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Lifestyle Letter

Strong Women

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was a single mom for 13 years and with that came a lot of do-it-myself projects. Over the years, I have told y’all about my lack of skill when it comes to plants but what I haven’t shared is that I am AWESOME at reading directions. When IKEA came to Texas my sister and I made the trek to Frisco to check it out. I purchased a myriad of items including a TV stand, that I still have today. I was unfamiliar in the ways of IKEA back then and that may very well be why that was my one and only trip. I digress, now back to my AWESOME direction reading skills. When I got home and laid out the 1 million pieces that belonged to this 4 ft. by 3 ft. TV stand, I knew I had gotten myself into a hot mess (this is when I learned what an Allen wrench is). I started on a Saturday afternoon and finished Sunday night with little to no parts left over. The feeling of self-satisfaction I get every time I look at this 18-year-old, out dated piece of furniture is unmeasurable. This month’s issue is a true testament to the power of social media. I found each one of these ladies, with the exception of the new West Side Commander, on some form of social media. The Cowtown Couture ladies keep a lot of my friends accessorized and style forward. Kari Shuler had me mesmerized with her artistic approach to beauty and makeup. I love to see all people, female or male, doing well and following their dreams. As always I hope to see you around town!

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September 2017

Departments

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Hometown Hero

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Locally Owned

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Hops & Vine

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Local Limelight

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

14 Our Captain

There's a new commander on this side of town: Cynthia O'Neil.

Lieutenant O’Neil has made community interaction her top goal.

16 Catch Them While You Cowtown Couture

Local boutique continues to surpass every expectation.

18 A Center for All of Us

The Women's Center of Tarrant County provides

indispensable resources for all parts of the community.

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Fort Worth is a Munich-style celebration so authentic you’ll forget you’re in Texas. Guests will enjoy traditional German food, music, dancing and much more.Lederhosen approved and new for 2017, is the Oktoberfest Midway with rides the whole family will enjoy. The festival kicks off with Thursday’s ceremonial ‘Tapping of the Kegs’ and the fun continues through Saturday with

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Entertainment will include traditional German music, on multi-

Valerie Johnson founded Fort Worth Balance Therapy Center in order

ple stages, from entertainers like Brave Combo, Alpenmusikaten,

to best serve those living with imbalance, dizziness, and Parkinson's

Walburg Boys, Alpine Village Band, Das Ist Lustig and more.

Disease. She began specializing in vestibular and Parkinson's Disease

Spaten will be served, along with other Fall and Oktoberfest

rehab soon after completing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from

craft beers from around the country. Traditional German food

Texas State University. Valerie attended Emory University to earn her

offerings such as bratwursts, pretzels, crepes, strudel, schnitzel

Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Certificate sponsored by the

and German potato pancakes will also be available. Festival

American Physical Therapy Association. Over the years, Valerie has

goers can enjoy the air-conditioned Spaten Hall as well as multi-

obtained certifications and special training in Concussion testing

ple outdoor and tented biergartens.

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Hometown Hero

The West Side Lieutenant THERE'S A NEW COMMANDER ON THIS SIDE OF TOWN: CYNTHIA O'NEIL. LT. O'NEIL HAS MADE COMMUNITY INTERACTION HER TOP GOAL. ARTICLE DOUGLAS MATUS PHOTOGRAPHY RICHARD DALTON

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olice work relies upon a sacred bond of trust between officers and their communities.

Fort

Worth

Police

Department’s visibility in the community exemplifies this trust, and breaks down the barriers that can

exist in other cities between police and citizens. An example of this stance, the Neighborhood Patrol Officer program, places officer liaisons into area neighborhoods. These specially

-designated officers help answer questions, provide assistance, and put a familiar, friendly face on FWPD. With the recent, further addition of division commanders, Fort Worth Police Department takes the next step forward into fine-tuned police work and neighborhood service. The addition of division commanders creates another layer of accountability for focused regions of the city. The latest West Division commander, Lieutenant Cynthia O’Neil, brings a wealth of experience into her new position. “I’ve been in the department for 22 years,” says Lt. O’Neil. “I’ve worked all over in different capacities. In 2002, I became a detective for the western division. After my promotion to sergeant, I was later sent back to western as a patrol unit.”

