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THE ART OF

GROOMING May / June 2013

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note from the F O U N D E R & P U B L I S H E R

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ersonal grooming is like a home for sale; our image is what helps sell “us” in various aspects of our lives. Our resume may tell the story of a highly experienced and accomplished individual,

but if our appearances don't follow suit, we put ourselves at a disadvantage. We miss out on opportunities for advancement at work or fulfillment in our personal lives. Grooming doesn’t just refer to our personal appearances; grooming is in every facet of our lives, such as a manicured lawn or the way we care for our pets. How well we manage in these areas speak volumes about our character. Our appearances largely impact our lives because it’s the first, and sometimes only, impression people have of us. Choosing to ignore common personal grooming habits may indicate to those around us that we do not take pride in our work because Photo by Adam Moroz of Adam Moroz Photography

we don't take pride in our appearance. Even worse, potential employers may feel we should not be taken seriously. We’re pleased to share our take on these very topics and indulge on some ideas that work well for members of the InFluential team. I value the importance of good grooming and one can never be too learned to benefit from a few reminders. If you’ve got a few tricks up your sleeve, we’d love to hear them!

Sincerely,

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t’s that time of year again. Spring has sprung. The birds are singing. The flowers are blooming. The grass is growing. The sky is blue. It’s the

time of year when we open our windows and doors to let in the fresh air and sunshine. When we do, that’s the very moment we realize everything is a bit dusty, drab, and disheveled from having hibernated through the winter.

What is one to do?

Some people call it Spring Cleaning. Here at InFluential we call it grooming. Grooming is something that everyone and everything needs. Whether your hair needs a trim or your furniture needs a dusting, it all needs maintenance. Photo by Jody Suarez

With the new season comes the

realization that our lawns need a good once over. Our workout routine needs a new move, or heck, even our pets need some extra special attention. With that, we present you The Art of Grooming Issue of InFluential. We don’t want to send you out there looking like a hayseed or feeling like one.

We have tips and tricks on

grooming your home, pet, job, and accessories. But finally, let's not forget the icing on the cake: yourself. It’s always good to start fresh and keep things in order. And, we here at InFluential are determined to make it easier for you to do. In this issue we are going to take the guesswork out of grooming.

We want to help you stay healthy, safe, clean, and

orderly. If all else, we hope you come away as a better or more informed person than you were when you started reading. Or if anything, we hope you come away with a flea-free dog and the spiffiest pair of shoes you’ve ever owned. Enjoy!

Laura Suarez Editor-in-Chief

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C O N T E N T S

May / June 2013

IN F L U E N C E Suit & Tie: How the Influential Man Wears a Necktie ....10 FASHION & STYLE

Exfoliation: The Modern Man's Best Friend in Skincare...................................................................16 HEALTH & WELLNESS

Totally Polished In 5 Easy Steps.................................18 THE ART OF LIVING WELL

A Head Above the Rest.................................................20 FASHION & STYLE

Preparing Your House for Sale: The Art of Cleaning, Grooming and Staging a House.................................30 REAL ESTATE

Technology Trends in 2013.........................................32 TECHNOLOGY

Shear Envy..............................................................34 Bella Aqua PAGE 40

FEATURES

THE ART OF LIVING WELL

The Pet Scoop.............................................................36 THE ART OF LIVING WELL

GROOMING OUR BEST SELVES.............................8

How to Practice Good Gym Hygiene..........................38

Learning to make the best you inside and out

HEALTH & WELLNESS

GROOMING HIGH POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES FOR LEADERSHIP......................................................12

IN D U L G E

Mentoring our employees to be great leaders

A Taste of Argus Cidery.............................................46 WINE & DINE

CHAOS IN THE MIX....................................................26 Lesley Sarkesian is making staying fit far more fun BELLA AQUA................................................................40 Dive in to summer's latest poolside looks from Blue Glue Bikinis

IN T H I N G S MARIA’S SPRING PICKS .....................................48 MAUREEN'S SUMMER SOLSTICE SOIREE ......50

THE IN FACES & PLACES NOTE FROM THE FOUNDER & PUBLISHER...............2 LETTER FROM THE EDITOR..........................................4

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FEATURE

GROOMING O U R B E S T S E LV E S W R I T T E N B Y Brad Kennington

W

e all know grooming is important. Tending

are vying for.

to our  physical appearance is a sign of a

someone. Or, maybe they want a better relationship with

positive self-image and a healthy self-

their partner, parents, peers or progeny.

esteem. By making healthy eating choices,

need a more balanced and realistic relationship with their

exercising

career. Or, what they really need is a better relationship

regularly,

practicing

good

hygiene and wearing attire that accentuates our natural attributes, we communicate that we are invested in

Maybe they

with oneself. How do you go about grooming yourself for all

ourselves. But this self-investment should not be confused

the different types of relationships you have?

with being consumed about our appearance; there is a

physical grooming, it starts by looking at oneself in the

difference between investing and obsessing.  The former

metaphorical mirror — hopefully it is a full length one,

connotes self-confidence and assurance; the latter

too. This is a rough task because we may not like what

emphasizes narcissism and insecurity.

we see. Are we more selfish than we would like to be?

Self-grooming looks.

is

more

extensive

  than

just

our

How we present ourselves emotionally and

Like

Are our boundaries drawn to accommodate someone else’s needs at the expense of our own?

Have we

psychologically is just as important as how we present

overcommitted ourselves? It's healthy to spend some

ourselves physically.

To be a well-rounded person,

time rummaging through our inner closets and take an

grooming should move beyond the mirror and include

honest relationship inventory as well. Which ones have

other non-physical aspects of our lives. It is easy to place

you outgrown?

a lot of emphasis on physical grooming, since our physical

your style anymore? Which ones should be given up to

self is what everyone can actually see and know about us.

