Girls trips are good for the souls. I mean who can argue? It’s something my mom and I swear by. We have made a pact to enjoy some form of girl’s trip just us two every year. Even if that means just doing a staycation in Fort Worth. And surprisingly this past weekend was our first trip just her and I, as we road tripped to Fredericksburg, TX. The small Texas town is known for all of the wineries, food and shopping. And if you know my mom and me you know we live for a glass of cabernet.
I actually visited Fredericksburg for the first time last May on a blogger trip. You can read my recap and to do’s here. My mom and I did a couple new things so I wanted to share, in case you are looking for a mom & daughter trip, bachelorette party ideas or just a weekend away with your significant other.
This trip was pretty spontaneous! Literally, we talked about going to Fredericksburg one minute and an hour later the trip was booked. LOL! The best kind of getaway, if you ask me. After browsing Airbnb, for what felt like 5 minutes, I found the cutest little house. I was pretty skeptical, because the space was new and there were not any reviews when I booked it. BUT let me tell ya it was the nicest and trendiest space ever. From the amazing travel guide the host provided, the fully stocked coffee bar and the quaint & quiet porch in the morning we could not have been more pleased. It was also super affordable and a $7 Uber into town. Note, it is definitely only big enough for 2 people, as there is just a king bed and one bathroom. However, if that’s what you’re looking for I highly recommend.
On Friday we had the pleasure of going on a wine tour with Absolute Charm. I previously worked with AC on the previous blogger trip and knew my mom and I needed to use them during our getaway. Some details… Barry, the ultimate bus driver, picks you up from wherever you’re staying in town around 1pm. From there you go to three AC selected wineries and enjoy a tasting at each. Charcuterie boards are available to purchase at most wineries and trust me, three tastings is more than enough!
Saturday came and we were not sure what we wanted to do. However, we figured since we were in the Texas wine capital we should definitely visit more wineries. We came across 290 Wine Shuttle on Google and it ended up being fabulous. You meet at a central pick up location and it takes you to selected wineries of your choice. The shuttle runs every 10 minutes between 10a-6p at all the wineries so don’t stress about timing! We paid our $30, Ubered to the bus stop, and hopped on and off at the wineries of our choice. Super convenient and safe!
Signor is my all time favorite Fredericksburg winery, as the ambiance is a dream. If you go during the spring you will be blown away by the flowers and greenery. Perfect place to hangout on the patio during the day, sip a glass of rose and listen to the live music. The scenery makes you feel like you are not in Texas. Keep in mind the AC Wine Tour took us here and note that this winery is not part of 290 Wine Shuttle. You can obviously drive your own vehicle, but be smart and don’t drink and drive friend!
Barons Creek Vineyard was also gorgeous and super upscale. This was our first stop on Saturday where we did a tasting + had a charcuterie board and enjoyed a glass of wine. They typically have live music so also a great place to hang out!
Grape Creek is the most popular Fredericksburg winery as the wine is delicious and they have an amazing restaurant. If you plan to visit here and want to eat at the restaurant, I would recommend making reservations before as it was packed when we went on Saturday. They are also part of the 290 Shuttle for easy drop off and pick up!
Becker Vineyards was packed and had a ton of outdoor seating. Would recommend if you are taking the bus and needing ideas on where to stop.
Where to eat
Emma & Ollie is a breakfast and brunch staple in Fredericksburg. We dined here Friday morning and there was surprisingly no wait! The food is to die for and they do serve mimosas and other beverages in case you are trying to get your drink on before a day on the town!
August E’s has impeccable sushi. Would highly suggest you make dinner reservations, as it is one of the most popular restaurants in town. Also, order the crème Brule for dessert and thank me later. It was heavenly.
Grape Creek Vineyard not only has amazing wine, but delicious pizza and is a perfect stop for lunch. We had planned out our Saturday so we could enjoy lunch on their patio and we did not regret it! If you plan on winery hopping and need somewhere to eat that has more than a charcuterie board, this is your best bet.
All in all it was an amazing two day, three night getaway! Have you been too Fredericksburg? If so, I would love to know your favorite to do’s. I am dying to go with Austin next!
This post is long overdue, as I regularly get DMs from ladies asking where to eat, shop and stay in Fort Worth. After a fabulous staycation at the Omni last weekend, wait no longer, as I am breaking down my favorite places in cowtown.
If you’re new around here, let me start off by saying I was born & raised about 20 minutes from Fort Worth. I had the pleasure of having my high school and college graduation parties in the Stockyards. I got married in the heart of the town. We had our rehearsal dinner at the iconic Joe T Garcia’s. I grew up going to concerts at Billy Bobs. Countless shopping memories in Sundance Square with my mom. All in all, you can say Fort Worth will forever have my heart.
