Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Monique L'Huillier Luncheon


A couple weeks ago, I got the coolest invitation- an exclusive luncheon to view the new Monique L'Huillier collection at Neiman Marcus! I'd never been to that type of event before so since it was right before Mother's Day, mom and I made a little outing to Fashion Show Mall to enjoy the event.


The event was held in a private event space within Neiman Marcus and the set-up was gorgeous! There was one long table set up with gorgeous floral bouquets, menus, and the most beautiful (and wonderful smelling) Monique L'Huillier candles. We chatted with the other ladies in attendance and everyone was friendly and excited. We were greeted at the door with champagne and sparkling water and the most gorgeous view of the fountain at Wynn Las Vegas.


The luncheon was absolutely so much fun. The food was good and the fashion show was so fun and interactive. Essentially, as we enjoyed our meal, the models would come out in different pieces. The reps would tell us about the outfit and answer all of our questions (like, what colors it comes in) and the models would show off the gorgeous pieces. 


Everything was so beautiful! 


I have loved Monique L'Huillier's designs for years; I'm a huge fan of lace and seeing her amazing pieces is always so much fun. When I was younger, I would scour fashion magazines and the award show issues of tabloids to look at all the beautiful gowns and hers were often my favorites. 


The embroidery on these gowns was insane! So gorgeous!


We even got to see one of the outfits from Fifty Shades Darker. 


We had an absolute blast at this event. Thanks so much to Monique L'Huillier and Neiman Marcus for putting together such a fabulous afternoon!



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Monday, May 29, 2017

24 Hours in San Antonio


I really love Texas, there are so many cool cities to see and great food to eat. I don't; however, love driving through Texas. It's a multi-day ordeal and I have to break it up with at least one cool fun stop.

If you're going in the late spring through early fall, be prepared for massive humidity. This was our first non desert stop on a very long trip and the weight of the air was crushing my airways. It's asthma hell. I usually breathe better in humidity but this was a ton of humidity hitting very suddenly. That said- dry shampoo and shower wipes are your best friend! Don't forget sweat proof and smudgeproof makeup and you should be just fine.


I'd visited San Antonio a few times before but not long enough to really do much and this trip was actually even shorter. We Somehow crammed in most of what I wanted to do and here is my mini guide for 24 Hours in San Antonio.

Where to Stay


If you want to see all the sights downtown, opt to stay by the Riverwalk. We stayed at Drury Plaza San Antonio which was literally right above the Riverwalk and had access just down the elevator to the walk level. It made wandering the restaurants and shops (as well as hopping the boat tour) so quick and easy.

A couple notes on our hotel- we loved it. It was comfortable for the dogs, parking was convenient, they provide a legit hot breakfast for free, and it was actually much prettier than I expected. At the time of our visit, the decor was a bit dated but very classic. They've since redone the decor to a more modern look. I cannot stress enough how amazing the location was for us. Perfection. Also- there is a rooftop pool! I wish I'd gone! That view would have been gorgeous.

What to Do




The Alamo- You cannot visit San Antonio without visiting The Alamo. It's the most famous landmark in San Antonio and given the history and significance, you absolutely have to go. It's very close to the downtown area so it's an easy walk. Go early in the day before it gets too crowded!


 

San Antonio Riverwalk- Another place you must visit at least once. There are tons of restaurants and shops lining the river and it's really a fun stop. Pick up some souvenirs, grab some Tex Mex, and just enjoy the scenery! If you have some time and really want a quick and easy way to see it all, take a Rio San Antonio Cruise. It's relatively cheap and a great way to learn some facts and history in a relaxing setting.

We didn't have a lot of time in San Antonio- literally 24 hours. We also had the dogs with us and the humidity was so crazy that my asthma was miserable. I thought I was going to have to go to the hospital at one point! That said, we missed out on some of the things I wanted to see so I've listed some other options below!

La Villita Historic Arts Village- I love art villages like this, especially historic ones. They're always fun to wander and take photos and a lot of times, you find the best unique souvenirs here!

Briscoe Western Art Museum- I like Western Art so this would have been such a fun stop for me. It's also right downtown so it's conveniently located close to the other attractions. 

 

Buckhorn Saloon & Museum- I really wanted to visit the Buckhorn. I'm not usually a history buff but when it comes to Texas and the rest of the South, I like the educational things. We did wander past it so I got some photos of the outside!


