A Weekend Staycation at La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa

 

Sorry to disappoint you ladies and gents that you're not seeing me in a Halloween costume today! (Then again, I never really do a Halloween outfit post.)

If you're following me on Instagram and Twitter, you know that my family and I went away for a weekend staycation at La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa. It is located an hour and a half from where I live. I haven't gone to any vacation this year so I thought a staycation is very much needed. I wasn't aware that there is such a beautiful resort that is only an hour north of Houston so I was pretty excited to have discovered La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa. It's located in such a beautiful spot overlooking Lake Conroe.

The resort is also close to The Woodlands, which is also another beautiful city that is about 45 minutes north of Houston. It is about 20 or 30 minutes away from La Torretta. While you're staying at the resort, this is a nice city to check out.
 

A Welcome Surprise

The resort has a 4:00 PM check-in. We got there around 4:30, thankfully, we didn't encounter much traffic but we've had to make a couple of stops. When we pulled in to the valet, the valet attendant was really nice; when I checked in the front desk, the staff were also very friendly.

An hour after checking in our rooms, we had a nice snack surprise (cookies, crackers, cheese, fruits, and milk) delivered to our room, which were delicious by the way! Now, I must say that I am not sure if this is true for every guest, thought I'd put in that little disclaimer there. But my tummy was pretty happy.

I have read some reviews on Trip Advisor about the resort staff being unfriendly but we never really had an encounter with one throughout our whole stay there. Everyone that we have had an encounter with was nice and friendly.

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Spacious Rooms

Although I have seen some of the photos of their rooms on their website, I was curious and excited at the same time to see it in person. They had mentioned on the website that each suite has an extra living/parlor space but even then, I didn't know what to expect. I'm so glad that I was not disappointed! We had the king suite overlooking the lake and another king suite overlooking the waterpark and also another part of the lake. Both are very spacious and even if you have double beds, the room is big enough for 4 adults or 2 adults and kids. Our room also has a door to the adjacent room so if you're a big family and you need a of  couple of rooms or so, this is a good information to know so you can request them.

The living area also has a desk if you need to get some quick work done and a small kitchen/bar with coffee maker and a small refrigerator. I absolutely enjoyed the interior design of the rooms! The contemporary feel to it is refreshing. I must also mention that the bathroom in the Lakeview King Suite is huge!

My family and I really enjoyed the rooms. Our only concern was to always keep the patio doors locked so my 3.5 year old niece wouldn't go out because the rails aren't close enough to each other and a small kid can easily slip between them. If you don't have small kids, then it wouldn't be such a concern. You will thoroughly enjoy the room!

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King Bedroom at La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa

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Scenic Views

I think one thing that you will really enjoy in this resort is the scenic views. The sun in its rising and setting states were pretty majestic in this resort. I know that we have the most beautiful sunsets here in Houston but the way I saw them in Lake Conroe from my La Torretta room was nothing compared to what I have seen before. Even if you're not the most celestial-loving person like I am, you will be in awe of the views!

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The view of the lake from our room.

Sunset at Lake Conroe, Texas

This photo doesn't do justice the actual sunset.

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This was actually pre-sunrise. Click here to see my instagram post of the actual sunrise.

Aqua Park Recreation

There are so many things to do in a resort as big as La Torretta. They have golf, spa, fitness center, aqua park, and not to mention that the resort is surrounded with lots of marinas where you can rent boats and jet skis, which unfortunately, we didn't get to do.

I think we were pretty content and happy at the Aqua Park that we even forgot to check out the spa. I mean who goes on vacation and not do the spa? ME, apparently. And, at the time of our stay, they had a 50% OFF promo on Sunday. So boo for me.

The Aqua Park has 2 kiddie pools, a lazy river, and 3 adult pools – one of which has the adult slides and one of them is an infinity pool. They also have a nice jacuzzi next to the inifity pool.

