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!
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!
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!
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 recently celebrated my 27th birthday. To celebrate my ever quickening decent to 30 I decided to do something just for me and have a photoshoot. I obviously decided to go to the newest hotspot in the San Antonio area, Flower Vault, to be my backdrop.
There are 5 flower themed instagram worthy rooms at Flower Vault and I knew it would be the prefect place to get some adorable springtime photos. I enlisted the assistance of Deanna Mazzei Photography to assist me in my flower wall princess photoshoot dreams.
This is one of my favorites. I loved the beautiful rose and peony walls.
Every year on Thanksgiving weekend one of my absolute favorite things to do is attend Dickens on Main. Main Street is blocked off from traffic, and a festive holiday celebration ensues.
There are lights on every shop, vendors with amazing food (my favorite is still the roasted candied nuts), shows, and all kinds of other holiday themed entertainment.
I hope that you got the chance to visit Boerne and attend this amazing event! If you missed it, don’t worry there is still holiday cheer to be had! The Weihnachts Parade is coming this weekend on Saturday December 2nd! You can come up and experience more Hill Country Christmas cheer and have start off this years holiday season right! It’s also the perfect opportunity to shop locally for any Christmas presents you still need!
If you’ve been keeping up with my Instagram stories you’ll know that this past weekend I decided to venture a little further up into the Hill Country to explore some of the tastes of Comfort, TX. I woke my boyfriend up (too early for his liking) and dragged him out of the house so that we could make our short migration 20 minutes up to Comfort. Since I was making him get up early on a weekend morning I wanted to take him somewhere he would enjoy, so we headed straight to Hill Country Distillers.
We pulled up and found plenty of parking available and wandered inside of the Hill Country Distillers tasting room. We waited only a moment and were assisted by one of the friendly bar staff. Tastings are free and once you are done you are able to go into the next room and purchase a mixed drink featuring the spirits you just experienced. Our tasting went from the highest proof to the lowest, fair warning the first one packs a punch!
I can honestly say there is not one that I did not like but I have to say that my absolute favorite was the Dulce a coffee liqueur. I decided to go with the staff recommendation and order a Bushwacker which is aptly described as an adult milkshake.. and also ordered a few others as well.
I think it will go perfectly in my Saturday morning coffee to give me a little extra pep-in-my-step for the weekend! I learned that they are pet friendly as well and if your furry friend needs a break, they even have a small fenced in kennel area outside for your pooch!
Once we finished our drinks and purchased a branded copper mug (for use later), we wandered outside and grabbed some grub at the Firehouse Fare food truck stationed just outside the tasting room. I ordered the chicken sandwich and sat down to enjoy the nice weather.
Once I was no longer in a food coma from my sandwich I went next door to the Newsom Vineyards tasting room.
Tastings are $5 per person and offer a selection of 4 different wines. My favorite was their 2015 Orange Muscat and I purchased two bottles which I intend to enjoy over the next week or two.
If you are looking for a great date night/afternoon activity or a girls day out I highly recommend checking out the Comfort area your significant other and experience, some great food, wine, and liquor!
Something to Note:
*You cannot purchase bottles at Hill Country Distillers on Sundays (darn those pesky Texas laws!) but you CAN still purchase individual drinks at their bar.
The San Antonio Botanical Garden has been going through an expansion and is now bigger and more beautiful than ever. It is a fantastic place to go for a causal day out after brunch with a significant other, family, or friends.
There are multiple different walking trails throughout that not only immerse you in nature, but also give you a glimpse into different areas of Texas from wooded areas , to cactus gardens you can experience various peaceful gardens.
Get outside and go #TakeAHike at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens!