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82. SEEKING PARADISE French Polynesia is one of the most exotic destinations you could ever find. Upon arrival, it’s love at first sight, thanks to the luxury beach lifestyle for which it has become so famous. By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Le Bora Bora and Archival

90. MONACO? MARVELOUS It has been the Jet-Set’s international destination for decades, and its popularity continues to thrive. Join us for this fly-on-a-champagne look at this majestic region. By Gordon Kendall Photography courtesy of Archival

96. MEET ME AT THE CADILLAC You can’t tell the pop-cultural story of Texas without including the world-renowned Cadillac Bar and Restaurant in Nuevo Laredo. We learn why its timeless allure was the attraction for so many visitors at the border. By Lori Duran Photography courtesy of Lori Duran, City of Laredo

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departments 26. contribute It takes a village to create this magazine and our digital media platform, SocietyTexas.com. Here’s a look at some of the many talented dynamos who make it happen, as we stay cool these summery days.

30. editor’s letter Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan shares his always optimistically sunny disposition for the summertime.

33. introduce A brief look at this exciting issue full of robust spirit and the unbridled abundance ahead.

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There is always something new to discover in Texas...in spite of the pandemic. Join Lance Avery Morgan as he chooses the best things in life to know and experience right now.

36. glow Our beauty insider, Ana Bribiesca Hoff, recommends the best new make-up and beauty trends for the summer.

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38. evolve Our new Etiquette Guy, Jay Remer, is on hand to solve some of our greatest conundrums of today’s modern social life in his wonderfully approachable way.

40. inspire Things are heating up as Eleanora Morrison of Eleanora.co, recommends some of her favorite finds that will captivate you for the warmer days ahead.

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Austin-based Resonance Repatterning expert Mary Schneider shares her views on how we can expand and grow, just like the seasons do.

46. list Travel near and far with the latest style picks from Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee, who makes it easier to choose from the best of the best.

48. drive Join us as we adventure with The Gentleman Racer’s Mike Satterfield as he takes out a BMW or two at the prestigious BMW Performance Driving Experience.

52. marketplace We recommend that Estancia Del Norte, the former La Mansion Hotel in downtown, in San Antonio be your first stop in the Alamo City.

54. quest The best things available for men are all within reach, according to our Lance Avery Morgan

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En la Feria by Roberto de la Selva, 1935. Courtesy of San Antonio Musuem of Art

100. savor Our editors Lance Avery Morgan (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jennifer Roosth (Houston), and Eleanora Morrison (San Antonio), are on the scene to recommend their favorite eateries across the state.

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104. exhibit We are already seeking more cultural pursuits as the pandemic subsides. Take a look at some offerings from our state’s finest museums and cultural institutions, according to our arts arbiter, Leanne Raesener.

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62. TEXAS Jan Bullock and Robert Green

64. SAN ANTONIO Cece Griffin, Ana Leah Montemayor, Amelita Mauzé and Emilie Petty

THE VERY BEST EVENTS ACROSS TEXAS 60. HOUSTON The Houston Symphony Orchestra event

62. TEXAS The Bob Bullock State History Museum event

64. SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Children’s DoSeum event

66. DALLAS The Symphony of Chefs by Design Event

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68. SAN ANTONIO Hannah Elizabeth Bakke Princess of the Court of Parisian Splendour

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & CREATIVE DIRECTOR Lance Avery Morgan GRAPHIC DESIGN Beast Creative Agency Edy Hernandez • Alexis Pedregon • John Speer SENIOR SOCIAL EDITOR Rob Giardinelli ASSOCIATE EDITORS Leanne Raesener • Jennifer Roosth Cynthia Smoot • Rose Betty Williams DIGITAL DIRECTOR Eleanora Morrison WRITERS Jamie Chandlee • Lori Duran • Jake Gaines • Rob Giardinelli Ana Bribiesca Hoff • Gordon Kendall • Lance Avery Morgan Eleanora Morrison • Leanne Raesener • Jay Remer • Jennifer Roosth Michael Satterfield • Mary Schneider • Cynthia Smoot PHOTOGRAPHERS Katie Clementson • Chris Caselli • Thomas Garza Jenna Beth Lyde • Thao Nguyen • Wilson Parish • Romy Suskin SOCIETY AMBASSADORS Natalie Bond Bloomingdale • Los Angeles Paul Bradshaw • San Francisco John Danielson • Washington, D.C. NATIONAL & REGIONAL ADVERTISING Rossana Leeper, Publisher RossanaLeeper@GMail.com 210.861.3324 Rob Giardinelli, C.O.O./Assoc. Publisher Rob@SocietyTexas.com 512.740.7534

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contribute JAMIE CHANDLEE

ANA BRIBIESCA HOFF

As a busy working mom of two, Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee developed a strong passion for technologies that simplify consumer experiences, so people have more time for the parts of their lives not behind a screen. She and her team contribute our List column in each issue, and her vision for Rank & Style is to give people back the time they waste digging through endless fashion resources to find the products they like. Chandlee is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and is grateful to be able to help people outside the office through her participation in numerous socially impactful organizations.

Writer and enthusiast of all things beauty, fashion, travel, and healthy livingrelated, our Glow beauty contributor Ana Bribiesca Hoff is currently working in the higher education non-profit sector and has also launched AnaBribs.com. In this new lifestyle blog, she shares her passions, experiences, and special tips along with sneak peeks inside her life while also hoping to share large doses of inspiration. This month she reveals the most alluring summer beauty secrets yet.

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LORI DURAN

Lori Duran has had a diverse career and currently 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 in coordinating volunteers and helping the Oral History Committee. She also writes articles for Society Texas and other publications and recently authored the book Austin’s Travis Heights Neighborhood. She wrote the feature on the Cadillac Bar in Laredo that appears in this issue and has released her second book, The University of Texas at Austin: The First One Hundred Years.

Our very fashionable Texan-turnedNew Yorker-turned-eternal-Southerner contributor Gordon Kendall is always on the go and on the scene. He is a freelance fashion author and educator, and in this issue, he helms a feature where he offers keen insight about V.I.P. Monaco. He is also an executive member of the Fashion Group International/New York, a member of The Couture Council, and The Museum at F.I.T.

ELEANORA MORRISON

Our Digital Director Eleanora Morrison, who is also our Inspire and Savor columnist, is a content creator, editor, and creative consultant currently based in San Antonio. She has over a decade of print and digital media experience as a writer, editor, content producer, and creative director. Entering the content creation space, initially as a lifestyle blogger, Morrison has since grown to manage an award-winning digital media platform and creative consulting company. Connect with her on social media @eleanoramorrison and explore more of her work at Eleanora.co.

JAKE GAINES

Whether finding the best restaurant in Rome overlooking the Colosseum...or taking a private tour of the Queen’s art collection at Buckingham, our cultural enthusiast and arbiter Jake Gaines, a native Texan, is always on the go. Our very own James Bond on the social scene, he will gladly wield his saber to pop open a bottle of Champagne before advancing into a masked ball. His motto? Bring your passport and wear the tuxedo since one never knows what can happen. He’s a beloved guest at any dinner party and is known for his disappearing tablecloth trick. When in doubt, he recommends everyone into the pool for a midnight game of what else? Marco Polo.

LEANNE RAESENER Our Associate Editor Leanne Raesener was formerly the city editor for both Brilliant and The Society Diaries magazines. A fifth-generation Texan raised in Austin; she spent most of her career in Manhattan before we were fortunate to have her back in the Lone Star State. After working at Goldman Sachs in Charitable Giving for many years, it only deepened her interest in philanthropy. She supports many charities but holds most near and dear to her heart, her brother, Jack Frederick Raesener’s Scholarship Fund, Ballet Austin, and NYU FACES. Her love of life, generosity, creative style, and wordsmithing are a winning combination.

ROB GIARDINELLI

Certified professional coach and branding expert by day, social commentator by night, Associate Publisher and Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli is a man of many interests. He loves being a part of any room where the larger than life essence of social Texans exudes, whether it is cooking a meal at home for a small group of friends or being a part of a non-profit gala for over a thousand guests. Most of all, he appreciates how Texans so generously and passionately give back and relishes weaving his social commentary to showcase those who work tirelessly to raise awareness of important causes in the state of Texas and beyond. EDY HERNANDEZ Edy Hernandez, Beast Creative Agency’s founder, decided to take the idea of the traditional agency and turn it on its ear... or better said, let the problem speak for itself. The Beast addresses your marketing challenges with creative thinking. Solving such issues is their jam. They have frequently helped their clients with their own non-marketing related internal processes derived simply through a fresh perspective and ideation.

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JAY REMER

Our new Evolve columnist, Jay Remer, Canada’s Etiquette Guy, catered his first dinner party at the age of 14 and hasn’t looked back since. Raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Remer emigrated to Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, where he owns and operates The Windsor House, an 18th Century residence. Remer produces several shows, which can be viewed on YouTube, for CHCO-TV, New Brunswick, Canada’s only community channel. His bi-weekly newspaper column is published in the Telegraph-Journal in Saint John, NB, Canada. Remer also happily speaks, writes, and teaches civility. His book, The Six Pillars of Civility, is scheduled for release later this year.

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contribute JENNIFER ROOSTH Our talented and terrifically connected Associate Editor Jennifer Roosth is a Houstonbased 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.”

MICHAEL SATTERFIELD Our Drive columnist Michael Satterfield is an award-winning journalist, traveler, photographer, and lifelong automotive enthusiast who has been featured in Forbes, Hot Rod Magazine, A-Cars, Easy Riders, and many other publications. Satterfield founded the popular men’s lifestyle site, TheGentlemanRacer.com, as a blog in 2002, which has grown to become an online and print magazine reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. This month he reports on the BMW Performance Driving Experience that happens in Palm Springs.

MARY SCHNEIDER Mary Schneider, who contributes in this issue to our Thrive column, has been a student of energetic medicine for 30 years. She has been a Certified Resonance Repatterning Professional in private practice in Austin for the past 20 years (RePatternIt.com). Schneider is also an ordained minister and has studied numerous alternative modalities such as homeopathy, the Chinese 5 Element Acupuncture System, Ayurveda, and the Chakra System, to name a few. She loves regularly speaking in the community about how we heal.

CYNTHIA SMOOT Meet Cynthia Smoot: publicist, freelance lifestyle and travel writer, Dallas influencer, and Southern Belle. Her passion is being a connector, and whether it’s through her role as a Publicist for Gangway Advertising, through social media, or her freelance work, she loves to shine a spotlight on the people, places, events, and services that give Dallas its flavor. Connect with her on all social media platforms @OhSoCynthia.

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ROSE BETTY WILLIAMS

Wherever there is a wonderful party, there is usually Associate Editor and social chronicler Rose Betty Williams. She also leads symposia, plans events, serves on boards, and supports organizations from OperaAmerica to the Helping Hand Home for Children. Williams also 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…as well as a deep love for her family and community.


