A Gem in the Hill Country: Our Staycation at Camp Lucy

A Gem in the Hill Country: Our Staycation at Camp Lucy

A lesson in staying in the moment.

A few weeks ago, we were at dinner with friends, and the conversation turned to must-see places and experiences in Austin. My friends regaled me of an outstanding restaurant outside of town called Tillie‘s. I open the website to find the most gorgeous architecture and tile work at a restaurant of an event space called Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, Texas. Beauty was all around so I thought that it would be a great place to shoot our spring fashion story.

I talked Scott into taking the 20-minute drive out of town for a Staycation at Camp Lucy. We headed to the little town of Dripping Springs. I was so excited, but Scott had slight trepidation as we got further away from Austin and into the “wild” of the Hill Country.

Twists and turns down narrow roads we go! It’s not far from Austin, but you feel like you’re in another country entirely. Driving past a river and crossing over narrow bridges it feels like we have gone for miles. Where are we?! We stop to speak with a gentleman by the side of the road. I immediately knew there was more to him then meets the eye. “0h just go up the road until you see the green tile roof” and on we go. We’re on the right track.

As we pull up, our eyes get bigger and bigger, we enter the most beautiful setting made entirely from repurposed buildings from Asia. The tile work is magnificent, and the people are lovely. Camp Lucy is a wedding destination that houses five different venues. There’s a swimming pool, private dining areas, and landscaping that goes on and on. Everything is beautifully planned out, from the church to the steeple. But there is so much more to this Hill country ranch than that.

Camp Lucy is the kind of place where you can escape the pace of the city and relax in a calming environment. We call this a “staycation destination” and the middle of the week is a perfect time to escape!

On the property is Tillie’s restaurant, a true fine dining experience in the heart of the Texas Hill Counrty. It is worth the 20-minute drive from Austin for dinner alone (or breakfast, lunch, AND brunch). With a seasonally (if not daily) changing menu, Chef Brandon Martin combines flavors and textures in a way that is so satisfying for your palette. Think Southern Comfort meets Asian flavor.

You’ll find this theme throughout the rest of Camp Lucy as well. All of the structures on the property have been imported from Vietnam, rebuilt and revamped on-sight. The most impressive structure on the site is the gorgeous 19th Century chapel, built from intricately carved ironwood.

Scott and I had the privilege of staying in the luxury suite which had a fireplace, a stone zero horizon bathtub and honestly the most comfortable bed we have slept in in ages. All of the rooms at Camp Lucy are individual little cabins (it feels like you’re at summer camp!) and are thoughtfully and elegantly decorated, you’ll feel right at home.

Ideally located near wineries, breweries, and a host of Hill Country activities, the beautifully crafted Camp Lucy guest rooms in Dripping Springs also offer a unique escape from the ordinary.

The whole experience was terrific for us, but as always, it is the people that make a place memorable.

Between the management and staff, nothing is left to chance right down to Smore’s in one of the outdoor fireplaces. Whether you are in the large suite or one of the cabins overlooking the ravine ( which reminded me of a trip to Africa), there is not a wrong spot in the house.

Reconnect with yourself and your loved ones. Remember what life is all about. Connections: To People, Places, and Nature.

Hotel Crescent Court: My luxury stay in Dallas’ premier hotel.

Hotel Crescent Court: My luxury stay in Dallas’ premier hotel.

Old world luxury in a present-day hotel.

 

Have you ever been to a place where you felt that the entire world was all around you? From fantastic 19th century art to modern day amenities. Old world hospitality and international cuisine are waiting for you as you pull up to the iconic Hotel Crescent Court.

 

Walking through the beautiful action packed lobby and hearing different languages dance on the marble floors makes me wonder. Am I really in Dallas? Or am I experiencing Texas luxury at it’s finest?