Whether you live in the DFW area or traveling to Fort Worth for pleasure or business, I am here to share my favorite places with you.
Where to stay:
The Omni Fort Worth- this hotel is a must for the best skyline view. It is also walking distance to Sundance Square (tons of restaurants and shopping) and it is a super affordable Uber to the Stockyards. This hotel is also super special, as it’s where Austin and I stayed on our wedding night. If only that day wasn’t a total blur and I could remember all of the details. LOL!
The hotel also has a Bob’s Steak & Chop House, which is a great for a date night or more formal dinner. Other restaurants & bars at The Omni include the Cast Iron Restaurant, Whiskey & Rye & Wine Thief. Definitely options for every guest & palette.
Yolk- a delicious, classic breakfast in Sundance Square. Be prepared, because there is typically a wait.
Press Cafe- cutest coffee shop, wine bar & dining option. It is located super close to the Shops at Clearfork so dine here & then hit the Shops at Clearfork for the perfect girls day.
Social House- is great for more of a “bar” scene. Delicious brunch menu & located in the West 7th area, which is perfect if you are looking to have a Sunday funday!
Joe T Garcia’s- you can’t visit Fort Worth without eating Tex Mex or dining at Joe T’s. This restaurant is iconic, and after you go & experience the ambiance you will understand why. Note- there is typically always a line but it is definitely worth it. And you can enjoy a margarita in line while you wait! I would also recommend Joe T’s for a night out with several friends, not necessarily a date night. Also, don’t be shocked when they do not hand you a menu, because there’s only a few items on the menu + everything is served family style. You can definitely share the fajitas with one or two other people!
Gemelle– is super Instagrammable and has the best pizza hands down. Order the House pizza and thank me later. The seating is primarily outdoors, so I would plan accordingly. Gemelle is also super cute for happy hours & apps!
Lonesome Dove Bistro– is the perfect date night or special occasion restaurant in the Stockyards. Austin and I celebrated his birthday here last year and he has not stopped talking about the chili or the smoked venison since.
Woodshed Smokehouse- if you are craving BBQ, definitely head to Woodshed. Chef, Tim Love, is known for his Texas barbecue twist.
B&B Butchers- cutest date night spot that is in The Shops at Clearfork. Delicious drinks, dinner and a great ambiance.
Atico- this bar/restaurant is brand new in the Stockyards and has an amazing rooftop view. Don’t let it fool you that it is in a hotel, because it is beyond cute and super Instagram worthy. The sangria is delicious and not too sweet, if you are a wine girl like me. Go here for drinks and listen to live music in the Stockyards or at Billy Bobs after.
The Shops at Clearfork- if you enjoy designer items & Blair Waldorf is your spirit animal definitely head here. They have everything from Louis Vuitton, Neimans, Tiffanys, Burberry and more! Don’t be fooled though, they also have every girls favorite affordable shops like Kendra Scott, Evereve, Francesca’s and countless others.
Sundance Square- if you have never visited FW, definitely add Sundance Square to your list. The best shopping, restaurants, bars and coffee shops. You will leave thinking it’s the cleanest downtown area you have ever seen. Something Sundance Square takes pride in!
Stockyards- on the hunt for cowboy boots or western wear? The Stockyards have numerous stores to get every girl and guy looking their Texas best!
West Bend- a quaint area that has great boutiques! If you love all things pink and girly like me, you will die when you go into the store Dear Hannah. You can also head to Bartaco or HG Sply Co. for a bite to eat or drink!
Fort Worth has so much to offer and I hope some of my favorites will make your visit so much sweeter. Be sure to tag me in your Instagram Stories or posts if you visit somewhere from my travel guide. Would love to share with the rest of my girls!
Not sure how we have been married two years. Time needs to slow down! If you’ve been around here for a bit, you know Austin and I’s “thing” is to take a trip every anniversary. Last year we visited Park City, Austin’s pick, and this year we traveled to Boston, my pick. We are trying to take turns picking somewhere we haven’t been each year. Great way to see parts of the world we haven’t seen yet, if you ask me!
So how was our Boston trip? It was fabulous and I fell in love with the city. From the gorgeous streets, amazing parks, clean downtown, delicious food, we could not have enjoyed our stay more. We were only there two nights and that ended up being just the right amount of time. If you have not visited Boston, I highly recommend you add it to your bucket list!
Where to stay
Hotel Commonwealth- we were fortunate to stay at this gorgeous hotel and checked out having nothing but fabulous thing to say! From the location In Kenmore Square, to the amazing staff (seriously everyone was beyond friendly), the funky decor, clean rooms, restaurants that are attached everything was beyond perfect. Commonwealth is in walking distance to Newbury Street and Fenway Park, so the location is awesome. Also, Hotel Commonwealth is the official hotel for the Boston Red Sox, so there is super unique hotel Red Sox “decor” throughout the hotel. Try to get the special elevator when you visit, it was one of Austin’s favorite hotel features 😉
Where to eat & drink
Select Oyster Bar- this was our first stop and ended up being one of our favorites! First off, the ambiance is precious. This restaurant is perfect for a midday pick me up or it would be a great dinner option! We got the Salmon Crudo & Tuna Tartare + a glass of wine or two and it held us over until dinner!
