Cocktails & Tacos

by jenna on September 2, 2010

Hi!

Whewwwww Texas!

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Thank you so much to all who came out to my little shindig last night. I had a blast meeting all of y’all! We took about three hundred and fifty photos, but I think these can pretty much best sum it up. There were new friends, old friends, puppies, champagne, cowboy boots, chocolate chip cookies and sweet tea vodka. I couldn’t ask for more.

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Thanks for such a warm welcome, Austin! I feel like I’ve come home….at least home to the heat and humidity. I hope I didn’t drip sweat on anyone too much last night; this misplaced Southerner has been away for way too long!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 2, 2010 at 9:13 am

That taco looks awesome!

This blog meet up looks like it was a lot of fun–love the carryout cookie boxes :)

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Rachel September 2, 2010 at 9:15 am

What a fun get together! Still bummed I couldn’t come down from Dallas. Hope you got some good southern Texas hospitality. :) And some good eats!

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Rachel Wilkerson September 2, 2010 at 9:18 am

Awww everyone looks so great! So bummed I missed it — have a great rest of trip!

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Madison September 2, 2010 at 9:19 am

Suuuuuuuuuuuper cute picture of you and the boy!

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Elizabeth September 2, 2010 at 9:19 am

Love that dress Jenna! Where’s it from?

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Kristiana September 2, 2010 at 9:19 am

Love the puppies oh and the take out boxes! Very clever.

Your dress is the cutest!

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Vicky @ eat live spin September 2, 2010 at 9:22 am

Looks like a fun time! Love your dress.

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Jessica @ How Sweet September 2, 2010 at 9:26 am

What a fun meetup! Cocktails and tacos are 2 of my favorite things.

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Tracey September 2, 2010 at 9:27 am

I love seeing pictures of you with Almanzo – the happy looks on your faces makes me smile, too! Stay happy!

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Tricia September 2, 2010 at 9:28 am

Had a great time, thanks for arranging it!

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Andrea September 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

LOVE your dress. LOVE green! That looks like so much fun. Wish I could have joined you all!

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BethT September 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

The dress looks faboosh – and wrinkle free!

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crunchy granola gal September 2, 2010 at 9:40 am

tacos, puppies, cocktails and pink chinese food container gift bags? how adorable. and fun. a+ meet-up, I’d say!

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Chrissy (The New Me) September 2, 2010 at 9:41 am

Love the party favors! Wish I could have joined you, but I’m four hours away and it’s a bit of a hike in the middle of the week. Maybe next time! I do love Austin.

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cara September 2, 2010 at 9:43 am

It was great meeting you last night! and the cookies were absolutely amazing!!

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Erica September 2, 2010 at 9:43 am

What kind of sweet tea vodka did you use, may I ask? My friends had a bad experience with some kind of it, but it still sounds genius to me.

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Tasha - the clean eating mama September 2, 2010 at 9:44 am

What a fabulous time! Thank you for sharing!

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Angharad September 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

Donde esta? I feel like I recognize this bar and was there last Autumn but I couldn’t be sure…what’s it called??
Also: I dripped sweat on everyone for a year straight when I lived in Austin. Summer there is not for the faint of heart. Love your dress!

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Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up September 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

Looks like so much fun! I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to Austin!

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Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

I love Almanzo’s face in that photo. Looks like you hosted a great shindig. Enjoy Texas s’more!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) September 2, 2010 at 9:47 am

oh my gosh, i’m so jealous! you guys look like y’all had a great time :) next up is denver, right? :)

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Michal September 2, 2010 at 9:47 am

Looks like a fun night! Kind of funny to see Almanzo being the only guy. And was that drink just way too sweet for him?
I LOVE the chinese takeout boxes and am still looking for an excuse to buy a gazillion of them.

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AngelaOSG September 2, 2010 at 9:48 am

I love your dress!

Oh and doilies are so charming!! I love using them to put a recipe on. So cute. :)

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Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 2, 2010 at 9:50 am

It looks like you had a good time. Cute dress!

