Exclusive Interview: Sarah Duque Lovisoni is a Remarkable Talent and a Remarkable Beauty

Photography courtesy of Andi Brooke Photography.

Venezuelan top-model Sarah Duque Lovisoni is an impressive combination of beauty and culture. Celebrated as a successful model, the elegant Venezuelan has also created an interior design company, SDL Design, in the United States which collaborates with numerous Italian luxury brands.

Born in Milan, Sarah naturally began her modeling career there as the face of some of the most prestigious companies in the world such as Pantene, Pirelli, La Perla, Vogue, Roberto Cavalli, and Alberta Ferretti.

Soon thereafter, Sarah came to Los Angeles where she’s represented by AC Talent, one of the most prestigious agencies in the city. Today you can see her alongside Julia Roberts in the international campaign of Lancome Cosmetics, Paris for the ‘La Vie Est Belle’ fragrance.

It’s thrilling to learn more about Sarah.  She is a woman who possesses such a wonderful spirit, which is so contagious.  I’m totally captivated by her and happy to share highlights of our conversations.

Read our riveting interview conducted and written by William Jackson to learn why Sarah is truly a remarkable talent and a remarkable beauty.

Teen InFluential Spotlight: Amber Bernstein Has Beauty and Brains Running Through Her Veins

Photography courtesy of Brian B. Hayes / Shandrew PR.

Amber Bernstein is a model and entrepreneur.  She was attracted to the modeling business at a very early age, with agents approaching her at eight years old.  Not content just working in front of the camera, Amber started her own online boutique aimed at teen fashion and accessories, AmberBernsteincouture.com.

Amber is not a novice to the entertainment business. Her dad was the late producer Jay Bernstein, who was responsible for discovering some of the biggest icons in the entertainment business, such as Pamela Anderson, Farrah Fawcett, Drew Barrymore, and Heather Locklear. Amber’s mother is a famed actress, model, and entrepreneur in her own right.  It’s not at all surprising Amber has beauty and brains running through her veins.

Nicole Glenn, our Editor of Teen InFluential was thrilled to catch up with Amber her to chat about her life as a model, the importance of goals, and ways to spend spare time in meaningful ways.

Read the Exclusive Interview in our March / April Issue.

 

The Hill Country Galleria Hosts a Grand ReOpening Event to Celebrate its Transformation

Contributed  by Stephanie Samuels, Roving Reporter for InFluential Magazine 

Photography courtesy of Stephanie Samuels.

The Hill Country Galleria completed recently a $16 million dollar renovation and celebrated the spectacular transformation with a huge Grand ReOpening Event on Saturday, April 8, complemented with beautiful Central Texas weather.

The family friendly event was one for the record books.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony hosted by Chamber of Commerce.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony hosted by Chamber of Commerce.

The Mayor of Bee Cave, Carolyn Murphy, along with the Bee Cave Chamber of Commerce christened the Event with a ribbon cutting ceremony while the enthusiastic crowd released balloons into the sky.

Austin Music Legend Bob Schneider.

Austin Music Legend Bob Schneider.

Headlining the entertainment menu, was local legend Bob Schneider, who rocked the standing room only crowd from the spacious new amphitheater, now adorned with Adirondack seating, as well as families of all ages who had blankets on the lawn. Fans of all ages loved Bob’s music, and as an extra treat, he took musical requests.

Fashion Show Presented and Styled by LURE by Y&R with Music Presented by The Mrs.

Fashion Show presented and styled by LURE by Y&R with music presented by The Mrs.

Amanda Tatom, host of Studio 512, kicked off a fashion show presented and styled by LURE by Y&F.  The models walked the runway complemented by the music of The Mrs. To round out the entertainment; Sun Radio hosted the Saturday Night Concert Series featuring the DeRailers.

Fashion

As the evening closed out the community was treated to a fabulous fireworks show.

Congrats to the Hill Country Galleria.

Tips to Throw Better Movie Nights at Home

Photography courtesy of Antonioguillem – Fotolia.com.

Whether it’s family movie night and you’re watching an old classic, or you’re hosting a big crowd to screen the latest blockbuster, you can take steps to make the viewing experience feel more like the theater — from upgrading your technology to improving your hosting game.

Here are some cool ideas to help movie lovers better enjoy their favorite flicks at home.

Thematic Snacks

When it comes to food and drink, treat guests to all their theater favorites. Candy bars, soda and popcorn are great standards, and these days, many theaters also offer beer, wine, cocktails and elevated fare.

