Wedding Recap: San Antonio Edition

Hi Friends!

Last weekend I was in my 13th wedding. Yes, you read that correctly. Lucky number 13!

I grew up with the bride, Judith, in San Antonio and this weekend was an affair to remember! Sharing all the iPhone pics, deets on what I wore, and where I was!

Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal dinner was at La Fonda on Main, a perfect venue for a summer soiree!

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Judes, the gorgeous gal (and bride) in white!

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My gal pal (and new mom), Cecily!

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And my other best girl, Megan!

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Getting Ready

My mom and Megan’s mom hosted our getting ready party on Saturday at the Cellars at the Pearl. It was enough space for all of us to nurse our margarita headaches with some breakfast tacos and chick fil a, while the makeup and hair peeps helped us put our best faces forward

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How stunning does that bride look?! Like a real-life Barbie!

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Shop our pretty robes here!

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All glammed up and everywhere to go!

Shop our dresses: left, middle, right

Ceremony and Reception

The ceremony was an evening event at the San Fernando Cathedral (which is absolutely stunning) and the reception was at the Southwest School of Art! If you want to catch more of the day and reception, check out my Stories on Instagram, saved under the “events” and “friends and fam” highlights!

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Is this pink not the prettiest color? It’s called “petal pink” and you can shop it here

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Made it to the church! Judith’s sister, Mary, and I were the maids of honor and helped our girl with any final touches!

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Post-ceremony! Ready to boogie, but managed to squeeze in a couple more photos

I hope you enjoyed this wedding recap! So happy to be a part of this couple’s big day!

Xx

This is 31!

Well, today is the day, y’all. I am 31.

First of all, I’m like, where’d the year go? I have such a FUN outfit to share, plus keep scrolling to read 31 things about me.

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Do we have anything in common?! Let me know!

  1. I was born in Chicago, but moved to Texas the summer before third grade, so I consider myself Texan
  2. I’m the youngest of three (I have an older sister and older brother)
  3. My favorite accessory is a great statement earring
  4. I am binging VEEP right now and it is literally The Office but with politics
  5. I’ve been to seven other countries
  6. I used to be a high school English teacher
  7. Favorite luxury brand? Gucci
  8. This upcoming weekend will be the 13th wedding I’ve been in
  9. I went to Ole Miss for undergrad and grad school. HOTTY TODDY!
  10. Best trend? Fabulous headbands!
  11. Favorite band of all time? Fleetwood Mac
  12. My mom came up with my blog name
  13. I used to go to summer camp for six weeks in middle school
  14. Biggest fashion inspo? Hunter McGrady
  15. Two summers ago, I took a leap of faith, quit my job and moved to Houston
  16. I hate onions. Like, hate. LOATHE!
  17. Cutting bangs last summer was the worst decision I’ve ever made
  18. I’m a big fan of musicals. Wicked, Mama Mia, you name it, I’ve watched it!
  19. Favorite jeans? Good American. Looking for a a more affordable option? Old Navy or Loft!
  20. I was in a Mardi Gras Krewe last year, the ball was the best part!
  21. I binge watched six seasons of Game of Thrones in a little over three weeks. I barely slept. It was awesome.
  22. I’m a gemini and the older I get, the more I resonate with my horoscope
  23. My favorite vacation spot? Miami
  24. My very best friends have been my bffs since middle school
  25. Favorite fast food? Whataburger
  26. Years ago, I had a herniated disc and a bulging disc
  27. Most helpful way to relax? Getting a massage!
  28. I love to read! My favorite book? The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing (spoiler, it’s not about hunting and fishing lol)
  29. People have said my name wrong my entire life. Leeza, Lisa, Lizza. I still correct people lol I think my parents giving me this name has made me stronger
  30. I’m a dog person
  31. 30 started off great, but has challenged me in many ways. I’m really looking forward to kicking off a great 31st year!

If you made it this far, thanks for reading!

I appreciate and love y’all so much for always showing me love!

Xx

Unpopular Opinion: I don’t watch reality TV anymore

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I know this may come as a shock, but I’m not watching reality television anymore.

Bachelor, Kardashian’s, Housewives. No more.