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Lieutenant O’Neil’s stint as sergeant came

“The time came, and chief needed to pick specific people for these

at the head of the Neighborhood Patrol Officer

commander positions he developed,” says Lt. O’Neil. “He asked if I

program. Over the course of several years, she

wanted the job. I was thrilled, because now I’m in the position where

became familiar with west Fort Worth and

I can make changes and do beneficial things for the community.”

its people. Other moves followed, and O’Neil

Lieutenant O’Neil becomes the second female commander of

received another promotion to lieutenant in

the western division. She can add that distinction to her previous

the Central Division.

role as the first female mounted patrol patrol sergeant in Fort Worth.

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Along the way, she has served in internal affairs on two occasions,

Lieutenant O’Neil cites a recent experience in advocacy for the Como neighborhood in west Fort Worth. A meeting with city planners

once as an investigator, and once as a supervisor. “NPO and NPO sergeant were my favorite jobs,” says Lieutenant

occurred to address a recent bond package. Other efforts at commu-

O’Neil. “You get to do the community work in addition to enforce-

nity engagement have helped encourage positive developments in the

ment. That’s what makes me well-suited for this current position.”

area. For Lieutenant O’Neil, this kind of work counts as the “fun stuff,”

An average day for the new captain comes with plenty of excitement. As commander over the patrol units, detectives, NPOs, and civilian employees, Lt. O’Neil wears plenty of hats. Most days addi-

an opportunity to directly benefit the citizens under her protection. To this day, even after so many years of experience in the community, it’s the people that continue to surprise Lieutenant O’Neil the most. “People here still remember me from 10 years ago,” says Lieutenant

tionally come with a special event or meeting. “Last week I had meetings about the Como Fourth of July Parade,” says

O’Neil. “I didn’t think I’d made enough of an impact before.”

Lieutenant O’Neil. “We worked to make sure it had the security it needed.”

The closeness and fraternity of west Fort Worth have made a

Weekday engagements could additionally include breakfast meet-

big expression on the new resident commander. As for advice

ings, meet-and-greets, or attendance at functions for area organiza-

for young ladies out to make an impact on the world, Lieutenant

tions. Monday mornings get occupied with data, as a meeting down

O’Neil offering the following:

at Felix St. occurs with command staff and covers area crime.

“It’s a nice variety of things,” says Lieutenant O’Neil. “When I have a free afternoon, I’ll go down to patrol.”

A true sign of leadership comes from the enthusiastic engage-

ment with challenges and goals. In this regard, Lieutenant O’Neil has also excelled, and stands ready with quick answer as the professionals areas that excite her.

“ The citizen interaction, for sure,” says Lieutenant O’Neil.

“ There are so many different areas in the Western Division. Such a diverse area, from the commercial areas to residential. I’d like to come in and bring people together.”

Mistakes aren’t the end of the world,” says Lieutenant O’Neil. “They’re where you can improve from. Many young women will think that the things in front of them are the limit of what they can achieve. Don’t settle and think you can’t have something better. Anyone can do it, you just need to set your mind to the task.

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Locally Owned

ARTICLE DOUGLAS MATUS PHOTOGRAPHY RICHARD DALTON

Catch Them While You

Cowtown Couture LOCAL BOUTIQUE CONTINUES TO SURPASS EVERY EXPECTATION.

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t all began one day in the summer of 2016. What started as a casual lunch conversation between two friends quickly evolved

into a business idea. The end of lunch saw the securement of a tax ID, and Cowtown Couture was officially born. The brainchild of two stay-at-home moms, Angela Williams and Amanda Wear, Cowtown Couture began as a Facebook group to swap clothes among friends and acquaintances in Ridglea Hills. Today, just around a year since its foundation, Cowtown Couture has grown to become one of the hottest boutiques in Fort Worth. Still firmly rooted in an online-only presence, the original Facebook group now counts over 6,000 members. We caught up with Amanda and Angela to ask a few questions about the boutique everyone’s talking about.

What inspired the creation of Cowtown Couture? AMANDA: Honestly, it was a very spur of the moment idea. We

have kids who are similar in age. We were at lunch one day after a camp pick-up last summer, and started talking about how it would be fun to have a boutique. We thought it would be neat to keep it all online and do it through social media. We applied for a business license that very day. Originally it was just meant to be small, for our friends to pick up clothes from our porches. We’re both very fortunate it has grown beyond that.

How has it grown and evolved since the beginning? ANGELA: All the growing of our business came through customer

service, customer loyalty, all those things built upon the two of us and the work we’ve invested. We do live videos, so people recognize and know us. We have expanded beyond our guest room, and now sublease a space that has really allowed us to have storage and organize pop-ups when we want to. We also continually learn about the website as we go along as well. It helps us organize the extra merchandise we need to allow people to shop.

How does it differ from other area boutiques? AMANDA: First of all, we have low overhead and pass that savings

onto our customer. Some of our items you can find in a brick and mortar,

have more time allotted, it would be nice to bring more things to the

but ours will be 20 to 30 percent less expensive. We take a lot of requests.

community as far as items and events. We’d love to have women just

One thing that makes our group special is that people can request items

get together, connect, get some cute clothes, and feel pretty.

and post in the group. You can take photos out while shopping and ask

AMANDA: I don’t think we will ever expand to a brick-and-mortar.

whether we can get something. That helps our customers feel involved

We would like to focus expanding more on our offshoot, Cowtown

in the process, and helps us to learn what people like.

Couture Kids. Boutique clothing for boys is sometimes hard to find.

ANGELA: Cowtown Couture is not only an online boutique, it’s a

We always enjoy collaborating with local vendors, and try to bring

community. Like Amanda is saying, we started it to be something

locally-made items to our customers. Ideally, we want items they can

for our closest friends only here in west Fort Worth. Today, we will

only get through us, which will require more partnerships with local

respond to customer requests as if they were our friends. Even at

vendors for the future. We only ever do anything but for our custom-

our in-person events, we meet new people every time we do one.

ers, also. Of course, we get some cute clothes out of it too. We enjoy

Anytime we throw an event that can give people an opportunity to

what we do, and the business will remain open until it no longer is fun.

see clothes, we enjoy doing it.

So far, so good, as we’re having a blast.

What do you see/hope for in the future? ANGELA: That’s the question of the hour. It probably crosses our

minds weekly, if not daily. We have small kids, so as they grow and we

To see what Cowtown Couture has to offer, check them out online at https://cowtown-couture.myshopify.com.  September 2017 | West FW Lifestyle

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A CENTER FOR

ALL OF US

THE WOMEN'S CENTER OF TARRANT COUNT Y PROVIDES INDISPENSABLE RESOURCES FOR ALL PARTS OF THE COMMUNIT Y. ARTICLE DOUGLAS MATUS

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very year, men, women, and children seek out Fort Worth’s The Women’s Center to receive hope, crises resolution, job services, or emotional healing. As a community, The Women’s Center acts to treat the

most pernicious problems within a community: unemployment, rape and child abuse, low wages, depression, and the desperate situations created through an intersection of crisis, violence, and poverty. This indispensable place exists to service and care for the most vulnerable members of our community. Today, you can step forward to serve and support The Women Center’s noble mission. As a living resource for our community, the Women’s Center needs active support to survive. At the bare minimum, we can each at least spread the word of this resource’s availability, and thus expand the scope of its reach. As a community resource, the Women’s Center serves several functions simply not available elsewhere. “We have the mission to inspire, teach, and empower women and families to overcome violence, crisis, and

issues: income instability. The Employment Solutions program aims to provide men, women, and families with stable solutions to everyday needs. The program works to provide high-demand occupations and direction within the labor market to endow increased financial capability.

poverty,” says Francine McQueen, marketing and com-

“What sets us apart,” says Francine, “is the fact that in other locations, we

munications manager for The Women’s Center. “We

would be at least three different organizations. The fact that we offer clients

accomplish this through three distinctive programs.”

