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Reflections IN FLUENTIAL 1 November / December 2012


WELCOME TO THE ISSUE

Reflections ♦

W

e can all benefit from self-reflection and

a profound impact on her sensibility and interest in

self-awareness. They are both integral to

design (page 11). We gain insight into Austin’s vibrant

determining who we are and who we’d

real estate market and why it’s so appealing to live

like to become.

here (page 14). Find out why Terri Williams is one of

Being self-aware means having the ability to look within us to get a clear picture of our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, motivations and our personality. Self-awareness is important because once we are able to figure out our unique qualities, we can make

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Austin’s most influential women and not just because we say so (page 26). If you find it challenging to stay healthy this time of year, and who doesn’t, fitness expert Kyle Golden gives us a few tips on how to do just that (we promise that you want have to skip any

the changes needed to make our life better. Being

parties) (page 32). Our friend Kelli Kelley shares with

self-aware plays an important role in becoming a

us her riveting story on why her organization Hand to

successful human being.

Hold is so important to her (page 36).

Because we’re interested in success, we wanted to

We’re very excited about this issue and its perfect

explore the topic of reflections and identify valuable

timing. As we prepare to embark on what we hope

lessons from those who helped us build this issue. We

to be a successful and exciting 2013, let’s all reflect on

were excited to chat with fine jewelry designer Ippolita

2012 and the valuable lessons we’ve learned. Apply

Rostagno who fondly reflects on how growing up in

those lessons, and we’ll have a good foundation for

Italy with an artistic and intellectual family has had

ensuring 2013 is the best year of our lives!

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P U B L I S H E R ’ S N O T E

In this issue we examine reflections, what it means to be reflective and its impact on our being, on our world! Fortunately, because we are diverse creations, there are no wrong answers resulting from reflections, and the lessons taken away from individual reflections are varied. But, one common thread is all can learn valuable lessons from individual reflections and we venture to say, lessons can be learned from the reflections of others. When thinking about the way to reflect, most people think this process involves a dimly lit room, where one locks himself for hours and meditates about the current events. While that is certainly a way to reflect, it’s not necessarily the only way. In fact, reflecting is often done as part of one’s daily life in so many meaningful ways. Take private time for yourself. Listen to yourself and

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sage advice from others are helpful ways to reflect. Ride a bicycle after a long day of work. Listen to music

s we were putting this issue together, I

to relax. Take a long walk to clear the mind. Whatever

thought a great deal about the meaning

strikes your fancy, take the plunge. Think about how

of reflections.

you can make yourself and our world around us better.

I immediately reflected

on chatting with a colleague about my idea for a magazine. I had no magazine experience whatsoever.

When I reflect back on those creative

moments, I realize it’s easy to be a visionary if you’ve got nothing to lose.

I had just completed several

I hope this issue inspires you to reflection in whatever form! Remove the barriers for a successful reflection through recognizing that barriers lie customarily within us.

miles on a treadmill - where perhaps my best ideas

Enjoy this issue and reflect on the fact we know all of

are generated. I worked with several friends who had

our readers are important!

experience in the industry and put together mostly a mental prototype accompanied by scribbles put

Fondly,

to paper, leading me to become the Publisher of InFluential. I fondly reflect on how important it was for me to take risks, put myself out there and bring my vision to life. Now a year later, as reported in our

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last issue, InFluential is a graphic design award winning

William Jackson

publication.

Founder & Publisher

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

And, not to be forgotten, I will take time to clean the mirrors in my house because without that reflection, I might go out looking like a hayseed and not even realize it! As you read this issue, know that you, too, must reflect. Whether it on life, work, family, or just on your favorite TV shows and movies, always think back and know Photo by Jody Suarez

what they mean to you. We only get to do this once,

s I sit here thinking about the theme of this

so enjoy your experiences. Don’t forget them. Relish

issue, reflections, I think I have missed a

them. And, when you get a spare moment to just sit

lot of that this year. It’s been a whirlwind

and think, reflect!

year. Engagement, lots of working, two rather horrible bouts of food poisoning,

Happy Reading,

hosting my first holiday with both sides of the family (that did not end with either one of the cases of food poisoning!), engagement parties, bridal shower, traveling way too much for not fun reasons, a wedding, a honeymoon, moving, my best friends moving away, and weird activities in day to day life that always seem

Laura Suarez

to happen to me have all been crammed into less than

Editor-in-Chief

a year. And, for good or bad, I haven’t had a moment to reflect on any of it! With this issue, I think I will take the time to do just that. I will take the time to reflect on my wedding that took place under a tree in Jackson Square in New Orleans in a rainstorm as I was surrounded by 40 of the most wonderful people I know. I will take time

Retraction Personal Adornments Jewelry by Beth McElhaney: www.personaladornmentsjewelry.com

to reflect on fun times with friends watching Project Runway or having brunch. I will take time to reflect on how much I enjoy being Editor-in-Chief of InFluential.

In the September / October issue an incorrect URL was referenced for Personal Adornments Jewelry. The correct address is referenced above. Pardon any inconvenience this oversight may have caused.

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C O N T E N T S November / December 2012 Where Influential Austin Shops 40

IN F L U E N C E Austin’s Vibrant Real Estate Market..................14 REAL ESTATE

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...............................17 HOME STYLE

Taking Stock of Your Life.................................20 BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

Seriously, It Took Me This Long?........................22 BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

Modern PR Hits and Misses..............................30 SOCIAL MEDIA

Five Healthy Holiday Tips................................ 32 HEALTH & WELLNESS

FASHIONABLE FINALE Pg. 56

Men: The New Face of Eating Disorders...........34 HEALTH & WELLNESS

FEATURES

Where Influential Austin Shops............................ 40 FASHION & STYLE

Sunday Morning................................................. 42

IPPOLITA ROSTAGNO: FINE JEWELRY DECONSTRUCTED ................................................................11

FASHION EDITORIAL

Handmade jewelry, timeless art

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INFLUENTIAL FROM THE HEART.........................................26 Terri Williams’ unflappable drive warms the heart

HOLDING THE HANDS OF MANY......................................36

MARIA’S WINTER PICKS...........................48

Kelli Kelley connects the families of preemies with her helping hands

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE..................................................................................4

TORI TINNON.............................................50

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR.................................................................5 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS.....................................................................8

THE IN PLACES AND FACES

IN D U L G E Keeping Company at Cork & Co......................52 WINE & DINE

Austin Social Planner Winter Gala Guide..................................................54 La Dolce Vita..................................................................................................55 Dress By Candlelight......................................................................................58 Putting on the Ritz.........................................................................................56 66

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Reflection of a Tourist......................................53 LIFESTYLE


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C O N T R I B U T I N G W R I T E R S

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MS. RACHEL BROCK

Writer | www.socialinaustin.com Rachel Brock is a member of SOCIAL Communications, a boutique agency specializing in social media, public relations and design, based in Austin, TX. SOCIAL Communications offers all forms of public relations services, specialize in logo design, custom fliers, and have the expertise to craft unique and successful PR campaigns while maintaining a productive and intriguing presence in all realms of social media. The goal of the SOCIAL Communications agency is to act as a concierge that supports and relieves the stress of social media, PR and design so business owners can focus on their own passion – running their business.

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Realtor | www.realtyaustin.com Keri Chmelik works for one of the most innovative and influential real estate companies in Austin, Realty Austin, as a multi-million dollar producer and is among the top 5% of Austin Realtors.

Keri also

enjoys designing and building custom homes with her husband Cameron, and they’ve just completed their most recent project - their personal home in Lakeway. She loves to travel to far-flung corners of the earth and loves wildlife photography, but is also always happy to get back home to Austin.

