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Two weeks ago, we were on vacation in San Antonio.  One of the places on our itinerary was the Japanese Tea Garden.  You’ll notice the above photo reads “Chinese,” but that’s due to a name change during WWII.  Given the conflict between the Japanese and the United States, the site was renamed so as to not deter tourists, and though the name has been reverted back, they kept the sign as a talking point about the history.  As you can see from the photos above, it’s a gorgeous area made up of flowers, intimate stone paths, and large koi ponds.  There’s even a small waterfall towards the back.

If you’re ever in the area, I encourage you to make this one of your stops and grab a tea from the Jingu House cafe.

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Outfit: DKNY suede skirt (RealReal #consignmentfind) + striped tee + gold sandals + DKNY cross-body bag (#fabfound < $20)

I’ve wanted a suede skirt for a while, but the affordable options seemed too trendy or cheap (button front, camel color, overdone faux suede, etc.) and the classic versions came with a high price tag.  When I found this one on the Real Real for less than $40, I snatched it up.  It’ll last me for years, and I love that it’s an olive green.  (One of my favorite colors.)

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(You can’t tell from this photo, but these sandals have gradually stretched over time and frequent wear.  BUT I’ve extended their lifetime by knotting the back ankle straps to shorten and better secure them.  Don’t be afraid to make things work for you–especially those pieces that you absolutely love!)

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