Georgetown, Texas

A few weeks ago, George and I took a quick trip out to the Texas hill country so that we could visit our wedding venue and I could attend a work meeting. Our venue has an open house once a month that had been impossible to fit into our schedules so far, but it just happened to work out perfectly this month because I needed to be in San Antonio for work the following day. Even though it was a quick two day trip in two completely different cities, we decided to make the most of it and play tourist on our mini ‘work-cation.’

Our wedding venue is located in Georgetown, which is a small town just outside of Austin. We found our venue by chance during an internet search, and fell in love with it when we visited, but we had never actually experienced Georgetown before. When we signed the venue contract, we had NO CLUE what an adorable little town it really is. That turned out to be the icing on the cake!

We spent our day in Georgetown exploring the historic downtown area, which is full of adorable shops, restaurants, and cafes. George and I spent hours getting lost in the antique stores reminiscing about ‘vintage’ toys and kitchen gadgets from our childhood (are we that old?!) and discovering unique treasures. We both started on our Christmas shopping, which is probably the earliest in the year I’ve ever bought a Christmas gift! We ended our day with a quick stop at Lake Georgetown to watch the sunset and then went to our venue for the open house. We had such a great time chatting with all of the vendors, and it was just the trip I needed to push me to start getting more wedding things done!

Side note – we forgot to bring the camera on our trip so all of the pictures you see here were taken on George’s iPad. They are completely unedited and unfiltered. Good job, iPad!

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This ‘LOVE’ sign is at our wedding venue, isn’t it adorable?

Have any of you ever visited Georgetown before? I’d love to know!

Outfit details – Dress: Anthropologie / Jacket: A&F / Flats: Target / Bag: Tory Burch

XOXO Miranda

 

Fashion Houston 2014 – Day 4

Fashion Houston definitely went out with a bang on the last night. All of the shows were incredible and the audience just felt so much more energized on Friday night. I also managed to be assigned a prime seat in the front, which means I have tons of amazing pictures to share with all of you! Below I have gathered my favorite looks of the night, but I’d love to know what your favorite is!

Rami Salamoun – I had no prior knowledge of this designer before going into the show, but I was absolutely stunned by this collection. The designer is from Lebanon and is known for his east meets west fusion in his clothes. He showed men’s clothes as well, but I was so amazed by the dresses that I wanted to highlight them here.

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Fabrice Tardieu – I really don’t know anything about men’s clothes, but I know a lot of y’all will appreciate this eye candy!

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Amir Taghi – I loved this collection! The looks were all streamlined and simple, but there would always be an interesting detail that made me swoon. The sparkly racer back concept shown below was used in multiple looks and I LOVE IT.

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Valentina Kova – My favorite part of this collection was that every single look was shown with flats! I thought that was so refreshing after a straight week of high heels. I love how the flats can turn a beautiful gown into an effortless, cool-girl look. Can I also say that I am dying for that black lace capelet? I want to wear that over everything.

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David Peck – This was the final show of the week and he absolutely stole the night! David Peck is a Houston favorite because he manufactures and sells all of his designs right here in Houston. The fashion show started off with a casual, everyday wear collection. When that was finished, some of the dancers from the Houston Ballet came out and danced in his designs! After that, he showed a full collection of cocktail/formal wear that was absolutely stunning. While the show was going, the dancers would come out and dance around the models. As a former ballerina and dance enthusiast, I was so in love with this show. He turned the catwalk into a full on stage production, which is a total win in my book!

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I hope you all enjoyed a fun week of Fashion Houston coverage! I had a blast attending all the shows, hanging out with friends, and sorting through all of my photos afterwards! I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to attend three nights this year – maybe next year I’ll go for all four! I’ll end the post here with what I wore on Friday night. Y’all have a great week!

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Outfit details – Dress: Express / Heels: Kasha by Sole Society / Bag: Coach / Earrings: Bebe

XOXO Miranda

Fashion Houston 2014 – Day 3

I’m back again today with more Fashion Houston coverage! I’m happy to report that I managed to survive the week with the help of many cups of coffee. I had such a blast at Fashion Houston, and I can’t wait to do it again next year! I got to meet and connect with many new blogger friends on Wednesday and Friday nights, but on Thursday night I went to the shows with my bestie Audra. I went that night as a ‘non-blogger’ just to have fun, but naturally I was compelled to take tons of photos because I wanted to share them with all of you!

