Project Athena Foundation: I am a Goddess

Technically speaking I am a Goddess, and who doesn’t want to be a goddess! But the title of Goddess is the term used for fundraisers of Project Athena Foundation. A non-profit organization that helps women survivors of a medical setback achieve their inner Athena—recovery through training to participate in an endurance adventure.

Renee Rouleau, Gail Davis, Max Trowbridge

Renee Rouleau, Gail Davis, Max Trowbridge at Riverplace Nature Trail, Austin

At the end of August, I will check-off my bucket list a hike across the Grand Canyon, thanks to the 16-week training schedule and the supportive coaches at Project Athena. On August 28 I will hike from the South Rim to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon—a 24-mile hike in one day starting at 1 am until we finish.

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Viva Arte Viva at Venice Biennale, an unbelievable visit

Viva Arte Viva, the theme for Venice Biennale 2017, and the reason for my first trip to Venice. The lagoon city, a maze of waterways and narrow cobbled paths is enchanting, to say the least—but this visit was extra special, coinciding with an art tour curated by Dallas Contemporary.

Damien Hirst, Venice Biennale 2017

Damien Hirst, Grecian Nude, 2017

The water taxi docked at Palazzo Venart just after midnight, and beneath the moonlight, the Grand Canal and garden entrance to the hotel looked hauntingly spectacular. The once Venetian palace, Palazzo Bacchini della Palme, recently renovated into a five-star hotel would be home for the next five nights. I arrived in Venice ready for a Monday morning kick-off, along with an art posse from Dallas for pre-opening activities of the Biennale.

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Go bold this summer in bright colors and stripes

In the heat of the summer, wearing bright colours in sartorial splendour is perfectly apropos, but add a stripe to the mix, and your personal style is more sublime. There’s an abundance of beach styles and summer accessories in bright stripes, or subtle blue and white stripes—too many to choose from, but here are a few of my favourite styles.

Summer color and stripes

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Coach x Arthur Peña

Last week fashion brand Coach celebrated its recent collaboration with local Dallas artist Arthur Peña, W magazine, and fifty art and fashion aficionados for dinner at The Joule Hotel in downtown Dallas.

Arthur Peña and Justine Ludwig

Arthur Peña and Justine Ludwig

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Parliament opens by Boris Mikhailov at Venice Biennale

In a sun-filled warehouse, in the Cannaregio neighbourhood of Venice resides the latest exhibition by Ukrainian photographer Boris Mikhailov titled Parliament. During the pre-opening week of the 57th Venice Biennale, I took a trip to Italy to immerse myself with art, to meet Mikhailov and attend the opening reception for the Ukrainian Pavilion.

Boris Mikhailov, 2017 by Juergen Teller

Boris Mikhailov, 2017 by Juergen Teller

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Feeling Sunny: Have a Nice Day in these Spring Styles

A smiley face just makes you happy, and the colour yellow regardless of an emoticon self-perpetuates the idea of sunnier times ahead—and the added words ‘Have a Nice Day’, just makes life seem perfect. So for that perfect casual spring day, a t-shirt with a smiley face emblazoned across your chest is a positive way to start. If you’re feeling sunny, then these spring styles will put a smile on your face.

 

Feeling Sunny, Have a Nice Day

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