Lisa Siva | Editorial Assistant, TRIBEZA
When I was ten, my most prized possession was a red coat with a faux fur-trimmed collar. It was a coat fit for a queen, enveloping me in its satiny lining and rich, unmistakable color. Over a decade later, as I have had wonderful opportunities to meet and write about Austin’s vibrant store owners, jewelry makers and clothing designers, I’ve realized that we all have our own red coat of sorts—the pieces that transform us, the pieces that are windows through which our brightest selves shine. Today, that self is a little Françoise Hardy and a little Jenna Lyons, feminine, with a few touches—a bold boot, a tailored blazer—borrowed from the boys. And with Austin’s eclectic array of well-curated local boutiques, from Girl Next Door’s youthful elegance to Fawn + Raven’s speakeasy atmosphere, this city has been the perfect place to discover a style of my own.
What was your favorite piece of clothing as a child?
As a kid, I wasn’t allowed to wear just anything I wanted to. Once I was out on my own, I was able to figure out who I was and what I liked.
What is your current wardrobe staple?
Red Wing boots, selvedge denim and old motorcycle t-shirts
Which decade in fashion do you identify most with?
I identify most with 60's and 70's biker styling. I am a sucker for soft leather motorcycle boots and dirty denim.
If you could trade wardrobes with anyone living or dead, who would it be?
I love Chet Baker's style in the 1950's. He had amazing style and simple outfits that fit right and looked classic.
What is your favorite place in the world to shop?
My favorite places to shop have to be anywhere that no one else has been—that’s when I feel the happiest.
Rain Lily Rhubarb Margaritas
From David Burk
Rain Lily Farm
Fresh rhubarb syrup creates a vibrant pink margarita with a tart-sweet punch. For the best results, make this syrup in advance and then refrigerate until cold. That way, when guests arrive, all you need to do is squeeze limes. David likes his margaritas “pretty simple and strong” with equal portions of tequila, lime, and rhubarb syrup. Feel free to adjust the ratios to suit your own tastes.
Makes about 2 cups
2 cups water
1 cups sugar
2 pounds fresh rhubarb, rinsed and roughly chopped
Combine the water, sugar, and rhubarb in a heavy saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for ten minutes, or until rhubarb becomes stringy and falls apart. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve; discard rhubarb. Refrigerate until chilled.
To kick off this season of strappy sandals, sporty espadrilles, and crisp white Vans, we asked five shoe-obsessed local tastemakers to share what they will be stepping out in this spring. Their personal styles run the gamut from classic to cowboy to sneakers—so from heels to high-tops, we’ve got you covered.
In East Austin, friends welcome spring with a crawfish boil, verdant fields, and potent rhubarb margaritas (pooches welcome, no utensils required).
here were plenty of things to like about working the land in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In fact, it was the prospect of the fertile soil, cool, moist air, and the local abundance (berries, hazelnuts, seafood, and Pinot Noir) that first enticed David Burk and Melody McClary to leave their jobs as property managers at Montesino Ranch in Wimberley and move west in 2012.
Styling by Leigh Patterson & Ashley Horsley
Hair + Makeup by Gabriela Cotton of Jose Luis Salon
Model Avery of Wallflower Management
Artists (in order of appearance)
When Sarah Ann Mockbee, a sixth-generation Mississippian, moved to New York City in 2001, she became accustomed to her father, the architect Samuel Mockbee, helping her make friends by introducing her to his former students. When he encouraged her to meet filmmaker Sam Douglas, she thought it was, you know, just another one of those things. But on their first date, over cabbage rolls and pancakes at a Russian coffee shop, they fell in love.
Douglas had already passed the parent test: he’d gotten to know Sarah Ann’s father while making a documentary about him, Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio. The couple transitioned to Austin in 2006, and immediately felt right at home, thanks to industry friends, six degrees of the South, and tacos round the clock.
Anyone who’s had the pleasure of sipping cava at the Hotel San José (with wisteria in bloom and a killer sound track overhead), thumbing through vintage vinyl at the sumptuous Hotel Saint Cecilia, or standing under a West Texas sky watching Tift Merritt or Barbara Lynn kick up some dust at El Cosmico, an 18-acre trailer, tent, and tepee hotel and campground in Marfa, knows that Liz Lambert’s beloved boutique hotels are inspired by and devoted to music. SXSJ, her annual music festival concurrent with SXSW (held in the parking lot behind Jo’s Coffee) features artists like Billy Jo Shaver and Alejandro Escovedo and icy cans of Modelo, no wristband required. Since the chance of getting a room at her Austin hotels this month is about as likely as discovering no line at Franklin Barbecue, we were thrilled when the reigning queen of modern Texas style offered to share her personal playlist of songs she’s loving right this minute.