Goodwill?

Our physical self is also the easiest to manipulate into a mask to hide what may feel like are our inner blemishes.

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Maybe they want to find that special

Which relationships simply don’t fit

Grooming for relationships is an ongoing process. It takes time and attention and starts with connecting with

As a marriage and family therapist, I spend plenty of

yourself. If you do not know who you are in relation to

my professional time helping others groom themselves

others—be them your partner, your kids or your boss—

for what they are hoping will bring them a happy and

then you have given up a part of your self-defining

more satisfying life. Often times it is a relationship they

authority to others and your environment.

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One of the most important grooming devices I have

BRAD KENNINGTON

learned to use is the word “no.” It is absolutely necessary

Executive Director LMFT, LPC,

in defining who we are and separating us from the rest of

and COO of Cedar Springs Austin

the pack. “No” is needed to draw a personal boundary,

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that ambiguous but crucial space where you end and I begin. “No” helps us remain faithful to our own values

Brad Kennington serves as the executive

and is crucial in establishing self-respect. “No” can be the

director of Cedar Springs Austin. He

moment something ends, which then allows something

specializes in the treatment of eating

else to begin.

disorders - focusing on males. Through

Unfortunately, "no" is also one of the more difficult

his work, Brad has been interviewed

words to utter out of fear of hurting others. Maybe you

by Reuters,

grew up in a family where “no” was not allowed or if

Street Journal and GQ. Prior to joining

used, it only led to conflict—something that you wanted

Cedar Springs Austin, Brad designed,

to avoid at all costs. If so, then start practicing.

developed and served as the Executive

Newsweek,

The

Wall

I have a red “No” button on my desk at my office that

Director of an eating disorder residential

when pressed a voice utters the word in various forms.

treatment program that treated both

It reminds me that sometimes the most appropriate

males and females. Brad currently

response to a given situation is simply “no.” I recently

serves on the board of directors for

watched an interview with a presidential historian who

the National Association for Males

stated that the most effective presidents, regardless of

with Eating Disorders, a member of

political persuasion, were those who said “no” more than

the Academy for Eating Disorders, a

they said “yes.” Just imagine where our nation would be

member of the International Association

if some of our recent presidents had the courage to say

for Eating Disorders Professionals and

“no.”

vice president of Austin Eating Disorder

Just imagine where you would be if you had only said “no.”

Specialists.

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Suit & Tie: HOW THE INFLUENTIAL MAN WEARS A NECKTIE W R I T T E N B Y Leonardo D’Almagro, InFluential Fashion Editor

F

or many, a necktie is so much more than

dark navy or charcoal suit, and a white dress shirt as any

a simple piece of cloth. A good necktie

color tie will complement.

exudes class and has the ability to take the shirt-trouser combination to another level.

W R I N K L E D A N D / O R S TA I N E D N E C K T I E S

Still, there aren't many people who know

The necktie is usually the focal point of your ensemble. So,

the basic rules of wearing a tie. A few common mistakes:

a wrinkled or stained necktie is immediately noticeable. While the accessory cannot be washed or ironed, without

T H E P O O R LY T I E D N E C K T I E

damaging the tie, you should always untie your necktie

I would consider a poorly tied necktie the worst offender

after each wearing. Hang your neckties on a tie rack or

on this list, because this is entirely avoidable. Mistakes

over a hanger to allow the fabric to straighten itself out.

include: a necktie tied too short or too long, a flimsy looking knot that does not fill the gap between the collar,

W R O N G N E C K T I E W I DT H

or a knot that shows any part of the narrow end of the

The width you choose must be proportionate to your

necktie.

body type, dress shirt, suit, and tie knot. Yes, skinny neckties are trendy, but they will look out of place if worn

T O O S H O R T LY T I E D N E C K T I E

with a boxy cut, wide-lapelled suit.

A necktie should be tied so that it ends near the middle of your belt buckle. One that has been tied too short will

WRONG NECKTIE FOR THE OCCASION

take away from the entire look and there is no excuse for

Yes, there are indeed some dress codes and occasions

it! Even for tall men, most designers offer longer lengths.

that will require you to wear a particular style of necktie. A perfect example is the formal black tie dress code

K I T S C H Y N OV E LT Y N E C K T I E S

(requiring you to wear a self-tied black bow tie), as well

I am referring to any “big picture” necktie. The only

as the even more formal white tie occasion (white self-

exception I make for wearing novelty neckties (although

tied pique bow tie).

I still wouldn’t) are certain holidays such as the 4th of July, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, and National Bow Tie

AC C E S S O R Y OV E R LOA D

Day (yes, it does exist!).

Common necktie accessories are tie clips, bars, pins and chains. While a tie bar can be the perfect addition to your

C L A S H I N G C O LO R S & PAT T E R N S

look (especially when paired with solid skinny ties), you

So many men choose the wrong necktie/pattern for

want to keep these types of necktie jewelry sleek and

their outfits. In terms of color, choose a shade that

elegant. Tie pins, chains, and collar bars are no longer in

complements your shirt and suit. When in doubt, wear a

fashion and should be avoided.

