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Tips to improve your SXSW experience.

March 24, 2014
SXSW 2014

My first experience to SXSW was fantastic but I wish would have known a few things before I arrived in Austin. Here are tips to improve your SXSW experience.

 1.Lodge in the downtown area.

Most people walk around SXSW so if you can try to stay around a mile or two away from the central Downtown Austin area, it will improve your chances of attending everything SXSW has to offer and not be overly tired because you’ve walk to much.

 

2. Use the bus app.

If your lodging is away from the city center, it’s a good idea to get to know the bus system. The bus is cheaper than a taxi and transfers last for or 10 hours. If you download the free CapMetro  app it will show you bus times, display current rout routes and give you the ability to buy tickets. Buying tickets on the app save you from carrying around the usual paper transfer.

 

3.Be sure to bring a portable battery source.

Chances are if you’re using a mobile phone, laptop or tablet around SXSW you’re going to run out of power. Carrying around a portable battery source saves you the trouble of finding popular power outlets and stalling you’re experience. I would suggest Mophine mobile phone cases and power stations.

 

4. Look around Austin.

It would be a shame to only see the parts of Austin included in SXSW. Austin has lot of cool shopping and dining areas like South Congress (SOCO), North Guadalupe Street, and others.  Keep in mind because of amount of travelers most business downtown are having some sort of special or promotion to get your attention, so search for the deals.

 

5. Plan your departure from Austin.

Taxi’s are in such high demand because of the high influx of travels that chances are you won’t get one in time for your departure. Instead trying reserving a shuttle or take the direct airport (#100) bus that departs from downtown every half an hour.

 

Blog, Travel

Flying south for the winter (#SXSW 2014)

March 8, 2014
Antonio filtered

Howdy Ya’ll! I ‘ll be in Austin, Texas to partake in #SXSW for the rest of the week. Hopefully I can get some good posts out of my travels. This is my first time in visiting Texas and participating in a conference of this size so I’m pretty excited.  If you have any ideas on cool parties or festivities please tweet me or leave me a message.

Blog, Fashion

SOLESTRUCK + DIGS POP-IN SHOP (Sneak peek)

March 6, 2014

To celebrate the first anniversary of their Ballard (Seattle) location,  Digs is excited to host a month-long pop-in shop by with Portland-based footwear powerhouse Solestruck, and Seattle’s own Grey City Shoes.

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The growing trend of pop-up shops got us thinking, and Solestruck seemed like an obvious choice – modern design and fashion go hand in hand,” says Digs founder and co-owner, Gretchen Knudsen, “We’re a lifestyle store, so adding shoes to the mix just extends our product offering within that framework.”

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The temporary pop-in-shop will kick off with a launch party from 7:00pm to 10:00pm on Saturday, March 8th. Attendees can sip champagne, try on the season’s freshest footwear styles, enter a raffle for one of several free pairs of shoes and enjoy a goody bag chock-full of swag with their purchase. Below is a goody bag and one item in it’s contents.

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Pictured: Swag bag + Scrappy’s Bitters

 

#solestruckxdigs

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Vancouver Fashion Week 2014

March 5, 2014
Vancouver Fashion week

VFW Fall/Winter 2014 is almost here!

Vancouver Fashion Week is a semi-annual fashion showcase and is North America’s second largest industry event. VFW features international talent from around the world including Korea, Paris, Sweden and more. I plan on being there to take pictures of my favorite looks on and off the runway. Hope to see you there.

Click here for VFW designers list

Blog, Entertainment, Fashion

RAW Artist Seattle 2014 (Pictures)

February 28, 2014
Raw Seattle - Natural Born artists

Raw Artist Seattle Feb 27, 2014 Showbox Theater

It was was really fun submitting my film Tokyo:Through my lens to RAW. It was a exciting experience and I would recommend to any budding artist. Over a thousand people were in attendance last night to observe Seattle’s raw talent. For more RAW Artist Seattle 2014 available on flickr

Below: Make up and hair show
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My favorite part of the night were the musical performances. Two of my favorite musical acts of the night was PHNK and Elbow Coulee.

