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32. CONTRIBUTE It takes a village to create this magazine and our digital media platform, SocietyTexas.com. Here’s a look at some of the many talented dynamos who make it happen, as things warm up a bit during these summer activity-filled days.
36. EDITOR’S LETTER Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan shares his always optimistically bright disposition during these sizzling summer months to inspire you.
39. INTRODUCE Take a brief look at this exciting issue that reflects on the sizzling summer...and all its vast possibilities.
40. EVOLVE 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 looks at the many opportunities available as we begin to accelerate entertaining again.
44. GLOW Our beauty insider, Ana Bribiesca Hoff, recommends the best trending beauty products to embrace the summer’s new trends. Go ahead, get more gorgeous.
46. EMPOWER Our new columnist, life coach Angie McCourt, shares her insight on how embracing playfulness as adults can lead to a more robust wellbeing.
48. FORECAST Thanks to the astute insider recommendations of THE EDIT ADVISORY’s Krystal De Lisi and Ellen Mason, the world will be a chicer place to be this summer.
50. THRIVE Resonance Repatternist Mary Schneider offers insight on how to bounce back into the life you want to lead, leaving the languishing far behind.
52. QUEST For many men these days there’s something cool to know, interesting to have, or to learn. Join Lance Avery Morgan for some of his top selects to keep the summer cooler than ever before.
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DEPARTMENTS 56. LIST Our luxe curator, Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee and team, recommend her favorite summer accessories to make life a little more fashionable.
58. PURSUE 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.
60. MARKETPLACE Here’s a look at the people, places, and things making a difference in their business communities.
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90. INVITE Join us for an inside look at an event that celebrates Fiesta in San Antonio like no other.
We are already seeking more cultural pursuits, aren’t you? Here are some offerings from our state’s finest museums and cultural institutions, according to our arts arbiter, Leanne Raesener.
Our editors Rob GIardinelli (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jake Gaines (Houston), and Alexandra del Lago (San Antonio), are on the scene to recommend their favorite eateries across the state.
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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 TheEditAdvisory.com.
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 nonprofit sector and has also launched AnaBribs. com. In this new lifestyle blog, she shares her passions, experiences, and special tips along with sneak peeks inside her life while also hoping to share large doses of inspiration. In this issue, she reveals the most alluring summer beauty secrets yet.
Our very fashionable Texan-turnedNew Yorker-turned-eternal-Southerner contributor Gordon Kendall is always on the go and on the scene. He is a freelance fashion author and educator. He is also an executive member of the Fashion Group International/New York, a board member of The National Arts Club, a member of The Couture Council, and The Museum at F.I.T.
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 beautiful Budapest.
LORI DURAN Lori Duran has had a diverse career and currently researches interesting historical stories of social changes. This has been her life-long passion. Duran serves on the board of directors for the Austin History Center Association, where she is involved in coordinating volunteers and helping the Oral History Committee. She also writes articles for Society Texas and other publications and recently authored Austin’s Travis Heights Neighborhood. She has also released her second book, The University of Texas at Austin: The First One Hundred Years.
ROB GIARDINELLI Certified professional coach and branding expert by day, social commentator by night, Associate Publisher and Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli is a man of many interests. He loves being a part of any room where 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
MCKENNA KINDER Our new 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 TheKinderInfluence.com.
ANGIE MCCOURT Angie McCourt is a Success + Mindset Coach and the founder of Authentic Me Revolution, where she helps her clients discover their elevated gifts, be true to themselves, and find joy through mindset shift and actions. McCourt is the author of the transformational nonfiction book, Love Your Gifts: Permission to Revolutionize Authenticity in the Workplace. For anyone working toward living authentically both professionally and personally, the book teaches readers to utilize their passion and humanity in the workplace and identifies the mindset and behaviors that lead to achieving authenticity in everything we do. She is also host of the Shifting Inside Out podcast featuring guests who have challenged the status quo by bringing their authentic selves to create the life they desire. In modeling the vulnerability of their journey, others may learn to do the same. More at AngieMcCourt.com. 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.
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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, TheGentlemanRacer.com, as a blog in 2002, which has grown to become an online and print magazine reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. This month he writes about the new Cadillac that everyone is talking about. MARY SCHNEIDER Mary Schneider, who contributes in this issue to our Thrive column, has been a student of energetic medicine for 30 years. She has been a Certified Resonance Repatterning Professional in private practice in Austin for the past 20 years (RePatternIt.com). Schneider is also an ordained minister and has studied numerous alternative modalities such as homeopathy, the Chinese 5 Element Acupuncture System, Ayurveda, and the Chakra System, to name a few. She loves regularly speaking in the community about how we heal. CYNTHIA SMOOT Meet Cynthia Smoot: publicist, freelance lifestyle and travel writer, Dallas influencer, and Southern Belle. Her passion is being a connector, and whether it’s through her role as a Publicist for Gangway Advertising, 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.
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As the summer progresses, If you’re like us, you’ve been up to your necks in planning several warm weather excursions. One of our favorites is Budapest, which Ashley Dobson so eloquently helps unfold with her many insights of VIP things to do when you get there. You’ll want to travel in style, so why not grab a new handbag for the trip, with our inspiring feature on the prettiest ones in this issue? Plus, all of our talented team have again assembled to bring you as much lifestyle, fashion, beauty, automotive, and cultural insight and howtos on every single page of this issue. We hope it inspires you as much as it does us. So, from beach to mountains, we’re with you every step of the way until we meet again in the ballroom. Happy travels for a sensational rest of the summer.
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SUMME R’S lovin ’ When the weather heats up, we turn up the cool factor. This summer, as we all embrace the freedom of travel and gathering with friends and family, we love the long days into evening, don’t you? Grab your swimsuit and everybody...into the pool. Photo by Slim Aarons. Courtesy of Getty Images
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The Extra Mile Is Rarely Crowded In these changing times, we are all minding our P’s and Q’s, thanks to our Etiquette Guy, Jay Remer, who is on the scene to help us through some socially delicate situations that may occur.
Dear Etiquette Guy, I REALIZE WE ALL MUST BE FLEXIBLE POST COVID, YET ARE there any new rules to canceling plans last minute not due to a family or personal emergency? Places To Be Dear Busy Bee, We should only cancel plans last minute when necessary. Nothing has changed about that. However, we are not post-COVID yet–don’t be fooled. Many people still treat this virus as a serious health risk. Therefore, if you test positive or have symptoms, let your host know as soon as possible. Some people believe we’ve reached the point where we’ll need to adjust to mingling without masks in large groups, while others are still cautious due to personal health issues. The host will let you know how they feel about your attendance. If your position is you’ll stay home because you’ve been exposed, then that’s a decision they should honor. Allow common sense and your intuition to guide your decisions. Dear Etiquette Guy, Thanks to the increase in social events, what is the protocol for accepting two invitations on the same evening that are guestmanageable from a timing standpoint? For example, cocktails at one function and dinner (or a gala attendance) at another? Being There, Doing That Dear Social Butterfly, Accepting multiple invitations for the same evening is nothing unusual, busy bee. Typically, invitations rarely arrive on the same day, but either way, send your acceptance to your host as soon as you make your decision. Gala hosts often collaborate with friends to host a pre-gala drinks party, which often adds to the momentum of the evening, creating the magic everyone loves. During the height of any social season, multiple invitations will conflict. Be sure if you accept any invitation, you attend the party. Deciding between events can be a challenge, and sometimes less is more. But when the spirit moves and time allows, fill your boots.
Dear Etiquette Guy, A great pal from college has begun a new liquor company and has generously offered to supply his product at my wedding, gratis. The trouble is that my fiancé doesn’t like it at all. What do you recommend? Groom To Be Dear Getting Groomed, Honesty is always the best policy. Your fiancé’s preference trumps your pal’s generous offer when it comes to any wedding plans. Part of starting a new business is generating leads and what better way to do this than at a party? Perhaps you could offer to showcase his new product line on a more informal occasion. You have the upper hand here, so he feels congratulatory and kind, although overriding your fiancé’s wishes could spell disaster. My recommendation is to avoid the avoidable. Dear Etiquette Guy, Since outdoor entertaining is everywhere now, not all guests offer dishes that the majority would like. How do I gently persuade the guest to bring something else instead that might be more of a fan favorite? Getting My Grill On Dear Potluck Host, Coordination is key to the success of any gathering where food from multiple sources is the flavor of the day. As the host, you can guide everyone’s choices. You will undoubtedly lean on one guest or another for their favorite dessert or potato salad. As the host, you may want to be responsible for one or more of the main courses and invite your guests to fill in around those selections. If someone suggests an anchovy pie, and you know that won’t be a hit, feel free to suggest something else. However, I caution you from being too quick to reject any offerings. You never know who might relish trying a new dish. Not everything needs to please everyone–it rarely does. The choice is yours as host, and again, I defer to one’s common sense and intuition–they can be your best friends when making these calls.
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FEVERISH FLUSH For a rosy, warm, and feverish flush, try Chantecaille Cheek Gelée and add instant color and luminosity for a radiant, youthful glow. Dab this sheer yet vibrant pigment on temples, cheekbones, and the apples of your cheeks. $45. At NeimanMarcus.com.
EXOTIC SPLENDOUR The most hypnotic fragrance of the season is surely Issey Miyake’s L’Eau d’Issey Eau & Magnolia. It’s an ode to the plant world’s beauty, materials in a natural state, an incredibly vast range of textures, and inherent sensuality. $105. At Bloomingdales.com.
This year’s heatwave of beauty brings looks for every vibe, merging both glowing, natural skin with dewy cheeks and flawless looks with all-out glam eyes. The best part? This season is all about gorgeous, healthy skin and looks that take only moments to create, according to our beauty expert, Ana Bribiesca Hoff.
HYDRATE THAT GLOW Splash on a hydrated glow with Glam Glow Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturizer, a weightless water cream for instant and 72-hour continuous skin-quenching hydration. $52. At Sephora.com.
NAILS THAT SAIL When on the Riviera, do as the French do. Wear CHANEL’s Pastel Sand nail color, part of their La Pausa Collection. It will add a fresh flair to any summery outfit you adorn. $30. At AtelierBeaute. Chanel.com.
KISSABLY GORGEOUS CHANEL has incorporated the soothing, healing spirit of La Pausa, Mademoiselle Chanel’s favorite villa in the South of France, into the collection with the launch of Rouge Coco Baume. This moisturizing, tinted lip balm has all the qualities of a lipstick. We recommend Flirty Coral. $42. At AtelierBeaute. Chanel.com.
SHIMMERY & SHINY HAIR For hair spun like gold, try Kevin Murphy Shimmer Shine, a mist-in-one treatment that adds elasticity, strength, and lustre for optimal hair health while delivering a finished look that boasts magnificent shine. $32. At Kevin Murphy.com.
HEY, GOLD DIGGER With your fingers, dab a few layers of Bodyography Glitter Pigments in Bubbly all over your lid for a dazzlingly glistening shimmer. Finish with smudged black eyeliner for an imperfectly perfect glam vibe. $24. At Bodyography.com. NOW THAT’S A HEALTHY TAN When you can use the new Sunless Tanning Serum from native Austinite Trish Williams Huddleston, who created COU Skincare, why risk the harsh effects of the sun? We apply at night and wake up with a healthy-looking tan. $54. At COUSkinCare.com.
WET N’ GLOW Saie Glowy Super Gel Lightweight Dewy Highlighter is an illuminating gel-based luminizer made of 75 percent water that can be mixed with skincare, foundation, or worn alone for a wet, dewy look. $28. At Sephora. com.
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Developing A More Playful Attitude Starts Now When we were children, didn’t it seem like an endless summer then? No time constraints to keep us from pursuing fun. Today you can get back–and move forward–to that blissful feeling, according to our professional life coach expert, Angie McCourt.
