What’s We’re Pinning This Week – Anna’s Board

If you’re not already following the Loot pin boards, may we make a visual case for you to begin doing so? Immediately?

This week on Anna’s board you might find yourself in a cool blue paradise craving your coziest cable knit sweater while you hit Round Top at the end of the month (it will probably be super warm, but hopefully we can layer in the morning, yes?).

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Just don’t eat the mushrooms. You don’t need a tummy ache while taking on the fields in the next few weeks. 

Lootfully Yours,

The Loot Team

 

Feliz Sale features Loot Vintage Rentals

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Sorry, but we can’t help get excited about a little holiday shopping this early in the game. But come on! It’s Feliz, y’all! One of Austin’s best collection of local craftsmen and sellers all in one location AT THE SAME TIME!

We loved sponsoring the sale last year and expect this year to be just as excellent if not better! Please check out this little ditty they wrote about us (blushing). Being loved by people we love = love overload.

See the post here. You might learn a little something about Rhoda and Anna you didn’t realize you wanted to know like: What are they doing on the side of the road? or What conversations are forbidden during “family” time? And see some of the lovely eye candy they captured in our warehouse below.

Thanks, Feliz, for allowing us in on this cool project featuring local (and amazing) businesses. See you Nov. 3!

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A Week in the Life of Loot: Holland is Angry!

More on Holland in a sec. Please take a look at some dreamy pins we’ve posted on our pinterest page.

We got a minor taste of fall earlier this week when the kids were welcomed back to school. Made us so giddy that we instantly went out for pedis with fall colors and pinned some great fall inspiration. Check out some of these new pins from Nicole:

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We also enjoyed receiving some new loot this week. See Otto enjoying our new Dallas settee in celebration of the kick off of football season and a few other takes from #adayinthelifeofloot

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A two minute styling by Anna:

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A fun find inside our newest trunk: a newspaper from 1912. Holland is Angry!

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Follow us on Instagram for more snaps of #adayinthelifeofloot. 

Have a happy labor day weekend everyone! We’re looking forward to this weekend’s events and times with the fam. 

Lootfully yours,

Rhoda and Anna

New Loot Monday: The Opus Chairs

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Ah, the Opus chairs.  This improbable love story began in a circus.  She was the fierce lion-tamer’s chair, and he was the chair of the bearded woman.  She spent her days fighting passionate battles between beast and man.  He spent his quiet days as a sideshow, supporting a heavy load.  Together over long journeys by train, they fell into an enduring love.  You see, this is a love story born out of contrasts…black and white.  

After retiring from the circus and joining Loot, the Opus chairs are enjoying their quiet days together.  Painted in a shiny black lacquer and with white striped fronts and slate velvet backs, they have never looked better.  They spend their early mornings drinking coffee and playing bridge, but they love going to events…especially weddings.  

 

Loot Salutes the Interns of the World

Since the school year is coming to a close, we are reminded of all the hard work and dedication interns have provided to help keep things running smoothly in the daily chaos.

Loot had the pleasure and privilege in nurturing two severely talented gals we’ve grown to love: Nicole De Palma who served in our creative area, and Sara Jessica Abrams who served in a planning capacity. Nicole and Sara exhibited some amazing traits that I think any future interns with Loot or any company should take into consideration.

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Our Loot team with special guests: (from L to R) Nicole De Palma, Rhoda Brimberry, Emily Leach of Bird Dog Wedding, Sara Jessica Abrams, and Anna Crelia.

Nicole came to us after seeing an installation we did for the Feliz Sale at the Palm Door. While she was already a student full time and interning at another company in Austin, she wrote to us exclaiming her love for the craft and wanted to know if there was ever an opportunity for her to join us in our crafting adventures. While we didn’t have a position at the time, her gusto and fervor was hard to deny, so we invited her in. She shared her design projects with us and we immediately knew that she had some great talent to offer our team. We immediately took her on as our intern. She has not failed us in her creativity, willingness to learn, getting her hands dirty, and constant excitement for each project to come. Today, just a few days before University of Texas’ graduation, we are proud to call Nicole one of our newest employees where we know she will continue to shine and triumph. We are excited to have her on the team. And to think she came to us without knowing there was even an opportunity for her? That takes a lot of guts! Lesson? Always pursue what inspires you. You never know what opportunities await until you seek them!

