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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...

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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....

SPRING’S FLING

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

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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.

$13900

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AND THE OSCAR GOES TO...

Oscar wins again in this radiant gown with a plethora of sequins to enhance this gorgeous...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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Looking for a jazz-inspired performance this spring? Look no further than Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, a biographical play-set-to-music that will transform the Topfer Theatre into a nightclub with an on-stage bar including VIP cabaret table seating April 5 – April 30, 2017.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill plays on stage and is directed by Michael Rader and stars Chanel (A Christmas Carol and Sophisticated Ladies) as the infamous songstress herself as the role of Billie Holiday.

It’s a period production that feels very current. The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia.The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday's last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.

Pull up a chair, order a delicious cocktail, and turn back the hands of time in our swanky nightclub for an intimate evening with the jazz legend. “God Bless the Child”,...

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It may be the most exciting new fragrance for men in quite a while: WANTED by Azzaro. The boldly powerful and irresistibly masculine fragrance is for the confident, thrill-seeking man. What man doesn’t want to exude that?

With hints of fresh lemon and ginger and spicy cardamom and woody vetiver, Wanted leaves every man feeling both elegant and masculine.

In fact, the bottle itself is unique in its daring design with the feel of a luxe racing car, combined with the fine precision of a luxury watch you’d want to wear on your wrist from the boardroom to the ballroom.

The entire essence of the fragrance combined with the architecture of the one of a kind bottle immediately evokes confidence and refined masculinity for the wearer. Plus, it will look extremely cool on your cologne tray.

WANTED will be launching March 15th at Macy's in San Antonio, so what are you waiting for? For more info visit http://wanted.azzaro.com/

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Imagine yourself back in the 1930s to the glamorous glory days of Old Hollywood. You’re invited to an event that Bette Davis is hosting because she loves animals so much. She called it Tailwaggers and for one brief shining moment on Friday, April 7, the event will return to Austin for one night only.

Event chair MaryTally, benefitting Austin Pets Alive at the stunning Umlauf Sculpture Garden, is partnering with co-chairs Alex Winkleman and Armando Zambrano, along with junior chair Devin McDonald, for a one-of-a-kind evening. The elegantly casual cocktail and dinner party will feature some exciting activities to keep the party popping:

1. A designer dog and cat collar silent auction

2. Celebrity mixologists serving up some originality

3. DJ Dangit spinning cool vinyl vibes

4. The Vintage 15 Orchestra will perform classic standards

5. Design-It-Yourself pet collars can be made by guests

6. Photographer and animal activist Sophie Gamand (see image) will have photos available for purchase at the event and at Russell Collection Gallery,...

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[Photo: Four Friends. (l to r) Curt Bouril (“Don Kirshner”), Liam Tobin (“Gerry Goffin”), Julia Knitel (“Carole King”), Ben Fankhauser (“Barry Mann”) and Erika Olson (“Cynthia Weil”).]

We love that producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announce that the Tony & Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will make its Austin premiere at Bass Concert Hall on March 21 – 26, 2017.

“Carole King might be a native New Yorker, but her story of struggle and triumph is as universal as they come – and her music is loved the world over,” producer Paul Blake said. “We know that audiences throughout the country will embrace this show just as Broadway and London audiences have.”

With a book by Tony® and Academy® Award-nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince, Beautiful features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil. The show...

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Another phone call had just come in, which I didn’t take. Returning the call, I offhandedly mentioned, “I didn’t pick up. I was on with Fran Lebowitz.” Dead silence on the other end. “How was it? my caller asked. “It was a dream come true,” I retorted, knowing that I’d never spoke truer words about a literary hero.

I’d read her works like Metropolitan Lives and Social Studies growing up, so I knew speaking with Lebowitz to support her upcoming tour to Texas (in Austin at The Long Center on Wednesday, March 8 and in Dallas on Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1, 2017 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center) would be a lively discussion. How could it not, knowing her unique style of sharing her opinions with the world? Plus, her writings have always connected with me on a personal level – her sly style about how the celebrated truly live.

And now, I would be speaking with her directly. For anyone growing up in the provinces who dreams of living in New York, or any major city for that matter, Fran Lebowitz has a towering stature equated to the...

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Who will wear it best? Who will miss the mark? Anything can happen, and usually does, on the red carpet and at the 2017 Academy Awards... so join our very own Lance Avery Morgan as he joins Yvonne Noa Loab and Bryan Mays at ABC/KVUE on Monday morning starting at 11:30 as they discuss who ruled the room and who tried their best...see you there!

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The Long Center for the Performing Arts is turning nine years old as it celebrates the occasion with Peace. Love. Long Center, a 9th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March 4, including a gala and special presentation of the international hit Let It Be. It’s a rare opportunity to hear The Beatles’ greatest hits from the Dell Hall stage and to top off the evening, the fun continues through midnight with a festive after party. And, it seems like yesterday that we attended the opening starring Texan and Broadway great Tommy Tune.

We love that Peace. Love. Long Center, co-chaired by Olga Campos Benz and Kevin Benz, is the Long Center’s largest fundraising event of the year. This ninth anniversary event will raise funds to continue expanding the Long Center’s mission and support its free community events, as well as its eight educational and outreach - programs that impact more than 80,000 youth annually.

Co-chairs Campos and Benz promise an unforgettable evening for all, sharing, “It’s our incredible good fortune to be able to expand on the...

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We love that Carnaval Brasileiro is busily readying the big, big drums in preparation for the celebration of its 40th Anniversary on February 25, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center. The rare local tradition can lay claim to a history stretching back four decades, Carnaval is planning big changes for its exhilarating 40th year.

You likely know that Carnaval is an epic experience powered by the infectiously danceable pulse of samba drums, enrapturing performers, a Texas-sized serving of eye candy with an endless parade of exotic costumes, and the wild euphoria of over 6,000 attendees. Lauded as the largest indoor Brazilian Mardi Gras celebration anywhere on the globe, Carnaval has grown from a small party for homesick Brazilian students into one of the most anticipated fêtes on area calendars. Organizers strive to make this Brazilian-style festival as authentic as possible,

Organizers are packing in more live entertainment than ever before for 2017, including acrobats, burlesque dancers and the most exciting performer to ever take the stage at Austin’s...

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Want to get the inside scoop on how to host a successful gala in Texas - and beyond? Look no further than The Art Of The Gala conference in Austin on Mon, Feb. 13. The brainchild of Monica Maldonado Williams, the gathering is predicted to be a huge success. She’s teamed with St. David’s Foundation, Hyatt Regency and Austin Social Planner.

You may just see a familiar face like our very own Lance Avery Morgan who will serve on the panel, Lexus of Austin’s Cassie LaMere, Michael Barnes of the Austin American Statesman as well as our Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli. Austin Social Planners’ Kevin Smothers and Laura Villagran-Johnson who are among those who will helm breakout sessions as well. Informing, enlightening and entertaining conversations are expected…and welcome. Join us, won’t you?

For tickets, visit http://www.theartofthegala.org

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She’s about to take the stage soon. With two Emmys, a Grammy, and an unprecedented 20 televised stand-up specials, the inimitable Kathy Griffin will be in Austin for one-night-only on February 4th when her LIKE A BOSS rolls through town. A towering figure on television, on tour and in publishing, she doesn’t stop there. She rakes in Emmy and Grammy nominations with apparent ease, though, as she’ll tell you, being a woman in the stand-up sphere is not easy work. After her history-making sixth consecutive Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album, Griffin finally joined the ranks of Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin as the only female comedians to ever win this award.

We love that Grifiin’s brand of “pull-no-punches” comedy and continuous drollery has earned her a Guinness World Record in 2013 for writing and starring in an unparalleled 20 televised stand-up specials—more than any comedian in history. Buoyed by her dedicated and engaged fans, Griffin’s live stand-up performances are legendary and in a class of their own. With plenty of sitcom, red carpet, and live...

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The Texas premiere of The Great Society, the second of Robert Schenkkan’s stirring LBJ plays exploring Texas’ own political mastermind and his memorable years in the White House, plays on stage in the Topfer Theatre January 25 – March 5, 2017. Directed by Dave Steakley, ZACH Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director. The follow-up hit for All The Way has high expectations and we can’t wait to see this next dynamic chapter. In fact, Steve Vinovich returns to the role of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, after his acclaimed performance in ZACH’s All the Way.

Despite division over the Vietnam War and ongoing civil rights issues, Johnson championed the most ambitious legislative work – an end to poverty and racial injustice, education for all schoolchildren, healthcare for seniors, and voting rights – in his vision of a Great Society. In this political thrill ride, The Great Society examines who we are, asks how we got here, and dreams of how great we could yet become.

Joining Vinovich are CECIL WASHINGTON JR....

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(Photo: Dustin Harris Smith, Lizzie Markson in MAMMA MIA! Farewell Tour, Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia, 2016.)

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to Bass Concert Hall January 27-28, 2017 as a part of its final farewell tour. All thenks to Broadway Across America and Lexus of Austin.

We all know that MAMMA MIA! is one of the most successful musicals of all time. In fact, it’s the eighth longest running show in Broadway history and one of only five musicals to have run for more than ten years on Broadway. The West End production is now in its eighteenth year. To date, MAMMA MIA! has been seen by over 60 million people worldwide in 50 productions in 16 different languages. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” MAMMA MIA! is truly a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

MAMMA MIA! is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include...

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It’s the City of Love. And yes, the City of Lights. No matter how you refer to it, we think Paris is one of the most consistently chic cities on the planet. In this new volume, Parisian Chic: THE LOOK BOOK, it’s the perfect companion to her best-selling Parisian Chic and Parisian Chic City Guide. In them Ines de la Fressange shares style secrets that result in the born-with-it elegance and effortless chic that make her a Parisienne style icon both to women at home in France, and here in America.

In PARISIAN CHIC: THE LOOK BOOK, de la Fressange demonstrates how to achieve her quintessentially Parisian style starting with the wardrobe building blocks—a LBD that can be dressed up or down, classic riding boots you’ll wear for a lifetime, or the perfect pair of jeans—which she combines with panache to suit every situation. And then she pinpoints the key accessories—the perfect jeweled flats, the lustrous handbag in an unexpected jewel-tone, the piece of statement jewelry that will become your signature—to ramp up your look from okay...

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We love the performing arts and a highlight is happening on a screen near you soon. The Sleeping Beauty, coming to theaters for one night only, on Sunday, January 22 at 11:55 AM CT, is a special Fathom Events opportunity that lets individuals experience the enchanted fairytale classic by broadcasting live from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. This event is only in select cinemas nationwide.

Having attended the Bolshoi Ballet and seeing the beloved Swan Lake, I can assure you this would be a magical evening seeing it on the big screen. The music is by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The choreography is by Yuri Grigorovich and here’s more of the talent attached to the project… the libretto is Ivan Vsevolozhsky and Marius Petipa (after Charles Perrault) and the cast consists of The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet.

The timeless story is truly a treasure. On her 16th birthday, a curse by the evil Carabosse causes the beautiful Princess Aurora to fall into a deep slumber for 100 years. Only the kiss of a prince could awaken her…

In this resplendent...

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You know how much we love our favorite high-performing Texans. So it was a room full of Texas pride today at a special luncheon hosted at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio. The Texas Cultural Trust announced today the 2017 honorees for the biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, taking place February 21-22, 2017, for the first time ever at Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. In its ninth biennial year, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards is the Texas Cultural Trust’s signature event and the state’s most prestigious arts gala, honoring amazing Texans who have made powerful contributions to the arts here at home and around the world. This event celebrates the state’s legendary artists, entertainers, and arts patrons with a series of events, including a Stars of Texas Brunch at the Governor’s Mansion, a star- studded awards show with special musical performances, and a gala dinner.

“The Texas Medal of Arts Awards recognizes those whose artistic talent and generous philanthropy have shone a spotlight on the vibrant artistic culture of our...

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In an extremely glamorous evening that kicked off award season, we couldn’t imagine a more dazzling showing than that of the jewelry supplied to the stars by Tiffany & Co. on the red carpet at the 74th Golden Globes Awards in Los Angeles.

As you likely know, the Globes, sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is like one big party. In the smallish ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the attendees are always dressed to the nines and ready to celebrate – much more energetic than the Oscars.

So, here were a few of our favorites donning Tiffany & Co. jewels that we loved seeing most, some of whom are pictured here…

Emma Stone, Best Actress winner for her performance in “La La Land”, accented her Valentino gown with a Tiffany Archival necklace and diamond earrings and rings.

Natalie Portman, nominated for Best Actress for her work in “Jackie”, wore a selection of Tiffany jewels to complement her Prada dress, including diamond fringe earrings, a ring with white and yellow diamonds and a Tiffany...

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We hope it will be our grandest one yet, don't you?

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We wish you the very merriest of holidays ahead!

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It might be the chicest holiday book to give your favorite style setter… There’s nothing quite like Cartier fine jewelry. In fact, it’s usually the centrepiece of any outfit. As an accessory it dominates any tabletop. That’s never been more apparent than in the new tome out this month, Cartier Magician: High Jewelry and Precious Objects by François Chaille (Flammarion, $125). It’s the perfect holiday gift for any connoisseur of fine living.

Luxuriously dedicated to Cartier’s new collection of High Jewelry and precious objects, it celebrates the legendary jeweler’s unique ability to bring inanimate objects to life. The culmination of both a desire and a challenge, these pieces reveal the magical universe and exceptional creativity of the master jeweler and watchmaker that make them veritable works of art.

We love that Cartier weaves its magic into every jewel and every object, from its sparkling diamonds to the incredibly lifelike pieces from the animal collections, and from Cartier Mystery Clocks—Pendules Mystérieuses—to the extraordinary...

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Named one of the top five films of the year by The Guardian, we were a tad skeptical upon screening the new film, Jackie, from Fox Searchlight Pictures. That skepticism did not last beyond the opening scene of Natalie Portman’s chillingly accurate star portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy in 1963 just weeks after her husband, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated.

With the film’s action being told to a Look journalist in a flashback narrative, (which really happened with Theodore White, fictionalized in the film by Billy Crudup), the viewer is catapulted into the web of the Kennedy’s high-flying presidential and political world. Portman’s turn as Jackie is represented with her very breathy enunciations that mirror the breathless world in which she became an instant and iconic symbol for the new, young Jet Set.

Portman’s thoughtful portrait of post-JFK Jackie Kennedy is palpable – her grief is as wide as the Atlantic, from where she hailed, and as deep as any despair of anyone who has loved and lost. We’ve seen many depictions of...

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It’s that time of year…time to find the perfect gift for friends, loved ones and professional colleagues. For unique, one-of-a-kind gifts, look no further than the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Celebrating its 41st anniversary, the art and music fair has become a holiday tradition for many. It’s nationally acclaimed festival features regional and national artists alongside live local music performances opens Dec 14th and runs through Dec. 24th. It remains a truly Texan shopping experience which has made the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar one of the Austin’s most beloved holiday traditions.

In fact, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an 11-day shopping destination featuring national and local award-winning artists, with live music and two full bars in a festive, lively atmosphere. This annual tradition and cultural icon is one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals attracting around 40,000 shoppers each year. It all adds up to a fun authentic Austin experience at the Palmer Events Center.

Find an exciting variety of art, handmade gifts, heirloom pieces and...

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We love to read a stylish book, don’t you? We’ve found some dazzling ones that we’d love to recommend…

First, we can’t get enough of 20TH CENTURY JEWELRY & THE ICONS OF STYLE (Thames & Hudson) where international jewelry experts Stefano Papi and Alexandra Rhodes explore the profiles of thirteen style icons who built up astonishing jewelry collections in the mid-twentieth century. From The Duchess of Windsor to Barbara Hutton, and Daisy Fellowes to Maria Callas, among them. In fact, each chapter explores one collection, treating the jewelry as an insight into the personality of these powerful women who became the style icons of their time. This revised and updated edition, in a new trim size, includes two new chapters that explore the lives and jewels of singer and garden designer Ganna Walska and perfumer Hélène Rochas. At http://www.thamesandhudsonusa.com

We can’t put down FROCKING LIFE: SEARCHING FOR ELSA SCHIAPARELLI by BillyBoy* (Rizzoli Ex...

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It was a night that Dallas could be so proud of…when over 450 guests attended the “8x8 Art Exhibition and Auction” at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas last Wednesday to bid on miniature works of fine art, and support the museum’s educational programs. Scott Peck, Museum Curator and Director, pronounced the evening a great success and said, "The event was a near sellout of over 140 works of art,”

Gathering under a large digital clock that counted down the minutes to the auction close, Scott Peck welcomed everyone and thanked Co-Chairs Maria Valentina Sheets and Rachel Wimpey, and the event committee and sponsors who made the evening possible. “This annual event raises funds for all our educational programs throughout the year – field trips, Summer Art Camp for Kids, Heroes of History Field Trips, and special workshops we offer for both kids and adults,” said Peck.

The highlight of the evening was a live painting demonstration of large-scale works by Dallas artist Fred Villanueva whose Ash Studios was recently ranked “Best Gallery in Dallas” by D Magazine. Another...

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It’s the ultimate fairytale, isn’t it? Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King & I and The Sound of Music, will play the Bass Concert Hall for a limited engagement from December 6-10. Tickets for CINDERELLA are on sale now at BroadwayinAustin.com, the Bass Concert Hall box office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.

With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA combines the story's classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to...

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It’s here, it’s here. Eliza Page in Austin, known for its carefully curated selection of local and national independent jewelry designers, has just opened its second store located at The Domain Northside. The original Eliza Page has anchored the 2nd Street Shopping District since it opened in 2005 and The Domain Northside’s Eliza Page store is open just in time for the holiday.

“I picked The Domain Northside for my (second) store after very careful consideration of many retail areas in and around Austin,” shared founder and store owner, Elizabeth Gibson. “While we are continuing to enjoy a thriving retail environment in Austin, The Domain developer, Endeavor has shown a real commitment to creating a showcase for the best of homegrown Austin retail stores among the many fantastic national retail brands.”

The new Eliza Page is a 400-square foot jewelbox of a showroom that features one-of-a-kind, independent fashion-forward fine jewelry, including wedding and special occasion jewelry, along with edited selections of the best of Eliza Page jewelry designs. The new...

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Get ready for Austin’s annual extravaganza of contemporary art, the East Austin Studio Tour (EAST.) This November 12-13 & 19-20, art aficionados throughout Texas (and beyond!) will discover amazing new artists and studios alongside well-established and renowned creative hubs.

Galleries and studios will be hosting countless events and parties – if you want to kick off EAST with a bang, join us at ARTBASH, an all-out art party hosted by Art Alliance Austin. This year’s event will be held at The Pershing, a private, super-hip club. Now is your chance to discover some of the hottest trends in Austin’s art scene while mingling with artists, collectors, critics and creatives.

ARTBASH will layer temporary site-specific installations and performance pieces over Art Alliance’s EAST exhibition to create dynamic and exciting evening for art and preview of the East Austin Studio Tour. Last year’s ARTBASH was an absolute blowout, featuring art installations like we’d never experienced, spontaneous poetry,...

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We love that the 2000-plus strong alumnae community is so robust in Texas. At the recent Stephens College Alumnae Club of Dallas annual fundraising luncheon, perennially stylish philanthropist Carolyn Farb was honored for her gift of three of gowns from her personal collection to the Stephens Costume Museum and Research Library fashion collection. It was an afternoon to celebrate both the Stephens tradition of excellence in the creative arts and sciences and to raise funds for a new building for the Physician’s Assistant program. In fact, Stephens College is the second-oldest women’s college in the country.

This sunny afternoon at the Dallas Country Club contained a live and silent auction as well as remarks from Stephens College Dean of the School of Design, Dr. Monica P. McMurry who honored Farb, “The collection dates to 1700 and houses over 13,000 items of dress,” said Dr. McMurry. “It depends solely on generous donations from alumnae, friends and collectors like Carolyn to provide research data via the element of clothing to study the lives of women.”

The event...

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It’s time. Time for the holiday couture and fine jewelry sale on national auction site. In fact, you are invited to consign to the first exciting national on-line sale of couture and fine jewelry presented by June Hayes & Associates.

The auction will be conducted by Lark Mason and Associates, as part of his auctions that fall into the category of iGavel Interiors and Gardens. They will provide display space in the Estate Sale Gallery at Los Patios for the items we present, and you and your friends may visit at any time to check on the progress.

It will begin with ladies and men’s designer clothing, furs, scarves, handbags, belts, wallets, fine jewelry, designer jewelry, estate and vintage jewelry and other related items. Please contact June Hayes if you are interested in learning about consignments or how to bid when the sale opens. To set an appointment for a free consultation and for information on fees, please call or email soon. Appointments are limited.

Deadline for consignments is November 1 for photography and for us to...

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As a pop culture society, we just can’t seem to get enough of Andy Warhol long after his passing decades ago. We love that he created THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A SNAKE (October 2016, Thames & Hudson) in 1963, while he was working as a fashion illustrator in New York City for Flemming-Joffe, a leather goods company owned by Teddy and Arthur Edelman. In fact, the couple had given him his first job in New York City a decade earlier.

This chicly surprising and whimsical book follows a snake trying to scale the social ladder by transforming himself into accessories for a glittering constellation of 1960’s celebrities including Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy and Coco Chanel.

As the snake navigates the world of the rich and famous, playing the role of a lifetime, it’s easy to see him as a stand-in for his creator. Each colorful, creative, and tongue-in-cheek spread showcases Warhol’s signature style. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A SNAKE is a brilliant portrait of the artist’s obsessions, his talent, and the world he would one day conquer. And, his...

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We love celebrating a successful business that gives back to the community, don’t you? That’s why we were dazzled when Midtown Independence Title recently celebrated its ten-year anniversary with a bash at the super-chic Palazzo Lavaca in downtown Austin. The company’s co-founders Douglas Plummer and Ed Ishmael rolled out the red carpet for approximately 150 clients and VIP guests to celebrate this milestone made even more incredible by the fact that two founding business partners have continued to prosper through their ten years in business.

Originally beginning in 2006 with three employees and an emphasis on residential properties, Midtown – Independence Title has grown to 19 employees, and has dramatically expanded its commercial real estate title insurance practice. The growth of Midtown Independence Title over the past 10 years has been attributable to both the founders and to Midtown’s employees focusing on “high touch service”. As a result, Midtown has created a loyal and devoted...

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As a child growing up in Texas, I would wait with anticipation and bated breath for the Neiman Marcus catalogue to arrive every fall. I even voraciously read the book, His & Hers Gifts by the store’s founder Stanley Marcus, at a young age. Some things never change. In fact, it gets better.

The 2016 Christmas Book was unveiled this week by Neiman Marcus in Dallas. The 90th edition of this legendary book continues the brand’s tradition of offering a selection of spectacular holiday gifts sure to make stir even the wildest of gift-giving dreams. Some of the Fantasy Gifts include a walk-on-role in the Broadway musical Waitress, an exclusive Grammy Awards experience, private quarterback camp with Joe Montana, and His & Hers Neiman Marcus Island Cars featuring Lilly Pulitzer, shot in the style of our favorite vintage society photographer Slim Aarons.

Yes, the arrival of the Christmas Book is considered by...

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It’s almost here. Lexus Broadway in Austin presents, on the heels of a highly successful multi-city tour and run on Broadway, the world’s best-selling touring magic show, THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ (www.theillusionistslive.com), will play Bass Concert Hall in Austin on November 1-6, 2016 as part of its current North American tour to more than 50 cities. Tickets for THE ILLUSIONISTS will are on sale now and are available at http://BroadwayinAustin.com, the Bass Concert Hall box office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at 512.477.6060.

Here are some fun facts about the show:

THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson and MagicSpace Entertainment. Conceived by Simon Painter, the show’s creative team also includes executive producer Tim Lawson, director Neil Dorward and creative director Jim Millan. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder,...

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Oh, what a time it was, recently venturing back to the groovy 60s era. The legend of Warhol mixed with whiskey to provide a cocktail of fun called, well, Warhol & Whiskey…as over 250 Austin business and community leaders gathered for an exclusive preview of the Blanton Museum of Art’s newest cool exhibition, Warhol By the Book.

We love a great party and this was indeed one to remember. Guests sipped drinks from 9 Banded Whiskey, savored light bites, listened to live music, took pop-up tours of the exhibition, had poems created for them from Typewriter Rodeo, as well as other artfully-inspired activities.

One the scene were Blanton Board Champions Janet and Wilson Allen, Tamara and Charles Dorrance, Stacy and Joel Hock, as well as Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Christopher Loughlin. The host committee included Evan Baehr, Samantha and Stuart Bernstein, Laura Gottesman, Gerardo Interiano, Callie Jenschke, Meagan McCoy Jones, Jerri Kunz. Rob and Elizabeth Rogers, Alejandro Ruelas, and Phillip Wilhelm.

For more information on The Blanton Museum of Art,...

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We all know that reading is crucial to ongoing self-development, especially in children. That in mind, to raise awareness for reading, to support that the place to be is on Friday, October 28th at the 3rd annual Reading Between the Wines, A Spirited Celebration of Literacy event. It’s for people who love food, wine, spirits and good company.

This year's event is at The Mansion, a beautiful historic Austin venue located near UT campus. The gathering will feature pairings of food with wine, beer and cocktails emphasizing local products and producers. Last year’s event sold out… so don’t wait and purchase your tickets today, from what we understand.

We love that The Literacy Coalition is an Austin-grown nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the literacy levels of our community. Reading Between the Wines, A Spirited Celebration of Literacy event is core for the Literacy Coalition's annual events engaging the entire community in the need for literacy services in the Austin area while highlighting our partners' leadership and commitment to the LC...

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Want to add to your cool weather wardrobe with a chic new accessory? Look no further than adding a dash of style that speaks volumes: a scarf, ascot or pocket square. But not just any silk accessory. One designed by our favorite Texan-turned-Manhattanite Alexandra Dieck, founder and lead designer of Lexicon of Style (http://wwww.lexiconofstyle.com).

Her designs are a myriad of color and graphics that will give any ensemble a pop of sophistication. Go to lunch with a scarf tied around your purse or wrist. Then, tie one around your neck for dinner . The style possibilities are endless.

The Lexicon of Style POP-UP SHOP happens at Cove Boutique at 1318 So. Congress Avenue on Saturday, October 8th from 11AM - 4PM.

What’s not to love about sipping on mimosas and getting some styling tips, from the designer herself, while mingling with friends? See you there at Cove Boutique, located next door to Perlas on South Congress and contact Jacqueline@lexiconofstyle.co to...

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The new River Oaks District in Houston is the site where John Hardy has opened a chic, new store – where else? The 1,000 sq. ft. space designed by Design Republic transports visitors to Bali where the company’s artisans craft the jeweled dazzlers.

In fact, the venue is an in-store brand immersion evolving their Story of Touch campaign, which highlights the artisan’s touch into a full sensory experience to evoke all five senses, from scent to sound to lighting.

The highlight of the space? A large art installation of a hand-carved teakwood tree root, created using the byproduct of the tree which would otherwise be wasted. It manifests creativity and celebrates the uncompromising art of John Hardy jewelry.

We love that the River Oaks boutique also boats a selection of one-of-a-king Cinta collection pieces. Always a perennial favorite of any Texan, John Hardy’s presence in this market is a golden one. For more information, visit Http://www.JohnHardy.com

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Some call it the greatest show on earth. We couldn’t agree more. For collectors of all types, a cornucopia for collecting almost here. It turns out that one of the most unique fundraisers in Austin is celebrating its 41st year, a true milestone for city and the organization: The Annual Settlement Home for Children Charity Garage & Estate Sale which takes place Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 6 at Palmer Events Center at 900 Barton Springs Road.

Named the largest charity sale in Texas, The Settlement Home Charity Garage & Estate Sale is a year-long effort that culminates into four days of shopping. It’s one of our favorite events in the state of the year, in fact. Organized and led by members of The Settlement Club, the Garage & Estate Sale boasts an impressive and diverse inventory of merchandise, all of which has been donated by the community. More than 25,000 shoppers will browse for treasures and bargain-priced deals in our 21 well-organized departments. We learned that the funds raised do a tremendous amount of...

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We love a great in-store event, don’t you? This week look no further than Neiman Marcus Austin who is hosting a treasure trove of Rebecca Minkoff designs this week. The artist herself will be on hand to welcome her clients and fans on Thursday. September 22 from 5:00-6:30 PM with cocktails and light bites. For more information, visit NeimanMarcus.com or call 512.719.1200

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The women of Houston’s chapter of the Ellevate Network enjoyed a dazzling evening of fashion-forward networking with leading like-minded business women at Tootsies. There was much mingling as the event previewed fall fashion trends and demonstrated how to incorporate those into a professional wardrobe. Following champagne and hor d'oeuvres provided by Bryan Caswell, entrepreneur Rebecca Lankford discussed her creative journey to creating Rebecca Lankford Jewelry Designs. A preview of fall’s top picks was presented by Tootsies’ buyers, John Maguire and Kyla Phung. Hope Ewing, the founder of The Diaper Foundation, also spoke about her non-profit and their work to help women and children.

The Ellevate-oriented conversations were complemented by desserts provided by Petite Sweets, and swag bags sponsored by women-led companies SoulCycle River Oaks (note: SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan is an Ellevate Gal and SoulCycle just opened 2 Houston locations in River Oaks and Memorial), The Blonde Pantry, Bar Bleu, Glow MedSpa, and Zalla Massage, and Healing Acupoints. Guests...

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It’s art for art’s sake, as always, in our world. Starting tomorrow and running through Oct. 12, 2016, “At The Edge,” an exhibition composed of drawings from five Austin-based women artists, will be displayed in the Wright Gallery in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University.

For the first time, the show brings together the work of Alyson Fox, Shannon Faseler, Rebecca Rothfus Harrell, Bethany Johnson and Alexandra Robinson. Each artist brings a unique perspective and objective to her artwork in a range of mediums. “At the Edge” unites these accomplished artists displaying drawings that push the boundaries of the art form. The select works, curated together by artist and exhibition participant Rebecca Rothfus Harrell, examine spatial relationships, manipulation of...

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Ever wanted to peek inside an estate sale of the rich and famous? Now’s your chance in Austin. Hosted by June Hayes & The Estate Gallery at Los Patios, an estate sale will be held Saturday, Sept. 3, 10-4 and Sunday, Sept. 4, 12-4) at 1501 Mesa Ridge, Barton Creek, Austin, Texas 78735

Photos of some of the items may be seen at www.Junehayes.com/upcomingsales, and some of the chic items for sale include…

Designer furniture by Karges, Drexel and others, 11'5" high display cabinet, patio furniture, Waterford, Spode, Noritake, Lladro, Bing and Grondahl, sterling jewelry and flatware, exceptional sapphire and diamond ring, fine jewelry by Stark of England, round glass top table by Ettore Sottsass, founder of the 1980 Memphis Movement. Glass and Lucite rectangular table with eight Sally Sirkin Lewis "Paris" dining chairs in pewter finish with matching silk upholstery, Plus, there’s G. Harvey signed and limited edition framed prints.

Dinnerware includes Copeland Spode "Florence" and...

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Lexus Broadway in Austin presents, on the heels of a highly successful multi-city tour and run on Broadway, the world’s best-selling touring magic show, THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ (www.theillusionistslive.com), will play Bass Concert Hall in Austin on November 1-6, 2016 as part of its current North American tour to more than 50 cities. Tickets for THE ILLUSIONISTS will are on sale now and are available at http://BroadwayinAustin.com, the Bass Concert Hall box office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.

Here are some fun facts about the show:

THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson and MagicSpace Entertainment. Conceived by Simon Painter, the show’s creative team also includes executive producer Tim Lawson, director Neil Dorward and creative director Jim Millan. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has...

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(Photo: Original company, North American Tour of Disney’s NEWSIES. ©Disney. Photo by Deen van Meer)

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts proudly announces the hit, NEWSIES. The new American musical, features a Tony® Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, a book by four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein and is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, NEWSIES is directed by Tony® nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award® for his work. NEWSIES was intended for a Broadway run of just 101 performances.

The show’s fiercely devoted fans had other ideas, however; they propelled the show to a run of 1005 performances, attendance of more than 1 million and a gross of over $100M. While on Broadway, NEWSIES set and broke seven Nederlander Theatre house records and became the highest-grossing show from the 2011-12 Broadway season. The show received 23 major theatrical nominations –...

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BEAUTY IS AS BEAUTY DOES

NAAVA, founded in 1973 as AZIZ Spa and Salon may become your favorite new destination for beauty – and handsome – treatments, as we learned when we popped in for a terrific massage recently. It was an amazing experience and one we will savor having again soon.

You may know that NAAVA is the oldest day spa in Austin. The current owners bought AZIZ in 2010. Their secret? They are husband and wife teams: Steve and Vaida Chodniewicz and Natalie and Josh Chodniewicz. Josh is the former co-founder and CEO of web-based business, Art.com and is currently currently helming NAAVA. The owners opened a second location in the Arboretum in 2012, and changed the name to NAAVA in 2014, with a second hit location on their hands.

The new downtown location at 300 W. 6th street opened in 2015 and it’s been a hit ever since. The venue boasts a whopping 6,200 square feet, making it the largest full service salon and spa in a downtown office building. Plus, it also is the only LEED certified energy efficient salon in Austin. How cool is...

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We’re big fans of fashion, and especially the Texas-wide Fashion X brands that are the brainchild of founder Matt Swinney. We love that Fashion X Dallas (Fashion “by” Dallas) returns for its 3rd year and adds a new component, Style Setters. Four influencers in the local community have been selected not only for their iconic style, but also for their tireless work and dedication to nonprofit organizations. Fashion X Dallas will be donating a portion of all “Style Setter” tickets to each designated nonprofit…

Linda Gray is an award-winning actress, an accomplished director, a former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and one of the world’s most recognized and admired stars. Her portrayal of ‘Sue Ellen,’ in the original TV series “Dallas,” brought her international fame and critical acclaim earning her an Emmy nomination for Best Actress and numerous international awards. After eleven years as the number one show on television, “Dallas” returned to TNT in 2012 and ran for three successful seasons. She has generously devoted time to...

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YOGA’S NEW APPROACH

We love discovering new place for Yoga, don’t you? Yogalotus, a new boutique yoga studio offering spa-like amenities, wellness coaching and yoga teacher training has announced its grand opening. Located in the West Koenig Flats development at 5608 Avenue F, the new studio features classes across many practices, including Vinyasa, Hatha, Flow and Restorative.

To celebrate their opening, the studio is hosting an open house event on Saturday, August 6th from 4-7PM, featuring studio tours, food, libations, plus class discount offerings and vendor specials on clothing & accessories in the boutique. “We’re extremely excited about our studio model and what it offers our clients,” said Lilyana and Aaron Frescas, co-owners of Yogalotus and studio veterans. We recognize we have something truly special and unique to share with the community and are thrilled to offer these experiences in the comfort of a warm and homey environment.”

YOGA & MORE

Yogalotus,...

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Don’t you just love discovering a new accessory that adds a pop of energy to your look? Austin’s own fashion and lifestyle brand Consuela has been supplying fashionistas with boldly designed bags, shoes and accessories for ten years, and their designs always offer something fun and fresh for your style.

In fact, to celebrate their tenth anniversary they’re throwing a celebration where you can discover their amazing designs, meet like-minded fashionistas, and enjoy family-friendly music and activities. This weekend, July 30 and 31, at Austin’s newest event venue 800 Congress Ave., Consuela will celebrate with music, live street art, piñatas, a photo booth, food, cocktails, small bites and more.

To sweeten the deal, you can also get some of Consuela’s distinctive designs at incredible discounts. With purses, shoes and accessories in myriad styles, you’re sure to find something new for yourself – or, get the perfect gift for your friends or loved ones. For early access to this treasure trove of merchandise, you can get in a...