I have gathered my favorite looks from each of the shows on Thursday night below. I’d love to know which look is your favorite!

Bibhu Mohapatra – I was not very familiar with this designer going into the show, but Audra and I were oohing and ahhing over the cute party dresses and the streamlined work wear. I would love to wear that first dress to an upcoming holiday party. These looks were also shown at NYFW, so if you click on the link you can watch the runway show of the full collection (the dress plays at 2:15)!

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Rebecca Minkoff – Who doesn’t love Rebecca Minkoff?! I have always wanted one of her bags, but now I feel like I absolutely need one. I also fell in love with the clothes – the whole show had a very laid-back cool girl vibe that I am probably not cool enough to pull off. However, I would rock that blue and white printed dress to brunch in a heartbeat.

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Rolando Santana – This show made me happy because he used so many gorgeous, muted colors. The first and fifth dresses are totally my style, but I would most want to wear the fourth look. I love that the dress and matching jacket are both edgy and simple at the same time.

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Chloe Dao – Chloe is a Houston favorite! She won season two of Project Runway, but she lives in Houston and has the cutest boutique in Rice Village. I’ve met Chloe in her store before and she is so incredibly kind and humble. I saw her show at Fashion Houston last year, but I loved her show this year even more! I loved her use of prints and color, and the ladylike/retro influences made me completely fall in love. The floral gown was the last look of the evening and it was my absolute favorite of the night! If only I had a place to wear such a thing?

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And of course I have to end the post by showing you what we wore! This wouldn’t be Shop and Twirl without an outfit post, am I right?

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Thank you all for reading and stay tuned for my last Fashion Houston recap!

Outfit details –  Jumpsuit: Asos / Heels: Kasha by Sole Society / Bag: Tory Burch

XOXO Miranda

Fashion Houston 2014 – Day 2

Happy Friday, sweet cupcakes! I’m squeezing in a quick blog post today to round up this crazy week. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have been at Fashion Houston all week and I’ve been having a blast! Seeing all of the runway shows and hanging out with blogger friends has really reminded me of how much this is truly my passion. Even though I don’t often wear high-end clothes (hello budget!), I have such a deep admiration for the artistry of so many truly talented designers. I love being inspired by runway looks and then translating that to affordable, everyday outfits. I am definitely riding a ‘fashion high’ this week, and I can’t wait to share with you all my recaps from the week!

Today’s post is all about day two of Fashion Houston. The designers showing their collections on Wednesday were The Art Institute of Houston fashion designers, Rubin Singer, M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza, Rene Ruiz, and Naeem Khan. It was a perfect night to kick off my week at Fashion Houston! There were so many stunning looks and I loved every single show. However, my favorite show of the night was absolutely Naeem Khan! That show started off with glamorous sportswear and ended with colorful, sparkly, and floral gowns. You can see a video of the final walk on my Instagram here.

One drawback for day two was that I did not have the zoom lens for the camera, so the pictures I took did not turn out that great. Luckily I went back on day three with the right lens and captured some stunning photos, which I will share in my next post! Until then, here are a few snaps to show you what I wore and a few runway photos.

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This dress is a brand new purchase from Banana Republic and I am in LOVE with it! It’s my new favorite dress, hands down. I would wear it every day if I could.

Outfit details – Dress: Banana Republic (currently on sale!) / Boots: Melrose by ShoeDazzle / Bag: Tory Burch

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I took this shot of the stage before the show and I love how it turned out.

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These models took a selfie at the end of the runway during their final walk! It was adorable.

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Helloooo maxi skirt perfection!

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Naeem Khan totally made my night by showing gorgeous gown after gown. I am officially obsessed. Also, this model was killing it with her perfect twirls at the end of the runway!

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Peace out my friends! Stay tuned for more Fashion Houston coverage coming soon!

XOXO Miranda