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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. By Lance Avery Morgan and the Society Texas team

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


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Our beauty insider, Ana Bribiesca Hoff, recommends the best trending beauty products to embrace the season’s new red trends.



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


The greatest tomes available to enhance your life are here just in time for wintertime reading.

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 finest red-inflamed 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.


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Our luxe curator, Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee, and her team recommend her favorite winter accessories to make life a little more fashionable...and yes, holiday red.


Austin Resonance Repatternist Mary Schneider offers insight on living life with more grace and gratitude.

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



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


Thanks 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.


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There 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.


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


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





90. AUSTIN Lara Burns Boyda, Sarah Gibbs, Jade Shafer and Alex Purcell

88. DAL Aimee and Alan Ives & Tyler and Whitney Thomas


82. AUSTIN Kathy and Randy Taylor

73. AUSTIN The University of Texas Harry Ransom Center Gala

82. AUSTIN The Zachary Scott Theatre Gala

76. SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Botanical Garden Gala

84. SAN ANTONIO The ArtPace Gala

78. HOUSTON The Houston Symphony Orchestra Gala 80. DALLAS The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Luncheon

76. SAN ANTONIO Lyn and Omar Akhil

86. HOUSTON The PetSet Gala 88. DALLAS The Equest Gala 90. AUSTIN The Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala

92. SAN ANTONIO The Darlene’s Vision Luncheon 78. HOUSTON Vivek and Ishwaria Subbiah

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80. DALLAS Julie Rado, Katherine Bullock and Leah Ewing


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CONTRIBUTE JAMIE CHANDLEE As a busy working mom of two, Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee developed a strong passion for technologies that simplify consumer experiences, so people have more time for the parts of their lives not behind a screen. She and her team contribute our List column in each issue, and her vision for Rank & Style is to give people back the time they waste digging through endless fashion resources to find the products they like. Chandlee is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and is grateful to be able to help people outside the office through her participation in numerous socially impactful organizations. KRYSTAL DE LISI & ELLEN MASON 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 ASHLEY DOBSON 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 find 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. ROB GIARDINELLI Certified 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-profit gala for over a thousand guests. Most of all, he appreciates how Texans so generously and passionately give back and relishes weaving his social commentary to showcase those who work tirelessly to raise awareness of important causes in the State of Texas and beyond.

MISSY HARRIS Longtime Austinite Missy Harris is a Fine Arts graduate in Studio Art from The University of Texas. She spent her early professional illustration career as a staff 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 The Night Fashion Almost Didn’t Happen.

MCKENNA KINDER 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 ANGIE MCCOURT 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 nonfiction book, Love Your Gifts: Permission to Revolutionize Authenticity in the Workplace, which offers 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

MARY-MARGARET QUADLANDER Mary-Margaret Quadlander, a fifth-generation Austinite, wrote this month’s feature, The 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 The 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

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

ANA BRIBIESCA HOFF Writer and enthusiast of all things beauty, fashion, travel, and healthy living-related, our Glow beauty contributor Ana Bribiesca Hoff is currently working in the higher education non-profit sector and 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.

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



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CONTRIBUTE JAY REMER Our Evolve columnist, Jay Remer, Canada’s Etiquette Guy, catered his first dinner party at the age of 14 and hasn’t looked back since. Raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Remer emigrated to Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, where he owns and operates The Windsor House, an 18th Century residence. Remer produces several shows, which can be viewed on YouTube, 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, The Six Pillars of Civility was released this year.

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

MICHAEL SATTERFIELD Our Drive columnist Michael Satterfield is an award-winning journalist, traveler, photographer, and lifelong automotive enthusiast who has been featured in Forbes, Hot Rod Magazine, A-Cars, Easy Riders, and many other publications. Satterfield founded the popular men’s lifestyle site,, as a blog in 2002, which has grown to become an online and print magazine reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. This month he writes about the new Luxe Range Rover SV Long Wheelbase Serenity sedan. MARY SCHNEIDER Mary Schneider, who contributes in this issue to our Thrive column, has been a student of energetic medicine for 30 years. She has been a Certified Resonance Repatterning Professional in private practice in Austin for the past 20 years ( 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. CYNTHIA SMOOT Meet Cynthia Smoot: publicist, freelance lifestyle and travel writer, Dallas influencer, and Southern Belle. Her passion is being a connector, and whether it’s through her role as a Publicist for Gangway Advertising, social media, or her freelance work, she loves to shine a spotlight on the people, places, events, and services that give Dallas its flavor. Connect with her on all social media platforms @OhSoCynthia.

ROSE BETTY WILLIAMS Wherever there is a wonderful party, there is usually Associate Editor and social chronicler Rose Betty Williams. She also leads symposia, plans events, serves on boards, and supports organizations from OperaAmerica to the Helping Hand Home for Children. Williams also facilitates networking for project and product development. Williams is a longtime Austin resident, freelance writer, and photographer with a passion for fine art, music, wine, books, tennis, food, and life…as well as a deep love for her family and community.




