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
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!
Founder & Publisher
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letter from T H E E D I T O R
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
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
It Was a Timeless Splendor........................................52 There are Great Luminaries Among Us .....................54
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GROOMING O U R B E S T S E LV E S W R I T T E N B Y Brad Kennington
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
career. Or, what they really need is a better relationship
hygiene and wearing attire that accentuates our natural attributes, we communicate that we are invested in
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?
How we present ourselves emotionally and
Are our boundaries drawn to accommodate someone else’s needs at the expense of our own?
psychologically is just as important as how we present
overcommitted ourselves? It's healthy to spend some
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
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.
Our physical self is also the easiest to manipulate into a mask to hide what may feel like are our inner blemishes.
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.
One of the most important grooming devices I have
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,
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
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
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
vice president of Austin Eating Disorder
Just imagine where you would be if you had only said “no.”
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IN F L U E N C E : FASHION & STYLE
Suit & Tie: HOW THE INFLUENTIAL MAN WEARS A NECKTIE W R I T T E N B Y Leonardo D’Almagro, InFluential Fashion Editor
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
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
make sure succession planning is an on-going process
with regular meetings scheduled throughout the year.
Identify and refine problem areas, gaps and strengths
Succession candidates get
before they become an issue. •
Build talent pools of potential successors and career
GROOMING FUTURE LEADERS
paths, based on an employee’s performance appraisal
As a rule of thumb,
and potential, and the needs of the organization.
Find creative ways to retain high potential employees
and involve them in crafting and executing their
career development plans.
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
holes or gaps in employment before they negatively affect
the company. By identifying skills and abilities needed
for critical positions, companies have the opportunity to
management is in
proactively source and develop internal talent.
to make informed
I D E N T I F I C AT I O N O F S U C C E S S O R S
A common challenge a company faces is being able to
quickly and accurately identify internal candidates with
the right skillsets, experiences and qualifications to fill
key roles. Organizations should emphasize their plan on
manager to leader,
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
fosters emotional commitment to the company, unlikely to be found externally; people are more committed to a company theyâ€™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
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.Â 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
the identification and development of key employees, it
TalentGuard Cloud 6.0, and consultancy
sends the message that they are valued and that they
are important to the growth of the company. When
employees know that the company is preparing them for
succession planning, career pathing and
greater responsibility, they are more engaged and often
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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IN F L U E N C E : HEALTH & WELLNESS
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
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
S P OT P R E V E N T I O N & C L E A R E R C O M P L E X I O N
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
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
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
carried away and want to use a face scrub every day to
try and make the most of all the benefits. But I would
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urge all guys to err on the side of caution; overuse can
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result in your skin being stripped of the natural oils it
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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
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
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
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.
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
S H O E S H I N E K I T R E P L AC E M E N T
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
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.
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
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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The Bianca hat
IN F L U E N C E : FASHION & STYLE
HEAD ABOVE THE REST W R I T T E N B Y William Jackson
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
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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IN F L U E N C E : FASHION & STYLE
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.
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.
The Rosette hat
The Swan hat
The Bailey Mannes hat
The DPC hat
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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
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
CHAOS COCKTAILS, visit www.chaoscocktails.com or
in business. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions, pick
up a phone and call someone. You never know what golden nugget you receive."
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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
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
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
meeting. Selling your home may likely be one of the largest business transactions you will be involved in, so
why wouldn’t you dress it for success? Staging can be
as simple as re-arranging the furniture in the room or
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
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 wonâ€™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.
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,
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
commercial-grade movie theater. No more noisy
patrons, cheaper popcorn and 24/7 access
make this a worthwhile investment to increase
designing, selling and installing custom
your quality family time.
Home Theater and Audio systems. His
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
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
initially seem obsessive, but when you see
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
the value and curb appeal of your home.
lingering; discard lawn clippings. To keep
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
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
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.
Shampooing Your Pet
Shampoo should be specific for the animal you’re
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
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.
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
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
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
athleteâ€™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 donâ€™t do any damage. After using each machine or set of weights, use the hand sanitizer and wipes that should
M I N D YO U R WAT E R B O T T L E
be provided by your gym to keep germs at bay.
