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Now really is the most wonderful time of the year. To give is to love, and to love is to give, we feel. So, why not begift your special someone with something they’ll treasure these holidays? We have a few ideas to inspire you that we’ve had in mind all year during our international search for the best of the best.


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Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan shares his always optimistically bright disposition for the holidays.


Take a brief look at this exciting issue that previews the dynamic holiday season ahead...and all its vast possibilities.


Red is the color of passion. So, we’ve assembled the nest red-in amed jewels, in collaboration with some of our favorite jewelry creatives, to present a few recommendations to don over the holidays and beyond.


Dallasite Carla Rockmore has taken fashion into her own hands and become a social media sensation. Here, Lance Avery Morgan gets up close and personal to learn her stylish secrets to success.


Jay Remer, e Etiquette Guy, is always on duty to solve our modern social life’s most perplexing questions in his wonderfully approachable way. is time, he shares his insight on holiday conundrums.

, recommends the best trending beauty products to embrace the

Our life coach columnist, Angie McCourt, shares her insight on resolving how one can sometimes feel like a fraud in today’s world.


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e legendary Adolphus Hotel in Dallas is celebrating its 110th anniversary. Here’s Cynthia Smoot’s inside look at the grand venue.


anks to the chic insider recommendations of THE EDIT ADVISORY’s Krystal De Lisi and Ellen Mason, the world will be a prettier place to be this winter, based on the latest runway looks that are infused with shades of red.


It’s been a heck of a year, so why not treat yourself to a day, or more, with forward-thinking spa treatments at EvolvE in Austin?


Take a spin with e Gentleman Racer’s Michael Satter eld as he reviews the engineering and style of the new Range Rover SV Long Wheelbase Serenity at a tune of about a quarter of a million dollars.


ere is always something new to discover in Texas...and beyond. Our editorial team shares the best things, places, and people to know and experience right now.

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Our editors Rob Giardinelli (Austin, Houston, and San Antonio) and Cynthia Smoot (Dallas) are on the scene to recommend their favorite eateries, both new and classic, across the state.


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


Here’s a selection of philanthropic events to consider supporting in November and December as the new social season begins.

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


As seen in our Forecast column, analyst and founder of THE EDIT ADVISORY, Krystal De Lisi, spent 15 years as Associate Vice President of Design at Victoria’s Secret PINK, where she oversaw all facets of the design strategy and development process, from concept to delivery. Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Ellen Mason, has 25 years of experience working with some of the best-known brands in fashion and music, including Kenneth Cole Productions and Gibson Musical Instruments. THE EDIT ADVISORY provides fashion entrepreneurs with the inspiration and insight they need to develop, produce, and market their brands sustainably and authentically. For more info., visit


Longtime Austinite Missy Harris is a Fine Arts graduate in Studio Art from e University of Texas. She spent her early professional illustration career as a sta fashion artist at the Scarbrough’s Department Store in Austin and Frost Bros. Department Store in San Antonio. She continued her artistic path as a freelance fashion artist for legendary retailers such as Grace Jones of Salado, Ivey-Wade, Goodfriend’s, Bo-Peep, and J. Winn Powell in Austin, as well as Franklin Simon in New York. She has been very active in Austin’s social community and this month she is our cover and cover story feature artist for e Night Fashion Almost Didn’t Happen


A native Texan, Ashley Dobson is constantly inspired by the world around her and is passionate about sharing her inspirations through words. In her day job, Dobson works as a public outreach consultant, and after hours, you can nd her planning her next trip. When not traveling the world, Dobson lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Cameron, and their Westie, Lizzie. She is a proud graduate of Southern Methodist University with a degree in journalism. In this issue, she writes about the best of Liechtenstein’s small yet glorious winter retreat.


Certi ed professional coach and branding expert by day, social commentator by night, COO/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 larger-than-life essence, whether cooking a meal at home for a small group of friends or being part of a non-pro t 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 Digital Director, McKenna Kinder, is a social media specialist, content creator, photographer, and ads manager. A sixthgeneration Texan raised in San Antonio, her love for digital work began with photography. During the pandemic, Kinder pivoted from photography to launch a digital marketing agency focusing on social media, content creation, brand strategy, and strong client relationships. Connect with her on Social@ McKennaKinder and explore more of her work at  eKinderIn

McCourt is the founder of Authentic Me Revolution, host of the Shifting Inside Out podcast, and developer of the new Best Self Activation app. She is the author of the transformational non ction book, Love Your Gifts: Permission to Revolutionize Authenticity in the Workplace, which o ers guidance on activating and utilizing our elevated gifts by overcoming beliefs holding us back. McCourt advises how to unlock the skills, capabilities, and dormant gifts relevant to evolving one’s authentic leadership performance. Learn more about her at


Edy Hernandez, Beast Creative Agency’s founder, decided to take the idea of the traditional agency and turn it on its ear...or better said, let the problem speak for itself. e Beast addresses your marketing challenges with creative thinking. Solving such issues is their jam. ey have frequently helped their clients with non-marketing-related internal processes derived simply through a fresh perspective and ideation.


Writer and enthusiast of all things beauty, fashion, travel, and healthy living-related, our Glow beauty contributor Ana Bribiesca Ho is currently working in the higher education non-pro t 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 winter beauty secrets yet.


Mary-Margaret Quadlander, a fth-generation Austinite, wrote this month’s feature, e Night Fashion Almost Didn’t Happen, from her recent book, Grace Jones of Salado: A Biography Quadlander led a very successful career in the fashion industry, spending twenty-three years as a fashion designer and four years on the faculty at e University of Texas and St. Edward’s University in Austin. Her most recent adventure was founding the Austin School of Fashion Design, a design room facility for those individuals interested in learning the industry skills needed for a career in design. She sold the school in 2011, and it is now the Academy for Young Designers. In 2017, Quadlander donated Grace Jones’ papers to Baylor University and the Woman Airforce Service Pilots, WASP Museum. For more information on her book, visit

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

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Our talented and terri cally connected Associate Editor Jennifer Roosth is a Houston-based writer who never ceases to be amazed by the wonderfully generous spirit of the Houston philanthropic community. “It’s nice to live in a city where so many are excited about giving back,” she says. “In the process, they throw some mighty ne parties.”


Our Evolve columnist, Jay Remer, Canada’s Etiquette Guy, catered his rst 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 e Windsor House, an 18th Century residence. Remer produces several shows, which can be viewed on YouTube, and for CHCO-TV, New Brunswick, Canada’s only community channel. His bi-weekly newspaper column is published in the TelegraphJournal in Saint John, NB, Canada. Remer also happily speaks, writes, and teaches civility. His book, e Six Pillars of Civility was released this year.


Mary Schneider, who contributes in this issue to our rive column, has been a student of energetic medicine for 30 years. She has been a Certi ed 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 speaking regularly in the community about how we heal.


Our Drive columnist Michael Satter eld 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. Satter eld 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. is month he writes about the new Luxe Range Rover SV Long Wheelbase Serenity sedan.


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


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 ne art, music, wine, books, tennis, food, and life…as well as a deep love for her family and community.


Bring On e Joy

AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, WE’RE ALL A LITTLE MORE re ective—re ective on the past, and indeed, re ecting on how we can project our future, too. I think of all the Christmas antecedents in my own past, and the memories that swirl about begin with the holiday trees my family had, which also re ected progress in many ways.

Very on trend, we kept up with the prevailing holiday decor tastes at the time, especially with the Jetsons Esque aluminum trees that were accompanied by a colored light wheel (ranging from red, blue, green, and amber) to change the branches’ colors. at was an early favorite in my household until it wasn’t. en, the large pine tree emerged, with a wingspan of a double refrigerator and more sparse limbs, leaving room to highlight the signi cance of favorite ornaments like those from the Seven Dwarfs and the Peanuts Gang.

As time marched on, the mighty Douglas Fir trees became adorned with hand-painted wooden ornaments, aptly accessorized with gingham bows and popcorn garland, an austere nod to the hit vintage series, e Walton’s, perhaps? Bidding the somber 70s farewell, with its energy crisis and strikes, with not even a fare-thee-well adieu, the Dynasty inspired trees would rise to rival any in a department store. ey would tower, all glistening in gold and strand-upon-strand of of twinkling bright lights, a relatively newish trend then.

Of course, the coveted tree would alternate from a spare corner in the den, to a more prominent place in the formal living room for

an occasional faux tree, to the front plate glass windows, anked by ta eta drapes, below a glittering chandelier, that said, Hey hey–look at me. Who could miss it? As the opulent 80s gave way to the more Bada-Bing 90s and 2000s, an amalgamation of themes, sentimental favorites, grandparents’ vintage ornaments, and Christopher Radko collectibles were in vogue, but now like so many things in the world, anything goes. e holidays re ect our own, as well as our families, progress in age, taste, and worldly point of view.

e main thing, as I see it in the here and now, is to create lasting memories with loved ones, tree or no tree, especially since the severalyear pandemic impeded so many recent holiday plans, and perhaps all year ‘round instead of just these two months ahead. In essence, congratulations on the progress of 2022, for which we are all full of gratitude, and how about we start making those New Year plans ahead of time because 2023 will likely be the most extraordinary year yet. See you around the tree... and in the ballroom.

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It’s time to let our hair down, relax a little more during the holidays and enjoy the very most of the season and all it represents. After all, you deserve it after the past couple of years. World events be darned, let us return to the fun that embraces loved ones, loved causes, and loved events that we can share together.

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RESORTING TO GREAT LENGTHS is London Dress from e SIL’s holiday exclusive is by Houstonbased Cheeky Vintage. Rendered in a beautiful brocade and featuring an ostrich feather trim at the cu , it’s perfect for holiday entertaining and beyond. Plus, it’s made in Texas. $995. At Shop


Right: Should this be worn as a necklace, or even as an improvised tiara? Yes, please, with this diamond and Burma ruby necklace of oral design handcrafted in pure platinum. Price upon request. By JB Star. At L Majors Jewelers, Austin.

Center: is very bold and beautiful Nicole Mera necklace features a 7.34CT. oval Rubellite Tourmaline surrounded by a halo and bail of bright white diamonds set in 18K yellow gold. $16,000. At

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With just a ick of the wrist, you’ll shine like never before in this Butter y ruby bangle in 18K white gold. It has 122 rubies that are of 46.92CT., 129 diamonds of 5.14CT., and 562 diamonds of 7.55CT. $172,000. By Nini Jewels. At

Whether you’re gracing a red carpet or just relishing red raspberries as a snack, precious red stones can make anyone feel like having a red-letter day. Here, our jewelry admirer Lance Avery Morgan and the Society Texas editorial team pick our favorites for you to adorn and love as we collaborate with some of our very favorite jewelers.

