By Jake Gaines Photography of Alexandre Birman store courtesy of Partners Card
We love that the Dallas-based family violence agency, The Family Place, is gearing up for another exciting year of Partners Card with their annual Seller Soirée event. Recently, this year’s event took place at the new Alexandre Birman store at NorthPark Center. The evening kicked off the card selling season and recognized the 2019 card sellers and sponsors that make it possible to continue the premier fundraiser each year.
Inside the jewel-box of a store, Partners Card Co-Chairs Rachel Michell, Nina Sachse and Stephanie Seay, along with Honorary Chair Robert Weatherly, mingled with almost 100 guests in attendance. A longtime favorite cause, now in its 27th year, the annual fundraiser has accumulated a steady group of longtime and loyal supporters. The event has raised over $1 million for The Family Place in recent years, a goal the 2019 team plans to reach as they “Save Money & Save Lives!”
Of course, guests enjoyed sips and bites from Proper Catering while shopping inside the stylish spot and admiring the Brazilian designer’s stunning selection of shoes. Outside...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Leatherology
We love that Rank & Style Founders Jamie Chandlee, Beth Zerdecki and Dalton Young welcomed Leatherology and brand founders, Rae Liu and David Liu, to Austin, with a private luncheon at Launderette. Pals of the trio gathered to celebrate the debut of Leatherology’s mobile Monogram Trunk–which is hitting the road this fall alongside the launch of their new fall colors.
We also love the designs of the brand’s new Electric Blue, which we are wild about, as well as an Austin-inspired print that honors the town’s spirit, were the first to launch on this debut leg of the brand’s roadshow. The Austin-inspired print is limited-edition and screened by hand, of course.
Throughout the gathering, guests were invited to customize a Leatherology accessory featuring the just-introduced print, while experiencing the brand’s new and exclusive mobile monogramming trunk. Leatherology, which is known for its high-quality leather bags and accessories, had a monogrammer onsite for guests to enjoy the brand’s process firsthand, while offering custom stamping and debossing of select...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of L’BRI Pure ‘n Natural Products and author’s own
Come on men, you know you want amazing skin – and to be complimented on it, to boot. Whether you’re the groom with your special day, or it’s just another Tuesday in Texas, looking your best reflects feeling your best. Men’s grooming products can be confusing...and it can be a jungle out there with all the potions, lotions and notions making promises for better skin in moments. While many products are indeed worthy, and live up to their reputation (and price), we’ve found a new alternative: L’BRI Pure ‘n Natural.
We have found a difference for the first time we used the product. In fact, we saw and felt an immediate difference. When L’BRI specialist Christine Cox Aubin contacted me and recommended the products to try, I could tell L’BRI was special. “It’s the healing power of aloe that you feel,” she said. “It’s all natural, and as you know, what goes on your skin goes into your blood system, so why shouldn’t it be as natural as possible?”
In fact, aloe barbadensis (the “best of the best” among aloe species) is the first ingredient in L’BRI’s skin care, hair...more
By Gordon Kendall Photography courtesy of Doyle Auctions
The scene: the gated Long Island mansion…a Gramercy Park townhouse…and, of course, a small fleet of luxury cars to go with them. If living well is, indeed, the best revenge, then the lifestyle of the late fashion designer Oleg Cassini is a case study in how it should be done. Cut to: Doyle Auctions is counting on those who live well…or just look like they do…and fashion aficionados to be lured to the June 27th auction of the contents of the late designer’s Oyster Bay estate, Moorelands, ready to bid. Likely, there will be the curious who will want to see firsthand, perhaps own, even a small part of his world and, by doing so, be even more enchanted by the mystique of the man himself.
His name was Oleg Aleksandrovich Loiewski, the son of a Russian countess, from whom he took the name Count Oleg Cassini. He died at age 92 in 2006 and matters of his estate remain uncertain. Yet, generations of latter-day mall and discount shoppers may know Cassini from the great many products bearing his name, as he licensed practically an entire department store worth of fragrances,...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of 7 For All Mankind
Don't you love that 7 For All Mankind has just opened its newest retail location in Domain NORTHSIDE this month? It turns out that the insider’s luxe denim brand 7 For All Mankind is back and better than ever with its most innovative store yet.
