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January / February 2014

THE

BEAUTY ISSUE

FEATURING AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

&

PHOTOGRAPHS FROM internationally

ACCLAIMED fashion photographer

TODD ANTHONY

TYLER

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s the country comes out of the Polar Vortex,

and throwing it away. Giving a donation of money or time

we are all looking forward to Spring. The

to a charity. Smiling at a person walking by you at the

gray, slushy black-ice covered winter is over.

store. Leaving a penny. Hugging your loved ones for just

Sunshine, flowers, green grass, and birds are

a second longer than you normally do. Giving your dog

about to become a reality. You can smell

an extra scratch behind the ear. There is beauty in all of

it in the air. You can feel it in the not-so-nippy air. You

these things.

can see it in the first few green leaves sprouting on the

So, we hope we spread a little beauty to you while you

trees. Beauty, once again, is about to take over. So, what

read this issue. We hope we inspire you to find beauty in

better way to celebrate than with the Beauty Issue of

your heart and in your surroundings. And, heck, we even

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hope to inspire you to feel a little more beautiful on the

Of course, when we usually think of beauty, we think

outside, too. I mean, a little lipstick never hurts!

of silky hair, a pleasant face, a shiny car, a mansion, or a bouquet of roses. And those aren’t things to be scoffed at.

Happy Reading,

The beauty of each of those things has driven humanity to action from the beginning of time. Beauty is a motivating factor for so many. And it should be. To strive for beauty, to seek beauty, to relish in beauty is part of human nature. However, we have to find a beauty beyond that of what we can see and possess. There are so many things that go beyond the common thought of what is beautiful. Picking up a piece of litter

Laura Suarez Editor-in-Chief

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

JEANETTE CHIVVIS Jeanette

Chivvis

is

a

fashion

blogger

and

contributing

fashion

writer

for

www.chivvistylesblog.com, as well as, numerous other national fashion magazines.

her

blog

She is a

celebrity stylist and a fashion host for Good Morning Texas. She has been featured as a stylist, writer and designer in over 100 magazines internationally. She loves to meet new artists and support emerging artists and designers from her home state of Texas. She is honored to work with Leonardo D'Almagro and InFluential Magazine.

F E L E C I A JAC K S O N Felecia Jackson lives in Columbus, Ohio where she works as a freelance writer and as a Professional Development Administrator. She received her MBA from Franklin University and an undergraduate from Wright State University.

Felecia enjoys spending time with her family and is an avid

marathon runner.

A D R I A N N A K I N A L Blogger of AA Kinal | www.aakinal.com Adrianna Kinal is a Polish / Canadian fashion artist working and creating in Los Angeles. She has worked as a designer, creative director, photographer, stylist, graphic designer and marketing media director. AA Kinal is a site where she shares her discoveries, curiosities, and thoughts on fashion, art, design, architecture, travel, her fondness for femme fatales and fascination with everything from the 1920s and 30s. The name – AA Kinal is an abbreviation of her full name – Adrianna Aleksandra Kinal. AA Kinal is also the name of her jewelry line.

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S C O T T L U D I N G T O N Managing Director at TPG | 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 big-picture 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.

J A N E T M C C U L L A R Trial Attorney | Law Office of Janet McCullar, P.C. Janet is a nationally-respected trial attorney board certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was also selected to be a fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an organization of the nation’s top divorce attorneys. Janet is a frequent author and speaker on divorce and custody issues. Away from the office, Janet, a wife and mother of three children, has a passion for physical fitness, reading, the arts, traveling, and community service. In the recent years, Janet has enjoyed learning to sail. Visit Law Office of Janet McCullar, P.C. at www.jmccullarlaw.com.

T I N A S N I D E R Communications Manager | Ronald Mcdonald House Charities of Austin & Central Texas Having recently moved from South Florida, Tina Snider joined the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas in January 2014. This Midwestern girl at heart is passionate about using her voice and words to demonstrate how a small gesture can change lives, evolve communities and build futures. Although her marketing career began in the financial services sector, it took on a new meaning when she volunteered to write a strategic marketing plan for a small Florida nonprofit organization that helps at-risk children. Before joining the Ronald McDonald House Charities, she was the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Tina lives and breathes the goodness of giving back and continually influences her daughters’ philanthropic spirit.

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C O N T E N T S

March / April

2014

IN FLU E N C E The Art of Beauty..........................................................8 BEAUTY

Le Beau Pays De France................................................10 TRAVEL

Balancing Health, Fitness, Family & Family Law.............22 LAW

Going Places that Scare You............................................24 HEALTH & WELLNESS

Binzario: Altar-ed Beauty...............................................26 FASHION & STYLE

Romance.......................................................................34 FASHION EDITORIAL

The Magic Words..........................................................40 LIVING WELL

FEATURES THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE OF TODD ANTHONY TYLER ......................................................12 An InFluential face in front of and behind the lens

HEALTHY SKIN & NAILS FROM THE INSIDE OUT .........................................................30 Sometimes beauty being skin deep is great

10 Ways to Refashion & Beautify Your Furniture...............42L IVING WELL

IN FO R M Communicating Beautifully ............................................44 COMMUNICATIONS

IN N E T WO R K Introducing Rhea Raj.....................................................47 Daniel Maltzman..........................................................48 Brandon Miller..............................................................49

IN T H I N G S P I C T U R E D A B OV E

Bringing Out the Beauty in Entertaining...........................50

P H OTO G RA P H Y TODD ANTHONY TYLER MA K E UP MICHAEL MAK H A IR ISAAC YU MO D E L JULIANNA FAS H ION ST Y L I NG KARINA SMITH

IN S O C I E T Y Austin Social Planner Spring Gala Guide........................54 50 Years to Celebrate......................................................56


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THE ART OF

BEAUTY W R I T T E N BY Adrianna Kinal

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ike most women, my quest for beauty started at an

chicer than "white-out" nails which are seen all over the runways.

early age. In junior high I roamed the aisles of the

Art and fashion have always been linked, but this season

local drugstore on the hunt for a transformation.

designers are proving it by sending gallery-worthy collections

There's something compelling-a rush, a sense of

down the runways (think Chanel, Prada, and Celine) with equally

empowerment-when you can change your entire

artful makeup looks to match. Beauty looks included vivid colors

your look with a little lipstick. I often left the store

while classics like the ponytail and the French manicure became

with a $5 stapled-shut white paper sack known as the "mystery

radically transformed resulting into a new look of modernity.

bag.� In my mystery bag a range of randomly chosen beauty items

Invigorated once again to experiment, I turn into my own canvas

could be found. Sometimes it was a total score. Sometimes it was

and Picasso my looks using spring's palette of fresh colors. In the

a complete bust. Once I got a bottle of white nail polish which I

art of beauty I hope my compositions inspire you to splurge this

was intrigued by until my friends asked me why I had white out on

spring on "investment" pieces at the makeup counter. No look

my nails. Total bust. Needless to say, my "mystery bag" shopping

beats being and feeling beautiful. The art of beauty lies in your

days came to an end. But, of course, this season there's nothing

own hands. What will you create?

