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ho among us couldn’t use a bit of freshening up in our life? I’m talking about a brand new spin on a familiar task, a simple update to an usual approach, an easy improvement for times when you don’t need a huge overhaul, but wouldn’t mind making life a bit more organized and a great deal more fun. If those kinds of minor enhancements are what you’re looking for, you’re right at home. The So Fresh and So Spring Issue is filled with new discoveries, sure to make many aspects of your life more healthy, much safer and far more efficient. Needing expert tips on how to conduct an effective business meeting? We’ve got a few tips from the etiquette experts at for you. Needing to prepare more heart-healthy and delicious meals? We’ve got you covered there, too with easy-to-prepare recipes from our friends at As someone who takes the health of his eyes very seriously, I appreciate the editorial Eye-Opening Vision Tips which speaks to the importance of making ongoing attention to our eye health an important aspect of overall wellbeing. Proper maintenance of our vehicles cannot be stressed enough and surprisingly some of the maintenance steps, we can easy do ourselves. Peruse the 5 DYI Car Care Projects to ensure our cars are in tip top shape for the busy spring and summer months. Finally, travel with me to Cairdean Estate of St. Helena and learn about a few of our favorite new wines introduced from Napa Valley. Give yourself a high-five for moving in the right direction toward a more organized, safer and thrilling life.

Warmest Regards,

William T. Jackson Publisher of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential and Teen InFluential




in fluence 17 | THE ART OF LIVING WELL Spring Design Ideas for Austin Homes 20 | Get Motivated to Get Organized Simple tips to complete a closet makeover 22 | Music is for Lovers Carlie Burdett Composes Music for Bird Lovers


5 Lifestyles Changes To Prepare You For Summer! 28 | Eye Opening Vision Tips 30 | Beat the Heat with Pet Safety Tips 32 | You Are Not Alone Successfully Coping with Anxiety, Depression and Stress Through Self-Care 34 | Relationship Exits


Featuring Custom Jewelry by Shaesby Scott


Cairdean Estate of St. Helena The Taste of Friendship, Food and Fun 64 | Hearty Heart-Healthy Dishes

72 | BUSINESS ETIQUETTE Top Seven Tips for Business Meetings 74 | The Art of Listening


fAshion eDitoriAl 48 | EBB & FLOW



with Austin Proper Hotel and Residences


42 | Exclusive OUR INTERVIEW WITH CELEBRITY HAIR STYLIST PATRICE BISIOT About Life, The Rewards and Minding Your Hair



77 | Jon Simon 78 | Billy Lofton 81 | C. Robert Walker

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COntRiBUtinG WRiteRS

Brad Kennington, LMFT, LPC

Therapist & Author | Brad Kennington & Associates | Austin, Texas Therapist and consultant in private practice in west Austin. Brad provides therapy to adults and adolescents and focuses on relationship issues, anxiety and eating disorders. Because of his expertise, Brad has been interviewed by HuffPost Live and satellite radio and has been quoted by Reuters, the Wall Street

Journal and Huffington Post. Brad also consults with organizations that have experienced a traumatic event. In addition to his practice, Brad is a faculty member and clinical supervisor at the Austin Family Institute. He is a board member of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. To contact Brad, you can reach him at 512.329.5595 or at


Jessi Pagel Diaz

Ingrid Garner

Makeup Artist & Grooming |

| Austin, Texas

For Jessi Pagel Diaz creativity is a way of life, an untamed passion that will forever motivate her. With her introduction into the field in 1999, Jessi realized beautifying or grooming a person can make a huge impact on the life of people and how they perform in front of an audience, a camera and/or film set. Being able to help create these memorable experiences for her clients is fulfilling and the purpose of her career. Jessi currently works as a makeup artist, (hair styling available upon request) for commercial, network television and live events. Her work also appears in ad campaigns and editorials in national and internationally distributed lifestyle, fashion and music magazines. Jessi is regularly called upon to do makeup for music videos, portrait and weddings.Jessi has also worked as an artist representative/agent for a high-end fashion and commercial agency. In this role, her experience grew to encompass wardrobe styling, set design and art direction.

Since moving to Austin in 1995, Ms. Garner has served in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Her primary focus has been in project management and she acquired her Project Management Professional certification in 2005. Utilizing her diverse work background and project management skills, she has extended her support in various activities within her church and community. In her spare time, Ingrid can be found practicing yoga, doing core and weight training, reading Stephanie Plum novels, and participating in the wine club at her favorite wine bar Vino 100.

Renée Hanson Malone, MA

Director of Development | Austin Child Guidance Center | Austin, Texas 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 MA in Latin American Studies and is dedicated to expanding resources for the Hispanic community. She possesses an expertise in raising funds and awareness for mental health, disability services, education, health and the arts. An artist, Renée often shows her paintings within the Austin community and currently serves as a Board Member of the local non-profit Vela, formerly known as Growing Roots.

Tim Valderrama

CEO & Fitness Expert | Austin Executive Fitness | Austin, Texas Tim Valderrama’s philosophy for last 20 years is developing trust with clients and uncovering their unique and specific goals and needs. Full body and mind approach for the conditioning process including an expertise in creating all-encompassing programs with the thr ee most critical core focus areas: strength training, aerobic conditioning and nutrition counseling. Valderrama has obtained a B.S., Exercise Science/ Psychology from Texas State University. Additional qualifications include: • 2014-15 Hispanic Austin Leadership Program • 2013,14 Vice-Chair Hispanics Chamber Health & Wellness Committee • 2012 Austin Fittest Fitness Pro, 2011 Fittest Fitness Pro • Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.


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Creative Services Argenis Gudiño José Luis Venegas Q. What Taller Gráfico Web Design The MOD Studio Contributing Photographers Morgan Gage Gillian Perry Website Administration W. Jackson & Associates, LLC

InFluential Magazine Spanish InFluential Teen InFluential Dedicated to The Art of Living Well PRESIDENT / EDITOR-IN-CHIEF CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER CHIEF CREATIVE DIRECTOR William Jackson Round Rock, Texas EDITORIAL TEAM InFluential Magazine Editor-in-Chief William Jackson Fashion Editor Leonardo D’Almagro Junior Editor Kelli Ponce West Coast Affiliate Gloria Thornton Spanish InFluential Editor Leonardo D’Almagro Junior Editor David Venegas Sports Editor Marcelo Galvez Leiva Teen InFluential Editor Nicole Glenn Junior Editor Mia Dedear WRITING TEAM Writers Ingrid Garner, Brad Kennington, LMFT, LPC Contributing Writers: InFluential Magazine Jessi Pagel Diaz, Renee Hanson Malone, Tim Valderrama Spanish InFluential Yandira Sanz, David Venegas Teen InFluential Morgan Gage, Victoria Garcia, Tyler Knight, Kylie Ruffino Guest Contributing Writers Spanish InFluential Leonardo D’Almagro, Marcelo Galvez Leiva Teen InFluential Mia Dedear, Nicole Glenn

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Living The InFluential Life With

Austin Proper Hotel And Residences


he Austin Proper Hotel and Residences will be a 32-story mixeduse building containing 99 for-sale residences, 244 hotel guest rooms, four food and beverage outlets, 11,500 square feet of meeting space, a state-of-the-art spa, a fitness center and two outdoor swimming pools. The LEED® Goldregistered modern high-rise by award-winning Handel Architects is slated to break ground in spring 2016 and open in early 2018. “We are excited to have acquired the land for the Austin Proper Hotel and Residences. The City of Austin’s original vision combined with Trammell Crow Company’s leadership as master developer of Green Water have created a neighborhood of vibrant city blocks at the epicenter of downtown Austin. We are proud to contribute by developing a project that will provide a special place for Austinites to live and enjoy for years to come,” said Brian De Lowe, principal of The Kor Group and president and cofounder of Proper Hospitality.

The Kor Group, an international real estate investment and management company with extensive holdings and development experience in commercial real estate properties, has purchased land located in the master redevelopment of the former Thomas C. Green Water Treatment Plant for the future home of Austin Proper Hotel and Residences.

“With two of the four components of the overall project underway, we truly believe that Austin Proper provides the perfect complement to our existing developments. By incorporating Austin Proper into the overall vision, the redevelopment of the Thomas C. Green Water Treatment Plant now includes luxury for-rent residences at Northshore, a trophy office building at 500 West 2nd Street and a dynamic new boutique hotel and residential tower. In addition, each of the projects will deliver walkable urban retail space that will make this development a true gathering place that exemplifies the often used “live work play” moniker. The vision of our partners at The Kor Group and Kelly Wearstler Interiors has exceeded our expectations and we look forward to delivering this one-of-a-kind addition to the Austin skyline,” said Adam Nims, principal of Trammell Crow Company. In addition to the land acquisition, the Austin Proper Residences sales gallery, located at 208 Colorado Street, made a debut recently with a grand opening celebration hosted in early February. The 1,800-square-



foot sales gallery will be open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment via Austin Proper Residences’ website at Will Steakley and the team at DEN Property Group manage sales for the Austin Proper Residences, which began taking contracts in January 2016. “The Austin Proper Residences sales gallery allows visitors to experience ‘Proper Living’—a preview of the interior design and amenities offered at the property,” said Matthew Green, the Austin managing partner of The Kor Group. “The sales gallery includes a full-scale model, interactive visual displays, and a fully-outfitted model home with Kelly Wearstler-designed European white oak flooring, marble counters, natural stone floors, Studio Becker kitchen cabinets, Gaggenau premium appliances

and Watermark plumbing fixtures for the 99 homes at Austin Proper.” The Austin Proper Residences combine the benefits of home ownership with the energy, style, services and privileges of a boutique luxury hotel. Buyers will have their choice from a limited collection of one-bedroom to three-bedroom residences from 921 to 2,608 square feet and one-and two-story penthouses from 3,425 to 6,789 square feet. The residences and penthouses will feature floor-toceiling windows for optimal views and natural light, spacious outdoor decks, and sweeping views of both Lady Bird Lake and the Texas Hill Country. Amenities and services will include two roof decks with swimming pools, a full spa and fitness center, a signature lobby restaurant and lounge, a coffee shop and an elevated poolside restaurant all operated in collaboration with McGuire Moorman Hospitality.

As an added value, owners at Austin Proper will receive exclusive privileges and benefits such as priority dining and spa reservations, preferred pricing on hotel services and accommodations for friends and family and four stories of underground parking for residents, as well as extended benefits across all Proper-branded hotels. “The beautiful Austin Proper Hotel and Residences overlooking Shoal Creek will complement the city’s successful Seaholm District investments with a state-of-the-art mixed-use development,” said Kevin Johns, Director of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department. “I am proud of the successful city planning and public-private partnership with Trammell Crow and team whose hybrid mixed-use building will connect the new 2nd Street Bridge to the larger Seaholm District while providing numerous community


benefits including improvements to the trails and public art.” The location of Austin Proper Hotel and Residences offers unmatched proximity to daily comforts, entertainment options, and outdoor amenities such as Shoal Creek, Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, and Auditorium Shores Park. The hotel and residences will enhance Austin’s bustling 2nd Street District, which is home to entertainment venues like The Moody Theatre at ACL Live, shopping destinations, diverse dining options, and employment centers. The residential tower also offers proximity to major grocers, including Whole Foods Market’s flagship store and Trader Joe’s. The Kor Group has assembled a talented group of architects, designers, and operators to collaborate on the Austin Proper Hotel and Residences. The team for the project is as follows:

Proper Hospitality: Proper Hospitality will operate the Austin Proper Hotel as part of the Proper Hotels brand, a new collection of vibrant and timeless hospitality destinations opening in some of the country’s most dynamic neighborhoods, including Hollywood, San Francisco, Downtown LA, and Brooklyn. Kelly Wearstler: Acclaimed designer Kelly Wearstler is creating the interior design for Proper’s hotel and residences. McGuire Moorman Hospitality: The team behind some of Austin’s favorite and award-winning restaurants (Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, Elizabeth Street Café, Clark’s Oyster Bar, Josephine House, and Jeffrey’s) is developing and operating the multiple food and beverage concepts located within Austin Proper Hotel and Residences.

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Handel Architects: Awardwinning Handel Architects LLP is responsible for the design of the 32-story modern high-rise. Trammell Crow Company and City of Austin: Austin Proper is part of the redevelopment of the former Thomas C. Green Water Treatment Plant, which is being led by the Trammell Crow Company under a Master Development Agreement with the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department. The Green Water Redevelopment will return 4 acres of prime downtown property to the tax base while delivering 1.7 million square feet of mixed-use development, including residential, office, retail/ restaurant, and hospitality uses. The redevelopment supports community efforts to make downtown more vibrant, walkable, and livable, while contributing housing resources. For more information, visit: l


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Spring Design Ideas for Austin Homes

Spring is just around the corner and people across Austin are looking for ways to breathe new life into their homes. Say goodbye to drab and welcome fab into your life with some easy design tips from a professional. We sat down with Michelle Thomas, Austin-based interior designer with the firm Michelle Thomas Design, to get the best ideas for your home. Invigorate your space this season and enjoy a complete home makeover in time for warmer weather.

Michelle Thomas’ design for “Sterling”

Michelle Thomas’ design for “Mueller”


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1 Bold Patterns Bold patterns and pops of color upgrade an interior from “ho-hum” to “dazzling.” Rich jewel tones are particularly striking when surrounded by natural wood, stone or even cool metal finishes. To get this look in your own home, choose one “stand out” piece. Whether this is a rug strategically placed under neutral armchairs or an accent wall, this item will serve as the anchor for the rest of your room. Choose a few items in the same color scheme to place around the space. These will serve to highlight your chosen stand out piece and bring the room together.

2 Functional Pieces As Steve Jobs said, “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” A well-designed room speaks to the purpose for which it was created. Living rooms, for example, require ample seating while the kitchen might focus on emphasizing more counter space. Consider the purpose of the room you plan to decorate and make sure the design does not impede use of the room.

