Posts tagged ‘holiday’

December 9, 2009

Announcing Austin Post’s City-Wide White Elephant Party

I am beside myself with excitement about Austin Post’s upcoming party, and I hope each and every one of you hip-n-happenin’ Austinites reading this here blog will come to the event!


What’s this City-Wide White Elephant thing? Bring a wrapped gag gift and exchange it for another wrapped gift–but this gift could be any number of fabulous prizes from our sponsors, or it could be Aunt Nelda’s hand-crocheted coasters. Trading is A-OK, and you’re required to write your gag gift on your nametag, so outlandishness is encouraged.

What else is there?

Seriously, I have not been this excited about a party since, well, ever. Since I put it together, it’s all my favorite things, and I can’t wait to see everyone there! PLEASE don’t forget to RSVP, as it is required for entry. RSVP HERE.

Facebook invite here if you’re into that sort of thing (does NOT count as RSVP)

Bring fabulously hilarious gag gifts and see you there!

December 9, 2009

Shop787 at Phoenix & Sugar Mama’s

Two of my favorite companies are doing fun stuff on Thursday!

Shop787 at The Phoenix

The latest shopping extravaganza from the Launch787 clan is an assortment of pop-up shops inside the swank Phoenix (formerly Pangaea). The next two Thursdays (Dec 10th & 17th) feature happy-hour priced cocktails from 5–9pm, 20 vendors (they’re different each night). No cover, and if you’re one of the first 300, get an eco-friendly reusable shopping bag from Gables Park Plaza w/ discounts for the vendors’ booths!



Official RSVP

The December 10 lineup includes: 302 Designs, Aldea, *annemarie*, Annie Bradley Art, Cornucopia, Couture Cottons, Deborah Main Designs, Garbo. a Salon, GvE Designs in Metal, Jenny N. Design, Jeremiah the Innocent, Modo Designs, Queen of Sheba Fashion,, Sikara, Skye Salon, Spectacle Sunglasses, and Stella & Dot.

The December 17 lineup (which you are only allowed to attend from 5-6pm, since an impending announcement of a BADASS Austin Post party will make you busy from 6-9m) includes: Ax + Apple, Beyond Tradition, Bloomingnails, Cory Ryan Photography, Davie Clothing, Diamonds & Guns by Action Jackson, Dress Shop, FOXY Fusions, Happy Max Designs, Marnie Bugs, Meline Collection, Micah Yancey Jewelry, Monsterami by Raquel, Paige King Jewelry, Rene Geneva Design, Soigne Boutique, Taylor Moseley Jewelry, Teddies for Bettys, Two Winey Women, and Wings of Addiction.

FREE Sugar Mama’s! Oh, I mean Canned Food Drive

Thursday, Dec 10: Sugar Mama’s 2nd Annual Canned Food Drive = Bring in 2 or more non-perishable goods and get a free cupcake, cookie, or dessert bar! One per customer per day. (Straight from the release: If we catch you coming back in a fake moustache or sunglasses, we’ll pelt you with cans and make you replace the ones that got dented on your head.)

For furry friends, you can bring in non-perishable pet food items! Bring in 2 items and get a free pupcake! Same rules apply as the human food drive and the kibble goes to the Society for Animal Rescue and Adoption.

They’ll be leaving the boxes up until Christmas Eve if you don’t make it in time for the food drive but can’t stay away from the amazing joy that is a cupcake from Sugar Mama’s… try the seasonal flavor:

Candy Cane
A brand new seasonal flavor! Chocolate cake with white chocolate chips, topped with a winter cap of peppermint buttercream and fresh peppermint bark.

Mmmmmm. Shopping and cupcakes, what could be better?

November 22, 2009

Four Seasons Gingerbread Houses and Tree Lighting

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays at Four Seasons! The famous Four Seasons Gingerbread houses will be revealed to the public on Tuesday, November 24 at the annual Holiday Tradition event. On display through Jan 3, the gingerbread houses are up for sale with all proceeds donated to the Seton Shivers Cancer Center. Free and open-to-the-public, the event will feature holiday music and treats and refreshments. No RSVP is necessary!

5:30-6:30pm / Four Seasons Hotel – Lobby, 98 San Jacinto Blvd.

Consider yourself e-Invited.

November 11, 2009

A Note on Eating … plus FREE Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Kids, I’ve gone Paleo. You’ll see upcoming posts on things not Paleo (looking at you, Dulce Vida delicious tequila), like the following notice in this same post, but as of the beginning of this week, I’ve undertaken a 30-day Strict Paleo Challenge with 4 of my fellow CrossFitters. Curious? What’s a Paleo? Already thought I was nuts because of this CrossFit thing? Find out more at the new The Label Says Paleo blog.

Holiday Open House – FREE 12oz holiday drink

Thursday Nov 12th, 4pm-8pm

Participating The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf stores – S Lamar is confirmed, not sure about N Lamar

Snag a free 12oz Peppermint Latte or Ice Blended® drink, Pumpkin latte or Ice Blended® drink (let me tell you how delicious THOSE are), or Winter Dream Tea® Latte only. No substitutions. None of these are Paleo. Limit one complementary drink per customer.

