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Our Favorite Trends from NY Fashion Week Just some of our favorite moments and trends from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, including the most gorgeous colors, shapes and motifs on the runway
Highlights from Austin Fashion Week Behind the Scenes, parties and award winners from this year’s star-studded edition
Glam Factor Golden, sequined and fabulous, our fashion team really made us swoon on this one
Best Foot Forward The definitive guide to men’s dress shoes; there’s truly something for every taste
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t’s hard to believe this is our seventh issue (and we have a whole second magazine already going on its third). We have surely come a long way and (just to entertain the cliché…) we’re only getting started! What started with a vague idea of what Austin needed has quickly turned into its fastest growing luxury lifestyle magazine. It’s funny how sometimes things start to shape up… ‘Maybe we should do some fashion’ turned into 30 pages of consistent fashion in every issue (so, yes, we accidentally became Austin’s fashion magazine). ‘Let’s add some more pages’ took us from 76 to 148 in just a year! ‘This issue was really good,’ we said about October’s Interiors issue, which turned into ‘Oh, what the hell? Let’s make another magazine.’ Thus VETTA HOMES was born. Down the road paved with fast growth, freakishly hard work and nothing but fabulous reviews, we have shaped up into the ‘the most beautiful book in Austin’, but if you ask me, it could be better, much better. As you may have gathered, I am a perfectionist and I am very hard to please when it comes to myself. Still, this last year was great and for a newbie, Austin has been incredible to me. I’ve only been here for a year a half and already I have fallen absolutely in love with the city, especially downtown. This past year has been life changing (and I don’t care if I’m melodramatic). This is an anniversary marked by incredible personal milestones, such as the birth of my second child (and heiress to the future VETTA empire), the launch of our second magazine, VETTA Homes, and a visit from my Art Director and best friend. I also saw the strengthening of the happiest marriage I know, saw how much my 4-year old best buddy has learned to appreciate mommy’s work and the blossoming of two of my most important friendships: my older sister – who’s Business Development title pales in all her hard work and friendship – and best work pal – my mentor and therapist. You know who you are and how much I love you both. Special Thanks: Mami and Papi, for your patience. Alana, for sharing. Lisa, for spoiling and enabling. James, for supporting. Tania, for believing. Noel and Ana, for being God’s perfect little gifts. Carolina and June, for your enthusiasm. Jo, for being our angel. Ron and Kathryn, for inspiring. Kayla, for shining as such a bright light. Andres, for being the best partner a girl could ask for. Everyone else on the team and involved with VETTA, you are an asset to this labor of love and hard work. Lastly, NONE of it would be able without the support and interest of our sponsors and our amazing readers. My heart is overflowing with love for each one of you,
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MUCHA TO MIRÓ The exhibit captures a century of Modernism through groundbreaking works. Artists include Alphonse Mucha, Joan Miró, Picasso and more.
ontemporary Artists’ predecessors were nonconformists, experimenters, radicals who broke every mold that attempted to contain them. What came of that deviation was a trove of work created by those who we now refer to as Modern Masters. Those artists captured the zeitgeist of their era and channeled creativity into works that created a disruption in the art world that had everlasting effects. This May, their work comes to the Southwest for the first time, as the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery will display original drawings, etchings and lithographs by modern masters of the mid-19th through mid-20th centuries in a rarely seen exhibit. Included in the collection will be works by Jane Atche, Mary Cassatt, Leonetto Capiello, Marc Chagall, Jules Cheret, Salvador Dali, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Manet, Alphonse Mucha, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Theophile Steinlen, James Jacques Tissot and James McNeil Whistler. Sixty to eighty pieces curated by Greg Bloch will be on display and available for purchase at the Russell Collection May 1st through the 30th at the 6th Street location. “As many people in Austin know, I opened this gallery with a collection of masters works – we were new to the local art scene and wasn’t sure if it would really take off. Twelve years later, I’d say Austin has embraced fine art and we’re beyond excited to welcome the works of these Modern Masters to town,” explained gallery owner Lisa Russell. VETTA
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We were pleased to see the runways light up with carroty hues. Bursting with energy and beautifully done, orange made a nice color addition to this edition’s palette, which is a great choice to transition to and from Spring/Summer. Reem Acra and Victoria Beckham were our favorite orange proponents, sporting ombré treatments and coppery tones, correspondingly.
Metallics – especially thoese reminincet of the disco era – made a comeback this edition – adding shimmer to a wide array of collections. Michael Kors, Reem Acra, Rachel Zoe and Tracy Reese were some of our favorite luster advocates.
Lauratomod Specchio Ankle-Wrap Sandal ($745; manoloblahnik.com)
beautifully feathered Ostrich Feather Bolero by Daizy Shely ($1,500; farfetch.com)
In a proclamation of pure elegance, a number of garments were embellished with airy feathers in a beautiful array of colors. From grand ostrich to more petite forms, gowns, shawls and accessories were much to our fancy, especially those from Elie Saab, Alice and Olivia and Carolina Herrera.
tickled pink In a surprisingly Spring statement, coats, dresses and pants set a blushing tone for this edition. Feminine and fierce, pink was one of our favorite color choices for the show. From pale pastels to flaming fuchsia, pink supporters included labels such as Cushnie et Ocs, Kate Spade and Marissa Webb. Patent Leather Strappy Sandal ($795; manoloblahnik.com)
in the fringe Flirty fringe made its way once more to the runway, via dresses, boots, handbags and more. From flapper flare to thick leather trimmings, the need to shake it was latent. Our favorite designers for this trend include Sally LaPointe, BCBG and Ralph Lauren. Finn Leather Fringe Crossbody Bag ($195; rebeccaminkoff.com)
crimson tide Oh, how we love red! Many collections were infused with passionate garnet for this round, from fiery salsas to deep crimsons. Showstoppers included Zac Posen and Proenza Schouler, as well as A-List Venezuelan designer Angel Sanchez.
Giant 12 City Bag ($1,985; balenciaga.com)
Fimbo Dark Horn & Bronze Collar Necklace (ashleypittman.com)
viva la embellished If it’s heavily beaded and intricately ornate, we love it! We gushed over this years’ thickly sequined gowns, the profusely beaded and the ambitious appliqués. Our absolute favorites, Reem Acra and Elie Saab, set the standard: “If it ain’t Baroque, don’t fix it!”
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From wallpaper-like graphics to frilly flower patterns, the runway came alive with these blossoming feminine notions. Imari Floral Skirt by Erdem ($1,182; erdem.com)
As the Fashion Week Circuit took off, VETTA followed closely to capture the next big things to hit the racks for Fall/Winter 2015-16. However, we couldnâ€™t help ourselves and took notice of the most versatile, yearround looks that were flaunted down the runway. Here are our favorite moments in every city.
UNDENIABLY BLACK Black is shape-shifting, trendsetting and never out of style. One of our favorite elements in France was the resurgence of onyx across a wide array of collections. Our favorite looks were those with Fall appeal but also work for Spring/Summer.
Silk Blend Tuxedo Mini Dress by Balmain ($5,060; balmain.com)
MILAN WHITE LEGACY
Delicate and feminine, white was imposed on the runway in a statement of pure simplicity.
Lissette Dress by Erin Fetherson ($325; erinfetherston.com)
TOKYO SPORTY LUXE
Materials and finishes worthy of athletic apparel were incorporated seamlessly into ready-to-wear elements, while still managing to exude loads of style. We just loved the fact that this collection of looks would transition easily from sneakers to stilettos.
Val Runway Bow Skate Sneaker by Michael Kors ($295; michaelkors.com)
AFW BEHIND THE SCENES Austinâ€™s most beautiful came out to see some top-notch runway shows at the seventh annual edition of Austin Fashion Week. VETTA had a blast rubbing shoulders with the truly Fashionable. Photos by Greg Cestaro for Fashionably Austin.
AFW SNAPSHOTS Breathtaking runway, cutting-edge readyto-wear and fresh new faces in the evolving Austin fashion scene; these were just some of the ingredients for an unforgettable AFW. Thanks to the Fashionably Austin lens for taking us behind the scenes. Photos by Fashionably Austin.
