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    Kickin’ Off the New Year in New Boots

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    Happy New Year! I’m marking the big day with an outfit post and a little bit of reflection and resolution on the past year and the new one ahead.

    But before I get too much into that, I must share with you how much I am loving my number one Christmas present – these black Seychelles over the knee boots! After seeing so many cute bloggers on Pinterest rocking these, I knew I would have to take the plunge and get a pair for myself before too long.  Not only are these tall and sexy boots so cute in person, but they are also ridiculously comfortable and super warm to boot!  I’ve had a lot of fun trying to figure out how to style them, and I’ve decided they look amazing with mini dresses and paired with blue jeans. Problem is, I don’t have too too many mini dresses, so that’s where the belt comes in! It instantly shortened my longer striped dress and showed just the right amount of skin between the boot and the hem.

    I also must mention, that I’m kind of obsessed with how these boots look paired with my black fringe purse from Cavender’s. For a small cross body bag, this purse actually holds a lot. And I love that it gives my perfectly normal/modern outfit just a touch of Western flare. We are in Texas after all!

    But anywho, today is New Years Day! And 2014 just came and went don’t you think? Patrick and I have had so many “big” years lately, with us getting engaged, married, then moving to Texas, that 2014 was our first “low key” year in a very long time. And you know what, I absolutely loved it! Without any super big events marking the year, I look back and think, well what was it that made 2014 special?

    For starters, I spent a big chunk of 2014 getting this blog off on the right food. Dabbling in all different kinds of things, I didn’t really know what direction I was headed with this little ol’ blog of mine, (and I honestly still don’t!) but it has certainly been a fun adventure that I’m excited to continue into 2015.

    I also spent a majority of the year traveling across the country for friends’ weddings and big events. It certainly was the year to celebrate the love between many of our good friends! I only hope we’ll have the same opportunities in 2015 to see all of our far away friends like we were fortunate to this past year.

    My goals for 2015 are to seize as many new opportunities as possible, TRAVEL as much as possible, try to work out as much as possible (barre I’m coming for you!), and to sit back & relax and also just enjoy doing nothing at all. What are your resolutions for 2015? I can’t wait to see what all is in store!

    As always, thanks for stopping by the blog. And once again, Happy New Year!


    alice



    A Country Christmas

    Christmas seemed to come and go faster this year than ever before. 
    Maybe that is just one of the things that goes along with growing older? 
    This year, Patrick and I headed up to Memphis, Tennessee to spend the holiday with my family.  It was a wonderful trip, filled with plenty of relaxing, Christmas music, parties, presents and lots and lots of food! 
    We spent one day of our holiday vacation at my uncle’s farm, about 45 minutes south of Memphis, in Mississippi. 
    My uncle’s “farm” is actually more of an antebellum farm house sitting on a whole lot of land, with a couple of horses and barn. The house was built in the mid 1800s and hash’t changed a bit since! Well, except for the addition of electricity and indoor pluming. But other than that, when you’re visiting it’s like traveling back in time. The amazing collection of antique furniture certainly helps with that! 
    Patrick and I actually got married and had our wedding reception here, in 2013. We hadn’t visited the farm since that wonderful day a year and a half ago, so it was so much fun to come back and spend the day with family, having fun and reminiscing on our wedding day.  

    As soon as we arrive, we headed out to the barn, which is right next to the field where we held our ceremony. The place looks totally different in the dead of winter than it did on that warm summers day in 2013! 
    Several of my favorite wedding pictures were taken in front of this barn. I’ll share a few of those with ya’ll at the bottom of this post. 
    Naturally, I couldn’t help taking this opportunity to show off my absolute favorite winter sweater and new cow “girl” boots, in front of this very pretty backdrop. 
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    Spending a chilly winter’s day outdoors, I wanted to be warm and cozy without sacrificing style.  Mostly because I knew that we would be taking family pictures that day.

    This grey poncho solved that problem! And I am totally digging how ponchos have come back in style these past few years. The one that I’m wearing is from Anthropologie and it’s unfortunately sold out. I’ve linked a couple of similar styles that I think are just as cute.