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curious September 2, 2010 at 9:51 am

Love the dress! Is almanzo your bf? I used to see tons of pics of u and another guy, so now I’m really confused! ;)

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Lisa September 2, 2010 at 9:53 am

The shredded meat in the taco looks delicious!

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Liza (Health Nutting) September 2, 2010 at 9:55 am

Looks like so much fun! And I love your dress!

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Rebeca September 2, 2010 at 9:56 am

I had such a great time meeting you, Adam, and all the ladies. The cookies were wonderful! I hope the rest of your trip is just as wonderful for you.

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Chels @ Just Gotta Tri September 2, 2010 at 9:57 am

Looks like a blast. Your hair is getting long. It looks great!

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megan @ whatmegansmaking September 2, 2010 at 9:59 am

Jenna, you look so happy. Whatever changes you’ve made in your life, on this blog, etc, seem to be perfect for you. Love seeing these pictures!

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Janna September 2, 2010 at 10:02 am

That looks like so much fun!

LOVE the dress – good choice ;)

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R @ Learning As I Chop September 2, 2010 at 10:02 am

What great photos! And what a great boyfriend for taking them for you!

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Kailey (SnackFace) September 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

You+man=so damn cute!!!

I would LOVE to go to Texas some day. Don’t you love that no matter where you go in the world, you’re going to “know” someone because of blogging? I just think that’s amazing!

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Therese September 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

Is that an Aggie ring I see on Almanzo’s hand? My husband is obsessed with his, too. I didn’t know what I was getting into with a guy who was so fiercely loyal to his school like those boys are!

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Ellie September 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

Love the last picture. Such a cute couple! My best friend just moved to Austin and I can’t wait to visit

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Tina September 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

Looks like so much fun! And those boots are so cute on them. I don’t think I could pull off the cowboy boots…even though I’m a born and raised Southern gal.

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 2, 2010 at 10:05 am

Loooooooove your dress !! What a fun night. Wish I coulda been there ;)

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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen September 2, 2010 at 10:05 am

Wow, I look so awkward in that photo with you and Mr. Almanzo in the focus…ay caramba!

It was fun :)

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Lauri September 2, 2010 at 10:05 am

Adorable photos and I MUST know where you got that dress!!!!

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Taysa September 2, 2010 at 10:06 am

Love all the boots and that green dress!

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kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com September 2, 2010 at 10:06 am

oh your green dress is so pretty!!
of course i expected cowgirl boots <3 so cute!
please tell me you did some square dancing hehe. mmm shredded meat tacos, swoon <3

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Sally September 2, 2010 at 10:07 am

Maybe it’s the man, the natural light, and the cute new dress, but you look extra gorgeous in those pictures girl! Texas suits you apparently!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 2, 2010 at 10:08 am

Sounds like so much fun! And I LOVE your dress!

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Christine September 2, 2010 at 10:11 am

Looks awesome! As a Northerner the first thing I noticed about Texas was (I came back from Dallas 3 weeks ago) everyone is SO NICE! People are not that nice in the NYC metro area.

And all I did down there was eat tacos and drink margaritas. Yeah, It’s not so bad down there.

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Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman September 2, 2010 at 10:11 am

Nothing like a nice refreshing glass (or jug) of Sweet Tea vodka….delish! Looks like a fun evening!

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Jillian September 2, 2010 at 10:15 am

Thanks again Jenna it was so much fun! And it was really great to meet everyone!

I love these pictures! I was to busy talking to take any!

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Faith @ lovelyascharged September 2, 2010 at 10:17 am

What a gorgeous dress! I <3 Anthro!!!

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Kelly September 2, 2010 at 10:19 am

Love your new dress! And the puppies!

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Jess @ MTL Veggie September 2, 2010 at 10:24 am

Your dress is super cute- I love anything green!
Looks like your party was a huge success- love the pic of you and almanzo :)

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kristin September 2, 2010 at 10:26 am

your dress is too cute! and in the last pic of you and your man – you both look genuinely happy. makes me smile.

