Lucky Arrow: The Cutest Getaway in the Hill Country

You know that feeling when you’ve just been grinding away? You feel depleted. Tired. And desperately need time to get away with your SO, unplug and reconnect. That’s exactly how Cameron and I were feeling a few weeks. I mean both of us working full time and planning a wedding made us really need a vacation-some time to just get away with our two tiny pups and just have fun.

That’s when we found Lucky Arrow.

Nestled in the heart of the Hill Country in Dripping Springs lies the cutest hill country getaway you could imagine. And the best part is, it is less than 40 minutes away from Austin. So you can get away without going too far.

The Accommodations

Lucky Arrow is known for their unique yurts that are decorated to perfection. Since Cameron and I had the pups (did I mention they’re pet friendly?!) we stayed in one of their porch cabins. Which were absolutely so chic and incredibly comfortable. Plus they came with a vintage record player and albums! We were so thrilled to flip through all the records and go back in time for a few days. The room even came equipped with fun board games too and s’mores kits (which we definitely utilized)! And at night we played jenga and made s’mores snuggled up by the bonfire.

The Activities

Cameron and I love to hike, so every morning, we’d grab our coffee and hike around the Lucky Arrow property. The morning air was so refreshing and we’d grab a complimentary breakfast taco at the end of our hike!

One thing we absolutely loved about Lucky Arrow was all the activities they had planned.

The staff had provided a weekend of fun for all their guests with complimentary breakfast, beer garden, and live music in the evening. Not even to mention all the fun breweries and wineries they have nearby! Bell Springs Winery is walking distance and we had a wonderful time grabbing flights there! And 12 Fox Brewing was also very nearby and we had a great time ax throwing and hanging out there as well. We also grabbed a flat bread at the delicious Texas Hill Country Olive Co. There are also some incredible swimming holes nearby too-like the famous Hamilton Pool Preserve, Pedernales State Park, Reimers Ranch Park, and Krause Springs! Just make sure to plan ahead and book reservations as they fill up quite fast these days.

Lucky Arrow was the perfect getaway for the weekend. It was so fun to chat with their super friendly staff, watch Gizmo and Bowser make friends with the other pups on site, and just unplug for the weekend. Sometimes all you need to do is head out of town and get in the country to feel that crisp morning air with your person to feel completely rejuvenated and refreshed!

Lylas,

Rach

How We Found Our Dream Wedding Venue in Austin with Wedding Scout

Where it all began

7 months ago, the love of my life got on one knee and asked me to spend forever with him. Before he could even get the words out, I exclaimed, “YES!” Just so things wouldn’t get too awkward and he knew my answer and wouldn’t have to wait (lol). Over the next month, I was on cloud nine (and still am-I mean have you seen the ring?!). I have been just floating through life with my brand-new fiancé eager to begin our lives together.

Then the planning started… 

Once we started planning the wedding, we had no idea where to start first. Neither Cameron nor I had any concept of just how much money goes into a wedding. I started randomly googling, “best wedding venues in Austin” and “average cost of a wedding.” The problem is, a wedding in Austin, Texas is going to have a very different price tag than a wedding in Shiner, Texas. And we even went to visit a couple venues, but nothing had that spark we were looking for.

And then one day, I stumbled upon an Instagram account that would change our entire wedding planning journey. 

I found My Wedding Scout

I remember being so excited and grabbing my Mac Book and running to show Cameron. Wedding Scout has all the best, most beautiful wedding venues of Austin listed right there on their site. But the best thing is they have a sample budget listed out for every venue. So, we knew right off the bat what we were getting into moneywise! 

And it gets better. 

Each venue has a video-walk through, so you really get the vibe and feeling for each venue!

My Wedding Scout is run by Ren Newey, a ten-year veteran wedding planner. The best in the industry, she provides detailed, insider knowledge for the overwhelmed bride on Wedding Scout. Once Cameron and I sat down and looked through all the venues, we knew we found our dream venue. We also compared our budget and knew it was within our price range!

The next week, Cameron and I visited in person and immediately felt that spark.

 The Italian architecture. 

Serene Lake Austin (where we had spent our high school years) surrounding it.

