Girls’ Getaway

Recently, I was able to get away for the night. I wish I could say that I looked this happy and refreshed when I arrived, but that wasn’t the case. I couldn’t sleep the night before we left. My head was spinning with thoughts like, was everything going to go ok without me?, were all my preparations going to pan out?, did I forget to sign my son’s folder? I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention the guilty feelings nagging at me. I mean, who did I think I was getting away to do something entirely for myself? Maybe this is the exact reason I needed to get away for a night. To realize that I’m just not that big of a deal and one night is not that big of a deal. I was taking myself way too seriously. The kids were fine. It’s not like I’m the president -ha! A night away is just what I needed!

Just in case you are in need of a night away in Houston, I have the perfect spot for you- the newly renovated Four Seasons in downtown Houston!  If you ask me, Houston was in desperate need of an updated, modern, chic hotel by a service oriented brand, such as the Four Seasons. I love staycations just as much as anyone, and this will be my new spot. You’ll see why…

Houston Four Seasons Lobby

Here’s a sneak peek at the new lobby. It’s so cozy and chic for a lobby, no?

Houston Four Seasons Lobby

Yucking it up with the girls in the lobby. Apparently I think Georgia is hilarious. My sister? Not so much- ha!

Houston Four Seasons Bayou and Bottle Lounge

The Bayou and Bottle Lounge. Clearly I could never be a bartender, since it appears all I can do is point at empty decanters? Pretty cool bar though.

Houston Four Seasons Top Golf Simulator

Just off the bar and restaurant are two Top Golf Simulator rooms. You can reserve them for a fun activity while you stay at the hotel or just for a fun night out in Houston. Your friends hang out on the sofa and chairs and chat while…

Houston Four Seasons Top Golf Simulator

…you take turns playing Top Golf. We thought it was so fun, we reserved one of the rooms that weekend to bring all of our friends back for a fun night out!

Ok. I’m sorry, but I can’t help myself… I have to show y’all the bathrooms. I always love it when you go to a new restaurant and someone says, “You have to check out the bathrooms.” This is exactly how I felt, so I have to show them to you.

Houston Four Seasons Women's Restroom

The womens… Now, can I renovate my bathroom at home and make it look exactly like this? Ha!Houston Four Seasons Men's Restroom The mens… They each have their own tv!

The fun pictures:

Houston Four Seasons Lounge Area

The outdoor area beyond the Lounge. It was so clean and pretty! I wanted to transport the entire seating area straight to my backyard.Houston Four Seasons Spa

I didn’t get a pedicure because you know I couldn’t possibly part with my high tops -hahaha! I swear, I do have other shoes. Houston Four Seasons Spa

I stared at this piece of art outside The Spa for way too long, and then my sister walked up and did the same. I want it in my house.

Houston Four Seasons

Even the elevators were cool! Leave it to Traci Ling to take the best elevator picture and then…Houston Four Seasons Spa

The Spa locker room picture.

Houston Four Seasons Spa

This is me trying to portray how relaxed felt after getting a treatment at The Spa, but I just ended up looking I’m like I’m toasting my sister with my eyes closed.  HA!
Houston Four Seasons Top Golf Simulator

This is a picture of the next weekend when we went back to the Top Golf Simulator room! It was so fun!

Outfit 1 Links: Dress- J. Crew;  Top- J.crew; Shoes- Vince (Similar here)

Outfit 2 Links: Dress- Similar here or here; Jacket- Similar here; Shoes- Vince (Similar here)

If you are looking for a place to stay in Houston, the Four Season’s Houston will not disappoint!

Pictures by Traci Ling (except for the last one).

Shopping Anthropologie: Tips and Tricks

Ardennes Jumpsuit by Peter Som

If you are like me, you can’t wait to go shopping this Thanksgiving break. I know some of you think I’m crazy, but it’s one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions with my family (my sister + cousins and aunt who live in Dallas). One of our favorite places to shop is Anthropologie. As you all know, I spend a lot of time in the store, and I’ve learned a thing or two. I thought this was the perfect time to share the ins and outs of Anthropologie, just in case you plan on stopping by during the break.
Anthropologie Found & Collected

Whatever you do, don’t skip this section! Found and Collected is filled with unique items they “found” and are specific to that particular store. What I love about it is that you can usually find really unique pieces that no one else will have!  This section also carries returns that are not usually carried in the store (online exclusives). A lot of times I run across online exclusives that I loved on the website but wanted to see in person first. Even if it’s not my size, I can see how it looks and feels and guesstimate the fit before I order it online.
Ardennes Jumpsuit by Peter Som

For instance, I fell in love with this jumpsuit online. Lucky for me, when I went to Anthro to  find something to wear to my S-I-L’s rehearsal dinner, guess what was in the Found and Collected section?!?!? Yes!!! Yes!!! Yes!! The jumpsuitArdennes Jumpsuit by Peter Som

This, of course, is the cutest of all the pictures. I was just staring at my son while writing this post (as moms do) and noticed the statue in the background is of a mom and child in a similar stance! Sorry, I digress:

Here’s a few more Anthropologie shopping tips:

I have been meaning to tell you all about this tip for years: You know the round tables that have shirts folded on top all through out the store? Well, there is a shelf right below the surface that you must look at! You can find some real gems in those shelves, and people don’t normal look at them!

Also, be sure to sign up for the their Anthro card, because you get a discount to use during your birthday month. And sign up for their e-mails, because they notify you of sales.

Oh, and one must alway hit the back sale room!

If you have any other tips, please share them below in the comment section!

Outfit Links:

Jumpsuit- Anthropologie, Shoes- Vince for similar, Necklace- Lulu Frost c/o (no longer available), Clutch- Elaine Turner for similar

I couldn’t help but check out the online SALE section for myself! Here are a few of my favorites:

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