MS. ASHLEY HALLIGAN Ashley M. Halligan is a 2007 graduate of Marietta College with a BA in Journalism. She has a background in travel, music, and human interest features with a knack for finding meaning in all her journeys. She’s in the midst of a book project: The Mischief & (Mis)Adventures of a Contemporary Pilgrim and is an analyst at a local consulting firm specializing in nonprofit and sustainability trends and news. Ashley has covered everything from Lionel Richie to venture capitalists. She’s diverse and nomadic with zest that will not wane. Follow her ventures Twitter (@wildflowerpixie).

MR. BRAD KENNINGTON

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

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MR. JOHNNY MOALLEMPOUR

Designer and Artist | www.mjminteriors.com Johnny Moallempour is the owner of MJM Interior Design and lead designer of a bedding and home goods company in the San Francisco Bay Area. After completing his education in Interior and Environmental Design he was an intern at a reputable Los Angeles architecture firm assisting with design and space planning for naval base housing in Long Beach, CA. In 1997, he founded MJM Interior Design. His accomplishments include, winner of the NARI award two years consecutively and completion of remodeling of historic landmarks in the bay area.

MS. ANGELA PIERCE

Chief Financial Officer and Author Angela is currently the Chief Financial Officer for an emerging technology company and was voted one of the best CFOs in San Antonio by the San Antonio Business Journal. With almost twenty years of corporate experience she has learned from the ups and downs associated with being a woman in business. She has presented to many organizations on the attributes needed to succeed in the corporate world. She is a CPA with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in San Marcos, Texas with her husband and two children.

MS. WENDY TAYLOR

Freelance Writer | www.wendytaylor.us A Telly Award-winning freelance writer, Austinite Wendy Taylor’s work includes topics from financial literacy to global women’s rights. Her work appears in ExPat Travel & Lifestyle and has been distributed through USAToday and The Wall Street Journal. Taylor’s writing includes profiles of global politicians and humanitarians, as well as athletes and celebrities, such as Vernon Davis and Christy Turlington. A confessed Hibernophile, she compensates for the Austin heat with frequent visits to her beloved Ireland.

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FEATURE

Original.Classic. Edgy. Timeless.

O

ften when you hear these words, you

by Bergdorf Goodman in 1999 and remains one

think the writer ran out of something

of the brand’s best sellers. The bangles became

clever to say about whatever they were

a signature product because they can be worn

trying to describe. In this case; however,

everyday.

they ring true for fine jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno. Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, and Carrie Underwood are just some of the celebrities who wear her designs on the red carpet and in their daily lives.

What sets Ippolita apart from other jewelry designers is that every piece is created by hand. The result is an earthly, natural look that is stylish and conveys natural beauty. It’s this universal appeal and style that has drawn the attention of

Raised in Italy, it is easy to see how art imitates life

her diverse clientele. “Every woman is the Ippolita

in her collections. As she reflects, “Florence is truly

woman, and my intent is to design pieces that

one of the most beautiful places on earth. Full of

have a truly multi-generational, universal appeal. I

life, romance, history, rich culture and incredible art

am amazed at the diversity of women who have

and architecture.” And growing up with an artistic

embraced the brand and the distinctiveness in how

and intellectual family had a profound impact on

they wear my jewelry.”

her artistic sensibilities and interest in design. “That experience is a part of what forms the lens through which I view the world and has an influence on how I design and on the art I create.” Ippolita studied at the Instituto D’ Arte receiving a B.A. in sculpture.

Ippolita’s newest collection, Deco, is a 1920s-inspired collection of color blocked pieces in 18K gold and slim cut stones. “The fall collection was so much fun to design. I worked with an amazing palette of metallics and added in pops of vibrant color.”

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Ippolita’s first collection-based around a sculpted

And while Ippolita stays current on cutting edge

bangle, hoop earring, and ring - was discovered

fashion trends to incorporate into her designs, her

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main priority is to design classic pieces that never go out of style. “When you work in a fashion-driven industry you quickly understand that everything comes back around eventually, so while I am often swayed by the latest, newest, hottest – I find that without fail – I am always drawn to certain things, simple shapes, organic materials, neutral hues – and I look forward to seeing them come back again and again in reinterpreted ways.”

I P P L O I TA " D E C O " C O L L E C T I O N N O W AVA I L A B L E

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Ippolita says “style” in every situation and language. Home. Work. Sporting events. The natural elegance of Ippolita’s jewelry is always the perfect accessory for any occasion.

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IN F L U E N C E : R E A L E S T A T E

R E F L E C T I N G O N AU S T I N ’ S V I B R A N T R E A L E S TAT E M A R K E T WRITTEN BY

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Keri Chmelik

t seems Austin manages to make it on

$ 4 74 , 0 2 6 , 2 3 8 Total dollar volume of single-family

the national media radar time and time

properties sold, 16 percent more than September

again. Whether it’s for our music and art

2011

festivals, healthy job market, gourmet

food trailers, hipster neighborhoods, plethora of farmers markets, tech savvy culture, or vibrant night life, there’s no denying Austin is a pretty great place to live. Considering all the positives, it’s no surprise that despite the cooler temperatures of fall, the Austin Real Estate Market is still on fire. Recently, I completed my month-end analysis of the Austin

percent more than September 2011 1 , 8 0 6 Single-family homes sold, 10 percent more

than September 2011 6 5 Average number of days that single-family

homes spent on the market, 16 days less than September 2011

real estate market where I compared year over

2 , 1 3 0 New single-family home listings on the

year September sales from the Austin Board of

market, 6 percent less than September 2011

REALTORS®.

Austin Real Estate Market Snapshot September 2011 vs September 2012

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$ 1 9 8 , 2 5 0 Median price for single-family homes, 5

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6 , 8 1 2 Active single-family home listings on the

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market, 20 percent fewer than September 2011

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less than six months of inventory is a seller's market, and the Austin market is down to less than four months. This is the lowest inventory figure seen in Austin in the last decade! With such a strong demand for so few homes, prices are increasing in many neighborhoods. The Austin real estate market is on track to keep improving over the coming months and on into the new year. With so much positive job growth, great press, more large scale area events such as the Formula 1 race track and amphitheater calling Austin home, large corporations and small businesses moving to the area, the housing market is poised to see healthy and steady increases. To be sure you’re staying on top of all of the exciting changes in store for the Austin metro area and for the real estate market; you need an informed Realtor working on your behalf. A Realtor can: - Help you to assess the value of your current home

- Guide you through the entire process all the way to a smooth closing There’s truly no better time to buy a home in Austin. Rates are shockingly low and the Austin economy is one of the best in the nation. Remember though you’ll need to get qualified by a lender so your offer is taken seriously in this competitive market. Some of the best deals are gone within days or even hours (eeek!) but I can help you prepare so your dream home isn’t sold to someone else. If you are considering selling or are perhaps thinking about downsizing or upsizing, remember there are 20% fewer homes on the market for buyers to choose from as compared to this time last year. It’s a great time to sell in Austin! Wondering what your home is worth or just have questions about the real estate market in your area? Please give me a call or send me an email - I’d love to speak with you and share how my years of experience and the incredible marketing systems from Realty

- Keep you informed on sales in your neighborhood

Austin can get you the results you’re looking for.

or local housing market

Visit www.realtyaustin.com/t/Keri-Chmelik.

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MIRROR, MIRROR O N T H E WA L L ♦ WRITTEN BY

Johnny Moallempour

or centuries, the mirror has been the one

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• the design of the frame of the mirror

object we use to see our truest self. Usually, a mirror is used for observing ourselves. But the mirror also serves as a key element in

First, we look at size and dimension. We make sure the size of the mirror does not overwhelm the space or vice versa.

the design world. As an interior designer, I find mirrors to be an important element of design. They are a necessity to bring light and openness to an interior space. The frame can have an ornamental design without complicating the rest of the décor in a space by reflecting all of its colors and materials.

