"Best Of" List

Top 5 Austin Restaurants I’m Loving Right Now (Oct 2017)


Dozens of restaurants open (and close…) every year in Austin. Some of them are awesome, and some are complete garbage, but because of the high density of restaurant in my city, I sometimes forget about my favorites!

I’m sharing my top 5 favorite Restaurants of the moment… These are the places I’m kinda/sorta obsessed with right now! My favorite restaurants change with the season, my mood, the temperatures, and based on what stays open. (For instance, Olivia was one of my brunch favorites until it closed last fall….Nate and I seriously talk all the time about how we wish it was still in business!! *waaah*).  Read More

Weekend Coffee Date

Stouthaus Coffee Pub


Another Friday, another coffee shop!

(Good thing there’s no shortage in Austin…)

Stouthaus has been in Austin for 3 years (I’m writing this in October, 2017). But when I spoke to owner Sandy Hughes, I found out that it took a while to get to the steady customer base that they now boast.. That’s mostly because the location is tucked away in a tiny shopping center (with neighbors with Canne Rosa and Tipping Cow Creamery) on south Lamar, just next to highway 71.

If you’re not looking for it, you’ll probably drive right past. But when Austinites started discovering it, they kept coming back.

Stouthaus is a south Austin gem. There aren’t many of its kind in the area (compared to downtown and east Austin, where coffee shops are a dime a dozen.) It’s a specialty coffee shop (they use local roasters Cuvée) and a beer hall.

Also see: Need Beer and wifi in Austin? Here’s where to go

“My husband was pretty adamant about the beer thing!” Sandy tells me. “If you’re gonna be a coffee shop in Austin, you pretty much have to serve beer, too.” 

Sandy started as a barista at Starbucks….and she actually had some really nice things to tell me about the opportunities that Starbucks is able to give their baristas! After that she moved to JP Java (anyone else remember that old campus coffee shop? Once upon a time, it was the very best coffee shop in Austin! It’s now a 7-11, but I used to go to JP Java all the time in 2013 when I was a grad student at UT).

When her husband had a transition happening in work, they realized it was the right time to try to open their own coffee shop. And that’s how Austin got Stouthaus Coffee Pub!

I’m a little bit obsessed with the ambiance of this place… It’s always buzzing with caffeinated energy, and it’s just quirky enough to suit me. (Love the espresso machine that’s dressed up as Darth Vader!)

I’ve never been when it’s not crowded. In fact, if there’s one thing driving me away from using this place as a second work location, it’s that it’s almost too popular! Now that Stouthaus has been found, folks flock to the individual indoor tables and big outdoor picnic tables all day long.

Cappucino in the morning, IPA in the evening! It’s a good place to work on the laptop for a few hours or just meet a friend for a coffee date (<- my love language!).

For foodie items, you’ll be able to find Tacodeli tacos in the morning, a selection of pastries, and stuffed pretzels available all day, and at a discounted price during their happy hour (the jalapeño cheddar was yummy!)

There are also some refrigerated sandwiches and house made chia pudding available as a grab-and-go snacks. Kosmic Kombucha (an Austin favorite of mine!) is on tap.

Stouthaus has a selection of 18 taps of beer, making it a great option for an after-work happy hour, or just a place to get things done if you’re working late. They’re open until 10 pm most nights, which is why I added Stouthaus to my list of places to get beer and wifi in Austin.

On to the butter coffee….because I know you’ve heard of it by now. Butter coffee has trendy for its ability to boost your metabolism and help with mental focus, due to the collagen (or hemp) protein. I hadn’t tried it before I stopped by, but I had been meaning to! Stouthaus sells these Ladybird Butter Coffee Bombs.

Drop one of these coffee bombs in your coffee, blend it up, and sip away! People say it does wonders for their energy…. I’ve never tried it for a sustained period of time, so I can’t speak to that. But I loved getting to taste it!

Butter Coffee definitely tasted more oily and frothy to me. Not in a gross way…it just had a slightly different mouthfeel than your typical cup of black coffee. This particular flavor also had cacao and ceylon cinnamon, so it tasted like autumn was around the corner (although it was 88 degrees while I was drinking it…)

If you’re curious about trying butter coffee, stop by Stouthaus and order one to go!

Sandy Hughes is a mother of two, and she decided to follow her dream to open a coffee shop. I love stories about people who just take a leap of faith (and work reallyreallyreally hard) in order to try something they’ve always wanted.

Stouthaus Coffee Pub

4715 S. Lamar Blvd #102Sunset Valley, TX 78745

MON – FRI   //     6:30am — 10pm
SATURDAY  //     7:30am — 10pm
SUNDAY      //     7:30am — 9pm

** Photos by Kiera Jane of France Photographers 

Thanks for stopping by to read today, friends! I love exploring these cute Austin coffee shops and sharing them with you. 🙂

My in-laws are visiting us, so Nate and I will be hanging out in Austin with them this weekend! Looks like rain on Saturday/Sunday, so I’m scoping out some indoor activities in Austin …any suggestions?

Happy weekend!




30 before 30

30 Before 30: Invest In A Timeless Handbag


Ok friends…I finally did it!

One of the things on my 30 before 30 bucket list was “invest in a timeless handbag. So, a couple months ago, I bought my first Louis Vuitton bag! I’ve always been a bit obsessed with designer handbags…

I grew up in Dallas (omg….the land of designer bags! It’s ridiculous how many gorgeous bag Dallas residents own! Don’t believe me? Walk around Northpark Mall on a Saturday afternoon…) When I was in high school, my favorite radio station was Mix 102.9 fm (back when it was a “Mix of the 80s, 90s, and Today!”) and I lived for their annual “PICK YOUR PURSE” competition.

At 10 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm, listeners called the radio station to try to win one of the gorgeous designer handbags listed on the radio station’s website. I’d pour over the Fendi, Gucci, and Prada handbags, waiting with the home phone in my hand (this was before I had my own cell phone.)

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My Life



Hiya, dolls!

Nate and I drove up to Dallas to celebrate my grandfather’s 90th birthday….wow! Considering this blog is called “So Much Life,” I can’t pass up the opportunity to mention this man today… He’s the epitome, to me, of someone who has filled every day with life. I feel so lucky to be able to have friendship with him!

I’m 27, and when I think about aging, I always assume it’s something that will happen to others. Haha! I mean, I realize that I’ll eventually get old, but it’s hard for me to picture myself at 90. (PLEASE tell me I’m not the only one in this boat?) Read More


Behind The Scenes: ACL Eats


Food vendors arrive early early early at ACL, and they work all day, serving tens of thousands of guests! Kiera and I snuck behind the scenes at the festival to get a peek at what’s happening in the food prep area…and it’s crazy much is going one back there! Read More