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PHOTO: Billie Eilish in Oscar de la Renta

There’s no secret that the Met Gala is the toughest ticket in town. Since it’s invitation-only, we wanted to share how the festivities shaped up last night to inspire your own fall dressing, with a bird’s eye look at the event...

With the cancellation of the event in 2021, due to the pandemic, plans have been in the works for its comeback. Part 1, last night, was centered around this year’s exhibition, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion. The second part, slated for next May, when it usually occurs, is sure to be a showstopper.

The hosts of this year’s event, media stars Timothée Chalamet, Naomi Osaka, and Billie Eilish, didn’t disappoint with their Tik Tock Generation P.O.V. An energetically youthful swagger throughout the event’s red carpet was palpable.

In fact, we’ve all come to expect opulent, extravagant fashion, really, costumes, at this Oscars for the fashion crowd, yet this year is special due to the pent-up demand of all-out glamour due to COVID-19. Were there any surprises?...

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The Houston Polo Club was the perfect setting recently for the fifth annual Hats, Hearts & Horseshoes event benefiting Bo’s Place. The green fields and the polo horses watching from their stalls made this year’s event extra special after last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic. With social distancing protocol in place, over 250 supporters were excited to be dressed in their finest attire to watch and celebrate the running of the Kentucky Derby.

The fabulous hats and beautiful dresses, made for perfect people watching as tables were scattered under many tents. Guests socialized throughout the grounds, sipping traditional mint juleps and nibling on lite bites. Puppy Pals, a racing wall raffle, and purchasing a rose for a friend kept the crowd busy until post time. Multiple large screens gave all the guests a perfect view to watch the race. As the race got close to the finish line, many people started standing and cheering at their tables to see Medina Spirit win the race.

Mary Beth Staine, the executive director of Bo’s Place, said, “Bo’s Place helps...

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Recently, in this exclusive interview, we caught up with superstar choreographer and founder of ISHIDA, Brett Ishida, on her point of view toward contemporary dance. The upcoming performances in her latest work, Faraway, so close, happen in Austin August 13–14 at Dell Fine Arts Center at St. Andrew’s and in Houston August 19–21 at MATCH Midtown Arts & Theater Center. At IshidaDance.org

By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of ISHIDA

LANCE AVERY MORGAN: What is the significance of contemporary dance as the world begins to recover from the pandemic–what are the healing aspects it can offer to your audience?

BRETT ISHIDA: Over two thousand years ago in ancient Greece, citizens attended Greek tragedy; it was one’s civic duty. These plays informed society of its moral code. The performances were cathartic and the personal narratives portrayed connected to audiences...

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We love the performing arts, don’t you? Recently, after spearheading a $3M renovation of Austin’s largest theater, Executive & Artistic Director Bob Bursey announced his first curated season of music, dance, theater, and performance for Texas Performing Arts on the UT campus. A dozen live productions will mark its 40th Anniversary season in 2021-2022 and it offers an array of choices...there will be something for just about everyone.

The performance lineup includes established and emerging artists, revivals and new works, long-time favorites and first-time visits. The season brings the city a survey of current developments and leading voices in the performing arts in America today. In fact, audiences will see some of the highest examples of artistic excellence.

The 40th season of performances will take place in Texas Performing Arts’ newly renovated Bass Concert Hall, the intimate McCullough Theater, and at other locations on the University of Texas campus and around Austin. The 40th season is one of Texas Performing Arts’ anchor series for 2021-22. It joins...

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We love a Jet-Set excursion, don’t you? Look no further. The American Friends of Versailles, founded by Amarillo, Texas native Catharine Hamilton, and under the exceptional, gracious guidance of Princesse Béatrice de Bourbon des Deux Siciles, invites you to a spectacular benefit trip to Vienna and Prague to take place from October 2–10, 2021.

The Princess curated this one-of-a-kind, benefit tour filled with illuminating visits to must-see sites, as well as uncommon entrees to impressive private locales, via invitations from her family and friends. It promises to be a very moving time together. There may be slight edits to this itinerary including surprise, wonderful additions in this exclusive opportunity.