The eclectic, unique art scattered throughout the property. 

The towering oak trees shading the property. 

The romantic festoon lights casting an iridescent glow after sunset.

We stepped on this property and knew.

We immediately started tearing up because we knew this was the most special place we had ever set foot in.

We immediately saw the place filled with our closest friends and family: everyone busting a move on the dance floor, Cameron and I shoving cake into each other’s mouths, my dad crying as he walked me down the aisle, our first dance as husband and wife.

We just knew. 

We went down where we were going to say our forever vows and prayed over our marriage.

And we couldn’t have found this gem without My Wedding Scout. When we first found the venue on their website, we thought it was too good to be true. But then we sat down with My Wedding Scout’s budget checklist and knew we could swing it. It was also such a special time watching the virtual walkthrough on Wedding Scout with all my aunts and grandparents could see our venue when we went to visit! September cannot come soon enough.

How I Conserve Water and Help Our Planet

This post is sponsored by Waterl<ss Hair Care. I love being a part of the #WaterlessFam, but as always, all opinions expressed are my own. 

Lately I have been focusing my energy on ways to conserve our planet and it’s precious resources.

This means little adjustments like bringing reusable take-out containers when I go to restaurants to declining a straw when they offer it. The past few months, I have really honed in on the little things we can be doing that add up to make a BIG difference.

One of our earth’s most precious resources is water. The majority of our planet consists of water. The EPA actually projects that because the U.S.’ population has increased so significantly, they anticipate at least 40 states will have water shortages by 2024. So, I decided in 2020 to cut back on my water usage. But, I am a blogger, right? I talk about hair, beauty, and travel?! So, my hair has to look fresh and clean but I was dying to make an impact on this world by limiting my water consumption!

Enter Waterl<ss.

If you have followed my blog for any period of time, you know I love Waterl<ss. Not only do their products make my hair look, feel, and even smell clean. The heart of their organization aligns with mine. Waterl<ss started in Cape Town, South Africa during the Day Zero water crisis in 2018. Cape Town was bombarded with unprecedented water shortages due to intense droughts. People were faced with running completely out of drinkable water unless they could cut the city’s water usage to build back up a supply. Watlerl<ss was born in a time of crisis.

They made a haircare line that caters to all hair types that can be used without a single drop of water. Did you know a single shower can use over 10 gallons of water? That is water that can be conserved and used for other more important and dire needs. 

I know I am just one person, but it more people take small steps to save and converse our precious resources (like water!) our planet would be a lot better off! I challenge you to join me. You can start small, just cut out one shower a week! Instead opt to use Waterl<ss amazing products like their Dry Shampoos, Dry Conditioners, and Fragrance Mists. Forgo just one shower a week for a year and you will have made a big impact!

Their entire collection is available at Sally Beauty here – grab yours in-store or online!

How to Go Five Days without Washing your Hair with the Best Dry Shampoo and Hair Balm

How to Go Five Days without Washing your Hair with the Best Dry Shampoo and Hair Balm

This post is sponsored by Waterl<ss. All opinions expressed are my own

2020 is just a little bit different right?

With the holidays coming up, it might look even more different with many of us unable to travel to see our family. I bet there are a bunch of us who are even having Thanksgiving over Zoom! Connection with friends and family is so even more important now than it ever has been. If you’re anything like me then you are dying for connection and catch up with a friend but you may not want to have to do the whole wash, blow-dry, and style thing. Or you may have an important business call and want to look put together, but don’t want to put in all the effort that comes with washing your hair!

     Lately I have been in that exact position, I’ve been having a ton of Zoom calls and many times I find out about them at the last minute and don’t have time to do the whole she-bang!

Waterl<ss Hair Care has been such a lifesaver in these moments of need because they have the best dry shampoo & hair balm.

Their system is so easy and makes my hair always look fabulous, even after not washing my hair for days. I don’t have to sacrifice spending 2 hours doing my hair to look great. My hair can look awesome and I have time for other things!

Using Waterl<ss cuts doing my hair down by an hour and a half.

