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Winter fashion, a genuine breath of fresh, chilled air, has us delighted to get dressed again. The optimistic viewpoint, along with the most vibrant style selections of the season, will encourage and enthuse you to stir up your own holiday fun. Photography by Mark Oberlin Styling by Dion “Bleu” Drake


A year in the making, we love a holiday list that inspires, don’t you? We’ve looked high and low to bring you some of the most irresistible gifts to give–and receive–that will have you on a spree. By Society Texas Editorial Team ADRIFT, YET ANEW Dress by Karen Sabag Couture, price upon request. At





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28. Contribute

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It takes a village to create this magazine and our digital media platform, Here’s a look at some of the many talented dynamos who make it happen, as things cool down these wintery days.

30. Editor’s Letter Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan shares his always optimistically sunny disposition for the season ahead.

33. Introduce Take a brief look at this exciting issue that reflects on the beginning of winter with a spirit and energy like never before.


36. Forecast With the debut of this new column, look no further for this season’s fashion trends, thanks to THE EDIT ADVISORY’s Krystal De Lisi and Ellen Mason.

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


40. Browse

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The best books for reading...and host gifts? Here we share our very favorite recommendations that have style for miles.

42. Evolve Jay Remer, The Etiquette Guy, is always on hand to solve our modern social life’s most perplexing questions in his wonderfully approachable way.

44. Accomplish Lois Chiles was the woman of the moment in some of the most memorable films of the 70s. Here’s a look at the Houston resident’s talents and worldclass beauty.

48. Glow


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Our beauty insider, Ana Bribiesca Hoff, recommends the best new make-up and beauty trends to colorize your personality.


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50. List Holiday happiness and a sense of genuine warmth are what Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee recommends with products as the winter days turn cooler.


DEPARTMENTS DEPARTMENTS 52. Drive Join us as we adventure with The Gentleman Racer’s Mike Satterfield as he hits the road again for another journey.

56. Pursue There is always something new to discover in Texas...and beyond. Join Lance Avery Morgan as he shares the best things in life to know and experience right now. McLaren 720S Spider Photo by

58. Give


Join Dr. Edward Burger, of St. David’s Foundation in Austin, to learn more about the organization’s philanthropic missions to serve the community and beyond.

62. Marketplace Here’s a look at the people, places, and things making a difference in their business communities.

104. Exhibit


We are already seeking more cultural pursuits, aren’t you? Here are some offerings from our state’s finest museums and cultural institutions, according to our arts arbiter, Leanne Raesener.

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108. Savor With the whirlwind holiday season upon us, we wonder how we’re going to enjoy all the new culinary offerings in the state. Leave it to our editors Lance Avery Morgan (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jennifer Roosth (Houston), and Alexandra del Lago (San Antonio) to recommend the best of the newest.

116. Attend Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli has rounded up all the best philanthropic events for November and December for your consideration to support. BMW iX Courtesy of Principle Auto Courtesy of Higher Ground, Austin

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74. SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Botanical Garden gala

76. AUSTIN The Helping Hand Home gala

78. HOUSTON The PetSet gala

80. DALLAS The Dallas Arboretum event

82. SAN ANTONIO The Texans Can Academy luncheon

84. AUSTIN The Make A Wish Foundation gala 78. HOUSTON Allison Bereswell and Nick Boulle

82. SAN ANTONIO Kim Lewis and Stephanie Cavender


68. HOUSTON Phoebe and Bobby Tudor


80. DALLAS Peter Griess, Tiffany Reese & Sheetal and Dipesh Patel

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Dion “Bleu” Drake is a fashion stylist with almost a decade of experience working in celebrity, editorial, advertising, and personal styling. Over the years, he has honed his skill by working with celebrities, athletes, and publications such as Elle and Italian Vogue. Originally from Detroit, moving to the West Coast afforded him the opportunity to be infused with fashion and culture from a very young age. He proclaims his inspiration for his keen style aesthetic is anything edgy and glam, allowing Drake to create dynamic images that will forever be cemented in editorial history…as in this month’s exciting fashion cover feature.

Writer and enthusiast of all things beauty, fashion, travel, and healthy living-related, our Glow beauty contributor Ana Bribiesca Hoff is currently working in the higher education non-profit sector and has also launched 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. In this issue, she reveals the most alluring fall beauty secrets yet.


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. 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.


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


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 Austin’s Travis Heights Neighborhood. She has also released her second book, The University of Texas at Austin: The First One Hundred Years.


Our feature photographer for this issue’s fashion editorial cover story is Los Angeles-based Mark Oberlin. Oberlin has also photographed the collections of many of the West Coast’s top fashion designers. He is an acclaimed painter, as well, and has exhibited his paintings in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco galleries. More of his work can be found at



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 social Texans exude their largerthan-life essence, whether 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.



Our Associate Editor Leanne Raesener was formerly the city editor for both Brilliant and The Society Diaries magazines. A fifthgeneration 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. cont’d...




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 this year.


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.”


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,, as a blog in 2002, which has grown to become an online and print magazine reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month.


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 ( 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.

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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.




Inspiration Board for Nov/Dec 2021

Onward Ever, Backward Never

We are all swirling back into the ballroom now to support our favorite causes and to make up for lost time. Even though the show did indeed go on during the COVID-19 period, there is currently a renewed robustness and spirit in play. Things have picked up more momentum than in recent memory, so it begs the question, what will the future of philanthropy look like? It’s an important question for all of us. Our theory, and based on many conversations with experts, is that it will grow and evolve like we each individually have. There are still plenty of ways to give back either through volunteerism and public service with a favorite cause or a dozen, sponsoring facets of an organization’s needs, or donating much-needed funds as non-profits get fully back on track again to be a beacon of hope in all our communities. Knowing that giving is essential, we also know that receiving is worthy, too. Beyond holiday donations that you might consider, we’ve amped up the giving and receiving process like never before with a year’s worth of seeking out the perfect gifts, culminating in our The Riches Of The Season annual holiday gift


feature. There’s something for everyone and every budget. As we enter the chilly months of the year, our fashion cover feature, Majestic & Mysterious, shot by Mark Oberlin and styled by Dion “Bleu” Drake, chronicles a woman’s journey to find her fashionable self in pristine, rarely seen natural surroundings. With new departments like THE EDIT ADVISORY, where we forecast the best trends to adapt to your own wardrobe, to our many returning favorite sections that you’ve all come to love, our talented team has you covered as your returning active lifestyle makes up for lost time this past year and a half. We’re on board to share and show all that we are seeing about the state, thanks to our intrepid contributors who share their tales of adventure and finds they recommend. We are always thankful and ever grateful to you, our wonderful reader and follower. So, as we all enjoy the season, we are excited to journey forward with you as the holidays unfold... and beyond. From our homes to yours, have a joyous season and enjoy as much mistletoe shenanigans as possible. See you ‘round the tree and always know we are rooting for you. s s Lance Avery Morgan Editor-In-Chief & Creative Director ! " @societytexas


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GOING UP! ENTERING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, OUR favorite around here, the excitement mounts. As we have all navigated the pandemic as well as we can, it has offered so many teachable moments of how we individually maneuver through the world, and how the world, well, navigates us. With the tree going up and the festive holiday décor donning just about everywhere we turn, our thoughts take a sentimental turn during these months. Sentiment, a favorite tendency, literally, means many things to many people. For me, it’s enjoying the warmth of the season and reflecting, while also looking forward and projecting ahead. That means thoughts of a long-ago aluminum Christmas tree and favorite toys received, to now, enjoying the younger family folk enjoying their new-found holiday traditions.


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FORECAST TREND: LIFE’S A PARTY. THE PARTY HAS NOT STOPPED. IT JUST LOOKS DIFFERENT. Description: The rise and rebirth of occasion wear and dress-up clothes. If life on lockdown has taught us anything, it’s life is a party worth dressing for…even, if it’s a party of one. These looks allow us to transcend daily life and make every day a special event. In the immortal words of Audrey Hepburn, “Life’s a party. Dress for it.” Key Details: Dresses, dresses, and more dresses. High shine finishes, glittery details, glossy metallics, iridescent fabrics, and overthe-top embellishments. There was a definite theme of the Roaring 20s version 2.0. The 1920s were all about glitz and glamour with an underlying movement toward simplicity in dress. The current looks reinterpret much of this philosophy. As Seen On: Chanel, Naeem Khan, Lanvin, and Markarian

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Celebration: New Year’s Eve in Paris, the office party...even if it’s on Zoom, a fancy holiday meal, or cocktails.

SPARKLE MOR TREND: FEMALE POWER RENAISSANCE. A NEW DAWN OF THE ULTRA-FEMININE AESTHETIC. Description: Body-baring and confident, this trend is redefining sexy by highlighting collarbones, shoulders, and sides. This look is all about highlighting the feminine form in unexpected ways with sleek silhouettes that are body-skimming more than body con. Women-defined sexy that is subtle yet more powerful than previous seasons.

Clockwise from left: Courtesy of Givenchy, Courtesy of David Koma, Courtesy of Victoria Beckham, Courtesy of Valentino, Courtesy of Rokh

Key Details: Out are ruffles, frills, poofy skirts, and in-your-face femininity. In is sheer cutouts, bras, bandeaus, and strength. Hot pants and corset details in everything from patent leather to velvet. High neck and maxilength silhouettes are made sexy with the use of sheer and lace panels. As Seen On: Dolce & Gabbana, Schiaparelli, Sportmax, and Rokh Celebration: Anything with your girls. New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, or cocktails.



