Will Leather Goods and I

Will Leather Goods and I

 

 

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A couple of weeks ago I visited Will Leather Goods at Domain NORTHSIDE and was given a VIP tour of the store by the assistant manager, Zach Miles. Will Leather Goods is a family owned and operated leather-goods store that has been in business since the 1980’s. Founded by Will Adler, Will Leather Goods started as a belt-making business in 1981 to help him and his family bring in extra income… the rest is history. During my tour I learned about the various specialties the store prides themselves on including hand-woven products (like reversible bags made out of rugs from Oaxaca, Mexico!) and their incredible ability to create high-quality pieces out of leathers sourced from around the world. Naturally, I fell in love with mostly everything! All items provide a rustic feel to them and the leather is mostly water resistant because of the natural oils and the vegetable tanning each product receives from production.

 

 

 

 

The store offers a variety of products from rugs, leather bags, belts, wallets, jewelry and gifts! After getting a full tour of the shop I selected a Rainer Backpack of my own and was able to emboss my initials on the front (free of charge!) It’s reassuring to know that every item (non-vintage) has lifetime warranty and/or can be corrected in the store. And with seven store locations and one opening in Denver in October, you’re bound to find something unique, timeless and durable in every store!

 

 

During my visit I had a one-on-one shopping experience (think Nordstrom’s) and appreciated all of the insight and information provided as we maneuvered our way through the store, it was quickly noticeable that I wasn’t getting hounded into buying anything–which is a plus for me! Shopping here is calm, relaxed and you really get that “in-shop” feeling with the rustic vibe and decorations surrounding you! The store also provides coffee in-house… I mean what more could you ask for?

 

 

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MY NEW RAINER BACKPACK EMBOSSED WITH MY INITIALS

Lastly, I have a special surprise for all of my readers and followers alike: Will Leather Goods is offering 15% off of your purchase (in-store only) if you if use my personal code, MARKYATX! Mention that you read this blog post and/or saw my visit on Instagram to get your discount, it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping (hehe).

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See ya there!

11701 Domain Blvd #160, Austin, TX 78758

Guild Austin has a New Extended Happy Hour

Guild Austin has a New Extended Happy Hour

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Guild Austin is a new seafood spot that opened earlier this year and you have to go! It’s a progressive American seafood restaurant located on North Lamar (for reference, right below the Kendra Scott headquarters) with a raw bar, gorgeous dining room with high ceilings, large outdoor patio (perfect for big groups) and a garden where Guild pulls ingredients fresh to order.

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I have a huge obsession with interior spaces and Guild has to have one of the prettiest aesthetics in town! From left to right, front to back, top to bottom, you can really see all of the attention to detail that was put into the newest member of the Chameleon family. Chameleon is the hospitality group that brought you Wu Chow and Swfit’s Attic — so you know the food is bound to be phenomenal, with great, professional service alike.

I was invited in last week to try their new extended happy hour and was overly impressed with each dish. On the menu includes a vegan summer “ceviche”, fried lavender-brined chicken, clam beignets, whitewater mussels served with brioche soldiers, and mixed dozen oysters.

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I also got a sneak peek of a new brunch item — the Granola! The Granola contains madras curry, peanut butter custard and vanilla yogurt.

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The extended happy hour menu also features six cocktails that pair perfectly with each dish. These cocktails include: the Dark N Shandy, the Real Playa’s Sunrise, the Fiery Mule, the Kentucky Mule, the Paloma and the Gin-ger Tini. My favorite was the Real Playa’s Sunrise which contained Real Playa vodka, fresh jalapeño slices, lime and ginger beer.

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See you there!

3800 North Lamar, Set. 170, Austin, TX 78756.

Sunday Funday at Fairmont Austin

Sunday Funday at Fairmont Austin

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It’s no secret that I enjoy a good Sunday Funday with friends, add in a pool deck, downtown views and some libations and I’m sold! This past Sunday I visited Rules & Regs, located on the 7th floor of the newest hotel on the scene: Fairmont Austin. This luxury hotel has an epic Sunday Funday experience that will have me back until summers end. Rules and Regs throws a Sunday Funday concept that serves bubbles only!

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Upon arriving to the hotel, I visited concierge where they directed me to a VIP table located inside Rules and Regs on the 7th floor. I was greeted with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and Monet. The DJ was bumping Drake and other music that had me bumping and grooving the entire time. My friend Michael accompanied me and we were very pleased with the downtown views and gorgeous swimming pool to our left. The service here was impeccable!

We continued our Sunday Funday with a little bit of everything from the menu, which includes: tuna rice paper salad rolls, tuna poke rice salad, roasted fish tacos, the Mexican shrimp cocktail and my favorite, the niman ranch beef hot dog.

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If you’re looking for a new Sunday Funday spot with a more elevated experience, or need a spot to create your own escapades day or night, Rules & Regs is for you.

