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C O N T E N T S

March / April

2015

IN FLU E N C E Serving On A Board .....................................................12 ADVICE FROM EXPERTS

Skyscrapers..................................................................14 FASHION EDITORIAL

What's Old Is New Again ............................................18 TECHNOLOGY

#BESOMEBODY .......................................................20 TECHNOLOGY

Travel Etiquette ...........................................................22 TRAVEL

Affordable Mini Makeovers To Freshen Up Your Home ....26 LIVING WELL

To Protect Is To Save ....................................................28 FINANCIAL HEALTH

FEATURES

Hats ..........................................................................38 FASHION EDITORIAL

SPRING INTO ACTION ............................................10 Turning your desires into actions CRACKING THE DRESS CODE ............................34 Knowing what to wear is half the battle

IN NE T WOR K

How To Wear Your Gala Dress (Again) ............................44 FASHION & STYLE

Cuts, Colors & Styles ....................................................46 FASHION & STYLE

Breaking Myths With Prints & Patterns .........................50 FASHION & STYLE

People You Should Know ...............................................16, 30 Gluten Free Fun ..........................................................52

IN S OC I E TY No Other Place Like The Serenata ......................................58

FOOD

You've Got The Edge ....................................................54 FOOD


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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

J O S E B U I T R O N Owner & Master Stylist | Jose Luis Salon Austin, Texas www.joseluissalon.com José is a master stylist who uses his thirty years of experience and training to execute his vision. Well known for his signature cutting technique, José personally trains each team member in not only his cutting but also coloring expertise. Recently, Jose was inducted into the elite Intercoiffure – Mondial. This is an international organization that recognizes the beauty industries “best of the best.” Jose was asked to travel to Paris to work for Giorgio Armani doing hair for the Fall Armani Prive fashion show. His work is featured in local and national magazines and on the runways.

C H A D B U T T E R F I E L D Founder and President, FunHouse Media | Austin, Texas | www.funhousemedia.com Chad Butterfield is the founder and president of FunHouse Media, a full-service technology integration firm serving clients throughout Texas since 1997. His primary focus is on designing, selling and installing custom Home Theater and Audio systems. His passion for the world of Audio / Video technology started as a young boy when, at age 14, he built his first pair of custom speakers. Since then, he has seen the world of technology grow from what most called a hobby to a seamless integration into just about everything a person does on a daily basis. Butterfield approaches today’s technology with a “less is more” attitude which helps his customers balance their technology desires and their budget.

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 curve by continuously researching current and upcoming market and new product trends.

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L A U R E L K I N N E Y Personal Stylist | www.laurelkinney.com Laurel Kinney is a personal stylist, wardrobe consultant, and founder of Laurel Kinney Personal Styling. After 10 years as a social worker, she combined her love of fashion with her people skills and started her business as a way to help people express their true selves through personal style. Partnering as a wardrobe consultant and co-designer, Laurel assists Mr. & Mrs. Sew It All with clients like the Four Seasons Hotel Austin. Laurel serves as a mentor through The Paid Stylist program providing business training to up-and-coming stylists. She’s been featured in Real Magazine, Austin Way, Tribeza, and Austin Monthly and was an Austin Under 40 Award nominee.

S C O T T L U D I N G T O N Managing Director | TPG | The Paradygm Group www.paradygmgroup.com Focused, insightful, energetic, inspirational and innovational thought leader are just some words used to describe Scott’s eclectic blend of expertise and experience gained from over 20 years of professional consulting. Scott worked for some of the world’s largest accounting and management consulting firms before starting his own practice. He has a unique blend of professional services, personal mentorship and training which gives him a unique bigpicture point of view on the “why” issues, and not just the “who”, “what,” “how,” “where,” and “when,” questions where most individuals and institutions get stuck. Scott is passionate about making a difference in everything he does.

SANDRA RASCON

Sandra Rascon is CEO of Avery and Taylor, cofounder and former Editor-inChief of InFluential Magazine, founder of Wexlar Publishing, and serves as a creative director on several publishing houses. A seasoned entrepreneur, she is highly sought after for creative advice and operations guidance for many individuals and groups. Her highly attuned skills were culled while working for international companies in the education, entertainment, and publishing industry. Sandra has obtained her Masters of Education, ED/LP/SBOE. She enjoys the outdoors and all things creative.

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n like a lion and out like a lamb. That’s what

into the wild blue yonder. And as an influential, we are not

March does. And, here we are in it. Now, for

ones to cower at the cry of adventure and change. As we

many of people, March came in like an iceberg

try to let all you readers know, going forth and being the

and out like a frozen tundra. Then there are

best you can be is the only way spread your influence. Far

those of us whose March came in like a slightly

be it from me not to take my own advice!

cool spring day and went out like a normal spring day. This winter was all over the place. Some of us sat inside under

It has been a wonderful three years here at InFluential

12 feet of snow. Some of us sat at the beach until it got too

Magazine. I have met some of the most wonderful people. I

cool to swim. No matter where you spent your winter, we

have read some of the greatest writers who I am so glad to

are glad you are riding the weather into spring with us!

have introduced to the world of journalism. I have been able to do something I love. I appreciate you all for allowing me

This issue is full of BBQ, fashion, expert advice, and new ‘dos

into your lives for such a long time. And, you did so with

to get you ready for the spring and summer! We have travel

open arms. I will miss you all. I will miss my InFluential team.

advice to get you to where you need to be or where you

I will miss being part of this dear publication.

want to be. We let you know how to wear that expensive gown more than once (without people whispering about

Thank you for having me as you Editor-in-Chief. Please

you behind your back). We have all kinds of goodies to keep

keep reading, keep discovering, and keep being influential!

you going through the season!

I will miss you all.

With this issue we try to give you a bit of insight on positive changes to make a better you. And, this change is not just for you. Sometimes this applies from within our InFluential family. With a heavy yet excited heart, I must tell you, readers, that this will be my last issue as Editor-in-Chief. Sometimes

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FEATURE

SPRING

ACTIO

I N TO

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WRITTEN BY S C O T T L U D I N G T O N

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t the start of a new year it’s time for new

methodologies to choose from - paradigms to help you

beginnings and new actions. Time to take

get things done.

chances and stretch beyond where you have

hope to add a little inspiration to your pursuits.

Whatever methodology you chose I

ever been before. As we turn the corner on

2014, its time to look to the future. It’s time for your reach

Many people make the mistake of using emotion as

to extend beyond what you have already grasped. It’s

motivation meaning that they are waiting for a feeling to

time to believe that anything is possible, to revel in the

get them off the couch and motivate them to pursue the

possibilities that a new year brings, and make the most of

things they want to change or create in their lives. There

the infinite possibilities.

is only one thing wrong with this line of thought … it’s backward to how the world actually works.

For most of us the new year is a time when our best intentions, our resolutions from New Year’s Eve, are either

Willpower...we only have so much of it and most people

turned into meaningful action or left to collect dust and

waste what little they have trying to make themselves

slowly become regrets.

Most of us have the best of

"want" whatever they think they should for their lives. The

intentions, but we sometimes lack a meaningful framework

problem with emotion is that it’s actually validation and

for turning our desires into the action that will transform

not motivation.

our current state into what we hope it can become. I can best illustrate this by using a negative example.

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There are many ways to look ahead, but today I hope to

While many people wait for inspiration in the form of an

inspire you with a simple formula to help you put whatever

emotional response to strike and cause them to embark on

your goals are into action.

a new journey, emotion never shows up on the front end of

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the

equation.

It shows up after the fact. So what most people are waiting for can only be found on the other side of meaningful action.

