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I'm a habitual line crosser that believes everything happens for a reason, but life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, no second chances, you just have to live life to the fullest. Laugh as much as you can, spend all your money, tell someone what they mean to you, tell someone off, speak out, dance in the pouring rain, hold someone's hand, comfort a friend, love the ones who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't, pig out, smile until your face hurts, be a flirt, stay up late and fall asleep watching the sun come up, don't be aftraid to take chances or fall in love . . . and most of all live in the moment, If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. No one said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Beauty Board Festive Looks

If left to our own devices, we'd like nothing more than to spend the next three weeks curled up on our couches, hanging out with our favorite new friends—Jwoww, Snookie, and the Situation. But alas, we can only dream of evenings dedicated to the Jersey Shore crew (and their late-night delicacies of ham and water), because it's party season and being anti-social simply isn't an option. We figured that you, dear readers, might be feeling the same way and would appreciate a little inspiration for all your upcoming soirees. Accordingly, we've gathered a group of fashionable beauty looks that are sure to help you get through party season. Ripped from the runways and red carpets alike, these festive trends range from flirty to fiery (or as we like to pun, from knotty to nice). They might not be on par with the world's "hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos," but we think they're equally fabulous in their own ways.

Asymmetrical Undo
Rather than telling you to try a tired French twist, this year, we say go for an Asymmetrical Undo. (Yes, you read that correctly, an undo is like the cooler, slightly messy cousin of the prim updo.) Though not revolutionary, certainly, we love the look because it's easy and it works best on dirty hair—in other words, it's perfect for a post-work transformation.

Spotted on directional darlings like Diane Kruger and seen at Bottega Venetta's runway show, the Asymmetrical Undo can be customized in any number of ways. According to Kristoff Ball of Preece & Toff at Fred Segal Santa Monica, the key is to make sure your hair has enough texture to hold the look, so start by spraying it with either dry shampoo or a lightweight hairspray, such as David Babaii for Wildaid's Light Styling Spray ($13). Brush the dry shampoo or hairspray out, then create a semi-deep or very deep side part and gather the hair into a low, asymmetrical ponytail. Once you've settled on the ponytail's placement, simply twist your hair into a bun and secure it with bobby pins. (You can also braid or tease the ponytail before pinning it, feel free to play around!) It's an imperfect style, so don't worry if little bits of hair escape from the bun—it's supposed to have a relaxed look!

Pomegranate Pop
Our next look is definitely the most outrageous of them all and recommended for the daring (and the young!)—Pomegranate Pop! First noted on Prada's F/W 09 runway, when Pat McGrath decorated the models' eyes with MAC PRO Glitter ($20) in Reflects Rust, we were wowed when we say Rihanna rocking her own vibrant reinterpretation of the noteworthy trend at the AMAs. Ms. Fenty's go-to makeup guru, Mylah Morales, created a custom blend of two Make Up For Ever Pure Pigments Powder ($19)—No. 6, a bright red, mixed with a little No. 4, which is orange—which she applied with a damp skinny eyeliner brush. She kept the rest of the eye very neutral, but offset the drama of the shadow/liner by playing up Rihanna's eyelashes with loads of CoverGirl's LashBlast Mascaraicon ($8) in Very Black.

Two things to keep in mind if you're interested in trying this at home: patience and perfect skin. Regarding the former, Morales acknowledged that red pigments are difficult to work with, so be sure you have some time to play around. Additionally, she noted that it's imperative to make sure your skin is perfect when wearing red, wine, or berry shades on your eyes, so don't skimp on the concealer and foundation! One slightly more wearable way to try this look is to use a product that has a fair amount of copper or brown in it. For example, NYX's Chrome Eyeshadow ($5) in Penny or their Jumbo Eye Pencil ($4) in Rust will both be more universally flattering and relatively easy to work with.

Lower Lashes
Maybe it's a reaction to the recent Latisse craze, but lately we've noticed that lower lashes are getting just as much attention as their upper counterparts. Whether it's a southern fringe fest, like the faux lashes Nars makeup artist Ayako used for the 3.1 Phillip Lim show, or the 360° lashtastic look Blake Lively wore to a Chanel event, one thing's for sure—now is the time to give all of your lashes some extra oomph!

While faux lower lashes are very difficult to do at home—and the results are usually over-the-top Twiggy-like—we definitely recommend giving them a little extra love via mascara. While we love a big fat brush for giving our upper lashes that falsie look, for the bottom ones it's better to use a wee brush, which is why we adore Le 2 de Guerlain Mascara ($35). While you can use both on your upper lashes (brush one boots volume, while brush two was designed to get the tiny inner/outer lashes), the smaller wand works wonders on the lower lashes. We also highly recommend Maybelline's Lash Discovery Washable Mascaraicon ($7) in Very Black, as it has an equally tiny brush. (The waterproof formula is genius for the lower lashes too, as it never smudges!)

Cheeky Chic
Our final festive look is a classic with a twist—Cheeky Chic, in the spirit of Leighton Meester. While glowing cheeks are always a beauty must, we love the way her makeup artist, Robert Moulton, gave Meester a luminescent rosy cheek and a stronger smoky eye. So often we see women doing one or the other, but Meester's proof that these two swell styles make an excellent combo. To get this look, Moulton used MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow ($19.50) in Young Punk (in the crease) and Cinderfella (on the lid), Lancome's Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting EyeLiner ($23.50) in Noir, and lots of DiorShow Black Out Mascara ($24) on Meester's eyes.

Moulton balanced the smoky eye by creating a multidimensional cheek. He started by dotting a hot pink crème blush on the apples of her cheeks, specifically Kevyn Aucoin's The Creamy Moist Glowicon ($24) in Liquifuschia. He blotted it on with the tip of his middle finger, then used a clean finger to blend it into her skin. Next, he swept on light layer of MAC Powder Blush ($18.50) in Cheek (sadly, that exact shade was discontinued, but try Pink Swoon for similar results). On top of this, Moulton dusted Linda Mason Professional Makeup Blusher ($23) in Bare on the apples of Meester's cheeks. The light luminescence gives skin a lit-from-within glow and looks particularly lovely in pictures (always a good thing to keep in mind this time of year!). Yves Saint Laurent's Mini Touche Blush ($28) in Sparkling Beige will give you a similar effect and its petite size is very party-bag friendly!