You can also take it one step further by tailoring your menu to the theme of the movie. Think about the setting, the characters and the plot for inspiration. But remember, foods that are easy to eat in the dark and don’t make a lot of racket work best.

Upgrade Your Tech

Flat screen TVs are great, but for the real theater feel, consider a high-quality projector designed for home use. Look for one that’s low maintenance, easy to turn on and off, and comes with HDMI terminals as well as a USB power supply.

Since you may not have the option of a windowless room or blackout curtains in your home, seek out a projector that senses ambient light in the room and automatically adjusts its brightness accordingly. For example, the XJ-F210WN LampFree Projector from Casio’s Advanced Series line features Intelligent Light Control that does just that, so viewers can enjoy optimal visuals any time of day and in any lighting conditions. This model also comes equipped with 20,000-hour estimated operating life and reaches full brightness in as fast as five seconds. Its combination of laser and LED light source is a great high-brightness, mercury-free option. More information can be found at CasioLampFree.com.

Costume Party

Whether you’re watching a dramatic period piece or enjoying a sci-fi action flick, add a touch of excitement to your party by encouraging guests to wear costumes. This will help get everyone pumped up for the movie well in advance of the screening.

As host you may even want to include a trivia round afterwards and offer prizes to winners.

With a few tech upgrades and hosting tips, movie night just got even more fun. (StatePoint)

You’re Invitation to The Opulence Ball: Silver Gild & Gold Dust

Step into Austin Influential Group Studios as they present their 5th installment: “Silver Gild & Gold Dust”, an homage to the Hollywood renaissance. Join them as they recapture the brilliance of its silver days and golden era in support of Austin Pets Alive! Reminiscent of Hollywood’s heyday, the crystal clear sound of Austin’s own, The Hollywood Revue, shall be the soundtrack of this timeless evening. Of jazz and swing, serenade and swoon, dance the night away on our studio’s ballroom set, to be immortalized as the “waltz of all times”. Delivering command performances, Austin’s top talents in burlesque, the siren song and cabaret shall grace the center stage of this production, displaying the best in show of classic Hollywood’s crowning elements. Featuring a grand red carpet entrance, elegant cocktails, open dessert bar, glamorous photo booth, 1940s retro cigar lounge and a silent cinema broadcasting “Singing in the Rain”. Who cares about getting their name up in lights when they can have it written in the stars?  This Valentine’s season, strike a pose and get ready for your close-up!

Event:  The Opulence Ball:  Silver Gild & Gold Dust

Date:  Saturday, February 11, 2017

Time:  9pm – 1am

Location:  Swan Dive, 615 Red River Street, Austin, TX

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1683944521925776/

VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSibZRwzm0M

Tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-opulence-ball-silver-gild-gold-dust-tickets-29960279001

 

Five Ways to Help You Enjoy the Holiday Season

(BPT) – Does the phrase “relaxing holiday season” seem far out of reach? If it does, you’re not alone. There’s plenty to do during the holidays: there are gifts to buy, parties to host, work to finish and travel plans to make. With a hectic schedule, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. This year, pace yourself and take a step back. After all, this is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, so don’t forget that you deserve a gift too.

Here are five ideas to help you relax and get into the holiday spirit in no time. 

A day at the spa. A little rest and relaxation can be just the pick-me-up you need to conquer the rest of your holiday to-do list, so plan a spa day for yourself. Take the day off so you don’t feel rushed and spend it being pampered. You’ve worked hard all year, and a relaxing massage or facial is just too good to pass up. 

A special wash for your special things. Whether it’s your best table linens or your party dress, holiday parties can lead to extra loads of laundry. Treat your special things to a personalized wash with the LG SideKick. This smaller washer can fit right underneath your traditional front-load machine and is perfect for those smaller jobs handling five to six shirts in a four-pound load. It allows you to run two separate loads at the same time, so you spend less time doing laundry and more time enjoying the season.

 Great food and great company. Hectic schedules filled with holiday obligations tend to reduce meal times to quick grab-and-go items in between errands. Why not break the cycle and enjoy a nice dinner out with your loved ones. Pick a place that holds memories for your family – it can be as formal or informal as you like – and gather for a relaxing meal together. 

Binge watch in style. Catch up on the season’s hottest TV shows in style, on the television with the best picture quality on the market today. The LG OLED B6 TV makes every seat the best seat in the house with its perfect blacks, brilliant brights and infinite contrast – even from wide viewing angles. The LG OLED B6 features both Dolby Vision(TM) HDR and UHDA certified “Ultra HD Premium” HDR. And LG’s award-winning webOS 3.0 Smart TV platform makes it easy to switch from your can’t-miss-show to your favorite viral video, so kick back, relax and enjoy. 

