Our Staycation At Fairmont Austin

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-lifestyle-blogger-fairmont-hotel-atx-downtown-2 livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-lifestyle-blogger-fairmont-hotel-atx-downtown-rooftop-pool-cocktailYou know what I love? A restful, relaxing weekend. Lately work and life has been so crazy that finding two consecutive days to fully escape has seemed nearly impossible. Blake started a new job, some personal things were taking up a lot of my free time and getting out of Austin simply wasn’t in the cards. Which is where the idea of a stay-cation came to our rescue! As Austin has become a booming city, it’s cool factor has grown dramatically over the years and new hotels are popping up left and right to accommodate the influx of visitors. Fairmont Austin opened their gorgeous 37-story, luxury hotel in March of 2018 and lemme tell ya, it blew us away! Given that we live in the ‘burbs, we were excited to stay in the heart of downtown, with access to restaurants, bars, shopping – you name it – within walking distance.

I’m excited to give y’all a glimpse at our lovely stay-cay! Disclaimer: Blake and I share a love of indulging in sips and eats when we’re in vacation-mode…so prepare for some yummy food pics!

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A big thank you to Fairmont Hotels for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

We’re Headed To…

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-travel-blogger-suitcase-luggage-watercolor-illustration**Illustration by Kimberlee Watson

That feeling when you haven’t slept all week (hello, delirium! Hello, dark circles!), you have crossed nearly every item off your to-do list (and had zero breakdowns…I am so proud of myself, ha!) and you’re bursting with excitement because you and your favorite travel partner are about to spend a full on two weeks exploring and soaking up another culture (and the #1 place on Blake’s bucket list)… Well! That feeling is currently welling up inside me because Blake and I are about to spend the next 14 days in…

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Road Trip Through Iceland

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-travel-lifestyle-blogger-iceland-road-trip-what-to-do-pack-reykjavik-noken-travel-guide-arial-view-skylineHello friends! Ohh the long anticipated Iceland travel diary is finally HERE! In November, I partnered with the wonderful Noken to create a promo video for their OFFICIAL launch! In a nutshell, Noken curates incredible end-to-end trips through Iceland (…and now Colombia, too!) and yes…they do ALL the work (hotels, rental cars, itinerary) and you just get to soak up the magic of this stunning country. I grabbed my two best friends, Elissa & Ben (…y’all probably know them very well by now – my besties since age 15…the best travel trio!) and we ventured to Iceland for a week of road trip bliss starting in Reykjavik and through southern Iceland. To say this was the trip of a lifetime is truly an understatement…I have never seen SO much vast beauty in one country. From driving on an open road (…with no one in sight for miles!) and a changing terrain every 20 minutes (…one minute you’re in a white powdered snow globe, the next in a mossy green lava field) to hiking on a glacier and looking out on giant pieces of ice in the middle of a black sand beach…Noken curated the most magnificent trip!

Sharing more about what we did, as well as a Noken discount code for LL readers (jump on this one, y’all – they plan THE BEST trips!) and the video at the end of this post!
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Travel Diary: Australia

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Hello, mates! (…just a little something I picked up in Australia… 😉 ). This is probably my favorite travel diary to date because OMG Australia was jaw-drop stunning. I’d seen the Pinterest photos and heard the rave reviews from my traveling friends (…flight attendants seem to know best!) and they were 110% correct. Australia is heaven on earth. Kind (and happy!) people, unworldly beaches, the cutest summer clothing and fabulous metropolitan cities throughout. We visited Melbourne for the first three days of our trip, then finished out with a full week in Sydney. My best friend Elissa is a flight attendant for Delta, so we grabbed our other galpal Valerie (also a flight attendant) and decided to trek across the world for 10 days in paradise. Though the 15 hour plane ride is brutal (sharing my tips for this lengthy flight further into this post), as soon as we stepped our feet into the Sydney sand, it was all worth it.
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Outfit details: WHITE SHORTS (wearing size 25) / OTS STRIPED TOP / BIKER SHORTS + CROP TOP SPORTS BRA / HIGH WAIST BIKINI (mine is last season HERE, linking to this years and it’s SO CUTE. Wearing XS in both top + bottoms) / MY FAVORITE WALKING SHOES (give yourself time to break them in!) / STRIPED BIKINI (wearing size US6, I am normally a 0/2 in suits and this brands runs teeny!)

