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Reformation clothing coming to Austin Saturday with pop-up shop

Reformation clothing coming to Austin Saturday with pop-up shop

Los Angeles clothing brand Reformation, which invites you to join in on the Reformation of wearing sustainable, responsibly made clothing, is opening its first pop-up shop in Austin on Saturday. The shop will show you what’s coming to the clothing line. The Ref Circus pop-up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 1327 S. Congress Ave. (that’s the corner of South Congress Avenue and Gibson Street)...
2nd Street District celebrates mom with deals at its monthly social

2nd Street District celebrates mom with deals at its monthly social

Celebrate Mom with the 2nd Street Social 6-8 p.m. May 11 in the 2nd Street District. Pick up a map at the 360 Condos, 360 Nueces St., to see where all the deals are, but here are some we can tell you about: • Buy one, get one sunglasses at Austin Rocks. • Take home teeth bleach trays for new patients at Authentic Smiles. • 20 percent off your purchase at Bonobos, Hacienda, Hemline Austin...
One big giant clothes swap coming to Austin in May

One big giant clothes swap coming to Austin in May

Grateful Thread, from the nonprofit 2Fold, is like a big clothing swap, but instead of with people you know, it’s with all of Austin. From now until Sunday, you can donate clothing, accessories and shoes at these locations: All Ace Tailor stores; Kinney Avenue Christian Fellowship in the fellowship hall, 1801 Kinney Ave.; Charm School Vintage, 1111 E 11th St. Suite 150; and Swank Baby Boutique...
Free gardening seminar Saturday at ReStore from Texas Disposal Systems

Free gardening seminar Saturday at ReStore from Texas Disposal Systems

Texas Disposal Systems is now partnering with Austin Habitat for Humanity. It will help recycle waste used at Austin Habitat for Humanity sites by turning untreated lumber, brush and wood into compost, which will eventually become mulch, and separating and recycling other products. TDS is also donating products from its organic gardening line Garden-Ville such as its simple soil, black dyed mulch...
Free garden supplies? Yes, at Austin Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center

Free garden supplies? Yes, at Austin Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center

As they prepare to dig into the dirt, budget-conscious gardeners might consider a trip to the City of Austin’s Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center. The center, near Ben White Boulevard at , has a variety of items that gardeners might find useful. And the price is perfect: nothing. “People are always very excited to get free stuff,” said Scott Johnson, environmental program specialist...
AgriLife Extension Service gearing up for Inside Austin Gardens Tour

AgriLife Extension Service gearing up for Inside Austin Gardens Tour

Using gloves, wheelbarrows and mulch, more than a dozen volunteers helped at a recent workday, shaping up the demonstration garden at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, at 1600-B Smith Road. They were making it look “tour quality,” in advance of the Inside Austin Gardens Tour set for May 6, said Manda Rash, a Travis County master gardener. The tour, put on...
SHOPPING: Three trunk shows coming to ByGeorge in May

SHOPPING: Three trunk shows coming to ByGeorge in May

ByGeorge is hosting three big trunk shows in May. Celebrate summer coming with Brazilian sarong and scarf designer Vanda Jacintho and sunglass designer Illesteva 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6. You’ll learn different ways to tie Jacintho’s sarongs and scarves at the South Congress Store, but both stores will showcase the designers. Jeweler Monique Péan will show her latest line 11 a.m...
Preservation Austin tour showcases Millbrook, other Bouldin homes

Preservation Austin tour showcases Millbrook, other Bouldin homes

The story goes that Nancy Whitworth lives in the old grain mill for the Bouldin estate that once covered South Austin from the river to what is now Ben White Boulevard. Millbrook, as it’s called, is one of six Bouldin properties on this year’s Preservation Austin Historic Homes Tour on April 29. Other stops include the Texas School for the Deaf, two 193os Craftsman bungalows, an 1899 Victorian...
Love Beyonce’s look? See a designer who dresses her

Love Beyonce’s look? See a designer who dresses her

Filipino fashion designer Rocky Gathercole returns to Austin in June for his second Rocky Rocks the Runway fashion show. Gathercole has designed looks for Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Gwen Stefani and Paris Hilton. It’s all happening 4 p.m. June 25 at Hotel Van Zandt. Tickets start at $25, and you can get tickets now at the eventbrite site. Texas designers...
Style your home like Ellen DeGeneres’ with ED fabrics at Jo-Ann Fabric

