Another snow day in Austin hopefully means you’re getting caught up on those things that never seem to get done. I’m still clearing out bits of Christmas from my garage and tucking it away in boxes as I find it, all the while trying very hard to fight the urge to sit and do nothing.
If you’re not up for anything other than surfing the web, check out one of my favorite sites to go to for beauty info and deals, Austin Beauty Guide. Click here to read my article on Winter Skin Tips, or search the site for any beauty-related question, find events or salons and spas. It’s the best beauty go-to for any girl in Austin.
Austin has some really great boutiques. Many of them are funky, South Congress keeping-it-weird stores that we all love. I think that’s one of the reasons that Audrey Kelly stands out as a different kind of shop. Even 20-something girls know of Audrey Hepburn, and if Grace Kelly were here today she would still be considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. That is timeless beauty.
Audrey Kelly is a boutique with items carefully chosen to reflect the timeless beauty of that era, but they also have a selection of whimsical gifts that you cannot find any place else. If you’re looking for a special gift, or need to buy for a bride or new mother, make sure you visit this shop. It’s charming, small and exquisite – just like the women it’s named for. It’s a store for the special times in your life.
When I was a kid in the 80s, I listened to Duran Duran, wore a trench coat in 70 degree weather (Arizona has no winter season), and was obsessed with fashion magazines. At the time it was Vogue and if the internet and youtube would have been around I probably never would have graduated high school. Well, somehow I did and even followed a crooked path to finish college. Now, years later (I stopped counting past 20) I still can’t leave the grocery store without at least 1 magazine. My new favorite is Harper’s Bazaar, specifically for the 24 hours with section. I’ve always been curious about how other people live, specifically successful people, because they must do things better, faster, or in some way different from the rest of us. Right?
I’m sharing with you one of my favorite Harper’s Bazaar interviews with Tom Ford. Maybe because he was born in Austin, or he’s older than I am and still looks great (hope!) or because he admits to eating donuts…there are lots of reasons to love him. He’s probably the best American designer there is right now, and after reading this article I discovered, extremely clean and exceptionally organized. Most importantly, he loves his dog.
Elan Gale just scored one for people working in service industries. I wish there were more like him out in the world. While my altercation with a fellow passenger was not as altruistic as Elan’s, I’ve had my own drama with a bitchy woman on an airplane (I know, shocking). And even though I was kind of scared of her as it was escalating, I was also kind of excited that I had the guts to say something to her. Our battle was about the overhead storage area because she was removing bags (mine and another passenger’s) to make room for her own. After a less-than-friendly exchange between us, she ended up looking like an ass in front of everyone who was watching when the flight attendant came over and told her that she was not able to move any bags and that the storage bin above her seat was shared space. I probably should have stopped myself, as I was putting my bag back up, from leaning over and whispering in her ear, “I told you so,” but you know, I just said it anyway. She just glared at the seat ahead of her, literally clenching her jaw.
It’s been a cold day in Austin, and the weekend will be even colder. So, I wanted to share with you an article I wrote for the Fall issue of Influential Magazine about protecting your skin from the elements as the weather turns colder. Well baby, it’s really cold outside. Pour yourself a cup of green tea (antioxidants) and read the whole issue. Subscribe to Influential and you’ll get each issue sent right to your email.
With little more than a week before Thanksgiving, you might find it’s time to spruce up the nest before family and friends descend. If you’re into the Paris flea market/shabby chic/ one-of-a-kind-look, you have to visit The Weathered Cottage. It’s like Martha Stewart and Rachel Ashwell had a baby and she opened a cozy little shop in Round Rock.
The best part of The Weathered Cottage is not what you can buy there, but the inspiration you get from the entire space. Warning: you will want to paint the whole house and everything in it after seeing what Meghan Henry, owner of The WC, can do with a simple can of paint. With names like Paris Grey, Versailles and Provence, it’s hard not to want to buy them all (I bought 4). You can also take classes to perfect your technique.
I painted a dresser in a day, and I’m slower than a turtle at things like this. So, if you’re looking at an ugly hutch or wondering what to do with an old tv armoire, make a visit and find out.
I can’t decide if Eddie is singing about police sirens or the beautiful creatures who want to wreck your ship. Either way, this song is all that’s being played in the school bus that is my car. It’s a no Bieber zone.
I love seeing what crazy idea Heidi Klum comes up with for Halloween every year. She’s the only mom I know of (besides myself and Jimi Hendrix) that likes to dress up more
than the kids. I didn’t get to spend as much time on myself when the kids were little, because when you have to choose between getting yourself ready and your 6-year-old, well, you’re just a jerk if you make your 1st grader do her own makeup. Or, you can do what Heidi does and get your nanny to dress them up and your assistants to organize the elaborate party. After 5 hours of hair and makeup – Voilà!
I wonder if Seal made the guest list…
She outdid herself. She also needs a facial. Fast.
Click here to see the process of making Heidi old.
Who doesn’t love Ralph Lauren? The man is an icon and fashion, branding and marketing genius. I’ve always loved his tweed and tall boot aesthetic. The fact that he is all about the country life – manors, stables and a staff, not john deer tractor (don’t get crazy) made it even more perfect.
For his latest campaign, Lauren is helping to promote rescuing dogs from shelters by featuring 10 precious rescue pups in his Fall 2013 video. If this does not make you want to save a furry face then I don’t know what will. As I have said before, this isn’t cancer people, we made this problem (over-breeding) and we can solve it by adopting a dog or cat from a shelter instead of buying one from a breeder. And if you’re thinking about breeding fido or fluffy yourself or not fixing your dog or cat because they will never get out then wake the hell up! That’s what all the 38 year-old grandmothers say on 16 and Pregnant!
There used to be a time when rescues were thought to be mongrels, lesser-quality, and basically subpar. How encouraging it is to me, and to all rescue volunteers that people are finally understanding! If Ralph can love a shelter dog, then you can too, dammit! I think I’m going to show Mr. Lauren how wonderful it is that he is doing this buy stopping by his store at the domain. It’s fall, and time for a new handbag. Ralph, you rock!
I post more about dogs than I do about kids. Quite honestly, I’d rather hear about someone’s dog more than I would about most kids. For example, the grade Tommy got on his AP astrophysics exam or the color of Susie’s snot just isn’t interesting to me. Because I love dogs so much, I like to remind people that the numbers of animals that are put to sleep (killed because we’re irresponsible) is staggering. I don’t want to be a crazy zealot, simply know the facts and relay them when appropriate. Enough about that.
If you love your dog, then you owe it to your furry friend to make a trip to Woofgang Bakery in Westlake. It’s the Sprinkles of the dog world, and better than anything you could buy anywhere else. They have cookie treats, healthy treats, chewy treats and what I need the most with my dachshunds – treats that keep dogs busy. Since many breeds are working dogs that no longer work, they can be naughty if not doing something. Instead of hunting badgers, mine work on licking every bit of peanut butter from a kong. It’s a job.
If you’re local, make a visit to Amy Wissler, owner of Woofgang Bakery, and her sweet rescued purebred Cocker Spaniel, Stevie. Right next to HEB on 360.