Archive for September, 2010

The Dress: Part One

by artjynx

I now have something tangible regarding the dress and I’m very excited. I’ve decided to document my experience with Whirling Turban Dressmakers, as so far it’s been a pleasant one. This is also to calm the fears of those who think what I’m doing is a little crazy. Whirling Turban is located in Indonesia and owned by a former Hollywood costumer who employs some very talented ladies who can make amazing things. You can read their history here. How did I find them? Scott knew I would not be interested in adhering to most traditions when it came to our wedding but I felt a little weird or guilty about it at first (I live in the most homogenous city in Texas where unique is well, unique). He came across a website called Offbeat Bride which totally made me feel all betters and inspired me to be as fun and creative as possible without worrying about naysayers or overly traditional people. It’s our wedding and we should have a wedding that represents us.

Whirling Turban is a sponsor on that site where I quickly became enamored of the retro style dresses that were fun and not at all the fluffy white overkill gowns that saturate the wedding industry. No offense to women who love these, they just aren’t me, and I was dreading the process of going to a boutique type place and trying gown after gown on and not being happy about it. I never wear white, why should one of the most important days of my life force me to dress up like someone else’s idea of how I should be? (I took it very personally, but shouldn’t I?)
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Hiking Along Barton Creek

by Scott

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Growing up at my parent’s house in south Austin I spent many summer days hiking, biking, and swimming all over Barton Creek. I think it’s one of Austin’s best undiscovered features. I’m not talking about Barton Springs pool which everyone knows about but the park and wilderness area upstream from it. I remember the first time a friend showed me the super secret path down to the creek, at the time I felt like a new secret world was just opened up to me. We spent the next several summers down there for entire days at a time. There are a few bike trails down there that are perfect for maintain biking. You can choose to stay on the north side of the creek where the trails are relatively flat or try the south side for a little more adventure where with more rocks, turns, and jumps.

A few weeks ago Tina and I spent the weekend at my parents and I was lucky enough to be able to share Barton Creek with her. Since this was August, in Texas, it was hot! So we left early in the morning before it got too hot from my parents neighborhood, Travis Country, and hiked down to the creek. Unfortunately it hadn’t rained for a while so the creek was bone dry. But that didn’t stop us! I showed her one of the many springs along the creek, and we stopped at Twin Falls. I loved this place, it’s really great natural waterfall. The water has cut several channels in the rock so it has everything Jacuzzi pools, flat shallow water, deep water, and there is a secrete cave behind one of the water waterfalls!

Twin Falls Panorama
Panoramic view of Twin Falls along Barton Creek when it’s dry as a bone. Photo taken August 2010.

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