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The view of the Aqua Park from one of our Lakeview King suites.

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This is the water splash and one of the kiddie pools which my little niece thoroughly enjoyed, even
though she runs away each time the bucket is about to spill the water. Too funny!

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This is one of the adult pools with the slides. Yup, the adults get to be a kid in the slides too!

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The view of the infinity pool and the other adult pool from the patio of the Yoi Sushi Bar/Sonata Piano Bar.

Dining Options

Those of you who are foodie will be thrilled to know that there are about 8 dining places inside the resort, plus an in-room dining option. It's also a wonderful thing because you don't have to go out of the resort just to find a place to eat. If you're going with your friends, there are few places where you can just hang and have a good time!

Due to a limited time, we were unable to check out all the dining places and some of them are only open during certain hours. Two of the dining places we have checked out though were the Yoi Sushi Bar (hooray if you love sushi!) and it opens to the Sonata Piano Bar which is a really cozy place to just chill and have some drinks. The place was even more packed on Saturday. I saw some kids with their parents on Saturday chilling so it's good to know that kids can hang there as well.

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From there, we went to check out the Lakeside Restaurant and Bar which is a few feet from the hotel building. I was greeted with this beautiful giant wine cellar which seems to be dividing the place into a bar and dining – the bar being what's shown in this photo and dining on the other side of the cellar. The place has a great menu selection!

Lakeside Restaurant and Bar at La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa

Overall, with so many recreational and dining options, you will never have a boring time at the resort! Whether you're going with your family or friends, there's a place and activity for everyone. For more information and reservation, be sure to check out La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa's website at www.latorrettalakeresort.com

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Disclaimer: La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa has rewarded me with a complimentary stay at the resort for the purpose of reviewing their property and amenties. The opinions expressed herein are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa.  Thank you for supporting LynneGabriel.com sponsors. They make my blog possible.

A Sequin Skirt Kind of Night

 

SW3 UK Bespoke Sequin Skirt

1. The Girl That Loves Jacket | 2. SW3 Bespoke Ruffled Blouse | 3. SW3 Bespoke Sequin Skirt | 4. Spiegel Clutch Bag | 5. Sofia-Z Shoes | 6. Solenn Rachael Earrings | 7. Benevolent Jewels Necklace | 8. Accessory Concierge Bracelet (All c/o)

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Does it kinda freak you out that it will be November in about 3 days and before you knew it, it's the Holidays! And you know what that means? Lots and lots of shopping…and also lots and lots of sparkles! And most evenings during the holiday season call for sparkly outfit, whether it's just a night out with friends or a date with your hubby or boyfriend. You can be sparkly but not over the top, especially if it's really not a formal thing.

I love sequin skirts. I mean, which woman doesn't? You've seen me wear them soooo many times here on my blog. This sequin skirt is from SW3 UK Bespoke. It's such an amazing skirt! SW3 UK Bespoke is a London-inspired designer brand but it's made in the US. Unfortunately though, this was from the past season and it not available anymore. You can check out what's available in their collection by visiting Piperlime, ShopStyle, ShopBop, and your favorite upscale local boutiques.

Now the tweed jacket though is from The Girl That Loves, which I have mentioned before is one of my favorite brands. Fortunately, it's still available! It's great even with leather leggings or denim, dressed up or down, work and play. It's so flexible.
 

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Sofia-Z Shoes

Mademoiselle

 

8 Rue Pomme Dress

1. 8 Rue Pomme Dress | 2. Deb Shops Shoes (Sold Out) | 3. Outrage Fashion Clutch Bag | 4. Solenn Rachel Earrings | 5. Baby Frou Frou Necklace | 6. Non-Branded Pearl Bracelets (All c/o except bracelet)

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A woman would like to feel like a million bucks in an outfit sometimes, without actually spending a million bucks. Ladies, do you agree? This is exactly how I feel in this dress. I feel like a royalty! Granted, it's not necessarily your average-priced dress. Why? Because it's an 8 Rue Pomme Dress – a designer brand produced in New York. The feminine silhouette and print of this dress will make the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton wanna wear it on a romantic night out with her prince! Although, I think she'd wanna go with nude pumps instead of red. What do you think?

If you don't mind spending a few hundred bucks on a lovely dress but with excellent craftsmanship to make the piece last in your closet for a lifetime, you should check out this Bella Dress! Although this may look like a special occasion dress, it can definitely be dressed down. The material is silk-ish but it's not over the top silk. You can definitely dress it down with a pair of maybe cute Jack Rogers sandals!

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Red Ankle Strap Heels

Red Genie

 

Venus Red Jumpsuit

1. Venus Red Jumpsuit | 2. Deb Shops Heels | 3. & 4. Pink Lips, Red Heels Necklace and Earrings Set | 5. Deb Shops Bangle  | 6. Shop Image Clutch Bag (All c/o)

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Sometimes a short girl likes to wear things that look better on tall girls…why??? I don't know! All I know is that I got enticed by this lovely red jumpsuit from Venus that is a few inches long for me and I didn't get a chance to get it altered but I think it looks okay. What do you think? I love the pleated V neckline and the fun baggy bottoms make me feel like a genie! Overall, it's subtly sexy!

The vibrant red makes a lady look attractive. In fact, and this is not to brag or toot my own horn, there was this one random white dude who were walking with his office mates, and just suddenly wrapped his arm around my waist to have a photo taken with me, and this while we were shooting this outfit. If you're following me on Twitter, you might have seen my tweet about it. I was a bit shocked but managed to still smile for the photo. Yeah, the guy was obviously rude and fresh…but the sun was going down fast and I had no more time to get upset whatsoever.

Anyway, regardless of the length of this jumpsuit, it just made me feel sexy. And that is even without the rude interruption from the guy. If you're a tall girl, this jumpsuit is definitely for you! If you're short like me on the other hand, it's nothing that a little alteration cannot fix. *Wink*

Jumpsuits are quite a trend and they are perfect for a night out with your friends or beau.

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Check Out Other Options Below

Cherries, Oh Cherries!

 

Chicwish Cherry Vintage Dress

1. Chicwish Swing Dress | 2. Francesca's Box Clutch | 3. Guess Sandals | 4. Dia's Jewels Earrings  | 5. Bellarte Clothing Necklace | 6. TRAX NYC Bracelet 1, 2, Oh So Fancy Bracelet (All c/o except shoes)

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Last week, I had an impromptu trip to Kemah Boardwalk with my family. I was supposed to have a photo shoot with my mom in another location but my brother and his family was going to Kemah and suggested that I have my photo shoot there instead. You have seen the first of two outfits that we shot there and if you haven't, you can click here.

I was totally feeling this lovely 50s, retro dress from Chicwish and the whole vintage vibe in the background. I think it was quite obvious in the photos! Kemah Boardwalk has a really nice vintage police car in front of Landry's and that's where we decide to shoot. The sun was going down so fast so this was actually a very rush shoot compared to the time we normally take to do one outfit. My mom has become such a pro in taking photos, don't you think? Anyway this lovely dress is also available in white if you wanna check it out.

Soooo….it's weekend by the way and my family and I will be headed to La Toretta Lake Resort and Spa for a much needed staycation! I'm so excited! One of the best part? I am going to be taking over their Instagram so follow along @latorretta on Instagram.

