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Our Smartish Neighbor: Parlor Beauty Bar


In our Smartish Neighbors series, we highlight the hardworking, creative small businesses that keep Austin smartish. This week we hang out with the brilliant beauticians at Parlor Beauty Bar. Our fair neighborhood of East Austin is full of tough, adaptive entrepreneurs who are dedicated to spreading the smartish spirit through their innovative businesses. And don’t let Parlor Beauty Bar’s pink motif fool you – founder Charlotte Feliciano is one of the toughest around. She was inspired to start Parlor after surviving not one, but two car crashes. Most people recovering from serious injuries are just inspired to watch weird Netflix documentaries. So yeah, Charlotte sets the bar pretty high. Parlor Beauty Bar provides a whole suite of services in one location,...

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Our Smartish Neighbor: Amanda Deer Jewelry


In our Smartish Neighbors series, we highlight the hardworking, creative small businesses that keep Austin smartish. This week we hang out with the jaunty jewelry makers at Amanda Deer Jewelry. The holidays are upon us, folks – the joyous time of year to freak out about what gifts to get your friends and family. Some people are easy (Dad probably wants a tie, or maybe a drone), but others are tougher to crack. Thankfully, Amanda Deer Jewelry has you covered – at least for all the women in your life. Statistically, that’s about 50% of your list in one smartish swoop (you can thank us later). Amanda Deer Jewelry designs everyday, dainty jewelry right here in East Austin. Featuring refined, minimalist...

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Our Smartish Neighbor: Succulent Native


In our Smartish Neighbors series, we highlight the hardworking, creative small businesses that keep Austin smartish. This week we hang out with the cactus cathedral that is Succulent Native. Succulent Native got their start with the whimsical Flowers on the Fly cart, which still delights Austinites and visitors with adorable plant arrangements in three mobile locations (the Drag, South Congress, and 6th Street). Now this homegrown small business has blossomed – OK, no more plant puns, sorry – has expanded into a new brick and mortar shop. The Succulent Native shop is a cozy East Austin space with an enormous variety of succulents, all paired with creative containers and arranged with artistic flair. The shop will even pot a cactus...

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Smartish Advice: iPhone 8 or iPhone X?


iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus have all been out for a while now, and the early adopters among us have no doubt already ordered their new iPhone of choice. But we know that not everyone is ready to drop several Benjamins on Apple’s latest toys right away. For all the late-ish adopters, careful researchers, and holiday shoppers, we highly recommend CNET’s helpful guide, which even considers other options like the iPhone SE. Or, if you prefer our smartish opinions (we’re pretty opinionated), read on for our take. iPhone X has two main new features: the edge-to-edge OLED screen, and the dual front-facing cameras with Face ID technology. What are these features worth to you? If you answered...

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Our Smartish Neighbor: Arlo's


In our Smartish Neighbors series, we highlight the hardworking, creative small businesses that keep Austin smartish. This time we’re hanging out with the plant based burger revelation that is Arlo’s. What can we say about Arlo’s? Arlo’s is like your vegan friend who is never judgy, and invites you over for jaw-droppingly tasty veggie foods. Arlo’s does plant based food that understands the hedonistic delight of fatty, meaty dishes. In other words, Arlo’s makes some of the best burgers, tacos, and fries you can put in your gob, period. They just also happen to not contain animal products. Yeah, that's pretty smartish. Our personal favorite is the Bac’n Cheeze Burger. Now we hear you saying: hey, neither bacon, nor cheese,...

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iPhone X Pre-Order is Tonight! Here's how to beat the lines.


Pre-orders for the iPhone X begin tonight at Midnight PDT, and by "begin" we mean they will almost immediately sell out. But never fear, we have tips to up your chances of getting the best iPhone ever (until the next one), without camping outside the Apple Store. The short version is: download the "Apple Store" app on your phone, and enter in all your information ahead of time. Then, keep refreshing the app tonight until preorders open. If you have any four-leaf clovers or rabbits feet, those couldn't hurt either. For a full list of pre-order tips, check out this guide from TechRadar. You can get a Silk case for iPhone X right meow and have a smartish case before...

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Smartish Advice: Should I Upgrade to iOS 11?


While those who picked up the new iPhone 8 will automatically be running Apple’s newest operating system (lucky them), those with older iPhones are facing an age-old question – to upgrade, or not to upgrade? The Cons While getting the latest and greatest features seems like a no-brainer, there is a major downside: it’s a big download. According to Forbes, it will cost you up to 2 GB depending on your device. Time to decide which apps you really love (goodbye, Pokemon Go). The Pros However, the new OS does have some surprises for the tech enthusiast and luddite alike. What are our favorites? Glad you asked... Siri can now do spoken translation in English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese...

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Silk Cases + Wireless Charging? You bet!


The iPhone 8 arrived last week, and the big question on people’s minds is wireless charging. Well, we’ve got answers. Q: Can you wirelessly charge through Silk cases? A: Yes! You can wirelessly charge your iPhone 8/8+/X *through* our cases. Q: Can you wirelessly charge even through credit cards? A: Yes! You can wirelessly charge through credit cards (except those fancy metal cards). Q: Will wireless charging damage my credit credits? A: Nope! We’ve tested the same set of credit cards with wireless charging for over a year, and the cards work just fine. Don’t believe us? We don’t blame you. We almost didn’t believe it ourselves. That’s why we made a video testing each of our cases on five...

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Our Smartish Neighbor: Hops & Grain


The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus come out tomorrow! While we’re busy getting ready for the big day, why not enjoy a cold beer from a local Austin brewery? This week we’re checking out our neighbor Hops & Grain. Located in the same vibrant East Austin neighborhood Silk calls home, Hops & Grain has been brewing lagers and hop-forward beers since 2011. Their line-up includes office fave The One They Call Zoe, a refreshing pale lager that pairs perfectly with these crisp Texan autumn days (95 degrees is “crisp”, right?). Hops & Grain also makes a point of giving back and being a good neighbor. Each year the staff volunteers with local nonprofits, and sustainability factors into everything they do....

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Welcome to the Party!


Let us show you around So glad you could make it. Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Silk. After a decade of making phone cases, we grew tired of the stale branding that encompasses our industry. Hence, we decided to take a refreshingly bizarre angle on what it means to make a smartish phone case. Smartish? Yeah, you read that right. We'll spare you the pretense of flaunting over-blown marketing taglines. And instead speak to you like we would our own friends. Our products are just clever enough to make your everyday life a little better, but we won't pretend they're gonna save the world. In a nutshell, they're smart ... ish. As you hear from us, expect to find quips and bad jokes spread amongst everything...

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