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2011 May 23
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Love is in the air for Vogue Germany. The June issue has three different covers (collect them all!) with models and their real life mates. Alessandra Ambrosio and her hubbie Jamie Mazur got their own cover along with Anja Rubik and her mate Sasha Knezevic and Karolina Kurkova and her honey Archie Drury. For those of you who don't speak german, the word liebe on the cover means love.
2011 May 20
Even if you've been to Austin, Texas, you're still gonna love Rebecca Minkoff's latest travel column celebrating the coolest city in the Lone Star State.
"From San Antonio to Dallas, Houston to Amarillo and all the way down to balmy Galveston, the great state of Texas never fails to establish itself as built-upon deep-seeded Texan pride and good ol’ fashioned patriotism. While there's certainly a huge expanse of predictable great Americana within Texas, it's also chock full ‘o surprises. Can you say...Tex-Mex? I was lucky enough to take a very quick jaunt to Austin a few weeks, and by the end of the trip, I was actually sad to leave. I’ve always heard the energy here is very youthful, (Hello, they filmed a season The Real World here, back when it was still entertaining) and that there is an incredibly vibrant music scene. What I wasn’t prepared for was to find myself in one of the trendiest, most fun, most super cool cities I’ve been too in a very long time—even as a relatively quiet pregnant gal just looking for some great food and even better vintage shopping.
Base camp was the San Jose Hotel, an adorable bungalow style place a few blocks from the Colorado River right downtown. My jaw dropped when I pulled up. It’s kind of the quaintest little place that I’ve ever stayed. Located right off of South Congress, aka the neighborhood where I could spend the rest of my life due to the seemingly endless vintage shops, quirky shopping and airstream trailer food stands (which I’ll get to in a minute, not to worry). Here at the San Jose, you can lounge by the pool, sip coffee and nosh on yummy pastries in the wonderful little coffee bar, Jo’s (which is literally located in the parking lot) or follow my lead and put on your favorite exploring outfit and dive into the infinite options for fun, culture, and art within Austin’s city limits.
Austin takes eating and food very seriously- this may be why Austin and I got along so well. Because of this, I plan out my entire day of eating before I even finish my morning coffee at Jo’s. First up is brunch at Sandra Bullock’s restaurant, Bess Bistro. The atmosphere is warm and cozy with yummy-smelling candles burning and the smell of crème brulée welcoming you. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a Ms. Bullock run-in while I was there, but I did have a run-in with the croque monsieur that induced a light spaz attack.
Feeling the Austin love all around me, I head to the vintage mecca known as South Congress to replenish my wardrobe and rejuvenate my design inspiration. I start at Feathers Boutique because this place has so much amazing-ness that I want to be fully energized for it. Then I bee-line down to By George for some indulgence. This place is certainly not the cheapest on the block—OK, fine, everything is pretty damn expensive, but if you’re looking for truly unique designer goods, the buck stops here. I never spend too much time or money in a fancy pants store, because I live in NYC and have access to some of the best shopping in the world, but I was still VERY impressed with By George.
Now let’s get back to those airstream food trailers I mentioned earlier. While gourmet food trucks are taking over Manhattan, Austin has had this idea down pat for awhile now. It’s a weird concept, but Austin is known for being a little weird. The Airstream trailers are all over downtown, the majority of them are found lining the streets in South Congress. It’s genius! I spot an airstream trailer with the words “Hey Cupcake!” on it and, as if stuck in a tractor beam, I am helpless to not stop in for a little slice of pure joy in the form of a cupcake. Mmmm!!!!!!
After dropping off all of my magnificent new purchases at the hotel, I take a nice leisurely stroll through Zilker Park & Botanical Gardens. I swear, I actually felt my blood pressure dropping as I walked through the perfectly manicured rose gardens, past picturesque streams, waterfalls and koi ponds. If flowers don’t do it for you and large grassy knolls, lake kayaking and bike trails are more your pace, not to worry. Zilker Park has you covered. Bring a picnic, iPod speakers, and a blanket and enjoy the always warm Texas weather.
I can hear the dinner bell ringing loud and clear, so I freshen up at the hotel and head to Paggi House because this place not only embodies the spirit of Austin with live music, truly special outdoor patio dining and incredible skyline views but also serves some seriously amazing food. I savor the atmosphere, the fare and the people watching here and drag myself back to the hotel for bed. It’s rare that I find myself so completely taken with a city as I am with Austin. I’ve decided to make an annual Austin pilgrimage to explore this city further and I promise to bring you guys along. Stay tuned for the next great Texas adventure!
2011 May 20
What were the fashion stories of the week?
Fashion's Kim Kardashian inks a well deserved $40 million deal to keep on keepin' on. FIT and Parsons grads plan a joint fireworks and confetti display in Times Square on the the 10th of...
The designers of Cushine et Ochs make us happy in their pursuit for love. All the single ladies, all the single ladies, will relate to their experience.
David Beckham announces the greatest news of all time: He's launching a bodywear line! What does that mean? Who cares? More Beckham shirtless!
The first look at Prabal Gurung for J. Crew arrives. And the crowd goes wild!
The LA Times is kind enough to explore the story that Vogue hasn't had the time to get into: Steven Tyler's fashion. Someone had to do it!
Suburbia Update! Suburbia Update! Suburbia Update! Man arrested for armed robbery at Fashion Bug. No word if fashion police were called. Ba-Dump-Bump.
Ralph Lauren chatted with Oprah Winfrey at his home in Telluride, Colorado. RL's daughter Dylan gave deets about the wedding dress that her Dad designed for her upcoming nuptials. "I told my fiancé, "I may sleep in it. I might wear it the next day, It's really beautiful. I know that every bit of his energy and heart went into making sure that I liked it."
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2011 May 20
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At long last, the Sharper Image store on Madison Avenue is gone for good—and a veritable fash-emporium has taken its place. Michelle Smith and husband/business partner Andy Oshrin toasted the very first Milly flagship last night at 900 Madison Avenue, as preppily-clad pretties literally spilled out onto the sidewalk. "It's totally overwhelming!" smiled Smith, who didn't look all that flummoxed, despite the crowds (and the heat they created). "We spent so much time getting the merchandising just right—where should the cash wrap be? What should the dressing rooms look like? But in the last few weeks, it totally came together." Friends like Allison Aston and Amanda Ross came out to toast the brand—and support the Central Park Conservancy's Playground Partners in the process. Bien fait! Now: What city will Milly grace next?
2011 May 20
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Ivana Trump making an appearance at the amFAR Gala in Cannes last night just feels right. The American businesswoman (Source: Wikipedia) looks like she spent an afternoon in the sun, but we don't think she put enough SPF on her chest. Tsk, tsk! Everything else about this shot is the epitome of glamour and sophistication. Gorgeous, darling. Just gorgeous!
2011 May 20
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Kirsten Dunst has brought her A game to the Cannes Film Festival, and she looked just lovely in a Chanel dress from the 2011 Spring/Summer Haute Couture collection at the Cinema Against AIDS AmFar gala last night. The actress is there to promote her upcoming Lars von Trier film Melancholia, which is in competition at the festival.
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