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Austin, TX 2016

Austin 2016 Mary O Photography

I’m excited to share our recent girls’ trip to Austin with you!  We have a co-ed Lifegroup (which is lovely), but sometimes we like to do dinners and things with only the women in the group.  One day we had the idea to travel to Austin, and since the dates worked well for ((almost)) everyone it fell together pretty quickly!

We definitely hit Austin traffic when we got there, so we were running a couple of hours later than we planned.  Because of this, we went straight to our fancy dinner spot, La Condesa, instead of stopping by our Airbnb first!  You may know for yourself, or you may remember it from my last post about Austin, but La Condesa is easily my favorite restaurant I’ve been to in Austin.  I have several places on my list of favorites, and there are soooo many places I haven’t tried yet.  But this place is great, ok?  Ok.

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Just beware if you go that the dishes are quite small–much more European style than American :)

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Kourtni’s and my friend, Holly (who I met last year in Austin) joined us for dinner!  It was lovely to see her, though I do wish it could have been for longer (come to OKC, Holly)!

After dinner, we stopped by our Airbnb (photos of that later–it’s dreamy) then walked over to South Congress for some coffee and exploring!  Sidenote: it was really really hot.  really.

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Gotta love Jo’s!  That iced americano almost saved my life.  Did I mention it was hot out?  Maybe it was just because I was traveling with these lovelies:

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…probably :)

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We found a really fun candy shop that was themed like a vintage carnival!  I’m not a huge candy person myself, but I did freak out a little when Steph found these chocolate frogs for us #HPforLIFE

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After walking up and down all of SoCo, we were ready to shower and sleep, so that’s exactly what we did.  The next morning we got up early to do breakfast before heading out to go SUP-ing (which didn’t work out because of all the flooding in South Texas…so bummed).  We went to the original Kerbey Lane Cafe because it’s great, and we had a lovely feast!  I really think breakfast potatoes are a love language of mine.

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After realizing that we couldn’t SUP, we headed back to South Congress to shop and explore some more :)  I love all the little details in Austin, everything is artful and cool or pretty!

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(I found a cactus ring!!! A cactus ring. I love it so much! ^)

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Did you know TOMS has a coffee shop?  Well, they do!

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We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the public pool that was steps away from our house (Airbnb for the win), then we got ready and headed out for the evening!  Kourtni introduced us to what is probably my new current favorite coffee shop (though how could I decide, really?), Seventh Flag Coffee.  There was so much to love about this place, but I have to say that the reasons why it’s my current favorite have more to do with their culture + vibes than to do with their coffee or food.  Everyone was kind there, everyone.  Not to mention, they are all about community.  And they have top notch coffee, tea, and pastries.  Top. Notch.

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And they have these cool cinder block planters in their front yard^–I think we’ll have to make one of those sometime!

Since we all had different ideas of what we wanted for dinner, we divided and conquered and brought everything back to our house.  Me?  I went to Chi’Lantro since I have been craving it ever since I tried their kimchi fries last year.  This time I went with a rice bowl, and I may never order anything else again, it was so so good!

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Here’s a peek at our Airbnb!

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That astroturf we’re standing on was a part of the deck that we had all to ourselves–there were twinkle lights and adirondack chairs out there!  Perfect.

Of course I had to take everyone to Mt Bonnell to watch the sunset after discovering it last year.  It did not disappoint!

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That light is so so dreamy–the perfect last evening of travel :)

The next morning a few of us went to Elizabeth St Cafe, a French Bakery + Vietnamese Cafe that is both high quality and beautifully quirky!  I couldn’t decide between Asian and European, so I started with a Madagascar Vanilla black tea and their Sticky Rice with ginger sausage and poached eggs (mind-blowing.  I’ve never had anything like it and I will be trying to recreate it for the rest of my days.), then I finished with a Chocolate Croissant and a shot of espresso.  My eyes literally filled with tears when I took a bite of the croissant and just smelled the espresso.  It was as good as everything we had in Italy, and it instantly transported me back to soaking up the sun rays in our piazza watching Italian life go by.

So anyway, breakfast was great haha

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After breakfast we went downtown for a little while (I wasn’t going to Austin without stopping by Patagonia), then we stopped at this adorable coffee shop before heading back to OKC!  Thanks to Holly for posting about this place on Instagram–they have lots of yummy house-made syrups including rosemary (my current favorite).

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Well, that’s it!  Thanks for looking through my vacation photos with me :)  I hope this inspired you to take a trip to Austin soon!  Though, I would recommend waiting until it’s not summer there…just, if you want my opinion!  Austin, I love you!  Stay weird, friend.

love,

M

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