One Swainky Couple: March 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

Fredericksburg Vineyards

K: If you are from Texas, you have probably heard of the wine country that is Fredericksburg. This charming city offers adorable bed and breakfast hotels, fabulous shopping, and true Texas wine from vineyards located just outside of the town. Brandon and I took a day trip from San Antonio and spent some time sampling the local wine flavors of Grape Creek Vineyard.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

An Afternoon in Port Aransas

B: Iconic to beach towns everywhere are touristy souvenir shops selling everything beach related that you could possibly imagine. If you have been to Port Aransas, Texas, you will know that there are three large sharks in front of souvenir shops used to draw you in. I think the motto is "the bigger the shark, the more customers". It worked on us... We were drawn to the largest shark for a quick and silly photo opportunity.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Trip to the Docks

B: Marina docks are a magical place. If these boats could speak, they would contain stories of far-fetched fish tales left for the interpreter to discern fact from fiction. Every great sea-worthy movie contains a white and navy blue stripped long sleeve tee. Merely seeing someone wear such a shirt takes the mind to a nautical setting, such as the shirt Humphrey Bogart wears while he steals Audrey Hepburn's heart in The African Queen.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Get Organized: Meal Planner

K: Maybe it's the notion of "spring cleaning" that always gets me, but I find that around this time every year, I get the itch for organization. Organization is something that's always been a part of my life. Even from the time that I was little, I've never been one to have a messy space and I can't stand clutter. Fast forward to my adult years and our home is no exception. Brandon and I spend time every weekend organizing for the week ahead of us to ensure a stress-free day to day life.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Date Activity: Tandum Bike Ride + FREE Giveaway

K: We're excited to announce the launch of our free e-book resource! You may have noticed that Brandon and I have been consistently trying to post date ideas for couples (you can see our past posts here, here, and here). Today is no exception, but we also want to go ahead and give you a fabulous resource that will inspire you to try something else besides dinner and a movie. As a couple, we try to be as creative as we can and find something fun and unique to do every weekend. No matter what your relationship looks like, we are confident you'll get a date idea from this guide! Click here to grab your copy.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Misty Morning Beach Walk

K: Brandon and I are the epitome of early risers. Our weekend at Port Aransas beach was no exception and we were on the beach before 8 AM. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side during our stay, with perpetual gray skies and misty mornings. Nevertheless, we made the most of our time together and insisted on daily beach walks and trips to town. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

West Texas Weekend: Camping Date

B: Big Bend National Park is the fourteenth largest park in the United States, encompassing 801,163 acres. Driving through this geologic wonderland, we experienced stark elevation changes from flatland prairies to steep volcanic cliffs. The Chios Basin Campground is actually located in the center of an extinct volcano deep in the heart of the park. Hiking trails of all experience levels and distances branch outwards, making it the center of many park activities. For those that do not wish to camp in a tent or RV, the Chisos Mountains Lodge is a few short minutes away by car; but for those who enjoy the comfort of sleeping within a tent shell, endless fun with friends and family awaits.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

West Texas Weekend: Big Bend Hike

K: After our first night of camping with friends, Brandon and I set out for a hike on the Santa Elena trail. In my opinion, this is the most scenic trail in all of Big Bend. We went last year and I knew that we'd have to take our friends this time around so that they could enjoy the jaw-dropping views of this slot canyon. It's a fairly short hike (about an hour and a half) and it did not disappoint the second time around. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

West Texas Weekend: Alpine

B: Alpine, Texas is one of those towns that you walk in about fifteen minutes. It didn't take Katherine and I long to discover what the small Texas town had to offer. We stopped on our way to Marfa (check out our blog post here) and made it our mission to see the colorful buildings, painted murals, and West Texas flair that Alpine had to offer. 

K: The wind was absolutely crazy the day that we stopped in Alpine. I'm thankful that I brought my hat to keep my hair (mostly) in place. While we didn't stay long, we did manage to walk along the main street and glance at all of the little shops and restaurants.

