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Travelling and Exploring around New Mexico

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Travelling around America is a completely different experience to travelling around Europe …for one I’m not living on an island and have to grab a plane to get to a different destination…for Americans you jump in the car!! Ok so now i totally understand the meaning of “Roadtrip!”over here!

Roadtrips stateside usually consist of long drives as in 12 hours 14 hours, the magic is these types of distances don’t seem to phase them. Its a big country and Texas is an even bigger state, to get out of the state from Austin alone takes 6 hours, so we decided to embrace this driving to a destination.  And so for our Christmas break we took a 10hr 44 mins roadtrip to Santa Fe..wheres that I hear you ask…Why none other than New Mexico…Now granted these roadtrips are not done all in 1 day, most people like to break them up, so that’s exactly what we did.

Our trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico was broken up by two stops, and spread out over 2 days for the journey to get there. We drove a 8 hr journey from Austin to Roswell, having a quick food/coffee break along the way . (We traveled with our two kids so brought plenty of snacks, drinks and numerous chargers and electronics ie ipads and mobile phones not to mentioned downloaded all kids music theme songs which entertained them for most of the car ride. They tried to guess the movie the song was from and also sang along) The kids are unbelievable driving long distances so we are very lucky.

The beauty of this trip  was free accommodation using points, my husband due to all his travelling for work (before we moved to the states) has built up a huge number of points with different hotels, hence most of the hotels were paid by points and it saved us a lot of money. Always keep this in mind when travelling with work to book into hotel chains that do point systems as it might pay for a few nights if you decide to go on a weekend break or holiday.

We stopped over in Roswell for 2 nights, the 1st night we arrived late so it was basically dinner and bedtime. Roswell as you know is famed for an alleged 1947 UFO crash, so the next morning we aimed to visit the International UFO Museum. We stopped off at the Chaves County Courthouse which is an impressive building and the snow that had fallen that night was an added bonus.

Its a nice town but not a lot happening there. However it was perfect for us to stop off and take a rest after all the driving. The UFO museum is both entertaining and interesting and the kids loved it.

After our second night in Roswell, we took our journey further up to Albuquerque, the journey which should have only taken 3 hours to drive, took in fact 5 hours due to the winter snow storm that blew in overnight. The roads were treacherous and had we known how bad they were we perhaps wouldn’t have gone. It was most definitely an experience, with lots of abandoned cars, trucks and even Boats on the sides of roads, or out in fields!!

Coming into Albuquerque, the drive into the city was beautiful with the backdrop of the Sandia Mountains, we spent a  night here and had a wander around the district area known as Nob Hill (that was a cool artistic street), and has been described as “The heart of Albuquerques Route 66 culture”.  For me Albuquerque was just like any other large town you would pass through in the states, I think I was expecting a little bit more of a small town feel. I do know they run cable carts up the mountain at certain periods of the year and they also have an amazing balloon festival around October time, so it might be more fun to go around then instead.

And so the next day it was onto the place we really wanted to see “Santa Fe” the capital of the US state of Mexico. We stayed in  a quaint hotel call the ‘Inn of the governors” in the downtown area. We ended up staying two nights here due to an unexpected winter storm, but lucky for us, as we love this traditional cosy hotel. We didn’t use points for this hotel but it only cost $139 for a two double bed room including breakfast, which in my opinion was very reasonable.

This town was beautiful, exactly what I had imaged  Santa Fe to be, it was old worldly, and had Spanish and Mexican influences throughout the whole town, mainly reflected in its buildings.

The plaza which is the main area downtown really reflected this. It is the national historic landmark of downtown and a central gathering place. It is surrounded by bars, restaurants, old historical buildings  (Palace of the Governors the oldest public building in the US) and art and sculptures. As it was Christmas we were spending new years eve there, the trees in the plaza were decorated with Christmas lights and a stage was set up for a count down at midnight. They also lit bonfires later that evening around the plaza on the streets and it was such a festive feel. Beside the plaza is the Cathedral Basilica of St Francis of Assisi and definitely worth a look.

