SOCIETY TEXAS | March-April 2019

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To wear a piece of art, one must appreciate a work of art. This season’s cocktail and formal attire is as beautifully colorful as its wearers. We’ve enlisted some of our favorite Texas contemporary artists to provide a vibrant backdrop to celebrate these bright new days ahead. Photography by Mark Oberlin Styling by Dion “Bleu” Drake Artwork provided by Brad Ellis, Allison Gregory, David Kurio, Shanny Lott, McKay Otto, and Tracy Williams

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me burgundy

When jetting off to Burgundy, France expect the unexpected in this fabled land that’s très chic at every turn. From seeing its vineyards to its legendary must-sees you’ll want to pack your bags tomorrow. By Rose Betty Williams Photography courtesy of the author, archival

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me in havana

White dinner jackets, sultry evening gowns and a booming nightlife represented Havana before 1959. Relive those glamorously sexy days and how the island capital city still stirs the imagination today. By Lori Duran Photography courtesy of the author, archival and Library of Congress STRIPES OF A DIFFERENT COLOR Dress by Charles & Ron, Price Upon Request at Earrings by Colette Malouf $158, at Art: Dash by Brad Ellis




departments 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 the fall social season.


Coral Casino Beach Ball By Gray Malin

30. publisher’s letter

Publisher Rossana Leeper and Associate Publisher Rob Giardinelli explain the importance of creating a new social magazine that celebrates so many high performers.

32. editor’s letter

Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan shares his optimistically sunny disposition for the spring ahead.




34. exhibit

Looking for more culture as spring evolves? Take a look at some offerings of our state’s finest museums and cultural institutions in the country, according to our arts arbiter Rob Giardinelli.

Courtesy of Briscoe Museum, San Antonio

38. present

Presentation is half the package, and so is how we present ourselves to the world, according to our Ms. Modern Manners Sharon Schweitzer, JD who offers insight to your current social conundrums.

40. divulge

Austin tastemaker and The Salonniere founder Carla McDonald shares her favorite artfully stylish musthaves with Lance Avery Morgan.

42. glow

Our beauty insider Ana Bribiesca recommends the coolest new make-up trends that are stunningly chic and also have a coral twist to them.

44. browse

Seeking the most glorious books for the spring season? Our bibliophile Lance Avery Morgan recommends these fashionable choices.

46. admire

Coral strikes again as the Pantone Color of the Year and Tori Johnson, of, shows how to incorporate it into your personal style.



Carla McDonald


48. create

The Museum of FIT’s Valerie Steele sits down with our roving chronicler Gordon Kendall as he learns more about the Texas woman’s inimitable sense of style.

50. pursue

Want to know the coolest new things in the state? So do we and Jake Gaines has been on the trail to hunt them down for us.

52. savor

Our editorial style setters Lesa Rossick (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jennifer Roosth (Houston) and Eleanora Leeper Morrison (San Antonio) are on the scene with their favorite new finds across the state. SOCIETYTEXAS.COM

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A look at the new events, people, places, and things that have been happening across the Hill Country, one of our favorite destinations.

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86 MALIBU, Eloise DeJoria, Ed Begley Jr. and Rachelle Carson & John Paul DeJoria

84 NEW YORK, Dominique Melcher, Olivia Late and Catherine Coselli

R.S.V.P. 84. NEW YORK The International Debutante Ball

92 SAN ANTONIO, Mackenzie Sears,Taylor Mahnke, Kristin Tips and Jaclyn Heifer

86. MALIBU The John Paul and Eloise DeJoria/Paul Mitchell event 88. NEW YORK The New York Botanical Garden gala 92. SAN ANTONIO The Opening German gala 94. AUSTIN The Center For Child Protection gala 96. HOUSTON The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation gala

88 NEW YORK, Georgina Bloomberg and Natalie Bloomingdale

98. DALLAS The Fashion Group Int’l. gala

94 AUSTIN, Jenny Mason and Francie Little

100. SAN ANTONIO The Southwest School of Art gala 102. AUSTIN The Seton Development Board gala 104. HOUSTON The Houston Professional Firefighter Assn. event 106. DALLAS The Recognizing Heroes event 132. SAN ANTONIO The Cowgirl Hall Of Fame event 136. AUSTIN The SAFE gala

104 HOUSTON, Steve and Ashley Birdwell

139. SAN ANTONIO The Camp Aranzazu event 142. SAN ANTONIO The Briscoe Museum event

98 DALLAS, Ekaterina Kouznetsova and Michael Dylan

ATTEND 144. Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli recommends the very best across the state for you to support.

96 HOUSTON, Evan and Kimberly Scheele & Christine and Bill Gutknecht


100 SAN ANTONIO, Ann Cross, Ana Leah Montemayor, Michelle Head, and Jessica Mewborne


102 AUSTIN, Angela and Dr. Pierre Filardi

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & CREATIVE DIRECTOR Lance Avery Morgan DESIGN October Custom Publishing Torquil Dewar, Shelley Lai & Monica Valenzuela DIGITAL DIRECTOR Eleanora Morrison

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ASSOCIATE EDITORS Tori Johnson, Jennifer Roosth, Cynthia Smoot, Jonathan Spindel & Rose Betty Williams SOCIETY AMBASSADORS Natalie Bond Bloomingdale – Los Angeles Paul Bradshaw – London John Danielson – Washington, D.C.

INTERNATIONAL AMBASSADOR Epitacio Resendez NATIONAL AND REGIONAL ADVERTISING Rossana Leeper, Publisher 210.861.3324 Rob Giardinelli, Assoc. Publisher 512.740.7534 Matt Ross,Ventures Marketing Group 713.417.6857 Society Texas is published bi-monthly by Society Texas, LLC (Publisher). Reproduction in any manner in whole or part is prohibited without the express written consent of the Publisher. Material contained herein does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher or its staff. Society Texas reserves the right to edit all materials for clarity and space and assumes no responsibility for accuracy, errors or omissions. Society Texas does not knowingly accept false or misleading advertisements or editorial, nor does the Publisher assume responsibility should such advertising or editorial appear. Articles and photographs are welcome and may be submitted to our offices to be used subject to the discretion and review of the Publisher. All real estate advertising is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familiar status or national origin, or an intention to make such preference, imitation, or discrimination. Printed in the USA MAR/APR 2019


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Secrets Revealed

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High Style Happens 24/7

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COVER: PERFECT PALETTE Dress by Carolina Herrera $2,596, at Saks Fifth Avenue. Earrings by Charles & Ron, Price Upon Request at Belt by Akris, Price Upon Request, at Saks Fifth Avenue. Art: Elysium by Brad Ellis

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Graphic creator Torquil Dewar is the founder of October Custom Publishing. Originally from Scotland, he can claim to be the world’s first-time traveler after moving from London, England in 2001 to Peoria, Illinois in 1978 (at least that’s what it felt like). As an art director for a wide variety of magazines and books, he also publishes a current events magazine for the Austin area called The Austinite.

Our stylish contributor Tori Johnson, who contributes to our Admire feature in this issue is the owner of sTORIbook Public Relations and is 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.


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 with publications such as Elle and Italian Vogue. Originally from Detroit, moving to the East Coast afforded Bleu 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 Bleu to create dynamic images that will forever be cemented in editorial history…as in this month’s fashion cover feature, Objet d’Art.


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.


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, a lifestyle blog where she plans to share her passions, experiences, tips and sneak peeks inside her life hoping to share large doses of inspiration.


Our very fashionable native Texan 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 The Museum of FIT’s fashion expert Valerie Steele, about the Texas woman’s style, in this issue. He is also an executive member of Fashion Group International/New York and a member of The Couture Council, The Museum at F.I.T.


After finishing her master’s degree at the University of Texas, Lori Duran has had a diverse career. Currently she researches interesting historical stories of social changes. This has been her life-long passion. Duran serves on the board of directors for the Austin History Center Association where she is involved coordinating the volunteers and helping on the Oral History Committee. She also actively participates in the Andrew Carruthers chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Lori Duran loves writing articles for Society Texas magazine, recently authored the book, Austin’s Travis Heights Neighborhood, and in 2019 she is working on her second book, The University of Texas at Austin: The First One Hundred Years.



Our digital director at the helm of and all our associated video and social media platforms, Eleanora Morrison has been a writer and editor since the magazine’s first issue, covering events, culture, weddings and travel. Morrison is the creator, editor and digital personality behind the lifestyle and career blog OhEleanora. com and its associated platforms, and is Founder & CEO of S.H.E Media Group, a new female-focused digital media company that launched in the summer of 2018.


Our feature photographer for this issue’s Objet d’Art fashion editorial cover story is Los Angeles-based 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


Our 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.”



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Founder and CEO of Market Ambassador based in Austin, Lesa Rossick, loves to build brands and empower entrepreneurs to 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 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, J.D., is a cross-cultural trainer and modern manners expert. In addition to her accreditation in intercultural management from the Hofstede Centre, she serves as a Chinese Ceremonial Dining Etiquette Specialist in the documentary series Confucius was a Foodie on Nat Geo People. 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. Photo by Korey Howell.


A partner at Gangway Advertising, Dallas-based 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, 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.


Jonathan Spindel is a native Austinite with a global appetite for arts and culture. When he’s not searching the world for the best trends to share with our readers, he can be found at local art galleries, music venues, and hip happenings around the capital city. He reports on all that makes us proud to be part of Texas society and is inspired by the unique individuals and organizations he engages as our Associate Editor, highlighting the happenings that bring the best to, and make the most of, our great state.


Wherever there is a wonderful party, there is usually Associate Editor social chronicler Rose Betty Williams. This month she writes about her five-star adventure in Burgundy, France. She also leads symposia, plans events, serves on boards and supports organizations from OperaAmerica to the Helping Hand Home for Children and facilitates networking for project and product development. Williams is a longtime Austin resident, freelance writer and photographer with a passion for fine art, music, wine, books, tennis, food and life… and a deep love for her family and community.



publisher’s letter

a tale of a few cities TEXAS HAS LOVED ITS SHINY LUXURY PUBLICATIONS since back in the 1980s when Ultra magazine first reflected the grand lives and even grander world of Texas. Then there were micro-regional publications that followed. Now, with our inaugural issue of Society Texas print and digital magazine, we will tell the Texans' stories to neighbors in their own cities and beyond. We will understand our mission of focusing on our readers and the good they are doing, the gifts being given to better our communities, and the glamorous gala celebrations that accompany these efforts.

THE PHILANTHROPIC AND SOCIAL SCENE IN TEXAS is just like the state itself. Fun. Bold. Colorful. It is also larger than life and like Texas, its influence and presence is felt far beyond the borders of our great state. At the new Society Texas, we are honored and privileged to showcase the best people, parties and places from around the state and beyond. We are also excited that from the very first issue, we will be showcasing the best-of-the-best of the hundreds of non-profit galas and parties for which this state is so well-known to host.

We are excited to chronicle the zest and vibrancy of not only Texan life and culture with a readership that appeals to the major markets of not only Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, but also in the markets in between. We embrace the high performing Texan’s larger-than-life spirit and stories of philanthropists, fashionistas, entrepreneurs, leaders, public figures, and tastemakers across the state and everywhere beyond that a Texan hangs his hat.

In addition to the five-star events we will cover in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, this issue will also feature events from around the world including events in Malibu, New York and Germany, all of which showcase the tremendous Texas footprint on the national and international social and philanthropic and party scenes.

Listening to the clues from our friends and followers, the heart of our magazine remains the same as our previous magazines we have created. We celebrate the stories of those whose efforts in each city and its surrounding booming metropolis continue to make Texas gracious and vivacious...and we think, the best state to call home. Thank you greatly for your readership and we look forward to many more friendships formed in the years ahead. s

Most importantly, our mission is to showcase all the good that the Texas-based non-profits and parties do to positively impact their communities, their state, their nation and their world. That is why we devote a substantial amount of our editorial in each issue to tell the story of more than just the party from which hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars are raised. The coverage of these events also shares the purpose these incredible organizations devote to serve so many in Texas and beyond whether it be in the arts, culture, medical, animal advocacy or children’s organizations. Each of the philanthropic events we cover have one thing in common with the mission of Society Texas which is to celebrate and elevate the very best Texas has to offer. We hope you enjoy reading about these amazing events as much as we enjoy spotlighting them. Until next time...when we meet in the ballroom. s Rob Giardinelli Associate Publisher Photography by Gregg Cestaro

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editor’s letter

quintessentially texas I’VE ALWAYS FELT THAT TO FULLY LIVE OUR DESTINY WE must partner in creating it. In fact, raising the bar may many times means doing the heavy lifting. Make it happen, baby, as they say in showbiz. So, ladies and gentleman we give you the new Society Texas magazine, about and for the Quintessential Texan, as we also call you, friend, family and colleague. What you see is where you’ll be, so consider your P.O.V. as a tantamount source for how we are going to tell the stories of the Texan, both fabled and actual, and the way you live right now. The scope of our state’s philanthropic largesse is world renowned — just ask any of the dozens of international organizations who benefit from a larger-than-life Texan’s support. We get it. We get you. As you’ll see in our debut issue, the Texan supporting organizations from Malibu to New York and also, in Europe, also gives back right in his own backyard. And we’re ready to share the narrative and images to take you directly there to where it happened. Meanwhile, we know the Texan is remarkably fashionable and is a forward thinker when it comes to personal style. In fact, from our cover style story to the last page in the book, we’re going to profile you like you want to be seen – no stereotypes, but the authenticity you deserve as a high-performing Texas resident. Art, as we know, is everywhere we look, that’s why we chose to celebrate it, and fashion, on the cover and within our pages. With artistic works by Texas artists who contributed to the piece like Brad Ellis, Allison Gregory, David Kurio, Shanny Lott, McKay Otto and Tracy Williams, our vision with photographer Mark Oberlin and Dion “Bleu” Drake set the tone from the first thing you see. I think it’s sheer perfection, along with our stable of talents of contributors, writers, editors, photographers and advertising team to present you this month’s editorial of Society Texas magazine. We are mighty proud, as Texans and media professionals, to be on your team to expand your already wide vision of the world here and beyond, so we look forward to hearing from you. Help us tell your stories and share your talents. See you in the ballroom and we look forward to more fun ahead. s

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experience the best The best plays, musical performances and exhibits in Texas are being enjoyed by record number crowds, according to our cultural adventurer Rob Giardinelli, who shares our favorite recommendations.




