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id you know that February 15th is Do a Grouch a Favor Day? Kind of interesting that day follows Valentine’s Day … which makes me wonder: Why so many grouches? Hmmm. I can think of two reasons: A) Maybe the wives are grouchy because they got lingerie for Valentine’s Day when they really wanted a massage at Woodhouse Day Spa … alone. B) Or perhaps it’s the husbands that are grouchy because they got a Valentine’s dinner of pizza (with the family), followed by a lengthy round of grade school homework and a tired, little wifey that fell fast asleep in her flannel pajamas? In my very unscientific study, I vote ‘B’ – for the husbands. Why? Because I’ve written a book called Uncovered and in writing it, I discovered a lot about men. I’ve been married over 25 years and we talk, so I thought I knew it all. That is, until I looked at research about the way men think. Stunning. And then to top it off, I interviewed a dozen married men and asked them detailed questions about love, life, marriage and sex. I’ve included an excerpt: For lunch, would you prefer a really good cheeseburger or a rendezvous

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in bed with your wife? John: You’re joking, right? Jack: I am surprised you thought a silly cheeseburger might stand up to a nooner. Not even in the same universe. Carson: A cheeseburger, served in bed, with my wife is optimal. Okay . . . silly answer to a silly question. If my wife offered me a rendezvous where I didn’t have to play games with wondering whether she was going to be open to the idea or not, I’d take that in a minute. If it is the burger versus the having to play the right part, walking on eggshells, wondering if she has changed the mating ritual this week and whether I will have the right ritual to impress the female, I’d rather have the burger. At least then I know where I stand. How much time elapses, during a typical day, between your thoughts about sex? Chad: If I said “once a day,” then I would be lying. So let’s just agree – guys are wired differently, and any number of things can trigger a thought about sex during the day. I haven’t tried counting and figure that would just be depressing. So I will hedge and say three – morning and night when I am in bed with my wife and when she gets out of the bath (I

figure we are pretty close to naked at that point anyway). Jack: Have you ever tried to study with the radio on? Thinking about sex is kind of like good music continuously playing in the background . . . it’s always on, so you just learn to work around it. Interesting, huh? As wives, it’s our job to try and understand how our husbands think. Because it’s in understanding how they think – and taking some creative action – that’s bound to keep us from having a grouchy husband in the house.

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Step 2: Decorate your beehive. Set the scene with pink-and-black party decorations – of course, you’ll be off to a flying start if you use the party-printable collection featured here. In addition, transform some pink helium-filled balloons into buzzing bees by using a black marker to add stripes and a cute smile. Alternatively, you could hang pink-and-black paper pompoms around the party venue, or, as featured here, some darling, wooly bumblebees hung with fishing wire (see sidebar, “Fuzzy Buzzy Bees” for tutorial). The beehive centerpiece featured on p. 26 is made from pink “honeycomb” scrapbook paper and black cardstock, cut into a beehive shape and mounted on Styrofoam blocks. We used floral wire, curled to resemble antennae, to attach the bumblebees to the beehive. Step 3: Serve up some bee-dazzling treats. Use pink-and-black stripes as the inspiration for the food you serve at the party. The pinkand-black parfaits featured here are so simple to make and taste great – just layer strawberry yogurt and crushed Oreos in a parfait glass, top with whipped cream and serve. Make bee cupcakes by topping your cupcakes with strawberry frosting, then layer crushed Oreo crumbs in horizontal stripes across the top of the cupcake. Pipe some chocolate wings and antennae onto parchment paper and use them to embellish the cupcakes, along with candies or chocolate chips for the eyes and nose. Make bee marshmallow pops by dipping both ends of some strawberry marshmallows in melted chocolate and chocolate sprinkles and, again, add chocolate wings. Serve up more Oreos and pink marshmallows, à la carte. Pink lemonade goes great with these treats! Step 4: Entertain with some bee-guiling games. Honey-coat some classic party games and keep your little guests entertained. Pin the Stinger on the Bee: Draw a large pink and black bumblebee on poster board. Cut stingers out of black construction paper and put double-sided tape on the back of each stinger. At the party, blindfold the children, in turn, and get them to stick their stinger on the bee. The closest to the correct location, wins. “Bee” Bag Toss: Purchase inexpensive beanbags, or fill pink socks with rice and beans, and decorate them with black felt strips and pipe cleaner antennae so that they resemble bees. Create a large “honey pot” with a bucket or plant pot and have the children take turns to toss their bees into the honey pot. Bug, Bug, Bumblebee: Play a bee-themed version of “Duck, Duck, Goose” by using the words “Bug, Bug, Bumblebee” instead. Step 5: More honey to-go. At the party, have the children make bee antennae to wear at the party (instead of party hats), using black headbands, pink pipe cleaners and black wooly pompoms from your local craft store. The bee antennae also make great party favors for the children to take home. You could also offer up some “honey jars” filled with pink hard candy, as shown here. For more party styling ideas and for party planning and consulting in the Central Texas area, contact Smita Bhakta at

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Fuzzy Buzzy Bees:

Formerly Known as Vanity Rocks

To make one Fuzzy Buzzy Bee, make three pink pompoms and two black pompoms, using the following method: (1) wrap the yarn around the palm of your hand numerous times; (2) remove the yarn from your hand and tie the bundle of yarn around the middle using more yarn; (3) cut the loops on each end of the bundle with scissors, then fluff. Thread the center of the pink-and-black pompoms, using needle and thread, in alternating colors, to create the body of the bumblebee. Attach googly eyes (from your local craft store) and wings cut from cardstock, using hot glue. Use the bees to decorate your dessert table or hang them around the party venue using fishing wire. MORE INFO Smita Bhakta The Party Wall

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Relational Etiquette Top Five Rules to b y Relational Success


J a n G o s s

t’s February. Chocolate sales soar, Cupid shoots his arrows and heart-shaped valentines are passed to giggling young girls. You may find yourself reminiscing of simple days when

love seemed less demanding and trouble-free. Relationships can be … well, shall we just say ... complicated. They can be complex for a variety of reasons, but nothing complicates our relationships more than the ambiguity of personal rules and boundaries. Clarity brings prosperity in every arena, including relationships. Have you ever thought about what unspoken rules you live by – and require of others – both in personal and professional relationships? We all have them. We all need them. Healthy relationships require rules and boundaries that are understood and agreed upon by both parties. Could you imagine driving on a street where everyone drives by his or her own set of rules? Our relational streets need rules and boundaries as well, or people and relationships crash. Rules give us clarity. Boundaries keep us on track. We penalize ourselves, and sometimes the whole “team,” when we don’t follow the guidelines. Just ask the NFL. Fortunately, there are rules of etiquette that can help us play the relational game without getting benched or kicked off the field! The good news is that experts agree on the basic rules for civility in relationships. Here are the top five relational etiquette guidelines to ensure that you win in your relationships:

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Be Others Oriented. The first rule of eti-

people will treat you accordingly. Women

Have Fun! Do not be afraid to lighten-up

quette is this: It is not about you; it is about the

who show too much skin in the office should

and laugh at yourself. This puts people at

way the other person feels in your presence.

not be offended when people react to their

ease and shows them you have a sense of

Stay aware of the person on the other side of

dress. From the boardroom to social events,

humor. Laughter is good medicine. It light-

the relationship. What is going on in their

find out the rules concerning attire and fol-

ens the atmosphere. Be sure you use appro-

world? Be kind. Keep compliments alive even

low them. This keeps you and others from

priate comedy – never anything hurtful,

in your long-term relationships at home and on

embarrassing moments.

condescending or off-color. People love to be

the job. Remember the good things that built

around others who are joyful. Having fun is

the relationship and keep doing them. Don’t

Keep Electronic Communication

slack off and take that person for granted. Ac-

Respectful. Please treat online contacts

knowledge their contribution. Be attentive.

(through social media and electronic devic-

We can all agree that we have a relation-

fundamental to a good relationship.

es) and relationships over the phone with the

ship or two that could use a little polishing

Don’t Compare. Each individual is dif-

same respect you would show in person.

this year. If you don’t have one now, you will.

ferent. No two people will ever be exactly

The individual on the other end of an email,

It is part of our human experience. Clearly

the same. Relational dynamics are not

text or phone call is no less of a person than

communicating and following these top five

equal. Comparison is a relationship killer. It

someone you encounter face- to-face.

etiquette rules will unquestionably produce

can be very discourteous. The victim of

Never send anything you type when you

the relational success you desire. And, who

comparison either ends up on the bottom

are angry or upset. Do not say anything elec-

knows? Cupid may have a surprise to shoot

end of the equation or perched high on a

tronically that you would not be willing to

your way.

precarious pedestal. Be grateful for what

see on the front page of the paper. (Because

this person brings to the relationship and

it may end up there!)

be gracious in areas where they fall short.

This rule of respect applies in social set-

Appreciate people for who they are. Resist

tings as well. When communicating elec-

the temptation to compare!

tronically, please excuse yourself and keep it

MORE INFO Jan Goss, Civility Consulting Professional Etiquette Consultant

private. The whole room does not want to Dress Appropriately. You would not

hear your phone call, nor does your company

think of wearing your bathing suit to the

deserve to be ignored while you answer a

opera, or a formal gown to a backyard bar-

text. If you have an emergency, excuse your-

becue. Wear appropriate clothing for the

self; if it is not an emergency, wait! Poor elec-

occasion, whether on a date or in the office.

tronic communication skills can create hav-

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look by cabi

Spring Fashion Preview

1. Nautical –

look by per se

Sailor-style pants,

2. Power Dress – Instead of that

striped tees and sweaters and hues of

fail-proof suit you have in your closet,

navy are a wonderful spring staple.

opt for a power sheath instead. This

Whatever your style or budget, there

season’s hottest business look is

are stripes for you wherever you shop.

straight from the ‘60s. Add a jacket or a sweater to polish the look.

In-home shopping companies show you what to wear this season. b y K at y M c I n to s h


Abi, Carlisle/Per Se and Etcetera have been leaders in the home-shopping or direct-sales

industry for years. Their designers know

look by carlisle

look by etcetera

how to take the best of runway looks and make them wearable for busy wom-

3. Military – Military-inspired looks

4. Return of the Ladylike –

en. AW got a sneak peek at each com-

crept onto runways last fall and seem

Menswear is not the way to go this

pany’s spring collection and compiled

to be here to stay. Structured jackets,

spring. Ladylike dresses and skirts in

them into 10 trends you should know.

trenches and anything olive will look

feminine silhouettes and delicate pat-

Top Ten Spring 2011 Trends :

great on any shape.

terns ruled the runway and will rule your closet.

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5. Minimalism – This spring, a little

7. White – Give your LBD a rest this

9. Seventies - Think Charlie’s Angels

goes a long way. Simple silhouettes and

spring in favor of a LWD. White dresses,

with loose-fitting silk shirts and flared trou-

clean lines will add timeless pieces to your

pants and jackets give your closet the ulti-

sers. Try Farrah Fawcett without the wings.


mate refresh. White goes with everything

jacket or a sweater to polish the look.

6. Neutrals and Nudes – Spring is

10. You Wear the Pants – Whatever

and is surprisingly flattering.

filled with the palest of palettes. Barely-there

8. Bold Color Accents – Nothing

your shape/style, find your perfect pant. Ciga-

colors in hints of pink, beige, gray and brown

says spring like vivid pops of color. Try com-

rette, wide-leg, Capri or slouchy, pants will be

bring just the right amount of airy blush.

bining your sailor tee with a bright scarf or

the staple on which you build your wardrobe.

skirt with a touch of neon in the pattern.

Company Comparisons


Carlisle/Per Se: Company: The Connaught Group

Company: The Connaught Group

ed to a CAbi party, or contacted by representa-

Sizes: 0-to-size-18, x-small to xx-large

Sizes: 0-to-size-18, x-small to xx-large

tives from Carlisle or Etcetera. You may have

Price Range: $295 to $695

Price Range: $125 to $495

wondered who they are and how they work.

Business Model: Representatives have a

Business Model: Representatives have a

AW compares the similarities and differences

base of clients. When the next collection

base of clients. When the next collection

so you understand this growing industry.

comes in, they send out invitations and their

comes in, they send invitations and their cli-

clients make appointments. They receive a

ents make appointments. They receive a flat


flat commission. Patti Obenhaus, Austin’s


You and your friends may have been invit-

Company: CAbi (Carol Anderson by invitation)

top salesperson for Carlisle/Per Se, has

Why women love it: Susie Hunter is

Sizes: 0-16, x-small to x-large

been with the company for 23 years and

the top Etcetera salesperson in Austin.

Price Range: $29 - $168

also sits on the editing board for these lines.

She has been working with the company

Business Model: Consultants get women to

“This started out as something fun and

since it started, and sits on the review

host parties. Women can shop and view collec-

turned into a career,” she said. “I love to help

board, which gives advice and ideas to

tions at these parties. The consultants work on

people shop.”

Etcetera designers. “We take trends and

a tiered commission structure, and the host-

Why women love it: “Investment dress-

make them wearable for busy women,”

esses get a discount for hosting a party.

ing includes building wardrobe columns or

Hunter said. “Our clothes wardrobe very

Why women love it: “I think it is a fun

groupings of clothes that can be mixed and

easily.” Hunter loves working in what she

way to shop with my girlfriends and get

matched and worn together effortlessly,”

calls ‘the trunk show revolution.’ The rea-

opinions without carving out time to go to

Obenhaus said. “The columns are based on a

son for this success, she says, is our sched-

the mall,” says one Austin woman who has

color scheme with styles and great fabrics

ules. “We are busier,” Hunter said. “We

hosted several parties. “I get my wardrobe

that work well together. Once you’ve built

don’t have time to shop.”

and a girl’s night in one!”

the foundation for this column, you can ex-

“The clothes are classic without being bor-

pand it with statement pieces – like jackets,

ing. I have items from five years ago that still

tops, skirts, and pants – that keep the col-

mix in well with my current wardrobe.”

umn versatile and fresh.”

Contact Info

Carlisle/ Per Se


Each of these companies has representation

Patti Obenhaus | 512.327.9654

Susie Hunter | 512.633.1280

in Austin. If you are interested in the com-

Carlisle Collection and Per Se Collection

Etcetera |

pany, here’s a way to get more info: |

Women can make an appointment to see the



Etcetera clothing line by reaching out to Su-


512.327.9654 to make an appointment or

sie Hunter directly at 512.633.1280 or reach

To learn more about CAbi or get connected with

reach Carlisle's Area Development Manager

Etcetera's Area Development Manager Jayne

a consultant in your area, visit

Vicki Norwood at 281.491.7178.

Richardson at 512.329.9545.





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home décor

Lovely Design Tips

b y k at e s ta f f o r d

hearts hanging: By using the elegance of nature you can have a happy heart tree by gathering a couple of twigs from your yard and hanging heart ornaments or even cut out hearts from the branches or leaves. You can use this for a unique centerpiece.

saying i love you: Create a banner for your wall or window that says “I love you” written out on different pages. Pick up letter stamps from a craft store to spell it out and you will have a sweet message greeting you in your home.

sugar sugar: I love making people cookies and they are also a way to add a touch of color to your kitchen. Sugar cookies with pink or white icing add that extra something and keep people’s tummies happy.

jars and jars: In tune with the sweetness of cookies there is something special about displaying your baking ingredients. What about a line of jars filled with sprinkles or candy hearts?

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These sweetly simple ideas will bring valentine’s day to your home in a tasteful and elegant fashion. wrapped in ribbon: A clever way to transform your bookshelf is to take a few old books and wrap them up with ribbon. Displaying what you already have with a seasonal twist has a timeless effect and is easy to clean-up after the holiday is over.

vintage collage: Finding old pictures and letters from family members is such a special way to celebrate Valentine’s. Arrange old photos or love letters on your coffee table or put them on your fridge to remind you of the different love stories in your family.

all dressed up: There is something elegant about the perfect pair of heels sitting on the chair in your bedroom waiting to be worn. Why not set them on a pretty brown box on your dresser or in a chair by the door? This can also add elegance to any nook.

mirror love notes: A lipstick love note on a small mirror can add a whimsical air of romance to a small entryway or side table – an inexpensive décor piece that can be easily cleaned up after the holiday as well. XOXO!

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he legendary French luxury house, Hermès, presented a Paris Spring Fashion Show that even the most grizzled Texas redneck could stomach. Maybe even enjoy. Hermès began as a Paris saddle shop in 1837. Now it sells many luxury products, including ready-towear clothing, leather goods, silks, jewelry and home goods.





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In 2009, the luxury brand sold a scarf every 20 seconds. Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and the Kardashians flaunt Hermès’ famous Birkin bag. There is a six-year wait for a mortal to snag a Birkin. The company recently reported a 55% first-half net profit with sales soaring 45% in Asia and 26% in the United States. Yet, Hermès Spring Paris Fashion Show honored its humble beginnings as a saddlemaker. The first clue was the wood chip mulch. Who knew that the French put mulch on the floor for their fashion shows? Male fashionistas patiently raked the runway. An hour passed. Still no fashion show; still no models. Perfectly-groomed waiters distributed champagne from silver trays, which only fueled the impatient crowd. The rowdy French paparazzi whistled and hooted for the show to begin, like rednecks if the bullriding starts an hour late. But when the curtain finally opened, everyone from Janet Jackson to Matisse’s granddaughter gasped, leapt to their feet and applauded. Eight riders cantered their Arabian horses around a white ring under crystal chandeliers at the end of the runway. The horses bowed to the crowd.

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The long-legged models strode down the mulch like lightning in gorgeous equestrian wear. Each one looked as if she had just hopped off a horse. Many carried riding crops. All had flat-topped riding hats like those worn by Stevie Ray Vaughan or Argentinian cowboys. There were jodhpurs, riding boots, short bolero jackets, waistcoats and long dusters. Unlike much of current fashion, all of these clothes were wearable rather than a crazy designer’s impractical fantasy. Every model sported Hermès’ specialty: rich supple leather as pants, vest, jacket or belt tied around a model’s neck and crisscrossing her body. The tones were black, mahogany, rust and tan, with a random shot of green, red or Hermès trademark orange. All the while, the beautiful dressage horses pranced and bowed a synchronized dance in the ring at the end of the runway. The fashion critics loved the show and the clothes. The day was, however, bittersweet. It was the last Hermès show for Jean Paul Gaultier, who had served as Hermès’ designer for seven years. Gaultier burst on the international fashion scene in the early 1990s as the French fashion bad boy. He designed Madonna’s pointy bra for her 1990 Blonde Ambition world tour and

dared to design kilts for men. Gaultier became Hermès’ designer in 2004 and brought an edge to the traditional design house while respecting its history, a formula that spelled success. He ended his reign at Hermès the way he had begun it seven years before in his first fashion show. Gaultier shone the spotlight on Hermès’ heritage as a saddlemaker. There was no drama to Gaultier’s departure. Designers in fashion houses come and go. He left while on top with a spectacular finish. Gallantly, Gaultier described his time with Hermès as a love story, but, “like all love stories,” he said, “it has an end.” MORE INFO hermè

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Ask LOIS Online Dating Dos and Don’ts Editor’s Note: This month, we are pleased to welcome “Austin’s relationship guru” Lois Goodman and her “Ask Lois” column to AW. We believe her practical, no-holds-barred approach to love and relationships will be as valuable to our readers as it has been to so many of her clients. A little background: Lois is an intuitive consultant and teacher who began her work in 1990, practicing on everyone and anyone she could find. When a complete stranger offered her money for her services in 1994 (word was out!), she began her professional career. In 1995, she started teaching intuition and relationship classes. Although Lois provides often painfully truthful insights, she generally delivers the information with love, compassion and deep understanding. Her educational background is in business, so she is known for her ability to get to the heart of the matter and focus on details where necessary. She is exceptionally skilled in relationship matters as she has had many different kinds of relationships for many years before finally meeting the love of her life in 2002. Although not a licensed therapist, we believe Lois brings a lighthearted and practical approach to the perils, pitfalls and excitement of love.