Sara impressed us right off the bat. We met her while she was interning for Royal Fig when we had just opened our doors. Every time we were at an industry event or wedding, she was always there representing yet another company or volunteering. She really knew how to network! And to top it off, she had a business card. Not as a representative of any particular company, but rather, as a representative of herself. We were always blown away at how many people she knew in the industry and how well she planned events. She’s like a seasoned pro and still has another semester left in college! We were excited to ask for Sara to join us in putting together our warehouse party and she was such an asset.  She put her keen networking skills to work to help us put together the party of the year, and even kept up the networking skills to land her first solo coordination gig. We are so proud of Sara’s accomplishments thus far and know she will do so well once she finishes school this December. To the future employers of Sara: let it be known that we will serve as a reference and recommend her for your planning or coordination position without any reservation! You may also go to her new Facebook business page: Sara Jessica Events.

Let these two fantastic ladies serve as perfect examples on how to get your foot in the door. Interning is one thing, but taking the reigns and owning the internship is another. This is your future and it is up to you to mold it into what you want your life to be.

New Loot Monday: Have you met Georgina?

She’s been a member of the family for some time, but I don’t think we gave her proper introduction: Meet Georgina.

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Georgina is the girl that all the other girls talk about.  Born to French royalty, Madame Georgina doesn’t speak a lick of English.  And she doesn’t care to.  As an only child, she was spoiled rotten…often going to Avenue Montaigne and buying whatever her heart desired.  As she got older, she only blossomed into the most beautiful sofa in all of Paris.  One fateful evening Georgina caught the eye of a rich oil magnate from Texas named Ted and the rest is history.  He caressed her brocade, she batted her eyelashes and said, “Oui.”  She packed up her Chanel, they sailed home on his yacht, and eventually built a castle in the hills of Texas.  She is not friendly, never has been and her beauty still makes the other girls green with envy.  Of course, not her perfect shade of mossy green, but green nonetheless.

Her bark is worse that her bite. Come visit us in the warehouse to see the beauty for yourself!

Loot Loves: Lucky 13 Cocktail Co.

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Lucky 13 Cocktail Co. served vintage style libations at our warehouse warming party and deserve major props for a number of reasons.

1) Marcello, owner, presents himself in the utmost professional manner right from the get-go as he sets up and readies himself for the party. He has fun doing what he knows as a certified mixologist. It’s a treat watching him mix together his custom creations. It’s a treat watching him mix together his custom creations. Marcello is a self proclaimed educator, entertainer and creator. We’d also like to add winner. He has won national titles such as Esquire Magazine’s 2011 Master of the Manhattan as well as the Google Fan Favorite of the Official Drink of Austin. And don’t forget Marcello’s other half, Athena, who has a colorful and unique skill set as well to help make this a winning team. Visit their website here to learn more.

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Photo credit: Paige Newton Photography

2) The company’s motto is “handcrafted cocktails for handcrafted events.” What better way to approach the Austin philosophy? Lucky 13 takes great pride in their creations making sure to source natural ingredients locally. And oh man, you should visit the site to see more of their cocktail offerings. Take for instance this beauty: Jasmine Fig Dacquiri. You heard me! This little slice of delicacy heaven includes enticing organic liquors, lime, fig puree, spiced fig foam, and a grilled lime wheel affixed to the rim. Wow.

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1)   What are your favorite Austin haunts?  We believe it’s bad luck to be superstitious. 

2)   What was one of your most memorable meals and why?  My first Duck a l’Orange in culinary school because it was a slam dunk.  My mom’s Chicken & Dumplings it warms the soul and belly.  Duck Egg Crème Brûlée, Salted Butterscotch Pots de Crème just because it’s simply delicious!!!

3)   Share the most memorable Halloween costume from your past.  Her:  Wonder Woman at age 6;  Him:  The time he dressed up as a werewolf and everyone thought he was a bum.

4)   Beach Boys or Beatles?  Her:  Queen.  Still hearing Freddy Mercury gives her chills.  Him:  Gangster rap is his vintage – he’s such a babe.

5)   Chicken or the egg?  Yes!  We love everything chicken fried, including chicken eggs!!

6)   What animal best describes you and why?  Teddy Bear – fierce but lovable

7)   What is your favorite board game?   Anything our son pulls off the game shelf.  If we aren’t excited, his attention span is gone.

8)   Do you prefer a savory or a sweet breakfast?   Doesn’t matter as long as it’s after 7am and includes a bloody mary.  Although, He has a peculiar obsession with baked goods. 

9)   What name would you like Loot to use for one of its new signature pieces?  Anything with “Lucky” in the name, because anyone would be lucky to use your fantastic pieces and it will remind you of us…

Thank you, Lucky 13 Cocktail Co.! Looking forward to more events with you!

Lootfully Yours,

Rhoda and Anna