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GROOMING HIGH P OT E N T I A L E M P LOY E E S FOR LEADERSHIP W R I T T E N B Y Linda M. Ginac

any organizations lack a formal succession

roles critical to the company’s success or jobs that are

plan, career development or career path

hard to fill. In many organizations, critical roles revolve

processes and react only when turnover

around revenue generation. However, other companies

occurs. In our work with companies,

find the most critical role may be a research scientist.

we’ve realized something worth noting:

Assessment, performance management and wholly

designing an effective succession plan is more critical

encompassing feedback are some of the most commonly

than ever before. That is, companies should create a plan

used methods for identifying competencies for these

that is able to identify employees with the appropriate

roles and those employees with the highest potential to

skillsets to fill key roles before those roles need to be

be succession candidates.

filled. The most effective succession plans involve three

added or removed from the talent bench regularly, so

key areas:

make sure succession planning is an on-going process

with regular meetings scheduled throughout the year.

M

Identify and refine problem areas, gaps and strengths

Succession candidates get

before they become an issue. •

Build talent pools of potential successors and career

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paths, based on an employee’s performance appraisal

As a rule of thumb,

and potential, and the needs of the organization.

companies

Find creative ways to retain high potential employees

consider identifying

and involve them in crafting and executing their

two

career development plans.

high-potential

should

to

three

employees

per

S T R AT E G I C P R O C E S S

role. By grooming

A company should work on being able to identify any

high-potential

holes or gaps in employment before they negatively affect

employees

earlier

the company. By identifying skills and abilities needed

in

career,

for critical positions, companies have the opportunity to

management is in

proactively source and develop internal talent.

a

their better

position

to make informed

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decisions

A common challenge a company faces is being able to

which

quickly and accurately identify internal candidates with

are

the right skillsets, experiences and qualifications to fill

transition

key roles. Organizations should emphasize their plan on

manager to leader,

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which employees require further development and which ones may not be ready to progress further. Once high potential talent pools are identified, companies must find creative ways to make use of career development plans to develop, engage and retain these employees. These plans should outline skill gaps and provide them with the necessary coaching, training and managerial experiences to fully groom them into effective

executives.

Additionally,

hiring

internally

fosters emotional commitment to the company, unlikely to be found externally; people are more committed to a company they’ve spent a lot of time with. Creating grooming opportunities make the difference between organizations that thrive and ones that fail. It is

L I N DA G I N AC

important to inspire employees to apply their new skills

CEO of TalentGuard, Inc.

and knowledge as they gain them. Some organizations

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put these employees on special projects or task forces, while others have formal job rotation programs. One of

Linda Ginac is the CEO of TalentGuard,

the most important development options is giving these

Inc., an Austin-based company that

employees exposure to the senior executive team. This

offers a fully-integrated suite of talent

teaches them how to communicate and interact at a

management software to strengthen

higher level in the organization.

the partnership between managers and employees. TalentGuard can assist in the

The most important reason for this process is it gives

implementation of talent management

employees a feel of how they are viewed. By focusing on

strategies

the identification and development of key employees, it

TalentGuard Cloud 6.0, and consultancy

sends the message that they are valued and that they

services,

are important to the growth of the company. When

design,

employees know that the company is preparing them for

succession planning, career pathing and

greater responsibility, they are more engaged and often

assessments.

and

programs

using

including

competency

performance

management,

stay with the company for longer periods of time. Effective talent management might be good for the bottom line, but there are likely to be budgetary restrictions in place for most organizations given our economic climate. Talent management does not need to be a costly program, and with the right tools and approach, there may be an opportunity to find more effective ways of developing leaders, refreshing your efforts and integrating it to ensure it is strategically aligned with the business.

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E X F O L I AT I O N : The Modern Man's Best Friend in Skincare W R I T T E N B Y Leonardo D’Almagro, InFluential Fashion Editor

he main reason for having a skincare

T

which causes clogged pores.

routine is because we want to look our

Using a face scrub twice a week will help control the

best. Products like face washes and

build up of sebum, dirt and grime controlling spots and

moisturizers play a vital part in promoting

blemishes that appear.

healthy looking skin. But there’s an unsung

hero that’s often neglected from skincare routines that

E X F O L I AT I N G W I L L I M P R OV E YO U R S H AV E

could really help.

The list of shaving benefits from using a face scrub is

A face scrub or an exfoliator - as it’s sometimes called-

impressive. An exfoliator will remove the dead skin cells

is an easy to use product that brings with it a host of

that clog up your razor (improving razor glide), lift tough

benefits that will help keep your skin in tip-top condition.

beard hairs, and prevent nasty ingrown hairs."

By removing dead skin cells that form on the surface of your skin these products are worth their weight in gold.

FLAKE-FREE SKIN A common complaint of dry-skin sufferers is flakey skin

T H E Y R E M OV E D I R T A N D G R I M E

which not only looks unsightly but can also be difficult to

Whether it’s grime from a hard day’s work or sweat from

control. The instant reaction is to reach for the moisturizer

a long gym session, there are going to be occasions when

(which will undoubtedly help) but the real answer could

your skin needs a deeper clean.

lie with exfoliation.

Using small exfoliating particles to clean your skin, a scrub will leave your skin super-clean and prepped for

By gently buffing away the top layer of flaky skin, a face scrub reveals a fresh complexion.

your moisturizer. B O O S T AG I N G C O M P L E X I O N S

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Our skin is naturally repairs itself, regenerating new skin

One of the biggest contributors to spot-prone skin is a

cells approximately every thirty days. But when we hit

buildup of sebum, a naturally occurring oil on the skin,

our 30’s, this regeneration process slows down. Your skin

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needs a little help.

consistency of a face scrub means that it doesn’t foam as

A face scrub will effectively mimic skin rejuvenation to

much as I’d like to cover my whole face. In this instance I

boost aging complexions and give your skin a new lease

mix a small amount of scrub with a small amount of face

on life.

wash to create my own version of a 2-in-1 exfoliator.