Santa Fe also has a Spanish colonial mission church known as San Miguel, it is the oldest known church in the continental united states as it was said to be build around 1610 and 1626.

There is beautiful narrow crooked streets spreading out from the Plaza area around the town and each corner street reveals beautiful art , sculptures and buildings. Its scattered with history of its ancestors  hidden everywhere and which  is why I think we fell in love with this place.

Alas the storm cleared up and the main highways were clear so it was time to make our way back to Austin. Again we had the mammoth drive of of nearly 11 hours. So once again we decided to break it up with an overnight stay in Lubbock, we did a slight detour to Amarillo which allows you drive some of Route 66, that has been one of my top things to do before I die 🙂

Off we set and you hit route 66 as you take the exit to Tucumcari. I imagine Tucumcari was once a roaring town during the 60’s as for many years it was the popular stop for cross country travelers.  Old Route 66 runs through the heart of Tuscamcari via Route 66 Boulevard and its like driving through times past!!! There is vintage motels and restaurants that were built in the 1930s 40’s and 50’s scattered around as you drive through the boulevard …..it was fascinating.

So fascinating we decided to stop for Coffee and what a unique treat that was for us. We stepped into Kix On 66! It was a lovely friendly old style restaurant with good food too!! I felt like Sandy in Grease 🙂

After our quick stop at Kix on 66 we traveled on towards Amarillo, we really wanted to see Cadillac Ranch, but on getting there it was a bit of a let down. The art work was off out in a field but was ruined by litter. People just threw and scattered their empty spray cans around the cars, leaving the artwork looking unpleasant and an eye soar. Such a shame and disappointing to see, unfortunately too there was no trash cans anywhere to clean it up a little.

Its so cool to see the cars lined.. but what a shame the trash that surrounds the Cadillacs

From there we headed to Lubbock and stayed overnight in the Holiday Inn, again using hubbies points. Buddy Holly was born in this town and there is a museum there which is worth going to see. Unfortunately we didn’t have time and headed onward towards Austin which was another 6 hours drive.

Overall New Mexico is beautiful, when the snow storms came the roads are very risky and we were unprepared for that, however we were lucky to make it to and from there safely.

I loved Santa Fe and its old worldliness and would definitely recommend going to see it, it really is quiet beautiful and I can see why they nickname it “the land of enchantment”.

Until next time

Love 

Pam xx

 

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Katie Kime

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Since moving to Austin I have tried as much as possible to immerse myself into the Fashion industry and familiarize myself with local designers and boutiques. What I realised about Austin is although fashion industry is a little different and seems elusive compared to our European peers, they are very much fashionable here in Texas. Austin is a creators heaven, its bursting with creativity and up and coming artists, and designers.

I became familiar with Fashion X Austin and Austin Fashion Initiative. Fashion X is the leading fashion event producer in Texas with a mission to connect emerging brands direct to consumers. It is the leader in Austin, Dallas and Houston. Fashion X Austin is the alternative to Fashion week in Austin, only it runs throughout the year with different events. Austin Fashion Initiative (AFI) works to integrate across the broad ecosystem of the fashion and creative industries to establish and promote Austin-based fashion related businesses locally, nationally and internationally.

And so after attending Austin Fashion X event in March this year, I was introduced to a beautiful collection by a fashion designer called Katie Kime. Instantly I fell in love with her bold and vibrant prints and collections. And so when I came across an event that AFI was holding in Katie Kime’s headquarters I just knew I needed to attend.

