Articles | September 2014


Leap of Faith

It’s never too late to be what you might have been. “Some folks think I’m crazy,” is the opening line of I Believe, the first song on... Read on »


Five Best Wine Bars in Austin

Where to wine and dine in ATX right now. Read on »


Let’s Dance

Top five picks for social dance and meet-ups. You’ve heard the benefits of dance before—creativity, socialization, stress relief and exercise, to name a few—but you’ve... Read on »


September’s Social Calendar

An impressive lineup of where to see and be seen in Austin this September. GQ magazine recently voted Austin as one of the 40 worst dressed cities in America. But despite our laid-back reputation... Read on »


Best of the Blogs: The Salonniere

An interview with Carla McDonald, founder of The Salonniere. Read on »


Where to Wear Fall Fashion

Everything you need to know for your fall wardrobe. Whether you’re in need of fall festival garb, work attire, back-to-school clothing or fun-night-out fashion, AW has you covered with fall runway... Read on »


Ready. Set. Tailgate!

It’s time to bust out your team colors and celebrate football season with these great tips and tricks for the perfect tailgate. With football season kicking off, the fun and excitement... Read on »


Best of the Blogs: Austin Eavesdropper

Tolly Moseley is a writer, yoga teacher and aerialist. A true Austinite who likes to share her thoughts about life with her reader. Moseley discusses anything from babies to fashion and culture on her blog, Austin Eavesdropper. Read on »



Learn to dress for your body type and embrace your inner fashionista. Have you ever seen someone wearing an outfit that clearly was not made for her and thought to yourself, “Oh... Read on »


Best of the Vlogs: Jenna Marbles

You’ve probably already heard of her, or at least seen one of her many viral videos such as How to Trick People Into Thinking You’re Good Looking or How... Read on »


One Space Two Ways

One space is all you need to transform it into two very different looks and feels. With fall quickly approaching and all of us getting our homes ready for this new season, it... Read on »


Making Gluten-Free Hassle-Free

In Karen Morgan’s second book, she takes on the task of recreating her grandmother’s favorite recipes to fit her dietary restrictions. Karen Morgan is the gluten-free guru behind Blackbird... Read on »


Best of the Blogs: Love and Lemons

From Austin, Jeanine Donofrio is a self-described travel addict, cook and photographer with an eye-catching blog, Love and Lemons. With mouth-watering recipes such as the butternut squash and tart cherry quinoa or the... Read on »


Brantley Gilbert

The country music artist comes to Austin on the Let It Ride Tour. Being stubborn and stuck in his ways has truly benefited country music artist Brantley Gilbert. Opening the second leg of... Read on »


Laughs, Freaks and Signs at the Oddball Comedy Festival

Austin Woman gets a front-row look at the top dogs of comedy and some of Austin’s own up-and-comers at the second Oddball Comedy Festival. You know it’s an interesting... Read on »


From the Editor

Cover worthy. One of the questions I get asked most often is, “How do you choose your cover women?” And my answer invariably is, “We choose women who represent the... Read on »


Kristy’s Top 10

From the blog 365 Things to Do In Austin, Kristy Owen selects the best bets for September. Garbo’s 14735 Bratton Lane Earlier this summer, this popular food truck quietly opened a brickand- mortar... Read on »


A Royal Response

How Edith Royal is revolutionizing Alzheimer’s research after Darrell K. Royal’s death. The destruction wreaked by Alzheimer’s disease is always heartbreaking, but it was particularly so when... Read on »


By the Numbers

Updates on former AW cover women’s philanthropic efforts. Christy Pipkin, October 2009 Nobelity Project Executive Director 14,000 books delivered to 14 libraries in rural Kenya. Served more than 7,500 children in rural Kenya schools. Partnered... Read on »


Happy Birthday, Virgo!

