BEST FOOT FORWARD: RANDE GERBER X THURSDAY CASAMOTO TEAM FOR BOOT LAUNCH

BEST FOOT FORWARD: RANDE GERBER X THURSDAY CASAMOTO TEAM FOR BOOT LAUNCH

By Lance Avery Morgan        Photography by Brian Bowen Smith

Rande Gerber wearing Thursday Casamoto boots

A good boot is hard to find. One that fits well, and that will last, is even more rare. To the rescue is celebrity entrepreneur Rande Gerber, who has teamed with Nolan Walsh of Thursday Boots, to create Thursday Casamoto, a superior boot at $235. Yes, $235. 

Available at ThursdayBoots.com, the sleek new footwear comes in two colors, black and café racer brown, so why not have both? It all started because Gerber always seeks the best in everything (think Casamigos Tequila & Mezcal, which he founded with pals George Clooney and Michael Meldman).  

“When I can’t find the best, I create it, which is how after over 700 ‘sample’ bottles, Casamigos was born. And because I’m always creating for myself, I never compromise or settle for anything less than perfect,” shares Rande Gerber. He continues by saying, “When my friends at Thursday Boot asked me to partner with them to design the ultimate boot, I took all my favorite boots and combined those details into the Casamoto. Made with the highest-quality, softest leather to ensure ultimate comfort, but rugged enough on your favorite ride. I’m sure they will be your go-to boots. I guess now you can buy cool.” 

Thursday Casamoto boots

What the boot turned out to be, thanks to Gerber and Walsh’s attention to detail, is a revised take on the classic motorcycle boot. But, you don’t have to be on two wheels to enjoy it. The style and fabrication of the boot design’s elements contain a super-soft, semi-distressed upper, custom-developed lug outsole with 100% Recycled RPET laces and aglet that is perfect for any occasion. 

This is a boot that is going places. It can be just as at home on a world-wide jaunt as it would be for date night. Now that’s versatility. ““I’ve always admired Rande’s casual, effortless style with an impeccable attention to detail,” states co-creator Nolan Walsh. “This collaboration was particularly exciting and was custom developed for this boot to reflect the high quality and approachable ethos of both Rande and Casamigos.” 

Your next purchase? Make it a Thursday Casamoto boot. For more information, visit ThursdayBoots.com.

LET THE MUSIC PLAY ON: AUSTIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S VIRTUAL EVENT & PROGRAMMING ENTICES

LET THE MUSIC PLAY ON: AUSTIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S VIRTUAL EVENT & PROGRAMMING ENTICES

By Lance Avery Morgan      Photography provided by Austin Symphony Orchestra

Through its characteristic creativity and tremendous cultural presence in the city, the Austin Symphony Orchestra continues to deliver their full year of music and musical education even while we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. But, to do so requires the support of the community, and you. How great is that?

ASO’s Peter Bay

So, why not join the Symphony for a virtual concert, Rule of Three, preceded by the launch of their special Play On program where you’ll also learn about their commitment to keep symphonic music alive and accessible to a broader audience than ever before. 

Mela Sarajane Dailey, performer

What are you waiting for? To purchase tickets, donate to help the organization Play On, and/or sponsor their virtual fundraiser below, go to https://my.austinsymphony.org/ruleofthree and https://my.austinsymphony.org/donate/q/playon. And, to make a pledge, or process payment through another channel, please contact Marilyn Willson, Development Director at mwillson@austinsymphony.org.

CORRECTIVE COLLECTIVE: ERASING DARK SPOTS NOW WITH MURAD

CORRECTIVE COLLECTIVE: ERASING DARK SPOTS NOW WITH MURAD

By Lance Avery Morgan   Photography courtesy of Murad

If it seems like a household brand name by now, it is. For over 30 years, Murad’s Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum, created by Dr. Howard Murad and his team, has been the trusted remedy for those in need of a dark spot correcting treatment. But this past September, we said goodbye to the cult favorite, and hello to the Rapid Dark Spot Correcting Serum that is taking its place.

This is exciting to us. Why? Murad’s new skincare launch is important because the new scientifically driven serum features patented Resorcinol Technology, a first to market, exclusive technology that effectively corrects the look of current and future dark spots – without any hydroquinone or medical prescription.

Bringing more benefits and efficacy than the original dark spot serum, the new Rapid Dark Spot Correcting Serum has an evolved formulation, surpassing clinical results and consumer expectations, reinforcing Murad as the true innovator and pioneer in skincare.

So, look to science and product innovation when making your decisions to have better skin now. For more information, visit Murad.com.

HOLIDAY HAPPINESS & HELP: AUSTIN MEALS DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

HOLIDAY HAPPINESS & HELP: AUSTIN MEALS DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

By Jake Gaines                 Photography courtesy of Prep To Your Door

During the hectic holidays, we all need a little help. With COVID-19, we can all use a little more support…and  we’ve discovered Prep To Your Door that’s just the healthy remedy. They are an Austin-based meal delivery service that prepares and delivers plant-based, gluten-free, organic meals in sustainable packaging. How cool is that?

You can choose the number of meals to receive every week from a menu of six options and their team does all the prep work using primarily locally sourced produce. Then, voilà…they drop the meals off at your home or office once a week in mason jars that will be picked up the following week to be cleaned and reused. Prep To Your Door (PTYD) clients, referred to as “Prepsters,” can order 5, 10, 15 or 20 seasonal meals per week–perfect for an individual or a family of any size.

