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Friday’s Happy Things

20 Jan

Happy Friday everyone!  I am so ready for this weekend.  It’s been a long crazy week!

Carrie and I have been working on adding new content and recurring themes to TwoFriendsTwoCities and are eager to share our new blogging schedule with you:

  • Every Monday, we’ll post interior design ideas that inspire us
  • Tuesdays will feature DIY projects
  • Wednesday will still be our What’s For Dinner Wednesday series where recipes are featured.  It’s hard to believe but we’ve had this food series since November 2010!  Since the series is weekly, that’s at least 60 recipes we’ve shared with you.  What an we say…we Texas girls love food and testing out new recipes.  Lately we’ve been becoming more aware of what’s hidden inside packaged foods and it’s quite shocking.  Eating healthier and eliminating artificial ingredients in our diets is big on our personal agendas for 2012, so you’ll start seeing more of these type of healthy recipes and discoveries on What’s For Dinner Wednesday.
  • Thursday will be personal blogging about whatever is going on in the world: the news, our lives, whatever floats our boat (or your boat!).  So if you want to hear about anything particular or have always wanted to know something about us, now’s your chance! Just let us know and we’ll do our best to fit it in.
  • Friday will simply feature things that make us happy.  There’s always been small things or subjects we wanted to share with you…just little things we come across like a funny statement or a new find on Pinterest.  However we’ve been hesitant and not shared them because the subject matter didn’t seem worthy enough for an entire blog post.  Well, that’s where our new Happy Friday Things comes into play.  Now we can cram all these little random things in one post for a fun Friday read.

We started our new schedule this week and so you might recall some of these themes already.

So now for Friday’s Happy Things…

The main thing that makes me happy this week is that I was able to hang out with Carrie last night!!!! Carrie and I talk on the phone, blog and text with each other every day but it’s been almost 3 months since we were able to spend time face to face. The last time we were together was at the Round Top antique fair in October. Carrie arrived in San Antonio yesterday to work on a project and we were able to sneak in a little time together.  After she finished working, we headed to Paloma Blanca for some mojitos!  It was so nice hanging out with her and I can’t wait to do more of it this weekend.  After Carrie finishes working today, we have plans that involve Mexican food and margaritas at Soluna (a delicious Mexican restaurant next door to our future coffee shop!) and then Saturday we are headed to some estate sales!  There’s nothing like antique shopping with my TwoFriendsTwoCities and Lizzie + Luckett partner!!

Other things that make me happy at this moment are the great finds I scored estate sales last weekend.

With estate sales, you never know what you will get.  Some have crazy good bargains with just the type of décor you love and others are horrid expensive let downs.   What I love about San Antonio estate sales are that they are real estate sales.  In Los Angeles, it was always a big trick.  They would classify a sale as an estate sale in the paper but when I showed up, it was nothing more than a junky garage sale.  I love a good garage sale but there is a a big disappointed in expecting antique furniture and instead seeing someone’s old clothes and unwanted refrigerator parts. I had quite a bit of good luck at estate sales the first few months I moved to San Antonio but the last few months haven’t been so hot.  Perhaps people weren’t having as many estate sales due to the holidays?  I am not sure why there was a slump but I think my good luck is back because I scored such a good deal last weekend, I can still hardly believe it.

All of this glassware: one cake cloche, one wine decanter, one crystal bowl and five large heavy red wine glasses…

and this 8 piece set of gold rimmed porcelain…

….all for a whopping! $23!!! I had been shopping for cake cloche stands for our future coffee shop, and found most to be priced from $40-100 plus shipping.   The fact that I got 16 pieces of glassware (including the vintage cake cloche) and porcelain for $23 is unbelievable isn’t it?  I bought the decanter to serve juice at our new coffee shop and the crystal bowl was also for the coffee shop and will be used to serve mints, biscotti, etc…

I ended up paying quite a bit for these electrical insulators but I justified it since they are for resale on Lizzie + Luckett.  They are so beautiful I catch myself constantly staring at them.

