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  • Music Monday: Guitar Goodness

    Posted 18 August 2014

    Do you ever just need to hear a good bass solo? Or a rocking guitar song? This is the playlist for you, featuring some of our favorite rock bands!


    Good Guitar-ESPEROS by Avery Travis on Grooveshark
  • Friendly Friday: Charity Pot

    Posted 15 August 2014

    Soften your hands and donate to the world! Charity Pot aims to help grassroots organizations around the world, with the help o this little pot of lotion!


    Made from fair trade cocoa butter, almond oil and ylang ylang oil, the lotion is moisturizing and nourishing.  More importantly, Lush Cosmetics aims to help organizations that work towards environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights.  For every pot sold, 100% of the profits is donated to further these causes.  According to their website, since 2007, we've donated more than $4,750,000 to over 400 charities in 35 countries.



    Check them out at their website here for more information! 

  • Trendy Thursday: Natural Colors

    Posted 14 August 2014

    From earthy to pale shades, the fashion world loves to go back to the basics!  And all summer, it has been doing just that...



    Face It is in to be au-natural with your makeup! Balmain (left) and Alexander Wang (right) prove this to be the case.




    Body V-necks and simple silhouettes create an undeniably classic look. Alexander Wang Spring 2014 (left) and Son Jung Wan 2013 (right) nailed these earthy looks.




    Hair Give your hair a break and wear it natural! Just let it dry, and strut your stuff! That's what the models on the runway are doing! 



    So, what do you think about going au-natural and getting back to simple fashion? Let us know in the comment section below! And make sure you check out our natural looks (like the one above) on Polyvore

  • Wildcard Wednesday: This will make you smile...

    Posted 13 August 2014


    This little donkey was born premature, but is working its way through the hardship in the cutest way possible! We love this little guy and wish him the very best recovery! 


  • Travelin' Tuesday: Lucerne, Switzerland

    Posted 12 August 2014

    We are taking you over seas again! Head with us over to Lucerne this Travelin' Tuesday, for a look at the beautiful city, mountains, and lake! 


    This gorgeous town sits at the edge of lake Lucerne and at the foot of the Swiss Alps.  Being wedged between two natural beauties like these, you would think the city would be the last thing to look at.  The architecture, however, turns just as many heads! No wonder Lucerne ranks as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.



    Famous for the bridges that allow the city to straddle the River Reuss, the Chapel Bridge and Water Tower is a must-see in Lucerne.  Quaint buildings make of timber with painted fronts still sit along the river in the Old Town.  The Swiss Museum of Transport is also an interesting way to spend your day! 

    So, what are you waiting for! Hop on a flight to this city that has it all, from city streets, to bodies of water, to snowy mountain tops! 

  • Friendly Friday: Skyline Socks

    Posted 08 August 2014

    One of the most overlooked articles of clothing for people in need? Socks. And that is where Skyline comes in.


    Skyline makes super comfortable, colorful, and edgy socks featuring city skyline designs! With an urban cool style and a mission to back them up, this company is one of our favorites! For each pair ordered, a pair of socks is given to someone in your city!  They are "socking the nation, one pair and one city at a time," and we love it. 



    What city are you from?  Want to rep it on your ankles and give back at the same time? Check them out at their website here.

  • Trendy Thursday: Wide Leg Pants

    Posted 07 August 2014

    Who needs skinny-mini pants anymore?  



    Okay, okay, I still wear my skinny jeans, but the most amazing fashion trend is on the scene: pajama pants! Just kidding...kind of...  Wide leg pants are totally in, and I am totally okay with it! Comfort to the max, plus a bold fashion statement to boot? Yes, please! They are on the runway, on the red carpet, and on the street!       




    Left: Try them in a fun color or print! Pair with a basic white top and you've got the perfect outfit for a cool summer night.  Right: Fashion icon Olivia Palermo rocks these wide leg beauties. With a blazer and belt, the wide leg takes this outfit from business-casual to fashion-chic. She means business! 

  • ESPEROS on Culture Map

    Posted 06 August 2014

    Culture Map Austin featured our launch party and new products today on their site! Check out the article here.  Thanks Culture Map!

  • Wildcard Wednesday: It's Party Time!

    Posted 06 August 2014


    Tomorrow is the day! Our launch party of our first storefront is actually happening! Come join us at our new location on 1203 East 7th Street, Austin TX! There will be food, drinks, music, and an amazing cause! To get you all in the party-mood, here are a list of our favorites! From music to food to most favorite holidays, we love parties! 