Based in Austin, Texas Katie Kime is an emerging lifestyle brand of fashion, furniture, and accessories inspired by Katie’s own spirited approach to dressing both herself and her home. Her head quarters alone was a haven for creativity and beautiful fabrics. Her story is remarkable she worked hard to get where she is. In 2006, during her senior year at Duke, Katie hosted her first trunk show of reclaimed furniture, handmade frames out of vintage books, and custom note sets. Upon graduation she was sure that finding a way to design and manufacture not just one line, but many lines, was her calling. And so she set out on an ever-evolving journey of doing just that.

In January of 2014, Katie Kime’s online store opened for business, following on in 2015, Katie Kime opened their flagship store in the heart of downtown Austin. KK Cottage based in East Austin was launched in 2017 an event space and showroom for decorators and wholesale …on entering the headquarter the hallway with its beautiful bold camel wallpaper with real tassels hanging off it took my breathe away (Camel Wallpaper), her office throughout is aesthetically pleasing, a creators dream!

The office space is beautiful and I found it incredibly inspirational, a perfect space to get creatives and provoke a feel good emotion!

You’ll find story boards, and her inspiration and colourful fabrics scattered across the walls of the Headquarters, a customers and suppliers haven. And as you can see most of her inspiration comes from Globetrotting around the world.

Throughout the showrooom Katie features both classics and newly designed prints, currently lusting over a few of her pieces not to mention her jewelry below..and look at her stationary!!!!

If you want to know more or order any of the above, pop onto her website here

Definitely a designer to watch!

Until next time

Pam

xx

PS I have not been paid or sponsored for this post or am I in any way affiliated

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Oldie but Goodie

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Oldie but goodie…

I got this jumpsuit before summer began and just before I went back to Ireland..I picked it up at Norstrom. Its by a brand called 1901 which is slowly becoming a favourite of mine for certain pieces. I’m beginning to discover new brands since moving stateside and these are definitely a nice label.

Its been worn to on many occasions in the last few months that I’ve lost count…the beauty is I can still wear it here in Austin in this heat! Its so comfortable as its made mainly of cotton and its so breathable even after loads of food! Unfortunately its now sold out, but I’ve linked some of my favourite jumpsuits around at the moment down below.

I love a good jumpsuit and here are some of my favourite ones around at the moment.  They last forever and never go out of fashion. Jumpsuits are a great alternative to  a dress. You can buy ones for nights out or wear with trainers or carry you through most seasons.

The heels are from Dunnes Stores, and the earrings from the jewel genie, which i adore!

Here’s a few of my top Jumpsuits around at the moment. This one from JCrew I’ve been lusting after but its more than id like to spend find it here ..this white beauty from River Island here , this casual one right here from Zara. I’m loving this from Asos too and this new look one is so cool check it out here

Until next time

Pam

xx

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I love Austin

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I love Austin yes I do, I’m packed up to head home for the summer holidays..we get the best of both worlds this summer. It feels like since moving here to Austin its been one long holiday. The weather has been so nice, warm sunny and humid at times but such a luxury compared to the weather in Ireland. I can tell you I’m not looking forward to going home to a colder perhaps wetter country but I am looking forward to seeing all my family and friends. We are so lucky we can head home for a good few weeks and my girls are so lucky not to be missing out on Irish Summers with Cousins.

We’ll always have guaranteed hot weather when we get back here so we re looking forward to a bit of rain and cold ..our Austin friends are telling us we are so lucky leaving here during summer as Austin can get incredibly hot….I was melting at 29 degrees and this week was up to 37 degrees but my Texas friends were constantly laughing at me anytime I mentioned “it was hot” and have told me it gets worse!!…I know a few of them are tempted to jump into my suitcase to escape it…

So  with my looming trip home, with this look today on the blog I’m layering up as that’s exactly what ill be doing at home in Ireland. We’ve a trip planned to Spain amid our time at home so I’ll need some summer gear too…Above I’m wearing a floral bomber I got at Michael Kors Outlet for less than $70 but you can get similar here, there is some of these jackets left in store. I have found similar jackets here and here

The shorts again I picked up at the outlets (sorry girls) they are j.crew and so so comfy..I paid about $15 and you can find similar here from Vero moda and here from Mango. The white tshirt is from Dunnes stores last year. My necklace is from The temple wolf here and I love it!! (A piece of home!)