3 Natural Elements Nature is a source of rejuvenation and renewal. It’s time to bring the outdoors in with natural elements right in your own home. Sleek wood tables, stone façades covering entire walls or even a vase filled with peonies are timeless touches that dramatically change how a room is perceived. For an easy DIY, add a potted plant or satin tree to your favorite room. You’ll be shocked at the difference one little plant can make!


4 Hints oF eleGance Even on a tight budget, small hints of extravagance can upgrade any space. A tiled façade, upgraded lighting or even intricate designs on small end tables can add elegance to your home. Thomas recommends looking for something small, but impactful. The right touch of elegance can bring a sense of intrigue and wonder to your home.

5 adVice From tHe Pros It is a common misconception that a home must be only “French-country” or “modern.” In many cases, the most beautiful homes combine elements of many different design styles. Thomas recommends stepping outside your comfort zone. Pick something a little unusual or something you wouldn’t normally find attractive and make it your own. Visit their Web site at l Remember: opposites attract! Even if your living room is currently decorated in a very traditional style, a few modern touches can update the look and bring your home into the 21st century. Unexpected pieces add interest and become unique conversation pieces when entertaining. Michelle Thomas

Interior designer based in Austin, Texas She is a three-time recipient of the ASId design Excellence Rising Star award and has been featured in publications such as Texas Home & Living, Design Guide and Austin Home Magazine. michelle completed two renovations with HGTV’s Property Brothers in the spring of 2012 and continues to revitalize her client’s homes and businesses with elegant, functional designs.


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Get Motivated To Get Organized


Simple tips to complete a closet makeover

t’s that time of year when you think about getting organized for a fresh new start. However, how many times have you thought about finally clearing out your closet, decided it’s just too overwhelming, and simply shut the door only to think about it later? “Let’s face it, most of us put cleaning out and organizing our closets at the top of our New Year’s resolutions’ list every single year,” said Barbara Reich, professional organizer. “But, how many of us just think about it without actually doing it? To get serious and take action, you need a plan of attack.” Once you make a commitment and get on board with the project, go from there with these tips from Reich.

Start by determining your overall goal. Are you simply organizing what you have or do you need to purge unused items? Get rid of things you don’t need or won’t wear. Remember that items in good condition can be donated to those in need.

Once you’ve determined just how much stuff you’ll have to organize, it’s time to consider what systems will best fit your space and needs. A do-it-yourself closet organizer product, such as ClosetMaid ShelfTrack, is 20

affordable, easy to install and adjustable, making it simple to create a customized design. Accessories, such as drawers and shoe shelves, help personalize the space, while fabric bins are perfect for storing handbags and other smaller items.

Once you install your new system, the fun really begins. Start by hanging as much as possible; this makes it easier to see what you have. Group and place like things together by category, such as pants, skirts, tops, etc., then within each category, group by season and by color. Take advantage of prime real estate by positioning the things you wear most often in the place that is most accessible and easiest to reach.

Before you decide exactly which pieces you need, sketch out your plan on paper or use an online design tool. ClosetMaid’s DIY Design Tool even provides a parts list to help ensure you buy the right pieces for your design. You may also find it helpful to make a categorized list of all the items you need to store and mark them off as you identify the right storage products for your space.

Once you have everything hung and stored in its proper place, congratulate yourself on having the closet makeover checked off your list. However, to continue enjoying your newfound organization, you must be vigilant about keeping the space organized. Have a plan in mind when you purchase new things. Ask yourself if you really need the item and determine what you can discard to make room. For more tips to help you get organized this year, visit l


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Music is for Lovers

Carlie Burdett Composes Music for Bird Lovers


lassical music can influence thoughts and emotions in such an impactful way. It can inspire the imagination and soothe a stressful mind,” says Carlie Burdett. As a composer with an extensive portfolio, Burdett has spent much of her life listening to and creating various melodies and seeking ways to share this love with her community. “Within children especially, I’ve always wanted to instill an appreciation for music. Listening to music and reading are both important exercises for a developing brain,” and many experts would agree. According to a study from the Institute of Education at the University of London, playing classical music for young children boosts their levels of self-discipline and concentration. The study also suggests by being exposed to classical repertoires, young children’s listening and social skills are improved and they become more likely to appreciate a wider range of music in later years. “Though my initial intention was a career in mathematics, I was drawn to the creative process of composing music and fortunately it requires they require many of the same skills,” says Burdett. “Music allows me to communicate through beautiful melodies, interesting harmonies and meaningful lyrics to create music that is enjoyable as well as memorable. My hope is my music moves others to celebrate life and encourages those who are faced with its challenges and stresses.” When sharing her love of music with her grandchildren and their peers, Burdett was inspired to create fun songs and present them in a way


that could be shared and enjoyed by children and parents alike. “It’s important to me that children are introduced to classical melodies in an entertaining way.” With that objective in mind, Burdett composed ten original piano pieces which she then used as inspiration for an accompanying illustrated book. The result became Music for Bird Lovers which uses imagery to visually engage its audience, while highly rhythmic music inspires the reader to imagine each bird’s unique movements. The book also educates through detailed descriptions of the birds’ habitats, scientific names and other fun facts. The CD begins the storytelling journey with a combination of original piano music and narration by Burdett’s granddaughter, Hanna Pak, while the audience reads along in the accompanying book. The balance of the CD provides an opportunity to let the music alone make each bird’s story come alive within the imaginations of its listeners. Through this collaboration of narrated storytelling, reading and contemporary classical sound, Music for Bird Lovers demonstrates to young children the ways classical music can bring our world to life. “The books are for sale in a few shops throughout my community and online at, but I’m hoping many more children can experience these

Book Music is for Lovers

stories even outside the state of Texas,” says Burdett. After receiving a donation of Burdett’s work, a Texas children’s hospital created a digital copy of Music for Bird Lovers to display via their hospital-wide skylight video while her piano music plays. “If for even just one moment this allows a child to escape to a new place using their imagination, I feel fortunate to have my work provide that opportunity.” Burdett greatly enjoys the creative process of composing music, writing lyrics and setting poetry or scripture to music. She writes from her heart and her lifelong passion has become a language through which she shares her compassion for others. To listen to samples of original compositions as well as access a storefront to purchase the book and CD combination, Music for Bird Lovers, visit l


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Lifestyles Changes

To Prepare You For


o you want to live longer and healthier? I recommend five basic lifestyle changes to lower the chances of getting many age-related diseases and increase your chances of staying active and independent.


. Drink Lots of Water

Forget diet pills and cleanses. Water is the safest, least expensive and most effective

kWRITTEN BY Tim Valderrama weight loss supplement on the market today. Water creates that feeling of fullness to help suppress your appetite. Just taking one glass of water before a meal is a good way to keep you from overeating at a particular meal. Preventing overeating, which is one of the main causes of weight gain, will not only help you maintain


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your current bodyweight, but also help you lose weight. Water is the best beauty treatment. Water will do wonders for your looks. It flushes out impurities in your skin, leaving you with a clear, glowing complexion. It also makes your skin look younger. Skin that is becoming saggy, either due to aging or weight loss, plumps up very nicely when the skin cells are hydrated. In addition, water improves muscle tone. You can lift weights until the 12th of never, but if your muscles are suffering from a drought, you won’t notice a pleasant difference in your appearance. Muscles that have all the water they need contract more easily, making your workout more effective and you’ll look much nicer than if you had flabby muscles under sagging skin. So keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk or in your bag and drink from it often.


. Get up and Stretch regularly

Sitting for long periods of time contributes to heart attack and stroke risk and metabolic syndrome and even insulin resistance. Those who sit a great deal also have lower life expectancies up to 40%

according to the University of Sidney’s School of Public Health in Australia. So take time to get up and stretch. Break up those long days at work where on any given day you may sit for eight to 10 hours. A few recommendations for you as you incorporate stretching: - Before stretching, warm up with light walking around the office for couple of minutes. - Don’t cold stretch. Don’t bounce as you stretch as this can cause small tears in the muscle. These tears leave scar tissue as the muscle heals, which tightens the muscle even further, making you less flexible and more prone to pain. - Hold each stretch for about 30 seconds. Expect to feel tension while you’re stretching, not pain. If it hurts, you’ve pushed too far too quick. -Repeat each stretch three or four times a day. Over time stretching consistently will increase better posture, blood flow and result in a decrease in aches and pain. To help you maintain correct posture while sitting at work and good circulation throughout the body, I recommend sitting on a stability ball. The idea of sitting on the ball versus a traditional chair is, the change can increase core strength, since the abdominal muscles must be constantly engaged to avoid falling off. Improving core strength means improving posture, balance and stability. Experts also cite increased calorie burn as a benefit of maintaining your balance throughout the day. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider to determine if the stability ball as a workplace chair is right for you.


Get Plenty of Sleep, It’s Important

Not only can stress and worry cause insomnia, but a lack of sleep can leave you vulnerable to even more health related risks. Your immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy. This system 26

defends your body against foreign or harmful substances. Ongoing sleep deficiency can change the way in which your immune system responds. For example, if you’re sleep deficient, you may have trouble fighting common infections. When you’re well-rested, it’s much easier to keep your emotional balance, a key factor in coping with job and workplace stress. Certain medical conditions have been linked to sleep disorders. These conditions include heart failure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke or transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke), depression and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). If you have or have had one of these conditions, ask your healthcare provider whether you might benefit from a sleep study. Monitor your sleep schedule. Aim for eight hours of deep rest a night. The total sleep lost is called your sleep debt. For example, if you lose two hours of sleep each night, you’ll have a sleep debt of 14 hours after a week.


. for Motivation, Try a Pedometer

A pedometer senses your body motion and counts your footsteps. This count is converted into distance by knowing the length of your usual stride. Wearing a pedometer and recording your daily steps and distance is a great motivating tool in conjunction with a goal. A common goal is 10,000 steps a day, which is equivalent to about five miles, depending on the

length of your stride. You can wear a pedometer all day, every day and record total steps. They range in price from $5 up, but before you buy one check with your workplace. Some companies sponsor walking programs and give out pedometers for free. The benefits of keeping active include reduced blood pressure and weight loss, as well as increased energy, mobility and muscular strength.


. unplug the Electronics

Imagine for a moment sitting in your dining room with absolutely no electronic devices around you. The noise of the social media universe is nonexistent; you are not shuffling emails of instantly forgotten posts and tweets, rather you are left to your own thoughts and nothing more. For once, you are spending time with just yourself and no one else, you can reflect on your day; enjoy a conversion with members of your home. It almost seems like an odd concept to think about, but when you’re constantly consumed by social media on countless devices, you are actually sharing time with others. Unplug! When you do unplug from the outside world, it’s incredibly nice. Try reading one of the many interesting books you have never finished or better yet, walk around the neighborhood and enjoy the fresh air and exercise. The shift in spending time with you is very refreshing. l



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he importance of ongoing eye care is a lesson champion wide receiver Victor Cruz learned young and learned well.

“When I was young my mom made sure I went to all my annual vision tests and had my eyes checked numerous times just to make sure I was up to date,” Cruz said. “I had to make sure my vision was right because I was an athlete playing multiple sports and she wanted to make sure my vision was taken care of first and foremost.” In fact, the eyes are a good indicator of overall health. Trouble with your vision can be a red flag regarding eye health. In addition, according to the American Optometric Association, a range of signs of illnesses can be detected through an eye examination, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even rare hereditary diseases. The World Health Organization, among other health authorities, asserts that more than 80 percent of vision problems can be prevented, treated or cured. Here are five easy tips for taking care of your eyes from the experts at Alcon, a global leader in eye care:


Schedule routine eye exams. Your eye doctor will

lenses or not washing hands before inserting lenses. Be sure to speak with your eye doctor about your contact lens options – some risky behaviors may be avoided by using daily disposable contact lenses.

advise you on how regularly you should have an eye exam. This will vary based on your age, health, family history and whether you wear glasses or contact lenses. According to the American Optometric Association, most healthy people over six years of age should have an eye exam every 1-2 years.

Be open with your eye doctor. Be sure to tell your doctor about any discomfort or irritation you may be experiencing with your eyes or if you notice changes in your vision. There are new vision technologies being introduced regularly so there may be new products that can help you.

Ask for comfort when choosing lenses. If you need corrective contact lenses, recognize that advances have been made in contact lens technology and ask your eye doctor which product may be right for you. For example, DAILIES TOTAL1® contact lenses are the first and only contact lenses with water-gradient technology. The contact lens approaches 100 percent water content at the outermost surface,* creating a cushion of moisture that delivers outstanding end-of-day comfort.

Protect your eyes from digital eye strain. Spending two or more hours a day staring at a screen (computer, smartphone, tablet, television, etc.) can lead to digital eye strain, which can result in physical straining that leads to dry, itchy or burning eyes. The Vision Council recommends protecting your eyes by following the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes you spend staring at a screen, take a 20 second break and focus on an object 20 feet away.

Keep contact lenses clean and replace them as recommended. Despite our best intentions, many of us aren’t properly caring for our contact lenses. In fact, a recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found approximately 99 percent of lens wearers reported at least one contact lens hygiene risk behavior, such as swimming in contact

*Based on laboratory measurement of unworn lenses.

Learn more about your eye health at, where you can find resources to help you and your family take better care of your eyes and vision. l


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Beat The Heat With


Pet Safety Tips

unny, warm days bring the welcome opportunity to change up your routine and spend more time outdoors with your beloved pets. However, soaring temperatures bring risks from heat and sun exposure, making your furry friends rely on you to help keep them healthy and safe. Make these warm-weather adjustments to keep your pets in top condition and ready to enjoy all the season has to offer with these safety tips from PetSmart experts:

1.Keep them hydrated. Dehydration and heatstroke can be fatal to pets, so access to a clean water bowl both inside and outside is critical in the 30

summertime. While you’re on the go, be sure to bring water for your pet in a suitable drinking container.

2.Serve up healthy meals. Warmer weather invites opportunities, such as enticing picnic spreads, for pets to nab tasty treats. Protect your pet’s health by preventing them from ingesting food intended for humans and opt instead for food and treats that fit their special needs and preferences. The varieties offered by Natural Balance, which is now available at PetSmart,

span dry and wet food made with premium quality ingredients in formulas such as limited ingredient, grain-free and weight management.


leave your pet in a parked car.