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It’s here, it’s here. Everyone’s favorite, practically perfect nanny, Mary Poppins, soars into the Topfer Theatre as ZACH Theatre’s 2016 summer musical.

The inimitable Jill Blackwood and unstoppable Matthew Redden will star in Mary Poppins on stage in the Topfer Theatre through September 4 under the direction of Dave Steakley, ZACH Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, with musical direction by Allen Robertson, and choreography by Robin Lewis.

Drawn from the groundbreaking 1964 Disney film and the brilliant series of books, this delightful family musical features the unforgettable songs “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” Dave Steakley and the creative team who brought you The Who’s Tommy and A Christmas Carol will reinvent this beloved musical into a sublimely “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocius” new production – jam-packed with unforgettable theatrical magic!

This delightful musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film and promises to be a fantastic romp for the entire family, so what...

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(Glittery Up Do. Hairstylists: Tiffany Holmes and Mandy Denson, Makeup Artist: Nancy Melendez)

Being beautiful is a year ‘round opportunity, isn’t it? Looking ahead, it’s not festival season without floral headpieces and colorful makeup right?

Enter the Jose Luis Salon, the premier hair and beauty salon and boutique in Austin, who is taking the music festival looks to a whole new level with glittery glam.

The staff at Jose Luis Salon is kicking off Austin’s music festival season stunningly with seriously glamorous hair and makeup. Thanks to the illuminating effect of glitter, the salon’s latest photo collection will transport you to the epicenter of cool Zilker Park, dancing to loud, live music and swirling about in the scene with your friends.

To make an appointment and to get your own chic looks at Jose Luis Salon, visit http://www.joseluissalon.com

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Looking for ways to get more glamorous this summer? In the long hot days of the warm weather months, why don’t you consider getting cooler at a gala?

In fact, join Big Brothers Big Sisters at Austin’s brightest new gala gem, the 2016 Ice Ball. Spend an evening that makes a lifetime of difference for a child, knowing that each person can make a difference in this world.

The festivities will be Saturday, August 20, 2016 beginning at 6PM. The Hyatt Regency’s Zilker Ballroom at 208 Barton Springs Road.

For more information and to get your tickets, visit http://austiniceball.org/ and #iceball16

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(PHOTO: Back Row: Princess Audrey Sophia Abbott, Princess Madeline Elise Odom, Princess Mary Hannah Eulon Wells, Diamond Catherine Anne Powell,Princess Monika Elizabeth Brinkmann, Princess Alexandra Hudson Sherwood and Princess Luciana Christina Tiblier

Front Row: Duchess Mackenzie Abbott Kopp, Duchess Lindsey Nicole Elliott, Duchess Hannah Leigh Morrow, Duchess Charlotte Elizabeth Blakemore and Duchess Julianne Franklin Boss)

We love that Austin has such a robust social season, don’t you? Celebrating this fall’s 62nd annual Jewel Ball, the Women’s Symphony League of Austin (WSL) recently announced their Royal Court participants at the Jewel Tea. The Court consists of a Diamond Queen and several Princesses from Austin, honoring the support of local families for the Austin Symphony Orchestra. The WSL also invites outstanding, college-aged young women from across the state to represent their communities as members of the Visiting Jewel Court.

Hosted by the Past President’s Council, the Jewel Tea is a time-honored tradition occurring each spring. This...

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Let’s face it: most men aren’t fully suited up for success without a sharp pocket square accessory to complete their style. As entertaining as it is useful, the newly released tome by Thames & Hudson, (http//:www.thamesandhudsonusa.com), The Pocket Square, presents the ins and outs behind twenty-two pocket square folds, from the simple and elegant Presidential to the complex and flamboyant Bouquet.

In this must-have volume for stylish men everywhere, and the women who love them, each fold is accompanied by easy-to-follow diagrams, bold color illustrations of how to wear a pocket square with panache, and descriptions and advice on when to wear each style.

By A. C. Phillips, a connoisseur of gentlemen’s tailoring and pattern design, and featuring quotations from leading men whose names have become synonymous with elegance and distinction—Cary Grant, Oscar Wilde, the Duke of Windsor, Fred Astaire, and Yves Saint Laurent, The Pocket Square provides sharp style insight and inspiration. So what...

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Cool summer theatre for when the weather heats up. The best thing about summer perhaps? We are in luck since Martin Burke stars in One Man, Two Guvnors, on stage at ZACH’s Topfer Theatre from June 1- 26, 2016 directed by Abe Reybold, ZACH Theatre’s Associate Artistic Producer, while J. Robert Moore will star in the hit one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar on the Kleberg Stage from June 8 – August 14, 2016, directed by Nat Miller, ZACH Theatre’s Education Director. Talk about a summer filled with non-stop laughter

One Man, Two Guvnors is a Tony Award-winning modern take on Goldoni’s classic play A Servant of Two Masters. It's the Swingin' Sixties and the easily-confused Francis Henshall attempts to keep his two employers (local gangster Roscoe Crabbe and upper class criminal Stanley Stubbers) from meeting and learning of his dual-employment. It's a laugh-out-loud satirical romp with a live Beatles-era band that keeps the party rockin'.

Running simultaneously in the intimate Kleberg theatre, one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar...

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Art Deco Collectibles is THE book to have this season on your coffee table and amongst your bookshelves. Recently released by Thames & Hudson, the tome is not only a chic resources, but also is is an extensively illustrated showcase of portable classics from the United States and Europe that demonstrates Deco style at its most alluring.

These stunning, small personal items, from cigarette cases and lighters to powder compacts and cosmetics accessories, watches, jewelry, even cameras, “represented the height of fashion during those heady decades, and demonstrated the excitement and modernity of the age” share authors, collectors and designers Rodney and Diana Capstick-Dale.

Featuring high-quality photography and carefully sourced period illustrations and ephemera, Art Deco Collectibles brings these objects to life in all their exquisite detail for the first time. This luxurious volume appeals to both collectors and anyone with an interest in Deco style and the history of fashion, design, glamour...

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It was a great night to gala it up in Houston and we love that several hundred swanky attendees, dressed in their finest shades of blue, recently gathered at the Hilton Post Oak Houston to celebrated 2016’s Blue Cure Benefit Dinner. In fact, Blue Cure’s mission is to prevent prostate cancer and improve outcomes for those with cancer by funding and advocating for cancer research in integrative and preventive medicine and by educating men and youth about dietary and lifestyle habits to greatly reduce their risk of cancer.

This year, the men’s health foundation honored the contributions of Dr. Carolyn Farb, hc for her work in raising awareness on behalf of Blue Cure’s mission – education for men on the importance of preventative lifestyle measures in reducing risk for prostate cancer. Farb, as we all know, has been a tireless fundraiser and champion of so many wonderful causes over the years.

The chic guests were treated to a presentation by best-selling author and health world expert...

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All you art lovers across Texas won’t want to miss this year’s Art City Austin on April 29 - May 1, one of the city’s biggest festivals for collectors of fine art. With some of the hippest galleries and over 200 artists on display, you’ll have the opportunity to view some of the newest, most interesting, and collectible art in the market. Whether you’re looking for a prize piece for your curated collection, or a fresh new decorative element for your home, you’ll enjoy a huge range of styles at your fingertips.

After seven years of calling Cesar Chavez home, Art City Austin will now take place at the beautiful and scenic Palmer Events Center along the shores of Lady Bird Lake downtown. You don’t need to be a collector to enjoy Art City Austin. Simply viewing the art on display while savoring a springtime stroll by the lake, is a treat in itself. As if that weren’t enough, Art City Austin has partnered with the music organization Black Fret to provide a stellar lineup of local...

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What’s not to love about a fashionista’s dream come true…seeing Austin Fashion Week’s 2016’s inaugural Style Setters this week? The lucky honorees Laura Craddick, Aida G. Dieck, Andrea McWilliams and Bobbi Topfer will be honored, one each evening of the fashion show events, during Austin Fashion Week on Friday, April 15 — Saturday, April 23.

We love that in its eighth year, Fashion X Austin’s Austin Fashion Week, the brainchild of founder Matt Swinney, has added a new component of honoring these dynamic Style Setters. These four influential women in the region have been selected not only for their iconic style, but also for their tireless work and dedication to non-profit organizations. We also love that Austin Fashion Week will be donating a portion of all “Style Setter” tickets to each recipient’s designated non-profit organization. Here’s how you can become a style-setting guest yourself…

It all kicked off last Sunday supporting community advocate Aida G. Dieck with an elegant brunch that featured 130 years of...

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It might be one of the coolest live auction items we’ve scene in a long time. In fact, it’s a fantasy that comes to life. It’s for the American Heart Association Heart Ball in Austin that is happens May 7, 2016 at the JW Marriott Austin.

Ladies and gentlemen, place your bids to get to the real “heart” of the matter…a Victoria’s Secret package that is valued at $25,000, with a starting bid at $25,000 will highlight the gala’s live auction bidding.

Here are some details:

Two tickets to the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as well as passes to the event’s official After-Party and behind the scenes tour, plus hotel accommodations, will be presented as a live auction package.

Participants do not need to be present to bid on or win package - and bidding is now officially open. For more information, contact Lauren Holcomb at 512.338.2403 or lauren.holcomb@heart.org

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(Photography: Reed L Shannon as Michael Jackson (center) with the Jackson 5. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL First National Tour. By Joan Marcus)

Stop. In The Name of Music. Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts, are proud to announce the premier of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL…

WHO: Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

WHAT: Premiere of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

WHEN: April 26 – May 1, 2016

Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

WHERE: Bass Concert Hall / 2350 Robert Dedman Drive / Austin, TX

TICKETS: Start at $30. Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, the Bass Concert Hall box office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060. For groups of 15 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email...

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In a state known for music, and in a town known for live music like Austin is, the 3rd Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards, which took place February 16 at the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin, TX was a stellar event. Presented by Lone Star beer, and emceed by the legendary Ray Benson. The event honored the best of Ameripolitan Music as voted by the robust music fans in the region.

It was a packed house at the grande dame theatre in Austin. Over 1,200 guests and 97 nominees, from many areas of the U.S. and abroad, packed the theatre to celebrate the best of Ameripolitan Music; a music genre originally coined by singer/songwriter Dale Watson, defined as having a prominent root influence, not conforming to the ‘country’ of today. It is broken into four related subcategories: Honky Tonk, Western Swing, Rockabilly and Outlaw. Artists and bands can fall into one or more of these categories.

The evening’s highest honor, the "Master Award" was presented to the legendary musician Charley Pride. Pride is the first...

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It’s a story that may seem familiar. But, not really. Two years ago, 42-year-old Austinite Kelly Green found herself awhirl amongst a bevy of celebrities at Leonardo DiCaprio’s 39th birthday party. It was her first night out as a single woman after a heart-wrenching divorce. “I was a quintessential wife. I was the perfect Pinterest board. It was all fine—but it wasn’t really living,” Green recalls of her married life.

How’d she create her new adventures? And after ten years of marriage, she wasn’t sure how to act as a single woman—much less a single woman who just took a private jet to party with A-list celebrities. After a missed connection at the party, she made her way home with a sudden burden. It wasn’t about failing to get that phone number. It was the reality that she hadn’t been able to ask for it—or give out hers—because her uneasiness about sudden singledom prevented her from knowing herself and taking control.

Green calls this night her “coming out,” which represents the beginning of her latest chapter in life, which...

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It’s almost here. We love that as part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present, direct from Broadway, the national tour of SAM MENDES (Skyfall, American Beauty) and ROB MARSHALL’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of CABARET, playing March 29 – April 3, 2016 at Bass Concert Hall as part of the Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts season.

THE DETAILS:

WHEN: March 29 – April 3, 2016

Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

WHERE: Bass Concert Hall / 2350 Robert Dedman Drive / Austin, TX

TICKETS: Start at $30. Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, the Bass Concert Hall box office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by...

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What’s not to love about a fashionista’s dream come true…to see Austin Fashion Week’s 2016’s inaugural Style Setters that were just announced this week? Who are the lucky recipients? Laura Craddick, Aida G. Dieck, Andrea McWilliams and Bobbi Topfer will be honored, one each evening of the fashion show events, during Austin Fashion Week on Friday, April 15 — Saturday, April 23.

We love that in its eighth year, Fashion X Austin’s Austin Fashion Week, the brainchild of founder Matt Swinney, has added a new component of honoring these dynamic Style Setters. These four influential women in the region have been selected not only for their iconic style, but also for their tireless work and dedication to non-profit organizations. We also love that Austin Fashion Week will be donating a portion of all “Style Setter” tickets to each recipient’s designated non-profit organization. Here’s how you can become a style-setting guest yourself…

It all kicks off with a beautiful brunch. Community advocate Aida G. Dieck has devoted her...

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Always dreamed of building a home in the style of your wildest dreams? Who hasn’t? Or are you in the market for an architectural masterpiece by one of Austin’s great designers? Either way, you’re in luck, because this spring’s Austin Modern Home Tour on Saturday, March 5 features twelve of Austin’s most unique homes for you to explore. Whether you’re inspired by stunning hilltop views or artsy hip houses, you’ll have ample opportunities to get inspired to build or buy a home of your own.

If you’ve always wanted to design and build your own home, don’t miss your chance at Design-Build special event the following Sunday, March 6. This four-hour special event will go in-detail about every step of the modern custom home building experience. Featuring Lex Zarun from Newcastle Homes and Jared Haas from un.box studio, attendees will get exceptional insight into the processes, challenges, costs and opportunities for anyone who wants to create their own unique modern living space in Austin.

During the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to meet...

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What happens when an artist that we’ve known and been following for years, William Hundley, reaches international acclaim? First, we’re mighty proud. Secondly, his talents help the world become a more artful place. Hundley’s work (and 10 other artists around the world) is featured in Apple retail stores worldwide as part of the Start Something new project.

Just how did this amazing opportunity happen? Apple selected Hundley without his knowledge from over 100 potential artists for the campaign. They then contacted him and asked me to shoot his work with an iPhone 6s. The results are amazing. They selected four of his photos to use for in-store art panels around the globe.

Hundley, dazzled by the instant notoriety shared, “It's cool because people are sending me phone pics of my work on display in Apple stores from all over the world.”

To see Hundley’s artful view of the world, visit his specific page at

http://www.apple.com/start-something-new/photography/. Here are the photos...

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We love awards show season... and we love it with a local flair, don’t you? The upcoming 3rd Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards will be held Tuesday, February 16th, 8:00 pm at the historic Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, Texas with music legend and past Ameripolitan winner Ray Benson as host. Charley Pride (Master Award) will join Wanda Jackson (Founder of the Sound) and Red Simpson (Founder of the Sound) as special award recipients. Tickets are available at austintheatre.org, the Paramount Theatre box office, and by phone at 512.474.1221.

“Charley Pride is the first living male to ever receive the Ameripolitan Masters Award, preceded only by the amazing Ray Price, who was instrumental in creating the awards,” exclaims Dale Watson, founder of the Ameripolitan Awards. “Charley Pride’s music spans several generations, blazed new trails, and has never compromised his roots. This makes him perfect for the highest honor we can bestow, the Ameripolitan Master Award.” We love our music legends in Texas....

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We love that The Settlement Home for Children is turning 100 years old this year and singer-songwriter Jewel will be in Austin for a performance to help celebrate the centennial year. Since 1916, The Settlement Home for children has provided opportunities and hope to children in the Austin community. Their mission is to promote healing and growth to children, young adults and families by providing a continuum of care, support and resources. The organization serve individuals with histories of abuse, neglect, and severe emotional trauma.

The very special performance will take place at The Long Center on January 10, 2016. Attendees will have the chance to learn about The Settlement Home’s 100-year history of helping youth in the Austin community before Jewel takes the stage. The performance will be followed by a Cake & Champagne Reception with Jewel for sponsors in the Kodosky Donor Lounge.

The Alaskan-born music icon overcame a rough childhood and went on to sell millions of albums and establish herself as one of the most successful musicians of...

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With cheers to your best year yet, 2016...

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(Photo of Jackpot cocktail courtesy of Lucky Bar at Red Rock Casino & Resort in Las Vegas and LasVegas.com)

Around the holidays, making a heart-felt toast is de rigueur. We all know…and love that. And, it turns out, toasting is an around-the-clock opportunity in Las Vegas, the city that’s always open for fun. In fact, this year, visitors can transport the magic home with festive cocktails that will bring a splash of Vegas to every gathering.

On the Strip and off, the coolest Las Vegas restaurants are inspiring food-loving tourists to make reservations—and mark their calendars. Within a decade, Las Vegas has redefined the culinary and wine and spirits experience by offering the most comprehensive collection of celebrity chefs, world-class restaurants and Master Sommeliers. So, here’s where we think might offer a heightened chance to toast to all your most….

Holiday Margarita at Bellagio Resort & Casino.

This is a...

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Folks, the Oscar race just became more interesting. How? “The Danish Girl” is a leading contender for categories like Best Actor, Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and so many more. It’s a plethora of talent that makes the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, portrayed in the film by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables).

It all begins in 1926 in Copenhagen, where artist Einar Wegener is married to Gerda Wegener and is revered for landscape paintings. Gerda is also an artist, less renowned but steadily working as a portraitist of prominent citizens. Theirs is a strong and loving marriage, yet personal and professional epiphanies have eluded them both.

That all begins to change one day when, on deadline for a portrait, Gerda asks her husband to fill in for a model by putting on a dress so that she...

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Yes, we love that it’s almost time for the third annual "Love. at Stateside" this Friday, December 18, 2015 at the Stateside at the Paramount Theater in Austin.

The inimitable champagne chanteuse (as we call her) Hedda Layne appears with Ginger Leigh, Patrice Pike, Shelley King, Wendy Colonna and more special guests, Suzanna Choffel and Carolyn Wonderland. This one-night-only will be an incredibly powerful event.

In the lobby (and for a special main stage appearance) is the unmatchable Luis Banuelos on flamenco/Latin guitar. So, go listen to holiday songs and original music to help these talented dynamos raise funds for the Superhero Kids organization which supports children and families at the Dell Children's Blood and Cancer Center.

This show will sell out, so visit https://tickets.austintheatre.org/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=785

Also, there’s a recorded a 31-track production of last year's show available at...

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(Photography courtesy of Jennifer Ramos/The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar)

Starting to spread holiday joy and cheer with shopping for those on your gift giving list? We are too, and it’s never been easier than at the annual favorite Armadillo Christmas Bazaar show in Austin from December 15th through December 24th. This annual show brings a novel element of holiday excitement to Austin with its alluring showcase of statement-making holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. The show’s array of commodities is comprised of collectible fine art, distinguished gifts, artisan crafts, and more. The show’s selection shines the spotlight on 160 locally and nationally acclaimed artists, including several dynamic newcomers” according to the Armadillo team.

But wait, there’s more. The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is also hosting a music festival to accompany the gift show. It makes sense in the musically-inclined city, doesn’t it? Musicians from Central Texas are bringing their glittering talents to the show, and at minimum, three bands per day will take the stage and roughly 28 musicians...

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“The best musical of this century. It’s Heaven on Broadway!” says Ben Brantley of The New York Times. Back by popular demand, The Book of Mormon, which played a record-breaking run in 2013 returns to Austin December 8-13 at Bass Concert Hall, presented by Broadway in Austin and we can’t wait.

Featuring a book, music and lyrics created by legendary creatives Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon musical sensation took the world by storm and won nine Tony Awards in its first run. Now is your chance to see it again, so don’t miss it! You may know Trey Parker and Matt Stone as creators of the outrageous animated TV show South Park, and Robert Lopez as the co-creator of the hit musical comedy Avenue Q. Casey Nicholaw choreographer, also worked on Monty Python’s Spamalot and The Drowsy Chaperone.

Guaranteed to be hilariously entertaining, and surely the subject of many conversations to come,...

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We know just the way to spread some holiday joy and cheer this season… the esteemed Rise School of Austin, a school for children aged 18 months to 6 years with and without disabilities, is proudly hosting the 9th Annual Heart and Soul Luncheon at hot-spot JW Marriott Downtown, and we recommend this as a great cause in which to pour your own heart and soul.

Over the years, the much-anticipated event has grown exponentially, and the December 10 lunchoen is going to be the biggest one yet. With a silent auction featuring a stunning array of Chanel, Chole, Alexander McQueen, Judith Leiber, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and Tiffany & Co. (and more) designer handbags and vintage handbag contributions from the organization’s celebrity friends, Camilla McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, we guarantee that you’ll want to be a part of this event. In combination with the silent auction, The Rise School has partnered with the esteemed Austin Fashion Week Team to put on a top-notch fashion show featuring none other than The Rise School Students and their dads, making it a must-see and...

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How cool is it that the upcoming feature documentary, The Secret Life of Lance Letscher, directed by Sandra Adair and co-produced with Karen Bernstein, is about an artist at work who is changing the world with his art. “Lance is an amazing character; thoughtful, witty, articulate, and driven. His pieces are very complex and his process is fascinating!” says the filmmaker Adair. Academy Award-nominated and award-winning film editor Sandra Adair has partnered with award-winning documentary filmmaker, Karen Bernstein, to document his process in preparing for two major paper exhibitions as well as his process in creating a metal collage for a popular and culturally definitive public space in Austin.

The creative process for a meticulous artist like Lance Letscher is a story worth telling. He is a fascinating person, who lovingly and patiently builds a collection of found object materials for his pieces, which he then compiles into a beautiful composition based on association of color,...

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Art Students League of New York on Painting: Lessons and Meditations on Mediums, Styles, and Methods is one of the coolest books you’ll come across this fall and it goes on sale this month to great acclaim.

As you likely know, The Art Students League of New York is America’s signature art school, run by artists for artists. This coffee table and instructional book invites the reader into the studio classrooms of some the League's most acclaimed and beloved instructors for lessons on fundamental topics and approaches in painting. The book is divided into three sections: Lessons and Demos; Advice and Philosophies; and Interviews. Richly illustrated with artwork from the League's considerable archives, its instructors, and its students, the book is meant as a source of inspiration and enrichment for painters of all levels, as well as for appreciators of art in general.

We love how it engages the reader by featuring inspiration, stories, and lessons from 18 Art Students League instructors, including: Ellen Eagle, Henry Finkelstein, Knox Martin, Mary Beth...

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Don’t you love that it always smells so wonderful when you walk into a Saks Fifth Avenue store? Perhaps it’s due to Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi scent by Killian and its eponymous Home Collection scent is VCM’s fifth and final scent for “In the Garden and Good and Evil.”

The fragrance Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi unfolds another chapter of the myth of the original sin. After Eve (Good Girl Gone Bad) questioning if she should resist or surrender (Playing with the Devil) the temptation of the forbidden fruit (Forbidden Games), Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi leads us into the evening facet of the story, where the sin of flesh happens. There are as many layers to the scent as its concept.

And, Kilian’s home collection offers Saks Fifth Avenue clients a new way to enjoy perfume. In addition to his line of fragrances and, more recently, scented jewelry Kilian Hennessy has entered into the field of olfactory interior design with four decorative objects. He has developed a collection of scented decorative objects for the home that give physical form to four private...

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It is likely to be the best Bond film ever made. Certainly, SPECTRE is the most emotionally-driven one. A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, expertly...

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There’s a new indie film that may change how you look at your youthful past. In fact, this might be the best indie film you’ve seen in years. Romark Entertainment, Resolute Productions and Dark Factory Entertainment’s film “The Bad Guys”, by director Carlos Rincones, had its world premiere at the 22nd annual Austin Film Festival on Sunday November 1 at the Rollins Theatre at the Long Center for Performing Arts. The film stars Glen Powell (“Scream Queens”), Erik Stocklin (“Stalker”), Mekenna Melvin (“Chuck”), Lucas Near-Verbrugghe (“Grimm”), Keith Nobbs (“Public Morals”) and Paul Iacono (“The Hard Times of RJ Berger”). It knocked the socks off the audience with its riveting relationship plot and deft directing by Rincones.

So, what’s all the fuss about? The plot, the story and the acting that felt far from acting. In the film, during a brief return trip to his childhood home, a budding filmmaker (Stocklin) is confronted by the now-grown ensemble of his old hometown friends – none of whom are aware that he intends to make his fortune off the shared childhood trauma that...

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We love to mix in the art scene, don’t you? If you’re looking for an evening of extraordinary art and delicious dining, you won’t want to miss ARTBASH, a special event presented by Art Alliance Austin. Next Saturday at The Belmont (305 W 6th Street), the exclusive dinner will include curated courses and drinks, an exclusive preview of the exhibition, a private solo performance by musician Dana Falconberry, and an opportunity to meet select artists and curators. If you already have dinner plans, you can opt to show up for the after party, where you can dance to live music DJs while enjoying the art and mingling with Austin’s cool creative community.

Modeled after NYC's CREATIVETIME Fall Ball series, the event will bring together Austin's diverse art community and patrons, bringing art to life through interactions and experiences unlike anything Austin has seen before. Each room of the venue will be transformed by site-specific installations, performance, music, food, and audience activities. The Belmont will be transformed with the help of Austin lighting company KETRA whose...

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Yes, it’s almost here – the show you’ve been waiting for. Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots), opens at Bass Concert Hall on November 10 – 15, 2015. Lexus Broadway in Austin is presented by Texas Performing Arts. From Tuesday – Friday, the showtime is at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. Tickets are available at http://www.BroadwayinAustin.com, the Bass Concert Hall box office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, and at .512. 477-6060.

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots is represented around the world with the Broadway company now that is now in its third year. In fact, Kinky Boots took home six 2013 Tony Awards, the most of any show in the season, including Best Musical, Best Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best...

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The greatest show on earth? For collectors of all types, it’s almost here. It turns out that one of the most unique fundraisers in Austin is celebrating its 40th year, a real milestone for city and the organization: The Annual Settlement Home for Children Charity Garage & Estate Sale which takes place Thursday, November 5 – Sunday, November 8 at Palmer Events Center at 900 Barton Springs Road.

Named the largest charity sale in Texas, The Settlement Home Charity Garage & Estate Sale is a year-long effort that culminates into four days of shopping. Organized and led by members of The Settlement Club, the Garage & Estate Sale boasts an impressive and diverse inventory of merchandise, all of which has been donated by the community. More than 25,000 shoppers will browse for treasures and bargain-priced deals in our 21 well-organized departments. We learned that in 2014, the Charity Garage & Estate Sale netted over $600,000. That’s a tremendous amount of goodness for such a worthwhile charity.

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Terrific fun is the next stop ahead – the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour is back in full swing in the exciting fashion of a multi-city music tour, showcasing the unbreakable tie between music and cars. After the tour’s start in New York City this summer, it journeyed to Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and has finally arrived in Austin, where it will continue to give its audience an exhilarating exhibit of music, fashion, and art.

With the iconic musical performance of Passion Pit, a showcase of the esteemed GLA and CLA luxury Mercedes-Benz models – models that both current Mercedes-Benz aficionados and next generation Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts will swoon over – and not to mention art installations by the talented Gregory Siff and Zio Ziegler, the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour is one you do not want to miss.

The Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour will take place Thursday, October 22nd as a part of ACL Live at the Moody Theater. Curtain call is at 8:00pm. Tickets are available to those who participate in the Mercedes-Benz social media campaign at...

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Look no further for the best addition to your personal style library in years… this book. “I think part of my success as an editor came from never worrying about a fact, a cause, an atmosphere. It was me—projecting to the public. That was my job. I think I always had a perfectly clear view of what was possible for the public. Give ’em what they never knew they wanted,” said Diana Vreeland of her illustrious career in fashion media.

It all comes back to life in the new tome releases this month from Rizzoli (http://www.rizzoliiusa.com) in Diana Vreeland: The Modern Woman that covers Vreeland’s near three-decade tenure at Bazaar. Featured year by year, each annum section opens with all twelve magazine covers before proceeding through a selection of editorial features that best illustrate her innovative perspective and creative working relationships with celebrated photographers such as Richard Avedon, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Lillian Bassman, Martin Munkacsi and George Hoyningen-Huene. This book shows how her...

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Looking for a new, fantastic piece of art to adorn your walls? You won’t want to miss POP AUSTIN International Art Show in Austin October 22 through October 25 — the same weekend as the United States Grand Prix Formula One Weekend. Hundreds of thousands of international thrill seekers will descend upon the hippest little city in America for the world’s premier racing event and the world’s newest art happening. It will be a spectacular weekend to see and be seen.

Featuring some of the most popular stars of contemporary art, as well as a specially selected group of local artists, POP AUSTIN offers some of the coolest contemporary art in the world – worthy investment pieces for a growing collection; art that can represent your hip, worldly style.

Last year’s inaugural POP AUSTIN hit the global art scene with style, boasting artists from across the globe including Takashi Murakami, Gao Brothers, Gérard Rancinan, Mr. Brainwash and Massimo Vitali. Now in its second year, POP AUSTIN 2015 will feature a thematically curated show, ILLUMINATION, an international survey...

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We love that Austin Pets Alive!, the Capital Area’s largest no-kill animal rescue organization, will hold its third annual “Tricks and Treats” charity gala at the Hyatt Regency Austin hotel on Sunday evening, October 25, 2015 starting at 5:00 pm.

The black-tie optional “Tricks and Treats” themed event will include a welcome reception, three-course gourmet dinner, and both silent and live auctions. All money raised will support APA!’s mission to save companion animals from euthanasia and find them permanent homes.

The gala co-chairs are Becky Layne and Liz Handlin, while Deb O’Keefe, morning co-host on 101.5 KROX, will emcee the evening’s activities. APA Executive Director Dr. Ellen Jefferson says the event is critical for Austin to continue leading the national no-kill movement.

Live and silent auctions will be key to the gala’s success. Individual gala tickets are $250, with full tables of 10 also available. For more information to purchase tickets and attend, visit...

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It’s here, it’s here. After much anticipation, the estate sale of the decade is finally here – starting today. Now’s the time to add to your unique collection, or perhaps, start one, right? Look no further. We’ve just previewed the estate sale to end all estate sales… and this one is in Central Texas’ Lockhart, mainly known for BBQ and ranching.

Philanthropist Dollie Cole, a Fort Worth native who rose to the social ranks when she married Ed Cole, the former president of General Motors in the 1960s, passed away last year leaving her family with a treasure trove of items that will comprise this unique estate sale at their 130-acre Briar Patch Ranch. There’s something for everyone…

This truly exceptional sale has a plethora of items relating to Mrs. Cole's grand lifestyle. The furs, jewelry, furniture and so many other interesting social artifacts in bulk lend themselves to this cornucopia of collections. The property includes a large home and several outbuildings that are all filled with top-quality, unique treats, also part of the auction.

Throughout the...

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Love toys like we do? Ones for the child of any age, from 8 months to 108? Just in time for the holidays, look no further than a cool, new book from Assouline, Mattel: 70 Years of Innovation And Play. From its humble beginnings producing picture frames for portrait studios to icons including Barbie and Hot Wheels, Mattel has been a master of imagination and innovation for seventy years. “Innovation became a hallmark of Mattel operations,” said Mattel co-founder Elliot Handler in 1968. “We were unorthodox, venturesome—our people were willing to try new things. This quality, more than any other, has been the key to the company’s progress.”

In 1938, Handler began crafting art objects from Lucite in the LA garage of Harold “Matt” Matson. Soon he was in business as Elzac Jewelry, with Hollywood starlets modeling his designs. When Handler and Matson left Elzac and went into business as Mattel, (taken from each of the founders’ name) the year was 1945 and with the nation at war, plastics were restricted for military use. Innovators that they were, they began selling...

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We love that Lexus Broadway in Austin, presented by Texas Performing Arts, announced Theatre Under The Star’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid begins soon. This fun-filled, timeless tale runs September 29 – October 4, 2015 at Bass Concert Hall.

It turns out that in a magical kingdom fathoms below, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land. Joining her are Sebastian, Ariel’s crabby sidekick; Ursula, the evil sea witch; Triton, King of the Sea and the handsome and human Prince Eric.

The show features all of the favorite songs like “Under The Sea” and “Part of Your World” as well as new songs written by Oscar-winning Disney composer Alan Menken, the mastermind behind productions such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas. Lyrics are by Howard Ashman...

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We're excited about Giving City Austin's The Art of the Gala luncheon, aren't you?

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We call it the big mix. Over 130 seasoned female executives and young professionals alike, hundreds of designer must-haves…and one great networking organization. Now that’s a great occasion for was a recent gathering at Tootsies West Ave for a “back to the basics” runway show demonstrating how to create a professional capsule wardrobe for careers in corporate, business casual, and creative environments in a fun and trendy way.

The organization? Ellevate, which is an international women’s networking group that launched in Houston in February 2015, is a global professional women’s network with over 34,000 members from across industries and around the world. The largest women’s network of its kind, Ellevate boasts a model driven by economic engagement of women worldwide by investing in women. Started as “85 Broads”, the organization was originally created as a networking space for women at Goldman Sachs, started in 1997 by the first woman ever promoted into sales management at the firm.

Really, who doesn’t want to add more style to their professional marketplace? These...

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Tickets go on sale today, Friday Aug. 21 for Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots), opens at Bass Concert Hall on November 10 – 15, 2015.

It’s a tour de force, literally. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots is represented around the world with the Broadway company now in its third year. Kinky Boots took home six 2013 Tony Awards, the most of any show in the season, including Best Musical, Best Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell), Best Orchestrations (Stephen Oremus) and Best Sound Design (John Shivers). The show also received the Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Broadway.com Awards for Best Musical and the GrammyAward for Best Musical Album, along with many other accolades.

Inspired by true events, we love that Kinky Boots takes us from a...

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We love that Saks Fifth Avenue is thrilled to launch Azzedine AlaÏa’s first women’s fragrance, AlaÏa Paris.

The fragrance, resolutely modern, defines itself as an impression of freshness. This is Mssrr AlaÏa’s first fragrance – and his declaration of love and allegiance to women. The olfactory pyramid of AlaÏa Paris Eau De Parfum is delectable with airy notes and pink pepper. It has a floral impression: freesia and peony and the bare-skin impression is that of animal notes and musk.

Throughout the August, Saks Fifth Avenue will celebrate the launch of this fragrance; exclusive to the store. In fact, the Saks Fifth Avenue San Antonio store invites customers to enjoy the experience on August 20 from 2 to 5pm.

It will all be five-star: a fragrance associate in white glove service will walk the floor with a tray; filled with empty AlaÏa mini shopping bags. The store’s clients will be invited to select one mini bag, go to the counter to get it filled with a complimentary sample and ribbon. In fact, the in-store promotion will run through August...

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Want to add to your unique collection, or perhaps, start one? Look no further. We’ve just previewed the estate sale to end all estate sales… and this one is in Central Texas’ Lockhart, mainly known for BBQ and ranching.

But wait, there’s so much more. Philanthropist Dollie Cole, a Fort Worth native who rose to the social ranks when she married Ed Cole, the former president of General Motors in the 1960s, passed away last year leaving her family with a treasure trove of items that will comprise this unique estate sale at their 130-acre Briar Patch Ranch.

This very exceptional sale has a plethora of items relating to Mrs. Cole's grand lifestyle. The furs, jewelry, furniture and so many other interesting social artifacts in bulk lend themselves to this cornucopia of collections. The property includes a large home and several outbuildings that are all filled with top-quality, unique treats, also part of the auction.

Throughout the weekend sales that occur over two months, there will also be a special shopping bazaar on the large terrace with themed pavilions...

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(Photo: Viktoria Hayman at Neiman Marcus)

Want to beat the heat on a gorgeous warm August day… and gain more style? The hot get haute with five-star brands, that’s how… at Neiman Marcus Austin for this month’s chicest trunk shows and special events. For more information call the numbers listed or visit Neimanmarcus.com

Estee Lauder Special Event, Cosmetics, 1st Floor

Sunday, August 2 – Wednesday, August 12

Receive an exclusive tote and beauty favorites with your qualifying Esteé Lauder purchase. One per customer, while supplies last.

