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The place to be to support an incredible cause? According to our Lance Avery Morgan, the Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater is where we’ll be to support the 12th Annual Andy Roddick Foundation Gala that has country music recording star Jake Owen headlining. Since the proceeds of the night’s events benefit the foundation’s after school and summer learning programs, we’re on board to encourage involvement in this worthy cause that happens Monday, October 30, 2017, at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater.

We caught up with Andy recently, when he was being fitted by Liz Brown at Knot Standard for a suit for the gala, to discuss his deep involvement with the cause. It all began with Roddick’s personal relationship Andre Agassi, who confided that he didn’t feel he started his foundation early enough, which inspired Roddick to take action at a young age in creating his own foundation. “We’ve gone from an event in a make-shift tennis clinic in a parking lot to what we are doing now. I’ve been lucky to have been around people who wanted to make change and I...

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How does the runway transfer to the red carpet? In so many ways, according to our very own Editor In Chief & Creative Director of The Society Diaries magazine Lance Avery Morgan, who was on the scene today at ABC/KVUE for a red carpet recap with news personality Terri Gruca.

Here were the biggest fashion trends of the evening:

1. Diversity – as many choices in variety on the red carpet as there is in programming.

2. White - metallic and white were big draws for all ages.

3. Avant Garde – lots of interesting shapes and choices gave visual interest to this year’s red carpet looks.

Photo : NIcole Kidman in Calvin Klein By Appt. Courtesy Calvin Klein

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We love the mission of the Rise School and supporting such a beloved institution. Travel the Vine for Rise is an evening of fine wine, delicious food, entertainment, and a live and silent auction that will benefit the students of The Rise School of Austin.

The evening will feature the culinary talents of Chef Eric Nelson Brown from Eat + Drink Austin, winner of Cutthroat Kitchen's “Crabs of Steel," the one and only Cowboy Auctioneer Heath Hale, and the funky rhythm of Matchmaker Band, whose ten incredible musicians will surely have the crowd on its your feet in no time.

Travel the Vine's sophisticated gothic ambiance, perfect for the Halloween weekend, will be enhanced by the whimsical designs of Transplant Floral and the moody lighting by Ilios, is the perfect way to kick off your gothic-inspired weekend in style.

The Details:

What: Travel the Vine for Rise Dinner & Auction

When: Friday, October 27, 2017; Registration begins at 5:30PM.


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At Neiman Marcus Austin, there’s always some sort of chic festivity happening. This Saturday, September 9th at the Neiman Marcus store in the Domain, the focus of the glam fun is on beauty. In fact, it’s called The Beauty Party.

What’s happening at it? Listen to cool DJ Beats and strike a pose in the photo booth to remember the occasion and for Instagram opportunities.

Guests will enjoy chic drinks, delicious snacks, lipstick readings and more, all while trying the latest in luxe beauty products that Neiman Marcus recommends for your own fall party season.

In fact, with your cosmetics or fragrance purchase of $125 or more, you can take home a NM Exclusive tote chock full of fall-inspired beauty samples.

For more information, visit and to schedule your appointment, call 512.719.1200.

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Fashion X (FashionXAustin, FashionXDallas and FashionXHouston) and its founder Matt Swinney are helping those in need with a benefit fashion show to support Hurricane Harvey disaster relief in Texas ...from Beaumont to Corpus Christi to Houston... and everywhere in between.

The Details:

This Friday, September 8, 2017

J.W. Marriott, Downtown Austin

Begins at 7:00PM. Cash Bar.

Some of your favorite designers and boutiques will be showing including Daniel Esquivel, Ross Bennett, Gail Chovan, The Garden Room, Estilo, Adrienne Yunger, Isabella Rose Taylor, Sally Daneshjou and many more.

Thanks to the event’s and sponsors’ efforts, 100% of your ticket purchase goes directly to hurricane relief. Fashion X Austin will be partnering with Houston Texans football great J.J. Watt who will be distributing millions of dollars to the storm ravaged areas in the places where it’s most needed

We love that this is an opportunity for the Austin fashion and design communities to come...

