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CONTENTS February 2019
46 16 LOOKING AHEAD 8 / EVENTS CALENDAR 12 / AUSTIN FASHION WEEK PREVIEW
SPOTLIGHT 14 / AUSTIN SALT CAVE / POINT OF ORIGIN
SOCIAL NETWORK 28 / BACK THE BLUE GALA 30 / MORELAND PROPERTIES PARTY / HOLIDAY AT THE OAKS
STYLE FILE 34 / SXSW WARDROBE CUES THE WOMEN’S ISSUE 40 / AMANDA TATOM 42 / JORDAN JONES 44 / KATHY TERRY
46 / JENNA LEE 48 / SUSIE BUSCH TRANSOU
BEAUTY 52 / MAKEUP Q&A HOME & ENTERTAINING 56 / ROOM REFRESH 60 / WINTERTIME ON LAKE TRAVIS 64 / FRESH PARTY IDEAS
PHILANTHROPY FOCUS 68 / HELPING HAND HOME FOR CHILDREN
MY AUSTIN 72 / AMANDA TATOM
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16 / SAFE STORYBOOK GALA 20 / FASHION X FURRY FRIENDS 22 / ANDY RODDICK FOUNDATION GALA 26 / DANCING WITH THE STARS AUSTIN
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As much as I love all the joy and merriment the end-of-the-year holiday season brings, I admit that as soon as it’s all over, I breathe a sigh of relief yet then feel energized and ready to conquer the world as a new year begins and portends new opportunities and adventures. Bring on spring, I say! Bring on the great Austin weather and the springtime social events. Most importantly, bring on the renewed sense of energy and “Let’s do this!” vibe that ensues as the grass turns green, the trees bud and the spectacular wildflowers bloom. Inspiring stuff, for sure! If seeing nature renew itself yet again doesn’t recharge your batteries, I don’t know what will. The magazine’s change of ownership in 2018 has had the same inspiring, re-energizing, “Let’s do this!” effect on the publication. So many exciting things are coming in 2019 to Waterways. One of the
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biggest changes is our move from quarterly to bimonthly. I am thrilled to announce that starting with this issue you can enjoy reading the magazine six times a year. Since one of my goals as publisher is to provide you with a magazine that’s chockful of useful information, the decision to move to bimonthly was a no-brainer. By going to a bimonthly publication schedule, I have increased our workload by 30 percent. Therefore, I am hiring additional top-notch staff. With that, I’m pleased to introduce you to my newest assistant. Meet Marilyn “Monroe” McGrath, my new right-hand (or whatever hand or foot or pant leg she decides to teeth on) canine. It will be fun to watch her grow along with the magazine. Harness the energy in the spring air, and let’s do this!
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CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS: Donna Beard, Marco Borggreve, Brian Cole Photography, Brian Fitzsimmons, Kate Lesueur, Charles Linn/Fashion X, Brandi Nellis, Kim Ortiz Portrait Art, Cathie Parssinen, Peary Photography, Geert Pieters, Ben Porter, Charles Reagan, Emma Rogers/SAFE Alliance, Rory Photography, Bobby Scheidemann/SAFE Alliance, Tyler Schmitt, Joao Silas, Andrew Sterling, Will Taylor, Thirty 7 Degrees
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EVENTS CALENDAR Great Opportunities to Take Part in Austin’s Rich Culture and Thriving Communities
The Red Young Quartet February 21 The Lakeway Brown Bag Luncheon Concert Series presents pianist Red Young performing with vocalist and spouse Silvie Rider. 12 PM. Lakeway Activity Center.
Austin Fashion Week BERNINA Fashion Fund Showcase February 21 Austin Fashion Week kicks off with a show featuring five runway collections from more than a dozen up-and-coming designers all vying for the 2019 BERNINA Fashion Fund prize. 6:30 PM. Warehouse 305.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch January 23–March 3 Get ready to rock out and laugh out loud as rock goddess Hedwig Schmidt, backed by her rock band The Angry Inch, seeks her place in America. Performances on Wednesdays–Saturdays @ 7:30 PM; Saturdays & Sundays @ 2:30 PM. ZACH Theatre.
Janine Antoni and Anna Halprin: Paper Dance January 23–March 17 A retrospective of sculptures and photographs from the past 30 years by New York–based artist Janine Antoni. Tuesdays–Saturdays 11 AM–7 PM; Sundays 12–5 PM. The Contemporary Austin–Jones Center.
The David Cummings Band February 14 Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Lakeway Brown Bag Luncheon Concert Series presents The David Cummings Band to perform romantic songs for you and your sweetheart’s dancing pleasure. 12 PM. Lakeway Activity Center.
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February 22–23 The Austin Symphony and Conspirare Symphonic Choir perform Brahms’ “Variations on the St. Antoni Chorale, Op. 56a” and “Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45.” 8 PM. The Long Center.