Studies show on a hot day, the temperature inside a car can reach more than 160 degrees in five minutes. Leaving the windows cracked for fresh air or parking in the shade doesn’t keep temperatures from soaring in record time, either. Leaving pets in the car “just for a minute” is never a good idea.

4.Groom regularly. One of the best ways to keep a dog’s coat healthy and help prevent matting and summertime skin irritation is regular grooming. The right grooming tool can dramatically reduce shedding by removing the undercoat and loose hair without sacrificing the healthy top coat.


Treats such as Natural Balance Dental Chews do double duty by giving a little help with oral care between brushing. Scientifically formulated with unique grooves, these tasty treats encourage natural, healthy chewing to help reduce and remove tartar and plaque.


outdoor relief. The best spot for your pet to cool off in the yard is a shaded grassy area because grass releases moisture and keeps your pet cooler than concrete, dirt or gravel. For added comfort, provide a raised bed that increases the flow of cooler air underneath the bed mat to help your pet beat the heat.

9.Keep water safety top of mind. Even if you consider your dog a good swimmer, a life jacket is very important if you take him with you on the boat or trips to the beach.

skin protection.

Just like humans, dogs can experience sunburn and even skin cancer. To prevent sunburn, apply a sunscreen where hair is thin and skin lacks pigment (nose, ears and sensitive areas) every day your dog is outside.

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6.Avoid hot surfaces. Dogs’ pads may seem tough, but sidewalks, pavement and sand can get so hot in the summer that dogs’ feet can burn and blister. To prevent this, schedule walks for the morning or evening, when sidewalks are cooler or purchase protective boots designed just for dogs.


smart snacking. After exercising and in between meals, a sensible snack can provide a boost of energy. 31

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You Are Not Alone Successfully Coping with Anxiety, Depression and Stress Through Self-Care


ow you handle stress can affect your overall health. At one time or another, everyone experiences a difficult passage in life when their coping skills are challenged. It can be difficult juggling life’s obligations when we become stressed, anxious, worried, angry or depressed. However, these feelings are normal and it is a part of the human experience to mentally and emotionally process our own individual reality. When we go through a breakup, lose a job, worry about our family, have stress at work, or lose a loved one, our mood is affected. One thing to keep in mind is each person deals with stress differently and we all have varying levels of resiliency. What might take one person a few weeks to get through an emotional issue, might take another person months. In any situation, acknowledging your feelings is paramount to overcoming a problem, instead of burying emotions. Some of us throw ourselves into work as a form of distraction. Sometimes a distraction can be good, but if you are not dealing with the issue it can bubble up at a time when you are not prepared to process those emotions. On the flip side, many of us 32

kWRITTEN BY Renée Hanson Malone, MA become consumed by our emotions. In this case, your work and home life suffer as the problem at hand rents so much space in your head. Having an outlet to process your feelings with someone can provide tremendous relief, whether that be a friend or a professional counselor. The beauty of accessing a mental health provider is it offers a private, safe place to acknowledge your feelings with someone who is a neutral party. Moreover, licensed counselors have specialized training and they can offer meaningful techniques and suggestions to help overcome life’s challenges. As a society, we really need to think of our mental health as an extension of our physical health. One affects the other. That is why diet and exercise are so beneficial. Not only are healthy foods and physical activity good for our bodies, but they are good for our mind and mood. Conversely, when we are anxious it often shows up as pain in our stomach. And when we are angry or stressed, one feels tightness in the chest or may have a hard

time sleeping. So when we are not feeling well emotionally, accessing a professional counselor can provide immediate mental relief and at the same time benefit our overall physical well-being.

They have helped to improve the mental health of over 140,000 children and family members in their 65 years of service. You can learn more information about the Center at

It is particularly important for children to access mental health care when they are struggling with significant emotional issues. Considering the fact that half of all lifetime mental illnesses begin by age 14, early identification and treatment is critical to improving the quality of life for children and our future adults. The Austin Child Guidance Center is a trusted community resource for children and families.

Life can often feel like a balancing act when we are struggling through difficult situations. However, one must remember there is hope and obstacles can make us stronger. Each time we confront difficult situations, we have the opportunity to learn about self-care through acknowledging our feelings, talking with someone, paying attention to our physical health and becoming more mindful of living in the present moment. l


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here is no shortage of books or blogs that discuss how to have a better relationship — or at least how to save one on life support. The secret to better communication or resolving conflict or hotter sex or just about any issue impacting your relationship is just a click or swipe away. But, what seems to be missing; however, is an honest discussion on how to end a relationship. Maybe because it is too painful or too awkward to talk about endings that we push the topic into the corner hoping it will not see the light of day. We would much rather talk about something more hopeful and positive than something that conjures up images of hurt and grief. Besides, who wants to be known as the grim reaper of relationships. But, relationships end. And some need to end. But, how do we do it? Most of us know what it is like to fall for someone, to let our hearts and feelings go and take the chance of connecting to another person in a way that makes us feel more alive. Relationships allow us to grow and stretch into a new way of being. Relationships have a personality and life of their own. They progress through different stages of development. And sometimes, a lot of times, they end. Chances are you know what it is like to have a relationship or the hope of one materializing, end in a way that leaves you feeling robbed, raw and reeling with resentment. It stings. Bad good-byes hurt. And it seems some people who want out can create all kinds of excruciating exits. Ceasing all communication out of the blue — no returned calls or texts or emails for no reason; just a haunting, deafening silence. Chronic conflict where



kWRITTEN By BRAD KENNINGTON, LMFT, LPC words are weaponized to wound so deeply that there is nothing left to repair and the only thing left to do is to crawl to the nearest window and try to escape. And the most explosive exit of all — cheating. Nothing cuts to the marrow quite like betraying a sacred trust. When we want out, it is easier to simply start an argument so we can leave mad or stop talking altogether or look for solace in the sensuality of someone else. But the scars of theses exits will show up in our psychological x-rays for a long time. Years ago a professor of mine in graduate school told me “How we are told good-bye affects the way we say hello.” How have you been told good-bye? How have you said good-bye? Regardless of how bad the relationship may be, leaving it is hard. We are not only leaving a person but we are walking away from all of the hope and energy and time we invested. Toxic exits are based on intense feelings, on reactions to our being hurt. And as a friend of mine once told me, “Hurt people hurt people.” Be careful. Remember, good-byes shape our hellos. Choose words and actions based on thoughts — think your way through the process. The last thing you give to this person and yourself, can be a civil good-bye. Once out, take some time to feel all of those bad, gross feelings. Let it hurt. Let it heal. Then let it go. In the words of Sigmund Freud, “We become whole through relationships and through letting go of relationships.” I also think we become whole by learning to say hello…again. l

Brad Kennington, LMFT, LPC

Therapist & Author | Brad Kennington & Associates | Austin, Texas Therapist and consultant in private practice in west Austin. Brad provides therapy to adults and adolescents and focuses on relationship issues, anxiety and eating disorders. Because of his expertise, Brad has been interviewed by HuffPost Live and satellite radio and has been quoted by Reuters, the Wall Street

Journal and Huffington Post. Brad also consults with organizations that have experienced a traumatic event. In addition to his practice, Brad is a faculty member and clinical supervisor at the Austin Family Institute. He is a board member of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. To contact Brad, you can reach him at 512.329.5595 or at



Producer & Jewelry Designer Leonardo D’Almagro Art Direction and Styling Jeanette Chivvis Assistant Styling Ashli Vondara Photography Brandon Lyons Assistant Lighting Addiel Guevara Makeup & Hair Team Mayra Janet, Kelli Wilson & Esteban Sosa Models Melody Gee Fashion & Headwear Designers Binzario Couture, Lucy Dang, Benson Roberts, Milli Starr & Erika Pinltipps


Leonardo D Almagro

’ Rising Star

Designer, CEO and philanthropist, Leonardo D’Almagro started his company in 2010 as a multi-lingual fashion business consultant based in Austin, Texas, where, in addition, he supports many nonprofits organizations.




Alchemy & Gemstones • Leonardo D’Almagro® is created from Alchemy or ‘Zero Karat Gold’. Alchemy is created through base metal infusion, a process when base metals are blended in specific proportions taking on the characteristics of 18K gold, at a more moderate price. • Alchemy is not plated. The color is maintained throughout; hence, setting Leonardo D’Almagro® apart from most fashion jewelry. • The metal is nickel free, lead free and cadmium free. • A strong protective lacquer is used to prevent the metal from turning or tarnishing. This also makes the metal hypoallergenic. • All jewelry is hand-crafted by skilled artisans in Mexico. These artisans are some of the best metal smiths in the world. The gemstones and other materials used are found customarily in more expensive jewelry lines. l

s a fashion editor and member of the Fashion Group International, Leonardo has contributed as a Harper’s Bazaar Style Ambassador and is featured frequently as host and producer of fashion segments for national and international networks such as Univision, USA Hispanic market, MSN Latino Latin American (LATAM), MSN Brazil and Telemundo. Recently certified by Jewelers of America as a Management Professional, Leonardo has applied his skills to créate his timeless jewelry line of handcrafted pieces, using the highest quality gems and materials. In advance of the official launch of the Leonardo D’Almagro®, national TV host Gabriela Natale wore selections to the award ceremony where she received her Emmy.

Spotted Agate Ring

Amber Prong Set Ring

Italian Smokey Quartz Prong Set Ring

Jewelry Specification

Jewelry Specification

Jewelry Specification

• Spotted Agate: 44mm x 25mm each estimated

• Color of Amber will vary

• Carat - Carat Total Weight 25.0

• Lead Free, Nickel Free, Hypoallergenic • Fits sizes 5-1 1- Adjustable band for easy sizing • Varies in shape, size and color • Baked lacquer finishes protect metal from turning or tarnishing





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PAtrice bisiot About life, tHe rewArds And Minding your HAir heraLded by inTernaTionaL magaZines, arTisTs and ceLebriTies as an innovaTor in concepT and design, paTrice bisioT is an indusTry-Leading hairsTyLisT. groWing up in France, by age Ten his vision Was cLear and his goaL Was seT. by The age oF 18, he became The manager oF Three saLons in paris, evenTuaLLy Leading To an oFFer as saLon manager and Team Leader in The presTigious baL harbour shoppes LocaTed in miami, FLorida. kINTERVIEW CONduCTEd ANd WRITTEN By WILLIAM JACKSON 42


mongst Bisiot’s current project is the release of the much-anticipated book, Mind Your Hair, a thought-provoking book providing guidance through the journey of style and life transformation. We had a chance to get to know this celebrity hairstylist and author a little better. Peruse our interview with the sought after hairstylist. InFluential Magazine: When did you realize hair was your passion and you needed to do this as a career? Patrice Bisiot: My passion was evident at a young age; as if it were part of my DNA. I would accompany my mother during her visits to the salon and recall the smell of hair products. Also, I remember recognizing the special relationship between the stylist and client. I knew hair styling was my calling and thus pursued it as a career. I’m a pioneer in the family as no one else had studied the art of hair styling.



InFluential: When was the moment you realized “okay I made it?” PB: When I was asked to be the hair stylist for an actress attending an award ceremony. As she walked the red carpet, I fielded questions from the media about my style choices. It was at that moment, I realized I had made it! InFluential: As a busy hair stylist, what does a typical day look like for you? PB: Daily meditation is very important to me because of its ability to refocus and renew. I’m an avid believer in the benefits of exercise and weekly spin classes help me stay healthy. InFluential: Describe yourself in five words or less? PB: I strive hard to be passionate, loyal, honest, kind and patient. It’s the manner in which I consistently live my life. InFluential: What are a few things you can’t live without? PB: I must have my phone, my notebook and pen, my electronics and I absolutely cannot do without music. InFluential: What is the most rewarding part of your career as a hairstylist? PB: My most rewarding achievements in hair are probably different than you might think. Some people think doing hair for popular celebrities would rate amongst my biggest accomplishments. While those have all been incredible opportunities to build my brand, my favorite rewards 44

have been opportunities to travel. I have met extraordinary people who have contributed to my life experiences. True luxury is being in the company of good people. I so enjoy working with my clients and creating a winning style for each of them and in doing so, I’m called the hair whisperer and that is so cool. InFluential: Where do you draw your inspiration? PB: Quite simply, I draw inspiration from life. I stop, look and listen intently and without judgment. InFluential: Do you have a signature look you like to create? PB: My favorite type of styling is for an editorial because I have opportunities to be very creative. I really enjoy taking hair and making it into a one-of-a-kind sculpture. InFluential: If a woman is bored with her hair, what’s your advice for a quick and easy style switch to get her out of that rut? PB: I apply five steps which will always start with a consultation. My new book Mind Your Hair, discusses in detail, each of the five steps. If I determine during consultation a client is not truly ready to make a change, than it doesn’t happen. InFluential: Do you have any hints on the next big thing in hair trends for 2016? PB: On the political front, there is much going on throughout the

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world which causes people to be more restrained. A reaction, styles and trends are more conservative. So I foresee a return to more basic and streamline hair styles, with just a touch of edginess. InFluential: Tell us about Mind Your Hair? PB: I am very excited to bring Mind Your Hair to the public and truly hope they will embrace it. Mind Your Hair is the result of years of observation and consultation with my clients. Readers will understand any form of change is done with awareness of how and why. Self-awareness and a deep understanding who you are inside are where the journey starts. Change of any kind should come from one’s mind and grow into a well-adjusted decision before any type of physical transformation can occur successfully. Mind Your Hair guides readers through the journey of transforming not only their style, but their life! InFluential: What’s next for Patrice Bisiot? PB: I was signed recently as a keynote address speaker which will provide an excellent platform to speak and message about the powerful lessons outlined in Mind Your Hair. Additionally, I’m developing a line of health supplements formulated to promote hair health and regenerations. My life is full and I wouldn’t have it any other way. l












[ ] Lingerie: @ Asos Thigh High’s, Boots & Fur: Stylist’s Collection


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[ ] Dress: Silvae @ Blackmail Jewelry: PILLVR


[ ] Top: Freeway Dress: O’Neil @ Creatures Boutique Boots: Teysha Jewelry: PILLVR

This year’s spring/summer style promotes a rebirth of spirit. The soft, but vivid color palette infused with pattern and texture awakens your vitality. Are you feeling dark and luxurious or bright and bold? Let the clothing tell your story.

