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Buena Vista Boutiques

 

While in Buena Vista on vacation, my friends and I decided to do some shopping–shocking I know!! I happened to find the two cutest shops on South Main that had very unique items. The first boutique we found is Sundance. They make their own shoes-Moccasins, house shoes, and full boots all hand sewn and beautifully crafted. We all decided to buy a pair after putting our feet in them–absolute heaven! In fact, one of my girlfriends bought 3 pair of moccasins and a pair of house shoes! Lucky duck! These will literally be shoes that I live in during the colder months. The moccasins cost around $120, but they come with a 1 year warranty and they will replace the sole for $25 after that. Seriously, you need to get some, they are incredible and one-of-a-kind!

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The second boutique is called Made. An adorable clothing and accessories boutique, when you walk in you feel like you stepped into a whimsical fairy tale full of unique, boho-chic clothing. You’re also greeted by the owner’s sweet dog who likes to help the customers find cute outfits. Blue has very good fashion sense.

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They have lots of gorgeous handmade jewelry by local designers.

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DSC_0721-1My favorite buy at this boutique was this unique sweater/caftan by Aratta. I love the colors and it’s extremely comfortable and versatile.

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Here is another cute top that my friend bought. It covers her early little baby bump perfectly!

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30-A Favorites

 

30-A will always hold precious memories for my family. We have been vacationing in Seaside since I was 8 years old, and my parents eventually bought a house there my freshman year of high school. I worked a couple summers down there, participated in many July 4th parades, and in the summer of 2008, my sister and I had a double wedding at the chapel in Seaside. I will always love that area, and I’ve seen it grow tremendously since I first started visiting in 1990. I’m excited to share some of my favorite places on 30-A with you!

Favorite Coffee Shop: Amavida in Seaside & Rosemary Beach, FL

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Amavida is a combination of the Spanish words “Amar” (to love) and “vida” (life) and you can tell that this company is all about loving life for their farmers, customers and employees! They use fair trade, organically grown, high-quality coffees and teas. I personally love their iced coffee with a little agave syrup and cream added. Patrick loves their vanilla latte. These photos were taken at their Seaside location where they also serve authentic Latin American food. I had their “La Reina” Arepa which is a corn cake stuffed with chicken and avocado, and it was incredible! I highly recommend it!

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Favorite Brunch: Great Southern in Seaside, FL

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I love a good brunch with good drinks, good food, and good atmosphere. Great Southern has all that (and they even have bacon and pecan waffles!) It’s in the center of Seaside, so it’s fun to sit on the patio and watch everything going on.  Oh, don’t worry, we did have mimosas as well!

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Favorite Dinner: Paradis in Rosemary Beach, FL

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Paradis has an incredible menu and did an excellent job attending to my gluten free diet. We loved it so much we went twice! I had the same meal both times because it was just that good. I ordered the snapper with brussel sprouts, zucchini on potatoes in lieu of gnocchi, with a lobster yellow coconut curry cream sauce–yum!

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Patrick had the Grouper, and it was excellent!

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The drinks were also amazing!

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And the dessert…magnifique (and gluten free!)

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Favorite Bookstore: Sundog Books in Seaside, FL

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Sundog Books is hands down my favorite bookstore ever! It’s this small, quirky yet quaint bibliotheque filled with books in every nook and cranny. I love looking through the favorites of each person who works there as well as checking out the unique gifts. It’s a great place to go and spend a couple hours if you want a break from the sun or during one of those afternoon rain showers.

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Favorite Store: Mercantile in Seaside, FL

If you like unique, vintage, comfortable and earthy, you will love Mercantile! This store has a look that screams boho-chic. From the jewelry to the gifts, the clothing to the cowboy boots, this boutique has it all while oozing with southern charm and American pride. You can shop them online at http://www.shopmerc.com.

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My favorite item I bought while I was on vacation is this necklace from Suzanne Kallay Designs. Suzanne is a local designer who creates one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from repurposed materials such as antlers, bullets and deerskin. Check her out on Insta at suzannekallaydesigns.