L E F T Chanel Vitalumere Aqua Foundation (used throughout), MAC Pro Longwear eye liner, Chanel Cream Blush 69 Intonation (used throughout), Chanel Rouge Allure 138 Fougueuse Lipstick, MAC Cremesheen gloss, Maybelline Great Lash mascara (used throughout) and Butter London Cottonbuds nail polish and topcoat. C E N T E R L'Oreal Color Riche eyeliner in Cobalt and Chanel eyeshadow Abstraction. R I G H T Smashbox Socialite, Chanel Vitalumere Aqua Foundation, MAC Pro Longwear eye liner, Chanel Rouge Allure 138 Fougueuse Lipstick, NARS Copacabana Illuminator, Chanel Cream Blush 69 Intonation, YSL glossy stain Pourpre Previe, Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick Siren, MAC Pro Longwear eye liner.

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A B OV E : Big Sexy Hair hairspray, Garnier Shine glossing spray, Chanel eyeshadow Abstraction, NARS Copacabana Illuminator, Smashbox Phantasm eyeshadow as eyeliner, YSL glossy stain Pourpre Previe, Butter London Cottonbuds, Come to Bed Red, and Snog nail polish and topcoat.

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LE BEAU PAYS DE FRANCE W R I T T E N BY William Jackson

hen most of us think of the beautiful country

In the year 843, the Treaty of Verdun created a territory called

of France, we think of superb wine and cuisine,

Western Francia which was the precursor to modern France.

exceptional scenery, and a relaxed lifestyle

Several noble families ruled France until the monarchy was

which is the envy of the rest of the world. The

overthrown during the French Revolution in 1798. About 10

diverse landscape, which has inspired centuries

years after the revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte seized control

of influential writers, artists and poets, include mountain ranges,

of France and declared himself the Emperor of France.

acres of green countryside, and long stretches of sparkling

He waged several wars and conquered a good portion of

coastline. France is tres chic, and as of late, the country du jour

Europe before being defeated at the Battle of Waterloo.

is playing host to the Cannes Film Festival and the French Open.

France suffered losses in the first world war, despite being

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on the winning side and was seized by the Nazis during World THE GEOGRAPHY OF FRANCE

War II. The country was eventually liberated in a joint effort

France is located in Western Europe to the southeast of the United

of the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada in 1944.

Kingdom, west of Italy and Germany, and northeast of Spain. The country covers 211,209 square miles (547,030 square kilometers)

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and approximately 66 million people call the nation home. The

France is a beautiful destination which will engage your

capital (and largest city) is Paris which is home to more than two

senses of nostalgia, romance, and grandeur.

million people. And, of course, the national language is French.

beauty of France is undeniable, from spectacular mountain

The landscape

ranges to rocky coastlines, regional parks to quiet oases of A B R I E F H I S TO RY O F F R A N C E The earliest humans in France date back about 50,000 years.

It's no surprise France has long held the title as the world's

Before it was known as France, a country called Gaul occupied

most-visited

approximately the same place. Gaul was conquered by Rome

Paris, the glamour of the Riviera, or the legendary cuisine

in the first century BCE which led to the Gauls adopting the

of

Roman language and culture. Around 400 AD, Germanic tribes

have

known as Franks began entering Gaul which is where France



derived its modern name.

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renown, vineyards to great forests, home to deer and wild boar.

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country.

Provence, made

Whether

France's it

a

it

historic

favorite

among

the

and

artistic

cultural

international

legacy

of

treasures travelers.


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ST R A S B O U R G Situated

right

on

the

border

of

France and Germany, Strasbourg is the capital city of the Alsace region. The city serves as the seat of the European Parliament and numerous other important European institutions such as the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe. The city’s historic center Grande Île is what makes Strasbourg one of the best places to visit in France.

DID YOU

KNOW?

LO I R E VA L L E Y One

of

my

favorite

destinations,

the Loire Valley is a region in the center of France regarded for its

• The Statue of Liberty is

spectacular scenery, splendid chateaux,

French. It was made in

picturesque

France and given to the

vineyards,

and

historic

villages. The Loire Valley stretches for

United States as a gift.

over a hundred miles along the Loire River, twisting and turning through some

of

villages

France’s and

most

charming

• Jeans were invented in

beautiful

France in a place called

chateaux.

Nîmes. The word "denim" comes from "de Nîmes".

• The bikini was invented in France in 1946.

NICE Wonderful, wonderful Nice! beaches,

gorgeous

Beautiful

Mediterranean

• The Eiffel Tower was built

weather, and vibrant shopping all make

between 1887 and 1889

Nice one of the most popular places to

for the 1889 World's Fair.

visit in France. Located on the French

It was intended to only

Riviera in Southeast France, Nice is

stand in Paris for 20 years,

a

but it has been there for

sprawling

seaside

something for everyone.

resort

offering

more than 120.

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THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE {of }

TODD ANTHONY TYLER

WRITTEN BY LAURA SUAREZ

I N T E R V I E W C O N D U C T E D BY S C OT T L U D I N G TO N

odd Anthony Tyler is one of the fashion

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industry’s all-around true talents.

He is a

embracing digital imagery much faster than the west.

rare combination of good looks, brains,

Though his first love is film, he had to give it up. The

talent, and vision. For over 20 years Tyler,

Asian fashion world loved the immediacy the digital world

a model, photographer, art director, and TV

allowed far before anyone else did. Tyler found he did, too.

personality, has continued to reinvent himself to stay on

The speed that digital photography brings to the creative

the cutting edge of fashion, evolving his captivating good

process allows his clients to instantly see how their idea

looks, sense of style, and creative vision into an eclectic

looks and to immediately make sure everyone is getting

global brand.

what they truly want. Though he still loves film, he realizes

Known to many outside the world of fashion as a judge on Asia’s Next Top Model, Todd Anthony Tyler is more

the digital medium gives him the ability to instantly connect with clients and fans alike.

than a panelist. He started as a model whose career took

What makes Tyler a stand out amongst Asian and Asian-

him from Milan to Japan. When that didn’t quench his

based photographers is the understanding of the cultural

need to create, Todd Anthony Tyler chose to step behind

differences that cause people to pick up a camera. In the

the camera and fulfill a lifelong dream of bringing his

West, people become interested in photography as a

perspective on beauty to the world.

