Posts Tagged austin

rainy day

Friends, this morning it rained in Austin. I can’t remember the last time it did that.

I always thought of myself as a fan of rainy, dreary days, and I am, but Austin has taught me to love the heat and the sun, too. Austin is also lovely in the rain especially if you get to spend a few minutes at your favorite coffee shop.

rainy day

A little rain, a little coffee, a little portrait taking, a very nice afternoon break.

austin places: summer to do list

Yesterday marked our first full year in on wonderful new town. Joel wrote a nice post about our first year in Austin, by the way.

Our first year in Austin went by so quickly and wonderfully. We’ve done and seen and traveled and eaten. Oh, how we’ve eaten. But there are a few things that we haven’t managed to do yet. This is my list of Austin things I hope to visit before September. I was going to say before summer is over, but if we’re honest summer lasts until January in these parts, so September it is.

Austin Museum of Art

I’ve been meaning to get myself over to AMoA ever since the first time I walked past it’s lovely modern building on Congress Ave. It’s free on Tuesdays so I have no excuse.

photo via AMoA

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renegade craft fair austin!

Today my Saturday brunch pal, Tiffany, and I went met up at Elizabeth St. Cafe before heading over to Renegade. It was a perfect morning to sit outside eating berries, croissants, and drinking delicious coffee. And Elizabeth St. has the very best!

Elizabeth St.

Elizabeth St.

I can’t believe I forgot my camera! I only managed a few shots on my phone. Maybe I’ll sneak back over to Renegade tomorrow for a little more documenting.

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austin places: baton creole

Last week was a long, busy blur. By the time Friday afternoon rolled around we were ready for a break and went looking for lunch. We ended up at Baton Creole and my goodness was it good! Tempting food aromas came from the bright pink trailer and we ended up ordering jambalaya (on a stick!) upon the recommendation of the guy working that day. Everything else on the menu looked really good, too. We’ll need to make another trip there soon.

Baton Creole - Atx

Baton Creole - Atx

baton creole

Now there are lots of food trailers in Austin and they all do a pretty good job of creating an inviting space, but I really loved the picnic tables and Texas wildflowers growing in tin cans that Baton Creole used for decor. So adorable!

around here lately

Nothing feels quite as nice as coming home to a place you love after a long trip. It’s wonderful to be bak in Austin and back in our loft. I’ve been enjoying all the homey comforts so much this week. Hanging out with Cors, getting coffee at our local coffee place, and meals of granola and berries.



Our good friend, Audra, is visiting this week and it’s so fun to get to show her our favorite spots.

one last sxsw post

Our last day of SXSW was a bit lazy and throughly enjoyable. We walked all over the East Side serenaded by bands on every corner and had waffles (with root beer maple syrup!), blood orange iced teas at Vintage Heart, and then walked down to Flatstock at the convention center. Flatstock is a two day art show of band posters. I recognized a few artists from Renegade Craft Shows and resisted buying enough beautifully crafted posters to paper our 20′ loft walls. I am regretting not picking up this Of Monsters and Men poster

Waffles for lunch.

Vintage Heart.

In the evening we went to a little venue I had never been to on the quieter side of town and sat in a trumpet vine drapped garden drinking cider, munching little desserts, and listening to a friend from college days playing her wonderful songs.

Trumpet vine

Beth Bambara


A delightful way to end a very busy week.

around here lately: sxsw edition

The day after we got back from our long road trip, SXSW started. Around here lately has looked a lot like dressing for the sun and the walking and the music and visiting with all the friends that South By has brought to town.

There have been breaks for work and coffee and reading quietly, too. It’s hard to pick a favorite show (especially because so many of the shows we’ve been to include our friends’ bands), but they have all been a lot of fun. Lord Huron was fantastic. I can’t recommend them enough. Everyone go listen.

Lord Huron

After Lord Huron we saw a few bands and then Foxygen. I really like the Foxygen record and their show was pretty much what I thought it would be. Art rock? Yes. Crazy rock? Yes. Fun? Yes. They kind of sound like The Velvet Underground and the Rolling Stones.

Foxygen - Hype Hotel
The week has worn us out a bit so we haven’t gone to everything that would have been fun. I don’t know how most sxsw-ers do it. But it’s been a good and exhausting time and the quiet chats with friends have been just as wonderful as all the amplified sounds.

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friends, coffee, graffiti

It’s been an oddly rainy day in Austin and a day filled with helping friends. In between holding ladders and offering other forms of assistance, Joel, Cors, and I got in a few photos at our local coffee shop, Vintage Heart. VH had a wonderful mural when it first opened but after a few months it was tagged with ugly graffiti. Mallory offered her tagged walls to some Austin street artists and they went to work. The new walls make a pretty fun backdrop.

We work in parking lots. Sometimes.

Magic box.

Cors at Vintage Heart

Jess & Cors at Vintage Heart

I am so thankful to be in a city that we love and to have found friends so quickly. Austin has a lot of love to give.

small business saturday: austin, tx

It’s important to support your local small business owners all year round, but I like the idea of Small Business Saturday being a time we all give them a little extra love. I’m planning on visiting a couple of my favorite places today.

Vintage Heart for a delicious latte (the lavender one is a tasty speciality of theirs).

Take Heart is great for thoughtful hostess gifts, small presents, cards, and stocking stuffers. They have a sweet shop pup, too.

Spartan has a really beautiful gallery feel and you’re bound to find things for foodies, homebodies, and gardeners.  My secret weapon for the hard to buy for.

Stag for manly men, dapper gents, and gifts for the appreciators of craftsmanship.

Elizabeth St. Cafe for a bite to eat. Order the special and a nutella eclair. You won’t be disappointed.

austin places: good coffee

This is a new series about my new city, Austin. There’s so much to explore!

One of the things that surprised me the most when we first moved to Austin was the number of amazing little coffee places. I prefer my coffee local and had been a little nervous about finding a replacement for the great coffee shop we left behind in Chicago. I shouldn’t have been because Austin coffee is just wonderful!

There are basically two local roasters, Third Coast and Cuvée, that most of the shops get their beans from and in my opinion Third Coast is the best. My favorite latte in Austin is made from their beans at Vintage Heart. It’s a cute, quiet little shop on the east side. They always have fresh flowers and their coffee is just delicious!

Vintage Heart

Even though we live on the eastside I only get to Vintage Heart a few times a month. My daily coffee place is Jo’s on South Congress (SoCo). They use Cuvee beans. It’s just a short walk from work and a really nice place to drink an iced latte outside, read a book, and pet a few friendly pups.

Jo's on SoCo

I’m dangerously craving one of their chocolate chip cookies right now. So good!