So

Emotion is never a good source of motivation, but it’s an

spring,

excellent source of validation.

your right.

this start

year

off Decide

To illustrate this point I'll use a negative example by

what

asking a question: Do you ever feel guilty before you do

to do and go do it,

something you know you shouldn't do? Of course not,

if you are in alignment

you only feel guilty after you do something you know you

value system and have done

should never have done. The universe a place of balance

to be right, the emotional

and in the same way that guilt works to reinforce that you

up after you take action to remind and reinforce that you

did something wrong, emotional validation comes only on

are on the right track. The bad news is success is in your

the back end when you do something right. You have to

hands. The good news is success is in your hands. Do

get up and move and do what you know you should do

what you know you need to do, and the emotion will be

to create the changes you want to see in your life, and

there waiting for you to let you know you did the right

it is then and only then that you will get the emotional

thing. It’s time to spring into action, you are worth it, don’t

validation that you did the right thing. Many of us go to

wait for the feeling to strike, go after the life you want; the

the gym. We might not want to but we go, and afterward

life you deserve.

you

need and with your what you know validation will show

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M AY W E H E L P Y O U ? A D V I C E F R O M E X P E R T S

SERVING ON A

BOARD T H E B E ST B OA R D E T I Q U E T T E

ospitals, foundations, private schools, colleges, and universities are all organizations run

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by a board of directors usually comprised of employees of the organization and outsiders. While you don't ask to join a board (usually you are asked), you may want to mention your interest in serving on the board to a current board member or employee. That person can submit your name to the appropriate person. Boards have vetting processes and nominating

committees, such as a hospital fund-raiser or school

Being a good board member involves both business

annual fund; career expertise in a needed area, such

and volunteer etiquette. It is a prestigious leadership

as insurance, law, or accounting; or being able to

position, and you are expected to be both a supporter

make a substantial gift to the organization. Many

and an ambassador for the organization. Failure to

boards require varying degrees of financial support

take the honor and the responsibility seriously can

from their members; other, smaller boards may only

be damaging to one's reputation both socially and

want a member's skills - though they'll never turn

in business. While similar to some of the points

away money.

made earlier about volunteering in general, it is

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especially important for board members to observe the following:

• Be observant. Making sure the organizations needs are being met is important. For example, is the boardroom equipped to

• Always attend meetings. They should be a "must go" event on

assist members who are hard of hearing? Could the facility

your calendar, not to be canceled lightly. If you cannot attend,

benefit from a high-speed Internet connection? Is the exterior

make sure you ask for and read the minutes so you're up to speed. • Be on time. It is important to not only be punctual but to arrive early to ensure that as the meeting starts you are fully prepared. • Dress appropriately. If you're a first time member, ask about the dress code for board meetings. Then dress a notch up. • Be an active participant. Without interrupting and/or dismissing another members opinion, make sure to share your ideas. On

of the facility attractive and in good repair? • Be an ambassador. Without speaking critically about the organization, remember that you represent the organization by being a part of it. • Support the organization. Positively supporting extracurricular or fund-raising activities can mean anything from manning a youth center's car washing event to organizing a table at a major fund-raising benefit.

some boards, you raise your hand to be recognized by the chair. • Complete assignments in advance. Taking good notes during

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meetings will allow you to follow up on any commitments or specific responsibilities you may be assigned.

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SKYSCRAPERS AN ARTISTIC PERSPECTIVE OF THE FEMININE, EDGY AND CONFIDENT WOMAN.

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hen a woman embodies her feminine essence, she is confident, attractive, grounded, and sensual. When she walks into a room, she captivates with her essence. To her mind there’s no need to project a powerful persona to command the respect she deserves. She’s so confident in her own being the outside world doesn’t seem to faze her.

PHOTOGRAPHER | FREDRIK BRODEN STYLIST | JEANETTE CHIVVIS M O D E L | L AU R E N B R O D E N M A K E U P & H A I R | PA I G E A N D E R S O N ASSISTANT STYLIST | ELIZABETH GOITIA TECH | MAX BRODEN 14

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ROBIN HANCOCK F O U N D E R A N D P U R V E YO R RSK JEWELRY | AUSTIN, TX

Who She Is: Robin studied the history of jewelry at Sotheby’s in London under some of the world’s leading authorities. From London, she moved to New York, where she enrolled in the Gemology Institute of America (GIA) and launched her career at Tiffany’s, Sotheby’s and an independently owned estate gallery. Her Fascination with Jewelry: Robin’s appreciation of jewelry evolved from a fascination with people historically adorning themselves. This, coupled with an implicit interest for rocks, gemstones, crystal structures and chemical composition, compelled Robin to become an expert in the industry. Robin loves the historical context of jewelry and finding ways to make it applicable in our socially connected world. Impact of Studying in London and New York:

Studying

in London and New York fostered Robin’s appreciation for fashion and transformed how she identified with her passions. Robin was introduced to different people whom she never would have encountered otherwise, and each offered remarkable expertise in various eras and craftsmanship. Why She Values Listening to Her Customers: Robin provides uncommon personal service; learning about each individual and working with their interests at heart in order to correctly guide them through any purchase that they make. Robin always makes sure her clients come first and that there is a real and intentional relationship with the jewelry they select, even if they don’t realize it. How She Plans on Evolving the Jewelry Industry in 2015: Robin is not afraid to take steps to improve herself or the jewelry industry. She will go beyond her own comfort zone with clients and dealers in order to grow and explore new directions every day. Robin meets with her clients one-on-one, by appointment only, to ensure they receive her undivided attention as they search for the perfect piece of jewelry. 16

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JENNIFER RANSOM RICE E X E C U T I V E D I R E C TO R | T E X A S C U LT U R A L T R U S T FINE ART | AUSTIN, TX Who She Is: Jennifer Ransom Rice was born in Austin and raised in East Texas. She spent 15 years at the capitol working under strong women leaders including chief of staff for Senator Florence Shapiro. As Executive Director of the Texas Cultural Trust, Jennifer is now a strong woman leader at the helm of a statewide organization that promotes arts education and the arts as an economic driver. Importance of Making a Difference: "Never doubt that a small group of dedicated people can make difference - it's the only thing that ever has," is a favorite quote by Margaret Mead and a guiding principle for Jennifer. With a professional background in politics and a personal commitment to civic life, Jennifer believes strongly in finding a cause you can champion. Why She is Committed to the Arts: Jennifer is committed to the arts because they are vital to our state’s economy and our children’s education. Her commitment shines in her both her professional and personal life. Whether it is speaking to the legislature on behalf of arts funding or giving of her time to numerous arts nonprofits in Austin, Jennifer believes strongly in the important impact of the arts. How She Successfully Balances a Busy Life:

Jennifer takes

her son to school every day, so she is the last person he sees before he starts his day. Maintaining the work/life balance is challenging, but she understands you do not need “Disneyland experiences” to spend quality time together when a walk on the hike and bike trail or splashing in mud puddles is just as meaningful. Arts’ Impact in the Future: Increased funding for the arts on a state level, equal access to arts education for all students – these are just a couple of ways Jennifer defines success. The arts generate $5.1 billion for our state’s economy now and prepare our students to be key contributors to our economy in the future. With a growing creative economy, the arts play an increasingly impactful role in the future. IN FLUENTIAL 17


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W H AT ' S O L D I S

NEW AGAIN WRITTEN BY C H A D B U T T E R F I E L D

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have been a music enthusiast since I was a preteen when my dad brought home a new stereo to help him integrate himself into the new “disco” era. The sound was amazing – not just for disco but for all music. I would always bring in my records to listen to them on his system because all I had was a rinky-dink record player with cheap headphones. There was something therapeutic about just sitting on the couch with the lights dimmed just listening to the music.

