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    Boden On The Go

    Ya’ll know that I love Boden’s effortless chic British style.  So naturally I was thrilled to hear about their new line of super cute activewear.

    I tend to live in work out clothes on the weekends, even though I may or may not be working out.  (Shhh, don’t tell anyone!) But these stylish and fun printed pieces feel so good, (seriously this fabric is amazing) that they’ve gotten me out the door and ready to conquer the world.

    With so many colors and prints to choose from you can mix and match your pieces all day long. Whether you’re off to hit the gym or spending an afternoon running errands, (which could basically be a work out in itself), Boden’s activewear will have you looking stylishly chic and feeling comfortable at the same time.  

    The best part? Boden is offering 20% off your purchase with the code YOGA until November 15th, with free shipping & free returns to boot! Get yours before they “run” out – here.

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    Shout out to the Lone Star Looking Glass’ favorite guest star, our golden retriever, Lily Kerley. 🙂
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    Fun clothes make working out that much better, am I right?
    Don’t forget to use the code YOGA for 20% off your purchase until Saturday!

    and as always, thanks for stopping by! 

    alice 
    this post was sponsored by Boden – all opinions are my own 

    Flashback Friday: Halloween

    Halloween was just one week ago today.

    Can I go back in time and relive this evening, pretty pretty please?

    Patrick had plans for a guys weekend in Austin – filled with lots and lots of race cars in a Formula 1 race, you know, manly things.  

    Not going to let myself spend the weekend alone in the Houston, I organized a Halloween girls weekend and had five of my old high-school (and lucky for me college too!) girlfriends come in town for a mini-reunion.

    These days, we girls are scattered all over the country and since none of us were getting married this year (which had been the case for the past couple of years) we were due for a reunion, even if it wasn’t to celebrate a bride-to-be!

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    Knowing guests would be in town for the holiday, I had a lot of fun sprucing up the house in festive fall & Halloween decor. 
    I hung this handmade Halloween banner from See Cinnamon’s Etsy Shop on the front porch to greet the many trick-or-treaters that would soon arrive.  (or so I thought.)
    But unfortunately, and to my astonishment, we didn’t have a single one!
    I still have no idea what I am going to do with all of the leftover candy……. 
    But on Halloween evening, the massive amounts of uneaten candy sitting in the living room was probably the last thing on my mind. 
    I had my dear friends in town and a spread of all of our favorite junk food prepared to munch on before we headed to the Houston Museum of Science’s Spirits & Skeletons Halloween Party.

    After spending quite the amount of time binge-watching Mad Men on Netflix earlier this year, I had been planning on dressing as Megan Draper for Halloween for a long while now.  My Don Draper was out of town, so I went solo that evening in a Forever 21 dress that could have been pulled straight out of Megan’s closet.
    I attempted to tease my hair to mimic the appropriate 60’s hairstyles of the time, but I think the Houston humidity may have gotten the best of me. On another note, the GoGo Boots I’m wearing were fairly cheap (and meant to be worn as a costume) and you wouldn’t believe it, but they may just be one of the most comfortable pair of shoes that I own!  
    Hmm…if only I could think of an acceptable way to re-wear these beauties.

    Kidding, kidding.  Maybe next Halloween?

    After plenty of junk food, a few margaritas and lots of gussying up into our costumes – Megan Draper, Minnie Mouse, Audrey Hepburn, a Flapper, a Masquerade Ball attendee, & Katniss Everdeen headed to the Halloween Party.
       
    The Science Museum was absolutely pack to the gills! 
    I’m not sure which was the better part of the evening, dancing to 80’s music right in the middle of an exhibit or checking out everyone else’s elaborate and unique costumes.  
    We definitely partied it up like it was 65 million B.C!
    Hence the bad quality of the below photos, but they still capture the overall essence of the evening, if I do say so myself. 😉
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    After breaking it down to Thriller, Safety Dance & Love Shack (to name a few) we had had our fill and the night was slowly turning into the next day. 
    I now had precisely a day and a half left to show these lovely ladies the best of Houston. 