The shoes are new look but old but they usually bring similar out every year like this pair here.

So bags are packed and we’re excited to be getting home for a while…I have been warned though to turn on my heat to full blast before I get back to Austin in August 🙂

Hope you liked the look and thanks to my fab Austin Friend Abby who you will be seeing more of on this page once I get back after the summer!!

Until next time y’all

Pam

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Jumpsuit …Tickled pink with a bit grey

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Jumpuits…since moving here I’ve picked up a lot of these type of jumpsuits. When you’re up as early as we are in the mornings, and the brain isn’t quiet functioning, these jumpsuits are just perfect to throw on. I have a few like this hanging in the wardrobe, and I tend to wear them for casual and dressy wear. They suit most occasions which is another reason why I tend to keep buying them.

This one I picked up from Target here in the states, for any of my US followers you’ll find it here.  I like this as the material is linen and very breathable in the heat we get here in Austin, even if it creases a little (Although the creases are not that obvious) I love the detailing on these and the frill adds a little to it.

This jumpsuit has cut out sides which at first I was a bit apprehensive about but you wouldn’t even notice it.

I’ve searched and found similar strip jumpsuits here from Miss Selfridges, although not exact same still very pretty. Also Warehouse have a fab striped one too  which you’ll find here.

These flats are from Target and you’ll find them in store…there is similar in Oasis for my irish followers and you ll find them here for 34 euro.

Again I love these murals around downtown austin, they make great backgrounds 🙂

If you have any questions on the outfit just let me know

Pam 

xx

 

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White Playsuit any one?

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White playsuit anyone? Not to annoy any of my Irish followers but the suns heating up in Austin and its playsuit time…let me tell you about this little number, last year while touring the states I spotted this in HM New York. I fell in love but i knew Id have no business wearing it in Ireland… low and behold just before our big move here, this white little playsuit (eyelet I might add which is my new obsession) went on sale. Now you all know me and sales!!! It was reduced down to €34 and I snapped it up!! Such a  great buy as the weather here is scorching and I’m getting plenty of wear out of it!

Now I know this is last years stock but I have spotted similar around the highstreet such as this one here  for €35 or here for a little more euros at €87. A very close playsuit to the one above is from Zara for €39.99 and you’ll find it here. Along with this one here

As you can see I paired mine with heels which are from Dunnes Stores …How I miss there ha! You can find similar from New Look here for €28.

The beauty about this playsuit is you can wear flats with it too as in sandals or trainers and it looks good. With trainers drop the belt for a more casual look. If you re wearing it with flats, change up the colour of the belt, add a tan belt and tan flat sandals and you’ve a whole different look!

The belt I picked up here stateside in Target, I love it and its a nice nude colour which will go with a lot of things in my wardrobe. It was €24 but you can find similar here

You can always play around with accessories when wearing white and add as much colour or as little colour as you please…I preferred neutral and these earrrings are from Mango again last years product but I have seen similar here.  The glasses are from TJ Maxx and are Tommy Hilfiger paid about $9 but I know you’ll get them for €29.99 in TK maxx in Ireland.

So ladies if you see a white playsuit just grab it as you will get wear out of it for a summer night out or for that long awaited summer holiday..Im still working on my tan here and my current tan is out of a bottle (still trying to master the perfect application ha!)

Until next time y’all (getting the lingo from Austin!)

PS how amazing are these murals..I plan on doing a separate post on those!!

Pam 

xx

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The Handy Coat for throwing on over the christmas season

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The handy coat for throwing on over the christmas season is one I picked up in Penneys of all places..

Its a good colour albeit its not that warm but that’s ok as I intend on wearing it thrown over outfits.

