west texas adventure

Last month, I (against all wishes) turned 30.  Sigh.  The age I’ve been dreading since hitting 25.   Not trying to over dramatize it, but seriously, I WAS NOT looking forward to it. AT ALL.  (You can read all my lovely thoughts about that here.)  What better way to welcome in a new decade than a weekend trip to the quiet, desolate, and immensely beautiful area known as West Texas?

I had heard how awesome Big Bend National Park was, and could not wait to see it for myself.  That was my top priority.  And it did not disappoint whatsoever.

Big Bend overlook

I only wish we had about 3-5 more days to explore.  We had enough time for one hike along the Chisos Mountains.  Here’s some pics from the Lost Mine Trail:

Big Bend Lost Mine Trail Pano Big Bend Foggy Morning Big Bend Lost Mine Trail Views (edited)

It was about a 3-4 hour hike.  There are signs everywhere about mountain lions and bears inhabiting the area, so chalk up a couple more points for me in the facing fears department.  (I’m becoming a pro at that lately.) And a random sign about ancient swamp creatures.

Big Bend Swamp Creatures

We headed over to Marfa, which was so much different from what I expected.  It’s like a ghost town until you dig beneath the surface.  There’s all these random warehouses that look abandoned at first glance, and then boom, you walk in and an art gallery appears before your very eyes. There’s such a great underground community of makers, shops, and restaurants.

Marfa downtown edited

Mirth Marfa  Marfa warehouse

marfa sign

The most surprising and impressive art display was the Andy Warhol art exhibit we stumbled upon.  There were 3 larger than life paintings from his Last Supper collection.   (We weren’t allowed to take pictures – but I did find this pic online.)

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Source: Ayn Foundation

And of course, no trip to Marfa is complete without making a stop at the Prada.

prada marfa instagram - nataliya borener

We spent a little time in Alpine.  Mainly in the form of treasure hunting at a nearby antique shop.

southwest style Building Art in Alpine, Texas

Our last stop was Marathon, Texas.  With a population of less than 500, blink and you may miss it.  It was so incredibly charming, and home to the Gage Hotel.  As soon as I got there I was mentally booking my next trip.

The Gage Hotel The Gage Hotel beautiful landscaping The Gage Hotel Courtyard Rooms

Overall I’d say the whole 30th birthday thing was a success! Love surrounded me from friends and family near and far, and I got to spend time with that one person that knows me more than anyone else (besides God I guess) and still loves me (yes, he must be a saint!).

Hope you enjoyed a few of the many pictures from our West Texas adventure!  Happy Friday! xo

gift guide: the glam girl

We all have that friend who seems to sparkle from head to toe.  She loves all shiny things – diamonds, sequins, glitter, and gold.  Her makeup is always on point.  She’s so stylish and put together – you just wish you had access to that closet for a night or two.  Like Beyonce, you’re pretty sure she just woke up like that.

Here are some great gift ideas for that glamorous girlie girl:

Gift Guide for the Glam Girl - Vim and Vintage Blog 2014

  1. The latest Naked 3 makeup palette features 12 new shades.
  2. This gold plated lovely necklace comes in a variety of jewel tones.
  3. A neutral sparkly scarf can take any outfit to the next level.
  4. This stylish hair wrap is a lovely accessory for a casual day or a night out!
  5. Any true diva must have some gold plated makeup brushes, right?
  6. A two toned shiny clutch is great for the holidays and beyond.

For links to these gifts, visit our gifts board on Vim & Vintage’s Pinterest page!

the crisp, white bath

White is my all-time favorite “color”.  It’s so refreshing, calming, and uplifting.  If you are going for a look that is clean and timeless, white is the way to go.  It works especially well for kitchens and baths.

Because the weekends never seem to hang around long enough, I thought I’d supply you with an assortment of bathroom eye candy for your Monday morning.

Nellie Residence by HooThe mosaic wall behind the tub warms up this sophisticated bath.

custom calacatta marble bath  Top to bottom Calacatta Marble?  Yes, please.

 

simple all white modern bathSimple and modern.

white and gray modern bathMixing in various textures gives this bathroom personality!  The charcoal accent wall really makes the white pop.

 

Beautiful Austin Home by Ryan Street and Elizabeth Stanley via Domaine HomeAustin based architect Ryan Street and designer Elizabeth Stanley curated this lovely bath.

white modern bath with wood counters and floating mirrorWood countertop + floating mirror = bathroom heaven.

 

Residence III by J. IngerstedtPenny and hex tiles have made a huge comeback.  White tile with a gray grout gives off a vintage, lived in look.

all white mediterranean moroccan modern bathAnd who doesn’t just love a Moroccan inspired bath??

Which one is your fave?  Do you think embracing white is incredibly chic, or painfully boring?

(Each photo links back to its original source)

gift guide: for the entertainer

Hope everyone had a very relaxing Thanksgiving filled with extraordinary amounts of food, family, and fun!  I cannot get over the fact that yesterday was the first day of December.  Did it creep up on anyone else??

I will be starting a series of gift idea posts geared towards different personas.  I’m always on the hunt for gifts that are specific to the person, yet unique and useful too!

The first gift guide is geared toward the Entertainer.  We all know that someone who loves to have dinner parties at their house, cook up a bunch of food, or has that killer wine collection.  It may seem like this person has all their bases covered but here are some interesting items they may not have:

gift guide - for the entertainer

  1. tabletop collection is simple yet elegant
  2. gold bar cart at a great price
  3. stylish wood cutting boards that are great for serving breads or cheeses
  4. metallic coasters add an unexpected element of style
  5. set of whale measuring spoons are cute for the sea lover
  6. Scandinavian style salt & pepper grinders

For links to the following items, go to our gifts board on Vim & Vintage’s Pinterest page.