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    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

    My Fall Uniform

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    Happy
    Tuesday! I’m back to blogging on a regular basis after my much needed
    week off.  Life has gotten oh-so-crazy lately and I am ready
    to just sit back, relax & enjoy the ride.

    Today
    I’m sharing my favorite look for fall, or what I would like to call – my
    fall uniform.  There is something about plaid paired with boots and a floppy hat that
    just screams fall to me. All I need is a pumpkin spice latte in hand, and I’m set for the season. (Well, the 75°+ fall season that is Houston, Texas.)

    Actually, truth be told, I’ve only had one PSL this year. 😉 I need to just embrace that fall in Texas means palm trees and wearing shorts everyday, with the occasional cool weather thrown in for good measure. You can still decorate with pumpkins and make chili in the crock pot when it’s hot out, right?

    Although … I’m giving the pumpkin sitting on my front porch just one more week. I think he is dying a slow and painful death soaking up the Texas sun like he is.  Next year, I must remember to invest in some plastic ones. 🙂

    But enough of my rambling, here is a bit of fall fashion inspiration for ya today:

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    You may recognize these Ariat Boots from Cavender’s that I posted about yesterday. Well I can’t seem to stop wearing them, and quite frankly, I don’t plan to!  They are so comfortable, go with anything boots. I also love the western touches that set them apart from the normal tall brown boots you see pulled out of closets this time of year.
       

    And this green plaid peasant top from Anthropologie, I would wear it every single day if that wasn’t such an odd thing to do. It’s such an easy and casual piece to throw on and layer. Plus, it reminds me of the Scottish plaids worn in the TV show Outlander. I just recently read the book then binged watched on Starz. (Book and TV Show were both deliciously wonderful, I might add!)
       
    Silly, but it’s the little things like that that which make me happy and fall even more in love with a particular piece in my wardrobe.
       
    Do you also associate items in your closet with funny little random things too? If so, I’d love to hear!
    — 

    a big thank you to cavender’s for sponsoring this post! 

    Blame it all on my roots, I showed up in BOOTS!

    Now that Patrick and I are closing in on our one year anniversary of living in Texas, we figure we might as well embrace all things Texan. 
    And what better way to start than by kicking off our cowboy boot collection?
    Saturday morning we headed to Cavender’s to do just that. 
    But not before a quick pit stop at Rudy’s for some breakfast tacos.  😉

    Rudy’s is a country store and BBQ chain scattered around Texas and the Southwest. I first tried Rudy’s on a work trip to Albuquerque and it was simply divine. (I’m from Memphis, TN …. gotta love my BBQ!) Now having one so close by here in Houston is like a nice little gift to us from the restaurant gods.

    Their barbeque and brisket is fabulous. But what’s better than having BBQ and/or brisket in a taco?
    For breakfast.
    Nothing, that’s what! 
    Loading up on BBQ sauce at 9:00 in the morning.  So normal.
    And sure enough the tacos only sat in front of us for a whopping three minutes.  
    The leftovers (or lack there of) were rolled up into mini foil balls and tossed away. 
    After filling our bellies, we headed across the road to Cavender’s to check out their boots. 
    Cavender’s is probably my dad’s favorite place on the entire planet. (Other than Disney World, of course.) 
    Every time he comes to visit, we come in and out of this store three or four times.  Minimum.  And now thanks to me dear ol’ dad, I’ve got myself a little obsession with it as well. 
    After several minutes of oohing and aahing all of the different pairs of boots (and getting ridiculously excited about Rodeo while I was at it) a lovely sales woman named Kathy appeared and offered to help us with whatever way may need. 
    I was itching to try on these Embroidered Corral Boots after spotting them on Pinterest a while back. 
    Sure enough, I loved them. But there were still plenty more boots lining the sea of shelves and waiting to be tried checked out.

    Patrick suggested I try this exotic pair.  After reading the label on the box we discovered these boots are made from Lizard skin.  How crazy / amazing is that!?

