Post image for austin day three…last day :(

for my last day in austin i decided to go off on my own and explore the city while i had the chance. my first stop was south congress street, a hip area known as soco.  i was told beforehand that this was THE place for vintage shopping and getting a good taste of what austin is all about.

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there were several amazing stores in soco, but this one was by far my favorite – i literally could have spent the entire day there. it’s called uncommon objects and is basically a massive assortment of rare vintage objects including postcards, found familiy portraits,  boots, mexican blankets, home furnishings, skulls and an array of bizarre items.

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after shopping i stopped for lunch at jo’s cafe, right by the hotel san jose.  it’s got great outdoor patio seating perfect for people watching!

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next i walked back towards downtown austin, with a view of the impressive texas state capital guiding my way.

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beautiful lady bird lake.

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the oldest hotel in austin, the driskill, is rumored to be haunted.

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next i headed down 6th street, also known as old pecan st, which is lined with bars and is the central location for SXSW-goers.

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i headed west on sixth street towards lamar, where one of our free people stores is located! the girls were super sweet, as always, and very excited that we were in town shooting!

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by this point i was pretty tired and sun-burnt so i headed back towards our house, and passed this amazing place on my way…

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almost every house i saw in austin had a porch.  one day i will have a house with a porch.

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full moon!

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our team returned from their day of shooting and we headed out to dinner, where we drank texas mules (tito’s, ginger beer and lime) and i had one of the best veggie burgers EVER. then it was off to bed to get some sleep before my early morning flight.

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austin, i miss you already.

p.s. i am putting together a whole guide of our favorite spots in austin so stay tuned for that when the catalog drops in july! xoxo

mei mei gao -Apr 27, 2011, 9:02PM
so wonderful! so amazing!!http://www.hoganspaccio.com
salima -Apr 22, 2011, 12:38PM
Those suitcases are gorgeous !! Are they available on line ? http://blogmoodeuse.blogspot.com

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“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
- T.S. Eliot

-Apr 20, 2011, 3:44AM
my yearbook quote, class of 2008
Taylor -Apr 18, 2011, 3:23PM
great quote! :) ~perfect afternoon catching up on the blog and eating Mack & Manco's :)

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The platform has taken a quirky new direction. A new sole has appeared on the fashion front and we’re diggin it.
The flatform was a key statement throughout the spring/ Summer runaway shows – Derek Lam, Prada, and Vena Cava
All made their silhouette that much more interesting by adding this elevated shoe.

They have the comfort of wearing flats but give you that attractive 5 inch lift without the cripple factor.
We here at the office love them and find them the perfect way to add quirkiness to any outfit.

Flatforms, are you digging the shoe of this season?

See our selection here Flatforms

Juliann Szeto -Apr 20, 2011, 10:47AM
hi-ya, I like all your posts, keep them coming.
Pandora -Apr 20, 2011, 5:13AM
not really my cup of tea.

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today’s recipe comes from our new intern naomi! i haven’t had a chance to “formally” introduce you guys to her yet but i will soon :)

These random days of gorgeous spring weather we’ve been experiencing, have me thinking one thing – SUMMER. My friends and I have already jumped the gun and pulled out the vinyl records and grill for summer-like evenings outside. My mind is on warm weather and night time meals, so I wanted to share a simple soup recipe paired with some delicious cornbread. I especially love this cornbread recipe because it is made with yogurt instead of butter. The meal is simple, light, and perfect to eat at the picnic table in the backyard with friends!

Both recipes come from my Moosewood (an organic and vegetarian restaurant based in Ithaca NY) cookbook which has proven to be a favorite of mine.

Cream Spinach Soup

Ingredients:
1 Large Onion
2 Medium Potatoes, peeled & chopped
3 Cups of Water
2 Tsp Salt
1lb. Spinach, cleaned & stemmed
5 Med Garlic Cloves, peeled only
1.5 Cups Milk (can be low fat, I like 2%)
White Pepper and Nutmeg to taste

Instructions:

  1. Place onions, potatoes, and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer until potatoes are fully cooked.
  2. Remove from heat, add spinach and garlic, cover and set aside.
  3. Heat up milk in a large skillet.
  4. Puree spinach and potato mixture.
  5. Once pureed, stir in heated milk, white pepper, and nutmeg.