November 6, 2009

Weekend Fashion & Shopping

Friday, Saturday, Sunday … it’s a shopaholics’ (or casual fashionista’s) fantasty!

Saturday: Runway to Heaven fashion show

Runway to Heaven Austin

I’ll be live-blogging/tweeting my reactions to the show up onto the wall behind the models as they walk down the runway, so this is going to be super cool. But what will I wear?!

Friday: 2ND Street District Holiday Give & Get Kick-off

Every Friday afternoon in November, 2ND Street District businesses are rolling out the holiday cheer with a Holiday Give & Get.

For $25, you get special VIP savings, free gifts, a chance to win holiday spending money and the opportunity to support one of four much-loved Austin non-profits: Art Alliance Austin, Austin Dog Rescue, Bikes for Kids or Capital Area Food Bank. $20 goes directly to the charity of your choice and $5 will go toward a raffle including holiday spending money and hundreds of dollars in gift certificates to 2ND Street District businesses. The drawing will take place on December 3 at the 2ND Street District holiday parties.

Today’s featured non-profit is Art Alliance Austin. They’ll be at 2nd Street’s gallery d selling tickets to Art Night Austin: E.A.S.T. (the official preview party of the East Austin Studio Tour, taking place Nov. 12) and personalizing holiday greeting cards by E.A.S.T. featured artist GladeMade. We’ll also have an Annie Ray photo booth on site, so bring your kids or pets and snap some holiday photos to share with friends and family.

Sunday: Shop 787 event

Yeah, I’ve been hyping it all week, but it’s here!


All Weekend: Settlement Home Garage Sale

This year’s Settlement Home Garage Sale is Nov 6-8 at Palmer Events Center. A family tradition (wrote about it here), I highly recommend you check it out … there are awesome find waiting to be discovered!

Sale Days

Friday 10 am – 7 pm – Admission is $5 at the door
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm – Free Admission
Sunday 10 am – 2 pm – Free Admission
Closed from 2 pm – 3 pm
Sunday Bag & Box Sale 3 pm – 5 pm – Free Admission

November 5, 2009

Winner Winter Winner

When I asked for your fave winter clothes in exchange for the chance to win tickets to Sunday’s Shop787 event, I got tons of responses (and keep in mind that we’re Texans here), but here’s a sampling of my personal faves:

  • My favorite (new) winter clothing item would have to be my plum coat from Gap. It is so fun and has great pockets. Great pockets are lacking nowadays in women’s outerwear.

    Plus… it’s plum, one of my favorite fall/winter colors.

  • my favorite winter item is a hat that I got at Camden Market in London 8 years ago. It converts from a regular hat into a warm open headband, so its really two pieces in one.

  • Georgia

    I love my new (faux) leather motocross jacket! I wore it recently with a blueish grey silk dress (or sub out chiffon) with black tights and black slouchy booties. It was a great juxtaposition of tough and sweet. Result: felt like I stepped out of Lucky!

  • Ashley

    My favorite winter item is definitley my red pea coat. It looks great with jeans and heels and is light enough that I can wear it pretty regularly here in Texas. The red really helps a girl stand out in the usual dark colored winter coats.

Vic, I love winter plum too. Ally found an amazingly handy convertible winter piece, while Georgia won me over with her closer “Result: felt like I stepped out of Lucky!” but ultimately the WINNER is and the two free tickets to Shop 787 this SUNDAY go to …


You can’t argue with a girl who likes to stand out.

November 1, 2009

Shop787 / WIN free tix!


Win tix to this!

That crazy event company Launch787 (Austin Fashion Week and FLAVORS) is throwing a holiday shopping party with over 50 local boutiques, designers, artists and more in one location. That Matt Swinney sure knows how to wrangle the city’s creatives into one fun, happy place. The event is also a fundraiser/book drive for the Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Swinney says: “After Austin Fashion Week, the biggest piece of advice we got from consumers was ‘bring us an event that puts everyone in one room together’ – that’s sort of what Shop787 does.”

Advance tickets are $5 through, tickets $10 at the door or $5 with the donation of a book. Tickets include all beverages (read: open bar) including Tito’s Vodka, Brown Distributing, and Sweet Leaf Tea.

How to win tix? Post a comment telling me what your FAVORITE winter item of clothing is. For instance, mine is my purple and pink furry sneaker boots. Post by Wednesday 11/4 at midnight to enter!

