My Staycation at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio

 

Even though San Antonio is only about 3 hours away from Houston, it's been a little while since I had a visit. I think the last time I went there was when some relatives from Miami came to visit and my grandma was still alive and pretty strong. I've really only been there three times or so and the last time I went, we never really stayed overnight. We drove back to Houston in the evening.

Well, life has been a little more hectic lately and I've been feeling the need to get away every now and then. Sometimes, going out of your familiar zone does a lot to refresh you for another day, another week – even if it's just for a day or two.

So about 4 weeks ago, my boyfriend and I, along with another close friend, decided to drive to San Antonio for the weekend. We stayed at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk.

I've always loved the historic vibe of San Antonio and always captivated by the beauty of the San Antonio River Walk so you can just imagine the thrill that I had when we stayed in a hotel that's right by it.

Hotel Valencia's location is perfect and most especially the Junior Suite room that we stayed in because it has both a view of the street and portion of the River Walk.

As if the River Walk isn't already a great enough location, Hotel Valencia is also surrounded with so many historic architectures as well as tourist attractions and restaurants. Almost everything is just a walking distance.

Its external architecture has a "Spanish" vibe to it but surprisingly, the hotel's interior decor, including the suite that we stayed in is chic and modern.

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This is the side of the building that is facing the Riverwalk and has stairs leading to it.

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Unlike other hotels where a front desk in the lobby is kind of expected, Hotel Valencia set itself a part by bringing the front desk on the second floor. Guests are privileged to walk through a "red carpet" entrance after being greeted by some of the friendlist valet parking attendants I have ever encountered. I must admit that this semi-lobby though doesn't fancy me too much because of what seemed as an unfinished wall. I didn't necessarily think that it fits the rest of the hotel's aesthetics.

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However, the second floor lobby is more on point! The more contemporary furnitures blended seamlessly and make you seem to forget the historic feel it originally gives you when you walk in the building. There's plenty of seating areas which are all in between the VBar and the Citrus Restaurant.

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I just had to take a photo of the ladies' restroom in the lobby. The faded "golden" mirrors, along with the gold faucets and the rolled towellettes in the basket to dry off your hands captured my attention. I honestly love the idea of using towellettes versus paper towels because it keeps the bathroom clean. I guess you can expect such luxury from a luxurious boutique hotel such as Hotel Valencia.

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As I mentioned above, we stayed in a Junior Suite with a king-size bed and a seating area which is pretty neat. The bed was so plush that my friend and I couldn't get enough of it. I really liked how the whole suite was set-up. It's not necessarily an open space, unlike the other suites you will normally find. Again, I think Hotel Valencia managed to set itself apart here once again. There's a divider between the sleeping and the seating area.

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There's an opening in the middle of the divider where you can pretty much see the televison on the other side of the room but there's also  a television on the seating area. Since there's three of us, they provided us with a pull-out bed. Be sure to ask if there's an extra charge for it if you decide to ask for one.

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And what's a fashion blogger to do when she sees a mirror? Yup take a photo! I love this life-size mirror. You don't normally find a life-size mirror in hotels so this this really a plus, especially for us women!

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And here's the opposite side of the room with the seating area. This place was haven for us, especially on the second day when it was too hot and we're too tired to even do anything outside. For the most part of the day, we just chilled in the room. When you're staying in a suite at Hotel Valencia, you will hardly want to go out!

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The seating area in our suite has a view of both the street and a portion of the Riverwalk so it's pretty amazing.  The windows have plantation blinds and has chairs enough for eight people!

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Here's yours truly in my robe, just chilling. I guess when there's too much going on during the week, being able to do absolutely nothing for a day is a luxury! Thankfully, our stay at the Hotel Valencia was so amazing, I couldn't complain of anything!

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Y'all know I normally take a photo of the bathroom when I go on a staycation. It's not as fancy as the one in the lobby but it's sleek and modern to match the rest of the suite's aesthetics.