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it’s today WHEN I WAS A CHILD ACTOR IN COMMUNITY theatre plays and often around mostly adult actors, I looked so forward to being a grown-up. True, I was in a fictionalized cast with fellow actors who were already grown-up, yet I waited in anticipation of being an adult as well. From the hit play near to my heart, Auntie Mame, a breathless expectation of the future, was the cornerstone of the rapid-fire grown-up dialogue. One line still resonates: Light the candles, Get the ice out, Roll the rug up, It’s today! I have a feeling the rest of the world, like we at Society Texas, is lighting candles, getting the ice out, and rolling up the rug as today–and the tomorrows–all bring a breath of welcome fresh air as we move beyond COVID. With the losses and sacrifices from the pandemic still fresh on our minds, as with any problem-solving technique, we’re looking toward the ripe potential that many tomorrows hold. Because, even though there is so much to accomplish, the Universe is more expansive than our view of it. Each and every one of us gets the opportunity to have a new lease on life with this broader view. As Abraham Lincoln once famously said, “I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.” So, my question for many at the again now-often dinner parties and social events is: how will you enhance who you are and what you do for the future? What will you do differently, do better, make right, and how will you view the world in perhaps a different light moving forward? With this in mind, as we are all adults and usually love being one, it’s an exciting time to take steps to reignite and reengage for what’s up ahead in mature ways. Our team is mighty eager to resume what we know and create a bright tomorrow, so what you see in these pages is an unabashedly optimistic look at how much the world and global travel means to all of us. We want it to serve as an inspiration to set sail on new voyages, both literally and metaphorically. Along with our other great stories, profiles, interviews, and insight, we want this summer to be infinitely better than the one before it.

Lance Avery Morgan Editor-In-Chief & Creative Director Lance@SocietyTexas.com ! " @societytexas

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So, suit up and dive into life like never before and we look forward to seeing you all across the state...and the globe, because, as we well know, where there is a Texan, there is fun. s


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things are heating up With summer here, in all it is bright light and warmth, we are looking forward to diving into the possibilities it has in store, aren’t you? From new people to know, unique places to be, and things to encounter, we’re with you every sandaled step of the way.

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be in the know Where to go and what to do right now around the state and beyond? Look no further since we’ve assembled the newest and different to try and enjoy, according to our cool culture hunter, Lance Avery Morgan.

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BOXT & READY BOXT luxe table wine, Austinbased, and female-owned by Sarah Puil, has launched into the new hot craze of premium boxed wines. The three red and white varietals use Napa winemaking techniques, are eco-friendly, and sourced from the best grapes in the world. Available through a subscription service, with free shipping direct to your doorstep. At DrinkBOXT.com.

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HEIGHTENED SCENTS-ABILITY The newest candle to be a hit with those in the know is SocialLite. Gorgeous and filled with delectable scents with such themes as Set To Jet, Make Mine Champagne, Modern Ingenue, My Secret Past, Darling Really, and Isn’t It Rich. These five-star candles will add a sophisticated element to every room. $58 each. At SocialLiteCandles.com.

ESCAPE WITHOUT LEAVING HOME With travel in all of our futures, we can hardly wait. Until we’re on that jet, headed for, say, Italy, we can enjoy the flair of the fabled country with art by San Antonio-based artist Allison Gregory, whose contemporary work of abstract and specific venues, like the Italian Riviera, shown here, always brighten any venue. At AllisonGregoryFineArt.com.

ALWAYS LOOKING UP You’ll definitely want to see the Texas Performing Arts exhibit Behind the Scenes: Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel. Among the 50 backdrops received by Texas Performing Arts from the Art Directors Guild Backdrop Recovery Project was a nearly complete replica of the Sistine Chapel. These 18 backdrops represent full-scale copies of the historic frescos, that are a cornerstone of High Renaissance Art, and were used in MGM’s 1968 papal drama, The Shoes of the Fisherman, starring Anthony Quinn. At UTPerformingArts.org. s

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EUROPEAN JAUNT The American Friends of Versailles, led by Amarillo-born Catharine Hamilton, is inviting guests, under the gracious guidance of Princesse Béatrice de Bourbon des Deux Sicilies, to enjoy a spectacular benefit trip of palaces and gatherings from Vienna and Prague. This one-of-a-kind tour of the fabled cities benefits the ongoing renovation of Versailles. Make plans now for October 2–10. $20,000 per person. At AmericanFriendsOfVersailles.org.

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TOTES WITH A CONSCIENCE The BAE bag is a flagship product from Austin-based Betsy Christian, founder of Bae Liles. The totes, which come in orange and white, and black and white canvas, sport sturdy leather handles. Maker Moms handcraft them in Kenya to create sustainable lives through Fair Trade and every purchase contributes to their financial well-being. Look for a line of easy-to-wear dresses next. At BaeLiles.com.

The Shoes of the Fisherman, 1968. Italian fresco “The Last Judgement” by Michelangelo. Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon


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This warm-weather season requires a simplified beauty routine filled with inspiration, hopeful energy, and bold makeup elements, yet loweffort and impactful with looks that last all day with a light touch, according to our resident beauty expert, Ana Bribiesca Hoff. FRENCH FLAIR Your new favorite, light summer scent that will leave a lasting impression? This limited-edition Art Deco-inspired Cartier Les Necessaries a Parfum will have others enraptured by your scent. $850. At Cartier.com.

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ON-THE-GLOW The Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Blush and Illuminator freshens up cheeks, lips, and even lids by adding gorgeous color with hydrating blush for a pretty monochromatic look. $42. At Sephora.com.

EASY ON THE EYES Adding an intense color to your eyes is an easy, yet chic way to brighten your face without wearing too much makeup. Try Gucci Stylo Contour des Yeux Khol Eyeliner Pencil in Celeste. $36. At Nordstrom.com.

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GOLDEN HOUR Gilded golden eyes that beautifully complement sunkissed skin and a beachy glow are synonyms for this warm weather season. Achieve them both with the Nudestick Magnetic Nude Glimmer Highlighter. $28. At Sephora.com.

NATURALLY DEWY RMS Beauty’s Mini Living Luminizer Highlighter Glow Quad is a travel-ready, summer-must-have palette for natural dewy looks and a subtle, luminous finish. $25. At SaksFifthAvenue.com.

PROTECTED & PRETTY Try Sisley-Paris Super Soin Solaire Teinte Tinted Sunscreen Cream SPF 30, a waterresistant silky and non-greasy cream that blends effortlessly and helps preserve the skin’s photo-aging with a combination of UVA and UVB mineral filters. $180. At Nordstrom.com.

SOFT FOCUS Don’t forget to pack a lip and cheek tint in your makeup bag for an incredibly easy and natural look in one simple step. Dab Milk Makeup’s Glow Oil Lip + Cheek onto your lips and cheeks where you naturally get flushed for a soft pop of color. $15. At Sephora.com.

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CLEANSING COOL Ideal for on-the-go, Tarte’s frxxxtion stick 3-in-1 is a travel-friendly, twist-up 3-in-1 facial cleansing stick that thoroughly cleans skin to reveal smooth, glowing skin. $22. At Sephora.com.

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charting the course In this topsy-turvy world, we can always count on intuition and common sense to help us stay the course as we round the bend with the pandemic, according to our infallibly sensible Etiquette Guy, Jay Remer. Dear Etiquette Guy, Can you please help me take the guesswork out of dressing for a summer black-tie dinner party? Curiously Dressing Up Dear Dressing Up, Whenever dressing for any formal occasion, my best advice is to be comfortable, which begins with ensuring your ensemble and shoes fit correctly. Women are fortunate that they have far more flexibility and can wear colorful dresses–short or long, depending on the occasion. This traditionalist advises resisting wearing slacks or skirts for black-tie affairs, as they are too informal. It’s wonderful to enjoy all the flair you wish. Being colorful, chic, and bejeweled is always a winning combination. For men, I recommend wearing a basic black tuxedo. In the summer, a white dinner jacket is appropriate and preferred, especially in warmer climates like Texas. A crisp white shirt sets off a black suit beautifully, but soft colors can work nicely with a white jacket, especially if the color highlights your best features. A hand-tied black silk bow tie is traditional–and for a good reason– it’s always perfect. Black silk or cotton socks match your patent leather or polished black shoes. If you feel the need to add some flair to your sartorial look, limit it to one item only–a colorful tie with or without matching bright cummerbund, etc. Keeping things simple eliminates the guesswork and achieves a smashing look. Dear Etiquette Guy, Now that COVID-19 has rounded the corner, what is the appropriate attire at summer weddings, daytime, and evening events? Wedding Wonder Dear Wonderful Wedding Goer, As we emerge from the confines of this cruel pandemic, weddings are once again possible. Daytime celebrations are usually less formal than evening affairs. Women have more latitude at afternoon weddings with extravagant hats and flowing chiffon dresses, setting a high style. Slacks and skirts are also appropriate. Remember that comfort is key. Wearing sensible shoes is, well, sensible. Avoid wearing serious jewelry during the day, but please do bring out the bling at night. Sparkle, dazzle and shine as much as you wish. In the afternoon, men may wear casual suits or a snazzy trouser/blazer combo.

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Traditionally, neckties are standard, but as a more relaxed, comfortable style evolves, ties are becoming optional. For an evening event, ties still create a formal tone, especially if black-tie is not requested. Dear Etiquette Guy, As pandemic protocol loosens up a bit, can you lend some insight on summer travel etiquette when it comes to interacting with resort staff? Off To The Islands Dear Island Hopper, Traveling this summer will be different than pre-COVID times. Frankly, I’d be less concerned with the staff than with other guests. All hotels, resorts, or other tourism venues should have strict protocols in place. The staff must follow these to the letter. Guests, unfortunately, can be less attentive. In any case, I advise keeping a safe distance, wash your hands appropriately, and wear a mask in close quarters. Avoid physical contact with anyone as a precaution. Use common sense because our safety is everyone’s safety. Dear Etiquette Guy With school starting back in August, any advice for parents on encouraging our children into a routine again? Passionate Parent Dear Parental Guidance Suggested, Raising children during COVID has been the most difficult challenge most parents have ever faced in generations. Children thrive on routine and reassurances. They also can understand the reasons why there have been changes and that everyone is struggling–some even suffering. My best advice is for parents to set the pace for establishing their own routine first. Children will naturally follow your lead, especially with encouragement, which is not to be confused with commandments. Above all, have consideration for your children when they are out of sorts and confused. Also, remember to have self-compassion. These times are not easy for any of us, and we must realize that no matter what, we are doing our best. We all deserve grace from time to time. Of course, with any situations that are beyond our ability to handle, professional guidance is always available. s

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For all of the days spent lounging in the sunshine, why not sparkle while being protected from those rays? This Gucci straw hat will shimmer away as you drift to sea. $550. At Net-A-Porter.com.

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let’s get away from it all With vacation destinations beginning to open their doors again, we’re longing to get away from it all and spend a joyous summer rejuvenating in the sunshine. Our style chronicler, Eleanora Morrison, of Eleanora.co, shares looks inspired by La Dolce Vita—the sweet life of summer travels and a return to our former jet-setting ways.

