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Shades of blue I’m loving lately…

May 18, 2017

blue and white summer fashion, beach style

It was definitely tough coming back from a week long vacation. I am still dreaming of the beach, so I thought I’d share a few pieces that I’m loving right now inspired by the beautiful Maui beaches.

My mini-me keeps asking, “When are we going to the ocean, Mama?”  I hope again soon! In the meantime, maybe I’ll just dress like I’m going there. 😉

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Home Design + Decor Travel

Marburger Farm Antique Show

April 7, 2016

(Photo by Megan Bruce Lucas)

I recently traveled  to Round Top, TX for the Marburger Farm Antique Show. This is about a 1.5 hour drive northwest of Houston. I’ve heard about this show from a few people and read that it’s one of the country’s best shows, so I thought it was worth making the trek. Since we’re building a home, I’ve been doing more window shopping lately. Normally, I hate going places without having a true purpose, but I’m still looking for home inspiration, especially on the decor front.  Overall, it was good to get a feel for the show and vendors since it comes twice a year —  March and September. I’ll definitely go back in the fall when we’re farther in the home building process, and I’ll have more specific pieces in mind. A few accessories caught my eye, and I did find two custom furniture stores I loved  as well. I plan to place an order for a pair of chairs that I think will look great in our new living room. The experience here as a first-timer was a tad overwhelming since there are 350 dealers from across the country in the show. I actually liked more of the vendors we saw along the way to the actual main Marburger Farm area.

Marburger Farms, longhorn

Hook ’em.  (Photo by Tabbetha Powers)

I’m on the hunt for light fixtures, and I’d love something like this for the mudroom.

I think these jars are fun, and I’ve love to have them for a candy bar for a party, but would use them for pantry staples, too.


It took awhile to find the letters in the shapes I had in mind, but we went home with some good ones.

Who doesn’t like kettle corn?

Our only family pic of the day. Braden was in a mood at this point.

We bought some metal letters to hang up in the new house. It took awhile to find the shapes that I had in mind. This was our only real purchase of the day.  It was a nice mid-week day trip.

I would consider spreading  my next visit to Marburger Farm over two days so we can look at more vendors, but I’m glad we went on the first day and on a weekday — I can only imagine how crowded it gets on the weekend, especially with all those one lane, small town roads! Overall, we had a nice day despite the some light rain. I’ll definitely go again, but probably sans child. I wouldn’t want to spend most of the day strapped in a stroller after being in a car seat for awhile either. Well, actually, I’d really love if someone would push me around and ask me if I’m thirsty or hungry all day. Sounds pretty dreamy actually! Our day trip to Round Top was actually on my birthday so I’d say it was a simple, yet wonderful birthday adventure. Does that mean I’m super old now if I want to go hunting for antiques on my birthday?!




Wanderlust: 5 amazing tropical getaways

March 30, 2016

I have the itch to take a beach vacation. Maybe it’s the sunny spring weather or perhaps it’s just spring fever + a toddler who likes to wake up at least once per night lately, but I NEED a vacation. We’re heading to Cancun in early June and I can’t wait! Facebook has been tormenting me with those “memories” posts, reminding me that  I’ve previously traveled quite a bit during this time frame over the years. I’m a March baby, so it was always common for me to be on a beach somewhere on my birthday.   Since Ben and I were married for awhile before we had the mini-me, we traveled quite a bit and beach vacations were always getaways we could agree on. So, in honor of my wanderlust, I’m bringing you my top 5 fave tropical escapes.

  1. Turks and Caicos – I could just live here. The pristine white sand is the epitome of what sand should be. And the water —  It’s perfection times ten. We went in November,  and it was the ideal time of year to go — right before Thanksgiving so we beat the crowds. We traveled to Providenciales, which is a 38-mile beach area that’s the most popular and developed place on the island. It wasn’t crowded at all. We stayed on the north side near Grace Bay at a resort that I highly recommend called Seven Stars. Y’all, it’s just heavenly. Turks and Caicos is recognized time and time again by Conde Nast, Travel and Leisure and so many more top-tier publications as one of the world’s best beaches, and I agree 150%. Just one of the best, most relaxing vacations of my life.
    Grace Bay , Turks and Caicos

