Jackson Hole Part 3: What to do (in summer)

So you likely read my part 1 (“the wedding”) and part 2 (“food & drink”) posts on Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Today I’ll be rounding out the Jackson Hole series with part 3: what to do in summer. Of course, what to do in Winter is a totally different post and I imagine it involves a lot of snowboarding and skiing! I’m way more of a warm weather type of girl, so Jackson was an absolute blast to visit in the summer! There is seriously SO MUCH to do y’all – for couples, families, kids, groups, etc. We had about 4 free days and soaked up every minute we could, but believe me when I say the list is endless. It’s the absolute perfect place to get outdoors and explore!

Head to String Lake

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We rented Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) from Rendevous (they were $40/day) and spent the day kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming in the lake, jumping off rocks, etc. The lake is super clear with the Grand Tetons in back- spectacular view. It was so much fun and all 6 of us had the best time goofing around.

Tip: bring towels, chairs & cooler with food (be sure to store in the bear locker!)

Granite Hot Springs

We thought this was cool but would be more fun in winter, as the springs were very hot & crowded. We made the best of it and enjoyed the natural (cold) waterfalls and hiked around. If you’re there during cooler weather, I highly recommend it. Located on a back road, about 10 miles off the beaten path, the area provides gorgeous views full of wildlife. We saw deer, cows, horses, etc…

White Water Rafting

rafting

The bride & groom organized this as a group activity for the Thursday before the wedding so the families & friends could get to know each other. What a fun idea! We had the best time rafting down the Snake River – the rapids were fast, exciting & sometimes even scary! There were people of all ages (I’m talking 10-70) and everyone had a blast. Can’t recommend this enough.

Relax at the Four Seasons

4 seasons

One of the nicest hotels in Jackson (the Amangani being the other), we took advantage of our stay here and spent an afternoon drinking rose & laying by the pool. Let me just say- this was the life! Side note: we also ate at the Westbank Grill, which was one of the best meals from the trip. Chef basically brought us out one of everything (literally- bison, steak, shrimp, tuna, brussels, mac & cheese, etc) and we went to town. There were 6 of us and our 4 hour dinner was absolute perfection!

As I mentioned, we only hit about 50% of the things on our “to do” list (due to limited time) but here are some activities I’d love to do when I (hopefully) get back to Jackson:

Horseback riding

Obviously there are horses everywhere in Jackson! This place is full of barns and farms and dude ranches…however, we could never find the time to commit to a half day excursion. Had we done a bit more research I’m sure we could have made it happen though. Next time!

Visit Yellowstone/Old Faithful

About a 2 hour drive (each way), Yellowstone is obviously a “must see” if you have time. A big chunk of our group took a day trip to drive out there & explore the park and they absolutely loved it. They said the scenery, the nature, the history- it’s all worth going.

Hike to Phelps Lake on the Lake Creek Trail

We actually arrived a day too late for this, but the whole group did this hike and everything said how fun it was. They hiked for a couple of hours and ended up jumping off some cliffs into the lake. The pictures were beautiful & it really sounded like a fun day!

Mormon Row

Okay, so I kept reading about this but sadly never made it! They say that if you want to see buffalo in person, they hang out here by the old barns. I actually never saw a buffalo during our trip, but I did see a moose which was super cool.

jackson

Who else has warm weather ideas for Jackson Hole?! I’d love to hear what else I missed so I can plan on it for round 2!

Save

Current Favorites: Anthro Home Sale

Wow! How is it already Thursday?! I’ve been out of town for work all week (also my reasoning for being MIA all week) so I’ve been spending the majority of today playing catch up. This post will be quick but I had to share- some awesome Anthropologie home favorites are currently 20% off. While I think some of their items are a bit overpriced (I’m looking at you, $2,000 rug)… I do think they’re mostly unique, exciting pieces that are worth a little splurge, especially when on sale!

Happy shopping…

Anthro

All pictures via Anthropologie website.