The hotel reservation deadline is June 11th for the first deposit, due to the demand for fall travel and five-star hotels. This opportunity is $20,000 per person (with appx. a $9,500 tax deductible portion). If you are unable to subscribe, kindly know donations of any size are greatly appreciated. For more information, you can email...

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(In photo: Molly Fletcher, Mary Lou Retton and Diane Paddison. Photo courtesy of 4word)

Virtual Gala Features Mary Lou Retton And Molly Fletcher

THE SETTING: Virtual events, as we all know by now, can be just as meaningful and create as much of an impact as live galas. Recently, over 400 guests from across the globe attended the 4word Virtual Gala to celebrate the Dallas organization’s 10-year history, as well as to participate in a stimulating conversation between two legends, OlympicÒ gymnast Mary Lou Retton and former-celebrity-sports-agent-turned-business-coach, Molly Fletcher. The virtual fundraiser benefited 4word’s mission to help women in the workplace reach their God-given potential with confidence.

International in its reach, guests tuned in from as far as Korea...and as nearby as the multi-media studios of The Slate in Dallas. Whether wearing floor-length gowns or pajamas and slippers, guests participated from the comfort of their own homes, bidding on silent auction items and continuing...

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We love supporting so many causes around the state, don't you? To support the cause that the Miss Texas Organization, Texas Cares For Children, learn more about their Toyota and Honda raffle. Hurry, to purchase your tickets and win...

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We love a live action play or musical, don’t you? With theater, it has indeed shape-shifted, like the rest of the world...due to the pandemic. The future is bright, though, according to the University of Texas’s Bass Hall and Texas Performing Arts’ Executive Director, Bob Bursey, who weighs in with his point of view on the performing arts.

LAM: Bob, thanks for your time to connect about theater. Why is Bass Concert Hall at UT such a special place for performances, in your opinion?

BB: It’s the largest theater in Austin, and for 40 years has been the Austin home for top artists and productions from around the world. The scale of it is breathtaking, and that allows artists to go big.

LAM: The show must go on. That in mind, with the pandemic, how has TPA adapted and pivoted with its online presence and a new exhibit like Behind the Scenes: The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop?

BB: We’re staying true to our purpose of connecting people with creativity, especially in these times. We’ve...

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If you’re looking for your next perfect boot this winter, look no further. You want one that fits well, and that will last. Fear not. To the rescue is celebrity entrepreneur Rande Gerber, who has teamed with Nolan Walsh of Thursday Boots to create Thursday Casamoto, a superior boot at $235. Yes, $235.

Available at ThursdayBoots.com, the sleek new footwear comes in two colors, black and café racer brown, so why not have both? It all started because Gerber always seeks the best in everything (think Casamigos Tequila & Mezcal, which he founded with pals George Clooney and Michael Meldman).

“When I can’t find the best, I create it, which is how after over 700 ‘sample’ bottles, Casamigos was born. And because I’m always creating for myself, I never compromise or settle for anything less than perfect,” shares Rande Gerber. He continues by saying, “When my friends at Thursday Boot asked me to partner with them to design the ultimate boot, I took all my favorite boots and combined those details into the Casamoto. Made with the...

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Of course, it’s the season to love what you give...and love what you receive, too. Here are some of our favorite new gifting ideas from our team to inspire gift-giving for the men in your life....

UNTUCK YOURSELF

The best shirt fit for men these days? Look no further than UNTUCKit tailored shirts that fit as well as a custom-fit shirt that just might rival the custom fit that even Saville Row could offer. In a slew of colors and patterns, it’s our go-to new favorite thing to don. Prices vary from $65-109. At UNTUCKit.com.

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

With this handcrafted solid oak dartboard cabinet, what gent wouldn’t want a regulation size dartboard and a dozen darts to create his own pub-like vibe? The rustic barn style doors look great closed when the game’s over. Plus, you can personalize it for the stylish finishing touch. $329. At WineEnthusiast.com.

