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Top 10 Things to do in Austin City over the Holiday Period


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This will be my first time in Austin for Christmas as we wont be returning to Ireland for the holiday season. As much as I am slightly disappointed we won’t be home for Christmas I’m as equally excited to be spend Christmas stateside…already the anticipation of whats to come is building!

So after asking lots of local friends & colleagues not to mention doing a little research here is the top 10 things to do over the holiday Period!

  • I’m told it best to kick-start the Christmas season at the Downtown Austin Alliance’s Holiday Stroll on Saturday, December 1 along Congress Avenue between 9th and 11th streets. Congress avenue is pretty amazing and the Capital Building stands tall…which that alone is impressive on any given day! From 5:00 to 10:00 pm it will be nothing but holiday cheer in downtown Austin, where you re guaranteed a  Holiday Sing-Along and the lighting of the downtown tree.  Most events over the Christmas here in Austin are free, as is this, event and very family-friendly. I’m told Holiday Stroll has something for everyone including photos with Santa, a petting zoo, live ice sculpture, holiday arts & crafts, a live mural painting, local food trucks, artisan vendors, and more. And as always Austin city is all about the music so there will be a full night of live music with performances by the Austin Children’s ChoirGirlFriend ATXShy Beast, and many others. After the annual lighting of the tree at the Holiday Sing-along on December 3, the Capitol Christmas Tree will be on display nightly through January 3, 2017. Catch all the information here http://www.downtownaustin.com/holidaystroll.

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  • Up next is one I’m really looking forward to, and again its a free event. This is the Austin Trail of lights. With a whooping 40 displays, 2 million lights, Austin’s favorite food trucks, nightly entertainment and holiday activities its known to be the highlight of the holiday season. It runs a total of 15 days and is open to the public. There’s even a 2.5 mile run to kick the event off that’s if your feeling energetic! Kids friendly and definitely one we’re not going to miss this year.

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  • Zilker holiday Tree, again this event is very close to the Trail of lights, on November 25th it is the lightning festival of the Zilker tree. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs – totaling 3,309 lights. At the top of the tree, a double star measures 10 feet from point to point. On the night you can expect live music and entertainment, food and novelties…this is another event that runs throughout the month of December. We went to this the other night and it was fabulous, we booked early and it was so worth it to get in the hour before the large crowds, you could see the displays without being blocked with crowds of people, the rides on the carousel and wheel were less crowded too…it is such a magical experience and the kids will love it.

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  •  North Pole Flyer, this is a unique way to visit Santa…visions of my favourite Christmas Movie “The Polar express” comes to mind..Its a 2 hour excursion on a real train featuring a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, all-you-can-drink hot cocoa and a locally baked holiday cookie. Each car is decorated for the season where passengers enjoy a live reading of the North Pole Flyer book-the railroad’s own Christmas Story! Santa is known  to spend time in each carriage to “check your list twice”, and pose for photographs before handing out a gift to each child to remember this special ride! https://www.austinsteamtrain.org/special-events/north-pole-flyer/


  • Winter wonderland held at Circuit of the Americas (Home to Formula 1) Running from the 8th up until 30th of December, this year will feature World Famous Chinese Lantern Festival, a display of illuminated sculptures – each hand-crafted using a tradition that extends back centuries. The lanterns are created using steel frames surrounded by colorful rayon “skins” and illuminated from within by LED lights. I’m informed they will have Texas’ largest outdoor Ice Skating Rink (which could be dangerous :0) ), A Tunnel of Lights, Trips to the top of the North Pole, Carnival Rides, Camel Rides, Singing Trees, a Petting Zoo, oh and most importantly Santa’s Workshop. And being Austin there’s a Live Music Stage! There’s also a Human snow globe which I’m intrigued about and Holiday movies on the lawn…sounds perfect!!! More details http://www.circuitoftheamericas.com/blog/2017/11/14/winter-wonderland-lights-up-cota-all-december


  • Would it really be Christmas if there wasn’t a trip to the theater? And what better place to go but to a Ballet performance! From the scrumptious sets and costumes to all of the colorful characters you love, Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker is the longest-running production of the seasonal classic in Texas. Stephen Mills’ take on this timeless tale features a cast of hundreds of dancers, including the charming and talented students from the prestigious Ballet Austin Academy who share the spotlight with our professional company of artists. Celebrate the magic of the holidays by experiencing this sweet treat with your family and friends. Featuring live accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra. It runs from the 8th until the 23rd of December.

