Spark your change for 2017.

We are all about 2017 being our year of endless good vibes. We want to be connected to our spirit to fulfill our goals, we want to feel empowered, and we want to have positivity radiating from our pores! Our Austin location is giving us the perfect occasion to get started down the path of harmony and balance by throwing a crystal party!

On January 28th, TGW Austin is having a party with Spark of Change Jewelry. Spark of Change Jewelry designs handmade crystal prescriptions for your daily well-being. Their focus is to bring positive energy to all who wear their creations. Each piece of jewelry or "prescription" is made up of crystals that are known to provide healing energy. Their energies are amplified when they are paired with intention. Each piece serves as a daily reminder that living with intention-sparks' change.

Crystals share with us a little bit of magic and wonder that Mother Earth consistently provides and we are excited to share that energy with you. Whether you are crystal newbie or a seasoned user, this event is not to be missed! Below is our interview with Spark of Change designer, Lisa Slusher. 

Where did the idea for Spark of Change come from?

Initially it started with setting intentions for myself with quartz. After being told by friends and co-workers that they really feed off the positive energy that I bring. The more research I did the more I learned about the healing powers of crystals and the more I talked about it with friends I realized that I could do “prescriptions” for people depending on their needs!

Where do you draw inspiration? 

Music, conversation and books. A lot of the names from the line come from lyrics and quotes from rap songs and books!

What is your creative process like?

I am either approached with a need from a friend or I have an idea of what I would like to help a person with. I then come up the best combination of crystals and Milagros that would make sense together to accomplish the intention.

Which sparks to you find yourself drawn to the most?

Currently Let It Go, Killin It, and Spark Scapula.

How do you go about making custom sparks?

I am no longer doing custom orders but I love feedback and suggestions! If I end up making a piece based on a suggestion I always love to give the first one away to the person who suggested it! It's always fun to collaborate with people!

Who is your biggest style icon?

My great Aunt Ruby was one of the biggest influences for me. She loved the "more is more is more is more" approach and was always eccentric and ready to impress!

What intentions are you setting for 2017?

To let go of the past and be more in the present. 

Along with Spark of Change, our pal Melissa will have her vintage-trailer-photobooth set up right outside The Wagon. PhotowagonTX always guarantees to spread smiles to all who enter her booth. Learn a little bit about her growing fleet below. 

What inspired you to create your fleet of vintage trailer photo wagons?

My dad passed away unexpectedly 6 years ago. He was only 56 and quite possibly the coolest person I've ever met. He painted hot rods. Everyone knew his name, knew his work, knew his smile. In the months after he passed I needed to do something to memorialize him. Something that made me feel like I was doing something cool... for other people! I bought my first trailer and started a vintage resale shop in it. I had always collected vintage stuff so that seemed appropriate. After one year of doing that I realized people really just wanted to take pictures in the trailer! Pictures of it, in front of it, inside it... lots of pictures! I have always loved photo booths so I looked into what I needed to start a photo booth business. It seemed doable so I sold all of the vintage goods (ahem, I kept lots of it) and turned the trailer into a photo booth. In 3 1/2 years, one Photo Wagon turned into 4! I am still blown away by the success of it.

What is the most fun thing about what you do?

The most fun thing is meeting interesting people. We have met so many great musicians and made so many great connections in the last few years. Including Gypsy Wagon!!! AND in a round about way, Photo Wagon is how I met my fiancé, Evan. I was working an event with the photo booth and he was there. We had a couple of mutual friends but if I hadn't have been there with Photo Wagon that connection may have never happened!!

What has surprised you the most along your wagon journey?

Well, people surprise me! Just interacting with so many different personalities has been interesting. I can't tell you how many times people stand in front of the trailer and say "What is this?".... um, I feel like the PHOTO sign on top should tip you off just a bit! It's funny. But in general, I'm pretty surprised at how much everyone enjoys pictures of themselves!!! I mean, I get it! I love them too! I just didn't realize so many other people did.

Where do you see your fleet going in the future?

I've had offers to franchise to other cities and states but I think I want to keep Photo Wagon at a manageable size for me. I want to continue to do all of the great things we are already doing. I have 7 amazing employees that help me when they can and an amazing fiancé that fixes all of the trailers and drags us across state lines. We are able to donate our services to different charities, make events special for other small businesses and make memories for happy couples on their big day. I am open to more growth as long as Photo Wagon continues to feel like a personal experience to each and every client we meet.