As the years went by I, like most of us, had accepted the compromise of inferior quality for convenience and crammed 3,000 substandard quality songs on my Ipod with a pair of $4 ear-buds. Every now and then I pined for the days when I could sit on the couch and crank up a really GOOD system and get back to listening. But life kept getting in the way. A few years ago I had the opportunity to purchase some gently used high-quality vintage audio equipment to begin building my system. It was the stuff of

my dreams 20 years ago when the prices were equivalent to my

what they’ve been missing. There is great stuff out there that can

annual salary, and I paid about 10% of that. It was all new in 1989

be had for a fraction of its original price and can sound multiples

and still looked and sounded like it has just been unboxed. I was

better than most parts you can buy new today. There are several

ecstatic.

places around that still service and repair these dinosaurs and can re-condition them to near new.

It took me some time to clear some space and get it all hooked up. I dusted off some old vinyl and CDs, dimmed the lights, sat

The aesthetics of vintage equipment blends in perfectly with a

back, and listened...for 3 hours. Rock, blues, jazz, anything I could

lot of today’s retro and modern design trends. Many components

find. The sound was nothing short of amazing. I heard a warmth,

from the past have real wood cabinets in a variety of finishes

depth and dimension in songs I never had heard before. I had

and colors to integrate into your décor. They are not all big and

rekindled my passion for music again.

bulky, but to me there is something powerful about a hefty pair of solid stained oak speakers that makes me want to show them

I prefer CD and vinyl, but If you are not a fan of physical media

off. They are definitely a conversation piece. To me they are

many labels are remastering selections from their catalog in CD

handcrafted art.

or better quality that will shame most of the files you download on popular music sites. If you have a lot of old CDs, you can

I still have that system my dad brought home that day, and it

transfer them to MP3 format in very high quality. Granted you

works pretty perfectly. Not all things from our past are good, but

cannot store as many songs per Gigabyte, storage is so cheap

finally being able to sit back and listen to music again has been

today that it’s hard to argue against it.

well worth the wait.

The market for vintage electronics is booming as people hear

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Jana Dietsch, Playground Manager, Pete Gomez & Kash Shaikh, Founder & CEO of #Besomebody

# B E S O M E B O DY WRITTEN BY P E T E G O M E Z

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n February 10, an influential smartphone app, unleashing people’s passion, was released. The Austin based app is called #besomebody. The app has transformed into the fastest growing and farthest reaching Motivational Movement in the world. What started as a personal mantra and inspirational tweet in 2009 became a blog and is now the world’s platform for passion using a smartphone app.

I originally read and followed #besomebody through a blog. I then had the pleasure to meet and speak with Kash Shaikh founder and CEO of #besomebody at an Austin Texas “Appy Hour” event. I found the app had been available on a trial basis

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through the Apple app store. I was interested in what this

“passionaries’” for help to become better at the users

app would be and do for others. With most downloaded

passion allowing the #besomebody “passionaries” to

smartphone apps these days being mainly games or

earn money doing what they love to do. Kash states “I

apps that assist with calendaring, note taking, messaging,

will be bringing the new ‘edu’ to the world where you

social networking or navigating; the #besomebody app

explore, discover, and unleash your passion.” On another

is identifying users passions and connecting them to the

note Kash also recognized that many people wanted to

#besomebody “passionaries’’” who are “pros” in many

become #besomebody “passionaries” which requires a

categories such as fitness, photography, music, martial

short verification check. Then once approved, you can

arts, sky diving and many, many more. Users can pay the

create any experience the user wants which allows for

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many ways users can connect to #besomebody and its

has included information about what the #besomebody

“passionaries.”

app launch would be and do which includes allowing users to create profiles including uploading photos and

“As a result of the #besomebody Movement, we’ve

navigating through many different subjects of interest.

learned your house, or your car, or your clothes, or

On the horizon Kash states he would be adding more

anything in your closet, or any tool in your garage is NOT

to the #besomebody app including social networking

your most valuable asset. What you love to do - your

features such as friending and sharing content.

personal passion - is by far your most valuable asset. You should be able to make a living off of it. You should

There is a new energy that has been introduced to mobile

be able to monetize it. It’s infinite and endless. But for

smartphone applications and the #besomebody team is

most of us, it’s too often untapped and underutilized.

leading that energy and the momentum is building for

And that’s what the #besomebody platform will change.”

a new passionate, fun and creative way to bring people

Says Kash.

together in a win-win model for both the user and the passionaries’.

With the nationwide launch on February 10, Kash has been on the road, traveling well over 100,000 miles to

You can find #besomebody at www.besomebodyblog.com,

well over 40 countries, doing speaking engagements

w w w.fa ce b o o k .co m /t h e b e s o m e b o d y m ove m e n t ,

including a #besomebody weekend in Austin that

Twitter: @Besomebodyblog, on iTunes for free and

drew in attendees who enjoyed 11 different passionate

coming soon to Android.

experiences throughout Austin, TX. Kash plans to host another #besomebody weekend later this year. Kash

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ETIQUETTE What Justin Does Not Do W R I T T E N BY J U S T I N A . M C N U L T Y F O U N D E R A N D E D I TO R O F J U S T I N D O E S … W W W. J U S T I N D O E S B L O G . C O M

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ow that the winter months are behind us, air travel will begin to get busier. Planes are flying fuller than usual, and as a result, people can be grouchier and easier to upset. I offer some basic etiquette tips for your time in airports and in the air.

Loitering at the gate waiting to board. Have you ever been to the airport and noticed a large crowd around the boarding gate? The airlines have created a somewhat orderly boarding method and standing around won’t get you on the plane earlier. Just hang back and board when

without shoes on. How often do you think those airplane

your group is called. Standing close to the boarding door

carpets are cleaned? Would you take your shoes off before

only gets you in the way of others and slows down the

using a public restroom? Why would you do this on an

boarding process.

airplane? If you are lucky enough to score the bulkhead seat, that bulkhead is not an extension of your chair. It’s

Not being able to hoist your carry-on into the overhead

not a footrest or a dance floor. Keep your feet on the

bin. My simple rule is if you can’t lift it, check it. If you

ground and with your shoes on.

overpack your suitcase and can’t lift it, you are bound to injure those sitting underneath where you are trying

Traveling can be fun – look and smell your best. While a

to stow your bag. And don’t turn to the flight

six hour coast-to-coast flight may get boring after awhile,

attendant to help you. If the flight attendant

keep in mind that you shouldn’t use the time to clip your

were to get injured trying to help lift

fingernails, toe nails, etc. Airplanes are cramped places

your bag into the overhead bin, your flight

and if you wear too much perfume or cologne, you are

isn’t going anywhere until an injury-free flight

likely to upset your fellow passengers.

attendant can be found for your flight. These are just a few tips to help make your summer travel Leave your shoes on and off chairs and walls. My biggest

less annoying!

pet peeve is when I see folks walking around the airplane

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AUSTIN CHILD GUIDANCE CENTER’s mission 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 life’s challenges. Each year the agency provides quality mental health care to over 3,500 children and family members, regardless of their ability to pay. For over 64 years, the Center has improved the mental and emotional health of underserved children and families.

If you would like to learn more about Austin Child Guidance Center, get involved or donate please visit

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s spring rolls in we all want to bring in the new and eliminate the old! We want to be surrounded by a feeling of renewal and freshness in our homes or office as a reminder the cold winter is over. A minimakeover may be the solution. Not everyone can afford to hire a designer, so we asked Lenore Callahan of Lenore Callahan Interior

Design based in Austin, Texas for her suggestions on how to accomplish an Affordable Mini Home Makeover. Here are a few affordable tips on refreshing your home on a budget:

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Paint the walls - Painting is a great way to change up any

vase options.

room. If the room is light paint it darker or vice versa.