THEATRE FIELD The thoughtprovoking work, Notes from the Field written by Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize nomiAnna Devare Smith nee Anna Devare Photo courtesy of Zachary ScottTheatre Smith, depicts personal accounts of people caught up in the school-to-prison pipeline. Through March 31. At

SILKY SMOOTH Asian Textiles: Art and Trade Along the Silk Road showcases garments and ornamental hangings Fireman’s Coat from China, India Photo courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art and Japan that were traded along the historical Silk Road that led to a worldwide exchange of arts and crafts from the Mediterranean to India to the Far East. Through May 19. At

LIFE OF A MASTER Featuring 50 masterpieces from one of the world’s most influential artists of all time, Vincent van Gogh: His Life Vincent van Gogh, Irises, May 1890, oil on canvas,Van Gogh in Art, offers works Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation) throughout the artist’s life from his early years in the Netherlands to his landscapes in Saint-Rémy and Auvers. March 10 through June 27. At

FAIRYTALES REVEALED Grimm Tales, Ballet Austin’s Artistic Director Stephen Mills’ latest work, is a revealing look into the underbelly of some Photo courtesy of Ballet Austin of the most legendary fairytales…and in the process showcases the real beauty in the lessons they teach us. March 29-31. At SCULPTING FROM WITHIN One of Americas preeminent sculptors and a native Texan, James Surls: Without, Within is a collection of 30 of his James Surls, large and small Three Worlds, Seven Rings scale works on display throughout the garden and gallery of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. March 5 through August 18. At


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THE LURE OF ENLIGHTENMENT The Lure of Dresden: Bellotto at the Court of Saxony features the works of Bernardo Bellotto, one of the foremost painters during the Age of Enlightenment. The paintings provide a unique vision of Dresden, one of the greatest cities of the 18th century as well as paintings of Venice and Saxony. Through April 28. At

PLAY ME SOME RAGTIME The Tony Award® winning play written by Texas native Terrence McNally. Set in the early 20th century, it is a moving work about race, class, gender and politics. April 16-28. At

SHAKESPEAREAN SYMPHONY The legendary comedy by William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night has everything you would ever want in a play: suspense, love triangles, scheming villains and what is bound to be an experience you will never forget. Running March 29 through April 28 at The AT&T Performing Arts Center. At

THE ROBBINS CENTURY The Houston BalPhoto courtesy of Houston Ballet let Presents Robbins: A Centennial Celebration featuring three diverse pieces in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins. March 7-10 at the Wortham Center. At

Photo courtesy of Dallas Symphony Orchestra


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PICTURE PERFECT An Evening with Annie Leibowitz will feature the iconic photographer who will be in San Antonio for an exclusive event to mark the publication the revised and expanded edition of her 2008 book, Annie Leibovitz at Work. The photo icon will also share and discuss a selection of her pictures. March 6. At

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HOW THE WEST WAS FUN Night of Artists features over 300 works of Western Art from over 80 of the top Western artists in the United States. The best part is if you like a painting, you can buy one at auction to add to your collection. March 28-30. At LIVING HISTORY The permanent home of the South Texas Collections, the 20,000 square foot Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center features exhibits, art, artifacts and live performances that celebrate the colorful history of South Texas. At s


The Dinosaur Gallery / LAB. Photo courtesy of Witte Museum




taking the high road When taking the high road in life, the view is always better. Here, our Ms. Modern Manners Sharon Schweitzer, J.D. of Access to Culture, helps to demystify current social issues so that we may elevate our understanding. Dear Ms. Modern Manners, In social situations, I am in a quandary of whether to shake hands or give a quick peck hello. How do I determine which is most appropriate? Kiss Or Tell? DEAR KISS, DON’T TELL, In a social context, it will depend on the situation and group culture. Greetings can be situational. If it’s a more international crowd in the U.S., respond to a greeting in a way comfortable for you that may include a kiss on the cheek or a hug. If you are in the southwestern U.S., hugs and air kisses are common. If you’re traveling outside the U.S., adopt the local customs and observe greetings made by others. Know the comfort level of those around you, and choose the greeting appropriate for the occasion. In U.S. business, a warm handshake is the best professional greeting. Only when it is a cultural fit should you go for the quick, friendly side-hug with someone you have previously met. Avoid any potential contact which could be construed as inappropriate behavior, which could include being too touchy with prolonged hugs, kisses on the cheeks, or casual touching of the arm or back that could make others uncomfortable. You don’t know your coworkers’ boundaries, so don’t risk crossing a line.

Dear Ms. Modern Manners, Is it ever okay to ghost? Even after just one date? Casper the Friendly Ghost DEAR GHOSTED, Ghosting is not only disrespectful to both parties, but it reflects a lack of self respect. Whether you are emailing, texting, calling, or on a dating site, it is best to send a simple acknowledgement that you aren’t interested in pursuing anything further or that there just wasn’t a connection. If you are feeling particularly gracious, wish them luck in their future endeavors. Social graces don’t require you to do anything else. You may un-match or stop communicating at that point without ghosting.


Dear Ms. Modern Manners, We just learned that we will be making regular 17-hour flights to the UAE for business. How can we stay sane and survive these flights if there are children in the business and first-class cabins? Off to The Middle East DEAR DUBAI-BOUND, Just the thought of travel in a sealed steel tube at 30K feet raises the blood pressure for most. Numerous surveys reveal that the top air travel annoyance is “OPK” or other people’s kids. Especially the seat-kicking, misbehaving ones who are behind you. The modern advice for travelers is to come prepared with an inexpensive favorite kid’s book or toy. When you discover that a child is seated near you, ask the parent if you may give them the book or toy. The idea is to befriend them early on so they are less inclined to act out and interrupt you during the flight. Always ask the parent first if it’s okay to give their child the toy or book. Some travelers bring fruit snacks and ask parents if this is permissible. Many parents disregard home rules regarding screen time and snacks during a flight. s


C l o t h e s m a d e fo r yo u, d e s i g n e d by you . Express your individuality.


star style Carla McDonald, creator of the go-to luxury lifestyle and entertaining digital platform The Salonniere, has inimitable style for miles. Recently her pal Lance Avery Morgan caught up with this busy entrepreneur, mom and wife to learn about how her ultra-chic style happens.

Carla McDonald

My style icon is… Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. She was so effortlessly chic and elegant. Ava Gardner, 1954

My personal style signifier is…A pair of large black sunglasses.

edy, Paris, 1961 Jacqueline Kenn

Classic movie actress’ style I most identify with is...Ava Gardener, because she loved glamour and the color cobalt blue, and Katherine Hepburn, because she never met a black turtleneck she didn’t love.

Kim Novak in Vertigo, 1958. Dress and coat by Edith Head

Vintage film I feel has a very fashionable point of view is...Any film that features the work of costume designer Edith Head. A few of my favorites are To Catch a Thief, All About Eve, Roman Holiday, and Vertigo. Hubert de Givenchy, Paris, 1950 s

Grace Kelly and Cary Grant, To Catch A Thief, 1955

Classic designer I wish was still designing today is...Christian Dior, because he was so innovative, loved the female form, and revolutionized fashion with his New Look. Also Hubert de Givenchy, because his designs were pure elegance in a way that is seldom seen today.

Best career advice I’ve received is...Care about your job like you own the business. Interestingly, I think that advice helped to mold me into an entrepreneur.


Cher wearing Bob Mackie, 1970s

Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon, 2019 Avon products, 1970s

Bond Street, London

How I made my first dollar was...Selling Avon at the age of

My favorite street to shop on beyond the U.S. is...The


Triangle d’Or in Paris and Bond Street in London.

Three qualities that got me where I am today are...

What every woman should try in her lifetime is...

Hard work, optimism and perseverance.

Putting herself first without feeling guilty.

Last show I binge watched...The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Things I am exceptionally good at that most might not know would be...Words with Friends, Candy Crush, and impersonating

Book that left a lasting impression on me was...The Diary


of Anne Frank. I read it when I was seven years old. It was so powerful and made me fall in love with reading. Another is Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore. It is one of the best marketing books ever written and had a huge impact on my career.

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold dry hands is...Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1.

First album I bought happened to be...Little Jimmy Osmond

tea and embracing my husband, daughters, and dogs.

in 1972. I was a little girl living in London then, and his song Long Haired Lover from Liverpool was #1. I was smitten.

My perfect day would begin by...drinking a cup of PG Tips My perfect day would end with...a goodnight kiss from my husband Jack and my NodPod sleep mask over my eyes. s



glow BRIGHTEN UP Recapture the luminosity of younger-looking skin with La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion, a brightening gel to even skin tone, minimizing dull grey tone, redness and age spots. $530. At Neiman Marcus.

EXFOLIANT SHINE Skin calming formulas that gently remove dead cells through chemical exfoliation unlike physical exfoliators that scrape off the surface of your skin. Try Glossier Solution for smoother and softer skin with a glow of health from within. $24. At Glossier.

FEELIN’ PEACHY Give your nails a bright burst with Butter LONDON Color of the Year Lacquer set, a must-have collection of vibrant Living Coral nail polishes with a crème, shimmer or glitter finish. $22. At Butter LONDON.

WELCOME TO NEW YORK The new Kate Spade New York’s In Full Bloom scent is beautifully fresh and floral...and exudes the natural grace and alluring confidence of a rose in full bloom. $98. At Ulta.

spring’s new refresh Spring is a time for reinvention and renewal. New beauty and makeup trends are blooming and it’s the perfect time to refresh your beauty routine with smarter-than-ever skin care products. Take your skin care to the next level while you embrace the life-affirming color of the year… living coral, according to our beauty expert Ana Bribiesca Hoff.

MAKE ME BLUSH There are so many ways to incorporate the new coral hue as it warms up your complexion and adapts to your skin tone beautifully. Try Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions palette for daring looks that deliver a warm glow. $27. At Sephora.

DEWY SHINE This peach gloss flecked with pink and gold pigments gives eyelids, cheeks and lips a glimmer sheen. Swipe on this shadow alternative for an ethereal dewy gleam. Flesh Eye & Cheek Gloss Fleshpot. $20. At Ulta. YOUTHFUL SKIN Orlane’s B21 Extraordinaire Absolute Youth Cream resets cells and helps them recover the energy and mechanism of their youth. Skin blossoms, tightens, is smoothed and re-plumped. $250. At Neiman Marcus.


GLOSSY KISS Glossy lips are back, bringing some 90s nostalgia into the season. Opt for a clear or nude formula with no lipstick paired with beautifully highlighted skin. Try Nude Envie Lip Gloss in Illuminate. $30. At Neiman Marcus.


GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP The Glow Recipe Avocado Sleeping Mask gives beauty sleep a whole new meaning with a creamy, yet breathable formula with honey, avocado and PHAs. $45. At Sephora. s




glamour h.q. This spring’s glamorous array of books has us edified with new ways of living an extremely stylish life. Here, our bibliophile Lance Avery Morgan recommends the best of the best for the warm months ahead. SYMPHONY OF JEWELS: OPUS 2 BY DAVIS SARAH Designer Anna Hu has had an impressive career trajectory and her talents remain one of the brightest diamonds in the world of contemporary fine jewelry design. $75. At Vendome Press. LIVING FORAL BY MARGOT SHAW Today’s top stylemakers’ and designers’ innovative floral design ideas enliven this book that’s perfect for those who appreciate the beauty and everyday luxury of flowers. $45. At Rizzoli USA. VASES BY AGATA TOROMONOFF Simple and chic, this is an essential sourcebook for collectors, designers, and anyone with an interest in interior decoration. It book includes important mid-century to late twentieth-century vases to inspire. $29.95. At Thames & Hudson USA. THEATER OF SHOPPING BY ALASTAIR GORDON This lavishly illustrated book celebrates one of the most influential and successful retail centers in the world, from its opening in 1965—when it changed the retail landscape by inviting European designers to open stores within a shopping mall—until the present day. $65. Rizzoli USA. JULIA REED’S NEW ORLEANS BY JULIA REED Held in a variety of venues, from courtyards to gracious interior spaces, Julia Reed’s gatherings are presented in luscious photographs and include tips on setting tables, arranging flowers, and crafting playlists to create a festive mood. $50. At Rizzoli USA. TRAVELLERS’ TALES: BAGS UNPACKED BY BERTIL SCALI AND LOUIS VUITTON From heiresses to aristocrats to pop stars and designers, this features the personalities who have traveled through the



modern era, by plane, train, or car, accompanied by the iconic luggage that defines good taste: Louis Vuitton. $95. Thames & Hudson USA. SPLASH: THE ART OF THE SWIMMING POOL BY ANNIE KELLY, PHOTOGRAPHED BY TIM STREETPORTER This celebration of the style, design, and joy that pools bring to us brims with over 200 glamorous photographs. It’s organized by swimming pool design—from glimmering infinity pools with a view of the ocean to dramatic cascading waterfall pools and those in lush garden settings. $55. At Rizzoli USA. THE ART OF PLACE: ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS BY LEE LEDBETTER AND MAYER RUS The first book from this celebrated American designer and architect known for creating spaces that balance historic detail and modern elegance. The work of architect and interior designer Lee Ledbetter represents a one-of-akind combination of traditional details and chic Modernism. $55. At Rizzoli USA. INTERIORS: THE GREATEST ROOMS OF THE CENTURY BY PHAIDON EDITORS, WILLIAM NORWICH This is the ultimate global celebration of residential interior design and decorating from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day. It’s truly a design bible. $79.95. At Phaidon Press. ISSUES: A HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN FASHION MAGAZINES BY VINCE ALETTI By showcasing and exploring the groundbreaking photography published in fashion magazines over the last century, you’ll surely be inspired at your closet every morning with what you see here. $150. At Phaidon Press. s



admire SCENT-CIRELY YOURS This new fragrance, Carven by Dans Ma Bulle, offers freshness, fantasy and sensuality all in one scent. It’s for curious and daring women who know how to mix Parisian chic and effortless style. $120. Photo and availability courtesy of Bloomingdale’s.

MONOCHROME MAVEN Coral hues awakened the runways this season as designers showcased bold, monochromatic styles that will awaken the spring fashion season. Photo courtesy of Vogue.

so captivating in coral Living Coral has been named color of the year by Pantone. This sea-worthy shade features tones of pink laced with gold undertones and embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment. Our peachy-keen style editor, Tori Johnson of, is energizing us with her favorite fashion coral connections. STEP IN THE SPOTLIGHT With a layer of sparkle, these crafted Giuseppe Zanotti sandals add the wow factor to any ensemble. $750. Photo and availability courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

PUMP UP YOUR POUT Step aside everyday nudes, it’s time to add some color. This Tom Ford lipstick is creamy and long-wearing for a polished look. $55. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

Sophia Loren

, 1964


UNDER THE SEA This watercolor coral painting is the perfect addition to your beach bungalow. Pricing available upon request. Photo and availability courtesy of Stowers Furniture.