CREATIVE COMMONS OUR FAST-PACED WORLD CAN HAVE US FEELING LIKE A ROBOT moving from task to task and decision to decision each day. It may feel like something is missing as we do everything we are supposed to do for our family, work, and others. Have we forgotten something on our busy life journey? Perhaps it was left in our childhood or adolescence? Maybe it was something we enjoyed about ourselves, such as how we learned and engaged with others. What about play? You may ask, are adults supposed to play, like children do? The answer is a resounding yes, and you can add it back into your adult life, starting here and now. When we are engaged in playful activities, we stimulate our creative minds and increase our imagination, which helps us create new ideas, learn new skills, and problem solve. In fact, engaged play is thought to help increase happiness, align you with your deepest needs, and is a huge predictor of your wellbeing. Studies show that play improves memory and stimulates the growth of the cerebral cortex. Play reduces cortisol, the hormone responsible for stress, and releases endorphins (the good feeling hormone.) Play reduces burnout, stimulates the brain, boosts creativity and innovation, and increases productivity, social skills, and emotional wellbeing. Let’s focus on creativity for a moment. Creativity is not only about being artistic. Everyone has a form of creativity. It’s all about how they access this resource. It includes solutions, ideas, or approaches that may otherwise be closed off. Play opens up creativity, so we can expand and grow. Play doesn’t have to include a specific activity; it can also be a state of mind. When we approach challenges from a playful place, we can uncover creative solutions. Developing a carefree nature can be as simple as not taking ourselves or life too seriously. LIMITLESS PLAY If you find yourself limiting your playfulness, it’s possible that you’re self-conscious and concerned about how you’ll look and sound to others when attempting to be lighthearted. Or, it could be you have been in the habit of being serious all the time because you’ve been programmed to be serious as an adult. You can shift from this belief and state. Acknowledge these areas, find the deeper truth, and recognize others can feel the same way. You can start small and private in your play.
You might ask, so how am I supposed to play? What should I do? Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling (pun intended). Rediscover what your younger self enjoyed doing. This can take some recall of memories, putting yourself in your own little shoes, or envisioning your 10-yearold self playing and having fun. Host a regular game night with family or friends. Hit the mini-golf course (or standard golf course), bowling alley, etc. Keep in mind not to have an outcome or expectation of a result. Just play. Leave the competition at home. Laughter is play. Find something that brings you laughter or simply laugh at yourself. The key here is to not take yourself or life too seriously. Play with children or pets. The key here is to be fully present. Leave your phone in the other room/car/home. Grab some paint or a pencil and create. No masterpiece is expected here. Just doodle, color, use Playdoh or knit. Schedule time outside at a park, beach, or other outdoor area doing an activity. Get physical with yoga, Pilates, dancing, acting, singing, biking, hiking, riding roller coasters, mountain climbing, surfing, and snorkeling. Play with the intention for you to have fun, not to prove anything. Create a new game. Who says you must play by someone else’s rules? PUTTING PLAY TO WORK When you become stuck in a problem, project, solution, or decision... turn to play. A few laughs and time away from the situation can help open the mind to new creative solutions. Think of a challenge you currently have. Now think of it in a playful way. In your mind, create avatars of the people involved, have a conversation in a cartoon voice, or think of it from a child’s perspective. What would your 10-year-old self do? Schedule time for play without setting an outcome or result. Just be open to what comes up for you at that time, even if it’s only daydreaming. Tapping into this side of yourself (brain, emotions, physical, hormonal) can create more flow in your life. This includes relationships, connections, deep replenishment, and cognitive function. Flow offers balance, ease, and sustainability. As you play, notice how your creativity opens. How can your curiosity and flexibility develop, and how do you loosen your grip on control and the need to force life to happen? In fact, life should always be as playful and enjoyable as possible.
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A good vacation wardrobe should be multifaceted. If you are using these warmer days to unwind and disconnect from work, what you wear can assist with these well-deserved efforts…and look fabulous in photos for sunny social posts (and years) to come. A getaway wardrobe used to start with a few staple pieces in coordinated colors made from breathable (and packable)
fabrics like cotton and linen, but this is no longer the case. If you cannot live like you are always on vacation, you can certainly dress like it. Here, THE EDIT ADVISORY’S style-sharing Krystal De Lisi and Ellen Mason, recommend some of their favorite summer runway trends that give maximum vacation vibes, whether for your vacation time away or at home.
AQUA STYLE No vacation wardrobe is complete without a sweet swimsuit, and they have never been more versatile–in the pool or out. From any color to any cut, it’s wise to always be water ready. Clockwise from left: Chanel, Raisa Vanessa, Dolores Cortés, Antik Batik, and Emilio Pucci
DAY INTO NIGHT For balmy evenings spent snacking on fresh fish and sipping rose, you will need a stylish look–beyond caftans and other traditional coverups that you’ve become accustomed to wearing. So go ahead, ramp it up, and see where the evening takes you. Clockwise from left: Missoni, Michael Kors, Jason Wu, Mila Schon, and Oscar de la Renta
RETRO CHIC Let the prints do all the work, so you don’t have to. You are on vacation, after all. In fact, bold prints signify time off more than ever. Clockwise from left: Anna Sui, Philosophy di Lorenzo Sarafini, Nicole Miller, Raisa Vanessa, and Anna Sui
TROPICAL LUSTER From power suits to more relaxed silhouettes, wear this vacation print to the board room or the swim-up bar. The blue skies, after all, are the only limit to what style choices you choose. Clockwise from left: Isabel Marant, Leonard Paris, La DoubleJ, Staud, and For Restless Sleepers
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Now, Moving Forward As we all want to push beyond Covid-19 and its effects, we also have the opportunity to be mindful of our emotional growth for the future, according to our insightful Resonance Repatterning expert, Mary Schneider. POST COVID-19, TAKE A DEEP BREATH. WHAT A RELIEF. I RECENTLY spent time on the East Coast and I observed many people there were of the same mindset. Covid has taken a hiatus. So, we might as well make hay while the sun shines and get out and dance like nobody is watching. Despite the colloquialisms, evidence suggests this is the thing to do now. In his New York Times article, You’ve Done Self Care. You’ve Languished. Now Try This, Brad Stulberg suggests we have been in a state of languishing and that it is now time to move on. The solution he advises? Take action–whether we want to act or not. Stulberg cites another New York Times article by Adam Grant, a Wharton organizational psychologist. In his article, There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing, Grant defines our all too familiar pandemic mindset. Grant asserts that “Not depressed” doesn’t mean you’re not struggling. “Not burned out” doesn’t mean you’re fired up. By acknowledging this many could feel languished, we can start giving a voice to quiet despair and lighting a path out of the void.” Action may very well be the solution. The Fire Chakra (solar plexus) is about action in the Ayurvedic Chakra System. Each chakra has a corresponding emotion, and fire, represents anger and resentment. Anger is the fire; resentment is the smoke underneath. Make sense? Any action, even a little, is highly recommended to heal this anger and resentment. After all, depression can be anger without enthusiasm. Similarly, in the Chinese Five Element Acupuncture System, action
again is the antidote to anger and resentment. The Wood Element is related to the achievement of life goals and growth. It is the Element of Spring and consists of the liver and gall bladder Meridians. Simply put, the liver meridian is associated with anger, the gall bladder with resentment. Liver; livid–it’s not an accident. When these meridians are in balance, some people can enthusiastically move forward in life to realize their dreams and goals in all areas. Judgment is not the issue here. Feeling anger or resentment is not bad or wrong. It is just what it is. Human beings generally have good reason to be angry. Anger gets things done, and it, too, can be a great motivator. We would not have any human rights movements in this country without it. Anger can be very potent, when anger devolves into a deep depression it can stop us. One helpful addition to action is acceptance. Acceptance is even more potent than anger. Often, in difficult situations, I find myself thinking this should not be happening. Yet acceptance gradually emerges and almost any upset eventually dissipates. I recognize this can be challenging, even tough, or impossible in some circumstances. Our prayers and compassion go out to anyone who lost a loved one in the pandemic or is suffering as long-haulers. My wish for us all is to reach a place of acceptance and move on with our lives in whatever form manifests. Get your rest, enjoy the time available to do that, and then dive back into whatever you wish to do moving forward.
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QUEST SCENT OF A GENT Besides your incandescent personality, they will remember your new favorite scent, L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Eau & Cedre by designer Issey Miyake. Not only is the fragrance hypnotic, but it’s also an ode to the beauty of the plant world, its materials in their natural state, encompassing the incredibly vast range of textures, and inherent sensuality. At Bloomingdales.com.
EFFORTLESS ELEGANCE For summer, or really, any season, the modern guy’s goto choice of casual wear is at UNTUCKit, with plenty of stores around Texas from which to choose. Among a myriad of style choices, the linen shirts, cotton shorts, and polos, go from a pool party to packing for Rome, to offer an easy-going elegance to any plans. At UNTUCKit.com.
REST & RELAX Imbued with pure essential oils for an authentic aromatherapy experience, these Cleverfy Shower Steamers are vegan, cruelty-free, and PETAcertified. Each pack contains 12 aromatherapy bath bombs that are meant to help relieve the stress of the world off your shoulders...and beyond. $29.99. At CleverfyBeauty.com.
The modern man wants modern things and experiences to make life as exciting as possible...and to look great while doing it. Here, our dynamic editorial team has conjured up some inspiring ideas for the summer and beyond.
TURN THE BEAT AROUND Want to get the party really started and dazzle your guests with your dynamic vinyl collection? This is a record player that'll leave you admiring its visual and audible qualities. The Marantz TT15S1 costs a serious bit of change, but you get a killer tonearm and gorgeous turntable at a price that’s definitely an investment.$1799. At BPPhoto.com.
BLANKET POLICY Perfect for movie night, why not have a personalized blanket with your favorite image on it? Just take a photo from the big day or a special memory and make it into an uber soft, fleece blanket. It’s printed with ecofriendly, fade-resistant inks and is machine washable for easy cleaning. Starting at $89. At ThatBlanket.com.
HAND-CRAFTED LUXE Sometimes a room screams for an accessory that is handcrafted. May we suggest the Brice lamp by Austin-based craftsman Justin Hollander? The handpainted earthenware has polished nickel hardware and includes the shade. It comes in many styles and is perfect for any home office or library. $1140. At HollanderCreative.com.
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Staying POWER Cadillac's Lyriq is truly redefining the new luxury, according to our man-about-road Michael Satterfield of TheGentlemanRacer.com. Join us as we take an exclusive spin into truly electrifying territory.
