Here are some of our favorite shops and designers worth checking out when holiday shopping this season. Be brave out there.
Material specializes in custom-made vintage clothing, and no two items are alike. Material features dresses, tanks tops, bow ties, fitted tops, and more that are perfect for someone with unique style. You won’t find items like this in big box stores, that’s for sure.
Claire Sommers Buck
Claire Sommers Buck creates handcrafted jewelry that is organically inspired, and each piece is unique and slightly different. She can also create custom pieces, so if you’re looking for something super special for your honey, talk to Claire.
Who doesn’t want to get a new bike on Christmas morning? I recently got my very own Fairdale Bike, and it is AWESOME. I have the single speed Flyer and it’s uncomplicated and smooth to ride. They offer various styles and colors, check ‘em out.
Teranishi is a new favorite of Danny’s, featuring mostly handcrafted leather goods. Their pieces are detailed, functional, and modern.
This week the Casserole Queens released their brand new cookbook, Make-A-Meal, and have begun their book tour to share the inspiration behind their second book. I got to visit with Sandy and Crystal at two of their book signings in Austin (you might say I’m a fan of the Queens), and just glancing through their new book leaves me hungry and determined to ramp up my cooking skills. This book features new casserole recipes along with side dishes to make your meal complete, along with gluten-free and vegetarian options. Some recipes I can’t wait to try are Summertime Tomato Basil Pie, Cioippino-Style Roasted Crab (seriously?!), and Shrimp Gumbo Casserole. Yum! Follow along with the Casserole queens on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with their exciting book tour (these ladies are a hoot).
Finally! My nonstop pet and animal related photos are being put to good use besides annoying my friends on social media! I’ve contributed content for the Animal Connections social media channels, so be sure to check them out on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You may see some familiar furry faces.
Presented by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Animal Connections: Our Journey Together is a traveling exhibit that introduces visitors to the human-animal bond and inspires the next generation of veterinarians. This exhibit marks the 150th anniversary of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and you should definitely check it out if you’re a sucker for interesting animal photos (like me).
Danny and I dish on one of our favorite dive bars, Deep Eddy Cabaret, in the August issue of TRIBEZA. You can grab your copy at many local businesses around town, or read the online version here. Big thanks to our good friend Annie Ray for taking the fabulous photos, love you Annie!
If you’re an animal lover like me, this scenario may sound familiar to you. When I’m lying in bed at night and can’t sleep (and also because I’m practically addicted to social media), I scroll through Twitter and Facebook on my phone looking at pictures posted by animal rescue groups. I laugh, I cry, and I typically end up donating a few bucks before I pass out from exhaustion. When I came across a post made by Corridor Rescue Inc. (CRI) out of Houston, I was totally struck. I’ve been a supporter and volunteer for Austin Pets Alive! for years now, but didn’t think often of animal problems outside of our great town. CRI has totally caught my attention, and hopefully will catch yours too.
Corridor Rescue Inc. is an animal rescue organization with primary emphasis on rescuing dogs and cats from the Corridor of Cruelty in Houston, Texas. Their goal is to end animal suffering whenever they can, and they do the best they can with limited resources and funds. You see, there is an area in Houston just east of I-59 off Little York – apparently the dividing line for the county and city Animal Controls. This mile strip of road is called the Corridor of Cruelty. There are abandoned and starving dogs just dumped there on a regular basis. It’s horrible and sad. They’re working to make it better, and need help.
Please check out their website if you’re interested in learning more about CRI and their efforts. I’ll be guest tweeting for them for a while, so please follow them on Twitter! (Any RTs and mentions are appreciated, hint hint.) You can also check them out on Instagram and Facebook. If you can donate, adopt, or foster, please consider doing so. They are also in need of donations such as cat and dog food (check out a list here). Thanks y’all.
Martha Lynn Kale from Mirror Mirror Salon is hosting Hair Rehab during July, in which 8 lucky (or should I say deserving?) women have committed to Martha Lynn’s Hair Rehab plan for a month in order to love their hair. I’m participating in Hair Rehab, and I totally need it. Stuck in that awkward in-between phase of hair length, Martha Lynn is helping me get my hair healthy and strong and teaching me how to properly style it so I can have more good hair days and fewer ponytail days (which if you know me, every day is a pony tail day). I’ll be using Living Proof products during rehab, and so far so good – they smell absolutely great and my hair is already noticeably softer. Follow me and Martha Lynn on Twitter for #HairRehab updates this month!