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“A Recipe For Success” at the Driskill Hotel

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My first day in Austin was already off to a fabulous start. I had a delightful lunch with my friend and Austinite Veronica, at a popular hangout on the Eastside, Blue Dahlia, which was followed by an eventful afternoon at the historic Driskill Hotel. I was thrilled that I was able to hear my favorite blogger Emily Schuman, from the fashion and lifestyle blog Cupcakes and Cashmere, deliver her inspiring, and insightful speech “ARecipe For Success”. I was also able to meet some other Cupcakes and Cashmere fans and even a fellow blogger and writer for the ManiCurious, Natalie. After the conference came to an end, I walked down the stairs of the majestic hotel, wandered through the exquisite lobby, and ended up at a SXSW art showcase. The showcase featured quite a mesmerizing display of photographic images for such a compact space. I then topped off my day at the Driskill Hotel with a Bluebonnet Mojito and warm biscuit at the hotel’s cafe down the hall.

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South by South Swag

As I mentioned last week I decided to hop on a plane and go to Austin for the mega media, film and music festival South by Southwest, or SXSW. Upon driving to the airport, I was a little apprehensive about my trip, but it ended up being the most incredible experience of my life and the best decision ever.

Every March they say the world comes to Austin and each year this media, film, and music festival frenzy gets bigger, badder, and sawggier. The SXSW experience can only be described as an overstimulating, culture shocking, mind and cluster fucking, kray kray shitshow of pure unadulterated awesomeness. This world is all about being super swag, exclusive, and being in the know. With 2000 performers, tens of thousands of people and over 90 venues it is impossible to always know what is going on, so you always have to be on your toes(literally transportation is impossible so you get to most places on foot) as well as go with the flow and see what happens. Keep an open mind and be creative, there is always another way. And don’t get discouraged if your initial plan might not work out, you may end up somewhere better. You really never know who you are going to meet or where you will end up.

Because this was such a last minute trip, I did not have a super swag VIP all access badge like many of my fellow festival goers. Though having the VIP Platinum badge would be fun, and make my trip a lot smoother granting easier access to the hottest parties, shows, films, and events it is not necessary and the majority of the festival goers have to make to do with what resources they have, including myself. Even the VIPs are never VIP enough and there is always something underground with another super exclusive list. I was indeed able to make it work with what I had, be resourceful, find other ways to make what I wanted happen, and slip under the radar. The challenge was actually half of the fun of my experience, and may be similar to the thrill of sneaking into bars and clubs for youths. In this epic multiple parter post, I will share my SXSW experience with y’all including my successes, setbacks, highlights, new friends I made along the way, as well as some cool hot spots I stumbled upon in one of my favorite Southwestern cities, Austin. Hope y’all enjoy!

*I want to thank all who helped make this happen. My incredible and supportive family along with the entire Camara fam who opened up their home to me and were the sweetest most hospitable hosts anyone could ask for.

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Good Morning

Good morning Fleurettes! This weekend I made the spontaneous decision to go to Austin for the Media, Film, and Music Festival known as SXSW. I like to be spontaneous sometimes, and go with the flow but I also like to be organized especially since I booked a flight for Monday morning only. I’m normally not the biggest morning person, and my spend Sundays doing leisurely things,  but thought it was necessary to get an early start, have a healthy breakfast, good workout, and start mentally preparing and getting organized for my trip. I am already enjoying listening to some of the bands attending the festival this year(thank you Spotify) but am still overwhelmed with the lineups, schedules, and of course parties, so if anyone has any tips for the festival I would love to hear them! Thanks! Hope everyone has a great morning, whether you plan to be productive, relax or spontaneous! xo

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Part Deux

While relaxing in the Tuileries on my day off from work, one summer day in Paris I met some awesome girls from Austin Texas, Veronica and Ariana. We immediately bonded over fashion, cupcakes, carousels, Fitzgerald, Audrey Hepburn and Tautou films and well Gossip Girl and other delicacies. I decided to take them under my wing and take them to all of my favorite Parisian hot spots. This of course included a trip to my favorite Salon de Te La Duree. We decided to commemorate our friendship and trip with matching kitschy (and cheesy) I heart Paris lighters. Though the flame is dwindling, I still have my lighter and think of these girls and my trip every time I use it. At least we will always have Paris though… Photo Cred to Veronica Camara an aspiring photographer who took all of these amazing pictures. Check out more of this talented photographer’s work here: www.camaraphotography.tumblr.com 

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