By Rob Giardinelli
As anyone who came of age in the 70s, 80s or 90s can attest, television reruns from eras past were a major part of our upbringing. From I Love Lucy to Gilligan’s Island, and everything in between, those shows all had one thing in common. The lack of a fitting ending for the characters we knew and loved once the series ended.
What would the ending of some of our favorite shows we grew up watching in reruns be like? Would Lucy and Ricky have stay married or divorced and co-parented? Would the Professor and Mary Ann have gotten together while the Skipper and Gilligan coupled up? These are questions each of us have likely pondered at one point or another about certain TV shows along the way. Fortunately for us, we now have a fitting ending to one of these shows, the iconic 1960’s television series, Bewitched in a book titled I, Samantha, Take This Mortal, Darrin.
Written by Bewitched historical expert Adam-Michael James, his just-released book gives the satisfying finale and ending the characters on the show never experienced....more
By Lance Avery Morgan
As New York Fashion Week is a buzz with the swooshing down the runways and the champagne flowing backstage after each collection shows these days, we love the spirit of what's being shown by some of our designers who know a thing or two about what makes a woman feel beautiful.
Here, our Editor In Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan has chosen a few of his favorite looks as we look ahead to inspire what you’ll be wearing – and where – for Fall/Winter 2018... (Photos courtesy of each designer)more
By Rob GIardinelli Photos courtesy of Miguel Angel (HRC) and Brandi Nellis (Dell)
We all know Austin is a very diverse, charitable and social city with lots to do. Recently, the city had the good fortune of having not one, but two must- attend galas on the same night. We were lucky to be along for the ride for two great, annual galas: Dell Children's Medical Center and HRC Austin. Each of neared or exceeded a thousand attendees with both having a mix of new and familiar faces. Want to know who was seen on the scene? Here’s a look...
FIRST STOP: Dell Children's Medical Center's annual gala
WHERE: Austin Convention Center
WHO: Over 1,000 donned their Saturday finest black-tie for a night of revelry, fun and most important of all a very worthy cause.
VIBE: The well-heeled crowd with a mix of suits, tuxedos and ballgowns started their evening with cocktail hour and followed with a dinner and program. The live auction and fund a dream (which is where you can make a cash donation that funds a specific need) alone raised over $800,000. The festivities continued well into the...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Image courtesy of The Rise School Austin
We love that The Rise School of Austin will host its 11th annual premier fashion luncheon, Heart & Soul, on Friday, February 9, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the JW Marriott in downtown Austin.
Heart & Soul features a one-of-a-kind silent auction with an array of vintage and designer handbags along with high-end jewelry. Guests will be treated to a very special fashion show featuring current and alumni Rise students.
Please consider joining this annual tradition because in addition to a unique silent auction and heartwarming fashion show, you will be treated to a delicious lunch and beverages provided by the JW Marriott. Proceeds from this fun event benefit the Rise School, a private, nonprofit inclusive early childhood education program that provides high-quality services to children 14mon-5yrs.
For more tickets and more info, visit: https://www.riseschoolaustin.org/heartandsoulmore
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of School of Rock Tour
We love that BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center presents School of Rock – The Musical that will play The Hobby Center in Houston through February 4, 2018.
In Austin, Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts tickets for School of Rock – The Musical will play Bass Concert Hall February 13 - 18, 2018.
Rocking the roofs off theaters across America, the School of Rock – The Musical national tour stars Rob Colletti as Dewey, Lexie Dorsett Sharp as Rosalie, Matt Bittner as Ned, Emily Borromeo as Patty, Merritt David Janes as Dewey Alternate, Deidre Lang as Ms. Sheinkopf, Olivia Bucknor as Shonelle, Theodora Silverman as Katie, Chloe Anne Garcia as Marcy, Carson Hodges as Mason, Gianna Harris as Tomika, Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton as Freddy, Phoenix Schuman as Zack, John Michael Pitera as Billy, Theo Mitchell-Penner as Lawrence and Ava Briglia as Summer. The adult ensemble features John Campione, Patrick Clanton, Christopher DeAngelis, Kristian Espiritu, Melanie Evans, Liam Fennecken, Kara Haller, Elysia Jordan, Jameson Moss, Sinclair...more
By Jake Gaines Photography of fashion by Gail Chovan
The Details: Friday, February 2 I 7:00 pm I 800 Congress I Tickets: $75 – $150
At the new Lone Star fashion event, you can enjoy avant-garde runway collections from three of the best of the BEST, by invitation only, Texas-based fashion designers. Each city is represented on the runway and through our hosts for the evening at it’s all the brainchild of Fashion X brand creator Matt Swinney.
If you’re a native Texan or you just got here as fast as you could, you CAN'T miss this show! Tickets will include an OPEN BAR from Balcones Distilling, Dripping Springs Texas Vodka and Artisan Gin, St Elmo Brewing, and Spicewood Vineyards.
