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2014

IN FLU E N C E A Time Worth Celebrating .............................................12 HEALTH & WELLNESS

Influential Mind: Reaching Your Goals ............................14 HEALTH & WELLNESS

Finding True Purpose In Life ........................................17 HEALTH & WELLNESS

Outdoor Voices .............................................................26 FASHION & STYLE

A Fresh Face for Fall ...................................................30 BEAUTY

Glamorous Hair for the Holidays ....................................33 BEAUTY

Celebrating the Power of Our Voice ................................42 LIFESTYLE

FEATURES

A Gift Guide to Celebrate Travel ....................................46 TRAVEL

THE BEST IN SHOW ................................................22 Elegant cars, charitable drivers

InFluential 2014 Gift Guide ..........................................56

NO SHADE ..................................................................34

IN N E T WO R K

Give your face a winter accessory

L.A.'S UNION STATION ...........................................38 Keeping the community moving with style

People You Should Know ..................................20, 28, 44

IN FO R M Celebrating Your Stylish Personal Brand ......................48

IN S O C I E T Y The Austin Originals Benefit Concert ...........................40 The Somerset Experience ...........................................52 Winter Events Guide ..................................................54


CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

N E I L D I A Z O w n e r/ P u b l i c i s t | N e i l D i a z P R e s e n t s www.NeilDiaz.com Neil Diaz is a PR professional who recently began developing a career in real estate. His company, Neil Diaz PResents, works with a variety of clients from Austin to London, England. He is also an active philanthropist. Neil serves ATX Safer Streets as their Business Development Manager and is secretary on their board. In addition, he serves New Milestones Foundation’s board of directors. For three consecutive years, he has also been committee chairman for “Bridging the Gap,” their annual gala.

J O A N N A H AT H C O C K Makeup Artist | www.joannahathcock.com Joanna Hathcock is an accomplished makeup artist based in Dallas and, more recently, Austin. She has been beautifying faces professionally since 2002, having lent her eye and skill to a diverse range of magazines, fashion shows, advertisements, catalogs, and private clients. Her passion for makeup emerged naturally from her background studies in skin care (she’s a licensed esthetician), art and photography, and her long career as a fashion model.

S C O T T L U D I N G T O N Managing Director | TPG | The Paradygm Group www.paradygmgroup.com Focused, insightful, energetic, inspirational and innovational thought leader are just some words used to describe Scott’s eclectic blend of expertise and experience gained from over 20 years of professional consulting. Scott worked for some of the world’s largest accounting and management consulting firms before starting his own practice. He has a unique blend of professional services, personal mentorship and training which gives him a unique big-picture point of view on the “why” issues, and not just the “who”, “what,” “how,” “where,” and “when,” questions where most individuals and institutions get stuck. Scott is passionate about making a difference in everything he does.

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Director of Development | Austin Child Guidance Center

www.austinchildguidance.org Renée Hanson Malone serves as the Director of Development of the Austin Child Guidance Center where she directs all fundraising and communication activities.

Renée received her M.A. in Latin

American Studies and is dedicated to expanding resources for the Hispanic community. She has expertise in raising funds for: mental health, disability services, education, health, and the arts. Renée is also an artist and often shows her paintings in galleries, community art shows, and restaurants.

L E S L I E M O N T OYA Emmy Award Winning TV Host | Univision | www.univisionaustin.univision.com Leslie Montoya is the host and producer of Univision 62’s morning show “Despierta Austin” (Wake up Austin). Recently, Leslie was nominated for and was the recipient of an Emmy from the National Academy of Television & sciences Lone Star Emmy Awards. Leslie is in the process of acquiring a certificate as a life coach at the Robbins-Madanes institute. This would allow her to positively motivate and inform the Hispanic community with the use of the communication platforms.

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“Celebrate

No matter who you are, this is the time to celebrate. It’s

good times. Come on!” Okay, now that that’s

required. They even give you time off work to do it. So, I

in your head, I want to welcome you to our

guess it’s up to us to give you a helping hand!

Celebration issue! In just a wink of an eye we will be hanging decorations, dressing up for

parties, spending way too much money on the people we

Welcome to the Celebration issue. We hope you find an inspiration in our pages. We will see you next year!

love (and some we don’t). No matter who you are or where you are or what you plan on doing, when this time of year

Here’s to you and all your celebrations,

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A T I M E W O R T H C E L E B R AT I N G WRITTEN BY B R A D K E N N I N G T O N, L M F T, L P C

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nce again it’s that time of year when we

says be happy and merry and what you feel is anything

pause to give thanks and celebrate together,

but?

sharing food, gifts and laughter.

The air

takes on a different feel as stores and shops

If you are someone who is experiencing the turmoil and

and our own homes are decorated in the

turbulence in the wake of a separation or divorce or death,

colors of the season and the songs on the radio call us to

it can be a chore to simply make it through this time

be full of cheer and celebration. It’s the time of year many

of year. Maybe you are dealing with the loss of a new

say is made for children, yet if we allow it, can bring out

business in which you not only invested your money but

the child in all of us, too—that part of ourselves that is full

so much of your time and energy and aspirations. Or, the

of hope and wonder and joy.

news you or your loved one received from the doctor was exactly what you did not want to hear, and now you are

But, for some it will take a great deal of effort to find

left confused and scared. Life has a way of getting in the

happiness this season. Maybe a significant loss or a serious

way of living sometimes, even during the holidays—maybe

medical diagnosis has touched you or someone you care

especially during the holidays.

about, casting a dark shadow across your holidays. Hope

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has given way to heaviness. Excitement has become fear.

Years ago my family received the horrific news that my

How do you manage when everything you see and hear

teenage cousin had been killed in a car wreck. The jolt

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of the news was immense, shaking us to our very core. Losing someone that young that suddenly made no sense. And to lose her just four days before Christmas seemed outright cruel. The funeral was surreal. Sitting in a church on Christmas Eve with all of the wreaths and garland and candles can be a serene experience. But, place a casket for a teenager in the midst and the mood of the sanctuary is one that is hard to describe. Imagine a huge, wet, cold blanket wrapping itself tightly around you so that you can hardly breathe. It kind of felt like that. There is something about pain that forces us to reevaluate our lives. Something that once seemed so vital to our happiness can soon seem so trivial.

Having the right

degree from the right college or the right job or a house in the right neighborhood loses some of their power in the midst of pain.

I have never again experienced another

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way. In the midst of our grief, we found each other and the deep comfort of family and friends. Relationships were no

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longer taken for granted. Words of kindness that longed

therapist in private practice at Brad

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No longer were we

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each other. Christmas quickly became less about Santa

families and focuses on disordered eating,

and gifts and more about people and connections. We

anxiety, grief & loss and relationship

had all experienced a death, but in a very real sense had

issues. Because of his expertise with

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to

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Brad has been interviewed by satellite I think that is the beauty of this time of year. It is the time

radio and has been quoted by Huffington

when we can slow down and listen to our own lives, our

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find the blessings and gifts that have made us who we are

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today. Even in the midst of immense pain or loss we can

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be still and know that all is okay. Maybe with the help of a

and Family Therapy and is the president

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REACHING YOUR GOALS WRITTEN BY L O U I S T A Y L O R, D O

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ime flies… at the speed of light. Here we are again

you’ll make to grow the business, such as “I’ll reach out and

at the end of the year when many of us make our

contact one new potential vendor each week” or “every

New Year’s resolutions. Altruistic? Yes. Practical?