    When I bought it, I never dreamed I’d get the opportunity to wear it down in Houston, but it’s surprisingly not so heavy that I think it’ll work on those colder Texas weather days. But I will say, this cozy poncho has been a fabulous addition to my wardrobe on this cold trip to Memphis! Sorry family, for wearing this pretty much everyday that I’ve been here!

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    Ya’ll also know how much I love my cowboy boots! I’ve found myself reaching for them in my closet more and more lately, pairing them with anything and everything.  
    These Old Gringo Night Hawk Stitched Boots are from Cavender’s and are honestly the most comfortable pair of cowboy boots I’ve ever owned. As soon as I slipped them on, I knew they were going to come home with me! 
    Most of the other pairs of boots that I own are either brown or camel colored. I love that this pair is black with brown accents. I’ve found that they look great paired with black dresses, belts or black jackets, which is something that just didn’t look as good with the other boots in my closet. 
    Not only stylish, but these boots are great for hopping fences and and trekking through muddy fields! 
    Which is what happened just after we snapped these photos! 

    Patrick and I wandered through the field, admiring my uncle’s horses and reminiscing on our wedding day.

    It is kind of funny to think about how now the field is home to Cheyenne and Tex, these two horses. They must have no idea that a wedding ceremony with 300+ people in attendance was once held in their own home.

    After a bit of exploring, we headed up to the house, where my older brother had found an antique dinner gong and was legitimately ringing it to announce that it was time for our delicious southern dinner.

    It was a wonderful day at the farm and I would love to be able to come in town to visit more often, spending many more days like this. That is what makes the holiday season so special, making memories and spending time with family.

    As I mentioned earlier, here are a few of our wedding photos taken at this same location, just a year and a half before!

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    Of course I had to wear cowboy boots with my wedding dress! Wouldn’t have had it any other way. Plus….they make for some great dancing shoes! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by the blog, today! Hope you all had a very merry Christmas and were able to spend the holiday with family and friends!

    alice 

    Christmas Shopping in the Heights

    Happy Monday! 
    Can ya’ll believe Christmas is in just a few short days?! …. I can’t either!
    This weekend I wrapped up some last minute Christmas shopping at one of my favorite places to shop in all of Houston – the shops on 19th Street in the Heights.
    I love that the Houston Heights is only a hop, skip and a jump from the heart of the big city, but at the same time it has a very small town feel.  
    The shops of historic 19th Street are all cute little locally owned boutiques that are filled with unique treasures you can’t possibly find anywhere else. 
    Which is why it’s the perfect place to snag that special Christmas gift. 
    Thankfully the weather was just a tad bit cool enough to call for a sweater, so I headed out in what has recently become my go-to casual weekend outfit.
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    This scalloped sweater is oh-so cozy and goes with everything in my closet! It’s currently sold out in the cream color, but the red one is on sale from Anthropologie for half the price! And today only, get yourself an extra 20%!
    I must mention, I’m also absolutely loving this new Kate Spade Scalloped Purse. I’m thinking I have a thing for scallops all of a sudden? Patrick had bought this purse for me a few months ago and he decided to put it away to be saved as a Christmas present. Christmas came just a few days early, and I haven’t been able to put this purse down ever since he gave it to me. 
    I’ve always switched between a number of purses in my closet, never truly sticking to just one.  Which has been a problem…especially when I’d go out and my wallet still happened to be in another purse in my closet! This cute bag is just large enough to hold everything I need and the neutral colors should go with whatever I plan to pair with it. 
    My husband has fabulous taste! 🙂 
    But on Sunday, it was time to head out and find several last minute gifts for the other ones that we love.
    We hit the shops of 19th Street on a mission, but we also couldn’t help squeezing in a bit of exploring too!

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    With the many antique stores, vintage shops, clothing boutiques, and unique houseware shops, there is something for any particular taste on this historic row of shops.

    I always love passing by these life size Barbie and Ken mannequins in front of Jubilee, a cute clothing and gift boutique. These two are always dressed up in something fun and different for each season.