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Through its characteristic creativity and tremendous cultural presence in the city, the Austin Symphony Orchestra continues to deliver their full year of music and musical education even while we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. But, to do so requires the support of the community, and you. How great is that?

So, why not join the Symphony for a virtual concert, Rule of Three, preceded by the launch of their special Play On program where you'll also learn about their commitment to keep symphonic music alive and accessible to a broader audience than ever before.

What are you waiting for? To purchase tickets, donate to help the organization Play On, and/or sponsor their virtual fundraiser below, go to https://my.austinsymphony.org/ruleofthree and https://my.austinsymphony.org/donate/q/playon. And, to make a pledge, or process payment through another channel, please contact Marilyn Willson, Development Director at...

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If it seems like a household brand name by now, there’s a reason for that. For over 30 years, Murad's Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum, created by Dr. Howard Murad and his team, has been the trusted remedy for those in need of a dark spot correcting treatment. But this past September, we said goodbye to the cult favorite, and hello to the Rapid Dark Spot Correcting Serum that is taking its place.

This is exciting to us. Why? Murad’s new skincare launch is important because the new scientifically driven serum features patented Resorcinol Technology, a first to market, exclusive technology that effectively corrects the look of current and future dark spots – without any hydroquinone or medical prescription.

Bringing more benefits and efficacy than the original dark spot serum, the new Rapid Dark Spot Correcting Serum has an evolved formulation, surpassing clinical results and consumer expectations, reinforcing Murad as the true...

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During the hectic holidays, we all need a little help. With COVID-19, we can all use a little more support...and we’ve discovered Prep To Your Door that’s just the healthy remedy. They are an Austin-based meal delivery service that prepares and delivers plant-based, gluten-free, organic meals in sustainable packaging. How cool is that?

You can choose the number of meals to receive every week from a menu of six options and their team does all the prep work using primarily locally sourced produce. Then, voilà...they drop the meals off at your home or office once a week in mason jars that will be picked up the following week to be cleaned and reused. Prep To Your Door (PTYD) clients, referred to as “Prepsters,” can order 5, 10, 15 or 20 seasonal meals per week–perfect for an individual or a family of any size.

We love that the weekly menu that includes two entrees, two salads, a breakfast and a soup, is completely customizable, and can be modified, skipped or cancelled at any time with no...

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We love that La Perla, the leading Italian luxury brand, has opened a chic, new boutique at 47 Highland Park Village in Dallas. It will be your new go-to destination for quality gifts for the women in your life. It launched with an impressive design debut that provides a luxury experience for the La Perla customer. The new boutique houses a wide selection of La Perla's latest Spring/Summer 2020 collections, ranging from underwear and pajamas to swimwear and beachwear, alongside a preview of the Fall/Winter 2020 collections and the signature Maison and Petit Macramè collections.

“The Dallas boutique adds another destination in La Perla’s network of stores, and we look forward to expanding the La Perla experience to our new and existing customers in the Midwest within the historic Highland Park Village,” shared Morgan P. Richardson, Brand President of The Americas. “The store feature the brand’s iconic lingerie and sleepwear and adapts to consumer preferences while offering personalized experiences.”

The décor is as glam as its lingerie. Set within 730 square feet, a...

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It’s no secret that in a world of mostly good design, and good design choices, we can often take for granted the art and artistry of things like the Apple suite of products, the Tokyo 2020 (now 2021) design poster, and artists like Shepard Fairey, whose 2008 Obama campaign poster rocketed the art and pop cultural worlds.

But, where did all this begin? Surely in the United States, where artist and illustrator JC. Leyendecker is the father of what we know as clean, modern design. His rise in the Victorian era as a commercial artist and magazine illustrator pulled the world out from a flowery (and stuffy) Victorianism. The German-born and American-raised artist hailed Chicago as his town of primary origin (you don’t have to look far to see artfulness in that city with its stunning architecture and as the home to the Chicago Art Institute, as well as many world-class buildings.

Leyendecker’s popular work was welcome from Europe to Texas. His aesthetic led to the famous Arrow Collar Man campaign which helped to re-define American masculinity. His covers reflected the...