Austin Fashion Week Moda X Australia February 22 Fashion X and Adelaide Fashion Festival bring to Austin amazing collections from South Australia’s hot designers. 6:30 PM. Warehouse 305.
2019 Unmasked Gala February 22 This annual masquerade benefits Wonders & Worries, which provides mental health support to children and teens when a parent is battling a serious illness. 7 PM. JW Marriott Austin.
Austin Fashion Week Celebrate Texas February 23 Fashion X gives designers from all parts of the Lone Star State the opportunity to show off their Texas-size talent. 6:30 PM. Warehouse 305.
Arts Alive! February 26 The biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards kicks off with this cocktail reception with the award recipients,
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and other dignitaries along with live music and fab food from chefs Tyson Cole, John Tesar and Rick Lopez. 6 PM. Blanton Museum of Art.
Texas Medal of Arts Awards Show and Gala Dinner February 27 The Texas Cultural Trust fetes the 2019 award recipients, Texans who’ve achieved greatness through their creative talents or have generously supported the arts in Texas. 5:30 PM. The Long Center.
Notes from the Field February 27–March 31 Anna Deavere Smith’s provocative piece dramatizes personal accounts from individuals caught in America’s schoolto-prison pipeline. Performances on Wednesdays–Saturdays @ 7:30 PM; Saturdays & Sundays @ 2:30 PM. ZACH Theatre.
The Second Line Jazz Band February 28 Laissez les bons temps rouler as the Lakeway Brown Bag Luncheon Concert Series brings back this renowned jazz group in time for Mardi Gras. 12 PM. Lakeway Activity Center.
Go Red for Women Luncheon March 1 American Heart Association–Austin presents its annual luncheon with keynote speaker Luci Baines Johnson and a fashion show. 9:30 AM–1:15 PM. JW Marriott Austin.
Lake Travis Education Foundation 2019 Gala March 2 The theme for this year’s fundraiser for the Lake Travis Independent School District is A Black & Red Ball. The night includes an auction and a performance from country music artist Tracy Byrd. 6 PM. JW Marriott Austin.
The Crystal Ball 2019 March 2 Benefitting the Helping Hand Home for Children, the ball starts with a silent auction followed by the presentation of the 2019 debutantes, their escorts as well as the junior escorts. 7 PM. Palmer Events Center.
BOSTON POPS PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARCO BORGGREVE; THE SECOND LINE JAZZ BAND PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE CITY OF LAKEWAY; 2018 UMLAUF GARDEN PARTY PHOTOGRAPHY BY CATHIE PARSINNEN; AUSTIN FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHARLES REAGAN
Clockwise from top right: Keith Lockhart cues the Boston Pops; The Second Line Jazz Band returns to Lakeway; party in the garden at the UMLAUF’s annual benefit; the Austin Food + Wine Festival will again holds a Feast Under the Stars night
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March 5–August 18 This exhibition of work from Texas-born sculptor Surls features more than 30 large and small objects spanning 40 years. Tuesdays–Fridays 10 AM–4 PM; Saturdays & Sundays 12–4 PM. UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum.
March 29–31 Ballet Austin performs a new, fulllength work based on the original fairytales published by the Brothers Grimm, not the Disney versions. Friday & Saturday @ 8 PM; Sunday @ 3 PM. The Long Center.
April 12–13 The Austin Symphony Orchestra welcomes violinist William Hagen as it performs complementary works from Austrian composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Josef Anton Bruckner. 8 PM. The Long Center.
Stop the Clot 5K
Lake Travis in the Water Boat Show
Ride.Drive.Give. March 15 Take part in a day of fast cars and philanthropy, all to support the Center for Child Protection and its mission to end the cycle of child abuse. Circuit of The Americas.
Lakeway Community Blood Drive
March 30 Austin’s chapter of the National Blood Clot Alliance hosts its annual 5K run and 1-mile walk to advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening blood clots. 8:30 AM. Oaks at Lakeway.
Matilda the Musical
March 16 Donate blood to We Are Blood, and help save lives. Walk-ins are welcome, but organizers encourage donors to schedule a donation by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Lakeway Activity Center.
April 3–May 12 Roald Dahl’s beloved heroine leaps from the pages to the stage in an adaptation that in 2013 was nominated for the Tony Award® for Best Original Score. Performances on Wednesdays–Saturdays @ 7:30 PM; Saturdays & Sundays @ 2:30 PM. ZACH Theatre.
March 22–23 Celebrate women composers throughout the ages with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and special guests Time for Three and pianist Michelle Schumann. The program includes works from Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Wieck Schumann and Jennifer Higdon. 8 PM. The Long Center.
April 5–6 Austin Opera presents David T. Little’s multimedia opera, a work adapted from recorded interviews with veterans of five wars that combines elements of opera, theatre and rock. 8 PM. Paramount Theatre.
The Boston Pops on Tour March 24 Conductor Keith Lockhart and “America’s Orchestra” perform selections from the massive, magical body of film score work from John Williams. 7:30 PM. The Long Center.
