So this past weekend I traveled to my home town of Austin, Texas for a girl’s weekend with my bestie, M. We were so lucky to get to stay at my grandparent’s home with a pool for the whole weekend, but everything else we did was essentially unfamiliar to me. I really wanted to experience the mature side of Austin that I didn’t get to as a kid, so that meant sushi dinners and bar scenes galore!
For all of my girl’s trips, I love to start out with getting blowouts so we don’t have to worry about our hair for the entire trip. My hair takes about 45 minutes to style so having someone else do it saved me overall time and I got to feel so pampered. We went to Blo Blow Dry Bar and here’s our after shot!
Fab, right?! Next we did some major damage at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale at the Domain. You can check out this blog post for more info on all the goodies I found there! I also stopped by Francesca’s and will definitely be posting my haul from there soon, too.
One of the things I would totally recommend when going to a bigger or more trendy city is to check out their local farmer’s market. Austin has several, but my favorite is the one downtown. I got pineapple and greens Kombucha and it was to die for!
For dinner, I wanted to try a new sushi bar that was getting awesome reviews online called Piranha Killer Sushi. It was soooo good and I loved their “sexytinis” even more. You can check out a pic of the sweet drink below. We ate so much edamame and nigiri, i was in total sushi heaven.
Then, we went to go watch the bats fly out from South Congress bridge, which I so highly recommend for any first timer to ATX. They take their sweet time coming out though, so consider yourself warned! It was so sweet to see something through new eyes, as my friend had never seen the bats before.
Finally, we stopped by an important Austin institution, Amy’s Ice Cream! You can check out some of their unique flavors below and their crazy yellow duck. Shops that are wacky like this really carry the “Keep Austin Weird” slogan! My favorite is Belgian chocolate with Oreo crushins.
The next day we stopped by Jo’s Coffee for a morning pick me up and you can see some better details of my outfit. The white dress comes in two colors, including the most stunning royal blue, and definitely kept me cool while walking around town. I paired it with my favorite, slightly funky earrings from Kendra Scott. She’s my favorite jewelry designer and is from Austin too!
We had Chuy’s for lunch, but honestly I would go there for every meal if I could. Their margaritas are serious business and their creamy jalepeno sauce makes my mouth water. They have locations all over the country now, but the original is something special.
For all those Texas history buffs out there, I included this pic of the inside of the Texas House of Representatives. The Texas Capitol is seriously so beautiful (and taller than the U.S Capitol!!) We loved the pink granite and the architecture the most.
As for nightlife, we went to both Rainey Street and Sixth Street and I would 100 percent recommend Rainey! Everyone should try Sixth street at some point if they want to, but Rainey Street feels like no where else. It’s a street of refurbished older homes turned into bars with loads of outdoor seating, string lights, and games. We loved one bar in particular, called Icenhauer’s, which served only cocktails named after ladies! Here we are below enjoying the Kelly, aka the most DELICIOUS thing ever! It’s champagne, blueberries and a dash of strawberry syrup.
Finally, after a loooooong two days but very fun ones, we cooled off at Barton Springs. This is an Austin classic, as the springs form a natural pool that’s around 65 degrees! It feels so refreshing in the summer and they have the most delicious organic popsicles. I got classic cookies and cream and my friend had blueberry lime. The water there was so clear and beautiful!
Thanks for reading everyone! Let me know if you’ve been to Austin and what your favorite place is.