After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar gets all Ginger-y for the season

The second-place winner of the Center for Child Protection’s Dancing With the Stars of Austin, Police Chief Art Acevedo (I call him “Ace” – when he lets me) looks heavenward as he greets first-place winner Ronda Gray, founder of Camp on the Move (<a href=http://www.camponthemove.com target=blank<b>www.camponthemove.com</b></a>).
The second-place winner of the Center for Child Protection’s Dancing With the Stars of Austin, Police Chief Art Acevedo (I call him “Ace” – when he lets me) looks heavenward as he greets first-place winner Ronda Gray, founder of Camp on the Move (www.camponthemove.com). (Photo by Eric Hewer Photography)

TRUE CONFESSIONS Omigod, it's just all too much during the holidays. On top of everything else, I'm desperately reviewing applications for a jewelry sponsor for my performance this Friday night at Ballet Austin's production of The Nutcracker. You can't imagine how pushy people can be sometimes when they want something out of you ... even if it's an ephemeral something that's so hard to define. On top of that, I have to testify in an upcoming court case. It has me rattled, definitely, but I draw strength from Lana Turner at moments like these. She really knew how to make a courtroom sizzle – both onscreen and off (see Frank O'Hara's timeless poem "Lana Turner Has Collapsed!"). In addition to playing the coveted Mother Ginger for the ballet and appearing in court, you may see me on the big screen very soon – if I don't wind up on the cutting-room floor, that is.

Dancing With the Stars of Austin contestant Maria Groten flips out.
Dancing With the Stars of Austin contestant Maria Groten flips out. (Photo by Eric Hewer Photography)

DRIVE-BY SOOTHINGS Fab holiday gift ideas: Go to www.augustmorgan.com for locally made pillows from vintage needlework... Pick out some products (or a gift card) at W3ll People (215 S. Lamar Ste. B, at the Bridges, www.w3llpeople.com)... Sign up (or sign someone you love up) for grueling calisthenics in the loving hands of the merciless Laura Cisneros at Urban Animal (www.urbananimalnation.com or www.urbananimal.mobi if you have an iPhone – which I do, but this document has not been sent from my iPhone)... Pick up the amazing RevitaLash at Pink Hair Salon (1204 S. Congress), and give her the thickest lashes on earth, or maybe give her a Rubypearl dress or Pink's new gift card, which offers four haircuts for the price of three prepaid ones... Go to www.idealheel.com, and see what local entrepreneurs John and Michelle Patterson have developed – a must-have shoe accessory that slips over the high heel, protecting it from gouges, scuffs, and other mishaps... The Lounge on Republic Park at the swank El Rey men's executive club is now open to the public (yup, ladies too). Drop by, and consider the selection of services available for the man on your gift list... Bringing vintage style to the Eastside and located in the Plaza Juan Raul, home of the infamous Juan in a Million, Vida Loca Vintage has opened on East Cesar Chavez. Owner Blanca Wise concentrates on high-quality men's and women's wear and accessories... Saturday, Dec. 20, 6-11pm, Oilcan Harry's partners with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Austin Broadway Series, and the UT Performing Arts Center for a salute to Broadway and an auction of Broadway memorabilia, artwork, and tickets, benefiting the Wright House Wellness Center and AIDS Services of Austin's Paul Kirby Emergency Fund. Go to www.oilcanharrys.com for more details... See breathtaking estate jewels at the Ralph Lauren boutique at the Domain. And catch the first breath of spring by viewing the new sample collection – direct from the runway... Best new band name? The Dead Kenny G's, of course.

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