TREND:DOWN-TO-EARTH. GROUNDED INSPIRATION WITH AN ELEVATED TWIST. Description: These looks embrace the duality of cozy luxury. An essential yet adaptable wardrobe with pieces that can be dressed up or down in colors and fabrics inspired by nature. Rooted in ease and relaxation, there is a nofuss vibe even when sequins are involved. Form and function, this trend must be comfortable, polished, and useful. And must have pockets. Key Details: Ground unique pieces with basics: Sequins and denim, tulle and linen, knits and satin. Look for loose-fitting trousers, jeans, joggers, and skirts. Layer different textures to bring visual interest to simple, even monochromatic looks. Clockwise from left: Courtesy of Fabiana Filippi, Courtesy of Rokh, Courtesy of Lupe Gajardo, Courtesy of Edeline Lee, Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

As Seen On: Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Maison Mai, and Christian Dior Celebration: Snowy holidays on the East Coast, cozy at-home meals with the family, caroling, tree trimming, and casual cocktails with neighbors.


With time off from holiday dressing last year, we’re back in the saddle now and bringing more shine and sparkle to our essence. Here, our new column, THE EDIT ADVISORY, with Krystal De Lisi and Ellen Mason, spotlights the trends you’ll want to know.

TREND: THE FUTURE IS GREEN. A COLOR THAT REPRESENTS TRANQUILITY, LUCK, AND HEALTH. Description: Verdant hues and frondescent prints reflect our need to bring the outdoors in. It is also a literal manifestation of the need for sustainable clothing and a cleaner fashion industry. Key Details: Olive is a key shade in this trend. Also called army green, these camo shades, along with military details, reflect the regimented times in which they were designed. Misty shades or winterized pastels like seafoam or sage are also popular. As Seen On: Temperley London, Balmain, Givenchy, and Simone Rocha Clockwise from left: Courtesy of Simona Marziali, Courtesy of Gauchere, Courtesy of Andrew Gn, Courtesy of Simone Rocha, Courtesy of Balmain


Celebration: Holiday traditions, an extravagant hotel holiday brunch, a Saturday matinee of The Nutcracker, and yes, cocktails.



Silver Linings We all realize that with every challenge, there is potential, especially as we reflect on this year’s obstacles and possibilities, according to our Austin-based Resonance Repatterning expert, Mary Schneider. YEAR ROUND OPPORTUNITIES THE HOLIDAYS ARE ALWAYS SUCH A WONDERFUL TIME OF the year. Within that joy, there is much to contemplate in 2021 on so many levels. Consider the changes encountered since this past January. Of course, we have new leadership in Washington, with its itinerant challenges, some already serious. Leading the way is the pandemic. The vaccine and variants will remain the top story for a while. Yet, it is a tiny fraction of the whole. It is also stressful, and that’s without factoring in our own personal dynamic thus far. Hopes can be dashed regularly. Things seem to be settling down only to be resurrected just as we begin to relax a bit. Learning to live with high‒stress every day can be instructive. Luckily, opportunities do present themselves daily. What are we able to live with while staying present and engaged without compromising who we are? Many of us did not know what it would look like if these boundaries were pushed. We have learned a lot about ourselves, which is truly a silver lining...a ray of light.

our psyche that might be negatively influencing our decision-making process. Furnished with this kind of knowledge, we enrich our creativity and learn not to repeat negative patterns. Recent studies have discovered that the pandemic has triggered an extensive re-evaluation of work and life for some Americans. Countless people are deliberating changes in their careers and their communities. The Washington Post recently quoted an Austin man who was forced to change careers, “If you come out of the pandemic the same as you were, you’ve missed an opportunity to evolve and grow as a person.” The article added, “Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. workers under the age of 40 have thought about changing their occupation or field of work since the pandemic began.” Life is an ongoing and dynamic process. We are in a continual state of transition. When our day-to-day routines progress along non-stop, we may not notice the subtle changes in our lives and in who we are becoming. An event like the pandemic is a great interrupter–an opportunity to be more mindful of our lives’ processes–and what is important to us. Change is good, and sometimes painful. Those who have been through a painful divorce or serious health alarm can attest to this reality.

During the holiday season, we re-connect with relatives and friends not normally seen–a double-edged sword at times, as we all know. Also, many people are often quite busy the last few weeks of the year. As a result, the holidays are inherently stressful. This year, as last, promises again to be challenging. Still, it is different energetically. We are stronger this year and more resilient. To most, with the vaccine, we are empowered and potent. This is always a winning combination–the self-esteem trifecta–strength, empowerment, and potency.

Another young woman interviewed in The Washington Post article stated, “The pandemic taught me that nothing is guaranteed now. Everything can change within months, if not weeks,” she observed. “Just being able to spend time by myself made me realize what path I did and did not want to go down.”

HOW TO LIVE IN THE PRESENT What can we do with all of this? There are plenty of options. If we are present and live in the heart, then whatever we decide will be the best decision. Reflection fortifies us. Because of where we have been, we see what might have been done differently. Contemplation allows us to recognize patterns in

Contemplation and stillness were not a significant part of our lifestyle pre-pandemic. Now, these tools have become so much more accessible. We do not need to change anything. However, it is wonderful to know that if we choose to, there is the potential for many people to provide support and community…another silver lining.



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HERE WE GO, LOOP DE LOOP By William Jack Sibley Sibley’s third book is a vividly drawn, often very funny tale set in the fictional small Texas town of Rita Blanca that only a fifth-generation Texan could write. The book focuses on three ranching families whose lives are intertwined, all of which are at a point of transition. And, of course, trouble ensues. $19.99. At

SHOEMAKER OF DREAMS: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SALVATORE FERRAGAMO By Salvatore Ferragamo This book traces Ferragamo’s origins as a village shoemaker to founding what would become a major global fashion brand. Charming and insightful, it also includes a thrilling series of encounters with Hollywood stars and notable global names. $30. At

THE UNITED STATES OF FASHION: A NEW ATLAS OF AMERICAN STYLE By The Editors of Vogue This celebrates the creators, artisans, and visionaries across the country while paying tribute to the democratization of American fashion. Organized by region and providing additional context for the designers and craftspeople featured, it’s a look at sustainable fashion for now and beyond. $45. At

FACE TIME: A HISTORY OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT By Phillip Prodger With intimate personal portraits for storytelling, photographic portraiture has always served a number of functions. With a fresh and entertaining approach, here’s a history of the art form, examining many modes of portraiture—fine art photography, fashion, anthropology, narrative, street, and selfies. $45. At

MOVIE THEATERS: THE METAMORPHOSIS OF AMERICAN CINEMAS By Yves Marchand, Romain Meffre and Ross Melnick They are in every American city and town— grandiose movie palaces constructed during the golden age of the entertainment industry that now stand abandoned, empty, decaying, or repurposed. This significant new project poignantly eulogizes and celebrates the tattered remains of hundreds of movie theaters across America. $80. At

SAPPHIRE: A CELEBRATION OF COLOR By Joanna Hardy Showcasing sixty of the world’s most significant and renowned pieces of sapphire jewelry and artifacts, as well as many previously unseen designs, this features a stunning array of style icons wearing their favorite sapphire jewelry, including pieces from iconic jewelry houses. $125. At

CONTEMPORARY HOUSE INDIA By Rob Gregory Explore some of the most innovative, ambitious, and beautiful houses on the Indian subcontinent in the context of the country’s varied landscapes, climates, and historical influences. This book has remarkable insights into residences built by an array of leading and up-and-coming architects with plans that highlight the features of each project. $75. At

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We Had A Marvelous Time Our Etiquette Guy, Jay Remer, is on the scene to smooth over the wrinkles when social conundrums occur. He shows us how to be cool, calm, and collected in these holiday months. Dear Etiquette Guy With the holidays upon us, we’d like to entertain in our home this year since we didn’t last year. But, due to Covid, how do we tastefully confirm that everyone remains healthy and is fully vaccinated? Soirée-Ready Dear Soirée Sera Sera, This is an important question and a legitimate concern. Unfortunately, the stance around vaccinations has divided some members of our society. As with almost any emotionally charged issue, expressing ourselves with grace and clarity is essential. On an invitation, you simply write: We request that all guests be fully vaccinated. Because this is critical to you, send a confirmatory email for any less formal invitations, ensuring guests understand this. As time moves forward, instructions such as masks optional, etc., can be employed. Dear Etiquette Guy, During the holiday season, I realize we all feel more generous than ever. What is your policy of a gratuity gift for helpers who make life so much better year-round? Totally Tips Dear Tips Plenty, Showing gratitude during the holidays is a tradition everyone enjoys. Professional service providers appreciate all Holiday cards, but especially those from loyal customers with crisp cash inside. The amount of the gift usually is equivalent to a regular appointment. For example, if you pay $100 for a service that you enjoy monthly, $100 would be appropriate. Generosity is boundless and depends upon the depth of the relationship you have. Non-cash gifts of equivalent value may feel more comfortable in certain situations or where cash gifts are verboten. As you give, also be grateful for the services you’ve enjoyed as well as the joy of sharing.


Dear Etiquette Guy, A friend of mine’s sister joins us for dinner periodically. She’s lovely and a fun conversationalist, but recently she’s gotten in the habit of stopping in the middle of the meal to go “live” on social media and posting a barrage of selfies. May I ask her to refrain? Social Media Savvy Dear Savvy & Social, Yes, I encourage you to ask her to refrain, as her actions run the risk of making people feel uncomfortable. They interrupt the dinner conversations and crash through boundaries of etiquette that would merit checking. For example, you might ask your friend to speak with her sister in private. Correcting a dinner guest at the table would cause embarrassment, which is always best to avoid. Often, the offender is oblivious to their rudeness, and once aware will stop. Otherwise, you can impose the “no cell phones at the dinner table.” rule. That puts everyone on equal footing. Dear Etiquette Guy, My cousin’s best friend has a habit of, well, licking his fingers instead of using a napkin. Is it ever okay to do that, as I can’t imagine others like seeing or hearing, it either? I don’t want to offend or be offended, either. Neat & Natty Dear Neatest of Them All, Licking fingers is best for picnic tables, or crab bakes where we eat most foods by hand and rules change. Otherwise, this unattractive habit is offensive. One way to avoid this annoyance is to serve food that doesn’t require using your fingers. As with most pet peeves, we need to take responsibility for our feelings and avoid blaming others. If people are eating finger food, licking fingers is part of the deal. We’ve been oppressed enough through COVID–no need to impose a ban on finger-licking everywhere.