Runway images, from firstVIEW; Photos of Diane Kruger and Leighton Meester, from Splash.
I got a feeling that tonights gonna be a good good night!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Having a delicious beer at black sheep lodge thanx do512!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

If you haven't seen it yet, you should rent Food,Inc. It's on watch instantly on netflix, it will change your life

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Anyone in Austin with a development/fundraising background interested in a great opportunity and resume builder? Let's talk.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Hook em horns! You know that kicker is gettin laid

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Looking for suggestions on where to go for the best seasonal coffee or tea in Austin, any thoughts?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Austin Vida and Conexion Rockera present Austin Vida’s End of Year Showcase at Beauty Bar

Austin Vida and Conexion Rockera present Austin Vida’s End of Year Showcase at Beauty Bar

Featuring Maneja Beto, El Tule, Este Vato & DJ Chorizo Funk

For Immediate Release

November 23, 2009


Ian Morales

Austin Vida

(512) 310-1132


(AUSTIN, TX) – Austin Vida’s one year anniversary is fast approaching, and like every anniversary, there’s a celebración to go along with it. This will be Austin Vida’s first showcase under new ownership, and they are doing it big! Partnering with local Latin Music production experts, Conexion Rockera, Austin Vida is proud to present Maneja Beto, El Tule, Este Vato and DJ Chorizo Funk at The Beauty Bar.

Maneja Beto (http://www.manejabeto.com/) is a five piece, indie en Español fusion band similar to bands like Latin Alternative legends Café Tacvba and Aterciopelados. Recently the band released their latest digital single, "Ofrendas," and has had their music videos in constant rotation on Austin's ME Television. An Austin Vida staff favorite, Maneja Beto sets the standard for Latin Alternative music in Austin.

El Tule (http://www.myspace.com/eltule) combines influences of Cumbia, Afro-Cuban, Rock, Merengue, Salsa and Reggae. The music is influenced by art, history and culture often focusing on legends and tales of the mystical. El Tule recently released their sophomore album, Volumen II, and have been active for over six years in the Austin music scene. Simply put, El Tule is for those who love to dance, feel good and enjoy the positive expression of music.

The showcase’s opening band will be Este Vato (http://www.estevato.com/).These vatos are serious up and comers on the Austin Music scene, having already been featured in major Latino publications Remezcla, Austin Vida and La Banda Elastica. With their debut album in the works, Este Vato will only continue to keep audiences dancing and nodding their heads well into 2010.

Spinning before the bands will be Austin’s own Latino funk master, DJ Chorizo Funk (http://www.myspace.com/djebelo). The show is scheduled for Saturday, December 19th at 9pm at The Beauty Bar, located at 617 E. 7th Street. The show is 21 and up. Tickets are available for $5 on the day of the show. Attendees will have multiple opportunities to win tickets to the show from Austin Vida.

About Austin Vida:

The new Austin Vida online magazine launched in January 2009 and was created to enhance lifestyle opportunities and create awareness of Austin's growing Latino culture. Austin Vida's focus is primarily on the American-born Latino, while still being accessible to all cultures and ages. The online, English-language publication's goal is to feature the best of Austin's local Latin music scene, Latinos in Austin bands, national and international touring acts playing in Austin, the local Latino arts, music reviews, blogs and news from the community in a section called "Our Ciudad". Austin Vida also features exclusive videos of live performances and video interviews.

About Conexcion Rockera:

Conexion Rockera (conexionrockera.org) serves as an online resource for musicians and music lovers; supports, produces and consults for events featuring (but not limited to) Rock Latino Alternativo in Central Texas; offers the opportunity to showcase a band, scene, movement, individual, etc. who contributes musically.

For more information, please contact Ian Morales or Alba Peña.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Au40 tonight @ the Belmont, whose w/ me?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thinking about buying a new car, check this out: http://ping.fm/dsf44

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

you'll not only leave with a full stomach, but a good conscious as well!!

Tomorrow Night from 6pm to 8pm HYP is having cocktails and a family style dinner at Buca di Beppo. the address is Mopac and HWY 183 next to Dave and Busters. Cocktails will be from 6pm to about 7pm then we will gather around the table and dinner will be served about 7:15. We have a preset menu that includes appetizers, tea or soda, salad, entree, sides and dessert!! We promise no one will leave hungry!! Dinner is $27 dollars a person and alcohol is not included. However, there is an option of buying a drink package for an additional $20 for 4 drink tickets with makes each drink five dollars (the cheapest wine is $5.99).
Please RSVP by emailing claire.broussard@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you!
HYP Chairs

Monday, November 16, 2009

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Music Monday

Check this out, you can go to the Urban Outfitters Blog and download five free songs every monday, click here to check it out!

Mark your calender for November 16 & 17th!

The Austin Sports and Social Club & Drambuie bring you The Drambuie Den,
an exclusive event with complimentary cocktails!

You must RSVP by clicking here! All guests must be on the guestlist at the door.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Andy Warhol, I have found a love affair that could last forever: Peanut butter and jelly filled cupcakes from Whole Foods.

Monday, November 9, 2009

The best part about Monday is 5:00 when you realize you're one day closer to Friday

Friday, October 30, 2009

Just met Madeleine Albright!
Not only have we been blessed this year with Halloweekend, we have an extra hour of drinking Saturday night, what fortune!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

is Hungry like the wolf but stuck in a meeting that will never end!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Do you have a favorite animal rescue or shelter? http://ping.fm/t8Xwh

What Was She Wearing Answers

During the dog days of August and September's Indian summer, we often pine for a crisp autumn evening curled up with a mug of mulled cider. However, now that fall is upon us, we find ourselves, and our readers, grappling with clothing-minded conundrums. Whether you're fretting about how best to include this season's must have leopard accents into your wardrobe (check out Miranda Kerr) or simply seeking a lightweight outerwear option that is the perfect layering piece (props to Natalie Portman) we have gathered all of your celebrity-style queries and are pleased to present our fashionable findings in today's edition of What Was She Wearing: Answers!

