The Town of Marfa Texas

I had been dying to visit Marfa for quite some time. The famous Prada store, a thriving town full of artist in the middle of no where, El Cosmico, the stars, the photos, etc. It all had me dreaming of visiting. I knew I would eventually go but never knew exactly when. It was on a girls trip to California that Eva, Jena, and I all decided that had to be our next trip. We whipped out our calendars and put it on the books.

When the time came to go I was really excited. We decided to meet in Dallas (they live in Chicago) rent a car and drive to Austin and from there road trip to Marfa. I wish I could say the road trip was magic but after one encounter with the cop and turning a 5 hour trip into 10 (from driving the wrong way for two hours) it was hell on wheels. Okay, okay, I am lying. The drive really wasn’t bad and we laughed, chatted, and slept our way to Marfa. It is something I will look back on and laugh! I mean, friends where you can say, “pull over!” just to take a photo in the middle of a deserted street and they totally understand it. Let’s just say they are girls I am hanging on to!

When we finally arrived in Marfa it was dark and we were hungry. Our mission: to find food ASAP! Since we were tired and hangry we didn’t explore the city too much but saved it for the following day. Let me tell you – Marfa shuts down at night, especially on Monday’s. So we didn’t feel like we were missing too much! Once the sun rose, we were out of our beds and off to breakfast (city guide coming soon). I found the city of Marfa to be quite surreal. You literally have a ghost town that has been repainted into bright colors and redone to look almost like the set of a movie. It was crazy cool and a bit odd. That is honestly the only way I can describe it. The buildings looked brand new but the town itself is incredibly old! It is like you stepped into an artists painting. It didn’t feel real!

I am excited to bring you more on Marfa in the coming weeks but for now, take a photo journey through The Town of Marfa, Texas!

Ted & Muffy Over-The-Knee Boots

For over a year now I have been lusting over the Stuart Weitzman Highland boot. However, spending upwards of $900 (after tax and shipping) seemed a bit excessive. I know I preach buying quality over quantity but with all the travel I have planned, $900 was not in the budget. So like I usually do when I can’t afford something, I search. My first stop was Ebay, however they were the same price there as they were in the store so I moved on. I then looked and looked for similar styles, only to be very disappointed by the quality, shaft height, or price. I didn’t want a $50 boot that would only last one season so I grew frustrated when all I could find were $50-$100 boots or $1000+ boots. There had to be something in the middle that was simple and a true over-the-knee. I am not kidding you when I say I searched for at least a month for something only to turn up empty handed. But then… I found it!

Ted & Muffy is described as a luxury British heritage footwear line. I had not heard of them yet so was very intrigued by their selection. After doing research and comparing them with other well-known luxury brands I was was really impressed. Not only was the quality of the boots similar but the price was exactly what I had been looking for. And better yet, they had a boot called The Empress, that looked almost identical to the boot I had in my mind for the past year. I really believe, if you are patient it always works out (and often times better than you could have imagined). I know we are talking about a boot but I take my shoes very seriously and this was absolutely the boot I had been waiting for.

Now the true test, once it arrived in the mail would it be as perfect in person? Would the suede be beautiful? Would it be comfortable? Would it look like a $1000K boot for a fraction of the cost? And the answer: yes, yes, yes, and yes! The boot is an absolute stunner in person! I have been stopped numerous times in the street and asked, “who makes that boot?” And being someone who likes to be different and not have what everyone else has I proudly say, Ted & Muffy! I can’t speak highly enough about the boot or the brand, all I can do is recommend you trying them for yourself! The boot arrived really fast so if you are worried about shipping from overseas I wouldn’t think twice!

Scroll through the post and shop my favorite Ted & Muffy options!

 

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Here are more Ted & Muffy options I love for tall boots (shop the entire selection of tall boots here)

The Draco is gorgeous if you want a flat over-the-knee boot (here in leather and suede

*  I absolutely think the Huntsmen is such a cool boot and comes in a variety of different colors

* The Vesta is another great suede, over-the-knee boot. With a lower heel you could wear it around town, to a dinner party, etc.