W H E N A N D H O W T O U S E A N E X F O L I AT O R

L E A D I N G M A R K E T E X F O L I AT O R S

With something to offer all skin types, it’s easy to get

Some recommendations:

carried away and want to use a face scrub every day to

try and make the most of all the benefits. But I would

Best All-Round Exfoliator: No7 For Men Energizing Face Scrub

urge all guys to err on the side of caution; overuse can

Best On A Budget: Bulldog Original Face Scrub

result in your skin being stripped of the natural oils it

Best Multi-Tasker: Clarins Men Exfoliating Cleanser

needs to retain elasticity, as well as over-drying your skin.

Best Luxury: Lab Series Invigorating Face Scrub

Some can use an exfoliator more often than others (if

Best For Ageing Skin: Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating

you have particularly oily skin or regularly have a buildup of dirt and grime from labor-intensive activities), but I would suggest using a face scrub no more than two or

Cleanser •

Best Exfoliating Gadget: Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing System

three times a week. Apply a face scrub the same way you would a face wash. Wet your skin with warm water before applying a small amount of scrub on your fingertips. In small, circular motions, apply the product to your whole face, paying particular attention to areas of concern. Finally, rinse off the product. FashionBeans Grooming Tip: I find sometimes that the

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IN F L U E N C E : THE ART OF LIVING WELL

T O T A L LY P O L I S H E D In 5 Easy Steps W R I T T E N B Y William Jackson

SHOES SHINE

THE SHOESHINE KIT

There's nothing like stepping out in a squeaky clean pair

A complete shoeshine kit can costs in upwards of $60

of shoes and making a great first impression, at the office

depending on the brand and quality of the shoe polish

or after hours. Shoes are one of the first things people

and brushes.

notice, so take the extra time to make sure your shoes look clean and properly shined at all times. Shining your shoes is a task that will take less than 30 minutes and it's completely worth it.

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A typical shoeshine kit includes: •

A shoeshine and polish brush

Shine or buffing cloths

Standard brown and black polish

An all-purpose leather cleaner and conditioner


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S H O E S H I N E K I T R E P L AC E M E N T

STEP 3:

POLISH

If you're on a tight budget, you can save some money

Once your shoes are clean and dry, apply a sufficient

by purchasing each component separately and making

amount of polish with your brush. Spread it evenly over

your own shoeshine kit. All you need are two brushes

the shoe. For hard-to-reach areas, use a cotton swab

and some polish; you can even replace the chamois with

or toothbrush. Wait 15-20 minutes for the polish to dry.

a cotton cloth, old t-shirt, or socks. For best results, use cotton swabs or a toothbrush to shine those hard-to-reach spots on your shoes. Your shoes will be as good as new in now time after

STEP 4:

B AC K T O WO R K

Once your shoe is completely dry, use the shoeshine brush to wipe off the polish. Again, use a clean cotton

these five easy steps:

swab or toothbrush for those hard-to-reach spots.

STEP 1:

STEP 5:

PREVENTION

THE FINISHING TOUCH

Take the time to protect your work area in order to

Keep in mind that each and every step of the shoeshine

prevent polish stains on your floor.

process is important. However, they are all rendered useless if your buff job is subpar. Use a clean, lint-free shine cloth or

STEP 2:

S TA R T C L E A N

Before smoothing polish all over, make sure your shoes are free of dust and debris. Use a shoeshine brush or a

chamois to give your shoes the shine they deserve. So remember to keep your shoes shining if you want to be influential.

wet cloth to carefully wipe off unwanted dirt. Be careful not to scratch the leather.

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HEAD ABOVE THE REST W R I T T E N B Y William Jackson

H

ats can literally be the biggest accessory

Derby, where wearing a fashionable headdress is almost

for the spring and summer seasons,

mandatory. Whether or not you’re traveling to Kentucky

they’re reserved for the brave. When it

to actually be part of the action or you’re attending or

comes to styles, it’s about getting ahead

perhaps hosting a Derby Day soiree in your home town,

with a statement headpiece. Many trends

be a head above the rest with the most stylish hat.

primarily cater to fashionable women; however, trends

Now that you’ve tried on a variety of hats and found

have been increasingly including selections for the stylish

the one that suits you, there are things you can and

man.

cannot do to help maintain the life of your hat. Hatbox,

A unique and fashionable headdress is a focal point this time of the year in preparation for the Kentucky

a modern haberdashery based in Austin, shares with us some helpful hints.

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DON’T: •

Pick the hat up by the crown - You've seen it in old Hollywood movies, but handling your hat by pinching the crown is a sure way to ruin its shape and the integrity of the material.

Leave your hat in a hot car - heat and humidity can warp a hat.

Set your hat down on its brim - the brim is not a flat surface; leaving your hat this way will flatten it out over time.

Roll it up – hats will lose their form.

Wear it in a rainstorm - hats offer some protection from inclement weather, but few are made to survive it.

Loan it to a friend - the number one cause of irreparable hat damage.

DO: •

Handle your hat by the brim - The brim is a single plane of material, so you can't crush it between your fingers or crease it.

Set the hat down on its crown - Most hat crowns provide a better surface for the hat to sit on than the brim, and it lets the hat air out when you take it off. Plus, it'll encourage you to pick it back up by the brim!

Treat your hat like a fine pair of shoes - Don't wear the same one every day and take care of it when it's not on your head. A hat stand or hook will let it

The Stetson hat

get air circulation and maintains the hat shape while preventing mustiness and mold. •

Turn the sweatband inside when damp. Reversing a damp sweatband inside out will allow it to dry more evenly and using a hat retainer will help keep it from shrinking.

Brush or wipe off dust and lint regularly - it's much easier keep a hat clean if you prevent buildup. Brush the dust off a felt hat in a counter-clockwise motion or gently wipe the dust off of straw with a slightly damp cloth.

