LA Food Round-Up

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Besides the bustling food trucks that will be parked on N. Broadway, there will also be an Eats + Treats artisanal food area in the Community Gardens at Grand Park! We’re listing our Top 5 Foodies we’re excited to try at our LA Fair this weekend!

SAFFRON + KUMQUATS

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 10.21.35 AMFrom spice kits to DIY goat cheese, Saffron + Kumquats makes exotic cooking easy, while also producing some of the best gift ideas ever!

THE FARE TRADE

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The Fare Trade collects all the best small-batch food products onto their site, making shopping all the easier. We can’t wait to collect our favorites at their booth!

SPREAD THE LOVE

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I don’t know about you, but there’s nothin’ finer than some delicious peanut butter. Spread the Love knows where it’s at, keeping things simple with Original and Cacao.

 BLOOM HONEY

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The perfect transition from peanut butter is honey! Bloom Honey is no ordinary farmstand honey producer – their obsession with bees and their honey allows for insanely delicious concoctions like Avocado Honey and Wild Dandelion Honey. Plus they even sell California native bee pollen!

GULLAH GIRL TEA

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Gullah Girl Tea creates the most beautifully blended teas that aren’t just scrumptious, they’re also crafted by an herbalist. Charmaine’s family history of diabetes led her to establish Gullah Girl in the hopes of bringing health and wellness to others.

Don’t miss the Eats + Treats section of the Fair in the Community Gardens at Grand Park! 10 Food Trucks and 20+ Artisanal Foodies who will be serving up delicious street food and other delights. See you all tomorrow!

Mother’s Day Ideas with Coterie Market

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Coterie Market Mother’s Day Package
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we’ve teamed up with Austin’s Coterie Market to help simplify gift-giving this holiday! This Mother’s Day, we recommend personalizing with your gift while still taking it easy on yourself. Key to it all? The perfect vessel.
1. Anchor your gift with a gorgeous pouch or bag, like one of these from Bunglo. Mom can use this as a clutch, a purse catch-all, a travel case, and other useful ways.
2. Order a few of her favorite things from local, independent, online retailers and keep it simple for yourself! Find her favorite chocolates, preserves, or tea. Treat your mom to some therapeutic bath salts, beauty products or soap. Plus, make it personal by framing an treasured old family photo or pairing the pouch with Mom’s favorite blooms. Here are some of our favorite finds:
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Mother’s Day card by Stationery Bakery | Bath Salts by Cure Handmade | Chocolate Truffles by Tailor Made Treats | Tea by Cat Spring Tea | Preserves by Confituras
3. Prepare your hairdo to receive Mama’s loving bear hug when you present her gift at brunch and pat yourself on the back for supporting local artisans while making her special day!
If by chance you fall behind and don’t have time to send dearest Mom her gift in time, don’t fret! Stop by our West Elm Pop-Up with Coterie Market on May 14th, and join us for our Austin Fair on May 16+17 for some belated handmade goodness – Mom will love her handmade gifts, whenever she gets them!

Austin RoundUp: SXSW Style Essentials

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SXSW Fashion is serious business, which makes packing for SXSW a near impossible feat.  If you’re struggling with what to wear during SXSW, the Makers from our Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition have got you covered!  It was so much fun pairing together eclectic pieces and necessities for our SXSW Roundup.  Starting from the left: the rainbow polka dot shirt is from Totally Blown Clothing.  The tie-dye scarf, a SXSW must-have, is from Late Sunday Afternoon.  Accessorize yourself with a 2 Step Puff Necklace from Cheek-ie and triangle earrings from MapleXO.  Keep your eyes protected from the bright sun with the Bradbury wood sunglasses from Sire’s Eyewear.  With all the walking that is involved at SXSW you definitely want to have your essentials on you but don’t want to carry anything too bulky or heavy, that’s where Rais Case comes in with their southwestern Vida fanny pack.  And just like that, you’ve got a great look for SXSW!

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Clothing and accessories aren’t the only thing you have to think about while trailing the streets from one concert to the next.  Protect yourself from the Texas heat with Sam Wish deodorant and smell fresh all day with Sea Grape’s roll-on perfume.  Staying hydrated is the most important thing to remember during festival days, so add a handy flask and a pop of color to your ensemble with Bush Smart’s hip flask.  And speaking of staying hydrated, keep Tchoup Industries’ Happy Hour Key Ring attached to you at all times to keep the party going.  We hope this helps you determine your SXSW essentials!  Be sure to check out these Makers as well as the other 200+ Makers at our Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition next week!

Kid(s) + Play

Why should grown-ups have all the fun? Here’s a little round-up of our favorite wares for cool kids, all of which can be found at Renegade Chicago.

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For the coolest sleepover E V E R . (Handmade huts by hiphuts)

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A handmade ferris wheel that’s built to last (by A Summer Afternoon) kids4Because a baby can’t carry a watermelon. (By The Social Dept.)

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Nothing is cooler than a mermaid puppet show. Nothing. (by Owly Shadow Puppets)

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These bright, whimsical paintings don’t *have* to go in a kid’s room, but look how great they would look in one! (by golacygo)