Pin on this large Rhodolite garnet cabochon brooch that is set in 18K yellow gold. e garnet is 150.4CTS., measures 27.75 X 34mm, and is anked by 10 freshwater button pearls ranging from 15-15.8mm. By Christopher Walling. Price upon request. At

Make your grand entrance wearing these Zorab chandelier earrings with pear shape faceted rubellite, cultured pearls, and round diamond accents that are set in 18K yellow gold and palladium. $22,900. At

Be the belle of the ball with this immense and impressive Mozambique ruby ring. Keep the jewels, yet remember the carriage turns into a pumpkin at midnight. Price upon request. By Oscar Heyman. At

is one-of-a-kind stunner is a centerpiece of a Mozambique ruby of 10.11CT., 248 diamonds of 2.30CT., 38 emeralds of 2.95CT., 16 diamonds of 1.22CT., and six pink sapphires of 2.75CT. All set in 18K white gold. $950,000. By Nini Jewels. At


Just in time to don for holiday parties, this pear-shaped 5.64CTW. Burma ruby and diamond drop earrings are handcrafted in pure platinum. Price upon request. By JB Star. At L Majors Jewelers, Austin.

Fit for anyone who wants to feel more regal instantly, this tremendous 2.66CT. cushion cut ruby is surrounded by trapezoid and marquiseshaped diamonds in 18K white gold. $105,400. By Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. At

Blaze into the night like never before while wearing this incredibly unique and rare platinum slider necklace that features a 3.37CT. e Pear shape orangish red Tanzanian Spinel is surrounded by Nicole Mera’s signature cluster halo of big, bright white diamonds, weighing 65CTW. $34,000. At

You’ll be jumping through hoops for these eye-catching Procida earrings in 18K white gold with rubies and diamonds. $11,100. By Miseno. At Neiman Marcus Houston.

Shine oh so brightly in this dreamy Procida ring in 18K rose gold with rubies and white diamonds. $12,000. By Miseno. At Neiman Marcus Houston.

You’ll be smiling from ear to ear with these remarkable Burman pigeon blood ruby and diamond earrings. Price upon request. By Oscar Heyman. At

It’s all in the wrists with this very modern, yet simultaneously classic, original bangle consisting of 4CTS. of diamonds and 20 cabochon rubies set in platinum. By Christopher Walling. Price upon request. At

Go ahead, nurture your inner Catherine e Great and drop in anytime, especially wearing these ruby, pearl, and diamond dangle earrings. $14,500. By Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. At

18K yellow gold bypass bangle bracelet with carbuncle garnets and rose-cut diamonds set in silver. Circa 1870. $4,890. At


Rock Solid

Dallasite Carla Rockmore is a social media superstar, to put it mildly. Her must-follow platform is all about creating from your closet and her no non sense approach has made her a true media darling. Here, our style chronicler Lance Avery Morgan catches up with her about a few of her favorite things.

I think social media has the power to...Make people feel less alone, lift their spirits, and spark a creative interest they may not have explored.

ree qualities that got me where I am today are...Hard work, a little talent, and being open-minded to pivoting.

My style icon is...If you put Iris Apfel, Franca Sozzani, and Marissa Berenson in a blender.

My personal style signi er is...An eclectic mix that’s everchanging. I refuse to box myself into one style signi er because I would nd that sti ing.

e classic movie actress style I most identify with is... Katharine Hepburn. Not for her style so much, as her individuality and independence.

e classic designer I wish was still designing today is...It’s a tie between Romeo Gigli and John Galliano for Dior. Both had a romantic, Medieval feel to their work.

Favorite accessory I am loving for fall is...A sequin blazer.

Last thing I binge/marathon watched was... Anatomy of a Scandal.

Book that left a lasting impression on me is...One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

First CD/album I bought was...Pink Floyd’s e Wall… and it was an eight-track.

If I could live in a foreign city, it would be...London.

e beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold dry hands is...A red lipstick.

A celebrity I would prank phone call and what I would ask them is...Sarah Paulson. I would ask her if she wanted to go vintage shopping.

In my fridge you will always nd...Kimchi and feta cheese.

If I could compete in an Olympic sport it would be... cross country skiing.

On my tombstone, it will say...She Sat Well In Her Skin.

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With the holidays upon us, it’s a time of both re ection and forward thinking. Our Etiquette Guy, Jay Remer, is always on hand to steer social conundrums in the correct direction with cheers for a festive season that we can all enjoy together again.

Dear Etiquette Guy,

SINCE IT’S THE HOLIDAYS, CAN YOU PLEASE REFRESH MY memory of gratuities for household sta and extended support team members like doorkeepers, residential building valets, etc.?

Dear GG,

Giving Generously

During the holidays, it is customary to give cash gifts to people who have served us in some capacity during the year. In part, deciding how much to give depends on your relationship with the person and your feelings and ability to be generous. A rule of thumb for household sta is one week’s salary–more if you wish. For others, $100 popping out of an envelope brings a smile to most faces. Many people in the service industry depend on gratuities to make ends meet. If you enjoy a festive holiday meal at a restaurant, I recommend a minimum 20% gratuity. Some patrons use this opportunity over the holidays to be considerably more generous. is generosity is very much appreciated and, in many cases, means the di erence between them having a joyous holiday or not. I encourage people to be as generous as possible during these challenging times. e gratitude you will invoke makes the holidays a more delightful time of year.

Dear Etiquette Guy,

Do you think I must attend my o ce holiday party this year? e pandemic is still in our midst, and I already interact with most of these people daily through Zoom or in-person meetings.

Party Pooper

we feel like being social, and sometimes we don’t. It’s a personal choice, not one that others should judge or comment upon. is doesn’t stop you from sending cards or exchanging gifts with co-workers on your holiday list. Spread joy and engage with others, but always on your terms.

Dear Etiquette Guy,

Is there a polite way to check if someone has received a gift I sent by mail after not hearing from them within ten days?

Postal Santa

Dear Santa’s Helper,

Politeness is often a state of mind. If you inquire as a factual matter, you can tell the person that you have mailed a parcel and want to be sure it has arrived safely. No one should ever seek to solicit a thank you, but this form of questioning creates a shared responsibility with the postal service. ey are not perfect, so the question is legitimate. I try to always get a tracking number in case the parcel was misdirected.

Dear Etiquette Guy,

Do I always have to contribute to an event or gift at work when I know I won’t be in town that day to partake?

Dear Gifter,

Dear Pooped Out,

You do not need to attend your o ce holiday party–or any other party. e choice is yours, and if you think otherwise, you have given too much power to others, and you’re not protecting your boundaries. Sometimes

Gift Giving

I am not a fan of pressuring people into participating in voluntary activities. You need not feel any responsibility to contribute if you don’t want to. No guilt trips allowed. People who push others are skating on thin ice–we must respect other people’s choices and boundaries. So, no, you don’t have to, but people will most likely appreciate it if you do. You can be present in spirit if not in person, but the choice is always yours.



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e festive season is upon us and this year we deck the halls, and ourselves, with shades of red. Our sugar plum dreams come to life with limited edition sets, and luxurious products in extravagant packaging with touches of red and vintage glamour, according to our beauty expert, Ana Bribiesca Ho .


e most perfect addition to your makeup collection this season! A re llable nishing powder that doubles as a crossbody bag. Valentino's


Make sure to put this gorgeous re llable Teint Fétiche Le Cushion case at the top of your wish list. It features a hand-embroidered crest on the lid and is inspired by Christian Louboutin’s iconic shade of red. $75. At


Take red one step further by letting the festive shade in uence your blush for the season. Gucci’s Blush De Beauté, in Warm Berry, encased in a vintage-inspired gold-toned design, adds the perfect touch to rosy cheeks. $49. At


Ask for the Merit Bronze Balm Sheer Sculpting Bronzer as a stocking stu er. It’s a creamy bronzer that gives glimmering cheekbones and a dreamy contour all season long. $30. At


For this most wonderful time of the year, try Armani’s Prive Rouge Malachite, a crimson bouquet of obsessive white owers. Delicate yet powerful it unveils a creamy, sensual fragrance $305. Exclusively at


Let’s be real, pores exist. Swap your heavy foundation for lightweight skin tints like Westman Atelier’s Vital Skincare Complexion Foundation that improves skin texture, rmness, and radiance drop by drop. $68. At


Chanel’s limited edition Les 4 Ombres Tweed collection, inspired by their signature bouclé fabric, brings us warm color harmonies in matte, satin, and metallic. Perfect for sweater weather. $88. At


For a ho-ho-hot and festive touch, try Hermès Les Mains nail enamel in Rouge Casaque, a longlasting formula for a smooth nish and intense shine. $45. At Hermè

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e Fraud Factor

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Do you ever feel you don’t deserve your achievements? After a success, do you dismiss it as just good luck or timing? Do you apologize for yourself even if you didn’t do anything wrong? Do you think others overvalue your success? Do you toss away simple compliments or acknowledgments? ere are many underlying components to feel like this and it’s often referred to as Imposter Syndrome.

True imposter feelings involve self-doubt, uncertainty about your talents and abilities, and a sense of unworthiness that doesn’t align with what others think about you despite your education, experience, and accomplishments. In addition to a crippling self-belief that you don’t deserve your success or that you couldn’t replicate it, you are also unable to internalize positive achievements.

To counter these feelings, you might work harder and hold yourself to even higher standards. is pressure can eventually take a toll on your emotional well-being and performance. Imposter feelings represent a con ict between your self-perception and how others perceive you.

Here’s how imposter syndrome might show up in your day. 1. You've been working in a certain role for a couple of months, yet when people call you by your formal title, you feel like a fraud because you haven't mastered the position. 2. You've started your own business, board role, or a new job. However, you don't like to promote yourself because you don't have the same level of experience or expertise as others in your eld, making you feel like a fraud. 3. You've been nominated for an award, but feel like an imposter at the recognition ceremony because you don't feel your achievements are good enough to warrant the nomination.


• Imposter Syndrome has a lot of adverse e ects, including not asking for help, burnout, turning down new opportunities, avoiding feedback or criticism (no matter how well-intended or constructive), and even anxiety, depression, and guilt. ere are ve types of imposter syndrome that can help distill how it shows up:

• e Perfectionist believes that unless they are absolutely perfect, they could have done better. ey believe they're not as good as others might think they are. is can show up in parenting as well.

• e Expert believes they need to know everything there is to know about a particular subject or topic, or if they haven't mastered every step in order to become an expert, then they are a fraud.

• e Natural Genius feels like a fraud simply because they don't believe they are naturally intelligent or competent, especially if they don't get something right the rst time or it takes longer to master a skill. is can also pop up for athletes who have natural talent.

• e Soloist believes that if they had to ask for help to reach a certain level or status and couldn't get there on their own, then their competence or abilities is questioned and diminished.

• e Superhero believes that they must be the hardest worker or reach the highest levels of achievement possible and, if they don't, they are a fraud. is is a common one in parenting as well.


• Acknowledge and share your feelings with others. is disempowers irrational core beliefs.

• Focus on connecting with and helping others. Especially if they are struggling with imposter syndrome. When negative feelings surface one of the best things is to become ‘other human’ focused.

• Assess your abilities. Re ect on your accomplishments over time. What were your contributions, lessons, and skills learned?

• Question your thoughts. Challenge their truth. How can they be true given everything you know and have experienced?

• Stop comparing. Use social media sparingly. Show support for others instead of judging yourself.

• Focus on what you are grateful for. If negative thoughts pop up, stop, and think about or write down ve things you are grateful for at that moment.