That ’70s Woman Houstonian Lois Chiles, a great beauty, was one of Hollywood’s most casted actors in the 1970s and 80s. Here, our resident cinephile, Lance Avery Morgan , looks back at her style-setting career in some of the greatest films of the era...from perky ingénue to powerful Bond Girl.

BORN LUCKY SHE WAS THE RAVEN-HAIRED GLAMOUR GIRL OF THE MOMENT who seemed to be everywhere…in some of the much-loved, biggest cinema hits of the era…The Way We Were (1973), The Great Gatsby (1974), Coma (1978), Death on the Nile (1978), and Moonraker (1979). Her co-stars? Little names like Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Peter Ustinov, Mia Farrow, Michael Douglas, and Bette Davis, to name a few. At 74, she will always likely be the most beautiful septuagenarian in any room she frequents. Being a woman born in Houston and raised in South Texas, the road to Hollywood was never paved with expectations. She hailed from an oil business family, with her oil tycoon uncle being Eddie Chiles, known for his opinions, as well as his I’m Mad Too, Eddie bumper stickers that graced the gas guzzlers of the era. “I grew up in Alice, Texas, a small oil town with one theater that only showed Roy Rogers movies,” said Chiles in an early career interview. “So when I got the role (of Moonraker), I had never even seen a Bond film and only had a vague notion about the idea of a Bond girl.” With the Bond series, according to Hollywood folklore, she was the original choice for the role of Agent Triple X in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Her opportunity to be a Bond girl arose after she was seated next to director Lewis Gilbert on a plane and wowed him enough to land the coveted part in Moonraker. Ah, Hollywood. Born in Houston, Chiles has a familiar beauty–she looks exotic, like a successful colleague, and like a PTA member who also has an adventurous bent to photograph wild animals on safari in Africa. That, along with being a supermodel and one of the most photographed faces of the 70s, undoubtedly helped her career along in Hollywood, which is not always known for long, satisfying careers. Yet, in that golden time of cinema magic, her star shone brightly. “I signed with (agent) Billy Barnes and got my first role in an interracial love story filmed in Atlanta called Together For Days with Clifton Davis. My mother thinks it was my best work. You cannot find a copy of it,“ she recounted. True, that first film was never released, but it served as a springboard to appearing in some of the sexy 70s’ most memorable films. cont’d...

Lois Chiles, The Way We Were, 1974. Columbia Pictures. Lois Chiles, center, Death On The Nile, 1978. EMI.

Lois Chiles and Robert Redford on the set of The Way We Were, 1974. Columbia Pictures.



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Lois Chiles, The Way We Were, 1973. Columbia Pictures.

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BEAUTY’S CALLING CARD She attended the University of Texas at Austin as a freshman in 1965 before going on a cruise and following a Princeton student across the country and eventually turning down his marriage proposal. She’d return and graduate in 1969 and was quickly discovered by a Glamour magazine editor as the fresh face of the future, which kicked her modeling career into high gear. With her azure blue eyes and locks of ebony satin, she was off to the races and graced just about every major magazine cover of the era. After her string of film hits, she, like many talents who swim in the pool of the receding waters of fame, did what she could to keep her acting chops sharp. She starred in a season of Dallas, as a paramour of Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing, of course, and in other glossy shows like Hart to Hart, L.A. Law, and a bevy of T.V. movies of the week that achieved high ratings. She continued to act in theatrical films like 80s favorites Broadcast News (1987) and Say Anything (1989). In fact, she’s been directed by four Academy Award© winners: Sydney Pollack, James L. Brooks, Cameron Crowe, and Quentin Tarantino. Then, Chiles does what many with Texas roots do...she decided, after the Millennium, a return to the Lone Star State, namely Houston, was the best path for her to follow.

Lois Chiles, The Great Gatsby, 1974 Paramount Pictures.


Lois Chiles and Robert Moore, Moonraker, 1978. United Artists.

So, she landed a teaching position at the University of Houston in 2001, where fellow actors Dennis Quaid, Loretta Divine, and many others had hailed. LUXE LIFE Like all women who cut a stunning figure, there would be many men, most of them famous and often reported in the press. A long relationship with fellow native and Eagles band frontman Don Henley lasted for half a decade until she stated that the rock lifestyle of private jets, limos, and all that goes along with it wasn’t sustainable for her. She hit the headlines again with a relationship with CBS founder Bill Paley, who was well into his 80s to her 30s. She then married philanthropist Richard Gilder (who passed away of congestive heart failure in 2010). Because creativity knows no bounds, Chiles is known as an artist these days. She most often paints women, and her color palette is moody and evocative. She drew as a child and picked up the hobby later in life, where she practices both in Houston and her home in New York. Her beauty and talent still continue to dazzle, both on-screen and off, and we love how Lois Chiles seems to have created a fairytale life that most only live in their dreams.

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Lois Chiles and Sam Waterson pose for The Great Gatsby tie-in promotions, 1974.


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NAUGHTY OR NICE Day or night, naughty or nice, this palette will be at the top of everyone’s list. The Huda Beauty Naughty Nude Eyeshadow Palette has 18 tinsel-worthy shades for a matte glam look or the dazzling metallic smokey eye. $67. At WARM & COZY GLOW Chestnuts are roasting on an open fire, and your complexion radiates warmth with an unexpected molten golden glow this winter. Tap Chanel Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Highlighting Fluid on your cheekbones up to your temples. $48. At

MEET ME UNDER THE MISTLETOE Inspired by the season’s festive flavors, Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Gingersnap and Peppermint delivers intense moisture and antioxidants while you sleep, for soft kissable lips. $22. At Sephora. com.

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‘Tis the season to be merry, bright, and most importantly…glam. The holidays are here, and we’ll be rocking around the Christmas tree with skin glistening a healthy glow, accentuated with festive bold lips and ornamental eye looks, according to our beauty expert, Ana Bribiesca Hoff. GOLD LEAF Unsure on how to adopt the gold leaf trend this season? Try Guerlain L’Or 24K Gold Radiance Primer, a complexionperfecting primer infused with pure 24K gold flakes that sinks into the skin and grips foundation for a longlasting make-up result. $74. At

FORBIDDEN FRUITCAKE Blend the season’s warm, rich and delectable shades across your eyelids, creating a rainbow effect that no one could resist. Try the Two-Faced Forbidden Fruitcake Mini Eye Shadow Palette with eight delicious shades inspired by the classic holiday treat. $27. At


LUMINIOUS & LIGHT A healthy glow and formulas that enhance, not hide, your complexion continues to be a staple this season. Try YSL Nu Bare Look Tint, a lightweight formula with buildable coverage for a fresh, dewy complexion with 24-hour hydration. $38. At SMELLS LIKE CHRISTMAS Try the Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, a warm scent of a classic tobacco scent turned modern with creamy tonka bean, vanilla, cocoa, dry fruit accords, and sweet wood sap. Such a memorable scent for an unforgettable season. $263. At

WONDERFUL SKIN Walking in the winter wonderland might leave your skin dull and dry. Winterize your skincare routine by adding the Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream Plumping & Hydrating Moisturizer that protects against the harsh weather while delivering a luminous, dewy glow. $68. At

HO-HO-HOT LIPS Add some jingle to this timeless classic by dabbing on loose glitter for a fabulous and bold statement lip. Try one of the 48 crimson shades that Valentino’s Rosso Valentino Lipstick offers, topped with Valentino Dreamdust Lip & Cheek Loose Glitter to ensure Santa will stop by for a kiss. $55 and $32. At


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EYE REALLY LOVE IT This cream-powder formula eye shadow comes in three gorgeous eye pods and offers supremely wearable palettes for winter. Plus, the innovative magnetic pods snap together or apart for easy portability. For three, $88. At


GENUINELY FAUX Rosantica’s beige Fluffy bag is named after the faux fur’s soft texture and is adorned with large, eye-catching crystals. As fun as it is festive, it has a gold strap to be carried across the body or from the shoulder, as well as a fine chain doubling as a toggled drawstring. $479. At


MINI TO THE MAX This darling Camile crystal-bow crepe mini dress by Saloni has a flattering split-front bodice accented with whimsical bows... complete with faux pearls and crystals, then finished with balloon sleeves. Dress it up or down for any holiday gathering. $650. At


YOU CAN ROCK THIS Be prepared. These Hip Hot, But Not Triple Tier earrings might stop traffic, or someone interesting, in their tracks. We love the clip-on, multi-colored stone drop made of oxidized satin gold plating. $180. At SOCIETYTEXAS.COM


COZY UP, GET COMFY Think nightwear-turned-partywear that gets a fun update. Made from lightweight crepe de chine, this vintage-inspired PJ set features a top with tonal piping and mother-of-pearl buttons and cropped pants with delightful and detachable cuffs. $290. At


STEP IT UP Will these Mach & Mach double bow crystal-embellished satin pumps be your new favorite shoe for a night on the town? Likely. Made from lustrous satin embellished with a crystalencrusted silver rope that wraps around the ankles and pointed vamp, we expect them to shine all evening. $1050. At


LET’S TIE ONE ON Sweet and charming, a hair ornament adds a whisper of femininity for any holiday dressing opportunity. We love this black Raquel Swarovski crystal-embellished silk-organza hair clip from Jennifer Behr. $275. At


WELCOME, MATTE For winter, it’s all about the healthy-looking matte finish. We love the Rouge Hermes matte lipstick limited edition in Orange Brûlé as it smolders and stays on from sun up to way beyond midnight. $73. At