FEELIN’ GROOVY Dodo Bar Or, inspired by the Middle East, pairs graphic shapes and strong colors for maximum effect. This coral-full dress is a head turner while still being versatile and fun. Pricing available upon request. Photo and availability courtesy of Julian Gold.


POUR ME A COCKTAIL Carolina Herrera has mastered the classic party dress and this coral fit-andflare is sure to be a crowd pleaser. $3,490. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

BEACH READY We love that Gray Malin’s photography offers a vintage tint with a very modern aesthetic. His prints are especially revered by today’s young Hollywood set. $299. Photo and availability courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue. Coral Casino Beach Ball Splash by Gray Malin

IN LIVING CORAL These Jane Leslie sterling silver and rose gold plated cascade earrings are accented with mother of pearl and pink enamel for a scrumptious jewelry statement. $450. Photo and availability courtesy of Lee Michaels. AS THE SUN SETS Kevyn Aucoin has captured the setting sun in this blush trio featuring coral with warm undertones and a golden sheen. $38. Photo and availability courtesy of Julian Gold.

PEACHES AND DREAMS Life is better through Pared Eyewear’s peachcolored glasses which will add a hint of this ontrend color to your ensemble. $270. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

CHIC ON YOUR SHOULDER Let this Ines handbag by Roger Vivier be your pop of color on a rainy day. $2,250. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

WHAT A DISH Sprightly visuals of corals and gleaming Imperial Porcelain with 22-K gold accents illuminate this coral set for 20 that’s perfect for tea time. $1,300. Photo and availability courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

JEAN DREAM Jet-set in style this spring with these versatile coral jeans that pair perfectly with any bright color. $178. Photo and availability courtesy of Grove Hill.

SEAS THE DAY Get a jump start on summer and sand with these enamel drop earrings in the shape of a beautiful ocean coral. Pricing available upon request. Photo and availability courtesy of The Garden Room. s

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new york minute Chief Curator and Director Dr. Valerie Steele of The Museum at FIT knows fashion. And, how. She’s the expert’s expert and here our roaming fashion chronicler Gordon Kendall catches up with her as they stride across Manhattan to discuss Texas style.

Dr.Valerie Steele and Dr. Deborah Nadoolman Landis Photo courtesy of Valerie Steele

MANHATTAN MERRY GO ‘ROUND In A New York Minute. Everything and everyone moves fast in New York. If you’re not quick enough you might just miss something. So, let us take you there and back, just for a minute each time, in this new series of glimpses, snips-and-snaps, gained first-hand… exciting people, happenings, and experiences in fashion, beauty, food, lifestyle, anything and everything that captures the eye, or ear! No matter where you are, sit back and enjoy your fashionable minute in Manhattan.

Steele of The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology, that grey behemoth building rising on the distant horizon of Seventh Avenue.

We’ve just turned right, onto West 27th Street. The block before us is a typical New York City, east-to-west situated street: longer than it looks. Like a typical New Yorker, we’re running late. Blame the train, right, or that forever wait to get our coffee we’re holding? Also, as frequently happens in Northeastern climates, the weather is just too something: hot, humid, cold, rainy, snowy, whatever it is, there’s too much of it to be comfortable.

TRULY TEXAS STYLE So, what about Texas style? How might she describe the fashion looks of the ladies of the Lone Star State, I ask?

The street itself, off 6th, could be the very model for a movie backlot set of a typical New York City street. Hip fitness “boutiques” and trend-themed hotels vie with old storefronts, their windows dusty, their darkened-atall hours upper floors, forlornly looming down over us. Blocking the sidewalk? A sign reading: “Aggressive Meditation Taught Here.” Dare we call the phone number listed to find out more? We’re making our way as fast as we can up the street when, ahead, a door opens.

She’s leaving her Asian art-filled aerie (her husband is a renowned authority on Asian art history), headed to the museum. Another day at the office. We catch up with new greetings. As we walk together, a question comes to mind for Dr. Steele, perhaps based on her recent appearance on the recent CNN television documentary American Style.

Without hesitation: “Very Chic,” comes her reply. “The hair: Big. The makeup, jewelry, all well thought out… and always wonderful accessories.” she continues. “Tremendous collectors of haute couture, so many very fashion-conscious,” she says as we stop at the southeast corner at Seventh Avenue. We walk across the street, with a wave, she disappears into the museum’s lobby, its walls adorned with murals of its latest show. Continuing on, the street seems not New York’s Seventh Avenue, but, perhaps, Austin’s South Congress Avenue, Dallas’ Main Street, Houston’s Post Oak, or any other in any Texas town where fashion is worn and the state’s “museum quality” style is always present and accounted. s

A figure emerges onto the sidewalk before us, lithe in black Celine and harlequin glasses, further signaling the signature style of Dr. Valerie




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This spring offers so many opportunities to enjoy everything the state has to offer. Jake Gaines, our manabout-globe, shares a sampling of recommendations of where to go, who to know and what to do... FORE SCORE Course & Club is a new active women’s golf and lifestyle apparel line that’s helping golf course attire get chicer. The Dallasbased company designs and manufactures locally and is carried in some of the premier clubs in the state as well the country. At

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TOFFEE BREAK We think the best toffee in the world is made in Austin. Yes, Austin, thanks to Toni’s Toffee. Prepared one batch at a time, several flavors and sizes are available. Plus, it’s the perfect host gift for any party. At

THE ART OF GIFTING Mint-Lavender, the new go-to gifting company in Dallas, helps time-challenged people send a stunning gift box for any occasion. From birthdays, weddings and anniversaries to corporate gifting, the exquisite gifts from scarcely-known boutiques in Madrid, Rome, London, New York, to name but a few, are dazzling. At


ARTFUL ENDEAVOR The brand new eatery Épicerie at The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria serves up French-Cajun cuisine comfort food that can be enjoyed overlooking the pastoral 14 acres of the museum’s site on Lake Austin. At s


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let’s get up & go On the go and in the scene, our editors Lesa Rossick in Austin, Cynthia Smoot in Dallas, Jennifer Roosth in Houston and Eleanora Morrison in San Antonio share top-notch statewide recommendations that are must-dos as the warmer weather has us feeling more adventurous than ever.



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PEACHY KEEN The masters behind Peached Tortilla have opened a new sister restaurant called Bar Peached. Enjoy cocktails, and shareable Tacos and Asian Fusion dishes in this cheery West 6th spot and oak tree-shaded patio! At SAY UNCLE Uncle Nicky’s is a brand new café started by partners that is also an authentic, Italian casual eatery in the hub of Hyde Park. Chef Nicholas Yanes (Juniper), Travis Tober (Nickel City), and Brandon and Zane Hunt (Via 313, Nickel City) made the magic happen. At

BUBBLES FOR EVERYONE The next big thing on wheels is The Bubble Tap Trailer serving prosecco and sparkling wine straight out of the tap. Lance Bass of N’SYNC is a partner in this sparkling new venture and you can thank Dawn McKee for having the gumption to bring the concept to the Dallas-area. The self-contained, vintage canned ham trailer will serve bubbly to you and your guests at your event. Why not add an element of surprise (and many Instagram-able moments) to your event? At FRESH EN FUEGO Cantina Laredo, with locations in North Texas, is spicing up 2019 with a brandnew collection of cocktails. The featured theme, Fresh en Fuego, highlights a unique blend of crisp and fiery flavors. Heat up your happy hour with a Charred Pineapple Lemonade, Grilled Orange Margarita or Grilled Grapefruit Paloma. At

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BOWLED OVER James Beard-nominee Chef Matt McCallister brings his poke bowls to the Seaholm District. The area has become a fast favorite for those looking for a fresh, healthy meal. Casual and comfortable…. this place will win your heart. At



YIMMINY CRICKETS Camille Cortinas, always obsessed with pickles and her mother, Judy, started Yims Foods to bring their love of small batch goodness to the culinary world. All products are made in small batches which keeps things local, and gives them quality control. In the Dallas-area, you’ll find this State Fair of Texas awarded team every Saturday at the White Rock Farmers Market, or at Williams Sonoma in NorthPark Center. At


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COLLECTIVE DINING The new Finn Hall, located in The Jones on Main in the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Building, features more than 20,000 square feet of elevated culinary experiences. It offers 10 chef-driven food outlets, a craft beer and curated wine bar, and an Art Deco cocktail lounge for glam Houstonians to experience a creative dining collective. At

RIDING THE CREST One of the oldest and continuously operated miniature golf courses in the world, Cool Crest Miniature Golf has been a staple since the 1920s. Recently refurbished and taken into new ownership to preserve the city’s now-officially historically significant site, the two 18-hole courses are nestled on a hill in San Antonio’s storied Deco District. At BBQ’S PARADISE The Smoke Shack owners who recently opened their newest and third location, Smoke Shack Meat Market, aim to stand out by joining the “Slow Foods” movement—a global advocacy that advances the concept of good, clean and fair food by preserving traditional and regional cuisine. At

TABLE FOR ONE...MORE At the Royal Sonesta Houston’s ARA restaurant, TableOne turns a meal into an intimate, interactive culinary adventure in the heart of the kitchen for groups of two to ten. Elevate a business lunch or dinner, or make a milestone a mouth-watering memory at one of the city’s only true chef ’s tables. At

THE METROPOLITANS Doris Metropolitan is a fabulous, but less conventional fine dining steakhouse experience with a carefully designed menu, which also features vegetable-forward appetizers, local seafood, an innovative caviar menu, and seasonal sides. At


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the hill country’s happenings Want to know where to go and what to do this spring in the Hill Country? From Boerne to Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Llano and beyond, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a selection of what’s happening to gain the most from your visit to the Hill Country.

MARCH Mar 1-2, 5-6, 7-9 20th Annual Images Art Show, Kerrville Mar 1, 8, 15, 22 Kerrville Farmer’s Market, Kerrville Mar 2 Kerr County Market Days, Kerrville Mar 2 Hill Country Chorale Classical Music Festival, Kerrville Mar 2-3 La Primavera Bike Race, Lakeway Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Farmers Market at the Cibolo, Boerne Mar 8-10 North American Jewelry & Gift Show, New Braunfels


Mar 29-30 Footloose, Kerrville

Mar 9 San Antonio Kennel Club’s Annual All Breed Dog Show, Kerrville

Mar 16 Gillespie County Historic School Open House, Stonewall and Willow City

Mar 9 Rockapella, Kerrville

Mar 16 Mud Dauber Festival & Chili Fest, Luckenbach Mar 29-30 Texas Hills Quilters Quilt Show, Llano Mar 21 A Thirst for Nature Mar 30 Event, Boerne LBJ 100 Bicycle Ride, Stonewall Mar 22-24 The Complete Mar 30 Works of William Hill Country Artifact Shakespeare, Show, Fredericksburg Abridged, Kerrville

Mar 9 Second Saturday Art Beat, Boerne Mar 11-16 Spring Break At Pioneer Museum, Fredericksburg Mar 13-16 Spring Break-Rio Frio Fest, Concan Mar 15-18 Llano Earth Art Fest, Llano Mar 14-16, 19-22, 28-30 Gena Griffin Youth Art Exhibition, Kerrville

Mar 9 Second Saturday Gallery Trail, Wimberley

Mar 15 - Mar 17 Fredericksburg Trade Days, Fredericksburg

Mar 9 Kuhlmann-King Museum Tour, Boerne

Mar 16 Outdoor Family Fair, Boerne

Mar 23 Family Free Day at The Museum of Western Art, Kerrville Mar 23 Hot Rod Night, Boerne Mar 23 Concert in the Cave - Spring Equinox, Boerne Mar 26 The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Boerne


Mar 29 Magic in Motown Dinner & Dance, Kerrville

Mar 30 @Last Llano Art Studio Tour, Llano March 30 Spring Family Fun Festival, Boerne Mar 30 Science In Nature, Boerne Mar 30 - Mar 31 Hill Country Artifact Show, Fredericksburg

APRIL Apr 2-3, 5-9, 10-13 Gena Griffin Youth Art Exhibition, Kerrville

Apr 6, 12, 26 Kerr County Market Days, Kerrville

Apr 4 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Boerne

Apr 6,13, 20, 27 Farmers Market at the Cibolo, Boerne

Apr 4-6 Llano River Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, Llano

Apr 6-21 Wildflower Celebration at Wildseed Farms, Fredericksburg

Apr 4-7 The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, Kerrville Apr 4-13 The Zirkels Zwei: A Retrospective of Art, Kerrville Apr 5 Kerrville Farmer’s Market, Kerrville Apr 5-7 Texas Vintage Motorcycle Fandango, Fredericksburg

Apr 7 Gillespie County Historic School Annual BBQ Meal And Prize Drawing Benefit, Fredericksburg Apr 10 Be An Environmental Scientist, Johnson City Apr 11 Diva Night, Boerne Apr 12-13 Boerne Handmade Market, Boerne

Apr 5-7, 13-14 Footloose, Kerrville

Apr 12-13 Wild Women Weekend, Blanco

Apr 6 Boerne BierFest, Boerne

Apri 13 Boerne Parade of Artists, Boerne

Apr 6 Hot Rod Night, Boerne

Apr 13 Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Boerne

Apr 6 Gillespie Co. Historic School Open House: Cherry Spring, Crabapple, Pecan Creek and Wrede

Apr 13 Kuhlmann-King Museum Tour, Boerne

Apr 13 Second Saturday Gallery Trail, Wimberley

Apr 20 Easter Egg Hunt, Fredericksburg

Apr 13 Second Saturday Art Beat, Boerne

Apr 20 Easter Eggstravaganza, Kerrville

Apr 13-14 Folkfest, New Braunfels

Apr 25 Symphony of the Hills, Kerrville

Apr 13-14 Model Railroad Train Show Jamboree, New Braunfels

Apr 25-28 Hill Country Film Festival 2019, Fredericksburg

Apr 15 Kerrville Charity Golf Tournament, Kerrville

Apr 26 Movie in the Park, Boerne

Apr 18 A Thirst for Nature Event, Boerne Apr 18-30 Kerrville Art Club Exhibit, Kerrville Apr 19-21 2019 Easter Hill Country Bicycle Tour, Kerrville Apr 19-21 New Braunfels Swap Meet & Car Show, New Braunfels Apr 19-21 Fredericksburg Trade Days, Fredericksburg Apr 20 Easter at MO Ranch, Kerrville

Apr 13 Hill Country Antique Tractor & Engine Show, Fredericksburg


Apr 26-27 Llano Crawfish Open, Llano Apr 26-28 Balcones Songbird Nature Festival, Lago Vista Apr 26-28 Classic Soap Box Derby, Marble Falls Apr 27 TeenCon, Kerrville Apr 27 Camerata San Antonio Spring Quartet, Kerrville Apr 27 Hill Country Spring Concert, Kerrville Apr 27 Texas Corvette Association’s Car Show, Boerne