ELECTRICALLY CURRENT ELECTRIFICATION IS HERE AND CADILLAC HAS PULLED THE wraps off their first all-electric offering the midsized Lyriq SUV. According to Cadillac, the Lyriq will offer an impressive range of more than 300 miles on a full charge and come in 340 or 500 horsepower configurations. This places it squarely in line when positioned against the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron, and Tesla Model X. Where the Lyriq stands out, however, is price...with the single-motor Debut Edition starting at thousands less than the Audi and Jaguar, and tens of thousands less than a base model Tesla Model X. The reasonable price point can be attributed to General Motors massive resources since the Lyriq doesn’t compromise in quality or luxury when compared to rivals in this class. Riding on G.M’s new scalable battery architecture, the Lyriq benefits from being developed as an EV from the ground up, offering more space and a low center of gravity. The Lyriq is important for another reason, too. It is the first step towards Cadillac’s goal of an all-electric future. "Every new Cadillac we introduce from this point on in North America will be a state-of-the-art luxury electric vehicle," shared Vice President of Global Cadillac Rory Harvey, during the launch of the Lyriq. That is a bold statement for a company known mostly for its elegant Escalade and luxurious full-size sedans. Where the Lyriq really stands out for me is in the styling. While it has a more traditional look, the Lyriq has a presence that will surely attract many first time EV buyers. It is futuristic without trying to be different simply for the sake of being different. The handsome SUV’s styling still has signature Cadillac design cues, including a front panel resembling a grill that evokes the current generation of Cadillac gasoline powered vehicles. The Debut Edition is offered in four colors: Opulent Blue
Metallic, Crystal White Tri-Coat, Satin Steel Metallic, and Stellar Black Metallic. INSIDE MOVES Moving inside the Lyriq offers all the luxury you would expect in a Cadillac, and of course, the latest technology, including a 33-inch advanced LED display stretching across the dash that has Super Cruise, active noise cancellation, and the Google Built-In connected service. The rocking 19-speak ATG Studio premium sound system features adaptive volume and surround technology while working in concert with the active noise cancellation system. This filters out undesirable road noise and creates the optimal listening experience for driver and passengers. The layout of the dash and other interior features is intuitive and clean. In fact, while the large LED screen offers a lot of control points, there are still buttons and knobs where you expect to find them. To help ease the transition to all-electric, owners who purchase a new Lyriq will receive an option to choose between either two years of unlimited public charging credits on the EVgo charging network, or a credit of up to $1,500 that can be applied toward an eligible installation of a Level 2 home charger or a 240-volt outlet through Qmerit. While I haven’t had the chance yet to do a long-term test in the Lyriq, it is safe to say the Lyriq needs to be on your short list when considering a purchase of an EV. Ordering for the 2023 LYRIQ RWD and AWD models began on May 19, with RWD deliveries expected to start this fall. Deliveries of the 2023 LYRIQ Debut Edition, available online only with a $100 reservation, began this summer.
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EVERYBODY Into The
These Top 10 favorite must-love products, according to our style expert Rank & Style CEO dynamo Jamie Chandlee and her team, will have you wanting to experience the best summer has to offer in shades of blue...and looking quite chic, too. Photo by Slim Aarons. At Jonathan Adler
HAIRS TO YOU, DOLL This Dream Routine Overnight Hydrating Hair Mask by Amica is hyaluronic acid-infused to boost moisture for 72 hours and results in hair that promises to be three times more hydrated by morning. $28. At Sephora.com.
CAPTIVATINGLY COLORFUL A chic swim coverup, this caftan has a V-neckline topped with a polo collar...and splits at the sides to enhance the loose silhouette. It’s the perfect jolt of color in your already-colorful pool scene these days. By Missoni. $960. At Net-A-Porter.com.
EVERYTHING’S IN THE BAG Made in Italy from beige linen and leather-trimmed, this Chloe tote has a spacious, rectangular silhouette trimmed with leather and logo-print webbing. The top handles are even long enough to sling over your shoulder for a dash to the poolside snack bar. $1090.
READING IS FUNDAMENTAL Prescription glasses should match your personal style. Why not be bold with a seafoam ombre blue pair like these from Jockamo? $259. At CaddisLife.com.
FILL IT TO THE BRIM The Siena is a classic Panama-style hat with four-inch brim and a tie-dye band. Try customizing this gorgeous sky blue hat by having your initials hand-stitched into the band. $295. At Artesano.com.
STRIPED FOR SUCCESS Slip this Helen dress on, by Zeus + Dionne, over your swimsuit, or belt it for a more structured look, depending on your mood. Made of striped silk-blend jacquard with a relaxed fit, it may be your new go-to dress this summer. $779. At Net-A-Porter.com.
CARRY ON TO STAY CALM Why risk losing luggage when you can carry on in such a stylish way? This is the chic, monagrammed way to travel this summer...with The Weekender by Tour Paravel. $295. At TourParavel.com.
KISS & GEL Pucker up for healthier lips in the sun with Supergoop!® PLAY Lip Shield SPF 30, which is strawberry-flavored. This moisturizing, waterresistant lip protector stick is infused with antioxidant-rich oils that will have you kissing for days on end. $10. At DermStore.com.
THIS ROPE IS DOPE We love that Isabel Marant's bohemian sensibilities are on full display in these Erol sandals. They're made from cotton that is dyed in inky shades of blue to wrap artfully around your ankles. The molded leather footbeds make them comfortable enough to wear all day. $580. At Net-A-Porter.com.
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BETWEEN SLIM AND NONE A poolside backgammon game? How very Slim Aarons of you. May we suggest the Jonathan Adler Sorrento set in shades of dreamy blue in high gloss lacquer. $415. At ShopBop.com.
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MEXICO? MARVELOUS. Las Ventanas, a Rosewood Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The property has redefined pampering and luxury in Los Cabos with unparalleled service and unwavering attention to detail. Overlooking the sparkling Sea of Cortez, it is an oasis for anyone who wants a true escape at this serene hideaway. Prices upon request. At RosewoodHotels.com.
Where to go, how to know...and what to have this spring? Look no further than these top recommendations as the restful summer season begins, according to our chic Society Texas editorial team.
LUXE STANDARD Ready for a new accessory to immediately enhance any room in your home? Look no further than the new, sexy UnZipped collection. The refreshing, summery colors such as yellow, aqua, and gray add more oomph to any space, according to ThePillowGoddess.com’s, Deborah Main who has partnered with designer Robin Baron on the made-to-order concept. From $350. At RobinBaronDesign.com
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ORANGE YOU GLAD? The new Hermès store on South Congress in Austin, is the third Hermès store in the state and a new market for the brand. We love that Hermès is an artisan-focused brand that will resonate well with Austin due to its large artisan community. The architectural core of the two level store is a gray terrazzo ramp inspired by the skate parks and greenery surrounding the store. At Hermes.com.
CAFTAN CHIC Ready to conquer the world with just one new fashion item? Consider a caftan by Kimono Zulu, founded by Houstonian designer Tina Zulu. These fabulous vintage kimonos work equally well at home, for Texas cowgirl chic or with dressed-to-the-nines sophistication. Available in both solids and vibrant prints with long and short versions. Prices upon request. At KimonoZulu.com.
POUCH PROOF Jodi Olivier and Jamie Scholhamer created a Houston-based line, JJ Olivier. With their backgrounds in engineering and business, the duo have created ideal, versatile and chic handbags without sacrificing fashion for function. Selections include the Aline Tote, the Carmalite Crossbody, and the Porter Pouch. The Porter Pouch, shown in full grain Italian leather, is $245. At JJ Olivier.com.
BOTTOMS UP Martha Stewart, Baccarat, and Tequila Casa Dragones have teamed up for a new collection of fine glassware that will add panache to any bar. The Martha collection is available at all Baccarat boutiques, Baccarat.com, Martha. com, and NeimanMarcus.com. Prices vary. For Casa Dragones, visit CasaDragones.com.
PERFECT FOR ALL SEASONS The Four Seasons in Houston, a longtime favorite, is like a brand-new hotel thanks to its recent opulent makeover. We love the restaurants on-site, Bandista, Toro Toro, and Bayou & Bottle, along with the and the revitalizing spa and pool. Plus, we adore the 24-hour Four Seasons Concierge service for top recommendations, hard-to-get reservations, and ticket purchases around the city. At FourSeasons.com.
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Houston’s Most Anticipated Luxury High Rise Appoints Brand Ambassador By Jake Gaines | Photography by Steve Slate
GATHER IN LUXURY Recently, DC Partners announced Adrián Dueñas, CEO and partner of Houston’s luxury European furniture and design house, BeDESIGN, as an official Brand Ambassador for the Residences at The Allen. Future residents and guests toasted the guest of honor at a cocktail reception featuring signature cocktails by Veneno Tequila at the lux onsite Sales Gallery designed exclusively by BeDESIGN.
RESIDING HERE Residents will receive unmatched services and full amenities provided by the Thompson hotel, including 24-hour resident’s valet and concierge, room service, a lavish spa, breathtaking views of the city, a pool deck with cabanas, and signature restaurants. The helistop will be available to hotel guests and residents and is engineered to accommodate drone deliveries and transportation of the future. The Residences at the Allen is expected to deliver in 2023 and is currently 60 percent sold.
“We began working with BeDESIGN when they designed the interiors for our sales gallery. Their understanding of our vision and dedication to delivering a luxury experience was completely in line with what the Residences at The Allen offers,” said Roberto Contreras, CEO of DC Partners. “So much so, Adrián and Marcelo Dueñas purchased a home in the building. Adrian Dueñas’ keen eye for style, Italian design and furnishings, and his diverse connections with people worldwide make him a natural ambassador for the elegant Residences at The Allen.”
“It means a lot to be partnering with one of, if not the strongest, development projects in the city,” said Adrián Dueñas, CEO and partner of BeDESIGN. “To have an opportunity to represent DC Partners with their portfolio is a one-of-a-kind opportunity. They believe in me and my brand, and we believe in their project. I can go anywhere in the world and talk about the project and my personal home, with the same passion I have for my brand. I am very proud to be a part of it.”
The Residences at The Allen features 99 luxury condominiums atop Houston’s first Thompson Hotel. Floorplans consist of one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom condos, and 17 thoughtfully designed penthouses ranging from 919 SF–10,000 SF. Residents will enjoy floor-to-ceiling glass windows, kitchen and bathroom cabinetry by PEDINI, ample art gallery wall space, private outdoor living with summer kitchens, optional sky gardens, or a uniquely engineered pet relief area on the balcony.
The Allen includes a luxury, mixed-use development anchored by the Thompson Hotel and elevated by the Residences at The Allen, a private collection of elegant condominiums. As a visionary work of art and architecture, The Allen is the first of its kind in Houston and signals a new era in urban living in the Bayou City. The $500M landmark project is situated across six acres at the southeast corner of Allen Parkway and Gillette Street in Houston, overlooking the award-winning Buffalo Bayou Park. Phase One of the project includes the Lifestyle Pavilion, Residences at The Allen, and Thompson Houston. For more information, visit DCPartners.com.
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Recently, on a beautiful afternoon in San Antonio, the Lewis Air Legends Hangar and its historic warbirds were the backdrops for the Breitling USA relaunch of a classic timepiece, the Navitimer. President of Breitling USA Thierry Prissert, owner of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, Ryan Berg, and Executive Vice President of Lewis Energy Group, Jessica Lewis Worth, addressed the crowd about the background of both Breitling and Lewis Air Legends and how both companies' missions align to preserve and celebrate history. The event’s guests were treated to live music. At the same time, they enjoyed fine spirits provided by Bacardi USA and creative charcuterie from Cheese & Honey. All while shopping the expansive collection of timeless watches from the Breitling USA Boutique team, owned by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. Twelve of the Lewis Air Legends warbirds were on display, including the P-38 Glacier Girl, the gem of the collection recovered from Greenland under 268 feet of ice. In fact, Rod Lewis, founder of the Lewis Air Legends warbirds, has spent the last 27 years amassing and restoring over 30 vintage aircraft in the current collection.
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Dinner Al Fresco The Contemporary Austin Hosts Dinner Al Fresco At Waterfront Residence By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Ben Porter
THE SETTING: The stunning mid-century style Lake Austin home of philanthropist Charles Attal was the recent setting of an al fresco dinner that raised funds for a very worthy cause. Over 120 of the city’s most notable art patrons and VIPs attended the event and were treated to great conversation, food, and musical performances.
