Entries in Texas (99)


The Sporting District

Last week I got an email from Josh at Wrong Side who shared with me a recent men's shop that opened up in San Antonio, Texas. The kind that carries small batch, well curated items with a southern, sartorial style and swagger. I'm a fan...

It's called The Sporting District. The name refers to the old 'sporting district' that began in 1889 which became a centralized locale in 22 blocks of the city used for all sorts of sporting activities. Owner Sean McNelis now uses the space to share all things manly like leather bags, grooming supplies, clothing and pocket squares- many of which are made right there in Texas. 

Any good men's shop these days has some good reading material too... books to nurture and shape the modern man. It's a shop I hope to get to visit one day. In the meantime, I'll fine solace in their cool online shop.


Images: The Sporting District, Prospector Co., Moore & Giles  Wrong Side    Content: Sweet Peach


Spartan Shop

This tote tells a tale. It's classic, cool and beautifully designed. It's actually the perfect representation of all the gorgeous goods you'll find inside Spartan Shop of Austin, Texas.   

Owner, Currie Person wanted Spartan to be a space to share the things she loves. Lucky for us, that meant stocking her shelves with stunning ceramics made by talented artisans like Kati Von Lehman and Mirena Kim.

And then, there's the weak spot. I'm head over heels for each and every one of these beauties. What I love too is I haven't seen any of these bags before. A meticulously curated shop is my favorite kind...

When you're in the mood to buy something unique and pretty for your home, head to Spartan in Austin, or just peruse their online shop, here. There are hundreds of great finds including clothing, jewelry, books, bath products and items for the kids. All with a good tale to tell...


Images: Spartan Shop       Content: Sweet Peach 



Passport Please...

It's a tad hard to write today as it means my trip to Bali has come to an end. I returned over the weekend and can't help but crave a return to that blue gray ocean and waking up to the sweet scents of, all the Balinese people I met along my path who shared such extraordinary kindness and joy of spirit. I am grateful for all of it, as well as the chance to stamp my passport again...which got me thinking of a good Manly Monday post for today...

Amina Munster of Teague, Texas launched a leather company in 2006 and she has been perfecting her craft ever since. The characteristic sunburst leather stain is one she has become known for and the process took eight years to get just right...

I love the worn look of this stain and the great thing is Amina offers custom passport covers with either monograms, logos, personal drawings or short sayings so the cover can really speak to the individuality of its owner. As a passport is something to covet and take good care of, it's only right to treat it to a handsome, handmade leather case. See all the options, here. 


Images: Exsect    Content: Sweet Peach 



Romina Bacci

A nature girl at heart, I have a soft spot for the work of Romina Bacci of McKinney, Texas. A photographer and graphic artist, Romina combines her many talents into the prettiest collection of botanical art. In her Etsy shop, you'll find a plethora of well designed cards, prints and accessories, all inspired by mother nature...

Her botanical photographs are impressive. A few years ago, I blogged about some of her early pieces. Born in Argentina, Romina created this series of photographs to document her own visual diary of life in both North and South America. Her work continues to impress...

I'm a sucker for a good calendar and Romina has many good ones to choose from- either individual monthly cards or one complete yearly art print.

As Romina is multi talented, her shop is multi faceted, including an enchanting driftwood mobile and hand dyed, hand stamped cotton scarves too. She's an artist to watch and admire... Click here to see her shop, Miles of Light, in its entirety. 


Images: Romina Bacci      Content: Sweet Peach



The Cell Block  

A good hotel room is worth paying a little extra for but truth be told, some are better than others. Like The Cell Block in Clifton, Texas- a two-cell jail from the 1930's converted into a one room, one bath boutique hotel, complete with a rooftop deck and two complimentary alcoholic libations upon arrival. 

This may just be the kind of solitary confinement you can handle. It's spacious, inviting, smartly designed and private- you can't help but feel safe and secure behind these doors. As an added touch, the resident record player spins prison related tunes only ... just think Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. 

