Hi beautiful people!! I hope everyone had a fantastic long weekend for Memorial day and that you're all getting back and settled into the week! I spent the last week in the Berkshires with family celebrating my Grandparents 50th anniversary and my Dad's 50th birthday, so I've been super busy but was so excited to be with my awesome family in a gorgeous place! Now I'm back in our amazing city writing this post with my wiener pup Murray on my lap, he's doing the editing. ;) So we had our May event at the gorgeous Sonesta Hotel Rooftop in the Hill Country Galleria and it truly was amazing! We had free cocktails from Austin Cocktails, a photo booth from SUM XP and our spotlight organization was Ten Thousand Villages! There were many wonderful vendors who gave away some great items not to mention our sweet Swag bags! Top that off with free mini massages, live music, gorgeous views and a lot of great local women means we had an incredible night! If you missed it then below are all of the vendors we had so you can check them out and we hope you can make our June 21st event which will be at the Waterloo Icehouse in Westlake! Feel free to reach out to any of the below vendors for anything you may need that they can help you with, I love supporting our local businesses! I'd like to give a special shout out to our photographer Keira Hand Photography!
Chasity Dix w/ Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski
Natalie Ledbetter w/ L'Aesthetics & Longevity
Anna Garcia w/ Tocara Fine Jewelry
Julie Darger w/ LuLaRoe
Spotlight Organization: Ten Thousand Villages of Austin
This months leading lady is a new member of our awesome austin community and i am so happy to have her as a vendor at our may event as well as as a leading lady. sophia has very recently moved here from los angeles and she is so excited to share her business "nurture your roots" with everyone in atx! She is a native californian and just fell in love with austin after visiting here many times (as we all did) so now sophia is here permanently and ready to put down some roots (see what i did there)! :) Her interview is below and be sure to contact her for more info about her business and how she can help you and your family!
Photographer: Annie Shak
Tell us about your breakthrough role on "The Mick" and how you brought depth to this role. (how did you get the courage to audition for this role, what motivated you, how many hours do you put in, how do you keep a positive outlook in a stereotypical business, etc)
That’s a lot in one question, I got it though! This audition came to me just like a regular audition, my agent called and sent me the breakdown. Of course the first thing I see is that it’s a maid role but I didn't get discouraged because it’s a role and you can make it your own! You gotta do what you gotta do! Would I want this every time... no, but you can make each role your own which is what I do. When I saw it, the sides were just crazy. Like I got drugged in the second scene and I was like, this is crazy! But I decided I just needed to go for it. Not worry about looking foolish, just go for it! I auditioned and they laughed so hard, I really didn’t think it was me, I just thought the script was so good. Then they brought me back to do a scene with Kaitlin Olson and they were all laughing again, so hard and that's when I booked it! Then I found out later, they had to bring me back in because they were laughing so hard the first time, they couldn't hear the audition tape. They are writing me, it gives me the motivation. The writing is so well done, I can just mime the comedy. It’s effortless and that is thanks to the writers, it’s magic. On set everyone is so nice and we all get along so well and vibe together. We always have so much fun and are all grateful to be there. This is work that I want to do, as an actor, you have to really want to do the work. If you get fame or recognition, that should be a plus down the road, not what you anchor your career on. You will be miserable if that’s what you focus on. I’m happy because I feel blessed and grateful for what I have, I feel that I’ve worked for it and I’ve earned it. I am proud to be a part of this show!
Describe yourself in three words:
Oh mmm, okay. I would say positive, smart ass-y, and loyal!
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement thus far?
I mean, I will kind of say this role. I’ll say it because it accomplished a couple things. First of all it made me a series regular on a show where I have steady work. And not only that, it is a show I’m super proud of because I love the writing! Secondly, it’s a role that everyone wanted to put in a box before they saw it; it surprised people because it’s not the typical nanny/housewife show. It’s my proudest achievement because I get to do all these things and do all of these jokes of how I really am with my friends and family. It’s so unpredictable and that’s what I love about it!
What are your professional goals for the next six months to 1 year, or after this show has finished?
I don’t think I’ve thought it out really. I'm enjoying this show right now and I’m really excited that we have a second season! I’m just open for future acting work. I’d love to do movies or theater, I really love theater! I originally thought I’d go to Broadway but I didn’t really strive for it. I think right now I’m just enjoying and living in the moment where it is and being open while letting things come to me.
