I’ll be out of town for most of the week, but for anyone sticking around or heading this way, make sure you know what to hit and what to miss. South by Southwest is much more spread out than most festivals-extending through downtown Austin and beyond with only a fraction of the events being official SXSW listings. People come from around the world for Austin’s transformation from a quaint town to a loud, crowded and significantly more expensive city bustling with hundreds of music, art and film insiders (professional hipsters) and everyone else who’s best friend’s older sister’s coworker is definitely a celebrity. And while watching New Yorkers trying to hail a taxi on South Congress is one of my favorite SXSW activities, there’s also a ton of fun shows you don’t need a wristband to get into. Getting through SXSW wristband-less can be just as fun as it is with an overpriced ticket, if you know how to do it right. These are just a few of the key best and worst events of the week.
Despite today’s uncharacteristically chilly weather, winter is almost over. Texas’ short and sweet spring season is on it’s way and cool weather styles are getting major markdowns. If you, like me, are stranded to the confines of your house, thanks to a frozen solid car, frozen over roads and cancelled school, what better way to spend your day than shopping the best sales the internet has to offer?
Zara With it’s high fashion mix of quality and affordability, Zara always offers a lovable variety of in-reach styles. Their end of season sales make it even better. Limited sizes of chic jackets at ridiculously good prices are on sale now.
$119 $49.99 / Hooded Parka $179 $99.99 / Short Double Breasted Overcoat $179 $99.99
Shopbop This designer fashion aggregation always has a great selection of items on sale. You can pick up some cozy and stylish winter pieces at up to 70% off!
Splendid Scoop Neck Jersey Tee
$50 $35 / Bb Dakota Broderick V Pattern Sweater $88 $44 / Free People Printed Thermal Top $58 $29
Alice and Olivia on Gilt Gilt offers different exclusive sales every day. Today they have a massive Alice and Olivia sale. Hurry, it’s going fast!
Arlen Silk V Neck Dress
$297 $159 / Olette Pleated Mini Skirt $297 $159 / Blair Cotton Sheath Dress $297 $139
H&M Although their prices are easily some of the best around without being on sale, a little extra discount never hurt. Get a head start on spring basics and stock up for next fall with hundreds of trendy items on sale now. Get an extra 20% off with code 1330.
Blazer in Wool Blend
$59.95 $20 / Sleeveless Tunic $34.95 $20 / Running Jacket $34.95 $20
It’s become a bit of a cliché, but exercising more is a goal I think we can all relate to. Luckily, Austin is a great place to get fit. With options everywhere from indoor gyms and studios to hike and bike trails and parks, Austin’s variety of fitness venues has something for everyone.
One of Austin’s most popular trails, circling Town Lake, the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail is a breath of beautiful fresh air in the middle of downtown. The full loop measures 10 miles, but with bridges and smaller trail entrances throughout, it’s easy to find a route that’s just the right length.
For busy schedules and anyone hoping to maximize their workout time, gyms are a great option. Austin’s most popular national gym, Lifetime Fitness, is open 24 hours a day with two Austin locations. Castle Hill Fitness, voted best gym in Austin for three years in a row, is noted for it’s great classes and membership perks, including a luxurious spa. With two locations (one North and one South), Pure Austin Fitness offers a variety of fun and exciting fitness activities to suit almost everyone.
Winding through Westlake Hills and South Austin, ending at our beloved Barton Springs, the Barton Creek Greenbelt is a lush trail with varying landscapes and gorgeous views. Great for long walks, climbing, running, and biking, this trail runs 7.25 miles in full but has access points throughout.
Yoga is a great way to relax while stretching your mind and your body. Austin is home to a large yoga community, with studios all around Austin for every kind of yoga you could possibly imagine. Some of the most popular include Wanderlust Yoga Austin, an upbeat enclave in an urban location, CorePower Yoga, with classes for all levels, and Black Swan Yoga, which offers donation-based classes at four locations around town.