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[ ] Romper: Sen Bailey @ Found Jewelry: PILLVR


[ ] Dress: Milly @ Found Shoes: Restricted @ Creatures Boutique


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[ ] Sheer Top: LACAUSA Bralette: Essentials For Zula @ Blackmail Skirt: Melly @ Found Shoes: Stylist’s Collection


[ ] Sheer Top: LACAUSA Bralette: Essentials For Zula @ Blackmail


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Featuring Custom Jewelry


Shaesby Scott




orn and raised in Louisiana, Shaesby attended Colorado State University where he pursued his passion for fine art. He began his career as a sculptor and furniture maker. While living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Shaesby soon discovered his calling for jewelry and in 2001 he decided to dedicate himself to the craft, launching his namesake brand.



From a modest start, setting up shop in his garage to moving into his current studio, which now employs a small team of talented craftsmen, Shaesby has been on quite a journey; one that has been intertwined with his hometown of Austin, Texas, where he finds inspiration for the creative process. Each piece of Shaesby jewelry is comprised of responsibly and ethically sourced materials and is created by hand, utilizing old world techniques such as hand forging and lost wax casting. Shaesby believes it is the relationship between the maker and the wearer that gives purpose to his process. Jewelry takes on new life, when worn. A selection of Shaesby is available in Austin at Eliza Page, Anna Gray or Neiman Marcus. Find the full range of collections available for purchase at: l



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Bridal Collection Custom one of a kind 18k yellow gold and champagne diamond ring with white diamond accents, center stone, 1 carat, call for pricing

Custom black diamond, rose cut ring, champagne diamond accents, tcw 1.1



Isla Collection wide isla band, 14K gold with black diamonds $1990 sterling silver with white diamonds $675

isla sunrise earring 14K gold oxidized silver, $590 arge isla ladder earring 14K gold, oxidized sterling silver $415 large open marquis earring 14K gold oxidized silver $290

small isla marquis earring mixed metal, black diamond $290

Oval Bangle mixed metal with black diamonds $615

Sterling silver pave linear band, oxidized stelring silver and 14k yellow gold with white diamonds $690 14k yellow gold pave linear band, 14k yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver with black diamonds $1,440


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tHe tAste of friendsHiP, Food and Fun kWRITTEN By INGRID GARNER

Winemaker’s Den



ere’s one of the many reasons I enjoy wine. No two wines are alike. No matter the grape, the tastes can vary from the glass you use, the length of time it was chilled or left open to breathe, the level of acidity or the alcohol content; it’s tough to find two that are exactly alike. Those were the thoughts running through my mind when I had the opportunity to taste the wines created by new winery Cairdean Estate of St. Helena. This relatively new vineyard hosted a wine tasting of their wines at Departure Lounge in Austin, Texas and it was certainly a treat to behold. Cairdean means friends in Scottish Gaelic and reflects the owners’, Edwin and Stacia Williams, philosophy that wine is meant to be shared with friends. Winemaker Stacia earned a degree in Enology & Viticulture at Fresno State and strives to produce old-style, food friendly wines using, among others, Napa Picpoul Blanc, Napa Sangiovese and Napa Roussanne grapes. The tastings for the night included 2014 Napa Valley Haley Margaret, a delicious white blend of Pinot Gris and Roussanne, named after Stacia’s niece. For every bottle sold, a portion of the proceeds gets donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Next, was the 2012

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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a dark ruby red wine with hints of dark berries and blackberry jam on the nose and good structure and balanced acidity on the palate. The 2012 Acquaintance Cabernet Franc was full of ripe red fruit of cassis and strawberry on the nose with a velvety smooth finish. While these wines are not currently distributed locally, Cairdean is working to get into Austin’s food and wine scene soon. In the meantime, Cairdean offers a three tier wine club, ranging from 12 bottles to 36 bottles per year. Edwin and Stacia Williams Cairdean Estate of St. Helena

If you plan to visit Napa soon, stop by Cairdean’s palatial vineyard which has four tasting rooms – the main room, a reserve appointment only room across from the main tasting room, one in the cave and one in the winery. Also, located on the property are The Farmer & The Fox restaurant with a view that looks directly out at the winery; Butterscots Bakery that serves artisanal sandwiches, salads, pastas, desserts and baked goods; and an art gallery that caters to the local art community. To learn more about this amazing new winery or details about their wine club, visit their Web site at l

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t may sound contrary to your healthy eating plan, but the human body actually needs some types of fat for heart and brain health. One common source is cooking oil, such as olive oil. Of the cooking oils most commonly used in North America, such as olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil and various vegetable oils, olive oil contains the most monounsaturated fat, which is widely recognized for its potential role in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. In fact, beginning in 2016, olive oils will display the American Heart Association’s Heart Check-Mark* to alert consumers about olive oil’s heart-healthy benefits. Experience the distinctive tastes of different varieties of olive oil in these delicious dishes and find more hearthealthy recipes at l *Heart-Check Certification does not apply to recipes.


Dishes Olive Oil Melted Tomatoes

Lemon, Basil and Garlic Roasted Asparagus

- 8 large Roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded and cut in half - Salt and pepper, to taste - 6 basil leaves, shredded - 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped - 1 lemon, zested - 6 large garlic cloves, peeled and sliced thin - Extra-virgin olive oil

- 3 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley leaves, finely sliced - 1 lemon, zested - 1 large garlic clove, minced - 24 large asparagus stalks (snap bottoms of individual stalks) - 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil - Salt and pepper, to taste

Heat oven to 325 F.

Heat oven to 400 F.

Place tomatoes in 9-inch cake pan and season to taste with salt and pepper. Scatter herbs, lemon zest and garlic on top of tomatoes.

Combine parsley, lemon zest and garlic. Set aside.

Drizzle tomatoes with extra-virgin olive oil, which should come up about three-quarters of the way on tomatoes. Cover with foil and bake until tomatoes are tender, approximately 40 minutes.

Place asparagus on sheet pan in one layer and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley mixture and place back in oven for 3-5 minutes.

Day Boat Cod with Melted Tomatoes and Shaved Fennel and Orange Salad Serves: 4 - Olive oil - Salt and pepper, to taste - 4 cod filets (6 ounces each) - Olive Oil Melted Tomatoes (recipe below) - Orange, Fennel and Olive Oil Salad (recipe below) - 4 lemons, cut into eighths Heat oven to 400 F. Heat medium sized saute pan on high. Add olive oil and heat. Salt and pepper cod. Add cod to hot oil and sear very hard on one side, until fish is golden brown and crisp. Transfer cod to baking sheet that has been brushed with olive oil. Place cod in oven until it starts to flake, about 12 minutes. Remove cod from oven and keep warm. Using spoon, portion Olive Oil Melted Tomatoes onto four large dinner plates. Allow some flavored oil to puddle on plate. Carefully transfer cod on top of warm tomatoes. Then top cod with Orange, Fennel and Olive Oil Salad. Squeeze lemon wedge over entire plate.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Peppers Serves: 6-8 - 3 tab 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, bottoms trimmed, cut in half and outside leaves removed - 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil - 6 medium garlic cloves, chopped - 3 tablespoons basil, chopped - 2 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped - Salt and pepper, to taste - 2 red sweet peppers, large diced - 2 yellow sweet peppers, large diced - 1 cup balsamic vinegar, reduced to light syrup Heat oven to 375 F. Combine Brussels sprouts with all ingredients except peppers and balsamic syrup. Toss Brussels sprout mixture and season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer mixture to sheet pan and roast in oven for 15 minutes. Stir sweet peppers into mixture and roast 5-10 minutes more. Remove from oven and place on serving platter. Drizzle with balsamic syrup and serve immediately.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Peppers

Roasted Tomatoes - 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil - 6 large Roma tomatoes, quartered - 3 fresh thyme leaves - 1/2 garlic clove, minced - Sugar, to taste - Salt and pepper, to taste Heat oven to 400 F. Combine all ingredients in bowl and transfer to sheet pan lined with baking paper. Roast for about 20 minutes, or until done.


Vegetable Frittata with Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes Serves: 6 - 6 large eggs - 1 tablespoon water - 2 tablespoons Parmesan Reggiano, grated, plus additional for garnish - 1 teaspoon garlic, minced - 2 teaspoons shallots, small diced - 1 cup russet potatoes, peeled, small diced, boiled until tender, drained and chilled - 1 roasted red pepper, peeled, deseeded and diced - 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped - 1 tablespoon basil, chopped - 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil - 1 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced - Salt and pepper, to taste - 1/4 cup fontina cheese - Lemon, Basil and Garlic Roasted Asparagus (recipe below) - Roasted Tomatoes (recipe below) Beat eggs with water, then beat Parmesan into egg mixture and reserve.

Vegetable Frittata with Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes

Orange, Shaved Fennel and Olive Oil Salad - 1/2 large fennel bulb, sliced thin on mandolin - 2 medium oranges, rind and seeds removed, cut into slices - 1/2 medium lemon, juice only - 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil - 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped - Salt and pepper, to taste Combine all ingredients and gently toss just before garnishing cod.

Combine garlic, shallots, potato, pepper, parsley and basil, and set aside. Heat extra-virgin olive oil in 12-inch non-stick saute pan over high heat. Add mushrooms and saute until they start to brown. Reduce heat to medium and add reserved vegetable mixture. Saute for about 1 1/2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add additional olive oil, if needed, then add reserved egg mixture to hot saute pan. Cook 2-3 minutes until egg cooks and sets on bottom. Transfer saute pan to broiler and broil until light and fluffy, and almost totally set, about 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle fontina cheese on top of frittata and place back under broiler until melted, about 2-3 minutes. Remove to cutting board and cut into six triangle servings. Place one serving in center of plate. Garnish each portion with four stalks of Lemon, Basil and Garlic Roasted Asparagus and two wedges of Roasted Tomato. Sprinkle each portion with Parmesan. 67


5Projects DIY Car Care


1Air Filters

It’s no secret regular maintenance helps prolong the life and performance of your vehicle, but you may be surprised by how many routine maintenance tasks you can complete by yourself at home. Get in the garage this spring and tackle that cabin fever with these DIY car care projects that can be done all at once and not only save money by helping prevent repair costs in the long run, but also help you save big on Photo Courtesy of Getty Images service fees.

Not only do you want fresh air while you drive, so does your engine. If your air filter gets too dirty or clogged, your engine won’t be able to suck enough air into the combustion chambers. Engine performance will be reduced, especially when you are passing or merging onto a freeway. If an air filter becomes sufficiently dirty and damaged, it could also allow harmful, abrasive contaminants into the combustion chamber, accelerating engine wear. Changing an air filter requires no more skill than hanging pictures around the house and is one of the easiest DIY car care projects, regularly taking less than ten minutes to complete. Changing your air filter every 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first, will provide better engine protection, but give careful attention to seasonal concerns such as fall leaves, debris hidden in dirty snow and road salt which can clog air filters. Designed and constructed with advanced features to capture and hold more dirt to keep engines cleaner in extreme driving conditions, FRAM Tough Guard air filters are ideal for strenuous driving conditions such as idling in heavy traffic, driving on dirty, dusty roads and towing heavy loads, all of which can put heavy strain on the engine. Learn more at and refer to the vehicle owner’s manual for air filter location and specific instructions.



Oil is one of the most vital components of your engine’s overall health. It allows the engine parts to operate smoothly together, removes heat and prevents accumulation of things like carbon and varnish in the engine. Your owner’s manual will guide you to the right oil for your vehicle, but you may need to do some comparison shopping to find the right performance blend for your specific driving conditions and needs. Today, many auto manufacturers tout intervals of 5,000 miles and longer. However, those change intervals are based on using the correct oil and a quality oil filter, which should also be changed when changing the oil. A qualified repair technician can help you determine the best schedule for your vehicle and driving habits.


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3 Transmission Fluid

The transmission fluid is another liquid vital to your engine’s proper operation. Gear shifting, cooling the transmission and lubrication are all critical roles that transmission fluid plays and all that work causes the fluid to deteriorate over time, particularly with harsh driving conditions. Your owner’s manual is a good starting point; it will tell you the change interval and the specifications for transmission fluid. Transmission fluid is highly specialized now and requires a fluid that meets the original equipment manufacturers’ specifications.

A cabin air filter cleans and circulates the air that enters through your car’s ventilation system. Contaminants can enter your vehicle with outside air and become concentrated, exposing passengers to higher levels of dust, dirt and allergens while also potentially limiting the effectiveness of your car’s air conditioner and defrost system, making it important to keep the cabin filter unrestricted. In general, a cabin air filter should be changed every 15,000 miles or once a year, but can vary depending on driving habits. Your owner’s manual may list the recommended service interval for your vehicle, but replacing all of your air filters at the same time is good practice.

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5 Spark Plugs

Although many spark plugs are designed to last as long as 100,000 miles, certain conditions can damage the plugs, resulting in engine misfires, poor fuel economy and other malfunctions that affect overall engine performance. These performance issues indicate that at least checking, if not replacing, your spark plugs is in order. In addition, used car buyers should check the condition of spark plugs if no service history is available. Replacing spark plugs is a quick job requiring few tools, but it’s important to change one at a time so you do not mix up the plug wires. Take note of the condition of the spark plugs you remove: they should be slightly dirty, but a white or oily appearance may indicate other problems. Choosing the right plugs for your vehicle is as simple as talking with the staff at your local auto parts store; they’ll be able to point you to the right plugs for your vehicle. Always replace spark plug wires or boots that are worn, cracked or oil-soaked and reference your owner’s manual for more information.