30th Annual Bandana Ball April 6 The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas celebrates 30 years of supporting families with hospitalized children with a boot-scooting evening. 6 PM. Wild Onion Ranch.
April 12–14 Emerald Point Marina hosts this boat show just in time for summer. Enjoy demos as well as great deals on new boats. Weather permitting. Friday 12–7 PM; Saturday 10 AM–7 PM; Sunday 10 AM–5 PM. 5973 Hiline Road.
Eggstravaganza! 2019 April 13 Celebrate Easter and spring’s arrival with an Easter egg hunt, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and a visit with the Easter Bunny. 2–4 PM. Lakeway City Park.
6th Annual Art Dinner April 13 The Contemporary Austin hosts its annual dinner and auction to celebrate its ongoing efforts to evolve into a sustainable, accessible art-in-nature experience. 6 PM. The Contemporary Austin–Laguna Gloria.
Champions to CureDuchenne April 13 This year’s event held by the Austin chapter of CureDuchenne includes casino games, live and silent auctions and a gourmet meal, all to raise money to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 6 PM. University of Texas Golf Club.
April 26–28 Gustatory delights await as this year’s festival serves up taco competitions, grilling demos and more from top chefs and winemakers from across the US and right here at home. Auditorium Shores.
La Bohème April 27–May 5 Austin Opera presents Puccini’s tale of young bohemians living, loving and struggling to fulfill their dreams in Paris’ Latin Quarter. Saturday & Thursday @ 7:30 PM; Sunday @ 2:30 PM. The Long Center.
SpringFest 2019 April 27 “The Biggest Time in the Smallest Town,” this community festival offers shopping, food, music and fun for the whole family rain or shine. 11 AM–7 PM. Hill Country Galleria.
An Afternoon of Enchantment
The Ballad of Klook and Vinette
April 28 The Ballet Austin Guild presents its third annual Sunday tea and Ballet Austin youth scholarship program fundraiser. A prelude to Ballet Austin’s performance of Giselle, the Guild celebrates with fun décor, costumes and festivities for guests of all ages. 2 PM. The LINE Austin.
April 24–May 26 Based on the book by Ché Walker, Klook and Vinette are two lost souls trying to find themselves in this contemporary love story. Performances on Wednesdays– Saturdays @ 7:30 PM; Saturdays & Sundays @ 2:30 PM. ZACH Theatre.
Clockwise from top right: Maestro Peter Bay conducts the Austin Symphony Orchestra; Wonders & Worries hosts its annual Unmasked Gala in February; dine al fresco at The Contemporary Austin’s Annual Art Dinner; Matthew McConaughey is a 2019 recipient of the Texas Medal of Arts
2019 UMLAUF Garden Party April 25 This annual benefit takes place in the lush sculpture garden, where attendees can enjoy fine food and drink from local vendors as well as entertainment from a variety of Austin-area performers throughout the garden. 7 PM. UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum.
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Runway Ready Austin Fashion Week Preview
Taking place in late February, Fashion X’s
Austin Fashion Week once again brings emerging and veteran designers from home and abroad to the League of Rebels
Texas capital to show off their work. On February 21st, 20
emerging fashion designers take part in the BERNINA Fashion Fund Showcase, a Project Runway-style competition in which the audience and judges vote on the five looks presented by each participant. “Young brands that almost no one has heard of get promoted on this stage,” says Matt Swinney, founder and organizer of Fashion X. “BERNINA does an amazing job supporting the winners and helping them take the next step in their career.” Maison Jolie Chavon Shree
In the new tradition of events showcasing designers from Mexico and Pakistan 2017 and 2018, respectively, Moda X Australia on February 22nd brings a taste of the Australian Outback to Texas. Many
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Venus Strawn, Matt Swinney
of the Australian fashion designers taking part are making their US debut. Swinney explains that Moda X Australia came about by happy accident. “I went to the Adelaide
Fashion Festival and wound up partnering to bring over some
Australian designers,” he reveals. “I take opportunities as they present themselves.” The Celebrate Texas show on February 23rd features 15 Texas designers, each presenting 10 looks along with capsule collections. “We wanted to get back to our roots and celebrate Texas-based designers,” Swinney says, “the ones from our Creed Voyles
hometown and the places we’re in every single day.”