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Big fun ahead. In fact, it might be the best night you’ll have in San Antonio in 2017. Join us to vote in – and celebrate – the San Antonio Fashion Awards that will be October 12, 2017.

Now in its third year, founded by Burgundy Woods of StyleLush TV, the evening promises to be an exciting look at today’s world of fashion in Texas. Representing The Society Diaries will be Lance Avery Morgan and Eleanora Morrison.

Our pals at The Society Diaries print and digital magazine are nominated for best magazine. We’re supporting them and hope you can to by visiting:

For more information visit

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Let’s face it, literally...we’re all challenged by the elements that can reach our face that aren’t positive. That’s why there’s a revolutionary approach to skin defense: the Chantecaille’s Anti-Pollution skincare collection.

It reigns in the power of stem cells and skin barrier-strengthening extracts to shield the skin from chemical and radiation-absorbing pollutants, soot, smog
and heavy metals that can be found in the air. The pollutants accelerate aging, damage the skin and cause allergic reactions and inflammation. According to the Chantecaille skincare experts, when used together, the Anti-Pollution Finishing Essence and Anti-Pollution Mattifying Cream provide the ultimate defensive barrier against environmental threats to the skin while also working to improve strength. Here’s more about the duo...

Rich in ingredients, the Anti-Pollution Mattfying Cream ($98) protects the skin from the harmful effects of air pollution. In fact, this lightweight whipped moisturizer harnesses the pore-shrinking, texture-refining properties of White Horehound Stem Cell extract...

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The 70s are a big way. Look at current media attention to the decade with series like I’m Dying Up Here on Showtime, This Is Us on NBC and the recent Vinyl on HBO. It’s a major trend and some of the pop cultural fact, the Galleria Dallas is hosting an exhibition of fashion from the 1970s called Night Fever: Fashions from Funk to Disco. It opens on September 20, 2017 and will feature over 75 authentic garments and accessories from this iconic decade. How chic is that?

Curated by Dallas-based Ken Weber of Vintage Martini, the exhibit will feature a diverse collection of American, French, Italian and Japanese couture designers, including work by Halston, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Stephen Burrows, Giorgio Sant’Angelo, Hanae Mori, Yves Saint Laurent, Chloe and Roberto Cavalli. Many of the garments will be on loan from the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design Texas Fashion Collection, which is one of the world’s most acclaimed fashion collections.

Following the success of their 2016...

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Problem skin is something we all face, literally. Day and night, each year through and through. Harsh sun, pollution and cold weather can take its toll on a complexion. Then, there’s the aging factor. Of course, we know beauty starts from within and transpires outwardly. But some of us are born with perfect skin (few) and then there are those on a quest to create, then maintain it (most).

The solution, literally, is IT Cosmetics and it’s the brainchild of media personality Jamie Kern Lima, the IT Cosmetics™ co-founder, CEO and original IT Girl™. "I pour my heart and soul into creating innovative problem-solving products that truly give you your most flawless skin ever,” shares Lima. “Even if you have problem skin like I do, these products will make you look and feel your most beautiful… That’s why I live and breathe." What’s not to love about a personality like that who created something from love to help her fellow human?

The array of products, which we just received, is dazzling. There’s something for everyone, with clever names that reflect this smart company and...

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We love a curated collection, don’t you? We also love that a collector since his childhood, Gaston-Louis Vuitton (1883-1970) accumulated thousands of objects over his lifetime. His wide-ranging interests and voracious curiosity were intimately bound up with the future of the family business and with travel. The extraordinary compendium of rare objects collected by Gaston-Louis Vuitton, grandson of Louis Vuitton, the founder of one of the world’s most famous luxury brand is seen in the new Cabinet of Wonders tome. Just in time to add to your book collection this fall.

