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Lauren Modery

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Lauren was born in Central New York during the Reagan administration. She enjoyed wearing suits and fantasized about being middle-aged Jewish men as a child, most notably four out of the five Marx Brothers, Rod Serling and Woody Allen. Her childhood obsession with film led her to LA at the age of 20, but like many naive cinephiles who move to Hollywood, she quickly learned (quickly being five years of denial and drinking) that the film business was not for her. Having lost all her creativity and tired of living the plotline to Swimming with Sharks, she jumped in her car one day in 2008  and drove to Austin, Texas where she knew no one, had no job lined up and only $500 to her name.

It was the best decision she ever made.

Her work has appeared in The Guardian, xoJane, AOL Travel, Austin Monthly, Austin Insider Mag, Spinner and Scoutmob. Her blog was selected by Blogger as "Blog of Note" in 2009 and she was named Austin's Blogger of the Year at the Austin Blogger Awards in 2010. Loves Her Gun, a film she co-wrote and co-produced, premiered at SXSW 2013 and won the Louis Black "Lone Star" Award. You can read more from Lauren at Hipstercrite.com

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Hipster Heaven

Are these the next hipster cities in America?

By Lauren Modery

Since 2012, we've compiled an annual list of what we think will be the next hipster cities of America. We specifically leave off the obvious cities such as Brooklyn ...


Austin Goes to Sundance

Meet the 6 Austin films heading to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

By Lauren Modery

Last year was an exciting year for Austin-made films at the Sundance Film Festival. Nine feature films and three shorts were made by Texans, with nine of the twelve being ...


East Austinite Gifts

Our Holiday Gift Guide: What to buy an East Austinite

By Lauren Modery

If you're in need of unique gifts for the creative urbanite in your life (see, I didn't use the word "hipster" there), look no further than East Austin ...


Old-timey Photographs

Austin gets old-timey with Lumiere tintype photographs

By Lauren Modery

There is nothing quite like the haunting and imperfect beauty of tintype photography. The process, which is equal parts skillful magic, mad science and extreme lighting, is still one of ...


Where the Hipsters Are 2013

What are America's next hipster cities?

By Lauren Modery

Last year we created a list of the next hipster cities. The article, which provoked equal parts social media sharing and eye-rolling, claimed that Chattanooga, Tennessee; Detroit, Michigan; Asheville, North ...


New Age of Education

PelotonU provides Austin students with a debt-free pathway to a college degree

By Lauren Modery

What if for your entire life higher education seemed like an unattainable dream, and one day the opportunity to attend college became a completely debt-free reality — would you take it ...


New way to work

Co-working reimagined: A look inside Vuka Co-op's whimsical wonderland

By Lauren Modery

Nestled among the houses of Bouldin Creek lies a titanic 7,000 square-foot warehouse. You may have seen it as you passed through Monroe Street; the broad metal facade is ...


New beginnings

My New Year's resolution is to be fearless with my creativity

By Lauren Modery

Resolutions have never been a priority of mine. In fact, neither have definitive life goals. To quote my favorite Talking Heads song, I've mostly meandered through life with my ...


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10 predictions for Austin in 2013: Gosling sightings, subway systems and more Paul Qui

By Lauren Modery

From F1 to Lance Armstrong, 2012 was an enthralling year for Austin and its inhabitants. With the city growing by leaps and bounds, chances are 2013 will be just as ...


'tis the season

Indie gift guide: Local gifts for your kitschy, hip friends

By Lauren Modery

It is no secret that Austin is bustling with talented and innovative artists and thinkers whose DIY spirit and eye for style continues to raise the city's indie cred ...


technical notes

Roqbot: The crowdsourcing jukebox app that lets you be the DJ of your favorite bar

By Lauren Modery

Ever find yourself sitting at bar with friends when an unfortunate Nickelback or Creed song comes on the stereo, and you wish nothing more than for that song to go ...


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Learn to take a guilt-free vacation: How life without paid time off damages our well-being

By Lauren Modery

It's no secret that America is one of the worst offenders of offering little vacation time. Part of the problem is that American companies are not required by law ...


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10 most hipster-inspired restaurants, food trucks and bars in Austin

By Lauren Modery

Let's face it, hipsters are overtaking Austin. Before you skip to the bottom and begin posting anonymous comments about how hipsters are ruining this town, think about it for ...


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The Eastside cat: Caring for one of Austin's many feral kittens

By Lauren Modery

His eyes look like a universe, a friend said to us. And they do. An ever-changing galaxy of marble blue, green and yellow. Whole oceans could be turning inside his ...


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How I learned to stop and smell the roses

By Lauren Modery

As the plane descended over the familiar lush landscape that is my hometown, several emotions reacquainted themselves with me. Feelings of joy, sadness, fear and optimism alternated dance steps in ...


locally grown

For kids and the kid in every adult: The adorable, locally-made jewelry of Vinca

By Lauren Modery

Nestled in a garage apartment in Central Austin is Vinca, the inspired jewelry company of Amanda Dimova. Vinca concocts plastic, wood, crystal and leather jewelry and decorations for kids and ...


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A personal tale of growing up within a mom-and-pop business

By Lauren Modery

Last week I wrote about the inspiring entrepreneurial spirit of Austin, Texas. Small business is a subject near and dear to me. I grew up in a family-owned and operated ...


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Entrepreneurship in Austin, Texas: Where fulfilling a dream is possible

By Lauren Modery

In the current Wild West days of start-ups and micro-entrepreneurs anything is possible, and there is no place more practicing of that ideology than Austin, Texas. Having lived in Los ...


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Honest tips on how to survive post-graduation

By Lauren Modery

You've graduated. Congratulations! Now — welcome to the jungle. We've got fun and games. Life's not exactly like Axl Rose's "Welcome to the Jungle", but sometimes it ...


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Visiting a former life: When nostalgia plays tricks on you

By Lauren Modery

This week I visited Los Angeles. It was my first extended trip since I walked away from the city of wandering angels. I met up with old friends and revisited ...


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