How Merlot Can You Go?

Happy Tuesday and thank you for stopping by ThatBlondeRebel!

My sweet Mama (fellow blogger @frickspicks) recently turned 60 and we decided to make a family trip of it! My parents, older sister, and I made the scenic hour drive from San Antonio to the Texas Hill Country. Unfortunately, my rockstar nurse brother couldn’t make it, but I think we drank enough wine for him, too.

We ventured to Fredericksburg, Texas, also known as the Tuscany of Texas, or simply put, the Texas Wine Country.

Typically, I keep these posts short and sweet and strictly, fashion. However, I loved our trip and think you should all do as we Frick’s did, and indulge yourselves in some vino.

Scroll through to shop my cuddly, chenille sweater (LESS THAN $50), read our itinerary, and see some photos of the memories we made.

First of all, how cute are my parents?! We had a great dinner followed by drinks and dancing at one of the local watering holes (scroll down for more on that).

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Shop my look: Sweater (here), Sunnies (here), Earrings (here), Ring (here), Bracelets (here and here), Bag (here), Leggings (here) — wine not included 😉

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Our Saturday was filled with touring wineries and making friends over cheese and uncorking bottles.

Weekend Information

  1. Lodging – Where to stay was obviously a tough decision. Do we want to be close to Main St. or more rustic and out of town? We chose to be close to the happenings of town and stayed at Ella Bell’s Haus. This house is a 1935 Craftsmen that has been completely renovated with brand new amenities. The house sleeps six, includes an outdoor firepit, and is immaculate. It is charming and cozy and the owners, Ron and Kim, really thought of everything when it comes to a vacation property.
  2. Dining – We brought along some necessary breakfast foods (bananas, chocolate croissants, coffee cake) and some snacks (custom cookies and chips and salsa), but we knew we were going to venture out for dinner both nights. We went to Crossroads which has a great outdoor dining space and is connected to a large bar. We had a great meal: jumbo shrimp, scallops, asparagus, kale, mashed potatoes, steak, and a country fried steak. Add some wine and beer to the mix, and we almost had to be rolled out of there. Easily enough, we hopped in to the bar and danced off our rich dinner. Everyone in the place was so friendly and the ENTIRE bar sang happy birthday to my mom and cheered as the band sang their custom birthday anthem and shouted “HIP HIP HOORAY” (which is a family thing so it was so special and unplanned that they did that). The next night we went to August E’s and actually sat next to the sweetest couple who we wine toured with earlier in the day who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. This place is awesome. There is tons of artwork adorning the walls, it has almost an industrial gallery vibe. The food was AMAZING; my sister ordered sushi, my dad a pork chop, and my mom and I had steak. Our waitress, Brenda, was the absolute best and brought out a creme brûlée with Happy Birthday in chocolate sauce. I had mentioned in my reservation that it was my mom’s birthday and wow, they delivered. Every employee who came into contact with my mom told her happy birthday. The customer service was fantastic.
  3. Wine Touring – So I have been to Fredericksburg before, and went on George’s 290 Wine Tour. George is fantastic tour guide and I knew we had to book with him for our special weekend. He picks you up in an excursion limo and there, you meet the other patrons of the tour. 10 people easily fit into the excursion. George gives you a run-down of where he is taking you. He had previously asked me which wineries I visited the last time so he could tailor the tour to some new venues. There are SIXTY wineries in Fredericksburg, so the options are aplenty. Lunch is included in the price and I had a great ham sandwich on a tasty croissant from Fredericksburg’s famous Peach Tree Restaurant. George is an expert on the wineries and I knew we were in good hands with him all day. I HIGHLY recommend getting in touch with George for your trip!

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Overall, it was a great weekend filled with A LOT of laughs and A LOT of wine. I can’t wait to head back to the hill country again!

Also, this post has made me thirsty, and I know I’ll be breaking open one of my new bottles of wine after work!

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, y’all.

Xoxo, Liza

JOY IN COLOR

Happy Wednesday (and day before Thanksgiving)!

Being a new transplant to Houston (four months in and LOVING it), I knew there was some colorful murals and places to stop by and visit. This post is a dedication to one said area.

If you follow me on Instagram (my handle is the same as the blog: @thatblonderebel), you will know that I love incorporating C O L O R into my wardrobe, no matter the season.

I had found this pink dress during a recent trip to D.C. at the H&M in Georgetown. It is less the $40, lined, and screams F U N.

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How fun are these SugarAndCloth stairs?! (located just outside the Forever21 downtown)

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Bright colors make me so dang H A P P Y, I can’t help but smile ear to ear!

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Shop the look: Sunnies (here), Earrings (here), Dress (here), Bag (here), Shoes (here)

For the upcoming holidays, I thought pairing this pretty frock with a furry vest and bottles would create a festive look.

If I don’t say it enough, let me just say, I am so grateful for all of you who stop by ThatBlondeRebel! Thank you for the continued support, enthusiasm, and love!

Feeling like a sappy turkey rn, Liza

photos by my friend, Alexis Zamora

FURSTIVIUS

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, are you in need of some outfit inspiration for your festivities?

Look no further. I think all black is always a good idea. It’s chic, flattering, and always appropriate.

My fur vest is currently on sale and totally worth it!

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Shop this look: Vest (here and curvy here), Top (here), Sunnies (here), Leggings (here), Boots (here), Clutch (here), Ring (here), Earrings (here)

Hope there’s lots of carbs in your future, y’all!

XOXO, Liza

Photos by Caroline Behrens

Love planted a rose and the world turned sweet

Roses are the most beautiful flower in Fall, am I right? I also love mums and hydrangeas, and lilies (and honestly, I could keep going), but roses are always so distinct.

Also, roses always remind me of Beauty and the Beast.

This Show Me Your Mumu tunic is going to be so festive and fun for the upcoming Holidays and I can’t wait for all the festivities to come!

Scroll through to check out and shop the whole look!

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Shop the look: Tunic (here), Earrings (here), Faux Leather Leggings (here), Boots (here), Ring (here), Purse (here), Keychain (here), Sunnies (here), Lipstick (here)

Here’s to chilly days, fireplace snuggles, and holiday-themed candles!

Liza