Chicago is doing something right lately because my insta feed has been blowing up with Bean selfies, Wrigley Field couple pics and other overly saturated touristy photos… Like cool, we get it, you’re on vacation and yes I’m really jelly. I recently picked up the Austin Business Journal and on the front page was “CHICAGO – Things To Do in the Windy City” practically sending me a sign that it was time to book a flight. Perhaps the deep dish za is what really got me hooked though (since Gino’s East just made it’s Texas debut), aka time to get me some of the real deal. Flight booked!
Should you choose to plan a vaca consider mid September, as the weather is awesome (70’s-80’s), it’s the start of football season (a trip to Soldier Field is a must) and you can forget about counting calories since summer is basically over! This was actually my first time to the windy city and I couldn’t have asked for a better getaway. Here’s a recap of some things to check off your list while frolicking the town:As with any vacation of mine, a triple D pit stop is a must. Known for their fresh seafood and dynamite flavors, our first destination in Chi town was at the original Big & Little’s on Belmont Ave. Their soft shell crab po-boys, truffle fries and ahi ahi tacos were definitley off the hook. Standing on the glass ledge at the Willis Tower also means waiting in line for 3 hours just to reach the observation deck. Instead, opt for an afternoon cocktail at the 360cafe atop the John Hancock Center – free ride to the top AND you get to sip some bubbly! The views from here are much better also because the JH not only overlooks downtown, but the entire ocean (Lake Michigan).
Disclaimer: This post is a little late considering this vacation was a couple months ago. BUT, here it is none the less.
It’s evident the art deco era has come back in full swing, and if you weren’t aware, just open any fashion mag – the words mod, palm and 60’s are literally everywhere. So, in true fashion, I thought a trip to the art deco mecca was in order… and my flight to Miami was booked.
Since I’ve never been to Florida (other than a quick stop to hop on a cruise), I was an open book ready to soak in as much information on places to see, things to do and the best cuban sammies to eat. By the end of the trip I was one happy and full, bronzed babe.
We were fortunate enough to stay with some family friends that live in an awesome condo facing Biscane Bay. Our mornings were well spent sleeping in and taking a dip in the pool. Many cities have adopted the Citi Bikes and Miami was full of stations, so we rode everywhere… pretty much so I could multitask by getting a tan ;) On our way to the beach, we walked through Lincoln Road, aka a shopolic’s dream. Not only can you find an ahmazing Anthro, various locals boutiques, and a Starbucks on every corner, the ascetic is built around the existing art deco buildings, aka oh so chic!Miami beach is definitely a lot nicer than I thought it would be. There is a boardwalk that runs along the entire beach separating it from the die hard sun bathers and party goers on Ocean Drive. After a few hours of Peter’s skin getting crispy, we made our way in search of some frozen beverages and cuban sammies.
Happy Sunday Fun Day! This weekend was full of family, friends and a lot of sunshine; pretty much all you need in life. Unfortunately, we all miscalculated how much sunscreen was needed for a full day on the lake, and now we’re REALLY paying for it, whoops. But all this time outdoors is really getting me into the summer spirit – pretty soon Barton Springs Pool will be the only Austin destination when temperatures break the high 90’s and SnoBeach will be backed up with Tiger’s Blood orders. So naturally, Peter and I decided to plan a little getaway to Miami to soak up the sun kissed beaches and cuban inspired cuisine. I’m pretty much just trying to live vicariously through every Slim Aaron’s summer holiday photo.
First off, if anyone has ever been to Miami, any tips/suggestions are more than welcomed! We plan on amping up our food game with top notch cuban sandwiches, exploring the 60’s MOD architecture of downtown Miami and finally driving the overseas highway to Key West with Sixt Rent a Car. If you plan on taking a road trip anytime soon, look no further, as this family owned and operated rental car company comes highly recommended! They set the bar high with more than 100 locations worldwide (including our very own Austin, TX!), flexible drop off/pick up locations (which we all know is key) and really great rates. The choice rides are just an added bonus, but here are some coupons to sweeten the deal. Road trip!
In other news, here are a few things I’m currently obsessing over:
How cute are these handmade headbands by Libellula Designs?! Presh.
I’m a big fan of long lasting lipstick and think I just found my new number #1.
I did a little sunday shopping today at Olive on the eastside, it’s a must see!
If you love truffles, Bola Pizza will blow your mind! I had a little taste at the EAUFT and still can’t get enough.
If you live in Texas (or are an avid vintage shopper), then you’ve probably heard of this little Antique Festival that is RoundTop. Stretching more than 20 miles, you’re greeted with thousands of vendors selling their antique pickin’s on the side of the road, aka my dream come true. The festival stretches from the town of Warrenton to Burton, and you’re possibilities here are seriously endless. Unless you come prepared, you’re pretty much guaranteed to be overwhelmed by the amount of treasure picking that you can partake in. Life could be worse. I decided to spend my Sunday, a couple weekends ago, with some friends antiquing around and snapped a few photos of the show.
This past weekend was a busy one, as mentioned in my prior post on the Modern Home Tour, but let me tell you it was non-stop F.U.N. One of my bests, Nicole, invited us to stay at her parent’s newly renovated fixer-upper (which I could totally just live in forever), in Fredericksburg for a little girls weekend of shopping and wine tasting. If you’ve never heard of this magical place, Fredericksburg is an old country town that has become quite the popular tourist destination due to all the wineries near by and adorable main street, which boasts antique shops and clothing galore.
If you’re looking for a fun weekend getaway, where you still totally feel like you’re on vacation, but really only an hour and half away, look no further. This would also be a great destination for that oh so important holiday coming up, if you haven’t made any plans yet ;) Here’s a peak inside our weekend shenanigans and a breakdown of some of my musts while in Fredericksburg and the surrounding area. Yee-haw!
Best wineries: Pedernales Cellers – such a great patio, Grape Creek Vineyards, Becker Vineyards – the whole property is just gorg!, William Chris Vineyards.