A Girlfriend Getaway Guide to Austin, Texas

a local's girlfriend getaway guide to austin, tx

My friends and I agree that Austin is a place that will get in your blood and stay with you forever. I sure do feel grateful to call it "home" for my four years of college. This past winter break, I had the pleasure of taking one of my dearest friends from New York named Steffi around the city. We had an absolute blast and I couldn't wait to share about the trip with all of you. As a local, I had a really difficult time choosing just a few places to see in a few days. After some careful planning, we decided on the places below! If you're coming into town for a few days and need some recommendations for what to do/see/eat and where to stay/shop on your visit, I hope this small girlfriend getaway guide to Austin helps you!

austin airbnb casa azul

First off, Steffi and I decided to use Airbnb to book Casa Kenwood's Artistic & Airy Studio Apartment, a New-York style flat located a mile east of South Congress Street. We had the entire apartment to ourselves and it was incredibly spacious. was perfect for our trip with ample room, all the amenities, and fun, eclectic quirks that made it feel very Austin. Funny story is that this apartment fits six people. With just the two of us, we had plenty of room to spread out! We adored this apartment so much, we ordered dinner in one night just to enjoy the space. Plus, the oasis of a backyard was just jaw-dropping. We booked the room for $100/night through Airbnb, so it was a steal.

austin airbnb casa azul

The dreamy blue door to our oasis!

I say if you're on the fence about using Airbnb and you've never tried it before, give it a go! I highly recommend starting off with a space like this that most hotels can't offer. I love Airbnb and couldn't recommend it enough if you're willing to try something new. If you're interested in booking your first Airbnb, you can get your first booking for $35 off! More pictures of our place below!

A Look Back on 2016 + What's to Come in 2017

Wow, 2017! Here we are! Lots of changes happen with each passing year, and I feel grateful to be able to document it all on The Bella Insider even after all these years. As you might know, this blog is almost six years old (say whattt?!) but it's been about one year since re-launching as a college lifestyle blog with exciting, colorful content surrounding the craziness of my college years. 

The Bella Insider Best Nine

Since the beginning of 2016, y'all have built a social community of over 4K+, established a monthly readership of over 10K+, and created an overwhelmingly positive group on The Bella Insider that gets me excited to create content weekly. I can't thank you enough for continuing to push me both technically and creatively on this blog. It is exactly the kind of outlet I need to encourage me to be a role model in my community, continue to pursue my challenging major, and be excited about things happening outside the 40 acres of my college campus. From documenting my time living alone this summer to amazing opportunities to work with Teen Vogue Magazine and even my favorite Texas grocery chain H-E-B, I am so glad to have all of you here on this journey with me.

10 Holiday Gifts Under $30 for the Beauty Lover

The last of the holiday gift guide series is here, and today we're giving all attention to the beauty lovers in your life! Some of my favorite beauty stores have curated some amazing value packages and holiday sets, and I can't wait to share my favorites below! If you're loving these items, be sure to shop them today with two-day shipping or "buy online, pick up in store" to make sure they arrive by Christmas! If you don't celebrate Christmas, then be sure to still check out this year's holiday gift guide collection to find a perfect (affordable!) New Year's gift for the special people in your life!

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10 Holiday Gifts Under $30 for the Fashion Lover

Today we're talking all about presents for the fashion lover in your life! If your friend is into clothing, she's bound to have lots of great finds in her closet. Here are my 10 picks for fashionista gifts under $30. Some pieces won't link in the images, so I've linked them right down below. Happy shopping, friends!

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10 Holiday Gifts Under $30 for the Fitness Lover

You guessed it! The second installment in the Holiday Gift Guides series is here. Today we're talking all about gifts for your fitness-loving friends. As we said yesterday, there are plenty of affordable options as long as you know where to look! I'm here to give you a few ideas on where to start, so be sure to scroll on down!

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