I needed a mental health weekend to clear my mind, so this past weekend included a small getaway to Austin with my boyfriend. This trip to Austin was on my list of things to do before Christmas, because of the annual Austin Trail of Lights at Zilker Metropolitan Park. I’m the first to say I’m not big on holidays but something about Christmas lights brings me solace and happiness.
Each display at the Austin Trail of Lights are by different Austin based companies and are made up of a variety of characters from book characters to pop culture characters. Two of my favorite displays were the Winnie the Pooh and The Little Mermaid. Winnie the Pooh has a special place in my heart, because I grew up watching The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. And The Little Mermaid reminds me of my red headed niece. Another display that caught my eye, was the upside down Christmas trees. It definitely touched on the Keep Austin Weird mantra.
As you walk through the trail, you’ll find three different covered walkways that are perfect for group photos or a selfie, like the one I took. The covered walkways are just a small portion of the 2 million lights that light up the trail. One of the biggest things lighting up the trail is the ferris wheel, which is beautiful, but the long line deterred me from wanting to get on. My boyfriend and I headed straight to the food vendors to grab a delicious funnel cake (not pictured).
After completing the trail, I had to take a picture of it against the Austin skyline. The view was beautiful and it brought me some peace. Basically, my mental health weekend was accomplished! If you need some time to escape and clear you mind, I highly recommend a visit to the Austin Trail of Lights.
I’ve lived in the city of San Antonio for over 4 years, and it still amazes me how there is so much I’ve yet to see. Enter the San Antonio Botanical Garden. I’ve been to the grounds two years in a row for an annual Alfred Hitchcock movie screening, but this past Sunday was my first time exploring the garden. It was such a great experience! I was in awe and confused why I hadn’t visited sooner.
My boyfriend and I headed down the San Antonio Botanical Garden walking trail, stopping by and seeing the different trees and plants on the way and first found ourselves at small cottages. Each cottage had a different type of front yards. My favorite was the pink cottage with the Spanish themed garden.
We continued on the trail and found ourselves at the Lucille Halsell Conservatory, which consisted of five glass dome type structures. Each structure had different types of plants from the deserts, tropical areas and more. The area also had some eye catching, geometric sculptures sprinkled around a small pond.
As we continued along the trail, we almost made the mistake of thinking we saw it all. We then came across an area that was cultivated to look like the East Texas Pineywoods. The area was like heaven! Pineywood trees surrounded a lake and it felt like you were transported to beautiful East Texas. It was probably the area we stayed the longest at, because it was so peaceful. I definitely recommend visiting it. It honestly won me over. I would visit the San Antonio Botanical Garden over and over just for the East Texas area.
If you haven’t been to the San Antonio Botanical Garden, I suggest you make a trip soon. It’s perfect for a fall visit!
Guy loves fashion. Guy loves personal care. I’ve recently (4 months ago) became obsessed with face mask. I know, what took me so long, right? Well I decided to do a vlog about me trying out one of the affordable Yes To face mask from Target that I discovered.
Are you a big fan of face masks? Feel free to share your favorites with me.
I’ve been going through a tough time lately and the negativity got the best of me a day ago. I’m looking at what has happened and trying to grow and move on. To help me try to take my mind of things, I took went for a late lunch with my mom at a restaurant called Josephine St. Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of my meal, but know that the pollo verde plate is pretty good. It is a must!
After lunch we took a stroll around the Pearl and the riverwalk to walk off the food. We ended up sitting down in the shade, so we could enjoy the breeze and scenery. I taught my mom how to use my camera, so the photos of me are credited to her.
The weather has been pretty hot, so I’ve stayed away from button ups, but I made an exception with this shirt cause it had holes. I paired my distressed Forever 21 shirt with some black distressed Zara jeans, Vans and a cap. It’s not the most creative outfit, but it went together well. Sometimes simple is better.
I’m going to continue trying to enjoy the little things in life, like food, walks and blogging about outfits.
Lately, I’ve been feeling kind of bummed out. Part of it is me stressing over situations I make up in my head, and the other part is real things going on in my life. Yes, I know what a downer way to start a post. I swear this isn’t a depressing blog posts.
We all go through tough times. It’s really just a part of life, and we all have ways of coping. My way is getting out of my apartment and trying to enjoy the surroundings that San Antonio has to offer.
Now that I’ve armed myself with my new Canon EOS Rebel T7i, I’ve been using it on my outings around town. It’s become very therapeutic. Above our pictures from my visit last night to the Pearl, a brewery turned retail/restaurants/residents/office space hub nearby.
It’s a sweet spot to hangout with family and friends. And is a hot spot for having photo shoots. Planning on doing one their soon!
Anyways, what ways do you clear your mind?
I love fashion. I also love living life. That’s why I am going to start sharing some highlights from my everyday life on my blog. This post is the first of many to come where I will vlog instead of blog. In this video, my lovely boyfriend Tony (@tonywonderful_ on Twitter) and I talk about our experience at the Panic! At the Disco Pray for the Wicked concert at the Toyota Center in Houston. Check it out!
This past weekend was much needed. After a long work week, I needed some fun in the sun! While the weather didn’t corporate on Saturday, Sunday was amazing. My mom came into San Antonio for a visit, and we spent the time out and about!
We started our Sunday with brunch at a place, I’d been to for lunch, but had never tried for brunch. The place is Candlelight Coffeehouse. The San Antonio staple did not disappoint for brunch. I got their Candlelight breakfast with a mimosa. Everything on my plate was cooked perfectly, and their prices for brunch were so reasonable. I really recommend it, if you haven’t tried it.
After a fantastic brunch, I had to make my way to Bird Bakery. Owned by Tv Personality and Entrepreneur Elizabeth Chambers, Bird Bakery is amazing and what made it a priority on Sunday was my last chance to get their Call Me By Your Name sugar cookies. The cookies were created specifically for the movie that stars Armie Hammer, husband of Elizabeth. I bought three cookies, which were delicious and so Instagram worthy!
Later that day, I took my mom for a stroll at Japanese Tea Garden. It was pretty packed, but I couldn’t really blame people. It was the first semi sunny day in over a week. The warmer weather finally allowed me to the opportunity to dress casual without a jacket.
My streetwear outfit for Sunday consisted of my staple tee and torn jeans.
I wore a black and white striped tee I purchased at Forever 21. While I’m not a fan of horizontal stripes, the shirt’s cute rose logo on the left of the chest really got me!
I paired my new shirt with some dark blue Zara torn jeans and Vans. I topped off the look with my usual suede snapback.
It was a great ending to my weekend. I got to spend time with my mom and enjoyed exploring my city in great weather. Also, I think my streetwear look was pretty good, simple but good!