An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
When Laura Uhlir launched her clothing and accessories shop, Olive, inside Domy Books in 2012, she thought it might be a part-time project. “I was doing it because I was passionate about it and believed in it, but I never really thought it would go this far,” Uhlir says. In February, after spending the last two years in a cozy space on Rosewood Avenue, Olive has expanded into a brighter, roomier space on East 11th Street. While Olive’s new boutique carries some vintage items and an expanded shoe selection, the focus is on emerging and independent designers, including jeans from Objects Without Meaning. Before starting Olive, the native Texan thought she’d go into education. “I come from a long line of teachers,” Uhlir explains, “but I just wound up with a store instead.” For more information, visit oliveaustin.com.
Bikers. Rockabilly revelers. Pin-up girls. These are all folks you might encounter at the Lonestar Rod & Kustom Round Up classic car show. Intrigued by the colorful characters drawn to the hot rod lifestyle, Texas photographer George Brainard spent five years capturing their styles and stories in striking black and white portraits. “Taking that color element out of it, I think it’s easier to notice details about people,” Brainard says. “I think these pictures are really simple in a lot of ways, so what’s complex about them is the people and their style.” Compiling the photos into a book, Brainard released All Tore Up: Texas Hot Rod Portraits last month, cataloguing guys in rolled up jeans and vintage shirts, women in flirty retro dresses, and tattooed men in tank tops. You can check out the crowd yourself at this year’s Round Up on April 17 and 18 at the Travis County Expo Center. “The show is about the cars, but it’s much bigger than that,” Brainard says, “It’s a whole culture.” For more information, visit alltoreupbook.com.
Looking for a bit of jewelry inspiration? Showcasing work from independent designers and artisans, the online launch of ARO puts creatively crafted bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and rings front and center. In addition to exclusive pieces like acrylic and brass pendants from Austin-based Hey Murphy, the shop also features small home and fashion accessories, including ceramic bowls and ring stands from Austin’s own Gopi Shah Ceramics. Plus, from now through the end of April, visit the brick and mortar store on Rosewood Avenue to see the designs in person. For more information, visit shop-aro.com.
Two new nail salons want to make sure your fingers and toes always look great. For those on the go, Lacquer (which opened in March) offers classic and deluxe mani-pedis in its downtown location. “My vision is to create a place where you can get pampered in less than an hour and walk out and feel great about yourself,” says owner Carla Hatler. Part of this pampering includes the Essie gel system, featuring colors from Rebecca Minkoff. A little further north, sisters Molly Donovan and Elisabeth Tynberg are bringing high-end nail care to Central Austin. At Polish (which opened in January), you can indulge in a Polish Pedicure, which includes a foot soak, nail trimming and shaping, an exfoliating scrub and a hydrating foot massage. While pinks are always in for spring, Donovan says the popular colors now are “neutrals, nudes and the coffee colors; really the classic natural looking nails.” For more information, visit ilovelacquer.com and polishatx.com.
Before a motorcycle racer hits the track, they’ve got to be properly suited up. World Champion MotoGP racer Kevin Schwantz shares a few surprising facts about what the racers put on before they take off.
Get an up close look at the racers during the MotoGP event April 10 – 12 at the Circuit of The Americas. For more information, visit circuitoftheamericas.com/motogp.
by Joanna Steblay
As the warm weather begins to set in and patio parties hit our calendars, we can’t help but embrace that summertime has returned to Austin. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be celebrating the return of the season with decadent ice cream, healthy smoothies and icy cocktails from your favorite local spots.
For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.more
The spring edition of the Renegade Craft Fair returns for its seventh year in Austin May 14-15 at Fair Market. With over 125 makers on the roster, the scene is sure to be bustling with local artisans and DIYers slinging their unique, one-of-a-kind wares. In addition to great shopping, the RCF offers activities, special showcases and plenty of food and drink options for visitors. This year, celebrate your hard work shopping with a snack from Burro Cheese Kitchen and Lucky Lab Coffee Co. before commemorating the afternoon with some snapshots from Magnolia Photo Booth Co. But before...more
by James Ruiz
Inspired by the beautiful outdoor living spaces featured in our May feature The Space Between, we went window shopping and found some great outdoor furniture and accessories to liven up your outdoor patio, porch and pool. Flip through the galleries below to see how you can add a pop of color and style to your outdoor hideaway.more
Hundreds of people are moving to Austin each day, and downtown is one of the major hubs of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and what to expect this year as the skyline continues to evolve.
Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?
From my point of view, the most exciting development is the Waller Creek District Master Plan. Decades in the making, this transformative project came to life after designers competed for the contract. It is finally coming to downtown, bringing an imaginative chain of parks,...more
by James Ruiz
As you flip through the pages of our February Love Issue, one thing you’ll notice is the beautiful blooms that pop up throughout the magazine. We got some major googly eyes for the bouquets featured in our "Real Weddings" features, and earmarked the TRIBEZA Wedding Guide for even more Pinterest-worthy petals.
Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers...more