BLAZER-ING NEW TRAILS Just like mom used to wear in the 80s, over-sized are back and bigger than ever. Literally. We love this number in Olympia olive green faux leather, with a full lining, by Frankie Shop, don’t you? $395. At


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With a high-performance vehicle like the McLaren 720S Spider, something special is in store that unleashes on the road, according to our luxe automotive expert, Michael Satterfield of TheG By Michael Satterfield

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WHEELS UP...ON THE GROUND SLIDING BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THE MCLAREN 720S SPIDER is an event, with its futuristic gauge cluster, electrochromic roof, and panel of switches and screens, one feels like they just climbed into something more akin to a fighter jet than a car. A push of the start button brings the 710-horsepower twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 screaming to life, and with the push of another button, you lower the retractable hardtop. With the top open, the sound gets even better. It isn’t the loud burble you would expect from a V8 or the high pitch whine of some supercars, but it’s a smooth rumble that feels more mature than, say, the howl of a Lamborghini. According to McLaren, the 720S will do 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 212 mph. While those numbers may sound exhilarating, the 720S Spider

manages to feel relatively normal to drive. In fact, the power comes on smoothly, so it is easy to find yourself doing triple-digit speeds quickly. Once you glance down at the speedometer and realize you need to slow down, a set of massive carbon-ceramic brakes and sticky Pirelli P Zero tires help bring everything back under control. In today’s world of 1,000+ horsepower muscle cars, 710 hp may not sound that impressive, yet McLaren has decided to focus more on weight and balance than just adding horsepower into their cars. Thanks to their carbon fiber chassis, the 720S Spider comes in just 2,937 pounds dry, making it 83 pounds lighter than the 650S Spider and just 109 pounds heavier than the 720S Coupe. Because of this focus on weight reduction, a fully equipped McLaren Spider is still lighter than the stripped-down versions of Italian supercars. cont’d...



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EXPERIENCING THE ROAD To really get the most out of the 720S Spider, you might want to sign up for the Pure McLaren Experience, hosted in the US at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. Not only do you get to drive the same track as the McLaren Formula 1 team, but you can also get a ride-along with pro drivers who will show you the limits of what a McLaren can do in the hands of a professional. If a track day isn’t in the cards, the Twisted Sisters is a great place to take a car like the 720S. Made up of Ranch Roads 337, 335, and 336, the entire loop is around 100 miles and starts and ends in the small town of Leakey, Texas. The Sisters follow the canyons and hills through a series of tight twisty turns and provide some amazing views but stay focused on the road... since it is one of the most technical drives you’ll find in Texas. Pushing it in the canyons, you really feel how well balanced the car is and how every part of it is built to perform. Returning to civilization means traffic, potholes, and parking lots, but the 720S Spider settles down and becomes as drivable as any other car. In comfort mode, its quiet, smooth, front-end lift, and 360-degree backup camera, makes navigating parking spots worry-free. The only weak point is the McLaren 720S’s infotainment and navigation system takes some getting used to. Being an exotic, it’s how normal it feels that makes the 720S Spider so good. It’s easy to drive, enter, and exit, the controls are intuitive, the trunk space is surprisingly large, and the dihedral doors open in less space than most standard cars. But with a flick of the switch, the instrument cluster lowers, the car tightens, and over fifty years of racing heritage is unleashed, and just like that, you’re behind the wheel of a truly spectacular supercar. The 720S Spider also has one other thing going for it. Something that McLaren hasn’t always been known’s actually pretty. While function always overtakes form, the McLaren 720S is one of their most elegant cars, and taking the top off makes it even better. Starting at $315,000, the 720S Spider is delivering significant value in the topless supercar space. With the new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster coming in at over $573,000 and a Ferrari 488 Pista Spider starting at over $350,000, the McLaren is the best deal for a very, very fast car with no top.



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There is so much to know, see and do as we look around us, with renewed holiday anticipation, according to our pop culture pursuer, Lance Avery Morgan.

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SEE YOU IN THE BLUE ROOM The White House Historical Association always makes the holidays brighter...this year, with its tribute to Texas. The 2021 White House Ornament reflects Texas President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s 1967 Blue Room theme. “To spend holiday seasons in the White House was a privilege and a gift,” said Luci Baines Johnson, the youngest daughter of President Johnson. “This year’s ornament evokes all the historic memories our family shared during those years, and we’re honored to have that time commemorated on this year’s Official White House Ornament.” $38. At the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin and at

GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE Sotheby’s is paying tribute to Karl Lagerfeld by selling more than a thousand lots from his residences in France and Monaco. It represents an anthology of not only his personal taste but also of his life and career. These sales will present a broad panorama of Art Deco works, including a fine selection of furniture by Louis Süe and André Mare, as well as numerous contemporary objects and art by Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami. Dec. 3–5. At

THIS TOPS EVERYTHING Dallas-based design dynamos Noble 31 has released its fall and winter collection to great acclaim. It’s a mix of neutrals sprinkled with bright pops of color, designed to become classic pillars in your closet that carry you not just season to season but year to year – pieces that become your multi-purpose go-to favorites. Shown here, the Linda top. $320. At

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TOM FORD, REVEALED The biggest book of the season? Tom Ford 002. The Austin native, synonymous with high-octane glamour, opulent sexuality, and fearless fashion, has a design reach that has influenced the globe since the 90s. This volume, printed with Forest Stewardship Council-approved materials and personally edited by Ford, reflects his exceptional taste and unapologetic sensual aesthetic. It’s a true collector’s item for his devotees and connoisseurs of fashion, style, and design. $180. At



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Fine Philanthropy Dr. Edward Burger, President and CEO of St. David’s Foundation, based in Austin, recently shared his insight with our Lance Avery Morgan on the many nuances of the philanthropic spirit and how it can positively affect so many. Lance Avery Morgan: Dr. Burger, can you tell us about St. David’s Foundation and the organization’s vision for our Central Texas community? Dr. Edward Burger: St. David’s Foundation is one of the largest health foundations in the United States, funding $80 million annually in a five-county area surrounding Austin, Texas. Through a unique partnership with St. David’s HealthCare, the Foundation reinvests proceeds from the hospital system back into the community, with a goal of advancing health equity and improving the health and well-being of our most underserved Central Texas neighbors. St. David’s Foundation also operates the largest mobile dental program providing charity care in the country and offers the largest healthcare scholarship program in Texas. LAM: St. David’s Foundation is a part of the philanthropic and social web of the community—to what does it owe that success?

key, distinguishing element of our program’s success. LAM: It’s so great when many of the scholarship recipients share their personal stories at the Toast events. All proceeds from Toast of the Town sponsorships and tickets, with a two-to-one match by St. David’s Foundation, are dedicated to St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship program. What kind of impact do you see that philanthropy having? EB: Looking ahead, it’s essential that we foster the next generation of physicians, nurses, dentists, lab technicians and others to provide quality care to the communities served by these future healthcare professionals. We are reminded now, more than ever, of the vital importance of a strong healthcare workforce for the health and well-being of our Central Texas neighbors. LAM: Beyond the Toast events, please share some of your insight on the Foundation’s grant-making initiatives.

EB: As stewards of our community dollars, we have worked over the last 25 years to foster longstanding, collaborative relationships. From our outstanding Board members, volunteers, and event chairs to our grantees and partners on the ground, I believe we share a commitment to improving health outcomes for our Central Texas neighbors. LAM: The Foundation began its Toast of the Town events a few decades back in 1984—why do you think it was initially so successful—and still so successful? It has a huge following... EB: The concept of Toast of the Town is truly unique and built on a model that speaks from the heart—opening one’s home to host intimate gatherings. It quickly became a suite of favorite annual philanthropic social events for our many supporters. The soirees and programming change every year, offering something special for every taste and interest. Part of the secret to Toast’s ongoing success is that it continues to evolve right along with Central Texas.

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LAM: The Toast of the Town annual events each spring provide philanthropic support and awareness for St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship—how does it benefit students pursuing their educations in health-related fields? EB: Our scholarship program is truly transformational in nature. Many of our students are the first in their families to attend college, so our scholarship community provides academic and emotional support in addition to financial assistance. Each scholar is also matched with a healthcare professional who mentors them for a minimum of four years. The guidance of these mentors is vital to encouraging our scholars along their unique journeys and has become a


EB: We are guided by a commitment to achieving health equity both today and tomorrow. Our work is based on our belief that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve optimal health, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or zip code. And while access to high-quality medical care is essential, health is about much more than a visit to the doctor. In fact, the most influential drivers of health outcomes are factors that exist outside of the healthcare system, such as poverty, unemployment, housing status, and education level. Our strategic initiatives throughout Central Texas range from support of safety net clinics and mobile charity dental care to initiatives that promote healthy environments for young children to increase their odds of succeeding in school, to critical support for older adults and their caregivers to allow aging in place.

LAM: Thanks so much for your time and looking ahead, what are your thoughts on philanthropy in this region and opportunities that exist for our community within the philanthropic sector? EB: We stand in a pivotal moment. We continue to see a rapid increase in our population, along with tremendous growth in wealth, access, and innovation. Central Texas, in particular, has the opportunity to foster a stronger philanthropic environment that is more on par with other major cities with mature cultures of community giving. I believe through collective collaboration and contribution, we have the potential to truly transform Austin and Central Texas for generations to come. This aspiration holds the promise to be one of our greatest collective legacies.




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Balance Of Power Learn how alternative ways of daily transportation are evolving quickly, according to Principle Auto of San Antonio and Dallas, who are plugging into the future with BMW and Karma. By Jake Gaines | Photography courtesy of Principle Auto BMW i4

CHANGE IS IN THE AIR One of the most important changes in the automotive industry has been the electrification of vehicles. In fact, electric cars are transforming the industry, and many automakers are committing to introducing high-performing electric vehicles in their line-up. The most popular types of electric vehicles are battery electric or hybrids. Battery electric vehicles are powered by electricity stored in a battery pack, and Plug-in Hybrids combine a gasoline engine with an electric motor and a rechargeable battery.

