Going Home

I am about to get real sappy on you. Just a warning, nostalgia is next… On the three hour drive to my home in Montgomery (texas) yesterday it got me thinking. Here are my mumbled/jumbled thoughts…Going home is always a great pleasure to me. I am so lucky that my family is extremely close and my parents always made our house a welcoming and enjoyable place. My childhood home was always comforting, happy, loving, real, and peaceful. Growing up I never fully appreciated where I was from or the lifestyle in which I was raised. My parents and childhood are what I call a modern day “Leave it to Beaver” –  my parents have been in a loving marriage for over 34 years, they always showed us what unconditional love looks like, there was breakfast every morning and dinner every night, they never missed a sports event and they were and are the most dependable people I have ever met. The older I get the more I am amazed at how fortunate I was to grow up in a family like I did. But at 15 it was the last thing on my mind. Who really takes the time to appreciate details when you are so excited about your new boyfriend or if you are going to get the car that you want.

One of my flaws – I tend to rush through life. I am constantly trying to think ahead instead of enjoying the ride. It is something I work really hard on now because I know what I have missed from the past. One being – taking the time to appreciate my beginnings. Don’t get me wrong, I still remember all my parents did for me, but I now realize I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time. I was so busy rushing through my youth, “because being an adult would be s0o0o0o0 much better,” or  because, “I hate this small town and can’t wait to leave,” that I never truly took the time to appreciate all that was around me. The people, my home, and my family. It all came together when I was listening to one of my favorite songs on the drive and they started to sing about home. The question of, “what home was to me?” popped in my head. The thought of home is always a warm and fuzzy one – and then I realized I had never taken the time to fully appreciate it. As a teen I was so consumed with my own world that I didn’t take the time to appreciate what was around me and as an young adult I couldn’t help but think of where my next trip would be or reaching my dream job that appreciating my roots was an unknown thought. As I pulled up my driveway and hopped out to see my parents, I couldn’t help but give  a little tighter hug, and smile. It has been eight years since I drove away from this amazing place to live in Dallas, and I am just now taking a moment to enjoy it. I get so caught up in my travels that I forget to appreciate where it all began. I am about to spend a week here helping my parents babysit my adorable, perfect, beautiful, smiley niece and I am going to soak in every minute of it, because coming home is just about the best place I can be.

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Madewell Sessun Harakan dress, All Saints black booties, Otte New York Alexis hat (green sold out here in black and winter white), Elie Tahari Leather Jacket (similar here)

Bright and Easy

I love a good monochromatic look. Not only does it always look good, it is also a  no-brainer. I have been a fan of wearing red from head to toe for years but I never quite thought grey would be my go-to. When you think of grey you might think of prison suits, boring, sad, or unflattering. However, you would be wrong. Grey is chic, easy, timeless, flattering, and quite fun to wear. You can wear it alone or dress it up with crazy accessories. How fun would this necklace be or these ear cuffs? Grey alone or with red are quickly becoming my favorite fall colors (seen in outfits here and here). I know burgundy or, “Oxford Blood” as it is called in the fashion world, is always a go-to for fall trends but this year it is all about grey! Yes, grey! SO go out and find yourself a beautiful grey wool pencil skirt or an elegant grey sweater. You will have so much fun dressing the pieces that you won’t want to go back to Oxford Blood – and let’s be honest, don’t you think that is just about the worst name for a color in the entire naming history?

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J.Crew Drapey Wool sweatpant, J.Crew Cashmere Boyfriend sweater (25% off with code PICKSALE), Vince ‘Blair’ sneaker (now 50% off), Ippolita ‘Stardust’ Disc earrings, Hermes “H” bracelet (in orange), Jennifer Zeuner necklace, Ray Ban Aviator sunnies, Brandy Pham Double Needle ring // beauty:: Chanel Pimpante Rouge Allure Lip color



Travel // Three Romantic Destinations

San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara


Why? Never have I been to a real-life secret garden. The grounds at San Ysidro are absolutely breathtaking. Not only was it the honeymoon spot for JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy but also the spot where I got engaged. It holds a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to visit again. The grounds are stunning. You could spend hours just taking it all in. The Stonehouse restaurant, next to the gardens, is out of this world and très romantique, with a stone fireplace and twinkling lights above. You really cannot, not be mesmerized when you are here. If you are looking for a romantic spot in the U.S. that is quiet and away from it all, look no further.


Lucerne, Switzerland


Why? I can’t explain what it is about Lucerne but it is still one of my favorite places I have ever visited. When the hubs and I were dating we took a roadtrip around Switzerland and hit all the main places. To this day Lucerne is still our favorite. It is where I fell in love with my husband and knew that he was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. Maybe it is the charming architecture that winds around the beautifully colored Ruess River or the quiet nature of the city. Whatever it is, this is a city to see! What do I recommend doing most? Walking the Chapel Bridge. It is one of the oldest bridges in Switzerland, dating back to the 14th century. It is also extremely rare as it still has medieval paintings under the roof which makes for a very interesting and romantic stroll.


Frescobaldi Winery, Tuscany 


Why? This winery is perfectly tucked away in the romantic hills of Tuscany. Dating back to the 1300s it is one of Italy’s oldest and most significant wineries. I fell in love with its undeniable beauty and character. The buildings ooze charm – with flowers hanging from the windows and old barrels scattered around. The winery itself looks over all of Tuscany and you can’t help but feel romance when you look around. Not only is the wine incredibly delicious – their wine is consistently ranked in the top 100 wines every year –  but they also make the most exquisite cheese. After our informative tour the staff prepared a charming “picnic style” lunch full of wine, cheese, and cured meats. As the breeze blew we enjoyed an incredibly romantic day.



all images my own except stonehouse :: chapel bridge

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