comprehensive service in these areas means we can help families heal holis-

The Rape Crisis & Victim Services program provides the

tically — emotionally, mentally, and financially.”

support that over 3,800 child and adult victims of sexual

The Women’s Center could not provide much in the absence of a strong

assault, sexual abuse, violent crime, or domestic violence

foundation. Organizations such as this never spring up independently. Their rise

need to recover from their trauma. The center addition-

depends on visionary drive, dependency on core supporters, and the support

ally puts on the Violence Prevention and Education pro-

of a wider community. The Women’s Center traces its beginnings to 1979, when

gram, which services over 146,000 area children. The

the Women’s Movement gained strength and spread across America. Founder

program seeks to both educate and empower young

Karen Perkins organized among other Tarrant County women upon the need

people to prevent and recognize physical and sexual

for a community response to poverty. The idea for a nonprofit began to take

abuse. A General Counseling component helps fami-

shape, one that would provide an early emphasis on job skills and women’s

lies and women overcome crises situations through the

entry into the workforce. In regards to the importance of the Employment

instruction of coping strategies and problem-solving. This

Solutions program, founder Karen had some wise words.

program also improves women’s emotional well-being, as

“She once said, regarding the impetus for the Employment Solutions

it provides them the tools to serve themselves positively

Program, ‘There are three ways to get money. You can inherit it, which

in moments of crisis. Lastly, the center provides employ-

most of us aren’t lucky enough to do. You can steal it, which is never a

ment solutions to help address the root cause of so many

good idea. Or, you can earn it.’”

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A CENTER FOR ALL OF US (CON TI N U ED)

Words like these spurred on the organization of the early The Women’s Center, and led to programs that continue to provide women with the opportunity to earn enough income to sustain their families. The need for rape crisis services became readily apparent, and in 1980, the Women’s Center added a rape rise program to support victims of sexual assault and abuse. Over the years, additional programs have become added, as the scope and caring of this organization has broadened. “Other programs have been added over the years, including our general counseling program, but the core services provided by The Women’s Center have consistently served women, men, and children of Tarrant County for over 30 years. From a small staff of volunteers, we can now count over 70 employees across offices in Fort Worth and Arlington,” says Francine McQueen. As for the program that serves the largest amounts of clients, look no further than the Rape Crisis and Victim Services Program. Across local hospital rape exams, to therapy, legal assistance, and accompaniment through the criminal justice system, this admirable program has defended the defenseless in Tarrant County. Additionally, clients at The Women’s Center rarely know about the broad selection of other programs currently available. “Many people are surprised to learn about our newest program for elderly adults, which is provided through the General Counseling Program. Our PEARLS program provides in-home counseling for individuals aged 65 or older who suffer from depression or social isolation.” The Women’s Center also serves men, women, and children across all of its programs. A major misconception occurs when individuals fail to perceive this rich resource center as a watch guard for their lives. Financial support provides the richest way in which people can support the laudable missions of this organization.  “The only way that we are able to provide quality services to women, men, and children is through the financial support of our community,” 20

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says Francine. “More resources allow us to serve more clients within the community. Because of this, financial donations

HELLO SEPTEMB E R

are always needed and greatly appreciated. We also do wishlist drives where you can purchase an item that has a direct impact on members of your community.” As for upcoming opportunities, the Monster Mash gala is soon to occur to benefit The Women’s Center of Tarrant County. The Monster Mash gala is one of two annual fundraisers for The Women’s Center, and has raised over three-quarters of a million dollars for it in the past 5 years.  “This party is such a fun way to ensure the sustainability of programs and services that change people’s lives,” says President and CEO Laura Hilgart.” The Monster Mash Storybook Bash will take place on Friday, October 13th at 7:30 p.m. This year’s Storybook theme will invite enchanted characters from near and far to descend upon the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. A night of frights and delights gets hosted by event authors, co-chairs Tasa Anderson, Ashley Baker, Angela Wonderly, and Anne Weiskittel, and the party promises to be a fun night of celebration filled with food, dancing, and just a dash of seasonal mayhem. As co-chair Anne Weiskittel says, “I am thrilled to be a part of this magical evening, supporting a cause that is near and dear to my heart. I have witnessed the hope and peace that the Women’s Center can bring to families in crisis, and it is truly a blessing to have this amazing organization in our community. Thanks to a dedicated and passionate staff, a hard working committee, and a room full of generous people who know how to have a great time, this year’s Monster Mash promises to uphold the tradition of being Fort Worth’s party of the year!”