Join us on Saturday, January 28th from 12-5pm for our Spark of Change Trunk Show featuring PhotowagonTX @ The Gypsy Wagon Austin

Posted on January 19, 2017 .

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Cocktails

A simple recipe for a festive sangria that packs lots of holiday spirit.

Today we are sharing a simple, affordable, anyone can make, fresh holiday sangria that is sure to please at your gatherings this holiday season. We want to make things easy and festive when we are throwing our holiday shindigs. Nothing says that more than this drink. 

Serves 8-12 Ingredients: 6 ounces of cranberries, rinsed 1 orange, sliced 1 apple, cored and cut into thin wedges 1 pear, cored and cut into thin wedges 2 bottles of wine (we recommend Tempranillo) 1 liter of club soda or tonic water, chilled Steps: Muddle the cranberries in a large pitcher. Use the back of a wooden spoon to crush and smash them against the sides of the pitcher. (Watch out for slippery cranberries trying to escape while you muddle!) Add the orange, apple, and pear slices and mix. Pour in the wine and stir. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Before serving, stir in club soda or tonic water. Serve cold. Shop our favorite copper cups by call our Dallas (214.370.8010) or Austin (512.887.8010) locations.

Serves 8-12

Ingredients:

6 ounces of cranberries, rinsed

1 orange, sliced

1 apple, cored and cut into thin wedges

1 pear, cored and cut into thin wedges

2 bottles of wine (we recommend Tempranillo)

1 liter of club soda or tonic water, chilled

Steps:

Muddle the cranberries in a large pitcher. Use the back of a wooden spoon to crush and smash them against the sides of the pitcher. (Watch out for slippery cranberries trying to escape while you muddle!)

Add the orange, apple, and pear slices and mix.

Pour in the wine and stir. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Before serving, stir in club soda or tonic water. Serve cold.

Shop our favorite copper cups by call our Dallas (214.370.8010) or Austin (512.887.8010) locations.

To increase your holiday enjoyment, while making your holiday sangria, we recommend turning up Kacey Musgrave's "A Very Kacey Christmas" album. Spread the holiday cheer by dancing and singing along as you work! It's The Wagon Way.

Posted on December 15, 2016 .

Tis' the Season to Sparkle

We never can get enough sparkles during the holiday season. Whether we load our Christmas trees up with glittering ornaments & tinsel, sequin our stockings, or adorn ourselves with all that shines....It is all good! This year we added the stars to our holiday makeup for a few good feels.

We never can get enough sparkles during the holiday season. Whether we load our Christmas trees up with glittering ornaments & tinsel, sequin our stockings, or adorn ourselves with all that shines....It is all good! This year we added the stars to our holiday makeup for a few good feels.

The last thing you need is your makeup stressing you out during the holidays (there are plenty of other things to do that for you). So we are keeping it easy. All you need are shining stars from your local craft store, a jar of vaseline, q-tips, and a pair of tweezers. Find the pattern you want from the endless options on Pinterest and have it up while you work in the mirror. Dab vaseline with a q-tip on your face in the spots you want to have your stars and use the tweezers to place them. Continue these steps until your look is complete! (Vaseline works great for a low action party, but if you are planning to boogie the night away we suggest eyelash glue for a longer lasting effect.)

The last thing you need is your makeup stressing you out during the holidays (there are plenty of other things to do that for you). So we are keeping it easy. All you need are shining stars from your local craft store, a jar of vaseline, q-tips, and a pair of tweezers. Find the pattern you want from the endless options on Pinterest and have it up while you work in the mirror. Dab vaseline with a q-tip on your face in the spots you want to have your stars and use the tweezers to place them. Continue these steps until your look is complete! (Vaseline works great for a low action party, but if you are planning to boogie the night away we suggest eyelash glue for a longer lasting effect.)

Have fun, gypsies!

Photographer: Julia Soniat

Makeup: Julia Soniat & Brooklynne Young

Models: Brooklynne Young & Samm Cumberland

Location: Belmont Hotel, Dallas

Posted on December 15, 2016 .

