Online boutiques are all the rage these days. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram. Women are loving the ease of shopping for looks that they see others wearing through multiple social media platforms and blogs.
Plus, from a business standpoint, this has allowed entrepreneurs to get started in the fashion retail industry with little overhead and minimal startup costs. Alll you need is a “Shopify” (or marketplace) website, some inventory and a drive for social media and your boutique can be off and running. (I know some wholesale companies will even do the shipping for you. No inventory needed.)
And that is just how I came across our Fashion Friday boutique, on Instagram. I often peruse the fashion hashtags on Instagram ( #satxfashion, #sanantoniofashion #fashionblogger, etc) and this spring I came across My SAS Couture. With a clean logo and sweet dresses, this boutique spoke to my own personal style and what I thought you readers would love as well. So I reached out to meet the owner, Sirena.
Sirena is running her online boutique, of womens and girls clothing, out of her home office here in San Antonio. Her dream of owning a brick and mortar store is slowly becoming a reality as she builds a name for herself locally. My SAS Couture has been featured in two local fashion shows, EveryBody Beautiful and An Evening on South Beach Fashion Show, along with gaining exposure through her instagram account, @mysascouture.
San Antonio has some programs that help popup boutiques acquire a brick and mortar store after gaining a certain level of following and interest. Sirena is hopeful that this program, along with a possible kickstarter campaign, will help her get the storefront she has always dreamed of.
I loved visiting this little in home store with her cute summer dresses and off the shoulder tops. She has everything from leggings to jumpers, plus little girls clothing and dresses. She is even adding some plus sizes looks due to the demand and growing interest of that body type. Sirena has done a great job of keeping everything organized and new items coming in regularly.
My SAS Couture plans on having some pop up shops right in her own home and neighborhood this fall season. She will be featuring a Sip and Shop for her followers to try stuff on and enjoy an afternoon. Until then you can find all her stock on her website at www.mysascouture.com or follow her on Instagram @mysascouture.
If you love any of these looks click on the picture and you will be taken to the My Sas Couture shopping page. Let's show this local entrepreneur some love!
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Summer time just breeds more and more snacks at my house. It is rare for 60 minutes to go by without someone asking me for a snack (these moments are always mommy patient builders). We have a pantry full of favorite snacks that the kids can enjoy.
And for this reason we have designated snack times for the kids. But for me...it's always snack time and this past month I have tried some new treats at local restaurants along with revisiting some classic favorites.
First off on the Favorite Snack List this issue is a new treat from Trader Joe’s called Shooting Stars. They essentially are a sugar-wafer cookie with a chocolate bottom covered in “popping candy.” Also known as, Pop Rocks. This classic kid favorite has been combined with a delicate cookie to make me and my kids giggle. We all sat around the counter and munched this treat while whooping and hollering over all the action that was in our mouths.
I love that Trader Joe’s brought this fun treat to my kids without all the food coloring and preservatives. The popping candy element is simply baking soda. When it is mixed with something wet (like your saliva) it pops. If they still have these in the store next week when I go back I am going to stock on the fun.
Serious two thumbs up Trader Joe’s.
Cheese is always a winning snack for me and the kids. But Brie cheese is a special mommy snack that I have been indulging in for the past month after having my last run in with it at the Austin favorite 24 Diner. I found some rice crackers at Trader Joe’s (since I am now going Gluten Free. That’s for another post) and paired it with a standard double Brie(from Trader Joe’s) and topped it with a Cran-cherry Chutney (since I can’t find pecan jam anywhere in a 200 mile radius. I will have to make it and post the recipe) from H-E-B.
This snack is rich and filling and a handful of them is all I need. I try to round-it-off with some cucumbers to make it a healthy momma snack. In which I always end up sharing with kiddo’s. And honestly I don’t mind. I am glad to build up their favor pallets.
Pool time and moives in the park bring snack opportunities as well. On the 4th of July we visited a small town near us where they featured a movie, a water-bounce-slide and free hot dogs, chips and drinks. And as you can see my dear daughter was highly enjoying her Lay’s Potato Chips. I usually vear toward the Deli Style but you can’t lose with Classic.
