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s Martha and the Vandellas (or Van Halen or
spice up your travels with places to see and things to
Mick Jagger and David Bowie) sang to us,
experience. This issue is all about making the most out of
“The summer’s here, and the time is right for
a season that could easily be spent just sitting by the pool
dancin’ in the streets.” And they were sure
or cooling off in front of the TV (which we offer advice
right. Summer is here. And, there is more
on how to do in the best possible way). Of course, those
to do than just dance in the streets. The weather wraps itself around your shoulders and
aren’t such bad ways to spend your days. But, why stop there!
gives you a squeeze. The sun stays up late enough to
Influence your summer! Make it your best one yet. We
greet the fireflies. Sudden summer sprinkles decide to
hope to give you a hand in having a healthy and action-
pay us all an afternoon visit on occasion. Waves become
packed summer! Soon enough winter will rear its frozen
our summer buddy. And air conditioning beckons us into
head. So, melt away all your worries while you still can.
a dreamy calmness just when we think we can’t sweat
And, honestly, while you don’t have a choice!
another drop. All the things we love of summer are here to greet us with every chirping bird and every mosquito
Welcome to our issue!
bite. And we at InFluential Magazine aim to make sure each and every reader makes the most of their lazy days and decedent nights. This issue we hope to influence your entertainment this summer. We have tips to take your party from a get together to a splendid soiree. We hope to help you with
your summer wine selections with advice from Austin’s
We have advice for making you or
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K A N D Y G L A S S Make-up Artist and Skin Care Specialist | www.facekandy.com Kandy Glass is an award winning make-up artist and skin care specialist. She has spent the past thirty plus years creating beauty, sharing knowledge and empowering women. Her company, FaceKandy provides beauty services for all occasions, including but not limited to, weddings, special events, proms, portraits, and galas anytime you want to look and feel your best! Always happy to share her knowledge, she teaches individual and professional make-up lessons. Kandy can be found in her studio downtown Austin, 1500 West 6th St, Thomas Saverio Salon, 5416 Parkcrest, and occasionally at a Bobbi Brown or La Prarie counter in the central Texas area.
P E T E G O M E Z Wireless and Technology Professional Pete Gomez is an influential wireless and technology professional with over ten years of experience in the wireless telecommunication device, marketing, training, lifestyle and retail industry. Pete brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for his field and is considered a wireless product and technology specialist/ guru not only because of his experience but by actively staying ahead of the curve by continuously researching current and upcoming market and new product trends.
A D R I A N N A K I N A L Blogger of AA Kinal | www.aakinal.com Adrianna Kinal is a Polish / Canadian fashion artist working and creating in Los Angeles. She has worked as a designer, creative director, photographer, stylist, graphic designer and marketing media director. AA Kinal is a site where she shares her discoveries, curiosities, and thoughts on fashion, art, design, architecture, travel, her fondness for femme fatales and fascination with everything from the 1920's and 30s. The name â€“ AA Kinal is an abbreviation of her full name â€“ Adrianna Aleksandra Kinal. AA Kinal is also the name of her jewelry line.
N A D I A D . L U N A Senior Copy Writer, Soto & Co | www.missmoon1201.wordpress.com Hailing from the border town of Eagle Pass, Nadia relocated to Austin and earned her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Texas. A college friendship developed into a creative and professional relationship when she was roped in to help Richard Soto with his then fledgling men’s collection. Drawing from a strong passion to read, she has helped create the voice of Soto & Co and looks forward to being a part of its continued growth. She considers herself quite the food, fashion, and wine connoisseur. You can follow her not-so-professional escapades through her lifestyle blog at missmoon1201.wordpress.com.
A N T H O N Y M A N Z O Protocol and Corporate Etiquette Consultant | www.moderngentleman.net Blogger and writer Anthony Manzo is a Protocol and Corporate Etiquette Consultant. After a long career as an entrepreneur and corporate banker, Anthony decided to transition his career to what he deemed “an area of essential need in the new and younger corporate world.” Anthony has dedicated the remainder of his free time and energies to defining who the gentleman is, who he has become, and to developing and introducing a “Code of Conduct” to help re-develop the “Modern Gentleman.” He is working on a book about how to be a gentleman in today's ever-changing, fast-paced world.
J A N E T M C C U L L A R Trial Attorney | Law Office of Janet McCullar, P.C. | www.jmccullarlaw.com Janet is a nationally-respected trial attorney board certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was also selected to be a fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an organization of the nation’s top divorce attorneys. Janet is a frequent author and speaker on divorce and custody issues. Away from the office, Janet, a wife and mother of three children, has a passion for physical fitness, reading, the arts, traveling, and community service. In the recent years, Janet has enjoyed learning to sail. Visit Law Office of Janet McCullar, P.C. at jmccullarlaw.com.
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C O N T E N T S
July / August
IN F L U E N C E During Summer, It's the Wine ........................................14 LIVING WELL
Don't Ruin Your Cookout! .............................................16 LIVING WELL
Smart Sizzlin' Summer ..................................................18 HEALTH & WELLNESS
Boundaries: The You and Me of Relationships ..................20 HEALTH & WELLNESS
Modern Hairstyles in Ten Minutes or Less ........................24 BEAUTY
Kandy's Summer Secrets ................................................26 BEAUTY
Scents of Adventure ......................................................28 BEAUTY
Jose Luis Buitron
Men, Flaunt the Flower................................................30 FASHION & STYLE
Definition of a Modern Gentleman ................................32 HEALTH & WELLNESS
STAGING FOR YOUR SUMMER SOIREE ............10 Bring Style and Delight to Your Summer Get-Togethers
Justin Does.... Nantucket ...............................................44 TRAVEL
JOSE LUIS BUITRON .................................................34 Maintains His Cutting Edge
STYLING & PROFILING ............................................38 SUMMER'S HOTTEST LOOKS ................................40 Featuring swimwear by Mar de Rosas
6 Things You Should Know About UV Radiation and Your Eyes .............................................................46 HEALTH & WELLNESS
Is It Time? ...................................................................48 LAW
Mid-Summer Pairings ..................................................50
IN S O C I E T Y Summer Event Guide .............................................................52 The Party is Perfect Every Time ..............................................56
IN D U L D G E D-I-G-I-T-A-L L-I-F-E ........................................................58
A Fresh Palate Just a Hop and a Skip Away ...................52 LIVING WELL
William Jackson Appointed Board Member of the Austin Child Guidance Center .......................................55
J U S T I N A . M C N U L T Y Founder & Editor of JustinDoesBlog | www.justin-does.com Justin has been an avid traveler since he was a kid. Having attained his first elite status with an airline when he was a freshman in college, he now travels close to 100,000 miles a year spending around 50 nights a year in hotels. Justin has been to 48 states in the United States and almost 30 countries on four continents. Justin enjoys sharing his experiences, tips, and tricks he has learned while both at home and on the road. Follow his adventures on Facebook (facebook.com/JustinDoesBlog) and Twitter (@ JustinDoesBlog).
D A R R E N M . S C O T T Beverage Manager / Lead Sommelier, laV Restaurant & Wine Bar | www.lavaustin.com
Raised in Austin, Darren M. Scott cut his teeth on wine in New York City where he started working at a boutique wine shop in Brooklyn. Later advancing to Sommelier at Morrell Wine Bar & CafĂŠ Rockefeller Center, he developed a solid foundation of wine knowledge. His knowledge of wine continued to expand through his experience as Sommelier at Mario Batali's Babbo in Greenwich Village. Relocating back to Austin in early 2014, Scott helped to open laV where currently he oversees a wine program with over 1,200 labels. His experience and education has earned him the rank of Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers.
R A E W I L S O N Wine Consultant | www.wineforthepeople.net | @wine4thepeople Rae Wilson is a wine consultant and writer, passionate about food and wine connected to the hands that produce it. Her business, Wine for the People, provides professional consulting services helping cultivate and enrich the Austin culinary scene. She learned the microbrew business in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri and has made wine in California, Europe, and the Texas Hill Country. Holding certifications from both the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, she currently sits on the judges panel with the Texas Wine Journal and is excited to be establishing a vineyard for rosĂŠ production in the Texas Hill Country.
