One Swainky Couple: September 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Ruffles and Linen in Costa Rica

K: We got back from Costa Rica late Sunday night. Brandon and I headed down there for a family reunion/get together. His parents rented a large home to accommodate everyone and we got our last little taste of summer before fall officially arrives. The trip was memorable and very different from our last vacation together. Read on to hear about our adventures!

B: Katherine and I were surprised to find that the climate of Costa Rica was actually quite different from Puerto Rico. We constantly felt like we were in a sauna because of the humidity (around 95%) and the beaches consisted of broken shells and dark sand. I think because we'd just visited Puerto Rico, we found ourselves comparing the two frequently. Costa Rica had a much more casual, anything-goes vibe and fewer people spoke English. It felt more indigenous and jungle-like than we expected.

K: Brandon and I found ourselves laughing through this trip, calling it the "Series of Unfortunate Events". We had a blast, but kept running into roadblocks (quite literally) here and there. Our second morning, we were all supposed to go zip lining and tubing but we soon found out that it was there Independence Day. Instead of taking an hour to arrive at our location, it took almost two, due to the parades in the streets. We discovered then that our "tubing" experience was anything but tranquil. Although we were assured it was easy and not dangerous at all, we encountered numerous rapids and Brandon's 80 year old grandparents (along with all of us) were thrown off into the freezing cold river water. On top of that, our camera didn't work when we arrived because the battery drained from the chilly temperatures in our room. Top it off with a massive cockroach, scorpion, spider, and a crab in our room, and we were feeling like someone was out to get us! Nevertheless, we won't complain about vacation time and we enjoyed savoring the last bits of true warm weather before the colder months arrive.

B: As Katherine mentioned, we had a few issues come up in this trip. The best you can do is laugh it off and continue to enjoy the moments, which is definitely what we tried to do. We went to Costa Rica during the "rainy" season and would probably advise anyone who is wanting to plan a trip to look into other times of the year. Overall, we made some great memories with my family and bonded in new ways. If you'd like to see a full travel guide on Costa Rica, just leave a comment below!

On Katherine: Nordstrom dress (on sale!), similar wedges, Target sunglasses, Charming Charlie necklaces

On Brandon: Blue linen shirt, Banana Republic pants 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall Formal Wear for Him + Her

K: When I think about formal wear for the fall and winter months, I seem to have a harder time finding options that I like. My ideal choice is going to be a dress with texture (velvet, lace, or even something embroidered). When I saw this fall floral dress, I immediately knew it would be the perfect choice for the wedding we have this fall and any other event that I want to look a little more dressed up at. Can't you just picture it with black boots and tights? I love how you can easily play up the different colors: purple, red, or white. I'm confident that this is one little black dress I'll never grow tired of because of its versatility. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Easy Ways to Update Your Home for Fall

Fall is just around the corner and every year, we like to change a few minor things in the house to welcome the season and make it feel a little warmer. As newlyweds, it's impossible to have an attic full of fall, Christmas, and springtime decorations and frankly, we don't want that. I've never been one for a lot of fake florals (I much prefer the real thing whenever possible). With that being said, you won't find our house covered in Hobby Lobby leaves or a lot of Halloween decorations. Instead of going overboard, we've found that just a few simple changes can help your home to feel like fall, without breaking the bank.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

How To Wear A Duster Jacket For Fall

K: Happy Wednesday! If you're reading this, Brandon and I are on a plane right now, headed to Costa Rica! We're so excited for a little vacation and we'll be staying in a house with his family. Be sure to follow along on our Instagram Stories

Monday, September 11, 2017

Transitional Florals + Fall Colors

K: With the start of September, we've got fall on our minds. South Texas doesn't really allow for true fall clothing until October, if we're lucky. That being said, I'm always one to embrace a new season. Instead of wearing thick sweaters, over the knee boots, and scarves, Brandon and I both opt for fall colors, while still wearing items that will keep us cool. We can't believe how fast August went by and even though it's still hot, the mornings are starting to feel a little cooler, stores have put out fall decorations, football has begun, and we're welcoming the season with open arms. 

B: The season of fall immediately places one thing within my mind: hunting. I try to hunt as often as possible, which usually amounts to a sad three times a year. Nonetheless, I love hunting birds with our black lab Tara who is trained to retrieve and hunt right along side. We were unable to hunt over the Labor Day Weekend, but will go afield as soon as possible to allow Tara (and myself) to enjoy the outdoor activities that her long line of ancestors were bred to do. Our experiences together are unlike any other, and we definitely love our father-daughter bonding time.

I have always enjoyed keeping to a color scheme that fits a particular season. Deep burgundy, rich browns, orange, gold, and navy are just a few colors that play an integral role in my fall wardrobe. This fall and winter, Katherine has requested that I incorporate a few more sweaters into my wardrobe to spiff up my layering game...the results will follow in posts as soon as the weather drops a few degrees.

K: I love this outfit because it mixes edgy and feminine together. I would consider the body-con, lace-up top to be a little edgier, while the classic floral skirt brings a softer, more feminine vibe to the look. The key to wearing florals in the fall is simple: just make sure the pattern has fall colors in it like the deep pinks, oranges, and navy tones here. Unfortunately, my skirt is no longer available at Anthropologie (I scored it in the sale section) but I've linked several floral skirts below, all perfectly acceptable for fall. 

On Katherine: TJ Maxx top (similar here and here), Anthropologie skirt (similar here), Nine West shoes (almost exact same here), Kendra Scott earrings

On Brandon: Similar shirt here, Banana Republic pants, Shinola belt

Friday, September 8, 2017

5 Products We're Loving

1. Kiss My Butter: We received Kiss My Butter products during the summer and have been using them for several weeks now. With 100% all natural shea butter sourced from Africa, this stuff is the best thing you can use for hydration! In addition to sending us the his/hers lotion sets (each with their own scent), the company sent us a mini cologne for Brandon and a lavender lip moisturizer that I've been using continually). Each product smells amazing and leaves us with soft, hydrated skin. I think they'd work as a great, affordable gift option for guy or girl!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Texas Style Date

K: If you're a long time reader, then you know that Brandon and I consistently take advantage of our weekends together and often find little day dates to go on. This weekend was no different and we ventured 45 minutes north of San Antonio to the rustic and charming town of Gruene, Texas. Filled with antiques, white picket fences, and a true rustic-Western motif, this tiny town is perfect for an afternoon of exploration. Of course, we each had been there before, but never together.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Healthy Lunch Ideas with Wella Bar

K: We so excited to share today's post with you as something a little different from our norm here at One Swainky Couple! With our Back to School segment still going strong, I thought it would be fun to show a little "lunchbox" inspiration for anyone who packs a lunch! I consistently pack my lunch for teaching and while I'm at it, I usually pack Brandon one as well. These four lunches are truly what we bring on a regular basis. Additionally, we've partnered with Wella Bar on this post and cannot recommend their chilled protein bars enough! It's the perfect addition to any lunch and the bars help you last through a long afternoon at work.