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C o n t e n t s

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In fl u e n c e Fashion Statement............................................12 LIFESTYLE

The Supreme Diana Ross.................................14 FASHION & STYLE: ICON

Emerald: The Color of the Year.........................18 FASHION & STYLE

Feminine Whisper............................................... 26 FASHION & STYLE

The Looks of Now.............................................28 Fashion & style

Favorite Beauty Products & Tools.......................... 48 HEALTH & BEAUTY

Spring Skin Rejuvenation.................................50 HEALTH & BEAUTY

For the Fuel in You.............................................. 52 HEALTH & WELLNESS

Luxurious & Eco-friendly Design......................... 56 ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

InSight From Justin............................................. 60 TRAVEL

Made in Heaven................................................. 62 fashion & style

This Rep is on Fire PAGE 44


In T H I NG S MARIA’S SPRING PICKS............................58

Intriguing............................................................................20 A Day in the Life of Meredith Davis


THE LUXURIOUS LEXUS LS....................................................22

A Musical Evening with the Maestro Reuel Meditz...68 Austin Social Planner Spring Gala Guide.........70

Taking a luxury vehicle to new heights

THIS REP IS ON FIRE.................................................................44 Texas State Representative Dawnna Dukes is balancing work and family to build a better community publisher’s note................................................................................8 letter from the editor................................................................9 contributing WRITERS..................................................................10 IN FLUENTIAL 5



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Collection by Stephen MacMillan Moser Photographers: Phillip & Aimee Leach Photography IN FLUENTIAL 7

p u b l i s h e r ’ s n o t e

this tidbit, as well as tips for the ladies on how to incorporate this color in makeup choices. We’re thrilled to share with you our view of the celebrity who is the epitome of style and fashion. Who better than super star singer and actress Ms. Diana Ross! We searched through hundreds of photos of The Supreme Diana Ross and have incorporated those we believe best represent her trendsetting style throughout the years.

Photo by Ivan Miller of IMiko Images I hope I’ve whet your appetite for the morsels of good stuff we’ve put together in this issue. I hope your senses


or many, keeping up with the latest trends is

are delighted. Each issue gets better and better and

an obsession. Whether it is being amongst

it’s because we receive so much excellent feedback

the first to have the latest electronic

from our readers so keep it coming. In my opinion, this

gadget, luxury car or fashion, being trendy

is the best issue of InFluential Magazine yet (my team

is trendy. Speaking of fashion, it’s that time of year to

laughs because I say this about every issue).

take inventory of what’s in our closets and make a few changes, not to compromise our individual style, but

Sit back, grab your favorite beverage and enjoy!

complementing it. Exactly why the theme of this issue is Spring Into Fashion (which is a play on the season and the fact most of the United States springs forward one hour). What a great time we’ve had putting this issue together. We're featuring all the latest trends in fashion and accessories from around the Austin area and beyond.

William Jackson Founder & Publisher

Did you know according to Pantone, emerald green is the spring fashion color trend? I didn’t, until chatting Rochelle Rae of Rae Cosmetics who not only shared



Fac e b o o k :

Tw i t t e r :




letter from the editor

Photo by Jody Suarez


efore leaving the house, a lady should stop,

With pages of on trend fashions, stunning models,

look in the mirror, and remove one piece of

tips for living life, ways to spruce up your home and

jewelry.” - Coco Chanel

furniture and lot of good reading, this issue has it all.

I've always found this to be some of the most useful

It packs a punch. It’s bursting with entertainment and

You can apply it to

practical ways to keep yourself and your home an

just about every aspect of life. I’ve always seen it as

InFluential force in the coming season. As you peruse

guidance to step back, observe, and think before you

the pages this month, know that none of these looks

speak, act, or react. It always made me stop before

are beyond your reach. Whether big or small, short

trying to get that last word in an argument. Do I really

or tall, you can find a modern fashion that is just for

need to say that? Or if I am doubtful about an action or

you. In fact, I suspect that Coco herself would give

advice one can actually use.

situation I’m in, do I really need to react? Probably not. In my mind, those last words or actions are accessories.

an approving nod to leaving your house InFluentialed up!

I try to think and “take them off” before I “leave the house.” Coco has served me well over the years with

Happy Reading!

this advice. Usually, though, this saying it is strictly about fashion. In this issue of InFluential we’re springing forward into fashion. And, I can honestly say that we have

Laura Suarez

stopped, looked in the mirror, but we don’t need to remove a single thing!

Editor-in-Chief IN FLUENTIAL 9

c o n t r i b u t i n g W RITERS


Meredith Davis

Founder of AustinBeautyGuide.com | www.austinbeautyguide.com Meredith Davis is the Founder of AustinBeautyGuide.com and the Director of Austin Beauty Week, both of which offer a marketing outlet for local beauty & wellness businesses in Austin. Austin Beauty Guide is a local resource with ratings & reviews for service providers in the health & beauty sector. In Austin for 12 years, Meredith graduated from UT with a degree in PR and Business Foundations; additionally, she achieved her Webmaster Certification from ACC. Meredith is currently a beauty & wellness contributor for NSIDE Austin, BlushBox and Austin Woman magazine.

Martha Lynn Kale

Owner & Stylist at Mirror Mirror | www.mirrormirroraustin.com A lover of all things beauty, Martha Lynn traded in a job sitting behind a desk for one standing behind the chair. A true Southern Belle, known for her blondes and her brides, she loves giving makeovers and teaching others quick and easy ways to love what they see in the mirror each day. This award winning stylist is a beauty contributor for CamilleStyles.com and regularly contributes to various blogs, print and media outlets.  Most days, Martha Lynn can be found styling clients or teaching beauty classes at her own beauty oasis, Mirror Mirror Salon in Austin, TX.

Brad Kennington

Executive Director LMFT, LPC, and COO of Cedar Springs Austin | www.cedarspringsaustin.com Brad Kennington serves as the executive director of Cedar Springs Austin. Brad specializes in the treatment of eating disorders focusing on male eating disorders. Because of his work, Brad has been interviewed by Reuters, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and  GQ. Prior to joining Cedar Springs Austin, Brad designed, developed and served as the executive director of an eating disorder residential treatment program that treated both males and females. Brad currently serves on the board of directors for the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders, a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, a member of the International Association for Eating Disorders Professionals and vice president of Austin Eating Disorder Specialists.