    Favorite party food? 
    • Ilya (logistics and operations): Pizza.
    • Oliver (founder and CEO): Chips y guac. Always.
    • Kierra (brand manager): Cheese.
    Favorite holiday? 
    • Taylor (intern): Fourth of July! I love America! 
    • Ilya: Thanksgiving.
    Favorite music to jam out to at parties? 
    • Oliver: On A Boat by Lonely Island. I love boats. And nautical-themed pashmina afghans.
    • Avery (intern): When Roses by Outkast comes on, how can you not sing along?? 
    • Kierra: I'm going to keep it real and admit that if Katy Perry came on, I would be pretty stoked...(I wanted to answer "pizza" to #1, but I'm starting to reveal that I have the taste of a middle school girl).
    Favorite party decor? 
    • Avery: Lights, most definitely. Tea lights or christmas lights liven up a party and give it a warm glow! 
    • Taylor: Balloons are fun! 
    Most memorable celebration/holiday?
    • Kierra: my wedding! 
    • Robina (intern): Thanksgiving at my house is always fun! Every year we actually do firecrackers.
    Confetti: fun or messy? 
    • Gina (intern): FUNNNN!
    • Ilya: ...messy.
  • Get ready...

    Posted 05 August 2014

    Our storefront opening is only two days away! After making the big move, painting and redecorating, our first Office and Storefront is finally coming together! Thanks for everyone who has pitched in to help! Enjoy these photos below of our moving process! We lovingly will call this collection of photos: the bad, the good, and the ugly turned pretty! 


    The Bad: 


    The mess, and dried paint brushes! 


    Heavy moving boxes and U-Haul stresses!


    The Good: 


    Finally getting organized! Hooray walking space! 



    Cutest pictures while painting! 


    The Ugly turned Pretty:


    Getting closer...



    Welcome to ESPEROS beautiful, new home! Almost ready for the Grand Opening and Launch Party! 

  • Travelin' Tuesday: Vermilion Cliffs, Arizona

    Posted 05 August 2014

    Do you think you have hit all the beautiful places in the U.S. already? Think again!


    This mountainous landscape will take your breath away! The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, are located in Arizona, just south of the Utah state line. After years of erosion, the many layers of richly colored exposed rock have created beautiful patterns and designs.  You can tour the different formations (White Pocket, the famously photographed "Wave," the Wire Pass Slot canyon).  For more information, check out Dreamland Tours here.





    What are your favorite places in the U.S.?  What road trips are you taking this summer? Let us know in the comment section below or on Instagram and Twitter
  • Music Mondays: ACL Favorites

    Posted 04 August 2014

    After seeing the lineup for each day, we are pumped for ACL! Check out some of our favorite picks from this years artists!  

  • Friendly Friday: Roma Boots

    Posted 01 August 2014

    Splish, splash through any puddle in sight with this cute pair of rain boots! 

    These bright rubber boots work on a one for one basis: for every pair sold, a brand new pair is given to a child living in the street to protect their feet from the rain and cold! In addition to keeping feet warm and dry, Roma is dedicated to promoting education in order to eradicate poverty.  In addition to a new pair of donated boots, 10% of all of their sales proceeds go to the Roma For All Foundation to help promote education. 

    Would you wear these cute boots? We would! Let us now in the comment section below, and check them out here at their website!
  • Trendy Thursday: Prints on Men

    Posted 31 July 2014

    Starting to feel a little left out boys?  Well here is our Trendy Thursday: Men's Edition! This week, we will be look at a bold male trend: prints. 



    Step away from bland and boring and step into the world of florals, checks, dots, and zigzags! They aren't just for women, and they can spice up your style instantly.  With simple swatches of print here and there, the look can remain subtle, yet edgy. 



    Our friend Caio Braz takes prints to a whole new level in his fashion line. Check out his bold all-over print looks here



    A military print can give a tough edge to your look. Looks from Mark McNairy, Amsterdam. 




    So, do you wear prints? What design is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below! 


  • Wildcard Wednesday: Best Vines of the Week

    Posted 30 July 2014

    It's been a long week! We feel these pups' pain! Enjoy these mid-week dog vines! 
  • Travelin' Tuesday: Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Posted 29 July 2014

    Ancient ruins and island relaxation? It's the best of both worlds in a beautiful Dubrovnik, Croatia!



    They are currently celebrating the Summer Festival, so it is a perfect time for a visit! During the 47 festival days, more than 80 theatrical, musical, ballet, folklore and other events will take place in the city.



    The ramparts of the city are another magnificent sight to see! The walls, fountains, and even buildings of the city make up these massive monuments to the Middle Ages.