Have a great weekend lovelies! xo

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Box Clutch

  Guess Red Sandals

Sporting CAbi + CAbi BeautiFALL Career Event

 

CAbi Reversible Vest and Snake Print Jeans

1. CAbi Reversible Vest | 2. Forever21 Sheer Long Sleeves Blouse (Similar Here) | 3. CAbi Snake Print Jeans | 4. JustFab Clutch Bag | 5. JustFab Snake Print Ankle Strap Sandals | 6. Shamelessly Sparkly Earrings | 7. Shamelessly Sparkly Necklace | 8. G by Guess Watch, Tanus Designs Infinity Bangle (All c/o)

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If there's one company that I have been working with for as long as I've been blogging, that's CAbi. I truly believe in what the company is all about and the career opportunity in fashion that they provide women is amazing. That's not to mention the stunning pieces that they put in every collection are of superb quality. I've been to quite a few CAbi events as well and their consultants are some of the happiest women I have met. I do feel their support to make each other successful and they are! I have met some amazing women who have supported their family through CAbi's career opportunity.

So, if you're in the Houston area, they are doing their BEAUTIFALL Career Event on October 28 at Moffit Oaks, 20125 Cedar Lane, Tomball, TX, 77377 from 11 AM to 1:30 PM. The event is FREE! You will be able to view their ThankFALL collection as well as a quick preview of the Spring 2015 collection. The team will also discuss how you can make CAbi your fashion career! Click HERE to register.

CAbi-BeautiFALL

To show you how amazing CAbi's pieces are, your struly styled some pieces from their FALL 2014 collection. This chartreuse vest is actually reversible to a black one. If you scroll down below, you will see a photo with it reversed. Also, what do you think about the snake print jeans? There aren't too many in the market this season so this provides an opportunity for you to sport it without seeing the same in every woman and their mother. Same thing goes with the chartreuse vest. I have seen so many in nautical stripes and herringbone but not in this color, and definitely not reversible. This is such a fun piece!

The direct links are above so be sure to check them out. You can purchase them through a CAbi consultant.

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G by Guess Watch

JustFab Studded Clutch Bag

JustFab Snakeskin Double Anklestrap Sandals

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She “Plaided” Guilty

 

Karen Kane

1. Karen Kane Plaid Top | 2.  Karen Kane Zip Faux Leather Pencil Skirt | 3. Hayden Harnett Handbag | 4. Deb Shops Pumps (From last season, check out these burgundy booties) | 5. Kendra Scott Earrings | 6. Outrage Fashion Chain Necklace | 7. G by Guess Cuff Bangle (All c/o)

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Okay, I plead guilty…that I'm seriously enjoying plaid this season more than the previous seasons! Each time I see one that appeals to my senses, I can't help but get enticed. This "Rio Grande Plaid" from Karen Kane is no exception. I seriously love the blue and burgundy combination of this plaid. Wouldn't you get enticed as well? It's also not your typical plaid button down because it's really not a button down. For those of you corporate ladies, I think this will work in a corporate environment. What do you think? I know most of us ladies want pieces in our closet that will work for both work and play. This zip pencil skirt does the same! Obviously, I went for a corporate-ish or business look here but separately these pieces can be styled for day and night. I wore this skirt to church one Sunday and I definitely got a lot of compliments.

I highly recommend this faux leather pencil skirt. I think what adds up to it is the gold zip detail in the front. It is pretty neat! I'm sure that this won't last very long in Karen Kane's inventory so be sure to check it out and I know you won't be able to resist it's scream to be taken home into your closet. *Wink*

 

Karen Kane Plaid Top, Faux Leather Pencil Skirt

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Kendra Scott Earrings

Big Chain Necklace

G by Guess Cuff Bangle

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Burgundy Ankle Strap Pumps

 

Houndstooth, Quilt, and a Bauble

 

Houndstooth Coat, Quilted Leggings

1. The Shopping Bag Houndstooth Coat (Use LYNNEGABRIEL code to receive 25% OFF) | 2. Deb Shops Quilted Leggings | 3. Clutch via Poshmark | 4. JustFab Anklestrap Heels | 5. BaubleBar Cairo Jacket Earrings | 6. BaubleBar Necklace (Sold out but check Spike Helios Collar Necklace and Chapman Cone Bib)  | 7. LaMer Collections Wrap Watch | In Addition: Carrerra Sunglasses via The Sunglass Shop(All c/o)

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Ahhh, Monday! My favorite day of the week. You can think I'm weird or crazy for loving Mondays but Mondays always set me in mood for work.