TOP MODEL AUSTIN 2015
fter six weeks of competition, ten finalists competed on the runway at the 5th Annual Top Austin Model Finale where judges names Arianna Joslin the 2015 Top Austin Model winner! At Mercury Hall during Austin Fashion Week, Top Austin Model finalist contestants debuted looks by Austin designers Elaine Marie Bridal, LaLa, and SixChel: Sexy Cool Chic Chic featuring jewelry and accessories by Crystal Diane Studios (with hair by Jackson Ruiz and makeup by Mandy Hernandez) in an intimate runway presentation. The top three models were announced at the end of the evening with a walk-off to determine the winner greeted with a collective gasp from the audience. Anna Cash, Arianna Joslin, and Deborah Zachgo gave their best strut down the runway and provided their best five editorial poses before the judges - competition creator and model Brianna Fleet, founder of Fashionably Austin Cheryl Bemis, and fashion and lifestyle photographer Peter Tung made the announcement. VETTA
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he Frank Erwin Center came to life as guests cheered on 24 senior design students in the annual UT show. Professional models from Webber Productions presented 120 looks on the runway. FUSION was selected as the theme for this year’s show. Fusion brings together creative ideas, technical talent, digital prints, programmable garment lights, performance fabrics and problem solving research for the ever changing and evolving fashion industry. (universityfashiongroup.com)
ustin Fashion has a fresh new face! Chelsey Nordyke, a 22-year-old Austin Native and designer of Spire the Label, has just received the 2015 Austin Fashion Fund Award at Austin Fashion Week. After starting her label in April of last year, Chelsea has been arduously working to build an amazing brand that debuted in this year’s Finale Show. During her final walk with her model, she was grabbed off the runway and pulled up on stage by Matt Swinney, FashionxAustin’s founder, to be recognized as Austin’s top designer. “It was such an unexpected surprise to win an award – much less THE award given out during Austin Fashion Week! I didn’t know I was even up for any awards!” Chelsey recalls. The prize package for the Austin Fashion Fund includes a trip to New York City courtesy of NY Designer, Eileen Fisher, who will critique Chelsey’s collection, offer her advice, and introduce her to key industry players. The package also includes a cash prize, a Bernina B560 sewing machine, a team to create an official lookbook for Spire the Label, and a one-year mentorship with Ann Kasper, renowned fashion industry consultant. Nordyke found her love for visual arts and specifically Fashion Design at the young age of 13. In April of 2014 she started her label with the help of Chicago based consultant V. Mora. The designs from Spire the Label are minimalistic with clean lines, but also create a balance of vibrant patterns that instills elegance, confidence, and a sense of edginess in each woman wearing her garments. Follow Chelsey’s journey as we expect to see much more from the novel designer. (spirethelabel.com)
PINK SUCCESS! Thanks to all the Pink! supporters, who helped raise nearly $400,000 for Susan G Komen. Over 400 guests gathered at the Hyatt Regency’s Zilker Ballroom to show their support for the cause, including Mayor Steve Adler and some of Austin’s finest. Photos Courtesy of Susan G Komen Austin.
CELEBRATING LIFE The Celebration of Life Luncheon at the JW Marriott was a beautiful occasion to commemorate those who have fought and still fight the hard battle with breast cancer. We at VETTA made some special friends during the event and will continue to support this important effort by the Seton Breast Care Center. In these shots: Patty Hoffpauir, Scarlett Lewis, Venus Strawn, Brandi Wright, Maredla Dhar, Anna Anami Hardeman, Lucy Reagan, Katie Starley, Donna Baldwin, Robin Nitche, Lila Igram, Lisa Thomajan, Ellen Steiner, Jeanne Parker, Mary Ann and Andrew Heller and Patty Hoffpauir. Thanks for your support! Photos by Robert Godwin.
“WILD AND FREE” VETTA had a blast at “Wild and Free”, Meredith Pardue’s latest solo exhibition in Austin, which took place on March 5th at Jean Marc Fray Antiques. The Downtown art scene was enriched by this glamorous engagement, full of interior design and real estate professionals, as well as a chic collection of art enthusiasts and antique lovers. Photos by Photo InVitro.
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ETTA is proud to support a number of charities in Central Texas and was thrilled to hear these words of gratitude from all the charities benefited by this year’s MJ&M. Thanks to everyone who came out!
CURE DUCHENNE “The support of MJ&M has enabled research to be funded for hundreds of thousands of boys with Duchenne. Now more than ever, the impact of this wonderful event is providing hope to families all over the world who face this 100% fatal disease.” CD is focused on finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal muscle disease affecting 20,000 boys in the US and nearly 300,000 boys worldwide. (cureduchenne.org) DELL CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL TEXAS “We are so grateful for the support of Mack, Jack & McConaughey. Dell Children’s serves over 1 million children in 46 counties. Kids are not little adults and their medical needs are unique. Every child deserves to be healthy and happy. Support from MJM helps us help kids.” This worldclass medical center is dedicated to the care of children and adolescents, regardless of their families’ ability to pay. (supportdellchildrens.org) HEARTGIFT “The impact Mack, Jack & McConaughey has on HeartGift allows for us to provide more children from across the world with lifesaving surgeries. For that we are so very thankful for their support and the support of the Austin community.” Heartgift provides lifesaving heart surgery to children from around the world where specialized medical treatment is either scarce or nonexistent. (heartgift.org) JUST KEEP LIVIN “We are honored and grateful to be a beneficiary of Mack, Jack, and McConaughey. This event has allowed us to expand our after school fitness and wellness programs into more inner-city high schools to serve more students across the country. Teenage kids are healthier for themselves, for their families, and for their communities thanks to the support of MJ&M.” This organization empowers students in inner city high schools thru programs focused on fitness and wellness to enable them to make healthy life choices. (jklivinfoundation.org) THE RISE SCHOOL “The focused efforts by MJ&M allow us to continue to improve the quality of early childhood education in an inclusive community that celebrates diversity and creates positive change.” This organization provides early education children ages 18 months to 6 years with and without disabilities in a year-round setting. (riseschoolaustin.org) VETTA
VETTA SAT DOWN WITH SXSW MUSIC PROGRAMMER JES ELLIOT TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE EVENT ORGANIZER’S MINDSETS AND THEIR GOALS FOR THE FESTIVAL. story and photos by jennie park
ach year, SXSW draws more people to Austin. To combat the mayhem of SXSW Music, arguably the most chaotic segment of the festival, only 114 special event permits were approved this year, versus the 170 that were approved last year. “It goes back to the ethos of less is more,” SXSW music programmer Jes Elliott explains. While scaling back the number of event permits may not have done much to discourage people from flocking to Austin for SXSW, there was a marked increase in the diversity, as well as the quality, of the music showcases that were organized for SXSW 2015. This year, we got an earful of everything from Jersey club to Japanese pop. “Some of the buzzier acts and some of the hype was around rap and electronic this year,” Elliott said. Perhaps the most notable attempt at contributing a new facet to SXSW Music was the integration of experiential art. “Our art team did a great job this year of increasing the amount of visuals at the festival via wall murals and light installations,” Elliott said. Music and art converged at the Tom Sachs Boombox Retrospective at the Jones Contemporary. Organized by Elliott himself, the interactive exhibit made use of everyday materials such as wires, batteries, and duct tape to create functioning sculptures that pay homage to the boombox. “We wanted the public to have something to engage with,” Elliott said. Boomboxes covered both floors of the Jones Contemporary. Some were small, some were large. Some were made out of ceramic, while others were a conglomeration of low-cost materials. The boomboxes speak to an earlier time, when music was experienced differently. It also speaks to our generation’s return to nostalgic relics such as the record player and the cassette tape. The Sachs exhibit was also a commentary on SXSW at large. As SXSW continues to expand, it also continues to revert back to an earlier time, when SXSW was more concerned with exposing and experiencing new media. The week of SXSW Music, Elliott arranged for eminent DJs to play through the Tom Sachs installations, adding a fresh element of pop culture, which is already a prominent fixture in Sachs’ work. “I had the pleasure of curating three days of DJS to play through his installations. We had four artists each day,” Elliott said. Nadus, DJ Slink, JustBlaze, and Dream Koala played through the Tom Sachs installations, among others. VETTA
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SXNOISE Fun, stars and fashion came together at Neiman Marcus’ “Make Some Noise” event at 78 Rainey Street from Wednesday, March 18th to Friday, March 20th. The three-day activation featured thought-provoking panel discussions with female noisemakers such as Laura Dern, Rosario Dawson, Jenna Bush Hager, and more. Can’t wait for next year’s edition! Photos by Andrew Smith.
RAPTOR HOUSE! Raptor Group and Roc Nation once again partnered for the fourth annual Raptor House. For the last three years Raptor House has drawn a highly curated group of thought leaders across varying industries for intimate panel discussions, networking, deal making, and live music. Photos by Jonathan Leibson / Getty Images.
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1. Palu Silver Dome Ring ($395; johnhardy.com) 2. Rock Candy 18k Gold Medium Baguette Ring ($3,295; ippolita.com) 3. Royal Marquis Sunburst Ring ($2,495; alexisbittar.com) 4. Pave Diamond Ring ($2,800; johnhardy.com) 5. Aussie Ring (kendrascott.com) 6. Ring with Blue Topaz and Diamonds ($2,250; davidyurman.com) 7. Paloma Picasso Olive Rings (tiffany.com) 8. Moresca Ring by Staurino Fratelli ($8,650; neimanmarcus.com)
FINDING YOUR DREAM HOME SHOULDN’T BE HARD. GETTING INTO AN AUSTIN RESTAURANT ON SATURDAY NIGHT? NOW THAT’S A DIFFERENT STORY.
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e LOVE the New SoCo location of By George. The new, gracefully styled space provides an array of home goods & gifts, menswear, and children’s apparel in addition to women’s styles. Larry McGuire and his team from McGuire Moorman Hospitality collaborated with By George owners, Katy and Matthew Culmo, to reimagine the retail concept and broaden the focus to include home and lifestyle brands in addition to their familiar contemporary lines. “We have always designed many of our restaurant spaces and even started to design and produce our own uniforms,” added McGuire. “This, coupled with my longstanding friendship and respect for Katy and Matt made this collaboration an enjoyable evolution as we strive to grow our Austin brands.” By George’s second outpost, which opened in 2006 has remained a South Congress staple as the neighborhood continues to grow and evolve. (bygeorgeaustin.com) Photo by Molly Winters.