• Say “ ank You” when someone o ers a compliment or congratulates you on an achievement—even the simplest acknowledgment matters. Don’t blow it o You can get ahead of it. Consider any time you have change in your life, such as starting something new, and imposter syndrome might rear its ugly head. Refuse to be held back. No matter how much you feel like you are a fraud or that you don't belong, don't let that stop you from pursuing your goals. You are valid, you are worthy, you are valued, and you deserve your successes. Keep going and refuse to be stopped.

How can we overcome feeling as if we don’t deserve what we have achieved, especially as we take stock of ourselves over this last year? It’s a common thought process, according to our expert life
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And just like that, here are some of the best reads of the holiday season to give...and to give yourself, according to our ardent bibliophile, Lance Avery Morgan.


From armchairs, sofas, and tables to cabinets, bookcases, and nightstands, this comprehensive and richly illustrated book o ers a complete overview of mid-century modern furniture design. It showcases hundreds of pieces by both well and lesser-known designers from around the world. $75. At


Revel in this landmark book of unprecedented scale that allows all aspects of Rothko’s artistic career to be heard in full voice, published in close collaboration with the artist’s family and featuring beloved works from major collections as well as never-before-seen canvases and paintings on paper. $150. At


For more than two decades, legendary British photographer David Yarrow has created evocative photography of some of the world’s most iconic personalities, sporting moments, and endangered wildlife. With his images raising huge sums for charity, he is one of the most relevant and best-selling photographers in the world today. $115. At


Bring glamour and style into your home, featuring stories, ideas for entertaining, and seventy- ve delectable recipes from the Tuccis, the family that ran the famous Delmonico's into the late 80s. Perfect for any host who would appreciate this. $45. At


Creative in scope, here are 75 pairings of designer pieces and the artworks that inspired them, from designers like Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli (who famously worked with artists like Picasso and Dalí in the early twentieth century) to such iconic fashion moments as Yves Saint Laurent’s 1965 homage to Piet Mondrian....and beyond. $45. At RizzoliUSA. com.


By Simone Marchetti and Lucia Silvestri

As we know, every year, Bvlgari launches a high jewelry collection. e most recent theme is the Garden of Eden, a subject that celebrates nature as a limitless source of inspiration, vitality, and energy— re ected in the wonderful craftsmanship of a Roman brand famous for its colorful gems and re ned design. $100. At


By Deeda Blair

Here, the inimitable socialite shares her inspirations for entertaining with understated elegance and distinction. e tome is chock-full of menus, recipes, table settings, and charming stories about her extraordinarily colorful life. is is one to give to your very favorites. $60. At


By Manfred Heiting Text and drawings by Rebecca Mark Houston-based philanthropist Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl’s collection of work by European women photographers is stunning. One of the largest of its kind, the collection comprises 220 works by nearly 90 emerging and established women photographers from 17 countries in Western and Eastern Europe. $65. At



Bottega Veneta's Medium Bulb bag has been crafted in Italy from supple leather with chic knotted handles that can be removed to turn the style into a clutch, depending on the occasion. It secures with drawstring ties. $2300. At


2For the holidays and well into 2023, the writing is on the wall. In red ink. What used to be a favorite accessory color is now front and center stage as the hue to adore, according to our style guides, the always chic Rank & Style

CEO Jamie Chandlee and her team.


As you whisper your wish list under the mistletoe, this limited-edition Rouge Hermes Matte lipstick will have you in a holiday mood like never before. At


For the rosiest of cheeks, try the iconic Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick highlighter that instantly delivers soft-focus highlights with a attering combination of pale, golden and rosy pinks. At


You’ll be running toward sparkling glam with Gucci’s multi-colored Lovelight Screener trainers that are made from canvas and covered with sparkling glitter with tongue and heel logos for a glamorous ri on the sporty style. $1011. At


To stir things up for the season’s holiday parties, try this Self Portrait red dress. e bow-detailed ru ed crepe mini dress is just the answer. Try it with a headband and slinky sandals. $425. At Net-A-Porter.

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e cowboy boot just got elevated, thanks to this Isabel Marant Dahope pair. In calfskin, with western-style stitching̶ made in Italy. $1150. At


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e Jonathan Adler-designed safari tray features a wildly divine feline lounging ercely. On a bold orange background, the high- red porcelain is accented with real sparkly gold for extra glam. $85. At


is Morgan Lane Tommy PJ set in 100% lightweight poplin with contrasting piping is the perfect ensemble for holiday lounging. Just don’t slumber through Christmas morning. $158. At

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Grace, Meet Gratitude

During the holidays, emotions can run high. Having a greater sense of grace might just be the answer for year ‘round peace of mind, according to our own Resonance Repatterning expert based in Austin, Mary Schneider, who shares her insightful perspective.


In the east, it is said that gratitude opens the gates to divine grace. When we feel gratitude, no matter our life circumstances, our pain and stress can be diminished. Among other similar characteristics, grace, and gratitude have one very important trait in common...both are qualities of the heart.

What is grace? It is a virtue we bestow upon another. Grace is a gift available to us whenever we choose. Either way, the feelings involved are often di cult to articulate. Although it might not actually be the case, both gratitude and grace seem to be in abundance during this time of least on the surface. Of course, we all recognize the holiday season can be di cult for some individuals. Grief and loss can be ampli ed when a holiday connection or lack thereof is central. If we haven’t experienced this phenomenon, we all know someone who has, right? And in concert with the retail trade, therapists are busy this time of year: I haven’t seen my sister in a year. You might think, I must get into his life again because of the holidays.

What is tricky here is to be able to nd gratitude in what looks to be worry or pain. Grace allows this through acceptance, a highly spiritual concept that cannot be underestimated. Taught in numerous recovery programs, what it underscores in addiction is the inability to accept whatever circumstances we’ve been given. To be sure, the rst requirement of healing addiction is to accept we are an addict. Grace is also the gift we receive in true acceptance. To contact gratitude inside of this acceptance accelerates the healing process.


Whenever we encounter grace, there is a deep connection to and within ourselves, whether we are aware of it or not. Like the consciousness underlying everything, grace is always available for us to access from within. Grace can appear in a challenging situation, and it can alter the outcome in powerful, sometimes dramatic ways. What appears to be unresolvable is no longer. Sometimes it may take us by surprise when we recognize a shift weeks after it occurred.

Over the centuries, much has been written about grace in all faiths and spiritual paths. In the Christian tradition, grace is benignly and generously given by God meritoriously: it is earned. In other writings, it is seen as a state, as in, “She has been observed to be living in a state of

grace.” ere has historically been a disagreement between the concepts of grace and free will. is was resolved for me when I heard a speaker report, “ e aborigines believe we were given free will in order to choose not to use it.” Grace enables forgiveness. When we forgive completely, the love unearthed beneath our lack of forgiveness is revealed. I recently came across this elegant quote in the newsletter of Brian Seth Hurst’s e Opportunity Management Company, “Love reveals anything unlike itself.” erefore, we can free up space for the forgiveness of ourselves, and grace is the wind beneath our wings. Awareness of this engenders gratitude, and gratitude begets appreciation.

When we have appreciation, a cascade of neurotransmitters is activated that creates feelings of warmth, love, pleasure, and joy in the appreciative person, and the one being appreciated. is cascade can bene t the immune system and every organ of the body. With this heightened neurotransmission, our pain and depression are diminished. It is impossible to be depressed and grateful at the same time. Gratitude enhances our well-being–mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.


A great deal of what we experience around the holidays is rooted in the spirit of giving. True giving is without any concern for acknowledgment or reciprocity. Although our acquisitive culture might take issue here, when gratitude is o ered in response, it is a gift. It is enough. And grace is what we receive when we give without expecting anything in return.

Grace is a quality of the divine. Much of what we do encompassing kindness and mercy engenders grace. Grace is in the natural ow of all things. It is omnipresent and in nite–the frequency of the heart. We are not talking merely of the physical heart–it’s also the spiritual heart, which is the frequency of love.

In her book, Transforming Primary Patterns, Chloe Wordsworth reveals, “When we remember the Divine with gratitude, we will be content no matter how di cult our life circumstances may be.” If we do an online search for gratitude journals, there are hundreds of diaries available to chronicle daily gratitude. ere are even gratitude journals for kids. Whatever we choose to avail ourselves of during this happy holiday season, may we all experience an abundance of grace and gratitude.

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Grand Dame

e legendary Adolphus Hotel is celebrating a momentous milestone and here, our Dallas gal-onthe-go Cynthia Smoot shares the timeless appeal of the revered landmark.


e Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas celebrates its 110th anniversary this year and the old dame is just as grand today as the day she was created. Anheuser-Busch beer fortune co-founder, Adolphus Busch, built his namesake hotel as a passion project. Even though he was a German immigrant who had made his brewing fortune in St. Louis throughout the late 1800s, he saw Dallas as the city of the future. In 1912, he debuted the city’s rst true luxury hotel, modeling the building on a Germanic castle, only taller (because we all know everything is bigger and better in Texas). e 22-story tower remained the state’s tallest building for a decade in the booming metropolis of the future.

Since opening its doors in 1912, the luxury property has served as an icon of Dallas, an integral part of the city’s history and culture, and entertained celebrities and dignitaries such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Rudolph Valentino, Babe Ruth, Bob Hope, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George HW and Barbara Bush, as well as British royalty, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

According to many, the hotel is not only one of the most beautiful hotels in the city but also the most haunted. ere are whispers that the hotel is reportedly visited by the distraught ghost of a bride left at the altar, along with a few unlucky souls who met their untimely death in the hotel’s cavernous elevator shaft. e mystery of it all adds to the allure of the historic property.


Located inside the property is the storied French Room, which has remained an icon of Dallas’ highest standard of ne dining for over a century, seamlessly blending the extravagance of classic French cuisine with cutting-edge culinary techniques to create sublime dining experiences. e tradition of Tea at e Adolphus is an event enjoyed by many generations of fans. During the tea sitting, guests enjoy a three-course menu of tea sandwiches, scones, and pastries paired with loose-leaf teas and champagne.

e iconic luxury property completed an extensive two-year renovation and restoration in the spring of 2018 and today features three room types, luxury suites, a rooftop pool, a full tness center, Spa Adolphus, and award-winning onsite dining options, including e French Room and City Hall Bistro. Shop the Commerce Retail Store, which has a one-of-a-kind partnership with Stetson, Barber Shop (via Brass Tracks), and enjoy Viennese-inspired Otto’s Co ee and Fine Foods. In 2022, e Adolphus reopened a refreshed version of Rodeo Bar, the quintessential Texas tavern. Today, e Adolphus is a part of Marriott’s luxurious Autograph Collection portfolio of highly distinct properties.

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Paint e Town Red

You’ll be seeing red soon. Everywhere. From Really Red to a deep Bordeaux, the ery tone will set your wardrobe updates ablaze with unlimited possibilities, according to our style forecasters, e

ADVISORY’S Krystal De Lisi and Ellen Mason.

e runway looks for this time of year gave us a variety of trends to choose from: Ominously elegant, beaded creations to luxuriously sumptuous crimson velvet ensembles, these looks guarantee that all eyes will be on you. Here, we celebrate red, in all its impassioned shades, from chic celebratory looks to a lingerieinspired take on power dressing. Whatever statement you want to make this season, make it with the ultimate statement

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Serene Spa

When you enter a new day spa, you almost always know what to expect. Except for EvolvE in Austin...where you will be amazed at the cutting-edge spa treatments that can have you feeling like a new person after only one visit.

