Weather Vain: Lockhart, Texas - 98 and Partly Cloudy

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Summer means barbecue, and barbecue means Lockhart, Texas. Here’s what to wear today in pit country. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ The airiest linen dress you can find, from T by Alexander Wang.

+ A necklace by K/LLER that would look equally at-home in Austin, 30 minutes away.

+ A Komono watch—an homage to the Southwest Museum of Clocks and Watches.

+ A cuff from Dannijo that’s nearly as satisfying as a scoop of Century Sundae ice cream by Blue Bell.

+ A Kara bag with room for a score or two from Sol & Luna Antiques & Art.

+ Kelsi Dagger sandals that will still be comfortable after you gorge on salty, fatty brisket at Smitty’s Market.

Wanna mess with Texas? Head this way.

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Of a Kind

HEY, TEXANS (or those of you headed to SXSW!). What are you doin’ Saturday? Come see us! And shop some Of a Kind and Madewell under one roof. With drinks and treats, even. And probably hugs—because who are we kidding? —erica

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Popping Up: Come See Us at the Madewell in Austin this Saturday!

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This is what Claire and I look like most days: a whole lot of denim and a bunch o’ Of a Kind accessories.

Much of our jeanery comes via Madewell—Claire basically hoards their chambray shirts, and I’ve developed a serious relationship with the high-rise skinny jeans. So to celebrate our affections, we’re going to be hanging out at Madewell at the Domaine in Austin, Texas, this Saturday, March 8, from 3pm to 5pm. There will be shopping (duh!), music c/o DJ Mahealani, snacks, a photo booth, and micheladas. It’s going to be sick. So, if you’re in the area, COME!

In case you’re wondering what we’re wearing…
Claire: Madewell Indigo Linen Ex-Boyfriend ShirtMadewell Skinny Skinny Jeans in Pure WhiteKate Necklace by Lizzie Fortunato Jewels for Of a Kind.
Erica: Madewell Denim TeeMadewell High Riser Skinny Skinny JeansLibra Cuff by Lizzie Fortunato Jewels for Of a KindDeco Eclipse Necklace by Lulu Frost for Of a Kind.

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Weather Vain: San Antonio, Texas - 55 and Overcast

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Oh, to be in Texas this time of year. Here’s how I’d wanna dress if I suddenly became a San Antonio girl today. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Pamela Love bracelet that’s like V-day just a smidge early.

+ A sweater that’s not afraid to go big, from 3.1 Phillip Lim.

+ A Reece Hudson wristlet, with enough cash shoved inside for a stop at Pearl Brewery Farmers’ Market.

+ Kicks—c/o Won Hundred—for bopping around Southtown.

+ A Bande des Quatres ring that would look damn good snuggled up with a glass of rioja at The Monterey.

+ Acne wool sweatpants—that leave plenty of room for queso.

Oh, we got some recs for Dallas, Houston, and Austin, too.

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Weather Vain: Marfa, Texas - 53 and Clear

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Yah know, I’ve never been to Marfa, but it just seems like one of those magical places—the sort of spot that you want to pick up your life and move to after spending a day there. Here’s how to go if that day’s today. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Thomas IV clutch, as cool and chill as the Thunderbird Hotel.

+ K/LLER earrings, minimalist in a way Donald Judd could appreciate.

+ A To Be Adored leather skirt suited for some small plates—or, ok, shrimp and grits—at Miniature Rooster.

+ A shirt-jacket situation from Ace & Jig that’s ready for a cool desert night.

+ This 10 Crosby linen tee plus a Marfalafel from Food Shark equal low-key afternoon.

+ A Maniamania ring that’s bizarre and weirdly enticing—kinda like the Marfa Lights.

+ Acne boots itching to catch a show at Padres.

Get all the “Weather Vain” you can handle.

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Step Inside Alyson Fox’s Glorious Home-Slash-Studio

Ready to have your mind blown? Oh, good.

