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Meet the Contributors

Austin 8 Dallas 10 Fort Worth 12 Houston 14 San Antonio 16


And the Guests Wore


Jordan Spieth, the Hottest Golfer




Hot Home Trends


Hot Margaritas 38 Hot Sauce 40 Hot Pits 44 Hot Summer Sipping 46









Sun Valley, Idaho: A Year-­Round Destination Hot on the Beach: Ponte Vedra, Florida

Must Haves for Mom—and Dad Too! 58 Getting Into Hot Water 60 How To Show Your Puppy Love 62 Hot Skin, Cool Beauty 63 Hot Fit 64 Swimwear Perfect For Summer 66



Hot Art: Diving In 67 Hot TV: Michael Gladis in Feeding the Beast 68 Hot Read: Close Up With Sean Patrick Flanery 69 Hot TV: Carla Gugino + Luke Wilson in Roadies 70




Houston’s Monica Pope

#FoodieFriday, Dallas' Matchbox #TravelTuesday, Hollywood Swimming in the Shark Tank Skin Survival Splash Time! A Better Cocktail Bar




From the

Editors Desk


For summer, we’re featuring the hottest of the hot in the Lone Star State. We've got our picks for the best margaritas, hot sauce and barbecue. We've got the best picks for moms and dads in our gift guides, plus the hottest in golf—featuring Jordan Spieth. Take a road trip with us to Ponte Vedra, Florida. And, for a complete change of scenery, jet set with us to the beautiful mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho. Yep, this issue's hot!

















PUBLISHERS Shawn K. Lively and Doug Flatt

Julie Tereshchuk

EDI TOR IA L TEAM EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Julie Tereshchuk CREATIVE DIRECTOR Joshua Banks TRAVEL EDITOR Marika Flatt STYLE EDITOR Edith Henry ONLINE EDITOR Nick Bailey ASSOCIATE EDITOR Daniel Ramirez CONTRIBUTORS Nancy Miller Barton, Julie Bonnin, Paul Butzi, Leeza Dennis, Sarah Doliver, Jeremy Enlow, Pete Frank, Melissa Gaskill, Natalie K. Gould, Peter Harholdt, Claire Hogan, Kevin Marple, Scott Martin, Eric Moreno, Simon Murray, Hedda Prochaska, Shannon Pullin, Bill Orcutt, Susie Oszustowicz, Gabi De la Rosa, Lydia Saldaña, Bill Saltzstein, John Schell, Shelley Seale, E.A. Shumate, Debora Smail, Katie Smith, Julie Soefer, Kirk Tuck, Steven Uhler, Ryan Whisenhunt, Rudy Ximenez, Katie Yu

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF julie@texaslifestylemag.com


Sarah Doliver has an eye for movement and light,

photographing people and places in a genuine, lighthearted way. As a native Texan, she is no stranger to the heat of summer, and seizes the opportunity go barefoot whenever possible. She relishes night swims in Austin’s Barton Springs. (Relish Sarah’s photography on pages 23-27 in And The Guests Wore…)



Eric Moreno is an avid traveler, amateur chicken fried steak aficionado, and devoted fan of UTSA Roadrunner football. In the summer months, his favorite pastime (besides counting down to football season) is cooling off on the beach at the coast. (Countdown with Eric in Hot in San Antonio, pages 18-19.)

Susie Oszustowicz is just a girl who loves her

cocktails. In the summer, you can find her sitting beside the pool with a strong mule–hold the vodka, bring on the whiskey–listening to Jimmy Buffett and Bob Marley. Just like her cocktails, she likes life to be shaken or stirred, but never boring. (Be stirred by Susie’s Hot Margarita list, pages 38-39.)

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Photos of Sarah Doliver courtesy of Carly Shankman

For Simon Murray, the summer is a chance to get moving. Whether it's running, swimming, biking, road trippin', traveling–as long as he’s a body in motion, he’s content. You’ll find him escaping the heat with an ice cold draft and a collection of short stories. (Feel the heat in Simon’s Hot Home Trends, page 34.)





There’s always something new and cool happening in Austin. Here’s the lowdown on some of the hottest things in the Capital City.

By Shelley Seale

ZACH Theatre


Let’s face it: the news can get you down, especially in an election year. ZACH Theatre has the perfect summer antidote—two seriously entertaining comedies. Martin Burke stars in the riotously funny British comedy One Man, Two Guvnors (June 1-26). Set in the Swingin' Sixties, it promises laughout-loud slapstick, with a live Beatles-era band accompanying. You can also catch one of the fastest-rising stars in Austin theater, J. Robert Moore, in the one-man play Buyer and Cellar (June 8-August 14). Moore plays Alex, a struggling Hollywood actor who takes an outrageous job working in the underground showbiz collection of Barbra Streisand at her Malibu house. ZACHTHEATRE.ORG

One of the most exciting new spaces in town, the Yard’s collaborative mix of workspaces spans more than eight acres off South Congress. From creative offices and breweries to maker and artist studios, The Yard will be a diverse place where people and ideas meet. Coworking and event spaces like Vuka and Impact Hub will call it home, along with The Austin Winery, St. Elmo Brewing, Spokesman Coffee & Beer and Still Austin Whiskey Company. THEYARDAUSTIN.COM

EatWith Catch Martin Burke in One Man, Two Guvnors’ laugh-out-loud slapstick at ZACH Theatre.

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If you’re a foodie, you should know about this “future of dining” concept. The communal table dinner club brings chefs and gourmands together for pop-up meals in cities around the world, from Austin to Tel Aviv. Whether you’re exploring your town or traveling to a new city, EatWith is an easy

Photos courtesy of Kirk Tuck(1), BCRC(2), & Voodoo Doughnuts(3)

The Yard

LIVING TEXAS | AUSTIN way to access the underground food scene and connect with creative, interesting people. In Austin, Manville Chan is one of the hosts, hosting professional-standard weekly dinner parties in his hip downtown apartment. The senior product manager for a food and tech startup says, “Having traveled all over the world, my culinary influences are global. My goal is to create an international ‘culinary staycation’ for my guests, with the lights of downtown Austin as a backdrop.” EATWITH.COM

Art Bra Austin


The Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) hosts its fifth annual runway extravaganza, Art Bra Austin, on June 4th at the Palmer Events Center. Seventy-two sensational pieces of wearable art will be modeled by 72 extraordinary BCRC clients and auctioned, with all proceeds benefitting BCRC. Art Bra Austin is a fun, glamorous event that has raised more than $1 million over the past four years. ®


Voodoo Doughnut's Bacon Maple Bar doughnut.


The art bras are handmade by Austin’s creative community of professional and amateur designers, artists, and jewelers. The client models are treated like stars, with professional makeup artists and hair stylists to get them runway-ready. Beverly Barr, a 2015 model, says, “We got to put the ugly part of cancer away and celebrate the courage, tenacity, and beauty in this sisterhood.” ARTBRAAUSTIN.ORG

Rock Rose at The Domain

The newest section of The Domain, Rock Rose, is the first entertainment district outside downtown. Featuring an art-infused streetscape, Rock Rose brings a local focus with funky, Austin-original businesses such as Birds Barbershop (with a kitschy Palm Springs design); Raven + Lily’s fairtrade fashion for women; and Weathered Coalition, an apparel and apothecary shop for the modern man. There’s also a strong dining and nightlife scene, with East Side King Thai-Kun, Mia Italian Tapas & Bar, Sway, Tarka Indian Kitchen and The Dogwood. Bars such as Jack & Ginger’s Irish Pub, Kung Fu Saloon and Lavaca Street Bar are sure to keep the fun going late, along with rooftop bar 77 Degrees and dance club The Rose Room.

A Flipside photobooth is huge fun for summer events. Guests all get a personal flipbook and a 7-second video to share. Lights, action, flip!



Voodoo Doughnut

Photos courtesy of Birdsong Imaging



Calling all midnight doughnut scarfers. Since opening on Sixth Street, the trademark pink boxes of uber-indulgent treats are everywhere downtown—day and night. Yes, this culinary sin city is open 24/7 to serve doughnuts you never want to tell your heart doctor about. (Bacon Maple Bar doughnut, anyone?) With lines out the door, this Portland transplant is set to be an Austin favorite. VOODOODOUGHNUT.COM

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The buzz in Dallas this summer is tantalizing. Prepare to sizzle!

By E.A. Shumate


Opened in historic downtown McKinney in June 2015, Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen [1] features New American cuisine with Texas undertones. Topping the menu is, of course, a dish that shares the restaurant’s name. Chef Jon Thompson and co-owner Johnny Carros oversaw the transformation of an 80-year-old filling station into a highly anticipated restaurant, putting it on the fast track to a Dallas top 10 spot in its first six months.

Craft brewery openings are taking Greater Dallas by storm. Producing a wide range of lagers, ales, ciders, seasonal brews and IPAs, most offer weekly tours and tastings along with events like yoga classes, pet adoption days, trivia contests, bike races and live entertainment. Among the better known are Deep Ellum Brewing Company, located in the edgy entertainment district near downtown Dallas, and Lakewood Brewing Company of Garland. Denton is home to Audacity Brewhouse and Armadillo Ale Works, popular with college students and Denton’s arts community. McKinney has two craft breweries, the Bavarian-style Franconia Brewing Company and rustic TUPPS Brewery. Also in the area are Grapevine Craft Brewery (Farmers Branch), Cobra Brewing (Lewisville) and Bishop Cider

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Photos courtesy of Kevin Marple(1), Ron's Place(2), & FreePlay Arcade(3)

The Carros-Thompson team started 2016 by generating even more buzz with the announcement of two new ventures. First up, Butcher Board, next to Sugarbacon and offering hand-carved sandwiches highlighting smoked and braised meats. Guests can get to-go orders, sit inside or on a front patio that features a pair of vintage gas pumps. Up soon, Sugarbacon 2, opening in Dallas' Lakewood area. (Look for it late summer or early fall.)

LIVING TEXAS | DALLAS Co. (Bishop Arts District), among others. Rowlett’s FireWheel Brewing Company is now home to Backcountry Brewery.

Bringing large groups of craft brews together under one roof are cozy hangouts like Ron's Place [2], a new spot in Addison that features a unique mix of exclusively American-made beer and no less than a dozen Texas beers at all times. RONSADDISON.COM

Emporium Pies has developed a loyal


Now that the classification of “vintage” includes the 1980s, popular ‘80s video arcades and the games that populated them are enjoying a resurgence, with gamers hoping to reclaim, or at least relive, the fun of their teen years. Free Play Arcade [3] opened in Richardson late last year. It features 60-plus vintage video game consoles and pinball machines. The $10 admission fee provides unlimited play throughout the arcade. An on-site restaurant offers food,


McKinney’s Sugarbacon features a New American menu.