Whether you are coming to Dallas for the first time or you’re a local looking for a luxury StayCation, the amenities offered by the Hotel Crescent Court are unparalleled. If you are looking to unwind this is the place for you! Scott and I both enjoyed treatments from the spa and relaxed in the whirlpool. I can’t wait to go back this summer to enjoy the pool and beautifully landscaped courtyards. (Hotel Cresent Court offers Spa Day Passes that you can use even if you’re not a hotel guest) From the presidential suite for your wedding or next girls retreat to the fitness center and the private dining club. This hotel just oozes elegance and old world charm.

 

Back in the Great Hall, Beau Nash is the place to meet old and new friends over cocktails and a great casual menu.

Lunch is served at the Conservatory which is excellent if you are craving your Tex-Mex fix (which my husband always is). If you have a taste for sushi Nobu is there to  satiate your craving. Still hungry after that Yellowtail? It’s time to join the Crescent Club…

 

 

 

Did you know that private memberships of The Crescent Club and The Spa at The Crescent are available including access to the most prestigious private dining club in Dallas along with a fitness center, complimentary classes and swimming pool?

 

With its beautiful courtyards, expansive views, fine dining, and relaxation, you don’t have to go far to get everything you need at the Hotel Cresent Court.

After all Stanley Korshak is right outside the doors!

My spa experience was unrivaled.

I am somewhat suspicious of getting a facial at a hotel. I love and take advantage of all of the spa amenities usually but you know by now how careful I am about my skin! In this case, I was over the moon with Orit, my wonderful esthetician. I immediately felt comfortable with her level of expertise, and I learned a lot from her.
The Spa and workout facilities are exceptional. No wonder people in the area get a membership to work out there.

 

 

The hotel exceeded our expectations. All of the rooms are a fantastic representation of the great design and world-class service that comes from Hotel Crescent Court. The last night I was fortunate enough to stay in The Presidential Suite, what a treat. There is undoubtedly history here… I felt like a queen.

 

There is so much more to show you, I’ll post the videos of my stay on my IGTV and more photos can be found on my Instagram.

 

What a great experience I had in the heart of Dallas at one of the most iconic landmarks in the area.

 

 

 

Thank you Hotel Crescent Court. Your hospitality has no rival. Don’t miss this fantastic experience when you are in Dallas.

xS

Where to Sleep, Shop and Eat in Downtown Dallas

Where to Sleep, Shop and Eat in Downtown Dallas

Stay: The Joule

On a recent trip to Dallas, we stayed at The Joule Hotel in the downtown Arts District.  I can’t express our gratitude to all the people we came in contact with while we were there. From bellmen to housekeeping from restaurant staff to front desk everyone there has customer service as their priority.

The hotel in itself is a work of art. Housed in a Revitalized 1920s neo-gothic style bank building. Works of art are to be found everywhere including Andy Warhol, Richard Phillips, Tony Cragg, and many others.  A bonus in the Lobby, the installation of beautifully detailed motorcycles by Robert Haas.

Shop: Taschen Bookstore 

A Taschen library is housed in the complex. What a treat!  And you can even schedule tea time there.  Stroll around and shop the unique retail boutiques in the lobby as well.

You don’t have to go far for excellent food. It’s right inside the hotel. Try the pork chop at CBD. Awesome! And the bar scene is hopping at The Midnight Rambler downstairs.

Step outside for the best in fashion. Forty-Five Ten and the Neiman Marcus flagship store are right next door. Look around and be surprised but don’t poke the eye!  The hotel staff will tell you stories about how that came about.

 

Shop: Forty Five Ten 

We were reacquainted with an amazing lifestyle store and women’s boutique Forty Five Ten. Conveniently located across the street from our fabulous hotel. Forty Five Ten is a 4 story boutique that offers fine dining on the terrace, men’s and women’s high fashion, a beautiful beauty counter with all the fixings, and curated pieces for your home. 

Bathroom Selfies with mi familia

Lunch at Forty Five Ten was a TEN 

Eat: Circo 

If after a day at the state of the art spa you do feel like leaving the premises, the hotel car will take you anywhere within a five-mile radius. Our choice was dinner at Circo, where the most fabulous Italian food is handcrafted. We were greeted by the manager Casey Bunch and the beautiful Lauren Santagati from the White Rock Hospitality Group. Again, the service was impeccable.  My Bolognese was so fantastic I didn’t even need a sprinkle of Parmesan on it!  There is a first time for everything.