110° IN THE SHADE

No summer outfit is complete without the final touch of the essential seasonal accessory: the sunnies. These Krewe shades are a perfect complement to any alfresco ensemble. $275. At NeimanMarcus.com.

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

How much is that doggie in the window? Shopping with this tote while out on the town will be sure to catch some paw-sitive attention. $299. At NeimanMarcus.com.

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When it comes to sun protection, San Antonio-based company Supergoop is a fan favorite. This summer, they’ve collaborated with photographer Gray Malin to bring extra style to your skincare routine with the Supergoop x Gray Malin collection. $75. At Supergoop.com.

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Splish, splash, these pups love a Beverly Hills bath. Why not acquire a seasonally appropriate print or pool accessory that makes every day a vacay? Starting at $299. At GrayMalin.com.

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For the warmest of days, whether at home or away, nothing beats the heat like a flowy kaftan. Inspired by classic silhouettes, the ERDEM Antibes dress is the essence of holiday style. $895. At Erdem.com.

A vacation wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without easy-to-slip-on shorts. Look no further than this romantic Zimmermann pair. Their blooming pattern will billow in the breeze as you take in all of the exciting sights. $375. At Net-A-Porter.com.

Nothing says summer glamour like a silk cover-up robe, perfect for gliding around the pool as you sip your refreshing beverage of choice. This Camilla number will have you feeling timelessly fabulous. $849. At NeimanMarcus.com.

CRISS-CROSS APPLESAUCE FROM FARM TO MARKET

These Prada sandals are perfect for a day spent wandering between the water and wherever else you find yourself exploring. $775. At NeimanMarcus.com.

For mornings at the summer farmer’s market, this Patou tote is perfect to gather ingredients for the evening’s dinner—served al fresco with a view of the water, of course. $358. At Patou.com.

Slim Aarons photography. Price upon request. At JonathanAdler.com

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The espadrille that is. These Saint Laurent canvas espadrilles can take you from a morning beach bike ride to a sunset happy hour and everywhere in between. $395. At NeimanMarcus.com.

Flirty in floral: this sweetheart swimsuit by Tory Burch is sure to turn heads at your next vacation destination. $258. At NeimanMarcus. com. s

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While vacationing, why not curl up with a good book and a view of somewhere that soothes your soul? When you do...at the beach, at home, or anywhere there is a quiet space, enjoy these recommendations from our bibliophile, Lance Avery Morgan. VALENTINO: COLLEZIONE MILANO By Bernardine Evaristo and Liz Johnson Artur Take an inside look at 2020’s identity, diversity, and inclusivity at a time when COVID dictated its rules but did not persuade art. Three different visions created a unique moment: the Valentino Collezione Milano fashion show. $85. At RizzoliUSA.com. THE MONACLE BOOK OF ITALY By Tyler Brûlé, Nolan Giles, Joe Pickard, and Andrew Tuck A celebration of all things Italian, this volume is overflowing with insights and fully illustrated with specially commissioned photography to paint a uniquely gorgeous portrait of such a dynamic nation. $65. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com.

THE MYSTERIES OF CINEMA By Peter Conrad This book’s focus on film’s otherworldly, hypnotic and magical qualities is perfect for both movie fans to discover new films and directors and students of cinema who will see familiar classics with fresh insight. $39.95. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com. CHRISTOPHER DRESSER: DESIGN PIONEER By Max Donnelly Dresser, a man who was, and continues to be, one of the most influential British designers of all time is still widely regarded as Britain’s first independent industrial designer. More than a century later, Dresser’s works, showcased in this splendidly illustrated volume, still look remarkably modern. $21.95. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com.

LIVING ART By Massimiliano Capella and Alvar González-Palacios This tome tells the story of the collection of Paolo Zani, a renowned entrepreneur, and great art enthusiast. Over three decades, Zani collected over 800 works at his home in Italy (Cellatica in Brescia), which was designed and remodeled over time in order to accommodate them. $35. At RizzoliUSA.com.

YAYOI KUSAMA: COSMIC NATURE By Mika Yoshitake Kusama is known for working in a broad range of media—including painting, performance, sculpture, and installations. In recent decades, she has risen to worldwide fame through the explosive popularity of her mesmerizing infinity mirror rooms and vibrant sculptural installations. $40. At RizzoliUSA.com.

HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON: PARIS REVISITED By Ann de Mondenard, Agnès Sire and Peter Galassi CartierBresson, hailed as the eye of the 20th century, was one of the world’s most acclaimed photographers. Paris was his home, on and off, for most of his life, and the photographs he took of the city and its people are some of his most recognizable and beloved images...with 160 photos taken from a career lasting more than fifty years. $60. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com.

MAKING POTS: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO WHEEL-THROWN CERAMICS By Stefan Andersson Taking a look at the rich history of pot-making along the way, this book serves as a step-by-step guide to the basic techniques of the craft, offering a wealth of tips on glazing and firing. This illustrated handbook guides both beginners and more experienced potters through the fascinating process of one of humanity’s oldest crafts. $25. At RizzoliUSA.com. s

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how to have a sunnier disposition Hello, you warm, gorgeous summer. According to our intuitive self-help expert, Austin-based Resonance Repatterning Practitioner, Mary Schneider, the summer season is ripe for opportunity, change, and a continued recalibration of what’s important. GOLDEN GLOW Thankfully, it looks as though our summer might be different from last year’s with the revision of the mask mandate and pandemic protocol. Trying to imagine all the events and activities set in motion with this pronouncement truly astonishes the mind after the last year we all endured. What a lovely time of year to have all this transpire. Summer is the season of fun and relaxation, especially in the south. More importantly, summer’s most distinguishing characteristic is its power to heal, nourish and nurture. Of course, these are also all the attributes of the sun. Had I lived with the Incas, Aztecs, or the Mayans, I would have been a committed sun worshipper like their cultures. With the advent of summer, people today join the ranks of celebrants answering the call of long-forgotten compulsion. Or, maybe not. There are continents of believers working long hours in stressful jobs to be able to get to the water to enjoy its restorative qualities. Beaches are covered in every color of the rainbow where not one more towel will fit. Today, we venerate the sun as much if not more than these three Indigenous Peoples combined.

oneself, which refers to the maternal instinct when the mother’s needs are not fully met while she supports those around her. In the Ayurvedic chakra system, the fire chakra is located in the solar plexus. Even the name of this chakra refers to the sun. It is masculine and relates to paternal energy and power, and not surprisingly, anger and abuse contribute to this chakra imbalance. A modality we frequently employ for an imbalanced fire chakra is to sit under a tree and let the light filter over your body. Keep your eyes open and allow the direct sun to enter your eyes and continue through your brain. Stay there for about five minutes to begin to feel nourished. The sun also supplies amounts of Vitamin D that we all need to stay healthy. The sun’s most significant contribution is as a purveyor of light, and this is why it deserves to be respected. In fact, all the faiths in the world speak and pray about the light. Christianity speaks of being the way and the light. The Hindus have Diwali, their Festival of Lights. Vesak, Buddha’s birthday, is one of Buddhism’s most important holidays. Festival of Lights in Judaism is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem. These all flow to seeking enlightenment. And there is much, much more to know. So, what are you waiting for this summer? Enjoy the light responsibly and the many ways it can enhance your well-being. s

Let’s face it. Healing properties are the sun’s stock and trade. This sounds rather masculine, yet it should be mentioned the sun is considered predominantly masculine. Breathing mountain air while drinking in the light of the sun allowed centuries of ailing patients to restore their health. In the U.S. alone, 127 million people live in coastal counties. Admittedly, the water is a big draw...and so is the sun. THEN & NOW Even ancient healing modalities recognized the curative properties of the sun. In Chinese Five Element acupuncture, the “stomach meridian” is associated with nurturance, nourishment, and caretaking (of others and the self). The color that heals this meridian is yellow, and one of its modalities is being in the sun. Stomach Meridian issues develop by the caretaking of others to the detriment of

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things are heating up In and out of the sun, while traveling aboard and nearby, you’ll want to be prepared with the season’s most stylish must-haves, according to our chic tastemaker and Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee.

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HERE, THERE & EVERYWHERE On the go with too many things to pack? Look no further than this stylish Cala leather-trimmed canvas tote by Hereu. It’s the perfect, chic accessory for your light and breezy summer lifestyle. $380. At Fave.co.

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WATCH ME NOW Technology at, and on, our wrists is now a way of life. Meet the Apple Watch collaboration with Hermès. In stainless steel with orange and Mexico Pink band made incorporating the coveted H motif. $1229. At Hermès.com.

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KEEPING IN STEP Luxe sneakers keep getting more luxurious. The new monili embossed metallic stretch knit fabric sneakers with suede trim, designed by Bruno Cucinelli, prove that made in Italy reigns supreme. $1095. At NeimanMarcus.com.

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THE SOUNDS OF SUMMER Want a haven for sleep? Look no further than this Snooz white noise sound machine. Not only is it travel-friendly, but it also has an optional iOS and Android companion apps feature. Now, sleep like a baby. $79.99. At GetSnooz.com.

REPAIR, THEN REFINE When it comes to relieving the visible signs of stress, we find that the Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask, by Shiseido, does the trick. With packs of 12, it starts working upon initial application. $70. At Sephora.com.


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AT A MOMENT’S NOTICE When traveling, it’s always smart to be prepared. With the Aviator Grand and Carry-On carbon-neutral luggage set, you’re ready for anything. We choose these in Safa because an adventure always awaits. The set, $485. At TourParavel.com.

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MASKED TRANSIT When traveling, wearing a mask will be de rigueur on the plane and when you arrive in lands far away. Why not slip into a comfy number like this one made of satin-lined silk charmeuse? $75. By Johanna Ortiz. At ModaOperandi.com.

THE BEAUTY DOCTOR IS IN Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Molecular Skincare Discovery Set for summer has all the travel skincare you need, including a cleanser and facial scrub that all come in a colorful bag. Your global beauty will be exactly that. $110. At NetAPorter.com.

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THE COOL RULES It might get chilly where you’re going, so have a light cardigan handy. This sublimely soft cashmere one, knitted in the USA, will do the trick perfectly to keep the chill off during flight, too. By The Elder Statesman. $1,795. At MatchesFashion.com.