Find your inner pinball wizard at Richardson's Free Play Arcade.

drinks, an eclectic mix of adult beverages and space for parties. After 9 p.m., it's over 18 only. FREEPLAYRICHARDSON.COM

Also paying homage to video games past, present and future is Frisco’s National Video Game Museum. The museum offers 20 exhibits, artwork by local artists, rare items and an arcade of 40 iconic machines.

Pastry chef Buddy Valastro , famous for his TLC show, Cake Boss, opened his first Texas bakery in March. Carlo’s Bakery in Dallas' Preston Center is the 13th of Valastro’s bakeries in the U.S. And yes, the store sells the same kind of to-die-for specialty cakes fans drool over on his TV show. CARLOSBAKERY.COM


The opening of luxury brand Longchamp's newest boutique in NorthPark Center marks not only the brand’s first store in Dallas, but also their first freestanding boutique in Texas.


Photos courtesy of Longchamp

following since opening its original location in Bishop Arts District in Dallas' Oak Cliff area in 2011. A second location opened in McKinney's historic downtown in 2013. The gourmet pie eatery will offer even more of its sinfully delicious pies when the third location opens in downtown Dallas’ hot spot, Deep Ellum, in the fall.

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Fort Worth

The historic Chisholm Trail saw millions of cattle come through Fort Worth in the late 1800s, paving the way for the city’s Cowtown moniker and a cowboy culture that's alive and kickin' today, y'all. But Fort Worth also offers an array of other choices for hot summer fun. By Lydia Saldaña


It seems a trendy new restaurant opens every few months in the happening West 7th Street area. This summer marks the opening of the Cork & Pig Tavern, co-owned by local chef Felipe Armenta and Hell’s Kitchen Season Two runnerup Virginia Dalbeck. West 7th also hosts outdoor events, including Bites and Flights (May 15) [1] featuring sample tastings and sips from local restaurants. June 18, the third annual pARTy on Crockett has live bands, live performers and an interactive art exhibition that turns you into an artist. At the Chalk Art Festival (Aug 20), see elaborate chalk art designs by talented professional street painting artists. Get there early and watch the pieces evolve!

The new Ale Trail connects nine breweries: The Collective Brewing Project, Martin House Brewing, Panther Island Brewing , Rahr & S o n s B r ew i ng , R evo lve r Brewing, Rabbit Hole Brewing, Shannon Brewing , Chimera

Brewing and HopFusion Ale Works. They range from a nano brewery,

creating beer a few barrels at a time, to one producing more than 20,000 barrels a year. Download a trail map and head out to meet some of Fort Worth's hottest brewers. FORTWORTH.COM

Pick up a new Stockyards Adventure Pass at the visitors' center to get the most out of the experience, including a live cattle drive [2 ] and a visit to Billy Bob’s, the world famous honky tonk that just celebrated its 35th birthday. FORTWORTHSTOCKYARDS.ORG

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Photos courtesy of Julien & Lambert Photography(1), Fort Worth CVB(2), & Jeremy Enlow/Fort Worth Zoo(3)



West 7th Street—known for its trendy restaurant scene— also hosts fun outdoor events like Bites and Flights, and the Chalk Art Festival (below).

Segways & More Roll through downtown for a couple of hours on a

The Trinity River beachfront.

Cowtown Segway Adventures tour listening

to fun tidbits of city lore and legends. Stop at the city’s first park, learn the tale of the sleeping panther that gave Fort Worth its "Panther City" nickname, pause where John F. Kennedy made his last public speech and roll through the amazing Fort Worth Water Gardens. The final stop is the Panther Island Pavilion and Trinity Trail.



Gus, the baby gorilla, [3] is one of the star attractions these days at the Fort Worth Zoo . The little guy is the first western lowland gorilla ever born there, an important milestone for the critically endangered species. Small humans can be spotted at the zoo’s newest attraction, the Safari Splash. The zero-depth 14,000 square-foot area is equipped with slides, water cannons and a designated toddler play area.

Got a taste for a tour? Then head to the Bureau of

E n g r av i n g a n d Printing , one of only

two places in the U.S. where money is printed. The selfguided tours are free and no reservations necessary.



T h e a n n u a l M o v i e N i gh t i n Sundance Square Plaza kicks off

June 1 with "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." Movies are every Wednesday through June 29 and begin at dusk. Looking to make a splash earlier in the day? Then try the Square's fountains—afternoon visitors are welcome to frolic among the 200+ water jets.

Photo by Bill Orcutt



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Summer is upon us, which means muggy weather and rising temperatures, but you can stay cool by sampling some of the great food and culture in HTX. By Gabi De la Rosa


Darius Rucker headlines Freedom Over Texas, the official City of Houston Fourth of July Celebration.

Omar Pereney is a culinary prodigy

who worked in his first restaurant at age 12, became an executive chef at age 16 and opened his first restaurant at age 20. Houstonians are lucky to have the Venezuelan native here full-time at his Galleria restaurant Peska Seafood C u l t u r e . A d i n n e r a t Pe r e n ey ’s restaurant will take you around the world with a menu that blends European, Mediterranean, South American and Asian traditions. PESKA.US

Take a drive up I-45 to The Woodlands a n d s t o p at o n e o f H o u s t o n ' s t o p ranked new restaurants. At Cureight by Hubbell & Hudson , keep cool with the Oyster and Pearl Caviar [1] or Strawberry Parfait, which are both as beautiful to look at as they are to taste.

and modern hotel is so centrally located that walking everywhere is a breeze. You might not want to leave though, because everything you need for a perfect getaway is right in the hotel: get a massage, take a swim on the rooftop infinity pool, grab a cocktail at Sidebar, or have a meal at CURRENT, the hotel’s restaurant which features local Texas fare.

Make sure to stop by Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929-1940 which runs through May 30th at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston [3]. The MFAH also offers a taste of late night fun with their Mixed Media events which transform the museum into a high-energy art party where guests can dance to the beats of a DJ and create their own art.

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Photos courtesy of Julie Soefer(1), The Westin The Woodlands(2), Peter Harholdt(3), & Darius Rucker(4)

While up north, stay at The Westin The Woodlands [2]. This new luxurious



Just one of the classic cars on display at MFAH.

If you're in the Bayou City for the Fourth of July, the Freedom Over Texas 30th Annual Celebration [4] is something you won’t want to miss. The family-friendly festival takes place in Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou and will be headlined by former Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer-turned-solocountry-artist star Darius Rucker, with a spectacular blast of fireworks to close the evening.


Chef Austin Simmons’ Oyster and Pearl Caviar at Cureight.

Need a break from the heat? Catch a show in the Alley Theater’s newly renovated space. Have a drink in the beautiful Meredith and Cornelia Long Lobby and then watch Bor n Yesterday (June 3rd through July 3rd), a comedy about politics and the power of female persuasion. Hip new cocktail bar Canard is the l at e s t o f f e r i n g f ro m Tre a d s a c k , t h e restaurant group that took the Heights by stor m in 2015 with Ber nadine's, Foreign Correspondents, Hunky Dory and Johnny's Gold Brick.


The Westin The Woodlands lobby.

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San Antonio

Concerts, festivals, theme parks, hot new restaurants—there's a lot to see and do in the Alamo City this summer. Here are a few of the highlights. By Eric Moreno

Fiesta Texas, July 4th Fest [1]

Independence Day celebrations at Fiesta Texas include the largest fireworks display in the county that can be seen from miles away. Why not make it an all-day affair and ride the new SUPERMAN: Krypton Coaster Virtual Reality Coaster and three new coasters at the Boardwalk? 17000 IH-10 W SIXFLAGS.COM/FIESTATEXAS

Phil Hardberger Park

Billed as the best place in the city to see and feel the wild, the sprawling 311-acre Phil Hardberger Park is smack dab in the heart of the city. Built on the grounds of a former dairy farm, the park has over 6 miles of hiking and biking trails, sport parks, playscapes and dog parks. It's truly the crown jewel of San Antonio's green spaces. EAST GATE |13203 BLANCO RD WEST GATE: 8400 NW MILITARY HWY PHILHARDBERGERPARK.ORG

Texas Folklife Festival June 10-12

Held on the grounds of the historic Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC), and a part of the San Antonio scene since 1972, the Texas Folklife Festival is a celebration of the diverse heritage that makes up Texas. Over 40 different cultural groups are represented at the Festival with performances, arts and crafts, and over 100 food and drink booths offering tasty samples. (Food options include Native American fry bread, Polish pierogies and Wendish-style pickled watermelon rinds.)

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The Festival’s five stages are scattered throughout the ITC grounds and feature all types of ethnic and cultural entertainment

Beautiful sunsets and Austin’s skyline provide the perfect backdrop for your private, corporate or wedding event.

Established in 1991,

Lakeside of the Hyatt Regency Austin 208 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX www.capitalcruises.com (512) 480-9264

Capital Cruises is the largest all-electric boat fleet on the Highland Lakes. Nestled on the shores of beautiful Lady Bird Lake at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, we are proud to offer lunch and dinner cruises, wedding events, internationally famous bat-watching excursions, party boat service and the ultimate alternative for group and corporate outings.

LIVING TEXAS | SAN ANTONIO ranging from Brazilian martial arts demonstrations to Lebanese folk dancers a n d S p a n i s h f l a m e n c o p e r fo r m e r s. Keep an eye out for roving performers throughout the grounds, also.


For families, there's a Kids Cultural Cor ner, located in “Fun Alley.” An interactive program of performances and demonstrations helps introduce children to the rich, vibrant history and culture of Texas.


Pearl Farmers Market


Long dor mant, the Pearl Brewery has been renovated, refurbished, and renewed i n t o a s p a rk l i n g m i xe d - u s e f a c i l i t y, home to fan-favorite restaurants, hotels, shopping venues and the ultra-popular Pearl Farmers Market. All market vendors are located in a 150-mile radius of San Antonio. Food and produce vendors combine with live music to give a unique energy that has to be experienced. Open all year, rain or shine. PEARL BREWERY | 303 PEARL PARKWAY ATPEARL.COM/FARMERS-MARKET




Located in the newly remodeled St. Anthony Hotel, Rebelle is one of the trendiest new restaurants in the Alamo C ity, w ith s om eth in g for al l t as t e s. Highlights include char-broiled Gulf oysters with garlic confit butter, prime center cut filets with Yukon gold confit potatoes, and one of their signature Seven Deadly Sins cocktails. THE ST. ANTHONY HOTEL | 300 E. TRAVIS ST. THESTANTHONYHOTEL.COM

Must Do at the Zoo


Now entering its 102nd year, the San Antonio Zoo continues to evolve its look and exhibits. The latest is the interactive giraffe feeding experience. The new Savanna exhibit places visitors at eye level with these amazing animals under a covered deck and feeding platfor m. Animal care specialists are on-hand to answer any questions. 3903 N. ST. MARY’S ST SAZOO-AQ.ORG

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Photos courtesy of Scott Martin(2), ryuwulf(3), & Shannon Pullin(4)



South Padre Island Worth a trip to South Texas

By Gabi De la Rosa

Texans have a lot to be proud of, and the fact that we have a tropical oasis in our backyard should be on that list. South Padre Island, part of the world’s longest barrier island and with over 300 days of sunshine annually, is just a short plane ride or fun road trip from anywhere in the state. Once you arrive, ditch your car keys and just walk, bike, take a decked-out scoot coupe or golf cart anywhere you want to go. (The island is only 4.5 miles long and barely a half mile wide.)

