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Austin Graffiti Park 

Alright, while I work my way back into this slowly try to ignore the wrinkles in my shorts, an unfortunate side effect of actually wearing an outfit all day. I got to spend this weekend visiting my sister and her hubby in Austin (and seriously contemplating moving there) after a delicious breakfast at Snooze we decided to go check out this graffiti park. It’s a really cool concept with some fun pictures to see, it’s ever changing and probably more visually appealing other days. On our visit, too many people had taken the opportunity to tag the walls, covering most of the actual art :/ we’ll have to go back…

I wanted to share my new favorite shirt with y’all! An inexpensive, lightweight and comfortable transitional piece. So far, I’ve got sleeveless mock turtleneck in two colors and I can’t stop wearing them. Sleek paired with any structured bottom, casual with distressed jeans, easily layered under anything and the perfect simple backdrop for statement jewelry.

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top / shorts / booties / hat / purse

4th of July Austin Adventure

IMG_3360This 4th of July Carlos and I took off for a fun adventure filled weekend in Austin with my sister and her hubby. We arrived late Thursday but enjoyed catching up over vino and a gorgeous cheese spread, even ended our late night with a game of Monopoly, where Carlos dominated.  Ashley and Mitchell are the most amazing hosts, and they spoiled us with food and activities that left me wishing I had their lifestyle! They moved out there last summer so they’re mostly familiar with the city but still enjoy discovering new things.

Friday they took us to Barton Creek, a recent discovery of theirs, and a step up from your average pool day. After stopping at Academy for water shoes, we happily strolled down the creek til we found our perfect spot. We just hung out all afternoon in the water getting a tan and drinking beer. It was like being at a huge but chill college party. We left there exhausted, completely drained from the sun. We stopped at a food park truck for a late lunch then headed back to the apartment to shower and nap. Our nap lasted a little longer than we meant for it to but when we got up Mitchell made cookies and we all watched a movie on the couch.

Saturday was one of the longest days ever, but so much fun. We woke up early and, after a waffle breakfast, headed to Pedernales Falls for my first legit hike. A & M had been wanting to get out there, so it was a new adventure for all of us. We did a 6.6 mile hike and stopped at a beautiful watering hole just before leaving. Everyone got in the water to cool off, except me, I didn’t wanna ride home wet. I know, I’m totally lame, but hey, I got pictures of them jumping off the cliff from my little perch. When we left we were all starving and not at all above walking into a restaurant the way we looked. Luckily, because we enjoyed some supper yummy pizza at Via 313, and I don’t really think anyone complained about the stench. jeje. Then we decided we really wanted to go to a vineyard, so we ran home, showered, and threw clothes on super fast #nomakeup…worth it. I love vineyards, even when the wine isn’t amazing. I just like the experience of sitting there with friends and trying new things, talking about the flavors and comparing all the tastings. We went to Spicewood Vineyard, I found most of their wines very thick and heavy, not really my thing…but they did have an amazing and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, which I did come home with. For dinner we went to South Congress in hopes of stumbling upon an open restaurant. We lucked out with South Congress Cafe, the desserts were amazing. On our way out we caught some fireworks and ended the night with another couch movie.

I had to go to Gourdough’s for breakfast before leaving Austin so for our last meal Sunday morning I dragged everyone there. They literally have doughnut everything, I’m sure we each devoured at least a million calories there. Before leaving the city we met up with one of my favorite married couples, who Carlos went to college with, I barely know them but seriously admire them. We had some great conversation and left promising everyone we’d be back soon. I’m planning on staying true to that promise!IMG_8666IMG_3375IMG_3381IMG_3385IMG_3387DSC_7745DSC_7746DSC_7760IMG_3398DSC_7813DSC_7750 IMG_3418DSC_7857DSC_7908DSC_7886DSC_7854IMG_3428IMG_3426

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Weekend Roadtrip: Austin

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Carlos and I decided to take a little road trip to Austin for Labor Day weekend to visit my sister and her new hubby. We went to two vineyards on Saturday. Solaro wasn’t my favorite, but for any of you who enjoy lighter tasting dry wines this place would be great. Personally I enjoy a fuller bodied wine with a little spice to it and I found an amazing bottle of Dolcetto that I couldn’t live without at our second stop. Bell Springs Winery was small inside but had a very homey feel to it. Our server was adorable and the prices were the best I’ve seen for tastings. 7 pours for $7 but free if you buy a bottle after! After our tastings we sat outside in rocking chairs and enjoyed a bottle and cheese plate. On our way back to the apartment we stopped in to the Texas Hill Country Olive Company. They sold local wines and had a fun little set up to try all their different oils and flavored balsamic vinegars with home made bread. Also that day they just happened to be grilling hotdogs and burgers outside so when we bought a bottle we got free tickets to eat, even that was delicious!

Sunday we got up early and drove to Wimberly to relax at Blue Hole. We should’ve known it was gonna be crazy packed, we didn’t get in :( instead of waiting around for people to leave we headed over to Wimberly Brewing Company. I’m not really a beer drinker but they had one beer “Drop the Rabbit” delicious, I think it was everyone’s favorite. The owner, Bruce Collie, played for the 49ers when they won the Super Bowl in ’88 & ’89. Bruce, his wife and 13 adorable home schooled kids ran this brewery and pizza joint. Bruce was awesome, and he sat there and talked to us forever, my sisters’ husband was in heaven. We all really enjoyed it, Our day definitely turned around here. We had two orders of the most delicious wings I’ve ever had in my life and the biggest pizza ever. If you’re ever in the Austin/Wimberly area this place is a Must visit!

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