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With Halloween just around the corner, many of us are asking ourselves those last minute questions that seem to pop up this time of year, “do I own anything that can pass as a Halloween costume?” or the last resort, “should I even dress up?” Never fear, this Halloween we’re sitting down with Austin’s leading wig and make-up artist, Allison Lowery, Wig & Makeup Specialist at Texas Performing Arts, who has got a couple of tricks up her sleeve. Lowery is giving us an inside look into her process and even a tutorial on how to recreate one of her stunning looks on your own. Consider your costume search over.

For Lowery, almost every day is a day fit for dressing up. Lowery wrote the book on wig design (really, she has published three textbooks on the subject), and is well equipped to makeover anyone into something spectacular. “Usually when I get called in, people want something over the top,” Lowery says, which is easy to gather after just a quick...

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Apply for the Second Annual TRIBEZA Interiors Home Tour by downloading and submitting the application below.

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Rarely does a film adaptation of a great novel translate so beautifully as the classic "Gone with the Wind". Much of the lasting wonder surrounding the film nearly a century later is in part due to the costumes that are works of art in their own right—so much so that The Harry Ransom Center procured a selection of the original costumes for viewing this fall (through January 4). This weekend, fans of the film and the era’s fashion can revisit the throwback glamour once more with a special event at Julian Gold Bridal salon.

Designer and former Project Runway winner Austin Scarlett will showcase his bridal designs inspired by the film at Julian Gold Bridal this Saturday and Sunday. Guests can browse the trunk show and mingle with the designer over Champagne and light refreshments. Scarlett, whose designs have appeared in "The New York Times" and "ELLE" magazine will be at the salon Friday afternoon from...

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The Four Seasons Austin and the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery have some pretty sweet news to share. Through October 17-26, The Russell Collection will feature an enchanting selection of Peter Max’s iconic pop art pieces in their gallery, including new pieces that are Max’s homage to Marilyn Monroe. Additionally, Peter Max will be making two very special appearances in the gallery on Saturday, October 25 from 6-9pm and Sunday, October 26 from 1-4 pm.

The team at the Four Seasons Austin has decided to sweeten the deal. Through October 26, visitors can enjoy a Peter Max-inspired dessert at the Four Seasons restaurant, TRIO. Executive Pastry Chef Javier Franco was inspired by Max’s work and went to work to mix up a dish that would not only be delicious, but pay a tribute to the artist as well. “Peter Max is a vegan,” Franco says, “so it was very important to me that this could be a dessert that he could enjoy and that it would be a reflection...

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Lexus presents TRIBEZA Style Week came to a close with Blooms + Butter, an intimate and elegant dinner with special guest and the night’s chef, Gabrielle Hamilton. Set atop of The Contemporary Austin Jones Center, guests enjoyed the stunning view of downtown Austin and cocktails by Cointreau and The Botanist Gin.

Behind the scenes, Hamilton—whose culinary memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, became a best-selling hit—worked with Austin chef Larry McGuire his team from Jeffrey’s to prepare a dinner featuring recipes from her upcoming cookbook,...

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The annual TRIBEZA Fashion Show presented by Lexus of Austin showcased Austin’s individual style and rising status as a fashion destination of its own. Held at Fair Market with an edgy east side backdrop, the show was devoted to Austin's distinctive style. Matt Fajkus Architecture re-imagined the industrial space--a former warehouse turned event venue.

Outside, guests enjoyed cocktails on the lawn served by Austin Cocktails and wine from The Austin Winery, anxiously awaiting the start of the show. Cointreau provided a fun, DIY style bar where guests concocted their own personalized beverages. Other attendees enjoyed the comforts of the VIP lounge provided by...

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On the brink of the autumn equinox, a stylish crowd gathered for Lexus presents TRIBEZA Style Week’s Southern Brunch at Rain Lily Farm to celebrate the final days of summer. Amidst freshly tilled gardens and fields, guests mingled and enjoyed live blue grass music and a sunny afternoon.

Austin Cocktails and The Botanist Gin provided mid-day cocktails (including gin & tonics garnished with herb sprigs for the latter) while guests anticipated a farm-fresh meal (and taste of the soon to open restaurant, Launderette) from chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki. Pop-up shops from Raven + Lily, The Hip Humanitarian,...