    Grace Bay , Turks and Caicos

    Turks and Caicos Sunset

    Turks and Caicos Sunset

    Turks and Caicos Starfish

  2. St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands – this comes in a close second. If you love amazing beaches and you also like the outdoors, St. John is a wonderful place for you. I would definitely go back to this island, which is one of three of the U.S. Virgin Islands. We stayed in a cool house, sort of like a treehouse with nice decks and outdoor eating spaces. We were with family so the house worked well so we could enjoy more homemade meals. Food is pricey here at grocery stores, but so is going out to eat 6 days in a row. We loved this island because there were so many untouched beaches you could explore. One that is a must-see is called Trunk Bay. We just drove to beach after beach with snorkeling gear and waded through the most beautiful water that seemed like the biggest tropical fish tank. The island is very hilly, so driving around is quite the adventure, but renting a car was needed since we really explored the island, which is comprised mostly of a national park. We had a fabulous day on a private sail boat that was so beautiful. I would definitely go back to St. John. One of my friends is going to St. John for her honeymoon next month and I’d love to stay at Caneel Bay the next time I go, which is where she’s staying.St John Ben & LaureenSt John hobecat
  3. Grand Cayman – When you can take a 2.5 hour flight to a place this beautiful, why the heck not? We’re fortunate that Houston has so many direct flights to great places like Grand Cayman. This was Braden’s first flight and earned him his first passport stamp at 9 months. It was a wonderful first family beach vacation, and we stayed at  the Westin on Seven Mile Beach, which nicely accommodated having a baby in the room by providing a rollaway crib. Pack n plays are pretty terrible in my opinion, so not worrying about lugging that around took a little stress out of traveling with baby. I’ll have to do a whole other post about traveling with a baby one day because I feel like I’ve learned a ton over the past year flying with B. Grand Cayman is another beach that has beautiful turquoise water and soft sand. Not quite as soft as Turks and Caicos and St. John, though but I feel like I was kind of spoiled by experiencing those beforehand and now I compare everything to that! We went to Stingray City Sandbar while we were here and petted/swam/ran through the water shrieking once surrounded by stingrays. Definitely a memorable experience.Grand Cayman Baby First Trip
  4. Kauai, HI – A place that doesn’t require a passport, but it’s quite the long flight if you’re coming from many areas of the country. I’ve been to Oahu, HI before, but I would go back to Kauai every year if I could. I can’t really say the same for Oahu to be really honest.  Kauai isn’t too  touristy or crowded (we went in early March, probably before spring break season hit). It has some similarities to St. John because it has beautiful beaches and fantastic nature activities like hiking Waimea Canyon – a must see for sure. When I say nature, it’s like sensory overload in terms of how beautiful the mountains, canyons and beaches  are. We went hiking and took a helicopter tour around the island — totally  recommend that. We stayed on two sides of the island during our time there: the south side, Poipu Beach  and then Princeville. I liked the latter more, just because it was so breathtaking and we were closer to more outdoorsy areas we wanted to explore. We were just in awe of how beautiful this island was the whole time we were there. I’m glad we made the last-minute switch mid-trip to go to the other side of the island. We stayed at the Westin Princeville (I really like Starwoods hotels) and it was fabulous.Kauai (5)Kauai (4)Kauai (1)
  5. Costa Rica –  This is another quick direct flight for Houstonians, but I would recommend this tropical escape to anyone. We flew into Liberia, which is on the west side and stayed in a surf town called Tamarindo on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica in a province called Guanacaste. It had beautiful beaches and a large wildlife refuge nearby. We snorkeled, went scuba diving one day and also did fun activities like taking ATVs through the jungle and ziplining. I’d love to go back to Costa Rica again and visit this area again and also explore other areas of the country as well.

    Tamarindo, Costa Rica sunset

    Tamarindo, Costa Rica sunset

There are a few places I’ve left off the list for now including Belize, Puerto Rico and lots of Mexican destinations including Cozumel, Puerta Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. All amazing places that I’ll share another day.

What are your favorite beach getaways? I love hearing other people’s travel recommendations so please share!

More soon,