What to Eat




I know I've said this throughout this post but I wish we'd had more time. There are so many awesome restaurants in San Antonio and we really only ate at one place- Iron Cactus. Part of this was because we got into town late and there weren't a lot of places open late on a weeknight. The service was great, the food was yummy, and the ambiance was wonderful since the restaurant is right on the Riverwalk. Perfect evening dining! Even so, there are a number of places on my list for my next stop in San Antonio and I'm sharing them below!

Casa Rio- Tex Mex is clearly a huge draw in San Antonio and this place is right along the Riverwalk and has the pretty colorful umbrellas you see in all the Pinterest pictures!

Ocho- Take one look at the Pinterest photos of this restaurant and you'll know exactly why it's on my list of restaurants to visit in San Antonio. Also- I do love Cuban food.

Texas Land & Cattle- There is no shortage of chain restaurants along the Riverwalk. It's a bit embarrassing to admit, but I'm a sucker for a Texas style steakhouse. The prices here aren't crazy and the selection is pretty good.

Bella on the River- This Mediterranean restaurant has been on my radar for a little while. It's highly rated and has a gorgeous, romantic atmosphere. Plus it would be a great change once you've gotten your fill of Tex Mex!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Weekend in Austin- What to Eat


Walton's Fancy & Staple- Great spot for breakfast downtown and the prices are pretty good! The service was friendly and fast and the coffee was delicious (I had a lavender latte). The French toast was super yummy and so was the adorable (and very Instagrammable) avocado toast. 



Elizabeth Street Cafe- I'm conflicted with this restaurant. On one hand, it is super cute, just as cute as the photos. The menu is extensive and the prices are good. I think our issue was that the flavors were a bit stronger on everything than we wanted. My friend and I are both from cities that have a ton of amazing Vietnamese options so our standards are a bit high. I do have to say- my crab spring rolls (really summer rolls) had a ton of crab in them which was a nice change! Avoid coming during the lunch rush because it is crazy busy.






Gourdough's- I do love anything sold out of an Airstream. It's right by Elizabeth Street Cafe and while the donuts looked crazy, the one we got was surprisingly light and not overly sweet. 



Lucky Robot- This was likely our favorite meal of the trip. Lucky Robot has a great happy hour and the service is stellar. We had some cute little cocktails and a delicious assortment of rolls. The decor is so super cute! They even have the most adorable yellow porch swings as seats!







More Home Slice/Home Slice- There's good news and bad news. The bad news- Home Slice is closed on Tuesdays. The good news- More Home Slice is right next door and it's open every day. Their pizza is inexpensive and yummy and it's such a great evening snack. It even held up really well cold in the hotel room!





Cafe No Se- This restaurant was located inside our hotel which was super convenient because it was adorable and the menu looked really yummy. The decor is bright and cheery, even on an overcast day. The food was pretty good- modern takes on more ordinary breakfast staples like bagels and lox. My only issue was that the service was really slow even though it wasn't busy.




Fresa's- I loved this place. First- it's got a really gorgeous courtyard and if it hadn't been so warm, I would have eaten outside. The restaurant is very colorful and the food is so good. We had guacamole and one taco each which surprisingly, was plenty of food. The tacos are HUGE. We had the salty cajeta ice cream which came with the cutest cookie (seriously, an Instagram worthy cookie) and was so delicious. 





Alcomar- This was the last stop on our trip and I really think we ended it with a bang. Luckily my travel buddy likes oysters too so we split an order along with some very strong margaritas during happy hour. The prices were great, the restaurant is super cute, and the service was fast and friendly. I have to say, I love getting oysters in the South because Gulf oysters are so much larger than the little ones I've gotten on the west coast!




Amy's Ice Cream- Total last minute addition after Lucky Robot since it was right next door. I wanted to try it out anyway and was super excited we had time to visit! They change their menu frequently but we had the most delicious turtle sundae. 


Perla's- I really wanted to come here but we really didn't have enough time to hit everything on our list. This one got eliminated because it was pricier than the others but it's definitely on my list for next time. I love seafood and the courtyard is as cute in real life as it is on Pinterest. 


Hey Cupcake- I forgot to take a picture of the truck! Augh! They were out of almost everything but I did get a pretty delicious strawberry cupcake with this really awesome strawberry cream cheese.  


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