By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Hive & Colony
When was the last time you were on Savile Row in London? Congratulations, you can now have the same experience here in Texas. Dallas, to be exact. Getting a custom suit made by Hive & Colony Clothiers is an experience that goes beyond the ordinary and delves deeply into the realms of craftsmanship, luxury, and personalized style. Here’s what it's like to embark on this sartorial journey – and you will want to do it again and again like Rob Giardinelli and me, Lance Avery Morgan, soon thought as we both embarked on this creative process of having new tuxedos made.
First, the consultation.
The journey begins with a scheduled appointment at the Hive & Colony showroom, an elegant space that exudes timeless sophistication in Dallas’ NorthPark Center. The occasion for the new tuxedos was for the annual...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Perini Ranch Steakhouse
Looking for the ultimate cowboy dining experience? Saddle up to the chuckwagon for a premium experience with Perini Ranch Steakhouse and help them celebrate 40 years of success of only-in-Texas cuisine.
Established in 1983, celebrating 40 years of success, and known for its authentic “cowboy cuisine,” the world-famous Perini Ranch Steakhouse began as a chuck wagon catering company founded by Tom Perini, who is still at the helm of the brand today. Located in the small West Texas town of Buffalo Gap, the destination restaurant sits on the ranch that has been in the Perini family since 1952.
We love that over the years, Perini Ranch has gained a worldwide following for its celebrated, “real Texas food” and authentic dining experience, complete with abundant Texas hospitality for all the ranch’s local and traveled guests. As a result, Perini Ranch Steakhouse received the coveted James Beard America’s Classics Award in 2014. The Perini Ranch brand has...more
SHINDIG INSPIRATION: "CLASSICAL SHINDIG: AMATEUR ARTISTRY FROM THE SIMPLE TO THE SUBLIME" BY MICHAEL HAROLD AND QUINN PEEPER IS NOW AVAILABLEA
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Susan Schadt Press, Rizzoli USA
Photo: Quinn Peeper and Michael Harold at home
In a special combined podcast of Success with Style and Fun In Fundraising, Lance Avery Morgan and Rob Giardinelli join in a conversation with Michael Harold and Quinn Peeper, the authors of the chic new book, Classical Shindig: Amateur Artistry from the Simple to the Sublime. This elevated, insider’s look at special occasion entertaining is chock full of ideas for your own hosting. You’ll come away with entertaining tips and tricks that even an amateur can execute.
We love the brand new, and very, very...more
By Rob GIardinelli Photography by Marc Suarez
Austin’s Fairmont Hotel was the recent setting for a night of fun and fundraising for a very worthy cause. Over 350 sociables, doctors, and community leaders turned out for Manos de Cristo’s annual gala. The evening featured a series of touching tributes and emotional testimonials, seamlessly blended in with dancing and fun, while creating a night that those fortunate enough to be a part of will not soon forget.
The evening’s theme, Share The Love, was felt from the very second guests arrived in the foyer outside of the...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Durango Boots
Sure, we all know Durango Boots. In fact, they are a much loved classic brand is more popular than ever when it comes to quality, approachable boots. When Durango Boots Marketing Manager Erin DeLong shared more of the Durango story and offerings recently, we were intrigued.
If you don’t have a pair of Durango boots yet, let some of our ladies' favorites seen here inspire you.more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photos courtesy of Hotel Zaza Memorial City
Hotel Zaza Memorial City offers something more than other luxe hotels. Much, much more.
In fact, there’s something for just about anyone. The venue offers a haven of oversized, well-appointed accommodations, thought-provoking art, and over 11,000 square feet of extraordinary meeting and event space. How cool is that?
Bringing the style and service of a luxury resort to Houston and elevating the experience of business travel as well as weekend getaways and staycations, this uniquely chic boutique hotel boasts a collection of 159 guestrooms, including concept suites and The Magnificent Seven Suites accompanied by exceptional dining, signature spa treatments and a poolside oasis. Big Easy, Havana, American Beauty, Black Gold, Beach House, Breathless, French Connection, Passage To India, Godfather, and more, are just a few of the suite themes.
