Articles | December, 2011

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Fitness

Surf & Bikini Bootcamp A Four-Day Hawaiian Slimdown Destination: Honolulu or Austin by Amber Elliott Hawaiians have it made. Enviable year-round temperatures hovering around 80 degrees and seemingly endless sunshine against a lush, tropical... Read on »

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Relationships

Looking for Love in the Wrong Places Singles bars are for (you guessed it) singles. By Eric Leech. The best place to find a man with similar values —one that might become more... Read on »

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Simply Irresistible

Bill Elsey Texas’ Best Sommelier raises a toast to the wines of the Hill Country. By Molly McManus. Photo by Rudy Arocha. You know that purple stain you get on your teeth after... Read on »

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Memo from JB

The Agreement All he wanted was a wife that didn’t cook. By JB Hager.   Photo by Rudy Arocha. She baked kale, and now I have to learn the Dougie dance. This is... Read on »

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Best Kept Secret

Solaro Estate Strengthening Texas wine with supreme sophistication. By Molly McManus. Tucked away in Dripping Springs lies an exquisite piece of land projecting perfection, class and innovation to the world of wine in... Read on »

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Wellness

Breast Cancer Self-Awareness To prevent breast cancer, start by knowing your body. By Audria Choudhury. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States. One out of eight... Read on »

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Philanthropy

Marathon Kids Heroes for Health honors Susan Combs. Marathon Kids started 16 years ago as an Austin grass-roots initiative and is a free, six-month, running-walking-nutrition and gardening program for kindergarteners through fifth graders most... Read on »

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Aw Talks With

Cheryl Bemis and Melissa Shea of Fashionably Connected Dynamic fashion duo brings high style to Austin Woman. By Deborah Hamilton-Lynne. Photo by Rudy Arocha. Fashionably Connected is the first website of its kind... Read on »

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Current Chic

That’s a Wrap Capes and ponchos are the latest way to stay cozy this fall. See by Chloe fringed cape, $1,685, available at Julian Gold, W. Sixth St., Suite 110, 512.473.2493.   Read on »

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Guilty Pleasure

Plum Perfection [caption id="attachment_2417" align="aligncenter" width="668" caption="Chanel embroidered calfskin “Top Stitch” handbag in plum, $3,400,  available at Neiman Marcus, 512.719.1200, neimanmarcus.com. "][/caption]         Accessorize any outfit with this... Read on »

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Foodie Alert

Gastronomic Who’s Who Celebrity chefs come to the Texas Book Festival. On Oct. 22 and 23, some of the best chefs in America come to the Texas Book Festival to chat and demonstrate their... Read on »

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December Horoscopes

Happy Birthday, Sagittarius Characteristics: It’s often said (by me) that Sagittarians are born with a broken “hold that thought” switch. Every thought has a funny habit of exiting through your mouth with... Read on »

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Donna Berber

A Glimmer of Hope Donna Berber and her Austin-based foundation are making a difference, one life at a time/ By Carissa Stith, Photos by Eric Doggett The screams fell and rose with the... Read on »

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Charity Wish List

SafePlace: Ending sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change. What do they need? New, unwrapped gifts for kids, teens and parents (toys, jewelry and clothes) for their holiday Shop... Read on »

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The Perfect Present

The Art of Choosing Gifts, Perfected by Two of Austin’s Preeminent Shopkeepers / By Molly McManus, Photos By Caleb Kerr ’Tis the season to drink eggnog, listen to Nat King Cole and shop... Read on »

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You Should Know

Justine Tal Goldberg Award-winning wordsmith fosters writers’ mecca in Austin / By Niamh Marnell Writing can be a lonely pursuit, but award- winning writer and entrepreneur Justine Tal Goldberg provides a guiding light and... Read on »

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Ideas

The Ultimate Last-Minute Shopping Spree Find all of your holiday gifts before you board the plane at ABIA / By Deborah Hamilton-Lynne OK, so you waited until the last minute to do your shopping... Read on »

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Charity

Get a Little, Give a Little Gifts that give are always welcome / By Joelle Pearson Hearts for Haiti Available at Tesoros Trading Company, tesoros.com/haiti.html Tesoros is the beating heart of ... Read on »

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In the Spirit

5 Tips for Meaningful Giving Thoughtful giving leads to fulfillment / By Debbie Johnson   Giving seems to reach a fever pitch each year in December. Here are a few tips for making sure you... Read on »

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Girl Walks into a Bar

Festive Cocktails Where to go for a refreshing glass of holiday cheer / By Nicole Carbon The holiday season is upon us and I can think of no better way to bring on the... Read on »

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Column

The Smart Girl’s Guide to Thoughtful Gift Giving Deliver Good Gifts from the Heart / Susie Davis Confession one: Ten years ago, I was that irritating gal who had finished all her holiday... Read on »

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Last Word

All I Want for Christmas Ruth Pennebacker / Illustration by Sarah Quatrano I’ve been reading through many hilarious and some sad accounts of Christmas presents gone wrong: the father who got his newly... Read on »