Darrell and Teresa Windham & Kendall Windham
Todd and Kelley Runkle
Val Armstrong and Renata Anderson
Malú Alvarez and John Brozovich
JK Baxter Hunt and Ashley Baxter
Patrons then enjoyed a delectable buffet dinner where guests had their choice of dozens of al fresco bistro-style tables to savor the food and take in the fabulous water views. The festivities then moved to another area of the grounds where several colorful, artistic seating areas awaited them for the entertainment portion of the evening, all designed by Panacea Collective. Austin-born musician Calder Allen captivated the audience with a showstopping performance, capping off a phenomenal evening those fortunate enough to be a part of will not soon forget. THE PURPOSE: The event raised funds for The Contemporary Austin museum. Proceeds from the event will go towards providing cutting-edge programs and art experiences serving tens of thousands of people in Austin, and beyond, each year.
Janet Allen and Jamie Chandlee
Carrie Hicks and Fredericka Middleton
THE STYLE: The Austin-chic crowd, wearing their best summery cocktail attire, were wowed the second they arrived at the Attal residence. Guests entered the garden overlooking Lake Austin and descended the staircase that perfectly complemented the beautiful grounds where cocktails and conversations awaited them. As attendees sipped on their libations, they toured the beautiful grounds while getting reacquainted with old friends and making new ones in the process.
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Beau Armstrong, Lisa Hickey and David Middleton
Cassandra Nollman, Caroline Delaney and Anand Nair
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Mad Hatter's Luncheon, Dallas. People’s Choice Award Winner Robert Wilson's hat
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Captivating Chapeaux Women’s Council Of The Dallas Arboretum And Botanical Garden Hosts 34th Annual Mad Hatters Tea By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Danny Campbell, Thomas Garcia and Rob Wythe
Jen Gleaton and Piper Young
Calvert Collins and Prashe Shah
Larryssa Hilcher, Kelly Hernandez and Lindsey Kennemer
Suzanne Millet and Amanda Hill
Elizabeth Smith and Mary Brenigar
Terry Irby, Tanya Taylor and Sharla Bush
THE SETTING: Claire Catrino, Mad Hatter’s Tea chair, Lisa Loy Laughlin, president of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and honorary chair Laurie Sands Harrison welcomed chapeau-donned guests to the 34th Annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. This year’s theme, Dallas, encouraged the attendees to enjoy their own interpretation of how to represent the city in a hat or fascinator. Guests promenaded down a red carpet vying for coveted awards in various categories. This year’s judges included Mary Brinegar, Dallas Arboretum CEO, Kim Noltemy, Barbara Bigham, Vanessa Logan, Amy Hofland, and Tanya Taylor, who was the featured celebrity designer. THE STYLE: The afternoon’s program included an elegant luncheon service and a Europeanstyle fashion show produced by Jan Strimple Productions, which highlighted the styles of the spring season and featured designs by Tanya Taylor. Emcee Calvert Collins announced category winners to a rapt luncheon crowd. Marena Gault and Elizabeth Smith tied in the category of “Best Use of Botanical Components: Bluebonnets.” Prashe Shah won “Most True to Theme: Flying Horse,” and Dr. Linda Burk won “Best Big Over the Top Texas Hat: Everything is Bigger in Texas!” In addition, Venise Stuart was awarded “Best Fascinator: Uptown Girl,” Debbie McKeever’s table won “Best Group Hats: Dallas Dynasty,” Robert Wilson was bestowed “People’s Choice Award: Deep in the Hat of Texas,” and Sharla Bush and Terry Irby tied for “Best in Show: Don’t Mess with Dallas.” THE PURPOSE: Since 1986, the primary goal of the Women’s Council has been the design, construction, funding, and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the only public garden in the United States conceived and funded by the efforts of women and dedicated to the spirit of women. The Women’s Council is an allvolunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Linda Burk and Barbara Bigham
Lisa Loy Laughlin and Claire Catrino
Addison Sloane and Kallie Hauschild
Anna Tressler, Akhil Reddy and Katy Anderson
Charlie Flowers and Amanda Hill
Sarah Mills, Claire Catrino, Amanda Louder and Fallon Hennessy
JULY• AUGUST 2022
Cynthia Smoot and Kathy Fielder
Laurie Sands Harrison
Amy Hofland, Barbara Bigham, Kim Noltemy, Mary Brinegar and Vanessa Logan
Marvelous Morocco Houston Opera Ball Returns With A White Tie Gala By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Michelle Watson and Wilson Parish
Aaron and Grace Byrd
Betty and Jess Tutor
Ben Joaquin Gouverneur and Khori Dastoor
Brandon McClendon and Myrtle Jones
Brad and Joanna Marks & Sarahbeth and Pierce Bush
Brittany and Adam Clark
Bruce Padilla, Susan Sarofim and Alvin Abraham
Dr. Walter Sassard and Ruchi Mukherjee
Janet Gurwitch and Ron Franklin
Hon. Sylvester Turner and Lynn Wyatt
THE SETTING: The Houston Grand Opera Ball is back. In a big way. Le Voyage à Marrakech was the theme for this year’s signature white-tie event as it returned to the Wortham Theater Center after being displaced for five years—first due to Hurricane Harvey and then COVID-19. Now, back and better than ever, the dreamy and colorful Moroccan adventure set the tone for the evening. Over 470 guests were welcomed with a red-carpet arrival on Fish Plaza. THE STYLE: The evening proved an exotic festival of the senses with North African music by Moodafaruka, Morocco-inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, fortune tellers, henna artists, Abraham’s Rugs, a traditional Moroccan tea service, and a live camel photo op. Once seated for dinner, the charm continued when Houston Grand Opera co-chair, Jennifer Fink, was carried in on a sparkling Amariya—a tradition typically reserved for lavish Moroccan weddings. A belly dancer performance and a surprise rendition of La Vie en Rose by soprano Ana María Martínez mesmermized the crowd. For dinner, City Kitchen tantalized the guests’ palates with a Mediterranean feast highlighting the flavors of Morocco and culminating with a Gilded Chocolate Genie Lantern filled with Dark Chocolate Mousse and garnished with Figs and Anise Whipped Cream. Following Le Voyage à Marrakech, the ENCORE After Party, chaired by Lauren Randle, joined the Ball crowd to carry on with a festive, late-night celebration featuring the music of DJ Little Martin. THE PURPOSE: Chaired by Jennifer and Benjamin Fink, it was also the first Opera Ball with the new CEO and General Director Khori Dastoor. The Music and Artistic Director is Patrick Summers. Teresa and José Ivo chaired the luxe silent auction. The Opera Ball raised over $1.25 million to support the internationally renowned performances and community programs that distinguish HGO as one of America’s most outstanding opera companies.
Cynthia and Tony Petrello & Celina Hellmund
Anne and Albert Chao
David Warren, Heather Almond, Daniel Warren
Ann and Jonathan Ayre
David Wuthrich, Leigh Smith and Marty Goossen
Drs. Ishwaria Subbiah and Vivek Subbiah
Drs. Rachel and Warren Ellsworth IV
Edward and Rini Ziegler
Sheridan and John Eddie Willams
JULY• AUGUST 2022
Karen Payne and Jennifer Roosth
Mark Horn and Alex Blair
Clear As Crystal Helping Hand Home Hosts Annual Crystal Ball Presentation And Gala By Rose Betty Williams | Photography by Jetter Photography
Jack Cowden and Ava Kizer
Julie and Buddie Ballard
Beau Beathard and Morgen Ehlinger
Ryan Willis and Meghan Meserole
Kathi and John Haralson
Cami Jo DiGiovanni, Sam Ehlinger, Jenna Ehlinger and Currin Van Eman
Leigh Richards, Mollie Richards and Ben Richards
Tina and Brent McCutchin
Stephen Szygenda, Mark Szygenda, Abby Szygenda and Sinem Szygenda
THE SETTING: The Helping Hand Society celebrated the 79th annual Crystal Ball with a brunch and fashion show, followed by the black tie Debutante Presentation Gala at the Palmer Events Center that evening. More than 2000 guests attended the event. Thirty-eight debutantes, their escorts, and junior escorts were presented along with 151 ninth grade Helping Hand Girls and Boys and 30 First Grade Princesses. THE STYLE: Dillard’s and Webber Productions presented the fashion show with the Helping Hand Home forever families modeling the latest fashions. Emcee Jim Spencer introduced the Princesses, HH Girls, and HH Debutantes. Then, HHH Executive Director Ted Keyser and HH Society of Austin President Julie Ballard welcomed and thanked supporters, event sponsors, participants and their families, gala co-chairs Kathi Haralson and Tina McCutchin, their committee, and HH Society member volunteers. The gala featured the debutante presentation, a silent auction, a plated dinner by Catering by Rosemary, dancing to the music of Blind Date, and spectacular floral décor created by Westbank Flower Market. This year’s Helping Hand Crystal Ball debutantes are: Mia Ann Arriaga, Claire Elizabeth Baxter, Evelyn Caruth Berry, Annabel McKenzie Briggs, Lucile Read Brocato, Emma Beth Wilson Brydson, Olivia Claire Chester, Ava Gail Clark, Morgen Adeline Ehlinger, Ella Grace Hicks, Eleanor Kathryn Hutcheson, Miriam Rose Alexander Kessler, Ava Emelia Kizer, Margaret Louise Lee, Bailey Lynn Liverman, Paige Chenault Liverman, Madison Lizabeth Mansour, Grace Cannon May, Amelia Marie McConnico, Daisy Louise McDowell, Meghan Sloane Meserole, Helena Faith Monsivais, Javrey Ann Morales, Margaret Maxine Newton, Barbara Hunter Nokes, Aidan Elizabeth Perry, Mollie Day Richards, Ramsey Ann Richards, Ashley Ellen Settle, Sophia Gant Stokes, Amelia Catherine Strehli, Abigail Masee Szygenda, Elizabeth McFaddin Taylor, Maria Anne Tobias, Elaine Gracen Trotter, Siena Grace Welsh, Brooke Madison Williams, and Kathryn Elizabeth Yonge. THE PURPOSE: The 2022 Crystal Ball, co-chaired by Kathi Haralson and Tina McCutchin, along with the gala committee of more than 75 HHS members, is the largest fundraiser for HHH. The evening raised more than $1.4 million in support of its mission to provide a nurturing and therapeutic home for children and to restore each child to a healthy family setting. The goal is to protect and restore the lives of victimized children so that those without hope may reclaim their futures. President Ballard noted that HHH is in the final stages of constructing the newly expanded campus. It will include eight new children’s homes, a conference and learning center, a permanent charter school facility, the capacity to double the foster care and adoption program, and the renovation of the current campus facilities.