Our two favorite spots to enjoy first upon arrival: the pool and...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography of Shannon, Kat and Noelle Jud is courtesy of Kat + Noelle
Dallas has become more stylish than ever before. We love that Park Cities resident Shannon Jud recently opened Kat + Noelle, a family owned and operated boutique located in The Pavilion on Lovers Lane. The venue offers a unique, curated collection of resort-inspired women’s apparel and accessories, fragrances, home décor, and gifts. The boutique, named after Jud’s two daughters, Hannah Katherine and Harper Noelle, who frequent the shop if they aren’t found working there.
In fact, Kat + Noelle has been a lifelong dream for Jud. After leaving corporate America five years ago with little to no retail experience but driven by her love of fashion, shopping, and her own personal, unique style, she started her journey in the retail industry. In 2018, Shannon and her husband, Tom Jud, bought the popular upscale resale shop, Clothes Circuit, located in Preston Center. Together, they updated the more than 35-year-old shop and overhauled the consignment area. This endeavor allowed Shannon to pair her love of fashion and retail with her business...more
By Lance Avery Morgan
We can’t wait for the fact that his week the Andy Roddick Foundation, the leading Central Texas organization enriching the lives of children through high quality after school and summer learning programs, investments in community innovators and awareness-building activities, announced comedian Bobby Bones will host and multi-platinum award-winning country music artist Jordan Davis will perform at their annual Andy Roddick Foundation Gala on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at ACL Live.
Radio and TV personality Bobby Bones will serve as host and his comedy duo, The Raging Idiots (alongside Eddie Garcia), will perform at the 2023 Andy Roddick Foundation Gala with Jordan Davis, who released his second full-length album, Bluebird Days, in February.
“We are excited to be back at The Moody Theater with Austin’s own Bobby Bones hosting a hilarious night to raise funds for this critical organization,” says Andy Roddick, founder and chairman of the Andy Roddick Foundation. “We are honored to be able to also share the music of Jordan Davis with our supporters and look...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Hive & Colony
Yep, we realize shopping for dear old dad on Father’s Day can be stressful, especially when he might seem to have all he needs. One thing he can always use is something from Hive & Colony, which has set out to make buying one of the hardest gifts of the year more simple and sophisticated than ever before. After all, doesn’t the father (or father figure) in your life deserve something more personal and experiential than the limited selection of suggested gifts that come around every June?
You’re in luck. Hive & Colony has just the solution. The luxe clothier’s fashion-forward range of textiles and materials, customer service-based experience, and expert personal stylists can create a friction-free, custom experience for the man in your life, so he is guaranteed to walk out the door with an authentic and unique look that suits him best. The best part, to take all the gift-giving guesswork out of the equation, is that for a limited time, the bespoke menswear brand is offering an exclusive promotion on gift...more
By Lance Avery Morgan
We love that Mexico is steeped in tradition and that there is so much to love about it. From the country’s sunny disposition to its serene vibe, there are few places like it on earth. Most of us have already been there many times...we’ve done the spring breaks, the family getaways, and perhaps, the bachelor/bachelorette event destinations. Now, for something newer and different, we recommend the Andaz Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya, a Hyatt concept, as your very next retreat to get away from it all. Once you’re on the ocean with the breeze blowing through your hair you’ll know what true relaxation really is.
Once you hop on a quick flight, from two to three hours from most Texas cities, into Cancun, you’ll soon be on your way an hour’s drive to the serene Andaz, whisked away by a private shuttle arranged by the property. The natural beauty that surrounds the region is also home to an idyllic range of flora and fauna that set the tone for a relaxing adventure. Upon arriving at the grand entrance, the friendly team is there to greet you...more
By Kristen O'Brien Photography courtesy of Le Carl Gustaf, part of the Hotel Barriere Group
The place to be these days is St. Barts...an insider’s destination. The celeb hideaway is more popular than ever, according to our intrepid global reporter, Kristen O’Brien, who drops into Le Carl Gustaf, part of the Hotel Barrière Group, to experience the best that beach life has to offer.
