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C o n t e n t s
July / August 2012
In f l u e n c e The Power of the Flower.........................16 LIFESTYLE
Say “I do” With a Look You Love...........19 style
Collaborative Performance......................24 BUSINESS ETIQUETTE
Emma S. Barrientos Center..................... 28 CULTURE
Austin Partners in Education................. 30 EDUCATION
History of Mint Julep.............................. 34 THE ART OF LIVING WELL
AUSTIN CHIC Pg. 40
Photo by FotoRenzo Images
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This issue’s fashion story came together at a GnM Lorhr Home custom designed and built green home located in the rolling hills of northwest Austin, Texas. Models Brittany and Cile wear the season’s most sophisticated getaway looks styled by Fashion Stylist and Wardrobe Consultant Leonardo D’Almagro, well known for his recent work with TV Azteca & Telemundo. The mood created on set, according to InFluential Magazine creative director Marcia Nelson, is described as “Austin Chic!”
Juliette Farrell......................................... 52
In d u l g e Perfect Skin Revealed...............................55 BEAUTY
Tour of Wine Bars ...................................56 lifestyle
Austin green homes.............................................36 A green dream becomes a reality
Beating the Heat in Style
FEATURED DESIGNER...............................................47 Theresa Kopecky: The Creative Force Behind Tess Designs
publisher’s note.......................................................2 letter from the editor......................................5 contributing WRITERS..........................................6 meet the team...........................................................12
Wardrobe and accessories for female model: Cile’s own Wardrobe for male model: Dillard’s Accessories for male model: William Jackson Female model: Cile, Wilhelmina Brown Male model: Cabil Make up: Robert Crawford Hair: Rafael Virguez Photography: Adam Moroz Photography Director: William Jackson
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p u b l i s h e r ’ s n o t e
the positive words of commendation you share with us which reaffirms we are making a positive impact. Thus, it’s appropriate with this issue we’re celebrating the joy of sharing. For starters, we’re pleased to share with you, with this issue, we’re launching the InFluential Blog influential-magazine.com/blog/ which is another exciting way we reach out to our readers who we affectionately call our friends.
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ne of the many reasons I enjoy my
As well, this issue features a fashion spread
job as publisher?
shot on location at a beautiful Green Home in
I get the chance
to meet our readers in person. Now,
don’t get me wrong, I certainly
friends at Saks Fifth Avenue who shared with
enjoy our conversations with you on Facebook,
us beautiful clothing and accessories, modeled
Twitter and other social media, but there’s so
by some of the most talented, professional and
much more of a positive vibe with face to face
stunning models in Austin.
When we’re fortunate to have those,
with how each model brought our vision to life,
friends share with us how well they enjoy each
and we’re sure you will be, too. Mind you we
issue of InFluential. How inspired they are after
had the assistance of a very talented team of
reading the fascinating stories. How beautifully
20 professionals to pull this off. What an epic
stunning are the pictures that complement the
Sunday this photo shoot proved to be!
We collaborated with our
We were pleased
stories. Again, I’m grateful and speak on behalf of the entire InFluential team in saying loudly,
Of course, there’s so much more this issue
“Thank You.” We take great pleasure in putting
will share with you, and I’ll let you uncover
each issue together and are deeply touched by
each interesting morsel of influence yourself.
the compliments we receive from you.
Hopefully, your interest is peaked.
this issue already! We hope something in these Over the course of the past year, you’ve
virtual pages catches your eyes and influences
demonstrated that you share similar values to
you to make it your own.
ours - namely the tremendous joy in sharing.
All My Best,
We are honored to be a positive conduit of information, resources and support in your quest to living well. In return we are appreciative of all 22
William Jackson Founder & Publisher
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letter from the editor
Once I my giddiness waned a bit, I put on my grammar girl pants and took the job to heart. I want to share with you, the readers, that I will do all I can do to help keep InFluential the fabulous periodical that it is. Though I have been part of this team since Day One, I am so happy to have a larger part in the final product. I hope to keep it correctly spelled and grammatically accurate! Keeping with our theme, I would also like to let you know that you can share anything with me. If you have a comment or question, send it my way at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Jody Suarez
Check out the
issue. Go read our blog. We want to share them
s I sat thinking about my first letter
with you. And, I would love for you to share any
from the editor, I debated many things.
thoughts you might have with us. So share! It would
Should I be serious? Should I just
make your kindergarten teacher proud.
use this letter as an introduction of myself to our
readers? Should I keep it short and sweet or long and informative? Well, in keeping with the theme of the current issue “The Joy of Sharing,” I decided I would use this space to share with you just how I felt about stepping into the shoes of Editor-in-Chief. I took the call from our fine Publisher, and I was
Laura Ferguson Editor-in-Chief
offered the role of Editor-in-Chief. I accepted and hung up the phone.
I then jumped up, starting
whooping it up with giddiness, and did a dance around my living room.