Bring On The Joy an occasional faux tree, to the front plate glass windows, flanked by taffeta 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. The holidays reflect our Very on trend, we kept up with the prevailing holiday decor own, as well as our families, progress in age, taste, and worldly tastes at the time, especially with the Jetsonspoint of view. Lance Avery Morgan, Esque aluminum trees that were accompanied 5 years old by a colored light wheel (ranging from red, blue, The main thing, as I see it in the here and now, is green, and amber) to change the branches’ colors. to create lasting memories with loved ones, tree or That was an early favorite in my household until it no tree, especially wasn’t. Then, the large pine tree emerged, with a since the severalwingspan of a double refrigerator and more sparse year pandemic limbs, leaving room to highlight the significance of impeded so many favorite ornaments like those from the Seven Dwarfs recent holiday and the Peanuts Gang. plans, and perhaps As time marched on, the mighty Douglas Fir trees all year ‘round became adorned with hand-painted wooden instead of just these ornaments, aptly accessorized with gingham bows and popcorn two months ahead. In essence, garland, an austere nod to the hit vintage series, The Walton’s, congratulations on the progress perhaps? Bidding the somber 70s farewell, with its energy crisis of 2022, for which we are all full of and strikes, with not even a fare-thee-well adieu, the Dynastygratitude, and how about we start inspired trees would rise to rival any in a department store. They would tower, all glistening in gold and strand-upon-strand of of making those New Year plans ahead of time because 2023 will twinkling bright lights, a relatively newish trend then. likely be the most extraordinary Lance Avery Morgan Editor-In-Chief & Creative Director Of course, the coveted tree would alternate from a spare corner in year yet. See you around the tree... the den, to a more prominent place in the formal living room for and in the ballroom. @societytexas



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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.

From our Cool Yule feature: RESORTING TO GREAT LENGTHS This London Dress from The SIL’s holiday exclusive is by Houstonbased Cheeky Vintage. Rendered in a beautiful brocade and featuring an ostrich feather trim at the cuff, it’s perfect for holiday entertaining and beyond. Plus, it’s made in Texas. $995. At



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


Center: This 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 flick of the wrist, you’ll shine like never before in this Butterfly 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. The garnet is 150.4CTS., measures 27.75 X 34mm, and is flanked 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



This 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

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. The 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.

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.

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

Regal and royal, here’s an antique mid-Victorian twisted 18K yellow gold bypass bangle bracelet with carbuncle garnets and rose-cut diamonds set in silver. Circa 1870. $4,890. At NOVEMBER• DECEMBER 2022

Go ahead, nurture your inner Catherine The Great and drop in anytime, especially wearing these ruby, pearl, and diamond dangle earrings. $14,500. By Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. 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 nonsense 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. Three 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 signifier is...An eclectic mix that’s everchanging. I refuse to box myself into one style signifier because I would find that stifling. The classic movie actress style I most identify with is... Katharine Hepburn. Not for her style so much, as her individuality and independence.

Carla Rockmore Photography by Stewart Cohen

The 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 The Wall… and it was an eight-track. If I could live in a foreign city, it would be...London. The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold dry hands is...A red lipstick.

Marissa Berenson, from the cover of The Legend by Michel Haddi. MHS Publishing.

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John Galliano. Fall 2000 Ready To Wear runway

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 find...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.



Katharine Hepburn, 1940s


The Spirit Of The Season

With the holidays upon us, it’s a time of both reflection 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 staff and extended support team members like doorkeepers, residential building valets, etc.? Giving Generously Dear GG, 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 staff 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. This generosity is very much appreciated and, in many cases, means the difference between them having a joyous holiday or not. I encourage people to be as generous as possible during these challenging times. The gratitude you will invoke makes the holidays a more delightful time of year. Dear Etiquette Guy, Do you think I must attend my office holiday party this year? The pandemic is still in our midst, and I already interact with most of these people daily through Zoom or in-person meetings. Party Pooper Dear Pooped Out, You do not need to attend your office holiday party–or any other party. The choice is yours, and if you think otherwise, you have given too much power to others, and you’re not protecting your boundaries. Sometimes


we feel like being social, and sometimes we don’t. It’s a personal choice, not one that others should judge or comment upon. This 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. They 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? Gift Giving Dear Gifter, 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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Red All Over

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The 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 Hoff.

RED-DY FOR THE MISTLETOE All we want for Christmas is this gorgeous Rosso Valentino lipstick set, one full-size refillable lipstick, and five carefully curated shades, to help celebrate the brand’s 150th anniversary. $150. At Bloomingdale'

CASE STUDY Make sure to put this gorgeous refillable 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 ROSEY & LUMINOUS Take red one step further by letting the festive shade influence 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

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

LET’S BE REAL 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, firmness, and radiance drop by drop. $68. At

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


VINTAGE LUXE 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


WHILE IN A CLUTCH The most perfect addition to your makeup collection this season! A refillable finishing powder that doubles as a crossbody bag. Valentino's signature Roma-Light Complex is made of light-reflecting pearls for radiant skin. $205. At

LIQUID RED Venn’s Advanced MultiPerfecting Red Oil Serum is a perfect addition to your skin care regime during the chilly months. It packs a punch with 34 natural botanicals and essential oils. $115. At

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

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The Fraud Factor

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 coach and author Angie McCourt, as she shares insight from her book, Love Your Gifts: Permission to Revolutionize Authenticity in the Workplace.

HOW TO OVERCOME FEELING LIKE A FRAUD 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? There 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. This pressure can eventually take a toll on your emotional well-being and performance. Imposter feelings represent a conflict 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 field, 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 FOSTER • Imposter Syndrome has a lot of adverse effects, 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. There are five types of imposter syndrome that can help distill how it shows up: • The Perfectionist believes that unless they are absolutely perfect, they could have done better. They believe they're not as good as others might think they are. This can show up in parenting as well.


• The 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. • The 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 first time or it takes longer to master a skill. This can also pop up for athletes who have natural talent. • The 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. • The 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. This is a common one in parenting as well. IMPOSTER SYNDROME RELIEF • Acknowledge and share your feelings with others. This 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. Reflect 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 five things you are grateful for at that moment. • Say “Thank You” when someone offers a compliment or congratulates you on an achievement—even the simplest acknowledgment matters. Don’t blow it off. 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.


