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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.

First Annual Austin Bacon & Beer Festival

by Hayley Albrecht

With sold-out events in Denver, San Fransisco, and Philadelphia, it's about time this widely popular festival hits the streets of Austin. Edible Austin teams up with Eat Boston to present the First Annual Austin Bacon and Beer Festival. This event will be held at The Marchesa on Saturday, February 22, from 2:30-5:00 pm. A portion of proceeds will go to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Participating restaurants include Bacon, Hillside Farmacy, Lambert's, Noble Pig, Snack Bar, and Amy's Ice Cream. Get your tickets today and don't miss out on this bacon-lover's dream.

NadaMoo! Ice Cream

by Harrison Robinson



The weather may be in the 40s today, but we're in the office thinking about ice cream: the locally-made NadaMoo! What makes NadaMoo! so special, you might ask? This ice cream offers a delicious, and healthy substitution to help satisfy your sweet tooth.

Founded in 2004, NadaMoo! was created out of inspiration and determination to offer those with food allergies a dessert without dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, or sugar. Made with coconut milk and agave nectar, this ice cream is dairy-free and has fewer calories and carbs than most other brands. 

Valentines: For Him

by Harrison Robinson

Finding a gift for your husband, boyfriend, father or brother is never easy. Here are a few ideas that any man can appreciate.

1. Shinola Watch. Available at By George.

2. Leather Fleet Co. Flask. Available at Spartan.

3. Small Succulent Planter. Available at Nannie Inez.

Austin Designer Launches esby Line on Feb 4

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Stephanie Beard was a menswear designer that saw a total shortage of timeless, quality pieces in womenswear and set out to change it. Enter esby, her debut clothing line that launches February 4 right here in Austin. Beard prides her designs in being simple, comfortable, versatile, and made in the USA. And I think in a world of flowers, frills, and fleeting trends, it’s exactly what women’s fashion needs.

VAC Hosts Austin Artist Michael Sieben by Emma Banks

Michael Sieben is at once commercial artist, fine artist, columnist, and editor. And now he has another accomplishment to add to his list: first ever Austin-based artist to be featured at the Visual Arts Center’s Vaulted Gallery.

Sieben will debut his first large-scale solo exhibition at the VAC on January 31, called “It Will Happen Again.” The exhibition will be completely unique to the Vaulted Gallery space and inspired by “skateboarding graphic design from the 1980s and children’s book illustrations from the 1970s,” Sieben says in his artist's statement. The show runs through May 10.

TRIBEZA Interiors Tour Recap by Christina Ewin

The first annual TRIBEZA Interiors Tour presented by Scott + Cooner and benefiting LifeWorks Austin was an absolute success. Judging by the Instagram posts of our 450+ attendees, the event drew many keen eyes into some of the best decorated homes in Austin. If you missed the event, check out these photos and be on the look out for next year's Interiors Tour.

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