Install an Air Filter Like a Pro Replacing your own air filter is an easy way to save the time and expense of a trip to the repair shop. Follow these simple steps from the experts at FRAM to be on your way to cleaner air in your vehicle in just a few minutes: 1. Use proper protective gear. 2. Loosen wing nut or other fasteners to remove filter cover. 3. Remove old air filter. 4. Clean filter cover and housing using a shop vacuum. 5. Install new air filter. Be sure it is sealed around the perimeter. 6. Replace cover and fasten. l


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toP seven tiPs for business meeTings


1. Be prepared.

3. Be punctual. Arrive on time.

Have the agenda, a notebook and pen, business cards and any other documents you may need ready. Determine what you can do beforehand to be ready to join in on the discussion.

Try your best not to arrive more than a few minutes early, so you do not interrupt any last minute preparations. At all costs don’t arrive late to the meeting. Sometimes being late is unavoidable. If you’re going to be late, let someone know as soon as possible. A call or text to the organizer is best. When you do enter, be as unobtrusive as possible. If a formal presentation is going on, you may want to wait until there is a break to slip into the room.

2. Be conscience of your image. Being clean and neat in your appearance and with your materials is an absolute must.


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4. Turn o smartphones, pagers, and watch timers. Be sure to convey that the meeting is your top priority by turning off anything that might be distracting to you or others in the meeting.

5. Keep a positive attitude. When differences of opinion arise, try to address these contradictions in the most positive way possible.

6. Participate. Make sure to be a good listener and maintain focus. Convey your engagement with tone of voice and eye contact.

7. follow-up. If you are the organizer of the meeting, be sure to followup with a to do list for the other meeting participants. This will ensure that your expectations and schedule are clear. If you are an attendee, ensure that you are clear on your assignments and follow through on those assignments. l


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Listening kAs Published BY The Emily Post Institute

The ability to listen is one of the most important talents you can bring to business conversations. Psychologists describe the three essential pieces of what they call active (as opposed to passive) listening. These apply to telephone conversations as well as face-to-face meetings.


The Good Listener In the corporate world, it’s not only discourteous, but also unprofessional to be an indifferent listener. Supervisors claim they can easily tell whether a subordinate has been listening by the quality of the questions asked at the end of a discussion, along with the accuracy of his or her summation.

he is saying it, and what it means for your future association. With this step you become an active participant in an exchange of information, even though you may not yet have uttered a word.



Be There When a session where valuable information will be exchanged is scheduled, attend it; even if it’s at an inconvenient time, don’t enlist a surrogate. You don’t want to count on someone else to tell you about what was discussed. And, when you do show up, be mentally and emotionally present as well; if your attention wanders, you’re not really there.

To show you understand, occasionally paraphrase what the speaker is saying. Once you’ve picked up the rhythm of the other person’s speech, you should be able to do this without seeming to interrupt.

Wait In conversation, patience is a virtue and interrupting is a sin. Remember there’s a fine line between the occasional interruption made to confirm or question a particular point and one that’s made because the speaker is bursting to throw in his two cents’ worth.

Listen Carefully Listen not just to the words, but also to the tone. Take notes if the situation permits it. If you’re not sure about the propriety of notes (at a lunch, for instance), the simplest thing to do is ask: “Mind if I jot down a couple of your points?”

Concentrate Pay close attention to what the other person is saying, no matter how tempted you are to let your mind wander. Also, try your best to be patient with someone who’s speaking too slowly or faltering in getting their message across.

Hear Now apply an elevated form of hearing that goes beyond the physical words to their meaning—mulling over and absorbing what the speaker is saying, why

Question If you don’t understand something, ask for an explanation or ask for the information to be rephrased.

Respond Use positive body language to show you’re paying attention. Lean slightly toward the speaker, and react to what he says with the occasional nod, smile or lifted eyebrow.

Keep Still If you’re at your desk, don’t shuffle papers or make a halfhearted effort to continue whatever you’re working on. When standing or seated in an audience, refrain from any distracting gestures, such as rattling the change in your pocket. l


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jon simon

DJ Gatsby | Austin, Texas

Who He Is: Jon is a driven individual who, with gratitude has the good fortune to make a fruitful living from pursuing his greatest passion in life. He places a strong emphasis on professionalism and a strong desire to truly take care of his clients. His dJing skills are a combination of deep musical knowledge, sensitivity to vibe, rhythm sense, extensive experience, creativity and quick decision-making. How Music Touches His Soul: music is the creation Jon cherishes most in this world. Good music is authentic music from the musician’s mindset, to the production through to the lyrics. He hopes humankind doesn’t take the gift of music for granted and it is his mission to share this love with everyone with whom he connects. How He Creates Opportunities: To be a thriving entrepreneur, it’s network or die. Jon is grateful for his ability to reap rich rewards for his efforts. He appreciates the fact that as a business owner, there is no ceiling to one’s level of success, emotionally and financially. How Austin Supports His Creativity: Jon enjoys living in Austin and is pleased the community has embraced him well. People are approachable and the community is diverse. makes playing music ultra-exciting as he thrives to excite the ears of most people. His Most rewarding Project To Date: Amidacare is a non-profit organization that provides heath insurance for minorities with HIV/AIdS. Back in New york Jon used to spin multiple times for this organization a year. The organization hosted functions to celebrate life no matter the pressures. Recalling how they would hug him for the experience he created for them musically makes him tremble with joy.


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biLLy loFton

Musician | Sydney, Australia

Who He Is: A gifted musicians with a remarkable stage presence. He sings with a smile, enjoys dancing and being engaged with the crowd. When people leave his show he wants them to be uplifted and feeling good so he incorporates these feelings into his music. Insight Into His Creative Process: From a young age Billy was singing in the gospel choir at church and listening to the music of Teddy Pendergrass and Barry White. These early musical influences inspired him to sing and write music professionally. His creativity comes from living in two very different and diverse countries where he is able to pull different elements from the cultures around him. To Billy, music should be eclectic; there is no one way or set way to do it. What He Has Learned from Music: Billy appreciates that music is universal. He says, “Good music comes from understanding it as an art form; how to read and write it; how to play the instruments. you have to understand it from its most pure state to make it good. music, no matter where it comes from or what language it’s in, in some form transcends our truths and tells our stories.” His Greatest Musical Accomplishment: Billy’s greatest accomplishment is being able to inspire people through his music. He’s written a song titled, “Love’s No Longer Being Served” and hears from others how it helped them get out of loveless or abusive relationships. The song inspired them to take action for a better life. Knowing he is an inspiration for someone is the greatest feeling. How He Lives His Best Life: Billy looks for opportunities for his own well-being, music is what makes him happy and it’s not in his heart to just not do it. He doesn’t call himself an entrepreneur, but if following his dreams makes him entrepreneurial then so be it. Living his best life, means he’s making good music and sharing it with people.


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c. roberT WalKer

Musician | Europe & the United States

Who He Is: C. Robert Walker is a captivating singer and song writer who has a love for varying musical styles from Jazz, Soul, Rock, House and dance. Known for his wide vocal range, fans are amazed at his musical abilities. . What Makes Him unique: Walker’s passion for lyrics makes him unique. He strives to bring the listener into his train of thought with every word in every song. He says, “I do not think I am different, I do believe when you are able to do what you love, you are truly blessed and pass that blessing to others.” His Most rewarding recording Experience: Walker released his first solo album with two Grammy award winners and an American music Award winner as part of the players. He learned a great deal from the talented musicians ensuring his future projects will be even more outstanding. When asked what he’d do if he were to win a Grammy, Walker says, “If I win a Grammy or any type of award, bring the tissue for I will be fighting back the tears while reflecting on all those who have helped me on my journey.” What Thrills Him Most About Being a Songwriter: Being a songwriter means, he’s able to tell his story and hopes his lyrics and sound inspire people to listen. Hearing his music on the radio is also a tremendous thrill. For Walker, there is no greater joy than singing to someone; looking into their eyes and seeing them react. Inspiration comes from personal experiences and the world. How He Defines Success: Walker defines his success by the positive impact he has on those around him. He says, “To hear someone say, “man I partied to your song all night is refreshing.” “I believe I am successful, maybe not by this world’s standard, but blessed to do what I love.” Love the person in the mirror, do not lie to him.


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ste parque marino está ubicado en el Resorts World Sentosa en Singapur y abrió sus gigantescas puertas el 22 de noviembre de 2012. En un principio fue el acuario más grande del mundo, hasta que fue superado por el Chimelong Ocean Kingdom en China. Lo que hace particularmente especial al S.E.A. Aquarium es un increíble panel de visualización que ofrece la sensación de estar sumergido en las profundidades del océano y, de esta manera, admirar el esplendor de los animales que habitan en sus aguas. El muro mide 36 metros de ancho por 8,3 metros de altura; además cuenta con alfombras y gradas tipo estadio que le dan la oportunidad al visitante de apreciar por horas este espectáculo visual.

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Un dato sorprendente es que la cantidad de agua total que posee el parque sobrepasa los 45 millones de litros. La constitución general de esta atracción turística comprende 49 hábitats con 10 zonas de interacción. Entre los aspectos exclusivos del S.E.A. Aquarium está la mayor colección de mantarrayas del mundo, incluyendo a la única mantarraya gigante criada en cautiverio. También exhiben especies poco conocidas como el cangrejo araña, el pez guitarra y el extraño molusco nautilo.




el muro del acuario mide 36 metros de ancho por 8,3 metros de altura

Fotografías de S.E.A. Acuarium

También se han dedicado a rescatar plantas y animales en vías de extinción de la Bahía de Bengala. De hecho, la idea original del complejo era albergar una pareja de tiburones ballena, pero al final los jefes del parque decidieron que no sería factible. Otro atractivo del S.E.A. Aquarium son las 11 Ocean Suite que posee el parque y cuentan con una ventana al estanque principal. Existen dos restaurantes de lujo: el Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora y el S.E.A. Side Snacks, donde se pueden degustar las bondades de la gastronomía local y exquisiteces del mundo culinario internacional. l

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David Venegas

Caracas, Venezuela @Venegas_D david es Comunicador Social, mención impreso, graduado de la universidad Católica Santa Rosa en Caracas. Además de la fotografía y el arte de la literatura narrativa, se ha desempeñado en el área de periodismo gastronómico. También ha realizado trabajos especiales para revistas de economía, negocios, publicidad y mercadeo. desea, algún día, convertirse en novelista.




running.... para todas partes kPOR MARCELO GáLVEz ATLETA PROFESIONAL


i vives en la ciudad, el estrés y la rutina pueden hacer que tu día a día sea poco llevadero, la mejor manera de cambiar ese estado es realizando alguna actividad física que te revitalice. Y para esto el running es una perfecta alternativa, la libertad que te permite realizarlo a cualquier hora, lo económico de su practica y la sensación de realizarlo al aire libre harán que te encantes de este deporte y lo mejor de todo que puedes hacerlo a tu propio ritmo .

Para quienes amamos el deporte a veces se puede tornar una necesidad realizar alguna actividad física todos los días. En las mañanas suele ser mi mejor momento, antes de ir al trabajo, sino por las tardes para liberar un poco la tensión que deja tanta responsabilidad laboral. Si quieres comenzar a correr lo primero debes chequear es tu corazón , una de las primeras señales de exigencias que notaras es el aumento de la frecuencia cardiaca y también una mayor demanda de oxigeno.

A continuación comparto algunos tips importantes:

El uso de una zapatilla adecuada es importante a considerar para prevenir lesiones. debes comprar un calzado que sea adecuado según el tipo de pisada que tengas (pronador, supinador o neutro) procura hacer una evaluación previa.

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Complementar la practica de running con acondicionamiento físico es muy importante para tu musculatura, ya que al trotar el peso de tu cuerpo impacta sobre las articulaciones del tren inferior. TRx y Trekking pueden ser una buena alternativa para complementar tu entrenamiento.

Si mediante la practica de running buscar perder peso, es bueno que busques asesoría nutricional adecuada. y no estamos hablando de hacer dieta, sino mas bien de alimentarse adecuadamente.

• Correr solo tiene sus beneficios, te permite liberarte del estrés, meditar o concentrarte en ti mismo, aprender a reconocer cuando te sientas muy exigido, en cambio cuando corres acompañado puede ser una gran motivación para comenzar este desafío, aprenderás a tener un entrenamiento mas balanceado y activo sin acortar el tiempo de la sesión.

• La hidratación debe ser

un gran aliado al momento de entrenar, sino tienes el habito de tomar agua, comienza con una botella de 500cc al día hasta tomarte 4 (2 lts)

• Elongar permitirá que

el cuerpo se recupere, haz una rutina completa de estiramiento que involucre todo el cuerpo. No olvides respirar mientras te estiras.

Uno de los mayores problemas de los deportistas amateur es que quieren obtener rápido resultados, algunos comienzan corriendo 10 km de una vez y cuando se ven sobreentrenados se frustran y abandonan, el cuerpo tiene que ir poco a poco acostumbrándose a pequeñas exigencias. Puedes comenzar con un trabajo de intervalos corriendo 1 minuto y luego caminando 2. Repite este trabajo durante 30 minutos, 3 veces por semana . l

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Leonardo D’Almagro

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partir del 2010 este venezolano inició su carrera como consultor de imagen en el glamoroso mundo de la moda y contando con un importante backgrown en mercadeo, decidió prepararse para crear una línea de joyas bautizada con su nombre Leonardo D’Almagro.

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“Siempre tuve la inquietud de que los accesorios complementan el look de una persona, especialmente a las chicas que en todo momento buscan las últimas tendencias y materiales. Por esta razón, me motivé a crear piezas versátiles para una mujer fuerte, femenina y confidente”, comentó el diseñador radicado en Austin, Texas y que ha trabajado en segmentos de

moda para canales internacionales como Univisión, MSN Latinoamérica y Telemundo. La colección de Leonardo D’Almagro está enfocada en gustos clásicos y postmodernos. “Concebí dos líneas Cocktail y Clásico orientadas para una imagen elegante y otra vanguardista”, explicó.

