A Trip to Magnolia

When in Waco – it’s a MUST to visit The Magnolia Market founded by Chip and Joanna Gaines. If you’re not a huge reality tv person like me, I’m pretty sure you have heard the names Chip and Joanna Gaines before. If you haven’t where have you been?

Chip and Joanna Gaines are the stars of the HGTV show, Fixer Upper. They have a talent for flipping run down homes into beautiful modernized homes in and around the Waco, TX area. Now us Texans, are very prideful in Texas and the people who come from here, so needless to say The Magnolia Market has been on my bucket list for a while now. My family and I were going on a road trip to Dallas around Christmas time. It was a no brainer to stop at The Magnolia Market on the way to Dallas, since Waco is only an hour and a half away.

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Waco is known for two things – Baylor University and Magnolia Market. When you’re driving on the highway into Waco,  you can see the water towers from The Magnolia Market. That is how you know you have reached the right place. Baylor is on one side of I-35 and The Magnolia Market is on the other side of I-35. There is no designated parking lot for the market but there is street parking available on side streets by the market. The Waco Trolley also picks up from some free parking lots throughout downtown Waco and will take you to The Magnolia Market among other popular places around downtown Waco.

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EATS: Silos Bakery

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When you pull up to the Magnolia area the first thing you see is Silo’s Bakery. From what I am told, the line for Silo’s is usually very long. We went on a Friday which happened to be the perfect time to go since the line is less than 10 minutes! Of course we had to stop in and try some sweets & treats!

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When you get to the bakery there’s a staff member outside handing out menus with a pencil. To save some time they request you you fill out the menu with your name and then check off the items you want to order along with the quantity. Everything on the menu sounded soo good!

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Once we got our pastries, we went outside to the seating area connected to Silos. I got a chocolate croissant and my sister got two cupcakes. Everything was so delicious!

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SHOPPING: Magnolia Market Shop

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Once we filled our tummies, it was time for some shopping! Since we visited  Magnolia during the Christmas time, it was only right to grab some last minute gifts for friends/family. We also came to find out that they were having a sale on a lot of their items! Who doesn’t love a good sale?!

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The shop carries a variety of things ranging from Home Décor & Accessories (of course), Jewelry, Apparel, and so much more. In the shop they had such cute and unique décor that really brought all of the ambiance together. You can shop directly from their shop here

Magnolia Outdoor

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Along with the bakery and shop, The Magnolia Market also has a huge outdoor area with lots of things to do. There is a large grassy area where you can sit out on bean bags and soak up the sun. There are also some lawn games you can play and enjoy. There’s a beautiful garden for those who have a green thumb and a love for plants. And did I mention there are food trucks?! Lots and lots of food trucks with so many yummy options to choose from. We visited Magnolia on such a beautiful day that we were truly able to really enjoy this area.

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I fell in love with this area and this cute little barn!

 

Outfit Details:

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I have been really into pants and jumpsuits lately and could not wait to wear this one from Cotton on! Since we were going to be in the car for a majority of the day, I wanted to wear something I could be comfortable in, something that wouldn’t get wrinkled easily and mostly an outfit that I could be photographed in. This jumpsuit came with a belt that matched the same pattern of the green and stripes but I decided to trade it out and pair one of my simple cognac belts with it instead to make it pop. I paired my jumpsuit with my BP booties from Nordstrom as well as my Kendra Scott rose gold Tammy choker necklace and my Emmet earrings.

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I truly enjoyed my visit to The Magnolia Market and I am so happy I was able to mark it off my bucket list! I got so much inspiration for my future home aesthetic, had the BEST sweet tea I’ve ever had, and ultimately got to spend time with my family. If you are ever in the Waco area, I definitely would say to check this place out! I promise you, you will fall in love.

Remember to follow me on Instagram , I will see y’all next time 🙂

Xoxo, Lori Allison

Brunch with Lori – Ocho

Havana, oh na-na! 🎶 That is the song that was going through my head today when I visited Ocho.

Happy Sunday Brunch Lovers! Today I finally had the pleasure of visiting Ocho, a little restaurant in Hotel Havana located in downtown San Antonio and along the Riverwalk. If you’ve never heard of this restaurant, I’m pretty positive that you have seen pictures taken here. The blue hues and glass conservatory are iconic and make for such great photos and a Spanish ambiance. (Fun Fact: Did you know Kendra Scott took her catalog pictures here for her Summer ’18 collection here? Check it out here.)