Q: What guidance can you of-

my decade, let alone ones who

fer someone who wants to be

would entertain spending time

Men are at sporting events. If you aren’t

married but can’t seem to even

with me. What am I missing? I

interested in sports, this isn’t an ideal op-

get a date? I’m 54 and haven’t

would like to be married.

tion because you certainly will lose them on

find them that I notice when I do.

been on a date in 15 years.

A: This is a problem for everyone. I see it

game night! I have also seen them at

Friends say I’m attractive, in-

all the time in my practice. As you de-

Threadgill’s (“home-cookin”) and at nicer

telligent and fun, but it has

scribed, it is almost impossible to meet sin-

restaurant/bars, like Ruth’s Chris

been near impossible to even

gle men out in the world. I pay close atten-

Steakhouse. It might be possible to

find single, eligible men near

tion to where men “gather.” It is so hard to


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Don’t put yourself in the position of being in someone else’s reject pile by having a lackluster profile. If you have a sense of humor, show it.

depending on your interests. The good

important than giving

thing about meet-ups is that you share a

them an in-depth look

common interest.

at your being. Finding

Overall, finding older, single men out in

out about mutual inter-

the real world seems next to impossible, so

ests can be a topic of

you will have to meet them where they

conversation at the first coffee. After being

7. Don’t be desperate. Men can

hang out the most, in front of their comput-

online for a while, you will start rejecting

spot desperation across a crowded room

ers. Yes, I know, here is the news nobody in

the men with profiles that lack personality.

and will run in the other direction. Remem-

their 50s wants to hear: You have to go on-

Don’t put yourself in the position of being in

ber, you are not desperate. There really are

line. I’m sure that the simple thought of do-

someone else’s reject pile by having a lack-

“plenty of fish.”

ing such a thing pains you in a thousand

luster profile. If you have a sense of humor,

ways, but if you want to meet someone who

show it. Everyone responds to someone that

fence, give the guy a chance. No-

has been around in the same decades, this

makes them laugh.

body is “who they really are” on the first


If you’re sitting on the

is the best option. You can’t get married if

3. try to ignore the picture.

date and you probably aren’t either. After

you don’t meet men, and the chances of you

Rarely does anyone look like what they post

all, meeting someone new is like sitting

marrying the first one you meet is probably

and in the end, most people never end up

through a job interview. Making it light and

not going to happen.

with someone that matches the “dream” cre-

being present (instead of planning the wed-

I teach an entire course on how to online

ated in their state of imagination. Too many

ding) will score you some points.

date but for now, I have a few simple sug-

other factors are at play and they are way


more important than “the look.”

9. Don’t dwell on the success of the meeting. Move on and move for-

1. Pick a free service where

4. Don’t wait around for the

ward. Meeting “Mr. Right” is in the numbers.

there are many men to choose

guys to find your profile. Contact

You might have to meet a multitude of men

from. or

anyone that you are drawn to. The old rules

to find “him.” All the effort will be well worth

are good places to start, but there are oth-

you had about who contacts whom are gone.

it when you say the “I dos.”

ers. Plenty of Fish is one of the largest but I

5. No phone calls, no extend-

have heard many success stories due to the

ed e-mails. Meet for a cup of coffee near

You can do this and with the right attitude, it

matching system on OKCUPID. Here is a list

your home right away. You both will know

can be fun. There are success stories all over

of a few more of the top free sites: dating.

within minutes if there is any “chemistry.”

the place. I’m looking forward to hearing yours.


Be interesting and inter-

line.htm. There are also online dating sites

ested. Even if you know he isn’t “it,” learn

where you can pay, but with so many free

something new you didn’t know and im-

choices, I see no reason to pay.

press the next guy with your newfound

2. put who you are in your profile. What you are interested in is far less

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My husband is neither rich, nor the romantic type, nor a very skilled cook, so what’s a girl to do, right? Well, we have come up with a really fun way to cook nice dinners together, which is something romantic you can do any night of the week, on a shoestring budget. Here are some of my tips to make this evening something you and your sweetie will certainly enjoy: Plan a menu. If he is into helping with input, plan it together! Otherwise, secretly plot to make some of his – or your – favorite dishes. Make a list and shop carefully for all your ingredients to avoid the last minute “oh no, I forgot the carrots!” That’s a big buzz-killer. Go to your favorite wine retailer and ask for help picking wines to pair with your dinner (see Uncorked for more info). A good bit of advice from one of our experts: “If you’re one of those folks that’s been saving that special bottle for that special night, well … break it open!”

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If it’s a vintage red, decant it ahead of time, at least an hour or so. That way it will have aired and opened-up, and will be ready to drink. If he’s not really into cooking, put him to work anyway. My husband’s jobs include assistant, dishwasher, bartender and DJ. He plays music we like and keeps our glasses full while I do the chopping and cooking. He is also in charge of the appetizers: I buy ready-made things like cheese and crackers, dips, olives and such, and he serves them on the kitchen island for us to nibble on while we work. Enjoy a glass of bubbly together while you prep. Advice from the experts: “Good Champagne is often wasted on large groups, but when you are just a twosome, you can pour it as an elixir. There are many delicious Champagnes all around town, at all price points.” If your sweetie is of the barman persuasion, maybe he can make you guys a special cocktail!

Set a pretty table. Get the fancy dinnerware out, that’s what it’s for anyway! Use the good wine glasses, for sure and cloth napkins. Add candles and fresh flowers or a nice centerpiece. Have fun cooking. Even if you are not a professional, doing it with love will make all the difference. Savor your dinner. Whether you go all out or keep it really simple, sharing a meal is a bonding, sensual experience. Have a good conversation and laugh a lot. My husband always earns extra points for making me laugh. Laughing wakes up the endorphins, you know? Have a light dessert, like chocolates and fresh fruit. So you don’t go into a food coma with something too heavy and rich. Or, as our expert suggests: “Have a dessert wine, like the Chambers or Campbell’s from Rutherglen, Australia, to get those lips pucker-prepared.” Grrrrr!






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on the cover

Firing On All Cylinders by Julie Tereshchuk

Lisa Copeland General Manager, FIAT Austin

Photography by Eric Doggett Studios makeup by Jenny Lin - Hair by margot chang - visible changes at Lakeline mall ( location: Lisa Copeland’s Ranchette home + Nyle Maxwell superstore 54  austinwoman f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 1

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Getting women as excited about buying cars as they are about any other purchase could be an economic stimulus in its own right. “They buy cars at half the rate that men do, even though they influence 85% of the buying process.

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She was 22 years old, a fashion major living on Top Ramen and working at the mall. Then, one day, she rear-ended some guy’s car. Trouble was, as the insurance company pointed out when she called to make a claim,

jeopardizes the future of car buying. It’s the same story for women – as she well knows.

she’d not been paying her insurance. Turns

For three years, beginning in 2007,

out, although her dad had been sending her

Copeland traveled the country, drawing on

the money, she’d been spending it on her

her well-honed sales skills and years of

passion – clothes – and not dreary auto in-

management expertise to train dealers, in-

surance. Too scared to tell Dad, she asked a

dustry executives and manufacturers on

friend what to do. “Come sell cars,” said

what she calls, “selling authentically to

James Copeland. “I don’t do cars, I sell skirts,”

women.” One of her consulting clients was

argued Lisa Colegrove. Until she realized

her old boss, Nyle Maxwell, who hired her

she had no other options. So, she got a job at

back, in June 2010. As general sales man-

Jim Johnson Chevrolet in Dallas, one of only

ager for the Nyle Maxwell Family of Deal-

two women among 98 sales guys. Fast-for-

erships, she was instrumental in launching

ward 23 years: James and Lisa have been

the website, Get-

married 22 years; and she’s poised to revolu-

ting women as excited about buying cars

tionize the car industry. Revolutionize? Yes

as they are about any other purchase could

– that’s exactly what this passionate, people-

be an economic stimulus in its own right.

loving, 45-year-old plans to do as she launch-

“They buy cars at half the rate that men do,

es FIAT’s new dealership in Austin – the first

even though they influence 85% of the buy-

automobile store at The Domain, and target-

ing process,” Copeland explains.

ed at two groups the majority of the automo-

At FIAT Austin, to avoid losing talented

tive industry has a hard time connecting

women employees and alienating women

with: women and millennials (those 18-to-

customers, Copeland is implementing radi-

28-year-old hipsters also known as Gen Y).

cal new sales techniques, with set prices

Copeland’s not only spent 20+ years rais-

rather than the kind of haggling negotiations

ing her own two millennials (daughter Allix,

that many female car buyers hate. She’ll also

21, and son JT, 19 – whom she says are her

have set hours, akin to a corporate job, and is

“greatest accomplishment”); in her rise up the

considering job-sharing, making it easier for

career ladder, Copeland has been training,

women with young children to work as

advising and mentoring the exact demo-


graphic of young people she believes the auto industry needs to attract – both as employees

Thanksgiving night, 1994. The Copelands

and consumers. Not making a strong connec-

were home, relaxing. Until toddler JT began

tion with the younger generation, she argues,

choking. “He’d gotten an earring lodged in

his throat,” shudders Copeland at the memory of what she believes could easily have been fatal, if their son had been with a sitter. “Because we were there, my husband was able to get it out.” It was a wake-up call to Copeland that – with two small children – she could no longer work what she calls the “crazy hours” demanded of a senior manager in a car dealership. (She was finance director at the time.) By Monday, she’d handed Nyle Maxwell her notice. Copeland’s career detour took her into the mortgage business, which was “much more conducive” to raising a family. Being the human dynamo that she is, after just a year, Copeland started her own company,






Fact File: Hometown: San Jose, CA. Husband: James, owner, Austin Mortgage Associates. Kids: Allix, 21, special ed teacher; JT, 19, trainee firefighter. Family: Mom, Susan; sister, Jenny. Arrived in Texas: Junior year of high school. First Job in Texas: 1982, bat girl at Texas Rangers, earning $2.25/hour. Home: After 22 years in Round Rock, recently built a home in Georgetown. Church: Celebration Church. Key: Bruce Colegrove, James Copeland, Nyle Maxwell.

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lisa on Relationships It’s not easy. Bring your “A” game home. We would never say to our friends what we sometimes say to our spouse. Think before you speak.