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By Dominic Bradley

From armchairs, sofas, and tables to cabinets, bookcases, and nightstands, this comprehensive and richly illustrated book offers 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 MARK ROTHKO

By Christopher Rothko and Kate Rothko Prizel and Alexander Nemerov and Hiroshi Sugimoto 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 STORYTELLING

By David Yarrow 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 THE DELMONICO WAY By Max Tucci Bring glamour and style into your home, featuring stories, ideas for entertaining, and seventy-five 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 ART X FASHION: FASHION INSPIRED BY ART

By Nancy Duncan Hall 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. BVLGARI EDEN: THE GARDEN OF WONDERS

By Simone Marchetti and Lucia Silvestri

As we know, every year, Bvlgari launches a high jewelry collection. The most recent theme is the Garden of Eden, a subject that celebrates nature as a limitless source of inspiration, vitality, and energy— reflected in the wonderful craftsmanship of a Roman brand famous for its colorful gems and refined design. $100. At DEEDA BLAIR: FOOD, FLOWERS & FANTASY

By Deeda Blair

Here, the inimitable socialite shares her inspirations for entertaining with understated elegance and distinction. The tome is chock-full of menus, recipes, table settings, and charming stories about her extraordinarily colorful life. This is one to give to your very favorites. $60. At THE SIR MARK FEHRS HAUKOHL COLLECTION OF EUROPEAN WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS, 2000-2022

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





SOFT & SUBLIME 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

2 BRING ON THE DRAMA 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

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For 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.


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

LET’S KEEP IT CASUAL 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 riff on the sporty style. $1011. At SOCIETYTEXAS.COM


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



THAT’S THE SPIRIT The evil eye blue locket is a thin barrel pendant in finely chiseled gold. It’s worn on a double loop, so it makes a pretty statement necklace to wear with your favorite blouse. $2200. At

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



POWER COUPLE This Paint-Box Coral Cherry and Soft Lilac duo tells a classic, glamorous story that's genuinely colorful. Achieve full, pigmented coverage in two coats with a formula that is cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, and paraben-free. For both, $40. At


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

OVERNIGHT SENSATION This 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




Grace, Meet


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. ETERNALLY GRATEFUL 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 difficult 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 difficult for some individuals. Grief and loss can be amplified 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 find 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 first 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. GRACE’S LAND 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.” There has historically been a disagreement between the concepts of grace and free will. This was resolved for me when I heard a speaker report, “The 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 The Opportunity Management Company, “Love reveals anything unlike itself.” Therefore, 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. This cascade can benefit 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. HOLIDAYS ON NICE 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 offered 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 flow of all things. It is omnipresent and infinite–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 difficult our life circumstances may be.” If we do an online search for gratitude journals, there are hundreds of diaries available to chronicle daily gratitude. There 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

The 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. LADY DAY The 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 first true luxury hotel, modeling the building on a Germanic castle, only taller (because we all know everything is bigger and better in Texas). The 22-story tower remained the state’s tallest building for a decade in the booming metropolis of the future.

The Adolphus lobby, 1920s

A performanca at The Adolphus, 1940s

Adolphus Post Card, 1912

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. There 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. The mystery of it all adds to the allure of the historic property.

Lobby Bar, 2022

The French Room's Dining Room, 2022


IRONIC AND ICONIC Located inside the property is the storied French Room, which has remained an icon of Dallas’ highest standard of fine dining for over a century, seamlessly blending the extravagance of classic French cuisine with cutting-edge culinary techniques to create sublime dining experiences. The tradition of Tea at The 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. The 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 fitness center, Spa Adolphus, and award-winning onsite dining options, including The 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 Coffee and Fine Foods. In 2022, The Adolphus reopened a refreshed version of Rodeo Bar, the quintessential Texas tavern. Today, The Adolphus is a part of Marriott’s luxurious Autograph Collection portfolio of highly distinct properties.


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The 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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You’ll be seeing red soon. Everywhere. From Really Red to a deep Bordeaux, the fiery tone will set your wardrobe updates ablaze with unlimited possibilities, according to our style forecasters, The EDIT ADVISORY’S Krystal De Lisi and Ellen Mason.


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. By Lance Avery Morgan | Photography courtesy of EvolvE

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 benefits. 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


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HOME ON THE RANGE To cost a quarter of a million dollars, a vehicle must be pretty special. The new Range Rover SV Wheelbase Serenity ticks off all the luxury boxes, according to our automotive enthusiast expert, Michael Satterfield, of The Gentleman Photography by Lucas Kepner

DESIROUS DRIVE 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 firmly between the Bentley Bentayga V8 and the Rolls Royce Cullinan, the SV offers all the luxury and quality without the ostentatiousness. While you can drive the SV, it is even better to be driven in it. The 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. The 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. LUXE LIVING 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 flutes 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. This, 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 cont'd...



