austin city guide


Even though my trip to Austin didn’t go 100% according to plan, I still had a great time. But now with that said, I think it might have been even better if I had even made a plan - ha! Oh well, I live adventurously and sometimes take last minute flights to places and just figure it out when I get there. And it makes for a pretty great story and if I’m lucky, leaves a smile on my face.

But if you’re interested in visiting with a plan, I made a little Austin City Guide based on the things I either loved, or wish I could’ve done while in town. Next time I go I’m definitely making sure to put these things on my to-do list.

observant nomad | austin city guide

Blue (Stay)  1. East Austin AirBnB 2. Hotel San Jose 3. Hotel Saint Ceilica  Green (D0)  4. Texas Capitol building 5. Lady Bird Lake 6. Congress Ave Bat Bridge 7. Alamo Drafthouse Theater 8. Stubb’s Live Music 9. Barton Springs Pool 10. Uncommon Objects  Black (Eat & Drink)  11. Franklin’s BBQ 12. Blue Dahlia Bistro 13. Quickie Pickie 14. Easy Tiger 15. Franks 16. El Tacorrido 17. Jo’s Coffee 18. Yellow Jacket Social Club 19. La Condesa 20. Arro 21. Josephine’s House 22. Rainey St 23. Tourchy’s Tacos (and other food trucks)

observant nomad | austin city guide

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simply handcrafted


observant nomad | the simple handcrafted

Mondays are rough ones. So what’s a better way of getting into the swing of things by making something pretty for pretty’s sake? I decided to throw together some images that have really spoken to me lately. After looking at them, I’ve noticed they all have a similar handcrafted thread throughout.

Maybe it’s been my pottery class, but creating things by hand has been more and more appealing as I develop my interest in the art. I’ve been very inspired by woven art, hand-drawn type, and rustic imperfect patterns and lines. Gorgeous.

pattern / woven art / pottery / studio / calligraphy


mischo beauty


observant nomad | mischo beauty design work

It’s time for some new work! Mischo Beauty is such a unique brand and I am so happy I’ve had the opportunity to work on it, and continue to work on it with the founder, Kitiya King. Kitiya is a compelling combination herself. She has a degree in chemistry and is a licensed Cosmetologist, Manicurist, Esthetician and Makeup Artist – who better to perfect 5 FREE luxury nail lacquer?

We started branding her project over a year ago, and while it didn’t take no where near that long to get going (phew!) we have been busy for the last year or so creating branding, packaging, stickers, business cards, postcards, websites, social media assets, and more.

observant nomad | mischo beauty design workIf you remember from way back when I posted the moodboard which captured the bold, sexy, and glamorous style Kitiya wanted to achieve. By using a clean and strong palette of black, white, and pops of gold or red we created a great starting point for her nail lacquer colors to really shine. 

Working with Kitiya has been truly wonderful, she’s trusted my creative vision for her brand and its packaging from the very start. From the packaging to the build of the creative on every detail. It’s been absolutely surreal to see a logo we created on a beauty product as well as featured across several websites and magazines, I mean just check out Mischo’s press page!

observant nomad | mischo beauty design work

When we tackled the website and social media, we decided to lightly revise a Shopify template so she could get the website up and running quickly. We choose a clean and sophisticated template to replace with our font faces and images from the photoshoots as well as graphically created.

I’ve just started working with Mischo Beauty on their media kit and possibly more in the future. I can’t wait to see how the brand unfolds and where Kitiya’s success will take her.

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life lately


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observant nomad | life lately 06

A little bit of my life lately…

01 Since last month, my pottery class has been really amazing. The class just ended and I managed to make about 4 pots in total – which is hilarious because I’m really proud of that! Above is my first successful pot, and I love him quite a bit. It’s been really fun, interesting, relaxing, inspiring, and yet really hard. Pottery something that I’m growing more and more interested in, so I already signed up to continue for the next 6 weeks. I’ve only just started and I want to continue building upon what I’ve learned. If you like this stuff, I’ve started a pottery pinterest board to gather ideas and inspiration. I’d love to know, do you know of any great pottery artists you like?

02 I’ve also tried lately to cross-off some items on my fall bucket list. We’ve picked some pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, lifted some steins at Oktoberfest, and have been watching a good amount of football. But there’s still some time left and I have a few more things to enjoy, like wearing a fun costume, watching halloween movies, try knitting, and making some spicy apple cider. Yup, fall is my happy place.

03 I recently returned from a weekend solo trip to Austin, Tx and what a whirlwind. After my wallet was stolen and I had a mini freak-out, my friends rallied around me and I managed to still have a great time. It’s definitely a place I’d like to visit again, but maybe next time with more of a plan and a bunch of pals in tow.

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warm and cozy


observant nomad | warm and cozy

With October almost half-way over (nooo!) autumn is fully underway around here. And it’s been a really nice one this year. The leaves are still on the trees and full of lively reds, vivid yellows, burnt oranges and plenty of green still around to set it off nicely.

It’s even been a little cloudy and rainy lately – which makes me crave all things warm and cozy for my home, to compliment the weather. I’ve been burning my warm and tasty smelling candles like mad, wrapping myself in layers of blankets and scarves, and drinking a ton of this organic baked cinnamon apple tea from Tazo (it isn’t fruity at all – I hate it when my tea is too flavorful).

Here are some of my other warm and cozy must-haves for your home and the season.


Stripe Scarf in Chocolate by Mango | Overnight Cinnamon Buns by mbakes | Organic Baked Cinnamon Apple Tea by Tazo | Jerilyn Virden Cup from Huzza | Lapels Wool-Blend Coat in Light Gray by Mango | Soy Candle in Citrus & Ginger from Ville Marie | Essie Nail Polish in Wicked | Skull Vase from West Elm