    If you are ready to get out of the urban atmosphere and see a little foliage, travel out to the island of Lokrum and tour the monastery and botanical gardens there! 



    So, where are you traveling this summer? Let us know in the comment section below! Happy travels! 
  • Music Monday: Throwbacks

    Posted 28 July 2014

    Here's a playlist of some of pour favorite throwbacks! Follow us through the late 80's, glorious 90's, and early 2000's and some of our favorite tunes!


    Throwbacks by Avery Travis on Grooveshark
  • Friendly Friday: Eyewear

    Posted 25 July 2014

    With contacts, glasses, and eye care so easily accessible, many of us often take our vision for granted. These two companies are giving the gift of sight to people around the world!


    Blue Planet Eyewear 



    Their zero waste eyewear is made from repurposed material, like recycled bamboo.  And, they have a one for one program, where a pair of glasses is given to someone in the developing world, for every pair of glasses sold! They partner with Lions Sight and Hearing on their mission to help people see the world in a way they never have before!


    Warby Parker 


    Want designer glasses for affordable prices? Check out these this stylish company, with one of the coolest give-back programs we have seen! Eyes develope.  Prescriptions change. Styles are different in every country. Instead of simply donating a pair to someone in a developing country, and then leaving, Warby Parker takes a different approach.  First, they donate a sum of money to their non-profit partners in conjunction with the amount of glasses sold.  Then, they work to train men and women of the country to give eye exams and sell glasses at affordable prices!


    Plus, for the indecisive ones of the world, they have an At-Home-Try-On program that will blow your mind.  You pick 5 glasses, and they will ship them to you for free.  You have 5 days to pick the ones you like best, and ship the rest back (again, FREE)! 


    So, try on a pair (or 5) and help give the gift of sight!


  • Trendy Thursday: The Outfit of the Year

    Posted 24 July 2014


    The look that has swept the country this year: stripes+denim+Converse All Stars! Adults, teens, and kids are wearing the trend, from New York to Austin! This "outfit of the year" seems to be a staple in any wardrobe. It makes street-wear look chic and Parisian! And our Rojo Classic Backpack acts as the perfect accessory! Check out our variations on the look and mix it up any way you want!
    Left: "The Fancy" Dress up this classic look with stilettos and a sun hat: think of it as an upgrade from Hershey's to Ferrero Rocher!
    Middle: "The Combo Pack" There is nothing wrong with simplifying! Stripes and denim in one cute dress? Yes please!
    Right: "The Flip Flop" Who says you can wear stripes on bottom, denim on top? And these all white Chuck's add a fun detail! 
  • Wildcard Wednesday: Our Numero Uno Taco

    Posted 23 July 2014

    Our knowledge of Spanish might be limited, but there is one thing that we know a lot about: the Pueblo Viejo Taco Truck!


    From breakfast tacos with eggs to the classic chicken taco, you can't go wrong with this place! With all the ease and convenience of a food truck, plus the deliciousness of a near-gourmet taco, Pueblo Viejo has it all! And lucky for us, it's just down the street! 


    Check them out at: 907 E 6th St AustinTX 78702 in East Austin

    Hours: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

    RecommendationsOliver, our founder and CEO (and king of Pueblo Viejo lunch customers), highly recommends the "Guaca-taco."  Kierra, our brand manager, usually chooses from one of their veggie options.  But the classic "Pueblo Viejo Style Taco" is always a good choice.

  • Now Available!

    Posted 22 July 2014

    Our new summer colors are OFFICIALLY UP on the website! Get yours today here

  • Travelin' Tuesday: Enchanted Rock

    Posted 22 July 2014

    Looking for a day trip close to home? About an hour outside Austin, Texas lies the great pink granite dome of Enchanted Rock! And boy, is this place really magical. 



    Head there for a nice walk around the base, a long hike to the top, or even to go caving for a few hours! Check in at the park headquarters for rock climbing options, and climb the day away. Don't forget to bring a picnic- the scenic views of the Hill Country make a beautiful lunching backdrop. Plus, the legend of the Rock is truly...well, enchanting! Make sure to read up before you go.



    With natural beauty like this so close to home, what else would you need? So, the next free Saturday you have, consider this magical State Natural Area! Check out the details here.

  • Music Monday: Island Time

    Posted 21 July 2014

    Right about this time a year, we wish we were laying on a beach somewhere... lazy days, warm ocean breeze, and no where to be! Well, for now, this playlist will have to suffice! Don't get too behind on your work when you get lost in these lazy tunes! 