“Our interior space is very minimal—a lot of breathing room for thinking,” says Alyson Fox, the jewelry designer and maker extraordinaire who moved into a home she and her husband built in Spicewood, Texas—35-ish miles from downtown Austin!—in November 2012. “It has a lot of nice, quiet details and compliments the landscape we see from every spot in the house. I love opening the door and running around outside with our puppy…and I love showering outside.” Get lost in the unreal space below. —alisha prakash

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“I spend a good portion of my day out in the main living area. I sketch on the kitchen table a lot and have a weekly ritual of rearranging the ceramic pieces on the shelves. That helps me center my thoughts for some reason. I also like visiting the fridge a lot—snacking is apart of my creative process big-time.”

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“We wanted pops of neon in our house alongside all the neutral and wood. These dueling pink bowls live on our counter in the kitchen. The lucite pink bowl was the first piece we bought from a online store in Australia. Its inspiration is a candy wrapper. I wish I could remember the designer’s name. It glows during the day from all the light. The other one is a Kaleido tray designed by Clara von Zweigbergk that I got at Nannie Inez. They come in really great colors.”

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“I have been making a set of recycled leather flags for Hawkins New York and have some other flag-inspired pieces coming out with my own line as well. I have always loved flags.”

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“I keep most packing materials that I get. I use cardboard for making lots of different things. I love the way boxes look when they are taken apart—the shapes are very inspiring to me. On the ground are swatches of rug prototypes that are in the works (a.k.a. comfy dog beds to our pup Stache).”

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“We bought the land about two and a half years ago. My husband and I morphed a couple of houses that we liked for the initial design, and then it was a collective project with his family to get the design details fine-tuned and built. His dad did the plans and plumbing, and his brother did the engineering, contracting, and final woodworking. The view is what sold us on moving to Hill Country.”

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“These are some of the pieces that I did with & Other Stories. The canvas pieces are prototypes for tapestries that I made from dyed drop cloths that we used when building our house.”

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“This is my studio. It’s really exciting for me to have a studio in our home. It stays pretty clean, but looks different each month depending on what I am working on. I don’t work well with a lot of clutter, so I clean it up every week. I don’t get very attached to things, so they get recycled or given to friends when I have gotten what I need to out of them.”

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“These three things are taped next to my computer on my desk because they make me happy—some mini flowers my husband picked outside for me before he left for work one day, a portrait from my Shade of Red series, and a photo my dad took of me and my sis cruising on our bikes in San Antonio when we were itty-bitties.”

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“This is a shot of the house from down below.”

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“Stache—my bestie, my studio mate. If he’s not on one of the rug samples, he’s under my desk at my feet. He is so much of my day. At least 15 times a day I stop and smother him.”

Alyson’s new edition on Sunday is just as rad as her home—see it first in our newsletter.

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Weather Vain: Houston, Texas - 95 and Partly Cloudy

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We’re kinda on a Texas kick these days…which is making us want to head to Houston. Here’s what to wear if you’re in town for this hot one. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A necklace by Sophie Hulme featuring a camel—an animal that totally gets how to deal with these temps.

+ Slim stacking rings by House of Harlow—chic enough for the River Oaks crew.

+ The sort of silk dress by Kain that looks impossibly cool at the bar at Oxheart, with a super-icy beer.

+ Common Projects sandals—in case you want to play a few games of badminton after dinner at Brooklyn Athletic Club.

+ So you can pull that sweaty hair off your neck: a schmancy Bao Bao Issey Miyake hair tie.

+ A IIIBeCa bag that goes with everything in its boldness.

+ Kenzo snakeskin shades—you’ll need them if you’re going to stroll Montrose (and duck into shops for A/C as much as possible, obvs).

Get way more “Weather Vain!” Go on.

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How Leeann Molinari and Alyson Fox Work Together—Long-Distance

These lockets have their roots in Portland and Austin. 

