A Night Out on SoCo

I had some friends come in town this weekend, so I decided that we should spend the evening exploring the South Congress district! I had heard a lot about SoCo but never actually been, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity.

We started out the night at Home Slice Pizza. The NY style pizza was just what I needed to get the evening started, it was quick, and really good, too!

After dinner, we decided to start wandering around and explore a little bit. SoCo is a super funky district with a lot of interesting stores, so I really liked seeing all of what the boutiques had to offer. My favorite part was probably this sign I found outside one of the stores we went into. (Sorry, Hannah B!)

As we continued exploring and window shopping, we found the flagship Kendra Scott store! I didn’t want to submit my two guy friends to the torture of watching me browse an expensive jewelry store, so I didn’t go inside. But now that I know where it is, I’ll definitely be coming back!

Despite being around 8 p.m., it was still sweltering hot. When I found a little food truck that sold ice cream pops, I bought one ASAP. I had to eat it real quick before it melted, but luckily the hot weather put me in the mood and I didn’t mind the brain freeze. (Side note: I think that was my first time trying strawberry ice cream, and it was really good!)

We finished up the night at Güero’s Taco Bar. Since I paid for parking, I got each of the boys to buy me a drink (I definitely profited, I think.) I’m a sucker for a frozen margarita (or really, frozen alcoholic beverages in general) so I really enjoyed these! There was fun live music for us to listen to as we sat out on the back patio.

Such a fun night! I’ll definitely be coming back to browse more stores and do a little more than just window shopping. Can’t wait to keep exploring more fun neighborhoods in Austin this summer!

-K

P.S. Like my #OOTD? You can find the details here!

Snap, Crackle, Pop

I love a little black dress. They’re classic, timeless, and are so easy to dress up or down. You may recognize this one– I wore it back in March for a sorority ritual. Same dress, but two completely different looks. Because rituals are formal, I left that one pretty plain with some jewelry to accent the look. But this one is way more casual- I actually wore it for a night out on SoCo when some of my friends came to visit! (Night out recap to come.)

You can’t tell, but I’m actually wearing my Adidas with this look. I knew I was going to be on my feet, exploring South Congress for a lot of the night and wanted my feet to be able to keep up!

SHOP THE LOOK:

Scrunchie: Black Scrunchie – Walmart
Earrings: Silver Hoop Earrings – Walmart
Jacket: Freeborn Denim Jacket – Target
Dress: Halter Top Black Dress (similar)
Shoes: Advantage Sneaker – Adidas

I had such a great time last night and I can’t wait to share my SoCo adventures with you, stay tuned!

-K

Shady Lady

I feel like Austin weather is more fickle than anywhere else I’ve ever been. I go to school in Norman, Oklahoma, which is supposed to be the “Severe Weather Capitol of the World.” But Austin keeps surprising me- I’ll wake up to clear, sunny skies, see torrential downpours and hail midday, and then see the blue skies make a return five minutes later. It’s crazy!

Huge fan of today’s #OOTD, even if it was only applicable for part of the day due to Mother Nature’s crazy mood swings. This is the perfect high-waisted denim skirt, and I’m so glad I added it to my repertoire recently. I love stripes and unique accents, so this shirt is a closet staple, too. Together, they’re such a cute combo for a summer day!

SHOP THE LOOK:

Sunglasses: Round Sunglasses – WearMe Pro
Top: Bell Sleeve Top (similar)
Skirt: A-Line Mini Skirt – American Apparel
Shoes: Gold Wedge Sandals (similar)

I don’t mind the rain, but I feel like it always starts right when I need to run an errand. This outfit held up, but I hope I get as lucky with my #OOTDs in the future!

-K

Fluff Meringues and More

By this point, you’re probably aware that I pretty much have the best summer internship ever (and if you’re new, you can read about our casual chic dress code and our pet-friendly policy and catch up!) But beyond getting to expand my wardrobe and see furry friends at work every day, we also have another company-wide tradition that I’m so excited to share: Wine Wednesdays!

It’s pretty self explanatory. On Wednesdays at the office (I’m blessed with that M/W/F life) someone brings in sips and sweets for the whole crew. It’s a great time to bond with your team and get those creative juices flowing with a quick sugar rush. This week, we had Fluff Meringues & More! (Thanks, Victoria!)

I’ve actually been super into meringues lately (I don’t want to tell you how many Trader Joe’s vanilla meringues I’ve eaten in the past 2 weeks… or even the past 24 hours) so I was super excited when Victoria showed up with these! The box came with an assortment of flavors of meringues and French macarons, two of my favorite desserts.

