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We love that the Trade Mart in Dallas helped kicked off the holiday season in grand style courtesy of DIFFA’s 24th Annual Holiday Wreath Collection. The event drew several hundred of Dallas’ most notable sociables for an evening full of fun, fashion and festive holiday spirit.

The cocktail-chic crowd was came ready to play with this year’s theme of Naughty or Nice. Partygoers easily got into the holiday spirit courtesy of luxe cocktails courtesy of Kettle One, Diageo and Impeccable Brut. Additionally, guest perused the dozens of high-end, one-of-a-kind wreaths and other holiday goodies that were available for bid via silent auction.

Patrons of the evening also had the opportunity to get first dibs to secure the best tables for the upcoming House of DIFFA Extravaganza event this May, which will mark the 30th anniversary of one of Texas’ most fun, best produced and legendary galas in Texas social lore. The festive evening vibe was enhanced by courtesy of the holiday tunes by DJEliz that had the crowd in a merry spirit. We can’t wait for the 25th...

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Attending a Formula 1 race is on any automotive enthusiast’s bucket list, under any circumstances, a real motorsports fan will drop everything just to for a chance to see the fastest men on four wheels, live and in person. But to be invited to take in the spectacle from the Paddock Club Suites of Pirelli and Mission Winnow Ferrari, that is next level. I had even been invited to play in the Charity Golf Tournament with the Who’s Who of Formula 1. Naturally, I made myself available for the weekend and arranged to borrow a new Alfa Romeo for the trip down to Austin.

The race, the United States Grand Prix, held at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) outside of Austin, Texas. Host to the USA’s only Formula 1 Race since 2012, COTA was purpose built for the Grand Prix, the $400 million dollar track is draped across the rolling hills, just 15 miles from the Texas Capital. It’s a loud and aggressive track, known for its fast straights, complex corners, and bold red, white, and blue track artwork that features plenty of Texas stars.

I had to be at the golf tournament on Thursday,...

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Photo: Marjon Henderson, Laura Linney, Samantha Wortley and Marisa Howard

Texas Trailblazer Luncheon Honors Six Dallas-Area CEO’s, Features Laura Linney

Dallas’ Omni Hotel was the recent setting for the 23rd Annual Texas Trailblazers Luncheon. The event, featuring over 800 of Dallas’ most notable community leaders, sociables and business leaders were on hand to honor six female CEO’s in the Dallas area, as well as featuring a keynote address by Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Laura Linney.

The festivities began with a VIP reception where guests got to mingle with the honorees as well as having the opportunity to be photographed with Linney. The action then turned to the main ballroom where Meredith Land of NBC 5 greeted the audience, after which the event co-chairs headed to the stage for greetings and remarks.

As guests dined on their lunches, awards were presented to female CEO’s of six Dallas-based companies who have made strides in once male-dominated fields. This years honorees included Beth Garvey of BG Staffing...

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At the Austin Country Club, the 16th anniversary of Austin Kappa Settings was celebrated in grand style with a cocktail preview party and table viewing party. Kappa Settings is always fun and each time it deepens experiences for friends and guests to find inspirations for elegant entertaining. Hostesses know at any barbeque, shower, or fine dining party, the table is the center of attraction. At Settings 2019, the Kappa Kappa Gamma event offered surprises of colors and décor, while the tabletops offered awe-inspiring ideas.

The speaker for the event was Lela Rose, the New York City-based American fashion designer widely regarded for her eponymous collections. Passionate for style, design, and décor, Rose released her first book, Pret-a-Party, focusing on her love of entertaining. As a principled female business owner, wife and mother, Rose is committed to giving back to the community. For more than 17 years, Rose has supported a proven network of artisans, sewers, pattern-makers,...

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We find that giving a book is one of the warmest hostess gift or holiday presents ever. We’ve taken the guesswork out of sharing with these recommendations for anyone on your list. So, what are you waiting for? Get one for yourself, too.

Fiona Barratt-Campbell: Elemental

(Rizzoli USA, $65)

Great design can be difficult. To ease the process, in the first book to showcase the award-winning work of interior designer and entrepreneur Fiona Barratt-Campbell, her interiors marry a sense of opulence with bold, material simplicity.

In her first book, Barratt-Campbell offers a wealth of experience and advice to readers to achieve signature style via in-depth looks at the homes profiled here, making this a definitive master class in interior design. Curated in close collaboration with Barratt-Campbell, this beautiful volume is a must-have for any decorator wanting to give his or her home a touch of Barratt-Campbell's distinctive style: the perfect blend of luxury and functionality.

Fiona...

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The 11th Annual Burgers & Burgundy Soars To New Heights

Photo: Steve Noviello and TJ Griffin

The Klyde Warren Park in Dallas was the recent setting of one of Dallas’ most anticipated fall events, DIFFA’s 11th annual Burgers & Burgundy. Titled Feather Fete, it attracted hundred of the city’s most notable sociables, influencers and philanthropists for a night of fun and fundraising that those on hand will not soon forget.

The evening began with a cocktail hour provided by Diageo, Casamigos, and Brut, among others. Here partygoers were able to see how many on hand really got into the Feather Fete theme with many patrons donning fun, elaborate feathers to their cocktail-chic ensembles. The event also featured a sampling of burgers from top chefs throughout the country. After sampling the cuisine, guests were able to peruse a luxe silent auction that included multiple culinary experiences throughout Dallas including cooking classes, five-star restaurant...

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We love great brands and we love supporting great causes, don’t you? When they collaborate to create something strong, we’re on board.

On November 16, at the 7 For All Mankind store in Austin’s chic Domain shopping destination, there’s a sip and shop event you won’t want to miss. You can not only help a great cause like the Miracle Foundation, but you can take care of your holiday shopping, too.

For more information, see graphic. For more information on 7 For All Mankind, visit 7ForAllMankind.com for to learn more about the Miracle Foundation, visit MiracleFoundation.org

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Photo; Jeremy Lock and D'Andra Simmons

We love a great art gallery showing, don’t you? The Goss Michael Foundation Gallery in Dallas was the recent setting for an evening of art, culture and conversation. The opening of the Goss Michael Foundation’s, known as GMF, latest exhibit, featuring the works of acclaimed artist Marquis Duriel Lewis, known by his many fans as RETNA, drew over 200 of the most notable art patrons in the Dallas area including GMF Co-Founder Kenny Goss, GMF Executive Director Joyce Goss, Real Housewives of Dallas stars D’Andra Simmons, Kameron Westcott and Fida Lewis, mother of Marquis Duriel Lewis.

During the course of the evening, the contemporary-chic crowd sipped on rose wines courtesy of Chateau D’Esclans while enjoying the works of the artists located in three separate galleries inside the GMF space. The exhibit features a host of contemporary, abstract pieces many of which featuring bright colors as vibrant as the patrons on hand to experience the art on view. This allowed for conversation to flow as freely as the Rose with each...

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Just in time for the harsher, cold weather, there's a new game in town to help men look their best.

Founder Benjamin Smith of Disco, the new Austin-based premium men's grooming brand, is on to something healthy with the debut of his new line of seven products.

All natural, they have some key ingredients like caffeine to reduce puffiness under the eyes, aloe vera to calm irritated skin, essential oils for a natural, clean scent, and hyaluronic acid to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

From $14-30. At LetsDisco.co

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Photo: Lynn Birdwell, Christina Wells, Carolyn Farb and Susan DeBakey

Houston is a dynamic city, in part, due to its residents. Recently, Houston philanthropist, author, and civic leader Carolyn Farb was honored with the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston's Salute to Houston Heroes Downtown Diamond Award. Club President Richard Slemaker III presented Farb the award at the Ballroom at Bayou Place in Downtown Houston.

The gala evening was hosted by Downtown Rotary Club of Houston member Christina Wells. An America’s Got Talent semi-finalist, Wells seamlessly performed double duty as both emcee hostess and featured singing artist. Christina was accompanied by the James C. Neill Elementary School Girl’s Choir, a group of talented Fort Bend ISD youngsters that Christina mentors. The Richard Brown Orchestra entertained guests during the evening’s main program and provided the music that had everyone dancing. Virtuosi of Houston, the premier young artists’ chamber orchestra, also performed with Christina Wells, while an after-party following the...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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.

For more, visit 7 For All Mankind.com and Domain Northside

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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,...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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.

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