B: Robert Graham turns works of art into shirts that have personalities of their own. This shirt certainly is no exception. It possesses a bold sense of expressionist adventure that posts a vibrant pattern of polkadots, splashes of sequenced glitter, and historic sports characters on the cuffs and shirt inner lining. Katherine found this shirt on a sale rack, held it up, and my mouth immediately fell into a deep smile. I am proud to wear such an extreme shirt in such an extreme city environment in West Texas.

K: My shirt comes from the Knox Rose collection that's currently at Target. I stumbled upon it one day (having no intention of buying clothes) and found that the entire brand is a fantastic mix of affordable bohemian and trendy everyday wear. This green shirt is currently sold out but I have my eye on this bell sleeve dress and this white scalloped blouse, both perfect choices for spring. After the Lily Pulitzer collection at Target several years back, I've learned not to underestimate this supermarket for clothing options. What's your favorite Target find?

On Katherine: Knox Rose top (sold out, similar here), Flying Monkey jeans, Kenneth Cole Reaction booties, similar here, Target hat, Ray Ban sunglasses

On Brandon: Robert Graham Shirt, similar here, Banana Republic Pants, Shinola Belt, Sperry Topsider Shoes, Persol Sunglasses.


Friday, March 10, 2017

West Texas Weekend: Marfa

B: Marfa is the most modernized rural town I have laid eyes upon. Venture capitalists from New York City took this town by storm several years back by pumping in vast quantities of money, infrastructure, and oodles of art. This city contains numerous recent boutique hotel builds, yuppy hangouts, and open contemporary homes that rival a Restoration Hardware ad campaign. The Marfa art community is vast and deep, with modern art displays that are slightly too contemporary for my understanding of what is considered art. The experience nonetheless was truly once in a lifetime.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

West Texas Weekend: The Gage Hotel

B: I first visited the Gage Hotel in the Spring of 2015 for a work sponsored course. The March timeframe brought about a chilly spell accompanied with continuous misty rain. Nonetheless, I fell in love with late 1800's inspired rustic appeal and architecture of The Gage Hotel complex that encompasses the entire town of Marathon. The most appealing aspect to this luxurious hotel for me was the way that the rain sounded falling on the tin roof all night.

Monday, March 6, 2017

West Texas Weekend: Pecos River Overlook

K: Brandon and I made a trip out to West Texas, stopping through multiple towns along the way before we reached our final destination of Big Bend National Park. We're so excited to share our trip with you so that you can see the breathtaking scenic views that we got to continuously enjoy. We'll be posting regularly on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the next few weeks. Be sure to check back to follow our journey!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Date Night: An Evening at the Ballet

B: For Katherines 25th birthday, I purchased season tickets to the San Antonio Ballet. The season started with the strong imagination of Don Quixote, leading into the classic tale of The Nutcracker, and ended in a dreamy romanticism of Sleeping Beauty. We loved the costumes and finesse of the ballerinas within these productions, but loved the opportunity for us to dress up even more.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Target Turtleneck and OTK Boots

K: We're lucky to have beautiful weather in San Antonio year round, except for the occasional day of cold and rain. When Brandon told me that the groundhog saw his shadow, I wasn't sure if I believed that six more weeks of winter was in store, especially since we'd just had sunny skies and temperatures in the seventies. However, that next weekend, it was cold and misty. I got a typical winter cold and we bundled up in an attempt to stay warm. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Scarf Weather

 B: During a recent San Antonio cool-front, Katherine and myself decided to leave our cozy home for a walk through one of our favorite neighborhoods. The frigid 50 degree temperatures kept me clinging to my charcoal peacoat - not wanting to even remove my hands from the pockets. Historically, I have searched far and wide for a stylish pea coat, purchasing numerous designers of widely varying price points before stumbling upon the winter clearance aisle at Target while on a mission to restock my supply of whole wheat pasta. Low and behold, a perfect fitting, warm peacoat caught my eye and since then, it has traveled on my back through England and New York in an actual cold setting.