Mortgage Associates to over a half a billion dollars in mortgage loan originations, ranking her in the top 100 of mortgage originators nationwide from 2001-2005. Oh, and she even found time to open a (since-closed) fashion boutique – Enjoi – as a sideline. Crazy? Maybe. Firing on all cylinders? Always. “I’m a serial entrepreneur,” she says, her signature laugh ringing out as she shrugs and rolls her eyes. In 1984, Bruce Colegrove was a proud delegate for Ronald Reagan at the Republican Convention in Dallas. He took his eldest daughter along, giving her a taste for politics, which stayed with the 18-year-old for years. “I’m a patriot, and love my community, and I really thought I would have a career in politics,” says Copeland. Over the years, she poured her energies into helping candidates such as then Governor George W. Bush and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. (She was Hutchison’s point person in Williamson County during the Senator’s run for Texas Governor.) And yet, despite her passion for politics, Copeland’s dream of running for office faded and died.

Crazy? Maybe. Firing on all cylinders? Always. “I’m a serial entrepreneur,”

Maybe it was having a front row seat that was just a tad too revealing. Or maybe being jaded with the political machine. Either way, Copeland resolved that her energies were better spent on increasing the voice afforded to women, and providing economic opportunities for women and young people to rise in the industry she loves. With her focus on women and youth, she joined forces with Robin Ford in founding Project 19, a nonpartisan, issue-neutral organization dedicated to advancing women into leadership roles throughout the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

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lisa On Buying Cars Do your research. If the deal is too good to be true, it is. Ask your friends for referrals. More Info @

I ’ m a v e r y ‘ d i e b y t h e s w o r d ’ p e r s o n l i ke m y D a d was ,” says C opeland . “ I stand sometimes when m a y b e I s h o u l d b a c k d o w n .”

While Project 19 is currently taking a

was 45, with a wife and two daughters to

Copeland will be full on at FIAT Austin. It’s a

back seat (sometimes, even if you’re what

provide for, he closed the plant down, rather

challenge she is uniquely qualified for, and

friends fondly call the “Texas Tornado,”

than allow the unions to come in and run his

although it’s easy to laugh with her about her

there just isn’t enough time or energy to go

business. “I’m a very ‘die by the sword’ per-

shopping addiction, there’s a serious amount

around), Copeland lends her support to the

son like my Dad was,” says Copeland. “I

of knowledge about consumer purchasing

White House Project. With its nonpartisan

stand sometimes when maybe I should back

patterns lodged inside Lisa Copeland’s head,

message of “add women, change every-

down.” The man she calls “key to her life”

and unlimited energy at her feet (four-inch

thing,” the White House Project mirrors

died in 2007, “the worst point in her life,” says

heels and all). Not for nothing we should note

Copeland’s own beliefs, and she has be-

Copeland today.

that “fiat” in Latin means “Let It Be Done.” If

come a friend and fierce admirer of WHP’s

A high point in Copeland’s life came just

founder and president, Marie C. Wilson, co-

three years later, when someone who also

creator of Take Our Daughters and Sons to

has had a major influence – as boss, mentor

Work Day and author of Closing the Lead-

and friend – Nyle Maxwell – announced in

ership Gap: Why Women Can and Must

October 2010, he had won the contract for

Help Run the World.

exclusive rights to sell FIAT in Central Texas,

Robin Ford tells a story of a busy 2010

and named Copeland as general manager of

visit to New York City to meet with Wilson. It

the Domain-based dealership. The success-

wasn’t until midnight that Ford and Cope-

ful bid – which drew heavily on Copeland’s

land found themselves playing tourist at the

expertise – was one of only 130 awarded na-

Empire State Building. The pair had the run

tionally, from a field of 800+ applications.

of the place – except none of the bleary-eyed

“Lisa was an integral part of the team that

employees would agree to let them higher

put the proposal together,” says Maxwell.

than the observation deck. “Lisa asked seven

“And we’ve been told ours was one of the top

people on the way up. And the same seven

proposals in the nation.” That top ranking

people on the way down. All said no,” recalls

was reflected in January, with an invitation

Ford. Finally, Copeland spotted the boss,

to Copeland to become an appointed mem-

and convinced him to let them ride the tiny,

ber of the FIAT Dealer Advisory Committee

rarely-used elevator to the very tip of the

(FDAC), a small group of committed dealers

building. Back in the lobby, the seven em-

with the responsibility to speak on behalf of

ployees applauded the Texas visitors, and

all U.S. FIAT retailers.

asked how they’d done it, says Ford. “Lisa

Her dad – the man who called her “kid”

says, ‘No is not an option. You just keep ask-

her entire life – was the one who taught her

ing – and find the man in the coat and tie!’”

entrepreneurship, says Copeland. And that

Bruce Colegrove always was a tough

entrepreneurship is what makes Copeland

businessman. He owned a video manufac-

look forward to the day her own name is on

turing plant in Silicon Valley, and when he

the sign outside. However, before that day,

anyone is going to do it, that person is Lisa Copeland.

lisa On Fashion You’re either ahead or you’re behind. But if you’re like me, and don’t ever give anything away, you’ll always have something to wear … I designed my house around my closet. I have a checkout system for loaners to friends. (I’m not joking!) I have a passion for clothes. I love outrageous, I love big jewelry, and I love bling. I liked bling when bling wasn’t cool. And I’m a shoe fanatic, with over 300 pairs. Look for a sale. And then look for a sale. Bottom line: you’ve got to be authentic to who you are. There’s a lot of style at FIAT. I saw the president of FIAT North America, Laura Soave, making a press announcement wearing a great leather dress.

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Loyalty is important. It’s the way I was raised. I believe you stand by your word.

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The Rear-View Mirror Reflections on Life by Lisa Copeland Give back. Find something that the entire family can get behind. Our family has been involved with Special Olympics in Round Rock for years, which gave my daughter her heart for special needs kids … I am so proud of everything my kids do; they don’t care about money or prestige. Copeland’s own community service includes: Metro board, YMCA of Greater Williamson County (2005-2010); Round Rock Serving Center board (2004-2006); Round Rock Chamber of Commerce (2006-2007); Cheer coach, Round Rock Christian Academy (2001-2002). A great leader stands by her word, but also admits if she makes a mistake, and has the flexibility to change course. I look up first. When my Dad died three years ago, the person that picked me up most was God. I have a God that did not let me down. My number one driver in business is God, and I feel a lot of responsibility to take the talents and treasures God has given me and help other people. In politics, you have to learn how to come together and talk things through. Because there is no right answer, and there is no wrong answer. Robin Ford (co-founder of Project 19) and I were on different [sides of the aisle] on several things, but with Project 19, we wanted to show people how to open the conversation. We also want to empower women to have a voice, to lead and to want to help other women.

Give people a second chance. If people had thrown me out every time I made a mistake, I don’t know where I would be today. I think if somebody whom I hired and trained fails, it is my fault. It’s a training issue. Loyalty is important. It’s the way I was raised. I believe you stand by your word. I need my stuff. I can’t travel with less than two large suitcases. Robin tried to change me by making me carry them through Grand Central Station – in high heels. But I’ve still not learned to pack light. Do the right thing in business, even when it hurts. Nyle Maxwell taught me that. I’m proud of being able to work and stay in a community, and hold my head up, because I’ve always tried to do right by people. The number one thing that women bring into any business environment is transparency. I’ve been in meetings with my employees where I’ve cried for them and with them. I see that as a strength, not a weakness. Be authentic – in life, in fashion, in sales. If you’re real, and people like you, sales is not a hard job.

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Tooting Her Horn: Lisa is… “Loyal, vibrant, energized and intelligent, straightforward and professional. Fun, fun, fun! And hilarious without trying … I have never seen anyone who runs a-million-miles-an-hour like her, connects people the way she connects and is able to raise stellar children and love her friends … While I was paralyzed, Lisa loaded me up – wheelchair and all – to go buy an Easter dress for my daughter. We came home with a house full of furniture for me, samples from every cosmetic counter in Macy’s and no Easter dress!” - Amy Dillon, founder, Souled Out Ministries “A very rare find. She’s a smart businesswoman – she has her SEC, insurance and mortgage licenses; beautiful and vivacious. She celebrates your successes as much as she does her own. She expects the very best of those around her because that is what she gives. She doesn’t require that your 100% match hers (no way it could) but she has no room in her life for mediocrity.” - Robin Ford, co-founder of Project 19 Foundation

“The big sister I never had … Lisa has achieved anything she’s gone after. From owning her own clothing boutique to running a traditionally male-dominated organization, she has let nothing stand in her way.” - Stephanie Lendecky, longtime friend “One of those rare individuals with an overabundance of energy and passion for the job that she’s tasked to do ... Her passion for engaging people; her enthusiasm for whatever she is representing and her tenacity make her a great salesperson.” - Nyle Maxwell, former Round Rock mayor and owner of the Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships “Always looking for ways to support women … She gives unselfishly of herself and her time. That’s just who she is.” - LisaBeth “LB” Thomas, President, Texas Women in Business

Buckle Up: 0-to-60 with Lisa Copeland First car? A 1982 Cutlass Supreme, brome green, with a green landau roof … I’m like my Dad – I really like cars.

Next car? A pink FIAT, with shag carpet and Swarovski crystals.

Football fan?

Growing up you wanted to be? Queen, and walk around wearing a crown!

Date night? Our favorite time is on Sundays, when we go ride our horses. I can just do ponytail, hat and go run. Horses make me happy.

Best girls’ night out?

Yes! The Aggies – because of my kids – and the Dallas Cowboys. I love football. I like the competition and the team camaraderie.

Wine and shopping at The Domain – I love it there. Something good always happens at The Domain.


Worst habit?

Princess Diana. I got up at 4:00 a.m. to watch her wedding, and when she died, I stayed in bed for three days. I’ve probably got 20 Princess Di dolls, with different outfits. I loved her resiliency. I love everything about the British monarchy – I think the Queen is the classiest world leader.

Shopping. I shop when I’m happy; I shop when I’m sad.

What makes you cry? Sad movies. Injustice in the world. Anything bad that happens to kids.

What makes you laugh? I laugh a lot. When I like people, I laugh.

