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June 18, 2013


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“I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I’d heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn’t play”

don mclean, american pie, 1971

Having been hot on our travel radar, Austin is destined to move up the pop charts of US getaway destinations. Known as the ‘live music capital of the world‘, this city captures the notion that the universe has a way of playing out its own song. Sadly, a week before our departure, and a mere three days before Father’s Day, my father-in-law passed away. The irony in his passing, and the timing of our trip, resides in the song lyrics above; his claim to fame was that he actually was the owner of that sacred record store, where Don McLean had heard the music years before. In his honor, we knew it was only fitting that we stockpile our iTunes, pack our bags and spend some quality time in a city that embodies his lifelong passion for music.

Nestled deep in the heart of Texas, this capital city is not one to disappoint. Tunes aside, Austin is overflowing with a vivacious medley of darling eateries and shoppes, not to mention a food truck scene that would make New York take a seat backstage. Determined to make the best of our trip, we adopted Hotel Saint Cecilia, (aptly named after the patron saint of music and poetry), as our home away from home.  And while the coastal surf was far from our dwelling, we were won over by one of the most adorable oyster bars we’ve ever stepped foot in- proof that no matter the circumstance, or geographic coordinates on the map, one can always find solace in the comforts of home.


When globetrotting, one thing we always make time for is shopping. While making a purchase when you find that perfect item is fulfilling, the thrill of discovering a shoppe that makes you stop in your tracks on its own merit is equally rewarding. Cue Hipshops, an online one stop shoppe for the crème de la crème in the world of retail, and one of our favorite resources before we embark on any journey. Self-described as ‘a smart compilation of concept stores from around the world‘, the team at Hipshops actively curates a collection of shoppes worldwide, each exemplifying the highest standards of premium (and preferably hard-to-find) merchandise, original and inspired interior design, and sharp brand identity and visual communication.

We’re thrilled to see some of our personal favorites on the Hipshops radar, including domestic crushes Creatures of Comfort and Sid Mashburn (for the captain in your life). As our must-see list grows, inclusive of the international shoppes we’ve highlighted below, we also have our mind set on scooping up the new magazine publication by the Hipshops team, available exclusively in Europe at a handful of stores and sure to be a shoppers paradise in bound literary form. Should you happen to spot the magazine in one of your local shoppes, or on a retail voyage of your own, we’d love to hear about it!

Centre Commercial Paris

 Centre Commercial | 2, Rue de Marseille | Paris

Aesop Bondi Beach

 Aesop Bondi Beach | 178, Campbell Parade | Sydney

Market Lane Coffee

Market Lane Coffee | 109-111, Therry St. | Melbourne

Little FrenchTrotters

Little French Trotters | 28, Rue de Charonne | Paris

 All images courtesy of Hipshops.

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