Summer at the J.W. Marriott Hill Country Resort

Photo via Marriott.com
My birthday was almost 2 months ago and we finally got to do the plan we had originally set up for the day. We had planned to spend the day at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, but the storm rolled in and we had to postpone. We finally had the chance to go and the day was absolutely perfect! The sun was shining, the pool was cool and the husband and I were extremely relaxed. The best part was when the checkin girl said she loved my outfit, so naturally we had to do a mini shoot, haha! In all, the experience was great. The resort has a huge pool, an adult infinity pool overlooking the golf course, a sandy beach pool, a heated whirlpool, a lazy river you can float with the provided inner tubes and a full on waterpark grade slide. We opted to cool off and just relax, though. One thing’s for sure, the food and drinks are highly overpriced and you can’t bring anything from outside, but who’s to say your insulated water thermos is actually water? Just saying… Aside from that, the staff is attentive and the relaxation is well worth it. A Day Pass grants you access to all the water activities and the game room for the kids, as well. I might opt for the Spa Pass next time. The Lantana Spa has amazing reviews so I might just check it out. This Summer I plan on enjoying myself and continue to discover what Texas has to offer. Rivers, lakes, hiking and, pool time and outdoor fun is what is all about!

Stripe Dress on Repeat

Hello, Lotuses! Summer is definitely here along with scorching 3 digit temperature in Texas. This is when I opt for comfy sundresses. I really love this one from San Antonio based online shop, Zelle Boutique. I got this dress about a year and a half ago when they were doing there stint at La Villita in Downtown San Antonio as part of the OPEN Downtown Pop Ups program. They are a trendy shop with affordable prices and super cute clothes, shoes and accessories. Plus, the twins are my close friends and our dogs are “pawls”, too! I digress, lol… I’m gonna be real with you, I don’t constantly shop for clothing. Shocker, I know. I usually go shopping when I really need something, so naturally I wear outfits on repeat. The trick, which is obvious, is styling. When I posted this dress in 2016, I styled it for Fall Transition and shared 2 looks, both with booties. Now that it’s Summer, I go as practical as possible. Sandals and a cool straw bag. I’m coming back with more ways to style this dress and share some “Shop your closet” tips. Stay tuned!
Hola, mis amores! El verano ya se asomó con estas temperaturas sobre 100 F, casi inhumanas, en Texas. Ahora es que uso trajecitos de verano. Me encanta este de una boutique en linea basada en San Antonio, Zelle Boutique. Compré este traje hace como año y medio atrás cuando estaban en un local en La Villita en Downtown, como parte del programa de OPEN Downtown Pop Ups. Es una tienda con muchas tendencias y con precios accesibles en ropa, zapatos y accesorios. Aparte de que las gemelas son buenas amigas mias y nuestros perros son panas! Ok, volviendo al tema, jeje… Voy a ser honesta con ustedes. Yo no ando constantemente de compras. Sorpesa, lo sé. Por lo regular compro ropa cuando realmente necesito algo específico, así que naturalmente repito piezas. El truco es bastante obvio, estilizar. Cuando mostré este traje a finales de 2016 el tema fue de otoño, y les mostré 2 combinaciones utilizando botines. Ahora en el verano, siendo práctica, uso sandalias y un bolso de paja. Ya regresaré con otras maneras de estilizar este traje y les comparto mas tips de como irte de compras en tu propio closet. Estén pendientes!

Floral Romper & Rose Curls

Hello, Lotuses! I hope you’re enjoying the last part of Summer. This Texas heat is no joke! Last weekend we had a record breaking temperature of 105 F, but that didn’t stop me from going out to support the local events being held that day. Although, when I got home I totally crashed from exhaustion! At any rate, I wanted to share how much I love this new romper I found at none other than Ross, and of course it was a total steal! It’s cotton so the fabric was perfect and breezy. I just love it. I thought I’d wear heels that day, but I found these flat slip ons and I’ve been wearing them none stop for the last month. The ruffle detail is the perfect delicate flair I need in flats. So, I’m not sure if you noticed, but I went a little pink for my birthday a few months ago, and I’ve been able to maintain the color without damaging my hair or spending a fortune. My bff introduced me to Overtone and I’m obsessed! They have color conditioners and weekly deep treatments that refresh my color and protect my curls just by depositing the color on my existing highlights. I think I’m going lavender next. What do you think?

