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SHOPPING: Fine Goods Market opens on Sept. 1

SHOPPING: Fine Goods Market opens on Sept. 1

The Distillery’s Catelyn Silapachai and The Paper and Craft Pantry’s Pei Sim Caso are holding their fifth Fine Goods Market 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 1. The market will feature goods from 11 boutiques including pillows from Cuco and Clara; clothes and accessories from Two13Vintage; lingerie from Flat Frances; wood and embroidery from Basil and Wood; paper and art prints from Katie Made That...
Style: Learn the trends at ByGeorge Fashion for Breakfast events

Style: Learn the trends at ByGeorge Fashion for Breakfast events

ByGeorge Owner Larry McGuire and Vice President Cameron Smith will be talking about the trends and Austin style at a free breakfast 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 23, at the 524 N. Lamar Blvd. women’s flagship location. You also can shop the 75 percent off summer sale. Look for another Fashion for Breakfast event when beauty and cosmetic company Trish McEvoy shows women the latest in makeup at this all-day...
Looking for eclipse viewing glasses? We have a source

Looking for eclipse viewing glasses? We have a source

Warby Parker has been handing out free eclipse-viewing glasses in Warby Parker stores in anticipation of the solar eclipse that is happening Monday. We’re expected to see a partial eclipse starting at about 11:41 a.m. and lasting until 2:39 p.m. Warby Parker also has a music video “Solar Eclipse of the Heart” on its website. Find Warby Parker at warbyparker.com and at 11700 Domain...
HOME: Celebrate the eclipse with paint colors from Sherwin Williams

HOME: Celebrate the eclipse with paint colors from Sherwin Williams

Oh, yes, Sherwin Williams is celebrating the eclipse that is happening on Monday. Who isn’t? It’s released a nine-color line called “Space Invasion” featuring colors like Eclipse (SW 6166), an olive gray; August Moon (SW 7687), a beige; After Glow (SW 6667), a more yellowy beige; and Black Magic (SW 6991), which is black. Find them where Sherwin Williams paints are carried...
GARDENING: Why is my sycamore shedding its bark? Some answers

GARDENING: Why is my sycamore shedding its bark? Some answers

Periodically, my back lawn looks like the aftermath of a party. But instead of streamers and confetti on the ground, pieces of tree bark look to be wildly strewn over the grass. Of the nearby trees, some large sycamores have spots where some bark has fallen away. Andrew Anstrom, a certified master arborist with Bartlett Tree Experts, identified by a photograph one such tree in my yard as a western...
Austin church will have a garden thanks to Boy Scout Eagle project

Austin church will have a garden thanks to Boy Scout Eagle project

On a July morning that’s quickly heating up, Jared Dale stands in the middle of a large circular, landscaped area in a church parking lot and delivers instructions. The group of about eight volunteers should use landscape pins to hold in place the weed barrier fabric they just put down, Jared says, pointing to the ground. The helpers — some adults, some younger, and some wearing T-shirts...
Know more about your garden pests before getting rid of them

Know more about your garden pests before getting rid of them

Do you ever wonder why there are holes in your kale or cabbage leaves? Have you found sticky residue on your okra plants? Have your squash plants, without warning, started to wilt? These symptoms are all caused by common pests that regularly plague vegetable gardens. During summer, when plants are trying to survive high temperatures and the water supply quickly evaporates, the presence of pests is...
HOME: Get the royal treatment in bath fixtures at Alexander Marchant

HOME: Get the royal treatment in bath fixtures at Alexander Marchant

Want to have a faucet like the queen of England? Now you can. Alexander Marchant has started carrying Samuel Heath kitchen and bath plumbing. It’s been used by British royals since Queen Victoria. Prices start at $2,200. Happy to share that Alexander Marchant, the premier architectural plumbing and hardware resource with showroom locations in Austin and San Antonio, today announced their representation...
Garden: Know more about your garden pests before getting rid of them

Garden: Know more about your garden pests before getting rid of them

Do you ever wonder why there are holes in your kale or cabbage leaves? Have you found sticky residue on your okra plants? Have your squash plants, without warning, started to wilt? These symptoms are all caused by common pests that regularly plague vegetable gardens. During summer, when plants are trying to survive high temperatures and the water supply quickly evaporates, the presence of pests is...
SHOPPING: Get ready to power shop at Le Garage Sale

