By Lance Avery Morgan Photo: Maggie Louise Confections
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...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Great Age Movement
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...more
By Jake Gaines Photography courtesy of The Long Center, Austin
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...more
By Jake Gaines Photography courtesy of Casa de Montecristo
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 https://www.casademontecristo.com/austin/more
By Lance Avery Morgan
GOING MY WAY?
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
IT’S ALL IN THE WRIST
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.
By Lara Shriftman Photography courtesy of Harrison Shriftman
(Photo: Lara Shriftman and Lucas Bacardi Shriftman)
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...more
By Lance Avery Morgan
[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...more
By Lance Avery Morgan
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
PICNIC TO GO
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
YOUR BACKYARD OR MINE?
LOVE THAT LOU 72" PICNIC TABLE IN WHITE by Polywood. With a crisp, white finish and a classic...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Exposed by Light and Jonathan Garza
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...more
By Lance Avery Morgan
With the bright spring sunshine casting the right light on you, why not sparkle even more? Here are just a few selections we’re recommending to go with those last gala gowns of the season.
WINNER BY A NECK
Sharon Khazzam Bessy Necklace is styled with a removable pendant, Sharon Khazzam's Bessy necklace features a variety of multicolored gemstones on an 18k white gold double-strand ball chain. With its many colored gems, it’s perfect with any outfit. $28.800. At Spring.
Elizabeth Locke’s Pastel Cherub Intaglio 19k Gold Bangle is pastel Venetian glass stations with cherub intaglios and mother-of-pearl backs. Intaglio made with modern glass using 17th century glass molds. Delectable. At $18,500. At Spring and Barney’s.
Irene Neuwirth Diamond & Water Opal Ring is embellished...more
By Jake Gaines Photography by Gregg Cestaro
It’s a story that we can all relate to. In fact, all of us have experienced walking into a room where we have felt like a fish out of water and sought a way to blend into an environment that is outside our usual comfort zone. Rob Giardinelli, a technology sales and marketing executive turned expert social chronicler and Senior Social Editor of The Society Diaries magazine, has spotlighted many of these experiences among the high flying Jet Set– and the life lessons he’s learned from them in his new book.
In Being In The Room: Essential Life Lessons From Experiences With Celebrities And High Society, author Rob Giardinelli shares personal stories and experiences during his six years of social chronicling. The subject? The social elite in Texas and beyond. Giardinelli’s book features 25 self-contained vignettes of gilded situations he’s personally experienced with high-profile people. With a variety of happenings that range from humorous to poignant, each of the encounters contains an important and essential life...more
By Rose Betty Williams Photography by Rose Betty Williams
THE SCENE: The 1856 Neill-Cochran House Museum recently hosted a benefit cocktail reception in the Museum’s Centennial Garden to honor Austin builder, contractor, and historic preservationist Joe Pinnelli with the Abner Cook Award. A capacity crowd celebrated Pinnelli’s long career in historic preservation and his dedication and careful recent restoration of the Neill-Cochran House. Supporters and guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres from Word of Mouth Bakery, cocktails, wine and music performed by jazz band.
THE VIBE: Luminaries in attendance included Texas Representative Gina Hinojosa, MariBen Ramsey, historic preservationists Tere O’Connell, John and Candace Volz, Julian Read, Courtney Hoffman, Peter Flagg Maxson, John Ritts and Maica Jordan from The Paramount Theater, Sonia, Sam and Sharon Wilson, Tyson Tuttle, Erika Herndon from the Friends of the Governor’s Mansion, Jan Bullock, Robert Green, Jonny and Brenda Jones.
The Neill-Cochran House Museum is owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in...more
By Lance Avery Morgan
It’s almost Mother’s Day and time to celebrate our favorite ladies, isn’t it? We love that you want to shower them with gifts to show your love, so here are a few hand-selected ideas to inspire your shopping....
EARS TO YOU, MOM
Van Cleef & Arpels’ Magic Alhambra gold, onyx and mother-of-pearl earrings, in yellow gold. Defined by the lucky charm motif that would become a house signature, the Alhambra collection was launched by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1968 and has been a symbol for fortune, health and love. $8961.From Selfridges.
PEARLS OF WISDOM
Nathalie Trad Xestia Mother of Pearl box clutch, Women's, Mother of pearl Try an exuberant look with this box clutch. Crafted with a unique design, the Mother of Pearl finish combines both vintage and contemporary charm to create the perfect statement. $1519.40. From Selfridges.
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Fashion X brands
We love that Austin Fashion Week, Fashion X Dallas and Fashion X Houston is, for the first time ever, is going international. At this one-of-its-kind black tie exclusive event at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, guests will get to view the best of Mexican luxury with front row-only seating.
The finest in fashions from Mexico will be seen by designers Abel Lopez, Paco Mayorga, Benito Santos Mexico, Amor & Rosas and Olmos & Flores. It will be a night of high style and then some.