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stefanie September 2, 2010 at 10:26 am

You’re so beauiful, Jenna! and the two of you look so happy together.
I’ve never commented here before, but I love reading your blog and really respect your relationship with food and life. Cheers!

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Daisy September 2, 2010 at 10:28 am

I have the same dress!! It’s from anthropoligie for everyone who’s asking!

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Deanna September 2, 2010 at 10:32 am

Looks like so much fun! Love that last pic of you two. And I’m super jealous you gave away cookies. I think your next adventure should be an Eat Live Run national tour! Perhaps surrounding your book launch? (Sorry, I’m in PR and think this way ;) )

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Brittney September 2, 2010 at 10:35 am

Great picture of you and Almanzo at the end there :)

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Katryn@rampantcuisine September 2, 2010 at 10:35 am

Looks like a blast! Wish VA was closer to Texas! :-)

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The Healthy Apple September 2, 2010 at 10:36 am

Fabulous pic of you and Almanzo!!!!! So cited to see the rest of your Texan travels in Austin!!! I hope you get to visit the Whole Foods Market there too!!!

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Lauren @ 40Apples September 2, 2010 at 10:41 am

What FUN!! And your dress is super cute :)

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Sharon September 2, 2010 at 10:43 am

How fun! and that taco looks fantastic. Love the new Anthro dress too.

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Sarah R September 2, 2010 at 10:45 am

Oh my goodness–you’re hair hasn’t gotten so long! It’s so pretty. You and Almanzo make a smashing couple ;)

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Paula September 2, 2010 at 10:48 am

I just might need a life…I couldn’t wait to see a Texas post. lol Just another place I’d like to go someday. Two things:

1) Where were your cowgirl boots?
2) I immediately added tacos to my menu for next week!

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Doc September 2, 2010 at 10:49 am

What a beautiful dress and you look amazing in it! Love the pics!

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels September 2, 2010 at 10:53 am

Cutest party ever!

Oh and seeing these pics of you verifies how out of touch with my google reader I’ve been in August because I just thought “man her hair is realllllly long”

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Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) September 2, 2010 at 10:53 am

Looks like you had quite the turnout at the blog event! Not to mention delicious tacos. I think Texas is worth visiting for the vairety of speciality hot sauces alone.

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Ambersnotebook September 2, 2010 at 10:54 am

How fun! I love the cowboy boots shot!

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Sarah (Oc2Seattle) September 2, 2010 at 10:55 am

How fun! Looks like a great turn out and that a good time was had by all.

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Charise September 2, 2010 at 10:59 am

That taco looks aamaaaaaazing! Austin is on my list of cities to visit – very jealous and looking forward to hearing more about your trip!

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Katie @ Healthy Heddleston September 2, 2010 at 11:00 am

I love your dress Jenna! Where is it from?

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Katie P September 2, 2010 at 11:08 am

I know it has already been said, but adorable dress and love the last picture! Have fun on your trip. Yay for football in the South!!

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Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf September 2, 2010 at 11:12 am

Hahah! Almanzo among all those girls!! ;)

Wish I could have been there!

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Megan September 2, 2010 at 11:13 am

Austin is the best and it looks like you had an amazing time!

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Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 2, 2010 at 11:14 am

Love those little pink takeout boxes! Want that taco! :shock: Yum

Jenn

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Nicole, RD September 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

I miss the south…and my cowgirl boots!

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Lauren at KeepItSweet September 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

great pictures and i love your dress!

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Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries September 2, 2010 at 11:21 am

I am in LOVE with every single photo in this post. I have a golden retriever and think they are amazing! Also.. does that dress happen to be from Anthropologie?! :)

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Suzanne de Cornelia September 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

Awwww–that is just adorable. The WHOLE thing. From the Golden Retrievers, to all the beautiful ELR readers (fun to see!), to the pink gift boxes, pulled-pork tacos (wrote down the ingredients I saw for shopping list–lime & cilantro I’m in) and you and Almanzo look GORGEOUS!! How FUN!!