The assortment box Victoria bought came with a variety pack of flavors, but luckily I was able to guesstimate which one was which so I could get a flavor I liked. Based on my powers of deductive reasoning, I was able to end up with a caramel meringue and a chocolate caramel macaron. Score!

Having eaten the Trader Joe’s variety of meringues and macarons most recently, the freshly baked versions were like a little slice of heaven. Both were light and airy, but packed with flavor. I’ll definitely be bringing some home sometime soon! Although next time, I’ll make sure to order just the flavors I enjoy and take the guesswork out. The assortment pack sure made for a pretty picture, but I’m really not much of a passionfruit or pineapple kind of girl.

-K

A Surprise Visitor

This weekend, my mom and sister came down to Austin to visit me for the long weekend! It had only been a week since I had seen them (and I’ll be seeing them next weekend, too,) but they wanted to come see me, and who am I to say no? I was expecting just my mom and Macy, but when I came down to the kitchen I was delighted to find out they brought my dog Chloe, too!

With a puppy in tow, we had to go to lunch somewhere that was dog-friendly. After some light research, we decided on Abel’s on the Lake, a restaurant on the banks of Lake Austin. The view and the food was great, and we had a great time (even Chloe, who is notoriously scared of new places and new people.)

We still had some free time in Austin before Macy and my mom had to head back to Frisco, so we decided to do some exploring and see some of the more iconic Austin photography sites! I’m hoping to do a compilation post of Austin’s most recognizable murals during my time here, so I’m really glad we were able to find this one while we were out.

It was scorching hot outside, so we didn’t stay out long. Macy, my mom, and Chloe all came up to my room with me to come see my new space. Chloe loved running around all the extra space and didn’t chew anything up (we were so proud!) To cool off, we played a few rounds of card games and BINGO before they had to hit the road.

I’m so glad they were able to come see me this weekend! I’ll be back in Frisco for a visit soon, but I appreciate the 8 hours of driving they did to come see me just for an afternoon. I anticipate more visitors over the course of the summer, and I’m looking forward to showing them more Austin sights as I make this city my own!

-K

My Trader Joe’s Favorites

Do you have a Trader Joe’s near your house? If not, you’re seriously missing out- just like I was before I moved to Austin for the summer! Trader Joe’s is a grocery store that carries their own brand of products almost exclusively. I was wondering what all the hype was about, but after a few visits since I moved in down the street, I’m definitely hooked! After a few visits, here are my first impressions and initial favorites from TJ’s.

When you walk in TJ’s, the first thing you see are tons of fresh flowers. There’s a ton of variety and they’re all so fresh and vibrant that it puts me in a great mood before I’ve even made it to the grocery section! I bought a succulent on my last trip, and it’s super adorable. If I can get my hands on a vase, I might start buying some of the fresh flowers to keep in my room, too.

Once you’re past the flower garden at the front entrance, it’s right into the produce. It’s all super reasonably priced, and just seeing all the variety makes me want to try new things. My favorite is the bananas (one of my favorite fruits!)

If you know only one thing about Trader Joe’s, it’s probably about the legendary cookie butter. I bought a jar on my first trip, eager to see if it lived up to the hype. It did- and more. Clocking in at a whopping 90 calories per tablespoon, it’s definitely not my go-to dessert, but I still sneak a spoonful every now and then. It’s super addicting, and a must-try for any TJ’s newbie!

Something I noticed about TJ’s entrées pretty quickly is that a lot of them lean towards the healthier side. I’m all about clean eating, but I definitely have a sweet tooth, too. TJ’s frozen desserts blew me away! My personal favorite has been the macarons imported straight from France, but I also fell in love with the vanilla meringues as well.

I am going to be so sad when I go back to Norman in August, when the closest Trader Joe’s is in Edmond! I’ll definitely have to stock up on my favorite non-frozen items before I make the trip back to Oklahoma.

I’m finding new items at TJ’s every time I go, so watch my Instagram story for more favorites as I discover them!

-K

Bachelorette Vibes

Do y’all watch The Bachelorette? I’m loving this season already, and we’re only two episodes in! I rarely laugh out loud when I’m watching TV, but these past two episodes have had me cackling. They also provided some fashion inspiration, too!

On Hannah’s first one-on-one date, she chose to go four-wheeling in an all-white ensemble. Her white denim jacket ended up covered in mud (and ultimately ruined,) but it did remind me of my own! I just bought this one and The Bachelorette 15:02 definitely gave me enough inspiration to break it in.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Bandana: Black Bandana – Hobby Lobby
Jacket: Freeborn Denim Jacket – Target
Top: Short Sleeve Crew T-Shirt – Target
Belt: Loop Belt – Target
Jeans: Mid-Rise Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans – Old Navy
Shoes: Advantage Sneaker – Adidas

I can’t wait for next week’s Bachelorette episode! Hopefully Hannah Beast’s outfits give me some more #OOTD ingenuity. (If you know how the season ends, no spoilers please!)

