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 ❤️

Xo, MandySue

Happy Sunday!

A while back I got contacted by a boutique located in Newport Beach, California named Xo Mandy Sue to collaborate with them. My answer was an easy yes because all of their clothes are so cute and affordable, I also love that their style is beachy and effortless. If only I actually lived by a beach..

I purchased the Cheery set which is perfect for the summer time, it came with a tank top with knots at the sleeve and a pair of shorts with pockets. This set was only $52 which I love because I feel like it was super affordable compared to most stores. I love that you can throw this on for any activity such as going to the museum like I did, or even just to go to brunch. The heat and humidity is insane here in Texas so this set was definitely a go-to because it was so light and breathable. I also have been loving the color yellow lately and love that it really made me look tan – I felt like a ray of sunshine while wearing this outfit. I paired this outfit with my nude BP booties from Nordstrom and some statement earrings from Kendra Scott & of course some of my favorite sunnies. I wish it stayed hot year round in San Antonio so I could wear this set more often, but unfortunately its time to start preparing for the cooler, fall weather.

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I also purchased the Mila dress, one thing that caught my eye about this dress when I was online shopping was the color blue, I am a big fan of light blue and periwinkle hues and I also loved that it was a floral pattern! The dress was $42, and honestly I think this dress would look flattering on any body shape and women of any size. You have the option to tie the dress around the neck to give it more of a high collared look but I decided to leave it loose and have the strings hang down on the side. I paired this dress with my tan fedora hat from Forever 21 and my DSW Franco Sarto open toed heels that I purchased from DSW and accessorized with my Purpleheart & Plum Jord Wood Watch and my gold Lacy earrings from Kendra Scott. I have already worn this dress so many times, I love the loose long sleeves and how flowy the dress is.

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Be sure to go check out Xo MandySue on Instagram @xomandysue and on their online site https://www.xomandysue.com/ and use my code “LORI35” for 35% off your purchase. They definitely have super cute and trendy clothing options for everyone! 🙂

Thanks for reading and be sure to keep up with me through Instagram @xoxoloriallison

Have a great week!

Xoxo, Lori Allison ❤