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Riverwalk or Catwalk? My Stylish San Antonio Trip

The city of San Antonio, Texas is known for many things. Its interesting history, incredible Mexican cuisine, vibrant music, rich culture, and exciting night life are the city’s biggest attractions, and during the three days I spent there, I added fashion forward street style to the list. I’m just joking of course. Not all of the pedestrians along the riverwalk were cheesy tourists dressed in baggy T-shirts, ill-fitting shorts, visors and fanny packs. In fact, most of the locals and tourists I saw were noticeably stylish. But I did bring a bit of my own uniquely modish style to the streets of San Antonio.

Besides spending time with family and enjoying all of the amazing attractions listed, I also visited for the Shawn Mendes concert that took place on Tuesday night. The concert, by the way, was ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE to say the least. If you haven’t heard of Shawn Mendes, the Canadian singer-songwriter with powerful vocals and an incredible mastery of the acoustic guitar, look him up on YouTube ASAP. He’s unbelievably talented. And easy on the eyes. But I digress.

For the concert I opted for a Bohemian look includng this  extremely comfy and cute Bohemian off-the-shoulder blouse from Target. I paired it with ruffled floral print shorts from Urban Outfitters, a gold Michael Kors crossbody bag, black sandals (again curtesy of Target) and accessorized with gold bangles from Forever 21. I really love this outfit for its summer trendiness and how well it kept me cool, whether I was dancing around to Mendes’ hit song “Stitches” or strolling around the riverwalk.

Another ensembe I wore while touring the city also had a bit of Bohemian to it. The black and blue ruffled blouse with a small floral print is from Forever 21 as are the black shorts. I paired these with my favorite white Vans. Yes, I said white Vans, but don’t even think about that Daniel video, I’ve heard it too many times.

Anyway, the trip was a blast and I have to say that my favorite places to eat in the city are Mi Tierra and Las Canarias. Mi Tierra is Spanish for “My Land” and serves the most authentic Mexican breakfast, lunch, and dinner you will ever have without actually going to Mexico. The restaurant is massive and is decorated in gorgeous lights, streamers, and papel picado (intricately decorated paper banners) all year round. Did I mention that it’s open 24 hours a day and has a delicious Mexican bakery inside? Because it does. Yup. Best restaurant ever.

Las Canarias is a noteable rival, though. It’s located in a gorgeous Omni Hotel along the riverwalk with historical Spanish architecture. I’m not as familiar with Las Canarias as it was the first time I’d ever been there, but the brunch buffet was the best—and fanciest—brunch I’ve ever had. There’s so much to choose from (croissants, raisin French toast, bagels, fresh fruit, bacon, and sausage just to name a few) and you can order your own specialized omelet. The staff is also very attentive. It is more on the pricey side, but if you don’t mind paying $22 a head for the nicest breakfast of your lfe, go for it.

No matter where you’re going on your next vacation, remember to pack clothes in mostly neutral colors, that way everything will go together and you won’t have to worry about planning several days’ or weeks’ worth of outfits. Also, in the words of Coco Chanel, “It is always better to be slightly underdressed,” so sticking to mostly basic colors and simple but nice pieces will help you to look good, stay comfortable, and break that tourist stereotype of wearing nothing but tropical print shirts and gift shop merchandise.

Until next time, stay modish! -C

Strutting in Stripes: My First Blog Post

Want to look modish? Here’s a similar ensemble!

When I decided to start a fashion blog three days ago, I really thought it would be totally easy. Ha! Boy, was I wrong. I didn’t have the slightest concern with how much time might go into designing the website, writing articles, putting together an outfit, finding a good photo shoot location, taking the photos, and basically doing all of the many things necessary to create a beautiful, engaging, and (hopefully) successful fashion blog. In fact, it took me almost a good hour just to finally decide on what to name this blog. But, with a little help from Thesaurus.com, scoping out already popular fashion blogs, and blatantly asking my brilliant Twitter followers for ideas, at last I chose Modish Marie.

You may be wondering why I would want to go through all of the trouble in the first place. Well, I’d been wanting to start a fashion blog around this time last summer, but I never really got around to developing it. Fashion, you see, has been the love of my life since I was eight. The thing is, I’ve had many other loves of my life. Some of them include songwriting, singing, playing guitar, dancing, acting, fiction writing, and painting. With so many passions in my life, it has been difficult for me to really focus on one thing at a time.

However, in the midst of my high school graduation ceremony a couple of weeks ago, I realized that I was a flapjacking adult. I sat there in my royal blue gown and matching tasseled cap all teary eyed and thought to myself—What? This is real? This is happening? Yes, yes it is. So, I decided to pull a Troy Bolton and get my head in the game. I did more research on college majors and careers that really interested me, attempting to piece together the map of my future in adulting. At last, all of the soul searching (and Google searching) led me to decide to make pursuing fashion a priority in my life right now.

So, here we are! Hi, my name is Cristin Marie, and I hope that you’ll stick around and check out this blog in the future. I PROMISE it will get better. My hope is that by doing this blog, I will be a fashion and creative role model for you, and a good role model in general. My wish is to inspire you to improve not just your wardrobe, but your life. I also hope that I can make your day even if it’s in the smallest way, like saying flapjacks or making a High School Musical reference. Ta-ta for now! Stay modish.