SXSW, unsurprisingly, unleashed a whirlwind of unparalleled sights, beyond blog-worthy tastes, and memorable connections across all mediums--panels, parties, meals, and even social media hashtags.
Just as I packed my schedule to the brim with new restaurant trials, branding and tech discussions, and innovative keynotes, I opted to fill my bag with new apparel pieces and accessories to match the "Best Of" faces and places at SXSW.
Upon packing, I realized that my three-year-old Ray Bans weren't going to cut it, especially with Austin's sunny weekend forecast. I soon-after stopped into Eclectic Eye Memphis', a unique eyewear boutique in Midtown, for a wow-factor pair of sunnies. Naturally, I couldn't decide on just one pair...and with the store's superior customer service and high-quality recommendations of truly "art for your face," I walked out with three.
Each pair complemented the facets of my Austin agenda, from colorful meals and classic coffee dates to chic events. Similarly, the three eyewear brands represent a diverse offering of design and color for Memphis, whose vibes I intentionally brought along to my old stomping grounds. Which pair do you like best? Casual and classic, mod and black, or loud and bright?!
During the first full day of SXSW, I eagerly biked to the Whole Foods headquarters to try Tartinette, the latest Whole Foods test kitchen concept. My pop-up lunch of colorful veggies and tartine garnishes paired perfectly with New Orleans-based Krewe du Optic Josephine frames in blonde tortoise 24K. The chic cat eye literally mirrored a sophisticated yet approachable lunch: grilled bread topped with addictive ingredients such as crushed pea with parmesan and salmon; or avocado crema with assorted mushroom and shaved radish.
The super dreamy Camille Styles + Who What Wear party was a weekend highlight for every guest. We mingled over flutes of Veuve and passed bites from Launderette, nodding our heads to tunes by a local female DJ, who spun poolside overlooking the Austin hilly, golden and green landscape.
My panels and exhibitions throughout Downtown -- demanding detail-oriented attention among thousands of pedestrians -- called for a polished look during #SXstyle and #SouthBites tracks to a Neiman Marcus pop-up "School of Self-Expression." Thus, I brought along black oversized frames by Anne & Valentin, which seamlessly worked with every outfit from dawn at Café No Sé to dusk at Geraldine's (on Rainey).
Until the next Austin Caramelized critique, check out more SXSW snapshots on Instagram...
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