    Island Time by Avery Travis on Grooveshark
  • Friendly Friday: Man's Best Friend

    Posted 18 July 2014

    Today, our Friendly Friday is all about your best friends! You can buy stylish products for your pups and pets, while giving back! Check out Baxter and Birdie and and Dog for Dog!


    Baxter and Birdie makes chic, eco-friendly dog collars and leashes!  But the best part about B and B is that for each product they sell, they donate one to a dog in need, by partnering with local shelters! 






    Dog for Dog is a California based company that is working to eradicate hunger in animal shelters across the country! For every all-natural bag of dog food or treats you buy, one is given to a dog in a shelter that may be suffering from lack of food or nutrition!  They offer grain-free and super healthy options to get pups back to their healthiest state! 


    So, get out there and start barking about Baxter and Birdie and Dog for Dog! 

  • Trendy Thursday: Versatility!

    Posted 17 July 2014

    From fast food to fast results, our society is always on the move, leaving no time to even change outfits on some days! So, one of the resulting trends in fashion is versatility: the ability to change your look at a moments notice.  These pieces are multi-functional and stylish day or night! 

    The skort shorts are always a great option! For the illusion of a skirt, with the comfort and convenience of shorts, this piece is perfect for errand running or attending a party! 

    A black maxi can be dressed down with shades and Converse or dressed up with black heels and dramatic jewelry! 

    This bold travel bag from National Geographic can literally fold into different shapes for your ease: A hexagon, a tote, and many other shapes! 



    And last, but not least, our new Tablet/ iPad case that converts to a clutch handbag! They go on sale soon, so be on the lookout for this cool new product!

  • Wildcard Wednesday: Best Brunch

    Posted 16 July 2014

    Are you looking for a great spot to brunch at this weekend!  Here is our list of favorite mid-morning places to chow down in our hometown of Austin, Texas!

    • Walton's Fancy and Staple: It is owned by Sandra Bullock (yes! It's true!) and filed to the brim with succulents and fancy flowers, macaroons and delicious pastries, and food that will make your mouth water! The Challah French Toast is a staple, but the spice in the Shrimp and Grits will change your life.
    • Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill: Huge portions of homestyle cooked food and a breezy patio...what more could you ask for?
    • Foodheads: Their breakfast is full of eggs and tacos, but their specialties are their sandwiches! Perfectly melted and elegant (yes, an elegant sandwich! Think brie and apples!), they will keep you coming back for more. With red solo cups and mason jars for glasses, this place feels like a picnic everyday!


    So what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy some delicate, brunch-y goodness! Here we are, full and happy after enjoying our brunch at Walton's yesterday! 


  • Travelin' Tuesday: Gullfoss Waterfall

    Posted 15 July 2014

    Whether it's green grass and flowing summer rapids or frozen icicles and beautiful snow scenes, Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland is a must-see.



    Located on the Hvítá (or White River) in Southern Iceland, Gullfoss can carry water up to 100-180 cubic meters per second during the summer months! The water flows from two directions, creating a natural work of art to be marveled at.  


    So, what are you waiting for?  Are you looking for a winter-y getaway? Check out the many beautiful waterfalls in the Icelandic Region here





    Have you ever seen a waterfall? Let us know in the comment section below! We would love to hear about your travels! 
  • What's in your bag: The Graphic Design Guru

    Posted 15 July 2014


    Robina, the resident designer of the intern bunch, is always sketching away and creating miraculous designs on and off screen!  To hold all of her creative tools, she uses her ESPEROS Burgundy Backpack:


    • She always has her trusty headphones to block out noise as she works away.
    • Her Waycom Bamboo Tablet turns her hand-drawn designs into pixelated images on Photoshop!
    • Here, her sketch of U.S. footballer Clint Dempsey gives you a glimpse at just how talented she is.
    • She usually has a Coca Cola to keep her energized throughout the day!


    What do you pack in your ESPEROS bag? Let us know in the comment section below! 
  • Music Monday: Buzzin' Around!

    Posted 14 July 2014

    Here at ESPEROS we have some brand new big news! We are buzzing around, moving things around, and just all around excited! Here are some songs to get you pumped up!


    Buzzin' Around by Avery Travis on Grooveshark
  • Friendly Friday: WeWOOD

    Posted 11 July 2014

    Who would have thought that wooden watches would help the environment?  Well, WeWOOD has found a way to plant a tree for every product sold! Now that's growth! 

    After it's conception in Florence and the opening of a branch in Los Angeles, WeWOOD partnered with American Forests and Trees for the Future with the goal of planting 1 million trees by 2020.


    Stylish for the good of the planet.  We have one world, and we need to protect and nourish it.  And WeWOOD likes to keep a reminder on their wrist to save this world.