Looking for a place to get active alongside your dog? Red Bud Isle is one of Austin’s best natural dog parks. Located on the lake, the park boasts a versatile location. Whether you’re going running, kayaking, throwing the ball for a playful pup, or just taking a stroll, Red Bud offers a beautiful natural environment.
Don’t forget to love every moment in this dazzling city while you sweat out your stress and give your muscles a little tough love. Happy 2014!
Cars and fashion are intertwined by their mutual bond between functionality and artistry, utility and luxury. This weekend, Formula 1 brought a flutter of prestigious companies and figures, and the style to match, into Austin. Downtown, amidst the frenzy of Fan-Fest-goers, the The W held it’s own array of events, from pre-parties to fashion shows to after parties. Enthusiasts of the racetrack and of the runway alike brought unexpected bursts of color to traditionally basic and chic fall tones. Highlight hues like red and cobalt make an unexpectedly chic statement that stands out.
Luxuriously chic and perfect for not-quite-there cold, fur accents make the ultimate accessory for fall in Austin. Faux or real, the right fur gives any look a sassy-with-just-enough-classy twist.
Rules, shmules. After labor day is decidedly the best time to wear white.
This dog knows what’s up.
Of course, black always looks chic. To update a basic black ensemble, go for edgy new cuts and play with texture. A statement bag
All temperature disparities aside, October was a delightful start to fall. These are my favorite beauty products for transitioning into fall weather and getting ready for the holidays!
Austin’s greenest lawn is undergoing it’s annual transition into the tourist infested, but still locally-loved Austin City Limits festival. Sunshine and some of the best music of the year on Austin’s great lawn, Zilker Park, makes for a crazy-wonderful time. There’s way too much good food, too many of my favorite bands, and not enough time to love it all. A few common mistakes can make your experience a little less than pleasant, though. These tips will help you make it through the weekend, but there’s not much advice I can offer for the three consecutive days of sleep you’ll be craving afterwards.
I feel like fall is one of the least appreciated seasons. Of course, right now most everyone my age has that lingering sense of dread that sets in after the first week of school. It’s after the excitement and motivation of the first few days has passed and we all sort of simultaneously realize that we’re only a few weeks in and its going to be a tediously long year. Of course, one of life’s cruelest paradoxes kicks in here. The time until a vacation seems all too far away but every day, especially the ones where all that procrastinating finally catches up with you, seem like they go by way too fast. All this chaos can be significantly distracting from the best things about fall. In Texas, the temperatures don’t drop nearly as quickly as I wish they would, but the lasting warmth hasn’t deterred me from slipping into my favorite jeans once again and curling up in a light sweater every now and then. And it’s become socially acceptable to wear boots again, which is always a plus. I’m ready to soak up every bit of this barely there season, so until the chill really sets in, I’m working some simple concepts into my wardrobe to satisfy my fall cravings. [Read more...]
The leather jacket is a fall wardrobe staple-for roughing up a sweet look or making a statement with basic jeans and a tee, it’s an easy way to spice up your look. From classically edgy motorcycle jackets to military-inspired ones, there’s a jacket to suit every style. But for the stylish girl on a budget, who’s not dropping hundreds or thousands of dollars on a jacket, there’s a wide variety of faux leather options that are more affordable-and just as cute!
The Classic Motorcycle Jacket
What do you get when you mix a classically-cool style with edgy details? The must-have Motorcycle Jacket.
The Coach Legacy Leather Mini Duffel is a conveniently chic crossover of the practicality of a duffel and the convenient size of a small cross body bag. Available on the Bloomingdales website in a variety of colors, from basic neutrals to vibrant neon hues, this duffel is a great option for transitioning from summer to fall in style. In classic Coach fashion, the bag is chicly adorned with a Coach tag and tassel for that extra bit of flair. Boasting convenience, versatility, and durability, all at a reasonable price, this handbag is ideal for travel and everyday use.