NALA NEUTRALS

Even though we've lived in Austin for about 10 months now, it seems like it was just yesterday that we packed our bags and started a new life here. And there's still so much that we haven't discovered around town! So when we had the opportunity to explore more of the downtown area, we found some adorable spots, like Hotel San Jose on South Congress Ave. 

The property is nestled off of a bustling street, but once you step inside the lush landscaped doorway, it's as if you've left the city for a tranquil getaway. The hotel has been around since the 1930's, and now houses 40 urban bungalow-style hotel rooms. We decided to stop and snap some pictures while we were on our way to dinner, and I'm so glad we did! Now I know where we are hanging out during our next stay-cation. 

We haven't had a chance to go out for a date night in awhile, so we wanted to go somewhere nice, but not too formal. I decided to opt for classic neutrals in this look. I paired this Akris Punto top with a wool Milly pencil skirt (similar here), and Steve Madden heels. 

Top: Akris Punto | Skirt: Milly | Bracelet: Alexis Bittar

One of my favorite details in this look is the laser cut lace on the top. It's airy and flowy, and perfect for a summer day. I'm excited to wear this more casually with some distressed denim and lace up flats or sandals. I would also love to pair this with white denim for a crisp and clean look.

These heels are minimalistic and almost become invisible to the eye because of their neutral color and sleek design, which is what I love most about them. A great classic heel that can pair back to almost anything in your closet!

I drew inspiration for this outfit from Nala in The Lion King. Nostalgia hit me head on after reminiscing about the precious cat my friend and I rescued in high school, so I decided to create a look that I felt resembled the sassy feline from the animated classic. I am definitely a big fan of neutral tones, so I enjoyed pairing pieces together that exuded her warm coloring.

I was so tempted to drive this home... Wind in my hair, don't care. 

I was so tempted to drive this home... Wind in my hair, don't care. 

Thanks for hanging out with me today! What are your plans for the weekend? I am so anxious to check one thing off my bucket list for 2016, which is to see Zootopia! Freddy and I plan to see it on Sunday, so if you see it before me I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Have a great weekend!

Blushfully, 

Belle

GOLDEN AFTERNOON

Last weekend Freddy and I got to explore the Zilker Botanical Gardens for the very first time! This beautiful plot of land is nestled just outside of downtown Austin, yet once you walk inside, it feels like you've fallen down the rabbit hole and discovered a wonderland. 

Speaking of wonderland, I used the ever curious Alice as my inspiration for this outfit. I paired my Tibi skirt with a J. Crew striped tee for a more relaxed, yet playful look. I'm usually not one to gravitate towards fuller skirts (not to mention pops of color!), as I tend to dress in more tailored silhouettes, but I'm so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone with this purchase.  The skirt has a lot of movement, and is so much fun to twirl around in, too! I'm excited to get more use out of it this Spring by pairing it with different neutrals and a fun pair of flats.

As for the garden...this 30-acre oasis is home to a variety of plants and flowers such as herbs, roses, cacti and succulents. It also features a tranquil Japanese garden with koi ponds and beautiful bridges. You can even get a pretty decent view of downtown from one of the lookout points. Hanging out here for the afternoon was a nice little getaway from the city. We walked around and explored and just enjoyed being together. I can only imagine that in Spring there will be even more blooms to swoon over!

Have a great weekend!

Blushfully, 

Belle

Dalmatian Plantation

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I had so much fun shooting my first fashion look with my husband! I am so excited to launch this facet of my blog, and I have many more ideas that I can't wait to share with you! I am constantly being inspired by Disney movies, characters, attractions, etc., and that's what I want to exude through these fashion posts. Today, I am using 101 Dalmatians as my inspiration. I've had this Zara blouse in my closet for a couple years, but once I found this Tibi skirt, I felt that both together reflected the era in which the movie is based. If only I was walking the streets of London...Texas will do for now :) 

Blushfully, 

Belle


Blouse: Zara | Skirt: Tibi | Heels & Clutch: Halogen | Lip Color: NARS "Cruella" (unintentional!)