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102. ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE When you least expect it, romance always is just around the corner. Opportunity awaits. So be ready for it while donning your favorite eveningwear of the season, inspired here, by the latest runways. Photography by Mark Oberlin | Styling by Dion “Bleu” Drake


Searching for the best of the best can often be a never-ending quest. Leave the ideas to us with these exemplary examples of sharing the yuletide spirit for even those who are the most finicky on your list. By Jake Gaines, Tori Johnson, Alexandra del Lago, and Lance Avery Morgan


To really get away from it all, there’s a villa in Liguria, near Genoa, as well as its surrounding region that we recommend. Italian coastal style has never seemed more comfortable. By Gordon Kendall | Photography courtesy of author


On Her: Gown by Pedram Couture, price upon request, at Pedram Couture. Clutch by Judith Lieber, $595 at Julian Gold. Ring by Jewelry Bar $125, at Jewelry Bar USA. On Him: Tuxedo by Dolce & Gabanna $4,195 at Neiman Marcus. Shirt by Ralph Lauren $130 at Ralph Lauren. Tie by Canali at Canali. Shoes by Brunello Cucinelli $1,350 at Brunello Cucinelli.







26. contribute It takes a village to create this magazine and our digital media platform, Here’s a look at some of the many talented dynamos who make it happen as we dive into winter.

30. editor’s letter Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan shares his


always optimistically sunny disposition for the glorious holiday season ahead.

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32. exhibit Looking for more culture as fall begins? Heat things up by taking a look

at some offerings from our state’s finest museums and cultural institutions, according to our arts arbiter Claire-Lise Greve.

40. divulge

Native McAllen-turned-San Antonio resident Elizabeth McAllen Roberts loves high style and exudes it at every turn, with both her fashionable and design-filled point of view.


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Our beauty insider Ana Bribiesca Hoff recommends the best new make-up trends with a decidedly retro vibe that will have you shimmering in moments.

44. browse This season’s chicest books can be yours, according to Lance Avery Morgan, and you’ll want to add them all to your collection.


46. present Ms. Modern Manners Sharon Schweitzer, J.D. offers insight into life’s most puzzling social situations...and you’ll be glad you’re prepared.

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54. delve Everywhere you look, there’s something unique to learn about Texas and Texans that you may not have known. Here, Lance Avery Morgan shares some of the facts he’s discovered lately.

56. pursue Want to know about the most interesting new finds to try in the state and

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58. savor Our editors Lesa Rossick (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jennifer Roosth (Houston) and Eleanora Leeper Morrison (San Antonio) are on the scene with their favorite new discoveries across the state.

64. marketplace A look at the new events, people, places, and things that we have on our radar.

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Our introduction to the must-see social events across the state...and the world.

82 DALLAS Barbara and Don Daseke

82. DALLAS The Dallas Symphony Orchestra gala


The University of Texas Harry Ransom Center event

86. SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Museum of Art gala

88. HOUSTON The Holocaust Museum gala

90. AUSTIN The Ballet Austin gala

92. DALLAS The North Dallas Food Bank event

90 AUSTIN Kara and Matt Swinney

98 AUSTIN Jamie Chandlee and Brooke Shields

94. SAN ANTONIO The August Heart luncheon

96. HOUSTON The Junior League of Houston event

98. AUSTIN The Women’s Symphony League event

100. SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Public Library luncheon

126. SAN ANTONIO The Brackenridge Park event

130. HOUSTON The Pet Set event


130 HOUSTON Philip Royalty and Carolyn Farb

96 HOUSTON Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell, Elizabeth Dwyer and Savanna Bowman


94 SAN ANTONIO Chase and Elizabeth Anderson

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Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli recommends the very best events across the state for you to support.

86 SAN ANTONIO Garrett Brown and Elizabeth Adams


132 DALLAS Lea Fisher and David Andrews



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contribute JAMIE CHANDLEE As a busy working mom of two, Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee developed a strong passion for technologies that simplify consumer experiences, so people have more time for the parts of their lives not behind a screen. She contributes our List column in each issue and her vision is for Rank & Style to give people back the time they waste digging through endless fashion resources to find the products they like. Chandlee is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and is grateful to be able to help people outside the office through her participation in social impact organizations including The Seton Fund, MJ&M, Dell Children’s Council, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, UT College of Natural Sciences and Human Ecology and the Longhorn Foundation.

GORDON KENDALL Our very fashionable Texan-turnedNew Yorker-turned eternal Southerner contributor Gordon Kendall is always on the go and on the scene. He is a freelance fashion author and educator and helms our exclusive story on his experience in Italy and why so many Texans love it. He is also an executive member of the Fashion Group International/New York, a member of The Couture Council, and The Museum at F.I.T.

DION “BLEU” DRAKE Dion “Bleu” Drake is a fashion stylist with almost a decade of experience working in celebrity, editorial, advertising, and personal styling. Over the years he has honed his skill by working with celebrities, athletes, and publications such as Elle and Italian Vogue. Originally from Detroit, moving to the west coast afforded him the opportunity to be infused with fashion and culture from a very young age. He proclaims his inspiration for his keen style aesthetic is anything edgy and glam, allowing Drake to create dynamic images that will forever be cemented in editorial history…as in this month’s fashion cover feature. ROB GIARDINELLI Certified professional life coach and branding expert by day, social commentator by night and author of the book Being In The Room (available at, Associate Publisher and Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli is a man of many interests. Giardinelli himself is involved with several philanthropies and loves sharing how Texans so generously and passionately give back to the community they love. He weaves in interesting social commentary that showcases the many who work tirelessly to raise awareness of important issues in the state.

TORI JOHNSON Tori Johnson, who contributes to our luxe gift feature in this issue, is the founder of sTORIbook Public Relations and a fashion and lifestyle blogger of She is also a successful commercial and editorial stylist. Johnson has been voted San Antonio Fashion Blogger of the Year and has worked with a bevy of top names including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Lancôme, Armani Exchange, and many more. ELEANORA MORRISON Our digital director at the helm of our Society Texas associated social media platforms, Eleanora Morrison has been a writer, blogger and editor for Brilliant, The Society Diaries, and other local and regional print/digital publications, covering events, fashion, culture, weddings and travel. Morrison is also the editor in chief and creative director of ELEANORA, a women's-centric multimedia storytelling platform, and is co-founder and CEO of S.H.E Media. MARK OBERLIN Our feature photographer for this issue’s fashion editorial cover story is Los Angelesbased Mark Oberlin. Oberlin has also photographed the collections of many of the West Coast’s top fashion designers. He is an acclaimed painter, as well, and has exhibited his paintings in Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco galleries. More of his work can be found at

CLAIRE-LISE GREVE Our newest editorial assistant is a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Human Development with a focus in childhood development. Originally from Fort Worth, she loves all things fashion and art. While still in high school, she started her own art business, where she created and sold her own artwork. In this issue, Greve contributes to our Exhibit column with her recommendations of the best-curated happenings in the state. ANA BRIBIESCA HOFF Writer and enthusiast of all things beauty, fashion, travel and healthy living-related, our Glow beauty contributor Ana Bribiesca Hoff is currently working in the higher education non-profit sector and in launching In this new lifestyle blog, she plans to share her passions, experiences, tips and sneak peeks inside her life, while hoping to share large doses of inspiration.



LEANNE RAESENER Although a fifth-generation Texan who was raised in Austin, Leanne Raesener spent most of her career in Manhattan, before we were fortunate to have her back in the Lone Star State. After working at Goldman Sachs in Charitable Giving for many years, it only deepened her interest in philanthropy. She supports many charities in Austin, NYC, and beyond. Her love of life, generosity, creative style, and wordsmithing are a winning combination.


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contribute JAY REMER Jay Remer, Canada’s Etiquette Guy, catered his first dinner party at the age of 14 and hasn’t looked back since. Raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Remer emigrated to Saint Andrews, NB, Canada where he owns and operates The Windsor House, an 18th Century inn. A proud graduate of the Protocol School of Washington, Remer now speaks, writes and teaches civility. His book, The Six Pillars of Civility, is scheduled for release in 2020.

JENNIFER ROOSTH Our talented and terrifically connected Associate Editor Jennifer Roosth is a Houston-based writer who never ceases to be amazed by the wonderfully generous spirit of the Houston philanthropic community. “It’s nice to live in a city where so many are excited about giving back,” she says, “In the process, they throw some mighty fine parties.” LESA ROSSICK Founder and CEO Lesa Rossick of Austin based Market Ambassador, loves to build brands and empower entrepreneurs of large corporations in their digital marketing presence. In addition to website development and content marketing, she dines at the hottest new restaurants to find Top 20 experiences for her Keep Austin Eatin’™ blog, contributes to our Savor column, and supports Society Texas with her digital media talents. Outside of business, Rossick’s biggest passion is working alongside her husband Bill in their philanthropy efforts. SHARON SCHWEITZER Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cultural trainer and modern manners expert. She is the resident etiquette expert on two popular lifestyle shows: ABC Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend and CBS Austin’s We Are Austin. Her Amazon #1 best-selling book on International Business, Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide, now in its third printing, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015. She’s a winner of the British Airways International Trade Award at the 2016 Greater Austin Business Awards. Photo by Korey Howell. CYNTHIA SMOOT A partner at Gangway Advertising, Dallasbased Cynthia Smoot creates buzz for some of the city’s hottest brands through interactive social media strategies and public relations for the firm’s lifestyle clients. She is the go-to resource for what's happening and who you need to know in Dallas. Through her popular lifestyle blog, readers get the latest scoop and inside information on fashion, food, philanthropy, events, and celebrity and reality TV news. Smoot describes her blog as “a love letter to the city of Dallas” and enjoys taking readers along for the ride as she experiences all that the city has to offer.




Nov/Dec 2019 Society Texas Inspiration Board

editor's letter

life, lottery & the pursuit of holiday happiness WHEN BRAD PITT SHARED, IN A RECENT FEATURE IN THE NEW York Times, “Life isn’t always the lottery it appears from the outside looking in,” I think many of us took pause to think about that truth for more than a moment. Anyone who knows and reads this magazine realizes that although we present the freshest, most positive and prettiest picture of life in Texas as we can, we sometimes may make it all look a little too easy.

the stunning dresses and dapper tuxedos, as any event leader can attest. We applaud you and look forward to another year ahead of sharing the best of the best of Texas events and global happenings where our favorite Texans are attached. You can count on us. You can also depend on us to provide up-to-the-moment insight of where to go, what to see, and how to do it in grand style, thanks to our talented editorial, digital and publishing teams who are the wheels in the machine you’re holding. We like to call it our Social’s similar to the sage Cowboy Code that many refer to daily. It includes taking pride in your work, and when you make a promise, keep it. Remembering that some things will never be for sale and live each day with courage. Then, there’s knowing where to draw the line is often as important as when talking less is saying more.

These five-star events we chronicle, celebrate and elevate take a tremendous amount of time to create in the first place. You know that. A seasoned chairperson, or an executive director of a non-profit philanthropic endeavor, knows that the planning for the following year begins the very same night that the current year’s gala is still occurring, even before the last car is retrieved from the valet line, or the final tally has been totaled for the evening’s live auction items. It’s a litany of work: preparation, rehearsals, chair leaders announced, committees formed, This time of the year, you bet we’re both sentimental and opevent planners hired, emcees enlisted, press releases drafted, timistic here. It’s a special time of the season to enjoy family invitations sent, and about a thousand other details...have to Photography by Gregg Cestaro and friends and take stock of the future ahead. When you feel be streamlined for the magic of that one glorious evening that changes the course and impact of each organization it benefits with the funds like you’ve got your arms around something, then it’s time to go get your arms around something else. Until we meet again in the ballroom helping others, it raises. Whew. have a blast and celebrate all that life has to offer. s So, the images and stories we present about each of these special evenings over the year take an entire year to come to fruition. It’s so very much more than



XO Lance Avery Morgan


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The best plays, musical performances and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record number crowds, according to our cultural adventurer Claire-Lise Greve who shares our favorite recommendations from across the state.





FAULKNER The Supremes costumes, 1960s. Photo courtesy of LBJ Presidential Library




STOP! IN THE NAME OF COOL Motown: Sound of Young America is the exhibit that recalls the 1960s when the music label and its talents burst onto the music scene...and the world has continued to love it since. Take a trip into yesteryear with this fabulous look at the sights, sounds and costumes that changed pop culture. Through January 26, 2020. At



Photo courtesy of Bullock State History Museum

WOMAN POWER Sister Suffragists is a centennial celebration exhibit of the movement that brought suffrage to the women of Texas and the nation. On June 28, 1919, Texas became the ninth state to ratify that amendment, which would later become the Nineteenth Amendment when women nationwide won the right to vote. See the era unfold in this can’t-miss look into our past at the Bullock State History Museum. Through August 31, 2020. At



A CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC With a story about life and how we choose to live it, Dear Evan Hansen portrays the tough social issues that many young Americans face today in a deeply moving and groundbreaking way. Coming this December to Austin’s Bass Hall, this six-time Tony Award®winning musical is one not to miss. December 10–15. At SOCIETYTEXAS.COM

Photo courtesy of Matthew Murphy, Dear Evan Hansen U.S. Tour

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John Currin. Detail of Fishermen, 2002. © John Currin. Photo by Rob McKeever. Courtesy of Gagosian and Dallas Contemporary

A SLEEPING BEAUTY In a new exhibit at the Dallas Contemporary Museum, artist John Currin focuses on depictions of gender, the masculine identity, and the male gaze, as well as an analysis of his own masculinity as it is tracked through his art in My Life As A Man. Through December 22. At THE NEW TIDE After a year-long renovation project, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth reopens to the public with the first exhibit to feature the formative years of photographer Gordon Parks’ career, a favorite of Vogue. In Gordon Parks: The New Tide, The Gordon Parks Foundation collaborated with the National Gallery of Art to conceive this inspiring collection displaying his photos of African American life in the middle of the 20th century. Through December 29. At




Photo courtesy of The Gordan Parks Foundation

MARCH 2 , 2020 BOB BU LLOCK TE X AS STATE HISTORY M USEU M AUSTIN , TE X AS 6:30 PM VIP RECEPTION 7:00 PM RECEPTION The Repentant St. Peter by El Greco. Photo courtesy of The Meadows Museum.

