As the buyer and retail coordinator for all Bunkhouse hotels, the vivacious, pixie-cut-wearing Gabriella Ainslie gets to think like a psychedelic camper, channeling what the El Cosmico guest in Marfa might need from the gift shop, or like the experienced traveler enjoying an uber-luxe, music-infused stay at the Hotel Saint Cecilia—what is the finest of the fine apothecary sitting on the counter, the item that the guest just can’t live without? Ainslie worked as a buyer for ABC Carpet and Home in NYC and for Terrain at the Anthropologie headquarters in Philadelphia. She then returned to her hometown of Austin, where she started her own business, Tendenza Consulting, working with emerging designers. “I love getting to see all the cool stuff people are making and helping them make their passion their real job,” she says. “It is so satisfying to see them growing.” When the job working for Liz Lambert at Bunkhouse was created this summer, she jumped at the opportunity for the gig that perfectly brings all of her talents together. She is currently focused on taking El Cosmico’s shop to the next level—think teepees and yurts. “Hotels are all about fantasy,” she says. “They are about this really fun departure from normal life, so I think about how to translate that experience into things you can take with you, things that will help you remember...”
My favorite designer is Apiece Apart. Their clothing is so timeless and honest, and the cuts are so classic. I love that you can layer their clothing and keep wearing it season to season for years.
I’d love to be a novelist. It seems so satisfying to immerse yourself in a fantasy world that you’ve created and spend time with some wild personalities that you’ve dreamt up.
Hot-pink satin shoes that I bought from my neighbor at a garage sale.
I had the opportunity to enroll in the University of Havana for a semester while I was in college. It was a really significant and formative experience.
A rough cut of U2’s Joshua Tree with Brian Eno commenting on production choices.
I’m happiest when I’m close to the sea, reading a great book and people watching.
Mattie Ross from True Grit.
Jacques Cousteau. I had a fascination with all things French and with the Loch Ness Monster. He seemed like he would be able to track Nessie down
Summertime, with lots of time on my hands to get into trouble! That was the best. I went to camp out in Hunt, and all I remember are long days in the sun, swimming lessons, and lots of adventure.
Elsa Schiaparelli, Martha Graham, and Alicia Alonso. They carried themselves with grace, a strong sense of self, and wildly individual style.
My music collection. Music can tap into your mood in such a unique way. It’s so special to hear a song or an album and experience the nostalgia that can awaken in you.
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