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wow! ofWilliamson County

This Months WilCo Landmark:

Cedar Park Center Cedar Park Center is the newest state-of-the-art sports and entertainment arena. The building construction began in June of 2008 and was finished in September of 2009. Country music icon George Strait was the inaugural performer on September 25th, 2009. He played in front of a sold-out crowd at the Center’s grand opening celebration. The arena accommodates approximately 6,600 guests for Texas Stars hockey games. The huge arena floor can accommodate seminars, banquets and exhibition/trade shows. In case you haven’t checked out this WilCo treasure yet, here are some upcoming events that may be of interest:

February 3, 2011 Rascal Flatts with special guests Luke Bryan and Chris Young

February 18, 2011 Strikeforce Challengers Mixed Martial Arts host a fight night

march 10-20, 2011 Cirque du Soleil: Dralion

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women of williamson county

Catching Kris by K at y M c I n to s h

AW chats with Round Rock City Council member and volunteer extraordinaire Kris Whitfield.


here are only 24 hours in a day, but don’t tell that to Kris Whitfield. Not only is Whitfield the president and co-owner of CheckSmart Recovery, a

check collection agency, but she also serves on the Round Rock City Council, the Round Rock Chamber, the Chamber Board of Directors and volunteers with almost 20 other organizations. She does all this while being a wife, mother and grandmother. The Round Rock Chamber of Commerce named CheckSmart Recovery “Small Business of the Year.” She and her business partner, Scott Swindell, have run the company for 12 years. They run a check collection agency with heart. “When people think of collection agencies, that does not always conjure up the most pleasant thoughts,” Whitfield said. “Our company philosophy is that we not only are helping our clients recover their money, but we are also helping the folks who wrote the bad checks solve a problem.” Whitfield’s commitment to Round Rock hasn’t gone unnoticed. In 1997, the Texas Senate recognized her commitment to community service, naming her an "Honorary Governor of Texas.” Whitfield has lived in Round Rock since she moved from Abilene in 1992. She and her husband Eric will be married 18 years on July 4th. Her husband currently attends the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin and hopes to become an Episcopal Priest. Their daughter Britta is 38. Britta and her husband Jeff (both are Round Rock High grads) have two children, Liz and Tip, and live


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in Glen Allen, VA. Another son, Eric, 32, is working on his Bachelor’s in business.

austinwoman: What do you like about living in Round Rock? Kris Whitfield: Round Rock has such a smalltown community spirit, even though we have rocketed to a population of over 100,000 and are still growing. We have tried very hard to keep that small-town feel in our community. Events like Christmas Family Night where we close down the streets in our small downtown area and thousands show up to see Santa Claus is one of my favorite examples. I love all of the familyfriendly events.

AW: What do you like best about serving on the Round Rock City Council? KW: I am humbled and consider it a great honor to be elected to represent the community. We do not have single member districts, so we are able to represent everyone. I enjoy talking to community members about their ideas; what makes Round Rock a great place to live, work and play and to help figure out how

Kris’s Love life In honor of Valentine’s Day, AW wanted to know our WOW woman’s secrets of love. What makes their marriage work: “We communicate a lot and we have fun,” Kris said. “We support each other in everything we do. I like to do things that make him proud.” What Kris says about Eric: “He is my encouragement for many of the things I get involved in. He understands the importance of volunteering and giving back to your community as much as I do – he was on the Round Rock school board in the ‘90s and has been a community volunteer through many organizations over the years.” What Eric says about her: “What everyone sees first in Kris is her easy smile and instant charm. She has no pretension. She is a country girl at heart, who is also a smart businesswoman and a compassionate leader.” What they do for date night: “We cuddle up and watch a movie,” Kris said. “No kids, just us and the cats.”

to continue to make that happen.

AW: How do you balance your job, all your commitments and your family? KW: It is a scale that sometimes tips both ways. I am involved in a lot of activities. Everyone in my family is also involved in things that make them happy and help them feel as though they are giving back to our community and to God.

AW: What do you struggle with? KW: I have so many passions and I can’t do them all. My interests are so scattered. I am horrible at saying “no.”

AW: how do you decompress? KW: I do not give myself much downtime, but when I do, I usually have a glass of wine and snuggle with one of my kittens.

AW: Do you have any guilty pleasures? KW: I love hiding out at our cabin in the Rockies in Wyoming. I love to fly fish and hike and do not make

three things you should know about Kris: She was raised by her sister. “My mother passed away from breast cancer when I was 12 years old, and my sister, who was 21 years older than I, raised me like one of her own daughters,” Whitfield said. “There were three of us girls that grew up in Abilene as sisters. We call ourselves ‘sisters’ now and I call my real sister and her husband ‘Mom and Dad.’” She loves with open arms. “When I married my husband, Eric, I had no children and his family instantly became mine,” she said. “I now have several children that I call my own. We also have sort of adopted other kids along the way that did not have attentive parents. God has blessed me with a constantly growing family. I also love mentoring people that want to find their passions in life.” She is passionate about Round Rock (in case you couldn’t tell). “I call Abilene and West Texas ‘where I am from,’ and Round Rock my ‘home.’ I love to drive through Old Settler’s Park and see the many families enjoying it. I love driving through downtown and being able to hear live music. I love that we have a professional symphony (Round Rock Symphony) and we have a professional theatre (Penfold). There really is no reason to leave Round Rock for entertainment anymore.”

much time for that here.

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Williamson County Distribution

austinwoman is proud be a part of the lives of Williamson County women. We want this section to be for you, and we want our magazine to be delivered to your businesses. Listed here are all of the places you can now find our magazine in Wilco. If you do not see your favorite location, please contact Kevin Ashbeck at 512.328.2421 or


La Petite Academy 1609 Bell Blvd.

Franklin Bank 4410 Williams Drive Suite 101

Texas State OpTical 1102 S. Austin Ave Suite 102

1431 Café 601 E. Whitestone #300

Lambs Tire & Automotive 501 Bell Blvd.

Fusion Med Spa 1015 W. University Ave. #515

Tribal Impressions 108 W. 8th St.

Absolute Dermatology 1103 Cypress Creek Road #100

Not Just Mail 1525 Cypress Creek Road Suite H

Gatherings 1009 S. Austin Ave.

Twin Liquors 4500 Williams Drive

Austin Steam Train Association 401 E. Whitestone Blvd. Suite #A103

Rebecca's Studio 200 Buttercup Creek Blvd. #112

Georgetown Hospital 2000 Scenic Drive

Wesleyan Homes, Inc 139 Estrella Crossing

Breeze Salon 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd. Suite D-175

Richard Blackwell, Dds 711 N. Bell Blvd.

Georgetown Library 808 Mlk St.

West End Salon 206 West 10th St.

Buttercup Dental 901 Cypress Creek

Sage Brook Health Center 901 Discovery Blvd.

Georgetown Medical Clinic 2100 Scenic Drive

Wonderful Things 1003 South Austin Ave.

Salon-Studio 700 E. Whitestone Blvd. 202

Hair We Go! 1102 S. Austin Ave. Suite 105

Scott & White Clinic 900 Quest Pkwy.

Hill Country Bookstore 719 S. Main St.

Simply Irresistible 601 E. Whitestone Blvd. Suite 700

His & Her Treasures 112 West 8th St.

Simply Utopia Salon 251 N Bell Blvd. Suite #101-A

Just Kidds & More 1005 S. Austin Ave.

Specialists In Family Medicine 901 Cypress Creek Bldg. 1 Suite 100

Massage Heights 1013 W. University Ave. Suite 150

St. David's Round Rock Rehab 204 E. Little Elm Trail

Nails- Spa & Threading 1102 S. Austin Ave. #104

Buttercup Family Medicein 200 Buttercup Creek Blvd. #115 Castle Dental 401 E. Whitestone C105 Cedar Park Dental Care 601 E. Whitestone Blvd. #206 Cedar Park Florist 600 South Bell Blvd. Suite 14 Cedar Park Jewelry 601 E. Whitestone Blvd. Suite 112 Cedar Park Nail 200 Buttercup Creek Blvd. #127 Cedar Park OB/Gyn 1401 Medical Parkway Bldg. B #410 Cedar Park Pediatrics 200 Buttercup Creek Blvd. #100 City Of Cedar Park Public Library 550 Discovery Blvd. Clinical Pathology Lab Cedar Park 601 E. Whitestone #104 Daycare Grooming 600 S. Bell Suite 3 Doubledave's Pizzaworks 401 East Whitestone Suite. A.5 Everything Dance! 200 S. Bell Blvd. Suite F-2

The Point @ Cedar Park 450 Discovery Blvd. The Ranch @ Cedar Park 1301 W. Whitestone Blvd. Suite 1 Twin Liquors 850 Bell Blvd. Twin Liquors 1420 Cypress Creek Road Urology Austin 1401 Medical Parkway Bldg. B Suite 307 Vision Centers 202 Walton Way Suite 116 Ymca Of Greater Williamson Cty. 204 E. Little Elm Trail

round rock Allen Baca Senior Center 301 W. Bagdad Ave. Bldg. 2 Allure 1 Chisolm Trail Suite 5250 Austin Diagnostic Clinic 1499-B Old Settlers Blvd. Austin Heart 511 Oakwood Blvd. Suite 201 Austin Radiological Center 2120 Mays #220

Nature’s Treasures 4300 N IH-35

Austin Regional Clinic 940 Hesters Crossing

Novita Spa 109-110 W. 7th St.

Austin Shoe Repair 1316 Round Rock Ave.

Oriental Medicine Associates 212 W. 10th St

Beleza Med Spa 2400 IH-35 Suite 135

Pai’s Italian Village 119 W. 7th St.

Brushy Creek Community Center 16318 Great Oaks Drive

Palace Nails & Spa 1013 University Ave. #190

Chamber Of Commerce 212 E. Main St.

Pretty Nails 950 W. University Ave. #206

Chase Bank 4600 E. Palm Valley Blvd.

Razmataz Salon 805 S. Main St.

Chase Bank 1111 IH-35

Roger Beasley Volvo 7501 IH-35

Chase Bank 920 N. IH-35

Fancy Nails 200 S. Bell Blvd. Suite B5


Foot Specialists Of Cedar Park 601 Whitestone Blvd. Suite.226

Austin Cancer Center Georgetown 2000 Scenic Drive Suite G002

Runtex 809 S. Main St.

