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State of the Smoke: Smelly or Chic?

October 7, 2009
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These days there are smoking bans in restaurants, bars, schools, and everything in between. When I was in grade school, second hand smoke was a huge no no and still is… thankfully. But coming from a house where my mother smoked,  (outside or in her own room) it seeped into my clothes anyway and my teachers asked me about my home life, to my embarrassment, quite often. So it was definitely not cool in grade school. Then high school approached. Very few, if any of my friends smoked, even the one’s that did other “substances.” And adult life came at me and suddenly, no peer pressure at all, smoking sounded like a good idea. What? And I now know quite a few smokers. So what’s the deal? I have since reduced my habit to a social and “when drinking” smoker which is somehow even worse than actually committing to it! And I can’t really decide where our culture is on the topic these days. When watching MadMen, the ladies all look so damn chic with their painted nails and lipstick stained cigarettes. But we also rarely see smoking in any Hollywood pop movie. And then, today I came across this sweet pic on the satorialist:

The satorialistDoesn’t she look amazing?So I remain curious about our collective view of smoking. Is it everyone’s dirty little secret? How many people smoke occasionally, but wouldn’t admit it? How different are the views overseas? In Italy and France, smoking is still very very popular. What do you think?

ACL Afterparty Tonight at Mixx!

October 3, 2009

Kids at the Bar

Alright you thrifty guys and gals, tonight there is free vodka flowing at Mixx (612 E. 6th St) from 9pm-2am. $5 cover. Come to see Kids at the Bar, DJ Davinci, DJ Scorpio and more!

Burlesque, Bluegrass and Booze

September 29, 2009

burlesque


Opal Divines downtown is hosting quite a party. Every Saturday in October, they are hosting a burlesque show performed by the jigglewatts with the Slackey family band playing bluegrass/country and well, bo0ze. Cocktail Hour from 9p-11p features $1 – $2 off classic & contemporary shots & cocktails. The Burlesque and live music 10p-12a.

See you there!

West Elm Opens Wednesday

September 29, 2009

Organic Bedding

Have you driven by 5th an Lamar these past months trying to get some sneak peak in what new store was arriving? I sure did! Well ladies and gents, your wait is over Wednesday. A lovely West Elm will be opening right there.What is West Elm? A an eco-minded William Sonoma company specializing in the modern urban aesthetic.

PS This weekend everything is 10% off! Horray for sales. So go by and take a gander.

Milk + Honey Weekend Openings

September 24, 2009

front_of_spa_at_duskJust in case you want to get a little of your spa time in this weekend, here are the openings at Milk + Honey. They do wonderful work there, its worth every penny!

– thursday openings –

Spa
Downtown | 2nd Street | 512.236.1115
Massage– 10:15am, 12:00pm, 4:45pm, 6:00pm, 7:45pm
Facial/Waxing/Lashes– 10:00am, 11:30am, 2:45pm, 5:00pm, 6:15pm, 7:45pm
Mani + Pedi– 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:30pm, 8:00pm

Bee Cave | Hill Country Galleria | 512.263.1115
Massage– 11:30am, 1:45pm, 4:15pm, 6:45pm, 8:00pm
Facial/Waxing/Lashes– 11:30am, 1:45pm, 3:45pm, 5:15pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm
Mani + Pedi– 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 6:15pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm

SALON
Downtown | 2nd Street | 512.236.1112
Cut/Color-11:45am, 1:15pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
Hair Restoration Therapy– many available appointments-
click here for more info!

– friday openings –

Spa
Downtown | 2nd Street | 512.236.1115
Massage– 8:45am, 11:45am, 1:45pm, 3:45pm, 5:30pm, 7:45pm
Facial/Waxing/Lashes– 9:00am, 11:15am, 2:00pm, 4:15pm, 6:30pm, 8:00pm
Mani + Pedi– 9:00am, 12:00pm, 4:00pm, 4:45pm, 5:00pm

Bee Cave | Hill Country Galleria | 512.263.1115
Massage– 9:00am, 11:30am, 1:45pm, 4:15pm, 6:45pm, 8:00pm
Facial/Waxing/Lashes– 9:00am, 11:30am, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:45pm, 8:00pm
Mani + Pedi– 10:00am, 1:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm

SALON
Downtown | 2nd Street | 512.236.1112
Cut/Color– 9:00am, 11:30am, 2:00pm, 3:45pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm
Hair Restoration Therapy
many available appointments

– saturday openings –

Spa
Downtown | 2nd Street | 512.236.1115
Massage– 10:30am, 12:15pm, 4:15pm, 5:30pm, 7:45pm
Facial/Waxing/Lashes– 9:00am, 10:30am, 1:15pm, 4:30pm, 7:45pm
Mani + Pedi– 9:00am, 12:00pm, 1:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:30pm, 8:00pm

Bee Cave | Hill Country Galleria | 512.263.1115
Massage– 9:00am, 11:45am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:45pm, 8:00pm
Facial/Waxing/Lashes– 9:00am, 11:15am, 1:45pm, 5:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm
Mani + Pedi– 10:15am, 12:00pm, 1:15pm, 4:45pm, 5:15pm

SALON
Downtown | 2nd Street | 512.236.1112
Cut/Color– 9:00am, 11:15am, 1:15pm, 4:15pm, 6:30pm
Hair Restoration Therapy
many available appointments!