Justin A. McNulty

Founder & Editor | www.justin-does.com Justin has been an avid traveler since he was a kid. Having attained his first elite status with an airline when he was a freshman in college, he now travels close to 100,000 miles a year spending around 50 nights a year in hotels. Justin has been to 48 states in the United States and almost 30 countries on four continents. Justin enjoys sharing his experiences, tips, and tricks he has learned while both at home and on the road. Follow his adventures on Facebook (facebook.com/JustinDoesBlog) and Twitter (@JustinDoesBlog).




Rochelle Rae

CEO of Rae Cosmetics | www.raecosmetics.com Rochelle Rae is one of Austin’s premier beauty entrepreneurs as CEO and creator of Rae Cosmetics. An award-winning makeup artist, Rochelle has served as Director of Make Up for runway shows during New York Fashion Week and has worked with top designers like Zac Posen and Sergio Guadarrama of Celestino. After receiving her degree in Fine Arts, Rochelle studied at the prestigious Make-Up Designory in Hollywood, California. Rochelle is a trusted source for photographers, filmmakers, and brides alike. Rae Cosmetics is a line designed specifically for women with active lifestyles.

Yenis Schicht

Realtor with Keller Williams Realty | www.KWAustin.com Yenis Schicht has a multicultural background having lived in India, Spain, and South America. She has a law degree from South America and has a Masters Degree in finance. She is a Realtor at Keller Williams and finds that real estate is a great opportunity to share her passion for helping other people and market the value of a property for her clients. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. Yenis is also an actress and has been on TV, in films, commercials and has done voice-over work. She’s in love with Austin and all the culture it offers.

Maureen Stevens

The Inglenook Décor | www.theinglenookdecor.com Maureen is a design, decor and style enthusiast with a passion for urban cottage decorating. Whenever she’s not writing for her blog, Inspired Mrs. Stevens www.inspiredmrsstevens.com, where she shares her design savvy, her love for vintage finds and the joy of living in Austin, she is busy sourcing for her shop The Inglenook Decor. Among other things, she loves to travel and space styling. Being in a courtyard, sipping on a cafe au lait (a plus if there are French macaroons on the side) is her absolute reverie.





In fl u e n c e : L I F E S T Y L E


Fashion S tat e m e n t ♦ written by

Brad Kennington

Executive Director LMFT, LPC, and COO of Cedar Springs Austin


ashion speaks volumes. Our clothes can

disorders and body image issues and struggling with

communicate many aspects of our identity:

a sense of overwhelming worthlessness.

who we are professionally, our position in society, our culture where we come

Although extreme in their expression, the themes in

from, and even how we feel.   Whether

their stories are not that different from the themes

it is surgical scrubs, a firefighter’s uniform or an

in our own narratives. In some ways, the choices

Italian business suit, what a person dons can dictate

we make in style are really an attempt to be seen, to

how they are perceived, both by self and others.

be noticed. And underneath this is the desire to be known, to be accepted for who we are, in essence, to

Clothes serve as a second skin of sorts, helping us take


on a specific persona while projecting what we want others to think about us or maybe even protecting us

Beneath all the fabric and stitching, who are we? Do we

from our own insecurities. There is an interdependent

let our clothes—the designer, the label, the size—define

relationship between our wardrobe and feelings. What

who we are? The more important question is, how do

we wear impacts our mood and our mood can certainly have an effect on what we wear. And just because society says you may look like a

we “wear” ourselves when we are with others? Are we confident without being arrogant? More self-assured and less self-defeating?  And sometimes we are quick

million dollars does not necessarily mean you may feel

to make a judgment about someone—their feelings or

as good as you may look. Unfortunately, some of the

income level or intelligence or sexuality —based solely

most wounded and insecure stumble their way into

on what they are wearing.

the fashion industry in hopes of feeling empowered and validated. I recently visited with a cover model

Our own unique sense of style accentuates us, it does

who has participated in runway shows in New York

not make us. Being comfortable in one’s own skin,

and throughout Europe. She painted a very painful

regardless of one’s body shape or size of garment

picture of some of the young women in the modeling

or what others may think, is the strongest fashion

industry: hooked on cocaine, ravaged by eating

statement of all. IN FLUENTIAL 13




The Supreme

Diana Ross “Fashion fades, style is eternal.” - Yves Saint Laurent


hose are words which appear to be written especially for living legend and Motown darling Diana Ross who should be inducted into the Style Hall of Fame (even though there’s no such thing). Her iconic voice and

feature films touch the hearts of many, but it is her unforgettable style that made her the legend she is today. She is the epitome of glamour, style and elegance.


In fl u e n c e : s t yle i c o n

Images provided by Getty Images

Miss Ross’ style has evolved throughout her career,

Of course, we can’t forget that iconic larger than life

whether it was the mod glamour of the 60s, the disco

hair. And with it, too, Diana Ross created her own

era of the 70s or the big and colorful style of the 80s,

trends. She introduced the whole women’s “afro-

she reigns supreme as the style icon. With a wardrobe

look.” Ross made it acceptable to have big, wild hair.

reflecting her colorful personality, Diana Ross is the

She made originality acceptable. 

poster child for any woman who refuses to bow to trends instead choosing to dress in her own unique way which leads us to the creed expressed by Ana Wintour, editor of Vogue, “Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”



We celebrate Diana Ross! A style icon who has left her mark with her individual style and is still influencing fashion today. She has effortless grace, elegance and poise that make her the center piece and the clothes mere decorations that add to her beauty.

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In fl u e n c e : F A S H I O N & S T Y L E

Emerald T he Colo r o f t h e Y e a r ♦ w r i t t e n b y Rochelle Rae


very year PANTONE announces its color

Pantone described their choice as “Lively. Radiant.

of the year. After surveying industry

Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances

experts and influencers about what colors

our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

they are working with, a committee makes their decision.