7:30 PM DINNER & PROG R AM Benefitting the educational programs of the Bullock Museum. Tickets and underwriting opportunities available at or contact (512) 296-8841 or


MUSIC OF ANGELS Spain’s most celebrated artists are presented like never before at the Meadows Museum in the exhibit El Greco, Goya, and a Taste for Spain. On loan from the Bowes Museum in the United Kingdom, these paintings represent a vast scope of history ranging from the 15th to 19th centuries as well as Josephine Bowes’ role in collecting these works of art. Through January 2020. At the SOCIETYTEXAS.COM



Exhibition on view December 21, 2019 to April 12, 2020

Discover the evolution of international fashion design through a Texas lens.

| @BullockMuseum | 1800 N. Congress, Austin, TX The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

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SPANISH FLAIR The Houston Grand Opera presents the world premiere of El Milagro del Recuerdo/The Miracle of Remembering, the prequel to Cruzar la Cara de la Luna. Perfect for all ages, this opera explores family dynamics while dealing with life-altering changes. December 5–22. At

Dolores Huerta addressing an ecstatic audience in Sacramento after the Delano grape march. As they marched, she would call out to the people they passed to inspire them to join their movement. John Kouns, 1966. Courtesy of the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center at California State University, Northridge

PIVOTAL ARTISTS Monet to Picasso: A Very Private Collection showcases paintings from some of the world's most renowned artists including Pissaro, Renoir, Picasso and many more at pivotal moments in their careers. This never before seen collection is at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. September 10–January 12, 2020. At Woman Seated in an Armchair (Femme assise dans un fauteuil), 1941, oil on canvas, private collection. © Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy of MFAH.



Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. This exhibition received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

Photo courtesy of the Houston Ballet

Premiere Sponsors Lewis and Joan Lowenstein Foundation Wells Fargo Presenting Sponsor Trinidad Mendenhall


RAZZLE DAZZLE The Houston Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, the holiday story about a young girl and her Nutcracker as they venture to the land of Sweets where they encounter the mystical Sugar Plum Fairy. Featuring stunning choreography and an iconic score this is a must-see for the whole family this holiday season. November 29–December 29. At SOCIETYTEXAS.COM

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Henri Rivière, Du Haut des Tours Notre-Dame from Les Paysages Parisiens, 1900. Lithograph from the collection of the McNay Museum.

BEYOND THE CATHEDRAL Paris: Notre Dame and Beyond, a new exhibit by the McNay Museum, sparked by the recent fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral this year, features several lithographs depicting some of the most architecturally stunning aspects about Paris’ famed Cathedral. December 5–February 23. At

Photo of Teresita Fernández Silver Screen (30 Dissolves), 2011, courtesy of Ruby City

CITY CELEBRATION With a tripartite presentation entitled Waking Dream, Isaac Julien: Playtime and Jewels in the Concrete, the inaugural opening of the new Ruby City will feature seminal works by contemporary artists including Do Ho Suh, Teresita Fernández, Ana Fernandez and Chuck Ramirez. At

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VICTORIAN RADICALS British art had a dynamic period of growth in the late 19th century and was revolutionized by new avant-garde techniques of the Victorian era. The San Antonio Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibit Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement highlights this time period with various paintings, sculptures, and jewelry. Through January 5. At s SOCIETYTEXAS.COM

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Busy mom, wife and interior designer, native Texan Elizabeth McAllen Roberts of San Antonio is considered to be one of the chicest women in the state. Here, join our always-curious reporter Lance Avery Morgan to find out what she’s loving the most these days. My interior design icon is...John Saladino. I love his quiet and elegant interiors. There is something very peaceful, yet grand, in all of the rooms he creates. One interior design accessory I can’t live without is…great art.

My favorite coffee table style book is…Roomscapes: The Decorative Architecture of Renzo Mongiardino. The last meal that truly impressed me was…Restaurante La Tienda in Marbella, Spain. The Foie Gras a la Plancha is simply the best.

How I made my first dollar growing up...I grew up on a working cattle ranch in deep South Texas and would work at our family’s ranch food commissary on Saturdays with my grandfather.

Book I’ve read that made a lasting impact on me was... Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. The story of Lewis and Clark and their epic trek across the Continental Divide is truly incredible.

What I love most about living in the San Antonio/ South Texas area is...The ability to go from the city to the country in less than twenty minutes. The best of both worlds.

In my fridge you will always find…a container of half-andhalf (for my morning coffee). Favorite street to shop on in the world is…Via dei Condotti in Rome.

If I could live in a foreign city because of its design aesthetic, it would Madrid or Florence.

My perfect day would end with...dinner with my family.

Last thing I binge/marathon watched was…The Handmaid’s Tale. I am a huge fan. First album I bought was…The Cars. It was a 45 mile drive to get to school in the mornings so The Cars made the daily drive way more entertaining. We listened to it on an eight-track cassette player (does anyone know what those are anymore?) in our Town and Country station wagon.

Restaurante La Tienda in Marbella, Spain


An artist whose work I would collect is…anything by the Spanish painter Juan Sorolla or Joaquin Torres Garcia; Taller Torres-Garcia. The best gift I have received is…It would probably be the gift of advice given to me by my grandmother. When my sisters and I were younger she used to say, Always be a lady. I can still hear her voice saying that in my mind. s

Sewing The Sail by Joaquin Sorolla, 1896


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GLITTERFUL For a holiday-glam twist on the glitzy eye makeup, apply a chunky glitter pigment across your eyes, extending beyond the outer corners towards your temples when you try Tarte Treasure Pot Glitter Gel in Moonwalk. $18. At Sephora.

SAFE HAVEN Haven by Lily Aldridge Parfums offers a fragrance that allows you to experience the raw, exquisite beauty of florals with the sultry blend of opulent and heady Rose Absolute that’s delicately paired with blooming peony and musk. $50. At LilyAldridgeParfums. com.

MONO, MEET MAGICAL The monochromatic trend takes a festive spin by complementing wine-stained lips with bright burgundy winged liner. Try Lancôme Ombre Hypnose Stylo Matte Metallics in Rubis for an unexpected and wow-worthy look finished with tons of volumizing mascara. $25. At Saks Fifth Avenue.

HOLIDAY’S GLOW Gorgeous glowing skin will put you at the top of the nice list this season when you incorporate Maya Chia’s The Highlight of the Day Illuminating Serum, as a luminous, healthy and natural-looking radiance always accentuates one’s look. $42. At Neiman Marcus.


SILVER BELLE A gradient of silver and gunmetal screams both naughty and nice. Sweep a shimmering silver shade up to your brow bone and under your lash line by using Yves Saint Laurent Beaute’s Wild Tuxedo Eyeshadow Palette. $60. At

FESTIVE POUT The classic red lip turns festive with vivaciously vibrant shades and silky shine. Try Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Silky Satin Lip Colour Lipstick for the perfect cranberry tint and holiday shine. $90. At Bergdorf Goodman.

go ahead... glimmer

‘Tis the season to exert glitter-filled, over-the-top-glam. The chilly days ahead promise a twist on some old favorites and a chance to shimmer, sparkle and play with all the twinkling palettes, according to our beauty expert, Ana Bribiesca Hoff.

A TOUCH OF SNOW That touch of snow-white shimmer in the inner corner of your eyes will brighten and deliver an angelic winter wonderland look. Try Anastasia Beverly Hills Loose Pigments in Icy-Pearl White. $22. At Sephora.


WINTERIZED BEAUTY To ensure a radiant complexion during these chilly months, try Guerlain Abeille Royale Rich Day Cream, a balm-like, rich formula that smooths wrinkles and fine lines, revitalizing skin for a visibly firmed and more luminous glow. $154. At Neiman Marcus.

GO GREEN. REALLY GREEN. This holiday season’s emerald smoky statement eye is the sultry look we’re asking Santa for this year. A show-stealing look achieved by blending three or more shades of highly pigmented green in the Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette, The Golden Goddess in The Rebel. $53. At Sephora. s



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The best holiday books are ready to be given and received. We think our inveterate bibliophile Jake Gaines recommends the perfect ones for you or anyone on your holiday gift list. ADRIAN: A LIFETIME OF MOVIE GLAMOUR, ART AND HIGH FASHION By Leonard Stanley, Robin Adrian and Mark A. Vieira Legendary MGM studio fashion designer Adrian is profiled in this visual celebration of the life and work of the man behind some of the most memorable fashions of Hollywood's golden age. $65. At Rizzoli USA. GREAT ESCAPES: ITALY. THE HOTEL BOOK By Angelika Taschen In Italy, art and life are entwined. This visual journey offers glimpses of rural landscapes, high culture, and divine food; all spied through the doorways and windows of the country’s most stunning hotels. $60. At Taschen. AXELVERVOORDT:PORTRAITS OF INTERIORS By Michael Gardner Axel Vervoordt incorporates nature, art, and timeless interiors to create living spaces that encourage self-reflection, inspiration, and happiness in 17 homes that will inspire your own spaces. $75. At Rizzoli USA. DIOR: MOMENTS OF JOY By Muriel Teodori This elegant volume explores Dior's long history of creativity, beauty and success through a celebration of one of our most profound emotions, joy. $85. At Rizzoli USA. HENRY POOLE & CO. THE FIRST TAILOR OF SAVILE ROW By James Sherwood Known as the founding tailor of Savile Row, Henry Poole & Co. has dressed the world’s most important men and women for over two centuries. This book offers a unique window into an establishment at the very heart of nineteenth and twentieth-century public life. $50. At Thames & Hudson USA. VILLAS AND GARDENS OF THE RENAISSANCE By Lucia Impelluso This stunning collection of photographs celebrates the excellence of the Italian Renaissance period through palaces and gardens built between the fifteenth and sixteenth nine extraordinary locations. $49.95. At Rizzoli USA. THE DIOR SESSIONS Portraits by Nikolai von Bismarck. Tailored by Kim Jones.


Known for slim silhouettes and precise tailoring, Dior Homme has long been a leading menswear label. In this new volume of exquisite portraits of celebrities and style influencers, the thoroughly contemporary style of the revered French fashion house has never looked cooler. $125. At Rizzoli USA. SKREBNESKI DOCUMENTED: 1948-2018 By Victor Skrebneski This exquisite volume showcases a collection of raw, provocative portraits, nudes, and snapshots of quotidian life shot over the past seventy-years by one of photography's greatest image-makers of all time. $150. At Rizzoli USA. MEXICAN STYLE By Susana M. Vidal With the most vibrant and original curation of images ever to be assembled and clever descriptions of the concepts that define its soul, this is a 360-degree exploration of this mythical and colorful country. $85. At Assouline. MISSONI By Missoni Archives Lavishly designed, this comprehensive volume features reproductions of Missoni patterns printed on special material and stitched into the binding between signatures along with other unique features. $175. At Rizzoli USA. AUTOFOCUS. THE CAR IN PHOTOGRAPHY By Marta Weiss The car has changed not only the way we live but also the way we look at the world around us. From formal, compositional devices to highly desirable, photogenic object, the automobile has a long and enduring appeal in modern and contemporary photography. $34.95. At Thames & Hudson USA. MAGNUM STREETWISE By Magnum Photos and Stephen McLauren This is the definitive collection of street photography from Magnum Photos and an unparalleled opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the true greats of the genre. An essential addition to the street photography canon, this volume showcases hidden gems alongside many of street photography’s most famous images. $39.95. At Thames & Hudson USA. s


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During the holidays, our emotions can run high, from the office to our travels. Our Ms. Modern Manners Sharon Schweitzer, J.D. is here to the rescue to help remedy sometimes awkward situations. Dear Ms. Modern Manners, At work Casual Friday seems to have turned into Casual Every Day. I was raised to dress for the job I want, not the one I currently have. How do I manage peer pressure in the office by appearing as I want to–usually dressier than my colleagues? Aptly Attired Dear Appropriately Attired, If you want to make a good impression, the first step is presenting yourself well. Like it or not, clothes communicate volumes, especially in the workplace. The key is to make sure that your professional wardrobe aligns with your career ambitions. Yes, dress for the job you want. Standing out among colleagues is a delicate balance. You want to blend in well as part of the group; however you need to dress just a bit better. This is where the 25% rule applies. The goal is to dress 25% better than your peers. If your colleagues wear tee shirts and jeans, maybe wear a golf shirt with slacks, leather shoes, and a matching belt. If your colleagues wear denim dresses, consider wearing navy or black dresses. When using the 25% rule, know your dress code and corporate culture. Avoid making a poor impression by arriving in a silk suit and stockings if your office is business casual. The goal is to mirror your supervisor’s style without sacrificing your authenticity. Dear Ms. Modern Manners, Our family of six is flying from Dallas to Montreal for our December holidays. How do we civilly settle who uses which airplane armrest? Also, we are traveling to Antarctica for New Year’s Eve. Resting In Peace Dear Restful Relaxer, Currently, arm rest etiquette is one of the most hotly contested travel conundrums. When it comes to armrests, it’s one armrest per passenger. The armrest with media and electrical outlets for your seat number is yours. If media outlets are limited; and if you are comfortable, have a short conversation with your seatmate and compromise. Civilly take turns charging


your devices or consider sharing a single armrest with two elbows instead of two arms. Dear Ms. Modern Manners, What is the current take on the etiquette of reclining our seats during a 10-hour flight from Houston to Buenos Aires, Argentina? Non-Stop To Fun Dear Fun Lover, Currently, reclining your seat is the most hotly debated travel etiquette question. Some view it as their right, while others see it as unspeakably rude. In general, unless flying on a long cross-country or international flight, experts agree the best etiquette rule of thumb is to avoid reclining your seat. Due to seat configurations, there’s reduced leg room space. Remember, reclining seats removes additional space from the passenger behind you. On your long-haul (international) flight when you will want to recline to sleep; confirm the passenger behind you isn’t eating or working on their laptop on the tray table before reclining. The best social graces include asking if they mind if you recline your seat. Dear Ms. Modern Manners, As the holidays draw near, everyone seems to be in a joyful mood. Some of us may be slightly depressed; reminded of loved ones long gone. How do we politely deflect unwanted conversations? Seeking Solitude Dear Solitary Soul, Looking forward to a quiet afternoon in a coffee shop, library, or on a flight to nap or read your book; but chatty Cathy has other plans? As Emily Post says, “If you can’t choose your environment, create your own.” At all times, and especially during the holidays, carry an eye shade for napping. Consider timely use of earbuds to listen to music or movies; or earplugs to block unwanted conversations. If someone won’t stop chatting with you, smile and say, ‘It’s been so nice visiting with you. I’m going to read for a bit now. Excuse me.’ s



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Want to be the coolest guy in the room at your Christmas gathering? Yep, so do we. Here are five stylish items to add to your closet this Christmas that will keep you both warm and stylish, according to our globe-roving style editor Lance Avery Morgan. COOL IN CASHMERE This is a classic that every man should have in his winter wardrobe. If you are feeling in the spirit, you can even wear something that reflects the cold weather in your most stylish way. Brunello Cucinelli cashmere sweater, $995. At Neiman Marcus. Courtesy of Barneys New York

OUTERWEAR TO REFLECT INNER HIPNESS It’s not every Christmas we get to wear a turtleneck in Texas, so pair one with a sport coat or overcoat for a more polished vibe. You’ll look great when you arrive, and you can always take off a layer if it gets too warm inside and still look dapper. At Barneys New York.