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Rover only authorized me to drive, my sidekick cameraman Lucas Kepner took full advantage of the luxury accommodations in the back. While this vehicle is designed for optimum passenger comfort, the SV is still a pleasure to drive. The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 produces over 520 horsepower and over 550 lb.-ft. of torque, all channeled through an 8-speed automatic transmission. That should get you there and back quickly enough. While it can’t be described as exactly sporty, the vehicle’s handling is impressive, thanks to the active anti-roll stabilization system. And being a Range Rover, it, of course, has all-wheel-drive, Terrain Response, Hill Descent Control, and a bevy of other technologies that allow luxury to continue even when the road does not. Yet, on the highway or the wine country roads, what impresses me most is just how quiet it is inside. Not a whisper from the wind, just the faintest sound from the tires as we make our way down the county roads. Range Rover really has managed to live up to the name, Serenity. MODERN AESTHETIC Pulling up into the winding driveway of Chapelton Vineyards, the Range Rover matches the property’s aesthetic. Modern, but somehow still traditional and familiar. As we leave the pavement


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Celebration of Film Star-Studded 65th Anniversary Gala Features Meryl Streep Honoring Robert DeNiro THE SETTING: The AT&T Center and the Harry Ransom Center, both on The University of Texas campus, were the recent setting of a legendary night for the ages. Over 500 sociables, film 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 off the evening. Touching tributes and words from two of the greatest actors of the past half-century were also featured. Robert DeNiro

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THE STYLE: The 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 aficionados 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.

Cheryl Groenendyke, Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro and Richard Groenendyke

Jay Jones, Deborah Kenner Brown and Terry Wayne Jones

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Dawn Black, Jennifer McNairy and Haley Ritzer

Heather Pesanti and David Booth

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The festivities then continued in the main ballroom for the program and presentation. The crowd was wowed as they entered the elegantly designed room with a mix of beautiful florals 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 film 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 five-decade-long friendship. Capping off 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 The Writers: Portraits by Laura Wilson, an exhibit highlighting photographs of many influential modern writers. This 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 benefit 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.”

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James and Gabrielle Black Corcoran

Mary Wheeler, Tom Staley Jr., Sarah Wheat and Tim Staley

Rob Giardinelli, Keith Trigaci, Dara Allen and Lance Avery Morgan

Meryl Streep and Ed Dorn

Jean and Dan Rather

John and Heather Little

Luke Wilson and Steve Stodghill

Sharon Wood

Leonard Maltin

Weston Lipscomb and Charlotte Lipscomb


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Garden Of Earthly Delights San Antonio Botanical Garden Celebrates With 15th Annual Gala By Jake Gaines | Photography by Greg Harrison 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 The Betty Kelso Center. Adorned in dreamy floral 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.

Cally and Will Kothmann

Blakely Kneisley, Emily McMurray and Heather Etlinger

Lyn and Omar Akhil

Alex and Colton Teis

Burkley Fitzsimons and Meredith Howard


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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. The vichyssoise was a refreshing first 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 flurry of fundraising with a paddle raise that quickly climbed to six figures 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 floor. The sweet ending was Chef Dady’s Mississippi Mud Pie. The tunes of DJ Catwalk attracted guests back into The 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 benefit children’s programming and operations at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Its mission is to enrich lives through plants and nature by offering over 600 programs and welcoming over 368,000 visitors annually. The 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.

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Alex and Mac Altgelt

Denise and Ken Schlaudt

Julie Zacher, Susan Shown Todd and Keri Moses

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Jim and Karen Greenwood

Karl and Andrea Pichler, Magdalena Gaona, Annie Gamboa & Raul Gaona, Jr.

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Let’s Face The Music Houston Symphony Opening Night Concert And Gala’s Grand Style By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Priscilla Dickson and Daniel Ortiz

Drs. Dennis and Susan Carlyle & John Mangum

Betty and Jesse Tutor

James and Kimberly Bell

Barbara Burger & Dom and Stephanie Beveridge

Dee and Lea Hunt

John Mangum, Margaret Alkek Williams and Juraj Valcuha

Tammy and Wayne Nguyen

Vivek and Ishwaria Subbiah

Phoebe and Bobby Tudor

THE SETTING: Recently, over 300 guests, donning their finest 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. The 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: The Corinthian ballroom was donned with crystal chandeliers and greenery cascading across the balcony, all designed by The Events Company. The elegant tables that filled the room, covered in green linens, were topped with varying high and low-profile floral 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. The 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 profiteroles, and hazelnut macaroons. THE PURPOSE: The 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. This 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 36 year. th



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 Duff

Robert and Mary Ann Wilkins

Scott and Geraldine Wise

Tony and Frances Buzbee

Valerie and Tracy Dietrich

Yoon Smith, Malaika Mukoro and Heidi Rockecharlie




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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Hosts Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Tamytha Cameron THE SETTING: The 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 Alexis Harkrider and Audrey Young

Lynn McBee, Laura Johnson and Julie Bagley

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 fight blood cancers.

Lisa Ogle and Nina Thornburgh

Betsy Simpson and Susan Scullin

Dallas-native and renowned fashion designer Lela Rose was recognized with the 2022 ICON Award. The 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. The Spirit of Tom Landry Character Award, given to a youth between 5–20 years old, who has battled blood cancer,

Julie Rado, Katherine Bullock and Leah Ewing

Katie and Joe Schuster

was awarded to Amelia Dammen. She was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2021. The muchanticipated fashion show, produced by the inimitable Jan Strimple, featured models wearing this season’s fashions from Highland Park Village retailers. THE PURPOSE: The luncheon’s chair was Lisa Loy Laughlin, and more than $570,000 was raised to

Lisa Loy Laughlin and Melinda Knowles

Lauren Przybyl and Susie Barnett

support LLS’ mission of eradicating blood cancers. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is a global leader in the fight against cancer. The 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

Lee Ann Vanamburgh, Leah Davis, Terry Ragland and Jean Wessont


Janet Evans and Rusty Duvall


for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

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Di Johnston, Cordelia Boone and Beth Layton