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By far, electric vehicles are one of the most important trends of the 21st Century, and San Antonio-based Principle Auto is ready to plug Texans into the future. Principle BMW of San Antonio and Principle Karma of San Antonio offers a fully electric vehicle line-up built for sustainability and style. “The benefits of sustainability include saving money and reducing the environmental impact. BMW offers a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 in addition to other incentives such as rebates, tax credits, and grants,” explains Bud Pratt, General Sales Manager of Principle BMW of San Antonio. Other benefits include single-occupancy HOV lane access in select states, preferential parking for charging, and reduced fuel expenses. Two specific models of BMW are poised to deliver thrilling performance with options for pre-ordering starting now: BMW iX: This first-ever all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle offers: Luxury finishes, a spacious interior, intelligent tech and is 100% electric and 100% BMW. Competitive range and dual electric motors deliver breathtaking power and efficiency–combined with the stability of electric all-wheel drive, 0-60 MPH in <5 sec, Max ~500 hp, and ~300-mile range. BMW i4: This 4-door coupe provides: Powerful acceleration (max >500 hp; 0-60 in ~4 sec). Superior balance for the thrilling performance you’d expect from BMW. Spacious seating for five. Estimated range of up to ~300-miles. And fully electric.


GOOD KARMA For those who prefer to arrive in opulence, Principle Karma, located in Dallas and San Antonio, offers the latest model of the innovative automaker, Karma. They are pleased to introduce the all-new fully electrified luxury vehicle, the GS-6. This vehicle, starting at $75,000, offers an infotainment system and highly configurable gauges displaying and monitoring everything from energy flow to g-forces to various trip-computer readouts. GS-6: Karma GS-6 delivers a robust, 536 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. This output is generated by two electric motors that work together with a 28-kWh battery pack and a BMWsourced 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder range extender. Karma says 0-60 mph comes in around 4.5 seconds or 3.9 seconds for the Sport variant. EPA-rated range tops out at a total of 330 miles, including 61 miles of EV range (or 54 miles if you insist on 22-inch wheels).

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Soprano Soirée Houston Symphony Celebrates Opening Night By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Wilson Parish and Priscilla Dickson

THE SETTING: The Houston Symphony recently celebrated the beginning of its fall season with the annual Opening Night Concert & Gala: An Evening with Renée Fleming at the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. Throughout the evening, with pandemic protocol in place, guests wore face masks while mingling at Jones Hall and later at the Corinthian.

Renée Fleming

Betty and Jesse Tutor

Lynn Wyatt

Leigh and Reggie Smith

THE STYLE: Following a champagne reception in the mezzanine area of the concert hall, guests settled into their seats for the long-awaited opening night concert featuring the superstar soprano Renée Fleming alongside the Houston Symphony’s Principal POPS Conductor Steven Reineke. Fleming wowed the crowd as she showcased her virtuosity in a program of opera arias and songs from composers such as Handel, Corigliano, Leoncavallo, and Cilea, as well as musical theater songs and classic Broadway overtures from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel and The King and I. Immediately following the concert, guests continued the festivities at the Corinthian, where they were greeted by the sounds of the Richard Brown Orchestra. Richard Flowers of The Events Company decorated the beautiful room, and the multicourse dinner was prepared by City Kitchen, accompanied by select wine pairings by Lindy Rydman, John Rydman, and Lisa Rydman of Spec’s Wines, Spirits, & Finer Food.

THE PURPOSE: The gala, chaired by longtime

Margaret Alkek Williams and John Mangum

Leslie Siller and Cynthia Wolff

Phoebe and Bobby Tudor

organization supporters Robin Angly and Miles Smith, raised $600,000 towards the Houston Symphony’s industry-leading Education and Community Programming, which serves more than 200,000 Houstonians annually. For the 35th consecutive year, ConocoPhillips served as the Concert Sponsor and Lead Gala Corporate Underwriter for the event. Funds raised from the evening support the Houston Symphony Education and Outreach Programs, specifically serving community partnerships with area hospitals to increase the quality of life for patients, families, and caregivers through bedside visits and in-hospital performances. These bedside and inhospital visits became virtual during the pandemic and continued to use music to ease patients’ time in the hospital.




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The Stars Are Bright Stars In Recovery Gala Celebrates With Music By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Thomas Garza Photography

Jim Lob and John Miller

Eric Niedermayer and Chris Ammann

Elizabeth Hughes and Rula Peinado Maureen Maidlow and Shauna Jenkins

Cynthia Galbraith, Anna Meeker, Sara Uilson and Dee Dee Wix

Ouida Bradshaw, Nelda Evans and Lou Stroud

Ouida Bradshaw, Nelda Evans and Lou Stroud

Brett and Ashley Beebe

THE SETTING: The 33rd Annual Jim Bradshaw Memorial Stars in Recovery event featuring the legendary Ray Wylie Hubbard took place at Artspace111 in Fort Worth, with pandemic protocol in place and hundreds more watching virtually. Upon entering the venue, guests browsed the silent auction items while enjoying a stripped-down performance from local musician Rachel Stacy. THE STYLE: Once inside the reception hall, Event Chair Shauna Jenkins welcomed attendees and brought Recovery Resource Council CEO, Eric Niedermayer and Board of Directors Chair, Maureen Maidlow to the stage to share new findings of how alcoholism and drug addiction are impacting the North Texas community. Hubbard had the audience chuckling with his many anecdotes and stories. It was an exciting surprise when Hubbard treated guests to a song and closed the show by singing, The Messenger. THE PURPOSE: This year, the council celebrates 75 years of service to North Texas as the gateway to health and wellness for individuals and families seeking help with substance use disorders and mental health issues.

Joel and D’Aun Lagrone

Michael and Susan Cuda

Rachel Stacy performs

Marsha Williamson and Adrienne Santaularia


Jan Osborn and Robin Bagwell

Michael Molthan and Rachel Stacy


Judy Hubbard and Ray Wylie Hubbard

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Floral Ambience San Antonio Botanical Garden Shines With Stunning Al Fresco Gala By Jake Gaines | Photography by Greg Harrison

THE SETTING: Over 500 guests in fashionable floral and garden-inspired attire enjoyed a beautiful breezy evening at the San Antonio Botanical Garden for its annual Splendor in The Garden gala. The décor, living walking florals, by Artisan Oddities was a delight to behold. The floral, ribbon decor, and sparkling tree lights by Trinity Flowers’ Danny Cuellar, Danesa Woehrle, and Alex Woehrle were a feast for the eyes. THE STYLE: The gala was a wandering affair through the San Antonio Botanical Garden as guests were serenaded by Carlos’ Guitar. Greeted by butterfly ballerinas, attendees strolled down the promenade to the iconic Lucile Halsell Conservatory Courtyard for the cocktail hour featuring live music, butterfly ballet vignettes, and delicious hors d’oeuvres. As the sun was setting, guests were escorted to the Greehey Lawn, set ablaze in twinkling tree lights. The beautiful new space is ringed with a massive canopy of oak and cypress trees. The seated dinner consisted of 68 beautifully adorned tables at which a gourmet meal was served. Following a Ballet Conservatory of South Texas performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, complete with glowing butterfly wings, guests heard remarks from San Antonio Botanical Garden Board of Directors’ President Karen Greenwood, Mayor Ron Nirenburg, Botanical Garden CEO Sabina Carr, and Event Chair Susan Shown Todd. The afterparty in the Betty Kelso Center had guests dancing to DJ Catwalk’s beats into the night. THE PURPOSE: The record-breaking signature fundraising event raised nearly half a million dollars to support the San Antonio Botanical Garden. The mission of the organization is to enrich lives through plants and nature. One way the Garden does that is by connecting more than 60,000 children to the natural world by funding educational programs throughout the year. Programs include Little Sprouts, Terrarium Ecosystem, Early Childhood Lifecycles, the Children’s Vegetable Garden, summer camps, culinary health and wellness, drop-in programming, and the Family Adventure Garden.


Susan Shown Todd, Karen Greenwood, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Sabina Carr

Madison and Elizabeth Marceau, Sid Greehey, Alex Straus, Sid Greehey, Jr. & Caroline and Thomas McSween

Nicola Bathie McLaughlin, Dani Becknell and Courtney Smith

Tim and Katie Halleran & Catherine and Jeff Vexler

Jan Gignac, Sharron Batchelor, Emily McMichael, Tesa Gonzales and Hannah McManus

CeCe Frost Griffin, Sam Bell Steves III, Lauren and Charlie Aycock, Matt and Heather Etlinger, Kathy Hoermann and Megan Steves


Ballet Conservatory of South Texas

Roxana Richardson, Helene Woldenberg, Kathy Kelleher, Lisa Rosenbloom and Jennifer Arce