UP TO YOUR NECK Scarves are making a big fashion statement right now–and they’re not just for wearing on the street to ward off the chilly elements. If you’re one who overheats in a turtleneck, this is the perfect alternative to look warm and stylish as you celebrate holiday cheer.

GET A GRIP A good pair of leather gloves is something that can last for years, especially in a warm-weather place like Texas where you don’t have to wear them daily…or even weekly. When you do, these are reversible in leather and quilted nylon. $68. At Polo Ralph Lauren.

LONG NIGHT, GREAT MORNING Founder Benjamin Smith of Disco, the new Austin-based premium men's grooming brand, is on to something healthy with the debut of his new line of seven products. All natural, they have some key ingredients like caffeine to reduce puffiness under the eyes, aloe vera to calm irritated skin, essential oils for a natural, clean scent, and hyaluronic acid to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. From $14-$30. At


ITALIAN STALLION When the weather changes, so should your cologne. We recommend the new K by Dolce & Gabanna fragrance. It conjures both the Italian countryside and the Mediterrane midday sun with its vibrant crescendo of citruses, ignited by fiery aromatics and underpinned by sophisticated woods. You’ll be unforgettable wearing it. $80. At Nordstrom.


JEANS THAT ROCK Can you think of a better way to make sure you sample Christmas dinner without over-indulging and packing on extra pounds? We can’t either. Wearing something fitted like a classic blue jean that’s been sleekly updated will ensure less pounds you have to trim in the upcoming New Year. From $178. At 7 For All Mankind.




GOING IN CIRCLES This crescent-shaped Moon Bag, by Staud in natural snake, is sure to be the hit in any crowd. $325. At

WARMTH ALL OVER Plush and chic, this faux fur coat is perfect with jeans or a gown. In taupe. $385. At

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With winter here, we’re ready for the slopes and après ski, aren’t you? Our luxe style arbiter Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee has a few recommendations that make the Top 10 list of your must-have trends to try right now.


HELLO, NATURE Perfect for chilly, romantic nights, bring nature indoors with this Birchwood Pine luxury candle by Nest Fragrances. $140. At Nordstrom.

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HEY, IT’S PUFF ALL OVER You won’t get lost in a crowd with this rainbow-hued reversible Borogodo puffer that’s perfect for skiing and city chic, too. Double the coat, double the fun. $300. At

TO TOP IT OFF To keep you warm, and perhaps for less-thanstellar days this winter, we love this deep beanie hat by Mischa Lampert. $270. At




GOING PLACES This Proenza Schoeler Suede Chelsea Boot in neutral will have you going places, in all terrains. $795 At


LEGS UP TO HERE High as the sky is the rule for leggings and trousers this fall. We love these live-in leggings in a high waist that are built from moisture-wicking fabric and fitted with a no-slip waistband. These Zella stretchy, figure-sculpting leggings keep you cool as your workout warms up. $59. At Nordstrom.

MORE THAN SKIP DEEP MK Skin by Maryam Zamani Hydrate & Nourish Age Defence Retinol Day Moisturizer with SPF 30 will help you save face like never before. $149.00 At

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NECK AND NECK For street style, this Jaden ribbed fringe blanket scarf does the trick from dawn to dusk. $48.00. At s

CASHMERE COOL This sweater, hand-embroidered with the career-minded Everyday I’m Hustlin’ message is 100% cashmere and comes in dark cobalt with peach embroidery, smoke with electric blue embroidery, or black with red embroidery. $385. At




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As the holiday season gets into full swing, hosting a holiday party is one way to fully engage in this special time of year. These ten helpful pieces of advice, chosen randomly from years of experience, may be helpful from our entertaining etiquette expert, Jay Remer.

1. HOUSEHOLD ROUTINES CAN CHANGE DRAMATICALLY over the holidays. These changes affect everyone in the house, especially children and pets. When possible, keep their daily routines such as eating, bathing, and sleeping on a regular schedule. There is enough outside stimulation and breaking from daily routines rarely has a positive effect.

use such occasions as excuses, but wasting food and intoxication are not requirements for having a successful and enchanting celebration. Nothing beats a plate piled high with all of your favorite foods, especially those that rekindle the warm memories of past holidays. Moderation here is merely a suggestion. If you are reading this, you know exactly what I mean.

2. Christmas is unquestionably the worst possible time of year to give pets as gifts. This is a disruptive time of year and new four-legged additions to the family acclimate best when a regular routine can be put in place, and where excessive excitement is at a minimum. At the best of times, small children and animals do not interact well unless under adult supervision. No one wants a traumatized puppy or an injured child. So please, do not give pets as presents.

7. Small children and household pets are suddenly surrounded by new stuff. As far as they are concerned, it needs to be put in their mouth. This can be disastrous. Many holiday plants such as Poinsettias are toxic to pets, very toxic. Ditto chocolate. Ditto electrical wires. Keep a watchful eye where necessary. Remember the old adage: Avoid the avoidable.

3. If you put up a tree, I recommend using a stand that has a reservoir for holding water. Christmas trees will stay fresher and drop fewer needles if kept watered. Fire safety is important at all times, but during the holidays, with a fresh tree and some greenery on the mantel piece, a roaring fire in the fireplace needs to be very carefully monitored. Freshly cut trees consume a lot more water than one might imagine. 4. You cannot change your family or their habits. Not everyone in every family gets along for any number of reasons. However, this does not mean incivility is appropriate or acceptable behavior. Everyone needs to be respectful and cordial. If this is difficult, keep warring parties separated. Also, keep a close eye on alcohol consumption as this has been known to have the ability to ignite flaring tempers. This is not a time for judgement, but compassion. 5. Get into the spirit of giving. This is the most important time of year to remember those members of our community who struggle to survive. Food banks are wonderful places to make donations, even in the name of others, as a gift. There is no competition in giving; and it is true that giving gives you a greater sense of gratitude than does receiving. 6. It isn’t necessary to overeat or drink too much over the holidays. We


8. If you are a guest at a holiday dinner party, be sure to bring a hostess gift, even if you are bringing a holiday gift as well. They are totally different gifts. A hostess gift is an act of giving thanks and requires no thank-you note. Christmas and Hanukkah gifts need to be acknowledged with a handwritten thank you note, written and mailed or hand-delivered within a few days of receiving the gift. 9. Ending a festive party can always be a challenge. Subtle signs such as closing the bar and turning off the music usually do the trick. Be sure not to let any of your guests drive home if they have had too much to drink. Given the strict drunk driver laws on the books today, it’s not difficult to figure out who should not be behind the wheel. When in doubt, take the car keys and either call a taxi/Uber/ride service or help find them a ride home with someone who is sober. 10. I always make sure to clean up after all parties, completely if possible. Staff should be encouraged, if not bribed, to stay late and finish cleaning up everything. There is nothing worse than waking up to a sink full of dirty dishes, pots and pans. The odd soaker is one thing, but a sink full is quite another. I would much rather be emptying a dishwasher than loading one the morning after. But maybe I’m just quirky. May your holiday season be overflowing with magical moments, which will become wonderful memories. s


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So many interesting people, places and things have a Texas provenance. Here, our native, roving Texan Lance Avery Morgan, explores a few you may not know about quite yet.

Dorothy McGuire and Robert Young in Claudia, 1943 Photo courtesy of IMBD.

DRAMATIC LICENSE Leave it to a Texan writer. Rose Lewin Franken, esteemed author and playwright was born in 1895 in Gainesville, near the Texas-Oklahoma border. Her books, often made into films, were the toast of 1940s Hollywood. They included the 20th Century Fox Claudia series of movies, starring Dorothy McGuire and Robert Young, that swept the box office.

BUILDING BLOCKS In Waco, on the Fixer Upper series starring Chip and Joanna Gaines, there’s a tall building shown with the letters ALICO. But what do they represent? It was built in 1911 by the architectural firm Sanguinet & Staats for the Amicable Life Insurance Company. In 1966 it became the American-Amicable Life Insurance Company, at which time the building underwent renovations, including the addition of the large neon sign at the top of the building displaying the acronym, ALICO.

WAX WORKS Just when you think you’ve possibly seen all the religious art in Europe, then there’s Fort Worth. Yes, the Last Supper has been rendered in wax that would rival Madame Tussaud’s. At the Christian Arts Museum.

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HISTORY 101 Most Texans these days don’t know that in 1861 most of Texas voted to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy—except for Travis County where Austin is located, and the nearby Union-friendly Gillespie County, where the Hill Country’s Fredericksburg is located. Photo courtesy of the Texas Historical Commission


IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE? The global phenomenon, Dr. Pepper, many people do not realize, started in Waco, in 1885. That makes it a year older than its rival, Coca Cola. With its mix of fruity syrups, is the rumor true that prune juice is one of them? Nah. The delicious beverage quickly became part of 20th century advertising folklore with slogans like Drink a bite to eat at 10, 2, and 4 that was rivaled by the later, 1970s Be A Pepper. To aim at young consumers, it even sponsored Dick Clark’s American Bandstand TV show in the 1960s. For the holidays, heat it up for a tasty treat.


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Everywhere we look around the globe, there’s something new to love. Join our innate cool hunter Jake Gaines as he scopes the world near and far for the most unique new opportunities you can experience, too.

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BODY OF WORK The stunning Brooklyn Museum exhibit, Pierre Cardin: Future of Fashion, is the first New York retrospective in 40 years. Over 150 objects that date from the 1950s to the present celebrate the master designer’s pristine point of view that still feels completely fresh today. Through January 5, 2020. At

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ART’S POP MOMENT At Art Basel Miami, join over 200 of the world's leading international Modern and contemporary art galleries as they display their artworks by over 4,000 artists, including paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, film, video, and digital art. You can buy works ranging from editioned pieces by young artists to museum-caliber masterpieces. December 1—4. At

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HOTEL COOL The new Hotel Zaza, an offshoot of its hipster predecessors in Dallas and Houston, is part of Austin’s downtown Republic Park regentrification project. With a rooftop pool and restaurants, Group Therapy and Perfect Strangers, and the ZaSpa, it’s the place to see and be seen, so what are you waiting for? At FILM FAVORITE A film retrospective honoring Austinite and Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Richard Linklater will be hosted by the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He will be presenting, for the first time, the retrospective of all his films, and an exhibition reflecting the central theme running through his films. We are mighty proud of our fellow Texan being honored on this international level. November 30. At


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SECRET HIDEOUT The most coveted and difficult place to get into L.A. these days is the new San Vicente Bungalows in West Hollywood. The former clothing-optional hotel court, distinctly inspired by the Beverly Hills Hotel pink, green and banana leaf motif, has been reinvented to accommodate the glitterati who swarm there to stay, eat and drink. The strict no-photos policy means stickers are placed on your cell phone camera to avoid any temptation of taking photos of your favorite box office stars.

