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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Week Re-Cap

It has been a lovely week full of applying for jobs {eek!}, grabbing coffee with friends and finishing Big Little Lies {omg!}. As part of my time at UT I have been participating in something called the Burnt Orange Society and because of that I was able to see an amazing exhibit on typography that featured national parks. They were each beautiful and I want to buy all of them for my future apartment. I have been walking five miles three days a week to just get out in nature and Serena has started joining me which has been real fun. 
The upcoming weekend should be a lot of fun, I'm seeing a friend I went to middle & high school with, going to the OU basketball game and we are welcoming new members into my spirit group. 
What are y'all up to? - xoxo darling, Hayden

 Frosé at Irene's.

 The most amazing typography works of art I have seen.


 Tabling for my spirit org with my Grand Little and my Grand Grand Little.


 Friday morning hiking at Pease Park.

 I applied for my first few jobs at Fleet Coffee on Friday.

Cookies & Creme at Cold Cookie Company in West Campus.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Can y'all believe that February is in two days? It blows my mind that soon I will be 22 and 21 will be a distant memory. Where has the time gone? 
But in the meantime, why don't you get your significant other something real cute this Valentine's season? Below are my top picks for the best February 14th you've ever had. Check them out and let me know what you're hoping for this V-Day - xoxo darling, Hayden.

{Watch Strap, Scarf, Sunglasses, Cocktail Glass, Champagne Truffles, Signet Ring, Phone Case, Chocolates, New Balance, Heels, Paris in Bloom, Smeg, Cookies}

Watch Strap - If your s/o has an Apple Watch then get them this band from Anthro because it is just too cute. And it is a perfect transition to spring. 
Scarf - I love this as an early Valentine's present so your s/o can wear it to work on the 14th to be that person. Also, it is so cute I would wear it year round. The stripes on one side make it easy to transition it into just a fun scarf.
Sunglasses - Everyone needs giant sunglasses, right? Don't we all want to feel like movie stars? If so this Celine pair in that fire-y red are the perfect present. Bring attention to your partner because they deserve it. 
Cocktail Glass - I love this for the guy in your life - make it a set with some of their first initial and some of their last. That way they'll have something classy for game nights, parties and just average nights in. 
Champagne TrufflesChocolatesCookies - I'm a big fan of sweets for holidays and Valentine's is no exception. Champagne Truffles are something everyone must try once, correct? And the Godiva chocolates in the heart container are a must. The cookies are great instead of actual conversation hearts because those babies taste like chalk.
Signet Ring - You can wear this piece all year, not just during the lead up to Valentine's. I love the simplicity of a signet ring and this one is just so fun. 
Phone Case - Everyone always needs a new phone case, they get dingy so fast. This one will throw you into spring mode with it's beautifully painted flowers. 
New Balance - These are just too cute and I think they would make a great present because most people wouldn't buy these for themselves. But it would be such a nice surprise gift. 
Heels - These are so flipping cute! They would make a great present for right before you take your s/o to Valentine's dinner. They come in many colors but I love the hot pink {does it remind you of Haute Table's logo too?} for a V-Day present. 
Paris in Bloom - If your person is someone who collects coffee table books like me, then this is a wonderful Valentine's present. It will make them want to book a flight to Paris for the spring ASAP though, so watch out for that side effect.
Smeg - If you are the married couple that drinks a lot of hot chocolate or tea and is basically Julia + Thomas then get this for your s/o. The millennial pink will add a pop of color to your chilly February mornings as you sit on a porch {work with me and picture this} talking about what amazing vacation you'll go on next. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Articles I'm Reading

  1. This is hilarious. I love a good romantic novel like the next person but I always hate the cover art // How to Make a Good Romance Novel Cover // Shondaland
  2. Having lived there for two months I can confirm a lot of these are wonderful // What to Eat, See, and Do in London, According to an Insider // Domino
  3. Wow // The Most Beautifully Restored Historic Hotels in Europe // Architectural Digest
  4. Some of these make sense, some I have never heard of // 14 Famous Women and Their Favorite Perfumes // Woman's Day
  5. I WANT TO GO TO THERE // A Perfect Weekend on the Amalfi Coast // House
  6. She is my favorite human // Saoirse Ronan Plays 'Who'd You Rather?' // Ellen
In Case You Missed It:
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Peek into the life of a college student's weekend at UT Austin...