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S TA G I N G F O R Y O U R SUMMER SOIREE WRITTEN BY
C O L I N C O W I E • P H OTO G R A P H Y C O U R T E SY O F C O L I N M I L L E R
It’s time for outdoor summer soirees that begin by the pool and end at a bonfire. I love the thought of no-fuss, barefoot nights, but there’s still a bit of planning required when it comes to outdoor parties. Here are my favorite summer outdoor entertaining tips:
MAKE BATCHED DRINKS
Instead of slaving away creating custom cocktails
throughout your celebration, pre-mix drinks and place
Think coral, driftwood, sunflowers, fresh herbs or troughs
them in large beverage servers for serving. Stock plenty of
of hardy succulents that will withstand the summer heat.
glasses, ice and garnishes so guests can help themselves.
Japanese eggplants or artichokes are a colorful option, too. (Today’s centerpieces are tomorrow’s lunch, right?)
KEEP BUGS AT BAY
Bright patterned table cloths or vibrant cloth napkins are
For starters, place a few bottles of insect repellant, like Skin-
also incredibly chic and will add a ton of color to your decor.
So-Soft, throughout the space, so it’s easily accessible.
To keep your guests from turning into an all-you-can-
PREP YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE
eat buffet, invest in a quality mosquito net, and drape it
Spray your outdoor space two to three days prior
over your table umbrella for dreamy, functional decor.
to your event to prevent bugs from crashing your
You can also place a citronella candle underneath your
party. There are a ton of natural foggers on the
tables to keep mosquitos away from your guests’ ankles.
market that are great for patios and smaller spaces.
GROW FRESH HERBS
If you’re still terrified mosquitos will be feasting on your guests, use basil. It’s a natural mosquito repellent and the aromas are amazing for an outdoor summer
and you’ll have delicious herbs all summer long. PURCHASE FUNCTIONAL DÉCOR
Invest in tiki torches infused with citronella oil and place them throughout your venue. When combined with citronella candles, this tropical inspired décor will definitely heat up cool summer nights.
KEEP IT COOL
shady areas for your guests to keep cool.
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TAKE A SEAT
glamorous, it can be tough to maneuver when you’re nursing
areas with coffee tables or set up picnic benches throughout the space for rustic-chic decor. THINK MINI
Warmer weather means smaller clothes and even smaller appetites. Serve your guests bite-sized appetizers, so they can have a little or a lot, whichever they prefer. HAVE A PLAN
A smart host is one with a plan and a backup plan. If the skies open up for a summer storm or your strategic attempts to ward off swarms of mosquitos are futile, have an outdoor tent ready or a space indoors that can accommodate your guests. If neither of these things are possible, you may want to consider a rain date.
COLIN COWIE CELEBRITY EVENT PLANNER & CEO OF COLIN COWIE ENTERPRISES WWW.COLINCOWIE.COM
Colin Cowie is on fire with an events business that travels the four corners of the world doing everything from intimate birthday celebrations to iconic weddings to corporate bashes, a hot new website on weddings and a consulting business that works on international hospitality and design projects for hotels, retailers and airlines. Layer on top of that his being a regular contributor to NBCâ€™s The Today Show, a popular personality on HSN with home and lifestyle collections, and his ever-growing collection of lifestyle and entertaining books. The party planner of choice for celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey and Kim Kardashian, what sets Colin apart is his experiential approach to design; what you smell, touch, taste, feel and hear are carefully orchestrated to create the ultimate experience for Colin's clients. IN FLUENTIAL 13
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DURING SUMMER, IT’S THE WINE WRITTEN BY D A R R E N M. S C O T T
rinking wine during the summer is different. It's not because the food is different or the temperature is warmer. It’s different because it’s the thing to do. Summertime is meant for vacations, graduations and poolside parties. It means dressing down and
slowing down. Fortunately, the level of anxiety dips, and we’re a little less formal. Our palates still want to experience greatness, to be enticed and inspired by wines that greet us with mystery complemented with delightfulness and refreshment.
InFluential Magazine asked me to recommend four selections
& Wine Bar
which complement nicely the energy of summer. My selections will definitely provide certain mystery and will excite the palate; while at the same time will be gentle to the wallet.
CREMANT DE LIMOUX BRUT “CUVÉE ROSÉ” DOMAINE COLLIN NV (LANGUEDOC) HISTORY:
After honing his craft at his family’s business in Champagne (oenophiles
will recognize the name Ulysse Collin as one of the top récoltant-manipulants in the region), Phillipe Collin decided to strike out on his own in the early eighties.
fortunes elsewhere in France, he settled in the vicinity of Limoux in northwest Languedoc a couple of hours inland from the Mediterranean Sea.
The cooler climate of the area
is suited to the traditional varietals of Champagne, and Collin makes this cuvee from a majority of Chardonnay with a bit of Chenin Blanc with some Pinot Noir for color. TECHNICAL
The wine is made in the traditional method of Champagne,
with secondary fermentation occurring in the bottle and all riddling performed by hand. TASTING NOTES:
The result is a complex and aromatic sparkling wine with notes of wild
strawberry and a crisp, refreshing finish. This wine makes a wonderful aperitif on its own – perfect for sharing with friends on a hot summer day. 14
AMEZTOI 2013 (GETARIA)
H I S T O R Y : Txakoli (pronounced
cha-ko-lee) is the national drink
of Basque country in northern Spain, where countless glasses
are quaffed in the pintxos bars
VIETTI 2010 (PIEMONTE)
of the region every summer.
commune TECHNICAL NOTES:
the seaside village of Getaria
is typically made in a light,
low-alcohol style with a slight
Hondarrabi Zuri, the Txakoli of
The wine is redolent of fresh citrus
a variety of the Barolo crus and produced in a similar
and possesses a briny salinity that reflects its maritime
method as its big brothers, seeing nearly two years of
origin – ideally suited for drinking near water and a
aging in large casks before release.
sensational pairing with raw seafood dishes like ceviche.
“baby Barolo” shows notes of red fruit, menthol, and
As a result, this
spice, with tannins that are present but not aggressive. MÂCON, HERITIERS
Although Barolo wines are not
DU COMTE LAFON
generally consumed during the summer, this bottling shows
Considered one of
the softer side of the grape and makes a great companion to
the top winemakers in France,
grilled and smoked meats – staples of summer barbeques.
THE WINE PROGRAM AT
expensive) white wines in the Cote
LAV RESTAURANT & WINE BAR
d’Beaune village of Meursault, an
area famous for bold, voluptuous
laV Restaurant & Wine Bar features everything from
styles of Chardonnay.
prestigious wines from the classic regions of France,
Italy, and the United States to unique, off-the-beaten-
Mâcon, an area of Burgundy
path selections. With upwards of 1,200 labels, the list
located to the south of the
features something for every palate and price range.
Cote d’Beaune, in an attempt to
With an eye to offering exceptional pairings, some of the list will change frequently to complement the season and
Here, he has taken grapes
showcase matchless wines from across the globe.
from an undervalued area and made wine in the same method as his flagship bottlings, producing a wine of extraordinary richness and depth for the price. IN FLUENTIAL 15
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D O N ’ T R U I N YO U R CO O KO U T ! W R I T T E N B Y M A U R I C E V A S S A R C A P TA I N W I T H T H E C I N C I N N AT I , O H I O F I R E D E PA R T M E N T
hile all cookouts remain under the constant
threat of rain and ant invasion more
ALWAYS make sure your grill is stable. A grill that can be easily tipped over is a huge burn hazard.
serious threats are often ignored. It is our inattention towards these dangers that
usually keep them alive and viable. By
ALWAYS keep pets and children at least 3 ft. away while grilling.
taking the time to plan our cookout in such a way as to avoid foreseeable hazards we will only need to concern
ALWAYS clean your grill. A buildup of grease on your
ourselves with our ongoing battle against those dreaded
grill will serve as fuel and contribute to dangerous
ants and sudden precipitation.
Here are a few basic reminders:
ALWAYS use spoons, forks, tongs and etc. with long handles to avoid burns and splatters.
ALWAYS grill outside, away from the house and open windows. The accumulation of carbon monoxide
NEVER leave your grill unattended.
NEVER attempt to move a hot grill.
ALWAYS, after grilling, let coals cool before disposing
from a grill can be deadly. •
ALWAYS make sure the lid is open before lighting your gas grill.
of in a metal container. •
ALWAYS have a fire extinguisher ready. Know how to cut fuel, extinguish the fire, and call the fire department.
NEVER grill drunk! You need a clear head to keep that fire under control.