    So Saturday morning, we went to brunch at Down House.

    Down House easily falls into the “best of Houston” category, in my opinion.
    Mmm… Bloody Marys sure are a great after a night out, wouldn’t you agree?
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    Nora ordered a Bloody that came complete with a chicken wing, a piece of cheese, and a side of beer.

    You know, basically a meal in a cup.

    Photographic proof was certainly in order.

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    We quickly recovered from our wild Halloween night out with the most delicious of brunch foods.

    If you live in Houston and have yet to try Down House, well then you are certainly in for a treat! I’m not going to lie … Down House may seriously be the reason why Patrick and I decided to live in the in this part of Houston. We stopped there for brunch before we explored the neighborhood and not long into the meal, we were convinced that we must live in this eclectic part of town.

    Speaking of this eclectic part of town, after brunch the six of us girls traipsed two blocks over to explore the quirky boutiques on historic 19th street.

    We shopped, chatted, and got all caught up on each other’s lives while I plaid tour guide to my new city.

    I had so much fun planning this girls weekend, but in a city this big the possibilities of things to do are endless! If you live in Houston, where do you like to take your out-of-town guests when showing off the city? I’d love to hear! Thanks for reading! 🙂
     —
    alice

    Lisi Lerch Houston Blogger Giveaway

    You may notice something a little bit different about the blog today.

    Okay, maybe something REALLY different!

    The new blog name perhaps?

    Trendy in Texas is now the Lone Star Looking Glass! 🙂

    I am so excited about this new change and I’m thrilled to finally share it with ya’ll!  I have been thinking about changing the name for quite a while now, so it’s so exciting that it’s finally happening.  The Lone Star Looking Glass will have the same content as Trendy in Texas, no changes in that regard. With this new name, I feel as if it makes this blog more distinguishably mine, if that makes sense. 😉

    I’m still planning on sharing all of my adventures in the Lone Star State with you guys, as well as my love of all things fashion. I’ve always been a big fan of Alice in Wonderland (probably because my name is Alice…) and I wanted to incorporate the “Looking Glass” into the blog.  And as you know, Looking Glass is another word for mirror, and I like to think that the Lone Star Looking Glass is a reflection of myself and my life in Texas … in the form of a blog! My own little Alice Through the Looking Glass, if you will.

    To celebrate the Lone Star Looking Glass’ new name, I’m teaming up with a few other wonderful Houston Bloggers to bring ya’ll a Lisi Lerch Button Earring giveaway today!

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    Now that it has cooled down a bit, I have been practically living in this striped tunic dress. I have a thing for stripes, and if you popped your head in my closet … you would probably see more than a few different variations of this dress. No lie. Neutral colored stripes go with everything, in my opinion!  I also love how easy it is to mix patterns with! The colorful plaid in this chunky scarf fits right in with the neural stripes. 
    I usually will wear this dress with tights or leggings, because it’s on the shorter side.  But these taller brown Ariat boots from Cavender’s hit high enough allowing just the right amount of leg room to show.

    But on another note, how much fun are these Lisi Lerch Button Earrings? They are just the right size bauble to add a pop of color to your outfit. I’ve teamed up with a few of my favorite Houston bloggers to give ya’ll a chance to win a pair for yourself!


    Kaitlyn at Put A Bow On It

    Whitney at The Observant Turtle


    Meg at
    Everyday Meg 


    Miranda at Shop&Twirl 


     

    Bangles that Give Back

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    The summertime temperatures don’t seem to want to go away, no matter how much I pretend that it is truly “fall” in Texas. This past Sunday, I went to brunch with a few other blogger friends and I knew just what I was going to wear – my Anthropologie Shibori Maxi Dress. I recently scored this pretty dress on quite the big discount from its original price. Don’t you just love when a piece you’ve been eyeing for months magically appears on sale, and in your size to boot?