Wednesday at 8am, I’ll spend one hour on internet marketing.”

Maybe.

Do you actually remember what your

resolutions were, and if so, did you accomplish your resolutions for 2014?

Ummm… if not, maybe I can help

(for 2015).

FORGET ABOUT FORGETTING The first step is to actually remember your goals; sounds pretty basic, but you wouldn’t believe how common it is for people to forget the specifics of goals they’ve made for themselves, hence,

HOW TO MAKE A RESOLUTION YOU CAN ACTUALLY KEEP

the natural tendency to make vague goals in the first place (less to

I’ll give a few examples below, but here are a few pointers:

remember). The easiest way to remember is to place a reminder

• Be specific - obviously, if you have a vague goal, the best results

in a place which is unavoidable and (this is important) connected

will be, well, vaguely beneficial.

with the goal. For example, if your goal is to take a medication

• Set measurable goals - it’s easier to qualify a success when you

every morning, rubber-band your RX bottle to your toothbrush

can objectively state the goal clearly. Finding ways to justify

(assuming that you brush your teeth every morning) or to your

a subjectively ambiguous outcome as a success may improve

car keys as soon as you get home from work (so that you see

creativity, but is that really what you’re trying to accomplish?

them before leaving every morning); it takes about two weeks of

• Be realistic – set yourself up for success!

consistent repetition before a new routine becomes a habit.

• Base your goals on what you can do - don’t make goals for a

group or organization unless the outcome truly is up to you. If

BE ACCOUNTABLE WITHOUT THE GUILT

others are necessarily involved, such as significant other, base

Which is easier? Following a clearly defined rule or following

your measurable goals on your efforts and not on an outcome

a generalized objective. Even children know that it’s easier to

which is out of your control (for example, their actions or

abide by “no dessert until you’ve finished your dinner” than the

emotional responses).

ubiquitous “be good.” Guess what? As adults, we still find specific goals easier to accomplish than vague ones… as long as they’re

Examples:

realistic. If you’ve ever had a boss set unreasonable expectations

Instead of stating next year’s goal as…

with an “or else” added to it, you probably remember the stress,

a. “I’ll be more organized,” say…“I’ll open and go through the mail

resentment, and fear it likely caused. So, don’t do that same thing

every day, pay each bill on the day it arrives, and immediately

to yourself!

throw away/shred everything as I go.” (not leaving anything to “go through later”) b. “I’ll be more positive”, make a promise…to avoid saying anything that isn’t “nice, necessary, or true.” c. “I’ll double my profits next year,” clarify…which specific efforts

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By all means, push yourself, but make sure that your goals are very specific, measurable, and attainable. For me? One of my goals will be keeping these articles under 800 words. Until next time, be mindful of yourself and have a great holiday season.


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L O U I S T A Y L O R , D . O . Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry | www.doctortaylor.org Louis Taylor, D.O. earned his medical degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center (Fort Worth) and completed his psychiatry residency at Scott and White (Temple, TX) and Austin Medical Education Program (Austin, TX). He then completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the UT Southwestern Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program at Seton Family of Hospitals. His clinic is located off of Bee Cave Road. Visit the website DoctorTaylor.org for further information or to request an evaluation. Office hours are by appointment: (512) 522-5116.

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FINDING TRUE

PURPOSE IN LIFE WRITTEN BY L E S L I E M O N T O Y A

ave you ever dreamed or desired something so much you decided to work hard and do everything

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necessary to get it? Although, once accomplished, have you got the feeling of, is that it? I experienced this same feeling after three years of intensive work in what still is my highly desired job at Univision TV in Austin. During the first year and a half, my only purpose was to give it my best to demonstrate my true passion to this career. My daily motivation was driven solely by the desire to prove I was worth holding my position.

I still remember how extremely happy I was the day my boss

ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE.

called me to his office and gave me the great news, I had

In my quest to find answers, I came across a book written

been chosen to host the morning show. It was wonderful

by Viktor Frankl, a German psychiatrist who developed

news! Finally, after hard work and an impeccable positive

Logotherapy. Logotherapy is a theory centered in finding

attitude, the opportunity had arrived. However, as time

meaning in everything we do in life. I highly recommend

went by, my passion and dedication were little by little

his most acclaimed book A Man’s Search for Meaning. This

decreasing and getting distant from where I started. I got

wonderful book helps you understand the importance

to the point where I questioned my passion to this career.

of living a meaningful life. According to Viktor Frankl, a

I was not sure where these thoughts and discouragement

high percentage of the existing neurosis are caused by

were coming from. I was aware this newly adopted

an existential vacuum or lack of meaning. After learning

negative attitude was not going to take me any further

a life without a purpose has no meaning, I understood

in my career. Therefore, I decided to search for answers

the cause of my discouragement at work and lack of

and that is how I got interested in every topic related to

motivation. Back then, it was not clear to me my true

human development.

purpose as the host of a TV show and the responsibilities associated with this role. Thus, once I found it, everything

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made much more sense. I can happily say I haven’t felt

question would be like this: “What can I learn from this bad

the same feeling of boredom or discouragement again.

experience?” The possible answers may vary in content; nevertheless, they will be quite helpful. Remember this,

Here's a quick start in the search for meaning.

the brain is a powerful resource that serves us, it is our decision how we want to use it.

ASK YOURSELF THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

Whatever you ask your brain, it will give you an answer.

By asking the right questions, your brain will help you find

If you have the habit of asking questions with negative

true purpose in different moments in life. Here are some

attitude, your brain will certainly give you negative

examples: What type of a human being do I want to be?

responses. Example: why is it the people I trust always take

Am I doing this to benefit just me or also somebody else?

advantage of me? After you ask a question like this, your

How does it make me feel? Would my family and friends

brain will automatically search for the same old answer it

be proud of what I am doing? Viktor Frankl believed real

has always given you, “because you are dumb.” The point

happiness and true purpose in life are the byproduct

of this example is to illustrate the quality of our thoughts

of doing something meaningful for somebody else.

is the quality of our lives. If instead of having negative

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questions or thoughts, you change the format and

CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE

purpose to be more productive and positively oriented,

Even in moments of despair, stress or “out of control”

your brain will give you answers with the same tonality

situations, meaning can be found. When I understood

as you ask. Going back to the example above, the better

this, my life completely changed. The key of this is to be

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aware of a powerful tool that no one can take away from

goal of a life coach, help others bring out the best in them.

us, our right to change our attitude. Regardless of how

In order to practice as a life coach, I have obtained several

difficult the situation or environment is, we can always

certifications, one of them by the Robbins-Madanes

decide our attitude. Mr. Frankl used to say “life does not

Center for Strategic Intervention established by Anthony

owe us happiness, it offers us meaning!” It is our task

Robbins, renowned life coach, self-help author, and

to find it. Again, ask yourself questions that empower

motivational speaker. As for now, I continue as a TV host

you, such as: What can I learn from this experience?

and life coach with a clear purpose and meaning in life.

