72 Hours in Austin

D.C. blogger Alicia Tenise styles the Calypso St. Barth Blue Paisley Dress from Rent the Runway

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Dress: ℅ Rent the Runway | Boots: Vince Camuto (more colors and sizes here)| Bag: Tory Burch | Earrings: ℅ Gorjana | Necklace: Taudrey | Bracelet: Kendra Scott | Sunglasses: Selima Optique

This past Veteran’s Day weekend, I decided to take advantage of the long weekend hopped on a flight to Austin, TX. Austin has been on my bucket list for years — I really want to head to Austin City Limits one day, but before I go to ACL, I really wanted to explore Austin first. Music festivals are an all day affair, and you don’t have that much time or energy to actually explore the city when you’re at a fest!

I ate all the tacos, took a stop by Kendra Scott’s HQ, went to a black tie gala, and managed to squeeze a football game in at UT – Austin (which by the way, was my very first football game ever!) Here’s a summary of what I was able to pack in in 72 hours, but clearly I need to head back because there were a million more places I wanted to eat at!

Also, it was pretty warm in Austin (75 and Sunny the entire time I was down there!), and since I had packed all of my summer clothes away, I decided to get a dress from Rent the Runway shipped down to my friend’s apartment. This dress was so lightweight and breezy, and perfect for a day of brunch and exploring!

  • Gordough’s Public House: I brunched here on my very last day in Austin, and A. it was super cheap, B. it was crazy delicious! I got their fried chicken donut, which basically tastes like chicken and waffles, AKA heaven. 
  • Lucy’s Fried Chicken: Oh my ‘lanta: this place was absolutely delicious and I will absolutely eat there again when I go back! We enjoyed a delicious family-style southern meal. Grab a bucket of chicken, mac n’ cheese, sweet potatoes and collard greens. I basically pregamed for Thanksgiving with those sides!
  • Caffe Medici: I was walking around downtown and stumbled upon this coffee shop. Coffee was on point, but guys: they served breakfast tacos with coffee. Taco Deli breakfast tacos, to be exact. Why did I leave Austin? Where can I get breakfast tacos in D.C.?
  • El Ama Cafe y Cantina: It was hard to pin down my favorite Mexican spot in Austin, but I think this one took the cake. Great cocktails, delicious tacos, and some of the spiciest guac I’ve ever had. 
  • The Gypsy Wagon: Some of the boutiques on South Congress were a little pricey, but this one was super affordable *and* had the cutest pieces! I picked up a velvet/lace tank from there that I hope to get up on the blog soon!
  • TOMS: Okay, not a local shop. But the TOMS store in Austin is a hybrid of a coffee shop and shoe store, which is pretty legit!
  • Allen’s Boots: I’m not from the south, so I never really understood the appeal of cowboy boots — until I visited Allen’s. These were the craziest, most intricate boots I’ve ever seen: from studded boots to embroidered boots, I fell in love with a million pairs!
  • Uncommon Objects: It’s a super eclectic antiques store, where you can find amazing, one-of-a-kind pieces for your home. If I had room in my suitcase, one of their trunks would have gone home with me!
  • Floppy Disk Repair: This was a super-hip, ~secret bar~ in Downtown. You needed a code to get in, but they’re semi-lax. Great place to chill and catch up with friends.
  • Handlebar: Handlebar has two floors, and you can occasionally catch live music here. Overall I just loved the vibe of this place, and the rooftop is perfect to hang out on when it’s nice out!
  • Rainey Street: If you want a Sunday Funday in Austin, this strip of bars is where you need to go!

Have you been to Austin? Where were your favorite places to go?

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  1. Jenn McClure wrote:

    First off: I love the color of your hair! It’s beautiful! You’re beautiful! ((sorry for the word vomit))

    I have always wanted to visit Austin. I grew up in Dallas/Ft. Worth and moved to Florida when I was 10 and haven’t been back since. I really hope to be able to go visit there some day and seem some of these places that you’ve shared with us.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    Love, Jenn

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  2. Belle Bermudez-Tubel wrote:

    Love those boots and pictures are beautiful!

    One Awesome Momma

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  3. Tuyet wrote:

    I’ve never been to Austin but am dying to go! Seems like you had a great time! http://kimballandkedzie.com

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  4. Looks like it was a blast! Love this look, your dress is so pretty.

    Great photos!

    xx, Elise

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  5. Gorgeous in every way! So fun! I love austin but haven’t visited many of the spots you found. I’ll be ching them out next trip!

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  6. Mistle wrote:

    Love your outfit!! I visited Austin for my 30th birthday and had a blast. I wish I would have had more time there. Hoping to go back soon. I will have to check out these places you mentioned!

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  7. shannon wrote:

    Austin is one of the top places on my travel bucket list! Your trip looks and sounds like it was a blast!

    Clothes & Quotes

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  8. Lavenda Memory wrote:

    That dress couldn’t be more stunning! Looks like you had a blast babe 🙂

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  9. Crystal Marie wrote:

    I love your outfit.The pattern and colors of this dress are lovely. I really like the boots too 🙂

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  10. Nicholle Brainard wrote:

    Your pictures totally capture the feel I thought Austin would have! Still a place on my list to visit!

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  11. Sounds like such a fun trip! I want to go!
    xo, L

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  12. Ruthie Ridley wrote:

    I have never been to Austin but it looks like a GREAT time!! Love the outfit too!!

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  13. Meggan wrote:

    Love Austin so much!

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  14. Kamara H wrote:

    Such beautiful photos and I LOVE your dress. Austin looks lovely!


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  15. Nicole Parise wrote:

    Love your outfit! It is so cute, love the print!
    xx nicole

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  16. Amanda'sApothecary wrote:

    Fun pics! Austin is on my list, thank you for sharing!

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  17. Stesha wrote:

    Austin is one of my favorite places ever!


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  18. You are gorgeous and so are your photos. Makes me want to book a trip to Austin!

    Posted 11.18.16 Reply
  19. Sarah Louise Zerbe wrote:

    I have never been but it is definitely on my list, looks like a lot of fun!

    Posted 11.19.16 Reply
  20. Austin seems awesome! I am totally jealous of your travels lately!

    Posted 11.20.16 Reply