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marketplace FARMHAUS ANTIQUES, FREDERICKSBURG FarmHaus Antiques is Fredericksburg’s premier destination for unique home and garden items. Every item is carefully curated by the owner, Hollie Fairchild. Often their customers tell them that they’d “just like to move in.” Fairchild creates a warm and inviting atmosphere mixing both antiques and modern pieces with a focus on natural elements, textured fabrics and a timeworn patina. They also carry Cisco Brothers, a high quality, made in the U.S.A. upholstery line with beautifully timeless designs. FarmHaus is located in a three historic buildings connected by a garden alley. Opening soon will be the In Haus espresso bar and micro-bakery, along with a bubble bar serving champagne, so stop in and say hello on your next visit to Fredericksburg. For more information, visit

INSIGHT GALLERY, FREDERICKSBURG InSight Gallery is proud to host their 10th annual Texas Masters show featuring new works by the finest Texas artists living and working today, each with their own unique voice but collectively as diverse as the state of Texas. This year, in conjunction with their Texas Masters celebration, they will be selling a collection of select G. Harvey originals. G. Harvey was a beloved and iconic Texas painter and they are pleased to offer four western oil paintings and a bronze sculpture, none of which have previously been on the auction or resell market. At one of their most popular shows of the year, expect over 40 new works from Texas-based gallery artists: Mary Ross Buchholz, Nancy Bush, Jill Carver, Cheri Christensen, Douglas Clark, Teresa Elliott, Jim Eppler, Bruce Greene, David Griffin, Brian Grimm, George Hallmark, Francois Koch, Mark Haworth, Kyle Ma, Kay Northup, Robert Pummill, Gladys Roldan-de-Moras, Aleksander Titovets, Lyuba Titovets and Ann Kraft Walker with estate pieces from Roy Andersen and James Robinson. A reception with the artists happens Friday, March 1st, at 6-8 p.m. For more information, visit


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What moves the soul and transports the mind? Live music and theater, of course. And Fredericksburg has plenty of it. Live music serves as a backdrop at many of our restaurants and wineries. From intimate patios featuring one-man bands to larger venues hosting notable artists. Catch a concert at Luckenbach Texas, and you’ll get a true Texas dance hall experience to boot. Yes, pun intended. Rockbox Theater is a veritable candy store for music lovers with its variety of music styles. Check it out. You’ll see. On the flip side, the Fredericksburg Music Club brings classical concerts featuring musicians and vocalists from around the world. And finally, a trip to Fredericksburg would not be complete without seeing a Fredericksburg Theater Company production. Starting their 23rd season, this talented team puts on jaw-dropping performances. Check the calendars now. For more information, visit



Beauty & The Beast courtesy of Freder production. Photo icksburg CVB

marketplace FRESH URBAN FLOWERS, BOERNE Housed in a beautifully restored farm house, Fresh Urban Flowers is a delightful option for unique flowers and thoughtful gifts in Boerne. They are a part of the Viridian Design Group which has designed and produced hundreds of stylish and unique events throughout the Texas Hill Country since 2007. The freshest and most gorgeous flowers are a signature element in any Viridian event. In 2015, Viridian made the decision to venture into retail; opening flower shops in both Boerne and Kerrville. Viridian’s commitment to style, quality and attention to detail carries over into its retail outlets. “We know that flowers mark the most important celebrations in life,” says owner Tricia Hamil. “We constantly strive to find the most beautiful and unusual blooms from around the world. Our designers are truly artists. Flowers are their passion, and we think it shows.” Fresh Urban Flowers delivers daily throughout Boerne and San Antonio. For more information, visit

Diane and Brian Treusdell & JC Treusdell

HOTEL FAUST, COMFORT Hoteliers Diane and Brian Treusdell have lovingly and stylishly redefined the 140-year-old Texas Historic Landmark that the New York Times reported as the “crown jewel’ of Comfort. Hotel Faust is undergoing major renewal and renovation recreating the grandeur Peter Ingenhuett and Alfred Giles created in 1880. It offers finely appointed amenities that well-seasoned travelers will appreciate. A sublime combination of maintaining the historic elements and combining them with needs expected for the times, this destination can serve as your home base for your staycation, or when attending a Hill Country wedding, visiting wineries, or a business conference off-site. It is not uncommon to see a Tesla plugged into the charging station next to a sherbet colored bicycle at Hotel Faust. For more information, visit

HABERDASHERY & BLACKCHALK HOME AND LAUNDRY, FREDERICKSBURG HABERDASHERY For nearly 20 years Haberdashery Boutique has been a destination store on Main street in Fredericksburg. Founded by Jill T. Elliott, Haberdashery offers a curated wide selection of clothing from designers all over the world, unique shoes from Bosnia, Peru and Turkey, jewelry in an ever-changing array of designers and of course, hats. They have a fetish for great leather bags, colorful scarves and crazy fun socks. Their specialty is how they create outfits out of all of their designers to create a unique look that makes you feel amazing and beautiful. There’s something for the men too...Howler Bros. Clothing from Austin, as well as socks, bar supplies, hats, shoes, and manly jewelry. Plus, see their outfits posted daily on Facebook.

BLACKCHALK HOME AND LAUNDRY Blackchalk Home and Laundry was founded in 2017 by Jill T. Elliott of Haberdashery Boutique and is located in a historic 1920s industrial laundry building two blocks from Main Street. This unique store houses a beautiful collection of colorful and unique furniture, interesting lighting, Moroccan and Turkish rugs and pillows, books, gifts, spa, jewelry, scarves, kitchen items, and so much more. It’s a lifestyle store that has something for everyone and is a must-stop for those seeking something different. Blackchalk Home and Laundry specializes in custom upholstery in so many styles and fabric options, and it’s made in the USA. Let us help you #loveyourhome.

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Kendall Inn is both a Texas and National Landmark. The history of the Ye Kendall Inn began in 1859, bringing the Southern Colonial style of architecture to the Texas Hill Country. The property extends down to the Cibolo Creek and consists of approximately 6.5 acres.

Since 1982, the Inn has had extensive and ongoing restoration to bring back the historic beauty of this true Texas treasure. Today all 34 exquisite guestrooms, suites, cabins, and cottages have been beautifully restored to their historic grandeur with modern amenities and dĂŠcor. In addition to our guestrooms The Kendall is

delighted to offer Kendall Halle, a large 4400 square foot venue space. The Halle can be divided to fit any size you may need. Please call us with any of your vacation, stay-cation, event, or weekend getaway plans. It would be our pleasure to serve you.

830.249.2138 | 128 W Blanco Boerne, TX 78006

marketplace ESCONDIDO GOLF AND LAKE CLUB, HORSESHOE BAY After a Southern California detour of two decades, longtime private club manager Joseph (JJ) Wagner has returned to his Texas roots to serve as the new COO/ GM at the prestigious Escondido Golf and Lake Club in Horseshoe Bay. While in California, Wagner enjoyed tremendous success in overseeing the growth and popularity of Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles and Santa Ana Country Club in Orange County. Escondido has consistently been ranked in Texas’ top 10 out of more than 800 courses by the esteemed Dallas Morning News rankings. It has played host to top tournaments and is the latest bit of Fazio mastery in this region, 50 miles west of Austin and an hour north of Boerne/San Antonio. While superb golf conditions and no tee-time culture are an expectation at Joseph J. Wag ner Escondido, it is the exceptional service and amenities of the full-service Lake Club with heated pool, a marina on Lake LBJ’s shores, and impressive clubhouse hosting live music every weekend that is referred to by members as the Escondido experience. Add in a private airport offering valet to the club’s wrought iron gates just minutes away and it’s easy to see why Escondido continues to invite members nationally. By Art Stricklin. Photography courtesy of Escondido Golf & Lake Club. For more information, visit

HOME SIMPLE GOODS + DESIGN, FREDERICKSBURG Christina Lincoln and her partner Candy Vidrine of Fredericksburg are excited to share their latest venture, Home Simple Goods + Design. Their 20-plus years of experience in interior design has taken them on quite the journey. They learned quickly that they share a burning love for all things home design and enjoy working together so much that they decided to form a partnership, which took them to the beautiful Texas Hill Country. They specialize in fresh, modern furnishings with a mix of new and vintage pieces, and they’re so happy to announce the opening of a brick and mortar store at 109 N. Adams in March. They are now accepting appointments for consultations, in person or by phone and email. For more information, visit

CHRISTOFILIS HOMES, BOERNE Forty minutes from the hustle and bustle of San Antonio, Sherry and Damon Christofilis have long been Boerne residents who have come to enjoy all the events that make this part of the Hill Country a wonderful destination. Christofilis Custom Homes offers concierge home construction service in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas. “Concierge” means start-to-finish with a personal touch, like a thoughtful personal assistant through the entire building process. “We first moved to Boerne in 2000 working, until recently, exclusively in Cordillera,” says Damon Christofilis. “We have meticulously built over 120 homes in the last 20 years in the Boerne Area. We are now expanding our services to the surrounding Hill Country area.” If taking in a parade or attending a car show downtown sounds like a great weekend, then Boerne is a good choice for you as well. Christofilis Homes would love to meet you and show you around. For more information, visit



Damon Christofolis,John and Rose Monday & Jack Monday

• Over 120 homes built in the Boerne area in 20 years • Style of a home may vary, our quality will not

Damon Christofilis, President since 2000 and Jason Hurt, Project Manager since 2002

Damon Christofilis

is more than just a home builder. With a foundation of trust in his commitment to superior craftsmanship, his openness and honesty allow for the creative dreams of his homeowners to come to life. Damon and his team hold a reputation for unparalleled homeowner satisfaction, as witnessed through the testimonials on his website. He offers complimentary lot evaluations that do not require a pledge to build with him. Our team hopes to work with you on the exciting journey of constructing your dream home! Cordillera Ranch Model Home available for viewing by appointment.

Damon Christofilis / 210.373.7768 Damon@Christofilishomes.Com 2016, 2017, & 2018 Multiple Summit Awards


E S C O N D I D O A Private Lakeside Golf Preserve The old world flavor of Tuscany is reborn in a pastoral setting on the shores of Lake LBJ in the Texas Hill Country. This is Escondido, ranked as the finest golf community in Central Texas by AvidGolfer Magazine and among the best courses in Texas by the Dallas Morning News. Spend the best days of your life here, in an extraordinary lakeside and golf preserve offering relaxed living, concierge club services and championship golf from Tom Fazio. Golf or Social Club membership conveys with our gated community of Estate and Escondido Lago Home sites, Golf Casitas, Villas and Cottages. Stay a lifetime or rent, as the guest of a Member, a La Cascada Golf Cottage or home for a weekend. Escondido Golf & Lake Club is a Member owned and controlled private Club. We are pleased to announce for a limited time, we are offering non-equity membership options in Golf, Social, Junior, Corporate and National categories to non-property candidates. • Championship Tom Fazio Golf and Instruction Facility

• Locker Room Concierge Service

• No tee-time culture

• The Lake Club with Heated Pool and Marina with Jet Ski, Pontoon and Ski Boat Rentals

• Grand Tuscan Clubhouse • Private Conference and Wine Room

• Fitness Center and Classes

• Best quality dining experience in the Hill Country

• “Best Grub in Golf ” #6 in the country – Golf Digest • Social activities and live music on weekends • La Cascada Golf Cottages and homes available for rent to Club Members and their guests • Member-owned and controlled



E S C O N D I D O Spend the best days of your life here Located in the Texas Hill Country 30 minutes West of Lakeway/Austin and just over an hour North of Boerne/San Antonio.

Horseshoe Bay, Texas | Karen Moore, 830.598.7800

marketplace KUPER SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY A unique opportunity to own a piece of Texas history, this magnificent 1920’s estate, originally known as Tulahteka, was designed by the renowned architect Atlee B. Ayers as the ranch headquarters for Louis A. Schreiner's Hill Country ranch. In 1978, the hilltop mansion was converted and meticulously renovated by the late L.D. Brinkman into his corporate headquarters for his various enterprises. Step inside and find the elegant sophistication of the space. The attention to detail and quality of this stunning renovation is consistent throughout the main building as well as the additional conference, office and recreational facility at the back of the 14.07 acres. A heliport is also located on the property for easy accessibility. The main building is 13,910 square feet, with an additional building of 4,370 square feet. This is truly one of Kerrville's best-kept secrets and a true historical gem located at 444 Sidney Baker in Kerrville. For more information, visit

TURRENTINE PROPERTIES, HORSESHOE BAY The new luxury is something that is designed specifically for you... and allows you to live the lifestyle you deserve. Custom home builder Brian Turrentine delivers luxury with carefully crafted home designs that not only capitalize on magnificent Hill Country and lake views, but also provide each client with a home that meets their specific needs and desires. With over 20 years of home design and building experience, Brian works meticulously with clients to bring their luxury dream home to life ensuring that their architectural design preferences are realized in the final product. Turrentine Properties, Inc. homes offer the ultimate in luxury living and entertaining, while incorporating plenty of space to relax, unwind, and enjoy the beautiful Texas Hill Country. For more information, visit

YE KENDALL INN, BOERNE Welcome to the Ye Kendall Inn. Today all 34 exquisite guestrooms, suites, and cabins have been uniquely enhanced. The original four rooms of the Old Reed House have been completely renovated and transformed to create what are now two of our three grand suites; keeping some of the historical details with a modern twist. Later additions to Ye Kendall Inn include five second-floor rooms. These guestrooms have been beautifully adorned and boast a perfect view of the Boerne Square from the porch. Throughout the years historic buildings from all over Texas were trucked in and reassembled to create our family of distinct cabins. To accommodate the burgeoning need for large venues, the current owners have built Kendall Halle, a large event center. Here brides, families, and businesses can hold gatherings (weddings, family reunions, conventions, seminars, etc.). The Halle can be divided to fit any size you may need. For more information, visit s













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RICK & CAROLINE KUPER 210.240.8282 // 210.240.7809 //

HILL COUNTRY BLISS It’s no secret the Texas Hill Country is one of the most scenic places in the United States. The gorgeous rolling terrain, punctuated by majestic oaks and towering cypress trees, crystal clear rivers and blooming wildflowers make it hardly a shock that this part of the country is considered a real estate hotbed. Nestled in its heart – and just an easy 20-minute drive outside of San Antonio – is Cordillera Ranch, a luxury gated enclave that epitomizes understated Texas Hill Country elegance. Considered the premier address in the San Antonio area, Cordillera Ranch offers lock-and-leave villas, one- to 10-plus acre estates, including expansive view, golf course and Guadalupe River frontage, as well as hilltop home sites. Home prices start in the $700Ks, with the finest home sites topping $1.5 million. Cordillera Ranch continues to grow at an impressive pace – with nearly 800 homes completed (and more than 1,200 lot sales) in the community. At final build-out, Cordillera Ranch will total approximately 2,500 homes and preserve 80 percent of the land in its natural Hill Country rustic state.

