The Austin Guide

Apart from being the closest, easy to get to city by my hometown (Houston), Austin holds a very special place in my heart.

I remember my parents taking us when were kids to Barton Springs and to explore around town. It was a city I escaped to several times after getting my drivers license. When my husband and I were dating, it was our place to go for the weekend or just for the day. It was where he proposed on one of those said day trips with a surprise picnic he planned at Mount Bonnell. It was where we got married at the gorgeous, quaint venue, Hummingbird House. It was where we took our fur child, Bowie, to his first trip out of town since it’s such a dog friendly city.

This has been a highly requested post and one I get asked on several occasions. I have planned many Austin trips for friends, family and several others, it just felt appropriate to finally create it for anyone to refer back to and use a guide.

From its great scenery, hilly roads and not to mention delicious food & coffee, there’s never a shortage of ideas to add to the itinerary. Though there’s SO much to choose from, here are our personal favorites that we frequent anytime we’re in town and would highly recommend.

Take a pic in front of the “Greetings from Austin” mural located on 1st ST. (1720 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704)

Take a pic in front of the “Greetings from Austin” mural located on 1st ST. (1720 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704)


COFFEE

Fun Fact: Once Over’s fantastic outdoor patio was where my husband and I would have the best talks discussing future plans when we were dating and practically planned our wedding over coffee breaks after wedding vendor meetings.

Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors

Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors

But first….Alfred Coffee! Located inside the beautiful The Line hotel.

But first….Alfred Coffee! Located inside the beautiful The Line hotel.


LUNCH

  • Hillside Farmacy - 1209 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702 Known for its gorgeous interior (restored drugstore from the 50’s) and always delicious farm - to - table dishes.

  • Epicerie - 2307 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78756 Quaint space with unique French inspired comfort food and scrumptious desserts.

  • Blue Dahlia - 1115 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702 Casual spot for brunch or lunch after shopping around the local shops in 11th ST.

  • South Congress Cafe - 1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

    Take a break from hanging around SoCo and stop by for their popular brunch menu items in the liveliest space.

  • Josephine House - 1601 Waterston Ave, Austin, TX 78703 The perfect Sunday brunch spot, breakfast or lunch that’s dog friendly - Bowie’s favorite.

Hillside Farmacy

Hillside Farmacy

Epicerie Cafe & Grocery

Epicerie Cafe & Grocery


DINNER

  • Grizzelda’s - 105 Tillery St, Austin, TX 78702 With an eclectic, artsy interior and delicious Mexican inspired dishes - how can you not go and try it out?

  • Arlo Grey (inside The Line) - 111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701 Top Chef’s, Kristen Kish (season 10 winner) upscale restaurant located inside the modern downtown hotel - The Line.

  • Kemuri Tatsu -ya - 2713 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78702 Ramen Tatsu- ya’s (I highly recommend them as well for ramen) Japanese & Texan fusion inspired dishes meant to share whether your on a date night or with a group of friends.

  • Foreign & Domestic- 306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

    Casual date night spot (wouldn’t recommend for more than 2 people per party) that serves a variety of unique dishes.

  • Suerte - 1800 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

    Good luck trying not to order all of menu items offered at this relatively new Mexican restaurant already named as one of the best new restaurants in America.


    Side note: Highly suggest making reservations to all lunch & dinner spot mentioned.

Top Chef’s season 10 winner Kristen Kish’s restaurant Arlo Grey.

Top Chef’s season 10 winner Kristen Kish’s restaurant Arlo Grey.

MISC

  • South Congress - South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704 An iconic shopping and eating area with that also has the famous “I love you so much” wall at Jo’s Coffee.


  • Tillery Street Plant Co. - 801 Tillery ST Austin, TX, 78702

    A lovely garden to pick up a variety of flowers and plants that also has great photo opportunities.

  • Antone’s Record Shop - 2928 Guadalupe Austin, TX 78705
    Stop by to peruse and stock up on vinyls to add to your collection.

  • Mount Bonnell - 3800 Mount Bonnell RdAustinTexas 78731

    Go for a hike and catch the best views of Austin - especially during sun set.

  • Barton Springs - 2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746

    Get away from the Texas heat and take a swim at the natural spring swimming pool located in Zilker Park.


If you’re planning to stay for a couple days, we been really enjoying staying at the Airbnb’s Austin has to offer.

Snap a pic outside Kendra Scott’s gorgeous new location that has an adorable cafe inside as well (still in SoCo).

Snap a pic outside Kendra Scott’s gorgeous new location that has an adorable cafe inside as well (still in SoCo).

We’re always discovering new places every time we visit so I’ll make sure to include any new discoveries that are worth mentioning.