2022 Helping Hand Home Debutantes
Bailey Liverman, Brian Liverman, Paige Liverman, Stone Liverman and Emma Liverman
Michele Read Meadows, Lucy Brocato and Rose Ann Brocato
Rhett Dollar and Javrey Morales
Jimmy Mansour, Madison Mansour, Sarah Mansour and Michael Mansour
Michelle Tobias, Maria Tobias and Paul Tobias
Yoli Arriaga, Hana Arriaga, Mia Arriaga and Orlando Arriaga
Heloing Hand Home First Grade Princesses
JULY• AUGUST 2022
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The Big Top San Antonio Doseum Celebrates 7th Annual Birthday Bash With Circus Theme By Jake Gaines | Photography by Vanessa Velazquez
Griffin West, Maddie Allen and Carolina Lewis
Christopher and Adrianna Grossman & Ashley and Conner Quintanilla
Emily Lovelady, Lila Malone, Jamie Gomez and Hallie Swope
Brandon and Triana Grossman & Miguel and Gloria Dilley
Corinna and J.B. Richter
Nicole McLane, Lindsay Bolner and Lauren Biegler
Parnak Malek and Carla Brozovich
THE SETTING: Planning any event requires a true ringleader, yet The DoSeum’s 7th Annual Birthday Bash fully embraced the big top lifestyle. The seven-ring circusthemed event was the museum’s first gala held in person at The DoSeum since 2019 and welcomed over 350 guests seated at tables placed throughout the museum’s galleries. Patrons unleashed their inner party animal alongside VIP guests from The San Antonio Zoo. During cocktail hour, attendees enjoyed elevated carnival cuisine and afterward danced the night away in support of childhood education. THE STYLE: Acrobats, fire artists, and amazing animals helped guests celebrate at this chic circus. Supporters who attended the gala savored carnival fair favorites of hamburgers, corn dogs, and smoked turkey kebabs provided by The RK Group. Paired with the evening’s meal was the event’s signature drink, Pink Elephants, a refreshing cocktail blending vodka, pink lemonade, and lime. Illusions and Caplan Miller Events provided the evening’s big top decor. Guests competed in classic games, including Plinko and Ring Toss, for a chance to win generous prizes donated by Saks Fifth Avenue and Bohanan’s Prime Steak and Seafood. THE PURPOSE: Co-chairs and education advocates Adrianna Grossman and Ashley Quintanilla raised over $400,000 to support The DoSeum’s mission of equitable, joyful, hands-on learning for all. The DoSeum is a socio-emotional learning laboratory and a resource for caregivers and educators alike. Its current focus is supporting childhood education recovery after two years of interruptions and modifications. During his remarks, DoSeum CEO Dan Menelly shared, “It is critical community leaders and childhood education advocates come together and direct our attention to ensuring every learner maintains access to equitable, experiential learning resources like those found at The DoSeum. We continue to center conversations around the invisible learner, our role in shaping the future of childhood education, and cultivating both a STEM identity among children and a museum identity for caregivers. Thanks to your support, children are rediscovering the social dimensions of learning.”
Alicia Grant, Mayerland Harris and Michelle Lugalia-Hollon
Hallie Swope, Caroline Behrens and Jamie Gomez
Rad and Ashley Weaver, Casey and Kristal Taber, Brent and Haley Conger & Clare and Donald Duffin
Jessica Worth and Moira Hogan
Eddie Kopplow, Lorien and Marc Whyte, Katie Reynolds, Emily and Rich Reynolds & Elizabeth and Matt Koehler
Suhail Arastu, Dan Menelly, George and Barbara Williams & Kaitlyn and David Akright
Kristin and Dick Tips
John and Carla Brozovich, Alex and Alexa Norinsky, Sarah and Jim Bob Womack & Christopher and Emilie Petty
JULY • AUGUST 2022
Tinsley and Chad Smith, Chris and Jaclyn Cho, Mary Labatt, Anna Ziegler, Kirsten Furl and Katie Fravell
Nicola McLaughlin, Marie and Ryan Mays, Claire McNab, Michael McLaughlin, Sage Blount, Easton McNab and Sarah Geibel
Charmed Centurian Junior League Of Dallas Celebrates Century Of Service By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Cass
Margo Goodwin, Peggy Sewell and Andrea Cheek
Boyd and Wendy Messmann
Dawud Crooms, Tiffaney D. Hunter, Katherine Crooms, Shonn Brown & Lauren and Tré Black
Helen Goblirsch, Lindsey Rusteberg, Kristi Kelley and Laura Norton
Isabell Novakov Higginbotham and Lydia Novakov
Elisabeth McHugh, Emily Somerville-Cabrera, Natalie Lesikar, Bonner Allen, Courtney Peach, Sarah Burns and Tracy Steiner
Melissa Sherrill Martin, Daniella Giglio, Lora Farris and JB Hayes
Shonn Brown, Christa Sanford and Veree Hawkins Brown
THE SETTING: The Junior League of Dallas hosted its Centennial Gala, presented by the Sewell family, in the Chantilly Ballroom at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. Led by Centennial Cochairs Andrea Cheek and Margo Goodwin, the 1920s Art Nouveau-inspired soirée was the celebration of the century. The evening’s festivities served as the exciting conclusion to the League’s week-long celebration of its 100 years of service to the Dallas community. THE STYLE: The evening featured a VIP cocktail reception sponsored by Tolleson Wealth Management, a seated dinner, dancing, a big board auction, and a raffle. Guests were also treated to a performance by dancers from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Guests then hit the dance floor and danced to the upbeat, lively tunes from Stratosphere, a 16-piece dance band performing under Jordan Kahn, sponsored by Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians. As an additional treat, guests looked inside JLD’s impressive 100-year-history through a Centennial exhibit available throughout the evening. Sponsors of the Gala included: the Sewell family, presenting sponsor; Dallas Osteopathic Physicians, entertainment sponsor; Tolleson Wealth Management, VIP Reception; Gittings Portraiture, VIP Photography, and Great Southwestern Fire & Safety served as the auction sponsor. THE PURPOSE: The Junior League of Dallas cultivates leaders who collectively address the critical needs of the community. Founded in 1922, the Dallas branch is one of the most prominent Junior Leagues in the world, and the largest and oldest training organization for women in Dallas. The JLD provides leadership opportunities to nearly 5,000 women each year through more than 26,000 cumulative hours of experiential and formal training. Uniquely member-run, the JLD contributes over 130,000 hours of volunteer service and approximately $1 million in funding to area nonprofits each year.
Joanna Clarke, Nancy Gopez and Kristin Casner Former Junior League of Dallas Ball Chairs
John and Diane Scovell Karen Shuford, Patti Flowers and Jan Baldwin
John and Veletta Forsyth Lill
Junior League of Dallas Centennial Exhibit
Linda and William Custard & Peggy and Richard Allison
Susie Sarich and Houston Striggow
Brooke Bailey, Elizabeth Dacus, Elizabeth Post, Laura Johnson, Erin Pope, Allison Conway, Megan Pharis and Meredith Mosley
Former Junior League of Dallas Presidents
JULY • AUGUST 2022
Meet Me In The Garden Bayou Bend Celebrates With Annual Garden Party By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Jenny Antill and Wilson Parish
Soraya and Scott McClelland
John Brollier, Sharon Dies and Lauren Brollier
Megan Pallister and Vivian VandenBout
Bill and Susanne Pritchard & Felicia and Bert Baker
Kathy and Marty Goossen
Terry Wayne Jones and Jay Jones
John Eddie and Sheridan Williams
Masoud and Sima Ladjevardian
Catherine and Jay Goossen
Rich and Nancy Kinder
THE SETTING: Recently, guests enjoyed a beautiful spring evening at the annual Bayou Bend Garden Party to support the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. At twilight, the attendees gathered in the gardens of the historic Ima Hogg historic estate for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres under an extravagant tent featuring décor by The Events Company that included crystal chandeliers donned with greenery and lavender blooms. THE STYLE: Everything about the event was ideal for the theme of a spring evening garden party. Tables were dressed with lavender-hued linens. The delicate floral arrangements of rosy pinks, lavenders, and magentas, and chargers with butterfly designs perfectly complemented the theme of this year’s event, the butterfly. Dinner was catered by City Kitchen and included summer melon salad with purslane, Jamon Serrano, pine nuts, basil gastrique, and shaved manchego; pinto bean cake; warm cabbage and celeriac slaw and jumbo asparagus; and grilled red snapper filet with olive oil, Meyer lemon, shallots, and capers finished with a chocolate pecan tart and Amarena cherry gelato. After dinner, guests danced the night away to live music by the David Caceres Band. THE PURPOSE: This year’s soirée raised $533,000 for the Bayou Bend operating budget. Remarks were made by Gary Tinterow, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, followed by Jim Miller, the managing director for the Tanglewood Corporation. Earlier that weekend, the 5th Annual Bayou Bend Fashion Show Luncheon raised and additional $423,000, with The Galleria/Simon Property Group as the Principal Underwriter.
Carol and Mike Linn
Dan and Kay English
Colleen and John Kotts
Thurmon and Lilly Andress
Sheila and Jerry Reese
Francoise Djerejian, Beth Robertson and Anne Duncan
Jim and Dancie Ware
Polly Bowden and Sharyn Weaver
JULY• AUGUST 2022
Tropical Success Ascension Seton’s EASB Havana Nights Breaks Fundraising Record By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Ben Porter
THE SETTING: Camp Mabry in Austin was the recent setting for Elizabeth Ann Seton Board’s Havana Nights event. One of the city’s most anticipated spring social events, this year’s gala included a bevy of sociables and philanthropists. Guests were treated to an evening of food, music, and fun in the evening that had a tropical atmosphere.
Fred and Anne Hudson Andrews
Colin and Kim McHale & Sheridan and Tyler Binford
Kendall and Carson Fisk
Leslie Gandy, Jill Kraft, Braiden Digan and Lauren Reaud
Matthew and Kristin Pohl
Katie Owen, Caroline Smith and Lauren Smith Ford
Rima Burrus, Christy Spencer, Caroline Spencer and Margaret Long
Luis Ibáñez Trio
Miguel Romano and Andy Davis
THE STYLE: The Austin-chic crowd sported a fun mix of bright, beautiful colors and classic white ensembles that created a vibrant, welcoming environment for all. As guests arrived during the cocktail hour, partygoers sipped spirits from one of the many generously stocked bars and sampled bites from several Havana-inspired food stations featuring delectable bites including empanadas and Cuban sliders. The action then moved to the open-air tent that was erected on the grounds of Camp Mabry for the main program. As the attendees continued to sample the delicious Cuban fare, they were treated to words from the organization’s leaders like EASB President Caroline Smith, as well as touching tributes and testimonials, including a mission video that highlighted a year in the life of an NICU nurse. Emcee and media personality Anne Hudson Andrews effortlessly kept the evening moving along at a brisk pace and foregoing a live auction, helmed a mobile give to raise more funds. The night was capped off with an after party where revelers danced the night away to the tunes of popular, Texas-based band, Memphis Soul. THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Lauren Smith Ford and Katie Owen, raised a record $1.5 million. The proceeds that were raised from the event will support programs, building and equipment needs for Mother/ Baby services, and The Marialice Shivers and Dell Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Kathryn Frances Walker Center for Neonatal Intensive & Family Support at Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin.
Lauren Madden, Kendall Hasie and Whitney Knight
Leigh Levy and Beth Cohen
Kevin and Dominique Thuot
Molly Soper and Katie Romano
Meghan Freytag, Charli Anderson, Jamie Lipp and Lindsay Nahoum
Clare Frizzell, Jennah Granger and Allison Gerdes
Jessica and Joel Rice
Rob Giardinelli, Ashley Wilson and Lance Avery Morgan
Meredith Spears & Trey and Lillyan Duck
Phil and Mara Fouts
Memphis Soul Band
Lesley and Chris Ford
Dalton Young, Katherine Goehring, Anna Hargrove and Leslie Smith
JULY• AUGUST 2022
Enter Stage Left Broadway Dallas Dinner Series Debuts With New Name By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Thomas Garza
THE SETTING: Recently, Dallas Summer Musicals announced a name change to “Broadway Dallas” as well as its 2022/2023 Germania Broadway Series Season at the opening of an exciting new Spotlight Dinner Series of fundraising evenings generously sponsored by PNC Bank. Ken Novice, Broadway Dallas President and CEO, served as host for the first Spotlight Dinner on the stage of Music Hall at Fair Park. The intricately curated program was imagined and executed by Hamilton A. Sneed of HAS Events. THE STYLE: Starting in the elaborately decorated Music Hall lobby and in celebration of the upcoming show announcement of My Fair Lady, Act One had guests sipping on British-inspired cocktails paired with passed hors d’oeuvres. Riley Jones, a student from the Broadway Dallas High School Musical Theatre Awards program, entertained during Intermission with a solo performance of I Could Have Danced All Night. For Act Two of the evening, the attendees dined on a four-course meal inspired by the 2022-2203 Broadway Dallas season. The evening concluded with the curtain lowering and rising again with an encore bow, lights, applause, and a champagne toast to celebrate the announcement of Moulin Rouge! as the theme for the Broadway Dallas Gala to be held in April 2023. Kathryn and Craig Hall will serve as honorary chairs. THE PURPOSE: This intimate event series, filled with song, fun facts, and always a surprise or two, benefits artistic and educational excellence at Broadway Dallas, including programs in classrooms and throughout the community, serving more than 40,000 students and families each year. Interested patrons can select the dinners that entice them the most or subscribe to the entire series.
