Our trip was at the very end of July and we were only there for two days...
^ Views from our hotel room!
After we took a cab from the airport to our hotel, got change for the cab from a billionaire lawyer named Joe Jamail (I had to google him...he's the wealthiest practicing attorney in America!), and checked into our room, we gathered our suitcase full of stone coasters and set out to find Space Montrose!
^ This is Leila, owner of Space Montrose! She's so freaking sweet.
This store is amazing.
^ We're now proud owners of Montrose shirts :-)
I think the ceiling is my favorite detail of this space.
^ Good thing we showed up with more coasters, they were nearly sold out!
Our next stop was Torchy's Tacos! We had Torchy's once before when we were in Austin for a music festival a few years back and LOVED it. So when I discovered they were also in Houston, there was no question we'd be finding our way there. Thankfully it wasn't too far of a walk from Space Montrose.
We got to the restaurant right before an awesome thunderstorm. Perfect timing.
Their queso is hands down THE best. I'm not exaggerating when I say I've thought about it almost every day since this day. I don't care if that's sad...it's damn good.
^ The lady accidentally rung us up for "Street Corn", what a delicious happy accident.
After our rainy walk and a strange bus ride, we went back to our hotel and passed out for an hour. It had been a long couple days leading up to this trip and a very early flight that morning so the nap was much needed.
After some hotel margaritas (a wonderful post-nap beverage), we headed back out into the city in search for the best skyline shot...
^ John's model pose.
^ Turns out the billionaire lawyer I encountered earlier that day owns the skate park!
We were still a bit full from Torchy's Tacos, but we decided to grab dinner at The Flying Saucer because their beer selection was unreal.
^ Free upgrade to the hotel breakfast buffet. It pays to be kind to the waitstaff ;-)
I enjoy hotel mirror shots in front of the elevator. And John tolerates them ;-)
We ate lunch at Bombay Pizza. Yum.
^ John's fisheye shots are excellent.
^ Leila & her husband Carlos (the other half of Space Montrose) picked us up and took us to dinner here! I was so caught up in the moment that I didn't get a group photo of the four of us. I'm pretty sad about it!
This place was too cool, it's actually just a shipping container with a big backyard filled with picnic tables. They have all these wild game hot dogs on pretzel buns, burgers, and gourmet toppings plus a whole wall of beer taps. John ordered the venison hot dog, I got the lamb hot dog, and Carlos & Leila got the veggie burgers. It was delicious.
Carlos & Leila then drove us around the city, our own personal photography tour! These people were so incredibly nice, really makes me wish NJ & Texas weren't so far from each other. We're so honored to be doing business with them. And I can't say enough how beautiful their store is, well done guys!
^ A security officer saw John and I photographing this sushi restaurant and offered to take us on the roof to get a better shot. Once we got up there, John's camera lens wouldn't fit through the bar rails so he had to take his lens off, maneuver his camera through, and then attach his lens, all while hanging off the roof. It was impressive.
^ Some of our Houston photos will be made into coasters and sold at Space Montrose.
Our flight back home was also an early one. We went to bed sometime after midnight and had our alarms set for 3:30 am.
I don't think we could have squeezed any more productivity and fun into those two days. We wish we could have stayed longer, we even contemplated for a quick second about changing our flights to give us another day, but John and I got the Houston skyline (they'll soon be listed in our shop!) and made some new friends so all in all it was a complete success!
May's been quiet here on the blog, hopefully June will be better! Below is a photo I took in Philly during First Friday (ha yes, the very beginning of this month). And below that is a song I like by the band Beirut. John and I have been listening to this band a lot lately and their music makes us happy :-)
We spent six days in a beautiful home on the Florida Beach. We searched the sand for shark teeth, drank our morning coffee while staring out at the ocean, and fell asleep to the sound of the waves at night. There was also lots of laughter, sarcasm, and tequila. It was quite wonderful.
^ Nature's art. Incredible.
We went to the Jacksonville Zoo (the tigers were my favorite) and hit up all the local bars & restaurants on Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach.
^ If I were a gnome, this would be my home.
^ Our favorite place.
^ Moon River Pizza <3
We had a LOT of fun. I promise.
Thanks Ya & Pop for having us (again)!
Last Wednesday I decided to take my sister outside in the snow to take some pictures. I knew what I was getting myself into, yet somehow I'm never fully prepared. Not only is she my most difficult (but favorite!) subject to photograph, but in the snow...she can be a BULLY!
We were only outside for about ten minutes. The reason for this is because it was incredibly cold, neither of us had snow suits or proper boots, and she was DOMINATING me. For those who don't know Kaitlyn, she is FAST and she is STRONG. When I wasn't being chased around the yard, I was getting snow thrown directly into my face (and camera lens!) And when she wasn't throwing snow at me, she was eating it.
But she had a blast. And I had a blast, although some suppressed memories of my childhood came to surface (ahem...Tommy and Sean beating me up in the snow....)
But the best part was when we came inside. As I was helping her get changed out of her frozen snow-covered outfit, she looked up at me with a huge smile, gave me a thumbs up, and simply said "AWESOME." That was followed by a huge hug and a "Thank you, Colleen."
This is why I LOVE THIS CHILD.
This girl truly reminds us every day that it's the little things in life that matter. My sister is as beautiful and important to me as if she were my child. And that will never change, even when I have my own children one day. They'll just be right up there with their Aunt Kaitlyn <3
Bri took us to the Cape Fear Serpentarium. We were quite impressed by their large collection of snakes. They also had some crocodiles, but the snakes were the main attraction. At least half of them were deadly.
We also spent a night at Bri's parents' house on Oak Island. They are my second parents and wonderful people. Gary cooked us up some fresh fish he caught and it was seriously delicious. And there was shrimp. I effing love shrimp.
And I already miss my friend!
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We were on our way home from North Carolina last night and the bright orange ball appeared as we were heading towards Philadelphia. It looked like I could just reach out and grab it. I didn't try though...because I was driving, but I did ask John to take its picture as were were going 70 mph. And then today I edited it in photoshop. I didn't like all the car lights. And I also cropped it.
Could you imagine if we could just take Exit 4 to the Moon? I'd party up there all the time.
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There is a new Ink the Print design in the mix...Washington, D.C.! So John and I had to take a quick trip there to take some photographs. We were pretty lucky with parking and did everything we needed to do in a little over an hour. And it was only drizzling at that point so we beat the rain! Although we walked a few miles in the pouring rain later that night while in Annapolis. But our entire Saturday was a fun success.
^ John took this 360 Panorama of the National Mall with his new fisheye lens! Can you see me??
Tomorrow morning we are off to NC to visit my bff! Lots of traveling this month :-)
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