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17 August 2017

The Ultimate Austin Mural Guide || Where to find Austin's Best, Most Colorful Walls

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Visit Austin. The opinions and text are all mine.

As you guys know, we just got back from one of my favorite trips to date, Austin, Texas! I'm going to recap our big Texan adventure for you in two posts: the first post was a complete city guide - where to stay, eat, drink and explore in Austin. The other is today's post, which is a complete mural guide to the most colorful walls in Austin, TX. You know I never met a mural I didn't like, so this post is strictly dedicated to Austin's best murals and colorful walls. 

Ok you ready for the best part - I'VE MAPPED THEM OUT FOR YOU! Yup, the best murals in Austin, all available to you in google map form. That way you can hit several all at once, based on where you are planning to grab dinner or drinks. YOU. ARE. WELCOME! 😍

Special thanks to the team at Visit Austin who helped me find these - some are MAJORLY hidden gems that we've found for ya! I hope you enjoy, pin and share! 




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As promised, here's an interactive Google map for you to use on your visit. Using this will allow you to see which murals are closest to each other, and in turn, keep you from driving all over creation. Most of them you can even walk to, especially the ones near South Congress + 1st St.! 


Ok, let's get crack-a-lackin, Y'ALL! I'm going to take you through my mural trip through Austin, exactly how I did it. From start to finish. We kicked off the weekend with drinks at Josephine House, and right down the street about a block was...

LOVE IS THE QUESTION, LOVE IS THE ANSWER
1115 W LYNN ST



After a welcome cocktail, we headed back to our hotel -  Hotel Van Zandt - which is right off Rainey Street. Rainey is where we spent the rest of the evening... full recap on those juicy details will be in the next post!  

The next morning we woke up bright and early, grabbed some iced coffee from Cafe 605 in the hotel, then walked about 40 steps over to the mural, Creator State of Mind.

CREATOR STATE OF MIND 
90 RAINEY ST. (SIDE OF CONTAINER BAR) 



From there, we drove over to Elizabeth Street Cafe for breakfast. After breakfast, we left the car and opted to walk. Turning left out of the cafe, you'll hit the following murals, all on 1st St.

GREETINGS FROM AUSTIN
1720 S 1ST ST


BOB BARKER COME ON DOWN MURAL 
1603 S 1ST ST
*BONUS MURAL* DIDN'T HAVE THIS ONE ORIGINAL ON MY LIST, BENEFIT OF WALKING!
BIENVENIDOS/ FRESA'S
1703 S 1ST ST


LENOIR RESTAURANT
1807 S 1ST ST
*ANOTHER BONUS* NOT TECHNICALLY A MURAL, BUT TOTALLY IG WORTHY




RUN DMC
1905 S 1ST ST




Right about now is when you need to make a crucial decision on if you'd like to get your car or not. We did NOT get our car, and we were totally fine. It's a big of a walk in the Texas Summer heat, but nothing unbearable, 15 minutes tops. I say go for it. 

Or be a wimp and go get your car.  


LOVE FROM AUSTIN
1912 SOUTH CONGRESS AVE
My personal favorite! This one is located on the side of the the store Prima Dora. 


WILLIE FOR PRESIDENT
1315 SOUTH CONGRESS AVE





SMILE MURAL (NEXT TO WILLIE)
1315 SOUTH CONGRESS AVE




Ok fine, I give you permission to go track down your car back at Elizabeth Street Cafe now.
Next we drove over about 10 minutes across town (everything is SO CLOSE TOGETHER) to the Till Death Do Us Part Mural.

Till Death Do Us Part
E 7TH ST & WALLER ST.





Then walk to another bonus mural just down the street which we found, not on our original list, I Love You, Bacon. 

I Love You, Bacon
WALLER ST.



Ok, go ahead and jump back in your car. We are heading downtown now! On the way, we pulled over real quick to snap this LIVING THE GOOD LIFE IN AUSTIN mural along the way.

LIVING THE GOOD LIFE IN AUSTIN
1114 E CESAR CHAVEZ ST

On our way to have drinks at La Condesa, we found this Love Will Win mural in a parking garage across from The W Hotel! Keep an eye out for parking garage murals, we saw a ton of them downtown!

LOVE WILL WIN
200 LAVACA STREET

Ok you still with me over there??? I hope so, because I'm not done yet!

Next we headed back to the hotel to shower - but more importantly take advantage of Hotel Van Zandt's FREE HAPPY HOUR with beer, wine and margaritas! Then headed to dinner at Licha's Cantina where even THEY had three or four different murals!

LITCHA'S CANTINA
1306 E 6TH STREET

Outside of Licha's were several within walking distance. Which was good because we ATE SO MUCH and needed to walk it off!