Next, we consider the colors and finishes on the frame of the mirror. The finish is based on what materials have been used in the space. If the space has a wood finish, we may consider using a wood finish on the frame or look for a metallic finish that would complement it. The finish on the glass of the mirror is also important. One of the most popular finishes is an antique finish

The personal taste of a client, whether traditional or modern, is reflected in the design of the frame and the mirror.

The shape of the mirror dictates the client’s

personality. A rectangular or square shaped mirror is

which most glass companies use.

Acid is used to

achieve the look of an antique mirror.

The different

thickness of beveled edges on mirrors will vary based on whether the space is modern or traditional.

generally chosen by more conservative clientele; oval or arch topped mirrors are often selected by family-

Lastly, we look at designs of the frames. One of my

oriented clientele.

personal favorites is Venetian mirror designs.

Circular or other more geometric

This

patterns are usually preferred by a more artistic and

technique, used by Italian artisans for centuries,

urban clientele.

combines the beauty of organic patterns and the creativity of man to make a piece of art.

When a client and I select a mirror for a space, we consider the following: • the size and dimension of the space • colors and finishes that will be surrounding the frame of the mirror

No matter what mirror a client selects, it’s clear a mirror is a piece of art that reflects light, as well as, the movements and changes in the room every day - a perfect visual reflection of the colors of everyday life.

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THE LOOK FOR YOU For more innovative ideas on how to use mirrors in interior design, please follow MJM Interior Design on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or visit our website at www.mjminteriors.com.

2 Influenced by one of my favorite design eras which is Art Deco period, the sunburst design and the gold finish takes me back to a time of elegance and sophistication.

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3 A French Rococo revival with silver leaf finish and the antiqued mirror was popular during the Louis XV reign. Even though it is from a very

This beautiful and simple design is contemporary in shape and finish. The metallic finish of the frame highlights the simple lines and details of this mirror.

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This is inspired by the Moorish design and Venetian shape. Since the Moors invaded Italy, they contributed to the Venetian patterns and use of colors.

This is a modern / contemporary version of the famed Chippendale design.

5 This modern, organic design is inspired by river rock and the water running over them. It’s beautiful in almost any interior design style.

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IN F L U E N C E : B U S I N E S S E T I Q U E T T E

TA K I N G S T O C K O F YO U R L I F E ♦ W R I T T E N B Y Linda Ginac

T

he trait I value most in people is

debt, being in a job that doesn’t reward hard work,

empathy. I believe my ability to relate to

or having family pulling you down due to sickness,

the thoughts, emotions, or experience

crazy teenager tantrums or lover’s quarrels, dealing

of others is a gift. Whether it’s an upset

with these challenges leaves little time for reflection.

child or a friend struggling through her marriage, showing empathy can make these transitions easier. I’ve always tried to be compassionate knowing women are supposed to be loving and nurturing in good times and bad. Being a leader and community servant encouraged me to develop this value even more - sometimes if only to feel needed by others. My

goal

is

always

to

grow

personally

and

professionally. People who are transforming their personal and professional lives inspire me every day. I am fortunate that I get to help people take stock of their lives and help them build a roadmap to a better self — inside and out. This is not an easy task. These journeys are fraught with ups and

I encourage you not to wait until that moment in life when you feel you have hit the bottom. Instead of waiting for yourself to say “Enough is enough,” reflect on your life more proactively. As Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” What is going on in your life that needs to change? What’s holding you back from changing it? Are your reasons for not changing simply excuses because you are afraid to face the truth? Take control of your life now. One good way to take stock of your life is to write yourself a private letter. Write honestly about all of the details in your life including your troubles, accomplishments, dilemmas, fears and happy thoughts. When you

downs as people begin to unveil their innermost

are done with your letter, find one trusting and

life and career dreams. This constant viewing into

empathetic friend to share your letter with. Look for

other people’s lives reminds me that I cannot sit

a friend who has heart and will not give you advice

idle and live with the status quo. I challenge myself

or judge you but who seeks further understanding

to look beyond the obvious by examining my own

and can help you reflect on your own situation.

situation daily. Your job is to take one action per day that leads you

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For most of us dealing with everyday affairs, the

toward the life you want. Save the dreams for bedtime

minutes roll into hours, days, and weeks; and we

and start living now. Listen to yourself. Use self-

go on autopilot. Being consumed by this vicious

empathy to awaken what is alive in you, and turn your

cycle is hard to escape. Whether struggling with

internal thoughts into a life worth living.

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S E R I O U S LY, It Took Me This Long? W R I T T E N B Y Angela Pierce

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oday was a great day; I ran three miles, survived my daughter’s soccer practice, sent out an acting resume for a film audition, put the baby to bed,

kissed my husband, called my mom, worked on the company’s budget, met with my board of directors, and fed the family and pets (dog, cat, fish, pig). There were less balanced days earlier in my career, if you can believe it. However, through experience and hard lessons, I’ve learned family is first, you need a hobby just for yourself, and you can be a leader professionally without giving your life to the company. So what is the trick to having it all? Well, I can’t say my family and personal life haven’t ever suffered at the expense of my career.

However, as I’ve

achieved greater professional success, I’ve also learned personal flexibility and greater balance. So maybe the trick is to focus on the kind of

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professional success that allows you to gain control

But the project is now complete. My book is 20

over your work-life balance.

Tips for Corporate Chicks. Whether you are a recent college

graduate

or

So how do you achieve a high level of professional

managing

success? Obvious, right? Hard work, good ideas,

for years, we can all

leadership skills, education, being in the right place

use a few tips for

at the right time. But don’t forget the little things.

career advancement.

For years I watched women in the workplace make

I

mistakes which proved to be damaging to their

experiences

career.

from

nearly

women but my peers and management level

twenty

years

women; making small, avoidable mistakes. I wanted

of

to shake them and say, “For goodness sakes don’t

ladder climbing

do that!” but never felt comfortable. Until one day

in

I thought, you know, I am the youngest female vice

America and

president in this company and maybe I can help

distill

other women achieve professional success. But

personal

how?

lessons

These weren’t just young, inexperienced

reflect

have

been

employees

on

my

successful corporate my

down to As I reflect on my career, I remember it was the year 2006 in the cubicle of one of my long standing employees where I decided that I would write a book. I had provided her with career guidance more than once after what was often a turbulent

a simple set of tips. A light and witty read, the book promises to inspire a change in habits and provoke a few aha! moments.

emotional response to a reorganization or office politics. So, since 2006 I’ve been thinking a lot

As we prepare to embark on 2013, let’s reflect on

and working a little on a book of small tips to help

where we’ve been and plan on where we’re headed.

women improve their career. Seriously, I can’t

Gaining control over our work-life balance is one

believe it has taken this long!

way we ensure we’re headed in the right direction!

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area raising money to provide

Take care of your life

education, and medical services

1. Know your risk • Talk to your family to learn about your family health history. • Talk to your healthcare provider about your personal risk of breast cancer.

2. Get screened • Ask your healthcare provider which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk. • Ask whether you should start getting mammograms, or other screening tests like MRI, before age 40. • Ask your healthcare provider to check your breasts at least every three years starting at age 20.

breast cancer screening, as well as financial and emotional support. In fact, 75 percent of the money we raise each year is put to work right here in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties to improve by this deadly disease. The remaining funds go to national research to find a cure for breast cancer once and for all.

3. Know what is normal for you • Tell your healthcare provider right away if you notice a change in the way your breasts look or feel.

4. Make healthy lifestyle choices • • • •

Maintain a healthy weight. Add exercise into your routine. Limit alcohol intake. Breastfeed if you can.

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2012-2013 Breast Health Services


Free Breast Health Services/Resources Breast Health Providers

Contact Information

Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas

Breast cancer education, patient navigation, referrals for no-cost screening mammograms and transportation services with a focus on African American populations.