Get started on your goals for next year. Make 2017 the year you learn a new language or pick up at that instrument you’ve always wanted to play. Get a jump start by enrolling in a class over the holiday season to learn something new. Shaking up your routine and mastering a new skill is one of the best gifts to give yourself, and feeling like you’ve already gotten a jump on 2017 is just a bonus.

The holiday season is full of hustle and bustle, but if you remember to treat yourself every now and then, the season will ultimately be more enjoyable and relaxing for you and those you love most. To learn more about the LG SideKick or LG OLED B6 TV, visit www.lg.com.

That’s Entertainment! Featuring Celebrity Event Planner Colin Cowie

We’re pleased to feature the exclusive feature article titled That’s Entertainment! penned by Colin Cowie, Celebrity Event Planner and CEO of Colin Cowie Enterprises.

Colin Cowie.  Photography courtesy of www.colincowie.com.

Colin Cowie. Photography courtesy of www.colincowie.com.

Colin Cowie  is on fire with an events business that travels the four corners of the world doing everything from intimate birthday celebrations to iconic weddings to corporate bashes, a hot new website on weddings and a consulting business that works on international hospitality and design projects for hotels, retailers and airlines. Layer on top of that his being a regular contributor to NBC’s The Today Show, a popular personality on HSN with home and lifestyle collections, and his ever-growing collection of lifestyle and entertaining books. The party planner of choice for celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey and Kim Kardashian, what sets Colin apart is his experiential approach to design; what you smell, touch, taste, feel and hear are carefully orchestrated to create the ultimate experience for Colin’s clients.

Read the Exclusive Feature here.

 

Creek Show 2016 Full Event Calendar + Special Offerings Announced

Waller Creek Conservancy’s Annual, Free Public Event to Take Place November 10–19

The Waller Creek Conservancy is excited to announce the calendar of events happening during Creek Show 2016. Now in its third year, Creek Show spans ten nights from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and includes five light-based design installations installed along Waller Creek between 5th and 8th Streets. The free, public art exhibit begins with the opening night event on Thursday, November 10 at dusk and concludes on Saturday, November 19.

The Conservancy is proud to have an expanded partnership with the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department and the Red River Merchant’s Association (RRMA) to provide nightly curated events including live music and and family programs, in addition to food and drink specials featured at neighboring bars and restaurants, both along Waller Creek itself and throughout the Red River Cultural District.

The information table is located along the creek between 6th St and 7th St. Please stop by to learn about Creek Show and Waller Creek, pick up a free wristband, and check out the Creek Show merch! The full calendar of events, along with the list of special food and drink offerings are included below. For more information, please visit creekshow.com.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Note: All events are subject to change. 

NOVEMBER 10

OPENING NIGHT

Live DJ Set

6pm-10pm, Sabine Tree Deck

Corduroi, BoomBaptist, Selva Oscura, and Darius Gibson

Produced by Empire Control Room & Garage and Heard Entertainment

Dance Waterloo

This local dance troupe will preview December’s Panorama Playground creekside.

Food & Drink Specials

Grab a wristband at the WCC Info Table to unlock tons of specials near Waller Creek and in the Red River Cultural District.

Free Show in CB’s Lounge

8pm (doors), Stubb’s

Hilary York with members of The Ripe

NOVEMBER 11

KIDS’ & FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES 

The Thinkery

6pm-8pm, Sabine Tree Deck

These stations will allow children to explore electricity and fluorescence. Activities will include Circuit Blocks & Glowing Senses and Bubbles.

City of Austin Watershed Protection Department

6pm-8pm, Sabine Tree Deck

Grow Green: WPD will have information about gardening to protect your creek’s watershed.  There will be lots of useful tips and native seed packets to take home.

GENERATION WALLER MONSTER BASH

7pm-9pm, The Gatsby

Happy Hour hosted by WCC’s young leaders group, Generation Waller. This event is a great way to get plugged in to Waller Creek as an advocate or volunteer. Come meet up, enjoy a DJ set by Dan Gentile (of Flying Turns), and enter the raffle to win great prizes.

NOVEMBER 12

KIDS’ & FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES 

The Thinkery

6pm-8pm, Sabine Tree Deck

These stations will allow children to explore electricity and fluorescence. Activities will include Circuit Blocks & Glowing Senses and Bubbles.

