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Deal Discovery: ZARA Jeans

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If you're like me, you are always on the search for the perfect jeans, and as close as you may come, each pair you find is either too low in the waist, too wide in the leg, too baggy in the rear or not blue enough for you! For me, the ideal jeans would have a high waist — above the belly button, high — and a skinny leg, and while that combo seems simple enough, the perfect pair always eludes me.

Aside from that rare vintage find, the closest I've ever come to perfection is American Aparel's Four-Way Stretch High Waist Side Zipper Pant for $78. Ideal, except for the mere fact that they come in every color imaginable except for a classic denim wash.

Glam Up Your Fall Wardrobe at the Vintage Glamporium

Judging by the leaves covering every inch of my yard and the water falling from the sky, it's officially fall — time to pack up those swimsuits, shorty shorts, backless sundresses and all else wonderful in life and pull out the jackets, boots, browns and tans and anything with a leaf pattern you happen to own.

Nightmare on Cesar Chavez

As a serious horror fan and child of the 80s, I couldn't miss the Nightmare on Elm Street screening at the Blue Starlite Mini Drive-In Theatre! My sister also could not miss it, and couldn't resist dressing up as Freddy Krueger...well as 80s Dance Krueger with a skirt and a bow on her hat (At least she didn't take it as far as Jason Moore*).

Austin Art in West Elm's Fall Catalog

National home decor store West Elm teamed up with one of my favorite sites, Etsy, for their fall catalog, hitting stores tomorrow, Wednesday, June 29. Out of Etsy's almost 300,000 sellers, West Elm chose 15 artists to feature, and one of them is based right here in Austin — Callie Thompson.

An Afternoon at Martha Lynn Barnes' Salon, Mirror Mirror

When Martha Lynn Barnes invited me to her new salon, Mirror Mirror, for a cut and highlights, I was a little nervous — I'm pretty particular about my hair! But, Martha Lynn has worked at José Luis, one of my favorite salons in town, as well as Luxe Apothetique. She is also a stylist for fashion shoots, weddings and more, and her website,, showcases a variety of her work, so I could take a peek before arriving. She has styled for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Ballet Austin, the Home Shopping Network and BMW of Austin, to name a few.

Free People July Catalog Release Party

It's not everyday that one of my favorite clothing lines (Free People) hosts their catalog release party in Austin, but the July issue happens to feature photos taken by one of my favorite Austin shooters (Alexandra Valenti — check out her stuff on of one of my favorite Austin bands (The Happen-Ins, who played at our Geo Affair last July) in one of my fave Austin bars (The Mohawk).

Preparing the Cebiche del Dia at La Sombra

Cameron Lockely and Chef Julio-Cesar Florez from La Sombra demonstrate how to make their famous Cebiche del Dia on KXAN. Chef Florez will be making this dish for the TRIBEZA Chefs Table Series at La Sombra on Tuesday, June 28 and Wednesday, June 29.

Purchase tickets to the TRIBEZA Chef's Table at La Sombra here.

La Sombra Bar & Grill is located at 4800 Burnet Road.

Austin Bands at Bonnaroo

While Panic and String Cheese are still on the schedule for Bonnaroo this year, the line up looks far different than when I last ran wild in Manchester, 2003. The festival has moved further from its jam band-y rep, booking acts like Arcade Fire, Eminem, The Decemberists and Lil Wayne and making everyone without a ticket very jealous. While this probably means their will be less sketchiness, at least the level of sanitation will be raised.

Checking out the schedge I was excited to see that a few of my favorite Austin bands and musicians will be playing this year, because it makes complete sense to fly to another state to watch bands I see at home all of the time... Anyway, here is who I noticed:

Artist Spotlight: Donald Judd, A Day in His Sculpture Garden

Set on 340 acres on the site of the former Fort D.A. Russell in Marfa, The Chinati Foundation is a contemporary art museum based upon the ideas of its founder, Donald Judd. Started by Judd in 1979, the museum was opened to the public in 1986 as an independent, non-profit, publicly funded institution. The emphasis of the museum is on works in which art and the surrounding landscape are inextricably linked.

We spent a day in Judd's sculpture garden, which includes 15 of his outdoor concrete works.

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