Jet-Setting Style

Imagine my excitement when Jon Hart asked me to collaborate with them for another project focusing on my favorite travel pieces in my favorite color! Earlier this year I had the pleasure of working with this reputable brand to shoot a video for their new Clear Becky stadium approved bags. Little did I know our relationship would continue and I would be afforded the chance to talk about my favorite Jon Hart essentials for the season of traveling. I don’t know about you all but I tend to travel quite a bit during the autumn months to celebrate holidays, birthdays, school breaks and retreats back home. These trips can last anywhere from 30 hours to 3 weeks and require all kinds of outfits, accessories and what not. As someone who bounces all over Texas, I have exhausted every piece of luggage my family owns trying to find the right size and style for travel. If the suitcase is too big I have to haul it around when I reach my destination which is always accompanied by my tendency to over-pack. And if the suitcase is too small, then I don’t have any flexibility on outfits or items to bring back.

For the past few years I have been keeping my eyes out for a piece that would serve both quick weekend trips and lengthy visits afar. On several occasions my suitcases would turn up in the terminal ripped or smudged with dirt. I typically carried around a mismatched set of whatever pieces I could sneak out of my parent’s house to suit my needs. But finally I have the solution!!! I recently got my hands on Jon Hart’s “360 Carry on Wheels” and have never been more thrilled with my packing style! I’d seen plenty of girls in college with the brand but didn’t invest in a bag myself. What a mistake! This wheeled bag is the most gorgeous vintage mint shade which makes it easy to spot and is carry-on approved which I tested this past week during my trip to El Paso, Texas. Since my journey home was a bit longer than my usual weekends, I took my entire Jon Hart collection home for fall break. Between the small wheeled suitcase and my new mint duffel bag, I was more than set for the trip. I typically don’t take two carry on bags when I travel solo but I was too excited to part with my new purchases and wanted to try out their size on the plane. They passed! The duffel’s wide opening made it easy to access my book I accidentally buried at the bottom and the leather trap gave my shoulder plenty of cushion from its weight.

The “Left Bank” tote is another easy piece to take as your personal item on a flight. I have also been using it to carry around my laptop and notes for class but could find a dozen other reasons this bag is perfect. Like the rest of Jon Hart’s products, the “Makeup Case” is created with care. This bag is a staple for traveling and will be one of the first things I pack. Each of these four pieces are sturdy enough to weather the storms of airport obstacles. Not only do each of these bags accommodate the everyday needs of a 23-year-old student, but they fulfill my inner fashionista dreams of traveling in style. If you can’t tell I am obsessed with this unique teal shade and ordered all my pieces in it but could easily have ordered several other color combos. I also had each of my pieces monogrammed with either my name or initials for a little more personalization which I think makes all the difference when checking to make sure you have the right suitcase. The pieces all come in a variety of beautiful colors to fit your taste!

I am so excited to share my four favorite Jon Hart traveling pieces with y’all and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about them! Follow this link to check out the amazing pieces Jon Hart has or do some early Christmas shopping!

Best,

 

 

Travel Collection: Jon Hart
Photography: Hector Lozano

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SoCo

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of shooting a few of my favorite looks on South Congress in Austin, Texas with my sweet friend Monique Rodriguez and her assistant aka younger sister Samantha. The duo had me laughing the entire shoot with their banter and playful instructions for poses. Monique always has a smile behind the camera as she ponders new angles to properly reflect the moment, while Samantha opts for the honest truth making sure her subject looks their best. Between the two personalities I can hands-down say this was my most entertaining and attention-getting shoot I’ve had (all in the best way possible). It was a challenge to time shots between the crowd, adjust to the lighting and share a cup of Amy’s Ice Cream between three girls but that’s what made this whole adventure so memorable.

Since I hadn’t been to Austin in several months, driving up I-35 invited memories of my time in undergrad. I was excited to get back to the places and people I love so much and still consider a home-away-from-home. Austin definitely did not disappoint and provided a wonderful backdrop for my newfound fashion passion. We started out the shoot near the Turquoise Door on SoCo where we shot the Aurora Dress. This is currently one of my favorite summer dresses I own. I love the crossed neckline and the length of the dress makes it easy to go from day to night. It has quickly become one of my staple pieces for the hot weather in Texas!

While I changed into my new look Monique described plans she has to travel Europe later this summer. You won’t want to miss this out so follow her website and social accounts to keep up with her work! She has been published in a variety of mediums and always provides the highest quality photography. While she did an incredible job on my lifestyle shots, she has creativity pulsing through her veins which is clear in her other work too. Check out this link for more of her work.

The second look I styled was an OTS daisy embroidered blouse from Ann Taylor LOFT with a dark washed jean. I thought the floral details and a big bow in my hair embodied Spring. I am completely obsessed with the current off-the-shoulder-trend so this little number was right up my alley. Since it is a solid white piece I paired it with a bright blue bag for a pop of color!

My final look leans more towards the work wear style but I thought it would be cute when you get off work too. I chose these pleated bell sleeves because I thought they were a fashion forward take on the classic button-up. They just went on sale for $62 so you may want to snag one for your work wardrobe. The ribbons on the wrist gave them a feminine flair on top while I kept my bottom half simple with dark jeans. This top would just as easily pair with a pencil skirt for the office if you prefer.

Hope y’all enjoyed this variety of summer go-to looks!