And the entire fashion,

design and beauty world takes notice.

that Rae Cosmetics just released our gorgeous green

In 2012 it was PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, and I have to admit my closet looked like I danced into

contribution, the “Emerald with Envy Eyeshadow Palette” and the “Emerald with Envy Eye Set” which

2012 with a basket full of citrus fruit colored clothing,

includes the three well palette, as well as a dark green

shoes and accessories.

eyeliner and onyx mascara, in a zippered carry all. Well


anxiously the




Set ($75)

the year like I was



would win the Oscar for



And the winner is PANTONE


Emerald. YAY! I love green, and I hope you do too because



of the 2013 color of


Rochelle Rae

Palette ($50)


waiting to see what


I couldn’t agree more and am excited to announce

it will be everywhere.


You may be thinking oh no, not green eyeshadow. I could never do that. But Emerald can work with all eye colors. It’s a beautiful contrast with blue eyes, dramatically enhances green eyes, brightens the appearance of the green undertones in hazel eyes and brown eyes appear deeper and darker. It is also a color that can easily be worn all year. It’s deep and rich enough for fall and winter but bright enough for spring and summer. Some of us remember the over applied, embarrassingly bright eye makeup of the late 80s, but colored shadow has matured into a surprisingly sophisticated look just like luxurious emerald gemstone itself. The key to the modern version is the application. Anytime you apply a lot of color to the eyes, do the eye makeup first. Finish the entire eye before applying concealer or doing any corrections. Pigment from the shadows tend to fall under the eye and can be hard to clean up which is especially tough when using blue or green.

a smooth, soft transition between the colors. Blend, blend and blend some more.

First, line the upper lash line. This would be a great time to experiment with a dark green liner, but a

An excellent tip is to always have an eyeshadow brush

traditional brown or black would be great as well.

that is only used in the neutral cream colored shadows

Just apply a little green shadow over the top to soften

and another that is only used in darker colored

it. Dust a light neutral cream colored shadow to the


entire lid, and then apply the green. I suggest using two shades, a lighter in a half moon shape across the

I think a colorfully dramatic eye is perfectly paired

lower half of the lid and the darker in the crease and

with a minimalistic, almost naked looking face and lip.

outer edge. The key to a beautiful application is the

Emerald is beautiful complement to soft pinks and

blending. Blend the dark up into the light and go back

peaches but, if you are feeling adventurous it also

to the cream shadow and blend down, adding more

looks amazing with ruby red. The gorgeous variations

as needed to keep the brow bone very light. You want

are exciting and limitless.



Intriguing: A Day in the Life of Meredith Davis Founder of AustinBeautyGuide.com.

She has a coffee and croissant every morning. Responds personally to over 200 emails received per day. Takes a 30 minute nap on most days. Defines beauty as personality. Never uses the word ugly. Loves are candles, lip gloss, and rings.








A . M . I’ve always been an

early riser and as I’m growing my businesses, it’s pertinent get a head start on the day. I go to boot camp for my weekly training session in the mornings, four times a week. I find them extremely intense, but it’s totally worth it. On the other three days, I go running around Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. 7 : 0 0 A . M . After my morning exercise, I pick up some coffee and a croissant from Mozart’s off Enfield St. Since I operate a web-based business, managing email is integral to my business. I enjoy starting my day with email because I receive quite a bit of motivational email which inspires me throughout the day. 8 : 0 0 A . M . Relaxing showers mark the start of my business day. Because I work from home, getting dressed for work is quite easy. I air dry my hair little make-up. It doesn’t take me long to decide on the clothes I’m going to

wear. I can usually This is the best time

be found in yoga pants, a comfortable jacket and tennis shoes. 9 : 0 0 A . M . to set the agenda for the day. I’m the main contributor of posts found

on Austin Beauty Guide

and contribute regularly to several blogs and magazines, so I spend I use this time block our subscribers.

to update my business’ website


P. M .

the salad bar is unmatched

I love grabbing with

this time writing. 1 1 : 0 0 A . M . and draft informative emails to lunch at Whole Foods; the selection at


Back at the office, I switch into event

and apply just a

variety of healthy selections.

2 : 0 0 P. M .

planning mode where I confirm events, work

with vendors and issue invitations. 4 : 0 0 ways to expand my business, from creating new

P. M .

This is my time dedicated to cultivating

opportunities to checking in with current clients and

business partners. 5 : 0 0 P. M . I start wrapping up my day by making last minute updates to my website and confirm appointments. 6 : 0 0 P. M . I’m a huge supporter of events, and as there are so many in Austin, it’s around this time that I start getting dressed in preparation for what my social calendar says I’m scheduled to do. I’m shy, so attending events is sometimes a challenge. I recognize; however, the value of attending. And I really enjoy people, so it’s worth it. 8 : 0 0 P. M . I love having dinner and drinks with friends. I keep no food at home, so I guess it’s almost lifesaving. My favorites are Eddie V’s, Botticelli’s, Uchi, TRIO and La Condessa for happy hour.


with my friends is incredibly important to me and certainly takes the place of television. I don’t watch television at all as I find it distracting and keeps me from focusing on my end goal of success. With this trade off, I have plenty of time to enjoy my life with my friends. 1 0 : 0 0 P. M . Preparing for bed, I review my day and weigh in on my productivity.



THE LUXURIO US LE XU S L S w r i t t e n b y James Nelson


he most fitting way to describe Lexus’ flagship sedan is that it is more of a refreshed version of its predecessors than an entirely new offering. But, this

particular update provides more than enough substance. To put in perspective the amount of updates and attention to detail Lexus put into the 2013 LS model, from 2007 to 2012 2,500 updates were made.

For the 2013 model alone some

3,500 updates were made. Even though it’s not 22




automatic transmission. All are more rigid thanks

updates modernize the

to additional body reinforcements and laser screw







and character. The View from the Outside

The big question was “How can they possibly

Lexus has set its focus on the company’s new grille.

improve on this car?”

