We just finished setting up our Trunk Show @ the beautiful Hotel San Jose in Austin.
I can’t imagine a better place to spend the night (and a few days).
In fact, I spent most of my day today working in my room, breaking in the courtyard, having a tea at Jo’s Coffee and resuming my work by the pool. Gorgeous.
And should you find yourself in Austin today or tomorrow, come by to see us in the courtyard of the San Jose @ 1316 South Congress Avenue from 7 – 10 pm for cocktails, shopping and a community stitch-in.
Or email us for daytime shopping appointments: kay (at) alabamachanin.com
The beautiful, beautiful Patty Griffin performs with Robert Plant and the Crown Vics.
Today I will require a massage (or two) at El Cosmetico.
One of our favorite places to visit - Refueled – has a beautiful new look. (And we are thrilled to be shown as a sponsor at the bottom of the page.) While we were working on a project last month, I had a chance to catch up with Chris Brown – Refueled’s creator and creative director:
I know very little about you. What do you do when you aren’t doing Refueled?
Refueled, Inc., encompasses a number of things: publishing, design and film. As creative director behind all three entities of the company, I keep quite busy on a daily basis. Refueled magazine is published bi-yearly, spring/summer and fall/winter. Developing features, working with contributors, collaborating with photographers, and hitting the road for ideas and inspiration never stops. Once an issue drops, I am knee-deep in the next.
I thought a lot about what I would drink once my cleanse was over, and I could have alcohol in my life again. I’m a lover of white wine, but just before my cleanse started I was introduced to the world of vermouth cocktails by a talented barkeep at Blackberry Farm. In July, he served me up a simple drink so light and summery that I can’t stop thinking about it.
I’ve always kind of thought of vermouth as that terrible stuff in some grandmother’s liquor cabinet that no one ever touched. But it turns out there are lots of delicious vermouths that, when mixed with fresh fruit juice and soda, compose a cocktail more refreshing (and sometimes lower in alcohol) than the lightest white wine. Perfect for cooling off in the evenings.
Because I’m new to these, I got a primer from a friend of mine in the booze business. Here’s what I learned: Vermouth and many other “aperitivi” almost always come from France or Italy. They are usually fortified wines infused with herbs, roots and barks. They can be sweet or savory; every house has a different style. And because they are so flavorful on their own, you usually only need very simple mixers to create a complex tasting cocktail. Oh, and one more tip: for best results, store in the refrigerator and drink them within a month or so. They are not that much stronger than wine, so they will spoil.
Here are some recipes I’ve been playing with. Don’t be too literal with them. Just trust your gut and blend to taste.
Plan your adventure and join us (along with Patty Griffin, Barbara Lynn, Ben Kweller, The Black Angels, Amy Cook, Imogene + Willie, and a slew of others) in Marfa, Texas – September 22 – 25.
Learn more about El Cosmico and the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music & Love here.
Packing my bags this morning in Berlin to head home – and later in the week on to our events in Marfa and Austin!
Hello Etsy was amazing, inspiring, reassuring and _____ – fill in the blank as you can watch the entire conference here. I had every intention to live blog my time here but have found that I need time to process all of the great ideas that were presented. Over the next weeks – and after our Texas excursion, I will be catching up with some of the great folks we met at Hello Etsy.
Here, a few of my favorite moments from Berlin!
Gluckskind = Darling of Fortune – perhaps tagged here at the entrance to the subway as a reminder to celebrate the small moments in life.
I feel very lucky and honored to have been included in the first Hello Etsy. Thank you to everyone (Matt, Emily, and all!) for such a beautifully organized conference. I heard a rumor that this will become an annual event and I am already looking forward to the next round!
A perfect list from page 67 of Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House:
The Wabi-sabi Cleaning Cupboard
Hydrogen peroxide to remove mold and disinfect
Club soda to clean and shine fixtures and windows
Vinegar to cut grease and lime deposits and soap buildup, deodorize toilet, remove film on floors
Baking soda to scour and remove smudges or scuffs
Lemon juice to remove grease and tarnish
Salt mixed with water to destroy bacteria
Baking soda with vinegar rinse for stainless steel
Olive oil to polish furniture (mix 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar for a cleaner shine)