Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

Been home for less than 24 hours and I already miss Texas…and my mom!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

This past weekend, my mom and I met for a getaway in Dallas, then drove down to Waco and Austin for the weekend. We started a new tradition last year where each spring we would go on a mother/daughter trip somewhere new and this year we picked Texas…primarily so we could go see Magnolia and the Silos! We are die-hard Fixer Upper Fans 🙂

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

We ended up flying into Dallas (and somehow ended up at different airports…oops!) since it was cheaper than flying into Austin, plus the drive down there passes straight through Waco! We got to Magnolia around 11am on Friday, which I highly recommend doing!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

I had read so much about how crowded that place can get on weekends and I totally believe it! We took a stroll through the store, which is unbelievably well-decorated and has a ton of incredible and beautiful pieces for the home and affordable prices. They also have merch, so of course I had to get a Texas t-shirt!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

After shopping, we picked up cupcakes, a cookie and a cinnamon roll from the bakery, popped into the gardening store, and wandered around the grounds (which are so well-done, just so perfectly on point with her style!) until grabbing some lunch at one of the many food trucks.

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

We opted for grilled cheese and ate on the lawn. They have a big patch of fake grass with some bean bag chairs and lawn games. It’s seriously the cutest thing ever! Once we were done, we drove about 5 minutes away to Harp Design Co. – Clint was a regular on the show if you’re a fan too, and his store is also beautiful!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

Saturday started with an early breakfast in the hotel – we stayed at The Driskill in downtown Austin and I swear it is the prettiest hotel in the city! I feel VERY spoiled, but I guess if you’re going to do a getaway once a year, might as well make it count! We originally were going to go on a hike held by Athleta, but it ended up getting cancelled due to rain. Instead, my mom and I walked along the river for about an hour and a half and somehow only managed to get rained on once!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

Lunch was at a vegan restaurant called Counter Culture and my friend Helen joined us! We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring South Congress, where there are a ton of cool shops and restaurants like Allen’s Boots (my FAVE) and Amy’s Ice Cream (which we were too full to try this time!).

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

We then went to June’s All Day for an early dinner, some amazing cocktails, and delicious food! I highly recommend the fried chicken sandwich, which we ate too quickly to photograph…👌🏻

We called it a night pretty early, but not without eating the rest of our cupcakes in bed, of course!! I’m telling you, those cupcakes are the BEST I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot of cupcakes in my day! Highly recommend the carrot cake, coconut, and lemon lavender!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

Sunday morning was when the Athleta hike was supposedly rescheduled for, so we went over to Barton Creek Greenbelt a bit early. We waited a bit and couldn’t seem to find anyone from the store, so we decided to venture out on our own!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

We ended up walking along the creek, which was absolutely stunning. I had no idea Austin was so lush! I’ve been once before in June, but for some reason it just seemed extra green this time.

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

Post hike/walk, we went to a spot near to our hotel called Modern Eatery for some amazing salads (their prices are great, too!), a latté, and then went back to the hotel to hang out.

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

At about 4pm, we went over to Uncommon Objects, a super famous antique shop in Austin! I went with my friend Nicole the first time I was in Austin a few years ago and knew my mom would love it. They have such interesting stuff and the displays are done so creatively!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

For dinner, we had reservations at Perla’s on South Congress and you GUYS. I’m 99% positive this was our most memorable meal – the drinks were unreal, the food was to die for and the service was on POINT. If I were to go back to Austin, I would for sure make reservations here again!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

After that, we pretty much called it a night since we were so fantastically stuffed, but we had to stop one last time at Magnolia on our way back to the airport Monday morning!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

And there ya have it! If you made it this far, I applaud you😂 There were just so many incredible moments I wanted to share! I really do love Texas and I think it’s an amazing spot to explore with loved ones.

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

I just want to give one quick shoutout to my mom who made the whole weekend possible – I know I am SO lucky to be able to call my mom my best friend and to be able to travel with her💖

xo Jordan

For more travel info on Austin, head to my older posts here and here!

Weekend In Austin Part 2.

Oh, hello. I’m back with the second half of my Texas recap – I miss tacos already! Now where was I…

Dancing For Donuts | Weekend In Austin, Texas

Ah yes, Saturday morning! We started with Gordough’s Donuts, a local favorite. Thank goodness we got there too early for any of the really crazy donuts with chocolate and brownies and stuff because ours were indulgent enough! We had the South 1st Hipster (topped with maple frosting, bananas and granola) and the Ms. Shortcake (cream cheese frosting with fresh strawberries) to split. They were both insanely delicious and so rich. It’s probably a good thing we don’t have a place like this nearby in LA…

We ended up walking around for quite awhile after that, even though temperatures were in the 90’s and humidity was about 80%. We stopped by Uncommon Objects, the antique shop, and Allen’s boots! I wish I could own every pair of shoes in there.

