Unfortunately, due to aforementioned juggling, we arrived just in time to hear the announcement of the winner of the hat contest that had already been judged prior to our arrival. I was SO sure my hat would win, that I was super looking forward to being a part of the contest for a night for two at the beautiful Travaasa hotel in our backyard, especially with how Brando and I love our in town nights alone. And I totally would have won because the winning hat paled in comparison to my attempt at a work of art (no offense, sweet lady with the winning hat, if you read this!). But, alas, it was not to be. Fortunately, I was completely gratified for my hat making adventures of copying this gorgeous hat here by the no less than twenty compliments I received on my hat from nine out of ten girls that walked past me. Yes, I am a girl, and, yes, that made me happy and made all my work worth it.
Despite not being a part of the contest, Brando and I had a lovely time learning about an amazing group of people, Grounded in Music, who involve kids in music who may otherwise not have an opportunity to--I only wish the kids were there, as the video they had playing was so inspiring with how into it and happy the kids were, but seeing them play in person would have been amazing,
gave me a headache, thank goodness, and touring the grounds.
After our initial tasting of champagnes we stepped outside the perfect reception or wedding venue at Travaasa where the event was held,
and explored and relaxed on the patio with their beautiful all encompassing hill country and lake view.
and the hotel rooms.
but unique, adventurous, and able to immerse you in a whole new culture. Go there not only to relax, but to learn something new, and come away with a deeper appreciation for a part of life you only wondered about before. Totally my kind of place.
a weekend away in an afternoon, and this was definitely one of those places.
Before we left, I snagged Heather, another girl who had a gorgeous, unique fascinator on, and asked her to take a picture with me to record more of the oh so fun fascinators and hats that wwer there. If I didn't have a man, she might've thought I was hitting on her by my catching her eyes and smiling from across the room, but her outfit was just too cute to not capture. I only wish I had gotten the full detail of the dress and the adorable, and oh so perfect, cowboy boots in the photo.
Apparently this is me telling someone how perfect their entire outfit is. You're welcome for that moment.
And this is us pretending we're long time friends. It totally worked.