This past weekend I headed to Austin with Melissa, Katie and Emily for the Texas Style Council Blog Conference. It just so happened to also be to the first weekend of SXSW so of course we took full advantage of that as well. In fact, I will admit we enjoyed that and a weekend in Austin a tad more than the conference and ended up just having the most fantastic time!! We were not there for more than 15 minutes when Katie spotted her favorite celebrity Andy Cohen. We took full advantage of our weekend and made the most of out time down South:
I love, love, LOVED the tassel garland we spotted. I am thinking I need to find an occasion to make my own I loved it so much.
We parked ourselves at the Driskill for cappuccinos and drinks on Saturday afternoon to escape the rain. It was the happening place and we were ucky to not only score a table, but one with a couch and outlets too.
Our other go-to was the Four Seasons. We enjoyed making lots of new friends here (hi Meg!) and could not pass up a meal at Trio.
Thankfully, cowboy boots are always appropriate in TX and work well as a rain boot too.
I spied the most darling pink and green eggs at Chez-Zee Saturday evening. Another DIY project might be in my near future...
There were a number of stores that partnered with TXSC. Each shop had treats out for us shoppers and attendees and since I cannot say no to a sweet treat I was a happy camper all weekend long.
While I am hardly familiar with Austin (Melissa and Emily are the gurus since they lived there) I had been to Bess Bistro and loved it. Beantown Prepster and I actually dined here two years ago on the day we met! Our little group enjoyed brunch here yesterday and to say it was phenomenal would be an understatement. I do not even like shrimp very much, but when Emily offered me a bite of her shrimp and grits I about died and went to heaven. DELICIOUS!
PS- Can you tell that I love to eat and cannot get enough pomme frites from my food photos?
Before we headed out yesterday we made one last stop at Walton's Fancy and Staple to stock up on Golden Eggs. Yum, yum, yum!
What a wonderful weekend. So wonderful that I can hardly wait to go back in May or for SXSW next year! I loved meeting I Pick Pretty as well as a handful of other blog readers when out and about in the pouring rain (hello to those in Colombus, MO!) and exploring Austin was such a treat.