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Howdy Y’all! I just got back from visiting Texas this week for the first (and not the last) time in my life. The past few weeks I’d told my friends and family I was fix’in to visit Texas and they’d ask, “Really, why there?” or “It’s going to be SO hot and humid, are you crazy?”

Don’t rain on my parade, I thought to myself. If anything, cross your fingers Texas gets rain SOON because they really need it.

So, here’s why I’ve always wanted to visit Texas:

1. The rumors about San Francisco being super COLD in the summer are REAL, so I’m always craving HOT weather in the summer

2. I’m a meat and potatoes girl. Filet mignon and mashed potatoes drizzled with truffle oil is my kind of meal

3. After scooping spoonfuls of sugar into tea I order in SF, I was looking forward to Southern Sweet Tea

4. I eat Chevy’s every week, so the thought of authentic TexMex had my mouth wattering

5. Most importantly, there is history, culture, unique cities and super friendly people worth seeing
    (Special thanks to Jean and her family for ALL the hospitality there)

Here’s a quick tour of my trip and maybe you’ll give the Lone Star State a visit yourself sometime. 🙂
One of my favorite parts about San Antonio was the Riverwalk which runs throughout the city
At the lake house we visited at Canyon Lake the day fires were starting around the state 🙁
Back to the River Walk

  Luckily we caught a cooling trend after a stifling HOT summer there. After talking to locals, Texas is   having one of their worst droughts in decades and it’s rained less than five times this entire year.

San Marcos Outlets near San Antonio has a Neiman Marcus discount castle. Thanks to some seriously slashed Labor Day prices I was able to buy a couple fall items I’ll show later 🙂

A day trip to Austin, TX 
After one of the best dinners ever, we decided to walk some of it off on the Riverwalk. The humidity made my hair SO flat.  How do Texas gals get their hair big? I need their tricks 🙂
One of the best steaks and Margaritas I’ve ever had at Bohanan’s in San Antonio
The Alamo in SA
No trip would be complete without souvenirs for my family and maybe 1 for myself. 🙂 I found this old belt buckle at an antique shop near the Alamo

Whether you’ve always wanted to visit a city an hour away, go to a different state or fly halfway across the world, I’d encourage you to plan it, save for it and go! AND don’t let anyone “rain on your parade.” hehe

Not to sound like a timeshare sales pitch, but is there a place you’ve always wanted to visit but haven’t made the time…yet?
Have a great weekend and I can’t wait to post in a few days on the amazing Fashion’s Night Out event I went to at Santana Row last night in San Jose. 🙂

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  1. Fabiana ~ Ciao! Newport Beach says:

    You look great in that maxi dress. How fun does that river walk look! You’ve covered all my favorite things: shopping, margaritas, sightseeing. Great times!

    Stop by and say Hi sometime…


  2. I Loove your maxi dresses! Where did you get them? I am from Texas and miss it. San Antonio is one of the best spots. I am originally from Corpus Christi TX. Looks like you had a Great trip.

  3. Yeah…I go to a different place or country every friday…virtually. That’s how hubby and I ‘roll’ for our ‘date nights’! LOL Thanks for taking us along on your trip. Beautiful photos. And I’m keeping all of Texas in my thoughts these days, with all of the fires. 🙁

  4. Aw i’m from Texas and I miss it so much! I love Canyon Lake!!

  5. wow, that buckle screams texas!!! 😀

  6. aww you look amazing!! Great blog
    xo Jenn


  7. ashleighjoan says:

    i’ve always wanted to go to texas because i’ve heard there is a lot to do. it looks beautiful from your photos. if you learn the texan hair trick please let me know!

  8. Vanessa@Luxuria says:

    Wow! didn’t realise Texas was so pretty. I live in Spain, and San Fran is one of my fav cities in the world.Where would I like to go next? I’d like to do a road trip for 1 month across the US OR spend some time in Maui 😉

  9. Francesca R says:

    Amazing pictures! You look great! My dream is to go to japan one day…

  10. Dressy Celeb says:

    Great pics!
    I love the little white dress you wore!

    ♥ Dressy Celeb ♥

  11. Wow, it really looks like a lovely place.. I always wanted to visit London and Paris and I did that.. Next on my list is Amsterdam or Barcelona, but I am not sure will I go there soon 🙁

  12. Chyrel Gomez says:

    If only I can easily fly to Texas, I would! Lovely photos dear. 🙂

  13. It looks like worth visiting! Haha I love the souvenirs you bought! Btw you look great on the first photo with the maxi dress! x


  14. looks like an awesome travelling!!