And lastly on my snack list this go-around, is a little chip and salsa discovery I made after visiting the Pearl Farmers Market (Another reason to visit Historic Pearl. Read more here on that.) After My mom and I enjoyed a lovely late morning mosing around the farmers market on a Saturday, we breezed over to a little old house turned restaurant called Josephine St. It is a one room cafe (with some additional outside seating as well) with original warped wood floors and antique tables and chairs to match.
We stopped in for a quick snack and I fell in love with the crispy tortilla chips (hoping they were gluten free. I didn’t ask) and a yummy Tomatillo & Avocado Salsa to dip. It had the perfect amount of spice to complement the avocado. I am going to try to copycat the recipe this month too.
So cheers to snacking this summer.
Share with me some of your favorites in the comments.
One of my favorite place to hang out, eat, shop, catch a movie, etc. here in San Antonio is the Alamo Quarry Market (aka The Quarry). So it only makes logical sense that we should have a Girls Night Out there. If you missed it, last week we were at Canyon Cafe on the North side of the shopping complex.
Canyon Cafe is popular for their "out of the box" specialty dinners such as Bison Meatloaf and Corn Crusted Calamari. I vier more towards seafood, so I enjoyed the Calamari. The ladies got to enjoy margaritas all evening along while doing a little shopping, networking and supporting the Center for Health Care Services. You can learn more about them here and PLEASE continue to donate to their cause that helps families here in San Antonio.
Here is our June’s Local Ladies Roundup. It's a place where you can find the vendors that were with us at the girls night out in case you couldn’t make it or if you need a quick reminder of where to find them.
And many thanks to our lovely photographers.
Its no surprise that San Antonio’s favorite food is tacos. We love taco Tuesdays. Taco food carts and taco bars.
Since I moved here two years ago I have learned to make all kinds of different tacos. I didn’t even have taco radar till I moved here. (We use to put everything in a burrito back in Colorado)
But I have found that tacos are easier and just as versatile if not more. So I am going to share my favorite quick and easy taco recipes with you so you can jump on the taco band-wagon.
Last week I tried this one for the first time myself. A friend had made a similar version at retreat I went to last year. I couldn’t remember exactly what was in it so this is my rendition of the Quck and Easy Shrimp Taco Recipe she made up (Shout to you Ms. Debbie!)
Quick and Easy Shrimp Taco Recipe
1 lb of frozen small-medium size shrimp (detailed and veined), defrosted
1 bag of shredded cabbage
1 cup of plain greek yogurt
1 bunch of cilantro, leaves chopped
1 lime (you will only need the juice)
1 T of garlic
2 T of butter
S & P to taste
1 package of tortillas of your choice
*note extras at the bottom
Heat the butter and garlic up on a skillet (cast iron is all I will use) on Med-low. Once melted and fragrant add the shrimp to cook slowly
Meanwhile add cabbage, yogurt, lime and cilantro to a medium bowl. Mix well.
Stir shrimp till they all turn pink and are cooked. Turn off heat.
While shrimp is cooking, heat tortillas on another skillet.
Add a bed of shrimp to tortilla, top with slaw mix
*add avocados and sriracha to make it a SATX Housewives original!
Do you like your shrimp in a taco?
One of my mottoes is Shop Local. Thats a big part of why I host the girls night out events once a month. To empower local women and give them an outlet to support other local women in business and friendship.
Because as we all know, when you buy from a local business an actual person does a happy dance. Plus this creates a stronger community of customers and friends who are supporting each other and not competing.
The same happens when you support a local designer on Kickstarter who has a great story about designing sustainable clothing and empowering women.
Meet Dina. A charming, quiet darling of a woman who has been in the fashion industry for 10 years. Previously she owned a boutique in Austin, Cypress Vanguard, with a handful of other designers back in 2011-2012 after she studied costume design at The University of Texas-Austin and then Fashion Design at The Academy of Art University for costume design.
Tragically, at the same time, Dina’s sister was diagnosed with cancer. So she left Austin to be with her family. Sadly her sister passed away. It was then, Dina started researching more about cancer and found that fashion was one of the top industries that harmed the environment which in turn causes more occurrences of cancer.
Driven by this tragic event, Dina wanted to start a line of clothing that was not only more sustainable, known as slow fashion, but also better for the people who would wear it and the environment. SixChell was born.
She launched a Kickstarter campaign and is hoping to reach her goal this week. If everyone just gives $10 she is sure to reach her goal and start rolling out her designs this fall.
