I have just returned home from a week of being in Dallas and Austin, Texas. I was there to tour colleges during my Mardi Gras break. I toured SMU, TCU, and UT Austin.
Where I stayed: I stayed at The Lumen, a cute boutique hotel that is right across the street from the SMU campus which is very convenient if you are going to be on campus.
It was surprisingly FREEZING in Texas that week --- it even snowed, but of course on the last day we were in Austin it was 70 degrees.
Dinner at the Front Room.
We got a salad and the brussel sprouts to share, and I got the steak for my main entree.
Exhausted after our flight and dinner, we went to bed early and woke up early the next morning to go to Soul Cycle.
This was my first Soul Cycle class ever. I have been wanting to do one for so long but they do not have one in my area. It was so hard but so much fun. I felt amazing and upbeat after leaving, excited for my next class.
After leaving Soul Cycle, we ran back to our hotel and changed into our clothes for the day and headed straight to the DryBar. I am OBSESSED with Drybar and if they had one in my area, I would honestly be there at least once or twice a week. What's better than sipping mimosas and watching the vow while someone does your hair for you? Answer: nothing.
After leaving the DryBar with a fresh new blowout, we hit the shops in Highland village. We went into the cutest grocery store called the Royal Blue Grocery for a quick lunch, shopped, and then went into Bird Bakery for a little snack.
That night, we met up with some friends that are locals and she took us to one of their favorite mexican restaurants, Mestizos.
We woke up on Monday morning and went straight to my tour at SMU and spent the majority of the day on campus. SMU is so beautiful and a perfect size, I loved it.
We ate dinner at Little Katana that night, a Japanese fare and fusion bistro. It was SO good. I got the Hot Stone Bowl and it was to die for, so is the Tuna Tower.
We left early the next morning and drove towards fort worth to tour TCU. We stopped at a eatery in downtown Dallas for breakfast, called Commisary. The vibe in there is so cool and it is modern twist on a diner. I got the avacado toast with an egg on top, my new favorite breakfast.
After the TCU tour, we headed to Austin. The drive was around three hours, so not too bad.
Where I stayed: the AT&T Conference center just because it was right on campus, which is where I needed to be, but there are so many cute hotels in the city. (one of them being the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, featuring a beautiful restaurant and roof top bar.)
After arriving, we rested for a little while, then I went out to dinner with a friend that attends the Univerity of Texas in Austin. We ate downtown at the Grove. There is outdoor seating overlooking trees, which is so pretty when weather permits.
The next day, Valentine's Day, we shopped, shopped, shopped. We went to the South Congress area to start and it was SO cute.
We even witnessed a proposal which was so cute and exciting! If you can't tell, she said yes :)
After we went through the South Congress area, we went to the Domain. This shopping center is HUGE and you could honestly live there. There are endless restaraunts, shops, and even apartments. We ended up eating dinner at one of the restaraunts to avoid traffic, then headed back to our hotel.
We woke up the next morning and spent the whole day on UT campus touring. UT is an amazing school and I absolutely loved it.
For dinner that night, we dressed up and went to Geraldine's, a swanky rooftop bar and restaraunt. The menu is more sharable items, so we got the beet salad to start, the steak and cauliflower as our main meal, and then the carrot cake dessert. It was to die for. The atmosphere and food was delicious and definitely made it one of my favorite places in Austin.
We flew out the next night. Texas was so much fun and I definetly want to go back soon.