By Rob Giardinelli Photos courtesy of HRC Austin
We love that Austin’s winter/spring social season kicks off in earnest this weekend. We are fortunate to live in such a diverse city...one that welcomes and respects the talents of anyone who is willing to contribute to the fabric of a unique city whose energy attracts over 100 new residents on a daily basis.
The Human Rights Campaign gala is one such event that embodies all the things we hold dear about Austin: inclusiveness and the realization that diversity makes our community stronger.
This Saturday January 27th, over 700 of Austin’s social, style and cultural trailblazers will descend upon the JW Marriott for an evening that always turns out a fun and interesting crowd.
This year’s gala is co-chaired by Erin Gurak and Trey Pike and fortunately, there are a few tickets remaining. Purchase yours today before the event sells out, as it has done for the past several years by clicking here.more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Focus Features
It might be the most gorgeous movie of this century...about the last century. Phantom Thread is getting all the award show buzz because it’s a movie for the ages, set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock.
It’s one of those films that if there was no volume, the cinematic masterpiece element would suffice. The lush score is as rich with emotion as the art direction’s flawless point of view. In the film, women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.
With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Jeremy Dan
For children and children at heart, there’s a new show coming to town that’s for you, thanks to Lexus Broadway In Austin. Based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time.
It’s directed by Tony®-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair) with book by Olivier Award®-nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award®- winner Eliot Kennedy, and choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance,” Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium), this new musical, packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs, is a timeless story about the power of imagination… and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up.
The production features scenic design by Tony Award®-winner Scott...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Lance Avery Morgan
Back in our dad’s day of the high-flying 80s in Texas, the epicenter of the world of primetime soap hero J.R. Ewing was Dallas. And where was his favorite haunt? It was Hotel Crescent Court (former Rosewood Crescent) in Uptown Dallas, way before Uptown became Uptown.
It’s always been a mainstay, much like the Adolphus, The Mansion and other swankiendas. But recently, we’ve rediscovered the Hotel Crescent Court, with its highly-anticipated, $30 million renovation will officially be completed as of February 2018.
We were just there and can attest to how cool it is. And, is it ever luxe personified. In fact, the Dallas-based interior design firm, Waldrop + Nichols, led the charge redesigning all 195 guest rooms and 31 suites, as well as elevators and guest-room corridors, while the Dallas-based interior design firm, Michelle Meredith & Associates, spearheaded the overhaul of the 22,000 sq. ft. spa and fitness center.
So what are you waiting for? Get thee to the Hotel Crescent Court on your next jaunt to Dallas – your inner J.R. Ewing...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Matthew Murphy
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we think that one of the most wonderful plays to uplift the human spirit is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I that will play Bass Concert Hall in Austin for a limited one-week engagement, Tuesday December 12 through Sunday December 17, 2017. We can thank Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts for this opportunity.
Directed by Tony Award® Winner Bartlett Sher, it won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical. Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. Plus, The King And I features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.
Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
We think it’s one of...more
By Lara Shriftman Photography courtesy of Discovery Land Company
When high profile Texan professionals think about where to build a second or third, or even fourth home for summer vacations, the conversation can often turn to Cape Cod. Now, a new alternative is emerging in Hudson Valley, New York, just 90 miles north of Manhattan. In fact, Discovery Land Company is building more than 200 condos and homes priced between $1 million to more than $10 million dollars in a project that offers a new definition to country living.
We all know that the Discovery Land Company is a real estate development company specializing in the creation of world-class golf and residential communities. Its core philosophy is to enhance the natural character and spirit of each property, in order to provide its members with a unique lifestyle experience. Guided by these ideals, it has become one of the country’s preeminent recreation and residential developers with successful, high-profile communities in North America like Bakers Bay in The Bahamas, Mountaintop in North Carolina, El Dorado in Mexico, and the Yellowstone Club in Montana,...more
By Jake Gaines
There's nothing like a podcast to discuss the issues of the day. Our very own Lance Avery Morgan was recently in Houston and stopped by the Neal & Libby podcast.
Catch up with them as Neal Hamil, Libby Cagle and Lance as they discuss what's happening these days with the latest pop cultural news and all sorts of style for miles.
To listen to the segments, visit
By Rob Giardinelli
Who says you have to go to Savile Row to get a one-of-a-kind world class shirt? Fortunately for us, there’s the iconic Hamilton Shirts in Houston.
Finding a great piece of custom clothing is like a fine wine – it gets better with age. Hamilton Shirts is just such a place. Founded in 1883, it is still a family run business with 4th generation owners. It’s a great testament that classic never goes out of style. We recently made the quick jaunt to get a custom fitting and it was a five-star experience all the way.
