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A year in review.

When going over pictures from 2015 I decided that it would be an injustice not to share all of the wonderful memories from 2015 on here. This is honestly the first time that I have sat down after the new year to reflect on everything I was able to see, accomplish, and do the year prior. Before sitting down to recap, I thought to myself “2015 was alright, nothing big happened though”. WOW. That could not be further from the truth!! So I don’t keep you here for longer than need be I picked my favorites from each month of the year. Somehow even my favorites became a little lengthy. I guess that’s just proof of a great year!

January

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I went to the dark side guys!! ūüôā

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Best friends getting together to celebrate the engagement of Jessica to the love of her life!

February

Weekend trip to New Orleans with some of my favorite girls! We crammed 7 girls in a tiny hotel room, came home a couple hundred dollars richer, and had the weekend of a lifetime!

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March

The second most wonderful time of the year- RODEOHOUSTON!! I look forward to the rodeo as soon as Christmas is over. This year I was able to see Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, PitBull and Dierks Bentley.

 

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April

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Fiesta in San Antonio with my girls!

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Chopped my hair off and went lighter again!

May 

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Coming together to celebrate the bride-to-be, Jessica!

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Jessica’s Bachelorette party in Austin, TX.

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Sissy graduated from the second best University in Texas!

June

SO much happened in June so get ready for a whirlwind here. I am going to have to do a separate blog post on my trip to Europe because there are just so many pictures there is no way to recap them here so I will just give you all a sneak preview ūüôā

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Sent sissy off to Europe (we would be seeing her very soon though!)

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Jessica’s big day!!

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Off to Europe we go! First stop: Barcelona, Spain

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Second stop: Paris, France

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Last stop: Athens, Greece

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July

Beach trips to Galveston, TX

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August

We attended White Linen Night in the Heights, Houston area.

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I met my blogger bestie, Margret, from Style The Girl. So thankful I met her!! She has given me so much advice on starting my blog and is such a sweet friend!

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Celebrated sissy’s birthday with a Peddle Party!¬†SO MUCH FUN!

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Got to visit best friends in Fort Worth, TX.

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September

Cheering on our Aggies in their first game of the season!

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Meeting blogger babes at the Neiman Marcus fashion show event.

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Cheered on the Houston Astros game after game. All the way to the playoffs!

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October

October was the month for friends. I traveled back to good old College Station for a couple Aggie games, explored my city and celebrated a couple birthdays, and had everyone over for Halloween!

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November

On top of officially launching the blog, I traveled to Belize with friends!

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Went to Dallas with family for Thanksgiving!

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Celebrated my great aunt’s 80th birthday in style.

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December

In December we fan-girled over One Direction at their concert, started a wine club with old and new friends, and celebrated the birth of Jesus!

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Decorated our first home with the cutest christmas tree.

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And celebrated Christmas in my parents new home in our matching pj’s.

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And these were just my favorites! Sorry for the novel of a post but it was too hard to narrow them down! Going through all of my pictures really made me realize what a great year 2015 was. I traveled to SO many place! 2016 sure does have some big shoes to fill but I am so ready for it!! Best wishes for a great year, everyone!

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Metallic Bodycon Dress.

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New Year’s Eve is upon us and I wanted to share another easy look for the festive night! I picked up this dress last year from Forever 21 for under $30 and its still a crowd favorite. If you are over the sequins, metallic is the next best thing!

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Pairing your outfit with a statement clutch is sure to add that extra touch!

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Dress (similar, only $18) // Coat // Shoes // Clutch (similar)

I can’t get over the fact that these heels are from Target! They are very similar to more expensive pairs that I have been coveting at 1/3 of the price. The earrings that I am wearing are actually my grandmothers that I have always admired that she gifted me on my 21st birthday. I’m not usually a fan of hoops but this pair stole my heart! My suggestions for a stunner New Year’s Eve outfit are to avoid the sequins this year, and¬†instead go for a classier look. If wearing a bold dress, pair it with a simple, classic shoe like I did here. If you are wanting to let the shoes do the talking, pair it with a simple dress like¬†this. Whatever you choose, make sure your most festive accessory is your champagne ūüôā CHEERS!

