Hey Y’all! I hope you’ve been safe during quarantine. I decided to post a quick chit chat and share how I’m feeling about going back to work now that we’re opening.
When picking out holiday gifts for friends and family, I got to thinking about family heirlooms and their importance in my families legacy, as well as the joy those heirloom items bring to me this time of year. When you bring out a silver ornament or a special pair of earrings, you start talking about you bought it our who gave it to whom and how long it has been in the family. During the holidays I also bring out a pair of earrings that are over 120 years old that were my 2x great grandmothers. I got to thinking… what heirlooms am I creating for my future 2x great-grandchildren to remember me by?
I have been lucky enough to inherit a few pieces to pass down and I had a few quality pieces of jewelry but most of what I had was costly costume jewelry that was certainly never going to last a lifetime. As I’ve gotten older (and hopefully a little wiser) I’ve started to invest more into quality jewelry pieces that will stand the test of time.
I realized that while I had not collected many pieces that I felt really told a story about who I am and about things I have done. I decided it was time to start investing in my legacy and my future family by collecting quality pieces to pass down to my future family members.
I partnered with James Avery to show y’all some items that I think make wonderful heirloom pieces that I have personally added to my collection and also give you a chance to win a $150 James Avery gift card to start adding to your own heirloom collection!
4 Heirloom Pieces to add to your collection:
1. Charm Bracelet
Charm bracelets have been around for centuries. Early Babylonians around 600 BC! But Queen Victoria really popularised the charm bracelet including mourning charms after her beloved husband passed away.
Charm Bracelets tell a story and that story can be shared and passed down in a tangible and meaningful way.
My James Avery charm bracelet story started off with the San Antonio Tricentennial bracelet that I purchased for my birthday and added on some iconic Texas charms onto it ie. Whataburger and the super adorable FIESTA Pinata charm! I recently included a few more charms to my bracelet’s story, the Taco charm (foodie life duh!) and the beautiful new Bell Charm from the new 2019 Holiday Collection.
This beautiful Bell Charm (Love Song Charm) actually does ring and there is nothing quite so pleasant as the sound a ringing silver bell.
This particular charm is darling and not just for its lovely name ( the Love Song Charm) holds a few meanings for me:
-My Dad is a Real Bearded Santa and having a subtle nod to Christmas is something really lovely to have on all the time.
– The bell represents the beautiful missions in San Antonio and the beautiful 5 bell display along the San Antonio River Walk. And since I’m River Walk Royalty for 2020 I felt it was perfect to add onto my bracelet that tells my Texas story.
2. Claddagh Ring
The next piece I invested in was a Claddagh.
The Claddagh Ring is a very old Irish traditional ring that has been around for hundreds of years and having one to pass down is extremely important to me. The James Avery Claddagh ring is a classic piece but still with beautiful modern lines that is something that will be passed down to future generations of my strawberry blond and red headed future Irish family.
3. Silver Ornaments
There’s nothing like setting up your tree to really get you into the Christmas spirit. Part of the fun of putting up the Christmas tree is pulling out old ornaments and saying “remember this one this is from grandma” or “we got this when we visited” etc. sharing those stories are so important for ensuring that families continue to pass down important family memories. Having silver ornaments not only look beautiful on the tree but also ensure that those precious family memories don’t accidentally break due to a furry family members tail or some other calamity.
4. Subtle Statement Earring
My last heirloom recommendation is a pair of subtle statement earrings.
This pair has an elegant quatrefoil style ( very reminiscent of the San Antonio quatrefoil) that easily transition from daytime at the office to an evening affair. They are light and delicate but still sturdy and will easily stand the test of time both in changing the fashion trends and also being passed down from person to person. I cannot wait to tell my (currently nonexistent) future grandchildren how I wore these earrings during my reign on the 2020 River Walk Royalty Court!
