HI THERE, I AM BACK FROM THE DEAD! Well not really, I never died but this poor poor blog has been suffering from my overly busy life in the past few months. But that's just how life goes I guess.
In the past few months, I've had surgery, overbooked my photography business, started some really cool freelance endeavors, was in my best friend's wedding, and even traveled to Austin, TX for her bachelorette trip!
I had never been to Austin before but EVERYONE had always told me that I would love it. I had always been skeptical (Texas is honestly my least favorite place on the planet, sorry to break it to ya) but Austin truly had a whole different vibe...in a good way.
I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona until I was 14 and then moved to Louisiana, and I've been here ever since. I felt as if Austin was the perfect blend between my nostalgic love for the Southwest but with my love for Southern charm... it was as if it was a mix between my two favorite places: Phoenix and New Orleans. The excess of cacti and Mexican food/Spanish wording on signs really reminded me of growing up in Arizona, while the colorful buildings and the Southern hospitality of the people was so reminiscent of Louisiana culture, specifically New Orleans.
Speaking of growing up on the west coast, I obviously needed to have In-N-Out Burger immediately upon arrival. I'm pretty sure the Austin location is the closest one we have to Louisiana so that meal was imperative.
The only sad part about my trip to Austin was that we were literally only there for like 1 full day! From what I could see, that was DEFINITELY not enough time to visit the city because it seemed like there was so much to do and see! I was also there on a bachelorette trip with a group, so I didn't get to experience a lot of the stuff that I probably would have done had I been there solo.
In any event, it was a lovely whirlwind trip! I had been feeling really sick that weekend and extremely stressed from work stuff, so I promised myself to not bring my camera and to try to make the most of it as a mini-vacation. Ok I lied...I did bring my GoPro for some photos while we were kayaking, but other than that I couldn't help but snap a million photos with my phone. Literally everything in the city inspired me, and I was like ok no I HAVE to blog about some of this stuff!
We stayed in a really cute little Airbnb on East Cesar Chavez street, which was walking distance from a lot of cool stuff. We were so pressed for time so there was a lot I didn't get to do, but there was a brewery across the street, a juicery next door, piñata stands up and down the street, and the most ADORABLE vintage shop/coffee shop across the street!
The exact Airbnb house we stayed in is linked below. I would highly recommend it/our host Nathan. He was very accommodating and everything was exactly as listed!
The little vintage store/coffee shop that I was so obsessed with is called Friends & Neighbors. I mean come on, look at that freaking sign!
Thank God this was across the street because I was able to walk over and get coffee in the morning (we did stay out reallllllly late at a karaoke bar called Ego's the night before after we got into town. Crazy bachelorette nights = much needed coffee the next morning.)
When I walked over to get coffee, I realized that not only was it an adorable house that had been converted to a coffee shop, but that it also was a vintage store with racks and racks of groovy clothes! I was completely OBSESSED and was like I definitely need to come back and check out the vintage stuff once the store part of the place opens up (only the coffee shop portion was open at that time in the morning.) I definitely returned later and bought a really adorable vintage 60's pastel paisley dress with a peter pan collar, and a groovy printed floor length house coat!
Honestly, most of our trip consisted of long meals together, kayaking, and getting ready to go out. We never made it out to famous 6th street, but I did get to check out South Congress street for a few hours and hit up some of the shops there! I really enjoyed seeing the shops/restaurants on South Congress and will definitely be revisiting that area next time I go and have more time to explore. The photos below are from various shops up and down the street!
I wish I had more details to share about specifics but like I said, we really weren't there very long (and quite honestly- I would not recommend any of the restaurants we ate at even if I could have remembered their names. Haha. Group decisions on where to eat usually don't go well for me! I'm not fancy enough to really appreciate any of the places we went! I would have been happy with some sloppy tacos from a truck!) Next time I go I'd also love to try some good ole' BBQ that Austin is famous for ;)
Have you ever been to Austin? What was your favorite thing to do when you went? Leave a comment below!