If you use lighter fluid ALWAYS use charcoal starter
At the beginning of the cookout season be sure to check
fluid to start your fire, NEVER use gasoline or any
your propane grill for leaks. A solution of light soap and
other fuel. (Try using a charcoal chimney starter that
water when applied to the hose and fittings of a propane
uses newspaper instead of lighter fluid to start the
tank will reveal any hidden leaks. Also be aware of the
smell of propane as an indication of a leak. Have leaks repaired before using your propane grill. If you encounter
NEVER leave the fire unattended. Designate one
a leak that doesn’t stop when you shut off the propane at
person as in charge of the fire.
the tank, call the Fire Department immediately.
ALWAYS make sure your grill is placed away from combustibles branches, etc.)
MAURICE VASSAR CAPTAIN WITH THE CINCINNATI, OHIO FIRE DEPARTMENT
Captain Maurice Vassar is a 30 year veteran with the Cincinnati Fire Department and is a certified Paramedic. Captain Vassar currently works in Cincinnati's Fire Prevention Bureau where his duties include educating the public on safety. Captain Vassar has also worked as a radio talk show host and a high school teacher.
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SMART SIZZLIN’ SUMMER WRITTEN BY C H L O E S C H E L L E R
ustin, Texas can be found at the crossroads
means you can host a BBQ and step away from the grill
to actually enjoy a conversation and a plate of food with
particularly food that is covered in BBQ
sauce. So when John Kestner, graduate
Born from his wife’s love of rare steak, John sought
from the MIT Media Lab and founder of
out to create a kitchen assistant that would eliminate
Supermechanical, set out to solve the daily kitchen
the stresses of preparing a great tasting, safe-to-eat
stresses of the average Jane and Joe, he couldn’t have
meal. Range has done just that, boosting the confidence
picked a better place to do it.
of both the everyday cook and the professional chef.
Supermechanical is a company composed of designer-
Range acts as a real-time feedback device as it graphs
engineers who create everyday objects that make
the temperature of your food over-time and retains the
modern life easier. Their recent invention, Range, is
memory of your cooking process. This allows you to learn
a smart thermometer that provides a more accurate
how to avoid past mistakes or to recreate the refreshing
temperature reading on food compared to the standard
home brew you concocted last weekend.
food thermometer. Range also allows for a stress-free
With all cooking there are more risks than just ruining
cooking experience by providing temperature remote
your recipe. In fact, the number one leading cause of
alerts to your iPhone or iPad from any distance. That
house fires starts at the heart of the home: the kitchen.
Range will notify you if a temperature is too high long
Similar to Range, it will supply temperature readings and
before your roast bursts into flames or your pot of caramel
graphs. Even better, though, is that the ever ominous
boils over. Using Range leads to a happy, healthier and
question "Did I leave the oven on?" will exist no more.
safer cooking experience altogether.
Range Oven Intelligence will alert you if the oven is on
Currently, Range is available in two affordable iOS
as you are leaving the house. That equals peace of mind
thermometers, the Ember Range and the Aqua Range.
for you when you are in rush to get out the door or if you
The Ember Range is suitable for meats, whether in an
have to return to the grocery store for a forgotten item
oven or grill. The Aqua Range is perfect for beer brewing,
on your list.
baking, as well as candy and cheese making. With
Like Range, Range Oven Intelligence will allow you to
durable, clip-on silicone handles, both thermometers are
receive a more accurate temperature reading than your
safe for food and are heatproof up to 450°F. The Range
oven thermometer that can often be up to 40°F off.
thermometer connects right to the Range app on your
This new kitchen device should be available just in time
electronic device, and you can forget about batteries
for Thanksgiving so you can stress less about impressing
or wireless troubleshooting; you will need neither with
your in-laws this year, at least when it comes to the
Range. Whether a foodie or a takeout regular, Range can
make you the smartest chef on the block and the host with the most memorable BBQ this summer. John revealed that there is another smart kitchen
You can find Range and other Supermechanical products on Amazon, at the Austin Homebrew Supply or at Supermechanical.com.
solution up Supermechanical's sleeves this year. In its Kickstarter phase is the Range Oven Intelligence that will serve as an oven implant working off of Bluetooth. IN FLUENTIAL 19
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B O U N DA R I E S : T H E YO U A N D M E O F R E L AT I O N S H I P S WRITTEN BY B R A D K E N N I N G T O N, L M F T, L P C
t’s that time of year again—summer.
private landscape of your feelings, your thoughts and
Temperatures are heating up and so are
memories, and your hopes and disappointments. And
romances. As the air heats up, pools and
like physical boundaries, you determine how much you
lakes are not the only things folks are
share. You have the final say regarding who knows what
jumping into. A lot of people will be diving
about you and when they know it.
head first into new relationships.
Time boundaries, separating what was from what is,
Maybe it’s the carefree spirit of the season combined
can be the most challenging and elusive boundaries to
with more exposed skin that make this time of year
create and maintain. Often times we expect our new
popular for new flings. Whatever it is, summer romances
partner to make up for the past mistakes and hurts from
can be just as hot and intense as the midday sun. And
our ex-partners or even our parents. We project the old
as I have learned, the faster things heat up, the easier it is
onto the new. And what does this get us? A coupling
to get burned. So, how do we reduce the risk of getting
that feels chaotic and crazy.
emotionally toasted in relationships? Boundaries.
A friend of mine recently met someone who he is really
Boundaries are like SPF for the self. They help protect
excited about. That’s good, right? Well, the weird thing is
us while allowing us to connect to others. When it comes
this new person wants my friend to be a real jerk. It seems
to relationships, I like to think there are three types of
when my friend is attentive, the other person shows little
boundaries in play: physical, psychological and time.
interest in my friend. When my friend is dismissive and
Physical boundaries are pretty easy to grasp.
rude, well, guess who comes a calling? Sounds crazy,
body and physical space belong to you, and if you wish
I know. The dynamic is pretty clear: the object of my
to share them with someone else, you have every right to.
friend’s desire is stuck in the then and not focused on the
You determine how much is shared and when and how.
now, projecting the past into the present, trying to turn my
As the passion heats up, you still control the closeness
friend into someone he isn’t so they can get from my friend
based on your comfort level.
what they failed to get from the original jerk (probably a
The same holds true for psychological boundaries.
parent or ex-boyfriend). Our past prologue rings true until
The terrain behind your psychological boundaries is the
we edit our own stories, closing chapters and letting go of
some characters before embracing the new. Boundaries also tell us how far is too far and when it’s time to risk a little more. The trick is to know when our
boundaries are too rigid, leaving us isolated and lonely,
and when they are too loose, leaving us wide open to be burned. I remember seeing the movie Jerry Maguire and
Brad Kennington, LMFT, LPC is a
listening to Tom Cruise’s character utter that breathtaking
therapist in private practice at Brad
line, “You complete me.” Those words took my breath
Kennington & Associates. He provides
away but not for sentimental reasons.
therapy to individuals, couples and
me? Really? I get the dramatic intent of the line, but it
families and focuses on disordered
seems a lot of folks are looking for someone to do just
eating, anxiety, grief & loss and
that: complete them. If you complete me, then who was
relationship issues. Because of his
I before I met you? Half of me? A third of me? And
expertise with eating disorders and
please do not expect me to complete you. No thanks! I
relationship issues, Brad has been
complete me and you complete you and together we can
interviewed by satellite radio and has
have a more whole relationship.
been quoted by Huffington Post. Brad
It’s basic relationship
is a board member of the National
As the poet Rainer Maria Rilke once wrote, “All
Association for Males with Eating
companionship can consist only in the strengthening of
Disorders, a clinical fellow with the
two neighboring solitudes…and when two people both
American Association for Marriage
give themselves up in order to come close to each other,
and Family Therapy and is the
there is no longer any ground beneath them and their
president of Austin Eating Disorder
being together is a continual falling.” Robert Frost sums
Specialists. To contact Brad, you can
up the idea of boundaries quite nicely: “Good fences
reach him at bradleykennington@
make good neighbors.”
gmail.com. IN FLUENTIAL 21
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MODERN HAIRSTYLES IN TEN MINUTES OR LESS W R I T T E N BY L E O N A R D O D ’ A L M A G R O • P H OTO G R A P H Y C O U R T E SY O F J O R G E R I V A S
ith a few (and only a few) key products and
best suited for straight to wavy hair with thin to medium
styling tools, you can quickly give yourself
texture. Fuentes recommends performing the following
a salon-worthy ‘do. And hey, if you don’t
on dry hair that has been round brushed or smoothed
care for it, try a different one. At least
with a flat iron. Additional tools include bobby pins and
you haven’t blown 70 bucks and an hour
elastics that complements your hair color. A good firm
of precious time. We’ve consulted with Dallas-based hairstylist Walter Fuentes for those modern hairstyles which are versatile and so easy to achieve.
hold hairspray adds the finishing touch. Consider these as tips to extend the life of your blowout from a blow dry bar or from your hairdresser.
