Austin Quips-The Y at Oak Hill

Oak Hill hasn’t changed too much since 1856.  It’s known as the crossroads where horses were watered, provisions stocked, entertainment enjoyed, and many a tall tale was told.

Locally known as the Y, this landmark junction is where the Highway 290 W and Highway 71 W meet. Firmly planted in the 200 year history of Oak Hill, the Y unlocks urban Austin to Southwestern Travis County, growing and branching in all directions.

The Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods (OHAN) defines the community as “starting from Travis Country in the Northwest, including neighborhoods bordering Brodie Lane down to the Travis/Hays County line, following the county line on the south up to Highway 290 West, and then neighborhoods bordering Circle Drive and Thomas Springs Road and finally along the Southwest Parkway.”

In Between

One Westview Estates homeowner describes his 1.8 acre of unfenced property as a “unique wedge” and laughingly says “it’s almost indefinable! Over 100,000 people claim one of the six Oak Hill zip codes–half of which have no legal boundaries and were never incorporated. Those within Austin’s city limits jurisdiction use City of Austin services and utilities, while those in the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) use Pedernales Electric Cooperative and other sources of water, such as Hill Country Water Supply.

Country with City Fringe

Jag on Highway 71, and then turn off on a country road, like Old Bee Caves, just at the tip of Oak Hill, where it intersects with Thomas Springs Road. Take time slow down on the curves, and look for a vintage farmhouse, set back on a gravel driveway. Slightly over the hill, at the end of the barbed wire and bent wood fence line, find a will be a modern subdivision with an identity all its own.

Oak Hill has a futuristic twinge too, and has steadily become the nucleus for high-tech companies, such as Freescale and Advanced Micro Devices. With easy access to area highways and the Austin Bergstrom International Airport, the and in close proximity, there is the Lantana community, is a 500-acre mixed use development located on Southwest Parkway immediately south of the Barton Creek area.

Similarly, journey west on 290 and seek out the Granada Hills subdivision. Mostly ranch style homes settled on deep lots, this subdivision is one of the most established areas of Oak Hill, and boast the notable Granada Hills Pool, located in Felder Park in Southwest Austin. “We basically lived at the pool and the park every summer,” says a longtime resident. “I definitely put in my time there when the kids were younger, as it is a volunteer-run, member-supported pool owned by the Granada Hills Home Owners Association.”

Two southwest communities are dedicated by the City of Austin as Water Quality Protection Land; Circle C Ranch and Travis Country.  The natural greenbelt and sanctioned greenspace are protected as sensitive  environmental areas.  This is in an effort to preserve and improve the quality of water entering the Edwards Aquifer and meet Austin’s environmental concerns.

Lifestyle Slices

A past president and spoke person for the Oak Hill Neighborhood Association comments “one key thing that binds our southwest quadrant is a love of the environment, and the strong ethical preservation of the Edwards’s Aquifer and Barton Springs Watershed.”

There are about 20 various creeks, 12 parks, 4 named green belts and 4 nature preserves. Many homes in the Westview neighborhood, back up to Williamson Creek green belt. “It’s not a typical creek,” he says “most of time, it’s a dry creek bed” then adds “but believe me, after a good hard rain, I’ve seen it flowing like the rapids!”

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a nature preserve that introduces and educates daily visitors to the beauty and diversity of wildflowers and other native plants indicative to the Oak Hill region.

The Veloway, a peaceful 3-mile paved stretch dedicated to cyclists and in-line skaters, meanders through more than 100 acres of parkland, meadows and woods, and is located in the Slaughter Creek Metropolitan Park.

No more than a few minutes away in every direction from the Y, are shopping centers, banks, restaurants, specialty stores and every imaginable service needed. Several locally owned establishments are tucked away in almost every neighborhood.

The “Old Rock Store” has been home to several Oak Hill businesses since it was built by James A. Patton in 1898 and is a Texas Historic Landmark.

The Natural Gardener, began as an old farmhouse surrounded by acres of untouched sustainable land. Located on Old Bee Caves Road, this vibrant retail plant nursery and garden store also serves as a community resource, featuring display and teaching gardens, free classes, wandering farm animals, and is considered a wildlife habitat on its own.

Just a mile from the Y, on Highway 71 W, is Jack Allen’s Kitchen. Known for its culinary twist, the menu changes almost daily, and promises to use fresh, locally grown seasonal choices, which are very often available just outside the restaurant’s kitchen door and down the road.