Its not the warmest of coats but at €40 it looks the part for evening time…I’m forever leaving my coat behind somewhere when I go out for dinner or drinks, as its so easy to leave them behind (nothing worse than leaving an expensive coat behind in a restaurant/bar never to be found again so this coat is perfect just to have!!). My intention when buying this, was solely for wearing going out for dinner or Christmas drinks…

Checked Trousers

The other reason for choosing this Coat was it ll be perfect for the spring too when the weather is a lot less colder so I can transition to spring/summer…

Penneys coat

Its a great colour as it goes with everything, I paired it with the checked trousers and black jumper but goes really well with grey colours too. In the spring I will wear it with blue jeans and pumped. The Grey culottes here are from a previous post, picked them up from Born Clothing and the boat neck jumper was penneys last year but you’ll find similar in penneys at the moment for €14.

Lost ink Culottes

I particular love the shape and lenght of this coat. It can be worn with dresses as it sits just at the knee and has subtle side splits. I also love that its belted. Its shape is almost bat winged on the shoulder sleeves area which makes it slightly over sized on top but fitted on the bottom. It is rather chic.

Now as I said its not that warm so you’d need to layer it up if you intend on buying it for every day wear, although in my opinion if its an every day winter coat you are looking for this isn’t going to keep you warm and you are better off investing in better quality.

I’m all for buying a good winter coat and spending a lot more than €40 for a good one. But as I said this is worth buying if you are looking to just have something to throw on over your outfit for a night out  or a light coat for Spring!!

Hope you enjoyed this

Until next time

Pam 

xx

Picks by my lovely friends Colette Walshe adn Eimear@thetwodarlings

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Body suits…the classy style

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Bodysuits love them or hate them they can be so ideal under certain trousers or skirts…I remember years ago I got a shirt version from benneton and loved it. I wore it to work with trousers and it was ideal as it didnt fall out over your trousers by the end of the day..so you get my drift why they are so handy, no tucking or pulling at your top or shirt as it sits in place….

When I saw this bodysuit from Zara I know it would go with everything , its such a nice fit and has a satin feel (its not satin though its polyester)

As you can see from above, bodysuits wont budge when you’re sitting down and are so comfy, I love the large lapels on this one, the v neck is great for larger busts. If you are self conscious of it gapping you can also throw on a cami underneath (I have done this before and its still looks perfect). With bodysuits they tend to sit in place and hold everything together. This top has shoulder pads too which suits my shape but fear not they are removable!

These trousers I picked up in Born Clothing, they are by a label called Lost ink, who design pieces that are a little bit quirky. These wool culottes are my current favourite thing in the wardrobe and they go with numerous tops and jumpers. They were a great buy and really warm for this type of weather. You will find them available in Born Clothing in wilton so maybe check with them, they were great value at €54.99 but unfortunately and unsurprising they are sold out online.

These earrings girls were an absolute bargain …I bought them on aliexpress for €2.95 and I love them, that included delivery by the way!! You will find loads of fab pieces and you’ll find the exact pair above here.

So if you are apprehensive about buying a bodysuit dont be ladies as they are quiet comfy (even though its more time consuming in the bathroom!!) but they are nice and neat tucked into skirts or trousers and you wont have the fear of having to fix yourself all night!

Hope you enjoyed…

Until next time

Love

Pam

xx

Pics taken by my lovely Friends Colette x This isn’t a sponsered post all items I bought myself.

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Check Mate! And how to style this trend!

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(My trousers are Zara €25.95 here, and checked Coat New Look €34.95 available instores sold out online)

Check mate…So a bit late in publishing this post..had it done ages ago but Life got in the way….this season I am loving the check  print..initially when I bought the blazer above, I was suddenly transported back to being 10 years old looking at my much younger dad wearing a very similar style check jacket haha …regardless i love my current one now! So I have had a lot of private messages from you guys asking how to style these particular looks and I have pulled together a few examples for you below…

It is so easy style this look, it can be worn simply with a plain tshirt or top…Jacket is €39.99 here Earrings Warehouse €13, Dark Check jacket River Island €75 here. Black lace cami €22.99 available here. White logo tshirt Zara €9.95(in stores sold out online) similar here, Belt Topshop €20 available here. Black Jeans River Island (Amelia) €55 here.