Why is it I need to change my attitude? Is my current attitude helping me have a good quality of life? What

Meaning can be found in everything, open your soul and

about the quality of life of those around me? What can

remember: “Life does not owe us happiness, it offers us

I earn if I change my attitude? Once you start asking

meaning!” - Viktor Frankl.

these questions, I assure you answers will begin to flow. It is important to mention as our life changes with time, our purpose does too. If in this stage of your life you are given the great gift of becoming a parent, then your purpose is, without a doubt, to be the best care taker for your little one. It is our attitude that determines how much our actions will transcend in the people we love. Regarding how I found my true purpose in life one night, I was sitting at my dining table with my husband discussing a problem he was having with a coworker. After a couple of hours of deep conversation, I shared my point of view and offered different strategies to resolve the problem. I still remember the way he looked at me and told me: “Have you ever thought about being a life coach?” It only took this question to realize my true and real passion has always been to listen to others’ problems and help them bring out the best in themselves for the situation. Thus, since that day, that has been my purpose. As we all know, studio lights and TV cameras can be intimidating, especially if you have to speak in front of them. For this reason, I decided my purpose as a TV host will always be every interviewee who comes to my show feels comfortable and confident to speak on camera. The result of this change of attitude has been great as the interviews

" B A C K T H E N , I T WA S NOT CLEAR TO ME MY TRUE PURPOSE AS THE HOST OF A TV SHOW AND THE RESPONSIBILITIES A S S O C I AT E D W I T H T H I S R O L E . T H U S, O N C E I F O U N D I T, E V E R Y T H I N G MADE MUCH MORE SENSE. I C A N H A P P I LY S AY I H A V E N ’ T F E LT T H E S A M E FEELING OF BOREDOM OR D I S C O U R A G E M E N T A G A I N ."

started to look a lot more natural and relaxed. The best part of this change has been the reward which is to see the faces of excitement and happiness of my interviewees and hear them say, “Thank you for helping me to do this, I was so nervous that thought I could not do it.” That is the

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O LG A C A M P OS C O M M U N I T Y R E L AT I O N S D I R E C T O R , M I LT O N V E R R E T | A U S T I N , T X WHO SHE IS: Since stepping down as a news anchor, Olga Campos has become a community leader who specializes in promoting philanthropy. She brings to the table leadership, organizational and communicationskills, as well as, the art of socializing in order to bring people together to support a singular cause or action. As a result, the entire community benefits. HOW TO ADAPT TO CHANGE: Broadcast journalism was rewarding but restrictive. Campos’ “new” career provides cherished freedoms: She’s able to voice her opinion, pursue her passions, and set her own work schedule. Before switching professional paths, her expert advice is to review your strengths, re-invent yourself with those in mind and don’t look back. PHILANTHROPIC SPIRIT: Not everyone can write a check, but everyone can give of themselves. Campos’ philanthropic spirit comes from serving on non-profit boards and committees. Focus on an area of interest and volunteer! Attend events! Introduce yourself! Soon YOU will be the one setting policies and budgets and making great things happen. MAKING AN IMPACT: Journalism instilled in Campos the desire to find facts and drill for details. Those two professional skills are necessary when building a leadership presence in any setting. Be informed before you speak publicly. Also, encourage others to ask questions of you. A lively, informed two-way conversation is a sure sign of success. HOW SHE CELEBRATES LIVING WELL: Physical exercise is important to living well, but so are emotional and cerebral work-outs. Traveling, reading, savoring excellent cuisine, taking in films and live performances, laughing out loud, enjoying time with loved ones (including pets), exploring the outdoors and renewing your spiritual faith are all easy and inexpensive ways to celebrate living well in the ATX.

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2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Best of Show | Copyright © 2014 Kimball Studios / Used Courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance | A 1954 Ferrari 375 MM owned by Jon Shirley from Medina Washington wins the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance best of show.

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1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe was named Best of Show at the 64th annual Pebble Beach

Concours

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The

car,

owned by Jon Shirley of Medina, Washington, was the first postwar car to take the top award at the prestigious event in nearly five decades.

It was also the first Ferrari to win.


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The 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

refers to the gathering of prestigious cars.

showcased 216 cars and motorcycles, 35 of which

tradition

came from outside of the United States. It also

aristocracy who paraded horse-drawn carriages in

raised $1,677,445 for charity, bringing total charitable

the parks of Paris during summer weekends and

donations from the Concours to more than $19 M

holidays. Over time, carriages became horseless

over time. Definitely a large cause for celebration!

and the gatherings became a competition among

dates

back

to

17th

Century

The

French

automobile owners to be judged on the appearance The event marked the centennial of Maserati and

of their automobiles.

included first time features of Ruxton, the first American passenger cars with front wheel drive, and

Since 1950, what once started as a way for rich,

Streamlined Tatras, technological wonders built in

influential men to show off their immaculate car

Czechoslovakia. A jaw dropping display of 20 Ferrari

collections, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

250 Testa Rossas was placed at one end of the show

has transformed into something distinctive: a

field, and cars exhibiting the curvaceous coachwork

fashionable, laid back auto show. Pebble Beach is

of Fernandez et Darrin posed at the edge of Carmel

where the world's most prestigious automakers

Bay. There were also special classes for Postwar Rolls

come to show off their latest and most beautiful

Royce Phantoms and Eastern European motorcycles,

cars. Most of the Concours d'Elegance is held in

and a display honoring cars that participated in the

and around the Lodge at Pebble Beach with events

1914 French Grand Prix.

traveling through downtown Carmel and a classic car display on the eighteenth fairway of Pebble

A Concours d'Elegance, from French meaning a

Beach Golf Links.

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2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Best of Show | Copyright © 2014 Kimball Studios / Used Courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance | A 1954 Ferrari 375 MM owned by Jon Shirley from Medina Washington wins the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance best of show.

As the Concours d'Elegance is an automotive contest of

• PEBBLE BEACH MOTORING CLASSIC: Classic cars make

elegance, not just any car can be a Concours d’Elegance

a three-day drive that starts near Seattle and ends at

car. To compete in the Concours d'Elegance, an automobile

Pebble Beach on Wednesday before the Concours.

must be a well preserved or accurately restored vehicle still

• COLLECTOR CAR AUCTIONS are also held during the

capable of being driven and having some historic value.

Concours, with vehicles on setting records for their

Noteworthy, it will be rare and above all, it must be elegant.

multi-million-dollar selling prices.

On elegance Ansel Adams, photographer and former

• NEW MODEL INTRODUCTIONS: The

Pebble Beach

honorary judge at Pebble Beach is on record as saying,

Concours d'Elegance is a popular time for luxury car

“From a strictly personal point of view, my definition of

brands to unveil their newest models.

an elegant car would be 'the kind of car I would like to be buried in.”

