Monday, November 30, 2015

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort

In today's installment of amazing weekend getaways, I'm excited to share some photos from a stunningly beautiful trip to the Southwest. Prior to this vacation, I had never seen the deserts of Arizona, and had always wanted to check out such a unique part of the US. Adam and I decided a long weekend in Scottsdale would be a perfect easy trip from Austin (direct flight ATX to PHX), and I knew exactly where I wanted to stay:  Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort.

Sanctuary is a quiet, luxurious resort nestled inconspicuously into the landscape of Camelback Mountain. This modest design scheme intentionally blends into its surroundings, so as not to detract from the area's natural beauty. I knew this would be an amazing place to refresh and recharge, and it certainly delivered. Also, the fact that Beyonce and Jay Z stayed here for their honeymoon pretty much made this place a given. They likely rented the entire resort themselves (because Yonce), but a basic room won't cost you an arm and a leg and grants you access to a truly special place.

Sanctuary's pool is next level gorgeous, and offers amazing views at sunrise, sunset, and everything in between.
Happy hour at the resorts Jade Bar is a great transition into nighttime, and again... views.
After a full day and night at the resort, we decided it was time to venture out. We headed to hike Camelback Mountain, which was really lovely, but also a lot more perilous than most casual hikes. In hindsight, I should've worn real sneakers.
After our hike and a little more pool time, we got dressed up to head in town to Cafe Monarch for dinner. I had heard great things about the restaurant, but it far exceeded any expectations. Dinner there is an absolute must!
The restaurant's outdoor patio is entirely surrounded by a lush garden that houses hundreds of Monarch butterflies! How magical is that? The food was to die for, including my Chilean Sea Bass over a Sweet Corn Puree, Quinoa Pilaf, and Vanilla Beurre Blanc.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Marfa, TX

When Adam and I decided to bite the bullet and hit the road for a trek deep into West Texas, I worried that this quirky, eclectic destination wouldn't live up to its hype. Our visit to Marfa not only surpassed all of my expectations, but it became one of the best weekend trips Adam and I have ever taken. The town's charm is indescribable, and we had a truly incredible weekend eating, drinking, and exploring Marfa's hot spots. From famous food trucks to modern art installations, there was no shortage of trendy, memorable places to experience. Outside of town, the scenery is breathtaking, and provided the perfect backdrop for an afternoon drive. The drive is long, but I have no doubt that someday we'll be back.

EAT //  Food Shark (order the Marfalafel)
DRINK // Planet Marfa
SEE // The Chinati Foundation
STAY //  El Cosmico
VISIT // Big Bend Brewing Company, Alpine

Me seeing a tumbleweed for the first time!
Art installation at the Chinati Foundation
Planet Marfa (known to us now as the greatest bar in the world) - this quirky, fun watering hole was a perfect spot for a sunny afternoon beer, complete with its own giant teepee, a converted school bus, and a treehouse deck for seating options. Why can't a perfect replica of this place pop up in Austin?
We took an amazing scenic drive to Alpine and its surrounding areas. The ultimate destination was Big Bend Brewing Company for a tour and some of their yummy Hefeweizen, which tastes a bit like banana bread.
We ate at the fanciest restaurant in town, Cochineal, and it didn't hold a candle to the food from Marfa's famous Food Shark trailer. The Marfalafel was pure heaven.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

El Cosmico

It's startling how quickly time flies (old person statement of the year).  I have been swooning over our Marfa pics for so long that I didn't even realize they were never posted. I've even made a gorgeous photo book of them, using the highly recommended company Artifact Uprising, that sits on my coffee table as we speak. If you've never heard of Marfa, it is an otherworldly, artsy oasis in the middle of the vast expanse of West Texas. The charm of Marfa is widely known, as its quirky nature has sparked a trendy notoriety among bloggers, Pinterest... and even Beyonce (bow down). 

The hottest spot in town, El Cosmico, is a modern hippie haven. Created by hotel genius Liz Lambert, of Austin's Hotel San Jose, accommodations include your choice airstreams, tents and teepees, all of which define glamping at its best. We split our long weekend between an airstream and a teepee to experience as much as possible. Both were fabulous, but the teepee was the hands-down star of the show. 

The design was flawless, the people hospitable, and the experience nothing less than magical. If it's good enough for Yonce, it's beyond worthy of us all.


After years of pining over pair after pair of coveted Stuart Weitzman boots, I have finally bitten the bullet and snagged myself a jaw-dropping pair of black suede Highland boots. They are my current pride and joy, and pretty much the only thing (other than Oliver) that is treated with the pinnacle of utmost respect in my house. It was a huge splurge, and not one that was made lightly. Except, sometimes you can love something too much. It's true. I loved them so dearly that I bought them in charcoal too. (Insert cringe face here). It was like I literally couldn't stop myself from pressing that checkout button, I swear. But now I'm daydreaming over the hundreds of ways I want to wear them, and pinning inspiration left and right. Sometimes, a girl's gotta justify.