Kate Moss
Although the tight shorts-avec-tights combo can be a bit tricky to master, Kate Moss shows us how to navigate this dressing situation with her signature insouciance. While running errands in West London earlier this month, the supermodel was spotted in an understated almost-all-noir ensemble. Specifically, she was wearing a pair of Prada shorts that are from many seasons ago (try Premium Denim Shorts ($80) from Topshop instead) and Mulberry's Double Prong Buckle Belt ($195). While much of the remainder of her outfit is comprised of vintage finds from the Portobello Road Market, we have gone ahead and selected some contemporary alternatives that match Moss' pieces in style! Be sure to check out Topshop's Short Extended Shoulder Jacket ($135), which mimics Moss' shrunken boy blazer with a modern strong-shouldered update. Though her exact boots and bag are one-of-a-kind, we suggest you consider Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent's Dylan Knee High Boot ($350) and either Prada's Pitone Drawstring Tote ($2990) or Melie Bianco's Studded Bag ($89) for her snakeskin carryall and you'll be strolling in style!

Lauren Conrad
Though the cameras may not beam Lauren Conrad's every move into your home on a weekly basis anymore, it's good to know that this Los Angeles lady still brings the chic wherever she goes. Spotted ducking into an appointment in West Hollywood last week, the former star of The Hills wore an adorably bright Geo Wrap Skirt ($48) from Ecote, smartly paired with Linea Pelle's Vintage Hip Belt with Perforation ($125) and a timeless black top, like Banana Republic's Short-Sleeve V-Neck Tee ($20). Conrad finished off the look with luxe accents including a Marc by Marc Jacobs purse and Lanvin ballet flats—both are from a few seasons ago. If you'd like some currently in-stock substitutions for these key accessories, we think Hurley's Vivienne Bag ($64) and Vera Wang Lavender Label's Lillian Flats ($195) also fit the bill!

Miranda Kerr
Whether she's posing as Victoria Secret angel or channeling a futuristic urbanite on the Balenciaga runway, Miranda Kerr certainly has proved that she's got quite a range! Off-duty, however, Kerr opts for the sort of gorgeous, grounded, and au courant brand of chic embodied by Isabel Marant's F/W 09 collection. Seen here taking a walk in New York City wearing editor-favorite (and unfortunately sold out) leopard skirt and heather gray sweatshirt from Marant, and Balenciaga's Black Flat Ankle Boots ($945, 212.206.0872), we can happily report that we've successfully sleuthed out some look-a-like alternatives to her designer pieces. We love the animalistic print of this Charlotte Russe Leopard Knit Skirt ($20), while the cut and color of Rogan's Mackayla Top ($132) mimics her Etoile by Isabel Marant shirt. Round out the rest of the ensemble with Topshop's Anarch Square Toe Cowboy Boot ($160), and Elizabeth and James' IX Blazer ($425), and you'll be Kerr-azy stylish in no time flat!

Natalie Portman
Though she often flies under the paparazzi radar, we are always pleased as punch to spot the ever-adored Natalie Portman out and about. Though she usually dons divine Lanvin frocks for her red carpet appearances, it's good to know that the Love and Other Impossible Pursuits-star is equally well-appointed when dressed down. Seen in between press events during the Toronto International Film Festival late last month, Portman stayed cozy in Salvatore Ferragamo's Double Breasted Capelet ($1990, 800.628.8916), which she layered over Chloe's Silk Medallion Printed Shirt ($1165, 212.717.8220), and MiH's The Marrakesh Flare ($244). While her exact pieces are certainly desirable, if you're looking for more budget-friendly alternatives, be sure to try either Pringle 1815's Swing Jacket ($750) or A.P.C. Madras' Canvas Cape ($200); both the British and French fashion houses have designed lovely cape cover-ups that will look perfect over your favorite fall and winter outfits. All you'll need is a pair of flared denim bottoms, like Gap's Nautical Jeans ($70) and a patterned scarf like this Banana Republic Silk Printed Scarf ($60) to help you achieve that Portman-inspired polish!

Photo of Miranda Kerr, from Splash; Photo of Lauren Conrad, from PCN; Photo of Kate Moss, from Getty Images; Photo of Natalie Portman, from INF.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Myspace Muses

As the old saying goes, an outfit is worth a thousand words. Okay, so perhaps that's not the exact phrase, but the idea that you communicate through your clothing choices is certainly true. We've taken that sentiment a step further, and recently decided that a thoughtfully assembled ensemble is the sartorial equivalent of a delightful dinner-party chat. Of course, if the head-to-toe look is tantamount to the sort of in-depth conversation you have over a meal, that means accessories are sort of like cocktail-hour small talk. After all, much like the quips one trades over martinis and mixed nuts, these wardrobe addendums convey your personality, interests, and taste level. If our theory is true—which it is, of course—then today's MySpace Muses have definitely mastered the art of banter. What might seem like little details—a nude shoe, a pair of patterned tights, or an oversized clutch—are actually the sort of key pieces that speak volumes about their personal style. These savvy muses have an extraordinary eye for the sort of small accents that add a new dimension to their look and subtly transform wardrobe basics into an inspiring ensemble. So, dear readers, listen closely, and steal a line from these ladies' party prattle, as they teach us how to make a lasting and fashionable impression without even saying a word.

Nude shoes are the perfect accompaniment to a modest black frock.
After viewing Coco Avant Chanel, what piqued our interest most about the iconic designer was something we already knew well: we love her simple, elegant designs, especially in the face of all the frou-frou popular in that era. Erin, 26, from Oakland, quietly channels that tasteful glamour in her uncomplicated, yet chic, arrangement of nude shoes and a black frock. The vintage-inspired silhouette of her daytime dress is quite ladylike, but looks fresh when personalized with a shorter hemline and bow-bedecked flats. You can capture Erin's quirky-prim look by pairing RVCA's Long Sleeve Boat Neck Button Front Dress ($72) with Charlotte Russe's Ruffle Button Flats ($19).

