Articles | December, 2012

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Memo from JB: Saving by Spending

The infinite mystery of the female shopping psyche. By JB Hager, Photo by Rudy Arocha I kid you not; I just had this very conversation with my wife: Her: Don’t you love... Read on »

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Fireside Reads

New books for you or a lucky recipient to enjoy. Compiled by Rachel Merriman Contrary People Carolyn Osborn Contrary People transports us back to Austin in the 1960s, where retired University of Texas... Read on »

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Five Tips to Help Get Along With Your In-Laws

Making your holiday memorable, not miserable. Does the thought of spending the holidays with your in-laws send you running for the hills? You’re not alone. “Three out of four marriages... Read on »

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It’s a Wonderful Plan

How to eat healthier during the holidays. By Jill Case During the holidays, temptations are everywhere: work, parties, family gatherings. Studies show people do not gain as much weight as they think during... Read on »

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Dancing with the Stars

Carol Adams dances her way to fitness for the Center for Child Protection. By Chrissie Jarrell and Natalie Yerkovich, Photo by Rudy Arocha Dancing with the Stars Austin is one of the most... Read on »

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The Russian House

Austin says, ‘Na Zdorovye!’ and toasts Russian cuisine. By Meng Qi, Photos by Rudy Arocha Varda Salkey, co-owner of The Russian House, wants to fill a gap in Austin’s restaurant scene. Together... Read on »

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’Tis the Season for Soirees

Entertain like a pro. By Deborah Hamilton-Lynne and Meng Qi ’Tis the season to entertain, and years ago, a woman named Martha Stewart raised the bar for elegant holiday gatherings, making each occasion... Read on »

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Dressed to Kill

As James Bond turns 50, Jade Mingus and Melissa Mahadeo of KVUE and Hunter Ellis of KEYE take the sexy and sharp style to the holiday season. Photographs by Shannon McIntyre; Art Direction: Victoria... Read on »

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Craft Your Christmas

Make it a little more Pinteresting. By Leigh Anne Winger There will be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and caroling out in the snow. We have collected an array of do-it-yourself gift... Read on »

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The Perfect Holiday Gift Guide

A new web feature finds personalized gifts for all your friends. By Malia Bradshaw Finding the perfect gift for your family and friends has never been easier. Likeable Gifts, a new feature presented... Read on »

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Reporting Back: The 2012 Turkey Trot

ThunderCloud Subs helps Caritas of Austin keep on giving long after the turkey’s gone. By Meng Qi, Photo by Caritas of Austin The ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot is one of Austin... Read on »

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How to Train for the Zombie Apocalypse…5K

By Kelly E. Lindner, co-founder of chickstermag.com and writer of Austin Chick. Dec. 21, the day thought to end the Mayan calendar, has spurred various apocalypse theories: asteroids, solar flares, nuclear holocausts, zombie... Read on »

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We Only Know So Much

An exclusive Q&A with author Elizabeth Crane. Author Elizabeth Crane released her debut novel, We Only Know So Much, in June. The Austinite-turned-New Yorker is also the author of three collections... Read on »

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The Trail of Lights Returns

Dec. 16 – 23, Zilker Park Worried about not having a festive holiday event for the whole family this year? Breathe a sigh of relief: The Austin Trail of Lights is back! Originating in 1965 under... Read on »

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Dancing with the Stars, Austin-Style

Austinites hit the floor to benefit the Center for Child Protection Imagine a night in an elegant ballroom. Imagine that under the bright stage lights, dancers in dazzling costumes spin and glide across... Read on »

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Happy Birthday, Sagittarius!

Nov. 22 - Dec. 21 Your Month: You are a little spooky this month. You possess secret powers that enable you to design your life any way you want from behind the scenes. Watching a... Read on »

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Close-In Family Getaway

San Antonio becomes a winter wonderland during the holiday season. Always festive—and a favorite Texas spot to visit during the holiday season—the San Antonio River Walk will be brighter... Read on »

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Kate Merrick-Smith

Beauty secrets from the owner of Betty Lash. What inspired you to start Betty Lash? Sometimes things happen accidentally, and while I would love to tell you I knew how successful eyelash extensions... Read on »

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Holiday Hues

Glam it up with these shades of the season. Sparkle and Shine Essie’s Leading Lady combines ruby-red color with lots of glitz and glamour. ($8, available at salons and beauty stores) Golden... Read on »

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Warm Up With Winter Favorites

Come in from the cold with pistachio-lemon biscotti and Mexican hot cocoa. By Deborah Hamilton-Lynne As the temperatures drop, chilly afternoons can be more enjoyable for guests with the decadent flavors of pistachio-lemon... Read on »

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Gingerbread Cocktail

Holiday perfection served up at Liberty Tavern. Ingredients Tito’s Vodka Gingerbread liqueur Simple syrup Fresh cinnamon Fresh nutmeg Madagascar vanilla Egg white Angostura Bitters Directions Combine the following ingredients in a... Read on »

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The Recipe for Success

Sharon Watkins, owner of Chez Zee, found a way to have her cake and eat it too. By Molly McManus, Photos by Annie Ray, Makeup by Lauren Lumsden Sharon Watkins never wanted to... Read on »

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Dine and Dash

By Kristi Willis; Chez Nous photo by Rudy Arocha; La Condesa photo by Jody Horton, courtesy of La Condesa. Trio and Swift’s Attic photos by Rudy Arocha; Uchi photo by Mark... Read on »

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Doug Guller

By Molly McManus, Photo by Rudy Arocha. You might expect a swagger in his step and an egotistical air to his tone. I mean, the man has a lot to brag about. On... Read on »

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Taking Him Back

Nine things to consider before getting back with your ex. By Eric Leech Surveys show a good portion of women has dated a guy with more skeletons in his closet than Hannibal Lecter.... Read on »

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Eight Frugalista Shopping Tips

Enjoy the holiday without breaking the bank. By Vicky Oliver CBS News recently reported that Americans saw their incomes rise by an average of $500 per household. Meanwhile, the average household’s spending... Read on »

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So, you want to be a restauranteur?

Allyson Young, on the path to performance excellence. By Allie Eissler For the past 15 years, Allyson Young has worked as the human resources and brand director at K&N Management, the award-winning... Read on »

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Tracy Claros’ Toffee-Tinged Success

How a lifelong love of baking and an entrepreneurial spirit combined to bring a British dessert classic to Austin. By James Jeffrey, Portrait by Rudy Arocha When British native and baking entrepreneur Tracy... Read on »

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A Special Evening in Paris

By Cathy Johnson, Illustration by Sarah Quatrano. When I think about my most memorable meal, the one that quickly comes to mind is a dinner that took place in November 2000. My mother and... Read on »

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