– sunday openings –

Spa
Downtown | 2nd Street | 512.236.1115
Massage– 9:00am, 12:00pm, 1:45pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 8:00pm
Facial/Waxing/Lashes– 9:30am, 11:15am, 1:45pm, 4:15pm, 6:30pm
Mani + Pedi– 9:00am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3:15pm, 5:15pm, 7:45pm

Bee Cave | Hill Country Galleria | 512.263.1115
Massage– 9:00am, 11:15am, 1:45pm, 4:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm
Facial/Waxing/Lashes– 11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 6:45pm, 8:00pm
Mani + Pedi– 10:00am, 2:45pm, 4:00pm, 5:15pm, 6:00pm

SALON
Downtown | 2nd Street | 512.236.1112
Cut/Color– 11:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm
Hair Restoration Therapy– many available appointments-
click here for more info!

Upcoming Wally Workman Events

September 23, 2009

I adore this gallery. And there is nothing more chic than art!

Julie Speed + Donald Roller Wilson

Wally Workman Gallery has aquired two oil paintings by Donald Roller Wilson and one oil and mixed media piece by Julie Speed.

Please email or call us to schedule a viewing.More information on these widely collected artists on our website.

This is a wonderful opportunity to aquire work not previously available.


Klemm Preview Dinner

Preview dinner for Will Klemm’s show will be Friday, October 9th at 7pm. $80 per guest. BYOB.

RSVP at www.hosteriaverde.com


Magnum Photographer, Elliott Erwitt
September 23 thru 26th: 10am-5pm

Incollaboration with John Cleary Gallery and Austin Center for Photography (ACP), L. Nowlin Gallery will be displaying the work of Elliott Erwitt. In addition to the gallery exhibit, a two day lecture series hosted by the ACP will be held at the Blanton Museum Sept. 24th and 25th.

Visit L. Nowlin Gallery to take this rare opportunity to view and purchase the prints and books of Elliott Erwitt. Gallery is next door to Wally Workman Gallery.

L. Nowlin Gallery website


Best Bets on South Congress Ave.

September 23, 2009

South Congress

The neighborhood that was give a hip New York-esque nickname ever so recently. The same neighborhood that was more commonly one for drug dealers and street walkers than hip/wealthy. And now there is one awesome high end restaurant after another and really really fun boutiques lining the street. Best bets? Hmmm there are so many!

South Congress Cafe: This was my very first restaurant in Austin. We were so impressed by their food, that we try to visit as much as humanly possible. Carrot cake french toast. Mmmmmmm.

Feathers:  This vintage boutique is top notch. Many time winner of best vintage in Austin and featured in national magazines such as Rachel Ray.The owner is extremely picky about what she allows into her boutique and you feel like you’re in a very hip and glamorous aunt’s/grandma’s closet.

Woodland: Three words “coconut cream pie” (And half price vino at happy hour!)

Uncommon Objects: Anyone can get lost in here for hours. Somewhat like an antique fair with lots of pizzazz. The division of the seemingly never ending curiosities is by small rooms and each room is carefully curated, mostly by color. Of course, things are more expensive here than an estate sale, but it is often worth the convenience. I found Chris a very “Mad Men” leather briefcase (like a cross between briefcase and doctor bag) that he uses daily for $40.

New Bohemia: Good clean vintage fun. ‘Nuff Said.

Maya Star: The sale rack is always full of gems like Jenny Han and Susana Monaco and they also carry a few lower price point lines ($30 for a dress??? Yes, please.) The staff is wonderful and you will certainly leave much happier than when you walked in.

Goodie 2 Shoes: I absolutely love gladiator sandals, but how much longer will they be in? Goodie2Shoes is the perfect place for such trends. I got an awesome pair for $18. And they lasted through the summer and are still going strong. They also carry very affordable heel and basics like cami’s and T’s. Definitely a must when in SoCo.

by george– Can anyone argue with French Connection, local designers and friendly staff? Nope. (Well my wallet might, but we’re not thinking about that right now)