There’s something about a wellness venue that seems so full of light and promise...a far cry from the harried world we all live in now. Let’s face it: each of us wants to be pampered now and then. Consider, EvolvE, the newish go-to destination for wellness devotees. "At EvolvE, we are working with the body’s natural abilities through holistic therapies to accomplish a goal. Whether it be better sleep, reduced pain, more energy, or recovery. Holistic services work with our intrinsic healing powers,” shares the founder, Shannon Maddalena.

For years I have been well aware of EvolvE’s therapeutic benefts. In prior visits, I have enjoyed Cryotherapy, the sub-zero treatment to enhance one’s immunity system, which it does almost immediately. EvolvE is devoted to applying an integrative approach to overall health, pain management, recovery, and aesthetic enhancement that has set them apart in the Austin market. There are leg and arm compression sleeves, massages, and more. Recently I popped in to experience the Infrared Sauna and Regenerative Massage.

Then, drum roll please; there is the Liquid Facelift with a luxuriant formula that is the ultimate in anti-aging, brightening, and hydration. This is the facial of all facials. In fact, this treatment includes Bio Energy, Nanotechnology, and Stem Cell Treatment, which incorporates a combination of vitamin infusions and anti-aging properties that are simply unparalleled. The service incorporates more than 50 botanicals and over 100 vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, to properly

nourish and hydrate. To say that after 80 minutes of the facial, I felt 10 pounds lighter and 10 years younger is an understatement. EvolvE uses only the fnest and freshest botanically based skincare products.

According to EvolvE, green beauty takes a tremendous amount of time, attention, and awareness to create, but it reaps amazing rewards in terms of both results as well as our health. While products with these standards are slightly more expensive, so are quality ingredients to procure and produce, and they are well worth the investment.

“At EvolvE, every product is vetted thoroughly before making its way into our Austin’s state-of-the-art Wellness Center,” continues Maddalena. “We house a myriad of services for Austinites and travelers alike, since our core principles are focused around the whole health of the human. After all, we only have this one body. In order to thrive, we need to make great choices for ourselves, our families and our future.”

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It is hard to think of a situation where anyone really needs a $250,000 luxury SUV, but like many things, the Range Rover SV Long Wheelbase Serenity isn’t built to satisfy a need. It is built to satisfy a desire. Considering that for the price of this one SV, you can buy two base Range Rovers and still have enough left over to pick up a BMW 2 Series convertible for the weekends, that desire must be quite strong.

We all know that everyone has a luxury SUV these days, Lexus, BMW, etc. You can even get a Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy with Napa leather, rear window sunshades, remote smart parking, and all the other bells and whistles for just a hair over $50,500. But the Range Rover strives to be more than just another SUV, and for a quarter of a million dollars, it must. Slotted rmly between the Bentley Bentayga V8 and the Rolls Royce Cullinan, the SV o ers all the luxury and quality without the ostentatiousness.

While you can drive the SV, it is even better to be driven in it. e four-passenger SUV, when being used correctly, only seats three. At the push of a button, the front passenger seat slides forward and down as a footrest unfolds for the rear passenger. Simultaneously the back passenger side seat reclines. e push

of another button reveals the table hidden in the center console, perfect for your road trip charcuterie. A large screen displays all manners of information from the Range Rover, or you can stream all forms of entertainment, all the while enjoying the noisecanceling headphones.


After all that imported cheese and cured meat, you will be thirsty, so this is where the onboard champagne chiller comes in handy. Don’t worry...the cup holders are designed to accommodate the chilled champagne utes as well. Handy, isn’t it? Riding in the back of a vehicle, even to the grocery store to pick up a few things, feels like you should be rounding the corner on Av. de Monte-Carlo about to stop at the casino where a white-gloved valet awaits to make sure you never face the indignity of opening your own door. is, of course, is how the SV is supposed to make you feel when you are in it, but since the Texas Riviera is not quite Monaco, I opted to take the SV for a drive through the wine country.

Washington County, the county seat of Brenham, is home to not just a developing wine industry but also one of the best new wineries in Texas, Chapelton Vineyards, which served as the perfect destination for our wine country road trip. Since Land

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Celebrating With Legends

Celebration of Film Star-Studded 65th Anniversary Gala Features Meryl Streep Honoring Robert DeNiro

THE SETTING: e AT&T Center and the Harry Ransom Center, both on e University of Texas campus, were the recent setting of a legendary night for the ages. Over 500 sociables, lm lovers, and philanthropists turned out for the Harry Ransom Center’s 65th Anniversary gala, and several hundred more joined in the fun at a lively after party capping o the evening. Touching tributes and words from two of the greatest actors of the past half-century were also featured.

Robert DeNiro

THE STYLE: e black tie clad crowd began the evening at the AT&T Center by posing for photos on the step and repeat, then descended the escalator to join hundreds of other eager guests for a fabulous cocktail hour. Film a cionados sipped on their favorite spirits and brimmed with anticipation of the festivities to come…and to be in the room with two cinematic legends to boot.

e festivities then continued in the main ballroom for the program and presentation. e crowd was wowed as they entered the elegantly designed room with a mix of beautiful orals and cinematic props. As partygoers dined on their delicious, multi-course meals, they were treated to words from the Harry Ransom Center and University of Texas leaders.

Next came the main event of honoring Robert DeNiro. After being treated to a touching tribute by celebrated lm critic Leonard Maltin, Academy Award©-winning Actress Meryl Streep took to the podium. Guests could hear a pin drop in the room as Streep regaled the crowd by sharing warm and touching stories highlighting her and DeNiro’s ve-decade-long friendship. Capping o the main gala were words by cinematic legend DeNiro himself, who expressed gratitude and appreciation to the Harry Ransom Center for archiving his impressive collection of works and artifacts, many of which mirrored pop culture trends of the last 50 years. Upon completing his speech, the crowd gave the cinematic legend a standing ovation.

After the gala, revelers walked or took rickshaws one block away to the Harry Ransom Center, where the after party was in full swing. Guests could preview the Robert DeNiro archive at the Harry Ransom Center, which included multiple Oscars on display. Photography lovers also had the opportunity to view e Writers: Portraits by Laura Wilson, an exhibit highlighting photographs of many in uential modern writers. is once-in-a-lifetime, special night will be talked about for those fortunate enough to be a part of it for years to come.

THE PURPOSE: While the gala did not have designated chairs, the after party was co-hosted by Laura Wilson, Andrew Wilson, Luke Wilson, and Owen Wilson. Funds raised from the evening will bene t the Harry Ransom Center, a worldrenowned institution that archives work from the world’s foremost writers, performers, and artists.

Near the end of DeNiro’s speech, he perfectly summed up the mission of the organization, “One of the most important things about the Harry Ransom Center is that the materials will be accessible to students and the public. Ultimately, that’s what it’s all about.”

Turk and Christy Pipkin Nancy Scanlan and Ramona Davis Dawn Black, Jennifer McNairy and Haley Ritzer Laura Wilson George and Lois Stark Cheryl Groenendyke, Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro and Richard Groenendyke Jay Jones, Deborah Kenner Brown and Terry Wayne Jones Heather Pesanti and David Booth
Mary Wheeler, Tom Staley Jr., Sarah Wheat and Tim Staley Meryl Streep and Ed DornAdriana Pacheco de Macias LeMel Humes and Suzanne Deal Booth James and Gabrielle Black Corcoran Jean and Dan Rather Luke Wilson and Steve Stodghill Sharon Wood John and Heather Little Weston Lipscomb and Charlotte Lipscomb Lee Manford, Craig Hella Johnson and Philip Overbaugh & Casey Blass Mitch and Johanna Vernick & Rose Betty and Allan WilliamsLeonard Maltin Rob Giardinelli, Keith Trigaci, Dara Allen and Lance Avery Morgan


Garden Of Earthly Delights

San Antonio Botanical Garden Celebrates With 15th Annual Gala

THE SETTING: Recently, over 600 guests attended the 15th Annual Splendor in the Garden gala at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Guests were greeted with refreshments, including the signature cocktail, a classic Sazerac, and champagne en route to e Betty Kelso Center. Adorned in dreamy oral print frocks and garden cocktail attire, everyone then progressed through the west doors to view a lush landscape, themed after the roots of the venue in the community.

THE STYLE: After posing for photos with living wall backdrops, walking trees, and a Mother Earth stilt walker, guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres by Jason Dady Catering and Events and music by the Michael Alanis Band. As the sun set, guests made their way to Greehey Lawn for a decadent dinner. e vichyssoise was a refreshing rst course, followed by welcoming remarks by the President of the Garden’s Board of Directors, Omar Akhil, and Mayor Ron Nirenberg. CEO Sabina Carr presented an extensive array of children’s programming available at the Garden. She introduced the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, Rick Shaw, who led an exciting urry of fundraising with a paddle raise that quickly climbed to six gures in funding for the organization. Guests enjoyed dinner that featured an artfully plated red wine braised beef short rib and petite crab cake atop parsnip puree, blackberry bordelaise, and a duo of mushrooms and mustard frills that mimicked a forest oor. e sweet ending was Chef Dady’s Mississippi Mud Pie. e tunes of DJ Catwalk attracted guests back into e Betty Kelso Center for dancing and late-night tacos.

THE PURPOSE: Cally and Will Kothmann, with a dedicated steering committee, chaired this year’s gala. Proceeds from the event bene t children’s programming and operations at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Its mission is to enrich lives through plants and nature by o ering over 600 programs and welcoming over 368,000 visitors annually. e Greehey Family Foundation and the Mays Family Foundation were recognized for their long-standing support, as well as the gala table sponsors, underwriters, contributors, and guests making this year’s 15th Annual Gala the most successful fundraising event in the organization’s 42-year history.

Megan and Tres Steves Cally and Will Kothmann Burkley Fitzsimons and Meredith Howard Lyn and Omar Akhil Alex and Colton Teis Blakely Kneisley, Emily McMurray and Heather Etlinger Erica Prosper and Hon. Ron Nirenberg
Ryan and Marie Mays & Lila and Mitchell Malone Sabina Carr and Burch Hanson Suzanne and Dick Wade Karl and Andrea Pichler, Magdalena Gaona, Annie Gamboa & Raul Gaona, Jr. Denise and Ken Schlaudt Alex and Mac Altgelt Julie Zacher, Susan Shown Todd and Keri Moses Christopher Lefelhocz, Carrie Gray & Kate and Jared Edwards Jim and Karen Greenwood Cosmo and Dani Guido, Tobin and Courtney Smith & Kate and Taylor Dawson


Let’s Face e Music

Houston Symphony Opening Night Concert And Gala’s Grand Style

THE SETTING: Recently, over 300 guests, donning their nest black tie attire, attended the Houston Symphony’s Opening Night concert and gala. Upon arrival at Jones Hall, partygoers enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvres on the Mezzanine level before making their way into see concert. e evening featured Juraj Valcuha leading the orchestra and Houston Symphony Chorus, alongside soprano Ana María Martínez, mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya, tenor Jonathan Tetelman, and bass Dmitry Belosselskiy. Following the performance, guests were transported to the Corinthian Houston for a spectacular seated dinner catered by Jackson and Company. Following dinner, guests enjoyed musical entertainment by the David Caceres Band.

