Staycation at an Austin Gem

Lace bell sleeved dress with Rebecca Minkoff western clutch and lace up heels

Lace bell sleeved dress with Rebecca Minkoff western clutch and lace up heels

Lace bell sleeved dress with Rebecca Minkoff western clutch and lace up heels

Lace bell sleeved dress with Rebecca Minkoff western clutch and lace up heels

Lace bell sleeved dress with Rebecca Minkoff western clutch and lace up heels

Lace bell sleeved dress with Rebecca Minkoff western clutch and lace up heels

Lace bell sleeved dress with Rebecca Minkoff western clutch and lace up heels

Lace bell sleeved dress with Rebecca Minkoff western clutch and lace up heels

Lace bell sleeved dress with Rebecca Minkoff western clutch and lace up heels

Lace bell sleeved dress with Rebecca Minkoff western clutch and lace up heels

Lace bell sleeved dress with Rebecca Minkoff western clutch and lace up heels

Lace bell sleeved dress with Rebecca Minkoff western clutch and lace up heels

Lace bell sleeved dress with Rebecca Minkoff western clutch and lace up heels

Dress: ASOS | Heels: Joie (budget option) | Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff c/o

2 weeks ago, I was invited for a staycation at a local boutique hotel here in Austin called the Hotel Van Zandt. Excited at the chance to have a relaxing weekend with my mom, I invited her to stay with me! Also, the hotel is pet friendly, so I brought my girl Patsy along as well.

Inspired by the famous music scene in Austin, this hotel has subtle (and not so subtle, did you see the trumpet chandelier?) musical hints around every corner. One of my favorites was this old school record player which had a wall behind it decorated with birds that seemed to be flying out of it like music notes, and when you took a closer look, they were actually made of records. 

After looking around a bit, my mom and I were off to brunch at their restaurant on the 4th floor, Geraldine’s! A jazz band was swinging as soon as we walked in the door and quickly we were swept off to our lovely table with a view of Rainey Street. I had the avocado toast (duh, my obsession has not ended) with arugula and a poached egg on the most delicious bread I could imagine. My mom is a sweets gal when it comes to breakfast foods (her go-to is pancakes) so she got the brioche french toast, which I gladly had a few bites of. We washed our yummy food down with classic mimosas and sat for a bit to enjoy the band before heading out.

We decided to hang out in the room for a while after brunch instead of braving the heat that day (it was almost 100 degrees). The room was so relaxing, with tranquil blue walls and a giant tub with the best view of the lake. We had a great time chatting and hanging out with Patsy (who was no happy about me not letting her on the bed lol). 

After a very quick photoshoot with my photographer, Carlos, my mom and I were off to explore downtown a bit and get some dinner. I have lived here for 6 years and I still find new places to see in Austin, and definitely new places to eat, plus, my mom doesn’t get down here that often so she was happy to see the city. We had such a fun night together!

Overall, our stay was awesome! Now I’m excited to try out some more Austin hotels and see what they have in store.

Thanks for reading!

signiturePhotos by: Carlos Barrón Photography