbonated hose water, that would be the Beverly. I can't believe people in Italy pay good money to drink that.

After the Coke museum, Hubs and I met up with our dear friends Lee and Ruth at the trendiest restaurant I have ever been to- FLiP Burger Boutique. Hubs (the VEGETARIAN) surprised the heck out of us all by ordering the steak tartar burger:

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That's raw beef, y'all! This is probably the opposite of what a vegetarian should eat.

And get ready to get jealous. I had a Nutella and burnt marshmallow milkshake:

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Yum-o! I'm going to try to recreate this at home. I just need a kitchen blowtorch.

I've been having a wonderful time on vacation, but I am getting anxious to get home. Hubs got me photography lessons for Christmas, so I'm excited to get signed up and to start improving. I'm also excited to get some of the packages I'm expecting. Waiting for me should be my new camera bag:

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For a few reasons, the other one I ordered did not work out, so after a lot of deliberation, I returned it (and had to pay a pesky restocking fee-- grrr!). I'm going to try the Lola bag from Epiphanie, instead, and I have high hopes that it will work out. The designer is from Texas, and I'm going to do a little interview with her later this month. I wish the Lola bag came in Adored Austin pink, but this teal will look quite smashing with my diaper bag. I'm excited!



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Christmas in Atlanta

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It snowed here in Atlanta on Christmas!

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Despite his new snow suit, my little Texas baby was not having it!

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I'm pretty sure I ate my weight in sugar cookies. This means I've been wearing a lot of leggings.

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While at Christmas dinner, I saw the coolest ring, ever:

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Hubs' Uncle Dennis got his fiancΓ© a three karat ring. Hilarious!



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DIY: dress to dress

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Admittedly, I wore a weird dress to the Austin Blogger Awards. I am sure that people were like "SHE won best fashion blog? She dresses like a frumpy grandma!" Ha. That's true sometimes, but I do want to defend my purchase. From the get- go I had intended to do a refashion DIY on the dress. Ever since stumbling across this post, I knew that I would like to try it for myself.diy2First thing first: I had to make this dress into a skirt. I hacked the top off, leaving the elastic band intact to the skirt portion.

Next (and this is so easy, you'll flip), I simply turned the skirt/ dress inside out and made two five inch cuts and stitched two straight lines:

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I didn't quite get it when I saw the instructions on Welcome to the Good Life, so I drew the handy diagram on the right to show you how you'll fit into this dress.

Truthfully, I ended up cutting out the liner because the fabric was all bunchy due to my less than stellar sewing skills. This meant I had to add a full slip. No biggie. The result? A totally different looking, but a much more "me" dress:

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Add a winter coat (unless you live in Texas right now) and boots, and bam! You're good to go!

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date: 21 December 2010
occasion: dreaded trip to the dentist office
dress: thrifted Savers/ refashion DIY
belt: thrifted Savers
socks: American Apparel
boots: thrifted Style Station
coat: c/o ThreadSence

I ended up getting this pea coat from my holiday wishlist, and I love it! It recalls a certain Sherlock Holms-esque style, and it's the perfect medium weight to serve me well both here in Austin and in (colder) Atlanta over the holidays. Hubs and I are making the 15 hour drive with Jude tomorrow at 5 a.m. Wish us well! If you don't hear from me between now and Christmas, Merry Christmas!



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Sound the alarm: Austin's TIKKR watches blowing up big time

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I first saw TIKKR Watches at Austin Fashion Week. They adorned the wrists of a model in one of the mash- up competition photos:

TIKKR Watches @ Austin Fashion Week

Then, a few weeks later, when my friend Nicole posted a Facebook status proclaiming her TIKKR love, I knew it was time to investigate. What I found were the coolest watches, ever. Big and bold and designed right here in Austin, these are incredibly awesome. The biggest draw? Since the band is made to be interchangeable, it's something you can easily sport every day.

A few days ago I interviewed Cory Stout, the chief time keeper and founder of TIKKR Watches:
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Me
: How'd you come up with such a cool idea?
Cory: In a way, it chose me. I visited my best friend in China last year. On my last day, I went to this underground mall to grab some gifts. One of the items was this clean, simple watch. I wore it around for a few weeks and I got 10 compliments a day, it was unreal. So I got back with my friend to have them made, I put my own touch on the design, my mom came up with the brand name, and the concept just grew from there. Like the back of some of the watches say, "Start Today", and that phrase means a lot to me. When opportunity knocks, go get it. Start Today. That is what TIKKR is all about.

Me: What color combo Tikkr best represents you- Cory Stout?
Cory: Grey Matter band with a black face. It's a subtle, clean look that still gets noticed.

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Cory (L) with UT Football coach Mack Brown (R), proudly showing off their TIKKR watches.

Me: What would you say to someone who says "We don't need watches anymore because we all have phones"?
Cory: I say you're right! TIKKR keeps great time, but I find myself checking my phone to see what time it is (and to check TIKKR customer service e-mails 24/7). But precision time-keeping isn't what TIKKR is all about. TIKKR is about having fun, matching your color combo to your outfit or mood. I see the TIKKR color choices as a great way to express yourself visually.

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First choose either a white face or a black face. Then deliberate over the twenty different band choices.

Me: What color combo sells best in Austin?
White on white is the cleanest look of all and sells the best. I was hoping the Longhorn-inspired, all Burnt Orange watch would sell well this season, but Garrett Gilbert kept throwing the ball to the other team!
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Me: What is your favorite time of day?
Cory: 5:00pm. Any time zone. Also, I really enjoyed 10:10:10 October 10, 2010

Me: If you could give any person in history or any character a TIKKR watch, who would it be?
Cory: Zach Morris from Saved by the Bell.
zmtikkrHahaha! I think Zack Morris would take two. They would have went so well with his giant cell phone.

I just picked up my TIKKR watch yesterday and I can't stop staring at it. I love it so much. I went for a white face with two bands: white and Adored Austin pink (also know as razzmatazz). I'm planning to get bright yellow, mint green, and red bands after the new year.

My favorite part about TIKKR watches? They have clever sayings engraved on the back, and you don't know what you're getting until you open your watch. Mine says "Sorry for Partying".

If you like what you see here, right now until Saturday, TIKKR is offering Adored Austin readers 15% off with the code ADOREDAUSTIN. What are you doing? Get on it! This watch is big (like, literally) but I'm sure they're about to be the next big thing nationally. Plus how adorable is Cory? I mean... hello! His sweet mom helped him name his company! I'd probably support TIKKR just for the cuteness factor of that story alone. Wouldn't you?

Check out TIKKR here.

[note: at the time of the interview TIKKR was not yet an Adored Austin partner]



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