Do you live in Austin or have ever visited? What are some of your personal favorites you recommend? Let me know in the comments!

-J

Trend Report: Hair Accessories

We all know that retro (70’s - 90’s) styles have made a huge comeback in the last few seasons. From clothing to foot wear, jewelry and even music & TV (hello reboots).

One of them also being hair accessories! Retro inspired with a modern look to them. Runway shows like Prada’s padded headbands at their Spring 2019 show, Derek Lam’s print head scarves and Oscar de la Renta’s hair pieces for the Fall 2019 collection have inspired the trend in a big way straight to street style looks and everyday outfits.

Think less butterfly clips and more so statement hair clips, hair wraps, headbands, scrunchies - the list can go on and on. Some of my personal favorite pieces I’ve been incorporating into my looks whether it’s super casual to more dressier outfits are pearl & tortoise hair clips, as well as padded headbands & hair scarfs.

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Here are some great finds I personally own and/or would highly recommend in each category that are budget friendly:

Hair Clips:

Headbands:

Hair Scarves & Ribbons:

What are some styles you’ve been trying or looking forward to rocking this season?

Have any recommendations? I’m always excited to discover new pieces, let me know!

-J

Strauberry Fields Turns 1!

And of course, Happy National Strawberry Day!

It’s been an official year since I started Strauberry Fields and it’s been a great creative outlet - or as others call it my creative outlet away from my other creative outlet (styling). Apparently I need many. ::shrugs::

Huge thank you to every single one of you who follow along, who are always asking about it and who’ve shared it with others. You make that much more fun and hope I can continue to excite you with more ideas and things to check out.

Though celebrating calls for dessert, I’ve been having a massive craving for southern food (could also be this dreadful H-town weather) and thought what better way to honor the day of strawberries (and Strauberry) than to make strawberry biscuits!

They’re incredibly easy to make and are absolutely scrumptious! By themselves they’re delightful, but paired with a honey basil butter - oh my.



Prepping away!

Prepping away!

The original recipe can be found here from Southern Living. However, there were a few things that felt off so made some adjustments.


Instead of 475 degrees (yikes), I did 425 for 15 min cook time. Also don’t roll dough, just mold in your hands and place on baking sheet.

The Honey Basil Butter spread: mix honey, basil, lime zest and butter to create the perfect add - on to an already delicious biscuit.

The Honey Basil Butter spread: mix honey, basil, lime zest and butter to create the perfect add - on to an already delicious biscuit.

The recipe for the spread can be found here.

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Paired with a cup of coffee and you’ll be in food heaven. Bon Apetit!

Paired with a cup of coffee and you’ll be in food heaven. Bon Apetit!

Birthday biscuits! Happy 1 year SF!

Birthday biscuits! Happy 1 year SF!

I really hope you get the opportunity to make and try some for yourselves! They’re so good and know you’ll love them just as much as I do!

As always, send me suggestions on anything you’d like to see. My goal is to post more on here this year:)

Thanks again for stopping by and wish you the most delicious strawberry day!

-J

And the Oscar Goes to.....

You! For taking the time to check out this post - congrats!!

If you’re a movie buff, such as myself, awards season may be those events you look forward to every year to see who the big winners are from the years most recognized films. Let’s not forget about the red carpet and all the gorgeous looks!

Though I’m always up for a viewing party, this year was a little more exciting for many reasons. The representation throughout the films nominated has been like no other and feel last year was a great year for so many films. I found myself going to movies more times than I have in past years.

So thinking about throwing a last minute get together and watch it all happen? Here are some simple, easy -to - whip up ideas to host the perfect, intimate Oscar’s viewing party!

Get your Freddie on with some Pearhemian Rhapsody aka any pear drink of your liking.

Get your Freddie on with some Pearhemian Rhapsody aka any pear drink of your liking.

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Can you tell I love a good pun?

Can you tell I love a good pun?

Stick to easy hors d’ oeuvres; whether cheese & meat tray or easy- to - assemble bites like these butter croutons with eggplants hummus & Mediterranean olives.

Stick to easy hors d’ oeuvres; whether cheese & meat tray or easy- to - assemble bites like these butter croutons with eggplants hummus & Mediterranean olives.

Can’t forget about the true stars of the show - the sweets!

Can’t forget about the true stars of the show - the sweets!

 

The Oscar’s are long, so make sure to take frequent leg & food/drink breaks! Even Bowie knows what’s up.

 
Don’t forget to have your ballot to cast your votes who’ll win each category and/or who you’re rooting for!

Don’t forget to have your ballot to cast your votes who’ll win each category and/or who you’re rooting for!

