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Currently Loving // Vintage Vinyl
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If you've been following along on my instagram and insta stories you'll know that I have a new passion for vintage vinyl inspired by my dad and his record store, Record Town! My sweet dad has been a massive music lover since he was a little kid, and has collected albums, cds, and all kinds of music memorabilia for fifty years.

Digging for records is like a treasure hunt, you find some weird shit and then you stumble upon something magical. I typically like to buy albums from the 60's and 70's such as ballets, orchestral pieces, and classic rock. I also totally love Elton John albums, anything with a crazy cover, and Foreigner. Yes, I sometimes buy vinyl for the cover, do you even know me? I recently went to Record Town and dug through their $1 bin and found some total gems - string covers of the Stones, french ballets, and a jazzercise record lol.

LifestyleSarah Mecke
A Weekend in San Antonio

I've been making trips to my dad's hometown of San Antonio for my entire life. It is a vibrant city full of kind, hardworking people, gorgeous scenery, and culture beyond compare. To say I love it is an understatement. Each time my family makes a trip to SA, we make an effort to try a new restaurant or visit a new location. I'm psyched to share my favorite finds, old faves, and hidden gems that would make an incredible weekend in SA! 

Activities 

El Mercado in down town SA // 514 W. Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78207 // The mercado of Market Square is an open air market spanning three blocks selling Mexican imports, local food, hand-embroidered dresses and tons more. The culture of SA really comes alive in this plaza - this is the perfect day activity for the weekend! 

Japanese Tea Garden // 200-414 Alpine, San Antonio, TX 78212 // The Japanese Garden (pictured above with the koi fish) is a rock quarry-turned-botanical garden. It is INCREDIBLE. Go.

- Visit the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park // The missions of Concepción, San José, San Juan and Espada were built in the early 1700's by missionaries from Spain. The missions have been beautifully restored and are great for a day trip to explore for several hours. 

- Shopping in the Alamo Quarry Market // 255 E Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209

- Explore the Riverwalk // 849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205 // A classic SA activity is to explore the Riverwalk that runs through downtown. There are fun stores, kitchy restaurants, and beautiful scenery. 

Restaurants

Cappy's // 5011 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209 // Cappy's is our family's favorite fancy restaurant. We make sure to go every single time we’re in SA. The food is incredible - an upscale mix of American classics and creative fares. Truly a must . 

La Fogata // 2427 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX 78213 // La Fogata is straight up my favorite Mexican restaurant in SA, which is hard to do. They serve classic tex-mex in a garden atmosphere. All of the photos below were taken there!! Try the queso flameado, trust me on this. 

El Mirador // 722 S Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78205 // El Mirador is a great new-age Mexican place in a revamped neighborhood, def worth a peek!

Oblate Cafe // 904 Oblate Dr, San Antonio, TX 78216 // A classic SA Mexican cafe for the true cultural experience. 

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My Interview With Beehive Austin!
Beehive Babe Interview with blogger of Sarah La Vie

Y'ALL I am so thrilled to share this interview I did with Beehive!! I simply had to post it on my blog so I can save it forever. If you couldn't tell from the majority of my fashion posts, Beehive is my absolute favorite fashion + lifestyle brand. I've shopped with them ever since I was in high school and have always regarded them as the go-to boutique for the it-girl. 

I sat down with my gorgeous friend Adriana Escobedo from Beehive last week and she asked me some interesting, thoughtful questions. I've shared them + my answers here! I hope you get a better picture of who I am and what I stand for through this wonderful interview. I'd love to start a conversation if anything sparks you!

 

Interview With Beehive:

Beehive babe or not, we couldn’t help but introduce a girl that is seeing the world through rose-colored lenses people! We sat down with Fort Worth native Sarah Mecke and got personal in full Beehive fashion! Let’s just say that she is definitely here to sprinkle a touch of her magic.

So enough small talk, and let us introduce to you the girl of the hour…

1. Who is Sarah Mecke? Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

Hello babes, I’m Sarah! I exclusively speak in hyperboles, I own an industrial sized disco ball, I adore getting giddy over everyday magic, I have a kitty who I named Mimosa even though he’s a dude, I am in graduate school to get my masters in counseling so I can become a play therapist, I’ve seen every Family Guy episode 4 or 5 times, and I am an avid proponent of doing what makes you happy. Whew, now I need a cocktail.

Beehive Babe Interview with blogger of Sarah La Vie

2. What is one item that you dream about having in your wardrobe?

My dream closet would absolutely contain the bright pink fur coat from J Crew. It came out a year or so ago and I’ve been all over eBay and Poshmark seeing if the prices will go down on it (no luck so far). If I could get my hands on that gorgeous little slice of perfection, I’d wear it 24/7. You’d see me all decked out in that thing grocery shopping at Target, pumping gas, and I’d maybe even sleep in it. No lie, it would be my new staple. 

