art scene: nerd alert!

Austin Nerd Cave Showcase is back, and better than ever! Join us Sunday, May 17th, for a one-day spotlight on geeky local artists, plus a whole lotta fun. Renée and I will both be there with our nerdiest art, accessories, and gifts.

The event takes place at Spider House Ballroom from 1pm – 6pm, and is packed full of things to see and hear, including, but not limited to an art exhibition, a live nerdcore hip-hop showcase, an arcade tournament, live podcast, and lots of live art being created all the while.


Featured artists:
Matthew McCoy
Shane Campos
Jennifer Cunningham
Jeremy The Artist
Paulo Hernandez
Francisco Salinas
ShoNuff Studios
Mariano Castro
Robo Roku
Strange Kids Club
Lou Pons
Chepo Peña

Live painting by Tom Britton

These bronze dice, created by Matthew McCoy, will be on display for the first time at this weekend’s event! Awesome, right? He’s got work in a variety of media, but the metal sculptural pieces always stand out and look amazing.


Live musical performances by:
The Millipede
Bad Barry
Damp Heat
D.J. R.O.C.K.M.A.N.
Johnny HackNSlash


Live Podcast with Straight Outta Austin!

Arcade Tournament hosted by The Austin Toy Museum

Rad Batman illustration by Jeremy The Artist, one of many new works he’ll be showing on Sunday:


RSVP for the event, share with your friends, and like our Nerd Cave page on Facebook for updates and announcements!)


makeup monday: bridal beauty + winery wedding

Spring wedding season is in full effect, and that means lately I’ve been helping some seriously lovely ladies get glam for their nuptials. On April 11th, I ladies the pleasure of doing bridal makeup for Tyler, one of the sweetest people I know. Tyler and Trevor were married outdoors, at Three Dudes Winery in San Marcos, providing a perfect setting for the gorgeous photos seen in this post. (All photos by Rebekah Fisher.)

Details about this look can be found below!



For Tyler’s bridal look, we went with a rich smokey eye and soft pink lip. I love this style for brides because it’s easy to wear with few to no touch-ups needed, provides a little bit of dramatic glamour, and allows us to use eyeshadow colors customized to complement the wearer’s unique eye color.

All shadows used came from the section of browns and coppers in Sephora’s Color Anthology palette. To combat the effects of perspiration/humidity all over the face, and to really grab the pigments in the eye makeup, we started with Smashbox Photo Finish primer for the whole face and Urban Decay Primer Potion on Tyler’s eyelids.


eyes: copper base color with bronze accents in the crease and blended into the outer edges of the lids, with Buxom black felt pen eyeliner and Ardell lashes
foundation: Sephora oil-free 10 HR perfection foundation in medium 24 honey, set with a light coat of bareMinerals powder foundation in fairly medium
brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills brow duo in caramel (applied with an angled brush just to fill in her natural eyebrow shape)
contour: Kat Von D Shade & Light palette
cheeks: NARS Orgasm blush
lips: Sephora royal rose lip liner + Too Faced Melted long wear liquid lipstick in melted peony + NARS Orgasm gloss


I designed this look to enhance Tyler’s natural beauty, and I think it was a success! The wedding was a blast, an evening filled with love and celebration and spent with amazing people. Thank you so much for letting me be part of your big day, guys!



art scene: little artist BIG ARTIST 8th annual art show


Celebrate aspiring artists in east Austin with food, drink, art, ukuleles, and bunches of fun! Tonight is the opening reception for the CHULA League’s 8th annual Little Artist BIG ARTIST exhibition.

Every spring, 5th and 6th grade “Little Artists” learn how art — such as pottery, painting, and photography — moves from a budding idea to the marketplace. “BIG ARTISTS” provide their time and professional experience as working artists to guide their Little Artists to envision, plan, and create at least two pieces of artwork during the semester. Both pieces are featured in the spring exhibit, along with a journal of their creative experiences together and a piece by their BIG ARTIST.