Marva Overton, 512-494-0645, movertonaaahct@austin.rr.com

Breast Cancer Resource Centers of

Patient navigation and support groups. Bi-lingual services available. Serves Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis & Williamson counties.

Jessica Jones, 512-324-7992, jjones@bcrc.org

Texas

CommuniCare Health Centers

Patient navigation services and clinical breast exams. Referrals for nocost screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds. Serves Hays County.

Community Action Inc. of Central Texas

Patient navigation, support groups, transportation, emergency funds for women in treatment and post-treatment navigation & treatment plans. Referrals for no-cost physician consultations, clinical breast exams, ultrasounds, biopsies and screening & diagnostic mammograms, Bi-lingual services available. Serves Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays & Williamson counties.

Helping the Aging, Needy and Disabled (H.A.N.D.)

In-home help with cooking, cleaning, shopping & personal care for breast cancer patients. Serves Bastrop, Hays, Travis & Williamson counties.

Eloise Morgan, 512-477-3796, eloise@handaustion.org

National Center for Farmworker Health

Breast cancer education and outreach for Hispanics. Enusre access to screening mammograms and patient follow-up. Serves Hays County.

Ramona Arredondo, 512-312-5466, arredondo@ncfh.org

Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region

Risk assessments, clinical breast exams, referrals for no-cost mammograms and follow-up diagnositc services. Serves Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis & Williamson counties.

512-276-8000

Samaritan Health Ministries

Patient navigation and clinical breast exams. Referrals for no-cost screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies. Serves Travis & Williamson counties.

512-331-5828

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing

Clinical breast exams and transportation. Referrals for no-cost screening & diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies. Serves Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis & Williamson counties.

Ruperta Chavez, 512-232-3900, rchavez@mail.nur.utexas.edu

Women Involved in Nurturing, Giving, Sharing, Inc. (WINGS)

Breast cancer treatment and post-treatment follow-up care for survivors. Bi-lingual services available. Serves Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis & Williamson counties.

512-392-1718 (San Marcos) 512-268-8920 (Kyle)

Lydia Perez, 512-392-1161, ext. 322, lperez@communityaction.com Ana Sierra Berrios, 512-930-3281, asierra@communityaction.com Keri Worthy, 512-393-4764, kworthy@communityaction.com

Terri Jones, tjones@texaswings.org Alice Blanquiz, wingsclaims@gmail.com 210-946-9464

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Influential from the Heart ♦ W R I T T E N B Y Wendy Taylor

L

ast August, as Terri Williams received

T H E A D V O C AT E

one of the Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power: Central Texas Women

Williams’ credits her confidant, calm-through-the-

of Influence awards, she couldn’t wait

chaos demeanor, as well as her fierce sense of

to jump on the phone. It wasn’t simply

commitment, to her family. She grew up watching

eagerness to spread word of her honor. Williams

her parents work on various community projects in

was waiting for news on one of her many projects:

her native Louisiana.

an item before the Austin City Council that could greatly impact The Junior League of Austin’s multi-

These traits drew early attention to a young

charity fundraiser, A Christmas Affair.

newsroom

producer

from

some

big

names

in Southern politics. Recognizing her skill for “I did tell them, ‘Oh yeah. I won,’ before I hung up,”

organizing

Williams laughed.

subjects quickly became fans and encouraged her

That focused dedication earned Williams, vice president of government relations for the Southwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association, respect and praise from state capitols to the boards of her numerous philanthropic endeavors. When asked about Terri, a common response is, “She does not stop. Ever.”

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and

articulating

arguments,

news

own foray into public policy. By her early twenties, the petite Williams found herself in her home state’s capitol, staring down the good old boys network. “Terri early on showed me what an advocate was, which is someone who may have to compete against the tobacco industry who has the highpriced, high-valued lobbyists,” Sen. Don Cravins, Jr.,

“I am so impressed with Terri’s energy, talent,

a member of the Louisiana Senate when Williams

judgment, intellect and commitment,” Laura Wolf,

worked on the state’s smoke-free legislation

executive director of CASA of Travis County and

and who now serves as the staff director for the

sustaining president of The Junior League of Austin

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and

said. “Her work – all as a volunteer, of course – for

Entrepreneurship said. “She had tenacity. Tenacity,

The Junior League of Austin is outstanding, and

in my opinion, will always rule over the high-priced

she’s unflappable in the face of unexpected crises.”

lobby with good legislators.”

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The issues Williams still works on rarely fall into

ambassador for the University of Texas club and a

traditional nonprofit awareness funding either.

member of the Seton Forum and Future Forum.

From

smoke-free

regulations

and

eliminating

trans fats in school lunchrooms to increasing

Williams does not see these positions simply as

emphasis on school physical education, she’s led

society résumé filler but active commitments that

the American Heart

deserve every bit of the enthusiasm of her paid

Association in fights

work.

prominent

in

the

headlines.

Williams

manages a team of six

staff

lobbyists,

two grassroots staff, 10 contract lobbyists and

administrative

staff who work on issues

throughout

Arkansas,

Colorado,

New

Mexico,

Oklahoma,

“The biggest strengths that Terri brings to any project is her network and the vision she has for getting people involved in a cause,” Stacy Armijo, board chair for the American Red Cross of Central Texas said. “There are quite a few people who are good at thinking about a cause or a plan, but they’re not as good at attracting the people that can make it happen and sustain it. That’s where Terri sets herself apart.” A LWAY S C L O S E T O H O M E

Texas

and Wyoming. Looking at her territory’s diverse

Yet beyond the numerous commitments and

political leanings, it’s clear that careful strategy

accolades, Williams always protects her time with

must accompany passion when shaping messages.

family and recognizes when it’s time, “to tap out,” of obligations. She proudly reports that she still

“We know literally if we pass laws, we save lives —

talks with her mother every day. A newlywed, her

how empowering is that?” Williams said. “On the

eyes light up when mentioning her husband, Lemuel

flip side, if we don’t pass laws there are going to be

Williams, Jr., who works in digital security. Williams,

lives lost. That gives us the push we need.”

a former University of Texas basketball player who also chairs the Austin Community Technology and

SHAPING THE COMMUNITY

Telecommunications Commission, appears to share

With so much riding on her work and her region’s constantly

convening

and

closing

legislative

sessions, Williams’ active life outside the office

his wife’s endless drive and insatiable appetite for giving back, as the couple work on many of their projects together.

seems even more astounding. In addition to

“These things are blessings to me,” Williams said of

her work with The Junior League of Austin, she

her ability to give to the community.

currently serves as a chair of the American Red

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Cross of Central Texas’ 2013 Luminaira Gala, a

The thousands impacted by her work might claim

board member of Leadership Austin, a recruiting

it’s the other way around.

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MODERN PR HITS AND MISSES: Get it Right the First Time, Reflect on Success! ♦ W R I T T E N B Y Rachel Brock

Reflecting on past mistakes is a luxury that doesn’t

A N O N L I N E I D E N T I T Y:

always exist within the competitive climate of

S T R AT E G I C A N D F O C U S E D

modern business. Allbusiness.com says the goal of public relations is to “portray your business in the best possible manner… from establishing yourself in the market to damage control.” The takeaway is that if the initial message is fumbled, finding a second-chance audience is unlikely.  This month we reflect on some PR missteps and offer a few tips to help get it right the first time. THE MEDIA RELEASE: N O N E W S I S N OT G O O D N E W S

Memorable

(and

avoidable)

PR

gaffs

occur

far too often on Facebook and Twitter; and they happen so quickly, it’s often tough to recover. While social media is an interactive, less buttoned-up style of conversation, the should

still

remain

focused.

message

Tweeting and

re-Tweeting without consideration of facts is a

no-no

and

over-personalizing

a

corporate

message is a mistake (none of those automated direct messages either). Respond to posters and followers in a timely manner and use these

A great release is still one of the most effective

valuable

outlets

ways to get the attention of the media. But the busy

become

more

to

build

relevant

in

relationships the

and

marketplace.

professionals on the other end are looking for unique material, so make it clever and substantial. Keep events timely (usually not more than a month before or after).   Best bang for your buck?  Send media releases out Tuesday – Thursday after 10am.  Train yourself to think like an editor and don’t dilute the

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Exposure is great - until it’s not! Risk management is

an

important

part

of

any

social

media

strategy. Media monitoring is a great way to stay on top of all of the conversation - positive and

message by sending multiple releases. Take time

negative chatter. Free tools like Google Alerts,

to carefully craft your message and if the results

TrapIt and HARO are a great way to keep tabs on

are forthcoming, consider investing in a PR pro.

the media coverage of your own company and products as well as clients and competitors.