Prevention is the best medicine for hats, and a well-kept hat will age, not deteriorate.

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CHAOS IN THE MIX W R I T T E N B Y Ingrid Garner I N T E R V I E W C O N D U C T E D B Y Marcia Nelson

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ormally, people avoid chaos in their lives.

from her family and friends, pushed Sarkesian to share

But, this is what makes Lesley Sarkesian’s

her signature CHAOS ON THE ROCKS™ with others.

story amazing. Not only does she invite

With a little research, she noticed the spirits industry

chaos into her life, she turned it into a

ignored women. Knowing that women have tremendous

lifestyle brand. The goal of Sarkesian’s

buying power drove the Sarkesian to bring us CHAOS

brand is to provide consumers with contemporary and convenient solutions designed to “control chaos.” From that, CHAOS COCKTAILS was born.

COCKTAILS. As a woman breaking into the spirits industry, Sarkesian was not afraid to ask for help. She visited with

“Chaos is a good word to me. Life is nothing without

other distillers in Texas to figure out how to kickstart her

a little chaos to make it interesting,” Sarkesian said. The

vision into reality. Armed with this information, Sarkesian

inspiration for this grand vision began right in her kitchen.

put her plan into action. “Once I (have my mind made

While juggling a chaotic life in the corporate world,

up), I am like a light switch. I am ON,” Sarkesian said.

Sarkesian experimented with creating her own “adult

She left her corporate life behind and created CHAOS

Kool-aid”, consisting of vodka and natural fruit juices

COCKTAILS. “Typically, women have been under-served

with low-calorie sweeteners. Watching Bethenny Frankel,

because we were over-served with calorie and carb-filled

owner of Skinny Girl drinks, and with much encouragement

cocktails. I wanted to change this.

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CHAOS ON THE ROCKS™ is the first twist and serve,

One thing that is true to her heart is being an advocate

low-calorie, low-carb vodka cocktail with 20-plus natural

for the American Diabetes Association. She wants to

citrus and berry flavors. Who can pass on a drink that

ensure the community is well-educated on how to

has 43 calories and zero fat? Just twist, pour, and drink.

prevent or cope with the disease.

No measuring, no mixing and no unpleasant surprises.

What’s next for this business tycoon? Look for her

She describes CHAOS ON THE ROCKS™ as an elegant,

book, CHAOS, the Good “C” Word. Sarkesian’s mission is

yet sophisticated and empowering drink that will inspire

to create products and packaging that consumers want:

consumers to “do more with less.”

convenient, nontraditional, delicious and light.

Giving back to the community is a must for

To learn more about CHAOS ON THE ROCKS™ or

Sarkesian. She finds enjoyment in mentoring women

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in business. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions, pick

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IN F L U E N C E : REAL ESTATE

P R E PA R I N G YO U R H O U S E FOR SALE: The Art of Cleaning, Grooming and Staging a House W R I T T E N B Y Keri Chmelik

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f you’re thinking about selling your house

vents and deodorize the curtains, rugs and upholstered

or if you just want to give it a little pick-me-

furniture. Don’t forget the windows — clean windows are

up, there are several things you can do to

one of the most important things to ensure your home is

make it feel just as well-groomed and well-

as bright and cheery as possible.

kept as you are. Here are a few highlights:" TA K E C A R E O F M A I N T E N A N C E I T E M S

DE-CLUTTER AND ORGANIZE

Keeping your home well-groomed means keeping air

It’s tough to see a home’s beauty and potential through

filters current, replacing any spent light bulbs, checking

chaos. Clear kitchen counters by putting away all but the

for any leaks under sinks and repairing any cracks or

most essential items. Clean out the closets and make a

damage to sheetrock, tiles, plaster or wallpaper. A fresh

trip to your favorite donation drop-off location. If you

coat of paint may be in order as well.

haven’t used something in a year or longer, you can probably do without it!

S TAG E YO U R H O M E This one can be tricky because your personal preferences

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CLEAN AND FRESHEN UP

on how you arrange your furniture may not be the way

Once you’ve got a fresh canvas, give your house a

it shows most ideally to prospective buyers. Sure, we

thorough cleaning. Get in all the nooks and crannies, dust

all love our favorite pair of old jeans, but that probably

the baseboards and above the cabinets, clean the air

isn’t the way we’d head out for an important business

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meeting. Selling your home may likely be one of the largest business transactions you will be involved in, so

KERI CHMELIK

why wouldn’t you dress it for success? Staging can be

Realtor

as simple as re-arranging the furniture in the room or

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into different rooms of the house; the goal is to highlight the home’s features while minimizing any possible shortcomings. This can usually be accomplished pretty

Keri Chmelik works for Realty Austin, one

easily but may take an outside viewpoint to discern, since

of the most innovative and influential

we all get accustomed to our daily surroundings.

real estate companies, as a multi-million dollar producer and is among the top

PERK UP THE EXTERIOR.

5% of realtors in Austin. Keri enjoys

We mustn’t forget curb appeal. New mulch, a touch of

designing and building custom homes

color in the flowerbeds, fresh exterior paint and a neatly

with her husband Cameron, and they've

trimmed lawn go a long way to getting your home in

just put the finishing touches on their

truly show-ready condition. Healthily potted plants by

personal home in Lakeway. She loves

the front door or on the back patio add an inviting quality

to travel to the corners of the earth and

that’s hard to resist.

loves wildlife photography, but is always happy to call Austin home.

