25 June 2013

Hill Country: Bexar Goods Co.

Well, I'm in love. 
 Want every single bag, bracelet, collar, and leash from Bexar Goods Co.
 If you're in Austin this Thursday, June 27, then stop in HELM Boots from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
 You can watch the Bexar guys complete one of their leather bags while sipping on beer by Hops and Grain. 

20 June 2013

Anteks: Jason Lenox Pendleton blankets

There's little that Anteks owner Jason Lenox can do wrong. I've written about him before, most recently in the April issue of Texas Monthly when I feature one of his J Alexander turquoise-embedded silver boxes.
 Now he's onto something new and I'm flipping. He's taken a Pendleton design and backed it with coyote. I've never seen a more chic take on a throw. I can so see myself wrapped up in one of these under the stars. 

09 May 2013

Austin: Hijo

So over the last month I've made about about 10 roundtrip drives to San Antonio, as my father lives there and is terminally ill. I always make a point to break up the long drive from Dallas with stops along the way. Whether it's lunch at Monument Cafe in Georgetown, a stop at the Texas Monthly office, or a coffee break at Bistro Bakery in Olmos Park.
 My latest stop has been to Hijo, Michelle Teague's new little shop in the back of Jardinero's Nursery in East Austin (that hood is my favorite, btw). 
 You may remember Michelle from previous posts about her great store JM Dry Goods. Originally in Marfa, she moved the store and her family to Austin a few years ago. 
 Her tightly edited Texas-meets-Mexico merch is spot on. It's clean, but everything also has a handmade rustic feel to it; somehow it's all evenly balanced. Everything from the gorgeous Oaxacan hammocks to painted Turkish clay bowls to bowls of skull-shaped beads made me swoon.
 Next time you're in Austin, I urge you to head East and explore. It's really where it's at now and if I could, I would move there in a minute. 
 I bought a handful of these babies below in white and blue and have them nestled in some white geodes I bought from Michelle. They look so great all piled on top of the paper mache skulls I picked up in San Miguel in February. 

11 April 2013

Dallas: Sugar Derby

You can probably tell I only post things on here that I'm really nuts about. So, of course, I have to let you guys know about Sugar Derby Mobile.
 Owned by Melissa Mackaly, that darling girl below, it's a 1958 Cardinal travel trailer merched-out with all kinds of fantastic vintage finds. And the other thing: Mackaly, a Dallas-native, is obsessed with Texas. Anyone with that preoccupation is best friend material as far as I'm concerned. 

 Want to see for yourself if you already haven't? Head over to the Old Bike Shop tomorrow night for her one-year anniversary party. I hope to see you there. xx

29 March 2013

Marfa: Camp Design Build

I'm dying to sign up for the Camp Design Build Adventure in Marfa this summer.
 The four-day workshop held on the grounds of El Cosmico is lead by artist/builder Jack Sanders
 From June 6-10 attendees get to learn about design, functionality, and how your environment effects the outcome and ultimately work on a community project benefitting local children
 Register here and hopefully I'll see you there