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opulence the art of luxury

winter 2011

nd e h hig

e c n a i l aprop und-up

finding the perfect




secrets for the holidays

Bordeaux fur dallas unbelieveable

french varietals

the ultimate


& coats

shopping guide

River Place Country Club

Onion Creek Club

River Place Country Club Lantana Golf Club

The Dominion Country Club

Twin Creeks Country Club

Join one of our Clubs and enjoy the benefits of what all five have to offer! Call today to schedule your private tour!



4207 River Place Blvd. Austin, TX 78730 (512) 346-1114

2510 Onion Creek Pkwy Austin, TX 78747 (512) 282-2150

One Dominion Drive San Antonio, TX 7825 (210) 698-3364

3201 Twin Creeks Club Dr. Cedar Park, TX 78613 (512) 331-5900

800 Golf CLub Drive Lantana, TX 76226 (940) 728-4653

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Publisher A n i ta C . R o b e rt s

creative director k e ta n S . pat e l , p u r ec ya n . c o m

a dvertising designers M a ry S u c h i l L arence Broom

Copy Editor

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Writers M a s h e l l Pa r k e r M a l l a ry S n o d g r a s s R i ta C o o k

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Texas V. P. Marketing Downtown 512.539.7746

Downtown Austin

Marketing Director Round Rock 512.964.8950

Austin Research

Corporate Office 823 Congress Ave., Ste. 1400 Austin, Texas 78701 512.482.0851

12301 Research Blvd. Bldg. 4, Ste. 120 Austin, Texas 78759 512.249.0576

North Austin

Round Rock

Telephone. 512 . 380.1611 • Facsimile. 512 . 366.9942



Gwen Johansen

5608 Parkcrest Drive Ste. 150 Austin, Texas 78731 512.302.3892

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get pretty

7 winter BEAUTY TIPS

moisturize, moisturize and moisturize! With the dry winter air, keep skin moisturized with inexpensive option such as coconut oil. It absorbs quickly into the skin and smells amazing.

expert trends & ideas to keep you shimmering all winter

hair extensions Dropping temperatures can mean its time to change your routine, even in warm, sunny Texas. Learning a little about how the weather affects your skin, and tweaking some beauty habits, can make all the difference between a dull winter complexion and glowing radiance.

Add some length with a few pieces or try a wig for fun.


The holidays are the perfect time to experiment with bright shades. Dot on the center of your eyelid and blend out and up into the crease.

Individual False Eyelashes

Add a few at the outer corners for a subtle effect, or layer them for a lusher look.

Bold Lips are Big Instantly change your look. Bright and bold!


eye shadow

Body Powder

Don’t be afraid to use body glitter (sparingly of course.)

Smile big

Take a good look in the mirror and smile. Everyone is attracted to a great smile.

Winter 2011 • 7

shop dallas

dallas shopping guide

Galleria Dallas 13350 Dallas Pkway, Dallas, TX 75240

Highland Park Village

47 Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205

The Galleria Dallas is an


upscale shopping mall and

NorthPark Center 8080 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX NorthPark Center is highend shopping mall located

Grapevine Mills Northwestern Dallas

3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway Grapevine, TX 76051 mall/?id=1248

mixed-use development

Highland Park Village is

at the intersection of Loop

in north Dallas. The mall

an upscale mall located

12 (Northwest Highway)

Grapevine Mills is a large

features an ice skating rink

at the southwest corner

and US 75 (North Central

shopping mall located

and a glass vaulted ceiling

of Mockingbird Lane and

Expressway). The center

in Grapevine. The mall

that is modeled after the

Preston Road in Highland

has over 235 stores and

currently totals over

historic Galleria Vittorio

Park. It was the first self-

restaurants. NorthPark

1,600,000 square feet

Emanuele II in Milan, Italy.

contained shopping center

is the first shopping

in size. The mall also

With over 200 stores and

in America. The Highland

center featured on Vogue

includes a Bass Pro Shop,

restaurants including The

Park Village was declared

Magazine. It has annual

although not connected

Westin Galleria Hotel.

a National Historic

sales of more than $1

physically. The mall


features over 200 retailers,

Landmark in 2000.

Allen Premium Outlets 820 West Stacy Road Allen, TX 75013 ALLEN Allen Premium Outlets is a great place to shop. Located in Allen, just north of Dallas. No matter what your style or budget is, Allen Premium Outlets has something for everyone.

as well as a variety of theme restaurants, casual dining and cutting-edge entertainment venues.



- We’re All About Austin

Winter 2011 • 9

you’ve reached your final


be jeweled

Finding the perfect rock Does the thought of purchasing a diamond ring overwhelm you? Don’t think you know enough about certificates, inclusions, grading scales, and colors? Or do you know the basics, but need a refresher course? A good understanding of diamonds is necessary before you begin shopping. Here’s an overview of the basics -- the allimportant “Four Cs!”