THE STYLE: e Corinthian ballroom was donned with crystal chandeliers and greenery cascading across the balcony, all designed by e Events Company. e elegant tables that lled the room, covered in green linens, were topped with varying high and low-pro le oral arrangements in shades of white and green.

Dinner began with an Italian butter lettuce salad with fresh herbs, gulf shrimp terrine, chives, and pickled mustard seed vinaigrette topped with a toasted chickpea crouton and three radish slaw. e main course included a gremolata and breadcrumb crusted black cod, with charred leek and artichoke white wine emulsion, alongside summer squash and white corn rösti, and Romano beans and button chanterelle sauté. Accompanying the meal were wine pairings provided by Spec’s Wine, Spirits, & Finer Foods. After dinner, the dessert was a trio that included coconut sorbet verrine, tiramisu pro teroles, and hazelnut macaroons.

THE PURPOSE: e annual Houston Symphony Opening Night concert and gala, chaired by Drs. Susan and Dennis Carlyle, celebrated the opening of the 2022–2023 season and the tenure of Juraj Valcuha as the Houston Symphony’s 16th music director and holder of the Roy and Lillie Cullen Chair. is year’s event raised more than $540,000 for the orchestra’s industry-leading Education and Community Engagement initiatives. ConocoPhillips served as the Concert Sponsor and Lead Gala Corporate Underwriter for the 36th year.

Vivek and Ishwaria Subbiah Drs. Dennis and Susan Carlyle & John Mangum Barbara Burger & Dom and Stephanie Beveridge Betty and Jesse Tutor John Mangum, Margaret Alkek Williams and Juraj Valcuha James and Kimberly Bell Tammy and Wayne Nguyen Dee and Lea Hunt Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
Alan and Elizabeth Stein, Bobbie Nau and Marc Grossberg Alex Blair, Jennifer Roosth and Katherine Warren Brittany Clark and Mario Gudmundsson Cheryl Byington James Craig and Jacquie Baly Mary Ann and David McKeithan Robert and Joan Du Robert and Mary Ann Wilkins Scott and Geraldine Wise Tony and Frances Buzbee Valerie and Tracy Dietrich Yoon Smith, Malaika Mukoro and Heidi Rockecharlie

Where e Heart Is

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Hosts Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show

THE SETTING: e Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS), with its 2022 St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show, Make a Statement, welcomed more than 450 attendees to the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center for the 38th annual fundraiser. Artist Rolando Diaz entertained guests by creating an original work of art live onsite, which was then available for purchase in the silent auction.

THE STYLE: Mistress of ceremonies Lauren Przybyl, Fox 4’s Good Day Dallas anchor, led the program.

Susie Barnett was then announced as the 2022 recipient of the Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award, given to a family or individual who is philanthropic in the community and has a “heart of gold” and a passion for LLS' mission to help ght blood cancers. Dallas-native and renowned fashion designer Lela Rose was recognized with the 2022 ICON Award.

e legendary Tom Landry was announced as the recipient of the 2022 Memorial Hero Award, which recognizes an individual in the community who has passed away and battled blood cancer. e Spirit of Tom Landry Character Award, given to a youth between 5–20 years old, who has battled blood cancer, was awarded to Amelia Dammen. She was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2021. e muchanticipated fashion show, produced by the inimitable Jan Strimple, featured models wearing this season’s fashions from Highland Park Village retailers.

THE PURPOSE: e luncheon’s chair was Lisa Loy Laughlin, and more than $570,000 was raised to support LLS’ mission of eradicating blood cancers.

e Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is a global leader in the ght against cancer. e LLS’ mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research worldwide, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, a ordable, coordinated care.

Lee Ann Vanamburgh, Leah Davis, Terry Ragland and Jean Wessont Alexis Harkrider and Audrey Young Lynn McBee, Laura Johnson and Julie Bagley Lisa Ogle and Nina ornburgh Katie and Joe Schuster Julie Rado, Katherine Bullock and Leah Ewing Lauren Przybyl and Susie Barnett Betsy Simpson and Susan Scullin Janet Evans and Rusty Duvall Lisa Loy Laughlin and Melinda Knowles Sarah Branch, Victoria Snee, Kate Kutilek and Jessica Smotherman
Tracy Lange and Luke Lange Venise Stuart and Jill Goldberg Maggie Kipp, Rachel Michell, Jennifer Stalkup, Nikki Webb and Jennifer LeLash Holly Krug and Lindsay Jacaman Fashion by Carolina Herrera Meredith Farrell and Lissie McCullough Kristen Gibbins, Shelby Rogers and Meredith Hays Di Johnston, Cordelia Boone and Beth Layton Paige Wininger, Machelle Davenport and Melissa Martin Liz rash, Reed Robertson and Becky Bowen Fashion by Lela Rose

Red, Blanc & Noir

ZACH Scott eatre’s Red Hot & Soul Gala Features Black And White eme

THE SETTING: e Zachary Scott eatre was the recent setting for one of the city’s most anticipated fundraisers. Over 400 philanthropists, art lovers, and VIPs turned out for the theatre’s annual Red, Hot & Soul event, an evening of fun, camaraderie, and showstopping performances those fortunate enough to attend will not soon forget.

THE STYLE: e curtains rose on the black tie a air in the lobby of ZACH’s Topfer eatre for cocktails. Patrons of the event embraced the black and white theme, a nod to Truman Capote’s 1966 Party of the Century...with many spectacular black and white ensembles spotted among the dashing crowd. During the cocktail hour, partygoers reacquainted with old friends and made new ones while sipping on their favorite cocktails in anticipation of the fun ahead.

e festivities then moved to the al fresco Bobbi Pavilion on the ZACH eatre grounds for the main program. As revelers dined on the multi-course meal, they were treated to dazzling performances by several of ZACH’s most beloved performers, as well as performances from ZACH’s Children’s Academy. Additionally, Austin philanthropists Eric and Maria Groten were honored for their tireless work and support of the beloved theatre that has been a part of the Austin community fabric for over a century.

Next came a spirited live auction with a host of dazzling packages. Highlights of the auction included a Pick Your Paradise package where the winner got the pick of a breathtaking getaway to one of three di erent continents, another was dinner on the theatre stage, and a mountain escape to Park City were among the most popular. e evening’s nale was a spectacular a er party where guests danced the night away on the Topfer eatre stage. Encore!

THE PURPOSE: e event, co-chaired by Cindy Greenwood and Kathy Taylor, raised over $600,000 for ZACH Scott eatre. Each year, ZACH Scott’s community programs provide outreach and educational opportunities and o er access to theatrical performances to over 125,000 Central Texans, 55,000 of whom are children and youth.

Sergio Durante, Jessica Dobson Weaver and Michael Smothers Charlie Frasier and Cindy Greenwood Ashley Hunter and Cli Walker Elisbeth Challener and Brett Bachman Kathy and Randy Taylor David Wilson and David Kurio Dave Steakley Eric and Maria Groten Grant McCain and Hunter Regian
Brian Kiley and Roderick Sanford Billy and John Wilkinson & Max Judd and Donn Gauger Bryan Gardner and Armando Zambrano Chris King, Catherine Dee Campbell, Stacy Putnam, Kevin Witcher and Kennedy Ihezie Dan Jackson and Jeremy Guiberteau David Parson and Joe Loiacono & Rocco Piazza and Brady Mathews Elizabeth Schlesinger and Sam Slate J. Robert Moore Jill Blackwood Justin and Jessica Taylor Ram Rangel, Steve Hayes, Larry Connelly and Robert Stoltz Tom Mays, Forrest Preece and Linda Ball & Orlando Zayas Walter Zaykowski, Nico Ramsey and David Bean Will Coombes, Wayne Clark and Brian Luna William Jackson and Kenny Williams


It’s Happening Now

Artpace San Antonio Hosts Annual Artful Gala

THE SETTING: is year’s Artpace event, e Happening, was held at the Red Berry Estate. It began with a special cocktail reception in the mansion’s ballroom that featured a champagne bar sponsored by Neiman Marcus. Guests then proceeded to the lakeside ballroom for a stunning three course meal, highlighting real time, upscale cooking.

THE STYLE: After dinner, Riley Robinson, Director of Artpace San Antonio, introduced artist Teresita Fernández, one of the evening’s honorees. Fernández spoke of her artistic practice and the essential role Artpace’s International Artist-in-Residence program played in her career, and the 267 artists since. e program closed with the board chair, Patricia Ruiz-Healy, celebrating honoree Rick Liberto’s long standing leadership role at Artpace. e audience welcomed Liberto to the stage with a lengthy standing ovation. e party then moved to a lakeside lounge, which featured Artpace 2017 Resident Artist, Robert Hodge, and DJing by OG IB (Ingrid Burley). Afterwards, the evening continued into the night at Red Berry’s famed casino. e RK Group provided the cuisine and Statue of Design created the oral décor. Blue House Design orchestrated the event’s production.

THE PURPOSE: Caroline Harte Staudt and Sarah Harte co-chaired the event. Artpace San Antonio is a nonpro t residency program, which supports Texas, national, and international artists in the creation of new art. As a catalyst for artistic expression, they engage local communities with global art practices and experiences. A successful annual gala is essential to sustain its free and dynamic programs. All proceeds bene t the organization’s residencies and public and educational programming.

Cameron and Megan MacDiarmid
Kari Englehardt, Rich Aste, Katy Silva Leon and Brooks Englehardt Mark Bennett and Rick Liberto Patricia and Juan Ruiz-Healy & Guillermo Nicolas Sarah Harte and Caroline Harte Staudt Adrian Calvillo and Kelly O'Connor Teresita Fernández Ingrid Burley, Margo Sawyer and Liz Ward
Mary Heathcott and Inessa Kosub Bruce Flohr, Karen Sipprell, Mac Irvin and Janet Flohr Norma Hall, Martha Pape, Kristina Kellogg and Denise Pfei er Brooks Hogg, Libby Tilley, Tim and Katie Pace Halleran Jennifer Ling Datchuk and Ryan Takaba Rick Liberto Robert Hodge and Riley Robinson Gary Nichols, Pat Salmeron and Jesse Amado

Animal Planet

Houston PetSet Raises Record $1.1 Million

THE SETTING: More than 700 animal lovers packed the Post Oak Hotel ballroom to see Cole Hauser and Forrie Smith, stars of Showtime T.V. favorite, Yellowstone. However, the animals were the true winners of the 18th annual Fierce and Fabulous Soirée. Houstonians came out in full force for a erce and fabulous charitable evening of cocktails, dinner, luxury auction items, and a rocking after party. ey opened their hearts and wallets to make this year’s gala a resounding erce and fabulous success.