“LaBA is about artist mentors connecting with 5th and 6th graders through art. We provide the program at no cost to the families or schools involved, working directly in the their communities,” says LaBA Program Coordinator Jennifer Ramos. “With the support of Cherrywood Art Fair, Amplify Austin, and wonderful artists and teachers who participate, we hope to continue to grow the program because art should be accessible to everyone.”


Artwork will be professionally displayed Mondays–Fridays, April 23–May 7, 9am–4pm with performances by student ukulele and recorder music ensembles from the participating schools at the 4/23 opening. This year’s participating elementary schools and art teachers are: Elisabeth Healey (Blackshear), Emily Leaman (Maplewood), and Leslie Vieau (Oak Springs).

The exhibit takes place at ReNEW East (2830 Real Street), home to Imagine Art, a non-profit arts incubator serving artists with disabilities on the East side of town. Recently, the organization has expanded its reach to serve the greater arts community in Austin by offering low-budget gallery space as well as studio space for artists in residency. Check out and to find out more about these fantastic resources.

Learn more about the LaBA program, and how you can get involved, by visiting their Facebook page!


spring teaser and link love

Here’s a peek at some new Robo Roku goodies for Spring/Summer 2015. We’ll be adding new tees soon, and more accessories next month! You can shop The Littles Collection here. We’re behind listing new goodies because things here have been pretty hectic. I’ll share more about that in the next “the haps” post.

Here are some things I’ve stumbled upon recently…

I totally want to make this pasta dish recipe from A Beautiful Mess. There’s a packaged mix I buy sometimes that I enjoy, but making it fresh will be so much better.

What if Morrissey lyrics were motivational posters? There are some pretty cute/funny posters in this list.

This post from The Dainty Squid addressing the awful term “real job” really hit home for me. As an artist it’s really hard to get respect for what you do. I think because people don’t understand the “mechanics” behind making a living as a creative they act like your job is not real. If you have ever used them term “real job”, I beg of you to never use it again. It is so demeaning to all the hard work and hours spent learning and building a viable business that supports you. If you are a maker/artist/designer/blogger and are not at the level of making your sole income from it, please call your main source of income job your “other job”, and don’t belittle “different” ways of making a living.

I shared a link on Twitter to Gala Darling’s post “Feeling Burned Out? Ask Yourself This One Simple Question…” and friends were totally loving it. I thought I should share it here too, just in case Twitter is not your thing.

Speaking of Twitter, if you need help figuring it, out here’s a nice little cheat sheet.

Here’s an artist on Instagram I love following.

Sort of a follow up to the “real job” thing: Why Creatives Don’t Succeed In Traditional, 9-To-5 Work Environments.

This week has been a little rough, but watching The Goldbergs always makes things better. If you grew up in the 80s, you need to watch this show. It’s amazing.

Seriously, go check out The Goldbergs.



austin handmade: ladybird market

Austin’s newest curated shopping event, Ladybird Market, features a hand-selected group of the city’s finest makers. The market takes place on second Saturdays from March through May (April 11th and May 9th, specifically) from 10am to 5pm at Cherrywood Coffeehouse, providing a cozy and laid-back environment for customers to shop locally-made goods and have a leisurely lunch, coffee or drink.

The family and pet friendly event is held in the outdoor courtyard at Cherrywood. A full listing of participating artists and info is available at


Here are a few of my favorite items from featured Ladybird Market vendors:

This beautiful, modern succulent planter is by BDJ Craft Works, and will be available at this weekend’s market. All BDJ Craft Works pieces are handmade in East Austin from sustainably harvested domestic hardwoods.


I absolutely love this brain wall hanging by Curious Prints, a purveyor of vintage prints and home goods featuring fine art reproductions of nostalgic public domain images—advertisements, anatomy sketches, botanicals and other quirky finds.


Our friend Melissa, the crafty mastermind behind Meow Kapow, is at Ladybird Market both this and next month. She’ll have original mixed media collage art like this one pictured below, as well as her signature notebooks, magnets, buttons and cards with collage images.


Be sure to check out the other amazing artists at Ladybird Market this weekend! The “artists” page of the Ladybird website includes links to their work, as well as indicates which months they’re vending.