Taming the acclaimed Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course

In addition to its jaw-dropping views and natural setting, the club’s signature amenity is its Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course that consistently ranks among the top-5 layouts in the state. Those fortunate to tee it up here are spellbound by the layout’s beauty, especially at the 16th hole. The par 3 features an elevated green bordered by natural waterfalls and a 40-foot-deep canyon. No surprise, the 16th is regarded as one of the best and most beautiful golf holes in Texas.

A real social network at the clubhouse patio

However, Cordillera Ranch isn’t solely about golf; rather, the community boasts resort-style amenities and seven clubs (with one membership) to satisfy anyone’s outdoor passions – Golf, Tennis and Swim, Spa and Athletic, Social, Rod and Gun, Equestrian and River. Stable horses are available for trail rides through the scenic back country, and an on-site outfitter offers guidance for navigating the multistation skeet shooting range. Cordillera Ranch residents can spend a few hours navigating down the spring-fed rapids of the Guadalupe River and still be on Cordillera Ranch property. Cordillera Ranch has earned the reputation as one of the finest lifestyles in the country and its consistent growth, along with the developer’s stability (a single owner over the course of 20 years), unquestionably instills confidence in the future of the community and Club. And that’s one of the many things that makes Cordillera Ranch unique – there’s always something new, such as the addition of several new neighborhoods and a new Visitor Center in 2018 along with the upcoming addition of the Golf Performance Center and entirely renovated and upgraded world-class fitness facility in early 2019. There’s no resting on laurels here – it’s always about how to keep excelling and moving forward.

Kayaking the Guadalupe River

Exceptional amenities and resort-style member clubs, spacious lots and breathtaking scenery at every turn – living at Cordillera Ranch mirrors a vacation. Like a fivestar resort, residents and members of Cordillera Ranch can spend days experiencing a plethora of outstanding outdoor experiences, all without leaving this gated community’s cozy and alluring Texas Hill Country confines.

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TURRENTINE PROPERTIES INC. With over 20 years of experience in luxury home design, Turrentine Properties,Inc. will create a custom home that fits your style –whether classic or contemporary, traditional or modern. Your custom home will showcase the latest in luxury home design solutions while featuring the ultimate in q u a l i t y c ra f t s m a n s h i p . We pride ourselves on offering exquisite waterfront and hilltop properties. Choose from one of our properties, or build on yours. Visit our website or call us to begin designing your dream home today. 830.596.8153

R.S.V.P. The action begins here for all the grandest galas, balls and events in Texas...and around the world...

“I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions...and not on our circumstances.” Martha Washington

International Debutante Ball, New York 2018



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now making her debut 64th International Debutante Ball Elevates Three Texans To The International Social Stage By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by ChiChi Ubina and Elaine Ubina

THE SETTING: The Pierre Hotel in Ann and Robert Canon

Margaret and Gregory Hedberg

64th International Debutante Ball Debutantes

New York City was the setting recently for a biennial ball tradition known the world over. The 64th International Debutante Ball featured the debut of twentytwo debutantes hailing from nine states and eight countries around the world. This group of outstanding young ladies included three Texans: Catherine Coselli, Olivia Late and Dominique Melcher, each of whom represented Texas with a sense of style and grace that is known around the world.

THE STYLE: The men wore white

Kip Forbes, Julia Irene Kauffman and Moira Mumma

Robert Davis, Shapley Davis, William Simmons and Michael Haydon

Count Michael Ziadie and Jolie Vanier

John and Linda Gilmore

Dominique Melcher, Olivia Late and Catherine Coselli


Steve and Ava Late


tie and tails, while the women wore an array of colorful ensembles among the winter white attire of the debs. The evening began in the hotel’s Cotillion Room for a fun cocktail hour before the action moved to the main ballroom for the dinner and presentation. Against the backdrop of the Lester Lanin Orchestra, who played each of the debs’ country or state song, the women made their bows to the room full of family, friends and well-wishers. Carrying a bouquet of pink roses that perfectly complemented their white designer gowns each wowed the audience with their composure and grace. After the presentation the fun continued well into the night as revelers danced the night away.

THE PURPOSE: The evening was co-chaired by Anne Eisenhower and Catharine Hamilton with Julia Irene Kaufmann serving as honorary chair. Proceeds raised for the event benefitted The International Debutante Ball Foundation Charities. s

Kelly and Joe Coselli Lily Melcher, Averi Barron and Christopher Goff

Phillip Escaravage, Adelaide Escaravage & Carolina and Soo Kim

Elisa Defries and Lara Defries

Nora and Pompeii Realuyo

Keith Marlor, Calvin Sullivan and Alexander Chieffalo

Shelby and Travis Goff & Cami and John Goff

Linda Gilmore and John Gilmore

James Weinhoff and Katherine Weinhoff

Joseph Coselli and Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell

Philip Raftopoulos, Charlotte DrummondHerdman, Lexa Drummond and Axelle Josi

Julie and Ben Crenshaw & Anna Riley Crenshaw

Logan Welborn, Tristan Jamidar and Claire Ryland



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snow, meet sand John Paul And Eloise DeJoria Host An Old-Fashioned Snow Party At Their Malibu Home By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Silvia Mautner Photography

Peter Fonda and John Paul DeJoria

Mike and Semia Harvey, Eloise Harvey and Alexander Harvey

David Foster

Eddie Safady and John Paul DeJoria

Eloise DeJoria, Ed Begley Jr. and Rachelle Carson & John Paul DeJoria

Jennifer Iino and Carl Bendix

Ella Vivian Harvey, Justin Harvey, Eliana Harvey and Wendy Harvey

THE STYLE The fun began immediately upon the arrival of the winterchic guests who walked into the DeJoria estate and were greeted by the gracious hosts to pose for personal and family photographs to commemorate the occasion. Once inside, the revelry continued with amazing experiences for the whole family. Kids who felt adventurous rock-climbed a snowcovered, mountain-shaped wall. Adults who wanted to luxuriate, ventured to the pop-up Paul Mitchell Salon was on hand for a quick-trim or a complete makeover. Families and groups, who wanted to create a special moment they could share forever, went sledding complete with views of the Pacific Ocean thanks to the two tons of snow that was trucked in to create the perfect winter landscape. After an afternoon full of activities, everyone was able to savor a wide arrange of delicious savory and sweet morsels including free-range turkey, sliders, cupcakes and a candy bar‌capping off the perfect day for both kids and kids at heart. s

George Schlatter and Jolene Brand

John Anthony DeJoria, Ed Brown and John Paul DeJoria


afternoon at the home Malibu residence of prominent Texans John Paul and Eloise DeJoria was the setting for a magical winter experience fit for a king‌or a kid. Several hundred attendees turned out to experience An Old-Fashioned Snow Party sponsored by Paul Mitchell and the guests left with once-in-a-lifetime memories they will cherish for years to come.


Frances Fisher, Pierce Brosnan and Eloise DeJoria

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ROBERT DULLNIG, Broker Associate 210.213.9700 MARCH • APRIL 2019


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a winter’s garden New York Botanical Garden Celebrates 20 Years Of Its Winter Wonderland Ball By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Angela Pham and Joe Schildhorn Georgina Bloomberg and Natalie Bloomingdale

THE SETTING: A gorgeous winter night in New York was the recent setting for the 20th annual New York Botanical Gardens Winter Wonderland Ball. The evening drew 500 of America’s most notable sociables for an evening of winter fun that those fortunate enough to attend will long remember. Carrie Rebora Barratt

Alecta Hill and Nicole Meyers

Gillian Hearst

Savannah Engel

THE STYLE: The black-tie patrons

Kerry Joyce and Maggie Reinfeld

appeared in their finest winter chic attire. Women wore impeccable, monochromatic gowns with jewel tones, with white and black dresses as the most popular, while the men sported a mix of traditional tuxedos and ensembles with velvet dinner jackets that created a festive vibe.

Timo Weiland

Guests began the evening under the breathtaking Palms of the Gallery dome located on the Garden grounds for a lively cocktail hour. The festivities then moved to the stunning Enid A. Haupt Conservatory for the evening’s program where guests dined on an exquisite multi-course meal. The fun continued as partygoers stayed into the wee hours of the morning dancing the night away that capped an evening of wintery perfection.

Natasha Blodgett, Charlotte Morse and Emma Greenberg

THE PURPOSE: The event,chaired

Larry Milstein and Toby Milstein


Sam Moorkamp and Molly Moorkamp

Kiersten Asbille and Kelsey Asbille


by Alex Assouline, Georgina Bloomberg, Peter Brant Jr., Sarah Chilton, Martin Dawson, Anne Hathaway, Gillian Hearst, Hilary Rhoda, Ariana Rockefeller and Texan native Natalie Bloomingdale raised over $350,000 for the Center for the New York Botanical Gardens Children’s Education Program which serves over 90,000 students and 3,000 teachers annually. Continued...

Andrea Almond “Near & Far” March 2 – April 6 Let’s Get Coffee, The Pearl, San Antonio

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Sterling McDavid

Andrew Warren and Sydney Sadick

Charlotte Lebenthal Diamond

Ashley Wilcox Platt

Sarah Chilton and Charlotte Chilton Zack Thain and Karly Fitzgerald

Ariana Rockefeller

Anne Marie Dianne

Katherine Rockefeller, Courtney Thompson and Courtney Stroum

Eric Goldie, Anna Goldwyn, Alissandra Aronow and Jeremy Batoff

Max Mortimer and Serena Marron


Gerrit Ruetzel

Alex Assouline

Peter Brant Jr.


Zach Weiss

Martin Dawson

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family affair San Antonio German Cub Presents Season’s Debutantes By Jake Gaines | Photography by Greg Harrison

THE SETTING The 138-year-old San Antonio German Club recently hosted its annual Opening German gala in honor of the season’s debutantes. Held on a crisp, cool evening at the Witte Museum’s Mays Family Center, the ball offered a glorious night of dining and dancing in celebration of the club’s group of young ladies being presented to society.

Hannah Bakke, Jessica Bakke and Brooke Bakke

Samantha Boldt and Hunter Boldt

AJ Lewis and Carolina Roberts

Mackenzie Sears, Taylor Mahnke, Kristin Tips and Jaclyn Heifer

Margaret Amberson and Alicia Amberson

Emilie Petty, Jolie Flavin and Ashley Weaver

Caroline Green and Tom Green


Mitch and Ashley Brownlee

Corinna and JB Richter


THE STYLE: Resplendent in gorgeous white gowns, the debs dazzled as they were presented by their fathers then led to their bows by their escorts. Following the presentation, the celebration continued as guests and debs alike danced late into the night to the various musical stylings of The Big Beyond. The splendid white flowers, paired with natural greenery and the elegant fresh flower wall made up of red and pink roses, were created by Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers. The attendees were treated to cuisine and cocktails by Rosemary’s Catering. THE PURPOSE: Steeped in tradition, the organization was formed in 1880. Each year since its inception, the San Antonio German Club has presented its debutantes during San Antonio’s social season. The President of the German Club is Christopher Noel Petty and the First Vice President is Blake Todd Stouffer. s

Blake and Faith Stouffer

German Club 2019 Debutantes Photography by Gary Stanko

Miguel and Gloria Dilley

Anson and Meredith Howard

Berry and Elizabeth Roberts

Connor McDonough, Patrick Mays, Zander Thomas, Andrew Dawson, Coates Roberts and Ford Douglass

Spencer Shaw, George and Diane Shaw & George Shaw lV

Emilie and Chris Petty

Bailey Summers, Alyssa Phillips, Alexandra Kish and Peyton Pelpier

Caroline Krenger, Kelsey Lansdale and Serena Koontz

Lindsay and Dunn Armstrong

Katherine Green, Carrie Green and Elizabeth Green

Doug and Amy Ryder


John McFadden, Tori McFadden, Mary McFadden and Andrew Mitchell


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the amazing dancing dozen The Center For Child Protection’s Annual Dancing With The Stars Features 12 Austin Celebrity Dancers By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Estrella Chacon, Jeff Loftin Photography, Christina Murphy and Haley Plotkin Photography

Holly Mills-Gardner and Glenn Ball

12th Annual Dancing with the Stars Austin cast

Jenny Mason and Francie Little

Maxine Roberts and Sonny Rhodes


Stephanie O’Neill and Gary McIntyre

Marianna Waite and Edgar Fisher

Caprice Richards and Albert Tallieur

Tama Williamson and Michael Torres

David Miller and Marcy Carpenter

THE SETTING: Recently, the Center for Child Protection hosted its 12th annual Dancing with the Stars event presented by Lexus of Austin and Lakeway. This annual winter social mainstay, held at the JW Marriott, featured 850 notable and stylish Austinites for an evening of fun those on hand will not soon forget.

THE STYLE: This black-tie extravaganza began in the ballroom foyer of the JW Marriott for cocktails where Austin’s hip and chic mingled with other partygoers as well as the celebrity dancers. The festivities then moved to the ballroom where guests took to their seats and as they dined on a multi-course meal listened to personal video testimonials of how the Center for Child Protection has positively impacted the Austin community. Next, was a spirited live auction where guests bid on a host of luxury items. After the live auction, came the main event, the performances by the 12 celebrity dancers. Cheering on their favorites, the revelers were often brought to their feet by the show-stopping performances. Guests then voted for their favorite dancers before Kendra Beard McMinn was crowned the winner. The fun continued well into the evening as guests danced the night away to the tunes of DJ Gatsby.

THE PURPOSE: The event, chaired by Francie Little and Jenny Mason, raised $1.4 million for the Center for Child Protection. Over the past 25 years the Center for Child Protection has served as a first stop for children in Travis County who have witnessed violent crimes or Dancing with the Stars winners Tobi have experienced physical or Kretschmer and Kendall Beard sexual abuse. s


Kristin Salyer and Nicole Grupp Judges Brad Booker, Sara Osburn and Alex Franco Lori Ward, Jenna Zeilbauer & Amy and Blair Beard

Katrine and Bill Formby

Venus & Bill Strawn

Steve Hernandez and Sara Berens

Katrina Repka and Jonathan Davis

Sarah Vasilas and Saul Paul

Kara and Matt Swinney

Allie Jones and Shawn Cirkiel

Betsy Hudson and Travis Herman

Bill and Lesa Rossick

Andrew Knieberg and Cassie LaMere

Pradeep Kumar and Lisa Vargas


Aaron Williams and Azucena Perez


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clear as crystal 2019 Crystal Winter Ball Honors ABC13’s Women of Distinction Evan and Kimberly Scheele & Christine and Bill Gutknecht

By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Dave Rossman, Jacob Power, Daniel Ortiz

THE SETTING: Over 650 guests recently gathered at the Hilton Americas for the 2019 Crystal Ball Winter. The honorees were: Farida Abjani, Marilyn DeMontrond, Gaynell Drexler, Jo Lynn Falgout, Carolyn Faulk, Melissa Juneau, Dr. Kelly Larkin, Sneha Merchant, Claire Thielke, and Jerre Williams, while the 2019 Ambassador was Merele Yarborough. The evening was led by emcees Art Rascon and Melanie Lawson, a former Woman of Distinction.