Upon walking into Hamilton, you feel as though you could be stepping into the finest menswear shop in New York or London. The dark, wooded walls surround the picture window that peers into the tailoring team who make all of the shirts on-site and by hand, a true throwback of sartorial style.
Sarah was the knowledgeable person on Hamilton’s staff that day to expertly take me through the process of obtaining one of the world’s best fitting shirts. I learned that Hamilton is one of only three shirt manufacturers in the...more
LIGHT INTO DARK: NEW FILM DARKEST HOUR DEBUTS WITH OSCAR BUZZ
We’re always thankful, and this time a year we’re thankful for VIP insider screenings of films that have such an intense Oscar buzz. Like with the new film, The Darkest Hour, which is attracting so much attention as award season kicks into high gear. Plus, we love learning while we are being entertained.
The film is set during the early days of World War II, and with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award-nominee Gary Oldman).
While maneuvering around his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Kristen Scott Thomas as Mrs. Churchill is as marvelous as Oldman is. Lithe ingénue Lily James (you know her as Rose on...more
By Rob Giardinelli Photo courtesy of Wilson Webb/Lion’s Gate Films
Looking for a way to honor Veteran’s Day this weekend? We highly recommend checking out the new release, Last Flag Flying, the latest cinematic triumph of Academy Award©-nominated director and Austin resident Richard Linklater. We caught up with Linklater at Austin Film Studios to discuss his formative years during the Vietnam War and the complexities of it in everyday life...and how that affected the film.
The story features an all-star cast that includes four Oscar-nominated actors in its ensemble: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Lawrence Fishburne and Cicely Tyson. Set in December 2003 during the second Iraq War, Steve Carell’s character Larry “Doc” Shepherd’s son dies in the second Iraq War and is going to claim his son at Dover Air Force base. He enlists the help of two of his war buddies he hasn’t seen in 30 years, alcoholic bar owner Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and pastor Richard Mueller (Lawrence Fishburne). Over the course of their journey to Dover, the three men embark on a road trip with twists and turns that are at times poignant, sad,...more
By Jake Gaines Photography courtesy of The Long Center
Leave it to The Long Center for Performing Arts to provide a special evening of humor and political satire with award-winning actor, producer, and comedian Alec Baldwin and bestselling author and host of Studio 360, Kurt Andersen on Wednesday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. Together they have teamed up to co-author their new book, You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year As President (A So Called Parody), and will join the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith in conversation.
Channeling the spirit of deeper truth, Saturday Night Live veteran and America’s presidential-impersonator-in-chief, Baldwin, and America’s foremost Trump scholar, Andersen, will share an intimate, first-hand account of all the magic and “fact-checking” that went into their new book, and the story of everything that goes on behind the scenes of making America great again. Until Donald Trump publishes the ultimate account of his entire four or eight or one-and-a-half years in the White House, the definitive chronicle might be...more
By Jake Gaines Photography by Priscilla Dickson and Wilson Parish
The Arthritis Foundation recently hosted its seventh annual Bone Bash Gala at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston...and what an evening it was.
Almost 400 guests attended and came dressed to impress in costume to support the organization’s mission of conquering arthritis. The Havana Nights theme included Cuban-inspired cocktails like a Pineapple Mojito, as well as images of Cuba on a huge LED backdrop in the ballroom and performance by Latin band Grupo Kache.
Honorees included Liv Areno (youth), Jacque Steede (adult) and Dr. Alexandra Gonzalez-Fuentes (medical). Dr. Carolyn Farb presented the Otzi to Peter Remington for his commitment to the Arthritis Foundation and his work in the Houston community. In fact, over $220,000 was raised at the event to support the 52 million Americans including 300,000 children living with arthritis.more
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Jake Gaines
(Photo: Eric and Maria Groten)
We love Halloween, that time of the year where we get to dress up in costumes allowing us to showcase our artistry, fantasies and inner child.
THE SCENE: The first annual Zach Scott Theatre Costume Bash on Saturday October 28th. There is no better backdrop for a Halloween party than a theatre, a place where actors and actresses dress up in costumes all year long.
We knew going in that this was going to be an incredibly fun night and we were dazzled. The several hundred patrons of the arts donned costumes that would satisfy children of all ages.
THE VIBE: The ZACH crowd is always a welcoming bunch that makes all invited feel welcome. The added element of having everyone dress up in costumes only made the guests on hand all the more friendly.
Austin has long needed a Halloween party showcasing its philanthropic nature. The success of the inaugural ZACH Costume Bash ensures that this event will only grow in popularity and creativity in the coming years.more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of The Settlement Home For Children, Austin
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 42nd year, a true milestone for city and the organization: The Annual Settlement Home for Children Garage & Estate Sale which takes place Thursday, November 2 – Sunday, November 5 at Palmer Events Center at 900 Barton Springs Road.
Named the largest charity sale in Texas, The Settlement Home 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 goodness for such a...more