I love how the light reflects through them.  They are currently for sale on Lizzie + Luckett but if they don’t sell in the next few days, I am seriously considering pulling them off Lizzie + Luckett and keeping them for myself.  I have lots or orange and teal in my home décor and these fit right in.

If you had not heard of electrical insulators before, they were originally made to keep telegraph and telephone wires electrically insulated from wooden telephone poles (especially important in the rain). With the additional needs of rural electrification, there was a big insulator boom in the early 20th century, peaking from the 1920s through the 1940s.  Insulators are now highly collectable and the three I found are made by Hemingray.  They are at least 70-90 years old and were a superb find because they are like new without a single crack or chip.

Since most of the things I bought at the estate sale were for Revolucion Coffee or Lizzie + Luckett, I decided I needed a little retail therapy myself.  I bought this messenger bag at Tumi.  I feel like such a cool hipster when I wear it!

That’s what made me happy this week!  How about you?

-Angie

My journey from an accountant to a barista

19 Jan

I have some exciting news to announce:  my husband and I are opening a coffee shop!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been dream of ours for many years.  The dream developed roots back in 2006 in Austin, Texas.  My husband and I were living downtown on 13th street and this out of the world little coffee shop popped up two blocks away.  The coffee shop was named Caffé Medici and they served “real” coffee.  High quality coffee and handmade espressos.  Caffé Medici’s coffee was an artistic and a culinary experience.  It blew our minds and taste buds away.

We weren’t aware that coffee could taste so good.  We had previously had spent our coffee years away drinking frappuccinos and sugar laden lattes made with inferior coffee from the big national chain not knowing there were other options.   After experiencing Caffé Medici, we dove deep into an intense coffee education.  For those of you that don’t know, there’s a whole other coffee world that is as complicated and diverse as wine. We quickly learned that coffee wasn’t just a caffeine injection, it was a culinary treat.  We bought a home roaster and played with roasting and grinding our own coffee.  We sampled coffee from all over the world and made coffee and espresso in ways we never imagined.

For years, terms like single origin, country and farm origin, tasting notes and micro-roasters filled our dialogue.  After we moved from Austin to Mexico, our coffee exposure increased exponentially.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Mexico, we were located close to good Mexican coffee farms like those in Chiapas.  Another thing in Mexico we experienced was the art form of making espresso.  As in Italy, most places in Mexico make coffee and espressos the old fashioned way…handmade.  They still use espresso machines but the barista plays a big part – they are almost 99% responsible for how the espresso shot comes out.  Baristas have to control by hand the water pressure and the quality and amount of the coffee grinds.  You might see baristas at the big chains in the United States frothing some milk but what you don’t see behind the scenes is that they usually push one button that automatically grinds the beans and spits out poor quality espresso shots.

When we moved from Mexico to Los Angeles, there were more decadent coffee experiences.   The five years we spent in Los Angeles consisted of indulging in local indy coffee shops experiencing new surprises and ingredients like soy, almond milk and green matcha lattes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we moved to San Antonio in August, our coffee consumption came to a screeching halt.  We live in what is considered one of the most innovative and progressive areas of San Antonio and there wasn’t one single local independent coffee shop in sight.  And there were only a few of the famous coffee chains…and even they weren’t located close by either.    Two months into living in San Antonio, we decided that the fact that there weren’t any coffee shops must be a sign that we had to finally start our own dream coffee shop.  In October we found the perfect retail location.  For the next month, we filled out application forms and created a business plan.  Luckily both our application and business plan were approved by the landlord and lease contract negotiations started.  Negotiating the lease took 3 months!! Everything from what specific items we intended to sale, hours of operation to construction remodeling details had to be outlined and signed off on.  This week, we finally received our signed lease contract.  Now everything is legal and we can start the next phase of renovating the retail space.

I never imagined when I quit my job last April what a whirlwind of happiness would be bestowed upon me.  I was terrified to quit my career in accounting and give it all up for the unknown.  Thank goodness I finally took that leap of faith because now I’m able to enjoy all my passions in life.  In June, two months after quitting my job, I started Malibu Dog, an online dog supply store.

