Father's Day Selects: From the FELIZ Team

Father's Day is coming up on June 17th! The spring FELIZ vendors have some pretty great gifts for the dad in your life. We took a peak over the goods and picked some favorites below. 

Happy Father's Day from FELIZ!

FresherThan Amadillo Embroidered Tee - A fun Texas shirt for your fun Texas dad.
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Corridor NYC Color Block Hat - I'll probably buy this Super 90's Seinfeld Cap from Weathered Coalition for my dad!

 
 

Cold Ones Pops and a sixer - Did you know you can place orders for Cold Ones online? So you don't have to go from market to market looking for Honeydew Lemongrass- which sounds like it would be delicious with something light like Austin Beer Works' Peace Maker.
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Boyd's of Texas High Desert - Scent is the sense most tied to memories, so having a scent that your kiddo will always recognize as "dad" is a forever gift. This one has a fire-side profile. Such a safe feeling scent.

Note Roller - Give dad an easy way to organize his thoughts. Maybe before bed, or at the start of the day. He's got a kid (or more!)- so he's got a lot to keep track of. 
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Esby Apparel Jeremy Button Down - a lightweight but polished look for the summer that anyone would love. Also, this one has a tonal floral pattern that's fun! And dad's are fun! So, need we say more?

 
 

Kathrine Zeren ties, bowties, and pocket squares - What's a Father's Day round up without some ties? Almost every dad needs one or 10 and these handmade-in-Houston ones are a lovely addition to any collection. Take it from me- dads love to wear ties their loved ones give them. :)
 

 

A Dinner With FELIZ

 
Hailey, Glenn, and Sarah

Hailey, Glenn, and Sarah

 

Last year we started a tradition for after the sale. We let about a week go by so everyone can re-focus on their lives outside of the sale and then we come back together for a potluck and a chance to hear about each other's FELIZ experience. It seems there is a link between wanting to support small artists and being A+ home cooks because, y'all- this food is so good! We're talking homemade ricotta, tiramisu, pesto tagliatelle, antipasti... Maybe you can tell it's been Italian themed so far? We may keep it up, but I think no matter what the theme, it's going to continue to be a really amazing dinner. :) It's a good reason to help us in the fall.

Because everyone put together an incredible spread- we wanted to share the menu here for our reference, and hopefully yours, too! Glenn swears the panna cotta is easy and if she's right then please do yourself a favor and get crackin'. 

Antipasti platter*
Watermelon and feta salad*
Radish and micro green salad with poppy seed dressing
Bright, smoky asparagus*
Lemon, ricotta, almond flourless cake
Panna cotta with rhubarb + chamomile compote*
Pesto tagliatelle

For drinks- bubbly water and all kinds of Italian wine.

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Antipasti platter
Thinly sliced salami, ball of fresh mozzarella, mixed olives, water crackers, artichoke hearts, and roasted red peppers.
Put it all on a plate and there ya go.

Watermelon, feta, and basil salad
Cut up watermelon into bite size pieces, toss with feta, season with salt and garnish liberally with torn basil.

Bright, smoky asparagus
Lightly coat fresh asparagus spears in olive oil, grill at high temp (in a grill basket or cast iron pan set on your grill),
flip/turn often to get an even char (approx 5-6 minutes), pull off the grill, plate,
squeeze lemon juice over (to taste), drizzle with a bit of fancy grassy olive oil, sprinkle generously with smoked paprika and Maldon finishing salt - voila’!

Chamomile compote
Glenn mixed the chamomile compote into the rhubarb compote and would reccomend it if you can!
Steep 1 cup of strong loose-leaf chamomile tea.
Add 1 to 1.5 cup fresh peaches to the tea and bring the mixture back to a boil.
Turn down the heat, add 2 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp brown sugar and let simmer for 45ish minutes.
Once reduced by at least 1/3 original volume, hand blend to preferred thickness.
Let mixture cool slightly while you bloom 1 tbsp gelatin in a separate bowl.
Add gelatin to puree, mix evenly, and store in a sealed container until ready to serve with panna cotta. 