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Hotel Valencia has an in-house restaurant called Citrus and there's a bar opposite of it which is called the VBar. We never really got to try the VBar but we had a breakfast buffet at the Citrus the following day. I'm not sure how much the cost was per person since it was the boyfriend that took care of the check, however, you can check their menu here and get an idea of what they serve.

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I especially love the patio portion overlooking the River Walk. Here's the part of the building that has a staircase leading to the River Walk and there's a few seating areas to just chill. If you're following me on Instagram, you've probably seen this photo and this was where it was taken.

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Although we didn't have these food for breakfast or lunch, I saw it while I was passing by and couldn't help myself but take a photo!

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I'm usually not a big buffet eater but I still enjoyed Citrus' breakfast buffet. I honestly don't remember everything that they offered in the buffet but I did have some eggs, bacon, sausage and fruits. The juice and coffee of course were bottomless!

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On the third floor of the building was a totally unexpected Courtyard. Some of the rooms in the hotel had a view of it. I admired and enjoyed the old "hacienda" feeling it gives. I stayed there for a good 10-15 minutes and it was so serene. It's such a wonderful place just to regain your inner peace and quietness.

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Here are the little things I found around the room.

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I found this weather forecast card on our first night. Thought it's a neat touch to let the guest know what the weather will be like the following day. Keep it up Hotel Valencia Riverwalk! I've never really seen this in any of the other hotels I've stayed in.

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And because we knew what the weather was going to be like the following day, our trip in San Antonio wouldn't be complete without a tour of the Riverwalk! There's plenty of things to do in the area and the Riverwalk alone has tons of shops, restaurants, and tourist attractions to explore.

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If you're ever going to visit San Antonio Texas, I would suggest saving more money to stay at a boutique hotel versus a regular hotel because boutique hotels tend to offer a different atmosphere. I've never really tried any other boutique hotels or other hotels by the Riverwalk other than the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk but based on my personal experience, I highly recommend them. The staff is friendly and like I said, the atmosphere is pretty luxurious without paying the real luxury price! I'd definitely go back and stay at Hotel Valencia anytime. If you'd like to find out more about them, visit www.hotelvalencia-riverwalk.com.

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Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary stay at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk  to facilitate this experience write-up. The opinions expressed herein are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hotel Valencia Riverwalk

Macbook Air + Kate Spade Giveaway

 

Macbook Air Giveaway

I have teamed up with some amazing bloggers to bring you this fun and fab giveaway! As always, we appreciate all of you so much, that's why we regularly do giveaways to reward our precious readers and followers. One lucky reader will win this 13.3 silver Macbook Air worth $1,199 and a Kate Spade tote/baby bag that you can use as a carrier for your Macbook Air and carry it in style wherever you go. The total value of the prizes is $1,600. Open to international contestants but international winner will be responsible for shipping and custom fees.
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Geometric City


“Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

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1. Amanda Uprichard Dress (Check Out Other Options Below)  | 2.  AMI Clubwear Clutch bag (Check Out Other Options Below)  | 3. Deb Shops Pumps (Check Out Other Options Below)  | 4. Deb Shops Earrings | 5. Palm Tree Boutique Necklace | 6. Charming Charlie Bracelets (All c/o)

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If you're following me on Instagram, you've most likely seen a sneak peek of this outfit more than a couple of weeks ago or so. Yup, life has been that busy lately that it took me a few more weeks to actually get this up here on my blog. Not to mention that I've had this dress for a few months now and I'm just barely able to put it up. Anyway, I have linked up to some other Amanda Uprichard dresses below since it really hasn't been available anyways since I got it.

Amanda Uprichard is a contemporary designer and I love how she has simple and chic styles and typically use some kind of silk materials in her collections. I have about 10 pieces of her collection in my closet and they're really some of my favorites! If you're looking to try out new contemporary designers without breaking your bank, check her out. The prices of her pieces are reasonable.  What I also love about her styles is that most of them can be dressed up or down – even though they are silk material. The trick is usually in the shoes and accessories you'd wear. Obviously, I dressed it up here but if I were to dress it down, a pair of short wedges or sandals will work. So what do you think?

