Tuscany, Austin, & A Red Dress

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I wanted to make the most out of our last day in Austin, so we squeezed in a bit of sightseeing Sunday morning.  Then Patrick and I hit the road to head back to Houston, but not before we made sure to stop in a small little Texas town for quite possibly the best lunch the two of us will ever have.
More on that in a bit.
But first, we had coffee in Tuscany. 
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Julie had to catch a flight before the sun came up.  So she told us a few places that we had to visit before we left town. One being her favorite coffee shop, Austin Java, which just so happened to also be inside of a gas station that looked and felt like you were deep in the rolling hills of Tuscany.  
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Austin TX, Tuscany at 360, Austin Java,
The scenery in this town is ridiculously stunning.  Patrick and I had the patio to ourselves and while we admired the view.  He sipped on a regular cafe au lait and I ordered a syrupy espresso drink filled with milk, honey, and hazelnut.   Sometimes you just have to treat yourself to the most sugary of speciality coffee drinks.  
                         
                            
After coffee, we headed closer to downtown for even more coffee and some breakfast on South Congress Street.  This part of Austin is riddled with restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, and antique stores.  
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First stop was Jo’s Coffee.  We didn’t know where to go for breakfast so we decided that whichever restaurant looked the most crowded, we’d try it.  Which is funny because I feel like most of the time people act the opposite.  In my opinion though, crowded means the food is going to to taste really good! 
Luckily Patrick and I made it to Jo’s before the “No Breakfast Tacos” sign was lit.   We both tried the Migas Breakfast Tacos and they did not disappoint.   
Six months ago, I’d never even had a breakfast taco and now they are something that I eat on a weekly basis.  Another pro to this new life in Texas! 
If you’re ever in Austin and you stop at Jo’s, be sure to get a picture by their “I Love You So Much” sign on the side of the building.  Its a fun little photo op spot that people we’re lining up to take their pictures in front of.  
I think I may have to frame this one.  Thank you to the nice old man who took this for us! 
Before we go any further, let me tell you about this “red” dress that I’m wearing.  
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For some reason Anthropologie is saying that it’s orange.  But its RED!  I promise.  Or I may be just a bit colorblind.  The picture online doesn’t really do it justice.  I saw it in the store and before I even tried it on I knew that it would be a staple in my closet for years and years.  
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This dress is polyester so I feel like it is a perfect dress for summer, it’s lightweight and breathes easily. And I love the classic shape it has to it, this dress could have easily been worn by Hailey Mills on The Parent Trap or Betty Draper in Mad Men.  Gotta love Mad Men.  But there is a cut out on the back gives it a fresher more modern feel. 
The necklace that I’m wearing was purchased from GroopDealz but it looks like they’re now sold out, sad.  Amazon has an identical one for under $18.99!  And compared to the $150 price tag of the J. Crew lookalike version of this necklace…it’s practically a steal!

Now back to our morning on South Congress: 
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There are tons and tons of shops in this area.  Uncommon Objects had to be my favorite of them all.  
I have this not so secret dream to follow in my mom’s footsteps and have my own antique booth one day.  I was dragged all over the South as a kid, going in and out of antique shops, estate sales, and even some junk yards with my mom.  It wasn’t until college that I actually started appreciating (and loving) antiques.  
This shop was so fun because each booth had a different color scheme to it.  Plus it was filled with THE most random of random things.  I guess that is why they call it Uncommon Objects, after all. 
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Uncommon Objects, Uncommon Objects Austin, Uncommon Objects South Congress Street,
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We walked in an out of every store on the street and passed some cactus plants along the way.  I always have to do a double take when seeing cactuses or palm trees.  I’m still not used to living this far south! 
One of the last shops we stopped in had the most precious of pillows that I’ve ever laid my eyes on.  Did the makers of this pillow come into my home and take this photo of my dog, Lily?  Because it looks exactly like her.  
After having our fill of all the shops on South Congress we were ready to hit the road in search for somewhere good to stop for lunch on the way home.
But it seems that this post is starting to get a little too long for its own good, so I’m going to have to share that for another time.  
Thanks for reading! 🙂
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  • I love Austin Java! I always go there when I'm in Austin!