• MORE AUTO-RELATED EVENTS: Monterey Automotive

Week: The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is the longest-running automotive event in the area, spawning

There are several other events held throughout that

a bunch of others.

rounded out the excitement of the Concours d’Elegance. •T  OUR D'ELEGANCE: Elegant classic vehicles go on parade on Thursday, starting at Pebble Beach. They follow the original 17-Mile Drive, circle the track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and stop mid-day on display for a few hours in downtown Carmel.

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Classic Car Club of America Trophy | Copyright © 2014 Steven Burton / Used Courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance | Caption: 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria Frank & Milli Ricciardelli, Sarasota, Florida.

Ansel Adams Award | Copyright © 2014 Steven Burton / Used Courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance | Caption:1910 American Underslung Traveler Toy Tonneau | William Johnston & Ronald Elenbaas (The Off Brothers Collection), Richland, Michigan.

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IN F L U E N C E : f a s h i o n & s t y l e

O U T D O O R VO I C E S “IT’S TIME WE USE OUR OUTDOOR VOICES”

WRITTEN BY I N G R I D G A R N E R

I

’m going to be honest with you. As much as I

not work in the gym or yoga studio, people) or the colors were so

like shopping for shoes, purses, and the like, I’ve

garishly bright, I was afraid of inadvertently blinding someone.

never gotten into shopping for athletic or active

I know what you’re thinking… Face it, kid, there’s nothing chic

wear. It's not because I didn’t need something

or functional about athletic wear. Thankfully, Outdoor Voices is

that would accommodate my workouts in the

proving us wrong.

gym, but whenever I did make the jaunt to look for much needed

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active wear, the choices weren’t all that appealing. I either didn’t

Outdoor Voices is an indie active wear line that specializes in

like the cut and style of the outfits (low-riding hip huggers do

soft, stylish active lifestyle pieces for men and women. This

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cool, one-year old company has already been picked up by

book published in the 70s as a source of inspiration for OV’s

the likes of J. Crew and Garbstore. Their approach to activity is

unique look.

with “moderation, ease, humor and delight.” And now they have launched their first store in the heart of Austin. Executive designer

Haney is excited for OV to be a part of Austin’s active culture.

and founder Tyler Haney says, “Everything is positioned on super

“Austin couldn’t be more spot on for our vision and brand, and

performance or being super human, tougher and more sweaty.

this new location also fosters to our sense of community and

We decided to flip that on its head and focus on ‘recreationals’

giving back.” The indoor-outdoor store, located in a bungalow in

who are about body, movement and being mindful of your health

the quaint neighborhood of Clarksville on the corner of Sixth and

and wellness without being super active.”

Blanco will host a variety of informal fitness sessions, including yoga and Pilates..

After growing up in Boulder, Colorado, where casual activity is an integral part of your daily lifestyle, Haney moved to New York to

Outdoor Voices is quickly establishing themselves as a brand

study at Parsons The New School for Design where she quickly

that blends elegance and simplicity with performance fabrics

realized there wasn’t a market for workout/active wear that

that provide fickle active wear consumers like myself, easy-to-

were aesthetically appealing as well as functional. She started

wear clothing with both style and function.

researching technical fabrics and learned as much as she could about patterns and construction. The result has produced simple, muted color palettes not traditionally seen in active wear today made with fabrics that have the performance qualities to support an active lifestyle. Haney references a Vogue body and beauty

For additional information about Outdoor Voices, please visit: www.outdoorvoices.com;

www.facebook.com/outdoorvoices;

or on Twitter or Instagram: @outdoorvoices.

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C O U R T N E Y S A N TA N A A C T R E S S , A D V O C AT E , A U T H O R A N D M U S I C I A N | A U S T I N , T X

WHO SHE IS: A wife, mother, advocate and socialite who is finishing an album and a book, running a foundation, establishing her project management firm, and looking to launch into her new brand in 2015. As the lyrics to a popular song say, "it's HER time!" HOW TO ADAPT TO CHANGE: Motivated by two drivers in her life - her family and her passions! Because of her past, Santana works passionately to help other survivors of domestic violence through her foundation Survive2Thrive and is a member of many civic groups dedicated to the cause of needing violence in all its forms. She has been an advocate and supporter of Safeplace Austin, The National Council on Domestic Violence, Hope Alliance, and many more for over a decade. PHILANTHROPIC SPIRIT:

Santana understands the fine

line a person can walk between being fortunate enough to serve others and being the person needing services. Because she is deeply compassionate and empathic, giving back is not only necessary, it is part of who she is as a person. She realizes each person's life is filled with experiences that define who they are and what they will contribute to the world, good or bad. Her journey continues to evolve and change, but life gets better the more she moves forward. She never forgets where she came from. WHAT TO EXPECT:

Santana has huge future plans ahead

and each milestone will be a definite cause for celebration. Ahead is the release of her first solo CD, the release of her book, and new musical horizons including headlining in national tours and festivals in support of her ever expanding musical career.

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R U S S E L L S M I T H, L M S W E X E C U T I V E D I R E C TO R , AU S T I N C H I L D G U I DA N C E C E N T E R ( AC G C ) , AU S T I N , T X

WHO HE IS: An executive leader who builds and grows nonprofits. Smith’s entire career has been in the public sector, helping good causes become great, and sustainably growing services to benefit the community. He is a teacher, a social worker, a native Austinite, and a proud father of three daughters. APPROACH TO RESOLVING CHALLENGES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY: Smith’s leadership philosophy stems from two beliefs: bring in great people and support and empower them to succeed; and be present, visible, and accessible. Financial skills (from an MBA) coupled with social work skills (from an MSW) help give him the foundation to personally succeed and help others to flourish in social service leadership. PHILANTHROPIC SPIRIT: Smith’s role model is his grandmother, Bert Kruger Smith, who was an Austin icon in philanthropy. Her example led him to the social services. In addition to his role as Executive Director of ACGC, he serves on non-profit boards, including four years on the board of Austin Groups for the Elderly, an agency his grandmother founded. Smith says, “Issues in our community need to be addressed, and through the efforts of the many organizations of which I am affiliated, that’s what we do.” WHY FAMILY IS IMPORTANT: Supporting families is key to his work at ACGC. The Center works with children in the context of their families and communities. This is a key value Smith holds as a social worker, a father, and as a community leader. RECENT CAUSES FOR CELEBRATION: In the professional realm, Smith is proud of the growth and success of ACGC which continues to expand its ranges of services year after year. The positive feedback from the community affirms the impact ACGC is having within the communities served is much needed and valuable. In the past year, he and two colleagues have developed and taught a series of classes on non-profit leadership. From a personal perspective, Smith started cycling two years ago, and completed his first MS150 this past April.

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IN F L U E N C E : bf eaasuht yi o n & s t y l e

A FRESH FACE F O R FA L L WRITTEN BY J O A N N A H A T H C O C K

I

always love looking to the fashion runways for

hydration-boosting products, is the key to a smooth, flake-free

fresh beauty inspirations. For Fall/Winter 2014,

skin canvas.

