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  1. MAKING OLD NEW AGAIN: LA’S BLISS AND MISCHIEF

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    “Bliss and mischief makes life better… The peach skin shades of a love worn camp blanket…a few yards of deep indigo mud cloth, faded by 80 years of African sun…the swans down softness of a 1970s vintage white tee…the textured sensuality of a Japanese Boro kimono…Uncle Phil down in NOLA, struttin’ his stuff in funk and flash chain-stitch Western wear – these were the building blocks for the birth of Bliss And Mischief.”

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  2. SOUND: LOUISIANA’S LAZY LESTER

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    This past week I discovered somebody that I should’ve already known about given my love of the Blues and the fact that I grew up in Louisiana. One of Austin’s hotspots, Justine’s Brasserie, hosted the Legendary harmonica swampy blues musician Lazy Lester in the corner of their famed restaurant and boy was it special.

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  3. MY GIRL CRUSH: ESTHER QUEK

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    Ok, so I have a major girl crush. Esther Quek, the fashion director of menswear magazine The Rake, is by far my favorite fashion influencer. She’s probably one of the coolest chicks out there on the fashion scene and I love that she dresses like one of the boys with such confidence and assurance. Her color combinations and layers are like magic and I love the edge that she adds to each of the classic looks with her haircut and jewelry. She’s just a total badass and to say I’m obsessed with her just doesn’t cut it.

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  4. SOUND: FIRST AID KIT

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    I wrote about the Swedish folk duo, First Aid Kit, back in 2012 when I first discovered their music and fell in love with their look and sound. I told a lot of people about them at a time when not many had heard of them. The enchanting duo has come a long way since then and as I’ve watched their audience grow, I’ve also seen them grow into themselves a bit more. Today, their first video from their new album (out on June 10th) was released and again I was mesmerized by their flow, their melodic sound and their style.

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  5. SEARCHING FOR SOUL: MEXICO CITY’S AVOCET JEWELRY

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    When I was in Mexico City in December, I was thrilled to find out that a local makers market was happening called La Lonja Mercantil which is Mexico City’s version of LA’s Echo Park Craft Fair or Parachute Market. I found some really great artists and met some amazing people while strolling through . One artisan in particular really caught my eye and I ended up coming home with several of her pieces of jewelry. Created by Michelle Goni of Mexico City, Avocet Jewelry is a line of handcrafted jewelry that is inspired by relics and venerated objects. “It is a convergence of rituals, cultures and stories as portrayed int he form of jewelry.”

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  6. STUDIO VISIT: AUSTIN’S FAVORITE DESIGNER GAIL CHOVAN

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    Back in 2011, I visited Austin for the first time to satisfy the curiosity of this place that had been put into my heart and mind as a possible city to move to. At the time, I didn’t really know much about the city, but it had been ringing in my ear for about a […]

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  7. BRIGITTE LACOMBE FOR ACNE PAPER

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    Although a bit late in seeing the issue, I picked up my all time favorite publication, ACNE PAPER, last week and I was super inspired by the 15 page feature on photographer Brigitte Lacombe’s black and white portraiture. For ACNE’S 15th issue focusing on “The Actress”, Lacombe curated a selection of outtakes of commissioned shoots between 1988-1999 of some of her famous actor subjects.

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  8. AUSTIN’S BOTANICALS FOLKLORICA

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    Spring has landed here in Texas indicated by the fields of wildflowers that I’ve witnessed on my weekly journey between Austin and Houston on HWY 71. Fields of bluebonnets, indian paintbrush and a mixture of other brightly colored wild flowers cover the grounds along the highway and in the pastures along the road. It’s quite […]

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  9. SEARCHING FOR SOUL: COBRA ROCK BOOT COMPANY

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    I’ve been obsessing over Cobra Rock Boot Company since I first spied their little shop on South Dean Street in Marfa on my first visit through town last May. The store was closed (as the town is only in action Wednesday thru Sunday), but my window shopping experience was enough to get me very intrigued. […]

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  10. GARZA FURNITURE DESIGN: MARFA,TX

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    I had the chance to check out one of Marfa’s great creative duo’s work this past weekend for the first time at Jamey and Constance Garza’s Furniture studio. The couple have been living in Marfa for ten years since their move from Los Angeles and Jamey’s designs are what created the interiors at two of Bunkhouse’s hotels: Marfa’s Thunderbird Hotel and Austin’s Hotel San Jose.

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