Caroline Behrens, Burkley Fitzsimons and Marie Mays

Magdalena and Raul Gaona & Andrea and Karl Pichlera

Rene and Emma Farret & Lyn and Omar Akhil

Kim Biffle, Jennifer Lambillotte, Linde Murphy and Amy Rhodes

Victor Estrada, Sandra Laurel Ford & Anne and Marco Gamboa

Rick and Suzanne Cavender & Courtney and Easton McNab

Kevin and Laura Watson, Judy Morton, Mitsi Dreher & Karen Rich and Jack Rich


Jessica Farrell, Jacqueline Roberts, Bette Vexler and Emily Kaufman



Always Giving Hope Helping Hand Society Hosts Annual Presentation Gala By Rose Betty Williams

| Photography by Jetter Photography and Rose Betty Williams

THE SETTING: The Helping Hand Society recently celebrated the 78th annual Crystal Ball with a brunch and fashion show followed in the evening by a black tie Debutante Presentation Gala at Palmer Events Center. Twenty-nine debutantes, their escorts and junior escorts were presented along with 143 ninth grade Helping Hand Girls and Boys and 36 First Grade Princesses. THE STYLE: Adelante, The Garden Room and Nordstrom presented the stylish fashion show that was produced by Sue Webber and the team of Webber Productions. Emcee Jim Spencer introduced the First Grade Princesses, Helping Hand girls and Helping Hand debutantes. Helping Hand Home for Children Executive Director Ted Keyser expressed gratitude for everyone’s important support. At the gala, HH Society President Lucy Weber thanked the event sponsors, underwriters, auction donors, the participants, their families, Helping Hand Society members, and the gala committee for devoting “countless hours creating this special celebration in our community despite these unprecedented times and a date postponement.” The gala featured the debutante presentation, a silent auction, a seated dinner, and dancing to the music of Skyrocket. This year’s Helping Hand Crystal Ball debutantes are: Riley Elizabeth Alam, Katherine Pearson Braziel, Madeleine Taylor Breeden, Bridget Faith Bryant, Taylor Ann Chatmas, Martha Coffin Crawford, Charlotte Williams Crider, Virginia Kathaleene Dolce, Grace Elizabeth Eckols, Anna Grace Gerrie, Mason Claire Gillingwater, Mei Mei Elizabeth Graber, Ellie Worth Greer, Brennan Paige Haralson, Corley Catherine Holland, Kay Lee Jenkins, Allison Elaine Kemmerer, Sarah Louise Latham, Hannah Mckenzie Maund, Ellen Reed McCartt, Madalyn Ann McCutchin, Ainsley Caldwell Merritt, Annabel Dooley Merritt, Shelby Lynne Owens, Grace Elizabeth Paape, Sarah Grace Shore, Hallie Varner Tyler, Meg Helen Utley and Patricia Claire Warner. THE PURPOSE: Leslie Davenport and Suzanne Nash co-chaired the 2021 Crystal Ball and worked with a gala committee comprised of more than 65 Helping Hand Society member volunteers. It is the largest fundraiser for the Helping Hand Home for Children, annually raising approximately $1.4


Bridget Faith Bryant and Taylor Ann Chatmas

Grace Elizabeth Echols

2021 Helping Hand Debutantes

Lucy and Phillip Weber

Nicholas Scott Strehl and Mei Mei Elizabeth Graber

Reagan and Suzanne Nash

Claire Warner, Madeleine Breeden and Hannah Maund

million in support of the Helping Hand Home’s mission: to provide a nurturing and therapeutic home for children and to restore each child to a healthy family setting. The goal of the organization is to protect and restore the lives of victimized children so that those without hope may reclaim their futures. Today the Helping Hand Home has a nationally accredited Residential Treatment Center, a growing Foster and Adoption program and an on-campus charter school, and is mid-way through the construction of new facilities on the east side of the campus.


Bill and Leslie Davenport

Ainsley Merritt, Riley Alam and Annabel Merritt

2021 Helping Hand Court

Shelby Owens and Kate Braziel

2021 Helping Hand Debutantes and Escorts

Elle McCartt and Marty McCartt

Anna Grace Gerrie and Meg Utley

Hallie Varner Tyler

Virginia Kathaleene Dolce

Ellie Greer

William Markes Balliette IV and Allison Kemmerer

Madalyn McCutchin

Sarah Louise Latham


Kay Lee Jenkins

George Austin Covert and Charlotte Williams Crider

Sarah Shore, Grace Paape, Brennan Haralson and Mason Gillingwater

Martha Coffin Crawford

Corley Catherine Holland



A Tale of Tails Houston’s PetSet Gala Offers Support To Animals By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Quy Tran

THE SETTING: Houston’s movers and shakers came out in full force with both their hearts and wallets to support the PetSet’s 17th Annual Fierce and Fabulous Soirée. The beautiful chandelier-lined ballroom of the event’s Post Oak Hotel created the perfect backdrop for this year’s gala, which raised a significant amount of funds even during the pandemic. THE STYLE: It was a resoundingly successful evening of cocktails, dinner, and luxury auction items. Mistress of Ceremonies, Deborah Duncan, provided the audience with much laughter and banter from the podium. First, The Angel Award recipient, Jan Duncan, was celebrated with a moving video tribute. Then, the celebrity canine guest, a rescue dog brought back to good health through the services of Houston PetSet, was showcased. With pandemic protocol in place at the gala, other longtime supporting PetSet guests such as Sue Smith, Les Alexander, Don Sanders, and Honoree Jan Duncan live-streamed the event from the comfort of their homes. THE PURPOSE: More than 400 animal lovers joined Tena Lundquist Faust, Tama Lundquist, and Brigitte Kalai, the event chairs. PetSet events are always full of glamour, but the animals were the true winners of this event. Houston PetSet is a non-profit organization providing grants to Houston area charities that benefit animal welfare. They are committed to spaying, neutering, rescuing, adopting, and transporting the homeless pet population. Houston PetSet partners are recipients of the net proceeds of the evening as well as Houston PetSet’s own critical programming focusing on animal homelessness in Houston.

Deborah Duncan and Jennifer Roosth

Allison Bereswell and Nick Boulle

Courtney Hopson and Neal Hamill

Doug Sain, Erin O’Neill

Jamie and John Sparacino

Marnie Greenwood and Josh Green



Dr. Peter Farrell, Tama Lundquist & Tena and Tyson Faust

Dr. Nassim and Mariam Habib Akle

Natascha LaFranchesca, Rob Rutherford and Mauney Mafridge

Melissa and Michael Mithoff

Susan Boggio and Tena Faust

Tim and Elaine Day

Harry and Tracy Faulkner

Jennifer and Robert Lazarri

Jeff and Kathryn Smith

Jimmy and Betsy Montgomery

Tatiana and Guillermo Sierra Sneha and Nick Merchant

Max Meeks and Kristen Cannon

Sen. John Whitmire and Dr. Theresa Tran

David Webster and Rose Chen

Rania and Ramy Mankarious


Brigitte and Bashir Kalai

Kim Padgett and Cheryl Byington



The New Twenties Dallas Arboretum’s Food + Wine Festival By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Dallas Arboretum/Steve Foxall

THE SETTING: On a recent evening,

Leah Santa Maria and Christy Harris

Meredith Lavallais and Delores Melton

Bianca Jones and Andre Boson

guests arrived at the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum for its Annual Food + Wine Festival. Event Chair Alicia Voltmer welcomed VIP arrivals to the Arboretum’s A Tasteful Place Gardens for a champagne reception. Gates opened an hour later to the public as the event spilled out onto the gorgeous 66-acre garden grounds, with pandemic protocol in place. THE STYLE: Themed A Gatsby Garden

Chef John Tesar

Alicia Voltmer and Chef Sharon Van Meter

David and Sarah Fitzgerald & Jason and Rebecca Hussey


John Dzminiski, Kenneth Braddock, Michael Lane vand Lynn Fisher

Arquila Todd and Dr. Monica Anderson

Soirée, guests arrived dressed in a wide variety of The Roaring ’20’s attire, from flapper dresses to gangster suits, complete with newsie caps. Looking dapper, gents and their dolls strolled the garden while enjoying music, fine wines, and craft beer provided by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits. Delectable small plates prepared by top local area chefs, including John Tesar with Knife Dallas and Casey La Rue with Carte Blanche, were savored by all and generously sponsored by Rosewood Ranches Waygu Beef and Amegy Bank.

Mick Mickelsen and Jolie Bailey

Peter Griess, Tiffany Reese & Sheetal and Dipesh Patel


THE PURPOSE: The mission of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is to build and maintain a public venue that promotes the art, enjoyment, and knowledge of horticulture while providing opportunities for education and research. They are committed to excellence, good management, and fiscal responsibility.

Samantha Kay, Adam Richburg and Candace Hughes

Chef Keith Browning

Allison Brim and Joe Estelle

Lucy Martinez, Rhonda Combs and Matt Meyer

Chef Dunia Borga and Monica Narula

Laura Beverly, Christine Corley, Sandie Brown and Barbara Jane Kaplan Megan Proska

Bianca Jones and Andre Boson

Chef Christopher Patrick and Peter Creedon

Chuck and Marci McDaniel

Chef Matt McCallister

Nikky Phinyawatana


Claire and Jared Johnson

Andy and Sue Frye



School Days Texans Can Academies Hosts Annual Luncheon By Jake Gaines | Photography by Jenna Beth Lyde

THE SETTING: Texans Can Academies–San Antonio recently honored Kim Lewis, CEO of KSL Resources and champion of childhood education and the arts, as its 2021 honoree. THE STYLE: The annual Texans Can Academies– San Antonio Motherhood Lifetime Achievement Award was the purpose of the annual luncheon that honors leading women in the city who are distinguished for their exemplary compassion and service. San Antonio Country Club was the venue for the event and served as the backdrop for the many guests, including past honorees, for a moving tribute to Lewis. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Deborah Knapp of KENS 5 News. The event’s special speakers included current students of Texans Can Academies–San Antonio Adam Rubio and Jackeline Cabrera. THE PURPOSE: Gloria Delgado served as the host committee chair. The event benefits the students of Texans Can Academies–San Antonio, a dropout prevention and recovery school now in its 20th year of service to the San Antonio community, which today educates 600 at-risk San Antonio youth. This year’s sold-out event raised $205,000 to advance their mental health services, food services, scholarships, and other vital student support.

