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{48 Hours in New Orleans}

Planning a trip to New Orleans? DTKAustin has you covered with all of the hotspots and restaurants!

Grayson and I recently visited New Orleans for the first time courtesy of refinery29 and Hotel Indigo. It was such a whirlwind trip that we literally booked it right before Thanksgiving and left the day after the holidays for a quick, 48 hour getaway. Since we didn’t have much time to spend in NOLA we definitely had to make the most of it. Whether you’re staying for the weekend or longer, here’s my must see guide to guarantee a great time in New Orleans.
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{My Stay at Lone Star Court}

When I say “It’s about time I took a vacation…” it’s usually way past when I REALLY should have taken one so when Lone Star Court approached me about a weekend staycation in Austin, I couldn’t refuse. Grayson and I always love to experience local hotels and this was one we had heard so many amazing things about so we were definitely excited to get away!

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{ACL with HomeAway}

Up until about a year ago, I was not the typical Homeaway customer. Any vacation or trip I took, I would always book a hotel and not think twice about it. It was always an easy and comfortable decision. That was until Grayson and I planned a trip to St. Thomas. We quickly found out the only way to make the trip affordable was to look at other alternatives for room and board on our vacation.

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{Scottsdale MiniMoon}

I can’t believe it’s almost been an entire month since our elopement! I literally JUST got the link to our wedding photos and can’t wait to show them to y’all!! If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you have probably noticed an overwhelming amount of photos from Scottsdale. So many people have asked, and why Scottsdale… You know it’s really hot there, right?? Grayson and I didn’t have much time to take a full on honeymoon so we elected to go somewhere close for 5 days and the winner was the desert!

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{Kubo and the Two Strings Set Visit}

Last month I had the pleasure of being invited to Portland to visit costume designer, Deborah Cook, on the set for Kubo and the Two Strings, an upcoming stop-motion animation movie coming to theaters August 19. From the first time I saw Coraline, I knew these films took an army to create but I had no idea how extreme stop-motion actually was. Being amazed was an absolute understatement! Here, I will give you an inside look on what it’s like on an animated, feature film set. From costuming, 3D printing to set building, you are going to be blown away.

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{Colombian Engagement}

Hooray for Wifey Week! Even though I’m not technically a wife YET, I will be in ONE month!! I partnered with ILY Couture this week to share our super crazy Colombian engagement story! I’ve realized I have been the worst fiancé in the history of all fiancé’s and never shared how it all went down! I’m only a year behind it sharing it, but hey, better late than never, right?!

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{Caribbean Life}

Outfit Details:

Dress – Cooper & Ella // Shoes – BP // Sunglasses – Forever21

Hat – Nordstrom // Watch – Chanel J12

Bracelets – Hanai Jewelry

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{Teva}

Excited for my first post from St. Thomas to go live today! I had the pleasure of partnering with Teva showing that their new Terra Float is perfect for any Spring/Summer escape!

Teva holds a very special place in my heart so I was overly excited when they reached out for a collaboration. I was a HUGE tomboy as a child (still am for that matter) and used to be outdoors any chance I got. My dad would take me on some amazing, long distance road trips to the mountains to bike, hike, ride dirt bikes and just chill outside. Teva was my absolute go-to shoe for my childhood years. When I think back to those days, I remember the exact pair of Teva’s that I wore over and over again in all the adventures my dad took me on.

Now, Teva is back with new designs and I couldn’t be happier! I loved taking them on my beach trip and couldn’t have imagined the trip without them! They definitely saved my poor, little feet after hiking the streets everyday. I mean, how are you supposed to climb walls, rocks, hills and go to the beach all in one day with any other pair of shoes??

I definitely love them even more because you can wear them extremely casual with activewear or wear them with super cute clothes and not look ridiculous! They come in so many fun colors now that they will go with anything and everything! Teva is the true, all around, lifestyle shoe that will keep you protected and comfortable!

Outfit Details:

Shoes – Teva // Shorts – Joe’s // Top – Wayf

Hat – Nordstrom // Sunglasses – Wildfox // Bracelets – Hanai

{Van Zandt}

Welcome to Hotel Van Zandt in one of the hippest areas of Austin; iconic Rainey Street.

I’m going to start off this review of Van Zandt in a very unusual fashion. One of the best parts of my stay was the bathroom! And for a good reason; the bath tub and view were spectacular. For those that know me, I absolutely love a modern looking stand alone tub, add on top a lovely view of downtown Austin and I’m sold. The only guest who didn’t like the tub was Steven Jalepeño (my Brussels Griffon) because he couldn’t keep his watchful eye on mommy.

Soaking Tub

This brings me to the next coolest thing about the Van Zandt, it is pet friendly with no deposit required!! Steven really couldn’t complain since he got his own dog bed and bowls delivered to the room upon our arrival! He’s an extremely picky dog when it comes to his bedding and absolutely loved it. So much so, we are buying one online from the Van Zandt store.

The attention to detail in the room and the rest of the hotel was absolutely amazing. From little things like USB charging ports and a portable bluetooth speaker to the overall atmosphere created by the mid century modern furniture and Texas based artwork. That attention to detail wasn’t just in what you could see, but also in what you would hear as I explored the hotel. Lauren Bucherie is the resident musical expert that has handcrafted a song list for each individual section of the hotel. There’s a separate playlist for the lobby, for the restaurant, for the pool (and even underwater!), and for the elevators! This touch really set the mood for my entire stay and was a true testament to the Van Zandt for adopting that ‘weird’ Austin lifestyle.

HUGE thank you to the Hotel Van Zandt for making my stay and even Mr. Steven Jalapeño’s stay so memorable. We are already planning our next stay-cation!

Now, who is excited to book a stay at the Van Zandt? Take advantage of the Van Zandt “Sneak Peek” and get 25% off a 1 night stay and 20% off a 2 night stay! Click HERE to see all of the hotel specials going on right now.

Steven even got his own bed! He’s also trying to win a free trip from Kimpton, so go vote for him HERE!

Brussels Griffon

Now, on to the fashion portion of the post!! I always have to do an outfit shoot in all of the cool places I stay and there was no exception here. The interior of this space is spectacular, as you can see from the photos above. The horn chandelier is one of my favorite pieces from this hotel so I had to try and incorporate them somehow.

This gorgeous dress is from Windsor and fit the scenery perfectly. The right amount of color against the industrial touches of the hotel’s exterior.

Outfit Details:

Dress – Windsor (Similar HERE or HERE) // Shoes – Ferragamo

Handbag – DVF (Similar HERE) // Watch – Chanel J12