SHOPPING: Get ready to power shop at Le Garage Sale

We know you’ve been waiting. Pencil in Le Garage Sale on your calendar Aug. 26-27 at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. The semi-annual sale features more than 100 Austin boutiques. Their goal is to get rid of last season’s leftovers for very, very low prices. It’s $10 a day 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 26 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 27, but if you want to get attend the...
Let plants volunteer for duty each year by letting them go to seed

Let plants volunteer for duty each year by letting them go to seed

In our everyday lives, volunteers are highly regarded. Unquestionably people who come back again and again to help are valuable members of society. Volunteers just show up and do their thing. Admirable! The same is true in your garden. Volunteers are plants that just show up. Sometimes they are planted by birds. Sometimes they blow in on the breeze. Sometimes seeds drop from the plants you put into...
SHOPPING: Fail Collective and EA/ST Co. open stores under one roof

SHOPPING: Fail Collective and EA/ST Co. open stores under one roof

Jewelry maker Christine Fail, who owns jewelry line Fail, and Bri Ussery, who owns The Good Hippie skincare have opened new boutiques and a co-working space for makers at 2612 E. Cesar Chavez St., Suite 100. Fail opened the Fail Collective, where you can see all of her collection. Ussery opened EA/ST Co., which offers Good Hippie skincare as well as home goods, art, clothing, ceramics and more from...
SHOPPING: Hill Country Galleria gives out gift cards tax-free weekend

SHOPPING: Hill Country Galleria gives out gift cards tax-free weekend

The Hill Country Galleria is holding a property-wide sidewalk sale Aug. 11-13 as part of tax-free weekend, but on that Friday, you can follow clues posted to the Hill Country Galleria Instagram to find $100 gift cards hidden throughout the galleria. Also, if you spend $150 on tax-free eligible items on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12, you can get a $20 Hill Country Galleria gift card. Bring your receipts to Guest...
SHOPPING: Shop the sidewalk sale at Domain Northside this weekend

SHOPPING: Shop the sidewalk sale at Domain Northside this weekend

When you’re not laughing with the kids at ColdTowne Theater on Saturday morning, check out these sales at Domain Northside stores Friday through Sunday 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons: Complimentary 16oz Griff’s Shampoo with any service or retail purchase Birds Barbershop: 50 percent off T-Shirts CB2: “Floor Sample Sale” with 30 percent off CorePower Yoga: 20 percent off one full...
CONTEST: Sheraton Georgetown to give Fort Hood couple a free wedding

CONTEST: Sheraton Georgetown to give Fort Hood couple a free wedding

Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center just turned 1. To celebrate, it’s working with the USO to give one Fort Hood active duty service member or member of the guard or reserves a wedding for 200 with ceremony, reception, bridal gown, flowers, entertainment and more. You have to be engaged to be married and post a video on Instagram telling about your love story. Tag it @sheratongtx...
SHOPPING: Pick up specials during White Linen Night on Second Street

SHOPPING: Pick up specials during White Linen Night on Second Street

Saturday from 6-9 p.m. in the Second Street District, restaurants will be pairing different wines as part of White Linen Night to benefit the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. The tickets are $50-$75 at 2ndstreetdistrict.com. A lot of the stores also will have specials. One we know about: Hacienda Austin will be showing its linens and pillows as well as its Turkish towels. You can get a free gift from...
GARDENING: Let plants volunteer for duty by letting them go to seed

GARDENING: Let plants volunteer for duty by letting them go to seed

In our everyday lives, volunteers are highly regarded . Unquestionably people who come back again and again to help are valuable members of society. Volunteers just show up and do their thing. Admirable! The same is true in your garden. Volunteers are plants that just show up. Sometimes they are planted by birds. Sometimes they blow in on the breeze. Sometimes seeds drop from the plants you put into...
How do you create a community garden? One neighborhood shows us

How do you create a community garden? One neighborhood shows us

Early one recent Saturday, eight volunteers in a North Central Austin neighborhood got busy shoveling dirt into wheelbarrows, emptying the soil into raised beds, weeding and more. This dedicated group was proving that it takes much effort to lay the groundwork for a community garden — long before anyone ever plants a seed or waters a sprout. “It’s a great way for our neighbors to...
SHOPPING: New Warby Parker sunglasses by Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh

SHOPPING: New Warby Parker sunglasses by Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh

Eye glasses company Warby Parker has teamed up with fashion label Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh to create a line of high-fashion sunglasses. The line comes in small, medium and large frames with extra-thick acetate and dark lenses with anti-reflective coatings. They are available online and in stores for $95. Also new from Warby Parker, starting Aug. 1, you can get free eclipse-viewing glasses in Warby...
HOME: A Modern Step shares the top 5 flooring trends