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IN F L U E N C E : TECHNOLOGY

H O M E T EC H N O LO GY TRENDS IN 2013

W R I T T E N B Y Chad Butterfield

ow more than ever in the world of home

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entertainment

and

technology,

new

gadgets and gizmos seem to come out on a daily basis. While many new products may address a very specific niche and

are adopted by the minority of consumers, a few things are consistent and stable technologies that are in high demand.

SMART TELEVISIONS A few years ago, a television was nothing more than a device used to connect to your cable box, game systems, VCR and DVD players. Today, it has the capability to stream dozens of both free and paid content directly over an internet connection. Much like a smart phone, these displays have applications that allow you to access music, videos and movies using an internet connection. Some can even connect to your network wirelessly. So with little more than a power outlet, you can access a nearly unlimited amount of ever-changing content without a bunch of additional boxes laying around.

SOUND-BARS Unfortunately, the speakers and amplifiers in modern televisions are severely lacking. If you want better sound without remodeling the whole room, a soundbar is an attractive option. A sound-bar is essentially a compact, self-contained, self-powered speaker system that houses multiple speakers and mounts near the television. While it won’t replicate the experience that a true surround system is capable of, it is a considerable and non-permanent improvement to what the TV alone can provide.

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WHOLE HOME AUDIO One of the most in-demand setups is whole house audio, which is becoming more affordable with the widespread adoption of airplay and other wireless technologies. Some wireless systems utilize their own wireless network to communicate with your smart phone or tablet and stream just about any song on the planet around your home with crystal clear quality.

CHAD BUTTERFIELD D E D I C AT E D H O M E T H E AT E R

Founder of FunHouse

With the rising costs of going to the movies,

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many homeowners are opting to convert an existing room into a dedicated movie or game room for their family. Whether they opt

Chad Butterfield is the founder and

for a large-screen television or a projector/

president of FunHouse Media, a full-

screen setup, the sound and picture can rival a

service

commercial-grade movie theater. No more noisy

serving

patrons, cheaper popcorn and 24/7 access

since 1997.

make this a worthwhile investment to increase

designing, selling and installing custom

your quality family time.

Home Theater and Audio systems. His

technology clients

integration

throughout

firm Texas

His primary focus is on

passion for the world of Audio/Video technology started as a young boy when, at age 14, he built his first pair

C O M M E R C I A L- G R A D E N E T WO R K S

of custom speakers. Since then, he has

With an average family of four, there can be

seen the world of technology grow from

anywhere from up to 20 or more devices

what most called a hobby to a seamless

in your home connected to your computer

integration into just about everything a

network. The more connections, the better your

person does on a daily basis. Butterfield

equipment must be to sufficiently handle the

approach today’s technology with a

traffic. Investing in a slightly more expensive

“less is more” attitude and helps his

router will ensure a more stable network and

customers balance their technology

you will also be able to have better control over

desires and their budget.

who is using it.

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IN F L U E N C E : THE ART OF LIVING WELL

SHEAR ENVY W R I T T E N B Y Marcia Nelson

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e all have neighbors who

the results, you may suddenly develop

regularly don a sun hat and

lawn envy. To keep envy to a minimum,

gloves, wield some type of

practice these basic grooming tips to

lawn tool and meticulously

ensure your lawn is healthy and vibrant.

tend to their lawn. It may

Shear brilliance!

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S T E P 1 : Choose the Right Grass

with grub killer. Some products also control

Start by having the soil tested. Amend the

chinch bugs, billbugs and other insects.

soil if necessary. Choose proper grass for

To prevent fungal growth, keep the lawn

soil, sun/shade combination and climate zone.

aerated. Treat outbreaks with fungicide.

Tip: Grass seed mixtures give better odds than one type of grass. If one dies,

S T E P 5 : Apply Weed Killer

the others will still be healthy.

Apply weed killer at the proper time in the lifecycle of weed. Spread pre-

S T E P 2 : Water When Necessary

emergent crabgrass killer in the early

Water only when necessary to encourage

spring season before crabgrass comes

strong deep roots and resistance to

up. Repeated application can be used for

drought; water only when ground is dry.

extended weed prevention through the

When watering, kept it close to a depth

fall. To control existing weeds, use post-

of 6-8 inches rather than several short

emergent, broadleaf weed killer. Apply a

watering cycles. To discourage disease

post-emergent broadleaf killer 2-3 days

and fungus while maximizing moisture

after mowing. Lawns should be wet when

in lawn, water early in the day. If you live

applying granular herbicides. Don’t mow

in an area where droughts are common,

the lawn for 2-3 days after application.

follow your water conservations rules.

Don’t water for 24 hours after application.

S T E P 3 : Mow the Lawn

S T E P 6 : Add Fertilizer

Level the lawn for even mowing; highs and

Fertilize 3-4 times a year for even feeding

lows can scalp grass. To prevent shredding

and use slow release fertilizer with a

the grass, keep the mower blade sharp. For

high nitrogen content (some locations

stronger grass, alternate the direction and

restrict use of phosphate fertilizers).

angle of the mower each time you mow.

Limit fertilizer application during hot

Never cut off more than 1/3 of grass length.

weather on cool season turf. Fall fertilizer

Mowing in the evening puts less stress on

applications improve turf quality in the

the grass as well.

spring. Be sure not to neglect shrubbery and

S T E P 4 : Discourage Pests and Diseases

trees that, when well-manicured, increase

Discourage

from

the value and curb appeal of your home.

lingering; discard lawn clippings. To keep

pests

and

diseases

Of course, if you’re just not into lawncare,

from spreading diseased grass, avoid

you can always seek the services of

walking on the grass when it is wet. Two

qualified and knowledgeable lawn care

grubs per square foot is normal; ten or

professionals.

more grubs per sq. ft. require treatment

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IN F L U E N C E : THE ART OF LIVING WELL

THE PET SCOOP W R I T T E N B Y Marcia Nelson

I

consider

my

dogs

family

and

I

am

Fight Fleas Naturally

constantly concerned about their welfare.