Hola, mis Lotos! Espero que estén disfrutando lo último que queda del verano. Este calor de Texas no está jugando! El fin de semana pasado tuvimos temperaturas que rompió récord de 105 F, pero eso no me detuvo de apoyar actividades de ese día. Aunque cuando regresé a mi casa, caí muerta del cansancio! De todos modos, les quería compartir lo mucho que me encanta este romper que casualmente encontré en Ross y claro está a un precio increíble! Es de algodón así que el material es super fresco. Me encanta. Pensé en llevar tacones, pero también encontré estas sandalias y me las he puesto constantemente como por un mes. Tiene uno volantes que le dan un toque delicado perfecto. Bueno, y no sé si se han dado cuenta, pero me teñí el cabello de rosa hace unos meses para mi cumpleaños, es sutil, pero ahí está. Me lo he logrado mantener sin dañar mi cabello y sin gastar una fortuna gracias a Overtone, que mi mejor amiga me recomendó. La línea tiene una serie de acondicionadores que depositan color y unos tratamientos semanales que refrescan mi rosado y me protege los rizos sólo depositando el color en mis “highlights” existentes. Creo que para la próxima me lo cambio a una lavanda o algo así. Qué creen?

Photos by Marlena Gonzales

Summer in the Texas Hill Country

Hello, lovely lotuses! Last week, I took the week off acting as tour guide showing around my brother in law who came to visit us from Puerto Rico. We went everywhere! We took them all around downtown, from the Alamo, to the Tower of Americas and the Riverwalk. We went tubing down the Comal, a brief dessert on the Lake in Austin and, of course, Fredericksburg. This quaint German town has completely stolen my heart and I take every chance I get to visit. Anytime a family member comes to visit, we take them and they fall in love, too. Only 1.5 hours away from San Antonio, this town in the Texas Hill Country is home to all of the best Texas wineries, including my all time favorite, Grape Creek Vineyards. Relaxing on the deck, sipping wine with soothing music playing in the background is my absolute favorite pastime. We took our guests on a Tuesday afternoon, with a picnic basket filled with delicious cheeses, french bread, charcuterie and spreads. It was lovely! Perfect Summer staycation in Texas!

Hola mis hermosas flores de loto! La semana pasada me tomé la semana de vacaciones y actuamos como guía turístico con mi cuñado quien nos vino a visitar de Puerto Rico. Fuimos a todas partes! Los llevamos por todo San Antonio desde el Alamo, hasta la Torre de las Américas y el Riverwalk. Flotamos por el Río Comal, comimos postre frente al lago en Austin, y no faltaba la visita a Fredericksburg. Este lindo pueblo Alemán se ha robado mi corazón y tomo cualquier oportunidad de ir a visitar. Cada vez que cualquier familiar nos viene a visitar, los llevamos y se enamoran también. A tan solo una hora y media de San Antonio, este pueblo en Texas es el hogar de los mejores viñedos en Texas, incluyendo  mi favorito, Grapecreek Vineyards. Pasar una tarde en la terraza con un vinito y música relajante es mi pasatiempo favorito. Llevamos a nuestros invitados un Martes por la tarde, con una canasta llena de quesos, jamones ibéricos, pan francés y más. Fue una delicia! Unas vacaciones perfectas en Texas!

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Summer Vibes Look featuring Fiesta Feet!

Hey hey! Is that Summer I see in the horizon? Well, it’s quickly approaching and after spending a day at the lake for Memorial Day Weekend I’m definitely in the mood for more Summer fun! We’ve already made plan from now through Fourth of July weekend. We wanna have picnics, doggy playdates, road tripping, tubing on the river and laying out on the beach on the South Texas coast, so we plan on thoroughly enjoying ourselves. 
This outfit is perfect for a Summer BBQ, of which we’re huge fans! The top is from Francisca Showroom, a South Texas based boutique that carries L.A. based lines that are absolutely adorable, which fit my Latina curves perfectly. They recently held a Summer Pop Up Shop at Revolución Coffee & Juice Bar, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to stock up on some Summer must-haves! I’m all about the embroidery and statement sleeves this year, so this top was just perfect! All the jewelry and the “Good Vibes” clutch is from Stella & Dot. In case you haven’t heard of this brand, it’s a jewelry and accessories line that carries 100% unique designs that you won’t find anywhere else. Most of the pieces are 2 in 1 and up to 5 in 1 designs so they’re insanely versatile! The earrings actually turn into 3 completely different styles and the necklace is only a small piece from a layered necklace that can be worn 5 ways! I’m so obsessed with this line, I decided to become a Stella & Dot Stylist, so you can shop directly from the link below and you should totally take advantage of the major sale that’s going on RIGHT NOW, where you can get $25 for every $50 you spend (to use on future purchases) from now through 6/19/17. Go check it out here: www.stelladot.com/JeanellyC

