Adventures in NoLo.

Welcome to North Loop!

I've been spending a lot of time recently on North Loop Boulevard, particularly the Highland Plaza area. Technically 53rd Street, North Loop (affectionately shortened to "NoLo") is one of the few neighborhoods in Austin that looks like it hasn't gone through a massive building renovation in recent years. This only adds to its local appeal and vintage charm.

Not too far off the beaten path (one block east of Guadalupe), the NoLo area is home to a hodgepodge of locally-owned businesses, including the darling vintage store Blue Velvet (217 W. North Loop), and new addition Blackbird Clothes & Curios (112 E. North Loop), which is a boutique that serves its customers with the latest trends in women's apparel, menswear, and accessories.

While Blue Velvet is every vintage connoisseur's delight and run by a mother-daughter team, Blackbird is owned by two friends who came up with the tagline "good clothes for bad people" to describe the store's edgy vibe. While each business has a different perspective on fashion, they each make North Loop home and, as the saying goes, keep Austin weird.

This series of photos is comprised of recent visits to both Blue Velvet and Blackbird.

Blue Velvet
Fellow blogger and friend, Lindsey.

Blackbird Clothes & Curios

Juliana Azar and Stacey Breakall, owners of Blackbird Clothes & Curios.


  1. OMG I hace to go to Blackbird and get one of those robot necklaces! Do you remember how much they were?

  2. I just discovered your blog through {tig} and your photos are fantastic.

    I would love it if you could stop by my blog sometime, and perhaps we could follow one another.

    Andrea x

  3. I have heard so much about Black bird & have always wanted to go. But the whole living in Australia thing kinda prevents that.
    Just found your blog & love it.
    Am following now =]
    cant wait to read more from you.=D


  4. thanks for the comment. hourglass will be up friday this week. =]

  5. Really fun pics, darling!
    Looks like an awesome day of shopping!


  6. Black Bird looks amazing...how fun it would be to shop there! Those robot necklaces are adorable (not typically my style but I like them)!

    Have a great week!

  7. Ooh, I totes want to visit Blackbird - that shop looks amazing!! :)

  8. Oh My God! I must go to this blackbird boutique! It is adorable! My mom is from Texas so the next time I am out there I for sure have to go! I really like your blog! Come check out mine too!

    -Amy Bird Tweets

  9. Hooray for a new post! North Loop is cool and cozy. I gotta check out Blackbird soon too...

  10. Wow...I so want to check out those places:) Kisses and have a great day

    Ps: I am hosting a beautiful scarf GIVEAWAY today, just in time for Christmas.

  11. blackbird seems like one awesome store there !!
    i love the jewelries !

  12. I guess I don't have a ton of Austin experience. I was there once for ACL. I loved it, but didn't see too much of the city. But these stores look great! I remember going to one boutique on S. Congress that was amazing (and well priced), but cannot for the life of me remember the name of it! I'm actually going to be back in Austin in a month or so, so I'll have to check out these places.


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