Hotel Emma a Gem in San Antonio – Something for Everyone

Hotel Emma a Gem in San Antonio – Something for Everyone

Early morning at the hotel Emma

Packing light for any trip is always fun and challenging for me. How to be comfortable, chic, and ready for any occasion is a trick for most of us. I like a small footprint that packs a big bang! That’s always what I’m after.

Here this lightweight denim shirt suffices as a jacket for most occasions. This gorgeous Louis Vuitton luggage is from The Real Real.

For packing tips, check out my post here.

When you arrive at the Hotel Emma, you will be greeted by a lovely combination of old-world charm and excellent service. With 146 rooms and seven top-floor suites, the Hotel Emma is comfortable and unconventional, just the way I like it. This unique hotel represents a new standard of South Texas luxury!

There is beauty in every historical room in this hotel. Every day felt like an adventure!

From fantastic food to the unique history of the purveyors for everything, right down to the signature margarita glassware, (read their history here) the culture of the area is brought to light.

The lobby is just a glimpse of what lies within these walls. With new visual and sensual surprises around every corner, this hotel will keep you guessing!
I might pack light, especially where cosmetics are concerned but I always pack some nibbles to snack on.
Ready for our adventure? Our first stop was sea world. We had much fun watching the wales and it was my first time in ages going on a roller coaster ride. And there are tons to choose from!
There are times when it’s just fine to be a tourist and this is no exception. Between the river walk and The Alamo, it’s a great opportunity to teach the kiddos some history.

For authentic Mexican food, we chose the three generations strong restaurant in the heart of downtown Mi Tierra. I just know you won’t be disappointed!

Back home at the hotel, the library is a must-see for young and old alike. Acquired from the library of Sherry Kafka Wagner, a San Antonio icon, novelist, historian, Harvard Fellow, and cultural anthropologist.

This 3,700 books strong collection is housed in one of the Brewhouse’s vaulted rooms, which have been furnished with club chairs and lighting designed to seduce you into whiling away an afternoon with a good book. Browse to your heart’s content and check out books using the library’s vintage card system.

Of course, I couldn’t resist an editorial shot in this ultimate of spaces!

Hospitality is the watchword at Sternewirth, Hotel Emma’s tavern, and club room. A dramatic 25-foot vaulted ceiling soars over intimate groupings of sofas, easy chairs, and banquettes arranged to encourage conversation, celebration, and business deals. Enjoy a restorative cocktail, a notable wine, or sturdy craft beer. Come for the city bar authenticity, classic cocktails made without gimmicks and hearty small plates that satisfy your appetite for flavor and substance

Don’t miss the French restaurant called Mon Chou Chou right outside the door of the Hotel Emma.
So sad to be leaving, but we will be back to make this a yearly occasion!

As always,

Spring Travel Edit with Alice and Olivia.

Spring Travel Edit with Alice and Olivia.

Spring is in the air and I thought now would be the perfect time to share my spring travel edit with Alice and Olivia. You know very well how I love to put together travel-ready capsule wardrobes. So today I’m going to show you how to pack a transitional spring travel wardrobe from cold to warmer weather.

I started with a reversible kimono and paired it with black leggings and cami. For shoes, I chose these feminine combat style boots from Naturalizer. They are so comfortable and added a chic edge to this look.

Take a look at the reverse side of this kimono in the parting shot, the print is simply gorgeous!

Woman wearing a seafoam overcoat with vegan leather joggers and cashmere sweater for the spring travel  edit with Alice and Olivia

Can this gorgeous seafoam color be a neutral? I certainly think so. This is the basis for my capsule wardrobe that will take you from a colder climate to balmy breezes. Not only that, this fantastic overcoat will stay in your closet forever. The vegan leather joggers are comfortable and on-trend and a cashmere sweater is a must-have for all seasons.

Wondering which leather is best between faux leather and vegan leather? Take a look at this post where I go in-depth about the two different types of leather and which is the better alternative.

Woman wearing a seafoam overcoat with  cashmere sweater

Accessories make the look and are so easy to pack! Here are some of my favorites from Pharaoun cocktail rings. The quality and craftsmanship is a testament to this fantastic brand and the price point will keep you coming back for more. From stackable rings to this mandala collection, I just can’t recommend them enough!

Woman wearing a seafoam overcoat with a silk cami and print palazzo pants  for the spring travel capsule wardrobe edit with Alice and Olivia
Keep the coat but you can quickly change up the look. These palazzo pants in a great print and a silk cami do the trick. I’m already feeling a change and I haven’t left town yet!
Woman wearing a seafoam overcoat with a silk cami and print palazzo pants
Comfortable platforms add height and I find they are key to the palazzo pant. There are so many to choose from in all price ranges. These snakeskin ones are from Alicia and Olivia from years ago. They have the same style today. Take a look and see what works for you.
Woman wearing a seafoam overcoat with a silk cami and print palazzo pants  for the spring travel capsule wardrobe edit with Alice and Olivia
You know I am very cautious with prints but this classic yet exotic one had just the right amount of movement and color without being childlike. I enjoy dressing with a nod to my location and this was just perfect!
Woman wearing a red cashmere sweater and print palazzo pants

Combining this print with red takes it to another level! It always gets cold somewhere and this cashmere sweater does the trick. Keep it casual in this striking combination.

Notice how the necklace is a nod to the print. Always keep your eye out in random places for statement accessories like this.

Woman wearing print palazzo pants and top for the spring travel capsule wardrobe edit with Alice and Olivia
I am petite so an all-over print is typically a no-no for me. My advice?
Get out of your comfort zone every once in a while. It’s quicker to take off than nail polish! Give it a chance. Here I took off the belt and wrapped it around my neck. I always look better with something wider around my waist and this leather wrap belt did the trick. And these platform shoes give me the height I long for. At the end, I was in love with this look!
Woman wearing print palazzo pants and top with a leather wrap belt
There are so many ways to tie this belt. I’ll post a link here to an easy and helpful guide from the Ada Collection showing you 8 ways you can tie this belt. The self-belt from the top comes in handy to cover my not-so-perfect neck area and ads a hint of cool.
Woman wearing print palazzo pants and top with a leather wrap belt for the spring travel capsule wardrobe edit with Alice and Olivia
It’s back to accessories! With gold accent bangles, hoops, and statement rings, you can never go wrong and they work with most outfits! When traveling, pack them inside an evening bag.
Women wearing a reversible kimono with black leggings, cami and combat style boots for the spring travel capsule wardrobe edit
Here is the parting shot. The other side of this reversible kimono is from Alice and Olivia. Two completely different prints and you are good to go!

Happy travels! I know these looks will serve you well whether you are traveling or on the go around town.

As always,