Go Here: Lake Austin Spa Resort – Austin, Texas

Rejuvenate with a summer trip to this destination spa

BLG-1468 Boutique Support Lake Austin

Summer is all about relaxation. Long, leisurely days followed by laid-back nights. What better place to kick off the season than this destination spa in Austin, Texas? With everything from diamond facials and yoga sessions to water sports and five-star cuisine, this is one refreshing weekend you don’t want to miss.

What to pack: Workout clothes and sneakers are a must – you’ll choose from a variety of indoor and outdoor activities throughout your stay.

Must-try treatment: The LakeHouse Signature Facial. It repairs skin and fights that ever-nagging fatigue, leaving you looking years younger (without actually turning back time).

Can’t-miss activity: Paddleboarding on Lake Austin. Combining exercise and fun – what’s not to love?

What to eat: The seasonal menu offers three fresh, flavorful meals daily (think yellowfin tuna tartare and quinoa tabbouleh). And while everything is figure-friendly, its recent feature in Bon Appétit ensures it’s delicious, too.

Our Lake Austin Spa Resort – Austin, TX Boutique opens Monday, May 20, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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May 20, 2013

Escape Plan: My Agenda for Lake Austin Spa Resort

A sneak peek into a week at this Texas oasis

Come mid-February, I’m in dire need of a vacation – with a to-do list that includes enough time to relax, de-stress, and learn something new. Luckily, Lake Austin Spa Resort has more than enough to get my rejuvenation going without abandoning my New Year’s resolutions. Besides the extensive list of mind-body classes, there are spa treatments, cooking demos (I need to work on my pasta-making), and discovery classes (think astronomy and Tarot card reading) to keep me blissfully unaware of the outside world. Now all I need is more time in a week….

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Our Lake Austin Spa Resort – Austin, TX Boutique opens Wednesday, February 6, at 11AM ET.

By Melissa Mann, Staff Writer

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February 6, 2013

Island Vacation Booked? Time to Pack.

You booked the resort and snagged seats in coach. All that’s left between you and miles upon miles of white sand beach? That darned empty suitcase. Fill it up – without a fret – with help from these handy packing tips.

Don’t want to plan outfits in advance? Pick an outfit base color: black, brown, white, or navy – and pack only things that match it. For beach escapes, I love packing things in shades of white, navy, and tan – with pops of coral and turquoise to keep things lively.

Pack three pairs of sandals: basic flip-flops, nicer flats, and a pair of espadrilles. One you’ll wear to the beach or pool, the second you’ll wear during the day, the third you’ll wear while sipping coconutty drinks under that gorgeous island starlight.

“If you go, take a sweater.” My mom says this so often, it’s become a running family joke. But goodness, is it true. I promise, there’s nothing worse than arriving on vacation and realizing that you haven’t packed anything warm. So please, take her advice – pack a sweater (or two)!

Don’t forget sun protection. Pack that hat (a floppy one looks chic), remember those aviators, and take the whole arsenal of sunscreen (these towelettes make toting a cinch). Wouldn’t want to spend the vacation red as a beet, would we?

Want a full packing list? Peep this one for ideas.

Find all you need for that resort getaway – and more – in our Time to Get Away: Resort-Ready Picks Boutique, opening Tuesday, November 12, at 3PM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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November 13, 2012

Toasting Cynthia Rowley for Birchbox

Toasting Cynthia Rowley for Birchbox

Although parties in the Hamptons usually kick off July 4th weekend, Cynthia Rowley got a head start on things the last Saturday in June with a little soiree at her Montauk store to celebrate the “Tips to Toe Treats” she curated for the subscription beauty site, Birchbox.

Held in the “Shack in the Back,” a separate shop-within-a-shop behind the designer’s Main Street boutique (located next to the infamous Memory Motel), guests enjoyed cocktails and a free application of Rowley-designed Incoco Nail Strips — which are applied to your nails and then snapped off around the edges (look ma, no filing!) — with every Cynthia Rowley for Birchbox purchase.
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July 8, 2011

Resort Roundup, Part Deux

BLauren David Peden

So it’s time for the second half of my Resort roundup, focusing on the shows – and showroom appointments — that took place in the later half of June.

Chris Benz presented a colorful Bermuda-inspired collection, full of the whimsical prints and piled-on textures that have become his signature. Multi-hued dresses were nipped at the waist or hung loose from the shoulders, bold patterned maillots had sheer matching cover-ups, and quirky short-sleeved sweaters were designed to ward off the chill during midwinter Caribbean getaways. All were worn with Alejandro Ingelmo platforms or metallic sneakers and Patricia Underwood wide-brimmed hats.