Certainly, not the most
professional acceptance dance as it looked much like a disco chicken, but I couldn’t have been more excited. I have to share that I am still excited.
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c o n t r i b u t i n g W RITERS
MS. Sofia Avila
Co-Founder of Mandarin Flower Co. | www.mandarinflower.com Sofia Avila earned degrees in Plan II Honors and Chinese Language and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin. She is co-founder of Mandarin Flower Co., a floral and event design company. Along with her sister Victoria, their floral design work has been on display internationally in the United States, Mexico, and China at the official reception at the Embassy of Mexico in Beijing during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Sofia serves on the Board of Directors of Mexic-Arte Museum; and is also a member of the Young Women’s Alliance. Sofia was a finalist for the 2011 Austin Under 40 Awards.
ms. INGRID GARNER Since moving to Austin in 1995, Ms. Garner has served in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Her primary focus has been in project management, and she acquired her Project Management Professional certification in 2005. Utilizing her diverse work background and project management skills, she has extended her support in various activities within her church and community. In her spare time Ingrid can be found practicing yoga, doing core and weight training, reading Stephanie Plum novels, and participating in the wine club at her favorite wine bar Vino 100.
MS. LINDA GINAC
CEO, TalentGuard, Inc. | www.talentguard.com Linda is the Founder and CEO of TalentGuard, an organizational talent management firm headquartered in Austin, TX. With more than 14 years of experience in organizational development, people strategy and career development, she supports individuals and corporations in developing, planning and managing a range of career management and worklife issues. Particular areas of expertise include career development, change management, career transition, professional development coaching and performance improvement.
MS. MARTHA LYNN KALE
Owner and Hair Stylist, Mirror Mirror Salon | www.mirrormirroraustin.com Martha Lynn Kale is the Owner and Hair Stylist behind Mirror Mirror Salon. Leading a talented team of beauty experts, she brings elevated style and an incredible salon experience to Austinites. Recognized as an exceptional artist, Martha Lynn has won accolades such as “Best Hairstylist” at the 2010 and 2011 Austin Fashion Awards. She has styled for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Ballet Austin, and BMW of Austin. Her work has been featured in publications such as Austin Monthly, INsite, and Austin American-Statesman’s Glossy.
MS. Yenis Schicht
Realtor with Keller Williams Realty | www.KWAustin.com Yenis Schicht has a multicultural background having lived in India, Spain, and South America. She has a law degree from South America and has a Masters Degree in Finance. She is a Realtor at Keller Williams and finds that real estate is a great opportunity to share her passion for helping other people and market the value of a property for her clients. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. Yenis is also an actress and has been on TV, in films, commercials and has done voice-over work. She’s in love with Austin and all the culture it offers.
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The Art of Living Well
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Editor-in-Chief email@example.com Laura holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s of Liberal Arts in Humanities and English with a focus in creative writing. This training has helped her excel in her career path, which includes staffing coordination of a large family of hospitals and community outreach and education for an environmental organization. An avid writer, Laura has built a collection of short stories some of which are included in her work In a House Where the Rooms Don’t Lock. Laura also has a passion for records. She has an eclectic collection that includes everything from The Beatles to Richard Pryor’s entire discography to Motley Crue.
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Creative Director email@example.com Joining with an aligned background working with industry leaders such as Dell and Key Bank, Marcia is an expert in conflict resolution and identifying win-win solutions. She applies these skills to create and execute new opportunities for our client roster and assists with negotiating the most lucrative deal. Marcia has always had a passion for style, making her a natural fit for a foray into personal wardrobe styling. Most recently she has directed photo shoots for our client roster including performing as the wardrobe stylist. In her spare time, Marcia can be found enjoying activities with her family and, of course, reading fashion magazines.
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In f l u e n c e : THE A RT O F LI V ING WELL
The Power of the
Flower By Sofia Avila
remember the day when I had this exact
the workplace, men who participated in the study
epiphany. I was about eleven years old
generated 30% more ideas when being around
and one afternoon, as I came home from
flowers. Women who participated in the study
school, I opened the front door to find that
generated more creative solutions to problems
my mother had placed a beautiful vase full of tuberose
when they worked in environments with flowers.
on the table in the foyer. No elaborate design, just
“More than anything, I must have flowers. Always, always.”
simple, elegant, stems of tuberose in a vase. Their sweet scent filled the air; they reminded me of my grandmother who also loved the simple beauty of tuberose. I was home. I recall it being the first time I ever reflected on how much I loved flowers; how their fragrance and beauty filled the soul and how I must never, ever live a life without them. How can something so small and delicate be so powerful? Much like music or art, flowers have the
- Claude Monet
power to elicit emotions and convey unspoken messages. They are a language of their own. Without a single word, flowers seduce. The heart and the imagination blooms as they inspire, thrill, and bring instant happiness to the beholder.
