#WTFwed: choose your own adventure on NYE, in 2015 and beyond

Wednesday 12.31.14 through Tuesday 1.6.15

OH EM GEEEE it’s New Year’s Eve! If you haven’t made plans already some last minute suggestions:

  • Max’s Wine Dive is hosting a soiree. Details here.
  • I’m tweeting and retweeting as I find places with availability. Follow @StatesmanSocial for the 411.
  • Last week’s #WTFwed post has great links and idaes that still hold up. Check it out here.

But SURELY you’re all set for a cozy night in, an elegant night out, or otherwise. Sooo…

Thursday, January 1st 2015: get a running start on your resolutions and kick off the new year with the 20th annual Blackeyed Pea Run. It kicks off at 9am and in addition. Details here. 

I’m hosting a dear friend in from NYC and I am committed to teaching her how rad Austin is in between Austin-only-meals. Hence my suggestion for Friday (which can actually rock your Saturday or Sunday)… A scavenger hunt meets city tour adventure. Details here.

Saturday night is opening night for a CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE performance piece at the Long Center. Audience members become gods and determine the fates of the characters – not all of whom will survive the whims of this interactive performance. Not to be missed. Information and tickets here.

I’m wishing you your most favorite New Year yet. In the meantime, be sure to Instagram, Facebook or Tweet with  #StatesmanSocial to be in on the conversation!

— Serena

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#WTFwed: Christmas Eve, noshing and your New Year’s Eve planning

For the week of Wednesday 12.24.14

Merry Christmas Eve y’all! TONIGHT, finalmenteeee, Chef James Robert opens up Fixe Austin. Details here.  Alternately, check out the MatzoBALL up at the Blackfinn. Details here.

On Friday, werk it out with some Ice Skating at Whole Foods downtown. Specifics. 

Oh, and then… New Year’s Eve party planning already! My picks.. 

  • 20 somethings: Palm Door celebrates it’s 1 year anniversary Studio 54 style. Here.
  • 30 and 40 somethings: W hotel SOLD OUT so ignore this link. 
  • Next up I suggest The Highball but… they are SOLD OUT now as well. They say they may let people in (pending capacity) at the door. At your own risk folks.
  • Soooo, I now suggest the 80’s party at the Roller Rink. Details. 
  • Want something totes extraordinary? Why not the Aerial Spectacular at the Marchesa Theather?
  • Or the Russian House which promises a masquarade, 80’s music, 90’s music AND legit Russian caviar (if you go VIP). Also, vodka. Details.
  • Family Fun via Austin New Year aka ANY.

Prefer a posh dinner party scene?

  • Weather Up is my pick as they are sort of kind of out of the way (while being right around the corner from most everywhere)… their dinner will be served on their upstairs terrace… and I remain obsessed with their 1st floor lounge area. OBSESSED. They are offering both a 7pm and 10pm seating. Click here to get full info.
  • OpenTable.com has a solid listing of resto’s with NYE dinners (and you can make your rezzie online from there). Here you go.

I am excited to see where you end up. Instagram, Facebook or Tweet me using #StatesmanSocial to be seen and heard!

Here’s to having your most favorite year yet in 2015, xoxo

— Serena

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SERENA HICKS keeps you up to speed on the hottest events, what’s trending and local luminaries in Austin. #StatesmanSocial is a product of Statesman Media’s content marketing group. Follow the fun, share your best Austin moments, and tag along with #StatesmanSocial:

Gift Giving Guide Part 2 of 2: EASIEST LAST MINUTE GIFT EVER

Anyone else getting a weeee bit anxious about all of the holiday parties, gifts to be (acquired and then) gifted and what not? Chillax Socialites, I’ve got you covered!

My old boss gifted this (see video) gem to me for Christmas 2012. At first sight I loved it (why hello red wine) but when I took as second and went through all of the gift cards (she LOADED IT UP) I was beyond thrilled! It is truly a gift that keeps on giving.

The fact that you can buy everything you need to put one together (in a pinch use whatever gift cards your local supermarket or convenience stores is selling) in under an hour doesn’t hurt.

Make one and show me how it turns out! Tag #StatesmanSocial to be heard and then shared.

In the meantime, Happy Holidays y’all!

— Serena

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SERENA HICKS keeps you up to speed on the hottest events, what’s trending and local luminaries in Austin. #StatesmanSocial is a product of Statesman Media’s content marketing group. Follow the fun, share your best Austin moments, and tag along with #StatesmanSocial:

#WTFwed: We’re baaaaaack. And gnocchi. Because… gnocchi.

For the week of Wednesday 12.17.14

Hiiiiiii Statesman Socialites. I HAVE MISSED YOU! But I digress and we haven’t the time for small talk. The holidays are here!