Sanderson Antiques & Design (210) 829-5511 | 5405 Broadway, San Antonio TX 78209 WWW.SANDERSONANTIQUES.COM
HOLE IN ONE
ONLY FOR HORSE LOVERS 6 3
CENTER COURT STYLE
SPORT AND LUXURY ARE COUPLED IN GIFTS THAT NURTURE ONE’S PASSION 1. Hermès Paris Sterling Silver Golf Ball Desk Clip ($4,400; 1stdibs.com) 2. Garnet Golf Bag ($975; parkaccessories.com) 3. Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book by Graphic Image ($80; neimanmarcus.com) 4. Horse Bookend by L’ Objet ($395; l-objet.com) 5. Platinum Equestrian Frame ($325; l-objet.com) 6. Black Horse Sunglasses ($500; annakarinkarlsson.com) 7. Kapuskasing Tennis Tote by Park Accessories ($725; neimanmarcus.com) 8. Tennis Ball & Racquet Cuff Links ($395; janleslie.com) 9. Chanel New Dark Blue Golf or Tennis Shoes ($895; 1stdibs.com)
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LUXURIES GOODIES AND TREASURES FOR PETITE SOPHISTICATES
Ziggy Large Plush Bunny (swankieblankie.com)
Floral-Embroidered A-Line Dress ($80; ralphlauren.com) Siri Wallet (agatharuizdelaprada.com)
Poplin Shirt, Striped Shorts & Belt Set (ralphlauren.com)
Suede Fisherman Sandal ($85; babywalker.gr)
Girls’ Field-Print Jersey/Poplin Dress ($365; dolcegabanna.com)
Children’s Havana Wayfarer Sunglasses (ray-ban.com)
Burlap Correa Sandal ($44; toms.com) Lonnie Leather-Trim Baby Bag ($350; toryburch.com)
FASHIONABLE WORKPLACE by paige tyrrell
eet MM.LaFleur, a New York City-based fashion startup founded by Sarah LaFleur and Narie Foster, two former consultants who were tired of dressing in boring pantsuits, in collaboration with Miyako Nakamura, former head designer of Zac Posen. Started in 2013, the brand is tailored to make working women feel fabulous by bringing fashion into the office. MM.LaFleur’s model is making the banal practice of browsing, trying on and coming up emptyhanded obsolete. The company streamlines the shopping process by sending a box of clothes (handpicked by a stylist, of course) directly to your door. The boxes are personalized based on the customer’s online survey and subscribers are able to try the pieces on in the comfort of their own home, keeping only the desired pieces and sending the rest back. Clients are not charged to have the box shipped if they choose not to keep the items. “Most of our items are made in New York following ethical practices, crafted with luxe fabrics from Italy and Japan. We stress on producing easy-to-care-for pieces that are also travel friendly. Additionally, our styles include classy staples that work perfectly to transition from day to night looks,” explained the designers. The brand’s groundbreaking service model, MM Bento, is the first model of its kind to target the professional woman. “MM Bento has completely changed the way busy women shop and dress for work. “Rather than curating looks from multiple brands, MM.LaFleur designs and ethically produces its own collection in NYC’s Garment District,” explained the designers. By selling directly to customers (thereby cutting out unnecessary middlemen), MM is able to create luxury-quality pieces at a contemporary price point. (mmlafleur.com) VETTA
DATE NIGHT WINE, DINE & URBAN BREEZE
s Austin becomes a food and wine hotspot, we are excited to learn about new treats and concepts on the horizon. From wine tasting to outdoor dining downtown, here are some urban cool culinary experiences. ELEVATED SIPS Ooh-la-la! The beverage director for all parkside projects restaurants in Austin — elevated gastro pub parkside, familystyle Southern Italian eatery olive & june, Neapolitan-style pizzeria the backspace and new tapas restaurant Bullfight — has earned a rare distinction in the world of fine wine. Paul Ozbirn, the wine and beverage director for parkside projects, has been designated an advanced sommelier after completing and excelling at the advanced sommelier exam through the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers. An extremely rare designation, this advanced sommelier
Terrace at Bess Bistro.
Paul Ozbirn, wine and beverage director for parkside projects.
distinction is one only a handful of Austin wine experts hold. Originally from Nashville, and calling Austin home for nearly a decade now, Ozbirn credits his initial interest in wine to a months-long post-college journey throughout Italy and Greece. He later honed his wine knowledge while waiting tables at Austin’s Vin Bistro and Botticelli’s South Congress, experiences that led him to earn his Level 1 sommelier distinction. Later, while working as part of the wine staff at fine-dining restaurant Wink, Ozbirn became a certified sommelier, and took the job of Wink’s wine buyer and in-house sommelier. He later continued to share his wine knowledge with Austin foodies while working as the sommelier at Paggi House. With his new designation of advanced sommelier, Ozbirn will continue to develop and elevate the wine and beverage programs at all parkside projects restaurants while sharing his vast wine and pairing knowledge with engaged diners. OUT ON THE BESS BISTRO TERRACE Patio weather is here and what better excuse to enjoy our lovely terrace, a nice retreat from the bustling 6th Street district and the perfect way to begin an evening at Bess Bistro. Enjoy Chef Roman’s new farm to table inspired Terrace Menu and sip on VETTA’s favorite new spring libations. New appetizers include the Morsel’s Pickle Jar, a weekly farm harvest; the Cheeseboard, chef’s selection of three cheeses; Bess Charcuterie of chicken liver mousse, rillette; as well as favorites like the Blistered Shishito Peppers with the Beef Tartare
with pickled mustard seed, parmesan, herb aioli; semolina dusted Artichoke Hearts with crispy spinach, garlic aioli and their Fried Green Tomatoes. Enjoy new spring keg cocktails including Spring Thyme Lemonade with vodka; Lavender Bees Knees with a honey powder rim; Texas Mule with chili infused tequila; or the Patio Punch, which rotates seasonally. Mixed by hand new cocktails include the Old Fashioned with blackberry reduction; Mint Julep with watermelon, pineapple mint; Negroni with charged vermouth and the Bartender’s Choice- choose your spirit, choose your style (refreshing, bitter or bold). Join us! The patio opens at 5pm. VETTA
SMART (PHONE) FLYING
LONE STAR LUXE
Opportunity seldom waits and sometimes work demands omnipresence, so when time is of the essence (and money is no object), the best idea is usually to beat the commercial flight woes and charter a jet. Seems simple enough, right? However, without enough information at hand, the task can seem daunting – while it’s hard not to feel ripped off when industry leaders expect to charge up to 30% extra on flights. We are pleased to have a refreshing alternative in our own backyard, the all-inclusive, luxuriously convenient Capital Wings. With three decades of service in the sky and offering over 500 destinations in the US, Canada, Central and South America, they’ve become a staple private jet chartering in Austin. No parking, no security, no annoying taxi time, and no hassle… we just love it. Customers flying with Capital Wings pay by the hour, instead of purchasing a fractional share (which is common in the industry), so this can translate into savings of up to 65%. They also offer prepaid hour cards, for deeper discounts. Who knew? Luxury doesn’t always have to cost an arm and a leg, after all. (capwings.com)
TAKE HOME THE MEMORY
Jet Set Candy captures the spirit of favorite destinations and far-flung places. The collection includes over 100 whimsical original charms, representing six continents and 33 countries, meticulously crafted in sterling silver, vermeil and 14k gold. Nicole Parker King, world traveler and founder of the chic line is reinventing travel souvenirs and has grown the label into an impressive catalog of high-style keepsakes from nearly everywhere around the globe. The West Coast collection is irresistible, but may we suggest the Austin charm? (myjetsetcandy.com)
Jet chartering from your smart phone is now easier with Jet Smarter, the app (for iOS or Android) that connects aircraft operators with fliers in real time. Founder Sergey Petrossov designed the app to give flyers access to the largest private jet marketplace in the world right from their mobile device. “Our application democratizes the private jet market by decreasing the entry price for consumers and helping air carriers gain more market exposure,” explains Petrossov. “Such transparency allows us to build a highly engaged audience of influential users who trust us to get the best deals when flying private.” The dynamic app availability allow customers to book flights at wholesale price, and for extra insider perks, they even offer FREE empty leg flights. Petrossov also explains, “The average broker charges anywhere between 7%-40% per private jet charter, while almost 30% of all private jet flights go empty. This doesn’t make a lot of sense. Our Members save on average 15%-25% on each private jet charter.” An empty leg flight is a plane that is flying empty to reposition or return for an already booked (chartered) trip. According to the company, although aircraft operators try to accommodate schedules to avoid inefficiency, a whopping 30% of all private aircraft fly empty, creating substantial inventory of empty leg flights. When booking a jet online, the app provides detailed info on the plane along with images to attest the model and its quality. The app is free to download and joining is just as easy as chartering a plane, by simply entering your name, e-mail address and phone number. Jet Smarter loyals receive a goldplated members card, exclusive concierge service, and access to exclusive events, among other modish perks. (jetsmarter.com)
The Art and Science of Running Barefoot ARE RUNNING SHOES OBSOLETE? DON’T TRASH THOSE SNEAKERS JUST YET!
by nathan cranford
t’s common to see a topless runner. It’s less common to see a shoeless runner. Yet in recent years, many runners have left their shoes in the dust and are running barefoot. This peculiar workout trend is known as barefoot running, giving the expression “I’ve got soul” a whole new meaning.