HOOP DREAMS The perfect gold hoop, one you’ll return to again and again, is perfect for travel. Also, for poolside or dining al fresco, this nearly weightless goldplated pair is the only one you’ll need. $395. At ModaOperandi.com. s

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Have the need for speed? Look no further than the BMW M4 GT4 experience, according to our manabout-track, Michael Satterfield of TheGentlemanRacer.com. Photography courtesy of TheGentlemanRacer.com THE REAL DEAL AT THE CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS, I WAS STANDING OUTSIDE ONE of the v.i.p. suites on the front straightaway, watching a practice session for the GT4 America, as the rain rolled in. The BMW M4 GT4 of Stephen Cameron Racing set the fastest lap of the session, lapping the 3.4-mile track in just 2:19.360 on a damp track. The next session, the BimmerWorld Racing team would put down a 2:17.383 when it was dry. The speed, sound, and excitement are why we love motorsports, but like most automotive enthusiasts, I have always wondered what it would be like to drive these cars on the track, haven’t you? As I watched the professional drivers make their laps in Austin, I had no idea that just a few weeks later, I would be invited to participate in the BMW M and M4 GT4 Experience at the BMW Performance Center in The Thermal Club (near Palm Springs.). While I have driven many, many cars on many tracks, this experience would put me behind the wheels of the same cars driven in professional racing series around the world. This wasn’t a track day or a streetcar driving school. This was the real deal, without an instructor in the right seat. Flying into Palm Springs, the BMW Performance Center West is in the heart of the Coachella Valley. For flying privately, the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport is next door. The Palm Springs area is the perfect home for the BMW Center, offering guests access to world-class hotels, dining, golf courses, and an average of 350 sunny days a year. LET THE CLASS BEGIN The BMW M4 and M4 GT4 Experience started in the classroom. After introducing the instructors and a basic program outline, we began by learning the basics of seat and steering wheel positioning, tire dynamics, and all the basics we needed know on the track. The experience is limited to only 15 people per class, and each class is broken into smaller groups to maximize track time and personal interaction with the instructors. Our class was divided into two groups, Blue and Green, and each member was given a number that would correspond with their car on the track. We would first go outside to learn more about the BMW M4 GT4 race car, with instructors answering questions and showing us how the racing steering wheel, pedal box, and shifter systems work. They also highlight many of the special race-only features on the GT4 and how similar the GT4 race car is to the factory street BMW M4. The BMW M4 GT4 uses the same engine and transmission, including control electronics as the BMW M4 street car with only slight gearing changes. The M4 GT4 also uses an innovative tuning software, power sticks (USB drives), that give race teams the ability

to make pre-approved software changes to meet the balance of performance for different racing series. Next, we were shown to another room in the BMW building, where we picked out our race suits, gloves, Nomex Michael Satterfield socks, and racing shoes. All in red, white, and blue matching the famous BMW M livery on the GT4 cars. Once fitted for our safety, each group is directed to one of two tracks. The Blue Group to the two-milelong South Palm track to drive the BMW M4 street car in a series of lead-follow laps. My Green group went to the handling course on the BMW campus to get some laps done in the BMW M2. Eventually, we would be going up against the clock and our fellow classmates to see who could set the fastest time on the course in the M2. YES, THAT TRACKS The handling course started with a few slow lead-follow laps where the instructor guides the group around the course to learn the optimal line. Then we were let loose behind the wheel of a BMW M2 to try and set our best time. While we did our laps, instructors coached us by radio, with tips on braking points and lines. Thanks to their instructions, I shaved seconds off my laps times and started consistently putting in some of the faster times for our group. We had to wait until the afternoon session to learn who set the official fastest time. cont’d...

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After some practice in the M2, we swapped courses with the other group to drive the BMW M4 on the South Palm track. These M4s are standard cars, just like you would buy from the dealer, on performance street tires. The point of this exercise is to familiarize yourself with the track layout and rotation procedure when on the track. The instructor has everyone set the car in M1 mode and had us follow behind his lead car about two-to-three car lengths apart. After a few slower warm-up laps, we start picking up speed and are quickly hitting triple digits on the straightaways. The M4 is good, so the M4 GT4 should be even better. After wrapping up on the track, we headed back to the BMW Center building for a lunch break. Time on the track flies before lunch is served in the BMW café that overlooks the track and provides a great vantage point to watch the private jets land at the airport next door. It was the perfect time to meet my fellow classmates, from a father and son duo who took part in a two-day course to improve their racing skills to a young woman who had never been behind the wheel of a race car. This course is designed to accommodate any skill level. Once lunch was over, our group headed back to the M2 course to set our official lap times while the Blue Group took on the M4 GT4. Unlike the first round on the handling course, our official time was now required, and we also brought the car to a complete stop in the stop box. Stopping before or after the box netted a two-second penalty. My first lap time was just over 49 seconds, yet as the laps went on, I decreased it to around 46 seconds. The other group ran through the same course, and our times were compared at day’s end. Wrapping up at the M2 handling course, we then suit ed up in our BMW racing suits, climbed aboard a few BMW X7s and headed back to South Palm, this time to pilot the M4 GT4 car. ZERO TO HERO After getting fitted with a HANS device and helmet, our instructors helped us into the car, ensuring our belts were perfectly tight and our pedals and steering wheel were in the correct position. Unlike the M4 street car, the seat is fixed in the M4 GT4. As the pedals and steering wheel move, I immediately noticed the seating position was several inches further back than a standard street car, which shifted my line of sight out the side windows dramatically. After a quick radio check, we fired up the cars and fell into line on the pit road behind the instructor. We rolled onto the track, and just like with the M4, we rolled through a few slow laps

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to familiarize ourselves with this very different car. BMW designed the M4 GT4 for customer racing, so it’s one of the most user-friendly race cars to drive. It has simple controls, so by the second lap, it feels like I have been driving it for years. The electronic instrument cluster shows far more information than you would have time to look at on the technical South Palm track. The only thing you need to see is the shift light. So, as you make your way through the gears and hit triple digits on the straights, it is hard not to feel like a hero. The sound, sensation of speed, and the thrill of chasing down your classmates on the straightaway is hard to describe until you experience it yourself. The M4 GT4 has an incredible amount of grip, thanks to the sticky tires and aero package. Having driven a number of race cars over the years, the M4 GT4 is by far one of the most composed and easy to navigate, plus the fact that it can do this while still having A/C keeping me cool and comfortable while racing in the California desert is amazing. After our final lap, we pulled back into the pits, leaving the cars running to help cool them down. As we pulled off our helmets, everyone was smiling ear to ear and talking about how awesome the drive was. We piled back into the X7s toward the BMW Performance Center to change and to hear our final results from the M2 handling course. Back in the classroom, our instructors handed out our completion certificates, USB drives that contained our on-track video, and the top three times from the handling course. I brought in third place, beat out only by a few milliseconds by my friend Manual. However, we were almost two seconds behind Dave, who obviously spends more time on the track than we did. The BMW M4 GT4 Experience is by far one of the best one-day courses in which I have ever taken part. The fact they can take almost anyone and, by the end of the day, have them lapping a GT4 race car on a track is incredible. It comes down to their talented team of instructors that include men and women who are champion race car drivers, stunt drivers, professional drifters, and most importantly, automotive enthusiasts. For those who want more than just the single-day experience, the BMW Performance Center also offers two additional M4 GT4 packages with private coaching, ideal for those who want to make the jump into amateur racing. For more information, or to book your own experience, visit BMWPerformanceCenter. com and visit Principle Automotive at PrincipleAuto.com for more information on any BMW. s

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setting the new standard Visit Estancia Del Norte For World-Class Celebrations In San Antonio By Jake Gaines | Photography courtesy of Estancia Del Norte EXPERIENCE THE EXTRAORDINARY AT ESTANCIA DEL NORTE, THE CITY’S premier hotel located in the heart of San Antonio’s thriving Uptown District. Once home to the fabled La Mansion del Norte, an illustrious hotel that helped transform San Antonio’s hospitality scene in 1978, the beloved landmark has undergone extensive renovations and reopened its doors in early June. As the flagship of Presidian Hotels & Resorts, Estancia welcomes a new generation of locals and travelers to relax, recharge, and celebrate exceptional moments every day. Presidian CEO Charles Leddy was eager to breathe new life into the historic property and develop Estancia as a destination for the city’s biggest and most memorable festivities. A bornand-raised San Antonian and a descendant of renowned Texas boot-making company M.L. Leddy’s, he wanted to build a space that encouraged community and celebrated all things local. A part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Estancia del Norte boasts 270 rooms and 12 luxury suites–all designed with guest comfort in mind. Pass Estancia’s Spanish archways and follow the lobby’s wood inlaid tiles to the front desk, where handcrafted agua frescas or small bites fresh from the kitchen await. From the lobby fountain brimming with exquisite floral creations to the soft notes of live cumbia music playing from the courtyard, Estancia is filled with one-of-a-kind guest experiences that capture the vibrant spirit of the Alamo City. In an exciting partnership with legendary local catering company Don Strange of Texas, Estancia brings incredible dishes, beverages, and events to San Antonio’s dining scene. Visit Lazo With Don Strange, the 70-year-old brand’s inaugural brick–and–mortar restaurant, for culinary experiences that delight the senses and provide world-class hospitality. Helmed by Executive Chef Heather Nanez, the restaurant will open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner service, both indoors and from the hotel’s lush outdoor courtyard. Inspired by Texas’ rich culinary history–including Mexican, German, and Spanish influences–Nanez has created delectable dishes such as shrimp and Spanish Chorizo Fideo Seco and scallops with Aguachile Ceviche, to pair with wine and beer selections. Venture to the Paseo Bar, where Landon Scoggins, the bar manager, will serve seasonal cocktails and a curated selection of regional specialty bourbons to guests indoors and in the courtyard. Step outdoors to sip cocktails poolside, dine al fresco under palm trees, or gather around the courtyard’s generous fire pit to roast marshmallows with friends. At Estancia, every space is ready for a celebration. The Estancia Ballroom offers 7,000 square feet and a state-of-the-art AV system, making it the perfect venue for life’s milestones. Designed by and for Texas women, the Dahlia Lounge–filled with plush furniture, meeting tables, photo-ready flower walls, and a bubbly bar–is ideal for any dream gathering or wedding day celebrations. Leddy Ranch offers guests a private room where everyday business meetings and groom’s parties become inimitable, unforgettable events. The celebrations extend to Estancia’s décor and art, including a stunning 21-foot by 6-foot mural installation by local artist Sienna Dunis-Ginn. An innovative partnership with AnArte Gallery & Studio highlights local artists throughout the hotel, displaying many original works available for sale. Find masterpieces from AnArte artists such as Kathy Sosa and Analy Diego. Before you leave, stop by Regalo, the hotel’s boutique, to shop for artisan crafts, gourmet culinary treats, or a beautiful pair of M.L. Leddy’s cowboy boots, so you can always take a piece of Estancia home with you. For more information, visit EstanciaDelNorte.com. s

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warm weather cool This summer, it’s all about embracing the new and different, don’t you think? Here, our cool hunter Lance Avery Morgan recommends some of his favorite finds for you to enjoy. Let the good times begin.

THE TEAM, AND THE MOVIE, THAT COULD If ever there was a sports movie about the can-do Texas spirit, it’s the Texas-produced 12 Mighty Orphans. Starring Luke Wilson, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, and Lane Garrison, it’s the true Depression-era story of a group of orphans led to a football championship that captured the hearts of FDR and the entire country. At 12MightyOrphansMovie. com.

CHASING THE SUN Let’s face it, literally. We’ll be in the sun all summer, and we need to protect our skin from its potential damage. We love that Oars & Alps, for the naturallyinclined, is on a mission to help men chase the sun safely. All six sun-friendly products, from sunscreen to moisturizer to post-sun cooling spray, are 30+ SPF. Prices vary. At OarsAndAlps.com. STATE-SPECIFIC PRIDE When hosting a gathering, what better way to show that you’re a true Texan than with state-shaped ice cubes? These conversation starters are not only cool, literally, but also are practical to keep chilled beverages as cool as, you guessed it, ice. At UncommonGoods.com.