Style your home like Ellen DeGeneres’ with ED fabrics at Jo-Ann Fabric

Love Ellen DeGeneres? Now her fabrics from home decor line, ED, are available at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. The line offers 30 fabrics ideal for window treatments, upholstery and bedding. We especially love the Parchment Happy Animals with dogs, cats and chickens and worlds like “happiness,” “smile,” “joy” and “love” written across it and the Charcoal...
Learn how to grow herbs for health at Herb Day in May

Learn how to grow herbs for health at Herb Day in May

New stories flood the airwaves daily about the latest research on the preventative benefits of various foods and herbs. Words like antioxidants and phytochemicals have become part of the new health-aware lexicon of consumers. As a result, more and more people are raising their own fruits and vegetables at home — to save money and to control the quality of what they eat. With this increased focus...
GARDENING: Learn how to grow herbs for health at Herb Day

GARDENING: Learn how to grow herbs for health at Herb Day

New stories flood the airwaves daily about the latest research on the preventative benefits of various foods and herbs. Words like antioxidants and phytochemicals have become part of the new health-aware lexicon of consumers. As a result, more and more people are raising their own fruits and vegetables at home — to save money and to control the quality of what they eat. With this increased focus...
SPA: New Massage Harmony opening in Lakeway

SPA: New Massage Harmony opening in Lakeway

Local spa Massage Harmony is opening its fourth location, this one in Lakeway. To celebrate, the spa will offer free chair massages, Ashiatsu and Thai massage demonstrations, drinks and bites, giveaways and raffles 7-9 p.m. April 27. The new spa features eight massage rooms, including a couples suite. Massage Harmony has a $40 introductory rate of for a 60-minute massage (regularly $60), or $59 for...
Give the gift of flowers for Easter, Mother’s Day all year long

Give the gift of flowers for Easter, Mother’s Day all year long

Noted Austin wedding floral design company Malleret Designs has launched a new service, Malleret à la maison, that lets you have the designs of Malleret brought into your home on a one-time basis, or at weekly or monthly rates. Prices start at $135 plus delivery. Malleret is from the mind of Marcela Bogado Dhar. malleret.com
Who’s coming to Austin Fashion Week? See the lineup

Who’s coming to Austin Fashion Week? See the lineup

We’re getting excited about the line up of designers coming to Fashion X Austin, Austin Fashion Week May 13-21. Here’s the official lineup from the organizers: May 13: Moda x Mexico 7:30p.m. doors; The Driskill Hotel Moda X Mexico, a black tie affair, is the first-ever AFW event of its kind. Enjoy front row seating, featuring full collections presented by Mexico’s most influential...
Austin’s oldest garden club grows friendships among the flowers

Austin’s oldest garden club grows friendships among the flowers

GARDENING Austin’s oldest garden club grows friendships among the flowers Members of the Violet Crown Garden Club in Austin are quite proud to be a part of such a long-standing organization. “We are the oldest garden club in Austin. Yes, we are,” says Velia Sanchez-Ruiz, president of the group. As well, it is one of the oldest garden clubs in Texas, according to the group’s...
GARDENING: Austin’s oldest garden club grows friendships among flowers

GARDENING: Austin’s oldest garden club grows friendships among flowers

Members of the Violet Crown Garden Club in Austin are quite proud to be a part of such a long-standing organization. “We are the oldest garden club in Austin. Yes, we are,” says Velia Sanchez-Ruiz, president of the group. As well, it is one of the oldest garden clubs in Texas, according to the group’s website at www.violetcrowngardenclub.org. “It is prestigious in the state...
CHARITY: Churches’ garage sale to raise money for children in Uganda

CHARITY: Churches’ garage sale to raise money for children in Uganda

Spring cleaning? Have items that need to go? Front Porch, youth ministry The Window and All Saints’ Episcopal Church are joining together to raise money for school children in Loro Village in Northern Uganda. You can drop off items at two locations: East Space, 2009 Airport Blvd., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except holidays and All Saints,’ 209 W. 27th St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday...
SHOPPING: Find new jewelry at two ByGeorge events

