I LOVE MEL has just returned from a very exciting business trip to Austin, Texas in order to set up I LOVE MEL USA. Yes, very very soon all you lovely American and Canadian customers will be able to buy from an American-based site, in dollars, with super fast, super cheap shipping! Books will be printed in Austin, on American-made paper (that is kind to trees obvs).
I LOVE MEL USA will be selling the usual UK stuff as well as a few new goodies. The new website is very close to completion so please hold off on your Christmas shopping for now (unless you're spending £50 or more, then just use the UK version as your shipping is FREE and by courier anyway!)
Austin is a fantastic place, their motto being 'stay weird' and I look forward to heading back there as soon as I can.
Austin's signage is incredibly creative, well-executed and makes this city quite unique from others. I am determined to head back with a really good camera and capture every single bit of it.
The food is AMAZING! And the restaurants love to feed you... a lot. Before each and every meal, you are brought huge baskets of tacos with dips, sometimes twice... and then they wonder why you don't manage to eat all your dinner. Most of the days we were there, we managed on one meal. ONE MASSIVELY BIG MEAL. The cocktails are also awesome and I'm afraid Britain has a thing or two to learn about making a decent Bloody Mary, the one pictured here is from Benji's where I had one the best Bloody Marys like ever and a fantastic Sunday Tex Mex buffet. Best meal of my hols!
Our trip wasn't all stuffing our bellies though, we had business to do: printers to commission, order fulfillment to find, packaging to source and lots of much more businessy stuff that I won't bore you with. Here's me testing paper to find the perfect colouring book material whilst Pearl contemplates jumping in the deep end.