Fuentes’ technique works on all hair types, but its
V O LU M E B LO W O U T Step 1: Squeeze a small amount of the styling foam into your palm. Step 2: Rub your hands together and evenly work the styling foam through damp hair. Step 3: Blow dry your hair with a round brush.
D R E S S Y P O N Y TA I L Step 1: Gently backcomb the root area for added lift. Step 2: Gather your hair in a low ponytail and using elastic, hold in place at the base. Step 3: Gently smooth flyaways and ends. Step 4: Wrap a small piece of your ponytail around the base to hide the elastic and pin it in place.
M O D E R N B O U F FA N T Step 1: Gather your hair at the nape and twist your hair in a counter clockwise direction. Step 2: Lift the ponytail as you twist keeping it close to the scalp. Step 3: Pin with grips to hold shape. Step 4: Tuck any excess into the twist for a smooth finish.
HALF UP / HALF DOWN Step 1: Section hair from ear to ear and pin the top section to create volume. Step 2: Gently smooth flyaways and ends for a classic look.
Hair and Make-Up: Walter Fuentes • Model: Tara Oefinger courtesy of The Dragonfly Agency
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IN F L U E N C E : b e a u t y
K A N DY â€™ S
SUMMER SECRETS WRITTEN BY K A N D Y G L A S S
rotecting the skin from the intense summer
It is necessary to replenish the moisture loss in the
sun is important in the prevention of skin
skin due to sun exposure and summer temperatures. I
cancer and premature aging. I prefer using
prefer using face and body oils on damp skin to seal in
a natural sunblock that provides a physical
protection over chemical sunscreens that
can have potentially harmful side effects.
Here are a few of my summer "must haves" that are great for both men and women, children included.
N E U T R O G E N A B O DY O I L Instantly seals in moisture leaving skin soft and supple. $7 - $32
J A N E I R E DA L E L I P D R I N K Provides sun protection and a drink of moisture for the lips. $12
J A N E I R E DA L E P OW D E R - M E S P F Sunscreen for the entire family.
B O B B I B R O W N FAC E O I L
Use on body, face and scalp.
Immediately moisturizes the
face. Can be worn under makeup. $62.
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IN F L U E N C E : b e a u t y
SCENTS OF ADVENTURE S TO RY & A R T BY A D R I A N N A K I N A L
few years ago for our anniversary, my
to be stimulating and helps sharpen our minds. Lavender
husband presented me with an intriguing
is best known for promoting sleep and relaxation.
bottle of perfume called Cosmic by the
Rosemary relieves anxieties and clary sage works to
incredible London-based jeweler Solange
focus thoughts and refresh our minds.
Azagury Partridge. At first I was divided
As I escape on an aromatic rendezvous through this
whether I liked the fragrance or not. However, after every
season’s captivating scents, these are my top picks:
spritz the scent held my interest. It was inexplicably
(from left to right):
mysterious, taking my nose and me on a bold and enchanting adventure.
• Silk Blossom $120 for 3.4oz, Jo Malone, white pepper, bergamot, apricot mix with jasmine and rose for a vibrant
Today, as I walk into exclusive perfume shops researching summer’s newest interpretations, it quickly
spritz. • La Panthère $135 for 2.5oz, Cartier, chypre, gardenia,
becomes evident that no one
musk, combined with rhubarb,
wants to discuss the notes of the
strawberries and dried fruits for
perfume but rather the emotions
a sensual and bold floral scent.
it evokes. For example, if you’d
• Geranium Odorata $98 for
like a perfume that makes you
feel sunny, radiant, and jovial try
geranium, pink pepper, tonka
Hermès latest Jour d’ Hermès. For
bean mix with vetiver and cedar
a touch of youth, innocence, and
for a fresh aromatic scent.
romance, Dolce & Gabbana’s latest successful
• Dolce EDT $112 for 2.5oz,
Dolce will do quite nicely. Most
amaryllis, daffodil and papaya
brands realize smell has deep
flower blend with neroli leaves
ties with sentiment. A scent can
for a youthful floral fragrance.
recount a memory, an adventure,
• Jour d’ Hermès $149 for
a singular story. Or it can capture a mood, an ambiance, or intensely felt emotion.
2.9oz, Hermès, gardenia, sambac Rosabotanica EDP $100 for 1.7oz, Balenciaga, rose, grapefruit, white amber, cedar, vetiver and patchouli for a fresh sheer fragrance.
mix with jasmine and apricot flower for a radiant floral scent.
Research from Swiss fragrance giant Givaudan points
• Néroli & Orchidée EDT $75 for 2.5oz, L’Occitane,
out that our nose houses scent receptors, that upon
orange and mandarin join orchid and iris in this ultra-
detecting a fragrance, send signals to our olfactory
bulb (the part of our brain that is responsible for our
• Good Girl, Gone Bad $245 for 1.7oz, Kilian, jasmine,
sense of smell) and limbic systems where our moods
osmanthus, Indian tuberose, narcissus blend with amber
and emotions are regulated. The rapid response to your
and cedar for a warm sultry fragrance.
mom’s perfume, for example, might give you an instant
As much as I love new scents, the one that remains
sense of comfort. Likewise, the smell of an ex, well, just
a constant is Cosmic. Having become my signature
might make you cringe.
perfume, it reminds me of that perfect anniversary day,
Studies have shown, generally, citrus notes such as lemon and mandarin make us more energetic. Fresh cut
bringing me back to feelings of love – the best adventure after all.
grass induces feelings of well-being. Mint has been shown IN FLUENTIAL 29
IN F L U E N C E : f a s h i o n & s t y l e
MEN, F L AU N T T H E F LOW E R WRITTEN BY N A D I A D. L U N A
ost men have donned the obligatory ribbon-wrapped rose pinned to their tuxedo lapel at prom or a
wedding but are hesitant to incorporate it into their everyday wear. Lately, we’ve witnessed a resurgence of the accessorized man, mirroring the gentleman of years past, enabling the boutonnière to branchout from formal events to now occupy space in the dapper, modern man’s repertoire. The boutonnière is intended to be worn through the suit buttonhole of the left lapel, bud exposed with the stem tucked
neatly behind to secure it in place – no exposed stalks and no pin-stick worries. In other words, you have always worn it wrong. Originally thought to ward off evil spirits and foul odors from unkempt grooms, the boutonnière and other lapel decorations such as the Ivy League pin, grew to represent status and exclusivity, sealing its place in the fashion realm.
The male silhouette has always maintained its form,
Soto & Co understands the history of male fashion, its
always returning to the classic, tailored pant, shirt and
evolution, and the pieces that have staked their claim for
jacket. Through the years, less structured attire has become
centuries and centuries to come. Unlike real buds, artificial/
fashionable; lapels narrowed, laid flat against the breast,
cloth flower lapel pins retain their shape and vibrancy.
and buttons were left undone providing the boutonnière a
Because durability is a key characteristic of his company,
Ricky Soto, owner and lead designer of Soto & Co,
Men’s fashion today continues to stay true to this standard
handcrafts and hand sews each flower lapel pin that makes
model by taking the classic figure and adding a few updated
its way into his clients’ wardrobes. For the adventurous
pieces to create contemporary looks. Hip-hop’s influence
male, a wide array of colors, fabrics, and textures are
on fashion and design is undeniable. With men like Andre
available to tailor the individual item to the individual man
3000 and Kanye West, who are unafraid to push limits and
– a statement piece to add just the right amount of je ne
cross boundaries, at the forefront of American fashion, it is
sais quoi to perfect an outfit. A man’s commitment to his
inevitable that clothing for the masses would follow their
appearance is a true testament to his character. A Soto &
lead. With their abandonment of the track suit and the
Co custom flower lapel pin, fashioned with either a pin or
always sagging pants, a refocus has been placed on the
a hand-sewn button, represents an appreciation for culture
chic gentleman. Suits now sport tapered fits and a feminine
and sophistication. A man should be unafraid to flaunt the
touch, so it is no surprise the flower lapel pin has made its
flower – Soto & Co is the modern man’s florist.
reappearance even being seen nightly on athletes such as Jalen Rose with his namesake rose lapel pin.