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Another favorite Mercantile buy is this dress from designer Mamie Ruth–love the built in cape! It’s perfect with a pair of cowboy boots!

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Favorite Dessert: La Crema in Rosemary Beach, FL

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La Crema tapas and chocolate is a great place to go for appetizers and dessert. They have an excellent happy hour as well. Patrick and I wanted a light meal, so we headed there one night to eat and catch the sunset. We split the chèvre stuffed peppers and Baylor brussel sprouts. Yes, I did ask if they were named after my alma mater and sure enough, they are! The owner’s daughter is a current student at Baylor University! Sic ’em Bears!

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Patrick ordered a spicy chicken tapas next (not GF) while I had the eggplant–amazing!

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And the dessert…OMG! Unfortunately, I couldn’t eat too many desserts there, but boy do I wish I could have!  They have several different fondues to choose from–dark chocolate, milk chocolate, peanut butter chocolate and Nutella, in addition to chocolate soup, molten cakes and espresso cookies just to name a few! I had the chocolate mousse, and it was very good!

lacremadessertFavorite Beach: Watercolor, FL

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Okay, honestly, all the beaches along 30-A are INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL! The reason I like Watercolor is for the fact that there is nothing to the west of it, so it’s like your own private beach. During the summer, Watercolor beach gets extremely crowded, but, you always have that stretch of open beach until you reach Grayton. I love to walk that direction and go for a dip in the ocean to remind myself how big and amazing God truly is. I don’t know what it is about that area, but I always feel a little closer to God.

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I’ll leave you with one of my favorite photos I took at the beach one morning when I woke up before sunrise. I hope you can get down to 30-A sometime soon! Feel free to email me if you have any questions about that area! I’d love to know your 30-A favorites as well!

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Noonday Collection

 

I have to share my lovely jewelry pieces I ordered at a Noonday party that I attended last weekend.  If you haven’t heard of Noonday Collection…well then, you need to go right now and check out their website! The products are absolutely gorgeous, well-made, and have an incredible story behind them. This honorable company’s mission is to “create economic opportunity for the vulnerable.” They have 28 artisan groups in more than ten countries where they create sustainable jobs. They also provide the artisans with no-interest loans, emergency assistance and scholarship opportunities. A portion of the sales from the show I attended will go towards my friends adoption. In fact, that’s how Noonday was started. The founder, Jessica Honegger, hosted the first trunk show as a fundraiser to adopt her third child from Rwanda. The response was incredible and Noonday was born.

I’m in love with my new pieces! They are very versatile and can easily be worn with other pieces that I own. The Helena necklace (top) is made in India where Noonday provides economic opportunity for over 400 families. The Bethe Rope necklace (bottom) was made with upcycled metal and artillery, remnants of the war in Ethiopia. Many of the women who make this top-selling necklace are HIV positive. I encourage you to check out Noonday and consider hosting a party for friends and family.  They just came out with their Winter Collection in time for the holidays!

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noonday4The Helena necklace is on top and the Bethe Rope necklace I wrapped around 3 times underneath it.  Bethe Rope is 78″ in length, so you can wear it long or wrap it like I did.  I obviously love the layered look!

What are your favorite Noonday pieces?

 

Hallie B’s Style Shack

 

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If you’re into the indie, boho-chic, fair trade fashion, I’ve got the greatest little boutique for you! Hallie B’s, also known as HB Style Shack, is just that. Located in an adorable house right off the downtown Rockwall square, this gem has everything from shoes and scarves to clothes and jewelry. The fair trade boutique carries items made by artisans in developing countries as well as local lines from Dallas refugees. Their fair trade lines include Sole Hope, Gaia, 31 Bits, Raven + Lily, Sseko sandals, Restore International, Love Does, Arise Africa, and Akola. They also carry fabulous lines such as Johnny Was, Show Me Your Mumu, and Brightly Twisted. I found some incredibly unique jewelry items that I can wear with just about any outfit along with a colorful kimono and a long tie dyed dress (on sale to boot!) Go to their website for more detailed information including where Hallie got her vision for this eccentric jewel nestled in the heart of Rockwall, Texas. After taking a look at the photos below, I’d be shocked if you didn’t go jump in your car immediately to experience this sweet little shack!