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Guests gathered last Friday night for Lexus presents TRIBEZA Style Week's annual men’s event, Smoked Meat and Metal, benefiting Project LOOP (Lessons On and Off the Pavement). Co-host Revival Cycles welcomed attendees to their space on Bolm Road, where Project LOOP constructed a half-pipe for talented skaters and bikers to showcase their skills on the deck, while local favorite Immortal Guardian shredded on a guitar nearby.

Inside the Revival Cycles garage, DJ Give’R spun R&B vinyl, while guests received an up-close look at the latest styles from HELM Boots and Traveller Denim (two additional hosts of the event) and other pop-up shops including Fort Lonesome,...

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Thursday night's rain didn't dampen the Lexus presents TRIBEZA Style Week Kickoff Party at Roadhouse Relics, where an intrepid group of Austinites gathered to celebrate the start of a week of unique events.

Special guests and Style Week Icons Cambria Harkey and Ben Edgerton (and wife Ann Lowe), were among the guests (Edgerton made an extravagant entrance stepping out of one of the latest Hybrid Lexus CT models, graciously provided by the official sponsor of TRIBEZA Style Week, Lexus). Inside, guests took shelter from the downpour amidst the awesome neon signs, and toasted the week to come with cocktails by The Botanist Gin, Remy Martin Cognac, and Pacifico, among others.

Between bites provided by Chi’lantro and East Side King, guests chatted about details of upcoming Style Week events, such as what chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki, of Launderette, were cooking up for...

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Rachel Miller has always had an eye for stunning design and detail, which she brings to her warehouse of found and antique treasures, Red Rover Alley. After she graduated college, Miller traveled around the country collecting artfully designed pieces of furniture along the way. Through her collecting, Miller says that she learned the “art of blending beauty with comfort to make a house into a welcoming home.” When Miller first went across the pond to London, she fell in love with European design and knew she had to share her finds with family and friends. “The demand for fine European home goods and great gift items was contagious,” Miller says. Consequentially, she opened Red Rover Alley, so she could share her discoveries with the world.

The table settings for TRIBEZA Style Week’s Southern Brunch will be styled by Red Rover Alley. In the spirit of Style Week, Rachel Miller has given us five tips to take your next table setting from...

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As one of the nation’s premier neon artists and the owner of Roadhouse Relics, the neon art gallery that doubles as his workshop on South First Street, Todd Sanders’ story is literally glowing.

Sanders first rolled into Austin in 1992, when he was making his way south from East Texas on a road trip. Through a series of wrong turns, he found himself at the corner of 12th and Lamar, staring up at a neon bug that served as the illuminated sign for a convenience store. “At that moment I knew what I wanted to do,” Sanders says. Even though he’d spent a fair amount of time in alternate careers, he knew he wanted to be some kind of artist since kindergarten. A self-proclaimed “picker” in college, he would chase down scrap metal trucks, salvaging forgotten treasures and reselling them at a booth in the Canton Flea Market. Sanders then graduated to working for various sign companies around Austin. “I spent years learning the technical ways of the trade, and eventually opened my own sign making company.” In 2007 Sanders left...

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Robert Faires is asking audiences to join him this week as he singlehandedly unites England and France in a one man production of Shakespeare’s Henry V. To undertake such a production would be a lofty challenge for even the most fervent Shakespeare enthusiast, but it was a welcome treat for Faires. “As someone who had been a fan of Shakespeare since I was in junior high, I was fascinated by the idea of being able to perform an entire play of his by myself and doing it in such an openly theatrical way.” The idea for the production came to him where all great moments of genius inspiration take place--in the shower. “One morning I was stepping into the shower and I asked myself, if I were to do a solo version of a Shakespeare play, which one would it be? I began considering my personal favorites, but then I came to Henry V,” he says. “In the Prologue, the Chorus apologizes for not being able to show these historical events in all their scope and grandeur but says if the audience will just use its imagination it can imagine everything the way it happened. So I thought it was a...

