{ACL with HomeAway}

Up until about a year ago, I was not the typical Homeaway customer. Any vacation or trip I took, I would always book a hotel and not think twice about it. It was always an easy and comfortable decision. That was until Grayson and I planned a trip to St. Thomas. We quickly found out the only way to make the trip affordable was to look at other alternatives for room and board on our vacation.

After a few hours of pestering from Grayson, we started looking at some rentals on Homeaway.com. We immediately found a few options that were significantly less expensive and with more accommodations than most the hotels on the island. I was still skeptical about it all, but we booked our place. It was definitely a decision I DO NOT REGRET!!

We had a quaint little condo over looking the ocean with the beach just a short walk away. We knew the view would be amazing because we saw the exact view in pictures Homeaway, not something that’s guaranteed from a hotel. Instead of eating out for every meal, we had the opportunity to spend some quality time together cooking! The whole process was easy and painless and it’s now a goto site any time I’m planning to travel.

So when Homeaway (based in Austin) reached out to me about a partnership for ACL it was a no brainer. I said “yes” before I even knew what I was getting myself into! By the way, what I said yes to was an invite to their private concert with HAIM on their rooftop patio overlooking the Austin skyline…. oh and two ACL passes with backstage access on the HomeAway stage!

We showed up to the party Thursday evening right as the sun was setting. 5 stories up and overlooking the lake and green city of Austin, it would set the tone for my whole ACL-Homeaway experience. I hate being late so of course I was one of the first party goers to show up and boy I’m glad I did! They had 4 awesome flavors of popcorn setup and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you ladies know how much I love popcorn! They also had yummy fruit flavored wine coolers to wash down my delicious snack. While the sun started to set, me and Grayson found some lawn chairs and waited for HAIM to show up and perform. How good was the show? So good I forgot to take pictures and spent my time dancing around like a white girl! What a way to set the tone for the rest of the weekend!!

For Friday, there was 3 bands I HAD to see – Cold War Kids, Die Antwoord (Ok, Grayson wanted to see them), and Band of Horses. After the shenanigans I got into the night before, I knew I wouldn’t be able to do a whole day under the sun. The VIP bands were a life saver and if you’ve never experienced it before at ACL, it’s definitely should be on your bucket list.

Saturday’s lineup didn’t have any bands I needed to see, besides The Chainsmokers! Thankfully, they were set to play on the Homeaway stage so we staked out right up front, ready to dance the night away!

These passes would end up being a lifesaver on Sunday. 3 days straight of fun was taking it’s toll on me but I had to soldier on as this was the last AND best day of ACL. The initial plan was to see Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Miike Snow, and last but definitely not least LCD Soundsystem!! With a little bit of luck, maybe we could see a bit of Mumford & Sons and escape before the horde of ACL zombies left Zilker Park for good that night.

Overall, it was an amazing experience and I’m so thankful I had this opportunity to partner with Homeaway. I gotta say, it’s pretty cool we have such an amazing company here in Austin and it’s awesome they’ve seen the hard work I’ve put in to my business and felt like spoiling me. It’s an adventure I won’t soon forget!! Thanks Homeaway!!

Now, let’s talk fashion! I always love attempting to dress up in my best festival fashion and this year was no exception. Austin always has some interesting weather this time of year so it’s crucial to pick the right look for an all day, all weekend festival. If you checked out my ACL Survival Guide post, you know exactly what I’m talking about. The two looks below are two of my favorites I’ve thrown on in a while!!

Look #1 – I actually wore this on the last day and couldn’t have been comfier. We got to the festival a little later that day so the weather had already begun to warm up, so I opted for a OTS top with cutoff shorts and gladiator sandals. (I would link all of this but the majority is sold out!!)

Look #2 – By far my FAVORITE! This maxi dress literally sold out in a matter of days so I’m glad I had snatched it up for the festival. More importantly, let’s chat about this amazing little bag, called a balsa. I recently styled Kim Lewis for a magazine cover and she gifted me one of these gorgeous bags to use while at ACL. The bolsas are handmade by single moms in Catacamas, Honduras through a nonprofit. Kim pays the moms a day wage per bolsa they made. One balsa = one day work. Many of the women are rising out of poverty and prostitution, as they thought that was the only way to take care of their children. Kim is such an amazing woman and is ALL about reminding women of their Value in this world by spreading the message “You are worth Gold.”

There are 4 different slots in the design that allow you to Wear the bolsa 5 ways; Fanny pack, Crossbody, Boot satchel, Passport holder, “Gladiator” style around the thigh. (I’ll try and get a blog post up about how to wear them!)

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35 Comments

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    Kasey
    October 11, 2016 at 1:51 am

    You look amazing, how fun were your VIP passes?! I’m so jealous you got so close to The Chainsmokers, we (I) wanted to see Cage the Elephant beforehand. We were pretty close, but off to the side, plus I’m short so that didn’t help. I wish we could have met up, but it was so insane! I’m glady you had fun, though!

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    Dani
    October 11, 2016 at 1:55 am

    Looks like such a good time & I adore your looks, especially those gladiators! You are seriously stunning! xo
    Dani // http://www.daniellealexandra.com

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    carrie
    October 11, 2016 at 3:37 am

    How fun! And you were dressed to perfection, of course.