All tickets include open bar featuring tequila and mezcal cocktails, heavy appetizers from The Driskill through a collaboration with a prominent Mexican chef (TBA), front row runway seating, shopping in the Alegreea Gallery, and post event designer meet & greets as the music heightens to dance the night away.
Individual tickets are $295. Premium table seating is available for groups of 4, 6 or 8 people ($3000 – $5000 per table). Please use the form below to purchase your tickets. It’s extremely limited availability and this event will sell out soon. A portion of proceeds benefit...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Vogue.com
Fashion is big business. We all know that. It’s especially big business at the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute 2017 gala that saluted the high style of Commes de Garcon’s Rei Kawakubo’s inimitable Asian design aesthetic. It’s on the second time in the organization’s history of honoring a designer in his lifetime (Yves St. Laurent was honored in 1983).
Although few celebrities and supermodels actually wore Kawakubo’s clothing in homage, the grand and architectural point of view that’s made Commes so famous was on full display on the red carpet before guests entered the $30,000 a ticket fundraiser.
Here are a few of our favorites, some of which are festooned in feathers, as our Tori Johnson, http://www.thestoribook.com, predicted in The Society Diaries' new May/June 2017 issue's Indulge style column devoted to the flights of fancy. Plus, there’s a strong nod to the Dior-esque 50s, as well as all-out glamorous fun...
Zoe Kravitz in Oscar de la Renta
Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Gunnar Deatherage photography courtesy of Carlos Barron
It’s almost here. The 9th Annual Austin Fashion Week, the brainchild of Matt Swinney, will feature a fresh lineup of events including Moda X Mexico, a black-tie affair, spotlighting prominent Mexican jewelry and apparel designers.
A portion of Runways & Gallery “Style Setter” and Brunch tickets will be donated to local organizations: Ballet Austin, Center for Child Protection, Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease, The Kindness Campaign, and YMBL Austin Sunshine Camps in honor of five chic individuals who have been contributing to the Austin community through their personal style and philanthropy.
This year’s celebrated Style Setters are: A.J. Bingham, Ana Ruelas, Andra Liemandt, Ava Late, and Cassie LaMere.
The Runways & Gallery shine a light on independent designers sending capsule and full collections down the catwalk with models sporting makeup from Koh Gen Do Cosmetics. Plus, you can meet your favorite Project Runway stars...including fan favorite Kelly Dempsey who will show in Austin for the very first...more
By Lance Avery Morgan
As the last push of spring’s high social season happens, the ballroom is aflutter with the swoosh of gowns and the whisks of tuxedos. Here’s some of our top favorite gowns to buy and dazzle ‘em all....
We can’t get enough of this embellished off the shoulder gown with gorgeous beading throughout. With a plunging neckline and keyhole back, of course. It has a concealed back zip closure and is fully lined. By Marchesa at Saks Fifth Avenue. $8995
WHEN THEY GO LOW, WE GO HIGH
This embroidered silk faille high-low gown is rich with metallic bead embroidery. Approx. The deep V neckline and back accentuates the full ball gown silhouette. By Oscar de la Renta at Neiman Marcus.
AND THE OSCAR GOES TO...
Oscar wins again in this radiant gown with a plethora of sequins to enhance this gorgeous...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Broadway Across Texas, Lexus Broadway in Austin
Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts spotlights Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. The magic begins April 19 – 30, 2017 on Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Thursday (April 20) at 1 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. at Bass Concert Hall / 2350 Robert Dedman Drive in Austin, TX.
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera opens with Austin’s premiere engagement at Bass Concert Hall. Yes, with newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of it is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest and lushest productions on tour in North America.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said about the show, “Having received great critical acclaim in the U.K. and North America, I am really pleased that Laurence Connor’s new production of Phantom will continue to tour the U.S. playing in tandem with the Broadway production...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Broadway In Austin
Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts recently announced its upcoming 2017-18 season; the only national touring Broadway series in Austin. The Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts 2017-18 Season bursts into Austin featuring five incredible productions and two season options from October 2017 to June 2018 at Bass Concert Hall. The five-show package with the opportunity of adding on additional Special Subscriber Options includes:
THE LINCOLN CENTER THEATER PRODUCTION
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S
THE KING AND I
December 12-17, 2017
The KING AND I, directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, won four 2015 Tony Awards ® including Best Revival of a Musical. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy The Contemporary Austin
We love that Jeanne Klein, President of the Board of Trustees, and Lora Reynolds, Chair of the fourth annual Art Dinner supporting The Contemporary Austin are inviting art patrons to participate in the art auction for an evening benefiting The Contemporary Austin’s exhibitions program. Accompanying this dynamic duo is the Art Dinner Committee that includes Suzanne Deal Booth, Deborah Green, Kathleen Loughlin,...more