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Pumpkin Spice and All Things Nice by Jacy Schleier

With fall officially upon us, there are a few things that come with the chilly weather and autumn leaves. Bright colored pumpkins sitting on porches, a plethora of Halloween candy at every grocery store, and most notably the smell of pumpkin spice stir up a little bit of happiness inside. From pumpkin flavored candles to pumpkin spice lattes, all-things pumpkin are in high demand. To cure that pumpkin craving, there are a few local places offering delicious twists on a favorite flavor.

Stinson's Coffee Pumpkin Pie Latte 
Get your day going with a toasty cup of coffee that tastes and smells just as good as your grandmother's Thanksgiving Pie. Stinson's Pumpkin Pie Latte is the perfect pick-me-up and is a delicious seasonal staple.

Austin's Best Beer Gardens by Annie Clark & Jacy Schleier

For a long time beer gardens were a reason for Americans to envy Europeans. Outdoor seating, long tables, lots of friends, and big mugs amount to hours of fun, and it seems that Austinites have caught on. Now, with more beer gardens at our avail, Austinites can gather and enjoy each other’s company at the relaxed environment that picnic tables and fenced patios provide.

Banger’s
A Rainey Street favorite, Banger’s offers over 100 beers on tap in a full bar, the largest sausage selection in Austin, and plenty of other dishes to satisfy any diner sitting in the garden. Bring your pup to Mutt Mondays in the garden for half-off pints and free dog training, or bring an instrument and join the live Jazz band on Jazzy Tuesdays.

ACL Style: Hats

Not only does this accessory shield precious faces from evil UV rays, but they also make quite a fashion statement and enhance a wardrobe. Hats have been completing outfits circa 1780 when women wore bonnets to protect their hair. Fast forward to 2013 and the popular bonnet has turned into a fedora, a floppy sun hat, or a baseball cap. The Kentucky Derby made elaborate hats a tradition in the US and pop stars such as Lady Gaga sometimes like to wear hats shaped like telephones on their head.

Horseshoe Bay Resort Wine & Dine Festival by Jacy Schleier

What happens when you combine Hill Country wineries, exquisite cuisine by award-winning chefs, and live music? You get the Horseshoe Bay Resort Wine & Dine Festival. And did I mention that it's benefiting CASA and the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association? All of that is jam packed into one weekend at the beautiful Horseshoe Bay Resort.

2013 AIA Homes Tour by Amy Pham

The 27th Annual American Institute of Architects Homes Tour will take place November 2-3rd and the lineup is as follows:

Alterstudio Architecture, LLP
Chas Architects
Dick Clark + Associates
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects
Merzbau Design Collective
Nick Deaver Architect
Shiflet Group Architects
Steinbomer, Bramwell & Vrazel, Architects
Tim Cuppett Architects
Webber + Studio, Architects
Weiss Architecture

Throughout the two-day, self-guided tour, AIA Austin brings a sampling of some of the best new and classic designs of residential architecture. These 11 newly-renovated homes range from traditional to modern contemporary and will showcase Austin’s local innovative design aesthetic.

The Texas Conference for Women by Mary Bryce

With speakers ranging from Rachel Ray to Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee, the 14th Annual Texas Conference for Women, taking place Nov. 19, promises an incredible day of seminars, meet-ups, career advice, and inspiration. The conference serves as one of the state’s most important networking and educational resources for women, and has had up to 6,000 attendees at the Austin Convention Center.

Stephen L. Clark by Kate Waitzkin

Within moments of settling in to chat with Texas native Steve Clark, it became clear that genuine personal connection and long-lived relationships have played a pivotal role in his eclectic career with roots growing deep into the fabric of Austin. These bonds formed the foundation for his life as a photographer, restaurateur -- Clark founded the popular burger and music haven The Waterloo Icehouse in 1976 and was instrumental in furthering the careers of a number of great musical talents to come through the doors -- now gallery owner, husband, father and grandfather. From his carefully nurtured relationships, success and happiness have flourished.

Architecture Issue Release Party

Join TRIBEZA and Citizen Generation at the casual, contemporary home of Mary Anne McMahon, a real estate broker with Posh Properties. The home was built by Mark Myers and designed by Matt Casey in 2012. It was designed to accommodate a large family with six bedrooms and six bathrooms. Matt had a vision for the home to be clean and simple yet warm and inviting. The lot is beautiful with many trees allowing light to spill in through the many windows throughout the home. McMahon worked closely with Matt and designer Stacie Keliehor to design the home. The home is truly a labor of love for real estate design and architecture.

Quick Draw Photo Booth by Jacy Schleier

Who doesn't love photo booths? They capture a quick second of bliss with your friends that you can keep forever. Introducing a photo booth unlike any other-- Quick Draw Photo Booth is an experience, a laugh, a performance. The routine is similar to any other photo booth, but their photographer is also an artist who "develops" 3 photos in 3 minutes. These aren't just ordinary photos. They're actually drawings of each photo onto a filmstrip that you can take as a keepsake. The real photo will be available online after the event so you can enjoy the best of both worlds!

2013 Literacy for Life Gala by Jacy Schleier

It's time again for the Scottish Rite Dyslexia Center's annual Fall fundraising Gala. For the past six years, the gala has been an amazing success because of the generosity of sponsors and individuals who believe in helping children with dyslexia. The Gala is pertinent to the Dyslexia Center as it raises 25% of the Center's annual budget.

Please join the wonderful cause and attend the 2013 Literacy for Life Gala on Sunday, October 20 from 5:30-9:30pm. Your attendance will help provide a two-year dyslexia therapy program for children and will fund the training of dyslexia therapists. Held at the Westin Austin at the Domain, the elegant evening will be complete with a cocktail hour, seated dinner, live tunes and a live auction.

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