Select a vase that brings a smile to your face! Remember,

For a real eruption of color, Lenore suggests using a

a vase is an accent accessory, so it doesn’t necessarily

paint color that matches one of the colors in your favorite

have to match all the items in the room. Fill it with your

accent pillow. If the color is too bold, paint it on one wall

favorite flower and feel the freshness fill up the room!

and make it an accent wall.

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Wall decals - Lenore likes to

Open your windows - Lenore’s favorite way to freshen

add a playful flair to a room by

your home is to raise the shades, and OPEN THE

using wall decals, “Blitz Surface

WINDOWS! “It’s spring, open up and let the fresh air in!

Graphics is my go to for wall

How could spring blossoms not brighten your mood, and

decals.” The decals are easy to

the best part is it’s FREE!” Spring weather and everything

apply; it’s vinyl material with

that comes with it is a true gift from Mother Nature

adhesive backing. You can even

herself, and it is important to incorporate this into your

create your own custom design

living space.

when applying to the wall. This is a great way to bring lots of life Wall Decals from Lenore Callahan of Lenore Callahan Interior Design

into a small space. Use the wall

decals in a powder room to impress your guests! Reupholster a chair - Everyone has a chair they have wanted to recover whether it’s your grandmothers old arm chair or a newly purchased chair you have grown out of, changing the upholstery will make the chair look new again. Lenore likes using fabric with a bold print or bright pop of color. If the fabric you like is a little steep in price, use the fabric as an accent on just a portion of the chair. There are many great

fabric

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some interesting options; one of her favorite fabric companies and

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New lighting - Perhaps the spring

Design. Her innate ability to connect with

in your part of the world is cloudy

clients and flawlessly realize their vision

and grey, if so, new lighting may be

has been the driving force behind her

the perfect answer! Whether it’s a

success, earning her an impressive host of

new lamp or a chandelier- Lenore

local and national clients.

finds that adding more light will not only brighten your space but your spirits as well! Choose a light fixture Lamp from Jonathan Adler

with some unique characteristics,

texture or burst of color; maybe even one with feathers or a funky lampshade. Don’t forget to choose the right lightbulb, lamps are an accent piece and should have a soft white 40-watt bulb!

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act: Over 55% of Americans do not have one penny saved. In reality, the copper currency

F

easily disregarded in today’s society cannot be found in the majority of U.S. saving accounts. But, what is a bank account that contains ten dollars, or even ten million, worth if it remains vulnerable to life’s unpredictable occurrences. Before saving, it is protection that is fundamental; to protect, is to save.

Building wealth properly is the key to success in

the people about the most effective ways to make

improving financial stability and often approached

that happen. At the end of the day, I help my clients

in an incorrect course. Dennis O’Sullivan, a well-

move toward, then maintain an improved level

sought after national speaker who brings over

of financial balance.” – Dennis O’Sullivan, Insignis

twenty-seven years of experience in the financial

Financial Group, New York.

services industry to Insignis Financial Group in New York, works closely with Gordon Willoughby,

In a time when purchases are based on impulse

Vice President of Austin based firm, Capitol Wealth

and emotional spending has increasingly driven

Strategies. “We focus on the process versus the

consumer debt to an unfortunate high. It is more

product sale,” explained O’Sullivan, “We provide

important than ever to be constantly aware of

our clients a wide-angle view to the overall financial

management of personal finances and cash flow.

plan. This allows our clients to move toward and

Moving from temptation of temporary satisfaction,

maintain an improved level of financial balance.”

to pursuing financial longevity and stability brings

Both companies work hand in hand to focus on

peace of mind, as well as an overall improved

educating clients on the correct process in analyzing

economy. Individuals monitor consistently food and

what steps are relevant to each circumstance. While

drink intake, exercise and further balance in their

most believe a financial advisor is only for a business

lives; being financially conscious is a first step in

owner or corporate executive, the fact is everyone

correcting and anticipating an undisciplined lifestyle.

needs financial planning. Financial advisors aren’t

Debt ultimately is a result of unconscious habits and

just for the affluent; the right advisor is able to

attitudes that can be fixed simply by setting goals

provide guidance and insight into how to protect

and managing finances. Keeping habits in check and

and capitalize each individual’s situation. Financial

being constantly aware will eliminate any sabotage

planning is by no means a one size fits all solution.

of financial freedom.

Block Quote: “I believe we live in the world's richest country and if each of us can begin to become world

For further insight into financial planning contact in

class savers, then our personal finance and money

Austin, Texas Gordon Willoughby, Vice President of

management situation will improve and continue to

Capitol Wealth Strategies at gordon_willoughby@

help rebuild our economy. That is my vision for each

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SOCAR C H AT M O N -T H O M A S PRESIDENT |

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Who She Is: Socar Chatmon-Thomas is a wife, a mother, an entrepreneur, a small business owner, a Realtor and an avid volunteer. At an early age, her parents taught her the importance of giving back to her community through volunteerism. Socar has accepted executive positions on various boards and non-profits as her way of giving back to the community and also to model volunteerism for her daughters. Importance of Making a Difference: If not now, when? Socar has CHOSEN to “say yes” when asked to volunteer because it’s imperative we make progress toward diversifying classical dance. One day, the next Alvin Ailey or Misty Copeland might begin their memoirs with, “Without receiving a dance scholarship from Ballet Austin, I would have never begun dancing.” This is why she volunteers. She is Committed:

Socar’s father once said, “Never ask

anyone to do something you are not willing to do yourself.” She defines commitment as getting things done. She has grand ideas and is not afraid of getting her hands dirty. She is committed to the cause, not just the position. Why Ballet Austin Guild: One Sunday afternoon her family went to see Ballet Austin’s “Romeo and Juliet” and while watching the ballet her youngest daughter Bella kept asking questions and she kept “shushing” her. At intermission, Gayle Hamilton introduced herself and told Socar in the Guild they encourage the students to ask questions. She then invited her to join the guild. She did and the rest is history. How the Arts Add Enrichment: It has been proven the arts help children improve math and science test scores. Higher scores are achieved when children engage in dance, play an instrument or participate in the arts in anyway. Knowing that makes Socar feel great! By helping at least one boy or one girl we are creating a much more beautiful and artistic future. Life without art is barely worth living, even the cavemen agreed. 30

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CAROLINE BOUDREAUX F O U N D E R | T H E M I R A C L E F O U N D AT I O N AUSTIN, TX Who She Is: Caroline describes herself as a “quintessential Cajun girl” who radiates an attentive calm, but at the same time, seems coiled for action. She is a fundraising dynamo who inspires others, adores the children she serves and is a powerful voice for orphans-the most vulnerable population in the world. How The Miracle Foundation Came To Be: In 2000, Caroline left her successful career as a television advertising sales executive to travel the world. After seeing the harsh reality faced by orphans in the developing world – many of whom were suffering greatly from hunger, disease and a lack of love – she became determined to change the destinies of these children. With no experience in management or fundraising, Caroline invested her life’s savings and founded The Miracle Foundation on the idea that all orphans deserve clean water, nutritious food, high-quality healthcare, an excellent education, and a secure, loving home, in order to reach their full potential and become self-sustaining citizens. Gaining Recognition: In 2009, The World Economic Forum recognized Caroline as a Young Global Leader and gave her a five-year scholarship to ensure she can lead the organization to help millions. Caroline would love to be selected as one of the “CNN Heroes,” as that honor would enable her to reach a global audience and tell the story of the orphan children that she serves. Miracles Waiting to Happen:

The Miracle Foundation

revolutionizes the way orphanages are run through its holistic approach. The non-profit currently supports orphanages in rural India and takes on more homes each year. India is just the beginning.