THE STYLE: Mistress of Ceremonies Deborah Duncan provided the audience with much laughter and banter from the podium. Sidney Faust was applauded for all her hard work and charitable generosity to the community. ere were plenty of one-of-a-kind auction experiences. For one example, tennis great John McEnroe hosted guests at his seats at Wimbledon, for the women’s and men’s nals, which included an invitation for an after party at his house. en there was the Cole Hauser experience for an afternoon horse ride in Montana, DeBoulle generously donated a Rolex timepiece for the ra e, and I-Touch donated a beautiful ruby and diamond ring.

THE PURPOSE: Leading the helm of this soldout event were chairpersons Tena Lundquist Faust, Tama Lundquist, and Sue Smith.  e event raised an unprecedented amount of $1.1 million for the animals. Houston PetSet is a non-pro t organization providing grants to over 70 Houston area charities that bene t animal

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James and Nicole Lassister Jennifer Roosth & Mark Grace and Alex Blair Tama Lundquist and Peter Farrel Tyson and Tena Faust Kathryn and Je Smith Todd Ramos, Deborah Duncan, Alicia Smith and Sylvia Forsythe Sidney Faust and Tyson Faust Tena Faust, Sue Smith and Tama Lundquist
Gretchen David and Ti any Halik Judy and Mike Waller Kathleen Fogarty and Brian Teichman Marla Hurley and Kirsten Cannon DJ Senega Lilly and urmon Andress


Horse Sense

Equest Hosts 41st Annual Blue Ribbon Ball

THE SETTING: More than 550 patrons attended the 41st annual gala bene ting Equest, held at Texas Horse Park. Partygoers arrived to a champagne wall and a blue ribbon-inspired carpet that ran the length of the horse barn aisle. Posing for photos along the way with some of Equest’s equine friends, attendees mingled and enjoyed light bites before checking in.

THE STYLE: Emcee Jody Dean took the stage to welcome all in attendance.  e color guard from the American Legion Post 21 followed, with attendees reciting the pledge of allegiance before enjoying a beautiful performance of America the Beautiful by Jana Bell.  en, the Equest board chairman Julie Sherman took the stage to recognize the recipients of the 2022 Citation Award: Lane Cates and her husband Brad McLain. ey were instrumental in helping Equest complete the Al Hill, Jr. Arena through fundraising and contract management. Former NFL Dallas Cowboys player Timmy Newsome was awarded the 2022 Equest Rider of the Year Award, given to clients who have achieved outstanding progress on their equestrian skill goals. e Youth Award went to Olivia McLean, the Adult Award to Jaime Moore, and Jimmy Dean was the recipient of the Veteran Award.

THE PURPOSE: e event’s co-chairs were Carol and Bill Huckin, Finley and Eric Konrade, and Elsa Norwood, while Leslie and Hawkins Golden served as honorary chairs. e evening raised more than $600,000. Founded in 1981, Equest provides equine-assisted learning therapies, and counseling to children and adults with physical, cognitive, sensory, coping, and learning disabilities, as well as veterans who receive all of Equest’s services at no charge.

Sophie Ward, Carolyn Anderson and Inez Browning Aimee and Alan Ives & Tyler and Whitney omas Estela Cockrell and Isabel David Je and Colleen Hensley Eric and Finley Konrade Hawkins and Leslie Golden Lane Cates and Brad McLain Jody Dean and Lili Kellogg Carol Huckin and Elsa Norwood Billye and David Turner Kris Johnson and Donna Styles Sharla Bush and Butch Irby Colin and Karly Kilroy Mathews Lindsay and Ray Ballotta Paul and Sharon Haltom Teal and Annie Gri eth & Louise Gri eth Kendall and Lisa Loy Laughlin & Jessica and Austin Hipschen Merrick and Stuart Huckin Paul and Ti any Divis Walt and Nicole Roper

Ice, Ice Baby

Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Central Texas Hosts 18th Annual Ice Ball

THE SETTING: e JW Marriott in Austin was the recent setting of an event that kicked o the fall social season in grand style. Over 750 of the Capital City’s charitable philanthropists turned out for the 18th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas Ice Ball. It was an evening that dazzled its guests and will be well remembered, and spoken fondly of, for a long time.

THE STYLE: e black tie crowd began the evening in the ballroom foyer of the JW Marriott for cocktail hour. As revelers sipped cocktails, they had the opportunity to peruse silent auction items, participate in a game of Buried Treasure, where the winner received a pave diamond circle necklace, and pose for photos in front of the event’s grand signature ice sculpture.

e festivities then moved to the ballroom for the main program. Emcee, KVUE-TV’s Quita Culpepper e ortlessly kept the evening moving at a fun, brisk pace. While partygoers dined on a multi-course meal, they were treated to a series of heartwarming testimonials on how Big Brothers Big Sisters has positively impacted the Central Texas community. e evening was capped o by a round of live fundraising, which included a head or tails auction, Fund-A-Friendship paddles up, and the spirited live auction with a host of experiences such as a tour of Sonoma wineries, a skiing adventure in Park City, and an Italian getaway on the Amal coast.

THE PURPOSE: e event, chaired by Albert and Sarah Swantner, raised over $930,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. Funds from the event will go toward programs that help create life-changing relationships between adult mentors and at-risk youth between the ages of six and 16, which allows them to reach their full potential.

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Couture? A potential airline acking? High society? All ripped from the headlines, here, in an exciting excerpt from her book, Grace Jones Of Salado, native Austinite

Mary-Margaret Quadlander shares the events of a spectacular Austin evening long ago.

Illustration by Missy Harris • Photography courtesy of MaryMargaret Quadlander, Be y Wiedeman, and Archival



Over her forty-year reign as the Queen of Texas Fashion, Grace Jones would stage many of the top designer fashion shows at her iconic store, Grace Jones of Salado, or at a luncheon event, and on occasion, Grace, and her husband, retired Lt. Col. and businessman Jack Jones, even hosted showings at their beautiful O’Neil Ford-designed home. In one memorable instance, she even presented a fashion show on a built-forthe-occasion runway in the outdoor eld behind her store. And although there would be many runway shows that Grace Jones helmed in her inimitable style, there was one evening that topped all others, and it was de nitely a night to remember.

In the late 1960s, most fashion shows were held in tea rooms, at luncheons, or one might even be invited to a famous designer’s own showroom, as we remember from lms of the collections of Dior, Channel, Balenciaga, or Trigère fashion shows. e models would meander among the guests, giving customers the opportunity to view the fashions more closely. Very little attention was given to the models, as they were mainly viewed as mannequins, unlike today, when models are seen as celebrities. When the Jones’s held fashion shows in their home, as was de rigueur, the models would casually walk among the dinner guests, winding their way through the tables and conversations, attempting to get the attention of a buyer without being obtrusive. It was often uncomfortable for the models as well as the guests. After all, the whole point of the evening was to sell the collections. As a result, an idea occurred to Jones that using her own customers to model the newest collections would be a perfect way to get the attention of the audience, the husbands, as well as pay tribute and showcase her loyal customers.

In the spring of 1969 in Austin, Grace Jones was invited to be the main event for a night, hosting a fundraising fashion show to bene t e Mental Health Association of Austin and Travis County. Everyone who was anyone in the elite social and political circles of Texas was invited to the Austin Country Club on the evening of March 20, for a long-awaited fundraising extravaganza, An Evening With Jean Louis. Normally, an event this big would demand a larger arena, such as one in Dallas, Fort Worth, or Houston. Still, on this night, all of Texas high society were gathered in the Austin Country Club’s ballroom, excitedly waiting for the big evening to begin. It had been sold out for months in advance, even though the tickets were $200 per couple (about $2000 in 2022 dollars). e crowd would be top drawer with Governor and Mrs. Preston Smith, who would attend and be involved since Texas First Lady Ima Mae Smith was the honorary chair of the gala. e Governor chose a polka dot bow tie and polka-dot vest to complete his three-piece suit.

Cactus Pryor, a well-known Native Austin son, television host, humorist, ultimate roaster, dinner speaker, and all-around perfect master of ceremonies, was enlisted to welcome the excited guests. And, although a night of laughs with Pryor could be enough to entice the Texas elite to come together for a night of fundraising, he was only there for the introduction...or so he thought. Grace Jones would provide the actual entertainment for the evening, presenting another one of her legendary fashion shows, on a runway built for the occasion. is time she was speci cally featuring the latest collection of the well-known French designer, Jean Louis, of Hollywood.

Having Grace Jones, of Grace Jones of Salado, create the evening’s entertainment of fashion, not to mention seeing the newest collection from Jean Louis, was quite an honor for the Capital City because Louis had been a very important designer since the 1940s. By 1969, when this event occurred, he was a household name. In fact, the designer had been nominated for 14 Oscars© in the prior 14 years. He was also an early adopter of fashion sustainability, saying in a pre-event media interview that he believed women should dress according to their lives and wear their clothes for more than one season. Although the key to his success was the simplicity of his elegant gowns, making them as modern today as they were decades ago, his designs were, in fact, quite intricate. In his thirty-year lm career during the Golden Age of Hollywood, he worked with some of the most beautiful actresses including Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak, Gene Tierney, Marlene Dietrich, Loretta Young, and Marilyn Monroe. When Jones planned this fashion extravaganza, Louis was her obvious choice as the highlight of the evening.


In the 1950s, in conjunction with lms, Louis began designing costumes for television. Between 1953 and 1961, he created fty-two dresses for Loretta Young to wear on her successful anthology series, e Loretta Young Show. Women would tune in each week just to see what new out t Young was wearing at the beginning of every show, as she elegantly descended a staircase or swirled through a grand doorway. In the 1960s, Louis went out on his own as an independent designer developing his own line but was still pursued by his loyal clientele in Hollywood.

In 2016, Julien’s Auctions sold the Louis-designed gown Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang Happy Birthday to President Kennedy for $4.8 million. It was described as a champagne silk sou é Illusion gown, with a gauze-like silk underpinning to hold the weight of more than six thousand glass beads and sequins. e jewels were so e ervescent they appeared to be sewn onto her bare skin. Bob Mackie, well remembered for his design work on TV for stars like Cher and Carol Burnett, illustrated the gown and Jean Louis translated the drawing into his design and creation of Monroe’s beaded sheath. “ at dress was designed around when Marilyn did her last movie at 20th Century Fox that was never released, Something’s Gotta Give,” shared Bob Mackie recently in a conversation about the designer. “Jean Louis was very exacting, He was a couture designer in his head, rather than a fashion designer. He could be very intimidating.”

Standing Ovation The 500 and the Designer Jean Louis. Louis wardrobe when clothes AMERICAN STATESMAN.

Clockwise from top left: Carolyn Bengston, Gene Tierney and Raye Virginia Allen

Loretta Young dressing model with Jean Louis Jean Louis gowns, 1960s Jean Louis, Rebert McCreary and Cactus Pryor Loretta Young and Jean Louis on the runway. March 20, 1969.

Center: Jean Louis and Loretta Young & Grace and Jack Jones, March 19, 1969

guests gave a standing ovation to actress Loretta Young Louis. M clothes for STATESMAN.