WALKIN’ THE WALK Barefoot running was first popularized by Christopher McDougall’s blockbuster hit Born to Run. Proponents of barefoot running argue that running shoes cushion feet in an unnatural way by forcing runners to land on the heel instead of the forefoot, causing various muscles to weaken. By contrast, barefoot running forces runners to land on the forefoot instead of the heel, allowing them to stride at greater distances and speeds. In other words, the shoe doesn’t fit the foot. Contrary to what Nancy Sinatra’s famous jingle might say, boots are made for shoppin’—not walkin.’ Whatever the reasons used to justify barefoot running may be, the most powerful argument for the peculiar workout trend is made by example. A Kenyan tribe known as the Kalenjin has a track record for consistently winning marathons. They also happen to run either barefoot or in sandals in their homeland. The numbers speak for themselves. Only 17 American men in United States history have run a mile under two minutes and ten seconds. Approximately 32 Kalenjin’s accomplished the same feat in October 2011 alone. In the 2013 Berlin Marathon, Kenyans took not only first place, but second, third and fourth place. These numbers have driven many runners to take note of the Kalenjin’s running methods by lacing down rather than lacing up. There are many theories why running barefoot can help increase a runner’s speed. Legs are like a pendulum. The lighter they are, the easier they are to swing. Kenyan’s tend to have thin ankles and calves, giving them a natural running advantage. In fact, some social scientists suggest that the outcome of an Olympic race can be determined by measuring
the diameter of the runner’s ankles beforehand (foot?). Barefoot runners extend this reasoning to shoes in general, suggesting running shoes wrap unnecessary weight around the ankles and cause the feet to drag. NO PAIN, NO GAIN The problem is that thin ankles and calves aren’t unique to the Kalenjin tribe but extend to Kenyan’s in general. What other factors give the Kalenjin tribe a running advantage over their Kenyan brethren? Many believe that it is the Kalenjin’s mental, rather than physical, ability to endure pain that allows them to stride great distances. In particular, the Kalenjin tribe has an initiation ceremony into adulthood that consists of beating, stinging, whipping and genital mutilation. In some versions of the ritual, mud is caked on the participant’s face. If the mud cracks from flinching, the participant is labeled a coward and is ostracized from the community. The ceremony is adequate preparation for the agony that accompanies running marathons. Many runners are skeptical of the advantages of barefoot running. According to a statement issued by the American Podiatric Medical Association, “While anecdotal evidence and testimonials proliferate the Internet and media about the possible health benefits of barefoot running, research has not adequately shed light on the immediate and long-term effects of the practice.” Barefoot running could carry its own disadvantages as well. Approximately 70 percent of runners already suffer some repetitive stress injury each year. Barefoot running could escalate these risks. In addition, the transition from shoes to shoeless running isn’t easy. And, to be frank, most people aren’t mentally prepared to endure pain in the same way a member of the Kalenjin tribe who just underwent an initiation ceremony is capable of enduring pain. While the benefits of barefoot running remain inconclusive, the trend continues to thrive. Whether there is a most effective way to run is a matter of debate within the running community. What can be agreed upon is that the steps to becoming a good runner first require steps, with or without shoes. VETTA
War of the
DIET TRENDS VEGAN VERSUS HUNTER-GATHERER. FACT VERSUS FICTION. by nathan cranford
he New Year’s Eve always sparks a storm of diet trends and a monsoon of conflicting information. The year 2015 was no exception with the Paleo and Raw Vegan Diet abound. In order to navigate through the murky waters, let’s look at some of the claims made by the Paleo and Raw Vegan diet, as well as their objections.
BACK TO THE CAVE Fad #2: The Paleo Diet. At its meat eating core, the Paleo diet avoids processed foods, refined sugar and dairy. Paleo Dieters argue that the maladies that plague western civilization are tied to the rise of industrial agriculture, and that we should revert back to the diet our hunter gatherer brethren shared. A time before the agricultural revolution. A time, as the name implies, known as the Paleolithic era.
FIRE, BAD! Fad #1: The Raw Vegan Diet. In addition to the prohibition of meat and dairy, raw vegans do not eat cooked food. Raw vegans argue that cooked food is unnatural. Fire is a human invention to recently take flame (forgive the pun) that cooks out essential nutrients. As Frankenstein notoriously said, “Fire, bad!” Therefore, we ought to only consume uncooked food, such as fruits, nuts, and vegetables. The diet is promoted as the secret to the fountain of youth by low-voltage celebrities such as Mimi Kirk, who won PETA’s “Sexiest Vegetarian over 50” contest when she was 70. Although “Sexiest Vegetarian over 50” might sound like an exclusive club, Mimi Kirk doesn’t look a day over fifty; a benefit that she attributes to her strict eating habits.
Objections: There was no universal diet that humans shared during the Paleolithic era. Humans were spread across the globe, meaning their diet was dictated by the happenchance of geography. If they lived by the water, then they ate fish. If they were good hunter-gatherers, then they ate meat. And if hunting proved unfruitful, then they ate fruit. In addition, paleo dieters have a phobia of processed food. But all food, to some extent, is processed food. Very rarely do we pluck food from the soil of the Earth without washing, cutting, cooking and seasoning it in some way. Last, much of the food our ancestors consumed no longer exists. Chicken eggs of the past faintly resemble the shiny, white oval shells stacked in supermarkets. Teosinte ears are replaced with ears of corn. And who can forget the banana, which has been sculpted by selective breeding to fit the human hand? Relics of wild food our ancestors ate are scarcely found in western culture, making the Paleo diet not just flawed, but impossible.
Objections: The claim that fire is a recent human invention to take flame is founded in darkness. Best estimates suggest cooking first kindled a million years ago or more. In addition, far from destroying nutrients, cooking food can make certain nutrients more plentiful and otherwise indigestible food digestible. In fact, some scientists suggest that cooking food helped fuel the rapid ballooning of the human brain. While a raw vegan diet is better than the standard American diet, its benefits stem from ample amounts of vegetables rather than the avoidance of animal products. Most people find the diet too restrictive, expensive and time-consuming to stick to in the long run. 62 VETTAMAGAZINE.COM
The Paleo and raw vegan diet are polar opposites and contain a fair share of followers. Perhaps this shows that there isn’t one diet that fits all. Our tastes change over time. What works for a twenty-year old might not work for a forty-year old. Asking “What is the healthiest way to eat?” might be a meaningless question. I try to follow the food journalist Michel Polland’s succinct guidelines: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.” Anything beyond that is a matter of guesswork and dumb luck. VETTA
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COLORS of SS15
Treat your beautiful skin like it’s the only one you’ll have. 1. Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($32; sephora.com)
THE SWEETEST SCENT
Fresh wardrobe calls for a new signature fragrance and our pick for this round is a flowery alluring aroma. 2. La Vie En Rose by Viktor & Rolf ($95; viktor-rolf.com)
A FRESH COAT
Transition between seasons is seamless with a do-no-wrong coat of fresh pink. Pastels are timeless and feminine, and these shades work great from the office to late-night courting. 3. Deborah Lippman Polish in ‘Chantilly Lace’ (deborahlippman.com) 4. Marc Jacobs High Shine Lacquer in ‘9 to 5’ (marcjacobs.com) 5. Nail Lacquer by Smith & Cult in ‘Pillow Pie’ (smithandcul.com)
SERIOUS HAIR PREP
PROTECT, PRIME, COLOR AND PAMPER YOUR SKIN, HAIR AND NAILS IN SWEET ANTICIPATION OF THE GORGEOUS SUMMER SUN.
Clean, prepare and condition hair so that it outlasts Austin’s harsh summer and looks amazing in the process. (TIP: Summer is a time for high-paced fun. If you need to skip the wash altogether, here’s a great dry shampoo alternative.) 6. Perk-Up Dry Shampoo by Amika (loveamika.com) 7. Weekly Remedy Hair Repairing Treatment by Rita Hazan New York (ritahazan.com) 8. Kérastase Discipline Kit (kerastase.com)
Spicy, sultry lips not only ruled the runway, but will also define 2015 transition. Try these yummy choices. 9. L’absolu Rouge Sheer in ‘Coral Alize’ by Lancome (lancome-usa.com) 10. Rouge Brilliant Lip Gloss by Dior in ‘Soho’ (dior.com) 11. Sheer Lip Color by Bobbi Brown in ‘Pink Blossom’ (bobbibrowncosmetics.com)
Don’t let Texas’ excruciating heat (or little kids splashing around you) cramp your perfect style. 12. Limited Edition Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil (bobbibrowncosmetics.com) 13. Cils d’Enfer Waterproof Mascara by Guerlain (guerlain.com)
SEASON HANDBAGS ARE NOT JUST FOR CARRYING SUPPLIES; THEY ARE THE ULTIMATE FINISHING PIECE. THIS SUMMER IS ALL ABOUT COLORFUL ARM CANDY. Shown here (top to bottom): Toggle Drawstring Bucket Bag ($475; toryburch.com) Sedgwick Double-Zip Leather Tote Bag ($2,790; tomford.com) Marina Large Espadrille Shoulder Bag ($248; michaelkors.com)
AUSTIN CHILD GUIDANCE CENTERâ€™s mission is to improve the mental health of children and their families through early intervention, diagnosis, and treatment to help them develop the emotional skills for meeting lifeâ€™s challenges. Each year the agency provides quality mental health care to over 3,500 children and family members, regardless of their ability to pay. For over 64 years, the Center has improved the mental and emotional health of underserved children and families.