City of Austin Watershed Protection Department

6pm-8pm, Sabine Tree Deck

Grow Green: WPD will have information about gardening to protect your creek’s watershed.  There will be lots of useful tips and native seed packets to take home.

FREE SHOW

So Official

9pm (doors), Empire Control Room & Garage (patio), all ages, Free with Creek Show wristband

NOVEMBER 13

GUIDED TOUR OF WALLER CREEK – ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

5:30pm-7pm, meet at Historic German Free School, Registration capped at 20

Carolyn Wright, co-author of Austin’s Waller Creek, will be your guide for this informative tour hosted by the German Texas Heritage Society. For reservations please contact Carolyn at 512-343-7205 or at carolynwright7@gmail.com with your name, contact information and number of reservations.

NOVEMBER 14

CREEK SHOW OPEN

6pm-10pm, Waller Creek, between 5th and 8th Streets

NOVEMBER 15

2016 CREEK SHOW 2016 ARTIST TALK – ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUESTED AT CREEKSHOW.COM

6:30pm-8:30pm, Palm Door on Sabine (401 Sabine)

Artist Talk with all five Creek Show design teams moderated by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. Registration is free and includes admission, drinks, and light refreshments.

KIDS’ & FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES 

Free Angola Capoeira Society

6pm-7:30pm, Sabine Tree Deck

This group teaches people of all ages the traditional holistic African Art of capoeira Angola. In it they learn to play music, sing, dance, and play the game of the martial art, capoeira.

FREE SHOWS

Raise Her Voice Concert Series

9pm (doors), Cheer Up Charlies, 21+, Free with Creek Show wristband

Raise Her Voice concert series is the freshest way to discover new up and-coming female artists based in Austin, Texas.

Performances by Mélat Kay, Amea, Cara Bishop, and Raynna. Vibes Directed by Michelle Umachi.

Ulovei Residency / Dump Dump

9pm (doors), Empire Control Room, 18+, Free with Creek Show wristband

NOVEMBER 16

KIDS’ & FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES 

The Edge of Imagination Station

6pm-7:30pm, Sabine Tree Deck

Do you want to bring your ideas to life? Using materials such as chalk, paper, and 3D objects you can create your own stop motion animated sequence with The Edge of Imagination Station.

FREE SHOW

Road to Euphoria x HE^RD Presents: Space Jesus at The Chop Shop

9pm (doors), Empire Control Room, 18+, Free with Creek Show wristband

NOVEMBER 17

KIDS’ & FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES 

The Edge of Imagination Station

6pm-7:30pm, Sabine Tree Deck

Do you want to bring your ideas to life? Using materials such as chalk, paper, and 3D objects you can create your own stop motion animated sequence with The Edge of Imagination Station.

Attendance Records presents Field Notes: A Mobile Recording Box

6pm-10pm, 8th Street Lawn

Step into the unknown and feel inspired by your surroundings. Record your inner thoughts through song, spoken word, ramblings, or any noise you see fit in the moment. All noise will be compiled into a special Creek Show field recording to be showcased on the next Attendance Records album.

FREE SHOW

Bourgeois Mystics

8pm (doors), Mohawk (Indoors), all ages

Bourgeois Mystics headlines with Interrobang, Arc Iris, and Dayeater

NOVEMBER 18

KIDS’ & FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

Austin Bat Cave

6pm-10pm, Sabine Tree Deck

At Austin Bat Cave’s installation, kids and adults alike will have the experience of “becoming a tree” through projected imagery. A digital storybook will be created and displayed using crowd-sourced descriptive words of the experience.

Attendance Records presents Field Notes: A Mobile Recording Box

6pm-10pm, 8th Street Lawn

Step into the unknown and feel inspired by your surroundings. Record your inner thoughts through song, spoken word, ramblings, or any noise you see fit in the moment. All noise will be compiled into a special Creek Show field recording to be showcased on the next Attendance Records album.

FREE & FEATURED SHOWS

Pure Ground Rock & Roll at Empire Control Room & Garage

7pm (doors), Empire Control Room, 18+, $2 off entry with Creek Show wristband

Join Julian Acosta for his Single Release party with Swimming with Bears, Daniel Eyes & the Vibes, and Eric Burton. Your Creek Show wristband gets you $2 off at the door and a drink special inside.