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SETTING: The 20th Anniversary Symphony Wine Dinner and Collectors Auction, Joie de Vivre: A Celebration of Wine and Music, was held at Houston’s chic and contemporary Astorian, which was completely transformed in blush hues of pink and gold for the lively springtime event. More than 215 guests attended the limited capacity, socially distanced occasion. Upon arriving at the venue, guests’ temperatures were checked to comply with the event’s safety protocols. Attendees then entered the venue, viewed the evening’s silent auction items spread across the room, and enjoyed the champagne reception with Roederer Philippe Starck Brut Nature 2009.

THE STYLE: The décor, created by Taylor DeMartino Design Group, transformed the venue into this year’s blushing theme. As the dinner chimes rang, guests made their way to the tables that displayed delicate floral arrangements consisting of subtle blush pink and champagne-colored roses. The gourmet, multi-course meal prepared by Jackson and Company was paired with wines introduced by Steven McDonald, Master Sommelier of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. Selections included Gerbais Extra Brut Grains de Celles Rosé, R de Rieussec Bordeaux Blanc 2017, and Henri Villamont Chassagne Montrachet 1ER Morgeot 2016 for the second course, followed by Jerome Castagnier Chambolle Musigny 2017/Pierre Labet, VV Gevrey Chambertin 2018, and Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2013. THE PURPOSE: The Joie de Vivre evening raised over $550,00 for The Houston Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement programs. The evening was chaired by Ann and Jonathan Ayre, with honorary chairs Vicki West and Ralph Burch. This year’s auction included rare wines and spirits, luxury experiences, and many other coveted items, including trips to vineyards in California’s wine country, thanks to Wine Auction Chair Bob Weiner. And the thoughtfully selected wines paired with the dinner was thanks to John and Lindy Rydman and Lisa Rydman of Spec’s Wines, Spirits, and Finer Foods. s


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links to texas 19th Annual Texas Independence Day Dinner Honors Hall of Fame Golfers Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Chris Caselli and Thao Nguyen

THE SETTING: A picture-perfect spring evening at the Four Seasons Austin was the recent setting for the 19th annual Texas Independence Day Dinner. The Texas State History Museum Foundation’s event featured philanthropists, VIPs, and sports enthusiasts from around the state. All were on hand to honor two Texas-bred sports legends, Hall of Fame golfers Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite, for a celebratory evening of fun that will always be remembered. Ben and Julie Crenshaw, Annariley Crenshaw, Claire Crenshaw and Katherine Crenshaw

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THE STYLE: The black-tie crowd featured a mix of dapper tuxedos and vibrant ball gowns, many of which featured bright colors reflective of the season…and the celebratory nature in the air. With pandemic protocol in place, the tee time of fun began as guests arrived for a photo commemorating the evening against the floral backdrop of the Texas Lone Star. Revelers then enjoyed the terrace for a lively cocktail hour where fans were able to congratulate the honorees while others reacquainted with friends. The action then moved to the venue’s main ballroom where a delicious multi-course meal awaited them for the main program, or as we like to call it, the back nine. A highlight of the program was provided by legendary sportscaster Verne Lundquist, who introduced a touching video tribute, which brought smiles and happy tears to the adoring audience. The festivities were capped off with words from the two honorees, the perfect conclusion to what could be described as nothing less than a hall of fame evening reflective of its honorees.

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festively focused The DoSeum Hosts Sixth Annual Birthday Bash By Jake Gaines | Photography by Jenna Beth Lyde

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THE SETTING: With the air humming with vibrant energy, cocktails flowing, a curated menu and interactive activities, you would never guess The DoSeum’s Sixth Annual Birthday Bash gala wasn’t an actual gala. Opting to forgo a formal virtual event program, The DoSeum created an exclusive fete to be held at home, complete with in-person delivery of ‘tables’–the museum’s signature Fiesta Boxes packed with local eats and treats, libations, and perfectly portioned meals. With over 30 tables sold, 15 of which transformed into festive dinner parties, this decidedly nonevent was the event to attend. THE STYLE: Tables sold for over $2,500 received a meal for ten and five Fiesta Boxes. The delectable Fiesta Boxes were filled with Cinco de Mayo amenities like Dulce Vida tequila, Shiner Beer, Rico’s chips and queso, and more. Because of the generous contributors, thousands of children and their caregivers across San Antonio will continue to enjoy access to The DoSeum, the only children’s museum in San Antonio. THE PURPOSE: Katie Fravell, Amy Feik Garcia, and Anna Ziegler were the cochairs for the sold-out evening that raised over $200,000. The museum is dedicated to providing access to fun, hands-on learning experiences, and informal educational experiences, which are more valuable now than ever during this digital age. s


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chefs for a cause Symphony Of Chefs Event Benefits KidLinks By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Thomas Garza

THE SETTING: This year’s Symphony of Chefs by Design was an evening of culinary composition and the ultimate chef-driven feast...created with the guests in mind. Due to the pandemic, instead of the usual in-person dining event supporters have become accustomed to, table sponsors could design their own one-of-a-kind experiential venue, thus ensuring the comfort of all attendees. Options included the choice to dine in the private room of a restaurant or host a chef-prepared experience at their home. Guests could also enjoy a virtual chef-taught interactive cooking class followed by a delicious dinner. THE STYLE: As an example, Executive Chef Janice Provost of Parigi hosted guests of Alliant Insurance Services in her private Parisian speakeasy event space. Jaime and Greg Lyons chose to entertain their guests in the private dining room of Nick & Sam’s Park Cities. Antoinette and Barry Davis opened their Preston Hollow estate to friends who enjoyed a meal prepared by Executive Chef Luke Rogers. Urban Rio’s private rooftop in Plano was the scene for the Urban Energy Funds family fête. Cristi and Kevin Ryan’s home offered guests an informal indoor/outdoor setting to enjoy a menu prepared by Nick & Sam’s Chef Jon Kleifgen. Other dining experiences happened throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well. Each chef paired their dishes with wines from LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards. THE PURPOSE: Funds raised from this popular annual event will support KidLinks’ efforts to provide Healing, Hope, and Happiness through music and media for those children most in need. s

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THE SETTING: Because of the pandemic, the original The Order of the Alamo coronation date in 2020 was moved twice to 2021, when the Order hosted a privately-themed event, The Court of Parisian Splendour, that occurred al fresco with a much smaller attendance and COVID protocol in place. The Argyle was the venue for the Coronation of the Queen and her Court, a reception, and dance afterward. THE STYLE: An entire stage was built that allowed the court to make a full entry, bow, and then ascend the main stairs of the Argyle. Mistress of the Robes Kate Coiner Park, and the event’s artistic directors, Amy Stieren and Wendy Stieren, began working on the court’s 26 Queen, Princess’, and Duchess’ dresses and robes long before the ceremony. The Parisian theme of the gowns was based on extensive research and design to represent the various icons, monuments, and culture from Paris. Then the dresses were draped over the railings of the second and third story verandas. The main “house” of the Argyle served as the evening’s set, while the families and their guests looked on. The intimate setting, and master of ceremonies, Albert Steves, as the Lord High Chamberlain, made it an exceptional event for all who participated.

At the beginning of the show, the Order honored the 2020 The Order of the Alamo President Elliott G. Hayne, accompanied by his three daughters. Representing Napoleon I, Albert Steves V was introduced as the Lord High Chamberlain. After the 24 Duchesses and their Dukes were presented, including six from the Visiting Court and eighteen from the Royal Household, the current 2021 Order President Andrew B. Price and his son, Nelson, arrived to preside at the Coronation of the Queen. The Princess, Hannah Elizabeth Bakke, was presented, after which all rose for the Queen, Elizabeth “Liza” Grace Huey, crowned by 2021 Order President Andrew B. Price. After the coronation, the Duchesses came down to the stage from their seats on the verandas. Their trains remained on the Argyle verandas, and they exited down the main ramp, waving to their friends and family. Albert Steves’ last words to the audience were “Until the City of Lights beckons again...remember, that Paris...is always a good idea”. s

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PA R A D I S E If you genuinely want to get away from it all, French Polynesia might just be the most perfect destination on the planet. Sunny, remote, and quite glamorous, you’ll see why these famous islands surrounding Tahiti beckon for a Jet-Set trip of a lifetime, according to our adventurous globe-hopper, Lance Avery Morgan.


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UNUSUALLY UTOPIAN IF THIS ISN’T PARADISE, THEN PARADISE really may not exist after all. Welcome to the land in which James Michener wrote Tales of the South Pacific and subject for the captivating images painted by Gauguin and Matisse that shocked the world. Yes, French Polynesia is an extraordinary land…a mythical place with mythical inhabitants that offers what some might consider a once-in-a-lifetime experience south of the equator. Think of French Polynesia as the Hawaii of the 1950s before statehood–unspoiled, underdeveloped, and well, just a little untamed. With exotic island names like Bora Bora, Manihi, Tikehau, Moreea, and many more, each experience can be distinctive and always five-star. You encounter an authentic experience here, which is the islands’ specialty. Maybe that’s why the rich and famous love to escape their red carpet lives if just for a couple of weeks, to arrive at a sense of tranquility in such a secluded paradise. The region’s laissez-faire attitude, topped with a chic French accent, creates a unique and spectacular environment to satisfy any desire. Want to curl up in the lap of luxury and eat fresh fruit with a side of Poisson cru (raw fish marinated in fresh coconut milk)? That’s easily arranged. Enjoy endless spa treatments? That can happen. Think you’re up for an athletic vacation where you can snorkel, dive, kayak, surf, and do just about any other water sport? This is the place. Need some downtime away from your electronic device and spreadsheets to complete that unfinished screenplay, polish off that Great American Novel, or just paint watercolor masterpieces? Come here to do it and recharge your creative batteries. Think of it as, well, nature’s Botox. JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Once you land, relaxation sets in immediately. And getting there is a snap. Hop on a plane to Los Angeles, and then the easy part is flying directly from Los Angeles to Papeete, the capital of Tahiti, the cornerstone of what is known as French Polynesia. Air Tahiti Nui gets you there in a quick eight hours–just a little more than what it takes to get to Honolulu (I learned this when

my direct flight was canceled at the last minute and I hopped on another that took me to Honolulu first). You’ll feel rested upon arrival in the evening thanks to the airline’s luxurious amenities. There are even plenty of non-stop flights from Manhattan. Since you arrive at night, you can stay at the Sheraton Hotel Tahiti or Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti before moving on to one of the luxurious resort islands the next day. Visitors usually don’t dawdle in Papette since it is reputed to have a high crime rate. Once at your resort destination, you’ll be greeted with a fresh lei of fragrant Tiare (similar to a gardenia), a custom that’s implemented on every island you visit. And paradise will beckon you from every swaying palm. To know the islands, you first have to be acquainted with their land and people. The extensive island chain of French Polynesia is home to only 250,000 inhabitants, 70% of which live on Tahiti. There are about 120 islands and atolls that comprise the area, much more than Hawaii’s eight islands, lending a feeling of tremendously remote tranquility when you get there. It’s hardly Gilligan’s Island, or even, Lost for that matter. Polynesia has a dynamic and diverse culture. They are people who seek adventure. Because they are survivors avidly concerned with the environment, they love to have a good time and make visitors feel welcome. Although the French are not usually known for their over-friendliness, as many who have been to Paris will recount, they are known for creating an environment that’s above reproach. That is what they’ve done here since it became a French protectorate in 1842 before becoming an overseas territory in 1946. Le Bora Bora is the ultimate Jet-Set lagoon destination. Over-water, thatched bungalows are the most common accommodations on the islands. From land, as you walk to the middle of the lagoon to your rooms at the Pearl Beach Resort as I did, you’ll see the marine life at your feet. Literally. Inside your teak wood suite of plush linens and original islander artist renderings, you’ll encounter what I call a Tahitian television: a glass floor coffee table where you can see all the exotic marine life swimming beneath you. These builton-stilts suites are the perfect way to end either a sportfilled or relaxing day. Either way, you will know and quickly get used to the fact that you’re in paradise. cont’d...