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Cast of AMCs Mad Men Black Tie

CRACKING THE DRESS CODE FORMAL EDITION

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nother invite and another attempt to decipher the sometimes daunting dress code. With categories like White Tie, Black Tie, and Lounge, it can be overwhelming and confusing at times. Whether it’s a charity gala or a formal wedding, dressing the part doesn’t have to be a cryptic task.


influential-magazine.com Black Tie Black Tie may conjure up memories of high school dances, but now that you are all grown up, this type of affair is a bit more involved than renting the generic polyester tux set from your local suit emporium. When you attend the company awards nights, your sister’s formal wedding, or charity event that calls for Black Tie, it’s important to abide by the rules to look your best. You don’t want your peers to get the impression you’re as clueless as a teenager. A classic black tuxedo is still the standard at these events.

Lord Grantham wearing White Tie - Full Dress in Downton Abbey

The typical tuxedo jacket has a single button and is single breasted with a satin peak lapel and no vent. A black bow

White Tie

tie and black patent leather oxfords are a must. Optional

Also known as “full dress,” the White Tie dress code is the

additions to the basic tuxedo include a simple (usually

rarest and most formal of them all. Even the White House

white) pocket square or an elegant opera scarf if you’re

only has a couple White Tie events in a year. Though for

feeling a bit spry.

most people, an invitation to an event that has a White Tie dress code is a pretty unlikely one, it is great to know the

Black Tie is the most commonly used dress code for

rules if you ever given the honor.

any polished event, and knowing how to dress for it is a great weapon to have in your arsenal. A variation on the

First, you should know this is the strictest dress code. The

traditional Black Tie dress code is Warm Weather Black

required parts of a White Tie ensemble include a white

Tie which features a white jacket instead of black and is

waistcoat (style of vest) worn over top of a white full-dress

sometimes called upon for summer formal events. Formal

stiff bosom shirt with a detachable white pique wing collar.

or evening weddings, company awards dinners, and some

This shirt is secured white shirt studs and white cufflinks. A

private dinners are all occasions that may require you to

matching white bow tie is an absolute essential, hence, the

don a tuxedo.

name of this dress code. On the bottom half is worn black pleated trousers with a black satin strip that covers the outer seams (known as the tuxedo stripe). These formal trousers can either be tightened with adjustable side tabs or held up by white suspenders that are worn under the waistcoat. Proportions are incredibly important when it comes to full dress. The trousers are high-waisted (by today’s standards), and the waistcoat must cover the waistband of the trousers but cannot extend below the front of the tailcoat. You can add a subtle touch of your personal style

3.

Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Bryan Cranston and Kevin Spacey sporting Black Tie Optional at the 2013 Emmy Awards

with your choice of formal cufflinks (silver, mother of pearl, etc.), adding a boutonniere, or maybe integrating a

Black Tie Optional

white pocket square. Proper footwear is either the more

The fact that the word “optional” is in the title is only

traditional black patent court pump with grosgrain ribbon

begging for confusion. A host may choose this dress code

or black patent leather oxfords. The most common events

if they want to be considerate of the fact not all guests

that call for White Tie attire are charity galas, official

may have a tuxedo. At these events, it is acceptable to

ceremonies, government ceremonies, and the opera.

forgo the tuxedo (if you absolutely must) and opt for

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a polished black suit. However, if you have the means,

A variant of the Black Tie Creative dress code is Festive

a tuxedo of some sort is encouraged. Because of the

Black Tie. How you should dress to this occasion depends

precarious nature of the word “optional,” we suggest you

on the given situation or theme of the party. The most

to contact the host if you need clarification.

common example of a Festive Black Tie event is a company Christmas party, but there are infinite ways to

A Black Tie Optional event is still formal in nature, but it has

twist it depending on the host. Fun themes like “Black Tie

slightly more relaxed rules for attire. A tie is still necessary,

and Boots” call for wearing a bolo tie with a tuxedo or

and so are your polished black shoes. Accessories can be

sporting a Western themed tie or cufflinks.

used to express personal style. Instead of a bow tie, you can opt for a necktie with a handsome tie bar or a classy lapel flower. Tie bar placement is key, so if you are a tie bar rookie, check out our ultimate guide to tie bars. You’re most likely to run into this category at weddings, stylish events, formal dinners, and galas.

Hugh Jackman, John Krasinski and Joseph Gordon-Levitt wearing Lounge attire on the red carpet

Lounge A Lounge dress code event maintains formality while allowing for integration of more color and options into Ryan Gosling, Neil Patrick Harris and Chris Pine wearing Black Tie Creative

your look. Tuxedos are totally out of the picture for this dress code. A suit in a dark, neutral color such as classic

Black Tie Creative

black, navy, or gray is recommended. Take a little liberty

This variation on the standard Black Tie category allows

with your lapel and collar style as Lounge attire is less

the party to get started with a little festivity. Black Tie

strict than the other formal dress codes. Polished shoes

Creative is an opportunity to showcase your personal

are not necessary, and both black and brown shoes work.

style in terms of color, accessories, and collar and lapel

If you are feeling adventurous, mix in a pastel colored shirt

style. You may opt for the uncommon shawl lapel or a slim

or a subtly patterned tie to give your suit character. Pairing

cut tuxedo in a dark saturated color like midnight blue or

a skinny tie with a nice tie bar can give your Lounge outfit

maroon. A colored jacket, colored wingtips shoes, or a

a modern edge. This category can be worn to daytime

brightly colored bow tie are all fair game in this category.

formal parties or business dinners.

Even going with a black shirt instead of white can add subtle creative flair. Although this dress code offers

Gone is the dread of another invitation with a dress code!

flexibility, it is important to keep in mind that if the event is

Now that you are seasoned in formal dress codes, take

Black Tie at all, no matter how festive or creative it is, it is

a little liberty when you can and remember when you

a formal event and your sartorial modifications should still

shouldn’t. The age-old rule of thumb has not changed, it’s

honor a the formal atmosphere of the event. Keep in mind

better to be overdressed than under-dressed.

that wearing a standard tux or an ensemble with Black Tie Optional qualities is also perfectly acceptable.

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HOW TO WEAR YOUR GALA DRESS (AGAIN) WRITTEN BY L A U R E L K I N N E Y

pring is the season when all the invites roll

Full Skirt, No problem!

in, all within the same three-month span of

Sleek silhouettes aren’t the only versatile dresses. If you

time, and every year you likely have a mini

prefer fuller ball gown-style shapes, you’re in luck, because

freak out session about what you’re going

the strong waistlines were made for layering. Just look for a

to wear to this long list of formal events.

gown with a defined waist and no-frills top (think strapless

You’ll search for gowns any way you can: you rent the

or simple unembellished scoop or v-neck varieties). Try

runway, you borrow from friends, and you often end up

pairing your romantic gown with a pullover sweater and

spending too much money at the last minute on dresses

chunky necklace for a less formal, yet still ladylike look, or

you’ll probably never wear again. This year, why not go

throw on a cropped jacket to give the feminine silhouette

dress shopping (or borrowing) with a plan? Or even better,

a healthy dose of edge. For a less bold look, try pairing a

why not find a dress you can wear again? Here are some

cropped wrap cardigan in a similar shade with your gown.

dress hunting and styling tips to help you find the right look

You’ll get extra warmth and more wear!

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for everything on your spring agenda.

