Wednesday, February 28, 2018

AUSTIN PHOTO DIARY



Oh Austin - you're one fun town. I've had the chance to visit Austin just once before, but this time Eric and I got to travel together. Even though it was gloomy and rainy for most of our trip, we still had a great time and got to do a ton! Plus it was an excellent opportunity to style some of my favorite pieces from Paige.







Because really, how often can you get away with wearing a denim tuxedo? Texas seems like the perfect spot to don some serious denim, so I didn't miss the chance to style this Paige Denim Jacket with these High Rise Jeans and Striped Blouse. The jeans were so comfortable that I stayed in them all day, despite the amount of breakfast tacos I put away at Jo's. I even kept the look on for some Texas Two Steppin' that  we randomly joined a class for. Cause why the heck not?

The trip was honestly so so much fun, and made even more fun by the incredible suggestions we received from followers and friends in the area. So if you're looking to plan a trip of your own, scroll down for a complete list of where to stay, eat, drink, and even dance.






Where to stay // We stayed at the ever so charming Austin Motel over on South Congress. I've definitely snapped photos in front of their iconic sign before, but this was my first time staying. I had heard nothing but great things from friends who have checked in and I could immediately tell why. Everything was so perfectly decorated, comfortable, vintage-inspired, and totally unfussy. Eric and I felt immediately at home, and it was walking distance to SO many great places. Even though we rented a car, we hardly needed one most of the time given how happening of an area it is.









Food
Matties // This was easily our favorite restaurant of the trip - we went twice! Mattie's is a restaurant set in a big old southern house. Multiple floors, bars, a giant porch, and incredible decor. We went for dinner (the fried chicken was next level) and brunch. Both meals were perfection, but the setting was really what made the experience. I recommend making a reservation.

Jo's (on South Congress) // You can't visit Austin without visiting Jo's Hot Coffee Good Food - not just because the location on South Congress has the famous 'I love you so much' wall. I mean, don't get me wrong, it's great for a picture, but the breakfast tacos are eeeeven better. Go early, as they tend to run out.

Clark's // I visited Clark's on my last trip and was dying to bring Eric. I love love love Oysters, and they do a beautiful job. Everything is so tasty, especially the shoe string fries. It's a perfect spot to sit outside and enjoy lunch, or a cozy romantic dinner inside.

Josephine House // Another restaurant set inside of a house and another opportunity for a perfect glass of sparkling rosé. We went for lunch at Josephine House and had two perfect sandwiches. We wanted to try dinner, but they're very popular so we weren't able to make a reservation. Next time!

Bufalina // Even though I took photos outside of Home Slice Pizza, we actually instead had dinner at Bufalina. Shhh, blogger secret! We love wood fired pizzas, and even though there was a bit of a wait, we knew it would be worth it. Suuuuch good food!

Central Standard // We had a great dinner here after one of our busier days. I loved the midcentury decor inside Central Standard and the drinks + food were lovely. Bonus points for also having delicious oysters.











Coffee
Manana // When we find somewhere we like, we tend to be repeat customers. So much so that we went to Manana three times on this trip. It was walking distance to our hotel, and the coffee was perfect.

Seventh Flag Coffee // Not only was the coffee good at Seventh Flag Coffee, but it was also a great spot to shoot some photos. If the weather had been nicer I could see this being a great spot to sit outside of on a warm evening with friends.

Easy Tiger // There are multiple Easy Tiger locations, but we only had time to visit the one on 6th. There's a whole bar downstairs aaaand an outdoor area with ping-pong tables.


Shopping
Feather's Boutique // I've been here before, but Feather's Boutique has some of the best dresses, tees, and boots around. It's curated and lovely.

Take Heart // Okay, so most of my time inside of Take Heart was spent taking photos of the owners dog, but I did also do a good amount of shopping around. It is just filled from top to bottom with incredible housewares, ceramics, and more. Must visit.

Uncommon Objects // This was one of my favorite shops - mostly because it was the MOST perfectly curated Antique shop I've ever been in. I left Uncommon Objects with a few pieces I'll be sharing on a blog post about home decor soon!

Breakaway Records // I found so many records at Breakaway, but ended up leaving with a new copy of my favorite Leonard Cohen album. It's a must visit for any music lover, and the selection is perfect.

Passport Vintage // Looking for great denim? Go to Passport Vintage for sure.








Fun + Drinks
Jester King Brewery // I'll be the first to admit that when Eric said we would be visiting a brewery, I wasn't thrilled. I'm not a beer drinker, and some breweries can be, well, a bummer. Jester King Brewery was the exact opposite. I think it was one of my favorite parts of the trip - it's set on a ton of land with a pizza restaurant, outdoor tables, and wine! Yay! It's SUCH a great break from being in a city, and if you're in the area I can't recommend it more.

The White Horse // Not only do they have a popcorn machine and crazy cheap drinks, but if you go to The White Horse on the right night, you can take a two step dance class. We had a few whiskies and decided it was a great idea. I'm not graceful, but it was so much fun.

