Texas Lifestyle Magazine highlights everything that makes living great in the Lone Star State.

Launched in September 2014 (an expansion from 7 year-old Austin Lifestyle Magazine), with its engaging, professionally written content and high production values, Texas Lifestyle Magazine is created, owned and produced in the Lone Star State.

Combining the best of the 21st century publishing dynamic, TLM is an online magazine with unique content posted five or more times weekly, a professionally designed, high-aesthetic digital magazine published three times per year (Special Travel Issue) and has an active social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Regular features across all channels include: food/wine, entertainment, sports, home, travel and style.

TLM readers are:


  • Age 25-54
  • Female 60%
  • Male 40%
  • Household Income $150K+
  • Home ownership 90%+

Meet Our Staff

Wendi Baird

Wendi Baird is the Editor-in-Chief for Texas Lifestyle Magazine. As a fifth generation Texan, her roots run deep in the Lone Star State. Wendi fell in love with writing at a young age after reading her great grandmother’s journal detailing the family’s travels across Texas in a covered wagon. After studying journalism in high school, Wendi decided to pursue a journalism degree in college.

Wendi grew up in San Antonio but has always loved exploring Texas, whether it’s camping along the Frio River, taking sandcastle lessons in Port Aransas, or sipping a glass of wine at a winery in Fredericksburg. Her wanderlust isn’t limited to Texas, though. She especially loves touring old castles and chateaux in Europe, learning about their histories and the people who once lived within their walls. But she also never turns down an opportunity to relax on a nice beach.

Wendi and her husband, Freddie, live in Round Rock with their two children. Like many Texas families, they are a house divided with a daughter who recently graduated from Texas A&M University and a son who attends The University of Texas at Austin. Jedi, their dog, completes the family circle.

Travel Editor
Marika Flatt

Marika Flatt, Travel Editor and co-owner, launched her magazine writing career in 2002, combining her love of travel, journalism, media and public relations. Marika has been travel writing non-stop since then and feels that part of her success in delivering an enticing travel feature is because her “day job” is running a literary PR agency, PR by the Book. A cum laude graduate of Texas A&M University, she lives in Austin with her husband, Doug, co-publisher of TLM and three kids—who also love to travel. She can also be heard on the statewide NPR show "Texas Standard" offering her bi-monthly "Weekend Trip Tips."

Marika is a regular travel expert on broadcast outlets around the state, including: Great Day Houston, SA Living, Daytime with Kimberly & Esteban, KVUE-TV (ABC/Austin), and on the nationally syndicated radio show, "The Jennifer Fulwiler Show," on Sirius/XM.

Doug Flatt

At the launch of Texas Lifestyle Magazine, Doug Flatt was new to publishing, but no stranger to small business. Flatt has now been growing and scaling small businesses for 20 years.

Doug has a degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Marika, have three children. In his free time, he enjoys a round of golf, mountain biking and spending time with his kids.

Editorial Assistant
Gracie Watt

Gracie Watt got her start at Texas Lifestyle Magazine in 2019 as Digital Intern. She then moved into the Editorial Intern role and today, she is an Editorial Assistant and Contributing Writer. Gracie is a student at St. Edward's University in Austin, class of '22, where she is pursuing a degree in Communication with a minor in Journalism. Gracie also enjoys photography and is the Photo Editor at her university's publication, Hilltop Views.

Gracie loves traveling and travel writing but also enjoys covering food, theatre, music, and interesting people. She contributes to Quotable Media Co. magazine where she interviews women in business, as well. In her free time, Gracie enjoys singing and playing guitar, writing poetry, and doing volunteer work.

Editorial Assistant
Leean Vargas

Leean Vargas is an Editorial Assistant and Contributing Writer at Texas Lifestyle Magazine. She graduated cum laude from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and minor in Communication Studies.

In her free time, she enjoys singing her heart out at concerts, snapping cool photos, and painting with loved ones. She’s a born and raised Austinite who has a love for animals, traveling to new cities and discovering the best food & drink hotspots.

Assistant Editor
Emily Hord

Emily Hord is an Assistant Editor at Texas Lifestyle Magazine. She graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Communications and Journalism.

In her free time, she enjoys going to see live music, reading books and spending time with friends and family. She was born and raised in Houston and loves her hometown team of the Astros as well as attending the Houston Rodeo.