y’all. austin is such a cool town. cool in the way that makes you wish you shopped at vintage clothing stores, had more classic books on your nightstand table and listened to live music all the time so you can say you saw so-and-so way back when they played little dive bars in austin. oh, and had an extra stomach so you can handle all of the amazing food the city has to offer…which we sampled a LOT of. and i mean a lot. you’ll see.
jen and carson (her 2 and 1/2 year old precious daughter) picked us up from the airport on thursday afternoon and we went straight to a lakefront watering hole to get a drink (in my case, non-alcoholic becks – mmm). the scenery was gorgeous!
carson kept us all entertained. y’all, she can really lay some crayon down on a coloring page. and she’ll have you know she picked out that hat all by herself.
we dined on fried pickle spears with ranch dipping sauce…
we got back to jen’s house and sat outside and caught up some more – and also realized that merrell and carson were dressed very similarly! and please note the miniature skinny jeans and the patent ballet slippers. i die.
that night, we got mexican food at a local hole in the wall (those are always the best!) and i was obviously overwhelmed with my delicious enchiladas because i have no pictures.
friday morning, we saw jen’s sweet husband steven and carson off to houston for the weekend…and devoured kolaches (think pig in a blanket, but the entire hot dog - add cheese inside - love the genius who patented these for breakfast!!) and donuts from shipley’s. was awesome.
and THEN – we were off to round top for the big antique market. O-M-G.
i’ll just show you my camera roll, but there were SO many other amazing things i did not take pictures of. i seriously wish i owned a u-haul truck, or at least a chester the molester van.
don’t mind the randomness on top, but how amazing is this daybed?? ahhhh obsessed.
this settee was right next door, and was screaming for some love. i really wanted to give it some.
saw this and immediately thought of bon lemon
. amy – perfect for the shoppe
do you guys love those old timey windows as much as me? i really go weak in the knees for the old school lead glass and dream about replacing windows in our house with a few (never going to fly). but this booth was overflowing with good ones.
at the same booth, i found my friend heidi’s next birthday present. a decanter in the shape of ohio. hwm, perfect for pouring a little out for your homies back in the ‘nati.
this little table would have been perfect for rush’s toddler bedroom…and now that i look at it again, surely i could have carried this on the plane. darn.
best part – the price.
this chair clearly needed a little lovin’ too, but i loved the lines of it. it’s almost like it was singing a sad country song with that guitar just sitting there.
i didn’t catch this cute old man’s name, but he asked me what i was taking pictures for, and i told him my blog. he then told me he “didn’t know nuthin’ about the email and the blogs” … but he was happy to be on mine. so cute. people in texas are way nice.
these spoons were all $1 or $2. i dream of having a cup full of vintage spoons for tea or coffee in my kitchen, just like merrell’s mom does…she picks them up all over the place and tries to find ones with her initial on it. love that. looked for some with “B” but they were really dusty and we were getting hungry.
perfect for the calliespondence office, no? it was double sided shelves, too!
cool light fixtures.
then it was time to break for lunch! what do you eat when you’re in a small town in texas? barbeque of course - made by sweet church-going men.
mmmmm. i got sliced chicken.
tried the chopped beef. it was her BIRTHDAY, too!!! yea!
then it was back for more shopping, and i fell in love some more. sigh.
this was the part where i bought stuff – and no pictures?! sacre bleu! well, i’ll tell you what i got. a super cute breezy mexican shirt with turquoise/coral embroidery at the top that can double as maternity apparel. bonus! also, a vintage mink stole. just what everybody needs when they visit texas in march. it was a steal and i will show it to you guys when i get it (she’s getting spiffed up before i take ownership).
afterwards, it was time to hit royer’s
for some pie. it had been a whole hour and a half since we had last eaten. it was eclectic…
but man do they make some good pie. and look at all of the choices!
i tried the buttermilk delight – buttermilk pie with chocolate chips and coconut. it was great!
we drove back to austin with our sugar high, got showered and went to the hotel san jose for drinks. what a cool place! it’s in a little alcove, almost hidden, on congress street. this is where you walk in from the street.
our lovely hostess, jen, and me.
the whole group! top: jen, me, betsey. bottom: dorothy and merrell.
from there, we hopped over to botticelli’s, a scrumptious italian place across the street. when we arrived, there was an hour wait, but at one point we asked for a bread basket for the two pregnant ladies and we were sat immediately afterwards. maybe the host had a pregnant wife or something…at any rate, we were grateful! jen and dorothy’s adorable friend amy met us there, and regaled us with hilarious stories. so fun!
we enjoyed the live music – which they had on a full on stage?! fantastic!
the bartender made the pregos secret non-alcoholic drinks. they were delish and we felt like we were just one of the normal gals enjoying a cocktail. it’s not so pretty 7/8th of the way done but…you get the point.
we snapped a quick picture outside, and then it was off to bed for these cats.
more to come in part II!! including a 2+ hour wait for BBQ. but sooo worth it.