South Padre Island’s climate also makes it a perfect habitat for many animal species from birds, to fish and plants. The island is part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail and is a temporary home or stopping point for hundreds of birds on their spring and fall migration. Become a part of the birding scene at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Walk along their nearly two miles of trails and catch a glimpse of not only birds, but many other animals in their natural habitat. Visit Sea Turtle Inc. and learn about sea turtle rescue, release and meet Allison, the first sea turtle ever to successfully use a prosthesis to help her swim. There are also dolphin excursions which will give you a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins, and if you are lucky, you might catch up with a pod that will swim alongside the boat. One of the best things about the island is the great local food. Make sure to have the lasagna and S’more pizza at Gabriella’s. Get your Tex-Mex fix at Señor Donkey’s and take advantage of the fresh seafood found on almost every menu on the island. BLT for breakfast anyone? Enjoy bacon, lobster and tomato eggs benedict and a mimosa while savoring your beach view at the Palm's Resort beachside café. South Padre Island has something to fit everyone’s budget. If you are looking for luxury, book a room at one of the island’s four full-service hotels and stop in for an hour-long massage at the luxurious Sapphire Spa. Just remember, you can’t get more luxurious than the sand, surf and fun which are free, open 24/7 and a welcome treat for everyone who visits South Padre Island. SOPADRE.COM

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Photography courtesy of South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau

Miles of light sandy beaches, with great opportunities for beachcombing or just enjoying the sand and sun, are at your disposal. Take a sand sculpting lesson and learn how to build your own masterpiece, or you can try your hand at everything from stand up paddleboarding to kayaking and kitesurfing. The warm, clear, shallow waters make watersports easy to enjoy almost any time of year.




S H I R T: Thomas Dean, Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave , JEANS, TIE, BELT: Cremieux, Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave


BLOUSE: Endless Rose, Beehive, Austin , SKIRT: Milly, FOUND, Austin, EARRINGS: Beehive, Austin

ANNA | DRESS: Elliatt, LURE by Y&F, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave, BRACELET, EARRINGS: Stylist’s own


SHIRT: Roundtree & Yorke, Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave, TIE: Ted Baker, Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave, JEANS: Lucky Brand, Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave

DANNIE | DRESS: Elliatt, LURE by Y&F, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave, NECKLACE: LURE by Y&F, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave

Summer goes hand-in-hand with weddings--where the fashion focus is on the bride, groom and wedding party. But, what about the guests? What can we wear? 
 Be it an afternoon garden wedding, a festive ceremony outdoors, or a dressier evening affair, we have you covered, with the season’s hottest trends. PHOTOGRAPHER: Sarah Doliver, sarahdoliver.com | STYLIST: Edith Henry, The Campbell Agency, edithhenry.com | HAIR & MAKEUP: Erica Gray, Emily Hedicke | ASSISTANT: Jenny Cox | MODELS: Anna Cash, Gabriel Jamison, Dannie McCallum, Ashley Monical, Geoff Robson | VENUE: The Vineyards at Chappel Lodge, chappellodge.com

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ASHLEY | DRESS: Nicole Miller, FOUND, Austin, NECKLACE: Dillard’s, Hi l l C ountr y G al l eria, B e e C ave, CLUTCH: Taxidermy, Abbey Rose, Austin, SUNGLASSES: Stylist’s own GEOFF | SUIT: Perry Ellis, Dillard’s,

Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave, TIE: Cremieux, Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave, BELT: Cremieux, Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave


DRESS: Joie, Abbey Rose, Austin, NECKLACE: 31 Bits, Abbey Rose, Austin

DANNIE | ROMPER: DVF, Abbey Rose, Austin, SUNGLASSES: Beehive, Austin


DRESS: Three Dots, Abbey Rose, Austin, NECKLACE & BRACELETS: 31 Bits, Abbey Rose, Austin, CLUTCH: Kate Landry, Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave

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ANNA | DRESS: Milly, FOUND, Austin, EARRINGS: Beehive, Austin, BRACELET: Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave ASHLEY | DRESS: Nicole Miller, FOUND, Austin, NECKLACE: VSA Designs, LURE by Y&F, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave DANNIE | CROP TOP & SKIRT: English Rose, Beehive, Austin, EARRINGS: Catherine Page, LURE by Y&F, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave GABRIEL|SHIRT: Cremieux, Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave, TIE: Murano, Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave, JEANS: Lucky Brand, Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave

GEOFF | SHIRT: Thomas Dean, Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave, VEST: Perry Ellis, Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave, PANTS: Model’s own

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ANNA | DRESS: Sky, LURE by Y&F, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave, CLUTCH: Kate Landry, Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave


by Y&F, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave, NECKLACE: Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave

DANNIE | DRESS: Rachel Zoe, FOUND, Austin, NECKLACE: Theia, FOUND, Austin GABRIEL | PANTS, SHIRT & VEST: Perry Ellis, Dillard’s, Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave

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How To Pick an Outdoor Summer Wedding Venue

... and they lived happily ever after.

Texas drought or not, make sure your venue has a rain plan for the number of guests you have attending.

Give out fans or serve flavored waters and make sure guests aren’t facing the sun for the ceremony.

• Visit your venue at the same time of day as your wedding will be.


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Spieth By Pete Frank

In just three years, Jordan Spieth has become not only one of the top-ranked professional golfers in the world, he has transformed the game of golf for the better. Spieth has brought a fresh and inspiring attitude, that all of us can learn from, to not only the game but to life in general. Spieth grew up in Dallas, in a selfless family environment, where the focus was on how they could all help take care of Ellie, his younger sister, who was born with a neurological disorder. Ellie inspired Spieth to launch his Family Foundation, which provides financial assistance and a platform for supporting children with special needs, military families and junior golf programs. His family's spirit instilled a strong sense of determination and perseverance into the young Spieth. He learned that to succeed in life, he needed a good team.

Even a quick glance at this former University of Texas Longhorn’s record shows how successful this approach has been for him. Spieth’s career highlights include being the 2012 NCAA Champion (as a freshman),

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Thanks to those early lessons, Spieth, who turns 23 in July, has developed a playing philosophy that is both noteworthy and impressive. In match play competitions, he plays as if he is behind by two strokes and never looks at the score. He does this to put pressure on himself at every hole.

TEXAS LIFESTYLE | ROUGHING IT 2013 PGA Rookie of the Year, the youngest American player ever to make the World Top 10, the 2015 Masters Champion, and reaching the top slot in the Official World Golf Ranking at 22. (He became the second youngest player to become No. 1. Tiger Woods was 21 when he became No. 1 in 1997.) This summer, as golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904, he is part of the four-man team representing the United States. Spieth's win at last year's U.S. Open was a great example of winning through teamwork. His team got to the course weeks in advance to study every green and every break, which resulted in some of the best putting in the history of the game. Spieth is a classic balanced golfer who doesn't lead the tour in a specific statistical category, yet he knows how to score and win. Like all pros, he pursues the game with a clear understanding of each and every shot, yet he also brings an incredible calmness and mental focus that makes him unbeatable—most of the time. He brings a purity and strength to the game of golf, and inspires all of us to be our best working as a team on the course and in life. JORDANSPIETHGOLF.COM

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Welcome Home: The Hottest Trends in Home Design By Simon Murray

Almost the minute it went away,

the mid-century modern style was poised to make a comeback. Sleek lines, transparent livable spaces, an abundance of natural light—for homes, mid-century modern is the equivalent of the iPod; less being much, much more. In an age where form doesn’t follow function—think of how many separate functions our phones are capable of—function is now the sole operative word, and what better than a style that makes use of conceptually open (and limitlessly functional) spaces?

Photos courtesy of S&R Development (top: left & right), Greico Modern Homes (bottom: left & right)

When designing the trendy sanctuaries homeowners increasingly desire in their rush to decompress from the lighting-fast speed of the modern rat race, the mid-century modern style has never seemed better. Never has this been more true, either, for custom builds across Texas, in homes where an “Atomic Age” light fixture, a bronze metal sun mirror, and Don Draper deposited in an Eames Lounge Chair would not look out of place.

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TEXAS LIFESTYLE | HABITAT “Across the board, that’s what we get asked for,” says Dallas-based designer and builder Tom Greico, of Greico Modern Homes. With the mid-century modern style “just about anything goes,” including dressing them with everything from modern to traditional and antique furniture, and all kinds of artwork. While traditional homes are itemized and structured—a living room here, check; a kitchen there, check—they can also be stuffier and far less visually pleasing as a result. The newest trends make use of big, gorgeous, livable spaces; as well as fluidity between indoors and outdoors, says Greico. “Things have changed in the last few years— we’re doing more open spaces,” concurs Dallas builder Saad Chehabi, president and CEO of S&R Development. “We’re also doing a lot of oversized floor-to-ceiling windows with very dark frame colors. Saad confirmed that in the last few years his firm has exclusively constructed for clients in a neo-classical style that he calls “clean-line contemporary.” “Nobody wants busy, nobody wants traditional,” says Saad. “It’s a lot cleaner, and a lot of bigger open spaces.” That includes clean white walls with no moldings, linear rectangular fireplaces and energy efficient spaces (such as fully sealed attics). But what’s all this added efficiency without the cherry on the top? Namely, complete automation that rivals the Jetsons. “Home automation is becoming more affordable, and more mainstream,” says Greico. “It used to be you spent $20,000 to get your house automated. Now, you can get it for a couple of thousand dollars.”

