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Transplants Floral
Words by Sommer Brugal Photos by Eric Morales
Austin native Antonio Bond finds beauty in combining found objects and Earth’s natural décor.
It’s not too often you’ll find a floral arrangement laced with bones, wasp hives, or animal skulls. When you do, you might question its beauty; you might even think it strange. But for Antonio, founder of and florist at Transplants Floral, combining weird, uncommon objects with something…

A Weekend In {Rotterdam}

Holland’s Coolest City
Words & Photos by Jennifer Simonson
With its eye-catching modern architecture, flourishing art, dining scene, and picturesque views, Rotterdam is a perfect example of how a country’s lesser-known city is always worth exploring.
Friday
If you are arriving by train, walk across the street and drop your bags at the Rotterdam Marriott. The 31-story glass and steel building sits in the middle of the city center, making i…

The Butcher’s Ball

What happens when foodies and ranchers have a ball with fresh meat?
Words and Photos by Jessica Devenyns
Calling all red-blooded, meat-loving, farm-to-table fans and sustainable harvest-supporting foodies. Bring empty plates and get ready for the best barbecue you’ve ever sunk your teeth into.
For the second year in a row, Rockin’ Star Ranch in Brenham, Texas was covered by a white pavilion sheltering Texas chefs and their cooking from whippin…

Halloween Popcorn Balls

with Hauntingly Healthy Butternut Bisque
Words by Kayla & Justin Butts of Four string Farm Photos by Rachel Benavides
Play a trick of your own this season by giving your kids sweet healthy treats.
On Halloween, we give our children a sweet wholesome snack to start the night with ghoulishly good fun and minimize the candy binge that will haunt them later.

Homemade popcorn balls are the perfect dish to begin the quest for candy. These tre…

Sweet as Candy

Eliana Bernard Ceramics
Words by Jess Hagemann Photos by Eric Morales
Candy-striping isn’t only for Christmas candy-canes anymore. Mango, blue raspberry, and bubblegum-pink swirls decorate ceramicist Eliana Bernard’s latest collection of slip-cast vases, plates, and serving trays. They’re sweet enough to stand alone or accent any designer’s dream space, and she makes pieces that fit every budget, too.
Setting Eliana’s work apart from other pot…

Nature at Play

Paintings Come to Life
Words by Jessica Devenyns  Photos by Ashley  Haguewood
In a small, whitewashed auto garage, the glare of fluorescent lights creates an unusually flattering background for dozens of canvases propped haphazardly along the walls. Rabbits pose languidly alongside smiling foxes, and narwhals float along six feet of canvas, their horns glittering with metallic applications. A pile of fused glass waits patiently to be applied to…

Escaping Reality

Star in Your Own Real Life Video Game
Words by Jennifer Simonson Photos by Eric Morales
Imagine you and your six friends are locked in an abandoned New York City subway station. You have one hour to find clues, solve a mystery and save the world from a madman. Your first order of business is to escape a shaking subway car. Once you do, you find yourself in an abandoned station. At the beginning of the adventure, you were told anything could be …

6 Best {Game Day Essentials}

Enjoy the game from the comfort of  home. 
Words by Erin McWilliams
This weekend, Texas will face Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl to compete for the coveted Golden Hat. Maybe you’re one of the lucky few who was able to snag a ticket before they sold out, but if you didn’t, we’ve compiled a list of 6 best game day essentials for your football-watching needs. 
1. Lady Bird’s Tasty Tea
Lady Bird Johnson liked her tea sweet;…

Bee Yourself

 Latinitas Startup Chica Conference
The CEO of Me & The Bees Lemonade, Mikaila Ulmer, is an Austinite renowned for her great-grandma’s lemonade recipe. She’s been on Shark Tank, introduced to former president Barack Obama, and on October 14, she’ll be the keynote speaker at the Latinitas Startup Chica Conference, teaching young girls to create innovative solutions to community problems. And if that’s not enough, Ulmer just celebrated her 13t…

Emerging East

More Than Art
East Austin Studio Tour is expanding knowledge and inviting patrons to see the concept and explore the studios of local artists.
East Austin Studio Tour, commonly referred to as E.A.S.T., is running on its sixteenth year, and it goes without saying it has become an essential cultural institution of this city. East-siders watch and wait as the number markers appear around the neighborhood. It’s a clear sign summer is long gone, and…

When East Goes West

Every year around this time Austinites venture out west to attend El Cosmico’s Trans-Pecos Festival, or what some might call “The Love Festival.”
Words & Photos by Sandra Dahdah

Ticket-holders are willing to drive over six hours to Marfa to camp in the middle of nowhere. They do it all for the music, open spaces, and slow living, but it’s also about the company this festival keeps—people with good vibes, ready to have a good time and just…

Beauty to Light

Warbach Lighting and Design
Words by Jessica Hagemann Photos by Eric Morales
Victor Hugo said that “To love beauty is to see light,” and innovative lighting designers Nathan Warner and Buck Hubach couldn’t agree more. The friends and business partners met five years ago when they both worked at an Austin woodworking shop. Nathan had just moved from Round Top, Texas—home of the Round Top Antiques Fair—where he’d learned to create, wire, and sell…

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