At The Joule Hotel Dallas, we were fortunate enough to stay in two different suites. 

The two-story loft suite is 789 square feet and contains a downstairs living area with a full bath and a soaking tub and a superb bedroom bathroom combination overlooking the living area.

The Deluxe Suite was incredible with great views and a large living area. The incredible deluxe bathroom and beautiful bedroom. Were beautifully appointed with every detail thought out.  They range from 750 to 1,000 square feet. Enough space for girls to have fun! 

View from the top! Of the loft suite that is! 

I  can’t adequately express how wonderful our experience was.  A Boutique Hotel (with everything that symbolizes) does not come close to describing our experience.  In the end, it’s people who make the difference, and we are thankful for the joy, service, and attention the staff show to everyone daily.

Thank Mr. Headington for your vision.  The Joule Hotel Dallas is just that.

A Jewel.

Fall in Glacier National Park: The Crown of the Continent

Fall in Glacier National Park: The Crown of the Continent

We are fortunate enough to live in Flathead County, Montana home of Glacier National Park. Or what we refer to as “the Crown of the Continent”. Sitting on top of “The Backbone of the World” the park encompasses 1million acres including two mountain ranges, over 130 lakes and wildlife around every corner. Here you can see at least 25 glaciers and hike over 745 miles of trails. Fall has arrived in Glacier and we couldn’t resist a drive down the beautiful and colorful “Going to the Sun Road” which runs 52-miles along the Continental Divide.

 

Experiencing the incredible vistas and massive landscape, you can truly feel and appreciate why Glacier National Park is known as an International Peace Park. Enjoy the view…

 

 

The Little Red Bus is Iconic in the park. 

The fleet of 33 buses is widely considered to be the oldest touring fleet of vehicles anywhere in the world! The buses take you to all of the main attractions in the Park. Since the views in Glacier are vertically oriented (with its very high mountain peaks) the roll-back tops are perfect to get the full majestic views of the Big Sky.

Lake McDonald

I’m a sucker for unique lighting. Here at McDonald Lodge you can curl up in front of their lifesize fireplace, sip on a hot chocolate and enjoy the view of majestic Lake McDonald.

With over 300 Grizzly Bears known to live in the park, this is about as close as you should get one!

When hiking in Glacier, don’t forget your bear spray and stay in your car if you see one on the road.

Flathead River

You’ll drive by 10 miles of Lake McDonald before you start the climb to Logan Pass.

It’s fall so we already have snow on the mountains!

Saint Mary’s Lake, East Glacier. Wild Goose Island Viewpoint

If you have the time, don’t miss Many Lakes. You leave the park on the East side and re-enter into Many Lakes.  The road is a little rough but worth it.  I’ve had the most grizzly bear sightings at Many Lakes when I’ve visited.

 

Hike to Grinnell Glacier the trails radiate in all directions!

Swiftcurrent Lake and Grinnell Point have always been my view from the Many Glacier Hotel. Built in 1914 by The Great Northern Railway this beautiful lodge was commissioned to open the park to visitors and establish the area as the “American Alps”

Incredibly what took a year to build in 1914 took but a few hours to demolish in the Sprague Fire of 2017.  The loss of the 104-year-old Sperry Chalet is a shock to all of us who loved it.  We are heartbroken.

A lesson in appreciating what you have when you have it.

Safe travels to all. 

24 Hours in Madrid: A Visual Tour Through the Eyes of an Almost Local

24 Hours in Madrid: A Visual Tour Through the Eyes of an Almost Local

I am fortunate to be able to come to a Madrid several times a year. The hotel we usually stay in is closed for a year-long remodel but we found this little one nearby.

 

During my extended stays in Madrid, I have made great friends, found wonderful restaurants and shopped beautiful boutiques. There is something about the culture here that brings back the comfort of traditions and manners that make me feel at home.