Learn the 4 c’s Cut




Don’t confuse “cut” with

Most diamonds contain

Colorless diamonds are the

Size does matter. It is not,

“shape” (such as round,

some inner flaws, or

most desirable since they

however, a measure of

emerald, or pear shape).

inclusions, that occur

allow the most refraction

your love. A carat is the

Cut refers to the diamond’s

during the formation

of light (sparkle). Off white

unit of weight by which

reflective qualities. A good

process. The visibility,

diamonds absorb light,

a diamond is measured.

cut adds brilliance, which

number and size of these

inhibiting brilliance.

Because large diamonds

welcome home

is that brightness that

inclusions determine

NOTE: Fancy color

are found less commonly

seems to come from the

what is called the clarity

diamonds do not follow

than small diamonds, the

very heart of a diamond.

of a diamond. Diamonds

this rule. These rare and

price of a diamond rises

design and superior craftsmanship in the most desirable neighborhoods.

The angles and finish of

that are clear create more

expensive diamonds, can

exponentially to its size.

any diamond are what

brilliance, and thus are

be any color from blue

Also keep in mind that

With home prices ranging from the mid $100,000s to more than $1

determine its ability to

more highly prized, and

to green to bright yellow.

differences in size are

handle light, which leads to


They are actually more

clearly visible ... even to the

valuable for their color.

untrained eye.

that brilliance.

Taylor Morrison is committed to building homes with extraordinary

million, each home we build reflects our commitment to quality and innovation. Step into your dream home with Taylor Morrison.

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be envied viking 48” custom sealed burner Rangetop - vgrt Custon Series

high end appliance round up

$3,899.00 Equipped with 15,000 BTU Pro sealed burner system ­and an 18,500 BTU TruPower Plus™ burner on select models ­custom gas rangetops deliver the ultimate in performance. The VariSimmer™ setting and SureSpark™ Ignition System ensure perfect temperature control even at

6 of the very best cutting-edge home appliances, sure to turn heads

the most delicate settings. Exclusive stainless steel knobs and included island trim add a subtle dash of style to any kitchen.

sub-zero pr0 48 Refrigerator with glass door

$15,540 Born of 100% steel (and a good bit of bravado), the Sub-Zero PRO 48 with Glass Door Refrigerator/ Freezer is a true masterpiece of preservation. Its glass door, sculpted metal, dual refrigerator with three evaporators and advanced controls marry performance and design in a bold new way for home refrigeration.

Kitchenaid Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer Professional 600™ Series

$569.99 Equipped with a high-performance, professionallevel motor, the Professional 600™ Series mixer can effectively mix up to 14 cups of all-purpose flour per batch. Powerfully churns through yeast

Samsung wi-fi equipped Front-Load washer 4.5 cu. ft. King-size Capacity, Touch Screen LCD Front-Load Washer

Samsung wi-fi equipped Front-Load Dryer 7.5 cu. ft. King-size Capacity, Electric Touch Screen LCD Front-Load Dryer



Control and Monitor the Washer from Your

Control and Monitor the Dryer from Your

bread dough and triple batches of cookie dough.

vinotemp 36 Wine & Beverage Cooler


Smartphone with Smart Control.

Smartphone with Smart Control.

SpeedSpray™ Helps Save Up to 90 Minutes on

A Faster, Easier Way to Control Dryer Functions

Your Average Week-load of Laundry.

using an 8” Touch Screen LCD.

Vinotemp’s Wine and Beverage Cooler. Between two

Thoroughly Washes Even Big Loads with

Helps Freshen Clothes and Remove Wrinkles with

individual temperature-controlled compartments, up


Steam Dry.

to 19 bottles of wine and up to 58 12 oz cans can be

8” Touch Screen LCD - A Faster, Easier Way to

Convenient, Instant Troubleshooting for your

stored. Each compartment features its own touch

Control Washer Functions.

Dryer with Smart Care.

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Store all your drinks in one compact unit with

screen control and digital readout.

Winter 2011 • 15


sip well


Everybody has a bank,

top 5 Bordeaux beatdown

but not everybody has a banker

5 of the best red wines to come out of frances largest wine growing region just in time for the holidays.

Our Lending Features Include:

A Bordeaux is any wine produced in the Bordeaux region of France, with a total vineyard area of over 120,000 hectares, making it the largest wine growing area in France. 89% of wine produced in Bordeaux is red. Bordeaux wine is made by more than 8,500 producers or châteaux. Here are 5 of the best Bordeauxs available from online retailers and your large specialty wine shops, sure to impress your guests this holiday season.

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Your money supply can come from one dependable source. We handle both construction and mortgage loans.