Chase Bank 2711 La Frontera Blvd.

Gracy Title 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd. - Suite Z-100

Austin Heart 1900 Scenic Drive Suite #3308

Scentchips 800 S. Austin Ave. Suite C-103

Classic Auto 2301 N. IH-35 Exit 254

Hair Station At The Railyard 601 E. Whitestone Blvd. Suite 214

Been Around The Block 820 S. Austin Ave.

She Etc. 1208 S. Main St.

Clinical Pathology Lab Round Rock 4112 Links Lane Suite 100

Hair World Salon & Spa 11066 Pecan Park Blvd. - By Old Navy

Book Pride 109 W. 7th St.

Splash & Laser Tan Spa 1013 W. University Suite #145

Clinical Pathology Lab 7200 Wyoming Springs Road Suite 100

Happy Tails 509 Cypress Creek Road

Camille & Co. 706 S. Austin Ave

St. David’s Georgetown 2000 Scenic Drive

Concentra Urgent Care 117b Louis Henna Blvd. Suite 200

Hill Country Water Gardens 1407 Bell Blvd.

Chupa Rosa 704 S. Austin Ave

St. David’s Georgetown Sports Med. 805 W. University Ave. Suite C.

Dell Bistro RR1 Café 401 Dell Way

Jungle Juice 2423 S. Bell Blvd.

Cianfrani Coffee Company 109 W. 7th St.

St. David’s Sun City Clinic 400 Dell Webb Blvd. Suite 105

Dell Bistro RR2 501 Dell Way

Just Brakes 309 Bell Blvd. Suite B

CJ’s Catering 1010 N. Austin Ave

Sterling House Of Georgetown 2600 E. University Ave.

Dell Bistro RR3 1 Dell Way

Kids Dental Smiles 601 E. Whitestone Blvd. Suite 400

Diva 115 W. 7th St.

Sweet Serendipity 710 S. Austin Ave.

Dell Bistro RR5 1 Dell Way

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Dell Bistro RR7 2401 Greenlawn Blvd.

Penny Lane 1201 Penny Lane

Distinct Vision 602 Mcneil Road Suite 114

Poke Joe’s 1202 IH-35

Envy Salon 117 E. Main St.

Reavis Rehab 1208 IH-35

Final Touch Salon 1312 Round Rock Ave.

Rebecca Dorsett, Md 2300 Round Rock Ave. Suite 205

First Texas Bank 500 Round Rock Ave.

Recession Café 109 W. Main St.

Friar Tuck’s Pantry 204 E. Main St. Gastronology Association Pa 2300 Round Rock Ave. Suite 201 Grand Court 2700 Sunrise Road Greenlawn Family Chiropractic 1300 Gattis School Road #700 - Reception Half Price Books 1601 IH-35 Hastings Entertainment 2200 S. IH-35 Hearthstone Health Center 401 Oakwood Blvd.

Regency Beauty Institute 2711 La Frontera Blvd. # 110 Renewed Health Acupunture And Herbal Medicine 893 N. IH-35 Suite 140 Rose Dental Group 893 IH-35 Suite 200 Round Rock Library 216 Main Seton Medical Center Williamson 201 Seton Parkway Silvergemm 1001 Timberwood Drive

Inna Solodky, Md 405 Old West Drive

Sing Orthodontics 1516 E. Palm Valley Blvd. Suite C-1

Jenny Craig 110 IH-35

Snip-Its 2711 La Frontera Blvd. Suite 220

Kelly Services 2711 La Frontera Blvd. # 130

Star Company 114 E. Main St.

Kristine Warren Attorney 1007 Round Rock Ave.

Susan Hart Salon 200 E. Main St. Suite A

Lifetime Family Chiropractic 2400 S. IH-35 Suite 170

Texas Cancer Center Of Round Rock 2410 Round Rock Ave. Suite 150

Louisiana Longhorn Café 200 E. Main St.

Texas Diabetes And Endocrinology 170 Deep Wood Drive

Maggiemoo’s Ice Cream & Treatery 150 Sundance Pkwy Suite 500

The Cottages At Chandler Creek 2410 FM 1460

Merle Norman Round Rock 110 IH-35 #270

The Tardy Co. 2251 Double Creek Drive #104

Merrill Gardens 8005 Cornerwood Drive

The Urology Team 511 Oakwood Blvd.#103

Minuteman Press 1611 Chisholm Trail Suite 175 Miss Susie’s Salon 17 Galloping Road Nice And Neat Professional Organizing 3402 Cortina Lane

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Nyle Maxwell Gmc 3000 N IH-35

Women’s Health Assoc. Of Central Tx 1 Chisholm Trail Suite 4100

Palm Valley Dental Spa 505 E. Palm Valley Blvd. #110

Wyoming Springs Medical Bldg. 7200 Wyoming Springs Suite 100

Pediatric Center Of Round Rock 7700 Cat Hollow Dr. #104

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Health - sexual health series - pt. 4

Not The Woman I Used To Be Austin women share how major life events changed their perceptions of themselves and their sexuality. b y D a r l i n e T u r n e r - L e e


omen like and enjoy sex. Women

Infertility and Childbirth

we spoke with have emphatical-

“You spend years trying not to get preg-

ly stated that sex is more than

nant, then when you want to get pregnant

intercourse; an emotional, almost spiritual

and you can’t, it’s very disheartening.”

of our demise, but it certainly helped erode the relationship.” Sex became a means to an end. It no longer was an act of intimacy and it wasn’t fun.

connection – in addition to the physical at-

“We began trying to get pregnant in late

Brandy and her husband had begun blaming

traction and connection – is necessary in

2004,” says Brandy. “After trying unsuccess-

one another for their problems, so they began

order to feel fully sexually satisfied. Major

fully for six months, we got nervous and went

seeing a therapist. Finally, after trying for 14

life upheavals, with their profound physical

for [an] evaluation.” An entire battery of tests

months, they took a break from fertility treat-

and emotional losses, brought these require-

revealed no significant abnormalities, and

ments. They became pregnant naturally.

ments to light and motivated the women

that was hardly welcome news for Brandy

profiled here to seek out and fulfill their own

and her husband.

Following the birth of her daughter, Brandy was 20 pounds heavier, no longer a busi-

deepest desires. Here are their stories. Their

“Our fertility issues brought our relation-

nesswoman and in a strained marriage. She

honesty and candor are inspiring and to

ship issues to the forefront,” says Brandy.

had no interest in sex. “I had a colicky baby,

maintain their privacy, all of their names

“Our relationship steadily spiraled down-

was sleep-deprived and my husband offered

have been changed.

ward. Difficulty conceiving wasn’t the cause

me no support, yet still expected me to put in

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the same time and energy on our business. I had a really hard time adjusting.” Three years later, Brandy and her husband divorced. “I had to rediscover what I like to do and what’s important to me,” says Brandy. “It’s the first time in a long time I’ve put my needs first. It’s created a new energy in me.” Her new energy has attracted a new guy. “Our relationship is the complete opposite of my marriage. He is supportive and communicative. He treats me in a way I want to be treated, showing me that people will treat you the way you allow (or demand) them to treat you.”

Bringing Your Dreams To


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Feeling sexy is about how you feel . If you let how you look dictate your sexuality, you’re going to be frustrated. We’re all getting older and changing. stimulation as defective or self-indulgent.

partner. “My husband and I have been togeth-

She’s been able to communicate her needs to

er 26 years. I was so worried that I wouldn’t

Sharon has a new perspective on her own

her new partner and they are enjoying explor-

enjoy sex after my hysterectomy, but sex has

sexuality and what she considers “sexy.” “I

ing ways to bring her to orgasm.

been great! My husband finds me very attrac-

know women who are completely flat-chested

tive, even if I’m feeling bloated or ugly.”

(post double mastectomy) and women who’ve


over again.”

Lisa admits that she and her husband

had breast reconstruction. I am sure they had

A hysterectomy, the surgical removal of a

share a very special bond. They enjoy spend-

to contend with their own body issues, yet

woman’s reproductive organs, can create in-

ing time together; holding hands, snuggling,

they’re all extremely sexy. Feeling sexy is

tense feelings of loss or liberation.

etc. ... But she is convinced that their ability

about how you feel. If you let how you look dic-

“When I had my hysterectomy at 47, I im-

to keep things “fresh” keeps their relation-

tate your sexuality, you’re going to be frustrat-

mediately entered a period of mourning for my

ship fresh. “Couples have to make things in-

ed. We’re all getting older and changing.”

parts,” says Liz. Liz’s hysterectomy and subse-

teresting,” she says.

quent menopause ushered in mood swings,

Life and Death Situations

At just 44-years-old and after 20 years of marriage, Claire suddenly found herself alone

hot flashes and gradually diminishing sex

Sharon had lived her adult life with sexu-

drive. For the first three years, she experienced

al harassment because of her large breasts.

– without her husband, her lover, her best

relief with hormone replacement patches. But

She had a breast reduction in her early 40s

“I was so depressed after my husband

when her mood swings increased, she

following a stint on oral contraceptives for

died,” Claire recalls. “I felt my life was over

switched to over-the-counter Estroven. Her hot

problem periods. (Her breasts tripled in size

and seriously considered suicide. A part of

flashes and mood swings have subsided, but

from D to DDD.) Nine months later, she felt a

me died inside.”

she says, “My sex drive is essentially nil. Now I

lump in her breast and a mammogram con-

Claire began to “awaken” some nine

only have sex to satisfy my husband and to

firmed breast cancer. She had a lumpectomy

months after her husband’s death. During her

preserve my marriage.” Liz has yet to find a

with axillary (armpit) lymph node removal

first date with a man, he hugged her and she

solution for her lack of desire.

followed by chemotherapy.

realized how empty she was inside. Claire re-

friend, business partner and cheerleader.