HOME: A Modern Step shares the top 5 flooring trends

New flooring showroom A Modern Step tells us what trends it is seeing in flooring with its top five list: 1. Finishes. Look for finishes in a variety of colors from dark to ultra light. Gray finishes and stains are also popular. 2. Patterns. Think about putting your wood planks or tiles into Dutch, chevron and herringbone patterns or use planks in a variety of widths. 3. Reclaimed wood. Use reclaimed...
JEWELRY: It’s Christmas in July with Liz James sale

JEWELRY: It’s Christmas in July with Liz James sale

Austin’s Liz James Designs jewelry line is celebrating Christmas in July. If you spend $100 from now through Monday, you can get an extra $20 to spend from Aug. 6-20. Liz James Designs is at 4407 Bee Caves Road, Suite 511, or at lizjames.com.
How do you create a community garden? One neighborhood shows us

How do you create a community garden? One neighborhood shows us

Early one recent Saturday, eight volunteers in a North Central Austin neighborhood got busy shoveling dirt into wheelbarrows, emptying the soil into raised beds, weeding and more. This dedicated group was proving that it takes much effort to lay the groundwork for a community garden — long before anyone ever plants a seed or waters a sprout. “It’s a great way for our neighbors to...
Ask the ‘Kitchen Cousins’ your questions at Austin Home & Garden Show

Ask the ‘Kitchen Cousins’ your questions at Austin Home & Garden Show

New Jersey cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri love coming to Austin. The stars of HGTV shows “Kitchen Cousins” and “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” have done work in Austin, most recently creating a modern farmhouse kitchen for “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” last season. They love to come here for the food scene, including Foreign & Domestic...
FASHION: Get ready for game day with Longhorn fashions from Adelante

FASHION: Get ready for game day with Longhorn fashions from Adelante

Adelante is bringing out its University of Texas burnt orange looks beginning July 29. This year, Adelante will have exclusive embroidered dresses and tops in burnt orange or with burnt orange accents. (The Longhorns’ first home game is against Maryland on Sept. 2). Receive a coupon for a free gelato at Teo’s or a margarita at Santa Rita for purchases of $50 or more. Find Adelante at 1206...
FURNITURE: New RH Modern collection from Restoration Hardware

FURNITURE: New RH Modern collection from Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware’s collection RH Modern has teamed up with designers such as John Birch of Wyeth, Rudi Nijssen & Dominique Sente, Barlas Baylar, Jonathan Browning, Lawson-Fenning, Vicente Wolf, Bina & Robinson, Charlie Zagaroli, Jon Sarriugarte, and Timothy Oulton. RH Modern also has reissued classic designs by Adrian Pearsall, Milo Baughman and Robert Sonneman. Find designs such as the...
JEWELRY: See the newest from Kendra Scott at Hat Creek Burger event

JEWELRY: See the newest from Kendra Scott at Hat Creek Burger event

Hat Creek Burger Company is hosting a Kendra Scott trunk show of the new Back to School collection. The event 4-7 p.m. Aug. 2 at Hat Creek’s Domain Northside location will benefit the Thinkery. Kendra Scott will donate 10 percent of sales and Hat Creek will match it. Shoppers can look for 10 percent off of the jewelry collection and $1 wine. Guests can enter a raffle for prizes from Westin Domain...
BOUTIQUE: Longhorn Fashions opens store in West Campus

BOUTIQUE: Longhorn Fashions opens store in West Campus

University of Texas graduate Tessie Crow has turned her ecommerce site LonghornFashions.com into a brick-and-mortar store. Longhorn Fashions features apparel and accessories that have plenty of University of Texas or Texas themes, but it also has shoes, gifts and clothes that just have the Austin aesthetic with no Longhorn logo in sight. Inside the store you can also get an airbrush tan from...
JEWELRY: Distillery launches third literary line

JEWELRY: Distillery launches third literary line

Catelyn Silapachai has been designing jewelry based on literature for The Distillery. The newest look is based on Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ “Women Who Run With Wolves,” short stories, myths and folklore. The collection features hammered brass in geometric patterns. Find a key necklace, $55; a malachite ring, $42; a geometric cuff, $48; a hammered brass necklace, $65; a wood...
BEAUTY: Elevé Cosmetics offers new items for summer

