Last week’s book tour leg ended with two days in Austin, Texas. I feel like I’ve been dying to visit Austin for years now and all the hype lead to an almost ridiculous level of expectation that I was convinced no city could actually deliver. But Austin did. From the moment we landed until our last breakfast taco at the airport, I felt like I was in that honeymoon stage of first falling in love. The weather perfect, the people were amazing, the food was delicious and I didn’t want to leave. It’s rare that I find a city outside of NYC that I want to live in, but this just shot straight to the top of my list. I’m already planning our next trip back and am so excited to share some of the highlights from our tour stop- including a little team bonding over tattoos. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to our Austin book event and to everyone in town who was so welcoming and kind. xo, grace
*Image above, an amazing outdoor dinner at Contigo.
Tattoo in process. Photo by Matt.
My final breakfast tacos. Sniff sniff. I miss them.
26 more pictures (including a video of my first tattoo and a taxidermy squirrel band) continue after the jump…
I decided to get my first tattoo in Austin (partially inspired by the Stone & Honey rings I bought at Schatzelein). Matt from Wood & Faulk was kind enough to join me and make an afternoon of it. Amy was a champ and waited while both of us decided on designs and placement- and kept us amped up with lots of yerba mate tea. Matt’s tattoo was more personal than mine so I’ll just share a little process shot of his and a little after of mine below. Final thoughts: not nearly as painful as I expected and I’m really happy I decided to live in the moment and do it.
No sooner had we landed and Amy said, “I want to see some cows” did we look out the taxi window and see an entire field of them. Moo!
Curra’s breakfast was amazing. Seriously. The red tortillas were delicious. Growing up (at least in my family) in Virginia, Mexican food was not something we knew a lot about (at least not outside of Taco Bell). So getting to experience some truly excellent Mexican food was one of the highlights of this trip.
Scenes from an amazing pop-up shop called Tool & Tack. I hope they pack up and bring their show on the road to Brooklyn. It was awesome to see Natalie, Christine, Stephen and Shauna and our boy Matt selling beautiful work.
I wanted to take all the wacky vintage taxidermy at Uncommon Objects home. I’m still trying to figure out what sort of music a taxidermy squirrel band would play. My vote? Jugband music.
More awesome animals at Uncommon Objects- which needless to say was as amazing as everyone said.
This tongue disease chart (my best guess) most repulsed and fascinated me.
I almost took home this vase, but I was pretty sure American Airlines (which made our travel life this week a living hell) and their crappy bag handling/policies would find a way to break it. I miss you, red and gold vase.
More highlights from the shop…