The Wagon on SOCO turns 2

South Congress Avenue has been blessing us with good vibes for two rad years now, and we are ready to celebrate with all our friends! We have happenings going on all weekend long. MOODXMOSS will be in store Friday (2p-7p) & Saturday (12p-7p) with their aura photo booth yurt and Hayley Cakes will be in store selling her Austin-famous cookies & treats. We will also be serving up cosmic cocktails all weekend...How could you miss it?

At The Wagon, Hayley Cakes comes up in conversation at least once a day! We are obsessed with her Instagram. There is a new, quirky, Austin vibin' cookie posted everyday. Whether it is a whimsical unicorn, silly pineapple, a hamburger, or an inspirational saying.... We are into it! Plus, these cookies are delicious.

Get to know Carrie Moss from MOODXMOSS better below.

1) How did you get in the business of aura photography? 

What drew me to aura portraiture is that is is the perfect blending of my 15+ years as a photographer and my spiritual belief system. For me, it is like two worlds colliding. 

2) What inspires you?

Connecting with people is my number one inspiration! Also, beautiful light, cooking, long drives, oh and Barton Springs. Yes, a swimming hole actually inspires me and restores my spirit.

3) What has surprised you most since starting MOODXMOSS?

I think what surprises me most since starting MOODxMOSS is the fact that people are really curious about the notion that we are more than our physical bodies. I love that using  the bio-feedback technology of the AuraCam allows tangible evidence in a photograph that this is so. Also, people often ask me what colors I see the most and it really is different every time I shoot a portrait. It is like magic every time I peel the Poloroid and reveal the energetic coloration.

4) What is your favorite thing about aura photography?

I often joke around that I have the best job in the world because nobody steps into the MOOD yurt in a bad mood. Everyone is excited for the experience and to see what their energetic field looks like. It is a special moment and I get to share that.  

5) What are your dreams for MOODXMOSS?

You know that is a really good questions. MOODxMOSS has been really well received and things are off to a great start. I am planning on taking time in December to chart the course for MOOD in 2017. I have a lot of ideas that need to be flushed out, written down, culled through and manifested. I am the kind of person that is constantly thinking of the next step (while trying to stay in the present) so we will just have to see!

See you there, gypsies!

THE GYPSY WAGON - 1204 S. Congress Ave - Austin, TX - 512.887.8010

Posted on October 17, 2016 .

We're here for the boos.

At The Wagon we are all about the cute over the scary. We are busting out our animal ears with our favorite outfits this halloween, and decorating our party tables with family-friendly, ghostly adorableness.

Come by our Dallas & Austin locations to get your halloween spirit in full gear!

Posted on October 13, 2016 .

Just Like a Local.

Austin can get a little overwhelming when you are just visiting for the weekend. The amount of cool restaurants, bars & lounges, outdoorsy activities, vintage shops and taco joints (even breakfast tacos have their own places) are endless! Our gals at our Austin location have complied a locals guide to the city. Follow this list to take on ATX The Wagon way.

Austin can get a little overwhelming when you are just visiting for the weekend. The amount of cool restaurants, bars & lounges, outdoorsy activities, vintage shops and taco joints (even breakfast tacos have their own places) are endless! Our gals at our Austin location have complied a locals guide to the city. Follow this list to take on ATX The Wagon way.

Posted on October 6, 2016 .

Wagon Happenings: ACL Edition

Let our Austin store make your ACL Festival looks seamless this year. From braid bars & henna (Saturdays & Sundays 12-2), to endless festival clothing options, recovery cocktails, and pop-up shops from ATX local artisans. Yellow Elephant Clothing & Aileen Fitz Prints will be popping up in store both weekends, and Daisy Natives will be in store for weekend two! 

Let our Austin store make your ACL Festival looks seamless this year. From braid bars & henna (Saturdays & Sundays 12-2), to endless festival clothing options, recovery cocktails, and pop-up shops from ATX local artisans. Yellow Elephant Clothing & Aileen Fitz Prints will be popping up in store both weekends, and Daisy Natives will be in store for weekend two! 

The Wagon on SOCO will also be having in store giveaways and more surprises happening for both festival weekends. Be sure to check it out & grab some Wagon swag.

Posted on September 29, 2016 .