-K

Austin Room Tour

As some of you know, I moved down to Austin last Friday, and recently I finished up decorating my new room! It took me a few days to get everything exactly how I wanted it, but I’m so in love now. It has a lot of the same elements from my apartment back home in Norman, which really helps me feel comfortable in a new space!

One of my favorite spaces in my room is my desk area. I basically transplanted my desk in Norman here in Austin because I loved the layout so much. (If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!) I spend a lot of time at my desk writing blog posts, browsing Pinterest, and listening to music. I knew I was going to sit here frequently whenever I’m home, so I made sure it was organized, cute, and personable! The only difference between this desk layout and the one at my apartment is the addition of the photo board that hangs above my head- in Norman, it’s a gallery wall.

My dresser is another aspect of my room that I basically transplanted from Norman. Since my dresser is one of the first places in my room that I see in the morning, I wanted to make sure it was as cute and efficient as possible. Because of this layout, I have easy access to all my accessories, and other things like pajamas and workout gear. I had to bring my letter board with me- it’s one of my favorite parts of my room!

This little nook is completely new and different from anything I have at college. I found this little stuffed bird in the Target dollar section, and I fell in love. I knew I had to have him! In addition to my feathery friend, I also store my self-help books here.

This should look familiar! I brought my entire bed set from Norman during the move, down to my fluffy cow Émile. The photo boards are a new addition, but everything else about my bed stayed the same.

One of my goals for the summer is to learn basic tumbling, starting with a cartwheel. Luckily, my room is large enough to practice in! If I progress any further than a cartwheel or a roundoff I’ll probably have to head to the backyard, but for now my carpeted floor is good for me.

I had such a fun time decorating my room and making it my own! I can’t wait to bring y’all more #ATX content soon. If there’s anything you want me to experience or review while I’m here through August, let me know!

-K

New and Fresh and Golden

Wow, I’ve missed writing for you guys! I’ve spent the past few days moving to Austin for my internship and getting settled into my new room. It took me a little bit to figure out where my new #OOTD backdrop was going to be, but I figured it out, and now I get to start sharing fashion content with y’all again!

“Today, everything is new and fresh and golden. Today my internship begins.”

-Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl Season 4: Episode 13

Today was the first day of my internship at bread & Butter PR, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t watch Gossip Girl 4:13 when I was getting ready this morning. Luckily, my day consisted of a lot more work and a lot less backstabbing than Blair’s first day at her internship!

When I showed up for my first day, I found out that I was actually overdressed. Jeans are perfectly fine at b&B, so I’ll definitely be taking advantage of that in the days to come! Although, all things considered, today’s outfit choice was a pretty comfy one.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Top: Women’s Fitted Short Sleeve Crew T-Shirt – Target
Pants: Paper-bag Pants – H&M
Shoes: Sternatia Flat – Aldo

Going a few days without posting was strange for me, but it was important that I prioritized moving in and getting settled prior to my big first day! Can’t wait to show more #OOTDs with y’all soon, especially because of b&B’s casual chic dress code!

-K

Bread and Butter PR

I am back with a gigantic LIFE UPDATE to share!

As I’ve talked about in previous posts, I’ve been on an internship hunt for summer 2019. I had been applying several places, and not hearing back. The process was way more tedious than I had ever expected. I was applying to so many cool places, and never even getting a response back was really starting to take a toll on me. Was I ever going to get an internship for summer 2019?

As some of you know, I went on a PRSSA trip to Austin back in March. (You can read about the trip here.) On that trip, one of the PR agencies we visited was called bread & Butter, and I fell in love with it immediately. As soon as I got home from the trip, I emailed the intern coordinators my resume and cover letter directly. I wanted to work for bread & Butter so badly, but after a few weeks of not hearing anything, I didn’t have high hopes.

But luckily, this story has an uber happy ending. I ended up being moved to the interview stage for bread & Butter, and then before I knew it, they had offered me the position! Of all the places I had applied to for summer internships, they were my top choice and I was beyond excited.

With all that being said, I am so excited to announce that I’ll be moving to Austin, Texas for the summer of 2019 to be the public relations intern for bread & Butter! I can’t wait to learn from such a great company and spend the summer in a new city. I hope you’ll continue to follow along this summer as I share my adventures in Austin!

-K