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Editor's Note - Where No One Has Gone Before!

July 4th brings celebration, fireworks, waterworks, barbeque and lots of red, white and blue.  It’s the time of year where families and friends celebrate where we’ve been and where we’re going.  How amazing it is that we have the privilege to live in a land where there is so much freedom!  Freedom we sometimes take for granted during election season, which can usher in so many different emotions, conflict and division.  Nonetheless, no matter what your political stand, we live in the best country in the world; a place where we can express our thoughts, pursue our dreams and wear want we want - except in restaurants,  “No shoes, no shirt, no service.” This July, as we celebrate the month of freedom, Created Woman celebrates the freedom we have to pursue a dream we’ve had since its birth.  The CW family is excited to announce the launch of Created Woman Magazine premiering in August 2012 during Austin’s Fashion Week.  The road to get here has been an exciting one with many twists and turns, but the journey has been no less than a pleasure all because of you, our readers!

With our first photo shoot behind us and many more ahead, our thanks goes out to the many people who helped us along the way; the writers, readers, make up artist, hair stylist, photographers, editors, stylists, web and graphic designers and wonderful boutiques that made it all possible.  We can’t wait to share with you more fashion, more inspiring stories of women becoming who they were created to be, creative ways to live a healthy life and much, much more!    We invite you to come with us, because where we’re going, no one has gone before!

 

Thanks for being a part of Created Woman and we hope you enjoy Created Woman Magazine! 

Behind the Scenes of our 1st Photo Shoot

My Style Icons

  Each woman has her own "style". Whether we like it or not, the way we dress and carry ourselves shows the world part of who we are and how we see ourselves. We pick up our own style from our mother's and grandmother's, our best friends, our co-workers, something we saw in a magazine or on a walk, where we live. Each of these little pieces adds up and creates our "style".

Growing up I was pretty much a "jock" so I sported lots of t-shirts and adidas basketball shorts (I did wear dresses for "special" events like Mother's Day and Easter :)...as I've grown so has my sense of style (and I LOVE dresses!). Here are a few of my style icons I've collected over the years and what each of them brings to the table - no matter what season or trend is in:

Audry Hepburn - we'll start with the big guns. Audrey had a timeless beauty that was evident no matter the year.

  • Pearls
  • Black Ballet Flats
  • The original "Little Black Dress"
  • Bold Sunglasses
  • Great, strong eyebrows
  • Compassion for the poor, sick, and orphans

Jennifer Aniston - classic with a bit of "laid-back California girl".

  • Tailored Jeans
  • Crisp White Button-down Top
  • Fitted Blazer
  • Simple Jewelry
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Always Smiling

Gwyneth Paltrow - incorporates trendy with classic, and is always lady-like.

  • Boots
  • Leggings
  • Military Jacket
  • Classic Trench
  • Striped boat-neck tee
  • Gladiator Sandals
  • Dedicated wife and mother, who loves to cook for her family   

Who are your style icons?

Creative Gifts that won't break the bank

Around this time of year many of us are thinking about our "Christmas Lists". As we grow up our lists change morph a five page list of outlandish gifts we want santa to bring to a list of gifts for our families, friends, co-workers, kids teachers, mailman, cleaning lady...the list goes on. Growing up with 8 siblings and huge family Christmases I've picked up a few creative and memorable gift ideas that won't break the bank.

  1. East or west - homemade is best! For the past few years I've made several kinds of fudge and Christmas cookies! They're always a hit and if you double or triple the recipes they can stretch a long ways!
  2. Annual Christmas ornaments. My Great-Gramma, Nanan, hand-painted a beautiful ceramic ornament for each of her children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren every year since we were born. I love pulling out my little box of ornaments I've received from her since I was a baby and will always treasure them!
  3. Magazine Subscriptions. Theses days there are an amazing selection of magazines available to fit every lifestyle and what a great treat to receive a little present each month of the year! Cooking, travel, running, parenting, fashion, business, knitting, gardening - the list goes on!
  4. Classic books. One year instead of buying toys that would probably be played with for 15min then shoved to the back of the closet I bought each person on my list a good book. Even the hardbacks were under $10 each.
  5. Framed memories. Print out some family photos (new or old) and frame them in cute frames found at garage sales or Goodwill that you can sand and paint. A picture is worth a thousand words.
  6. Draw for names. If you have a large group of people that usually buy gifts for each other, suggest to draw names. You can also put a $ limit on the gifts so one person doesn't leave with a $5 starbucks giftcard and one with a diamond necklace :-).

In the end, your thoughtfulness and kindness will be remembered far beyond the actual gift!

The Road to Love.

"Romantic love is one with unjust pressure. We must be willing to admit to those weak sides and want to change them. At its best, it is all forms of love wrapped up in one unbreakable union." I have held onto this magazine clip for five years now. Long before I met my fiance Kristian. I suppose I clipped it with that same flutter that little girls are born with, that love bug. The fascination that begins with dress up and playing wedding. It grows into high school sweethearts and college heartbreak. However, I think I held onto this clip not because of a typical fascination with love but because of my fascination with how people love. I grew up seeing love as control and dominance with my mother's abusive boyfriend. Then the other end of the spectrum, absolute loss of control, as I watched my mother spin into an alcoholic frenzy. I had never dated through high school or college. The idea of romance put me in a tailspin. Then after many years of wondering what love is, how it feels, who determines it, I met the most marvelous personification. Enter, Kristian. Don't worry, I haven't completely transformed into some gooshy lovebird who fawns over her significant other.. well not yet anyway. But knowing Kristian has absolutely opened my eyes to love.

Stumbling Into Love

In the usual way romances begin we were first friends and classmates. As friends, I was a chain smoking hippie and Kristian was more of a mischievous little brother. We'll nevermind the fact that he is older than me. The point is we were most definitely just friends and neither of us thought anything more about it. After a couple of years things seemed to fall into place. Our relationship just sort of  happened. We realized one day that we were only spending time with each other... and actually enjoyed it. Soon after we started dating I quit smoking. This would be the first of many weaknesses I would resolve to work on. He changed too. He started working on the one thing that bothered me most; his snap judgments of people he knew nothing about. For the first time in my life I felt stable. Being with Kristian made me feel normal.

So now, after two and a half years of dating, we are engaged! We have resolved to love each other daily the best we can, forever. We are planning our wedding in New Orleans, which is where I am from, and I cannot wait. I never thought I would meet someone who I wouldn't get sick of spending time with. Not to say we don't get under each other's skin, but I can hardly wait to start my life with Kristian and I can't wait to share each step here! My emotions are all over the place. I'm intimidated, ecstatic, nervous, overwhelmed, a little bit of everything and I'm just hoping I overtake the wedding process before it gets the best of me. I so look forward to every little DIY project and am just hoping I don't turn into a Bridezilla in the process!