SHOPPING: Find new jewelry at two ByGeorge events

Find eco-friendly jewelry at Bare Collection show at ByGeorge ByGeorge is hosting a jewelry store of California designer Jeet Kaur Rodriguez Sohal’s Bare Collection. Bare offers jewelry that uses recycled gold. At the show, you can preorder a pendant of your astrological sign and get horoscope readings. The show is happening 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 19 at the 524 N. Lamar Blvd. location and April...
SHOPPING: Two jewelry shows coming to ByGeorge in April

SHOPPING: Two jewelry shows coming to ByGeorge in April

Find eco-friendly jewelry at Bare Collection show at ByGeorge ByGeorge is hosting a jewelry store of California designer Jeet Kaur Rodriguez Sohal’s Bare Collection. Bare offers jewelry that uses recycled gold. At the show, you can preorder a pendant of your astrological sign and get horoscope readings. The show is happening 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 19 at the 524 N. Lamar Blvd. location and April...
DECOR: Love Keith Kreeger pottery? It’s on sale this week

DECOR: Love Keith Kreeger pottery? It’s on sale this week

Just in time for Easter, Keith Kreeger is hosting a samples and second sale 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at his studio, 916 Springdale Road, building 2-104. A sale like this only happens two to three times a year.
SPA: Hiatus Spa + Retreat helps deliver clean water for Earth Month

SPA: Hiatus Spa + Retreat helps deliver clean water for Earth Month

All April, when you book a Spa for a Cause service at Hiatus Spa + Retreat, 20 percent will go to Water, a charity that helps deliver clean water to people in developing countries. And if you enroll in the H-Circle membership program, an additional $10 will be donated. Hiatus is also raffling off 75 in-spa service giveaways. Tickets are $5 each, three for $10, 10 for $25. Hiatus has a goal to raise...
SHOPPING: 2nd Street District announces its Wine Down lineup of popups

SHOPPING: 2nd Street District announces its Wine Down lineup of popups

The Wine Down is coming back at 3TEN ACL Live in the 2nd Street District. This year, Dave Matthews’ Dreaming Tree Wines is the sponsor, so there will definitely be wine. Once a month, the Wine Down pairs a local shop, food from a local restaurant and a local musician from 5-8 p.m. on a Wednesday night. Proceeds benefit the Austin Music Foundation. 3TENaustin.com Check out this year’s schedule...
Beans are magical. Here’s how to grow them

Beans are magical. Here’s how to grow them

GROW. SHARE. PREPARE. SUSTAINABLE FOOD CENTER Beans are magical. Here’s how to grow them Beans are one of the longest-cultivated plants across the world, adding flavor, texture and nutrients to traditional recipes. Growing dry beans is easy, and if you enjoy hands-on processing, it can be quite rewarding. Many bean varieties are grown as dry beans and stored to eat, or used as seed for the next...
Grow. Share. Prepare.: Beans are magical. Here’s how to grow them

Grow. Share. Prepare.: Beans are magical. Here’s how to grow them

Beans are one of the longest-cultivated plants across the world, adding flavor, texture and nutrients to traditional recipes. Growing dry beans is easy, and if you enjoy hands-on processing, it can be quite rewarding. Many bean varieties are grown as dry beans and stored to eat, or used as seed for the next season. Beans are warm season crops and grow best in full sun and well-drained, fertile soil...
Domain Northside, Rock Rose are Abloom April 8-15 with special deals

Domain Northside, Rock Rose are Abloom April 8-15 with special deals

In addition to Will Leather Goods celebrating its grand opening, the other shops at Domain Northside and Rock Rose will have specials April 8 through April 15. Find 20 percent off a stay at Archer Hotel Austin, a first purchase at Bonobos, a new yoga mat at CorePower Yoga when you donate your old mat to the Austin Animal Center, invitations at Paper Source, a Raven and Lily product, and W3LL People...
SHOPPING: Mark April 13 for 2nd Street District Dine and Stroll Social

SHOPPING: Mark April 13 for 2nd Street District Dine and Stroll Social

When you shop the 2nd Street District 6-8 p.m. April 13, you’ll find in-store deals and tasty bites from The Bonneville, Cru Wine Bar, Taverna and Alimentari 28. Plus get happy hour pricing until 8 p.m. at La Condesa and Jo’s Coffee Downtown. Specials include buy one, get one free sunglasses at Austin Rocks; 10 percent off at Con’ Olio Oils & Vinegars and Teddies for Betty; and 20...
JEWELRY: The Distillery launches vintage line inspired by novel