Replacing the old trapezoidal front end adorning



previous models is the spindle grille. The new style

question in a very big way.

conveys an aggressive aesthetic: a bolder, wider

The new 2013 Lexus LS

front end with a gaping maw that commands

is a vehicle of which you

attention. The look brings a degree of uniformity to

have to get behind the

its models. The same look has been implemented

wheel to fully appreciate.

across the line contributing to a stronger brand

“It offers one of the most

identity. Now, the LS sports a more sculpted hood

dynamic and best driving

which complements the bolder, wider look.


experiences I have ever had, completely isolating

Lexus tweaked the front LED headlamps, as well.

you from the road with

The numerous sequential LEDs are replaced by a

its quiet interior,” says

three-lamp configuration that provides a solid,



continuous glow during both day and nighttime






Austin in Austin, Texas.

driving. It’s a minor update, but one that provides just enough significance and visual appeal to Lexus’ flagship sedan.

To appease the varying tastes of the Lexus driver, there are now four styles of LS from which to

While the majority of the 2013 LS models’ upgrades

choose: the LS 460, LS 460 L, LS 460 F Sport in

are more readily witnessed up front, the tail of the

either rear- or all-wheel drive and the AWD LS

car has received some love and attention from

600hL hybrid. Across most of the line, internal

Lexus’ design experts. In keeping with the wider,

combustion is performed by a slightly more

more aggressive theme, the rear of the vehicle

powerful, 4.6-liter V-8 that cranks out 386 hp (360

complements the front’s athletic stance with sleeker

in AWD models) and is backed by an eight-speed

LED tail lamps and more sharply blended pillars.



The View from the Inside

simultaneously and place a phone call without having to quit one function or the other. This greater

It can be safely said the attention to finish and detail in the interior of the LS is borderline obsessive. The

degree of utility and functionality turns the driving experience into something beyond a task.

new, optional Shimamoku Wood interior finish is a notable example. Shimamoku, which translates as

Passengers aren’t left out. With the Lexus Climate

“striped wood,” involves the layering of dark and

Concierge controlling the ambient temperature

light veneers in a process that Lexus says requires

and seat temperature, passengers are just as

67 steps over 38 days to complete by artisans in

comfortable as the driver. The lighted mirrors are

Japan. All the materials are of the highest quality,

smartly placed for rear passengers. Continuing to

and the craftsmanship is top-notch; any place the

brag about the Executive Class seating package,

driver touches is padded or polished.

it offers a pair of thrones in the rear area that features recline, an ottoman inspired leg rest and a

Space is abundant front and rear — the Executive

magnificent massage function.

Class seating package that includes a rear-seat ottoman is available — and the seats are ultra comfortable.

Amenities include a 12.3-inch-wide

LCD flat screen that displays both phone and stereo interfaces. Its generous real-estate can be partitioned into three separate displays, allowing

Didn’t close the door completely?

Don’t worry,

the LS 460 has you covered. It “completely and securely” closes doors when they are brought into contact with the body frame. T r av e l i n g Sa f e ly

simultaneous viewing. Let’s say you’re in the midst


of using the navigation system: you’d be able to

The 2013 Lexus LS comes complete with three

see what musical track is playing on the stereo

impressive safety technology features drivers are







provides an innovative way of avoiding low-speed collisions. At speeds of less than 24 miles per hour, and in the event of a potential collision, A-PCS will assess the probability of a collision. If the system anticipates that a collision is indeed imminent, it will seek to The Blind Spot Monitoring

warn the driver by emitting both

(BSM) technology will alert you if, while driving,

a visual and audible warning. At the same time,

a vehicle is operating within your blind spot zone.

A-PCS will automatically engage a number of

It uses two radars located at both the left and

safety measures, including emergency steering

right rear quarters of the vehicle. If you try to shift

assist, giving the steering a greater response to the

lanes when they detect a vehicle present, a mirror

driver’s input, and stiffening up the air suspension

indicator illuminates to notify you of the potential

system for greater evasion controls. When needed,

sure to appreciate.

hazard. Also featured is what Lexus calls its Rear CrossTraffic Alert (RCTA). While the LS is equipped with a rear backup camera that allows you to see what is directly behind you, RCTA makes use of small microwaves to detect approaching vehicles on either side of you while parked.

the A-PCS will apply a Pre-Collision Brake Assist system (PBA) to aid in emergency breaking force. Simply put, the car is the epitome of functionality and design. It is sure to appeal to the preferences of even the most discriminate driver. As Corbin Davenport, Sales & Leasing Consultant at Lexus of Austin says about the LS 460, “Whatever you want it to do, it’ll do

Finally, and perhaps the most impressive safety

it. Whatever you want it to be, it’ll be.”

technology feature is Lexus’ Advanced Pre-Collision System (A-PCS). Working in conjunction with

Not everyone will appreciate the subtle nuances of

millimeter-wave radar, front-facing near infrared

the LS, but those who do will be astounded. And

projectors, and a front-mounted stereo camera,

that’s just the way Lexus wants it.

the A-PCS is designed to detect both vehicles and

agree more with the marketing plan for the Lexus

pedestrians to avoid collisions with them. A-PCS

LS 460 which states, “When driving this luxurious

works in conjunction with the vehicle’s advanced

sedan, you “Arrive Fashionably. Never Late.”

We couldn’t


In fl u e n c e : F A S H I O N & S T Y L E

Exclusive Interview

Feminine Whisper An Interview with Christi Craven, Designer for Lilly Lorraine I n t e r v i e w C o n d u c t e d b y Maureen Stevens


n a Friday afternoon, a bit flustered by


some traffic, I sat veritably excited at



a stoplight while waiting to turn to my



destination. This appointment, after all

open to exploring.

was for me to meet and get to know the


was very



designer behind Lilly Lorraine. The brand, though less

passion in you, try

than a year old, is gaining notoriety among wardrobe

it and connect with

stylists and fashionistas alike. A few months back, I

it.” Christi with her

even got the chance to wear a Lilly Lorraine and never

tenacity, go-getter

had so many compliments in one night.

attitude and from her



Christi Craven and Maureen Stevens

As I entered the door, Sara, her brand ambassador and

“working hard,” has excelled in all of those endeavors.

two lovely white peacock chairs greeted me. There

After graduating, she was a research technician at

she was, Christi Craven, the lovely and petite designer

a children’s hospital and even perfected a feeding

extraordinaire herself with bright eyes and a warm smile.

tube that measured the intestinal motility of micropremies. In any realm, she has always been a creator.