See you there!

Life After College

Life After College

YOU GUYS, I GRADUATED THREE YEARS AGO TODAY! Time has definitely flown by. Thinking back, I remember feeling like my entire academic career had led up to this very moment, I mean hadn’t it? This is what the world had convinced me that I needed to do in order to be successful: you go to school, you get a degree, you get a job…. Realistically, it sucks the way society tells us what we need to do, or who we need to be in order to succeed, but also, I am really grateful for my accomplishments and perseverance since my time at Texas State! To be honest I didn’t even know if I was going to have a job after graduation. Back in 2015, my apartment lease was ending, I hadn’t found a job anywhere in Texas (didn’t apply outside of the state for many reasons) and I was honestly getting ready to move back to San Antonio with my family. About a few weeks before my lease in San Marcos was over, I got a call from Target that I got the job, I would then be the new Visual Merchandising Team Lead (aka manager)–and I took it! A few months into my position, I knew it wasn’t for me. I started job hunting for social media and marketing  roles, and landed a position at Facebook Austin as a Risk Analyst on a contract. After my two year contract was over with Facebook, I moved to Indeed as a full time employee. WOO! WOO!

And here I am today, a brown boy from San Antonio, Texas, first generation college student, first family member to move away from my hometown–I couldn’t be more proud of myself and my mom for all the sacrifices she’s made for me to get where I am today. Thanks madre!

LIFE HACKS + LESSONS

  • FINDING MY VOICE

    • Post-graduation, I started using my voice, asking more questions and saying “no” unapologetically and when necessary. I was never the person to raise my hand and ask a question or give an answer freely, but finally at the age of 26, I feel more confident doing so!
    • When I first started blogging last May, I was overwhelmed by the amount of emails and notifications I was receiving! 12 months down the road and I feel a lot better about responding and communicating with PR companies, brands, other influencers, my followers, etc. Basically, I’ve learned when you do something over and over and over, you eventually will master it.

 

  • YOUR DEGREE PROBABLY WONT MATCH YOUR PROFESSION

    • Unless you are majoring in a hard science, you probably won’t get a job that exactly aligns with your degree plan.
    • Unless you’re going to grad school your degree isn’t going to dictate your profession. Like with me, I have a bachelor of science in fashion merchandising and I’m working for a corporate tech company as an analyst in the engineering department.

 

  • THE BEST YEARS

    • College really was the best years of my life! I learned to work under pressure, made the best of friends and I developed a fierceeee work ethic.
    • Jumping from class to class really helped me learn how to juggle multiple responsibilities at one time.
    • I regret not taking advantage of the student recreation center (of which came out of my tuition every semester) and taking time to enjoy the San Marcos river more often.
    • Chimy’s! Enough said! 😉
    • Overall, my experience at Texas State was a rollercoaster of a journey and I wouldn’t trade it for a single penny! I absolutely love my degree, my lifelong friends that came out of it, the gorgeous campus and the professors here really go above and beyond to see you succeed–hey Ms. Fluker!

 

  • UP YOURSELF

    • Don’t be shy to show off your strengths, because if you don’t do this for yourself, nobody else will! If you’re good at something, share it with the world!
    • One thing I feel that helps me with meetings and events is my punctuality. I am always the first or one of the firsts, to show up to an event or a family gathering–it shows a lot about your character and helps people take you more seriously.

 

  • VACATIONS DON’T EXIST

    • Summer vacations? What are those! As an adult you have to make time for yourself and take initiative to go explore a new town! So hop on the plane and never turn back (kidding) because off-days really don’t exist post-graduation.

 

April Recap | Where I Dined this Month

April Recap | Where I Dined this Month

Hey guys! I’m excited to announce that every month I will be writing a recap of highlights and moments from my recent foodie adventures. This is a new blogging project for me and I look forward to writing these types of posts at the end of each month! Hope you guys enjoy!

April 4 – Il Brutto

I had the pleasure of experiencing the soft opening of New Waterloo’s newest concept, Il Brutto. The soft opening had drinks, food and free tattoos! The pizza and delicious deserts here will have you coming back for more!

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April 8 – Sway

For one week only, Sway was celebrating Thai New Year with a special menu. The limited-time Songkran menu was a combination of Sway’s yummy dishes with a Texas flare! My friend Edgar joined me and we dined on the patio with cocktails and laughs! My favorite was the alligator!

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April 9 – Rise UT

There’s a new biscuit and donut shop near the University of Texas at Austin and I’m obsessed! I was invited to the soft opening of Rise, a national chain with it’s first Texas location located here on Guadalupe! The biscuits are made from scratch and the donut selection is extensive.

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April 9 – The Funkadelic

For my birthday I enjoyed brunch at the hottest new brunch spot, The Funkadelic! This hip and friendly restaurant has French toast, nachos and some all American breakfast items–there’s literally something for everyone! Over in Sunset Valley, The Funkadelic’s quirky vibe fits right in with the Keep Austin Weird culture! It was such a perfect birthday brunch! Cheers to 26.