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MEANWHILE, BACK ON THE RANCH As Texan as it gets, Perini Ranch Steakhouse: Stories And Recipes For Real Texas Food by Lisa and Tom Perini is sure to be an instant classic with page after page of mouth-watering recipes that will have you feeling like you’re on the ranch, even if you aren’t. $35. At


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How to cool things down this winter? Our editors Lesa Rossick in Austin, Cynthia Smoot in Dallas, Jennifer Roosth in Houston, and Eleanora Morrison in San Antonio share their favorite statewide recommendations that are must-dines as the season becomes merrier.

austin ROSEDALE RENDEZVOUS Two words. Simply Genius. Executive Chef Janelle Reynolds takes fresh ingredients and makes elevated healthy forward dishes. Combined with some of the best service in the city, this brainchild of owner Stuart Thomajan will quickly become an Austin institution. At

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LOCAL LOVE Deep Ellum hotspot, LOCAL, was conceptualized in 1998 by owner Chef Tracy Miller in the historic century-old Boyd Hotel. In fact, this popular eatery is the closest thing to a NYC bistro this side of the MasonDixon line. It continues Photo courtesy of Local to be a favorite amongst Dallas foodies by serving a modern American menu with the vision to create beautiful, delicious dishes while using the simplest, most honest ingredients. At

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LOVE ON THE HILL Chef Page Pressley takes the helm at Swedish Hill, the newly renovated restaurant that offers everything from fresh pastries and customized cakes to Rotisserie Chicken. It’s a pure delight to experience this Austin tradition that’s been so reinvigorated. At HERE COMES THE BRIDE Goan-infused creativity combined with a Texas flare is a match made in heaven at Vixens Wedding. From the creators of Lenoir, this new spot in the ARRIVE East Austin Hotel serves delicious small plates and shareable dishes along with creative cocktails in a charming, bright spot in the city. At


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YO QUIERO TE DESEO Te Deseo features Latin Americaninspired (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru) cuisine and cocktails in a stunning environment of multiple social and dining spaces, each with differing personalities and design. With a series of unique dining rooms, tiled courtyard, and four bars, it also provides a stunning rooftop view overlooking the city. The new venue also offers over 100 specialty tequilas and mezcals along with inspired cocktails that highlight Latin American spirits. At

BEYOND CORNY Brothers Neil and Carl Fletcher started this country's obsession with fried foods when they invented the corny dog in Dallas in 1938. It was introduced at the State Fair of Texas in 1942 and has become an iconic part of the State Fairattending experience. The secret to the famous Fletcher’s Corny Dog crunch is not only the trademarked batter, but also the water temperature and how the batter is mixed. The Fletcher family recently purchased a food trailer to allow them to cater off-site events throughout Texas. At


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HOTEL REDUX C. Baldwin, the latest and coolest addition to Houston’s downtown hotel scene, has opened its doors wide open to both locals and the city’s visitors. Named for Charlotte Baldwin Allen, who in 1836, helped fund the Allen Brothers real estate opportunities that affect the city to this day. Rosalie is just one of the many restaurants, salon, and retail offerings in this sleek hotel. At

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BAKERY’S BEST Founded in Brooklyn by Lauren O’Connor, Cake Thieves is a vegan pop-up bakery and caterer that has been serving up sweets to San Antonio dessert lovers since 2009. Amassing a devoted social media following on Instagram that scrolls for their fans’ sweet tooth, Cake Thieves’ imaginative flavors change seasonally and are available for custom orders if you can’t catch one of their popular pop-up appearances around town. At

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G-FORCE New to the Allen Center development, Guard and Grace is a modern American steakhouse that features everything from prime, certified Angus and local grass-fed cuts of beef to fresh seafood, charcuterie, artisanal cheeses and vegetarian selections in a bright, airy atmosphere. It even boasts a temperature-controlled wine cellar complete with wine lockers where guests can store some of their own “reserve” bottles. At

FLAVORFUL CONCEPT For foodies who have flocked to favorite eatery Southerleigh inside of Hotel Emma at Pearl, devotees are abuzz about the restaurant group’s newest concept, Bird & Biscuit, opening at the RIM in early 2020. A fine casual restaurant concept that will provide brunch, lunch, dinner, take-out and delivery, Bird & Biscuit will feature a menu based on southern style food including fried chicken, biscuits, and an oyster bar, paired with local Southerleigh micro-brew beers. Plus, the restaurant will also feature a full bar. At

POSITIVELY ITALIAN Recently opened in the heart of the River Oaks District, Ouzo Bay offers contemporary Mediterranean cuisine with a seafood-focused menu, including a wide selection of freshlycaught whole fish and signature dishes. The menu of Mediterranean, Greek-inspired favorites are paired with acclaimed sommelier’s elevated beverage program available at Ouzo Bay’s full-service bar, lounge, or at one of the many tables in the bright, nautical space. At

BURGER HEAVEN A favorite burger spot for San Antonio locals since 1977, Chris Madrids has now reopened after nearly two years of renovations due to a fire that damaged the historic building. The iconic restaurant, nestled in the Alta Vista neighborhood, is just north of downtown. It has welcomed generations of San Antonians to gather, feast, play, and make cherished family memories. Now with a new party room and patio, the hotspot hopes to host greater gatherings than ever before. At s


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By Jake Gaines | Photography by Greg Harrison SCARLETT RAMEY, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE EVENT, Fashion In The Hills, has proven to be the first to connect luxurious fashion with the Texas Hill Country. She enlisted award-winning R World Productions’ Ricardo Gutierrez and Emily McMichael to produce two separate and unique fashion shows, elevating the level of elegance in the Texas Hill Country. Aid the Silent, the beneficiary of Fashion In The Hills, reflected Ramey’s vision of expression through fashion. The nonprofit empowers the deaf and hard of hearing by providing hearing aids not covered by insurance. This expression of fashion was evident through Ramey’s new, strong partnership with Bechants, a luxe shopping destination in Boerne, having generously sponsored all the collections for both Spanish-themed fashion shows. cont'd...

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The evening was a visual success, with live entertainment of Chayito Champion accompanied by her foremost flamenco dancers, and the generous live painting sponsored and created by renowned Cristobal Licea. Melissa Panzarini was Ramey’s preferred selection as the executive event planner for both nights. Panzarini’s impeccable style and attention to detail matched with a most challenging vision proved to be the perfect partnership. Chef Bill McGregory IV brought the Spanish theme to life with the best of Gaucho Gourmet fine foods.

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A last-minute $200,000 donation from Kim Rapier surprised and delighted all attendees, making the finale of the grand show truly magical and moving to tears Emma Faye, founder of Aid the Silent. Fashion In The Hills was fully sponsored by The William, Eagle Dancer Ranch, Bechants, Esperanza Winery LLC, Dripping Springs Distilling, Signarama, Boerne Brewery, Cristobal Licea, and Scarlet Ramey Official. s Sharon and Paul Ramey & Nancy Gutsch

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Leia Lensing, Dian and Harlan Stai, Elena Villalon, Kyle Naig, Brian Speck, Perryn Leech and William Guanbo Su

idyllic setting Houston Grand Opera Brings Performances To The Hill Country

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Anna Dean and Denise Bush Bahr

Kyle Naig


Dian and Harlan Stai, longtime benefactors of Houston Grand Opera, hosted a recital and brunch at Mansefeldt Ranch, their idyllic hill country ranch near Fredericksburg. The event was held in the Sheep Barn, which is a barn in name only. It originally had granite gravel floors from its construction in 1878 and in 2002 it was re-furbished as an event venue retaining the original limestone walls. The afternoon featured performances by members of the Houston Grand Opera Studio that included soprano Elena VillalĂłn, mezzo-soprano Leia Lensing, bass William Guanbo Su, and pianist Kyle Naig.

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THE STYLE: Amongst the venue’s walls that are covered with original works of art, a beautiful grand piano sits prominently atop the landing at the far side of the building from where the singers wooed the crowd with personal selections of songs that had special meaning to them. Everything from operatic arias, to traditional Chinese art songs, to favorite hymns were represented in the program, and masterfully presented by the singers.


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Mansefeldt Ranch, had tables that were adorned with beautiful black and white linens, with bronze sculptures created by the nationally recognized sculptor Stefan Savides, on loan from the RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg. Each centerpiece featured unique scenes of wild birds that were beautifully surrounded and accented with floral décor of peonies, roses and hydrangeas by Maggie Gillespie Designs. The inspiration and theme for the centerpieces being one of taking flight, was a nod to the young artists who each are taking flight in their professional careers, all meticulously executed by Maggie Gillespie. Following the recital, guests enjoyed a delicious meal, catered by August E’s Fine Dining’s Dawn and Lew Ouanesavanh, that featured a chicken picatta and beef tenderloin entrée with a slice of layered cake, decorated to look like a piano keyboard.

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THE PURPOSE: This annual event has a history dating back 18 years, where it started in 2001 as a small gathering that the Stai’s hosted in their home for family and friends. It was an opportunity to bring operatic music that they often enjoyed at the Houston Grand Opera, one of the largest, most innovative and highly acclaimed opera companies that has one of the most respected young artist programs in the country, to the Hill Country. Today, it has grown into a full-fledged recital and brunch that is attended by almost 200 guests annually. s

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Jet Linx Celebrates Austin Opening In Style By Jake Gaines | Photography by Greg Harrison JET LINX AUSTIN RECENTLY COMPLETED THE COMPANY'S roundup in Texas as it becomes the fifth private Jet Linx terminal to open in the Lone Star State. It joins Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Houston. To celebrate, team members from across Texas joined their colleagues in Austin to welcome current and future Jet Card members and aircraft owners to the new facility for a grand opening event. Jet Linx Austin General Manager Lee Lancaster noted the party reflected both the service of Jet Linx and the spirit of Texas. “It was a lively opening party with a huge turnout. The luxury jets on display, the hors d'oeuvres, and the Texas artisan craftwork all made it a memorable evening. You would expect nothing less from Jet Linx.” About 250 guests from the Austin-area and all corners of Texas mingled while exploring the new space, which completed construction at the end of June. The 2,000 square foot private terminal is highly visible at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and anyone that arrives or departs the airfield will see the large Jet Linx sign in view. The evening of the event, guests could tour multiple static aircraft on display, including a Gulfstream G-280, a Falcon Jet 8X, an Embraer Legacy 500, and a Bombardier Challenger 350. The Austin event was alive with Texan flair, from food to entertainment. Hors d'oeuvres were passed and cocktails were served.

Two Texan artisans were also present, showcasing high-end, handmade wares, each the result of generations of practice. Engraver and silversmith Clint Orms, world-renowned for his meticulously designed and crafted work, was on hand displaying his intricately-engraved belt buckles, cuff links, and money clips. Dustin Lauw, one of the finest bootmakers in Texas, shared his bootmaking methods that have been time-tested over four generations. “The whole evening had a very Texan feel. It was nice to see team members from San Antonio come out to show their support,” said the Director of Jet Card Sales in Austin, Katie Burns. She was eager to see the base open. “Austin is rapidly growing as a city, and Jet Linx has also seen a lot of healthy growth. I feel those two factors are going to create a recipe for success,” she said. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 100 people move to Austin every single day. For more than five years, Austin has been the fastest-growing major metropolitan area in the country. Many of the new arrivals are younger and work in the tech industry, which provides opportunities for Jet Linx Austin to grow. “We feel like we’re in a perfect position right now. Austin is exploding, and we’re situated right in the middle of other Jet Linx bases in Texas," Burns noted. "That allows us to work together to improve our offerings to clients." s




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Saks Fifth Avenue San Antonio Hosts Nini Jewels

By Jake Gaines | Photography by Greg Harrison RECENTLY, A PRIVATE EVENT AT CLUB GIRAUD SHOWCASED designer Nini Hale and her Nini Jewels collection, courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue and the San Antonio store’s Vice President and General Manager Ryan Jay. The cocktail hour, followed by a seated dinner with the designer, toasted the designer’s fan favorite stunning gem creations. The presentation was accentuated with the jewels featured on the models and on display. The floral design, provided by Alamo Plants & Petals, highlighted the same color palette and design seen in some of Nini's collections with its elegant and rich jewel tones.

Bonnie and Berkley Dawson

Jewelry designer Nini Hale comes from an artistic Thai family whose clients have included celebrities, art collectors and sophisticated jewelry buyers from around the globe. She designs every piece of her collection with passion, inspired by her journey in life. Using only the finest and rarest colored stones, every Nini creation is brilliantly and vibrantly colorful, and engineered with innovation—for lasting value and generations of enjoyment. For more information, visit Saks Fifth Avenue. s

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Neiman Marcus San Antonio Hosts Fall Trends Fashion Show By Jake Gaines | Photography by Sam Pags

Betty Venson, Nel Belt, Kathleen LeFlore and Lisa Thurmond

Recently, on an autumn evening, Neiman Marcus San Antonio welcomed many of its favorite clients to the store for an evening of style and glamour. The Norma Denham, Nicole McLane, Stacy Schlagel, Xitlalt Herrera-Salazar, store’s Vice PresidentRocio Heller and Kary Aleman General Manager Allen Barber and Public Relations Manager Xitlalt Herrera-Salazar hosted a striking fashion show that many will long remember. Art was featured from Essentials Creative where the city’s fashionable set enjoyed posing for pictures in front of the installation. Guests were welcomed by Michael Quintanilla and Roma Villavicencio in Kimberly Overby, Sidney Overby, Elva Rapanotti preparation for the show. Then, the best of and Trudy Madan fall 2019 fashion took center stage on the specially designed triangular runway while DJ Catwalk kept the audience’s energy vibrant by spinning her hip beats.

