I stared at this page for more than a few minutes before formulating any words for this post. A new year. A blank slate. New goals. Fresh perspective. (Oh, and a little site update, too.) Did you know that we published 306 posts in 2016? That's a little something that I learned as we were migrating our old site to the new. So how to begin this first post of 2017? Possibly the first of over 300+ posts for the year? I thought we could take a second to introduce ourselves over coffee. (Not just any coffee either, Vintage Heart Coffee here in Austin on the east side!) Some of you comment super frequently and I feel like we are old friends! There are others that I know will always comment on home posts or Parker posts! If you feel so inclined, and you visit this site from time to time, I would love if you would introduce yourself in the comments below. What's your name? Where are you from? What do you do? Do you have kids? Like to travel? Subscribe to magazines? Are you new here or have you been visiting for awhile? Whatever details you feel like sharing, you can leave them below! If you are new, here's a little introduction from me...
My name is Jen. I grew up here in Austin, but moved to Los Angeles after graduating from the University of Texas. I was a business and fashion merchandising major and moved there for a job as an assistant buyer. Soon after realizing that was not the career path for me, I was hired as a stylist assistant on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and that kind of changed my whole trajectory. I styled there for four years, met my husband there, and then in the fall of 2011 began my own freelance wardrobe styling career in LA, as well as this blog. I had my daughter Parker in the spring of 2014 and this past summer, after 10 incredible years spent on the west coast, we moved back to Austin.
You'll find everything from outfit ideas, recipes and DIYs to parties, beauty tutorials and interior design before and afters here. They all have one thing in common, though. They're never perfect or fussy or overdone because, well, real life just isn't. (This teal wall at Vintage Heart Coffee, though, is as good as it gets!)
I'm a big believer in mixing high and low, classic and trendy, and the value of closet staples like a leather jacket and the perfect jeans. I love these Elizabeth and James windowpane trousers. They feel totally classic in a 1940's Katharine Hepburn kind of way and also modern and updated. They'd be super cute with a simple t-shirt and sneakers with a shorter cuffed up hem, but I like them dressed up like this, too. I don't shop H&M very frequently, but I did score this faux leather jacket there a couple of years ago for $40 and still love it. (This one looks like a total Helmut Lang knock off.)
Have you ever been to Austin? The east side is fast becoming my favorite. I blogged about this breakfast spot that we can't get enough of a couple of weeks ago and thought I would share Vintage Heart Coffee today. It's female owned and run and the coffee is delicious. Plus, the ambiance is super laid-back and inviting. (Definitely not of the super-pretentious-hipster variety.)
Photography by Katie Jameson
Location: Vintage Heart Coffee