“Unlike advertising, your goal is not to pay for space

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in the media but to persuade the media to take an

Do you reflect on your PR strategy and have a few

interest in your business and to write or report on

regrets? Maybe it’s time to enlist a group of professionals.  We’re

your business activities.”– allbusiness.com

here to help. Contact socialcommunicationsaustin.com.

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5 H E A LT H Y H O L I D AY T I P S W R I T T E N B Y Kyle Golden

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taying fit around the holidays can be

4 D O N ’ T S K I P T H E G Y M Make sure to schedule time

challenging, but it’s not impossible.

to get into the gym. Actually make an appointment

There are going to be trials and

on your calendar and set a reminder. If you have

sometimes you might be given to a

a workout buddy make an agreement to get your

little guilt, but never fear. Here are

workout in together. If you are traveling during the

some tips you can use to help keep off the holiday

holidays, pack your workout clothes and invest in

weight gain and still enjoy the party!

some light exercise gear to use in your room.

S

1 E AT S M A R T Yes, the holidays are all about food,

5 G I V E H E A LT H Y G I F T S Encourage others around

but don’t blow your diet! Fill up on fresh, steamed

you to get, or stay fit! Consider giving gift cards to

veggies and lean meats. Choose one or two

local retail stores that primarily sell fitness apparel.

naughty side dishes to indulge in a little. Of course

Give the gift of a couple of months of yoga or a

you will be tempted with sweets, but don’t overdo

Pilates class. You can also give a healthy cookbook

it. On occasion save room for a small serving of

and a gift card to a health food store like Whole

your favorite dessert.

Foods or Sprouts. Don’t forget to ask for healthy gifts as well!

2 P L A N YO U R M E A L S

If you are going to multiple

parties during the holidays plan when and where you are going to eat instead of grazing at all of them. You are likely to eat a lot more if you don’t plan ahead. If your parties are not centered around food, you can also consider eating a healthy meal before going out. 3 G O L I G H T O N T H E H O L I D AY C H E E R – Right

along side all that delicious food will most likely be plenty of holiday adult beverages. Be careful. Alcohol can sabotage all your attempts to keep off those unwanted pounds. A single cocktail can have up to 750 calories! Choose light cocktails and wine instead of sugary drinks. Also, start with water at a party and make every other drink water.

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MEN: T H E N E W FA C E O F E AT I N G D I S O R D E R S P T. 1 1 ♦ W R I T T E N B Y Brad Kennington

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ating disorders are affecting more

compromising relationships, work, school and

and more men. Unfortunately, many

athletic performance. They can also do extreme

guys and those close to them may not

damage to the body, including the digestive and

recognize a potential problem because

cardiovascular systems. And like women, men can

eating disorders are still considered a “female

develop osteoporosis. Low levels of testosterone

issue.” The idea of a male developing anorexia or

are common with anorectic males, which can lead

bulimia is a foreign concept for most. But there

to poor sexual performance.

are warning signs that could indicate a problem is

eating disorders can eventually kill. Anorexia is the

E brewing:

♦ Exercising when ill or injured and feeling guilty when you take a day off from working out

♦ Feeling anxious or guilty when you eat so-called “bad” foods or avoiding these foods altogether

If left untreated,

most lethal of all psychiatric disorders. I’m often asked what to do if you suspect someone is struggling with an eating disorder. The answer? Talk. Do not remain silent. Silence and isolation feed eating disorders. Talk to your loved one or friend in a non-judgmental way letting him know

♦ Obsessing about the number of calories or fat grams in foods

you care and are concerned. Because of the intense shame of being a guy and struggling with body image and eating issues, he probably will

♦ Weighing yourself and body-checking multiple times a day

♦ Worrying about what your last meal is doing to your body

not initiate the conversation. So, engage him first and encourage him to seek help from a team of professionals (physician, therapist, and dietitian) who understand male eating disorders.

And

acknowledge the courage it takes to talk about it.

♦ Skipping meals or severely limiting caloric intake ♦ Using anabolic steroids for non-medical reasons Although these do not guarantee the presence of an eating disorder, they certainly bear watching, especially in times of stress or if someone has a history of eating disorders in their family.

Simply talking about the problem can help rob the eating disorder of some of its power. Beneath the excessive exercising, body checking and calorie counting is someone struggling with a low self-esteem, anxiety and feelings of inadequacy, issues that know no gender, issues that are very treatable. The sooner treatment begins the better

Eating disorders can wreak havoc on one’s life,

prognosis for recovery.

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HOLDING THE HANDS

OF MANY W R I T T E N B Y Ashley Halligan

♌ I N T E R V I E W C O N D U C T E D B Y William Jackson

K

elli D. Kelley is an inspiration to mothers.

recipient of the Austin Business Journal Healthcare

And families. And anyone impacted by a

Hero Award, and was a guest speaker at the Texas

challenging or unexpected circumstance

Pediatric Society Annual Meeting in 2012. Quite the

encompassing pregnancy, childbirth,

vitae for a wife, mother of two, and founder of Hand

and the gift of life.

to Hold.

In the past seven years, the Kelley family has served

That’s right, in addition to the awards, recognitions,

as the Ambassadors for the Austin division of the

and speaking opportunities, Kelli is also the founder

March of Dimes. Meanwhile, Kelli herself served on

of Hand to Hold, a nonprofit organization created to

the Austin division Board of Directors of the March

assist families while acclimating to the challenges

of Dimes for four years, received the 2010 Austin

and life changes that accompany the birth of a

Under 40 Award for Medical Health Care, was

premature baby--a preemie.

named a Bank of America 2011 Local Hero through the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, a 2011

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Infant Health Coalition and the National Perinatal

minutes early that day to avoid traffic but began

Association Family Advocacy Network, strives to

experiencing pains in the elevator. Inching forward

support families throughout the entire process

in afternoon traffic, Kelli began to notice the

from the anxiety of enclosed walls of the neonatal

pains were arriving in regular intervals. “I didn’t

intensive care unit (NICU) to the moment the baby

realize I was in labor because it was so early in my

can go home to everyday life.

pregnancy. I hadn’t even gotten to that point in the book yet,” she said. “I’ve never been so scared, felt

This venture began in 2003. Kelli was in the midst

of

her

so alone.”

first pregnancy. “I was very healthy

and

maternity

finally

hospital. This was August, and Kelli’s due date was

she

in November. Her son Jackson was delivered via

smiled while remembering.

an emergency Caesarean section that day. And

excited

which

Kelli’s husband Mike was soon by her side at the

I

was

clothes

wearing

about,”

“I did everything we were supposed to. We planned the

pregnancy,

the influx of subsequent emotions and challenges would be more than she knew how to digest.

took

prenatal vitamins. I was

Immediately Mike felt “much more involved and

feeling great. I worked a

connected” than Kelli did. After all, he was in the

full day that day.”

