Brunch with Lori – Nola Brunch & Beignets

Happy Sunday ladies & gents!

I am a huge lover of brunch and discovering new restaurants and eateries in my city and new cities I travel to. I wanted to share my love of food and brunch by introducing a new blog post to my blog – Brunch with Lori. In these posts I will be sharing a new & loved brunch places that I visit during my free time.

Today I visited the cutest little brunch spot off of N St. Mary’s Street and King’s Court Street in San Antonio called Nola Brunch & Beignets. I haven’t been to New Orleans yet, but I have heard that this place’s great food is inspired by New Orleans. They brunch Tuesday-Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm.

Nola’s ambiance is very friendly and inviting with it being located in a cozy remodeled house. Since it is located in a busy strip of San Antonio, it is difficult to find parking since it is in the middle of a neighborhood, however you should be able to find parking alongside the sidewalks in front of the houses/buildings. Right when you walk in, you are greeted by the hostess who will check you on their reservation list and register you by phone number. You can either sit out in front of the restaurant and socialize with your friends/family or enjoy the different bars along the St. Mary’s Strip while you wait.

The menu is filled with traditional brunch/breakfast dishes but with their own New Orleans twist. Some items that caught my eye were the Bread Pudding French Toast, the Banana Foster Buttermilk Pancakes, the Creole Fried Steak, and the Chicken & Beignets. I decided to order the Chicken & Beignets because I like a balance between sweet and savory and I must say I was not disappointed!

The plate came with 4 chicken tender pieces and two Beignets – since I had never tried beignets before the waiter gave me one regular beignet and one seasonal beignet, which was a beignet filled with churro syrup. Omg it was delicious! I loved both beignets because they weren’t too sweet and definitely balanced out my plate for sweet part of the sweet & savory I wanted.

My boyfriend decided to get the Cajun Boudin Chilaquiles – those were amazing as well! The usually just come as a small plate, but our waiter was able to upgrade it to a larger plate for him. These were not your traditional chilaquiles, as you can tell but they looked and tasted incredible!

Nolas colorful walls and open lighting made this restaurant so inviting.

I also love how they removed the glass from the windows to make the second room less secluded and love the plants hanging from the top of the window frames.

Top picture: Cajun Boudin Chilaquiles
Bottom picture: Chicken & Beignets

Nola, the restaurant was everything I imagined, it made me so excited/eager to go to the real New Orleans and eat their food!

The food was so unique and delicious, the location was in a great trendy area of San Antonio, and the staff was so great and friendly and offering their recommendations. I definitely want to come back here so I can try the other items on my list and next time, I will be sure to bring my own mimosas to enjoy with the amazing food.

I definitely recommend San Antonio visitors and locals to try this place for brunch – trust me, your tastebuds will not be disappointed!

Thank you for reading this post, I can’t wait for y’all to follow the rest of my brunch journey! Remember to follow me on Instagram and I will see you next time!

Xoxo, Lori Allison 💓

Mask Monday: GLAMGLOW Bubblesheet Mask

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope everyone had a great start to the week. I am so happy its a short week, since we have thanksgiving on Thursday. I wanted to introduce one of the new weekly posts I will be doing every Monday, called none other than – Mask Monday. I have been really into skincare lately because lets face it, its never too early to start fighting those fine lines and wrinkles. I have also battled with minor acne and oily skin growing up and want to be more kind and nurturing to my skin, so every Monday I am going to try a new mask and give you my review on it. The masks will range from sheet masks, peel off masks, mud masks homemade masks, and so forth,  so lets get started 🙂

To kick off Mask Monday, I decided to go big with GLAMGLOW’s Bubblesheet. I was soo excited to try this because I am a big GLAMGLOW fan, they are my favorite mask company to date. When I went shopping for my VIB 20% off discount, this was one of the first things I grabbed.

This is the first sheet mask I’ve ever used and I didn’t know what to expect, sheet masks honestly remind me of the CPR episode of the office when Dwight cuts out the face of the CPR dummy and turns around with the mask on his face hahaha (disclaimer:  I am a huge fan of The Office, shoutout to my boyfriend for getting me into it). So needless to say, I didn’t take a picture of myself with it on because I looked absolutely ridiculous. Actually, I did attempt at taking a picture to post in here but it was too weird and creepy to include..