Bohemian Dressy to Casual Clean Lines Mean Easy Layers

If gala season is followed by a busy wedding season,

It’s very easy to fall into the “pre-accessorized” dress trap.

selecting a romantic bohemian style dress can be a great

You know those dresses: they’ve got rhinestones on the

option. While wearing print may not sound like the most

neckline, ruffles that stand out at the shoulder, or a wildly

versatile choice, the bohemian vibe is definitely the easiest

embellished waistline. They make the need for necklaces,

to pull off in more casual or daytime settings. Just look for

layers, and belts obsolete, so you just have to throw it

prints in colors that are easy to match, like blues or neutrals.

on with some shoes the evening of the event. But those

A chiffon floral dress can be elevated with gold or silver

are exactly the dresses that are impossible to wear again

jewelry, and will also look great with a denim jacket to go out

without someone noticing. So instead of getting a dress

for brunch. Wear your printed gown to the gala with elegant

that requires memorizing the guest list if you want to

jewelry and pumps, and then to your next daytime summer

wear it again, look for a simpler, sleek dress that allows for

wedding with strappy sandals and bangle bracelets.

numerous styling options. A solid-hued gown that fits well

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and has a clean silhouette can be a knockout on its own,

So while it’s tempting to wear a wow-them statement dress

especially if it has a cut that flatters your best features. You

for a night, it can fun, satisfying, and extra-efficient to find a

can pair it with simple jewelry and statement shoes once,

slightly simpler number and express your creativity by styling

and then with a black tuxedo jacket of any length and bold

the same dress multiple ways. Why not feel stylish AND

earrings for your next event.

smart this gala season?

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CUTS, COLOR STYLES WRITTEN BY J O S E B U I T R O N, J O S E L U I S S A L O N

Beauty professionals love nothing more than dishing about the latest trends and figuring out the easiest ways to recreate each fabulous look. From hair accessories to hair color, stylists weigh in on this year’s top looks and how you can achieve them at home.

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BOHO WAVES

and start wrapping the hair away from the face. Start wanding

There is no mistaking this hairstyle as the trendiest of the year.

to leave the last half-inch of hair off the wand, you want the end

We especially love this relaxed look with a mid-length cut.

of the hair to be left straight. Remember, Boho Waves are meant

INSTRUCTIONS:

to look messy and tousled, not perfect.

1) Prep wet hair with R&Co. Park Ave. Blow Out Balm Paddle

3) Once all the hair has been wanded, comb out the waves using

Brush until dry.

your fingers or a Wide Tooth Comb.

2) To create the waves, use a one inch non-tapered wand curling

4) Lastly, use a quarter-size amount of R+Co. Aircraft Pomade

iron. Then, you can prep your dry hair with R&Co. Outer Space

Mousse. Emulsify it in your hands and then scrunch into the hair

Flexible Hairspray. When using the wand, take one-inch sections

to create a lightly tousled look.

from the mid-shaft of the hair, then, wrap the hair 2-3 times around the wand depending on the length of the hair. Make sure

Park Ave.

Oribe Smooth Style

R+Co Outer Space

R+Co Aircraft

Blowout Balm

Serum

Flexible Hairspray

Pomade Mousse

This product

This finishing product

This product is

This mousse

creates a beautiful

adds sophistication

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is great for

blowout with a

to any look. With its

working spray.

creating second

light hold and

luxurious oils, this

You can use it

day texture on

beautiful volume

product adds shine,

for setting curls

curly or wavy hair.

and body.

softness, and gives

or taming down

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sleek look. Use as a

you the hold you

frizz-taming refresher

need without

throughout the day.

the buildup.

DECORATIVE HAIRPIECES Spring is all about hair accessories. We have seen models on fashion runways wear floral headbands and crowns, as well as, vintage hair clips and headbands. Whether your hair is straight, curly, short, or long, simply add a Bohemian headpiece or stack on metallic bobby pins to finish your look.

BLOWOUTS “A classic in my book,� says Theresa Przybyla, Senior Stylist, Jose Luis Salon. This trendy style has been seen on red carpets, runways, and in magazines.


EXTREME SIDE-PART With the right hairline, you can definitely pull off this cool and edgy look.

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Prep wet hair using a paddle brush and Oribe Gel Serum for a more defined blow dry.

2) Once hair is dry, use Oribe Smooth Style Serum to emulsify in your hands and apply through the hair.

3) Establish your far side part using a comb. You can use the high point of your eyebrow arch as your starting point.

4) Once you have your part in place, smooth down the hair with a comb and Oribe Superfine Hairspray to create a super polished look.

5) You can wear this look straight, with stacked Bobby pins or you can add some Boho waves with a side French braid — this look is very versatile.

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BOBS “Blunt, mid-length bobs are definitely trendy this year,� says Callie Meuer, Stylist, Jose Luis Salon. This cut not only looks great, but it is so easy to style. The spring season is all about the textured/tousled bobs, a messy, but chic look. Create Bohemian waves using our how-to tutorial on your short choppy bob and you will be good to go.

LONG & LOW PONYTAILS This style looks great if you have a considerable amount of hair. Want a bolder look? Try a sleek ponytail with a middle part.

RED HAIR Copper and rose gold are of tonal value to redheads this season. These colors are both bold and visually stunning. This beautiful color would also pair great with any of the cuts, styles and accessories mentioned earlier.

For more information, visit Jose Luis Salon at their downtown location or on the web at www. joseluissalon.com.


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BREAKING MYTHS with

P R I N T S & PAT T E R N S WRITTEN BY S H E E R I N J A F R I

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ules that limit you to wearing particular prints should be ditched by now. So what if you’re not the kind of girl with barely there waist and legs; it actually is a good thing you have more to show and love. Gone are the days when fashion was only about size-zero women, there is now more to the story. It would not be wrong, if we say, fashion now comes in all colors, shapes and sizes. This spring, we are thinking of breaking some plus-size print

rules, like not wearing horizontal stripes or bold prints. If you love them, you should wear them; this should be your dressing-up mantra for the coming season. Don’t confine yourself to certain cuts, styles, colors and outfits, experiment more so you can discover something new that suits you even more. Have a look at these rule-breaking prints and see how you can style them without looking over or under dressed. Not Just Vertical Everyone loves stripes and everyone should get an equal share of them. Why is it, that we are told that a certain size can wear vertical and horizontal stripes, or far-apart, not-too-close stripes? There’s a certain way to wear stripes in any form and if you do it right, there’s no way you can look bad. To wear horizontal stripes, find outfits which fit perfectly. Look for horizontal stripes which don’t just move to one direction, keep the print moving, zigzag or any other way you like. Another quick tip, wear them in your bottoms and keep the top plain or just layer the vertical striped top with a plain tailored coat or anything PHOTO SOURCE: WWW.THEPEARSHAPE.COM

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because you’re not skinny, we are not following

and Big

this rule anymore. You can wear your pants

Who said you cannot

printed or patterned any way you like and they

wear big prints this

can be paired with crop tops if you want. Bottoms

year; you can and

draw a great amount of attention and we can

you should. Look for

experiment with them just the way we do with our

trending prints and

tops. A nice plain tee can be paired with graffiti

fill

or floral pants to add a punch of color and prints.

your

with

wardrobe

them.

Make

This year, break all the print rules and wear what

sure the colors you

you like and are most comfortable in. Leave the

choose

all black zone and channel a fresh spring vibe

accentuate

your curves in just

through your vibrant outfits.

the right way. You can keep the cuts PHOTO: COURTESY OF LANE BRYANT

figure

hugging

keep

them

or

loose

in a way that the print doesn’t appear too busy. Fill your wardrobe with color and prints for this spring to keep it with the trends. Since we’re talking about trends, then the best way to go with it would be water color prints which look fabulous on everyone. Floral, abstracts and just about any print you like can be embraced the coming season. You can even wear some sassy accessories! Prints in Pants Full

figured

women

can

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right. the

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that have a lot on them. the PHOTO: COURTESY OF WWW.DEBSHOPS.COM

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Abandon plain

and

boring pant club

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GLUTEN FREE FUN WRITTEN BY S A N D R A R A S C O N

L

iving gluten-free can be an exciting time to discover the simple joys of fun foods and happier days ahead. While many people newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance, or wheat allergies may initially find themselves lost in an unknown food world, there should be no fear for today we have more awareness and a plethora of gluten-free sites, local support groups, recipes, and products to guide us

toward a better way of living.