NICU with baby Jackson while Kelli recovered from surgery. He became both her and Jackson’s

Kelli left work a few

advocate. “How do you prepare yourself for something like that?” Kelli asked. “I was recovering from major surgery and thrown into this world where you don’t understand the language, the equipment, the diagnosis, the acronyms--the logistics of it all.” Recalling the trauma of the NICU, Kelli explained, “I wasn’t expecting 50+ babies. Isn’t it funny when they wheel you in there--here’s your baby. But you’ve had no connection. You’ve never seen it. It looks like others, and you can’t say ‘it’s got daddy’s eyes or fat cheeks.’ I felt a disconnect. All the sudden he went from being a part of me to lying in this bed

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trying to survive. You have so much empathy, but

Hand to Hold has also developed a relationship

still some part of me didn’t feel like he was mine.”

with Mead Johnson. “They truly understand and support our mission,” she said. “They’re working

A startling reality: “There are therapies for the

closely with us on preparing educational materials

babies when they go home, but dealing with the

for NICU families. We’ve collaborated at such a high

impact on our selves---our marriage, finances,

level to truly make a difference. It goes beyond

ongoing trauma, etc. We were struggling and still

sponsorship and dollars.”

looking for support,” she said. Hand to Hold, seemingly overnight, went from a After joining the National Council of Parents and

start-up Austin nonprofit to a national resource.

meeting families overcoming the same struggles,

Kelli’s accolades highlight those successes. It’s

she realized the lack of support across her board.

been a tough road with what she may have

And once her second child, daughter Lauren, began

otherwise thought were unbearable challenges, but

kindergarten, Kelli got “serious” and decided to

she’s proven otherwise and demonstrated to other

embark on a journey that would become Hand to

families that their futures can be just as beautiful as

Hold which helps families with a preemie navigate the obstacles, heal and embrace their family. “I find a lot of value in helping people understand the impact of prematurity. It goes beyond having a small baby, beyond the NICU. It impacts family at the core--and for a long time.” Kelli connects people who’ve been impacted with people who want to make a difference.

♦ St. David’s Healthcare played a large role in the building of her project. They’re what Kelli calls an “authentic partner.” Connecting families who have

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a family gifted with a full-term pregnancy. “I’m seasoned. I have a little more gray hair and a little more weight. But, I love where God has brought me,” she explained. “If I was a hero to just one person, that’d be great. But I don’t think I need the title ‘hero.’ The heroes are the babies in Hand to Hold’s Preemie Power Contest because those are the little superheroes. Look at what they overcome in their lives.” Hopeful for a life “full of surprises,” Kelli said, “I can’t wait for these babies to surprise me in what they overcome and accomplish. I want donors to surprise me. I want surprises every day.”

the preemie/NICU experience, Kelli explains the

What shouldn’t come as a surprise are Kelli’s

trauma of going home with “empty arms.” “We

open arms and Hand to Hold’s eagerness to help

have to leave that baby there. There’s something

all families struggling with the challenges of

primal there--about being separated from your

premature birth. With national backing, a growing

baby. Hand to Hold helps the parents learn the

donor base, and huge hearts, the number of families

parent role as an outsider by matching them with

this organization will ultimately help is beyond a

peers who’ve had similar situations.”

blessing.

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Where Influential Austin Shops

P H O T O C R E D I T : Kelly Wendt

P H O T O C R E D I T : Jai Mayhew

FAW N + R AV E N

SOLID GOLD

FAWN + RAVEN is an intimate collection of

Solid Gold, in the heart of east Austin, offers

women's clothing and accessories nestled away on

women’s clothing and accessories that are a perfect

35th street. Owner and stylist Kim Sierra offers a

mix of Austin ease and urban aesthetic. Taking its

delightful mix of clothing designers such as: Parker,

cue from the neighborhood shops of New York

Krisa, David Peck, Clover Canyon and Young,

City, Solid Gold has become an eastside staple. “I’m

Fabulous & Broke. FAWN + RAVEN is located at

focused on design detail, quality construction, and

1605 West 35th Street (next to Olive + June).

fabulous fabrics; and I want my customers to have items from the shop that are their favorite pieces,"

Lolita bag by Cleobella $ 5 0 4

says owner, Katie Friedman. Solid Gold is located at 1601 E. 5th St. Ste. 102, under the Saltillo Lofts. Eden Fusion Bracelet, By Raven & Lily $ 8 6

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TOUCH OF SASS

YO U N G & FA B U L O U S

Touch of Sass is Austin's source for handbags,

Young & Fabulous is your source for trendsetting

jewelry and hand-selected gifts. Whether your style

women's fashion providing exclusive designs in

is fun to flirty or traditional to trendy, they have just

women's apparel and accessories offered from

the sass for you or the one you love. Touch of Sass

around the world. Dedicated fashionistas can

is located at 500 North Lamar, Suite 140.

find captivating, apparel, shoes, handbags and accessories, Y&F carries denim by American fashion house Henry & Belle, shoes from Brazilian

Wide Jigsaw Buckle Snake Bracelet $ 1 1 0

designer Bruno Menegatti and handbags by Bobby Schandra.

Located at 12821 Hill Country Blvd. in

the Hill Country Galleria. Gold & Silver Bangles $ 2 7 5 Bobby Schandra Clutch $ 2 2 5

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SUNDAY MORNING ♦ WA R D R O B E S T Y L I S T : P H OTO G RA P H Y:

Bonnie Thompson

Jason and Jonah Gilmore, studio Rocket Science ♦ MODEL:

MAKEUP:

Brandy Elliot

Hannah H A I R : Cynthia Hodges

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W O R D S F R O M O U R FA S H I O N E D I T O R This issue’s theme is Reflections. One of the most

I’m so pleased to be a part of an incredible team

exciting aspects of fashion is how it changes with new

(Studio Rocket Science and Top Model Hannah

trends and the latest statement pieces. Keep in mind

Jones) that created such a fantastic reflection of

that fashion is not only an expression of our feelings of

the woman who is both feminine and powerful. The

who we are as individuals, but also a powerful medium

resurgence of lace, used with strong textures

which will communicate these feelings.

and modern interpretations of “old Hollywood” style, provides the foundation of this editorial. Always be yourself and celebrate with style. Leonardo D’Almagro

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IN THINGS

H O L I D AY

GIFT GUIDE A STYLISH SELECTION OF EVERYDAY FAVORITES F R O M F A S H I O N B L O G G E R M A R I A O R O Z O VA

F O R T H E FA S H I O N I STA

1. MAJE METALLIC LEATHER AND STRETCH-COTTON TOP Rocking the leather trend is easy with this graphite

and black stretch cotton top, so glam! 2. BURBERRY MEN’S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH STAINLESS STEEL WATCH A man’s watch is his

everyday accessory, and this stainless steel chronograph from Burberry will add polish to any look. 3. MBLOCK JACK LALANNE’S PJE JUICER JACK LALANNE’S PJE JUICER, POWER

Fresh ingredients, no preservatives, just juice. You’ll be amazed how much better you feel, and you may even challenge yourself to a juice fast!

4. MISS DIOR EAU FRAICHE SPRAY

Spontaneity, charm and elegance. This Dior fragrance is bright with a hint of floral and an air of intrigue, très magnifique! 5. WINE ENTHUSIAST DOUBLE WALLED ICELESS WINE BOTTLE CHILLER

FOR THE HOMEMAKER

Keep your wine gorgeously chill with this double walled, iceless wine bottle chiller. A must have for the wine connoisseur!

6. MERONA MANETTE DOUBLE BUCKLE BOOT

Echoing the classic look of a Ralph Lauren riding boot, these are sure to become your go to for every cold weather adventure.

7. METALLIC LEAF BEADED BOLSTER PILLOW

Does your home sparkle? Introduce some pizazz with this metallic leaf beaded pillow.