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NCL Ensemble

 

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This weekend I attended the National Charity League Senior Presentation at the Hilton Southlake Townsquare.  I had a blast and loved seeing all the girls in their beautiful white dresses!  They were stunning!  I decided to put together a fun but chic outfit for the show.  Last weekend, I bought the fun Yumi dress on sale at Anthropologie.  If you look closely, you will see that it’s speckled with lots of colors-red, yellow, blue, and green.  I wanted to find a fun pair of shoes to go with, so I ran into see what TJ Maxx had…and I hit the jackpot!  I found these adorable, sassy pair of sandals by Tabita, an eclectic Brazilian brand.  They are comfortable, durable and a serious eye-catcher!  I love the fun black and white striped design on the heels.  Although still $69.99, on the expensive end for TJ Maxx, I couldn’t leave without them.  I love a good statement piece!

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I added my new pair of Warby Parker glasses and a coat of Essie’s “One of a kind” to my fingers and toes to spice up the look.  I had a great time and enjoyed seeing my sweet senior, Devaney, be presented.  Isn’t she gorgeous?

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Dress: Yumi from Anthropologie //Shoes: Tabita from TJ Maxx //Glasses: Ames in Whiskey Tortoise from Warby Parker //Polish: Essie “One of a kind” from Ulta

3 Little Bargains

 

I love a good deal!  I would definitely consider myself a bargain shopper the majority of the time. (Although, Patrick would most likely disagree.  When you’re married to a finance guy, nothing is a bargain.  Keep that in mind ladies.)  A quality brand at a low price is always a good thing though.  You can’t go wrong with that!  I found some little gems when I shopped at TJ Maxx last week and thought I’d share the great accessories you can find there.

Item #1:  Shoes $49.99betsy2feet

I fell in love with these Betsey shoes immediately, and it takes a lot for me to love a pair of flats!  When you’re 5 feet 2 inches tall, heels are always a good thing to wear.  However, these were too cute to pass up.  They will go with so many spring and summer outfits.

 

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TJ Maxx has a great scarf selection, and I can’t ever say no to a scarf.  That’s probably why I have like over 50 in my closet and can’t find half of them!  This one I loved because it’s perfect for the summer—light, bright and unique.

 

 

 

Item #3:  Purse $79.99Sak purse

I’ve been looking for a lighter purse recently that is still leather and will go with several different outfits.  I’ve never bought a purse from The Sak before, but I loved the color, size and pockets of this one.  It’s not nearly as heavy as the other leather purses I own and has both black and brown leather so it will go with a lot.

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I can barely enter a TJ Maxx without buying something.  They always have something I can’t live without whether it’s clothes, candles or bedding from Homegoods.  I guess you could say I am a Maxxinista!

Warby Parker

 

WPclosedcaseI’ve been hearing about Warby Parker for some time and finally decided to order a new pair of glasses.  I love that they donate a pair for each pair that you buy—those marketing strategies were created for me—some sweet person is need is benefitting from me buying something for myself!

What’s even more fun about WP is their “try them before you buy them” home try on.  Who doesn’t like to try things on before they buy them?  WP lets you choose 5 pairs that they will send you free for 5 days.  At the end of the 5 days, you just send them back in the provided box.  What fun!  I personally put on a little fashion show for my small group when they were at our house, and they cast their vote.  As you can see from the photos, even Ellington tried on a pair!

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Another great thing about WP is that ordering your glasses is so easy to do.  I had my optometrist email me my RX, and I just uploaded it to my WP account.  Super easy!  My glasses came in about a week in a cute little case with a cleansing cloth.  I’ve received numerous complements on them and haven’t had any problems.WPellington

WP is always designing new collections for both glasses and sunglasses.  They really are trendsetters.  So if you like to wear trendy glasses or sunglasses, you like to feel that you’re helping those in need, and you like simple, easy-to-use websites, I highly recommend Warby Parker.

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