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{Van Zandt}

Welcome to Hotel Van Zandt in one of the hippest areas of Austin; iconic Rainey Street.

I’m going to start off this review of Van Zandt in a very unusual fashion. One of the best parts of my stay was the bathroom! And for a good reason; the bath tub and view were spectacular. For those that know me, I absolutely love a modern looking stand alone tub, add on top a lovely view of downtown Austin and I’m sold. The only guest who didn’t like the tub was Steven Jalepeño (my Brussels Griffon) because he couldn’t keep his watchful eye on mommy.

Soaking Tub

This brings me to the next coolest thing about the Van Zandt, it is pet friendly with no deposit required!! Steven really couldn’t complain since he got his own dog bed and bowls delivered to the room upon our arrival! He’s an extremely picky dog when it comes to his bedding and absolutely loved it. So much so, we are buying one online from the Van Zandt store.

The attention to detail in the room and the rest of the hotel was absolutely amazing. From little things like USB charging ports and a portable bluetooth speaker to the overall atmosphere created by the mid century modern furniture and Texas based artwork. That attention to detail wasn’t just in what you could see, but also in what you would hear as I explored the hotel. Lauren Bucherie is the resident musical expert that has handcrafted a song list for each individual section of the hotel. There’s a separate playlist for the lobby, for the restaurant, for the pool (and even underwater!), and for the elevators! This touch really set the mood for my entire stay and was a true testament to the Van Zandt for adopting that ‘weird’ Austin lifestyle.

HUGE thank you to the Hotel Van Zandt for making my stay and even Mr. Steven Jalapeño’s stay so memorable. We are already planning our next stay-cation!

Now, who is excited to book a stay at the Van Zandt? Take advantage of the Van Zandt “Sneak Peek” and get 25% off a 1 night stay and 20% off a 2 night stay! Click HERE to see all of the hotel specials going on right now.

Steven even got his own bed! He’s also trying to win a free trip from Kimpton, so go vote for him HERE!

Brussels Griffon

Now, on to the fashion portion of the post!! I always have to do an outfit shoot in all of the cool places I stay and there was no exception here. The interior of this space is spectacular, as you can see from the photos above. The horn chandelier is one of my favorite pieces from this hotel so I had to try and incorporate them somehow.

This gorgeous dress is from Windsor and fit the scenery perfectly. The right amount of color against the industrial touches of the hotel’s exterior.

Outfit Details:

Dress – Windsor (Similar HERE or HERE) // Shoes – Ferragamo

Handbag – DVF (Similar HERE) // Watch – Chanel J12

{The Hotel Emma}

Photo by Nicole Franzen

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of staying at the most gorgeous hotel EVER; The Hotel Emma. Believe it or not, I am definitely not over exaggerating. The attention to detail in this hotel was out of this world.  The hotel kept the majority of the original buildings bones and characteristics, but that’s all I am going to say! You need to see this place for yourself! I can’t say enough good things about it!

Here’s a brief intro to the hotel – 

The hotel is named in honor of Emma Koehler, a towering figure in Pearl history. Emma ran the brewery after her husband and Pearl president Otto Koehler died in 1914. She was an ingenious CEO who kept the brewery going during Prohibition by converting operations to dry cleaning and auto repair, and making near beer, ice cream and soda. While other breweries were shutting down, Emma kept her entire workforce employed. She turned over control of the company to a nephew in 1933, but was a formidable presence at the brewery until her death in 1947.

And now, on to the outfit photos!!

Not only was this hotel gorgeous on the inside and out, there were so many great photoshoot opportunities! A massive cold front had blown in the evening we were staying and the next morning was overly chilly and rainy.  Thankfully, I actually packed a few warm pieces like my ever-so-soft blanket scarf and beanie!! If you haven’t noticed already, I can’t live without a beanie in the winter!!

Outfit Details:

Beanie – Grace & Lace // Sweater – H&M

Scarf – Grace & Lace // Jeans – H&M

Booties – Coach // Sunglasses – Gucci

Earrings – Baublebar