Austin

aka The ATX, the City of Ideas, Silicon Hills

Made in the Shade

Lee | December 4th, 2013

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Does it mean you’re a grown up when you get nerdily excited about a new kind of SUNSCREEN you’re using? Yes? Well, I don’t care. I hate sunscreen, but I know it’s good for me, so I try to do the wear-it-everyday thing. I have tried a bunch of different brands that are supposedly ultra-light, oil free, but it wasn’t until a friend lent me some of her Peter Thomas Roth Uber Dry Sunscreen that I found one I really loved.

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Romance Music

Lee | September 30th, 2013
Mrs. Glass, whose tagline is simply "Romance Music"

“Mrs. Glass plays romance music,” says the artist’s bio.

Tuesdays used to be my double shot of psychedelic country blues night. Two incredible  musicians sharing a bill at Austin’s White Horse, Ramsay Midwood and Mrs. Glass were a combo that couldn’t be beat. Sadly their residencies at the venerable Horse came to an end so each of them could go on to other various gigs. We’ll miss the spice of some seriously strung out blues thrown in the mix with our classic country favorites.

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Love in the Time of Singularity

Lee | September 27th, 2013
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Joaquin Phoenix in “Her”

Though I lament every day that goes by without a new script from Charlie Kaufman, I consider a new movie directed by Spike Jonze, who has directed several of  Kaufman’s scripts (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation), a close second. Her has the potential to be a maudlin disaster, but the trailer looks pretty good! And as cliched as it may be, the “In the future man will love computer trope” a few decades from now they’ll probably be lauding this film as visionary.

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Pay Your Friends

Lee | August 23rd, 2013

Venmo 1OK, I may be light-years behind the rest of humanity, but I feel like everyone in my world is finally coming around to iPhones and lately the handiest thing I’ve had on my phone is Venmo, the app that lets you pay your friends (in fact I think that’s their slogan). It’s simple, low-key, free and way less frustrating than PayPal.

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Timeless Timepieces

Lee | August 8th, 2013

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There’s this one Swatch watch I had when I was 10 that I still think about. It had a translucent aqua strap and clock face with bold geometric shapes in different pattern that crossed intermittently. Simply, it was rad. Unfortunately Swatch doesn’t make this watch anymore, but the fact that Swatch does reproduce so many of their original designs from decades ago means they must be doing something right.

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Guitar Girls

Lee | August 6th, 2013
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Brennen Leigh, Noel McKay and band.

On any given night in Austin, TX there are half a dozen or more pretty solid country bands playing across the city. Not Garth Brooks country, but weaned on Hank Williams, raised on Johnny Cash kinda Country. Sadly, in 2013 nine out of ten of these bands are fronted and consist mostly of dude singers, dude guitar player, drummers, etc. We all know there are phenomenal lady musicians out there, so it’s no surprise that the ones that rise to the top are mind-blowingly good. They rarely get their dues.

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Pedal Pushers

Lee | August 5th, 2013
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from bikes + babes

When it comes to looking cute while biking, Europeans do it best. Like no hands, standing on the handlebars, popping a wheelie best. Europeans bike more than we do, but if you are an American who uses a bike for transportation or just a casual biker there are lots of cues to be taken from the Euros. I follow a couple cycle-inspiration blogs because I just can’t get enough of cute gals on bikes. One of my favorites is the tumblr bikes + babes by calivintage.  With current and vintage cuties (American and non).

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Mediocre Miniseries

Lee | July 30th, 2013
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Cast of Arrested Development

I finally gave Netflix a shot at wooing me with their television production prowess. I’d heard House of Cards was pretty good, and lord knows I’ve anxiously awaited the fourth season of Arrested Development for a decade just like the rest of the world and we all thought they couldn’t bungle something so good, right? Wrong.

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A Hat for All Seasons

Lee | July 5th, 2013
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Clyde Hats

There’s something about a lady in a hat. A good hat, worn well becomes an indistinguishable part of the person. But a bad hat, worn awkwardly looks like a oddly place cake topper, just perched on the wearer’s head.  I’ve been searching for just the right hat.

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Clarks, Don’t Call It A Comeback

Lee | July 4th, 2013

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Undoubtedly Clarks desert boots and, to a lesser extent, wallabees have made a resurgence in the past couple years. But were they ever really out of style? Clarks has been manufacturing shoes for almost 200 years and these trusty models are never really out of style.

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Favorite Fool

Lee | July 3rd, 2013

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There are those special times when you know you’re witnessing an unusual and rare talent. When I first saw James Hand  play it sent shiver down my spine. Hand has been playing country music for almost four decades and although he’s recognized as a living legend by most devotees of old school country music in Austin, he still keeps a low profile outside of the great state of Texas.

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The Bling Ring

Lee | June 27th, 2013

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There’s no denying it, we’re obsessed with excess. Every reality show revolves around it in some way, either it’s about people with unimaginable wealth or people competing for unimaginable wealth. That’s what makes the story behind Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring so compelling.

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The New Aesthetic

Lee | June 26th, 2013
Landscape Permutation 2 (2010), David Semeniuk

Landscape Permutation 2 (2010), David Semeniuk

The Internet, it’s with most of us night and day, we don’t log on and off any longer. We’re tethered at all times. It’s been a quick but subtle shift. Humans have built a network so large we can scarcely fathom it’s scope. That’s where people like James Bridle step in. Bridle is an artist, writer, technology theorist, basically he’s one of the people who is thinking critically about the Internet and our lives mediated by it. “It’s the thing we’re living inside, and I’m keeping an eye on it,” said Bridle in a recent Vanity Fair article.

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Handmade Mac

Lee | April 22nd, 2013

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Okay, I admit it may seem slightly over picky, insisting on custom made icons for your computer’s desktop, but given how many hours of our day we spend on these machines, I’d argue that a little handmade touch could add just a little joy to your computing experience. So I went ahead and downloaded these meticulously crafted hand-drawn Mac icons from graphic designer Nina Azzarello.

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Best Friends in the Wild

Lee | April 22nd, 2013

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“Best friends are a natural phenomenon seen all over the world,” starts a voice over in the tradition of great natural science narrators like David Attenborough. We see two smartly dressed girls in a New York park focusing intently on their tai chi. This little film directed by Lena Dunham for Rachel Antonoff’s Fall 2013 line is a charming ode to the BFF that showcases Natonoff’s classic colors and lines against Dunham’s sly humor.

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