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Allison K September 2, 2010 at 11:36 am

I know this is going to sound wierd…but your hair is getting soo long soo fast!

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Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 2, 2010 at 11:52 am

Looks like so much fun! Love your cute little dress!

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Kacy September 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Looks like a really fun event! I love Austin! (Just don’t become a Longhorn fan haha).
Your dress is beautiful btw.

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Jenny September 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I want to go to Texas…
looks lovely!:)

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Kelly September 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

LOVE your dress! You are so pretty!! :)

I’ve always wanted to visit Austin!

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Jen September 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I wish you and Almanzo the best for always. You two are very cute together. :)

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eatmovelove September 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I love your dress. Green looks nice on you!

I like how all the photos focus on people! – friends and loved ones.

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Shannon, Tropical Eats September 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm

aw i am obsessed with the cowgirl boots shot!!!!!!!

the south missed you!

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Maura September 2, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Loooove the cowboy boots. I need to own a pair. Looks like an amazing time :)

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I might be the millionth person to ask, but where’s the dress from? I LOVE it. So cute!

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Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ September 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Almanzo captured some good pictures of you. I love his pink cookie boxes he was carrying.

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chelseY September 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm

It looks like you had SUCH a great time!!!!

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) September 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Looks like an amazing time, and you look gorgeous!

xo
Kris

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Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm

I love the last picture, it’s so sweet. :)

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Christie - Honoring Health September 2, 2010 at 2:05 pm

The pictures are so pretty, it looks like everyone had a great time!!

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Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Ummm… that last pic of you and A is the cutest thing EVER!! <3

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Catherine September 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm

That dress is adorable, I definitely stared at it in Anthropologie a few weeks ago haha
It looks great on you :)

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie September 2, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Looks like so much fun! I hear Austin is a fun city but I have only been there when I was a young girl and barely remember it!

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Sahar September 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I LOVE your dress. You look gorgeous and glowing! Is the secret chocolate chip cookies? I hope so, because I want to get on that ASAP :)

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 2, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Aaaww, adorable last picture!!! It looks like you all had a wonderful little shindig :D

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm

What a great evening! You guys all look so relaxed and happy!

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Caitlin September 2, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I love all the cowboy boots! I have always wanted a pair, but it seems so out of place in the Bay Area, California.

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jessica September 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm

it was so nice meeting you! and thank you SO much for the best.choc.chip.cookies.everrrr…twas so sweet of you to make them for us. hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation :)

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Paige September 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm

So glad you bought that dress from Anthro – I’ve been lusting after it for a while but strapless dresses just aren’t my thing. I’m glad it found a good home. :D

Looks like you all had a great time! Lots of cowboy boots.

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm

That looks like such a fun night! And your Anthro dress is adorable! :)

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Rachael September 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I love it when photos convey joy! And I’m hankering for my cowboy boots now…wonder if I could rock them in Cape Cod this weekend… :)

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MoniMeals September 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm

VIBRANT! Great pics. I actually want a pair of cow(girl) boots!

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Abbey September 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Cute picture of you two! Is his real name Almanzo? Seems like an alias.

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Katherine September 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Great pics! Looks like it was a fun time.

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diana@mymarblerye September 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm

i missed it!!! But can I just say that You are seriously growing into a woman before my eyes…you’ve really changed in a year and it’s really amazing!! :) Enjoy Texas!

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Pure2raw twins September 2, 2010 at 6:07 pm

What a fun time!!! Austin is one place I hope to visit.

Love your dress!

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sarah k. @ the pajama chef September 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm

awww looks so fun! and i LOVE LOVE LOVE your dress. gorgeous!

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Jaclyn September 2, 2010 at 6:47 pm

WOw, looks like fun!! I love tacos…and especially sweet tea vodka!

