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3 Days of Thanksgiving

There might be 12 days of Christmas but there are 3 days of Thanksgiving: travel day, turkey day, and black friday. All of which require their own distinct outfits! Have you planned yours out yet?

Travel day: Whether you’ll be in a car or on a plane, comfort & layers are key. I love this legging pant because it can still look dressed up but they are comfortable enough to sleep in!FullSizeRender-3 copy 3 FullSizeRender-2 copy 4
Nordstrom snood // Milk & Honey plaid shirt // LOFT skinny ankle jean // / Ray ban sunnies // Michael Kors Watch // Steve Madden riding boots

For Turkey Day: We all want to look our best on Thanksgiving Day with all our loved ones, but also need something that allows for lots of turkey and lots of lounging. I love this sweater dress look below from Madewell because it looks so chic but so comfortable at the same time!

For Black Friday: If you dare brave the crowds on black Friday, you’re gonna need your sneakers on. Lo’s favorite sweatpant jean is now 50% off and would be perfect for black Friday shopping! Pairing these jeans with a white tee & Vince sneakers is the perfect comfy/chic look

Shop our 3 days of looks here:

Back to the basics

Seeing as this is my rookie year at NY Fashion Week, I’ve had my fair share of panic attacks when trying to decide what to pack. When in doubt though {or, in my case, panic mode}, go back to the basics! Below are some staple items that I knew would need to be in my suitcase, regardless of what outfits I put together. {Also, item #1 is seen below worn by our lovely Lolo!}

1. This okala pump is the perfect complement to any outfit, and the heel height allows for all-day wear. Lo loved them so much, she bought them in two colors! 2. I’ve been obsessed with this J. Crew tote for quite some time now {bonus, it’s currently 25% off!}. Perfect for traveling and trips when you’re needing to look chic on-the-go. 3.  I recently discovered these amazing faux leather pleated shorts. The leather gives you an edgy look but the pleat makes them comfortable and still classy – perfect for going from day to dinner. 4. You really can’t do NYFW without a red lip! This NARS lipstick in jungle red is my personal fave – bold color, matte finish, long-wear. 5. I’m a sucker for Ray-bans, and this black matte pair  keep you looking trendy and classy all at the same time. 6. Lo was so sweet to send me this adorable Ted Baker cosmetic bag for my upcoming trip to NY! I love the gold bow and light pink color. 7. Please, do yourself a favor, and don’t travel anywhere without a good pair of flats! My Caroline leather Tory Burch flats were such a good investment and have amazing durability. Be on trend this season and get yours in this cool grey color!

Whew. Now that I’ve got my basics down, it’s time to get packing. Happy Fashion Week everyone!

 

the weekender bag.

In Cali with my new favorite Nena & Co. ‘weekender’ bag. Head on over to my Instagram (@laurenscruggs) to see how to win one! xoxo.

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Exploring the Wine Country: Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the home of hundreds of wineries, bed & breakfasts, spas, golf courses and restaurants. The lush rolling hills of this wine country are immersed in tons of legendary award winning vineyards. Napa is ideal year round with an average temperature of 70 degrees! Green, gold and red color palettes contribute to the natural beauty of the hills. You can experience Napa by train or limousine tours or by taking a hot hair balloon with Balloons Above the Valley.

The valley has so much to offer, from kayaking the Napa River and attending outdoor concerts, to visiting art galleries and shopping in the delightful town of Napa. Along the stretch from Yountville to Calistoga, spectacular five star restaurants are found along the drive. With seafood restaurants, steakhouses, and tapas bars, Napa is known for his impeccable cuisine and world-renowned eateries.

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Established wineries such as Robert Mondavi, Beringer, Folie a Deux, Sutter Home and many more are home to Napa Valley, offering wine tastings, tours, and classes. They enclose basements with underground tasting bars and dim cellars containing hundreds of wooden barrels of wine. The knowledge and keenness of the vineyards’ employees is inspiring in their understanding of the science behind and creation of wine. The valley’s diverse architecture lets you experience French looking plantations and manors, along with Mediterranean, Italian and English enthused buildings.