Thursday, January 25, 2018

College Weekend in My Life

As y'all know, I go to the University of Texas at Austin and I'm a senior. I decided to film a little glimpse into what a weekend in college down here in Texas looks like. Check it out - we go out on the town, do a photoshoot and hangout with lots of different people - xoxo darling, Hayden.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Week Re-Cap

Happy Wednesday darlings! It has been such a nice week, I'm getting back in the swing of things with college and I've been able to hangout with all of my closest friends. For some reason I haven't been taking the most photos so some of these are from what should have been last week's re-cap when my dad was in town. 
In other news, I've started Big Little Lies {I'm on episode 6} and I AM HOOKED. I knew it would be good, but dang y'all. I'm reading 20 minutes every day to get back into reading for fun - this sounds insane but once i got out of practice of reading all the time I could find so many other things to do during the day that I really have to commit to reading. But I am loving those 20 minutes each morning. Other than that I have been having diners and coffee dates with my friends to soak up this last semester of college.
What have y'all been up to? - xoxo darling, Hayden

 One of the last things I did when I was home - we tried 
Hershey's Ice Cream {no relation} in Cape Coral.

 One of my all time favorite breakfasts - Russell's Bistro.

One of the classic Austin establishments. 

Breakfast at La Madeleine.

I saw The Post - I loved it & the director of my journalism school 
is in the credits as a Washington Post consultant! 

Valentina's Tex-Mex BBQ


A Friday night at the Container Bar on Rainey Street.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Why I Haven't Been Consistently Posting

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Hi Darlings.
So if you follow the blog on the reg, you'll have noticed I've missed a few days over the past couple of weeks. Usually it's on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday and I'm sorry.
But I'm at this impasse with Haute Table - no, I still love it, that isn't the problem. It's more of a problem of I want to create really good content? Like in the past I used to put 10 images in a post with no words and call it Saturday Inspiration - and that was fine back then but that isn't what I want to do anymore. I want to provide for y'all stuff that I would want to read. So sometimes I don't have a post and then the blog just sits empty. 
However, I am working to remedy this. My semester is super light this year because 1) I'm applying for jobs #stressed and 2) I want to focus on other things - like the blog! I am taking a lot more time to come up with an editorial calendar this year and I'm really excited about it.
So I hope you can forgive the past few weeks of not posting 6 times a week, it's coming back I promise. 

Hope you're having a wonderful day - xoxo darling, Hayden. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Articles I'm Reading

  1. Julia's photos are absolutely gorgeous // Escape to Ireland in the Winter // Gal Meets Glam
  2. How cute is this sundress? // Clare Flutter Dress- Sunrise // Persifor
  3. I want these on my feet right now // Plush+ Socks // Shopbop
  4. Love love love this rain jacket for spring // Whitby Waterproof Jacket // Boden
  5. Emily's list made me download new podcasts (hey 101 in 1001) // My Top Ten Favorite Podcasts // Cupcakes & Cashmere
  6. THIS BLAZER // Flipboard
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Blue Ridge Houndstooth

Y'all. It was cold in North Carolina {at one point the low was eight degrees!}. This is one of my favorite warm outfits and guess what - I couldn't find most of the pieces on ShopStyle because they are all "old" in my wardrobe. But I think that speaks to the retailers who created them. The coat is from Talbot's and it is so comfy; the sweater was purchased from a Goodwill Boutique and is Oscar de la Renta men's. My beret came from a tourist shop on Rue de Rivoli - that blue was so chic my sophomore year of high school. I love each of them individually and together; not to mention the scenery of the Blue Ridge Parkway really helped balance them out. What do y'all think? Do you have retailer's whose clothes you can wear for years? - xoxo darling, Hayden
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

What I've Read & Watched Recently

This break has been a great one for binge watching and I've had time to finish {almost} two books. Plus, I've purchased two more books to take back to Austin with me so I'm ready for more reading. Below I've outlined what I have read because all of these are really good options for your next read/watch list - xoxo darling, Hayden.


