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Locals' Guide to Austin, Texas

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What’s happening in the Lone Star State’s capital of cool? Just ask the locals.

Callie Hernandez, assistant manager, Maya Star boutique: “The Woodland restaurant (1716 S. Congress Ave.; $$) is like my second home. I always get the stuffed tomato with Asiago cream sauce.”

Nils Juul-Hansen, producer-director: “On hot evenings, take a dip in Barton Springs, a natural limestone pool that holds steady at a cool 68 degrees. Free swim, from 9 to 10 p.m., is particularly fun.”

Kiah Denson, artist: “Shop Schatzelein (1713 S. First St.) for vintage trinkets and pieces from regional artisans. There’s something for everyone, at every price point.”

Joshua Bingaman, founder, Progress Coffee: “I’m a sucker for the new Easy Tiger (709 E. Sixth St.), a bakery and beer garden tucked away in downtown. The pretzels are awesome!”

Ed Hughey and Kerri Keaton Hughey, founders, Wellgro Co.: “Catch a movie at Violet Crown (434 W. Second St.), an art-house theater with reserved seats and a full-service café.”

Shannon Hollis, co-owner, Method Hair salon: “The mango-habanero margarita at Takoba (1411 E. Seventh St.; $$) is a must—sweet, sour, and spicy. Perfection.”

Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150

Photo by Buff Strickland

I Heart Rimowa

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We have always loved the lightweight nearly indestructible Rimowa case, but the lack of space to quickly stash passports and headphones was always a problem. The Salsa Deluxe collection uniquely features three front pockets, providing us the desired room we’ve always longed for. Combining simplicity and durability in one sleek design, we consider this to be the ultimate gift for your globetrotting valentine!

The pictured Salsa Deluxe case in oriental red is $695 and available for purchase at Rimowa boutiques nationwide. For more information visit rimowa.com.

Jessie Bandy is the assistant fashion editor at Travel + Leisure.

Editor Find: Ideal Travel Jeans - Not What You Think!

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Perfecting a cozy-chic outfit is important when it comes to traveling. Whether you're working or globe-trotting, it's essential to dress comfortably without looking as if you've just rolled out of bed.

Hudson Jeans and ISKO, a Turkish denim mill, have teamed up to produce the latest denim breakthrough: F&F—The Future Face of Indigo. The jeans look like your ordinary knit denims, however, they feel like your woven sweatpants; creating the perfect pair of jeans for your next trip.

Whether your next excursion will be a road trip, an international flight or a short train ride up the coast, you will now be able to dress comfortably without sacrificing your sense of style. The line is available for purchase at Bloomingdale's, Macy's and Nordstrom with prices ranging from $154 - $202.


Jessie Bandy is the assistant fashion editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of Hudson Jeans

Editor Find: Loeffler Randall's Rain Booties

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Until recently, rainy days on vacations seemed unbearable. Packing rain boots is never easy; not only do they weigh down the suitcase, they take up half of the limited space!

But, Loeffler Randall has brightened my rainy days and made my vacations easier. I don't have to worry about the bulky boots anymore with their sleek designs. These rain booties are so light and comfortable you might even find yourself wearing them on dry days. Jessie Randall, founder and creative director, explains how her designs are so easy to wear: "These boots are great for being out on a rainy day and getting a lot of work done. I can push a stroller, grab groceries, take the dog out for a quick walk in them."

Today Loeffler Randall launches their latest season of rain boots and booties, which will add a new silhouette and colors to their existing line. With prices ranging from $150-$195, the only thing you will have to stress over will be determining which style is most appropriate for your lifestyle. Try on a pair at your local Nordstrom or Saks Fifth Avenue or, if you're confident in your size you can purchase a pair through their website today.

Jessie Bandy is the assistant fashion editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of Loeffler Randall

Editor Picks: Fashion's Night Out 2011

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For the third year in a row, stores around the world will stay open after hours to help celebrate Fashion’s Night Out—offering up special designs, discounts and goodie bags, not to mention a chance to meet celebs and the designers themselves.

Fashion's Night Out began in 2009 as a way to encourage consumers to shop and support the fashion industry. Now, it expands to more than 15 countries. Although we aren’t able to jet set around the globe tonight, we have found five ways to travel the world here in T+L's home base, New York City.

Exclusively for New York iPhone and Android users, is the FNO App for real time event information with "around me" options to help you navigate throughout the night.

Here are our picks for a fabulous night on the town:

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T+L Find: Artistic Globes

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Looking to put your stamp on the world? California-based artist Wendy Gold’s ImagineNations (from $150) are decoupaged with old hotel stickers, travel sayings, and whimsical maps studded with everything from butterflies to superheroes. And yes, she also takes custom orders.

Photo courtesy of ImagineNations

Jeweler Kendra Scott Opens Flagship Store in Austin

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, Texas has always favored and encouraged local entrepreneurs; it’s how they “Keep Austin Weird.” Although Kendra Scott is a Wisconsin native, she began her jewelry line as a mini-collection in Austin in 2002 with only $500, an extra bedroom and a newborn baby. Today, her collections are in more than 800 stores worldwide including big name retailers such as Nordstrom, Henri Bendel, and Lord & Taylor. Due to Austin’s large part in the success of Kendra’s company, she only felt it was appropriate to anchor her flagship store in this flourishing city.

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Shop (and Travel) with Tibi

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This past week Tibi, an upscale boutique clothing line, joined thousands of e-retailers by re-launching its website to include an online shop.

Amy Smilovic is the mastermind behind Tibi’s polished Manhattan brand, her main source of inspiration? Travel. In 1997 Amy moved to Hong Kong with her husband upon his relocation and there is where it all began.

After teaming with Octavia Hyland, she traveled frequently to the island of Java, working with small textile printers to create unique patterns (think batiks and ikats) in vibrant colors. These travels resulted in unusually perfect pieces that still define the collection today.

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