Anyway, so on to today's outfit. How do you like the black, white, and cobalt combination? How about the combination of print and textures? When I picked up this quilted cobalt blue leggings from Deb Shops, I knew there are so many different tops I could match it with but in the end, for this style post, I decided to go with the this houndstooth coat from The Shopping Bag. I love of both of these pieces – together or separately. Think of the cobalt blue leggings with a faux fur vest or a trench coat. Even a biker/moto coat. Think of the houndstooth coat with a pair of burgundy jeans or a pencil skirt. You can even get away with it with a maxi skirt!

I'm sure you have also noticed my edgy bauble from BaubleBar! They are currently having a Friends and Family Sale that has 25% OFF everything. Click here for additional coupons/savings.

 

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Carrerra Sunglasses

Bauble Bar Cairo Jacket Earrings

Bauble Bar Spiked Lily Necklace

Lamer Collections

White Studded Clutch

JustFab Cobalt Blue Ankle Strap Heels

How I Style Halloween

 

Little Black Dress

With the Halloween just around the corner, I'm sure some of you are already shopping for costumes. This seems to be a fun day of fright and dressing up in costumes for many! If you're planning on going to a Halloween party and you're stuck on what to wear, a sexy little black dress is something you can always count on! Besides, after the event is over, it's still something you can wear for any other event. Your money won't go to waste for a one-time costume.

That said, I grabbed a couple of little black dresses from Deb Shops. With it, you can either go as a sexy sassy witch with a glam witch hat just like what I showed above or a little Mardi Gras queen with a black and gold Mardi Gras mask and a super fab gold pumps.

Oh, I wanted to tell you about Coupons.com's Halloween Creepstakes which gives you the chance to win $100 in daily prize giveaways and a $3,000 grand prize. It ends October 31. Also, be sure to check out Halloween ideas on The Good Stuff!

Coupons Halloween

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A Fresh Start

 

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A healthy, glowing, and fully-moisturized skin is a fashionable skin. It never goes in and out of season. Whether it’s summer or winter, it’s important for me to keep my skin hydrated and protected from the sun so I try to stick with a routine, using products that I know already work for my skin type. However, with the nature of my job as a blogger, I have the pleasure of trying out new products every now and then. My recent try was the Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection!} Lightweight Moisturizing Sunscreen.

Now, I must say that I am always leery of trying products for my skin and hair but when I was offered to try out an Olay product, I was not hesitant because it’s a household brand in skin care. I have known Olay since I was a kid. I have seen my mom and aunts use it. A particular Olay product wasn’t really in my regimen yet until I tried Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection!} Lightweight Moisturizing Sunscreen. I have been using it for the past 3 days now and loving it so far!  It has immediately become a part of my daily morning routine for a fresh start to my day. I also take it with me wherever I go.

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It is oil-free and is non-greasy. It also seems like it has a ‘cooling’ effect which not only makes it a perfect morning routine to make you look fresh for work or school but also a great way to freshen up mid-day or whenever you feel like your tasks during the day is taking a toll in your skin. Thanks to the wonderful essence of honeysuckle and white tea! These two ingredients make a great detox recipe that gives your skin a refreshed look. Ahhhhhhh! I love it.

With this product, I don’t have to put on a moisturizer and a sunscreen separately because it’s two in one!

And of course, one of the best parts of finding an effective skin product is also finding that it’s affordable. Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection!} Lightweight Moisturizing Sunscreen is only $12.99 and should be available at a pharmacy or supermarket in your area.

Olay Lightweight Moisturizing Sunscreen

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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Olay Fresh Effects through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Olay Fresh Effects, all opinions are my own.