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HAIR by katy kinney
ffortless looks for your locks are a wonderful fit for your carefree summer. The warmest months of the year come and go fast enough as it is, so keep things simple when it comes to hair. Don’t get me wrong, find a way to rid your hair of its natural frizz and uneven kinks, but keep things easy on the eyes with minimal smooth textures. ‘Styled / un-styled’ is all the rage.
Before coloring over your air drying locks, consider a few vogue tones that can be accentuated by the sunny hue of the season. A honey tint will magnify your ethereal summer look. A quick caramel toner over an uneven or brassy highlight would put things right in a hurry. As your summer tan deepens, blonde brightens for a sexy warm look. If you are already platinum or thinking of pulling the trigger, don’t forget to grab an icy platinum shampoo to add to your shower collection.
For those of you who use a side-part day in, day out, try stretching out of your comfort zone for a sexy center part. You will be amazed at how much that updates your look. Add some loose natural looking waves from the jaw bone down, to spruce up long straight locks. Roots or no roots, it’s all fun in the sun. Don’t sweat it if you haven’t been in for a touch up in a bit, flaunt the contrast of your lighter ends by slicking them back in an elegant low bun. For second day hair, or to get it off your face on a hot day, tie it back in a braid or low pony down your back.
If darker strands have captured your fancy at the moment, consider adding dimension and movement by having your stylist hook you up with some long layers, or a deep fringe, just over the eyelid. Bask in the sun near a pool or lake this summer with your days away from the office or out of the house, while enjoying a fuss free style that isn’t tying you to your vanity! VETTA VETTAMAGAZINE.COM 69
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estilo My Way Watch with Removable Fur Glamy ($850; fendi.com)
Shearling Fur Bucket Bag by Ralph Lauren ($4,500; neimanmarcus.com)
Khan Faux-Fur Pillow ($125; neimanmarcus.com)
Fur should not be exclusively reserved for winter.
High-Heel Ankle-Strap Sandal with Fur Detail ($1,295; giuseppezanotti.com) Nightingale Micro Fur Satchel Bag ($4,490; givenchy.com)
LET’S TALK ABOUT
EXTENSIONS by katy kinney
ard pressed are we these days to find entertainment on the cover of our favorite magazine, on the big screen, or on TV at home, where our leading lady doesn’t have cascading curls rolling over her shoulders and down her back, waving flawlessly to accentuate her femininity. Whether she is pleading a case in fictitious courtroom, or behind a green The Kardashinas dumpster in a dark alleyway kicking butt in a leather are known for their use of jacket, 9 times out of ten, the girl’s got out of this extensions to world hair! You too can leave onlookers adorably create looks such as ombré, baby clueless you didn’t grow those sexy locks yourself. lights and more. (Getty Images) They are only one salon appointment away for you and me both, sister! Prices range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to upwards of $4,500. A-Listers aren’t flinching to fork out for top quality instantly long locks. With several styles of application available, listening to your stylist on how to match it with your particular hair texture is the way to go. Listen to them, they are the professionals! You just sit back and gush over the shiny gorgeous mane of 22 inch virgin hair, flown in from some distant land, India, Russia, or maybe Brazil, sipping a little glass of wine while the masters are at work. Don’t settle for anything less than 100% human hair; refer to the expertise of your stylist for authenticity when choosing a brand. Great Lengths, Remi and select others are just a few that offer the best hair on the market worldwide. Found to be tried and true by hairdressers all over the globe, fitting, coloring and extending masses of virgin indian temple hair. Great Lengths, for one, is shipped to Rome Italy where it undergoes an osmosis process similar to that of how cashmere is made. The various styles of application are discretionary with your personal hair texture and desired look. The old saying “you get what you pay for” rings more true than ever when it comes to purchasing hair. Get ready to spend! True, fashions come and go, but sex appeal has always taken the cake and long romantic locks have truly proven their allure over the test of time. VETTA
Above: Jennifer Lopez is the ultimate hair goddess when it comes to a full head of cascading locks. Left: Singer Ciara incorporates twotone extensions for a contrasting look that starts with the bottom layers. (Photos by Getty Images.)
Find modern, energyefficient lighting options including task and accent pieces that illuminate the space
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Discover chic bathroom designs including modern freestanding soaking bathtubs and unique tile details
MAY 22 THRU JUNE 7
Inspiration on display at Serene Hills in Lakeway E ARLY- B IRD T ICKETS > P ARADEOF H OMES A USTIN.COM
Glam Metallic Bandage Dress by Herve Leger ($1,350; Neiman Marcus). Triangle Gold Earrings by Alexis Bittar ($275; Neiman Marcus).
FACTOR SOPHISTICATION IS DEFINED WITH DECADENT GOLD LAME, PLAYFUL SEQUINS, BREATHTAKING JEWELS AND TANTALIZING NEGLIGÃ‰E.
photographer Tania Quintanilla | assistant Rudy Arocha | stylist Krista Ynostrosa intern Narissa Du Plessis | hair Robert Lindsey Grimes | makeup Kelsey James model Elizabeth Rachale from The Campbell Agency
Vest with Ostrich Feather Placket by Brunello Cucinelli ($5,840; Neiman Marcus). Leaf Earring with Pave by BEJE ($120; Found).
Blazer in Desert Rose by Versace ($975; Neiman Marcus). Origami Ivory Skirt by Mason by MM ($350; Found). Triangle Gold Earrings by Alexis Bittar ($275; Neiman Marcus). Gunmetal Spear Necklace by Alexis Bittar ($155; Neiman Marcus).
Sequin Cold-Shoulder Gown by Donna Karan ($3,295; Neiman Marcus). Tuileries Large Drop Earrings by Suzanna Dai ($245; Found).
Sequin Halter Gown with Front Slit by Halston Heritage ($595; Neiman Marcus). Silver-Plated Deco Crystal Earring by Jose & Maria Barrera ($440; Neiman Marcus). Lucite Cocktail Ring by Alexis Bittar ($195; Neiman Marcus). Metallic Satin Crystal-Heel Pump by Prada ($950; Neiman Marcus).
Divine Diva Robe by Felice Art Couture ($3,175; Fleur de Nuit). Graphique Couture Corioca Bra by La Perla ($327; Fleur de Nuit). Graphique Couture Thong by La Perla ($149; Fleur de Nuit). Graphique Couture Bustier Brief by La Perla ($446; Fleur de Nuit).
Sheer Cloud-Embroidered Light Rose Dress by Stella McCartney ($3,275; Neiman Marcus). Deco Cuff Gold & Black by CC Skye ($245; Found). Opava Drop Earrings by Suzanna Dai ($225; Found). Metallic Leather Cage Stiletto by Christian Louboutin ($1,095; Neiman Marcus).
Contour Angela Dress by Bordelle ($740; Fleur de Nuit).
Jacquard Crop Jacket by Givenchy ($2,890; By George). Full Leg Black Pant by Nicole Miller Artelier ($298; Found). Silver-Plated Deco Crystal Earrings by Jose & Maria Barrera ($440; Neiman Marcus). Metallic Leather Cage Stiletto by Christian Louboutin ($1,095; Neiman Marcus).
BOLD MOVES INDICATIVE OF THE FRESH AND BLOSSOMING SEASON, THE GUYS GET AN INFUSION OF COLOR WHILE KEEPING UNDENIABLY RELAXED. photographer Tania Quintanilla | stylist Graham Cumberbatch | hair Robert Lindsey Grimes makeup Kelsey James | model Trevor Burchett
Shirt by Dries Van Noten ($330; By George). Jacket by Dries Van Noten ($1,165; By George). Kerchief by Engineered Garments ($192; By George). Belt by Engineered Garments ($108; By George). Pants by Wings and Horns ($235; By George). Necklace by Comfort Station ($182; By George). Pocket Square by Engineered Garments ($49; By George).
Shirt by Orley ($395; By George). Shoes by Common Projects ($435; Service). Shorts by Orlebar Brown ($345; By George). Sunglasses by Moscot ($280; Service). Necklace by Comfort Station ($182; By George).
Jacket by Sidian, Ersatz, & Vanes ($265; By George). Shirt by Billy Reid ($185; Billy Reid).
Shirt by Maison Kitsune ($235; By George). Sweater by Orley ($465; By George). Shorts by Penguin ($65; Service). Ring By Fine light Trading ($375; Stag). Cuff by Miansai ($365; Stag). Sunglasses by Super ($208; Service).
Shirt by Sidian, Ersatz, & Vanes ($225; By George). Pants by Maison Kitsune ($315; By George). Shoes by Common Projects ($430; By George).
Jacket by Dries Van Noten ($1295; By George). Pants by Band of Outsiders ($265; By George). Shirt by Engineered Garments ($228; By George). Necklace by Comfort Station ($182; By George).