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IN F L U E N C E : f a s h i o n & s t y l e
A MODERN GENTLEMAN WRITTEN BY A N T H O N Y M A N Z O
o understand what makes a “Modern
he values and respects others.
Gentleman,” we must first know the history
A gentleman is well-mannered and knows what is
and make-up of the gentleman. Historically,
appropriate. He is able to navigate various social and
a gentleman was any man with an income
professional settings with ease and proficiency.
derived from property or legacy and was
embraces all people - those from cultures that differ from
thus independently wealthy. The definition then expanded
his own, as well as, from various social and economic
to include any well-educated man from a good family
manifesting courteous conduct. As world aristocracies
A gentleman possesses a strong work ethic. He takes pride
declined, the term became a social word of politeness
in his labor and strives to give his very best. He is trustworthy,
as in the term “ladies and gentleman.” One thing is now
loyal and the majority of people speak well of him.
certain, however. Not all men are gentleman.
A gentleman is confident.
The evolution of the term gentleman has made it extremely difficult to properly define or thoroughly understand.
His posture and body
language communicate a strong personal presence. A gentleman is well-dressed. He knows how to select
Only when we learn the qualities of a
clothing that is appropriate for any occasion and will
gentleman can we confirm its proper use. There are finite
assist him in accomplishing his goals. He is well-groomed
principles which govern the qualities that a man must
and practices good hygiene. He understands his personal
possess in order to be labeled a gentleman.
appearance – the way he chooses to dress, groom, and
The “Modern Gentleman” is an idea and a movement
carry himself – opens the door to new opportunities.
that has been a long time coming. This is not just about
A gentleman is well-spoken and a generous listener.
how men treat women but how everyone should be
He knows how to efficiently connect with others and
treating each other. Being a “Modern Gentleman” isn’t
communicate his message.
just about proper behavior and etiquette. It is a drive that
A gentleman is known for his integrity. He is a man of his
compels you to be one of proper behavior and etiquette.
word and follows through with his commitments whatever
The best way to know if you are a “Modern Gentleman” is to evaluate yourself based on the tenets of a gentleman. As recognized by etiquette experts, customarily a gentleman of influence will contain a portfolio of qualities recognized the world over:
A gentleman needs to embrace humility. He knows it is not a weakness but a strength. A gentleman embodies chivalry; qualities such as bravery, courtesy, honor and gallantry toward others.
A gentleman is generous with his time, wisdom, and resources.
the cost. His actions reflect who he has chosen to be.
He willingly serves others and extends his
hand to those in need.
Historically, a gentleman would do things that would be totally out of place in today’s society. Covering a puddle with a cape or cloak or standing every time a lady enters
A gentleman possesses a positive outlook on life. His
a room are not common practices in modern times. While
humor and constant encouragement attracts others to him.
these and other antiquated gestures may be out of fashion,
A gentleman is a lifelong learner.
He maintains a
teachable posture and embraces change for the better. A gentleman models civility in how he treats others. He
responsibility in all his interactions. He is honorable, and
others will remain stalwarts of the gentleman’s code. Being a “Modern Gentleman” is not something that comes easily. You must embrace change for the better and strive for daily growth and improvement. It is a commitment; you must strive to be a better person every day. IN FLUENTIAL 33
JOSE LUIS BUITRON
MAINTAINS HIS CUTTING EDGE WRITTEN BY W I L L I A M J A C K S O N
t's about creating a hairstyle that separates
clients from the crowd. Jose Luis Salon, the acclaimed downtown Austin salon, owned by Jose Buitron is chic, elegant and bustling with the conversations
of socialites, blow dryers humming, shears snipping, and the relaxing scent of lavender mixed with hair conditioner and skin care products.
The beauty guru has been
commissioned to style the luxurious locks of ladies like Kristen Bell, Molly Sims, and Natalie Martinez.
gentlemen touched by Buitron’s “Golden Comb” include Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer, Michael Pena, and Dax Shepard. All will tell you, “Jose is a gift bestowed on just a few." Immediately upon entering the salon it is obvious his team of beauty experts are about making every client famous or otherwise - feel influential. It is as if all their clients deserve a coveted spot on Hollywood Boulevard. Buitron’s signature style is smooth while exacting architectural precision as he understands texture and the shape of a face. He is known for his trendsetting vision
IN FLUENTIAL 35
Jose Luis Buitron
and extraordinary cutting technique, making each cut the
partner Bill Pitts are armed with a sharp business mind,
most perfect accessory. “I just want to help people feel
a strong work ethic, driving discipline and meticulous
and be their best,” says Buitron.
attention to detail. Remarkably, these strong qualities are
Buitron’s clients come to him time and time again not
balanced with humility and gratitude. Buitron is adamant
only for the personalized attention he gives to their overall
that he could never achieve any measure of long-term
beauty but for the experience of pampering and luxury
success without the cooperation of and collaboration
not customarily found at neighboring salons.
with his amazing team. “My energy and inspiration comes
beauty empire is expanding. A second salon is planned
from surrounding myself with successful people. I strive to
for fall with the opening of the Lamar Union development.
create an environment where my team can be successful,
As Buitron puts it, “The concept and décor will present
and when they achieve success then I am successful. I am
something Austin has yet to see.” Making its debut this
inspired to be better,” says Buitron.
past June was the Jose Luis Agency, an elite team of
The son of an industrious family who valued a college
hairstylists and makeup artists specializing in television,
education, Buitron was expected to complete college.
film and editorial work. The search for a third location is
As he is the type of person who doesn’t like to wait for
underway currently, and Buitron has his eyes set on north
things to happen, but wants to make things happen, the
structured four year college plan was a challenge.
Buitron has spent the last 35 years cultivating his talent,
Several friends encouraged Buitron to join cosmetology
school. And because this plan agreed with his need to
Buitron and business and life
“makes things happen,” this route was the obvious choice.
his decision, Buitron quit college to attend beauty school. And the rest, shall we say, is history. Upon completing cosmetology school and a brief stint in corporate America, Buitron set out on his own with his first salon, a small house located near the popular University of Texas - Austin. Though he was by himself, it was important to build his business from the ground up. Buitron says, “If you want to do business then create your business without taking someone else’s business.” A belief system he maintains to this day. Building a brand, a loyal following (many of Buitron’s clients have been with him for over 25 years), and creating a constant buzz requires more than just chance. Buitron attributes this to “the manner in which I conduct business. I believe in excellence and customer service is our highest priority. Also, it is very important to share our successes with the community and through our many philanthropic efforts; we hope we are making a noticeable positive
My energy and inspiration comes from surrounding myself with successful people. I strive to create an environment where my team can be successful, and when they achieve success then I am successful. I am inspired to be better.
After an intense conversation with his family to explain
impact.” Jose Luis Salon epitomizes that exceptional personalized service, VIP treatment, and professionalism are attributes that every client appreciates and every team member takes their part in this responsibility seriously. Buitron is a gift. He has qualities which extend beyond being a talented stylist.
He creates a uniquely personalized
experience for every one of his clients.
also extends to his team. When asked what he hopes his team says about him he says, “I hope they recognize I will always be available for all of their needs. I hope they know I view them as family members whom I cherish.” There is no doubt; Jose Luis Buitron is an amazing stylist. But, far more important is the fact he’s an amazing human being. This is how he maintains his cutting edge. When you have the opportunity to experience Jose Buitron, you’ll swear you’re the only one who has received this gift. But, alas many are thankful this amazing person has the desire and the ability to share with so many more. Actually, a gift bestowed thankfully on more than just a few! Learn more about Jose Luis Buitron and the Jose Luis Salon by visiting www.joseluissalon.com.
Jose Luis Buitron and Bill Pitts IN FLUENTIAL 37
STYLING & PROFILING This Summer’s Most Stylish Hairstyles for Men
A '20s-inspired, side-parted, slick
Basically, mohawk + pompa-
and meticulously placed style
dour + flat-top = quiff. The look
for a man who means business.
is music / rock-inspired, great for any hair texture and is in-
Style by Ryan Claudon.
fused with attitude.
Ryan’s Style Tip: Apply product
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF
from roots to ends and set hair
Style by Brittany Bell Johnson.
in place from front to back first
Brittany’s Style Tip: She applied
using the wide tooth part of the
V76 ultralight gel and strong
The expert staff at Jose Luis Salon shares
comb. Then set in place using
hold styling cream to towel
with us their top picks of stylish hairstyles
the fine tooth side of the comb.
dried hair and gently diffused
for men this summer season.
