If we learned anything from this year’s SXSW, it’s that we’re a bit enamored with Texas. The Lone Star State is home to SXSW and the newly minted Texas Style Council Conference, good food, good music, and blogger Kendi of Kendi Everyday. We asked Kendi to give us her must-see, must-do tour of her state capital, Austin.
So, pack up a suitcase, because we’re heading into the heart of Texas!
1. The Capitol. “Not to get all educational on you, but when in Austin, visit the Capitol. If there is one thing that Texans are proud of, it’s…well, Texas. The Capitol in smack dab in the middle of downtown, spanning four blocks of governmental glory. Plus, if you visit on a hot summer afternoon, it’s free and air conditioned, and you might learn a thing or two.”
2. South Congress. “One of my favorite streets in town is South Congress, affectionately known as SoCo. On any given weekend, the streets are flooding with live street music, local vendors, and people. Not to mention some of the best vintage shops in the city and wall murals that would make any fashion blogger’s heart melt. One of my favorite parts of South Congress are the food trucks, strategically parked vehicles that serve cupcakes and organic goodness.”
3. Uncommon Objects. “While on South Congress, one of my favorite stores to pop into is Uncommon Objects. It’s part vintage, part crazy great-aunt’s attic, so you never know what you can find.”
4. Quacks Bakery in Hyde Park. “If I could live anywhere in the city, it would be Hyde Park. Not only for the streets lined with adorable houses, but because of Quacks Bakery and Coffee Shop. Peanut butter frosting on a chocolate cupcake; I’ve moved locations for less of a reason that that.”
5. Town Lake. “The city of Austin is adamant about preserving the natural habitat, made evident by the many parks that intersect with city life. After walking South Congress all day, take a stroll down to Town Lake. I could people watch and lie on the grass for hours there. And if you’re into exercise, there is a fantastic trail to walk, hike or bike. (Best part: Dogs are always welcome.)”
6. Music. “Austin is the Live Music Capital in the World, so, obviously, there is music everywhere and anywhere. On the streets, on neighborhood porches, in venues large and small. If you can’t make it to the Stubb’s for a concert, take a stroll along some of the busier streets and you’ll find many talented musicians along the way.”
Thanks for the tour, Kendi!