The Countess of Prague - My dad found this book for us because we are great lovers of The Lieberman Papers, which haven't had a new book in years. It is set in 1904 and features a housewife who turns herself into a detective. She shears off her hair, starts dressing like a peasant and leaves her {kind of lame} husband in the dust. It's full of accurate historic info about Prague and makes you want to hop on a plane as soon as possible. I think one of the things I liked the most is she isn't a super feminist? I'm a huge feminist but she is coming into her own and has no clue how to real be one, it's kind of funny. But eventually she starts to get there and that's where we see the real Trixie. It is a delightful read that would entertain you on any plane ride. 

Bluebird, Bluebird - I am almost done with this book as of writing this blog post and goodness is it good. I am over halfway through and I still haven't solved the mystery, which means this is a dang good book. It's set in 2016 rural East Texas and has race relations, drugs, murder and mayhem along the way. It centers on a black Texas Ranger who is struggling with his personal life, his love for the state of Texas and dealing with prevalent racism in the tiny town of Lark. If you want something that will challenge you this book would be an amazing choice. P.S. FX bought the book's film rights and plans to create a television series. 

M O V I E S  &  T V  S H O W S

The Darkest Hour - The obsession my family has for Winston Churchill is slightly concerning but when we heard this was coming out it was our first film of the winter season. If you haven't run out to see it due to its Oscar hopes you really should. You will get to hear some of Churchill's most famous speeches and the cinematography {especially the scene at the end} is wonderful. 

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Oh my goodness. This is my favorite show for the first time in a long time. Seriously, I am in love. My parents and I started watching it toward the beginning of my break and we would watch about two episodes a night. Every night I would want to get back home so we

could watch because everything about this show is wonderful. The clothing - to die for, the acting - superb, the humor - hilarious, the scenery - quintessential New York. It's from the creator of Gilmore Girls and she does not disappoint. There is feminism, coming of age, spouse issues, religious tension, so many themes! It's on Amazon Prime and it is a MUST watch. 

Tin Star - My dad was sick over break so the family decided to binge this thriller staring Tim Roth {who we once saw buying produce at a Pasadena Whole Foods}. Boy is it dark. It's set in Canada and in the very first episode his son is shot...yeah...craziness ensues. There is so much alcohol, gun play, dirty oil money - seriously this show is insane. But gosh is it good, we couldn't stop ourselves

because it seems like every episode leaves you on a cliffhanger. 

Jean-Claude Van Johnson - If you are looking for a laugh this one is for you. I have never seen a Jean Claude Van Damme movie but I have heard of him and roughly knew what he did. In this six episode Amazon Prime show all he does is make fun of himself and it is so refreshing. You'll get to go on a movie set, save humanity and there is a cast of kooky characters along the way. 

LA to Vegas - Oh my this is bad, but so so so good. You can catch it on Tuesday nights and the plot line is literally about "Jackpot Airlines" which flies a route from LA to Vegas on Fridays and Vegas to LA on Sundays. The entire show takes place in the airport or on the plane with flight attendants joining the mile high club with customers and the pilot casually walking through the aisles doing promoted speeches for clubs on the strip. It is dumb and is only 30 minutes a week but if you are looking to lighten your week it is a good one. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Asheville Vlog

Here is a little video to capture everything we did in Asheville. If you want to learn more about it, click here for my guide and I will be posting a guide to the breweries we visited soon - xoxo darling, Hayden.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Asheville Guide

So since this entire week's "Week Re-Cap" would be photos from my trip to Asheville I thought I would just do a little guide to our trip instead. Now, there is an entire separate post coming about all of the breweries we visited {I believe 13 in total} so stay tuned for that. I hope you enjoy - xoxo darling, Hayden.

Saturday morning began with a stop at Biscuit Head, which was recommended by just about every travel site. We visited the one near the hospital and it was marvelous. The biscuits were literally as big as your head {see what they did there?} and there were tons of options. I opted for a biscuit with a side of fried chicken - I then crafted a version of the Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuit but gosh was this one better! The fried chicken was expertly cooked and beautifully breaded. My companions both had bacon and eggs with their biscuits and said the bacon was phenomenal.
Biscuit Head has two locations in Asheville, 733 Haywood Road and 417 Biltmore Avenue.