Hotel San José // Even though it was cold and cloudy on this trip, I insisted we visit Hotel San José for Frosé (that's frozen rosé). Admittedly it would have a been a better call in the summer, but I still think it's worth the visit.

Perla's // This spot was right next to our hotel, and the outdoor area beckoned us when we were walking by. Perla's has great seafood, but we stopped in for a quick cocktail on their patio. It was perfectly cozy and romantic.





78 comments:

  1. I’m dying to stay at the motel! My boyfriend and I went to Austin on a road trip last year but only had one day there. We plan to go back this summer and I’m totally bookmarking this post for when we go! So glad you loved it ♥️ @blackinbloom

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  2. Been dyinggg to visit family in Austin. Thanks for the city guide!! (IG: @whitneyanderson)

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  3. It’s amazing how everywhere you go also matches your color scheme! 😍 thanks for sharing. @daydreamingdisaster

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  4. I’m hoping to check out Austin for a mini honeymoon trip, so I’m really looking forward to trying some of this out! Thank you! @zazuale

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  5. I suddenly want to go Texas! I’m Yelp bookmarking all the spots as we speak! @senakwon

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  6. I’m so happy you had fun in Austin and checked out two of the spots I recommended (Uncommon Objects and Hotel San José). I’m in Austin all the time for ballet, and I loved reading your blog post, especially as a beginning blogger. Austin is a wonderful city to spend time in, and I’m thrilled that you both had such a good time! My IG handle is @thepinkchai.

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  7. I’m from close to Austin and just moved to LA! This post makes me miss it! Can’t wait to go back to check out some of these! wut_r_the_auds

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  8. Love your blog & your style!

    ig: Jencyjo

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  9. I have lived in Austin since the day I was born and have never lived anywhere else.(I’m 15) I love that you included both older famous spots in Austin and newer ones too. Austin is usch a cool city that I an blessed to live in. I love your outfit in the blog post (espically the jeans). (Pale.and.confused)

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  11. I’ve always wanted to make the trip to Austin! Haven’t yet, but will be Pinning many of these places for future reference. The vibes of that record store are everything.

    @retroartiste

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  12. My bf and I just came back from Austin and stayed at the Austin Motel as well! It was the best time. We’ll totally go back on sunnier and warmer days. It’s also very interesting to compare where you’ve been and where we’ve been. Not too many same places so that makes more discoveries for next time!

    Ig: @lxlflmm

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  13. Perfection! You always look so cute... your outfits are simple, classic and always on point! �� This post makes me want to go to Austin again ... some great spots to check out... Thanks! ��

    IG: sarabalini

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  14. Such great pictures 👌🏽✨ IG: @aneluxme

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  15. Been loving the new content! You always seem so genuine, makes me happy to know that more people are discovering your IG/blog. ❤️ @mascott5

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  16. Austin through your lens looks so charming and vintage!! It’s on my to visit list now, thanks to you. ❤️ IG: @xmlcvixx

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  17. It’s pretty convenient that one of my favorite bloggers happened to visit Austin a few weeks before I go for the first time. I look forward to trying some of your suggestions! And lovely photos, as always. 💛 (@somehowitwas)

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  18. I’m in love with your style! I also want these Paige jeans pretty bad, the more taco-friendly jeans, the better!😜 @helloflour

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  19. Love the colors! I need to go to Austin! ❤️ (@uhmealiuh)

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  20. Will definitely reference this post when I go to Austin someday with my husband!
    @perlaolvera

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  21. Love love love the photos! ♡ Austin looks lovely, I must go visit soon. Thank you so much for the lovely suggestions. With a kind heart @bluuuboy

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  22. Hey, i love reading your blog and seeing your instagram, i hope you had a great trip to beautiful Austin ❤

    @Emily.theflowerqueen

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  23. I am DYING over the denim/ floral jacket and I am such a sucker for those darling hotel keychains!!! 😍😍😍
    Courtney @flowersandgarbage

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  24. I'm really going to have to make some time to go to Austin soon! So fun. ✨💃

    IG: @jamiebudai

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  25. I’m suddenly dying to stay at that Motel. 😍 -@brookelander

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  26. Will definitely have to check this all out when I visit in 2 weeks!!! You make it all look so fun! 💕✨
    @JordanHoke

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  27. Love all these places! So glad you had such a blast in this great city I call home 💕IG: juliegarcia

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  28. Looks like a lovely getaway but those boots steal the show in your photos. Your shelves of footware are full of pairs I envy... but those black, lace-ups are stunning! @mklecker

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  29. I’ve been wanting to check out Austin for a while now! Thanks for the tips♥️

    @ashbadge

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  30. I lived at the Austin Motel for a few weeks in 2005, when I moved there. It was definitly a bit run down, but so charming, in those days. I’m dying to check it out again! It looks so cool!!

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    1. Oops! It’s @sarahmayim ❤️❤️ Thanks for the great blog post, Courtney!