Quality jewelry of precious metals like silver and gold are one of the few things that are able to be passed down from generation to generation because those items LAST. The $10 pair of costume jewelry earrings won’t last you until your granddaughters 16th birthday, but a pair of silver, gold, or gemstone earrings or a charm bracelet, now that will last generations past your lifetime. If you start curating your collection now, you will have a wonderful collection to pass down to your future great grandchildren.
For a chance to win a $150 James Avery gift card to start building your own heirloom collection follow me on Instagram and enter my giveaway (Closes 12/22)!
Merry Christmas y’all! I hope you’re having an amazing day with family and friends!
I recently took some holiday photos at the Flower Vault in San Antonio. Their locations close December 31st so don’t miss out!
Tis’ The Season For Holiday Card’s!
I’m excited to send out my own solo Christmas Cards this year! It’s a daunting prospect for the first time you’re sending out cards on your own!
The Basic Invite Holiday Cards Maker is such an easy way to get professional holiday cards done quickly and easily! They have over 500 designs to choose from and an almost unlimited color pallet for your cards (Even the envelopes!) so you can have a truly unique option for your family.
The process is SO easy and really quick. You can choose from personalized holiday cards no photo required, or go fully custom and add in a great family (or in my case solo) photo!
I chose to use an amazing photo of me from a recent photo session with a local Boerne photographer, Kate, for my card photo.
Once I had my fabulous glamour shot selected; I simply edited the text, changed some colors, and the front of my card was complete!
The coolest part about the whole process, is that Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite even offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders!
The great part about Basic Invite’s cards is that you can add in some really unique options to make your card stand out. The the backs of Basic Invite’s cards are totally unique and offer fun ways to put the hi-lights of your year together for friends and family.
I really love the adorable holiday ornament options to give quick easily digestible memorable moments from your year!
There is even an option to customize the interior of your envelopes for a really personal touch.
I chose my signature yellow with my initials for a fun pop of non traditional color for my envelope. There are over 40 different colors to choose from so you can fine something unique to you!
I can’t wait to send out my Christmas cards this season! If you’re looking to stand out this holiday season check out Basic Invite and use Coupon Code: holi30 to get 30% off your order and start sharing those memories right away!
And of course I will be sending Santa a card as well with my list…hopefully he will check it twice!
Summer White Parties are an annual tradition. It’s one of those occasions that makes you get creative with your wardrobe.
Since at a white party everyone wears white (kinda self explanatory), it’s the best time to get creative with your accessories without being too over the top.
If you’re as pasty white as your outfit (like I am), or if you just want to keep the sun’s harmful rays at bay, having a stylish hat is a summer wardrobe essential.
Its important to have a fun statement piece when you’re wearing the same hue head to toe, to keep your look unique and to add a pop of color.
I’m in LOVE with Amazonite right now, it’s the perfect stone for summer! The stone’s blue & green ocean colors are perfect for poolside style and definitely make this look!
However you spend your summer, I hope that yours stays sunny and bright!
A hot Texas Hill Country summer night calls for a bold look.
Wandering around this Boerne property, I loved seeing the old mustang grape vines that once thrived here, and seeing the rebirth of new growth and possibilities.
I love shopping local here in the Texas Hill Country. There are so many incredible places to discover and take inspiration from.
My Summer look features the ‘Aztec Necklace‘ sent to me by Grace and Charm . Grace and Charm is a local jewelry company in Austin that features beautiful handcrafted jewelry made with natural stones. I love that, while this is a statement necklace, it is not heavy on my neck, making this an easily wearable piece that has been in heavy rotation in my weekly outfits.
This mustard yellow dress reminds me of well mustard… which is a huge part of German and Czech dishes here in the Hill Country. I picked up this striking piece at Lenette’s Shop and Sip Boutique just down the road from Boerne in Helotes. It is SO nice to see local boutiques here that carry plus sizes!
Hat: Goorin Bros
Necklace: Grace and Charm
However you go bold this summer, do it with style.