Margaret Coughlin and Kymberley Scalia
Adam Shulman and Apryl Mathes
Ken and Kouy Novice & Helen and Brendan McGuire
Carlos Pena & Suzzane and Jim Baldwin
Calvert Collins-Bratton and Vince Bratton
Christina Morris and Nicholas Addamson
Broadway Dallas performers
Mark Niermann and Enrique MacGregor
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts String Trio
Diane and Hal Brierley
Holly and Brad Reeves
Shawn and Latricia Smith
Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer
Kimberly Alexander and Cameron LeSeane
Debbie Richman and Terry Loftis
Patsy and Bud Porter
Riley Jones performs
JULY• AUGUST 2022
Starlight, Star Bright Alley Theatre Hosts 75th Anniversary Ball, An Evening at the Starlight Room By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Powers
THE SETTING: Recently, over 650 guests attended the Alley Theatre’s 75th Anniversary Ball, An Evening at the Starlight Room at The Post Oak Hotel, raising a record $1.9 million for the organization’s artistic, educational and community engagement initiatives. As guests arrived, they entered the Grand Ballroom, staged as an elegant supper club reminiscent of The Rainbow Room in New York. THE STYLE: The vivacious energy of the room was palpable. Richard Flowers and his team at The Events Company pulled out all the stops for Heather Halaska, Christina Morse and Carrie Pearson
the Alley’s 75th. They had guests gasping at an abundance of quicksand, Sahara, and Majolica roses intertwined with orchids and calla lilies, all set among different banquet-laden tables. Walker Chancey designed the beautiful floral décor. A ballroom-wide champagne toast after dinner and dessert was served was the cue for the band, Manhattan’s Starlight Experience, to rouse the crowd with their rendition of Bang Bang. The
Lynn Wyatt and Richard Flowers
Steve Wyatt and Joyce Echols
17-piece show band kept the crowd dancing well past midnight THE PURPOSE: The evening included heartfelt speeches from Board President Ken Kades, followed by Dean Gladden and Rob Melrose, who sighted the historical significance of the Alley’s 75th anniversary year. Then there was a special tribute to Beth Madison, the champion of arts and education in Houston.
Jennifer and Brandon Kahn, Branden Weinbrenner and Mitchell Gecko
Ken and Mady Kades & Rob Melrose
Kevin and Brittany Kushner, Robert Sakowitz with Lexi and Mike Marek
Dean and Jane Gladden
Mignon and Steve Gill
Steve and Christina Morse
David Rainey, Shawn Hamilton and Butch Mach
JULY• AUGUST 2022
The Way The Ball Bounces Andy Roddick Foundation Gala Headlined By Leon Bridges To Raise Funds By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Michael Charles of Mill Photography Studio
THE SETTING: The JW Marriott in Austin was the recent setting of the 12th Annual Andy Roddick Foundation Gala, founded by the tennis champ. The evening included over 500 of the Capital City’s most notable sociables, philanthropists, and VIPs who were treated to an evening of fun, fundraising, and a showstopping musical performance.
Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker
Dirk Nowitzki and Alex Davis
Meghan and Chris Slover
Leon Bridges performs
The action then moved to the ballroom for the evening’s program. As guests dined on a delicious, multi-course meal, capped off with desserts courtesy of Tiff’s Treats, they were treated to words by the Andy Roddick Foundation leaders and a series of heartwarming testimonials. Next up was a spirited live auction that featured such coveted items as a VIP experience at the U.S. Open, an excursion to St. Barth’s, and a tennis clinic with Andy Roddick. The festivities were capped off by a performance by Grammy Award©-winning singer and songwriter Leon Bridges, who brought down the house with his many hit tunes. THE PURPOSE: The event, chaired by Leon and Tiffany Chen, raised nearly $1 million for the Andy Roddick Foundation. These funds will enable the organization to invest resources in critical outof-school programs and expand opportunities for all young people until opportunity knows no color or ZIP code.
Joe and Jaime Garcia
Sherri West and Lutie Butler
THE STYLE: From the moment the Austinchic revelers ascended the escalators to the JW Marriott foyer, they could sense a special evening ahead. After the guests posed for photos, the fun turned to a festive cocktail hour where they sipped spirits, made new friends and welcomed familiar faces.
Mansoor Ghori and Bella Ghori
Leon and Tiffany Chen
Kindness Abounds Art of Kindness Kicks Off Two-Day Festival With Party At The Pershing By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Ben Porter
THE SETTING: The Pershing, a private club in Austin, was the recent setting for an evening that kicked off two days of fundraising for a very worthy cause. Over 150 of the city’s most notable sociables, VIPs, and philanthropists arrived at the Art of Kindness Kickoff party. They were treated to a fabulous evening those fortunate enough to attend will not soon forget. THE STYLE: The fun mix of cocktail and Austin-chic attire exuded a kind and welcoming environment that could be felt from the moment the guests walked up to the Pershing to pose for photos in front of the large-scale Art of Kindness light installation at the venue entrance. Once inside, all sipped on spirits during a fun and lively cocktail hour, became acquainted with old friends and made new ones. Guests then gathered in front of the venue’s stage for the evening’s program. Highlights of the program included words from the organization’s leaders and touching video tributes. A live auction followed where guests bid on a series of stellar items, including a trip to Costa Rica, an ATXclusive Package, and a Flight to Space courtesy of World View. The festivities for the evening were capped off with dancing courtesy of tunes by DJ Cassandra. The evening set the tone for the second day, held at Easy Tiger, where the organization distributed 1,500 vouchers to children from Title 1 schools for a community-focused, festival-style event. THE PURPOSE: The two-day event, co-chaired by Lisa Jauregui and Loreal Sarkisian, raised over $620,000 for The Kindness Campaign. Funds from the event will create and provide accessible mental health programs for children and adults in homes and classrooms. The organization’s core message, I AM ENOUGH, is driven by four core pillars: self-image, emotional awareness, empathy, and community.
Alex Thomas, Alexis Williams & Amber and Al Koehler
Lisa Jauregui, Andra Liemandt, Sarah Hammonds and Natalee Tortorice
Yuniedth and Jennings Steen
Janell and Robert Bruchman
Loreal Sarkisian and Majorr Smith
Kara Belew, Donna Tryba, Laura Craddick and Kirstin Ross
Amy Edwards and Justin Wren
Heather Emerson, Adria Sheth and Kelly Green
Jeff and Julie Jumonville
JULY• AUGUST 2022
Fiesta 2022 Is Celebrated With Annual Viva Garden Soirée By Jake Gaines | Photography by McKenna Kinder and Jenna-Beth Lyde
The annual Viva Garden soirée was held on a glorious and breezy evening during San Antonio's Fiesta 2022 to celebrate The Court Of The Grand Tour. The honorees included The Royal Household’s Her Gracious Majesty, The Queen Ian Brusenhan, and Her Royal Highness, The Princess Marguerite Stewart. The in-town Duchesses and the Visiting Duchesses and their families and friends were also honored at the al fresco event. Edward and Nancy Steves
Belton McMurrey, Rachel Brown and John Luke Mannix
Webb Sellers, Ian Brusenhan and Alyse Sellers
AnaPaula Watson and Todd Romano
Mimi Zoch, Luci Pitman, Mary Vance Jones and Jan Tolson
Jolie Flavin and Ashley Weaver
Will and Illa Gaunt & Gloria and Miguel Dilley
Andrew Hoelscher, Grace MacDougall, Peyton Ditto and Cade Lewis
Guests arrived to cascading Fiesta streamers hung 30 feet high amongst the oak trees that lined the entrance of the Terrell Hills home of Nancy and Edward Steves and Gloria and Miguel Dilley, swirling to the breeze as a lovely welcome to all the guests. The Viva Garden soirée was elegantly catered by Club Giraud. The event was hosted by a group of women and men from San Antonio and beyond who continue to organize and produce the evening from year to year. The Texas Cavaliers' King Antonio, Bart Simpson, and his court attended the party along with many of The German Club Order of the Alamo members. cont'd...
Claudia Frye, Carolina Mountain, Jenna Frey, Riley Chandler, Anna Parkison, Lauren O'Connor and Emily Dauskurdas
Stacy DeWall, Christina Hellmich, Margy Stewart, Lisa Sechler and Linda Stewart
Barry Roberts and Randall Mays
Kelly Sechler and Bart Simpson
Mia Fjerstad, Paige Johnson, Emma Stavinoha and Audrey Neal
Joe and Jessica Bakke, Brooke Bakke and Nix Park
Callie and Andrew Price, Kendra and Stuart Carter & Kelly and Jim Satel
Martha and Hop Fuhrmann
Jameen and John Jocoby
Parker Hollingshead and John Britton
Martin Clement and Melinda Clement
Richard and Jesse Kardys & Claire and George Vaughan
Fiesta, Family, Tradition If you live in Texas, there is a good chance you’ve heard of Fiesta. A 10-Day Celebration of San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultures, Fiesta began in 1891 as a one-parade event to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. It has now become a beloved 11-day celebration of family, culture, community and tradition. Fiesta events draw in commerce and tourism with an economic impact of more than $340 million. Battle of the Flowers Parade, Fiesta Oyster Bake, Fiesta Carnival, Night In Old San Antonio, Texas Cavaliers River Parade, Fiesta Flambeau Parade, Taste of New Orleans and Fiesta Pooch Parade are just a few of the events hosted by non-profits with attendees in the 100,000’s. This is where the fun part comes into play: Fiesta Medals! Fiesta Medals are a much beloved and major part of Fiesta; collecting, trading and wearing as many medals as possible (often on a sash) is a treasure hunt for young and old alike. Local Businesses and organizations love this friendly competition. The aim is to out-do themselves every year in the design and collectible desirability of their medals. Medals range from simple to complex and many have beautiful artistry and meaning woven into the design. One of the many events featured is by an exclusive men’s club, “The Order of the Alamo” where college-age daughters and granddaughters are asked to be a ‘Duchess’ in the annual Coronation. Each year, a “Mistress of the Robes” is elected to create a theme with elaborately designed dresses with 13-footlong trains for the 26 in-town/out-oftown members of Court. Duchesses also have medals created to represent the Train of their custom dress.
As much a timeless art piece as a collectible, tradeable gift which plays a part in telling the story of the Fiesta Theme for the year. Fiesta 2022 theme was “The Court of The Grand Tour”, where each design depicted architectural features of the grand cities of Europe. Each design represented various stops along the tour and tells a story of the landscape, and sights along the way. The design and creation of each medal takes months, with much attention paid to the weaving-in of family and personal details within each piece. The Prestigious Mark, in San Antonio Texas is the agency of choice for design, actuation and production of Fiesta Medals. The Prestigious Mark, a promotional, brand and design company whose many clients include H-E-B and Frost Bank excel at these collectible heirloom pieces given out to guests and visitors as a part of the historical pictorial archive. This San Antonio based, woman-owned business is absolutely bustling in the months leading up to Fiesta because the staff and design team excel at delivering the most exquisite, funky and creative medals for businesses and organizations of all sizes. “It’s honestly such an honor to be a part of San Antonio’s history in this way,” says Amy Swaney, owner of The Prestigious Mark. “These pieces are our little way of preserving the Story of San Antonio,” says Swaney, “and we love telling it.” The Prestigious Mark is located at: 8611 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio, Texas 78217 tpmpromo.com | (210) 820-0093
AROUND The Order Of The Alamo Hosts The Court Of The Grand Tour Coronation By Jake Gaines
Photography by Katie Clementson, Billo Smith Photography
With a much anticipated and celebratory return to San Antonio's beloved Fiesta events and traditions, The Order of the Alamo presented an elegant coronation of its Queen and her court, The Court Of The Grand Tour, in a dazzling ceremony staged at the enchanting Majestic Theater. This year's theme transported spectators on an epic visual adventure that paid homage to the historic Grand Tour tradition of 18th and 19th century Europe.