To maintain this style, he recom-
with fingers and a blow dryer.
mends visiting the salon every
To maintain this style, she rec-
four to six weeks to keep the
ommends visiting the salon ev-
ery four to six weeks.
FA U X H AW K
Great for all ages and hair types,
LO O S E P O M PA D O U R
this structured-yet-versatile look
This modern update on the
meet to make the faux
isn't trying too hard; as if the guy
men's pompadour hairstyle from
just used his hands to push up
the '50s is cool, loose, and per-
for a bit more length in
his hair in the front.
the front for a low-main-
tenance but strong style. Style by Mandy Denson. Mandyâ€™s Style Tip: Blow dry hair
Style by Blaine Morgan. Style by Michael Zuniga.
forward from the back and up in the front, then finish with a medium or firm hold pomade. Mandy always recommends clients come in for a neck trim halfway between appointments to keep look fresh.
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IN F L U E N C E : t r a v e l
LOOKS Swimwear: Mar de Rosas Swimwear • Model: Xenia Deli - Elite Model Miami Production: Juliana Uribe • Photography: Esteban Escobar Fashion Designer: Carolina Ramirez • Collection 2014: Wonderful Nature
"Mar de Rosas" is a Colombian company characterized by their textures and variety of colors, provide comfort and confidence to women. Their unorthodox and asymmetrical cuts highlight the female form, and the diversity of its materials to the garments gives the swimwear a unique touch.
IN F L U E N C E : t r a v e l
NANTUCKET WRITTEN BY J U S T I N M C N U L T Y P H OTO G R A P H Y C O U R T E SY O F L A U R I E W R I G H T OF WRIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY
he day I sat down to write this article, I
and can be reached by car, local shuttle bus, or by a bike
received my monthly Pottery Barn catalog
path that leads right to the beach. Madaket Beach is the
in the mail. That’s when it hit me. SUMMER
best spot on the island for admiring the sunset.
IS HERE! And then I panicked—I had yet to
Bike the Island. I could spend a whole day just touring
plan my summer vacation. Where should I
the island on a bike. There are plenty of bike trails that
go? Should I do a beach vacation? Perhaps a hiking trip
will take you around the island and even to some of the
to the mountains?
Flipping through the Pottery Barn catalog, however, gave
Whaling Museum. A 43-foot finback whale skeleton
me an idea. Their summer wares of outdoor furniture, al
greets visitors to the Whaling Museum. The artifacts in
fresco dining sets, and beach-themed party settings made
this museum should give you a sense of the history of the
me reminisce of my childhood and summer break. And
island and surrounding region. For more information visit
then I got an idea. I should plan a vacation to somewhere
that is truly an American classic: Nantucket Island.
No trip to Nantucket is complete without eating some
Nantucket is about 30 miles south of Cape Cod,
fresh seafood. Lobster (pronounced lahb-stah), clams,
Massachusetts. For almost 150 years — from the early
and bluefish are served at pretty much any restaurant you
1700s to the 1840s — Nantucket was the whaling capital
of the world. Now, Nantucket is one of the most popular
No trip to Nantucket is complete for me without a
and attractive summer destinations in the world. The little
lobster roll. I also have to have at least one meal at Lola 41
“elbow of sand,” as Moby Dick author Herman Melville
(www.lola41.com). The menu offers cuisine from countries
described it, is one of the finest surviving examples of
around the globe that are on the 41st parallel. My favorite
a late eighteenth and early nineteenth century New
is The Lola Burger topped with Cabot cheddar cheese,
England seaport town.
red onion compote, and foie sauce.
The population of Nantucket is just over 10,000 people,
There are several ways to get to Nantucket. I usually
but this swells to over 50,000 people during the summer
fly into Nantucket Memorial Airport (airport code ACK)
months. I decided that I would be part of that swelling
(www.nantucketairport.com). You can also take one of
population. Here’s what is on my list to see and do when
several ferryboats from Hyannis, Massachusetts (www.
Beach Time. Nearly Nantucket’s entire 110-mile coastline
summer vacation, let me hear all about it. Should you
is open to the public. I recommend staking claim at Madaket
choose to visit Nantucket, I hope you find my experiences
Beach. Madaket Beach is on the western coast of Nantucket
live up to the hype.
IN FLUENTIAL 45
IN F L U E N C E : h e a l t h & w e l l n e s s
6 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT UV RADIATION AND YOUR EYES WRITTEN BY D R. C O L L I N T A M, T H E R A P E U T I C O P T O M E T R I S T
he heat of long summer days is nearly upon
are generally at their highest and most dangerous levels
us. As the sun’s rays intensify and people
during peak sun hours, usually between 10:00 a.m. and
spend more time outdoors in the sunshine,
it is very important to be aware of the
There are two types of UV rays that can harm your sight:
potential damage exposure to the sun can
1. UV-A rays can cause damage to your central vision.
have on your eyes. Here are six things you should know about ultraviolet rays and how important it is to protect your eyes from the sun year round. Exposing your eyes to UV rays can harm your vision
front of your eye. The best way to protect your eyes from the sun is by wearing sunglasses or eyewear that absorbs UV rays along with a wide brimmed hat.
and cause a number of eye issues such as cataracts,
UV protection is the most important factor when
corneal sunburn, macular degeneration, pterygium and
purchasing sunglasses. Here’s what you should look for:
skin cancer around the eyelids.
You want eyewear that filters 100% UV-A and UV-B rays
Everyone, including children, is at risk for eye damage
2. UV-B rays can damage the cornea and lens on the
which provides you with maximum protection.
from UV radiation. Those who work or play in the sun,
Eyewear that reduces glare and does not distort color.
or are exposed to the sun for extended amounts of time
Important to know: UV protection is available in some clear
are at the highest risk for damage to their eyes or vision
lenses as well as sunglasses. The choice can be confusing
from UV rays. At 20 years of age the average person has
if you do not have some background information. Not all
received 80% of their life’s UV exposure. Children have
lenses are equal in terms of UV protection. For example,
more transparent lenses in their eyes and more sensitive
cheaply made UV400 sunglasses have a spray-on coating
skin on their bodies. As a result, they are at great risk
that will wear off with cleaning and give you a false sense
of experiencing adverse effects of over-exposure to UV
light. The effects of overexposure to UV light at a younger
One thing we know is that UV risk to the eye is not
age may not show up until later in life with higher risk of
greatest when the sun’s energy is strongest. Because they
cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. This is
are set into the orbit and protected by the upper lid, the
why it is critical to effectively protect our eyes from the
eyes are shielded from direct sunlight when the sun is
high in the sky which is when it causes the most damage
UV rays come from the sun but also reflect off other
to the skin. For the eyes, the greatest risk is when the sun
surfaces such as: water, snow, sand, and the ground. They
is a bit lower in the sky- midmorning and midafternoon.
These are the times when people are less likely to where sunglasses. Hence, the need for UV protection in not limited
DR. COLLIN TAM
to sunglasses; people need to UV protection in every pair of
lenses they wear outside. Direct UV exposure is not the only danger. Indirect UV
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(when it is scattered by clouds and reflected from the ground and other surfaces) actually account for nearly half of an
Dr. Collin Tam, optometrist, was born and raised in
individual’s annual UV dose. Indirect UV is a particular threat
San Francisco, CA and has been an Austin resident
to spectacle wearers because UV coming from the side and
for 20 years. He is a graduate the University of
behind the wearer can be reflected into the eye by the back
Houston College of Optometry and his dedication
surface of the spectacle lens. High quality lens materials do
to the profession is apparent with his volunteer
a good job of blocking UV transmission, but they still reflect
work with optometry missions to Central and
a significant amount of UV from the back surface of the lens
South America as well as vision screenings for
directly into the eye. Traditional anti-reflective or No-Glare
schools in Austin. He is well versed in many new
lenses actually reflect up to 50% of indirect UV. This allows
advances in optometry including glaucoma and
for the most complete UV protection on all glasses.
diabetic management, LASIK surgery and Corneal
Don’t take any shortcuts when it comes to protecting your
Refractive Therapy (CRT). When not at work, he
eyes from the sun. Stay indoors during peak sun hours. If
enjoys the many outdoor activities and events
you have to go out be sure that your eyewear blocks UV
Austin has to offer and spends his downtime as a
rays, so you can protect your eyes and your vision.
connoisseur of fine foods.