Shirt by Engineered Garments ($163; By George).
Shirt by Orley ($395; By George). Pants by Dries Van Noten ($460; By George). Bracelet by Miansai ($55; Stag).
AS EVERYONE IS STARING DOWN, THINGS FOR YOU ARE LOOKING UP.
1. Leather Double Monk Loafer ($760; prada.com) 2. Black Label Leather Derby Oxford ($1,285; testoni.com) 3. Perforated Leather Lace-Up Derby ($1,425; testoni.com) 4. Textured Patent Leather Loafer ($775; armani.com) 5. Crocodile Penny Loafer ($2,000; ferragamo.com) 6. Grosgrain-Trim Patent Loafer ($1,330; tomford.com) 7. Robin High Shine Oxford ($395; paulsmith.co.uk)
Pavé Padlock Toggle Necklace (michaelkors.com)
Link Necklace ($695; lagos.com)
TOGETHER WE’LL FIND THIS SEASON’S MISSING LINK.
Albion Stainless Steel Quartz Watch with Diamonds ($1,850; davidyurman.com)
Chainmaille Dress ($7,200; femailler.com)
Chain-Link Leather Sandal ($895; giuseppezanotti.com)
Lava Round Link Band Ring (johnhardy.com)
Pavé Silver-Tone ChainLink Necklace ($425; michaelkors.com) Baby Bella Shoulder Bag (stellamccartney.com)
Curb Chain Cuff Links by Lanvin ($210; neimanmarcus.com)
Jelly ChainLink Flat Sandal (givenchy.com)
Pavé Curb Chain ID Bracelet ($12,000; davidyurman.com)
ON POINTE Beautifully curated looks inspired by the grace of dance.
photographer Tania Quintanilla | stylist Graham Cumberbatch | hair Robert Lindsey Grimes makeup Kelsey James | model Katie Moore from Page Parkes Agency
Robe by Brilliant Imports ($395; Underwear). Pant by H Fredrikkson ($335; Garment). Necklace by Comfort Station ($255; By George). Corset by Stella McCartney ($345; Underwear).
Top by Raquel Allegra ($210; By George). Bra by For Love & Lemons ($107; Underwear).
Dress by La Causa ($145; Hoiden Supply Co). Bra ($84) and short ($55; Xirena). Bracelet by Biko ($85; Hoiden Supply Co). Necklace by Biko ($158; Hoiden Supply Co).
Dress by La Causa ($145; Hoiden). Pant by Alasdair ($445; By George). Necklace ($732) and ring by AEA ($600; Garment).
Scarf by Maison Scotch ($55; By George). Dress by 7115 by Szeki ($265; Garment). Cuff by Maniamania ($295; Garment). Vintage Judith Lieberman belt ($95; Garment).
Top by Raquel Allegra ($210; By George). Shorts by La Causa ($85; Hoiden Supply Co). Bra by For Love & Lemons ($107; Underwear). Opposite page: Dress by Raquel Allegra ($645; By George). Bracelet by O Form ($120; By George). Bracelet by Unearthen ($465; Garment). Fox Scarf by Age of Reason ($81; Hoiden Supply Co). Bralette by Prae ($165; Garment).
Vintage Lanvin top ($245; Garment). Bra by Xirena ($84; By George). Opposite page: Top by Jenni Kayne ($325; By George. Bra by Love | Haus ($49; Underwear). Vintage Gianfranco Ferre pants ($90; Garment). Bracelet by O Form ($120; By George).
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ALL TIED UP
THEREâ€™S SOMETHING INCREDIBLY SEXY ABOUT LACE UPS. SEE FOR YOURSELF.
1. Gold-Plated, Horn And Crystal Necklace (marni.com) 2. Sparta Gladiator Sandal ($498; stuartweitzman.com) 3. Miranda Extra-Small Snake Tote Bag ($1,295; michaelkors.com) 4. Mayerling Lace-Up Red Sole Sandal ($1,095; christianlouboutin.com) 5. Acapulco Bikini ($220; odabash.com) 6. Gemma Leather Espadrille Sandal ($195; rebeccaminkoff.com) 7. Lace-Up Stretch-Jersey Bodysuit in black (givenchy.com) 8. Resin Tube Strand Necklace (mariacalderara.it) 9. Knee-High Cutout Gladiator Sandal ($1,750; gianvitorossi.com)
HEADPIECES THAT TAKE ANY STYLE FROM ORNAMENTED TO SUBLIME.
1. Red Rose Fascinator ($185; millistarr.com) 2. Dora Hat ($395; janetaylormillinery.com) 3. Blue Peacock Hat (millistarr.com) 4. Lizzie Fascinator ($145; carriejenkinson.co.uk) 5. Marnie Feathered Hedband ($395; janetaylormillinery.com) 6. Danielle Fascinator ($145; carriejenkinson.co.uk) 7. Mustard Fur Felt Gaucho Hat ($325; millistar.com)
INSTINCT TAKE YOUR HOME FOR A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE.
1. Ike Suspension Light (delightfull.eu) 2. Safari Dinnerware by Vietri (vietri.com) 3. Crocodile Rectangular Box ($235; l-objet.com) 4. Magnificent Wildlife Filled Candle by Halcyon Days Enamels ($85; neimanmarcus.com) 5. Bronze Jaguar Sculpture ($2,000; luxdeco.com) 6. Leopard Coasters ($150; l-objet.com) 7. Gilt Leopard Ottoman ($5,800 for the Pair; 1stdibs.com) 8. Art Deco Monkey Light (luxdeco.com) 9. Golden Animal Sculptures (dwellstudio.com) 10. Elephant Candle ($195; l-objet.com)
FLIP with JONATHAN ADLER by coral talavera
photography by slim aarons
NEW GUEST ROOMS CHANNEL PALM BEACH’S FUN-LOVING CHIC SPIRIT WITH MODERN TOUCHES FOR TODAY’S NEW-FASHIONED LUXURY GUESTS.
au Palm Beach Resort & Spa celebrates the next phase of its newly fashioned Palm Beach luxury philosophy by partnering with Jonathan Adler to redefine the guest experience with rooms full of elegant surprises, including his signature accents to add style, craft, and joy to the lives of resort guests. Offering a new style of effortless living on seven chic acres of oceanfront and lush tropical gardens, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa offers an experience that is at once exciting and sensual. The resort is refined and elegant and thoughtfully appointed for leisure guests, families and business travelers alike. The complete redesign of the 309 guest rooms, suites and corridors will be completed in time for the winter 2015 season. “As Simon Lewis, Eau Palm Beach’s owner, and I created and grew the Eau Palm Beach ‘miles away from mainstream’ experience, we knew reaching out to Jonathan Adler was the perfect and most natural next step to create designs that are reminiscent of classic Palm Beach with touches that make people happy,” said Ayelet Rahav, Creative Director. “More than ever, today’s vacationers are multi-generational families with incredibly diverse backgrounds and life experiences—and we wanted our rooms to give them a joyful retreat where they can create their own new memories together.”
Each room channels a “Capri meets Santorini meets Palm Beach” vibe. The rooms feature new exclusive furnishings designed by Adler, one-of-a kind art commissions by notable artists Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson, Leila Jeffries and Jenna Snyder-Phillips, classic photographs by Slim Aarons and design details that incorporate the classic Chinoiserie-inspired décor and color combinations of vintage Palm Beach. “In creating this room experience, I wanted the Eau Palm Beach guest to feel as if they truly ‘arrived’ upon walking into their room. Palm Beach has an incredible combination of glamour, fantasy and luxury and the new rooms really capture that vibe,” said Jonathan Adler. “By designing guest rooms with a fresh, nautical color palette and pops of color and unexpected surprises, I’ve created a luxurious and dreamy experience for everyone to enjoy a fancy vacation.”
The playful color palette carries throughout each space without compromising elegance and grace in the design.
By designing guest rooms with a fresh, nautical color palette and pops of color and unexpected surprises, I’ve created a luxurious and dreamy experience for everyone to enjoy a fancy vacation.”
- Jonathan Adler
The color palette is inspired by the bright blues of Capri, the white of Santorini rooftops and the classic nautical Palm Beach vibe, with crisp blue valences over balcony doors and bright white and chrome accents, while a pop of yellow brings the sunshine in. The design and fashion worlds collide with a nod to the playfulness of Palm Beach. Furnishings have been designed to transition from business meetings to impromptu cocktail soirees with ease. Round tables facilitate everything from board meetings to family brunches, all with the style of the sea in mind.
Each room channels a “Capri meets Santorini meets Palm Beach” vibe.
Meanwhile, all of the resort’s 309 rooms feature ocean views, and the new designs incorporate irreverence into the balcony and cabana spaces that adjoin each room. Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is located on a secluded private beach on seven acres of the Atlantic coast with breathtaking ocean views and lush tropical gardens, the AAA Five-Diamond resort was recently recognized as one of Florida’s top resorts in the 2014 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Lastly, unique elements are found throughout, such as hanging chairs with a lacquered bamboo look, as well as an understatedly groovy wrought iron “peace” and “love” dining set. Desks are bedecked with tassels (the “earrings of the home,” per Jonathan Adler) and bathrooms include hidden-jewel box nooks with bright, bold pops of color. No moment in the rooms is without a touch that makes guests chuckle and relax. VETTA
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reflections FROM TRADITIONAL WALL MIRRORS TO UNEXPECTED FURNITURE, MIRRORS ARE NEVER OUT OF STYLE.