  15. | C AND C | Sarmin says:

    The short dress, too cute for words!
    & I seriously need to know their tricks too, how to have big hair. I live in AZ, when I curl my hair, it falls flat in 10 mins, not fun at all.
    Been to TX once with the family, I need to go back their again asap. San Antonio looks pretty. The river walk looks beautiful. & the place I would love to visit would be NOLA.

    xo SARMIN

  16. Your trip to Texas sounds like lots of fun! I love the River Walk pictures, it looks beautiful!

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  17. That little outdoor cafe looks so prim and proper. I was born in Texas, and there’s no denying that if I could visit it again, I would. Beautiful photos!

    Have a fab weekend!


  18. Fashion, Art and other fancies says:

    You look so well in your maxi dress.
    Glad to hear you had a fun trip.
    Wishing you a happy weekend;-)

  19. Chick Flick Journal says:

    the weather looks super warm. i love margaritas! pretty pictures<3 i like the off white dress.

  20. Lovely photos,and your second dress is so cute!

  21. I used to live in Texas (and I’m thinking about moving back) and it is a great state. I love the riverwalk, it’s so pretty! And Austin is fun!

  22. In Love with San Diego says:

    Looks like you had an awesome trip! I’m a meat and potatoes girl myself, and I would LOVE to go to Texas one day (just maybe not in the summer, lol).

  23. indie.electronic.alternative. says:

    riverwalk! i’ve been there!

  24. Love your photos and your dresses! xxhttp://ivegotapocketfullofdreams.blogspot.com/

  25. Rachel {Da Paura ♥} says:

    These pictures are beautiful! I love the photo of you at nighttime by the water with the white dress, so lovely! The souvenirs are pretty awesome too! 🙂 I am so with you on travel… I always encourage everyone to just save up and go if they want to! Eric and I sold everything we owned to move to Rome, Italy to chase a dream and it was worth every moment! 🙂


  26. Loving the first dress.. I’ve been looking for a similar one but can’t seem to find any

    MiMi xx
    Make-up Overdose

  27. Haha, that’s great!

  28. I loved Texas too! 🙂
    I agree with you. The weather was so weird. When I went to visit it rained, but it was humid. Worst combo ever. I still loved it though. How long did you stay there?

    The Riverwalk was my favorite place too. It was so beautiful with the river, the boats, the restaurants, and stores around. It was perfect! We ate at a restaurant called Lone Star Steakhouse. The food was so good and the sweet tea was the best. <3

    I also visited Alamo, which was amazing. So much history! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. I feel like visiting again to drink delicious sweet tea!

    XoXo, Bree
    Tweet me: Viva_La_Breee

  29. sassyuptownchic says:

    Thanks for posting this! I want to go! HaHa Love your dress. It’s so cute. I’m loving The Riverwalk and the Neiman Marcus discount castle pics also(SWOON!)


    SassyUptownChic xoxo Kim

  30. pretty pictures<3 the place looks so nice I wanna go there<3

  31. Those are such lovely photos! From them, I can totally tell you had an awesome time. The River Walk looks so quaint!


    A Single Girl’s Musings

  32. I am with you,I love hot summers. Great pictures. Always wanted to go to Texas. Now after seeing and reading your post,even more so! Thanks for the post.

  33. The Fashion Twice says:

    love the photos, the outfit and your blog! I’m following 😉
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  34. Belle Armed says:

    lovely pics. and your outfits, amazing!

  35. maxi dress is great:) and looks like you’ve had some nice time there!:)

    An Interesting Distraction

  36. i’ve always wanted to go there!! looks like you had a great time 🙂 xo


  37. Looks like an amazing trip! Love all of your pretty dresses. xo style, she wrote

  38. Addicted to all says:

    thx for your comment on my blog

    if you like my blog i hope you gonna be my next follower…if you want 🙂

    great pics

    wish you a great start in the new week 🙂


  39. Alexis the Honey B says:

    looks like you had a blast!!! I love that maxi dress on you, you look adorable!

  40. It sounds like you had a great trip!

  41. Stephanie Ayu says:

    I love San Antonio! Looked through your blog and saw that Versace brady bunch dress inspiration. You look ridiculously hot after the seamstress worked her magic!

    Love your blog posts 🙂

    Hope we can be bloggin buddies ^_^


  42. Looks like a fun trip! Love the dress with the wide stripes!


  43. Texas has so much going on and these photos prove that again. Love the souvenir belt buckle

  44. Style Dilettante says:

    Okay – SOLD! If for no other reason than to shop their vintage! Dying over that belt buckle!!! And the food? Say no more!