Aug. 24–Sept. 22 September settles into a new paradigm, the beginning of a new cycle. You may still be having difficulty with patience; you can be aggressive and irritable with others and equally... Read on »


These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things

AW’s staff reveal their current must-haves Jennifer, ART DIRECTOR “Friendly service, great food and even better wine: You really can’t go wrong with Apothecary’s happy hour.... Read on »


Austin Author Pens Her Ninth Novel, Above the East China Sea

Former AW cover women Heidi Marquez Smith and Sarah Bird in literary conversation. I caught up with Austin author and former AW cover woman Sarah Bird at Magnolia Café to chat about... Read on »


Have You Heard?

Updates on AW’s cover women musicians. During its 12 years of publication, Austin Woman has spoken with some incredible female singers who have shaped the Austin music scene. These artists were already... Read on »


Magnificent Sedona

One sunset is all you need to fall in love with the mystic jewel of Arizona. Sedona is a pure sanctuary of beauty, difficult to explain to those who haven’t visited... Read on »



Arm yourself with a mix of this season’s metallic makeup trend. 1. YSL La Laque Couture in Feuille D’or, $27 2. Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill eyeshadow in Moonlight, $34 3. Le Metier de... Read on »


Ladies, Start Your Engines

Get your motor running with these racy looks for fall. Jonathan Simkhai black leather tank, $495; Derek Lam 10 Crosby checkered skirt, $395; Vince black leather jacket, $995, available at Neiman Marcus, 3400 Palm Way, 512.719.1200; Kate Spade leather... Read on »


Fall Fashion Fundamentals

Four runway trends to revamp your wardrobe. New Lengths: Over-the-Knee Boots As seen on style icon Olivia Palermo, the over-the-knee-boot trend is perfect for the woman with confidence. Stuart Weitzman Highland boot, $750 Circus... Read on »


Decorating with Donna

One of my all-time favorite rooms that started from scratch! Long-time clients Nancy and Jim Edsel hired me back in the early ’90s to help them with their design needs when they... Read on »


Carla McDonald’s Secrets for Entertaining

How to throw the perfect dinner party. Former AW cover woman Carla McDonald is a well-known bon vivant. This year, she turned her passion and talent for entertaining to the creation of a... Read on »


Menu Teaser

A sneak preview to Austin Woman’s 12th anniversary luncheon’s mouthwatering meal. On Sept. 26, Austin Woman will commemorate 12 years of publication at The Westin at The Domain. If you&rsquo... Read on »


Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Learning about the silent killer. According to the American Cancer Society, “Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3 percent of cancers among women, but it causes more deaths than any other cancer of the... Read on »


A FRESH Initiative

Sample your fitness options with former AW cover woman Laura Cisneros. I have a theory as to why only 18 percent of adults nationwide have a gym membership: They know they need to exercise... Read on »


Conni Reed of Consuela

Practicing the art of the unmatched. Recipe for success: Take the class of Coco Chanel, combine with the tropical-beach vibe of Tommy Bahama, add the sass of Betsey Johnson, then mix together in... Read on »


12TH ANNIVERSARY Panelist preview

Our former cover women share their thoughts on making changes, creating an iconic business, taking a stand and empowering entrepreneurs. Judy Maggio, Retired News Anchor Stepping down from her 33-year career as a... Read on »


You Are Beautiful

Advice to a 12-year-old girl. Austin Woman magazine is turning 12 years old. Awfully darn proud of you, girl. You’ve grown up so fast. Seems like just yesterday you were being bundled... Read on »


Ready for my Closeup

Selfies and updates from former AW cover women. Donna Stockton Hicks, Nov. 2012 With daughter Shelly at Lauren’s Candy Bar, one of the most fun places ever! Sheryl Cole, Feb. 2013 Packing with... Read on »


The Homesick Texan

Lisa Fain keynotes the inaugural Austin Food Blogger conference. When Houstonian Lisa Fain fulfilled her lifelong dream to move to New York City, she didn’t realize how much she would miss... Read on »


Gone With the Wind

Seventy-five years ago, the world was gifted with an epic cinematic experience that will forever be imbedded in American film, culture and history. Just the title triggers a reflexive imagining of the Old... Read on »