#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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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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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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#WTFwed: Electric bikes and meatballs, y’all

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For the week of Wednesday 11.19.14:

Turns out, it’s another great week to be in Austin!

 

Thursday is the first day you can check out Harley-Davidson’s new electric bike. I kid you not! Cowboy Harley Davidson is hosting the three-day “Project Live Wire Experience” complete with test drives (for those who have a valid motorcycle license) and a simulator (for the rest of us schmoes). Link.

Also, rando timing but the Texas State Bobcats are hosting the Arkansas State team this Thursday night.

Allow me to suggest you mark your calendar for a very important “meeting” between 9:45 and 10:15am this Friday. Tickets go on sale for the Austin360 Amphitheater concert featuring Journey & Steve Miller Band. #dontmissout

 

Friday night, keep it #classy and check out the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s “A Night of Mozart and Schubert.” #datenight

 

Saturday is indeed AWESOME as you can again check out the EAST Studio Tour (check out #264!)

And… THE 2nd ANNUAL MEATBALL FESTIVAL! 

 

Saturday College Football 411:

 

Sunday is your last chance to check out the EAST studio tour this year. Don’t be silly and miss it. Get there and get your art on.

 

Wishing you all a great week (and lots of #StatesmanSocial tagging so I can see too!).

— Serena

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#WTFwed: A whole latte love and so. much. more.

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For the week of Wednesday 11.12.14

Hey y’all hey and welcome back to your latest WTF (Where’s the Fun) Wednesday video with top picks for you to check out this coming week.

 

Wednesday; Starbucks introduces their first new latte flavor in FIVE YEARS. Welcome to the world, Chestnut Praline Latte! I can’t wait to find out what the fuss is all about. I’d love to know what you think so Insta or Tweet me using #StatesmanSocial with your thoughts.

 

Friday night family night – or if you’re just an old school nerd like me – don’t miss the opening night of the BBC’s “Walking With Dinosaurs”: Link.

If Friday night is your Date Night, then you are going to looooooove The Brass House, which is co-owned by two Marines who once dreamed of moving to Austin and owning a jazz lounge. This place is easy on the eyes and has live jazz music starting at 6 p.m. Be sure you’re there by 9:30 p.m. when “Tish and The Mizzbehavin” take the stage. I mean, with a name like that, what’s not to love?! Details.

 

Saturday morning:

Baking Basics: Quickbreads, Pies and Cookies for the Holidays (and yes you get to taste what you bake!) at the Sustainable Food Center; Link.

Fall Jazz Brunch at Hotel San Jose: Link.

East Austin Studio Tour runs this weekend and next weekend: Link.

 

Saturday college football 411:

 

Sunday is your last chance to catch Dirty Dancing the Musical!

And also your only chance to catch the Chaparral Ice “Frozen”-themed session!

 

I am SO excited for this coming week! What about you? Chat me up using #StatesmanSocial to be heard.

In the meantime, remember, “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” and have a great week!

— Serena

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#WTFwed: Time of your life with #StatesmanSocial

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For the week of Wednesday 11.5.14:

Hey y’all hey and welcome back to your latest WTF (Where’s the Fun) Wednesday video with my picks for what to see and do this coming week in Austin.

 

First up, this Thursday, I will be at ABGB’s Kickstarter Kick-Off party that’s raising funds for the documentary film, “Leslie”. If you’re old school Austin like me, no explanation needed. If you’re new to town; WELCOME! And come and see me there.

 

Friday, Fun Fun Fun Fest kicks off: link to schedule.

And the Foo Fighters rock on at Austin City Limits theater.

 

Saturday College Football 411:

Saturday Night, get thee to the Austin Opera’s opening night! #classy: Full details here.

 

Tuesday, Tuesday, TUESDAAAAAAAY! I can’t EVEN with TUESDAY. Cher’s in town for one night with her “Dressed To Kill” tour.

AND Dirty Dancing The Musical opens. Ticket and run info here.

 

I am SO excited for this coming week! What about you? Chat me up using #StatesmanSocial to be heard and/or reposted/tweeted/whatever.

In the meantime, remember, “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” and have a great week!

— Serena

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#WTFwed: Debut edition, aka Fun with F1

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For the week of Wednesday 10.29.14: