PB & J with a side of Cayenne

About this time each year I start to look for new places to shop in preparation for classes and fall transition looks. While I am anxious to start styling fall outfits, I couldn’t resist this striking pop of summer color from PB&J Boutique. As if this store wasn’t already perfect, they also offer free shipping and a 10% off discount to new shoppers! I just had to share this lovely online shop with y’all. It offers the latest trends with a vintage flair and will be a frequent go-to of mine!

I ordered this stunning Cayenne blouse because really, who wouldn’t want a red off-the-shoulder top to finalize their summer wardrobe. I love the feminine pattern and the sweetheart neckline! With such a fiesty blouse I had to try something more daring for a photo shoot. Ignoring my fear of heights, I ventured onto the top floor of a parking garage and hopped on the wall (Yes I was shaking the whole time). But I think the bold location emulated the blouse and once again showcased a little piece of the city I hold so dear.

After the rainy weekend we had here in San Antonio and the heartbreak of Houston it was nice to see the sun and have a little fun. I hope you all have been able to do the same and check out this new find!

 

 

P.S. if you are in the market for some booties, PB&J has some ADORABLE pairs if I dare say so!

Photography: Puzzle Piece Studio

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Looking back at 1L year

With August quickly approaching, new classes of law students will begin their journey through learning the legal system and jargon that encompasses our country and state. I thought it was an appropriate time to reflect and share my experience this past school year. To be honest, I had to take a few weeks since the ends of finals and return of grades to feel free to discuss my year as a 1L at St. Mary’s University. I finally feel as if I am not reeling from the constant stress of preparing for the next class and balancing a healthy schedule and social life. Everyone told me law school would be hard, and I definitely did not fully appreciate what that meant. Even with my expectations high I was still smacked with the heaps of reading, mind-wracking briefs, and challenges of learning new vocabulary (which was definitely a struggle for me). I have broken down the dimensions of what it was like being a first year law student and hope this rings true to my colleagues and can give some guidance to future 1Ls.

Pros:

  • New friends and old friends supporting you through the good and the ugly. There were definitely some days I was not pleasant to be around. I am naturally very shy and tried to blend into the small sea of people. However, this was tough with the Socratic method dragging you out of your shell in front of a roomful of brilliant minds. However, after enduring the tomato colored blushing a dozen times or so I managed tp adjust to the discomfort that is law school and learned that your peers are more than an audience. At least for me, I secretly cheered for anyone called on for the day while simultaneously thinking to myself “thank goodness it’s you and not me.” Usually the things my peers know were things I had struggled to grasp, and things they struggled with were thoughts that may not even even occurred to me.
  • Throughout the year we watched each other grow and find our voices. Some people who scraped by the first semester lead the class our second semester, and others maintained a steady pace.
  • Accomplished more reading, writing and public speaking than I ever hoped to do.  At the end of this year I was so happy to complete a year that turned out to be tougher than I could have ever imagined.
  • Moot court was surprisingly a lot of fun. My teammate and I to our own surprise opted-in!

    Feeling so lucky to spend my time in law school living in the Alamo city!
  •  Learning to argue. This may seem obvious, but I actually learned how to craft an argument. One of my best friends recently graduated from law school in England and I remember having discussions with her last summer. I remember thinking to myself how logical she was about everything. She could always look at a situation and point out things I never would have thought of. And while my 1L year of education cannot be compared to her education, I would like to think I have developed some of those analytical skills and no longer allow emotions to drive my arguments.
  • Age variation. Sometimes I had to step back when I felt overwhelmed and think about all the parents who were enrolled in my same classes. People came from all walks of live. There were students hot out of undergrad, mother’s with three kids and retirees. I went home to a studio apartment to study with my boyfriend and do our best to unwind from the hectic day. But I can’t imagine the strength it took to go home to a family and provide support to them. So go all my fellow 1Ls who are much more responsible than I am!!! You all amaze me!
  • There is always room for compassion. That’s all.
  • Dating. After I graduated undergrad, the dating pool dramatically shrunk. People were no longer living in a population of potential love interests. My friends and I often commented on this challenge. But on the first day of law school, people began pairing off. Throughout the year many people’s relationship status changed as they all began to find themselves as future attorneys; some left relationships in the past, others clicked with fellow students or took the next step with their significant others.
  • New interests. After reading so many cases and taking an assortment of classes, my interests began to widen. All the sudden my apartment lease became a document of fascination, trying to decipher all the legal jargon I signed my year away to without a care.

Cons:

  • Yes people get cut! And this was weird. In fact it was the buzz the first week of school back from holiday.
    Grades are bittersweet. Strengths get stronger and weaknesses are more pronounced. I was terrified learning that my final exam would make up 100% of my grade for most classes. However, you learn to take each semester in bite-sized chunks and before you know it you are studying for the final. While it can seem overwhelming, the school gave us all the tools needed to learn the material.
  • Second semester was wayyy harder than first semester. This truly caught me off-guard. After struggling through the first semester I couldn’t imagine enduring much more pressure. But second semester hit me like an fire-hyrdrant on blast.

 

 

Challenges:

  • Juggling 7 doctrinal classes in the Spring, a 30 page brief, moot court, 2 midterms, summer applications and your sanity was “interesting” to say the least. I am not going to lie, time management may have been the most frustrating aspect for me. I learned a lot about myself and how I function happily, and law school did a good job of prohibiting me from doing just that. I no longer had the time to spend on the phone catching up with friends for 30 mins or skype the ones that live far away. I missed time visiting with my family and when I did go home I was consumed with reading or stressing about the next assignment. This often made me feel detached from my favorite people. But alongside my local friends  I met other people. I also started my blog which gave me a creative outlet I desperately needed. It forced me to get out and see more of San Antonio and spend time with people who never failed to inspire me. I felt connected to some sort of community other than the law realm.
  • Humility. You’re going to have your bad days and you’re going to have your good ones too. Triumph and enjoy the goods ones and learn from the bad ones. One thing I quickly learned was not to take anything personal and trying my hardest. Everyone fails at answering a question or completing his or her reading. Trust me there were days I gambled with my assignments for an extra couple hours of sleep.
  • Emotional cases. Reading the daily cases offered a variety of emotions: curiosity, boredom, anger, apathy, internal conflictions and compassion. I think every student found a few cases throughout the year that really boiled their blood. The cases can go from a contract breach over a cheese manufacturer to a burned toddler in a second. And there are many times you do not agree with the majority opinion. The law is not as clear as I previously thought, it’s often muddled. There were many times I thought a dissenting opinion was much better than the ruling one.
  • While you may think sacrificing your time, energy and relationships is bad enough, law school also took a little more from my eyesight than I would like to have given. My vision is nowhere near terribl but my once nearly perfect vision has morphed into blurred characters and needed glasses for everyday reading.

    But after all this, there are still moments I am  surprised I made it this far. It has been much more of a marathon than I ever prepared to partake in, but I have quickly realized my effort are worth it. But without the loving people behind me there would be no way. This summer I have been blessed to work at a local immigration firm and have continued to flex my brain muscles. I’ve met some amazing attorneys whose dedication to the profession serve as a light to the end of my law school tunnel. I hope in three years I will be working in an office with a passion for people, their cases and the law that governs all aspects of my work. I am also looking forward to joining a law journal this fall and all the many challenges ahead. If you are on the fence about law school or have any questions, I will be more than happy to try and answer them.

From a rising 2L!

 

Photography: Wayfarer Photography and Froylan Calderon

 

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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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Spring vibes with Tobi

Colorful shorts and maxi dress season is officially here! And I am beyond excited to style boho crochet tops, scarf print shorts and a wine colored dress for looks that you can wear all day. All three of these pieces are from Tobi, an international boutique offering a laid-back West Coast vibe to their customers.