Red lips and a big braid spice up simple neutral pieces.
While the Fall 09 runways were focused on bold lip statements, the Spring 10 runways spotlighted thick plaits (most notably those at Miu Miu and Alexander Wang). We like how Caroline, 27, from New York City, has melded both these of-the-moment beauty trends, using them to elevate her basic look. You can easily snag Caroline's base of a gray tank and white skirt combo by picking up BDG's PE Tank Top ($24) and Free People's Downtown Ruffle Mini Skirt ($62), which echoes the layered look of this muse's selection. As for her must-have pout, we recommend Are You Red-dy ($7.50), the magical offering from Maybelline's Color Sensational Lip Color line, which literally looks amazing on every face. Or, if you prefer a brighter orange-red (as opposed to a true red), pick up Giorgio Armani's Rouge d'Armani Lipstick ($30) in 401, which Rihanna recently paired with an all-black ensemble during Fashion's Night Out in New York!

A boyfriend blazer looks chic over a girly mini dress.
While we are slowly accumulating faux furs, strong-shouldered jackets, and sequined outerwear, Caroline, 20, from Indonesia, shows us there is still a place in our closets for that seasonal staple—the boyfriend blazer. Her neutral blazer contrasts nicely with her floral-print mini dress, offering a chic dialogue between masculine/feminine. Get Caroline's look by starting with a comparable outfit foundation, like the cool-hued Forever 21 Floral Garden Dress ($20), then add a little polish with Silence & Noise's Boyfriend Blazer ($78), a year-round essential. Finally, give this pulled-together ensemble a little bit of edge by trying a sexier shoe. We like bebe's Lanie Studded Heel Booties ($179) for their slit-front silhouette and studded spike heels.

Intricate and patterned tights are a key accent for all this fall.
Although they may technically qualify as "bottoms," patterned tights are "topping" our trend list for fall. That's why we were immediately taken with the lovely lace version worn by Jaimee, 25, from New York. Jamiee's fashion-forward legwear is the exciting, personal touch that instantly adds pizzazz to her dress-and-blazer ensemble. Jazz up your winter basics by snagging a pair of Pencey's Stirrup Leggings ($88), which grabbed our attention with their edgy, lacey design, and adding a daytime cotton dress. We recommend American Apparel's Baby Rib Tube Bubble Dress ($26) in a similarly striking olive hue.

An oversized daytime clutch is still a fresh accessory choice.
Niki, 19, from Arkansas, takes an evening standard—the clutch purse—and reinvents it for day. By opting for an oversized iteration in a light color and pairing it with a crème sweater and shorts, she gave her neutral-toned ensemble an unexpected, yet sophisticated, twist. Steal a note from Niki by opting for London Fog's Camden Clutch ($95); the retro-style envelope is fashion-forward because of its exaggerated size, while the plaid pattern is across-the-pond chic. Pair your fantastic clutch with a cozy camel sweater like laurie b.'s Tart Cardy ($171), to fully recreate Niki's brand of casual chic.

Patterned minis mix well with basic black and bold jewelry.
We selected our final muse, Lindsay, 25, from Los Angeles, for her creative approach to basic black. Her sculptural necklace is a bold choice that complements the exaggerated scoop neck of her black tee, while her graphic mini-skirt further serves the artistic aesthetic of her ensemble. For a look that's just as day-at-the-museum worthy, try pairing Forever 21's Painted Twill Skirt ($16) with a fantastic black t-shirt that you can keep in your closet all year-round. We recommend LNA's Deep Scoop Short Sleeve Tee ($60), which is equally ideal for displaying your statement necklace; either Blue Bijoux's Mixed Spikes Necklace ($38) or Rachel Leigh's Geometric Fringe Necklace ($168) is an excellent pick.—Liza Kaplan

If you want even more inspiration, check out MySpace Fashion for style tidbits, insider info, and fantastic stories galore!

As always, our search for new muses is ongoing, so don't hesitate to recommend yourself or a friend. Just email us (myspacemuse@whowhatwear.com) your name, age, email address, and the best full-length shots that convey your personal style! (Photos must be full-length and will not be considered if blurry or poorly lit.) Thank you!
Looking for a cute, affordable black leather biker jacket, anyone have any suggestions of where I can find one? . . . it's 6:04 and OU still sucks!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Have you ever been interested in working with exchange students? If so, please contact me before Oct. 31 and let's chat.
October is American Humane's Adopt-A-Dog Month http://ping.fm/A7Kap

How cute is the pink tool belt. :)

Tomboy Tools Pink Purpose

To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Tomboy Tools is pleased to offer a discount on two of our most popular Pink for a Purpose tools. From now through October 24, you will receive 20% off of our Pink Hammer and Pink Traveler tool kit, and as an added bonus we will double our donation to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer on those items!

Founded in 2000, Tomboy Tools is the only provider of hands-on education and high-quality tools designed especially for women. With every purchase from our Pink for a Purpose line, you can feel good knowing that not only are you getting the highest quality tools for your home, but a portion of the sale will benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Click here to order your tools today and learn more about Tomboy Tools’ Pink for a Purpose products.

Wishful thinking: http://ping.fm/MMSeV It's 11:04 and OU still sucks.
Check this out ladies! http://ping.fm/TcOb7
Can't wait to see Where the Wild Things Are!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Is over the walrus, I'm stickin to being the baby seal

Monday, October 12, 2009

Just looked at my watch, it's 9:15 and OU still sux

Friday, October 9, 2009

Starting the weekend off right at Manuels and just in time for happy hour I'll take two prickly pear margaritas por favor

Thursday, October 8, 2009

HYP Happenings Oct 8

Just a reminder of upcoming HYP events, don't forget to mark your calendars:1) THIS Saturday, October 10 from 8am-4pm AND every Saturday until November 21 are HYP BUILD DAYS! Don't forget to register online to volunteer at http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/110-625865708722) Want to become more active in HYP? Here's your chance! We are looking for motivated HYP members to participate on several of the HYP committees. Join us, Wednesday, October 14 from 6:30-8:00pm for the HYP Chair Meeting. If you can't make the meeting but would like to get involved, please email Katie Warner at kfwarnerlaw@gmail.comDon't miss your chance to get involved!3) Thursday, October 15 @ 6pm HYP Social Hour with YWA at J Blacks Also, don't forget to renew your HYP membership! Click here and do it today!Look Forward to Seeing You!Scott Thomas & Katie WarnerHYP Chairs

Monday, October 5, 2009

Nothing cures post ACL ailments like Rosarios & Monday Night Football
@ Euphoria with Henry, Kim & Leti
Sexy Post-ACL raspy voice is sooo vogue right now.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

the day after ACL should be a holiday

Friday, October 2, 2009

ACL - I can't wait to loose my memory with you again

Thursday, October 1, 2009

@RareAustin: Get your "Live at Seaholm" Wristbands now at Waterloo Records (6th & Lamar) before they run out! High demand, hurry and get them.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

anyone need Sat only ACL passes, I have a friend that is selling 2, let me know
wishes she could be in 2, sometimes 3 places at once . . . there just isn't enough Katie to go around :(

Keep the Arts in Public Schools

Americans for the Arts is supporting a petition which many of you may know is rare for this organization. Here is why it is rare. Very often petitions include divisive elements and Americans for the Arts is at its core pan-disciplinary. Primarily that means that the Arts are a part of every other aspect of life. Supporting Arts at the cost of other elements is not a platform that Americans for the Arts is willing to engage in.

So, this rare petition supports an expansion of Arts in a way that does not eliminate anything. This program would support teaching artists working in low-income schools that do not have arts education. More details about this program can be found by clicking through the link below.


If you haven't already seen the Arts Education bloggers hard at work on the newly revamped ArtsBlog, check it out at http://blog.artsusa.org/category/arts-education/

It's the hotness.
Let the festivities begin Battle of the Bands tonight @ Antones! I'm sooo ready to be in weekend mode.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

excited to go to the Journey concert tonight!

Monday, September 28, 2009


Friday, September 25, 2009

Fall Essentials -- I'm so irriatated that I gave away my Faux Fur Vest

Lately we've been out and about, enjoying the stream of soirees that September always brings, and all of this socializing means we're answering lots of inquiries about what we do. While some professions warrant queries about pharmacology mixology or spark requests for free legal advice ("for a friend, of course"), ours ensures a welcome barrage of styling concerns. Some want to know if shoulder pads are really in (yes), others wonder if they should try a red lip on a first date (no), but everyone is curious about one thing: what you need to update your wardrobe for fall. With so many exciting runway looks to choose from and directional silhouettes to try, we realize the idea of entering a new season can be overwhelming. While it is fun to flirt with the trendiest statement looks, we think well-chosen seasonal staples are truly the key to sartorial sophistication. But what is a fall essential you might ask? How do you determine the indispensable from the passing fancy? This conundrum, dear readers, can confound even the most fashion-literate ladies, so in this installment of Under $200 we've created a cheat sheet of the standout styles you need now!

For us, a fall essential is the sort of wardrobe-building piece that works with the beloved staples we already own. Unsurprisingly, this means we tend to pick up lots of carefully considered accessories; currently we're mad about chunky chokers (they instantly add pizazz to any outfit) and hardware-heavy booties (it's time to upgrade your moto boots). On-trend outerwear is also of paramount importance, as an of-the-moment jacket makes classic basics look modern. Just add these fun fashion flings to your favorite foundation pieces (meaning: jeans, tees, and tights) and you'll be well on your way to a fantastic fall look!

In case you're still a little unsure of what you should look for, simply check out Isabel Marant's Fall 09 runway show for ideas. While other designers might produce more exaggerated trends, such as strong-shouldered jackets or long-sleeve mini dresses that are ideal for occasional wear, Marant creates ensembles that are special, but still appropriate for real life. It's the perfect collection to use as a loose reference point for your fall shopping expeditions, as it's full of the sort of pivotal pieces everyone needs right now. Take a look at today's story, hopefully you'll agree!

Fall Essential: Chunky Choker / Fallon Mixed Deadly Pearl Necklace ($200)
If you've been keeping up with us since August, dear readers, you know that we've stressed the importance of investing in a chunky choker for fall. It's a truly versatile piece; for specific styling tips, just look at the way Rihanna works it into her daily outfits. The pop princess wears this exact necklace with everything from jeans and a tee to a gray cocktail dress/black blazer combo. We think its intoxicating mix of ladylike pearls, edgy gunmetal trinkets and lovely tangle of brass, rose gold, and sterling chains is truly enticing, which is why it's the first piece on our list!

Fall Essential: Faux Fur Vest / BB Dakota Faux-Fur Rachel Vest ($60)
Every girl likes a little luxury, and this silk-lined faux fur vest by BB Dakota is the perfect touch for a sumptuous look. Right in line with Marant's magnificent and nouveau bohemian offerings, this vest is an ideal piece of outerwear because it will infuse your basics with an air of sartorial savvy. We can easily see the stylish Sisters Olsen or the preternaturally chic Kate Moss throwing a vest like this over a vintage dress, or adding it to a simple tee and some ripped skinnies, for a quick trip to Starbucks.

Fall Essential: Leather Leggings / BCBGeneration Black Leather Skinny Pants ($148)
Although your skinny jeans are still functional for fall, black leather leggings are a great alternative to your daily denim. As seen on the runways at Gucci, Phi, and Alexander Wang, to name a few, these body-con pants are one of the season's key pieces. BCBGeneration's created a perfect non-investment version; we think they look amazing paired with a vintage concert t-shirt or styled with diaphanous layers. We could easily see a model/muse like Hanne Gabe Odiele pairing these with a killer pair of buckle boots for a fashion-forward fall look.

Fall Essential: Nineties Nude Lipstick / MAC Trend F/W Lipstick ($14) in Our Pick
Although we've been ga-ga for gloss in the past, right now we're excited to ditch that girly lip and welcome back more grown-up products. This semi-matte MAC lipstick particularly piqued our interest because it instantly reminds us of the all the fleshy nudes from the nineties (think Winona Ryder in Reality Bites). It's ideal for the workday if you keep the rest of your face basic, or you can wear it out at night with a more intense eye.