Leading up to the big runways shows is Shop for Good. From February 15-24, retailers around Austin will donate a portion of
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each sale during that time to The Kindness Campaign, the anti-
bullying organization founded by Andra Liemandt. Austin Fashion Week shows take place at Warehouse 305 on the former Austin American-Statesman campus, 305 S Congress. Tickets and more information are available Masha
at austin.fashionx.co. —Jamie Twitchel
Still on Point New Owner for Lakeway Shop Lakeway’s Point of Origin may be a quartercentury old, but new owner Ali Trapp is keeping the boutique fresh and true to its origin: to be the one-stop shop for apparel, home goods and gifts for everyone. To that end self-professed shopaholic Trapp is introducing new products and brands, with a particular focus on locally made items alongside nationally recognized niche brands, such as Ronaldo Designer Jewelry. Owning a boutique has been a lifelong dream for Trapp. To fulfill that dream she convinced her family to move from New Jersey to the Lake Travis area. Says Trapp, “I spent years looking at boutiques to buy or space to open my own. Finally one night I looked at my husband and said, ‘Why not!’ and we went for it without hesitation.” As part of her efforts to be active in her new community, Trapp not only is continuing the store’s tradition of partnering with local charitable and civic organizations but is also expanding outreach efforts by offering, for
Sometimes Embracing Salt Can Be Healthful
Living in the alleged Allergy Capital of the World can be brutal at times. Spending time at Austin Salt Cave might help. Halotherapy is the use of salt—in this case, a dry salt aerosol—to benefit health, particularly respiratory and skin conditions. Owner Jack Cramer became interested in it after visiting a halotherapy facility while on vacation. The salty air helped the native Austinite’s asthma and seasonal allergies, and he decided to open his own halotherapy center at home to help others. “Austin being notorious for year-round allergies was absolutely a factor in the decision to open a salt room here,” says Cramer. He believes his facility can “make a difference in people’s everyday life.” No spelunking is required to reach the salt cave. It’s actually a large room lined with 11 tons of Himalayan salt. Participants in a 45-minute session relax in lounge chairs and breathe in the salt-treated air. The microscopic-size salt particles in theory penetrate deep into lung and skin tissues. The salt’s antibacterial properties deter unhealthful microbes that can contribute to such conditions as asthma, hay fever and psoriasis. Austin Salt Cave is located at 2951 Ranch Road 620 South Suite 102 and at austinsaltcave.com. 14 WATERWAYS | February 2019
professionals who serve the community, such as teachers and first responders. Point of Origin is located in the Lohmans Crossing Shopping Center.
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AFTER Storybook Gala Fundraiser Helps SAFE Aid Abuse Victims
“Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity.”
Deb Corbin, Tiffany Stillwell, Mindy Brown, Ronda Gray
Bob and Gretchen Ellis
Victims of abuse in all its forms can have physical and mental scars from their experiences, and the trauma they suffered can leave them believing themselves to be without worth, without value. With support and love, they can reclaim their lives, their self-esteem, and their dignity. It’s this transposing, transformative work that The SAFE Alliance offers to survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault and exploitation. To continue the organization’s mission to end this violence and to help survivors, the Congressional Ballroom at the Fairmont Austin in early November was transformed into an enchanted forest with twinkling lights, a few wee fairy sprites, flowing gowns and floral crowns, all to raise money to fund this vital work. The SAFE Storybook Gala A Midsummer Night’s Dream began with cocktails, conversation and silent auction bidding, all accompanied by ethereal harp music. Chief 16 WATERWAYS | February 2019
Alex and Meghan Tapp
Beth and Frank Stabile
Dr. Dan Richardson, Liza Richardson, Christine and Louie Messina
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Celebrating a winning bid
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Development Officer Angela Glode and Michael Simons, immediate past chair of SAFE’s board, welcomed attendees as they enjoyed an elegant meal. An all-girls choir from THE ADDERLEY SCHOOL provided entertainment with a medley of show tunes. The live auction after dinner was a rousing affair led for the seventh year by Heath Hale and his team of cowboy auctioneers. Items up for bid included weeklong getaways to a private island in Belize, a private meal at Franklin Barbeque for 20 guests hosted by pitmaster Aaron Franklin himself as well as luxury getaways to Sri Lanka. By the end of the evening, all the event’s fundraising efforts garnered about $1.2 million for the SAFE Children’s Shelter. Victoria Gonzales, the gala’s keynote speaker, made personal the work of SAFE CARES, the organization’s program that supports are survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking ages 12 and older. Gonzales is a SAFE CARES advocate because she’s a sex trafficking survivor. “I was an object, tossed around and given and taken while my self-esteem was continually shattered,” she shared. “At 15 years old I had been sold to over 200 men,” she revealed, her voice quaking. “Healing happens differently for everyone, but I’m utilizing all the gifts that God gave me to help others to fight the feelings of shame and loss, build self-esteem and find peace.” She shares her story with SAFE CARES clients to help them understand that they have value and deserve “real love.” Gonzales said triumphantly to the roughly 800 attendees, “I’m living proof that human trafficking survivors can and do make it out.” The Storybook Gala also honored Gretchen and Bob Ellis, the 2018 recipients of the Guardian Award. Gretchen had previously served on the boards of SAFE’s founding agencies, Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace. She and Bob both have served Austin with years of philanthropic work separately and together. The event finished with the opportunity to take a whirl on the dance floor before the storybook evening came to an end.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIM ORTIZ PORTRAIT ART AND BOBBY SCHEIDEMANN/EMMA ROGERS/SAFE ALLIANCE
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Canine Couture Fashionable Togs and Dogs Help Wounded Vets
Held the Saturday of Veterans Day weekend, Fashion X Furry Friends brought out fashionistas and their four-legged companions to help men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces. Proceeds from the fashion show, held at 7Co, benefitted Hounds for Heroes, which
veterans with post-traumatic stress or mobility difficulties. Runway
models strutted their stuff in the latest trends from League of Rebels, Estilo, By George, Garden Room and other retailers. Attendees also had the chance to browse and buy from on-site pop-up shops from Cassandra Collections, Good Company, PW King Art and Liza
Matt Swinney, Suzanne Erickson
Beth Jewelry, among others.