Loretta Young, 1960s

Austin Country Club, 1950s and 1960s

Left: Grace Jones and Loretta Young. Illustration by Missy Harris Jean Louis, Gene Tierney and Maggy Louis, March 20, 1969

Meanwhile, back in Texas, Grace Jones and Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus reigned alone as the king and queen of fashion icons. is spectacular fashion show focusing on Louis’s designs had taken months to prepare, like all of Jones’s shows. But this time, Jones planned for the fashion show to be the focal point of the evening. e models would not be gliding through the dinner and cocktail settings, as in her previous events. is time the models would be walking a runway, with background music and Jones’s descriptions of the garments, requiring the full attention of the audience. Finding suitable models (who would wear a size 6, the then-sample size in fashion), ying them in from New York and Dallas for the ttings, designing the stage and lighting, and writing her speech…Jones was obsessive about this show, knowing that the audience was lled with many of her clientele from all over the state, including the Governor’s wife and wives of the entire Board of Regents for e University of Texas, Austin’s hometown university.

Once again, Jones would invite customers who had modeled for her previously to ll some of the places. In hiring professional models, Elsa Rosborough, model extraordinaire, was the rst on her list to be called. Rosborough had a way of commanding the runway. e moment she hit the runway, she captivated the audience. She would spread her arms to their full wingspan, twirl herself on the stage to show the full detail of her garment, all the while landing each turn at the exact corner of the runway. en, she would prance to the other end, never losing her penetrating eye contact with a particular audience member. Elsa Rosborough was not only a model, but she was also a performer.

Every society couple in the state of Texas was ghting to get a coveted table for the show. ere were parties all week leading up to it, and Jones made her appearance at all of them, along with her Salado house guests, Jean Louis and his beautiful wife and a former model, Maggy Louis. is was a very grand event for Austin, a small college town (population 258,000 at the time), and the 400 attendees buzzed with excitement.

e evening before the gala, the Jones’s good friends, Dr. D.J. and Jane Sibley hosted a dinner party for the Louis’s at the Sibley’s newly acquired home, a grand Spanish-style mansion resting in grandeur in historic Old En eld. Jane Sibley, a social force of her own, dedicating herself to philanthropic causes, such as the Texas Historic Preservation and the Austin Symphony Orchestra, had created a truly eclectic and personal homage to Asian, Native American, and Spanish art in her home. And, always easy to spot at any social event in Austin, she habitually wore her signature buzzard feather poised as an afterthought

into her tightly coi ed chignon hairstyle. e Sibley’s home was the perfect backdrop for Jean and Maggy Louis to experience the unique cultural identity of Austin, a town over owing with intellectual pursuit, political debate, historical signi cance, and the ambiance of inherited social status.


According to Grace Jones, during the dinner she received a call from Louis’s assistant, Doris Souza in Los Angeles, stating that the fashion collections had left the airport that morning and should be arriving at Austin’s Mueller Airport soon, leaving plenty of time for the transfer to Austin Country Club, where the festivities would occur. ere was no need to worry because Jones had planned this event down to the last second. e evening at the Sibley’s was exactly the respite Jones needed from all the details of the upcoming fashion show. e shared evening was fabulous, with great food, sparkling conversation, and wonderful friends. No one thought twice about the imminent arrival of Louis’ fashions, valued at $100,000 (a little over $800,000 in 2022 dollars).

In the middle of their dinner, Jones received a second call…this time from her assistant in Austin, who was calling with some troubling news. e cargo had never arrived as planned. At 11:00 p.m., Jones received yet another call but this time, the caller was frantic. It was unbelievable and inconceivable... the collection was rumored to have been hijacked to Cuba. If it had been hijacked, there was no indication where in Cuba it might be heading. And there was certainly no chance of it landing in Austin in time for the show. is was the main event, and there was absolutely nothing to show. Nothing.

Jean Louis, 1960s

By midnight, Jones was quickly making one phone call after another, attempting to nd the missing collection. But at 1:00 a.m., she surrendered to the inevitable reality that the collection was gone, and she had better start looking for a solution.

Grace Jones had been up against more formidable obstacles in her life, honestly, much more formidable with her background as a WWII pilot. True to her nature, she called upon her friends and clients, many of them famous, to help. Anyone who had ever bought Jean Louis collections from her or directly from Jean Louis was now receiving phone calls in the middle of the night. Loretta Young, an avid collector of Jean Louis, received the rst call. It was now early morning in Los Angeles, and Young was still asleep. Jones left an urgent message with Young’s household sta , and Loretta immediately returned her call. Of course, she would help and shared, “If you need me, if this is an emergency, I’ll be there myself.”


But there were no direct ights from Los Angeles running then. So, Young hired her own private plane, and with gowns in hand, ew to Dallas, and then hired another plane to take her to Austin. Young then called Katherine Crosby, the Texas-born wife of Bing Crosby, who also owned an extensive collection of Jean Louis fashions. Even though Crosby and her family were preparing for a vacation trip to Mexico and could not attend, she would place the clothes on Bing’s private plane to arrive at 5:30 p.m., if Jones would agree to have someone pick them up. Yes. Yes. ank you.

Gene Tierney, another famous Hollywood actress, married to Houston oilman Howard Lee, had a great wardrobe of Jean Louis dresses. Jones called her home in Houston to ask if she might loan some gowns for the fashion show since this was a true emergency. Ironically, Tierney and her husband, were in Austin visiting a relative, so she was more than happy to help and had some of her gowns driven in from Houston.

Grace Jones could nally take a breath of relief.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON at evening, Cactus Pryor was nally informed of the fate of the collection. Could he possibly entertain the audience for longer than he had planned? He took the stage and did what he did best... regaling the audience with one hysterical story after another, giving Jones more time to re-group. e fashion show was rearranged to occur after dinner instead of before.

By now, Pryor had easily been holding his own as the event’s master of ceremonies for over two hours. It was now eight o’clock, and there was no sign of the fashion show. At nine o’clock, Cactus sneaked behind the curtain and quickly returned to the stage. “ e bar is open!”

Pryor called loudly to the audience and then settled into his most comfortable element, telling one hilarious joke after the other. By midnight the audience was happily smashed, but not one person had left, enjoying Cactus but still in anticipation of the evening’s centerpiece event. Suddenly, the lights in the room went dim, and the audience drunkenly returned to their tables, still laughing uproariously at Pryor.

A spotlight hit the stage, and out walked Grace Jones, who was about to make caviar out of a bad situation and give her audience a night to remember. She and Young had both been backstage preparing the models. Young herself accessorized the models wearing her clothes, styling them as she would wear the gowns.

at night, Jones presented an unimaginable and unforgettable

runway show featuring the stunning, albeit acquired, designs of Jean Louis, all worn by Jones’s outstanding models, and loyal clients. How could anyone in the audience complain? But the evening was not over yet…by far. Suddenly, Loretta Young walked out from behind the curtain and walked the runway wearing her own Jean Louis gown. As she approached the staircase up to the higher stage, Jean Louis himself o ered his arm and escorted her to the top of the stairs as the room broke out in thunderous surprise and applause. e standing-room-only audience rose to their feet in a roar of appreciation that lasted a full ve minutes.

For the next forty years, there would be many other worldrenowned designers personally showing their collections to Grace Jones’s customers at her salon in Salado, such as Bill Blass, Geo rey Beene, Pauline Trigère, Norman Norell, Galanos, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Perris, Adolfo, Christian Lacroix, Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Vollbracht, Adolfo, and Count Sarmi, to name a few. But there would never be another night that ever compared to this night in Austin, conceived by fashion legend Grace Jones, featuring Loretta Young and Jean Louis.

Toward the very end of the evening, Cactus Pryor came back on stage for the live auction of a bright silk organza plaid gown with a tucked bodice and high green sash. e bidding was spirited as Gary Morrison won the gown for his wife, plus a Jean Louis men’s suit, for $1,100 (about $9,000 in 2022 dollars). Jean Louis, unru ed backstage through it all, commented in his French accent soon after the event ended, “Texas women are wonderful. I’ve never known people to rise to a challenge and an emergency so well.”

As luck would have it, the dresses were indeed found, and after the event ended at midnight, the gowns arrived in their boxes, securely unopened, at 12:30 a.m. e high fashion fun would continue since the Grace Jones of Salado patrons were the rst Texans to see the complete summer collection upon its arrival over the next few days at her store. And, as fate would have it, fast forward to 1993, and octogenarians Loretta Young and Jean Louis would marry each other to form a very stylish couple for the rest of their lives.

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Loretta Young in Jean Louis gown, 1960s

Clockwise from top: Jean Louis and models, March 20, 1969

Grace Jones, Betty Wiedeman and Jean Louis at the Grace Jones of Salado salon, March 21, 1969

Loretta Young in Jean Louis gown, 1960s

Grace Jones and Loretta Young, 1980s


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Prince Hans has one of the world’s most impressive private art collections. His collection includes more than 1,700 paintings and 500 sculptures, which, in total, spans more than 500 years of European history. ough the majority of this collection is on display at the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna, Austria, the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein features a few selections from the royal collection as well.

e Kunstmuseum is the country’s largest museum, and it serves as the national art collection of Liechtenstein. Even the building itself stands as an architectural work of art. Designed as a commanding black box made of tinted concrete and black basalt stone, it has river pebbles embedded in its walls to re ect its gorgeous Alpine surroundings. And with pieces by Gauguin, Bertrand Lavier, and Picasso inside this impressive exterior, this museum is not to be missed. We were dazzled by the array of beauty within its walls.


In Liechtenstein’s capital, you don’t only get to think like royalty you also get to drink like the Prince and his family. Head to the Prince of Liechtenstein’s enchanting 10-acre Herawingert vineyard and visit his Hofkellerei for a wine tasting. Ironclad doors lead to a cellar where a wine steward serves a selection of Vaduzer wines and a few of the Prince’s favorite Austrian Rieslings.

But Liechtenstein is not just a producer of ne royal wines–if you prefer brews to barrels, Liechtensteiner Brauhaus might o er something more to your liking. Liechtensteiner has only been making craft wheat beers since 2007, but this young producer has already won awards all over Europe. You’ll want to try a ight of beers, as we did, everywhere you go.

Local spirits unique to Liechtenstein abound, too, and none is more famous than the world-renowned Telser. e oldest producer of ne spirits in Liechtenstein, Telser is primarily known for making whiskey and gin. e distillery famously never ceased production during the two World Wars, but sales slowed during the 1990s. e fourth generation Telser traveled to Scotland to learn how to make Scotch whiskey as a way to save his family’s distillery. Now it’s one of the distillery’s most beloved products.

After a spirited tour of Liechtenstein’s libations, there is no better way to follow up a day of tastings than with a hearty bowl of warm Käseknöp e, a pasta-like dish with melted cheese that is one of Liechtenstein's delicacies.

So, the next time you plan a European getaway, put Liechtenstein on your map. You only need a few days to cover the entire country, but its chic o erings may convince you to extend your winter vacation just a little longer.

Cathedral of St. Florin, Vaduz Vaduz Castle Botero sculpture, Kunstmuseum, Vaduz Glass sculptures by Heinz Mack, Vaduz

New & Now

With everyone back to loving the in-person dining experience, there are plenty of new, beautiful venues to try, as well as favorites to try again, according to our savvy eatery devotees, Rob Giardinelli (Austin, Houston, and San Antonio) and Cynthia Smoot (Dallas).