 

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Fearless

 

“Be that strong girl that everyone knew would make it through the worst, be that fearless girl, the one who would dare to do anything, be that independent girl who didn’t need a man; be that girl who never backed down.” – Taylor Swift

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1. Pink Blush Top | 2. Gia's Boutique Denim Shorts | 3. Barrington Gifts St. Anne Tote | 4. Deb Shops Wedges (They closed down) | 5. Perry Street Earrings via Rocksbox (Use code LYNNEBFF to receive a FREE month!) | 6. Jules Smith Necklace via Rocksbox (Use code LYNNEBFF to receive a FREE month!) | 7. Margaret Elizabeth Bracelet via Rocksbox Rocksbox (Use code LYNNEBFF to receive a FREE month!), JORD Wood Watch | In Addition: Dynamic Asia Hat (All c/o)

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I feel like time snuck up on me again! It seems that summer has just started and before I knew it, the first month of it has already passed by. It's definitely getting hotter by the day here in Houston. But at least, we're getting some heavy rains every now and then. It's good and bad in a way. Good because we have lesser hot days and it's bad because Houston easily gets flooded. No joke!

On to my outfit. It's really nothing special. It's casual and comfortable but still stylish enough to make some eyes stare at you. I know for a fact because I was getting some while we were shooting this. Granted they might be wondering who I was and why I was doing these weird poses but hey, if someone's wearing this, I'd probably stare too. Don't you think? The top from Pink Blush is flirty in its own non-seductive way. It's been awhile since I got this so I think it's not in their clearance section so be sure to click the link above if it fancies you! I think wearing a hat on the streets during a hot summer day though definitely adds quite a touch to your outfit! Sometimes even the most casual or athletic outfit when accessorized with a hat, it becomes a whole different outfit all together.

And just a quick tip, if you have short legs like me, wearing a pair of wedges or heels with a pair of shorts (when appropriate) can give your legs an elongated illusion! They will make you look especially sexy. Don't you agree?

What's your go-to-outfit this summer?

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Never Lose That Spark That Makes You

 

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

Hallmark Signature

I was at a Hallmark store here in Pearland the other day, looking at some special occasion cards and found this awesome birthday card from Hallmark Signature that has a quote outside, “Never Lose That Spark That Makes You.” And thought the quote was pretty awesome and it’s such a great birthday card for your bestest girlfriend!

I love the color combination that it came in …so summery, so bright, so fun, so cheerful! It pretty much inspired me to put together such a fun outfit that brings out the best in me, after all it said “Never Lose that Spark That Makes You!”

So I pulled out my Lauren Conrad swing/skater dress that has a coral checkered print. I wish though that I could’ve taken it with my best girlfriend. We do have a similar style and I know that we will have so much fun. She has an outgoing and positive personality and this Hallmark Signature birthday card is just perfect for her!

Nothing can ever replace a handwritten note for that special someone in your life. I think technology is great and all that, but the sincerest greetings still come from a handwritten note and a well-thought of card. I suggest checking out Hallmark Signature! Click here for Hallmark’s store locator near you.

I suggest visiting Hallmark Signature’s website to view the collection and get some ideas,. You can also follow them on Instagram @HallmarkSignature.

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3 Winners Tory Burch Package Giveaway

 

Tory Burch Package

We appreciate our followers and readers so much that we would love to gift as many of you as possible! In this giveaway, we are rewarding 3 precious readers/followers with a fabulous authentic Tory Burch package that includes a tote bag and a wallet! Each package is worth $590. Open to international contestants but international winner will be responsible for shipping and custom fees. Entrants must be 18+ old to join. You have 124 chances of winning if you follow all the sponsors so follow as many as you can.