Plastic water bottles tend to hold bacteria. Using a bottle
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:
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.
IN FLUENTIAL 39
BELLA AQUA styling by leonardo d'almagro
Swimwear by: Blue Glue Bikinis Jewelry by: Ferrell Designs Flowers Designed by: Bloomers Models: Genesis, Aurora, Zyaire and Dale - Agence Red Wall Photographer: Matt Moore of The Art of Moore Make up Artist & Hair Stylist: Jacquelyn Crim & Desiree Kuiters Location: Aloft Hotel - San Antonio
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A TA S T E
ARGUS CIDERY W R I T T E N B Y Sean Kray P H O T O S B Y KNOXY of Knox Photographics
IN D U L G E : WINE & DINE
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
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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IN T H I N G S
Personal grooming done right with some of the best products for women, men or man's best friend by fashion blogger Maria Orozova of fabisthenewblack.com
W H I S H S H AV E C R AV E S H AV I N G C R E A M
This shaving cream is as good for you as it is for the world. Made with all natural & organic
materials, it’ll leave your skin soft and moisturized.
K E R A S TA S E E L I X I R
U LT I M E 3 - S T E P REGIMEN FOR ALL
LA MER - THE EYE
C O N C E N T R AT E This 3-step system works Not only does this formula
great on all hair types and
do wonders for dark circles,
consists of a cleansing
lines and wrinkles, it’s fun to
oil shampoo, masque treatment,
apply with it’s microcirculation
and enriched scented oils.
boosting, silver tipped applicator.
JOSIE MARAN ARGAN O I L 4 OZ
H A M P TO N S U N
SPF 15 GEL
The healing, conditioning, and anti-aging properties of
Want to tan but hate the
this 100% pure Argan
thought of damaging your skin?
Oil treats skin AND hair. It’s also
This spray on gel goes on with
harvested and packaged using
a silky feel that nourishes your
environmentally and socially
skin while you tan.
FOR THE l a d i e s 48
FOR THE g e n t l e m e n
T H E A R T O F S H AV I N G :
B L I S S T H E YO U T H
THE 4 ELEMENTS OF
AS WE KNOW IT
A THE PERFECT KIT
- S A N D A LW O O D
Wrinkles don’t discriminate which means men need to hop
Gone are the days of tissue-
on board the prevention train.
covered nicks. Not only does
This formula packs a punch and
this kit provide a vintage shave
fights everything from crows
experience, its 4-step process
feet to dark under eye circles.
keeps men free from ingrown hairs, razor burn and cuts.
C H A N E L P L AT I N U M EGOISTE EAU DE
JAC K B L AC K
TO I L E T T E
‘ D O U B L E D U T Y ’ FA C E
A lot of slack can be given to
MOISTURIZER SPF 20
a great smelling man. Chanel’s Platinum Egoïste is a long lasting
Men are tough but they still
spray with a woody scent that’s
need protection from harmful
UV rays. This moisturizer has SPF 20 so it’s a one-stop shop for protection and hydration.
AV E D A M E N
J O H N PA U L P E T E A R &
FIRM HOLD GEL
Hair products are the Achilles
Eye boogers and gross ears
heel of men’s grooming. Aveda’s
are an unfortunate cost of
lightweight formula makes it
dog ownership. These
simple for men to get maximum
wipes make gross cleanup quick
hold without any flaking.
R O YA L P E T C L U B
O. R . E M A P L E B R U S H
W I T H B OA R B R I ST L E S
For dogs that have skin
Finally a brush that won’t send
conditions, this Chamomile and
your dog running for the hills
Shea Butter shampoo brings
every time he needs a little
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
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!
A soiree is not a soiree without festive lights!
Complement with a dipdye tablecloth.
MAKE IT POP
Add swirls of color with these handblown tumblers. 50
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!
C H O O S E YO U R PA L E T T E !
We decided to take color cues from this dinner and appetizer plates. IN FLUENTIAL 51
T H E I N FA C E S & P L A C E S
i t was a
T IM ELESS SPL EN DOR n a beautiful spring morning, guests
attended â€œA Timeless Splendor,â€? 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.
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.
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
May 4, 5:30 - 10:30 p.m.
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!
Palmer Events Center
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The Art of Grooming