Austin Dallas/Fort Worth



e team behind Austin’s popular restaurant Suerte has opened its latest concept at the site of the former Eastside Cafe. Este o ers a delectable array of fresh seafood o erings through their close relationships with premier shmongers, coastal Mexican cuisine, and charcoal cooking. At

SAVOR EVERY SECOND Second Bar + Kitchen has recently opened its latest location in the East Austin Hotel. With its delectable array of Modern American cuisine paired perfectly with the craft cocktail menu, the restaurant also features a patio perfect for a Texassized brunch al fresco. At

Known for its Chicago-inspired, classic American cuisine, D.L. Mack's recently opened its second location in Preston Hollow. Mack's blends the approachable, all-occasion feel of its sister concept, Hudson House, with its own distinctly unique Chicago-inspired backdrop. e menu features classic American cuisine by way of carefully sourced purveyors with an emphasis on house-made ingredients. At

LIKE A GODDESS Dea, an upscale Italian spot serving steaks, sh, and homemade pasta is the latest concept from famed restaurateurs Lynae Fearing and Tracy Rathbun. Dea translates to goddess in Italian and the food is indeed heavenly. Diners will experience a transformed space, which draws aesthetic inspiration from the Italian coast. Don't miss the very Instaworthy ower goddess mural outside painted by Dallas artist Alli K. At


San Francisco-based Marufuku Ramen has recently opened its second-ever Texas location. A highlight of the menu is the Hakata-style Tonkotsu ramen featuring milky and unamirich broth and ultra-thin artisanal noodles that perfectly complement the broth and Chashu made from specially curated pork. Additionally, it features a variety of mini-sized rice bowls, izakaya-style appetizers, premium beer, and sake. At


When e Ivy Tavern opened, it quickly became a neighborhood staple for cocktails, craft beer, and tasty bar fare. It boasts one of the best patios in Dallas, dotted with gorgeous shade trees strung with lights, tables and community bar seating, and a replace. With an elevated stage for live music and DJs, and a variety of entertaining games such as large Jenga blocks, Connect 4, pool, and darts, pick your pleasure.

Courtesy of Este Courtesy of Second Bar + Kitchen Courtesy of Marufuku Ramen Courtesy of Dea Courtesy of e Ivy Tavern Courtesy of DL Mack’s

Houston San Antonio


THE SKY’S THE LIMIT Ciel, named after the French word for sky, is the latest creation of Executive Chef Joseph Geiskopf, whose résumé includes stints at iconic Napa Valley-based establishments, French Laundry and Vespertine. Located at the axis of Uptown and River Oaks, the creative, sustainable menu features a fusion of French and Japanese cuisines. At

AN EYE ON FOOD Mexico City-based Ojo de Agua recently opened its rst Texas location. e vibrant and holistic menu features scrumptious breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Must-try items include lobster grilled cheese, acai bowl, and avocado tru e toast. Pair it with one of Ojo de Agua’s wine-based fruit cocktails or a mimosa mixed with a variety of juice options. At


e Pearl’s newest pizza place is so hot it’s retro cool. A nod to the heyday of neighborhood pizza joints, WonderSlice pizza o ers all the classics one seeks when enjoying the ultimate comfort food. e menu includes classic and specialty pizzas, homemade subs, salads, soft serve ice cream, and of course, pizza by the slice for those on the go. At

Ladino is a new Mediterranean restaurant located in the Pearl. ey use a wood re oven to make delectable Middle Eastern and Balkan dishes featuring freshly made pita, coal charred eggplant dip, Jerusalem mix, and meat dumplings in yogurt. ey also o er a fresh take on Agristada, which is a Sephardic sh in a lemon and egg sauce. At


Combining the very best of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine, Pacha Nikkei recently opened its rst Nikkei concept restaurant. e seafood-focused menu features multiple ceviche options including a delectable lobster ceviche, Pulop a la Parrilla e menu also includes Nikkei sushi rolls, which add Peruvian and South American avors to the Japanese classic. Pair with an array of Japanese and Peruvian spirits. At

WINE AND DINE Pharm Table in Southtown is an Apothecary Kitchen that features globally inspired locally sourced food, botanical cocktails, and a highly curated 27-bottle wine list. New to the menu is “Wine Wednesdays” a tasting that pairs small bites with approachable wines around a speci c theme such as female winemakers, a varietal, or a speci c region.


Photo by Marco Torres Courtesy of Ojo de Agua Photo by Julie Soefer Courtesy of Ladino Courtesy of WonderSlice Photo by S.A.Foodie

Only e Best

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

Austin Dallas/Fort Worth


Hilos de Tradición ( reads of Tradition) Dresses of Mexico is a collaborative exhibition with the Brownsville Historical Association. Featuring 37 traditional out ts representing each state in Mexico, they have been selected to showcase the traditional textiles, art, and dances of each region. rough February 26. At


e Meadows Museum, SMU, will present Dalí/Vermeer: A Dialogue. Vermeer’s painting Woman in Blue Reading a Letter (c. 1663) is reinterpreted by Spanish Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí’s painting e Image Disappears (1938) in his appreciation of the 17th-century Dutch master. ese paintings will appear side-by-side for the rst time in history. rough January 15. At the


ere’s never been a better time to ramp up the razzle-dazzle this holiday season than by (re)experiencing Broadway’s smash hit and longest-running American Musical, CHICAGO. is triumphant show received six Tony© Awards, two Olivier© Awards, a Grammy©, and thousands of standing ovations. Bring your jazz hands. November 1-6. At


e Austin Symphony Orchestra presents its Christmas holiday tradition, Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Chorus Austin. A holiday classic and a city favorite, this night of musical magic will ll the audience with the season’s joy. December 6. At


Modern Masters: A Tribute to Anne Windfohr Marion highlights the contributions of one of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s most signi cant patrons, tracing her support over nearly a half-century with an exhibition of 80 works by 47 artists. rough January 8. At


e beloved tradition of the Christmas Pops continues with the Dallas Symphony Chorus performing transcendental anthems, classical holiday favorites, and sing-along carols. Santa might even delight. With snow sprinkled in and joyous music, it’s a night to be remembered. December 2 11. At

Courtesy of Austin Symphony Courtesy Brownsville Historical Association, Brownsville, TX. Photo © Jeremy Daniel Courtesy of Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Vermeer, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, c. 1663. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. On loan from the City of Amsterdam (A. van der Hoop Bequest). Ellsworth Kelly, Spectrum III, 1967. Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Gift of Anne Windfohr Marion
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Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the stage in this popular and dazzling family holiday spectacular. is annual tradition wraps a whimsical, Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus artistry into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family. December 23-24. At Houston-


Golden Worlds: e Portable Universe of Indigenous Colombia showcases the diversity and brilliance of ancient Colombian cultures. Around 400 works spanning all the major Pre-Columbian cultures are displayed from intricately cast gold to ceramics and rare ancient textiles. rough April 16. At

Lighthouse Immersive presents Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle, featuring whimsical ani mated characters alongside foot age of professional ballet danc ers. e joyful 30-minute experi ence is set to the sweeping mu sic of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, curating a grand immersive display. November 19 January 2. At San-Antonio.


From Tudor Queens to Pop Icons, the Six wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix ve hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st-century girl power. Six has won 23 awards, including the Tony Award© for Best Original Score and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. It’s worth losing your head over. November 8-20. At


Traitor, Survivor, Icon: e Legacy of La Malinche examines the enslaved Indigenous girl who served Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés in many roles. Her image and historical and cultural legacy remain relevant to female empowerment ve hundred years after her death.  rough January 8. At


Doc Watkins and His Orchestra will present e Music of a Charlie Brown Christmas New arrangements of Big Band holiday favorites, along with classic selections from A Charlie Brown Christmas will delight December 14. At

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November 3 Shine for Rise e Rise School of Austin

November 3

Beauty of Life 2022 Hospice Austin

November 3 6

Christmas at Caswell House Austin Junior Forum

November 4 6

47th Annual Garage & Estate Sale e Settlement Home for Children

November 4 5

Austin Food + Wine Festival Austin Food & Wine Alliance

November 5

Luminarium Pease Park Conservancy

November 5

SAFE Storybook Gala SAFE Alliance

November 5 Rare & Fine Wine Auction Wine and Food Foundation

November 6 Create the Future Elizabeth Ann Seton Board

November 11 13 Austin Fashion Week

November 16 20

A Christmas A air 2022 Junior League of Austin

November 17 Good Apple Dinner Texas Appleseed

November 19 Rags to Wags Gala Austin Humane Society

December 10

Dancing with the Stars: Austin Center for Child Protection


October 28–November 6

2021 Partners Card e Family Place

November 2–6

Chefs for Farmers

November 3 Glitz at the Ritz e Arts Community Alliance

November 5

Timeless Treasures Auction Junior League of Dallas

November 5 Zoo to Do Dallas Zoo

November 12 Night at the Museum: Ignite Perot Museum

November 10–12

Lone Star Film Festival Gala Lone Star Film Festival

November 12

Centennial Celebration Dallas Historical Society

November 12 Folds of Honor Gala Folds of Honor North Texas

November 16–19 Chi Omega Christmas Market

November 17 e Wreath Collection DIFFA Dallas

November 18 Night of Stars: Iconic Glam Fashion Group International Dallas

November 19 Bravo! Gala AT&T Performing Arts Center

November 29

Tutu Chic Fashion Show & Luncheon Texas Ballet eatre TexasBallet

December 1 Spotlight Dinner: Six Broadway Dallas

December 1 Red Ribbon Gala 2022 AIDS Outreach of Dallas

December 3

Fort Worth Margarita Ball Children’s Charities of Fort Worth

December 3 e Crystal Charity Ball


November 4 40th Anniversary Gala Ronald McDonald House Houston

November 4

True Blue Gala Houston Police Foundation

November 4

Una Notte in Italia Children At Risk

November 5

Viva La Vida Gala John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Natural Science

November 6 Fashion in the Fields Recipe for Success

November 10–13 Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market Houston Ballet Foundation

November 10 2022 Guardian of the Human Spirit Luncheon Holocaust Museum Houston

November 10 All in for Adoption Arms Wide Adoption Services

November 11 Nutcracker Christmas Trees of Hope

November 12

Jet Setters Ball Lone Star Flight Museum

November 17–January 2

Deck the Trees Alley eatre Alley

November 18 e Grand Gala Ball Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

November 18 2022 Storybook Gala: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation

November 18 Gala 2022 Friends for Life

November 19 All at Glitters Citizens for Animal Protection

December 7 Holiday Schmooze Legacy Community Health

December 8 Angels of Hope Luncheon and Fashion Presentation Friends of Child Advocates


November 3 Gala In e Garden Southwest School Of Art

November 4 Dobie Dichos

November 5 DiwaliSA

November 9 32nd Annual Red Dot Art Sale Preview Blue Star Contemporary

November 11 40th Annual Zoobilation Ball San Antonio Zoo

November 17 Best Night Ever Brighton Center

November 19

Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival

November 25

Ford Holiday River Parade e Riverwalk

December 7

Literary Luncheon Featuring Chris Bohjalian San Antonio Public Library Foundation

December 14

Poinsettia Holiday Party Friends of Hospice San Antonio

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