IN FLUENTIAL 47
IN F L U E N C E : l a w
IS IT TIME? W H E N T O C O N S U LT W I T H O R H I R E A D I V O R C E L AW Y E R : T O P 5 C O N S I D E R AT I O N S WRITTEN BY J A N E T M C C U L L A R, T R I A L A T T O R N E Y
hen it comes to divorce, most people will
divorce. This allows some privacy and flexibility. Even if
have thought about divorcing their spouse
you never actually divorce, understanding the process
for at least a year before they actually call
can help a person decide whether it is time to stay or go.
and meet with a divorce lawyer. Leaving a
Consideration Number 2: I’ve learned my spouse has
marriage is one of the toughest decisions a
seen a divorce lawyer. If you discover your spouse has
person can make, and meeting with a divorce lawyer adds
been to visit a divorce lawyer, you have a couple of
a level of reality that their marriage is failing which many
options. Of course, the first thing you can do is ask your
people would rather continue to deny.
spouse about the consultation. If you’re reluctant to do
A divorce impacts a person emotionally, physically and
so, or you see the handwriting is on the wall, then you
spiritually, and that’s before children are added to the
may want to consult with a divorce lawyer about your
options. Understanding your rights and options are two
Filing for divorce is a very personal decision, and no lawyer can tell a person whether a divorce is the right
Consideration Number 3: I’ve been served! If a constable
thing to do or when the time is right. However, there are
or a private process server has delivered divorce papers
some times when it is advisable to consult with a lawyer,
to you, it is time to see a divorce lawyer! When legal
and a few rare circumstances where filing for divorce can
documents are delivered to you, important deadlines
make a difference.
have started. You should see a lawyer immediately. In
Consideration Number 1: I’m thinking about divorce,
addition, the documents can require you to refrain from
but I’m not sure. If you are thinking about divorce, but
certain action, and in rare instances, may exclude you
are not certain you actually want to divorce your spouse,
from your home or access to your children. It is perfectly
it is a good time to consult with a divorce lawyer.
acceptable to call your spouse’s lawyer and let them
consultation is a time to meet with a divorce lawyer,
know you have received the papers and you will let them
learn about the process, and ask questions about your
know as soon as you have hired a lawyer.
situation. Often a lawyer can help dispel fears a person
important purposes of seeing a divorce lawyer.
Consideration Number 4: I think my spouse is cheating
may have about what will happen with their property
on me, financially!
or their children. Consulting well in advance allows a
devastating, but may not mean a trip to see a lawyer.
person to understand their options and can allow for
Maybe a counselor or other advisor should be seen first
some strategy. For example, a person may be advised to
in that situation. However, if you suspect your spouse
set up their own bank account and set aside money for
is cheating on you financially by hiding or diverting
expenses. This is not setting up a secret account because
away assets, you should see a lawyer immediately.
all accounts must be disclosed during the process of
spouse is cheating financially, it may be advisable to file
Learning about an affair can be
for divorce in order to get certain protections that are
or an hourly rate for a consultation. The hourly fee can
automatic from the court. These protections are designed
range from $250 to upwards of $500. Divorce lawyers
to preserve and protect property but are only available if
charge for consultations because it is some of the most
a divorce is filed. These situations merit a meeting with a
valuable time with a potential client and to screen out
lawyer who can quickly assess whether filing immediately
people who are simply trying to block their spouse from
hiring a particular lawyer.
Consideration Number 5: My spouse is threatening to
If you’ve decided to hire a divorce lawyer, the best way
leave the state with the children! Any threat to leave with
to find one is to ask another lawyer who they recommend.
the children should be treated with the utmost concern.
If you don’t know a lawyer, ask a friend.
Each biological parent generally has the right to take
internet searches, though, since a tech savvy lawyer is
the children anywhere in the universe without the other
not necessarily a good lawyer and vice versa. There are
parent’s permission. The only way to get protection for
a few organizations that can be searched. High quality
the children is to file a lawsuit to obtain some protection
lawyers can be found through the American Academy of
from the courts.
Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). The AAML is a group of
Bonus Consideration: Most divorce lawyers charge for consultations!
Most lawyers charge either at a flat fee
Be wary of
the nation’s top divorce lawyers and is a great resource to find a quality lawyer.
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MID-SUMMER PAIRINGS WRITTEN BY R A E W I L S O N
n abundance of “top wine” lists dominate
foodie headlines with every change of season, and summer is no exception. Neighborhood block parties, concerts in the park, and any excuse to get beach or
poolside have us slowing down and craving the brightest, freshest flavors to compliment the heat. It’s the time to give yourself a break and take wine a little less seriously. Rather than another list of seasonal standards, I’m going to share some out-of-the-way wines and regions in a hope to provide inspiration to create, congregate or even migrate during this summer season. The highly-regarded, yet little-known cuisine of Basque country in Northern Spain is most famously paired with Txakoli (pronounced CHAH-ko-lee), the lean and racy wine of the region. Most are white and lightly effervescentalthough the rosés are a special treat- and make a perfect pair for most things salty like olives, anchovies, or charcuterie. Naturally low in alcohol, they make a brilliant warm weather refresher. Although limited, a good wine shop will generally have at least one. Look for producers like Ameztoi and Arregui and bring out the tapas!
throughout both productions and most emphatically
California is home to the most-traveled wine regions
in every sip of her bracing, yet elegant expression of
in the U.S. but venture off the main corridors and
you’ll find many “garagiste” micro-producers making
Southern California’s Santa Barbara County is often
some remarkable wines without the big names. French
overlooked for the crowded wine trails of Napa, but
winemaker Christine Barbe now leads the production
the industry buzzes with adoration for the nuance and
at the Coquerel Family Estate (coquerelwines.com) in
style that pours from these tanks. Helping build this
northern Napa Valley, as well as her own label, Toquade
reputation are Eric Railsback and Justin Willett of Lieu
Sauvignon Blanc. (toquadewines.com) “Toquade” is
Dit Winery (pronounced Loo Dee) (lieuditwinery.com).
French for “infatuation,” and hers shows undeniably
The production focuses on varieties from the Loire Valley
of France - Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet
the wine is made by pressing the juice from red grapes
Franc - grown in cool Santa Barbara vineyards made with
before tinting can occur from skin contact, resulting in a
minimal processing. Clean and bright with precision, yet
light salmon color.
a relaxed manner; the entire line is perfectly suited for summer pleasure.
While the classic is hard to beat, there are now endless amounts of producers making excellent examples from
As many beautiful wines exist in the world, none
a myriad of origins. It’s about time you go explore your
compare to the one that shines pink in a Texas heatwave,
summer. Look for Domaine de la Fouquette Côtes de
or at least that’s my motto. Provence, home to the
Provence, Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence, and
quintessential style of rosé, evokes Cote d’Azur beaches
Domaine de la Bastide Côtes du Rhône.
and the Mediterranean sun. Soft, silky-textured, and dry,
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A F R E S H PA L AT E J U S T A H O P A N D A S K I P AWAY WRITTEN BY C H L O E S C H E L L E R
estled on a cozy hill lies Travaasa Austin,
Travaasa Austin owns and manages their own farm.
the ultimate Austin getaway without the
The working farm is 3.25-acres and rests at the bottom of
crowds or the kids. Owning 210 acres of the
the hill leading to the resort. The farm grows the highest
unspoiled Balcones Canyonlands Preserve,
quality produce in the region. With all organic practices,
Travaasa Austin is a home away from home.
the farm provides healthy foods and herbs to both the
It's the perfect escape for the Austinite who doesn't want
restaurants and spa located within the resort. The farm
to travel far but still wants distance from the inevitable
has more than eighty varieties of vegetable crops. Peren-
stress of city-living.
nial fruit orchards, native pecans, edible flowers and both
Travaasa Austin has a lot to offer to their guests: an
culinary and medical herbs also lie within its gates.
award-winning spa, an infinity pool, secluded hikes,
The primary goal of the farm is to be sustainable in
ziplining, a popular equine experience; the list goes on.
all that they do. From planting and harvesting to using
However, what is particularly unique about Travaasa Aus-
seeds from previous season's harvest, the farm aims to
tin is where its food is sourced.
keep a cycle in place that relies on its own farming tech-
niques whenever possible. On the farm stands a chicken coop with a recent addition
organic, farm-to-table foods of the freshest seasonal ingredients. You can relax outside and enjoy the view, find a
of a hundred new hens. Every day the hens provide anti- welcoming spot in the restaurant or even sit at their newly biotic-free, fresh eggs to the resort's restaurants. Travaasa completed bar featuring a beautifully designed wall used Farm also offers a number of classes for those who want
to store and display the herbs grown from Travaasa Farm.
to learn from the farm's practices. Two of the most popu- With organic Texas craft beers, organic wine and straightlar classes are on growing medicinal herbs and managing
from-the-farm garnishes, even a drink won't grant you an
chicken coops. Visitors can also learn about seeding, iden- ounce of liquid guilt. After all, there are plenty of adventifying edible plants, and composting. Soon to be added to
tures awaiting once you finish your meal and head out into
the list is a class on bee-keeping, as the farm has a newly
the fresh air.
added bee farm to source honey and help pollinate the herb garden.