I had the pleasure of shooting these three looks with my sweet friend and longhorn sister Kelly O’Connor before grabbing a lovely dinner at Ocho on the Riverwalk. It was amazing to have an evening to catch up on our lives and travels over the past two years! I couldn’t believe how quickly time had flown but it has helped us both grow into better, stronger women and for that I am happy. If you live in Austin and are looking for a photographer, give Kelly a shout at kellyoconnorphotography.com! She has an eye for perfection and keeps the session flowing with ease. I can honestly say the world looks more vibrant and beautiful through her lens. Beyond being an incredible photographer she is a dear friend and offers a variety of services. She’s always open to new ideas and a pleasure to work with!

Between Kelly’s talent and Tobi’s fashion, my job was easy! I started by pairing the Only Chance top with some gray trousers for a bohemian vibe. This top is lose fitting and light which was great in the Texas heat. I love the large knit details and the off-white color to mix up things a bit.

The Wanderlust Lace maxi is also very light and hugged in the right places. I thought the color was so rich and perfect for when I don’t feel like wearing something bright but still want color. I could easily see myself wearing this to a summer wedding or a night out.

The Gina Tunisian Scarf shorts also surprised me how comfortable they were. Kelly and I kept joking how they felt like wearing pjs! I love their pastel color scheme making them easy to pair with a bold t-shirt or white blouse. Here I went ahead and wore an embroidered tank for a beachy vibe. I was truly pleased with my online order not only because the pieces looked like the pictures but because they also were true to size.

So if you are looking for an online boutique with a huge variety of styles check out Tobi! Hope y’all have a great day and enjoyed the pieces I styled.

Cheers,

Christine

 

 

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Viva Fiesta Fashion

Medal mania, paper picado, Mariachi music, nightly fireworks,  and flower crowns, are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the South Texas Tradition of Fiesta. For 10 days, city-wide revelry embodies San Antonio. Much like Texas wildflowers, events spring up all over town celebrating years of history and culture. This year the Alamo city is celebrating its 126th Fiesta which calls for lavish fashion that rivals the floral wreaths adorning entry-ways everywhere.

To share in the festivities I have styled a few outfits as a guide to looks I would wear to any Tejano event.

Flirty in Floral

My first look was created by finding a staple blouse, something that embodied the Fiesta spirit (in my opinion) and then pairing it with my favorite pair of jeans for all-day comfort. I found this flirty piece at Hemline in the Quarry for $88. The local boutique celebrated their first anniversary this past Saturday and provide great statement pieces to shop. Once you have your outfit done, throw on some printed heels and you’re all set for anything from Fiesta to siesta. I styled my look with tassel wedges for additional pizzazz.

Puebla Peasant Dress

If you are looking for a more traditional look, bold colors and floral embroidery are a safe start. Since yellow is not usually a color I parade, I decided to give it a try for Fiesta. The loose fitting style is perfect for Oyster Bake and NIOSA (Night in Old San Antonio) where food is as abundant as appetites. This style of dress is wonderful because not only is it Fiesta approved, but they can be dressed up or dressed down depending on your personal preference. Since I take advantage of any opportunity to boost my height, I paired the look with some neutral wedges and a Huipil Market clutch for major Spring vibes.

Embroidery Essentials

The final look I crafted is ideal when have your heart set on wearing a specific piece but aren’t sure how to tie it in with the Fiesta theme. Here, I purchased this Chambray off-shoulder dress and accessorized it with a floral stitched belt. If you haven’t found quite the outfit you’d like for the celebrations, accessories can be your best friend. I added these Elaine Turner earrings to complete my look.

 

Hope these ideas help you invite a little more Fiesta into your wardrobe!

Cheers San Antonio!

 

Fiesta Event Schedule

Photography by Wayfarer Photography

White blouse, Yellow Puebla Dress, and Embroidered belt: Hemline

Chambray off-the-shoulder dress: Banana Republic

Clutch: Huipil Market

Earrings: Elaine Turner

Tassel Wedges: Cabi

 

 

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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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