Jenny Mason, Tracey Marshall
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SXSW CONFERENCE The daytime is filled with panel discussions, keynote addresses and networking opportunities galore, so minimalist, intentional clothing choices fit the bill. A mock turtleneck bodysuit paired with a high-waisted trouser creates a modern, streamlined silhouette. A snakeskin block-heel shoe gives the look a Western edge befitting SXSW’s Texas roots. “You want to convey that >>
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SXSW is known for its music festival—and the notoriously unpredictable mid-March weather. Gordian therefore stresses layering. “You want to be prepared for anything.” With that goal in mind, she grounds her daytime music outfit with a leather boyfriend vest, which provides a bit of coverage and goes easily over any lightweight top, such as a classic band tee. Ripped jean shorts add a sexier element to a rock n’ roll-inspired ensemble should the temperature be summer-like, and distressed jeans work just as well for cooler weather. A closed-toe shoe is a must for navigating crowds and walking between shows, so a cowboy or moto boot can be a great choice. Add a pair of oversized hoop earrings to finish the look. Nighttime SXSW concerts are a see-and-be-seen affair, sod a look with a definite edge is a must. To achieve that goal, Gordian uses a leather fringe miniskirt as her showpiece. A trapeze top in a bold color stands out in a crowd, and a bright-colored shoe that complements the top creates a memorable look that pops. For more information about Gordian’s services, visit her Greer Image Consulting website, greerimageconsulting.com.
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Work in PROGRESS Amanda Tatom in her own words on the search for what’s next
Gradually the job part is taking direction with a variety of freelance work. I have ongoing projects in fashion, TV, radio, print and brand ambassadorship. I continue to share pretty openly on my blog and social media about everything from morning carpool runs to dating again to faith to hitting a holiday funk. I try not to hold back. The feelings and emotions connect us, and talking about them is not a problem for me.
Epiphanies Happen That leads me to the common thread that runs through many of my Facebook and Instagram posts along with most interviews or talks I have given and every prayer I send up. Purpose. We are all searching for it. We all want it. But how the heck do we find it? I mean, I’m 44 for goodness sake. Shouldn’t I be well aware and locked into this purpose thing? I’m a recovering type A control freak, so not having an official purpose really puts a bee in my bonnet. Sticks in my craw. Funny enough, therein is where I found my true purpose. Somewhere between my bonnet and my craw, spinning all over the place, I could see it evolving and taking shape.
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I left my job in daytime TV last August without a plan and without another job lined up. It was a leap of faith, but I knew one thing for sure: This change would give me precious time with my girls as they started a new school year. Then I would figure out the rest. Five months later I am still figuring it out. But aren’t we all? (Please say yes. If you in fact do have it all figured out, don’t tell me yet. I need to feel like I’m not alone in this.)
I think my purpose is to be OK with not having a purpose while never giving up on searching for it. I search for it in the joys, the triumphs, the days you get the kids to school not just on time but early. I search for it in the career changes, the divorce, the loss, the uprooting, the kids, the dating, the constant figuring it all out. Life only keeps coming. Whether wonderful or wild, it keeps showing up. It will only keep throwing us for a loop.
Connection and Comfort Along with the constant ups and downs are the God winks. The little nudges from the universe that sharing and caring and talking and not hiding my feelings but letting them be, sitting with them and then learning from them as I move forward is what it’s all about. The mountains behind me I have climbed so that I can help someone facing a similar mountain. I have felt pain so that I can relate to others’ pain and reassure them through it. I have accomplished achievements so that I can show someone else that yes, a single mom in her 40s who had barely ever taken the trash out can run a household and keep everyone under her roof alive and happy. I am well aware I am not curing any diseases or solving the world’s problems. I am but one semi-silly woman-child with lash extensions and a propensity for sparkles and shoes living one day at a time. I happened to have my own TV show for a few years, and it connected me with a lot of people and gave me a public platform to use. And that’s the key: how I use it. I am able to highlight businesses and people and organizations and places that help others. I want you to know what to expect when you have something done, when you dine somewhere, when you spend your hardearned money on something. I want you to know that the people behind the business are kind, work hard and care about community, customer service and making people feel better even if just a few moments or hours. And I want you to know why I go, buy or do these things. To feel better. To look better. To be better. My insecurities have turned out to be my strengths. By sharing what makes me nervous or anxious or sad or weird, so many of you have shared the same with me. Knowing we are all in it together is what connects us and makes me feel better and keeps me striving to keep purpose at the forefront of all I do. For myself. For my daughters. For those who might look to me as a source of comfort or inspiration or just as someone to relate to on some level. There is purpose in the struggle. There is purpose in the celebration. There is purpose in the progress. Keep up with Amanda’s adventures and discoveries on her blog at adlibbinglife.com and on Instagram.
