A Tale Of Two Necklaces

During my River Walk Duchess Coronation in February (pre Covid Era) I was given the opportunity to start wearing my great great grandmother’s nearly 200 year old necklace made of gold, 5 diamonds, and 7 amethysts. I thought it would be amazing to be able to wear some of my family’s antique jewelry as my own ‘royal jewels’.

As much as I love this family heirloom necklace I am paranoid while wearing it. I had it secured to my top with multiple safety pins and neurotics checked it every two second to make sure it was still on my neck.

I knew if I lost it that my grandmother and my mother would both (justifiably) kill me.

I decided that I wanted to find another necklace that captured the spirit of the necklace but wouldn’t make me as crazy and that maybe was even a little more ‘me’ that my family necklace is.

I stumbled upon this beautiful sterling silver, gold plated, amethyst and freshwater pearl necklace (y’all know how I LOVE pearls!) from Ross Simons that conveniently was also under $100!

Necklace from Ross Simons

I think this necklace perfectly captures the spirit of my great grandmothers antique necklace but with a more bohemian kind of feel which is definitely me!

I like that I’m able to start collecting some pieces which can add to things that I can pass down in the future and start creating some other family heirlooms (see my previous post on starting to create heirlooms).

I think both of these amethyst necklaces can happily coexist in my jewelry collection and be lovely amethyst sisters together!

Jileon Rainboots: Wide Calf Rainboots + Coupon Code!

If you are a plus size gal like me, you might have a hard time finding boots. I personally love the look of rainboots but had been unable to find ones that fit my calves. Enter Jileon Boots! The UK based company makes rain boots (aka wellies) that fit up to 21 inch calves!

Use Code: JESSICA15 for 15% off your order!

Jileon Boots makes comfortable durable boots that are made to fit those of us with wider calves and wider feet. If you like to tuck your pants in, wear thick socks, or just like a bit more room, these rainboots could be just what you are looking for!

These boots are super durable and have held up in this rough South Texas weather, and they even have a 1 year warranty!

If you’ve been looking for a cute pair of rainboots for your own check out Jileon Boots & use Coupon Code JESSICA15 for 15% off your order!

Disclaimer: I was gifted the boots shown in the post. All opinions are my own.

*I also have two other pairs I purchased myself & I love them!

Hill Country Photo Shoot with Simply Serie Photography

Just before Thanksgiving I got to do a shoot with Kate from Simply Seri Photography. I wanted to do some nice staged photos for some great glam shots for the blog and Kate was the perfect one to provide the lux experience I was looking for. 

This was also a fun experience to share as I got to drag my dear friend Will with me to model with me.  He hates being in front of the camera and doesn’t do social media, so having him agree to have his photos be part of this blog post and the experience is a HUGE deal and I’m so excited to share it with y’all! 

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Pure Glam!

Kate, the photographer behind Simply Serie Photography is  natural light photographer based in Boerne and San Antonio specializing in family portraiture, newborns, lifestyle, and weddings. But she provides SO much more than that. She is the only photographer in the area that offers a truly luxury experience beginning to end. 

BEFORE YOUR SESSION

  • Pre-session Consultation & Portrait Planning
  • Kate asked me what I had in mind for the photo session, what kind of shots I was looking for, and what I wanted to get out of the photos. I told her that I really wanted to have my friend’s vintage truck as part of the photoshoot and she gave me some great ideas on how to involve the truck into the series.
  • Pinterest Mood Board unique to your session
  • Kate was also amazing in outfit planning, giving me advice on what would look best on camera for myself and Will. She set up a Pinterest board for outfits and what I had in mind and different shots and then sent me clothing recommendations.  I really needed the help figuring out outfit options for him that would still fit into his style but be a little more elevated for the photos. Kate had some great ideas that he didn’t hate and really allowed me to involve both of our personalities into the pre planning. She was always available for texts with links to different sweaters and combinations to give her input. 
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Kate works tirelessly to make sure that the experience is amazing and doing the shoot with her was so different to other photographers in the area. It is like comparing the difference between buying a bag at LV vs. Target, luxury vs. just another person to move through the line. This was especially important to me because my friend Will is NOT someone who likes to be in front of the camera and he is not comfortable in situations like that. She made him feel so at ease and really worked to make the process as natural as possible. 

Check out some of the BTS shots :

AFTER YOUR SESSION

  • 1-on-1 Gallery Reveal:
  • If you were watching my ig stories you saw my gallery reveal. It is a great way to see your entire shoot and see the options available for leather bound album books, and museum quality photo canvas hangings.Prior to your gallery reveal you get to have Kate and her husband Chad can photograph the specific area in your home you want to hang your photo so that you can see exactly how it will look at various sizes in your home. This way you will never have to worry about getting your investment home and realizing that the print you ordered just isn’t big enough to hang above your fireplace ever again. 
  • Custom Portrait Slideshow
  • Print Consultation & Ordering
  • Hand delivered, installed, luxury heirloom items:
  • Kate and Chad will even come and install your canvas or print so that you know it is fully secured and ready to go. This is all inclusive with the cost of your session and photo purchase. It really is a full service luxury experience unlike any other photographer in the area. 

Another amazing thing that Simply Serie offers is that your photos will be catalogued permanently. If you decide three years from now that you’d really like one of the other photos of a loved one, you can rest assured that the photos will be there. Should there be a special occasion, or a tragic one, your memories will be preserved and available any time you want them.

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It was so important to me to have his car be a part of the shoot, since it is such a huge part of his life and I am so happy Kate recognized that and took the time to make it a character in the photo story. 
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She had just told him to ‘pull me along’ and I was laughing like crazy cause he really did!
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There really is no other photographer in the area that offers such a complete full service option like Simply Serie Photography. They provide a luxury experience from beginning to end, and if you are looking for the 5 star treatment for your families future memories, or to start them out, look no further that Simply Serie Photography in our own backyard here in the Hill Country!

 Book Your Session With Simply Serie Photography HERE!

*This post was edited to reflect the change in status of my relationship. We are still very close friends but the status of our relationship has changed and we are no longer a couple.

Boerne Brunch: Bear Moon Bakery and Cafe

This morning I decided to have a solo Sunday Brunch on the Hill Country Mile at Bear Moon Bakery and Cafe.

I decided to go with a more casual look since it was just myself and I would be dining alone (see outfit details below).

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Outfit Of The Day- Sun Glasses –FEISEDY, Top- Blogging Day, Jeans- Torrid, Bag- Tory Burch Fleming Convertible Shoulder Bag, Shoes- Sperry Angel Fish Boat Shoes

After taking my lap on the Mile I decided that I would Brunch at Bear Moon. I waited a few minutes for a table to clear and then parked myself down with the local paper to read and enjoy my morning (when locals wait you know the food is worth it!). I really enjoy some alone time people watching and reading while having brunch. It is just a nice way to take a break from the world for a minute.

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I decided to go for the Lunch part of Brunch this Sunday. Once my food arrived I enjoyed a delicious salad and sandwich combo with an iced chai tea latte. I MUST have my caffeine in the morning!

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Espresso BBQ Sandwich

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Pure Yum Y’all

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As always a lovely morning on the Boerne Hill Country Mile.