JEWELRY: The Distillery launches vintage line inspired by novel

The Distillery Owner Catelyn Silapachai has started focusing on creating new necklaces with vintage pendants. TFor the Neapolitan Collection, Silapachai has chosen antique Italian pieces inspired by “The Neapolitan” novels by Elena Ferrante. The books are all based in 1950s Naples, Italy. It’s the second in her quarterly design series. “After finishing the series, I knew I...
DECOR: New outdoor pieces in wood, steel from Austin’s Petrified Design

DECOR: New outdoor pieces in wood, steel from Austin’s Petrified Design

Thinking of adding some outdoor pieces to your backyard this spring? Austin-based Petrified Design has some new offerings including powder-coated steel chairs, shelves and bike racks, signature wood pieces and planters. Find them at the Petrified Design studio, 6601 Shirley Ave. petrifieddesign.com
HOME GOODS: Peacock Alley linens opens Austin design studio

HOME GOODS: Peacock Alley linens opens Austin design studio

Dallas-based Peacock Alley has opened its first Austin store. Peacock Alley is known for its fine linens and imported home goods from Italy and Portugal. “Opening a store in Austin has long been a dream for Peacock Alley Design Studios,” says Brad Cleveland, director of design studios for the company in a press release.. “While we are Dallas-based, we are excited to become a part...
SHOPPING: Mark the calendar for Will Leather Goods opening party

SHOPPING: Mark the calendar for Will Leather Goods opening party

Will Leather Goods opened its Austin story last month at the Domain Northside, but is celebrating officially with a party 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 15. You can meet CEO and Founder Will Adler, plus hear live music and enjoy free food and drink. While there, local artist Steffi Lynn will be painting the Will Leather Goods signature cow sculpture and you can watch leather being hand tooled on site. 11701...
Plan your garden calendar with vegetables all year long

Plan your garden calendar with vegetables all year long

HOMEGROWN HINTS Plan your garden calendar with vegetables all year long If you have gone to the trouble of clearing a spot, enriching the soil and preparing to garden, you want to get the most for your effort – the most veggies, the most flowers, the most pleasure. The best way to do that is by succession planting. Simply put, that means when one plant is finished, another is ready to go in...
Civil servants retire to globally inspired, uber-sustainable home

Civil servants retire to globally inspired, uber-sustainable home

SEATTLE — Olivier Carduner and Pat Ramsey saw the world with the U.S. Foreign Service, living and working in Egypt; Bangladesh; Washington, D.C.; Bolivia; Senegal; Thailand; and India. Amid all that global adventure, they saw their future during a 1980 visit to Queen Anne’s Kerry Park. “It was nighttime, and we rounded a curve and saw the Space Needle,” Ramsey says. &ldquo...
Tapestry of gardens overlooks historic home

Tapestry of gardens overlooks historic home

MINNEAPOLIS — Whenever Mark Addicks jogged around Lake of the Isles, a Dutch Colonial on a bluff above the lake always caught his eye. “It looked like a forest up there,” he said. But Addicks “envisioned gardens and designed them in my head.” In 2009, the gambrel-roofed Colonial went on the market. Addicks and his husband, Tom Hoch, a Minneapolis mayoral candidate, jumped...
Window treatments warm up this family home

Window treatments warm up this family home

My friend Tammy readily admits she has a problem. She is a self-confessed fabric-haulic who never met a plaid, paisley or floral she didn’t fall head over heels in love with. We have a lot of fun leading her astray, giving her a quick call every time we get in a new fabric that will make her flip. So when Tammy, her husband Tyler, and their three young kids moved into their diamond-in-the-rough...
10 ways to spruce up your outdoor space

10 ways to spruce up your outdoor space

With spring officially here, what better way to usher in the season then by sprucing up your outdoor environment? When it comes to home decor, remember that what is on the outside is as important as what is on the inside. As so many homeowners spend the majority of their time outdoors during warmer months, it is important to make your outdoor environment attractive, cozy and functional. Here are some...
3 hacks a professional cleaner knows (and you don’t)

3 hacks a professional cleaner knows (and you don’t)

Why is it that your home looks completely different after a professional deep-cleaning service steps in? Countertops you’ve wiped a hundred times shine brighter, shower grout you scrubbed to no avail has gone away, and your home looks like someone applied a lighter, brighter Instagram filter to it. According to cleaning experts, the difference is in the details. In an article for Real Simple...
Building a ramada a great family project after wild weather