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Life of the Party Realizing one dream didn’t quite pan out for Jordan Jones, so she had another one. In 2013 at age 23, Jones left Dallas to fulfill her dream of living in San Francisco. However, she found herself struggling with a marketing job she didn’t enjoy much and the daunting task of making friends in a new city. One night she called home and shared these woes with her mom, who responded like a tried and true Texas woman. “She was like, ‘You’re having a pity party for yourself,’” Jones recalls. “’I love you, but we’re not doing this.’” That night Jones dreamed she sent herself a pity party package—and Packed Party was born. The company started out selling party-for-one care packages. Now in some 5,000 stores worldwide, its products help make life a party, such as confetti-festooned office supplies, festive bags and novelty drinkware, including its signature disco ball-shaped adult sippy cup. In 2016 Packed Party relocated to Austin and opened a pop-up shop on South Congress last year. “To be able to be a part of people’s big moments and not even know it is something I can’t put into words.” Packed Party has allowed the entrepreneuse to return to her lifelong love for design. Upon realizing how frequently she asked suppliers to tweak items, Jones began designing and making her own products. “I think having the ability to design products that bring so much joy to women, that encourage them to celebrate the little things every day and then give to one another, that’s really been the most rewarding part of my job.” Jones parlayed her marketing background into social media success for Packed Party. Its popularity
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on Instagram and other outlets has led to partnerships with Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James and the Dallas Cowboys, among others. Her success is also attracting investors aiming to fund women blazing trails in business. “To have a business during this time when so many other females are starting businesses and cheering one another on, I think it’s an amazing time.” Jones is not only excited to be part of this movement but is also quick to honor the women who have mentored her. “So much of my success I can contribute to women I’ve met along the way that have given me advice or a kick in the butt or whatever it was I needed at the time.” —Lindsay Whelchel Packed Party’s merchandise is available at packedparty.com and in stores such as Neiman Marcus and Dillard’s.
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“Don’t ever be afraid to ask,” Susie Busch Transou once advised. “You never know what doors will open because of that. That’s the philosophy that I’ve always taken.” A direct descendent of Anheuser-Busch cofounder Adolphus Busch, she first enjoyed much success heading the brewery’s marketing and hospitality services. For the past 20+ years, she and husband Tripp have operated a successful beverage distributorship. More recently Busch Transou found that answering a question led to her next business venture: Hearth and Soul, a boutique-cum-community center. She opened an Austin location in November 2018. What feeds your soul? That question was put to her a few years ago when she attended a getaway celebration for a dear friend’s 50th birthday. Busch Transou didn’t shrug it off as some exercise in midlife navel-gazing. She seriously pondered the question and her answer. She asked it of her friends. And kept asking it of herself. Less than a year later, in late summer 2015, she opened the first Heart and Soul in her hometown of Tallahassee. Hearth and Soul is more than an upscale boutique that offers unique apparel and accessories, home goods, foodstuffs and other items. It’s an embodiment of what feeds its founder’s soul: connecting people, solving problems, learning, building relationships and being surrounded by classic, simple, meaningful, beautiful things. Being with family is also soul food for the proprietress. After her eldest son moved to Austin, she came to love the city, set up a second home here and decided Tarrytown was perfect for a second Hearth and Soul. The store’s design is akin to Busch Transou opening her home to all comers. Laid out like a house, it has all the rooms and designated spaces of a house. Each room is appointed with products befitting its purpose. Fittingly, this house has no interior doors so visitors feel all the more welcome. Along with the beautiful, meaningful things Hearth and Soul sells, it offers another helping of soul food by serving
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is darker, select a corrector with a deeper orange base. Another option is a concealer that has a warmer tone and is dark enough to conceal. Avoid concealers that are very light and bright. Using a concealer that is too light is like wearing white pantyhose over a bruise: You aren’t fooling anyone. If you like that highlighted look under the eye, you can always add a touch of one on top to brighten.
Do I need to use a primer before applying foundation? Primers vary widely in their benefits and effectiveness. It’s worth trying one if you aren’t happy with the way your foundation wears—if it gets too shiny or doesn’t last long. If your foundation looks too flat, some primers can help you achieve a subtle glow. Other primers add a layer of oil control. I find some foundations work well without a primer and others are greatly enhanced with one. I recommend first determining what you’d like to improve about your skin or foundation and then ensuring the primer you try is designed to address that issue.