Saint Laurent Trunk Show, Ladies Shoes, 1st Floor

Wednesday, August 5 – Sunday, August 9, 10am - 5pm

Preview the Fall 2015 Collection. For more information, please call 512.719.1200 ext 1450.

Jimmy Choo Trunk Show, Ladies Shoes, 1st Floor

Wednesday, August 5 – Sunday, August 9

View the coveted shoe collection during our fall event. For more information, call 512.719.1200 ext...

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Sure, you know she was tough as nails. And, witty as heck. The hit play ANN brings the brassy Governor Ann Richards back to vivid life in a tour-de-force performance direct from Broadway. This Texas-sized story is a perfect fit for ZACH's Karen Kuykendall Stage where you'll be treated to an up close and personal visit with one of the most unforgettable personalities in Texas politics. “I do not want my tombstone to read, ‘She kept a really clean house.' I think I'd like them to remember me by saying, ‘She opened government to everyone'.” at ZACH Theatre April 6 - May 15, 2016 in the Topfer Theatre.

ANN is an inspiring and hilarious new play that brings you face to face with a complex, colorful, and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. “I’ve been after this play since its inception and I am a big fan of what Holland has created,” says ZACH Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley. “Her portrayal of Governor Richards is one of the most stunningly complete, detailed, and nuanced portrayals of a historical political figure, who so many of us...

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Everybody loves a good book. Especially when the Texas Book Festival, the celebration of literature, takes over downtown Austin each year. Each year is more exciting than the last, so we can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year’s festival. “This year is going to be huge. And it should be, it’s our 20th anniversary,” says literary director Steph Opitz. .

In honor of the festival’s milestone, the Texas Book Festival just announced 20 authors who will be featured this year’s Festival weekend, October 17 and 18. The authors include Margaret Atwood, Chuck Palahniuk, Wendell Pierce, Sandra Cisneros, Adrian Tomine, and more. Visit the Texas Book Festival website to see the whole list.

Part of the Texas Book Festival’s appeal is that it has something for everyone. “It’s like a holiday gift list of incredible people,” Steph Opitz says. “Looking for something for that gourmand friend? Check. Angsty tween who loves comics? Check. A 20-something aspiring poet who's read it all? Check. The family history buff? Check.”...

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(Photography courtesy of River Oaks District)

Shopping is almost a part time sport in Texas. So with much anticipation of its opening in fall 2015, the five-star River Oaks District will be a shopping and dining destination like none other. With world- class brands and iconic storefronts, including Hermes, Dior, Chopard, Dolce and Gabbana, Van Cleef & Arpel, Cartier, Patek Philippe, Stella McCartney, Davidoff, Tom Ford and more, so what’s not to love? In fact, the "ROD" will be a walkable, upscale, sophisticated, open air complex, much like our chic haunt Rodeo Drive. This once again proves that Texas has some of the finest cities and best shopping in the world. But, you knew that already.

“We are excited to welcome these world-class brands to River Oaks District,” shares Jeff Zeigler, senior managing director of retail services for OliverMcMillan. “When we open later this year, our guests will be able to soak in the atmosphere of River Oaks District’s intimate, vibrant and unique setting with their friends, family and fellow tastemakers.”

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As a former Miss Texas USA judge, I can affirm how competitive these pageants really are – and how much work goes into the effort by the beautiful women who compete. Produced by the Miss Texas Organization, the Miss Texas competition exists for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for young Texas women and promoting their voice in culture, politics and community. The competition was founded in 1936 as a scholarship pageant and has evolved into what is recognized today as one of the best organized and well managed of all state pageants.

The contestants competed in the following categories: private interview, lifestyle and fitness, talent, evening gown and onstage question. Miss Texas 2015 will compete for Miss America held in Atlantic City on Sunday, September 13 and broadcast on ABC. Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2015 will compete for the title of Miss America's Outstanding Teen in August in Orlando, Florida.

Miss Texas will receive a $15,000 cash scholarship and the use of an Infiniti from Grubbs Infiniti during her reign. In addition...

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Want to refresh your summer wardrobe? Planning ahead for fall additions? Why not pop into Neiman Marcus Austin for your favorite in-store events to keep you in the know and certainly, in top style. For more information visit http://www.neimanmarcus.com

Sisley Spa Event, Cosmetics, 1st Floor

Wednesday, July 8, 10am - 5pm

Experience the latest in luxury skincare featuring Sisley Paris. To schedule an appointment, call 512.719.1200 ext 1488.

Omorovicza Spa Event, Cosmetics, 1st Floor

Thursday, July 9 – Saturday, July 11, 10am - 5pm

Experience this luxury Hungarian skincare line during our exclusive spa event. To make an appointment, call 512.719.1200 ext 1484.

La Mer Spa Event, Cosmetics, 1st Floor

Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17, 10am - 5pm

Experience this skincare line with an elite esthetician during our La Mer spa event. To schedule an appointment, call 512.719.1200 ext 1483.

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We love that Beleza Medspa, is offering complimentary services to all same sex couples to celebrate SCOTUS’s recent decision on marriage equality. Yes, it was a groundbreaking decision from the US Supreme Court making same sex marriage legal in all 50 states and that’s why Beleza Medspa, the leading medical spa in Austin, will offer free Hydrafacial treatments (a $150 value) to each member of any same sex couple until July 25, 2015.

It was a simple endeavor to do this according to the founder, Dr. Lawrence Broder: “Beleza Medspa has long been a friend of the LGBTQ community and counts many LGBTQ community members as patients,” Broder, the spa’s owner and medical director goes on to say, “Growing up in New York City, diversity and tolerance was the norm. This decision is a long time coming and finally allows us to all be equal in the eyes of the State.”

We know that as a cosmetic surgeon and founder of Beleza Medspa in Austin, Texas, Broder has created an environment where beautiful things happen every day. And, of...

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Photography courtesy of Cirque Du Soleil

An awe-inspiring performance is back, and we assure you it’s better than ever. After performing 2,700 shows in forty-seven cities, twelve countries, and three continents, we are ecstatic to announce the highly anticipated return of Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA in Austin.

The show spotlights a downhearted loner; the Innocent endeavoring to find his desired place in the world. Through the collaboration of acrobatic performance, the art of clowning, and slapstick humor, the Innocent encounters an eccentric assortment of characters that prompt him to further explore his misplaced identity. With heavy emphasis on the themes of fear, identity, recognition, and power, the bold and thrilling show will keep you on the edge of your seat with it’s adrenaline rush inducing act. It’s no wonder the show has over 4 million viewers.

Join the show premiering on September 3rd under the yellow and blue big top at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin. General sales are going on now with tickets beginning at $40. Get your tickets now, and...

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(Photography by Eryn Chandler of LewChan Photography)

For maximum fun and maximum fundraising, Ballet Austin Guild’s fantastic fundraiser “Hot Cars and All That Jazz” was the perfect place to be. Foregoing the Guild’s traditional fundraising luncheon, this year they spiced it up with an evening cocktail event. The event featured Ballet Austin dancers who entered by limo immediately after their rehearsal of Swan Lake: Elise Pekarek, James Fuller, Ed Carr, Oliver Greene-Cramer, and Orlando Canova. Escorted by her father Clay Womack and a VIP ballet dancer with the Kremlin Ballet, Joy Womack made a surprise appearance as she was in town visiting her family. The event’s impact came to light when Ballet Austin’s Executive Director Cookie Ruiz spoke about the abundance of the Ballet Austin Guild’s volunteer and fundraising success as she thanked the guests for all of their tremendous effort and support.

Ballet Austin Guild’s spring fundraiser event took place in the unique venue of The Getaway Motor Club, located in the Govalle area of East Austin. The gorgeous venue was...

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What’s not to love about Matt Swinney, the fashion dynamo behind the Fashion X events that take place each year in Dallas and Austin, and has put Texas on the map of high style. It’s no secret that menswear is becoming a big part of the global fashion scene, and last year’s Austin Fashion Week: The Men’s Event was so successful that this year it’s back and better than ever. Fashion X Austin Men is just around the corner, this Saturday June 13, and we can’t wait for the excitement to begin.

If you appreciate menswear and the dapper fellows who wear it, you can’t miss this opportunity to see some of the sharpest trends in suiting, accessories, and services for the modern sartorial male. Interactive vendors will be giving presentations such as custom suiting, handmade belt-making demonstrations, and onsite shaves. Meanwhile, Catering With A Twist and Rio Bites will be providing delectable appetizers and Deep Eddy Vodka and Rebecca Creek Whiskey will be mixing craft cocktails at the open bar. Cadillac will also be onsite, offering exclusive access to preview their newest luxury...

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You likely know that Richard Andrew Sharum is a photographer who’s pretty big in Dallas – and by “pretty big” we mean that his photos are sixty feet wide, and they’re currently draped over buildings in downtown Dallas as part of Observe Dallas, the largest street photography exhibit in the city’s history.

The public exhibition invites Dallas residents and visitors to interact with the public art, and in turn, to be public art. The public is encouraged to turn their cameras toward themselves, documenting their own lives and surroundings in a digital conversation #ObserveDallas2015.

By draping eight large-scale photographs in common areas Dallas’ economic center, Observe Dallas 2015 makes a public exhibition of the lives of those less privileged. Without making any overt political statements, Sharum’s portraits feature subjects from various social strata: families, protestors, homeless people, protestors, and more. With the addition of the social dimension – viewers are invited to share their own images on social media – the project is a visual attempt to deconstruct...

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We love that Broadway’s original “Dreamgirl,” Grammy and Tony Award-winning Jennifer Hudson is slated to star in this summer’s Duke Ellington musical revue “Sophisticated Ladies.” For its premiere production in Austin, the show will play on the Topfer Stage from July 15 – August 23, 2015 under the direction of Abe Reybold.

“Sophisticated Ladies” deftly welcomes audiences to Harlem’s famed Cotton Club in this stylish, brassy musical celebration of Ellington’s greatest musical hits. A full on-stage orchestra backs superb jazz vocalists, extraordinary tap dancers, dazzling deco costumes, and unforgettable torch singers who bring classics like “Mood Indigo,” “Take the A Train,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” to vivid life in this grand Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. We can’t wait.

“I’m thrilled that Jennifer is joining this incredible cast. She has a real affinity and love for Duke Ellington’s music, which I know will come through in her performance and will bring something very special to this production,” shares director Abe Reybold. “I’m...

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(Photography courtesy of: Images © Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS, Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany, www.bodyworlds.com)

The newly opened Texas Museum of Science & Technology (TXMOST) recently had its grand opening exhibition this featuring the Central Texas premier of BODY WORLDS, the sensational anatomical exhibition series. The world-renowned scientific exhibition features stunning anatomical figures in lifelike poses, preserved in immaculate condition by innovative plastination. Cool doesn’t even begin to describe it all.

The opening of TXMOST is a momentous occasion for Central Texas; despite its national reputation as a center of science research and technology, Austin has been the largest metropolitan area in the country without a multidisciplinary science museum or planetarium. Now, thanks to TXMOST, kids and families in the Austin area will have access to both.

“This is a historic moment,” says Torvald Hessel, Executive Director of TXMOST. “The opening of the new Texas Museum of Science & Technology is the fruition of years of...

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After a long tour of the film festival circuit, French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello’s dazzling homage to one of the greatest names in fashion hits theatres this week. In fact, it’s s stylish tour de force like no other film in recent memory.

“Saint Laurent” is a dreamy, sensational look at the famous French designer’s life during the 1960s and 70s, a period of cultural upheaval and sartorial revolution. Starring Gaspard Ulliel as Yves Saint Laurent and Jérémie Renier as YSL co-founder Pierre Bergé, Bonello’s film offers an intimate look at the man behind the biggest fashion movements of the 20th century.

Yves Henri Saint-Laurent was born in Algeria and moved to Paris at age 18, where he dove into the world of haute couture. He was soon introduced to Christian Dior,...

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It’s not every day one talks to a musical legend. But today is that special day. When I speak with Johnny Mathis on the phone, his indefatigable energy is everything I hope from the musical maestro – lyrical, positive and ready to chat about his career. His is a long and successful story, to say the least – he and Barbra Streisand are the longest running vocalists on Columbia Records, as a matter of fact.

The native of Gilmer, Texas (close to Tyler) is performing in Austin at The Long Center on Saturday, June 13 and before that in Dallas at the AT&T Performing Arts Center on June 11. “The first time I was in Austin was a long time ago when I was a young man,” Johnny Mathis admits. ”It was so beautiful with its rolling hills…and the energy from university gives its wonderful quality.”

In fact, the effervescently youthful 79-year-old Mathis, who is celebrating his 60th year in show business, is much like the title of his 1957 hit, “Wonderful, Wonderful.” That wonderful career of his has been a nonstop activity of hits and...

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(Photography courtesy of AMC Television/Lionsgate)

Largely influenced by AMC's hit television series Mad Men, the suave, clean style of the late 1950s – mid 1960s era of Madison Avenue’s advertising world has sprung to life during the show’s seven seasons. The mid-century look has taken the runways, offices and streets by tremendous storm as we lamented the show’s ending last night. Here we explain it’s stylistic success.

The leading hero, and sometimes antihero, of the hip hit Mad Men series, Don Draper, would be 87 in 2015. Geez, the guy had style for miles and it is quite clear that the AMC television series Mad Men had the world in a state of fashion fixation. The drama that has garnered numerous awards has more been heralded as one of the finest shows in recent history. Mad Men, short for Madison Avenue Men, became an instant classic when it premiered in 2007. Set in the advertising industry at the dawn of the Kennedy-esque1960s and now up to 1965 where the world is about to exchange prolific changes, the show focuses on Draper—played by the square-jawed Jon...

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(Photo: 2014 Two X Two Gala. Photo by Bruno)

What’s not to love about TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art Gala, the splendid yearly fête that’s a mainstay of Dallas’ social calendar? Last year’s event was an incredible evening attended by some of the most influential players in the art and philanthropic scenes. Now, we are proud to report the announcement of the Chairman and Honored Artist of the upcoming 17th annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art in the fall of 2015.

Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, hosts for the annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, have announced Nancy C. Rogers as the 2015 Gala Chairman and Ellsworth Kelly as the recipient of the 2015 amfAR Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS. Rogers is recognized as one of the most generous patrons of non-profit organizations throughout the Dallas area.

Ellsworth Kelly is among the world’s most important abstract artists with a career spanning more than six decades. His paintings, sculptures, and works on papers place an emphasis on pure form and color, suppressing gesture and creating...

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[Editor’s Note from Lance Avery Morgan: Our longtime friend and Lifestyle Editor Lara Shriftman is a widely known five-star event producer and we love her insight from celeb galas to children’s birthday parties, as seen here….]

(Photo: Lucas Barcardi Shriftman and Lara Shriftman)

Who doesn't love tennis? Like most boys who are “six-and-three-quarters,” my son Lucas Bacardi Shriftman is fixated with professional sports. He loves tennis - loves to play it, watch it on TV and go to matches; so it came as no surprise when he told me he wanted a tennis-themed party to celebrate his 7th birthday.

Of course he loves to plan parties, and loves to plan them early and “get creative.” Lucas and I have been to tons of tennis tournaments since the time he was born. My firm, Harrison & Shriftman also launched EleVen by Venus Williams, with three fun tennis themed parties, so of course that inspired this year’s tennis-themed party.

Next, we set the date. Lucas’ birthday always falls during Spring Break which is a challenge because so many of his friends are...

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Want great drama? It’s at ZACH Theatre, which recently announced that Emmy Award-winning actress Michael Learned, best known for playing the mother on The Waltons TV show, will join Martin Burke, Nicholas Rodriguez, and William May in the upcoming production of Mothers And Sons the touching new family drama by four-time Tony Award-winner and native Texan Terrence McNally. Mothers and Sons will play at ZACH’s Topfer Theatre from May 27, 2015 - June 21, 2015 under the direction of ZACH’s Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley. Run, don’t walk, to see it.

Why? Mothers and Sons is, of course, a provocative, beautiful new play about a mother who pays a surprise visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s ex-partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her and without her, she is finally able to see the rich life her son might have led. “Terrence McNally’s writing has played a significant role in the life of ZACH Theatre – Ragtime, Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Frankie and Johnnie in the...

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(Photographed: Chris Meyers, Carolyn Farb and Charles Ward)

Recently Blue Cure Foundation President Gabe Canales joined Whole Foods Market co-CEO John Mackey and honorary co-chair Carolyn Farb to welcome more than 300 guests to Houston’s Omni Ballroom for a night of entertainment and exquisite dining, all in the name of healthy lifestyles and cancer prevention. How wonderful is that? The décor was earthy yet ethereal, with gold linens topped with massive blue hydrangeas in art glass vases created by Bill Meeks. It was an evening to remember, featuring a rousing live auction, sumptuous dinner and inspiring presentations by the charismatic hosts.

Dominique Sachse, the lovely and talented anchor of Channel 2 KPRC, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies until she was called away to anchor the evening news. Stephen Lewis of Bernstein Global Wealth Management took over as emcee, while guests who wore their dancing shoes grooved to the global beat by Moodafaruka. While partygoers perused the silent auction, the Honorable Judge Eric Andell presided over the big board...

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Hollywood’s Golden Age costume designer Edith Head comes alive. Very alive, thanks to Susan Claassen, who is appearing with Austin Cabaret Theatre (http://www.austincabaret.org) on Tuesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 20, 2015 for her tour de force, “A Conversation With Edith Head” that is a whirlwind of talent. When I caught up with her by phone from her Tucson residence, the star is a bundle of energy. How could she not be to keep up the breakneck pace needed to mount such a performance?

Stuart Moulton, Claassen’s show host and founder of Austin Cabaret Theatre, had alluded to her vivacity and shares of her performance of Head by sharing, “She's strong and independent (yet incredibly vulnerable as well). Edith Head was the first businesswoman in a (still) male-driven Hollywood and she could play with the big dogs. A lot of people think that this show would have more appeal to women than to men, but it has been so well-received by both sexes because everyone can relate to that common struggle to get to the top and stay there....

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We love a good party, and you know that the Met Costume Ball 2015, helmed by Anna Wintour, does it better than just about anyone else. Here are our Top 4 votes for the best dressed last night:

Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier

Riahnna in Guo Pei

Bee Shaefer in Alex. McQueen

Amal Clooney in Maison Margiela

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You think you know music? Think again unless you’ve heard Elizabeth McQueen, an unstoppable force of musical creativity. We love that she calls Austin home. She can rock, swing, and croon along with all sorts of genres, and she’s proven to be a successful musical dynamo, continually evolving her style to the delight of her fans.

You may know her from when she played guitar in Asleep at the Wheel, the Grammy-winning western swing band. Maybe you’ve heard her recent solo album “The Laziest Girl In Town”, or her more recent collaboration with Brothers Lazaroff, “The Laziest Remix”. If you like to explore Austin’s musical nightlife you’re bound to run into her sooner or later. She plays all over town – most recently at the Black Fret stage at the Art City Austin festival last weekend. McQueen is one of Austin’s most energetic and dynamic musicians, and we can’t wait to see a prime example of her newest musical incarnation this week at The Museum of Human Achievement.

Described as “retro future experimental,” McQueen’s latest group, EMQ, manifests an audible departure...

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(PHOTO: Gilgamesh Taggett as Oliver Warbucks and Issie Swickle as Annie sing "I Don't Need Anything But You")

What’s not to love about “Annie” - the toe-tapping musical so many of us know by heart? Luckily, it returns with a brand new production for an Austin premier by Broadway in Austin. Featuring uplifting numbers like “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” and “Tomorrow,” the Tony award-winning classic is back and ready to entertain you and your whole family with its inspirational story.

The original production of “Annie” opened April 21, 1977 on Broadway, where it won over a dozen awards for its spectacular success. It showed for 2,377 performances on its first run, and has since been performed in 28 languages around the world for 37 years. Imagine that. Decades later, it remains a beloved classic, and here’s your chance to see it right at home. Performances will take place from April 21-26 at the Bass Concert Hall, so get your tickets now.

This revival production features a cast of 25 talented actors, singers and dancers....

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(Photo: Jewelry by Ashley Pittman)

Are you a lover of handcrafted jewelry pieces where each piece has a story? Jewelry connoisseurs, do we have an event for you as you enjoy… Ashley Pittman’s latest collection of handcrafted jewelry made in Kenya.

Where? Neiman Marcus Austin, in the Luxury Jewelry department on the first floor. When? Saturday April 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You do not want to miss out on the chance to meet the designer herself, Ashley Pittman. A one-of-a-kind woman, Ashley donates a percentage of all profits to rural Kenya where she is helping to fund the operation of a health center and school. Her contributions are an effort to help the foundation expand the area and scope that they serve, making waves of change.

Her gemstone embellished cuffs and various drop earrings are simply apt to complete an outfit for any outing this summer. Each of Ashley’s pieces has a unique handcrafted feel that represents the power and simplicity seen in the shapes and textures of centuries-old African jewelry. Feel the authentic yet fierce vibe of each...

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(Photo by Kirk Tuck: Steve Vinovich in All The Way at ZACH Theatre)

Want to see the most interesting historical play you’ll likely see all season? Look no further than ZACH Theatre’s rendition of the 2014 Tony Award® winner for Best Play All The Way. Starring Steve Vinovich, who deftly plays the starring role as Lyndon Baines Johnson, it is based on his prolific first year as President after Kennedy’s assassination.

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, it features a cast of 20 actors depicting many of the 20th Century’s most famous luminary leaders beyond Johnson… including Martin Luther King, Jr., J. Edgar Hoover, Governor George Wallace, Senator Hubert Humphrey, Secretary of Defense Robert J. McNamara. Schenkkan’s play brings to vivid life a crucial turning point in American history and it’s a feast for modern history lovers.

ZACH Theatre’s production, directed by Dave Steakley, will is the performance of this play in President Johnson’s home state of Texas.

According to the playwright Schenkkan, “In my house, we were big...

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You likely know Gina Chavez just released her latest album, Up.Rooted, a strong release filled with catchy rhythms, energy and soul. Now she’s preparing to unveil the music video for the featured single, ‘Siete-D’, with a musical bash at The Stateside Theatre this Saturday, April 11. Featuring Chavez as well as local standouts Mother Falcon and Elizabeth McQueen, the concert will serve as a fundraiser for Chavez’s Niñas Arriba College Fund, which raises money to provide college education for girls in Soyapango, El Salvador.

Chavez sings with a voice reminiscent of the legendary female vocalists of the 20th century – powerful, yet nuanced; confident, yet intimate. Brought up amid the influence of lyrical songwriters like Patty Griffin and Ani Difranco, Chavez started her musical career as “a girl with a guitar,” singing folk style ballads of lyrical poetry. It wasn’t until she traveled to Argentina, studying abroad while in college at the University of Texas, that she discovered the Latin styles that would influence her current musical direction.

In Buenos Aires, she...

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Spring is here, so white not ensure your teeth are as white as your new warm-weather wardrobe? Now they can be with Luster Premium White’s new Smile Illuminator Instant Whitening Kit. We recently discovered - and tried the easy-to-use system that polishes, boosts, and revamps teeth to re-energize smiles with zero tooth sensitivity.

We love that the Smile Illuminator takes an innovative approach to integrating oral care into daily beauty and wellness regimens. It’s easy and takes seconds with three easy steps:

• Step 1: (Polish) with an Electrifying Blue Toothpaste instantly whitens teeth after one use by utilizing Bluverite®, a proprietary technology that leaves behind blue micro-particles causing an optical whitening effect on teeth.

• Step 2:(Boost) Brisk Rinse, a zesty mint flavored mouthwash containing a combination of Bluverite® and peroxide provides fresh, clean breath along with both instant and long-lasting whitening.

• Touch Up: (Revamp): A travel-size...

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Want a new look as the new spring season approaches? Who doesn’t? To inspire you, the premier hair and beauty salon, Jose Luis Salon, has artfully created the next ‘all of the rage’ look by taking pop art to a whole new playing field. Thanks to the salon’s vision, pop art inspired hair and makeup’s unique edge is captured beautifully.

The salon worked with artist Jamie Bigelow to use pop art on the series of portraits and award-winning photographer John Conroy to capture the trendy looks.

“Pop art is bright, colorful and captivating. By combining pop art with our hair and makeup, we knew this would make a great way to express the zeal and artistic appeal of our work,” says Jose Buitron, owner, Jose Luis Salon. “This project is another one of our creative endeavors that allows passionate artists to join efforts and create unique and beautiful looks.”

The intuitive stylists of Jose Luis Salon are incorporating vivacious colors and bold make up as well as modish hairstyles to captivate the novel, inimitable look and we love that marriage of art and style....

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This year, more than ever, you can rest assured there’s no business like show business in Austin. The highly anticipated Lexus of Austin/Broadway Across America 2015/2016 production season is upon us, and we’re thrilled to unveil this year’s spotlighted shows.

Award winning titles and family favorites such as The Little Mermaid, Kinky Boots, The Sound of Music, Caberet, Motown the Musical and The Book of Morman are in the mix for this season’s productions at Bass Concert Hall.

With this season’s inspired theatrics, timeless music, and welcoming vibes, you won’t want to let this opportunity slide by. Season subscription packages are on sale now, so get them while you can.

For more information visit http://www.BroadwayInAustin.com or call 800.731.SHOW (7469). See you at the theatre!

Photo: Kyle Taylor Parker in Kinky Boots. Photography by Matthew Murphy

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We love pop culture, don’t you? Especially cool new tomes. Austin-based photographer George Brainard is celebrating the release of his new book, All Tore Up. We love the way his photos capture this particularly stylish aspect of Texas' personality, as reflected in the people who live to boast the best in creative car culture.

When Brainard started photographing The Lonestar Rod & Kustom Round Up, one of America’s premier car shows, he became captivated by the uniquely American scene and the souped-up hot rods it celebrates. Originally shooting on behalf of the show's hosts, The Kontinentals Car Club, he soon found himself interested as much in the crowd and the culture as in the cars, so he began taking portraits of the people at the car show.

This visually captivating tome would make an edgy addition to your coffee table, or a great gift for the car lover in your life. And for a real-life taste of the custom car culture, check out the book release party this weekend for a rollicking good time with hot rods, cool music and cold beer at C-Boy's Heart and Soul, an...

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Love a great museum party? So do we. The Blanton Museum's art party series returns this Friday, March 6 with a stylish night of swinging soul music, exquisite exhibitions, and delectable edibles.

Wear your dancing shoes and get down with great live R&B, snack on southern soul food by local Hoover's Cooking, and of course, take in the current exhibition: Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties. This exhibition is not to be missed. Featuring works by dozens of the most influential artists of the 20th century, this art show features powerful expressions from one of the most important periods in modern American history: the fight to end institutional and cultural racism. Artists, as usual, have a special ability to capture the zeitgeist for the sake of history and remembrance. Indeed, America still has much to learn from this period of social upheaval.

Related: CURATE Texas Arts Round-Up

Not sure what to wear? Take a cue from the featured musical guests and get ready to groove. Local band...

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Here’s a riddle: What do Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, legendary football coach Mack Brown, and ACM award-winning singer Jack Ingram all have in common? Besides representing Texas in the best of film, sports and music, this power trio has come together to create MJ&M, a two day blast of special events this April 16 and 17. Whether you’re all about music, golf, or fashion, you won’t want to miss this springtime celebration. You may just rub elbows with some of the hippest and most influential members of the Texas social scene.

If you like energetic, patriotic, and even rambunctious concerts that will get you out of your seat to dance and sing along, you can’t miss Toby Keith’s headlining performance at ACL Live on April 16. He puts on an incredible show, and he’s been awarded musical distinctions in Nashville as well as New York City to prove it (not to mention millions of album sales).

He’ll be joined by Grammy Award-winners Little Big Town, an upbeat contemporary country group that will have you smiling and clapping to the beat. The following...

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(Photo: Lance Avery Morgan, Yvonne Nava and Bryan Mays)

The hits and misses of Hollywood's biggest night? Check out our own Lance Avery Morgan as he makes his picks and pans of the best of the 2015 Oscar/Academy Award fashion on the red carpet at ABC/KVUE. You may be surprised a the trends versus what is actually worn by the celebrities this year. See it at:

http://www.kvue.com/media/cinematic/video/23888839/best-worst-dressed-at-the-oscars/

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Of course Neiman Marcus has launched the Spring 2015 Beauty Event by collaborating with a stellar designer on the Beauty Event bags…Eddie Borgo. This super style duo factor is off the charts.

The really gorgeous part? With any cosmetics or fragrance purchase of $125 or more, customers will receive a stunning Eddie Borgo magazine tote with the must-have Spring beauty samples. Even better, with a purchase of $500 or more, the customer will also receive a matching wristlet.

It all happens through Sunday, March 1, 2015 and this 11 day exclusive Neiman Marcus event highlights the Spring 2015 new beauty offerings. So what are you waiting for? Go get more beautiful. For more information, visit http://www.Neimanmarcus.com

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Who is joining the stellar morning news team at ABC/KVUE (the city's top rated television station in the region) on Monday, 2/23 for an Oscar's red carpet wrap up? Our very own Lance Avery Morgan, editor at The Society Chronicles (http://www.societychronicles.com), that's who. Tune in at 11:40 to see who he selects as the hits and misses of Hollywood's biggest night with the affiliate's co-anchors Yvonne Nava and Bryan Mays. There will be some surprises, as Morgan has shown over the last several years of being Austin's style guy on the go for KVUE's Oscar coverage. For more information, visit http://www.kvue.com

Photography of Lance Avery Morgan by Jen Perez

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Photo courtesy of Ameripolitan Music Awards 2014

Award season is upon us, and you can rest assured that the 2nd Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards In Austin on Feb. 17th will provide viewers with some innovative and heart-pounding mantras you won’t want to miss. In fact, Dale Watson is set to perform and we love that. For those of you new to the highly acclaimed Ameripolitan music scene, the award show celebrates “the exceptional creativity and dedication of roots artists whose work does not readily conform to tastes of today’s ‘Country’, ‘Americana’, or other music genres or organizations” and displays a dazzling brand of “original roots”.

To add even more sparkle to the award ceremony, some of the musically endowed nominated artists including James Hand, The Derailers, Amber Digby, Paul Pigat, Jason D. Williams, Elana James, The Western Swing Authority, Jason Roberts with The Cactus Blossoms, and Sarah Gayle Meech will take center stage for a performance we know will be stellar.

The performance line-up is a veritable ‘who’s who of Ameripolitan...

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As you may know, yoga was born centuries ago in India. It took the world by storm in the twentieth century, and it has never been more popular than it is today. Western practitioners have been captivated by yoga’s physical, mental, and spiritual benefits, and rightly so. It's an engaging and innovative approach to overall health and fitness, and the mind-body harmony yoga provides is an essential counterpoint to the hustle and bustle of daily modern life.

Yoga techniques are known to be both introspective and challenging, but it doesn’t need to be an individual practice. In fact, sharing the traditions and learning from others is a great path toward growth. That’s why we’re so excited about the sixth annual Texas Yoga Conference, which is coming to Houston the weekend of February 20-22. The ultimate event for yoga fans of all ages and experience, the event features invigorating yoga workshops, informative wellness seminars, and exciting concerts. Whether you are an expert yogi, or simply a curious neophyte, you won’t want to miss this enlightening opportunity.

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Suddenly, it’s 1964 again, at least with music…as Lexus Broadway in Austin at Texas Performing Arts presents RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles on February 6 & 7.

RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES is a live multi-media spectacular that takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band.

Going further than ever before, this expanded RAIN adds even more hits that you know and love from the vast anthology of Beatles classics such as “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together” and “Hey Jude.”

This stunning concert event takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to the Beatles, ala’ the Mad Men era. How cool is that?

The performance will be at Bass Concert Hall located at 2350 Robert Dedman Drive / Austin, TX. Tickets start at $30 and are available at http://www.BroadwayinAustin.com at the Bass Concert Hall box office,...

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Texas is home to plenty of inspiring architecture, and we love it when homeowners and designers strive to bring contemporary styles into their homes. That’s why we can’t wait for the Austin Modern Home Tour, which allows access to private properties that are pioneering Modernist architecture in our city. The eighth annual tour is February 7th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and features 16 breathtaking homes.

Not only can you experience the stunning interior designs of these style-forward homes, but you’ll have the opportunity to meet the architects and builders that planned and brought these visions to life. Meet Adam Reiser of Shelter Home Building who is developing a new movement of 100% toxic free residences. Along with architect Gordon Wittenberg, Reiser takes environmentally-friendly building a step further and envisions clean, harmonious homes for truly healthy living. Ingrid Spencer, curator of the Austin Modern Home Tour, will be in attendance as well. Spencer’s 50s ranch-style home had small, closed-in rooms and dark halls — until she worked with architects to knock down...

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We love knowing the best of the best in our state of Texas. Presented by the Texas Cultural Trust, the 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Awards honorees were nominated this recently and spotlight the philanthropy and artistry of Texans and Texas-tied VIPs.

The awards recognize an array of talents ranging from music, film, dance, visual arts, corporate and individual arts patronage, multi-media, television, architecture, theatre, arts education, literary arts, to lifetime achievement. During this year’s awards the creativity and generosity of the 83 nominees for 2015 showcase the ability that the arts have to incite education in schools as well as invigorate the Texas economy and culture, all key aspects to our society. Who was an honoree for this esteemed award, you ask? Drum roll, please.

The 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Awards Honorees include: Music: T Bone Burnett, Fort Worth, TX, Film: Jamie Foxx, Terrell, TX, Dance: Kilgore Rangerettes, Kilgore, TX, Visual Arts: Rick Lowe, Houston, TX, Corporate Arts Patron: Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, TX, Individual Arts Patron:...

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We love that a force of glamour is sweeping across the award shows this season. Case in point? Last night's Golden Globe Awards. Our favorite and best dressed were: Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, Kate Beckinsale, Allison Williams and Diane Kruger with their international flair that mixed the Brits, the Germans and the Americans to turn up the red carpet heat.

Photo: Courtesy eonline.com

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Suddenly, it’s the 1970’s again with the Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA. It returns to Bass Concert Hall in January 2015. Performances begin at the Bass Concert Hall on January 20 and run through January 25. Thanks to Lexus Broadway in Austin.

The super-hit, seen by over 54 million people around the world is celebrating 5,000 performances on Broadway and is the 9th longest running show in Broadway history. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is now in its fifteenth year and has celebrated over 6,000 performances in London and the international tour has visited more than 74 foreign cities in 35 countries and been seen by over 4.3 million people. The blockbuster feature film adaptation of MAMMA MIA! is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family...

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Almost everyone in the Cabaret world knows that Hedda Layne is a woman of many moods, talents and looks. Whether she’s belting out soulful gospel sounds, high-energy dance tracks or moody electro-lounge numbers, when you hear Layne, you better get ready to move. She is versatile in her singing styles covering everything from classical, jazz, cabaret, lounge, new age, soul, funk, blues and gospel. A singer of extraordinary range, Hedda’s voice is perfectly matched by the work of her longtime collaborator and husband Troy Lee Warden. Troy is a gifted musician in his own right, but it is when he builds the soundscapes for his muse that the magic really happens.

Following the tradition of Cabaret music, an evening with Hedda Layne promises to deliver thrilling tunes, classic choreography, and a sultry personal touch from the charismatic performers. Her music is positive, enlightening, uplifting and encouraging no matter your personal background. Drawing from musical influences such as Lena Horne, Liza Minnelli , Diane Schuur, Barbra Streisand, and of course, Judy Garland, she...