From a Psychology graduate, to an interior designer

As an interior designer, she won an award for most

to an event designer to a fashion designer; tell me

innovative window treatment from the prestigious

more about your evolution.

American Society for Interior Designers. And as a new fashion designer, she has another innovation that is

“There is nothing to fear when you want to try



patent pending at this time.


I certainly admire pieces that are so well-thought of,

freedom to explore.”

what three words best describes the Lilly Lorraine line? In the creative world inspiration is everything. How Innovative, sophisticated, elegant. I want the person

do you source yours or how do you seek it?

wearing it to feel confident. Inspiration is everywhere...you just have to open your The story about your grandmother, which carries the


namesake of the brand, is so endearing and heartfelt. What were the most important things she taught you? I’m sitting across from her as she gave me a nostalgic smile. In 2010, during the inception of her fashion line, Christi’s grandmother became ill and passed away. Her name was Lilly Lorraine. She was a fashion stylist whose mannerisms were confident but never haughty and her enthusiasm infectious.

What’s next for Lilly Lorraine? NOLCHA Fashion Show in New York City and we hope to be in select stores in the country and be known for innovation and exclusivity. Lilly Lorraine’s Spring fashion lines are “Flow of Light” and “Feminine Whisper.” The feel is ethereal and

“She taught me not to be afraid; to be in the moment.

the craftsmanship, impeccable; the brand definitely

She was also incredibly humble, yet always so confident

has the word innovation down pat. What’s next for

and elegant. She gave me so much unconditional

seasons to come from Lilly Lorraine is something to

love that fed and facilitated my journey and gave me

ardently wait for. IN FLUENTIAL 27


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A perfect architectural balance between classic and contemporary persuasion. Left: Ivory Silk Dupioni and White and Black Beaded Silk Chiffon Romper. Right: Orange Silk Chiffon Gown with Navy Beaded Arms.

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This Rep is

on Fire w r i t t e n b y Laura Suarez I n t e r v i e w & P h o t o s B y Rich Monyer of Paul Marcus Photos M a k e u p b y Lana Johnson of 987 Beauty

he world of politics can be a fickle one.

has gone beyond the borders of her district to ensure

It’s a world that can be as cruel as it is

that all Texans are treated fairly, with respect, and


It’s a world that can make

that her district, her city, and her state progress. As

foes of friends and make one doubt their

she states, “I have a responsibility to represent the

own beliefs. Mention the word politics, and you will

district’s past, present and future and represent the

see people grimace.

values of the community.”


To some, politics is a four letter

word. But, to many, politics is the greatest way to improve our world.

Rep. Dukes has taken the lead to make sure all her constituents are treated equally and fairly. Her

Dawnna Dukes, a ten term member of the Texas House of Representatives, is just such a person. Dukes, an African American female who is serving her community in one of the highest ranking offices in Travis County, has taken it upon herself to advance not only her local community but Texas at large.

accomplishments are many. To name a few, Dukes is an advocate for increased funding for early childhood education.

She participates in programs promoting

dropout prevention. She goes beyond the students to promote pay raises for every full-time teacher, counselor, and school nurse.

Rep. Dukes believes

Currently a respected member of the Appropriations

college should be accessible to all, so she co-sponsored

Committee, as well as Vice Chair of the Committee

the TEXAS Grant Program and was co-author on

on Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Representative

legislation that established the Texas Tomorrow Fund

Dukes has made the most of her political career. She



with family planning services. The




goes on and on.

endeavors The efforts

of Rep. Duke have not gone unnoticed. was

In 1999, Rep. Dukes



Human Rights Advocate by the Human Rights Campaign. support



Her aimed

at helping children at risk of abuse and neglect earned her the



Champion Award in 2009. In fact, her commitment of the youth of Texas earned her both the 2010 Distinguished Public Service Award by the National Foundation




Administrators and the honor of being the 2010 Texan of the Year by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Texas. Rep. Dukes’ work Rep. Dukes has done her part in making sure Texans stay safe and healthy by expanding unemployment compensation to allow victims of domestic abuse a source of income not associated with the income of their abusers. She fought for a low income Texans by

bringing film incentives merited her 2010 Distinguished Boyd Vance Award and the 2010 Texas Black Film Festival Award. And these are just a few of the awards she has been honored with over her years of service.

providing $200 million from the System Benefit Fund to give them a 10% discount on their electric bills. Rep.

Rep. Dukes’ life isn’t only politics. Much of her time is spent

Dukes worked to keep funding in place for Texans who

with her family. A lifelong resident of Austin, TX she says

are aging and/or have disabilities allowing them to

that the best thing about living in Austin is “Family. Being

receive the services they need to keep them healthy in

near generations of my family.

both the short and long term. She created the Women’s

consecutive generations live next door toTop, each other.” This shorts, and

Health Program which provides low income women

gave her a great sense of love and togetherness. bikini top by Jerry

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Integrity, hard

work, commitment and education are a privilege and

a priority.

This, despite all her rewards and accolades, led her

tunes she has in rotation on her IPhone right now.

to what she considers her greatest accomplishment…

If she gets a vacation, she enjoys the beach.

adopting her Leila. Leila came into her life through the

has a fever for genealogy research. And if she won

Texas foster care system. As Rep. Dukes said to the

the lottery, she’d pay off her debt, set up her loved

Austin American Statesman in 2009, “What’s the point

ones comfortably, and then CONTINUE TO WORK!


in working so hard if you don’t have someone you love that you can work hard for?” With Leila, Dukes found out she had a great passion for being a Mommy. But that isn’t all she is. Rep. Dukes is an avid reader. She keeps informed by keeping up with all the news

Rep. Dukes is just that type of woman. She is willing to give her all to make sure Texas is wonderful place for all to live. She wants to lead by example with her daughter by teaching her that “integrity, hard work,

She keeps up with the news both locally

commitment and that education are a privilege and

and nationally. She prefers a PC, but like many, she

a priority.” Through her hard work and dedications,

also loves her iPhone.

Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys,

Rep. Dukes is teaching all of us that. She is strong.

Love on Top by Beyonce, and Didn’t Know my Own

She is dedicated. She’s an inspiration. This Rep. is

Strength by Whitney Houston are the top three

definitely on fire.



