After another short but sweet visit to Austin this summer, I'm definitely still saying "I love you so much." It was over 100 degrees, public restrooms were kind of hard to find, and my friends and I had to brave real Texas driving. But despite all that, I think we would all agree that this was the best day of our trip to the Lone Star State.
Our good friend and fellow Maryville College alum was our tour guide for the day. When we were texting back and forth about plans, I mentioned wanting to explore South Congress, HOPE Outdoor Gallery (a.k.a Castle Hill Graffiti Park), and of course the Greetings from Austin mural. Luckily, when he asked a true local (he is actually from the Dallas area), she recommended the same exact things. We definitely owe Spencer for being a perfect gentleman as us ladies shopped or whenever we needed anything. And showing us Torchy's. We owe him forever for that.
Taking this trip with three of my closest friends (Ari and Alysse are the other women pictured) was definitely the right move. I am the first to admit that I love traveling alone, but having friends along adds a community element that can't be beat. Hopefully my snap shots below convey some of that; and be sure to take a peak at my shopping recommendations above the next picture set!
SHOPPING + GLIMPSES
As we wondered in and out of shops, we were told that the best time to visit would be April or October (as is the case with many other places in the South). But we didn't let the heat get us down. Each of us found adorable pieces at the little shop Strut. The vintage inspired duds at Creature's Boutique (the host of the adorable bistro table and flowers in the pictures below) were fresh and light, a perfect fit for the heat of Austin. Personally, my favorite store was Parts & Labour, host to locally made clothing, jewelry, and lots of Texas lovin'.
I highly recommend going with a flowy dress and the most comfortable sandals you can find if you take the trip in the height of summer as we did. Not only will you be pounding some pavement to see the sights, but Austin is pretty famous for its outdoor adventures as well. I wore my trusty LBD, the Alena dress from Brandy Melville, and my waterproof leather sandals that I picked up from a vendor, Tread Light, at Bonnaroo.
The big blue skies and wonderful plant life of Austin captured my heart. I knew that when I got out of the car the first time through town and happened to see the members of one of my favorite bands heading into the same Buffalo Exchange as I was that this was a special city. The locals love it for a damn good reason. I'm already itching to get back and stay a bit longer.