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  • Zach Theater based here in Austin are reknowned for their shows and they have not one but three shows running over the Christmas Holiday period, The traditional “A Christmas Carol”  (Nov 21 to Dec 30th) Its Austin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition and it returns to make merry with new music and surprises to get the party started. ZACH’s inspired adaptation of the Dickens’ classic is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras. Motown meets the Ho-Ho-Holidays in this family-friendly spectacular, creating an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles. Celebrate the season with the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a joyride to rediscover his heart and love for human kindness. This is for all the family from ages 6 and up… they also have a show for younger kids from 3 years and up called “Holiday Heros” which is more fun with Holiday sing alongs. This runs from the 8th until the 15th of December at 11am and runs just 45mins with no intervals (so the time is more suited for the smallies). Another for the bit of adult humor, they have The Santaland diaries (ages 12 and up) running from 5th until the 30th of December, apparently ever-irreverent and cynical Crumpet is back! The outlandish tale of a Macy’s elf merrily jingles to life in the intimate Whisenhunt at ZACH Theatre. In this holiday cult-classic, Crumpet sarcastically expounds on the talent it takes to juggle tinsel, tearful tots, and not-so-sober Santa’s during what is hailed as the most wonderful time of the year. 75 minutes of rollicking (and not so politically-correct) fun, this laugh-‘til-you-spill-your-cocktail evening will delight adult elves who like it more naughty than nice! It runs from the 5th til the 30th of December and you’ll find all details of the shows here https://tickets.zachtheatre.org/single/EventListing.aspx


  • Mozarts Holiday Light Show, Mozart’s is one of the best coffee shops in Austin, mostly because they have a phenomenal location on Lake Austin and a great outdoor deck. It’s one of the best places in town to see some spectacular holiday lights. Each year they take Christmas lights to the extreme with an extravagant display. They decorate the deck with over 1 million LED lights and set up a show to everyones favorite holiday tunes. Admission is free and there is no assigned seating, so you can bring the whole crew and enjoy! They have a light show at the top of each hour starting at 6 p.m. Runs from November until end of December http://mozartscoffee.com/christmas-lights-show/ We did this the other night and it was fabulous..the display happens every 15mins so not too much crowds and the coffee is to die for!! Free admission and free parking across from the coffee shop!! Win win!

  • Georgetown’s Annual Christmas Stroll. The historic downtown Georgetown, Texas which is just a suburb of Austin hosts its 38th Annual Stroll (This town alone on any given day is beautiful) The festivities begin from Friday 30th November until Dec 1st with a christmas parade, santa visit and ice skating. They will also have a swing carousel and the younger ones can tackle a candyland obstacle course!!! What the Georgetown annual christmas stroll is most famous for is the re enactment of life 2000 years ago in Bethlehem Villlage and they have a live manager on display!! You can find all the details here http://www.downtowngeorgetownassociationtx.org/Christmas-Stroll—Guests.html
  • The Thinkery Gingerbread Workshops, the tinkery is Austins Children museum, its an amazing place to take kids, we go there almost always once a month, this year they are hosting Gingerbread workshops, Creative families build with fresh gingerbread and sweet treats in a fun and festive atmosphere you can find more information on this here https://thinkeryaustin.org/gingerbread

Plenty to see and do over the holiday period, to get you into the Christmas spirit!

So far we ‘re ticking of the boxes slowly but surely 🙂

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I love Austin

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I love Austin yes I do, I’m packed up to head home for the summer holidays..we get the best of both worlds this summer. It feels like since moving here to Austin its been one long holiday. The weather has been so nice, warm sunny and humid at times but such a luxury compared to the weather in Ireland. I can tell you I’m not looking forward to going home to a colder perhaps wetter country but I am looking forward to seeing all my family and friends. We are so lucky we can head home for a good few weeks and my girls are so lucky not to be missing out on Irish Summers with Cousins.

We’ll always have guaranteed hot weather when we get back here so we re looking forward to a bit of rain and cold ..our Austin friends are telling us we are so lucky leaving here during summer as Austin can get incredibly hot….I was melting at 29 degrees and this week was up to 37 degrees but my Texas friends were constantly laughing at me anytime I mentioned “it was hot” and have told me it gets worse!!…I know a few of them are tempted to jump into my suitcase to escape it…

So  with my looming trip home, with this look today on the blog I’m layering up as that’s exactly what ill be doing at home in Ireland. We’ve a trip planned to Spain amid our time at home so I’ll need some summer gear too…Above I’m wearing a floral bomber I got at Michael Kors Outlet for less than $70 but you can get similar here, there is some of these jackets left in store. I have found similar jackets here and here

The shorts again I picked up at the outlets (sorry girls) they are j.crew and so so comfy..I paid about $15 and you can find similar here from Vero moda and here from Mango. The white tshirt is from Dunnes stores last year. My necklace is from The temple wolf here and I love it!! (A piece of home!)

The shoes are new look but old but they usually bring similar out every year like this pair here.

So bags are packed and we’re excited to be getting home for a while…I have been warned though to turn on my heat to full blast before I get back to Austin in August 🙂

Hope you liked the look and thanks to my fab Austin Friend Abby who you will be seeing more of on this page once I get back after the summer!!

Until next time y’all


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Jumpsuit …Tickled pink with a bit grey

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Jumpuits…since moving here I’ve picked up a lot of these type of jumpsuits. When you’re up as early as we are in the mornings, and the brain isn’t quiet functioning, these jumpsuits are just perfect to throw on. I have a few like this hanging in the wardrobe, and I tend to wear them for casual and dressy wear. They suit most occasions which is another reason why I tend to keep buying them.