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Floral Blues

 

“I've wanted one thing for my whole life and I'm not going to be that girl who wants one thing her whole life then gets it and complains.” – Taylor Swift

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1. Lauren Conrad Dress via Kohl's (Also check out other options below) | 2. My Hot Shoes Heels (Similar Here and Here from Kohl's) | 3. Non-Branded Pearl Bib Necklace (Similar Here, Here, and Here) | 4. Belle Vie Designs Bangles | 5. Outrage Fashion Envelope Clutch (Similar Here, Here, Here, and Here) (All c/o)

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I'm back with an outfit! I apologize for being on MIA a lot lately but I'm really hoping to get back into more regular outfit posts soon – especially summer is here and I sure do have a lot of fun, cute, and bright outfits to share!

Anyway, who amongst you shop at Kohl's? I must admit that I didn't use to. BUT once I started, I can't stop because they always have some great deals going on. I normally pick up their junior brands such as Candie's, Mudd, SO and Lauren Conrad because they fit me so well. I recently bought this beautiful Lauren Conrad fit and flare dress and I'm so in-love with it! It's wedding season so if you're going to be a bridesmaid or planning to go to a wedding, I suggest hitting up Kohl's! You might just find the perfect dress there. *Wink*

I have a few outfits from Kohl's that I will be sharing with you so stay tuned!

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My Summer Wish LYST

 

Summer Wish Lyst

It's hard to imagine that summer is already here…but indeed it is here! I don't know why I am always surprised when a new season starts when I know very well that time flies. Anyway, when it comes to summer fashion, I think about fun prints, colorful and comfortable outfits and I have a few on my mind already that I made sure to put on my wish list on Lyst.com. Have you all heard of this site before? It's a site dedicated to fashion and shopping. It's free to register and you can curate your own items from your favorite brands. You can also discover some items and be able to purchase them.

My summer wish list is pictured above. Did you notice the print craze I have going on there? Palm trees, pineapple, stripes, and florals. That's right baby! If you find anything that fancies you above, I put all of those items on my Summer Wish Lyst on Lyst.com. I suggest checking it out!

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Louis Vuitton + Dior + Kate Spade Giveaway

 

A group of fabulous bloggers and I have teamed up to bring you a fabulous and luxurious designer giveaway! We are giving away a 100% authentic LOUIS VUITTON Speedy 30, DIOR sunglasses, and Kate Spade watch and scarf, all valued at $1,615 (excluding taxes). You have 136 chances to win! One lucky follower will be rewarded with these luxury goods. The giveaway is open to international contestants, however, the international winner will be responsible for shipping, handling, and applicable custom fees/taxes. Good luck!!!

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Palm Trees

 

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. – Albert Camus

Juicy Couture Palm Tree Shorts and Top

1. Juicy Couture Palm Trees Top via Kohl's (Similar Here) | 2. Juicy Couture Palm Trees Shorts via Kohl's (Also check out other palm tree shorts below)| 3. Deb Shops Strappy Sandals (Similar Here) | 4. Deb Shops Leather Backpack (Similar Here) | 5. Lauren Conrad Sunglasses via Kohl's | 6.  Saressa Designs Druzy Earrings | 6. Saressa Designs Druzy Necklace | 8. Saressa Designs Druzy Bracelets | In addition: Dynamic Asia Fedora (All c/o)

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Some of you might have seen it in the news but over the weekend, Houston has experienced a crazy storm that caused the city to be flooded and 2 lives taken. I've been in Houston for the past 8 years now and I've never seen a weather like it in Spring. My friends and I happened to be at the Houston Rockets vs The Golden State Warriors game last sunday night when the storm occured. Needless to say, we got stranded and didn't get to go home till around noon yesterday. I've never been stranded in my life so you can imagine how stuck I felt. But thankfully, I was with friends and we were all safe.

I said all of that to say, I do feel it is refreshing to see a comfortable summer outfit here on my blog. I love this matching Juicy Couture palm tree set from Kohl's. Unfortunately, they are not available online. However, I do suggest checking out your local Kohl's to see if they might have it in stuck. I also provided some options below so be sure to check it.

It's picnic and BBQ season and if you're looking for a cute outfit idea without being overdressed, you might want to consider this set. Hopefully, it's available at your local Kohl's. If not, they do have a lot of cute junior and ladies' items that are great for a day look.

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