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Who doesn’t love a good concert? We love that the Texas Performing Arts announced that it is one of a select group of nonprofit arts organizations participating in a livestream concert event, Christopher Jackson: Live from the West Side on Saturday, August 15 at 7 p.m. CST. Jackson is a Grammy and Emmy Award winning songwriter/composer and is the Tony Award- nominated actor best known for originating the role of George Washington in the cultural phenomenon Hamilton. “Nonprofit arts presenters are the lifeblood of the performing arts industry and a pipeline for young talent. Without them there is no Broadway,” said Jackson. “While everything is shutdown during this terrible pandemic, I am delighted to be able to help spread some joy and help raise some much needed support for these deserving organizations.”

Accompanied by a live band, Jackson will be performing songs from his favorite musicals, pop standards, and some of his original material, and will share stories from his time affiliated with two of the most important musicals of the last decade...

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We love summer, but we don’t love the heat as much.

When it’s hot, beat the heat with RECOVƎR 180. When you’re just had a grueling tennis match, beat the heat with RECOVƎR 180. When you run your 10,000 daily steps at one stretch, beat the heat with RECOVƎR 180 like I did this weekend. In fact, our Lance Avery Morgan tried all three of its delicious flavors (Acai Bery, Citrus, and Blood Orange) and I still can’t decide which is my favorite RECOVƎR 180 beverage.

What’s all the fuss with the new RECOVƎR 180? At three times the electrolytes, half the calories and one-third of the sugar of similar drinks, it’s a home run winner as the healthy choice to hydrate strategically and safely.

According to the scientific team at Recover 180, “We created RECOVƎR 180° to fuel performance beyond sport, engineered not just for elite athletes, but for everyday performance. We deliver high quality hydration to fuel people who see life as a sport and aspire to live every day to the fullest. RECOVƎR 180° brings together the key ingredients of effective hydration – electrolytes,...

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Guys, your summer, even in this Covid-19 world, can still be full of style. On your own terms. Our very own Lance Avery Morgan is on the style scene to help.

The social distancing offers more of an opportunity to get to know people in smaller environments, right?

Hey, maybe that’s not such a bad thing. So that you continue to look and feel your best, we offer some style icons who had timeless game...before the world of celeb stylists. What are you waiting for?

Become your own style icon, gents.

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We love a good summer read for our kids, don’t you? There’s a new book for children about inclusivity and celebrating our differences, that the author, Jennifer Lynch, wrote after spending nearly 20 years volunteering to help abused children as a court appointed advocate for foster kids through CASA in Austin. Titled Livi & Grace, the book teaches children to love their individuality and promotes the acceptance of others in a fun, short story about two sisters who are as different as can be.

According to Jennifer Lynch, these sisters know a secret that they’d like to share with you; Differences are interesting—and life enriching too. Appreciate what’s special about everyone you know, And love what makes you special, from head to tippy toe…. You’re perfect, good, and lovable—yes, just the way you are, And everyone is special: everyone’s a star.

But it doesn’t stop with the book. Parents and teachers can access free resources, such as coloring books, note cards, sample letters of kindness, and other interactive activities to supplement the book at...

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I just love doors, don’t you? In fact, I love all kinds of doors, shapes, materials, and the design of them. And, the doors of the ages. Doors, you see, are really portals. They are entryways of transformation that lead us into a world of both old and new energies. Beyond that space, every door has its own story, whether it is a historic site, a church, or an elaborate social event (prompting the thoughts: where does it lead to, what will I experience, do I stay or will I leave?)...from ancient history to now.

In the history of mankind, there are many mesmerizing door stories. The history of doors date back to the ancient era of Egypt. The first records we have of them, ancient hieroglyphics, illustrate that there were painted versions on doors on the Egyptian tombs. These ancient doors were simple slab of wood hanging on hinges, since there was no fear of warping, due to the dry and hot weather of the desert. The Egyptians also used a false door, that was placed in the tombs, that led to nowhere. These doors were known as the doors to the afterlife.

All doors can...

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