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My Top 10 Must Do List for Austin, Texas

My Top 10 Must Do List for Austin, Texas by Sasha Agent

This past three-day weekend was amazing. I never realized how incredible Austin, Texas was. I’ve driven through and even enjoyed watching a musical there, but I never embraced the city as a true Austonian.

There are a ton of things to do, more than we had time for of course, but I do have some amazing recommendations if you happen visit.

My Top 10 Austin Must Do’s

  1. Start with the history! I know for some this may seem boring, but I promise it’s not! Go to the State Capital; It’s actually very pretty, and it’s a great place to kick off your trip!My Top 10 Must Do List for Austin, Texas by Sasha AgentFamily selfie at the State Capital.
  2. Walk the strip! From the State Capital, head toward Congress Avenue until you reach South Congress or SoCo. Enjoy the shops, restaurants, food trucks, music and beautiful homes.My Top 10 Must Do List for Austin, Texas by Sasha AgentShopping on South Congress.
  3. Taste the authentic. When in Austin, you must taste the BBQ! We tried out a cool spot called Franklin Barbecue and it was pretty darn good! The meat was incredibly tender and cooked to perfection!My Top 10 Must Do List for Austin, Texas by Sasha AgentPre barbecue selfie at Frankin Barbecue!
  4. Visit the Lady! Lady Bird Lake is a beautiful lake so conveniently located within the heart of the city. Along the lake, there are trails and places where you can picnic (eat your bbq). You’ll also see that a lot of the locals are super active and love to get out for outdoor activities.My Top 10 Must Do List for Austin, Texas by Sasha AgentHangin’ at Lady Bird Lake.
  5. Batter up! Okay, so maybe no baseball, but you must check out the bats at dusk. In the spring and summer months, what seems like millions of bats, take flight from a bridge and begin their hunting festivities. See it on my Snapchat Adventures YouTube video!
  6. Splurge in those sweets. Once you make your way back to South Congress, make sure you pick up some ice cream along the way. The ice cream spots are to die for! We especially loved Amy’s Ice Creams!My Top 10 Must Do List for Austin, Texas by Sasha AgentDon’t forget the ice cream! Check out Amy’s Ice Creams!
  7. Not your average museum. My hubby surprised us and found a cool spot known as the Hope Outdoor Gallery. This outdoor gallery was filled with beautiful street art full of urban flavor and colors!My Top 10 Must Do List for Austin, Texas by Sasha AgentStreet art outside of the Hope Outdoor Gallery.
  8. Thrift it up! Austin has a ton of cool thrift shops and antique stores, so be sure to allot time do a little treasure hunting.My Top 10 Must Do List for Austin, Texas by Sasha AgentWall art goals!
  9. Refresh! Take some time to refresh your body and mind by swimming in the famous natural spring pools of Austin. You may need to drive a bit more out of the way for a couple, but it’s well worth it. For more of a pool setting check out, Barton Springs, or Krause Springs for more of a natural setting.My Top 10 Must Do List for Austin, TexasPicnic at Krause Springs.           .
  10. Sweets to go! On your way back to your destination, you may want to stop at the world-famous donut shop outside of Austin called, Round Rock Donuts. The line may be long, so be sure to allow yourself plenty of time before they close.

The ATX was incredible, and I’m so glad we got to enjoy so much in so little time. There’s still so much more to do–but we definitely plan on returning to do more exploring!

Don’t forget to check out my Snapchat adventure video on YouTube and shop my post below for some of my favorite Austin looks! Stay tuned for more Austin style!

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Maxi Dress Perfection and Austin Nights

Maxi Dress Perfection and Austin Nights by Sasha Agent

Maxi Love

For the longest I have searched for the perfect spring/summer maxi dress. Now that I’ve found my dream dress, it’s tough because I want to wear it practically everywhere. The Extratropical dress by Free People is indeed perfection. It’s perfect length, material, colors, design, is perfect enough to want and need this dress in just about every color.

Wait… Let me Change my Shoes…

When we were in Austin this past weekend, this look was one of my favorites. I paired this dress with a variety of shoes to match whatever we were getting into. First up was Lady Bird Lake! Before the sun began to set, we stopped by this lovely lake, which was conveniently located right outside downtown Austin. The family and I took off our shoes (here I wore my Jeffrey Campbell gladiators), grabbed a blanket, picnic basket, and enjoyed some good old people watching. I also wore one of my favorite multi-colored beaded necklaces (see similar here and here)–also check out Free People’s selections, they’ve got the best bohemian accessories.