Fashion by Lela Rose

Holly Krug and Lindsay Jacaman

Kristen Gibbins, Shelby Rogers and Meredith Hays

Liz Thrash, Reed Robertson and Becky Bowen

Maggie Kipp, Rachel Michell, Jennifer Stalkup, Nikki Webb and Jennifer LeLash

Meredith Farrell and Lissie McCullough

Paige Wininger, Machelle Davenport and Melissa Martin

Sarah Branch, Victoria Snee, Kate Kutilek and Jessica Smotherman

Tracy Lange and Luke Lange

Venise Stuart and Jill Goldberg




Red, Blanc & Noir ZACH Scott Theatre’s Red Hot & Soul Gala Features Black And White Theme By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Charles Quinn Photography THE SETTING: The Zachary Scott Theatre 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. Charlie Frasier and Cindy Greenwood

Elisbeth Challener and Brett Bachman

Grant McCain and Hunter Regian

Ashley Hunter and Cliff Walker

Eric and Maria Groten

Dave Steakley

Kathy and Randy Taylor

David Wilson and David Kurio

The festivities then moved to the al fresco Bobbi Pavilion on the ZACH Theatre 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 different continents, another was dinner on the theatre stage, and a mountain escape to Park City were among the most popular. The evening’s finale was a spectacular after party where guests danced the night away on the Topfer Theatre stage. Encore! THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Cindy Greenwood and Kathy Taylor, raised over $600,000 for ZACH Scott Theatre. Each year, ZACH Scott’s community programs provide outreach and educational opportunities and offer 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


THE STYLE: The curtains rose on the black tie affair in the lobby of ZACH’s Topfer Theatre 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.


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

Brian Kiley and Roderick Sanford

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 By Jake Gaines | Photography by Francisco Cortes, courtesy of Artpace San Antonio

Adrian Calvillo and Kelly O'Connor

Patricia and Juan Ruiz-Healy & Guillermo Nicolas

Kari Englehardt, Rich Aste, Katy Silva Leon and Brooks Englehardt

Cameron and Megan MacDiarmid


Teresita Fernández

Ingrid Burley, Margo Sawyer and Liz Ward

Mark Bennett and Rick Liberto

Sarah Harte and Caroline Harte Staudt


THE SETTING: This year’s Artpace event, The 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. The program closed with the board chair, Patricia Ruiz-Healy, celebrating honoree Rick Liberto’s long standing leadership role at Artpace. The audience welcomed Liberto to the stage with a lengthy standing ovation. The 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. The RK Group provided the cuisine and Statue of Design created the floral 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 nonprofit 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 benefit the organization’s residencies and public and educational programming.

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Robert Hodge and Riley Robinson

Brooks Hogg, Libby Tilley, Tim and Katie Pace Halleran

Bruce Flohr, Karen Sipprell, Mac Irvin and Janet Flohr

Gary Nichols, Pat Salmeron and Jesse Amado

Jennifer Ling Datchuk and Ryan Takaba

Norma Hall, Martha Pape, Kristina Kellogg and Denise Pfeiffer

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Animal Planet Houston PetSet Raises Record $1.1 Million By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Priscilla Dickson

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 Tyson and Tena Faust

Jeff and Rachel Bagwell

Fabulous Soirée. Houstonians came out in full force for a fierce and fabulous charitable evening of cocktails, dinner, luxury auction items, and a rocking after party. They opened their hearts and wallets to make this year’s gala a resounding fierce and fabulous success. THE STYLE: Mistress of Ceremonies Deborah Duncan provided the audience with much laughter

Jennifer Roosth & Mark Grace and Alex Blair

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and banter from the podium. Sidney Faust was applauded for all her hard work and charitable generosity to the community. There 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 finals, which included an invitation for an after party at his house. Then there was the Cole Hauser experience for an afternoon horse ride in

James and Nicole Lassister

Tama Lundquist and Peter Farrel

Montana, DeBoulle generously donated a Rolex timepiece for the raffle, 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. The event raised an unprecedented amount of $1.1 million for the animals. Houston PetSet is a non-profit organization providing grants to over 70 Houston area charities that benefit animal



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Tena Faust, Sue Smith and Tama Lundquist

Todd Ramos, Deborah Duncan, Alicia Smith and Sylvia Forsythe

Judy and Mike Waller

Marla Hurley and Kirsten Cannon

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Equest Hosts 41st Annual Blue Ribbon Ball By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Tamytha Cameron and Nate Rehlander

THE SETTING: More than 550 patrons attended the 41st annual gala benefiting 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. Lane Cates and Brad McLain

Jody Dean and Lili Kellogg

Jeff and Colleen Hensley

THE STYLE: Emcee Jody Dean took the stage to welcome all in attendance. The 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. Then, the Equest board chairman Julie Sherman took the stage to recognize the recipients of the 2022 Citation Award: Lane Cates and her husband Sophie Ward, Carolyn Anderson and Inez Browning

Estela Cockrell and Isabel David

Brad McLain. They 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. The Youth Award went to Olivia McLean, the Adult Award to Jaime Moore, and Jimmy

Aimee and Alan Ives & Tyler and Whitney Thomas

Dean was the recipient of the Veteran Award. THE PURPOSE: The 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. The evening raised more than $600,000. Founded in 1981, Equest




therapies, and counseling to children and adults with physical, cognitive, sensory, coping, and Carol Huckin and Elsa Norwood


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learning disabilities, as well as veterans who receive all of Equest’s services at no charge.