Building a ramada a great family project after wild weather

Winter Tree Damage = Summer Ramada Native Americans in the hot, dry West have long built shade structures from found wood. They created small arbors of branches set upon sturdy dead wood posts. In the summer when it’s hot, they piled up fresh cut brush on top of the arbor to temporarily increase shade. Aromatic plants such as oil rich sagebrush helped to drive away mosquitoes in the shaded work...
Use stone to update, add interest to your landscape

Use stone to update, add interest to your landscape

GARDENING Use stone to update, add interest to your landscape As nurseries around town fill with scrumptious, irresistible spring plants, be sure to plan before you plop. As you start filling in the holes left by the ravages of our two winter days that were colder than 21 degrees, evaluate your landscape. Successful landscape design includes not only the plants but also the hardscape in your garden...
Extreme fixer-upper gets a beautiful makeover

Extreme fixer-upper gets a beautiful makeover

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Based on realty buzzwords alone, loads of hopeful homebuyers likely picked up on the tempting potential of a midcentury fixer-upper in Bellevue’s classic Killarney Circle. Anne and Rob Tucker certainly did. “The view, privacy, community pool; it all seemed really special,” Anne says. “The neighborhood really felt authentic.” In realty reality,...
Tips for cozy basements and lower level

Tips for cozy basements and lower level

In many homes, basements and lower levels often feel cold and uninviting, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. What many people often overlook or ignore is the fact that a lower level is usable space. Especially during a time when people are looking to maximize how they use their home, using all aspects of a living space is key. Whether a basement or lower level, there are a number of...
Family is making memories at their beautiful beach

Family is making memories at their beautiful beach

There is a special magic that happens in families when they escape on vacation, spending time together, laughing, playing, connecting, refilling. For the past two decades, the Kilkenny clan has done just that during their annual migration to the beach, with three generations traveling from all over the country to be together for a week of sun-soaked fun. Preserving this tradition was so important...
Three blind mice piece is a rare find

Three blind mice piece is a rare find

Dear Helaine and Joe: I have been helping my brother clear out his 3,000-square-foot house. Among the items in the library was a set of bookends. They have the Rookwood flame mark and are about 4 inches square. They feature three mice with their eyes covered and the number 6641 underneath along with “See No Evil” on the base. I can’t find anything about them — can you help?...
Naturally organized people do this one thing every day. Do you?

Naturally organized people do this one thing every day. Do you?

Those of us whose apartments resemble a Forever 21 on a Saturday look to our hyper-organized counterparts with awe: Their homes are as immaculate as a museum, their days are scheduled down to the minute and they never have so much as a hair out of place. While some of their organizational methods may seem over the top, science says they’re onto something — being organized can improve your...
Two steps to successful seed starting

Two steps to successful seed starting

Every gardener has watched their seedlings fail on the windowsill. Starting seed indoors isn’t easy, but it’s necessary. In many areas, the last frost is too late for long-term crops like tomatoes that ripen over the summer. We want to start them earlier so seedlings are ready to move into the gardens as soon as the weather and soil temperatures allow. Those not willing to start their...

Clay soil needs compost, not sand

When it comes to improving clay soil, sand is not the answer. “What do contractors make when they mix clay and sand? Concrete,” said Sacramento soil expert Steven Zien of Living Resources Co. “Adding sand in an attempt to improve drainage and improve the texture of a clay soil is not recommended, not only for the reason mentioned in the previous statement, but you would have to add...
Have fun in the garden with a flock of pink flamingos

Have fun in the garden with a flock of pink flamingos

GARDENING Have fun in the garden with a flock of pink flamingos Funky? Tacky? Retro? Or just good fun? Most passers-by seem to enjoy the flock of pink flamingos decorating Nathan Griffith’s Central Austin front yard. Several dozen of the brightly colored plastic birds adorn the grass, with about 15 perched in a redbud tree. On a recent day, a woman wearing a blue shirt stood by the curb snapping...
How to create sun space in your landscape

How to create sun space in your landscape

Just imagine if you had a spot to relax outdoors this spring where UV energy is intensified. Block air movement and the resulting sun drenched space becomes a naturally warmed solar sink. Similar scenarios were sought by man and animals alike as the age old way of warming the body naturally during sunny days. Sitting in the sun is the dermatologist’s cardinal sin, but this early in the year...
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