    Maxi dresses are so easy and comfortable, and quite frankly I’m obsessed with them lately.  When the temperature finally does decide to cool, I plan on styling this dress with a cropped gray long-sleeve sweater, which will transition this summery style into the cooler season.

    But enough about dresses! What I really wanted to share with you guys today is this Texas based earthy and eclectic fashion brand that is dedicated to empowering women and giving back, Raven + Lily.

    Raven + Lily was founded by Kirsten & Sophia, two amazing ladies who love fashion and have a strong passion for ethical design. Their brand partners with talented women all over the world by giving them sustainable economic opportunities and a chance to break their cycle of poverty.

    Raven + Lily’s collection features hand crafted leather clutches and totes, exquisitely hand embroidered tops and tunics, as well as dainty and chunky statement making jewelry and accessories that are all eco-friendly and crafted from artisans across the globe.

    The Ferdoz Bangles that I’m wearing are made from natural wood and hand-carved locally
    sourced leather. The gold and silver metallic accents make these modern/bohemian bangles a funky and unique statement accessory. Not only are they fun to wear but they also
     honor an eco-friendly commitment.

    If you live in the Houston area, you can find these metallic bangles locally at
    Ten Thousand Villages in Rice Village.
      



    What’s your favorite way to transition summer pieces to fall? I’d love to hear!
    As always, thanks for stopping by!


    alice

    Fashion Houston Row Call Kick Off Event

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    Last Friday night I attended the Fashion Houston Row Call Party to kick off Fashion Houston.  Fashion Houston Five is a week-long star-studded designer runway event that will be held November 18-21 at the Wortham Theater Centre. The notable designers, whose high-fashion lines will be seen on the runways, are Rebecca Minkoff, Rene Ruiz, David Peck, TIBI, and Naeem Khan, to name a few. Fashion Houston is an event you won’t want to miss if you live in the Houston area! 
    Friday’s kick off event benefited Dress for Success and was held at the brand new JW Marriot in Downtown Houston. 
    And what a fabulous and fashionable evening it was! 
    Fashionistas from all over Houston attended the event to toast the fifth year of Fashion Houston. It was an absolutely wonderful night of mixing, mingling, dancing, drinking, and people watching.  

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    The bars were hopping and guests were treated to specialty cocktails featuring Circulo Tequila (which is absolutely delicious by the way) as well as anything else our hearts could desire.
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    And if your heart was desiring a whole lot of sushi that evening, well you were in luck.

    Tiers of assorted sushi were piled high along the enormous and colorful sushi bar.

    Numerous trays filled with other decadent treats were also whisked around throughout the crowd.

    It was quite heavenly, if I do say so myself. 🙂

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    The
    gorgeous venue was also dotted with beautiful models who were raised above the crowds on their own private platforms. 
    Models were posing in pieces
    from the partnering designers and giving us party-goers a sneak peek at
    what more there is to come during Fashion Houston Five.
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    I immediately fell in love with this Rene Ruiz gown.

    The details and embellishments were simply stunning.

    What I would do for one night in this dress and a pair tickets to a fancy-shmancy ball…..Daydreaming sure is fun. 🙂

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    Many other Houston Fashion Bloggers attended the event as well.

    It is always so much fun to get together with other amazing ladies who all share a similar interest.

    I especially loved spending the evening with Ashia from The Color Fashion and Andrea from Prettily Simple.  Be sure to check out their fabulous blogs!

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    After plenty of chit-chatting and socializing, the lights dimmed, the music turned up, and the party took a dramatic turn.
    In only the best way possible. 
    The crowd went wild, shaking things up and dancing to the music.