Is it better to apply concealer with a fingertip, brush or sponge? I find a damp sponge gives the best, most natural finish. My tool of choice for concealer is a damp Beautyblender® sponge. Because concealer is the heaviest product of a makeup routine, do not apply too much or else risk a heavy look. A damp sponge mitigates that risk because it absorbs any excess concealer and helps blend it. The key is soaking the sponge and then squeezing all the water out. Your sponge should be damp but light and bouncy.
What is the best way to conceal dark circles under my eyes? Depending on how dark the undereye area is, you may need to enlist an orange-based color corrector that is the right shade for your skin tone to neutralize the blue and green hues that make the skin under the eye look dark. A light peach shade works well for fair skin tones. If your skin tone
What is the difference between bronzer and contour? Contouring products have a matte finish with a cool tone and should be a few shades deeper than your skin tone so you can better define the dimensions of your face. Use a contour to enhance cheekbones, refine the nose or create more of an upper eyelid crease. Bronzer, on the other hand,
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Should I change my skincare during the winter? Absolutely if you notice your skin change! For a lot of us, our skin changes during these colder, drier months. If your skin becomes more dehydrated, try swapping out lighter lotions for more emollient-rich moisturizers. Switching from a gel cleanser to a cream cleanser can also help skin retain moisture.
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simply gives skin a sun-kissed look. Some bronzers have a bit of shimmer, which can help give your face a certain glow. Should I apply my eye makeup before or after my foundation? This is really a personal preference. However, if your eyeshadow often falls onto your face when you apply it, then doing your eyes first might be best. You can get messy as you apply your eye makeup, and then just wipe your face before applying your concealer and foundation.
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How do I choose the right makeup brush? What’s the difference between synthetic and natural fibers? In general the denser the brush toe (that’s the collection of bristles at the end of the brush), the more product it can pick up. The lighter, longer and fluffier the brush toe, the better it can blend. For example, when you are packing color on the lid, use a brush with short, dense bristles. When blending the eyelid crease, opt for something with longer, softer fibers. Natural bristles are from animals, typically squirrel, sable and goat. Synthetic bristles are man-made fibers. Synthetic bristles don’t absorb as well as natural, so they’re great for cream and liquid products. Natural bristles are typically better for eye makeup because their porous fibers pick up more powder. How do you keep lipstick from migrating into lines around the lips? I’ve found some great lip primers that help seal the lip line, such as FACE Atelier’s Lip Lock. You can also apply face powder around the lip line with a very fine small brush. Lips primers and face powder both form a barrier against migrating lipstick or gloss. Applying lip liner can also help prevent this problem. Learn more tips and tricks from Lisa on her YouTube channel, LisaJMakeup, and on Instagram @LisaJMakeup.
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Pillows, pillows and more pillows Use pillows as jewelry for a room. Give sofas, chairs and beds a fresh look with this simple change. Consider changing pillows with the seasons just like you do with your wardrobe. Let them reflect the colors of the current season. In addition to changing out colors, bring in a favorite new print to serve as your anchor. Don’t be afraid to mix prints in a fun way to give the room a punch. You can also experiment with fabric textures. By mixing linens, silks, velvets and other types of fabric, you can give a room an updated, fresh look.
Art-ful éclat A new or new-to-the-space artwork can give a room a whole new attitude. Hang the piece on a big wall for a bold statement, or place it in a corner nook for an enchanting surprise. Even if everything else stays the same, this one change can make a big impact and give a room a conversation point.
Little touches Whether you switch up existing ones or buy new, changing up the accessories you display in a room can shift its mood. For example, set out new coffee table books with light-color cover art to help make the living room seem brighter and more airy in advance of springtime. Add freshness to any space by placing objets d’art, some potted orchids, preserved boxwood balls in eye-catching containers or even antique dough bowl filled with lemons on tables, kitchen islands, consoles or shelves.
If you’re tired of living in neutral, light spaces that have been popular for so long, here’s great news: Colors are once again a big trend for room décor. Want a can’t-fail way to bring life to a neutral space? Go green! Green velvet pillows add a vivacious pop of color on a white or neutral sofa, and maybe toss out another pillow or two covered in a fresh print with one or more shades of green as the key color. A wooden dough bowl full of boxwood greens is evocative of a tree with all its leaves freshly unfurled. Add a coffee table book or two with bright colors, and you’ve brought a spark of life to any room. You can take a room refresh to the next level by rolling a fresh coat of paint onto the walls. Your local home improvement store has scads of paint chips from which to choose, and many of them have the means of analyzing the color of a fabric swatch, a flower petal or just about any item you bring in with a spectrophotometer so that you can have paint mixed to match the color of that item. Brooke Anderson is the owner of Bay Hill Design. View more of her work at bayhilldesign.com. 58 WATERWAYS | February 2019
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Known for its watersports and swimming, Lake Travis epitomizes summertime in West Austin. While summer is still officially a few months away, the lake and surrounding area offer a host of opportunities to enjoy the time until the blazing-hot sun and cool water beckon. “With gorgeous weather year-round in Lake Travis, even the ‘winter’ months are a great time to enjoy this beautiful area,” says Laura Mitchell, president of the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to welcoming you any time of year”
Treat Your Dry Winter Skin The Spa at Lakeway Resort offers prime pampering time all year long. Get a massage to ease any linger holiday tension, or have your skin scrubbed until it sparkles. Spa guests can also use the resort’s dry sauna facilities to soak in some warmth and get in some quiet time. You can extend the luxury and relaxation found at The Spa on the shores of Lake Travis by booking an overnight stay at the resort.
