In between Dallas and Fort Worth (and right by DFW Airport) is the great town of Grapevine. This quaint town is known for its historic downtown district. Maintaining the original architecture, it is a wonderful collection of retail, art, restaurants and wine tasting. Anchored on one end of Main Street is the Gaylord Texan Resort, a spectacular hotel with a center atrium and numerous amenities. As a bonus, it is located close to Lake Grapevine…a popular destination during the water sport months in Texas.
True to its name, Grapevine is home to several local wineries. So, it is only natural that the largest wine festival in the southwest is held here. Grapefest, in its 31st year, is a family friendly event that celebrates wines of Texas and some from New York and Canada. Also featured are golf, tennis, carnival rides, live entertainment and enough retail vendors to put a definite dent in your monthly budget. You can also channel Lucy Ricardo and participate in the grape stomp! This festival grows yearly in popularity and attendance.
As you may have noticed, we are self-admitted victims of the grape. We braved the unseasonably hot Texas weather and went to see what all the fuss was about. We will definitely be returning! So, if you live in the DFW area or want to visit, check out this annual event.
Here, we are enjoying the 4 wine flight at the Sloan & Williams Winery Tasting Room. This was a great chance to combine two of our favorite things…wine and air conditioning.
We loved sampling wines from the Finger Lakes region of New York at the Liberty Park Wine Experience presented by the Gaylord Texan Resort. Of course, we had to purchase the souvenir glass!
Grapefest was worth braving the heat and we hope to make this an annual event. However, Grapevine is worth the trip any day of the year. We plan to return later this year to visit Ice! at the Gaylord Texan, a walk through attraction (kept at 9 degrees) featuring holiday ice sculptures. So…make the time to have fun and experience new things when you can. Some may be better than others, but when you do it with a sister or friend, it’s never wasted time!
Growing up, our parents taught their three daughters the importance of following rules. They informed us that rules were made for a reason, and following them showed respect to others and increased the possibility that situations in our lives would run smoothly. Whether it was understanding the logic of what they said or the feeling of guilt when we let them down, we became rule followers. If an entrance to a parking lot says “Exit Only”, we find the entrance, even if the lot is empty and not a car in sight. We count the number of items in our shopping cart before we enter the express lane at the grocery store. And we were never tempted to use our mother’s handicap parking placard unless she was in the car with us.
Fashion rules have morphed over time…you can wear black to a wedding, you don’t have to adopt a short hairstyle after the age of 50, you can wear your brown boots with a black dress. One of the older and more well known rules (especially in the south) is “no white before Easter or after Labor Day”. This is a rule we have no problem breaking. White jeans are a great wardrobe staple of which we both have several options in our closet…skinny, crop, fresh hem, uneven hem. If we give this much closet space to one type of clothing, why would we ignore it eight months of the year? So, here are several ways we style white jeans for fall.
When you start with white jeans and add a chambray shirt and a neutral jacket (similar), you create a style that is classic, comfortable and easy. Mules are huge this year and these black ones are fabulous. We have shown this tote with many outfits because it looks great with so many things. It adds interest to an outfit of neutrals. Alison chose to minimize the accessories, choosing a pair of fun earrings.
Tracy is date night ready by pairing her white skinny jeans with a pink sweater with slit cuffs and shirttail hem. The suede flats (similar) match beautifully with the sweater. An embroidered clutch (similar) and beaded tassel earrings add the punch.
These are just two ways to style white jeans for fall, but the possibilities are endless. Don’t let your white jeans hibernate.
We think it is impossible to not get excited about the launch of a new line at Target. Over the past few years, Target has added some great lines, including Who What Wear and Knox Rose. There have also been some great limited collaborations with lines such as Victoria Beckham and Lily Pulitzer. In true Target fashion (pardon the pun), they are reasonably priced. Which brings us to the newest line…A New Day. The versatility of this line is great….offerings from the most casual to work appropriate. The mix and match pieces can form numerous great outfits or work well with items already in your closet. That is just what we have done below. Check out how we chose to style some great AND pieces…
Goldenrod is a huge color this fall (we are seeing it everywhere!) and A New Day took advantage of that with this great skirt. Lightweight and flattering, it can be dressed casually or dressed up for an evening out. Alison chose the casual route, adding our favorite “perfect” white shirt and jean jacket. For a little punch, a pair of absolutely fabulous mules. Add a black clutch and you’re done. Hard to believe this skirt retails for under $25!!! (sunnies (here))
Another big trend is military. This vest is offered in olive (as shown above) and grey. This is a perfect wardrobe addition that can work with just about anything…add it to a tee shirt dress or switch out jeans for chinos. Tracy paired it with jeans and added a great AND tee shirt. We love a peep toe bootie because they make any outfit look great. Bracelets (here and here) and a long necklace (similar) add a little sparkle. It may be predictable to pair a camo tote with a military vest, but we just had to do it…it adds that final touch of interest.
Alison fell in love with this tan Anorak hooded jacket that is offered in three additional colors. This lightweight jacket is perfect when the weather turns cold and can be layered for warmth or fashion. Just like the vest featured above, it works with jeans or a dress, and just about anything in between. The striped tee, jeans and fabulous boots make this outfit look effortless. Earrings, sunnies and the tote take it from effortless to put together.
If you want to go romantic, lace is a great option. This AND top is beautiful and trust us…you will not be accused of looking like your grandmother’s tablecloth. We love the femininity of the top as well as the versatility. Tracy paired it with jeans and wedges (similar) for a date night look. Add it to tailored slacks and pumps and you are ready for a holiday party. Earrings are the only accessory because a top like this stands on its own. (sunnies (similar))
Hope we have convinced you to check out A New Day at Target. The stores offer a great deal of the line but there are added options online.