Danielle Gamiz, Christy Cunningham, Sarah Lynch and Katie Fravell


Carol Ocker and Nora Dobson

Kim Lewis and Stephanie Cavender

Adam Rubio, Lisa Piland and Jackeline Cabrera

Carolyn Johnson and Emma Calvert

Carla Canty and Clint Worth


Deborah Knapp

Jessie Kardys, Lindsay Hart, Pattie Thompson and Gladys Montgomery

Amanda Adkisson, Nicole Pace, Reagan Worth, Kim Lewis, Mary Kimberly Worth and Jessica Worth Mary and Bob Worth & Jordan Arriaga

Texans Can Ambassadors Mary Kimberly Worth, Kim Lewis and Reagan Worth

Michael Carpenter, Robin Carpenter, Rachel Castro, Melissa Carpenter and Floyd Carpenter

Gloria Delgado, Eric Reblin, Ed Whitacre and David Pope

Rudy Oeftering and Dr. James Ponce

Carl and Kelly Fellbaum


Jakey Weilbacher, Casey Allen, Lisa Piland and Cheryl Greehey



Wishes Granted Make-A-Wish Night of Wishes Dazzles By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Chris Caselli, Julia Franco and Mary Holguin

THE SETTING: The Fairmont Hotel was recently the setting for the MakeA-Wish Night of Wishes gala. Over 250 of the Capital City’s philanthropists and community leaders turned out in person... with another 250 guests attending virtually for an incredible night of fun and fundraising that those fortunate enough to be a part of will not soon forget. Shirley and Bob Bright

Cariel Rentas

William and Marilyn Brown

THE STYLE: From the second the blacktie crowd entered the foyer of the venue, partygoers knew they were in for a special evening. The festivities began with a VIP cocktail reception where the organization’s patrons sipped cocktails, socialized with friends, and posed for photos on the step and repeat to commemorate the event.

Arielle Anderson, Jill Skinner and Julz Anderson

Lauren Sanger, Wish Kid Blake and Ron Hoover


Jessica Benesch, Sam Benesch and Anthony Schiavo

Jim and Barbara Alfred

Tina and Jim DiMeo, Holly and Bear Johns & Kathrin Brewer


The action then moved to the Fairmont Ballroom for the program. Emcees Allison Miller and Cariel Rentas effortlessly kept the festivities flowing and the audience engaged in the action-packed evening. As guests dined on their delectable multi-course meals, they were treated to touching stories from several testimonials from children whose dreams came true due to the efforts of Make-AWish. The evening was capped off with a live auction and paddle raise, which included several experiential packages like luxury getaways to Costa Rica, Lake Tahoe, and Willamette Valley Wine Country in Oregon. THE PURPOSE: The event raised over $900,000 for Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas, which provides life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses. Since its founding in 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted over 315,000 wishes to children throughout the United States.

Elizabeth Baxter and Chris Harris

Paulette and Odis Blueitt

Rebecca Popham and Tina Oliver

Natalia Reyes, Lorena Kieser and Cassandra Duran

Charlie and Holly Holliday

Jennifer Schiavo

Sarah and Trey Sadiq

Hunter Samra


Scott and Wendy Schneider

Manuel and Michelle Azuara

Maria Holguin, Kimberly Romero and Claila Marentes



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CELEBRATE & CELEGRAZE Instead of sending a fruit basket for a special occasion, try a personalized gift like this that is sure to be a hit. We recommend sending a charcuterie in the form of an initial, or perhaps a number if it’s a birthday. From $56. At

THE ULTIMATE THROWDOWN Why not give the gift of pure luxury with this Frette Chains Throw? Made of Italian-made virgin wool, it is not only cozy but also adds a chic element to any room. Available in seven colors. $1,575. At

YES TO THE DRESS Pure happiness exudes from this fanciful, divine, dusty pink creation in this Rembrandt Dress by Greta Constantine. Floral adornments cascade down the side of the A-line gown, while a silk-wool tie at the neckline can be tied in delightfully numerous ways. Exclusively at The SIL, founded by Texas native Natalie Bond Bloomingdale. Made to order. $1,895. At

HIGHER GROUND When you and seven of your best friends climb that mighty mountain, here’s where you should stay. The super tough 2-Meter Dome eight-person tent is purpose-built to help you thrive in merciless environments like the Himalayas and Antarctica. $5,500. At

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER The perfect way to spend a winter evening? We think a puzzle is the ideal option, especially when it is so artful and worthy to hang upon completion. This one shown, Wet Kiss by Marilyn Minter, is a favorite. $100. At


HOW TO HOST WITH THE MOST Take the guesswork out of your next dinner party or gala with the Astor Hostess Seating Chart, an indispensable tool for any entertainer who likes to make sure they host a successful event. $550. At

IMAGINE THAT Imagine the most perfect candle ever created...for you and your environment. Social-Lite Candles are the hit of the season–as gifts to loved ones...and yourself. The 100% soy candles come in four delectable scents, Make Mine Champagne, My Secret Past, Isn’t It Right, and Set To Jet, and come wrapped in gorgeous gift boxes:. $58 each. At

SPARKLING STYLE Nothing says personal style like a newly discovered vintage handbag. Mid-century Texan Enid Collins, founder of Collins of Texas, designed the most charmingly jeweled treasures that we think are ripe to be re-discovered and worn with state pride. From $100. At various auction and shopping sites.

MASTER BUILDER 2.0 How can anyone resist this DIY Frank Lloyd Wright model building kit of the Guggenheim Museum? By Brand Little Building Company, it’s a high-fidelity architectural element that will look like it came from the master’s studio. $98. At


KEEPING TRACK Since entertaining will be back in force once again, wouldn’t you like to note those special times ahead? The Entertaining Journal is the perfect way–with plenty of room for menus, guest lists, outfits worn, and so many more details to savor. $125. At

DISCO’S INFERNO Turn any favorite room into your own Studio 54-esque nightclub playground with this Kicko multi-colored LED revolving strobe light ball. You’ll surely impress your kids, as well as dazzle the neighbors. $29.99. At


LET’S BE CLEAR ABOUT THIS Experts know that a beverage can taste better when served in a fine glass. No argument here since we think the Margot decanter and Dearborn glass set is the elbows up favorite for sumptuous cocktails. $800. At

CRAFTED FOR COCKTAILS Nothing says the perfect host gift, or let’s have a breezy cocktail, more than a hand-crafted linen napkin by August Morgan, founded by Austinite Kate Hersch. The colorful and creative squares are not only a conversation starter, but also are so handy to have nearby. In dozens of catchy quips, we love them all. $44 for a set of 4. At

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY This is so cool you won’t want to relegate it to the basement. This Playing Court printed, wall-mountable mini ping pong table is perfect for hours of family fun, don’t you think? $1,470. At

LONDON CALLING The perfect, and we mean perfect, signature gift basket is from Fortnam & Mason in London. With an array of both the exotic and familiar, their famous hampers are chock full of bliss. We love most the hamper for four since it can make any al fresco occasion special. $722. At

SURE, THEY MIGHT HAVE EVERYTHING The ultimate host gift is something beautiful and unique, such as a stunning Maison Bijoux box. Beautifully hand-made with shell inlay and brass cladding. They are topped with agate slices and are truly like gems to behold. $240. At

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SENSATIONAL SWEET TOOTH Chocolate is always the perfect gift. The thoughtful and delightful creations by Austin-based Delysia Chocolates have put smiles on many faces by now. Clever as ever, look for more themed truffle boxes in 2022, such as this one, Taste of the South. $34.95. At

JEWELS FOR THE ROOM Decorative pillows are the jewelry of any well-appointed room. Why not have vibrant, hand-crafted pillows to highlight your gorgeous space? Austinite Deborah Main offers a variety of vintage and rare fabrics, as well as new textiles to put a punctuation point in any room to make it feel even more couture. Custom orders available. From $384. At


DID I EAR YOU RIGHT? This adorable cow earpods case also clips on to a bag as a novel accessory. We’re always misplacing ours, so why not have a Texas-themed festive reminder so they stand out? $610. At

HOME SUITE HOME How about a suite of gifts from designer and luxe retailer Jonathan Adler? Bright, happy, and always colorfully graphic, we recommend the Maxime star coasters ($68), Arcade lacquer tray ($295), the Gilded lollipop holder ($148), and the Arcade lacquer boxes (From $98) and so much more. At

RAISING THE BAR Part of the Wyatt collection of tableware and bar tools, Ralph Lauren’s guestready tea set is crafted from stainless steel and finished with equestrianinspired saddle leather accents. Shine brightly as you entertain. $250. At

THE SLOPES ARE DOPE You’ll be mountain royalty as you whisk by in this colorful Burton Deep Thinker Snow Board 2022. It powers through fresh powder and chops like a boss yet holds a clean edge on firmer surfaces. In short, it’s an all-round ripper of a board for the high energy rider. $599. At

PICTURE PERFECT Hop back in time when instant photos took 60 seconds with this cool Polaroid camera that is a special Saint Laurent edition. With its reflex lens, the photos promise to be clear and concise like never before. $1230. At


GLOBAL INSPIRATION Any exotic locale is just a jet ride away. So, be inspired every day for your next getaway with a limited-edition image by Italian photographer Massimo Vitali. It’s sure to set off any room. Prices vary. At

YOU PROVIDE THE ADVENTURE Getting away from it all now has a new meaning. Be the cool kid who can be mobile in style in this Airstream 20X travel trailer. It’s self-contained with all you’d need to have for a spontaneous road trip. Starts at $48,900. At

THE GIFT-GIVER’S GAMBIT Thanks to the success of The Queen’s Gambit, chess is the hottest strategic pursuit these days, so why not choose this overthe-top set that is crafted of solid mahogany and is also an instant heirloom, too? $7,700. At

WHY WAIT FOR GAME NIGHT? This Jenga-esque tumble tower is so cool and colorful that you’ll want to always keep this dyed 45 wood block sculpture in full view. Perfect for indoors or outside fun. $110. At

SHE’S SUCH A DOLL For the child who has everything, the Malle Maison Vivienne on-the-go doll house was designed as a collection piece. Iconic Louis Vuitton Courrier Lozine and Wardrobe trunks were identically reproduced in miniaturism to highlight Louis Vuitton craftmanship. $63,500. At



Merry Endeavors The best plays, musical performances, and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record-breaking crowds, according to our cultural arts maven Leanne Raesener, who shares our favorite recommendations for what to enjoy this fall across the state.


