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C O N T E N T S
March / April
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
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
You've Got The Edge ....................................................54 FOOD
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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.
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 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. Thatâ€™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 â€˜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
our professional world and our creative world send us off
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I N TO
WRITTEN BY S C O T T L U D I N G T O N
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
our current state into what we hope it can become. I can best illustrate this by using a negative example.
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
There are many complex
It shows up after the fact. So what most people are waiting for can only be found on the other side of meaningful action.
Emotion is never a good source of motivation, but it’s an
excellent source of validation.
To illustrate this point I'll use a negative example by
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.
need and with your what you know validation will show
we are glad we did. Emotion is a poor source of motivation but an excellent source of validation. IN FLUENTIAL 11
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
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
made earlier about volunteering in general, it is
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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IN F L U E N C E : f a s h i o n & s t y l e
SKYSCRAPERS AN ARTISTIC PERSPECTIVE OF THE FEMININE, EDGY AND CONFIDENT WOMAN.
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.
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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:
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
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:
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
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
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
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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IN F L U E N C E : t e c h n o l o g y
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
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
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
many ways users can connect to #besomebody and its
has included information about what the #besomebody
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
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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IN F L U E N C E : t r a v e l
T R AV E L
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
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
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
pet peeve is when I see folks walking around the airplane
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IN N E T W O R K :
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AFFORDABLE MINI MAKEOVERS T O F R E S H E N U P YO U R H O M E
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:
Everyone loves flowers, especially spring
all is in bloom. and
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Paint the walls - Painting is a great way to change up any
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 doesnâ€™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.
Vases from West Elm
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
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
online where you can find
some interesting options; one of her favorite fabric companies and
Based Textile Company.
Featuring fabric and wallpaper designs from Osborne and Little
Lenore Callahan is the owner and designer behind Lenore Callahan Interior
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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IN F L U E N C E : f i n a n c i a l h e a l t h
TO PROTECT I S TO S AV E S PR I N G FORWA RD TO F IN A N C IA L P L A N N IN G
act: Over 55% of Americans do not have one penny saved. In reality, the copper currency
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
of my clients and my goal is to continually educate
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IN N E T W O R K : p e o p l e y o u s h o u l d k n o w
SOCAR C H AT M O N -T H O M A S PRESIDENT |
BALLET AUSTIN GUILD AUSTIN, TX
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
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.
Wherever there is need,
Caroline and her Miracle team will continue to partner with governmnents and struggling orphanages to provide food, healthcare, education, love, and even college for orphaned children. IN FLUENTIAL 31
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Cast of AMCs Mad Men Black Tie
CRACKING THE DRESS CODE FORMAL EDITION
WRITTEN BY K E L S I T R I N I D A D
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
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
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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IN F L U E N C E :
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IN F L U E N C E :
WHATEVER YOUR STYLE, A MUST HAVE ACCESSORY FOR YOUR WARDROBE IS A HAT. A HAT CAN BE WORN TO COMPLEMENT YOUR LOOK OR AS A STATEMENT PIECE. BE FEMININE AND EMPOWERED. -Leonardo D’Almagro, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine
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IN F L U E N C E :
fashion & style
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!
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
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?
1. Jenny Packham 2. Oscar de la Renta 3. Ma Cherie: Street Style from Paris Fall 2014 from Harperâ€™s Bazaar 4. Gisele Bundchen found on whowhatwear.com
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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 yearâ€™s top looks and how you can achieve them at home.
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
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
Oribe Smooth Style
R+Co Outer Space
This finishing product
This product is
creates a beautiful
very similar to a
is great for
blowout with a
to any look. With its
light hold and
luxurious oils, this
You can use it
day texture on
product adds shine,
for setting curls
curly or wavy hair.
softness, and gives
or taming down
even damaged hair a
flyaways. It gives
sleek look. Use as a
you the hold you
throughout the day.
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 â€œA classic in my book,â€? 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 â€” this look is very versatile.
BOBS â€œBlunt, mid-length bobs are definitely trendy this year,â€? 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.
IN F L U E N C E :
fashion & style
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
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
Keeping Them Bold
because you’re not skinny, we are not following
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
or floral pants to add a punch of color and prints.
This year, break all the print rules and wear what
sure the colors you
you like and are most comfortable in. Leave the
all black zone and channel a fresh spring vibe
your curves in just
through your vibrant outfits.
the right way. You can keep the cuts PHOTO: COURTESY OF LANE BRYANT
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
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wear just about anything if they style
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fashion blogger. She writes for Sophie & Trey.
that have a lot on them. the PHOTO: COURTESY OF WWW.DEBSHOPS.COM
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IN F L U E N C E :
GLUTEN FREE FUN WRITTEN BY S A N D R A R A S C O N
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 â€“ itâ€™s like starving your body while causing
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
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
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
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’
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.
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
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
Chef’s Tip: Ted Prater, Executive Chef, Banger’s Sausage House
Sugar in the raw
and Beer Garden, Austin, Texas
“Basic List of wood for smoking:
Lemons (juice and all)
• Fruit woods = Apple, pear, peach and cherry are all sweet, light
Limes (juice and all)
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.
Free range yard bird (chicken)
• Hard wood and nut woods = These are your all around heat generating and medium-to-heavy smoke flavor woods. Great
by themselves or blended with other woods, heavy or sweet.
Your oaks, maple, hickory and pecan are good woods for
1) Combine all ingredients, except the birds and ice.
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
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
color and flavor.
Celery, roughly chopped
6) Smoke birds at 220 degrees F for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, until the
White onion, peeled and roughly chopped
thickest part of the thigh has reached an internal temperature
Garlic cloves, smashed
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
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.”
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To Prepare the Pale Ale Barbecue Sauce
Garlic 3 cloves
2) Add to the top of the Braised Beef Short Ribs and serve
Apple cider vinegar
Brown sugar .5 cup Applewood smoked bacon
3 oz, chopped
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
heat in a brick pit built by my dad in 1947. As for our preference
of a heat source, we’ve been using post oak wood from a certain
Red Bell Pepper, julienned
part of Caldwell County.
Sliced Red Onions
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.”
Be sure to carefully choose your
Locally presented by:
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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
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
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
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
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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