Manready Mercantile

Every summer the boys and I like to plan a day  of fun in Houston discovering new places.   One of our favorite stops this year was the new Manready Mercantile in The Heights.

I first heard about Manready Mercantile on Instagram and loved what I saw.  Since we're raising a couple of men I wanted them to experience firsthand some unique manly goods in a creative and fun atmosphere.  They loved it, and for just a minute it made me wish I was a guy because if I was, I would have know I had found the store for me. I loved the store styling. Manready Mercantile is a lifestyle store with a vintage, outdoorsy atmosphere. They're well stocked with leather goods, accessories, clothing, candles and apothecary style personal care lines for men. Made in the USA and local.

With the motto "Work Hard Live Well", owner and Texas original, Travis Weaver opened his flagship store here in Houston just a few months ago. I love his story.  

Travis started his business with $20 and a lot of guts. He sold his signature brand of candles at craft fairs and flea markets and eventually online.  With approx 70 retailers now carrying his candle line (including One Kings Lane and Whole Foods) and a successful website, a storefront was the next natural step. 

I think what I'm most excited about is that I now have a place to pick up Christmas gifts for the men.  I think guys are hard to buy for, but I saw so many beautiful things I would love to gift. Beautiful leather key chains, vintage tools and pocket knives, hip t-shirts. 

It's perfect!

Of course we couldn't leave without picking up a few things. A new calendar with a vintage look, a leather wrapped mason jar for coffee or tea, and beautiful card decks.  

Ladies, Manready Mercantile often hosts social hours with complimentary cocktails for "man sitting" while you shop your favorite stores on 19th street in the historic Heights.  There's good stuff there!

                    Manready Mercantile    321 B W. 19th Street     Houston, TX

Shopping in Seaside Florida

We just returned from a wonderful week's vacation in one of our favorite places, Seaside, Florida. If you're looking for an idyllic beach vacation, this is the place. Although it's grown over the last decade, the charm of this little village is always inspiring. It felt like I had it all to myself one morning when I set out for a long walk after a rain storm had cooled things down for a bit.

A quick visit to The Seaside Chapel and it's lovely architecture, then through Quincy Circle.








The perfect seaside style of Pizits Home & Cottage. Love the slipcovers and coastal art here.



Another sidewalk gallery.



Curiosities and necessities at The Art of Simple.






This anchor silhouette woven rug would be an easy DIY with lots of options.


The shops and galleries in Seaside have inspired me for years.  Before the boys were born I visited a garden shop in the neighboring village of Seagrove called Pickets. The cement floor of the shop was painted in a diamond pattern. This was before we were all plugged into Pinterest and Facebook and I hadn't seen a floor painted like that before. I fell in love with that floor and went home and ripped up the carpet in our guest room, painted the cement floor with porch paint and turned the room into a crafting studio. About ten minutes later I got pregnant with twins. The carpet went back down and the room was changed back to a guest room because when you have twins, you need guests to come hold babies for you! 
They now love Seaside as much as my husband and I do and our family has made many years of great memories there.