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Based in Asia, Tyler saw the Asian world of fashion

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creative vehicle to express their visions. However,

“It’s great that we get along so well because

in Asia, the camera is seen more as a technical

we do spend a lot of hours together and our

tool, so his approach to work is fundamentally

relationship has complemented my entire life,”

different than many Asian photographers.

says Tyler.

Most of Tyler’s projects come about as people

By all accounts Todd Anthony Tyler has had

approach him for his creative input. He enjoys

remarkable success understanding, accepting,

being able to not only shoot the photographs

and integrating Asian themes and values into

but leverage his immense artistic talents to

his work. “Being an explorer at heart helps …

create and tell a story from beginning to end.

Indiana Jones was one of my heroes as a kid.”

Tyler storyboards his projects; sketching out how

That must be the reason Tyler is so adventurous.

he sees a project start to finish. He has no desire

He continues to travel not only throughout

to simply recreate a catalog to sell clothes. For

Asia, but he regularly spends time in Europe to

him it’s about sharing his unique vision in service

draw inspiration from fashion, art, and European

to his clients.

influences. He loves a challenge and likes to

Though he works in an industry where creative

This love of adventure and challenge helps him

solicits the input of everyone he works with.

find beauty in unique and unexpected places.

“You can’t box people into certain positions, hair,

The fashion industry can have a narrow view of

makeup, etc. you will miss their perspective, and

what is considered “beautiful.” To Tyler, there are

they see things you as the photographer don’t

many versions of beauty. He found the exotic

always see. The best situation is for me to allow

and the unusual beautiful long before it became

myself to be open to other suggestions. Over the

commercially recognized. One of the secrets to

years, the more you shoot and the more secure

his success is his ability to see things differently.

you are in what you’re doing, you can be more

He is able to look outside his North American

relaxed and open. I find a team atmosphere for

and European perspective.

the entire shoot creates a real ambiance and

Tyler is creative by nature. But that is only half

setting and you get more from everyone. When

of the story. His creativity has led him to have

you’re more inclusive and create a family-type

a meticulous approach to life. Tyler is incredibly

atmosphere where people are also heard on

busy and usually has five or more projects

their opinions, I think that makes a more positive

going at any given time. Because of this, he

creative environment.”

keeps a highly structured schedule. Strangely,

A family-type atmosphere is, in fact, what

this structure frees him up to focus on what he

Todd Anthony Tyler has created. His wife, Karina

needs to accomplish. He also blocks out time to

Smith, is a successful stylist in her own right and

make sure he is able to seek out new sources of

Tyler’s closest collaborator. When they first met

inspiration on a regular basis. No matter where

they were not at all interested in one another, but

he is, he looks for “constant sources of visual

a mutual friend persuaded them to meet again.

stimulation.”

It’s a good thing, too. They soon knew theirs was a partnership of chemistry and creativity.

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“swing from the trees, so to speak.”

visions can clash, Tyler remains open to and

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Projects and family life keep him busy, but Tyler makes sure he has plenty of time to connect with his fans. In a day when social media is becoming less and less personal, Todd Anthony Tyler takes the time to maintain a complete online presence.

He doesn’t outsource any of the interaction

to someone on his creative team.

Every post, pin, and

tweet come from Tyler himself. Whether it be on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Pintrest or Twitter, you can bet on Tyler being the man behind the post. He maintains a unique balance between staying genuinely engaged with his followers and maintaining his privacy. He constantly checks himself before he crosses the line “between contribution and shameless self-promotion.” Tyler states, “It sometimes amazes me that people seem to care about me just because they have seen me on TV, so if I can use social media to do good things and promote positive things that I believe in I have to make time for that. And I do.”

“INDIVIDUAL FLAIR COMES FROM NOT BEING AFRAID TO TRY THINGS. TO HAVE INDIVIDUAL FLAIR YOU NEED TO LIVE WITH NO FEAR.”

Todd Anthony Tyler isn’t just a model, photographer, TV personality, and art director. He is also a designer with a

- Todd Anthony Tyler

men’s clothing line coming out later this year. If that wasn’t enough, he is also actively involved in giving back through many different philanthropic works. He generously gives not only his talent but his time to Happy Hearts Fund that helps build schools for underprivileged children across Asia and the Foundation for Mother & Child Health (FMCH) which works to improve the lives of mothers and children in local communities by providing programs focused on health, nutrition, education, and sustainable skills training. Tyler continues to demonstrate he is a force of nature. Passionate, driven, and focused he is constantly raising the bar not only for himself but for everyone around him. We clearly have not seen the last of Todd Anthony Tyler as he continues to push boundaries and evolve his global brand. Visit

the

official

website

of

Todd

Anthony

Tyler

at toddanthonytyler.com.

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BALANCING { H E A LT H

FITNESS

FA M I LY }

& FA M I LY L AW W R I T T E N BY Janet McCullar

y life’s path has been challenging. Besides having a demanding career in family law, I am also a full-time wife and

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mother. Often I have been asked, “How do you balance it all?” And my response would often be that I wasn’t! At times I was stressed out beyond belief, and my life was horribly unbalanced. That’s because in the past I have allowed the demands of my career to interfere with my family, health, and relationships. Thankfully, I have found a place of balance by simply defining the aspects of my life and placing boundaries around each to give them their fair and equal space. These

days, I focus on the four main aspects of my life – my general health, fitness, family, and career – and make sure that my time is adequately allocated to keep them in harmony with one another. I have found strategies that help me to maintain this balance.

PAY I N G C LO S E AT T E N T I O N TO M Y H E A LT H

W E E K LY I N D U LG E N C E S

Good health results in energy, creativity, happiness, and beauty.

I always try to set aside time each week to indulge in doing the

The two most important ingredients for good health: nutrition

things that bring me joy: a quiet afternoon at an art museum,

and adequate sleep.

Eating whole, nutritional food and

brunch with friends or the occasional concert of a college-era

getting plenty of rest are essential elements to robust health.

favorite. These indulgences leave me feeling happy and energized and ready for whatever the work week brings.

S E T T I N G B O U N DA R I E S I am a firm believer in placing boundaries for myself. For me, it was

KEEPING FIT

essential that I learn how to say no. There are only so many hours in

For many of us having a fit body takes hard work. I’ll be the first

each day. I do my best to not over commit myself; if I do, it leads to

to admit that I haven’t always been the best at this; however,

stress and results in instantaneous imbalance in all aspects of my life.

in the past year, I have achieved it by losing over 50 pounds. To achieve this goal I had to have a balanced perspective. My

TA K I N G T I M E F O R B E AU T Y

weekly exercise routine includes a balance of activities - cross fit,

I treat myself to a regular mani/pedi: if my feet start to go to

barre combined with Pilates, and a yoga class or video. Also, I

hell, you can believe that I’m out of whack. As a woman, I enjoy

allowed myself to take a break during the holidays. Taking time

looking my best. It makes me feel confident. These little personal

off from fitness is OK (I promise, my trainer said so). Since I

indulgences can go a long way in creating balance in my life.

travel a lot for my job, I have some routines I take with me on the road: no equipment required. But vacation is also vacation

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and my activity then is centered on play: yoga, paddle boarding,

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and walking.