Trending at The Wagon: ACL Festival Style

ACL Music Festival is the musical rhythm in the heart beat of Austin. The city gets a new high about it, extra good vibes are felt, and even more magic heads to the Capitol of Texas. Not to mention the city's street style amps up it's game. We here at The Wagon love festival fashion. In it's best form it is freeing, honest, happy, bohemian, and fun.

Stay tuned for all the ACL happenings from our Austin store. We have so much to announce as we get closer to festival time! Visit the Dallas and Austin locations for any and all your festival style needs. 

Posted on September 12, 2016 .

Dallas Local Fav: Local Press + Brew

With new restaurants and coffee shops opening every other day it is hard to stand out among the pack in Dallas. But Local Press + Brew does just that. It stands out, and makes you want to make it your new weekend chill spot.

With new restaurants and coffee shops opening every other day it is hard to stand out among the pack in Dallas. But Local Press + Brew does just that. It stands out, and makes you want to make it your new weekend chill spot.

Local Press + Brew is the first juice and coffee parlor in Dallas devoted to quality and local support. Located in trending Oak Cliff, LP+B has a major following. Their Instagram is filled with foodie pics, art, happy customers enjoying their day, cacti, and juices about town. Stesha Gearner and I (having heard the buzz they were making) made our way over on a late Sunday morning for a dream session & meeting of the minds. We could not have chosen a more inspiring venue.

Just walking into the building had us obsessed. The space is bright with natural light, minimally styled with a mid-century feel. Vintage mirrors and wire sculptures hang on the walls. Touches of plant life are spread around to make you feel at home.

Let us be real--We did not just come here to be inspired...We came to EAT. We came to drink juice. We came to caffeine up. And we were blown away by the menu! There are so many options. LP+B is organic and fresh, vegan friendly, and as they say "farm to bottle". (LOVE THAT!) We started with juice, and opted for the juice flight, which is tastings of 8 juices. We both loved getting to see what our favorites were and the ability to try so many. Most of the juices are named after nearby neighborhoods in the city - We loved The OC, Kessler Park, Bishop Arts, and Winnetka Heights. They were all deliciously refreshing, and super pretty.

Next came the coffee order. One vanilla latte and one matcha latte with almond milk. Their almond milk is made in house with organic almonds and lightly sweetened by organic dates. Yes please & thank you! The food. Guys... Simple and amazing. We shared Toast 4 which was a whole wheat piece of toast with almond butter, organic banana, and "Texas Honey Bee" honey. Decedent and perfect. We also split Toast 5 which was another slice of whole wheat toast with organic avocado, olive oil, red pepper, and salt. We cleaned up every dish we were served with smiling faces. "That was the bomb dot com." -Stesha

Now it is our goal to become regulars at Local Press + Brew. We left ready to come back! Be sure to add this to your must try list, Dallas! It is casual and easy, and filled with good vibes.

-Julia Soniat & Stesha Gearner

Posted on September 6, 2016 .

Daisy Natives Meets The Wagon

There is not much we love more than some serious girl power. A girl who creates her own path and her own set of rules, a girl with confidence and individuality, a girl with imagination and sparkle, a girl with heart, a girl boss through and through. This girl is Sarah Lapp. And we are obsessed.

Sarah is owner and designer of Daisy Natives, a lifestyle brand geared to "confetti throwers, champagne clinkers, and sassy kittens". At The Wagon, WE ARE ALL THESE THINGS! Her t-shirts make us feel as if she has peered into our souls. With mantras like Tacos & Champagne and Donuts & Rosé (what better combos are there?) to Dreamers Never Sleep and our all time favorite Girls Support Girls, we feel right at home.

Upon meeting Sarah, and having a major fan girl moment, we quickly realized we had to get Daisy Natives into The Wagon, so we invited her to host her first-ever pop up shop in our Austin store. Sunday, August 28, from 12-4 Sarah will be in store for you to meet, or in her words "experience her awkwardness", and shop till you drop! Every girl needs a few (or a lot) of cute, comfy tees to run around town in right?

Read on to get to know Sarah before the show, and get a glimpse of how she meshes her tees in with our new fall styles.

What inspired you to start Daisy Natives? I needed an escape from my everyday routine. I always found myself looking for a graphic tee or accessory that didn't exist yet so with $75 worth of fabric and a sewing machine I got as a Christmas gift, Daisy Natives was born. A few days later, I listed five handmade headwraps on Etsy, and the rest is history! Obviously, Daisy Natives has encountered some big changes over the past year and a half but that's what makes it so fun!

