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Austin - Family Vacation

By Tamera Beardsley @tamerabeardsley
Austin - Family Vacation
Now that things are slowing down here at my house(fingers crossed)I'm sharing our family trip to Austinfor our niece's wedding.
For Christmas presents this yearwe gave all of our kids and  their significant othersplane tickets and hotel staysso our entire family could attend the wedding!
We were gone for five dayswith so many different events I put particular care into packing my wardrobe.
Austin - Family Vacation
I always lay out my travel wardrobe the day beforeto make sure I have everything I need for a travel day.
Austin - Family Vacation
When I travel with various events to attendI always write out each event on a note cardthen list each piece I need for a complete look.When I travel I am definitely not the light packerbecause to me dressing creatively is one of my art forms.This trip was a 3 large suitcases trip.
Austin - Family Vacation
To present the Christmas gifts to the kidsJeff typed up a few pages describing the hotel and wedding venue.I found these leather portfolio's at Anthropologieadded the Cocktail Kits, a patch and charm also from Anthropologie added some greenery and tied them with festive twine!I was so happy how they turned out!
Austin - Family Vacation
Oh course I got kits for Jeff and I as well!
Austin - Family Vacation
How cute are these kits!Complete with everything you see here.We just had to order the alcohol!
Austin - Family Vacation
Austin - Family Vacation
We all stayed at Lone Star courtlocated in Austin's trendy Domaine.
Austin - Family Vacation
Jeff and I had a  spacious 2 room suite.
Austin - Family Vacation
When Ellis and I were researching Austin hotelsit was these SMEG refrigerators in every roomthat really helped sell the property to us!
Austin - Family Vacation
Sweet dining table.
Austin - Family Vacation
Really love the sliding barn door into the bathroom.
Austin - Family Vacation
Austin - Family Vacation
This was our first time doing a vacation with all of our kids and their significant others.We got rooms for each of our kids and one for us.I have to say it worked out lovely!
We could get together easily on the property when we wantedandeveryone was free to go do what ever they wanted!
It was the best of both worlds!
Austin - Family Vacation
Jeff and I even sat outside in our rooms rockers.
Austin - Family Vacation
 Since the wedding was over an hour out of AustinJeff rented a limoso we could all enjoy the wedding.
As a Momma to these kidshaving them all together for the ride out and backwas one of my favorite parts.Reminded me of all the road trips we took while they were growing upand that cozy, cozy feeling of having everyone together!
Austin - Family Vacation
It was such a beautiful weddingI only remembered to take a couple of pictures!Love this one of these four!But I didn't  even get one of Slater and his girlfriendor even Jeff and I.
Austin - Family Vacation
Our niece was the gorgeous bride!
Austin - Family Vacation
How adorable are Sarah's place markers!and those succulent cupcakes!! 
Austin - Family Vacation
After the wedding festivitiesJeff and I hit the road to go explore some  of rural Texas!
Austin - Family Vacation
Jeff and I are big fans of road trips and finding all the charm along the way!
Austin - Family Vacation
Austin - Family Vacation
Austin - Family Vacation
We made our way to Waco to visit Magnolia Farms.
I was expecting a sweet little spaceand was shocked by the number of people in line to just get into the store.The wait was close to an hour ... just to get in!
If you ever plan to visit I would get there at openingand not on the weekend!
Austin - Family Vacation
How beautiful are the flowers in the entry.
Austin - Family Vacation
The gardens are are inspirational with a sweet little gift store.
Honestly the property is beautifulbut I personally highly prefer the Magnolia  Home at Targettheir Hearth and Home line.The designs are much fresher and better quality.
Austin - Family Vacation
Back in Austin Hunter and Megan went kayaking.Next time I'm in AustinI'm definitely putting that on my to do list.What a wonderful way to get a feel for the beautiful skyline!
Austin - Family Vacation
Austin - Family Vacation
My favorite part of Austin was definitely South Congressfor some shopping.
Austin - Family Vacation
Austin - Family Vacation
Austin - Family Vacation
The houses in the area are so charming.I have big love for smaller homes and there were so many lovely ones!This one helped inspire us to redo part of our front yard.
Austin - Family Vacation
One of my Austin trip highlights was visiting my dear friendJen Rose Smith (on the right)who is the Art Director for the Camille Style blog (Camille is on the left).
I had the pleasure of seeing their new office spacewhich was so remarkable.
Camille converted a small home intoa lifestyle blogging dream work studio!
Rooms were reconfigured and everything painted white.
Austin - Family Vacation
Austin - Family Vacation
Austin - Family Vacation
Torches for the best tacos anywhere!
Austin - Family Vacation
All kinds of great little shops!
Austin - Family Vacation
Fun night life!
Austin - Family Vacation
Great eating!!
Boy finishing this post has me missing the fabulous city of Austin!!
Have you been?
Austin - Family Vacation
As always my friends
I wish you love and joy as you style your life

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