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Favorite Beauty Products & Tools 1

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1. Beauty Blender Pro* This little sponge is the ultimate beauty applicator. It can be used on powder or liquid foundation and provides an airbrush like experience. Formerly only


available in pink and white the new black “Pro” version is more discreet and is sure to become a staple in your makeup bag.


2 . Ev e r y D r o p B e a u t y Spat u l a We spend a small fortune on our favorite lotions and potions, so it makes sense that we’d want to get every last drop. This genius little spatula is long enough to use even on larger bottles and will help you get the most bang for your buck.

3 . B e n e f i t H i g h B e am This product is perfect for creating that gorgeous dewy skin that we all want. Referred to as “supermodel in a bottle,” all you need to do is put a little bit right down the bridge of your nose and a little on your cheekbones and voila you are ready for spring!

4 . Living Proof No Frizz Products* The No Frizz products by Living Proof (Jennifer Anniston is a new spokesperson and co-owner) are like no product I’ve ever tried. Without any silicones or oils it will also allow you to go longer between shampoos which will leave your hair healthy AND frizz free!






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5 . S e n n a B r ow F i x This product is a must have for finishing off perfectly shaped brows. After getting them shaped, fill in any imperfections and then set it all in place with this brow gel. It will keep your pencil or brow powder in place along with any unruly hairs.

6 . La M e r S u n P r o t e c t i o n F l u i d Everyone knows that La Mer is the ultimate in beauty splurges. Now you can take that luxury and not only illuminate your complexion but also protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. It’s lightweight and glides on smooth and should be your non negotiable beauty tool!

7. M ac P e n u lt i mat e E y e L i n e r If you love the look of liquid eye liner but are scared of the liquid wand then this is for you. It’s a marker for your eye and gives you precision and control. You can leave the line thin for a subtle depth to your lashes or go bold for a sexy cat eye.


8 . N A RS B r o n z i n g P o w d e r Bronzing powder is the perfect tool to transition you from cold winter months to spring. You can use it to add sun kissed cheeks or do a full face of contouring. My favorite shade is Nars “Laguna” which has a slight shimmer! IN FLUENTIAL 49

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Spring Ski n

Rejuvenation w r i t t e n B y Meredith Davis


ut your best face forward this spring with





some of Austin’s top skincare specialists, dermatologists and plastic surgeons.

Winter can wreak havoc on our skin. Although our winters are not severe, cooler climates usually lead to less moisture, dry skin and less of that youthful glow that we oh-so desire. Without proper moisture and hydration, our skin can end up looking dull or damaged.

By springtime, we are ready to refresh

and rejuvenate our lackluster look. Lucky for you, we talked to the experts to find out a few key techniques and treatments to help you ward off parched skin and get glowing for the new season. W i n t e r Wo e s

During the winter, temperatures drop outdoors and we crank up the heater indoors which naturally strips all moisture from the air. Since there is less moisture in the air, our skin tends to become more dehydrated during this time of year causing dry skin. According to Dr. Nicole Mathis, a board-certified dermatologist at

So, what can we do to repair, rehydrate or rejuvenate? Here are a few tips and treatments to renew your skin for spring. Moisturize

The most important thing to remember is to take care of your skin before it gets dry and flaky. A good moisturizer is paramount. According to Vicki Hansen, a senior medical aesthetician at Serenity Creek Med Spa, “As the weather changes, so should your skincare routine. The same moisturizer you use during the spring and summer may not be good enough for the winter, so you should look for a product that has more moisture than the one you currently use.” When it comes to products, Dr. Edward Buckingham of Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery suggests, “While some over-the-counter products are probably good, it is difficult to determine what really works and their ingredients. Medical-grade products tend to be more scientifically proven and offer concentrations and ingredients not available in OTC products.”

Westlake Dermatology, “This loss of water in the skin can cause mild symptoms such as itching and burning

Recommended: For normal to dry skin, Hydrate Facial

or can even cause eczema when severe. It can also

Moisturizer from Obagi

lead to more prominent fine lines and wrinkles in those who do not properly rehydrate their skin.”



For oily skin, TheraMoist from Young Pharmaceuticals


E x f o l i at e

below,” says Dr. Mathis. This procedure focuses on

For those looking to kick start their skincare routine

the treatment of fine lines, enlarged pores and overall

after the winter, exfoliation treatments such as

skin texture with minimal to no downtime.

microdermabrasion or light chemical peels are useful to bring the skin back to life. Both treatments are a

Broad-spectrum light such as photofacial and IPL

light cosmetic procedure that will gently remove

(intense pulsed light) is also a useful technique to

the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the skin,

reduce redness, pigmentation and improve dermal

leaving your skin glowing and radiant.

thickness. These treatments should be done around the same time, as to avoid the sun.

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive, skin rejuvenation procedure that uses a combination of an exfoliating

Recommended: Clear and Brilliant at Westlake

material like crystals or diamond flakes and a


machine-based suction to gently lift up the skin during exfoliation. It is quick and painless.

Da i ly M a i n t e n a n c e

To maintain your glow, it is important to incorporate a Light chemical peels are another exfoliation technique

daily routine. For skin texture and wrinkles, Dr. Mathis

that is used to improve the texture of your skin using

recommends a combination of three products: topical

a chemical solution that causes dead skin to slough off

retinoids, glycolic acid and a product containing

and eventually peel off. It is a non-surgical cosmetic

growth factors such as the Skin Medica essential

procedure used to treat sun-damaged skin and fine

serum and eye cream. “Topical retinoids cause the

lines. Chemical peels vary according to their specific

skin to turn over at a faster rate, revealing fresher

ingredients and their strength.

skin below whereas glycolic acid acts as an exfoliant,” says Dr. Mathis. “The growth factor products contain

Recommended: Microdermabrasion with a light fruit

proteins that stimulate collagen to improve the

enzyme peel at Serenity Creek Med Spa

appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

La s e r

Dr. Buckingham adds that “skin care is really about

If you are considering laser treatments, early spring

consistency: consistent use of a good cleanser, daily

is the time to do it. It is easier to avoid the sun during

sun protection, retinol and antioxidants.” Daily use of

this time, which is necessary for these procedures, and

sunscreen is crucial. A broad-spectrum sunscreen is

it will leave you with a renewed look. One treatment


commonly used at Westlake Dermatology is a laser called the “Clear and Brilliant” performed by Dr.

