Frilling Austin To Do’s: Part Two


Last week I posted about some of my favorite daytime activities in Austin, TX. Today I want to focus on frilling things to do at night.

1. Watch the sun set at the Oasis Restaurant:

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The outside seating can hold over 1,000 people, and the view is absolutely breathtaking! My favorite dish to order is the southwestern lettuce wraps. 

2. Have dinner, drinks, AND a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse.

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This might be my favorite. I can’t decide. There’s just something amazing about getting to order all the appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks you want whilst having the movie theater experience as well. I seriously love it. 

3. Have a laugh at Esther’s Follies.

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Enjoy a comedy show and a legit magician at Austin’s premiere comedy club, located on the famous sixth street. 

4. Experience the night life on 4th, 5th, and 6th streets.

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My new favorite restaurant on 6th street is the Iron Cactus Grill. They have some of the best guacamole I have ever had, AND they have white queso, which is really hard to find around here! 

Late at night on the weekends, they close off traffic on the famous 6th street. If the crazy crowd gets to be too much for you (as I have found it is for me!), head down to 4th and 5th streets for a more refined nightlife experience. My most recent faves are Qua for dancing and Halcyon Coffee, Bar, and Lounge for a late night dessert. 

Got any Austin nightlife faves?

- Aurelia

Frilling Austin To Do’s: Part One


I’ve been wanting to blog about my favorite Austin activities for a while now. It’s such a fun and unique city, and since my BFF was just recently in town visiting, some of my favorite things to do are fresh on my mind. 

I thought I’d break them up into two posts and am still finding it hard to condense! This post covers five, fun daytime activities I love in Austin (though you could do these things at night as well). Next week, I’ll post about things I love to do at night. I should also note that I have my Austinite friends, Melaina and Katie, to thank for introducing me to most of my picks. So, without further ado: 

1. Brunch at Bess Bistro.

I love this eatery because it’s swanky and chic, and the experience makes me feel kind of fabulous. Plus Sandra Bullock owns it, and seriously, who doesn’t love Sandra Bullock? Fun fact about Bess Bistro: it’s in what was the old bank vault of a building that originally housed apartments in the early nineteen hundreds. 

2. Lunch at Whole Foods on Lamar: 

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This Whole Foods started it all 30 years ago as a neighborhood market. It’s a must-see because it’s the flagship store, and it’s 80,000 square feet facility has it ALL. Go grab lunch and be in awe. 

3. Explore the shops on South Congress (SoCo). 

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Check out famous shops, such as the costume shop, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds and the antique store, Uncommon Objects. And don’t miss out on the local favorite, Amy’s Ice Cream. It will cool you off and NOT disappoint! 

4. Take the plunge, if you dare, at Barton Springs.

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If you’re finding the Texas heat too hot to handle, enjoy a dip in Austin’s natural pool, Barton Springs, which averages at 68 degrees all year long. It might warm you up in the winter, but from personal experience, it’s like jumping into a bucket of ice in the summer! It’s so worth it though; it’s a fun, local experience, and it’s beautiful! 

5. Shop at the Domain.

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Enjoy a luxury outdoor shopping experience at the domain. Some of my favorite daytime restaurants here include North and The Steeping Room.

- Aurelia

Renegade Craft Fair 2011: Austin


Last weekend, the Renegade Craft Fair came to Austin, and it was tons o’ fun! I felt like I was walking around Etsy. Frills. Frilling. LOVE. There was so much eye candy, I just had to buy a few prizes for myself – more on that in a later post. I left with some ideas of my own, too.

For now, check out some of my favorite designers I discovered at the Fair:

Check out these frilling Ipad carriers I found by Craft Chi. You can find her blog here

Hair pieces were all the fad at the Fair this year, but these flower crowns stood out above the rest. They are just the fringes of Molly Gee’s collection. Seriously, I think I stayed in her booth the longest. She had ALL KINDS of frilling goodies. Check out her website to see what I mean. 

I could not get enough of this fabric wall art by Tefi Designs. My favorite is the Embroidery Ring Decor. I am also in LOVE with her fabric necklaces and rings. So frilling! Check out her site for everything from wreathes to jewelry to stationery!

These button bouquets by the Button Florist were amazing to behold! She even had bouquets made from felt and ceramic. It would be really neat to see her creations as a wedding decor. Her site is currently under construction, but you really ought to bookmark it for later!

Sublime Stitching had a super fun booth. There were all kinds of embroidering patterns available that iron on up to eight times! They also had napkins and dish towels for sale, as well as lots of metallic threads. I bought a Christmas pattern and some dishtowels. Someone will be getting a lovely present very soon. =)

I fell in LOVE with these Baby Pill Box Hats. Seriously. LOVE. They are so cute; I just HAD to have one. You can find these at Black Gardenia Design along with many other super frilling hair pieces. 

Well, there you have it. My faves from the Renegade Craft Fair in Austin. Ours was the first city they hit this summer, so check out their site for a city near you! 

- Aurelia

fran & aurelia

Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

Aurelia likes baking, fashion, hosting lovely dinner parties, and laughing at clever and witty things.