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8. CECCHI E CECCHI - FRINGE THROW

Keep warm, fashionably. This fringe throw doubles as an interesting touch to your sitting area and a cozy escape from the cold.

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9. ANTHONY LOGISTICS MACH 3 SET

This Mach 3 Set provides a shave as smooth and streamlined as the product itself.

10. CLARISONIC MIA SONIC SKIN CLEANSING SYSTEM

This skin cleanser isn’t just for pampering (though it does feel like an in-home facial), it will truly leave your skin softer and smoother. 11. DIPTYQUE BAIES CANDLE

Fill your room with a bouquet of roses and blackcurrant leaves and revel in the power of the flower. 12. SCOTCH NATURALS WATERCOLOR IN HEATHER BLUSH 12

Scotch Naturals polishes are water based and free of many harsh chemicals typically found in other polish, and the ‘Heather Blush’ is such a gorgeous neutral.

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13. MANHATTANITE THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF STYLE

“With style you tell the world your story.” Nina Garcia offers fashionistas the ultimate guide for looking your best. FO R T H E G U Y O N T H E G O

TUMI - VAPOR - CONTINENTAL

READY IPHONE CASE

2-WHEELED CARRY ON SUITCASE

I can’t wait for the ready case to hit stores! This case goes far beyond protection, including a headphone clip, USB thumb drive (that doubles as a kickstand), two knives, and a screwdriver. And if you want to make your photo skills look more impressive, it also ships with 3 photo lenses.

Several friends have this and love it. Always fits in the overhead bin on planes and holds enough clothes for a weeklong trip. The interior is lined and has a zipper divider to secure your clothes. To top it all off, it looks super-cool! Justin McNulty, Founder of www.justin-does.com

Scott Thomas, Founder and President, Intelechy Group

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TORI TINNON

Founder of SOCIAL Communications | Austin, Texas I N T E R V I E W C O N D U C T E D B Y Ashley Halligan

WHO SHE IS

who helped the business rise to the prosperous, well-

Tori Tinnon is an Austin-based public relations

known entity it is today. Still, Tori manages to juggle

and social communications pundit. Representing a

her family, clients, constant events, and inquiries, all

client portfolio ranging from upscale restaurants to

while continuously adding to her portfolio -- with

jewelry designers to massage studios, she built her

charm, calm, and seamless execution. She says, “My

empire -- SOCIAL Communications Austin -- with

breakthrough has been realizing that I can do not

both vigor and endless dedication. A concierge, of

only anything I want -- but, everything I want.”

sorts, Tori assists businesses in shaping their public image through design, PR, and social media.

M A K I N G A N I M PA C T

Tori thrives on inspiring others particularly mothers. ENTREPRENEURIAL DRIVE

She hopes that her entrepreneurial successes can

For more than 20 years, Tori has demonstrated a

demonstrate that anything is possible. Success

passion for creation from concept to successful

doesn’t have to come in the form of tradition, 9-to-

enterprise. Her handcrafted businesses have

5, or family sacrifices. Tori’s first priority is her two

included a handbag line -- POSH by Tori, Babycake

sons which is precisely why she’s taken creative

Truffles, and Love Child Baby -- and now, SOCIAL

approaches to all facets of her career. Demonstrating

Communications Austin. Always flourishing, her

that living outside of convention is not only possible

businesses demonstrate that passion, commitment,

but also highly rewarding; Tori’s paths serve as

and creativity are the key ingredients to any

an inspiration to all wives and mothers juggling

endeavor.

parenthood, life, and career moves.

PERSONAL BREAKTHROUGH

W H AT T O E X P E C T I N 2 0 1 3

SOCIAL Communications Austin began as a side

With a brewing interest in her blossoming firm,

project to her many other projects and freelance

expect to see her portfolio continue to grow

roles. Beginning with just a handful of clients, word-

as she takes on more and more clients. If its

of-mouth advertising soon led to mass interest

first-year growth is any indication of just how

in her PR acumen. Seemingly overnight, interest

successful SOCIAL Communications will become,

and outreach spread like wildfire leading to her

Tori’s name will be plastered across even more

expansive portfolio and sought-after services. And

of Austin -- hosting events, making waves, and

the next morning, Tori brought on Kelly Schneider

making a million businesses even more successful.

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IN D U L G E : L I F E S T Y L E

learning about them from a Sommelier and wine educator. Happy hour is from 3 to 7 pm everyday with $3 off all glasses of wine and $1.50 off all beers. They also offer eight three-wine flights if you’re feeling a little adventurous.

K E E P I N G C O M PA N Y AT C O R K & C O .

Cork & Co. is also a retail wine store with over a

{ A Wineaux’s Thoughts }

better than getting any one of these wines by the

hundred wines by the bottle. And what can be

glass? W R I T T E N B Y Ingrid Garner

On the downside, there’s no kitchen at Cork & Co. but you can choose a combination of antipasto, ere’s the thing about being tasked with

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checking out local wine bars in the area (tough job I know, but somebody has

and

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are

accompanied with bread and crackers. You can even request gluten-free rice crackers.

to do it), even though you think you

know what to expect, you really don’t. I was sure

Soft lighting and comfy seating make conversation

I knew what to expect when I walked into Cork &

here easy. Cork & Co. is your one-stop wine bar

Co., but alas no. Located at 308 Congress Ave., this

where you can relax with your friends or grab a

quaint little wine bar was a bit of a surprise. With

bottle on the way home after a busy day. To keep

two L-shaped sofas to lounge and view the hustle

up with upcoming events and specials, visit their

and bustle on Congress or tables next to rows of

website at www.corkandco.com.

wines to sit and chat with friends, Cork & Co. offers a quirky and casual ambience to enjoy a glass of your favorite vino or to try something new. It’s certainly clear they make efforts to attract new and repeat customers with their wine tastings and various specials on different nights of the week, such as “Get over the Hump” on Wednesday nights, which features red, white, and sparkling wines for $5 a glass. Want to learn a little more about wines? Check out the wine classes ($25 per class) that allow you to try delicious, hard to find wines while

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Reflections of a Tourist: I N M Y OW N S U N G L ASS E S W R I T T E N B Y Christy Horton

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hen you are lucky enough to live in Austin, you sometimes get annoyed by the hordes of tourists that descend on our Hipster Paradise. Traffic is bad

enough, and what do you mean I have to wait three hours for a seat at Uchiko? But, it is fun to point visitors toward destinations off the well-beaten path of the University of Texas, the Capitol and Sixth Street. So, I was delighted to be a tourist for a day with SherpaLux Tours which specializes in packages meant to give visitors a look at Austin from the eyes of a local.

and ice cream from Coolhaus. Good food and great people watching are just part of the package in this shaded food court on the east side. Next up was shopping in the funky boutiques in SoCo. That’s South Congress for the uninformed. As charming as the shops are, you can also head directly to the next stop at the legendary Continental Club. The tour includes a drink and hopefully the resident Saturday matinee will still be Grammy award winner and former Merle Haggard guitarist Redd Volkaert. Our last stop was The Mean Eyed Cat, a former chainsaw repair shop turned dive bar dedicated to all things Johnny Cash. The place serves beer and wine only-one of which is included with the tour-has a great porch for live music, and is covered from head to toe with references to the Man in Black

Whether your interests are fine dining, nightlife, or

right down to the bathrooms labeled Johnny and

live music, Joseph McMahan, CEO of SherpaLux, can

June. It was a perfect way to end the tour. Sipping a

design a package to fit your needs. Transportation ranges from passenger vans to stretch limousines.

beer and looking around at a place that makes you think, only in Austin.