3. What was the motivation behind starting your own blog? Has that motivation changed throughout the years?

So fun fact, I actually started a different blog for the calligraphy business I once had, Serendipity Fine Lines. I’ve always been really into art and design so I started a little side hustle in college as my creative outlet. It was exactly what I needed at the time, but when I moved to Dallas after graduation it became less of a passion. I still loved the blogging aspect of my side hustle, so I created a new site focused on just that! I finally launched sarahmecke.com in January of 2017 to focus on more of what I currently am obsessed with such as fashion, travel, lifestyle, and all things self-love. I really enjoy focusing on bringing out what makes you happy and growing into the mentality of not giving a shit what anyone else thinks. This is something I’m increasingly becoming an expert in and it’s such a freeing feeling. I want to share that perspective with my friends and anyone who feels like following along. 

4. What are your 5 wardrobe must-haves for this Fall?

First, and most importantly, get yourself a cheetah coat. That fabulousness can transform even pajamas into a chic ensemble. From there, I believe you can’t go wrong with essentials like a solid pair of leather ankle boots and knit sweaters. Dress that up with the Bando Sidekick pom pom purse in poppy red & the Glossier Generation G lippy in Zip and you’re fierce af.

Beehive Babe Interview with blogger of Sarah La Vie

5. You are a Brand Ambassador for Beehive and also a Representative for Glossier, is there anything you hope to accomplish through representing both a local business and such a huge beauty brand?

I’m seriously living such a dream getting to work with Beehive and Glossier. I only work with people and brands that I am truly jazzed about, and Beehive and Glossier make me feel freaking giddy. My goals for working with amazing brands like this are to support the badass babes who put so much of their souls into their brands and create genuine magic. The authenticity behind Beehive and Glossier is something very special and I want to support them in any way I can. 

6. Something at Beehive that you can’t stop obsessing about.

There is this light pink purse with pom poms on each side and it is literally the most gorgeous bag I’ve ever laid eyes on. Every time I’m in the store I walk over to it and gently caress it and whisper to it to wait for me (not in a weird way or anything lol). Someday it will be mine.

Beehive Babe Interview with blogger of Sarah La Vie

7. We love to say you’re a queen of DIYs. What has been one of your favorite things you’ve ever done. 

Hands down, the life-sized disco ball costume. I was intensely inspired last Halloween to be something v crazy. I worked for a solid month on that thing and spent way too much money on paper maché, but it tuned out epic. I went to the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum’s Halloween party and got beat by some kids in the costume contest. They were cute, but my costume was on another level. I’m still sore about it. I may have pouted a bit. The disco costume is in my parents’ attic awaiting its triumphant return to the spotlight. 

8. If we look at your Instagram, we can definitely see a pink theme going on. Is it hard maintaining that same theme? Will you ever change it?

I naturally gravitate towards shades of pink, probs because I’m looking at the world through rose-colored glasses. I really dig a light and cohesive aesthetic, so my photography tends to lean towards that side of the spectrum. It’s really not difficult to maintain that kind of cohesion when it’s what your eye gravitates towards! I really don’t foresee totally changing the theme since I kind of crave it at this point (I’m a photography addict). I can’t imagine having a dark look, it wouldn’t feel like me. 

Beehive Babe Interview with blogger of Sarah La Vie

9. Describe your style in 4 words.

Feminine, comfortable, wanna-be-French, & cheeky. I love being a teeny bit over the top with my wardrobe, but not ever so much to sacrifice comfort. I like to think I’m a French girl even though I am most certainly not, though bitch don’t kill my vibe.

 10. Is there a person or brand that influences your style? 

My fellow Beehive Babes are my biggest influences for sure. I am constantly stalking the Instagram’s of @lookswithadri, @gracie_mcclure, and @kristenorr. I love seeing how they collaborate their personal style with that of Beehive’s in different, equally killer ways. I really dig the way they are so genuinely authentic to themselves. 

 

Photography + Writing

Adriana Escobedo

Instagram: @lookswithadri

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Best Things To Do In Paris
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I once heard that the best thing to do in Paris is nothing. Upon hearing this I thought, "That is absolutely absurd, Paris is a city full of treasures waiting to be explored you can't possibly do nothing!" After having experienced the magic of the city several times, I can honestly say that you truly CAN do literally nothing and have a splendid time in Paris. And that is the beauty of Paris, you don't even have to try to have a great time, it will just happen naturally! With the pressure to have a great time out of the way, I'm sharing a few of my favorite things to do in my favorite city, aside from doing nothing of course! 