Mainstreaming Green Building Peter Pfeiffer, of Austin-based Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture, first got into “green” energy in the 1970s. Earth Day had just become a nationally recognized concept, and the oil embargo had sent gas prices skyrocketing. When he eventually settled in Austin, a stint at the University of Texas made him see the light: but not the one you might expect. For the past 36 years, Pfeiffer has led the charge towards “high performance design,” derisively referring to solar panels and geothermal pumps as “gizmos” that get more play than they really should. Honored in 2003 by The National Association of Home Builders for his lifelong achievements in “mainstreaming” green building, Pfeiffer’s fundamental question is simple: “Rather than relying on these things that break, why don’t we just design our buildings to need less energy in the first place?” Pfeiffer's approach formed the basis for a national energy program. After being tabbed by a think-tank formed by the Austin mayor and city council to look into alternatives to the building of another power p l a n t, t h e g r o u p l ooked int o energy-saving techniques that could be implemented citywide. Their efforts laid the groundwork for what would come to be known as Energy Star (the Environmental Protection Agency program’s star is a reference to the Lone Star State), started in Austin 35 years ago, which designs and subsidizes energy efficient appliances. There's still a lot of work to do to spread the word that a common sense approach can be a lot less expensive to implement, says Pfeiffer. “Design the building to use less energy in the first place,” he says. “Once you get that dealt with, then you can see if it’s worth it buying solar panels for your roof.”

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The Margarita Smoke Show

A T e x M e x C l a s s i c I s n’ t s o C l a s s i c A ny m o r e By Susie Oszustowicz

Once the classic is mastered though, what’s a bartender to do? Answer: find the wildest take on the margarita possible. And they’ve certainly upped the ante, throwing in smoked, spiced, spiked and even flaming elements to the quintessential Texas libation. 38 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Summer 2016



This smoky treat by Dallas barman Stephen Halpin is in the running for Patron’s “2016 Margarita of the Year” for good reason. Halpin infuses smoke into a helping of Patrón Citrónge Mango by hand, then teams the infused tequila with another generous helping of Patrón Reposado. (More is usually better, right?) Topping it with fresh mango puree and rimming the glass with Tajin (Mexican chili salt) makes this a ‘rita like you’ve never tasted before.

This margarita’s beet-infused tequila deliciousness rivals the view from the rooftop patio. The Double Under doubles down with rosemary turbinado to balance out the earthiness of the beets.

Smoked Mangonada Margarita [4]


TOP KNOT (DALLAS) Pegu Club [2]

While margaritas and tequila are synonymous, one of Dallas’ newest spots, Top Knot, is shaking up tradition with their gin (yes, gin) margarita, the Pegu Club. This isn’t your grandpa’s gin concoction; they’ve added a bit of citrus, orange Curaçao and bitters, and muddled cucumbers. Their light, spacious patio offers the perfect place to sip on their unique version … and make sure to enjoy it with a sushi roll. 2817 MAPLE AVE | DALLAS TOPKNOTDALLAS.COM

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MATCHBOX RESTAURANT (DALLAS) Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita [1]

There’s enough heat to light you on fire thanks to its jalapeño-infused tequila, but it’ll cool you down with hints of citrus from the Patrón Citrónge, fresh lime and muddled cucumbers. 7859 WALNUT HILL LN #140 | DALLAS MATCHBOXRESTAURANTS.COM

MEXICAN SUGAR COCINA & CANTINA (PLANO) When a restaurant does something well, they don’t need theatrics. Case in point: the entire margarita menu from Mexican Sugar. Mixologist Bonnie Wilson put together

Photos by Susie Oszustowicz (1, 3), Claire Hogan (2), Patrón Tequila (4)

Texas does a lot of things well … Blue Bell ice cream, presidents, oil, “The Bachelor” contestants. And the margarita.

TEXAS LIFESTYLE | HOT an unreal margarita program that gives you the option of ordering over-the-top margs (like the Margarita Granada made with pomegranate liqueur and Firewater Tincture), but the classic is so perfectly balanced that you may just choose that. 7501 LONE STAR DRIVE, B150 MEXICANSUGARCOCINA.COM


Looking for a cocktail and a show? Just order La Familia’s Turner ‘Rita, served complete with an inverted bottle of beer and two limes with blazing, Everclear-soaked sugar cubes. Flame on. 841 FOCH ST | FORT WORTH


Celebrity chef Tim Love doesn’t mess around with his margaritas, and definitely not with the tequila in them. The Colonial has a “healthy” helping of Herradura Reposado Tequila and a kick of Gran Marnier to make it a perfectly smooth drink. 3201 RIVERFRONT DR | FORT WORTH WOODSHEDSMOKEHOUSE.COM


plus the house-made chili salt on the rim.


EL TIEMPO CANTINA (HOUSTON) Fruit Puree Margaritas

Sometimes life needs a little extra flavor, and El Tiempo gives it to you in their frozen margaritas topped with fruit puree. The raspberry, mango, strawberry, melon and coconut swirls are not only delicious, but gorgeous. And you’ll get a helping of fruit while you’re at it. 8 LOCATIONS | HOUSTON ELTIEMPOCANTINA.COM

PASTRY WAR (HOUSTON) Margarita de la Casa

While still only using the conventional ingredients for a margarita, this option from Bobby Heugel (of Anvil Bar & Refuge) tastes a bit more haute than your usual shaken or frozen marg thanks to its use of Key and Persian limes and citrus salt. And the extra tequila. Add some extra flavor with a float for a buck.


Said to be one of the best margaritas in the country, this marg may take away clarity, but gives to charity. Esquire sets apart their “house” margarita from the mediocre versions swizzled by tourists on the Riverwalk just below by using two tequilas—Fortaleza Blanco and Siembra Azul Reposado—and fresh Key limes. A dollar from each sold goes to the Tequila Interchange Project. 155 E COMMERCE ST | SAN ANTONIO ESQUIRETAVERN-SA.COM


Everything’s bigger in Texas, right? While it’s cliched, it’s true. This Mexican restaurant (that happens to be open 24 hours) started serving their classic margaritas 75 years ago and now offers them in “grande, jumbo and litre” sizes. From the taste to the size, there’s nothing little about them. 218 PRODUCE ROW | SAN ANTONIO MITIERRACAFE.COM



Purple Rita

When they say “limit two,” they aren’t messing around. These mysteriously potent purple beauties will add a bit of pep to your step and give you a brainfreeze to boot.


CURRA’S (AUSTIN) Avocado Margarita

Down a couple of these famous frozen, creamy margs and you’ll have your Vitamin K for the week … and a buzz. For once, the avocado doesn’t cost extra.



What does “chilango” even mean? In a word … delicious. El Chile’s unique frozen variation is sweet, spicy and salty thanks to the fresh orange juice and Tabasco sauce,

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Hot, Hot, Hot Sauce By Natalie K. Gould

It ’s no secret that we Texans love our food spicy. But as much as we love to feel the heat, being able to taste the flavors of a dish is just as important. So when we go to pick a hot sauce to douse our tacos, meats, eggs and really anything with, it’s got to be hot and full of flavor. We rounded up the best hot sauces made right here in the Lone Star State for you to add to that growing collection we know you have overflowing in your pantry. 40 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Summer 2016

BEST OVERALL: Big Daddy’s Amplified Heat


This sauce is everything any good Texan could hope for: pecan-smoked jalapeños, St. Arnold’s Lawnmower beer, a touch of molasses and fresh lime. Ok, sure, it’s not the hottest sauce that has ever graced our tastebuds. But, oh those flavors. Big Daddy Trevi and his wife Becky started their famous sauces in their Houston kitchen using peppers grown in their backyard. You’ll find yourself using this sauce on as many things as you can cook, but we recommend a flame-grilled flank steak cooked medium. BIGDADDYSASSBURN.COM

BEST MILD HOT SAUCE: Frankie V’s Creamy Hatch Chile Sauce [2]

Maybe you have friends coming from out of state and they’re not accustomed to our spicy way of eating. This is a perfect “I don’t like spicy food” or a “serve it to anyone and put it on anything” hot sauce. Kids will also love it. The hatch chile flavor rings through loud and clear with just a small kick to remind you that we’re still in

the Southwest. A creamy hot sauce, it’s a little thicker than you’d find in a vinegarbased sauce. It’s organic, gluten free, vegan and has absolutely no preservatives, so your West Coast friends will feel right at home. Since it is all natural, it has a shorter shelf life than you’re used to, so once you open it, you better put that stuff on everything. FRANKIEVSKITCHEN.COM



There are times when only a Louisiana hot sauce will do. But instead of opting for the popular yellow and red label, keep it Texas with Big Al. He boasts that “this sauce goes with everything, from boiled possum to fricasseed zebra,” but we recommend you use it on wings, dressings, smoked meats, and even popcorn and chips. The sauce has a distinctly Texas flavor, while still maintaining the familiar Louisiana taste you’d expect. BIGALSTEXASRUBS.COM continued on page 42.


BEST FRUIT-FORWARD HOT SAUCE: Mikey V’s Peach Habanero Delight [3]

Don’t let the peach in the name fool you; this sauce delivers a full-strength kick with just the right amount of peach and pineapple for a sweet sigh of relief after the initial burn. Paired best with hot summer days, cold beer and fresh fish tacos, it’s also great with chicken, pork and even lamb. Don’t expect to find it at your local grocer; it’s only available online and in a few stores around Austin. But if you’re in the area, you can always pop into the main outpost, Mikey V’s Foods, in Georgetown. MIKEYVSFOODS.COM

BEST HOTTER THAN HOT SAUCE: Briggs True Ghost Pepper Sauce

You want hot? You got it. This is not for amateurs. This is not for weaklings.