Celiac Disease is an auto-immune disease in which the

conditions, and other diseases. We should not despair

digestive system is unable to digest gluten. This damages

reading this, however, because the cure is simple and fun

the small intestine responsible for absorbing nutrients

once we understand the idea of eating gluten-free.

into the body – it’s like starving your body while causing

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severe intestinal damage. Over time, severe damage to the

The first step toward a healthier life after a diagnosis of

lining of the stomach and lack of nutrients can present

Celiac Disease (CD) begins with permanently removing

stunted growth in children due to malnutrition, diabetes,

gluten from the diet. This means removing wheat, barley,

thyroid problems, anemia, intestinal cancers, neurological

rye, and usually oats from your diet. The only cure for CD

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is a gluten-free diet. This enables the body to heal itself

Here's a Mediterranean lunch salad that can be made in

and function properly. Perhaps the greatest challenge for

various ways! Now when the kids ask, "What's for lunch?"

parents of children with CD is making the transition to

you can reply, "Oodles of Noodles!"

becoming educated and educating their children. Oodles of Noodles Some helpful places to begin are the Celiac Sprue Association

(www.csa.org)

and

the

Celiac

Disease

Oodles of Noodles is a simple, fun way to experiment with

Foundation (www.celiac.org). These sites also list foods

vegetables and a variety of foods or spices. Make this basic

safe to eat. It is worth noting that many condiments,

recipe with squash, cherry tomatoes and anything else you

sauces, by-products and even Play-Doh contain gluten.

can think of by sautéing or add on top. Using Pad Thai

Even though there is a lot to learn, these sites and others

noodles ensure a quick, light meal that tastes better than

have compiled a list of safe foods and restaurants worth

other noodles on the market.

visiting. Engage kids to create variations and names for this dish The next way to make gluten-free fun, healthy and safe is

(Hamburger Noodles, Pizza Noodles, Cheesy Noodles). It's

by introducing fresh foods into the diet. Safe foods are all

fun and delicious.

fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood providing there are no other complications in one’s diet.

1 bag of Pad Thai (gluten-free) noodles 1/2 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes (if desired)

Corn is gluten-free and there are many good gluten-free

4-6 oz of Spaghetti Sauce (any flavor)

baking mixes on the market. One can even make gluten-

1 small container of mushrooms OR

free baking mix at home using three or four ingredients

1/2 c of fresh mushrooms

choosing from the following flours: potato, tapioca,

8 tbs of black olives

arrowroot, sorghum white / brown rice, and others. Best of

2 tsp garlic powder OR fresh garlic to taste

all, making batches of your own gluten-free flour at home

Optional: bits of vegetables

is a terrific way to involve children in measuring (math)

(colorful yellow bell pepper, onions, anything desired)

and learning about the various good-for-you gluten-free

Parmesan Cheese

flours.

Optional: meat*

Taking a step further, baking and cooking time creates

*If using meat:

an enjoyable opportunity to learn and have fun in

1. Sautee this first in olive oil or nonstick pan then add fresh

the kitchen. Once children understand the basics of eating gluten-free, parents can feel a bit less stressed.

or canned vegetables, sautee. 2. Add Spaghetti sauce and bring to low. 3. Season to taste.

For small children, attention must be given to places

4. If not using meat, omit and follow steps.

the child frequents, such as: schools, cafeterias, and day care centers. Talking to teachers and your child’s friends’

Noodles

parents is necessary to ensure no one gives the little one a

1. Bring to boil hot water and cook Pad Thai noodles for

cookie containing gluten.

about 6-8 minutes or translucent. 2. Strain noodles under cold running water and transfer

While cooking and baking at home provides a safe haven for foodie fun, it also presents an educational setting where parents can teach their children about the joys of being gluten-free.

back to pot. 3.  Add sauteed ingredients, gently mix.

Add more

seasoning or sauce as desired. 4. Serve and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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You’ve got the Edge Techniques from the experts to make your cookouts sizzle

A

s the summer approaches, it will be time to clean up the grill and grab your tongs. It will be the time of year where backyards across America will be filled with the aroma of smoke, the sizzle of cooking meat, and the laughter of families and friends.

To make sure you’re prepared for the outdoor-grilling season, we’ve collected a few tried and tested grilling techniques and inventive recipes from popular Austin chefs and pitmasters to give you an edge over the other “grillmasters” in your neighborhood. Succulent beer-brined smoked chicken, braised beef short ribs kissed by the grill and served with zucchini and green bean coleslaw. It’s enough to make your mouth water. Grill with a technique that works for you and thrills your taste buds. That’s really what it’s all about. But, we’re glad to point you in a good direction, one that will surely make you the envy of the neighborhood. everything from poultry, pork, game and livestock. • Mesquite wood = strong, heavy smoke. Hard and tough wood best used with beef and in small amounts to finish. Be careful with this heavy wood. A little goes a long way. • Stay away from soft evergreen woods like pine and cedar. They put off a resinate that can kill you.” Chef Ted’s Beer-Brined Smoked Chicken: Ingredients PBR beer

6 twelve ounce cans

Salt, kosher

1 cup

Chef’s Tip: Ted Prater, Executive Chef, Banger’s Sausage House

Sugar in the raw

1/2 cup

and Beer Garden, Austin, Texas

Black peppercorns

1/8 cup

“Basic List of wood for smoking:

Lemons (juice and all)

3

• Fruit woods = Apple, pear, peach and cherry are all sweet, light

Limes (juice and all)

3

Chef Ted Prater

woods with a mellow flavor, best used in foods smoked quickly

Bay leaf 10

or as a finishing wood. Best used to smoke poultry (domestic or

Cilantro 1 bunch

wild), tender pork, muscle meat, and fish.

Ice cubes

1/2 gallon

Free range yard bird (chicken)

4

• Hard wood and nut woods = These are your all around heat generating and medium-to-heavy smoke flavor woods. Great

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by themselves or blended with other woods, heavy or sweet.

Directions

Your oaks, maple, hickory and pecan are good woods for

1) Combine all ingredients, except the birds and ice.

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2)  Bring to a boil, stirring from time to time, until salt and

Chef Peter’s Braised Beef Short Ribs with Pale Ale Barbecue Sauce

sugar dissolve. 3) Add ice and enough cold water to equal 1 gallon of brine. 4) Make sure brine is 40 degrees F or lower, then add the birds

Ingredients Beef Short Ribs, kosher cut

and allow to brine for 12 to 24 hours. 5) Remove birds from brine and pat dry. Refrigerate uncovered

5 lbs

Salt and pepper to taste

for 3 to 4 hours. This allows the skin to dry and become tacky,

Pale Ale Beer 4 bottles

letting the smoke cling to the skin. The skin will pick up better

Carrots, roughly chopped

8 oz

color and flavor.

Celery, roughly chopped

8 oz

6) Smoke birds at 220 degrees F for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, until the

White onion, peeled and roughly chopped

1 lb

thickest part of the thigh has reached an internal temperature

Garlic cloves, smashed

3 cloves

of 180 degrees F.

Rosemary and Thyme (or preferred spice(s)) to taste

7)  Remove from smoker and rest for 5 minutes. This allows the natural juices to settle down, resulting in a moist

Directions

smoked bird.