THE STYLE: The high-energy crowd started the evening mingling, bidding on unique auction items with the cocktail party. The décor highlighted the crystal theme with ice sculptures as centerpieces and shades of silver and blue throughout the room. An electrifying violinist, Svet, opened the evening with a performance then later, the dance floor was packed to the sounds of Password and the evening was orchestrated by event producers Ellie Francisco and Niki Smith. Winter Ball Class of 2019

Robin Young Ellis and Kristina Somerville

Merele Yarborough & Brandon and Brandi Carson


THE PURPOSE: This years’ ball, which raised $760,000, was chaired by Cyndy Garza Roberts, Dr. Sippi Khurana, Shawntell McWilliams, all former Women of Distinction and Honorary Chairmen Mary Ann and David McKeithan. Benefiting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, the Winter Ball honors 10 Women of Distinction and one Ambassador who have supported the community through volunteerism. Honored Hero Sarah Cornelius shared her journey with Crohn’s demonstrating the importance of the funds raised at the event and generated a standing ovation from the crowd. s

Marc and Christine Laborde

Jane Brann, Laura Kent, Pam Springer and Barbara Johnson


Ken Newberry, Lori Krohn and Bill Baldwin

Gregg and Jo Lynn Falgout

Carolyn Faulk

Marilyn DeMontrond

Hallie Vanderhider

Margaret Williams

Jerre Williams and Brock Wagner

Kim Padgett and Jennifer Roosth

Mary Ann and David McKeithan

Svet performing

Keith and Shawntell McWilliams

Duyen and Marc Nguyen

Dylan and Jordan Seff and Fady Armanioous

Philamena and Arthur Baird

Cheryl Byington and Beth Wolff

Sippi Khurana and Cyndy Garza Roberts

Melissa Juneau

Donna and Norman Lewis

Sneha Merchant and Tony Bradfield


Fernando Parra and Dr Kelly Larkin


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rules of engagement Fashion Group International Dallas Toasts Style Stars By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Thomas Garza, Shana Anderson, Danny Campbell and Thomas Garza

THE SETTING: Fashion Group Inter-

Gonzalo Bueno and Nancy Rogers

national of Dallas (FGI Dallas), celebrated its annual Night of Stars gala recently at the historic Adolphus Hotel. This year’s event, themed There Are No Rules, celebrated fashion risk takers across the world. The evening of glamour and excitement honored individuals and business leaders for their contribution to fashion and related industries. The 2018 Night of Stars honorees include English fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes for a Lifetime Achievement Award, Los Angeles-based ready-to-wear designer Johnson Hartig of Libertine for his career achievement in fashion, Gonzalo Bueno for his career achievement in interior design and the skincare maven Tata Harper for her career achievement in beauty.

Dallas Dillon & Heidi Dillon and Bill Dillon

Kyle Noonan and Courtney Kerr

Tata Harper

THE STYLE: The evening, hosted by James Aguiar, began with a champagne reception where many of Dallas’ most fashionable mixed and mingled. Once inside the ballroom, guests enjoyed a fashion show by Libertine and the presentation of awards. Downstairs at the French Room Bar after the gala was the place to be at the official after-party to celebrate and admire the state’s thriving fashion scene.

THE PURPOSE: The event was

Jan Strimple and Ken Weber


Ekaterina Kouznetsova and Michael Dylan

Maxine Trowbridge and Susan Posnick

LeeAnne Locken and Cynthia Smoot


chaired by Heidi Dillon. Fashion Group International, Inc. provides a high-profile forum to promote the fashion business by hosting events that educate and facilitate the exchange of ideas by giving back to the community. s

Holly Quartaro, Rhonda Sargeant Chambers and Gail Bass Good

Erik Yang

James Aguiar

Chuck Steelman and Skott Kehn

Ken Weber, Johnson Hartig, Jan Strimple, Ken Downing, Nancy Rogers, James Aguiar, Tata Harper, Gonzalo Bueno, Zandra Rhodes and Heidi Dillon

Sam Saladino & Ann and David Southerland

Jon and Dawn Mellon

Ese Azenabor Grimbowski and Ken Downing


Kenny Goss, Tim Adair, Sam Sullins and Joyce Goss


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garden of art Southwest School of Art’s Gala Honors Club Giraud’s 35th Anniversary By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Jerstad Photography

James and Cece Griffin

Corinna Richter, Mal Moorman, Christina Ketabchi and Ashley Friedman

Southwest School of Art Gala Committee

THE SETTING: The Coates Chapel and McNutt Garden at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, was the setting for an enchanting evening of fun for a worthy cause. The sold-out crowd of 640 guests who attended the Southwest School of Art’s annual gala were treated to an evening of exotic flair and décor perfectly fitting of a primordial Garden of Eden.

THE STYLE: The fun began from the moment guests entered the Coates Chapel greeted by tame and friendly serpents. The evening’s patrons were able to view and purchase fine art by many well-known artists and galleries, as well as original works from students currently in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Partygoers then made their way to the McNutt Gardens for the main program where their table and ambiance décor, set against the backdrop of the lush grounds, was created by Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers. Guests dined on savory braised beef short ribs served by the evening’s presenting sponsor, Club Giraud. A gala raffle that was capped off with a week in Berlin donated by Angelika Jansen Brown, led to the revelry that continued well into the evening for the Neiman Marcus After Party at the Urschel Administrative Building.

THE PURPOSE: The event was cochaired by Cece Frost Griffin and James Griffin. All proceeds of the Southwest School of Art Gala always benefit all of the operations of the organization. s Marianne Malek, Dr. Annie DeKoch and Linda Dullnig

Neil and Beverly Walsdorf & Charlie and Holly Lutz

Krissy Gorsuch, Jessica Mewborne, Dr. Emily Marx and Bridgette Harkins


Melissa and Derek Kidd

Tobin and Courtney Smith & Cari Hill and Mike Benedum


Stacey Hill & Marks and Sarah Moore

Patrick Shearer and Erin Bley

Jane Scroggs and Sinclair Black

Lindsey Tognietti, Annie Vance, Sarah Herr, Sommer Mello, Lisa Lemire, Lauren Noriega, Nicole Marold and Amy Zink

Jan Elliott and Jessica Elliott

David Marquez and Don Frost

Norma Bodevin, Paula Owen and Karina Dolgin

Ann Cross, Ana Leah Montemayor, Michelle Head, and Jessica Mewborne

Johnny Clay Johnson, Courtney Walker and Ben Owen

Janis Laws and Elise Boyan

Andrea and Will Brooks & Corinna and JB Richter

Cece Cheever and Julia McHugh

Bob and Jennifer Shemwell & Karen Lee and David Zachry


Gary Walton and Dana Quarles MD


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starry, starry night The 41st Annual Seton Development Board Gala Delights By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Ben Porter

Jennifer and Trey Ikard

THE SETTING: A beautiful evening at The Four Season in Austin was the recent setting for the 41st annual Seton Development Board Gala. This year’s gala, Stardust, featured several hundred of Austin’s most notable Sociables who were on hand to celebrate one of the city’s most heralded organizations. THE STYLE: From the moment the

Tim and Carol Crowley

Kelly and Shannon Dowell, Lanette and Wallace Smith & Evelyn and Wyeth Wiedeman

June Chandler and Sabrina Brown

Gordron McGill and Mike Nassi

Patrick and Allison Laughlin

Charmaine McGill and Wofford Denius Angela and Dr. Pierre Filardi

black-tie partygoers entered the foyer of the Four Season’s ballroom, they knew they were in for a very special evening. The festivities began with a fun and lively cocktail hour, with crooners Ricki Derek and the Vegas Six performing the perfect singing the perfect Havana-themed inspired tunes for the occasion. The cocktail reception spilled out of the foyer and onto the outside terrace where guests brimmed with anticipation of the fun ahead. The party continued in the main ballroom of the venue for the evening’s program which included honoring Austin philanthropists Charmaine and Gordon McGill and Wofford Denius. As guests dined on a delectable four-course menu courtesy of the hotel’s Chef Elmer Prambs, the festivities flowed at a brisk pace. The program included touching testimonials about Seton to a spirited Odds & Evens auction, offering a fresh and new take on the popular Heads or Tails live auction which kept everything light and fun throughout.

THE PURPOSE: The event, chaired by

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Derek and Julie Lewis & Jacy and John Donovan


Shannon Dowell and Evelyn Wiedeman, raised over $600,000 for the Seton Heart Institute at Seton Medical Center Austin. Proceeds will go toward the organization’s cardiovascular programs and equipment to ensure top-quality care in Central Texas. s

Taylor Harper and Acia Moody

Sylvia and Jeff Thomas

Laura Craddick and Leslie Davenport

Dr. Bill Kessler, Bill Little and Kim Scoffield

James Dyess and Martha Small

Caroline and Brian Smith

Jay Bernhardt and Cassie Alvarado

Allison and Craig Cordola & Dawn and Andy Davis


Matt Eby & Missy and John Lawson

Lutie Butler and Caroline Puett

Georgeann and Bill McRaven

Janis and Doug Maund

Lindsey Majors and Reenie Collins

Morris and Amanda Foster

Terry Quinn


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the fire within Houston Professional Firefighter Association Charitable Foundation Hosts Inaugural Gala By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Daniel Ortiz

Laura Stein with Red

Cindy Garza and Thomas Roberts

THE SETTING: The first-ever Red Hot gala for the Houston Professional Firefighter Association was a smashing success, raising almost half a million dollars for the foundation. A sold-out crowd of 400 guests enjoyed a sea of red in the Hotel Zaza Grand Ballroom in honor of some of Houston’s bravest public servants. Roula Christie was on hand to emcee the night’s event.

THE STYLE: The vibe was solid redhot excitement as the Houston Fire Department Honor Guard procession began the evening, followed with a performance by the Houston Fire Department Pipes and Drums, and then a gripping reenactment of a fire rescue by the Fire Department Rescue Division. The live auction was highlighted by Red, a 12-week old dalmatian puppy that was purchased by the David Maloy family. Guests then enjoyed dinner, a silent and live action, entertainment, and dancing. THE PURPOSE: The event was

April White and Miguel Trevino

Bill King and Julie James


Abby Vanegas, Kasey Long and Amber Hartland

Brad and Joanna Marks


chaired by Elizabeth Stein, and HPFFA Charitable Foundation President, Alan Stein. Cindi Garza Roberts and Thomas Roberts (a veteran firefighter of 38 years) served as co-chairs. And Renee and Alan Helfman served as honorary chairs. The foundations mission is to provide equipment to the Houston Firefighters and to support and protect the health, safety and welfare of Houston Firefighters and their families. s

Emily Wilkinson and Courtney Campbell

Traci and Richard Lee II

Karen DeGuerin

Shelby Kibodeaux and Bruce Padilla with Red

Elizabeth and Alan Stein Kevin Black and Tony Bradfield

Ellie and Michael Francisco

Alan Stein

Steve and Ashley Birdwell

Renee Helfman, Alan Helfman and Marty Lancton


Tim Kelly with Lux


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every inch the hero

Recognizing Heroes Gala Benefits Unlikely Heroes By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Thomas Garza and Cooper Neill/Getty Images Tye and Melissa Rycroft Strickland

THE SETTING: Recently Unlikely

Heroes held their 6th Annual Recognizing Heroes awards dinner and charity benefit at The Ritz-Carlton hotel. The elegant evening began with an exclusive VIP cocktail reception hosted by LeeAnne Locken and Melissa Rycroft Strickland.

THE STYLE: The evening’s keynote

speaker was survivor leader, Rebecca Bender. Guests enjoyed an unforgettable evening featuring a live musical performance by multi-platinum country musician Sara Evans, Emily West (America’s Got Talent Season 9) and Pia Toscano (Netflix’s Westside, American Idol).

LeeAnne Locken and Rich Emberlin

Awards were given to Cathy De La Paz, Carrie Wright, Elle Snow and Alan Schonborn for their tireless work in advancing global human rights and outstanding efforts to stop human trafficking. The audience roared with applause when Austin Hurst of Hurst Capital announced that he was pledging a one million matching grant that will rescue 200 kids and give them full restorative care for a year.

THE PURPOSE: Since 2011 Unlikely Heroes has rescued hundreds of children and their journey to freedom starts in one of their seven restoration homes located around the world, including a restoration home for children rescued from slavery in the Dallas and Fort Worth area. s

Chike Okonkwo, Francia Raisa, Jessica and David Oyelowo, Erica Greve and Sara Evans


Elle Snow


Pia Toscano performa

Shane Stevens and Sara Evans performs

Rebecca Bender and Francia Raísa

Emily West

Michell and Ryan Davis

Jessica Oyelowo and Ginger Curtis

Tiffany Derry and William Johnson

Chike Okonkwo and Cathy Cathy De La Paz

Kelle Sherpy

Hamilton Sneed and Cynthia Smoot


Austin Hurst and Erica Greve

Candace Payne

Francia Raísa


GALLERY’S STYLE Dress by Masaki Matsuka, $820, at Shoes by Jessica Bedard, $525 at Art: (Left) Ever Just Is Ever by McKay Otto. (Center) Red by Mark Oberlin (Right) Nocturnal Garden by Tracy Williams.