“The fascination with ancient practices, timeless techniques, objects unique for the way they were made—and whose irregularity or imperfection itself made them admirable—and the desire to preserve these examples of a civilization facing disappearance due to the standardization of the modern industrial world and serial production, characterizes Gaston-Louis Vuitton,” writes editor Patrick Mauriès in his introduction to Cabinet of Wonders, with texts contributed by John Banville, Pierre Senges,...

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We love that The Long Center for the Performing Arts will debut Fun Home, the groundbreaking and Tony Award-winning Best Musical, in Austin this summer at the Long Center, August 11 - 13.

We all know that Fun Home was the hit of the 2015 Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical and making history along the way as the first show written exclusively by women to win theater’s highest achievement. In fact, it was named to all of the major top 10 lists including The New York Times, Associated Press, New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, The Daily Beast, Chicago Tribune, The Hollywood Reporter and more.

Based on Alison Bechdel’s 2006 best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood that connect with her in surprising new ways. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about the private life of...

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Book Signing Event Promoting New Book Being In The Room by The Society Diaries’ Rob Giardinelli

By Lance Avery Morgan

THE SCENE: Recently, The Society Diaries’ Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli was the guest of honor at a book signing event at Estilo boutique in Austin. The glam event was hosted by Stephanie O’Neill, Cassandra King Polidori and Kirstin Ross. The new book, Being In The Room, offers 25 simple life lessons that he’s learned during his seven years as a social chronicler for the magazine. The event brought out VIPs and Sociables eager to know more about the intrigue about what happens behind the scenes of these charity events.

THE VIBE: The summer chic crowd wore a mix of summer whites and bright bold colors. Prosecco and sparkling water flowed freely courtesy of Chloe Wines and Sway Water, while Maggie Louise Confections provided delicious, custom...

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People. People who need people – are the luckiest people in the world, as Barbra Streisand once sang. When we were invited to attend a luncheon in Houston recently that celebrates people who have lived long and full lives, we jumped at the chance to support it. With more than 200 in attendance set inside the jeweled ballroom of the St. Regis Hotel, The Great Age Movement’s first fundraiser spotlighted some of Houston’s most valuable gems. Peter Martino co-chaired the event with Carolyn Farb, and Tony Award-winning actress Liliane Montevecchi. Under the Swarovski crystal lights, in the midst of all of these jewels, Fritz McDonald took center stage.

For almost 20 years, McDonald has served as a geriatric rehabilitation therapist and business owner with a focus on recovery after a catastrophic event. The insight he has gained from a seasoned career is what lead to this moment. “Sadly, senior community programs few and far between in our society,’” shared McDonald. “The patients I've seen over the years often ask what is available to them in the...

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Mark your calendars. The Long Center for the Performing Arts just announced its 2017 Summer/Fall Season of programming and we can’t wait. This year, they’re excited to offer a refreshed approach to season tickets that they feel confident their patrons will embrace: they have split their annual program into two seasons—Summer/Fall and Winter/Spring—to allow for more shows during the year, a shorter window of upfront commitment, and a simpler process for becoming a season ticket holder.

There’s a stellar line up of shows and Austin premieres this season, including the Tony Award-winning and critically acclaimed musical Fun Home, live-score movie screenings of Star Wars: A New Hope and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life as a part of their new “Live-To-Picture” series, a conversation with Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and New York Times Op-Ed columnist Maureen Dowd, and programming perfect for the whole family with our “Season of Cheer” series featuring holiday favorites...

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The grand opening of Casa de Montecristo, a luxury cigar store and lounge, happens this Friday 6/16 and Saturday 6/17 from 5-9pm, Davenport Village, 3801 N. Capitol of Texas Hwy. The event will be evenings of hosted cocktails and hors d'ouevres, plus gift bags provided by Altadis USA.

Casa de Montecristo is a premier modern cigar store featuring a large selection of premium cigars from brands such as Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, Arturo Fuente, Macanudo, and more. In addition to cigars, you'll find accessories like lighters from Colibri and Xikar.

