RED HEADED STRANGER We arrived early in the morning and decided to immediately hit the ground and start exploring. I picked the SOREL Addington Sandal in a rich chestnut color because something about that shade feels so very western—especially when paired with a denim tuxedo. I love a good chambray-on-denim look, so a short sleeve button-up plus high rise jeans and a bandana were in order for a themed but not too costume-y Texas look. Our first spot we hit up was South Congress for a lot of walking around and a requisite shot at the Willie Nelson mural. I’ve been a Willie Nelson fan since I was a kid, so I sent a few pictures from the wall to my mom while we were walking around.

VINTAGE TEXAS I took a million photos in front of the 6th street mural—that Don’t Mess With Texas slogan was just too good to miss. After that we hit up Feather’s Boutique to do a little vintage shopping. Stephanie found armloads of treasures at Feather’s (I found a cool belt) so we will definitely be styling the pieces for our next destination.

SPINNING RECORDS We found this amazing record store in the early afternoon, and what was supposed to be a quick pop in to have a look around turned into over an hour of combing the aisles. I found so many gems that I somehow fit into my carry-on for the flight home. There was a Marty Robbins record I had been hunting for, and since Texas specializes in country music I found a copy right away. That and a Joan Baez record that I used to have and ended up losing a few years ago. Texas to the rescue!

TACO TIME Another spot that I was told is a must-see is Torchy’s Tacos. Specifically, the trailer park Torchy’s location. You order your tacos at a trailer (there’s a few other food trucks there too) and then take your food to cute picnic tables to feast. I had the fried avocado taco, some street corn, and my fave sparkling water—Topo Chico. It was perfection, and I wish I had gotten more photos of the food, but unfortunately I ate it too quickly. Oops.

PUT ON YOUR DANCING SHOES I changed into my Cut Out Addington Booties for a little dancing that night. Austin is known for great live music and dancing, so we knew we had to experience it. The White Horse Saloon was one of the highest recommended spots, and after visiting I can see why. There was a live 4-piece band, and a whole outdoor area with a pool table and other games. We played a little pool, but couldn’t resist the band playing inside.

BOOTIE-SCOOTIN’ BOOGIE We visited Gueros for a little dancing on their outdoor stage. I’m not the most gifted dancer, but with a margarita in me, I can be persuaded. It actually ended up being so much fun, and yet again I was able to spend hours on my feet in complete comfort, twirling to some live Texas music. It was the perfect trip, a little too quick, but I know I’ll be back.