Now I HAVE to talk to you about these shoes. These are Fiesta Feet! It’s a local brand from San Antonio, but the shoes are handcrafted in Guadalajara, Mexico. My dear friend, Susie McKinley came up with the concept when she made the mistake of wearing heels while touring around the city, and came upon a traditional huaraches vendor in the market and the level of comfort she felt was unparalleled. They traditionally come in brown and tan, so she decided to make them fun with tons of color and different designs. Fiesta Feet are handcrafted in Mexico by a small group of artisans who are fairly paid and treated, and the company has pledged to donate part of the proceeds of the shoe sales to Kasa Kamami, an all girls foster home in Mexico. These are definitely the IT shoe of the Summer, as stated in Style Lush TV at the beginning of the year! I’m wearing the Confetti Popper Shoe and they are back in stock, so be sure to grab yours before they’re all gone! The colors and styles vary, but these have to be my fave, then the Rose Gold loafers are a close second. 

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Photos by Joe Turner Photography

*Product from Fiesta Feet was sponsored. All opinions are my own*

Birthday Spa at Home with Boohoo + Soap & Glory

Hello, lovely Lotuses! I’m so happy because I just celebrated my birthday and I had an amazing fun-filled weekend with my husband and my friends who came to visit from Puerto Rico. We showed them around town and drove to Fredericksburg, Texas’ very own Wine Country. After an intense weekend of going to so many places, eating good food and enjoying libations, I found myself kind of drained, so I needed a “Treat Yourself Day” on Monday, the actual birthday. After sleeping in, I gave myself a spa experience, thanks to the spa care package I received from Soap & Glory and Boohoo.com. Summer is upon us and I just need to really take care of my skin. I wanna be able to wear that super cute swimsuit from Boohoo, but first my skin needs to be on point. First, I started my day by drinking two glasses of water. Then I went straight to the under eye masks. Believe me, I needed them. While they worked their magic, I tried the Body Butter and Hand Food. I suffer from severely dry hands, and this cream is amazing! They hydrate without leaving any greasy feeling, and it smells so good! After washing my face, I tried the 365 Moisture Lotion. I like it because it can be used for Day/Night, it smells incredible and it has Bio Peptides, which is all the rage in skin care. I was also delighted to find that Soap & Glory products can be found at Target, where I basically half a day finding fun decor for my Summer “home revamp”. My care package was chock full of fab products for my Sunday Spa Days, so I’ll definitely be using them throughout the rest of Spring through the Summertime. 

In this post:
Swimsuit & Makeup Bag: Boohoo
Hat: Marshalls
Pillows & Throw Blanket: Target
Necklaces: Rocksbox (Special Code JEANELLYBFF)

*This post is a collaboration with Boohoo and Soap & Glory. I received free merchandise in exchange for the post, but all opinions are my own.*

A Walk in the Courtyard

Summertime is just such a great time to discover new things in your city! Last month, I went to Second Thursdays at the McNay Museum in San Antonio. This place is absolutely beautiful. They hold such a fantastic art collection, but what really draws me in are the events they hold. Second Thursdays is great because it’s FREE! They have food trucks, music, and performances. You can walk through the museum or hang out in the courtyard. This courtyard is breathtaking! I had a huge thing for courtyards back in Puerto Rico. many homes had them, especially in Old San Juan, so this is definitely reminiscent of back home. I wore the breeziest romper I bought at a local boutique, Voge, and trust me when I say, you need breezy clothing in this Texas heat!
El verano es un excelente momento para descubrir cosas nuevas en tu ciudad! El mes pasado, atendí al evento del Segundo Jueves en el Museo McNay en San Antonio. Este lugar es precioso! Tienen una colección de arte increíble, pero lo que más me gusta es que tienen actividades divertidas. El Segundo Jueves es chévere porque es GRÁTIS! Tienen comida, música y shows. Puedes andar por el museo o caminar por el jardín interior. Este jardín es un sueño! Yo tenía una obsesión por jardines interiores desde que vivía en Puerto Rico, ya que muchas casas lo tenían, especialmente en el Viejo San Juan. Así que este definitivamente me trae muchos lindos recuerdos. Llevaba puesto un romper de una boutique local, Voge. Créeme este look es perfecto para el calor de Texas en el verano!

