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Sorry…not many photos to share since I was busy working most of the SXSWi with @Spedfast.

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One of the only outdoor, walk-in welcome vendor tents provided by 3M. They used their translucent films to create a geometric domed structure which housed their latest innovative products.

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Free tacos (bbq brisket) from new Austin food truck, The Peached Tortilla. Delicious!

SLR-3-2015_52You can’t go wrong with a simple floral bouquet in your store front. 2nd Street district newbie Lacquer finished just in time to welcome the crowds.

 

Spring in Austin & beyond (to Blanco, TX)

Spring is love-ly (hearts, love, get it??) in Texas. Commencing sometime around March, our foliage is fully developed by June. In effort to show off our Texas landscape to our Toronto family, we journeyed out to Blanco, TX after we had exhausted the Lady Bird Lake trail.

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sxsw2014 review #1

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IMG_3_023-smLots of site-specific murals designed for the week.

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IMG_3_026-smGraeme found his people.

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IMG_3_036-smIt wasn’t too cold for a few cocktails on the lawn of the beautiful new Hotel Ella.

IMG_3_042-bandsFeeling like a 14-year old girl.

IMG_3_044-VSQOne of my favorite acts of the festival: Vitamin String Quartet @ Spotfiy House.

IMG_3_038The subject of great controversy, still a great lineup (around the block and musical artists). This W Hotel is next door to our apartment, which means great people watching and hearing the after parties.

 

Art Galleries of Austin

Earlier this spring we bought a family membership to the modern art gallery in town, now rebranded as The Contemporary Austin. Its central campus, Laguna Gloria, is one of our favorite places in the city and reminds us of Villa Balbianello on Lake Como, Italy.  We take as many people as we can to visit its lush gardens and Italianate villa.
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SLR-03_722-smWalking through this garden is a bit like stepping into a Rousseau painting.

The following photos were taken at The Contemporary’s downtown location.

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A Favorite: Elizabeth Street Cafe

One of my favorite restaurants in the city bears the design of one of the best studios in Austin and my favorite chairs! Also, they serve tea by the pot in the same teapot as I own! Their food is fusion of French & Vietnamese, a more common and pleasing combination than one might think. And their patio is suitable for most months of the year. If you are visiting me, chances are I will take you there!

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