It only takes me 20-30 minutes when I use their products-unreal right?! That is more time I can spend catching up with friends over FaceTime, playing with Gizmo or my new puppy Bowser, taking fun creative photos, or just anything other than getting an insane arm workout blow-drying my hair! Their Dry Shampoo No Residue removes build and absorbs oil from my hair leaving no grey residue. And their Heat Shield Protect & Re-Style is perfect to spray onto my dry hair before curling it for a Zoom meeting, a hot date at home with Cameron, or a photoshoot. I cannot emphasize more how important it is to protect your beautiful hair from heat every time you style it, not just when you blow dry! And then I always finish with their amazing Dry Conditioner Weightless Smooth because it makes my ends soft and shiny. 

     With these three products, I never have to turn down an opportunity to connect with friends or family because I haven’t washed my hair in days (quarantine life amirite?!).

But instead I can spend my time where it is most valuable: with family during the holidays (even if it is on Zoom!). That connection and family time is so essential right now and a little hair refresh goes a long way. I know I always feel better than my hair is looking on point! All of these amazing products are available at Sally Beauty online or in stores.

Gift Guide for your Girly Girl

Gift Guide for your Girly Girl

The most wonderful time of the year is finally here! If you’re anything like me, you love the joy of giving an amazing gift. 

The happiness of absolutely nailing the gift for your bestie, sister, or mom is literally one of the best feelings in the world. Usually I am even more excited about them opening their gift than I am about receiving any myself! As you know, finding that perfect gift can be super tough-there are just so many options out there. So, I have narrowed it down for you to pick any of these amazing options for the girly gal in your life! By the way-the jewelry in here is all from Diamonds Direct and they’re have a massive 20% off virtually their entire store until 11/22 so drop those hints to your bf or hubby ASAP on these pieces! Or buy them for yourself! 🙂

Under $50 Gifts

Olaplex

I swear by this hair mask. It rebuilds your hair from the shaft from the damage thats caused by highlighting or coloring your hair. It’s a must have!

Nars Blush

This has been my go-to blush for years and I absolutely love it!

Pillow Talk Lip Kit

My all time #1 favorite lip set- this is a must have.

Herschel Beanie

How cute is this pink beanie with floral details for the colder weather. It would be cute to take on a skiing adventure!

Freepeople Sweatpants

Freepeople just knows how to to comfy, laid back sweatpants! These are so incredibly soft and I love the feminine color.

Treasure & Bond Cuffed Beanie with Pom

Literally the cutest little snow bunny look!

Satin Sleep Set

I have been dying for a luxe sleep set like this! It is supposed to prevent hair breakage which I am here for!

Under $100 Gifts

Spanx Leggings

These couldn’t fit in my graphic above but everyone says they are 100% worth the hype and they are definitely on my Christmas list! I like that there is not a center split seam (no more camel toe!)

Bobbi Brown Makeup Set

Bobbi Brown just has the most amazing makeup. This set is perfect for the glam girl in your life (who might be you-I know I am that friend!)

Freepeople Sweater

Another cute item from Freepeople! Their clothes are always luxe, soft, and last for years.

Waffle Weave PJs

I don’t know about you but 2020 has been the year of adorable loungewear and this set is just the cutest and so soft!

Over $100 Gifts

Royal Jewelry Collection by Diamonds Direct

I am in love with these baguette diamonds on this pendent-it so unique and stunning. Time to drop some hints to the guys ladies (or buy it for yourself! You don’t need a guy to buy you diamonds!) Their entire showroom is virtually 20% off until 11/22 so act fast!

Coco Chanel Mademoiselle

This scent is so feminine and light, it’s one of my all time favorites!

Mixed Cut Diamond Open Ring

I truly have never seen a ring like this and am here for it!

Offset Baguette Diamond Earrings

These lightweight stunners are on my list for sure. I have very sensitive ears and I love finding beautiful statement earrings like this that I can actually wear!

Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit Running Shoes

These are the all time cutest sneakers of all! Nikes are always my go-to and these are definitely on my list.

Mixed Diamond Shape Bracelet

This bracelet is just so timeless and stunning!

Multi-Shape Fashion Ring

This ring is just stunning and is definitely worth going on the wish list imo!

Which is your favorite?! Tell in the comments and happy shopping babes!

Love ya like a sister,

Rachel

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