Where did the name come from? I wish I could tell you a cool story about how the name came to be, but honestly, I just remember waking up with it in my head one night and wrote it down. I'm thinking the thought process went a little something like this: Daisies are my favorite flower- care free, the kind of flower you'd just pick and stick in your hair. I think the word "Natives" came from not wanting to forget where I came from and who I am. It's easy to get sucked into the blackhole that is social media and obsessing over becoming someone you're not. Be true to yourself and you'll be much happier. I knew I wanted to create a brand around that. 

Where do you draw inspiration? Oh gosh, EVERYWHERE! Old movies, new music, changing seasons, pop culture, exploring unfamiliar places, FOOD, color schemes, funny things my husband says, and unexpected late night heart to hearts with my best friends over a bottle of wine, to name a few. There is literally inspiration everywhere!

What are your favorite spots in Austin? I've only been here for a little over two months BUT, The Gypsy Wagon (because, duh), Blue Velvet Vintage, Alamo Drafthouse, Jo's for coffee, Freedmen's for BBQ, Snooze for brunch, Torchy's or Tacodeli for tacos, Hillside Farmacy for happy hour! I just sound like a hungry tourist so suggestions are always welcome! 

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working? I'm such an introvert so I LOVE binging on Netflix shows, trying new recipes, and discovering new music. But when I'm not being a hermit, I love driving with no real destination, thrifting, meeting new friends for happy hour, finding the best Bloody Mary, and going to see the weirdest documentary playing at Alamo Drafthouse with my husband. 

What are your biggest guilty pleasures? I love all things late '90s, early '00s. Movies, music, fashion, celebrities, you name it. I LOVE IT ALL! Two movies I will NEVER get tired of (and watch at least once a week) are The Parent Trap and Princess Diaries. And, sometimes I go through these phases where I'll only listen to Sugar Ray or Blink 182. Also, I have to get a cup of nacho cheese with my popcorn at the movies. Don't knock it till ya try it!

What are your dreams for Daisy Natives? I just want to keep making things that people love! It is the best feeling in the world to read or hear that Daisy Natives is someone's favorite brand! That's all I can ask for. But, if I'm being honest, I'd love to one day have a little studio space outside of my apartment and a team of badass creatives to join me on this crazy ride! 

Daisy Natives X The Gypsy Wagon

Sunday, August 28 from 12-4

The Gypsy Wagon Austin

Posted on August 22, 2016 .

Havana Nights with Cleobella

We are endlessly inspired by Cleobella. Their bohemian style and vibe speaks to the wanderer deep in our souls. Their latest collection Searching for Hemingway is no different. Their lookbook has us ready to pack our bags and head to Cuba with their 1970's feels, turkish rug inspired prints, vintage denim, beat up boots, and delicate gold gems. Cuba. "The forbidden fruit of travel. A place where time stands still." We cannot get enough of the effortless silhouettes, beautiful textures, and dark moody shades.

Since we cannot jet off (just yet!) we are bringing Havana Nights to The Wagon. We have invited Cleobella to showcase their latest collection in a pop up shop this Friday (along side a fab happy hour from 4-6) and Saturday at our Dallas store. Join us for drinks, bites, and Cleobella's Fall 2016 Collection.

Posted on August 14, 2016 .

Let's Get Lost

Alika Ray in Let's Get Lost (Our Pre-Fall Collection 2016)

Styling by Molly McBride & Julia Soniat

Photography by Julia Soniat

We kicked off our pre-fall collection in Crested Butte, Colorado. Crested Butte holds a special place in the hearts of our Wagoneers. Time seems to slow down, the air is sweet, the colors are magic, it seems like there is a new place to explore at every turn. We must take adventures in order to know where we belong. We loved putting our favorite muse, Alika Ray, into nature. She fit into the setting as if she were a columbine on the side of a mountain.

You belong among the wildflowers. You belong somewhere you feel free.

Shop our newest collection now.

XOXO, The Gypsy Wagon

Posted on July 31, 2016 .

Get Outside with Wild Arrow

We choose to get our energy straight from Mother Nature. We are breathing in her fresh air and taking it for all it has got. Time to get outside, soak up the sun, and work on centering ourselves with good vibes around us.