To enjoy flowers is instinctive; to share flowers is an art. Across time and cultures, the joy of sharing flowers is a form of expression that is uniquely human and spiritual. The capacity to appreciate beauty, and our desire to share this beauty with others, has made
Flowers have the power to transform a room like
flowers a universal symbol of humanity’s highest
no other element aesthetically, as well as in their
values: peace, respect, love, strength, and wisdom.
positive influence on moods. A study conducted
Whether in massive quantities or by observing the
by Dr. Haviland-Jones of Rutgers University reveals
unique personality of a single bloom, we all surrender
that flowers have a positive impact on emotional
to the powerful beauty of flowers as we become
health and heighten feelings of life satisfaction. In
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In f l u e n c e : ST Y LE
SAY “I DO” WITH A LOOK YOU LOVE By Martha Lynn Kale p h oto by co ry ryan
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Bride Sidni Winetroub photographed by Cory Ryan
our wedding day is the ultimate excuse to
from romantic to glamorous, a test run is a must
enhance your look. Over the years, I have
prior to your wedding. Arrive with your hair and
learned some tips that I’m eager to share with
makeup as you typically wear it. After seeing your
everyday look, your stylist can help you determine how to best enhance it for your wedding.
Book Early Check with your regular stylist to see if they do
Do Your Homework and Be Honest
weddings. If they don’t, collect referrals and peruse
Flipping through magazines or blogs and selecting
Highly sought after stylists may book
hairstyles that appeal to you can help your stylist
months in advance, so get on their radar to see if
tremendously. Ask questions and provide feedback
your date is available.
during your test run so you can solidify a look you love.
Get to Know Your Stylist with a Test Run
Be Inspired by what is Current!
Allowing you to collaborate and try out concepts
Over the past year, we’ve witnessed the influence of
Bride Rachel McCoy photographed by Kate Mefford
Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding with curls half up
example, extensions are perfect for creating volume,
and a resurgence of the tiara. This trend is actually a
length and the perfect updo!
modern twist on a classic and will stand the test of time. I think every 80s bride would wholeheartedly agree that brides should avoid going super trendy.
Have Them Come to You If your budget allows, ask your stylist to come to you on your wedding day, whether at your house
With the Great Gatsby remake coming to the big
or the venue. Relaxing and spending time with
screen, we’ll see nods to the 20s with brooches and
loved ones will help you enjoy the hours leading
finger waves in the upcoming year.
up to your wedding.
With all bridal beauty, create a plan and spend
If you’re a brunette with fine, shoulder length hair,
quality time with those involved to create your
don’t aspire to transform into Taylor Swift without a
best look. It’s your big day so make sure you feel
little work. Looks varying from your natural hair color
like a million bucks and can sit back and create
or length can be achieved, but with some effort. For
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In f l u e n c e : B USINESS ETI Q UETTE
Collaborative Performance Management
The Wave Of The Future By Linda Ginac
ife is about building bridges not walls. This
workplace, start by greeting employees
applies to the workplace, too. If performance
by name. This goes a long way by showing
management is the ongoing process of creating a
you recognize and appreciate people.
work environment that enables people to perform
Have an open-door policy so as to engage
to the best of their abilities then collaborative
employees and convey you are available
performance management is working together to
when they need you. Empathize when
achieve and realize a shared goal or goals. How do
correcting mistakes as to err is human and
you maximize employee performance so all parties
no one is perfect. There is no need to make
are on the same plane and goals are aligned? You
someone feel inferior; rather, reinforce the
must humanize performance reviews, but that
good work they do. Don’t underestimate
begins by humanizing the workplace first. You
the power of what humor, joy, and
laughter can do for a workplace. Examine the difference in yourself between when
Begin by remembering we are all human beings. In
you are at work and when you are not. While there
the workplace, it is natural for the human aspect of
may be a slight variance, it certainly shouldn’t be a
the picture to become blurred in the background
while the work becomes the focus. It is easy to lose sight of the basic instincts that attract and drive
If you have humanized your workplace then
business, which build walls by creating a robotic-
performance reviews should just be an extension
of your everyday interactions. The performance review won’t be rigid or judgmental. By default,
While there are limitless ways to humanize your
you review performance, but the main focus should
be an alignment of goals between employer and
Begin humanizing your workplace today. Challenge
employee. Allow the employee to do much of the
yourself to greet people by name. Ask how their
talking and express what they achieved over the
weekend was. Show a human interest in others.
review period, what they didn’t achieve, what they had hoped to achieve, and what their goals are for the next review period. As the employer, you should discuss the employee’s strengths, weaknesses,
Be sincere. Be genuine. Charge the human spirit, and you just may notice higher morale and job satisfaction both of which can’t help but lead to employee productivity and a more profitable business, making you a better person in the process.
and developmental recommendations. The review should always end on a positive note.
Build bridges not walls.