Lobstah on a Roll- after a few glasses of wine at Select Oyster we needed something substantial. We stumbled across this restaurant and had a Lobster Roll (duh). It was good & very affordable. Fun fact- I love lobster, but learned lobster rolls are not my favorite. I think because it’s cold?! Don’t hate me lobster roll fans. LOL!
Eastern Standard- this cute place was actually connected to Hotel Commonwealth! We had dessert at the bar one night (literally best brownie sundae we’ve ever had) & then had room service deliver dessert the next night (no judgement). We also stopped here before the airport to head back home & had drinks and a little app. Definitely recommend, especially if you are in the Fenway area!
The Barking Crab- SO good! If you want fresh or fried seafood, I definitely recommend this restaurant. It is on the water, has a great view, and the food is amazing. If you’re a chips and dips girl like me, order the crap dip and thank me later!
Uni- if you don’t go to any of my other recommendations, you must go here. We ate our weight in sushi, it was perfect for a date night, and gosh the food was SO fresh! This was also the only place we had reservations for (made them the day of) and good thing we did, because it was packed!
City Table- we dined here for breakfast, because we just needed some pancakes and biscuits + gravy in our lives. LOL! It hit the spot and was popping during brunch. Also, it’s off of Newbury Street, so is a great location!
Tatte Bakery & Cafe- need a coffee pick me up? Definitely visit one of the many Tatte locations in the city. Super Instagram worthy & great coffee + pastries!
What to do
Fenway Tour- this was Austin’s number one request and it ended up being super interesting and fun! I am not a huge sports fanatic, but actually enjoyed it. It’s only an hour long tour, tickets were $20, and there is so much history at Fenway Park so definitely check it out.
Shop on Newbury Street- I could walk up and down this street everyday & be 100% satisfied. THE best shopping and the stores are beyond cute. They have everything from the high end designers, like Chanel & Cartier, but then lower end stores, like Patagonia & North Face. Everything to make me and Austin happy 😉
Shop on Seaport Blvd- we shopped down this street after lunch at The Barking Crab! Very high end, but had great shops that we don’t have in Texas. Such as LL Bean, which is one of Austin’s favorites!
We really just ate, drank and shopped our way through the city, so I do not have too many to do’s to recommend!
Have you been to Boston? If so, I would love to know your recommendations. We are already planning our next trip back!
All of my outfit details are linked below!
Thank you to Hotel Commonwealth for our stay. All opinions are my own.
New Orleans had always been on my bucket list, primarily for the food (duh), but after a long weekend in the city I realized it is so much more than delicious meals. The city and streets have so much culture and history, it’s unreal. The people are overly friendly. The live music is incredible. And why yes, the food is delicious.
A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure to take a long weekend getaway to New Orleans. I traveled with my mom, bonus mom, aunt and cousin & wow! It was a trip that I will cherish forever. So many memories. Some that I may remember more than others (thanks to the hand grenades LOL), but in all seriousness we had a blast. People kept asking what we did and my answer was “ate and drank our way through the city.” Personally, that’s what I love and enjoy doing on trips, so I was all about it!
If you’ve never experienced NOLA, I highly recommend it for a girls trip or couples getaway! Below are some places I would recommend.
Where to stay
Cambria Hotel: Located in the warehouse district, which is honestly the perfect location. We were able to walk to the French Quarters and Bourbon street, so it was definitely convenient. And if you don’t feel like walking, an Uber will cost you under $10. This hotel was beyond clean (which I am extremely picky about) and had the funkiest decor. We highly enjoyed our stay and I would definitely stay at the Cambria again.
Where to eat
The Gazebo Cafe: Best Bloody Mary in town & their jambalaya was delicious! It’s also a great location in The French Quarter!
Mambo’s: We stumbled upon this restaurant on Bourbon and it was the best meal we had. Thinking about the oysters is making my mouth water. And the staff was also incredible which made it that much more enjoyable!
Central Grocery: You must stop here and try a muffuletta! Holy moly best sandwich I have ever had!
Where to get a good drink
Hotel Monteleone: I belong at this hotel. It is what my dreams are made of. Seriously, go here at 1pm on a Friday, drink a glass of champagne and tell me you don’t feel like your fanciest self. The Monteleone is known for their carousel bar, but honestly the decor and ambiance was what I loved about it.