Moving Panoramas

8pm (door), Cheer Up Charlies, 21, Free with Creek Show wristband

Moving Panoramas headlines with Roses, Food Group, Ramesh, RG Lowe (of Balmorhea)

NOVEMBER 19

CLOSING NIGHT

Country Music at Waller Creek

7pm-10pm, 8th Street Lawn, family-friendly

Live country music from Austin’s own The Rated Ex’s, The Ugly Beats, Jana Horn, and Elaine Greer.

Creek Week Cook-Out: Country Music & Dance Lessons

10pm-2am, Barracuda, 21+

Two stepping lessons from Jaime Moreno (10pm) and live music from Bobby Marlar, The Dollar Generals, and Rattlesnake Milk.

KIDS’ & FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES 

Austin Bat Cave

6pm-10pm, Sabine Tree Deck

At Austin Bat Cave’s installation, kids and adults alike will have the experience of “becoming a tree” through projected imagery. A digital storybook will be created and displayed using crowd-sourced descriptive words of the experience.

FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS IN RED RIVER CULTURAL DISTRICT! (with free wristband)

Pick up your free wristband at the Waller Creek Conservancy info table to take advantage of these nightly offers during Creek Show 2016, November 10-19.

Arlo’s

$2 off orders of $8 or more with wristband. (Valid Nov 10, 11, 12 & Nov 17, 18, 19)

Daruma

$2 off ramen with wristband, all nights.

Empire Control Room and Garage

Use coupon code CREEKSHOW to purchase tickets for shows Nov 10-19 at empireatx.com.

Esther’s Follies

20% discount at door with wristband, all nights.

Hilton Garden Inn

10% off Bar Menu and $5 domestic beers and wines with wristband, all nights.

Hoboken Pies

$2 slices special with wristband, all nights.

Hotel Indigo / Holiday Inn Express

15% discount for rooms & Red River Tavern with wristband, all nights.

Jim Jim’s

10% off on orders over $5 with wristband, all nights.

The Gatsby

20% off drinks with wristband, all nights.

Stubb’s BBQ

20% off in the restaurant, all nights.

Waller Creek Pub House

$1 off select beers and $3 Lonestar with wristband, all nights.

Survive2Thrive Presents Mary Wilson of the Surpremes

Survive2Thrive Foundation, a 501c3 charity, is honored to bring Ms. Mary Wilson of the Supremes to Austin on Saturday, October 29, 2016! Get gussied up and join us for this beautiful Masquerade Gala! This is a formal, PURPLE TIE event AND masks are welcome!!

MUSEAUSTIN is a cocktail hour and live concert featuring some of Austin’s best musicians, performing their inspirational original music with a full band and orchestra.

This year’s featured artists are NBC’s The Voice contestant Lex Land, nationally known Gospel star Eric Moore, Country Music star Grace Pettis and of course, Ms. Mary Wilson of the World Famous Supremes!

During the event, survivors of #domesticviolence will be honored for their strength, resilience, and their commitment to help other survivors of domestic violence. In addition to honoring and celebrating survivors, MUSEAUSTIN will be raising awareness and funding for the Survive2Thrive Foundation’s Sanctuary Program.

The Survive2Thrive Foundation’s Sanctuary Program funds short-term housing stays to survivors of domestic violence who have been turned away from their local shelter. For $75, we can house a family of four for a night in one of our secured hotel partners.

Join us for a night of beautiful music, fashion, art, awareness and celebration. Mark your calendars and get your tickets today!

Juan Ricondo Releases His First Album With Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato’s Producer, JD. Salbergo

Spanish singer Juan Ricondo releases his first album “An American Affair” recorded in Los Angeles. Produced by JD. Salbego, producer of singers such as Demi Lovato or Jason Derulo, and himself. The album has 4 songs, all of them written and composed by Ricondo, and all of them in English due to his American influences and the Britpop.



It has been released digitally, on itunes and his website www.juanricondo.com. But Juan didn´t want to forget the essence of music, so he just released a limited edition on vinyl. The cover of this album was designed by Jose Manuel Ciria, one of the most recognized artists of his generation.



In 2005, Juan got a scholarship to study in New York, at one of the most prestigious acting schools in the world, Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, where stars such as Angelina Jolie and Marilyn Monroe studied. It was in The Big Apple where Juan Ricondo created his first band and they started to perform in pubs around the city.



“I was always singing, even though I wanted to be an actor but I never thought about becoming a professional singer.”



Ricondo used to promote himself organizing his own photoshoots, posters and artwork. He also worked on TV shows such as Ugly Betty, and a number of commercials and plays.


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“Acting has been a really important thing in my life and in my career. And I guess it is reflected in the way I sing”.