STAYCATION AT THE W AUSTIN

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Side note – this post is a mix of iPhone photos from instagram and photos from our cameras, so the coloring isn’t perfect. ūüėČ

SHOP THE LOOK

BIKINI TOP: VIX Swimwear Snake Print Wrap Bikini   //  BIKINI BOTTOMS: VIX Swimwear Snake Print Bikini Bottoms  //  SUNNIES: Ray Ban 58mm Aviator Sunglasses  //  EARRINGS: Kendra Scott Rogan Pearl Stud Earrings

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Being a Dallas girl, you may wonder why I’d call a two-night stay in Austin a staycation. While the staycation did entail a 3 hour drive up 35 on my end, since I called Austin home for six years of my life, I like to call the city my second home. Staycations have recently grown in popularity because they meet so many of the needs of a regular vacation, minus the cost of the plane ticket. We plan vacations to get away from it all and enjoy a little rest and relaxation and the reality is, you can do that right in your own city. There¬†are so many things in both Dallas and Austin that I haven’t done before, and dozens of hotels I’ve never stayed at, so the experience at the W Hotel ATX was really such a treat.

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If you can’t tell, the Wet Pool – a rooftop pool and bar was probably our favorite part of the hotel. This gorgeous pool overlooks the iconic Lady Bird Lake in Austin and offers up the most amazing views of downtown.

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COVER UP: Mott 50 Embroidered Tunic Coverup  //  EARRINGS: Moon and Lola Brisbane Earrings  //  WEDGES: similar Solar Platform Wedge Sandal  //  SUNNIES: Karen Walker Super Duper Thistle Sunglasses Р40% off! //  BAG: Hayden Reiss Bana Leaf Middy

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Since we arrived on Sunday, we headed for the pool party they were having at the Wet Pool and as you can see, Olivia and I made an entrance with our twinning bikinis. Hilarious thing is – we totally didn’t plan this. Each of us had only brought 1 bikini and as we were unpacking we both stated we brought a Vix swimwear bikini and then as Olivia started describing hers I was like, “SHUT.UP. I brought the exact same one!” It was definitely an LOL moment and a conversation starter at the pool (this party was happening y’all – SO many people there!)

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Since we loved the pool so much on Sunday, we headed back there on Monday morning for a more relaxing poolside session. The drinks they offer at the bar are super delicious. We enjoyed a few margaritas before

SHOP THE LOOK

BIKINI TOP: Kendall + Kylie Palm Print Bardot Bikini  //  HAT: Billabong  //  BRACELETS: BaubleBar Antigua Beaded Stretch Bracelets  //  SHORTS: similar Volcom  //  EARRINGS:Kendra Scott Rogan Pearl Stud Earrings

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Thanks to it being a Monday, there weren’t a ton of people dining, so we practically had the place to ourselves. We started with a cocktail and I tried the jalapeno margarita. SO yummy! It’s a must-have if you ever stop by. Just the perfect amount of spicy sweet (and not too spicy at all – I’m not a fan of spicy!) Rather than having to choose off their amazing menu, they brought out the most amazing platter of samples from their entire seasonal menu. We were so stuffed from the delicious food we nearly needed a nap after. Trace is definitely a must-try is you’re in the Austin area.

SHOP THE LOOK

TOP: ASTR Crochet Trim Babydoll Camisole  //  SKIRT: Topshop Lace Skirt  //  SANDALS: similar Steve Madden Stecy Sandal  //  EARRINGS: BaubleBar Bliss Drop Earrings vandi-fair-blog-lauren-vandiver-dallas-texas-southern-fashion-blogger-staycation-w-hotel-austin-travel-vacation-atx-texas-reviewvandi-fair-blog-lauren-vandiver-dallas-texas-southern-fashion-blogger-staycation-w-hotel-austin-travel-vacation-atx-texas-review-eat-cake-for-breakfast-sleep-shirt-1vandi-fair-blog-lauren-vandiver-dallas-texas-southern-fashion-blogger-staycation-w-hotel-austin-travel-texas-review-champagne-is-my-spirit-animal-pouch-

Post lunch, Livv and I were both in a food coma, so we spent some time relaxing and catching up on our emails in the room. The beds were just heavenly and the room was super beautiful too, with a fantastic view! They even provided us with a little champagne and a note Рand chocolates before bed, so sweet Рwe felt right at home (if only my actual home was as swanky!)

Our staycation was truly all I ever wanted – just a couple of days to step away from the mess of my home office (I just can’t ever keep it clean!) to relax and have a little girl time. I highly recommend a staycation to anyone and everyone, no matter what city you live in (or live near!) It certainly won’t be my last. ūüėČ

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NIGHTGOWN: Kate Spade New York //  POUCH: Armed and Readi Miss With It Pouch

Fair-well xx,

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3 Comment

  1. Reply
    Liv
    July 26, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Looks like you had an awesome time. Beautiful photos.

    Liv

    http://www.livforstyle.net

    1. Reply
      Lauren Vandiver
      July 27, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks so much doll! We had a blast!

      xx,
      -Lauren

  2. Reply
    Chesca
    July 27, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Reading this awesome post and scrolling through your fun photos took me on a mini vacay! Thank you so much for sharing ‚ô•

    You look amazing in that Vix bikini! What are your secrets for staying so fit and trim?

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