Squash Cornbread:

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
2 Egg Whites
¾ Cup Greek Yogurt (can be nonfat)
1 Cup Cornmeal
1 Cup Unbleached White Flour
½ Tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Baking Powder

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F
  2. Grease an 8”
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the brown sugar, yogurt, and eggs until frothy.
  4. In a smaller bowl, mix together cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking powder.
  5. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just mixed together.
  6. Pour batter into pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy!

haydn -May 19, 2011, 5:11AM
Yeap! I enjoyed it ... http://www.christianlouboutincheapstore.com
rey -Apr 26, 2011, 3:39AM
seems dilicious http://www.spacciohogan.com/

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after getting settled in at the house on thursday night, we walked to a nearby restaurant called z tejas for a delicious dinner outside under tree-strung lights…

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the guacamole was amazing.

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i woke up friday morning to the soft strumming of guitar and came downstairs to find our hair and makeup artists dennis and deanna, who got in late the night before.  not a bad way to wake up!

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coffee on the front porch as the sun comes up…i could do this every day.

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models ashley smith and anastasia khodkina arrive for the first day of shooting!

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while waiting for shooting to get started ashley picked up one of the guitars at the house and started playing…it was such a beautiful moment.

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we’re working with austin-based photographer alexandra valenti – i am such a huge fan of her work, so it was really exciting to meet her. she has amazing style, too!

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we went to this rad venue called mohawk, located on red river street.

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anastasia gets touched up before shooting.

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two members of local band the happen-ins, who are friends with alexandra valenti. i can’t get over that california raisins tank!

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the band introduced us to the michelada, a concoction of tecate beer, bloody mary mix and lime – apparently you can’t come to austin and not try one! it’s interesting, that’s for sure :)

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that’s all for now! today i am breaking away from the crew to go exploring…stay tuned!

Lew -Apr 21, 2011, 4:21PM
Michelada's are my favorite! A friend of mine from Mexico City introduced me to them and now it's my drink of choice.
ely -Apr 18, 2011, 11:17PM
Michelada it's the best! We drink it all the summer here in Monterrey, Mexico.. you need to try the "clamato" =)

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sometimes artwork is a lot more complex than it might appear at first glance, and that is certainly the case with these paintings by mark warren jacques.  don’t get me wrong, i love the colors and patterns and imagery he creates but even just knowing the titles to these pieces gives them a much more meaningful context.

“work is love made visible”

“i wasn’t there when you made it but i feel like i’m there when i’m lookin at it.”

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“you and me and our perpetual emotion”

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“suddenly we meet”

4daydreaming

“a daydream / spacing out”

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“the things i think, they dangle from me like this.”

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“smile in the morning, everyday is a beautiful day.”

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“tonight we are the moon, glowing in the light of the sun, and woman you are my shelter, happy for the warmth of my fire.”

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“the feeling of forgetting”

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“falling into love”

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“this is all i know”

go see more here!



Keely -Apr 18, 2011, 9:42PM
He is my fav! I love the cosmic/tribal feel to his works...kinda puts you in a trance when you look at them. and of course I love all the colors!
Kate -Apr 17, 2011, 7:26PM
These are amazing!! www.sweet-louise.blogspot.com

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My friend Lauren has lived in Australia for a couple of years now. She is British and has settled into the low key lifestyle Australia has to offer perfectly. She has an adorable blog that she uses as an online visual diary – sharing her thoughs and inpiration with the world. She let’s us take a peek into her lifestyle there. Below she shares her thoughts on Yamba one of her favourite beaches.

Here’s her Blog Baumbach

The Yamba Story.

I live in the land of sun and sky, beaches and beauty. I moved to Australia from the UK just over two and half years ago and have based myself in Brisbane.

Just over three hours drive from home and I can be in Yamba. One of Australia’s best-kept secrets, same beauty and wonder as Byron Bay but imagine it before the travelers took over.

 
One pub perched on the cliffs overlooks the beach and a perfect place to sip beer and soak up the views. The home of Billabongs creator and a pro surfer attraction with the famous Angourie surf break just down the road.

Yamba calms me, it has a presence and a serenity that I search for and haven’t found anywhere else yet. Beautiful coastline, perfect for learner surfers like myself to practice my surf skills and to get tossed around by the waves.

back your bags

Pitching a tent and spending a few days is all you need to unwind and escape from the city.
Yamba I love you with all my heart, one day when I have made my mark I will buy a plot near the beach and call you home.

Build Ripped Muscle -May 05, 2011, 11:11AM
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gfdhtr -Apr 25, 2011, 4:59AM
http://www.spacciohogan.com/hogan-progetto-donna.html

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our newest store opens today in new jersey! stop by and say hello :)

Free People Natick Collection -Jun 22, 2011, 1:18PM
Free People loves growing! We're counting down the days until our July 9th opening at the Natick Collection in Natick, MA. Join our Facebook for updates, sneak peeks and special Grand Opening surprises! Free People Natick Collection Facebook
toenail fungus remedy -Apr 18, 2011, 3:04PM
New jersey concerts are just the best!

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i am so incredibly excited to have the opportunity to join our team for a catalog shoot in austin! i just arrived and am still wide-eyed and soaking it all in but here’s a little peek so far…more to come :)

what i packed – it is hot down here and i am loving it!

so long philly…

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hello austin! of course the live music capital of the world has a band playing in the airport :)

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the house where our team is staying- it is absolutely breathtaking! i’ll have lots of pics for you guys don’t worry!

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this place has such an amazing laid-back vibe…i can’t wait to explore downtown tomorrow and see what it’s all about! stay tuned…

mei mei gao -Apr 20, 2011, 11:40PM
it is so wonderful!!
fp julia -Apr 18, 2011, 4:41PM
hi! the shirt in the middle is right here- http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-tops/on-the-fringe-top/, and the tshirt is vintage loves - http://www.freepeople.com/vintage-loves-vintage-tees/

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The seasons are changing, and we’re finally opening our eyes to beautiful florals and delicate lace.
The trees are blossoming and there’s that little bit of humidity in the air making us excitied for the summer sun.

Around the office today floral and lace brought that little bit of life to our black items.

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-Apr 14, 2011, 8:01PM
Looove the long lace jacket. So cute http://gypsymadness.blogspot.com/
Lauren -Apr 14, 2011, 6:32PM
Ow! I love the peek-a-boo lace top under the sweater. Laurenlovestoshare

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our fp girls in the northwest and southwest districts did a fun little project where they took photos of their outfits for a week and uploaded their favorites to a photo album that they shared with me for the blog! they always have the best styling ideas and look amazing- see for yourself:

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so cute!!! thanks ladies :)

Brooke -Apr 25, 2011, 11:49PM
Does anyone know where I can get that lacy beige sweater that's on the right? It's gorgeous
Heidi -Apr 24, 2011, 10:30AM
Okay so I bought the black and beige skirt and wore is as a strapless dress over a blank tank. I paired it with one of your cream cardigans with flowers I got so many complements

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it’s that time… for a lookbook poll! jemma gave you a little peek behind the scenes of the lookbook shoot the other day, and now i want to know which outfit is your favorite!

click on each image to go to our website and view details on the outfit.

look one:

look two:

look three:
3

look four:
4

look five:
5

look six:
6

look seven:
7

look eight:
8

look nine:
9

Jane -Apr 17, 2011, 1:06PM
Yeah, LOVE them all!! Meaning this poll fails! ha! But in all seriousness, all the looks are gorgeous!
Jasmine -Apr 17, 2011, 12:49PM
5,6,8,9 simplicity is love. I haven't been spring shopping yet but I like these looks (:

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