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In f l u e n c e : C ULTURE
Emma S. Barrientos
Mexican American Cultural Center By William Jackson
he Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural
Center (MACC), which opened September 15,
The building was designed by Mexican architect
2007, is dedicated to the preservation, creation,
Teodoro Gonz谩lez de Le贸n. De Le贸n has designed
presentation and promotion of Mexican American
buildings in Mexico, Europe, and two buildings in the
cultural arts and heritage. Classes, programming
United States-one being in San Jose, California and
and events are aimed at fostering a meaningful
the other being the MACC.
understanding and appreciation of all Latin cultures. The building is named after the late wife of retired State
The architecture of the building was inspired by traditional ancient Mexican architecture.
Senator Gonzalo Barrientos. Emma S. Barrientos, an
The circular shape of the building references the
advocate of Latino rights and art education in Austin,
Mayan calendar, and it is specifically positioned
played a vital role in the opening of the center.
according to the position and movement of the sun
influential-magazine.com to create visually stimulating and
the community gallery. It was donated by the artist
through a cultural exchange program in which Austin and Saltillo, Mexico are sister cities. Guerra
The white rock used in the building was
will be exhibiting in the main gallery in 2012.
and hand chiseled by Mexican
“Una Cancion de Fe y Familia” (A Song of Faith
and Family) by Connie Arismendi - This musician
sculpture honors the deep musical traditions and cultural contributions of the Perez and Ramos
The MACC Zocalo also makes reference to El Zocalo in the center of Mexico City. The
families, represented by Ruben and Ernest Perez and Alfonso and Ruben Ramos. The sculpture is part of The Trail of Tejano Music Legends of the Austin
administration offices, classrooms, a black box theatre, a rehearsal lab, an auditorium, a main gallery, a community gallery, a library and a conference room. The MACC is still growing, and eventually there will be a larger theatre, more classrooms, another gallery, administrative offices and a parking garage. MACC Art The City of Austin works with Art in Public Places to recruit artists to make site specific works: “Snake Path” by Benito Huerta - The milk snake, a
community in the 1940s and 50s. Programming The MACC programming offers health and fitness classes, workshops, camps, and collaborations with local non-profit cultural organizations in music, theatre, dance, and the like. Signature Events CINE DE ORO (last Tuesday of each month): This is a unique senior program. Seniors are invited to see a classic Mexican film at 9:30 a.m. and are served a healthy lunch. 16 de Septiembre: Mexican Independence Day! Father Hidalgo launched the Mexican War of Independence against Spain in Dolores, Mexico (near Guanajuato) on September 16, 1810. “El Grito
species that is found specifically on the border of
de la Independencia” or “El Grito de Dolores” is
Texas and Mexico, lives on both sides; therefore,
given at 11pm on the 16th in El Zocalo in the heart
representative of the Mexican American Culture and
of Mexico City. It is the biggest and most important
of the MACC.
holiday in Mexico and is celebrated in Zocalos across the country. Visit the official website for the
“As de Oro” by Jose Guerra - This is located outside
MACC at www.maccaustin.org.
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In f l u e n c e : E D U C A TION
Austin Partners in Education:
Connecting the Community and the Classroom By William Jackson
ustin Partners in Education (APIE) is nonprofit
coaches. Coaches work with the same groups of
organization founded in 1983 as Austinâ€™s Adopt-
children for 45 minutes, once, weekly throughout
a-School program by the Greater Austin Chamber
the school year.
of Commerce and the Austin Independent School District (AISD). The work of APIE is guided by their
The benefits are students are supported with high
commitment to aid and enhance the educational
engagement learning activities in reading or math
purposes, goals and programs of Austin ISD to
that are targeted to their individual needs, and
benefit its students.
because this support is integrated into the classroom, a deep connection with the AISD curriculum and
The APIE vision is one where the Austin community
teacher-led instruction is established. In 2010-2011,
and classrooms work together to ensure academic
APIE provided Classroom Coaching to 1,852 students
excellence and personal success for all students.
at 36 schools in 105 classrooms in Austin ISD with
The mission creates and fosters effective community
the support of 783 coaches trained and managed by
and school partnerships that provide all Austin ISD
APIE staff to fill 883 coaching opportunities.
students preparation for college and career. Are the APIE programs delivering positive results? APIE provides innovative volunteer-driven programs
Absolutely! During the 2010-2011 school year there
in reading and math designed to improve student
are a number of noteworthy improvements:
academic performance at key intervals.
is the interactive learning teams involving trained
Improvements in reading performance
Improvements in math performance
Increasing the number of college ready graduates
Extending capacity for AISD
Matching caring volunteers with students
Improved student achievement and attitudes toward school
Austin ISD principals and teachers describe the benefits of Classroom Coaching to include: Students get to interact with positive role models in a learning / mentoring setting who encourage them
in Education’s work at Webb “provides students
to do their best in school.
with an opportunity to see that people outside of their neighborhood are invested in their success and
Students are able to have more reading time during
care so much about them that they invest weekly via
the day, and because it is with someone from outside
their time.” Ms. Torres-Solis emphasizes the value of
the school, the students’ enthusiasm level is usually
that contribution of energy, time, and dedication to
the success of Webb students.