 
 
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It was one of the last spring nights before it got so hot and we took advantage with a little garden walk. Thanks Sarah for hosting, and thanks to the whole team of organizers for setting the bar so high!

Will we see you at next year's wrap party? We hope so! Always feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about the sale as a volunteer, a vendor, or a sponsor. felizsale@gmail.com

 

Sponsor Spotlight: Thunderbird Real Food Bars

Spring sprang in Texas a while ago, which means we're in that heady time of wildflower season. Going for a weekend drive in the country is serene, but so is driving on the highway because Ladybird made it so. Seriously, some of the best wildflower patches are between 3 lanes of traffic. 🤔 

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This past weekend, we went out to Pedernales Falls State Park for a little retreat before the final week of sale-planning. We even left our phones off, grabbed a film camera to document it, and let fate decide if we'd get in-focus photos. Spoiler: not always.

We DID bring a few Thunderbird bars because hiking to the best spot on the river is nicer with a light load.

Thunderbird Bars are home grown here in Austin. It's feels great to support a company in a way that is 100% in-line with how you live. The makers probably hike the same trail when they aren't at their (certified gluten-free) facility testing recipes.

More about the bars- they are gluten free, vegan, and without added sugar, just the natural sugars from the peaches, dates, and other fruits they use. Which is crazy because they are more like a little treat than "energy bar". I smartened up a while ago and started to keep the Cashew + Fig + Carrot in my glove compartment. Now I ... look forward to forgetting to eat breakfast? I kind of do!

Thunderbird breaks down exactly what each of their ingredients does for you on their site which is super informative.
Check it out here.

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Get out there, and see Texas! As this post is going to press it's raining really hard, which means this weekend it will be a verdant paradise out there and the rivers will be flowing.

 
 

FELIZ Spring 2018 is May 6th, 11am - 6pm.

Before you head out on your Sunday Drive, swing by the Palm Door on Sabine to see some of our favorite designers, ask Thunderbird what's new, and then get out there.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Party at the Moontower Rentals

We love having a lounge from Party at the Moontower at FELIZ. It sets the perfect tone- fun and relaxed with a unique look. We wanted to talk with these pros all about parties. How to throw 'em and how to make 'em memorable.

Can you describe for us the ultimate setting for Party at the Moontower?

It would be an outdoor spot, under a grove of trees with twinkling lights…an evening party surrounded by friends. We’d furnish with a nice bar, cocktail tables and lots of lounge seating, so everyone feels the warmth and comfort of being in a private home.  

For those of us not planning weddings- but would like to bring a little flair to a backyard bday party, what is an impactful finishing detail from PATM?

We think it’s a lounge area! Doesn’t have to be big—maybe only a few chairs and couple of side tables—but we think it’s extra nice for hosts to provide warm and inviting areas in places that might normally be empty. A lot of people have social anxiety, and it’s nice to create a moment where folks can relax a bit vs. feeling like they're naked in the middle of a room. 

Do you come from party-throwing families?

Sorta…My family is in the restaurant business, so I grew up hanging around those public spaces a lot. Unfortunately, my folks were too busy being the operators to throw too many parties themselves! Tenaya comes from a family of 8 kids, so every day was like a party for her. No joke. 

Can you describe an early party memory?

For my father’s 50th birthday one of his friends got him a surprise sexy birthday greeting—sorta like the famous Marilyn Monroe “happy birthday Mr. President” routine. Scantily clad, she started singing and dancing next to my dad, my little sister who was maybe six at the time started yelling “you get away from my daddy!” in front of everyone.

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There are a few moms on the Party at the Moontower team, are you developing celebratory traditions with your kids?

I’d like to think so! But right now the only ones I can think of are our daily celebrations. Like sometimes we’ll have random dance parties to help my daughter (and me) get some energy out before bed. Recently we’ve been really into picnics! Ideally we're at a park or something. The other day we just put a blanket on our front porch and ate there (cause we don’t have any grass in our yard).

I think you all travel quite a bit for inspiration, business, and relaxation. What are the last great vacation spots for the team?