    Check them out on their website here




  • Trendy Thursday: Bread and Butter Brands

    Posted 10 July 2014

    Could anything be more fashionable than Bread and Butter Berlin tradeshow?  Oliver, our founder and CEO, and Joe, our Head of Business Developement, are taking our bags international with this Berlin Fashion Week event! Fashion, art, and style are colliding at this colorful event, and here are a few brands to keep your eye on...


    Bensimon: The classic Parisian everyday look. Functionality and fashion blend in this perfect, practical shoe!





    Codello: After 75 years, they are still making beautiful scarves, shawls and bags that resemble art more than clothing.  Their exhibit will feature a full blown art gallery.





    Riding High: A Tokyo-based brand whose expertise is American vintage?  Seems confusing, but when you see the products, you won't be confused at all! 

  • ESPEROS on the NapTime Reviewer

    Posted 10 July 2014

    Thanks to the NapTime Reviewer for her wonderful review of our Pasilla Market Tote! 


    Cristen, the author of one of the top "mommy" blogs out there, reviews products for parents and tots, gives travel tips, and hands out little gems of family advice! You can find her review of her ESPEROS bag here on her website.


    She is also partnering with us in a giveaway of a Pasilla Market Tote! Check out her blog for more information and to enter to win your very own tote! 


    Thanks for carrying hope with us, The NapTime Reviewer! We love our blogger friends! 
  • Giveaway!

    Posted 09 July 2014

    Do you like free stuff? More importantly, do you like ESPEROS? Well now, you can have it all because we are GIVING AWAY an Earl Grey Market Tote! 

    Follow us on Instagram here @esperosbags and tag your friends who you want to travel the world with! The more people you tag, the more entries into the contest you will get! You have until this Friday, July 11th at 4 p.m. So get set and start tagging! 
  • Wildcard Wednesday: An Unlikely Pair

    Posted 09 July 2014

    Enjoy this adorable little documentary! Happy Wednesday from the team here at ESPEROS!



  • Travelin' Tuesday: Berlin, Germany

    Posted 08 July 2014


    In honor of Oliver, our founder and CEO, and Joe, our Head of Business Development, traveling to Berlin for the Bread and Butter Fashion Trade Show, we have decided to highlight some of the must-do's in Berlin, Germany! 

    In the morning, as suggested by Bread and Butter themselves, check out one of the many hip cafes Berlin has to offer! Check out places like Suicide Sue, Roamers, or Katie's Blue Cat.

    If you are still hungry, make sure you try Berlin's most popular fast food item: Currywurst, or cut up sausage cooked in ketchup and curry powder!

    Check out the over 200 museums in the city, and then head out for a walk!

    Take a stroll through the beautiful Grunewald Forest and make sure to see Teufelsberg, a man-made hill in the woods, built by the Allies after World War II from the rubble of the city. 

    If you are up for more walking, check out the Berlin Wall.  The one mile stretch known as the East Side Gallery features art and painting made when the wall was brought down.

    As the weekend approaches, hit up the Bon Bon Bar, which topped Vogue Germany's list of best bars, for a chic night on the town and a lineup of international DJ's.

    And while you are there, make sure you check out the Bread and Butter Fashion Trade Show

  • ESPEROS at Bread and Butter Berlin

    Posted 08 July 2014

    ESPEROS takes Berlin Fashion week!  Oliver, our Founder and CEO, and Joe, our Head of Business Development, headed across the pond to attend Bread and Butter Fashion Trade Show

    With over 600 exhibitors and brands featuring stylish street-wear and contemporary clothing, Bread and Butter aims to provide creative marketing and communication between selected brands, one of which being our very own ESPEROS!

    This husting, busting, style supershow is sure to be an adventure! Viel Glück, Oliver and Joe! 

  • Music Monday: Forever Young

    Posted 07 July 2014

    Young love, young dreams, young and irresponsible, young and wild and free... Today in the office we are celebrating youth with these tunes! Enjoy, and let us know what songs make you feel young again!


    Forever Young by Avery Travis on Grooveshark
  • Trendy Thursday: Tech-y

    Posted 03 July 2014

    We are in the Information Age: computers clicking, machines whirring, everywhere you look there is a flashing screen... even on the runway!

    Designers are electrifying the runways with technology-inspired ensembles, from geometrical tech-prints to actual, working lights and moving pictures.  The above collection from CuteCircuit debuted at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, complete with shimmering and blinking outfits (some played video!!).


    Left: Alexander Wang 
    Right: more CuteCircuit 


    featured on Project Runway 


    And don't forget: our Laptop and tablet cases, coming soon!!!  Keep your technological devices safe and stylish!