The program increased reading fluency, reading
What do volunteers have to say about APIE? When
comprehension, and increased student self-esteem.
asked about how she describes APIE to friends and
Ms. Valerie Torres-Solis, Assistant Principal at Webb Middle School, sees firsthand the extraordinary impact that APIE programming has on her students and the school community. Ms. Torres-Solis sees the way “APIE Angels” form consistent, invested bonds with students, and how those bonds shape the tone and outcomes of entire classes. Among the positive impacts APIE programming has on her students are increased attendance, a love of reading, and socialemotional growth. Ms. Torres-Solis goes on to express Austin Partners
family members, Sarah Stroube says the experience is “not a one-sided benefit,” but that as a volunteer you have a sense of “strengthening the community.” Becoming a coach is something “anyone can do because the curriculum and training make it such an easy process” right from the start. APIE staff members share ways to engage students and make challenging concepts clear, supporting volunteers each step of the way. Are you ready to make a difference in a child’s life and in your own? Visit www.austinpartners.org to get started. IN FLUENTIAL 31
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In f l u e n c e : THE A RT O F LI V ING WELL
Mint Julep As Published by Cocktail Times | www.CocktailTimes.com
o Kentucky Derby would be complete
petals with mint, a plant indigenous to the area. The
without the venerable Mint Julep on
Mint Julep, as it was now called, grew in popularity
the first Saturday in May. According to
the Derby Museum, Mint Julep became
Churchill Downs’ signature drink in 1938 when they
started to serve the drink in souvenir glasses for 75
agricultural regions of the east and southeast where
cents a drink. Today Kentucky Derby serves more
farmers awakened at dawn. Morris says the julep was
than 80,000 juleps over the two-day event.
originally a morning drink as the spirited equivalent of coffee in today’s society. “One sip and Pow! The
Mint Julep first appeared in print in 1803 described as
farmers were ready to face the long day.”
a “dram of spirituous liquor that has mint in it, taken by Virginians in the morning.” Some historians say
The main ingredient of the Mint Julep is Bourbon
Mint Julep was born in the early 1700s somewhere
in east coast. First Mint Juleps weren’t mixed with
was the addition of American whiskey to the
Bourbon, rather rye whiskey or rum or other available
Morris. into and
Chris Morris from Woodford Reserve Bourbon says, “Centuries ago, there was an Arabic drink called julab,
For an extensive reading of Mint Julep, there’s a
made with water and rose petals. The beverage had
great small book titled The Kentucky Mint Julep
a delicate and refreshing scent that people thought
written by Joe Nickell. This book covers everything
would instantly enhance the quality of their lives.”
you want to know about the Derby’s official drink,
When the julab was introduced to the Mediterranean
from various Mint Julep recipes to the Kentucky
region, the native population replaced the rose
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GREEN HOMES By Yenis Schicht
ost likely you have seen or heard of green
Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) is the oldest
design, or green architecture, and it has
green building program in the nation having
piqued your interest. Essentially, the
celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011 and just
practice of green building and design is
rated its 10,000th home in the greater Austin area
part of a globally growing attitude toward the way
in April, 2012. Green homes are most often thought
we live, work, build, and play in which concern for
of in terms of new home construction, but many
our natural surroundings is equally as important as
are remodels of existing housing stock. In fact, the
what we build among them.
10,000th rated home was a “deep energy retrofit” on
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influential-magazine.com Many other new developments, including new highrise downtown condos, have also been mandated green built. Habitat for Humanity has consistently achieved 4-Star ratings on the homes that they are building in Austin recognizing that the total cost of ownership and other benefits are significant to the homeowners and their families. The Hamilton Pool Project or the Barn House Project is a custom home by GnM Lohr Homes located in the Hill Country of Austin, Texas. The beautiful views and healing waters serve as the inspiration in bringing this home to life. The owner of the stunning yet practical green home is Jorge Herrero who moved to Austin after living in Vancouver, Canada. When Herrero first met with the builder he had a clear vision.
He wanted his
home to be a green built farm house over 5 acres near Hamilton Pool. He wanted to grow everything he and his family were going to consume on his land. Michelle
building green homes is that every time we encounter a new challenge. Every client wants The Hamilton Pool Project. Photo by FotoRenzo Images
different things. In this particular case, our client also wanted a water harvesting system, a well, a composting system, a gray water recycling
Green homes are sometimes individual homes but also represent entire developments. The most well-known of these developments in Austin is the Mueller which was mandated green built by Austinâ€™s City Council when the old Mueller airport
system, a pond, a pool etc. The home itself was an architectural elements.
look, and the tower, to overlook the land was important.â€?
was decommissioned. All residential, multi-family, and commercials buildings in the development have
The 3,300sq ft home incorporates the features
achieved either AEGB or LEED (Leadership in Energy
necessary for 3-4 green stars according to the Austin
and Environmental Design) certification, or both.
