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Weekend Notes

Happy long weekend, friends! Thank goodness for the Fourth being on a Thursday this year — you’ve gotta love having 3 days to recover before diving headfirst back into another busy week! We had a fun holiday full of swimming, grilling, root beer floats and watching the fireworks, and this weekend’s plans hold nothing more… read more


Summer Barbeque with Hayneedle

If you ask me, summer’s arrival alone is worthy of celebration. Add Memorial Day and my birthday into the mix, and it’s safe to say that the stars align this weekend for an inaugural summer bash. So when Hayneedle asked me to plan my ideal sun-soaked Memorial Day soireé, I was more than ready to… read more


10 Best :: Splendid Summer Favors

When I was 14, I received a small, beaded journal from a friend’s birthday party and thought I’d never seen anything so beautiful. Believe it or not, I’ve held onto that journal and when I look at it now, I’m transported back to that fun day with friends. Suffice it to say, I’m the Merriam… read more


A French-Nautical Soirée :: With Mark and Graham!

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hosting a preview party for Mark and Graham’s 2013 Summer Collection. Thirty or so creative gal pals from Austin and beyond gathered at my place for champagne cocktails, seasonally-inspired tartines and shopping the brand’s nautical-inspired offerings. From the stripe-centric photobooth to the thunderstorm that sent us… read more


10 Best :: Splendid Summer Tables

At its heart, summertime is really all about feeling carefree, and this year I’m determined to carve out entire days when I turn off my laptop and just hang out with family and friends. I’m already planning a couple of hot weather shindigs that involve jumping in the pool and firing up the grill, so… read more


10 Best :: Taco Recipes

How do we love tacos? Let us count the ways… but then again, it’s virtually impossible to quantify. With Cinco de Mayo just two days away, we thought we’d dust off our recipe collection for some of our all time favorites. If you’re entertaining this Sunday (or any time this summer), we love the idea… read more


DIY :: Beaded Summer Skewers

There’s no arguing the fact that when it comes to stylish entertaining, the smallest details can make a big impact. At our Cinco de Mayo fiesta last week, guests kept oohing and aahing over the fun, festive skewers we used to serve fresh watermelon with feta cheese. And I’ve got to admit, there’s no better… read more


Monochromatic Monday :: Mayo Mexicano

The first whispers of summer made themselves heard this weekend in Austin – I actually donned a bikini and caught up on magazines by the pool yesterday while Adam worked in the yard and Phoebe napped. (heaven.) The balmy weather arrives just in time to heat things up for Cinco de Mayo this weekend, and… read more


Our Cinco de Mayo Style…

Call us eager beavers, but we just couldn’t help ourselves… this week our team got together to celebrate Cinco de Mayo a few days early with sangria, maracas, mini tostadas and yes, Jenn’s chihuahua Guaps as our official mascot. True to my Austin roots, I like to stay “fiesta-ready” at all times, and between the… read more


Monochromatic Monday :: And the Oscar Goes To…

Final voting for this year’s Oscars ends tomorrow (this is the first year that members of the Academy can vote online… weird, huh?), and this Sunday I’ll definitely be tuning in to see the winners…as well as the dresses (good and bad), bling and beauty looks. Between you and me, the red carpet is kind… read more