I know some of you cringe at the thought of Valentine’s Day. I know lots of singles and couples who choose to ignore that it’s even happening. It is a bit of a cheesy, over commercialized holiday, I will agree. However, I’m a bit of a romantic at heart, so I do love to celebrate it. I’m usually reminded of my great granny giving me a box of chocolates as a kid, so I think that’s why I associate warm memories with it. Oh, and CHOCOLATE, that’s another reason, any holiday centered around that instantly becomes my favorite. If you’re lacking ideas this year, or just want to spoil yourself, here are some of my favorite places and treats that can help ignite that fire in you. Just pretend it’s ‘Treat Yo Self’ Day if you don’t actually celebrate V-word day.
- Hotel Saint Cecilia: This is actually where I want to spend the night after I get married. Did I mention that I’m engaged? I’m leaving it up to the fiancé to schedule that! Appropriately named for the patron saint of music and poetry, the Hotel Saint Cecilia is a neat getaway in the middle of downtown Austin. Set on a secluded site just a few blocks from the South Congress shopping district, the hotel’s suites, studios, and bungalows represent Austin to a T. I even had a friend spot Robert Plant there romantically singing his girlfriend Patty Griffin Happy Birthday.
- Adelante Boutique: Of course this would be one of my favorite clothing boutiques in Austin, because it is only a few doors down from our salon. My stylists and I peruse the racks on a daily basis. If you’re looking for a flirty dress, or a classy one, they have you covered. Need jewelry and shoes to go with your outfit? Well, you’re in the right place. The pricing is affordable as well, you can walk in this boutique and feel like a million bucks while not spending a fortune. Ask for the owner Tricia, and tell her UB sent you!
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon: One of my favorite cheap cabs! I’ve added this to my Whole Foods grocery list and it’s a go to for dinner parties. I don’t pretend do be a wine connoisseur, however, I know when I like something and this is it. It also doesn’t hurt that it has my middle name on the label either. Maybe it’s subliminal suggestion?
- Hillside Farmacy: Don’t let the hipsters here scare you. I promise that they are harmless. And the food is really good too. Don’t even get me started on the decor! It’s amazing and reminds me that if Urban Betty was a restaurant, this is what it would look like. It’s an apothecary setting with tons of vintage inspiration. The original building in the 1950′s housed The Hillside Drugstore. It was beautifully restored using original pharmacy cabinetry and is now a farm to table restaurant with a full bar.
- Kendra Scott: This Austin based jewelry designer has amazing pieces. They won’t break your bank either. I mean everyone loves precious stones, but we have to be realistic here and if you want all the bling and fashion without expensive cost, Kendra Scott is your girl! I’m also proud of her as a local female entrepreneur that has hit it big. She is an inspiration to all of us.
Written by Chelle Morrison, Owner of Urban Betty Salon