    For some reason they kind of reminded me of the boots that the woman wears in the movie Holes.  Random, I know.  But her boots were awesome! 

    Testing them out, I walked around the store and stumbled upon the most precious section of all.  The children’s boots.  

    For some reason I always find the miniature baby/children’s versions of adult shoes kind of hilarious.   Baby cowboy boots get me every time.

    Which reminded me, on the Today Show the other day, they were showing the inside of Jenna Bush Hager’s baby girl’s closet. 
    How precious are those baby girl boots in there?  
    I had to share. 🙂
    But back to browsing I went, determined to find the perfect pair.  
    I’d lost Patrick by this time … he was off in the men’s section drooling over a pair of Lucchese’s.

     
    I think he found a winner.  
    And they go great with shorts, don’t ya think? 😉 
    After a while I kind of had an idea of what exactly I was looking for and I explained it to Kathy, our sales associate. (Who I sadly didn’t snap a photo of, she was precious & wonderful!)
    I told her I was looking for a taller pair of boots that almost looked like English riding boots, but had sort of a western touch to them.
    She knew just the pair, and quickly returned with these beauties. 
     
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    And yep! Suddenly, I knew they were coming home with me.

    By the way, isn’t this boot remover nifty?! Sure wish I bought one for the house.  
    Much easier than my current method of removing my boots which is, “Patrick, please help!”
     
    With a new pair of boots in tow, I’m feeling more and more like a true Texan. Now I just need to get a group together for an evening of boot scootin’ at a Western Dance Hall … kinda like Gilly’s in Urban Cowboy.  Any takers?
    PS: Sorry for the radio silence last week! Computer issues are the worst. 🙂  But I’m back and at ’em with a lot of goodies to share in the coming weeks. And check back soon for a style post featuring my new boots!
    a big thank you to Cavender’s for sponsoring this post!

    What Do Ice Cream, Bikes, Houses & a Giveaway Have in Common? This Post!

    To get the weekend started off right, I’m sharing a fun laid back style post and a giveaway to Billie + Betty on this beautiful Friday.

    My cute Ice Cream Tank is from Billie + Betty, but more on that in a bit!

    The other
    day, Patrick and I hit the streets of our neighborhood for an evening
    bike ride. It’s probably our favorite thing to do after work, and it gets us off of the couch and away from the TV, which is always a bonus!
    Patrick is the more serious biker of the two of us, I tend to get
    really distracted by all of the cute & unique houses on each and every corner and
    before I know it, he is 50 yards ahead of me.  
    Oops! 

    But before he wandered too far away from me on this particular evening, I managed to convince him to stop in the middle of the bike trail so we could snap some pictures of these oh-so-pretty orange flowers. 

    And snag a couple of photos of my trusty bike and comfy outfit, for good measure. 😉

    Btw I had to share – this green Anorak is on mega sale at the moment at Anthro!


    Lately I’ve been adding more and more comfy and cozy casual pieces to my wardrobe, which is something I didn’t do too much of before. (I was crazy apparently?)
    When I get home from work, I like to throw on a tank, jeans or leggings, and just unwind, and this Ice Cream screen printed tank from Billie + Betty is just the ticket! It’s so lightweight & easy to layer under a jacket for when the temps decide to dip a bit more than usual.   
    Billie + Betty has plenty of other fun tanks, tops, jewelry & accessories at the moment so I’m thrilled that they are giving away a $25 Gift Card to one of my readers.  Just enter the giveaway below, and I’ll be choosing the lucky winner on Monday, Oct. 12!


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    Anywho, the rest of our bike ride (since I had my camera with me) was spent with me stopping on pretty much every single block to snap pictures of the gorgeous houses of the Houston Heights.
    It took us quite longer to get home than our usual bike trips do. 🙂

    This white house is my favorite in all of Houston.  It kind of reminds me of the one from Practical Magic. And I am totally convinced it’s haunted, too.

