Champagne Taste Beer Budget

mommy life in heels

September 15, 2014
by christinacoker

and baby makes 6

Introducing the latest addition to our family, Atlas Edward CokerClinch.


Mini babe couldn’t wait to be born, he joined our family a month early at 36 weeks old on Wednesday, September 10th at 3:18 am weighing 5 lbs. 10 oz. and measuring 19″ long.

I just can’t stop staring at him. Itty bitty perfection!




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September 10, 2014
by christinacoker

Mid week mani

* press release & images provided by Zoya


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This easy glam nail is available in 3 shades in a gradient of red, wine and plum hues. No base or top coat required.



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Zoya PixieDust Application:
For BEST RESULTS apply 2-3 thin coats of polish for full coverage to clean (oil free) nail surface. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. Do not use a base coat or top coat. Top coat can be applied for additional glossy effects.

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Happy polishing!

September 9, 2014
by christinacoker

5 hats for Fall

There’s no need to give up your big floppy Summer sun hat just because Fall is coming. Transition the look right into the new season.

Here are a few of my favorite Fall hat picks and, of course, in champagne taste beer budget style, all under $25!

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1. Straw fedora – $13 Forever 21. You probably already have one in your closet that you wore to the beach or pool this Summer, it’s effortlessly transitions into Fall.

2. Wool wide brimmed flat top – $24 H&M. Express your unique personality in this gorgeous hat. Wool & burgundy, both perfect for Fall.

3. Wool flapper hat – $21 H&M. This sleek & classic shape will instantly polish your look.

4. Knit turban – $5 ASOS. Who doesn’t love knits for Fall. This simple & adorable beanie takes your fun Summer head wraps into the cooler months for you.

5. Wide brimmed floppy hat – $20 Amazon. Tried & true, you can never go wrong with one of these babies! I love the burnt orange color of this one that makes it a Fall must have.

Which hat will be making it’s way to your closet this season?

September 5, 2014
by christinacoker

Local spotlight: Alamo City Provisions

San Antonio foodies know that there’s so much more to our local cuisine than people think. Barbacoa and Big Red aside, San Antonio plays home to top rated restaurants and big name Chefs.

New dinner series, Alamo City Provisions focuses on that fact and aims to spread the word about our city’s culinary scene.



About – “Alamo City Provisions is a collaborative dinner series featuring San Antonio’s most talented chefs. Each chef brings their unique perspective to the kitchen — inspiring and challenging their peers to create an unforgettable meal that showcases their collective talents. The five dinners in the 2014 Fall/Winter dinner series will be held at various venues in San Antonio, with the venue inspiring the theme for the meal. The dinners will provide an opportunity to meet some of the city’s rising stars in the culinary field, while enjoying outstanding food in distinctive venues. We encourage guests to browse through the five scheduled dinners and make reservations, as seating is limited.”

Hubbs and I were invited out to the 1st of the 5 dinners held at the Josephine Theatre and weren’t disappointed. We’re already big fans of Chef’s Russ & Sohocki and through these collaborative dinners, we’ve discovered a few more names to add to our list.

I took a moment to ask Chef Russ about his brain child dinner series, a labor of love for him.

- What brought the idea of Alamo City Provisions into your head and why
is the concept important to you?

“I wanted to share the experiences of this great city that make me so
excited to live here. The richness of culture in this city is amazing,
but is so hidden. Being able to spotlight on some great experiences is
great for interacting with our friends and guests.”

-How did you select which chefs to work with and include in the dinners?

“A great man once said “cook like we do when no one is watching.” In my time here i have made friends with these folks and in that we cook for and
with each other all of the time. I wanted to meet their guests and share
mine with them.”

-How do you decide who makes what course?

“We do a round robin of sorts, but sometimes, we love a course so much that we re-arrange the menu to work around that chef.”

-What’s your favorite food to eat and to cook?

“That can’t even be broken down, but right now, I am in love with figs and
braised meats. The juxtaposition….drives me wild.”


The 2nd of the 5 dinners will be held this month on the 21st and if it’s anything like the 1st dinner, seats will sell out. See the full schedule and locations here and grab your tickets now!

September 3, 2014
by christinacoker

Mid week mani

Who else has heard of nail stamping? It’s a quick and relatively easy way to get intricate nail art designs without having to have the skills to free hand them yourself or pay for it at the salon. Being a nail polish lover and always looking for new simple nail art ideas, I’ve been seeing and hearing about it a lot lately.

Minimal effort and pretty results? I had to try it for myself.

Major fail! Not that it was sloppy or complicated, just that it plain old didn’t work.

I’m not discouraged though. I’m sure that it had everything to do with the cheap kit I just happened to stumble across at Walmart. I’m taking that one back and heading to Sally’s or some other beauty supply store to find one that might actually do the trick.

Anyone out there tried and mastered it yet? Let me know if you have any brand recommendations, tips or tricks.

Happy polishing!


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