    Let us know what you think about this digital style! Would you wear it? Are you tech-y? Let us know in the comment section below, and check out more of our products on our website here.

  • Wildcard Wednesday: The Fourth!

    Posted 02 July 2014

    The Texas sun is shining, the breeze is blowing off the lake, and everybody is abuzz with patriotism and summer happiness! Since Austin we think Austin is the greatest city in the world, we’re sure a lot of you have friends or family coming to spend the Fourth of July Weekend here! If you don’t have plans for them, or if you’re looking for plans yourself, take a look at this list of our favorite ways to spend Independence Day! Enjoy everything the city has to offer- from food to activities to best places to visit.  




    Hamilton Pool: The preserve is a scenic getaway, perfect for pictures and picnics!
    When: Open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily, weather
    permitting. No entry after 5:30 pm. Recreational activities, such as swimming, end at 5:30 pm. $15.00 a vehicle. 
    Where: 24300 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 (512) 264-2740 



    Corn Dog Eating ContestEat your heart out at one of Black Sheep Lodge's Annual Competitive Eating Contests on the 4th!
    Where: Black Sheep Lodge, 2108 South Lamar Blvd.
    When: Friday at 2:30 p.m.


    Paddle boarding on Town Lake: Breeze through your hair and  a beautiful view? Great way to stay cool, and even get a little bit of  exercise!
    Where and when: SupATX at Texas Rowing Center, 1541 West Cesar Chavez St. during the daylight hours or Rowing Dock ATX on Stratford Drive under MoPac from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the last boat out at 9 p.m.




    Chez Zee Special: No doubt, Chez Zee has the best special in Austin. The are open for brunch, have happy hour all day, $6 burgers all day, and red white and blue cobbler!

    Where: 5406 Balcones Dr, Austin, TX 78731

    When: Open at 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for brunch 



    Sculpture Falls: Take a hike at Barton Creek down a 3 mile out and back trail, waterfall included! The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking & walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail! Hooray for patriotic pups! 

    Where: 3900 W. Frontage Road (Mopac)

    When: All the time!





    Austin Symphony Orchestra and a Fireworks  ShowBeautiful music and booming fireworks at the Circuit of the America's? How patriotic! It will feature a variety of old-fashioned July 4th holiday fun, including games and contests for the whole family! 
    Where: 2108 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78704
    When: The event opens at 4:00 p.m. The orchestra will perform at 8:30 p.m., followed by “mile-high” fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. 



    (512) Festival: (512) Brewing Company's summer beer launch and music festival will be held at the beautiful Hill Country venue, The Backyard. The two-day festival will celebrate the city of Austin with locally brewed beer, Austin musicians and performers, and local vendors.

    Where: 13801 Bee Cave ParkwayBee CaveTX 78738

    When: July 4-5, $25 for one day, $40 for two days


    So, go out and enjoy the city! Native Austinite or visitor for the day, this Fourth of July is surely to be the sunniest, yummiest, "weirdest" holiday yet!  And in the words of Lana del Rey, "be young, be dope, be proud: like an American!" 



  • Where to find our bags? Ask our friends at Parts and Labour!

    Posted 02 July 2014

    "Have you seen these part-dachshund, part-unicorn onesies??" Kierra, our Brand Manager here at ESPEROS, shouts from the other side of the store. She is hidden behind racks of "Austin, Texas" t-shirts and tribal looking tank tops. 

    I graze my fingers over dainty necklaces with paper plane charms and gold replicas of this proud state of ours.  My eyes pan over an assortment of crafts and treasures, all Texas-made, and I am filled with the wonder that only South Congress shops can fill you with. 


    "We are among our peers, when it comes to other small businesses.  We have all experienced the same growing pains.  SoCo wasn’t this nuts when it opened, so it is good to have someone to relate too," Lizelle Villapando, founder of Parts and Labour, said of other stores on South Congress. "We all have the same sense of love. They are all independent restaurants and shops, working hard, working for themselves, offering something genuine. And I want to think that we are like that too."




    Lizelle founded the store with Talena Rasmussen in 2004 in order to house their own hand-made items.

    “My business partner and I were hand-making stuff.  She and I were crafting and selling things in a vintage store called New Bohemia, which we later bought out.  We had 8 straight racks that we could fill.  She and I were making skirts, aprons from 60's patterns ...etc.  We were really picking momentum," she said.  “We were experiencing issues because of the differences between second hand and hand made." 

    Lizelle explained there was a need to differentiate between hand-made and vintage items, and it was difficult with them on the racks together.  So, they opened up shop next door.