As a divorce lawyer, I usually don’t see people at their best, and this can be challenging at times; however, I have a great depth

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of compassion for what my clients are going through. The legal

I am blessed with an extended, blended family. I believe that

process is imperfect for dealing with their issues. I truly see myself

it is important to keep certain nights as sacred, gathering

as a guide to help people compartmentalize the issues involved:

around the dinner table and discussing the day’s events. This

those about children (decision making, visitation, support) and

was especially true when I had little ones at home.

Most of

those about property (identity, character, value, division). Each of

the kids are off at college now, so though we still keep some

those areas has complexities, but breaking it into smaller pieces

family nights formal, we also allow for laid back nights by taking

makes it easier to digest. I also know that my client’s case is

dinner into the living room and watching a movie or show.

not about me. I’m selective about clients and work hard at not engaging with other lawyers. Although I have a litigation practice,

S E PA R AT I N G WO R K F R O M P L AY

most cases settle and those that don’t have a serious issue at stake

When I’m at work I give it my all, no distractions. However,

that cannot be resolved through reason or compromise. People

when I am on vacation, same rules apply. After more than 20

in those situations need someone not caught up in the mess.

years of practice, I take lots of time off, and it’s not uncommon

Balancing health, fitness, family, and career is a daily challenge;

for me to be out of the office for a couple of weeks-even up

and I’ll admit that I’m not 100% successful 100% of the time. And

to two months. When I’m on vacation, I disconnect from the

that’s OK. I allow myself forgiveness and try never to be too hard

world – cell phone off, laptop closed. Early in my career I went

on myself. Life is a long learning process, something we take day

to China. China is many hours different in time zone, and I went

by day. But knowing that it’s possible, and being determined and

back in the days before we had convenient and cheap access on cell

confident, helps me find balance these days more often than not.

phones. Today when I travel, I still treat it like I’m still in that China.

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SCARE YOU W R I T T E N B Y B R A D K E N N I N G T O N , L M F T, L P C

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ecently, while looking for a book on meditation, I

grow ourselves along with it. Revisiting painful parts of our stories

came across these words in one of Pema Chodron’s

and making peace with the past can certainly be a growing edge.

literary works:

Risking ourselves in a new relationship (or in an established one) or

“Anything you are attached to,

let it go. Go to places that scare you.”

ending a relationship and choosing to be alone for a while can feel like

Identifying those things—certain relationships,

we are walking on an edge, too. Deciding to uproot yourself from an

negative thinking patterns, unhealthy behaviors, or a stale job—

established career so that you can unfold in a new vocation can also

that are in the way of living a fulfilling life is something we all

take us to the very edge of security and comfort. But sometimes it

should do from time to time. It behooves us to do a self inventory

seems we are shoved into these scary places. Unwanted or unplanned

now and then and assess what is working for us, what is not

events can leave us feeling exposed, vulnerable and scared.

working for us, and let go of those things that are in our way.

romantic partner decides they want to be with someone else, leaving

Letting go, although difficult to do, is one thing. But consciously

us with that aching and angry void. Your entrance exams were not

going to places that scare you? That’s all together different.

what they needed to be and you are unable to pursue your passion,

A

We usually work very hard to avoid the places that scare us because

left feeling lost and confused. Maybe a business venture in which

they often make us feel insecure, inadequate, and incompetent. But

you have invested so much time, energy and money fails to take off

they are often the most revealing, showing us who we really are and

or you get laid off from a company you have been loyal to for years.

what we are really made of. A therapist I know calls these places our

We can do our best to avoid the edge and its uncertainties by

"growing edge,” places where, if we trust the process, allow us to

running as fast as we can in the opposite direction. But by avoiding,

stretch and yield into something new and different and expanding.

we also limit ourselves.

Whether we choose to walk towards

Often times we must decide to enter that scary place on our own

our growing edge or are dragged there, these are places that

knowing deep down it is in our best interest to approach that edge

can provide a teaching opportunity if we are only open to learn.

hoping that it grows a bit more and allows us the footing we need to

Go to those places that nudge you from your comfort zone and allow

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you to reach and stretch for something new. Go to places where you risk your emotional safety just enough to make room for growth. Or if you are forced to go to a scary place, breathe, be still and know that you really are okay. A couple of years ago, my then eleven-year-old nephew was rushed to the hospital because of a severe and sudden medical condition. For several days, no one knew what was going on. All of the initial tests were inconclusive. Finally, after more tests, his medical team discovered the culprit, performed surgery, and put my nephew on the road to full recovery. For those first few days, my family and I were catapulted to the scariest place I have ever known. We were pushed to the edge of our sanity and faith. It took so much energy to just simply be. But out of that experience came stronger family connections, a deeper appreciation for what we have, and the renewed awareness of just how fragile our lives really are—even the young. I no longer take hope for granted. And I enjoy my nephew’s every laugh and teenage tantrum. And I have that walk along that scary but growing edge to thank for it.

BRAD KENNINGTON LMFT, LPC

Brad Kennington, LMFT, LPC is a therapist in private practice at Brad Kennington & Associates. He provides therapy to individuals, couples and families and focuses on disordered eating, anxiety, grief & loss and relationship issues. Because of his expertise with eating disorders and relationship issues, Brad has been interviewed by satellite radio and has been quoted by Huffington Post. Brad is a board member of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders, a clinical fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is the president of Austin Eating Disorder Specialists. To contact Brad, you can reach him at bradleykennington@gmail.com.

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BINZARIO A LTA R - E D B E A U T Y WRITTEN BY INGRID GARNER I N T E RV I E W CO N D U C T E D BY L E O N A R D O D ' A L M AG R O

A n d r e Ya b i n

L

Luis Nazario

et’s face it, there’s going to come a time in a girl’s life

based Binzario Couture in 2007. Binzario Couture goes beyond pre-

when she starts to dream about her wedding day.

packaged dresses and offers each bride her very own V.I.P. experience.