Need your own ballots? I created these with the main categories of the evening. Print them out and enjoy!

Add a fun garland to add some flair to the viewing area. Also can’t go wrong with flowers throughout your home!

Add a fun garland to add some flair to the viewing area. Also can’t go wrong with flowers throughout your home!

 

And there you have it! Some easy ideas if you’re still wanting to throw a last minute viewing party.

I’m personally rooting for Rami Malek to win Best Actor for an incredible performance in Bohemian Rhapsody, Roma for all the categories including Yalitza Aparicio for Best Actress & Alfonso Cuaron for Best Director - such a great movie! Of course “Shallow” for Best Song - gives me chills every time.

Let me know what you have planned and who your favorite contenders are for this year!

- J

The Fab Five (Current Favorites)

It's that time again for another round of The Fab Five - current five favorites from five different categories!

As mentioned in a prior post, this is in no relation to the Queer Eye guys, Michigan Wolverines basketball players or the tribute Beatles band. Although all fab in their own right;)

It's actually not the easiest putting these together because for me to love something, I have to really love it. I would never suggest, mention or recommend something that is so-so (in my own opinion, of course).

Anyway, without further ado, let's get this started! 

 

Restaurant

If you love an intimate, cozy setting sharing the most delicious dishes over great company - this is a place for you. Located in a quaint little house in Montrose, Nobie's offers an always changing seasonal menu with the most mouth watering combinations. It has very quickly become one of my top favorite Houston restaurants!

Always leave with the best service, best music (all on vinyls, which you can bring your own if you want played!) and best times with great company gabbing over a great selection of food.

Be warned, they do not take reservations so plan accordingly.

Thanks to Kwon W. for capturing some of these!

 

Collab Product

When one of my favorite fragrant brands released a gorgeous collaboration earlier this summer with Poppy Delevigne, I knew I had to nab some goods!

The British socialite slash actress slash model slash girlier sister to Cara Delevigne repackaged her favorite scents and products from Jo Malone in the most colorful and obnoxiously cute packaging (all up my alley). Out of all the products released, what stopped me in my tracks was the bubble bath products. If you're a Jo Malone user, you know that as a bath and body brand it's insanely strange they don't already have this as part of their regular line - so this was a huge deal.

I love a sweet package but I like my scents dark with maybe some hints (like a dash) of femininity. When I saw the Velvet Rose & Oud (darkest damast rose, smoky oud wood, clove & praline) was in bubble bath form I immediately had to have my hands on it. As a lover of bubble baths, this one has been my absolute favorite one and leaves the best scent on your skin as well your bathroom.

Check out the whole Queen of Pop limited edition collection here.

 

Binge Worthy

I love me some Seinfeld and enjoy anything Jerry Seinfeld has ever put out. Years ago when Crackle released Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (could that be anymore Jason btw) we always looked forward to watching the latest episodes until it suddenly disappeared. 

Low and behold, Netflix answered our prayers, picked up the show a few years after the fact and released a new season this summer with some more of our favorites like Ellen DeGeneres, Hasan Minaj and Kate McKinnon.

If you like seeing a casual interview style short episodes with comedians driving around and getting coffee then definitely check it out if you haven't already.

 

Summer Piece

It doesn't happen very often, believe it or not, but there are certain things that have that "love at first sight" effect on me. Yeah, there's lots of cute and appealing things here and there, but love - that's a strong word.

Earlier this summer I spotted the most colorful and gorgeous basket bag but was trying to be "good" and not jump the gun on it. After a month of dreaming about it, I ran to get it before it was too late and got reunited with the beauty. Since then we've been inseparable and cannot tell you how many times I get stopped to get compliments on it. 

It's actually very easy to stuff all my belongings in it, easy and comfy to carry and definitely the star of the any look I pair it with. There are so many great styled basket bags but this one just had my name on it.

Check out other bags or this same exact one from Anthropologie here.

 

Music to My Ears

Literally. So this one was a little tough because there were a few albums that recently came out that I've been enjoying. But alas, I had to pick just one. The winner for this was the one that I found harder to stop playing - Arctic Monkeys' "Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino"!

I still remember hearing "Fluorescent Adolescent" and "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor" for the first time and since then have become a huge Arctic Monkeys fan. Their last album before this one ,"AM", was non-stop playing from beginning to end so my expectations were very high for this new album. 

The new album took a sharp turn away from "AM" and sent us off to the 70's. Front man, Alex Turner, takes us on a trippy, psychedelic journey through cryptic lyrics, interesting one liners and has every song flow perfectly together throughout the whole album. The sound may be different, but it's still very much them - which I can appreciate.