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HTX Guide

With so much to do and see in Houston, choosing a place to eat or grab a drink should be the least of your worries. Being a foodie myself, I love constantly trying new places and adding to my growing list of Houston favorites. All of these places are my personal favorites that I have tried and would highly recommend!

TO BRUNCH


  • Tout Suite
  • Common Bond
  • Tiny Boxwoods
  • Caf√© Brasil
  • Sweet Paris
  • Backstreet Cafe
  • Snooze
  • The Rustic
  • A’Bouzy

TO GRAB COFFEE


  • Antidote
  • Black Smith
  • Revival Market
  • Boomtown Coffee
  • Melanger Creperie (very cute & good crepes too!)
  • Commonbond (cute modern, Parisian style + love the lavender latte)

COCKTAIL BARS


  • Julep*
  • Anvil
  • Bad News Bar
  • The Nightingale Room
  • Johnny’s Gold Brick
  • Pastry War
  • Lei Low (hole in the wall Tiki bar)

WINE BARS


  • 13 Celsius
  • Sonoma*
  • Crisp (good eats as well)
  • Postino Heights (great tapas too)
  • Benjy’s (love their happy hour)

PATIO BARS


  • Cottonwood
  • Cedar Creek (love their blueberry goat cheese salad)
  • McIntrye’s*
  • Bungalow Heights
  • Wicklow Heights
  • La Grange
  • Down The Street Bar* (Free bingo the first Wednesday of each month)

BREWERIES/BEER GARDENS


  • Karbach*
  • St.Arnolds
  • Buffalo Bayou
  • 8th Wonder
  • Height’s Bier Garden*
  • King’s Beer Garden

LUNCH/DINNER


  • The Classic
  • Coltivare
  • Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar
  • Glass Wall
  • Caracol
  • Uchi
  • Underbelly
  • Pax Americana

TO SHOP


  • Galleria
  • City Centre
  • Highland Village
  • Rice Village

TO STAY


 

  • Four Season’s Hotel Houston
  • Hilton Americas (Downtown)
  • Hotel Sorella (City Centre)
  • Hotel Zaza

THINGS TO DO


  • Discovery Green and grab lunch at the Grove
  • The Museum of Fine Arts
  • Shops on 19th St.
  • Houston Zoo
  • See a show at the Hobby Center
  • Go see a concert at The Rustic
  • See an Astros, Texans, Rockets or Dynamos game

MORE FAVORITES


Best Cupcake: Crave¬†Best Happy Hour: Benjy’s¬†Best Dessert: The Chocolate Bar Best Donuts: Hugs & Donuts¬†Best Pizza: Star Pizza¬†Best Burger: Christian’s Tailgate Best Pasta: Jus’ Mac Best Steak: Churrascos Best Ramen: Jinya Best Hotdog: Good Dog Hotdog Best Margarita: El Tiempo Best Tex Mex: Ninfa’s Best BYOB Restaurant:¬†Collina’s Italian Cafe

 

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Beaded V-neck Dress.

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I wanted to share with you another festive, holiday inspired look that I will be wearing for dinner and church tonight. I scored this cute dress at Express on black Friday a few weeks back and unfortunately they are now sold out of it but I have linked a few similar options below.

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Shoes// Clutch //Earrings //Ring

You can find similar options in varying colors to the dress I am wearing here, here, and here. I paired this look with a scarf I had from last year to keep my shoulders warm. If you have any oversized scarves they work very well as a shaw or even poncho since that trend is very big this season!

Happy holidays everyone! I really hope that you enjoy these few days with friends, family, and loved ones and that you remember the reason for the season…that JESUS was born! And from that, a beautiful story of how we would all become to be saved. Merry Christmas and may you be blessed today and always!

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