Fight Hibernation Hunger The Lake Travis area boasts ample dining options, with at least 60 restaurants and several on the water. Consider having a few drinks and watching the sun set from the open patio at The Oasis at Lake Travis. Even if the night is chilly, rest assured that The Oasis will have heat lamps aplenty keeping patrons toasty warm, as do many of the area’s other popular patio destinations. If dining outdoors during the first few months of the
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Winter Calls for Wine When you think of wine-growing regions, don’t discount the Lake Travis area. Several successful wineries dot the landscape around the lake. Take a drive toward Marble Falls and you’ll run into a few of these establishments, such as Flat Creek Estate, or head toward Spicewood to Stone House Vineyard, among others. At any one of these wineries you’ll find an adventure for your taste buds amongst the vines as you sip the bountiful fruits of previous years’ harvests at the facility’s indoor tasting room.
art and décor, gift items and more. Spring fashions appear on many store shelves as early as February, and lots of local shops, such as ADORN Boutique, are well-known for carrying unique, stylish apparel. For the home, check out the variety of furnishings at The Treasury.
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As the new year progresses, you might find yourself missing the great outdoors or even thinking about your “summer body.” Fortunately, Lake Travis and the surrounding Hill Country offer hiking trails and parks galore. Pace Bend Park on the northwest side of the lake is offers many amenities and is well-known for its miles of trails. You can enjoy another form of pedal power at Pace Bend Park: It’s a popular destination for mountain biking enthusiasts of all skill levels. Want yet another option? There’s plenty of walking to be done while playing 18 holes of golf at one of the area’s seven golf courses. With all the recreation and entertainment options and opportunities available in the Lake Travis area, winter
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The Austin area is rife with opportunities to enjoy sumptuous cuisine from around the world. Replicating a dish or two at home can be daunting, but that experiment is a perfect opportunity to host an in-home cooking lesson party, such as those offered by Freda’s Kitchen. Its chefs teach groups of 8 to 15 to make four courses that can include sushi, pho, paella or pasta. The restaurant works with party hosts to customize the menu to satisfy guests’ tastes and dietary restrictions. Freda’s Kitchen also offers large groups the chance to divide into teams to compete Iron Chef-style. Each team receives a mystery basket of ingredients, a designated chef-coach and 60 minutes to create three dishes. Judges then award scores based on teamwork, communication and cleanliness in addition to dish presentation and taste. Learn more about private events with Freda’s Kitchen at fredaskitchen.com/collections/private-cooking-lessons.
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What began with an effort to help one baby has now some 125 years later changed the lives of thousands of children in the Austin area. Helping Hand Home for Children is Travis County’s oldest continuously operating residential childcare agency. It began in 1893 when a group of women came together to share the parenting of a newborn girl found at Austin’s railroad station. As more babies were brought to them for care, the women bought a cottage for housing and caring for the children until they could be united with biological or adoptive families. Today, the organization not only operates foster care and adoption programs but is also a safe haven for kids healing from trauma by offering residential therapeutic treatment and family support programs. Each year it places some 145 children into homes through its foster care and adoption programs. Children in its programs participate in a variety of activities, including sports as well as music, art and language lessons. These opportunities not only help the kids learn and enjoy being kids but also help advance their recovery and help them learn to trust adults. “I would not be the person I am today without the love and support of the men and women who sacrificed their time and gave financially out of an abundance of the heart,”
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Activities help kids recover from trauma and help them learn to trust adults.
says Cheryl Young Rottman, who lived at the Home for 10 years when she was a child. For the past 20 years, Helping Hand Home has honored volunteers, caregivers, community leaders and philanthropists at its annual Champions for Children Awards Luncheon. The organization recognized John Paul and Eloise DeJoria as its 2018 philanthropic honorees. Austin residents since 2000, they are long-time supporters of a variety of charitable efforts that share their aim to help people lead healthy, fulfilled lives. The 2018 community honorees were are Stacy Johnson, founder and CEO of Central Texas Table of Grace; Julie Kouri, founder and executive director of Fostering Hope Austin; Lance White, founder of Lift Brigade; and Jersey Mike’s Subs Austin. Learn more about Helping Hand Home for Children on its website, helpinghandhome.org.
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Children in the agency’s programs participate in a variety of activities.
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