From the day she wrapped the family tablecloth

When the bride comes in, they listen to her, understand her

around her body and the lace curtain over her

story about her wedding and future husband, and get to know her

head, she begins to dream about the music that

as an individual. To help them understand the bride they ask her

will be played when she walks down the aisle and imagines the

questions such as, what parts of your body do you love? What parts

colors that will give way to the excitement and beauty of the day.

of your body aren't you comfortable with? They design the dresses

She’ll have it all figured out to the last detail. But the one thing she’ll

based on the bride's specifications, personal style, and body type.

fantasize the most about, besides the dashing groom waiting at

Binzario Couture is wholly dedicated to making a bride's dream

the altar, will be her wedding gown. The pièce de résistance that

dress a reality. Luis and Andre are all about originality, so working with

will cap off the fairytale for the giddy, blushing bride. It stands to

diverse brides with varying personalities and desires are a perfect

reason, that she’ll want to find a designer or designers who will

match. Brides can now build their dream wedding gown step by step

embrace the extravagance, uniqueness, and beauty that she’s

alongside the designers. And if you already have a wedding dress that

always dreamed about. Welcome to the world of Binzario Couture.

needs a little nip and tuck, Binzario offers custom alterations, as well.

Binzario designers Luis Nazario and Andre Yabin know and

From lavish, ethereal ball gowns to A-line frocks, Binzario’s portfolio

understand that when choosing your wedding dress a lot of

boasts looks that are sure to make every bride feel like she is the

emotion goes into that purchase. As noted on their web site,

picture of perfection.

“In that particular garment, you will promise to spend your life

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with one special person.” With over 25 years combined bridal and

To learn more about these amazing designers or to view their 2014

formalwear design experience, Luis and Andre launched the Dallas-

collection visit their web site at www.binzario.com.

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HEALTHY

SKIN & NAILS {from}

THE INSIDE OUT W R I T T E N B Y D r. C o l b y E v a n s , M D

I

t is said that the eyes are the window to the

important step. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours

soul. In that spirit, your skin can be a window

or immediately after swimming and other water activities.

to overall health and fitness. Because skin is on

Remember, the UVA rays that contribute to photoaging

display for the world every day, it is important

penetrate most car windows. So, even if you don’t spend a lot

not only to keep your skin healthy but to

of time outdoors, your daily exposure can really add up when

watch for changes in your skin, hair, or nails which might aid in

you factor in your drive time. Those tanning rays damage the

the early detection of underlying health problems.

DNA of each skin cell which over time will destroy that cell’s

Dermatologists and plastic surgeons have an ever expanding toolkit

ability to grow and repair itself, leading to wrinkles, sun spots,

to help aging skin from injectable fillers to laser treatments. It is

and even skin cancer. As with most cancers, prevention is the

exciting that these treatments offer more ways than ever to restore a

best bet since treating skin cancers often involves surgery.

youthful look. But even state-of-the-art treatments administered by

If you find you can go a whole summer without running out

the top doctors do not match the positive healthy glow that comes

of sunscreen, it is probably a sign you’re not using enough

from good overall health and a protective daily skin care routine.

(a shot glass sized quantity is recommended to cover visible

Protecting your skin from the damage of ultraviolet rays from the

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skin) or you are not using it as frequently as you think you are.

sun is the most important step you can take every day to prevent

Treat your skin gently - handle it like a fine fabric. Pushing, pulling,

skin cancer, prevent the signs of aging, and maintain healthy skin

scrubbing, and popping are tempting, but they take a noticeable toll.

for the long-term. Recent research has debunked the conventional

Those small stresses on the skin weaken the network of collagen

wisdom that we get most of our sun damage before the age of 18,

fibers that keep your skin looking plump and youthful. And the micro-

so it is never too late to begin a new and healthy regimen.

damage done by rough scrubbing can result in hyperpigmentation,

Getting into the daily habit of wearing a sunscreen with a SPF

broken blood vessels, and under-eye circles. A mild and fragrance-

rating of 30 or higher and a brimmed hat is the first and most

free cleanser should be used once or twice daily to remove dirt, oil, and

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influential-magazine.com makeup. A gentle moisturizer at bedtime can help soothe and smooth the skin during the drier winter months or for those with dry skin. Your skin can give important information about the rest of your health sometimes even evidencing diseases long before any other symptoms. Different rashes can indicate exposures to environmental toxins, diabetes, and even some kinds of internal cancers. Although we all have moles, growing or changing skin lesions can be a sign of skin cancer or underlying genetic conditions, like neurofibromatosis. Changes in skin pigmentation or thickness can be a reaction to medications for heart disease or infection, autoimmune (the immune system inadvertently turning on the body), or abnormal blood sugar. It is important to consult with a board-certified dermatologist if you have new or unusual skin problems both for diagnosis and treatment. The hair and nails can also be harbingers of internal health issues. There are many different kinds of hair loss, and although many times it comes from age and family history, some types of hairs loss can indicate underlying lupus, thyroid problems, or a recent stress on the body such as surgery or childbirth. Since the nails grow quickly, they often can show how someone’s health has been over the last few months. Major surgeries or hospitalizations often leave a temporary divot across the nails (called Beau’s lines) as the body diverts its energy toward healing and away from producing the nail. Nail changes can also indicate underlying liver or kidney disease or even some type of poisoning, often even before any other symptoms arise. Recent research has shown that your emotional wellbeing has a reciprocal relationship with the health of your hair, skin, and nails. Stress exacerbates many skin conditions, including acne, rosacea,

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hair loss and psoriasis. In turn, these same conditions can result in further emotional strain.

Break the cycle by taking care of

yourself and seeking professional help when skin conditions flare. Your skin is a window into your overall health and well-being. Take good care of it and it will serve you for a lifetime.

Dr. Colby Evans practices dermatology in Austin.

He

completed his medical degree and residency in dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He then furthered his study with a clinical

TREAT YOUR SKIN GENTLY - HANDLE IT LIKE A FINE FABRIC.

fellowship at the St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, an internationally acclaimed institution in London, England. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Dr. Evans is honored to be the Chairman-Elect of the Board of Trustees of the National Psoriasis Foundation. He regularly volunteers with a free clinic in Austin and as a community instructor to the dermatology residency at Brackenridge Hospital. In his free time he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Sara, and their three young children.

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the

MAGIC WORDS T H E Y ' R E NOT JUST FOR C HIL DREN as suggested at emilypost.com

W

e learned them as children and these essential

the following:

words are effortless to say but convey a

• Make a necessary interruption: "Excuse me, but you have

wealth of meaning to others. They're powerful

a phone call."

for their ability to create positive interactions. • Make a request: "Excuse me, but this is the non-smoking section."