The Acantha was my second option on the website. For a dove grey boot it is absolutely stunning! I think it might be my second purchase!

* I am such a fan of navy boots and the Flare has got to be one of the more beautiful options I have seen! Wear it with navy, grey, or even black it is sure to make a chic statement

 

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Here are more Ted & Muffy options I love for ankle boots (shop the entire selection ankle booties here)

* I think the Wildcat is perfect to throw on with black skinnies or leather pants for those nights you want to feel a little edgier

* Is the Falcon not the most beautiful and unique ankle bootie you have ever seen? I am such a fan of it and love that it comes in brown and black

* The Starling is a classic black bootie and is great for jeans, skirts, and dresses! It is the quintessential bootie that everyone needs in their closet

* I love the Riddle as an everyday bootie. I think it would look great with skinny jeans and an oversized sweater

* I really just think the Medusa is so gorgeous and would be such a fun bootie to have in your closet. It just seems like something you would get more use out of it then you would think: an all cream look, a skirt, black pants, skinny white jeans, etc.

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outfit details // Ted & Muffy “The Empress” Over-The-Knee boot (20% off with code WEL25), J.Crew Regent Blazer in Warm Camel,  FRAME Denim Le Skinny De Jeanne mid-rise jeans (currently 50% off), Lou & Grey Grey tank, Topshop Low Arm tank, Ray Ban Black Aviator

 

Here are more Ted & Muffy options I love for tall boots (shop the entire selection of tall boots here)

The Draco is gorgeous if you want a flat over-the-knee boot (here in leather and suede

*  I absolutely think the Huntsmen is such a cool boot and comes in a variety of different colors

* The Vesta is another great suede, over-the-knee boot. With a lower heel you could wear it around town, to a dinner party, etc.

The Acantha was my second option on the website. For a dove grey boot it is absolutely stunning! I think it might be my second purchase!

* I am such a fan of navy boots and the Flare has got to be one of the more beautiful options I have seen! Wear it with navy, grey, or even black it is sure to make a chic statement

 

 

Here are more Ted & Muffy options I love for ankle boots (shop the entire selection ankle booties here)

* I think the Wildcat is perfect to throw on with black skinnies or leather pants for those nights you want to feel a little edgier

* Is the Falcon not the most beautiful and unique ankle bootie you have ever seen? I am such a fan of it and love that it comes in brown and black

* The Starling is a classic black bootie and is great for jeans, skirts, and dresses! It is the quintessential bootie that everyone needs in their closet

* I love the Riddle as an everyday bootie. I think it would look great with skinny jeans and an oversized sweater

* I really just think the Medusa is so gorgeous and would be such a fun bootie to have in your closet. It just seems like something you would get more use out of it then you would think: an all cream look, a skirt, black pants, skinny white jeans, etc.

The Streets of Havana Cuba

The number one question I get asked the most about Cuba, “What was your favorite part?” And it is simple –  The streets. Since there is no internet, or many phones or T.V.’s for that matter, everyone congregates in the streets. Either they are down below enjoying in a conversation or a game of marbles or they are watching from their balconies above, laughing with their neighbors. There is such an undeniable energy in the streets of Havana. Although the buildings are falling apart and they go without a lot of our modern day conveniences, music is always playing and you are sure to find smiles on the faces of those around you. It was infectious. Since we rented an Airbnb (we did this one and I highly recommend it), our mornings were spent sitting on our balcony and enjoying watching Havana come to life.

On our last morning I woke up pretty early. I was able to catch a beautiful sunrise coming over the city. Below, it was quite except for the street sweeper. He would sweep the street debris into small piles and then come back and sweep it all into a large pile. He had gotten about half way when a man started walking down the street to work. Hola! Was all I heard. Then a woman came out and clipped her laundry on the racks outside. Next were two younger men having a chat in the street then called up to the balcony above for their friend to come down. Havana was waking up and it was the coolest thing to see!  It sounds crazy but have you ever watched a city come to life? It is incredible and something I won’t forget!

So until you make your way to Havana (go soon so you can enjoy the same type of authentic streets) I hope you enjoy your ride through, “The Streets of Havana.”

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