And like any good boutique hotel, The Cell Block has a cool shop of takeaways, like the Don't Drop Soap or the cooly designed matchboxes. It's good all around. Book a trip to the stylish slammer, here.


Images: The Cell Block    Content: Sweet Peach 


Little Low

I'm not sure why, but I'm always a sucker for a pretty, floral illustration. Caitlin McClain of Little Low in Austin, Texas has my attention and admiration with her modern and playful art prints...

I like this one too, reminding me of the bare necessities during an outdoor adventure- and I need another one soon. Being stuck in an office lately has me in dire need of some fresh air. I'd just draw a mattress inside that cute tent and then I'd be all set. See all of Caitlin's work, here. 



The El Cosmico Shop...

The one southern city I really want to visit is Marfa, Texas. I'm always reading about it and I love the idea of driving out to the desert, far away from home, shutting off my cell phone and getting lost under the stars at El Cosmico. I will stay in one of their amazing yurts one day. And now, come to find out they have a gift shop featuring lots of amazing artisans. Even better...

A devout fan of colorful blankets, I can't help but love these beauties made of South American wool- each and every one unique from the other in both pattern and size. 

The shop is, as you'd expect, full of color with a hip, retro feel. Goods include apparel, jewelry and camping gear. See their entire shop, here, or better yet, take a trip to this west Texas desert town. Disconnect, discover, reflect...then go shopping. 


Images: El Cosmico     Content: Sweet Peach



The Reuben Wallet

Every time I see the handiwork of Dallas, Texas based artisan, Barrett Alley, I'm reminded why I'm such an avid fan. His mix of handcrafted leather and vintage Japanese or German cloth is as good as it gets...

His latest creation, the Reuben Wallet is 2.5" x 3.5" and meant to hold up to 8 credit cards or a mix of cards and cash. It's not a carry all by any means- just there for you when you want to keep it simple (and stylish).

I like to think the Reuben Wallet is a manly necessity, functional yet modern and classic. Purchase your favorite, here. 


Images: Barrett Alley;    Content: Sweet Peach


Bold MFG

Besides white washed floors, another item I yearn for in my home is a cool mailbox. Someday, I suppose. Until then, I will lust after the steel, modern beauties made by Bold MFG in Austin, Texas. 

Each style can be chosen with or without a lock feature. Made of raw steel, the mailboxes will develop a brown patina with time, looking weathered and lived in. I like that...

I particularly like their offerings with the classic 'Post' or numbering- and for some of the models, when the light hits it just right, will shed a cute shadow on the wall. See all of Bold MFG's creations, which include larger scale steel mailboxes and house numbers, here. 


Images: Steel House MFG   Content: Sweet Peach



The recipe for success is elusive, ever changing, subjective...but when I read about Austin based artist, Shay Spaniola, I can't help but think she's got it all figured out. 

Shay has a keen eye for color and design, plus she loves to travel and be inspired. To better understand marketing and retail, she was once a part of Anthropologie's visual team as well. Combined, her many talents allow her to stand out amongst the fray. Her work feels original and visually engaging. And my hunch is it's only going to get better and better...

In Shay's shop, Bunglo, you'll find these gorgeous pillows with her hand painted patterns as well as artwork, ceramics and furniture to name a few. Color and energetic patterns are her niche but there's a softness to it. As she shares on her site, she seeks to transform "residential and commercial spaces into meditative environments with light, soul-lifting patterns." 

These sweet jewelry dishes are a collaboration with Bunglo and Kristen Saksa Juen- an incredibly talented Austin artist I blogged about last week. 

And then there's the original Knoll tulip chair. How great is this? Shay found this vintage gem in disarray and gave it a much needed makeover with fabric of her own design. It's tasteful yet modern and fun. It's a piece with staying power too, just like Shay. If I had to guess, both will be around for a long time to come...


Images:   Content: Sweet Peach