Visiting Ocho and Hotel Havana as a whole truly make you forget that you are even in San Antonio, it feels like you have traveled outside of Texas and gone somewhere of Latin decent, which I feel is one of the things that truly makes this place unique.

Ocho serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and late night snacks. You can enjoy their brunch menu Saturday and Sunday from 10pm-2pm. Another really great thing they offer, is being able to book a reservation online through Open Table directly through this link. I definitely recommend making a reservation if there are going to be more than 2 people in your party, that way their staff is ready for you and has your table set. My best friend Tessa joined me for brunch and we were definitely not disappointed.

Menu:

Now for the yummy stuff, their menu! Ocho offers dishes of Cuban, Mexican, and Texan influence, they provide their own delicious twist on traditional brunch dishes.

Being that their were so many delicious options to chose from, I had a tough time deciding what to order. I was in between ordering the Fideo Loco and the Bolillo French Toast, both of these are some of my favorite dishes! I decided to order the Fideo Loco because I feel that Fideo is not a common brunch item on menus (I definitely plan on going back to try their French Toast). Tessa ordered the Cuban Hash and Eggs, which looked amazing! Both of our dishes were so tasty and filling.

The Fiedo included – 2 Poached Eggs, Sopa de Fideo, Pinto Beans, Chorizo, Bacon, Chicharrón Crumble, Pico de Gallo, Cilantro, Queso Fresco, Chile Toreado, Fresh Griddled Tortillas.
I was so happy with my decision to get the Fideo and loved that they included in there, I have a thing for poached eggs in my food. I truly feel like the eggs added a different but tasteful flavor to the typical Fideo Loco many are used to.

The Cuban Hash and Eggs included – 2 Fried Eggs, Cuban Style Pulled Pork, Roasted Potato, Sweet Pepper Sofrito, Diced Ham, Dijon Aioli, Swiss Cheese, Diced Escabèch.

 Ocho is located at a hotel, so there is a designated parking area for hotel guests – the parking lot is a little but narrow (don’t say I didn’t warn you, thank god for backup cameras) but if that parking lot fills up, you can also find parallel parking along the sidewalk behind the hotel. For those who don’t know or are visiting, Sundays are a great day to visit downtown San Antonio because parking along the street is free all day, so you will not have to pay the meters.

Although it was my first time at Hotel Havana and Ocho, it will definitely not be my last. I plan on going back to try more items from their brunch menu, but also plan on trying some of their dinner menu as well. I recommend this place 100% if you are looking to brunch with your friends/family and are wanting brunch but with a Latin twist. Ocho also offers a Happy Hour from 3pm-6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday and all day on Thursday.

Outfit Details:

Today was a warm and sunny day here in San Antonio, so it was only right to show some leg and bring out this romper. Since I knew Ocho provided some Latin vibes, I was inspired by the red dress woman 💃🏻 emoji and decided to wear one of my favorite rompers from Forever 21. I love this romper because it is so complimenting with the ruffles along the shorts and the sleeves. I feel like everyone needs a great red piece in their wardrobe to feel like a “spicy mami, hot tamale”. I paired this romper with some of my favorite wedges from Sam Edelman and a simple but necessary Debra choker from Kendra Scott.

Disclaimer: I promise you, I steamed this romper before putting it on, but magically on the drive over to the restaurant I wrinkled it up by sitting down😅

Thank you for reading this post and following along with me on my brunch journey! Remember to follow me on Instagram and I will see you next time for brunch!

Xoxo, Lori Allison<3

New Years Eve Outfits

Can you believe the new year is already approaching?! 2018 was a year full of blessings  and so many amazing opportunities, I cannot wait to see what 2019 brings!

Have you found the perfect  New Years Eve outfit, yet? If not, I have some options for you,  scroll down to see some fabulous items I found!