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So anyways, back to the mask – the mask is an oxygenating deep clean mask with Green Tea TEAOXI. Within 3 minutes the mask is supposed invigorate, detoxify, and remove remaining face makeup. You first have to dampen your face and then put the mask on by aligning it to your nose, eyes, and mouth. Once you put the mask on, it immediately starts tingling and foaming up with bubbles. OMG let me tell you, the tingling sensation felt sooo good, I felt like my face was getting massaged by little fingers or something, it was honestly so relaxing that the 3 minutes went by so fast and I was honestly so sad to take off the mask.

One thing I love about GLAMGLOW’s masks and one reason why I am such a big fan of the skin care company, is because I know these masks work. Some of the masks may be a little pricey, but I am willing to pay good money for my skin as long as the product is good and I can vouch for it. Needless to say, I was definitely impressed with this sheet mask because I didn’t think that the bubbles or the tingly sensation on my face would be that powerful. Once you take the mask off, it says to massage the remaining bubbles onto your face and then rinse all the product off. When I massaged the bubbles onto my face, my face felt so good and soft and I mean, who doesn’t love bubbles? The mask instructions don’t say to use a toner after your done, but I did just so I could shrink my pores, I then followed up with my moisturizer to keep my face hydrated.

On a scale of 1-10, I give the Bubblesheet a 9. I loved the tingly feeling of my skin being cleansed and truly feel like it detoxified my face. My skin felt soft and smooth after the mask, but it did leave my skin feeling a little bit dry – which is never a norm for my skin. I would’ve liked for the mask to leave my skin a little more hydrated, but I have no complaints – this mask is a great one and left my skin with a slight glow! I will definitely be purchasing this mask again, probably closer to winter ending so I can have a nice detox before the warmer weather comes around. I definitely recommend this mask to anybody who feels their face needs a detox or a deep cleanse. It is also be a great mask to use after a night of falling asleep with your makeup on. Let’s face it, we all do it sometimes and idk about you but I feel so guilty for doing that to my skin after, which makes this the perfect mask for that situation!The Bubblesheet mask is $9 and can be purchased at Sephora or on the GLAMGLOW website.

Thanks for tuning in to Mask Monday, and I look forward to sharing more mask reviews with y’all soon! If you have any recommendations on masks I should review next, please comment and let me know!

As always, my Instagram is @xoxoloriallison, feel free to follow me and keep up with my life 🙂

Xoxo, Lori Allison ❤

The Art of Ice Cream Experience

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! ~ Okay that was super cheesy, but I’ll tell you what wasn’t – my experience at The Art of Ice Cream in Austin, Texas.

The Art of Ice Cream is an instagramable playground filled with rooms themed of all things – you guessed it – Ice Cream. Who doesn’t love that?

I had seen advertisements for this place on Instagram and knew I needed to make a trip there the next time I was in Austin, and I do not regret it!

There were backdrops for banana splits, popsicle paradise, a milkshake wall, and so much more.

I had been to a place similar to this here, in San Antonio but I must say the people who run The Art of Ice Cream really know what their visitors want. The workers were so interactive with us by being our photographers as well as suggesting different fun ways we could take our pictures/ boomerangs and different poses we could do – which is literally a MUST because you got to take good content for the gram!

The Art of Ice Cream consisted of three large rooms with different backdrops on pretty much every wall. Once you buy your tickets ($25/ each for adults) and select your reservation time you get the tickets downloaded onto your phone and then just show up! They do things in 15 minute intervals and they put you in with your reservation group to go through the experience together. Luckily mine was a small group of people probably because I went in the evening time on a Sunday – Talk about Sunday Funday!

I was blown away because right when you enter the building you are greeted with a popsicle and then the fun begins! You’re allowed to spend 15 minutes in a room at a time, with your group. I was a little worried that our group members would get in the way of our shots and photobomb us but that was not the case at all, the rooms were big enough and there are multiple back drops that keep everyone busy that everyone just went around taking turns with the different backdrops at a time.

