Alison Ryan12 Comments

Fall Vibes and Austin, Texas

Alison Ryan12 Comments
Fall Vibes and Austin, Texas

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

 

On Saturday my sister, Bethany, my daughter Berkeley and I went on a road trip to Austin, Texas for the day. To be honest, the main reason we drove to Austin was for the PIZZA, everything else was just an added bonus. 😜😝 Upon arriving, we braved the heat and spent 4 hours at McKinney Falls State Park. For a day pass it is $6 per person for everyone over 12 years of age. We did a little hiking and played in the rock bottom water holes. If you are planning on going and spending some time at the "waterfalls" (those are in quotations because there isn't much of a waterfall, but that's what they call it...🤷‍♀️) I highly recommend bringing a float, wear water shoes and of course drinks and food. We could have easily spent all day there but our hunger got to the best of us.

Our first pizza stop was at Home Slice. It is a true New York style, where you can hold your slice up and it doesn't bend. Crispy yet the inside of the crust is soft and chewy. You can buy it by the slice or by the whole pie. Since we were going to be eating pizza again later we decided to do by the slice (I regret not brining some home with me though!). When I go to Home Slice I aways get pepperoni and margarita. Their margarita (fresh mozzarella, diced Roma tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, garlic & basil) is the best I've found. I have also tried their White Pie with Spinach (extra virgin olive oil, garlic, mozzarella, ricotta, provolone & romano) but I don't like it near as much as the other two.

After eating we rushed over to the Thinkery, which is a children's museum, so that Berkeley could run around and play for a couple of hours. I have taken her multiple times before and we love it, however it is a bit pricey. Everyone over the age of 24 months is $12. 😳

Once they closed at 5pm we headed off to a taco truck called Discada. One of Bethany's friends, Xose started it and uses his dad's recipes. Discada is a preparation style that uses a plow disc from a tractor as a wok to provide even heat distribution during the cooking process. Xose said that it took him awhile to find someone who could shape a plow disc into what he needed it to be and that the process of cooking the tacos is something very unique. It is labor-intensive and requires a lot of preparation, attention, and time. The taco's are quite small but full of flavor and so juicy. I loved the added flavor that the chopped pineapple and cilantro gave. Each taco is $1.75, $8 for 5, or $11 for 8. Two was the perfect snack for me.

Our last stop was dinner at Via313. It is a Detroit style: a thick, chewy Sicilian crust that is square cut and "upside down", meaning the meat is first, then cheese and topped with a thick drizzle of sauce. I've only been a handful of times but out of the ones I have tried my favorite is The Cadillac (Gorgonzola, Fig Preserves, Prosciutto di Parma, Parmesan, Balsamic Glaze) I like to get it topped with arugula and even red onions adds a nice touch. I also decided to try their bar style thin crust pizza. To me there was nothing special about it so I probably wouldn't order it again. 

Can you see now why I will drive the 2.5 hours just for pizza/food?

 

Moving on, today's outfit that I am sharing with you has all the fall vibes. I'm trying so hard to not hurry summer along, because I really do love it, but it's hard to not crave cooler weather and everything that it brings along with it - chunky sweaters, boots, all things pumpkin and curing up on the couch with a hot drink in hand.

 I own this peplum tee in two colors and I am obsessed with it! It's soft as well as very flattering with how it lays. I decided to go down a size so that it would be a touch more fitted but you can totally wear your true size and it will still fit very nicely. 

I own this peplum tee in two colors and I am obsessed with it! It's soft as well as very flattering with how it lays. I decided to go down a size so that it would be a touch more fitted but you can totally wear your true size and it will still fit very nicely. 

 I love exposed button details on jeans. They don't work with every outfit but it adds a unique touch when paired with the right shirt. 

I love exposed button details on jeans. They don't work with every outfit but it adds a unique touch when paired with the right shirt. 

 These slides have such a super chic pointed toe and are made of genuine animal hide. Because of that, each pair differs with slight color and print variations. As you can see in this photo! How cute are they?!?!

These slides have such a super chic pointed toe and are made of genuine animal hide. Because of that, each pair differs with slight color and print variations. As you can see in this photo! How cute are they?!?!

 Madewell jeans are worth every penny. They have a great selection of styles, sizes, LENGTHS and washes. They cater to everyone. I am 5'11" and very leggy so the the "taller" option is perfect for me. 

Madewell jeans are worth every penny. They have a great selection of styles, sizes, LENGTHS and washes. They cater to everyone. I am 5'11" and very leggy so the the "taller" option is perfect for me. 

Are you looking forward to fall?

Jeans: Are old, but they have an almost identical version that is on sale. The only main difference is that they have a drop hem vs a chewed hem. I am wearing size 27
Shirt: Is on mega sale!! 55% off which makes it $9.90 and comes in 6 colors. I am wearing size XS. I would say its true to size but that you can go down a size if you would rather have a slightly more fitted look.
Necklace: One length
Shoes: Are true to size (or if in between sizes, go up). I am wearing size 9

Photography - Kara Lowe Photography

XO,
Alison