Las joyas son trabajadas por artesanos en México y obtenidas en América del Sur y Europa. Sin embargo, el método de producción es totalmente único y novedoso: la alquimia. Este proceso involucra la mezcla de diversos metales que, al ser fundidos, les da la apariencia de oro 18 quilates. Jaspe, ágata, abulón, amatista de Brasil y cuarzo ahumado italiano, son algunas de las delicadas gemas SpaniSh


Spanish usadas en ambas colecciones, que ya se encuentran disponibles en Latinoamérica (Argentina y Colombia), Europa (España) y Estados Unidos (Texas). Este trabajo moderno y de gran calidad le valió a D’Almagro una autenticación por los profesionales en el área. “He recibido una respuesta tan positiva que la Asociación Joyeros de América me certificó como un profesional de gestión”, señaló. A pesar del poco tiempo en el mercado, el alcance de esta serie ha sido avasallante, porque próximamente participarán en la Semana de la Moda de París donde la marca Binzario Couture presentará su nueva colección y los accesorios Leonardo D’Almagro complementaran los looks en la pasarela. “En septiembre estrenaré mis gemas en Italia, en el evento de joyas más importante del mundo, llamado VICENZAORO”, compartió el especialista, convirtiéndose en el único diseñador latino y de EEUU en lanzar una línea de joyería en esa locación. Además, adelantó que sus alhajas representarán una campaña publicitaria llamada DIFFA/Dallas, encargada en la educación sobre el VIH. “La meta es seguir trabajando muy duro, pero 2017 ya viene con buenos prospectos, pero como siempre digo: un paso a la vez”, culminó D’Almagro quien también es miembro del Grupo Internacional de Moda. Leonardo D’Almagro conjuntamente con la casa de Modas Binzarion Couture estuvo presente en la Semana de la Moda en Paris la cual se llevó a cabo los primeros días de Marzo. ●





el emporio de la moda Cuando se juntan la fama, el cine y un maravilloso equipo de mercadeo se tiene como resultado un film que amasa millones solo en publicidad


e la ficción a la realidad; del celuloide a las pasarelas. Así, en pocas palabras, se define la realidad que ha arropado la vertiginosa promoción de Zoolander 2, una de las cintas cómicas más esperadas de 2016 y que ha contado con una avasallante estrategia publicitaria que pone en manifiesto la estrecha relación moda-cine. Hace 15 años se estrenó la primera parte de esta película protagonizada por Ben Stiller y Owen Wilson, quienes interpretaron a dos modelos cotizados en la industria de la moda. A partir de ahí, sus personajes ‘Derek Zoolander’ y ‘Hansel McDonald’ se alzaron como referentes en el área.

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Ahora, Zoolander 2 apuesta por un regreso imparable a las salas cinematográficas y se ha valido de la era tecnológica para ampliar su alcance publicitario. En marzo de 2015 Derek y Hansel aparecieron en la Semana de la Moda de París, vestidos con trajes Valentino y anunciando la filmación oficial de la secuela que iniciaría en Roma, en los estudios Cinecitta. La satírica cinta, dirigida por Ben Stiller, ha contado con el respaldo de prestigiosas e influyentes marcas de la moda internacional. Leesa Evans, diseñadora de vestuario de la película, se fusionó con las firmas Saint Laurent, Gucci, Balmain, Alexander Wang, Maison Valentino y Zac Posen para crear los trajes y vestidos exclusivos que utilizarían los personajes principales del film. La invasiva campaña también ha absorbido a numerosas celebridades de Hollywood, como Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss y Katy Perry. De hecho, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande, Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato y Skrillex tendrán su propio cameo dentro de la película.

Las revistas también cumplen su rol: vender publicidad. Ben Stiller y Penélope Cruz aparecen en la portada de Vogue para la edición de febrero. Fueron retratados por Annie Leibovitz y contó con la colaboración de la modelo Gigi Hadid. Zoolander, que tiene un millón de seguidores en Instagram, también protagonizó la portada de GQ, Esquire y People. Pero la alianza más comentada fue con la muñeca más famosa del mundo: Barbie. Los protagonistas lucieron una campaña con su propio juguete al mejor estilo Mattel. A principios de febrero Stiller y Wilson se vistieron como maniquíes y paralizaron el tráfico de Roma, Italia al posar en la sucursal de Valentino. De igual forma, inauguraron la Semana de la Moda de Nueva York y los fanáticos no pudieron resistirse a la mirada Blue Steel de Zoolander. Sin lugar a dudas, la película ha sacudido las estrategias publicitarias de una forma sin precedentes. Con todos estos anunciantes, la cinta, posiblemente, habrá recuperado los costos de grabación. Mientras tanto, el mundo de la “alta costura” le sigue rindiendo culto y ovacionándolos en las pasarelas. l spanish






as escuelas de Yoga han proliferado en occidente este último tiempo, pero hoy en día por muchas personas se percibe como una practica mas de Fitness, lo cual es un grave error. La practica de Yoga permite que haya un trabajo mas integral, como su origen lo indica yoga = unión donde a través del cuerpo físico, logras tener una conexión con mente y emociones .

¿Como comenzar con la practica de yoga? Para quienes son extrovertidos, de mente muy dispersa y tienen mucha energía, les recomendaría practicar algo que este acorde a su personalidad (VINYASA) Ashtanga, Flow o Power Yoga, en estos sistemas de yoga la respiración esta coordinado con el movimiento, se trabajan posturas mas exigentes, la fuerza, agilidad y flexibilidad se desarrollan en una practica continua, algunas veces las clases son acompañadas de música y esto permite que el movimiento y la respiración se tornen una meditación. En el otro caso, para quienes deseen una practica mas tranquila, de mucha conexión y alineamiento (ALIGN) Iyengar, Hatha, Jyotim es la opción. Este tipo de clases van acompañadas de una meditación, uso de Props (implementos) y finamente una relajación guiada.

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¿Como encontrar el espacio de practica? Sentirte a gusto donde practiques es muy importante, este nuevo espacio se convertirá en tu segundo hogar, conocerás todo tipo de personas, adultos mayores, jóvenes, empresarios y estudiantes. El publico siempre es muy variado, el ambiente de cada clase es especial, en un principio todos suelen atraerse por la practica física, mirar al compañero de al lado es una atracción, luego después de un tiempo esto pasa a segundo plano, te das cuenta que a la gran mayoría le cuesta, sufren con las asanas y otro disfrutan de tal manera que lograr seguir la dinámica del profesor .A partir de una observación mas personal he podido rescatar lo bien que le hace a las personas practicar Yoga, sea cual sea el método, algunos mas quietos otros mas exigentes, con calor, con implementos y mucha alineación, otros que practicamos enfocándonos muchos en la respiración, finalmente todo llegamos en busca de nuestras propias respuestas, paz mental, liberación de estrés o para mantener nuestro bienestar .   Cual sea la escuela que frecuentes te recomiendo varios puntos a considerar: Procura que los profesores sean certificados, un buen instructor te guiara y evitara lesionarte. Los espacios de practica deben tener la implementación (props) adecuada para el tipo de yoga que se practica. Lo mas importante a mi parecer, la practica de asanas debe complementarse con meditación. l

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toP 10 : Alimentos

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Alimento extraordinario para el corazón, pero recientes estudios han determinado que media taza de sopa de frijoles disminuye el colesterol hasta un 8%. Este ingrediente se puede añadir en ensaladas, guisos, salsas y cremas. ¿Quién se resiste a un sedoso humus de garbanzos?

Agregar este cereal a tus desayunos podría minimizar significativamente los niveles de este lípido. El betaglucano, un tipo de fibra soluble, absorbe 5,3% de colesterol en 6 semanas de consumo constante. Puedes comenzar la mañana con un mix de avena, frambuesas, peras y arándanos.

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FRUTAS CíTRICAS La pectina presente en mandarinas, naranjas, limones y manzanas elimina un 10% de colesterol. Mermeladas, jaleas y compotas frutales ayudan a liberar el exceso de glucosa en la sangre, manteniendo nuestro organismo en equilibrio.



Los frutos secos como las almendras, cacahuates, castañas y pistachos son sumamente beneficiosos para el corazón, pero también poseen muchas calorías, por lo que se recomienda consumirlas con moderación. Uno o dos puñados al día serán suficientes para reducir el colesterol entre 4 y 10%.

El licopeno es un pigmento que otorga el color rojo a diversas frutas y verduras, como el pimentón, tomate, lechosa, guayaba y patilla. Esta sustancia también ayuda a frenar la acumulación de colesterol en nuestro cuerpo, aliviando la presión sanguínea y estimulando los antioxidantes en el organismo.

LLEGÓ LA HORA DE DECIRLE ADIÓS A ESTA SUSTANCIA INVASIVA QUE AUMENTA LOS RIESGOS DE AFECCIONES CARDIACAS Y PROBLEMAS EN LA SANGRE Nuestro organismo produce la cantidad necesaria de colesterol, un elemento que promueve el buen funcionamiento de las membranas celulares, pero, en exceso, lacera nuestra salud.

ESPINACA Este popular vegetal contiene luteína, una sustancia que, principalmente, protege contra la ceguera. Actualmente se descubrió que media taza de espinaca al día nos resguarda de ataques al corazón y libera las arterias de las obstrucciones causadas por el colesterol. Ahora tenemos otra bondadosa excusa para consumir crema de espinacas.

CHOCOLATE NEGRO Los flavonoides del cacao presentes en el chocolate oscuro han demostrado combatir un 5% de colesterol. Por otro lado, los aceites vegetales de este alimento reducen las enfermedades cardiovasculares y evita obstrucciones en las arterias.

Una buena dieta, ligada a una rutina de ejercicios nos aportará un gustoso bienestar, por eso te presentamos 10 ingredientes para reducir naturalmente este componente.




Los curanderos milenarios asiáticos creen que el té verde limpia nuestro cuerpo. Y están en lo cierto. Sus antioxidantes combaten el cáncer y está comprobado que unas sustancias llamadas catequinas limitan la absorción del 2% del colesterol malo en los intestinos. Dato importante: esta bebida debe tomarse sin azúcar para obtener mejores beneficios.

¡Un brindis por las bondades de esta bebida de dioses! El vino tinto es, en muchos países, un elemento fijo de la gastronomía. Está certificado que las uvas del vino disminuyen 9% de colesterol. Además, el vino tinto reduce las posibilidades de derrames cerebrales y evita la formación de coágulos. Y, como todos saben, una copa al día nos permite conservar la juventud.

El omega 3 presente en el salmón, la sardina y el arenque puede ayudar a estabilizar el 4% del colesterol bueno en nuestro cuerpo. Además, este ácido graso nos protege de afecciones del corazón, trastornos demenciales y problemas con los triglicéridos.





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Is seventeen and a junior in high school. She is the co-editor of her high school newspaper and hopes eventually to double major in fashion design and writing. Currently, she is working hard at a fashion design internship and writing for her school. Kylie also loves to spend time outdoors, with friends and family.

Mia is studying Advertising at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recent graduate from Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Texas, where she served on the staff of the school literary magazine. She is currently searching for a socially acceptable way to carry her camera everywhere to document the highlights of her life. Aside from film, her other interests include theatre, dance, violin and aspiring to someday become as popular in the field of entertainment as Neil Patrick Harris.

Is an 18 year old senior at Westwood High School in Austin, Texas. She is an artist, writer, avid music lover and aspiring music photographer. She loves to spend her free time attending local concerts, discovering new music and taking pictures of her friends. Her photography and art can be found at

Is a senior business major at Texas A&M University-Commerce. He began recording and performing music in the summer of 2015 and he aims to enter the music and entertainment industry to work in marketing. His extensive experience with social media has equipped him with knowledge he uses to incorporate the changing ways of the teenage mind into his writing. Learn more about what Tyler is doing at

Is a high school junior heavily involved in her academics and community. Honored with the title of Miss Teen Austin Latina 2014-2015, Victoria has been the cover girl for several Austin magazines and featured in editorials throughout Central Texas. A role model for the community, Victoria is the proud co-founder of Uniquely Me, a club that is a collaboration of college and high school girls who serve the community and advocate member career interest through networking. On the weekends, you can find Victoria working backstage or on the runways of Austin supporting non-profit charities and their platforms.

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aterina Villegas is an independent singersongwriter, recording Artist, beauty queen and an Azuse Pacific University graduate. Katerina is on a mission to send a message of encouragement and empowerment to this generation and the next. She says anything is possible; it just takes effort and determination. Katerina believes there’s “power” in music. Each song she writes is intended to positively impact lives. Katerina continues to be a role model and lives her life to be influential to others! Teen InFluential: Who is your icon? Katerina Villegas: Carrie Underwood would definitely be my icon! She is a woman of faith; it’s evident in her lifestyle. I admire her voice and class. Teen: At what age did you discover you loved to sing? KV: I have been singing since I was two years old. My father was in a band with his brother, I practically grew up in their studio singing and practicing with them. Teen: What is a daily routine? KV: On Fridays, I head out to the OC hit factory in Tustin, California. There I host my own web based radio talk show The Katerina Show. Tune in at ochitfactoryonair from 3:00pm - 4:00pm every week. Teen: What was your first big break? KV: After I competed in the Miss California USA 2015 pageant, I was able to network and make connections.

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Education wise, with all my hard work and dedication to my major, I was able to graduate a year early with my Bachelor degree in Communication Studies from Azuse Pacific University. Within that same year, my album No Longer Ashamed dropped in May of 2014.

“Never forget everyone has a light inside. Your gifts and talents, use them for good to help other people, God will bless that.” Miss Hispanidad International USA 2015 Katerina Villegas

Teen: Where do you see yourself five years from now? KV: In five years, I see myself in a numerous films and touring across the country singing. I would love to tour with Taylor Swift or Megan Trainer, their music is inspiring. Teen: What is your favorite beauty secret? KV: My favorite beauty secret would be staying out of sun. The sun can cause damage to your skin so protecting it with sunscreen and staying moisturize is what keeps my skin looking great. Teen: Describe yourself in one word and tell us why you chose it. KV: If I would describe myself in one word, I would use “determined”. I have a lot of goals in life to achieve. One of which is to inspire others. Although I have a lot of ups and downs myself, I strive to encourage people not give up on their dreams, as I never give up on mine. Teen: Looking back on your teenage years and what you’ve learned, what advice would you give to teenagers and young adults? KV: If they know what they want to do or be, go for it. One of the biggest things I’ve learned was to never let anyone tell you that you cannot do it. Make sure you have the tools you need, even if it takes everything you’ve got; it will be worth it. There are going to be people against your dreams, but don’t get discouraged or side tracked. You are on your way to something amazing! Teen: Of what are you most proud? KV: I am most proud of the fact I earned my degree in three years instead of 4.5. My determination and will to earn my degree definitely kept me going. I knew from the start it was going to take long nights and lots of

studying, but I was serious about taking the steps to a better future. I am proud to say, I did it.