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Colin and Karly Kilroy Mathews

Kendall and Lisa Loy Laughlin & Jessica and Austin Hipschen

Kris Johnson and Donna Styles

Lindsay and Ray Ballotta

Merrick and Stuart Huckin

Paul and Sharon Haltom

Paul and Tiffany Divis

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Ice, Ice Baby Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Central Texas Hosts 18th Annual Ice Ball By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Chris Caselli and Gypc Girl Photography

THE SETTING: The JW Marriott in Austin was the recent setting of an event that kicked off 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 Lara Burns Boyda, Sarah Gibbs, Jade Shafer and Alex Purcell

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fondly of, for a long time. THE STYLE: The 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.

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The festivities then moved to the ballroom for the main program. Emcee, KVUE-TV’s Quita Culpepper effortlessly 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. The evening was capped off by a round of live fundraising, which included a head or tails

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Arvind Srinivasan and Rootu Joshi

auction, Fund-A-Friendship paddles up, and the Ina and Paul Murray

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 Amalfi coast. THE PURPOSE: The 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,

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which allows them to reach their full potential.


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Brent Fields and Kyndel Bennett

Katy and Chance Casey

Cristina and Jenaro Diaz

William and Pamela Hurley

Nora Comstock and Susan Thomason

Vivian Forrest, Emmy Hill and Jeremiah Bentley

Jason Vitanza and Philisa Giannukos

Luke Warford and Nicole Martin

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Let's Play Along Darlene’s Vision Fun & Games Luncheon Benefitting Children In Need By Jake Gaines | Photography by Jenna Beth Lyde

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In fashion, anything can happen. And something extraordinary happened in 1969 with fashion in Texas. Couture? A potential airline hijacking? 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, Betty Wiedeman, and Archival

RUNWAY READY 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 field 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 definitely 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 films of the collections of Dior, Channel, Balenciaga, or Trigère fashion shows. The 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 benefit The 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). The 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. The 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. This time she was specifically 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 film 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. SENSATIONALLY SAVVY STYLE In the 1950s, in conjunction with films, Louis began designing costumes for television. Between 1953 and 1961, he created fifty-two dresses for Loretta Young to wear on her successful anthology series, The Loretta Young Show. Women would tune in each week just to see what new outfit 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 soufflé Illusion gown, with a gauze-like silk underpinning to hold the weight of more than six thousand glass beads and sequins. The jewels were so effervescent 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. “That 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.” cont'd...

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Meanwhile, back in Texas, Grace Jones and Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus reigned alone as the king and queen of fashion icons. This 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. The models would not be gliding through the dinner and cocktail settings, as in her previous events. This 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), flying them in from New York and Dallas for the fittings, designing the stage and lighting, and writing her speech…Jones was obsessive about this show, knowing that the audience was filled with many of her clientele from all over the state, including the Governor’s wife and wives of the entire Board of Regents for The University of Texas, Austin’s hometown university. Once again, Jones would invite customers who had modeled for her previously to fill some of the places. In hiring professional models, Elsa Rosborough, model extraordinaire, was the first on her list to be called. Rosborough had a way of commanding the runway. The 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. Then, 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 fighting to get a coveted table for the show. There 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. This was a very grand event for Austin, a small college town (population 258,000 at the time), and the 400 attendees buzzed with excitement. The 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 Enfield. 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 coiffed chignon hairstyle. The Sibley’s home was the perfect backdrop for Jean and Maggy Louis to experience the unique cultural identity of Austin, a town overflowing with intellectual pursuit, political debate, historical significance, and the ambiance of inherited social status. FLYING HIGH 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. There was no need to worry because Jones had planned this event down to the last second. The evening at the Sibley’s was exactly the respite Jones needed from all the details of the upcoming fashion show. The 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. The 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 Jean Louis, 1960s 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. This was the main event, and there was absolutely nothing to show. Nothing. By midnight, Jones was quickly making one phone call after another, attempting to find 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 first call. It was now early morning in Los Angeles, and Young was still asleep. Jones left an urgent message with Young’s household staff, 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.” cont'd...


But there were no direct flights from Los Angeles running then. So, Young hired her own private plane, and with gowns in hand, flew 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. Thank 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 finally take a breath of relief. THE SHOW MUST GO ON That evening, Cactus Pryor was finally 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. The 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. “The 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. That 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 offered his arm and escorted her to the top of the stairs as the room broke out in thunderous surprise and applause. The standing-room-only audience rose to their feet in a roar of appreciation that lasted a full five 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, Geoffrey 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. The 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, unruffled backstage through it all, commented in his French accent soon after the event ended, “Texas Loretta Young in Jean Louis gown, 1960s 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. The high fashion fun would continue since the Grace Jones of Salado patrons were the first 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. For more information on the book, Grace Jones of Salado, visit

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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TOO COOL FOR STOOL Give the unexpected...and pull up the unexpected. A balloon-inspired foot stool work of art, designed by Seungjin Yang, will add a punch of fun to any room. The eight layers of epoxy create a glass-like finish. 20-25 week lead time. $7,500. At

D.I.Y. ESCAPE ROOM Your teens will love Finders Seekers. It is the #1 rated thrilling mystery escape room game delivered to your door each month. It “transports” you to a different country to lead a twisting investigation in each location. The subscription is $30 per month. At

MIND IF I SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE? The Knighton slipper is produced in an array of sumptuous cashmere suede colors, with reverse suede detailing. The carefully crafted padded sole has been designed to make this slipper the ultimate traveling and lounging companion. Of course, each elegant slipper comes with a customized slipper bag. $710. At


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TABLEAUX TALK Tom Dixon has designed a marvelous statement piece. Made from marble and brass, this table lamp is sure to spark a lively conversation. $305. At ENDLESS SUMMER You can still swim here in the late fall, as we all know. So, why not embrace your inner rock star with this Rolling Stones Hot Lips-inspired pool float? $85. At

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Be the king and queen of your own castle with this high quality Lucite acrylic chess and checker set. In fact, it’s a bit of Palm Beach on any table it graces. Fun for hours upon hours for the entire family. $250. At

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Sporty Sojourn Here in the Lone Star State, we often live by a mantra, Everything is Bigger in Texas. Yet, as our alpine adventurer Ashley Dobson discovers, there can be tremendous beauty and exploration when we start to think small…such as in Europe’s Liechtenstein. Photography courtesy of Shutterstock.

LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED MILES FROM ZURICH, Switzerland, lies a fairytale land with authentic European flair. The gorgeous alpine nation of Liechtenstein is the sixth smallest country in the world, covering just 62 square miles. This gorgeous, rich, alpine country is comparable in physical size to McKinney and in population—with just 37,000 citizens— to Texarkana. Although one can drive the entire country in less time than it takes to commute to work during rush hour in a major Texas city, this in no way indicates that Liechtenstein has a shortage of unique offerings to explore. This hidden gem of a nation is jam-packed with options for the perfect winter getaway. We couldn’t resist, so off we went to explore this sublime land.

The fields of Liechtenstein

Officially an independent royal principality, Liechtenstein is one of Europe’s most unique destinations. Notable not only for its tiny size, it is also one of only two countries in the world that is double landlocked. Both of its bordering countries—Austria to the north and east and Switzerland to the south and west—are also landlocked. But what may have been a strategic disadvantage in the warring days of old makes it an ideal current travel destination to enjoy cultural delights, rich history, and alpine recreation. MAGNIFICENT MOUNTAINS If you have ever wanted to cruise over fresh powder in one of the most stunning landscapes in the world, this is the place for you. The lifts and the ski facilities at Malbun are relatively new and conveniently located, but the spirit of this ski area seems to be frozen in time. While most other slope locations worldwide focus on package deals and seem to have never-ending lines for the lifts, Malbun is all about the snow and taking in the beauty of the mountain on your ride down.

Cathedral of St. Florin, Vaduz

Liechtenstein may not be at the top of your list when you think about skiing, particularly if you typically run black diamonds. But as you reach the top and gaze out at the picturesque views of snow-covered mountains in three countries– Liechtenstein, Austria, and Switzerland–any trace of doubt will quickly fade as it did with me. This winter wonderland Gutenberg Castle has more to offer than just skiing. Nearly every town in Liechtenstein sets up its own outdoor ice-skating rink during the winter. Skating with the Alps behind you and the snow softly falling, looks like a scene straight out of a snow globe sitting on your desk. Malbun also offers tobogganing down pre-carved runs for those with children or for adults who want to enjoy some childlike fun. Designated winter hiking trails in the Alps allow visitors to this enchanting area to wind between snow walls, fir trees, and snow hollows. Truly intrepid adventurers also can take the opportunity to ride through the Alps in husky dog-drawn sleds and experience the wintry magic in a truly unique way. RETREAT LIKE ROYALTY If your style is more history buff than snow bunny, or if you want to add a touch of royalty to your après-ski, you’ll want to take the 20-minute drive down the mountain from Malbun to Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein. As you drive into town, the castle on the mountain will immediately draw your eye. With a large round tower made of stone on one side, this medieval-style castle overlooking the Rhine Valley gives Vaduz an idyllic setting. Originally built as a fortress in the 1200s, it was burned down by troops of the Swiss Confederation in the Swabian Wars of 1499. The castle was completely renovated in the 19th century for Liechtenstein’s royal family, who still reside there today. Therefore, the castle is not open


Hotel Valduz Cathedral of St. Florin, Vaduz

to the public, but you can climb a well-marked footpath to see its stunning exterior. Prince Hans Adam II, Europe’s richest monarch, is Liechtenstein’s current ruler. He is the son of the late Franz Josef II, who died in 1989 after a more than 50-year reign. Franz Josef II was a beloved ruler who famously secured his country’s neutrality during World War II, despite not having an army.

Cathedral of St. Florin, Vaduz

Vaduz Castle

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. Though 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. The 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 reflect 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.

Glass sculptures by Heinz Mack, Vaduz

ALWAYS IN GOOD SPIRITS 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 fine royal wines–if you prefer brews to barrels, Liechtensteiner Brauhaus might offer 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 flight of beers, as we did, everywhere you go.

Botero sculpture, Kunstmuseum, Vaduz

Local spirits unique to Liechtenstein abound, too, and none is more famous than the world-renowned Telser. The oldest producer of fine spirits in Liechtenstein, Telser is primarily known for making whiskey and gin. The distillery famously never ceased production during the two World Wars, but sales slowed during the 1990s. The 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 Käseknöpfle, 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 offerings may convince you to extend your winter vacation just a little longer.



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).


Dallas/Fort Worth

Courtesy of DL Mack’s Courtesy of Este ESTE NEW HOT SPOT The team behind Austin’s popular restaurant Suerte has opened its latest concept at the site of the former Eastside Cafe. Este offers a delectable array of fresh seafood offerings through their close relationships with premier fishmongers, 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 Courtesy of Second Bar + Kitchen

CHI-TOWN INSPO 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. The 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, fish, 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 flower goddess mural outside painted by Dallas artist Alli K. At Courtesy of Dea

Courtesy of Marufuku Ramen HAKATA RAMEN 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


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IVY GREEN When The 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 fireplace. 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.


