My Thoughts

highlights from my TEXAS trip!

ok, i will be the first to admit, i take crappy pictures. when i do take them.

so what i am saying is…

i have no record of my FABULOUS trip.

i am a terrible blogger!

but i did have an amazing time!! again. and we are already planning to go back next year!!

1- the FOOD!!!

ate at Royer’s…

Tara Royer Steele

and gots to meet Tara(the pie queen herself!!) finally!!


seriously. fried chicken, PIE, potato salad,PIE, buns and raspberry lemonade. and PIE.

to die for.

the hype is because it is fabulous. i am SOOO booking a table for supper next year!

(and uh, Tara, can i get the recipe for the potato salad!? i wanna be the coolest farmer’s wife out there and WOW them at brandings this year!!!)

2- the shopping.


spent some time shopping in Austin AND of course, down at the Round Top Antique grounds…

brought some fab stuff back!! but NO boots.

craziness i know! i just didn’t find any that blew my hair back. the girls i brought with me did though…a pair or two each!

the pastures were full of amazing, fabulous and heartbreaking stuff. heartbreaking in that NEXT TIME i am driving a semi trailer down. i have to. i might not live through another trip where i have to walk away from the furniture of my dreams…


3- the people!!

i didn’t get to see/meet half the people i was hoping too…darn cell phone service!

i am still sad. (ms. CHEEKS…wah!)

next year?! we will have to make more concrete plans!! (maybe Royer’s for dinner!?)

i did get to meet some locals (and yes, HI JOLIE!!), but most of them, once they found out we were from Canada, blamed us for bringing the cold weather!! lol. i denied it, but i will admit, it was easier to tour the grounds wearing every sweater i brought vs. sweating my brains out like last year…the friday and saturday however, the weather was GORGEOUS!!!

and there is a TON more to blab about, but i’ll save that for another day!!

did you go?! what was your top three?!

My Thoughts


I know it is super annoying when someone goes on and on and on and on about something.

But I HAVE to share.

And then I promise, I won’t mention it again!


Seriously, Texans are my kind of people!! Everyone we met, from the shuttle bus driver to the McDonald’s drive thru boy to all the lovelies at Round Top, were sooo polite! And overthetop enthusiastic about life…I mean, really, when you reply to a drive thru guy “Fine and how are you?” and he answers “FANTASTIC!”, you know you are surrounded by happy people!! I am in love with the enthusiastic, fabulousness of it all!! Thank you Texas for being so wonderful…it helped me to forgive you for bringing me this close to my biggest fear…



We were to fly out the day the tornado hit Dallas and didn’t know a thing about it until we arrived at the airport in Austin and all the flights were cancelled. And that is as close to one as I ever want to be. But everyone is safe and sound, thankfully no life was lost. And that is all I want to say about that.

I have so many favorite moments about my trip that this post will be forever long if I try to tell you all about them, so I’ll just hit my top three…

1- Meeting the JUNK GYPSIES!!!!!

~ I have been a HUGE fan of these ladies since I first read about them in Cowboys & Indians magazine way back in 2006. They were so inspiring to me during my Mink & Manure days and I fell in love with their wild and fabulous style. I googled the heck out of them and shopped frequently on their site…Fast fwd to 2011 and I was BEYOND thrilled when Jolie tweeted about my blog and asked for my help putting some looks together for Blake and Miranda’s wedding… (I screamed and jumped up and down, seriously, ask my husband) We have since become “twitter” friends and email so often that I really felt like I already knew Jolie without even meeting her! (weird?!). So I was thrilled to finally be able to head down to Round Top and meet them…they are in my top 10 list of celebrities I want to meet! And when I finally found them (it really took me a day to get to their tent…Round Top is HUGE!!!) Jolie gave me a HUGE hug and pulled my baby out of the stroller as soon as she could. And even though they were super busy, Amie, Janie, Archie, Phillip and Ashlyn all took time to hug (!!) and visit with my and my best girlfriend that travelled with me! And you know that feeling when you meet someone and it feels like you’ve known them forever? That’s them! All of them are the nicest, sweetest darlings you could ever hope to meet and I could have sat and talked for hours with them! (darn tent was so busy though!!)

2- Touring Round Top!!!

~ when people say that this antique show is big, they aren’t kidding. My friend and I (with our babies!) walked for two and a half days and didn’t cover the same ground twice. I have never seen so much fabulous stuff in my life. I have been describing it as Vegas Cowboy Christmas crossed with the best flea market ever. There was everything from antlers (TONS!!!) to gorgeous bags (I got me this one!!!) to jewelery (and this is now mine!) to boots (I own these bad boys now too!) to furniture (this part made me sad, shipping was $$$$$) to, well, honestly, anything you could think of, it was there. And the people who were there to shop…loved them! Characters of all shapes, sizes and ages were there and having fun. And I loved that I felt so safe parking the baby stroller (with baby in it!) in the shade, so I could walk around a tent that wasn’t 100% stroller friendly. Not that anyone didn’t want strollers, it was more that they had so much stuff, we couldn’t fit! I am planning to take a whole week next spring and go…and I am SOOOOO going to PROM. Just try to stop me!

3- The weather…

~ we went from -5C to 90F, I don’t think I have to say anymore. Sunshine, green everything and air with moisture in it. I was in heaven. (a hot, sweaty mess, but happy).

And that’s it…

Ok, that’s not it, but I can’t keep going on forever…

But, I am going to share some pictures…can’t wait till next year!!!

*my travel buddies*


*inside the JG tent*

*my baby girl modelling all our turquoise buys*

*one of my finds that made me cry…how do I fit you into my luggage?!*

*told you there was everything!!*