I’ve been poring over the creative yet tasteful ways artists played with color using unexpected,

So, to scrub or to peel? Well, both manual scrubs and peels

fun washes and slashes of color on the eyes

using acids like glycolic or lactic have their virtues, but I’d like

with line via prominent sweeps of eye liner and larger-than–life

to talk about my favorite alternative to both of these: enzymes.

lashes; and with texture like pairing metallic on the eyes with

I love enzymes because they dissolve dead skin cells while

matte skin.

leaving live ones untouched, which means over-exfoliating is nearly impossible.

My favorite daily enzyme-based scrub is

And yet because, like most of us, I tend to associate fall with a

Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant.

And when I’m ready for a

darker, moodier palette, I felt most renewed and delighted by

deeper resurfacing I turn to MyChelle’s Incredible Pumpkin Peel.

the unexpected prevalence of minimal, next-to-nothing makeup looks presented this season. So whether it’s highlighted and

Once your skin canvas is prepared, it’s time to turn to a few

dewy or a silken matte, the freshest trend for fall is a focus on

makeup magic-makers for your super-natural look. An optional

skin.

first step, which some swear by, is primer. For line and pore smoothing, Clarins’ Instant Smooth can’t be beat, in my opinion.

But what’s that you say? Your skin isn’t flawless enough to be

MakeupForEver’s HD Primer is both lightweight and truly

the main feature? Well, worry not.

mileage-extending. For extra illumination sans slipperiness, try

Minimal makeup doesn’t

mean no makeup. And I’m going to share with you a few tips

Le Blanc de Chanel Illuminating Makeup Base.

on how to put your best face forward this season. Next comes your foundation of choice. You want to look for

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Without question, proper skin care is where to begin. Fall is a

products that scatter light and create the look of flaw-free

great time to beef up on treatments that correct damage done

skin. Those who desire only the lightest coverage can opt for

during the summer months and prepare the skin for winter.

a BB cream (tinted moisturizer with added skin care benefits)

One goal is thorough exfoliation—which, when paired with

such as my personal go-to, Tarte’s Amazonian Clay BB Tinted

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Model: Violet Krause, Kim Dawson Agency | Photo: Wade Livingston | Hair / Makeup: Joanna Hathcock

For more coverage that is self-setting and semi-

Also run a touch down the bridge of the nose and put a tiny dab

matte (yet looks like perfect skin—really!), I love MakeUpForEver’s

right above the cupid’s bow of the upper lip. (Those with oily skin

HD Foundation. If you favor a more dewy, truly luminous finish, I

may want to skip highlighting these two areas.)

Moisturizer.

love Clarins’ Skin Illusion Foundation (you can skip the illuminating primer if you go for this one).

If you still crave a bit of color, you can add a hint of cream blush like Stila’s Convertible Color which can also be used on the lips.

After applying your foundation, a little concealer may be in order. For under-eyes, I love Benefit’s Erase Paste or L.A.Girl’s Pro

Now for the finishing touches. Lightly powder the t-zone with a

Conceal. The key for this area is to choose a corrective peachy

translucent powder and fill in your brows, if they need it. And

tone (for fairer skins) or a salmon or orange toned shade (for

if you just can’t resist amping up eyes with fall’s beyond-natural

deeper skins). For other areas of the face, choose a more satiny

spiky lash trend, curl your lashes and layer on multiple coats

formula like Cle de Peau’s Concealer in a shade that matches your

of rich black mascara, using a building formula like Benefit’s

skin tone.

They’re Real!

To ensure your face has some dimension with this minimal

And remember, beauty starts from the inside-so be good to

look, I recommend smoothing on a bit of highlighter, such as

yourself, and share your light this season and always with a smile

MakeUpForEver’s Uplight, on the upper cheekbones and temples.

on your face and a song in your heart!

My favorite tool for this is MAC’s #188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush.

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GLAMOROUS HAIR FOR THE HOLIDAYS

WRITTEN BY J O S E L U I S S A L O N

A

re you dreaming of gorgeous, voluminous hair for the holidays? Who isn’t? Glamorous holiday hair doesn't have to be fussy or even hard to do. The style experts of Jose Luis Salon in Austin have created three looks which are simple and chic. Try one for your favorite style for your next soiree! OLD HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR Style Created By: Theresa Przybyla 1 Apply Oribe Balm d'Or Heat Styling Shield to wet hair from roots to ends. 2 Part hair deeply on preferred side. Use the arch of the brow as your starting point. 3 Dry the hair completely. 4 repare the hair with Oribe Superfine Hair Spray. 5 Using a one inch curling wand, start in the back and curl each section by wrapping the hair around the wand holding it horizontally. 6 Hold each section on the wand for about 10 sec. Continue curling throughout the entire head. 7 Brush the hair out from underneath, then comb into place from the top down. 8 Finish the look with the Oribe Shine Light Reflecting Spray for a glamorous holiday style!

CLASSIC GLAMOUR

HIGH FASHION GLAMOUR

Style Created By :

Style Created By:

Jose Buitron

Franchiska Bryant

This look is best on long

1 To prepare the hair, use

to medium length hair.

Oribe Super Shine Light

1 Using a product to

Reflecting

prepare

large round brush to blow

the

hair

and is

blow-dry important.

Spray

and

a

out the hair.

Oribe Supershine Light

2

Moisturizing Cream helps

and a 1” curling iron to

to calm frizz while adding

curl 1” sections of hair.

Use

a

soft

lacquer

shine and subtle softness. 2 Use a curling iron to achieve the wavy set. Apply Oribe Soft

3 Use duckbill clips to set each curl.

Lacquer Spray to each section. When used with the curling

4 When all curls have been set and cooled, let hair cool for

iron, it seals in shimmer throughout the lengths and ends of

10 minutes.

the hair.

5 Take clips out and use a boar hair brush to brush out curls.

3 Using a Mason Pearson brush, brush the hair out and

6 Pin the top section of hair back out of the way, and use

smooth into place. This will help the hair achieve that “soft

Original Pomade to smooth sides with brush.

wave” look.

7 Use bobby pins to secure the top section to the center of

4 Finish the look with the Oribe Shine Light Reflecting Spray.

the head.

The spray will help prevent frizz, tame fly-aways, and create

8 After each side is pinned, tease the top section, and then

instant shine.

brush the curls into place to enhance the Mohawk look.