Catch The Katerina Show every Friday at 3:00pm (PST) and don’t forget to download her new single Dangerous Love. It is available on Vevo, Google Play and iTunes.

Teen: What’s your platform as a beauty queen? KV: As a beauty queen, I encourage girls of all ages to lead by example, being humble and serving. As Miss Hispanidad International USA 2015, putting in work and helping others in the community is something about which I feel very passionate. I’ve been working with the non-profit organization Let It Be Foundation. Let It Be Foundation provides support and services to families of children diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Volunteering my time with this organization has taught me tomorrow is not promised so give all you can to help others. Teen: What song gets you pumped up in the morning? What song do you turn to when you’re having a bad day? What’s your favorite song to sing in the car? KV: A song that definitely gets me pumped in the morning is Confident by Demi Lovato. It has such a great message. Like honestly, there’s nothing wrong with being confident! When I am having a bad day, anything Carrie Underwood makes me feel better about life. Her songs speak to me. My favorite song to sing in the car is Love Yourself by Justin Bieber. The beat, feel and tempo are so catchy! I am sure any girl can relate to this song. My favorite lyrics as an artist would be “I didn’t wanna write a song cause I didn’t want anyone thinking I still care. I don’t”. l



Bored Over


The Break?

Here are some last minute ideas and activities to make your spring break a little more exciting.

1. Begin a project - make a painting, build something out of wood, test out a scientific theory, learn how to code a website or video game. Has there been that one thing you always wanted to do or try, but just never had the time? Well Spring break is your opportunity. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Let your ideas and creativity flow.

2. Find a free concert, a show or maybe even a gaming expo in your city. Maybe one of your favorite musicians is coming to town or that comedian you’ve been dying to see. Perhaps you go on an adventure to see the local bands. Who knows, you might just discover the little band that will release the next big hit.

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” Henry Ford (1863-1947), American founder of the Ford Motor Company.

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3. Volunteer. Don’t know what to do with your time? Help someone by volunteering time at a local animal shelter, nursing home, food bank, etc. The options are limitless!

4. Take some “me” time. Read a book, make your favorite food, take a nap, play some video games, take your dog on a walk. Taking the time to be by yourself can be a great way to reflect on who you are and to relax. It’s a time to get away from the pressure and expectations of your friends and peers. Friends are great. Don’t get me wrong, but sometimes you just need to spend a little time to focus on you.

5. Go explore the outdoors. Did you know natural environments promote calmness and restoration? Spring break is the perfect time to get away from everything that keeps you stressed in school. Whether you go on a day hike or a week long camping trip, there are plenty of beautiful and exciting places to explore to give your brain the relaxation it needs. l

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As children, spring was a magical season, full of color, flowers, laughter and beautiful weather. The season allowed for outdoor picnics by the lake, backyard camping trips with flashlights and s’mores and helping mom garden in the yard.


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ver the years, this all began to change. Society instilled pressures to make one’s life perfect. Spring-cleaning, right around the corner of New Year’s resolutions, takes away from the true meaning of the season. “A fresh start” people uttered, but really those ideas, those guidelines to have a perfect life, only ever lead to disappointment. It’s hard to follow a resolution 365 days a year. It’s also hard to stay motivated to organize every aspect of one’s life in one dedicated season. Let’s do away with this “clean” spirit and the overwhelming stress it brings. Let’s take the spring season back to the magic, like it was as kids. The spring symbolizes a period of renewal and rebirth. Use these fun, simple DIYs to redefine happiness and the appreciation for life instead of the accumulation of things needing fixed and cleaned. Let magic and happiness happen. That’s what’s important. These DIYs are meant to inspire happy living and appreciation towards the spring season. Have fun this year and remember that life isn’t perfect. Life can’t be completely organized or reinvented. Instead, it’s about the little things to create a healthier, cheerier lifestyle.

What you need: l One wooden storage crate, can be found at Target. l Acrylic paint, I used a heather grey color because it’s a neutral, perfect for inspiring simple living. l String of lights or Christmas lights. l Old sheets/blanket. l Painting sponges. Steps: 1. Lay out sheets in an open space, so there won’t be a mess after painting. 2. Set crate down and begin painting the inside using the sponges. Play around with the strokes and thickness of the paint to keep the wooden vibe going. 3. Paint the outside. 4. Let dry for 30 minutes, flip over and paint the bottom. 5. Let dry completely for another 30 minutes or until dry. 6. Use twinkle lights to intertwine amongst the side panels. The newly transformed crate is very versatile; use as a basket and turn the lights

on in the evening, put on a desk or table on its side to function as shelving or hang it up on a wall as a floating shelf unit.

Indoor Garden Nothing symbolizes springtime more than fresh herbs and vegetation, especially when presented in a very creative way. Greenery is important to any home because plants induce happiness. They just do. There is something about their ability to brighten a room or their sweet smells that needs to be appreciated. Using herbs adds a dynamic multisensory appeal and can add intense flavors to cooking. Basil and rosemary give off amazing aromas, which will inspire more time utilizing the kitchen. Healthy eating is a great way to bring about more feel good vibes, especially in the spring when seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs make for wonderful dishes. What you need: l To make this indoor garden even livelier, use unique mugs or jars found at any store selling knickknacks or even at

Wooden Crate To kick off the DIY spirit, let’s start with something simple that also inspires simple living. So often, people can get carried away with filling up their home with clutter, they can lose the lovely aspects of a clean, minimalistic space. Add basic storage with a chic twist and organization will spring into action. After all, that’s what this season is supposed to be about, let’s just take out the negativity.



Teen thrift stores. Get one mug for each plant and try to make them all different. It will add a free spirit sense to the space. l Find some plants. Again, dual purpose plants like mint and oregano add more to the spring atmosphere, but have fun mixing indoor flowers or even succulents, if keeping plants alive is difficult. l Soil to plant

any time and definitely not in one season. However, the addition of small lifestyle changes can inspire a serene transformation. Art journaling allows one to get in touch with their creative side, and there is no artistic talent needed for this project. The whole point is to take a break from the busy schedule and play around with colors, emotions, words and art supplies.

don’t worry about messing up. This journal isn’t for anyone but you. Also, another tip, if the front cover is a picture, not a quote, consider giving the book a name like a book title. 3. Let the paint dry then sign your name, the author, and the year. This way, when reminiscing over the journal’s content, it’s easy to see when it was made.

After planting, display the collection in any fashion. Lining them along a windowsill allows them to get sun light, but on a counter or spread across the kitchen and living room works as well. There is no wrong with this DIY.

What you need: l Plain, preferably black, mixed media art journal. l Acrylic paints. l Paintbrushes.

Again, no one needs to be an artist to do this. Everyone has a little creativity in their heads, this journal helps access it. Mixed Media means the pages are thick enough to be painted on, but do whatever the heart desires. Try painting, drawing, collaging, scrapbooking, doodling or just writing in them. The point of this journal is to tell the creator’s story and encourage new chapters in their life. Spring is about new growth, so grow more in touch with the mind and the heart.

Art Journal Spring weather isn’t always nice, breezy and sunny. Sometimes there are lots of drizzly days, but don’t let those days take the peace and calm away. Instead, use these days as a way to center the mind and creativity. Reinventing oneself is unrealistic at

Steps: 1. Come up with an idea. Because this is a spring inspired DIY, maybe try something inspired by flowers, wildlife or rain. Quotes also make great first entries because they are simple and motivational. 2. Paint on the front cover, so it creates a personal book cover. Go slowly and

Picnic With Friends Really take the magic back to childhood adventures by creating a cute, DIY backyard picnic to celebrate the nice weather. Get as creative as desired because friends will appreciate anything as long as they’re with friends. Go as simple as taking some PB&Js, lemonade and blankets to the park on a nice day or set something up in the backyard. Use pillows and blankets to create a cozy environment and serving platters to display the food. Easy picnic food ideas are tea sandwiches, homemade flatbreads, fruit kebabs, chicken salad, carrots and hummus, or even Mac n’ Cheese. For drinks take sparkling fruit juice or lemonade. Another great addition to a picnic is music, so if possible, bring a portable speaker to play

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the favorite jams. Then just have fun with it. Bring out a football or a deck of cards or just have fun being in each other’s company. Creating a happy life includes happy friends, so enjoy the weather and have some fun.

Note: Depending on the size of the Mason jar, look for the appropriate size wick. For example, a really small jar would need a small wick versus a bigger jar would need a wider wick in order for the candle to burn properly.

Scented Candles

Steps: 1. Melt wax in double broiler over medium-low heat. Don’t walk away. 2. While the wax is melting, use a hot

Inspiring happiness takes all five senses. Create something that is both aesthetically appealing, but also smells like spring. This will easily set the tone for the spring season and it’s not that hard either.

glue gun to secure the wick to the bottom of the jar and hold in place until dry. 3. Arrange the wick so it stands up straight. 4. Let wax cool some before adding the desired fragrance. Wax purchased from a crafts store will typically have instructions for this step. 5. Add fragrance, this should also come with instructions for the right amount. 6. Pour wax into Mason jar. 7. Let wax cool and set before lighting. l

What you need: l Candle wax (to fill a pint size mason jar, it takes about a 1lb container of wax). l Candle wick. l Hot glue gun. l Mason jar(s). l A double boiler. l Fragrance oil or any kind, preferably a spring inspired scent such as something floral, or fruity. l Food thermometer.







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Producer & Jewelry Designer Leonardo D’Almagro Art Direction and Styling Jeanette Chivvis Asst. Styling Ashli Vondara

Photography Brandon Lyons

Asst Lighting Addiel Guevara

Makeup & Hair Team Mayra Janet, Kelli Wilson & Esteban Sosa

Models Nicole Glenn, Melody Gee & Hailey Krieg Fashion & Headwear Designers Binzario Couture, Lucy Dang, Benson Roberts, Milli Starr & Erika Pinltipps




Geometric Design Cuff

• Lead Free, Nickel Free, Hypoallergenic. • Baked lacquer finishes protecting metal from turning or tarnishing.

Jasper Ring

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olunteering has been the source of life for many companies, especially non-profit organizations. In fact, without volunteers a huge majority of those non-profit organizations would be

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impossible to run, leaving millions of people without the help these organizations provide. Not only does volunteering benefit people and communities in need, but it also benefits the one doing the service. There are so many

kWRITTEN BY Nicole Glenn groups that need volunteers that there is a place for any talent/skill to be of service. Find a cause you want to support and get out there. Serving with a group of people often allows for connections to be made with people who have similar interest and skills which can help you in developing your skills. Not only are connections made and service hours look great on a resume for scholarships, but volunteering leaves a person with a sense of accomplishment, a sense of good doing and often leaves a positive impact.

Teen Testimonies “I’d advise anyone who is looking to volunteer to find something they are passionate about. That’s what I did. For example, I’m an avid reader so I started volunteering at the public library. Not only did I find lots of new books to read, I was able to read to little kids and watch their excitement as they grew to love books just as much as I did. I also love to sing so I joined my church teen choir. When you volunteer, you are giving apart of yourself to others. Give your talents and yourself and the people you help will touch your heart. I’m not saying it will always be easy or convenient, but if it’s something you love, the people you are helping realize this and you won’t ever regret it.” Priscilla

“Volunteering isn’t as difficult as it may seem. In fact, I volunteered for the very first time when I was five years old. Simply walking in a 5k race with my family helped contribute to raising awareness and money to a great and meaningful cause. Since then, I’ve participated in many more and even helped cheer on or distribute out waters to people during races. It’s that easy. Not only is it easy, but it has such a positive impact. For example, I’m able to help out annually at the MS 150, a bike race from Houston to Austin, that helps support people with MS and it’s very

close to my heart. Since I can’t always be there psychically, it’s nice to feel like I’m making a difference, no matter how small the action. My advice, try volunteering with friends or family to make the experience more enjoyable, but most importantly remember the cause you are supporting and that will keep your passion and drive forever prospering. As cheesy as it may sound, it truly helps make a difference.” Sophie

Need ideas for where to volunteer? Take a look at these sites for some awesome ideas! l




A Teen’s Guide toSXSW South by Southwest (also written and referred to as SXSW) is a music, interactive and film festival held annually in the Live Music Capital of the World - Austin, Texas. Celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2016, SXSW has grown become a world renowned event that gathers creative minds from around the globe. kWRITTEN BY Morgan Gage

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n 2015 the festival hosted over 30,000 industry professionals in more than 100 live Austin venues - with as many as 2,200 foreign acts arriving from one of the 62 represented countries. This year, SXSW Music will be held March 15-20 and has already amassed a lineup of over 1,000 showcasing artists including: l Canadian Electropunk duo Crystal Castles l American post-punk band Drowners l Danish indie rock band new Politics l American R&B singer/songwriter Gallant l Spanish all-girl garage rock band Hinds l American DJ electronic/dance music duo The Chainsmokers l Canadian punk rock band PuP l American native Austin americana band uncle Lucius l British electronic-fused singer/ songwriter L책psley l American classic punk singer Iggy Pop (formerly of The Stooges) l Canadian dubstep/house duo zeds Dead l American R&B artist Estelle l British indie rock band Bloc Party l American video game pop band Anamaaguchi l and many more.






