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

Loot Loves: The Peached Tortilla

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We at Loot enjoy sharing wonderful local businesses that advance the Austin vibe…especially when they add Austin flair to weddings and events. The Peached Tortilla represented big time at our warehouse party on Feb. 21 and we can’t wait to share the spotlight with them again soon. Maybe as caterer at your wedding or event? And why not use our vintage cafeteria trays to receive food from this food truck that has received coveted honors such as the Best Food Truck of the Year in Austin as well as Best Slider by world renowned Food & Wine magazine?

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The truck’s founder, Eric Silverman, decided to start his business so he could share his influences from Tokyo and other parts of Asia as well from his southern roots in Atlanta, Ga. Professionally trained chef and business partner, Mark Tamiso helped to bring new concepts and tastes to the palettes of Austinites. Trust me, your buds will thank you.

Thank you to manager Hope Furst for indulging us in answering our very pressing questions so we could get to know The Peached Tortilla just a little better.

What was one of your most memorable meals and why?

A dinner I had in a small town in Tuscany, Italy. I was with great people, in the most beautiful surroundings, and the food was incredible. Cooked with so much love!

Share the most memorable Halloween costume from your past.

Miss Piggy

Beach Boys or Beatles?

Beatles

Chicken or the egg?

Egg

What animal best describes you and why?

Monkey. They are social and playful animals!

What is your favorite board game?

Cranium

Do you prefer a savory or sweet breakfast?

Savory

What name would you like Loot to use for one of its new signature pieces?

Glimmer of Hope!

Thank you, Hope, and all of The Peached Tortilla for helping to make Austin more fun and flavorful!

Loot Loves: Intelligent Lighting Design

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Chosen as the Best of Wedding Pick for 2013 by The Knot Magazine, ILD is known as the go-to shop for specialty lighting displays created with a designer’s eye. They reach out to all corners of Texas and beyond with offices in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.

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Thank you to the entire ILD team sponsoring our event! Please learn a little about some of the members of the ILD team below and come to the warehouse warming party tomorrow to be greeted by their outdoor lighting display.

1)   What are your favorite Austin haunts? East Side King, Whip In, Bouldin Creek, Zilker Park, Town Lake, End of an Ear Records – Justin Tucker, Technical Director 

2)   What was one of your most memorable meals and why?  The Mighty Cone Booth at ACL 2012. It was my first time at ACL and it was my very first Mighty Cone. They had the longest line and it was worth the wait! The Avocado/Chicken Cone was the best! – Deborah Grado, Event Design Specialist

3)   Share the most memorable Halloween costume from your past. Mario and Luigi costumes my buddy and I made. – Justin Tucker, Technical Director 

4)   Beach Boys or Beatles? Beatles! Absolutely no comparison! – Kristen Morado, PR and Marketing Director

5)   Chicken or the egg? BOTH! 

6)   What animal best describes you and why?  Monkey! Full over energy and all over the place, I can’t stay still for a long period time. – Deborah Grado, Event Design Specialist

7)   What is your favorite board game? Scrabble – Justin Tucker, Technical Director 

8)   Do you prefer a savory or a sweet breakfast?  Savory all the way!  No gluten allowed! – Katherine McCommon, Regional VP Operations & Marketing

9)   What name would you like Loot to use for one of its new signature pieces? The Little Debbie Pouf (ottoman) – Deborah Grado, Event Design Specialist

Oh, we love that idea! See you TOMORROW!

Lootfully Yours,

Anna and Rhoda

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Loot Loves: Wayfarer’s Creative

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Our hands have major talent envy when we see the beautiful calligraphy that poured out of Wayfarer’s Creative inceptor, Alison Rebecca Martin. 

Wayfarer’s is a collaborative of like-minded artists that share their passion for life’s biggest moments and want to create celebrations of love.  We’re excited to have Alison as our featured calligrapher putting pen to paper and marking our hearts.

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Come meet Alison and see examples of her work at our warehouse warming party this Thursday. In the meantime, learn a little more about her here.

Miss Alison Rebecca Martin:

1)   What are your favorite Austin haunts?

I’m a huge homebody (thus the reason calligraphy is the perfect career for me), but when I do venture out of my abode I tend to frequent coffee shops and restaurants in South Austin. The patio at Bouldin Creek Cafe is great for hipster watching, I literally drool over the gorgeous branding at Elizabeth Street Cafe, and always stop by Whip In on Fridays for my favorite bottle of Moscato di’Asti. The wine buyer there is a super nice guy who has the best suggestions.

2)   What was one of your most memorable meals and why?

It involved chocolate. My memory is terrible, but I’m sure it involved chocolate.

3)   Share the most memorable Halloween costume from your past.

One year I went as Cavity Sam from the game Operation. It scared my husband a little, but it was hilarious to see people’s faces when they figured it out. But, the best costume I’ve ever seen was “your mom in the 70s”. The girl had awesome cat eye makeup, a serious poof, and a sexy, retro teddy. 

4)   Beach Boys or Beatles?

The Beatles. I’ve always been afraid of surfin’, and the beaches in Destin, Florida are prettier than Californi-a anyway.

5)   Chicken or the egg?

Ummm… egg!

6)   What animal best describes you and why?

A kitten. I love exploring and can be very curious. Also, I could snuggle in one sunny spot all day long. I’ve never understood people that couldn’t sit still!

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7)   What is your favorite board game?

Rummikub. It’s the only time you’ll catch me doing any sort of math.

8)   Do you prefer a savory or a sweet breakfast?

BOTH. I LOVE breakfast! 

9)   What name would you like Loot to use for one of its new signature pieces?

The “Oh, Charles” Settee. I imagine Lady Mary Crawley feigning a faint onto the tufted cushion in order to catch the attention of a dashing young man of nobility. Hand on the forehead, and all.

Perhaps you can dramatize the move for us on Thursday, Alison! Looking forward to seeing you as well as all our friends.

Until then, we remain Lootfully Yours,

Rhoda and Anna

 

Loot Loves: Austin Phonograph Company

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Photo by John Lynch

Amelia Foxtrot’s the name, and spinning is her game….the vinyl that is. On a hand cranked vintage phonograph player from the early 1900s, no less. 

We are excited to have the flapper clad DJ join us as our musicologist ripping up the 78 rpms this Thursday at the warehouse warming party. Be sure to get your requests in for any early 1900s tunes that really get your party going. 

When Amelia is not working the phonograph, she’s slinging ice cream at her Hyde Park ice cream shop, Sweet Ritual. All-natural, dairy-free perfection. 

She was able to tear away to give us the scoop on herself. Ladies and gentlemen: Miss Amelia Foxtrot.

1)   What are your favorite Austin haunts

For cocktails and music, I head to the East Side Show Room or The Volstead on East Sixth. I frequent Sweet Ritual for desserts, and Hillside Farmacy for coffee.

2)   What was one of your most memorable meals and why?

The first breakfast I had in France as an exchange student at age 14 was the first time I had toasted French bread and Nutella together. It was a real game changer.

3)   Share the most memorable Halloween costume from your past.

I created an enormous golden cage skirt – so large that I almost couldn’t get it out of my house! I wore it to the Vintage Vivant Halloween party and had to ask people to clear a path so that I could walk!

4)   Beach Boys or Beatles?

The Beatles.

5)   Chicken or the egg?

I have five pet chickens that bring me immense joy. They are named after Jazz singers from the 1920s – Annette HENshaw being my favorite.

6)   What animal best describes you and why?

The pigeon – they are scrappy, fearless, and have fancy pink feet.

7)   What is your favorite board game?

I’m quite partial to Dominos or Dice.

8)   Do you prefer a savory or a sweet breakfast?

Savory, bien sur! Nothing like garlic and black coffee to start the day.

9)   What name would you like Loot to use for one of its new signature pieces?

Eunice. Love that name!

Oh, we do too. See you soon, Amelia!

Lootfully Yours,

Anna and Rhoda

Loot Loves: Bake Sale

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Bake Sale. Love the name, love the gal, love the treats! Bake Sale is our featured dessertress at this Thursday’s warehouse warming party. Andrea Duty, owner and genius behind the apron, creates confections of delight that always amaze us. And all in such delectably cute little bite sizes of wonder. She takes a nostalgic approach to come up with special treats such as cherry pop tarts made from scratch and little pudding cups like butterscotch and malted chocolate.

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She doesn’t stop there! Andrea also supplies vintage cake stands and tabletop display items for rent. A girl after our own heart. Come see her this Thursday and enjoy some of her specially created items for our little party. 

Andrea: Unsalted.

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1)   What are your favorite Austin haunts?

Antonelli’s for gifts, Paggi House for Wine, G’raj Mahal for eggplant curry.

2)   What was one of your most memorable meals and why?

Don’t make me choose! My first meal in Lyon, France when I was 15 at some random Mom and Pop place. Super classic rabbit in aspic and oeuffs a la neige for dessert. It totally opened my eyes to what food could be.

3)   Share the most memorable Halloween costume from your past.

I wore a potato sack stuffed with a comforter once. Hey, I grew up in Washington and it was freezing, so the costume did double duty!

4)   Beach Boys or Beatles?

Beatles.

5)   Chicken or the egg?