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S E R G I O G A R C I A W W W. S E R G I O G A R C I A S T U D I O S . C O M

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FEATURE

L.A.'S UNION STATION CELEBRATES

75 YEARS WRITTEN BY W I L L I A M J A C K S O N

Donald Parkinson and John Parkinson | Alameda Street Elevation, Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal | July 16, 1936. | Sheet: 65.1 x 165.4 cm (25 5/8 x 65 1/8 in.)| The Getty Research Institute

O

n May 3, Los Angeles Metro officials hosted a

Financed and constructed by the Santa Fe, Southern

Union Station 75th anniversary to celebrate

Pacific,

the opening of its train station, and we

centralized passenger rail travel in Los Angeles and

agree with the City of Los Angeles that it is

provided the primary gateway into the city. Designed by

something to be celebrated!

a team of architects with representatives from each of

and

Union

Pacific

railroads,

Union

Station

the railroads and consulting architects John and Donald The breathtaking train station, which opened on May 3,

Parkinson, Union Station is an eclectic blend of Mission

1939, served to consolidate rail services from the Union

Revival, Southwest, Spanish, and Art Deco styles. The

Pacific, Santa Fe, and Southern Pacific railroads into one

architects sought to create architecture specifically with

terminal station. Those involved with the railroads fought

Spanish elements which was radically different from other

the project for years proposing, instead, a network of new

union stations throughout the United States. Decades in

over-street tracks to link their existing smaller terminals.

the making, the bold $11 million structure finally gave Los

The matter was put before the public who, in 1926, voted

Angeles the grand train station it so deserved.

in favor of the unified-terminal concept. The result was Union Station that became known as the "Last of the Great

From the exterior, Union Station’s extensive 850-foot

Railway Stations" built in the United States.

facade with pitched red-tile roofs, smooth white walls and broad arcades demonstrates its Mission Revival style.

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Union Station Ticket Concourse, 2013 | Photo: John Kiffe, courtesy of the Getty Research Institute, | Los Angeles | © J. Paul Getty Trust

When the station opened in 1939, it accommodated approximately 13,000 rail travelers daily.

Today, Union

Station is the largest railroad passenger terminal in the western United States. Serving more than 60,000 passengers a day, the station is the region’s primary transit hub, connecting Southern California counties and Exterior view, Los Angeles Union Station, 2013 | Photo: John Kiffe, courtesy of the Getty Research Institute | Los Angeles | © J. Paul Getty Trust

providing access to Amtrak long distance trains, Amtrak

Inside, expansive spaces, dramatic changes from low to

Rail subway and light rail lines, plus bus service from

high ceilings, detailed decoration, ornate wainscoting,

Metro and other municipal operators. Greyhound’s Bolt

massive chandeliers, painted ceilings and rich walnut

service, Megabus, and the LAX Flyaway also operate from

furnishings create grand impressions that would have

the station.

California regional trains, Metrolink commuter trains, Metro

pleased most. This is noticeable in the ticket concourse, and that has a 62-foot-high ceiling and steel trusses made

Having approached 75 years of age, Union Station is

to look like heavy wood beams. The foyer, ticket concourse

undergoing a much needed makeover to bring aspects

and waiting room are connected by tall and wide, smoothly

up, as much as possible, to its original luster. Retail and

finished arches that frame the views from one room to

restaurants choices ranging from affordable to high end

another. Union Station’s spacious waiting room features

are also planned. The vision is to make Union Station not

vaulted ceilings and a lavish 11-foot wide marble path down

just a place to transition through but a destination. We

the middle. Throughout the station are rich decorations in

cannot wait to see what’s in store as this already stunning

marble, travertine, walnut, bronze and glazed tile, all still

historic site is restored.

meticulously preserved. There are certainly buildings in Los Angeles more Unlike most of America’s stations, which were rendered

innovative, and there may be a handful more beautiful. But,

obsolete by air and automobile travel, Union Station

it’s hard to think of another landmark that has played such

still functions as it was intended. Remarkably, though

a pivotal role in so many aspects of the city’s growth and

thousands of people still pass through the station daily,

evolving self-image.

very little has been changed of the original design and construction. As long-distance travelers have given way to

Happy 75th anniversary to Los Angeles’ Union Station!

commuters, certain spaces are no longer needed for public

With its rich history, beautiful architecture and historic

use. However, these locales are now used for special events

value, 75 years is definitely cause for celebration.

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In celebration of Union Station’s heritage and historical significance, we present this fashion spread with a model suited in 1940’s fashions, hair, and makeup with a modern twist. She has the air of a wealthy heiress or Hollywood actress, and traveling unescorted we wonder what her story is and where she is going. Photographer: Lesley Pedraza | www.lesleypedraza.com Model: Jacqueline Depaul | www.jacquelinedepaul.com Styling: Lauren Gold Hair/Make-Up: Ana Vergara | www.cgdradio.com Retoucher: Argiris Maipas | www.qualityretouching.com

Suit: Nathanaelle Couture Scarf: Vintage (model’s own) Necklace: Vintage (model’s own)

Skirt: Nathanaelle Couture Jacket: Stiletto by Loralee Bag: Dooney Bourke Boots: Marc Fisher

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Dress: Nathanaelle Couture Coat: Nathanaelle Scarf: BCBG Necklace: Express Shoes: Stuart

Skirt: BCBG Top: Elie Tahari Coat: Ellen Tracy Shoes: Betsy Johnson Bag: Octabag Sunglasses: Kaenon

Dress: Nathanaelle Couture Coat: Stiletto by Loralee Boots: BCBG

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CELEBRATING THE

POWER OF OUR VOICE

{ D A V I D H E R R E R A , T H E V O I C E T O T H E H I S PA N I C C O M M U N I T Y }

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T

he pursuit of happiness. The basis of

to our viewers but more significantly as a journalist,

the American Dream, a well-known

I have always found great importance in leading

phrase by most, but perhaps not

by action. I have a responsibility to give back and

well understood. In 2005, at the

do not take that lightly with each day striving to

National Conference of Citizenship,

educate,” explained David Herrera. “Instead of

US Supreme Court Justice Anthony

solely reporting, I plan to continue to demonstrate

Kennedy explained the lost sense of happiness as

to those that have goals, how they can be attained

“a feeling of self-worth and dignity you acquire by

and accessible resources for these issues.

contributing to your community and to its civic life.”

we earn a privilege and use it to make a difference,

It is the democratic values, abilities and participation

when we go to vote in November’s elections; that is

in which we find the importance of change. Each

the ultimate celebration of our voice.”

When

citizen’s voice contains a privilege and responsibility to impact change for the better.

This year David Herrera headed to San Antonio for a large benchmark in his own campaign, becoming a

Ironically, the consistency within our economic,

Citizen of the United States. A few short weeks before,

social and political system will continually be a

Homeland Security tapped Herrera to request him

revolving state. The value of change within a growing

as the ceremony’s keynote speaker. The Univision 62

and thriving community is necessary to adapt and

journalist communicated in his speech a message

accommodate these ever changing results. A key

that included his own journey, obstacles that he

example has been witnessing the condition of our

has overcome and the importance in the process,

economic system and that as citizen’s we have

including major responsibility he feels to honor and

a powerful and direct effect on the future health

celebrate his new citizenship. “My campaign is not

of the U.S. economy. It is through knowledge and

close to over. In fact, it has just begun,” explained

education that individuals are contributing to build

Herrera. “As a citizen of the United States, we have

and maintain a democratic society. To actively vote

a responsibility to be knowledgeable and aware of

on a local, regional or national scale is a celebration

what is occurring around us. Our vote is our voice,

of each citizen’s voice.

and I am dedicating the next few months to building awareness to November’s upcoming elections.”