Cheers,

Photography: Monique Rodriguez

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My Kind of NYC

What do you get when you find 4 girls from El Paso in New York? Big dreams, 1 Job or No Job star, lots of laughs and new friendships! Last week my mom, sister and I jetted off to the Big Apple for some fun after finals. My sister had just completed her Junior year at the University of Arizona and I survived, what seemed to be, the eternal 1L year. My mom was able to step aside from work and the three of us unwound from the chaos 2017 had invited into our lives and careers thus far.

Through a series of the most fortunate events, we were able to meet with Christy Gutierrez, an El Paso native living in NYC. She landed a job in New York after participating in ABC Family’s Job or No Job tv series. Christy and I connected on Instagram last fall with no clue we shared the same hometown, and made vague plans to meet up for a photo-shoot if I ever visited NY. A few months later I messaged her again and we made plans to meet up and get creative in Brooklyn. As if things weren’t already lining up perfectly, Christy paid forward our photo-shoot as I am trying to manage my student loans. I couldn’t believe how gracious, talented, and kind Christy was; a real go-getter! The afternoon of the photo-shoot, the three of us descended into the subway, and reemerged and waited at Dumbo, a local pizza joint.  Christy arrived, and we stepped outside to see the lovely backdrop Christy had planned: the bridge straddling two buildings with the Empire State building peering between its arch, golden hour light danced along the street and made the whole experience magical.

This shoot will always hold a special place in my heart. It combined some of the things I love most in life into several shots: my girls, El Paso kindness, travel, fashion, laughs, and new friends. While Christy provided an amazing photo-shoot, she didn’t realize she also captured the intimate relationship my mom and sister have with my blog. They often talked to me about past photo-shoots and I wanted to share one with them. They have spent countless hours mulling over ideas with me, helping me edit blogs, and supporting my every post. They are the pillars to my success and I don’t know where I’d be without them.

So thank you Christy, for your skills and warmth to make this shoot come to life. Thank you Mom, for never doubting the heights I could reach. And thank you Lola for cheering and challenging me along the way. I had the most fabulous girls trip to NY with y’all!

XOXO,

Christine

Photography by Christy Gutierrez

Lola’s | Pink dress: Zara

Suzanne | Skirt: Bevello | Jacket: Cabi

Christine | Dress: Top Shop | Necklace: Sarah Briggs

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The Dienger Trading Co. (Boerne’s Best)

If you’ve ever visited the Hill Country of Texas you were undoubtedly charmed by its scenic wineries, quaint architecture and delightful restaurants. While there are many towns to wine-and-dine you, Boerne is by far a personal favorite of mine. It exudes Lone Star pride while welcoming visitors far and wide.

In the heart of this small town is The Dienger Trading Co.; a Boerne legacy reminiscent of old general stores. Not only is it a fabulous restaurant and bookstore, but a unique boutique carrying tons of local treats. It is essentially your one stop shop for all things chic and comfort. I was lucky enough to partner with The Dienger to shoot a few favorite pieces from their shop. Not only did I love the quality of the fabrics used, but the unique patterns and accessories. Each outfit offered a twist to current Spring trends: a striped shift dress, banded long-sleeves, and a cut-out everyday tee. These vibrant Spring looks are available at the store now and are some great options if you are looking for a special piece for Fiesta! And even if you are not in the shopping mood, stop by their bakery and try a quiche or coffee!

 

Photography by Wayfarer Photography

White tee and floral skirt: Synergy Clothing

Giselle purse: Mar Y Sol

Locations: West Elm and Central Market

 

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Song of the Whales

We were sitting there floating over 800 ft deep water, skimming the royal blue horizon for a glimpse of a humpback whale. Captain had told us there were two in the area and we had already chased one for a while. It was an odd version of cat-and-mouse marrying the land beings with the ocean giants. As we sat there patiently (or impatiently rather) waiting for the chance to see the whale’s fluke flip out of the water, we began to hear a strange humming sound. A hush crashed over the crowd as the excited crew announced the sound was coming from three males floating beneath us. An older male was teaching the two younger ones the Hawaiian song the males sing in the area. Everything grew quiet and surreal as the crew slipped in the water with their snorkeling gear for a closer look. For me, it was one of those moments in your life you’ll never forget. You experience a world other than your own and appreciate its complexities and rhythms of life.

While hearing the song of the humpback whales was beyond what I could’ve hoped to have imagined that day, the rest of my Spring Break was not far behind. I spent the week in awe of the natural, untouched beauty of the Nā Pali Coast in Kaua’i, the magnificent view from our Marriott condo and the relaxation you feel as your body hovers over the aquatic world.

The condo my family and I stayed in quickly became my favorite I have visited. It had the most incredible balcony with a view overlooking the unspoiled Pacific Ocean and Nawiliwi Bay. It was situated on the eastern side of the island in Lihue, an ideal location to escape to snorkeling in the north at Hanalei Bay or a quick excursion in Eleele where you can catch a cruise to the Nā Pali Coast.

During my stay in Kaua’i, I took full-advantage of the warm weather to break out some of my favorite Spring pieces. Although I lived in my swimsuit, it was easy to pair my tan with anything from dresses and off-the shoulder tops to torn denim shorts and Portofino blouses.

On the final day of my visit we spent the morning at Kauai’s Hindu Monastery. It sits nestled on the side of a sacred volcano overlooking a beautiful river and surrounded by a sea of flowers and tropical fauna. If you have ever visit, you will be overcome with a sense of peace as the sounds of the world fade away. It was the best way to conclude my Hawaiian adventure and reflect on the time I had with family, nature and myself before returning to San Antonio for the final stretch of classes before finals in May. I hope you all enjoyed reading about my time in the Garden Isle and I look forward to sharing many more adventures soon!

 

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