Fall Essential: Buckle Bootie / Nine West Iceage Platform Bootie ($140)
One of the best parts of seasonal shopping is searching for the latest footwear. Although there are a plethora of pivotal picks this season, if you can only select one shoe, this platform ankle boot is the way to go. The burnished, decorative buckles are right on the heavy-duty hardware trend and will give you a hint of that tough-girl edge without overwhelming the rest of your look. You can style these with your long-sleeved mini for a night out with the girls, or throw them on with your jeans and (faux) fur vest to upgrade a casual outfit. In short: they're multifaceted and well-priced!

Fall Essential: Chain Strap Bag / Deena & Ozzy Tweed Chain Bag ($42)
While nothing can surpass the iconic, quilted Chanel bag, this tonal tweed version is a great adaptation at a much more reasonable price. The quilt-stitch details and chain-link strap make it equally as elegant as any offering from Karl. Plus, the over-the-shoulder style is very practical, so it also fulfills your everyday bag needs with an air of refined sophistication. We could easily see someone like Diane Kruger, who seamlessly mixes the classic and the cutting-edge, toting a bag like this to fill out her fall wardrobe.

Fall Essential: Breton Stripe Shirt / H&M Striped Shirt ($13)
Long before we saw Christopher Decarnin's glittering Breton top for Balmain's Fall 09 collection, we were smitten with sea-worthy stripes. Although Decarnin's exquisite version may be worth the investment for some, we discovered this long-sleeved iteration from H&M for a fraction of the price. This top looks particularly cool when worn with jeans and a leather jacket for an off-duty look, or you can pair it with an A-line mini and a statement necklace à la Olivia Palermo for a little more polish. If you wish to mimic Decarnin's strong silhouette, simply add some shoulder pads to this classic top and create your own of-the-moment look.

Fall Essential: Metallic Skirt / Topshop Premium Jacquard Skirt ($80)
Lamé looks have been on our radar for quite some time now, and while our muse (Marant) opted for shimmery harem pants in her runway looks, we think a metallic mini is just as covetable. It's a great alternative to your leather skirt (also a swell investment!) and really channels the thrill of cocktail season and hot nights out. Of course, a little glitz does go a long way, so we recommend mixing the skirt with your more sober basics, and even opting for opaque tights when the weather turns cold.—Liza Kaplan

TOMORROW 10am - 2pm at Kenny Dorham's Backyard... A great event for a great cause! **Rob and Jules on the 1s n 2s**

This coming Saturday, please come out and support the Destiny by Design afterschool programs! We are holding a Record Fair with thousands of LP's and 12"s available for sale at a dollar a piece. All proceeds go directly towards funding Destiny by Design afterschool programs at Kealing and Bedichek Middle Schools. The Record Fair will be held at Kenny Dorham's Backyard, which is right next to Victory Grill at 1106 East 11th Street, from 10am until 2pm on Saturday September 26th.

More information on the Destiny by Design afterschool programs can be accessed at www.myspace.com/narcissebanks

Want to help build for Habitat? Now's your chance!

The HYP House is underway, and we will need everyone's help to finish so Jessica and her family can move in before the Holidays! We have some great opportunities for volunteering, and we would love to see you out there!

We will be working on the house every Saturday from now until November 21. Please check your calendar and sign up for the HYP Build volunteer days using the Volunteer Spot link below.


The HYP Build location is 2411 Devonshire Dr. (map and directions)
For more information, please contact HYP volunteer coordinator, Jeremy Turner, at 512.577.5191 or jwedgwood2001@gmail.com.

Remember that this is the reason we worked so hard this year. Lets make a family's dreams come true!

Thanks so much, and I look forward to seeing you on site!

Donate Now

If you have not volunteered with Austin Habitat For Humanity this year, you will need to register online. Instructions are noted below:

Volunteers who have registered on-line don't need to re-register each year (if you have completed on-line orientation/registration in the past two years, then you are covered - you may want to update your contact info though). However, EVERY volunteer must submit the Liability Waiver, annually. So EVERY volunteer must submit a new liability waiver for 2009. The waiver is available on-line here, and hard copies are always on each job site. If you choose to circulate this waiver, please include a note that anyone who has not registered and completed orientation on-line in the past two years, must still do so. Let me know if you have questions on the paperwork/registration process.

All information on Volunteer on-line orientation/registration and waivers can be found here: http://www.austinhabitat.org/volunteer/index.php

Liability Waiver- http://www.austinhabitat.org/sys-php/hfh/sched/liabilityWaiver.php

i'm a good a good girl. I'm just wild. I would dance on a table but not on a pole

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ready for Maggie to get her booty into town.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Los españoles no hablan inglés, hablan "spanglish"

viernes, 18 de septiembre, 19.02

Palabras como "sándwich" o "nuggets" son palabras que los españoles ya tienen más que interiorizadas, pero cuando se trata de mantener una conversación en inglés les resulta más fácil inventárselo, dando lugar a lo que comúnmente llamamos "spanglish". Seguir leyendo el arículo

Oxford University Press ha creado www.100spanglish.es, una página web en la que los internautas tienen la posibilidad de colgar vídeos y donde se mide cómo se manejan en inglés, con el objetivo de evitar que los españoles hagan construcciones como "I am very preocupated" (Estoy muy preocupado) o "I have give a shower" (Me he dado una ducha) que ponen en evidencia su bajo nivel idiomático.

Según un estudio llevado a cabo por la entidad, España está a la cola de Europa en conocimiento de inglés y sólo el 20 por ciento de los españoles es capaz de mantener una conversación en una lengua diferente a la suya, mientras que el 44 por ciento de los europeos sí son capaces.

En www.100spanglish.es se pueden ver videos de personajes públicos españoles como José María Aznar, Emilio Botín o José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero hablando en un inglés bastante malo, y los usuarios pueden votar por el más divertido para hacerles ascender o descender en el ránking, en el que ahora Francisco Franco figura en primera posición con "Aiguanmuviman".

El premio para los mejores practicantes de spanglish es un sistema de aprendizaje de inglés llamado My Oxford English, un curso de inglés online tras el que el alumno puede conseguir un Título Oficial de la Universidad de Oxford.