My experience with Legacybox

Back during the holidays, my friends at Legacybox sent over their goods for us to try out. My parents have hundreds – maybe thousands – of pictures on slides (remember those, fellow kids of the 80s?!) that we were trying to consolidate. The hard part was that we didn’t have hours and hours to manually convert each slide, nor did we know how to do it! Talk about overwhelming…

Along came Legacybox & saved the day!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Y’all, this idea is genius! And seriously so easy. The large box comes empty, with instructions, labels for each item & shipping labels. It’s really that simple.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I gotta say, it was really fun going through all of our slides (we organized per year and put 20 slides in each ziplock bag & slapped a label on top), our old VHS videos & various other developed pictures, etc.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I was pleasantly surprised how much fit inside the box! We squeezed in about 8 VHS tapes and over 150 slides.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Fast forward about 4 weeks later and we received back our original items (which was really important to us), along with everything organized & uploaded onto DVDs and a USB. Now we are able to easily view all of our childhood photos & videos. Additionally, we have a backup copy on USB to keep in a safe place.

This whole process was very easy & user friendly. The folks at Legacybox kept me informed each step of the way with email updates and they were super responsive when I called with a few questions. All in all, I can’t recommend this enough. With Mothers Day coming up, what a fun gift this would be for the lady in your life! Pretty much every woman values photos, so help her get all of her memories organized!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

You can purchase your Legacybox here.

This post was sponsored by Legacybox, but all opinions are my own.

Rustic + Modern Dining Room e-design

Happy Friday y’all! This post is a little late and it’s going to be short, but I had to share this recent e-design I sent to a client! She & her husband are recent 1st time home owners (yay!) and they moved in with nothing more than a dining room table.

Because the dining are is open to the den, she wanted to keep things minimal & light. The home has a rustic feel but she wanted to incorporate a few modern pieces to keep it from looking too rustic (I agreed with her- mixing styles is always a good idea!). You’ll see the table below is pretty versatile. I threw in some upholstered chairs (ends will have arm chair versions of these), a modern (STUNNING) piece of art via Minted that I’m obsessed with, a more modern chandelier and some classics, such as the jute rug & boxwood topiary. The whole space has a light & airy vibe and is very welcoming to host her first dinner party.

Dining Room.jpg

 {dining tablerug | chandelier | art | topiary | chair}

Do you like it?!

What are your thoughts on mixing & matching design styles?!

What To Do In Austin, TX

Back in April, I shared part one of our Austin, Texas city guide, specifically what to eat! Let’s be honest, Austin is known for their amazing Mexican, BBQ, and more. So it only made sense that I started with food; however, I strongly believe in balance (especially while on vacation!) so let’s talk about what there is to do in Austin. One of my favorite parts about the city is the outdoor culture! There are so many outdoor activities you can do and ways to stay active. Of course, there’s hiking, biking, kayaking, lake water sports, and more. Today I’m going to share a few easy adventures those of us visiting can do – no equipment needed other than your shoes, a bathing suit & an open mind:

Barton Springs

Barton Springs is the perfect way to refresh yourself on a hot Texas day! This 3 acre natural cold spring has been formed into a swimming pool where you can drink an ice cold brew, lay out in the sun, or swim some laps. It’s a public space but feels a bit more private because you’re surrounded by trees. Best part? It’s less than $10 to get in.

12

{1/2}

Wineries

Texas has a wine country? Yup, I had no idea either until I visited! After spending a day popping in & out of wineries (only about 30 minutes outside of Austin), I can totally see why so many Texas brides get married out here. The stunning views, the warm Texas sun, the friendly people…it all makes for the perfect day! We spent part of the day at Driftwood Winery and then headed over to Salt Lick BBQ after for a killer meal.

driftwood winery.jpg

Hamilton Pool

This was our favorite thing we did while in Austin! About 30 minutes west of Austin, the Hamilton Pool is a stunning nature preserve that is basically a huge swimming hole/grotto that was formed when an underground river collapsed thousands of years ago. We began by hiking for about 45 minutes into the woods (there’s a quicker, more direct path there but we were trying to sweat out the previous night’s libations!) and then all of the sudden, the trees open up to this beauty:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Stunning, right? The water was a gorgeous blue-green color and so refreshing (warning: it’s freezing!) We spent a few hours there jumping off rocks, exploring the waterfall & frolicking in the water. You can hike & explore the area for hours, which I highly recommend. In fact, we stumbled across a huge river about 15 minutes away that was equally fun to wade through & take pictures. Definitely go here!

