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Shannon Yoachum

Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Get Fit While Having Fun

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When working out in Austin, it is always refreshing to find a new activity. Even though the weather has been extremely hot outside, SUP  or Stand Up Paddle-boarding on Town Lake makes for an excellent workout on the water. The best part about the outdoor sport? You can have fun while working out your core! There are many docks on the lake that rent out boards any day of the week. Head down to the Rowing Dock  for an hour one afternoon and give SUP a try with your friends.

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Inside Punkie’s Place: A Round Top Wonderland

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We had finally made it to the Spring show at Round Top highly anticipating our arrival at Punkie’s Place. Walking into the tent, we realized that reality had left us. Suddenly, Lauren and I entered a world of creativity, flashbacks to different eras, fun themes and vintage-painted boots. Bold colors, disco balls, fiesta fun, glitter, clothing, jewels and antiques galore. The feeling must have been similar to when Alice entered her Wonderland. Diane Conlee, owner of Punkie’s Place, had transformed the space into a junky, funky store in only one week. You may be wondering where the name Punkie came from? Well, Diane’s party poodle, Punkie, was the inspiration and the rest is history.

We could not believe our eyes. Each season, she has figured out a way to make Punkie’s Place better than the previous show. Punkie’s has become a hot spot at the Round Top shows twice a year, bringing in people from all over the country to see what Diane and the Punkie’s dealers have put together. Not to mention they are extremely fun to be around! If you haven’t been to this show, we strongly suggest trekking to Round Top, Texas to see the magic for yourself.

We may not be able to venture down the rabbit hole like Alice, but we have captured the Punkie’s Place experience in our exclusive video interview with the mastermind behind it all, Diane Conlee. Visit Punkie’s Place at the next Round Top show, September 23-October 1, 2011.

What makes Splendid so Splendid?

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When wearing something casual, comfort is a key element. Just because an item has the “comfy” quality doesn’t mean it has to be frumpy. Well Splendid has solved all of the problems by creating a line for your everyday look. After years of trying to find the perfect combination of softness using color absorbing yarns, Splendid created the ultimate t-shirt. The brand incorporates fashionable silhouettes with a wonderful fabric that is ideal for layering once it starts to cool off. We have sorted through many casual choices, and Splendid is the winner. The line is carried in major department stores such as Neiman Marcus and several boutiques as well.

Key to the soft fabric: 50% supima cotton and 50% micro modal.

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Best Buy: Sandals under $50

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Who doesn’t love finding a good deal on shoes? Take a look at LOLO Magazine’s picks for sandals under $50. You can be trendy without a large price tag, and these are guaranteed to trend into next season, so it’s not an empty buy!

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Kimichi Ankle-Wrap Thong Sandal, $39 at Urban Outfitters; Harvey2 Plaited Gladiator Sandals, $40 at Top Shop; Native Beaded Sandals, $22.80 at Forever 21; Steve Madden ‘Serenite’ Sandal, $49.95 at Nordstrom; Sam Edelman ‘Ginger’ Thong Sandals, $29.70 at Dillards.

Austin Fashion Week 2011 Kicks Off!

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On Saturday, the city of Austin was ready to officially kick off Austin Fashion Week 2011 at the Speed and Glory Event presented by Lincoln. Walking in on a red carpet, excitement hit me wondering what they had in store for us throughout the evening. Appetizers were served and drinks were poured, courtesy of Tito’s Vodka, Corzo Tequila, Rebecca Creek Whiskey, Vitamin Water Zero and more.

The showroom began to fill up in time for the runway shows by Harley Davidson and Betsey Johnson. Taking my seat, I anticipated the Betsey Johnson Collection. Edgy fun with a girlie girl feel, the collection was something I could not take my eyes off of. The night continued with a performance by an 80’s cover band, LC Rocks. Austin Fashion Week is off to a fantastic start; I’m looking forward to the events to come throughout the week. Take a peek at the schedule here. There are many showcase events that are open to the public and some are free!

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Flat “Espadrilles”: A Lasting Trend

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Flat espadrilles continue to reign in the shoe world. They come in a variety of solid colors, unique patterns and even glittery translations. Finding them in neutrals and pastels as well as rich jewel shades makes them appealing to all. Some of our favorites are by TOMS, Madewell and Soludos. Don’t be hesitant to have more than one pair; the trend is not dissolving anytime soon.

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Ropey Soles Simple Espadrilles, Madewell, $48; Dali Pink, Soludos, $26; Red Canvas Classic, TOMS,  $44; Dali Black, Soludos, $26; Navy Canvas Classic, TOMS, $44

 

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