Summer Fun (and Full on Sun) on the Horizon

by Emma Banks

With rising temperatures right around the corner, we’ve naturally got a few things on the brain: strappy dresses, swimsuits, and warm sunshine on our shoulders. Barton Springs, Zilker Park, and Hamilton Pool (to name a few) are calling our name, and we’re ready to get out and savor the season! As much as we love the opportunity to get outdoors, we all know by now that we need to be smart and use precautions against harmful rays to keep our skin looking sun-kissed--not sun-damaged. So we asked Dr. Lawrence Broder, the dermatologist at Beleza Med Spa (1609 S 1st St, for the best strategies for summer-ready skin.

FP Me Comes to Austin

by Emma Banks

Everyone’s just about recovered from this year’s South by Southwest, and we’re feeling a little bit nostalgic that it’s already over! Time to reminisce. First on the list? Free People’s visit to Austin and subsequent photo shoot, featuring their top 10 FP Me contributors. FP Me is an online style community (check it out here)- real women with real good style sense.

Their shoot on the banks of Ladybird Lake is one for the books. See the full editorial here, on Free People’s blog, and check out our sneak peek below. If anyone can capture the spirit of Austin, it’s these ladies right here.

Sleigh Bells Coming to UT Austin

 by Emma Banks

South by Southwest has come and gone in a flash, but don’t let its departure fool you- there’s still plenty of good music to go around. We recommend you start here, at the UT Forty Acres Fest this Saturday, March 22, with Sleigh Bells and a host of other entertainment acts sure to make for great reviews.

The Forty Acres Fest is an annual on-campus festival hosted by the university’s Campus Events + Entertainment Committee. Expect a huge variety of entertainment- think dance teams, inflatable games, live music, and more. It’s free and starts at 2 pm. Come early, be loud, stay late!

Hello America

by Emma Banks

Meet Kristen Blanton, a photographer with one thing on her mind: adventure. Her 2014 journey is centered upon this – the realization of a dream of traveling across the US, photographing new and old friends along the way, and compiling this project into an analogue book. The project, christened “Hello America,” will be funded entirely by their kickstarter page (see here), and consists of Blanton and her travelers: her boyfriend Matt Jozwiak and newly weds Josh and Megan Stewart. The four plan to complete their project with a four-month nomadic road trip, living simply along the way.

This Saturday: OF A KIND + MADEWELL

By Emma Banks

Denim on denim: lately we’ve been seriously loving this look, and no one does it better than Madewell. Our favorite fashion connoisseur is teaming up with the emerging designer eCommerce site Of A Kind this Saturday, March 8, for an afternoon pop-up sale at the Domain (11501 Century Oaks Terrace).

Of A Kind co-founders Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo will be on hand along with micheladas, snacks, music, and a few more sweet treats. Bring your friends and your wallet−this is something to splurge on.

Going Live, with Lost Pines Resort & Spa

By Emma Banks

Austin is no stranger to great live music—duh. But try live music every night of the week, at the same venue, nestled in the vast, raw beauty that is Bastrop’s Loblolly Pine forest. That’s something we would love to hear more about.

The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa has launched what might be the most exciting musical prospect of the Spring—an updated music series that boasts a new musician nightly, with calendars available here for the months of March and April.

Everything's Leather at Sister Coffee + Fortuna Monsoon Workshop

By Emma Banks

It’s time to reward your furry friend with more than just a trip to the dog park. Stumped? We’ve got the perfect solution for cats & dogs alike: Everything’s Leather Collar Workshop, a two-hour lesson hosted by Sister Coffee on crafting that perfect leather accessory.

The workshop will be held on Sunday, March 23 and led by Chris Franks of Fortuna Monsoon, a leather craftsman who sells his goods at Wheatsville, Windmill Bicycles, and Las Cruxes. He’ll teach you the basics: burnishing leather, stamping, tooling, and setting hardware. There will also be beer, cocktails, and coffee.

Celebrating all things visual with the Blanton Museum's old school viewfinders

 Look what's in our office today!

Last year, the Blanton Museum launched a new brand in conjunction with its 50th Anniversary, which will deliver "thought-provoking, visually arresting, and personally moving experiences with art" within the community. Embodying the tactile experience art creates, these custom viewfinders are planted around the city, ready to be discovered. Anyone curious enough to look inside can Tweet or Instagram an image of the viewfinders with the hashtag #curiositywelcome to receive free admission to the museum. Start getting curious!

Club One Concierge: Your Right-Hand Man (Or Woman)

By Emma Banks


Shan Davis knows what it’s like to be a successful (and potentially overwhelmed) businesswoman. She’s made it to the top, traveled the world, and called the shots. And now she’s working to make that lifestyle all the more doable for everyone else.

Meet Club One Concierge, Davis’ brainchild, a lifestyle management company that has set out to simplify the tasks of the soccer mom, the CEO, and everyone in between. Davis answered a few of our questions on what it’s like to own a business and what Club One can do for you.

1. What inspired you to start Club One Concierge?

It's National Margarita Day!

Extra salt, please! It's National Margarita Day—can there be a better national holiday? Can't think of one—and we're here to share a round-up of some of our favorites in town. So gather up a group, get your sunglasses, and let's really get spring started around here:

1. Salty Sow’s Blanche made with blood orange

2. La Condesa’s Passionfruit & Mango Spiced Margarita with their special pasilla-spiced salt rim

3. El Alma’s Piñarita made with pineapple puree and coconut milk

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