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Austin Interior Designer You Should Know + Freestyle Language

Austin is a fine, fine city, growing faster than weeds, sprouting skyward, spreading like the uncontrollable wandering jew plant in my yard. The tentacles of Austin's reach are now suctioned to the edges of smaller towns and farmland. I knew this city when the "warehouse district" had warehouses and before flip-flops were replaced by loafers and stilettos. Aside from the traffic, I think growth is a fabulous thing! And with it comes style, a stronger culinary scene, diversity and entertainment districts popping up in places where one might have once bought crack or a hooker.

I've decided to talk more about this fabulous place and to introduce to my readers and fans more local businesses, designers, artists, musicians and events. Once or twice a month, I plan to write The G Link Austin blog and keep you informed. Groovy? So let's go!

I have decided to start by introducing Interior Designer, Jane Reece, who happens to be a close friend. I will also tell you a bit about Freestyle Language Center!

I've always loved interior design, but now that I have witnessed Jane's projects from start to finish, I know a lot more about what goes into it. I have designers in my family, so I have a natural knack for it, but the more I know, the more I realize I do not know. Designing a home takes courage and sometimes it's just downright smarter to hire someone who can pull the trigger, who can see the future package, who knows how to turn a dull space into a rockin' hot atmosphere. It's pretty cool to have a home that wows every person who enters it. Jane Reece is fabulous at doing just that! I mean, check out this photo of a Four Seasons Residence that was designed and executed by R Designs by Jane Reece. Of course, everyone has different taste, and much like the diversity in my music, Jane is a designer who can go super high-end rooms like this condo or she can work with your suburban home and make it uber-cool, while maintaining a style that makes sense of the architecture and the client's lifestyle. Just check out her website and you will see the diversity and beauty in her work! It takes an artist to do what she does and she IS an artist and a sharp individual. www.janereece.com There is a new article by Jane Reece about the importance of hiring an interior designer. It's very informative. Check it out on TexasHomesForSale.com!

I recently attended an event hosted by Euro Circle. I met all sorts of interesting people who live in Austin but are either from other parts of the world or who are a part of the international community in one way or another. I ran into Elizabeth Mack who owns and operates Freestyle Language Center. One can learn French, Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, in a relevant, fun, social context, not some boring and sterile classroom. "We aim to take the institutional stuffiness out of learning and replace it with an enthusiastic exploration of other cultures and languages..." You see, language is fluid. Language is a living thing. Language does not stop at comprehending the letters, the words, the structure of a sentence, the accent. Being a world traveller and foreign language speaker myself, I understand that the best way to truly learn a language is by interacting with it. Sure, I studied Italian at UT, but by the time I took my first course, I had already lived in Milan. While living there, I utilized my ability to learn a foreign language because I had already learned one (Spanish), so I was ahead of the curve. But the way I really learned Italian, was just by living it. Of course, Elizabeth's school isn't about inserting you into the center of Spain so as to learn Spanish, but it's about taking you out of a boring atmosphere and letting you LIVE the language(s) you are learning. The interactive nature of this school's methodology will not only teach you faster, it sounds like an awful lot of fun! Go get your language on at Freestyle Language Center, folks! Perche' no?

Enjoy your new home and enjoy learning how to invite friends over in your favorite new language! GO AUSTIN ENTREPRENEURS!

What do my nephew, my birthday and Formula One™ have in common? Not much! But I thought I'd throw them all together in one message to you, my friend! My Nephew, Colter: https://www.gofundme.com/colterstemcell I cannot tell you how thankful I am for your contributions, no matter how big or small! My brother has the opportunity to help this precious boy with a very successful stem cell treatment. We are asking for your contributions to help them make this happen. We've raised almost $7000! The goal is $22,000, so we are inching there, little by little, by the giving hearts of friends, family, fans and strangers. https://www.gofundme.com/colterstemcell And consider it my birthday present! https://holdmyticket.com/tickets/260044 My actual birthday is November 1st! Yes, my mother went into labor on Halloween and I came out to see my aunts in costume and thought "THIS IS GOING TO BE FUUUUUUUN!" And it is! Life is great, often challenging, but I'm so thankful for all that I have, am and will be. Your support of my career has been a major blessing to me. So thank you! If you are in Austin, we will celebrate on November 4th at the One 2 One Bar at 8pm.1509 S. Lamar 78704 GONNA BE SPECIAL! And in Houston, we will celebrate a bit late: November 11th at Anderson Fair! Also a special treat! Lastly, some of you know that I spend a lot of my year preparing for a huge high end event I produce for the Formula One™ race weekend in Austin! This weekend (Oct 21 and 22) will be our 5th year of fabulous and we are benefiting the http://www.bcrc.org! If you would like to join us for this fancy affair, please use my special discount code for 20% off! Ginger20 http://WWW.BLUPARTYATX.COM (No, I am not performing. I'm producing and hosting.) PHEWWWWY! That was a lot to get out! What a life! LOVE IT! XO GL

Hey, funky you! See you in a few hours at the Saxon Pub! We go on from 9-10:30pm! Awesome band tonight, folks! Kris Brown and Scott Clark on guitars and vocals, Katie Marie on drums, Tim McMaster on bass and vocals and Cole El-Saleh on keys! HELLO! See you shortly, Darling! GL

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GINGER LEIGH is a courageous, versatile vocalist, stage performer, guitarist, songwriter, actress, business woman and globe-trotter. She takes her audiences on a journey full of rhythm, melody, humor, emotion and style. From rock to pop to jazz to country, she is a "contemporary variety" that goes unmatched.

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