Words cannot describe how amazing the past weekend was. The last time I went to SXSW it was towards the end of the festival, and it was lit. This time, we kind of kicked off SXSW because we went at the start of the festival. The main event I wanted to attend was Create&Cultivate. The event was crazy gorgeous and I tried to get as much as as I could on my Instastory. We got there early when I say early I mean 2 hours ahead of time, and that says a lot about how important this event was to me because I don’t get up early for #*!@.  I was able to snag front row seats and I literally did not move from my seat after each panel. The event was so packed, and there were so many people standing! We met Oprah’s OWN network co-president Sheri Salata, Nikisha Brunson who is a goddess lifestyle blogger, Alexis Jones, Liz Plank, Tina Wells, Maggie Habashy (they’re all in the picture below), Jasmine Takanikos of BrandHuman, Koel Thomae, Kristen Bell and many speakers. Please look up these women and men because they are all phenomenal bosses who are paving the way for many other women. All the panels touched on so many subjects that creatives, bloggers, entrepreneurs, and women face and it really was inspiring, and really got me thinking about my future career moves and goals, and what I can do to make a difference to my fellow women creatives.

My ootd for Create&Cultivate started out as a 10/10 which I’ll post about next week; but, it was about 40 degrees and I couldn’t feel my toes so I had to be practical and ended up changing to the ootd above, which was equally as stylish and warm. I couldn’t get a photo of everything we did, but these few spots were pretty amazing. We went to CafeNoSe which is in the heart of SoCo, they get an A+ for aesthetics but their food was so average! Here’s my list of must go to food trucks and restaurants: DailyJuice, AUSTINCITYLEMONS, HeyCupCake, Thai Kitchen(it doesn’t touch CrushCraft in Dallas on their best day, but its number 1 in my Austin thai food list), 1886 Cafe&Bakery(if you’re bougie like us), Amy’s IceCream, and ChurroCo.

We hiked up Mounted Bonnell, and the view up there is amazing, the houses in that area will blow you away, literally #aftermedanddermschoolhousegoals!

Ok, this part is important where to stay while in Austin. I highly recommend the Sonesta hotel(ask for Donna when making reservations, she’s the best!) which is about 20 mins from Downtown. Their suites are perfect, it comes with double bathrooms(which is extra important especially when you’re in a rush and you’re trying to do hair,makeup, and get dressed and you want space, the last thing you want is someone else yelling “get out of the shower I need to shower too!”-also their showers are amazing, you’re never going to want to leave!), double closets, two fridges(to store all our morning juices), and two coffee makers. Hotel San Jose is in SoCo, it’s very stunning, and has an outdoor garden-ish setup! The KimberModern is another one that I strongly recommend, the location, the interior design, it was designed for the mod-century soul, and you’ll love every inch of the compound!

   I met this lady who told me she’s never been to Austin today, and I was like here’s my number whenever you’re ready to go call me, I’m basically a tour guide at this point! Austin is definitely as live as everyone says it is, throw SXSW into the mix, you’re basically in for the best week of your life!


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