Living in two different places has its challenges- and rewards. I so love the life I have in DFW, but Austin has been calling me for a while now and I’ve finally decided to answer. Yes, I’m setting down roots in Austin while leaving some planted in DFW. I believe living in both places will only help my blog, and me, grow and develop professionally. After a couple of weeks of settling into my Austin apartment, I decided to venture out and learn my way around the city. So with a full tank and an empty schedule I set out on Saturday morning to see what Austin had to offer.
10:00 AM Private Yoga Lesson in Shipe Park
I didn’t think it’d be very zen of me to snap photos during yoga, so after we ended class with my favorite pose, Savasana, I took a few pics of my vantage point on my mat. Afterwards we dangled our feet in the pool to cool off.
12:00PM Lunch- Torchy’s Tacos @ Trailer Park Eatery 1st Street
Photo Credit: trailerfooddiaries.blogspot.com
This taco stand always has long line of dedicated foodies. I ordered my two tacos to go and while I waited stepped next door to Holy Cacao for an iced Mexican Hot Chocolate. Cold and sweet, with a devilicious hint of cayenne pepper, it’s the perfect summer treat.
1:00PM Sale at Anthropologie on 6th and Lamar
Expensive to some, reasonable to others and charming to most, Anthropologie has really grown on me over the years. And now that I know it’s the sister company to Urban Outfitters and Leifsdottir, I like it even more.
2:15PM Sale at West Elm on 5th and Lamar
Now, I’ve not been to West Elm in quite a while. It seemed they never had any really good sales, and I always found myself at Z Gallerie instead. Well, I suppose things have changed. It’s their End-of-the-Season Sale and my friend just got a steal of a couch from West Elm (marked down to $350 from $1500!!!). He showed me pictures of it on his phone after yoga class. It’s so chic and classic: white with black damask print- there are so many ways to decorate his living room I don’t know where to start! Luckily, this sale includes accessories and dishes as well. So, if you’ve wanted to revive a tired-looking room in your home, get to West Elm now.
3:15PM Picked up dinner from Whole Foods on 5th and Lamar
My new obsession: Tandoor Chef Indian Cuisine, specifically palak paneer. You can get it in the freezer section of Whole Foods. I discovered it while in California two months ago…OMG, it’s sooo good, as in I stopped going to Indian restaurants in Cali when I found this. Why fight San Francisco traffic when you can just eat a delicious meal at home? Anyway, palak paneer is a dynamic blend of creamed spinach, curry and other seductive Indian spices adorned with delectable cubes of cheese. Have this over brown rice with a side of naan (kinda like pita bread): heaven!
4:00PM Real Housewives of New York Re-runs
I’ve been missing them all week- and they’re in Morocco! It’s so Sex and the City 2…well, not quite.
5:00PM Dinner at Home/Reflection
It was a great Saturday. I started my day getting centered with a little yoga in the park, went window shopping in downtown, and picked up a healthy dinner. I am seriously digging the Austin vibe.
Other Sales: A little birdie told me at a party this past Thursday that Neiman Marcus in Austin is having a great sale right now! It’s been going on for a week now so be sure to check it out.