Murals

Lastly, you must do the touristy favorites and snap a few Insta-worthy photos. There’s the  “i love you so much” sign, the “greetings from Austin sign” and more. Check out this article to read about all of the creative, beautiful murals in Austin.

iloveyousomuchsign.jpg

What’s your favorite thing to do when you visit Austin?!

 

 

 

 

Entry Table Styled 5 Ways

Happy Monday folks! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was working a conference all day Saturday so it felt like a super short weekend, but I tried to get as much accomplished as I could on Sunday. If you saw my Instagram recently, or follow me on Snapchat (@alexisf19), you’ll notice that I’ve been doing some entry table styling!

Your entry table is so important because it’s usually the first thing people see when they walk into your home. It totally sets the tone for decor & the rest of your home. Given that this is our mail collection spot/key holder/boot drop off/last mirror on the way out the door area, it needs to have a design that is functional, versatile & pretty!

Due to the fact that we are on a very strict wedding budget, I wanted a refresh without spending any money! So I collected all of our table top items in the living room:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and was left with a blank slate:

fullsizeoutput_241.jpeg

{white lacquer table & gold mirror via CB2 | side note: after seeing this picture, I’m in a vigorous attempt to either remove or paint those hideous outlets!)

From this, I tried to get creative and create 5 different style options for our entry table. When styling a surface area (coffee table, nightstand, vignette, etc) it’s important to incorporate high/low items, a natural item (think plants & flowers) and practical items – for an entry table, this means a catch-all for keys, chapstick, etc. Also, when in doubt, think in groups of 3 (it’s most aesthetically appealing!)

Here are the 5 entry table decor options that I came up with:

Option 1

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Option 2

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Option 3

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Option 4

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Option 5

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Before I reveal which I decided on (hint: it’s a combination of two), I want to know- which is your favorite?!

How to Decorate with Pastels

Happy Friday y’all!

With Spring in full force and Easter just around the corner, I thought it would be a great time to talk pastels. These soft, pretty colors are appealing, yet can often look very youthful and childish when poorly executed. Let’s be honest- nobody wants to walk into an adult living room and see baby pink splattered everywhere #amiright?!

So…I’ve broken this post down into 4 sections, where I’ll be giving you some examples of beautifully decorated spaces in pastel blue, green pink & yellow. Then I’ll help you pick some pieces to get started, if you’re interested in sprucing your space up in a mature, stylish way. Let’s get started…

Pastel Blue

I find blue to be one of the easiest colors to incorporate into a home- it’s versatile, well liked & there are so many wonderful shades. For example, you can mix pastel blue with white, cream, navy & green. It’s also the perfect compliment to any finish- gold, bronze, silver, etc. Blue can be used via textiles, decorative pieces (such as vases & ginger jars), books, lamps, etc. I’m also loving the blue in the kitchen trend!

blue1blue2blue3

{1/2/3}

Pastel Green

Okay, so green is kind of a polarizing design color. I find that most of my clients either love it or hate it. If you’re the latter, I’m here to change your mind! Soft green, when used in doses, can be such a lovely pop of color. One of my favorite ways to use pastel (or “mint”) green is in all white kitchens! A green cake stand, pitcher, or serving bowl is subtle, yet effective. If you’re feeling bolder, try a green paint or wallpaper in a small space, such as a bathroom or laundry room.

green1green2green3

{1/2/3}

Pastel Pink

Ahh, pink. It’s a beautiful color, but please use it sparingly so that your home doesn’t look like a 5 year old girl’s room. Front doors painted light pink are a warm, welcoming, fun way to treat your exterior. It’s such a charming touch! Also, a pink chair or sofa, when used in conjunction with other mature, classic pieces, can be an excellent choice.

pink1pink2pink3

{1/2/3}

Pastel Yellow

Textiles and flowers are the perfect way to introduce yellow- they’re subtle & with yellow, a little goes a long way. Pair yellow with whites, creams, grays & other neutrals to keep the space from looking too loud.

yellow2yellow3yellow4

{1/2/3}

pastel.jpg

{yellow bedding | green blanket | cake stand | blue-green pillow | pink teapot | pink vase}

What’s your take on using pastels in home design/decorating?!