ALL the items in the rooms are interactive meaning you can touch the art, move it around, and use it as props. I took so many boomerangs that I wish I could include in this post!

The timings of the rooms are: 15 minutes, 15 minutes, and then 20 minute and the workers aren’t very pushy about when your time is up either. In the third room you have more time because that is the last room in the experience but also… DRUMROLL.. you get more ice cream! You can choose what flavor ice cream you want and they give you a small cup with whatever flavor you choose! You can interact and get to know your group members or just finish taking pictures, eat your ice cream, and leave.

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I was a little discouraged when I saw the price of each ticket to visit this exhibit but I honestly had so much fun here and honestly felt like a little kid again, I definitely recommend people go here! You 100% get your moneys worth out of this visit! – Not just because of the really fun/ cool pictures you get to it but also because it truly is, an experience! I can’t tell you how surprised I still am that they even thought of giving us ice cream to make the experience that much better and unique! I am so happy I found out about them and also so happy they decided to make our capital in Texas as a spot to visit! Be sure to reserve your visit before they leave Austin, the exhibit is only in Austin for a limited time!

Outfit Inspo:
I wanted to go with a very simple outfit because I knew, from looking at pictures that the experience was very colorful and I didn’t want to wear anything that clashed with the backdrops and walls.

Outfit details: Jumper – Charlotte Russe, Shoes – BP, Necklace & Earrings- Kendra Scott, Watch – JORD Watches.

Thanks for reading! Keep up with me by following my Instagram @ xoxoloriallison.

Xoxo, Lori Allison

My Favorite New Accessory | A Unique Wood Watch by JORD

Watches are not only an accessory, but also a necessity with my busy lifestyle.

Watches are one of my favorite jewelry pieces and are timeless.  I literally have a collection of watches in my jewelry collection and they all range from different face sizes and metals.

Much to say I was very excited when I got contacted by a company named JORD Watches for a collaboration. After looking at their website and Instagram, I quickly became a fan of their watches and high-key obsessed.  I had never seen watches that were made of all wood, until I discovered JORD watches. I love that they are hand crafted from raw woods & materials. There is literally a watch for everyone, no matter man or woman, or fashion style.

You can Shop their watch collection here

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I was able to choose any watch I wanted out of their wide collection of flawless watches. When I looked at their women’s collection online, the first watch that caught my eye was the Frankie Series in Purpleheart and Plum. For as long as I can remember, purple has been my favorite color, I saw the Purpleheart and Plum watch and I knew I needed it! The Purpleheart wood is a beautiful mix between pink and purple. It had a large plum colored face which I mentioned, I am a big fan of . I feel like this watch can be worn in any season whether it be fall or summer. It is a bright vibrant color during the summer time and a subtle deep color for the fall/winter time. JORD also gives you the ability to engrave your watch with any message or name you want, I have never had any jewelry pieces personally engraved with my name so I was so excited that this was an option! I got my first and middle name “Lori Allison” engraved on the back face of my watch in cursive. I couldn’t wait to get my watch delivered!

If you’re interested in my particular watch – you can click here
If you’re interested in getting your JORD watch engraved – you can click here

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When I got the email notification that my watch got delivered I was super excited to get home! The watch was in a beautiful wood box and right when I opened it, my nose got hit with the smell of fresh wood! I never knew how good fresh cut wood smelt. The watch was exactly how imagined, the pigment of the Purplewood and the size of the watch face. It was also very light which I didn’t expect since its made all out of wood!

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My collaboration with JORD also includes a giveaway for a $100 gift card toward your favorite JORD watch. The giveaway ends October 28 at 11:59 pm. Each person who enters into the giveaway will also receive a 10% off code toward their JORD purchase.

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I am so happy JORD reached out to me to collaborate with them, it has been such a great experience. I am in love with my watch, it is my new go to watch, I have already worn it out multiple times and have gotten so many compliments on it. The quality of their watches is amazing and I definitely recommend them to anyone and everyone!
Be sure to check out their amazing watches – with the holiday season coming up they also make an amazing gift

Thanks for reading!

Xoxo, Lori Allison


Wooden Wrist Watch
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