Home Away From Home: Hotel Palacio del Retiro

Hoping one of these fats will replace a hotel one day…

Street scenes: Madrid graffiti style

Blinded by style. Dior Sunglasses
It looks like the Fanny Pack AKA belt bag is back everywhere

Fashion in the stores

Create your own fashion. No not the shoes. The bespoke dress.

Or you can create your own fashion. ( no not those white shoes of course). The bespoke dress I’m having made with these fabrics. 

Eating well is a tradition and extended meals with friends is expected. Here are two of my favorites.

Horcher a few blocks from our hotel established in 1904 and still going strong. One of my favorites.

El Lago de Sanabria Restaurant in the Salamanca district.  There is great shopping as well as dining in this neighborhood!

Lunch at Restaurante Viridiana   No dinner needed

Churros and chocolate at the hotel or just….

Stay in your room and plan your next day

Leave your hotel for a morning walk  you can easily visit the parks and  Puerta de Alcala  Walking the streets makes all that fine dining worth it

Iconic Puerta de Alcala

Parque del Retiro

Beautiful buildings are everywhere!

Room with a view

Take time for yourself and don’t forget to send postcards. They are quite unexpected nowadays. I hope you have enjoyed this mini tour. I loved sharing it with you! Ciao, June

My Galápagos Islands Eco Adventure

My Galápagos Islands Eco Adventure

The Galapagos Islands, A UNESCO world Heritage Site; brings Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution to life.

This has always been on my bucket list. I have been fascinated by Darwin’s work on evolution and have looked forward to walking amongst dramatic landscapes, primeval Iguanas, and Blue Footed Boobies. Amazingly, this remote site consisting of Islands and archipelagoes was formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions and has been relatively untouched by man.

The greater number of the animals you will see in the Galápagos Islands are found nowhere else. Think about that….. This is the one place where animals have adapted and evolved with little or no predators and which defined the therory of natural selection and evolution which Charles Darwin presented in 1859.

Blue Footed Boobies

Though great conditions for exploring abound yearlong, the best times to visit the islands is from December through June. The weather ranges between the 70’s and 80’s and the snorkeling and hiking are great.

Landing in Quito, at an altitude of 9,350 ft, might be daunting; but we were not affected by the altitude at all. The capital of Ecuador is surrounded by snowcapped mountains just a few miles from the equator. This is where, in the 18th century a multinational expedition located at zero degrees latitude established an accurate measurement of the earths size for the first time. The city is filled with such history.

Quito, Equador

My hubby, eyes closed and all! 

The magnificent Spanish colonial architecture and Baroque style churches mixed with a lively street life makes the city a great place to explore. Stay at Casa Gangotena if you can. If not at least take yourself to dinner there.

After a six hundred mile flight off the coast you will arrive in Baltra and embark on your ship. With naturalists to guide you and evening educational speakers, I can’t think of a better way to be guided through this experience.

The Gardens at Hotel Casa Gangotena 

I was prepared for all the islands to be arid and desolate. Our first island Fernandina was just that. The slopes of the La Cumbre Volcano are like a lunar landscape but you are rewarded by the largest concentration of wildlife in the Galapagos. Between flightless cormorants Sea Lions , marine iguanas , pelicans and the smallest penguins on earth, the island does not disappoint.

Off of Isabella Island we came face to face with an Orca Whale. Enough said! Well there is more. Fleets of dolphins jumping by the hundreds and on land the most beautiful birds and largest land iguanas in the world .

Orca Whale, Galapagos Islands

Giant Tort

Santa Cruz is home to the Charles Darwin Research Center. Don’t miss it. The Giant Tortoises can be seen at a conservatory called Primicias as well. The countryside is lush there are farms and ranches and the local food is wonderful. We visited a farm called Fortiz. . BTU I saw some nice jewelry stores in town and a few boutique hotels The beaches are pristine and you can swim amongst colorful reef fish, marine iguanas and lava gulls.