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Every woman is a work of art in her own right. We love that. Plus, some of the most famous art collections live in closets on hangers. Here we present this spring’s most luxurious party frocks against the backdrop of some of today’s most prolific Texas artists. Go ahead, dance up a storm in your own, artful way. STYLIST ASSISTANT: Beau Deron Hair by René Cortez using IGK Hair Products, Keratin Complex and Hot Tools MAKEUP BY: Julia Taylor using IsaDora Cosmetics Model: Valerija Sestic, Elite Models, Los Angeles ARTWORK BY: Brad Ellis, Allison Gregory, David Kurio, Shanny Lott, McKay Otto and Tracy Williams, SITTINGS PRODUCER: Lance Avery Morgan

SO HIP TO BE SQUARE Dress by Alessandra Rich $3,340, at Saks Fifth Avenue. Earrings by OutHouse Jewerly $248, at OutHouseJewelry. com. Shoes by Jessica Bedard, $535 at Art: True Blue: Baby I Love You by Allison Gregory (Right) NOIR IS THE NIGHT Top by Alessandra Rich $2,370, at Saks Fifth Avenue. Skirt by Charles & Ron at Price Upon Request. Earrings by Colette Malouf $141 at ColetteMalouf. com. Rings by Vanna K for Bella Luce at Shoes by Jessica Bedard, $535 at Art: Black Thicket by Brad Ellis



LOVE ART, LOVE LIFE Dress by Charles & Ron, Price Upon Request. At Shoes by Alejandra G $309, at Art: Love Is Messy by Shanny Lott


DOUBLE VISION Dress by Olvi’s Couture $1000, at The Garden Room. Earrings by Colette Malouf $141, at Shoes by Jessica Bedard $525 at Art: (Left): Graffiti Flowers by Tracy Williams (Right): Japanese Garden by Tracy Williams


THE WOMAN IN GOLD-ISH Dress by Charles & Ron, Price Upon Request. At Earrings by OutHouse Jewerly $227, at Art: Friendship For Life by David Kurio


BOLD INTERPRETATION Dress by Nardos Design, at Julian Gold, Price Upon Request. Earrings by Melody Ehsani, $310, at Art: Deconstructing The Myth by Brad Ellis


SOFT-HUED LIGHTNESS OF BEING Top by Masaki Matsuka $650, at Ring by OutHouse Jewerly, $225 and earrings, $207, at Bracelet by Isabela Felinski $238, at Art: Every Where Or When Ever by McKay Otto


COMPLETELY CONTROPOSTO Dress by Nookie $265, at Feather Jacket by Charles & Ron. Price Upon Request, at Art: Yellow White Daffodil by Mark Oberlin


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Burgundy Want to uncork, unwind and live la bonne vie in Burgundy? Rose Betty Williams explores this tres chic French province where chateaux and cathedrals captivate...and buying halfmillion dollar bottles of wine is the rage. Photography courtesy of the author, archival

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ONJOUR, BURGUNDY Burgundy, the wine, region, and color all hail from what was once the most powerful kingdom in Europe.

My husband Allan and I visited Burgundy in July and August. We wanted to learn about the history, sample the food, savor the wines, explore the castles, be captivated by the music and relax in verdant picturesque scenery. The more we saw and experienced, the greater our curiosity and enchantment! Our only regrets are that we did not dedicate at least three full weeks for this trip nor a return trip the third weekend of November for the Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction.

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We flew from Austin to Paris, spent a week in Paris followed by Estee Lauder at Neiman Marcus, 1954 excursions to the Loire Valley to tour Chambord, Chenonceau and Amboise, and then for a “boating party” luncheon in Chatou at the place where Auguste Renoir created the painting of the same name. We highly recommend both of these excursions, but the highlight of our French travels this trip was Burgundy.

Vezelay, Burgundy

From Paris we took a TGV high speed, 90-minute long train ride to Dijon, the capital of Burgundy. Dijon is a very cosmopolitan city best known for its seemingly infinite varieties of mustard, but also home to the Palace of the Dukes, where the Musée des Beaux-Arts was established in 1787. The Musée is a well-preserved medieval palace and fine arts museum with more than 130,000 works from antiquity to contemporary art. It is also where Philippe le Bon Tower or Terrace Tower is located and offers spectacular views of Dijon and the Grand Cru hillside towards Beaune from atop its 316 steps. Near the Palace is The Church of Notre-Dame of Dijon, a Roman Catholic church that is considered a masterpiece of 13th-century Gothic architecture but also famous for its triple row of fake gargoyles sculpted in the 1880s. The original gargoyles were supposedly removed when one fell off and crushed a moneylender. We stayed at a charming hotel, Maison Philippe le Bon, and enjoyed a delicious dinner with friends in the outside courtyard and gardens. Allan had boeuf bourguignon - beef braised in Burgundian red wine with onions, garlic, carrots, and aromatic herbs and served with noodles. He devoured his dish. I ordered the oeufs en meurette because it’s a traditional dish and I’d never had it. What a treat - I loved every bite. It’s super-rich and creamy, consisting of eggs poached in a red wine sauce known as meurette that’s made with bacon, onions, mushrooms and shallots. No calorie counting here.


SAVOIR-FARE Our friends at whose home we’d be staying in Vic-sous-Thil, Burgundy, had coq au vin -chicken braised in wine that has its origins in ancient Gaul - and jambon à la chablisienne - a casserole that uses thick slices of ham prepared in a sauce of Chablis white wine, crème fraîche and tomato sauce. Needless to say, we shared a couple of bottles of Burgundy wine, one from Chateau de Marsannay and the other from Chateau de la Rochepot. The next morning we stopped by the Galerie Lafayette, the department store also in Paris, and then walked the self-guided hour-long Owl Trail to 22 of Dijon’s main attractions. The owl is Dijon’s good luck charm. The “magical” owl, only 12-inches tall and carved into the north wall of Notre Dame de Dijon on the Rue de la Chouette, “Owl Street”, has been granting wishes for 300 years to all who stroke his face with their left hand. Our last stop in Dijon was the Marche de Dijon, an indoor farmers market that’s open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and is comprised of approximately 300 stalls that sell fresh and local products, including Burgundy cheese, Charolais beef, lamb, pork, Bresse chicken, seasonal fruit and vegetables, freshly baked bread, pastry, herbs, spices, honey and souvenirs. We purchased some Epoisses and Chavignot cheese, apricots,

bread and creme de cassis (a black currant liqueur) that we planned to mix with Aligote white wine to make Kir, a popular Burgundian apertif cocktail. Early afternoon, we loaded our baggage into our friends’ car and off we went. The countryside is drop-dead gorgeous and peppered with chateaux that are centuries old, some dating back to Roman times. Our friends told us about the Collegiale de Thil they purchased. Built across the hill from the Castle de Thil by the Bishop of Burgundy Jean Thil II in 1341, the Collegiale is a fortified church that no longer functions as a church, but supports and is supported by the community, has an historic monument designation and is the private residence of our friends. Concerts, art shows, civic events and ceremonies are held at the Collegiale throughout the year.

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The Musée des Beaux-Arts de dijon is a well-preserved medieval palace and fine arts museum with more than 130,000 works from antiquity to contemporary art. It is also where Philippe le Bon Tower or Terrace Tower is located and offers spectacular views of Dijon and the Grand Cru hillside towards Beaune from atop its 316 steps.

No description could have prepared us for this experience. We approached the Collegiale and were stunned by the breathtaking views and the 14th century architecture. We could hardly believe we’d be staying there, and specifically, on the third floor of the bell tower. Incredible. Our hosts pointed to an ornately carved nearly 6-foot long tombstone laid flat like a tile in the stone floor. It is the burial place of Pierre Chiffonye, the Doyen of the Collegiale, and dated 1492. They also showed us the bullet holes on the exterior stone walls, which based on their research on the bullets found, was probably where the Nazis executed Resistance fighters. The nearby Morvan Forest was a good hiding place for the Resistance in World War II.

Abbey of Fontenay

We walked the trails around the Collegiale, took photos, marveled at the views of the countryside and the village of Precy-Sous-Thil in the valley below and enjoyed a delightful picnic meal under 500-year old Linden, chestnut and walnut trees. The hills and valleys looked like they were blanketed in a patchwork quilt made with every shade of green. While we were eating, opera singers were rehearsing for a concert scheduled a few nights later in the Collegiale. We got a preview of their performances of Schubert, Verdi, Rossini, Debussy, Monteverdi and more, and were transported by their voices and the ethereal quality of the acoustics. The concert was one of eight concerts scheduled as part of the annual Musicales en Auxois Summer Opera Festival.

Chateau de la Crée tasting

Cote d’Or vineyards

PAR EXCELLENCE The next day we visited Vézelay, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Vézelay is a medieval town built on a hilltop on the left bank of the Cure River in the Yonne region of Burgundy. Shortly after it was established in the 9th century on land that had been the villa of the Roman Vercellus (the pronunciation evolved into Vézelay), the Benedictine Abbey of Vézelay acquired the relics of Mary Magdalene, and henceforth became an important place of pilgrimage. It is one of the main points of departure of the Santiago Camino pilgrimage. Saint Bernard preached about the Second Crusade there in 1146, and Richard the Lion-Hearted and Philip II Augustus met there to leave for the Third Crusade in 1190. With its sculpted capitals and portal,

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the Madeleine of Vézelay – a 12th century monastic church – is a masterpiece of Burgundian Romanesque art and architecture. We toured the basilica, shopped and stopped for lunch at Auberge de la Coquille where we dined on delicious food and sipped on very reasonably priced and extraordinary Vézelay wines – a Bourgogne Blanc and a Bourgogne Rouge. Vézelay produces mostly white wines based on the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Melon de Bourgogne grape varieties. Since I loved the wine, I bought a few bottles of Cave Henry de Vézelay, Domaine Eypert and Domaine Elise at one of the many local wine stores. If we had known how difficult it would be to find Vézelay wines in the US, we would have purchased and shipped home a couple of cases. That night we were treated to an evening of enchantment and music at l’Abbaye de Fontenay. The capacity crowd of probably 700 came from all parts of France for this Musicales en Auxios Summer Opera Festival concert and was entranced by the heavenly performance of Johann Sebastian

Bach’s Magnificat. The Baroque orchestra, including trumpets and timpani, in combination with the beautiful singing, made the evening glorious and unforgettable. Furthermore, as the sun set, the Abbey of Fontenay was transformed. Every archway, the entrance lodge, the great garden, the galleries, dormitory, forge, Cloisters and Abbey Church were illuminated by candlelight. Truly awesome. The Abbey of Fontenay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was founded by Saint Bernard in 1118 and is one of the oldest Cisterian abbeys. The Cistercian monks were the proprietors of the Abbey and estate from the 12th through the 15th centuries. The Abbey went into decline during the French Revolution, was sold as a property of the state in 1790, and then bought in 1820 by Elie de Mongolfier, a descendant of the inventors of the hot air balloon. In 1906, Eduoard Aynard, the son-in-law of Raymond de Mongolfier, bought the property. Today the Abbey of Fontenay still belongs to the Aynard family. The next morning we drove to Arcy-Sure-Cure to see prehistoric cave art. There are more than 30 caves - eleven are prehistoric and

We approached the Collegiale and were stunned by the breathtaking views and the 14th century architecture. We could hardly believe we’d be staying there, and specifically, on the third floor of the bell tower. Incredible.

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Christie’s, which handled the 157th auction in 2017, reported that $15,964,575 was raised - the highest result ever - and that the Charity Barrel “La Pièce des Présidents”, from the Corton Grand-Cru Clos du Roi 2017 harvest, was purchased for $495,600, the second highest ever.

Hospices de Beaune wine auction

two contain prehistoric drawings. The “Great Cave” has the second oldest cave paintings in the world (approximately 28,000 years old) after the Chauvet Cave in the Ardeche (31,000 years old). The cave art depicts mammoths, bears, stags and rhinoceros. Unfortunately, all tours were in French so we had a hard time following explanations of the art, their discovery and preservation, and the commentary about the stalactites, stalagmites, columns and draperies. We discussed driving the short distance to MuseoParc Alesia, the site where Rome defeated the Gauls, to see re-enactments of the battle and replica war engines, but chose instead to go back to the Collegiale to drink our Vézelay wine, take naps, walk, prepare dinner, eat, relax, and yes, drink more wine!


PIÈCE DE RÉSISTANCE A visit to Beaune was a high priority for us. It is a walled town in the heart of Burgundy’s famous vineyards Pommard, Corton-Charlemagne, Romanée-Conti, Meursault, Santenay and Savigny-les-Beaune. Surrounded by the Cote d’Or vineyards, it is renowned for the colorful, geometric- patterned roof tiles of the Hospices de Beaune, now the Hotel-Dieu Museum, and the Hospices de Beaune annual charity wine auction, the primary wine auction in France, held on the third weekend in November. The Beaune Tourism Department describes the auction weekend as “The wine sale is the heart of a true “Rabelaisian” feast and forms part of an

event called “The Three Glorious Days of Burgundy”. It is preceded on Saturday by the “Chapter” of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin (Brotherhood of the Knights of the Tastevin) and a dinner at Clos de Vougeot. It is followed on noon on Monday by a lunch, the “Paulée”, at Château de Meursault. During this traditional meal, guests bring their own bottles, giving this event a roundness and conviviality typical of Burgundy.” Christie’s, which handled the 157th auction in 2017, reported that $15,964,575 was raised - the highest result ever - and that the Charity Barrel “La Pièce des Présidents”, from the Corton Grand-Cru Clos du Roi 2017 harvest, was purchased for $495,600, the second highest ever. By the way, one barrel of wine is called “a pièce” in Burgundy. The 2017 Pièce des Présidents consisted of two barrels of 228 litres.

Marche de Dijon

Although the actual auction is reserved for potential buyers, the general public can watch on a giant screen set up on the street. Bidders can also call in their bids or make them online. Additionally, there are shows, concerts, street performances, a parade, and wine tastings, and local restaurants offer special menus to coincide with the auction. Proceeds from the Auction benefit medical treatment at the Hospice de Beaune and maintenance of the historic buildings. Proceeds from La Pièce des Présidents go to charity, and in 2017, went to The Federation for Brain Research, The Foundation for Alzheimer’s Research and the Foundation Tara Expeditions. An interesting factoid about Burgundy is that in 2018, a 750ml bottle of 1945 Romanée-Conti Burgundy sold for $558,000, making it the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at auction. Sotheby’s, which handled the auction, noted that the bottle came from the personal cellar of Robert Drouhin, the patriarch of the family-run Maison Joseph Drouhin.