The Castello di Amorosa is an enormous Tuscan Castle in the most northern part of Napa Valley. The fortress has a drawbridge, moat, dungeon and carriage rides for the full experience. Napa is a short one hour drive from San Francisco, though it seems as if one day isn’t enough to obtain it. The romanticism of the countryside is breathtaking and great for a dreamy vacation, not just for the wine lover but for adventure seekers and photographers as well!

Best of Austin

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Austin-girl, Blake Sparks, decided to stay in this funky/incredible/lovable conglomeration of a town after graduating from the University of Texas, and who can blame her? She is one who admires adventure, and she is a go-to person to find that local hole in the wall, a creative new venture, or just a fun time! Read on to discover Blake’s master list composed of the must-dos of Austin. From aerial dance classes to top sushi chef food trailers, this guide can undoubtedly be used as a valid excuse to make an un-regrettable trip!

UNIQUE FITNESS OPPORTUNITY

For when you find yourself barely able to squeeze a mat into the crowded 5:30 yoga class,  Austin offers an endless array of unique fitness opportunities.  In a beginners aerial dance class, you’ll certainly work a new set of muscles flipping and twirling while suspended from the ceiling and wrapped in scarves at Blue Lapis Light Studio.

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BEST FOOD TRAILER

Austin’s enormous food trailer scene makes creative culinary experiences accessible to all.  Top in my book is East Side King, an asian-electic trailer located in the back patio of Liberty Bar on the hip East 6th Street. It is run by three chefs during their nights off from Austin’s most revered sushi restaurant, Uchi.  You can’t beat creative tastes from supremely trained chefs for $4 – $8 a dish.

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INTERIOR DECOR

Many of us central Austin dwellers live in houses built in the mid-century, so updating a space while keeping its vintage charm is a shared goal.  The talented girls behind Spruce, a furniture redesign studio, specialize in updating antique furniture with eye-catching fabrics.  Better yet, take a class at their studio and learn to reupholster yourself!

ACCESSORY SHOPPING

For gifts, jewelry and home accessories, the perfectly curated Spartan is my first stop.  The shop carries items from local artists and designers. Its not big in size, but the beautifully calm atmosphere make me want to spend hours browsing the inventory which perfectly blends the themes of industrial and organic. It also doesn’t hurt that my favorite clothing boutique, Bows + Arrows  is connected next door.

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BEST COFFEE SHOP

For baristas that treat pulling an espresso shot as an artistic skill, get your next caffeine fix from Caffe Medici.  This quaint reading nook not only serves up some of the most delicious coffee around, but the staff will happily educate you on where your beans were roasted as they personalize your cappuccino with latte art.

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BEST FLORIST

Since my job has me indoors during the week, I keep my office cheery by bringing a bit of nature in with me.  Austin Flower Company  is my pick for flowers because they always display a variety of unique and high quality flowers, foliage, and plants with a friendly staff to assist you.  In this arena, I am a Do It Yourself-er, so I love that I can pick up blooms by the stem, take them home wrapped in brown paper, and design an arrangement myself.

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BEST POST WORK OUT SNACK

Weekends are spent soaking up the sun at the natural springs, biking through the city or hiking the green belt, so cooling off is a must. Daily Juice serves up refreshing organic juices, smoothies and superfoods. I love that I don’t have to search for the healthy items on the menu; I can pick whatever sounds tasty and know that it will be locally sourced, all-natural and fresh.

BEST MUSIC VENUE

My friends and I spend many evenings jamming to our favorite bands at the Mohawk.  Its our venue of choice because it attracts the most authentic local bands as well as favorites from around the globe.  The multi-tiered back patio allows for plenty of places to enjoy a drink and socialize before the show.

We would love to hear about your favorite places in the fabulous town of Austin! For more suggestions, please email lauren@lolomag.com.