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We found some awesome graffiti too, so we took an obligatory cheesy tourist photo =D

Dancing For Donuts | Weekend In Austin, Texas

We stopped for a light lunch and some relief from the heat, and then went back to the cottage to relax. After a quiet afternoon, we ventured back out for dinner at Bufalina, which was just a short walk from where we were staying. Because we wanted a break from tex-mex, we chose Italian and we couldn’t have made a better decision. The pizza at Bufalina had a perfectly doughy yet thin crust and just enough sauce and cheese to not feel heavy. My friend ordered the Margherita and I had sausage, mozzarella and scallions on mine (with a side of Aranciata!). Pretty sure my mouth just watered while typing that, actually…

Dancing For Donuts | Weekend In Austin, Texas

Since we hadn’t really eaten dessert any other day (aside from our doughnuts for breakfast of course), we chose to end with a blackberry crostada a la mode. It was out. of. control.

Dancing For Donuts | Weekend In Austin, Texas

Okay now I’m definitely drooling. Good thing I’m almost done.

For our last meal, we went with Torchy’s Tacos, another favorite of the locals. I didn’t have super high expectations for breakfast tacos to be honest, just because I feel like I can make them at home, but boy was I wrong. I ordered two – one with brisket and the other with chorizo and cheddar. I can’t even begin to tell you how mind blowingly awesome these were, The brisket was definitely my favorite of the two, but both had the perfect amount of spice, flavor and smokiness in each bite.

Dancing For Donuts | Weekend In Austin, Texas

Needless to say, I had the most wonderful weekend. Texas is hot as hell, but it has some amazing food. I should probably just eat kale for a week or something now, but I think I might be addicted to tacos. Oops…

Have a great week, y’all!!!

xo Jord

Weekend in Austin Part 1.

Greetings from Austin, Texas y’all!

I flew in early Thursday evening to meet one of my childhood best friends for a girl’s weekend, and we’ve been having the absolute best time here. Between walking an average of 5 miles a day, eating all the wonderful food this city has to offer, and enjoying some killer cocktails, I’d say this vacation has been a success! Here’s a little recap of our first 24 or so hours in the south…

Thursday night Happy Hour at Eastside Showroom:

Dancing For Donuts | Austin, Texas

Those two French 75’s were the perfect pick-me up after a mile long walk in the heat and humidity. We sat at the bar, and ambiance in there was super cute and trendy, I’d love to go back later at night someday for the live music!

Post-drinks dinner was at Lambert’s BBQ in Downtown Austin (super famous and did not disappoint!). My brisket was out of control delicious and had a coffee and brown sugar rub. The mac and cheese was almost too cheesy, but still good, and the brussel sprouts were awesome. What you don’t see in this picture are the two cornbread muffins we promptly devoured – also delicious…clearly.

Dancing for Donuts | Lambert's BBQ

     The next morning, we woke up early (we’re both on different time zones but early birds nonetheless). After coffee, we started the day with green protein smoothies from Juiceland – peanut butter, hemp protein, banana, almond milk and spinach. So easy to recreate when I get home!

Dancing for Donuts | Juiceland

We then ventured out for a 4.5 mile walk around Lady Bird Lake on the trail. It was so gorgeous by the water and getting to see so much of the city from afar was perfect for our first full day. The trail is also well-maintained and easy to follow, which we appreciated since we had absolutely no idea where we were going…

Dancing for Donuts | Lady Bird Lake

We finally made it to Barton Springs, an Austin must-see, by around 11:30am. We were drenched and beyond ready for a dip in the 68 degree water. In all honesty, I only lasted about 10 minutes with just my legs in, and then the fastest full-body dip ever, but it was very much needed. We spent the rest of our morning laying in the shade and relaxing.

Dancing for Donuts | Barton Springs

Dancing for Donuts | Barton Springs

After some more Vitamin D, we ventured back out to South Congress Street where there are a ton of famous restaurants, food trucks, and shops. We made sure to hit Guerrero’s for tacos and it was well worth the wait! My friend ordered Fish Tacos and I got the Tacos Al Pastor (with pineapple!). They were so good, I’d recommend them in a heartbeat.

Dancing for Donuts | Guerero's Tacos

We walked along the street for quite awhile, and when it was too hot to handle anymore, we headed home for an afternoon in the air conditioning. Still full from the tacos but in need of a little snack, we went to Easy Tiger on 6th street. I forgot to snap a picture (shocking, I know), but we ordered a couple cocktails, a little sandwich to split, and two homemade pretzels. Our real destination for the night though was The White Horse.

Dancing for Donuts | The White Horse

Because we’re both from New York, and we definitely don’t have these in LA, we wanted to go to a Honky Tonk with live music and two-stepping. The White Horse fit the bill with a live country band, good beer, and dancing. It was so fun seeing all the couples out on the dance floor and we definitely tried to pick up a few dance moves. Had I gotten a few more drinks in me, I probably would’ve found my way onto the dance floor, but alas, I only had 2. I did, however, wear my cowboy boots, so I fit right in 😉

Dancing for Donuts | The White Horse

I’ll be back with more food porn and fun photos from LA,  but for now I sadly have to head to the airport…have a great rest of your weekend!!

xo Jordan