Ladybird Market is the brainchild of award-winning accessories designer Anne Marie Beard, who is also a former Shop Crafty organizer and Cherrywood Art Fair juror, among her many other impressive achievements and contributions to Austin’s creative community.

“Anne Marie is a veteran of the Austin craft scene. We know her as an innovative designer, an advocate for local makers, and a consistent presence in all aspects of the Austin handmade marketplace,” says Melissa Stewart of Meow Kapow and The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.

Anne Marie’s goal? “To provide an opportunity for my fellow artists to showcase their work in one of Austin’s most beloved neighborhoods and coffee shops. Austin has such a strong community of handmade enthusiasts and I felt we needed a regular event that highlights the best of the Austin maker scene.” She personally curates the event, noting, “Each artist has been hand-selected and is at the top of their game – you can expect to find amazing work ranging from jewelry to home décor, clothing to accessories, body products and quirky art at Ladybird Market.”

We dig it! Events like this are good for the crafty community, so be sure to stop by and support indie artists during your weekend adventures.



makeup monday: movies and models

It’s been quite some time since my last makeup post, and I thought this would be the perfect way to jump back into sharing my adventures in cosmetic artistry: a bold, creative photo set on which I collaborated with some truly talented new friends! After recently getting involved in a group designed to promote sisterhood and body positivity, founded by an amazing Austin-based photographer and model, I was inspired by one member’s idea to recreate something inspired by this Pink Floyd body art poster:


We chose to go with a cinema theme, and designated six models. Lauren, who donned a black wig to coordinate with her V for Vendetta piece, worked hard to help iron out all the details, as she and I planned the shoot together over the course of about a month. For most of us, the day of the shoot was our first time meeting face-to-face (though we’d become acquainted online throughout the planning phase via group messaging). All in all, everyone seemed to have a blast and we’ve already begun brainstorming our next collaborative venture together! I painted three of the models, and another rad local body painter—Andrew Brietzke, who works alongside girlfriend Shade Du Bois creating impressive FX makeup and glam looks—painted the other three. Here is the final image of our group pose:

Photo by Arielle Lewis

(Models, from left: Lauren, Kate, Dannie, Corey, Mickey, Whitney)

Professional photos were shot by local photographer Arielle Lewis. (Holy cow, you guys. Check out her ongoing watercolor face paint series, a collaboration with immensely talented FX artist Anthony Paul Gonzales. Seriously.) Kate Kubala, on whom I painted the Batman Returns piece, also did all of our models’ hair and glamour makeup. Here’s her individual shot. Dark, mysterious, and moody…just like Batman!


My other two pieces paid tribute to The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Godzilla Kontra Hedora (Godzilla vs. Smog Monster, specifically the Polish movie poster design). For the Rocky Horror look, I added red glitter to the lips, though it’s difficult to see in photos.


To complement the colors found in the Godzilla art, I slightly tinted Mickey’s blonde hair yellow. This one was my first completed painting of the day, and I’m eager to paint more swirly smoky body art in the future because it was way fun to execute.


Arielle did an incredible job of capturing and editing our respective efforts, and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. Andrew and I each spent about two hours per model, and ended up painting for a total of nearly seven hours. His style is much more colorful and reminiscent of watercolor paintings than mine is, which we took advantage of when pairing Corey’s fiery red hair with his Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas art. Each model’s hair and accessories were styled with attention to the feel of her unique back piece.

I used primarily Mehron and Wolfe FX water-based paints, with a combination of makeup brushes and artist’s paintbrushes. For some of the larger areas on Dannie’s time warp, I used white cream makeup for quick coverage. Black felt eyeliner pens were my go-to product for drawing out the sharp edges and fine lines.

We tried to keep the BTS documentation to a minimum, to make sure the final reveal was a big surprise, but Mickey snapped this really great selfie while I was painting her, and I couldn’t help but share. It’s easily one of my favorite action shots, and adequately evokes the overall mood of a productive and exciting day’s work with these guys.


What do you think, friends? I hope this inspires you to get out there and meet some awesome new people in your own respective communities with which to make magic!

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