    “It was a young, enthusiastic learning curve,” she said, explaining that running the shop took away their time to sew- all of their time.

    “It really snowballed. The store got too busy and our handmade started to slip. Eventually, when we ended up buying New Bohemia, the sewing time got replaced by buying vintage."


    Now, they house others' hand-crafted items, but hope to someday get back to the art of crafting themselves.  For the time being, they provide a home for other crafters.

    "We became the den-mom for other vintage buyers and crafters," said Lizelle with a laugh.

    In fact, Lizelle said this was one of her favorite parts of the job.

    "The thing that makes me not burn out is I feel like I am working for you guys. My job is to make everybody aware of you guys.  I’m really bad at self-promoting the store, but I can tell you all day long about Jessica and her porcelain or ESPEROS and your mission.  I can brag about people that I love.  I want to make you guys’ hard work pay off as much as possible."

    Lizelle even had her ESPEROS bag in the office with her!  She said she is still using her Everyday Tote from the first shipment of bags that Parts and Labour received.  She said her other favorite product was the Market Tote. 

    When asked about her favorite product in the store at the moment (besides the ESPEROS bags of course!) she showed us a little porcelain dish, which she was actually buying for herself.

    "I like that it looks like pencil cause its this soft grey.  She is a local maker, and I have a mug from her as well. So laborious. Definitely a labor of love," said Lizelle.  "I don’t really buy stuff from the shop that much, but there is this texas ring….I wasn’t born in Texas, so it is a strange, big deal to me to have a Texas ring.  But, I guess Texas is my home now.  I’ve lived in Austin half of my life!"

    There are a multitude of Texas-shaped, Texas-themed, Texas-made products in the store, which is why ESPEROS fits in to well on the homey, whimsical walls of Parts and Labour. 





    Parts and Labour is carrying hope with us, and you can too!  Check them out next time you are strolling along South Congress and follow them on Twitter and Facebook

  • Today in the office...

    Posted 01 July 2014

    We are feeling like Kanye.


    Have you ever woken up and looked in the mirror and just been like, "Dang."
    Have you ever just been pouring your 2% milk into your cereal and been like, "This cereal is lucky to touch these lips."
    Have you ever been "that guy" with your windows rolled down, blaring your music way too loud for the 5 minute, 8 am drive to work.
    Have you ever rolled into work with your $6.50 Target shades still on, looked in the reflection of your computer screen and just been like, "Dang."
    Yeah...we haven't either...........
    But Kanye has!


    So, here are some confidence-boosting quotes from the King of Inspiration himself.  Oh, and there are pugs super-imposed with each one onto a monthly calendar.  Which, of course, is hanging in our office.  Like, dang. 

    Us too, man, us too. 

    Look at that flexibility.

    Those shades.

    Pug-face + Kanye body.  All that needs to be said.


    Let us know what makes you feel like a million bucks! Or what makes you feel like a pug. pretty much the same thing.

  • Travelin' Tuesday: Monument Valley

    Posted 01 July 2014

    Heading out for a drive? Take a road trip through the iconic Monument Valley, symbol of the American Wild West.



    The valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163 on the border of Utah and Arizona.  Upon arrival, you can make the 2 hour, 17 mile drive through the park on a dirt road to view the massive, beautiful stone buttes.  The largest sandstone "monument" sits at about 1000 ft. above the valley floor!



    Day or night, this will be a drive you will never forget! Where are you road tripping this summer? Let us know! We want to hear, so #TravelinTuesday on Instagram here and Twitter here
  • Music Monday: On the Coast

    Posted 30 June 2014

    It's sunny and bright outside, and in the office we are dreaming of the beach! Enjoy these Cali-inspired tunes! Roll your windows down, turn up the volume, and head for the coast!


    On the Coast by Avery Travis on Grooveshark


  • Sneak Peak: New ESPEROS Products

    Posted 27 June 2014

    Exciting things are happening here at ESPEROS! These products are coming soon! We can't wait!!!


    Our Classic Backpack has gotten a facelift with new, poppin' colors!

    Our newest installment: Laptop and iPad/Tablet cases! Keep all your tech devices safe and looking sleek. 


    Keep your eyes pealed for more products, set to be released this summer! We want your feedback!!! Let us know what you think! 


    Carry Hope, 


  • Friendly Friday: Products That Tell a Story

    Posted 27 June 2014

    While some items in your closet are simply just for style, here are some companies whose products tell a tale all their own.  Out of Print and Bucketfeet aim to promote the love of literature and art, while giving back to the community.