Dina currently has three samples all made of vegan leather, Bamboo organic cotton, and Tencel Twill. You can learn more about supporting this local designer here in the video and donate to support her on Kickstarter here.
My oldest son is 15. I was only married a year when my husband and I had decided that we wanted to try to get pregnant. I was just barely 21. When I look back and think about that season of my life I realize I was still an immature child.
Sure I was married. I was holding a job down and I was in school to be a veterinary assistant. But I knew nothing of what being a mother really meant. I only knew that was the next logical step in my marriage. (Despite the fact that I was partying like it was 1999. Oh wait! It was 1999.)
And just to note by best friend was pregnant as well-always following the crowd.
But the sweet babe that grew in my belly was no mistake.I had no regret. All of my children were very much wanted.
We have grown up together, Larry (not his real name incase your wondering) and me. There have been times in his childhood that I truely couldn’t wait for him to grow out of. And he shares with me that he really despised me at times-he says couldn’t stand me.
Today our relationship is much different. I spend time teaching him life skills and providing opportunities for him to be a man (or tying to at least). And God provides opportunities as well. Like killing snakes and helping with dinner and compromising on what movie to watch.
So to my to my oldest son while you’re away at summer camp this is my letter to you.
Don’t worry about me this week. Have fun making new friends. Enjoy the time away from your siblings and know that we love you.
I hope those drill sergeants don’t work you too much. But I do hope they work you hard. Being pushed to become better will help you to actually achieve more than you thought you could.
Strive to be a leader and to take correction well. Learn to keep your head up, mouth closed and help your team.
Do man pushups.
The Bible is a guide for you in this life. Don’t take it lightly. Store the scriptures up in your heart, mind and spirit. As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.
Don’t play into influences and be kind to others.
I love you son. I am proud of the man God is molding you to be. Follow Christ. Keep your eyes on him and don’t be swayed by the gold and glitter of this world.
Keep your mind and body pure. I am praying for your wife. And God is creating her perfect for you right now. Be a blessing to your marriage now, as you will be a leader in it then.
Your father loves you. Even though he isn’t able to tell you that regularly, he does. And he is proud of you.
And when you come home from summer camp…do the dishes, take out the trash and watch your siblings. Cuz Mama needs a night to herself.
Glad your home son!
Do you have a good relationship with your oldest child?
.Who said you can’t fly?
Because now days you can. I tried it.
Ifly here in San Antonio collaborated with me to come out and experience a flight with them and some of my other blogger friends. It was by far the most exhilarating experience I have had since I climbed a fourteener in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
First off, I was set up for some training video's and to learn safety standards to be sure I didn’t wreck myself or any of the fly equipment.
But let me paint this picture for you.
This is what they say to me in the video.
Stay flat, head up, relax….uh, what?!!
I can’t walk and chew gum. I thought for sure that I was not going to be able to fly. Or that I was going to slam my face into the clear plastic walls. Because doing all three of those things is surely going to end in disaster.
But it didn’t. It was way easier then I thought. Thomas was our official “fly guide.” He was gentle to let me in on this whirling wind tunnel. How he stayed grounded I have no idea because I was all “limbs up.”
Laying flat and keeping my head up while in “flying arm and leg position” felt pretty natural for the way the wind blew by. Plus with all Thomas’ direction, he made sure that I was at my optimum position for flight. And I was....see my photo below.
This experience is amazing. Flying through the air, circling and weightless. On the second flight I got a little in my head and had a hard time relaxing but I was still able to hold on to the position long enough for Thomas to send me whirling up the tube with him guiding.
It was breathtaking.
Literally breathtaking. I had to catch my breath once I left the tube. It pretty much feels like sticking your head out the window at 65 mph. It’s not hard to breath but it definitely helped to stay relaxed and to breath through my nose. (which you can see by this video that I didn’t do.)
All the ifly staff was great too. I got to chat with them about about their field trips that teach the STEM logistics of the wind tunnel. Plus they have a great little party room for birthdays or corporate parties. What a great way to celebrate with a gift of flight.
You can find all this info here on their website. They have many opportunities for flight. You can even fly if you are already certified as a skydiver.
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Have you ever wanted to fly? Share with me what you think you would love best.