For a nontoxic approach, wash your pet and his bedding

So here are some scoop on how to keep

weekly and use the flea comb daily. Kill the fleas that

our beloved animals healthy and stylish.

come off your animal’s coat by dipping them into soapy water. Vacuuming daily can be a large deterrent, but you must discard the vacuum bag to keep the fleas from

C A R I N G F O R O U R C A N I N E FA M I LY M E M B E R S

escaping. As an added precaution, seal it with tape and wrap it in a plastic bag or burn it.

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Shampoo should be specific for the animal you’re

Brushing Teeth

washing and low-foaming, so it rinses away easily and

Teaching a pet to let you brush their teeth requires patience.

does not strip nutrients from their coat.

Start by using your finger without any toothpaste and get

Use washcloth to wet pet’s face.

your dog used to the idea of someone lifting their lips,

Use hose or pitcher to wet rest of pet with warm

rubbing their teeth and general mouth handling. Pretend

water.

your finger is the toothbrush and go through the motions

Start shampooing at face and work your way to tail.

of brushing the teeth paying particular attention to the

Let shampoo set for several minutes.

gum line where tartar builds up. Start slowly for just a few

Use washcloth to rinse shampoo from face.

seconds gradually increasing the time you spend in the

Use hose or pitcher to thoroughly rinse rest of pet.

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C A R I N G F O R YO U R F E L I N E FA M I LY M E M B E R S Grooming Your Cat

Clipping Your Cat’s Nails

To have your pet enjoy being brushed, make sure you

To clip a cat's nails, use a stainless steel scissor-like nail

use a comb or brush with rotating, wide Teflon-coated

cutter; try to trim the nails before you give the cat a bath.

teeth. To groom sensitive areas, such as the face, ears,

If your kitten gets used to nail trimming at an early age,

and throat, use a fine-tooth comb. These tools will allow

you won't have problems trimming its nails as an adult.

you to glide through the cat’s hair without any painful

To trim an adult cat's nails, start with two or three to see

tugging.

how your cat fares. If your cat decides it's had enough, stop there and resume nail trimming at a later time.

Feline Dental Health

Contact your veterinarian or pet grooming expert to

Look for warning signs that something might be wrong

ensure the health regime and grooming practices you

with your cat's teeth: If your cat’s teeth look discolored,

implement are appropriate for your loved one.

there is tartar buildup or bad breath, drools, fails to groom itself, changes its eating or chewing habits, paws at its face or mouth, or exhibits signs of depression, it may be experiencing tooth trouble.

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IN F L U E N C E : HEALTH & WELLNESS

H OW TO PRACTICE

GOOD GYM H YG I E N E W R I T T E N B Y William Jackson

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racticing good gym hygiene can limit your

W I P E , WA S H , R E P E AT

exposure to germs that cause colds, flu,

Whether you decide to constantly wipe down the

athlete’s foot and staph infection. A few

equipment, sanitize your own hands, or a combination of

things to consider:

the two, keeping your hands clean can help make sure gym germs don’t do any damage. After using each machine or set of weights, use the hand sanitizer and wipes that should

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be provided by your gym to keep germs at bay.

Plastic water bottles tend to hold bacteria. Using a bottle

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made of metal will reduce the exposure to bacteria; besides,

C L E A N YO U R G E A R

they are much easier to clean. Just a little soap and hot

Dirty, moist gym bags are great for fungi. There are several

water does the trick.

ways to avoid contaminating your gym bag:

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Put your soiled clothes in a plastic bag and empty the

TA K E A R E S T DAY

plastic bag right into the washer.

If you have an open wound, skin, or other infection, do not

Don’t forget about your sneakers! Like your soiled

jump in a jacuzzi or public pools. If you do, you’ll not only

clothes, slip them into a plastic bag before throwing

transmit bacteria, but you’ll be more susceptible to bacteria

them into your gym bag. Wipe them with a disinfecting

already lurking in the water.

wipe and let them air dry. S H OW E R S M A R T E R

HOLD OFF ON THE HOT TUBS

Flip flops provide a barrier between you and the floors;

If you have an open wound, skin, or other infection do

minimize the risk of being exposed to fungal

not use Jacuzzis or common pools. If you do, you’ll not

spores by soaking your sandals in a 10% bleach

only transmit bacteria, but you’ll be more susceptible to

solution once in a while.

bacteria already lurking in the water.

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IN D U L G E : WINE & DINE

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ith food culture expanding at a rapid pace, the

With wood tables nestled under a brilliant lighting

Austin cuisine scene is starting to resemble

installation, the space itself is a feast full of warm tones and

some of the more lauded culinary hubs on

a flood of natural light that is the envy of many a gathering

the planet. Our best restaurants now rival

space. However, the display is but an amuse bouche.

those in San Francisco, New York, Sydney,

The real feature of this cidery is the food they present

Paris and Rome-all without the benefits of the mountain

to complement their sparkling or still cider. Dominated

climates or coastal proximity. Coastlines and mountains are

by various spreads for crusty bread from Easy Tiger, the

important for wine, and Austin, while near a flourishing wine

menu offers both sweet and light to savory options. Their

culture in Fredricksburg, has yet to produce the vineyard

marmalade, accented by the heat of Guajillo chili, is the

mentality that leads one to culinary adventures in groves,

Southwest’s answer to a too-typical jelly or jam; their

pairing fruit, spreads and cheese with refined varietals.

homemade Boursin cheese will make a diner wonder why

Instead, Austin produces its own varietal. Tucked away

they ever purchased cheese from a supermarket.

near Dripping Springs, is Wes Mickel and Jules Peterson’s

But the pinnacle of your visit will be if you can talk Wes

pride and joy: Argus Cidery. Cider production is a rarity in

into parting with a sample of his chili jam. Equal parts spicy,

any locale and with Argus, Austin has yet another unique

crunchy, zesty, and savory, Mickel’s incredible concoction

export. Not only are they producing a refined and refreshing

is instantly addictive and should be a staple on tables

spectrum of libations, they have now paired their cider

throughout Austin.

production with a tasting room that feels imported from Napa. Argus now offers the most impressive, incredible and shockingly affordable Saturday afternoon experience.