Lisa had a hysterectomy five years ago and

“Having breast cancer was life-chang-

alized that she wanted attention – yet wasn’t

feels that the experience liberated her. “I was

ing,” says Sharon. “I had no hair, my breasts

yet ready for a relationship. She didn’t date for

having heavy bleeding and bladder control is-

were scarred from the reductions and the

a long time after that, but slowly crept out of

sues, so the surgery ‘righted’ many things.” No

lumpectomy and my skin was gray from the

her darkness.

longer having to worry freed her to enjoy inter-

chemo. Yet my husband still wanted me. His

“I realized that there were many things

course more fully with her husband and life

love and dedication made me fall in love all

that I wanted and wanted to do that I hadn’t

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“I got my tattoo in the exact same spot as my brother had his,” shared Chelsea. “I honestly never wanted one, but it was a way to keep his memory alive.” After their loss, the Perry family turned to the grief support organization, which has saved lives, jobs and marriages for tens of thousands of individuals. Susan and Don Cox founded For the Love of Christi in 1987 after they lost their daughter, Christi Lanahan, to a drunk driver (see AW’s profile in November 2007, also by this writer.) With

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Billie Fullingim, 69, is a long-time Christi Center volunteer. She admitted she was quite a rebel growing up in a small town. Her peacock tattoo, gracefully adorning her ankle, is not only a tribute to her late husband Sam who died from pneumonia in July 2005, but the fulfillment of a childhood wish. “I always wanted one – I would draw tattoos when I was a kid and my middle-aged parents were bewildered by this,” said Fullingim. “The peacock symbolizes the birds that would come up to our Georgetown house. Sam would make arrangements with their feathers and always had one in his hat.” Nathan Glenn Leggett, who died from drowning in November 2001, was his mother’s dove, a “gift from God.” “I was told early on I would never have a child because of the internal injuries I suffered when I was young,” recalled Trudy Leggett, 44. “But, then I was blessed with Nathan who grew up to be such a giving young man.” Nathan worked with the homeless, donated a portion of his HEB check to the Red Cross, and then, died at 17 years old, while helping another during an Austin flood. His mother’s dove tattoo

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I couldn’t help but think that by this time next year, I would be the one on the bike as part of Team Ride Red.

Race Across America Facts The race covers 3,000 miles, starting in Oceanside, CA and crosses 14 states through the center of the country to finish in Annapolis, MD. $35,000 is the average race budget to support a team of 4 racers and 13 crew members, including a race entry fee of $8,295. $2 million dollars was raised in 2010 alone by racers for charities and nonprofit organizations. Teams are not required to fundraise. Solo riders have up to 12 days to finish (average is 10 days at 12 mph) and teams have up to nine days to finish (average is seven days at 16 mph). Over 450 racers represent more than 25 countries. Competitors and crew race nonstop in sleepdeprived states (as little as one hour-per-day) resting wherever they can (RVs, hotels, or WalMart parking lots).

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Hi-tecH dentistry in a Home-like setting. Race Across America (RAAM) is a 3,000-mile, nonstop bike race across the United States. The idea of RAAM generally elicits one of two reactions from people: “That’s so cool!” or “Why the hell would anyone want to do that?” The route has varied in its 30-year history, but in 2011, over 450 racers comprised of soloists and teams of two, four and eight people from 25 different countries will start in Oceanside, CA and cross through 14 states and 55 time stations to finish six to 12 days later in Annapolis, MD. Team Ride Red will be there. George Thomas, race director for Race Across America, said, “We are very excited to have Team Ride Red racing in 2011.They are strong women and what better way to promote health and fitness, than having these women race 3,000 miles.” While female racers only make up a small percentage of the RAAM race field (19 female riders out of 302 in 2010), our numbers are slowly growing. Based out of Austin, TX, Team Ride Red is comprised of four women over the age of 40: Susan Farago (myself), Carol Pope, Vicki Ford and Sue Schrader. Our mission? To represent the American Heart Association Go Red for Women of Central Texas at the 2011 Race Across America event and help bring a voice to and take action against the number one killer of women – heart disease. “Even though we have made great strides, heart disease remains the number-one killer of women and too many women still die because they are unaware of how they can reduce their risk,” said Erika Holland, executive director of the American Heart Association Capital Area Division. “We are pleased that the four athletic women who comprise Team Ride Red are willing to go to



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Members of Team Ride Red. (Left to right: Susan Farago, Carol Pope, Vicki Ford, Sue Schrader.)

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such extraordinary lengths to help raise funds and spread awareness to fight this largely preventable disease.” Team Ride Red has received overwhelming support from the Austin community. “It is so energizing to share our team’s mission with everyone and with the support of our sponsors, we can’t wait to get to the start line in Oceanside!” said Ford. The Heart Hospital of Austin, one of the team’s primary sponsors, recognizes RAAM as an opportunity to promote women’s heart health locally AND nationally. “We are happy to support Team Ride Red in their endeavor to raise awareness of heart disease in our community and across America,” said David Laird, CEO of Heart Hospital of Austin. “We have a common goal to educate women about the signs of a heart attack and we applaud the team for their efforts”. The team is looking forward to solidifying race details over the next few months such as: finalizing the 13-15 crew members to support the racers, determining food requirements for a caravan of almost 20 people for up to 10 days, making reservations for RVs and plane tickets, and partnering with sponsors like Hoo-Ha Ride Glide by Reflect Sports (anti-chafing chamois cream to help those female parts prone to sensitivity after 3,000 miles in the saddle). We will put everything to the test at the Hill Country 600K bike race in March which starts just outside of San Antonio. RAAM will be a life altering event for Team Ride Red. And just like women facing heart disease, it is a journey of mental and physical demands that go beyond any imaginable experience. Heart disease isn’t someone else’s problem – as women, it is our problem and fortunately we are also the solution. Austin based, multi-sport fitness coach, ultra-endurance athlete and writer Susan can be reached at:

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Everyone, regardless of gender, needs to

1. Take control of your finances.

have a financial plan. But women do have

While most women participate in the

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day-to-day finances, some still leave money

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In most cases, women make less money

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“Women don’t take part in the financial plan-

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partner has a separate account, you both

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live longer than men.

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9. get professional help.

This tip might seem fiscally counterpro-

Don’t be embarrassed to seek profes-

Women are caretakers. This is some-

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sional help. Although money managers and

thing Johnson understands as a mother of

aged to get out of debt. But some credit,

advisers charge for their services, the bene-

four. But as a financial professional, she’s

managed wisely, is crucial in today’s world.

fit of their experience and knowledge can

also seen mothers crack open retirement

“I’ve seen higher net worth women who

be worth the cost.

nest eggs to send children to college. “Re-

didn’t need credit cards, then something

10. start now.

gardless of your marital status, focus on

happens – divorce, a spouse passing away,

It’s never too late to start putting your fi-

yourself first,” said Johnson. “Youngsters

or another emergency – and they needed

nances in order. Your financial success de-

have grants, scholarships, work programs

credit but couldn’t get it because they didn’t

pends on your attitude about money and

and, as a last resort, loans,” said Johnson.

have a credit history in their own names,”

your willingness to take your financial fu-

But once you raid your retirement account,

Johnson said.

ture into your own hands. Set your goals,

you might not be able to recover completely.

7. know your own risk tolerance.

begin saving and investing as much as you

Remember, before you can take care of any-

Women tend to be more conservative

can, reduce your spending, get help as

one else, emotionally and financially, you

than men when it comes to investments.

needed. Your efforts will eventually pay off.

must take care of yourself first.

But that also means that their investments

4. Set financial goals.

often don’t grow as quickly. If you under-

Get the latest tax tips and general finan-

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well as smaller, short-term goals, such as


buying a house or new car. As you achieve

8. pay attention to taxes.

the smaller money goals, you’ll feel more

This is a sister tip to knowing about your

successful and confident in working toward

finances. “Financially those tax returns can

your longer-range plan. Evaluate your prog-

be very important,” said Johnson. “Uncle

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Sam can come back to you. I’ve seen women

5. get out of debt.

who just signed their name and then some-

Becoming financially secure depends in

thing happens and they have a $14,000 tax

large part on eliminating costly debts. A

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budget (check AW’s January 2011 Worth col-

don’t sign any tax return, one you file singly

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Having a hard time picking a special bottle for your special someone? Most of us do. Thankfully, we have assembled a dream(y) team of local experts: a sommelier, a wine consultant and educator, a sales manager and a boutique retailer, to give us their tips on buying the right wine.

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Eric Pelegrin, Wine Expert at

as Eric says, “any other esoteric and obscure

Travis Heights Beverage World

bottle that we wine geeks pride ourselves on

A French native with 20+ years experience

seeing on our shelves.” The point, you ask? “It is

as a chef at Chez Nous and with his own Bistro

very difficult to know for sure who will like this

Le Marseillaise, Eric knows a thing-or-two

or that,” he says. “As a rule, I ask a few questions

about wine and is happy to share with his cus-

to try to get an idea of the person’s tastes, the

tomers. “Let me start by relaying a little Valen-

type of celebration or event, and take it from

tine’s story,” he says. “A young man walked into

there. But one thing stands out, always, and al-

the store, came up to me at the tasting bar and

ways pleases: Champagne!”

asked: “Hey, dude! What’s a good wine for a

Eric is quite the expert, actually, and Bever-

chick?” At a loss to find an answer to such a

age World carries an impressive variety of small

complicated question, I extended my arm,

production, growers’ Champagnes in various

pointed my index finger towards the section

price ranges. “There is one for every occasion,”

closest to me, and said: “This one!” Now, lucky

he states. “Whether it’s pink or white, brut or

for him, I pointed by chance to a relatively inex-

extra-dry, nothing makes an impression like

pensive red blend from the Languedoc that has

Champagne. It impresses and wows. It makes

the potential to please a wide range of pal-

people happy. It matches all types of

ates.” It could have been something entirely dif-

foods. Women love it. Men love it. So, in

ferent, either too sweet, too dry, too mineral, or

my book, go with bubbly, baby!”

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the giver,” he says. “For me, it doesn’t

d’Asti. It’s a slight-to-seriously-sweet,

Educator and Wine List Con-

matter if it’s sparkling, red, white or

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sweet; it’s about the company and

of Piedmont. These wines are usually

spirit, appreciation from the heart.”

