[travel]: the big easy

This past weekend, I had the honor of celebrating with my sweet Drew, her bachelorette weekend in the colorful city of New Orleans. With each trip to the crescent city I grow more and more amazed and inspired by the culture, the food, the people, the MUSIC!, the French-Creole architecture, the cemeteries…the list goes on and on. Absolutely fascinating!

And now, here are some shots from America’s Most Interesting City:

having some serious withdraws

inspiration for future diy post. stay tuned…mardi gras is just around the corner!

roots of music. now this was one street performance worth donating money to.

bourbon, the beautiful.

voodoo: do you or don’t you?

after a $20 palm reading that left us anxious/excited/worried/skeptical, we decided these worry dolls were a must have. tell them your worries, and they take them away. bye bye!

xo, jen


[life] a tribute to costumes

Happy Monday y’all!  As Jen mentioned last week, the Gorilla Run was a HIT!  I was so proud of my gal J for putting on such a rad event!

One of my fave parts of the day had to be the costumes…  I thought this blog would be a great place to give tribute to the huge amounts of creativity put into some of the Gorilla Costume Creations.  As you can probably tell…we are BIG fans of the DIY costume.  These gorillas did a fab job:

So great, right?  Some of you may already know this…but Jen and I are really into costumes..

like, really…



into costumes.

Cheers to getting all dressed up!



[life]: [monkey] business as usual

For the past few months, I’ve been busy working with an amazing team of Austin folk, organizing a 5k that benefits the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, a non-profit that focuses on the conservation and preservation of the highly endangered silverback gorilla population in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This event, as some of you may know was the Austin Gorilla Run, a 5k in which each participant upon registration receives his/her very own gorilla suit to keep.

I’ve had the pleasure of working on this project for the past few years, so as to address my absence on J to Z lately, I share with you some lovely photos from the event this past weekend.

Here’s some fur PETA would be sure to appreciate.

photo courtesy of catherine jackson

photo courtesy of catherine jackson

photo courtesy of catherine jackson

photo courtesy of amy zimmerman

photo courtesy of amy zimmerman

photo courtesy of catherine jackson

photo courtesy of amy zimmerman

Z & J*

*yes that is a safari hat and yes, i had to wear that all day.

(yikes is right)

Thanks to all who came out to show your support!

xo, jen

[amy’s kitchen] Asparagus + Prosciutto + Cream Cheese

To make this yummy app/side dish, you will need:

fresh asparagus


cream cheese

Separate the prosciutto slices, and spread a small bit of cream cheese on each piece.

Briefly blanch the asparagus, and soak them in ice water afterwards.

Gently pat dry the asparagus, and individually wrap each piece with a slice of prosciutto and cheese.

Sprinkle with freshly cracked black pepper and a pinch of salt.


[DIY] Gold Dipped Espresso Cups

One night in Mexico, we were all handed little clay mugs/shot glasses filled with tequila when we walked into the restaurant…I love Mexico.

My family (knowing my love for recreating things) promptly handed the ‘mugs’ over to me after finishing off the tequila inside.  I brought these home with me, and added a little pizzaz.

In addition to the shot glasses, you will need painters tape, and spray paint.

Add tape to the cups to form various designs.  We also cut the tape to make the thickness/designs vary.

Spray entire mug with paint.  Be careful not to spray the inside of the mugs if you are planning to eat/drink out of them.

Carefully remove tape (this is my favorite part!)

Display and enjoy!

These teeny tiny wonders would be wonderful for:

-espresso shots

-flower holders

-herb pots

-salt/spice holders




[life] weekend treasures

Happy Tuesday everybody!  I hope everyone had a wonderful 3-day weekend!!

Early Saturday morning, B and I woke up and hit up a few garage sales.  I love digging around and finding something special that I know has been previously loved.  At one house, I saw a super impressive table of dream catchers that reminded me of a little something we posted last week :)…  I scored a whole set of awesome markers, and some adorable gold-trimmed salad plates.


And…last but not least….I found a DO IT HERSELF tool kit!! How great is that?  It has all the necessary tools to make some magic, and seriously, how could I not pick this up?

Have a great day!



[DIY]: “i have a dream [catcher]”: a tribute to the king

In celebration of MLK weekend, I share with you first, this unforgettable speech made nearly 50 years ago by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As we go into the weekend let us not forget why this day is celebrated, and its impact on our nation’s history and American civil rights.

To all the dreamers out there: Let this post be an inspiration to dream, and dream BIG!

supplies: metal hoop, suede leather cord, hemp, feathers, beads, clothes pin, scissors

first, begin wrapping your suede leather tightly around your ring. you may want to use a clothes pin to hold the end of the leather in place.  when the ring has been wrapped entirely tie the 2 ends in a knot.

next: the inside web. this part got tricky. i suggest watching a video for thorough and more visual instructions.

your web will not be perfect and it doesn’t need to be 🙂

thread beads throughout

add a few feathers to finish it off, using the hemp to tie feathers on to the ring.

hang and enjoy!

if you can dream it, you can do it [yourself].

xo, jen

inspiration: from lune & mandala rain