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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, 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.

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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.

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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, Fashion, Travel

Portland Style interview with Bob Davis

February 3, 2014
#PDXANTONIO

During my journeys walking around downtown portland, I found some time to interview the experienced Bob Davis, about Portland style and how people put things together. Bob Davis can be at imogene + willie, located right outside the pearl district (Downtown Portland’s shopping area).

Who are you and how long have you been in the Portland fashion scene?
My name is Bob Davis. I have lived in portland almost 8 years. I moved here to direct and buy for a local apparel retailer so I have been in the scene from the start.

How would you define your personal style?
I would define my style as a mix of classic, casual, vintage inspired. My foundation is a tee shirt, boots and jeans, then i build from there.

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How would you describe the Portland fashion scene?
The portland fashion scene is as diverse as the residents but inspired by 3 distinct influences; the outdoors(think patagonia), sport(think nike) and rugged individualism(think filson).

In your opinion are there any trends shoppers should be looking out for?
In general I am seeing a DIY, mashup of vintage, rugged outdoor and tailored suiting. Also wool is important, fashionable technical outerwear, boots and denim.

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All pictures were taken at imogene + willie

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What’s in my bag? (#PDXANTONIO)

January 30, 2014
outfit list pdxnow

Here’s a visual cheat sheet of all the things I’m bringing with me to Portland. #PDXANTONIO.

1. Timbuk2 Avaiator travel bag
2. Olympus om-d e-m5
3. Levi’s Selvage Chambray Work Shirt
4. Club Monaco stripe crew
5. Levi’s dark denim
6. Levi’s black denim
7. Blackwell trading co boot
8. South Lake Union Umbrella
9. Timbuk2 coffee cup
10. Macbook Pro
11. GoPro pole
12. Wool Scarf
13. Sunglasses
14. gopro hero 3 black

#PDXAntonio

Blog, Food, Photography, Travel, Vlog

Seattle to Portland #PDXANTONIO

January 29, 2014
#PDXNow

Great news!

Tomorrow, I go on a train adventure from Seattle to Portland sponsored by TravelPortland.com, Amtrak Cascades and Timbuk2. If you remember, a few weeks back I introduced you all to the Portland Express. The Portland Express is a special train that rides from Vancouver, Canada to Eugene, Oregon. This is a unique Amtrak train and has been completely redesigned to give you the Portland experience. This experience includes newly upholstered seats, art, food and beverages from beloved Portland retailers.

Starting tomorrow I will be recording video, live tweeting and blogging my way through this two-day adventure in Portland. Who knows exactly what I’ll be seeing but if you have any suggestions please tweet them or message to me. You can follow the hashtag #PDXANTONIO OR #PDXNOW for coverage.

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Blog, Fashion, Travel

Travel Essentials: The Timbuk2 Aviator Travel Backpack

January 27, 2014
Timbuk2 Aviator hike

I like my travel bags to have both style and ample capacity. The Timbuk2 Aviator Travel Backpack is the essential bag to take with you for small out town getaways or quick weekend trips. One of my favorite qualities about this bag is the rain fly bag covering attached which gives it a bit of ruggedness during those wet days and protects your mobile devices like laptops, cameras, or mobile phones.

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What are the features?

    *Rain fly for soggy days live in its own dedicated pocket.
    *20″ (28.5L) ample capacity can be carried on.
    *Laptop pocket fits up to 17″ MacBook Pro
    *Converts from suitcase to backpack with stowaway padded straps and removable hip belt.
    *Expandable top compartment for quarantining shoes and toiletries.
    *Full-zip opening main compartment provides the easy access of a duffel.
    *Two external zip pockets for smartphone, wallet, and passport.
    *Fabric reinforced tarpaulin and durable nylon fabric construction.
    *External compression straps for cinching or expanding.
    *Padded, ventilated back panel for a comfy, dry carry.

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Blog, Entertainment, Travel

I am a featured RawArtist!

January 25, 2014
RAW Seattle

Good news everyone!!! I’ve submitted my Tokyo: Through my Lens video to RawArtist.org and I was accepted to represent Seattle’s RAW film talent.

On February 27th, RAW will be holding their season premiere showcase at The Showbox Market. This showcase will feature spectacular underground Seattle artists in categories such as dance, music, hair, fashion, and film. If you would like to buy tickets to support me please buy your tickets through my individual link: http://www.rawartists.org/antoniocdsmith

P.S. The link to purchase is on the top middle of my profile page, right above my video.

RawArtist.org is international community made up of creative individuals across to the world to provide exposure to independent artists with the tools, resources needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. Check out their bio video for more details about RAW.

Details: RAW: natural born artists – “Awakening”

The Showbox Market

http://www.rawartists.org/antoniocdsmith

February 27th

Tickets: $15 online $20 at the Door