In Texas, an individual who knows what it takes to use his voice to affect change in a positive

To stay current with issues and learn more about

direction is KAKW Univision’s leading journalist.

this November’s upcoming elections follow David

With current issues, David Herrera has been the

Herrera @DavidHerreraTV and tune into KAKW

voice to the Hispanic community both locally and

Univision weekdays at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

as a resource for Univision’s National network. “It is extremely important for me to not only be a voice


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JOSEPH SPECTER AU S T I N O P E R A G E N E R A L D I R E C TO R | AU S T I N , T X

WHO HE IS: A husband, father and nonprofit leader with a passion for sharing the experience of opera with Austin. Specter draws his strength from his family and friends and is energized by working with others to build a community around the work Austin Opera brings to the stage and beyond. WHY CELEBRATING THE ARTS IS IMPORTANT: Personal experience as a performer at a young age taught Spector about the power art has to transform lives. Opera’s unique combination of voice, orchestra, acting, dancing, sets, and lighting holds the potential to awaken the mind, imagination, and joy for people of any background or experience. GENEROUS SPIRIT: Without generosity, art cannot exist— certainly this is the case with opera. That reality extends from the artist who gives herself tirelessly every day to the perfection of her craft, to the donors who—through their deep connection with the art—make so much possible for all Austinites to enjoy. MAKING AN IMPACT:

Specter believes a spirit of

experimentation and play is critical to success, perhaps most especially in the more traditional arts. It is about embracing your art and finding creative ways to build curiosity and excitement while not sacrificing authenticity. Enjoyment is a pathway to transformative experiences, and it is to be embraced. Increasing awareness of the arts is exactly what Specter is called to do through his affiliation with Austin Opera. BIG REWARDS TO CELEBRATE: An incredible number of people bring opera to life and make sharing this art form possible. Austin’s support is allowing Austin Opera to expand over the next year, to bring American masterworks back to the stage, and to ensure that the best singers continue to perform here for Austin’s enjoyment. The rebranding of Austin Opera, and through strategic alliances with various media and supporters, Specter looks forward to enriching the community through the influences of Austin Opera. Cause for celebration for certain. 44

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LEMUEL WILLIAMS T E C H N O LO GY E X E C U T I V E A N D P H I L A N T H R O P I ST | AU ST I N , T X

WHO HE IS:

17 year Austin resident, 12 year technology

professional, former Runnin’ Horns, board member of policy, healthcare and leadership non-profit organizations, believer that iron sharpens iron, and married to the his friend, confidant and leader the other half of Team Williams GETTING STARTED: Making the transition from a focus on sports to a corporate environment was not an easy transition. Initially, it was easy to slip on discipline and leadership because he was not being surrounded by the familiar “team” environment. “It was helpful to reflect on best practices learned from the camaraderie of the sports environment and incorporate these into my corporate skillset portfolio.” Even with the shift in career focus, finding and creating opportunities to give back to the community are always at the forefront. PHILANTHROPIC SPIRIT: Williams’ dad served his country for 20+ years in the military (US Army), and his service is a reminder to go do something – anything. Williams really did not understand true giving (from the heart) until attending bible study. “You learn a lot about the gift of selfless giving when you are the gift.” MAKING AN IMPACT: You have to be open to failure. Williams advises colleagues, partners and community leaders to never apologize for being passionate. That is who you are and what make you unique. “I know when I am successful is when it hurts to think. Then I am doing something right.” BIG REWARDS TO CELEBRATE: “I am not perfect. If I were, I would be boring.” Williams a believer in God’s word and is instructed to be a salt of the Earth and light of this world. If his light does not shine and he loses flavor in what he does, he strongly believes he has disappointed HIM and his creation – all of you!

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IN F L U E N C E : t r a v e l

A GIFT GUIDE

T O C E L E B R AT E T R AV E L BY J U S T I N A. M C N U L T Y

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t’s the holiday season and chances are you

Regardless of how you’re doing it, you’re travelling to

are reading this issue while traveling to see

celebrate.

loved ones. You’ve stowed your carry-on in the overhead bin. You’ve securely fastened

In my opinion, the best gift you could give someone

the seatbelt. You’re on your way. Or perhaps

is travel. We may not be able to give the gift of exotic

you’ve just set the cruise control as you’re driving down

trips, so I’ve pulled together a list of some goods for your

a country road as you’re on your way to see loved ones.

globetrotting friends.

PATAGONIA

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GO CLEAN BAGS BY FLIGHT 001 These small, reusable bags help keep dirty laundry and clean clothes organized (and separated) in your suitcase. I use the F1 Go Clean Stuff bag to keep wires, cords, and other small items together in my backpack.

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MOLESKINE NOTEBOOK I always recommend keeping a Moleskine Notebook tucked away in your purse, backpack, or messenger bag. You never know when you need to jot some notes. These notebooks are fashionable and functional. The leather cover stands up to wear and tear and the back pocket flap is a great spot to store receipts, boarding passes, business cards.

BOSE QUIETCOMFORT速 20I ACOUSTIC NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES These chic ear buds do quite well drowning out surrounding noise while delivering clean and crisp sound. The inline microphone also allows you to use them as a hands-free device with your smartphone.

IPAD AIR 2 Any road warrior needs an iPad. You can load it full of movies, TV shows, magazines, books, music, and all sorts of games. Instead of lugging around a stack of magazines and books, all you have is this one lightweight device.

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IN FO R M

{CELEBRATING YOUR STYLISH}

PERSONAL BRAND WRITTEN BY S C O T T L U D I N G T O N

uilding a personal brand is never easy, but it is

Tiffany & Co. is a great example. They have customers

certainly rewarding. Whether you are trying

who walk through the door and can point to virtually

to carve out your own persona in cyber space,

anything they see and take it home in a beautiful powder

you’re building your professional brand as

blue box. Then there are the window shoppers who stand

a career employee or as an entrepreneur,

there and drool and say to themselves “Someday…” There

you have to develop your own sense of style. The world

are also those who walk by Tiffany and are completely

requires an ever-expanding amount of stimulation, but one

turned off to the brand and everything they think it stands

thing that is timeless is a unique and focused sense of style.

for.

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They think it’s pretentious, ridiculously overpriced,

and completely unnecessary. And do you think this in any Style is not all things to all people. Style is knowing your

way influences the style of Tiffany or how they build their

limits. Good style is as much about knowing when to say

brand? Not even slightly. They won’t lose a moment of

“No” as it is about knowing when to say “Yes.” Successful

sleep worrying about the people who don’t like what they

brands understand who their target audience is and are

do or how they do it. If they did, it would distract them

willing to let everyone else fall by the way side. There

from continuing to create beautifully stylish items for the

are three types of people you have to keep in mind when

people who can and do shop with them, and that causes

building your own personal brand; 1) The end consumer

others to aspire to one day be able to shop with them.

who is interested and capable of buying or buying in to

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you, 2) The people who aspire to do so, and 3) Those who

Many brands have fallen prey to trying to get everyone

are neither inclined or interested in doing so.

as a client and that just isn’t possible. Some people drink

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Coke, some drink Pepsi. Although these brands continue

the goal is and they push toward it, constantly. They don’t

to duke it out for market dominance they fundamentally

concern themselves with every place the goal isn’t. They

know who their customers are and focus on them more

focus on getting there.

than anything. If you go into Pepsi’s headquarters you

executing their strategy on the field rather than worrying

will see their mission statement in the lobby.

about strategy of the opposing team.