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What happens when you mix Origami Owl charms, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Kreation Kafe Pressed Juices for an afternoon soiree in Los Angeles? Fun, pure fun. As a host, I am constantly looking for fun and unique ways to entertain. I love to be creative and doing anything to spice up just your normal party. Origami Owl is my new favorite thing to do at any party. Here’s how it all happened…

Origami Owl is a jewelry company launched in 2010 by 14-year-old Isabella Weems. Bella, as she is known, started brainstorming ways to earn money and decided to make and sell jewelry. Her parents matched the $350 she had earned for babysitting and she enlisted her friends as buyers. Weems began selling her signature jewelry items - which she now calls ‘Living Lockets’ - at every opportunity including house parties, boutiques and local jewelry shows. It’s such a charming idea. Literally.

Who, Who? Origami Owl, Of Course

Origami Owl encourages ladies to host “jewelry bars” where friends can mix and mingle while working with designers to create “Living Lockets” that are fun,...

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We love a great holiday sentiment and this is one of our favorites. Enjoy the holidays with this poem in mind... and we can't wait to connect in the sparkling New Year!

Christmas Joys by Joanna Fuchs

Evergreen boughs that fill our homes

With fragrant Christmas scents,

Hearts filled with the loving glow

That Christmas represents;

Christmas cookies, turkeys stuffed,

Festive holly berry,

Little faces bright with joy,

Loved ones being merry;

Parties, songs, beribboned gifts,

Silver bells that tinkle,

Christmas trees and ornaments,

Colorful lights that twinkle;

Relatives waiting with open arms

To smile and hug and kiss us;

These are some of the special joys

That come along with Christmas.

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“Jersey Boys” – that hit Broadway musical, opens in Austin this spring and we can hardly wait. In this production, you can follow the exhilarating career path of Frank Valley and The Four Seasons as they embark on their journey to becoming America’s most beloved 1960’s era pop sensation, while singing along, of course.

The Jersey Boys: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi created an addictive harmony featured in this play. In fact, the Jersey Boy’s sound was so incredible that the band sold 175 million records world-wide, an impressive feat that many performers would find almost impossible. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”

The love for these 60’s boys grows stronger and stronger as the production mirroring their musical profession. Jersey Boys continues to “wow” audiences across the globe.

The production won the 2006 Tony® Award for Best Musical, the 2006 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album,...

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It’s time to light up the night, and day, too, in 2015. With the stunning Roberto Coin jewelry, there’s something for everyone. Love yellow gold? Check. Crazy about white gold? Done. Want over-the-top faceted stones? Yep. In the mood for a classic, estate feel with a modern twist? Roberto Coin is about that, too. In fact, Roberto Coin is a master of originality for all tastes.

I recently caught up with Coin by phone while he was in Panama City. The man gets around. In fact, he’ll be gracing the Neiman Marcus San Antonio store on Friday, 12/12 from 1-4 PM in the Precious Jewels Salon where his Texas fan base is legion and vast.

When we chatted about what makes Roberto Coin tick, I learned that the master jeweler is a dynamic personality who is keenly aware of his own style and that of his clientele who inspire him daily. “You don’t go to school to learn creativity,” he confides. “It is God-given. I have a love for everything… a love for life, animals, and being curious about the fashion industry. Creativity takes a talent to see how the woman of the future can be...

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Winning a Tony® Award might be a “once in a lifetime” affair for many, but not for the esteemed musical, “Once,” a fan favorite. The highly acclaimed Broadway performance acquired eight Tonys along with The Best Musical Theater Album Grammy® award. And it’s coming to Bass Concert Hall as part of the Broadway Across America series sponsored by Lexus of Austin that begins its run Feb 24, 2015.

As if this weren’t enough, the exquisite theatrical production was also declared as Best Musical by New York Drama Critic’s Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Lucille Lortel with certainty. This accumulation of selective awards undoubtedly enhances this number’s shine.

The musical tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant who are drawn together because of their beloved common denominator: music. As the story progresses, this friendship flourishes into an unexpected, intricate romance. This relationship blossoms with the production of alluring songs in which they collaborate on. It has been claimed that the musical “is a celebration of life...

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Want to find a better way to say “cheers” this holiday season, along with delectable wine, excellent music, and of course, shopping? We’ve found it this week by joining guests from all over as they journey to the Braman Winery in Hallettsville, Texas to warmly welcome the seasonal festivities before us. This revered winery presents its visitors with a matchless wine list comprised of the Braman Family of wines, including Joseph Braman, Joseph Braman Reserve, Sparkles, Aldonza, and Eaglefire wines. Plus, there is the Sparkles line of champagne the company boasts.

The Braman Winery offers tasting room to its guests in which all of you wine conoisseours can indulge in their featured palatable libations. To further enhance your Braman Winery experience, the winery set up a remarkable selection to fulfill your holiday shopping needs including candles from Swan Creek, personalized wine gift baskets, Lolita wine glasses, scented sachets from Greenleaf, Sweet Shop USA Gourmet Chocolates and Braman Wine and arranged for musical acts to perform during your holiday season visit. We...

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Start now to jazz up your holiday season with tickets to see the jazz-funk trumpeter, Rick Braun as he embarks on the highly anticipated annual Christmas tour that includes the One World Theatre. Texans are eagerly counting down the days until Braun and the contemporary jazz cohorts, Peter White and Mindi Ablair taking center stage. We are more than thrilled that the performance date is near, on Friday, Nov. 28 at the One World Theatre in Austin.

Over the years Braun has built a sharp and impressive musical repertoire that undoubtedly left listeners fervently waiting for more. Over two decades, Braun has deservingly earned the reputation of being one of the steadiest hitmakers in instrumental music.

His body of work has had a constant presence at the top of music charts and on all of our favorite radio stations. As if this weren’t enough, Braun has also worked in an unyielding manner to keep his vivacious presence in the concert circuit alive and well, which most definitely will not disappoint as he endeavors his tour.

So, join Rick Braun on his holiday...

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Just twinkle your nose to realize 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic sitcom “Bewitched” from the 1960s. It’s magical, it’s true, and to celebrate this milestone author Adam-Michael James has penned “The Bewitched Continuum,” a delightfully insightful and thorough look into all things “Bewitched” and its bewitching facets. We can’t get enough of it.

Fans of the show, like us, will love looking back at each of the classic shows eight seasons and 254 episodes that ran from 1964-1972 on ABC. It features an overview of the highlights of each year’s run, along with a detailed synopsis for each episode. Also, decades-old questions are answered like… "Do witches fly on brooms?", "Can one witch undo another witch's spell?" and "Do witches have power over one another?"

It has lived in the hearts of all of us since the series first debuted. "When I was eight years old, I fell in love for the first time," says author James, explaining his life-long fascination with "Bewitched." "I sat in front of the television and saw a blonde lady wave her hand and make a strange...

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Get ready to be dazzled. The national tour of ANYTHING GOES, the new Broadway revival of Cole Porter’s timeless classic musical theatre masterpiece, will make its Austin premiere December 9 - 14 (Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2p.m & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7p.m. at Bass Concert Hall / 2350 Robert Dedman Drive / Austin, TX) as part of the Lexus Broadway in Austin at Texas Performing Arts.

It’s a top-tapping, rollicking evening of good fun. The 1934-era musical comedy about the lovers, liars and clowns on a transatlantic cruise is “a daffy, shipshape romp!” - Variety. When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.

Of course, the winner of the 2011 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical, ANYTHING GOES sails to Bass Concert Hall under the direction of Sean McKnight and Jennifer Savelli. McKnight and Savelli...

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Starting to spread holiday joy and cheer? Us too, and it’s never been easier than at the annual favorite Armadillo Christmas Bazaar show in Austin from December 16th through December 24th. This yearly show brings a novel element of holiday excitement to Austin with its alluring showcase of statement-making holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. The show’s array of commodities is comprised of collectible fine art, distinguished gifts, artisan crafts, and more. The show’s selection shines the spotlight on “160 locally and nationally acclaimed artists, including 11 dynamic newcomers” according to the Armadillo team.

But wait, there’s more. Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is also hosting a music festival to accompany the gift show. It makes sense in the musically-inclined city, doesn’t it? Musicians from Central Texas are bringing their glittering talents to the show, and at minimum, three bands per day will take the stage and roughly 28 musicians total; including Ruthie Foster, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Carolyn Wonderland, Shiny Ribs, and Mayeux and Broussard, will make an appearance to...

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We were “Wishin’ and Hopin’”… and our hopes finally came true with the news of musical luminary Burt Bacharach’s upcoming performance in Austin this season in November 23 at The Long Center in AUstin. With all of the exceptional musical accolades the song-writer has accumulated, it’s no wonder The Live Music Capital of the World eagerly awaits the legendary icon’s arrival. Plus, we just love the man personally.

The acclaimed musician’s productions are amongst those of legendary Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Paul Simon. Since the start of his remarkable career six decades ago, Bacharach has released 500 noteworthy compositions. His songs have been recorded by some of our favorite legends such as: Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, and Neil Diamond.

Forty-eight of these compositions rose to the “Top 10” hits list, nine of which were so stellar that they claimed the title of #1 hit song. It’s safe to say Bacharach set the bar high in the popular music industry with his creative aptitude and continues to do so today.

We “Say A Little Prayer” that you spend...

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In town for F-1? We recommend stopping by Neiman Marcus Austin to get in the spirit of the racing weekend as a must-do as a part of the scene. We love all the events surrounding the F-1 festivities on – and beyond - the track. Here’s what we recommend attending at Neiman Marcus Austin between the race festivities…

THURSDAY, 10/30

F1 Reception – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (The Man’s Store)

Rene Caovilla Trunk Show – 3 days (Shoe Salon)

(Oct 29-Nov 1)

CREED Cigar Rolling and Consultation Event - 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. (The Man’s Store)

FRIDAY, 10/31

La Mer Spa- 1 day only (Cosmetics)

(Oct 31)

Herve Leger Trunk Show- 1 day only (Designer Sportswear)

(Oct 31)

Frederique Constant Trunk Show - 2 days (Precious Jewelry)

(Oct 31-Nov 1)

Linda Bergman Personal Appearance and Trunk Show - 2 days (Designer Jewelry)

(Oct 31-Nov 1)

Shinola Special Event – 2 days (The Man’s Store and Designer Jewelry)

(Oct 31-Nov 1)

Ferragamo Trunk Show – 3 days (The Man’s Store)

(Oct 31-Nov 2)

MCM Trunk Show – 3...

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It’s that time of year again. Time for the highly anticipated four day Settlement Home Charity and Garage Sale begins on Thursday, November 6 and an entire community has been waiting a year since the last one that does so much good for so many. Named the largest charity sale in Texas, The Settlement Home Sale is a year-long endeavor that culminates into four days of shopping. Deftly volunteer-organized and run, the Garage & Estate Sale boasts a massive inventory of merchandise, all of which has been donated by the community. More than 25,000 shoppers can browse for treasures and bargain-priced deals in 21 incredibly well-organized departments. In 2013 the Garage Sale raised more than $650,000. It’s truly a remarkable gathering of hearts and minds at the Palmer Event Center, now with expanded sales floor to display even more items.

All proceeds from the Charity Garage & Estate Sale go to The Settlement Home for Children, the legendary 98-year-old Austin non-profit that cares for individuals with histories of severe trauma, abuse and neglect. Programs include a...

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Art has always had a wonderful relationship with its patrons since art was first created eons ago. Now is no different, when a swanky affair recently occurred as over 450 guests from Dallas, Houston, New York, Italy, and Israel attended Dallas’ Museum of Biblical Art’s preview reception of the exhibit, “Mysteries, Signs and Wonders: The Art of Barbara Hines.”

The event was chaired by our – and Houston’s - favorite philanthropist and art collector Dr. Carolyn Farb, hc, and it inaugurated the new National Center for Jewish Art. The honored artist Barbara Hines was accompanied by her husband, Gerald D. Hines, founder of the international real estate firm, Hines.

Two-thirds of the museum has been devoted to the more than 60 paintings and works on paper by Hines whose impressionist, yet contemporary style is inspired by the land of Israel and Judaic themes.The exhibition will be on display through August 2015. We think that is quite amazing to have an assemblage like this.

Barbara Hines is represented by Meredith Long & Company in Houston. She and her husband,...

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Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, based on the hit 1980’s film, premieres in Austin November 11 – 16, and it’s a must-see event. The staged musical of the smash-hit movie will play at Bass Concert Hall, presented by Lexus Broadway. It is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this timeless love story features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”

In the play’s story, it’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resort’s staff quarters, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort’s sexy dance instructor. What is bound to happen? Passions ignite and Baby’s...

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By Lance Avery Morgan

It’s powered by electricity and guided by intelligence. Plus, the cool factor is off the charts. With their sustainable design, built-in intelligence and legendary BMW agility, the new BMW i3 and BMW i8 will change the way you think about electric driving… and it’s about time to discover these cars and let them zoom into your heart.

These driving machines are at BMW of Austin, this Friday, October 24 from 5-9 PM to so you can not only see, but also drive the all-electric i3 for yourself, and help celebrate the grand opening of the new BMW of Austin’s hip new i Brand Showroom.

What are you waiting for? Be one of the first people in Central Texas to see and experience first-hand the incredible BMW i Supercar, the i8. This stunning vehicle is a perfect mixture of engineering, technology and adrenaline. You simply won't believe your eyes.

All attendees can enter a raffle to win the use of a BMW i3 for one month and other great BMW prizes such as the two opportunities to win a day of high-speed instruction at the famous BMW Performance...

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We are beyond thrilled to be a media sponsor for the inaugural Fashion X Dallas, only a few weeks away from now at #FXD2014. The brainchild of founder Matt Swinney, the events at FIG include a Project Runway All Star fashion show you won’t want to miss. Plus, you can walk the red carpet to view nine runway presentations by emerging designers, as well as shop emerging men’s and women’s accessories lines.

As part of the Host Committee we are very honored to be a part of the most exciting fashion event to hit Dallas this fall. Be sure to buy your tickets before they sell out, so you don’t miss out – it all happens over three nights, Thurs 11/4 – Sun 11/7

How cool is this? If you buy your tickets before the 16th, you’ll also be instantly entered to win an upgraded VIP experience. http://ow.ly/Cs4u5

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(Photo: Design by A Parallel Architecture)

Ever think of living in a modern masterpiece? Who hasn’t? Finding the perfect house can often be a challenging experience, especially when there are many beautifully constructed homes to choose from here in Austin.

The 28th AIA Austin Homes Tour is here to inspire. Whether you’re looking to purchase or rent a new home, looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon, or need some design insight; the AIA Austin Homes Tour can provide you with any of these services.

This tour is one of the greatest ways to see “the best of the best” in terms of home designs. From modern architecture to more traditional to fabulously chic, these properties will take you on an exquisite design experience of a lifetime.

The tour specifically showcases 11 brand new or recently remodeled homes spread throughout Austin’s city limits. The tour highlights some of the most talented, eclectic designs from local architects of Central Texas. It will be taking place from October 25-26, 2014. The tickets are $35 in advance and $40 the weekend of...

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(Photo by Joseph Sims, Good Pop Installation)

As POP Austin hits Texas Friday 10/17 – Sunday 10/19, it’s all about the art. In fact, it’s a collector’s paradise. On Saturday and Sunday of the show, POP Austin will also feature “POP Talks” a series of lectures from specialists with expertise ranging from Chinese contemporary art to street art that is open to attendees. We love that art and education go hand in hand.

The Pop Talks will consist of influential business owners, specialists, and artists telling stories related to their interest and knowledge of the arts. The POP Talks speaker schedule looks like this, below… So what are you waiting for? Visit http://www.popaustin.com to be a part of the artful action.

Saturday, Oct. 18:

12 - 12:30 p.m.

Speaker: John Hogg (Board Member- Mexic-Arte Museum): “The Art of Displaying Collections"

1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Brian Sharples (Collector/ CEO Home Away): "The Art of Building a Brand"

2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Speaker: Greg Smith (Collector...

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If you love high-quality, casual dining like we do, listen up. When zpizza, the first chef-inspired pizza chain, approached us to experience its newest creations that were being considered as future menu offerings by receiving a dinner kit delivery… we were intrigued. A dinner party with pizza’s and salads? It reminded me of how people used to entertain casually post-game, after-theatre and late night pot-luck gatherings. Sometimes the simplest fare is the best fare and we learned that with zpizza and our eight thought-leader guests who were part of the branding experiment.

These new dishes zpizza offered in their Pop-Up Dinner kits serves up to eight people, featuring a Mediterranean Plate, Avocado Arugula Salad, four mouth-watering gourmet pizzas like Provence, Thai Chicken, Napoli and Casablanca, just to name a few, were beyond tasty. The gluten-free crusts made the dough taste more like a gourmet pretzel, a good thing, than any regular flour crust that most fast casual Italian dining places serve these days. zpizza’s non-GMO wheat flour, prepared fresh every day,...

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(Photo: Dr. Franklin and Cindi Rose)

So many causes, so little time. Recently, however, we made time for this one when everything was coming up roses at the 9th Annual Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation Dinner at Fleming's River Oaks that was sold out to the restaurant’s capacity before a single invitation could be mailed. Over 200 guests attended the “Shade of Roses” dinner which raised $100,000 and included a wine-pairing five-course dinner and a fete of the best wines from around the world, thanks to Fleming’s River Oaks and operating partner Sam Governale. What’s not to love about that?

The event was chaired by Kim Padgett, Jessica Rossman, and John Evatz, and honored Diane Caplan and Alex Martinez with the Tracey Hilfman Award. Founders of the foundation, Dr. Franklin and Cindi Rose, and their children, Erica Rose and Ben Rose, with his fiancée Laura Max Nelson, presented the award to the honorees.

The highlight of the evening was a proclamation from Mayor Annise Parker declaring Sept. 14, 2014 Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation Day in Houston. The charity, named...

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Texas is long famous for producing exceptional musical talent. These days that means native Texan Kevin Ahart in Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World.

The talented singer discovered his love for music at the ripe old age of five when he started sang tunes from the Great American Songbook. He realized his heart was set on being a musician when he sang “In The Wee Small Hours” for the high school choir talent show, and since then, his career has taken off, to say the least. His new debut release, “Let's Take The World” is an album of 10 memorable performances of original and classic material sung in his smoothly expressive voice that echoes those of his vintage saloon-singer heroes like Sinatra, Bennett, and the like. He enhances and extends the American musical traditions from which he draws much of his inspiration, and we love that.

When we caught up with Ahart, we learned that when first discovering the music field, he was immediately drawn to jazz. He relished the beauty of jazz music after buying his first jazz album “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis, and he...

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For your contemporary art buying needs, think again… and, why not think more locally? You can, thanks to POP Austin’s first annual international art show that fuses art and lifestyle in an annual three-day, interactive art event that truly showcases world-class contemporary artists.

Set for three days in October, POP Austin aims to bring together works by several of the most-renowned contemporary artists from around the world. The vision of the founders Matt Randall, Executive Director; Lana Carlson, Curator; Amanda Huras, Director of Brand; and Steve Carlson, Creative Director is to have the country, and the world, recognize Austin as more than a town of artists, but a capital of culture.

The goal? To make Austin an epicenter for annual meetings of truly talented artists, collectors and dealers, according to its creators. This annual event bring in prestigious and internationally recognized talent, and will feature local art as well. Their goal is to present each artist (such as Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, the Gao Brothers, Gerard Rancinan, Mr. Brainwash and...

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We love that the highly anticipated every-other-year event supporting the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is off to the races with tickets sales for Off the Wall: 2015 Blanton Museum of Art Gala. This black-tie event will be Saturday, February 7, followed by Art on the Edge, a festive after-party.

It takes a village to produce and event, as we all know, and UT alumni Judy and Charles Tate (Houston) will serve as honorary chairs of the gala, and their collection of Latin American art, recently gifted to the Blanton, will be on view during the event. How cool is that? The regional event chairs include Janet Allen and Andrea McWilliams (Austin); Sylvie and Gary Crum and Leila and Walt Mischer (Houston); Sally and Tom Dunning (Dallas); and Kit Moncrief (Fort Worth). 


We love that the Blanton gala is a biennial event that raises essential support for the museum’s key programs. Funds raised actually provide critical funding for the museum’s wide range of exhibitions, extensive educational programming for students, adults, and children of all...

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Want to see gorgeous horses at their best? Bel Canto Farms in Wimberley, Texas recently announced it will be hosting the 3rd Annual Wimberley Classic Horse Show on Sunday, September 28th to benefit Wimberley’s own Starlight Symphony Orchestra.

The horse show will feature a Short Stirrup Classic for children 12 and under, a

2’ Hunter Derby, and 2’6” Hunter Derby and a Jumper stake with jumps from 3’-3’6” in height. Felicia Davis, a USEF “R” Judge will be judging the horses and riders, and it will be a free event open to all ages.

What’s better than enjoying a beautiful fall day at a charity horse show that raises funds for Wimberley’s own Starlight Symphony? It turns out the symphony has been performing complimentary concerts in Wimberley and its surrounding areas since 2003.The organization is comprised of both professional and amateur musicians along with college and younger students, so it’s quite a gathering of talent. The Wimberley Classic itself was founded by Suzanne Warmack, owner of Bel Canto Farms and who has also been a violinist with The Starlight...

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The power of music was in full swing recently during the Sir Sly concert at The Parish in Austin, Texas. The Los Angeles-based, on-the-rise band greeted their eager fans and the band exceeded the crowd’s expectations with its supreme performance. The solidarity and unison of the band was just as evident as the crowd’s enthusiasm throughout the show. Sir Sly attracted a very diverse crowd, and as they took center stage the crowd’s zeal was especially apparent when they performed hits such as “Gold” and “Ghost”. After each song came to an end, the crowd was on their feet anticipating the next number.

Sir Sly is made up of three band members: Lead Singer Landon Jacobs, Drummer Hayden Coplen, and Keyboardist Jason Suwito. The band’s name was created by its members as a form of aspiration. They created Sir Sly as an intangible enigma in which the band endeavors to personify. The goal of exemplifying the mysterious Sir Sly figure drives the band’s creative processes and performances. With that being said, the three devoted band-mates have worked diligently to fashion their...

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How cool is it to see the marriage of entrepreneurial efforts that incorporates a new way to dine? We’ve found exactly that. Jacoby’s Austin, the family-owned restaurant and mercantile, has made its long-awaited debut in the budding East Cesar Chavez neighborhood. The pioneers at Jacoby’s Austin serve ranch-style cuisine with a southern flair and rustic influence. The restaurant features a full-service bar and dining room, cocktail porch and a backyard-style patio deck with sweeping views of the Colorado River. Also, adjacent to the restaurant is a mercantile, which features artisan jams, jellies, meats, farm eggs, fresh flowers and home goods. Jacoby’s Austin is the newest addition to the Jacoby family company, originally from Melvin, TX. It’s really the perfect mix of style and substance.

Co-founder Adam Jacoby grew up in the small town of Melvin, TX and realized his dream to expand his family’s café to Austin when came to Austin to attend The University of Texas. Jacoby helped to open several local Austin restaurants, then it was back to Melvin to revamp the family café....

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The new boutique, called HACIENDA Austin, is now open and offers a real alternative to home accessories shopping. The store’s founder, Jessica Beattie, has a keen eye for scouting well-designed objects that celebrate local artisans, and she’s bringing timeless luxuries for the modern ranch lifestyle to the 2nd Street District. The grand opening is Tues, September 2nd at 7 PM.

We love that Beattie was motivated by her travels from everywhere from the Outback to the Arctic. She, and the store, showcases locally sourced and globally inspired home décor, furniture, fashion and gifts offering a fresh, distinctive aesthetic that puts a contemporary urban spin on classic, ranch-style living.

In addition to a curated assortment of luxury brand goods including Moore and Giles fine leathers and Canvas Home tabletop accessories, you’ll discover the private label Hacienda Collection®. The debut line will include finely woven Turkish towels, mouth blown glassware, handmade recycled leather rugs and a 100% made in Austin line of organic body care products. If you love what you see...

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We love that on-the-go social chronicler Rose Betty Williams was on the scene at the Helping Hand Home Crystal Ball Gala Debutante and Escort Orientation that was held at the home of Crystal Ball chair Marla Kiger. She relates to us that it’s a fine crop of young lads and ladies set to make their debut in the spring. The Crystal Ball, scheduled March 7, 2015, benefits the Helping Hand Home for Children.

Williams told us that Black’s Barbecue partnered with the Helping Hand Home for Children by donating smoked brisket and sausage for the Crystal Ball Debutante and Escort Orientation, a true crowd pleaser.

Stay tuned to when we’ll showcase the presentation of the lovelies in white dresses and the gents in white tie as they make their walk amongst family and friends next year.

The Helping Hand Crystal Ball gala debutantes for 2015 are: Charlotte Brigham, Madison Bunner, Margaret Cardwell, Claire Chlebowski, Campbell Chupik, Kathleen Cooke. Parker Davis, Sofia Dieck, Zoe Dodson, Emily Edelman, Avery Ferguson, Callie Fowler, Sara Greaves, Winborne Hamlin, Beth...

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We love that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical is coming to the city. It is presented by Lexus Broadway in Austin at Texas Performing Arts/Bass Concert Hall from October 7-12, 2014 Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 11am, 3:30p.m. & 8 p.m; Sunday at 1 p.m.

The perennial favorite features the animated film’s Academy Award®-winning score: with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, and additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.

The production is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

The original creators of the Broadway production are together again for this new touring...

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We love that the first comprehensive analysis of the theatrical world in London shows the significance and variety of London theatre, according to the London Theatre Report, 2014. In fact, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson said, 'London is without doubt the theatre capital of the world. From the bright lights of the West End and our thriving fringe, to the rise of immersive theatre in the unlikeliest of places, the quality, variety and breadth on offer here is unrivalled. Employing thousands and bringing in almost £620 million a year, theatre is also hugely important to our economy. This timely report puts the spotlight on the economics of the sector and provides food for thought about what is needed to ensure we enjoy many more encores for years to come.”

Here are some interesting facts on the London theatre world these days…

• London has 241 professional theatres with a seating capacity of more than 110,000

• In 2012/13, more than 22 million people attended London theatre performances

• In 2012/13, London...

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The launch of the first vegan, raw food delivery service in Austin is Super Natural Food and it is the brainchild of entrepreneur and founder Marina Zelle who noticed a void in the Austin market for healthy, organic prepackaged meals designed for busy individuals with fast paced lives. How cool – and convenient – is that?

Serving individual customers and businesses, Super Natural Food’s mission is to help individuals improve their health and eliminate cravings with a no-brainer, easy-to-follow and enjoyable meal plan. The program is simple, convenient and doesn’t involve starvation or deprivation. By any means. A raw, vegan diet consists of unprocessed, raw plant foods that have not been heated above 118 degrees. Raw or living foods contain important natural enzymes, which aid in digestion. We learned that cooking with temperatures above 118 degrees destroys the natural enzymes and vitamins found in foods and results in the formation of carcinogens and mutagens such as acrylamides and AGEs which alter the structure of DNA, interfere with molecular and cellular structure...

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Summer just got tastier. For eleven days, Sunday, August 3, 2014 through Wednesday August 13, 2014, you can drink and dine while giving back at some of Austin’s best restaurants, bars and food trailers – thanks to event producers Launch787.

So what are you waiting for? Leave the house and indulge in special menu items artfully created by each participating eatery: from restaurants, to bars and also, to food trailers that are also such a national trend now.

From brunch to happy hour, and even late night, Eat Out for Good has exclusive menus at accessible price points available to satisfy your craving. Restaurants like Gusto, Max’s Wine Dive and Sagra will choose a local non-profit and 10% of their proceeds will be donated to further their cause. Dine out and do good by visiting http://www.eatoutforgood.com

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It’s time to put your sunscreen down and reach for Revision Skincare’s revolutionary product that is taking the face of healthy skincare by force. Revision Skincare, renowned for its prize-worthy products, offers one stellar product in particular that has struck our fancy, and we know will strike yours, too.

With its tinted moisturizer that suites all skin types, the Revision Skincare’s Intellishade is a supreme addition to the skincare routine. Its sophisticated components work harmoniously to enrich your skin with antioxidants, minimize the presence of pore size and wrinkles, shield your face from potentially detrimental UVA/UVB rays, and thwart the process of skin aging. How great is that?

We love that this “smart” moisturizer has both brains and beauty, working to make your skin both look and feel good. Trust us on this Beauty Choice Award winning product, and we guarantee your skin will thank you later.

For more information visit:...

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We feel that nothing defines a summer more than the experience of being engrossed in a really good book. Poolside or in the mountains, diving into a literary endeavor is always a soul-stirring opportunity. That’s why TheReadingRoom’s Best Books of Summer list is a terrific place for busy people to discover their next great read. With millions of members and books on the platform, folks can easily discover, purchase and discuss their next great read, connect with like-minded readers, enjoy online book clubs and receive latest news and deals. Plus, the site has just been re-designed and is very user friendly.

What’s more, as an independent bookseller and social discovery platform, TheReadingRoom wants to ensure that its picks help members find their next great read at the best possible price.

Highlights from the list of 12 include:

· The Girl With All the Gifts by MR Carey – an emotionally charged, ground-breaking thriller set...

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Even since before I was a judge for Miss Texas USA a few years ago in Laredo, I have always loved how well Miss Texas does in both the Miss USA and the Miss America competition.

Miss Park Cities, Monique Evans, was crowned Miss Texas 2014 Saturday night, July 5,2014, at the 79th Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant by Miss Texas 2013, Ivana Hall at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. Miss Dallas' Outstanding Teen, Kassidy Brown, was also crowned the 2014 Texas Outstanding Teen, Sheridan Donevant, 2013 Texas Outstanding Teen.

Produced by the Miss Texas Organization, we all know that the Miss Texas competition exists for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for young Texas women and promoting their voice in culture, politics and community. The competition was founded in 1936 by a group of civic-minded citizens concerned about higher education. The first Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant has evolved into what is recognized today as one of the best organized and well managed of all state pageants (see...

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Family and friends gathering for your July 4th festivities. Sounds like a blast, yet how do you keep them guessing with your hosting finesse? Why not show them how hip you are. How? Dazzle with the new Deep Eddy Vodka beverage of choice to show how patriotic you are… with red, white & blue fun all over the party.

We caught up with the folks at Texas-based Deep Eddy and found they had something fun up their cocktail shaker to share with us… the Red, White & Blue Betty cocktail. Here’s how you can make your own, too…

¼ oz Agave Nectar or Simple Syrup

6 Blueberries

1 Basil leaf

¼ oz lemon juice

2 oz Deep Eddy Vodka

2 oz Topo Chico

Blueberry, Strawberry and basil leaf garnish

It’s simple. Combine the first four ingredients, then muddle and strain over new ice. Top with Topo Chico. Garnish with blueberry, strawberry and basil leaf. Delish. For more information, visit http://www.deepeddyvodka.com

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There’s always room for new luxury in the world. That’s why we are so excited about the premier luxury hotel brand, The Peninsula Hotels, is marking its debut into Europe and the opening of its Paris hotel with a worldwide celebration of “All Things French” and we can hardly wait. We love the City of Lights, and now it shall become even more luminescent with this grand hotel stepping into the luxe world of Paris.

The Peninsula Paris will open its doors for the first time in the French capital on August 1 of this year, more than eight decades after its flagship hotel was opened in Hong Kong. “Paris epitomizes elegance, sophistication and romantic charm, closely embodying what we do at The Peninsula,” says Peter C. Borer, Chief Operating Officer of The Peninsula Hotels. “In celebrating ‘All Things French’, we escalate the guest experience, giving our guests a chance to explore the rich history of French culture no matter where they are in the world.”

From special animations across all hotels on August 1, the festivities extend through the end of the year and you won’t...

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Science is catching up with our youthful aspirations. How? One word: HydroPeptide. Want to see and feel your complexion go back in time? Look no further than with this power couple of beauty products we think is quite revolutionary. It's hope in a bottle.

With the right products, perfect, healthy skincare can be yours now. Reclaim tighter, brighter and firmer skin with HydroPeptide’s Power Serum’s blend of lifting peptides, growth factors and alpha lipoic acid. Then, Hydropeptide’s Power Lift features four categories of potent moisturizers and double action firming peptides to drench your complexion with the hydration it craves while restoring and maintaining a lifted and forever young look. For men and women, these products are making the world more youthful, one face at a time.

HydroPeptide Power Serum: Line Lifting Transformation ($136/ 1.0 ounce) and Power Lift: Advanced Ultra-Rich Moisturizer ($96/ 1.0 ounce) are available in the world’s most prestigious spas and dermatological clinics including nearby Lake Austin Spa Resort and Spa Django at Hyatt Regency Lost...

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Your father is a special guy, right? If you are thinking about a truly unique gift for your him, why not consider something unique that he’d really appreciate? A full day at the medspa might be just what he needs.

The experts at Beleza Medical Spa in Austin know how important it is for men to feel good about themselves. Give your dad the gift of youth for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 15th by treating him to a day at the spa. After all, it isn’t just for women anymore and your dad will appreciate some great spa treatments to make him look younger and feel better. After working with thousands of patients, the experts at Beleza know exactly what your dad needs in order to look younger and healthier.

With so many different types of treatments available for men, your dad can choose anything from Botox injections to help get rid of wrinkles to Micrografting for hair loss, and chemical peels to make his face look and feel younger.

Botox Injections

Although Botox injections have become popular among women for years,...

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It might be the best grown-up movie this summer – and it debuts this weekend, June 6. The new, witty romantic drama, “Words and Pictures” stars the beguiling duo of Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen working together on-screen for the first time.

Prep school English teacher Jack Marcus (Owen) laments his students' obsession with social media and good grades rather than engaging with the power of the written word. A one-time literary star, Marcus has not published in years filling his spare time with drink versus the art of language. He meets his match in Dina Delsanto (Binoche). She is an abstract painter and new teacher on campus, who was once celebrated for her art. From the start, the two flirt and provoke each other with equal relish. Then the love sparks develop and fly.

With a performance review looming and his teaching job on the line, Marcus hatches an inspired plan for galvanizing student interest in their studies: he declares a war between “Words and Pictures”… confident that the former can convey greater meaning than the latter. Delsanto and her art...

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ZACH Theatre in Austin has another hit on its hands with the Central Texas premiere of the Tony Award-winning comedy, CHRISTOPHER DURANG’S VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE that runs through June 22nd at the Topfer Theatre. ZACH’s production stars Beth Broderick– of ZACH Theatre's 33 Variations, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and NBC's Under the Dome; Lauren Lane of ZACH Theatre's God of Carnage, August: Osage County and the hit TV series The Nanny; and Jaston Williams of ZACH Theatre's TRU, Our Town and the popular Greater Tuna series, under the direction of ZACH Theatre’s new Associate Artistic Director, Abe Reybold.

In this hilarious parody, Christopher Durang spins a combination of Anton Chekov's great works, like Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard, while upending Chekov's themes of heartache and regret to gleeful results. Vanya (Jaston Williams) and his sister Sonia (Lauren Lane) live a quiet, country life in their childhood home with plenty of time for self-reflection, and humorous counsel from their housekeeper Cassandra, who believes she has the...

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We love a summer family gathering, don’t you? It turns out that for the very fist time, art from five generations of the distinguished, artful Pissarro family will be made available to the public at the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery, June 1-30, 2014 in Austin. The collection spans more than 161 years, initiated by the renowned Jacob Camille Pissarro, a leading figure of the Impressionist movement. The family selected the Central Texas art gallery to premiere the extensive collection of 65 pieces and an artist reception on Saturday, June 7 from 6-9 PM offers the public a chance to meet the youngest Pissarro and burgeoning artist, Lyora Pissarro.

