It was 101 this afternoon. In the shade. It was too hot to even go swimming. I'm not complaining - this summer has been mild for TX standards. But instead of enjoying any outside activities, I made the short drive up I-35 to Georgetown, TX and visited the relatively new and completely adorable boutique, Blends. The shop is located at 4320 Williams Drive, about three miles west of I-35. You'll know you're there when you see the old Studebaker out front!
Though Georgetown is but 30 miles from where we live in Austin, I thought I would never get there. Gotta love I-35 between Austin and Dallas; interstate and feeder road in full-on parking lot mode.
This store could not be cuter and the owners could not be nicer. I got there just after 4:00 and left at 5:30 - and they close at 5:00. Can you believe that I spent at least 45 minutes just chatting? Me neither. :) I never do that! I so enjoyed talking shop with Diane and Roger; check out this great article about the couple and the store's start.
I first remember meeting Diane about five years ago when I first attended the Fredericksburg Trade Days with my sister. I bought this little vintage pillow from Diane way back then.
I also bought this awesome mercury glass vase (which I dropped and broke the top of):
They work nicely together in our guest bedroom
(which will never ever be a man cave, ahem).
I have since seen Diane's sweet stuff at Gatherings in Georgetown, as well as at Zapp Hall during Antique Week. Their furniture is pretty amazing and I fell in love with this 100 year old cabinet at Warrenton this spring:
When I heard they had a shop, I knew it had to be good! That it is; the pictures I took don't come close to capturing the charm of this boutique.
I didn't even notice the furniture out front until I was leaving! Guess I will have to go back soon to visit again.
It is always an extra special treat to find clothing or accessories when out junking in small towns - I honestly forget about how many little boutiques carry fun garments and jewels. But this shop takes the cake when it comes to attire - Diane is a walking model for her style and I couldn't resist the sale rack to see if I could take some style home with me. I did indeed find two great pieces. I love the uniqueness of boutique wearables and fondly remember the trips where I found them each time I wear them.
I hope I can remember this trip by the time I get to wear the sweater that I bought today. Who in Texas buys a sweater in July?! Since this is really only a half sweater, I anticipate having a reason to wear it sometime in November.
Huge thanks to Diane and Roger for being so hospitable today - and for having exactly what I needed to make some vintage crafts. What a great trip it was.
Have a chic week,