Here’s why:

Let me start by saying that there is absolutely no judgement coming from me if you enjoy watching these shows! These shows were just bringing too much anxiety and drama into my life. I didn’t really experience drama with friends until I was out of college. And it was enough to last a lifetime. The drama and false sense of reality these shows envoke is just not good for my mental health.

Every time Ramona and Sonja got in a drunken brawl, my anxiety would start to creep up. Picking to be on Team Vanderpump or Team Rinna perpetuates the act of women turning on other women instead of lifting each other up. Does this sound preachy? I don’t mean for it to be. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, if women would just stop tearing each other down, we’d be absolutely unstoppable.

Being in the dating game, it’s actually hard for me to watch shows like The Bachelor. You love him on night one? Bless. It’s funny, yes. But concerning? Also yes. I gave up after Ari’s season. It’s once again perpetuating the idea that women need to compete with each other for a man’s attention.

And the Kardashian’s treat each other terribly, promote products like flat tummy tea, and aren’t honest about the work they’ve had done (remember that Kyle lip challenge?). Are they a family and do they love each other? Absolutely. Are they savvy businesswomen? 100%. But I can’t do this anymore. It’s too much.

So what am I doing instead? I’m committed to reading more! I’m currently readying Crazy Rich Girlfriend and these are the next ones on my list: Where the Crawdads Sing, Educated, The Light We lost, My Oxford Year

Anything you’re trying to give up and replacing with something else instead?

Have a great Thursday. Thanks for reading!

Intention Check-in – February

Here we are. And yes. I know it’s already March. But I thought I’d circle back on those intentions started on January 1st and update y’all. on my progress (or lack thereof).

February was an absolute whirlwind and for the last week and a half of it, I was fitting an upper respiratory infection. When you’re sick, everything feels off, am I right? Your sleep schedule, your appetite, your day to day responsibilities. But I’m on the mend and determined to make March a great month! Before we dive into Spring though, let’s recap my intentions for February..

  1. Pitch myself with purpose – This is going really well! I’ve had the chance to partner up with some great brands this past month like HUM Nutrition, Eloquii, and Maree Pour Toi. I feel very lucky to produce content for y’all and share the things I’m trying out and loving. And that’s not to say there hasn’t been rejection. There has been PLENTY! However, I’m working hard and know that what’s meant for me will come my way. I’ve got more in the works for March and am excited to continue my partnership with Jessica London Style. If you’re a blogger wondering where to start in terms of building relationships with brands, I would definitely check out Emma’s Edition. She provides free step by step advice on how to build your platform. Check her out here!
  2. Save more, spend less – Y’all. THIS IS HAPPENING and I’m pretty proud of myself. I’m eating at home and cooking for one. Nothing fancy, believe me, but I’m doing it! I’ve also cut back on the spending on my wardrobe. I’ve found trendy pieces that are inexpensive on sites like Shein. And y’all know I love me some Old Navy! I’m also going to be transparent and say that the collaborations mentioned above have also helped cut down on my spending. Thinking ahead though, March is going to be an expensive month as I’m in search of two bridesmaid dresses for two weddings I’m in in June and hosting a bridal shower for one of my bride bffs. I’m cohosting this shower with two other gals and was thinking it would be fun to do a post on how to throw a shower on a budget!
  3. Be more focused on self-care – My anxiety was still on a rager through most of February, but I’ve been using meditation to help me get ready for bed and the essential oils I’ve been using have also helped quiet the mind when it seems like it just can’t catch a breath. What I’d like to do this month is incorporate some walking and exercise into my self-care. Whether it’s 20 minutes on a treadmill or a walk around the neighborhood, I have to stop being so stagnant and sedentary. Will report back on this at the end of March.
  4. Be open to possibilities – Absolutely NOTHING to report here and honestly, I should be focusing more on myself and getting into a good head space. I’ve got to get myself on the up and up before thinking about dating. Am putting this on the back burner and will revisit when I feel like I’m ready.

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I hope if you read this, you’re also circling back on your intentions and figuring out what you need for this month to get or stay on track!

Xx

The Sisterhood of the Busy Schedules

With it being the week of Valentines AND Galentine’s, I think it’s time we talk about the F word. Yea, that’s right. Friendship.

