Articles | February, 2014


Thyroid Health and Awareness

A guide to your thyroid. By Jill Case You may never give your thyroid a second thought, but physicians would like you to become educated about your thyroid, what it … Read on »


Heart of the City: A Celebration of Soul

The SIMS Foundation’s annual benefit concert takes place Feb. 15 at the Scottish Rite Theater. Join the SIMS Foundation for a soulfully elegant evening on Feb. 15 for its annual … Read on »


Hot Lava Gym

An all-ages obstacle course ensures you’ll build strength while still having a lot of fun. By Megan Russell, photos by Jessica Teseny Remember those rainy days inside when you were … Read on »


The Cat’s Meow

Fun facts about our feline friends that will make you fall in love. By Megan Russell February signifies a time of love and romance. At Austin Woman, it also seems … Read on »


Black History Month Events in Austin

Austin celebrates Black History Month with everything from academic lectures to community festivals. By Leo B. Carter and Molly McManus Thursday, Feb. 6 The film 12 Years a Slave, in … Read on »


Third Time’s a Charm

Austin Food & Wine Festival gears up for 2014. By Courtney Bell A few of Central Texas’ most beloved culinary minds prepared lunch for the media Jan. 21 at Contigo … Read on »


In Times of Sassiness

The Great Urban Race brings out the best (or worst?) in AW’s staff as we team up with Bacardi Oakheart for a scavenger hunt to be remembered. By Molly McManus … Read on »


Detecting Heart Disease Early in Women

By Vijay G. Divakaran, M.D., M.P.H. Heart disease causes one in three deaths every year. So when it comes to avoiding it, early diagnosis is critical, as it’s the key … Read on »


Women in the News

Women’s Fund of Central Texas celebrates its 10th Anniversary A dedicated group of Central Texas women is preparing to celebrate its $1 million milestone of grant giving to nonprofits that … Read on »


Five Things to Do on Valentine’s Day

Whether you are 50 years married or on a first date, the 14th is full of excitement. Compiled by Jacqui Devaney Russian House Valentine’s Day Dinner Ready to go back … Read on »


Go Red for Women Summit

Jennie Stewart shares her survival story with heart disease and the upcoming American Heart Association’s educational summit. By Hope Petersen It happens silently. Unexpectedly. It can happen to the old, … Read on »


Cupid’s Undie Run

Ready, set, strip! Get weird with a short-distance run to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Strip down to your tighty whities to raise money for the Children’s Tumor … Read on »


Austin’s Dog Services

The must-know Austin dog organizations supplying pet therapy, organic raw-diet foods and much more. By Leo B. Carter AUSTIN PETS ALIVE Since 2008, Austin Pets Alive has been adopting pets … Read on »


Paws for a Good Book

Poetry, novels and true stories about our favorite four-legged friends. By Courtney Bell Sophie by Emma Pearse Sophie tells the true story of the Griffith family’s beloved 3-year-old cattle dog. … Read on »



AW readers love their dogs. Carrin Welch “Maddie’s sweet demeanor has turned many a cat person over to the dog side!” “Morris is simultaneously silly and serious, and he snores … Read on »


Red Roses and Beyond

Let your flowers speak for you this Valentine’s Day. Nothing has come to symbolize love and Valentine’s Day more than a dozen red roses. In Victorian days, nosegays were often … Read on »


Sinfully Soft

Treat your feet (and eyes) to this imaginative hide rug. A beautiful rug can be a work of art, and Shift—Kyle Bunting’s Studio Rug by John Opella—is no exception. The … Read on »


Doggy Style

Striped cashmere blend polo sweater with matching hat, $32, available at Hole In One Golf Sweater, $64.00, available at Fetch, 3636 Bee Cave Road, 800.286.1620 Sew Olive Custom ID … Read on »


Splurge or Steal?

When to invest, when to save. Styled, modeled, and written by Ashley Hargrove. Photos by Rudy Arocha. Makeup by Lauren Lumsden. It’s every lady’s and the occasional man’s shopping dilemma. … Read on »



Austin’s premier dog-friendly restaurants and bars. By Courtney Bell Here in Austin, we love our dogs and we love bringing them out and about with us. There are plenty of … Read on »


Can Aphrodisiacs Really Make Your Mojo Sparkle?

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Austin Woman takes you on a sumptuous journey to uncover the seductive truth about a myth nearly as old as humankind itself. By Andy … Read on »


High-Flying Adored

Erinina Ness brings Fire Trapeze to Austin’s aerial arts community. By Megan Russell; Photo by Christopher Smith. Soaring high through the air on a trapeze seems like something reserved for … Read on »


Four-Legged Therapists

Animal-assisted therapy is helping to heal in Austin. By Jill Case Charles M. Schulz said, “Happiness is a warm puppy.” Apparently, many of the people who benefit from the love … Read on »


Keeping Heart Healthy

What women need to know about cardiovascular disease. By Megan Russell February is American Heart Month, and while many people focus on taking care of their romantically charged heart, it … Read on »


Missy McCullough

Executive Director Animal Trustees of Austin and Lifelong Animal Advocate By Julie Tereshchuk; Photos by Annie Ray. Boo-Boo came as soon as his name was called, tiny paws sliding on … Read on »


Unconditional Love

Why dogs are near and dear to a woman’s heart. By Molly McManus; Photos by Rudy Arocha Dog. (Wo)man’s best friend. I mean, really, what’s not to love? If you … Read on »


Death Row Dogs

A tale of four rejects and one happy family. By JB Hager; Photo by Rudy Arocha My wife and I just adopted our fourth reject. Suckers! We love dogs and … Read on »


Dealing with the One-Month V-Day Dilemma

How to handle Valentine’s Day when you’ve only been dating for a month. By Kaneisha Grayson Dear Kaneisha, I’ve been dating my guy for a month and things are going … Read on »


John Faught

Proving through Firehouse Animal Health Center why he’s the cat’s meow. By Molly McManus, Photo by Rudy Arocha Meow! John Faught, DVM, has as much Southern charm as he does … Read on »


Are You Ready For a Dog?

What to ask before adopting a dog from Austin Pets Alive’s Ellen Jefferson. By Megan Russell Adopting a dog from a shelter can bring joy and light in to your … Read on »


Melanie McLeroy

Living the good life of an entrepreneurial dog trainer. As told to Deborah Hamilton-Lynne Never envisioning ending up an entrepreneur, Melanie McLeroy pursued degrees in history and classical civilization from … Read on »


Tail-wagging Love at First Sight

How an inseparable dog duo led to everlasting love. By Elizabeth Breston; Illustration by Sarah Quatrano. My husband, Matthew, and I married exactly two weeks after we met. I was … Read on »