Guest Post: Austin South Congress

Hey everyone! I'm Rachel, I blog over at Rachel Lately where I write about my personal style and life around Austin, Texas! I'm so excited to be sharing a bit of my city with y'all today! I've followed Tieka's blog since 2010 (she also inspired me to start my own blog!), so to be featured today is seriously a dream come true! :)

A little about me: I'm a 24-year-old Texan gal originally from San Antonio, but I've been living in Austin since 2009. I graduated from the University of Texas in 2013 with a Communications degree and am now the Social Media Director for a local digital marketing company. When I'm not working, I enjoy writing for my blog, travelling to new places, binge-watching shows on Netflix, and going out for brunch. I'm a huge Harry Potter geek and can get lost in conversation with anyone who also read the Game of Thrones books. And being from Texas, I of course enjoy riding my horse to work everyday! Just kidding. ;)

When I have friends in town who don't know what to do during their visit, I just send them to South Congress which is both a widely known tourist attraction but also a place where locals like to treat themselves. The street is so busy with life and things to do and see, it's just good vibes all around. There are lots of shops to browse through with plenty of unique clothing, jewelry, boots (of course) and antiques that add to the "weirdness" of Austin. You can really get a sense of our culture here. And if you're ever having trouble settling on a place to go eat, just visit South Congress and take your pick of all the options. You can't go wrong with any of them!

If you're a coffee lover like me, great places to get your fix would be Jo's Coffee (which is home to the famous "I love you so much" wall) or the newer TOM's coffee shop (which also doubles as a shoe store). If you're still hanging around when the sun goes down, you can walk toward the Congress bridge toward the city and watch the bats fly out, a popular dusk activity through the end of summer (don't worry, it's safe, haha). Also, the view of Austin from this street at night is just unbeatable, trust me!

When it comes to style, I tend to lean more on the casual side which works out well for me since Austin is a very chill city, so I just blend right in. The summer heat here can get pretty intense, so I opted for wearing a lightweight top paired with high-waist shorts; a hat to protect from the sun and comfy sandals are a must as well. I'm also a huge fan of mixing prints, and you can never go wrong with stripes + a floral pattern! Alrighty, I'll wrap this up. Thanks for letting me share a little piece of my home with y'all! You can follow me on Instagram or visit my blog for more Austin adventures and style posts! Have a lovely week! :)

Outfit details:

Nordstrom striped shirt
American Apparel shorts
Target sandals
H&M hat
Target backpack
Target sunglasses