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Aside from being a Certified Wine Educator from the Society of Wine

Greg has lots of romantic ideas for

tickle-the-ear, whisper fizz), with light

Educators, this native Austinite has

wine gifts for men and women: “A

alcohol typically around 5%. Try it

many years of experience in the wine

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private collectors and on wine lists

wine in the Austin area from your

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ways love receiving something I

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give it! Austin is an incredibly epicu-

might not be familiar with or some-

lady isn’t a big fan of wine, you could

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Amoureuses’ Chambolle-Musigny, in

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Chris became Paggi House’s Certified

ish. I also love Calon-Segur from St. Es-

priced items.” He also agrees with all

Sommelier and wine buyer in March

tephe in Bordeaux, a soft Cabernet with

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2009. He has achieved two-of-four lev-

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into spectacular examples of Cham-

the best wines for that special dinner. “I

romantic gifts in the wine world that

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is also amazing.”




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you share it with as it is about the

heavy, dry or sweet). “Stay in that

er, on premise wine for South

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With 15 years experience in the

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something to them or a place you

restaurant business and 11 exclusive-

value, something that tastes more ex-

have been or would like to go. Pick a

ly on wine, Shawn has tasted his

pensive than it is. If a wine is expen-

wine that pairs well with their favor-

share of all things vino. His number

sive, it should be great, otherwise

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one tip for bringing wine to a party:

people are let down.”

to celebrate an occasion. Better yet,

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turn them on to something new and

subjective that most people are influ-

something for your significant other,

know the story of the wine or the pro-

enced by something that others can

he suggests you try to identify the

ducer to make a bigger impact.”

get excited about. More importantly,

style of wine that they like (red, white,

wine is just as much about the people

domestic, imported, sparkling, light,

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hile Austin Dance India celebrates its 20th anniversary, its upcoming February performance is steeped in tradition a thousand years beyond its Austin beginnings. Celebrating its first performance on The Long Center stage, and the first time the venue has hosted any Indian-costumed dance event, Austin Dance India invites you to witness its rich cultural history February 4th through 6th. Titled Parampara Part II, the performance follows last year’s sold out show and features the company’s founder Anuradha Naimpally, as well as renowned dancer Gina Lilla – the two bringing years of combined experience and profoundly deep appreciations of this unique art form to the performances. Austin Dance India’s 20th anniversary coincides with the 1000th anniversary of the Brihadeshwara Temple, where this style of classical Indian dance originated. Naimpally brings the tradition from South India to Austin in a vivid show, featuring colorful saris and the fluid, yet angular movements of the Bharata Natyam style of Indian dance. The tone of the performance is a joyful one, said the director, employing creative and innovative techniques to best showcase the dance style, which originated in Hindu temples as a mode of worship. “There was a whole class of people who dedicated their lives to dancing,” said Naimpally, adding that in 1947 the venues were changed from temples to theatres. “When I was five, I saw a dancer who taught me. It drew me in and I knew I had to do that. It’s not a conscious choice. You have to have the passion,” said Naimpally, a native of Canada who has danced internationally for over 30 years. She was named Best Dancer by the Austin Area Critics’ Circle in 2001 and was nominated again in 2008. Her contributions to the community include teaching sessions and talks in

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Parampara Part II • Feb. 4-5 at 8 p.m. • Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. Rollins Theater at The Long Center Tickets: $29 ($20 for students and seniors)

area schools, festivals and libraries. “It is an extremely difficult art. Not only does it require the stamina but also the technical skill and the artistic expression. You have to be possessed by it.” Naimpally hopes audiences will also be possessed by the drama of the February performance. While Parampara Part II fuses tradition with contemporary twists, the dances tell age-old stories. “You will hear a lot about the gods. There is a lot of human drama amongst the gods,” said the director, who will take the stage with senior students – among them is her 16-year-old daughter – in a series of solos and duets. Naimpally will perform the 26-minute-long Varnam, which is the “crowning jewel” of the suite. Set to the traditional Indian music of strings, percussion and flutes, guest artist Gina Lilla will also take the stage. Having danced most of her life, Lilla was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2003 for her contributions to theatre and dance. “The dance has a profound effect on the audience. It is meant to be beautiful, ornate and full of subtle emotions. It is such a state of higher consciousness,” said Lilla, who is also an astrologer and teaches meditation classes. “I saw a dancer in New York City and decided that is what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. That was 50 years ago.” As with many art forms, the artists hope to transcend the medium so that audiences will connect on a deeper level. “It expresses something more universal that everyone can connect to,” said Naimpally. “It is a treat for the eyes and for the soul.” T h e c o m p a n y ’ s f o u n d e r A n u r a d h a Naimpally (se en here) has b e en dancing internationally for over 3 0 years .

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• Mar.21-apr.20 Last year was as pleasant for you as a visit to the dentist, and just as necessary. 2010 was the year to drill the “tooth” that was bothering you, and in 2011 you get your cavities filled (with gold) and your teeth capped – metaphorically. A powerful social push for you moves into alignment this month and you should know exactly what you want to do and be well on your way to doing it. But, if you need a little shove, you definitely get it by the middle of March. Expect to be in love with your career by then.


• Apr.21-May.21 And, so begins the year of contemplating your navel and other interesting, personal things. Begin this month in solitude and sort your plans. You won’t work any less, that’s for sure, but much of what benefits you and makes you money happens behind closed doors. It’s a case of “don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” (Such as secret plans, etc.) Your career is on fire this month, and you can do no wrong. Pay attention to your brilliant and intuitive ideas, especially those concerning travel, education, publishing or foreign influences. These can be transformative.


• May.22-June.20 Adventure is your middle name now. You can dream, hope, and feel good about yourself: If you wish it, it will be! Reach out beyond your normal sphere. Create more diversity in your friendships and groups and you’ll find new ways to generate income and fulfill your goals. Take action and jump impulsively: Do something you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t had the chance or courage to do. You’re more bold and enthusiastic than usual this month. As your confidence and joy increases, you’ll have lots of energy for higher studies, travel, new subjects or anything exotic.

We can celebrate the Chinese New Year traditionally on February 2nd by playing poker, or celebrate it in our hearts by saying a silent prayer that 2010 is over. According to ancient Asian tradition, we are entering “The Year of the Rabbit (or Cat),” and that means a year of quests for peaceful solutions, for a quiet home life and for minimal stress. You can bet on that.


• June.21-July.22 Your ship is in. After years of adventuring, you’re finally docking. Whatever your issues with partnerships were in the past, those don’t apply now. It’s a new era with new royalties and residuals, new insurance settlements, mortgages, bank loans and transformative partnerships. Think about new ways to share resources, and at the same time, expand your career and social standing. You’re still working on home and family – past and present – but this month a good wind seems to be blowing in your direction. Expect a surprising career gust in March forcing new, strong action. All concerned will be left breathless in your wake.


• July.23-Aug.23 Finances were a dominant theme in 2010, and still are this month. They will not, however, define 2011. What will define this year is a spirit of adventure, the chance to travel, study or open up your world. Go ahead and focus on your financial game now – there’ll be extra planetary support from the 19th to the 21st of April. Work is still “go, go, go” with no stopping point, but at least now you know where you’re going. Relationships are intense and powerful, so take lots of short trips and communicate. Communicate a lot. Every day is good.


• Aug.24-Sept.22 You’re entering a period of intense fun. Happiness goes along with this, of course, but fun is the operative element. It’s true, you are working constantly and that won’t change much. It’s just that you’re going to have fun doing it, and you’ll start to see (finally) the fruits of your labor. Lots of fruit. Fruit will drop into your lap from some surprising sources. Of special interest are the fruits you harvest in conjunction with a partner. The fruits of seeds sown from hard work on last years’ partnerships will astonish you, because they’re so unexpected. Enjoy!


• Sept.23-Oct.22 This month is all about you in a fun way, though it hasn’t been for a while. You’re still in your formative mode (Who are you? What is home? How do I want to work? What kind of diet do I need to live on?) and you have a couple of years of that, but something exciting began at the end of January and you’re finally having fun. Look to some big, important changes in your relationship status, with a big surprise at the beginning of March. Use this month to clean house and re-stock your bar. Expect company.


• Oct.23-Nov.21 Everyone is talking about “Virtual Storefronts,” and the impact the web is having on commerce and productivity. It seems that physically locking oneself into a location may not be the best use of time. This month, the best use of your time is on the phone texting or tweeting, on the computer answering emails, and finetuning your web presence. If the computer is not part of your everyday work world, that will change. This will either happen with you as a willing director of the change or unwilling victim of it. Memorize the phrase “Transformation through communication.”


• Nov. 22-Dec. 21 It’s February – the month for Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year and World Nutella Day. I think it’s time for you to step out and have some fun. I know, you have so much to do this month, but that’s exactly why you need this. Beginning this month, (actually the end of January), you’re going to play more than usual, even for a Sagittarius. Creative opportunities open up like clouds on a sunny day and suddenly all your big plans are doable. You’ll want to stay in touch with everyone, from staying connected to your job to friends and social groups. And, take a road trip.


• Dec.22-Jan.20 2010 was quite a year for you guys, but all of that was small potatoes compared to the five-course meal you get from this month to the end of the year. All the changes that were forced on you are turning out to be the best things that could have happened to you. You shine at work, you are charming and clever to everyone you meet, and you finally get the great home you deserve. If you have to move, so be it. Let go of the past and move on to your new future ... home.


• Jan.21-Feb.19 It’s too bad that I can’t write a note and explain to all who aren’t Aquarians that you need to be mobile and fluid. You’ll get so much more work done if you aren’t stuck in one place, you’ll be self-actualizing and efficient, and if you utilize communication technology you will make everyone money. Embrace technology and make it your own. Put yourself out there and write. The pond you’re fishing in is too small: You need a bigger pond.


• Feb.20-Mar.20 Pisces is happiest when he/she isn’t working overtime, weekends or getting work calls at home. These last several years have been a little intense and chaotic, but this month things are looking up. Get out from behind the desk, get out of the office, create an office in your guest room. Expect big changes in your work situation. Find a way to work remotely. Soon, your physical presence won’t be nearly as important as the work you do, and you can work anywhere. Be proactive and approach whomever needs approaching and suggest this. You may be surprised.

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