BEAUTY: Elevé Cosmetics offers new items for summer

Austin’s Elevé Cosmetics, a nontoxic beauty line, has introduced some new items for summer. Find the Crop Top & Flip Flops eyeshadow palette with six shadows and two bronzers, $105; the Montego Bay Lip LIQ liquid bright pink matte lipstick, $26, and the Bora Bora lip pop rose gold lip gloss, $20, and the Hibernation’s Over, Beaches! tan bronzer, $45. Elevé Cosmetics is sold...
SHOPPING: Domain Northside Rock Rose offers Third Thursday deals

SHOPPING: Domain Northside Rock Rose offers Third Thursday deals

It’s time for Domain Northside Rock Rose development’s Third Thursdays. Hear music from Mayeux & Broussard and find deals from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, including these specials: • Birds Barber Shop: Shiner Beer and $5 for $3 and $10 services for $7. • General Tso’Boy: Free Cheeseburger Spring Roll with beer purchase. • Golden Bones: Take an additional 10 percent off existing...
GARDENING: Know how to water correctly for summer’s heat

GARDENING: Know how to water correctly for summer’s heat

It’s official. The dog days of summer arrived while we weren’t looking. That means I’m tired of watering every single pot. Every. Single. Day. It means the air conditioning seems to run all day long trying to catch up. And, it means a extra shower most days, even after only the shortest time spent in the garden. Sometimes, extra water isn’t actually helpful to plants. At a...
SHOPPING: Nina Berenato hosts sample sale and pop-up shops Saturday

SHOPPING: Nina Berenato hosts sample sale and pop-up shops Saturday

Jewelery store Nina Berenato will be hosting a sample sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at its store in the Domain, 11601 Century Oaks Terrace, Suite 105. As well, Austin makers will be part of a big pop-up shop that day. See samples from Stick to It, Richter Goods, The Keep Vintage, Heidi Miller Lowell, Settle Ceramics, Betty Alida, Sansaba Soap and Ash Grove Studio. ninaberenato.com
Cleaning 101: How to maintain a neat home in as little time as possible

Cleaning 101: How to maintain a neat home in as little time as possible

Confession: My mother never taught me how to clean a house. Really. She only taught me how to clean for the cleaning service, which meant getting everything off the floor and counters and putting things into piles. Then, magically, you came home from school to a clean house. Summer camp taught me how to clean one thing: a latrine. (Hold your nose, spray some mystery substance in a bottle, wipe the...
Love gardening? Apply to become a master gardener

Love gardening? Apply to become a master gardener

Many avid gardeners want to learn more, do more and dig deeper, so to speak. That’s why 43 people recently have applied to be in the Travis County Master Gardener program. The program is a volunteer training program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service that “has been used in all 50 states” and some other countries, according to a letter to prospective applicants. It began...
Follow our tips to maintain your home’s appliances

Follow our tips to maintain your home’s appliances

This story originally ran Oct. 1, 2016: They don’t make ’em like they used to. That’s very true in appliances. Today’s appliances are a thing of high-tech wonder. Do the same household tips we were taught by our mothers still apply? “New appliances have a lot of features designed to remove some of the decision-making, ” says Chris Granger, vice president and general...
Love gardening? Apply to become a master gardener

Love gardening? Apply to become a master gardener

Many avid gardeners want to learn more, do more and dig deeper, so to speak. That’s why 43 people recently have applied to be in the Travis County Master Gardener program. The program is a volunteer training program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service that “has been used in all 50 states” and some other countries, according to a letter to prospective applicants. It began...
SPA: New signature nail color from Hiatus Spa + Retreat

SPA: New signature nail color from Hiatus Spa + Retreat

Hiatus Spa + Retreat has a new signature nail lacquer, Hiatus True Blue. It was developed in collaboration with LVX, the seven-toxin free and vegan nail lacquer brand. When customers choose a color for a manicure or pedicure service and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #HiatusBlue, they will get a free bottle of the lacquer. The promotion will last through Aug. 15. Services include the Epic...
EVENT: Learn from Matthew Quinn of “Quintessential Kitchens” at Pirch

EVENT: Learn from Matthew Quinn of “Quintessential Kitchens” at Pirch

Matthew Quinn, the owner of Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio, Matthew Quinn Collection and Quinn Designs, all based in Atlanta, will be at Austin’s Pirch talking about kitchens next week. He’s written a new book, “Quintessential Kitchens by Matthew Quinn: Volume One,” and will be talking about the book as well as signing copies. The book sells for $110. Of course, there...
SHOPPING: Get wearable art for him from Stag Provisions, Fort Lonesome

