There is just something so loveable about Second Street in Austin. Maybe it’s the local retail shops and restaurants. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s a narrow street so it just feels quieter. And maybe it’s the trees lining the street and the restaurants that have outdoor seating. Whatever it is, I love it. I wish cities had more streets like this. Streets that are easy and fun to walk on. That you can say.. “oh hey, let’s pop into this place for a movie” or “let’s grab a quick coffee here.” Jeff Speck, you’re onto something.
The autumn colors have arrived in Austin! Even with those fall colors, we still have bits of warm weather here and there. The temperatures were in the 70s on Sunday. Perfect for a nice, leisurely walk outdoors.
1 – The punch. So good, I had two glasses.
2 – The decor. Simply wonderful.
3 – Crystal and Justin. So adorable, so chic.
4 – Me and Josh. We never seem to get the posing thing down. Maybe one day.
5 – Tasty drinks. And look at that rim! Yum.
6 – East Coast oysters. Love the brininess.
7 – Cheese plate. That mustard was way too good.
8 – Decor, decor, decor.
9 – Justin’s drink. I didn’t try it, but he got two, so I’m assuming it was good. :)
Art. There is just something so great about it. One person can love something and be so inspired by it, while the next person can feel kinda meh about it. I think it’s so fantastic. It’s so personal, what speaks to you. It may remind you of something from your past, some dream, or just speak to your aesthetic.
This was made apparent to me as my husband and I wandered around the East Austin Studio Tour this weekend. There were things we both loved, some where he was clearly more interested than me and vise versa. We unfortunately only traveled to one location – Canopy.. but fortunately there were so many artists there that it made up for it!
One of my favorites was a quilter who was actually making a quilt based on people writing down their hometowns on scraps of fabric. One thing that was so striking to me was really how much Austin really has become a destination city. I was actually in the minority of people who wrote down their hometown as being from somewhere in Texas (Victoria, represent!). (Edited to add the fantastic quilter’s name – Gina Pina. Thanks to commenter Katie for letting me know who it was!)
Sometimes a rainy, overcast day is just what you need. We’re certainly getting our fair share of rain today and we’re under a flash flood warning.
Plans for the day include drinking a lot of tea, snacking, cuddling with my dog, and maybe starting a book.
Last week, Josh and I stopped by Austin Java downtown for a quick breakfast. Josh got the french toast and I think it may have been the best french toast I’ve ever tasted. OMG. So fluffy and sweet and wonderful. And look at that happy face!