Vineyard in Pommard, Cote de Beaune, d’Or

From Beaune, we went to Château de la Crée in Santenay for a tour and tasting. Established in 1431 when it was owned by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor to Philippe the Good and founder of the Hospices de Beaune, the Chateau’s vineyards include seven rare Premier Cru blocks located entirely along the renowned Côte d’Or escarpment. Ken and Grace Evenstad, founders of Domaine Serene Winery in Oregon, purchased Château de la Crée in 2015 and applied modern day biodynamic farming practices with centuries old winemaking techniques to drive optimal terroir expression, and ensure soil and plant health. My husband and I loved, bought and shipped home both the Chateau de la Crée Santenay Premier Cru Gravieres and the Château de la Crée Santenay Monopole Clos de la Confrérie Pinot Noir. We very much enjoyed our visit to Burgundy and continue to savor our experiences and the flavors of our vin de Bourgogne while toasting all with A Votre Sante and a Bon Voyage to Burgundy. s

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Cuba of yesteryear was the international destination of the Jet Set. Then it was out with Batista, in with Castro and all the fun evaporated under the Communist regime. Here, our roving vintage culture chronicler Lori Duran hops back in time to share why Havana was the sultry hotspot for CafĂŠ Society. Photography courtesy of author, Library of Congress Bpb Mackie and Cher. Photography by Sonja Fleming/Getty

Dianne Carroll, Carol Channing, Bob Mackie and Carol Burnett, 1980s

Capital of Cuba, Havana. Photography courtesy of Library of Congress Fashion luncheon in a Havana garden, 1950s

Havana’s cafe society, 1950s


There is a reason why Havana was called the Paris of the Caribbean before the Communist regime took over. I still recall my grandfather telling me how he and grandmother never understood why the Cuban people turned to communism since they seemed to all be living a good life. Then my mother reminded me that her parents never ventured beyond its capitol city, Havana, when they visited. If they had maybe they would have seen some of the poverty in the countryside. But they only saw the inner city with its dramatic architecture and its beautiful suburbs like Miramar that went on for what seemed like hundreds of blocks. So, it appeared to be a land of plenty. It’s been said that when Christopher Columbus first saw Cuba he described it as “more beautiful than any I have ever seen.” Sometimes I’ve also heard Havana was just a highly decorated watering hole mostly owned and operated by the American mafioso. But others have explained that Cuba was a successful and complex capitalistic society that had growing middle and upper-classes. Yes, it had casinos and mob-related


business and also, diverse and homegrown economies. For example, it was an agricultural leader in the sugar industry which created wealth and sugar barons who were skilled at manipulating the markets for sugar.

It’s been said that when Christopher Columbus first saw Cuba he described it as “more beautiful than any I have ever seen.” Havana residents enjoyed their fast-growing economy, famed restaurants, fashion shows, coming out parties for debutantes, country clubs, beautiful beaches and balmy weather. They also briefly had a Cuban Gran Prix. Many Cubans enjoyed the good life and the Cuban capitol was firmly cemented into the Jet Set circuit of must-stays. It was this

Conrad Hilton and Ann Miller, Havana Hilton oepning, 1958

Hotel Nacional swimming pool, 1950s

Havana Hilton, 1959

Ernest Hemingway, Mizi Gaynor and guests at the Havana Hilton opening. 1958

affluence that many saw when visiting the island just 105 miles from Florida. The Havana suburban homes were well-built and not dominated with tall protective fences surrounding them like they are in more impoverished countries. Then came revolution and the Cuban president fleeing on January 1, 1959. George Raft, the Hollywood actor, was managing the Hotel Nacional in Havana at the time and was awakened by the sounds of gunfire that night. In the end, Fidel Castro was immediately successful in overrunning Havana and took up headquarters in the posh and just then recently opened Havana Hilton.


Havana had its share of world class hotels. The Havana Hilton had been built just before the revolution, at a cost of $24 million. The venue opened with five fun-filled days of festivities in 1958 and with Conrad Hilton himself in attendance, accompanied by his compan-

ion, actress Ann Miller. The Havana Hilton was Latin America’s tallest and largest hotel. In fact, it boasted 630 guest rooms, including 42 suites; an elegant casino; six restaurants and bars, including a Trader Vic’s and a rooftop bar; a massive supper club; extensive convention facilities; a shopping arcade; an outdoor pool surrounded by cabanas; and two underground garages with a capacity of 500 cars. In the late 1950s work had also began on the Havana Riviera. Already envisioned as “The Riviera of the Caribbean”, it was considered the epitome of resort-construction, and was certainly one of the costlier hotels in Cuba. The hotel was not only near downtown Havana, it was advantageously close to residential Miramar and its Country Club. When the Havana Riviera opened on December 10, 1957, it was the largest purpose-built casino-hotel in Cuba or anywhere in the world at that time outside Las Vegas (the Havana Hilton surpassed its size a year later). The opening act that night at the Copa Cabaret was Ginger Rogers and her music revue directed by former MGM musical director Jack Cole.


Trader Vics, 1950s

Havana Hilton, 1958

The Hotel Nacional de Cuba where Raft fled for his life, also known as Hotel Nacional, was developed with a mix of styles including Sevillian, Roman, Moorish and Art Deco. The hotel was constructed in just fourteen months on the site of the Santa Clara Battery, which dates back to 1797. Parts of the battery has been preserved in the hotel’s gardens, including two large coastal guns dating from the late 19th century. Interestingly, it is speculated that the Eloise books by Kay Thompson about a mischievous six-year-old may have actually been inspired by a Cuban girl who grew up in Hotel Nacional, not the Plaza Hotel that ended up being Thompson’s setting for the stories.


During the first half of the twentieth century was a time of unbridled prosperity in Cuba. The lives of many in Havana revolved around family gatherings and lavish social events. Cuba had a rich vibrant merchant economy including the formidable El Encanto department store known for its sizeable Christian Dior boutique.


Just before the revolution, the late 1950s were a magical time in Havana. Earnest Hemingway had stationed himself at the El Floridita where he helped popularize the Daiquiri cocktail. Havana was a compulsory stop for jet-setters and movie stars. The Havana night clubs featured entertainment like Nat King Cole at the Tropicana, Tony Bennett at the Sans Souci, Maurice Chevalier at the Montmartre and Frank Sinatra at the Hotel Nacional. The only problem Cubans seem to have was their politics and their president. Never widely popular, President Fulgencio Batista had come to power as a dictator in 1952 and capitulated quickly by the end of December 1958 after finding out that he had lost all support and no longer was effectively in control. In stark contrast was Fidel Castro, a well-educated son of a wealthy landowner. Some Cubans, who had vast resources and much to lose, originally supported Castro in driving out and replacing Batista. As soon as Castro, an authoritarian communist, took control of Havana

Hotel Nacional lobby Photo courtesy Library of Congress

his true intentions became apparent and those who had the means to escape did so. Cubans who had assets abroad were the lucky ones. Baggage of those leaving was limited to one suitcase per person. There are stories about people who had jewelry and pieces of their family silver taped to their bodies, sewn inside their clothing, or made other surreptitious arrangements to leave with as many of their valuable assets as possible. So many years after the communist revolution there is still hope for a return to more freedoms and a return to prosperity. They physical decay of Cuba since the revolution is well documented. Isadora Tattlin wrote in her book Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana, when flying into Havana in 1990 that as their airplane descended for landing her view out of the window was described as, “…we see houses and roads. We search for cars. There are none; then, closer, we see one, moving patiently. Closer, we see Olympic-sized swimming pools with (now it begins) no water in them, with high platforms for diving boards but no diving boards, just bent rusted metal supports. We see rusted metal sup-

“Just before the revolution, the late 1950s were a magical time in Havana.” ports for billboards; the billboards having fallen off long ago.” Cuba’s economic losses and decay has caused great suffering and poverty. It’s understandable that anyone questions whether the Cubans really needed this revolution. Hopefully capitalism will return, and travel restrictions will continue to relax so that someday again Cubans can live well and Americans can more easily travel to Havana with hopes of a glimpse of its glamorous tropical past. s


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the cowgirl way Cowgirls Live Forever Luncheon Rides To Success

THE SETTING: The 14th annual Cowgirls Live Forever scholarship luncheon and style show certainly lived up to its name as many of the city’s attendees filled the Mays Family Event Center at the Witte Museum to salute 2019 honoree Janell Kleberg. Presenting sponsor Julian Gold lit up the crowd with an eastmeets-wild western style show featuring rodeo-season favorites and au courant spring fashion.

By Jake Gaines | Photography by Greg Harrison

Janell Kleberg

Laura Jane Elder and Jessica Erin Elliott

Cina Forgason, Sophie Larkin and Linda Yarborough

THE STYLE: Couture cowgirls, as well as those who bring to life the stories of Texas legend and lore, came together at the sold-out event that each year serves to raise scholarship money for the youth of Texas. Honorary chair Tio Kleberg introduced this year’s honoree, Janell Kleberg, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and an ardent volunteer for countless charitable causes in the city and South Texas. The guests then enjoyed the cowgirl-friendly luncheon cuisine by Rosemary’s Catering. THE PURPOSE: The Cowgirls Live Forever scholarship luncheon and style show has awarded over $1.8 million in scholarships. Each year, an honoree is chosen based on her independence, courage and resilience as a woman whose life exemplifies all that preserves our western heritage and helps to shape Texas agriculture and the youth of Texas. Continued...

Karen Hunke, Carla Northington, Janell Kleberg, Mona George and Kim Kleberg

Dorian Sullivan, Susan Williams, Barbara and Mickey McKenzie, Carroll Sullivan and Bub Williams


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Tawana Timberlake and Sharron Batchelor

Scott and Julie Kleberg

Tristan Sumny, Myra Arthur and Tio Kleberg

Karen Karawan, Heather Haynes and Bekki Kowalski

Scott Lamoureux, Brian Maynard and Matt Maroney

Carolyn and Mark Johnson

Leslie Bennett, Cardo Kleberg and Courtney Watson

Samantha Cayton

Caroline Walker & Ed and Linda Whitacre

Martha Maxwell, Cheri Longoria and Mary Philips

Donna Block, Tracy Wolff and Earl Fae Eldridge


Olive Anne Kleberg, Janell Kleberg and Tres Kleberg


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a story book dream SAFE Alliance’s A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream Gala Dazzles By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Bobby Scheidemann

Tiffany Stillwell, Mindy Brown and Ronda Gray

Bob and Gretchen Ellis

Lesley and Ted Lorenz

Cindy Klatt and Michelle Long Held


Bob and Deb Corbin

Amanda Dudley and Lockie Ealy

Theo and D’Andra Ulmer

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THE SETTING: A recent Saturday evening at Austin’s Fairmont Hotel was the setting for the annual SAFE Alliance Storybook Gala. The event attracted approximately 700 of Austin’s most notable Sociables and philanthropists for an incredible evening of fun and fundraising. THE STYLE: The prologue of this storybook affair began with cocktails in the foyer of the Fairmont. Here, the black-tie crowd socialized and mingled anticipating the fun ahead. As the clock struck seven bells, the doors opened wide to the Fairmont Ballroom where the audience went to view the next act of the evening. As partygoers dined on a sublime multicourse meal, they were treated to the evening’s program. The emotionally-charged program featured touching videos and testimonials of how SAFE has positively impacted many citizens. The next scene of this story was the live auction, which raised over $500,000. Patrons bid on an impressive array of items including a VIP experience to The Ellen Degeneres Show and a private island getaway in Belize for fourteen guests. The fun continued well into the evening as guests danced the night away, creating a happily ever after for all who were a part of this fairy tale evening.

THE PURPOSE: The event, chaired by Michelle Long Held and Cindy Klatt, raised nearly $1.2 million dollars for the SAFE Alliance. The mission of SAFE is to end sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse and domestic violence through prevention, intervention and advocacy for change. Continued...




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Jenna Simons, Ari Hartung and Michael Simons

Salma Manzur and Ashley Brinkman

Calvin and Jackie Smith

Jay and Kelley Lamy

Monica Peraza and Kristi Gonzales

Beth and Frank Stabile

Christine and Louie Messina

Kelly White

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Joanie Schoener Bentzin and Annette Renaud

Latrice Coleman and Jacque Smith-Francis


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camping it up Two-Part Fundraiser Supports Camp Aranzazu By Jake Gaines | Photography by Greg Harrison

Virginia Ballard and Bobby Hatcher

Callie Price, Emmy Ballantyne and Kelly Fry

Lindsey Ashcroft, Courtney Percy and Stacy Smaistrla Jolie Flavin, Lucy Peveto, Tracee Feik and Ann Cross

Heather Affleck, Hannah Beever, Elizabeth Dewar and Linda Blount

Larry Cochran, Doreen Magoon, Jody Cochran and Dr. Mike Magoon

Jon and Shannon Turner & Blake and Perry Finger


Alyse and Webb Sellers & Sage and Rowe Blount

THE STYLE: The bash gave new meaning to the term “with bells on”, as over 200 red bells swayed in the wind at varying heights across the entire entrance to The Witte Museum’s Mays Family Center. As guests passed under the canopy of Christmas bells, a Holiday Bells & Shells backdrop framed by two life-sized wooden nutcrackers provided a perfect place to commemorate the evening with photos. From there, the fun continued as gala-goers walked through the doors into a Black Forest-themed feast for the eyes. Complete with an entire ballroom bathed in red up-lighting and accented with glistening snow-covered Bavarian rooftops at every turn. The event was planned and executed flawlessly by Billinda Wilkinson of Wilkinson Rhodes. Cuisine for the event was provided by Rosemary’s Catering..

Sally Hill and Sarah Moore

Rob and Nicole McLane

THE SETTING: The day consisted of an all-day skeet shoot at the San Antonio Gun Club (catered by Smoke Shack) followed by the Bell Bash that evening at The Witte Museum. Three pop-up events at Los Cazadores, Baker Tatum and Meadow boutique in San Antonio generously donated the proceeds to the cause.

Tracy and Jack Williams


THE PURPOSE: Co-chairs Shannon & Jon Turner and Blake & Perry Finger hosted the first annual event that raised $150,000 in San Antonio benefitting Camp Aranzazu, a camp serving children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses, located on Copano Bay in Rockport, Texas. s

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how the west was won Briscoe Western Art Museum Luncheon Honors Jack and Valerie Guenther By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Jerstad Photography

THE SETTING: The Jack Guen-

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ther Pavilion at the Briscoe Western Art Museum was the setting for a luncheon honoring the generosity that has been instrumental in the success of one of San Antonio’s most revered cultural institutions. Many museum supporters and community leaders gathered to honor Jack and Valerie Guenther who were presented with the 2018 Dolph and Janey Briscoe Legacy Award.

THE STYLE: The attendees congratulated the Guenthers for their support of the Briscoe Museum. As friends and admirers made their way to their seats for the luncheon and program, there was a sense of appreciation, respect and admiration in the air.

Debbie Montford and Sheryl Sculley

Various speakers shared stories of the Guenthers and how their support of the Briscoe has supported and enriched the lives of so many, which has included the donations of so many, including their philanthropic donations of many pieces of art generously given to the museum’s permanent collection. The Honorable Nelson Wolff summed up the sentiments of the afternoon by proclaiming “Without the tenacity of Jack Guenther, there would not be a Briscoe Western Art Museum.”

Jack and Valerie Guenther, Abigail Kampmann and Jack Guenther Jr.

THE PURPOSE: The legacy award

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Jamie Meredith, Dr. Bill Henrich & Tracy and Hon. Nelson Wolff

Nancy Loeffler and Jane Macon


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