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61 La Femme FITale

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9 • COCKTAILS & CONVERSATION • KEEPING YOU IN THE KNOW Talking Points • In the Mix • Wealth Nostalgia • Bucket List • Design 35 • C  ONNOISSEUR • PRIME’S GUIDE TO DISCERNING TASTE Table Talk • Uncorked • Main Dish • Bragging Bites • Entertain 47 • T  HE GENTLEMEN’S ROOM • FOR THE MAN WHO COMMANDS THE VERY BEST Driver’s Seat • Cigar Notes • High Tech • Outdoors

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publisher’s note

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ith all of the amazing places in Texas to see and experiences to be had, why would anyone ever want to travel anywhere else? I agree! However, every so often—all right, at least once a year—I get a wandering eye and imagine myself in a luxurious Spanish villa or cruising the Mediterranean. It’s easy to get the itch to vacation in places such as Costa Rica after reading “Enlightened Explorer” (page 56), so don’t hold it against me. In our research on travel trends for this issue, we were surprised to learn that interest in luxury living on board a ship is growing and can be quite cost-effective. For many of us, purchasing a house is a major event with the expectation that we will reside there for a significant amount of time. However, homebuyers now have the option of residing at sea. Imagine this: concierge-style living; cocktails in an exotic location; New Year’s Eve in Sydney; Running with the Bulls in Pamplona; or buying produce from local markets around the globe. See what we discovered about this new way to experience the world in “Living Adrift” (page 26). And calling all ladies to gather round for travel experiences created just for you! In “La Femme FITale” (page 61), we visited with three companies who focus on for-women-only travel experiences. Once you’ve settled on your vacation destination, tackle what to pack with our travel-in-style recommendations in “Vacay Vogue” (pages 12 and 52). If you’re planning on taking your standard earbuds for that onboard movie or to connect with your phone, think again. Check out the Bragi Dash in “Travel Tech” (page 50). It isn’t just for music—it’s a discrete personal assistant right in your ear that can also provide live activity feedback and gesture controls. Now that’s what we call high-tech traveling! Here’s to the start of wonderful wanderlust season!

PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Karyn Dean

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PUBLISHER Terry Dean

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ART DIRECTION & DESIGN LuckyYou! Creative Erin Loukili, Jaclyn Threadgill erin@luckyyoucreative.com

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FRESH PERSPECTIVE 2 parts Hendrick’s Gin 1 1/2 parts cucumber, kale, mint and apple juice 3/4 parts lemon juice 1 part aloe juice rinse of malic acid Shake and double-strain all ingredients over ice into a hurricane glass. Garnish with fresh mini-veggies and bay leaf hydrosol.

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DEEP IN THE HEART

Texas is hats and boots, legends, horns and Howdy! And it’s home to Texas Children’s Hospital, where pushing boundaries and exploring new territory has been our focus for more than 60 years. Located deep in the heart of Houston, we’re proud to be ranked as one of the top four pediatric hospitals in the country. We’re keeping the frontier right here, where you’ll find extraordinary care whenever you need it.

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PIER 39 This year marks the 39th anniversary of the

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KEY CONCIERGE KEY Concierge launched as an Austin-based travel concierge, and quickly expanded

into national markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Aspen and New York. As a partner service to high-end vacation rentals, they provide customized itineraries for discriminating travelers developed by local concierges. They offer personalized grocery delivery, stocked bars, dining and entertainment reservations, personal chefs and more, all from a local insider’s point of view. And you don’t have to travel far to enjoy their services. Whether it’s a customized taste of Austin, boot fitting, live music crawl or having the famed Franklin Barbecue delivered—the sky’s the limit. key.co #UnlockThePossibilities

famed San Francisco PIER 39. The first project built along The Embarcadero since World War II, PIER 39 paved the way for future developments beside the Bay. Thirty-nine years later, more than 11 million guests visit The PIER each year. Each Friday for 39 weeks, guests are invited to The PIER where something different will be offered, from discounts and giveaways to fun special events such as movie night, a ’70s roller disco party, and beer and wine pours. Guests will enjoy legendary views, fresh seafood, unique local shopping, and, of course, sea lions. The celebration culminates with The PIER’s 39th birthday bash Oct. 14, featuring live music and fireworks over San Francisco Bay. pier39.com/pier-39th #Pier39Is39 #DownByTheBay

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MONROE LAMP If you’re looking for something to brighten up your space, look

no further than one of the newest trendy designs from Bessa Art & Design, the Monroe Lamp. Still one of the most iconic film celebrities, Marilyn Monroe was the inspiration with the essence of her images along with the sensuality of her long legs captured in the design. The lamp is 100 percent hand-worked and complemented by the lampshade and gold tassel fringe— reminiscent of the dresses worn at the time. bessadesign.com #SomeLikeItHot

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One of the newest, small-batch bourbons available in Texas was recently launched by Mike Cameron. At the heart of the process, the whiskey is combined with the pure, limestone-filtered water of the whiskey’s namesake—Devils River. The mash is distilled in traditional copper pot stills, and then the whiskey is aged in dark #4 charred oak barrels, which enriches the amber color and the sweet yet bold flavor. The whiskey finishes with the company’s proprietary chill filtration process. The result is a smooth 90-proof small-batch Texas whiskey. The Devils River, located in southwestern Texas, earned its name when Texas Ranger John Coffee Hays first saw the river and learned that it was called the San Pedro. He stood at the rough waters, peered into the deep canyons of this powerful river, and deemed it worthy of a much stronger name—the Devils River. Devils River Whiskey captures the spirit of the river’s history with its flavor. devilsriverwhiskey.com #ThatsTheTexasSpirit

21 ROYAL Dreams do come true at a private dinner party in Disneyland in an apartment designed as

a private living space for Walt and Lillian Disney. The exclusive, on-site residence is located directly above the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, overlooking Disneyland’s New Orleans Square. Guests experience the legendary Disney service, as they are welcomed then served signature cocktails. This is when the evening’s adventure really begins—as a fascinating tale unfolds told through fine food and drink, making for a unique and truly magical fine dining experience. To end the magical night, 21 Royal serves dessert on the balcony with a view of the charm and lights of the park. 21royaldisneyland.com #ThisMagicMoment

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KAMICA HAMPTON We’ve always been told to trust our instincts, and Houston

resident Kamica Hampton is taking that idea literally as she debuts her new line of shoes, Instincts. The collection, which is designed in Texas and made in Italy, features nine signature styles made of exquisite materials, such as exotic skins; each is sure to make a statement with any outfit. khampton.com #PairsWellWithMyInstinct

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CHAS ARCHITECTS Cabins aren’t just for camping anymore. Putting a spin on the

traditional wooden home in the Central Texas area is Chas Architects. The elements of the rustic, family “compound”—like the cabins in Fredericksburg’s Boot Ranch—can be tailored depending on the homeowner’s specific wants and needs with additions such as guest cottages or spacious outdoor courtyards. Chas’ luxury cabins are representative of a new wave of homes in the Hill Country, while also speaking to the larger trend of what affluent Texans are looking for in a second home. chasarchitects.com #We’veGotCabinFever MAY/JUNE • 2017

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