The Roosevelt Hotel: Another place I belong. So stinking fancy. Expect to pay $20 for a drink, but wow the decor is seriously breathtaking.
Wino: The coolest wine bar I have ever been to & it was right next to our hotel! We went here twice, because 1. we like wine & 2. it was like Main Event for adults. LOL! Highly recommend!
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop: If you want good music & a somewhere to hang definitely checkout this bar. We parked it here for hours on end and had the best time jamming to music! It’s one of the oldest bars and has super cool history, if you are into that sort of thing, too 😉
Tropical Isle: Stop at their outside window, ask for Trudy and get a hand grenade. You may or may not thank me later. LOL!
All in all, it was a trip of a lifetime. It may have taken me (and/or my liver) some time to recover, but it was so worth it.
Have you been to New Orleans? If so, I would love to know your fave places. I am dying to go back in the spring with Austin!
Thinking back to middle school and high school, I always dreamt about attending NYFW. I never knew how I would get there, but I knew I wanted to take part of the hustle and bustle. Flash forward to 2019, as I had the opportunity to make my 6th grade self beyond proud.
It’s crazy to think that blogging or being an influencer was not around when I was dreaming about New York Fashion Week 10+ years ago. And now influencers are taking the advertising world by storm. A form of media that used to not be a part of brands marketing strategies, is now taking up a lump sum of their digital dollars. And let me tell ya, influencers work, and it’s how I was able to attend New York Fashion Week.
Let me walk you through what our not so glamorous days consisted of. And when I mean not so glamorous, I really mean not glamorous at all. LOL. Yes, we had the opportunity to be in NYC, shoot pics in super cute locations, wear countless outfits, attend a fashion show, etc. but it was far from glamorous and a lot of work.
Audrey and I arrived to NYC Thursday afternoon and from the airport we immediately went to our hotel to check in. Thursday night we got to attend the Tula event for their new Rose Glow Eye Balm. Those of you who have been around for a while, know I love my Tula products, so I was super pumped for this event.
Immediately after the Tula party, we headed back to the hotel to change for the Victoria Secret Bombshell event. I definitely did not feel cool enough to be at the VS party, as their were tons of celebs and models. No worries though, I lived my best life drinking champagne at the rooftop bar 😉
After the VS party we were starving! The late night called for a pizza run. I honestly could not tell you where we ate pizza at, but I do know it was delicious NYC pizza and they had ranch. Major brownie points. HA.
Friday morning we were up and at them extremely early for a day full of meetings. In order to secure brand meetings, I had reached out to brands I work with on a monthly basis, about a month or so in advance. We got to meet with some of the top brands in beauty and fashion and discuss new product launches, how influencer marketing is working, etc. Friday was honestly my favorite day of the trip, as I lovvvved meeting the brands I work with and finally got to put faces to names.
So who did we meet with? Shopbop, Tula, Alison Brod PR, Kendra Scott, Willow & Marc Fisher.
We ended the day of meetings with a big glass of red wine & Italian food at Giano. It was decadent and I highly recommend trying the tiramisu for dessert!
Saturday morning we woke up pretty early, as we knew we wanted to shoot a bunch of outfits and content. After shooting, we headed to brunch at Old Rose at The Jane Hotel. So stinking cute & extremely Instagrammable!
After brunch, we headed to my first fashion presentation (ever) with Rebecca Minkoff. I felt like I was in the living movie of Devil Wears Prada and loved every second of it. The presentation was incredibly creative and thought out. Rebecca Minkoff has always been one of my favorite designers so it was a super cool experience.
After Rebecca Minkoff, we were supposed to head to another show, but we may or may not have gotten a tad lost. BUT it worked out because we got to go to Restoration Hardware for a $23 glass of wine (lol at that)! The view from RH is incredible and the restaurant is beyond beautiful.
After sipping that expensive glass of cab, we ended the night and trip with dinner at Catch. I had dined at Catch LA before and loved it, so was super excited to get to eat at the NYC location. Such good seafood & sushi! We all just ordered a bunch of apps/sushi rolls and indulged in one too many glasses of wine. Be sure to make reservations in advance (we got lucky & sat in the bar area, but the restaurant is typically packed).
Annnnd voila! That was our three days there in a nutshell!
To sum it up, if you are a gal that has dreamt of attending NYFW, then do it. Anyone can go, you just have to plug away at pitching yourself to brands, PR firms and designers. Make it happen, sista! Just budget wisely, be prepared for lots of Ubers, get as many meetings as you can, and make sure you are rooming with girls you will enjoy being around in a tiny hotel room (I did and it made the trip that much sweeter).
I will now be counting down until next years NYFW. One of the best and most inspiring trips I have ever been on and I cannot wait to do it all over again.
All of my outfit details from the trip are linked below. Let me know if you have any questions!