Flores Mexican Food restaurant is embraced by the Oak Hill Center, where Escarpment meets 290 W, close to Y. The menu is based on authentic recipes, passed down for generations, and Flore’s takes pride in being part of the Oak Hill community.

Deep Roots New Branches

Strong like its namesake tree, Oak Hill’s character is cultivated by the pioneer spirit by which it was created. Representing a self-sustaining, collective, yet individually driven community, the Y will bend and adapt with each growth spurt or change.

This is Oak Hill. A community that’s settled on solid ground, with firmly planted roots, yet nurturing new branches which stretch far and wide.


Turn Over A New Leaf with Glytone

As the seasons change from fall to winter, your skin care regime should change as well, including some TLC for your face, arms and legs…basically, your entire body!  In the winter, it’s not just your face and hands that need a little extra attention.

Consider taking the time during your daily shower to cleanse and soften the body with Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash which is designed to cleanse and soften while providing the exfoliating and revitalizing benefits of 8.8% Glycolic acid concentrate.

Think of your body like a tree, covered in a layer of protective bark, and when you shower, your body cleansing should involve polishing away the oldest and loosest skin cells to reveal the living cells underneath.  This allows the freshly exfoliated skin to absorb the benefits of emollients when you slather on your moisturizing body lotion or cream.

Gentle, yet effective, this amazingly cleansing body wash removes excess oils, debris and dirt, leaving the body feeling fresh and rejuvenated.  This unique gentle exfoliating wash softly helps in shedding old skin cells and awakening a rejuvenated new skin layer!  Skin is radiant, soft and healthy.

And speaking of moisturizing your body, it only makes sense to follow your a daily and diligent Glytone exfoliating regime with the Glytone Exfoliating Body Lotion. This richly-nourishing body lotion is especially formulated to moisturize and correct skin texture imperfections on the body, while softening and smoothing to reveal younger, more vibrant looking skin.

Dull skin cells need proper upkeep. Here are some points to consider:

  • Basic cleaning: Even dead skin needs a regular bath. If you leave your dry skin cells undisturbed, it will mix with sweat and dirt to form a very open platform for bacteria to live on your skin. Keeping up with a basic cleaning ritual is paramount for your best body skin.
  • Moisturizing: Ordinary soaps are harsh and drying. They strip away the natural oils in your skin. Unfortunately, this dry skin loses its natural protection against bacteria, which can then slip in through cracks and fissures in your skin. To keep your defenses up, rub lotion on your hands when they become dry (for many people, that means after every washing), and use gentle cleansers on other parts of your body (like your face).
  • Exfoliation: Some people swear by special scrubs and brushes for removing dead skin cells. While exfoliation may improve the feel of your skin and temporarily enhance its appearance, over exfoliation can cause you to end up with dry, inflamed skin. So if you’re an exfoliating junkie, limit your sessions to twice a week, and moisturize your skin to replace the natural oils you’ve just scrubbed away.

The Glytone KP Kit contains the Exfoliating Body Wash and Exfoliating Body Lotion, as well as a body pouf.  It utilizes the benefits of Free Glycolic Acid to help reduce specific skin conditions, such as Keratosis Pilaris, red bumps, and rough, bumpy skin. Great for keratotic or dry skin.

Blogger – Catherine Cagle

Pevonia Lips Don’t Lie!

The other day, while driving in heavy rush-hour traffic, I glanced in the rear view mirror, and caught myself pursing my lips in an angry way and really noticed my lips lines!  One cause of lip lines is, unfortunately, using our lips!

Every time you purse your lips to drink through a straw or whistle a tune, you create folds in the skin. Over time, the repetition of this pursing motion can result in permanent creases and lines around your mouth.

Who doesn’t want younger looking lips!  Young skin benefits from an abundance of collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid, and other natural factors that will keep them firm, supple, and elastic.  Aging is inevitable, but not avoidable! Effective products, and a conscious effort to change habits that can create lip lines, can encourage our lips look more youthful and full.

Natural substances like collagen and elastin deplete over time, which causes our complexions to become drier, less elastic, and less able to retain their shape.  In addition, repetitive motions (smiling, frowning) begin to leave lasting impressions in the form of wrinkles—including lip lines.

