Weekend Recap: South Padre Island

I had such a nice weekend in South Padre last weekend, y’all. The island holds a special place in my heart. I grew up going down there with my best friend and her family, and then started going with my family, too. Going down there every so often fills me with happy memories and goofy adventures with my gal pals that are still my best friends to this day.

I thought I’d give you the lowdown on where we stayed and where we ate.

Plus, scroll through to shop my three looks of the weekend.

Where we stayed: We stayed at the Sapphire condos. They are also connected to the Pearl, which is a hotel. There’s a spa, multiple pools and hot tubs, a hut to order a refreshing pina colada, and easy beach access.

What we ate: We stuck with our favorites! We ordered in two nights and got Russo’s pizza and then Gabriella’s which is delicious Italian. My dad and I also drove over to Port Isabel to Manuel’s to pick up the BIGGEST AND BEST breakfast tacos you’ve ever had. For a nice night out to celebrate my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary, we went to Liam’s Steakhouse.

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Shop: Swimmie, Bangles, Earrings (similar), Sunnies, Hat

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Shop: Dress, Earrings, Bag, Bangles, Shoes

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Shop: Kaftan, Sunnies, Hat

Thanks for stopping by, friends.

Summer finally feels like it’s here!

An Event to Remember

An Event to Remember

Hi all and happy FriYAY!

I took a break from posting on the blog for the past two weeks and it felt good to not pressure myself to hammer out some content. I spent time with my family, I picked up a good book, and I attended a fabulous event hosted by RewardStyle!

I drove the two hours to Austin, met my mom at the event, and ran in to so many familiar faces! I absolutely loved meeting bloggers that I follow in real life!

It was SO DANG HOT at Mattie’s Austin, and I most certainly didn’t dress for the heat, but the event was absolutely amazing! I loved chatting with the Influencer Support gals from RewardStyle about how to continue to grow my brand.

Scroll down for some major event Inspo (photos courtesy of RewardStyle)!

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Shop my fun top HERE, my sunnies HERE, and my earrings HERE!

A HUGE TEXAS thank you to the RewardStyle team for the invite!

Xoxo, Liza

 

Bloomin’

Bloomin’

Happy Thursday, y’all!

If you stopped by the blog on Tuesday, you know I am back today with another look from my shoot at FlowerVault, a walkable, instragrammable floral haven. The following is my favorite look and I love how complimentary my jacket is to the backdrop! Scroll down to see what I’m talking about!

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Shop: Jacket (here), Top (similar here), Jeans (here), Shoes (here), Bag (here), Earrings (here)

And remember, “flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul.” // Luther Burbank

Cheers, my dears!

Feeling’ Fly at FlowerVault

Hey and Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Last month, I ventured back to San Antonio and got to check out FlowerVault, the walkable floral rooms of one’s dreams. Here are a few photos from our time spent there!

For anyone interested in going, a few tips: Buy your tickets in advance, don’t go super early on a Saturday (it was PACKED!), and go with the flow. There’s a lot of people in there at once and everyone wants a good, Insta-worthy shot so be flexible, be kind, and smile at others who are out there flexin’ their photo skills.

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Shop: Dress (regular here, curvy here), Earrings (here), Shoes (here)

Be sure to stop back on Thursday, where I’m sharing my favorite look from our time spent at FlowerVault and here’s a hint, this look is straight up BLOOMing ๐Ÿ˜‰

Xoxo, Liza

California Dreamin’

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

Last weekend, I flew my happy self over to sunny San Diego to visit my beautiful Gram and celebrate her 85 years of living! We stayed at the GORGEOUS Rancho Bernardo Inn and it was absolutely dreamy! I took the photo below while sitting by one of their three pools, and as you can see, there was not a cloud in the sky! Wow, I could have gotten used to the California way of living!

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I tried to pack light-ish and bring things that I know wouldn’t wrinkle easily. I brought two midi-length dresses that were simple, floral (my favorite), and under $40! I got so many compliments on these dresses that I had to share with y’all here!

OTS Midi-length Dress #1

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

OTS Midi-length Dress #2

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Shop: Dress (here), Shoes (here), Bag (here), Sunnies (here)

And here are a few family photos from the weekend!

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As always, thanks for stopping by and reading!

Love, Liza

Mardi Party Recap

Y’all. It’s taken me a straight up week to recover from the whirlwind that is Mardi Gras.

I have been going to Mardi Gras ever since I was at Ole Miss, but this year was a little different as I joined the Krewe of Nyx and RODE in Mardi Gras.

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Here I am in all my blue-haired glory!

The weather was absolutely awful due to freezing rain (hence the clear poncho over my costume). At one point I even used koozies as gloves. Even with all the weather issues, I still had a good time with my gal pals, Alex and Jordan. We laughed through our pain and said we’d never make it on Survivor (dramatic, we know). It also helped when we got to see members of our families (Frickspicks snapped this pic for me) on the parade route! This was a once in a lifetime experience and how cool will this story (and pics) be for the grandkids one day?

The rest of our short trip was spent in recovery mode. We stayed at Hotel Indigo on St. Charles and were really close to everything, including the Red Dog Diner and Sucre, the cutest sweet shop. On Friday, we went down to the French Quarter and grabbed some lunch at Palace Cafe and walked down to the H&M, where I found the cutest dress!

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Shop this look: Top (here), Sunnies (here), Earrings (here), Bracelets (here and here), Bag (here)

One of the things I love the most about NOLA is the architecture. From the shotgun houses to French Provincial, it all feels very Old World. The city is alive and going all day, every day, and each time I visit, I feel like I get more and more excited to come back again.

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We were also in New Orleans a few weeks ago for a Mardi Gras Ball, and stayed in the French Quarter. This go-round we stayed in the Garden District. These houses are off of St. Charles around Prytania and Harmony. How amaze are these homes?

From the food, to the sights, to all the action, I absolutely love this city and can’t wait to plan my next trip back.

To all the adventures to come – Liza

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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 brรปlรฉe 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