Adventures

Banana Republic

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If you’ve followed along for a while, you know that Banana Republic is one of my favorite stores to frequent and their stuff makes up a good chunk of my closet. So when Banana asked if I’d be interested in doing a sponsored post I was over the moon.

I’m pretty sure this was my longest visit to Banana, there were so many pretty new things and I couldn’t decide what type of outfit I wanted to feature. I kept coming back to this grey boyfriend cardigan (which I’ve already worn a million times) so in the end I decided to go for a casual look that would still be chic of course. It fit my personality and I figured, who doesn’t want easy-to-wear-everyday-outfits?!?

I’d never actually tried on Banana’s jeans before (I’ve always been picky about jeans) but like I said, I wanted easy…and I can’t tell you how happy I went with this decision because, OMG, I love the fit of these babies! Honestly, every piece of this outfit is extremely versatile, so the whole purchase was perfection. Both sweaters are very light weight, which means they don’t have to be stored until it’s actually cold and they’re layerable in Houston weather!

One of my favorite things about Banana (besides the great sales) has always been their color palette. I love the cleanness of their neutrals and how simple all their pieces are because it makes for easy accessorizing which lets you achieve any vibe you want. I was shooting for ladylike here, so I added pastels with a neck scarf and girly heels. What do you think? I’ll def have all these pieces on repeat for a while!

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*Banana Republic compensated me for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Banana Republic cardigan / top / jeans

 

Austin Graffiti Park 

Alright, while I work my way back into this slowly try to ignore the wrinkles in my shorts, an unfortunate side effect of actually wearing an outfit all day. I got to spend this weekend visiting my sister and her hubby in Austin (and seriously contemplating moving there) after a delicious breakfast at Snooze we decided to go check out this graffiti park. It’s a really cool concept with some fun pictures to see, it’s ever changing and probably more visually appealing other days. On our visit, too many people had taken the opportunity to tag the walls, covering most of the actual art :/ we’ll have to go back…

I wanted to share my new favorite shirt with y’all! An inexpensive, lightweight and comfortable transitional piece. So far, I’ve got sleeveless mock turtleneck in two colors and I can’t stop wearing them. Sleek paired with any structured bottom, casual with distressed jeans, easily layered under anything and the perfect simple backdrop for statement jewelry.

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top / shorts / booties / hat / purse

Packing: Costa Rica Surf Camp

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Tomorrow morning I’ll be on a plane to Costa Rica for my first Surf Camp!!! I’m so excited, I started packing two weeks ago. I’m a super procrastinator for everything, until it’s time for vacation. It’s like the vacation high starts when I start physically putting everything together for my trip…why wouldn’t wanna get that going early?!?

Honestly, every time I go on a beach vacation I end up packing way more than I need because I barely get out of my swim suit. So for this trip, I’ve made a conscious effort to bring only what I really think will get used. Which means not much clothes or make up, too many swimsuits to count, I even got a couple that are sure to withstand the surf and two rash guards and, of course, lots of sunscreen.

I love a good tan, but I’m getting older and I’ve learned to take care of my skin so my sunscreen game will be ON all week. I’ll especially be hitting it hard with the SPF chapstick, because my lips always show the first signs of sun irritation. I love spray on sunscreen for easy body application, but my face will be getting extra love from Trish McEvoy. Anti Fatigue in a bottle with sunscreen, I wear this on no make up days and it’s my favorite make up but not really make up product, so it’s def coming with me. I also love to slather my wet hair with leave in conditioner once I’m outside, it really saves me from my comb later. Of course, ocean water gives you great let-down hair, but I’ll have good pony tails in my bag for the surf lessons. I don’t want any blinded-by-hair moments!

I can’t go on vacation without a good book, I just downloaded The Knockoff, it sounds like a light and fun read, perfect for lazy beach days. Also, as hard as I will try not to get a sunburn, we are talking about a whole week outside, a little redness is bound to happen. Always pack satin pjs just in case the bed sheets irritate your burn! Aloe is nice to have on hand as well. Two other must haves for a beach vacay; nail polish and some sort of hydrating face mask. My nail polish chips fast at the beach and it drives me crazy, so I like to repaint when I’m lounging in the room at night pampering my face from the sun and wind damage.