We kayaked the islands amongst mangroves with sea lions napping on limbs and playful babies swimming up curiously as we paddled by. We snorkeled above feeding turtles as the smallest penguins on earth rocket by under us. We watched the delicate finches in the trees using twigs as eating utensils and we almost tripped over the hundreds of black iguanas as they disappeared into the black lava rock by the sea. We observed the largest tortoises in the world and the smallest crabs in the ocean. We saw a lake with pink flamingos and walked by a coral reef stranded 20 feet above the waters’ surface by a volcano.

Sleepy Sea Lions

Go Now! It was an experience I will never forget and would do again in a heartbeat. There is a reason why we protect our eco systems: the diversity, outstanding beauty and fleeting nature of it all reminds us of the wonders of our planet and our responsibility to not abuse it. Go forth and adventure! 

Family Friendly Travel: Dallas Rockwall Hilton

Family Friendly Travel: Dallas Rockwall Hilton

We spend a lot of time in Dallas. Between visiting the kids (and now our granddaughter) or escaping the Montana Winters, we like to find hotels that we can call home. We’ve stayed at ALL of the posh places in Dallas but the newly remodeled Hilton Dallas Rockwall Lakefront is our home away from home when we are visiting the family!
Our suite is expansive and just the ticket for us. Between a large living area, a bedroom with a comfortable king size bed, two balconies and 1 1/2 baths it gives us all the space we could possibly need for an extended stay. Here the view from our rooms . Oh.! Did I mention a little bar area with a fridge microwave and coffee set up?!
Working out is part of my routine and this area is large enough with TV and all the equipment you would need. Bonus, the door leading directly to the pool!
The menu at the pool will get you everything you want. From salads to pizza from cocktails to sparking water. There is also a lovely shallow end away from the crowd to play with your grandkids.
Relax and meet friends or work in the newly remodeled living area. Including computers and a printer. You have everything you need.
The dinning room, Heirloom Kitchen, offers a great selection. From a breakfast buffet to a la carte dining. I found everything I wanted for myself and my picky eaters!
A rainy evening and we are off to C&B Scene for a pre dinner cocktail. In my case one of their great selection of wines !
Just outside the door of the this wonderful hotel, the amenities abound. A sunset sail. @sailwithscott is a wonderful adventure. Many and varied restaurants, outdoor entertainment and music are just a short stroll away. If you want to drive. Downtown Dallas can be as close as 30 minutes or less.
Alas! It’s time to go. But stay tuned for the remodel of the hotel rooms to be finished by mid next year. I can’t wait to show you our newly improved suite, the space is fantastic and a modern look will be just the ticket. Can’t wait. See you again soon and thanks for that great Hilton Hospitality!!
Travel: Puerto Vallarta

Travel: Puerto Vallarta

Puerta Vallarta and all it it’s hidden treasures!
For us, taking an all girls family trip does not take much planning since it’s just the three of us. My sister, daughter and I. This time we chose a close destination for all of us, Puerto Vallarta and two of our favorite off the beaten path side trips; Yelapa and Sayulita.

Garza Blanca Preserve, Puerto Vallarta

As a citizen of the world, I’ve never been a tourist. As a matter of fact, I try to avoid them at all costs! So when we go to Puerto Vallarta we avoid the north part of the coastline and stay on the southern coast where there are no cruise ships or “trendy” bars. We liked that Garza Blanca was a family friendly luxury beach resort. The property offers all inclusive hotel packages as well as room only hotel rates (which is the route we went). The waters were warm and protected and the sand was bright white! We learned to paddle board in the calm bay, participated in a Strawberry Full Moon ritual on the beach and practiced Kundalini Yoga in the trees! Garza Blanca has all of the amenities that you family and friends would need without leaving the comfort of the Resort.

Hotel Mousai, Puerto Vallarta

Affiliated with the Garza Blanca Preserve (and just up the hill) is the super hip and visually stunning Hotel Mousai. We did not stay here this time (but will next time for sure!) but did take them up on their amenities including a 5-Star sushi dinner and roof top infinity pool that overlooks the bay. The hotel screams exclusive and high end. A must see, a must eat, a must stay (and swim) for sure!