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  31. what a fun trip! you looked adorable per usual :) and oysters are ALWAYS a good idea. P.S that extra white kitchen gave me heart eyes

    -Taylor @sandandsequins xoxo

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  32. love everything you do! Genuinely love being able to see your work. @kateleannemoore

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  33. I’ve heard so many amazing things about Austin, but now I’m really sold. I’m a fairly new follower to your blog, but I must say your content is always 👌🏼. Not to mention you just seem super nice and down to earth. ✨ Much love from Pennsylvania.
    - @uhlayknee

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  34. I am living for that floral jean jacket!!!! 😍😍😍 I’m obsessed!! @_lynndalou_

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  35. Next time if you have the $$ go to Jeffery's, Eberly is also really beautiful. @wilt.all.rosy

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  36. i’m from the midwest & am d y i n g to visit texas & escape this cold weather STAT! i adore the bunkhouse motels - but i am currently living vicariously through you as i have a newborn & littles aren’t aloud (which i completely understand!) so keep the content coming, girl! xxx @kelseysorvick

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    1. Hey! I think the Austin Motel is totally family and kid friendly!! You gotta go, and take the littles!

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  37. Austin looks so fun! And that hotel is the cutest... so are all of your outfits :) @jenny_barto_ on Instagram.

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  38. 1. Dying like everyone else over the Denim floral. 2. Living in the smack centre of Canada, Austin has always seemed so far away and out of reach. But seeing your photo diary of the charming motel (including the amazing sign paint details on the window!), makes me want to pack a suitcase and go on a road trip down south immediately! (My instagram is shannonkblake). ✌��

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  39. I’m dying to go to Austin! Beautiful pictures as always!! @sycamorekate

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  40. Love your style and your blog. Perfection ❤️ @ashleyengleman

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  41. I’ve always wanted to visit austin! Taking some notes from you on where to go :) @lil_squaash

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  42. Love!! Been wanting to go for some time now!
    @lovelymel94

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  43. Oh that coat is beautiful! I love how you capture not only the clothes, but the small things throughout the day!✨
    @cherishjune

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  44. Obsessed with that suede jacket! @sarahkinonen

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  45. All of these photos are so beautiful! In love with that jean jacket 😍
    Ig: carlybwall

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  46. Beautiful set of photos! And I love your hair @nellilovesdogs

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  47. Been dying to check out Austin almost went to SXSW last minute this year but it’ll have to be next. Would love to win that cactus pot! Cheers, Claire
    P.s. I work at Ostrich Farm!

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  48. Oh sorry and my insta handle is @clairecetera

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  49. I love these pictures ➰🌵🌞 @tangerinefieldsforever

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  50. This color palette is everything. Feeling inspired to take a road trip down to Austin. ✨ @mlsslngr

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  52. Amazing photos! Your posts always inspire me, I love your style. @kaitlyn.r.jennings

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  53. I literally just saved this post to my Pinterest board for places to visit. Such a cool guide if I ever head to Texas! Also adore your outfits. Those shoes and jeans are excellent! @grouchywolfpup

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  54. I’ve never been to Austin but this totally makes me want to go! I’m adding it to my travel list ASAP! You are travel goals girl! @jmarieclair

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  55. Your style and hair makes me so happy! You’re so full of warmth! @caleighellison

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  56. So frickin cute!
    Ig @mickeybrooks774

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  57. You know I love your page!!! Always an inspiration babe 🌵 @sarahsipscoffee on instagram!! Fingers crossed 🌺

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  58. Such a great blog and Instagram feed. I always look forward to seeing what’s new for style and travel inspo 🤩@karleylind

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  59. Ooh I love your Austin motel! When I visited we had an Airbnb and now
    I feel like I missed out! - lauren (@lauren_lynch) 💕

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  60. oooh, can't wait to make it out to Austin. In the meantime your pics are lovely. @carlinsea

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  61. Ok I lived in Texas for grad school and never visited Austin- thanks for the major dose of regret!
    @shelbybrookejones

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  62. Lovely photos. Always inspired by your aesthetic! ��

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  63. So precious! Would love to add pot to my little plant family. �� @ariannamurdocca

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  64. Love this post, I’m planning a trip to Austin and I’m so excited to stop by a few of these cute shops! Thank you 🌵
    Instagram: gabrielleleposki

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  65. You’re making me want to go back to Austin! They not only have the best food but the sweetest people :)

    Instagram: @stayfunnytran

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  67. GAH! Style, class, aesthetic for days?? You got it all, sis! :) I always look forward to your blog posts. Keep on keepin' on! @nickelodiaaan

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  68. Wow! Everything & everwhere looks incredible!!! I would love to visit one day and now I know all the best places to visit, Thsnk you IG - @fawnandfable_co

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  70. This makes me want to go and visit! Your style reminds me of a modern day Audrey Hepburn. I absolutely love following you! @sweetcarolinevd

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