Joanne Curry, Rich Aste and Allen Barber

The party continued after the show as the store’s Mariposa restaurant kept the cocktails flowing for guests to continue enjoying their shopping experience throughout the evening. s

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Neiman Marcus Austin Spotlights Newest Seasonal Trends By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Charles Linn Austin’s chic and fashionable recently descended upon Neiman Marcus in Austin for its fall trends event. The event, Confessions of a Buyer, hosted by the store’s Vice President-General Manager Chris Hendel and Public Relations Manager Jennifer Carnes, featured a special appearance by Neiman Marcus buyer Lori Caplin. The event kicked off with fashionable Austinites, sipping cocktails and

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Amanda Tatom, Lori Caplin, Chris Hendel and Jennifer Carnes

enjoying tasty nibbles, while also having the opportunity to receive a personalized fashion illustration by Vogue Vignette, all against a backdrop of tunes courtesy of DJ Nixx. Guests then took their seats for the main runway presentation. During the course of the fashion show, the audience was treated to stunning looks of premium Neiman Marcus brands including Chanel, Prada, Lela Rose, and Escada. The jewelry, courtesy of designer, Gretchen Ventura, who also made a special appearance at the event, perfectly accented the best fall looks and left the audience wanting more. s




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all that glitters Shetler Fine Jewelers’ Passport Season Kick-Off Event

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José Eber Brings His Brand of Beauty To New West Plano Village Signature Salon Supporting Attitudes & Attire By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by William Bichera Photography

Recently, Shetler Fine Jewelers hosted their annual Girls’ Night Out to kick off the store’s Passport Season. Clients and friends were invited and encouraged to bring guests to enjoy the offering of light bites, cocktails, shopping, and a Freida Rothman Style Bar. There were fun and exciting giveaways that were handed out throughout the night. Always an eventful time for Shetler Fine Jewelers, Passport Season consists of a series of jewelry trunk shows

Michelle Shetler, Paige Flinn and Robin McEldowney

Renee Bailey, Lisa Miller, Mary Ellen Archer and Katie McDonough

that take place during the fall months of September through December. Each trunk show features a different unique designer to take shoppers on a journey into the world of fine jewelry, featuring the best in design, quality, style, and value. Along with browsing through the extensive selection of fine jewelry at each trunk show, Passport Season is a great way to choose the perfect gifts for the holidays. Throughout the season, there is an array of prizes and giveaways that will be taking place. While there are nine trunk shows in total, those who attend at least six are eligible to win a $5,000 gift card. For more information, visit s

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Marissa Woodruff, Michelle Moore and Emily Honigblum

Naomi Pessy, Loane Pessy, José Eber and Alban Pessy

Hailed as one of the most recognizable hairstylists in the world, Beverly Hills-based stylist José Eber has been setting style trends for decades by providing cuts and colors that few can duplicate. The styling legend recently made a personal appearance at West Plano Village to help celebrate the latest José Eber Salon, with proceeds from the evening benefiting Attitudes & Attire. “I love that Attitudes & Attire is dedicated to promoting personal growth for women seeking self-sufficiency,” said José Eber. “They help raise self-esteem, build the confidence necessary to develop successful life skills and change lives of the women they serve–which is what I strive to do. I can’t think of a better charitable partner to align with for the opening of this beautiful new salon.” Hosted by WFAA Good Morning Texas co-host, Jane McGarry, the event showcased the 2,300 square-foot retail location that houses 10 stylist stations, six color stations, five shampoo stations and a retail wall.

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Steve Kemble, Susan Posnick, Elaine Raffel and Chad Collom

Erick Gomez, Naomi Pessy, Jason Rodriguez,Helena Danyel, Jonathan Rodriguez, Rocksy Ching

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Dallas Symphony Orchestra Opening Night Gala And After Party Regales By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Kristina Bowman and Sylvia Elzafon

THE SETTING: The Morton H.

Barbara and Don Daseke Clay and Lisa Cooley & Kim and Greg Hext

THE STYLE: The stylish black-tie partygoers began the evening with a cocktail reception where the conversation flowed as freely as the spirits. The festivities then turned to the Meyerson lobby for the evenings main program. Against the stunning backdrop of the beautifully decorated foyer, guests enjoyed a multi-course dinner.

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Cece and Ford Lacy

Meyerson Symphony Center was the recent setting for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Opening Night gala and after party. Over the course of the evening, several hundred of Dallas’ most notable VIP’s, sociables, and philanthropists descended upon the iconic institution for an unforgettable evening of fun, music and fundraising that lasted well into the night.

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Marshella and Tennel Atkins

Upon the completion of dinner, patrons headed to the Eugene McDermott Concert Hall for a remarkable concert by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra featuring GRAMMY® award winning violinist Joshua Bell. The fun continued at the gala after party where guests enjoyed cocktails, savories and desserts, and was capped off with entertainment by Elevation, presented by Emerald City Bands, who kept the party going on as guests danced the night away on a dance floor busting out at the seams.


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Kara and Randall Goss

Sherwood Wagner and Darin Kunz


PURPOSE: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra gala was co-chaired by Barbara and Don Daseke. The gala and after party was co-chaired by Kasie and Axel Ricart, while Kathryn and Craig Hall served as honorary chairs. Proceeds from the event benefitted the DSO, which reaches more than 234,000 adults and children annually through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. s

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Donna and Herb Weitzman

Axel and Kasie Ricart

Allan and Lynn McBee

Francine and Adam Gersting

Rhonda and Fraser Marcus

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Mike and Nancy Bierman

Deanna and Jarrod Johnson

Andrew and Brooke Dowdy

Shiv Yajnik & Mohua and Sanjiv Yajnik

Anne and Steve Stodghill

Carole and Scott Murray


Jan Miller and Jeff Rich

Mary Wasley and Melvin Douglas


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beyond modern Harry Ransom Center Launches Modernist Networks: The Annette-Campbell White Collection Exhibit

By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Pete Smith and Chad Wadsworth

THE SETTING: Austin’s Harry Ransom Center on the University of Texas Campus recently hosted the opening of Modernist Networks: The Annette-Campbell White Collection exhibit. The event drew 350 of the city and state’s most passionate artistic and literary patrons for an evening of creativity, fun and most importantly, the rare opportunity to view letters, books and manuscripts from some of the world’s most notable Modernist writers. THE STYLE: The Austin-chic crowd

Annette Campbell White

Mandy Dealey, Michael Kentor & Johanna and Mitch Vernick

Erik Smetzer

Linda Plummer, Sandy Simmons & Karen and Frank Needham Greg Fenves and Carmel Martinez Fenves & Stephen Enniss

Efrain Miranda and Sue Sellstrom

Kristen Nilsson and Steve Hoelscher


Mary and Selby Kiffer

Jon Finck and Stephanie Barko

Aaron Pratt & Peter and Tracy Bonfitto


began the evening with a VIP cocktail reception on the mezzanine level of the Harry Ransom Center where patrons mingled with the guest of honor, AnnetteCampbell White. The reception included remarks by Campbell-White, who also debuted her memoir Beyond Market Value: A Memoir of Book Collecting and the World of Venture Capital, which provides the back story to the selection and highlights of her collection. Upon completion of the reception, the action moved downstairs to view the opening of the exhibit. Guests had the opportunity to be the first to see the exhibit, which includes manuscripts of such literary icons such as T. S. Eliot, Stéphane Mallarmé, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Joseph Conrad, and many others. It is a must-see for anyone interested in Modernist authors and works.

THE PURPOSE: The exhibit is on display at the Harry Ransom Center through January 5, 2020. Featuring nearly one million books, 42 million manuscripts, five million photographs and 100,000 works of art, The Harry Ransom Center preserves the worlds’ most important literary and artistic collections and makes them accessible to researchers from around the world. s

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american dreams San Antonio Museum of Art Celebrates Superhero Theme

By Jake Gaines | Photography by Greg Harrison and Straughan Photography

Martin Phipps and Caroline Duesing

THE SETTING: Was it a bird? Was it a AnaPaula Watson, Carolina Roberts, and Elizabeth Roberts

plane? Was it a superhero? Close. The San Antonio Museum of Art’s Super Art Museum Ball celebrated with a superhero-themed evening. Judge Nelson Wolff served as the emcee and Katie Luber, the Kelso Director of SAMA, welcomed those in attendance for their presence and support.

THE STYLE: The event came alive Karen Lee and David Zachry

Garrett Brown and Elizabeth Adams

Katherine McAllen, Celeste Cantu, and Debbie Sakalinski

John and Carla Brozovich


with pops of primary colors that reflected the animated icons of pop culture. The St. Anthony Hotel was resplendent as a superhero’s lair, thanks to the team at Wilkinson-Rhodes. The Batmobile, from the 1960s hit television show, greeted guests upon arrival, as did four local artists painting a 60-foot mural.

Jenny and Rick Schimpff

Gene and Sonya Williams

Judge Nelson Wolff


The gala’s tables were adorned with arrangements of flowers, kryptonite, and sparkling tablecloths. Neon fans, which lit the room in bright colors, lined the balcony for an added flair to the occasion. Guests were entertained by Duo Transcend and they danced the night away to the music of the Jordan Kahn Orchestra.

THE PURPOSE: The gala event chair, SAMA board member, Jenny Schimpff, and Martin Phipps, the steering committee chair teamed up to lead the event. Funds were raised to support operations, programs, and the collection of the San Antonio Museum of Art, which takes visitors around the world and through five thousand years of art in a complex of buildings that once housed the Lone Star Brewery. Lead sponsors of the Ball were SAMA board president Marie Halff, Phipps Deacon Purnell, PLLC, the Betty Stieren Kelso Foundation and Elizabeth and Barry Roberts. s

Joanna Curry, Rich Aste, Amy Stieren Smiley, and Wendy Stieren Wirth

Cruz and Olivia Ortiz

Elinor and Dr. Charles DuVal & Kate Luber

David Robinson, Jr. and Ed Hart

John Edwards and Annie Labatt Rick and Caroline Kuper Chaney and Tripp Stuart

Lisa and Tim Blonkvist

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Morgana D'Avila, Sebastian Sanchez, Lucia Abramovich and Suzanne Weaver and Diana Jenschke

Shawn Yuan and Billinda Wilkinson

Marie Halff and Katie Luber


Jack and Liza Lewis


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look, listen & learn Holocaust Museum Of Houston Celebrates Expansion By Jake Gaines | Photography by Dave Rossman

THE SETTING: Recently, the Holocaust Museum of Houston hosted an elaborate gala for 800 attendees to celebrate its $34 million expansion by hosting a First Look celebration for major donors, Holocaust survivors, dignitaries and special guests. Patrons enjoyed cuisine from around the world and music on each floor as they toured the new 57,000-square-foot, fully bilingual facility at the champagnefilled gathering. THE STYLE: The event’s décor was

Sam and Auna Freedman & Martha and Don Freedman

Lou Gregory and Linda Lorelle

Sue Smith and Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga

Limor and Stuart Smith

Mark and Andrea Christensen

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David and Jennifer Stockel & Amanda and Marc Eichenbaum

Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein


provided by Dede Loughran of Acme Rental who expertly placed some of HMH’s collection of handmade butterflies throughout the silver-lined tables to give a personal touch to the overall look. The floral décor was created by The River Oaks Plant House. Chef Smirnov Catering provided the Kosher culinary array representing old world Asian, Japanese, Israeli, Russian and Italian delicacies. Music was staged on each floor with Moodafaruka playing in the first floor’s Garden of Hope, Divisi Strings on the second floor, next to the three-story high Butterfly Loft, and John Acevedo playing Flamenco jazz guitar on the third floor near the board room with its assorted desserts.

PURPOSE: Tali Blumrosen, former museum chair and current board member, coordinated the evening’s event in conjunction with the Holocaust Museum Houston’s Managing Director Tamara Savage. More than doubling in size, the new facility will rank as the nation's fourth largest Holocaust museum. The new threestory structure will house a welcome center, four permanent galleries and two changing exhibition galleries, classrooms, research library, café, 200-seat indoor theater and a 175-seat outdoor amphitheater. s

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Nancy and Jack Dinerstein

Linda and Carl Kuykendall

Sarah Davis and Jed Roper

Gary Tinterow and Christopher Garner

Eric and Tali Blumrosen

Beth Wolff and Anne Neeson

David, Heidi, Ria, and Adam Gerger

Rick and Laura Jaramillo

Ken and Mady Kades

Judy Smith and Shelly Hendry

Dean and Jane Gladden

JosĂŠe and Samuel Bak


Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel

Rhona and Bruce Caress

Joy and Benjamin Warren


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gala couture Ballet Austin’s Fête And fête*ish Features Celestino Couture Runway Show By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by John Pesina

Chris and Abby Hendel

Laura Aiden and Charles Runnels

Cookie Ruiz

Kara and Matt Swinney

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Jennifer Carnes and James White

Kade Johnson, Sergio Guadarrama and Celstino Couture models

Drs. Dustin Zimmer and Jacquelyn Chow

Bill and Tracey Marshall

THE SETTING: Austin’s JW Marriott was the recent setting for the Ballet Austin Fête and fête*ish after-party. This year’s event, Fête Couture kicked off the Austin fall gala season in high style. During the course of the evening, over 600 guests fortunate enough to be a part of the festivities were treated to a fabulous evening of fun and fashion. THE STYLE: The night began in the ballroom foyer for cocktail hour. Over 300 black-tie clad attendees took advantage of the stylish theme by donning their finest interpretation of couture that created a seamless and beautiful tapestry with women wearing everything from bold prints to sequined gowns. The men donned tuxedos, many of whom took the liberty of wearing colorful dinner jackets that reflected bold fashion choices. The action then moved to the ballroom for the main program where, Master of Ceremonies, Society Texas’ own Lance Avery Morgan, effortlessly kept the festivities flowing, all the while an additional 300 partygoers were getting the fête*ish Fashion Never Sleeps after-party revved-up in the ballroom next door. Fête and fete*ish were then fused together as one party when the doors opened between the two ballrooms to reveal fête*ish well under way. Then, the start of the dazzling runway show, courtesy of internationally renowneddesigner Celestino Couture, featured 23 stunning looks that brought the crowd to their feet. The afterparty ensured that the fun continued well into the night as guests danced the night away and toasted the success of the evening.