Hotel Lagunitas, Playa Yelapa

Years ago I found a beautiful, at that time almost uninhabited, cove called Yelapa. I almost hesitate to mention it since it was such a quite place far from the tourists. Alas, now the day boats come and go regularly. To my surprise though, it still remains very much untouched. Especially if you stay past the daily “prime time”. It was in Yelepa that I parasailed for the first time the good old fashioned way; right off the beach with just a harness! I love an adventure, it keeps you young!

Ride the local water taxi if you want the “real” experience. We go to the bus stop by our hotel and ride it past Jolla de Mismaloya to the last stop Boca de Tomaltan. Then walk down to the bay to catch the local water taxi. Follow these images to know that you are there!

In a past life, I have stayed at the Hotel Lagunitas which is right on the Playa. It was neat to show Serena around the hotel, We even got to peak into the room that I once stayed in (pictured below). There is nothing better than sleeping in the open air of these huts listening to the ocean breathe. A truly meditative and expansive experience.

Villa Amor Boutique Hotel, Sayulita

We rented a Jeep through Eneterprise to take the hour drive up the coast to the little town of Sayulita. Known as a surfing paradise with 10 incredible surf breaks, the village is friendly, colorful and down to earth; a true representation of Mexican heritage and culture.

Tucked way from the hustle and bustle is Villa Amor Boutique Hotel. The property offers a one of a kind experience with 25 unique and beautifully-designed oceanfront luxury villas it is just a short walk to Playa Sayulita. It is a truly magical and very romantic experience.

 

Travel: Cayman Islands

Travel: Cayman Islands

What a wonderful girls trip! 
Serena and I had a blast in the Cayman Islands with a group of new and old girlfriends. Playing around with women of different ages has always been a joy to me! I learn from each generation and each decade. Sharing our ideas and experiences brings growth to all of us. If you haven’t spent quality time with your Gal Pals lately put something on the books now!  As you can see in my multigenerational photo shoot #17to71 it’s always an eye opening and joyous experience!

Seafire, Grand Cayman

Kimpton has done it again and this time it is in the form of their lifestyle resort Seafire! A brand new, sprawling and truly magnificent resort at the far end of Seven Mile Beach. The open air design of this property offers water vistas every chance it gets! We enjoyed a front row seat to our last sunset in Grand Cayman over drinks at one of their many dining destinations and got lost in their winding gardens that lead to secret sanctuaries. A must see and for me a MUST STAY next time we are on the Island.

The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman

This beautifully sprawling property is the essence of Luxury for Grand Cayman. The resort has a photo opp around every corner, breathtaking views, 6 restaurants, la prairie spa, and two outdoor pools. It is a one shop stop for a restful and luxurious vacation on the Island. Our girl gang loved dinning on the outdoor terrace with the sea breeze and of course Serena and I ran around the beautiful property and snapped same photos!

Coral Stone Club, Grand Cayman

If you like to find your luxury and relaxation in the comfort of your own home, might I recommend Coral Stone Condos. The eight of us stayed here (in two condos of corse!) which is conveniently located RIGHT next to the Ritz! The property has all of the amenities of being at home; that is, if your home is beachfront with endless views from your private patio and comes with a lovely and friendly staff to assist you in your every need! Serena cooked us a beautiful family dinner in our state of the art kitchen and we relaxed in the private infinity pool and jacuzzi every evening! This property is perfect for family getaways and adventures with your friends!

Georgia Girl Charters

We’re not fisherman, just loungers. But that didn’t make a lick of difference for the crew of Georgia Girl Charters who are known for their incredible fishing expeditions. Our captain and first mate took us on an amazing adventure as we sailed to lunch then to Sting Ray Bay where we made out with the puppies of the sea! Did you know that kissing a Sting Ray will bring you 10 years of good luck? I’ll let you know if it works!