WELCOME TO PARADISE
The prop plane pitched to the right, then to the left, bucking and rolling over the wind currents as we made our descent, but first we had to clear a mountain range, followed by a sudden drop in altitude, before the plane could hit the runway at a great speed and pull to a stop before ending up in the azure-colored bay at the end of the 2,100-foot runway. Most runways are between 8,000 and 13,000 feet long for comparison, so landing safely was a welcome end to the beginning of my adventure. Welcome to Saint Barthélemy, aka St. Barts or, à la française, St. Barth. Personally, I thought the landing at Gustaf III Airport was exhilarating, but then again, I’ve always loved roller coasters. For...more
By Jennifer Roosth Photography by Wilson Parish and Jacob Power
PHOTO: Eduardo and Maria Morales, Dierks Bentley, Valentina Morales & Victoria Morales
The place to be was with the Minute Maid Park crowd of a thousand guests were dancing, laughing, applauding, and celebrating in support of Shriners Children’s Celebration of the Century, 100 Years of Care event. Chairpersons Maria and Eduardo Morales were applauded along with the Host Committee members, for the success of the evening that raised over $1.5 million (with donations still coming in for the event).
Chairman of the Board of Directors Kenny Craven, and his wife Jennifer Craven, greeted everyone and thanked sponsors for supporting the organization that helps ensure children the world over will receive excellent specialty medical care. The entire evening on the floor of the stadium was filled with high energy. Adding to the fun were guests taking pictures in the dugout with freshly-won World Series signs above them.
Testimonials from parents and families that personally experienced the impact of programs and treatments delivered by...more
By Jennifer Roosth Photography by Priscilla Dickson, Daniel Ortiz and Jacob Power
PHOTO: Mike and Carol Linn, Susan Sarofim, Alvin Abraham, Cody Johnson, DeeDee and Wallis Marsh photo by Priscilla Dickson
Grand Champions For TEACH Wrangles Big Win for To Educate All Children (TEACH)
Let’s have applause for...Grand Champions for TEACH! The annual fundraising event celebrated its 10th year with more than 700 guests packed into the ballroom at The Post Oak helping raise a record-breaking $1.9 million to advance To Educate All Children (TEACH)’s mission of creating positive learning environments for all children.
The Texas-chic-themed gala had everyone decked out with boots and bling to support TEACH, the locally based independent nonprofit that works with more than 1,800 educators and serves more than 20,000 children. Wildflower arrangements upon all the tables, along with murals from the legendary Gruene Hall and Luckenbach, were the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities. An intimate concert by award-winning country-music superstar Cody Johnson had supporters singing along and...more
By Jennifer Roosth Photography courtesy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital
PHOTO: Paige Fertitta, Santa, Patsy Fourticq and Greg Fourticq
Sixteenth Annual Santa’s Elves Event Benefits The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital
You’d better believe it that a festive group of Houstonian holiday partiers, more than 350 in attendance, got in the holiday spirit for the 16th annual Santa’s Elves party benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. In fact, it’s the first in-person Santa’s Elves since 2019.
Of course, Santa Claus himself was in attendance as well as event’s founders, Patsy Fourticq and Gregory Fourticq, Jr., and the entire Tilman Fertitta family. The Fertitta children, Michael, Patrick, Blayne, and Blake, took the stage to welcome MD Anderson Cancer Center and guests as part of the welcome.
Guests grazed on a massive charcuterie board complete with all the accoutrement before moving onto to a buffet of BBQ shrimp, decadent macaroni and cheese, Chicken a la Paige, roasted vegetables, and more. Festive Christmas trees and garland dotted...more
By Jennifer Roosth Photography by Killy Chavez
Dr. Robert Hilliard, Jr., Chree Boydstun, Mary Patton and Milton Townsend
Legacy Community Health Annual “Holiday Schmooze”
We love that Houston’s unpredictable weather didn’t dampen the holiday spirit of the 150 revelers who came out to mix and mingle at Holiday SCHMOOZE. Leading the helm of this soiree were co-chairs Mary Patton and Milton Townsend, with Townsend graciously opened his beautifully decorated home for this magical event benefiting The Jackson Hicks Endowed Fund for the Awareness, Prevention, and Treatment of HIV/AIDS at Legacy Community Health.
The glam squad crowd was treated to a winter wonderland with holiday trees decorated by the co-chair duo, and spectacular floral arrangements that were created by Rebekah Johnson of Bergner & Johnson Design. The festive crowd were greeted to flavorful cocktails upon arrival and enjoyed light bites created by Jackson and Company. Bonnie and Rob Lloyd of Lloyd Wines graciously provided flavorful selections from their...more
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Sterling Coats and Haley Plotkin
Center for Child Protection’s Play Bingo Dazzles
Recently, a beautiful fall afternoon was the setting for one of the city’s most anticipated fall competitions. Not U.T. Football, yet rather bingo. A sold-out crowd featuring 1,200 of the city’s most notable sociables, philanthropists and VIP descended upon the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Austin for the 19th Annual PlayBingo Ladies Luncheon for a day of fun, prizes, and most of all...fundraising.