Energy Green Program. These include: IN FLUENTIAL 37
Covered awnings, large overhangs, and oversized
made of raw cedar, a sustainable low-
porches blocks any direct sun in summer and,
toxin materials and finishes.
in winter, allow for the retention of heat. Large windows in back also allow the flow of natural light
Since they will grow almost everything
to living and dining. Thermal Enclosure System-
on their 5 acres in Hamilton pool
Foam insulation was used, and all decking has a
composting kitchen will serve a main
purpose in this property. The Metal roof was designed to have a solar panel system as an option in the future. Roof overhangs
The design of the house is described
shields most windows from direct sunlight reducing
by the builder as a tower house that
solar heat gain.
is a focal point where at the top of the tower the owner has a cozy small office for his
Windows over the staircase allow sunlight, as well as windows in tower. All windows in home are strategically positioned for the natural flow of light. 100% of lighting is high efficiency.
own privacy. There he can also view and appreciate the beauty of his land and enjoy the delightful sun orientation during the gorgeous sunrise and splendid sunset. The house has a very elegant feel that unquestionably fits the green fashion. Building
A rain water harvesting system is installed on the
his home with organic materials has made Herreroâ€™s
green dream a reality.
Recycling of gray water on the property is used
Tips to make a current home green:
for irrigations purposes. The fencing of the home is
Install weather-stripping around exterior doors
Photos by FotoRenzo Images
and caulk around windows, wall penetrations, and
Replace old showerheads with new, low-flow models.
recessed can lights in ceilings. Replace landscape plants with high watering needs Install new, energy efficient air conditioning and
with native or drought-resistant species.
heating equipment, property sized (not oversized). Install gutters and downspouts on your home and Install an energy efficient water heater.
capture and collect the rainwater in a cistern to be used for irrigation.
Replace old single-pane windows with new energyefficient windows or add solar screens. Replace refrigerators and toilets that are more than ten years old with new, energy efficient models. IN FLUENTIAL 39
For day-to-night dressing in paradise, chic clothing is paired with tastefully classic jewelry and accessories and complemented with the majesty of rolling hills. Being Austin Chic was never so decadent. p hotoG RAPHY F oto R e n zo Images St yl e & Fas h i o n Di r e c to r L eo nardo Dâ€™Almagr o Assi sta nt May ra Ja ne t | PICTU RE D MODE LS B RITTANY AND CILE
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In foflthe u epool n c e : ENTERT A INMENT E X C LUSI V E Queen Swimwear: Key Resort & Swimwear Hat: Milli Starr Model: Cile, Wilhelmina Brown Make up & Hair: Vanity Salon
Chic in the sunshine
Wardrobe, Accessories and Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue Model: Cabil Make up & Hair: Vanity Salon
Photo by Seth Neblett
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Red Hot Swimwear designed: Key Resort
& Swimwear Hat designed by: Milli Starr Model: Cile, Wilhelmina Brown Make up & Hair: Vanity Salon
Itâ€™s in the bag Wardrobe, Accessories, Handbag and Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue Model: Brittany, Agence Red Wall Make up & Hair: Vanity Salon
IN FLUENTIAL 45
Bright & breezy Wardrobe and Accessories: Saks
Fifth Avenue Model: Cile, Wilhelmina Brown Make up & Hair: Vanity Salon
In ST Y LE : F E A TURE D D ESIGNER
Mellow Yellow Tess separates ‘Tess dress ‘Brigitte’ in Butter Yellow English Tweed Photographer Mark Guerra Model Emma Jewels Kendra Scott
Vintage glamour for the modern woman By Ingrid Garner Classic without being a costume; feminine without being frilly! Tess Designs is creating the vintage clothing of the future; timeless, high-end and versatile, capturing a lost age of glamour and grace.
IN FLUENTIAL 47
In ST Y LE : F E A TURE D D ESIGNER
theresa kopecky the creative force behind Tess Designs
he Tess Woman is a grownup,” says
of classic femininity while embracing the best of
founder Theresa Kopecky. “She’s a
modern fabrics and production techniques. The Fall
professional. She may or may not be a
/ Winter 2012 collection can best be described as
mother. She’s the go-to woman in the
the meeting of femininity and strength. Soft-focus,
office. Strong, but always a lady. She always cares
early 60s pastels, exotic prints in moody hues and
for her family.” These are just a few of the qualities
warm, luxurious earth tones provide a classic mix.
that Theresa envisioned when she decided to create
With the rich weave of a tweed pencil skirt Tess
her own fashion design company. Having started
brings you its signature tailored fit. The whimsy of
Tess Designs a little over a year ago you can now
sunshine yellow or a pop of playful polka dot plays
find her stunning dresses hanging in stores across
against the sleek sophistication of these more classic
pieces. Separates provide versatility, and statement
dresses reflect the ethereal beauty of Julie Christie When Theresa was asked what influences her when making her creations, she quickly answers
or the sweet and sophisticated sass of Doris Day on Madison Avenue…timeless, smart, and optimistic!