One product I love is Pevonia LipRenew Plump and De-Age Treatment.  I can really feel this treatment working from the moment it’s applied!  It makes my lips look fabulous, and keeps them hydrated and voluminous for a fuller and more “pouty” appearance.   In addition, it offers intense hydration while blurring lines, wrinkles and other imperfections.

Since my lips are thin and my mouth is smaller, this is my new go-to for my lips morning and night!

Apply this to the lips in the morning and night after cleansing and toning face with one of Pevonia’s wonderful array of products.

Start with a cleanser like Pevonia Botanica Power Repair Hydrating Cleanser, then tone with Pevonia Power Repair Age Correction Hydrating Toner.

These two power products together contain collagen and elastin to helps improve tone and texture. Hyaluronic acid locks in moisture, plumping skin and diminishing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E provides antioxidant benefits to protect and nourish, plus licorice root extract works to even skin tone to reveal flawless-looking skin.

Adding the powerful LipRenew “lipo-filler” as a finishing touch will give lips and face an instant lift. I am thrilled with how the fine lines around my lip are now diminished to almost non-existent.

  • Avoid smoking: Smoking is one of the best ways to ensure you’ll experience lip lines. In fact, lip lines are often referred to as “smoker’s lines.” The repetitive lip-puckering motion of smoking eventually becomes a part of your skin. Meanwhile, smoking also bombards you with free radicals, which destroy healthy cells, breaking down collagen and encouraging skin wrinkling.
  • Stay hydrated: Keeping lips moisturized during the day with an intensely hydrating lip product is also essential.
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines: If you wear makeup, the lip product you use could make all the difference. First, use a lip liner to keep lipstick in place and to prevent lipstick bleeding. Second, choose softer, more neutral colors. These, along with a touch of gloss, will help lips appear fuller and more youthful.
  • Avoid tanning. Too much sun exposure is one of the worst things you can do for your skin in general; your lips are no exception!

Pevonia was launched in 1991 with cruelty-free formulas and post-consumer recyclable/reusable packaging.  They incorporate delicately extracted phyto-organic and natural ingredients to create earth and skin friendly products that are mother-nature approved.  Protecting the earth and maintaining an affinity with nature and its precious resources is an integral part of Pevonia’s philosophy.  Pevonia International is a member of the Organic Trade Association.

Blogger – Catherine Cagle


Do Your Products Have “Chirality”?



Green and clean since 2002, Sircuit Skin Cosmeuticals are 100% fresh.  I was first attracted to their clever names, like “X-Trap” and “Cloud 9″ but now, I am attracted to what these amazing cleansing and treatment formula’s have done for my skin!

The key to this extraordinary collection of skin treatment solutions is the extensive use of Chiral (molecular separation or purification) technology. 

Now, you’re probably wondering what this strange sounding word, “Chiral” or “Chirality,” (pronounced kirul-it-tee) has to do with safe ingredients and effective skin care products.  And why, should we, lovers of quality and responsive products, want to put anything with “Chirality” on our skin?

There are many reasons, and it can sometimes get very scientific, but to put it simply “Chirally Correct” refers to the form in which the ingredient/nutrient is delivered to your skin, understanding that the absorption of that ingredient takes place ONLY for that portion of a nutrient that fits the cell receptor.

Chiral ingredients (that are put through a purification process to separate the molecules) are “made” in a lab. While many ingredients that are in our products are derived from natural ingredients, they cannot be considered to be purely natural because of the extra processing or purifying.

Still confused?  So was I, but then I used them and discovered that science and beauty really do go hand in hand!

All ingredients/nutrients are composed of molecules that are mirroring images of each other – like, for example… your hands, or your eyes or your feet are all identical opposites; biological examples of mirror images of each other. In virtually all aspects, the two “parts” are physically and chemically identical, except for one critical area: How they link up and interact, or more importantly, react, with other molecules in the body.

Enough of the science! Now let’s talk about the beauty and how using these products have made such a difference in my skin. 

Skin care professionals tout a daily regimen for beautiful skin, and I found “The 7 Essentials Collection” was the perfect way to get to know these innovative products.


A.M. Routine:

Step 1: X-Trap + – Splash face with warm water, apply a small amount to fingertips and massage in circular motions into a lather on face and neck. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Step 2: Molecular Mist + – Gently mist over your face and neck, avoiding contact with your eyes and press into skin. Let dry. Use any time after cleansing or as needed to refresh, protect and restore moisture balance.

