Spotted...

I'm back in town after a long weekend out west and have a bit of time to share a few pretty things that caught my eye on the flight home. My endless gratitude for Gogo inflight...

I'm currently searching for more artwork for my own home that is original yet affordable. Painter, Lynne Millar was raised in McLean, Virginia, and sells her floral-themed oils on paper at such great prices. ($80 or $40 for these....) 

Then, there's the gorgeous water cut candles I spotted over at JM Dry Goods in Austin, Texas. These eye catching candles come in 8 different colors for $62. 

And checking back in with my favorite Mississippi shop, Amelia Presents, I spotted this gorgeous hand painted clutch for $60 that is offered in blue, green or pink tones (or simply request your favorite color). It's exlusive to Amelia and I dare say, such a good find. 

 

Hotel San Jose

Whenever I travel, I seek out the small, independent, boutique hotels with lots of personality and style....like Hotel San Jose in Austin, Texas. 

This cool locale came into existence in 1936 as an ultramodern motor court before it was transformed into the 40 room bungalow-style hotel it is today. Owner and entrepreneur, Liz Lambert had the vision (she also owns the scrumptiously good Hotel Saint Cecilia, El Cosmico and Hotel Havana). 

Liz enlisted the very talented sustainable design firm, Lake/Flato in San Antonio to help bring her incredible vision to life. Concrete floors, minimalist decor and locally made furniture all help create a cool, Texan vibe. 

These fab chairs I quickly recognized, from artist Jamey Garza of Garza Marfa. 

Besides fun pluses like hippie blankets, kimono bathrobes and Malin + Goetz products in the rooms, all dogs are more than welcome at the hotel. Gotta love that...

And then there's the popular local joint, Jo's, located in the hotel parking lot, where you can find good coffee, beer, tacos and more. It's all a part of the many reasons why boutique hotels are worth every penny. Next time you're headed to Austin, check out the Hotel San Jose, here.

 

Photos: Hotel San Jose     Content: Sweet Peach


Causey's BBQ Sauce

John Causey knows his barbecue. Growing up in south Georgia, he tasted some of the best sauces and concoctions around. As Chief Cook for the Vienna Volunteer Fire Dept from 1984-1995, John was able to create and perfect his own vinegar based BBQ sauce and compete in competitions around the state. 

Inspired by good feedback, John opened a BBQ joint in 2007 called "Good To Go." His sauce became so well known and sought after, he decided to bottle it. His popular creations include the tangy original BBQ and a Sweet and Smoky version. Then of course are the spicy BBQ Rubs which are incredible to sprinkle on pork or chicken... 

Learn more about Causey BBQ here. Or try Bourbon and Boots where they sell a 3 piece gift set for $28 and a 5 piece set for $38. Great deal, and easy gift for any meat-loving manly men out there... 

 

Photos: Causey's BBQ      Content: Sweet Peach