austin

I took off for Austin, Texas this weekend- a spur of the moment trip to visit one of my girlfriends. First time to Austin (or Texas for that matter)- and I loved it! 

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That's Celeste. She's a rockstar. And quite the tour guide! 

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We toured the town on bikes. All day. 

And the day was beautiful...

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 and apparently very 'cool' for Texas weather. Although we did hit up some fans every now and then...

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Then we stopped by the local animal shelter called Town Lake... WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF? I'll never know. 

I couldn't help but photograph these faces. And I'm not kidding- it's like they were asking for a photo session..

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<cue Sarah Mclachlan song>

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What did I tell you? Heart. Wrenching. 

If that doesn't make you want to hop over to your nearest shelter...

Good news is: Celeste filled out an application. She's going to get one!! The story is a little more complicated- involving a dog that's not actually hers that she's trying to re-possess. Hmmm.. Stay tuned...

We then finished off the afternoon by jumping in Barton Springs-

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 why don't they have one of these everywhere?

I finally met her cute boyfriend-

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Dinner at this fabulous little restaurant called Parkside-

love this shelf system-

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Most of the decor that I saw in Austin was alot like this- simple, sustainable, no frills, no fuss. Just a really laid back urban vibe... Not like any other city I've been to. 

Went by Hotel San Jose on South Congress- ever been? 

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<photos from southern living>

Also went to another really cool place called Eastside Showroom. Didn't take pictures but loved it. 

and then there was dancing.. ofcourse.

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Lots of laughs...

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and I mean belly laughs!

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Oh, and while we are OFF the subject of design:

Hoyt turned 30 yesterday!! Happy Birthday to my sweetheart. 

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All pictures (except the few I cited above) by me- *Some people have inquired about this: I slightly edit these pictures in iphoto (sometimes I use Photoshop Suites but mainly just iphoto)- convert some to black and white, crop, etc. It's easy, I promise.