    Looking forward to seeing your Neiman’s steals…

    And thanks so much for the very kind words – following you back sista!


  45. I love your white dress, it’s really cute on you! 🙂 xx

  46. Beauty and Bows says:

    Hi Dale, thank you for following Beauty and Bows and for your sweet comment. Your Blog is fabulous and I will definitely be following your adventures 🙂

    Kisses, Melanie

  47. San Antonio looks adorable, I hope you had fun ;)))
    Nice pictures !

  48. Amazing dresess 😀 If you want, follow me and I will be following you 🙂
    xoxo Laura.

  49. Beautiful photos! 🙂 You look great in that white dress. 🙂


  50. Looks like you had a great time! I love your dress and all of this beautiful scenery. Just found your blog and I’m so glad I did! I’m your newest follower for sure!


  51. Style Diaries says:

    your maxi dress is divine i so love the color and print.

  52. Melina-Lajolie says:

    You look amazing ! Love your outfit!!!
    Please visit my blog and become a member if you like it <3 xx
    melina from melina-lajolie.blogspot.com

  53. wicked post- your photos look so exciting! X


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  54. Lovely shots and that belt buckle rocks.

    NRC ♥

  55. Hi there. Just saw your comment on InherentStyleLA and was curious to see your blog. Love your travel pics.. made me be there just for a little while. Look forward also to see your pics of the FNO. Attended the one in Milan (Italy) and was quite mad! A kiss.


    (and let me know in case you wanna follow each other)

  56. Bravoe Runway says:

    Oh man do I love the NM last call center! I can’t wait to see what you got! I like TX, visited Dalls once and just like you I am a steak and mashed potatoes girl. I’ll take that over sushi any day of the week! The photos looked amazing and I would like to take another trip to TX. The place I’d like to go is Italy!

  57. I never knew Texas might possibly be so amazing! Now I want to visit as well 🙂 I love your outfits in all of these pictures!



  58. goodbadnfab says:

    Your blog is amazing and provides me with great style and fashion inspiration!

    I’m attending New York Fashion Week and would love for you to check out my coverage (lots of insider exclusives and fashion moments)

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  59. Can I come?? This looks gorgeous! I would like to visit sometime, as well. Actually, I would like to visit anywhere. We never travel! Thanks for sharing these pictures. I can live vicariously through your adventures. 🙂

    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  60. really love the photos, seems like it’s really great there.

  61. I didn’t know San Francisco was cold in the summer, Texas looks amazing!I been to florida and New York many times in the US but I would love to visit some other states such as Texas and California 🙂

    Adèle ♥

  62. Jealous of the weather there, it’s pretty cold here right now.

  63. A HIT OF SARAH says:

    wow, really pretty pictures! xx

  64. Jason Laucht says:

    nice weather!!! we have gray rainy pre fall here in europe boo.

    cute blog!


  65. I’m so jealous — I’ve never been to Texas! I love your little white dress; it’s seriously perfect.
    xo Josie

  66. Awesome maxi dress 🙂 Great pics!


  67. Isn’t Canyon Lake pretty? Texas is so awesome and I’m glad you got the chance to visit. Honestly, Austin is my favourite city in the world

  68. i’ve never been to san antonio. dale, how did you like austin? we’re heading to austin city limits music festival tomorrow.


  69. I went to the Riverwalk a few years and I LOVED it! Your dress is gorgeous! 🙂

  70. there are some very cute outfits in here! x


  71. such a great maxi dress!

  72. I like the trord white dress, very pretty!

  73. The Fashion Tickler says:

    Thanks a lot for commenting and following my block 🙂 I’m really happy about that!! Just watched mostly whole of your block. I love it and follow you back !!


  74. It looks absolutely gorgeous and is definitely on my list of my MUST visit cities! Lovely pics as always and so glad you’re enjoying yourself doll.

    <3 Marina

  75. Koltunovskaya says:

    Beautiful place and very nice pictures!

  76. You look amazing!! Love San Antonio and Riverwalk is my favorite place too. I want to go there again! 🙂

  77. Vintage Makeup says:

    You look gorgeous! I love the 2nd dress, you have fabulous style! 🙂

  78. You look beautiful in both dresses! I love a margarita and a good steak! You’re my kind of girl 🙂

  79. coutureaholic says:

    Aww you look gorgeous and im glad you had a fun time in texas! I agree, we need all the rain we can get! Next time you should visit downtown Dallas! Lots to do there!! And I miss SF already! 🙂

  80. love the dresses! looks like you had fun! I wanna see the stuff you got! hahaha!


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