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Many know Téo as the go-to spot to cool off with a scoop of gelato or to relax with a cup of coffee. Behind the counter, however, Téo is gearing up for the competition of a lifetime. Matthew Lee, Téo’s founder and native Austinite, is preparing to compete in the Gelato World Championship in Rimini, Italy this September. Lee will be the only American in Rimini to compete for the title of the World’s Best Gelato. To celebrate, Téo is offering one lucky gelato lover a round trip plane ticket to Italy to cheer on Lee at the competition. Additionally, the café is throwing a party on Wednesday, August 13th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with complimentary gelato and gelato cocktails, where the winner will be congratulated and guests can send Matthew Lee off with a little taste of Austin.

Using local Texas fruits and ingredients, Lee is working to craft the ultimate experience in every scoop. “The perfect scoop of gelato is the perfect temp (15 degrees Fahrenheit), smooth texture, warm in the mouth and full of the flavor you're eating. It...

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It’s official: Texas has turned on the oven. Hello, August!

Since we’re spending most of our time searching for the closest place with the AC on full blast, we tend to want to spend less time searching through our closet for something that is both stylish and appropriate for the heat (i.e. survival wear). To help you conquer this August in Austin, we’ve collected a list of items that will get you through the triple-digit temperatures while remaining chic. Because let’s be honest, you don’t sweat, you glisten.

ESTRELL MAXI DRESS: Here’s the dress that will have you feeling cool and comfortable at your next summer soirée. It is elegantly draped, features a pretty pattern, and won’t cling to you if you happen to find yourself outside.

NARS VELVET MATTE LIP PENCIL: The temperatures are red-hot, so you’re lips should be, too. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil gives an awesome finished look to any outfit. Plus, it’s the perfect formula that doesn’t smudge or melt in the heat.

PLEATED MIDI SKIRT: This is the perfect skirt for August. You can wear it with a light top...

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TRIO for Paws returns for its second year at The Four Seasons Hotel to benefit four of Austin’s most prominent animal welfare organizations: the Austin Humane Society, Austin Pets Alive!, Emancipet, and Greyhound Pets of America. The fundraiser runs until August 29 at TRIO where a special menu is being offered that benefits the four participating animal welfare organizations. TRIO is hosting a Lawn Party and Silent Auction at The Four Seasons to kick off the fundraiser on June 19 at 5:30pm.

Each ticket to The Lawn Party and Silent Auction at The Four Seasons includes access to several exciting elements including delectable hors d'oeuvres by TRIO and Greyhound cocktails by the Lobby Lounge. Kerri Sholly of Four Seasons says “the people who attend the event tend to be fellow animal lovers so it's nice to spend time chatting and getting to know them...especially when you've got cocktails, appetizers and the beautiful setting of the Four Seasons back lawn as a backdrop.”

Guests can also look forward to music provided by DJ/Sommelier Mark Sayre and getting their furry fix...

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After months of auditions, Annaka Chesnutt, a native Austinite, was just named the latest CW Austin Star. This is the sixth year that the CW Austin has staged a contest to find their new star, a one-year title that will make Annaka the CW’s go-to person to for coverage on everything Austin and Entertainment (including the enviable charge of covering major festivals like ACL and SXSW). She will also be attending several local and station-sponsored events throughout the year. The competition began with an open call that allowed the CW to select four finalists. It was then up to viewers to choose the fifth finalist from a pool of 25 semi-finalists. Then, the final five completed several assignments that ranged from screen tests to interviews. Based on their performance, viewers voted online to select the new face of the CW. We got the chance to ask Annaka a few questions about her upcoming year with the CW and what she’s looking forward to the most.

What does it feel like after all these months of auditions to know you are the CW Austin Star?

It feels so surreal. I'm...

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Part of the appeal of a massage, or any spa treatment, is the opportunity to momentarily transcend the frenetic pace of our daily lives. An herb-scented body scrub or eucalyptus steam room tap into the same yearnings that find many of us at our desks, dreaming of aquamarine beaches and exotic flavors and blossoms. The trouble is, most of these fantasies involve purchasing an international ticket and wrangling for time off. This month there’s an easy way to get a dose of exotic escape without finding your passport.

For the last several months, Hiatus Spa + Retreat (611 W 5th St, 512/362-5777) has offered a “Monthly Retreat” for customers to indulge in unique body treatments tied to a specific destination that end with an appropriately themed specialty cocktail (massages + boozy vacation elixir, what more do you need to know?). In April, the spa celebrated Earth Day with “Stone Unturned” treatments (think heated stones and a potent rhum agricocle punch). Last month they offered Summer in Paris, which...

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