A rite of passage for aristocratic young men and women of England, those who embarked on a Grand Tour after their graduation would ride luxury carriages throughout Europe for three to four years on a journey to further their cultural education. The Court of the Grand Tour's gown and train designs SOCIETYTEXAS.COM
were inspired by extensive research and honored several cities of the Grand Tour, as well as iconic architecture and crafts from each stop—from the Alhambra of Granada, Spain and the watches of Geneva, Switzerland to London’s Westminster Abbey and Italy’s famed glassmakers.
The Mistress of the Robes, Alicia Brusenhan, worked tirelessly alongside dressmakers to bring the elaborate vision to fruition. Under Brusenhan's leadership, the creative team began designing the court’s 26 Queen, Princess, and Duchess dresses and robes for many months before the coronation ceremony. The Court Artists were Lisa Hanson and Francie Calgaard. The Queen of The Court of the Grand Tour was Ian Parker Brusenhan, the Mistress of the Robes' daughter, and was attended by Princess Marguerite Holton Stewart and 24 duchesses from San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, and beyond. The 2022 President of the Order of the Alamo was R. Webb Sellers, Jr. The Coronation Chairman was Barclay Houston, while Brett Balthrope served JULY as Lord High Chamberlain. • AUGUST 2022 95
Q Marguerite Holton Stewart The Princess of the Court of The Grand Tour
Ian Parker Brusenhan The Queen of the Court of The Grand Tour
Brooke Winslett Bakke Duchess of Modellato Illustrations
Bracken West Barnes Duchess of Beguiling Charm
Rebecca Ruth Brown Duchess of Viennese Symbolism
Margaret Leigh Calvert Duchess of Whimsical Retreats
Katherine McLean Carrington Duchess of Vermilion Opulence
Katherine Elizabeth Douglass Duchess of The Cradle of Alsatian Culture
Kara Littlefield Fronterhouse Duchess of Ceremonial Regalia
Madeline Lillie Drossos Duchess of Efflorescent Fields
Katherine Lloyd Green Duchess of Palatial Soirees
Frances Lawren Graham Duchess of Dynamic Ornamentation
Peggy Autenrieth Johnson Duchess of Cascading Parterres
Caroline Swan Kelleher Duchess of Beloved and Defining Heritage
Margaret McCloskey Kelleher Duchess of Le Jardin Marjorelle
Margot Yvonne Mays Duchess of Celebrated Traditions
Elaine Averett Miller Duchess of Dazzling Dominance
Christian Chase Mertz Duchess of Secretive Treasures
Ramsey Campbell Robinson Duchess of Unrivaled Precision
Alexis Clay Perry Duchess of Historic and Cultural Virtuosity
Agatha Evangeline Ryan Duchess of Catalan Modernism
Margaret Guenther Schupbach Duchess of Imperial Ceramics
Lillian McClelland Seeligson Duchess of Mysterious Majesty
Georgia Estelle Steves Duchess of Kaleidoscopic Allure
Candy This summer, it’s all about feeling as light as a feather and as free as a bird. With this season’s most important accessory, the signature bag, we’re presenting some sweet options in captivatingly candy colors to carry as you conquer the world. By Society Texas Editorial Team
SHOW ’EM YOUR PEARLY WHITES Opposite; This mini hand-held bag with a chunky pearl-shaped shoulder strap by Simon Rocha is an ideal conversation starter, perfect for a summer wedding or brunch with your best pals. $995. At ShopUS.SimonRocha.com.
LET THE SUN IN The Bikini Girls graphics on this Sunshine Stopper bag are a tribute to the visionary fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez. It recalls the atmosphere of the disco era and expresses the free and universal femininity of the Fendi spirit. $3290. At Fendi.com.
GOLD STANDARD Opposite: This mini Kenny top handle bag, made of pink satin and silk, with a gold finish monogrammed chain, also has a padlock with the Givenchy signature. A day to evening bag never looked more shapely. $1690. At Givenchy.com.
PATTERN PLAY This bag is perfect for carrying from dinner to the after party in Aspen. The versatile multi-colored pattern goes with everything from wild brights to elegant neutrals, don’t you think? Price upon request. By Marian Paquette at The Garden Room, Austin.
TALLY HO, OFF WE GO Opposite: This equestrian-themed Colormatic Kelly bag from Hermès will surely add vibrancy to any ensemble. Plus, there’s no doubt it connotes deep-seated joy wherever you go. Price upon request. At Hermès.com.
CHIC CITRUS Hayden Lasher’s Lizzie bag is made of canary yellow calf leather with yellow patent piping and a darling signature bow. The sweet surprise inside this treat? A powder blue suede interior. $1500. At HaydenLasher. com and TheSIL.com.
SOMETHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT Opposite: Say bonjour to a unique collector Lanvin bag. The Pencil Cat purse is embellished with a precious sculptural handle, inspired by an andiron belonging to Jeanne Lanvin and designed by the French designer Armand-Albert Rateau. $4750. At Lanvin.com.
THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER If ever there was a statement bag, it is this gorgeous Balenciaga top-handle bag in shiny crocodile-embossed calf leather. The rolled, padded top handle also accommodates a convertible strap drop. We think it is rather perfect. $2700. At NeimanMarcus.com.
ZLING BUDAPEST Europe’s remarkable destination, Budapest, has attracted the world’s attention since the Roman Empire...and its appeal remains as current as ever. See history come to life in a magnificent feast for all the senses, as our global traveler Ashley Dobson discovers.
FOUNTAINS OF YOUTH In the spirit of adventure, I set out to discover Pest, the city’s more vivacious half. Here, delightful restaurants and cocktail bars are tucked into repurposed ruins, along with fabulous shopping and, of course, Budapest’s crown jewels, the thermal spas. The Szechenyi Spa Baths are the most luxurious way to spend a day in Budapest. It was an easy way to escape real life as the naturally warm water swirled around us for hours. However, if you are a regular spa-goer, Szechenyi will be quite a different experience. There is no soft woodwind music playing in the central area, and the thermal treatments are enjoyed in large shared baths. Despite the communal ambience, the spa offers highly personalized attention. Attendants graciously helped us find our way around the enormous spa. Szechenyi is one of the largest spa baths in Europe, with 15 indoor baths, three outdoor thermal pools, and a stunning gold-colored palace containing rows and rows of private cabins. A world-class indulgent experience like Szechenyi draws more than just travelers. Locals, too, swear by the water’s healing powers ,and many go out of their way to enjoy a daily soak in the thermal pools. Our local guide couldn’t wait to tell us stories of the people she knew who had been healed by the baths. From infertility to cancer, these magical waters potentially have restorative properties for everyone. In fact, as a healthy-looking woman walked past us in her bathing suit, our guide asked me to guess her age. I thought she was about 55. But the truth is she was in her seventies and had been soaking every day for 30 years. So, if you’re looking for the fountain of youth, you may find it in Budapest.
If it is not the pools that heal you, it just might be the massages. Szechenyi has a rooftop VIP lounge with massage rooms and relaxation areas SAILING WITH MY HUSBAND DOWN THE DANUBE RIVER ONE EVENING WITH A GLASS OF for more privacy. The deeply soothing CHAMPAGNE IN MY HAND, IT WAS EASY TO SEE HOW PEOPLE FALL IN LOVE WITH THE BEAUTIFUL Harmony Aroma massage was perfect for CITY OF BUDAPEST. PARIS MIGHT HAVE DOMINATED THE TITLE OF THE CITY OF LOVE FOR OVER A me, while my husband opted to spend time CENTURY NOW, BUT THE ROMANCE OF BUDAPEST CAN CERTAINLY GIVE IT A RUN FOR ITS MONEY. in one of the facility’s many saunas. FLOATING ALONG THE RIVER THROUGH THE CITY INFUSED WITH RICH HISTORICAL BEAUTY, IT FELT LIKE WE WERE SAILING THROUGH A MOVIE SET.
On one side of the river, you have the Buda side, known as the Castle district, with historical monuments as far as the eye can see. The other side, Pest, is more lively, featuring some of the city’s most famous attractions. The Danube River, connecting the two halves, flows like the beating heart of the city.
IN ROYAL COMPANY In Budapest, history comes to life right before your very eyes. Vestiges of the Holy Roman Empire can still be found near signs of the 17thcentury Turkish occupation. Of course, the Austrian Hapsburg dynasty’s reign over the region figures prominently in Pest’s architecture. The historic Jewish districts tell the story of World War II, and remnants of Communist rule remain in the austere design of buildings from the 1980s. Still growing, the city is working on adding a series of modern buildings to its skyline. Hollywood is quite familiar with Budapest’s allure and has shown the city a new wave of tourism. The Grand Budapest Hotel, set in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka, sent people to the city searching for similar experiences. Likewise, the July film release of Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris is also set in Budapest. Travelers visiting Budapest will undoubtedly enjoy soaking up the culture and quite literally relish a soak in one of the city’s famed thermal spas. I dipped my toes in both on this Eastern European adventure.
TO DINE–SO DIVINE It was hard to say goodbye to the relaxing waters, but the call of our stomachs demanded to be answered. The food scene in Budapest is one we didn’t want to pass up. With a myriad of renowned restaurants and a food culture centered on meat, the hearty use of paprika, and lots of baked desserts, my husband and I knew we could both find something to love. The Michelin-starred Onyx Restaurant offers a take on Hungarian food that is almost too pretty to eat, with the presentation being just as important as the food itself. The tasting menu was the perfect sampling of what they had to offer. Onyx also shares a roof with the worldfamous Café Gerbeaud confectionery, an added bonus for anyone with room left for a sweet treat after their meal. Robinson Restaurant in City Park, down the street from the Szechenyi Baths, is the
Clockwise: Thermal pool in Budapest, Crossing the Danube River, and National Parliament
Clockwise: Heroes Square, The National Theatre, Four Season Budapest (window), the streets of Budapest, Four Seasons Budapest bar, and Little Princess statue in Budapest
best place in Budapest to get a great steak. The restaurant’s sommelier, Masciuch Béla, really knew his wines and offered fantastic recommendations. Monk’s Bistrot, located just off the bank of the Danube River, is the place to enjoy a dish of lamb or suckling pig. The cozy atmosphere was great for conversation. A TOAST TO BOAST Hungarians have a lot to be proud of, yet there is nothing they pride more than their wine. The vast majority of the vineyards and winemakers do not export wine out of the country, so it is a luxury not many foreigners get to enjoy. For the best wine tasting experience in Budapest, there is simply no better spot than Faust Wine Cellar. Tucked away underground in Buda’s castle district, behind the stunning Matthias Church, and underneath the Hotel Hilton Budapest, Faust Wine Cellar is an exclusive experience. With only five tables and two reservation times per day, getting a seat at the cellar can be difficult. But the intimate setting ensures just the right amount of personalized attention and, even better, access to the most exclusive vintages. Hungarian wine is the stuff of legends, literally. While sipping a bold red wine, properly called Bikavér, but commonly known as Bull’s Blood, my husband and I were regaled with tales of how the wine got its name. According to one legend, the name came about while the Turks were trying to invade the town of Eger. To give themselves the strength and courage to fight during the siege, the people of Eger drank red wine. The red color of the wine stained their beards and armor, and the invading Turks thought they had been drinking the blood of bulls. The Turks withdrew in fear, and the Hungarians prevailed. Sitting underneath the historical Castle district and drinking a cup of “Bull’s blood,” Budapest made me feel like a fierce warrior ready to take on anything. FLOATING ON A DREAM But for a city that always leads back to the water, we realized we had eaten all of our meals on land. So on our last night in Budapest, we decided to try one last unique experience. We booked a candlelight dinner cruise down the Danube River on the Legenda Boat and watched the sunset over the water, illuminating the city’s famous landmarks against the night sky. Our time in Budapest had flown by too quickly. As dinner ended and the Legenda started back to the dock, I wished the boat would slow down. I wasn’t ready for our trip to end. Drifting along with the current, I replayed memories of our trip in my head as we passed back by each location...the Chain Bridge, Hungarian Parliament, Buda Castle. Each one made me smile, and I knew I would be sharing memories about this trip for months to come. I also knew I couldn’t let this be my last time in Budapest. My husband was thinking the same thing. “When we come back here,” his next sentence started. I was grinning too hard to register the rest of his sentence fully. I only had one reply, “I can’t wait.” So, give yourself the pleasure of experiencing Budapest. You, too, will soon find yourself planning a return voyage to this magical city.