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This is for those who know what they’re doing with years of experience. The ghost peppers, cayenne and habaneros will have your mouth singing. You can expect bold, smokey flavors without the vinegar overpowering. It goes great on tacos, especially with some fresh cilantro and lime juice. And don’t be afraid to try a few shakes in your favorite chilis, soups and gumbos. Best not to bring this out when Northern friends come to visit. BRIGGSTRUE.COM

BEST HABANERO SAUCE: Yellowbird Sauce [5]

This Austin-based sauce is a fresh take on the classic Texas habanero-based hot sauce. The sauce is brightened up with organic carrots and tangerine juice, giving it an orangey-yellowy hue. In true Austin form, this sauce is 100% natural, with no added preservatives. The sauce is slow-cooked, so it tempers the heat and lets the flavor of the habanero shine through. YELLOWBIRDSAUCE.COM





Hot Pits: The Best of Texas BBQ By Natalie K. Gould

BBQ may as well be the official state food of Texas (in fact, we’re not entirely sure it’s not). Unlike other states, sauce typically takes a backseat to the deeply smoked meats here in the Lone Star State. Depending on where you are in Texas, post oak, pecan, mesquite, cherry and hickory are the smoking woods of choice. Central, East and West Texas BBQ styles vary enough that it’s hard to compare one with another. Even the way the meat is prepared and sliced (or not) depends on its geographic location. That said, here are our top picks for hot pits. 44 Texas Lifestyle Magazine | Summer 2016


Nestled in the Aztec Food Park is the unassuming La Barbecue. Visitors love that they don’t have to camp out and wait for four hours like other popular Austin BBQ joints. Don’t miss the almost impossibly black, barky brisket, housemade sausage and, maybe most importantly, the beef rib. It is exactly what all your beefy, barbecuey dreams are made of. AZTEC FOOD PARK | 1906 E CESAR CHAVEZ | AUSTIN LABARBECUE.COM

BEST EAST TEXAS BBQ: Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q [2]


Don’t be surprised if you show up at 11:30 a.m.—half an hour after lunch starts—to find the brisket is sold out at this BBQ mecca. The pit has been around since 1959, so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing. Your best bet is the four-meat sampler, so you can try a variety. Brisket, ribs and turkey should definitely be three of those. We trust you’ll make a wise choice for the fourth (it should be sausage). 525 S. BECKHAM AVE | TYLER STANLEYSFAMOUS.COM



Tucked away in the small West Texas town of Pecos, Pody’s BBQ smokes up memorable ribs and brisket with outstanding sides like green chile hominy. The brisket crust is almost immorally dark, only to reveal a pronounced smoke ring that would fire up any pitmaster. Pody’s habanero barbecue sauce will remind you that you’re deep in spicy food country and you best not forget it. 1330 S CEDAR ST | PECOS FACEBOOK.COM/PODYSBBQ

BEST DFW BBQ: Hutchins BBQ [3]

DFW is newer to the BBQ cool kids’ table, but it’s making a name for itself nonetheless. You can never go wrong with mainstays like Pecan Lodge, Lockhart Smokehouse, Sonny Bryan’s and North Main, but travel north about half an hour and you’ll find a true BBQ treasure. The brisket, ribs and sausage are consistently outstanding, and the peach cobbler is reason enough to drive north of 635. Pro tip: order the all-you-can-eat option for a very affordable $18.99.

Honorable Mentions: PEARLAND: Killen’s Barbecue HOUSTON: Gatlin’s BBQ DALLAS: Slow Bone FORT WO RTH: Longoria’s BBQ, SAN ANGELO: Peepsi's BBQ LLANO: Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que



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Hot Summer Sipping Try these delicious summer sips and kick back at the Texas heat.

Ready to drink straight from the bottle and exceptional when served over ice and mixed with fresh fruit, Mija Sangria also makes great cocktails, adding a dry, fruity sweetness. Crafted from premium dry red wine and 100% unfiltered fruit juice, without artificial additives or preservatives, this refreshing summer favorite is packaged in 100% recyclable and reusable flip-top bottles. | $11.99 | MIJASANGRIA.COM

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Jose Cuervo Especial Rolling Stones Edition. Filled to the brim

with the famous blue agave 81 proof recipe, this distinctive bottle was created to celebrate the pivotal role Jose Cuervo played in fueling The Rolling Stones’ legendary 1972 North American tour— dubbed the ‘Tequila Sunrise Tour.’ | $25 | RESERVEBAR.COM

The smooth Extra Añejo of Tequila Avión’s Reserva 44 is a superior sip

the most demanding tequila connoisseurs and single malt drinkers will appreciate.

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Cave-aged 43 months, Reserva 44 is barrel-aged an additional month, refining and deepening the flavor. Finally, it is hand-poured into a crystal decanter and signed by Avión founder, Ken Austin. | $185 | RESERVEBAR.COM

Introducing Jose Cuervo ReadyTo-Drink Margaritas. Simply add

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Combine 100% Blue Agave Silver Tequila, triple-distilled for the smoothest taste, with natural coconut flavor and the result is 1800 Coconut Tequila. Enjoy it straight, chilled, as a shot, or mix with pineapple juice for an amazing Coconut Crusher cocktail. | $33 | RESERVEBAR.COM

The Raspberry Mexican Pharaoh * 2 oz. Avión Reposado * 1 oz. grapefruit juice * 0.25 oz. lime juice * 0.25 oz. Agave nectar * 3-4 raspberries Shake all ingredients with ice and double-strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.


For Monica Pope, food is the language of family. The German-born chef grew up in southwest Houston with the bayou as her backyard, learning the art of cooking from her Czech grandmother, who sparked Pope’s love of food. As a teenager, Pope spent two summers “studying” with her in Kansas, learning about Czech food and family recipes. Nobody else in the family felt comfortable making the traditional dishes or taking over grandmother’s role, so it fell to Pope. The budding teenage chef told a friend that she was going to open a restaurant and change the way Houston eats. Indeed, she has. Her critically acclaimed restaurants — The Quilted Toque, t’afia, Beaver’s and Sparrow Bar + Cookshop — are among those that have set a new standard for dining in Houston. Pope is the only Texas woman named a Top 10 Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine. She was a 2007 James Beard Award nominee, was named Best Chef of 2009 at the Houston Culinary Awards, and was a contestant on season two of the Bravo television show Top Chef Masters in 2010. Award-winning Chef Monica Pope opened her first restaurant in Houston in 1992.


Monica Pope

What started in her grandmother’s kitchen went on to Prue Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London, where Pope earned her chef ’s title. She worked in Europe and San Francisco before returning home to Houston in 1992 to open her first restaurant, The Quilted Toque. “Most of my cooking career has not been about cooking,” Pope says. “Through food, I’ve always been searching for who I am, what I’m all about and what I’m supposed to do. My career has been about telling the stories behind the food.”

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local market and her restaurants, checking parties scheduled for the week, making food orders, texting instructions to her managers, answering emails and taking pictures. “Then I cook with people, and it’s awesome,” she says — clearly revealing the best part of her day. At Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, her newest restaurant, Pope creates daily menus from what is in season from local farmers and ranchers. “Ninety percent of the creative effort is already done by the farmer, cultivating and harvesting (at the right time) the food that grows well where you live.” Her digital cookbook, Eat Where Your Food Lives (available at www.ChefMonicaPope.com) aims to help the home cook with the remaining 10% effort that it takes to transform these raw ingredients into a memorable meal. She calls Houston a place of extreme opposites: a concrete jungle, a refinery coast and an air-conditioned oasis, all in one spot. At the same time, the city offers a unique, year-round growing season that produces a bounty of diverse food. For more than 13 years, she has worked to revive the true nature of Houston by supporting local farmers, ranchers and food producers, and helping found the popular Midtown Farmers Market. Pope is currently working on her first memoir entitled Eating Hope (and Other Things I’ve Had to Stomach), an insightful, poignant and humorous look at a woman’s place in the (restaurant) kitchen.

She calls her inventive cooking style “eat where your food lives.”

Photos by Deborah Smail

“I’ve opened eight restaurants in 25 years. The focus has always been to change the way Houston eats — but I had to figure out what that change should be. My main challenge has always been managing the moving parts; and there are lots of moving parts in this business. Baz Luhrman talks about directing films and says it’s like ‘having 300 hands on a paintbrush.’ I can relate to that.” So what does a typical day in the life of Chef Monica Pope look like? She calls it a “clipboard life,” full of lists. She starts each day with a clean sheet, rewriting anything still remaining from the day before. Visits to the

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The Country’s First Year-Round Destination Resort

Whether you’re planning to visit in their highest season of July and August for summer fun or you’re planning your next family ski trip, you can’t go wrong with Sun Valley. By Marika Flatt

Celebrating 80 larger-than-life years, the iconic Sun Valley has earned a reputation for being a stellar destination year-round. Sun Valley Resort really shines in the summer, although its beloved ski season has drawn celebrities and regular folk alike to its legendary lodges since 1936. It was Union Pacific Railroad that bought a nearly 4,000-acre family ranch and built Sun Valley Lodge and its surrounding village to draw tourists year-round. Hollywood flocked to the debut and the stars are still coming. In 2015, the little town with big fun enjoyed a complete renovation of the famed Sun Valley Lodge, keeping the rustic look of its original designer (who also crafted lodges at Yosemite and Yellowstone) but now modernized for today’s traveler.

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Sun Valley sees the second most visitors coming from the Dallas airport. There are flights out of all major Texas airports that either fly direct or through a connection like Denver or San Francisco. It’s a 20-minute shuttle ride from the airport to the resort. Or, you can fly into Boise (cheaper tickets), rent a car and drive 2.5 hours to Sun Valley Resort. Sun Valley Resort accommodates all types of visitors. There are seven homes on property for larger parties. The small Sun Valley Inn is a delightful Austrian-inspired inn, whereas Sun Valley Lodge has 108 rooms, including five celebrity suites (named after celebs who frequented the lodge such as Marilyn Monroe, Clint Eastwood and Ernest Hemingway [1]). The lodge rooms have 400+ square feet, and include a living room with a foldout sofa, a separate bedroom and renovated bathrooms [2] now triple their original size.



If you want access to a kitchen, choose a condo or lodge apartment. If you’re traveling with a family, request two or three adjoining

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Laying your Head

TEXAS LIFESTYLE | JET SETTER apartments; you’ll have a main apartment featuring a full kitchen, living room and dining space with a separate king bedroom and bath, plus adjoining guest rooms with either a queen bed or two singles. With this option, you have three bathrooms for the family and can cook meals, with plenty of space to move around.

GET OUT Summer

When it’s hot in Texas, it’s mild in Sun Valley (think mid-80s) so the locals rave about all the fun activities in the summer months.

Dining Delights

For breakfast, fuel up for a day of outdoor activities at the adorable Austrian-inspired Konditorei. They are known for their freshbaked pastries, locally roasted coffee and Old World hot cocoa. You have the choice of a sweet breakfast entrée like a nutella crepe or a protein-packed omelet (choose your own additions like sausage, spinach, mushrooms and Colby jack cheese) or eggs benedict. One evening, take the sleigh (in winter) or horse-drawn wagon (in warmer months) and ride a few miles down the road to Trail Creek Cabin. Here, you’ll be welcomed into a 1937 cabin that was once a private hideaway for writers like Hemingway, but is now a cozy restaurant. Crackling fireplaces, a full bar and comfort food await. Their famous four-course dinner pairs perfectly with a soundtrack of old country music from the likes of Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys and Texas’ own Willie Nelson. After hiking or skiing Bald Mountain, have lunch at The Roundhouse, perched way up on the mountain with Instagramworthy views. Start with the cheese fondue to share and follow it up with a hearty roasted chicken or beef stew. If you’re feeling adventurous, pair those with a nice glass of wine or local beer. If you’re hiking or skiing Dollar Mountain, take a lunch break at Carol’s Lodge cafeteria where you can grab easy lunch items like soup, salads, wraps, burgers or a big ‘ole (Texas-sized) burrito. You’ll give your feet a nice break and fill your tummy for the afternoon of calorie burn.

