Brunch with Lori – Magnolia Pancake Haus

Happy Monday and welcome to another Brunch with Lori post! Yesterday I went to brunch at Magnolia Pancake Haus in the medical center with my mother. Magnolia Pancake Haus is a very well known breakfast restaurant in San Antonio, best known for their famous buttermilk pancakes.

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Magnolia Pancake Haus serves breakfast and lunch and is open Monday-Friday from 7am to 2pm. There are two locations in San Antonio: one in the Medical Center off Huebner and the other off of Embassy Oaks.  The most popular time for both locations is on the weekends, causing  the wait time to be around an hour or more.

Pro Tip: You can add your name to the wait list through the Yelp app without being present at the resturant and it will update you on your place in line as well as when to arrive at the restaurant. If you arrive prior to your table being ready, there is a large outdoor seating area to sit and chill while you wait.

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This is one of my favorite things about the Magnolia Pancake Haus – the outdoor waiting area. If you walk around towards the back of the restaurant you will see lots of greenery and down the stairs there is a little section with picnic tables and live music. There is also an outdoor bar out behind the restaurant where you can go and grab a mimosa or your drink of choice while waiting for your table to be ready. They offer a drink of the week as well as your normal brunch alcoholic favorites. The outdoor patio out back provides a nice relaxing area and a lot of shade to beat the Texas heat (if you go in the summer). It is seriously the cutest little area and has so many great vibes with the live music and ambiance.

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Menu:

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The Magnolia Pancake Haus’s menu includes all your favorite breakfast options with their own unique spin on them. They offer so many flavorful topping options for pancakes, french toast, and waffles. If you are not a fan of any of those options, they also have many more options as well. While waiting for our table, my mom and I definitely built up a large appetite. My mom ordered The Magnolia Breakfast Plate with Pancakes and I ordered the Farmer’s Scramble with French Toast.

You can view the menu prior to going to the restaurant here.

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The Farmers Scramble with French Toast

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The Magnolia Breakfast (Pancakes not shown in pic)

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Also got mimosas and they came with a cute little personal champagne bottle and a glass of orange juice, so cute!

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The Magnolia Pancake Haus has an amazing ambiance, great service, and delicious food. It is no wonder why it is such a popular breakfast spot here in San Antonio. Although it is known to have a long wait time, don’t let that make you not want to stop by and visit. The outdoor patio alone helps the wait time be less stressful as well as an enjoyable experience to sit and relax while spending time with family and friends. The menu offers a wide array of so many delicious options that there is something for everyone. I definitely recommend visiting The Magnolia Pancake Haus to local San Antonioan’s and visitors. You will not be disappointed!

Outfit Details:

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I have been loving summer dresses lately and this is one of my favorites! Midi dresses are great for short girls like me (I am 5’2) because they are the perfect length, not too long & not too short. I got this dress at Old Navy a couple of months ago and I immediately was attracted to the color because its not a color I have a lot of in my closet. Since it is a midi dress, I didn’t want it to make me look shorter, so I paired it with cognac booties I purchased from Charlotte Russe. To compliment the booties, I accessorized with my tube purse from Forever 21 and my abalone earrings from Kendra Scott to dress up the look.

Thank you for 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 ❤

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 ❤️

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

Photoshoot contest

Hello again, loves!

Sorry it has been a while, working for Disney has me busy, busy, busy!

A few months ago I won a photo-shoot contest for a local photographer in San Antonio ‘Laura D Photography’. Laura was looking for models of all ages, with no modeling experience what so ever to help her expand her photography clientele. Three winners would be chosen – one for a portrait session, one for couples/engagement sessions, and one for a family session, you would also receive one complimentary photo shoot session, as well as an on set makeup artist, who would do your makeup for you the day of your photo-shoot.

Out of all the people who inquired and for the contest, I was one of the people chosen as a model! I was of course, so excited because I haven’t done a photo-shoot since I was taking pictures for my Quince invitations/party. Of course, being an aspiring fashion blogger, I knew not only would this photo-shoot help me be taken more seriously by companies and people in the world of Fashion but it would also benefit Laura by gaining new clientele from my followers on Instagram.

I accepted the photo-shoot opportunity, and we started texting and planned on a date and time when we could get together and start shooting. We did a lot of brainstorming and planning out details through text such as what we thought a good location would be and also a good theme for it. Once, we set a theme [Boho Chic] I stared shopping around and looking at different boutiques and stores. We decided that we would shoot in a outdoorsy area around the time that the sun was setting so the lighting would be perfect, we were both so excited to bring our ideas to life!

I finally received the pictures and I am in AWE over how they came out, so I thought I would share with y’all for those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram just yet 😉

I decided that I wanted to go with an outfit that included a lace up criss-cross top because I thought that it would go with the theme, what I ended up finding while shopping ended up being much better instead, while I was shopping in A’GACI I found a long sleeve, black, dress that ended up having the criss-cross lace up on the chest. Luckily, I found the last size small they had! Usually I get loose fitting dresses in extra small instead of small, but I couldn’t find any extra small dresses and just went with size small instead. I had also noticed that the trend for lace up ballet flats was starting to become a trend as well, and I found a perfect style at Old Navy for only $15. I thought that the lace up flats would compliment the lace up dress chest perfectly. I loved that the dress was black, because it was simple but I knew that I could dress it up with makeup and accessories.

We had decided on doing 2 different outfits for the shoot, and I was completely lost on what to wear for the second outfit change. I went shopping around for a few days and couldn’t find anything that I liked and went with the Nature-Boho theme. One day, however, I was shopping in Charlotte Russe and found a taupe colored wide long sleeve top with details around the forearm cuff area that I thought I could pair perfectly with white simple jeans, a long, gold necklace to compliment the color of the top, and taupe colored booties.

The day of the shoot, I was so excited that the day was finally here ~ time to bring these ideas to life! After school, I went over to Laura’s and her sister Elizabeth did my makeup, she decided to go with a neutral look since we were going with a boho theme and we didn’t want the makeup to conflict with the theme. She contoured my face and added some false natural looking lash extensions, and then we added one of my maroon lipsticks from Stila to finish off the look. We decided to shoot at this park in Grey Forest called Madla Park which has this huge open field of sun flowers and plants and had a beautiful scenery.  I have never been more comfortable with anybody doing a shoot except with my best friend Angelica, but the shoot went so well and I felt like such a natural with Laura. Down below I will post the pictures 🙂

Thanks for reading! Have a great week!

Follow me on Instagram @ itsxoxoloriallison 🙂

xoxo, Lori Allison

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