If you have followed our blog for a while, you know our two Havenese dogs (Oscar & Arnold) are our children.  When they were first introduced into our lives, my husband and I had a hard time finding well-made, safe pet products.  I started Malibu Dog to offer other pet owners the best products we had found in our own pursuits and make them available for their pets.  Malibu Dog is still in its infancy stage but it’s slowly growing and has been quite an education in creating an online business. Quitting my job also allowed me to dive deeper into the blogging and the design world with Carrie, building more on TwoFriendsTwoCities and also starting our new vintage store Lizzie + Luckett.


 

 

 

 

Like Malibu Dog, Lizzie + Luckett is in it’s infancy form – (it’s actually only a few weeks old!) but we have huge plans for it in 2012.  Some things we are planning are expanding our offerings, working with other vendors, making our own online store in addition to our Etsy store and participating in some antique trade shows.

And now on top of all that…I’ll soon have a coffee shop!

The coffee shop isn’t going to be a walk in the park.  We have lots of hard work ahead of us.  There are complicated city permits, construction work that needs to be managed and planning out all the intricate details like menu, supplies, equipment and labor. But we hope our dream of having an Italian-caliber coffee shop will be success and a labor of love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We decided on the Revolución Coffee + Juice. Here’s our logo!

As much as we love coffee, we feel selling juice is an important healthy concept and will help expand our product offerings.  And we also really love juice.  We chose the name Revolución because it signifies a new way of doing things.  We are going to have a new concept in coffee offerings and provide healthy eating options.  We also chose to spell the word Revolución the Spanish way with a “C’ as a special homage to the incredible time we spent time living in Mexico.  The Spanish spelling also fits because many of our coffee, juice and food items will be influenced by things we experienced living in Mexico including using cajeta and condensed milk in some specialty drinks and playing with fruit juice combinations.

I am sure many people might think I’m working too hard and all over the place with my business pursuits.  Dog products, Interior Design, Blogging, Coffee + Juice….  But I was always immersed in these subjects before so might as well work in them.  They already consume my life, each in their very own ways.  Back in my accounting career days, I constantly read business strategy books.  I remember an excerpt from one of Donald Trump’s books that stuck with me.  Donald was commenting on the fact that he gets lots of criticism from working too hard and he basically stated that he loved what he did so he never thought of it as work.  That’s how I feel now.  I worked like a dog with my accounting career – long hours and days full of stress. Now, I am working and doing more than I ever did as an accountant but it doesn’t feel like work at all.  I am excited and loving all I do.

The coffee shop is not going to take time away from blogging with TwoFriendsTwoCities and I hope you will follow me on my journey with it.  Since my husband and I are on a tight budget with the coffee shop and because we love designing things, we are going to be doing most of the interior and construction design ourselves.  That means making our own tables, creating art, decorating and painting and a slew of other DIY projects.  And food.  I have lots of recipes to test and share with you.  Scones, granola, juice and smoothie experimenting.  I can’t wait to share all these things with you!

Viva La Revolución!

-Angie

And in the words of Steve Jobs:

(All the pictures in this post are property of TwoFriendsTwoCities, all inspiration quotes courtesy of Pinterest)

Introducing :: Lizzie + Luckett

9 Dec

We are beyond excited to launch our alter ego, Lizzie + Luckett.  Vintage home.

Lizzie + Luckett holds a special place in our hearts for many reasons.  Born from our love of creating, we wanted to expand our blog and share things we love the most.  More than just showing how to create, you can own unique creations and vintage pieces for your home.

Why the name Lizzie + Luckett?

Pure love.  Lizzie is Carrie’s daughter’s special nickname.  Luckett is Angie’s british family namesake.  Both names symbolize dreams we cherish deeply.

Two Friends Two Cities will remain our beloved blog.  The stomping ground for design, inspiration, ideas, food, and DIY.  If it were not for Two Friends Two Cities, there would be no Lizzie + Luckett.

We are so thankful to everyone who reads our blog every day.  And we hope you visit our vintage shop, Lizzie + Luckett.

Happy Friday, friends!

xoxo,

Angie and Carrie

 

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