After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar wrestles with the subcutaneous nature of beauty

Mayor Will Wynn, Annies co-owners Sherry Jameson and Love Nance, architect Dick Clark, mayor-elect (mayor by the time this runs) Lee Leffingwell, and Council Member Mike Martinez officially open Annies Cafe & Bar in the historic Day Building at 319 Congress. Annies was the first longtime, locally owned business to receive the city's new Business Retention and Enhancement loan, which utilizes street-closure fees collected from major Downtown developments.
Mayor Will Wynn, Annies co-owners Sherry Jameson and Love Nance, architect Dick Clark, mayor-elect (mayor by the time this runs) Lee Leffingwell, and Council Member Mike Martinez officially open Annies Cafe & Bar in the historic Day Building at 319 Congress. Annies was the first longtime, locally owned business to receive the city's new Business Retention and Enhancement loan, which utilizes street-closure fees collected from major Downtown developments. (Photo by Scott Sexton)

CLOUD 9 The letter said: "Dear Stephen, I was so touched by your lovely words that you wrote about me in your column, 'After a Fashion.' You were so nice to make the trip from Austin, and it was, indeed, a pleasure to meet you. With all that fab jewelry you were wearing that evening, I didn't get a chance to comment on your incredibly lovely shirt. Take care and thanks so much. Sincerely, Lynn Wyatt." See! This sums up exactly what I was talking about in my last column. Lynn Wyatt is the ultimate Great Lady. She told Lance Morgan that it was crucial that she get this letter off to me before she left for Blenheim and Elton John's. I could just die here and now.

DOCTOR, DOCTOR! I had another fabulous experience in the dentist's chair. Going to the dentist isn't supposed to be fun, but going to Dr. Mark Sweeny's Austin Dental Spa (www.austindentalspa.com) is fun. Though I'd only been to the spa once, and that was a while back, this was an emergency, and I was thrilled when the receptionist knew immediately who I was and was able to book me that very afternoon. From warm neck wraps to hand massages to cold water on demand, this is a spa that overlooks nothing in its quest to offer excellent and friendly service. In fact, Austin Dental Spa overlooks only one thing – a sweeping view of Austin and Dr. Sweeny's beloved UT Tower. Sorry, I know it sounds too good to be true, but take it from me – having a handsome doctor this close to your face while listening to "The Eyes of Texas" is an experience not to be missed.

THE TRUNK SHOW Sunday, June 28, 4-8pm, at the United States Art Authority (2906 Fruth), is the Trunk Show, an event founded by designer René Geneva and Lori Marie Erickson of Myka cosmetics. Lori's the one who did faaabulous make-up for the fashion show I put together for Zach Theatre's Red, Hot & Soul event a couple of months back, and I have been watching Mlle. Geneva's design career for a number of years now as she has grown and morphed into a serious talent. The event offers Austin's fashion-savvy men and women an opportunity to mingle with designers while perusing new designs. Guests can enjoy the latest from Downstairs Boutique, Leigh Elena Jewelry, Myka, Waterstone Aesthetics, Innocent Chocolate, and EcoClean, as well as DJ Trey Lopez (aka Manolo Black), Pink Hair Salon & Gallery (and now Nails!), free bang trims, make-up touch-ups, and more. For more info, go to www.thetrunkshowaustin.com, or e-mail info@thetrunkshowaustin.com.

AND THE WINNER IS ... Austin artist Shaesby Scott (www.shaesby.com) launched his first bridal collection to great acclaim at the recent Couture luxury jewelry show in Las Vegas. His distinctive line of wedding bands for women and men drew praise from retailers and editors for its innovative and unique designs. Utilizing platinum and marquis diamonds, a ring by Shaesby was the winner of the Platinum Guild International Couture Style Challenge in the bridal boutique category. This prestigious honor was judged by the discriminating editors of today's top fashion magazines. Locally, Shaesby can be found at Abito, Eliza Page, and Neiman Marcus.

THEY SAY ... They say beauty is supposed to come from within, but then they tell us that beauty is only skin deep. Which is it, guys?

LAST AND ALWAYS Austin's own Allan Baker will be in attendance in New York City for a production of his play "... last and always," which will be part of Short Stories 10, a program of seven 10-minute plays produced by NativeAliens Theatre Collective (www.nativealiens.org) every year as part of Gay Pride Week in New York City. In its 10th year, Short Stories celebrates the gay community and gay pride.

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Austin style, Lynn Wyatt, Elton John, Dr. Mark Sweeny, Austin Dental Spa, UT Tower, United States Art Authority, Trunk Show, Shaesby Scott, Platinum Guild International Couture Style Challenge, beauty is only skin deep, Allan Baker, ...last and always, Gay Pride Week, New York City

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