Friday, November 9, 2012

Mendoza, Argentina & Santiago, Chile!

In early September, Brent and I were enjoying the outdoor patio weather at Katy Trail Ice House with one of our good friends Taylor. He's an international consultant that travels the world so much that he puts my 35 passport stamps to shame! I was asking him where his next adventure was and he told us he was going to Mendoza, Argentina for business and then flying to Santiago, Chile for spring skiing. His upcoming business trip has been one of my dream trips since Brent and I went to Buenos Aires in 2007. Since then, I knew that Mendoza was known for one thing and that's really good wine! Malbec to be precise, but in any case Mendoza is the Napa Valley of South America and since 2007, I had yearned to go back to Argentina and visit Mendoza and then ski the Andes mountains in Chile. So with only a week and half notice, I checked the flights to Santiago and luckily they were wide open! On September 19th, we lucked out with first class seats for the 10 hour, overnight flight to Chile and then boarded a LAN airlines jet to Mendoza where Taylor picked us up and the wine tastings began!

Belasco De Baquedano has a great lunch with views of the vineyards that are to die for!
Achaval Ferrer was my favorite winery!

Outside the Mayan temple inspired Catena Zapata winery

After a few days of wine tastings in Mendoza, we flew back to Chile to spend the next three days discovering and partying in the beautiful and modern city of Santiago!

In Santiago, we stayed at The W Hotel and were upgraded to an amazing corner room with a huge balcony!

On Sunday, we drove out to the beach and had the funniest "lost in translation" lunch ever!

Although we missed the snow skiing by just a few days, we discovered the swanky city of Santiago, the laid back town of Mendoza and another dream to return to South America again soon!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Chelsea's Mustache Baby Bash!

Almost two years ago, I was a bridesmaid in Chelsea's wedding outside of Austin, Texas. She is the next Martha Stewart and her wedding had so many personalized details like the fact that she made her own couture wedding dress, had a cute pink lemonade stand and even homemade cake balls that were made by her sister! Fast forward two years and she is expecting a baby boy in May! Along with the Poodles and a few of her other close girlfriends, I offered to help host her baby shower and immediately started perusing Pinterest for baby boy shower ideas. Because of her husband's love of hosting mustache themed parties in May like "Mustache Mayhem" and the fact that Baby Bell is arriving in May, the mustache theme was solidified and planning for Baby Bell's Mustache Baby Bash quickly began!

A week before Chelsea's shower, I flew to Utah to ski and see my family. Luckily, my older sister is the Senior Online Editor for Paper Crafts Magazine and she helped to bring out my inner craftiness. We spent the weekend together eating, shopping and crafting and by the end of my stay, we had crafted mustache props out of black and brown felt, mustache straws and other baby shower goodies. On Saturday, March 3rd almost 25 of her nearest and dearest girlfriends and family gathered in the private room at the T Room at 4510 in Dallas to shower her with gifts of love and advice. We dined on yummy paninis and salads, laughed with our mustache props and in the end, I think everyone had a "staching" good time!

The beautiful mother-to-be!

I bought these furry staches, punched a hole in them and then slid them onto straws for drinking fun!

The paninis and salad were so good!

The Oreo and Banana/Chocolate Chip Cupcakes from Society Bakery in Dallas are divine!


An empty frame became an instant photo booth!

"I mustache ask you for new mommy advice!"

One "stachetastic" group of ladies!

Baby Bell is going to be very well dressed!

Me and the mother to be!