The new 3,800 sq. ft. Austin location features a spacious walk-in humidor, lounge areas replete with leather club chairs and six HD TVs, a conference table for business meetings, 30 humidified cedar lockers, and outdoor seating. It’s the perfect venue for an extraordinary and relaxing smoking experience.

For more information visit



Who needs another set of luggage when you can have a Louis Vuitton traveling trunk? This jaw-droppingly cool Louis Vuitton dandy shows the right way to travel in style. It can also do double duty as a coffee table in the library, too. $4225. Available at Viyet


Your pop will pop his top with these sapphire & diamond cufflinks that 18K yellow gold cufflinks featuring blue sapphire at center, round brilliant and baguette diamonds throughout featuring swivel closures. $3695 At TheRealReal


This tremendous Columbus Magnum Political Duo Illuminated Floor Globe is a masterpiece of modern globe making. It’s the crown jewel of the exemplary line from the esteemed German manufacturer. $14,099. At Wayfair.


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My favorite pint-sized athlete, Lucas Bacardi Shriftman, chose to celebrate his 9th birthday at the Spartan Gym at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach. He previously hosted an event at the Seedlings Kids Club at the 1 Hotel for Best Buddies and loved it.

The Seedlings Program offers families and children ways to connect with the local flora and fauna as well as the best in eco-minded, organic amenities. The activities and adventures created are focused on bringing children closer to nature while educating them on the world they live in and the importance of taking care of it now, while also having fun. Best Buddies is an amazing international nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This year’s party was a wellness party as opposed to last year’s Cupcake Wars-themed party.

All of the kids met at the newly opened Spartan Gym. It’s the first ever Spartan Gym, in partnership with the Spartan Race. Guests can train in a studio complete with...

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[Photo: Something Rotten's Rob McClure, Maggie Lakis and Josh Grisetti. © Jeremy Daniel]

Lexus Broadway in Austin, presented by Texas Performing Arts, debuts the premiere of the completely original new musical Something Rotten! The magic happens May 30 – June 4, 2017 (Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7p.m.) at Bass Concert Hall / 2350 Robert Dedman Drive in Austin, TX.

With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point!

The completely original new musical Something Rotten! Is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony...

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It’s almost summer.. are you prepared for all the fun and games ahead? Here’s a few products to make your summer as sensational as ever.


THE LORENZI PICNIC SET IN A LEATHER CASE for two place settings is briefcase style case with lock and key closure. Cocktail shaker, cocktail fixings and chic tableware make this an easy decision for all outdoor activities.. $5,031.34/ At Luisaviaroma


THIS VICTORIA BECKHAM WOMEN`S SMALL PICNIC LEATHER BAG elevates the idea of a picnic with this bag. The flexible leather piece opens to a roomy interior of suede with zipped section...$2,249.35. At Boutique 1


LOVE THAT LOU 72" PICNIC TABLE IN WHITE by Polywood. With a crisp, white finish and a classic...

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It happens every spring. This year the 19th Annual UMLAUF Garden Party welcomed over 800 guests to the sculpture garden for an evening “Under a Texas Sky” on Thursday, April 27. Twenty-five restaurants served delicious bites while Twin Liquors showcased some of the season’s best bubbles and wines.

The museum raised more than $300,000 in its biggest fundraiser of the year, under the direction of Nina Seely, Executive Director and Allyson Maxey, the 2017 Garden Party chair. The money the event raised contributes to cultivating Art, Culture and Community through educational programming and stimulating exhibitions at the UMLAUF.

Garden Party attendees were able to view the current exhibition, Mentoring a Muse: Charles Umlauf and Farrah Fawcett, on display now through August 20, 2017.

Plus, the UMLAUF would like to thank their event sponsors for helping light up the night: HEB, Central Market, C3 Presents, Austin Portfolio Real Estate, Crossroads Cattle Company, Eberly, Pershing and Twin Liquors. So plan now for next year’s Garden Party – it will surely...