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45 holes of golf [3] Mountain biking Hiking and trail running Horseback riding Gun club 17 tennis courts


The resort made a name for itself through skiing. The first chairlift in the world was built at Sun Valley, and this is where so many Winter Olympic athletes train for alpine skiing.

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Skiing [4] Voted the 2016 No. 1 kid- friendly resort in Ski Magazine, Dollar Mountain is ideal for learning to ski (they have over 300 instructors in the ski school) and Bald Mountain is fun and challenging for intermediates to experts. One of the best features of Sun Valley is that you won’t wait in lift lines (30 seconds here versus 30 minutes at some of the large Colorado resorts.) Lift tickets are $115 for adults, $65 for kids. Ice skating The rink is open year- round, but most seasonal in winter. Enjoy spinning around to music, located next to Sun Valley Lodge. Sledding The Lodge has sleds for guests. Climb the adjacent Penny Hill and take off !

Center can get you set up for any of these fun snow activities.

Snowshoeing, cross country skiing, fat tire biking The Nordic

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The Spa at Sun Valley What better

way to end a day’s hiking or skiing than with a top-notch spa treatment? In a word: bliss. I recommend the popular White Cloud Massage (opt for the longer 80 minutes for $180) where you can choose one of four aromatic oils such as Reboot (lemongrass, peppermint and basil). Pools [5] There are two large pools on the resort and the Lodge pool is a delicious 100 degrees in the winter; ideal after a day of skiing. Bowling [6] Don’t miss the vintage bowling alley at Sun Valley Lodge where you can enjoy music, food and drinks, along with arcade games. Shopping and movies The Village features restaurants, boutiques and a movie theater.


Photos courtesy of Sun Valley Resort

Bald Mountain Pizza & Pasta can be found in the village (near the Inn) and is the ideal spot for a family to carbo-load the night before hiking or skiing. Kids will love the fried mozzarella sticks and their hearty selection of calzones and pizzas. Adults can start with an antipasto or caesar salad and then fill up on pasta favorites such as baked ziti or pasta alfredo, paired with a robust Cabernet or local beer.


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Touted as the “grand dame”

of Northern Florida, Ponte Vedra Resort is the place to be if you’re looking to relax and be pampered to the background noise of a breezy oceanfront or for a fun-filled family summer beach trip. This summer haven’s a 12-hour straight shot drive from the Texas state line. (Or, you can fly direct from Houston or Dallas to Jacksonville, where you’re a 30-minute drive from Ponte Vedra Beach and the Atlantic coast.)

The resort is comprised of two sister properties: The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra [1] and Ponte Vedra Inn & Club [2] (1.5 miles from each other on Ponte Vedra Blvd). The latter opened in 1928 and the former in 1989. The Inn has a vintage feel while the Lodge is more modern and spacious. With both being clubs, you’ll see local members about the properties, which adds to the ambience. The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra offers 66 oceanview suites [3], located in low-rise buildings with a charming Florida sand and surf vibe. All of the rooms in the Lodge are newly renovated, overlook the Atlantic and provide a romantic and relaxing beach view. This stretch of the beach is quite secluded and peaceful. The Lodge’s mantra is “delivering the fantasy.” And the staff is trained to say “yes” before even knowing the question. While the rooms are spacious and comfy (one of the best layouts of a king suite we’ve seen) and the beach is so inviting you’ll find it difficult to pull yourself away from its sandy embrace, do your body good and check out what else Ponte Vedra Resorts has to offer – two 18-hole golf courses, several oceanfront pools, a destination spa [4] and other beachfront activities.


Beach Dining

The Lodge’s signature restaurant, The Innlet Dining Room, is oceanfront with a culinary experience that successfully

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blends traditional favorites with the most innovative presentations. The Innlet features an extensive wine list with selections from around the world. Try the Grouper BLT sandwich for lunch and enjoy an array of courses for dinner that might include fish of the day or steak. The Seahorse Grille (at the Inn) boasts dramatic ocean views and features an extensive wine selection paired with American fusion dishes. The décor evokes a vintage beach club with an aquarium as its centerpiece. The Golf Club (at the Inn) offers Southern favorites such as creole shrimp, mashed potatoes and guacamole salad.

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Golf [5] Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has two

championship 18-hole courses, three putting greens, pitching/chipping greens, a practice bunker, complete pro shop, a teaching staff of six, and the 19th hole lounge. Designed in 1928 by famed British architect Herbert Bertram Strong, the Ocean Course is a par- 72, 6,811-yard course, with 99 strategically positioned sand bunkers. A par-70 course, the 6,022-yard Lagoon Course was co-authored by two design geniuses – Robert Trent Jones with the front nine holes in 1961, and Joe Lee with the back nine holes in 1977. In 2007, Bobby Weed fully restored the layout, including new tees, fairways and greens, new turf standards, improved irrigation and drainage, and a greatly enhanced landscape, with water as a dominant feature on 11 holes.

Tennis The tennis program at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has been rated as “one of the top adult tennis camps in the nation” by Tennis magazine, and holds the honored status as the Official Tennis Club of the ATP World Tour. Cradled between green fairways and the Atlantic Ocean, the resort features

15 Har-Tru Hydro clay courts, private teaching courts, eight courses lit for night play, shaded courtside pavilions, computerized ball machines, a courtside patio, and an oversized practice backboard. • Pools [6] At the Lodge, you’ll enjoy an adults-only oceanfront pool and a family pool with waterslide across the street at the fitness center (with a food truck at the ready during high season). At the Inn, you’ll find a family pool with waterslide, an adults-only lap pool and an outdoor spa pool. • Fitness Centers Both properties boast this amenity. Enjoy dozens of fitness classes including core & strength, pilates and Zumba and state-of-the-art gyms. You’ll also find a steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, and a Kids’ Club (for kids up to age 12). • Ponte Vedra Spa combines peaceful surroundings and ultra-modern facilities with an impressive selection of pampering. The in-house Spa Café serves a health- conscious menu with real taste and ample portions—try the flatbread or chicken spinach wrap—located just behind the elegant marble lobby. A highlight of the spa is its outdoor hydrotherapy pool, which boasts relaxing grottos, including a standing bubbler, chaise lounge bubbler, Jacuzzi, swimmers’ treadmill and waterfall. Book a massage or facial and plan to spend a half-day. • Fat Tire Bikes [7] Rent a bike and enjoy riding around the upscale neighborhoods between The Lodge and Inn (1.5 miles) or ride on the beach. It’s the best way to get around. • Beach Rental Water Sports During the summer (high season runs March through August), try your skills at stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and other water activities. There’s plenty to keep the whole family active.

Travel + Leisure Magazine has named the Ponte Vedra Inn a No. 1 Family Resort and it consistently receives the AAA Five Diamond Award (15 consecutive years). It’s no wonder celebrities such as Bruce Springsteen, Jim Carey and Desmond Tutu have found relaxation at this resort. Nightly rates at both properties start at $200 and go up to $700.



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Must Haves for Mom— & Dad Too! These fabulous gifts will help you celebrate Mom and Dad all summer long! Check texaslifestylemagazine.com for even more.


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Designed for guys by guys, DryFins is for active people who love to swim, boat, fish and hike. The signature DryFins is a comfortablecut board short with a super-soft outer shell that looks great wet or dry. Two deep pockets can hold snacks, keys, wallets—or even cell phones. Out of the water, of course. | Starting at $42 |

Mom will dazzle with on-trend fashions from Venus and your wallet will thank you. Watch her light up the room in this bright sequined tank top. Or, she can turn heads in a sexy trim detailed romper; comfy and Instagram-worthy. | $29, $39 | VENUS.COM

For men who want more from life, the Active Edge survival bracelet has technology infused into it that has been proven in tests by doctors and the Department of Defense to improve strength, flexibility and REM sleep. Made with militarygrade paracord, the bracelet can be unraveled and used as a shoelace, tourniquet, backpack strap or even dog leash. | $69 | ACTIVEEDGEGEAR.COM

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A sense of security—with no monthly fee. With the Piper security system, the mom in your life can keep an eye on her loved ones at home while she’s at work or on the go, thanks to Piper’s 180° day/night vision which delivers live video feed straight to her mobile device. There’s a siren, a two-way voice system and motion sensor. | $279 | GETPIPER.COM


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Is Dad ready for an outdoor adventure, but needs a little protection from the elements? The Wind Warrior Block can be set up in a matter of minutes to protect his campsite. Best of all, the adjustable mechanisms are built right into the frame. | $179 | WINDWARRIOR.COM

Looking for a men’s sandal that oozes summer cool? Malibu x Missoni’s men’s sandals bridge old-world craftsmanship with a modern design. The contemporary, yet culturallyrich style of the Huarache sandal blends perfectly with Missoni’s colorful palette (six color choices). | $149.95 | MALIBUSANDALS.COM

›››››››››››› ›››››››››››› This all-levels backyard game is fast-paced, packable and durable. Whether you’re at a family barbecue, beach vacation or camping, RampShot is the perfect way to pass the time. It’s a three or four person game that’s fun for the whole family. Just toss the racquetball-sized balls to earn points. | $59.99 | RAMPSHOT.COM

These white pillow cases from Snowe are made for a queen, with the best quality Egyptian cotton and 500-thread count that’ll make every night her best night’s sleep. | Set of 2, $70 | SNOWEHOME.COM

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Designed for all types of weather, the water-repellant Filson Tin Cloth briefcase has an interior laptop divider, removable shoulder strap, multiple pockets and trolley strap to loop over luggage handles. Dad will be styling with this case. | $355 | FILSON.COM

This Hawaiian Tropic dress is absolutely perfect for a sunny day on the beach. It makes for the perfect swimsuit cover up with its light and sheer fabric, and it can double as a colorful number for a nice lunch out. | $69 | HAWAIIANTROPICAPPAREL.COM

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Hot Water

Hot Water


The Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail

By Melissa Gaskill

My kayak glides down a channel through mangroves that rise on either side of me like leafy walls shutting out the rest of the world. Several yards ahead, a great blue heron lifts off, beating its large wings majestically. A couple of fish splash in the water nearby. I’m on the Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail, actually four loops meandering through a black mangrove estuary, sloughs and lakes. Located between Aransas Pass and Port Aransas, it covers part of Redfish Bay, a State Scientific Area protecting five species of seagrass. Launch points at Lighthouse Lakes Park on Texas Hwy 361, south of Aransas Pass, provide easy access to marked loops of 1.25, 5, 6.7 and 6.8 miles. Redfish Loop, the longest route, winds closest to the circa-1857, recently restored and photogenic Lydia Ann Lighthouse, an important navigation aid in the Civil War.

