Tribeza Talk: Hidden Gems
Austin Style Picks
by Nicole Beckley
When Catelyn Silapachai, co-founder of jewelry and home goods shop The Distillery, and writer Melissa Masello teamed up to start the 1 Dog 1 Hour campaign, they wanted to make volunteering as easy as a walk in the park. Through their website Austinites can get involved walking shelter dogs, giving them some exercise and raising their profiles for future adoption.
For more information visit 1dog1hour.org
What’s In Your Bag: Estilo’s Stephanie Coultress O’Neill
“I love people; that’s my number one passion,” says Estilo owner Stephanie Coultress O’Neill. With a background in psychology and family therapy, O’Neill merged her love for working with people with her eye for fashion, launching Estilo in 2005. After a decade downtown, the boutique moved to Tarrytown in December 2015. “It’s been nice to grow the store into more of a lifestyle boutique now,” O’Neill says.
Here O’Neill shares what she carries with her for a night out:
“My new obsession is the Streets Ahead studded clutch. It subtly adds an edge to any outfit, whether I am wearing jeans and t-shirt or a sweet little dress.”
“Rimix vinyl lip gloss in Side Dish is perfect for a subtle glow on the lips. Can’t live without that.”
“Blush. Besides lip gloss, it’s the only other makeup I carry. A little touch up of rosy cheeks makes anyone look and feel more revived.”
“Zadig & Voltaire snakeskin mini wallet, it’s just big enough to carry my ID, credit cards, business cards. If someone compliments an outfit or the studded clutch, I definitely have a card with me to show them where they can find it.”
“I carry an extra hair tie at all times. When we go out it often incorporates dancing, because I love to dance, so it’s a necessity to have something to put my hair up.”
For more information visit estiloboutique.com
Domain Northside Event
If Austin fashionistas have any date circled on their calendar it’s likely September 30, which marks the highly anticipated opening of the new Nordstrom Domain Northside. With its light and airy design concept, the store invites shoppers to peruse their always-popular brands —Topshop, Rag & Bone, Alice + Olivia — as well as this store’s unique home décor section. If you’ve got time, stroll through the bustling shoe department and take a long lunch at Bazille, the bistro-style restaurant and bar. And if you’re short on time, take advantage of Nordstrom’s curbside pickup.
For more information visit nordstrom.com/austin-new-store
New Looks for Old Threads
There’s an old adage that fashion runs in cycles, and if you hang onto a piece, it comes back into style. But why wait? Since starting Material in 2003, while a student at Texas A&M, designer Kellie Lewis has utilized parts of old pieces to give them new life. “In Austin people are always looking for something that’s more eco-friendly and green,” Lewis says.
Lewis raised the bar on this version of “upcycling” with her launch of new brand Twelve in 2015. Twelve includes elevated, travel-inspired pieces and fabrics from around the world, with some proceeds benefitting the Susuma community in Nicaragua.
For more information visit weartwelve.com
While penning The Austin Chronicle’s style column, “The Good Eye,” writer Amy Gentry also set designs on tackling the literary scene. After earning her Ph.D. in English and writing academic papers at the University of Chicago, “writing the style column gave me a real sense that I was talking to an audience that was interested in what I had to say,” the Texas native says. That audience widened as Gentry released her debut novel, “Good As Gone,” in July. The domestic thriller, about a girl who reappears eight years after her kidnapping, has landed on The New York Times’ recommending reading list, and earned praise for its plot twists by Kirkus Reviews.
How does Gentry feel about moving from the fashion world to the fiction world? “One thing that’s so great about Austin is there’s so much cross-pollination when it comes to arts here,” Gentry says. “It feels like all the scenes kind of lead into each other, and I think that’s incredibly productive.”