There is a lot to see and do in Texas, since it is a huge state. Although it is two times bigger than California, Texas is 15 times smaller than the United States. That said, Texas has a number of popular cities, such as Dallas and Lubbock. I am just going to cover a few cities that have great shopping districts and other fun things to do.

  1. Houston — Not only is there a great shopping district, but there are some interesting exhibits in the museum district. For example, the Houston Natural Museum of Science offers diverse exhibits from fossils…


As teenagers, wearing a winter jacket was not cool. They gave up warmth for style. However, as adults, this isn’t the case. Winter jackets are cool to wear because of the new styles and materials. The puffer jacket for men and women has made a comeback and is here to stay. There are other winter jackets that have become fashionable as well. Here are a few you’ll see this season.

  1. Puffer Jackets — As mentioned above, these jackets are very popular. They are stylish and keep you warm, especially on the slopes. Yet, you don’t want to get one that…

When you get engaged, everyone looks at your ring. For centuries in the United States, the diamond has been the gemstone of choice for this life-changing event. We have all heard of the famous jewelry stores, such as Tiffany’s and Cartier, where the happy couple would go to pick out a ring. Or, the groom would know exactly where to go to select the perfect stone to have a ring made as a surprise. This is an event in itself, which takes careful planning (time and budget). Lately, however, many are turning away from the traditional diamond solitaire and opting…


When we think of California, especially on the east coast, the Hollywood sign and Malibu pop into our minds. Palm trees, Rodeo Drive and celebrity mansions also flood our minds. Yet, there is more to the “golden” state than these images. California became a U.S. territory in 1847 and gold was found in Sutter’s Mill in 1848, which prompted many settlers to move across the country to seek their fortunes. Before reaching statehood in 1850, California was inhabited by Native Americans, Asians, Spaniards and Mexicans. Their influences remain today, providing a rich tapestry of cultures that makes California so unique…


It is the holiday season, but it’s also the perfect time to start planning a spring vacation. One place, in particular, that is stunning in the spring is Ireland. Ireland is the home of kelly-green fields, the cliffs of Moher, the Dingle Peninsula and more. It has a unique history steeped in Gaelic culture and folklore. There are too many reasons to visit the Emerald Isle in the spring, so I will cover just a few of them.

Ireland is known for its abundant rain, which helps produce its legendary views. When booking your trip for April or May


As cold weather rolls around, many think of hats, gloves, and scarves. Yet, scarves aren’t just a cold-weather accessory. In addition to warmth, they provide color and/or texture to an outfit. They were originally used to signify a person’s class or as a handy way to keep clean. Let’s take a look at the scarf’s origins. The first known scarf was worn by Queen Nefertiti in 1350 BC. The ancient Chinese worn scarves to mark military rank. While they were used for function, it wasn’t until the 19th century when they were used as a fashion accessory. Fashion was born…


Road trips are a great way to see parts of the U.S. without dealing with the issues that come about when flying (e.g. getting or renewing a passport). It also gives you opportunities to make pit stops at fun spots, such as farmers’ markets, landmarks and restaurants. A great road trip to take is to Massachusetts. This state offers a lot in terms of great food and activities. Here are the top five places you should visit:

  1. Boston — Not only is there a great deal of history here, but the location is beautiful. Downtown Boston has a number of…

This summer, my family and I took a road trip to the South to visit some great cities and check out some cool stores for clothes and accessories for school. It was a great opportunity to not only visit great boutique shops, but to see how the merchandise was arranged and check out new styles and patterns. I hope to one day have a print clothing line of my own, and seeing my clothing line one of these stores would be amazing. We went to Dallas, Chattanooga, Tuscaloosa and Jackson. …


Boots for women (and men) have been around for centuries. Women first wore them for practical uses, such as horseback riding and driving in cars. As fashion moved forward, so did boots. Boots came in a range of colors and styles depending on the outfit, including rain, wedge, ankle, hiking, heeled, and cowboy. New designs were created by Gucci, Fendi, Prada, and more. Today, boots are worn year-round, from sheer to wide-calf. However, snakeskin and croc boots will never go out of style. Let’s see what’s in store for boot lovers this fall.

  1. Square-toed Boots — A throwback to the…

We are so busy with our lives, we don’t take the time to really appreciate what is around us. We are in front of a screen, whether a cell phone, tablet or laptop, practically all day. We need to disconnect and go out and explore nature. That’s exactly what I did by visiting some national parks recently. I visited Acadia National Park, Glacier National Park, and Yosemite National Park. These parks are massive and there is so much to see and do in them. Each visit was a great opportunity to take in the natural beauty and to de-stress. If…

Lila Walter

Lila Walter is an avid lover of travel and fashion based in Alexandria, Virginia http://www.lilawalter.net

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