To avoid getting lost in the mangrove maze, pick up a laminated trail map (see the website for places to find it) or book a guided trip with Coastal Bend Kayak in Aransas Pass (all gear provided). Price per person varies from $40 to $125 per person depending on the size of your group. Out here, I experience the Texas coast as it once was — ­ just the wind, water, and wildlife. Getting lost might not be such a bad idea. LIGHTHOUSE LAKES PADDLING TRAIL | STATE HWY 361 TPWD.TEXAS.GOV

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The historic Lydia Ann Lighthouse at sunset.

The mangroves provide shelter from the wind, leaving the shallow waters calm and perfect for leisurely paddling. In addition to herons, I’ve spotted goofy pelicans and bright-pink roseate spoonbills. In the more open seagrass beds and flats, or lakes, I sometimes see spotted seatrout and flounder, and other paddlers fishing for these or other fish. Some 400 dolphin call this area home and I’ve encountered them occasionally when crossing the channel.


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Ever floated at a spa? It’s a new craze, and we loved trying it at Liquid Floats, in northwest Austin. The myriad of health benefits to floating in saline water include helping with sore muscles to depression and anxiety. Liquid's salt water is three times as salty as The Dead Sea and approximately 94 degrees. You really have to experience it for yourself, but let us set the scene. Schedule an appointment (much like getting a massage) for 60 or 90 minutes. You’re led back to your private room where there’s a shower and one of six pods filled with 10 inches of saline water. Shower off, put in your wax earplugs and climb into your private pod—in the nude, preferably. You can close the lid and choose your lighting and optional music. Then, you float.

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Have you ever worried about dropping your phone in a puddle, pool or (worse!) toilet? Now, San Antonio-based DryBox Rescue has a quick fix— just 30 minutes—at a reasonable price. Stop by one of their 40 self-serve kiosks across Texas (primarily at H-E-Bs) and save your phone, for a bargain.—AS | $35 | DRYBOXRESCUE.COM

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This zero-gravity position frees up 80% of your mind, and Liquid even has customers who bring their mp3 players and learn a new language or listen to college lectures while floating.—MF | LIQUIDFLOATS.COM

Spotted in Austin at trendsetting SXSW, Safe Catch tuna has amazing purity, amazing taste and the lowest mercury of any brand. The idea driving this new California-based company line is simple: bring safe seafood to us all. | SAFECATCH.COM

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Hot Dogs

How To Show Your Puppy Love


1 Take care of your dog and the environment with Eco Dog Care’s Start Green Kit, including “Simply Clean” shampoo and “Simply Fresh” grooming spray. All natural ingredients mean you’ll feel good about keeping your dog clean. | From $14.50 | ECODOGCARE.COM

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2 Austin’s hipster hotel on Rainey Street is a dog haven. Hotel Van Zandt has no restrictions on size, weight, breed or even species and no deposit or fee for pets; they are just as valued as their human counterparts. The hotel has leashes, dog toys and walking maps—with its convenient location on Lady Bird Lake, guests and their pups can easily take a long stroll or jog on the waterfront trail. | HOTELVANZANDT.COM 3 Whether you’re looking for a day or overnight camp, Camp Bow Wow has a fun, safe environment where your dog can be a dog. Dogs romp together in an open-play environment and pricing is all-inclusive. The Camp Bow Wow family also includes the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, dedicated to providing urgent medical care funds to dogs who are either homeless or whose parents cannot afford to pay their vet bills. Camps across Texas, including Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. | CAMPBOWWOW.COM Austin’s Bed and Biscuit is a doggy daycare, equipped to board, with a topof-the-line training facility. The staff is trained to read each dog’s body language and signals, and to understand what the dog is communicating in order to help the pups have the best stay possible. | BEDANDBISCUITAUSTIN.COM


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4 Every dog lover can show off her dog baby by adding one (or more) of ten charms to her Origami Owl Living Locket. Charms range from German shepherds and golden retrievers to Yorkshire terriers and dachshunds. You won’t be able to keep your paws off them. | $12 | ORIGAMIOWL.COM


Hot Skin, Cool Beauty

Hot Skincare Tips from dermatologist Dr. Ted Lain

A How-To Guide for Surviving the Texas Summer, Beautifully!

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1 The multi-purpose Rose Butter Facial Balm from Kensington

Apothecary dissolves stubborn make-up, softens fine lines and locks in precious moisture. Made with cupuaçu and mango butters and blended with coconut and rose oils, it can work as a skin cleanser, deodorant, lip balm and even hair de-frizzer—what more could you ask for? | $25 | KENSINGTONAPOTHECARY.COM

2 Nothing heals or relieves inflamed tissue better than aloe vera. Whether it’s sun-exposure, burns or exposure to radiation, Farmaesthetics Cool Aloe Mist offers instant relief as well as preventing further drying, flaking or toughening of skin tissue. | $26 | FARMAESTHETICS.COM 3 Seal in the tint of your sun-kissed skin with coconut and key lime-scented Key West Aloe Save A Tan. This after-sun moisturizer uses aloe vera to replenish moisture and prevent peeling. | $6-$25 | KEYWESTALOE.COM 4 Ultrasmooth emerginC scientific organics coconutargan body oil is made with 100% natural botanical extracts to help replenish and lock-in moisture for a radiant glow. | $54 | EMERGINC.COM

Cowboys know their stuff! A wide-brimmed hat gives your nose an SPF of 7 whereas a ball cap gives your nose an SPF of just 1. Shot glasses aren't just for tequila. Visualize a shot glass full of sunscreen and apply that much sunscreen (in SPF 35 or higher) every two hours t o y o u r e n t i r e b o d y. Sunglasses are more than a fashion statement. They protect the eyelid skin and prevent formation of early cataracts. Did you know people raised in Texas are likely to need reading glasses earlier than folks raised in northern parts of the U.S?


5 Amarte Overnight Express Therapy is a lush, multi-functional sleeping mask made with retinol, propolis and silk extract to boost brightness, tightness and clarity. Wake up to skin that’s more supple and renewed. |$79 | AMARTESKINCARE.COM


6 Here comes another innovative cream from Korea! Mizon Black Snail All in One Cream, made with 90% black African snail extract,

is a unique, all-natural, cruelty-free way to get smooth, rejuvenated skin. |$14.99 | BEAUTEQUE.COM




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Beat the Heat Workout Tips As told to Leeza Dennis Avoid heat exhaustion by hydrating regularly. Drink water steadily throughout the day, during training and after training. To remind yourself, keep a refillable water bottle with you at all times. And plan on training early or late, when it’s cooler.


Replace electrolytes after your workout, but don’t drink electrolytedense beverages in place of water. During exercise, you sweat--losing water and electrolytes--as your body regulates your temperature. It’s important to replace what the body is losing to maintain a balance of both temperature and nutrients, which in turn improves performance.

Hot yoga–known as Bikram–has taken the fitness world by storm. Pure Bikram Yoga has four locations around Austin and heats up bodies on a daily basis. Get

ready for a hot room (105 degrees, although some classes are a cool 95 degrees) and hot bodies doing hot poses. The 26-pose sequence is designed to work every part of your body: muscles, circulatory system, even the brain stem. It’s a workout like no other, burning hundreds of calories in a 90-minute class. And, as they say at Pure, “No flexibility required.”—MF


Avoid “fat burners” and other b o d y t e m p e rat u r e - i n c r e a s i n g supplements. Your normal daily activity plus the Texas heat is more than enough to increase your core temperature. Fat burners only increase the need for hydration and the likelihood of heat exhaustion.


Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (see our Road Trip feature) -based company, Active Edge, is mixing it up with their pulse electromagnetic field therapy-infused clothing, including a workout t-shirt. PEMFT pulses electromagnetic waves throughout the body to increase blood flow and reduce inflammation. Who benefits? Anyone with back aches, joint pain, arthritis or any other ailments where inflammation is the root of the problem. | $64.99 | ACTIVEEDGEGEAR.COM SkyRobics is a low-impact trampoline class that not only combines calisthenics, core

exercises and strength-building aerobics, but also burns up to 1,000 calories!

It’s also been proven by a NASA study that trampoline workouts are one of the most efficient forms of exercise, with just 10 minutes on a trampoline being better than a half-hour of running or jogging. It avoids putting stress on joints, decreases cholesterol levels and blood pressure and balances out the thyroid.

1 At Sky Zone Trampoline Park Houston, SkyRobics is a deal at $10 per class, or an unlimited monthly membership for $50. SKYZONE.COM

2 Why is foot health important? Besides avoiding foot pain after a long day (or night), feet are the base for healthy ankles, knees and hips. With its European-inspired designs, Therafit combines style and medical technology in their shoes, sneakers and sandals. Now look good and feel good, wherever your feet take you. THERAFITSHOE.COM

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DERRICK WHITE is an Austin-based personal trainer with fitness certifications from the United States Marine Corps and the International Sports Sciences Association. He is studying for his Masters of Science in Sports & Health Sciences.

Photos by Sky Zone Trampoline Park (top), Therafit (shoes), & Sarah Doliver





Hot Suits By the beach or by the pool, our fun selection of hot swimwear is perfect for summer.

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one-piece has patterns running all over to shape your body. Our favorite is the pink. (It’s also available in black and blue.) | $158 | ECHODESIGN.COM


slimming technology to flatten the stomach in this one-piece. The Caribbean Blue is striking and fun. | $178 | ECHODESIGN.COM

3. APHRODITE ONEPIECE This glamorous style

delivers the shape you want with ruching and alternating colors (white/black or tan/black). | $89 | VENUS.COM



crisscross top is sporty, supportive and stylish. We love the Purple Passion color and the bottoms hide a little bit of tummy. | $34 each | VENUS.COM 5. FRUITY SUITY ONEPIECE Vintage to the nth

degree! Here comes the sun in this adorable yellow one-piece. | $89 | MODCLOTH.COM 6. WILD AND WATERFALL BIKINI

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This bikini is going to be a favorite with the younger crowd with it’s full-coverage top and string bikini bottoms. We love the multicolored pattern that ties the two together. | $42 | MODCLOTH.COM

7. SUIT YOURSELF BLITZ Svelte in any of its

three colors—royal blue, black, and charcoal—this suit’s sure to draw all eyes to you. Not to mention that Miraclesuit makes all their suits with the intention of slimming. Everybody wins! | $162 | MIRACLESUIT.COM 8. SLIMMING SKIRTED ONE-PIECE Feminine one-

piece flatters every curve with attached skirt that covers the top of the thigh. | $89 | VENUS.COM

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Diving In Artist’s work refreshes body and soul By Julie Bonnin In Karen Landrigan’s paintings, ocean, air and sky dissolve into each other as a female swimmer exudes strength and focus. There’s a sense of mastery, solitude and resolve in the swimmers who populate her paintings, but also the delicious resistance of a body in water, the refreshing sense of washing away the superfluous. Her paintings invite the viewer to dive in, but the Houston artist didn’t have a choice. After a successful career in the corporate world, she suffered a massive stroke in July 2012 at the age of 50. Straddling a line between life and death, and unable to express herself for many months, she eventually became well enough to return home. Life wasn’t the same, and she found she needed a reason to fight so hard to live. “I’m a full bore girl,” says Landrigan, whose fit physique matches that of the figure in her paintings. She initially ignored a mentor’s advice to start painting, but when she finally decided to take his advice, she picked up the biggest canvas she could fit in her car and began a series of award-winning acrylic paintings with titles such as “Soaring,” “Roaring,” “Emerging,” and “Breathing.”

