Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Corpus Christi

I just got back from my vacation. My parents and I went to Corpus Christi, Texas to soak up in the sun and enjoy a part of the Gulf of Mexico which has not been tainted by the oil spill yet.

It was a very delightful and relaxing trip. If you have been following my blog for the past year, you know I have definitely needed this vacation!

Here are some highlights:

-Netting a giant crab (after he put up a very impressive fight) and then boiling it and gutting it and eating it right on the beach, with a few ice cold beers.

-Lounging on a yacht for one afternoon, sipping rum punch and watching dolphins jump out of the crystal blue water.

-Indulging in the delicious local food. At a retro diner, I chowed down one of the best Chicago dogs I have ever had in my life. After stumbling upon a little hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant, I ate scrumptious seasoned pork tacos with creamy spicy queso dip and salty, handmade tortilla chips. Then at a beachside seafood restaurant there was the red fish smothered in fresh pico de gallo, with a generous helping of steamed vegetables on the side. Oh, and my favorite dish: the hot, cheesy pizza we picked up from a small Italian restaurant near the shore on Padre Island. The creamy cheese practically melted in my mouth and the fluffy, buttery garlic crust tasted like heaven.

-Petting a stingray at the Texas State Aquarium and then catching a hermit crab and scaring my mom with it.

-Touring a supposedly haunted World War II battleship.

-Spending every single night at the hotel bar with my mom, downing four or five White Russians, Whiskey Sours, and Cherry Vodkas. It's more fun to be drunk on vacation!

Did I mention it was a lovely time?

I miss it already.

I took some photos of the beaches:

Here are some random photos:

(an ancient ship I saw from the yacht)

(the main bridge to the beach)

Hermit crab!

Jellyfish at the aquarium

retro diner

Me on beach (Juicy Couture dress)

Where the beach bums live.

World War II plane...and me.

World War II plane

View from the yacht

World War II battleship (Lexington)

One of my vintage swimsuits

He'll bite.

A beach house

View from the yacht.

I'm hoping to get over my post-vacation blues soon.

Are you going on any trips this summer?


Angela said...

You look amazing!! Love the swimsuit especially.

Gorgeous photos. I'm totally jealous.

Julls said...

I adoooooooore this photos,the clouds in the first pictures are brilliant and damn,you had so much fun,I`m happy for you :X

I`m going to some trips..and i`ll talke photos too..a billion !

Iva said...

you look so cute!! love your vintage swimsuit!! so glad you had a nice vacation!

Closet Fashionista said...

That looks like so much fun!!! Love all your outfits! That turtle is so cute!

Anna Jane said...

Great photos. That swimsuit is so cute...great find!

Anna Jane

Taj Acosta said...

Fun trip! mmmm tacos!!! I miss texas soooo much! xoxo

Clare said...

Looks so, so beautiful! I'm a little jealous right now...

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Sherin said...

I love the vintage swimsuit! So cute!
And sounds like a great trip. Petting a sting ray must have been so much fun.

Julie (ROJ) said...

Going to KY in a few weeks for a wedding. Nothing else. Ohhh I'm so glad you had a great time! Hey come over to my blog, I'm having a giveaway

Josie said...

This looks like a lovely and much-needed vacation -- I'm so glad that you had a good time, my love!
xo Josie

Mina said...

I am so happy you had a lot of fun on your vacation. I want some of that Italian pizza and Cherry Vodka. Lol. I've always wanted to hold a hermit crab! I envy you. :) That vintage bathing suit? Love it! The beach looks absolutely beautiful also. You take great pictures! :)

Noble Beeyotch said...

You took such great shots of the beaches! Your vintage swimsuit is oh-so-cute!

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Hope Chella said...

I am so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxo

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Those beach pictures are gorgeous! Oooh and I'd like some pizza too please!

Lynzy said...

Gorgeous beach photos, I am so jealous!!

Barry said...

Sounds like a great trip Jen, and the food....I die. (Funny, I never say that!)

You look adorable in that swimsuit. Then again you look adorable in pretty much anything!


Mouthwash said...

How cute is your swimsuit?! Love it!!

And getting drunk with your mom sounds incredible. I wish my mom would get drunk with me!! (I tried to convince her to smoke weed with me when I was 17, but avail. LOL. [i don't smoke it anyway. just thought it'd be hilarious])


Sydnie said...

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Tayler said...

wow this looks like such an amazing trip!
and that you so much for your wise words, they are very encouraging :)

Leia said...

looks like a really fun vacation, you lucky girl, you! i really love your juicy dress and vintage swimsuit too :) i want to go to the beach!!