According to the brand, denim is the real hero in this new store environment’s aesthetic. Why? Plush fabrics, luxe stone finishing, brushed finishing, modular fixtures elevate the in-store experience, that’s why.
Plus, the new store design has a clean, crisp and minimal denim presentation, too, so jean shopping is a breeze. So what are you waiting for, go get a few new pair to kick summer into high gear. We’re showing a few of our favorites to inspire you before you rush out to the new Domain locale to see where all the action is.more
By Jake Gaines Photography courtesy of Texas Dance Hall Tour
The Texas Dance Hall Tour hosted by Asleep at the Wheel and Ray Benson, presented by Central Market and benefiting The Texas Dance Hall Preservation, returns June 13th - 16th in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. We love that it aspires to bring attendees the truest form of the Texas Dance Hall experience with a four-day weekend at four historic and one-of-a-kind dance halls. Featuring the best in Texas music with performances by Hot Club of Cowtown, Jason Roberts, Asleep at the Wheel, Big Cedar Fever and Summer Dean, guests will be two stepping their way through an unforgettable weekend.
The Texas Dance Hall Tour entertains, educates and engages the public around Texas’ cultural and musical heritage by introducing visitors to the state’s historic dance halls. In the late 1800s and into the early 1900s, dance halls flourished and at one time there were over 1,000 halls in Texas. Although there are now fewer than 400 remaining, there are more historic dance halls in this state than anywhere else in the country. Over the last century they have represented the culture, romance,...more
By Alexandra del Lago Photography by Ashley Love
Recently, on a sunny spring afternoon, guests of every age descended upon the newly renovated The LINE Hotel to support and celebrate Ballet Austin Guild as it presented its 35th Spring fundraiser, An Afternoon of Enchantment. In fact, for many the tea has become both a new and treasured annual tradition.
Following a VIP reception to honor the event’s major supporters, old friends and new began gathering to mix and mingle over welcome drinks while capturing the moment in the ever popular photo booth. Guests were dressed in their best tea finery but the festive hats and fascinators definitely took center stage. The ballroom doors opened to reveal the enchanted forest beyond and exquisite tables laden with every kind of delicious treat, tea, and champagne, all designed and beautifully executed by VP of Fundraising Events and Event Chair Shane Manning and his devoted team of Guild volunteers. Musicians Anthony Chen and Cory Blais performed, while Butler Fellowship Program dancers Meredith Stitt and Ellis Broderick posed for photos with guests in their balletic...more
By Jake Gaines Photography courtesy of Thomas Meredith and Callie Richmond
Landmarks recently unveiled a new installation by New York City-based artist Beth Campbell. The site-specific commission, titled Spontaneous future(s),Possible past, comprises a mobile and companion graphite drawing. Both works will be sited at Dell Medical School’s Health Transformation Building at The University of Texas at Austin. We love that Landmarks is the award-winning public art program of The University of Texas at Austin. Its collection of more than forty modern and contemporary works includes commissions from some of the most admired and promising artists of our time.
The commission was initiated by The University of Texas’ Landmarks, one of the most important public art programs to emerge at an American university. On view throughout Austin’s 433-acre main campus, the collection includes commissions and acquisitions of works by artists such as Michael Ray Charles, Ann Hamilton, Sol LeWitt, Marc Quinn, Ben Rubin, Nancy Rubins, and James Turrell.
In addition, Landmarks presents 28 sculptures on long-term loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art,...more
By Jake Gaines Photography by Matthew Murphy
It’s one of the biggest hits in theatrical history. CATS will come to Austin on May 7–12 as part of a multi-season North American tour. How great is that? Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Featuring new sound design, direction and choreography for a new generation—experience CATS for the first time as it begins a new life, or let it thrill you all over again.
