Creating Family Heirlooms during the Holidays

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.

Love Song Charm

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.

Adorned Claddagh Ring

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

Merry Christmas Ornament This photo provided from James Avery

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.

Venetian Frame Hoop Ear Posts

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 at Flower Vault

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 Poolside Style: White Party

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.

I love the straw hats from Goorin Bros. They roll up easily into my bag, but still hold their shape.

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 loving the Aztec Necklace from Grace and Charm, a local jewelry company here in the Hill Country. This delicate light weight necklace won’t weigh you down and is perfect for a breezy summer look.

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!

Use Coupon Code: JULY40 to get 40% off your purchase at Grace and Charm!

This adorable ‘Totes Y’all’ tote from Draper James completes my summer poolside look. It’s red interior stripes just scream 4th of July BBQ!

However you spend your summer, I hope that yours stays sunny and bright!

Summer Solstice 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!

Fiesta Fashion

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:

Top: The Pearl Antler ‘Casa Rio Tunic’

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!

Top: Belk -Crown and Ivy Collection

Jeans: Levi

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!

Top: Belk- Kim Rogers Collection

Jeans: Levi

Earrings: South Texas Glam

Shoes: Clark’s Mules

Bag: Goodwill San Antonio

4)Friday Night Fun

Top: Belk- Crown and Ivy CollectionStriped Dot Print Top

Jeans- Levi

Shoes: Payless

Bag: Pig Purse – Fiesta Store

Earrings: South Texas Glam

5)Cool Casual Comedy Outfit

Top: Belk Crown and Ivy Collection Peasant Top

Jeans: Levi

Shoes: Clark’s

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.

Shop My Look:

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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!

-Jessica

12 Days Of Christmas: Beauty Advent Calendar!

I decided that this year I would give myself a pre-holiday treat… every day. I recently picked up a Beauty Advent Calendar from Target so I can celebrate my own version of the 12 Days of Christmas sans a partridge , swans a swimming, or 5 gold rings.

I was inspired to pick one of these up by a Beauty Blogger and YouTuber I have followed for some time, Kristina Braly, who opens a few Beauty advent calendars every year for Vlogmas (follow her channel it’s fantastic). She finally convinced me that I should pamper myself this year and try something new.The thing I liked about this Beauty Advent Calendar, besides it’s great price tag, is that you can see exactly what items you will be unboxing so that you can be sure you’ll actually like what you’re getting. The great part about picking up an Advent Calendar is that you get to try out items you may not have prior experience with but you also get tried and true products as well.

Click HERE to check out this Beauty Advent Calendar. They’re selling out fast so make sure you go pick one up soon!

Make sure you follow me on Instagram and check out my Instagram Story where I’ll be opening up a new window each day through Christmas Eve and watch my Beauty Advent Calendar journey!

Black Friday Deal!

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Use code MIBLK for 20% off on any of their bracelets or cuffs!

I have worn my Miansai bracelets for years and every time I wear them someone always comments on how beautiful and unique they are.

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Remember this deal ends at midnight tonight so don’t miss out!!!

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.

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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Black Is My Color

Summer is in full swing …but no one told my handbags. 


I’m a black/dark SLG all the way. After all classics are classics for a reason!