As a kid traveling back and forth between Texas and Saudi Arabia, Jackie Lee Young made a habit of smuggling issues of Vogue back to the Middle East. “I would roll them up in my jeans and stuff them into my suitcase just so I could study them and tape them onto my walls,” she says. “I didn't know what I was doing then. I was just a kid.” Years later and no longer “just a kid,” Young has grown into a successful photographer who has shot for leading publications such as Nylon and T Magazine. Her haunting, moody aesthetic has garnered a lot of attention and adoration on the web, and she is heralded as one of the most talented emerging fashion and snapshot photographers. She credits her aesthetic to the formative years she spent living in the Middle East during Desert Storm. Astonished by the environment change moving from Oklahoma, she felt the need to document the experience. “I was completely removed from Western popular culture as well, so I wanted to create my own. That meant following my friends around and shooting them, as well as my family.” After attending St. Edward’s University to study photography, Young fell in love with Austin and has called the city home ever since. Here she nurtures her photography passion, splitting her time between her two favorite subjects. “I feel like a lot of my work is split in half. One part travel based, very in tune with the idea of capturing the snapshot and images as they happen. The other part of it is very creatively directed, where it is planned out and has a distinct story that is stylized with wardrobe, hair and makeup with a directed concept,” Young says. “I love each part equally, and don't see myself or my work being successful without each part being nurtured.”
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