Milano Chandelier ($995; jonathanadler.com)
Ventana Mirror ($45; jonathanadler.com)
Stainless Steel Shiny Bar Tray ($30; cb2.com) Amelie Mirrored Buffet ($1,599; neimanmarcus.com)
Jules Accent Tables ($549;
Talitha Small Chest ($1,750; jonathanadler.com)
Petunia Nickel Cow Head ($80; cb2.com)
Nevaeh Mirrored Coffee Table ($99; horchow.com)
Delphine Mirrored Bar ($2,995; jonathanadler.com)
Agate Mirror ($4,295; luxdeco.com)
Mirrored Dot Pillow Cover ($34; westelm.com)
City Slicker Mirror Side Table ($229; cb2.com)
Medusa Mirrored Vase (versace.com)
TALK TO EACH OTHER
ver wonder what you and your partner could do to break through your own financial ceiling? Ever since I was little I was fascinated by the way people spoke (and didn’t speak) about money. Why was the subject taboo? Wasn’t money something that everybody wanted? Didn’t having more money allow people to have more fun, take better care of themselves and the people they loved, as well as create opportunities to do more good in the world? Why all the hush hush? Let’s talk! MONEY MINDSET We all have a money story. The stories we tell ourselves about money not only run deep but also affect how much money we are able to receive, earn, save and enjoy. Perhaps one reason money is such a sensitive subject is because it touches the parts of us that feel vulnerable. How much do we really feel we deserve? Is there a limit? Is our self-worth connected to our net worth? As a psychotherapist I often have the opportunity to help people improve the way they relate and deal with money. I’ve noticed as people’s thoughts and attitudes change for the better - their bank accounts also change for the better. If you feel you’ve reached your financial ceiling, it might be time to examine the story you have been telling yourself about money.
Deane Giordano, transformational money coach and creator of The Mind Money Wealth Project helps people break through to their next income level. Deane suggests that the most important thing a couple can do is to talk to each other regularly about money. A weekly meeting is great. “Talk about your dreams, financial goals and how you’d like to get there together.” Deane explains that in order for our conversations to move us forward, we must come from a place of “nonjudgment and with an attitude of curiosity and openness.”
CLIMBING THE FINANCIAL LADDER TOGETHER
Regular open conversations about money with your partner will help you become an aligned team and increase your closeness while you bust through your financial ceiling together. SHARE THE WEALTH When I was in my late twenties, I had a debt. I owed my aunt three thousand dollars and felt terrible about it. At the time it seemed like a huge amount of money to owe. My cousin suggested I read the book Debt-Proof Living: The Complete Guide to Living Financially Free by Mary Hunt. It changed my life.
In the book, Mary states that there are only five things you can do with money: “give it, save it, invest it, lend it, spend it”. One of the suggested SENSIBLE SECRETS TO steps in Mary’s book is to give a portion of your income away. At the HELP YOU GET THERE time, I wasn’t making much money What is your money mindset? Does by rachel madorsky, lcsw and the idea of giving money away it make you feel good? Does it feel felt scary. The thing that blew my exciting and empowering to you? Improve your money mindset and mind and changed my life (besides getting out of debt and feeling everything else about your experience with money will also change. better about myself) was every month that I gave money away - my Try on some new thoughts for example: “I am profoundly grateful for income increased. Every month. No exceptions! You could call it a all that I have.”, “I enjoy being curious and learning about money.”, spiritual lesson or a spiritual practice, but to me it felt like magic. “My ability to receive is always expanding.”, “The way I manage money reflects my true values.”, “My relationship with money is deeply satisfying.” Change your story, take some action and your bank account will change. “Money is nothing more than a reflection of your creativity, your capacity to focus, and your ability to add value and receive back.” - Tony Robbins, author of Money Master The Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom
Whatever your beliefs about money, it feels good to give. Give your time, your love, your joy, your money, your good thoughts. Giving is a secret to increasing your wealth. Perhaps it is because giving increases our self-worth or maybe it simply makes us feel more deserving. Whatever the case, it works. Just look at giving as a financial tip and see how it applies in your life. “The miracle is this: The more we share, the more we have.” - Leonard Nimoy. VETTA
2700 W ANDERSON LANE #101, AUSTIN
TUSCANY TREASURE by coral talavera
he beautiful, rolling hills of Tuscany in Italy are as alive with history and culture as they are with flora and fauna. In the heart of the region, in the area between Florence, Pisa and Siena, is an 800-yearold estate dominated by an ancient castle: once home to the Medici family, this beautiful but neglected corner of Italy has been thoughtfully redeveloped and reborn as Toscana Resort Castelfalfi. In the 1960s, the 11,000-hectare estate was abandoned by all but five of its residents in a countrywide rural exodus. Then in 2007, TUI AG, one of world’s leading travel groups, came across the property and saw it potential. ‘From the very outset the idea was to restore the ancient village and bring it back to life,’ says CEO Stefan Neuhaus. ‘We are preserving the site’s original structure
and reinstating part of Italy’s heritage, but with all the additional modern services and standards that you would expect from such an upmarket resort.’ Work on transforming the estate into a luxury resort began in 2011. The renovation of the borgo – the outskirts of the castle walls – commenced with the restoration of the residential complex comprising 41 apartments completed in the summer 2013, and with the development of the first of three planned hotels. Built within the walls of the old tobacco factory, the 31-room La Tabaccaia retains many of its host structure’s original features and there’s also a typical Trattoria-Pizzeria in a renovated building close by and a restaurant that opened its doors in June 2014, located in the Castle, with a panoramic terrace and amazing 360 degrees views over the countryside. The Castle will be the perfect location for those looking for a magic setting for weddings, private gatherings or business meetings. VETTAMAGAZINE.COM 125
New materials, such as italian marble and modern fixtures are just some of the new elements brought in to completely revitalize the rooms and amenities in the resort. The historic buildings have been completely revamped into a haven of luxury and style.
Scattered throughout the estate are 26 original farmhouses, or casali, four of which have been dismantled and lovingly rebuilt using the same stones. The buildingsâ€™ wooden beams have also been preserved and each farmhouse has a traditional terracotta tile roof, while bathrooms have been brought up to date using local marble or ceramic tiles. With the capacity to adapt each interior according to its ownerâ€™s specifications, these casali present an exciting prospect for would be buyers, whether seeking a stunning second home or a superior rental investment. Several of the properties also line the resortâ€™s 27hole golf course, which is already considered one of the best courses in Italy. Some of the farmhouses are also available for weekly rentals.
We searched for this place for a long time. What we are developing is not a typical resort, it’s a new approach for the international luxury travel market.”
Left: The variety of activities and amenities is only matched by the natural beauty of the property. Bottom: The resort is lined with a 27hole golf course, which is already considered one of the best courses in Italy.
Strewn with vineyards and olive and cypress trees, the estate is also a hunting reserve, playing home to wild boars, deer and foxes. It is also already self-sufficient in terms of water and there are plans to create a biomass plant, which will enable Toscana Resort Castelfalfi to produce its own biofuel. ‘We searched for this place for a long time,’ says Stefan Neuhaus. ‘What we are developing is not a typical resort, it’s a new approach for the international luxury travel market that offers apartments, a range of farmhouses, a luxury club concept and four and five stars hotels. Our guests are well travelled and looking for an authentic experience. With us, that is exactly what they will find.’ VETTA
ETTA is excited to announce the upcoming exhibition ‘Balance’, featuring the works of the very talented Roi James and Lucrecia Waggoner. Both considered tremendously skilled in their respective mediums, the show promises a vibrant display of contemporary art that redefines the abstract beauty of forms found in nature. The reception will take place Saturday, May 16th from 5 to 8pm at Laura Rathe Fine, located in the Dallas Design District. Having emerged from a classical background, Austin artist, Roi James began his career gaining inspiration from the great romantic landscape painters. As James’s body of work evolved, he started to explore newer traditions in Abstract Expressionism, Op Art and Minimalism. With his contemporary works, James experiments and uses unorthodox methods of applying and moving oil paint to create archetypal forms that infuse a sense of both familiarity and mysteriousness. “In my paintings I explore how uncertainty can lead to meaning and understanding, how harmony can be experienced even within tension and chaos, and how the recognizable can rise out of purely abstract form. In my new paintings I respond to these phenomena by creating contemporary icons – works meant to encourage contemplation and meditation,” explained Roi Jones about his work. Meanwhile, Waggoner proposes distinct three-dimensional pieces. Raised in Mexico City, porcelain and installation artist, Lucrecia Waggoner, recalls her first memory and discovery of ceramics at the age of 7 while visiting and viewing the collections at Mexico’s nationally renowned museum, Museo de Antropologia. With her artistic vision, she creates installations that are intricately mapped in forms and compositions that mimic elements derived from nature and abstract visions of landscapes. “My inspiration for my work comes from things that I see everyday and what I see when I am far away. My inclination for simplicity and minimalism in my work is a reflection of my travels throughout the world, especially the Far East,” added Waggoner. VETTA
Above: Modern threedimensional works by Lucrecia Waggoner.