How do you maintain a work/life balance with both "The Mick" & having a social/family life?
It’s very easy with the hours that I work, I always get Saturdays and Sundays off. When you're working on TV shows you get weeks in between where you’ll get a whole week off. You also get all of the holidays off. I keep in contact a lot with my friends during the day. There’s also a lot of waiting on set so I connect then as well, multi-tasking! It’s truly something that is very important to me. I appreciate my career but I truly value my friends and family so I make sure to keep in touch with them. Plus I’m always taking them to events with me, lol. I also love getting to share this experience with my friends and family while taking them to these fun events!
What made you decide to audition for this role on "The Mick"?
First of all, it was pilot season and I knew it was a pilot. That means you’re going to go in for the good roles, the series regulars! That’s a big consideration. Two: the moment I read the script I knew I had to do this, there was like no other choice! I had to go on and do a good job and book this. The writing was so amazing, I knew I needed to do it!
What is your favorite memory so far that you’ve had on the show?
I guess my favorite memory is bringing to life the audition scene because that wasn’t originally in the show. The guys (the Turner brothers) when I sat down with them after getting hired, we were talking about that scene and they liked it so much that they rewrote it to fit in the show. I was just so excited that I got to actually play it out and do it with the club and everything. It was the moment that I realized that this character is going to be so different than anything I’ve ever played!
What do you think is the reason for the comedic chemistry between you & Kaitlin Olson?
I don’t know if I know the reason but I think that it’s something that just comes naturally between the two of us. She is so funny and I’ve admired her through the years while watching her on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia". I always watched her timing and mannerisms, I just always thought she was so funny! I feel like I click with that sense of humor and can play with it. I don’t know where it comes from, but it feels effortless – it feels like playing instead of work!
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your wonderful city of Los Angeles?
My three favorite things are: 1) I like going anywhere with my 3 older sisters. We love going to Solvang in California. It looks like a little Dutch village and it’s so beautiful! It turns into a little Santa’s workshop during the holidays so we love that. 2) I love going out with my friend Andrea, we just hang out and talk. It’s weird, I don’t do Hollywood things, lol. I’m kind of boring! If I could do anything, I’d get together with my sisters and my best friends and just hang out at my house laughing together. I love just having a party at my house and sitting around talking and telling stories. I also enjoy going to Disneyland with my friends to people watch and talk, we had passes so we’d just go there to hang out together instead of ride the rides! 3) I also love trying new restaurants with friends, it's so fun just going around and trying really yummy food and good unique restaurants which we definitely have plenty of in LA!
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to get into acting? Any tips you can share?
I would say that one of the best pieces of advice I ever got from a friend of mine which I like to share is: the only thing we can do as actors, our job is to do the best audition we can. Then leave it there when you leave the audition. If you get the call back, you’ve already done it, you made the impression! You have to give the best audition you can give and then leave it there. Don't get too nervous and in your head, it'll affect your performance. If you give it your best at the audition and then move on, it’ll save your sanity in the long run and you’ll be a much happier person! You’ll just move on with your career and life. You can’t treat each audition like the end of the world, there’s always another one! Do the best job you can and leave it there!
I heard that you are a part time chocolatier, that is amazing! How did you get into that?
I actually became one out of necessity I say. I had a birthday party for a friend of mine and I didn't know what to get her. So last minute I decided to go to this little chocolate shop near my house and they had chocolates and molds so I made some for her! She didn’t know I made them and asked me where I got them from so I told her I made them. She loved them so much so I started making more as gifts for friends! I was making picture frames, jewelry, makeup all out of chocolate, it was so much fun! I just loved it and it reminded me of going to a pottery place but using chocolate instead. You paint on the chocolate, it’s amazing! I did it more when I was struggling through the holidays because I could give my creations as gifts! I liked it because it was a fun hobby and I liked giving them as gifts and then it turned into a little business. Now I just do it for friends and family so I can give them away as presents. It's a really a fun & relaxing thing to do!
Any final comments you'd like to share or tips?