You can learn more about Travaasa Austin at their website www.travaasa.com/austin/ and can follow Travaasa
To get a taste of the farm's food, step into the resort's Farm's blog to get tips and tricks to growing an organic, restaurant, Jean's Kitchen, which offers a daily menu with
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S UMM ER
EVENT GUIDE W Austin’s On Deck Series Starts Thursday, July 3 - August 28, 5-6 PM 200 Lavaca St • Austin, TX
Austin Social Affair Summer Wine Tasting Event Thursday, July 24, 2014 6:30pm-10pm 404 Atlanta St. • Austin, TX
38th Annual Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks Friday, July 4, 2014 Begins 8:30pm Circuit of The Americas Austin, TX
ACHE Summer Social Event Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Begins 6pm Crave restaurant - 340 E. Second St. • Austin, TX 78799
Unplugged at The Grove April 10-September 18 Begins at 8pm • Austin, TX
Austin Ice Cream Festival Sunday August, 9 10am-7pm Fiesta Gardens - 2101 Jesse E Segovia St. • Austin, TX
Visit www.austinsocialplanner.com or the The New York Social Diary to learn more about individual events and to get the scoop on everything going on!
WILLIAM JACKSON APPOINTED B OA R D M E M B E R O F T H E AU ST I N C H I L D G U I DA N C E C E N T E R P H OTO G R A P H Y BY A N D R E W S T E R L I N G O F S T E R L I N G I M A G E S
ur publisher, William Jackson,
has been appointed board member of the Austin Child Guidance
mission of the Center is to improve the mental health of children and their families through early intervention, diagnosis and treatment to help them develop the emotional skills for meeting lifeâ€™s challenges. about
Mr. Jackson is thrilled
talent and expertise to further the mission of the Center.
Learn more about the Austin Child Guidance Center and how you may contribute by visiting www.austinchildguidance.org.
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T H E PA R T Y I S P E R F E C T E V E R Y T I M E Susan G. Komen® Austin Raises Over $367,000 at Third Annual Perfectly Pink Party P H OTO G R A P H Y C O U R T E SY O F KO M E N AU S T I N A N D W I L L I A M JAC K S O N
behalf of Susan G. Komen® Austin in the past year:
raised over $367,000 at the nonprofit’s
Gary and Stacy Mefford, who were honored with
the Ana Sierra Warrior Award. Rick Reeder, who was
annual fundraising gala held on Saturday,
honored with the Outstanding Volunteer Award.
May 31 at Brazos Hall. Of the $367,000
Wells Fargo, which was honored with the Community
raised, 75 percent will remain in the Austin community,
Partner Award. Megan Hancock, who was honored with
with the remainder contributing to Susan G. Komen®’s
the Outstanding Philanthropist Award. Community
national cancer research. Over 400 guests attended the
Action Inc., which was honored with the Outstanding
event presented by Texas Oncology and Texas Breast Specialists.
Advocate Award • A live auction, which featured Gayle Stallings of
“In our third year of hosting the Perfectly Pink Party, I’m amazed to see the new and continuous support we receive from sponsors, volunteers, event co-chairs and committee members, board members, staff and,
FUNauctions • Signature Pink & Pizzazz giveaways sponsored by Kendra Scott Jewelry • A Club PINK After-Party with DJ Johnny Bravvo
of course, the Perfectly Pink Party-goers, to make this
sponsored by Four Hands Home
annual fundraiser such a success,” said Christy Casey-
Moving was Kari Blythe, a breast cancer survivor and
Moore, executive director of Susan G. Komen® Austin. The Party consisted of a few thrilling and engaging activities, including: • A VIPINK
local advocate, who was featured as the guest of honor. It was inspiring to chat personally with cancer survivors who were thrilled to dedicate their time and spirit at the
Lexus of Austin
Party, certainly driving home the importance of battling this fight.
• Dinner and signature cocktails courtesy of Sterling Affairs
Event co-chairs, Deb Davis Groves and Martha Coons
• The PINK Diamond Awards ceremony sponsored by
thank all of the generous sponsors, volunteers, the Susan
St. David’s HealthCare and St. David’s Foundation,
G. Komen® Austin staff, board, interns and volunteers,
committee members, and esteemed guests for making
this special evening possible.
1 1. William Jackson, Publisher of InFluential Magazine 2. Christy Casey-Moore, Executive Director of Komen Austin with Co-Chairs Martha Coons and Deb Davis Groves 3. Miguel Perez, Vice President of the Susan G. Komen Affiliate Network 4. Sponsors Don and Janice Roesle
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M OTO 3 6 0 BY M OTO RO L A
D - I - G - I -T- A - L L - I - F - E WRITTEN BY P E T E G O M E Z
echnology is a key component of the very
on Android or iOS, which provides access to addition-
fabric of our lives. We’ve come to rely on it
al security features. Whether you’re at home or on the
to make us better, faster and smarter and
go, arm or disarm Digital Life via the app. Check in with
with new technology emerging almost dai-
video cameras and program the system to send a text
ly, it’s thrilling to find out just how our lives
or email alert when motion is detected then look in to
can be enhanced.
see what happening. Multiple entry access codes can be
In this issue of InFluential Magazine, we learn about
programmed for children, grandparents, and the babysit-
new technology in the fields of security, wearables eco-
ter which provide peace of mind. Digital Life even keeps
system and entertainment. Which, if any, is a good choice
the monthly bills low because you can control energy in
for you? The wonder of technology is, the choice is yours.
your home like lights, temperature and even shut down the water if a leak is detected.
HOME SECURITY AND AUTOMATION: DIGITAL
For homes with an existing security system, setup is
LIFE BY AT&T
minimal as existing hardware can be incorporated. For
Digital Life from AT&T connects you to and helps keeps
new customers, installing Digital Life is easy, and knowl-
things safe at home while you’re away. Home security
edgeable consultants are available locally to provide ex-
access and automation tailored to your needs is avail-
able through your cellular phone, tablet, or computer via
How much does all of this cost? Fees vary depending
the AT&T network or existing home internet connection.
on customized options. But, for a measure of peace of
Digital Life features 24/7 professional monitoring, rapid
mind Digital Life provides, it is overall a small cost. Learn
emergency response time, and remote access to arm or
more about Digital Life at www.my-digitallife.att.com.
disarm the system, as well as 24/7 monitoring of windows, doors, and movement sensors throughout your
W E A R A B L E S : M O T O 3 60 B Y M O T O R O L A
This year one of the HOTTEST topics in technology has
Digital Life also features an easy to use app, available
been wearable technology, and Motorola has surely been
Moto 360 was to celebrate that history as we reimagined the wristwatch for the future.“
light or dark environments. A highly innovative, industry-specific Screen Innova-
Moto 360 also responds to your voice. Just say “Ok,
tions design and engineering team works to constantly
Google” to ask questions like who won the Stanford vs.
evolve the category in order to effectively bring projec-
New Mexico game or what time your flight leaves or to
tion to the mainstream. By operating under the principle
get stuff done like scheduling an appointment, sending a
that “No matter the budget, Screen Innovations has the
text, or setting an alarm.
best available screen solution to suit your needs,” SI aims
Moto 360 is available in a variety of styles. To learn more about Moto 360 and stay up to date on product
to resolve the issues that have historically hamstrung the projection screen industry.
news check out www.moto360.motorola.com or Android
What was once an attraction to big and bright LCD
or LED screens the projector and projection screen ex-
perience has become better than you can experience in your local movie theater. It is in the comfort of your own
home and is affordable. With online streaming services
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and shows streamed to your projector via HDMI straight
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BLAC K D I A M OND Z ERO ED G E S C R EEN BY S C RE E N IN N OVAT IO N S
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