For five generations, the Pissarro family has not only been creating art, but the family’s artistic patriarch Jacob Camille Pissarro was the undoubted master of the French Impressionist Movement. Lyora, age 22, has more than 150 years of history and instruction to rely on from her family, her studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, and of course inspiration for her art from her well-known artist mother Lelia Pissarro. It...

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He was a pop culture legend with had a huge brain and combative personality. In fact, few twentieth-century figures have had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than the inimitable Gore Vidal. Now the documentary, IFC Films’ “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia” shines the light on this bright, cerebral star who enlightened – and infuriated - so many during his time.

Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall's new documentary is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of progressive politics in America. Gore Vidal's professional life spans more than 50 years of American politics and letters. His return to America in 2005 marked the last great stage in his creative career and this film represents an extraordinary opportunity to share his view on America in the twenty-first century

The film is chock-full of commentary by those who knew him best-including filmmaker/nephew Burr Steers and the late essayist Christopher...

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Want some fun this fall? Look no further than the city’s grandest cultural arts center. The biggest, most accessible and diverse arts venue in the Texas capital is proud to announce its 2014 Season of Long Center Presents programming. As we know, the Long Center is Austin’s destination for arts and entertainment this season. Beginning May 27, subscription packages will be available to the public.

Here’s a look at the lineup:

America’s Test Kitchen Live! August 13

Step inside your television and experience the delicious art of cooking with America’s Test Kitchen Live. The hit cooking show takes to the Long Center stage for a multi-media experience filled with testings, food tastings, and science experiments, all hosted by television star Christopher Kimball. Get an insider’s view into one of the highest rated cooking shows on television, and find out what it’s really like to work and host one of the most popular food programs on the air. Bring questions and come hungry; Christopher hosts a Q&A with the...

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Celebrity milliner Madame Paulette was a design legend and her legacy continues to inspire a new crop of designers every generation.

Now her life is celebrated in a new, chic tome from the ultra hipster Thames & Hudson Publishing, “Hats By Madame Paulette.” The extraordinarily visual book on the elegant, creative, and incomparable celebrates the work of famed milliner Paris’ “Queen of milliners,” whose hats crowned the heads of such film stars as Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Audrey Hepburn, as well as Princess Grace of Monaco, and the Duchess of Windsor. How chic is that?

Born in 1900, Madame designer learned her trade between the wars, and by the 1940s and 1950s her hats crowned the heads of everyone who was anyone in Paris, and her designs were increasingly sought by the Jet Set around the world. This book is ideal for fashion experts and aficionados of fine millinery ad succinctly provides a go-to guide on the hat; the most artful fashion item of the mid-twentieth century. At the time no woman would consider herself formally dressed without a hat. In...

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We love that Carolyn Farb’s can-do philanthropic deeds that have virtually changed the charitable landscape of Texas and beyond. We also love that the Arthritis Foundation recently announced her as the inaugural recipient of the Arthritis Foundation’s Ötzi Award at Houston’s Hotel Derek to a room of approximately 200 distinguished guests. The Ötzi Award honors individuals who have made a significant impact in the greater Houston area by furthering the mission and vision of Arthritis Foundation.This Ötzi will be presented to Farb at the Arthritis Foundation’s signature gala, called the Bone Bash, which will be held on October 25 at the Hotel Derek.

Interestingly, the award is named in honor of the first human known to have suffered from arthritis in 3,500 BC. His mummified remains discovered some 5,000 years later, which showed evidence of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis and provided valuable information for scientific study of the nation’s most debilitating disease. The Ötzi was also a healer, carrying a pouch of medicinal herbs that scientists believe were used to help...

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We all love mom and want to help her stay as chic as possible. Want to dazzle her for Mother's Day? Who doesn't? We love our glamour publisher pals and this Mother's Day we are recommending the stylish books from Assouline. For more information, visit http://www.assouline.com

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What are you waiting for? It’s time to celebrate the launch of Dean Fearing’s new cookbook, The Texas Food Bible: From Legendary to New Classics with the Neiman Marcus stores in San Antonio and Austin.

For the first time Dean Fearing, to many the best chef in Texas and the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine,” shares the best traditional and modern dishes from the Lone Star State.

Both stores are offering store patrons an opportunity to meet this rock star chef and enjoy a book signing event at the stores.

First, he’s in Austin, Tuesday, May 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at

Neiman Marcus @ The Domain 3400 Palm Way Austin, TX 78758

Then, Fearing’s in San Antonio, Thursday, May 8 – 1 to 3 p.m. in the Gift Galleries at Neiman Marcus 15900 La Cantera Suite 14 San Antonio, TX 78256

For more information visit Neimanmarcus.com or call the stores directly.

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Last night was an all-star night for high style when the stars turned out en masse in their homage to the latest Costume Institute Gala celebrating Charles James: Beyond Fashion (May-August 2014). Our favorites? Anne Hathaway in Calvin Klein, Blake Lively in Gucci, Charlize Theron in Dior, Sarah Jessican Parker in Oscar de la Renta, Georgia May Jagger in Thierry Mugler, Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa, and Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney were at their elegant best.

According to experts, The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the Met Ball, is the annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. It also serves as an opening celebration for the institute's annual fashion exhibit. It is widely regarded as one of the most exclusive social events...

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Do this, go here, be that. With the hectic lives we live and time slipping away trying to balance work and the social calendars, it’s always a relief to catch some “me time” isn’t it? Creating motivation may be a challenge, yet maybe switching from your work email app to “My Personal Coach” is your answer. We talked to West Coast dynamo Angella Nazarian (photographed), about her new app where you can get help from technology to stay on track while achieving your goals.

Created by bestselling author and former professor of psychology, Nazarian understands that pressure can be a powerful as poison to our meaningful lives. Her solution for us is an app that creates customized growth plan based on the five areas of life that determine our success, priorities, strengths, thoughts, relationships and the environment. How cool is that?

For those who are tech savvy, your iPhone will give you the support you need by configuring your strengths and challenge you to test your own natural talents. The app is built on fun survey based on the research of Gallup, Meyers-Briggs and...

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Texan artist Matthew Broussard will exhibit his current works at Galleria Tornabuoni in Florence, Italy. Commedia: New Works on Steel will show from Thursday May 15 to Sunday June 8. For those of our Texan socialite readers who will be vacationing in Firenze this spring, Broussard’s exhibition is a must-see.

Broussard grew up in Dallas, Texas and graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He spent several years wandering between the United States and Europe, eventually settling down in Italy in 1992. He currently lives and works in Lombardy, near Lake Maggiore, participating regularly in national and international exhibitions. In addition to Galleria Tornabuoni, he is represented in Sweden and Berlin by the Gallerie De Freo.

Galleria Tornabuoni opened its doors in Florence in 1956. The gallery has held interest in modern and contemporary art, hosting renowned artists such as Capogrossi, Braque, Magritte, Marino Marini, De Pisis, and Sironi. The primary concept of Galleria Tornabuoni, as...

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The incredibly moving, Tony Award-winning “Best Play” War Horse premieres May 6th at Bass Concert Hall. War Horse is a “remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship” (AustinBroadway), based on the beloved novel War Horse by Michael Mopurgo.

The show follows the relationship of young boy Albert and his horse, Joey, during World War I. Beginning in England 1914, Joey is sold to French cavalry, and forced to leave his owner and friend behind. Albert, determined to find Joey once again, goes against many odds and embarks on a journey to find his beloved friend.

War Horse features remarkable breathing, running, life-sized puppets made by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company. This show takes audience members on a tour through World War I while captivating imaginations and melting hearts. The National Tour of War Horse runs May 6-11th at Bass Concert Hall and is not to be missed. Lexus is a key sponsor, too.

For ticket information, visit http://www.Broadwayinaustin.com

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It’s almost here. Kicking off on April 24, the festivities are gearing up for another spectacular Austin Fashion Week with its grand finale on Saturday May 3, 2014 at the Austin Music Hall. We love being media sponsors and have cheered on the brainchild of AFW founder Matt Swinney and his team since its inception and we will be presenting a Trailblazer Award at the ceremony, too.

Here’s how this year’s festivities will look:

HOSTS: Anne Hudson from KASE101 and 103.1 iHeart Austin and EJ from KISS-FM.

RUNWAY SHOWS: Each year Austin Fashion Week hosts a Mash Up Team competition, where a Photographer, Hair Stylist, Makeup Artist, Model, and various Designers create a cohesive look that will come to life on the catwalk at the Austin Fashion Awards. In addition to the Mash Up Team runway show, Rare Trends, Isabella Rose Taylor and Raven + Lily have been selected to show their latest collections.

Known for using luxurious materials like silk, leather and fur, Rare Trends will show “True Identity” Fall/Winter 2014. A through line from their Kaleidoscope...

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[Photography courtesy of Tatiana Boncompagni]

The very, very wealthy have a veneer of perfection, yet rarely is that the case. For those planning to spend some time laying by the pool as the weather heats up, we have found your go-to book this season. Social Death, a gripping mystery by Tatiana Boncompagni, is a true page-turner. The murder scene of a New York socialite happens on the Upper East Side, with no clues except the knowledge of her dying while trying to reveal a scandalous secret.

Veteran news producer Clyde Shaw checks out the scene and realizes the murder victim is the daughter of her boss… and her best friend. Throughout solving the case, Clyde’s past catches up with her and she has to make haunting decisions between her job, reputation, and life. With secrets and millions at stake, you won’t want to put down the book until you unlock Clyde’s fortune. Sound enticing? It is….

If you are familiar with Tatiana Boncompagni’s previous work like our favorites, Hedge Fund Wives and Gilding Lily, you know her glimpse into the world of the rich and...

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(Photo: Lucas Bacardi Shriftman and Lara Shriftman)

We just love a great party, don’t you? There are very few mothers in the world who know how to entertain at a high level… especially for a child’s stellar birthday party. Here, Lara Shriftman, dear friend and founding partner of Harrison & Shriftman Public Relations in Los Angeles and New York, shares her sharp hostess-with-the-mostest skills and strategies for the junior set, like she does with her son and my favorite six-year-old, Lucas Bacardi Shiriftman.

Lara Shriftman hosts a special birthday party, in her own words…

Like most boys who are “five-and-three-quarters,” Lucas is fixated with professional sports. He loves basketball and was thrilled when I took him to his first Miami Heat game last year; so it came as no surprise when he told me he wanted a basketball-themed party to celebrate his 6th birthday.

Lucas loved the pizza making “surprise party” his father, Juan Bacardi and I hosted at Soho Beach House in Miami for his birthday last year. This year he suggested that we celebrate at Soho...

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Everyone loves a great event, right? In true Texas style, Matthew McConaughey, Mack Brown, and Jack Ingram, Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M), in their joint fundraising effort, are also joining forces with designers-to-the-stars Badgley Mischka to raise money to benefit Children’s Charities of America. The designers will debut their latest collection at an exclusive fashion show at Neiman Marcus Austin, on April 25th. Among attendees will be the designers themselves, Amy Ingram, and Camila Alves McConaughey, along with the host Sally Brown.

This event will be a truly unique experience combining the best that Texas has to offer; fashion, live music, golf and a little bit of Longhorn football all mixed together. Badgley Mischka is the perfect design team to complement this opportunity to support great causes, as the well-known American designers have dressed the likes of Hollywood’s A-list and have been a staple in the fashion industry since 1988. Their designs exude glamour and sophistication.

The event kicks off...

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Who doesn’t love stunning jewelry? You’re in luck this week with an opportunity to meet Roberto Coin Thursday, April 10, only at Neiman Marcus San Antonio from 11AM- 4PM. Enjoy champagne and view the Italian artist’s spring collection.

We love that Roberto Coin was founded in Vicenza, Italy in 1977 and is an internationally acclaimed jewelry brand. He always uses gold, and much of signature of his designs use rubies and rubellite. His designs are sold in eight boutiques around the world as well as in several upscale department stores, yet this week you can meet him at Neiman Marcus San Antonio.

Roberto Coin is known for his classic and timeless designs as well as being an innovator in the jewelry industry. His designs have been seen on everyone from Blake Lively on the set of Gossip Girls, to Jessica Alba, Petra Nemcova, Kathryn Heigl, and Kristen Stewart, just to name some of Coin’s leading ladies who love to sparkle.

For more information, visit http://www.neimanmarcus.com or call 210.558.8000.

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Searching for the fountain of youth? Who isn’t? Starting now, you may not have to look very far. Named among the “Top Ten Destinations in the World” by Travel + Leisure magazine for three years running, Lake Austin Spa Resort is enhancing its current treatment offerings with astounding and age-defying HydroPeptide’s high-result, zero down-time facials. How great is that?

The leading peptide brand’s award-winning home care products featuring over 60 unique peptides blended with carefully selected antioxidants and botanicals are offered to the spa’s guests seeking to extend their post-treatment results. We recently were asked to try out the facial for clock-turning-back potential and what did we find? Suddenly, the mirror reflected years gone in about an hour. It achieved the desired results with both minimal time and pain.

How? Attribute it to a few different HydroPeptide treatments, including the Advanced Resurfacing Facial and Blueberry Restorative Facial. The HydroPeptide professional products used in these facials deliver superior anti-aging results for even the...

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For the joint fundraising effort of actor Matthew McConaughey, recording artist Jack Ingram, and Texas coaching legend Mack Brown, it was announced that philanthropist Milton Verret will create the Longhorn Stampede. The Longhorn Stampede is an auction of life-size fiberglass longhorns designed by several of the most famous and talented artists in Central Texas. How cool is that?

Philanthropist Milton Verret, the man behind the huge Gibson guitars and 2011 Cow Parade, is producing the Longhorn Stampede. This announcement foreshadows the actual unveiling of the artwork to take place on Friday, April 25, at the ACL Moody Theater as the opening event for Mack, Jack & McConaughey’s two-day fundraising event.

The life-size longhorn cattle statues, which most of you have seen around the city of Austin, double as both a blank canvas for artists and a live auction fundraising object for charity. This year the MJ&M Foundation is thrilled to see what artists come up with and they’re even more excited, of course, to raise thousands of dollars for various...

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A very special story of how life can take us down unexpected paths…

In the spring of 2008 my life changed as I went into a walk-in clinic in Austin because I had a lump the size of an egg on my neck. The doctor told me it would be best if I went to a ear, nose and throat specialist and recommended one here in Austin. I thought the lump I had was to due with stress. When I walked into the ear, nose and throat doctor I thought I was just going to be told that I should take it easy and that I it was due to stress. When I went into the exam room the doctor came in and asked me why I was there and I showed him the lump. By that time I had already waited a week from the walk in clinic, and the lump was almost the size of a grapefruit.

The doctor felt the lump and asked me how long I had the lump on my neck and I told him I had it 2 months and I waited too long to get it checked out. He then asked me if I realized that I have cancer. That day I walked into the ear nose and throat clinic looking at my iPhone thinking wow when is this appointment going to be over so I can...

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(Photography courtesy of Rizzoli USA)

It’s all so, well, very Dior. Author Florence Mueller’s take on Christian Dior’s masterpieces from a photographic standpoint is a point of view on couture elevated to the sublime. The new tome from Rizzoli New York, Dior: The Legendary Images, celebrates the history of Dior intertwined with the golden age of fashion photography. Does it get any better?

These mythical photos that have constructed Dior’s image is featured in a lavish volume that bring the couturier’s dresses to life in its own unique style. Legendary contributors include photography icons like Horst P. Horst, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton, Norman Parkinson, Henry Clarke, William Klein, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Sarah Moon, Paolo Roversi, Nick Knight, Ines Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Tim Walker, Willy Vanderperre, Patrick Demarchelier, and many more. This outstanding collection takes you through more than 60 years of iconic fashion photography- a Dior aficionado’s dream.

The book correlates with the exhibition that runs from May 3 to...

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It's that time again. Time for the Ballet Austin Guild to honor the finest in the city.... and it is their 20th anniversary. For more information, visit https://balletaustinguild.org/fundraising/wott

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(Photo: SXSW 2014)

Now that SXSW has come to a close, our pals at Showtime Network shared a list of the top trending topics, presentations, bars and restaurants from throughout the festival (as determined by aggregated social media data). To say that it took over Austin is an understatement, especially with the national focus on the city with Jimmy Kimmel Live’s stint here all week.

The Showtime Network folks analyzed data from throughout the Interactive, Film and Music Festivals to identify the top spots that festival-goers – local and visiting – flooded and favored. For background, as the official SXSW Go sponsor, Showtime Networks added a trending functionality to the SXSW app to promote the new Showtime Networks series Penny Dreadful. Each day, SXSW GO app users were able to access trending data through tarot card readings (a theme from Penny Dreadful) provided by Showtime via banners in the app, which suggested trending bars, restaurants and popular sessions around SXSW. How cool is that?

HOT TOPICS AT SXSW 2014

#BoldStage, #BoldBravery &...

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American Federation of Arts patrons will be spending an exciting long weekend in Paris, May 1–4, 2014 and you can be a part of this VIP experience, too. Over six years in the planning, the AFA’s upcoming traveling exhibition. Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris will embark on its four-city tour in the United States in June, but before this, the AFA will have the rare opportunity to meet with the curator and explore the École’s treasures in Paris. Sound enticing?

The École des Beaux-Arts (which is not normally open to the public) has origins that date back to the mid-17th century, and in addition to being one of Europe’s most celebrated art academies, it is home to some 450,000 paintings, prints, and drawings, making it one of the largest collections in France.
Don’t miss this unique chance to visit the École and explore the connoisseur's Paris with them: participate in special tours of select museums that are off the...

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ABC’S Jimmy Kimmel Live announced the show’s guests for when they are in Austin for SXSW March 10-14. Of course, The Society Diaries will be read in the Green Room and Dressing Rooms by some of the hottest stars in the business who are his guests. How great is that?

Jimmy Kimmel Live will broadcast five original shows from The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts and will also shoot comedy segments around Texas and at SXSW.

For more information and tickets, visit http://www.thelongcenter.org/event/jimmy-kimmel-live/

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Celebrate the most fashionable, fearless, and fun women in pop culture during SXSW. The “Make Some Noise” campaign for CUSP by Neiman Marcus is celebrating the most recent transformations in fashion and music landscapes today. Here’s a chic event to add to your list during this week - "Make Some Noise" will kick off during SXSW with “Cusp on Rainey featuring Music by Atlantic Records.

The fun happens on March 13th and 14th featuring panel discussions and fireside chats with influential women who rock in their respective fields. The panelists include Sanya Richards-Ross, Olympic track and field Gold Medalist, Cameron Russell, model and founder of Interrupt Mag, Marcie Allen, MAC Presents president, Lily Cole, actress and founder of impossible.com, and more. How cool is that?

Of course, we’ll be dropping by for the amazing music, fashion panels, and of course some sips and snacks. Times are: Thursday March 13th and Friday March 14th 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

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NEIMAN MARCUS AUSTIN - MARCH STYLE EVENTS – SEE YOU THERE!

Jimmy Choo Trunk Show, Shoe Salon, 1st Floor

Tuesday, March 4 – Sunday, March 9

View the latest collection of shoes from this iconic designer.

Rene Caovilla Trunk Show, Shoe Salon, 1st Floor

Tuesday, March 4 – Sunday, March 9

View the Spring 2014 Collection. To schedule an appointment, call 512.719.1200 ext 1450.

CHANEL National Artist Event, Cosmetics, 1st Floor

Thursday, March 6

Meet the national artist from CHANEL cosmetics. To schedule an appointment, call 512.719.1200 ext 1478.

Armani Collezioni Trunk Show, Designer Sportswear, 2nd Floor

Friday, March 14

View the Spring 2014 Collection. To schedule an appointment, call 512.719.1200 ext 2230.

Etro Trunk Show, Designer Sportswear, 2nd Floor

Friday, March 21

View the Spring 2014 Collection. To schedule an appointment, call 512.719.1200 ext 2230.

La Mer Broth Spa, Cosmetics, 1st Floor

Friday, March 21

Indulge yourself with a relaxing facial from La Mer. Limited...

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The Golden Statues have been given. There were sure-fire winners and near-miss losers, and as the red carpet is rolled up on another edition of the Oscars ceremony, tune into our Lance Avery Morgan as he shares his insight on the hits and misses he saw, and how you can tailor your own wardrobe for spring gala season on ABC/KVUE with Yvonne Nava Loeb and on Time Warner Cable News with Anne Hudson Andrews’ Fashion Forward segment........ (PHOTO: Lance Avery Morgan with Time Warner New's Anne Hudson Andrews and model Ashley Hargrove)

http://www.kvue.com/video/featured-videos/Recap-What-the-stars-wore-on-the-Red-Carpet-248213411.html

http://austin.twcnews.com/content/search/297773/dressing-to-impress-for-spring-gala-season

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The Academy Awards are Hollywood’s biggest night and the stars were shining brightly in red carpet fashions that will affect trends for the rest of the year… and you know, the films nominated also affect fashion American Hustle’s 1970s and Blue Jasmine’s look at high society gone awry.

The envelopes were opened, yet no envelopes were PUSHED in this year’s gowns…

The dresses were as diverse as the women and their roles… and some of this year’s favorite and the best movie star looks were:

1. Cate Blanchett in pale beaded chiffon Armani Prive’

2. Jennifer Garner in silver beaded Oscar de la Renta.

3. Amy Adams in navy blue Gucci Couture, Simple and elegant.

4. Sandra Bullock in navy blue Alexander McQueen

5. Jennifer Lawrence wearing red Christian Dior

6. Charlize Theron in black Dior

7. Lupita N’yongo in an icy blue Prada

The men looked as suave as ever, too. Some of the standouts were:

1. Leonardo Di Caprio always dapper wearing navy blue tuxedo, as was Kevin Spacey.

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Calling all ABBA fans, Jersey Boy’s groupies, and other theater fanatics…the new buzz of the 2014-2015 Lexus Broadway Across Austin show list has been unveiled. Everyone’s tastes are different, yet this round-up is flawless when wanting to find our favorite shows. Bass Concert Hall will be hosting performances of Dirty Dancing, Evita, Once, Jersey Boys, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia, and Rain next year, quite the experience of classic stories on stage.

Lucky for you, season subscriptions are on sale now. If you want to enjoy the best seats in the house for Broadway hits all season long, don’t hesitate to buy because subscribers also receive great benefits including purchasing before the general public, replacement services, upgrading, and much more. The Texas Performing Arts organization is thrilled to bring Lexus Broadway to the community and share new and award winning titles of Broadway favorites. As a university based arts center, Texas Performing Arts presents international music, theatre, dance as well as the best in touring Broadway productions and concert...

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(Photo of Beau Willimon) Great talent always finds its way to Texas. And, especially, Austin. Thanks to the Austin Film Festival. One week after the highly anticipated Season 2 premiere on Netflix, creator Beau Willimon dissects the series February 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM a the Harry Ransom Center on the University of Texas campus (300 W 21st St, Austin, TX 78712). How is the show developed from concept through completion? You will see that since Willimon will hand-select five scenes from Season 1 to show throughout the discussion, revealing some of the most powerful moments behind this beloved, wicked drama that slithers behind the curtain of power, sex, ambition, love, greed and corruption in modern Washington DC.

As you know, House of Cards recently made television history, earning nine Emmy nominations, including Best Drama, the first online streaming show to ever be so honored. House of Cards earned four Golden Globe nominations, including Best Television Series, Drama. The Producers Guild recently nominated Willimon and his fellow producers for The Norman Felton Award...

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The Sixties are still as popular as ever. The 1960’s supermodel Verushcka was not always the famous, iconic model, actress and artist she is today. Veruschka was once Vera; a fresh-eyed, excited new German model. Fashion photographer Johnny Moncada photographed this striking model-to-be when she was simply known as Vera. Thousands of beautiful photos were taken, never developed, and sealed away in his trunk. Until now in a new book from Rizzoli New York.

Fast forward a half a century: Moncada and his daughter unseal this trunk and find thousands of negatives of the famous, beautiful Vera. Three thousand professional and informal poses provide irreplaceable information on 1960’s glamorous fashion and culture. These photos were taken over a course of a year in Rome, Capri, Sardinia and more stunning locations. These photos give a glimpse into the transformation of Vera to legendary Amazonian model Veruschka, right before the Moncada’s eyes. We can’t get enough of these images.

Beginning in March 2014, these never before seen precious photos will be sold in a lavish...

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The Ruby Fizz dazzles. What’s better than a cocktail made with love? Try the new Ruby Fizz, a drink our team has discovered to be the tastiest new beverage seen in a long time. It’s right for Valentine’s Day or any moment where you want to celebrate. The secret? Deep Eddy Vodka Ruby Red, of course.

Here’s how: In a chilled champagne flute (is there any other kind?), pour chilled Proseco and then top with a Ruby Red Floater.

How great is that? And, simple, too. Cheers to your spectacular Valentine’s Day and beyond. For more information, visit http://wwwdeepeddyvodka.com

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If you are a jewel junkie like we are, 2014 is your year. Copeland Jewelers is sharing with their customers a promotion of a year to give to local charities. The esteemed Austin jeweler is showcasing a prominent Texan each month, in a shot donated by a top photographer, wearing their Copeland jewelry in support of their chosen charity.

This opportunity is the brainchild of Clay and Debra Copeland and their team. We all know that since 1983, Copeland Jewelers has expertly curated vintage, estate, and consignment collections and the finest custom work and repair. Copeland Jewelers finds inspiration through nature and the rocking music scene. Their handmade custom guitar picks are a must- shout out to all music fans, too.

The VIP’s and charities for the remainder of 2014 have been chosen, with one male, “Mr. December” being revealed in late fall. For February, Mary Lockwood Crouch, has on her Valentine’s Day-inspired red boots atop the Willie Nelson statue downtown. She wears a pre-1970s Santo Domingo heishi necklace from Copeland Jewelers’ vintage collection in...

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What is it really like to be born to the manor and live a controversial and public life? All is revealed in the new documentary, Lord Montagu, an eponymous look at the world of a man in another time, who is also timeless. The directorial debut of Texas-based filmmaker Luke Korem, who also co-wrote and co-produced the film, will be an insightful look at a world that no longer exists and the fights one man had to make to be his true self.

According to the film’s handlers, Lord Edward Montagu was born into history with a rich and privileged life, but with privilege came the great responsibility of preserving his family's noble heritage and their large estate. After becoming the youngest Member of Parliament, he faced a post-war economic depression that nearly crippled England's aristocracy. Boldly, he decided to open his family's home to visitors thus creating a new tourist industry now known as the "stately homes business." His reputation and estate once again faced ruin when Edward became the focus of a national sex scandal and even served time in jail making him the most...

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Back by popular demand…Broadway’s Wicked returns to Austin, so if you missed it before, here is your chance. Mark your calendars, show go-ers, for this is a play you’ll want to see again and again. From February 19th through March 9th, Wicked hits the stage at The University of Texas’ Bass Concert Hall.

After breaking Austin box office records in 2009 and 2012, one of Broadway’s most entertaining and captivating, yet moving and touching, musicals is back. Wicked is the “untold story of the witches OZ”; based off of the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire. The musical tells the story of two girls who meet, long before Dorothy’s story begins. These two girls are polar opposites; one has green skin, one is classically beautiful; one feels lost in the world and one feels like the popular queen of her crop. These two girls have a relationship that twists and turns, providing a relatable plot for audiences around the world. The twist? These two girls become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch of the famous Oz series of books. Powerful music and...

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many wonder what to give as the perfect gift for their other half. If you’re in the Dallas or Austin area, you’ll find it worthwhile to give a day at Hiatus Spa and Retreat, relaxing and rejuvenating in this romantic setting. This Texas-born spa, recently awarded with the Reader’s Choice Best Day Spa in 2013, offers services your sweetheart and Cupid will love.

What’s your relaxation style? Hiatus Spa and Retreat has created customized Valentine’s Day packages including “Date Night Heart and Soul Couples Massage,” “Lover’s Trio,” and “Absolute Hiatus.” These include indulging with a glass of bubbly before ninety minutes of ethereal massage, a couple’s hot stone foot massage and love chakra aromatherapy, or a package of the Hiatus Massage, Facial, and Mani Pedi. Whether you are looking to buy a gift for a friend or share this day with a loved one, Hiatus has something for everyone.

How did Hiatus begin? After becoming the first full-service day spa featuring a monthly membership with affordable pricing in the United States,...

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With acts ranging from the “Aerial Hoop” to “Russian Swings”, Austin will be thrilled to see performances of Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai soon. From February 26 to March 2, seven shows will be performed at the Cedar Park Center. This is the show’s ninth tour stop since December and 8 million people have seen this critically acclaimed production since it first premiered in Montreal in 2002. Varekai has visited more than 72 cities in 20 different countries and features an international cast of 50 performers from all around the world. How great is that?

Cirque du Soleil is a Québec-based organization performing high quality artistic and acrobatic entertainment. With more than 5,000 employees, Cirque du Solei has brought wonder to more than 100 million spectators in over 300 cities around the world. Children and children at heart just love it.

In fact, it’s jaw-dropping stunts and action. Written and directed by Dominic Champagne, Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai brings a fusion of drama and acrobatics. With their mission to invoke the imagination and provoke senses, this is...

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On quest for the perfect bag? The perfect clutch to take to cocktails, or a tote for traveling? We’ve got you covered. Corsetti’s International Fashion Trunk Show event will be held January 31 and is open to the all Austin fashionistas.

Locally owned since 2011 by husband and wife couple team Elizabeth Corsetti and Michael Tietz, Corsetti is the only US importer of luxury bags such as Barada, from Spain and Veragioia, from Italy. These handcrafted leather bags are hard to find and are of the highest quality. Supple leather? It’s like butter.

Since knock-offs and copies of major designers have made it to the market, Corsetti focuses on delivering true value. The company states, “All bags are made by real people making a living wage and showing pride in their professional field.” When you own a genuine handmade product that is not owned by everyone you know, Corsetti’s mission has been met.

Their suppliers have been handpicked, investigated, verified, and chosen to produce a valuable product. And, it gets even better. Corsetti is the only supplier of these...

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For all you entertainment gurus living in the Live Music Capital of the World, mark your calendars to see amazing Peking Acrobatics perform Sunday, February 9 at 3:00 pm. The Long Center will leave you amazed with a troupe of China’s most talented tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, and gymnasts. Along with live musicians bringing traditional Chinese instruments to the stage, this event is great for an afternoon to share with friends or family.

Traveling from the People’s Republic of China, The Peking Acrobatics has redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics since 1986. Their daring maneuvers will leave you stunned. With acts stemming from ancient Chinese acts, the contemporary show is celebrating twenty-seven years of an astonishing Chinese Theatrical Circus.

Many say that this magnificent show represents a historical and beautiful part of Chinese culture. Other than their gravity-defying feats showing off their flexibility and balance, the show is a beautifully choreographed and highlights movements that take years to practice and perfect.

Lucky...

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Move over, Skinny Girls. There’s a new game in town in the Capital City and beyond. Enter: a new, low-calorie, ready-to-serve cocktail line, AustinCocktails, that has just launched in Austin at a number of area Twin Liquor stores. Before its launch in Austin, it turns out Austin Cocktails was released in San Francisco and has been the drink of choice at a number of high-profile events such as the Napa Valley Film Festival and a donor dinner for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Plus, it is a family affair. The founders, Jill Burns and Kelly Gasink, are sisters (and Texas natives), and they united their different skill sets and expertise to create a cocktail line in ready-to-serve category. They both come from successful entrepreneurial backgrounds, so they are applying that to the new brand.

The drinks come in four flavors and are a low-calorie alternative to light beer or wine; and they differentiate themselves from others in the ready-to-serve cocktail category with their craftsmanship, taste and high-quality...

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THE URBAN HOUSE: Townhouses, Apartments, Lofts, and Other Spaces for City Living take readers on a trip around the globe, well almost. This unique volume explores some of the most innovative and eclectic residential designs located throughout the world. With twenty-five new and more recent spaces for living, THE URBAN HOUSE becomes a lyrical journey through some of the most captivating apartments, lofts, townhomes, and other living spaces located in some of the most magical cities in the world.

Renowned author of Houses: Modern Natural/ Natural Modern and Next Houses: Architecture of the Twenty-First Century Ron Broadhurst presents Urban House, a tome showcasing stunning, avant-garde designs and architecture from all over the world. In writing this volume, Broadhurst spotlights modern design ideas prevalent in our world today that will have a profound impression on city living in years to come. Urban House introduces twenty-five novel places to live that would make to-die-for homes to say the least. Not only does this volume display innovation in style and design, but...

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It’s almost here. From January 14-19, Austin’s Bass Concert Hall will present the incredible and thrilling performance that is Green Day’s “American Idiot” musical at the Texas Performing Arts’ venue on The University of Texas campus.

The Tony Award-winning show captures the story captures the story of three adolescent friends finding themselves in a different world, post 911. “Since its inception, audiences have been surprised by the emotional journey the show takes them on, told almost exclusively through Green Day’s songs, including many they are already familiar with and love,” said Tom Hulce, producer. “This is such a potent time for our country and the search of our characters for what to believe in is gorgeously celebrated through Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day’s wonderfully lush score,” he added.

This inspirational and wildly entertaining story is an absolute must-see for Broadway fanatics and Austin locals alike. The musical features the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title...

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In the new Disney film, “Saving Mr. Banks” we were enthralled to see that the 1960-era film went to extraordinary lengths to present Disneyland in Anaheim, CA in its post war, dressed up glam of the era.

The entrance into Main Street is shot in full color glory, saturated with rich pinks and vivid blues, is a feast for the eye. Rides like Tomorrowland boats, Hobbyland, The Viewliner, and the Submarine Voyage may be a long-remembered thing of the past, yet for a couple of hours, the magic of Disney has returned.

See Saving Mr. Banks in theaters everywhere, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in roles that will surely be award-winning.

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(Photo: Cuisine from Due Forni)

Austin has never had much of an indigenous Italian population, hence the scarcity of great Italian food in the region beyond a very few local restaurants. So, leave it to the Las Vegas cuisine scene to bring authentic Roman and Neapolitan pizzas and cuisine that features imported Italian ingredients – and style - to the Capital City with its new Due Forni Pizza & Wine in Austin’s historic Littlefield Building at Sixth and Congress. Formerly the site of high tech boom favorite, Louie’s 106, the restaurant and wine bar is the brainchild of University of Texas at Austin alum Alex Taylor and Chef Carlos Buscaglia, who made a name for himself as a rising star in the Las Vegas culinary world. The pair founded Due Forni and opened the first location in Las Vegas in 2011, with food critics and the community lining up to savor the fare.

After achieving success serving the highest quality of food at accessible prices in Las Vegas, operating partner Taylor knew the next expansion for the brand would be Austin. For Taylor, who received his...

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The outlook for 2014 is very positive and we wish for all your goals and dreams to come true... and more.

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Don’t you just love a great book? So, stay warm this winter by curling up next to the fire with a great read. This holiday season, The Reading Room presents its favorite fireside companions that will keep you turning pages.

The Reading Room has chosen books for the holiday season for all tastes and ages. From fiction novels like Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam and Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, to books of the horror genre such as Stephen King’s The Shining to historical readings, like for instance Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things.

Not only will the Reading Room’s holiday selection of books help you choose a wonderful work of literature for your next read, but also it makes holiday shopping trouble-free with its wide variety of books. With that being said, what are you waiting for?

For more information, visit http://www.thereadingroom.com

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Looking to give your sister and/or girlfriends gifts you know they’ll love this holiday season? You can rest assured y&i Clothing Boutique has just the ticket. This chic boutique has gifts that will add an entire new element of style and appreciation to the holidays.