The original Broadway production opened in 1982 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre, where it ran for 7,485 performances and 18 years. CATS was originally produced on Broadway by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Company Limited, David Geffen, and The Shubert Organization. In fact, CATS returned to Broadway in 2016 in a stunning revival at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Since its world premiere, CATS has been presented in over 30 countries, has been translated into 15 languages, and has...more
By Rob Giardinelli Photography courtesy if She-She Media
We love that South Congress Avenue in Austin was recently the setting for one of the most highly anticipated pop-ups of South by Southwest. The luxury lifestyle brand goop, founded by Academy Award-winning actress Gwynneth Paltrow, hosted a VIP party with 75 of Austin’s most notable sociables, taste leaders and stylemakers. The store features a highly curated list of luxury lifestyle clothing and accessories perfect for the local Austinite and those who visit the capital city.
The crisp, cool evening allowed native Austinites to break out their finest cool-weather chic attire. Many sported wool coats that perfectly complimented designer bags that perfectly captured the essence of the stylishly modern Austin woman. Once inside, guests mingled and shopped as they sipped champagne and enjoyed light bites that perfectly complimented the intimate and welcoming space. The two month long pop-up will be in Austin through April 28th so there is plenty of time for you to enjoy the perfect spring weather and sample the latest Austin hot spot.more
By Jake Gaines Photography by Joan Marcus
We love that Lexus Broadway in Austin, presented by Texas Performing Arts, is presenting the limited Austin engagement of the Tony Award®-nominated Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof at Bass Concert Hall from April 2-7, 2019.
The beloved theatrical classic from Tony Award-winner Joseph Stein, and Pulitzer Prize- winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, Fiddler on the Roof is directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The King and I); choreographed by the acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter; inspired by the original choreography of Jerome Robbins; and has musical direction by Ted Sperling.
As many know, Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. This classic musical is rich with Broadway hits, including “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,” "Sunrise Sunset,” "Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition.” We can’t wait.
Plus, we love its place in theatre history. In fact, the original Broadway production...more
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Tyler Schmitt of Mill Photography Studio
PHOTO: Cindy Lind, Donna Stockton, Emily Greer, Venus Strawn, Nicole Grupp and Meg Bethune
We always love supporting a worthwhile luncheon. The Fairmont Hotel in Austin was the recent setting of the 12th annual Heart & Soul Fashion Luncheon. One of Austin’s most anticipated annual luncheons, it featured nearly 300 of Austin’s most notable sociables and philanthropists for an afternoon of fun, fashion and an inspiring message.
The Austin-chic crowd began the afternoon in the foyer of the Fairmont where patrons sipped cocktails while bidding on their favorite vintage and designer handbags, like Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford, and many others on display at the silent auction.
The festivities then continued in the Fairmont Ballroom for the program. As guests dined on their meals, they were treated by an empowering message from a special guests in for the event. Down-syndrome advocate Megan Bomgaars, star of the A&E Series Born This Way, brought the crowd to their feet with her platform Don’t Limit Me....more
By Alexandra del Lago Photography courtesy of Kelsey Applebaum
We love a good party and we love it when our favorite people host events to celebrate SXSW. Recently, the event we supported was created to kick-off the SXSW festivities with a fun cocktail party, celebrating the launch of Kendra Scott’s Spring Collection and International Women’s Day, while sharing this highly engaging and authentic experience with guests. As most know, Kendra Scott is a local Austin brand that offers jewelry, home decor, gifts and beauty
As guests arrived, we were welcomed with a photo moment in front of the Scott’s newly designed, “Anything is Possible in ATX” mural and then greeted with a glass of champagne or rosé from the brand’s chic Sips & Sweets cafe, located inside the vibrant, yet welcoming, flagship store.
Throughout the night, guests snacked on local delicacies including cauliflower ceviche tostadas, grilled grit squares, citrus poached shrimp, steak frite canapés and chicken artichoke phyllo cups. Complimentary rose and wine flowed, along with champagne, a variety of Austin’s favorite beer...more
By Alexandra del Lago Photography courtesy of the Nutcracker Market Spring Spectacular
Love shopping? Who doesn’t and now you don’t have to wait until Christmas to find unique items to make your heart spring forward. Twelve months can seem long time to wait for all the shopping fun and festive spirit of one annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market to the next. This year, Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Marker offers a welcome solution with its newly created Spring Spectacular. We can’t wait since tickets go on sale Monday March 11.