Below: Elbow Coulee
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Below: PHNK
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Below: A variety of paintings, jewelry and crafts were on display for purchase.
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Blog, Travel

Top 5 Travel Songs of 2014

February 19, 2014
Travel songs

Music and traveling go together like peanut butter and jelly, so when I travel I make sure to have an assortment of brilliant tracks to listen to during my Journey. Whether it’s land, sea or air, all of these great tunes have something to do with traveling. Here are my top 5 travel songs of 2014. Songs are in no particular order.

M.I.A. – Paper Planes
Released: 2007
This song is a instant classic with MIA’s lazy flow and Diplo’s unconventional beats.

Vic Mensa – Suitcase (feat. Chance The Rapper)
Released: 2013
Chicago rappers Vic Mensa and Chance combine a chill beat with some cool midwest swagger.

Daft Punk – Around the world
Released: 1997
Before Daft Punk was getting “lucky”, they went around the world. This track was from the duos first studio album “Homework”.

Lupe Fiasco – Paris Tokyo remix
Released: 2007
Pharrell Williams, Q-Tip & Sarah Green lend their voices in this cool remix.

Metronomy – The Bay
Released: 2011
Put on your boating shoes and your nautical glasses because this London based band wants to take you to the bay.

Blog, Fashion

Zara Seattle Westlake Opening (Pictures)

February 13, 2014
Zara downtown Seattle vip

Thursday, February 12, 2014 ZARA, Westlake Seattle
Although tomorrow is the official opening of Zara Westlake, a select few were invited to check out the store before the public. Here’s a few shots of the opening.

Photo:Brandon Foy, Travis Wals and Antonio Smith
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A few shots of the Mens collection.

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Personally, I’m glad to see another store like ZARA come to downtown Seattle because I feel like it gives shoppers more options for ready-to-wear off the runway apparel and also now I don’t have to travel to Vancouver, BC to purchase their clothes.

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More Flickr Photos

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Early Spring Portland Events

February 11, 2014
Zeus cafe

Portland Jazz festival (Feb 20-Mar 2, 2014) www.pdxjazz.com
Every February, the nationally renowned Portland Jazz Festival is celebration of jazz, Black History Month and the rich history in the city of Portland. The festival offers dozens of ways to experience jazz, including performances both paid and free, lectures, films, exhibitions and jam sessions.

Dining Month (March 2014) www.downtownportland.org
This month long event continues to grow every year with participating restaurant across Portland serving up 3 course dinners for $29.

Toast March 2014 www.oregondistillersguild.org
Presented by the Oregon Distillers Guild, Toast is the International Craft Spirits Revival and gives visitors a chance to taste from a wide variety of more tun 150 spirits from across the NorthWest.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival (March 28- May 4, 2014) www.woodenshoe.com
Each spring ,the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival blooms in a fantastic show of color. The farms’ tulip varieties are aanged differently every year in new patterns covering over 40 acres.

Blog, Travel

Seattle to Portland video #PDXAntonio

February 10, 2014
#pdxnow video

This video is fast paced first person view of my travels from Seattle to Portland and back again. Thanks to TravelPortland.com, Amtrak Cascades, and Timbuk2 for helping me out with this project. I’ve provided links to pretty much everything I did while I was in Portland. Some things on this list will be in the video and some not. Frankly, there were too many things to put in the #PDXAntonio video so decided this way would be best. For additional #PDXAntonio photos. I hope you Enjoy!

Where did I stay

The Ace Hotel

What I did

Portland Aerial Tram
Bike rental- from The Ace Hotel (Free for people who are staying at hotel)
Imogene + Willie
Powell’s bookstore
Pendleton
Tanner Goods

Where I ate

Boxer Ramen
Clyde Common
Mothers bistro
Byways Cafe
Blue Star Donuts
Stumptown Coffee
Heart Coffee

Blog, Entertainment, Fashion, Photography, Vlog

RAW Artist walkthrough and Vlog

February 5, 2014
Raw Seattle

February 3rd, was the first walk through for RAW Seattle at the Showbox Theater. During the RAW walk through, submitting artist got a idea of how they are going to present their talents, take head shots and do artist video interviews.

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These pictures were taken at Brooke Westlund art studio across the street from the Showbox Theater.

Tickets for the show can be purchased here tickets

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