THE PURPOSE: Fête was chaired by

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Jennene and Ray Mashburn

Dr. Ernest and Sarah Butler

Jennifer McNevin and Venus Strawn


Kara and Matt Swinney and fête*ish was co-chaired by Cassandra King Polidori and Stephanie O’Neill. Proceeds from both events benefited Ballet Austin, which is led by Cookie Ruiz and Stephen Mills. The mission of Ballet Austin is to share the joy of dance by providing accessible and exceptional arts and arts education programs for the Central Texas community. s

JK Baxter-Hunt and Tobie Funte

Clara and Paul Bancroft

Cindi Ellis, Leanne Raesener, Brad Ellis and Rue Olson Dwyer

Donna Tryba, Andra Liemandt and Jenny Mason

Marc and Deanna Rankin

Cord and Annie Shiflet

Jason Pennington, Renee Gallagher & Forrest Preece and Linda Ball

Stephen Mills

Bill and Gertie Wilson

Alexis Simon and Gordon Moore

Rob Giardinelli and Lance Avery Morgan & Cassandra and Manuel Polidori

Model wearing Celestino Couture

Bill and Lesa Rossick & Renee and Ned Snyder


Laura Craddick and Jessica Karlsruher

Turk and Christy Pipkin


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food for thought The North Texas Food Bank Hosts 6th Annual Harvest By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Sterling Steves

Maggie Kipp, Leslie Toomay, and Alison Pearl

Jamie and Ben Morgan

Anne and Johnathan Brownlee

Cathy Bain and Lynn Mahurin

Nikki and Crayton Webb

Chuck and Lindsay Jacaman

Brian Beneke, Lauren Lieberman & Aggie Brody and Evan Brody


THE SETTING: A Tasteful Place at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden was the magical setting for the 6th annual HARVEST event that was hosted by the North Texas Food Bank. Surrounded by the venue’s fall flowers accented with pumpkins, gourds and squash, DJ Lucy Wrubel provided a cool vibe as partygoers arrived. Guests sipped their cocktails and enjoyed the sweet and savory food offerings located at stations throughout the captivating gardens and indoor pavilion.

Sarah and Geoff Eames

Alec and Alicia Hagey

Kelsey Bazar and Megan Hensley


THE STYLE: NTFB president and CEO Trisha Cunningham gathered the crowd to recognize the organization’s recent inaugural Partners 4 Hope law firm challenge. With the help of Partners 4 Hope chair, Chris Bankler of Jackson Walker, local North Texas law firms collectively raised over $75,000, which will provide access to 226,626 nutritious meals. As the evening progressed, partygoers could be seen striking a pose at the 4Change Energy photo booth, playing cornhole for a cause to help close the hunger gap, or nibbling on desserts in the Suite Spot, featuring French macarons by Chef/owner Tida Pichakron of Haute Sweets Patisserie and John Doumas of Pop Star’s all natural popsicles. THE PURPOSE: Co-chairs Lisa and Marvin Singleton welcomed more than 400 attendees to the annual fundraiser benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. Each day, NTFB provides access to more than 200,000 meals for hungry children, seniors, and families through a network of more than 1,000 Feeding sites and more than 200 Partner Agencies. In fiscal year 2019, NTFB provided access to almost 77 million nutritious meals. s

Cynthia Desai and Julie Sanders

Nancy Gopez and Erica Yaeger

Nila and Brad Stewart

Cassidy King and Allison Rountree

Jennifer Burns and Daniella Giglio Suman and Tanya Chepuri

Melissa and Ross Martin

Joanna Clarke & Bob and Lisa Shirley

Lisa and Marvin Singleton & Trisha Cunningham

Trevor Finnigan and Lexi Kay

Benton and Courtney Bagot & Shelle and Michael Sills


DJ Lucy Wrubel

Jill Tiernan and Diana Stewart


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heart to heart AugustHeart Hosts A Night Of Music Gala By Jake Gaines | Photography by Paul Overstreet

Rob Cavender and Conoly Koontz

Susan Glover, Dore Koontz, James Glover & Cindy Dawson

Bruce Robison, Radney Foster, and Kelly Willis perform


The Pearl Stable was the setting for the ninth annual AugustHeart fall gala with the theme of A Night of Texas Music to Save a Life. The evening began with open bar libations and fabulous food stations catered by Don Strange of Texas. A host of live auction items tempted the guests such as suite game tickets to a San Antonio Spurs game, a four-night romantic get-away to the Rosewood Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and an autographed guitar by Radney Foster, Bruce Robison, and Kelly Willis.

THE STYLE: The evening full of song featured Gabe Garcia, a singer songwriter from Lytle, Texas who competed on NBC’s Nashville Star. Then, Radney Foster and friends, featuring Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, with special guest William Beckmann, took to the stage for more entertainment. Radney, an American country music singer-songwriter, musician and music producer has been telling stories for over 35 years. In fact, his songs have reached over 50 million people, through his own hits and those he’s written for others. Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis are each renowned for crafting some of the most enduring music on the vast country and Americana landscape.

Carrie Green, Jennifer Zackary, and Julianne Bartlett

Margaret and Bart Koontz


Kim Lewis & Jolie and David Berndt

THE PURPOSE: Bart Koontz serves as the organization’s president, J. Lance Lahourcade serves as its vice president and Travis B. Gilbert, Jr. is the secretary and treasurer. The mission of AugustHeart is to provide free heart screenings to teenagers to identify selected heart abnormalities in an effort to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death. s

Claude Koontz, Cecilia Corso, Jessica Koontz and Chris Corso

Charlotte Dawson, Dore Koontz, Paige Cavender, Sarah Geibel, Sage Blount, and Maggie Carr


Chase and Elizabeth Anderson

Vivian and Mack Burns

Ford Douglass, Rocky Tips, James Everhart, Zach Ford, Conoly Koontz, Cameron Newton, Mitch Vickery, Sitting-Colten Courtney, Will McDonough and Greer Shetler

Cullen and Meridith Schwarz & Kim and Jay Gerber

Amy Hayes and Lee Ann Jones

Elle and Ed Sealy

Gilda Cisneros and Mary Sue Koontz Neslon

Rita and John Felk

Rick and Caroline Kuper

Pam Velasco and Bill Taylor

Jan Studer, Lora and Wayne Rushing, Paula Stumberg & Rhonda and Joe Calverta


JJ and Tracee Feik


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in a league of their own

Junior League Houston Opening Day Fashion Show By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Emile Brown

Bethany Buchanan, Amy Strickland, and Christina Frederick Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell, Elizabeth Dwyer, and Savanna Bowman

2019-2020 Junior League of Houston Executive Committee

Junior League Models

Amy Comiskey, Angie Signorelli, and Jamie Oliver

Fady Armanious and Jayne Johnston

THE SETTING: The Junior League of Houston and Tootsies welcomed 300 guests and debuted the season’s hottest fashion trends at this year’s Opening Style Show Fashion Unlocked. The annual Opening Day event highlighted fashion and philanthropy as well as officially marked the beginning of the Junior League fall season programing. Junior League members hit the runway to model the chic ensembles curated by Tootsies’ Fady Armanious and showcased trends like animal print, pumped-up 80s-era volume with dramatic sleeves and shoulders and lots of shine (glitter, sequins, velvet, and satin) from designers such as Carolina Herrera, Alice + Olivia, Veronica Beard, Marchesa, and more.

THE STYLE: Guests enjoyed the threecourse cuisine that was provided by the Junior League Tea Room, which included a baby spinach and arugula salad, braised beef short ribs with asparagus and truffle butter, mashed potatoes and the popular Junior League of Houston Pecan Ball for a sweet treat. Then, new to the event this year, VIP guests had the chance to pop the bubbly and enjoy interactive experiences in the VIP Style Lounge ahead of the show including clean beauty tips from Switch2Pure, mini manicures from Cherry Nails, hair touchups from Fringe Salon and Color Bar, and more. THE PURPOSE: The Opening Day

event is always wildly successful and supports the Junior League of Houston, Inc., an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. s

Keli Rabon


Amy Johnson and Julie Baughman

Caroline Strake, Carla Strake, and Brooke Eades


Junior League of Houston Tea Room Special Events Committee

Mary Morgan Stevens

Samantha Walter

Rachael Delamora, Bailey Dalton, Gabriela Gerhart and Nancy MathĂŠ

Hannah Thibodeaux and Leslie Balderas

Estela Cockrell

Kendall Hanno

Rachel Regan and Rosann Rogers

Laura Bonck

Simone Ellis, Sarah Kwang, and Angie Curtis

Karina Barbieri and Beth Wolff

Stephani Fleck, Alexander Yates, Amanda Boffone, and Darlene Clark


Kelly Beth Hapgood and Sabrina Siso


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fashionable jewel Women’s Symphony League 65th Annual Jewel Ball And Luncheon Features Brooke Shields

By Rob Giardinelli

Photography by Darcie Westunderland

Hannah Vaughan, Camille Bush, Olivia Benson, Sarah Blakemore, Madeline D'Alise, Abbie Carrasco, Hollingsworth Tiblier and Samantha Sullivan Kerri Ann Chambless, Brooke Shields and Lisa Barton

2019 Jewel Ball Royal Court

Suzanne Breckenridge, Bill and Karen Gernstein, Kathryn Gernstein and James Gernstein

Back row: Sherron Watkins, Elizabeth Blakemore, Shannon Hicks, Charlotte Blakemore and Laureen Spreen. Front row: Emi Fukumura, Sarah Blakemore, Isabella Paine, Annerose Metaxas and Marion Watkins

Niffer Greenberg and Shannon Owen

THE SETTING: The Palmer Events Center in Austin was the recent setting for the Women’s Symphony League’s 65th Annual Jewel Ball and Luncheon. Over the course of two days, nearly 1,700 of Austin’s social, fashion and philanthropic dynamos were a part of the festivities, which included the presentation of this year’s debs with a special appearance by fashion icon Brooke Shields. THE STYLE: The first day of events commenced with the fashion show luncheon featuring over 600 of Austin’s top fashionistas. The cocktail-chic patrons began the festivities with a VIP reception where adoring guests had the opportunity to take their photo with the guest of honor, Brooke Shields. The fun then moved into the main auditorium for lunch and the afternoon program. Highlights of the luncheon included a fashion show featuring the season’s top looks from Julian Gold as well as a conversation with Brooke Shields that was effortlessly moderated by Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee. The pageantry continued into the second day of events culminating with the 65th Annual Jewel Ball presentation. Over 1,000 black-tie patrons began their evening with a cocktail hour where conversations flowed and families mingled, while also bidding on their favorite silent auction items. The fun time continued as the crowd took to their seats for the main jewel ball presentation, which in addition to the Austin debs featured eight visiting Jewels from Texas and beyond. The evening concluded as the Jewel’s and their families danced the night away, capping off an incredible two days that those on hand will not soon forget.

THE PURPOSE: The Jewel Ball

Shae Arzegar and Rebecca Hardeman


Sylvia Jabour, Emma Carolina Tiblier, Linda van Bavel and Susanne Tetzlaff

Christy Merritt and Christy Werner


Fashion Luncheon was co-chaired by Lisa Barton and Kerri Ann Chambless, while The Jewel Ball was co-chaired by Christy Merritt and Christy Werner. Proceeds from the events benefited the Women’s Symphony League of Austin and the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the oldest continually performing symphony in Texas, with a presence in the state for over 100 years. s

Julian Gold models

Kaye Hotz, Valerie Tyler and Kimberly Richards

Suzon Kemp

Eva and King Brio LIV Marvin Womack

April Downing, Mary Lou and Bennie Downing, Abagail Downing and Bryant Downing Anna Hardeman, Genny Hardeman and Debbie Hanna

Caren Burback and Lauree Moffett

Dan Garrison, Tucker Garrison and Nancy Garrison

Jamie Chandlee and Brooke Shields

Ben Bentzin, Stefan Bentzin and Quentin Bentzin

Claymon Cipione, Suzanne Huff and Camille Cipione

Back row: Cathy McGuinness, Louise de Jong, Shelley Parker, Alison Frey, Amy Donnelly and Stephanie Hooten. Front row: Cristina Madrid, Coral Perroni and Melissa Takamatsu


Renata Marsilli, Beth Hannan and Anne-Marie Cancienne

Karey Nalle Oddo and Brooke Shields


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literary devices

San Antonio Public Library Foundation Hosts Literary Luncheon By Jake Gaines | Photography by Sam Pags

Britain Hayes and Catharine Vexler Melanie Benjamin and Cornelia Guest

Linda Blount and Sherril Rubin

Rosemary Leon, Xitlalt HerreraSalazar and Alice Foultz

THE SETTING: The San Antonio Public Library Foundation recently hosted its 13th Annual Literary Luncheon. They welcomed nearly 300 supporters and book lovers to the McNay Art Museum to hear The New York Times best-selling author, Melanie Benjamin, in conversation with the special guest moderator Cornelia Guest as they discussed Benjamin’s book, The Swans of Fifth Avenue. During the event María-Eugenia Cossío-Ameduri, Kye Fox, and Alice Lynch were also honored for their decades-long service to, and in support of, the San Antonio Public Library Foundation. THE STYLE:

Tracey Bennett and Melanie Benjamin

Emily Kaufman, Bette Vexler and Suzy Vollmer

Diane Kett, Lynne Perry and Amity Worrel

Diana Morehouse and Carol Muir

Pam Cohen, Hollye Marshall, Jeannette Buffkin, Whitney Smith and Carol Carr


Ellen Riojas Clark, Laura Labatt and Alice Lynch

Todd Romano and Cornelia Guest

Sandy East and Lisa Dawson


Benjamin and Guest, the daughter of legendary socialite C.Z. Guest, discussed the women and history that inspired her book, a historical novel detailing the relationship of Truman Capote and his bevy of elite Manhattan women he called his swans. Guest recounted how she knew Capote well since he was a frequent visitor at her family’s summer home. She shared vivid memories of time spent with Capote and her mother’s view of him before and after the publication of his thinly veiled short story in Esquire magazine, La Côte Basque, 1965, that divulged the most intimate and embarrassing secrets of his closest friends, the swans. The conversation was enlightening for the author as well. Attendees sipped raspberry garnished champagne, enjoyed a refreshing light lunch and sweet treats by Rosemary’s Catering, and tried their luck at winning the raffle drawing “A day of luxury,” provided by Neiman Marcus and Catrina Ball tickets provided by SAPLF. Booksellers Barnes & Noble sold out of two of the author’s titles, The Swans of Fifth Avenue and her newly released The Mistress of the Ritz.

THE PURPOSE: Liecie Hollis and Caroline O'Connor, the luncheon event’s co-chairs, are also SAPLF board members. Proceeds from the gathering raised critical funds for the Library Foundation in support of their mission to strengthen the library service to the community. s



Whether near or far, the holidays are meant to be enjoyed to the maximum. As Auld Lang Syne plays in the background, you can make beautiful music with someone fascinating while wearing some of the most gorgeous fashion of the season. So what are you waiting for? Pack your best dress, tuxedo...and bring the passport.


