By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of IMDB
Sure, it’s considered one of the most stylish films of the last 50 years and we couldn’t agree more. One of the most talked about films of 2000 when it was released in late 1999 for Oscar competition, The Talented Mr. Ripley, going on twenty one years old now, has come of age. It competed with other stylish films the same month it was released: Anna and The King and The End of the Affair.
It’s the stylish, brisk, and nonchalant pace of the film, set it Europe, that gives it the edge of a being a true thriller. With murder, mayhem and yes, lots of affairs set in the 1950s, it’s one of our favorite style films of the 2000s, and it holds up remarkably well. In fact, most of the clothes the stars Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Cate Blanchett with their innate classic elegance could be worn this very minute. La dolce vita indeed.more
By Jake Gaines Photography courtesy of Katie Jaffe and Jennifer Lawson
Children’s books that inspire are worth their weight in gold. That in mind, Austin-based author Katie Jaffe along with her mother, Jennifer Lawson, just launched their first children’s book, Fly, Fly Again and it is a delight.
We feel that Fly, Fly Again is an entertaining and educational book that introduces young readers to the concepts of flight–lift, gravity, thrust, and drag. Jenny and Jude accompanied by their pets, Kitty and Hawk, work together to build a flying machine. The fun story of adventure, teamwork, and perseverance that begins to lay a foundation for aerodynamics in an adorable picture book format. It also happens that the foreword for the book is written by famed NASA Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and the beautiful illustrations are by Tammie Lyon, an award-winning illustrator known for her work on the Eloise series.
This book is the first in a series of educational and fun books for children through the authors’ company, Liftoff Learning Studios, and a portion of the proceeds of...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Amy Edwards
We love it when the weather turns warmer. Our favorite read recommendation to take with you on Spring Break is a new tome written by Texas-based Amy Edwards. In The Trouble With Becoming a Witch, author, musician and multi-talented Edwards delivers a rocking literary debut, destined to become every woman’s guidebook on coming of courage just when you think it’s too late to change your life.
The skinny of the book? Veronica thinks she’s happy. She’s got a beautiful daughter and enjoys the picturesque suburban life everybody wants, right? But as the fights with her husband become more frequent and intense, she finds herself drawn to researching witchcraft late at night. When her husband discovers her new hobby, battle lines are drawn, and her marriage spirals downward.
Bristling with wit, compassion, and unflinching honesty, The Trouble With Becoming A Witch is far from being a “snap your fingers and change” kind of tale. It’s about what happens when a woman decides to stop living the life everyone has told her she is supposed to lead and starts...more
By Jake Gaines Photography by Jake Gaines
Our very own Lance Avery Morgan, Texas-based style guy on the go, was on hand with ABC/KVUE’s Ashley Goudeau the discuss the hits, and the misses, of the 2020 Oscar red carpet moments...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Joseph Alexandre
In the past, there were clubs so exclusive that one couldn’t have imagined it would spawn chic venues like it in the future decades. And to think it all started in Paris, New York...and Dallas. Dallas? French designer Philippe Starck created a sensation in the mid-80s by creating the first European-style nightclub in Dallas, named appropriately, Starck Club. It took the city by storm, as well as the state because it was in complete contrast to the ostentatiousness of the times. Then something happened. Philippe Starck brought cool and clean to what was, at that time, a very cluttered state. From his five-minutes-from-now contemporary vision sprang a streamlined, white warehouse club that the world, and certainly not Texas, had ever seen before. There was the night Grace Jones came in riding an elephant during the 1984 Republican Presidential Convention. And, the night Prince had a party after he performed at nearby Reunion Arena. Everyone has a story about the Starck Club. We caught up with the producer of the...more
HISTORICALLY MINDED: JOIN THE 178TH ANNIVERSARY OF ANGELINA EBERLY'S FAMOUS CANNON SHOT HEARD ALL AROUND TEXAS
By Lori Duran Photography of 2019 luncheon courtesy of Austin History Center Assn.
Don’t you love that the philanthropic luncheon season begins soon? In fact, on Friday February 7th, 2020, the Austin Club will host the Angelina Eberly Luncheon that is the annual signature event of the Austin History Center Association (AHCA). The event brings together over 300 guests: business associates, coworkers and city leaders; as well as newcomers and longtime residents ‐ who share their love of Austin history. The theme of this year’s upcoming luncheon will be the narrative, Our Austin Story, telling the beginning period of Austin’s rich and diverse history, narrated by Ted Lee Eubanks, certified interpretive planner, with certain historical figures, developed by renowned playwright Paulette MacDougal and directed by well-known theatre director, Don Toner.
The Austin Club will hold the luncheon at the historic Millett Opera House located at 110 E 9th street in downtown Austin where it opened in 1878. In its day, the opera house provided Austin with a world-class stage for performances for touring acts and various amusements including political...more
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Luis Martinez
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...more
By Michael Satterfield/The Gentleman Racer Photography courtesy of Michael Satterfield
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,...more
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Tamytha Cameron and George Fiala
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...more
By Rose Betty Williams Photography by Rose Betty Williams
Photo: Gail Wheelus and Vickie Roan, The Menagerie tablesetting
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,...more
By Lance Avery Morgan
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.
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Luis Martinez
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...more
By Lance Avery Morgan
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.more
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Dana Driensky
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...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photo courtesy of Disco Skincare
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.comore
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Larry Fagala
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...more
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