Things were short and sweet over at Erin Fetherston. The designer offered a range of separates (trousers, coats, skirt suits, even knits) in the first Resort collection for her lower-priced line, Erin, but dresses were the star of the show. The newly-cropped designer walked editors through the collection personally while two models showed off her latest looks, which are meant to take you from New Year’s Eve to mid-winter vacation and right on into spring (think: one-shoulder, zebra-striped dresses, elaborately pleated strapless frocks, and enough LBDs to make modern-day Holly Golightlys swoon with delight).
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July 6, 2011

Stella McCartney’s Beer Garden Party

Stella McCartney

Most designers take a low-key approach to the Resort season by presenting their collection in a showroom setting to an intimate, by-appointment-only group of editors and buyers. Not so for Stella McCartney, who always hosts a big party to debut her Resort offerings. And this year was no different.

Stella & co. took over St. Luke’s in the Field in New York’s West Village last week to host a seriously fun beer garden party. Guests entered the garden – which adjoins a school – through a brick archway festooned with balloons. Inside, leggy young models wearing Stella McCartney Resort looks mingled with a crowd that included Bono, Estelle, Liv Tyler, and Naomi Watts, along with editors from every major fashion mag and department store in town.
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June 24, 2011

Resort 2012 Swings Into Spring

BY LAUREN DAVID PEDEN/THE FASHION INFORMER

Resort 2012

It may be the start of summer 2011 in the rest of the world, but in the fashion industry, the month of June is all about Resort 2012, with full-on shows and presentations – along with lower-key showroom market appointments – taking place all across the city. Here’s a sampling of what I saw over the past two weeks:

Donna Karan personally walked editors through her Resort collection at an intimate presentation in her showroom, located in the furthest reaches of Manhattan’s West Side. A display of white orchids, crystal-heeled shoes, and cashmere-clad mannequins greeted visitors in the front room, while a mini-runway show, narrated by Karan herself, took place in the back room, with additional Resort looks hanging off the rails that lined the space. The story here was all about full skirts, fitted sweaters, and slimming “body pants” topped by long jackets – all in shades of white, black, crimson, and silvery grey offset by bursts of red. I especially loved the sexy-cozy grey cashmere sweaters and the dresses and gowns with gorgeous origami-like hems.

At Jill Stuart, there were no models or mannequins, but two racks of sweetly sophisticated, ’40s-inspired, graphic print looks (think fit-and-flare cap sleeve dresses, playful rompers, jumpsuits, dressy denim shorts, and jackets) designed to be worn at work or on vacay. The prints were incredible and I wanted to wear everything right that minute.
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June 18, 2011

Indulgent Extras: Treats for the Fireside

A RECIPE FOR HOT BUTTERED RUM, THE ULTIMATE S’MORE COMPANION

Hyatt Lake Tahoe

The Hyatt Lake Tahoe Resort, Casino and Spa is literally chock-full of wintertime activities – from snowy sports on nearby trails to relaxing treatments at the mountain-inspired spa. But there’s one activity in particular that caught our eye: s’more roasting at the fire pits. There’s just something so classic about gathering friends and family for a night of s’mores, stories, and gorgeous lakeside scenery. And the perfect (albeit grown-up) complement to s’mores – hot buttered rum. Here’s an easy recipe for a wintery concoction to top off the toasty treats:

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon of brown sugar

1 teaspoon of stick butter

2 ounces of white rum

4 ounces of boiling hot water (enough to fill the rest of the mug)
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December 23, 2010

ELLE Editor’s Selections: The Resort Report

AN INTERVIEW WITH ELLE.COM FASHION & SHOPPING EDITOR SYDNEY WASSERMAN

 

ELLE Editor's Selections: Resort

We must admit, even though winter’s chill just officially set in, we’ve been daydreaming of jetting off to the tropics for a while now. We sat down with ELLE.com Editor Sydney Wasserman to fulfill our island craving with her take on all things Resort.

Rue La La: What trends from this season’s Resort collections are you most excited about?
Sydney: I love the idea of mixing different prints in one bold outfit. It takes a keen eye to be able to clash prints without looking like a clown, but when done right, it’s so chic. I also like the look of a high-waisted short suit – it gives off the air of a high-powered jetsetter. And I can’t forget this season’s color craze: neons.

Rue La La: How have Resort collections evolved over the past several years?
Sydney: Resort has certainly become a predominant season with its own story and look. I think Michael Kors summed it up best when he observed that while Spring and Fall set the trends, Resort is the wardrobe that will be in a woman’s closet.
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December 22, 2010