Step 3: White Out + Put a tiny amount onto your finger (use your ring finger for less pressure and always in towards your nose) tapping gently around cleansed eye area in a circular motion following your bone structure.

Step 4: Day Care + – Pump a small amount onto your fingertips and gently apply over entire face (don’t forget to include your neck!).  Day Care™+ is non-comedogenic and suitable for all skin types.


P.M. Routine

Step 1:  X-Trap + Splash face with warm water, apply a small amount to fingertips and massage in circular motions into a lather on face and neck. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Step 2: Sircuit Addict + Use on clean skin before applying moisturizer. Dispense with dropper a pea size amount on the back of hand and apply to face with light tapping motions avoiding eye area.

Step 3: Molecular Mist + Gently mist over your face and neck, avoiding contact with your eyes and press into skin. Let dry. Use any time after cleansing or as needed to refresh, protect and restore moisture balance.

Step 4: Cloud 9 + Scoop out a small amount and apply to face and neck using gentle upward movements.

Treat your skin to extra special products: 

2-4 times per week: Sir Activ +: Splash clean, washed face with warm water and place a small amount into your hands. Smooth on with gentle circular motions. Leave on your skin for 3-5 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Follow with moisturizer. Can be used either morning or night and 2-4 times a week depending on skin condition.

As with any product, I encourage you to look at your labels, and understand what you are putting on your skin.  Simply put, I think we all can agree that idea of slathering chemical filled lotions on our bodies is probably not too good. 

This anti-aging regimen will satisfied any desire for quality and ground breaking skin care products.  Sircuit Skin Cosmeceuticals are always designed to be “body friendly” and to protect the moisture balance (pH balance) in your skin, with an extremely effective, simple “be good to yourself” approach.


Catherine Cagle – Beauty Blogger

Miracle of Avène Thermal Water

Who would have ever guessed that the main ingredient in Avène products was discovered by a horse who was playing in the mountains of Avène, France!


Legend has it that in the South of France in 1736, a horse with a skin condition belonging to a local nobleman, was let free to roam the Cévennes Mountains in Avène, France.  Every day the horse would drink and roll in the water from a natural spring.  Miraculously, the horses’ skin condition was completely cured!

The microflora, called Aqua Dolomiae, makes this thermal spring water so effective. It comes from deep within the earth and produces the active substances found in the Avène Thermal Spring Water.  Used in all Avène products, this water gives these products its significant anti-itch, anti-inflammatory properties, helping to stimulate the skin’s natural protection.

If you’re looking for a great cold cream, Avène has entire collection of Cold Cream based skin products that are rich and moisturizing.  This Cold Cream formula combines Avène Thermal Spring Water, pure white beeswax and pharmaceutical grade paraffin oil to moisturize, nourish, and protect the skin from the drying effects of environmental aggressors that compromise the skins moisture barrier.

Start with Avène Cold Cream Ultra Rich Cleansing Gel for the face, or the Avène Cold Cream Ultra Rich Cleansing Bar for both face and body to gently cleanse the skin.  Follow with the Avène Cold Cream and Avène Cold Cream Nourishing Body Lotion to deeply nourish the skin.  Next apply the specialty products such as the concentrated Avène Cold Cream Hand CreamAvène Cold Cream Lip Balm or Avène Cold Cream Lip Cream.

Suitable for infants and children as well, these products are cool and soothing to the touch, and after about a week of use, the Avène Cold Cream Nourishing Body Lotion will stop your skin from flaking, all without staining your clothes or competing with your perfume.

The “miracle of Avène” water is special because of its mineral content and its quality, both of which are very consistent.  This remarkable biological property combined with the well-known mineral properties of Avène Thermal Spring Water ensures gentleness and tolerance, creating a unique double signature that does not exist anywhere else in the world.

Blogger – Catherine Cagle

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I’ve had a career in the beauty industry for several years, so believe me when I say “I have seen numerous hair products come and go like the seasons.”

Many of us are beauty product “junkies” and without a doubt, we will always want and will buy the latest and greatest products to use on our hair, skin and body!  And that includes men, too!

Here at Beautystoredepot we frequently get asked this question “What is the best shampoo for my hair type?”  This may sound like a simple question, but for us as product experts, giving a simple answer to a customer can be much more complicated!