I hope I didn’t forget anything important! Do y’all pack like this too? Or are you like my sister who just throws a bunch of stuff in a suitcase and hopes for the best? Love you Ash ;)

4th of July Austin Adventure

IMG_3360This 4th of July Carlos and I took off for a fun adventure filled weekend in Austin with my sister and her hubby. We arrived late Thursday but enjoyed catching up over vino and a gorgeous cheese spread, even ended our late night with a game of Monopoly, where Carlos dominated.  Ashley and Mitchell are the most amazing hosts, and they spoiled us with food and activities that left me wishing I had their lifestyle! They moved out there last summer so they’re mostly familiar with the city but still enjoy discovering new things.

Friday they took us to Barton Creek, a recent discovery of theirs, and a step up from your average pool day. After stopping at Academy for water shoes, we happily strolled down the creek til we found our perfect spot. We just hung out all afternoon in the water getting a tan and drinking beer. It was like being at a huge but chill college party. We left there exhausted, completely drained from the sun. We stopped at a food park truck for a late lunch then headed back to the apartment to shower and nap. Our nap lasted a little longer than we meant for it to but when we got up Mitchell made cookies and we all watched a movie on the couch.

Saturday was one of the longest days ever, but so much fun. We woke up early and, after a waffle breakfast, headed to Pedernales Falls for my first legit hike. A & M had been wanting to get out there, so it was a new adventure for all of us. We did a 6.6 mile hike and stopped at a beautiful watering hole just before leaving. Everyone got in the water to cool off, except me, I didn’t wanna ride home wet. I know, I’m totally lame, but hey, I got pictures of them jumping off the cliff from my little perch. When we left we were all starving and not at all above walking into a restaurant the way we looked. Luckily, because we enjoyed some supper yummy pizza at Via 313, and I don’t really think anyone complained about the stench. jeje. Then we decided we really wanted to go to a vineyard, so we ran home, showered, and threw clothes on super fast #nomakeup…worth it. I love vineyards, even when the wine isn’t amazing. I just like the experience of sitting there with friends and trying new things, talking about the flavors and comparing all the tastings. We went to Spicewood Vineyard, I found most of their wines very thick and heavy, not really my thing…but they did have an amazing and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, which I did come home with. For dinner we went to South Congress in hopes of stumbling upon an open restaurant. We lucked out with South Congress Cafe, the desserts were amazing. On our way out we caught some fireworks and ended the night with another couch movie.

I had to go to Gourdough’s for breakfast before leaving Austin so for our last meal Sunday morning I dragged everyone there. They literally have doughnut everything, I’m sure we each devoured at least a million calories there. Before leaving the city we met up with one of my favorite married couples, who Carlos went to college with, I barely know them but seriously admire them. We had some great conversation and left promising everyone we’d be back soon. I’m planning on staying true to that promise!IMG_8666IMG_3375IMG_3381IMG_3385IMG_3387DSC_7745DSC_7746DSC_7760IMG_3398DSC_7813DSC_7750 IMG_3418DSC_7857DSC_7908DSC_7886DSC_7854IMG_3428IMG_3426

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Guatemala: 2 days in Antigua

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I’ve finally made it through all of my Guatemala pictures! So, this will be the last and most picture heavy post from my trip. We spent Good Friday watching Easter Processions through Antigua and admiring everything that went along with it, like these gorgeous sawdust “rugs” that lined the streets. We hit the markets and tasted almost everything, I swear I could live off Guatemalan street food! Saturday we went back for slightly less hectic shopping, and of course, more food :)

My favorite part of Antigua is how colorful it is. I love looking down each street and seeing an antique rainbow wash of houses. I hope y’all enjoy the beauty and culture in these pics as much as I enjoyed experiencing it!

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