We visited Oaxaca City at end of last year for a wedding. It was hands down the best wedding I’ve been to… festivities included dancing in the streets with shots of mezcal and eating the feast of our lives in the most incredible botanical garden I’ve ever seen. Inspirational to say the least.

I’ve finally started leaving enough room in my suitcase to bring back some souvenirs. Do you have tips for finding the good stuff wherever you go?

Ask around to locals or at your hotel. I find that the more boutique, deisgn-hotels (find on tablet.com) have better tips for the best, non-touristy stuff because they pride themselves on being outside of the mainstream. Even if you’re not staying at one, you can swing by for a drink and ask at the front desk or concierge. And be sure to ask friends for their tips if you know they’ve been somewhere. 

ATTN: invite us to all parties with a lounge set up.

See more gorgeous rentals here. On MAY 6TH, make sure to get a spritz, grab some friends, and hang out at the lounge. You'll see us there, for sure.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Better Half Cocktails and Coffee Pt 2 Ft Chioco Design

We're back with the second half of our exploration into the design of Better Half, the modern diner that was missing in your life. Chioco Design is responsible for the distinctive architecture of the space and likely- so much more. We're chatting with them about problem solving constraints and working as a creative team.

Was the design of BH referencing any other favorite spaces or was it all about 406 Walsh?

The project is really a reflection of the sensibilities those involved in the design process. What you might not know is that this is just the first part of the entire project which will culminate in us renovating the Quonset hut next door into a brewery with an exterior court yard that connects them. There will be more significant design moves that were decided in the early masterplanning phase of the project. For instance, we really wanted these spaces (Better Half and Hold Out Brewery) to speak to each other. Their proximity to each other gave us this opportunity by designing glass facades that face each other and offer the maximum amount of transparency. So, yes the project is very site specific to 406 Walsh.

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How do you work out the flow of the space? Is it highly planned or organic?

The spaces are highly planned as the programmatic requirements were so complicated as most restaurants are. This project has many parts, a kitchen, bar, cafe, coffee shop, restrooms, patio and making sure we met all these requirements with an efficient layout was paramount.

What spurred the idea for the DQ service window?

The service window has to do with the owners wish to serve the patio without customers having to reenter the main space.  We always imagined that the patio would be a highly populated space especially with Austin’s love of outdoor spaces.

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Better Half has a massive live oak on the property, can you tell us about how you worked with it?

The live oak is beautiful and flawed at the same time.  Our goal was to protect it to ensure it’s continued growth by removing some of the impervious cover in it’s proximity.  By removing much of the existing asphalt we are giving it a better chance to flourish. 

Can you speak for a moment about working as a team on a creative project? How do your individual strengths play out?

In this case everybody seemed to be on the same page aesthetically so that’s always beneficial to its success.  The owners were great with their input on all things but especially how the space needed to function, flow, and operate.  There was a true collaboration on many of the interior finishes and details.  What we loved about this project was getting to work out ideas with both Lilianne and the owners. 
In this particular situation we designed the building and worked with the client on an effective an efficient floor plan as well as all the big design moves like the bar and wood furr-down, steel windows and window wall that faces the giant oak. Someone that deserves credit is Mikel Bennett from my office.  She was instrumental not only in design but in the execution with her efforts and communication with the General Contractor.  By the way, Havens Construction did a great job as well.

"One design element that really ties everything together is the graphic design and branding imagery by Lauren Dickens.  I can’t say enough about her talent and ideas."

Do you have a tip for other creative teams?

A tip is to be open to ideas and to understand everyone’s talents and capabilities.  Once you know that then you can navigate the complexities that are inevitable.

Favorite food on the menu?

They have an incredible burger and the pastrami is off the charts!

Photograph c/o  Alison Narro

Photograph c/o Alison Narro

 
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See more work from Chioco Design here, and check out the space in person at Better Half on May 2nd when they host the FELIZ pre-party meet and greet drinks from Espolon. See you there!

FELIZ Spring 2018 is May 6th 11-6pm, swing by the Palm Door on Sabine to see some of our favorite designers, sip on a drink and have a relaxing Sunday. 

 
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