It’s June 21 aka the Summer Solstice!
That means it’s the longest day of the year!
To celebrate this ancient tradition, I went with a simple breezy look that had a very earthy feel.
Dress: Koh Koh Fashion
Necklace: Shop Grace and Charm
Sunglasses: Tom Ford
This gorgeous necklace sent to me from Grace and Charm, is the perfect accessory for the Summer Solstice. It is a gold fill chain and natural amazonite stones. It reminds me of those beautiful rough cut pillars at Stonehenge.
The Summer Solstice is also World Giraffe Day! The longest necked mammals celebration is on the longest day of the year!
Head over to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to make a donation and learn about these incredible animals!
Game night is a serious business. You need the right board games to facilitate the right flow of conversation, competition, and yet still let everyone be at ease.
Boerne-Opoly features local favorites like the Dienger Trading Co., Boerne Berges Fest, and more! Each card, property, and photo is something that is uniquely Boerne.
When your gathering supplies for your next game night don’t just have local beer and bites, pick up our local game as well!
Boerne-Opoly is available from Late For The Sky Games at Walmart. Be sure to pick one up or enter my Instagram Giveaway for a chance to win one Boerne-Opoly game for your next game night!
I recently attended the amazing Annual Crawfish Boil at Bootjack Bar in Bergheim Texas, just outside Boerne.
This wasn’t your typical bar event, this was an amazing fun filled community event hat brought together people from the Greater Boerne area as well as other parts of the Hill Country and San Antonio.
There was of course AMAZING spicy crawfish but there were also some fun extras to make sure everyone had a great experience. There was giant beer pong from Rent Giant Games, and helicopter rides from Veracity Aviation . It was such an incredible time. I got a birds eye view of the beautiful Texas Hill Country from the helicopter, and had a complete blast. I cannot wait to attend next year’s event!
I thought that this week I would share some of my Fiesta outfits with you all. This is a little outside of my normal posts but I thought that it would be fun and festive and well I just really want d to share my cute outfits!
1) My Piñata look:
Skirt: Old Navy
Flower Crown: Vintage Nature Crown
This look was PERFECT for the DoSEUM’s ReDO Piñata Party! Colorful, comfy, and just a little bit sassy.
@sanantoniostephanie , @drinkinginsa, @jessicalynnstrom J^2!
2)Battle Of The Flowers
This look is colorful and fun, perfect for one of the biggest parades in the country! This top by Belk’s Crown and Ivy Collection has pops of color and hot pink fringe down the front that help give the look a little extra Fiesta flair! Also how cute is my pig purse?! I picked him up at the Fiesta Store for only $8!
Shoes: Clark’s Mules
Bag: Pig Purse- Fiesta Store
Flower Crown: Vintage Nature Crown
3) Business Casual Fiesta Fun
This look will easily let you show your Fiesta spirit while still being appropriate to hit that work meeting and easily transition to after work Fiesta events like hanging out at NIOSA, Taste of the Northside, or Alamo Heights Night.
This top from Belk, is so light and breaths! It will definitely keep you cool during these humid Texas evenings!
I win this adorable fiesta purse from the lovely @Cynthiaedee and her Goodwill SA instagram Giveaway. You can find amazing fashion opinions for an incredibly affordable price at you local Goodwill!
Earrings: South Texas Glam
Shoes: Clark’s Mules
Bag: Goodwill San Antonio
4)Friday Night Fun
Earrings: South Texas Glam
5)Cool Casual Comedy Outfit
Bag: Goodwill San Antonio The Pom Poms on this adorable bag from Goodwill San Antonio totally bring in the Fiesta Fun!
I wore this outfit to the Jazz, TX comedy show with Todd Glass. Perfect for a fun casual evening that’s just a little bit extra.
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I hope this inspires you to Up your own Fiesta game for these last few days and to inspire your own amazing outfits for next year!
As Always Love You Guys!