Have a glass (or three) of champagne on top of the Eiffel Tower

Having a glass of champagne on top of the Eiffel Tower has been on my bucket list for years, and believe me, it did not disappoint! Seeing the city from the summit of the Eiffel Tower was breath taking and exhilarating. The bubbles get to your head a bit more quickly at the summit, so thats extra fun (lol). I skipped the long line and went straight to the top through Fat Tire Tours. Here is the link for the VIP Eiffel Tower access. 

Have afternoon tea at a Salon de Thé

Tea shoppes are a very "old Paris" thing. They are a bit regal and I find them terribly charming. I highly recommend Nina's (pictured above) as well as the legendary Laudrée. You can spend a few hours here just sampling teas or having a bit of lunch (mainly at Laudrée for the best selection of delicious food - I highly recommend it). 

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Put a lock on Pont d'Amour

Love locks are just for lovers, you know. On my first trip to Paris I put a lock on Pont Amour just for me. It was a special way of saying I commit to care for and love myself. Of course if you have a special person in your life you can write both your names on the lock! The tradition is to toss the key into the Seine after you lock your lock to the bridge to symbolize your commitment to the person you share the lock with. The bridge is really called Pont des Arts and is located near the Pont Neuf metro station.

Tour a fabulous museum (or Five)

Paris is clearly a city known for its history of fine art. From the classical Baroque art to the bold Impressionist movement, Paris has always been a haven for creatives. The city boasts more than 130 museums with fabulous works from all over the world with the Lourve being the most popular cite. My advice for the Louve is this: make a small list and see a few key pieces of art then get the hell out of there. There are many more precious places to see and the Lourve will eat an entire week of time if you let it. See Venus de Milo or the Winged Victory of Samothrace (which made me cry) and then jet. Hit up the Musée d'Orsay to see the impressionist masters Degas and Manet. Stroll along the Jardin des Tuileries and pop into the Musée de l'Orangerie and see 360 degrees of Monet's stunning water lilies (pictured above). My final favorite is Musée de la Vie Romantique, a quaint little studio with a cafe and green house perfect for a quiet afternoon. 

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Picnic Under the Eiffel Tower

Picnicking on the lawns all around the city is a Parisienne favorite! With a bottle of rosé and a few delicious treats, you can spend hours just watching the world go by. Fat Tire Tours will even  organize a chef-prepared fresh meal ready to be enjoyed right next to the Eiffel Tower on Avenue de la Bourbonnais. This was one of my absolute favorite experiences in Paris and truly a must-do. You can schedule your Parisienne picnic here

See the City's Historic Sites By Bike 

I normally don't recommend anything too athletic, but a Paris bike tour is so damn fun. You get to see the touristy parts of the city in a unique and active way, zooming through the avenues on a precious red bike. You can learn a ton about the city's history from seeing its architectural monuments, and doing so by bike is a blast. I went through Fat Tire Tours and scheduled by tour here

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Sit at a sidewalk cafe and people watch

Last on the list, but perhaps my favorite thing to do, is to find a sidewalk cafe and people watch. Order a glass of rosé and maybe a few nibbles and stay for as long as you like. The people of Paris do this as their sport of choice and it is truly fabulous. Like I said before, the most brilliant thing about Paris is that you can do absolutely nothing and have a marvelous time. 

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How I Motivate Myself to Work Out
How I Motivate Myself to Work Out // Sarah La Vie

I have a confession... I am kind of a brat about working out. Actually, I sort of hate it. I don't like forcing myself to go to the gym just to be embarrassed at how I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing, or make myself run for literally any length of time. I know it's not cool (nor healthy) to dislike exercise, but it's my reality. Now saying this, however, I always feel amazing about myself in the following hours and days after I do exercise. It's such a mood booster and (no duh) it's wonderful for you. So since I'm a brat about working out, I have to trick myself into doing it. I've laid out just a few of the tricks that I use to make myself break a sweat - and actually enjoy it! 

COOL WORKOUT GEAR

Don't you feel so sporty when you put on a pair of cute leggings or a new workout top? Me too! Using workout gear that I think is cute is probably the number one way I trick myself into working out. Once I put on my disco leggings, I'm launched into a "sporty-chic" mindset which makes me actually want to put my cute gear to work!

KILLER TUNES 

The right playlist can set a fire under my lazy butt and make me want to move. With a good playlist, running on the elliptical feels like dancing. I linked one of my workout playlists below!

FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE

Finding an aspect of exercise that you really enjoy and setting your focus on it can not only improve your workout in the moment, but it can also shift how you view exercising as a whole.  One of the features that I enjoy focusing on is getting better at the individual moves or poses in my classes. I'm currently in love with yoga, so there is a lot of room for growth in my practice in that regard. My favorite studio is Karmany Yoga in Fort Worth & Dallas!

LifestyleSarah Mecke