What: Women & Their Work Trunk Show
Located in Central Austin, Women & Their Work is a visual and performing arts organization focusing on contemporary women artists. The organization not only brings some of the most groundbreaking exhibitions and performances to the area, but also provides art education and financial support to female artists while emphasizing the value and excellence of art by women.
The organization recently held an evening trunk show, showcasing the photographic work of Susi Brister and featuring several local jewelry designers and even some special treats.
Upon entering, I was greeted with samples from award-winning Delysia, some of the best chocolates I’ve ever tasted. The Pistachio and Champagne truffle flavors were my favorite, with Raspberry coming in a close third. I couldn’t resist their chocolate barks, taking home the Dark Coffee, Peppermint and Mexican Hot Chocolate varieties.
Next up, the W&TW host poured me a glass of white wine as I perused the table of another special treat—Tekeen cocktails. This ready to drink, premium beverage is made from agave nectar, orange wine and all natural flavors. Sampling all three flavors, the crisp and refreshing Cucumber Lime in particular stood out. And at just 44 calories a glass, this may be my new “skinny margarita.” I will definitely be picking up a bottle (or two!) next time I visit Spec’s. The drink will soon be available at HEB grocers as well.
Cocktails in hand, I strolled through the gallery, taking in the immense and striking works of Susi Brister. Often beautiful and frequently disturbing, Brister’s photographs juxtapose the synthetic with the natural—depicting anonymous figures covered in densely textured and pattern textiles inserted into landscapes as mysterious organic forms. I was quite taken with Flora, and another photo of a beach scene, but images such as 613 Silky Straight in Swamp and Hi-Lo Rabbit on Country Road proved to be haunting images not soon forgotten.
The jewelry trunk show featured three designers, each with their own unique point of view:
- Andrea Flores‘ Aztec inspired designs from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
- Rachel Lavin’s playful designs for Pio Playground
- Diane Maycotte‘s bold and beautiful sterling silver creations.
While I fully appreciated the works of all three women, Maycotte’s simple but striking pieces won my heart. After trying on her mother of pearl and silver cuff, I couldn’t seem to make myself take it off. A sure sign it’s a must-have, I purchased the piece before the night’s end. I’m still eyeing Pio’s Bloom earrings for my next jewelry splurge, however.
The W&TH gift shop was inescapable for me as well. The darling cat print tea towels from Fishs Eddy, as well as the Oldham+Harper vintage inspired towel will give my kitchen a sweet sense of whimsy. The embroidered clutch from Sally Spicer makes a great day or evening bag, and the Trumpette Maryjanes socks will make such a cute gift for my 8-month old niece.
Wear: Comfy, Casual and Cool
With a major client presentation early that afternoon, it had already been a very long day. Throwing on a pair of sweats and watching the evening news was starting to sound a little too appealing.
So I did the next best thing, quickly throwing on my piped fluid ankle pants from Loft—a nice hybrid between dress pants and on-trend joggers—and a comfortable tunic-style sweater from Ann Taylor. Pairing them with kitten-heeled calf-hair pumps in a Dalmatian print meant I wouldn’t have to stress about finding a close-in parking space (impossible in Downtown Austin).
For accessories, I added my Tilo scarf (similar) for a bit of color that didn’t disrupt the monochromatic look I was going for. Cage earrings from Rue Gembon (similar) added a bit of sparkle and edge and the Kate Spade quilted bag kept things from going trend-overboard. Although I’m usually a big bracelet girl, for this outfit a single ring seemed just right. I chose one handed down from my grandmother for its amethyst hue.
I quickly touched up my makeup with Vichy ProEVEN BB Cream, Nars shadow in Lhasa, and Makeup Forever’s Aqua Eyes in Black. I added a few swipes of Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl to add some luminosity to my tired skin. With RGB’s nail color in Deep already on, and a swipe of Starlooks lip gloss in Guilty Pleasure, I was ready to hit the door after throwing my hair up into a loose and messy chignon.