Pecan Street Festival Recap + A Fab Austin Boutique

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Festivals abound here in the great city of Austin, Texas! And I try to make it my business to soak up as much of this fun and culture as possible! Last weekend, our infamous Sixth Street (historically known as Old Pecan Street) hosted the annual Pecan Street Festival.

Pecan Street Festival :: 2015

Pecan Street Festival :: 2015

Known as one of the largest and longest-running arts, crafts and music festivals in the nation, the Pecan Street Festival is, essentially, a street fair of sorts with tons of vendors selling specialized products. You can walk the streets, drink in hand, shopping the entire time with live music as the day’s sound track! And guys, no worries. There are goods for you too, and you can grab a beer while you, too, shop the streets.

Pecan Street Festival :: 2015

Pecan Street Festival :: 2015

One of my favorite aspects of this festival is that so much of it is LOCAL— and I am all about supporting local commerce. Handmade jewelry, beautiful watercolors & other artwork, organic soaps, yummy treats and so much more really speak to our dynamic culture and to the collective talent of Austinites.

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Mana Culture’s Booth :: Pecan Street Festival :: 2015

This year, I attended the festival with my beautiful red-headed friend, and inherently the subject of many of my photos, Kaylee. It was a glorious, sunny afternoon in downtown Austin as we browsed the various booths and popped in and out of Easy Tiger for craft beer breaks.

Pecan Street Festival :: 2015

Pecan Street Festival :: 2015

I hate to be partial, because I loved so many of the vendors and their products, but I have to say that the Mana Culture booth won me completely over for the day. Not only was their selection fabulous, but their attentiveness to customer’s likes, wants and needs was refreshing.

Mana Culture :: Pecan Street Festival :: 2015

Mana Culture :: Pecan Street Festival :: 2015

I made a few purchases here– for myself and for others, and I am still ecstatic about my buys!  I purchased two necklaces for myself– and at great prices! Check them out:

My purchases from Mana Culture :: Pecan Street Festival :: 2015

My purchases from Mana Culture :: Pecan Street Festival :: 2015

Mana Culture has a full boutique in a fantastic central location, right off of South First Street, and a second location on East 11th. Ladies, I highly suggest checking them out soon– or check them out online here!

Pecan Street Festival :: 2015

Pecan Street Festival :: 2015

I also bought some amazing organic, locally made soaps and a few other goodies at this historic street festival. My friends, life is good here in Austin, Texas!

Before I let you go, I have a very exciting announcement to make to you all! I’ll give you the back story and details next week, but I have partnered with a local artist for an awesome giveaway for three lucky followers in the next few weeks!! More details to come!

xoxo,

Hope

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Spider House

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Spider House :: 02/15

In all of my time at UT, I never once visited Spider House. Curious, as I lived only a few blocks away from it most of my time in school.  I suppose I was wrapped up in the other various options available to a young, small town girl new to the city, but now, I can’t get enough!

These days, I tend to purposefully venture back over toward campus, nostalgic for those relaxed, sunny afternoons post class spent blindly exploring an infamous city without a care in the world. It was freedom like we’d never known it– and back when Austin was still a hidden gem.

The beauty in this? Well, its obvious and overflowing, but bottom line is that Austin is pretty damn cool. I am discovering and rediscovering so many amazing experiences– and like with Spider House, in places I may not have expected before.

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Spider House :: 02/15

I came into Spider House for the first time after a relocation client for the Hyde Park area (north of Campus) called to say they were running an hour plus behind. No problem, I’m pretty good on the fly. It was a beautiful sunny day, and I need some free wifi and possibly a coffee, so I stopped in to check it out and try to get some work done.

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Spider House :: 02/15

Since then, its been a go-to when I’m in the area. It is another one of those iconic-Austin, happenin’ spots that not too many people would think to regularly frequent. They have good coffee, AMAZING tea (complete with beautiful vintage teapots and matching teacups), delicious food and a full bar, too! Seriously, its like a one-stop spot full of character that epitomizes the Keep Austin Weird vibe.

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Spider House :: 02/15

The atmosphere is very relaxed, and they have a great outdoor seating area. Spider House also hosts great live shows in their Ballroom! I plan to swing by for their line-up during SXSW.

This is definitely one of my fave little funky Austin joints, and I know you guys will enjoy!

Until next time my friends! 🙂

Hope

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Let’s talk two of my favorites today: good, strong coffee and great craft beer. Luckily, we have many wonderful options here in Austin for either– and I’m not talking your run of the mill chains like Starbucks or Third Base Sports Bar. While I’m not knocking those establishments whatsoever, I would much rather support local businesses while soaking up their weird Austin vibes and funky fresh atmospheres.

Inside of Whip In

Inside of Whip In

Whip In is another one of those unique, Austin-y places whose relaxed atmosphere reminds me of why I love this city so much. Originally a convenience store, located right off of I-35, they are now an eccentric little bar with a full menu, wine bar, small market and 72 beers on tap! They also host live music, and they have a great little patio outside. Check out their website here. This place is seriously cool, and definitely a hidden gem of Austin.

Whip In selfie!

Whip In selfie!

As far as coffee goes, I have many favorite spots. Brew & Brew, Thunderbird Coffee and Bouldin Creek are among my top picks, but when it is as sunny and beautiful outside as it has been today, Mozarts is a no-brainer!

Mozarts on Lake Austin

Mozarts on Lake Austin

I began frequenting Mozarts as a freshman at UT. My friends and I would pile into a car, trek it down to the lakeside and have major study sessions while sipping on espresso and taking in the views. What better way to study, right?!

Mozarts outdoor area shot this morning.

Mozarts outdoor area shot this morning.

I met a fellow agent for coffee at Mozarts this morning, and we soaked up the crisp, fresh air as we exchanged ideas for growing our businesses while sitting right at the water’s edge. The lake was just stunning as the clear blue skies reflected off of the calm water. What a way to begin this wonderful Tuesday!

Lake Austin

Lake Austin

As I know you can all see, I love this incredible city SO very much, and I am honored to be able to share it with all of you!

Stay tuned for a market update later this week! Happy Tuesday!

xo,

Hope