Según el estudio de Oxford University Press, sólo el 9 por ciento de los españoles entre 18 y 55 años estudia inglés, y lo hace básicamente por tres razones: para entenderse cuando viajan (en un 35 por ciento), por trabajo (un 50 por ciento) y por satisfacción personal (un 15 por ciento).

El 29 por ciento de las personas en esa franja de edad nunca ha estudiado inglés, y del 71% que alguna vez lo ha hecho, 2 de cada 3 tienen un nivel bajo o medio-bajo, según el estudio.

Los motivos principales para no estudiar inglés son la falta de tiempo, en un 42 por ciento de los casos, y falta de interés en el 43 restante.

Las multinacionales especializadas en trabajo temporal dicen que los españoles son muy trabajadores, pero afirman que su gran problema es la carencia de idiomas: no tienen tanta fluidez en una reunión en inglés como cualquier otro europeo.

"Si habláramos inglés como en otros países seríamos los reyes del mambo", dijo un alto cargo de este tipo de empresas.

I love you Damien Rice, listening to you in this weather just seems so appropriate.
RT @MoveOn Will Ferrell's sticking up for the "real" victims—the super-rich health insurance executives: http://bit.ly/sW8uN #sickofit

Dogs could be joining diners at S.A. eateries

By Brian Chasnoff - Express-News

John McClung first noticed it at establishments in Europe and more recently in cities such as Seattle and San Francisco: People were eating on restaurant patios with their dogs.

As co-owner of the North Side restaurant Los Patios, McClung knew it was against state law to do so here.

“But the rules also say that individual municipalities can vary those rules,” said McClung, who's also an attorney, “provided basic health, safety and sanitation are met.”

About a month ago, he brought the idea to City Councilman John Clamp, who was a bit taken aback.

“I said, ‘What? What is that? Are dogs going to have menus?'” Clamp joked.

He quickly came around, and now the city could join Austin and Dallas in mixing its canines and culinary delights. Clamp said Tuesday that council members could approve a dog-friendly restaurant ordinance as early as next month to provide variances from state law.

“It's separate and outdoors, exclusively an outdoor dining variance-type thing,” Clamp said. He emphasized that nonservice animals still wouldn't be allowed inside restaurants. Some restaurants in San Antonio, perhaps in violation of state law, have been allowing dogs at their outdoor dining areas.

McClung, whose 20-acre property embraces a stretch of Salado Creek and an unfinished linear park trail, echoed that provision.

“This is purely paws on the patio,” he said.

The law would require a restaurant owner to seek a variance and pass a health inspection before animals could enter the property, Clamp said.

“I'm saying dog. It may include cats,” he said. “I'm not really an animal expert. I'm not really sure how cats and dogs react to each other.”

The state doesn't weigh in on that, but its Department of State Health Services has a position on why dogs don't mix with dining, according to Deborah Marlow, manager of the Food Establishments Group, an arm of the agency.

“Because of all the diseases that animals can carry on their skin, their feces, on their coat,” she said. “The concern is that food handlers handle the pet and continue on with any kind of food-handling activity.”

McClung said food wouldn't be prepared near animals and that pet owners would be able to reach their tables without going inside.

“A veterinarian friend of mine tells me that the number of flora inside the mouth of a dog is about one-third the number of flora that are inside the human mouth,” he said. “We know that animals are kinder to their own species than people are. Name a dog that's started a war.”

He added that he can't wait to become the first restaurant in the city to allow dogs on its premises — although he might be too late. Apparently, Joseph's Storehouse, among other city eateries, has been allowing dogs on its patio for years.

“I thought it's like smoking,” said Patrick McCurdy, owner of the bakery and restaurant on North St. Mary's Street. “It hadn't even dawned on me that you had to have an ordinance.”

This Weather is what Vespa's were made for!

Interested in Volunteering for Habitat?

The HYP House is underway, and we will need everyone's help to finish so Jessica and her family can move in before the Holidays! We have some great opportunities for volunteering, and we want to offer these to Active HYP Members first.

We will be working on the house every Saturday from now until November 21. Please check your calendar and sign up for the HYP Build volunteer days using the Volunteer Spot link below.


The HYP Build location is 2411 Devonshire Dr. (map and directions) For more information, please contact HYP volunteer coordinator, Jeremy Turner, at 512.577.5191 or jwedgwood2001@gmail.com.

Remember that this is the reason we worked so hard this year. Lets make a family's dreams come true!

Thanks so much, and I look forward to seeing you on site!

Scott Thomas
HYP Chair

Donate Now

VERY IMPORTANT: If you have not volunteered with Austin Habitat For Humanity this year, you will need to register online. Instructions are noted below:

Volunteers who have registered on-line don't need to re-register each year (if you have completed on-line orientation/registration in the past two years, then you are covered - you may want to update your contact info though). However, EVERY volunteer must submit the Liability Waiver, annually. So EVERY volunteer must submit a new liability waiver for 2009. The waiver is available on-line here, and hard copies are always on each job site. If you choose to circulate this waiver, please include a note that anyone who has not registered and completed orientation on-line in the past two years, must still do so. Let me know if you have questions on the paperwork/registration process.

All information on Volunteer on-line orientation/registration and waivers can be found here: http://www.austinhabitat.org/volunteer/index.php

Liability Waiver- http://www.austinhabitat.org/sys-php/hfh/sched/liabilityWaiver.php

Monday, September 14, 2009

looking for someone with a fund-raising background in the Austin area.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

National Feel the Love Day

Celebrate with petcentric’s top ten ways to show our love for dogs and cats
National Feel the Love Day

Our pets make our homes — and our hearts — feel complete. And National Feel The Love Day gives us a perfect holiday to share with our pets as well. Even though the holiday is officially celebrated on September 7, any true pet person will tell you that there are reasons to feel the love for our furry friends every day of the year. Why not curl up with your kitty or scratch your pup under the chin as you read through petcentric’s top ten ways to feel the love for dogs and cats.