 

And those are my current Fab Five's! What stuck out to you the most? Interested to try or check out any of the ones mentioned?

What are some of YOUR current favorites, I'd love to know!

Until next time xx

- J

 

 

All That 90's

It's no secret to anyone that 90's style, pop culture and television is back in full force and I, for one, could not be more ecstatic!

I have nothing but the best memories and realized I never really grew out of the music, TV, style (well with some exceptions for sure) and favorite brands. All this nostalgia has got me reminiscing of those simpler times...

The decade I spent my elementary school age days sneaking away to watch Daria and TRL on MTV (I was forbidden to watch that channel), waiting for the top 5 songs at 9:00pm on Houston's local mainstream radio channel, 104 KRBE (Hey Atom Smasher!), to record songs on my cassette tapes so I could jam to them anytime I pleased. 

Where the only "stress" I knew at the time was what cute school supplies I could get my hands on (Lisa Frank, Sanrio), making sure not to miss Friday night runs to Blockbuster to pick out the latest releases and attempting to not come home with busted knees from playing outside (always had bloody knees)

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My absolute favorite 90's brown lipstick is Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crayon in "Send Nudes". It's a cool brown with a frosted look - could it be anymore perfect?

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And speaking of playing outside, that was all I loved to do. Riding my bike around the neighborhood, summers spent at the pool and always running around playing with friends. I was obsessed with The Secret Garden and since our backyard was pretty big, I'd always tell my classmates how I also had  secret garden of my own. And in my wild imaginative mind would take them on tours through the big bushes and trees and through a loose wooden fence piece only to end up in our neighbors yard where they had the cutest dog and would always give us treats.

It was a time I would get extremely awkward when any boy had a crush on me and always had a plan to steer them away to another girl or pay them a nickel (I know, cheapo) to get over me - Jason's favorite story.

Where three way calling your BFF's after school was crucial and attending the best slumber party was top priority for your weekend plans.

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I always wondered what it would have been like to be an adult in the 90's and now that I have that (not really, at all), young Joss would be in awe we never really changed in tastes, music didn't get better, there are so many reboots but still none from Friends and there's still no flying cars, but we do carry around little computers in our pockets ;)

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Craving 90's jams? Check out my favorite 90's songs! 

 

What are of your favorite memories, songs, TV shows, shenanigans from the 90's?!

Would love to hear them - comment below:)

xoxo

- J

 

PS. Who wants to bet when the early - mid 2000's fashion (hello gaucho pants and butterfly clips) and music will come back around by? 

Bone Appetit (Bowie's Corner) - Apple Cinnamon Donuts

Happy National Donut Day!!

To celebrate, Bowie wanted to debut his "corner" of the blog and share one of his favorite homemade treats - apple cinnamon donuts!

Now that Bowie is vegetarian (I know, vets orders), switching to treats and food that have no meat or artificial flavoring wasn't as hard as I imagined. This one has a been a huge hit and is incredibly easy to make!

For icing, I just dipped the cooled donuts into plain yogurt. If you want to add any garnish or additions, add some fruit like blueberries or raspberries (or anything that's safe for pups).

The recipe can be found at one of my favorites doggy sites Pretty Fluffy.

And if you're wondering, yes we have tried them ourselves and it's tasteless but leaves your home smelling divine :-P

 
All you need is a cup of whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup applesauce, 1 egg, honey and cinnamon

All you need is a cup of whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup applesauce, 1 egg, honey and cinnamon

"Soooo are they ready yet?!"

"Soooo are they ready yet?!"

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Donut fact!

According to the Smithsonian, when donuts (or doughnuts) made their appearance in America they were originally called "olykoeks" (Dutch) translating to "oily cakes"?

Now that sounds appetizing.

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More like bone appetit! ;)

More like bone appetit! ;)

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Thanks for stopping by guys! Make sure to share this with your own fur friends and have some for yourself as well (maybe not necessarily these). 

Donut forget to indulge in some oily cakes...I mean donuts today! ;-)

 

PS. What are some of your favorite dessert recipes?

 

xoxo

Bowie & Joss

 

 

 

The Fab Five (March)

There's a plethora of "Fab Five's" - i.e this, this or that.

However here at Strauberry Fields the fab five are my current favorites from five different categories I've been obsessing over in the last month or so.

Check em' out!

Binge Worthy

Love food? Love hearing great stories with a behind the scenes view? 

Netflix's new food documentary series, Ugly Delicious, is just that and so much more. Momofuku's franchise creator and chef, David Chang, along with some of the industry's writers, chefs, critics & some celebrity cameos, take you on a globetrotting adventure into an aesthetically pleasing view of some of the most popular foods and the stories, culture and people behind those dishes. 