Our loan committee is under one roof and is comprised of experienced professionals in construction and mortgage lending that meet when you need them to, not at their convenience.

All of this funding can cost substantially less if you do both the interim and mortgage loan with us. We originate the loan so closing costs are often less and both closings can be handled with one application.

Denny W. Buchanan President & CEO 2006





Château Puy-Blanquet

Château Malbat

Château Fombrauge

Château de Chantegrive

Château la Louviere

This French wine blend comes from the St. Emilion appellation in the Bordeaux region, and retails between $24 and $28 per bottle. It has a light, almost citrus flavor with hints of honey and earth, and is primarily comprised of Merlot.

This is one of the most drinkable French wine options on the market, with soft tannins and the aromas of black and red fruits. It costs anywhere depending on the vendor, and this Bordeaux wine is best served right away.

This French wine is a more sophisticated offering from the St. Emilion Bordeaux region, and carries a heavier price tag at $28 per bottle. It has a rustic, almost earthy flavor with red fruits and caramel thrown in. Great for your next dinner party!

A rich and acidic Bordeaux wine, this is the perfect choice. Costing only $19 per bottle, this is an excellent choice for the casual drinker who enjoys high flavor with beef and other red meat dishes. This particular vintage is a sweet and robust choice.

From the left bank, Château la Louviere is sweet and powerful with a very intense finish. It is one of the few affordable Bordeaux wine options that can retain its flavor and nose through several years of cellaring, and is definitely a bargain at $39.






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Winter 2011 • 17

in style

Christian Louboutin Toundra Fur Boot


winter fur trends

Furry boots Louboutin style—complete with the signature red sole. Two leather belts strap in pieced natural coyote (Canada) fur covering with light golden hardware and a round toe, 5” covered heel and 1 1/2” platform. AVAILABLE AT

This season fur is all in the accessories. layer it on with to-die-for shoes and trendy coats to keep warm and trendy! Adrienne Landau Knitted Rabbit Fur Coat

$695.00 Three-quarter sleeves visually lighten the look of this Adrienne Landau rabbit fur coat. Wear it open over jeans for a casual feel, or try styling it with an embellished cocktail dress. Made of genuine knitted dyed rabbit sections from China. AVAILABLE AT

Manolo Blahnik Oklamod Fur-Trim Bootie

$1175.00 A sleek stiletto heel, fur trim, and pointed toe lend aristocratic airs to this slightly sporty laceup bootie by Manolo Blahnik. Made of natural rabbit (imported from France). Trims top of ankle-high shaft with a lace-up front. Complete with a 4 1/4” stacked heel. AVAILABLE AT

kate spade new york Allie Colorblock Coat

$898.00 Plush faux fur creates a colorblock effect on this bright, mod-inspired kate spade new york look. Faux fur (polyester) on collar and hem. A toggle front and long sleeves with button-tab cuffs and front vertical welt pockets. AVAILABLE AT

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Zoltan David’s Treasure Trove

KNIGHT DREAMS GYPSY BRACELET with Tsavorites & Spessartites Garnets, Pink & Blue Sapphires $5,400.00

COMPASS STAR PENDANT Palladium and 18K Gold with 22K Gold Inlay. Center, Ideal cut Diamonds and Paraiba Tourmalines. $7,800.00

KNIGHT DREAMS LADIES GREEN QUARTZ RING 22K & 18K gold inlay & 22K gold insleeve, Ideal cut Diamonds $3,800.00

Our Very Best, Reserved for You Established in 1980,

LADIES 3 KNIGHT DREAMS BANDS with Pure Platinum Inlay or Pure Gold (24K) Inlay. Lavander Sapphires, Rubies or Ideal cut Diamonds $2,400.00 – $3,200.00

this boutique luxury brand has become synonymous with the fine art of jewelry. Sir Zoltan David has dedicated his talent and skills to create a style of jewelry that is internationally renowned for its originality, beauty and craftsmanship. The collection is created with the highest quality gemstones, diamonds and precious metals; the result of which are works of art to be worn and enjoyed by con-


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noisseurs and jewelry collectors around the world. The collection is one of a kind or limited edition designs that embody the principles of status, prestige and elegant individual style. Easily recognized by its iconic patented metal ornamentation, the Zoltan David brand is not a large manufacturing endeavor designed for mass consumption, but created for the elite few who wish to own a rare and collectible piece of jewelry art.

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SOLEIL (So-LAY) means ‘sun’ in French. In Austin, it is lakeside dining like no other!

High above Lake Travis, enjoy New American cuisine in an upscale casual atmosphere. Inside or out, relax & enjoy spectacular sunsets, Soleil’s Azure Seafood Bar, easy listening live music, and let us serve you. 6550 Comanche Trail at The OASIS • Austin 78732 22 •


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