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Paige @Running Around Normal September 2, 2010 at 6:54 pm

What a fun night! I agree with everyone else- adorable dress.
Everyone looks like they’re having a great time:)

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Sana September 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm

You and Adam are sooo cute :)! Have a blastyyy!

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Candice September 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Like everyone else – I love your dress and I seriously have to get some cowboy boots now!

So glad you’re having a great time!

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M September 2, 2010 at 7:56 pm

So lovely to finally see a pic of you and Adam together!
Sweet couple ;)

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Jessica@tastyandtrim September 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm

You’re gorgeous! I love your dress too!

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Allison September 2, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I love Almanzo’s Aggie ring. I go to Baylor (just an hour and a half from Aggie Land) so I know all about those! Austin is one of my favorite cities in Texas; so many great places to eat with fun personality!

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Rosebud September 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm

You honestly have the best dresses!

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amanda September 3, 2010 at 2:38 am

It is funny because I didn’t even have to read the headline of your blog post to know you were in Austin, TX. I love Austin, TX and if I could I would so move back there in a heartbeat!

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LisaR September 3, 2010 at 4:55 am

You and Almonzo….adorable!!

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Danika September 3, 2010 at 5:53 am

Sooo adorable!!
Now PLEASE take us all out of our misery and tell us where did you find that beautiful dress ?? !!

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Stacey September 3, 2010 at 6:20 am

Aw! Looks like ya’ll had fun <–I inserted ya'll because ya'll are in Texas and it's very Texas-like :D
Love the green dress BTW!!!

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Marie September 3, 2010 at 6:22 am

Looks like it was a success! Cute dress, cute man, delicious food :)

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Lauren @ Running Examiner September 3, 2010 at 6:24 am

Looks like a wonderful time! On a more superficial note, your hair looks beautiful–love the length and color!

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Christina September 3, 2010 at 6:29 am

Beautiful pictures! You and Adam make for a gorgeous couple!

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Allie September 3, 2010 at 7:15 am

I dream about going to Austin!! So glad you are sharing it with us so I can live vicariously through you!

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Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 3, 2010 at 7:54 am

This post made me smile from ear to ear. You look so happy and beautiful in all of the pics, and I absolutely love that last shot of you and your boy. Too cute! :D

So glad you had a blast!

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Camille September 3, 2010 at 9:35 am

What a lovely little party! I love the “Welcome Home” sign!

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Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble September 3, 2010 at 10:25 am

Yum! The tacos look amazing and it looks like y’all had a lot of fun!!

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Ann September 3, 2010 at 11:24 am

Ohmygosh. I just discovered Arnold Palmers (sweet tea vodka and lemonade) last weekend. Sooo delicious! Deadly since you can barely taste the vodka haha

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Jen September 3, 2010 at 11:40 am

I wish I was in Austin! I went last summer with my best friend and the two of us are dragging the rest of our friends there to celebrate our 40th birthdays next year. If you have a chance, some of the best food in Austin is found at food trucks. Two that I highly recommend are The Mighty Cone (on South Congress), and Torchy’s Tacos. I dream about Torchy’s! You can’t go wrong with the trailer park taco and fried chocolate chip cookie dough! Enjoy your time in Austin :-)

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David September 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Your boyfriend is an Aggie, Gig ‘em!

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sassy molassy September 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Super cute Anthro dress selection, btw. Looks like a great partay!

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Katie September 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Sounds so fun!! I love your dress too. Green is one of my favorite colors to wear!

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ACH September 3, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I love that Anthro dress! Unfortunately it was a little big on me, and Anthro + alterations is a bit out of my budget right now!

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Tori @ FIToriBLOG.com September 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm

You had me at golden retriever! Love it! Great pics too BTW!

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Annie@stronghealthyfit September 3, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Love your dress- looks like a lovely trip so far :-)

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Brittany September 4, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I’ve always wanted to visit Austin, but now I really want to visit Austin. :)

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