West Texas Getaway

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-asos-el-paso-hotel-indigo-what-to-wear-pink-jumpsuit-5If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember a quick weekend getaway I took to El Paso last month! I wasn’t allowed to say much at the time, but I am SO excited to finally share that I am one of seven tastemakers chosen by ASOS and Hotel Indigo to style a day and night look inspired by our stay and selected city. A little playful, a little southwest-inspired…take a peek at my West Texas photo diary! Major shoutout to Blake for being down to explore, snap photos and eat aaaall the green chili peppers along the way! 😉

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JUMPSUIT (wearing size US0, could have gone with a 2) / SNEAKERS / DENIM JACKET / WHITE V-NECK (wearing US4) / JEANS (fit TTS, wearing US25)/ HEELS / CLUTCH / SUNGLASSES

Paradise Found: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-travel-fashion-blogger-pueblo-bonito-pacifica-luxury-resort-los-cabos-cabo-mexico-vacation-mara-hoffman-high-waist-bikini-6Do you ever get really stressed out, close your eyes and pretend you’re somewhere else? Not going to lie, I catch myself playing this little daydream game every week. When I close my eyes I am always on a beach, the sun is warming my skin and the sound of waves crashing washes all my troubles away. In this daydream I am sipping on a very strong tropical cocktail (tequila is most definitely involved), rocking some diva-sized sunglasses, a big floppy hat and reading a breezy beach novel. And above all? Feeling rested and at peace. I call this weekly daydream my “escape.”

Last week my daydream became a reality – for four glorious days I was living my best life in paradise: happy, relaxed, often a little tipsy (I mean…when you’re at an all-inclusive…), soaking up some much needed girlfriend time and grateful to have a  b r e a k  from my agenda and email inbox. I have been so fortunate to have an incredible summer filled with amazing trips and adventures – but there is nothing like a true beach vacation…where the purpose is to recenter, refresh and relax. And that is exactly what we did!

I had the absolute pleasure of working with the renowned Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort to soak up a getaway in Cabo with my bestie Veronica (thanks Vron for snapping my outfit pics on this trip – you rock!)…and let’s just say it was pretty darn magical! Though I grew up vacationing in Mexico often, I had never been to Cabo (we always went to Cancun when I was younger). Cabo was absolutely stunning and more lovely than I ever could have imagined – the people, the food, the scenery (!!)…you name it, it was awesome.

Sharing more about our trip + outfit details right this way…

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Travel Diary: St. Petersburg, Russia

Aaaand finally I have edited these photos (…which also means I got the “happy sads” reliving this portion of our trip…ya know, happy it happened, sad it’s over, etc. 😉 and am super excited to share an in-depth look at our time in Saint Petersburg, RUSSIA! This was definitely the part of our cruise through Scandinavia with Princess Cruises that both Blake and I were really looking forward to…there’s so much history and tons of fascinating museums and palaces to see…so, let’s get to it!

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A big thank you to Princess Cruises for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.


Travel Diary: Copenhagen & Oslo

Hey there friends! Excited to share a photo diary from the first two stops during our 12-day cruise through Scandinavia with Princess Cruises last month! (…Working on my Russia wrap-up tomorrow, so be sure and check back later this weekend!). This has been the year of travel for me and Blake, and we are so grateful to experience such wonderful cities and countries together…I feel like I am constantly pinching myself as I look back at our photo albums after each trip. Copenhagen has been on our radar for years and though we were only there for a day and a half, we completely fell in love with the city! Then came Oslo, Norway – which kind of blew me away and surprised me (in the best way!) because the mix of super old buildings and historical monuments (vikings, anyone?) next to ultra modern, sleek scandinavian cafes, apartments and shops is pretty surreal and quite a sight to see and experience. That’s the thing I love about Europe…the juxtaposition of new and old buildings on the same street…it’s pretty incredible and very special to be so close to history in that way.

Needless to say, these were two major cities that we were thrilled to visit! Sharing more photos and a list of recommendations if you’re headed that way…(ps: you can find our cruise itinerary here).

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My Favorite Activities On A Cruise Ship

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-travel-fashion-blogger-princess-cruises-regal-ship-what-to-do-on-board-cruise-boat-top-deck-pool-hot-tubIf you haven’t noticed by now, we’re big fans of cruising! From our trip through the Mediterranean in June 2016, to our 12-day cruise through Scandinavia last month, let’s just say all our troubles float away when we step aboard that beautiful ship! From grabbing cocktails by the pool and trying out the delicious specialty restaurants, to watching movies under the stars on the top deck or penciling in gelato dates…our ship had plenty of entertainment and r&r options!

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A big thank you to Princess Cruises for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

10 Things To Do In Barcelona

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-travel-fashion-blogger-barcelona-spain-costa-brava-pals-beach-catalonia-3Ohh my heart! THIS. TRIP. My two best friends, so much laughter, the perfect setting…can we do it all over again?! See above? That’s Elissa, my bestie since age 15…we go waaaay back. She’s a flight attendant and used her magical powers to bring me and our other bestie (see below) Ben, to Barcelona, Spain for a week of pure bliss. We called this trip our “10-year-friendiversary” (…even though it’s been over 10 years now…any excuse to take a bff trip to Europe, right?). Ps. If you’re curious if we watched ‘Vicki, Cristina, Barcelona’ in preparation for this vacay, that answer is a definite yes. (I also watched Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants prior to Greece…no judgement, okay? 😉 ).

Days spent at the beach, nights dancing until the sun comes up, jazz concerts at random Airbnb apartments, sight seeing, tapas eating, cava drinking…excited to share a list of 10 must-do activities in Barcelona!

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