The complete mélange of food, drink, and warmth make for the perfect Saturday afternoon vintage. Visit Argus Cidery online at arguscidery.com.

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Gone are the days of tissue-

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this kit provide a vintage shave

fights everything from crows

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keeps men free from ingrown hairs, razor burn and cuts.

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Men are tough but they still

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For dogs that have skin

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your dog running for the hills

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dull fur to life while soothing

grooming. It’s soft but still tough

the pup’s skin.

enough to get the job done.

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IN T H I N G S

HEART OF GLASS

Add a hint of the coast with this

SUMMER SOLSTICE

SOIREE

aqua rimmed Glass pitcher.

W R I T T E N B Y Maureen Stevens

Kick off and say hello to the summer solstice with a soiree! Bright hues and floral prints, watercolor paints and sparkly lights... set your table in the hottest Summer Decor & Design Trends with these gorgeous items!

SHED LIGHT

A soiree is not a soiree without festive lights!

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Complement with a dipdye tablecloth.

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Add swirls of color with these handblown tumblers. 50

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H E L LO Y E L LOW

Cluster some bright yellow, geometric faceted vases and fill with Summer blooms!

MAKE C O O R D I N AT I N G I N V I T E S , P L AC E CARDS AND COAST E R S BY PA I N T I N G T H E M YO U R S E L F !

KNOCK ON WOOD

Add some playfulness with regular wooden chairs by painting the cross-bars in one of the hues of your palette.

PA S S T H E H AT

A gorgeous Juju hat will amplify the decor!

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i t was a

T IM ELESS SPL EN DOR n a beautiful spring morning, guests

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attended “A Timeless Splendor,� a vintage garden party on the majestic Carson Creek Ranch on Sunday, April 14th. The Austin Influential Group, presided by Candice

Johnson, collaborated with the Vintage Tea Party Co. for a benefit supporting F.A.I.R., families for autism and immune recovery. Ladies donned white tea gloves while the gentlemen looked dashing in their bowties and straw hats. Refreshing champagne and treats were consumed. The grand affair also featured Jameson Irish Whiskey Moonshine Bar, Live Oak Beer Stand, Havana Cigar Lounge, a Cuban rum tasting bar, Sweet Ritual Ice Cream Parlor and live falcons. The days-gone-by atmosphere was further enhanced by the musical stylings of the Austin Phonograph Company. Learn more about F.A.I.R. and how you can help here. - William Jackson

Photos by Nick Brill

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T H E I N FA C E S & P L A C E S

T H E R E A RE GR E AT

L U M I NA R IE S AM ONG U S he American Red Cross is hailed as one

philanthropic work. Dell was given the Public Partner of

of America’s greatest treasures for its

the Year Award for the company’s extensive charitable

philanthropic work. Their Luminaria event

contributions to the American Red Cross and other

at The W on April 5th exhibited only a

nonprofit organizations. Bill Dorman received the Greg

fraction of how this organization supports

Coleman Tribute Award for his work with disaster relief

countries on both local and global scales. Their initial

efforts as he was a part of 17 deployments around the

goal of raising $140,000 was exceeded as they raised a

United States during national disaster relief operations.

T

total of $146,675. We think that’s InFuential.

DJ Johnny Bravvo kicked evening into high gear

More than 250 distinguished guests experienced

entertaining guests with high energy music on the

The Luminaria, an event recognizing local heroes who

balcony. Piano Maestro Reuel Meditz mesmerized guests

contribute to the community on a greater scale than just

with his performance of an original piece during the

Samaritan work; these Austinites have shown they truly

program. Dave Madden and his band kept the frenzy

care about the community. These individuals have given

going well into the evening with their musical style and

light to others in time of great need.

stage presence.

We especially noticed a select few individuals who

This event demonstrates that even in times of darkness,

have displayed such generosity at the ceremony. Kendra

there are people who walk among us with a torch to lead

Scott of Kendra Scott Designs received the Lady

the way. – Kristie Quach

Bird Johnson Humanitarian of the Year Award for her

Photos by Callie Richmond of Callie Richmond Photography

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SPRING/SUMMER GALA GUIDE 3rd Annual Derby Day

2nd Annual Tour of Homes

May 4, 12 - 6 p.m.

May 17 - May 19

Austin Polo Club

15 communities in the greater Austin Area

Derby Day 2013 -

Greenlights Board Summit

Run for the Roses

June 6, 6-7:30 p.m.

May 4, 3-6 p.m.

Bob Bullock Museum

TenOak Bourbon House + Lounge

Leadership Austin Best Party Ever Perfectly Pink Party

June 14

May 4, 5:30 - 10:30 p.m.

W Hotel

Shoal Crossing

Perspectives Talk: Luminous 50 Years of Collecting June 27, 12:30 - 2 p.m. Austin Fashion Awards May 11, 6 p.m. - 12 a.m. Austin Music Hall

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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