Photography by Mark Oberlin

Styling by Dion "Bleu� Drake

Hair by Alex Henrichs, using Oribe, Bumble and Bumble Makeup by Julia Taylor, using Dior and IsaDora Cosmetics Models: Masha Bebris, Meraki Model Management Mario Blanco, LA Model Management Sittings Producer: Lance Avery Morgan


On Her: Dress by Cinq a Sept, $495 at Julian Gold. Earrings by Leciel Design at The Archives Showroom. Shoes by Manolo Blahnik $1050 at Manolo Blahnik. On Him: Jacket & pants by Kenneth Barlis, price upon request, at KennethBarlis. com. Shirt by Sand Copenhagen $475 at Sand. Shoes by Marsell, $590 at Marsell.



This page. Dress by Halpern, $2,900 at Neiman Marcus. Shoes by Stuart Weitzman, $850 at Stuart Weitzman.


Opposite. On Her: Dress by Pamella Roland, $2,395 at Neiman Marcus. Earrings by Leciel Design at The Archives Showroom. Fur coat by Joel Epstein, price upon request, at The Park Showroom. On Him: Coat by Fendi, $6,200 at Neiman Marcus. Pants by Burberry $1,725 at Neiman Marcus. Turtleneck by Brioni, $395 at Brioni. Shoes by Bruno Magli, $495 at Bruno Magli.





On Her: Gown by Puey Quinones, price upon request, at Necklace by Silvana Kegulian, price upon request. On Him: Jacket and pants, price upon request, by Kenneth Barlis at Kenneth Barlis. Shirt by Brioni, $795 at Brioni. Shoes by Marsell, $590 at Marsell.



This page. Tuxedo by Dolce & Gabbana $4.395 at Neiman Marcus. Shirt by Brioni $795, at Brioni. Tie by Canali at Canali.


Opposite. On Her: Jumpsuit by Patty Ang, $775 at Clutch by Mercedes Brunelli, price upon request. Bracelet by Kat Ong At Katrina Ong, Necklace by Jewelry Bar, $125 at Jewelry Bar USA. On Him: Jacket by Giorgio Armani $2,395 at Neiman Marcus. Shirt by Brioni, $795 at Brioni. Pants by Kenneth Barlis, price upon request, at




On Her. Dress by Balmain, $2,695 at Neiman Marcus. Necklace by Versace, $2,500 at The Vintage Shop. Shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti, $2,750 at Giuseppe Zanotti.

On Him: Tuxedo by Burberry, $3, 450 at Neiman Marcus. Shirt by Brioni $395 at Brioni. Shoes by Bruno Magli, $495 at Bruno Magli.


On Her: Jumpsuit by Roland Mouret, $3,995 at Neiman Marcus. Clutch by Judith Lieber, $595 at Julian Gold. Earrings by Leciel Design at The Archives Showroom, Clutch by Judith Lieber, $595 at Julian Gold. On Him: Jacket by Joyce Pilarsky, price upon request, at Joyce Pilarsky, Shirt by Ralph Lauren, $130 at Ralph Lauren. Pants by Kenneth Barlis, at Shoes by Marsell, $590 at Marsell.



ALLURING PADDLES UP For the beachcomber who has everything, these two wooden beach rackets and a leather ball with a pouch, will have you wanting to hit the sand immediately. $810. At

REALITY? REALLY. Impress even the best gamer teen in your house with this new virtual reality all-in-one gaming headset for breathtaking you-arethere VR experiences. $499. At

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Holiday shopping for those near and dear has never been more exciting than now. Join our team of expert gift givers, led by Jake Gaines, Tori Johnson, Alexandra del Lago, and Lance Avery Morgan, who have gathered the finest of the finest to make gift giving even more special this season. DIVE, THEN DRONE PowerVision aqua drone is an intelligent water drone equipped with 215° dual-joint rotation 4K camera. Ideal for recording water sports or capturing magnificent seascapes to remember. $799. At

LET’S STAY IN TONIGHT For those special evenings at home, this limited-edition lounging robe in the classic Tish Cox style speaks to the glamour of yesteryear that can be yours right now. The exaggerated kimono-style sleeves give glimpses of the gorgeous colors on the backside of the mint green silk fabric. Go ahead, start the fire. $495. At


BOXING DAY This blue embossed Shagreen jewelry box with brass trim is the perfect size for any vanity area. Or, perhaps in the pool house. $850. At


IT’S IN THE BAG What Texan doesn’t have boots worth preserving? This monogram-able boot bag is a high style way to travel with them. $463. At William & Son.

SMOOTH OPERATOR This Angle razor is made from lightweight anodized aluminum, holds a single disposable blade, and will be the coolest thing in your bathroom as you revive the art of shaving. $110. At Mr. Porter.

SPEAK TO ME The Xoundbar Bluetooth stereo speaker is the perfect size to take the music party with you anywhere you go. $40. At


DELIGHTFUL & DIVINE A chocolate truffles gift box is a grand gesture in every way. This package is as sumptuous to view as it is to open and enjoy. Eighty of the finest chocolate truffles are brought together in one extraordinary gift box from Houston’s favorite chocolatier. $165. At Cacao and Cadamon.

BALLROOM TO ASCOT Every gentleman deserves custom suiting and from Texas to London, bespoke clothiers are measuring up so you can look like the lord of the manor. Prices upon request. Photo courtesy of Neal & Palmer.


MARVE CONVERSATION STARTER This Michael Aram chess set is the sleekest one we’ve ever seen. Not only does it look gorgeous on any table, you’ll be flexing your strategic brain muscles as you play. $1800. At Neiman Marcus.

WHICH WAY IS UP? This Voyager Expedition flask with compass in blue mother of pearl will keep your favorite spirit handy in the best of locations. $105. At

LET’S BE PERFECTLY CLEAR The clear It bag of the season is one of our favorites. This Valentino Garavani Rockstud purse will see you through anything. $2445. At Neiman Marcus.

TWO OF A KIND These XL Grand Tour God Busts are the perfect accessory for any tabletop in any room. Brightly colored, these glass objet d’art can add a light whimsy to the most serious of rooms. $795 each. At Jonathan Adler.

SAILING THROUGH LIFE No one captures sun, sport and surf better than photographer Gray Malin. Have an endless summer with this limited-edition print, The Sailor, Tucker’s Town, Bermuda. $2999. At



ELOUS ARE YOU BEING SERVED? Colorize any room instantly with this party-ready wooden lacquer tray with a wave effect metal trim and ball feet for a pretty presentation. $555. At

SILKY SENSATION Texans Brandon Maxwell and illustrator Jules Buck Jones collaborated to create this colorful silk scarf as the perfect accessory to any winter outfit. $295. At Brandon Maxwell.

EVENTFULLY WE’LL KNOW Special times of your life can now be preserved for you and your loved ones in this Ticket Stub Diary that holds memories from concerts, sporting events, museums, and more. $14. At

SURF’S ALWAYS UP With a timeless allure and palpable cool, this decorative art piece captures the spirit of California in iconic style. Made of Russian Birch plywood and finished with genuine surf resin. $8000. At Kelly


RESORTING TO GREAT LENGTHS As the winter resort beckons, be prepared in this oversized hat that’s sure to garner shade, compliments—and second glances. $550. At


STANDING TALL Cowboy boots as style must-haves are back and never have we seen such colorful interpretations as by the West Texan-native designers and sister duo founders of Miron Crosby. With their signature handmade, perfect fit, you’ll want several pair of these beauties. Prices vary, $1900-$4000 a pair. At

COASTING TO SUCCESS The perfect hostess gift will be a year ‘round visual feast for the eyes in these semi-precious agate coasters that are hand-polished in Brazil. Set of 4. $80. At Saks Fifth Avenue.

TINY TREASURES Perfect for any last-minute gift, this Original Garden Jewel Succulent Garden will delight any recipient with its presentation box full of green goodness. $35. At


COME ON IN This witty doormat sets the tone for a fun time ahead. We couldn’t resist the vintage 80s vibe with the cassette tape motif. Personalize with your own message. So, go ahead, stay awhile. $38. At

CHIC STORAGE Kick your stainless appliances to the curb. This Dolce Gabbana and SMEG Carretto refrigerator is the kitchen addition you’ve been yearning for. $10,000. At Bergdorf Goodman.



GRANDEUR SWEET DREAMS Guarantee the perfect night’s sleep every day of the week. Made from only the finest materials, Savior’s luxury beds help regulate body temperature and improve the quality of REM sleep. Custom made to order at

LET’S WRAP THIS UP Protect your hair from heat damage, but still create the best curls of the season with Dyson’s Airwrap hair styler. Each set comes with interchangeable attachments to achieve the style you desire. $550 at

SIP & SERVE Add elegance to any table with this Franco Lapini centerpiece. The top includes six cylinders for serving vodka, surrounding a small container to house caviar. Now that’s a perfect combination. $3,360 at Artemest. com.

CARRY ON, STYLE GURU The Royal Check Bistro bag is built to go from city to country and back again. We’ can’t resist the multiprint blue that’s always right. $180. At Saks Fifth Avenue.

THE FUTURE IS HERE Keep the kids entertained without having them glued to a screen. Codi is an AI-enabled toy that provides children with classic songs and stories, and even encourages good habits (like naps, clean-up, and brushing teeth) to provide developmental support while they aren't in the classroom. From Pillar Learning. $99.99. At Amazon.



NOW, FOR A ZEN MOMENT The Buddha Board is a relaxation tool that encourages creative expression, being in the moment, and letting go using only water, a bamboo brush and a clean slate. Each brush stroke transforms your worries into a work of art and then is sent off into the universe as the water dries and the image disappears. Like magic. $34.95. At Amazon.

SET SAIL WITH REGAL HISTORY Cruise the Galapagos Islands like a celebrity on Grace Kelly’s honeymoon yacht. This 18-guest cruise will give you a taste of the ship’s history while enjoying activities like kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, stargazing and much more. Starting at $6,900 at Image courtesy of

ON DISPLAY Setting sail, soon? This Venezia Royal Trunk is the storage piece for any antique lover. The exterior is covered with leather and solid brass hardware, while the soft interior compartments house the trinkets. $40,350 at

CELESTIAL CIRCLET Add some sparkle with the Vespera Circlet by Jennifer Behr. This delicate headband features crystal stars and is so lightweight that you’ll forget you have it on. Each circlet is made by hand and crafted to perfection. $575. At



BOTTLE SERVICE Designing a dream wine cabinet is easy with the help of Grandeur Cellars. Create a custom design that’s the perfect display for your home and budget. Price upon request and consultations at

SCENTED MAGIC Fill your home with scents of rose and saffron with the Catene Scarlatto candle by Richard Gionori. There are more than 12 different designs to choose from for all your candle-loving friends. $205. At


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UR LITTLE CAR, RESEMBLING NOTHING MORE THAN a collection of suitcases on wheels, crept mid-morning into the empty village of Casanova Lerrone, located in the province of Savona in the northern Italian region of Liguria, about 50 miles southwest of Genoa. If it were to have eyes, the coupé would have been casting bold glances around its church square and few shops wondering, as were we, “Where was everyone? Were we in the right 18th-century Italian hamlet?”

Italy This Morning

In the Ligurian countryside, there were quite a few paths from which to choose, or, as we feared, inadvertently wind up on, leading us way off course. Like all “visitors”, we did not want to do anything wrong. Yet, even with no one to be found in the streets, in any of the forlorn appearing shops, and the darkened businesses seemingly abandoned, we had that feeling of being watched. Bashful, we and our little car, stopped at a signpost full of markers, like a multi-fingered hand, with each blue digit route marker pointing its own way and distance. Keep Going, it seemed to whisper. Don’t Yet Turn, it beckoned. Then, a text came through the mapping on our phones, jolting us forward into action. We sauntered out of the village and made our way up the hillside of curves and turns, climbing higher and higher into the mountains until we reached what appeared to be the ultimate dead end: a garage door with 13 ominously painted upon it. Nothing more than a pebbled path ran alongside it. We stopped again. Make Sharp Turn Right, the screen screamed.

Our friends, who had been tracking our progress, had already opened the gates to Villa Barca as a welcome. Across the gravel drive, an orange stucco house built successively over several centuries, with multi-level gardens and sweeping terraces and patios awaited us.

Cautiously, we inched forward and saw the road actually continued going higher toward the clouds. Both car and passengers took deep breaths and held our sides in, then maneuvered a hairpin turn in the truest sense of the word. Watch Out For Goats, we learned on our own from observing. As if on cue, a few goats soon meandered in front of us after we cautiously passed another turn. We paused as they moseyed and munched their way along, soon joined by the rest of their goat gang and herders, human and canine. Clearly, we were the visitors in this crew’s estimations―time and goat wait for no one. Then, as with all journeys, we were there. But where, what precisely was our destination?

This Page: The World Of Villa Barca Opposite: The beach at Alassio

Our friends, who had been tracking our progress, had already opened the gates to Villa Barca as a welcome. Across the gravel drive, an orange stucco house built successively over several centuries, with multi-level gardens and sweeping terraces and patios awaited us. On a table, binoculars and its owner’s cell phone confirmed: we were, indeed, being watched; our automotive hesitancies as we made our way was the lunchtime entertainment. Away from the hurly-burly of corporate life, and, yes, the deadlines that follow every writer, to what would be our home for the next two weeks. And so we were to find and fall in love with the rhythm of what I’m sure some marketer would term as the villa lifestyle. For us, it was a respite to do absolutely nothing at all if we wanted to. Our hosts had retired from owning a popular and highly successful bed-and-breakfast in a prominent Northeastern resort town. They, then opened Villa Barca their Italian venture, on something of a referral-only basis to truly just friends and family gleaned from their previous venture.