Located in Austin, Dallas, and San Francisco, this fashion forward boutique provides customers with a dazzling selection. From statement accessories such as Chameleon Jewelry’s “Jewel Cocktail Ring” and Deux Lux’s “Bellini Clutch” to the chic and cool “Turning It Around” bomber jacket by Billabong and the “Feather Skirt” by Blaque Label, it is obvious that the beloved and charming y&i clothing boutique has a super selection for the holiday season.

For more information visit: http://www.shopyandi.com. Photography by shopyandi.com

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The fact that Alamo Draft House is presenting the “Alamo 100” makes us love this movie theatre even more than before. Alamo Drafthouse CEO/founder Tim League and the Alamo Drafthouse programmers compiled an exciting list of much loved movies called “The Alamo 100”. League and each individual programmer created a list of 100 of their favorite movies.

Then, a master list was created consisting of a collection of movies- from each programmers’ movie list and League’s movie list- based on the list creator’s rank of the movie on his/her list and the amount of times the movie appeared on more than one individual list, eventually forming the much anticipated “Alamo 100”. The “Alamo 100” offers an extensive array of movies ranging from fascinating 1960’s French movies to charming romantic comedies.

The “Alamo 100” consists of treasured favorites including E.T., Sixteen Candles, and You’ve Got Mail. Choose to go see a movie from the “Alamo 100” at the Alamo Drafthouse, and you’ll love reliving the movie magic.

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It might be the best film about the 70’s to appear this decade. Opening nationwide on Friday, December 20th, this like-real fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation. American Hustle tells the story of inventive con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale, bloated and wearing a comb-over hairpiece), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (the stunning and cleavage-exploding Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (permed and leisure-suited Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enticing.

The always-stellar Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (blond and New Jersey-accented Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Robert DeNiro makes a career-enhancing cameo that is truly memorable, too. Like David O....

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You love him, we love him. The world loves him. Mark your calendars, everyone, for the return of the inimitable Tony Bennett who is bringing his talents to the Long Center in Austin on January 18th. With his celebrated vocal skills and his noteworthy stage presence, Tony Bennett’s performance will be a performance you, your friends, or family won’t want to miss.

Bennett’s renowned tunes such as “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” and “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” set strong foundations in the American music culture. Although his career, consisting of millions of records sold worldwide, countless gold and platinum albums, and 17 Grammy awards is going on 65 years now, it continues to be in its zenith.

Bennett recently performed at the Radio City Music Hall and received stellar reviews, proving that Tony Bennett’s does not cease to impress his audience and that upcoming performance at the Long Center will be a treasured experience. Run, don’t walk to get your tickets now…

For more information on the Tony Bennett performance in Austin, Texas visit...

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Think the holidays are too busy? Make time for ZACH Theatre this holiday season. The cultural gathering place brings you a trio of holiday shows this season including the Austin premiere of the charming one-man show, This Wonderful life, the classic A Christmas Story and Holiday Heroes that all offer fun for all ages.

The Austin premiere of This Wonderful Life plays thourgh December 29 on the Whisenhunt stage, starring Martin Burke of ZACH's The Santaland Diaries and Harvey. Based on the classic holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life, Burke plays all 37 characters in Bedford Falls including “George Bailey” a la Jimmy Stewart, “Mary,” “Clarence the Angel” and “Old Man Potter.” This comical romp underscored with tender sweetness is a joyous gift for all ages. It’s a can’t miss for fun.

The Austin Premiere of A Christmas Story plays through December 29 at the Topfer Theatre. Based on the classic holiday film, young Ralphie and his quest for the Red Ryder B.B. Gun comes to delightful life on stage! Visions of pink bunny suits, tongues stuck on...

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The best of 1950’s is back. Memphis, the 2010 Tony® Award Winner for Best Musical, opens at Bass Concert Hall on December 10-15 for a limited engagement, thanks to Lexus Broadway In Austin at Texas Performing Arts.

It’s a bona fide hit. The critically acclaimed Memphis won four 2010 Tony® Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score (David Bryan and Joe DiPietro); four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Music (David Bryan) and four Outer Critic Circle Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Score (David Bryan & Joe DiPietro) and Outstanding Choreography (Sergio Trujillo). Now, that’s a musical winner.

“Memphis is a Masterpiece!” exclaimed BroadwayWorld.com. The show takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50’s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. Memphis is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever and is filled with...

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If you're like us, you're giving thanks on Thanksgiving, as well as every day of the year. May you be surrounded by all the love of family and friends.

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We love that the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa is kicking off its fourth annual Holiday Lights & Ice event (open to the public) on Wednesday, November 27 with Austin’s largest ice skating rink and 200,000 twinkling lights throughout the resort. It’s truly a sight to see.

The resort will also have a hot chocolate bar with holiday-flavored shots like caramel and peppermint and s’mores kits available, too. A portion of the proceeds from HL&I will be donated to Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas. What’s not to love about that?

In light of this event, the resort is offering the “Holiday Lights & Ice Package” with rates from $298 per night for a family of four. The package, which will be available from November 27-January 6, includes cozy luxury accommodation, one ice skating session on the largest ice rink in Austin per person, per night of stay, and a festive breakfast buffet in...

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Bravo’s favorite comedian, Kathy Griffin, performs at the Long Center in Austin on November 22, in her swing through Texas that will land her in the Guinness Book of World Records. At her San Antonio show on November 24, the Guinness representatives will honor Griffin with the title for “Most Stand-Up Specials by a Comedian.” Now, that’s a record.

The 53 year-old funny lady tells us that she’s “humbled by the honor and can’t wait to set the award next to my Schmemmy’s and forthcoming Grammy Award.” Griffin has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, but has yet to take one home. Maybe 2014 is her year.

In addition to her stand-up specials, Griffin’s TV credits include the Bravo reality series, My Life on the D List, for which she earned two Emmy Awards, a regular role on Brooke Shields’ sitcom, Suddenly Susan, and numerous guest appearances on shows such as ER, The X-Files and Seinfeld. She’s also appeared in movies and on Broadway in her show, Kathy Wants a Tony. This time around, Kathy has more stories, more dish, more of what she shouldn't say but you know you...

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The sixties are back and being appreciated more than ever. Jonathan Walford writes about the 1960’s fashion in Sixties Fashion: From Less is More to Youthquake to brilliantly reminisce upon the iconic fashion of the Sixties that still influences designers today.

As seen in the book, the innovative fashion of the Sixties were something to behold. Like 1960’s fashion designer Jean-Louis Scherrer, who had an immeasurable influence on the era’s styles. His luxuriously adorned designs were more than a sight for sore eyes. Scherrer’s designs along with many other 1960’s fashion icons, contributed to the formation of a “Youthquake” movement as stated by Vogue editor Diana Vreeland due to the ample impact of the youth culture then. The “Youthquake” in combination with cultural modifications of the Sixties led to a change that still impacts the fashion world today.

To commemorate this revolutionary time period in fashion history, Thames and Hudson has published Sixties Fashion: From Less is More to Youthquake. In this piece of literature, Jonathan Walford reflects on the...

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(Photo: Terra C MacLeod as Velma Kelly and Ensemble. Photography courtesy of Paul Kolnik)

It’s almost here. The hit musical Chicago is coming to Austin soon… on Nov.19 -24, 2013 brought by Lexus Broadway In Austin at Texas Performing Arts at Bass Concert Hall. Starring John O’Hurley, his stunning Terra C. MacLeod is set to steal the show in Austin as a triple threat: singer, dancer, and actress. She stars as Velma Kelly and has played the role of Velma Kelly around the world, from Broadway to the West End in addition to a myriad of other roles she has conquered in her career. She is, without a doubt, a seasoned veteran who will sing, dance and act her way into your hearts. We caught up with Ms. MacLeod about her upcoming performance in Chicago…

What first attracted you to this role?

I had seen the revival in 1996 and was very drawn the women of Chicago. They were so striking, sensual and their dancing was just impeccable. I always knew I wanted to be a Fosse dancer. I thought to myself if I could embody a role that It would be a dream come true. I love...

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(Photo: the scene at My Yacht Club F-1's 2013 event in Austin, TX)

In its second year, everyone coming in from all over the world is wondering what to do after they have been at the F-1 track. Our answer? Join the star-studded guest list expected at My Yacht™ Club’s exclusive event over Formula 1™ grand prix weekend in Austin this week, November 15-17. It features the most expensive club table in Texas, celebrity attendees and a special golden presentation to the winning driver. Sound like fun? Buckle up.

My Yacht™ Group, an international luxury events producer, returns to Austin with its three-night Monaco-style nightclub – My Yacht Club -- during the 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ weekend, November 15-17. Recognized for hosting exclusive events on super yachts around the world, My Yacht Group returns to Texas, transforming the...

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Come meet the author of a simply scrumptious new read by Melanie Haupt. Her new book, “Historic Austin Restaurants: Capital Cuisine Through the Generations,” is an Austin foodie’s dream, featuring everything from Franklin Barbecue to Scholz’ Beer Garten, including stories about the evolution of restaurant culture and the history of iconic Austin joints. With vintage shots and new photography by Dena Childs, it’s also a visual feast.

Haupt will be doing a series of meet-and-greets at several Austin locations, so you won’t want to miss meeting the expert of culinary culture for Texas’s Capital City on these dates:

Thursday, December 5 at 7 p.m. @ BookPeople |603 North Lamar, Austin, (Refreshments provided)

Tuesday, December 10 from 6-8 p.m. @ Barnes & Noble Arboretum |10000 Research Blvd. #158, Austin

Sunday, December 15, time TBD @ Austin Public Library |800 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX

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Hotel Saint Cecilia, Hotel San Jose, and El Cosmico are more than just idyllic hotels to enhance your vacations. The gifts of the holiday season are anxiously awaiting you at each of these hotel stores. Worried about finding the perfect holiday present? Search no more. The retail stores of Hotel Saint Cecilia, Hotel San Jose, and El Cosmico have the necessities of this holiday season that you’ve been looking for this time of year.

Austin’s San Jose Hotel brings a whole new element to this holiday season. Make your friends’ and family’s holiday amazing with the gift of the beautifully patterned, custom-made kimono robe ($150). Its versatility allows for satisfaction amongst countless. In addition to the kimono robe, the San Jose signature soy wax blend candle encased in an alluring wine glass vessel and sealed with a leather lid makes the ultimate holiday gift, bringing warmth as the weather grows colder ($30). On top of this, the Hotel San Jose Hippie queen-sized bed linens reflecting the décor of Hotel San Jose will add the ornate detail desired by all to your bedroom with...

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We all love Tiffany & Co. – for breakfast and otherwise. Now, having a store-like experience is just a click away because, for the first time, visitors to the site will be able to click on "See It On" feature that shows the actual size and scale of the jewelry on you. Plus, there is a new "Drop A Hint" option that notifies loved ones what gift you want. How cool is that to make giving and receiving more streamlined?

In addition, there will be quarterly style guides and an engagement ring section adapted from Tiffany & Co.'s Engagement Ring Finder app that lets the user see rings on various skin tones. The site includes significantly expanded "World of Tiffany" and "Gifts" categories that will highlight editorial and lifestyle components so that pre-store shopping and even just online purchases can be an enriching experience.

For more information, shop http://www.Tiffanyandco.com

Tiffany & Co., T&Co., Tiffany's new website, Lance Avery Morgan, Texas high society,

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Just when you thought BMW couldn’t get any cooler, it introduces a new member of the family: the new electric i3 that is coming to Austin this week… six months before its release, thanks to Steve and Ava Late at BMW of Austin.

Yes, BMW of Austin is offering limited test drives of the i3’s from 5-7 PM before its unveiling party from 7-9 M this Friday, 10.23.13 at the BMW of Austin dealership on 7011 McNeil Drive in Austin. You can also join for a test drive of the new 4 Series Coupe, and the X5 SAV. There will be food, drinks and live entertainment to toast the new, sleek vehicle models. Want to take a spin? So do we.

For more information, visit http:///bmwofaustin.com - or call 512.343.3500

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It’s that time again. Time for the treasure trove filled Settlement Home For Children’s garage sale. As we all know, this sale is an Austin tradition. Run by the Settlement Club, a group of volunteer women, and volunteers from the community, this one of a kind event is not to be missed. There are 21 well organized departments such as: clothing, toys, books, holiday items, art, furniture, crafts, organize it and so much more. From vintage to beautiful, funky to functional, there is something for everyone. And beyond.

The fun kicks off at this year’s Preview Party, the first chance for shoppers to buy items found at the sale… those who need more shopping time, you can become a sponsor and take part in the Private Sponsor Shopping Hour from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., then stay for the Preview Party.

Then, keep shopping during the General Sale Days: Friday, November 1 - Sunday, November 3 at:

Friday - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. $5 Admission. (tickets available at the door or at Randall's Food Markets.)

Saturday - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free Admission

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She’s back in the saddle. The comedy saddle, that is. SANDRA BERNHARD, famed performer, author, actress, and former star of the hit television sitcom Roseanne, will perform two shows at ZACH’s Topfer Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 22, as part of TOP Concerts at ZACH —an exciting musical series featuring top Broadway, film, and television stars up close and personal Tuesday, October 22nd at 7 and 9:30 p.m. We love her and cannot get enough of her comedy.

SANDRA BERNHARD, comedian, actress, and singer who has written and performed in numerous provocative one-woman shows, starred in critically-acclaimed films and television shows including “Roseanne” and “The Kings of Comedy;” authored three books, and recorded several albums. Bernhard is "funny, foxy, super smart, and slightly mad" (WCBS), with a "voice that swoops from the bluesy basement to a top-floor falsetto." (Los Angeles Times)

In her own one-of-a-kind live show, “Sandyland,” that sharply blends theatre, rock-n-roll and stand-up with a little burlesque and cabaret.

Sandra’s...

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Photo: John Hardy Jewelry. Where else to find fall must-haves? Here are a few choices for your retailing endeavors for the rest of the month and for more information, visit http://www.neimanmarcus.com

Dena Kemp Personal Appearance, Precious Jewels Salon, 1st Floor

Monday, October 14 – Tuesday, October 15

Meet the designer behind this dazzling jewelry collection. For more information call 512.719.1200 ext 1444.

La Prairie Spa, Cosmetics, 1st Floor

Tuesday, October 15 – Wednesday, October 16

Experience the latest in skincare from La Prairie. Appointments are limited; to schedule yours, call 512.719.1200 ext 1495.

Lancome National Artist Event, Cosmetics, 1st Floor

Tuesday, October 15 – Wednesday, October 16

Meet celebrity makeup artist Manuel Villegas during this special beauty event.

Marco Bicego Trunk Show, Precious Jewels Salon, 1st Floor

Wednesday, October 16 – Thursday, October 17

Join us to view the latest collection.

John Hardy Trunk Show, Designer Jewelry, 1st Floor

Friday, October...

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It is Neiman Marcus’s 87th edition of The Christmas Book for 2013, with its theme, The Heart of Giving. Around October we can hardly wait to see what will be revealed since the season of giving is just around the corner with this catalogue of glamorous holiday choices. This year Neiman Marcus is making gifting more spectacular than ever with unique and extravagant gifts that surpass our wildest expectations.

This year’s gifts are certainly worth the anticipation. You can expect to see everything… from a limited-edition Aston Martin that 007 could appreciate… to a Glass House Experience…and beyond. Luxurious gifts, including a Forevermark Ultimate Diamond Experience, are also unique staples of this year’s issue.

Another exciting addition to this year’s book is that a portion of the proceeds from these fantasy gifts will be given to the to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. The foundation brings enriching art experiences to youth in communities nationwide and we are so pleased to see such an influential retailer extend their campaign to young people across the...

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We all know that Kenneth Cole has become an icon for his irresistible shoes, handbags and clothing. His discerning design eye for fashion isn’t his only claim-to-fame. Cole’s efforts dedicated to social activism and philanthropic initiatives should not be overlooked. His new book, This is a Kenneth Cole Production (Rizzoli New York), captures the three-decade long career of this designer who has worked his way up from rags to riches, building his brand from a simple shoe business into a global powerhouse.

Cole has chosen to live a life of conscience, distinguishing himself as a fashion designer who appeals to those who sport the young, New York urban style and a philanthropist who uses his fashion advertisements to support social movements such as HIV/Aids community, same-sex marriage, gun control, and the homeless, to name a few. Lisa Birnbach wrote This is a Kenneth Cole Production with contributions from celebrity icons Bill Clinton, Diane Von Furstenberg, Robert Redford, Mark Seliger, and Joe Zee.

At $75, dive into Kenneth Cole’s compelling story and find it at...

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(Photo by Kirk Tuck) ZACH Theatre presents Austin’s first professional theatre staging of international musical theatre sensation Les Misérables as the opening production of the 2013-14 season, the second season in the new Topfer Theatre. The world’s longest running musical, so far it has been seen by more than 65 million people in 42 countries. Now that’s a success.

“ZACH will reinvent Les Misérables by revisiting the heart of a piece that audiences continue to clamor to see on the stage,” says Dave Steakley, producing artistic director. “With big soaring music, an epic-scale production, and the hallmark intimacy of the Topfer Theatre, ZACH’s second season on the Karen Kuykendall stage will begin with a musical that will add to the legacy begun with RAGTIME last fall.”

Of course, Les Misérables is based on the novel of the same name by French poet and playwright Victor Hugo. Set in early...

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(PHOTO: Shula & Aaron Netzer by Page Clark)

We love that since 1953 the Legacy Senior Communities has provided housing and healthcare options for the Jewish elderly and other area seniors. This year, the nonprofit charitable organization has held a series of events in celebration of its 60 years of service, which will culminate with “The Yes! Event: One Special Night” on November 9. The Legacy Senior Communities recently hosted a preview and cocktail party for sponsors at the home of Carol Aaron, chairman of the board of trustees of The Legacy Senior Communities. “We wanted to host this pre-event sponsor party to thank all of the people and organizations that have been dedicated to the success of The Legacy Senior Communities and its residents,” said Aaron. “This year’s event in November will highlight the deep history of this wonderful organization, and will give our supporters a preview of its exciting plans for the future.”

Ken Topolsky, producer of the popular television series “Dallas” was among the notable guests in attendance at the cocktail party. He...

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Austin's favorite boutique hotel is hosting a monthly Brunch Cocktail Hour in their spacious courtyard area. Chic is as chic does, as this top hipster destination continues to grow in stature, as created from hotelier Liz Lambert’s pristine vision.

Diners can enjoy quiche, bagel and lox, pastries, mimosas, and coffee from Jo's Coffee Shop right next door.

The brunches occur once each month this autumn on Saturdays; September 28, October 26 and November 23, 2013 from 10am to 1pm.

So, what are you waiting for, grab yourself some fun after a run on Town Lake or before an easy breezy shopping stroll up South Congress Ave.

For more information visit http://www.sanjosehotel.com

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Austin loves its premium watches. At a cocktail party recently, Jack Ryan Fine Jewelry + Timepieces announced the unveiling of the luxury Bremont Chronometers collection, available in Central Texas only through Jack Ryan. To celebrate the arrival of Bremont in Central Texas, Jack Ryan hosted the event at its swank Westlake location in Austin, complete with Chivas cocktails, hors d'oeuvres by Suzanne Court Catering & Events, and old-school vinyl records from the 40s spun by Amelia Foxtrot of Austin Phonography. Michael Pearson, Bremont’s director of North American operations in from Detroit for the evening, presented the new collection of timepieces.

Together, Pearson and Jack Ryan showcased three of Bremont’s most sought-after timepieces, worn by some of the world’s most iconic men, including Tom Cruise, Ewan McGregor, Bear Grylls and Ben Saunders. Here’s what we learned: the ALT1-C Classic: combines the centuries-old art of watch making with the best of technical innovation, precision and durability. MBI & MBII: is the most well-known Bremont model in the world,...

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“It’s Heaven on Broadway!” says Ben Brantley of The New York Times. THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone and is coming to Austin’s Bass Concert Hall, thanks to Broadway in Austin. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Performances begin October 1 and run through October 13.

Of course you know that THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of a whopping nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry...

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Leave it to Würkin Stiffs to create the must-have accessory to keep men’s collars looking perfectly propped. Würkin Stiffs Power Stays are for males looking to get the “rogue collar” look for all their professional and casual outings.

We love that, with or without a tie, these collar stiffeners have magnetic buttons that hide seamlessly under every collar. They provide enhancement and support to keep men’s collars straight and flat. If you want to feel neat and crisp all day long into the evening, Würkin Stiffs Power Stays are the answer.

No worrying and the tidying with this extra boost of confidence and pop of color to add to your wardrobe. Available for $20 at www.wurkinstiffs.com - or your nearby quality retailers like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom’s.

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As the Social Season kicks into high gear, where better way to spend a morning than surrounded by fall fashion trends and a wonderful cause, especially as it leads up to the organization’s Jewel Ball?

The Women’s Symphony League of Austin has teamed with Neiman Marcus for a presentation of designer sportswear that will be oozing with trends to wear now and in the future.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 10.30 AM

Bites and mimosas will be enjoyed, supplied by Primize Catering.

The event is limited to 100 and RSVP’s will be taken until Friday, September 13th, so what are you waiting for? RSVP to the Women’s Symphony League of Austin at http://www.wslaustin.org or call 512.476.5098. See you there.

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We love that Acorn Media is releasing a new DVD that follows the foibles of an eccentric aristocrat (is there any other kind?), his peculiar family, and the ramshackle ancestral home they share, P.G. Wodehouse’s Blandings, Series 1 made its North American DVD debut from Acorn on September 3. Having made its U.S. premiere on Acorn TV in July 2013, this new BBC series is the first television adaptation of the beloved Blandings Castle stories since the 1960s.

Lit great Wodehouse’s madcap protagonists come to vivid life in this witty British series starring Timothy Spall (The King’s Speech, The Syndicate) and Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous), as well as Mark Williams (Harry Potter) and Jack Farthing (Agatha Christie’s Poirot). Wodehouse, a perennially bestselling author and creator of the beloved Jeeves and Wooster, continues to gain new fans. The DVD 2-Disc set includes six episodes of the period comedy from the master of British wit is $39.99.

What will you see? Clarence Emsworth may be the current master of Blandings Castle, but he’s hardly lord of the manor....

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When it came to fishing the great Northwest and beyond, prominent Austinite Rose Betty Williams had more on her mind. With the success of her fishing trip, soon to be seen in the November/December issue of The Society Diaries print and online magazine (http://www.thesocietydiaries.com) , the region’s only luxury lifestyle publication targeting Austin, San Antonio, Houston and South Texas, Williams had a resolve to eat what she caught.

Already a near-gourmet cook, Williams turned to none other than Chef Bob Burns at Austin Country Club for marine cuisine guidance. His answer? Give the Halibut a Texas twist with Chile Corn Cream. As seen below, and in the photograph, Burns’s recipe is sure to please beyond the country club scene, so what are you waiting for? Get into that kitchen to create your own version of this seafood delight…

Grilled Halibut “Touch of Texas”

Chile Corn Cream

Serves 6

Grilled Halibut

6 6-ounce boneless, skinless halibut filets (or any firm mild fish, including drum, striped...

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Leave it to Austin to figure out contemporary housing design solutions that are trend-setting and inspiring. You can view uniquely designed “right-sized” homes under 2500 square feet throughout Central Austin and meet lead architects, builders and designers on the 2nd Annual Austin Smarter Spaces Tour on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Ticket holders will explore the homes and learn about how efficiently-designed smaller footprints can lead to a more desirable lifestyle.

From honest materials to an embrace of new technologies, you’ll see contemporary design with Texas flair. Also, discover how Austinites are redesigning urban spaces to efficiently manage smaller lot sizes. Barley & Pfeiffer merged two 1960s era penthouse condos into one flowing open space with a brand new mezzanine level. Newcastle Homes and Francois Levy are building appropriately sized infill in near East Austin at an affordable price point. You can see these and be able to ask questions, garner ideas and use them in your own home.

The following homes will be featured on...

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Back to school is the second busiest shopping season of the year, with the average American family spending a whopping $634 on school supplies according to the National Retail Federation. With a new school year around the corner, approximately 86 million students from pre-kindergarten to college are about to begin the next chapter of their academic career. As they gear up, families of children of all ages can save for college on their back-to-school purchases with five percent or more from hundreds of popular online merchants through Upromise by Sallie Mae. No matter what the family budget is, there are always ways to make a dollar go farther.

Upromise by Sallie Mae helps families start the academic year off right by making it easy to add little by little to the college fund,” said John Ward, senior vice president, Sallie Mae. It brings together more than 950 popular online retailers such as Target.com, Apple.com, Macys.com, Sears.com, and Staples.com to help families save for college when they need to spend. With five percent back on those purchases made through...

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It’s good to be Aerin Lauder these days. As the granddaughter of legendary beauty mogul, Estee’ Lauder, the fragrance business is in her blood. Now, her pristine taste has been honed into a collection of five delectable scents that launch in November.

Each one unique and individualistic, they create a plethora of scent choices – one for every woman’s mood: Gardenia Rattan, Amber Musk, Lilac Path, Ikat Jasmine, and Evening Rose. We love them all.

Lauder’s goal was simple: she wanted to create a whole wardrobe of fragrances. She worked with Firmenich, a legendary perfumer, to create the scents. Even the fragrance boxes are chic – they each feature patterns used in Lauder’s fabric license with Lee Jofa.

Plus, so that you don’t confuse them on your vanity, each bottle top is a different colored stone that incorporates the color of one of the ingredients in the juice: green for Gardenia Rattan, pale brown for Amber Musk, pink for Lilac Path, white for Ikat Jasmine, and purple for Evening Rose. How cool is that?

For more information, visit Aerin.com or...

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In the waning days of summer, what better way to feel cooler than to pop into the Neiman Marcus San Antonio store in La Cantera this Wednesday, August 21 to see how the fall trends are interpreted by the venerable store and how you can interpret them into your new fall wardrobe, too?

For more information, call Neiman Marcus San Antonio at 210.694.3577. See you there!

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Want whiter teeth for fall? Who wouldn’t? With some simple steps below, your teeth will look much more dazzling sooner.

Stop wine-ing so much. While most know that red wine stains teeth the wine shade of lipstick is actually the most flattering and helps teeth look brighter and whiter by reflecting off the wine shade to boost contrast. Cabernet stains at Louis Vuitton and Derek Lam showed the trend off perfectly.

Glossy finish. Lanvin and Michael Kors showed nude lips on the runways- and shiny, nude glosses reflect against graying enamel, creating an illusion that teeth are shinier than they are.

Really red. Red looks stunning, as shown at Marc by Marc Jacobs and Emporio Armani’s runway shows. However, the shade must be blue-based. The blue counteracts with yellow in the enamel, making teeth appear instantly whiter. Bright orange and yellow-toned reds seen in the pages of any J. Crew catalog but the coral and tomato shades have yellow-orange undertones, and work to play up the yellow in teeth.

Avoid the frosting. Pale pinks, frosts and mattes have...

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Woody Allen has another hit on his hands in his long-fabled career. It’s all about Blue Jasmine, his new film that resonates with the adult film-going audience who wants a break from the summer’s ho-hum action fare. And, not surprisingly, the film is all about family relationship dynamics, from Sony Pictures Classics.

After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) moves into her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again. Jasmine arrives in San Francisco in a fragile mental state, her head reeling from the cocktail of anti-depressants she’s on. While still able to project her aristocratic bearing, Jasmine is emotionally precarious and lacks any practical ability to support herself. She disapproves of Ginger’s boyfriend Chili (Bobby Cannavale), who she considers another “loser” like Ginger’s ex-husband Augie (Andrew Dice Clay). Ginger, recognizing but not fully understanding her sister’s...

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(Poto: The actors of Thunder Road)

Now through August 8th across Texas you can see actors Matt Dallas (Kyle XY), Charlie Bewley (Twilight Saga, Like Crazy) and Steven Grayhm (White Chicks), the latest production team turning to Kickstarter to aid in the development of their script, Thunder Road, tentatively scheduled to shoot in Detroit early next year. They even have a concert event in their honor in downtown Dallas on Wednesday, August 7th.

Why all the hoopla? Thunder Road is a no-holds-barred account of post-war life with respect to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. "There is no movie out there for this generation's soldier which truly explores the psychological repercussions of life after war the way The Deer Hunter and Coming Home did for their generation. Thunder Road will unveil the hidden truths and unanswered questions for the masses," says writer Steven Grayhm, who together with Dallas and Bewley head Astoria Entertainment.

In development of this voyeuristic glimpse into military life, the team has been gathering hundreds of accounts from the...

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(Photo: Christian Louboutin shoes)

Look no further. Neiman Marcus Austin will help you get your fall wardrobe refreshed. Just in time for all the parties and luncheons.

Below are some in-store events you want to enjoy during August.

Christian Louboutin Show Trunk Show, Ladies Shoes, 1st Floor.

Wednesday, July 31 – Saturday, August 3

View the latest fall collection from Christian Louboutin.

Estee Lauder Special Event, Cosmetics, 1st Floor

Sunday, August 4 – Wednesday, August 14

Visit Neiman Marcus to discover Estee Lauder’s new fall colors and receive a special gift with purchase.

Cashmere Event, Designer Sport Shop, 2nd Floor

Wednesday August 7 – Sunday, August 11

Shop the fall collection of cashmere and receive 15% off select styles.

Saint Laurent Trunk Show, Ladies Shoes, 1st Floor

Wednesday, August 14 – Saturday, August 17

View the latest fall collection from Saint Laurent.

Rene Caovilla Trunk Show, Ladies Shoes, 1st Floor

Wednesday, August 14 – Saturday, August 17

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We love that following its ratings success in the U.S., MASTERPIECE and PBS have announced a second season of Mr. Selfridge, starring Jeremy Piven as the flamboyant American entrepreneur who founded the famous Selfridge’s department store. Season II will air on MASTERPIECE Classic in 2014.

The first season of Mr. Selfridge reached nearly 15 million viewers over its eight episodes, with an average viewing audience of 4 million people an episode. An ITV Studios/MASTERPIECE coproduction, the season also had strong online viewing numbers, totaling over 1.1 million views during the season's run. In addition, Mr. Selfridge was recently honored with an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series. We couldn’t get enough of it.

Currently filming in the UK, the second season picks up the story in 1914, as the store celebrates its fifth anniversary in business. With World War I imminent, the lives of everyone at Selfridge’s will inevitably be affected.

Mr. Selfridge marked Jeremy Piven’s return to television after his Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning...

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Do you love catching up on summer reading as much as we do? Remember to take your smart tablet to access the latest issue of The Society Diaries magazine along with you, like Mallory Culbert, who took this photo, does. From pool to beach to everywhere in between, a good magazine and a good book may be all you need to beat the heat. See you under the patio and beach umbrella...

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Where to go for Summer Beauty insight? Try the 1st Floor, Cosmetics counter at Neiman Marcus Austin, of course where you can schedule an appointment to attend one of the store’s summer cosmetic events like:

- July 18-20: Sisley Spa

- July 20: Lancome Master Class

- July 25: Orlane Spa

- July 25: La Prairie Spa

- July 26-27: Clinique Spa

- July 27: Cle de Peau Spa

For more information call: 512.719.1200 or visit Neimanmarcus.com

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We love learning how a master is inspired. Especially in fashion. Born in Granville, Normandy, master couturier Christian Dior grew up in the kind of lush rural environment favored by the Impressionist artists who drew such inspiration from nature. Throughout his career, Dior designed dresses that evoked, to the discerning eye, the ravishing light, color, and movement that these revered artists depicted so superbly.

And, it is so richly seen in the September release of Dior Impressions The Inspiration and Influence of Impressionism at the House of Dior by Florence Müller with texts by Philippe Thiebaut, Farid Chenoune,Barbara Jeauffroy-Mairet, and Brigitte Richart from the chicest book publisher, Rizzoli Books.

Published to accompany the Impressions Dior exhibition presented at the Musée Christian Dior in Granville, France, the book features over 150 images of art by such luminaries as Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Manet, complemented by a range of garments from Christian Dior’s first designs, to Raf Simons’s latest collection. The book essentially connects the arts of...

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Some of the most beautiful women hail from Texas. We all know that and we saw it Saturday night when Miss North Texas, Ivana Hall, was crowned Miss Texas 2013 at the 78th Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant by DaNae Couch, Miss Texas 2012. Ron Corning and Miss Texas 1982, Gloria Gilbert Barron co-hosted the event at the Allen Event Center in Allen.

The 48 Miss Texas contestants and the 45 Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen contestants competed in the following categories: private interview, lifestyle and fitness, talent, evening gown and onstage question. Ms. Ivana Hall, Miss Texas 2013, will compete for Miss America held in Atlantic City in September 15 which will be broadcast on ABC. Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2013, Sheridan Donevant, will compete for the title of Miss America's Outstanding Teen August 13-17, 2013 in Orlando, Florida.

Dillard's and Jessica Simpson gave each contestant a pair of shoes and Skechers is donating two pair of shoes, including the fitness shoes to each of the Teens. Grubbs Infiniti provides Miss Texas with an...

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BALLROOM MARFA’S 2nd ANNUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE READING

Love a good theatrical experience? Yep, so do we. Especially in unexpected places. Like Marfa. There are so many reasons to love Marfa, aren't there? The wide-open spaces, the art, the screenwriting. Screenwriting? Yes, it’s that time again. For Ballroom Marfa's second annual presentation of The Reading, a professionally staged screenplay performance that showcases one of the winners of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Nicholl Fellowship. On April 21st, at Marfa’s Crowley Theater, The Readingwill place this year’s spotlight on up-and-coming writer Dion Cook and his brilliantly crafted script, Cutter. You’ll want to be there to be a part of the action in this hipster outpost region.

Many consider this to be the world’s most esteemed screenwriting competition. Why? Cutter was one of five screenplays chosen from a record 6,730 submissions to be honored with the 2011 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. Dion Cook’s Cutter was then singled out to be further honored by Ballroom Marfa’s...

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Dallas's USA Film Festival

We love a great film, or a dozen of them. And what better way to see the best but at The USA Film Festival in Dallas?

The full schedule of events for the 42nd Annual USA Film Festival, April 25 - 29, 2012. All programs will be held at the Angelika Film Center Dallas, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas.

Advance tickets are available exclusively through Ticketmaster beginning Monday, April 16, 2012.

The program includes tributes to the Rob Reiner, Elliott Gould and Bert I. Gordon.

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We love that fact that The Society for the Performing Arts is always bringing the world’s best to Houston. As it did at its recent annual gala,Una Sera di Amore, that was held recently downtown at The Corinthian and benefitted SPA’s education and outreach programing – Beyond the Stage – by enriching their coffers by more than $400,000.

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The Asia Society Texas Center in Houston launched its new center in spectacular fashion as the annual Tiger Ball 2012 attracted nearly 1,000 attendees.

Guests (many in eye-catching attire of the culture) sipped champagne as they crowded into the Sarofim Gallery to view traditional Asian art from the Rockefeller Collection at Asia Society New York, and admire architect Yoshio Taniguchi’s stunningly elegant creations.

Dancing lions escorted patrons to a party tent across the street from the center for dinner and a soulful performance by legendary Iranian singer Shahram Nazeri and the Rumi Symphony Project.

Sold out weeks in advance, the gala raised $1.4 million to support the Texas Center’s programs and operations. Now that’s teamwork.

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Some call it the best event of the year in Texas. We agree. The news? Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, hosts for the annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, have announced Neiman Marcus as the Title Sponsor for the 14th annual event scheduled for October 20, 2012. A dinner hosted by Claire Smith, Head of Spirit Creation and Mixology, Belvedere Vodka, a Gold Sponsor of TWO x TWO, celebrated Neiman Marcus and TWO x TWO hosts Cindy and Howard Rachofsky. The announcement event took place on Monday, April 23 at Abacus. Belvedere also used the occasion to introduce its newest vodka made to drink - Lemon Tea. Working with celebrated Chef Kent Rathbun, Claire developed a vodka and food pairing menu which delighted the room of guests.