Houston is represented (of course) in the "Shrimp and Crawfish" episode.

Check out the trailer here.

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Here's the list of restaurants if you're looking to check out any of the places from the show.

 

Cool Shop

I'm a planner, so of course I'm always on the hunt for the cutest planners, notebooks and notepads all year round. My personal favorites are Bando and Rifle Paper Co., however Erin Condren's flagship store had me sold!

The online shop now has a brick and mortar at The Domain in Austin, TX. and the store is to die for! 

You can personalize your own planner and notebook, customize a variety of items and even host private parties! 

 

Makeup

I like Colourpop and their products, especially considering price points. When they launched their Lux Lipstick's earlier this year I was a little iffy and bought a few to test out (they're only $7!).

I became completely obsessed with these lipsticks - great price, fantastic application & that packaging! Colors range from the lightest nude to a complete black shade.

I keep purchasing more colors at each restock (they sell out so fast -boo). These give some of those high end lipsticks a run for their money.

Want to try them for yourself? Buy them here!

 

Music

I was one of the millions that couldn't stop talking about Marvel's newest release, Black Panther, after watching it opening weekend in February. I wanted to see it over and over and over again.

Apart from the film itself, the music that was paired with each scene had me wanting more. Perfectly curated by Kendrick Lamar featuring several artists like SZA, Future, Zacari, Travis Scott, The Weeknd and Lamar himself to name a few.

Since then this has been the most played album, if not the only at this point, on the daily and there seems to be no cure in sight for this obsession.

I'm not mad about it.

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Restaurant

Last, but most certainly not least is one of my current favorite spots to grab a bite in Houston - Emmaline.

This American restaurant with a nod to European influences (according to their site) is not only the absolute prettiest space but serves delicious dishes that are not complex or heavy but well put together.

Try them out for Saturday or Sunday brunch or for a nice dinner date. 

Complimentary valet is available.

 

Did you make it to the end of this list?!  Woohoo!

Let me know what your favorites have been recently, comment down below - I'd love to know.

Until next time!

xx

-J

The Most Dramatic Rose Ceremony....

EVER!!!

If you're anything like me, one of your guiltiest of pleasures is trash TV and The Bachelor franchise is no exception.

Bachelor/Bachelorette world let's us follow along a dude or girl date over 20 people in less than two months to see who they'll spend the rest of their life with....or really the next few months doing interviews. 

It's also a chance to see who can get far enough in the competition to get a social media career promoting hair gummies or a Fab Fit Fun subscription. 

We're here for it!

The 3 hour season finale is this Monday, March 5th followed by an after the rose special on Tuesday, March 6th - which promises to bring many surprises and dramatic moments we won't want to miss. 

(Bet you heard that last line in Chris Harrison's voice)

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Bachelor viewing party is a must at Casa Straubinger and for the two day, long houred episodes a light yet fulfilling munchie is key, like popcorn! The clear popcorn containers are super affordable and perfect for movie nights. These particular ones are from Party City.

Stay hydrated with some rose lemonade, very fitting for the Bachelor theme - my favorite one is the Belvoir Elderflower & Rose Lemonade. 

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Create your own Bachelor Bouquet Arie style with these checkered flags I created. Add a slim wooden stick (kabob sticks work perfectly) and root on your favorite gal!

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Click on the image and print. Or if you want to adjust the sizing copy image to Word document.

 

Truth be told Sienne was my absolute favorite - I was such a fan! But since she left a while back, I'm rooting for Becca even though I'm pretty sure it'll be Lauren who'll win ;-)

The race for Arie's heart is underway! Are you #TeamBecca or #TeamLauren?! 

See you at the finish line! 

 

xoxo

- J

 

 

 

 

 

Let me take you down, cause we're going to....

Strauberry Fields!!!

Welcome to my little space!

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I want to start off by thanking my amazing husband, Jason, for encouraging and supporting me to do this for the longest. Also shout out to incredible girlfriends who have (also) for what seems like ages been pushing this without me even sharing it was in the back of my mind.

I have to say, it's almost embarrassing looking back at how long I've been wanting to create this, but here I am! 

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I always love sharing with others new places to eat, new places to visit and cool new finds from books, music, makeup and beyond. I love to write so naturally this made perfect sense to give it a go!

The name of the website comes from a combination of our last name and my love for The Beatles - not some crazy obsession with actual strawberries.

I hope you enjoy your stay and check back for new posts. I'm a total rookie at this, so bare with me on consistency of content (insert awkward straight smile).

I welcome any suggestions and input so feel free to let me know!

 

Until next time! 

 

- J