By Jennifer Smith

Monochromatic Monday :: Natural Selection

If you’re a person who loves design, you may find yourself prone to short-lived love affairs with trends (read: phases). I’m no different, I’ve been through neon jeans, ikat prints, and yes — I even had my moment with the chevron. That’s why when I find something that appeals to my “forever taste”, I know… read more


10 Best :: Summer Hats

One of the best things about summer is fully indulging my love affair with hats. (You’ll rarely see me on a hot day without my favorite straw fedora from JM Drygoods.) It’s an accessory that serves so many purposes: protecting fair skin from the harsh summer sun, adding a bit of flair to a ho-hum… read more


How To :: Shop Smart for Antiques

Downton I adore you, but my first love on PBS will always be Antiques Roadshow. If you haven’t already discovered it for yourself, the show is part adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt for those who love history and stories revealed through unique objects. With the Roadshow stopping in Austin this year to… read more


Besties :: Kate and Claire

When we first created the Besties series on the site, I had this particular pair of stylish creatives in the back of my mind. Claire Zinnecker and Kate Stafford Weaver have both long been part of the Camille Styles team (Kate lends her photographic eye to Pretty Simple and Claire has created dozens of ingenious… read more


Monochromatic Monday :: Indigo Pools

If you’ve spent even one summer in Austin, then you know the absolute best way to spend it is underwater. Our sizzling city is blessed with some of the best public swimming pools in the state, and our natural water swimming holes are truly magical destinations. That’s why I’m completely enamored with the instagram account… read more


10 Best :: Beach Towels

While our enthusiasm for bikini shopping may vary from year to year, our love for poolside accessories is absolute. (We know from experience that a great pair of shades, printed sarong, or straw hat can transform the shy-est of swimmers into confident cabana hopper!) Of all the gear packed in our beach bags, it’s the… read more


Crafting with Canon :: Tiny Travel Album in a Box

I have fond memories of visiting my next door neighbor’s house as a child — they spent the first two years of their marriage traveling the world together before settling down in our small town. I loved pouring over the artsy albums commemorating their trips that they kept on the living room coffee table. In… read more


Besties :: Nikki and Virginia

When we discovered fashion blogger Nikki Chanel via Instagram, we couldn’t help but pour over the images of her fabulous outfits and incredibly well-dressed friends — and when we learned that her very best friend is none other than the oh-so-chic champion of social advocacy in Austin, Virginia Cumberbatch… well, we pretty much had to… read more


10 Best :: Guest of the Wedding Dresses

It’s Friday again, and I’ve found myself in an all-too-familiar spring routine — packing my bags for an out-of-town wedding! Between our friends (and our boyfriends’ friends), Chanel and I have joked that we should start a kickstarter campaign simply to fund our wedding-going activities. But as much as we like to complain, we still… read more


10 Best :: Lessons From Our Moms

It’s strange when you stop and think about it: with all the years our moms spent wiping our tears, packing our lunches, and tucking us in at night, there’s only one day a year set aside to appreciate them. It’s a thankless job at times, but an undeniably important one. The lessons instilled in us… read more