    And last but not least, our little yellow bungalow awaited us at the end of our evening biking adventure.  
    Side note: since I’ve never really had a front porch to spruce up before, does anybody have any good fall decor tips? My lone pumpkin is looking a little …. lonely.
    In other news, this weekend Patrick and I are headed to L’Auberge Lake Charles Casino! We aren’t the gambling type but we figure why not pretend we’re in Vegas for the weekend and have ourselves some fun?  We’re going with another couple and I’m so excited to check out their pool & lazy river! There are some benefits of Texas fall weather after all.
    We are definitely due for some good luck right about now too, so it’s perfect timing to hit up a casino, right?  Just last night (when the weather was absolutely beautiful out I might add) a tree decided it wanted to snap in half and crush my car.  Fabulous. But worse things can certainly happen and I’m glad we’re okay. The car, on the other hand, is another story….
    Thank you all for reading this lengthy post and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! 
    alice // trendy in texas

    One Fashionable Evening with Escada

    Last night I attended a fashion show and cocktail party to celebrate the launch of the new Elizabeth Anthony expansion in Uptown Park.
    The whole evening revolved around the fashion show featuring Escada’s fall, resort, and spring collections. Escada is an up and coming designer label that is favored on the runway by the likes of Gennifer Goodwin, Emma Roberts, & Kat Graham, (from my favorite show … Vampire Diaries! Yep, I still watch Vampire Diaries.)
    Anyway, the Houston fashion blogger community has been so much fun to be a part of and I love getting the opportunity to go to these snazzy events and meet new people on such a regular basis.  
    We had ourselves a fabulous time last night, people watching and oohing & ahhing over the pretty clothing.
     


    After the show, we were invited back inside Elizabeth Anthony for a preview of the new store accompanied by light bites and cocktails. 
    Light bites & cocktails are always a nice addition, in my opinion. 😉
    I buddied up with Paola from WithinMyStyle the rest of the evening. 
    We took goofy mirror selfies …
    And posed with unbelievable gowns.
    I can only imagine what kinds of luxurious events these particular gowns will be worn to one day.

     


    I dressed up my little SheInside number (remember this … only $20!) for
    the occasion with a black blazer, making the summery shades a bit more
    appropriate for the season. 
    I love stumbling upon cute and inexpensive fashion.  It didn’t phase me for a second that I was surrounded by exquisite dresses, that cost probably as much as a car, while I was all dolled up in a dress that may actually have cost less than two tickets to a movie. 
    You can’t put a price (whether big or small) on style after all.


     

    After checking out the dresses we stumbled upon even more beautiful
    goodies to admire. These acrylic clutches were simply stunning! 
    I would carry one with me every where I ever went … from now on. 

    It certainly was a lovely evening and I left day dreaming of gorgeous gowns and wearing them to cinderella-esque balls.

    But back to reality!

    Also, I wanted to thank you all for entering my Boden giveaway that accompanied my last two posts! I’ve loved reading everyone’s favorite things about fall, and let me tell you those comments have me itching (even more) for the temps to drop down here so we can really enjoy this wonderful season!

    I will be annuoncing the winner on Monday, but in the mean time check back tomorrow for some more fall fashions and another extra special giveaway.

    Thanks for reading. 🙂

    alice // trendy in texas

    Mad for Plaid

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    I’ve always loved wearing plaid, and something about plaid patterns just screams fall to me. Which is why I’m loving this plaid button-up shirt from Boden.  Boden is one of my all time favorite British brands. They just launched BodenUSA.com so us yanks over here in the US can get in on their lovely UK fashions too!

    Anywho, the weather is starting to a take a bit of a cooler turn (finally), and you better believe I’m taking advantage of this … even if the temperatures haven’t dipped below 75° just yet. 

    I paired this top with my oh-so-cozy green vest that I’ve had for a while now.  Isn’t it the best when it gets a bit cooler out and you all of a sudden have opportunities for layering fun pieces?  
       
    Like almost every other stereotypical girl out there, I must admit, I love all things fall.
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