The festive-chic attire created a welcoming environment for all who attended. Before the main event, revelers were able to peruse the over 125 silent auction items up for bid which included fine jewelry, designer handbags, items from local merchants, vacation packages, and much more. In the crowd, many coordinated outfits were spotted as many dressed in specific themes with their tablemates.
The festivities then moved into the ballroom to PlayBingo. Emcee Jim Spencer effortlessly kept things moving a brisk, fun pace as the games were played. In total, eight games were played with the winners taking home...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Landry Distillery
With the holidays rapidly approaching, aren’t we’re all seeking the perfect gifts and drinks to serve at holiday dinners, parties, and events? Or, to present as host gifts? The easy solution has been created in the spirits-giving department. We recommend the quality-crafted, premium cocktail using Austin-born Landry Distillery’s signature, Landry Stakes, small batch bourbon whiskey...and Landry Oaks, a rye whiskey double. Each is the perfect drink that gives the comfort of the holidays for any occasion as well as a coveted holiday gift to share with your friends, family, or even your holiday party host.
It all had to begin somewhere with Landry Distillery. The multi-family generation founder and third-generation owner of racing-class quarter horses, Zach Landry, bonded with his grandfather over Quarter Horse racing and how they both considered a good whiskey their favorite drink of choice. Following in his grandfather and uncle’s footsteps, Landry is a devoted bourbon aficionado who has a reputation for gifting friends with limited-edition bottles. After...more
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Ready Set Jet Set
The Domain in Austin was the recent setting where several hundred turned out for the shopping destination’s event, Starlight Soirée. Held on a picture-perfect autumn evening, it featured several hundred foodies, sociables and music lovers for good food, great company, and excellent music.
The Austin-chic crowd began the evening under the beautiful trees along Century Oaks Terrace. Guests were able to get into the spirit of the evening by sampling various cuisines and cocktails that The Domain offers to patrons every single day. Establishments such as Fleming’s really got into the spirit of the evening by having a different delectable morsel each hour with the first hour of the event by featuring a crab cake appetizer, the second hour featured a New York Strip and Tater Tots main course, and the final hour featuring a Chocolate Butter Cake for dessert.
Additionally, partygoers shopped...more
By Lance Avery Morgan
Leadership is an interesting thing. Most leaders aren’t born that way. They develop and that development is an ongoing opportunity. In fact, we’ve found a new book that can help your own leadership skills.
Authentic Leadership: Embracing Your Archetypal Gifts is a transformational non-fiction book identifying the many outdated behaviors that impact how we show up authentically as a leader whether you lead people or innovation.
The tome offers examples of modeling to identify, activate and integrate these gifts. So, it’s a guide to navigate current leadership evolution. This paradigm shift will change our future innovation, interaction, relationships, and teams.
This book offers ways to:
- Bring awareness of the state of leadership evolution.
- Educate on outdated behaviors with tips to activate consciousness.
- Bring awareness of authentic leadership gifts that may relate to the reader.
- Provide real life examples through my own stories and observations.
- Offer stories of how real leaders practice...
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Austin Film Festival
Any film project you see that you enjoy begins with a terrific script. That’s why we love that the Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference (AFF), the premier festival that champions the writers’ contributions to film, television, and new media, announced today two distinguished awardees to be honored at this year’s festival from October 27 – November 3. Academy Award-winning producer Dede Gardner will receive AFF’s Polly Platt Award for Producing, and Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe winner Stephen Merchant will receive AFF’s Outstanding Television Writer Award. Gardner and Merchant will be recognized at the 2022 Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 29, and will participate in Festival and Conference programming. Additional panelists confirmed to speak at the Writers Conference, held the first four days of the Festival, October 27-30 include Max Borenstein (“Winning Time”), Nkechi Okoro Carroll (“All American”), Edward Neumeier (RoboCop), Vanessa Taylor (The Shape of Water), and many...more