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    And of course I can’t wrap this post up without a little about what I wore that evening, now can I?
    This aptly named “Painted Plaid” Corey Lynn Carter dress from Anthropologie may just be my favorite thing that I’ve purchased this fall.  The skit’s jagged cut makes this dress truly unique. I dressed it up for the evening with anUrban Gem necklace from Rocksbox (get yourself a month for free here!) and a pair of black cut out heels. 
    I’ve also been able to dress it down for the office by pairing it with a brown belt and and a pair of brown booties.  Not to mention, the high neckline practically screams for a funky necklace or a bright scarf to be paired with it, don’t ya think?


    Friday’s Row Call Event was just a taste of what is to come during Fashion Houston’s iconic week of fashion. 

    Tickets to the shows are currently on sale and start at only $29 for general admission.  Get your ticket: here!
    I am definitely planning on attending a few of the shows, are you? Hope to see all of you Houston fashionistas in November!

    alice

    Lounging at L’Auberge

    When we moved to Texas, I was expecting to feel really far away from any other city.  I was imagining vast stretches of fields and desert type landscapes stretching far between the other cities or towns surrounding Houston.

    I guess this was due to the fact that it took about six hours to get across the state from my college town of Knoxville to my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee? Yes, Nashville was in between the two, but other than that there wasn’t too much else along the way. 

    I hadn’t realllllly looked at the map up close, so I wasn’t expecting Austin to be only two and half hours away, Dallas to be close to three hours and San Antonio to be just three hours, too. So many big cities all near Houston! (Which is a wonderful thing for the travel buff in me.)

    Not only that, but there are many smaller (and just as interesting) places to explore that are just a hop skip and a jump from my new hometown. 

    Which brings me to a couple of weekends ago, Patrick and I, along with our good friends Alex and Jenna, drove just a few hours outside of town to Lake Charles, Louisiana to have ourselves an enjoyable weekend getaway at L’Auberge Lake Charles Casino & Resort.

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    Arriving at the resort, we were itching with anticipation of the fun that was about to be had.  
    Don’t ya just love that feeling?

    L’Auberge’s architecture and design is all inspired by Texas Hill
    Country. So as soon as we entered the resort, we felt that we were being
    whisked away into a posh lodge right in the middle of the wilderness.

    The only difference was that there was a really big casino and a whole lot of restaurants tucked inside! 🙂

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    Our room was in the Tower, so we were led to a private VIP check in area with a private elevator that led right up to our rooms.

    So much privacy! 

    With all the fun and fancy, we felt like mini-celebrities for just a moment or two. 😉

     

    The guys were looking forward to the gambling, the bars, and watching the Tennessee vs. Florida football game. (Ironically, we Vol fans decided to travel with some Gator fans on the day of the most epic of rivalry football games.)
    Jenna and I, however, just wanted to get to the resort’s pool as fast as we possibly could.  

    A perk of Texas fall, swimming and sun tanning weather in mid-October! 😉

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    We relaxed and floated the lazy river about two … or seventeen times.  Not quite sure.
    Thanks to the convenient swim up bar and a frozen strawberry daiquiri, I started losing track at one point. I was on vacation after all.
    We girls chit chatted about life and soaked up the sun while our husbands were off in L’Auberge’s Jack Daniels bar, cheering on opposing football teams.
    I do love Tennessee football, but nothing … and I mean nothing … was going to keep me away from this wonderful and relaxing pool!

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    Surrounding the pool was a poolside lawn dotted with lush cabanas, lounge chairs, and this nifty two person lounge chair (bed) that we simply had to test out after the absolutely exhausting exercise that was floating the lazy river.  😉
     

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    Our husbands found us once the game was over, and the four of us headed back indoors for
    celebratory drinks, celebrating both our mini-vacation and unfortunately for
    us: Florida’s football victory. 

     

    Jack Daniel’s Bar was very appropriately themed.  Dark wood stained walls with a whole lotta rustic American decor. 
    Check out this giant American flag, it is made from painted chains! 


    After our fill of food and drinks, we ventured up the Tower to our room for some down time … which swiftly turned into an in room casino pre-game dance party?

