The New Austin City Library

We took my little bookworm to the new Austin City Library yesterday. The library is six stories! It was remarkable. It really puts all of our library’s to shame. The children’s section is amazing – filled with interactive games, reading stations, outdoor areas and shelves upon shelves of books. If you are in Austin and you haven’t been, the Austin City Library is a must-visit. The architecture alone will make you stop in awe.

Austin city library

Austin city library

Pardon our hair. We weren’t expecting to take photos (ha!) and it was record high heat plus humidity in Austin yesterday. 86 degrees in November! What gives, Austin?

Shaun & Sabrina | Austin Engagement Photos

When my brother, Shaun, and his fiancé, Sabrina, asked me to take their engagement photos in Austin, I about peed my pants (I’m not professional, let’s be clear, but I’ll jump at any chance to photograph a special moment like this). I had so much fun running around Austin with these two – from downtown Austin, to Hotel San Jose, to the State Capitol and Lady Bird Lake … there was a photo opportunity at every turn! Here are just a few of their Austin engagement photos.

austin engagement photos

austin engagement photos

austin engagement photos

austin engagement photos

austin engagement photos

austin engagement photos

His socks! I mean, could these two be any cuter? It’s not possible.

austin engagement photos

austin engagement photos

 

austin engagement photos

The Working Mom Hat: W Austin for Work

I attended the W Hotels Global Brand Summit  last week. I got to stay at one of my favorite hotels, W Austin and visit with some of my favorite people. Before I even got my room key, the W Concierge handed me this fancy little treat. I must say, I have no clue what was in it but it was delish!

w austin hotel drinksI snuck out a little early on night one and saw my brothers, Shaun and Spencer and Shaun’s too-cute-for-words girlfriend, Sabrina. We went to 2nd Street Grill and talked like grown ups (I swear these two were just 3 and 4 years old). Then, I gifted Sabrina one of my favorite  new bracelets from W Austin, a Burkman Bros bracelet.

w austin brothers

austin girls

The three-day meeting was all about what’s new and next for W Hotels. Sometimes I wonder how I got so lucky to work on such an amazing lifestyle brand, such as W. I probably pinched myself once or twice.

I got a glimpse into the future of this brand, and I must say … it’s very bright. I met so many amazing people at this conference. From Paris to Doha to Shanghai.

w hotelsThen, we had a cocktail creating contest. Mixology, the kids call it. My group’s drink is #15. As you can see, we had no idea what we were doing and didn’t even get ours fill to the glass. We didn’t win. In case you were wondering. But, I kind of thought ours was dressed the cutest. Garnish matters, right?

w hotel cocktailsThe last night we were there, W Austin Insider, Caleb, hooked us up with a private reception and backstage tour of Austin City Limits Moody Theater. (I saw Miranda Lambert play here a few years back and I have to say, I was a little star struck just being in the room.) W Austin’s Marketing Manager, Shaady, and I just had to sit on stage.

w austin city limitsAustin is such a cool city. If you haven’t been. Go! If you like music, food and weird things, then Austin is right up your alley. Here are some pictures from the last time I was in Austin. And here are some of the Austin Restaurants that I love. What a fun city, indeed.