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he meaning behind different colors and how they affect mood and behavior is an often debated topic, particularly when it

comes to decorating a home. Baylor Anne Bone and Gail C. Hancock, the award-winning design duo behind Baylor Bone Interiors, believe color choice should be based on your personality and lifestyle, not the psychology behind a particular palette. 22

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COLOR YOUR STYLE

(CON TI N U ED)

nd they should know, having designed hundreds of homes across the United States over the last 30 years. “Different colors truly mean different things to different people. For example, gray is supposed to be a cool and relaxing color, but for some people it’s depressing,” Bone says. “It depends on the person and their background, where they came from, their experiences, what they love and want to be around.” Hancock feels the same. “Everyone that walks in our door has a different story and perspective. That’s why we start by listening; trying to get the whole picture of your lifestyle, family and needs before we talk design.” To determine what colors to use for a design project, the duo says it’s often based on whether you’re starting from a clean slate or whether you have things you need to work around. But at the heart of it, the color you choose should be something that makes you feel good. “One of my classic questions,” Bone says, “is if you could wake up to one color every morning in your room, what would that color be?” “We also look at what colors a person loves to wear because generally whatever color you feel good in, is something you’ll feel comfortable with in your home,” Hancock says. But can you have too much color? The duo says not necessarily, however, there are things you need to take into consideration.

“A lot of floor plans now are so open," Hancock says. "You have to make sure when you’re standing in one room and seeing three others that the colors flow together, so it doesn’t seem disjointed. You don’t have to stick to one color for the walls, but they all need to work together.” 24

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“People used to think you pick three colors and take them through the whole house—we don’t do that," Bone adds. "And you don’t have to do that, although your painter may want you to.”


When it’s all said and done, Bone and Hancock believe the most important thing is to do what you think is beautiful.

Design Tips • Pick your fabrics first and your wall color last. Wall color should come from fabrics such as your upholstery and window cover-

As to why builders often use a neutral palette throughout, “Sometimes neutral colors are chosen simply to not make a mistake in color choice. Because with these universal colors the thought is that no one will hate it,” Bone says. “But then again, that’s why most people absolutely love the model houses— they don’t take just three colors. And that’s why they’re interesting.” When it comes to trends, Baylor Bone Interiors stays on the cutting edge “Grassy greenery is the color you’ll hear about for the next 12 months; it’s a green with a yellow tinge. Gray is starting to go out, with the trend going to more of a taupe color. Also, gold is coming back, particularly for bathroom fixtures.” However, the duo says trends are not for everybody.

ings so everything pulls together more cohesively. • Ceilings are a good way to bring in a special touch by using different textures. • If you have a neutral palette but want to bring in color, you can easily incorporate it through the use of art, pillows and accents that pull the color throughout the room. • Instead of having a number of projects going, start and finish in one area. It’s less stressful and gives you more satisfaction to see a beautiful, completed space before moving to your next project.

“It’s not always easy to just pop one of these colors into your house as is,” Hancock says. When it’s all said and done, Bone and Hancock believe the most important thing is to do what you think is beautiful. “It’s not about us or the trend; it’s about making it work for you,” Hancock says. “We give advice, we’ll do as little or as much as you want, giving the biggest impact for your budget, but it’s your home, and we want you to love it,” Bone adds. And with the style and colors that best fit you and your family, love it you will. September 2017 | West FW Lifestyle

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Hops & Vine

GRAPEFRUIT CUCUMBER FIZZ

HOW TO

MAKES 2 COCKTAILS

THE GOODS

Add a half cup of cucumber slices and 2 tablespoons of basil ribbons to 1 cup of gin.