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EXPERIENTIAL PLEASURE The sporting life on the islands is mainly inspired by the turquoise blue water and entices you to embrace your inner Indiana Jones. A French Polynesian devotee told me, “I was snorkeling one day and swam right by a blacktip reef shark. Within five feet. What an experience. There are so many water sports to encounter in this tropical paradise.” Want to go snorkeling? I hopped down the steps of my over-water bungalow and swam over to a coral nursery where I found fish of every imaginable color and size. Need to catch your own meal? Do as I did and go deep-sea fishing on a small craft to catch a grouper, then have a picnic on a remote motu with a group of both friends and islanders. Ready for dessert? There’s a coconut tree right over there. It’s the kind where I learned to climb to obtain fresh coconut: all you do is shuck it with your teeth, or simply crack it open with a sharp object to taste its nectar. Anything seems possible in the South Pacific, even for the most ardent city dweller. It’s said the blue water is so rich in coloration that it’s not duplicated in any other part of the world. Even from an airplane window, it stunningly beckons each visitor. The fact that it is pristinely clear is a given. The fact that it’s home to some of the best coral reefs in the world is an added bonus. If you want to experience the best diving the world has to offer, this is the ocean

for it. Marine life is healthy, abundant, and well protected. Take a champagne sunset boat cruise to find out about the sea and its inhabitants. Michael Chopard, the boat’s captain, told me, “This area is a gift from God. I’ve lived here since the 1970s, and to me, the lagoons are the most special. I fell in love with all of this the moment I landed back then.” Part of that specialness is the pearls found dotting both tourists and natives. The pearl farms that cultivate those precious balls of marine perfection are sprinkled among the islands. Elizabeth Schneider, a Tahitian pearl expert, revealed, “About one in 10,000 pearls are naturally perfect, so most are cultured, like this one I’m holding. Even cultured pearls of high quality take about five years to create. We created one that was a jawbreaker size valued at over $20,000.” So, pearls are big business, especially the black ones that are actually shades of charcoal grey. If you are a diver and want to try your luck at obtaining perfect pearls, dive in. It can be done. Diving is serious business and has an amazing following here. The Pearl is the only luxury hotel chain for dive enthusiasts of all levels, to marry quality resorts with professionally run PADI dive centers at six of their resorts. My goal of diving for black pearls, which could be made into cufflinks and a stud set, was achieved, so anything is truly possible.

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UNPARALLELED LUXE The island’s guests appreciate the unique combination of being able to play at Robinson Crusoe with water and beach activities yet enjoy all the creature comforts of a luxury resort. Dining at Le Bora Bora is memorable for its subtle mix of the best of French and Polynesian cuisine, often accompanied by exciting Tahitian dance entertainment. Three restaurants at the resort satisfy any appetite: Miki Miki, Otemanu, and Poerava. Miki Miki is a quick dash from the pool or beach for a delicious lunch or a light dinner later in the day. Poerava serves gourmet cuisine in a romantic and cozy setting. Situated at the highest elevation point at the resort, breakfast is usually served as a buffet, and dinner offers peaceful views of the lagoon and Mount Otemanou, where, every Monday, is a live Polynesian show. In fact, I was that guy they pulled on stage to learn the native Polynesian dance in front of the entire dining audience. Bongo drums and all. It was worth it because the cuisine on the islands is unmatched. I danced for my supper. Most of the food is shipped in since vegetation is rare on the islands due to space and logistics. Yet, the fish is fresh and often local. Fresh papaya juice and the best hot chocolate outside of Paris is de riguer for breakfast. A light salad for lunch is the perfect energizer in between sports activities or sunning. The vegetables, the fruit, and even the beef seemed to taste better on the islands.

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Want to be pampered? There’s an island secret called monoi, a liquid blend of the essences of hundreds of flowers, oil, and indigenous coconuts used in most spa treatments. The resorts offer a range of traditional Polynesian and other massage techniques and treatments using the purest natural oils and essences. During treatments, you’ll be ensconced by a new line of Manea Spa products made exclusively for the Pearl resorts in Tahiti. A formula that retains the intrinsic natural properties of flowers and plants. The Bora Bora, Tikehau, and Manihi Pearl Beach Resorts (all a Member of Leading Small Hotels of the World) and the Four Seasons Bora Bora offer treatments, scrubs, and massages to soothe both the soul and the senses. And all are traveled between by either boat or a quick plane ride. A favorite of honeymooners, you’ll see the resorts loaded with lovers. That’s the island way. Islander folklore has that the French Polynesians honor dreams that occur here. They feel that dreams are planted and fed and not tossed away. They think dreams and love never die in Tahiti. Upon departure, I am given my last strand of shells around my neck, signifying the hope of safe travels and a beckon to return. The shells and trip symbolize the holiday of a lifetime, and I make a silent promise to myself to return one day…with much more sunscreen. s


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The South of France is always a favorite for visiting Texans. Especially, Monaco. Join our intrepid traveler Gordon Kendall as he jets to the French Riviera and reports on why the French and Texans love having a quality-filled vacation there.

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IF IT HAS NOT BEEN A YEAR of travel, it has been a year of dreams…of travel. Where has your imagination, if not your passport, taken you? For some, the adventurous out-of-doors lures, while others seek to rediscover personal favorite haunts. Then, there are those who want to splurge. In recounting recent trips of pre-pandemic times, one delightful but too brief day trip to Monaco and the international luxury hub of Monte Carlo should inspire those sybarites. Yachts? Yes. High fashion? Of course. All the man-made luxury available set against a backdrop of incredibly natural scenic beauty. A sudden, impromptu glimpse of a genuine prince certainly wasn’t a detraction from the excitement. SOUTHERN EXPOSURE Visitors to this famed Principality arrive as best they can: yacht tenders streak in and around Port Hercule, depositing the nautically endowed, and the heliport and helipads atop many a building welcome those who descend from the skies. Many a luxury car, often sporting custom colors and trims, huddle at hotel front doors like elegant dogs waiting for their owners to take them out for perambulations. Or, you can take the train and enjoy the

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breathtaking scenery it affords, as you travel, from either Menton or Villefranche-sur-Mer depending on your direction. On a clear, bright (if a bit hot) summer day, whether you look to the hills or along the stunning coast, it would be difficult to imagine a more beautiful setting. Our own journey into Monaco that day began in a manner appropriate for a venue known for gambling. From our starting location lay the Italian attraction of Cinq Terre with Monaco in the opposite direction. As gambling has for so long determined Monaco’s fate, a coin toss, not a hand of Baccarat, settled Monte Carlo as our choice, and we set out from the station at Ventimiglia. Our guide, an affable Brit named Paul Thompson, who makes it his business to squire visitors through this remarkable place, met us at Monaco’s modernist train station, and we were soon walking the sundrenched Quai Albert along the Grand Prix course. If ever there was a place with stories to tell, it would be Monaco. There are many recounts of famous cars, drivers, and races for car buffs, and related tours focused on those aspects of the place can be had. Of course, for movie fans, there are walking tours of the many locations used in films, such as Hitchcock’s 1955 classic, To Catch a Thief, and, to cover both cars and films in one go, Frankenheimer’s 1966 equally classic Grand Prix. What would tours of these kinds be without a bit of gossip? Our guide shared tib-bits about the apartments looming above us,


all with price tags that would make those who spell money in any languagewith a “B” think twice. Interesting though were, our guide’s recount of the tiny country’s history, heroics of various car drivers, and its astronomical costs, still we slipped away in thought. How to describe a place about which you have always heard but are now actually there? For it was easy to see there were two faces to the Monaco we then encountered. First, Monaco’s breathtakingly scenic side, a dramatic coastline outlined with beautiful cliffs and gardens, the majestic port laden with yachts of surreal proportions and designs, like creatures from name your Sci-Fi film waiting to return to their aquatic galaxies. Turn the other direction, however. There, towards the hills above where there are…buildings…and more buildings. Like so many boxes from Lawrence Graff, all stacked together, hurriedly, on top of each other, some seeming to tumble onto others. Each, precious and expensive, perhaps beautiful in its own way. How to know with each visually on top of the other? This chocka-block image stood, in contrast, to the vista just a head turn away. Our guide had the answer to clear from our minds what he called these contrasting Legoland visions. Visit a palace. Specifically, “Le Palais Princier,” to see the changing of the guards at noon. Rediscover, in other words, that unique magic surrounding Monaco, no matter which way you look. A REGAL FIT At the palace, in a throng a few minutes later, we stood, wait-

ing, to watch as centuries of ceremony would be carried out for another day in front of the palace gates. Our experienced guide, however, sensed unfamiliar activity. The guards, as he put it, “are up to something.” Barricades suddenly appeared, lines of white-suited men formed, and around the corner appeared a phalanx. “Oh, good! We’ll maybe get to see Prince Albert,” he exclaimed. Then, in a brief flash, the princely coach out of the group went past. With a quick nod of his head, one man in back turned and acknowledged the crowd as the processional streaked by and through suddenly opened palace gates. Were he mounted on a white steed, such a princely image would have made the scene most fairy-tale-like, indeed. All of us, however, standing in the Monaco noon sun, envied the air-conditioned practicality of this modern-day prince: a white Lexus 460 sedan. The palace secured for another day, we set off inside on a tour of its for-your-eyes-not-cameras-only treasures. Since the group of us were not privy to invitations to the apartments we had passed earlier, the ornate palace of gilt and silk would be the closest we would come to experiencing similar ambiances. That said, who could not think the palace a perfect setting for such a style icon as whom we know as Grace Kelly, but was Princess Consort of Monaco, or, simply, Grace de Monaco? One story of the fabled palace and its inhabitants is from fine art photographer Gray Hawn. She photographed Princess Grace’s Cont’d...