Hattie Carnegie. “I admire her because she had no formal training, but saw what she wanted to be and
The photo shoot was done in the historic town of
molded herself to that. She pioneered ready-to-
Flatonia, TX known for its 19th century limestone
wear, brought in clothing from European designers
buildings and family owned businesses.
to stock her store and mentored young designers. She was mistress of her own destiny!”
To see the latest collection, visit Floy Farm & Gardens Gift Shop (6020 FM 154) in Flatonia,
With dresses for day and cocktail, as well as essential
Etcetera Boutique (411 W. 2nd Street) in Austin, or
blouses and skirts, Tess recaptures the glamor
shop online at tessdress.com.
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Polka dot power
In n e t w o r k
Tess separates ‘Claire’ blouse in Flame & Saffron with ‘Carol’ skirt in Butter Yellow English Tweed
Photographer Mark Guerra Model: Emma Jewels: Kendra Scott
In Check Tess separates ‘Clarice’ blouse in Ivory with ‘Carol’ skirt in Italian Linen Check
Photographer Mark Guerra Model Rebecca Price Jewels Kendra Scott
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In n e t w o r k
JULIEtte FARRELL PERFORMER | UNITED KINGDOM
Who she is:
What she’s doing now:
Juliette Farrell is a singer songwriter from the United
Juliette has just released a 16 track free mix tape
Kingdom who sings Neo Soul / Nu Jazz. She is best
called The Take Over. Also, she is releasing her new
known for her duet “Two Hearts” with U.S. singer
single “Love Me and My Hair” from the forthcoming
Myron. She is now signed to NuVybe Records in the
album Keys of Love which is produced by NuVybe
UK and CB Music Group in the US.
Records’ Herb Middleton. Middleton has worked with the likes of R&B and Pop artists Mary J. Blige,
Usher and SWV.
Juliette’s inspirations are Motown artists Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops and the Temptations.
“My mum and dad sang a great deal around the
Juliette is working closely with various efforts
house growing up; my mum sang jazz done by such
focused on finding a cure for cancer. A percentage
legends as Billie Holiday and dad played the blues
of proceeds from the sale of her new single, “Love Me
and folk. I loved Soul / Funk artists like James Brown,
and My Hair” are being donated to The Sarcoma Trust
more recent Soul artists, such as: Shirley Murdock
(www.sarcomatrust.org.uk), one of the fundraising
and Melissa Morgan,” says Juliette.
efforts to which Juliette lends her support.
Memorable moment: Juliette’s crowning professional achievement is
The Video for “Love Me and My Hair” captured here.
performing at the Jazz Café, London. Her most
Learn more about Juliette Farrell by visiting her official website at
memorable moment is getting married in 2010.
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In D ULGE : B E A UT Y
Revealed This is the promise of the new miracle cream from 2
r. Tony Cruz, Lancôme Product Manager at Saks
to extract rose native cells, keeps the integrity and
Fifth Avenue, Austin, Texas explains Absolue
capacity of the cells and ensures maximum cellular
L’Extrait is made with the latest technology from
replication. Two million rose native cells are in each jar
Lancôme Laboratories; Absolue L’Extrait is the elusive
of the new elixir. Light in texture, allowing maximum
Fountain of Youth for your skin.
absorption into the skin, the elixir boasts a 67% increase
which borrows from stem cell research and is years
in the skins cellular replication after 4 weeks of use.
in development, allows skin to reveal its potential self. Based on in-vitriol testing, research confirms “rose Lancôme has taken stem cell technology to new
native cells can extend their exceptional properties
heights in their research of the Lancôme Rose – a stem
to enhance skin’s regenerative potential,” according
bred especially for Lancôme which required the cross
to Lancôme. The regenerative power in this elixir in
breeding of over 2,000 species, and was “selected
unparalleled, leaving a satiny finish behind, revealing
for its resilience, vivacity,
firmer, more elastic, more radiant skin....your skin.
Lancôme Absolue L’Extrait sells for $350, available
exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
- Tony Cruz
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In D ULGE : L i f e s t y l e
Vive La Vida at Vino 100 A Wineaux’s Thoughts By Ingrid Garner
s much fun as it can be experiencing something
the mac and cheese you grew
new, there’s something to be said for enjoying
up on. It’s loaded with Black
the familiar. Every now and then; however, even the 1
Forest Ham, Italian parsley,
familiar can bring a little hint of change to keep things
egg noodles, and topped with
from becoming stagnate That’s how I feel whenever I
smoked Gruyere. Both dishes
walk into Vino 100 located in the Round Rock Crossing
are favorites at Vino 100.
