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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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Over 180 well-heeled fashion enthusiasts (more than double the number of last year’s attendees) gathered this morning at Neiman Marcus at The Domain for the MJ&M Fashion Show featuring designer Badgley Mischka (a.k.a Mark Badgley and James Mischka, who joined forces in 1988). The event, hosted by Sally Brown, Amy Ingram and Camila Alves McConaughey is part of Mack, Jack, and McConaughey, the joint fundraising effort of actor Matthew McConaughey, recording artist Jack Ingram, and Texas coaching legend Mack Brown that benefits Children’s Charities across the United States. This year the funds raised through MJ&M will support The Rise School of Austin, just keep livin Foundation, HeartGift, CureDuchenne, and Grounded in Music.

Dressed in a fuchsia Badgley Mischka dress, stunner Camila McConaughey welcomed the crowd and thanked them for helping raise almost a million dollars for this year’s event (to help reach that mark, she encouraged post-wine shopping and donations). Guests sipped cava and nibbled on...

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