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More on The Last Word

The Best Gift As I descend the stairway early morning, I breathe in the sweet smell of pumpkin pies—my mother’s finest recipe, according to some. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan... Read on »

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Best of the Blogs: DIY Blowout

Who better to test out a DIY boxed Brazilian blow out but a trained professional ? C'est moi! Andrea Claire, licensed hairstylist since 1993, lent her hair to science. Using the Garnier Fructis Blow Dry... Read on »

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ABIA opens new cell phone lot

On Nov. 1, 2011, a cell phone waiting area for passenger pickup began operations at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. An Austin City Council initiative, the cell phone waiting area is designed to allow those picking up... Read on »

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Tunes for the Holidays

What’s New for 2011   A Mandolin Christmas -Karen Mal and Will Taylor Nineteen Carols redone in styles from jazz and folk to early music with mandolin and guitar from the popular Austin-based... Read on »

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Best of the Blogs: Remembering Beryl Pickle

By Judy Maggio Behind every great politician is a very understanding spouse. Jake Pickle lived and breathed politics for three decades as the congressman for the Austin district. He rode in every parade,... Read on »

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Eat, Drink and Be Merry (Locally, of Course)

Eat Drink Local Week, Austin’s premier local food and drink event, is returning for its fifth year, and this time, with bigger and better events to tantalize the taste buds. Serving as... Read on »

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12 Days of Dresses: Day One

Check back daily to see Fashion Editor Erika Cerda's top dresses to get you through the holiday season in style. Ann Taylor ¾ Sleeve Knit Wrap Dress in Chili Pepper $ 128, available at Ann Taylor ... Read on »

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Best New Year’s Eve Events

Celebrate New Year’s Eve by taking a classy cruise with Lone Star Riverboat Cruises. By Jane Field For those still searching for the perfect plans for New Year’s Eve, Lone Star... Read on »

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12 Days of Dresses: Day Two

  Victoria Secret: Metallic V-neck Dress in Gold $ 89.50, available at victoriasecret.com This dress is a must for holiday cocktail parties. Pair with a pair of strappy heels and accessorize with a bronze... Read on »

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12 Day of Dresses: Day Three

  Laundry by Shelli Segal: Sequined Mini Dress $245, available at Saks Fifth Ave Turn heads in this sequined mini dress! Pair with red platforms and a sparkly choker for an easy holiday look. ... Read on »

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12 Day of Dresses: Day Four

Eliza J one-shoulder beaded cocktail dress, $168, available at Macy’s Perfect for any holiday occasion cocktail, dinner & more. Try a pair of silver glitter pumps to complete your look. Available here: Ivanka... Read on »

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Blue Genie’s Holiday Art Bazaar

Blue Genie’s Holiday Art Bazaar Returns For 11th Year Shop, sip and enjoy a curated selection from Austin’s finest artisans. Nov. 30 – Dec. 24 One of Austin’s most beloved holiday shopping and... Read on »

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Ice Skate at the Oasis

  It is Austin’s newest way to chill out for the holidays. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just beginning (lessons available), this is the rink for all to get in... Read on »

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12 Day of Dresses: Day Five

Anthropologie: Polished Platinum Dress $388 available at Anthropologie.com Stay polished in this teacup like dress, perfect for a Holiday brunch with the girls. Be sure to stay warm with an Ivory Peacoat and... Read on »

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12 DAYS OF DRESSES: DAY SIX

JCrew: Cashmere Tee Dress $228 available at JCrew.com Stay casual but in the Holiday spirit at work. Try a pair of riding boots and a leather tote and you are set for the... Read on »

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12 DAYS OF DRESSES: DAY SEVEN

SPLURGE ALERT! Michael Kors: Strapless Wool Crepe Dress $1795 available at Saks.com This strapless can be a main staple in your closet. It can be worn during the Holidays, and at any formal... Read on »

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12 DAYS OF DRESSES: DAY EIGHT

Ann Taylor: Ostrich Feather Ponte Dress $349 available at Ann Taylor Light up on the dance floor with this feather flock. Complete your look with a pair of ankle crystal heels and a black... Read on »

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12 DAYS OF DRESSES: DAY NINE

Lauren by Ralph Lauren: Sequin Gown $200 available at Nordstrom This gown to bound to catch people’s attention, at a Formal or charity event. This sequin gown is perfect for the winter the... Read on »

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12 DAYS OF DRESSES: DAY TEN

As the Holidays get closer I would love to show you a few of my favorite dresses for Christmas day. Urban Outfitters: Ecote Intarsia Sweater Dress $79 available at Urban Outfitters Stay cozy on... Read on »

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12 DAYS OF DRESSES: DAY ELEVEN

DKNY: Boatneck Chiffon Overlay Dress $224.90 available at Nordstrom This dress is perfect to end your Christmas day in. It has enough shine to brighten up a dinner table, but also comfortable to relax... Read on »

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12 DAYS OF DRESSES: DAY TWELVE

Calulla Lillibelle: Sequined Dress $550 available at Saks Fifth Avenue The perfect Sequin sheath dress can flatter every body type. Here's a sneak peek of a perfect look to glam up your Holidays. Try... Read on »

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