Now that I’m 30, my friendships have changed. Some have ended, some are stronger than ever, and some are new and still growing. The season that we’re in doesn’t allow for lounging with the girls very often. We have to plan (often way in advance). We’re busy, we’re working away, and we’re blooming into the adults our parents hoped we’d be. AND WE ARE TIRED (no one tells you how tired you’re going to be).

I went to lunch with three of my gal pals on Sunday and it got me thinking. As the days of our lives go off in various directions, how do we stay connected? Invested? One of us is about to have a baby, another is engaged, and the third bought the cutest fixer upper. Yet here we are, catching up over wine (and a mocktail for mama) and laughing about jury duty horror stories and talking through what the next few months look like.

Here’s just a few tips for staying connected with your bests at this stage of life:

  1. Give yourselves something to look forward to! Is it a girls getaway? Maybe a spa day. Okay, let’s settle on brunch. A study just recently came out that said women with a friend group that spend time together IRL live longer.
  2. Snail mail. I think letter writing is becoming a dying art. My friends and family know that I LOVE TO SEND MAIL. I have a drawer full of cards for whatever the next occasion is going to be. Let your friends (both near and far) know you’re thinking of them.
  3. Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me. We’re so quick to send a text, comment on the latest Insta (yes, keep doing those things), but when was the last time you called your best friend to check in? FaceTimed? Hearing someone’s voice or seeing their face gives another layer to your communication, your connection. You can hear the tone in someone’s voice, see the expression of laughter on someone’s face. It’s a beautiful thing. Pick up the phone!

Above all else, find ways to support one another, even when you’re in bed by 9 with a facemask on.

And for that next meet up with your besties? I’ve got the PERFECT look!

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Shop: Top, Jacket (regular and plus), Jeans, Shoes (here and here), Earrings, Sunnies, Bag

Cheers to you and your gal pal group, y’all!

Xx

Thanks to Lane Bryant for this great top and pair of jeans! Y’all know how to make a girl feel great!

Single and the City

Hi Friends and happy Friday! Mama, we made it!

For those of you that have been following along for a while, you know I’m as single as can be. My mom says I’m just not good at dating (lol). I’ve made one of my intentions this year to be more open to the possibilities that come my way. Whether these are blog opportunities, dating opportunities, or just life ops, I’m trying to open this little heart of mine.

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Intention Check In

Well, friends, it’s the last day of the first month of the new year! We set those intentions for the new year and it’s time to check in… how are we doing?

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Below are the four intentions I set for 2019 and an update on each.

1. Pitch myself with purpose – This has actually had a good start! I’ve got some fun partnerships coming up that I’m super excited to share with y’all. I’ve put myself out there, dove into my blogger stats, and have been more strategic in determining my goals and working for what I want to build into That Blonde Rebel.  Can’t wait to see what February brings!

2. Save more, spend less – I’ve been better about saying no. No, you don’t need that really fantastic Hermes bracelet. You already have one. Put the money aside. Also, you will definitely be having FOMO of your friends going to Mexico in a few months for your college bestie’s bachelorette, but you’re being realistic and your savings account is going to thank you in the long run. Last week, I cooked dinner for myself three times during the work week. That is progress. This week? Not so much, so a bit of a regression, but will be resetting once I get to the grocery store and can start cooking again! Anyone have any easy meals to make for one? Let me know! Also, thinking about challenging myself with a clothes shopping freeze for the month of February! Anyone with me?! Can we be accountability buddies because I know it’ll be hard.

3. Be more focused on self-care – My anxiety is still at an all-time high, wreaking havoc on my body and my skin. I need more water. I need to move more. Ugh. Let’s be better to ourselves this next month. CBD oil is trending and I’m thinking of giving it a shot, or at least in topical form to help with my back pain. Hoping to report happier things in four weeks!

4. Be open to possibilities – Well. I’ve gone on a date. I’m still swiping. Nothing left to report on this front lol

Reflecting on these four intentions was awesome to do. I’ve clearly been very honest with myself and two things seem to be going fairly well. Now it’s about being consistent with goals 1 & 2, and putting more into 3 &4!

Am thinking this will be a monthly update going forward through the rest of the year.

Xx