YOU GUYS. All I want to talk about today is how cute everything is. Like, isn’t everything so cute? Stop giving me that look! I’m in a good mood, okay? Ahem. Now that we’re on the same page, please take a look at the goodies below that are SUH CUTE. Spoiler alert: All of the items are available at Target. Bonus: They’re 30% off through Saturday!
They text you an alarming amount of Golden Girl gifs and taco emojis. They’ve watched Serendipity and The Sweetest Thing with you 65+ times (and are completely onboard with that number going up). They never tire of your Kristen Wiig impressions. They spend an unmentionable amount of time taking selfies with you. They encourage you to swipe right… If you haven’t had a chance to get your favorite ladies a gift or two, allow my Last Minute Gift Guide for Your Girl Gang to inspire you. To all of my girl gang members out there, happy holidays. Love y’all.
Happy gifting: 1. Twinning Emoji Framed Art $32 from Furbish Studio, 2. 2016 Cities Calendar $26 from Rifle Paper Co., 3. Cream, Black and Grey Ruana Wrap $19.99 from Cost Plus World Market, 4. The Getaway Passport Holder $24 from Ban.do, 5. Melissa Sonico San Mateo Necklace $48 from Poketo, 6. See San Francisco (by one of my favorite bloggers SFGIRLBYBAY) $19.95 from Anthropologie, 7. HTML + CSS Coding Online Class $39 from Brit+Co., 8. Rustic Succulent Garden $85 from King Florist, Three books from three ladies who’ve I’d LOVE to have in my girl gang: 9. Bossypants by Tina Fey $5.41 from Amazon, 10. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling $7.95 from Amazon, 11. Yes Please by Amy Poehler $9.53 from Amazon
I have a fun hangover. This past weekend was one for the books. Or, um for the blogs… GET IT?! Scott and I attended the Austin City Limits Music Festival with a few friends in town from from LA. (HI GUYS!) I’ve been dying to attend ACL, and was even more excited to share the experience with a few other newbies.
We didn’t attend all 3 days—just Saturday. Milo Greene, El Tule, Alabama Shakes, San Fermin, Walk the Moon and so many other great bands were in the lineup. The artist Scott and I were most excited to see was Shakey Graves. We first saw him live at Ed Helms’ Bluegrass Situation at the Ace Hotel Theatre in downtown LA. We’ve listened to his tunes ever since and have been looking forward to seeing him play on his hometown turf and our new home—Austin! It was well worth the heat and clouds of smoke. He is so incredibly talented (that Samsonite kick drum, come on!), super funny and just so fun to watch perform. Shakey was definitely the highlight of both me and Scott’s day.
The rest of the fest included chimichangas and fried stuffed avocados from Trudy’s and tunes from Jose Gonzales, TV on the Radio, Twenty One Pilots, Deadmau5 and a little bit of Drake.
My favorite part of ACL didn’t happen while we were at the fest though. It happened the next day when we took the crew to Barton Springs. It was Scott’s first visit and I hadn’t been there since I was a little girl. Jumping into that freezing water reconnected me with Austin more than any other experience has so far. Lord Huron was playing across the way at ACL, which made the moment even more perfect.
This past month has been completely insane. Back in April, Scott and I made the decision to move to my hometown of Austin, Texas. We had a few months to wrap our heads around the idea, but it wasn’t until I sold my car, crammed all of our belongings into a Budget moving truck, hitched Scott’s car to the truck, moved out of our apartments and hit the road that IT GOT REAL. We spent four days on the road and I really enjoyed having that time to laugh, scream and think about how OMG it’s happening. We’re really going for it!
Why are we going for it? I’ve always kind of kept moving back to Austin someday in the back of my brain, though I never thought it’d be this soon! The move was actually Scott’s idea. When he first brought it up, my response was… DUH! He fell in love with Austin on one of our trips and decided it’s the perfect place to start his production company and a new chapter of his life. He’s been in LA for the past ten years and he’s looking forward to getting to know a city that may be a bit more like his Oregon upbringing. (Green, outdoorsy and friendly… but with a lot more queso, breakfast tacos and visits to Jester King Brewery.)
It’s been 20 years since I lived in Austin. I spent my younger days making candles at Eeyore’s Birthday Party, riding on my step dad’s shoulders in the Capitol 10,000, winning 1st place (holler!) in the costume pet parade with my sis and our German Shepherd/wolf named Rasta (dressed in homemade Batman costumes), spinning under the Zilker Park Christmas tree, trekking through the Greenbelt from my backyard to Barton Springs and shopping the sh*t out of Barton Creek Square Mall. I attended almost every school in South Austin. I went to kindergarten on the drag at St. Austin’s, where I was always super jelly of the young punk-bums with bright blue hair. I went to Travis Heights Elementary, before transferring to Zilker Elementary, then to Fulmore Middle School on South Congress, then Barton Hills Elementary. I was a cheerleader at Martin Junior High who knew more about how to do the Tootsee Roll than a Toe-Touch. Then a life curveball moved me to San Antonio just before high school. I experienced quite a culture shock transitioning from going to school on the East side of Austin back in the day to going to high school in a fancy-pants area of San Antonio. It was um… different.
Though I’ve moved all over Texas, lived in New York and of course the lovely Culver City, Austin has always felt right to me. The energy, the people, the food, the music, the sense of community, the food, the food, the food… it’s home to me. I’m incredibly excited to get to know Austin again. It’s a bit emotional for me. It’s fun for me. It’s thrilling for me. It’s just wild. Austin has definitely changed since I was a kid and I can’t wait to explore it all with Scott! And fill y’all in on our shenanigans, duh!