Lastly, it is important to stay hydrated. By drinking

Nicole Mathis. “The Clear and Brilliant focuses on the

lots of water, you not only are hydrating your health,

uppermost layer of the skin to ultimately cause a fine

but you are hydrating your skin, which allows you to

sloughing and reveal fresher, more rejuvenated skin

replenish the moisture that has been depleted.


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For the Fuel in You ♦ w r i t t e n b y Ingrid Garner


et’s face it. When it comes to doing

somewhere that had had fresh, delicious ready-to-

what we know is necessary to maintain

eat meals that can support the healthy lifestyle you

a healthy and fit lifestyle, it can be quite

want to maintain? That’s why I was excited to hear

the challenge to balance a solid workout

about Mel’s Meals.

routine with a healthy and delicious meal plan. If you’re like me, the thought of having to prepare something well-balanced doesn’t always translate to delicious. Or, in an effort to fix something wellbalanced and delicious, it could be rather time consuming to prepare. Wouldn’t it be great to go



Based in Austin, Mel’s Meals provides clean, healthy and delicious meals that fill and fuel your body. Visionary, founder, and owner Melissa Sterns came up with the idea of creating clean meals that support healthy living and are just as delicious to eat because,


like most of us, she too was looking for that healthy

deciding what to eat, Mel has the answers for those

balance. After getting tired of serving oversized

looking to live a healthy lifestyle. With locations

and unhealthy portions of foods, Mel decided to

downtown, Lakeway and Round Rock, there is no

make healthy, packaged meals. And now she does

excuse for kick starting the healthy eating regime

this while providing nutrition tips to her customers.

many of us want to have without all the guesswork.

Compelled and encouraged to counteract people’s bad eating habit, Mel has implemented her vision of healthy, packaged meals. Two of her best are the sweet potato pancakes and protein peanut butter balls. Looking for some vegetarian options? Check out the vegetable lasagna made with whole-wheat noodles, tons of veggies, four kinds of cheese, and a delicious homemade pasta sauce. Want something with a bit of a kick? Then you have to try the poblano pork and sweet potatoes, a tasty dish with cubes of pork tenderloin, sweet potatoes, and fire-roasted poblano peppers in hollandaise sauce. Mel is sure to include the right ingredients in every one of her tasty creations. She refrains from using salt and refined flours and sugars. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, support your workout routine or improve your health, there’s a meal plan for you. When you sign up for a meal plan, you get three fresh meals and two snacks daily. Meals can be picked up or delivered two times a week (Mondays and Thursdays). With the meals packaged, bagged and labeled for every day of the week, all you have to do is eat. No guesswork involved. How can you not love that? Mel is dedicated to providing customers a wide variety of delicious meals, seven days a week. When

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Luxurious & Eco-friendly Interior Design An Interview with Laura Britt of Laura Britt Design INTER V IEW C ONDU C TED BY Yenis Schicht


aura Britt Design is an Austin based eco-

Laura Britt has her own line of eco-friendly furnishings

friendly interior design team that creates

called “Vervano” that are made with renewable eco-

luxurious open spaces with sustainwable

friendly materials made in the U.S.A.

material. Laura’s main clientele live in the downtown Austin area. Laura has created

an award-winning full-service design firm.

and furniture line.

Laura Britt Design has a modern and expansive portfolio

What can you tell me about your furnishings?

that includes the Austonian Luxury Condominiums which are a work in progress. Laura has created custom interiors for clients at the Austonian who want both stunning and


I sat down recently with Laura Britt to discuss her designs

Our furniture line is my passion. It’s something that I really enjoy and gives me the opportunity to design

functional interiors. She has created interior designs that

pieces on a more concrete, tangible scale. Our interior

fit upscale modern or traditional living spaces that are

projects are very large. We are building homes from the

suited for the lifestyles of active entrepreneurs, young

ground up, and it takes many months-if it’s not a few

professionals, or couples that live in today’s Downtown

years-to complete our projects. With our furniture, we

Austin home market where technology, open spaces,

are actually able to design those pieces and see them in

and practicality have become an undeniable trend.

production a lot more quickly than our interior projects,



so it’s really enjoyable for me to see a completed project.

grey tones for interiors and exteriors. The other trends we have seen are color-a lot of color. We customized

Do you have furniture specifically designed for kids that is eco-friendly?

everything for our clients. Everyone is so different, but if we talk specifically about people living downtown,

Yes, we have a few pieces for kids. The Ethan chair-

there is definitely the trend towards pairing down and

it was named after my son-is child-size, covered with


organic fabric, very healthy, designed by a mom in Austin, Texas. We also have kid-friendly furniture for

What was the name of your original project at the


Austonian and was it environmentally friendly?

We have, for example, the Oliver Ottoman

which is a very interesting piece because it can be used as a coffee table and can be placed in the family room. It can be used for toys storage and has pieces specifically designed with a mechanism for little fingers. Where can we find your furniture line on display? We work directly with our clients to customize all the pieces. We have our standard pieces of the line which are on display at the Austonian right now. What can we learn about interior designs trends for 2013?

[It is now called] “The Austonian Design.” At the beginning we called it “Luxury in the Sky.” We are doing another project in the building right now using some beautiful Asian accents and antique Asian pieces combined with the modern. It’s really fun! The Austonian, as a building, has a bit of an environmental focus, as well. High quality materials…some of the highest quality that you’ll see in our downtown development so far. Laura Britt is knowledgeable and has a charismatic

Definitely the color green! Especially emerald green.

personality. Sitting is an experienced and award-winning

That’s the trend for 2013. We love to use low VOC. The

interior designer who is an inspiration. She is setting a

trends for 2013 will be the green fibers. A trend right

new standard of living and creating the most fabulous

now is the large bed. We have also seen a trend with

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SPRING INTO STYLE A stylish selection of new year favorites by fashion blogger Maria Orozova of fabisthenewblack.com

Neimen Marcus Austin’s Media Reviews are by far my favorite events to mingle with the who’s who in Austin media and check out all the latest fashions. I recently got a chance see their Top 10 Biggest Trends for Spring 2013 that are sure to inspire your Spring look.