Leeann Molinari and Alyson Fox have been designing and making intricately patterned lockets together for more than two years now—despite the fact that Leeann lives in Portland, Oregon, and Alyson in Austin, Texas. So, how do the long-distance collaborators get stuff done? “We e-mail a lot,” says Alyson. Here’s a look at their 2,000-miles-apart process. —raquel laneri

Alyson:“I start by drawing with markers, and then I’ll use watercolors. Whatever I’m liking, I’ll scan on the computer and start to play with, repeating patterns, to see if it works for me. Leeann kind of gets the best of what I’m working on—like if I’m working on a wallpaper pattern or maybe thinking about something for a scarf, she’ll get some of that. If I’m working on a drawing, she’ll get some of that. [Ed: More on some of Alyson’s other work here.]

Alyson: “I then e-mail Leeann a variety of designs to choose from: something that’s a little pared-down, almost symbol-like, and then an all-over pattern. It’s great because she never says, ‘I want a pattern that has yellow in it.’ She just says, ‘Let’s get some new stuff.’”

Leeann: “It’s absolutely a gut feeling—I usually go by what I love. Now I’ve kind of honed in on what people really respond to: a lot of colors, a lot of shapes and patterns, and a geometric theme. But it’s all kind of a gut thing.”

Leeann: “I then do the image-transfer onto the lockets. It’s a multi-step process, really intricate, and I use colored resins that can be really tricky and temperamental. It was a lot of trial and error. I get people e-mailing me, trying to get me to explain the process.  I’m pretty protective of that part of it—it’s top-secret!”

Leeann: “This is going to make it sound like it’s really easy, but it takes me probably 10 minutes to finish a locket. I mean, I’ve made so many of these—I’m so fast by now.”

Their limited-edition lockets will be here first thing in the morning. Sign up for our email list to get yours.

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Verabel + Fox

Verabel + Fox designers Leeann Molinari (left) and Alyson Fox have been collaborating since 2007. But they’ve only hung out in-person once. Like, ever. It all started when Leeann, an art-school dropout who had just opened her own clothing store in Portland, Oregon, emailed Alyson and asked the Austin, Texas-based illustrator and graphic and textile designer if she would draw a logo for her new shop. “Leeann was just so sweet and so gracious and so understanding of the process,” says Alyson. “And ever since, we talked about what other collaborations we could do.” 

A few years later, the ideal second undertaking came along: Leann stumbled upon a trove of thousands of old lockets online, and she scooped up the whole lot, embellishing them with patterns and illustrations—and selling them like hotcakes from an Etsy shop that became so popular she closed her brick-and-mortar storefront. After about a year, she brought Alyson into the necklace mix, forging an easy partnership where Alyson designs the patterns and Leeann crafts the jewelry—you know, whenever they feel like it. “It’s totally like, ‘Hey, I’m kind of tired of looking at the ones that are up there, let’s do new ones,’” says Alyson. As far as other collaborations go, the duo is looking to move into T-shirts next. “But I’m hoping that people love the lockets for a long time to come,” says Leeann. “Because I have a lot of them.” —raquel laneri

etsy.com/shop/verabel

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Weather Vain: Austin, Texas - 91 and Partly Cloudy

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Last Monday, we were in Austin. This Monday, we’re not. Instead of getting bummed about it, we’re taking a vacation in our minds. And here’s what we’re packing. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ An Apiece Apart top that’s anything but clingy—essential in this heat.

+ A Shashi bracelet as thoughtfully composed as the dishes as Uchi.

+ The sort of Sophie Monet necklace that’s just asking for some sunset sangria at Hotel San Jose.

+ A Jerome Dreyfuss bag—scored at Kick Pleat, perhaps?

+ A light-as-air Etoile Isabel Marant skirt that vibes with the global flyness at JM Drygoods.

+ Leather-trimmed aviatorsLinda Farrow for The Row—ideal for exploring East Austin.

+ The sort of Marais USA sandals itching to be broken in anticipation of the steamy months ahead.

Explore more destination-centric getups over here.

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