"Longing" and "Soaring" (below) are from Houston-based artist Karen Landrigan's series entitled "I Have Something to Say."

The paintings, full-color explorations and affirmations, seem to especially resonate with people who have been through similar life-changing crises, Landrigan says.

Artwork courtesy of Karen Landrigan

“I like the interaction between water and air, clouds to water to waves,” she says of her work. “It allows the story to change. It’s almost transparent in places. Am I here, or am I not?” Landrigan is an elected member of the Society for Canadian Artists, and she creates whimsical sketches and hand-made sterling silver jewelry, as well as her award-winning paintings. Born on the island of Newfoundland, Canada, her earliest and fondest memories include water, and she still swims five days a week. KARENLANDRIGAN.COM

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Michael Gladis is Feeding the Beast

By Nancy Miller Barton

Texas Lifestyle Magazine: Do you have a favorite Texas pastime?

Michael Gladis: My dad's best friend in

Houston won the Houston Chili cook-off at one point. When we moved away, my dad asked if we could use his recipe to compete up North. We'd cook in these Connecticut chili cook-offs with a recipe that had won in Houston, (but) we never even placed! Not once. That being said, I've developed my own chili recipe, using that one as a base, and won some tiny cookoffs of my own.


hether eager ad-man or mob-man dubbed “The Tooth Fairy,” actor and native Texan Michael Gladis says, “any character they pay me to play” is a favorite. Gladis is making a switch this summer from copywriter Paul Kinsey on AMC's "Mad Men" to a role in the network's latest, "Feed the Beast." And what a beast. His character— Patrick Woichik—earns his nickname, Tooth Fairy, because of a fondness for pulling teeth. Gladis was born in Houston but the family moved east when he was about three-months-old. “I’m a Texan by birth, New Englander by upbringing.”

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I've served my chili to many a Texan who have not only approved but also claimed it was the best they'd ever had. And I'm aiming to take a shot at a bigger cook-off sometime soon. So yeah, cooking a pot of chili (and drinking some cold beers along with it) is definitely my favorite Texas pastime.

TLM: What was the most difficult Mad Men episode for you? MG: The episode "Christmas Waltz" where I

came back as a Hare Krishna. Having to shave my head... and coming back to that world, in such a weird way... it was very surreal. I didn't know if I could do it, or if it would just be too weird or forced. Everyone on the show was really welcoming and people have told me they really enjoyed the episode.

TLM: “Feed the Beast,” premieres this summer. What's the scoop?

MG: The best way to describe it is half fine-dining restaurant "food porn,” half mob underworld. My character is currently in the latter world, but longs to be in the former. They call him the "Tooth Fairy" because ... well, you'll find out why in the first episode … he's not the kind of Tooth Fairy you want hovering over your bed at night, I'll tell you that. He's going to be one of my favorite characters ever, though.

Photos courtesy of AMC

Erin Cummings and Michael Gladis (pictured right, above), actors with Texas roots, turn up on the streets of New York for the new AMC series, "Feed the Beast."


Close Up with Sean Patrick Flanery M

ost folks know Sean Patrick Flanery as a versatile actor – from his early days in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, through such popular films as Boondock Saints and Powder. The Texasraised actor has just penned his first novel, Jane Two, an evocative, semi-autobiographical look back at his youth in Sugar Land, Texas.

Texas Lifestyle Magazine: How long did you have the idea for writing this novel?

incredibly arrogant because I wrote it... I wrote the screenplay before I wrote the book, to be honest.

Sean Patrick Flanery: The desire

TLM: You've lived in L.A. for years. Do you still carry a lot of Texas in you?

to put pen to paper [began] around 1997. I took two years off to focus on it. You learn a lot about yourself, opening an immense closet.

TLM: What are the differences between interpreting a character as an actor, and creating one as a writer? SPF: The tools you have

are completely different, but the method is exactly the same. As both an actor and a writer you want brevity and concision. In a film, if an actor's really good, he can cut lines out because he can translate feeling with no words at all. Writing is very different. It's a very strategic type of elimination.

TLM: Your depiction of family life in a small Texas town is remarkably on-target. SPF: When I look back on my life, I wasn't

raised with a lot. But, I wanted for nothing. My folks gave me a wealth of tools to pursue and attempt to achieve anything in the world.

TLM: Do you have plans to make Jane Two into a movie? Photos by John Schell

By Steven Uhler

SPF: I do. I know an actor writing a book is accompanied by a handful of eye-rolls. So my first goal is to get a couple of people to read it. I think it would play on the screen as a wonderful story. I know that sounds

SPF: So much so that I've been scouring Zillow to bring my family back to Houston. I want my kids to be raised the way I was raised, in the same culture. I haven't been able to find that in LA. TLM: But as you point out in the book, there are some things you can go back to and other things you can't.

SPF: I think I'm going to find the things that are important. I'll have a great family wherever I land, but Texas is closer to the heart. TLM: Are you still in touch

with your Boondock Saints co-star, Norman Reedus? He's become such a megastar with Walking Dead.

SPF: I speak to him at least once a week. I knew him before we did Boondock Saints. I've never seen that level of success come to someone and have it change them less. He's a genuinely wonderful cat. (Editor’s note: Reedus does the intro on Flanery’s book trailer.) TLM: What are the odds of a third Boondock Saints film? SPF: I wouldn't bet against it. The script is

written. It's just a matter of putting all the pieces together and getting [us] lined up.


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Catching Up with Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino New show launches June on Showtime

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By Daniel Ramirez

A storm approaches. It’s the middle of SXSW 2016, and the

Texas weather has decided to throw its classic curve ball into the festivities. Lightning streaks the sky and the temperature has dropped 30 degrees in the span of a single hour. But, behind a stage on Rainey Street, we’re in the calm center of the storm with Carla Gugino ("Spin City," "Sin City," "San Andreas") and Luke Wilson, Gugino’s co-star in the upcoming Showtime series, “Roadies." And the two stars are playing off one another like Hepburn and Grant as they wait to take the stage and introduce one of this year’s most sought-after SXSW headliners. Theirs is the chemistry that all television and film productions seek, the seamless interaction between two leads that every plot tries to manifest. It’s the lightning cracking outside the building, bottled up and put on display. Something is definitely in the air.

Photos courtesy of Katie Yu/Showtime (left) & Hedda Prochaska (right)

The duo is in town to support their new series in an innovative way. The show, “Roadies,” focuses on the stories and souls that support and enable the live music tours that Austin and SXSW have come to treasure. Produced by J.J. Abrams and overseen by “Almost Famous” director Cameron Crowe, the plot of the show picks up where “Almost Famous” left off, focusing on the people who make magic possible, night after night, from behind the scenes of rock and roll.

director who is intimately familiar with the subject matter—is at the helm; and the respect for his craft is not lost on either of the stars. “He creates a magical environment,” Gugino says. “One of the keys to something working on a film or television [set] is creating an environment in which creativity can happen, and he does that in an amazing way.” They are getting ready to take the stage, both literally and figuratively, and the crowd and the storm and the lights are all waiting in anticipation. The audience, both in front of the stage and in front of their televisions, is waiting to see if they can capture something electric, something magical and something worthy of rock and roll, itself. It’s time to raise the curtain and see what the “Roadies” have in store.

›››››››››››› Showtime’s “Roadies” premieres

on June 26 at 10 p.m. CST.

To celebrate the untold story of these roadies, Gugino and Wilson were in Austin to play host to the “Roadies House,” a SXSW event with a significant twist. Instead of the “talent” receiving the lush treatment, all of the roadies working SXSW are the VIPs. The TV show is more than a gig for the pair. It’s a labor of love, and their tour manager and production manager parts have been transcendent for both of them. These two, and hopefully audiences everywhere, are fascinated by the roles and the world the show reveals. “Because of Cameron’s connections, I was able to talk to Fleetwood Mac’s tour manager and the Eagles’ tour manager," says Wilson. "And, like Carla, I have friends that are on band crews.” "When you get to talk to the people behind the scenes, there are the stories of tour buses missing and finding the driver on a binge, two states over," adds Gugino. " That’s rock and roll for you.” The show seems poised for success. It helps that Crowe—a seasoned

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Finally in Texas, the innovative matchbox American kitchen + spirit is now open in Dallas’ Preston Hollow Village. What started in D.C. as a little spot with a big attitude, serving bold takes on American classics, now offers a comfortable, chef-crafted menu and flavors that are white tablecloth with an urban, yet approachable, style.

Skin Survival: SPF Yourself

Living in Texas, it’s essential to have good SPF protection, especially in the summer sun. We’ve gathered a great roundup of products to help protect you—and your skin—so you can enjoy being outdoors in the Lone Star State year round.


Splash Time!

Swimming with Sharks

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Hollywood: where tourists go to sneak on film sets and take tours about town to see their favorite celebs. This neighborhood in La La Land is much more than its star-studded reputation. Head to the online magazine for tips on dining, attractions and two spectacular hotels, The Redbury and Mama Shelter; all reasons to make the trip to Tinseltown, not just for the famous folk.—PK

Austin entrepreneur and InchBug founder, Brenda Lee Feldman, was super excited to introduce her adorable, inexpensive line of children’s products, including Orbit Labels® and MyDrinky™, on ABC’s Shark Tank. Go behind the scenes in our online feature and get the insider story on Feldman’s innovations and her appearance on the top-ranked TV show.

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Across the state, we’ve got the scoop on what’s new and exciting in Texas waterparks. Do you want to feel that thrilling rush of air and water as you plunge down a waterslide? Would you rather relax poolside? Want to dig your toes into some sand? Or, how about lounging in a tube and watching a movie? Then head to texaslifestylemag.com: we’ve got aqua fun for every age!

I nv i t e s o m e f r i e n d s ove r and create a unique cocktail experience in your home this summer with the simple yet delicious ideas in this online article. Learn how to put a new spin on old classics with seasonal fruits. Step up your garnish game, revamp your ice cubes and impress your guests. We’ll raise a glass to that!

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An escape that sparks a new kind of energy.

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