Put an egg on it.

6)   What animal best describes you and why?

A whale. Ha. They can eat more than most, and they like to travel long distances.

7)   What is your favorite board game?

Trivial pursuit, but no one will play with me.

8)   Do you prefer a savory or a sweet breakfast?

Savory and spicy.

9)   What name would you like Loot to use for one of its new signature pieces?

Petunia.

The countdown is on! So excited to see all of you and Andrea at our warehouse party this Thursday!

Lootfully Yours, Anna and Rhoda

Loot Loves: Pollen Floral Art


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I don’t know how we got so lucky to have Brooke Howsley of Pollen Floral Art as our featured florist at the upcoming warehouse warming party on Feb. 21, but we’re excited nonetheless! Her creations have been featured in Southern Weddings as well as the Austin’s Modern House Tour. Brooke’s whimsy-infused arrangements easily fit into many different design genres, but demand your ogling wherever they glow.  No, that’s not a typo. They G.L.O.W.

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You’d do well to hire this fabulous lady to help florify your event. Why not sit a while and sip on a little Brooke Q and A, will ya?
What are your favorite Austin haunts?
Oh, there are so many! I lived out of the country for a while, so when I came back I just drove around town visiting all my favorite places… Uncommon Objects for antiques and people watching, Uchiko for sushi, Wheatsville Coop for groceries, VinoVino in Hyde Park for wine and atmosphere and sliders, Daily Juice, Austin Flower Company, and any of the Farmer’s Markets.

What was one of your most memorable meals and why?
I had the pleasure of eating at the soft opening night at Uchi, all those years ago. You could really tell that something special was happening with the presentation and combinations of flavors in the food. It’s still amazing.

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Share the most memorable Halloween costume from your past.
I tried to be The Ocean this past year, with a flowy aqua-blue 70’s gown, and long wig interspersed with flotsam and jetsom. But my Surfer Dude sidekick fell asleep on the couch so we never made it to the party.
Beach Boys or Beatles?
Beach Boys, I think, because hubby’s a surfer and we lived on an island for a couple years… although he’d probably convert that to Beastie Boys because he likes to play them at *full volume* when working in the garage.
Chicken or the egg?
Egg, and preferably the orange-yolked ones my parents produce on their property Tailspin Lamb Farm in north Texas.
What animal best describes you and why?
Cat, because I like to think I’m independent and wily, but really I just want a sunny bed and someone to feed me.
What is your favorite board game?
Does Boggle count?
Do you prefer a savory or a sweet breakfast?
I’m currently trying to kick sugar, so right now I’d say an omelet with sausage, leeks and mushrooms which is what I had today. But I dream of brioche french toast covered in sauteed rhubarb and lemon curd with a side of bacon like I used to get at my favorite beach-side cafe in New Zealand.
What name would you like Loot to use for one of its new signature pieces?
Feminine: Jasmine, Masculine: Williamsburg
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Thanks, Brooke. We look forward to having you…and your glowing beauties…at the warehouse party this Thursday.

Loot Loves: Paige Newton Photography

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What can we say about this gal. Her beautiful photography says so much, but it doesn’t say it all. She’s full of energy, style and calm. She approaches her subjects and projects with gusto  that helps tell 1000 stories…just like her motto (and cool wrist tattoo) suggests. 

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Paige Newton Photography

Paige Newton will be at are warehouse warming party capturing all the happiness for us. Get to know her a little better here.

1)   What are your favorite Austin haunts? Violet Crown Social Club because the booze is cheap and it’s not decorated cooler than I dress. Also, Contigo

2)   What was one of your most memorable meals and why? A few years ago, I went to Uganda with some folks and we had this insanely awesome meal at this little hole in the wall in Kampala. Actually, it was probably a really nice restaurant, I don’t remember. But it has perfect ambience, amazing food, lovely people.. all the makings of a perfect meal.   

3)   Share the most memorable Halloween costume from your past. Before it really became “a thing,” I dressed up as my Facebook profile… I took a poster board, drew out the profile (which was far more simple back in 2004), cut out a space where my profile pic would be and stuck my head through it. 

4)   Beach Boys or Beatles? Beatles. 4. Eva. 

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Paige Newton Photography

5)   Chicken or the egg? Whichever is seasoned better I suppose. 

6)   What animal best describes you and why? A fox. HA. Oh gosh, I don’t know. I just don’t have an answer for that one…

7)   What is your favorite board game? Balderdash because it’s fun to lie about things that don’t matter.  

8)   Do you prefer a savory or a sweet breakfast? Savory. 

9)   What name would you like Loot to use for one of its new signature pieces? My name. 

Paige it is. See you all soon!