Month: October 2014

Cozy Up In A Cardigan

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Texas weather can be strange this time of year. The mornings are cool, but it can creep well into the 80’s during the afternoon. This cozy sweater wrap from Longhorn Fashions is the perfect solution to the weirdness. Underneath the wrap is a simple, white tank by Joie, but I just as easily could have thrown on a black or white long sleeve tee for when it does get a bit colder. That gorgeous turquoise pendant and the fun Longhorn cuff are both by Jordan Loves James, and the Texas ring is from Longhorn Fashions. Those booties from Rag & Bone are my absolute favorite shoe right now – such a comfortable way to add some height.

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.

Happy Halloween!

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These pictures were taken by the lovely and talented Jessica Scott

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Mariachis, Mi Tierra, and Market Square

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.

First stop, mi restaurante favorito – Mi Tierra Restaurant & Bakery

Mi Tierra Restaurant & Bakery in San Antonio, Texas

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.

Mi Tierra Restaurant and Bakery in San Antonio, TexasMexican beer and margarita at Mi Tierra in San Antonio

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.

Having a beer at Mi Tierra

Halfway done and clearly I’m feeling better already. Ahhh….

mariachi band playing at Mi Terria Restaurant in San Antonio, Texas

And the mariachi band’s midway-through-my-beer timing couldn’t have been better. Yes sirs – please serenade away!

tortilla soup from Mi Tierra

Chicken tortilla soup for me. ¡Excellente!

of course she had to have one

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!

Market Square in San Antonio, Texas

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.

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Had to get a shot of this sombrero! Who knew sombreros could be so fab?!

Trying on a pink sombrero at Market Square in San Antonio

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.

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Everyone gets something at the square.

street food at Market Square in San Antonio

Street food.

singer at Market Square

Street singing. This girl was really good – reminded me of Selena.

paintings at Market Square in San Antonio, Texaskids rode the mechanical bull at Market Square

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.

snow cone break

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.

The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas

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.

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It really is a beautiful, mission style building.

David and Liz at The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas

Here’s one of me and the husband above, and one last shot of the famous historical site below.

The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas

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.

Happy Hump Day!

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The Faux Wrap Blouse

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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 orange and white floral one I am wearing is from Longhorn Fashions (previously worn here). It runs a little large, so definitely size down. I styled mine with a pair of skinny jeans and booties, but it’s super easy to dress up faux wrap blouses so definitely throw on some heels and hit the town! I’ll also mention that the white crossbody bag is also from Longhorn Fashions, and the beautiful and delicate bar necklace is by Amanda Deer Jewelry.

I’ve pulled a few of my favorite faux wrap blouses for y’all, so be sure to shop them below.

Happy Monday!

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These pictures were taken by the lovely and talented Jessica Scott

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fall fashion finds

1. Tory Burch watch // 2. J. Crew bucket bag (on sale) // 3. Rag & Bone skinny jeans (cheaper version here) // 4. Aquazzura heels (cheaper version here) // 5. Butter nail polish (British Racing Green) // 6. Eight Sixty blouse // 7. Cara cuff (comes in multiple colors) // 8. Dena faux fur infinity scarf // 9. Clare V clutch // 10. Nordstrom bracelet // 11. J. Crew lightweight turtleneck (on sale) // 12. Kate Spade booties // 13. J. Crew fedora // 14. Rag & Bone booties (cheaper version here) // 15. Greylin plaid top


Just a quick post today! Sorry y’all – it’s election season in Texas, and things are busy around here.

A few things to note – newly obsessed with Aquazzura shoes (number 4) thanks to Merritt Beck at The Style Scribe. Also, Tory Burch has a new watch line and item number 1 in the graphic above is on my holiday wish list. I own that fedora from J. Crew, and it is amazing and really well priced (just $65) especially for the quality. And these booties from Kate Spade?? I die. They’re just more proof that adding a bow makes pretty much everything better.

Happy Friday!

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Fashion, Politics & Remembering Oscar de la Renta

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.

George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, Texas

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.

Brunch at Café 43 at the George W. Bush Library in Dallas, Texas

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!

remembering 9/11 at the George W. Bush Library

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.

David in the replica Oval Office at the George W. Bush Library

On a lighter note, the husband and I each had our pictures taken inside the Oval Office replica, obviously.

Liz in the replica Oval Office at the George W. Bush Library

I’ll go ahead and take a wild guess that this is about the closet either of us will ever get to being President.

Laura Bush in front of the White House with her Scottish Terriers

Here’s an awesome picture of First Lady Laura Bush lookin’ faboosh with her Scottish Terriers (RIP Barney!).

Oscar de la Renta gowns at the George W. Bush Library ODLR exhibit

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.

Oscar de la Renta gowns showcased at the George W. Bush Library

I loved how these gowns were displayed against that red wall. It was even more gorgeous in person.

Oscar de la Renta downs designed for First Lady's Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan

This section of the exhibit showed off gowns and suits worn by First Ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan.

Oscar de la Renta downs designed for First Lady's Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, 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.

fashion show set up at the flapship Neiman Marcus store in Dallas

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?!

Drinking champagne, waiting for the fashion show to start

Had to grab some complimentary champagne, of course.

fashion show at the flagship Neiman Marcus store

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).

dinner at Hibiscus in Dallas, Texas, wearing Topshop

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!

RIP, Oscar.

XO,

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