In an effort to get fit while getting to know Austin, I've started walking home from my downtown office. Let's be honest, I tried bootcamp and literally could not walk correctly for days. Days. So far my 3-mile walk has been fun, but I think it's needed a little more spice.
That's why I've decided to start popping into fun boutiques and reviewing them.
First up: ElevenELEVEN
This adorable boutique is right in the center of South Congress. Because South Congress has so many shops, I almost walked right past it. But what caught my eye were the awesome pictures of what I'm guessing is the owner's pug in the window. Slowly but surely I'm turning into a dog person, and this completely won me over. I felt compelled to go in. It's a personal touch that I want in all the boutiques I go into. Not only are aww-inspiring photos of the dog peppered with love around the store, but there are also gorgeous art pieces hanging on the back wall. I'm not sure how long those pieces will be on display, but I definitely had a favorite. (There's no way I'm telling which one it was in case I want to go back and get it.)
Now on to the clothes and accessories. They are currently having a sale on their sandals and wedges (40% off) and have an abundance of flats that are perfect for fall. Another deal that stood out to me was 2 for $20 bandeaus. It's hot out there, and ACL is fast approaching. Bandeaus are still in.
I'd never forgive myself if I didn't mention the blue and purple Blu Moon jumper that caught my eye. When I'm really ready to wear a jumper -- and this is something I'll have to ease into -- this is the one I would want. It's also more than $100, so I'd really be taking the plunge.
I saw a lot of items that I loved, but my must-have piece is an "I <3 Austin" crop top. Now, while I love the idea of crop tops, I must admit I am a bit apprehensive to wear them. That written, this baby is on sale for $30 and also comes in gray. My move to Austin has been all about trying new things. So why not give crop top a chance while displaying my true feelings about my new city?
Overall, ElevenELEVEN is clean, inviting, easy to walk around and surrounded with pretty things. And, no, I'm not just talking about the clothes. Between the artwork, pug pictures and pictures of handsome celebrities, like Ryan Gossling, there was so much to see. The prices are a great reflection of the quality items they carry. It's a boutique, so expect to pay more. But also expect to get more when it comes to quality and uniqueness.
I'll be back for that crop top.
Hours - Sun: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Mon-Sat: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Website - http://www.shopeleveneleven.com/
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Twitter - https://twitter.com/twteleveneleven