Since its inception, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art has raised more than $34 million in support of essential AIDS research at amfAR and for the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art. We love that.

"We salute the passion, dedication and hard work of Cindy and Howard Rachofsky on behalf of amfAR's AIDS research and the Dallas Museum...

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Neiman Marcus Style Events This Month

When it comes to perpetual chicness, one naturally thinks of Neiman Marcus. This month, there’s a plethora of style events from which to choose in the Austin store.

Scent Event, Cosmetics, 1st Floor

Through Sunday, May 6

With a $100 Fragrance purchase, receive a NM tote filled with a sampling of fragrance goodies.

Trunk Shows, Designer Jewelry and Precious Jewelry, 1st Floor

Visit Neiman Marcus during May to see some of the store’s favorite jewelry collections…

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Photos by Debra Nelson

As we know, there’s a great deal of film and TV attention on Dallas these days with the city as the backdrop locale. That shows that the Texas Film industry is growing more at the recent Dallas International Film Festival which ran for 11 gloriously film-packed days, with more than 110 films screened in the most notable theatres across Dallas.

The screenings covered myriad genres – from documentaries like the regression-inducing “Starck Project”, to cult classics like the 25th-Anniverary of 1987’s ROBOCOP including star Peter Weller, Angie Bolling and 30 of the films players that hadn’t been together since the film was released. Now that’s a reunion.

The venues included some of Dallas’ best art houses along with the grand, old Majestic theatre and the newly restored Texas Theatre - forever infamous as the spot where JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was captured.

Some of our favorites of the screenings include:

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel - is an inspiring and funny documentary about the beyond-amazing career of Diana...

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At Barton Creek Resort

When you think of Mom on her special day, think of Barton Creek Resort, too.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Barton Creek Resort in the Atrium and Royal Ballroom on Sunday, May 13 is where the action will be.

The resort is offering a special Mother’s Day brunch from 10:30AM - 2:30 PM where guests will enjoy a live pianist and a strolling magician during brunch. What’s not to love about that?

The brunch costs $58.95 for adults, $21.95 for children aged 6-12, and $1 per year of age for children 5 and under.Reservations can be made by calling 512.329.7923 or visiting www.bartoncreek.com

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GENaustin’s New Program

GENaustin (the Girls Empowerment Network) does so much good by providing support and guide girls to make wise choices as they navigate the unique pressures of girlhood… especially for the under resourced girls in our community.

And, they are dedicated to keeping girls and women out of prison, and its new 180 Program catches girls at their first or second offense (usually substance abuse, fighting or truancy) and works in collaboration with judges and schools to turn their lives around, which is so crucial to their happy futures.

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Lara’s Birthday Party Bash in NY

We love a great party, don’t you? Especially when it’s for one of our dearest friends, Lara Shriftman.

So what happens when three head-turningly stunning women get together to host a joint birthday party? Glamour sparks were bound fly as the coveted invitation to Lara Shriftman, our favorite entertaining hostess with the mostess and principal of PR firm Harrison & Shriftman, and her friends Rita Schrager and Leila Fazel hosted a birthday gathering in New York City. Manhattan may never be the same.

The hosts worked with their favorite design duo Anders Ruff to send out an invitation that was, clean, classic… with a bit of edge. The party site was hipster haven Double Seven, one of Shriftman’s favorite hotspots in New York City. The venue had almost everything to offer, leaving her minimal details to make the party swing. Details like the staff, glassware, DJ and an amazing room layout catered to the crowd who, knowing the hosts, were not surprised to arrive to the party environment that was cozy, comfy, and sexy.

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The 23RD Annual Bandana Ball Success Secures Record-Breaking Results

Very few causes do so much for so many like the Ronald McDonald House, which we love. Raising a preliminary total of $412,000 - through the support of over 850 guests during the 23rdAnnual Bandana Ball – recently the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas secured record-breaking results for families of hospitalized children. We’re thrilled for their continued success.

“It is a fact that children heal faster when their loved ones are nearby,” stated Kent Burress, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas. “The local support from Bandana Ball makes it possible for families to remain close to their children and that, right there, is our goal.”

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Really, who doesn’t quest for perfect hair just in time for summer? Look no more. We’ve found the new miracle hair products. Available at Sephora.com and Sephora stores nationwide, or at keratinperfect.com, KeratinPerfect is here to keep your tresses looking gorgeous all season. Adding more bounce to the ounce for hair, KeratinPerfect is the answer to haricare issues of all types. Here are our favorites…

KeratinPerfect PerfectCleanse Keratin Enhanced Shampoo

For starters, replenish lost keratin with each wash, so every hair type stays smoother,

longer. The nondrying, rich lather is free of unfriendly ingredients that can strip your hair of keratin and moisture. Use as the first step of your daily keratin regimen to revitalize hair, maintain shine and smoothness. The KeratinPerfect PerfectCleanse Keratin Enhanced Shampoo retails for $24

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Run don’t walk to see the new movie directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson of The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore). It opens in LA and NY Friday May 25th, and in Austin on Friday June 8th.

Let's get real: life was simpler in another era. Sort of. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, MOONRISE KINGDOM tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As the authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way. Think of it as “Mad Men” meets “Stand By Me” for a new generation, yet the child in adults will love it, too. Impeccable attention was made to the film’s art direction.

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It’s that time again: the TEXSOM conference and the Texas' Best Sommelier Competition in Dallas. The 8th Annual TEXSOM Conference promises to be THE place to be for those busy wine sommelier professionals. It will include:

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We love that a Chinese VIP’s visit to Austin is a special thing. Recentlyformer Texas Secretary of State Geoffrey Connor hosted a reception at the tony Headliner’s Club honoring Xu Erwen, the Consul General of China to introduce her to some of the city’s outstanding local contributors of culture.

Connor knows diplomacy. He’s spent his entire career honing the finer art of international relations and has led many delegations to many countries creating goodwill for so many.

This special occasion had Houston-based Erwen, whose husband is also a diplomat, speaking about her experiences here and in China.

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When one thinks of the W Hotels, especially the Westwood property in L.A, one thinks of it as a hipster haven. We know it well since we have had many parties there over the year during our L.A. years.

Now, though, there’s the new TRAVEL LITE family package available at W Hotel Los Angeles – Westwood. We love that. Bring the kiddos, right?

It turns out that parents and families staying in Los Angeles can lessen some of the stress that may come with traveling with children, especially during these family-friendly summer months.

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Alley Theatre Gala

Anyone in Houston, and many beyond the Space City, knows that the Alley Theatre has a reputation as having the most fabulous and over the top themed galas in town. This year’s event lived up to that reputation by raising more than $400,000 with the auction grossing a record-breaking $100,000. We love that.

The theme was a touch of RED, based on the Tony-Award winning play that was shown this spring at the Alley.

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Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour/Cirque Du Soleil For One Austin Performance on June 15, 2012 At The Frank Erwin Center

We don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Michael Jackson – the man, his music and the legacy. That’s why we are excited that the Estate of Michael Jackson andCirque du Soleil are proud to present Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour hits Austin on June 15, 2012 at the Frank Erwin Center. Won’t you join us?

Already a hit around the world, the can’t-miss electrifying production combines Michael Jackson music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil creativity to give fans worldwide a unique view into the spirit, passion and heart of the artistic genius who will forever be known for transforming pop culture on a global level.

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GODSTONE RANCH MOTORSPORTS DEBUTS “HEART CAR” FERRARI GT AT FORMULA EXPO 2012

As the steam builds for November’s Formula 1 weekend, the heat is on and it turns out that Godstone Ranch Motorsports(GMS), a Texas-based 501(c)(3) organization that races the GRAND-AM circuit to raise awareness and funds for select charitable organizations, is bringing its new Ferrari 458 GT Grand Am. Called the “HEART Car”, it will appear at Formula Expo™ June 16 and 17 at the Austin Convention Center.

As a Gold Sponsor of the debut event presented in partnership with Circuit of The Americas™ (COTA), Godstone will exhibit the new HEART Car, sharing the stage with its charitable focus,American Heart Association of Austin,and a Formula 1Ô Ferrari provided by Risi Competizione/Ferrari of Houston.

The even more cool part is that racing all-star Davy Jones,...

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HOUSTON’S THINKING AHEAD TO HELP

Photography by Jenny Antill and Priscilla Dickson

With white dinner jackets, long dresses, a live orchestra, opulent décor and dancing at Houston Country Club on a summer’s night, the second annual New Summer Standard for CancerForward felt like a scene straight out of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s East Egg.

The black tie dinner dance celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day 2012 and honored three-time cancer survivor Nancy Moncrief of Houston. Four years ago, this mother of four young adult sons lost her husband, oilman Lee P. Moncrief, at age 57 to esophageal cancer.

Gala chairs Lisa and Mike O’Leary and Liz and Robert Rigney, and honorary chairs Betty and Stephen Newton, Cabrina and Steven Owsleyand Phoebe and Bobby Tudor joined other dapper luminaries at a colorful, elegant, black-tie summer dinner dance that has become THE standard for summer soirees in Houston.

Seen in the crowd of champagne and martinis were Judy and Charles Tate, Leila Mischer, Joann and Bill Crassas, Lynda and David Underwood, Bonner Ball, Brenda...

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EPPA SUPERFRUIT SANGRIA

Seeking a brand new way to enjoy summer at it’s best? We’ve found it for you, chill and serve-style. It’s Eppa SuperFruit Red Sangria that’s certified organic, 120 calories per glass and easy to serve. The price is right, too. At about $12 a bottle, it’s a luxury you can’t do without.

Starting with great taste and quality, Eppa Sangria was developed to appeal to wine drinkers on a variety of levels. Made from organic and natural ingredients, Eppa Sangria goes a step further catering to consumers looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle and drink something that is truly unique. Eppa is the first sangria on the market that is loaded with real luscious, ripe fruit juice, resulting in almost twice the antioxidants of red wine and fewer than 120 calories for a 5-ounce serving.

Sangria generally signals fun and is social by nature. Typically found on chic cocktail and brunch menus, sangria is viewed as a drink enjoyed by those who enjoy life. Having Eppa Sangria on hand makes it possible to indulge in...

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Sometimes everyone needs a little help and when that time comes, many men can look toward Anchor West, a premier affordable drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for just men, located in the hills west of Austin.

Their 90-day treatment program provides robust accountability, based on the 12-Steps, along with a strong emphasis on life skills and fitness. They not only help men become healthy and whole, they are also taught how to rebuild their lives from the bottom up.

Included in the cost of their service is…

90-day residential treatment curriculum

Trained staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

High accountability, highly structured environment

Tobacco-free environment

One year of aftercare with LCDC counselor

Hands-on life skills instruction

Educational lectures

CrossFit training five days a week

Individual and group counseling with LCDC counselor

12 Step completion program

Insurance and self-pay

The fee for the program is $16,500 for 90 days of residential drug and alcohol...

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THE H-E-B AUSTIN SYMPHONY 36th ANNUAL JULY 4th CONCERT AND FIREWORKS

Where’s the best place to spend this Independence Day with some of your closest friends? Yes, that’s right it’s time again for one of the largest Independence Day Celebration in the state. The sparkly H-E-B Austin Symphony 36th Annual July 4th Concert and Fireworks is planned, produced, and performed entirely by the Austin Symphony, with the help of their generous sponsors. Tens of thousands of families will be decked out in red, white, and blue and heading down to Auditorium Shores this July 4th for the event, complete with a fireworks display over the city skyline backed by symphonic patriotic classics and punctuated by the 70 millimeter cannons of the Texas National Guard Salute Battery.

This year’s celebration will, once again, be on the banks of Lady Bird Lake at Auditorium Shores right in front of the Long Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra will perform at 8:30 p.m., followed by “mile-high” fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and after last...

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SKYY VODKA’S LONE STAR LIMITED EDITION

After much anticipation here, it’s now happening. SKYY Vodka is helping Texans give back to U.S. service men and women with its new Lone Star Limited Edition Bottle, available only in The Great State Of Texas.

For this very special philanthropically-oriented bottle, SKYY Vodka has partnered with the Boot Campaign (www.bootcampaign.com), a state organization that provides Texans with the opportunity to easily give back to troops by purchasing and wearing original Army combat boots.

Beginning in early July, Texans will have the opportunity to give back to their state and troops by purchasing the SKYY Vodka limited edition bottle at their local liquor retail store. Each bottle purchased will benefit the Boot Campaign, which boasts a roster of Texas supporters like singer Pat Green, Houston on camera personality Deborah Duncan and football hero Troy Aikman.

Available for a limited time this summer, the SKYY Vodka charity bottle is easy to spot because it proudly features the...

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Houston Gives Back

Who doesn’t love a great pet cause? To stay “cool” during the dog days of summer, over 200 animal lovers came out for a true Texas-chic summer time celebration with margaritas, BBQ and a live outdoor concert by Mac Williams. The reason?

To raise money and awareness for Houston’s Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP)www.snap.org. Houston Momentum Porsche was transformed into a swanky resort lounge scene with ping-pong, cigar-rolling, billiards, shuffleboard, and croquet.

Scene In the crowd: Chip Hight, Kim Padgett, Nikki Hart, Kirk Longmire, Abby Lestin, Diane and Michael Caplan, Jennifer Roosth and Lee Wolford, Jill and Calvin Schlenker, Denis DeBakey and Lavonne Cox, Tracey Simpson, Adrian Smith, and Rachelle Builta-Willis.

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MISS TEXAS 2012

We love a good beauty contest that promotes so much potential opportunity, don't you? DaNae Couch, Miss Dallas was crowned the 2012 Miss Texas by the reigning 2011 Miss Texas Kendall Morris, at the 77th Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant held this past weekend at the Allen Event Center in Allen. The evening's celebrity emcees were Drew Pearson, Tatum Hubbard, Miss Texas 1993, and Ashley Melnick, Miss Texas 2010.

Couch, The 23 year old from Coppell is a graduate of Baylor University and is currently attending Texas Tech Law School. Here’s more info on her:

Title: Miss Dallas

Hometown: Coppell, TX

Talent: Twirling to "You Can't Stop the Beat:

Platform Topic: Hope for Family Recovery: Life Beyond Addiction

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A Bastille Day Celebration

We love all things French, and we also love a good party. Combine the two and viola’, a Bastille Day celebration in Austin, TX.

Social gadabout Camille Parker let us in on the big party secret: the Alliance Française D’Austin and the historic French Legation Museum that will host a Bastille Day Fête to remember.

Held at the French Legation Museum at 802 San Marcos Street on Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 7-11 PM. Complete with live French music, mouth-watering culinary fare from Austin’s best French vendors, and a silent auction to impress, it promises to be a tres’ chic event.

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THE JAMES BOND 007 RETROSPECTIVE

Want to hip up your summer with some intrigue? Look no further with the Barbican in London that is helping mark the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, from 1962's Dr No to this year's Skyfall, with a unique exhibition showcasing the inside story of the design and style of the world's most influential and iconic movie brand called Designing 007.

You may already know that the Barbican Centre is one of the world's leading arts centres, founded and run by the City of London Corporation. It encompasses dance, film, music, theatre, visual arts and creative learning who work together in creating the model of tomorrow's international arts and learning centre.

And the cool begins.In collaboration with EON Productions and with unprecedented access to their archives, Designing 007 will be a multi-sensory experience, immersing audiences in the creation and development of Bond style over its auspicious 50 year history.

It will explore the craft behind the screen icons, the secret service and villains, tailoring and costumes,...

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Photography Courtesy of ZACH, Kirk R. Tuck

A bad movie becomes a hit musical. Sound intrigued? So were we when Xanadu landed on Broadway awhile back. The original film, as you might recall, was an over-the-top, roller-skating musical from the high-camp 1980’s and starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. It’s not the usual boy-meets-girl-on roller skates theme, though.Here, a beautiful muse descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach and inspires a struggling artist to create his biggest dream of creating the first roller disco called Xanadu. And, frolic-on-wheels ensues for the cast of characters to realize their heartfelt dreams of rolling into sparkly success.

The film and play has been resuscitated to another level at Austin’s own ZACH Theatre this Fall at Texas’ longest running theatre, in its last season before the new Topfer Theatre opens.

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SOMETHING MORE’S JULIA MCCURLEY & TEAM CELEBRATES ITS THIRD ANNIVERSARY IN AUSTIN REGION: SHE WANTS YOU TO BE IN LOVE!

Don't you just love that the successful Austin-based professional offline matchmaking company, Something More, has something more to celebrate? It is throwing confetti over its third anniversary and a high success rate for its myriad of clients who are seeking love in the Central Texas area. The nationally recognized hotspot markets of Austin, San Antonio and into South Texas is where Something More and its clients are based. “We are thrilled with helping change the ‘romantic landscape’ of Austin from being known as the best place to be single to the best place to find love. Our mission is to be in the last ‘first date’ business,” saysSomething More’s founding CEO Julia McCurley, a brunette bombshell dynamo. She goes on to tell us, “We’ve had a 400 percent growth success that is based on the fact that many people are seeking a more targeted approach to finding romance in the youthful, hip city of Austin.”

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NEIMAN MARCUS AUSTIN’S EVENTS

We love a good trunk show and in-store personal appearance, don’t you? You’re in luck because coming up in August,NEIMAN MARCUS AUSTIN is hosting some style events you just won’t want to miss. Here’s a look at what you’ll find…

Estee Lauder Dream Event, Cosmetics, 1st Floor

Sunday, July 29 – Wednesday, August 8

Visit Neiman Marcus to discover Estee Lauder’s new fall colors. Receive a special gift with purchase. Spa appointments available August 3-4 call for more details: 512.719.1200. ext 1466

Cashmere Collection Premiere, All Store

Wednesday, August 1 – Sunday, August 5

View the new Neiman Marcus Cashmere Collection and receive 20% off new basic silhouettes.

Trend Event, All Store

Wednesday, August 8 – Wednesday, August 15

Join for Trend Week to learn about fall’s hottest trends and enjoy a special gift with purchase.

Valentino Shoe Trunk Show, Ladies Shoes, 1st Floor

Tuesday, August 7 – Sunday, August 12

View the latest fall collection from Valentino.

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...LUFTHANSA’S NEW A380 DIRECT FLIGHT FROM HOUSTON TO FRANKFURT? YES, PLEASE!

Earlier this week on Wednesday, Lufthansa(www.lufthansa.com) was the very first airline to offer daily scheduled Airbus A380 service from Frankfurt to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and the Lone Star State, from the gorgeous commerce capital of Germany: Frankfurt.

We love that Lufthansa has invested in direct flights from Houston since 1985. It means the company believes in how important Texas is to the world, as do we.

Frankfurt, as you know, is the capital of banking and commerce in Germany and is stunning as well, with beautiful people, amazing German food and a thriving cultural scene with over 200 museums to visit while there. It’s a great place to go to for business of pleasure and Lufthansa understands that.

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NEIMAN MARCUS AUSTIN TRENDS WE LOVE

If it weren’t for always evolving style trends, the world might get a tad boring. Not here and not now as we learned recently at the chic Neiman Marcus Austin Fall Trends 2012 breakfast (www.neimanmarcus.com). Mimosas passed and croissants in place, we couldn’t get enough of the trends that were interpreted on the runway.

Here, we give you the trends we’re rooting for, too, thanks to the Austin store’s Nancy Nichols, GM and the PR dynamos Jennifer Carnes and Mistelle Johnson. Look for these to take shape and take charge from boardroom to ballroom…

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We are thrilled that Thames & Hudson presentsThe Fashion Resource Book: Research for Designin September and we just got a sneak peek. It’s THE go-to book for every discerning fashionsita and fashion aficionado

The author, fashion designer, lecturer, and fashion journalist Robert Leach has created the penultimate guide. Featuring a dozen profiles of well-known designers and design studios, this guide-book is ideal for aspiring students and well-versed professionals, as well as those who just can’t get enough of fashion.

It’s chock-full of over 400 illustrations of historical fashion case studies and insight into the research processes of design icons like Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, and Alexander McQueen.

This reference captures the inspiration behind classic fashion in order to help readers understand how aesthetic sensibilities are cultivated. A look into the effects of architecture, art movements, heritage, and science on clothes sheds light on how concepts of identity, rhythm, and narrative are developed in fashion. It highlights...

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When our dear Houstonian friend and philanthropist Carolyn Farb asked us to join her, Dan Allison and Vanessa Riley for an important exhibit of British photographer Derek Riley to benefit The Levin Riley Legal Fund, how could we say no?

It’s all happening Saturday, August 18th in Houston at 4411 Montrose Boulevard in the first floor gallery space. The venue will be open for viewing and purchasing from 11am and the celebration is from 6PM – 9PM.

Guests can pay homage to Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Brigitte Bardot and so many more at a fun night celebrating Stars of the 1950's & 1960's during this sale of rare, celebrity photographs taken by Project Runwayfashion designer Vanessa Riley’s father, famed British Photographer Derek Riley - all shot during the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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Each visit to the new Dale Chihuly installation at the Dallas Arboretum reveals more beauty than you thought was possible at one of the city’s greatest treasures.

The Chihuly installation at the Dallas Arboretum opened with great fanfare, and some amazing garden parties recently. Fortunately the installation will stay until November 5th because you’ll want to plan for multiple visits so you can see the pieces in daylight, at sunset and after dark. Each setting completely changes the the scope of the show.

Opening Ceremony and Speakers:

The opening ceremony was held on a sparkling morning when Mayor Mike Rollins and other notables officially opened the Chihuly’s installation at the Dallas Arboretum. The artist and his wife, Leslie, spoke along with Arboretum Board Chairman, Brian Shivers, son of one-time Texas Governor Allan Shivers, Council woman Ann Margolin, Richard Holt, Texas President of Bank of America, and Holly Reed, Regional Vice President of AT&T (a hero of many causes across Texas}. It was an ideal Who’s Who from across the city.

The...

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PARISIAN WEEKLY PLANNER 2013

You loved Parisian Chic, the runaway 2011 New York Times best-seller by French fashion icon Ines de la Fressange, right? So did we. Then you’ll really dig her recently released weekly day-planner if you want a daily dose of how to “Dress like a Parisian” in 2013. And believe us, the globe could use a little more Parisian chic, don’t you think?

Abundantly filled with all-new charming tips, secrets, and recommendations, it is accompanied by the author’s signature gamine drawings. This is a weekly planner that French fans found essential last year, and which we will now get, in English, to covet in the coming year. Parisian 365. We really love that.

This planner is modeled on the soft-cover, portable Moleskine journal, will be a must-have for any woman who wants to add a daily touch of Parisian flair to her own style in 2013.

The author Ines de la Fressange knows a thing or two about Parisian chic.She started as a runway model, became the face of Chanel, and lthen aunched a clothing line. She has long been the essence of Parisian...

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LONGHORN BARS LAUNCH WITH AVADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS

Love the University of Texas AND nutrition bars? So do we and you’re in luck, orange-blooded fans! The launch of the Longhorn Bar, a line of four-variety protein and energy nutrition bars, at ten select Academy Sports + Outdoors stores, happened this week. Academy Sports + Outdoors will sell the nutritional Longhorn Bars at ten locations starting immediately. With each bar sale, 12% royalty goes back to academics at The University of Texas at Austin --- supporting the company mission of "Fueling Bodies. Funding Minds.™" Gosh, we love that.

The Longhorn Bars, created by Linda Addison and Martha Smiley, two highly-esteemed lawyers and proud supporters of The University of Texas at Austin, founded Lin-Mar Partners, the Austin based company behind the Longhorn Bar andMyUniversityBar.com. "Academy Sports + Outdoors has a deep customer base dedicated to enjoying recreational sports and an overall active lifestyle, which fits our target audience," said Martha Smiley, Longhorn Bar...

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LUFTHANSA EXPANDS OUTREACH TO LGBT IN NORTH AMERICA WITH CONTEST

Lufthansa has long had a history of positive involvement with the LGBT community in Europe, even winning an award for “Most Gay-Friendly Travel Business” last spring International Gay Lifestyle magazine last spring. We all know and love that. Equality at 30,000+ feet, too.

The airline has been expanding its marketing and communication with the LGBT community in North America. As one of its first steps, Lufthansa launched an LGBT-focused contest to send a lucky couple on a vacation to Europe. The contest includes free tickets to anywhere they fly to in Europe and a two-night stay plus breakfast at the Marriott in Cologne, Germany.

That contest comes to a close tomorrow: August 31. Interested members of the community and allies are encouraged to visit Lufthansa’s LGBT microsite http://lufthansa-usa.com/lgbt. Entrants take a brief quiz on to test their knowledge of the gay and lesbian community.

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MTV STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION'S AIDS BENEFIT IN DALLAS: WE’RE THERE!

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation recently announced that its flagship RE:DEFINE benefit art exhibition and auction will return to Dallas in 2012. We can hardly wait.

Hosted by the always-philanthropic Goss-Michael Foundation and chaired by Jessica Olsson and Anna-Sophia van Zweden, the public exhibition willlaunch on Thursday, September 13th 2012, culminating in the VIP gala auction on the evening of Saturday, September 22nd 2012.

"After last year's incredibly successful inaugural event, we are thrilled to come back and partner once again with such renowned artists from around the world in support of the Foundation," said Georgia Arnold, Executive Director of The MTV Staying Alive Foundation. "Their enormous generosity and contribution will help us to continue to empower young people who are dedicated to fighting the stigma, spread and threat of the epidemic for many years to come."

Money raised will go towards the Foundation's work empowering young people engaged in fighting the stigma,...

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NEW BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT V8 TO DEBUT AT JOHN EAGLE EUROPEAN OF AUSTIN

The excitement builds as the new Bentley Continental GT V8 coupe will make its official Texas public debut at John Eagle European’s Bentley of Austin on September 6. It’s so big that Christophe Georges, president and chief operating officer for Bentley Motors, Inc., will personally introduce the car to the media at 10:30 am CST and then to invited guests at the Texas dealership later that day. A pair of the stunning motorcars will be displayed at the dealership (12989 Research in Austin, Texas) through Saturday.

“The new Continental V8 engine is an all-new, state-of-the-art offering that gives a completely new character to our Continental range and offers a different customer proposition in performance, handling and efficiency,” said Christophe Georges about the launch of the new V8 Continental.

John Eagle European’s Bentley of Austin is the...

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WINDOWS AT BERGDORF GOODMAN: SPECIAL EDITION BOOK

Assouline has just announced its latest title, Windows at Bergdorf Goodman: Special Edition, which features never before seen images of the iconic Bergdorf Goodman windows. So much luxury in just one book. Presented in a luxury slipcase format, this edition of one of Assouline's most celebrated titles is a collectors' item for lovers of art, fashion, whimsical fantasy, and more. Really, it’s the perfect book for your coffee table to dazzle your guests.

The Bergdorf Goodman department store is famous for display windows that are overflowing with unusual objects, arresting images, and ambiguous, psychologically charged situations. Linda Fargo and David Hoey, along with a team of collaborators, have regularly conjured a mind-boggling array of possibilities in these windows. Always presenting provocative ideas, memorable images, and intriguing objects, Bergdorf’s windows are a true delight to view on the streets of New York City.

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BARTON CREEK RESORT & SPA

Barton Creek Resort & Spa hosted an Austin resident whose sister (also an Austin resident), Captain Kelly Padden, has been serving in Afghanistan since January and working 15-hour days as an Air Force officer.

Captain Padden grew up in Austin and attended UT for undergrad. She then went on to serve in the Air Force, and is currently stationed in Afghanistan as an Air Force officer. While serving in the Air Force, Captain Padden received her PhD in economics, and has taught for the Air Force.

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HOUSTON’S JUNIOR LEAGUE LUNCHEON AND STYLE

Tea for Two? More like for 900.

New York may have Fashion Week to kick off the Fall social season, but in Houston, we have the Junior League Opening Day Style Show and luncheon. League volunteers served as models for the fabulous Elizabeth Anthony Esther Wolf Collection. It took two days, and three shows to actually accomidate the historic crowd of over 900 members and guests. Proceeds from this year’s event went to Dress for Success, The Children's Museum of Houston and Houston Area Women's Center. We love that. In the crowd were Special Events Chairman Kristi Krupala, Tea Room Director Shannon Beirne Wiesedeppe and League President, Catherine Nacol McCoin, longtime tea room member Betty Robertson, Roseann Rogers, and Lauren Levicki.

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SEE AND BE SEEN

The hippest new glasses are making quite the stir in New York. With the creativity and uniqueness of Brooklyn, and the craftsmanship of Japan, Activist Eyewear is coming at you from all ends of the globe. Initially, the main objective of this brand was to reach out to athletes in need of sunglasses that could withstand high-performance and exploration, yet recently the brand has added a sleek fashion forward aspect to its line.

I know, I know. You’re thinking that you wouldn’t want to choose between style and performance, but don’t worry, you don’t have to. Made with premium materials, like beta- titanium, the glasses are designed with “Split-Fit” technology, which is unique to Activist Eyewear. We love that. To prevent the sunglasses from hurting your ears and head, the arms of the glasses are split into two and wrapped in plastic or rubber to spread weight evenly. Because of this, the pressure is no longer concentrated in one area and the sunglasses take up a greater area, which also makes them much more secure. If you are a runner, biker, or...

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EMMY AWARD DRESSING IS BEST IN YEARS

It’s no secret, after seeing the Red Carpet arrival and the actual awards, that this year’s Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Emmy Awards were the most beautifully dressed in recent history. The awards were ho-hum as usual - we know, we’ve sat through them many times in Los Angeles as voting Academy members. Here are our favorite gowns, in no particular order:

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BUILDING HOPE SCREENING

We love that Turk Pipkin’s award-winning film Building Hope returns to the big screen on Saturday, September 29 with two Stateside Theatre screenings to launch the Nobelity Project’s 1000 Books for Hope book drive.

We love that Building Hope chronicles the construction of Mahiga Hope High in Kenya, and is an uplifting film for anyone who believes education shouldn’t end after the 8th grade. Winner of the Lone Star Audience Award at SXSW FilmFest, Building Hope continues to screen at festivals, in theatres and on college campuses worldwide.

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LANCE AVERY MORGAN ON YOUR NEWS NOW NETWORK ON TIME WARNER CABLE

If you haven’t seen that men’s Fall fashion will be taking the world by storm as the temperatures drop, you might have been living under a rock. Here, our very own Lance Avery Morgan reveals the top trends to dress yourself and to dress your man at the Estilo boutique in Austin. Let’s just say that the keyword to winter dressing is High Style. Morgan joins the inimitable stylish television personality, Anne Hudson of YNN/Your News Now network’s Fashionably Yourssegment.

Click here to see more:

http://austin.ynn.com/content/living/fashion/288413/fashionably-yours--men-s-fall-fashion

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NOVEMBER GALA FOR AUSTIN CHILDREN’S SHELTER ANNOUNCES EVENT DETAILS, TIX

There are galas and there are galas. It’s time to embrace an era that inspired The Great Gatsby and Art Deco at the Austin Children's Shelter Gala, “Putting on the Ritz.” It promises to be a fun-filled evening.

From the exclusive cigar lounge to flappers and feathers, this ‘20s- and ‘30s-themed event will feature a vaudeville bill of entertainment including the fabulous burlesque entertainment of Mandy Lauderdale, and the Nash Hernandez Orchestra to keep guests swinging on the dance floor late into the night. The shelter’s 2012 Annual Gala, “Putting on the Ritz”, promises to be one of the most unique events in Austin this year and we look forward to attending.

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NEW HARRY WINSTON BOOK DAZZLES

Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes sang it best when she crooned about yearning for the jewelry-making talents of the famed Harry Winston store in New York.

In his lifetime the man Harry Winston was called “the King of Diamonds,” “the genius of gemstones,” and “the jeweler to the stars.” For eight decades, the name “Harry Winston” has literally been synonymous with pure glitz, glamour, dazzling diamonds, the rarest gemstones, and most innovative timepieces. But how has the legend perpetuated? The book, Harry Winston, tells all.

Harry Winston founded his namesake brand in New York in 1932 and revolutionized jewelry design by buying great collections of estate jewels and transforming precious stones into contemporary pieces that appealed to the most discerning modern customers.

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NEW BOTTEGA VENETA BOOK REVEALS ALL

The fact of the matter is when fine craftsmanship is created, people notice. That is seen in Bottega Veneta’s reputation for masterful craftsmanship and innovative design is deeply rooted in the heritage of the Veneto region of Italy, where artisanal technique and a reverence for beauty are passed down from generation to generation. At the heart of the brand’s approach to luxury lies an unusual and inspired collaboration between artisan and designer, a symbiosis perfectly illustrated by Bottega Veneta’s signatureintrecciato woven leather. We love that.

A newly released and richly illustrated survey of the craftsmanship, design, and extraordinary materials that have made the Italian label one of the most eminent purveyors of luxury goods in the world, this book will be the ultimate volume for the true connoisseur of luxury, and a must for anyone with an interest in the evolution of this chic brand.

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ATTEND THE SETTLEMENT HOME FOR CHILDREN CHARITY GARAGE SALE IN EARLY NOVEMBER

There are very few organizations that are as special or that operate with such heart all year ‘round as the Settlement Home in Austin. And as luck would have it, the Settlement Home’s annual Charity Garage Sale is near.It features a whopping 21 departments, from furniture to books, clothes to art, and everything in between. Patrons can shop for unique finds and bargain priced items in our huge inventory. There's something for everyone. Literally. Plus, we love the folks who run it with such skill.

Here’s how you can give back and find some treasures, too:

Location: Palmer Events Center at 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin

The organization’s famous Preview Party is Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012

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It’s Here, It’s Here! The 2012 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book Features A Selection of Fantasy Gifts and Experiences, Including a Limited-Edition McLaren, His and Hers Van Cleef & Arpels Watches, and a Walk-On Role inAnnie: The Musical. We love it that up to Nine Charities Will Benefit from the Sale of Fantasy Gifts Featured in the 2012 Christmas Book.

Recently the 2012 Christmas Book was unveiled today by luxury retailer Neiman Marcus in Dallas. The 86thedition of this legendary book continues Neiman Marcus’s unmatched tradition of offering its customers a selection of spectacular and unique holiday gifts sure to make even their wildest dreams come true.

The arrival of the Christmas Book is considered by many to mark the official start of the holiday shopping season. This year’s edition of the Christmas Book carries on the Neiman Marcus tradition of presenting a refined selection of items across a broad range of categories for everyone on your holiday shopping list. With a new collection of fantasy gifts certain to satisfy even the most indulgent appetite, the...

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ANDY RODDICK TEAMS WITH GREY GOOSE FOR HIS FOUNDATION GALA

We have loved media sponsoring the Andy Roddick Foundation gala for many years in the past. We recall Roddick telling us that it was a conversation on a plane with then champion Andre Agassi who originally inspired him to create a foundation to give back. Recently, GREY GOOSE vodka served as the official spirit for the 7th annual Andy Roddick Foundation gala in Austin at the W Hotel. Who else but nine-time Grammy® Award winning musician and philanthropist John Legend performed for the invited guests following a seated dinner on the floor of the adjacent ACL Live Moody Theater. Following cocktails guests proceeded down a red carpet along a connecting pathway to the concert building. It was a stellar night of GREY GOOSE and charity.

Roddick, who recently announced his retirement from the world of tennis, has made giving back a part of his entire career.

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USING THE TASTINGROOM.COM’S CELEB CHEF SAMPLERS

We love that TastingRoom.com, a unique online retailer that enables consumers to discover and consume wine in several formats, has debuted their new series of celebrity chef wine samplers, curated by one of America’s favorite chefs and philanthropists, Chef Emeril Lagasse. That’s something to toast.