More Shop787 Deets:

Shopping vendors include: 302 Designs, Adelante, Aldea, *annemarie*, Anne Bradley Art, Photobooth by Annie Ray, Bella Maui Boutique, Beyond Tradition, Bloomingnails, Bolsa Bonita, Bon Bon by Micah Yancey, Catherine Keeney, Cornucopia, Couture Cottons, Creative Chick Designs, Deborah Main Designs, Dress Shop, Eliza Page, Finch, FOXY Fusions, Garbo. A Salon, Get A Bead, GvE Designs in Metal, Happy Max Designs, Hem Jeans, Inviting Affairs, Izzy & Ash, Jalpar & CATTIVA, Jenny N. Design, Jeremiah the Innocent, Katinka Pinka, Kinda Krazy Kids & Kompany, Limbo Jewelry, Maneki, Meline Collection, Modo Designs, Moon Island Designs, Paige King Jewelry, Queen of Sheba Fashion, Rene Geneva Design, Roxann’s Specialty Boutique, Sanctuary, Shop It Up Chic, Sikara, Skye Salon, Soigne, Spectacle Sunglasses, Tom-Kat Paper Dolls, Tree House Gift Shop, Two Winey Women, Underwear, Verbena Floral Design, Victrola Design, Wee, Wings of Addiction.

Food Court: Malaga, Judges’ Hill Restaurant, Sushi A Go Go, Pie Fixes Everything, Blue Note Bakery, The Cupcake Bar.

September 4, 2009

Labor Day Weekend

My brother and I are having some friends over tonight (ok, it’s a rager), but other than that I have NO PLANS for Labor Day Weekend. This is rare, people, and I’m pretty excited about it. I’m thinking I’m going to embrace the nothingness and DO nothing. But were I to do things, what they would be follows:


Game time is 6pm. Yeah, you know what game I’m talking about. Horns season opener against … I can’t even remember, but it doesn’t even matter. The important stuff–tailgates, burnt orange everything, and boozing–will be happening regardless of opponent. Maybe even in spite of, because I know plenty of people who plan to tailgate and not go to the game.

  • Anyway, if I was going whole-hog (whole-horn?), I’d hit J. Black’s for their Breakfast Club from 10am-6pm, where the front windows will be blacked out for a brunch & game day menu + drink specials.  They have a shuttle to take you to tailgate parties and the game. Perfect!
  • [Secret note: Keep an eye out for the Rare/Heineken Tailgate just north of campus]
  • If you’re slightly classier (is getting drunk at 10am EVER classy??), hit up Sagra’s Tailgate Brunch from 10:30am to 3pm with $1 mimosas and bellinis, then happy hour specials ($2 off all drinks, 1/2 price pizzas) from 4-7pm. In a sweet spot at 17th & San Antonio, right across the street from the Guadalupe Garage(GUG), with plenty of parking on the street and behind the restaurant, this is an excellent place to start a long day.
  • Too cool for football? Gone With the Wind is definitely your style.
    Part of the summer film series, the classic (love!!) is playing the Paramount Theater (713 Congress Avenue) at 7:30pm
; $8 Regular Admission;
 $7 Online Advance Admission info & tickets


Party Barge. Obvi. $25 gets you all-you-can-drink beer AND water. Steal of a deal. You can bring anything else, including food for the grill.
12:30-5pm, departs from Highland Lakes Marina in Volente

Order tix here:


Nothing?! The holiday of rest! Relaxation! Sleeping late!

Scattered throughout the weekend

Restaurants I haven’t tried but still want to:

  • Garrido’s
  • East Side Showroom
  • Cheer Up Charlie’s (trailer)
  • Moo Moo’s (trailer)
  • The Grove (I’ve been once, loved it, want to go back)

Movies I want to see:

  • Extract
  • Final Destination
  • Julie & Julia (I am a girl underneath it all!)

Is it really the end of summer?

I’ll leave you with:

February 26, 2009

Heroes for Children comes to Austin!

Heroes for Children has quietly begun work in Austin at the Dell Children’s Hospital.

Heroes for Children is a Dallas-based nonprofit that provides financial and social assistance to families with children battling cancer. Financial assistance can be anything from rent or mortgage payments to cash, while social assistance includes the Laptops for Love program, the Heroes Milestones program that celebrates Sweet Sixteens, proms, and other important life events, and the Holiday Heroes program that brings the holidays to families in hospitals.

Events to raise money for the group include its signature Heroes & Handbags, a Golf Classic, a 5K Run/Walk, and a Hold ‘Em for Heroes poker tournament. As the group spends more and more time with families in Austin, it hopes to gather local support and eventually start fundraisers and more programming here. To get involved, click here.

One of my best friends is the Program Director for the group, so if you have any questions, feel free to contact me and I’ll connect you to her. Also, follow @Heroes4Children on twitter!

December 22, 2008

Volunteer for Christmas!

An article in the Statesman today, Charities Suffering in Ailing Economy, focuses on how charities are suffering in this slow economy, especially with cash donations. It cites some scary statistics (“Contributions to the American Red Cross of Central Texas have decreased nearly 50 percent”?!?!) but also goes on to say that there are some bright spots–the Dell Foundation donated $825,000 in surprise grants and that sort of thing.

If you don’t have the cash to donate (and who does these days?) try donating some of your time instead. You’re likely off of work a few extra days this week and next, so use that time to help out at one of the myriad of charities we have in Austin. Community Impact Newspaper compiled this amazingly thorough list of where you can volunteer this season: Area Volunteer Opportunities – December 2008.

‘Tis the Season!


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