Meet Austin's most precious sisters, Lindsey and Haley Chandler, who just launched an Austin lifestyle blog that brings dream vacation inspirations and mindsets to an everyday reality. I continuously find myself scrolling through their jaw-dropping photographs, taken in cities from Santorini to San Fransisco. It doesn't hurt that Lindsey and Haley work in travel marketing and boutique styling, respectively, so their transition from day job to blog "play" is seamless in form and fashion. I was so honored to be featured for my gazpacho recipe earlier this month, so I just had to bring them on Caramelized. Thank you for joining me, ladies!
Your most unforgettable restaurant experience?
LINDSEY: A beachside meal at Parador La Huella in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay. My friend and I had been on a business trip to Montevideo and rented a car to go out to the coast for the weekend. The sandy floors and fresh seafood were divine.
HALEY: I also have to go with a beachside meal, but this time in Mykonos, Greece. I really got on a mussel kick at the time, and these mussels, steamed in a white wine and Dijon mustard sauce, were the best I had ever tasted. With a crystal clear water view, I also enjoyed an authentic Greek salad and what I am convinced is the world’s best calamari.
What inspired you to start blogging?
Prompted by our recent move to Austin and a brand new apartment, we felt inspired to share our mutual love of style, travel and food. Living together allows for ultimate convenience when bouncing new blog ideas with one another.
What do you love most about Austin?
The never-ending list of must-try restaurants, and the ability to hop on a hiking trail in less than twenty minutes while still living in the heart of downtown.
How do you add sweet touches to everyday experiences?
It's the little things that make life sweeter. . .we listen to feel-good music in the office, plan healthy meals ahead of time for a post-work creative outlet, and always grab a few minutes outside for fresh air.
Let us in on your daily routine.
LINDSEY: My day begins early with an overdose of coffee. I work in travel marketing, so my work days are filled with content creation, campaign tracking and launching, and client meetings. It's really nice to know that I'm the playmaker of a client's next awaited vacation!
HALEY: My mornings actually begin even earlier than Lindsey’s since I enjoy watching the news with a cup of coffee in hand. I am about to begin a new job at an upscale Austin boutique, so I will spend work hours styling clients and adding merchandise to the store. Lately, Lindsey and I unwind our evening ritual with a glass of wine while cooking dinner. If the sun is still up after working on blog content, we love to walk around Lady Bird Lake.
Your next dream destination or adventure?
Again, almost impossible to choose! We’ve been dreaming up either Italy and Croatia or Italy and Austria next year.