You’d never think it, with his laid- back attitude and the coolness to his voice, but Doug Guller has singlehandedly built an impressive portfolio of over a dozen brands in food, drinks, and music throughout Texas. One of the reasons I wanted him in our magazine was the fact that he was introduced to me as “the guy who wants to open a Bikinis in each state.” ...

Our friend and top chef, Carlos La Cruz, was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, but truly thrived and made a name for himself in New York City. The chef honed his career as manager in some pretty hip restaurants such as Rancho Cafe, Virgil BBQ in Times Square, Times Square Cafe, Gigino’s at Wagner Park, and Dos Caminos Mexican Restaurant. He has also worked at 55 Wall at the Regent Hotel on Wall Street, Megu NYC in Tribeca, The Sports Club/LA, the glamorous club New York Duvet Restaurant and Nightclub, and at F&T Group’s QC Celebrity Palace. De La...

As a Zilker resident, I'm one of those looking forward to what's coming to town. A developer with vision, Greystar, selected two thoughtful architecture firms for the massive Lamar Union on Treadwell and S Lamar, Boka Powell as executive architect and master planner, with Michael Hsu Office of Architecture as collaborating design architect. While the development replaces beloved Zilker businesses such as Hennig’s Heart of Texas Music (where I bought my son’s ukulele years ago!) and Big Bertha’s Bargain Basement vintage shop, with 443 modern rental apartments and over 80,000 square feet of ground floor restaurants, retail, and parking, I...

As Chief Editor of VETTA Magazine (back in the summer of 2014), I made an extraordinary effort not to fall prey to styling cliches and tired fashion stories for my Texas market. I wanted to break into the fashion editorial landscape with something impactful and beautiful, but not give in too much into my artistic (sometimes wild and uncomprehensible) tendencies. I sought the counsel of my then Fashion Director (and one of my favorite people in the world), Tania Quintanilla, to create a fashion story that was compelling to my readers, but relevant and equally beautiful. The feel we wanted was...

“Interest rates are rising—get your money out of bonds!” “Start investing now in Frontier Markets!” “Inflation will be out of control—trade your US dollars for gold coins!” You probably come across headlines like these on any given week. We are inundated daily with news on the economy, the performance of the stock market, politics in Washington and throughout the world. On top of that, we have “financial experts” on networks, newspapers, and magazines offering their financial advice on how each individual event will impact our current portfolios and what they expect the next great investments to be. When I was...

If you had tried to explain this to anyone 50 years ago, our undeniable Internet dependency and the tremendous amount of information transmitted on any given day over the worldwide web would have seemed as plausible to them as walking on Jupiter. As complex social creatures and responsive products of our environment, we have created solid routines and constantly use technology – not just the Internet – to maximize time and resources, to try to improve all our daily activities and to fill gaps in almost every aspect of our lives. Don’t feel a slave to it; that’s what it’s...

She’s an Olympic gold-medalist and accomplished athlete, a successful entrepreneur, reality television star, philanthropist and superstar wife; you’d never fathom that she’s just getting started. This powerhouse track star has incessantly ventured into new and exciting projects for the past seven years and she let us know that there are much more on the way. EV had the great pleasure of sharing up close and personal with Sanya Richards-Ross and these are just some of the great things on this beauty’s plate. BACK ON THE TRACK Sanya is excited and back in full training mode, preparing arduously for her next major athletic...

Wilderness, history and unexpected luxury; we found this and much more on our journey through Northern Territory, a region where the variety of natural wonders is only matched by the area’s timeless charm. Named one of National Geographic’s top destinations for 2014, Northern Territory is a place wealthy in aboriginal history and rugged, natural beauty. Highlights of the wildly colorful natural landscape include the world- famous Ayers Rock at Uluru National Park (an impressive 1,100 feet high monolith that transforms with each sunrise from ochre to shimmering orange and intense red) and the awe-inspiring Devil’s Marbles (giant, precariously stacked granite boulders...