Goodbye Beige, H e l lo O r a n g e !

This Spring, orange is the NEW neutral. It pairs well with almost any color but also makes a statement solo.


LAY ER ON THE LACE . It’s hard not to feel like a lady in lace and it’s one of this season’s biggest trends. Used as an embellishment or as the main attraction, lace adds the perfect touch of femininity to


BL U E IN EVER Y H U E . Experiment with blues by mixing and matching different shades. Pair this frilled sleeve dress with these embellished lapiz earrings for the perfect monochromatic look.



any ensemble.


RELA X A LITTLE . Ease up on the structure and let your hair down a bit. The modern day woman is effortlessly chic and that’s why this Spring, casual sophistication is key.

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8 HEAV Y ON THE HAR D WARE . Want to make a


statement with your

A good patterned

face by pairing bold

jewelry? Frame your

piece does wonders in

earrings with a chunky,

livening up a wardrobe

collar-length necklace.

(and disguising problem areas!). I love how this color blocked, floral one-piece from Top Shop plays up pattern in all the right places.

9 W HEN IN ROME . Go Gladiator! Treat your footwear to a



strappy makeover. Jimmy Choo does a splurge-worthy take with these patent leather sandals.

Let your eyes do the talking. Opt for a more subtle nude lip and bring the drama with big, bold eyes.



It may be too hot for a biker jacket but you

10 H i g h V o lta g e H a n d b ag s . ROYGBIV anyone?

can still get your leather

Don’t shy away from

fix. Try a more season-

color. When it comes

appropriate piece like this pleated leather mini from Alice & Olivia.

to handbags this Spring, the brighter the better!


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InS ight fro m Justin:Mila n w r i t t e n b y Justin McNulty

When you think of fashion and travel, what comes to mind? For me, it’s New York City, London, and Paris. For any fashionista; however, a trip to Milan is a must.

Must see. At the heart of Milan is the Duomo, or cathedral. Although work started on the Duomo in the 1380s, work wasn’t completed until 1965. No visit to the Duomo is complete without taking an elevator (or the stairs) to the roof. There, on a clear day, you have tremendous views the Alps.

Must eat. The Milanese invented the aperitivo—the happy hour. Between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m don your most fashionable clothes and slip into any bar. There, during aperitivo, you’ll find a lavish spread of cured meats, cheeses, and other local delicacies. Pair these snacks with a nice Italian wine or the cocktail of your choice.




Must do. Shopping, of course! All of Milan’s haute boutiques fit into the Quadrilatero d’Oro, or Rectangle of Gold. There you can find Prada, Versace, Missoni, Hermès, and Chanel to name a few. Plan to spend some time here – the people watching can be just as good as the window-shopping.

Must stay. When I think fashionable hotels, the one that comes to mind is the W Hotel. The W Milan is set to open in June 2014 and couldn’t be in a better location. The W Milan will be in the heart of the Brera district just steps from the Duomo and Teatro alla Scala.

Get there. Three international airports serve Milan: Milano Malpensa International Airport {airport code MXP}; Linate Aiport {airport code: LIN}; and Il Caravaggio International Aiport {airport code: BGY}. If you prefer train travel, high-speed trains connect Milan with Rome.


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Made in

Heaven InFluential Magazine is celebrating fashion this season in the only way we know how: with the amazing gowns from the Made in Heaven collection by our beloved fashion designer Stephen MacMillan Moser. InFluential Magazine supports new talent through open casts for models, makeup artists, hair stylist, photographers, fashion stylists, agency models and fashion designers. For InFluential, it is an honor to have the chosen team being part of this editorial.



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A Mus ical Even i ng wi th the Mae st r o Re ue l Med itz


n January 12, 2013, a fortunate group

Piano Cry for Africa in B Minor

of music aficionados experienced An

Simple Song in C Minor

Evening with Reuel at Steinway Piano

Smoke in the Sky in G Minor

Gallery in Austin, Texas.

This sold out

Mod-class performance was a first for Steinway and Maestro Reuel Meditz with lighting, projected visuals, and sensational electronic elements.

Beginnings in Ab Minor Clocks of Time in A Major Malaguena

The set list, which included original tunes and Reuel’s

Quiet Place

dynamically engaging performance style, were awe

Night of the Witch in Eb Major/Minor

inspiring and included:


Are We Alone in A Major


Runaway Minds in F# Minor


photos by ruben morales photography

Musicophilia in C Minor Art Gallery in D Major

The performance was extraordinary and adulation could be heard throughout the evening.


gorgeous! I loved every layer of this performance...the Among the distinguished guests were Vicky Sepulveda of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Margaret Perry, Director of Armstrong Community School of Music; Mathew Bird of Steinway of Austin;

fusion of piano and electronica, the light show, Reuel’s physical performance, and the audience element. Beautiful music and performance!” said one guest.

members of the exclusive Long Center Concert Club; Jaelyn Penner, Owner of Happenings Event

Reuel will have a busy 2013 with his eyes set on

Productions LLC; and William Jackson, Publisher of

headlining several performances in Austin’s most

InFluential Magazine.

popular concert venues.


SPRING gala guide CASAblanca Gala

Five x Seven SPLURGE

March 2, 6 p.m.

April 4th 7 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Austin

The Jones Center

Luminaria Texas Medal of Arts 2013

April 5th 5:30 p.m.

March 5th 5:30 p.m.

W Hotel

Long Center for the Performing Arts Evening Under the Stars Gala April 13th Camp Mabry Texas Film Hall of Fame 2013 March 7th 6 p.m. Austin Studios, Stage 7 Red, Hot & Soul April 20th 6 p.m. ZACH's Topher Theatre 28th Annual Rare & Fine Wine Auction March 23rd 6 p.m. Four Seasons Hotel

The White Party April 26th 8 p.m. Long Center for the Performing Arts

Visit www.austinsocialplanner.com to learn more about individual events and to get the scoop on everything going on around town!




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March / April 2013 InFluential Magazine  

The Art of Living Well

March / April 2013 InFluential Magazine  

The Art of Living Well