I was compensated for my post but the opinions experessed here are all my own.
I straddled the seat. I griped the handles. The attendant came over and pushed down the lap bar. And I lept forward to a garage, reporting for duty, on the next SeaWorld animal rescue team. A dolphin needed rescued!
3, 2, 1…………..Launch!
Headed up and over the first “wave,” this Wave Breaker Rescue Coaster is unlike other coasters I have experienced. Feeling totally exposed, with no harness or enclosed car, makes the feeling of being on a jet ski more surreal. I loved how close to the water I felt, but never actually touching the water or getting wet..
I got whipped around on quick bank turns, fast whoop-de-do’s and serpentine boosts throughout the three minute ride. I loved the way the coaster kept a consistent, fast pace, like I was in a hurry (like my life), while delivering a smoother ride than other coasters I have experienced. Truly a dynamic ride for me and my kids to enjoy. (*Note: must be 48” to ride)
Just like its namesake, Wave Breaker Rescue Coaster was designed to give the rider the same experience a SeaWorld Rescue Team member might have as they rescue various animals out in the ocean. This information was totally new to me. I was unaware how involved SeaWorld is in rescuing animals in the wild. And depending on the animal's issues, they may even get released again.
Sea World delivers a fresh new experience with this type of launch rescue coaster. Spanning 2,600 feet of coaster and reaching speeds of over 40mph, this rescue coaster is nestled between the Great White and Steel Eel coasters, close to the arcade and penguin exhibits. It is the perfect addition to the small coaster family here at SeaWorld San Antonio.
What an honor it was to be partnered with Sea World to help them launch the new ride, Wave Breaker and to enjoy the VIP party Grand Opening. As a blogger here in San Antonio it has been a privilege to experience Sea World at its fullest this year with various special attractions such as, Choo Choo Soul at the Just For Kids weekends this Spring and the Seven Seas Food and Wine tasting a few months ago.
I will be looking forward to the fall for Spook-tacular shows and surprises to come my way. And until then we will keep riding the Wave Breaker and checking out the baby orca.
If you have hung out with me for any length of time you will discover that I definitely have my own style going on. Wearing “fashion” has never been my strong point. Mostly because I am the mother of five plus I always love things that fit my mood. I could be wearing a skirt or jeans or heels or running shoes. For me it all depends on how my day is filled.
But I have always loved being a part of watching designers flourish in their creative zones on runways, and behind sewing machines. Back in the day, when I had cable television and a DVR, (I am guessing some people still have these right?) I would record all the Project Runway shows along with America’s Next Top Model.
Spending hours catching up on all the episodes and relishing in the new ways the designers saw clothes and how those models displayed them. I think it was the little girl in me who always hoped to find this avenue of life. Although life took a different route my love for the industry is still burning strong.
So as this blog continues to develop and grow my voice I knew fashion needed to be involved. It just makes sense for who I am and a passion I have always had.
Over the course of this Fashion Friday Summer Series I will be highlighting some boutiques both online and brick and mortar that are standing out in the fashion world-either online or on the local runways here in San Antonio.
And just this last Saturday Coco of Coco Productions had her fifth Stylish Saturday runway show of local designers. And I was quite impressed with the mix of local, fast fashion that was displayed in this 70’s themed style.
These models had their work cut out for them between the 10 different designers and a changing room with no air conditioning. But I say... it just made the women “glisten” in their bare back jumpers and high waisted trousers.
Models is not for the faint of heart. It is hard work. And these girls did nothing less then impress the onlookers in the industrial style CoLAB that was the back drop for the show.
Chris Cantoya and John Frazee captured the amazing designs, styles and designers from many angles. This quick recap will take you through the evenings highlights.
In case you fall in love with something here many of these designers can already be found in stores like Diva J’s Closet and A.Marie and Flawless Fashionista plus online on etsy. Plus they would love to make something special order just for you, just look them up on Instagram or Facebook.
The next show fashion extravaganza will be in October. If you’re a designer, model or artist in the industry contact me and I will get you all the info you need.
After spending many years in rual Colorado, SATX has become my family's home. And we LOVE IT! I'm the mother of 4 boys & one sweet girl. I'm silly & loud but usually on time. I love coffee, all things made with rice and most anything organic & LOCAL ;) #SATX