I just want to thank everyone who is watching the show, thank you so much for supporting us and liking the show! We are very grateful, there’s been so many fans who’ve been outspoken in a good way about the show and it's amazing. It’s so special to me and to us on the show! When we started getting such a positive response it made me feel like they all saw what we saw. Keep watching, we’re coming back!
I am a little late getting this post out but wanted to make sure I did because everyone should know and support this amazing organization that I had the pleasure of spotlighting at our April event! FamilyLink at Legacy Ranch is a local foster and adoption agency that is helping babies and young children find safe and happy homes. I got to meet and work with the lovely founder, Mariah Wilde who is just as sweet as she is beautiful and I feel truly blessed that ATX Housewives was able to partner up with her agency and collect donations and many volunteer sign ups! If you missed the event, forgot your donation or simply just want to learn more about Legacy Ranch, reach out to them and they will be happy to answer your questions! A little bit more about what they are about and how FamilyLink came to be about is below.
After having been a foster parent to many children, adopting two children and having three of her own, Mariah Wilde decided to make a greater impact on children who need families by starting Family Link, a licensed Christian foster care and adoption agency.
Family Link, started about eight years ago, is a nonprofit organization devoted to linking children who need homes with foster and adoptive parents in the Central Texas region. “I was raised to really care about others. It’s possible to open your home to those who need it. As I remember, I was a teenager, probably about 13 or 14, when a pregnant teenager moved in [to her parents’ home], and it was challenging, but it helped build character in me and it helped me say, ‘the world’s not about you,’” Wilde said.
Wilde emphasized that there are always children who need homes, and they are just as desperate to be cared for as the children on the news. Children in America and in particular here in Texas by the thousands need a safe and loving home to go to. Some are short term, while their biological parents complete services and others will need a forever family. These children are in our neighborhoods, our schools, and in our churches. They are hurt, helpless, and without a voice.
Though Family Link has placed hundreds of children in foster and adoptive families, there are always more children waiting for homes. Wilde is often on the road informing people in Central Texas about the urgency of finding homes for children and gets calls at all hours looking for placements. “We’re given a certain amount of time to live. What is the greatest impact we can create in this world?” Wilde asks. “And when you stop thinking about yourself, life can get exciting. I do want people to know they can choose extraordinary lives. As ordinary people choosing to make a difference, that’s how they come to live extraordinary lives.”
Location: 13326 N Highway 183 - Gonzales, TX 78629
Happy Monday and May 1st ladies, how are we already in May?! April just flew by for me as it always does, it's one of my favorite months here in Austin because it's when the weather is the most perfect in my personal opinion and it's my birthday month! I'm writing this month's Locals We Love post from my back patio while listening to all of the birds sing and chase each other, I just love this time of year before the insane heat kicks in. I'm so excited to get this post published so you all can check out the amazing vendors we had at our event last Wednesday evening at Blackfinn Ameripub in The Domain! If you missed our event, that's a bummer because we had free wine tasting and appetizers, a photo booth, an amazing charity (they will have their own post here in a day or so), awesome vendors doing really nice giveaways, etc. Our spotlight charity was Legacy Ranch with Familylink kids, we had free mini massages, and so many sweet ladies who attended! We of course had our amazing Swag bags and vendor giveaways as always and wow were our swag bags filled with some really great items! I wish you could've been there but hope to see you at our May event on the 17th at The Sonesta Hotel Rooftop restaurant called Meridian 98 in the Hill Country Galleria! Check out these local businesses and feel free to reach out to them & let's all support each other! Special thanks to our photographers Cambrella Photography and Estrella Chacon!
Melissa Elizondo & Claudia Trejo w/ Vicki Jones Jennings w/ Wine Lovers VIP
EllieCole Traveling Boutique
Chasity Dix w/ Touchstone Crystal
Natalie Ledbetter w/ L'aesthetics & Longevity
Sathya Tripodi w/ Young Living Essential Oils
Maria Long w/ Cambrella Photography
Hi all! My name is Kacey and I am a realtor, a wife and a dog mom of 3 dachshunds in the wonderful city of Austin! I'm also a yoga & food lover, pretty good cook, wanna be crafter, hot tea drinker, movie watcher and most importantly I am the gal behind Austin Housewives in the City! I hope to see you at one of our Girl's Night Out events soon!!