Wednesday, April 29, 2015


A book introduced me to Tasha Brieger, owner of Hill Country Lavender. Jeannie Ralston’s The Unlikely Lavender Queen: A Memoir of Unexpected Blossoming is the story of a couple who, after several trips to Provence, noted how similar the Hill Country was to the terrain and climate of southern France. Jeannie and her husband Robb Kendrick, a professional photographer, became pioneers when they opened a lavender farm in Blanco, TX in 1999.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

La Patisserie: Scrumptious Piece of Paris in Austin

“When I’m having a bad day, I go to work.” Welcome to the sugar coated world of Soraiya Nagree, owner and pastry chef at Austin’s La Patisserie.

A darling little cottage sits surrounded by a sprinkling of flowers and colorful umbrella canopies that offer shade for outdoor cafĂ© tables. While the scene is inviting and tempts passerbys to stop and relax, it’s the dainty pastel confections inside that will entice their return.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Photo Credit Josh Huskin

Her long lashes accentuate bright eyes that radiate one word, happiness.  Sporting a plaid skirt, white button down blouse, and a pair of Nike tennis shoes, the young woman sitting opposite of me exuded a vibrant energy that was contagious!   I’m not sure which was sweeter, Mikaila Ulmer, the founder of BeeSweet Lemonade, or the liquid in my glass that tasted like summer.  

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015


I snapped this couple's photo last April.  Both were happy and at ease, which is how I felt walking along the beaches of Nice...