    Carrie
    http://www.wearwherewell.com

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    Anna English
    October 11, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Such a fun event, looks like you had a blast!

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    Anna Cobbs
    October 11, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    You look amazing!!! Loved the white too you wore! So bummed we couldn’t go this year. 🙁

    xx – Anna
    Fleurdille.com

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    Lexi
    October 11, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    I’ve never used Homeaway but it sounds brilliant. We have a toddler and I think it would be so much more comfortable for her than a hotel!

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    Mindy Thompson
    October 11, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Love those gladiators!

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    Steph
    October 11, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    ACL looks like so much fun! Love both outfits you wore!

    xO – Steph
    http://www.urbanblonde.com

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    Sarah
    October 11, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Both of your looks are darling love the boho vibe.

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    Carolyna Bauer
    October 12, 2016 at 3:38 am

    Looks so much fun. Love your white ots top!! Obsessed. XOXO,Carolyna
    http://www.carolynabauer.com

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    Lauren
    October 12, 2016 at 4:26 am

    Ah! How fun. And I can’t tell which one of your looks I love more. I love HomeAway. It’s so great and SO much less expensive than regular hotels!!!
    xo
    Lauren

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    Ashley Zeal
    October 12, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Your outfit is amazing! Definitely will be checking out this site because I’m having such a hard time finding an affordable (but cute) hotel in Vegas! Thanks for sharing! XooX

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    Saundra
    October 12, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Well done!I should learn from you.
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    Maggie
    October 12, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I’ve never tried HomeAway but it sounds like the perfect way to travel! I also am obsessed with both of these looks! They are stunning!

    Maggie
    http://www.polishedclosets.com

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    Felicia
    October 12, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    This sounds like a fun experience and opportunity! I love the first look! I’m planning a trip to Hawaii next year and def need some affordable options!

    Felicia | http://www.prettychicpink.com

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    Chloe of beyond blessed
    October 12, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I absolutely ADORE HomeAway!!! My family always chooses to rent homes over hotel rooms. There is just something about staying in a home that almost makes you feel like a local not a tourist!

    Looks like so much fun!

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    Mandy
    October 12, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Completely in love with your outfit! That off the shoulder top
    Is amazing!!

    xoxo Mandy
    http://www.sparkleshinylove.com

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    Lacey
    October 12, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Your festival style is so on point girl! I have always wanted to check out ACL…maybe one of these days. Sounds like it was a great lineup!

    xo Lacey
    http://www.myboringcloset.com

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    Bella
    October 12, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Dang girl you look flawless!!! I love love love that purple dress its so cute.

    http://xoxobella.com

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    Jessica Sheppard
    October 12, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Such cute festival looks! I’m glad you had such a good time at ACL.

    Alternative lodging has been my jam for the last two years, but I’ve done most of it through Airbnb. Need to try Homeaway!

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    sarah lindner
    October 12, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    love the pictures as always! next time I want an invite for some VIP thangs!

    xoxo
    Sarah Lindner
    http://www.thehouseofsequins.com

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    Chelsea Deakin
    October 12, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Super cute outfits! I am so jealous of your vacation!

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    Elise
    October 13, 2016 at 12:24 am

    love these festival looks! The gladiators, the fringe and flowing dresses. I also love the hat. looks like a blast!

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    Sara
    October 13, 2016 at 2:33 am

    A.) That maxi dress is HOTTT GF! and B.) I’m planning a trip to LA and will have to look into using Homeaway!

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    Lucia
    October 13, 2016 at 7:21 am

    I love this attractive & amazing look.You look so pretty!
    http://www.viviennewowestwood.com/

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    Kimberly Clifton
    October 13, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    You lookk amazing, Ashley! I absolutely love the top from your first look. It looks like an OTS top that would actually stay in place! haha!. I will definitely have to keep Homeaway in mind for our next trip. Our 4th wedding anniversary is coming up soon. Would be the perfect occasion!

    Kim
    http://www.mrscliftonscloset.com

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    Nataly
    October 13, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I love your looks you choose!

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    Lavenda Memory
    October 14, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Girl your festivals game is SO strong! I love that you managed to get great shots while there! Beautiful boho vibes babe.

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    Angelle Marix
    October 14, 2016 at 3:58 am

    You are so BEAUTIFUL!!! Need to visit Austin. Looks and sounds like y’all had an amazing time.

    xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

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    Lauren
    October 14, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Both of these looks are SO gorgeous! And Homeaway sounds like an awesome service! Definitely going to check it out!

    Fizz and Frosting

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    Cece Lam
    October 15, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Your gladiator sandals are always killr!! LOVE!

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    KatWalkSF
    October 16, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Love it and you look AMAZING! Thanks for sharing!

    -Kat
    http://www.katwalksf.com/

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    Jessica
    October 17, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Love your looks! I’ve never tried home away but I’ve used airbnb all over the world and loved it!
    – Jessica
    Miss Moore Style

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    Larissa Krutewicz
    October 18, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Gosh that choker is perfect! you look amazing!

    xo,
    L
    Living in Color
    @livingincolorstyle

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    Brooke
    October 19, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    You look gorgeous and so festival ready!!! Your experience sounds absolutely amazing too! What a fun festival!

    xo,
    Brooke || http://www.kbstyled.com

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