In a day

They focus more on perfectly

when companies are infamous for droning on and on with sentence after sentence of meaningless corporate

You, as an individual are no different. Individuality is the

double talk Pepsi articulates is mission in a clear, concise

bedrock of good style, personal, professional, individual

and compelling way. “We Sell Soda.” For them there is

and institutional. Once you know you’re the “Why” of your

nothing else. They know what they do and why they do it.

style and the direction you are supposed to go and the end result you hope to achieve and who that involves you

Knowing when to say “No” takes as much style as knowing

can reverse engineer the steps you have to take between

when and who to say “Yes” to, but you have to know who

where you are and where you need to be.

you want to say “Yes” to first. Football teams know where

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{THE AUSTIN ORIGINALS}

BENEFIT CONCERT WRITTEN OF RENEE HANSON MALONE P H OTO G R A P H Y C O U R T E SY O F J E N N I E T R O W E R P H O T O G R A P H Y

he Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC)

This year’s success is testimony to how “older” non-profits

hosted the 3rd Annual “Austin Originals”

can reinvent themselves through producing contemporary

Benefit Concert and Live Taping, presented

events that attract new Austin residents and long-term

by H-E-B Tournament of Champions with

community supporters. ACGC is gaining recognition through

performances by The Wheeler Brothers & LaTasha Lee

increased exposure from a plethora of new media supporters

and The Black Ties.

The event at the Austin Music Hall

and corporate sponsors. Influential community members,

was attended by 500 supporters, which was a substantial

like William Jackson of InFluential Magazine, David Herrera

increase from last year’s sold out show at KLRU Studio 6A.

of Univision 62, Jesus Garza of Seton Healthcare Family, BA

The event emcees were KXAN’s Robert Hadlock and KUTX’s

Snyder from Veritas Group, Katie Stolp of Silicon Labs, Dr.

Trina Quinn. The Honorary Event Chair, Cassie LaMere, from

Luis Zayas-Dean of the University of Texas School of Social

Lexus of Austin did an extraordinary job in growing the event

Work, and Matt Curtis of HomeAway were all in attendance

with a 60% increase in revenues. The benefit’s total gross

at this society event.

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revenues of $272,000 will substantially impact the agency’s capacity to provide mental health services for low-income

The “Austin Originals” Tasting Grove was a huge hit,

families.

featuring signature dishes from Winflo Osteria, FRANK, Blackfinn Ameripub, Urban an American Grill, The Clay Pit,

This year the agency presented the 3rd Annual Phyllis

NO Va Kitchen and Bar, SC3 Catering, and The Cupcake Bar.

Richards Austin Icon for Children Awards to two outstanding

Moreover, White Hat Rum sponsored the Austin Originals

champions.

Cocktail and TourGigs Productions streamed the event live

Maxine Roberts received the Community

Activist Award for her dedication in helping to establish

through the Austin Chronicle’s home-page.

the Center for Child Protection which celebrates its 25th year of service. Barri Rosenbluth of SafePlace received the

The Austin Child Guidance Center is a true “Austin Original” in

Community Professional Award for her impeccable work in

children’s mental health. They have been ahead of the curve

creating the Expect Respect Program which is a nationally

in regards to behavioral health services and have persevered

recognized teen dating violence prevention program.

through historical times of stigma associated with mental health care. Each year the agency serves over 3,500 clients,

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Austin Child Guidance Center is an agency that has often

regardless of the family’s ability to pay. If you would like to

gone overlooked but nevertheless has provided critical

get involved, donate or learn more about the Center please

services for Austin’s underserved children for decades.

visit www.austinchildguidance.org.

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1. BA Synder from Veritas Group and David Herrera from Univision Television 2. Award Recipient Maxine Roberts with ACGC Director of Development Renee Hanson Malone 3. LaTasha Lee and the Black Ties 4. Award Recipient Barri Rosenbluth with Russell Smith, ACGC Executive Director 5. Silicon Labs Production Level Sponsors Katie Stolp with guests Matt Curtis and Christie Johnson 6. 2014 Honorary Chair, Cassie LaMere and William Jackson of InFluential Magazine

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Photographs for Palmer//Harding Courtesy of Cecilie Harris

THE SOMERSET {EXPERIENCE} WRITTEN BY N E I L D I A Z

he second bi-annual London Fashion Week (LFW)

off-site as many official London Fashion Week designers elect

took place at the Somerset House, an excellent

to do if it means finding a magnificent space to display their

site for LFW with its rich history, location in

work. Without a doubt, Palmer//Harding selected an incredible

Holborn, and close proximity to the Thames River.

space. Levi Palmer of Palmer//Harding is a Texas native, and in

Somerset offers a terraced café, a large central

addition to Neil Diaz PResents, other Texas forces had a role in

courtyard for the main tent, ample room for other components

the production. Susan Posnik of Susan Posnik Cosmetics, a Dallas

such as the Toni and Guy pop-up salon, and showrooms like the

based company, was onsite to manage the makeup design for

highly profiled New Gen room sponsored by Top Shop.

the Palmer//Harding SS 2015 show. Another Dallas resident, Jan

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Strimple, rounded out the Texas crew. A seasoned, international One notable show was that of Felder and Felder, a design duo

model and fashion show producer (Jan Strimple Productions),

made up of identical twin sisters, Daniela and Annette Felder.

Jan worked with Levi Palmer at the model casting and also

Both women graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2007, a

graced the runway during their show.

top-notch London art and design school. Over the course of their career, Felder and Felder have established an impressive

Palmer//Harding’s designs started with shirts, then strategically

celebrity client base and have been featured in numerous fashion

evolved into full ensembles seasons later. That evolution is most

publications around the world. Their Spring / Summer 2015

evident in this collection; the designs were fluid and feminine, yet

collection, entitled The Peace Gang, was heavily inspired by the

possessed bold components such as metallics, leather jackets

1970s with flared pants, bell sleeves, and kaftan dresses as well

and blazers.

as western boots and a fair amount of fringe. The show was complemented with a cover of “Give Peace a Chance” playing

Texas women will find the collections of Felder and Felder and

over the sound system as the models walked the catwalk.

Palmer//Harding very suitable for our Texas weather this spring. So ladies, make some room in your closet, and welcome these

Another design duo, Palmer//Harding, showed their collection

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WINTER

EVENT GUIDE

Spirit of Compassion Celebration & Awards Gala November 15th, 6-11PM Westin Domain 11301 Domain Dr. 78758

2014 Blue Genie Art Bazaar November 28th, 10AM The Marchesa Hall & Theatre 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd

YWA's Annual Winter

Lexus of Austin Dancing

Celebration December 3rd, 7-9:30PM Palm Door Sabine 401 Sabine St

with the Stars December 7th, 6-11PM Hilton Austin 500 E 4th St

Visit www.austinsocialplanner.com or the The New York Social Diary to learn more about individual events and to get the scoop on everything going on!

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