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Last weekend we were treated to THE most beautiful weather that you could ever imagine Houston, Texas having during mid-January.
It also happened to be my birthday weekend, so the delightful sunny weather felt like just one more cherry on top of an already generous birthday sundae. 🙂
For years lately, I’ve always enjoyed using my birthday as a little excuse to either travel or go on some sort of new adventure. Last year we spent the weekend in New Orleans. And this year we were toying with the idea of going to San Antonio, but having just visited Austin we decided we wanted to stick around closer to home.
I love love love camping, hiking and anything outdoorsy, (yes & I am also a fashion blogger…makes total sense right?) When Patrick and I lived in Tennessee, the Smoky Mountains were practically in our backyard. It was something we almost took for granted, being able to go on a hike or camp whenever we desired. Now living in the big city of Houston, “getting away from it all” and exploring the outdoors has become pretty difficult.
That was until I asked pretty much every born and bred Houstonian that I knew where a great place nearby was to hike, camp, and/or explore the outdoors.
Brazos Bend State Park had been highly recommended, and being just a 45 minute drive from downtown Houston, off we went!
Twenty minutes into our adventure we spotted our first gator, sunning not too far off from the trail.
Can you spot it below?
And soon enough, we spotted another one!
Halfway through the loop, hikers are treated to an observatory tower that overlooks the entire park.
Not wanting to drag the pup up all the way up there with us, Patrick and I took turns climbing to the top.
Words really can’t describe the spectacular view from the top of the tower, so therefore please check out the photos below. 🙂
This watch set from TOKYOBay is also something I’m loving lately. The large quirky numbers are fun and different and the straps are interchangeable. The set comes with two different straps, so you can change them out whenever you’re in the mood, which is really like getting two watches in one. It seems that every time I want to check the time, I’m always pulling my phone out of my purse, which isn’t so much fun when I’m in a meeting at work. I haven’t worn a watch in forever and it’s been so nice lately to just glance down at my wrist to see the time. Silly to be so excited about something so little, I know. 😉
Here’s to hoping for warmer weather to come as soon as possible! I’ve been staying indoors, cooped up on the couch watching Scandal to basically just avoid going outside. It’s nice to veg out every once in awhile, and that’s what January is for, right?
Only three more days until the weekend!
With that being said, that may just be one of my favorite things about living in Houston – the fact that there are so many unique travel destinations just a hop, skip and a jump away.
Leaving the shop, we imagined which pairs we would take home with us if we didn’t have to pay rent that month.
Now wouldn’t that be fun?
Luckily we were soon distracted as we arrived at Gueros, with the prospect of delicious Mexican food looming very close in our future.
If you’re ever find yourself in Austin anytime in the near future and happen to have a hankering for Mexican food, I definitely recommend this place!
Patrick and I split the fajitas for one, and we had more than enough food to share between the two of us.
But that may be due to the fact that we filled ourselves up on chips & dip before the meal even arrived. 🙂
After lunch, our lovely tour guide led the group down the street of South Congress, where we went in and out of the most eclectic of boutiques.
Gypsy Wagon being my all time favorite stop of the day, I just had to tell you all about it.
And side note, can I please have one of everything in here?
Our afternoon in Austin was really only just getting started. On to another boot store we went!
But this time it was Allen’s Boots, which is an Austin, Texas “legend,” whatever that really means. All I knew was that my dad had repeatedly mentioned we must must stop here during our visit.
And stop in we did.
Because how often do you get to see a snake’s head sticking out of a cowboy boot!?
And the best part? At Allen’s Boots, we were allowed to touch the fancy boots!
Save it for the real cowboys.
Surprises sometimes include rather large cactus plants.
And even larger outdoor flea markets filled with unique handmade treasures and vintage finds.
Which of course we had to stop and check out.
Julie and I both left the market with new copper and silver rings that were made and shaped right in front of us. These little pieces of jewelry were only $5 and $10 a piece! How could we say no to that?
The next place on our travel list is San Antonio. Do any of you guys happen to have any hotel, restaurant, or fun recommendations of places we should check out or things that we should do!? If so, I’d love to hear!