We choose to get our energy straight from Mother Nature. We are breathing in her fresh air and taking it for all it has got. Time to get outside, soak up the sun, and work on centering ourselves with good vibes around us.

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. -James M. Barrie

We are getting outdoors with Wild Arrow this week for a zen session in the park. It is a major bonus when we can work on our yoga and show off some style at the same time.

Wild Arrow is an Austin, Texas based fitness brand specializing in printed yoga mats. All of their mats are printed locally in Austin. We are obsessed with these mats. For our yogis they are comfortable, non-slip, and durable. For the non-yogi--more lounge type--they are stylish and perfect for outdoor concerts and picnics. (They even get the puppy approval.) From cactus prints to Moroccan rug feels, we want them all! 

Wild Arrow is an Austin, Texas based fitness brand specializing in printed yoga mats. All of their mats are printed locally in Austin. We are obsessed with these mats. For our yogis they are comfortable, non-slip, and durable. For the non-yogi--more lounge type--they are stylish and perfect for outdoor concerts and picnics. (They even get the puppy approval.) From cactus prints to Moroccan rug feels, we want them all! 

Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch. -Walt Whitman

Shop the mats & looks here.

Posted on July 21, 2016 .

Rifle Paper Co. Takes The Wagon

Rifle Paper Company has become a Wagon staple during the last 5 years and we have been hooked ever since the first delivery! The folksy and whimsical illustrations always send our hearts a flutter. Anna's joyfully, hand-painted designs have cultivated a major following through the years, they are almost irresistible. A scroll down Anna Bond's Instagram will quickly have you hooked on their vibe. From the vintage-inspired wall papers, stacks of brightly colored planners and pencils, black and white family photos, to the perfectly executed over-head layouts....we dig it!

Nathan and Anna Bond started Rifle Paper Co. back in 2009. The idea for the lifestyle and stationary brand came to them as they worked on their own wedding invitations where she painted a little cartoon version of herself and Nathan. They started doing a few friends' invitations that wedding blogs went crazy for and success started quickly from there. Soon after, Rifle Paper Co. hit the web with their playfully illustrated stationary. What began as a small business out of their garage apartment has quickly become a major international brand. In 2014 they were named to Inc 500's list of fastest growing companies, and in 2015 Nathan was named to Forbes magazine's 30 under 30 list.

This Thursday, July 21st, we will be welcoming Anna Bond for her first Dallas meet and greet at The Wagon. Anna will be releasing her latest creation, the 'Texas' print which will be available for purchase that night. While you are shopping the cute new print you can enjoy macarons by We the Birds and watermelon margaritas provided by Casamigos.

The Gypsy Wagon X Rifle Paper Co. - Thursday, July 21st - 5:00 to 7:00

Meet and Greet with Anna Bond

2928 N. Henderson Ave. - Dallas, Texas

Valet will be available.

Posted on July 18, 2016 .

Trending at The Wagon

What are we loving this week?

We are all about staying cool in the summer swelter, but that does not mean that we have to give up great style to beat the heat. We need light fabrics and easy silhouettes. In that, we add in funky patterns, embroidered details, and touches of neon for charm. Summer style should be playful, fun and freeing. "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair should be messy and your eyes sparkling." -Shanti

Visit any of our three locations for more great summer style tips.

Posted on July 8, 2016 .

Model Off Duty with Alika Ray

We classify Alika Ray as a true, original gypsy. If you do not recognize her face, then you have not been keeping up with The Wagon. She has been a shop girl at our Dallas location for over 5 years, she has been shining on our Instagram feed as far back as you can scroll, spotted on our billboards, website, you name it...she has done it. She is not just big time for us, Alika has been in the acting and modeling business since she was 15. She spent time out in Los Angeles, but was drawn back to Dallas when she turned 30, she was missing the feeling of home. Last year she was chosen to be one of 10 women for Dallas' Most Beautiful. We feel that honor came to her not only because she is stunning, but because she has one of the most open and beautiful spirits that we know.

Her soft, curly hair and big smile invite you in, and her vivacious energy and warm heart keep you locked. Any time spent with Alika will have you laughing until your stomach hurts, she is a true performer. Her knack for story telling keeps you hanging on every word she says. She can be your therapist at any moment needed. She is ready for any adventure thrown her way, always looking for a new experience to impact her world.