SHOPPING: Get wearable art for him from Stag Provisions, Fort Lonesome

Menswear store Stag Provisions has teamed up with chain stitch collective Fort Lonesome to create a collection of embroidered patches and stitch designs. You can choose from 14 patches or pick a design to be sewn on the back of a Stag jacket or shirt. Fort Lonesome makes the designs using vintage Singer sewing machines. You can go online to stagprovisions.com to pick your design, pick your garment...
Redo your summer garden with the right plants, right techniques

Redo your summer garden with the right plants, right techniques

There’s no mistaking summer in Texas, and we’re in the thick of it. Because summer is our region’s most extreme season — with high temperatures day and night, intense sun, and often, scarce rain — keeping a garden productive is a challenge. Many gardeners choose to sit the season out, ei ther putting their gardens “to bed” by applying a 3-inch-to-4-inch...
Know when to get rid of the garden pests and when to let them be

Know when to get rid of the garden pests and when to let them be

The world is full of pests — at work, at home, on the internet and in the garden. Still, in the hot weather garden pests get more active and annoying. As the gentle spring days are wafted away by the last breezes and the sun bears down, plants become more susceptible to damage and pests become more intent on damaging. Now is the time to marshal all your efforts to keep your garden healthy and...
'Fixer Upper' Clint Harp and wife Kelly get own HGTV show 'Wood Work'

'Fixer Upper' Clint Harp and wife Kelly get own HGTV show 'Wood Work'

A lot is going on in the world of the “Fixer Upper” stars. Wednesday we learned that show hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines are starting their own restaurant. They are turning Elite Cafe into The Magnolia Table by the end of the year. Joanna Gaines has also started her own wallpaper line  among other endorsements. Now we learn from the Waco Herald Tribune that “Fixer Upper&rdquo...
Consider the heat-loving salvia for summer gardens

Consider the heat-loving salvia for summer gardens

GARDENING Consider the heat-loving salvia for summer gardens Take a stroll through almost any Central Texas garden and chances are you’ll come upon at least one type of salvia. Salvia is the largest genus of plants in the mint family, and is also commonly referred to as sage. All sages are salvias; those used for medicinal purposes or as culinary herbs are generally called sages and the name...
GARDEN: How can you get rid of mosquitoes in the yard? Try these tips

GARDEN: How can you get rid of mosquitoes in the yard? Try these tips

Recently, we tested which insect repellents work best in our scientific test, but what about just getting them out of your yard? Ryan Larsen, a civil engineer at storm water management company NDS Inc., calls himself Dr. Drainage and has these recommendations: 1. Eliminate standing water around your home. Keep gutters clear of debris; check at least once a week for any discarded cans, buckets...
HOME: New upscale flooring store A Modern Step opens in Hyde Park

HOME: New upscale flooring store A Modern Step opens in Hyde Park

Austinites Kacey Samiee and Aaron Lindsey have opened A Modern Step, an upscale for-appointment-only flooring store. It carries only lines that are ecologically sensitive, including Scandinavian hardware Junckers, Karelia, Kahrs and WoodLife, and North American lines Appalachian Flooring, Kentwood/Metropolitan, Eco-Timber and Valencia Hardwoods. It also features reclaimed wood from barns, vineyards...
HOME: Marie Kondo turns 'Tidying Up' into manga graphic novel

HOME: Marie Kondo turns 'Tidying Up' into manga graphic novel

Home organization guru Marie Kondo, who appeared at South by Southwest in March, has taught us to consider if something “sparks joy” when we think about whether to keep it, toss it or donate it. Now she’s turned “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” into a graphic novel with illustration by Yuko Uramoto in “The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story...
GARDENING: Consider the heat-loving salvia for summer gardens

GARDENING: Consider the heat-loving salvia for summer gardens

Take a stroll through almost any Central Texas garden and chances are you’ll come upon at least one type of salvia. Salvia is the largest genus of plants in the mint family, and is also commonly referred to as sage. All sages are salvias; those used for medicinal purposes or as culinary herbs are generally called sages and the name salvia is generally associated with the ornamental plants. At...
How to live (peacefully) with deer in a mountain oasis

How to live (peacefully) with deer in a mountain oasis

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. — Leroy and Sally Hall found their slice of paradise on a steep parcel in the Sierra foothills. They love it — and so do the deer. Avid gardeners in their 70s, the Halls turned an acre of weeds outside their back door into a stunning forest garden, brimming with azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and other shade-loving shrubs. In the front of their property, they created...
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