*Photos by Ciara Johnson – Hey Ciara*
What I wore / Llevaba puesto:
Shoes: Just Fab
Shades: Zero UV
Clutch: Forever 21
Bracelet: H&M

Romping around

The heat in Texas is truly something else. When that thermometer hits 100°F+, all bets are off. I’m looking for the most comfortable outfits possible for my nights out around the city. Short, flowy rompers seem to do the trick. Even though this particular romper has long sleeves, the material is super light and the evening breeze just flows right through it. Be sure to catch this look on my next episode of Fashion Round Up on StyleLushTV.com!
El calor de Texas a la verdad que es otra cosa. Cuando ese termómetro sube a 100°F+, se vale todo. Yo ando en busca de los atuendos más cómodos posible para mis noches de andar por la ciudad. Un romper corto y fluido logran ese propósito. A pesar de que este romper en articular tiene mangas largas, el material es tan liviano que la brisa nocturna fluye a través de ellas. no se pierdan este look en acción en mi próximo episodio de Fashion Round Up en StyleLushTV.com!

What I wore / Llevaba puesto:
Romper from Solana Zoe
Tassel Necklace, available at Solana Zoe
Shoes: Shoedazzle

**Photo Credits Ciara Johnson, heyciara.com**

RoseGal

The Summer of poolside soirées has begun. Temperatures are high  and the Rosé is flowing. The perfect look for these types of events is the long, flowy maxi dress. I wore this gorgeous, yet comfortable dress to A Night of Champagne Showers: Rosé in St. Tropez Soirée charity event in San Antonio. The dress code called for Poolside Chic and this RoseGal dress was the perfect look! It has a fabulous tropical print and is just so elegant. 
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El verano de fiestas has comenzado. La temperatura sube y fluyé el Rosé. El look perfecto para este tipo de evento es el vestido maxi. Llevé este traje  hermoso y cómodo a la vez a la fiesta de caridad, A Night of Champagne Showers: Rosé in St. Tropez Soirée en San Antonio. El código de vestimenta era Chic de Piscina y este vesitod de RoseGal era el look perfecto para el evento! Lleva un estampado tropical y es sumamente elegante. 
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Industrial chic

San Antonio has so much to offer. Just 5 minutes away from downtown, The Pearl Brewery has become the urban oasis in the city. Right on the river, the beer brewery, which had originally opened in 1881, is now closed down, but some of the original structures still stand. Today, it’s known as The Pearl, and it’s home to great restaurants, the Culinary Institute of America and loft apartments. I feel like The Pearl symbolizes an urban living trend growth in the city of San Antonio. It’s not all historic buildings, but also a new form that includes industrial, modern living. Some of my favorite restaurants in all of San Antonio are in the Pearl! Definitely away from the conventional tourist traps, The Pearl is by far one of my favorite spots in town!
San Antonio tiene tanto para ofrecer. A sólo 5 minutos del centro de la ciudad, The Pearl Brewery se ha convertido en un oasis en la ciudad. Justo al lado del río, la cervezera, la cual orginalmente abrió en 1881, ahora se encuentra cerrada, pero aún quedan varias estructuras. Hoy día, se conoce como The Pearl y es hogar de excelentes restaurantes, el Culinary Institute of America y apartamentos modernos. Yo siento como que The Pearl simboliza una tendencia de vida urbana que está creciendo en San Antonio. No es todo estructuras históricas en la ciudad, sino que ahora la nueva forma incorpora lo industrial y moderno. Algunos de mis restuarantes favoritos de toda la ciudad se encuentran en The Pearl! Definitvamente que se aparta de lo que es atracción turística, The Pearl es uno de mis lugares favoritos en la ciudad!
What I wore / Llevaba Puesto:
Dress: La Naturelle
Kimono: Fab Found at Marshalls
Tote: Michael Kors
Shoes: ShoeDazzle
Necklace: Kendra Scott from Rocksbox
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