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Ballet Austin’s 59th annual production of The Nutcracker is one of Austin’s favorite holiday traditions. Hundreds of dancers perform Stephen Mills’ enchanting choreography in colorful costumes to Tchaikovsky’s magical score with live accompaniment from Austin Symphony Orchestra. Catch the Austin notables who play Mother Ginger each year…always a special treat. December 4‒23. At

Dallas/Fort Worth ARTISTIC MERIT The Ilya+Emilia Kabakov: Paintings about Paintings exhibition at The Dallas Contemporary showcases works that remained in the studio until recently. They filled the artists with revulsion when dragged into the light of day because their light and energy had disappeared. As a result, the strangest method for injecting joy is employed—namely, flowers are sewn onto the artworks. Through February 13, 2022. At Holiday #13, Courtesy of Ilya+Emilia Kabakov.

JOY? BEAUTY? YES, PLEASE The Dallas Museum of Art’s exhibition Pursuit of Beauty: The May Family Collection looks at the definitive Dallas-based collection of American art built over nearly 60 years. Twenty-four works, whose dates span approximately a century, touch historical and aesthetic highpoints in American art and are united by a visual sense of harmony, tranquility, and beauty. Through January 9, 2022. At John Singer Sargent, Sylvia Harrison, 1914, The Collection of Eleanor and C. Thomas May, Jr.

The company of the touring version of the Broadway smash-hit, Hamilton. Photo by Joan Marcus


Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre. This musical has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. Dec 7—19. At

POP’N POLITICS The Blanton’s exhibition Pop Crítico/Political Pop: Expressive Figuration in the Americas, 1960s-1980s, features artists in the United States and Latin America, who increasingly manipulated Pop’s colorful and flashy representation of the familiar into a tool for social and political critique. Through January 16, 2022. At

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DIVINE SUBLIME REFINED The Carter’s latest immersive contemporary exhibition, Anila Quayyum Agha: A Beautiful Despair, showcases Pakistani-American multidisciplinary artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s site-specific sculptural installation and related drawings informed by her multicultural experiences. Through January 9, 2022. At cont’d...



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CHARMING AND CHILLY Relive the joy and wonder of childhood with a story as fresh and lovely as a new coat of snow. Ezra Jack Keats’s award-winning work from 1962, The Snowy Day, comes to life for the holidays in this much-anticipated world premiere opera from the brilliant creative duo of composer Joel Thompson and librettist Andrea Davis Pinkney. December 9—19. At Art ©The Snowy Day and A Poem for Peter by Erza Jack Keats with Librettist Andrea Davis Pinkney, Courtesy of the Houston Grand Opera.

OLD MASTERS ANEW The Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s exhibition New Light on Old Masters: European Art from Houston Collections, 1300–1700, denotes the artists working in Europe during that time. Works from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods are included in the show and drawn from the MFAH collections and through generous loans by private collectors in Houston. Through January 23, 2022. At

BIENNIAL BLOW OUT The 2021 Texas Biennial, A New Landscape, A Possible Horizon is a geographically-led, independent survey of contemporary art in Texas. It’s the Biennial’s seventh iteration, and the first year it’s distributed across five Texas museums: Artpace, Fotofest, the McNay Art Museum, Ruby City, and the San Antonio Museum of Art. Through January 31, 2022. At Steve Parker, Sirens, 2018, Brass, plastic, conduit, speakers, and recorded voices.Courtesy of Steve Parker

Wayne Thiebaud, Bow Ties, 1993. Crocker Art Museum, gift of the Artist’s family, 1995.9.38. ©2021 Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

A SHARP-DRESSED MAN Steeped in memories, both personal and cultural, the art of Wayne Thiebaud is comfortingly familiar. It evokes reflection on our own experiences with the people, fashion, places, and foods we love. Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings celebrate the artist’s 100th birthday through 100 works. Through January 16. At

Juan Carreño de Miranda and workshop, The Immaculate Conception, 17th Century, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Rienzi Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson, III

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HALLELUJAH LET’S REJOICE The glorious holiday tradition of Handel’s Messiah returns to The Houston Symphony this season. Chorus and guest soloists fill Jones Hall with joyous refrains and exultant arias, including the iconic “Hallelujah” Chorus, in this moving and powerful presentation of the most extraordinary story ever told. December 10—12. At

Jefferson Turner and Daniel Clarkson in Potted Potter. Photo courtesy of Potted Potter.

LET’S GET POTTED Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience is a parody created by two-time Olivier Award-nominated and BBC actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner. The show takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books into 70 hilarious minutes. November 23—28. At



Seasons’ Eatings

With the whirlwind holiday season upon us, we wonder how we’re going to enjoy all the new culinary offerings in the state. Leave it to our editors Lance Avery Morgan (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jennifer Roosth in Houston, and Alexandra del Lago (San Antonio), to recommend the best of the newest.


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LET’S GO HIGHER Higher Ground is Austin’s newest social club catering to elevated souls with enlightened spirits. The new multi-level venue is a place to dance the night away and a house of worship to culinary delights and designer cocktails. Our favorite part? Beyond all the stained glass, we love the DJ booth that resides in a former pipe organ. At SOHO ON SOCO The new SoHo House on South Congress is the only SoHo in Texas. Taking its cue from the region’s art and environment, it’s an option for the creative types and those who love them. The clubby menu for cuisine and cocktails is exactly what you’d expect, and it’s perfect for lighter fare. We love the rooftop pool with a view of downtown and that it’s also a hotel. At

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ADVANCED MIXOLOGY Experience worldly fare and craft cocktails at Milkshake Concepts’ striking new restaurant, Harper’s. The 7,655-square-foot restaurant features an alluring atmosphere and gourmet cuisine. With its top-notch culinary and mixology talent and vibrant ambiance, Harper’s was designed to stand out. At

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STEAK SUPERIOR Dakota’s Steakhouse has been a downtown Dallas dining icon for over 37 years. This cool oasis is complete with a 20 foot, 5-tiered granite water wall, multi-tiered landscaping, lava rock fire pit, and black granite bar. The new belowground patio has long been considered one of the city’s most romantic dining spots. At Courtesy of Dakotas

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MOD MEX Comedor (Spanish for dining room) is a new and elevated Mexican cuisine experience. The chic space in downtown Austin offers a pleasant vibe as well as superior Latin food. Famous for its fusion of spices, the menu offers many choices for any palate. At

WELL, HAY THERE Haywire recently opened a second location nestled in Uptown. The concept offers guests delicious farm-to-table recipes and signature Texas dishes with southern favorites like fried chicken steaks and whiskey BBQ ribs to craft beers and a Texas-sized whiskey list. Pro tip: If you Courtesy of Haywire Uptown have six or more in your party, ask to be seated in the custom Shasta trailer on the spacious patio. At cont’d...








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ALL DAY & ALL NIGHT The EaDo-style mega clubs, Sekai Nightclub and Dayclub and Wyld Child, both by Sekai Hospitality, offer an immersive, festival-like feeling of sights and sounds that will envelop guests in the largest indoor/outdoor space of its kind in the city. Its unrivaled and unforgettable guest experiences, paired with exceptional service, in dynamic, one-of-a-kind environments and locations are throughout Houston. At

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OYSTER’S BAY From a dream formed while dining on oysters in Paris, voilà, the concept was born for Little Em’s Oyster Bar. With a wide array of both seafood and other delicious fares, the Dressed Oysters, with caviar, crème fraiche, and champagne, is a favorite on the varied menu. At

OH, MY DARLIN’ We love that Clementine is a family-owned, neighborhood restaurant serving up seasonal eats inspired by global a casual setting. The New Orleans-inspired cuisine contains an array of seasonally fresh flavors and unique plates. The decadent desserts will spoil your taste buds. At

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TULUM, TX The new Casa Nomad is nestled in an intimate patio setting decked out in tropical and Tulum-worthy finishes. The concept sports a sultry-chic vibe and will feature music in the “jungle disco” style from the sand-covered streets of Tulum. Located in the Heights, join family and friends to enjoy delicious food and unique cocktails, then sit back to enjoy live music on the lawn or take in an on-site event. At

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CATCH THE 915 Lovers of new Mexican fare unite. The 915 (a nod to El Paso’s area code) brings a taste of El Paso to the Heights by serving up innovative southof-the-border specialties. Most popular is surely the red chile enchiladas, green flautas ahogadas, brisket-stuffed flautas a la Chuco, and the nachos Montados. At The915HTX.

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CLASSIC CUISINE Old school culinary techniques meet farm-to-table best describes Restaurant Gwendolyn. Its unique old-school approach includes an 1850s inspired menu... and no electric tools are used in the kitchen. A classic in the city, it’s a treat for both large groups and more intimate gatherings. At


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46th Annual Garage & Estate Sale The Settlement Home For Children

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The Grand Gala Ball Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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Texas Trailblazers Awards Dinner The Family Place

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39th Annual Awards for Excellence Luncheon Dallas Historical Foundation

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Night of Stars: Iconic Glam Fashion Group International

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Tutu Chic Fashion Show & Luncheon Texas Ballet Theatre The Crystal Charity Ball

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Una Notte In Italia Houston Area Women’s Center

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35th Annual Celebrity Paws Gala Citizens for Animal Protection Angel’s of Hope Luncheon and Fashion Presentation Friends of Child Advocates

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Broad Stripes And Bright Stars Gala Honoring Oscar Wyatt Lone Star Flight Museum

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Gala In The Garden Southwest School Of Art

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Zoobilation Ball San Antonio Zoo

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Red & White Ball Blood & Tissue Foundation

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Arts & Platters Autism Treatment Center

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