The two collections, Emeril’s Holiday Party Sampler and Emeril’s Everyday Sampler, include Lagasse’s favorite wines from around the country, his suggested wine and food pairings for every meal, and customized tasting notes. Sound simple? It is.

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THE TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL TO HOST FIRST EDITION LITERARY GALA WITH CELEBRITY FESTIVAL

The Texas Book Festival will host its First Edition Literary Gala at the AT&T Conference Center on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. It’s always a well-heeled event and we love attending.

Michel Martin, host of National Public Radio’s talk show Tell Me More, will be the mistress of ceremonies for the evening, and celebrity authors in attendance includes Tony Danza, Robert and Ina Caro, Cheryl Strayed, H.W. Brands, Bill Witliff, Stephen Harrigan, and more.

The Literary Gala is a prelude to the Festival, which will be held Oct. 27-28 at the State Capitol in Austin. The Gala, a night of culture that supports the Festival and all of its charitable programs, includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, and author readings by Tony Danza, Robert Caro, and Cheryl Strayed.

Love to read and want inscribed books? This is the place to find them. Silent auction items include:

· Gift baskets of celebrity authors’ including favorite things, such as vacation spots,...

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THE PERFECT KIDS HALLOWEEN PARTY

Lucas’ Halloween Party 2012

Halloween is one of my four-year-old son’s favorite holidays (naturally). He loves dressing up and he loves candy. Who doesn’t? He has had a Halloween party every other year and the request for this year’s party started as soon as all the Halloween candy and decorations hit the stores. Since Lucas has a new class at school he asked to host a party for this new class so they can all spend time together outside of the classroom. We opted on a Saturday from two to five (no longer nap time). It is great for me because I do not have to worry about proper foods and can actually focus on the party.

Inspiration

Right when Lucas and I were figuring out what kind of party we were going to have, the Oriental Trading Company catalogue arrived. We looked through it together and we decided on a pumpkin decorating party, with costumes, of course. The next day, Lucas’ friend Kelly Rowland came over and baked cookies with him. She brought every decoration, topping,...

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BARTON CREEK RESORT & SPA AND MAKE-A-WISH ®CENTRAL AND SOUTH TEXAS GRANT A WISH TO LOCAL TEEN

Wishes don’t always come true, yet when it does… it is even more special. Recently we learned that a special Make-A-Wish recipient’s dream is coming true as he is sent off to a Packers game to meet players. The Barton Creek Resort & Spa and Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas presented Wish Kid Wray, a 16-year old who is battling Burkitt’s lymphoma, with a trip to the Green Bay Packers game in Green Bay, WI this November.

Barton Creek is making Wray’s wish come true as part of the resort’s commitment to the Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas. Barton Creek’s General Manager James Walsh presented Wray with an official Green Bay/NFL jersey of his favorite player and cheese hat head to wear to the game. Wray’s wish granters reveled in the excitement that lies ahead during his trip to Green Bay and themed decorations including Green Bay colors, a Green Bay branded cake and Green Bay-inspired appetizers, of course.

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SKYY® VODKA & AMFAR’S LIMITED EDITION BOTTLE TO BENEFIT THE FIGHT AGAINST AIDS

SKYY’s first-of-its-kind “Flocked” Blue Velvet Bottle helps consumers give back this holiday season and we love that. The premium vodka’s iconic blue bottle is donning a new festive look this winter, all in the name of the true holiday spirit. SKYY, the number-one domestic super-premium vodka in the US, and the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), one of the leading nonprofits dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic, are partnering this holiday season to launch the exclusive SKYY Vodka Blue Velvet Limited Edition Bottle. The chic soft-to-touch bottle is flocked with an intricate, blue velvet pattern, naturally, and is a design element never before used in the spirits industry. We think it will make the ideal, unique festive gift for consumers who want to give back to the world this holiday.

“amFAR is an incredible organization that contributes greatly to the ongoing battle against AIDS,” says Jason Daniel, Brand Director, SKYY Vodka. “We are thrilled to partner with them...

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DEBUT FOR ELEVEN ELEVEN BENEFIT

We love Stephen Moser, his writing talents for the Austin Chronicle and of course, his fashion sense. The self-proclaimed style avatar has invited us to his gala fashion show benefit and our very own Lance Avery Morgan is modeling in it on Sunday.

Is there is an item in your closet so special that it has been waiting for one fabulous occasion? This is it... Eleven Eleven: An Evening of Extraordinary Style is generating is the highly-anticipated return of fashion designer Moser. Both host and presenter for the night, Moser has created an over-the-top event to benefit Hospice Austin (and Hospice Austin’s Pet Peace of Mind Program). “This will be the most glamorous night we've seen in a long time,” muses Stephen Moser. Take the stately Driskill Hotel, serving as a perfectly juxtaposed setting, add in Sociable guests for a dramatic night and you get color, spectacle and runway fashion.

Diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer over six years ago, Moser experienced first-hand the devastating impact of a cancer diagnoses. With the love...

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RACE WEEK’S FASHIONABLE START AT THE W

It is the Formula 1 Race Week and it will be one of the most fashionable weeks in the Jet-Set racing world and in Austin. How? Cut to: the FULL TILT high-octane fashion show and champagne brunch where International VIP's and the fashion elite will mingle.

The event kicks off an exciting weekend for Austin's Grand Prix where glamour, fashion and the luxurious racing lifestyle collide. FULL TILT Fashion Show on Friday, November 16th from 11:30am - 2:30pm at W Hotel Austin

The FULL TILT folks have assembled an exciting roster of world-class designers whose designs represent the glamorous lifestyle that is so much a part of race weekend. Here’s a look at the lineup and we’ll see you on the front row…

Linda Asaf Design

Austin's own, Linda Asaf will present her expanded 'Evolution of Glory' Fall 2012 Collection. The collection is racing-inspired and features leather, lace, and contemporary designs that promise to both wow and entertain the audience.

Keepers

Keepers will showcase luxury menswear...

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LANCE AVERY MORGAN ON "L STYLE G STYLE"

Our very own Lance Avery Morgan, who has overseen (and written) hundreds of cover stories and features in his time has had the tables turned on him. Now HE is this month’s cover guy on the Texas-wide story, "Get Up Dress Up Show Up" expertly written by Dorothy Harrigan, daughter of author Stephen Harrigan, (The Gates of the Alamo, Remember Ben Clayton) in L Style G Style magazine.

The magazine, owned and helmed by Alisa Weldon and Lynn Yeldell, is a slick pub that has gained a fan base in the Austin area with the artful crowd.

Neiman Marcus dressed Morgan for the magazine’s cover shot, photographed by Michael Thad Martin, the magazine’s top shooter.

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LIGHTS & ICE EVENT AT BARTON CREEK RESORT & SPA

It’s that time again – time for the seasonal ice rink to open at Barton Creek Resort & Spa, with proceeds to benefit Make-A-Wish® Central & South Texas.Austin’s Barton Creek Resort & Spa pays an icey homage to the holidays with over 200,000 twinkling lights and the opening of its 4,100 square foot ice rink as part of the festivities.

“With our largest ice rink ever, new holiday activities in Frosty’s Family Fun Room and festive cheer throughout the resort, we hope to bring joy to kids and to those who are still kids at heart,” said Barton Creek Resort & Spa General Manager James Walsh.

What’s so cool is that every year, thousands of children submit their wishes to Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas (www.cstx.wish.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. With the help of Barton Creek Resort and event-goers this year, the non-profit will grant wishes to such deserving...

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IN THE SPIRIT OF PALM BEACH BY PAMELA FIORI TELLS ALL

Palm Beach. Just the word has always held a high amount of both glamour and mystery.Now, the playground of the rich and famous is revealed in the new book,In the Spirit of Palm Beach by Pamela Fiori, published by Assouline this month.

Let’s face it… if there is one resort community in America that exemplifies enormous wealth, unparalleled exclusivity, and pure extravagance, it is without a doubt Palm Beach.

Palm Beach through the eyes of Pamela Fiori is a glorious way to experience a fascinating array of cultural venues, sample the culinary masterworks of celebrity chef–owned restaurants, play on world-class golf courses, and take in one of dozens of internationally renowned destination events without ever having to leave your home. And then some.

We love some of the book’s bon mots:

“Palm Beach ‘musts’: No socks. Sweaters over shoulders.

Jewelry��� A hairstyle known as ‘the Palm Beach crash helmet.’ Luxe cars. Private jets. Yachts. Bridge. Golf and tennis.”— Steven Stolman

“Lush,...

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STORE OPENING SET TO DAZZLE

If you haven’t experienced The World of Jonathan Adler, tonight is the time to share in his magic in Austin. The famed home designer and author is jetting in to officially open his new Austin location with a star-studded evening and the town is abuzz.

Adler, in his inimitable way, will be signing copies of his new book, 100 Ways To Happy Chic Your Life. With such a festive title, who could resist? He also promises fist bumps and nibbly bits, per the invitation.

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ED BURNS ON HIS NEW FILM A FITZGERALD, “THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS

It’s good to be Edward Burns these days. The actor/director/producer triple threat has just released his newest film, “The Fitzgerald Family Christmas” and it looks to be a new holiday must-see classic for the ages.

Burns returns to familiar territory from his filmmaker beginnings. He set the film world on fire when he shot the character-based “The Brothers McMullan” for $25,000 in the mid 90’s. Quickly followed by “She’s The One” and a slew of other films, he also had time to star in “Will & Grace” and play himself on several seasons of the Hollywood send up, “Entourage,” which widened his fan base.

Recently he has appeared in “Man on A Ledge”, “Newlyweds” and “Friends With Kids,” all of which garnered favorable reviews. Of course, we all know he’s married to supermodel Christy Turlington Burns and they now have two children, Grace and Finn.

Burns and I caught up to learn more about “The Fitzgerald Family Christmas” and the always-authentic Burns, who was quick to share how disappointed he...

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"WHITE CHRISTMAS" DEBUTS

It’s here! ZACH Theatre’s sensational new stage adaption of the all time best holiday film, WHITE CHRISTMAS.

ZACH has done it again. Austin’s Theatre and Texas’ longest running theatre, in the first-ever season in its new Topfer Theatre, presents the Austin premiere of WHITE CHRISTMAS, which is based on the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by NORMAN KRASNA, NORMAN PANAMA, and MELVIN FRANK. With music and lyrics by IRVING BERLIN, book by DAVID IVES and PAUL BLAKE, musical direction by Allen Robertson and directed and choreographed by NICK DEMOS. Now that’s pedigree.

WHITE CHRISTMAS is a film we watch every year. Always have, always will. This year our holiday dreams have come true with the beloved movie musical turning ZACH into a winter wonderland.

In this melodious new stage adaptation, two former Army buddies turned famous song and dance men find love with two singing sisters in a snowy Vermont Inn, all the while singing Irving Berlin classics like "Happy Holidays", "Count Your Blessings", "Blue Skies," and "I've...

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2012 BALLET AUSTIN’S MOTHER GINGER IS OUR VERY OWN LANCE AVERY MORGAN

It is that time of the year again – time for the season’s beautiful ballet that captures the hearts of children of all ages. Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012 at The Long Center is where our very own Lance Avery Morgan has been honored to be cast in the Mother Ginger role in this year’s “The Nutcracker” performance.

Here’s some info from the great folks at Ballet Austin: every year as the annual production ofThe Nutcracker approaches, Ballet Austin is always abuzz with who will be cast as Clara, the Snow Queen, Cavalier, and the Sugar Plum Fairy among others. But, it turns out… one particular character that always attracts wide attention throughout Austin is that of the beloved Mother Ginger character.

In the spirit of keeping Ballet Austin’s production of The Nutcracker unique to Austin, the Mother Ginger role has historically been filled with local Austin ‘celebrities’. They have been fortunate to have such guests as the late Governor Ann Richards, Lance Armstrong, Luci Baines Johnson, Senator Kay...

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HOUSTON JOINS BASEL, LONDON, NEW YORK AND MIAMI AS LOCALE FOR ART FAIR

Recently Houston movers and shakers, along with eighty galleries from 12 countries and 34 cities, converged under one roof in Houston’s Reliant Center for the second annual Houston Fine Arts Fair, the largest art fair in the Southwest Region. World renowned collectors, curators, and art patrons experienced an exciting and diverse array of paintings, drawings, print editions, installations, sculpture, and photography. This was an impressive feat for Houston, which is, as you might know, the nation’s third largest art market.

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CRIQUET’S NEW LONG SLEEVE PIQUE POLO

The search for the perfect polo is over. It’s about time. Time for a unique kind of shirt beyond the usual white, blue or striped pull over. From the guys who bring you the best combination of heritage, comfort and style, they say that you’ll never find this anywhere else in a polo shirt with sleeves that go all the way to the wrist. It’s a Criquet polo shirt.

Criquet Shirts officially started in 2010, but the origins of the company go back much farther than that. Criquet founders Billy Nachman and Hobson Brown first met in kindergarten at an all-boys school in New York City. The school uniform included a polo shirt. A friendship was born, and along with it came their lifelong journey to find the perfect shirt.

Over the years the two sampled polos of many shapes and sizes: baggy, fitted, emblem/no emblem, rounded collar. There were some very close calls along the way – hand me downs and an occasional thrift store treasure; golf shirts Billy’s grandfather wore in the 70s; a favorite that Hobson picked up on vacation that he...

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‘Tis The Season

We love the sights and sounds of the holidays. As we reach Christmas and journey into the New Year, we wish you and yours the very merriest and we’d love to share this holiday poem to keep your hearts and minds warm this joyous season in which we have so much to be grateful…

Happy New Year!

© Colleen P. Beaudoin

We've reached the end of another year

Where Christmas time is growing near

Friends and family we hold so dear

Will soon feel the warmth of holiday cheer.

Is Santa single? Or is he married to Ms. Kringle? Is it the wedding bells that jingle? Or is it the reindeer as they mingle?

The brightest starts start to twinkle

As young hearts being to tingle.

This is a very special time

For children of all ages and kind

To ask for whatever comes to their mind

And to see if Rudolph's nose really shines!

Santa's laugh is so unique and so profound

It makes his belly jiggle around

As he lands his sleigh down on the ground

He tiptoes up to the rooftops without...

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NEW YEAR’S EVE OF THE ZACH THEATRE CONCERT FEATURING THE FAMILY STONE

Just like the old song asks, “What are you doing New Year’s Eve?” and we want to know the same. Our bet is on the ZACH Theatre concert that will rock the house with the Family Stone classic rock group on December 31.

The legendary Woodstock soul band and Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame members will dazzle the region with their blend of funk. It will featureJerry Martini, saxophone, Cynthia Robinson, trumpet, Greg Errico, drums, Blaise Sison, bass guitar, Nate Wingfield, lead guitar, Trina Johnson Finn, vocals and Alex Davis, lead vocals and keys.

We learned that the group will not only perform some of their funkiest hits of all tim, but will also play not one, but two unforgettable New Years Eve live concerts in ZACH’s new Topfer Theatre.

The Family Stone will play classic hits from Sly & The Family Stone including "I Want to Take You Higher," Everyday People," "Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin," "Dance To The Music," "Hot Fun In The Summertime," "Family Affair," "Sing a Simple Song,"...

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HELPING HAND HOME FOR CHILDREN ANNOUNCES GIRLS MAKING DEBUT IN SPRING

Our social arbiter Rose Betty Williams is always on the scene to capture the most special society moments. Recently in Austin at The Bauer House, the Helping Hand Home for Children announced their line up of girls who will be making their debut in the Spring at The Crystal Ball Gala on March 2, 2013 at the Palmer Events Center.

Debutante Katerina Blaire Barnes and mother Melanie BarnesAs we all know,for 120 years, the Helping Hand Home for Children has provided a place to heal for abused, neglected and abandoned children. It provides residential treatment services, therapeutic foster care, adoption services, and an on-site charter school for emotionally disturbed children. They are a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Austin, Texas licensed by the State of Texas, and governed by the membership of the Helping Hand Society.

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2013 RITE OF SPRING HOUSTON BALLET BALL

It is that time again. It’s time in the social swirl when approximately 500 individual and corporate benefactors joining together to support a cultural organization that enriches Houston’s community and lives. At the Rite of Spring 2013 Houston Ballet Ball.

Chairing the Ball this year will be Martin & Kelli Cohen Fein at ablack-tie gala raising at least $600,000 for Houston Ballet Foundation’s programs. Features a gourmet dinner by Tony’s, dancing to the Richard Brown Orchestra, Décor by The Events Company and an extraordinary silent auction that will create a stir during the ball.

The Honorees this year are the inimitable Lynn Wyatt and also, Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P.

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GLOBE’S 2013 BEST DRESSED

The official kick-off to the entertainment award’s season is the prestigious Golden Globe Awards that is hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Deftly hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, men were elegantly clothed in designer tuxedos by the likes of Tom Ford, Burberry and so many more. The slim-fitting silhouette still reigns in Hollywood, yet it was the women’s gowns that stole the show last night at the Beverly Hills Hotel where the awards and official after party were held.

Our favorites were San Antonio-tied Eva Longoria, Taylor Swift, Sophia Vergara, Kate Hudson, newcomer Jennifer Lawrence and Hallie Berry.

For more information on the Golden Globes, visit www.goldenglobes.com. Stay tuned as we bring you our favorites for the Oscar’s, too.

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Creating a one man show is a difficult task... to hold an audience’s interest. Unless that man is Jaston Williams. Tru, starring Jaston Williams, written by Jay Presson Allen and directed by Larry Randolph shows that Austin’s ZACH Theatre has another huge hit on its hands.

The piece is set in the mid 70’s after Truman Capote’s falling out with his social gadabouts who ruled the NY society roost, thanks to his article at the time in Esquire magazine that revealed too many secrets that hit too close to home about its fictionalized real life characters. The story is told with elements of phone calls, music and Capote’s own reminiscences of how his life came to be what it was at that time.

Greater Tuna star Jaston Williams inhabits Truman Capote in a stellar performance is all at once charming, acerbic, fragile, and enigmatic writer. And, Williams' astonishing portrayal of the In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's author is often vulnerable and confessional. Played in the round, the play offers the audience the opportunity to become confidants to TRU's trademark wit...

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At the intersection of legislation, philanthropy, and arts patronage in Texas stands the Texas Cultural Trust with a mission to promote and highlight the importance of the arts in educating our children and sustaining our vibrant Texas economy. We love that.

Arts patrons, supporters, and enthusiasts recently joined chairs Kelli Blanton, Marita Fairbanks, and honorary chair Patricia Dewhurst for the announcement of the 2013 Texas Medal of Arts Honorees at a swell luncheon. The announcement was at the gorgeous new Houston Ballet Center for Dance.

“The Texas Medal of Arts Awards recognizes those who have positively impacted the creative culture of the state,” said First Lady Anita Perry. “People from across the state and from all types of creative expression are honored and celebrated as we cultivate and raise awareness about the arts in our state with the hope of continuing and expanding it for future generations to appreciate, embrace and enjoy.”

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LUCRECIA WAGGONER

We love that porcelain and installation artist Lucrecia Waggoner is unveiling her latest collection of works via a solo exhibition entitled Expressions of Nature at Dallas’ Samuel Lynne Galleries.

In this collection, Waggoner integrates elements of nature, inspired by global cultures, the scenic landscapes of Texas and Mexico, and the celestial atmosphere of the night sky. Some referencing the seasons, the pieces use exquisite detail to remind the eye of pink and orange sunsets, crisp silver frost, and deep autumn warmth.

When asked about her pursuit of refined ceramic art, Waggoner jokes that she was “sick of making ashtrays for my guests to break in my bar” and that is a mission accomplished because the techniques she has mastered produce stunning pieces to be admired, yet far too fine to handle.

There are many things that make Waggoner stand out in any crowd, but especially that of sculptors and ceramicists. Most obvious isher warm beauty, modern style, and charming, witty Latin personality. Her amazing eye for detail and patient hand...

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Want a little more Vegas in your life? Who doesn’t? There’s an event that brings the glitzy casino lights, the swanky style, cocktails for every palette, and the Rat Pack swagger here once a year. It’s called VIVA.

On March 2nd, take a step back in time to vintage Vegas where every show’s a stopper. It’s the event you know and love with delectable tastings from Austin’s finest restaurants and a silent auction with opportunities to bid on lavish vacation packages, fine art, unique jewelry, and collector items. There will also be entertainment provided by The Copa Kings, Coty Ross, Mouthfeel, and more. And, faux gambling. All for a great cause.

So forget the jetlag, put on your sparkliest showgirl headdress, and meet us at Shoal Crossing Event Center where we’ll toast to good times and raise money for AIDS Service Austin and Capital Area AIDS Legal Project. Double down and win big this year at...

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NEW FASHION TRENDS FROM NEIMAN MARCUS

Photos by Jennifer Perez of Dulceluxphotography.com

Neiman Marcus modelsJust like gazing into a crystal ball, we have seen the future of fashion and it is gorgeous. At least, for Spring 2013, based on our visit at Neiman Marcus Austin at their Spring Trends breakfast event, hosted by Nancy Nichols and Jennifer Carnes, with help from their entire store in creating the presentation.

We were surrounded by the hoi polloi of style media mavens there to capture what the well dressed woman will be wearing soon. Here’s what we saw that will change your closet in a mere weeks…

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FASHION WEEK & EASTER AT THE HOTEL DE CRILLION

Dozens of songs and movies have reflected how wonderful life is in the City of Lights during the spring season. Our favorite stay in Paris is the Hotel de Crillion, which will be closed for renovations soon. Before that occurs, be sure to enjoy two occasions there: Paris Fashion Week and Easter.

The BAR VOGUE is back. For the fifth time the Hôtel de Crillon and its famous bar have created a pop-up bar/restaurant where every fashionistas will feel right at home in the see and be seen hotel. It all happens during Paris Fashion Week, from February 29 to March 11, 2012.

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NEW DOLCE & GABANNA FRAGRANCE

Dolce and Gabbana introduces its new and divine fragrance, Desire.“Everything starts with desire. There wouldn’t be seduction, sensuality or passion if it wasn’t for desire. For us, it’s always been fundamental to let this sensation go, to break the mould and live freely by emotions," says Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

The designers recently announced the newest addition to their fragrance family;Desire by Dolce and Gabbana and we can’t get enough of it.

Filled with intoxicating scents of jasmine and sweet plumb nectar, Desire by Dolce and Gabbana is an Oriental Floral with a feminine richness. The simple, dark packaging evokes a sense of mystery which is quite striking for a perfume including hints of vanilla infused caramel and sandalwood.

This striking glass bottle evokes a certain alluring quality that spikes our curiosity while the scent itself is purely desirable. We love it and can’t wait to taunt a few people we know while wearing this new, bewitchingly glamorous scent priced at:

Desire Eau de Parfum...

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CATCH IT WITH VINTAGE INFLUENCES WIN ON YNN SEGMENT WITH FASHIONABLY YOURS’ ANNE HUDSON

Of course, the Academy Awards are Hollywood’s biggest night. Our very own Lance Avery Morgan joined Fashionably Yours segment host (and sparkling media personality) Anne Hudson at Feathers boutique to see the vintage looks the store has and how they might influence the Oscar nominees.

Our vote: Jessica Chastain goes super glam in black and white vintage beading, Naomi Watts gets 60s pretty in pick chiffon and sparkles… and Jennifer Lawrence goes bold in the season’s best metallic.

See you on the red carpet and to see the segment on Friday, February 22, 2013, visit www.austin.ynn.com

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DIOR, DE LA RENTA & ARMANI

As Oscar fever cools down a bit, check out what our very own The Society Chronicles editor in chief weighs in about with the red carpet recap on ABC/KVUE with Yvonne Nava and Bryan Mays, a segment that led into Good Morning America. Here it is:

http://www.kvue.com/video?id=193004451&sec=551407&ref=articlevidmod

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TRY NEIMAN MARCUS’ THE BEAUTY EVENT

From now through March 3 ‘It's All About You!’ says the Neiman Marcus team at a store near you. Let the Neiman Marcus beauty experts tailor a beauty regimen to fit your lifestyle and needs. And, receive a chic tote with beauty samples when you spend $125 or more on cosmetics or fragrances. Visit participating counters for additional beauty gifts. One tote per customer, while supplies last, of course.

To make your experience more robust, use Instagram to share your spring beauty look starting and you could win a luxe beauty gift during the store’s daily giveaway, February 21- March 3…plus, one grand prize winner will receive a trip to InStyle’s Summer Soiree party in Los Angeles. How cool is that?

So, what are you waiting for to become more beautiful at a Neiman Marcus store near you? For more information, see a store’s sales associate for details or visit www.neimanmarcus.com

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NEW BOOK TELLS ALL

Green is good. Green fashion is better. That’s why we love a new tome out soon that celebrates the organic side of fashion. Professor of fashion design and textile design and technology at the London College of Fashion, Sandy Black, has written a new guide to the complex issues surrounding modern fashion, clothing production, use and disposal in ‘The Sustainable Fashion Handbook.” How cool is that?

Coming out on April 9, 2013, Thames & Hudson provides this one-of-a-kind fashion handbook that will help you with techniques, brainstorming, style choices and give you chapters on top of chapters on the never-ending innovations of fashion. It’s the process behind the style behind the actual fashion.

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GET YOUR GLAM ON

The place to be this weekend is in Dallas at the House of DIFFA: Collection 2013

The DIFFA/Dallas Board of Trustees presents Collection 2013 House of DIFFA.This year’s event takes place at 6pm, Saturday, March 23 at the Hilton Anatole and our very own Lance Avery Morgan, who is a Style Ambassador this year will take to the catwalk for this amazing cause with a strong provenance in the Dallas social swirl.

Joining the top drawer black-tie celebration of fashion and design means experiencing a dazzling silent auction including designer jackets, live auction, dinner, an amazing runway show, theater, after party, spectacle and excitement in a way that only DIFFA can deliver. All benefiting North Texas HIV/AIDS charities.

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ALZHEIMER’S GALA FUNDRAISER FEATURING MULTI-GRAMMY AWARD WINNER WILLIE NELSON

It’s almost here! This Wednesday, March 27, the DKR Research Fund For Alzheimer’s Disease will host the 4thGoal Gala to celebrate the life of legendary University of Texas coach, Darrell Royal, and to raise funds for the organization’s research.

Over the years, Coach Darrell Royal, Ben Crenshaw, and multi-Grammy award winner Willie Nelson were brought together through this iconic golf and music event. This year Nelson will be headline the musical show as a tribute to his dear friend, Coach Royal, to a sell-out crowd at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theatre.

Texas football players and athletes, as well as Master of Ceremonies Larry Gatlin and BEVO, will also gather to honor their late coach and support awareness for the DKR Research Fund. It will be THE party of the month to attend.

Proceeds from the iconic golf and music event will provide grant funding to medical schools and research organizations in Texas and their global partners who are fighting for treatment and a...

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Million Dollar Quartet Debuts in Austin

Drumroll, please, ladies and gentlemen. Soon one of the most popular and enticing musicals will be coming to the Bass Concert Hall in Austin. The international Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet is on its way to impress Austinites with a performance full of all the things that intrigue us in life: secrecy, betrayal and celebration.

The plot goes something like this. The “father of Rock ‘n’ Roll Sam Phillips, launches the careers of four infamous musicians, introducing them to one another in the Sun Records storefront in Memphis, Tennessee. Million Dollar Quartet recounts the plot-twisted, fateful meeting of these musicians: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, who together, set up an evening of musical celebration and broken promises. Sound fun? We think so.

James Barry as Carl Perkins, David Elkins as Johnny Cash, Ben Goddard as Jerry Lee Lewis, Cody Slaughter as Elvis Presley, and Vince Nappo as Sam Phillips are the actors who star as these notorious icons. This particular evening...

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CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS IN AUSTIN

Want to go fast? BMW of Austin shows you to do that how in this region by driving one of their premium cars. Want to go really, really fast? BMW of North America fired all on all pistons recently in Austin at the new F-1 track.

BMW set a record at Austin’s Grand-Am Circuit Of The America’s race in down-to-the-wire finishes. Turner Motorsport drivers Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana did something no other GRAND AM driver has done before, and they did it twice.

The winning duoThe duo co-drove their GS class BMW M3 and GT class BMW M3 to victory at the Circuit of the Americas. And, all the while, driving a slick, BMW-engineered car.

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Here’s a great idea: collect more. Especially, art. There’s no better place to do that this week than at the AMOA ArtHouse 5 X 7 Splurge and Social events…

5 x 7 Splurge is Thursday, April 4 from 7–10pm at The Jones Center.

Of course, as always, you’ll find more than 1,000 original works of art for purchase created by emerging and established contemporary artists.They are all 5 X 7 pieces, so no need to ship what you buy.

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MAD MEN’S MEETS MOD 60’S WITH NEW SEASON

Revisionist history? Nope, it’s Mad Men’s new season on AMC that will chronicle a sea of 60s change as it premiered this week. Mad Men is an American period dramatelevision series created and produced by Matthew Weinerand launched in 2007, The series was renewed for a sixth season,[1] which premiered this past Sunday night to more critical acclaim than usual.

Every pop cultural hipster knows that Mad Men is set in the 1960s, initially the office locale was at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City, and...

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CATCH THE BMW FEVER AS THE BMW M6 GRAN COUPE’ ZIPS INTO BMW OF AUSTIN

It’s here, it’s here! The all-new BMW M6 Gran Coupe’ has landed in Austin and you can see it this week in an exclusive sneak peek preview to see what the high performing car buzz is all about. It goes beyond status.

When? The magic happens Tues, April 16 from 4-6 at the BMW of Austin dealership at 7011 McNeil Dr off of US 183 & McNeil Road. Representatives from BMW’s M division will be there to answer any questions and Lone Star BMW will also have BMW motorcycles on display, too. A professional driver will be present so you can see the M6 in action, too. Hats off to Steve and Ava Late, the big shots at BMW of Austin, for inviting us.

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BALLET AUSTIN GUILD’S WOMEN ON THEIR TOES LUNCHEON

Photography by Brianna McKinney from the 2012 event

This year it’s time for the one of spring’s best luncheons. The 19th annual Ballet Austin Guild’s “Women On Their Toes” annual spring event honors outstanding volunteers from Austin area non-profit organizations with the proceeds benefiting Ballet Austin. It all happens Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 10:00AM to 1:00PM. at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.

This year the gathering theme is ‘White Magic: The Grace of Giselle’ and since it is attended by more than 400 patrons, the event is always a favorite of the Austin’s Social Set. It will culminate with a dynamic fashion show, “The Life of a Lady,” produced by Neil Diaz Presents and following the fashion show, several raffle packages, each worth thousands, will be awarded.

We love that each year Ballet Austin Guild invites area non-profit organizations to nominate their most exceptional volunteers, the women and men who go above and beyond in their efforts and accomplishments on behalf of the organizations...

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“ON THE ROAD” WITH ZACH SCOTT THEATRE’S MAD BEAT HIP & GONE

You likely know that Steven Dietz, one of the most-produced playwrights in America, who also calls Austin home, created this world premiere specifically for ZACH's first season in the new Topfer Theatre. Mad Beat Hip & Gone is a coming-of-age comedy that chronicles our rich and elusive dreams, immersing audiences in the cultural phenomena of the beat generation.

In the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady famously went "on the road." But what about Danny Fergus and Rich Rayburn — the young guys in the car right behind Jack and Neal, the guys whose history never ended up in books? What were these kids searching for in those "mad days" of "gone kids" trying so hard to be hip? Chock-full of smooth live jazz and exuberant theatricality, Mad Beat Hip & Gone answers these questions and more as it takes audiences on a journey back in time.

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Heaven knows we love a great party. And, we love the Kentucky Derby party – getting dressed up for it, the camaraderie of the gathering and yes, the Mint Juleps. Bob Adams at the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism (www.kentuckytourism.com) connected with us to explain how to have the best Race Day ever this year ,with the right dose of southern hospitality…

Have Kentucky Derby fever but can’t make it to Louisville for the 139th Run for the Roses on May 4? Then throw a Derby party of your own complete with mint juleps, Hot Browns, bourbon balls and Kern’s Derby-Pie®. Here are a few of our favorite tips we’d love to share with you…

With some preparation, you and your guests are bound to get in the true Kentucky Derby spirit and enjoy the day almost as much as those lucky enough to be on the Churchill Downs trackside rail or even Millionaire’s Row. All it takes is planning and execution. Here are a few tips to get started.

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TIFFANY & CO’S GLAMOUR AT BLUE BOOK BALL FOR GATSBY FILM TIE-IN

What a perfect alliance. Recently, Tiffany & Co. had a Jazz Age moment at the Blue Book Ball as the Roaring Twenties came to life in Manhattan for a party more swell than most.

Dazzling with 1920’s sparkle, The Great Gatsby-era returned for one evening as the esteemed jeweler hosted the Blue Book Ball that coincided with the launch of the soon-to-be released film. The champagne-laden event was held in honor of the 2013 Blue Book Collection of Tiffany’s chic jewels that were inspired by the Jazz Age that transformed the world’s fashion and culture.

Long revered since before the actual 1920’s, Tiffany designed the jewels that epitomized glamour and lit up divine Manhattan supper clubs. According to the good people at Tiffany’s, “Blue Book overflows with diamonds reflecting the opulent fashion and surge of creative energy that defined the period. The sheer exuberance of this magical moment in American life pervaded Rockefeller Center®, scene of the Blue Book Ball that took place within a...

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DERBY DAY PARTY AT CHIC VAUDEVILLE IN FREDERICKSBURG

If you are in the Hill Country this weekend, then the place to be to celebrate the Kentucky Derby is at Vaudeville’s gallery, bistro and courtyard space, one of the hippest stores and event venues in the already hip and world-renowned Fredericksburg.

Vaudeville owners Richard Boprae and Chef Jordan Muraglia have teamed with the Garrison Brothers Distillery, located in nearby Hye, to create an event that will be filled with bottomless Mimosas, a Mint Julep station, a “best” hat contest and musical entertainment to watch the races in high style.

Tickets are $85 per person at Vaudeville, located at 230 E. Main in Fredericksburg and for more information, visit http://www.vaudeville-living.com/

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AUSTIN FASHION WEEK’S TRAILBLAZERS, RISING STARS & MASH-UPS

It’s that time again. Time to get as fashionably hip as possible… starting this weekend. And then some. Why? It’s a week long of non-stop events to satiate your appetite for high style with Austin Fashion Week, founder Matt Swinney's brainchild.

After a week of a ton of runway shows, fashion parties and presentations, including the showcase events at local retailers, salons and spas and the Runways & Marketplace gathering at La Zona Rosa, Austin Fashion Week will culminate with the ultra glam Austin Fashion Awards on Saturday, May 11th at the Austin Music Hall. The show will again be hosted by Sandy of the JB and Sandy Morning Show on Mix 94.7. Why attend? That’s simple. The evening will share complete collections from designers like Austin’s own Gail Chovan for Blackmail, Stephen Moser, Kendra Scott, and Dawn Younger-Smith for Boudoir Queen along with looks by local Mash-Up Teams who will walk the custom runway. Hair by Jackson Ruiz and make up by Mandy Hernandez complete the looks of course. In...

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PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL CAPTURES HEARTS

You loved the film. Now you can love the touring Broadway in Austin production at Texas Performing Arts of the first national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical. The musical magic happens next week: May 8 -12, 2013 (Wednesday–Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. Bass Concert Hall at 2350 Robert Dedman Drive on the UT campus will be the site of the musical shenanigans. Broadway in Austin and the crew at Texas Performing Arts always do a first rate job with each production.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical will star Wade McCollum (“Tick/Mitzi”), Scott Willis (“Bernadette”) and Bryan West (“Adam/Felicia”) as the trio of friends, on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. Joe Hart stars as “Bob.” With over 500 dazzling 2011 Tony® Award-winning costumes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical...

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