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Multicolor Fringe Sequin Cropped Tube Top & Mini Skirt $29 (Sold Separately) – Forever 21
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Black Velour Dress with Beads  $80 – H&M
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Sequin Striped Shift Dress $37 – Charlotte Russe
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Emma Marie Lace Trim Midi Dress $79 – Urban Outfitters
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Sequin Trim Blazer $25 – Forever 21
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Mary Kate Ponte Off-The-Shoulder Midi Dress $89 – Urban Outfitters
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Stripped Metallic Sequins Crop Top & Wide Leg Pants $32 – Forever 21
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Velvet Front Slit Sheath Dress $48 – Express
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Plunging Belted Metallic Jumpsuit $14 – Forever 21
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Patterned Sequence Mini Dress $71 – Express
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Sparkly Moon Beam Empire Waist Mini Dress $69 – Urban Outfitters
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Wrap Striped Glitter Jumpsuit $33 – Charlotte Russe
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Wide Leg V-Wire Jumpsuit $70 – Express
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Striped Sequin Bodycon Dress $33 – Charlotte Russe
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Sequin Fringe Midi Dress $18 – Forever 21

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For my work holiday party, I found the Sequin Fringe Midi Dress from Forever 21 which was absolutely perfect for the occasion because the theme was Roaring 20’s/Gatsby theme. I absolutely loved the dress and feel like I can wear it again for New Years Eve as well.

 

I wanted to give a little bit of options for this post since I know not many people are crazy about sequins so I also added some pieces that are fitting for the occasion but not too flashy. I also kept it on the affordable side because you don’t always have to break the bank to look good and be dressed for the occasion. I also wanted to share items that weren’t just online but in store because this weekend is a perfect time for last minute shopping for that perfect NYE outfit!

Thanks for reading! I hope y’all had a wonderful Christmas and have an even better New Years Eve! Keep up with my life by following me on Instagram.

Xoxo, Lori Allison ❤️

Mask Monday – Kocostar Foot Moisture Mask

Hey friends!

This post is a few days late – this week was crazy busy for me because Christmas coming up as well as planning for a trip out of town.

My mask Monday from this week was a little different from those of the previous weeks. I have been focusing mostly on facial masks but this week I wanted to switch it up and focus on different area of the body.

I went shopping at Riley Rose recently and found a foot mask from Kocostar. I love Riley Rose because I feel like I always find new products and brands. Kocostar is short for Korea Cosmetic Star – They are a mask series brand dedicated to face masks, hair mask, feet masks, and nail masks. Their slogan is “Be Good To Yourself, Save Your Time and Dime with Kocostar.

Our feet are so important and I feel like I really  don’t do much too much to relieve them or pamper them the way I should, only when I get pedicures (which I try to do at least once a month). I wear so many heels and booties that I really don’t give my feet too much of a break. I thought trying this mask out would be great because I had my works holiday party this week and knew I would be wearing heels for a long period of time and also wanted my feet to look nice.

This mask had a little more steps then most,  but once you have washed your feet, you will pull the mask out of the packaging and take out the sheet. The mask comes connected as one full sheet at first (see below)

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The next step was to cut along the dotted line with scissors to separate the mask into two booties

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It felt a little weird putting my foot into the bootie because I knew their was product in it but didn’t know how much and it felt a little cold and uncomfortable at first, but it just took a little while to get used to. It was nice though because I was able to do whatever I needed around the house and still get stuff done. I felt like every time I took a step I sounded like a duck walking from the squeekiness.

 The 20 minutes went by so fast and once I took the mask off, my feet felt so soft and relaxed! There was a little bit of product still on my feet after I removed the bootie so I just went ahead and massaged what was left into my feet.

On a scale from 1-10, I give this mask a 10. I really enjoyed this mask and felt like it moisturized and soothes my feet, just as it said it would. I purchsed this mask from Riley Rose for $6 and really felt like I got the soothing feel of getting a pedicure at the salon, just without the polish change. I recommend using this mask when you have important events coming up and maybe can’t make time to go and get a pedicure. It is so important to take care of our feet just because they do so much for us and we are constantly on them and to get the same soothing and calming effect for only $6 is amazing. I was truly impressed with this Korean brand and I can’t wait to try more of their masks and share them with y’all! You can find Kocostar products at retailers such as Sephora, Ulta, Riley Rose, and Anthropology or at their online store here.

As always, thank you for tuning into (a very belated) mask Monday. I hope everyone has an amazing Christmas and cherished the time spent with family.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with my life.

Xoxo, Lori Allison ❤