PLEASE

Using "please" expresses both respect and consideration for those with whom we're interacting because it changes a command into a request. It sets the tone for whatever

• Acknowledge an error: "Excuse me. I didn't realize that you were already waiting in line."

follows and is one of most important universal manners. • Acknowledge a faux pas, such as burping: "Excuse me." T H A N K YO U A N D YO U ' R E W E LC O M E

Most people know to express their thanks for gifts, favors, awards, and the like.

But we sometimes fail

• Leave a conversation: "Excuse me, I wish I could chat longer, but I have to leave now."

to recognize and show appreciation for the everyday courtesies that come our way, such as when someone holds the door or lets us go ahead in line.

• Get up from the table: "Please excuse me."

Expressing

thanks for these little services is a hallmark of civility.

I ' M S O R RY

When someone says, "Thank you," the best response is,

Making and accepting apologies gracefully are acts of

"You're welcome." Don't be bashful--accept the credit for your

courtesy and maturity, and they are important for matters

kindness. It's subtle, but an "It was nothing" is actually saying

both big and small. Sincere apologies can defuse volatile

that you place no value on what you did. By accepting thanks

situations; it's hard for most people to remain angry with

graciously you can also encourage the "thank-you" habit.

someone who takes responsibility for their own actions. "I'm sorry" is also one of the simplest and often kindest

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ways to express sympathy or regret. A job loss, an illness,

"Excuse me," "Pardon me," and "I beg your pardon" all express

a death in the family, or the loss of a pet are all times when

your awareness that you've inconvenienced someone else.

you might say sorry. At these times, keep it simple--you

Make it a habit to excuse yourself whenever you do

don't need to elaborate.

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REFASHION & BEAUTIFY YO U R FUR N I TUR E WRITTEN BY Maureen Stevens

G

iving your outfits a little makeover is as easy as putting on a few accessories or donning

Whether it’s a piece you’ve had for a long time (bachelor

a bolero or sweater and layering away!

pad or college days ring a bell?) or it’s a yard sale find with

Giving your furniture and decor a makeover

good bones; here are ideas to restore, revamp and yes,

may not be as fast and easy to do, but

refashion your furniture:

just spending a few hours and a little elbow grease can

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give that ho-hum, tired furniture a new lease on life.

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1 . PA I N T I T. It may sound like a no-brainer, but changing

simulates gold is alive and well in the 21st century. I am

the color of a furniture or decor piece can totally change

not suggesting to gild a whole table, but how about just

the look and feel of it. How about painting a wooden

a portion of its legs for a dipped gold leaf look?

piece antique white for a refreshing coastal or shabby chic feel? Or emerald green to exude Hollywood glam? 2 . S T E N C I L I N G . From Moroccan to damask, geometric to

floral....your options for stencils are endless. Stencil the whole piece or just a part of it, and you’re giving that furniture a new statement. 3 . C H A N G E T H E H A R DWA R E . Maybe you’re tired of the

faux-brass finish and want to go for the polished nickel look. All you’ll need is a screwdriver to take out the old and bolt in the new fittings. 4 . L AC Q U E R . It’s not new news; the glossy, shiny, sparkling

repurpose

7.  USE

APPLIQUES

OR

OV E R L AYS .

Like

three-

and gleaming is back again. The clear or colored wood

dimensional ornaments, appliques or overlays comes

finish that gives furniture that hard, durable shiny

in a wide array of designs. Fretwork panels are great

finish can transform a stale piece into a glamorous and

for simple, modern furnishings while appliques such as

sophisticated one.

escutcheons and rose swags will be amazing for a girl’s bedroom furniture for a French-inspired design. 8 . WA L L PA P E R . You are not reading it wrong. Wallpaper

can also be installed in small pieces such as a dresser or nightstand. Choose furniture with clean lines, no curves or crevices, for a polished look. 9 . STA I N . This may be the easiest way to update a furniture

piece. It’s really as easy as 1-2-3. One, prepare the piece; Two, stain and Three, finish the surface. 1 0 . R E P U R P O S E . Giving a piece a new function or a

distressing or aging

new purpose, and moving it to a different part of the house is both clever and ingenious. All you have to

5.  D I ST R E S S I N G O R AG I N G . New furniture can exude

do is tickle your creativity. A discarded butcher block

more character with distressing techniques. Aging

kitchen island can be your new home office desk or

furniture is just like as it sounds, making it look older.

a bar cart as your new night stand... wine bottles

Distressing techniques can range from using chisels and

not included.

a hammer to add cracks to the piece, a wire brush or other abrasives to create scratches, or antique finish

So, the next time you’re thinking of tossing that furniture

paint and glazes.

piece think again. A list of creative options is out there.

6.  GILDING

OR

G I LT I N G .

The decorative technique

of gold leafing or coating a piece with material that


IN FFORM L U E N: C E: communications

C O M M U N I C AT I N G

BEAUTIFULLY W R I T T E N B Y Scott Ludington

I

n today’s information culture your senses

distracted from finding out what’s been going on with

are literally being assaulted, bombarded

their “friends” and hyperlink off to something else.

with non-stop stream of data-points. The

People click from one thing to the other and get lost in

average American ingests ten hours and 45

the noise. They have to learn how to be selective. They

minutes of information / infotainment a day

have to learn how to say no-thank you to the endless

via mobile devices; phones, tablets, etc. Signal-to-noise

series of pop-ups and banner ads and posted links

ratio is the measurement that scientists use to determine

to follow their own path.

how much of a given message is getting through amidst

you have decided ahead of time that there are things

the distractions. Learning how to focus and ignore these

that matter to you and have set yourself on a path to

distractions is key to insuring you are informed and not

pursue them.

merely inundated. Many people mistake the two things.

and purposeful about what, how, where, when and most

They believe just because they are connected they are in

importantly, why you ingest pieces of data.

touch and informed when nothing could be further from the truth.

It means you are inherently prioritized

It’s not as daunting as you might think. The difference is as simple as the contrast between easy and simple. Media

You’ve probably heard, “Don’t let distraction take you

can be like junk food or it can be like a wholesome home-

out of the action.” There has never been a time when this

cooked meal. It can be nourishing or it can make you fat.

has been truer. Everywhere you go there are flat screens

The greatest part is that you get to decide. Love yourself

flashing and squawking out all kinds of “information” most

enough to take some time to manifest your value system,

of which is completely irrelevant. You see everything from

and translate that into your own personal media diet.

breaking news to information about the latest kitchen

The why behind the what, how, where, and when is where

gadget, and there’s no way to take in everything. You

you should start. Decide why you want to be proactively

have to learn how to be selective. Over 50% of all visits

informed and not just inundated with data. Your why

to online news outlets are now initiated from Facebook

is your reason for being, your dominant driving factor.

news feed. This means people are so over-stimulated

Out of that flows everything else: your what, how, where

with information they often don’t proactively search for

and when.

news. They click through to a story because they got

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W H AT messages you will or will not allow in. Using a news

W H E N are the right times? They have actually done studies

aggregator app like Flipboard to topically filter out what you

that prove that people who only check their email twice a

don’t want and save you time sorting through a multitude of

day get more done because they are not distracted. You can

sites online.

use technology to be informed, or you can be lead around by the digital hook in your brain becoming a slave to every

H OW will you access the information? You may want to take

beep and flash of your device(s).

a break from mobile device, make a nice cup of tea, and curl up in your favorite chair at a set time to go through your

W H Y is the most important question to ask.

interests on your device of choice.

important? Does it line up with your overall value system

Why is this

and help you move toward your goals in life? If not, maybe W H E R E is it appropriate?

