photos by Jared Smith
Do you all ever have those places that you see online (okay fine, mostly just Instagram and Pinterest) that you instantly put on your bucket list for when the stars perfectly align? Well that’s what Hotel Saint Cecilia was for us, so I was over moon excited about getting to stay there during our last trip to Austin! Not to mention I had planned a little surprise for Jared’s birthday that week, and they totally helped a girl out with making it happen. Yes, I’m still proud (#humblebrag).
No, but seriously, it was worthy of sharing the photos from our experience and we would totally recommend you stay for at least one night if you’re ever in Austin!…
It pretty much never fails that when we visit a new place, we almost always seek out restaurants, shops, and photo-ops based on our tried and true aesthetic. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about venturing to a hole in the wall, must-try place, local favorites, and even Yelp recommendation or two, but we’re also in this for that token Instagram image, too (you know you all do it, too… I hope)! All of this to say that we’re starting a new travel series that’s based all around Instagram-ability, with everything from the cutest HomeAway houses to the perfect background wall, in all of the new places we visit. First up, we’re revisiting one of our favorite cities in driving distance with 48 hours for photos in Austin, Texas!
While we’re letting the locals do what they do best for staple recommendations, we’re starting off our photo-op tour with a modern (and super budget friendly) place to stay, that’s perfect for online sharing. Our most recent trip was for a wedding with Jared’s family, so having a place where we could stay together with family was ideal, so we chose a mid century HomeAway near South Congress…
Last weekend we made a quick drive to Austin for a friend’s wedding and decided to go a day early so we could visit a few places we’ve been wanting to go. It seems like every time I actually get a chance to break away long enough to make it to Austin, it’s always for work or just for passing through in a hurry, so we were determined to cram in as many cute places as we could with 24 hours in Austin, Texas this trip.
We stayed at W Austin and it was the perfect central location for getting to and from lots of different places to shop and eat in town. If it’s at all an option for you to get a city view suite there, I totally recommend it! I almost passed out from happiness when I saw the oversized tub that looks out on the city. I swear it was closest thing I’ll ever get to having my own personal infinite bathtub…
Photo by Kimberly Chau
I really wanted to name this post “Bet you didn’t see this coming!”, but I decided to be a bit more straight to the point before any family members passed out over it…
I’ve never quite been a very go-with-the-flow type of person when it comes to major life changes, but if there’s ever been a time in my life that would convert me, it would be now. It may or may not also be followed by extra gray hairs, but the point here is really that there are exciting things to come.
When I first shared the news of the new Sugar & Cloth studio a few months ago I was terrified, excited, and totally winging it. I feel like I could be a walking spokeswoman for the phrase “Fake it til’ you make it”. Now that I learned a few lessons the hard way and have a better understanding of what we really need to make a more permanent home for Sugar & Cloth, so we’re moving studios. This is partly due to some elements that are out of my control and partly due to my not wanting to settle for less than the best S&C can be (and bringing better content to you here).
So, with a quick little drive down the street and the help of lots of friends and family, we’re spending this week prepping the major parts of the new, much bigger studio space. I’m crossing my fingers that we can get our current things migrated to the new space by the end of the week. Of course we’ll still have a WHOLE lot of DIY’ing ahead of us to get everything just right and I’ll be sharing our progress along the way with you! You can see all of the photos from our current space and the new with #sugarandclothstudio!
photos by Jared Smith
I apologize in advance if any of the photos from our trip to Marfa, Texas a few weeks ago with Malibu happen to blow your mind. It’s still crazy to me that Texas can look like twelve different states in one, but I guess they didn’t come up with the “everything is bigger in Texas” slogan for nothing!
I’m also still getting used to the idea that I happen to be dating up with Jared by having a built in photographer with me at all times to document everything we do, and I don’t hate it except for the times when I remember I have an ever-growing list of black mail photos, too. Our trip ended up being literally double the fun because Jared’s twin, Jake, came along with us. And yes, I did try and ask them to some kind of cool twin ESP thing at least five times on the ten hour trek there and back…
We’re off to Marfa, Texas for a quick few days away from all of the busyness and I’m super excited about it. We had been planning this trip for a while as part of Malibu’s best summer ever campaign, and it ended up falling at the perfect time for a much needed break. They wanted to know what I’d love to mark off my summer bucket list, and because my schedule tends to stay so chaotic all of the time, the best thing I could wish for was a place far away from everything, so Marfa, Texas it was!
I picked out two really awesome places to stay (El Cosmico and a stunning Airbnb) and a few fun things to get into here and there, so be sure to follow along on our trip on Instagram. In the meantime, I have some cool things to share with you this week so stay tuned!
image from El Cosmico, our trip is in collaboration with Malibu