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." 

Read on to learn a little bit more about what makes Alika Ray so special.

Where do you find inspirations for your style? You know, these days, there are so many outlets to find inspiration. Especially with social media. I feel lucky to be in an industry where there are so many creative people with impeccable style that inspire me. But traveling is my favorite way to find inspiration. I take everything in when I'm traveling...being mindful. I think that helps bring an authenticity to anyones style. And then there is Molly McBride. ;)

"Don't worry if you're making waves simply by being yourself. The moon does it all the time."

Who are your icons? I think there is no one that embodies the word Icon more than Jane Goodall. As far as fashion icon, love me some Diana Ross! I mean, SLAY before anyone said it....and I wanna dress like Iris Apfel when I grow up. My personal icon - PRINCE. He has been my greatest influence of my life.

What is your ideal day "off duty"? I take it to The King Spa if I've a day off! I will spend a whole day there. I live for the foot massages. For the weekends, David (the boyfriend) and I cruise to The Hill Country with Bella ( our 12 yr old Denton farm dog) in the back seat. I love the vineyards in HYE, TX. Calais Winery, William Chris Vineyards. This whole area has completely changed the way I thought about Texas. If we aren't road tripping, we like to nest in our loft, sometimes entertain.

Do you have any guilty pleasures? Amazon Prime, Gilt.com and Halo Top Ice Cream. Actually, Halo Top is guilt free so I guess I need to specify...buying cases at a time of Halo Top Ice Cream. Also - wine.

What's on your current playlist? Leon Bridges, Khruangbin, Radiohead. When I'm on set I like to get it going with Pandora Station HipHop BBQ!

What is your favorite thing about Summer? The evenings! I feel like my senses are heightened in the summer evenings. 8:30pm sunsets and a nice glass of Rose.

What are your dreams for the future? It will sound cheesy but a future that continues with a lot of LOVE! I've so much to be grateful for. I do not take a day for granted. 


Shop Alika's current fav things:

Stop by The Wagon to get styled by Alika, and keep a close watch for her on our Instagram. Follow along with what is going on in her world here: @alikaray.

Posted on July 5, 2016 .

ATX Local Fav: Friends & Neighbors

My idea of the perfect Sunday in Austin includes coffee sipping, vintage shopping, and some good patio hangs. I found the perfect, cozy spot to do all that and more! Friends & Neighbors in East Austin fulfills all of my Sunday good feels. This charming little bungalow is located off East Ceasar Chavez, one of Austin's most buzz worthy, up-and-coming hoods.

Friends & Neighbors owner, Jill Bradshaw, opened the doors to a new retail experience two years ago. Jill converted this East Austin home into a shop with rooms dedicated to unique goods, including a cafe, and a curated selection of vintage clothing hand chosen by Jill herself, along with specially chosen gifts from local vendors. She wanted a place for locals to come in regularly, hang out with friends, and feel at home. Thus the name.

Each room is like walking into a different scene. A record player is turning in the coffee shop blasting obscure indie rock, creating the perfect vibe for their vintage-furniture-clad lounge. The former bathroom is now filled with dreamy beauty products displayed as if they could be on your own counter. Racks of vintage clothing adorn the walls of a Moroccan themed room set with pattern rugs and a peacock chair in the corner. Textiles and linens fill the hallway leading to the tent-like, bohemian dressing rooms that make you feel as if you have stepped into a fantasy land. The back yard patio is an oasis with mismatched iron tables and chairs. Another part I love about this outdoor space is the stationed food truck, Cool Beans. Cool Beans serves up the finest of vegan Mexican cuisine by truck. Major plus for this Texas vegan.

Add Friends & Neighbors to your to-do list whether you are from Austin or making a trip soon. It is not a place to just pop-in to, it is a place to sit and stay a while. A place to make you fall back in love with Austin. I would recommend shopping on a Sunday to partake in their Sangria Sunday from 2-8...right when you need a break from the summer heat wave.

Visit Friends & Neighbors @ 2614 E. Ceasar Chavez Street in Austin, Tx. Get to know them ahead of time online here.

-Julia Soniat

Posted on June 28, 2016 .