Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Skippy Says: Austin, Texas (Vacation Recap)

Honeys, I'm home! While my Austin vacation was wonderful, I've really missed you guys! My heart did a little pitter-patter went I hit "compose" just now. Before I launch into a recap, I once again want to thank Lisa, Audrey, Chic 'n Cheap Living, Jewish Girl, and Kileen for guest posting while I was away. Weren't they awesome?

I was kind of a bad blogger in Austin. I didn't take too many photos, though I do have a few to share. While Austin ended up being a really cool city (and I'm happy to finally understand now what my friend means when she says it's both a big city and a little village all at once), the primary purpose of the trip was not to see Austin. It was to visit my friend, and to spend hours girl talking and cuddling in bed with her. Mission accomplished. No worries, we took turns being "big spoon" and "little spoon" so no feelings were hurt on either end. It's all about compromise folks.

Since it'd be too overwhelming to share everything we did, I've picked three of my favorites to share with you:

1. Whole Foods

Did you know that the flagship Whole Foods store is in Austin? I.was.in.heaven. They have everything. Everything. You want something? Don't worry, they have it. Bulk bins as far as the eye can see, clothes, make-up, and prepared foods galore. Among the goodies I brought back with me were farro, nutritional yeast, and an unbelievably delicious vegan cheese dip. What, those aren't normal souvenirs?






Don't you think I walked out of the dessert section without some goodies. Some of the best toffee I've ever had + a lavender truffle. Nummers.


2. Tango: shoes + milonga

My friend dances tango, and on my last day in Austin she took me to go look at some tango shoes being sold by a tango instructor in Austin named Laura. Ladies, you need to start looking at tango shoes. And buying some. Whether you decide to tango in them or not is your call, but they are just too beautiful not to own and wear as regular shoes. Plus, they make them in a size 4! Yes, I have midget feet. Never have I ever tried on a pair of shoes that fits me that well, that is so beautiful, and that is so freaking comfortable. You can bet I'll be investing in some real soon. If you're interested, here's where you can buy the ones I looked at below.











Later that night, I got to watch my friend dance for a few hours at a milonga. I promptly texted Ryan to inform him we'd be starting tango lessons upon my return.

3. Lick Ice Cream 


Sweet corn ice cream. Goat cheese, thyme, and honey ice cream. Butternut squash ice cream. And so many more. I literally asked for at least 15 samples before finally making a decision. I have no shame.


This right here is what it's all about.

62 comments:

  1. Thank you for introducing me to not one but two things - Whole Foods (I always wondered what the fuss was about - now I know!) and tango shoes. I thought tango shoes would have a dancer's heel that wasn't pretty enough to wear on other occasions, but I was dead wrong. These are fantastic! Happy to hear you enjoyed your trip :)

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  2. Austin is amazing - and those shoes are ridiculously fabulous!!!

    xo
    www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

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  3. oh, my .. those Tango shoes are most gorgeous! xoxo

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  4. I'm so glad you're back! I've missed your presence during my daily blog browsing. Thanks for sharing photos of your trip; it seems like you had a blast!

    www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

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  5. I love the post!

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  6. Looks like you had a good time! I love the outfits you wore - so colorful and fun! :)

    Good to have you back

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  7. It looks like you had a fantastic time. The shoe store looks like heaven!

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  8. Wow those shoes look sexy! :D

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  9. Fun! Whole Foods is my fav. Scored a groupon coupon the other day for the store and I can't wait to go get $20 of stuff for $10. lol. Saving it to stock up on my grains. :)

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  10. of course :) aren't they beautiful? I'm just agonizing over which pair to order...And they only make 4 shoes of each style in any size so it's extra special and unique :)

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  11. Aren't they?! And totally, I thought Austin was a great place!

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  12. Aw, thanks Hannah!! I missed writing and most of all readying your (and everyone else's) amazing blogs. It was a blast, but it's good to be home :)

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  13. Thanks Megan!! It's good to be back :)

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  14. I did, and it definitely was :) I didn't end up getting anything that day, but they're sold online to (I linked to the store in my post) and am just contemplating which pair to buy :)

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  15. I saw that groupon! Unfortunately by the time I went to buy it, it was all sold out :( Hope you get some awesome and delicious goodies!!

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  16. Those shoes are so fab! Now I want some butternut squash ice cream for breakfast. You're going to like the nutritional yeast - it adds a nice, "cheesy" flavor to food without the calories!

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  17. You just opened my eyes to a whole new world!! lol Tango shoes? Butternut squash ice cream?? Glad that you had a great vacation...and I'll be looking up some Tango shoes!

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  18. Glad you had a good trip! My sister-in-law lives in Austin but I have not been out to visit her yet. The tango shoes remind me of Fred and Ginger musicals.

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  19. Really my only memories of Austin are of that Whole Foods and the chocolate lonestars ;) Lovely photos...I'm so glad you had a great time! Welcome back!

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  20. It looks like you had a wonderful time! =D

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  21. Aren't they? I am definitely going to buy some online...just gotta settle on a pair (or 2) first :) I'd never tried nutritional yeast before but that vegan cheese dip with it was awesome, so I can't wait to try out more stuff!

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  22. Glad to be of service Jaclyn :) And thank you!

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  23. Thanks Heather! You should definitely make a trip out, it's amazing!

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  24. Thank you Lara!! When were you in Austin? And isn't that whole foods to die for??

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  25. love your orange skirt. Beautiful colour!

    x

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  26. YAY!! So glad you are back and had a fab time in Austin! You did good girl (even if you claimed not enough pics)!!