You all know people who are

it has to go. Success is in your hands. You can be proactive,

basically surgically attached to their devices, spouting off

not reactive, with the information you procure for yourself

an endless stream of “uh-huh” and “sure” as they pretend

by deciding ahead of time to filter out the noise and tune in

to listen to you but are actually surfing the web, checking

to the signals that truly matter to you. You can move past

email or txt.

being inundated and be informed.

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INTRODUCING

RHEA RAJ INTERVIEW CONDUCTED & WRITTEN BY JEANETTE CHIVVIS

W H E N D I D YO U K N OW YO U WA N T E D TO

fashion is guided by what my music makes me feel at

BE A SINGER?

that point in time.

I’ve always loved to sing and listen to music. My parents recall when I was just one year old I'd mimic and respond

H OW D I D YO U G R OW YO U R S O C I A L M E D I A?

to anyone that sang to me and dance along to.

At the

My social media is still growing. My fans are responsive

age of ten, after receiving rave responses at my school's

to my excitement about them. When I interact with them

talent show, I started vocal lessons. Within a few months

through talking with them, sharing happenings about

I knew I wanted to be a singer professionally.

my music, and posting day to day stories, they like that. They can sense my appreciation of them and respond by

W H O A R E S O M E ST R O N G M U S I C A L I N F L U E N C E S I N YO U R L I F E ?

connecting and commenting.

I grew up listening to a variety of music. My parents

S H A R E N E W S A B O U T E XC I T I N G P R OJ E C T S

exposed me to top 40 and pop music during long car

P L A N N E D F O R T H E N E A R F U T U R E ?

drives. So, I was always jamming to what was in! I also

My Debut EP titled “Neon”' was released on March 1

became familiar with pop/rock music from the 80s and

worldwide. It has five songs that are close to my heart

90s; and world music because they listened to that, too.

and reflective of how I felt last year. I wrote 25 songs and picked these five carefully. I recorded new songs with very

W H E R E D O YO U G O F O R I N S P I R AT I O N

talented djs and producers in the last couple of months

F O R YO U R M U S I C ?

and am so excited for the release of those collaborations

I draw from what I go through and what I see in the

and singles, as well. In addition, I have several upcoming

experiences of my close family and friends. I feel very

and exciting performances in the Dallas area of which I’m

connected with my inner thoughts and emotions when

looking forward.

I write on paper. It's very gratifying when I go through the songwriting and composing processes from start

We congratulate you on the release of "Neon" and will be

to finish.

following you on your road to success!

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relationships

and

friendships

with

collectors

He is inspired by the things that flirt with his senses- the

almost every country on the map are priceless.

from

intrigue of a model prancing down the runway or gazing at the formation of clouds in the sky. Attending an art

W H Y P H I L A N T H R O P Y I S I M P O R TA N T

show and bombarding the brain with a million views also

He is reminded to never take for granted his blessings.

provides inspiration.

Being able to give back to those in need-simply because he wants to-brings great joy.

After all “there is more

happiness in giving than there is in receiving.”

D E F I N I T I O N O F B E AU T Y

He believes inspiration arouses the senses, whereas, beauty enhances them. Beauty can be the composition

C U R R E N T P R OJ E C T S A N D F U T U R E P L A N S

He is working on a painting that has been commissioned

that balances any situation and just makes it work.

by the Pebble Beach PGA golf tournament. His plans for W H Y S O PA S S I O N AT E A B O U T PA I N T I N G ?

the future are to expand and evolve his skills as a painter

His passion for painting is an omnipotent force which has

and influence generations to come.

taken over his life and brings great challenges and joy. His passion wakes up with him in the morning and goes

See Mr. Maltzman’s works at an art exhibit titled “Daniel

to sleep with him at night.

Maltzman and Brandon Miller Art Exhibit” scheduled April 1-30, 2014. Meet the artists on Saturday, April 12,

FAVO R I T E E X P E R I E N C E A S A N A R T I ST ?

from 6-9 pm at the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery at

It is anytime he shows his work.

He enjoys the

1137 West 6th Street, Austin, Texas. An RSVP is requested

Recently, he surprised

for the April 12 event to (512) 478-4440 or info@russell-

interaction and the reaction.

Paris Hilton on her birthday with a large portrait, and that ranks high as a favorite experience.

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B RA N DON MIL L ER ARTIST | AUSTIN, TEXAS

WHO HE IS

extended session or they take the long road. There are a

A father and entrepreneur who is striving hard to

few paintings that have been in the works for years.

successfully balance being a great parent with operating a thriving boutique consulting business. As a respite from

I N S P I R AT I O N TO PA I N T

the hustle and bustle of everyday life, he has developed

Painting evokes a delight of feeling in the moment and

into a prolific painter who welcomes the challenge of

heightens sensitivity to sound and light. Painting is the

tackling a 20 foot canvas.

home to his soul, and he is doing exactly what he should.

W H E N H I S LOV E F O R PA I N T I N G B E G A N

B I G G E ST I N F LU E N C E

While attending college he befriended an artist who

The majority of the artists who emerged from Black

became a mentor and fostered his love for painting.

Mountain College in the 50s & 60s-the most notable of

His studies in philosophy were shifted to those in

which is Robert Rauschenberg- are his biggest influences.

performance art and set design. He eventually focused

Miller relishes Rauschenberg’s early work, especially the

studies on large-scale work because of the physical

Red Painting series; and he deeply appreciates his many

expression required when working on a large canvas.

“firsts” in painting, whimsical sculpture, installation art, and set design.