Refrigerate overnight.

Ice

Strain the gin and reserve 4 ounces.

4 ounces cucumber-basil infused gin

Divide ice between two tall glasses.

(see right)

1 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice

1 cup ginger beer

3 tablespoons basil cut into ribbons

Fresh grapefruit wedges

Fresh cucumber slices

Add gin and divide the grapefruit juice between glasses.

Top with ginger beer and garnish with grapefruit wedges, cucumber slices and thinly sliced basil ribbons.

Enjoy. Cheers!   

PHOTOGRAPHY BROOK LARK

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Local Limelight ARTICLE DOUGLAS MATUS PHOTOGRAPHY RICHARD DALTON

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ARE MADE-UP PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST KARI ANN SHULER LIVES HER DREAM ON A DAILY BASIS

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hen women reminisce about childhood passions, or career ideas that persisted through high school, makeup artist surely ranks

alongside veterinarian and fashion designer. A combination of artistry and mystique define the imagined life of the makeup artist, with every day an adventure and every client a fresh canvas. Kari Ann Shuler lives this dream on daily basis. Ironically, it wasn’t until already a student enrolled at TCU that she discovered her drive for makeup artistry. “It was the fall of 2006, and I attended TCU as a radio, TV, and film major,” says Kari. “I took a stage makeup class through the theater department. It wasn’t until I noticed that I had the most fun out of anyone that this was something I might pursue as a career.” In the intervening years, Kari’s career has blossomed, so that now she can call herself the premier freelance makeup artist in the Metroplex. Along the way, she has learned to love her career even more as both a professional, personal, and artistic outlet. “Every single new person that I meet is its own endeavor,” says Kari. “Everyone has different eye shapes, different skin tones. Each client is a new adventure.” 28

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On a personal level, this dream job stands as its own continual source of inspiration. As every client serves as a new adventure, each also provides her own inspiration. “I like helping people feel good,” says Kari. “Seeing the look on someone’s face after a quick makeover, or on their wedding day, it’s a great feeling. I consider it a gift, to see that look in someone’s eyes when they feel good about themselves.” As most people would imagine, a large portion of the professional makeup artist’s life revolves around weddings. Nuptials hardly provide the only reason to employ Kari’s services, however. Practically any special occasion can provide a reason to call for professional help. Though

like a wedding. Regardless of your mood or state of mind, a session with

this may come as a surprise for most men, the average

Kari provides an opportunity to relax, unwind, and enjoy the pampering.

woman was not born with total proficiency in regards to makeup. If you’ve ever struggled to find the perfect shade,

As for an unexpected component of the profession, Kari nominates this last point.

or get your look just so, Kari also provides lessons. At the

“You never know what you’re walking into,” says Kari. “It could be the most

end of the day, however, it all comes back to the weddings.

chill, laid-back wedding, or it could be super stressful. As a makeup artist, you

“I would says my primary source of income is wed-

have to be super adaptable, because you don’t know what the vibe will be.

dings,” says Kari. “I’ll find myself at all types of special

Regardless, you really just want to make it as good for the client as possible. If

occasions, though. Debutante scenarios, sorority for-

the bride feels stressed, you have the opportunity to change the tone. It’s not

mals, high school proms and homecomings, those pro-

just about putting makeup on people, but about rolling with whatever situation

vide a lot of clients. I also do corporate headshots, senior

you find yourself within.”

photos, and portraits. I also do lessons, and help women learn how to apply makeup.”