Above: Construct 02.15.15 by Roi James. Left: Machina Lingua by Roi James.
Kerstin Bellah, Dennis Gobis and Nicholas Yanes.
MANGIAMO! CHEF NICHOLAS YANES BRINGS NORTHERN ITALIAN FARE TO EAST AUSTIN.
uniper, the newest addition to the Austin dining scene will open this spring at 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St., by veteran Austin chef Nicholas Yanes. Yanes was most recently chef and creative director for Uchi restaurants and St. Philip. That experience paired with chef positions at Hotel 50, Nana, Dallas Fish Market, and Oceaniare Seafood Room paved the way for this exciting new venture. In preparation, Yanes spent time in the Northern Italian regions of Piedmont, Lombardi and Emilia-Romagna. Using notes from his travels, Yanes will combine premiere ingredients and old world technique to create comforting, yet inventive classic cuisine that connects the northern regions of Italy as well as other adjoining areas with central Texas. This will also allow for exploration well beyond traditional boundaries by Yanes and his team. “Italian cuisine is one of family, tradition and loyalty,” Yanes says of his decision to serve Italian dishes. “Those core fundamentals combined with a world-class product is a no brainer. This is a cuisine that I love to eat and therefore a cuisine I must cook. That said, we will not be afraid of creating dishes that veer outside of the northern Italian region but those traditions will remain our inspiration and drive at Juniper.” The carefully crafted menu with dishes including Brisket Bolognese and Stuffed Pasta with San Saba pecans reinforces the southern flare. Small plated concepts offer the ability to try multiple dishes and create a personalized tasting menu. Although the menu will change with the seasons, a vast array of items will be made or grown in house. House specialties include homemade ice creams, breads, freshly milled polenta and seasonal cheeses. Squisito! (juniperaustin.com) VETTA
ITALIAN CUISINE IS ONE OF FAMILY, TRADITION AND LOYALTY.”
1. Jean Marc Fray: Jean Marc Fray Jean-Marc Fray Antiques is a direct importer of distinctive antiques and decorative arts located in Austin, TX. Owners Jean-Marc and Cynthia Fray introduced the Austin market to fine French antiques in 1995. Their expertise and high sense of style has since attracted designers and collectors worldwide. They offer an impressive collection of period and style pieces dating from the 17th to early 20th centuries working directly with an international network of dealers, auction houses and other trusted sources from all over France, Italy and Spain. (jeanmarcfray.com) 2. Helene Jewels: After more than a decade designing women’s clothing and accessories that graced the runways globally, founder Elena Schimming decided to create a jewelry brand that focused on fashion conscious shoppers. With high quality, unique pieces, the head designer translates the trends into wearable accessories and delivers them at an attainable price point. (helenejewels.com) 3. Ron King Salon: Ron King Salon Ron King Salon is downtown Austin’s best hair salon! The talented team of stylists has been named “Best for Curly Haircuts” by the Austin Chronicle and owner Ron King’s very own line of hair extensions were named “Best Hair Extensions” by New York magazine. With a luxe color bar, the salon also specializes in highlights and balayage, and offers world-class bridal hair packages. (ronkingbeauty.com) 4. Kathryn Goodnite Fine Art: After years establishing a reputation as a celebrated artists and interior designer, Kathryn is now proud the present her own fine art collection to the exclusive art collectors and patrons of Austin. Along with her impeccable design work and her new line of exclusive custom seating, Kathryn has created an exquisite design experience that is sure to wow... (kathryngoodnite.com)
5. Longhorn Racing Academy: Porsche. Lamborghini. Corvette. GT-R. These legendary names have been dominating the road and the track for decades; now it’s your turn to get behind the wheel of these mythical machines and discover their limits… and yours. Gift cards from the Longhorn Racing Academy make the most fun Holiday Present! (longhornracingacademy.com)
6. Rachel Madorsky: If you are looking for help with your relationship or if you would like to feel more fulfilled, relaxed and at peace with yourself, call Rachel. Though you may not feel it right now, you can have more of what you truly want and less of what you don’t. Therapy doesn’t have to be complicated; you’ll quickly find out. (rachelmadorsky.net) 7. Andrew Long: “How can I become the person I want to be or know I am?” That question is the beginning of the journey, and once asked, can hardly be ignored. Strategic coaching helps you identify your self-imposed obstacles, their origins, and how to efficiently move through them in real-time. Call Andrew to start your journey… (ultralifecoach.com)
8. Santa Rita Ranch: Welcome to Austin’s newest masterplanned community, hill country style. Whether you are looking for a move-in ready home or one you can customize, their gallery of premier builders is bringing the best to Santa Rita Ranch. (santaritaranchaustin.com) 9. District: Owner Amir Hajimaleki is passionate about quality food and partnering with local farms and businesses, with a mission to bring his patrons only the best ingredients. “Our motto is to source the absolute freshest to create something delicious, alongside a perfectly made cocktail, a delicious craft beer or a great glass of wine.” Located in South Austin, District Kitchen + Cocktails delivers yummy New American Cuisine. (districtaustin.com)
10. Design Lab: Design Lab is a concept store featuring a highly curated group of the best designers in Texas. In a vintage-industrial boutique setting, Design Lab is a place where our designers are celebrated and promoted along with their products. The store features jewelry, men’s, women’s and children’s apparel; leather goods, shoes and boots, accessories, hats, cosmetics and more. Stop by The Oasis today! (designlabaustin.com)
11. TX Real Estate People: This hip new real estate firm has just opened its doors downtown and is ready to serve Austin’s elite clientele, whether you are looking to sell or buy residential, commercial or ranch property. On the corner of 1st and Comal, this top-notch brokerage brings the knowledge and passion only 3rd and 5th generation Texans can offer. (txrealestatepeople.com)
12. Lotus Asian Art & Antiques Gallery: The shop brings together exquisite Asian artistry from the Han Dynasty to today’s prolific talents. Lotus houses ancient and contemporary art, antiques, and decorative elements from across Asia. Featured works include sculpture, fine pottery, paintings, textiles, furnishings, and hand-painted screens and scrolls. (lotusasianart.com) 13. Rae Cosmetics: High performance makeup, mesmerizing color or convenient kits for everyday use, you’ll find it all at Rae Cosmetics. Centrally located on 2nd Street, Rochelle Rae and her talented staff will meet you for an in-depth consultation or a fabulous beauty appointment. Get ready to shine at your next big event. Gift cards are available. (raecosmetics.com)
14. Platinum Realty: Forget everything you know about real estate service. Platinum Realty is an Austin real estate team that is redefining what it means to go “above and beyond”. Everyone needs a friend in the real estate business who has the knowledge, dedication and integrity you can count on. This is what they do and love! Ring or email to see how they can help with your next luxury real estate hunt. (platinumrealtyaustin.com)
15. Endever Furniture: Endever Furniture and Design is an Austin based company specializing in custom furniture. They take pride in meeting the needs of their customers from start to finish and offer from custom dining tables to reclaimed wood walls and raw material sales. See how edgy and modern meet rustic old world sophistication. (endeverfurniture.com)
16. Salon U: Each of their handpicked stylists has been trained with extensive color and cutting courses and more importantly, time behind the chair. You won’t go wrong with our trained hands in our favorite canvas: your hair! Receive star treatment at their Lakeway location, including lashes, extensions, makeup and more! (512-266-4010; salonuaustin.com)
17. Amber Heart: Under the KW Luxury brand, Amber Heart is one of Austin’s top luxury agents. In 2009 she earned a Triple Gold Medal, placing her among the most productive individual agents in the country and was ranked #8 among Top Individual Agents in the greater Austin area by the Austin Business Journal. She is a member of the Keller Williams Luxury Home Division, The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Guild and a Certified Negotiation Expert (a designation clinched by less than 1% of agents). (amberharthomes.com) 18. Cuyana: Say hello to the brand that is all about fewer, better things. Cuyana means “to love” in Quechua and every piece they design is imbued with our love for quality, timelessness, and beauty, making you fall in love with your closet all over again with every piece. (cuyana.com) 19. Young & Fabulous: It’s your source for trendsetting women’s fashion, providing exclusive designs in women’s apparel and accessories offered from around the world. Dedicated fashionistas can find captivating, apparel, shoes, handbags and accessories, many of which have been spotted on Hollywood starlets and featured in leading fashion magazines. (youngandfabulous.com) VETTAMAGAZINE.COM 137
DIAMONDS NOTHING SAYS LUXURY LIKE GOOD, OL’ FASHIONED BLING!
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1. Pavé Diamond Drop Earrings ($2,900; neimanmarcus.com) | 2. L’Illustre Cufflinks ($405; baccarat.com) 3. Lismore Diamond-Shaped Clock (waterford.com) | 4. Cobblestone Bracelet ($25,000; tiffany.com) 5. Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Crème ($350; esteelauder.com) 6. Lily Medium Embroidered Stone Box Clutch (marchesa.com) | 7. Floral Crystal Slide Sandal by Rene Caovilla ($1,595; saksfifthavenue.com) | 8. Diama Candlestick (waterford.com) | 9. Asscher Side Table (eichholtz.com)