    Today, they were donned in their holiday best. Looking much more dapper than my Barbie and Ken dolls had certainly ever looked.

    Part of our shopping mission, was to check out Manready Mercantile, aka THE ultimate man store.  From unique vintage finds (like old-school cameras, hand crafted wooden & leather goods, and vintage jackets and coats), to high-end “apothecary items” such as shave kits, cologne and men’s skin care products, Manready gets your man, well, “ready” for the world, in the truest of hipster fashion. 

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    Patrick caught me sitting on the couch taking a quick shopping break. But at Manready that is completely normal, if not encouraged! I was even offered a whisky cocktail to sip on while I sat back and relaxed, watching shoppers frantically track down last minute Christmas gifts. 

    Patrick found more than a few goodies too.
    If only our fancy women boutiques were as nice to the husbands as Manready is to the wives!

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    After knocking a few things off of our list, we stepped out to continue our stroll along 19th Street. 
    On the weekends, this little “junkyard” shop is open to the public.
    I really have no idea what is going on here. 

    But I absolutely love it.

    It’s fun to head back into the junkyard and dig for treasures. Last year we found an iron Lone Star that we hung on the fence by our backyard patio.
    This time around, we ran into our neighbors who had just managed to find a two story wooden ladder to lean against the shelves in their new library.  (You can kind of see it in the back of the photo!)
    You never know what you’ll stumble upon in here, which is why I can’t miss popping in for a look!
    Further down the street, believe it or not, there are even more one-of-a-kind shops to check out.

    Vinyl Edge sells records ranging form 99 cents to highly collectible finds upwards of $300.  We stuck to the bargain bins and managed to leave with a few jazz compilations, a Christmas album, a $2.99 Willie Nelson album, and last but not least (and perhaps our greatest find), the Urban Cowboy Soundtrack.  

    I am definitely looking forward to shaking off all the dust on our record player and playing these bad boys!  

    Next door is Casa Ramierez, a fun cultural shop that is “must see” when I have out of town guests visit.
    With so many colorful and traditional Texan and Mexican pieces of art and tchotchkes, it’s like visiting a little museum in addition to a boutique.

    Upon leaving the store, I snapped this photo of a rack of embroidered dresses. Little did I know that the creepy man in the piece of art behind the rack was spying on me at that very same moment! 
    I’m not going to lie, I’m still just a tad bit unnerved by this discovery.
    And now I must go back to the shop to try to find out his story, and to just double check whether or not he was, in fact, spying on me. 
    With all of our Christmas gifts purchased and crossed off our list, we have a whole lot of wrapping to do! As much as I would love to artistically wrap each present this year, I feel like I’m getting down to the wire and may just resort to cute (and easy) gift bags. How do you like to wrap presents for family and friends each year? I’d love to start a fun wrapping tradition in the future, so any tips would be appreciated!
    Have you crossed everything off your list yet? Only three more days to shop before Christmas! 

    As always, thanks for stopping by the blog! And don’t forget to follow The Lone Star Looking Glass on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram!

    — 
    alice

    Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Your Guy

    It is getting closer and closer to the big day! Are you ready yet!?
    We all know that our guys sometimes tend to be the most difficult to shop for, don’t ya think? I know that my husband certainly can be! I always love to surprise him with gifts for the holidays, but sometimes it is so much easier just to ask him exactly what he wants each year.  So this go-round, I kind of did a little bit of both. Patrick, if you’re reading this, expect some surprises! 😉

    When I set out to create this holiday gift guide for the guy in your life, I definitely got Patrick’s opinion on a few things before deciding whether or not to include them. So ladies, this carefully curated gift guide is man approved!

    1. J. Crew. Smart Wool Socks – Fun cozy socks are an easy gift that almost anyone would appreciate. Plus, they make a great stocking stuffer!

    2. Ugg Suede Slippers – Ugg’s aren’t just for the ladies, you know! I absolutely love my Ugg slippers, so I knew my husband would love his too. These warm and snuggly slippers make us forget how cold our hardwood floors really are, which is a wonderful thing! If you’re local, you can snag your man a pair at the Houston Galleria.

