So, I didn’t win the Snap Kitchen #21DaysforGood Challenge, but I did learn a lot over the past 21 days. Because of this challenge, I completed volunteer opportunities and physical challenges that I had been too lazy/fearful/forgetful to do. I’m becoming a regular volunteer at the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, I’m attempting to walk to work at least one day a week and I’ll being signing up for more aerial silk classes at Vamps Dance in the new year. I also learned that low dairy and low gluten makes my belly less poofy.
In the end, everyone won because Snap Kitchen donated $6,000 to charity!
One of the highlights of the challenge was doing an aerial silks class taught by Tolly (from Austin Eavesdropper). Kelly from SXSW was my partner in crime.
(Here is a picture of Tolly from her website, looking all gorgeous!)
Not only was this wildly fun, but it was also liberating! First, you use muscles you forgot you even had (my hands are so weak!!!). Second, it feels kind of sexy.
Yesterday I came across this sign near my house:
I took a photo of it on Instagram and it got a lot of shares and comments. Who doesn’t appreciate a sense of humor when it comes to tragedy?
I discovered that the creator of the flyer is a man who goes by the name America Y’All.
From the American Y’all website: “America Y’all was started as a way to inspire others and most importantly ourselves to get up and get out. We made it our mission to explore the land around us, all the while documenting our experience. What started as a husband and wife rambling’ through this beautiful country is now just the journal of one. Young love, magical moments in awe-inspiring places, and now divorce and its effect on a footloose soul. Start from the beginning or jump in now; the focus of American Y’all is in a transition period, but I hope you’ll follow along.”
He has a snazzy Instagram feed. You can learn more about him at his website and even buy yourself a “America Y’All // Live
I’ve never been nor ever will be an adorable lifestyle blog.
No model-esque baby has exited my womb to photograph and share with viewers day after day (however, I do have a “baby” whose eyes I gouged in with a screwdriver).
Our house is filled with stacks of paperwork, dead plants and the American tradition of Ikea furniture mixed with vintage, solid pieces.
I used to have fashion, but now wear shorts and t-shirts every day due to the Texas heat. When not wearing shorts and a t-shirt, I “embrace” my 90s Gwen Stefani with sweatpants and tank top. I did have a very short-lived “What I Wore Today” series on my blog- it mostly consisted of the previously mentioned attire.
However, I do get crafty sometimes!
Occasionally I make something that is manic pixie lifestyle blog worthy. I don’t do this to show off my crafting skillz; I mostly do it because I’m cheap.
For example, I was going to buy a $50 succulent book planter this weekend, but realized I could make one
Recuperating from an action-packed Halloween last night, so I will keep this short.
See this unicorn?
It came into the bar we were hanging out in, went out onto the dance floor, took a massive dump, then left.
This is why I love living in Austin.
My boyfriend has a band.
They’re called The Karate Kids.
They sing about the Karate Kid movies including the ill-advised remake starring Will Smith’s son.
They wear prosthetic limbs and perform each of their songs in the kicking crane position.
If this doesn’t sell you on them already, check out some of their songs. Side note- my boyfriend can’t sing. I will never tell him this and I hope you don’t either. It is a fact that he already knows and he doesn’t care. This is what I love about him: the determination to never give up and keep creating. Since he can’t sing, he ends up sounding like a cool higher-pitched Lou Reed/Leonard Cohen-hybrid.
Nicole Atkins (see below) played in the band for a few shows. Sissy Spacek likes them, and Bill Murray told them that he would go to one of their shows, but in truth, HE LIED and didn’t show up.
The Karate Kids are playing Halloween Night 9:15PM at East Austin’s non-douchey, two-steppin’ hipster hangout, The White Horse.
Two days ago I was stuffing my pie hole at Another Broken Egg Cafe (if you haven’t been to this one-part indulgent, one-part healthy Southern comfort food spot, it’s worth checking out!) when I noticed a bunch of animals dressed as hipsters on the wall. Of course this would catch my attention. Of course.
How can a bunch of cutesy hipster animals not catch your attention? Huh? HUH?! If they don’t catch your eye, then a piece of you has died!
The collection, done in scratchboard style by a local artist named Janis, is called “Eastside Zoo” in honor of the hipster animals of East Austin. At the Eastside Zoo, we have cats with Texas tattoos, frogs drinking Lone Star and armadillos DJing.
I’d like to think of myself as the raccoon with a flannel.
Reprints of Janis’ work are for sale for $20 on her Etsy page Creative Scratchings.
They’re kind of awesome.
Forbes’ named East Austin the no. 7 hippest hipster neighborhood in America, beating out other popular spots such as New Orlean’s Warehouse District and Downtown Portland.
Though there is nothing remotely groundbreaking about this honor, it’s always fun to see our little neighborhood mentioned in the press.
The Armageddon-like proportions of Austin’s allergies are making it difficult for me to walk, let alone think right now, so in lieu of a waxed poem about my beloved neighborhood, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite East Austin photos I’ve taken over the years.
Though I’ve had my ups and downs with the neighborhood, there is no place else I’d rather live in Austin (except for maybe Hyde Park).
Selfie at Longbranch Inn on 11th Street
Geoff at Thunderbird Coffee on Manor Road
An adorable (and tasty!) Iced Latte with homemade vanilla syrup from Vintage Heart Coffee on E. 7th Street
Delicious homemade bread bowl soup from Gourmands on Webberville
One of my absolutely favorite owners of the lady mustache, JD Samson, will be DJing at one of my absolutely favorite hangouts spots, Cheer Up Charlie’s, tomorrow starting 3PM-10PM.
Samson will be there to support Cheer Up as they grapple with the city’s noise ordinance to shut down music before 10PM on weekends and 8PM Sunday through Thursday.
To learn more about the Cheer Up Charlie’s vs. The City & One Cranky Neighbor story, go here.
Details about the event can be found here. Starts at 3PM, $5 at the door, free beer, 1104 E. 6th St.
A Note from Cheer Up Charlie’s about the event (this event is too cool to even have a flyer):
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR CHEER UP CHARLIE’S AND ALL MUSIC ON EAST SIXTH!
The government is telling the kids to turn the music off at 10:00 PM.
You know what? That’s fine. The night salts out game anyways. We are going to turn it up so loud during the daytime for the neighbors, the government, and God herself to better
New post later today.
In the meantime, check out this adorable street art I stumbled upon in East Austin.
*Tip to business owners: Put some sort of love-related graffiti/wall art on the outside of your building and you are as good as gold. You will get more indirect press that you could ever imagine.
The new blog is up and running.
The final verdict was “Goddamn, East Austin”.
I’m still test-driving the title. Most people and my raunchy self seem to like it, but the lady in me is saying, “What the fuck, Lauren? Do you seriously have to swear all the mother-fucking time?”
My first post is a review of the FAN-FUCKING-TASTIC! Salty Sow on Manor Road. Whooooweeee this place is good!
You can follow Goddamn East Austin’s Facebook page here.
And Twitter here.
In the meantime, enjoy this photo of Salty Sow’s Bananas Foster Beignets with nutmeg ice cream.