 

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April 11 – Andiamo

Andiamo released their new Spring menu and I had the pleasure of tasting it first. I don’t normally rave too much about a restaurant but Andiamo deserves all the attention (and more)! The food is prepared beautifully, with every ingredient carefully chosen and the owners born in Italy you’re bound to take a bite of authentic Italian-cuisine! The pasta ravioli was my favorite!

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April 13 – Squeezeary Austin

Round of applause for my new favorite juice and coffee shop: Squeezary Austin. Take a look at my recent blog for more. BTW, the photos don’t do it justice!

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April 16 – Ranch 616

Ranch 616 was introduced to me by my good girlfriend, Megan, and I’m so happy that she did. I’ve been coming here for years and I was thrilled when owner, William, asked me to come and try their new drink menu! I LOVED THE SANDIA SANGRIA! My friend Olya accompanied me, it was her first time and she’s already been back for more–it’s that good. Located over on West 6th St., Ranch 616 is perfect for birthdays, happy hour or any occasion worth celebrating!

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April 17 – ADP

Austin Daily Press has a new location on Cesar Chavez. This location is focused on tortas and tapas (hence the logo) but the pastries are also worth noting! The croissants (dare I say it) are better than Easy Tiger’s!

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April 22 – Swift’s Attic

The AIDS Services of Austin kicked off their annual #DiningOutForLife at Swift’s Attic! I had the pleasure of enjoying Swift’s Attic impeccable brunch for a cause and got to meet Project Runway designer, Mondo Guerra!

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April 23 – Bento Picnic

Calling all healthy eaters, Bento Picnic finally has a brick and mortar! Friendly staff, healthy bites and a gorgeous dog-friendly patio. Located on the East Side, you’ll want to move to East Austin with all the new restaurants popping up! Order the guacamole!

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April 28 – Saint Bernards x Tiny House Coffee

My friends over at Tiny House Coffee Roasters launched a collaboration with Saint Bernards and it’s so freaking good! I snagged a bag of their limited edition coffee ground and boy is it strong! There was an espresso lesson from Tiny House’s lead barista, free donuts from Round Rock donuts and Ruthie (Saint Bernards mascot) was there too!

 

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April 30 – Brick Oven 

Yesterday, I was at Brick Oven for dinner with my roommate Ivonne. Brick Oven is located on Red River and has been open for over 30 years! From the beginning, Brick Oven has stayed true to their Italian roots and they continue to have some of the best food in town. If you like cheese, need a good excuse to eat carbs and love pies–Brick Oven is for you!

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Thanks so much for reading guys! Follow me on Instagram for real time updates! What was your favorite restaurant on my list? Have you ever been to any? Did you find a new place to try? Let me know in the comments. xx

– @markyatx

The Squeezery is My New Fav

The Squeezery is My New Fav

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You guys! The Squeezery is the newest juice (and coffee) shop to open downtown and you have to go. Located inside The Refinery, you’re sure to find the interior as gorgeous as the famous black and white mural located right outside — seriously everything here is Instagram-worthy!

Everything at The Squeezary is organic and locally sourced as they collaborate with local farms. The Squeezary is quickly becoming a popular destination for their Freezer Bowls, which come inside a half coconut-shell (pictured below). How cool is that? I like to use the hashtag #SoNY when places like these pop up in Austin, because of how quickly one can say we’re becoming more and more like the Big Apple. You can also buy healthy juices here for your on-the-go needs and a cup of coffee because we all know this city thrives on caffeine. Visit the shop and tell ’em you saw this post, you won’t regret it!

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See ya there!

The Squeezery
123 East 7th St.
Austin, TX 78701
https://www.instagram.com/squeezeryatx/

A Peek Inside Yoshi Ramen

A Peek Inside Yoshi Ramen

Yoshi Ramen is open for business! Stacy Chen, owner of Veggie Heaven, has opened a new ramen shop near UT and Hyde Park. Chen was inspired to open Yoshi Ramen in part of her grandmother whom had her own ramen business in Japan. From Dan Dan noodles to bubble tea to Austin’s first(?) ramen burger (which will be available around February 15) Yoshi Ramen has many options you’re sure to love — they even have ramen for vegans. So if you’re anything like me and like to order based on Instagram aesthetic, you need to stop by this quirky space for some beautiful pictures, good eats and a fun atmosphere.

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I had a great time trying a couple of the ramen options on the menu, leaving highly impressed, I definitely will be back and have recommend Yoshi Ramen to all my friends. I’m super stoked to try the Ramen Burger and add it to my Instagram feed (wink wink)!

See ya there!

Yoshi Ramen
3320 Harmon Ave
Austin, TX 78705
512.243.6161