    Out of Print

    Out of Print Clothing sells t-shirts, bags, and other various products with beautiful cover illustrations of great works of literature.  Through their partner, Books for Africa, they are able to donate a book to a community in need for each product sold.  

    Each product is treated to feel soft and worn "like a well-read book."  With over a hundred book titles to choose from, and products of all types, you can spread the joy of reading in your own unique way!  

    Here actress Emma Watson is sporting one of Out of Prints most popular products!  So, head on over to the library...uh, I mean, Out of Print website and browse their selection!  Help promote the love of literature around the world!





    Bucketfeet celebrates, art, creation, and beauty...printed on a shoes.  More than 2000 artists (painters, tattoists, illustrators, grafitti artists, writers, etc.) in more than 35 countries have join the movement and contribute to the brand.  


    Each shoe is made of printed canvas and massage bubble inserts for comfort.  Everyone can enjoy a piece or print that they love and find beautiful, on the very own two feet! 



    They aim to highlight the universality and accessibility of art, in order to bring people together...in style! Check out their prints and products on their website!




  • USA! USA! USA!

    Posted 26 June 2014

    Today in the office we are cheering on Team USA as loud as we can!  With so much FIFA World Cup Action, it's hard to focus on anything else! 

    Today we are...


    Wearing this:


    Watching this: 


    Designing this:


    Laughing at this: 


    Eating this: 


    How are you celebrating freedom today? Let us know!


  • Trendy Thursday: Overalls

    Posted 26 June 2014

    Overalls are no longer just for little kids!

    These fun one-pieces are back, and while some fashionistas shun the trend, we love it! They are comfy and cute (and go perfectly with our canvas bags!).


    Khaki gives the piece a unique edge, while a dress variation is a more playful take on the look!


    Our personal favorites, if you really want to branch out with this trend, are the nearly white and the ultra-long.  We love the flirty vibe of the white, while the long really make a dramatic statement. 


    Let us know what you think! How do you are wear overalls? 

  • Wildcard Wednesday: Time-wasting suggestions

    Posted 25 June 2014

    In search of some new apps to spice up the home page of your phone? Buuut are you trying to avoid difficult programs that will overcomplicate your life? Here a few of the simplest and most fun tech-suggestions for you! These apps may be pointless, time-wasting, and even just utterly stupid, but boy do we love them. 


    • The Yo App. Around the office, we have been on a "Yo" rampage, with the recently-discovered "Yo" app. You can send people messages, but here's the kicker: you can only send two letters, y and o. It can mean anything- "Yo! I'm thinking of you!" or "Yo! Why didn't you call me back?" or "Yo! I'm extremely bored at the office!" (But that last one never happens around here!...)  So what are you waiting for, hit that button and "Yo" one of us at the office! You can conveniently attach the word "Yo" (who would have guessed??) to the end of one of our names to find us! 

    • Tickle Me. It works just how it sounds: you tickle your screen, and your iPhone laughs in response.  Who knew your iPhone had the voice of a small child? Some call this creepy.  Others call it fun.  Download the app and decide for yourself how it ranks on a scale of "one" to "twisted." 

    • Hold On. An app that literally measures how much of your life you are wasting on iPhone apps.  It times how long you can hold your finger on your phone screen.  And that is all. Yet somehow, we are still sitting here, hand on screen...

    • iFart. Need I say more? (Note: costs 99 cents.)


    • Fat Burner 2K. "Help your body consume fat molecules using disharmonic, molecule to molecule, physical oscillations."  In other words, you set this on your potbelly and it jiggles. Oh! So this is how I am going to get my summer swimsuit body!!!  (Note: People actually bought this and posted actual comments because it "didn't work".......)


    Let us know what apps you waste hours of time on, and happy procrastinating!!
  • Travelin' Tuesday: Reimer's Ranch Roadtrip

    Posted 24 June 2014

    Looking for a get-away spot, not too far from home? Reimer's Ranch is your perfect outdoor spot, only a quick drive away from our hometown here in Austin, Texas! 

    Reimer's Ranch Park the perfect destination for everything from hiking to having a relaxing picnic, and it is known for its world class rock-climbing!

    This past weekend, our team headed out to Reimer's Ranch to shoot some photos and to enjoy the beauty of our own backyard! Here's a behind-the-scenes sneak peak from the photoshoot- enjoy!




  • Music Monday: Rainy Days and Good Stuff

    Posted 23 June 2014

    It's raining here in Austin, and you know what that means? We just want to curl up on the couch with a book and listen to sappy music (that we can't get enough of)! Here is a list of gloomy tunes to play while you stare out your window longingly on this rainy day.


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