PA I N T I N G S T Y L E

Likened to the sport of fishing, he is never one to rush

See Mr. Miller’s works at an art exhibit titled “Daniel

the creative process. He waits until he gets a bite. “The

Maltzman and Brandon Miller Art Exhibit” scheduled

more still and quiet I am the more likely the lake will

April 1-30, 2014. Meet the artists on Saturday, April 12,

bring me the fish; I try not to force it or get frustrated if

from 6-9 pm at the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery at

nothing happens,” he says. His first marks on a canvas

1137 West 6th Street, Austin, Texas. An RSVP is requested

are always random and continue in this way until deemed

for the April 12 event to (512) 478-4440 or info@russell-

completed. His paintings are produced quickly in one

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finish the look with a rosy hue

Tiffany Green Quartz Cocktail Ring $975 Lip2cheek in Demure $36

J.Crew Bangle $40 Rodin Luxury Face Oil $150

Stuart Weitzman Nouveau Nude Pump $365

Stylein Dress $290

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Riedel Vinum Pinot Noir/ Burgundy Wine Glasses (Set of 2) $50

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bring your table to life with free cut flowers

Mark & Graham Napkins $48

Bellacor Serving Tray $361

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long-time friends, but also try to encourage

It is always better to have more of a few things –

new friendships by inviting guests with

cheese, party food, wine – than not enough of too

mutual interests.

many choices. It makes the guests feel less shy about reaching for seconds (or thirds!). Doing this also means less stress on you and your budget - it’s

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MAKE A PLAYLIST

you know are comfortable like these from Stuart

Music is an essential part of creating your party

Weitzman (opposite page).

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CRAFT YOUR GUEST LIST

of whatever you’re serving so guests aren’t forced

The guest list is crucial! Consider the mix of

to switch flavors (unless intended by your meal).

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IN

FLUENCE: philanthropic feature

the

BANDANA BALL Not Your Ordinary Gala

W R I T T E N B Y Tina Snider

I beer.

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magine

being

whisked

away

to

the

of RMHC Austin.

All proceeds benefit RMHC Austin’s

enchanting Wild Onion Ranch. You step

programs that provide comfort, care and a nurturing

off a luxury bus and are greeted with a

home to families with ill or injured children.

delicious prickly pear martini or an ice cold

Imagine wearing your best cowgirl chic or eye-

H OW W E C A R E F O R FA M I L I E S

catching cowboy cool outfit while dining and dancing

RMHC Austin cares for families while their children heal

under a blanket of stars. Then imagine a fantastic silent

in Austin-area hospitals. The Ronald McDonald House®

auction that features unique, must-have items and a live

has 30 private guest suites and the essential comforts

auction that will surely create some heated competition.

of home to make families feel nurtured and supported.

This is a glimpse of the much anticipated Bandana

From home-cooked meals, laundry facilities and Internet

Ball – an annual fundraiser that benefits Ronald

access to a play area, the House is a home-away-from-

McDonald House Charities® of Austin and Central Texas

home that gives families the strength needed to focus on

(RMHC Austin).

their child’s recovery.

Celebrating its 25th year, the Bandana Ball being held on

Three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®, located inside

March 22nd brings a whole new meaning to fundraisers.

St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, Dell Children’s

Capturing a true western-spirit, the event is a casually

Medical Center and St. David’s Medical Center, are havens

cool, yet sophisticated evening that supports the work

within the hospitals where families can rest and regroup

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C A R I N G FO R O U R FA M I L I ES In 2013, the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provided

while being only moments away from their critically ill

over 8,100 room nights for nearly 1,700

children. A fourth Family Room will open at Seton Medical

families so they could stay close to their

Center Austin in 2014.

children healing in Austin-area hospitals.

RMHC Austin’s Healing Hearts program helps families during the time of greatest loss – that of a child. Burial

Healing Hearts helped 143 families in 2013

assistance is provided to families unable to bear the cost

with

to inter their children. Bereavement support groups and a

support groups.

burial

assistance

and

bereavement

special memorial service are also offered to our families. So

grab

your

boots,

buy

your

tickets,

and

join us for the coolest event of the season that

H OW YO U C A N H E L P

supports

• Your gift, no matter what amount, will touch

thousands

of

children

and

families.

Check out more details about the Bandana Ball

every family that walks through our doors.

here. 1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, TX 78723 (512) 472-9844 www.rmhc-austin.org

• Give the gift of time and volunteer! Help prepare meals or support our special events.

• Donate items on our Wish List to make our House comfortable for our families.

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S P RING

GALA GUIDE

25th Annual Bandana Ball MARCH 22 | 6 – 11 PM Wild Onion Ranch

Wonders & Worries, ¡Que Maravilla! Gala

A Day to Shine Evening Gala APRIL 12 | 7 - 10 PM Westin Domain

2014 Austin Heart Ball SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2014, 7 PM

MARCH 29 | 6 PM - 12 AM Omni Hotels - Southpark

2014 Elizabeth Ann Seton Board Live! Gala

2014 Austin Cattle Baron's Ball

APRIL 12 | 6 PM Camp Mabry

SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014, 7 – 11 PM

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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SOCIETY

YEARS

TO C E L E B R AT E

W R I T T E N B Y Felecia Jackson

H

ow do you commemorate 50 years of

soothing serenade of the harpist and a designer drink

marriage for your parents?

If you’re

especially created for the celebration. The ‘Bill and Janie’

William

was a light and fruity whiskey based cocktail, a perfect

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Magazine and

his

Publisher siblings,

you

will

rendition of the couple’s personality and marriage. The

orchestrate a night that begins with

drink did not overwhelm but created a relaxing tone, a

photographer Rhonda Watts capturing guests arriving

fitting foreshadowing of the evening. Bobbie Strobhar

red carpet style, enjoying designer libations during a

played contemporary and jazz standards honoring the

cocktail hour while popular harpist Bobbie Strobhar

host couple with love songs of yesterday and today.

plays softly in the background, all night dancing and

After a telling interview of life and marriage with Bill

entertainment by Deron Bell’s five–piece band, and lastly

and Janie by their children, friends and family shared

a specially-arranged performance by the Dayton Ballet.

their fondest memories of the couple. In 50 years there

Truly, it was a thrilling night for couple of the hour William

are scores of memories and stories to share that filled the

and Janie Jackson.

night with smiles and laughter.

William and Janie have been friends since the early

The coupled started off the dancing for the evening.

1960s. Their friendship started in Alabama before their

When the piano started playing Reminiscing by the

families moved to Ohio, where the couple married on

Little River Band, you could tell from the gasps in the

January 18, 1964. Their union has produced six children,

audience people were harkening back to what they were

four boys and two girls, and since then their family has

doing when they first heard the song. The crowed then

grown to include five grandchildren and three great –

joined in to dancing the night away. Good food, great

grandchildren. The 50th Anniversary Golden Celebration

wine, delicious deserts and entertainment made for a

included a gathering of family and friends.

sophisticated 50th Golden celebration for William and

Cocktail hour started the night off featuring the

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