English Rose ♥ said...

Those photos are GORGEOUS - which camera did you use Jen?

Merci beaucoup for your wonderful comments darling, it really means a lot =]

Je suis très désolée AGAIN for the late reply!

Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
English Rose x

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Couture Carrie said...

Looks and sounds fabulous, darling!

Love your vintage suit and JC dress!


Audrey Allure said...

Amazing photos! So glad you had a great time :)

Lindsay With An "A" said...

Love the pics, thanks for sharing your vacation with us :) I love that you said you and your mom went to the hotel bar a lot...cute! Thanks for continuing to support my blog, girl. I appreciate it! Doing a giveaway now... check it out! xx

Dear Danielle said...

So Jealous


Nikosmommy said...

Absolutely great! What a good looking holiday you had! Great food and great scenery. I just love the ocean...glad to hear Corpus Christi hasn't been hit by oil yet.
These pics make me even more excited for our trip to Greece in July. I seriously LOVE summer holidays!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Such beautiful photos! They almost have a vintage quality to them...

and I love your Juicy dress because... I have it too!!! :)

Damsels said...

wow crab and stingray ./. you are brave indeed . .those animals scare me .

you defintiely deserved a getaway jenn .glad you had a great time

Fashion Court said...

LOVE those photos! glad to hear you had a good time. you look GORGEOUS in that swimsuit, i'm jealous - it's like the perfect vintage swimsuit!

Missy M said...

wow beautiful pics and you look fab!

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Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos of the beach! I just hope they get the oil spill under control so it doesn't ruin all the beaches in the Gulf. So sad. Looks like you guys had a great time! I wish I could take a vacation soon!


Savvy Gal said...

looked like a super fun trip. : )

Andee Layne said...

great photos! The one of the jellyfish is amazing! You are rocking that vintage swimsuit!!! xo

libys11 said...

the yacht and beach photos are making me extremely jealous!! i haven't gone to the beach this year!! aaaah!!! and i adore you in that vintage swimsuit!! so so lovely! :D

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Cafe Fashionista said...

Ah, the beach is beautiful! And I am truly envious of your dress and swimsuit collection - so cute!

So glad you had a fabulous vacay, my love! As for me, I'm being a total homebody this summer! :P

Laura Tenshi said...

Wow, that definitely sounds like a very exciting vacation, although I feel sorry for the giant crab. Haunted? Scary, I wouldn't have gotten on that ship. Just the thought of seeing ghosts makes me nervous.
I don't have anything planned yet, still have some things to take care of before I graduate.Until then, I will look at your pictures of the sea.

Fashion Butter said...

looks like so much fun. And I love your vintage swim suit.

Rachel said...

Fantastic photos! It sounds like you had a wonderful trip! I love the black swimsuit. It's so perfect on you!

Unfortunately, I'm taking three classes this summer so I have zero time for vacation. I hate it, but oh well. :(

Jesa said...


Really lovely blog!
Cheers, Jesa

Nadine2point0 said...

LOVEd your photos - I've only been to Houston TX for business.
Never got to see THIS type of TEXAS ...yeehaw! It's gorgeous.
I just posted about our summer that is usually packed with cottaging, camping, lazing in our pool, packing and unpacking from trips and picnics. My husband is a teacher and has several weeks off and our 9 and 11 year-olds are so much fun.
Love your Juicy sundress!

The Trendy Fashionista said...

I hope you had a great vacatio. It certainly looks like you did :)

-The Trendy Fashionista

beckyxoxo said...

Love the photos , seems that you really had a great time there ! Oh and cute swimsuit ;)

camerafilmroll said...

Pretty photos! I want your swimsuit!

Eli said...

love your photos! My plans are to save money, no trips for me :(

Cheryl: Oh to Be a Muse said...

love how you spent nights at the bar with your mom! and i would love to spend some time on a yacht, myself.

great photos--thanks for sharing them with us. i don't really have any major plans like that this summer...but maybe later in the year!

Gladys Fashioncancer said...

Absolutely beautiful.

English Rose ♥ said...

Merci beaucoup for stopping by darling =]

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
English Rose x

kristiyana shinta said...

what a wonderful trip,,
you look have so much fun :)

like your capture

OceanDreams said...

Looks like you had a fun time, I am in love with all of your ocean pictures, so pretty! Cute Juicy dress and sounds like you ate lots of yummy food, good for you! :)