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vlast portrait before her untimely death in 1982. “Of course, Princess Grace was gracious and lovely and definitely a princess. Prince Rainier was funny and intelligent,” shares Hawn. “As a photographer, I’ve always had a dreamy love affair with France, and especially at the thought of photographing Princess Grace. The first time I went to Monaco, I stayed on the French Riviera, and when my room overlooked the Mediterranean Sea, with all of its lavish yachts, how could I not be in love with such a beautiful sight?” Another Texan, Houstonian philanthropist Lynn Wyatt, has many fond memories about the south of France, especially since Princess Grace was a close friend. “I was there every summer for a long time, and I always enjoyed entertaining guests who would come visit,” she says. “Nancy Reagan invited me the first time. Then, I got a villa–I didn’t want to buy since home to me is Texas. I was fortunate to have met so many fabulous people while there–they stayed with me, and I stayed with them. How lucky I was to be able to do those things. Of course, Oscar would be there between his business in Houston and the Middle East.” In fact, so popular was Lynn Wyatt that her annual birthday parties, during the high summer season, became a legendary and coveted invitation.

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BRAND IDENTITY Onward, we knew lunch was in order. Over Monaco’s own beer…a full-tasting malty brew with perhaps a hint of rose, we contemplated what lay ahead. Our bank balances prevented a full-on assault of the gaming tables, but visiting the casinos, at least their lobbies were gratis, as was wandering past the shops. Those shops. All your favorite brands present and accounted for, and a few that even give the most ardent fashion followers pause. As to their offerings? Fur coats in July to wear on chilly yacht evenings? A parure of diamonds in time for this evening? That handbag? Your credit card, please, and it was a business to do your shopping pleasure in this luxury-laden metropolis. We sought another respite… from the sun in the lobby of The Fairmont Monte Carlo, complete with a frothy cocktail. More stores awaited our examination. Venetian shoes scattered with crystals in every style imaginable lured those ladies so interested in Rene Caovilla. The sartorial delights of Stefano Ricci promised to transform any man into being mistaken for an Italian count or, perhaps just as well, extremely rich. Across the way, another place caught our eye. “Pawn Shop” would be too lowly a description. No matter such comparisons, how could such a place not attract with its outrageous display of still shiny


yet slightly faded luxuries? What we saw there, the once riches of others were now their costly cast-offs. Thus, they were all the more intriguing, n’est-ce pas? Their mystique being their own stories, indeed, as much as any image conjured by their brand. But what might these tales be? Were the many hubcapsized gold Rolexes sold to pay off that one unlucky poker hand? The (very) many more Hermès Birkin bags deaccessioned in order to cover unexpected “expenses”? Or, were their former owners simply bored and burdened by yet another purse in their closets? The shopkeeper would just shrug if asked, so we didn’t. Such stories may never be known, perhaps for the best. Isn’t it fun to wonder how the coveted become the commoditized in such a place as Monaco? Had we stayed for dinner, of course, Le Louis XV, Alain Ducasse’s many Michelin starred outposts in the Hotel de Paris would be a draw. We heard from one lucky source that even the breadbasket with accompanying pots of hand-made butter was exquisite. Other intelligence revealed Marcel Ravin’s Blue Bay (with merely one Michelin star) at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort is a wonderful choice for fine dining in an atmosphere slightly more contemporary and much less ornate than Chez Ducasse. We look forward to our next visit, or, perhaps, the one you will take there, to inform us better.

Our time running out, we made it past the beach to the cement steps near the Grimaldi Forum. Walking back to the station, we watched the bathers diving into the sapphire waters, truly sans souci. Back on the train to Italy, the brochure of the current exhibit, Histoire d’ Une Rencontre, which we saw at the palace, again intrigued us. As this was our first trip to Monaco, so, too, was the show about the first time then-Grace Kelly met always-Prince Renier III May 6, 1955. From that “first date,” complete with meeting not only the Prince but also his pet tiger, came forth the engagement leading to her becoming the iconic Princess Grace of Monaco. Upon reflection, something more came about from that meeting, did it not? Monaco’s image emerged and remains as being the place for dreams like never before and forever and eternal. Anything at all. A place where it’s possible to make your own dreams come true. Then at the altar for Princess Grace, or now at the gaming tables, for us all. Show the world from the palace throne room or the yacht deck that your own dreams did come true. Even icons have dreams, and in Monaco, those dreams remain for us all, and unlike almost everything else, there: no charge. s

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MEET me AT Nuevo Laredo 1930s postcard. Couresy of Lori Duran.

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he famed Cadillac Bar in Nuevo Laredo holds special memories in the hearts of so many Texans. A destination of its era, the nostalgia for the fabled Mexican bar and restaurant lives on, according to our Texas pop culture chronicler, Lori Duran.

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AN EASY WALK I can still remember stepping into the venerable Cadillac Bar. The spacious interior was both casual and refined. Everywhere I looked, besuited waiters were attending to every table. The food coming out of the kitchen looked heavenly. And the enthusiasm of the clientele was palpable. We had driven from Corpus Christi to Laredo, parked our car at the shopping mall on the border, and simply walked across the international bridge into Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. It was an easy walk and I have such fond memories to this day. Wanda Garner Cash, the granddaughter of the original owners, also shares her insight, from her new book, Pancho Villa’s Saddle at the Cadillac Bar: Recipes & Memories. “The Cadillac was a special place that served exotic food and cocktails in a comfortable atmosphere,” says Cash. “It was unlike anything else. Prohibition in the U.S. had brought about the creation of this legendary watering hole. Maybe we thought it would last forever. Unfortunately, Mexico was not altogether business-friendly. And the Cadillac weathered storms and changed hands by the time it finally closed 11 years ago.” It all started with Mayo Bessan, an ambitious bartender and waiter in New Orleans. Bessan worked at several establishments, including Henry Ramos’s renowned Imperial Cabinet. In 1920, Bessan’s career was halted with Prohibition in the U.S. And just a couple of years later, he left his honeymoon early to travel to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, to seek opportunities for life and livelihood. The city appealed to him since business was booming on both sides of the border. Bessan and his wife eagerly moved there, and he took his southern Louisiana recipes with him.


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The Cadillac Bar, Nuevo Laredo, 1936

The 1920s brought prosperity to Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, especially as Prohibition hung over the landscape and attracted visitors south of the border to wet their whistles. Laredo, then known as the Queen City of the Rio Grande, was a major port of entry for goods coming into the U.S. Bessan saw this as an opportunity. In 1926, he opened a genteel drinking hole and restaurant in Nuevo Laredo, titling it with the rich-sounding name, Cadillac Bar, formerly known as Cabello Blanco (White Horse). Bessan hoped the elevated name would lure respectable Texans inside. Did it ever. Instantly. The customers came, all dressed to the nines, by bus, car, train, and airplane. Bessan infused the menu with Creole flavors and lured his buddies from south Louisiana to be the cooks. The Louisiana friends also organized a gambling operation in the backroom since it was legal in Mexico. NICE COCKTAILS The establishment offered nice cocktails, as they were touted then, which would become an understatement with its future reputation. Meanwhile, the kitchen offered seafood and delicious sauces, and things went well as the social headquarters among the sprawling, arid landscape of South Texas into Mexico. Business was profitable, even during the lean depression years in the U.S., which was then followed by an economic downturn in Mexico. But, Americans would pay for good food and drinks despite the tough times. For more than half a century, Bessan’s restaurant attracted notables, politicians, and ranchers as well as plenty of tourists who would come to shop and eat in Nuevo Laredo and stay at the gracious La Posada hotel in Laredo.

The Cadillacs famed drink, the Ramos Gin Fizz, was a frothy concoction that Bessan learned to make in New Orleans and taught his bartenders to replicate. The notoriously labor-intensive drink requires a plethora of shaking, but it was worth the effort because it quickly became a customer favorite. In 1949, the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans contested Bessan’s use of the Ramos Gin Fizz title because the Roosevelt’s owners had trademarked it in 1935. So, the Cadillac changed the name to New Orleans Fizz, but everyone knew its pedigree. The food menu included Louisiana specialties such as shrimp gumbo, grilled quail, frog legs, and turtle soup. It also featured TexMex favorites such as guacamole and enchiladas and plenty of mouth-watering frosty margaritas when a gin drink wouldn’t do. With the respected bar and cuisine, linen tablecloths, and impeccable service, the Cadillac was a popular destination along the border. The Cadillac had a broad following, from Texas Jet-Setters to shoppers lured by the silver jewelry and pottery. Beyond the city on nearby leases, hunters were beckoned by dove, deer, and quail. “It was my father, Epitacio R. Resendez III (1928–1991), who used to call The Cadillac Bar his office and would actually give out their phone number 2-00-15 as his own,” says San Antonio and Laredo resident, Epitacio R. Resendez IV. “He would always be at the corner of the long bar to be close to the phone, since most calls were for him anyway.” Even though the Cadillac bar was a celebrity in its own right, in 1952, Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn visited when they were filming Viva Zapata! about the legendary Mexican revolutionary of the region, Emiliano Zapata.

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Lori Duran , Ju ily Calhoun an Duran, Bill Claho dining at T un and Em he Cadillac Bar, 1993

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Jaurez Plaza in Nuevo Laredo, 1930s postcard. Courtesy of Lori Duran.

ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS Perhaps it was the atmosphere and Mexican folklore that so many loved. Regular patrons had their usual waiters, whom they knew on a first-name basis. Outfitted in white jackets and black bowties, servers made sure that drinks were already arriving at the patron’s table by the time they sat down. Now that’s service. The atmosphere was enhanced by the décor. The Cadillac kept a saddle on display that once belonged to Pancho Villa, which survived a devasting flood in 1954 that affected much of the region. Natural disasters aside, Mayo Bessan died in 1969, and his son-in-law Porter Garner continued the Cadillac for the next ten years. In 1979, Garner turned it over to the employees as he had grown tired of dealing with the Mexican government and the unions. Reportedly crooked bureaucrats demanded multiple payments to renew their license, and annual taxes were based on the single best weekend each year, and everything was taxed. The Garners took their family treasures, including Pancho Villa’s saddle, and left. The South Texas-based Longoria family, Ramon Salido Longoria, bought the Cadillac in 1980.

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In 1991, reportedly, a Longoria family feud split the establishment effectively in two. One of them renamed the original site as the El Dorado. While another Longoria, with his partners, took the Cadillac Bar name and moved it to a new location. In the 2000s, business started slipping as violence broke out among the drug cartels in the area. Within a few years, the violence escalated, and tourism slowed tremendously in the vibrant border town. The New York Times had once called the Cadillac “The best run and most delightful watering hole” on the U.S. and Mexico border. But by the early 2000s, the drinks were still being poured even though the throngs of visitors slowed to a slow stream. The El Dorado struggled until 2010 when it closed. In the end, the famed institution had few customers brave enough to visit. The same cartel violence also claimed some of Nuevo Laredo’s beloved shopping sites. The legendary establishment is gone, as are those carefree trips across the border. But the Cadillac food, drinks, and reputation created a powerful lure that inspired others in the tourist-dependent area.