Thursday Night is the only night you can catch the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Deets.

Friday morning I’ve got a new video for you. I’m sharing my favorite Last Minute Gift idea (that doesn’t look last minute!) so get back here on StatesmanSocial.com for that lifesaving wisdom. Also, Robert Earl Keen will sing at the ACL Moody Theater on Friday Night. Ticket info.

Saturday the options are almost endless but my Date Night pick is up first: GNOCCHI MAKING CLASS at The Austin Winery. But you can also…

Next Wednesday 12/24/14 the #WTFwed will be all about New Year’s Eve options for everyone and every budget. Know of a party and want to make sure everyone else knows about it too? Be sure to Facebook, Instagram or Tweet me using #StatesmanSocial to be heard.

— Serena

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SERENA HICKS keeps you up to speed on the hottest events, what’s trending and local luminaries in Austin. #StatesmanSocial is a product of Statesman Media’s content marketing group. Follow the fun, share your best Austin moments, and tag along with #StatesmanSocial:

Gift Giving Guide part 1 of 2: LADIES LOVE LINGERIE.

Flowers die but lingerie… lingers on! It’s that rare gift that is fun for everyone. When gifted properly, it makes the recipient feel adored, pampered and generally LOVELY. Just one catch… you’ll want to get it right.

I’ve worked at Victoria’s Secret (before PINK #oldschool) and Nordstrom’s lingerie section so I’ve got you covered in three EASY steps. You’re welcome people!

1. First of all, SIZING. Asking for her sizes = hot. Snooping for her sizes = even hotter. If you’re snooping BEWARE of the red heron, i.e. beautiful something you find shoved in a drawer that she doesn’t actually wear cause it doesn’t actually fit. Be sure to take a size note from something you have actually and RECENTLY seen her wear.

2. Next up, get your shop on! Here’s what’s what:

La Perla = you’re rich and she’s skinny with petite and/or expensive boobs. They sell C sizing but they’re kidding. Unless your lady’s Cs were purchased… it’s a no.

Agent Provocateur = you’re rich and she’s skinny but also has  “personality” (read boobs).

BodyBinds.com = you’re not cheap, and loathe lace. She’s either a straight up badass or a breezy innocent type… who is also totes edgy. If she’s the former order in black or red. If she’s the latter you must order in white (trust me on this) and be prepared to endure a side eye… at first. Straight from NYC. Available online only.

The BodyBinds Diamond Monokini, $220. Ummm... YES please.
The BodyBinds Diamond Monokini, $220. Ummm… YES please.

HipsandCurves.com = the best one stop shop for fuller figured ladies. i.e. Curves, and Strong Personality. They have everything. Shop here.

Victoria’s Secret = you’re young and/or terrified of shopping for lingerie. She’s either your mistress, a Millennial or totally new to you. SAVING GRACE: Vicky’s has an excellent return/exchange policy for unworn tagged merchandise and lots of options (nighties! lingerie! lotions! potions!)  so you literally can’t go wrong. Multiple locations here in Austin.

Fredrick’s of Hollywood = you like your lady in color and more than a little bit wild. She’s all about that as well. I’ll admit, I’ve turned my nose up to this place for years but during a recent shop I was seriously surprised and impressed. Shop online or at Barton Creek Square.

LOCAL AUSTIN LINGERIE shops that will help you throughout the process:

Teddies for Bettys: Upscale offerings for the downtown girl. Located on 2nd street. Absolutely has something for everyone. Website.

Hard Candy is a personal favorite as they offer all sorts of playful options (nighties! fishnet! tutus!), six inch heels included. They don’t sell any adult toys so it’s an inviting, interesting but not too intimidating scene on Anderson Lane. Website.

Petticoat Fair has a fanatical following for great reasons. PF has spent fifty years outfitting local ladies of absolutely every shape and size with the right undergarments. If they don’t have it they can and will custom create it. This place is key if your lady has more traditional tastes and/or less traditional sizing. Their website is here.

3.  PRESENTATION! If you’ve shopped locally have it gift wrapped on site before you leave the store (even Nordstrom does this). If you ordered online and are wrapping it yourself either pay for proper wrapping or beg a friend to help you. Because seriously… would you rather open this…

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Or this?

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Or this one?

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EXACTLY.

If you must must must decorate your own wrapping check out these creative DIY options out here. 

Happy Gifting y’all!

— Serena

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SERENA HICKS keeps you up to speed on the hottest events, what’s trending and local luminaries in Austin. #StatesmanSocial is a product of Statesman Media’s content marketing group. Follow the fun, share your best Austin moments, and tag along with #StatesmanSocial: