Poolside in Austin, Texas & Austin City Guide Part One

After a week in NYC, I’m now back in Austin, Texas.  Although I was just recently talking about fall wardrobes, I’m not in need of that quiiite yet, Blog Reader.  The temperature in the state of Texas remains in the 80s this month (that’s 30 degrees to you, Europe!) so here I am, in a typical Austin weekend outfit – denim cut offs, simple tee, sunglasses and sandals*.

Austin is an amazing city.  The weather is insanely gorgeous and the people here are so welcoming.  You’ll have seen snapshots, outfits and lots of travel tips from my trips to Austin over the past year but below I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite boutiques, bars and restaurants for part one of this week’s Austin City Guide:

Boutiques:

Co-Star Style 1708 S. Congress | 512.912.7970 – menswear and womenswear.  I was excited to find that they stock G Star Raw and J Crew, plus their range of sunglasses styles is excellent.
Feathers Vintage Boutique  1700b South Congress Ave | 512.912.9779 – sister store to Moss Austin (who you can read about here) this place has some amazing biker tees and enough accessories for you to put together a whole outfit before you leave the boutique.
Teddies for Bettys 211 West 2nd Street | 512.614.2103 – how happy am I that I can still get my lingerie fix in Ashley’s boutique.  Ashley’s blog keeps you in the know about in store events (DJs, champagne and cupcakes reign supreme here) plus she shares her expert knowledge on lingerie styling and current inspirations.  A must visit!

Photos: Red Rogue Studios

Bars/Restaurants:

Guero’s Taco Bar 1411 South Congress Ave | 512.447.7688 - an outdoor bar area playing live music several nights a week.  Grab one of their speciality margaritas and stay a while, especially on Wednesdays when Texas Music Radio live broadcasts from the garden.
Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden 709 East Sixth Street | 512.614.4972 – when I am missing NYC I can get my pretzel fix here, but really you come for the sausages and extensive drinks menu.  Absolutely try the Merguez and drink yourself under the table with their list of amazing brews.
Wearing: Denim (short) shorts, Urban Outfitters.  Sandals, Nine West.  Tee, Marks and Spencer.  Sunglasses, GUESS.

I’ll be posting part two of my guide later in the week, Blog Reader. Do visit!

*Life as a fashion blogger is certainly much much easier in a place with very little rain or wind.

Different Location, Different Rules?

Coming from England, where a winter wardrobe equals a summer wardrobe, and vice versa depending on the somewhat temperamental climate in the UK, I’ve always been pretty hopeless dressing for humidity.  I’m spending the week back in one of my favourite places in the US; Austin, Texas so this kind of dressing is something I need to get use to, fast.

At the weekend I spent the day at Barton Springs natural pool in the city, a gorgeous hideaway frequented by families, students and tourists alike.  A great place to soak up the atmosphere, do some sunbathing and go swimming (diving too if that takes your fancy!)  There is a lovely retro feel to the place…

Urban Outfitters is not a place I shop at often but when I have popped in I’ve found a few gems. This Silence & Noise High Waist Ponte Mini Skirt is currently on sale and is pretty cute for throwing on over a bathing suit for a day at the pool.  My tank tee here is from Zara - one of my current go-to labels for essential basics.

There are days when I think I am too old for a mini skirt, then there are days when I don’t care too much about that…  I’m on holiday folks – different rules, right??

Where do you go to stock up on basics?  Does your holiday wardrobe also equal different styles and rules (even those that are non-weather-dependent?)

Wearing: Tank tee from Zara; Wedges from ALDO (old season, my current favorites from the brand here and here); Ponte skirt from Silence & Noise at Urban Outfitters; Sunglasses, GUESS.

Smokin’ Hot.

Last week in Austin, Texas, the weather was a gorgeous 70 degrees.  Those of you who have experienced the New York winter will understand that this required a complete clothing overhaul for the trip.  One item I dusted off from the back of my wardrobe selected for my trip was my favourite pair of shorts from Gap’s 1969 denim range.  Sunglasses? Check – these Guess shades now travel everywhere with me.  I also lived in this Ivy Top from Alice Yim’s spring 2012 collection - available in onyx and seashell, if you’re looking for a versatile top for summer that will go with skirts, shorts, jeans, you name it – and that can be dressed up or down, then get thee to Alice Yim now.

Finally, I cannot mention my trip to Austin without telling you about Salt Lick BBQ where I had an amazing evening.  If you’re ever in Austin you absolutely MUST visit this place!  Based just outside of the city, Salt Lick serves mouthwatering barbeque from their vast pit seven days a week.  I even did a little flame grilling there.  Well, sort of…

What are you dying to break out of your wardrobe, for summer, Blog Reader?

Wearing: Gap shorts (closest match here); Alice Yim Ivy Top; crop top by Jockey; sunglasses by Guess.  Also thanks for the Intercontinental for the pics, and to J for the outfit inspiration!