Maxi Dress Perfection and Austin Nights by Sasha AgentNext on the list, ice cream! Apparently when you go to Austin, you eat ice cream! The spot we went to had incredible creamy, homemade style ice cream that was to die for! This dress paired with my fringe boots made the perfect match! It of course started to get a little cool, so I simply added a chambray button up and layered it over this dress!

Maxi Dress Perfection and Austin Nights by Sasha AgentFinally, we did a little window shopping as we inched our way down South Congress Avenue. As we walked our way from store to store, I wore my new fave caged lace up heels from Go Jane. Lace ups seem to be all the rage this spring, and pairing this look with a gladiator style heel was perfect!

Maxi Dress Perfection and Austin Nights by Sasha AgentThe end goal was to see what everyone had been buzzing about– bats! Once we arrived at the end of the SoCo district, we reached a very popular tourist attraction. In the Spring and Summer, tons and tons of bats that live beneath a bridge flock around dusk for their nightly hunt. Again, the family and I grabbed our favorite blanket and witnessed this crazy phenomenon–if you ever go, this is a must see.

So much to do in Austin, and did it all in style rockin’ my favorite maxi dress! Stay tuned for my YouTube video on our top Austin stops!

See below for pictures and direct links for this stunning look! This maxi dress is also available in more colors–be prepared, they’re all so fabulous, you may want them all!

Maxi Dress Perfection and Austin Nights by Sasha AgentIce cream and color splashing…
Maxi Dress Perfection and Austin Nights by Sasha Agent  Checkin’ out our shoes… my new faves, caged lace ups from Go Jane, and Tay’s new faves, nude gladiators from Fab Kids.Maxi Dress Perfection and Austin Nights by Sasha Agent  Did I mention this dress is backless? <3 <3 <3
Maxi Dress Perfection and Austin Nights by Sasha AgentLove Tay’s little Mexican off the shoulder dress! See similar here and more options here!
Maxi Dress Perfection and Austin Nights by Sasha AgentA little street dancing…  Maxi Dress Perfection and Austin Nights by Sasha AgentHer latest default pose… haha! Click here for a similar layered turquoise necklace.
Maxi Dress Perfection and Austin Nights by Sasha Agent Don’t forget the bucket bag! This multi-colored crossbody is vintage, but Nordstrom has an amazing selection, click here for my favorite!

Austin Bound: The Fashionista’s Spring/Summer Packing List

Austin Bound: The Fashionista's Spring/Summer Packing ListThe Busy Blues

My husband and I were talking about how insane our schedules were and how we so deserved a quick getaway. You see, between teaching, coaching, our ten-year old’s dance schedule, his evening coaching gig, my blog, and our demanding toddler–life is a bit jam-packed… just a little bit.

Miracles Do Happen

Austin Bound: The Fashionista's Spring/Summer Packing ListWell, recently a miracle occurred; we discovered that he is free of basketball
tournaments this coming weekend, and on top of that, we have a three-day weekend. This is seriously a miraculous event. What does this mean? Road trip! We decided to take the fam on a quick road trip the state capital of Texas–Austin.

Austin Here We Come!

So with this, I’ve decided to hook you guys up with a style rich packing guide–just in case you ever travel to Austin, or any other country lovin’ destination.

Austin Bound: The Fashionista's Spring/Summer Packing List

Pack it Up!

  1. The Spring Weekend Tote: Lovin’ the classic basket tote by Target with the trendy and colorful fru fru thing. I have no idea what you call that thing, but it’s awesome.
  2. The Mexican blanket: I actually bought this amazing blanket from a flea market in Mexico when my husband and I got married, however, they’re so easy to find. Here is a great one from Target! These are essential for picnics, and oh yeah, staging photos like this. Ha!
  3. Picnic Basket: In Austin we plan on site seeing a bit. I plan on packing sandwiches and snacks, and this picnic basket from Macy’s is perfect because it comes stocked with reusable plates, cups, napkins, forks, spoons, and knives.
  4. Sunnies: I was never really a sunglasses person up until I recently discovered affordable yet trendy online sunglasses retailer, Eye Feel Shady. Sunglasses can really be that final touch an outfit needs.  So glad I found them! Here I featured my favorite floral sunnies, perfect for the Spring and ATX!
  5. Spring Hat: The hat is a must… Here I feature a white and black fedora from Shopbop gifted by my good friend, The Rene Berry. I actually don’t own a cowboy straw hat… I know! How can I be a Texan without a cowboy hat? But I plan on begging the hubs for one when we get to Austin. Stay tuned! Haha!

Inside the bag (Minus the Dog)

Austin Bound: The Fashionista's Spring/Summer Packing List


Vaca pics coming soon! Have an awesome week!

Sasha Agent