Hotel Emma

Last year I had the opportunity to check out the beautiful Hotel Emma located at the Historic Pearl Brewery, courtesy of the fabulous Mr. Carl Myers.

It has been a while since my visit but I thought I would let you all in on the luxury of Hotel Emma.

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Key packet.
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Beautiful view of the San Antonio River Walk.

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Great local goodies in the mini bar.

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Serious attention to detail.

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My favorite part of the entire hotel.
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The toilet paper guys… seriously cute!

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Everything is made to put you in an immediate relaxed state. Every want and need has been taken care of.
 

 

 

 

If you get the chance to visit San Antonio, I emphatically recommend the chic Hotel Emma.

Texas Summer Style

It is summer time in Texas. While that does mean summer fun, it can also mean melted makeup and humidity to boot. What’s a girl to do to stay looking stylish but also stay cool?

I’ve compiled a list of the best 5 things to help you beat the Texas heat:

1. .Wear Sunblock. This SHOULD go without saying but so many of us (myself included) tend to skip the sun screen. I hate the oily feeling most sunblock brands tend leave on my skin, but I recently discovered this sunblock from Aveeno that doesn’t leave the icky oily feeling but still protects your skin from harmful UV rays. However you express you style this summer staying free of skin cancer is key. Even a small burn can lead to harmful melanomas down the line. Make sure to protect your skin to look fantastic for years to come!

2. Bring shade with you: Not only is wearing a sun hat absolutely fab, they help shield your face, neck, and shoulders from the sun and help you stay cooler! You can pair it with jeans and a t shirt, bathing suit, or maxi dress. They are incredibly versatile and add a touch of old Hollywood to any outfit. Check out this adorable hat for under $20!

3. Kaftans: This style of dress has been around for thousands of years. For me they are the dress equivalent of yoga pants. These can be dressed up or down and con be worn to every occasion imaginable. Something as simple as switching a necklace or bag can take this from day to night in an instant. This style of dress has been a staple in my closet for years. It is great for days when I just cannot be bothered to put together an outfit and just want to be comfortable, but still look glamorous. I have the kaftan below in several colors.

4. Get a great Primer. If you want to keep looking hot without looking sweaty invest in a good primer. I’ve been using the Becca primer for two years now and it keep my makeup on my face and not looking like a hot mess! This stuff is the holy grail for ladies like me who like to stay matte all day. *Tip: use a small pea sized amount and warm it between your fingers before applying to get the best finish.

5. Hydrate: Staying hydrated is crucial. Sun stroke can happen quickly in the extreme heat we are prone to here in the Hill Country, so  when temperatures inch ever higher it is important to stay cool and make sure your body has enough water. Drinking lots of water also helps make sure your skin stays too, meaning fewer breakouts and lots of beauty benefits. I always have a water bottle on hand to make sure that I can hydrate through out the day. Consider taking a reusable bottle or cup such as S’well bottle or Yeti with you whenever you leave the house. These are also great when you head down to the Coast to keep our beverages chilled all day!  Another benefit is that you will be using fewer disposable bottles, creating less waste, and helping out the environment at the same time!

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Boerne Brunch: Cibolo Creek Brewing Co.

This morning I had the opportunity to go to the inaugural Sunday Brunch at Cibolo Creek Brewing Company.  It was a truly pure Texas Hill Country experience with amazing local and fresh ingredients.

 

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New Brunch Menu
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I of course went for Mimosa…
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My S.O. went for a good old fashioned beer.
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Breakfast On A Bun

To help kick off their new Sunday brunch menu they had the gentlemen from Indy Coffee Club outside making delicious caffeinated treats. I recommend their Iced Vanilla Cold Brew.

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Indy Coffee Club

I think Cibolo Creek Brewing Co. may just be the best new Sunday Brunch spot in Boerne.

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Saturday Excursions: The Dienger Trading Co.

Saturday is my day to run around and do errands in the morning. I like to have things done by mid afternoon before everyone else wakes up so that I can relax in the afternoon. Part of this relaxation ritual involves coming home to a cup of coffee and a treat.

Today that comes from The Dienger Trading Company. I’ve written about The Dienger before and they are still one of my favorite places in Boerne.  Today’s goodies are a vanilla latte and a scone.

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Iced Vanilla Latte

 

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Orange and Cranberry Scone with some of the Strom family homemade jam.

I like to warm up my scone and then slather it with some of my family’s homemade jam. It is the perfect way to start the weekend wind down.