A couple of weeks ago, I met up with some of my long time blog friends for a conference with our ad network, AdThrive, in Austin, TX. It was a very good conference and I think we all came away with more things to do on our blogs. It’s always something, that’s for sure! Running a blog is not an easy thing and there’s always more to learn.
We stayed in an Air BNB in Austin and the conference was two days. One of the highlights of the conference was getting to hear and meet Ben and Erin from the HGTV show, Hometown. I’m a big fan of their show and was delighted to hear that they would be at the conference speaking.
It was so fun to get to chat with Erin and Ben for a minute. I really am a fan of their show and am looking forward to the new season in January.
I got another official pic with them with the backdrop of the Summit.
And my long time blog friends, Sarah, Chris and Beth and do you recognize that guy in the middle? It’s Andrew Shue who played Billy on Melrose Place many years ago. We’ve met him before since he is one of the partners in our ad network and he’s always fun to chat with.
Here we all are lounging by the pool on a break one afternoon. Traci was with us too. The Haven girls reunited!
Chris, Traci and I stayed an extra day and drove to Waco for the day. We didn’t realize when we decided to do this little jaunt that it was going to be Silobration weekend, but it ended up being fine. They had a shuttle service that took us from the college parking lot to the Silos, so that was easy. We spent just a couple of hours at the Silos and then drove around town for a bit.
There were a ton of people there and we were glad we got there early in the day as it got worse and worse as the morning went on.
We made a point of going in Magnolia first and we were so glad we did since when we came out, the lines were wrapped around the building waiting to go in.
This is my second visit to Magnolia and the Silos and it’s always fun to see how it’s decorated for the seasons. They do a beautiful job with styling all the home decor items.
I didn’t buy anything but enjoyed looking around.
Joanna’s touch is everywhere in Magnolia.
It’s going to be fun to see what they do on their new TV network next year. I’m excited to see which direction it will go and if they are doing another show or not.
Joanna has such a unique style that has really transformed farmhouse style into a household name, but I don’t think it can last forever. I’m already starting to see signs that it’s waning and I wonder what the next thing will be. Chippy white, signs everywhere, neutral decor, I just don’t think it will last for much longer.
How about you?
Magnolia is a beautiful place to visit though and we enjoyed seeing it.
There are so many pretty things to see on the Silos campus.
Of course, we had to wait in line for cupcakes and it was worth the wait again.
We had a sweet treat (I got the Lemon Lavendar again, sooooo delicious) and a sweet sip from Urban Sips, which is owned by Instagram mega couple Brad and Holly with Our Faux Farmhouse. The combo was so tasty!
I have not idea what that blurry thing is on the left, but I wanted a pic of the Silobration sign. They had a big concert there that night, but we didn’t stay all day.
There was even a ferris wheel on site for the festivities, but we didn’t ride it.
Perfect spot for a photo.
Those Silos such make a breath taking site with all the neat buildings all around.
Chip and Joanna have recently opened The Magnolia Press coffee shop just down from the Silos. There was a long line to get in, so we didn’t wait. Have you heard about their new hotel they are going to renovate and open? They have got so much going on!
Since we had a car, we made the trip to Bosque Ave. and Joanna’s first shop that she opened in Waco.
There were quite a few things there to buy, but I only bought a trio of faux flowers and forgot to take a pic. You’ll probably see them in my house in the spring, they were so life like.
And one more stop before heading back to Austin, we found out where Chip and Joanna’s farmhouse was located and drove out to see it. They have a beautiful white fence all around their property and we could see their pretty house and outbuildings situated among all those trees. It was a beautiful setting and about 20 minutes from downtown Waco.
We had a fun trip, it’s always fun to get together with my blog friends for a few days and a treat to go to Waco too. Hope you enjoyed my recap of Austin and Waco. We ate some good tacos and BBQ brisket in Austin while we were there and had some good eats as well!