However, in all the fun of SXSW, there emerges a type of frenzied creative chaos and through the madness it’s very easy to get lost within the raging sea of performing artists who all wildly jockey for attention within the same six days of performance opportunity. On top of everything else, the very nature of SXSW (most of the music venues being local bars) leads many of the hosted, and non-hosted, events to have irritating age restrictions that leave any musiclover under the age of 21 at a serious disadvantage. In the past, these age restrictions have made buying festival tickets a total waste

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of money in the hands of minors, but that doesn’t particularly mean the whole week should go to waste. There are many public or non-SXSW sponsored parties that occur through the week where are all ages are welcome and often free (or at least cheap), occasionally with the requirement of a previously attained RSVP ticket. One of the most popular, non-RSVP, all ages and completely free events from previous years has been the Waterloo records hosted day parties, which have been known to draw big name bands who play for four days on a

stage set up right outside of the store on North Lamar Boulevard. In 2015, these day parties included bands such as Big Data, Clean Bandit, Twin Peaks, Elle King, Joey Bada$$, William Butler (from Arcade Fire), and a signing by AWOLNATION. Similar to the Waterloo Records parties is the free, all ages, Quantum Collective Southwest Invasion which has been held for two days each year on the rooftop plaza of the Whole Foods downtown location. In previous years, it has hosted bands such as The Zombies, X Ambassadors, Boy & Bear, Jukebox the Ghost and The Sheepdogs.

In addition to these, there is the Official SXSW hosted Outdoor Stage at Ladybird Lake, which annually features three days of charitable, free-to-thepublic and all ages entertainment that can host over 50,000 attendants. In the past, this stage has been known to present headlining acts such as Spoon, Foster the People, Childish Gambino, Cheap Trick and The Strokes. Other potentially all age (and public) music events from the past that will be likely be show up again for SXSW 2016 include: l The Death Match - The Death Match was all ages in 2015, located at the Gypsy Lounge (now the Lazy Lizard), free to the public and included bands such as Iceage, Title Fight and Pianos Become Teeth.

The Windish Agency Annual SXSW Day Party - The Windish Agency Annual has been held at The Mohawk in previous years, with free entrance to the public and a 2015 lineup which included BØRNS, ODESZA and Wolf Alice. l The Annual Austin Music Awards In the past the Music Awards were held in the Austin Convention Center, open to the public, $20 per ticket and has included acts from the likes of Shakey Graves, Nina Diaz, Billy Joe Shaver, Tameca Jones and Gary Clark Jr. l Spotify House - Spotify House has been free with RSVP in previous years and in 2015, showcased artists such as The Vaccines, Ryan Hemsworth and Run the Jewels. l

Side tips: l is your friend, whether its SXSW season or not, this website includes an updated and fairly accurate list of almost all the events which occur in Austin. l Things to keep in mind: l Never travel alone. l Stay Hydrated. l Don’t be afraid to contact. the venues if you have any questions about age restrictions, admittance prices, etc. l Keep a bit of cash on you at all times - many vendors don’t take cards. l Look up the band before you go to a performance. l Schedule your week in advance for a more enjoyable experience. l





Luck of the Irish

St. Patrick’s Day kWRITTEN BY Mia Dedear

You’re most likely well-acquainted with the phrase “Luck of the Irish,” but how much do you actually know about it? Of course, you have probably heard discovering a four-leaf clover is good luck and that breaking a mirror is bad luck. But what else, according to Irish legend, brings luck - good or bad? Stallion of Fortune: If you happen to spot a white horse in the morning, you will have good luck. l Don’t Play with Luck: If you burn a deck of playing cards, you will run into bad luck. l Accidentally Salty: Legend says if you spill salt on the table, you will soon have a fight. l Cut the Bad Luck: If scissors fall onto the floor, an upcoming event will leave you disappointed. l

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Lucky Escape: If someone enters a room through one door, they have to exit through the same door. If they do not, the luck will follow them out of the room. l Tooth Fairy: If a child’s tooth falls out and they place it on the windowsill before going to bed, they will receive good luck… if the tooth is gone when they wake up. l Wishbones: Have two people each grab one side of a wishbone and pull. Whoever ends up breaking off the bigger piece gets to make a wish. l l

April Foo ’s Pranks

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pril Fool’s Day is full of planning creative tricks and planning to avoid creative tricks. Win the April Fool’s game this year by pulling a series of hilarious pranks. We’re giving you several ideas to get you started. These are sure to make your friends and family laugh and plan to plot their revenge on you next year.

These tricks are all safe; because no one gets to have fun once a prank goes too far. While, on April Fool’s Day you might get away with more than usual, please remember to stay respectful and thoughtful of other people. If you can do that, you’re in for a fantastic, fun-filled April Fool’s Day. Let’s bring it on.

Closed Toes: Sew someone’s sock closed halfway down. Hand sew or use a machine: either way, make sure to use thread that matches the color of the sock. The more camouflaged the seam is, the more surprised your unsuspecting victim will be when they try to put on their sock and hit the end of the sock earlier than expected.

someone’s desktop computer and pull the image up to leave on full screen. That way, when they try to click on an icon or scroll down, nothing will move and it will look as if the computer is frozen.

Sweet,,, Onions?: Make candied apples, except with onions instead of apples. No one will know the difference just by looking at it. To do this, purchase a caramel apple kit and follow instructions, replacing apples with peeled onions.

Jello Juice: Confuse someone kWRITTEN By MIA DEDEAR

Water Colors: Obtain a dye pellet from an Easter egg dye kit. Then open the cap of a sink faucet and place of the pellets inside. That way, when the water is turned on, it will be a different color. Just make sure to clean this up before the water dries up and leaves the dye residue on the sink.

by giving them a nice glass of juice - or so they think. Fill the cups with Jello solution instead of juice, and stick them in the fridge for a couple of hours. Once they become firm, serve them to your unsuspecting guests.

zip Trick: Bring your best friend their favorite treat in a Ziploc bag. Little do they know you have scotch taped the top of the bag shut! l





As teens, we begin to find out what we want in a relationship. We go online to see what people say are signs of a good relationship, but we might end up getting bad answers. kWRITTEN BY Tyler Knight


lthough we often don’t realize it, we tend to use online information to conceptualize what our relationships should be like. Relationships are supposed to help us

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Signs Your

May Be Toxic


grow as young adults, but other times, they can hinder us from reaching our full potential. Certain signs could show the relationship you are in may be one that is not healthy - don’t let these common signs go unnoticed.

“It is important to realize you are biased when evaluating yourself and making predictions. When it is your own relationship and feelings, you may look at things too optimistically.” Dr. Gary Lewandowski


They expect too much out of you Don’t let your significant other shape you into who they want you to be.


They’re needy

They always need you with them or they are upset because you don’t talk to them nonstop. They need to be satisfied with themselves first; otherwise they will constantly rely on you to fill that void in their life. They will always want more from you, but you need to take care of yourself first.


You argue with them most of the time you are together You would think this was common sense, but it’s not. You have to come to the realization even if you do love them you have to let them go because it won’t work out if you always tend to argue.


When you begin to become jealous of the other people they spend time with It all comes down to trust. Jealousy looks good on no one. “More often than not, feelings of jealousy flare with such intensity that they burn a hole in the brain, obliterating rational thought and setting off behaviors that create a self-fulfilling prophecy by pushing away the very person one desires, or needs, the most.” Hara Estroff Marano, Editor at Large of Psychology Today


When they complain all the time Listening to your significant other complain to you all the time could really shape the way you think about yourself. It is great to be there and to support your girlfriend or boyfriend when they are going through a difficult time or have a lot going on, but it becomes a totally different situation when all they do is complain and throw negative comments in your direction. I mean, your parents already complain enough about you not listening, right?


When you think you are interested in someone else In the end, this situation will be bad for both of you. Don’t waste their time. On the other hand, if you are really committed to your significant other, take your time and make sure that those feelings you are having for another person are real before fully ending the relationship you’re in.


Their parents don’t like you This is never good. If you want to be in a serious relationship with someone, being liked by their parents - and your parents liking them - is a very important aspect, especially if family is important to you and your significant other. “Having friends and family approve of and support relationships is associated with their long-term success.” Dr. Benjamin Le


You don’t have similar interests People say opposites attract, but you do need to have at least a few similar interests.

Disclaimer: This article is addressing issues not related to an “abusive” relationship

“When our partner has similar values, likes/dislikes, personality characteristics, hobbies, interests, and background the relationship is more likely to succeed.” Dr. Gary Lewandowski


You have different morals Number one indicator your relationship is or will be toxic. Arguments always arise when morals differ within your relationship. Not only will disagreements occur, but when you and your significant other have conflicting morals, you can find yourself caught in a difficult situation. You may feel challenged, you may begin to doubt your personal beliefs and you might even find yourself lowering your standards and letting down your guard in order to “try to make it work.” In reality, you might just be getting into an unwanted situation that could have been avoided.


Adele’s music relates to you all too much You always catch yourself thinking about your ex. l



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The Creative fund Athenian

The Barre Code Austin Pop-up Class: frEE!

7:30 – 10:30 Pm American Legion

Eat, Drink & fight Cancer 404 Atlanta Street 6 – 10 Pm Silo on Seventh 1300 E 7th Street Austin, TX 78702



Austin, TX 78703


10 – 11 Am Whole foods Downtown at the Plaza


SXSWeek: March 11-20, 2016 Connect with the Artist (Talk): Karen Woodward 12 – 2 Pm Art for The People Gallery 1711 S. 1st St. Austin, Texas 78704


Interactive: March 11-15 film: March 11-19 Music: March 15-20

Amplify Assembly at Austin Public

6 – 9 Pm Austin Public Access 1143 northwestern Ave. Austin, TX 78753



6 Pm All across Central Texas!

16 Wheatsville Co-op’s 40th Birthday Celebration Wheatsville food Co-op 3101 Guadalupe St Austin, TX 78705




8 Am – 1 Pm flat Creek Estate 24912 Singleton Bend E Marble falls, TX 78654


1:30 Pm JW Marriott Austin 110 E 2nd St. Austin, TX 78701


10 Am – 9 Pm Blanton Museum of Art, MLK at Congress (200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Austin, TX 78701)




5 Pm Blanton Museum of Art

ATX future Disco 2016 3 Am Austin roller rink 11600 Manchaca rd, Ste 101, Austin 78748



Camp Kesem Texas’ Make the Magic: Making Magic Last Past Midnight

DIy Terrarium Class



Matthew Barney’s CrEMASTEr Cycle

7 – 11 Pm Chateau Bellevue 708 San Antonio St Austin, TX 78701

10 Am Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617



The Blanton’s Third Thursdays

MotoAmerica Pre-Season Test hosted by Circuit of the Americas

Texas Wine Series at flat Creek Estate



8 Pm Hotel San Jose 1316 South Congress Ave. Austin, Tx. 78704

6:30 Pm Austin Studios, Stage 7 1901 E 51st St Austin, TX 78723


Interactive Mobile Vendor Pop-up


8 AM – 5 PM Circuit of The Americas

3 – 5 PM Articulture Designs 6405 Manchaca rd. Austin, TX 78745

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Spa for Water Hiatus Spa + retreat

1611 W 5th St #155 Austin, TX 78703

27th Annual Bandana Ball

11 Pm Wild Onion ranch 12112 Old San Antonio road Manchaca, TX 78652

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Weimar: Texas Wine Series presents Texas Wines festival

7 5 – 9 Pm South Congress Hotel 1603 S Congress Ave. Austin, TX

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9 Hotel Van zandt Lady Bird Ballroom 605 Davis St. Austin, TX 78701

South Congress Hotel Open House

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Feminine Collective Launches To Great Reception


kPhotography courtesy of Gillian Perry

n Thursday, January 28, 2016 the Pailhouse in West Hollywood was full of toasts and laughter as the book Feminine.Collective: Raw & Unfiltered Vol. 1 had its official launch.

Celebrities in attendance included Rachel Hunter (New Zealand’s Next Top Model), Melia Kreiling (Tyrant), Ruth Connell (Supernatural), Julia Ormond (Witches of East End), Stephanie Romanov (Angel), Cheryl Tiegs (Model), Aasif Mandvi (The Brink), Peter Onorati (West End, Goodfellas), Anne-Marie Johnson (Sister Code), Susan Holmes McKagen (Model), Shayan Asgharnia (Photographer), Sally Struthers (All In The Family), and Chesney Hawkes (Musician). Co-founders of Feminine Collective, Julie Anderson and Marla Carlton were also in attendance warmly greeting guests, taking pictures in front of the media wall and signing copies of the book. Proceeds from evening’s book sales went to the Women’s Center of Los Angeles (

Julie Anderson & Marla Carlton


“I am proud to be a part of a consortium of authors, writers and poets that provides a platform not found in mainstream media,” said Anderson. “The Anthology opens the door for modern women’s perspectives. This is truly a unique book.”










1) Rachel Hunter, Susan Holmes- Mckagan, Julie Anderson & Cheryl Tiegs 2) Marie Johnson (Actress) 3) Ruth Connell (Actress + Producer) 4) Chesney Hawkes (Celebrity Muscian) 5) Julie Anderson, Aasif Mandvi (Actor & Author) B.Janine Morrison (writer) 6) Peter Onorati (Actor) 7) Lesa Amoore (celebrity photographer & artist) Julie Anderson 8) Kat Radu Celebrity Estitician 9) Paul Quirk, Nick Newbould, Julie Anderson, Dave Pacailler (writer) & Marla Carlton

“The launch party event exceeded our expectations and we received incredibly positive feedback on the book. Many of the writers attended to discuss their work first-hand, providing a forum for the raw and unfiltered voices that are at the core of Feminine Collective,” said Carlton.

night’s signature cocktail the RawMule, a Feminine Collective spin on a Moscow Mule.

DJ Sean Cutter mixed beats of the 80’s into a modern dance fest that kept people moving until well after the party ended.

Feminine Collective is a California nonprofit corporation. Their mission is to educate the public on issues facing women and children. Their platform from the start has been devoted to raw, unfiltered stories and poems. Their goal is to raise awareness through the feminine voice on issues many women face today, including mental health, mind/body image and career/family balance.

Alcohol was generously donated by Hollywood Vodka. There was palpable buzz about the book as guests discussed various pieces while enjoying the

Feminine Collective, accessed online at, publishes essays, poems and op-eds daily. l


March / April 2016 InFluential Magazine  

Dedicated to the Art of Living Well

March / April 2016 InFluential Magazine  

Dedicated to the Art of Living Well