As far as the blog goes, you can definitely expect it to evolve. Since I’m stoked to immerse myself in all things Austin, Austin and the surrounding areas (GUH, so many great places!) will play a big role here at Mustache Melrose. But you’ll also see a gang-load of photos from all of our travels outside of Texas. I still want to show you guys pics from our trips to Hawaii, Disneyland, Santa Barbara and a few fun outings in LA. Once we get settled, I’ll get to work on updating the hell out of y’all. In the meantime, follow along on Instagram and enjoy the pics from our road trip below. Spoiler alert: TEEPEES.
Remember that time I went to Silver Lake and walked around with three neato people drinking iced coffee, dipping in and out of shops, eating brunch, laughing over Mimosas (not at Mimosas—I would NEVER), drooling over puppies at the dog park (GIMME) and swearing I would get back in shape (I haven’t) after almost passing out when walking up a steep set of stairs? No? Oh that’s right, because I haven’t told you about it yet! Well I did do all of these things and they were haaaamazing.
I live on the Westside of LA, so of course I never make it to Silver Lake on the Eastside. But Eastside peeps never come over here either so it’s like totally fine. We have an understanding. I always hear how cool Silver Lake is though, so I made it a point to lure Scott into the car to meet a couple of wild and crazy gals for a day of hanging in Silver Lake. We started with brunch at Barbrix, where they offer $8 bottomless Mimosas and free advice (and $1 oysters at the bar on Mondays!)
After brunch, we went for a walk around the Reservoir and witnessed a surprise birthday party where the bday girl cried when spotting her friends. Awww, you guys!! We were also treated to an incredible view after hoofing it up the The Mattachine Steps, named after gay rights activist Harry Hay.
Lawson-Fenning – Glorious home decor items. There’s a location on Melrose too!
1618 Silver Lake Blvd.
Mon-Sat 11-6, Sun 11-5MUSH – So many great items in here. Jewelry, candles, incense matches, a Vespa rocker.
1617 Silver Lake Blvd.
Mon-Fri 11-6, Sat 11-6, Sun 11-5OK – Books galore, clever kitchen items, cool home necessities. There’s a location on West Third too!
1716 Silver Lake Blvd.
Mon-Sun 11-6Yolk – Stationary, kiddie clothes & toys, books, candles, SO MUCH COOL CALIFORNIA STUFF. Need. Need.
1626 Silver Lake Blvd.
Mon 12-6, Tue-Fri 11-7, Sat 10-7, Sun 11-6While wandering the colorful streets of Silver Lake, we stumbled upon a building that resembled a spaceship. Larissa had heard of the building before so she confidently ducked her head and walked right in… while Scott, Caitlin and I slowly stepped inside wondering if this was the end. Spoiler alert: It wasn’t. The building is called the Domus Shelter and was brought to life by Materials and Applications. According to the Materials and Applications website, “engineering of Domus is a study of low cost architecture design for present day and future disaster zones and based on Hexayurt Shelter System.” Once inside the Domus, you can sit down and look up at an LED chandelier that glows in response to real-time seismic data. Basically, it’s super cool. You can find out more here.
Our squad (I’ve been dying to use that word!) made our way to Sunset Junction. There are so many great places to visit here. Intelligentsia is a must of course, but in your caffeine haze don’t miss the most amazing flower shop called Clementine. First of all, it’s just so dang adorable. Secondly, the flowers are gorgeous! It’s a wonderful place to lift your spirits… and perhaps pick up a gift to lift someone else’s.
The Cheese Store of Silver Lake was about to close, but they were kind enough to let us take a quick peek at their goods. Wowza. This place is a cheese, wine and fancy food lovers dream. We’ll be back.
I’m trying really hard not to start this sentence with “We wanted to spice things up, so went to The Spice Station.” It’s not going well, sorry. Walk down a path to find a gourmet shop filled (filled!) with salts, sugars, spices, chiles and teas. There’s a peaceful little spot outside where you can sit and take it all in.
We ended our tour of Silver Lake with some ridiculously good gelato at Pazzo Gelato, grub at Hyperion Public and a beer at The Red Lion Tavern, one of Scott’s favorite watering holes. Now it’s one of mine too. How have I not been here?! The pics I snapped weren’t so snazzy, but you’ll just have to trust me. This place is special.
I wanted to say hi in the meantime. Hi! I also wanted to share a few fancy items I picked up at T.J. Maxx before the trip. I took a look at my wardrobe and realized I needed to stock up on some new duds. Sigh. My weight has been fluctuating all over the place and it seems I’m a little too big for my britches these days. (What’s new, AMIRITE LADIES?)
I headed to T.J. Maxx because it’s my favorite place to find cute, inexpensive and unique items. Check out my real-life finds I bought and packed for the the trip below, then keep scrolling for a few other Hawaii-approved items that caught my eye on the T.J. Maxx website. Oh, and P.S… Follow along on my Instagram today and tomorrow (AND FOREVER OR ELSE) because Scott and I are headed to Disneyland to celebrate his birthday. AHHH! I KNOW! I’VE NEVER BEEN!
Very J Tie Die Dress $16.99, House of Harlow Daisy Round Sunglasses $39.99, Maison Scotch Peakaboo Back Mini Dress $39.99
A.B.S. 5 pocket boyfriend shorts $19.99, Lovers + Friends Friday Night Crop Top $29.99, Maison Scotch Hawaiian Printed Boyfriend Shorts $19.99
For Cynthia Linen Anchor Print Cover-Up $24.99, Shore Shapes Swim Dress with Tummy Control $24.99, Lagaci Printed Cover-Up Maxi Dress $16.99