Lotta Love

Lotta Love

We had such a blast in the Cayman’s earlier this month to celebrate our dear friend, Lori’s birthday. Packing for the trip had to include all of my favorite Lotta Stensson silk kaftans. I love their ease of use, they go from beach to street and day to night effortlessly.

I hired Cayman’s photographer Julie Corsetti of Deep Blue Images to take some memorable photos of our birthday girl and her gals. It was a great experience where we all stepped out of our comfort zone to feel beautiful and confident.

Thank you so much Lori, Marcie, Patti, Cecily and Caroline for trusting Serena and I in this vision. And of course to our favorite resort line Lotta Stensson for the gorgeous dresses! We’ll always have the memories! xoxo

Packing Light: Cayman Islands Edition

Packing Light: Cayman Islands Edition

I love to pack for a trip! It’s part of the fun of traveling!  Now, I don’t know how many people can say that, but for me, it is the beginning of the adventure, I also pride myself on rarely checking luggage.  The eagerness of going right out the airport doors and getting on with the adventure is worth all the preplanning. With that in mind I have a few tips that might help.

Decide on a color palette

A few weeks ago, Beth @styleatacertainage was commenting about taking clues from the colors in any scarf when wondering what to wear.  Good advise.  In this case I took a wonderful Lotta Stenssen Kaftan as my inspiration and ended up choosing a cobalt blue and coral red combination.

Travel comfortably but look stylish

I Always travel in jeans a T shirt and a coat or sweater and  scarf .  In this case I will  be going into a chilly city and then on to the islands, so I choose dark jeans a white T and a tomato red trench and a colorful scarf.

Take  multi- purpose clothing

Slip dresses are a saving grace and can go from beach cover-up  to dinner with a  quick change of shoes and earrings.

Loose pants and a blouses or Tee’s are light to pack and can go from breakfast to  the market or the beach.

Bathing suits and scarves. I always overpack these. One piece suits double as body suits scarves as sarongs. Swimwear addicted!!!

Shoes take up a lot of space so think these out carefully.

If you are taking sneakers make them light and travel in them. Slides. In this case flats in Denim.   Heels!  A splurge really but worth it even if I don’t use them.

Cosmetics. Here you have to take small jars, that goes without saying. I have a very simple routine so that takes up little space. Sunblock, night cream, day  cream. That’s it.  A bit of eye  makeup and lipstick and I’m out the door.  My hair on the other hand is usually …. well I’m bored  just thinking about it.

Jewelry. Don’t forget this. It can take a simple look and polish you up.

Don’t forget the perfume.  In this case I’ll take Vetiver from Le Labo.

Remember your color palette everything has to go with everything. I take a carry on and a large tote with my purse inside it.

My routine a week before I leave is this.  I take out a rolling rack or go to the spare room closet and start choosing items and moving them over.  I take everything that inspires me, is in the right color palette, or just speaks to me.  I don’t judge (yet).

After that I start adding and omitting and making a list of what is missing.  Over time I end up with about a third of what I originally brought in.  Don’t worry about being without something.  In the end I wear about two thirds of what I’m taking and I’m never lacking.  You will see how empowering it is to go relatively unencumbered and still

Look Fabulous .

City Slicker

City Slicker

There is nothing like a staycation to quickly regenerate the spirit.

Denim on Denim (The Texas Tuxedo ) was a trend I have always shied away from.  In this case I embraced it and loved the look!  Between the embroidered jeans and the vintage Levi’s jacket I could not have been more appropriately dressed to arrive at The Firebrand Hotel n Whitefish.  Thank you Lori and Dan Avrill for allowing us to shoot on location.

Mixing the feminine and masculine always has a surprising effect.  A camo or leather jacket over an evening gown for instance.  In this case the army jacket with the print skirt worked well with the ever so on trend corset belt.  And, high heels always work with a pencil skirt.

For cocktails and dinner a robe like dress with a short neutral slip makes for a comfortable dinner look. The print is a great backdrop for the YSL cross body  bag and a statement necklace and vintage cuff seal the deal.