We love that the weekly menu that includes two entrees, two salads, a breakfast and a soup, is completely customizable, and can be modified, skipped or cancelled at any time with no commitment. Best of all, the meals are pre-prepared and delivered in mason jars and insulated bags that are collected for extensive cleaning and future reuse.

It’s truly sustainable. In the past few years, the business has grown to 20 employees delivering 15,000 of organic produce and saving 250,000 plastic containers from being added to Central Texas landfills.

Prep To Your Door founders Heather Emerson and Faiez Rana are really on to something to help streamline our lives. This fall they are launching a catered holiday feast of plant-based items with such Southern comfort inspired dishes as turkey tempeh with mushroom gravy and southern dressing, garlic root mashers, mac and cheese, green bean casserole and a kale brussel sprout salad. Sound delish? We think so, too, because every meal from Prep To Your Door is local, organic and responsible.

For more information, visit PrepToYourDoor.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at @preptoyourdoor for news and updates.

PASSIONATELY POETIC

PASSIONATELY POETIC

Portrait photography by Wendy Bowman Butler | Dress and blouse by Angelina Mata

Stacy Schlagel’s new collection of poetry, Personification of Entelechy, has just been released to positive critical acclaim. The San Antonio-based author is putting a new face on what it takes to be a modern creative entrepreneur.   

Stacy Schlagel is a gifted author, philanthropist, mother, and homemaker with a background in teaching and law. Her book, Personification of Entelechy, a collection of poems, is a lifetime goal achievement. She is also a songwriter and music producer, plus she’s the owner and operator of Regal Recordings. Schlagel enjoys pursuing her passions, which include writing, music, science, interior design, cooking, and travel.  

She is married to David Allen Schlagel, who owns and operates the Natural Resource Consortium. They have one young son, Zachary, who is precocious, strong-willed, empathetic, and kind. Schlagel has two adoring and supportive parents: her mom is a retired trigonometry and calculus educator, and her dad is a retired missile command officer in the United States Air Force. Stacy has an older sister who is a kindergarten educator and a younger brother who is a physician.

The Schlagel family strongly believes in giving back to their community and living a God-filled life full of learning, new experiences, and adventure. Stacy says, I thoroughly enjoy writing about love. It’s absolutely the strongest force that there is, and if I can inspire people with my writing, well that is unbelievable.  

Stacy Schlagel’s book is available now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  

To listen to songs from Stacy’s Regal Recordings, click below:

 

Your Face

Lyrics by Stacy Schlagel | Produced by Stacy Schlagel and Tim Ferry | Vocals by Emma Ferry

Oh, Jesus

Lyrics by Stacy Schlagel | Produced by Stacy Schlagel and Kimberly Morrell | Vocals by Kim Morrell

 

From Personification of Entelechy 

Pretty Face 
So they think I’m merely a pretty face 
A stereotype I can’t seem to escape  
As I scream from within  
WAIT, I have so many talents  
While I stay modest  
And inwardly focused 
Those that love me the most  
See my soul 
They judge me not 
Knowing I will quickly pop off 
What the world needs to discover  
Please don’t judge a book by its cover 

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Moonlight Lovers
You see me beneath the trees
On a golden dewy autumn night
Lovers quarrel and they fight
Sadness brings her to her knees
He is also melancholy
As both lovers deem to please
She sighs
He walks out of sight
Both hearts began to break
Both tremor and violently shake
Making their way back to the moonlight
They hold an intoxicating embrace
She missed his beautiful face
He took her hand, as they began
LIFE
Together, forever
Under the golden moonlight

 

 

 

LOVING LA PERLA:  LUXE LINGERIE BOUTIQUE OPENS IN HIGHLAND PARK

LOVING LA PERLA: LUXE LINGERIE BOUTIQUE OPENS IN HIGHLAND PARK

 By Alexandra del Lago      Photography courtesy of La Perla

La Perla, the leading Italian luxury brand, has opened a chic, new boutique at 47 Highland Park Village in Dallas. It launched with an impressive design debut that provides a luxury experience for the La Perla customer. The new boutique houses a wide selection of La Perla’s latest Spring/Summer 2020 collections, ranging from underwear and pajamas to swimwear and beachwear, alongside a preview of the Fall/Winter 2020 collections and the signature Maison and Petit Macramè collections.

 “The Dallas boutique adds another destination in La Perla’s network of stores, and we look forward to expanding the La Perla experience to our new and existing customers in the Midwest within the historic Highland Park Village,” shared Morgan P. Richardson, Brand President of The Americas. “The store features the brand’s iconic lingerie and sleepwear and adapts to consumer preferences while offering personalized experiences.”

 The décor is as glam as its lingerie. Set within 730 square feet, a simple and elegant interior mirror the brand’s aesthetic, with a modern and inviting seating area and vintage chandelier as the focal point. The parquet brings a warm ambiance to the space while a video display plays campaign imagery that brings the collections to life. As we all know, Highland Park Village was an innovator in the unique luxury shopping experience as one of the first shopping centers, built in 1931.

 La Perla naturally aligns with its heritage in being a pioneer in its own craft. Founded in 1954 by visionary couturier Ada Masotti in her Barcelona laboratory, La Perla’s story began with her mission to intimately understand, complement and empower the female form. The leading luxury brand combines rich Italian artisanal heritage with revolutionary, intricate and unrivaled craftsmanship creating timeless lingerie, swimwear and nightwear pieces to be treasured for a lifetime. With an illustrious history spanning more than six decades, Ada’s vision still remains at La Perla’s core, with innovation in mind and passion at its heart.

 For more information, visit US.LaPerla.com.