Taking place April 12-14 at NRG Center, Spring Spectacular is the sunny flip side to the highly anticipated Nutcracker Market. This inaugural event will host 150 merchants from across the country - nearly 30 of them will make their debut - bringing with them a full assortment of seasonal items, apparel, accessories, jewelry, gourmet food and home décor suited to the warm weather months and spring and summer holidays. How great is that?
It’s doing good for charity, too. The Nutcracker Market’s Spring Spectacular will serve as a fundraiser that allows shoppers to give back to the Houston Ballet Foundation, it’s Academy and...more
By Jake Gaines Photography courtesy of The Science Mill
Recently The Science Mill in Johnson City hosted a sneak peek for a select group of donors and fundraisers of its newest exhibit, an Aquaponics Greenhouse. Guests had the opportunity to bid on world-class, nature-themed fine artwork donated by 37 nationally and locally recognized artists. Attendees of note include actress Jennie Garth Beverly Hills, 90210 and American singer-song writer Carrie Rodriguez. At the fundraiser, Come Grow With Us, guests were the first to see the 1,000-square-foot space, in which tropical plants and animal life surround visitors, giving them an up-close look at alternative methods of food production. The movement of water throughout the Greenhouse will display the interconnectedness of fish, plants, microbes and nutrients and help students understand healthy eating and living concepts. We love that.
All proceeds from the event helped the Science Mill grow its nonprofit mission to empower kids to follow a love of science learning. We love that the Science Mill, located...more
By Jake Gaines
Broadway in Austin, presented by Texas Performing Arts, the only national touring Broadway series in Austin, has just announced its 2019-20 Season. The season subscribers enjoy the best seats in the house for Broadway hits all season long, plus the option to purchase tickets before the general public. Subscribers also receive great benefits including ticket exchange and replacement services, the opportunity to request a seating upgrade for the season ahead, and much more. So what are you waiting for?
In fact, Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts 2019-20 Season features seven incredible productions from September 2019 to May 2020 at Bass Concert Hall.
WHO: Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts
WHAT: Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts 2019-20 Season Lineup is headlined by the six-time Tony Award® pop culture phenomenon DEAR EVAN HANSEN; a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Matthew Murray
All the magic happens February 12-17, 2019 at the Bass Concert Hall at U.T., thanks to Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts. That’s when the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime and inspired by the beloved films, ANASTASIA, the new Broadway musical – a dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. Russian intrigue and drama galore.
ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush, new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) and direction by Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjak.
ANASTASIA, currently celebrating an open-ended run on Broadway, began performances on March 23, 2017 at the...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Philicia Endleman
Want to see the Broadway hit that everyone has been talking about? Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts will host the Broadway sensation Waitress that will play Bass Concert Hall for a limited one-week engagement January 22 – 27, 2019.
Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles ("Brave," "Love Song"), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Dangereuse Liasons, Waiting For Godot) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland).
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, Waitress is the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. We recommend you see this...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photograph of Robert Taylor, MGM 1935
As the chill of fall turns into the cold of winter, we’re all about staying warm, aren’t you?
Here are some style inspirations as you bundle up in a warm turtleneck sweater...
Worn with jeans or a suit, a blazer or a topcoat, the look is always right to stave off the winter months ahead.
How do you plan to sport a turtleneck, gents?more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Crux Climbing Center
Ok, all you Social Climbers, want to get fit faster in the upcoming year? Here’s how now. Try Crux Climbing Center, a fitness center focused on bringing together climbers of all skillsets. It’s expanding its 22,000-square-foot facility in South Austin (opened in 2016) and includes additional parking availability and a complete renovation of the historic beverage barn located on the northwest corner of South Congress Avenue and Pickle Road.
The new building is slated to open in early 2019 and will expand on Crux’s existing fitness offerings, including weightlifting, strength and conditioning, and more. The new space will also feature saunas, a bottle shop and an outdoor area for community workouts and events. It’s a colorful environment that practically encourages better fitness just by its visual...more