After that huge breakfast we set out for the Biltmore - something I have been wanting to see for quite some time. It was my dad's fourth time and my mother's second but this time it was still decorated for the holidays so a tad different. If you don't know the Biltmore is the largest privately owned house in America, it stands at 135,280 square feet; for reference the White House is 55,000 square feet. It is massive with staff quarters, a gigantic kitchen and tons of rooms for the Biltmore family. I will say, it is quite expensive to visit but if you have never been you need to go. It is definitely one of those things I can now check off of a travel bucket list but have no need to go back to.

Look at this ceiling! 

The gardens, while mostly dead due to the winter weather, are impressive. You know its good if it looks amazing while nothing is blooming, right? For more photos of the grounds click here, my outfit post from yesterday was shot there.

The Biltmore has lots of little shops and restaurants in the stables including a coffee shop that is really good. Way better than any Starbucks you could grab on your way in. I had a latte, my dad had the apple cider and my mom had hot tea. All received good reviews. 

The Biltmore Estate is located at One Lodge Street. Cost of admission ranges from $40-$75 depending day of visit. 

After walking so much {that house is so big!} we ventured to Mills River, NC for a stop at Sierra Nevada Brewery's taproom. We went last year on our trip to Boone but I couldn't drink then so I insisted on a stop. You have probably had Sierra Nevada beer before {or at least heard of it} so it isn't being included in my Asheville brewery post but it is being included here because of the food. Y'all, for the past year I had dreamed of going back because the food was so good - and if you know me this is high praise. We got the cheese and butcher board to start and really enjoyed one of the cheeses and both the meets. It comes with pickled grapes so be prepared for that - they look like regular grapes but they are NOT. We followed that up with pretzels & pimento beer cheese, a serious favorite of mine. I do not like soft pretzels or pimento cheese but this stuff is like crack. The cheese is the perfect amount of hot to melt perfectly on your pretzel, which is toasted so crispy I can barely taste that soft pretzel taste (I love that). Lastly, we opted for the joyce farms chicken wings in a ginger soy glaze. And oh my goodness were they amazing. First of all, the way they are prepared must be mentioned because they slide off the bone so easily and there is very little mess. This is something I can get behind. Plus, the ginger glaze made them sweeter than wings I usually eat but the sriracha mayo provided balanced that out. Honestly, they were a party in my mouth.
Sierra Nevada Brewery Taproom is located at 100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River, NC. There are brewery tours available as well as a gift shop and restaurant. 

The rest of our day we spend at various breweries, all of which will be in my brewery list coming to you soon! A few highlights included this hippo wall mural at Hi-Wire brewing's Big Top and Burial Brewing's Top Selleck painting.

Sunday dawned another beautiful but very cold day. We began with a stop at Moose Cafe somewhere we went when I was little on my first real trip to Asheville. I had remembered the moose cakes {hotcakes} and insisted we visited again. We were not disappointed, they began with biscuits that rivaled Biscuit Head and had some amazing apple butter. My dad and I had the Biltmore meal that featured two eggs, potatoes, bacon and a moose cake. There was way too much food for me to finish but all of it was delicious. It is the perfect kind of down home cooking stop that feels like the people eating are more local than tourist. 
Moose Cafe is located at 570 Brevard Rd and is open from 7am-8pm.

Anytime we visit North Carolina there is a pull to drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is probably my family's favorite national park. Since it was January most of the stretch near Asheville was closed, something that was quite sad for the fam but we did get to stop for a few shots.
The Blue Ridge Parkway runs through multiple states but you can get on it just outside of Asheville. 

View of the French Broad River

After that we visited quite a few more breweries. One of our favorites was Wicked Weed's Funkatorium where I had to snap a photo drinking out of a snifter sitting on this massive couch.

For a quick break between breweries we visited Vortex Doughnuts for a tap donut, one made with local beers. It was so so so good. There were peanuts involved and I loved it. We also had a chocolate iced with pretzels on top that was good but that tap donut was so much better. After 4pm (at least on Sundays) they do buy one get one free so we took advantage of that. Also, if you aren't into the craft beer scene but want somewhere adorable to hangout, this place is for you.
Vortex Doughnuts is located at 32 Banks Avenue, Suite 106. They are open from 7am-5pm Sunday-Friday. Saturdays they are open from 7am-7pm.

Dinner came a little later and we had seen Buxton Hall BBQ from another brewery. We then looked it up and found there were James Beard nominees involved so we knew we had to go. They close between lunch and dinner, so be aware of that but this should be on your list. The food is excellent. I had the BBQ chicken with fries and BBQ beans. The fries could have been cooked a little crispier for my family but they were still delicious. The food is simple and doesn't try to over complicate BBQ, which some restaurants can be accused of. Plus, the pie looked delicious - we didn't get any because we had plans to visit Cook Out for milkshakes after.
Buxton Hall is located at 32 Banks Avenue. They are open 11:30am-3pm and 5:30pm-10pm.

After dinner a few more breweries were visited and Cook-Out was stopped at but the next morning we had an early flight back to Florida so we went back to our hotel downtown and passed out. Hope y'all enjoyed and if you have any questions about our travels let me know here. A vlog of the trip will be up tomorrow and the brewery reviews are coming soon.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Biltmore Pink

This is my favorite outfit this winter! We stan a good vest and we all know I love an ascot. A couple notes: the vest was gifted to me and is a ladies Vineyard Vines but I couldn't find it anywhere and the sweater was inherited from my grandmother and no tag exists. I hope you enjoy - xoxo darling, Hayden.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Day in My LIfe - Houston

Last week I visited Houston for ~26 hours for the Texas Bowl. We had such a blast, visiting St. Arnold's Brewery, the Conservatory and of course NRG Stadium. Check out the short vlog below - xoxo darling, Hayden.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Asheville Recommendations?

I'm headed off for a weekend in Asheville, North Carolina so if you have any recommendations please send them my way. I haven't been since I was little so it is a new ballpark for me. We love craft beer and food so those are always welcomed - xoxo darling, Hayden. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Twenty Eighteen Resolutions

Happy 2018 my lovely darlings. I am so thrilled to get started on this extremely exciting year but first we must make our resolutions! You will never find me being the one to make the "lose five pounds" kind of resolutions, mine are more fairly achievable goals for the future. And this year some are more concrete than others but I am excited nonetheless. Please please please share your resolutions with me in the comments below! I want to know what y'all are planning on for 2018.

1. Be a Better Blogger 

My entire blog career, Haute Table has come second to school. And I am not saying it should have ever come first - it shouldn't have - school is the most important thing. But this semester I will have the most time I have ever had to dedicate to Haute Table. Being perfectly honest, I have been a terrible blogger since college. So I want to take this time to expand Haute Table's content, work with more bloggers/companies, finally re-design the blog, attempt to get sponsored, comment on other blogs, do more with my social media and more. I need to be more present in the blog world, a world that I truly love and that has done so much for me. 
So here is to kicking butt in the blogger world. 

2. Read More 

I have always been an avid reader. I love books and I'll pretty much read anything you hand me. But since college has taken over my life I have only really read over breaks, despite the fact I could have put my phone down during the semester and read. This year my goal is to do exactly that, put that iPhone down and read an actual, physical book. There are so many out there that I have been wanting to read {and more published every day}. 
So here is to making a reading list and finishing it. 

3. Avoid My Bed

But you love your bed...true but I find myself more and more laying in bed on my phone, binge watching or reading a textbook/doing homework. I need to stop. I am so much more productive when I sit at my kitchen counter, on my couch or outside of my apartment. I love my bed but this needs to end. 
So here is to getting out of bed and into productivity. 

4. Take Charge of My Life

This is not something I struggle with, so calling this a resolution feels kind of strange. It is more of a continuing goal? I am a very in control person but this is the year of big changes. So this is kind of a reminder to myself to remain in charge. I hold the keys to my destiny {sorry for the cheese factor}. I get to make the decisions about where my life heads after this and I just need to continue thinking that. Also, I am usually pretty confident but I know I can work on that and I will continue to work on the goal of not being as afraid to do things on my own - something I have been doing really well with. 
So here is to continuing to be in charge of my life. 

Lastly, I vow to vote in the midterm elections. 

Good luck everyone - xoxo darling, Hayden.