I also love the long line Coats, penneys have a few in stock and they are fab but unfortunately way too long for my height 5’4. There is some other lovely lenght’s around and this is how I would style them.. again keeping it simple as check is a busy print! Above Pic: Jumper Oasis €47 available here,  Check Coat Zara €99.95 available here, White collared jumper Zara €25.95 sold out online available in store. River Island Molly jeans €55 available here Top shop boots €57 available here,  Check Coat New Look €49.99 here Black jeans Amelia River island as above. Flats River Island €40 available here.

Love checked Trousers at the moment so easy to style…I have all this look above in my wardrobe and wear it all the time….Black Jumper (a wardrobe staple piece) Zara €19.95 available here Patent Loafers €29.95 available here. Check Trousers Top shop €52 available here , Camel Coat €80 from Top shop available here, Center Check Trousers €57 available here, Zara Ribbed Bandeau sweater €29.95 here.

Above look: Red sweater Topshop €46 available here, Checked trousers Zara €25.95 here, Black Suede biker jacket New Look €49.95 available here, Black Ankle Boot Topshop €103 available here, and River Island Logo tshirt €22 here.

I hope you find this somewhat helpful and gives you a few ideas how to embrace the trend…as always if you have any questions just ask

Until next time

Pam 

xx

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Winter warmer!

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Winter warmers and what springs to mind is nice bulky coats..who doesn’t love a good coat for winter?

Now I’ve packed away all the summer clothes up into the attic, I’ve reassessed the wardrobe, and yes it needs more coats!! I think living in Ireland a coat is “a must” piece to invest in, as we live in them over the winter…

Throw it on dashing to meetings or in my case dashing to and from school gates!! For those of you who know me, there’s nothing I love more than a statement coat…I’ve always been drawn to the oversized ones, those cool edgy long ones, but with my petite frame, an midget height, I’ve never quiet found what I was looking for….that is, until I popped into Hickeys Fashion Fermoy. I spotted this beaut hanging up and was immediately drawn to it, again I have collaborated with them on this post to show you this beauty in detail!!

As I mentioned in a previous post Hickeys have introduced new labels to their floor, and this piece is by one of the newer labels Lost Ink. It’s a beautiful coat and the wool feels amazing. I love the fact it is a tie coat, there is no buttons on it, and to be honest there is none needed as it wrapped around the body so well and so warm!

Its the type of coat you would throw on, with a dress for a night out or pair it with jeans as I have done here…for an edgier look and if I was blessed with height I would be pairing converse/trainers with it!

I love the lenght of this coat too …Long but not too long that its catching around your ankles. I paired this with a fab white blouse which buttons at the back, it sits lovely on the front too, a nice top for work to night out, or for any occasion for that matter. Those bell sleeves are beautiful!

As I said Hickeys Fashion Fermoy have some gorgeous affordable labels to suit any fashionistas purse, this coat is retailing at €149 and I swear as coats go, its pretty amazing and not expensive considering what you’d pay for a good winter coat.

You should definitely pop into the girls in Hickeys they are incredibly helpful and honest. Their new collections are to die for and you will not be disappointed, for more information just pop over to their facebook page in the link above or better still just give the girls a buzz  025 31454, as they would only be too happy to help and post nationwide!!

Hope you enjoy this post and don’t forget to invest in a good coat for the winter girls… looks like we’ll be needing it!!

Until next time

Love 

Pam x

Pics by the fabulous Brid O’Donovan Photography

*This post is a collaboration with Hickeys Fashion Fermoy

 

 

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