This one I picked up from Target here in the states, for any of my US followers you’ll find it here.  I like this as the material is linen and very breathable in the heat we get here in Austin, even if it creases a little (Although the creases are not that obvious) I love the detailing on these and the frill adds a little to it.

This jumpsuit has cut out sides which at first I was a bit apprehensive about but you wouldn’t even notice it.

I’ve searched and found similar strip jumpsuits here from Miss Selfridges, although not exact same still very pretty. Also Warehouse have a fab striped one too  which you’ll find here.

These flats are from Target and you’ll find them in store…there is similar in Oasis for my irish followers and you ll find them here for 34 euro.

Again I love these murals around downtown austin, they make great backgrounds 🙂

If you have any questions on the outfit just let me know




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White Playsuit any one?

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White playsuit anyone? Not to annoy any of my Irish followers but the suns heating up in Austin and its playsuit time…let me tell you about this little number, last year while touring the states I spotted this in HM New York. I fell in love but i knew Id have no business wearing it in Ireland… low and behold just before our big move here, this white little playsuit (eyelet I might add which is my new obsession) went on sale. Now you all know me and sales!!! It was reduced down to €34 and I snapped it up!! Such a  great buy as the weather here is scorching and I’m getting plenty of wear out of it!

Now I know this is last years stock but I have spotted similar around the highstreet such as this one here  for €35 or here for a little more euros at €87. A very close playsuit to the one above is from Zara for €39.99 and you’ll find it here. Along with this one here

As you can see I paired mine with heels which are from Dunnes Stores …How I miss there ha! You can find similar from New Look here for €28.

The beauty about this playsuit is you can wear flats with it too as in sandals or trainers and it looks good. With trainers drop the belt for a more casual look. If you re wearing it with flats, change up the colour of the belt, add a tan belt and tan flat sandals and you’ve a whole different look!

The belt I picked up here stateside in Target, I love it and its a nice nude colour which will go with a lot of things in my wardrobe. It was €24 but you can find similar here

You can always play around with accessories when wearing white and add as much colour or as little colour as you please…I preferred neutral and these earrrings are from Mango again last years product but I have seen similar here.  The glasses are from TJ Maxx and are Tommy Hilfiger paid about $9 but I know you’ll get them for €29.99 in TK maxx in Ireland.

So ladies if you see a white playsuit just grab it as you will get wear out of it for a summer night out or for that long awaited summer holiday..Im still working on my tan here and my current tan is out of a bottle (still trying to master the perfect application ha!)

Until next time y’all (getting the lingo from Austin!)

PS how amazing are these murals..I plan on doing a separate post on those!!



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Austin Fashion Week 2018


Austin Fashion; Since moving to the States and Austin in January from Ireland I am keen to become more familiar with the fashion scene here in Austin. And as far as fashion goes the creativity and talent here in Austin is incredible and up with the rest of their peers in New York and over near my neck of the world London.

But here’s some background for you, as I am new to Austins fashion community too.
Fashion X is the main source for all things fashion and style with an emphasis on emerging fashion designers and brands in Texas. Fashion X is the creator and producer of Austin Fashion Week, Fashion X Dallas and Fashion X Houston. And this year 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of Austin Fashion Week / Fashion X Austin which exceeded all expectations from what I saw..
Fashion X Austin is the largest week of fashion events in the state of Texas and the 4th largest fashion week concept in the United States. That alone is impressive and I was so excited to be attending!

I was lucky enough to receive a Press pass for the first night of the RUNWAYS during Austin Fashion Week which was Thursday, April 5, BERNINA Fashion Fund Showcase, Here we were treated to 5-look runway collection from more than 19 up and coming fashion designers who have less than 3 years with their fashion label.
To say the level of talent was amazing would be an understatement it was phenomenal. I was so impressed with the creativity displayed on the runway, an the amazing banana leaf backdrop wall created by Austin’s Katie Kime was insane. In fact the whole venue space at the Vault was beautifully done.

At the end of the evening, a judges’ choice award went to the 2018 BERNINA Fashion Fund winner, and a people’s choice award allowed the crowd to participate too by voting on a sheet card which as tallied at the end of the show.

The judges for the evening were Amy Sherfinski (Director of Marketing for BERNINA of America), Chanel Dror (Executive Producer at camillestyles.com), Gail Chovan (local fashion designer), Lance Avery Morgan (Publisher of The Society Diaries), Gunnar Deatherage (a Project Runway designer), Korto Momolu (a Project Runway designer) and Kaki Gaines (blogger/stylist).

And the designers (who showcased outstanding collections) were Brittany Nicole, Arion, Lizna, SHUSI, Harry Rex, Freedom, Modish & Swank, La Lo La Clothing, Prodigal Sun Designer,This is Sloane, B.Poshi by Yusuf, Carolyn Teveldal of Baby Portrait Prop Shop, Shavanthe, Nico, Amyra, Alexandria Lee Designs, KOVAS Swim, Vaeward, Jimmy Burner.  With their amazing talent and skills it was no easy decision for the judges to choose a winner, but a winner they did which was SHUSI ..deserving winner with a beautiful collection.

And the peoples choice was Modish & Swank!

All participants were deserving winners and Fashion X put on an amazing show.


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