Since we carry several lines of exceptional hair care products, it’s was a challenge for me to narrow down my favorites, but recently, I have been enjoying the ENJOY hair care line! Overall, I absolutely love the shampoos and conditioners, as well as the styling and finishing products. The cleansing and conditioning products are highly concentrated, so a little goes a long way.  Here’s an added bonus!  The conditioner can also be used for moisturizing the skin or shaving!

Founded in 2003, ENJOY’s line of shampoos,conditioners and styling aids focus on providing superior manageability without stripping your hair of its natural defenses. When clicking around on the ENJOY homepage to find some fun facts about the company, I discovered this great tool that they use to help people identify their hair type.

ENJOY shampoos and conditioners gently cleanse, moisturize and smooth while relieving stressed out hair and scalp. My hair is medium thick and has a tendency to be wavy in the climate variations in Central Texas, and ENJOY’s products are perfect fit to smooth and control my sometimes persnickety hair behavior.

Since all ENJOY products are sulfate-free, and have an optimal pH of 5.0-6.0, those with color-treated or processed hair can quit worrying that their color will just wash down the drain with every shampoo.   Sulfate-free isn’t huge concern for me, as I don’t have color-treated hair, so I chose the

ENJOY Hydrating Shampoo and its companion ENJOY Hydrating Conditioner to try first.

The Hydrating Shampoo did an excellent job of shampooing my roots to tip….without drying it out. I I found my hair smoother and softer, and interestingly enough it also stayed much cleaner between shampoos.  And the Hydrating Conditioner provided excellent conditioning within just a minute or two, leaving my hair tangle-free and smelling great.

If you’re not familiar with why sulfates can be your beauty nemesis, here are a few reasons:

  • You have naturally coarse or dry hair: Sulfates can zap even more moisture from already parched strands and diminishing shine.
  • You color your hair: Sulfates may damage color. However, in this instance, it’s best to choose a sulfate-free shampoo coupled with a conditioner specifically designed for color-treated hair.
  • You have sensitive skin:  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sulfates can cause skin irritation, so if you have sensitive skin—especially in cases of eczema—you may also benefit from sulfate-free products.

Today, my hair is full of body, not frizzy and manageable! All of the products smell good, so what’s not to love!

Blogger – Catherine Cagle

What is a CMA?

A CMA is not an appraisal. A CMA is a Comparative Market Analysis, and it is the term real estate agents use when they conduct an in-depth analysis of a home’s worth in today’s market. A home’s current value is determined by a CMA, and the best sales price is chosen is based on this method.

Defined, a real estate appraisal is a comprehensive evaluation performed by an independent professional appraiser. A CMA is presented by a licensed real estate agent, and reflects their experience on selecting prior sales in the area. Often, CMA results are in a price range rather than a set price, particularly in markets where there are price differences due to property size, age, architectural style or physical condition.

Your Realtor® will walk with you through your home, discuss property conditions, and may recommend improvements to increase value. Based on current market data, and by accessing comparable properties using a Multiple Listing Service (MLS), your agent can then suggest a probable selling price based on current market data.

A completed CMA is presented in the form of a report, which includes the selling price, detailed information about your home, and the comparable properties that were researched to determine its value. Because the price derived from a CMA is somewhat subjective, some agents may include brief statements on the perceived selling points and will work you to determine the best list price.

Entertainment Lawyer Blues

Austin is the “Live Music Capital of The World” and if you really want to be an entertainment lawyer, then you’ve got to get out there to hang with those musicians in the back alley, behind the van, on the road or at someone’s house. But foremost, there must be a love of music, a good ear, and a network.

Old adage…contacts are your best collective of information. Bottom line. There is no substitute for a recommendation from someone who’s had a good experience with a music/entertainment lawyer, so get out there and listen to music! But also, listen to this…

“Law students need to understand that, unless you intend to be a litigator, there is very little available in law school to prepare you to be a music attorney. If the law school offers an entertainment law seminar, try to take that. If the law school offers an intellectual property course, take that. Also, courses in business structuring are helpful.” This statement was made by an anonymous lawyer on

There are currently nine Law Schools in Texas, with five offering classes focusing on entertainment law, however, findings show that there’s a deficit in firms and lawyers specializing in Entertainment Law in Texas.