Articles | July, 2014


Texas Songwriters Honored for Life Achievements

Texas music legends recognized for their contributions to country and Texas culture. By Keri Heath, photos by Jack Plunkett Last weekend, the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association honored its three new … Read on »


Summer Splash Getaway

Austin never fails to deliver a scorching summer, but do not fear! Austin also has an oasis of cool in and near your neighborhood. By Sylvia Kim Taking the drive … Read on »


A Whole Lotta Dessert Without a Whole Lotta Guilt

NadaMoo! hosts a vegan dessert social benefiting Whole Planet Foundation. Photos and text by Alyssa Brant With unlimited desserts and specialty cocktails, NadaMoo!’s event presented a dangerously delicious yet healthy … Read on »


Shining Gold: Kelly Wynne

Meet the Rising Star winner from Austin Fashion Week, an AW Young Woman to Watch. By Silvana Di Ravenna Kelly Wynne has many reasons to be on cloud nine lately. … Read on »


Austin Singer-Songwriter Releases First Full-Length Album

Jackie Venson’s The Light in Me is brought to the stage. By Keri Heath Last weekend, the Skylark Lounge hosted the release party for the first full-length album from local … Read on »


The Voice Behind The Who’s Tommy

An AW exclusive interview with Michael Valentine, the actor playing Tommy in this month’s ZACH Theatre production. By Silvana Di Ravenna Michael Valentine is ready for showtime. In fact, he’s … Read on »


A Well-Rounded Table

The grand opening of Patricia’s Table comes with grand opportunities for young minds and taste buds. By Alyssa Brant With a brand-new kitchen made just their size, children in the … Read on »


Fifteen Essential Apps for Young Women

Use your smartphone to take control of an active, urban lifestyle. By Keri Heath With its hopping nightlife and booming businesses, Austin is a great place to be a young … Read on »


Top Six Austin Escapes

Be a tourist in your own city. By Luisa Venegoni Between work and other responsibilities, it can be almost impossible to reserve an entire weekend or full day for a … Read on »


Five Ways to Enjoy Austin in July

Compiled by Luisa Venegoni and Sylvia Kim Red, White and Blue July 1 – Aug. 3, North Hills Gallery The Creative Arts Society, a local nonprofit visual-arts organization promoting the … Read on »


The Wine Down 2014 with Latasha Lee & the BlackTies

July 14, 5 to 7 p.m., ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd. Text by Luisa Venegoni, photo by Salih Williams The Wine Down series has … Read on »


It’s Not Easy Being Green

Save your hair from chlorine discoloration and damage this summer. Photo by Dustin Meyer Clockwise from lower left: Ultra Swim shampoo and conditioner, $3.99, available at drugstores; TRISWIM shampoo, $11.95, … Read on »


Austin Fashion Week 2014

Big-city style is not a problem for Austin’s biggest fashion event. By Cheryl Bemis Springtime marks one of the busiest times in Austin, and while the Texas wildflowers, allergies and … Read on »


Boho Beach

Channel your inner hippie for a perfectly laid-back Austin look. Photo by Dustin Meyer Bikini top, $19; bikini bottom, $19; woven tote, $50; necklace, $35; earrings, $12.50; Essie nail polish … Read on »


Stylish Outdoor Living

AW’s guide to color balance for your summer spaces. By Ricky Rodriguez, photos by Elizabeth Shear From bold blues to sunny yellows, this season’s color trends for outdoor living are … Read on »


Chill Out

Named for the coolest city in the U.S., Austin Cocktails lives up to its name. Photo by Dustin Meyer How do you go about developing a line of cocktails that … Read on »


A Moveable Feast

Two Austin entrepreneurs create custom food tours for every palate and interest. By Deborah Hamilton-Lynne, photos by Manny Pandya The Mission: “To provide intimate, chauffeured tasting tours of the best … Read on »


Go Vegan for Good

In their new books, authors Sarah Taylor and Carla Kelly encourage you to become vegan, not just for the good of animals, but also for the environment, your health and … Read on »


Ideal Strength-Training Program for Women

Top 10 questions to ask yourself to develop an effective and personalized program. By Michael Gundill Most women have four main goals in mind when they begin a weight-training program: … Read on »


Melanoma F.Y.I.

The importance of preventing and detecting melanoma. By Jill Case Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, and the incidence of melanoma is on the rise in the … Read on »


Maria Hernandez

The founder of Growing Roots helps families of children with disabilities build a community of support, knowledge and empowerment. By Rachel Merriman, photos by Dustin Meyer When you were 12 … Read on »


Adventures in Zilkerland

For the fun at heart: where to eat, drink, shop and play. By Molly McManus, Illustrations by Heidi Heidingsfelder Arguably the most beautiful neighborhood in Austin, the Zilker area is … Read on »


AW’s Annual Young Women to Watch 2014

How five go-getters found the courage to pursue their passions early in life. By Megan Russell, Photos by Elizabeth Shear and Flashpool Productions. Austin is becoming the go-to city for entrepreneurs … Read on »


Avoiding the Earl Woods Effect

Letting our kids be kids. By JB Hager, Photo by Rudy Arocha This is quite good timing, as this is the Young Women to Watch issue. My daughter has been … Read on »


Maya Angelou (1928–2014)

Mourning the loss of a phenomenal woman. By Deborah Hamilton-Lynne I was fortunate to be able to interview Maya Angelou on one of her many visits to Austin, and I … Read on »


Anna Maria Chávez, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

Leading the way for STEM education for girls. By Julie Tereshchuk Girl Scouts of Central Texas is leading the nation in its innovative science, technology, engineering and math programs. From … Read on »


The Accidental Blogger

With some good timing, an eye for fun and a serious love of Austin, Kristy Owen has turned her new year’s resolution into one of the city’s most successful blogs. … Read on »


Sustainable Fashionista

Kirsten Dickerson, CEO and co-founder of Raven + Lily talks Mother Teresa, fashion and the new storefront. By Kelly E. Lindner, photos by Kate Stafford When you meet a fashion … Read on »


The Carpetbagger

An Introduction. By Stephanie Chastain; Illustration by Sarah Quatrano. Truth be told, I’m from Boston. Now that’s not something I go prattling on about as a newcomer to the city. … Read on »