1) Pre heat the oven to 300 degrees F  

2)  In a very hot and deep roasting pan, sear short ribs on all sides 3) Add salt and pepper to taste 4) Remove short ribs from the pan and rest on a plate In the same deep roasting pan: 5) Add 4 bottles of a Pale Ale beer 6) 8 oz of carrots, roughly chopped 7) 8 oz of celery, roughly chopped 8) 1 lb of white onion, peeled and roughly chopped 9) 3 cloves of garlic, smashed 10) Rosemary and thyme (or preferred spice(s)) to taste 11) Bring to a simmer 12) Add short ribs back to the pan while simmering 13) Note: If liquid does not cover the short ribs, add just enough water to cover 14) Cover the pan and place in the oven for 3 to 4 hours, or until short ribs are tender 15) Very carefully remove the pan from the oven and remove the short ribs and allow to cool at room temperature 16) Remove the bones from the bottom of the short ribs and place into braising liquid

Chef Peter Maffei

Chef’s Tip: Peter Maffei, Executive Chef, Finn & Porter, ATX

17) Get the cooking liquid back up to a simmer and reduce about 20 minutes to impart more flavor

“For smokiness, outdoors flavor and smell, I prefer to

18) Skim off fat

use charcoal. Also, heat from charcoal helps cook quickly and

19) Strain braising liquid

will not overwhelm the flavor and texture of the meat.”

20)  Reserve

the

strained

braising

liquid

to

make

the

barbecue sauce

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To Prepare the Pale Ale Barbecue Sauce

Directions

Shallots 2

1) Toss

Garlic 3 cloves

2) Add to the top of the Braised Beef Short Ribs and serve

Apple cider vinegar

1 cup

Brown sugar .5 cup Applewood smoked bacon

3 oz, chopped

Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons

Braising liquid

1 ¼ cup

Ketchup 1 quart Honey to taste Directions 1) In a pot, sweat the shallots and garlic until slight brown 2) Deglaze with apple cider vinegar and add the brown sugar 3) Add the Worcestershire sauce and braising liquid 4) Bring to a simmer 5) Add the ketchup and raw chopped Applewood smoked bacon 6) Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes 7) Note: Stir every few minutes to avoid burning 8) Season with salt, pepper and honey to taste Pitmaster Kent Black

Grilling the Short Ribs Directions

Kent Black, Third Generation Pitmaster at the Original Black’s

1) Fire up the grill with charcoal. In the middle of the grill should

Barbecue, Lockhart, Texas and Austin, Texas

be a hot spot. Around the outside of the grill, keep medium The Original Black’s Barbecue is the oldest barbecue joint in Texas

heat. 2) Sear the cooled short ribs on the hot spot on the grill

always owned by the same family. Five generations of the Edgar

3) Once they are charred, transfer outside of the grill.

Black family have kept the old school traditions of barbecuing

4) Take the sauce with a brush and baste the short ribs

alive in Lockhart since opening in 1932.

5) C  ook until they are hot throughout In 2014 the Original Black’s Barbecue added a BBQ outpost at Serve Short Ribs with Zucchini and Green Bean Cole Slaw

3110 N. Guadalupe Street in Austin, Texas featuring BBQ meats cooked fresh in Lockhart and served hot daily in Austin.

To Prepare the Zucchini and Green Bean Cole Slaw Pitmaster’s Tip: “The Original Black’s Barbecue prefers not to Ingredients

pre-soak our meats. We’ve cooked for decades with indirect

French Green Beans, julienned

6 ounces

heat in a brick pit built by my dad in 1947. As for our preference

Zucchini, julienned

6 ounces

of a heat source, we’ve been using post oak wood from a certain

Red Bell Pepper, julienned

4 ounces

part of Caldwell County.

Sliced Red Onions

2 ounces

wood, it’s 50% of the flavor and always buy the highest quality

Olive Oil to taste

meat possible. When grilling, pick a blend of spices that do not

Lemon Juice to brighten

over power the star of the show, the brisket. Let the meat do the talking.”

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IN S O C I E T Y

N O OT H E R P L AC E like

THE SERENATA! P H OTO G R A P H Y C O U R T E SY O F A R L E N N Y D A M

H

andsome men-some in top hats and tails and

For dinner, Executive Chef Elmar Prambs did not disappoint

gorgeous-women in luxurious gowns reigned

with his mouth-watering four course meal carefully paired

supreme on Saturday, February 21 at the Four

with exquisite wines provided by Twin Liquors. Please contain

Seasons Residence and Four Seasons Hotel

yourself as we provide a tour of the mouthwatering menu.

Ballroom for Austin Opera Guild’s annual wine dinner and

The first course, a Romaine salad with artichoke hearts was

auction Serenata. Notorious for bringing together patrons of

paired with a Castelo do Mar, Albarino. The second course, a

the arts, lovers of opera, and philanthropists with the strong

very delightful sautéed shrimp, spinach on polenta cake, oven-

desire to demonstrate their philanthropy for a worthy cause,

cured tomato, and basil cream was paired with an Atalaya

quite honestly, there was NO OTHER PLACE TO BE than at

do Mar, Godello or Monteti Rosso di Toscana IGT. The entrée

the Serenata!

of stuffed flat iron steak was paired a Natale Verga, Barolo. Finally, dessert was served as a duo with pistachio cheesecake

Serenata, which translated from Italian means short, dramatic

and an orange-chocolate ricotta tart paired with a Martinez,

concert, the guild’s much anticipated annual fundraising

Fine Tawny Port.

event for Austin Opera, was enjoyed by 269 of Austin’s most influential individuals. It’s with great enthusiasm we announce

As entertainment during dinner, internationally renowned

that $285,000 was raised with 100 percent of ticket sales

mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson accompanied by Nyle

supporting artistic excellence. Cornelia Wood and Diane

Matsuoka rocked the house even taking to the dance floor

Ingram served as the Serenata co-chairs, Carol Logan was

with underwriting sponsor Chris Cheever. Auctioneer Harvey

the live auction chair, and the silent auction was co-chaired by

Kronberg presided over the live auction which included an

Colleen Halbrook and Susan Thompson.

intimate concert for 20 by Anton Nel in a private home, jewels by Peter Martino, private dinners and a glimpse into some of

With its grand ballroom and picturesque location on the

Austin’s most celebrated wine.

banks of Lady Bird Lake, the Four Seasons Hotel was chosen

After dinner and the live auction guests kicked up (and in

to welcome guests to experience the Serenata. This year as

some cases kicked off) their shoes and partied to the music of

a special touch sponsors enjoyed a private reception prior to

Reunion who did not play with the soul music. From Aretha

Serenata at the beautiful Four Seasons Residence of Sandra

Franklin to the Motown Sound, the hits just kept coming. It

& Walter Wilkie. Joseph Specter, general director of Austin

was an energetic finish to a marvelous and very successful

Opera provided a brief but rousing welcome address thereby

evening.

setting the tone for the remainder of the evening. The Austin Opera Guild consistently brings their “A Game” and Integral to the annual event was the silent auction that included

we can’t wait to see what’s in store for the remainder of 2015,

a bevy of must-have items. Healthy competition abounded

and of course, the annual wine dinner of 2016.

as guests parlayed to win. Making it easier to bid was the opportunity to savor delectable hors d’oeuvres paired with a Natale Verga, Prosecco. 58

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1. Carol Logan & Diane Ingram, Event Co-Chair 2. Curby Conoley Tableriou, Cornelia Wood, Event Co-Chair & Charlotte Brigham 3. Erica & John Nelsen 4. Ginger Costa-Jackson 5. Jeff Kodosky & Ginger CostaJackson 6. Jon Nash, Austin Opera President 7. Kate & Joe Specter, General Director of Austin Opera 8. Lauren Davis and Stephen Jeffrey 9. Paula Kothmann Preston, Austin Opera Guild President & David Preston 10. Richard, Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of Austin Opera & Molly Buckley

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