BOUNTIFUL BUDAPEST STAY:
Budapest is a stunning city, so look for a hotel that gives you a great view. Also, consider location. Since the Danube River bisects the city, you should stay on the side of the river where you plan to spend most of your time.
Narrowing down what to see in Budapest can be challenging, but here are a few can’t-miss locations.
• For a regal look and an unbeatable river view, the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest definitely lives up to its architecture by giving you the full royal treatment. Add the bonus of the Four Seasons spa to Budapest’s booming spa culture, and you’re in for the perfect vacation. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest Budapest, Széchenyi István tér 5-6, 1051 Hungary FourSeasons.com/Budapest • If you want a city experience and to be close to the famed Hungarian Little PrinceBudapest is Opera House, Boscolo Statue for you. Boscolo Budapest Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 9, 1073 Hungary Budapest.BoscoloHotels.com • For true art lovers, boutique hotel Brody House may be more your style. Each room in the Brody House includes a unique art installation. With only 11 rooms on the premises, the concierge promises devoted attention to its guests. Brody House Budapest, Bródy Sándor u. 10, 1088 Hungary BrodyHouse.com
• You must see the immensely impressive State Opera House. If you don’t have time to enjoy a performance, be sure to at least go inside and admire the grand décor. • Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts features an impressive collection of Dutch, German, and French art from the 15th to 19th centuries. It is also home to the second largest collection of Spanish painters after the Prado in Madrid. • The Hungarian Parliament is one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings. It is the largest building in Hungary and the highest building in Budapest. • Matthias Church is simply breathtaking. Located in the Buda’s Castle District, this Roman Catholic Church was constructed in the Gothic style and includes a tile roof with mosaic tiles that can only be found in one other European city, Vienna, Austria. The church also has its own legend surrounding it, the “Mary-wonder.” In 1686, during the siege of Buda, a wall of the church collapsed due to cannon fire. A Madonna statue was hidden behind the wall and was revealed in the fall. As the sculpture of the Virgin Mary appeared before the Muslim invaders, it is said that they fell at her feet and immediately surrendered. • Buda Castle is the historical palace of the Hungarian kings in Budapest. While no traditional castle exists now, the Castle District is famous for its baroque and 19th-century houses, churches, and public buildings
Vibrantly Cultured 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 summer across the state.
THE COOL FACTOR Street artist Banksy has always been known for his secrecy. Banksyland, an international touring exhibition, includes more than 80 original studio works, salvaged street artworks, and never-before-seen immersive installations. July 22–24; location in zip code 78712; TBD two weeks prior. At BanksyLand.com. Artwork by Banksy Photo by Elana Emer
IMMERSE YOURSELF Massimiliano Siccardi, the original Immersive Van Gogh and Immersive Monet creator, brings us The Impressionists, a compelling exploration of vibrant colors on a jaw-dropping scale. It features everything from Monet’s celebrated water lilies to Degas’s graceful dancers. July 1–September 11. At ImmersiveMonet.com.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME Dallas Theater Center announces the Public Works Dallas’ The Odyssey. This final grand trilogy reimagines the Greek epic with Public Works’ signature blend of professional actors, community members, and special guests. July 8–July 10. At DallasTheaterCenter.org.
Courtesy of the Dallas Theater Center
Judith and Holofernes, c. 1612–17, oil on canvas by Artemisia Gentileschi (Rome, 1593–Naples, ca. 1653), Inv. Q 378. Napoli, Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte.
Judith and Holofernes, 2012 by Kehinde Wiley (American, b.1977). © Kehinde Wiley. Courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art and Sean Kelly, New York.
Artist. Ellsworth Kelly. Courtesy of Ellsworth Kelly Studio © Ellsworth Kelly Foundation
POSITIVE POST The Blanton Museum will present Ellsworth Kelly: Postcards, a comprehensive survey of over 150 of Kelly’s playful, creative postcard collages made between 1949 and 2005. Many postcards reveal places Kelly lived or visited, such as Paris or New York City. August 27‒November 27. At BlantonMuseum.org.
DON’T BE CRUEL Direct from Broadway, Mean Girls is the hilarious hit musical from an awardwinning creative team. Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the cruel ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. August 2–7. At TexasPerformingArts.org.
Courtesy of Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.
TWO OF A DIFFERENT TIME The Kimball Museum’s Focus Exhibition will include two paintings depicting different versions of the Old Testament story of Judith and Holofernes—one by Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi and the other by American contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley, realized exactly 400 years apart. July 19–September 5. At KimbellArt.org.
TRUE TO YOUR ROOTS The San Antonio Botanical Garden presents Rooted, a monumental sculpture exhibition by acclaimed contemporary artist Steve Tobin. The forces of nature are displayed throughout the park, from the towering root systems to polished clouds resting on the earth, bronze egg-laden nests up to 6-feet tall, and spiraling tornados. Through October 30. At SABot.org.
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BUTLER, CANDLESTICK...PANTRY? It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’re at a dinner party, where murder and blackmail are on the menu. Based on the cult movie and the classic board game, Clue is the ultimate whodunit that will leave you dying of laughter and guessing until the end. July 22–August 28. At AlleyTheatre.org.
IS IT REAL, OR IS IT…? MFAH’s new exhibit Leandro Erlich: Seeing Is Not Believing, features two of his most iconic installations: Bâtiment (Façade) and Le cabinet du psy (The Psychoanalyst’s Office) in two immersive, roomsize environments. Through September 5. At MFAH.org.
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COOL COMIDA Cooling down on a scorching day with a frozen paleta or warming up in a cozy neighborhood diner are the many shared experiences evoked in The Art of SA Eats. Five San Antonio artists explore the city’s culinary landscape through paintings, photographs, sculpture, and video. Through September 4. At McNayArt.org. Eva Marengo Sanchez, Fruteria La Mission y Taqueria, 2018. Oil on panel. Courtesy of Henry Muñoz.
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REVENGE IS BEST SERVED… Is God Is, the 2018 Obie Award and 2016 Relentless Award-winning play by Aleshea Harris, makes its Houston premiere this summer. A modern myth about twin sisters seeking justice in this darkly funny and unapologetic new play. July 14–August 6. At RecRoomArts.org.
ISLAND LOVE TRAGEDY REDEMPTION The Public Theater of San Antonio presents Once On This Island. The classic love story between a peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. July 15–August 7. At ThePublicSA.org.
With everyone returning to restaurants en masse, there are a plethora of new, beautiful ones to try, as well as favorites to try again, according to our savvy eatery devotees, Rob Giardinelli (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jake Gaines (Houston) and Alexandra del Lago (San Antonio).
Dallas/Fort Worth WHEN NOT IN ROME Recently opened in Uptown's West Village, Fiatto is a casual chef-driven AmericanItalian restaurant featuring a menu rooted in seasonality. Enjoy a menu of Italian favorites where almost everything is made from scratch including breads, pastas, mozzarella, burrata, all sauces and stocks. At FiattoDFW.com. Courtesy of Wax Myrtle's
SEIZING THE DAY Maie Day is the newest dining establishment in the always happening South Congress Hotel. A classic chophouse with plenty of seafood and salad offerings means there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy as well as indoor and outdoor seating. At MaieDay.com. RAISE THE BAR This new restaurant located downton, Diner Bar, offers an Austin vibe meets Southern style cuisine with the highlight being a delectable oyster bar. Also, not to be missed are their delicious vodka flights…perfect to start…or end your meal. At TheDiner-BarAustin.com.
LUCKY YOU Back on the menu at Truluck's after an extended absence is the delicious Lobster Mac and Cheese side dish served with chunks of Maine lobster and pasta in a gooey cheese sauce topped with fresh herbs and toasted breadcrumbs. Available without the lobster as well, but why? At Trulucks.com.
INTERIOR FLAIR In the Design District you'll find The Mexican offering discerning diners an upscale, authentic Northern Mexicaninspired cuisine. The Mexican spares no details with an eclectic tequila wall and tasting table, an eccentric cigar lounge equipped with state-of-the-art ventilation, and multi-level, and picturesque outdoor patios. At TheMexican.com. cont'd...
FRESH & CASUAL The popular Ft. Worth eatery, Salsa Limón, has opened it’s first location outside of DFW on the northern edge of UT Campus. Offering fresh, fast casual Mexican food, it is the perfect stop for UT alumns and those visiting their children on the UT campus. At SalsaLimón. com.
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EVERYTHING IS AT STEAK The much-anticipated modern Italian chophouse, Marmo, is in the stylish new Montrose Collective mixed-use development in the heart of Houston. The menu puts steaks into the spotlight with an array of premium hand-cuts from local, domestic, and international purveyors. The 22-page wine list primarily focuses on Italian varietals by the glass and a cellar’s collection with back vintage gems. At MarmoItalian.com. SHARE & SHARE ALIKE Opened in June, Postino La Centerra provides a unique dining addition to the upscale shopping district, featuring a spacious 3900-squarefoot mid-century modern, open-air layout. It includes rollaway glass walls and an expansive patio to indulge in a menu chock-full of shareables, with a selection of beer and 30-plus wines. At PostinoWineCafe.com.
BE A GOOD CITIZEN Citizen, the 6,000-square-foot space located in a mid-century modern space will soon morph into a sophisticated bar and glossy lounge destined to draw power players, celebrities, pro athletes, business moguls, media titans and social stars in equal measure. At CitizenHTX.com.
TAKIN’ IT TO THE STREETS Inspired by the open-air markets in Rome, Arrosta at the Pearl is a cafe that brings the seasoned flavors of Italian street food to Texas for the first time. Experience the bohemian charm, fiery attitude and Italianstyle rotisserie café and bakery. At ArrostaPearl.com.
MIDDLE EASTERN FARE Located at the Hotel Emma, Ladino is the new eatery brought by the folks at Emmer & Rye in Austin, who created the wildly successful TLV. When it opens this summer, Ladino will pay homage to the creator’s Sephardic roots with a menu centered around the charcoal grill, which plays a lead role in the Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines. At LadinoSATX.com.
WELL, HOLA YOU Located at the entrance of the arts districts Southtown and King William, with Hola’s romantic patio offering the best view of the city’s landmark Tower of the Americas, this Mexican cuisine destination uses only the freshest ingredients on an ever-changing menu. At HolaTapas.com.
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