On weekends, SherpaLux (www.sherpalux.com) offers a couple of four hour tours that take you to spots the average tourist might miss. After meeting at the Four Seasons, our first stop was the food trailer park at Sixth and Waller. In case you have been in a coma, food trucks have been driving (pun intended) the Austin food scene for a while now. The tour price of $50 includes samples from several of the trailers, including: pizza from Spartan Pizza, cheesesteaks from Way South Philly,

Way South Philly Cheese Steak trailer. Photo courtesy of Christy Horton (epicuriosities.com)

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WINTER GALA GUIDE Eat Drink Local Week: An Evening Blue Genie Art Bazaar

with Raj Patel

Nov. 28 - Dec. 26

Dec. 2, 7 pm

Marchese Hall & Theatre

The Paramount

Ballet Austin's The Nutcracker Dec. 8 - 21, Eat Drink Local Week: Urban

Ballet Austin

Farm Bicycle Tour Dec. 1, 9 am SFC Farmers' Market Downtown

Conspirare Holiday Gala Dec. 10, 5:30 om Long Center for the Performing Arts

Rags to Wags Gala Dec. 1, 6:30 pm Four Seasons Hotel Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Dec. 12 - 24 Palmer Events Center

The State Dinner Dec. 1, 6:30 pm LBJ Presidential Library

SNOW Day at the Hill Country Galleria Dec 12., 12 - 4 pm Hill Country Galleria

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

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L A D O L C E V I TA F O O D & W I N E F E S T I VA L :

A Smashing Success Despite the Threat of Rain!

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s part of the committee helping to put

St. Cafe, Clark’s Oyster Bar) and our 2012 LDV Committee Chairman Kevin Williamson (Ranch 616, Star Bar, The Rattle Inn). Guests were able to vote on their favorite dishes and wines which is always a hit year after a year. This year’s winners are:

on the 23rd Annual La Dolce Vita, we at

Best Restaurant:  Jasper's Backyard Cuisine  for

InFluential hope you enjoyed your Lago

their Slow Braised Niman Ranch Short Ribs, Molasses

di Como experience and had your fill of

Sweet Potatoes, and a Dried Cherry Reduction.

Austin’s finest restaurants  and vineyards.  Mother Nature cooperated by parting the clouds and

Red Wine: Pedernales Cellars, our repeat champion,

commanding the sun’s appearance though teasing

for their 2010 Texas Tempranillo.

us right up to the start of the festival.

White Wine: Llano Estacado Vineyards for their

A smorgasbord of more than 50 local restaurants

refreshing Signature White Wine.

joined representatives of more than a dozen area

Director’s Choice: Tranquilo Cellars, winner in the

wineries to present signature dishes and quality

new category for the best combination of red and

vintages to the sellout crowd of more than 1,800

white wines.

guests. Always a special touch is the VIP cocktail hour orchestrated by Tipsy Texan where guests enjoy creatively good libations.

Thank you again for attending the La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival!  Your support helps fund education programs and The Art School at AMOA-

Special thanks to the Honorary Chef Larry McGuire, Photo courtesy of Margaret Christine Perkins

Arthouse. Save the date for the next La Dolce Vita:

(Lamberts Downtown Barbeque, Perla’s, Elizabeth

October 10, 2013!

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

LEFT: Marissa Hopper & Andrea Valko, photo by Ana Carolina Roberto-Hasty. MIDDLE: William Jackson & Candice Johnson, photo by Erik Moore RIGHT: Corey & Suzanne Newhouse, photo by Ana Carolina Roberto-Hasty

PUTTING ON THE RITZ

Blue with White Interior) and a 1932 Studebaker Presidential (Black with Red Interior).

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n Saturday, November 3rd, 570 guests

Pat & Bill

Munday were the lead sponsors for the gala.

attended “Putting on the Ritz”, the Austin Children’s Shelter (ACS) gala

Police Chief Art Acevedo emceed in a ballroom

that raised a net of $450,000 to support

that was completely transformed in an elegant

programs and services for abused and neglected

black and white theme with towering white feather

children and youth.

The cocktail hour featured

centerpieces and candelabras draped in pearls.

prohibition-inspired cocktails (French 75) while

After a spirited live auction and Fund-A-Need

the incomparable Mandy Lauderdale sang period

that raised nearly $200,000, the Nash Hernandez

songs from her perch on top of the piano. Charlie

Orchestra kept a happy crowd dancing for the rest

Chaplin, Mae West, Groucho Marks and Humphrey

of the evening.

Bogart impersonators mingled among guests and

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singer Dawn Erin, dressed as a flapper, entertained

Austin Children’s Shelter provides a safe home

in the cigar lounge that featured hand-rolled cigars.

and

Adding to the authenticity were the three gorgeous

and young adults from birth to 22 who have

vintage cars on display, courtesy of the Munday

experienced significant loss, trauma, abuse and/or

Automotive Collection: a 1931 Cord L-29 (Yellow

neglect in their lives.

and Green), 1932 Packard Twin Six Roadster (Dark

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1. Co-Chairs Shannon Schmitz & Andrea Valko, Merrick Ales Photography. 2. April & Matt Womack, Visually Attractive Photography 3. CEO Kelly White & Bill Munday, Visually Attractive Photography 4. Jennifer Emelogu & Carolyn Bogues, photo by Ana Carolina Roberto-Hasty. 5. Committee Members Amy Rudd & Tavia Conkling, Visually Attractive Photography 6. Sherri & Travis West, Teri Potts, Visually Attractive Photography 7. Bonnie & Ross Bucholtz, Patricia Bucholtz, Visually Attractive Photography. 8. Pat & Bill Munday, Melissa & Kent Ferguson, Innovative Photography 9. Chief Art Acevedo and Nate Paul, photo by Ana Carolina Roberto-Hasty.

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

E V E R YO N E D R E S S E D BY CANDLELIGHT

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Because of the generosity of our Austin community, the funds raised at Dress by Candlelight will allow Candlelight Ranch to proceed with the construction

n October 25th, more than 400 of

and installation of a much-needed rainwater

Austin’s most fabulous and philanthropic

collection system. With an estimated 1,300 campers

gathered at Saks Fifth Avenue for this

next season, this will be the first step in creating an

year’s Dress by Candlelight benefiting

interactive water feature that will allow the kids to

Candlelight Ranch. It takes a village to sustain a

stay cool while enjoying the ranch.

nonprofit; countless generous individuals whose collaborative efforts and talents change the lives of the kids who are served. Event Chairs Nicole Cukierman, Shannan Riemer and Wendy Wells were at the helm of a devoted team of volunteers and sponsors who put their all into the success of this amazing evening.

Candlelight Ranch has seen its most successful Dress by Candlelight yet, and to all volunteers, sponsors, supporters and friends, we extend our most heartfelt thanks! For further information about Candlelight Ranch and to view more photos from Dress by Candlelight, please visit www. candlelightranch.org.

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1. Mandy Lauderdale (host) and Andrew Bost (auctioneer), 2. Dyol Hill (Tiffany & Co.), Harriett Kirsh Pozen, Don Barr (CLR co-founder and Board President), 3. Valerie Scott & Adrienne Gamble, Saks Associates 4. Tara Gray (Vice President of CLR Board), Harriett Kirsh Pozen (Executive Director of CLR), Nicole Cukierman (Event co-Chair), Wendy Wells (Event co-Chair), Adrienne Hagler Beakey (Board Member, PR Committee Chair), Shannan Riemer (Event co-Chair), 5. Larry Beakey, Adrienne Hagler Beakey, Lori Hill, Dyol Hill, 6. Holly Jackson (Westlake Picayune) and William Jackson 7. Supportive Dell Employees. 8. Ashley Hargrove Anthony and Gertie Murray 9. Jennifer Gaynor, Tara Gray. 10. Crystal Stevenson, Scarlett Jazesf. Photos by Peter Tung of Peter Tung Photography.

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The Art of Living Well

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