Villa Wake-Up Call

Each day began with not one, but two roosters in chorus. Perhaps the younger of the two was first, then echoed minutes later by one



Clockwise from center: Beach in Alassio, La Cantina di Re Carciofo, Private chapel near Liguria, a view of Liguria, Ristorante La Prua

likely of a certain age, proclaiming his was still the valley’s morning call to wake. Maybe we’d follow their twin advice to face the day with them. Well, perhaps tomorrow. What followed after a light breakfast was the difficult choice of whether to soak up the sun on the terrace, or venture to the beaches thirty minutes away in Alassio or Cervo. Maybe even help in the many gardens the owners planted to make the villa as sustainable as possible and save a trip back down the hillside to the not-nearby grocery store? We opted to view the agricultural activity from a potting shed, turned into a breeze-cooled sitting room. The only thing we absolutely were not to do was disturb the ghost of a prior owner whose remains and impressive marble bust resided in the villa’s very own chapel. Yes, we could handle that.

himself with elaborate twists of the wrists and tentative cork pops. That same proprietor wields an industrial-sized pipette to extract the last of the locally-made gigantic size bottles of grappa. An ideal day in Liguria perhaps would begin with a trip to the beach and a chaise in a bagni (beach club), complete with sumptuous towels, changing rooms, and showers. If you want to go to the beach, it may be the only option to pay the fees charged by these many places that dot the boardwalks. The public beaches, when you can find them, seem no bigger that the few beach towels that inevitably will already be there.

Eatily For A Reason

Affable dogs, both world travelers in their own right, one being res- You’re doing something wrong in Italy if you don’t eat well. One cued from a stray pack on the island of La Reunion, were our only place we found to eat and rest with our newly acquired sun tans was distractions when reading the pile of books we had lugged across Clapsy, a casual dining experience on the Alassio coast. But don’t the globe. The dogs were just as likely to join us under our chairs think too casual. Change into something smart at your bagni, if you in the potting shed to cool off. The want to join the crowd. Then dine villa cat, who greeted us upon aron the perfect pulpo con patatei and rival, slept outside our door, keeptonno. An ideal day in Liguria perhaps would begin with a trip to ing her own company, never really the beach and a chaise in a bagni (beach club), complete venturing too far from the center If it is to be a big evening, percourtyard of the villa. She and we haps because it’s a special occawith sumptuous towels, changing rooms, and showers. knew that doing nothing never felt sion, or just a Wednesday, do dress so good. for Ristorante La Prua. Placed on the boardwalk, we asked for a Nothing except eat. Would a trip to Italy be complete without food? table overlooking the beach at Hotel Savoia’s signature restaurant. When we roused ourselves from watching lettuce grow…and the odd We wondered which yacht belonged to the Russian-speaking gent thousands of tomatoes..., or finally finished that book, we ventured holding voluble court at the next table, wearing head-to-toe Stefano to the towns of Albenga and Allasio. It was deep in the heart of Ricci. But the food captivated our attention even more: branzino old town, the center of Albenga where we stumbled onto the tree- cooked the best way, simply. house-like restaurant of La Cantina di Re Carciofo. Technically, this is a small plates establishment, but, what small plates. Prosciutto, rich The night of La Prua marked our last before the much-dreaded relocal cheeses of every description and the truffles, the kind you can turn home. On the terrace of La Barca it was easy to reflect on the smell two tables away, were so earthy fresh. Then, there’s the saber. need we all have to disconnect from our daily world of constant acIn one fell stroke, the saber decapitates the bottle of prosecco, clean- tivity. But not from that reality highlighted with visits to good friends ly, with nary a drop spilled in a movie-worthy scene. Then the saber in a welcoming environment and the villa dogs wanting to play anis put under lock and key…just in case you’d like to try it for yourself. other game of catch well into the night. We say ciao to Italy until the Every bottle of prosecco is opened by not a server, but by the patron next visit, which we are already planning. s Villa Barca Borgata Case Soprane, 25 I-17033 Casanova Lerrone (S.V.) (+39) 0182 196 6203


La Cantina di Re Carciofo Piazza S. Francesco, 38 I-17031, Albenga, S.V., Italy (+39) 335 687 1785

Clapsy Passegiata Grollero, 18 Alassio, S.V., Italy (+39) 0182 660 573

Ristorante La Prua Hotel Savoia S.R.L. Pass. Ta. Baracca, 25 17021 Alassio (S.V.) (+39) 0182 198 5662

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park it here

Brackenridge Park Conservancy Celebrates With Gala Dinner By Jake Gaines | Photography by Limelight Photography

Joe and Rhonda Calvert

THE SETTING: Community leaders,

city officials and advocates in support of the revitalization of Brackenridge Park recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Brackenridge Park Conservancy near the historic low water crossing. Guests enjoyed a 3.5-mile train ride through the park, a sunset reception, and dinner under the stars while marveling at the historic San Antonio River and the crossing originally constructed in 1917 to connect both sides of the park. Each year, the organization highlights different areas of the much-loved park. The park is home to dozens of historic buildings, bridges, walkways, and water features. This year’s event, staged at the historic low water crossing, supported operations and raised awareness of the infrastructure improvements needed in this area and throughout the park to bring it back to its glory days.

Maria and Fred Pfeiffer & Melinda and Jay Louden

THE STYLE: The gathering honored

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, founder of the Central Park Conservancy, who played a key role in the creation of the Brackenridge Park Conservancy. Fondly known as Betsy Browning, a member of a long-time San Antonio family, she is the author of nine books, including the latest, Saving Central Park: A History and A Memoir. Currently, she is president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies in New York City. Special recognition was also given to the San Antonio Conservation Society in celebrating its 95th year. The Conservation Society led the way to form the Brackenridge Park Conservancy in collaboration with City of San Antonio leaders and park stakeholders and provided funds to hire the first executive director.

Vivienne Bathie, Liecie Hollis and Robin Howard

Robin and Mark Howard

KaRynn O'Connell, Orlene Kolm and Rhonda Calvert


Margaret Anderson & Marion Lee-Munk and Cameron Munk


THE PURPOSE: The chairs for the

event were Vivienne Bathie, Liecie Hollis and Robin Howard. Brackenridge Park is regarded by Charles A. Birnbaum, CEO and Founder of Washington D.C–based The Cultural Landscape Foundation, as one of the most culturally significant municipal parks in the United States. The rustic character of the park, situated just below the headwaters of the San Antonio River, remains intact, with tree-lined paths, picnic areas, playgrounds, athletic fields, a miniature railway and pieces of history including the San Antonio Water Works Pump House No. 1. Brackenridge Park that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. s

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Nick and Liecie Hollis

Mollie Zachry, Carol Barrett, Sarah Joe LeMessurier, Elizabeth Rogers, Lucile Pipes and Peggy Mays

Theodore Rogers, Lukin Gilliland, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers and Rosa Finsley

Chris and Vivienne Bathie

Ted and Katy Flato, Marcia Logan and Lyn Selig


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new leash on life Houston PetSet’s 15 th Annual Fierce & Fabulous Soirée By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Quy Tran

THE SETTING: More than 400 of Houston's dedicated animal lovers gathered at the Post Oak Hotel to celebrate Houston PetSet’s annual Fierce & Fabulous Soirée, which raises money to support animal-related non-profits in the Greater Houston area. The event was equal parts fabulous party and philanthropic mission.

Tama Lundquist, Kisha Itkin, and Tena Lundquist Faust

Philip Royalty and Carolyn Farb

THE STYLE: The evening kicked off

Angela and John Nichols

Austin and Kinsey Walsh

Kara and Lance McCullers

Laura Halloran


Emcee Deborah Duncan welcomed the partygoers to celebrate Houston PetSet’s 15th birthday, thanking the crowd for coming out to support the nonprofit in its mission to alleviate the suffering and homelessness of Houston’s animals. Guest speakers of the night included Reverend Gregory Han of Interfaith Ministries, Laura Halloran of the Texas Humane Legislation Network, and Lance McCullers, Jr., the world champion Houston Astros pitcher.

Deborah Duncan

John and Jamie Sparacino

Lynn Wyatt

Kristin Wall and Chance Siller

Robyn O Rear and Adam Greer


with a VIP pre-party hosted by Fabergé. On display was the bespoke, two-carat emerald in its setting that was donated to the event’s live auction by the iconic internationally-renowned jeweler. The party kept its momentum as the Club PetSet Young Professionals took over the back ballroom, transforming the space into their own nightclub. DJ Senega got the crowd moving and shaking on the dance floor, while others participated in an ultra-competitive wine toss and silent auction. Champagne flowed as DJ Senega’s beats, accentuated by the live saxophone stylings of Andre Killian, resonated throughout the hotel’s ballroom foyer.

THE PURPOSE: Tena Lundquist Faust, Tama Lundquist and Kisha Itkin, the event’s co-chairs, asked the crowd to open their hearts and their wallets to support the cause. The generous attendees responded accordingly, as the gathering raised more than $440,000 to fund the many animal welfare efforts throughout the city. s

Judy Nichols and John Evatz

Teena Davis and Tim Kennedy

Lauren Rainey and Frances Moody

Jennifer Roosth and Alicia Smith

Tracy and Harry Faulkner

Gwen and Ed Emmett

Keith and Jennifer Garrett Morris

Robert Fisher and Alejandra Peimbert

Brigitte and Bashar Kalai


Vicki Russo and Mauri Oliver

Carson Brown

Jan Duncan and Becky Cooke


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gone to the dogs

Fourth Annual Dog Days Of Summer Event By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Haute Dog Photography, Ochoa Photography, Volk P.R.

Anna Won, Lea Fisher and Cassie Taylor

THE SETTING: Recently, Stanley Korshak, VOLK PR and

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Squirrel hosted the fourth annual Dog Days of Summer event, which benefitted FIDO (Fashion Industry Dog Organization). The entire first floor of the Stanley Korshak store was transformed into a giant puppy play pin. Hundreds of guests enjoyed raising funds throughout the night and some even gained a new furry family member.

THE STYLE: Mutts Cantina served Mutts Burgers with Fry Sticks. Sprinkles provided cupcakes and pupcakes for the two legged and fourlegged guests. Dear Clark had Woof Wash available for purchase and the Pillow Bar was taking orders for custom monogrammed dog beds. She Designs – He Builds Party Rentals created a pastel balloon backdrop made for a furry fairy tale dream photo shoot, courtesy of Ochoa Photography. THE PURPOSE: The 2019 beneficiary of FIDO was ELPO (East Lake Pet Orphanage), ELPO and Recycled Poms, Squirrel’s rescue group, were on site with fur babies who needed forever homes. FIDO is an organization whose mission is to provide funding and raise awareness for existing animal advocacy non-profits and charities that promote the positive relationship between animals and people. s


Elizabeth Ward Cree

Lea Fisher and David Andrews

Alison Volk

Mackenzie and Kary Brittingham

Shadia Lee

Teffy Jacobs

Leti Lackey


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AUSTIN November 1-3 Settlement Home For Children’s 44th Annual Garage and Estate Sale

DALLAS/FORT WORTH November 1 2019 Milestones Luncheon Junior League of Dallas

November 7 Past, Present and Pease Pease Park Convservancy

November 1 Best of Broadway Gala Dallas Summer Musicals

November 7 Signature Chefs Auction March of Dimes

November 2 Black Tie Dinner

November 7-14 Christmas at Caswell House Austin Junior Forum November 8 4th And Goal Gala Darrell K. Royal Research Fund November 8 Anyone Can Create A Gala The Arc of the Capital Area November 14 Beauty of Life Hospice Austin November 14 Help Clifford Help Kids The Clifford Antone Foundation November 15 Celebration of Life Luncheon Ascension Seton

December 4 Hope for Humanity Luncheon Dallas Holocaust Museum

November 21 Black Tie Boxing Throwdown Society

December 7 The Crystal Charity Ball

November 29 2019 Guardian of the Human Spirit Luncheon Holocaust Museum Houston

HOUSTON November 2 50th Anniversary Gala John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Natural Science

November 2 Zoo To Do Dallas Zoo

November 4 Art of Conversation Luncheon City ArtWorks

November 6 ReuNight The Family Place

November 7 Catwalk Dinner and Fashion Show A Shelter for Cancer Families

November 9 Art for Advocacy Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center November 9 Big Black Tie Ball Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dallas

November 8 Jungle Book Gala Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation November 9-16 Fashion for Good

November 9 Night at the Museum: Ignite Perot Museum

November 10 Fashion in the Fields Recipe for Success

November 9 Fort Worth Margarita Ball Children’s Charities of Fort Worth

November 14 The Forum Luncheon Texas Children’s Hospital

November 16 SAFE Children’s Center Gala The SAFE Alliance

November 14 34th Annual Texas Women’s Foundation Luncheon Texas Women’s Foundation

November 15 Una Notte In Italia Houston Area Women’s Center

November 16 Rags to Wags Gala Austin Humane Society

November 14 Lone Star Film Festival Gala Lone Star Film Festival

November 15 True Blue Gala Houston Police Foundation

November 17 Paint the Town Pink Elizabeth Ann Seton Board

November 15 2019 Night of Stars Gala Fashion Group International

November 15 French Quarter Fete Trees of Hope

November 17 14th Annual Andy Roddick Foundation Gala Andy Roddick Foundation

November 16 Mad Scientist Ball Fort Worth Museum of Science and Natural History

November 15 Deck the Trees Alley Theatre

November 20-24 A Christmas Affair Junior League of Austin

November 21 2019 Awards for Excellence In Community Service Dallas Historical Foundation

December 14 Dancing with the Stars Austin Center for Child Protection


December 3 Tutu Chic Fashion Show & Luncheon Texas Ballet Theater

November 16 An Evening For Potential Big Brothers Big Sisters November 16 Celebrity Paws Gala 2019 Citizens for Animal Protection

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