JETSETTING TO: Houston

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I'm betting my favorite spot of this trip ends up being The Oak Tree Manor, where the wedding is taking place

I’m off to Texas next weekend, and while I still won’t have a chance to visit Austin (the one U.S. city that I’m desperate to explore), I’m really looking forward to heading back to Houston.  I have a number of wedding festivities, and the weekend is sure to go by quickly — but my friends who are either from the area, or frequent the city often for business, have given me amazing suggestions for where to go and what to do.  Now the hard part is narrowing down the list!

We probably don’t have time for serious tourist attractions like the Houston Zoo and NASA, but we are planning to stop by The Menil Collection for a quick culture fix.  As for food, I’m leaning towards a low-key afternoon at Tiny Boxwood’s — though I’m slightly worried we’ll be so happy sipping cocktails in the garden that we’ll miss the wedding!

While Tiny Boxwood’s looks like the quintessential way to spend a gorgeous afternoon, on the other end of the spectrum, I’d love to get some great BBQ or Mexican food while I’m in town.  Maybe I can rally the wedding party to go for late-night queso and margaritas!

I'm considering taking a peek inside the non-denominational Rothko Chapel after visiting The Menil Collection

I hear Hugo's is THE place to go for authentic Mexican...

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BRING IT EVERYWHERE: White Blazer

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I get that a blazer can feel a bit buttoned-up at times — especially when you’re talking about a low-key vacation.  But take it from a girl who loves her little leather jacket — a white blazer just may be the most versatile item of clothing in your wardrobe right now. Paired with shorts, a mini dress, or a maxi skirt, this light layer can not only add a little warmth, it pulls together separates in a way that always looks polished. I have an older go-to style currently in my closet, but I’m craving a variety of others.  And while they all help complete a flawless springtime look, each one serves a slightly different purpose.  Regardless of which one you choose, I truly believe you’ll want a fab white blazer in your suitcase this season.  Here are my favorites in a number of categories:

  1. Belted: Michael Kors $1,395
  2. Collarless: Theory $355
  3. Cropped: Haute Hippie $495
  4. Classic: Isabel Murant $540
  5. Lady-like: Weekend by Max Mara $440
  6. Casual: J. Crew $150
  7. Double-Breasted: 3.1 Philip Lim $650
  8. Personal Fave: Smythe $565
  9. Oversized: Reiss $375
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PACK THIS: Theodora & Callum scarves

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My obsession with scarves is seemingly never-ending, and new accessories brand Theodora & Callum makes it impossible to resist adding another style to my growing collection. Bursting with exotic prints, it’s no surprise that these scarves are inspired by the travels of designers Stefani Greenfield and Desiree Gruber.  They channeled patterns and colors from Morocco, Bali, Turkey, India and the Mediterranean, and created vibrant styles that will inspire you to visit these exotic locales ASAP.

My favorite thing about this collection is that the scarves are long enough to tie in creative ways.  In addition to looping them around their necks, the models on the Theodora & Callum website are wearing them as halter dresses, mini skirts, and my personal preference, long draped maxi skirts.

While the brand has introduced shoes, jewelry and bags as well, in my opinion the standout pieces are clearly the scarves thanks to their versatility and bright, beautiful prints.  I’m running out of space to store my current layering loves, but the Wearable Art scarf is certainly worth making room for!

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RUNWAY READY: Maxi skirt

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Equipment blouse, Zara skirt, Havaianas flip flops, Hugo by Hugo Boss sunglasses, JJ Winters bag

I’ve looked to maxi dresses as my go-to airport attire for the past few years, but I’m prepared to shake things up this summer with a variation on this slimming silhouette.  Maxi skirts are all the rage right now, and in my opinion, they’re absolutely perfect for flights.  I wore my newest one from Zara with a favorite Equipment blouse (which I’ve actually paired with leggings on previous plane rides).  The result is a super-comfortable outfit, which would also work if you had to exit the terminal and head straight out for dinner in any destination.  For me, the best part of this runway-ready look is that it feels tied-together without being restrictive or frumpy.  Talk about being prepared for take-off!

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