And even though it’s too warm for my taste now, it won’t be too much longer until we get some chilly air blowing through, so I’ve got sweaters on the brain. I’ve chosen some of my favorite sweaters, like this colorblock number by Vince and this more affordable cardigan by DEX, for you to shop below.
My niece and nephews have been in town this week, so the husband and I have been trying to help my mother-in-law carry some of the kidsitting burden while they’re here. So, on Saturday we took a nice little day trip south of Austin to San Antonio. The kids had never been, and San Antonio is a good city for them to experience some different culture. It’s only about an hour and a half drive, but the two cities couldn’t be more different.
When a restaurant is as pretty as Mi Tierra, you have to eat there. Sure, you San Antonio natives probably think it a bit touristy, but there’s a reason why us out of towners love to go. Every day is a party – I mean look at all those piñatas! My youngest nephew, of course, immediately asked the waitress if they contained candy. His world was crushed when she told him they didn’t.
Lunch was our first stop after making the drive. An hour and a half drive isn’t very far (by Texas standards, anyway), but with 3 kids boy it gets loud! Felt pretty far to me. However, it was nothing an ice cold Mexican beer couldn’t fix! The mother-in-law went a bit stronger and ordered a frozen margarita.
Halfway done and clearly I’m feeling better already. Ahhh….
And the mariachi band’s midway-through-my-beer timing couldn’t have been better. Yes sirs – please serenade away!
Chicken tortilla soup for me. ¡Excellente!
I forget what these paper flower crowns were called, but obviously I had to buy my niece one. She chose the white and blue because she’s going to be the Princess Anna from Frozen for Halloween. She loved it!
After lunch, we walked out the back door and straight into Market Square – a place where artists sell their works from stalls and carts, and local retailers sell quality Mexican artifacts, clothing, and art. There’s also street food, live singing and dancing, and different activities for kids.
Had to get a shot of this sombrero! Who knew sombreros could be so fab?!
You think I’m going to see a pink, sparkly sombrero and not try it on? Seriously came close to buying it, but I reigned in the devil on my shoulder and refrained. Still kinda sad about it though, if I’m being honest.
Everyone gets something at the square.
Street singing. This girl was really good – reminded me of Selena.
The kids loved this part of our square visit – a mechanical bull just for them. I swear they would still be there riding it if we hadn’t cut them off.
By the time the mechanical bull riding was done, it was time for a snow cone break. After all, we still had The Alamo to visit.
And there she is in all her glory. For those of you unfamiliar with Texas history, The Alamo is the famous site of a battle that took place during the Texas Revolution. You can read more about it here.
It really is a beautiful, mission style building.
Here’s one of me and the husband above, and one last shot of the famous historical site below.
I kept my outfit super casual for this day trip. For one thing, it’s still warm in Texas despite the fact that it’s October, not to mention that we woke up early to get the day started and I didn’t want to spend forever getting ready. So, I just threw on some distressed denim, a simple tank, my Baublebar pearl 360 earrings (in the black/champagne color), my new black Ray-Bans (obsessed), and sneakers and called it a day.
This particular look has been my go-to lately and is perfect for running errands or relaxing around the house. Because who needs to be dressed to the nines every day, am I right?! Just find a signature, basic look that works for you, and don’t be afraid to fall back on it when necessary.
Lately I’ve been seeing faux wrap blouses everywhere. You can find great options in this trend in every price range, and it’s a cut that flatters most body types – especially gals who are a little more busty. Plus, it’s a style that’s classy and timeless, so pretty much you can’t go wrong.
The one thing I said I was never going to do on this blog was discuss politics. After all, a big reason why I created this blog was to escape from my day to day life working in politics. And yes, I am well aware that title of this post includes the word “politics”, but that isn’t what this post is about. After all, there are occasions when fashion and politics intersect.
One human example of that intersection is the life of Oscar de la Renta. Not only did he dress the women of Hollywood, he dressed several women in the White House. And, lucky for this girl, a special exhibit honoring his 50 years in the fashion industry ran for several months this year in Dallas at the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
Fashion? Politics? Oscar de la Renta?!? Sign me up! Luckily, the husband and I happened to be in Dallas recently for a work conference, and we had one day off.
We spent a good four hours or so inside the Bush Library (which I recommend visiting regardless of your political affiliation – it’s a really well done museum). We would have stayed longer had I not needed to leave to catch an afternoon fashion show at the flagship Neiman Marcus.
Seriously y’all, this was like my perfect day.
And my perfect day started with brunch at Café 43 inside the Bush Library. Which was excellent, by the way. I kept thinking maybe the President himself would walk in, so naturally I asked the waiter. He said that George (yup, first name basis) usually had his lunch delivered to his office at the Library, but that First Lady Bush came in often with her friends. However, she wouldn’t be in today, he said.
I would have been more disappointed, but then the food arrived. That cookie above is the First Lady’s recipe, and it was delicious!
I won’t bore you with too many pictures from inside the presidential portion of the museum, but the one above I will share. It’s a portion of the wreckage from the 9/11 attacks, and I think we all need to be reminded of that day every now and then.
On a lighter note, the husband and I each had our pictures taken inside the Oval Office replica, obviously.
I’ll go ahead and take a wild guess that this is about the closet either of us will ever get to being President.
Here’s an awesome picture of First Lady Laura Bush lookin’ faboosh with her Scottish Terriers (RIP Barney!).
And now for the fun part…. the Oscar de la Renta exhibit! The two ensembles above were the first two pieces seen as you walk in.
I loved how these gowns were displayed against that red wall. It was even more gorgeous in person.
This section of the exhibit showed off gowns and suits worn by First Ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan.
I think my favorite is that long-sleeved, sequin number above with the teal belt. The detail was so amazing in person. Truly stunning. If I remember correctly, it was worn by First Lady Bush. To see more pictures from the exhibit, click here.
After our visit the the library, I rushed over to the flagship Neiman Marcus for a little fashion show. And everyone was seated front row – how great is that?!
Had to grab some complimentary champagne, of course.
Here’s a peek at some of the looks. Overall, there were lots of big accessories, lots of sparkle, some fringe, and some fur for good measure.
After the show was over, the husband and I went out for dinner at Hibiscus (which was excellent, and I recommend it if you’re ever in Dallas).
That look on my face above is joy mixed with exhaustion. Such a long day, but it was a great one that was well-spent exploring Dallas with my husband. No complaints here!
I am so glad I got to see Oscar’s work in person before his passing. My favorite quote from him is “I’ve lived every day to the fullest, and I’ve had a marvelous time.” I try to have that same outlook on life, and I encourage each of you to exercise it in your life as well!