    Which I am happy to say that I do not have any pictures to share.  My dancing skills are best left off of this blog haha. If you know me well, you would agree! I have zero coordination … but I do love to dance! 

    I guess the spontaneous dancing was our way of convincing ourselves we would have good luck at the slot machines?

    Yep. That’s what I’m going to go with. 

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    We were well equipped for our night away from home with a mini bar, a massive king bed, a pull out couch (we volunteered to sleep on it & it really was very comfortable), and ample space for our little dance party. 
    Also, the most obvious amazing/best part of the room was the gorgeous view of Lake Charles.

    Which Jenna and I simply had to take a photo in front of before we headed down for the evening.
    The main event of our stay (other than the pool!) was visiting L’Auberge’s enormous casino.  
    Not going to lie, I was psyched.  
    They know just what they are doing over there to get guests psyched up, too! We passed a women’s boutique filled with Louis Vuitton purses.  And then I immediately knew what I wanted to spend my future winnings on.
    Silly me.
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    Before passing through the velvet ropes, I convinced my main squeeze to pose for a pic with me.

    {For you fashionistas: the red dress that I’m wearing is an older Tracy Reese dress that I purchased from Anthropologie about a year ago.  I’m so in love with it and am always surprised at the many different occasions that I’ve been able to wear it. Tracy Reese’s dresses are very well made are usually in really fun and unique prints. She’s definitely one of my favorites!}

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    Off to the races we went!

    I’ve gambled before a time or two, but I’ve never understood it when
    people say “Oh, I’m great at gambling,” “I’m a pro at the slots,” or
    “I’m amazing at Roulette!”

    It’s all a game of luck, isn’t it?

    I
    always go in to a casino with a $$ limit too, an amount that I’m okay with losing. So
    if I do lose it all, then it was what I was willing to pay for a fun
    evening out with friends.

    That evening, L’Auberege’s colorful casino floor gave us many an opportunity to win & lose!

    With the hundreds of games and different tables to choose from, we all decided to hit up the slots for the first bit.

    About an hour or so in, we casually lost half of what we brought in. 🙁  
    There was a time or two where I won about $4.00 or so? But I just kept playing with it… does that still count as winning!?
    We tried our hand at a couple of games of roulette before making our way back up the Tower, exhausted from our full day of vacation-ing. 
    And I’m also quite proud of us, nobody lost an absurd amount … but nobody won an absurd amount either. 

    Until next time, Louis Vuitton purse! 

     
    The next morning we stumbled out of bed and quickly headed to Le Cafe for coffee. 
    Lots and lots and lots of coffee. 
    I haven’t stayed at too many resorts before, so having restaurants, bars, and entertainment steps away from your hotel room was an amazing experience. 

    Especially on an early Sunday morning.

    Cheers!
    After breakfast, the guys and girls split up again.
    Or should I say Guys and Dolls? This is a post about gambling after all!

    The guys went to the barber shop, Barbier, and the dolls headed to L’Auberge’s Spa du Lac.

    We pampered ourselves in the spa for a few hours, all while listening to the most zen-like music imaginable. I could have fallen asleep!
    Soon it was time to head back to Houston and meet up with our hubbies again. 
    The four of us strolled up and down L’Auberge’s rustic inspired halls, popping in and out of shops and trying different sweet treats at the dessert shop.

    Taking our mini ice cream treats to go, we said goodbye to L’Auberge and thanked the casino gods for our not so good but also not so bad luck.

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    For only a two hour drive from Houston, I highly recommend you Houstonians check out L’Auberge. (If you haven’t already!) 
    If gambling isn’t your thing, then come for the pool!  Pool not your thing? The restaurants! Or golf!  ….see, I could go on all day. 
    Traveling and exploring new places may just be one of my favorite things to do in this world, and I will use any excuse for a weekend getaway.  
    Where do you like to go and getaway for the weekend? And if you live in the Houston area, what weekend trips are your favorite? I do love hearing your recommendations!  
    Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 
    alice