    3. Filson Travel Bag – From the office to the airplane, this heavy-duty travel bag has extra pockets for organization and is weather resistant. I love how this bag is classic and laid back at the same time, and I’m sure you’re guy will too!

    4. Daniel Wellington Watch – Treat your man with a fancy new watch for Christmas and never again will he have to pull his phone out of his pocket to check the time.

    5. Beer Making Kit – I thought this would be a fun present to give because it’s not only a gift but an activity … that also could potentially turn into a new hobby.


    6. Tanner Goods Leather Belt – A well made leather belt in a timeless style is something that your guy can wear for years to come. Plus, it’ll go with almost everything in his closet, which makes getting ready for date night that much quicker.

    7. Persol Sunnies – This may have been a special request from Patrick to include on this list. 😉 He tried these on on our honeymoon in Italy and we still regret not buying them for him! One day, Patrick! One thing I love about these Italian made sunglasses, is that they are just a bit different than the common styles you see everyday.

    8. Baxter of California Shave Kit – With a fancy new badger brush and this luxurious shaving formula, his morning shave will no longer be a chore. Also makes a great stocking stuffer!

    9. Teroforma Whiskey Stones – These all-natural soapstones let him enjoy a glass of whiskey without diluting it. Simply store them in your freezer and pop them out whenever he’s ready for a drink.

    10. Bonobos Plaid Shirt – I love how well Bonobos’ cotton button up shirts fit my guy.  This fun take on a plaid shirt is a bit different and makes a great addition to their (most likely) already full of plaid wardrobe. It’s on sale for $68, and HOLIDAYCHEERS to get yourself an extra 30% off! 

    Cavenders Holiday Gift Guide and $150 Gift Card Giveaway

    Only nine more days until Christmas!! 
    To celebrate the season, I’m teaming up with Cavender’s to giveaway a $150 gift card! 
    In Houston, you can’t go too far without stumbling upon a Cavender’s. It is my favorite place to bring out of town guests to get their cowboy boot fix on during their visits to Texas. I do love me some cowboy boots too, and Cavender’s has so many unique and cute styles to choose from. 
    Not only is this western wonderland filled with the most gorgeous of boots, but they also offer a ton of fun dresses, jewelry and accessories. I mean, how cute is that black embroidered mini-dress? Obsessed. 
    To celebrate the holidays (and to help the winner to-be decide what to use this mega gift card for), I’ve put together a holiday gift guide of my top picks from Cavender’s. Good luck and thanks for entering! 


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    alice

    Sweater Weather

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    Lately, I’ve been out and about, enjoying the Christmas holidays and the not-so chilly Houston weather that comes along with it.

    Even though it may not be freezing cold out, I still feel like it’s necessary to dress appropriate for the season. And that is why I absolutely love this Risen Sun Sweater Dress from Anthropologie.  It is lightweight enough for a Texas fall and winter but the style and “sweater” aspect make it perfect for this time of year – no matter where you live. As it gets cooler out, I plan on styling this cozy dress with leggings, boots, and a chunky black scarf.

    I must also mention, my favorite thing about this dress is that it feels like I am wearing a blanket out in public! If a cute dress is so cozy that it also happens to feel like you’re wearing a blanket, well that is certainly a win in my book.

    This cute black handbag I’m carrying is from Handbag Heaven. If you’re anything like me, and you like to switch your purses out more than just occasionally, then Handbag Heaven is just the place for you! With hundreds of cute and unique styles, their purses are well made and at the right price point to justify having more purses than you know what to do with.

    In other news, I still have a lot to knock off my Christmas to-do list. Can you believe we are only 10 days away from the big day? Have you tackled all of your Christmas shopping yet? I must admit, there is something sort of fun about experiencing all the hustle and bustle as it gets closer to the holiday. If you’re still searching for the perfect gift, hop on over to my blog in the next few days for several last minute holiday gift guides!

    As always, thanks for stopping by the blog! Don’t forget to follow The Lone Star Looking Glass on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram!


    xo, alice