Shopping Center. There you experience the comfort of going someplace where “everybody knows your
Not only is the food superb,
name” along with the anticipation of finding out what’s
but Bryan changes up the wine
new on the menu or taking part in a special event.
menu every two weeks. There are always new wines (to drink
A bright spot of this cozy place is the owner and chef
at the bar or take home) on the
Bryan Gano who comes from a long line of talented
wall. For those wanting a cold
cooks who don’t write down family recipes, just pass
beer during these summer days
them along generation to generation. With his every
there is an incredible Texas
food creation he remembers what his mom taught him.
Craft beer selection available.
“You can always add seasoning and spice, but you can
“My wife says I get bored easily.
never take it away.”
That’s probably true because I have to keep changing things all the time.”
So great is Bryan’s culinary talent that during this year’s Taste of Austin event, his Smoked Andouille
It’s certainly working for him because there is always
Sausage and Shrimp Creole Savory Cheesecake (yes,
something going at Vino 100:
you read that right) came in 1st place. Second place
tastings, live music. You can also participate in the
was his Traditional Mac N’ Cheese. This dish is not
monthly wine club. As a member, you can participate in
wine dinners, grand
INSDIDE VINO â€œYou can always add seasoning and spice, but you can never take it away.â€? - owner and chef Bryan Gano
tastings for two, have a light dinner and take home two
whole bottle!) or frothy cold beer, and live music while
bottles of wine. Wine club members enjoy discounts on
you kick it with your friends, are out on a date, or just
special events and special pricing on wine club wines.
want to chill by yourself. To keep up with the latest happenings, you can sign up for the weekly newsletter
Yes, you can certainly live the life at Vino 100 with
on their website vino100roundrock.com or find them
tasty morsels to eat, a scrumptious glass of wine (or a
on Facebook. IN FLUENTIAL 57
E V ENTS
TOP: Leonardo Dâ€™Almagro and Cile Cook. MIDDLE: Lindsay Jensen and Rachel Jud. RIGHT: Bochi Evans and Diana Miranda. ABOVE LEFT: Nicole and Natalie Varner of Dolce Blu. ABOVE RIGHT: Valerie Velazquez, Martha Morales, Carol Scott.
STRUT 5.12 Raises $3,500 for CapCityKids By William Jackson
n Saturday, May 12, MKV Productions hosted
school. Administrative costs for their programs are
the STRUT 5.12 at Lytle Pressley Contemporary
absorbed by the Board (Dobson Foundation) and
and House + Earth Galleries. The event was a huge
Austin Independent School District.
success, raising over $3,500 for CapCityKids! Michele Utt and Valerie Velazquez of MKV Productions
Thanks to this close partnership, 100% of donations
would like to thank all of the sponsors who gave so
go directly to the students. Funds from STRUT 5.12
generously and the guests who attended in support
will help provide basic school supplies and support
of this philanthropic event.
afterschool tutoring at homeless shelters, and helps CapCityKids is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization
connect kids with social services. Thank you for
that develops innovative programs and provides
directly contributing to improving the lives of these
direct resources to help homeless students stay in
children. Visit CapCityKids at www.capcitykids.org. IN FLUENTIAL 59
E V ENTS
HOUSE PARTY Raises Over $19k for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin By William Jackson
ouse Party 2012 hosted by Friends of the House
board. We exceeded our fundraising goal, spread
on May 19th blew past their fundraising goal,
the word about Friends of the House and raised
bringing in over $19,000 for Ronald McDonald House
awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities all
Charities of Austin and Central Texas. Lytle Pressley
while enjoying a truly fabulous party. I am already
Contemporary Art Gallery was packed with nearly
looking forward to House Party 2013!”
150 young professionals for this fundraising event. In 2011, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin Shannon Ferguson, co-chair for the event said,
served over 1,300 families. The funds raised from
“House Party 2012 was a great success across the
the event’s silent auction and ticket sales continue
LEFT: Lindsey Levin, Packrick Ley, Beth Ley. RIGHT: Jenny Boone, Sarah McIntyre and Ginny Lewis.
to help them support Central Texas families with
Platinum Travel Inc., Sole Source Technology and
critically ill or hospitalized children.
World Wide Technology, Inc. provided financial support that helped make the party a success.
Guests enjoyed music by DJ el john Selector while sampling hors d’oeuvres from Apothecary Café. The
Monica Williams from Giving City said House Party
open bar featured cocktails provided by Bacardi and
was “a hotspot and a must attend for next year if
beer provided by KEG 1. Attendees also got access
you missed it this year!” Friends of the House will
to an after party at Tacos and Tequila (TNT) where
host House Party 2013 next June. Information will be
the fun continued into the evening with exclusive
available at www.rmhc-austin.org/friends.
drink and food specials. Corporate sponsors Kimbia, IN FLUENTIAL 61
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