WHEN YOU'RE STRANGE
1310 E 6TH STREET


 

KAMMOCK MURAL
1401 E 7TH STREET







A TX
1500 E 6TH STREET
The next day we went on an Austin Eats food truck tour and I spotted this Austin Howdy mural from the bus. This one is someone secluded, so you'll need to drive. 

AUSTIN HOWDY
W 6TH ST + NUECES ST








OK, let's pop back on to South Congress.

We went and had the famous frosé at Hotel San Jose, and we waited in line to get the MOST popular mural in Austin, I Love You So Much.

YES - WE WAITED IN LINE FOR A MURAL.
PAUSE FOR REACTION.

Alas, this would be an incomplete Austin mural blog post without THIS mural.

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH
1300 S CONGRESS

Just up the street from I Love You So Much is this heart wall located in the back of the Tom's shop. We have a wall just like it in Dallas!

LOVE/HEART WALL
1401 S CONGRESS







After the LOVE wall, we walked down the street to the Till I Die Wall, where you can write your goals you have before you die. If you watched my instagram stories, you'll know that wall was SUPER inappropriate. So much so that I'm just going to skip posting a photo. Feel free to check it out though, CB and I had fun writing our dreams on there - *cough* Tennessee national championship in Football. 

Next we went to a spot that came highly recommended by the locals, Kitty Cohen. They were having their anniversary party that night, so it was packed with tons of drink specials. I dug this place, but I REALLY dug their wallpaper. Is this a mural, no, but this is my blog post and I say wallpaper counts! PLUS - for every selfie you post on IG in their bathroom through September, they donate $1 to Safe ATX.

KITTY COHEN
2211 WEBBERVILLE RD







Ok ending this list with another Austin Mural Icon! You're my Butter Half is certainly in a more residential area, so you'll need to drive. It's pretty darn cute though, take it with your besite and post on INSTAGRAM, IMMEDIATELY!

YOU'RE MY BUTTER HALF
2000 E MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD


Ok, so CB and I did our very best to cover as much mural ground as possible, how'd we do??? Want to know the best part?

I'VE MAPPED EVEN MORE MURALS FOR YOU THAT ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS LIST! 

Yup, that google map up there has tons more options including the HOPE Outdoor Gallery which is an entire park filled with murals and tags.

So what do you think about my list? Did you find any murals in Austin that I missed but you think I would LOVE? Let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the google map!

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AND DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THIS POST FOR YOUR NEXT TRIP TO AUSTIN:
Austin City Guide: Where to Eat, Drink and Play in Austin!  Or click the image below! 










This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Visit Austin. The opinions and text are all mine.

16 August 2017

Our Engagement Photos + Tory Burch Bag, Apple Watch, and Kate Spade Sunglasses Giveaway


So we just got back from a very long weekend in Virginia Beach and my inbox currently resembles our overflowing guest room closet where I keep my winter clothes: some really good stuff in there, but mostly a lot of junk that should probably just be thrown away. There are enough emails in there to strangle and ox. 

BUT, I had to pop in today because two things. 

Thing one, I partnered in a big blogger giveaway (done old school, via a Rafflecopter) below that you'll love featuring a Tory Burch Bag, Kate Spade Sunnies and an Apple Watch! Scroll down to enter. 

THING TWO: YOU GUYS! We got our engagement pictures back and they are AHHHHMAZING! I couldn't get over how good CB was in front of the camera. 

So, a little backstory. I actually won a styled engagement shoot (insanely talented vendors tagged below) on Instagram. Our wedding photographer (Ellen Ashton, she's genius, website HERE) includes an engament shoot as well, so CB get to do this twice. I love that, he of course is less than thrilled but WHATAREYAGONNADOYOUKNOW

We did our photos at a variety of locations in my fav neighborhood Deep Ellum. Deep Ellum is where CB and I had our first date, where I lived for the first 1.5 years of our relationship, and where he proposed. Having photos here just made total sense, Deep Ellum is 100% US

Ciara from Bash + Co. styled the whole thing, my killer makeup was done by Becca from BA Beauty, specialty rentals like the amazing couch and rug all delivered from Corral Lane, INSANE custom made wifey jacket by Alli K Designs and finally these absolutely PERFECT pictures done by Madison Kaitlin Photogrpahy

I hope you LOVE THEM! As you guys know, CB isn't exactly keen on his photo being on the internet... SO, we compromised. You guys get to see all of our PG photos, then the make out ones we are saving for just ourselves to enjoy! I'd love to show you every single one of them, but marriage is about compromise, or so they tell me!








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