San Antonio PITA PLENTY Ladino is a new Mediterranean restaurant located in the Pearl. They use a wood fire oven to make delectable Middle Eastern and Balkan dishes featuring freshly made pita, coal charred eggplant dip, Jerusalem mix, and meat dumplings in yogurt. They also offer a fresh take on Agristada, which is a Sephardic fish in a lemon and egg sauce. At

Photo by Julie Soefer

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 first Texas location. The vibrant and holistic menu features scrumptious breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Must-try items include lobster grilled cheese, acai bowl, and avocado truffle 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

Courtesy of Ladino

SLICE OF WONDER The Pearl’s newest pizza place is so hot it’s retro cool. A nod to the heyday of neighborhood pizza joints, WonderSlice pizza offers all the classics one seeks when enjoying the ultimate comfort food. The 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 Courtesy of WonderSlice

Courtesy of Ojo de Agua

Photo by Marco Torres

FLAVOR FUSION Combining the very best of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine, Pacha Nikkei recently opened its first Nikkei concept restaurant. The seafood-focused menu features multiple ceviche options including a delectable lobster ceviche, Pulop a la Parrilla. The menu also includes Nikkei sushi rolls, which add Peruvian and South American flavors to the Japanese classic. Pair with an array of Japanese and Peruvian spirits. At NOVEMBER• DECEMBER 2022

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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 specific theme such as female winemakers, a varietal, or a specific region. At



Only The Best The 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.


Dallas/Fort Worth

MUY BONITO Hilos de Tradición (Threads of Tradition) Dresses of Mexico is a collaborative exhibition with the Brownsville Historical Association. Featuring 37 traditional outfits representing each state in Mexico, they have been selected to showcase the traditional textiles, art, and dances of each region. Through February 26. At Courtesy Brownsville Historical Association, Brownsville, TX.

AND ALL THAT PIZAZZ There’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. This triumphant show received six Tony© Awards, two Olivier© Awards, a Grammy©, and thousands of standing ovations. Bring your jazz hands. November 1-6. At

Vermeer, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, c. 1663. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. On loan from the City of Amsterdam (A. van der Hoop Bequest).

MIRROR, MIRROR The 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 The Image Disappears (1938) in his appreciation of the 17th-century Dutch master. These paintings will appear side-by-side for the first time in history. Through January 15. At the

Ellsworth Kelly, Spectrum III, 1967. Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Gift of Anne Windfohr Marion

Photo © Jeremy Daniel

Courtesy of Austin Symphony

HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH The 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 fill the audience with the season’s joy. December 6. At

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

Courtesy of Dallas Symphony Orchestra

POPS GOES THE MUSIC The 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 cont'd...



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MAGICAL…ENCHANTING… UNFORGETTABLE Lighthouse Immersive presents Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle, featuring whimsical animated characters alongside footage of professional ballet dancers. The joyful 30-minute experience is set to the sweeping music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, curating a grand immersive display. November 19-January 2. At San-Antonio.

Courtesy of Cirque Dreams Holidaze

SET YOUR SIGHTS HIGH Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the stage in this popular and dazzling family holiday spectacular. This 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

Calima, Colombia, Circular House Model, 200 BC–800 AD, gold, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Alfred C. Glassell, Jr.

Photo by Vladimir Kevorkov

ALL THAT GLITTERS Golden Worlds: The 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. Through April 16. At

Jesús Helguera (Mexican, 1910–71), La Malinche, 1941. Courtesy of Calendarios Landin

LASTING IMPRESSION Traitor, Survivor, Icon: The 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 five hundred years after her death. Through January 8. At

Photo by Joan Marcus

IT’S JUST LIKE THE ENGLISH From Tudor Queens to Pop Icons, the Six wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix five 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



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HAPPINESS & CHEER Doc Watkins and His Orchestra will present The 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 The 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 The 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 Affair 2022 Junior League of Austin November 17 Good Apple Dinner Texas Appleseed

November 2–6 Chefs for Farmers November 3 Glitz at the Ritz The Arts Community Alliance

November 4 40th Anniversary Gala Ronald McDonald House Houston

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 4 True Blue Gala Houston Police Foundation


December 1 Red Ribbon Gala 2022 AIDS Outreach of Dallas

December 7 Holiday Schmooze Legacy Community Health

November 3 Gala In The Garden Southwest School Of Art

November 6 Fashion in the Fields Recipe for Success

November 4 Dobie Dichos

November 10–13 Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market Houston Ballet Foundation

November 10 All in for Adoption Arms Wide Adoption Services

December 1 Spotlight Dinner: Six Broadway Dallas

November 19 All That Glitters Citizens for Animal Protection

November 5 Viva La Vida Gala John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Natural Science

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

December 10 Dancing with the Stars: Austin Center for Child Protection

November 18 Gala 2022 Friends for Life

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

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

November 19 Bravo! Gala AT&T Performing Arts Center

Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation

November 4 Una Notte in Italia Children At Risk

November 17 The Wreath Collection DIFFA Dallas

November 19 Rags to Wags Gala Austin Humane Society


December 3 The Crystal Charity Ball


November 5 Timeless Treasures Auction Junior League of Dallas

November 29 Tutu Chic Fashion Show & Luncheon Texas Ballet Theatre

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December 3 Fort Worth Margarita Ball Children’s Charities of Fort Worth

November 11 Nutcracker Christmas Trees of Hope November 12 Jet Setters Ball Lone Star Flight Museum November 17–January 2 Deck the Trees Alley Theatre November 18 The Grand Gala Ball Museum of Fine Arts, Houston November 18 2022 Storybook Gala: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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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 The 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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