    Super in love with tango shoes and did NOT know about Lick Ice Cream! On my Austin To-Do list (it just keeps growing)!! And the whole foods there is great! xo~sam

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  27. I am so glad you loved Austin! I went to school there and think it is one of the best cities in the U.S. Your trip really makes me want to go back...

    xx
    Lynsey Michelle
    www.law-of-fashion.com

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  28. First, I'm super glad you had a ton of fun. I've been been "down south" but I would love to have just a week of hot weather haha. Second, I love the shoes!! Those look so beautiful.

    -Ly
    http://www.lyzhang.com

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  29. I love whole foods!! I would shop there everyday if I had one closer to me!

    xo
    Alexandra
    www.fashion-feast.com

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  30. Welcome back Skippy! So glad you had a great time. Loved all of your blogger guest posts. I am so loving those candy apples and tango shoes. Pure awesomeness!!! Thanks for sharing these. Have a great day. :D
    http://sassyuptownchic.blogspot.com/

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  31. Great outfit! Loving that skirt color! Those tango shoes are sexy and would love the teal & brown ones!

    And can't believe I found another local blogger..I'm from San Francisco too!

    XOXO
    Shels
    http://followyourbliss4ever.blogspot.com/

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  32. Welcom back Inna!! I missed your blog, but enjoyed all the guest blogs while you were gone. It looks like you had a ball!! Thanks for sharing all the pictures. I didn't know Whole Food HQ was in Austin (I learned something today) Hey and those tango shoes are to die for. I want one too!! They look like they could be worn as party shoes too :)

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  33. Thanks Samantha!! I am so glad to be back :) Definitely check out Lick next time you're in Austin- it's a must eat spot!

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  34. I really did! I was surprised at how much I loved it actually :) Did you go to UT? The friend I was visiting there is currently getting her PhD there

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  35. I love it too! It's generally too expensive for me sadly, but when it was the flagship store I had to make an exception :)

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  36. Thanks Kim!! I'm really glad you enjoyed the guest posts- aren't those ladies awesome? And I was definitely eyeing those candy apples....

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  37. Yay, I love meeting other SF bloggers! So nice to "meet" you :) Thank you for your sweet words! And the brown and teal ones are my favorite too :)

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  38. Thanks Sayaka!! It's good to be back :) I didn't know that about whole foods either until my friend moved there and told me....if you ever visit iAustin it's definitely a must-stop by place. And I agree- those shoes would be great party (or even every day) shoes- I linked to the store where they're being sold above in my post if you're interested- I'm planning on buying some ASAP :)

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  39. So cute! In love with the shoess

    follow me :)
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    xox

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  40. I did not know tango shoes looked like that????? WOW they are gorgeous, and I love the different prints and materials!

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  41. They do! Aren't they amazing?! I linked to the lady in Austin that was selling them in my post above :)

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  42. So glad that you had a fun vacation in Austin! You know I've heard the same thing about Tango shoes - am super curious now! And I've never seen a Whole Foods that big or with caramel apples!

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  43. Thanks Katherine! Definitely check out the tango shoes- they were so beautiful! I linked in my post above to the woman whose shoes I looked at in Austin. Can't wait to pick out a pair for myself :)

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  44. Love Whole Foods, who doesn't? LOVE LOVE LOVE some of those tango shoes. I would have never have thought about them before. Lets talk about the ice cream- weird!?!?!? Was it good? I am glad you had a great time and sometimes getting away just to be in bed instead of being all blogged out is better for the soul. Not better for us since your gone but you picked great guest to post.
    Cheers,
    Bre

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  45. Those chocolate brown and turquoise striped heels with the ruffle = love at first sight! Sounds like you had an excellent vacation.

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  46. Hey, welcome back! :)
    Sounds like you have a really really wonderful friend, and had a great time!

    Love the foodstore, I'd spend hours there! I'm known to spend way to much time in totally regular foodstores whenever I visit another place. I mean, there are different chocolate brands in different countries, and cheeses... And the bread looks different. You know what I mean. :)

    The shoes are gorgeous!

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  47. Aw, thanks Bre! I'm glad you enjoyed the guest posts, and I'm so happy to be back now :) The ice cream was delicious- I promise! And they did have regular normal flavors too...And aren't the tang shoes awesome?!

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  48. Those are my favorites too!! They were sadly too big on me :( But if you wear a size 5 they'll be great on you! And I sure did :)

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  49. Thanks!! I sure do, and I sure did :)

    I definitely know what you mean. Weirdly enough, I LOVE grocery shopping, going down each aisle, seeing all the offerings. I mean, I love food, so I guess it makes sense...

    And yes they are, aren't they!?

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  50. Looks like the trip was a ton of fun. I love all the shoes!

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  51. Just last night, I posted a blog about my trip to Austin (including) Whole Foods. Then I got a comment and followed it and a few minutes later landed at your blog and this post about Whole Foods in Austin. The Interwebs never ceases to amaze me!

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  52. How random! Love it though :) Wonder if we were there at the same time maybe?

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  53. I would have been at Whole Foods on Monday, November 7 right at noon. Any chance you were there then? So, how blown away were you by their salad bar? Or their chocolate fountain? Or their in-house taqueria? I would never cook at home if I lived close to that Whole Foods!

    Please do stop by my bloggy to say hello. I'm at Clothes Karma

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  54. Aw, no, but I was there the day before! And the day before that, and before that :) I was totally blown away. Heading over to check out your blog now :)

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