Yellow in Texas
This week marked my first ever trip to SXSW, Austin and, yes, even Texas. Prior to Wednesday, my United States traveling experience had been missing out on the majority of the Southwest. I am a very nervous flyer (like, one bump in the air leaves me frantically tweeting my last will and testament), but coming down to experience SXSW, our favorite bands and AFTERFEST made the momentary panic totally worthwhile. On my first full day in Austin, we explored as much of the city as we could, made some new (dog) friends and snapped some instant photos along the way. Check out what we did below. —Katie
Owner of ADP and Banksy
While exploring over in East Austin, we stopped at Austin Daily Press, a colorful restaurant that serves house-pickled vegetables, house-cured meats, an awesome array of sandwiches and some of the best popsicles I've ever eaten. The best part of ADP, though, might have been Banksy, the owner's giant Great Dane that wanted nothing more than to snuggle up on everyone's laps. The best kind of dog is a dog that doesn't realize how gigantic it is. I wanted to steal him away, never to return again.
The Blank Tapes
While stopped at ADP, we also ran into the very talented (and extremely nice) band The Blank Tapes. As you can see, Pearl, guitarist and singer for the band, is without a doubt the most photogenic person to ever eat a popsicle. While I was sweating on a bench, Pearl and Matt, founder and constant of the band, were pulling off that whole "totally and effortlessly cool" thing without even blinking an eye. It must be the hats. (New goal in life: PULL OFF A HAT.) We can't wait to check these guys out live before we leave.
Another shot of our best friend Banksy at ADP
Railroad and SXSW craziness; Inner shot of Farewell Books
While still over in East Austin, we stopped by Flat Track Coffee to grab some delicious and stroooong iced coffee. After sweating through my cool-guy pleather jacket for hours, it was the perfect place to sit down and relax. Attached to the coffee shop is Farewell Books, a small gallery space and well-curated book store that also sells vinyl, vintage clothing, jewelry and home goods. While I was in there, I saw awesome hand-painted jeans, the greatest magazine selection ever, and skull-inspired jewelry, so basically I wanted to win the lottery and take the entire shop home.
Outside Flat Track Coffee
Before the end of the day, we also made a quick run to Castle Hill, the GRAFFITI PARADISE of Austin. If there was ever a place made for taking selfies on Instagram, this place is it. While there, we saw some artists working on some epic pieces, as well as the hundreds of pieces that already line the walls. If I had more time in Austin, I would definitely kick it at this place more often. Even the dude in the house next door to the lot yelling "SXSW BITCHES!" at us (followed by a quick, shouted apology from his friend, explaining "he's still drunk") just added to the experience of it all. And lucky for us, we're still here for a couple days, so be sure to check back on the blog to see what else we get up to. Thanks, Austin!
6th Street; Flat Track Coffee