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Cadillac Bar Menu, 1948

In 1977, George Jackson and partners opened their version of the Cadillac in Houston. By 2016, Houstonian Tilman Fertitta owned four Cadillac Bar locations in Las Vegas, Houston, Kemah, and Lake Charles. There were also separately owned Cadillac Bars in San Antonio and San Francisco. These outposts had similarities with the original, but they could never match it. The original, as in most cases, is usually the best. Recently, there has been a revived interest in the Ramos Gin Fizz, thanks to the robust craft cocktail trend in Texas. The recipe for this infamous concoction as well as other favorite dishes from The Cadillac Bar can be found in Cash’s book, Pancho Villas Saddle at the Cadillac: Recipes & Memories, which is available at bookstores such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. s

THE RAMOS GIN FIZZ Ingredients:

Directions:

• 1 oz. dry gin juice from one lemon • 1 tsp. powdered sugar • 1 egg white • 3 oz. whipping cream • 6 drops orange flavoring

• Mix all ingredients in blender. • Serve over crushed ice in tall glass. • Serves one. Enjoy responsibly.

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curious about cuisine We love that our statewide local eateries offer a true sense of community wherever we go, no matter what city we call home. Join our editors Jake Gaines in Austin, Cynthia Smoot in Dallas, Jennifer Roosth in Houston, and Eleanora Morrison in San Antonio as they share their statewide selections that are perfect for summer.

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NEW CHIC IN TOWN Lutie’s, the long-waited garden restaurant at the new Commodore Perry Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection, is the hit everyone knew it would be. In fact, it might be the best meal in town these days. The restaurant features stunning design by powerhouse style maker Ken Fulk and a culinary program by husband-and-wife chef team Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu, formerly of acclaimed local establishments. At Luties.com.

MEASURING UP Commanding three levels and nearly 70,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, this one-of-a-kind Restoration Hardware retail concept presents artistic installations of luxury home furnishings in a gallery setting. It includes the Rooftop Restaurant, which offers an ingredient-driven menu in a year-round, skylit garden escape beneath a dramatic atrium with retractable glass walls, sparkling chandeliers, and heritage olive trees. At RH.com. THAT TOWERING FEELING Eataly Dallas recently opened its firstfloor café, Caffè Lavazza, an Italianstyle, all-day café and bar experience. The space serves as Eataly Dallas’ first-floor entrance from NorthPark Center. The star of Caffè Lavazza will be La Torre (The Tower), an Italian favorite often found in elegant metropolitan bars, and will feature an overflowing array of savory or sweet bites to share amongst friends (or to enjoy yourself). At Eataly.com.

ELEVATED ITALIAN Swift’s Pizza Company, created by Kris Swift and Adam Jacoby of Jacoby’s and Grizzelda’s, offers authentic Italian fare that can’t be beat on the Eastside. Set within Swift’s Future Design decor, we recommend you “build your own pizza” from the delectable menu. The beverage program features modern twists on classic cocktails, as well as local and imported draft beer and wine. At SwiftPizzaCo.com. NURTURE NATURE The newest must-dine in the city, courtesy of the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group, is hands down ABA, in the newly opened Music Lane development in SoCo. From the modern interiors to the extensive patio seating options under the mighty oaks, it’s a breath of fresh air serving contemporary yet approachable cuisine. At ABARestaurants. com.

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DOG DAY DELIGHT Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs has added an all-beef dog, Make Mine Texan, at Fletcher’s Pop-Up appearances throughout the summer. Fletcher’s worked with local meat purveyor Syracuse Sausage to create an original recipe for the company made with brisket (and other secret ingredients) to give it a natural, hickory flavor that compliments Fletcher’s proprietary cornmeal batter. At FletchersCornyDogs.com. cont’d...

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TELL THEM JAY SENT YOU Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse and the Daisy Buchanan lounge seek to bring new energy and a touch of the past to a structure that dates back to the 1920s. Both are on a historic and storied Montrose Boulevard block, just a stone’s throw from the Houston Museum District. The expansive patio is primed for people watching on the colorful thoroughfare. At GatsbysSteakhouse.com.

COASTAL FLAIR With so much development in the Woodlands, the Back Table Kitchen & Bar stands alone on the grounds of The Woodlands Resort, serving seasonal, southern-inspired fare with global accents. What’s not to love about the 5,413-square-foot waterfront venue with an 800-square-foot terrace overlooking the 18th green of the Panther Trail golf course? At BackTableTX. com.

OUI, OUI, PLEASE A new French dining experience has just arrived in Houston. Always on the forefront of culture, of course, the city’s latest fare, Le Jardinier, is in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Located in the new Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, the seasonal ingredients and rich nutrients are artfully crafted into each dish. At LeJardinier-Houston.com.

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CULINARY JEWEL For a serenely rural and relaxing experience, escape to SweetFire Kitchen, the culinary jewel of La Cantera Resort. The inviting atmosphere allows for indoor and outdoor dining, offering breathtaking views of the sweeping San Antonio Hill Country. At LaCanteraResort.com.

ABSOLUTELY ASIAN Recently opened in the lobby of the Jones & Rio building, just a stone’s throw from the San Antonio Museum of Art, Shiro Bistro offers fresh, contemporary Japanese cuisine that pushes the envelope of imagination and possibility through its presentation of cleverly curated plates. Fish is ordered daily, so reservations are encouraged. At Resy.com.

BEFORE A PERFORMANCE Looking for upscale dining options before a night at the opera or symphony? Stouts Signature is now open at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Featuring delectable plates from filets to risottos and backed by a full bar of handcrafted cocktails, Stouts Signature at the Tobin Center complements the arts with their own unique dining experience. At StoutsSignature.com/ Tobin. s

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The best plays, musical performances, and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record number crowds, according to our cultural adventurer Leanne Raesener, who shares our favorite recommendations for what to enjoy this summer across the state.

JAPANESE AESTHETIC Tokyo-based artist Tomoo Gokita’s first North American museum exhibition, Get Down, presented by The Dallas Contemporary, features Gokita’s large-scale paintings and never-before-seen pieces. These creations were all done during the pandemic. Through August 22. At DallasContemporary.org.

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Tomoo Gokita. Remarriage, 2021.© Tomoo Gokita

Michael Valen`tine performs. Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro

HERE COMES THE SUMMER Zachary Scott Theatre’s Summer Under the Stars: Summer Series brings to you Come Together: Beatles Redux featuring the timeless music of the legendary Beatles. Re-envisioned by ZACH greats performing iconic hits like Yesterday, Hey Jude, Let it Be, and more. July 8—25. At ZachTheatre.org. HARLEM RENAISSANCE The Blanton Museum’s new exhibition, Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite, highlights his work in the late ’50s through ’60s. Brathwaite, a key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance, and his older brother, Elombe Brath, founded the African Jazz-Arts Society & Studios (AJASS) and Grandassa Models. June 27— September 19. At BlantonMuseum.org.

EXOTIC ALLURE The Kimbell Museum’s new exhibit, Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society, presents nearly 70 of the finest examples of Asian art in the United States. It highlights pieces collected by the couple between the ’40s and ’70s. Through September 5. At KimbellArt.org.

Shiva as Lord of the Dance (Shiva Nataraja). India, Tamil Nadu. Chola period, about 970. Asia Society, New York: Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection, 1979.20. Photograph by Synthescape

Kwame Brathwaite, Sikolo Brathwaite wearing a headpiece designed by Carolee Prince, African Jazz-Art Society&Studios (AJASS), Harlem, ca. 1968; from Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful (Aperture, 2019)

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DANCING EXISTENTIALLY ISHIDA Dance Company presents Faraway, so close, an evening of thought-provoking world premieres in contemporary dance: new works based on original poetic narratives that invite existential questions by Brett Ishida, a new work by former Batsheva dancer and USC Professor Bret Easterling, and a new creation by award-winning European choreographer Kristian Lever. In Austin August 13–14 at Dell Fine Arts Center at St. Andrew’s and in Houston August 19–21 at MATCH Midtown Arts & Theater Center. At IshidaDance.org

Sean Scully, Pale Fire, 1988, Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum purchase, Sid W. Richardson Foundation Endowment Fund©Sean Scully

ABSTRACTION APPREAL The Fort Worth Modern’s new exhibit, Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas, features the artist’s most significant works and examines his contribution to the development of abstraction over nearly five decades. Through October 10. At TheModern.org. cont’d...

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DEEP DIVE INTO AMERICA Three Centuries of American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston highlights more than 200 works from the private collection of Fayez S. Sarofim. The Houston-based collector has assembled an extraordinary representation of painting in America. His devotion to 19th and 20th century painting is at the center of his collection and this exhibition. Through September 6. At MFAH.org.

MEET ME AT THE FAIR In 1998, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art, a 30,000 square-foot wing, opened to display Latin American art from ancient to contemporary. On Permanent View—Latin America Galleries. At SAMuseum.org.

Roberto de la Selva (Nicaraguan, 1895-1957), At the Fair (En la Fería), 1934, Museum purchase, 59.19.5, Photograph by Peggy Tenison, Courtesy of San Antonio Museum of Art.

John Singer Sargent, Madame Ramón Subercaseaux, c. 1880–81 Fayez S. Sarofim Collection

LOVE. RESIST. DREAM. These rallying cries echo throughout Los Angeles-based artist Cauleen Smith’s works, which remind us to nurture each other and the planet that sustains us. Her exhibition, Cauleen Smith: We Already Have What We Need, at The Contemporary Art Museum emphasizes acts of caring as antidotes to the injustices and inequities that shape our past and present, envisioning a better world. July 15—October 3. At CAMH.org. Cauleen Smith, Light Up Your Life (For Sandra Bland), 2019. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin. Commissioned and produced by Artpace San Antonio. Purchase through the generosity of an anonymous donor, 2020.

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RENAISSANCE ROTTEN Enjoy an evening of theatre as The Public presents Something Rotten. Brothers Tony Straiges, Maquette. for Into the Woods, painted Nick and Nigel Bottom set and out to writewith the found first musical the 1590sofafter board paper, objects.inCollection the a Art Museum, of Robert L.B.dancing, Tobin. local soothsayer foretells thatMcNay the future of theatreGift involves singing, and acting simultaneously. Fridays through Sundays, July 9—July 18. At CTXLiveTheatre.com.

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Nine Ways to Say Hello Adobe bricks, mirror, lime wash, mica, cotton, cochineal insects, onion skins. Courtesy of Joanna Keane Lopez

COLOR ME BEAUTIFUL Color Factory is a collaborative and multisensory exhibit featuring participatory installations of colors and hues. A collection of artists, creatives, and designers have teamed up to tell their unique color stories inspired by the city and space, with NASA also being a collaborator. Through September 6. At ShowClix.com.

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HOME, HEART, AND HEARTH Joanna Keane Lopez, a New Mexico native, is a multidisciplinary artist whose work blurs the boundaries between contemporary sculpture and architecture through the medium of adobe mud. She creates work that seeks healing and reparation of fragmentation towards land, home, family, and community. July 1―September 5. At BlueStarContemporary.org. s

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