Kari also has a few pieces of advice that most any woman can put to use. “I’ve noticed that most women do not know what color their skin is,”

If you’ve ever doubted the effectiveness of a profes-

says Kari. “Have a professional help choose your foundation shade. You

sional makeup artist, consider a few things. An expert

should not be able to see what color is on your face, nor should what

like Kari will know how to highlight your best features,

you apply look like makeup. Most women should work on enhancing, and

downplay discoloration or blemishes, and make your eyes

working with what they have.”

pop. Issues of lighting, whether from the overheads of a venue or flashbulbs, also rarely enter into most women’s thoughts. A professional application will also last all day,

For a taste of what Kari has to offer, visit her online at www.karidoesmakeup.com.

from the ceremony into the evening. Lastly, few women

Kari also maintains an Instagram (@karidoesmakeup) and Facebook that

anticipate the stress that comes from a large-scale event

she updates daily with product recommendations and more. September 2017 | West FW Lifestyle

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Lifestyle Calendar

September SEPTEMBER 1 - 9

SEPTEMBER 12 - 17 BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

BEN WILLIS CANDY MAN | CANDY CASTLE

BASS PERFORMANCE HALL

FORT WORKS ART

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of

Phoenix-based artist Ben Willis is curating an interactive exhibition

King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwrit-

inspired by the childhood-favorite game Candy Land. CANDY MAN

ing team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fel-

& CANDY CASTLE will showcase highly-acclaimed national artists

low writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becom-

and transform Fort Works Art into a family-friendly, experiential won-

ing one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

derland filled with whimsical, candy-inspired artworks

SEPTEMBER 1 - 3

SEPTEMBER 13 - OCTOBER 28 THE EXHIBITION, 'ADRIFT'

FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -

FORT WORKS ART

CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE

(Opening Reception: Sept 16, 6:00pm-9:00pm) North Texas artist,

BASS PERFORMANCE HALL-MADDOX-MUSE COMPLEX

Hillary Dohoney will be featured in her first DFW solo show at Fort

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra kicks off its Pops season with

Works Art Gallery. The exhibition, 'adrift', will showcase Dohoney's

a concert to dazzle both the eyes and the ears. Watch in delight

combination of realism and trompe l'oeil through her seascape oil

as aerialists, acrobats, dancers, jugglers, contortionists and more

paintings-- encompassing the entire gallery with peaceful tranquility

perform amazing feats to classical masterpieces when Cirque de la

while encouraging viewers to question their roots and heritage.

Symphonie returns to Bass Hall

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It’s like a small slice of Germany has somehow made its way to Fort

It's a laid-back, family-friendly event with tubes, tunes, watersports,

Worth, Texas. Fort Worth Oktoberfest provides a profusion of German

food and brews.

culture, but doesn’t forget to add that slight twist of Texas, making it

SEPTEMBER 9 - 17 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

an extra unique festival. The multi-day festival boasts beer gardens, craft beer, games, live music, German fare and more.

CASA MANANA

SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 1

The 1973 musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber. Performed and pro-

TEXAS BALLET THEATER - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

duced by the talented cast and creative teams of this local company,

BASS PERFORMANCE HALL-MADDOX-MUSE COMPLEX

Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat is the fable of lost innocence,

A malevolent curse transforms a prince into a frightful beast until a

jealousy and the power of redemption, set to the instantly recogniz-

magical red rose kindles a romance.

able genre-blending score that includes classics such as Any Dream

CHOREOGRAPHER: Lew Christensen

Will Do, and Close Every Doo

COMPOSER: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Parting Thoughts

Aunt Dru’s

Old Fashioned

Banana Bread with a Twist ARTICLE MISSY WILL

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ne of the smells that remind me of my home is my Aunt Dru's banana

bread. I make this when I want to bring back memories of my childhood, and I am sure it will for you as well.

• 1/2 cup butter or a little more • 1 cup sugar • 2 eggs, beaten • 3 bananas finely crushed (for  a bit more moist and delicious, try 4 bananas) • 1 1⁄2 cups flour (you can use gluten-free; almond and coconut flour work well) • 1 teaspoon baking soda • 1/2 teaspoon salt, kosher  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (I use the paste) • 2/3 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Cream together butter and sugar. 2. Add eggs and crushed bananas. 3. Combine well. 4. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Add vanilla and walnuts. 5. Mix until combined. Do not overmix. 6. Pour into greased and floured loaf pan. 7. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. 8. Keeps well refrigerated, but it will not last long.

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