1. Play like a pet! Walk your dog around the block or play hide and seek cat games. The exercise will do you both good.
2. Have a heart-to-heart talk. Do you have a talking dog or talking cats in your house? You’re not alone. Studies show that talking to your pet is even more uplifting than talking to another human. And researchers have found that people feel more support from a pet talk than from a talk with a friend or spouse.
3. Banish kitty boredom. Is your cat bored? You’d be surprised at all the fun that’s just waiting to be had by you and your feline friend — right in your own living room! Like the paper bag playground!
4. Hit the road with Rover. But first, have you taught your dog travel etiquette? With a little training, the two of you will be ready for the Great American Road Trip.
5. Pet photography! Why not have a photo shoot at home with your pets? Current photos are always good to have, and pet holiday cards are always a hit. (Your friends and family are sure to feel the love during the holidays when they see pics of your four-legged family members!)
6. Think safety. Is your pet microchipped? Are they up-to-date on their vaccinations? Is your home free of toxic plants and other pet dangers? If you’re not sure, get down on all fours and see things from your pet’s point of view.
7. Make it a double. You know that hanging out with your pet boosts your pet’s mood, but did you know that it can lower your stress level, too? In fact, a recent study shows pets contribute to low blood pressure. So a good time for your pet is, in reality, twice as nice!
8. Sing a song. There’s nothing your pet loves to hear more than your voice calling his name. If you really want his ears to perk up, sing a song using your pet’s name. Don’t worry, you won’t be alone, because 97 percent of pet owners talk to their pets. Even if you’re out of tune, your voice singing his name is sure to be music to his ears.
9. Make a difference. Petcentric has joined forces with www.Adopt-a-Pet.com to help homeless pets find loving, permanent homes, and you can help. Share the news with pet lovers who are looking to adopt. Potential pet adopters can visit petcentric.com to find information on cat adoption and dog adoption — including pet photos. And as you know, when you give a forever home to a cat or dog, they will thank you with a lifetime of love.
10. Pass it on. Celebrate National Feel the Love Day by passing this list along to your pet-loving friends. They’re sure to want to celebrate with their pets, too!

Poochini's and Pedicures

Join Lofty Dog on Thursday, September 10th from 6PM to 8PM for a fun filled evening of pampering! Enjoy a complimentary Poochini martini while your pooch gets a nail trim. Also, Dr. Erin Homburg will be on hand to answer your pet health questions.

Proceeds from your donations will benefit the Town Lake Animal Center.

As always, thanks to our sponsors - Austin Urban Vet Center and Tito's Vodka!

See austin lofty dog or Sake's Dog Blog for more information.

See you there!
impatient to master the virtue of patience.

Friday, September 4, 2009

It's not really shag carpet, to be exact its flokati
misses the ny bagel shop in Houston and ET sounds so good rt now

Thursday, September 3, 2009

can't wait to see Dan!
can't believe she got everything on her "to do list" done today!

$60,000. 10 Days. 250 Volunteers. 2000 Hours. A WORLD of difference.

We've been building the HYPe, and now it's almost here: HYP Build 2009!

But before you pick up a hammer or a paint brush, we need your help. We still must raise $18,000 to buy the materials for the house.

Make a donation today to help us reach this goal! Think about it, your gift today - whether $10, $50, $100 or $1000 - will result in lifelong change for a family right here in Austin. YOU can help us do this. Make your donation now by clicking on the link below and designating your donation to HYP Build 2009 on the drop down menu.

Donate Now
wishes she could keep Xavi Hernandez and Julio Cesar on her fantasy soccer team
anyone who thinks that 8:00 a.m. is a good time to have a mtg should be shot, and possibly tarred and feathered.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

just got word that Dan arrives in Austin tomorrow!!!! YAY!!!

Texas Resolves Multi-State Medicaid Fraud Investigation; Recovers $55 Million

Texas Resolves Multi-State Medicaid Fraud Investigation; Recovers $55 Million

Settlement part of $1 billion multi-state agreement

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a coalition of state attorneys general and the U.S. Department of Justice today resolved a lengthy civil Medicaid fraud investigation into Pfizer, Inc. As a result, more than $1 billion has been recovered for state Medicaid programs and several federal programs. Texas’ Medicaid program will recover $55 million in a state-federal government share.

According to investigators, Pfizer deceptively marketed its antipsychotic drug Geodon, its arthritis pain medication Bextra, which is no longer on the market, and 11 other pharmaceutical products.

The multi-state and federal investigation revealed that Pfizer unlawfully promoted atypical antipsychotic Geodon for use by Medicaid-eligible children to treat numerous conditions, including attention deficit disorder and anxiety. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved Geodon for children. State and federal law prohibits pharmaceutical manufacturers from marketing their drugs for such “off-label” uses. While physicians may, at their discretion, prescribe drugs for off-label uses, it is unlawful for drug manufacturers to promote drugs’ uses which have not been approved by the FDA.

The states’ enforcement effort revealed that Pfizer provided unlawful financial incentives for physicians who wrote off-label prescriptions. Because of Pfizer’s promotional program, Medicaid paid for prescriptions many physicians would not otherwise have written for their patients. As a result, the taxpayer-funded program incurred unnecessary costs.

In a separate settlement, Attorney General Abbott and 42 other attorneys general reached a $33 million dollar agreement with Pfizer. The additional settlement resolves an inquiry into the defendant’s deceptive marketing of Geodon to health care providers. The agreement prevents Pfizer from making any false, misleading or deceptive claims regarding Geodon; promoting Geodon for uses not approved by the FDA; or otherwise promoting Geodon in an unlawful manner. Pfizer must also post online a list of health care providers that received payments from Pfizer.

Last January, Attorney General Abbott reached a $30 million civil Medicaid fraud settlement with Eli Lilly & Co., which unlawfully marketed the atypical antipsychotic Zyprexa. Last year, the Attorney General also recovered $15.7 million from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. for its illegal marketing of several drugs, including the atypical antipsychotic, Abilify.


A National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units team conducted the investigation and settlement negotiations with Pfizer on behalf of the states. That team included representatives from Texas, Arkansas, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Oregon and Virginia.

Today’s agreement reflects a continuing crackdown on waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicaid system. To obtain more information about the Attorney General’s efforts to fight Medicaid fraud, access the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov