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We recently learned that Texas Performing Arts’ Broadway in Austin 2024-2025 season includes four Austin premieres and the return of audience favorites. The 2024-2025 Season includes the unparalleled artistry of one of the greatest entertainers of all time, MJ; the Tony Award®–winning hysterical corn-bred and corn-fed musical SHUCKED; the high-flying new adaptation of the musical sensation that has delighted audiences for over 70 years, PETER PAN; the ultimate whodunit CLUE; the sensational Broadway revival of the bittersweet comedy featuring one of the greatest musical scores of all time, FUNNY GIRL; and the Tony Award®–winning Best Musical MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL, where the revolutionary film comes to life on stage.

Broadway in Austin 6- or 7-show subscription packages are now on sale. “We can’t wait to bring this new season to Austin and share it with Broadway fans and theatre lovers of all ages,” said Texas Performing Arts’ Executive and Artistic Director Bob Bursey. “The...


Plenty Of Fun Awaits At The Recently Revitalized Destination

Once upon a time, in the vibrant heart of Dallas, there existed a haven of community spirit and urban charm known as The Village Dallas. Nestled amidst a tapestry of greenery and modern architecture, this remarkable community is a testament to the idea that life should be a seamless blend of work, play, and living in harmony with the rhythm of a tight-knit neighborhood. Originally developed in 1968, The Village, historically, was the place to live from then and into the late 1970s-1990’s when the term “singles only” was commonplace. Fast forward to’s the place to be again.

The talented marketing team with The Village invited us to experience what everyone is talking about. As the sun dipped below the Dallas skyline, casting a warm, orangey glow over the streets, we found ourselves drawn into The Village Dallas, curious to explore the whispers of community bliss that echoed through its winding and welcoming streets....


We all know that Austin, known for its style, has often been overlooked when it comes to its design. Plenty of internationally known architects are based here, yet too few high-level design resources were utilized before the 2000s. Enter a new showroom that is uniquely Austin and Central Texas in scope. It’s an inspiring venue where designers can feel at home, seek inspiration, and find everything they need in one place. Meet Objets.

Objets, established in 2001, has moved into a new 7,000 square feet space in a former 1950s warehouse at 6513 Burnet Lane, and its owner, Sandy Sieracki, welcomes professional designers, architects, and building project specifiers. As we all know, Burnet Road has become a design and furniture hub destination in the past few years, so Objets being located in the thick of it is no surprise.

When asked about the changes in the Austin design scene Sandy Aireacki founded Objets in 2001, she’s quick to note, “This is a tough question...

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For those who have attended the wildly successful Austin City Limits Music Festival knows that the main attraction is the American Express Experience. So, just how does it work?

New this year, American Express is launching a new complimentary premium lounge for Platinum Card Members and Centurion Members plus their guest. The lounge, located to the right of the Amex Stage, allows card members and their guests to escape the crowds and enjoy drinks and light bites. The space is walk-in only with your card required for entry, and space is limited. Platinum Card Members may bring one guest and Centurion Members may bring up to three.

All attendees can shop the Depop pop-up featuring vintage and pre-loved accessories, located on the 1st floor of the Amex Experience.

The POAP (Proof of Attendance Protocol) returns. All guests can commemorate their ACL Fest by claiming a free digital collectible at the Amex Experience and unlock an exclusive offer.


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A recent jaunt to Round Top proved to be an unforgettable experience that surpassed all expectations. Nestled in the heart of Texas, equidistant between Austin and Houston, south of Giddings, this quaint town is a hidden gem that offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, according to our Lance Avery Morgan.

Surely you know Round Top for its antiques and design shows that happen three times a year. With over 4,000 vendors, it is the largest antiques show in the country that is a must-visit. In fact, it’s awe-inspiring and attracts visitors from across the country. You can spend hours upon hours into days browsing through the charming antique shops and uncovering vintage treasures. While in town, visit the store, Round Top Ranch Antiques. It’s a huge multi-building that is full...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...


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.

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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...


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...

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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...

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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...



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...

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The place to be these days is St. 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.


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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...


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...


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...
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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...

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Do you love finding treasure that can add more character to your life and surroundings? So do we. You can shop the best deals of the year at The Settlement Home for Children’s 47th Annual Garage & Estate Sale on November 4-6 at the Palmer Events Center. An Austin tradition, The Garage & Estate Sale (The Sale) is a multi-day shopping experience that gives attendees a unique opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind treasures at jaw-dropping prices. From gently used electronics and household items to designer clothing to vintage finds—there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We support it every year and love attending.

The Sale is much more than just a shopping experience. It is an annual fundraising event in which every purchase makes a difference in the lives of youth in foster care. Proceeds generated at The Sale go to support The Settlement Home for Children (The Home), which serves individuals who have experienced severe emotional trauma, abuse, and neglect.

Located in Austin on a 10-acre campus, we love that The Home is a licensed nonprofit that provides...

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First Look Art Preview Kicks Off Two X Two for AIDS and Art

Recently, the residence of Cindy and Howard Rachofsky in Dallas was the setting for a kick-off of one of the Lone Star State’s most well-known and most successful philanthropic fundraisers, Two X Two for AIDS and Art. Over 450 top philanthropists, art patrons and sociables were on hand for First Look. The event, presented by Neiman Marcus, allowed art-lovers the opportunity to preview the works of art available for auction in advance of Two X Two gala on Saturday October 22nd.

The elevated cocktail attire crowd got into the giving…and holiday spirit. As guests approached the red bow-wrapped Rachofsky home for the evening’s festivities, they were greeted by artificial snow falling and holiday-clad ice skaters in a specially constructed rink that created a festive mood. One inside the winter wonderland-themed night continued where partygoers encountered beautifully lit trees, candy cane striped accents and the opportunity to pose for photos with Santa.



Love a V.I.P. experience? Yep, we do, too. In fact, for 2022, the Amex Experience has returned to Austin City Limits Music Festival for all fans plus a card member only lounge on the second floor. How does it work? Card members can use their American Express-linked wristband or show their card to gain access, with one guest, to an exclusive bar with lounge seating and a viewing deck with direct line-of-sight to the American Express Stage. It’s one of the best seats in the house. You can also participate in epic experiences including a glam station with face gems by Half Magic Beauty, co-founded by Donni Davy (Emmy AwardÒ-winning head makeup designer on HBO's Euphoria) and chain stitching of bucket hats.

When you arrive, you’re greeted by an expansive tree that extends upward to the Card Member Lounge, can make do-it-yourself phone charms, receive complimentary ice cream from local ice creamery, Bésame, and take epic photos against a mural by local artist Zuzu.

For the super techno-minded, for the first time, American Express has partnered with POAP...

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Austin’s Forklift Danceworks Forklift Fantastia: Shape of Water Features Performance Art Al Fresco

Recently, Austin’s Symphony Square was the setting for cool vibes on a picture-perfect evening. Over 300 of the Capital City’s turned out for Forklift Fantasia: The Shape of Water event for an evening of fun and performances that left the audience wanting more.

The all-blue attire was seen from the moment one walked into the courtyard of the venue. Sociables donned their favorite blue ensembles, many of whom featured blue prints to complement the Shape of Water theme. Guests began the evening sipping signature cocktails where they could pose for photos in two unique ways: one against a blue and purple bubble- themed step and repeat, the other through an illusion artist that allowed the images to appear on the side of a building within Symphony Square.

After words from the event chairs, the fun continued guests mingled while sampling delicious bites courtesy of Word of Mouth catering. Additionally, guests were able to...

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(Photo: Lisa Rinna with 2022 Jewel Ball Royal Court Princesses, Visiting Jewels and The Diamond Queen)

The Fairmont Hotel in Austin was recently the setting for an afternoon of celebrity, conversation, and beautiful fashions. Several hundred of the Capital City’s most notable sociables, fashionistas and philanthropists turned out for the annual Women’s Symphony League of Austin’s Fashion & Luncheon. The event kicked off a weekend full of festivities that culminated in the annual Jewel Ball the following evening.

The luncheon-chic crowd commenced the festivities with cocktail in the foyer outside the venue’s ballroom. As guests sipped on bubbles and other spirits, they had the opportunity to pose with guest of honor Lisa Rinna on the step and repeat, many of whom shared their favorite stories of her during her three decades in the public eye.

The festivities then moved into the ballroom for the main program where guests dined, with opening remarks offered by Mary Ellen Borgelt, and were then treated to a fun and lively conversation between moderator Wroe...

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(Photograph: Mark Cary, Julianne Cary, Colette Sabins and Kathleen Sierra)

Kips Bay Dallas Inaugural President’s Dinner’s Splendor in The Grass

THE SETTING: The lawn of the Mansion at Turtle Creek served as the elegant mise en scène for the inaugural Kips Bay Dallas President’s Dinner. Chaired by les charmantes Jan Showers and Claire Emanuelson, the sold-out event celebrated the opening of the Kips Bay Dallas Show House, while serving as a fundraiser for the organization’s beneficiaries. The guests enjoyed lively conversation during a cocktail hour and seated dinner, with most of the talk centered around the highly anticipated unveiling of the rooms at this year’s show house.

THE STYLE: The glitterati of the design world were dressed to impress as they greeted old friends and colleagues and welcomed new faces into their stylish stratosphere. Long, short, maximalism, and minimalism collided to create a fashion feast for the eyes. Florals were in abundance in...


Who doesn’t love the Great American Songbook? We do and we are thrilled that The Sarah & Ernest Butler Pops Series presents the champagne chanteuse Natasha Drena on vocals, with Peter Bay conductor conducting the lush sounds of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, this Saturday. October 1.

We all know that with a career spanning 45 years, Judy Garland was in the hearts and homes of millions of people. She was featured in numerous musicals and movies, as well as theater and television shows.

Now, Drena and the Austin Symphony Orchestra will re-create Judy Garland's iconic 1961 Carnegie Hall performance on Saturday, October 1. This concert appearance, on the night of Sunday April 23, 1961, has been called the greatest night in show business history.

The best news? Natasha Drena and the ASO will be performing the same charts as Judy did that magical day! You don't want to miss this one night only event to hear some of your favorite Garland songs including, “Over the Rainbow,” You Made Me Love You," “Stormy Weather,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “When You’re...

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Let’s face it: Terrence McNally would surely be bursting with pride. The late prolific playwright, who shared his view of the world through the many plays in his career that centered around love, loss, and friendship, would be thrilled to see how his legacy is carried on in theatre now.

In today’s world, friends are key to survival, especially in the larger cities. The Inheritance Part 1, the winner of four TONYÓ Awards nowis running at ZACH Theatre in Austin. The plot is simple, yet complicated, like so many lives are. Set in contemporary New York City, Eric and Toby are 30-somethings who seem to be very much in love and thriving. On the cusp of their engagement, they meet a neighboring older man haunted by the past, as well as a younger man hungry for a future. Chance meetings lead to surprising choices as the lives of three generations that interlink and collide—with often volatile results.

Anyone who is a fan of British films and novels will enjoy the re-envisioning E.M....

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Recently, the American Red Cross Dallas Tiffany Circle Spring Social was in full bloom. Hosted at Trammel Crow’s Arrowhead Drive home it was a wonderful success.

The evening’s program provided an early glimpse at the Red Cross’s climate change and sustainability efforts. Josh Lockwood, the Red Cross vice president of Climate Change & Sustainability, flew in from Chicago for the presentation. Keith Rhodes, CEO of the Red Cross North Texas Region, outlined the significant impact the Tiffany Circle is having on the people of North Texas.

The event spotlighted these wonderful ladies and the huge impact they have on the foundation from which the American Red Cross is able to assist locally, nationally, and on a global scale. The following week This High Tea with the Tiffany Circle leaders of Fort Worth followed suit by supporting more great women in the region.

For more information on how to support the American Red Cross North Texas chapter, visit

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Who doesn’t love a summery party? After successfully navigating the challenges of the wedding industry throughout the pandemic, we love that Holloway Events founder Cathleen Holloway celebrated with a brand relaunch and intimate dinner at La Colombe d'Or Hotel in Houston.

Holloway transformed the private dining room into a magical garden oasis, just in time for the start of spring and summer, and welcomed guests such as Mariana Goodall, founder of Hibiscus Linens, Lindsey Leigh Schultz of...


Texas Performing Arts Unveils Broadway In Austin 2022-2023 Season With New Hits, Familiar Favorites And Three Austin Premieres

Recently, Texas Performing Arts unveiled the Broadway in Austin 2022-2023 season, including three Austin premieres, two beloved classics, and two family favorites. “We know our loyal audiences are going to love these shows,” says Texas Performing Arts’ Executive and Artistic Director Bob Bursey. “It’s one of the most layered seasons we’ve ever presented. The mix of modern-day classics, family-friendly blockbusters, an acclaimed play, and three Austin premieres provides a way in for everyone.”

Broadway in Austin six or seven show subscription packages go on sale to existing subscribers beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3; prices start as low as $217. Season Subscribers may add the holiday sensation DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS as a seventh show to complete their package for as little as $241. BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is also available as a season option for renewing subscribers....

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World Affairs Council Of San Antonio Honors Shannon Sedgwick Davis As Citizen Of The Year

Recently, the Red Berry Estate, in San Antonio, was the setting of a very special evening honoring one of the city’s most esteemed citizens. A sold-out crowd of 270 of the Alamo City’s most notable VIP’s and philanthropists gathered for The World Affairs Council of San Antonio’s International Citizen of the Year Award Dinner honoring Shannon Sedgwick Davis.

The black tie crowd started the evening with a VIP cocktail hour in a speakeasy-inspired Casino level lounge, where patrons sipped spirits and had the opportunity to congratulate the guest of honor on her well-deserved award. The VIPs then ventured outside to mingle with other guests and enjoy the venues spectacular grounds. The event, which featured a vibrant color palette and patterns with pops of pink, red, blue, gold and green, carried into the tropical floral arrangements generously donated by HEB.

Guests then moved into the event space for dinner and the main program. As guests dined on a...

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Austin Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Peter Bay’s Silver Anniversary

The Junior League of Austin’s new event space was the recent setting celebrating a milestone of one of the Capital City’s most beloved cultural leaders. It was the place to be that evening as several hundred of Austin’s most notable sociables and philanthropists turned out to celebrate Maestro Peter Bay’s 25th anniversary leading the Austin Symphony Orchestra. In the process, patrons were treated to an unforgettable evening of fun, tributes and performances those on hand will not soon forget.

The Austin-chic crowd began the evening in the foyer of the Junior League for a cocktail hour. Upon arrival, partygoers were able to pose for photos on the step and repeat with the guest of honor and offer their heartfelt congratulations. Afterword, guests mingled about with the conversation flowing as freely as the spirits. The cocktail hour concluded with Mela Sarajane Dailey, Peter Bay’s wife, performing a showstopping rendition of the classic song, At Last.

The festivities...

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At SXSW, almost anything can happen. Yet, what happens when the platinum standard of beauty brands descends upon Austin for the coveted film, music and technology festival? A glowing success that will stay in Austin for several weeks until SXSW ends. On March 11th, Chanel proudly launched their Atelier Beauté CHANEL pop-up with an exclusive cocktail party that featured dozens of Austin’s most notable influencers, sociables and style mavens.

The Austin-chic crowd descended upon stunning boutique located on Austin’s Music Lane where they mingled and shipped champagne while viewing the impressive array of CHANEL makeup, skincare and fragrance products. The launch party featured complimentary consultations and services courtesy of CHANEL celebrity makeup artist Tasha Reiko Brown and CHANEL brow artist Jimena Garcia. The atelier allows patrons experiment and create, with no limits, from a wide range of CHANEL products.

Those who embark on the experience begin by placing their personal items in a locker, named by each icon of the House. Guests then enter the interactive...

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SXSW events are everywhere and seem to cater to everyone. Yet, what happens when you ignite Gucci, Bumble at one SXSW event? True success, that’s what. Very recently, Gucci proudly opened their Domain Austin store–a boutique that spans over 5,000 square feet and showcases a wide collection of men’s and women’s shoes, handbags, luggage, small leather goods, fashion and silver jewelry, watches, eyewear, and Gucci Beauty and fragrances.

Later, the must-attend private VIP party happened at Sammie’s in downtown Austin on Friday evening. Co-hosts Susan Chokachi, President and CEO of Gucci Americas, and Selby Drummond, Bumble’s Chief Brand Officer, welcomed the hipster guests. During the cocktail party, Austin locals, conference visitors, and friends of Gucci and Bumble enjoyed a selection of Sammie’s cocktails and dishes while mixing and mingling to the live music tunes of Sir Woman.

It’s no surprise that to celebrate Gucci’s arrival in the Austin market and coinciding with SXSW, Gucci and Bumble partnered to spotlight women innovators across fashion, technology, film and...

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We always love supporting fine causes. Recently, more than 250 guests gathered in Dallas to celebrate the Inaugural Unsung Hero Award honoring Scott Murray and benefiting the Scott Murray Scholarship Fund. The Fund provides financial assistance to individuals from the Dallas/Fort Worth area who have the desire to further their education but lack the necessary financial resources. Former Dallas Cowboy great Chad Hennings gave a moving speech about how Scott Murray is “the real deal,” noting his decades of service on behalf of local nonprofits to raise millions of dollars. In a surprise announcement, Murray agreed that The Scholarship Fund, founded in 1999, would become the Scott Murray Scholarship Fund going forward. In fact, it received a standing ovation from the 250 people in attendance that night.

The Texas State Fair-themed event featured entrepreneur extraordinaire Jim Keyes as the emcee and was...


When first class entities partner, there’s nothing that can stop them. So, when Mark Ashby Design, the top-drawer Austin-based design firm, partnered with SAFE, the non-profit organization in Austin, magic happened. It was the perfect cause because SAFE shelters and supports survivors of violence, sex trafficking and domestic abuse, to redesign 530 square feet of the facility’s public spaces bringing beautiful design and a fresh outlook to six communal living quarters.

The goal was to reimagine the public spaces at SAFE, so the job ahead was no easy task. For the project that would greatly enhance the current SAFE space, Ashby’s firm raised money throughout 2020 and 2021 (during the heart of the pandemic, mind you) by incentivizing their clients with interior design discounts, donating proceeds from design projects, volunteering to design events for corporate donations, and ended the fundraising with a public GoFundMe campaign. It was a true can-do period for both Ashby and SAFE.


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Center for Child Protection’s Play Bingo Dazzles

By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Haley Plotkin

Recently, the Hilton Hotel in downtown Austin was the setting for one of the city’s most anticipated Fall events. A sold-out crowd featuring over 1,000 of the region’s most influential sociables and philanthropists gathered for the Center for Child Protection's 18th annual Play Bingo Luncheon. The afternoon featured fun and fabulous prizes for winners who often had themed tables.

The Austin-chic crowd began the afternoon in the foyer of the venue where guests sipped champagne and perused the over 130 silent auction items which included jewelry, luxury handbags, and other goodies all generously provided by local merchants. Revelers then headed to their tables to begin the afternoon of bingo playing. Emcee Jim Spencer and Guardian Angel Melissa Cason effortlessly kept the event and the game-playing flowing at a festive pace. In...

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THE SETTING: Recently, the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston hosted a fundraiser luncheon to celebrate the life of Houston philanthropist Lynn Wyatt, the original influencer. KHOU Channel 11’s Mia Gradney and David Paul handled the emcee duties honoring the style legend...and the festivities included live and silent auctions in addition to Elizabeth Anthony and M. Penner fashions show produced by Lenny Matuszewski. The local-lebrity models included Rotary Club of Houston members Miranda Sevcik, Kristi Koncaba, Kenny Koncaba, Jeff Horner and Merita O’Krinsky. A highlight of the auction was a Vincent Peach Design custom gold and diamond bracelet valued at $7,128.00. It was donated by Cindy Lewis of Lewis Jewelers. General Manager Robert Castle and Vincent Peach were on hand to present the bracelet to the winner, Shayna Andrews.

THE STYLE: Lynn Wyatt arrived with sons Bradford, Trey and his wife the Honorable Mervin Wyatt-Ras (Member of the Aruba...

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It’s almost the holidays and if you grew up in Texas, or even if you just arrived, you very likely know about Neiman Marcus’ The Christmas Book. It’s become legendary after all these years. Growing up, I loved pouring over the catalog to finally arrive at the season’s extravagant His & Hers gifts that would jump off the page. From owning exotic camels, to sailing the world in a hot air balloon, anything seemed possible from those pages. Now, re-live the excitement of the fabled Texas brand’s luxe look at gifting (and receiving) with the newest 2021 holiday guide offers a world of possibilities. Here are a few of our favorite things we are considering this year...

We all look forward to the holiday season as a time to connect with their families and loved ones, embracing traditions old and new, wouldn’t you agree? First, the Vista Alegre personalized dinnerware & Portugal trip invites you to explore the rich history, stunning architecture, and the natural beauty of...

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It’s that time again. It’s time to get inspired to find hidden treasures at The Settlement Home for Children’s 46th Annual Garage & Estate Sale. On November 5-7, the Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Road, in Austin), is the place to be. We love that the sale is a uniquely Austin tradition that provides an opportunity to shop tens of thousands of items at truly bargain prices. While ranging from jewelry to furniture to tools, there’s something for everyone! The best part, that we likely love most, is that every dollar raised goes to support the families and children The Settlement Home for Children serves.

The Settlement Home for Children, a Texas mainstay, is a licensed nonprofit organization that serves individuals who have experienced severe emotional trauma, abuse, and neglect. They provide 24-hour care to help children in foster care access the materials and support needed to restore and preserve a permanent sense of well-being. Our mission is to promote healing and growth in children, young adults, and families by providing a continuum of care, support,...


Are you as much of a podcast fan as we are? Have you ever wished there was a one-stop listening venue for the best podcasts?

Look no further, thanks to the recent launch of Austin-based Hot Pie Media. The top-drawer talent in Hot Pie’s stable is staggering, including hosts like Academy AwardÒ and Tony AwardÒ -winning actress Marcia Gay Harden, award-winning actor Chris Noth (“Sex and the City”), Emmy AwardÒ -winning actor Judge Reinhold, (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Beverly Hills Cop”) and Steppenwolf founder John Kay (known for the Rock anthems: “Born to be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride”). Whew.

With daily original podcasts, music shows, and specials...and with a powerhouse team of media industry professionals at the helm, the on-demand network creates diverse and all-encompassing content on over 30 platforms with an impressive list of celebrity hosts. So, the Hot Pie Media Network allows podcast creators to do what they do best: create, and Hot Pie Media does what it does best: produce, manage, distribute, promote, and monetize content. Hot Pie Media covers...

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We love that the Austin Chapter of the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine of America recently hosted the 21st annual Grand Assemblage and Enthronement Dinner at the Hotel Granduca Austin. Upon arrival, the members, happy to see each other after months of separation due to Covid, enjoyed lively conversation and a champagne reception in the veranda and outdoor patio with passed hors d’oeuvres.

A plated dinner prepared by Executive Chef Collin Kaskel followed in the Salone Ducale ballroom with wines especially chosen to complement each of the five courses. The wines served, all rated 92 and above, included a 2010 Diebolt-Vallois Blanc de Blancs Brut, a 2016 Simonnet Febvre Chablis Les Presuses Grand Cru, a 2019 Chene Bleu Rose, a 2016 Occidental Pinot Noir Freestone Occidental, a 2016 Argiano Solengo Super Tuscan and Graham’s 20-year-old Tawny.

Toasts to KOV camaraderie echoed throughout the ballroom as the members watched a slide show of past KOV events that was produced by Austin...

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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?...


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

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, 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...


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....


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


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


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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 and And, to make a pledge, or process payment through another channel, please contact Marilyn Willson, Development Director at...


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...


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...


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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In the ongoing wake of COVID-19, so many issues are being addressed beyond the pandemic. Direct Orthopedic Care (DOC) and its founder Dr. David Hassinger are committed to ensuring their emergency rooms are available for COVID-19 patients. In fact, DOC has seen a radical spike in patients with injuries and needing medical care (especially sprains and broken bones). This is due, in part, to people staying home–yet going outdoors to exercise and trying new activities. Ironically, a number of these are from parents and children as they cope with the never-ending “recess” brought by shelter in place.

If you’re like millions of Americans who unexpectedly found their jobs affected by COVID-19 restrictions, you may be spending much more time at home now. People are becoming very creative with ways to help stave off boredom and stay active with this extra time, from homemade gym equipment to backyard obstacle courses. For many parents who find themselves confined at home with their children, the seemingly never-ending “recess” has become a great time to reminisce about the fun of...


Let’s think past COVID-19, shall we? Because we definitely have some luxury health treatments in mind for the near future, don’t you?

In a world run with autoimmune diseases, allergies and chronic pain, it’s not surprising that in Austin, a city known for its propensity for health, is making great strides in the arena. EvolvE has become a sanctuary free from harmful toxins and brimming with holistic services. “I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s nearly 10 years ago and didn’t feel medication was the best option for me,” says Shannon Maddalena, one of EvolvE’s founders.

“So, I consulted my nutritionist who put me on a healthy path to recovery. She has a Ph.D in Biochemistry and I trusted her guidance immensely. We’ve had great success working solely through nutrition. People are looking for alternative options to medications, options that don’t include treatment that can create other conditions. That’s how EvolvE was born as a destination in Austin: we are working with the body’s natural abilities to accomplish a goal, whether it be better sleep, improved immune...


There have been many documentaries on the House of Dior–like Dior & I about Raf Simons point of view as design director. Then there were the documentaries, Inside Dior, and Four Seasons With Dior, to name a few, all of which have a decidedly modern point of view toward the fashion house.

We all know fashion can be a way to transport us from today’s “sheltering in” to another world away. Like to the past success of Christian Dior, the man who invented, and revolutionized fashion, with the New Look in 1947. Cue the recently released mini documentary on YouTube, Haute Couture, a pristine, 15-minute film directed by Henri A. Lavorel, who goes behind the scenes of the venerable fashion palace, 30 Avenue Montaigne, which was Dior’s original locale.

Haute Couture, both the documentary and craft, celebrates the high-profile, other worldliness that fashion represents at its very best. It takes us to the heady preparation of the Autumn–Winter 1949 collection...

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Does social media create a connection? A deeper connection? We think so. But often, it can appear to be a tad too Hey, Ma. Look at me. So, what happens when children are the subject of social media? If it’s @arthistorybaby on Instagram, then magic happens.

The brainchild of new dad Menachem Wecker, an arts, culture and political journalist based in Washington, D.C., the subject is one close to his heart: his son, Aaron Wecker. It all started in February of 2019. “My wife and I took a picture of our son and I was struck by the way his right arm was dangling just so over the side of the bed, and something about that form and the palette of the image (extreme dark and light) reminded me of neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David's famous 1793 work, The Death of Marat. I posted the two side-by-side and the handle was underway.”

Understanding the complexities of social media, Wecker admits, “I quickly set some ground rules for myself. I would crop and occasionally rotate or flip images...


Our mothers are some of the most special people in the world. We all know that. So, why not celebrate her special day with a treatment at a chic venue in Houston?

Wellness is the trend of the moment, mom needs some good cheer and pampering, and The Houstonian Club’s new Solaya Spa and Salon (The Trellis’s first sister spa) has you covered for Mother’s Day with their Best.Morning.Ever. bundle offering.

Make mom feel like a million with a beautifully packaged Solaya Spa & Salon gift certificate, TRIBUTE at The Houstonian’s epicurean delight of Jumbo Lump Crab & Gruyère Quiche, and a bottle of Miraval Rose'.

To make it easy for everyone, the Mother’s Day bundle is available for curbside pickup at The Houstonian Hotel valet on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

For more information, visit SolyaHouston for more details to help make mom’s wellness and pampering your new Mother’s Day ritual now and in the future.


With the thousands of stories written, told and filmed about Hollywood, sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what to believe. In Ryan Murphy’s newest rendition, Hollywood, which debuted May 1 on Netflix, the make-up is off, but the gloves are on, with Murphy’s to re-telling of how Hollywood, the industry town where dreams often come true, might have been if the public knew the steamy truth at the time.

The series follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood as they try to make it in cutthroat Tinseltown–no matter the cost. Each character offers a unique glimpse behind the gilded curtain of the ear’s Golden Age, spotlighting the unfair systems and biases across race, gender and sexuality that continue to this day. Riding on the success of the recent Quentin Tarantino hit homage to 1960s Hollywood, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, expect this series to sweep during award ceremony time in 2021.

Hollywood exposes and examines decades-old power dynamics, and what the entertainment landscape...

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By now we all well know that the COVID-19 pandemic has created shockwaves throughout the global supply chain and that companies are working feverishly to manage shortages. In fact, the manufacturing sector that produces vital medical supplies including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves and medical gowns has been hard hit like never before. Since the pandemic began domestically roughly five weeks ago, there has been a huge surge in demand for medical supplies and protective gear.

Like many Texas business owners, Dallas-based retailer Kathy Fielder was faced with furloughing her staff and halting operations when shelter-in-place mandates were issued. Instead, she and her team, in just three weeks, reworked the entire business model of Kathy Fielder Boutique and Isabella Collection by Kathy Fielder to utilize her resources and contacts through her 20-year career in the field of manufacturing to bring in crucial PPE products for frontline defenders and 3-ply disposable masks for medical workers and the general public’s use.

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It was the middle of the 1950s when the film, Designing Woman, was produced by MGM (in 1956 for a 1957 release), one of the most stylish film studios of Hollywood’s Golden Era. Starring Lauren Bacall and Gregory Peck, two of the era’s popular stars, it oozes five-star glamour from the first frame of the movie.

Of course it’s an age-old story (based loosely on MGM’s 1941 hit, Woman of the Year, starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy), updated for the re-telling of two people from completely different worlds who evolve into a love affair. In fact, Peck plays Mike is a sportswriter and poker enthusiast with working-class friends, while Bacall designs clothes for a wide array of “artistic” personalities. Cue up the collision course of cultures, unusual friends, and colleagues, even when they marry.

With costumes by Helen Rose, it’s a tour-de-force with how Bacall can continue to top herself with the top fashion of the day, including, yes, a mink dress. Filmed in glorious Technicolor, the clothing, sets and locations are unparalleled and capture...


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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...


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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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.


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The 11th Annual Burgers & Burgundy Soars To New Heights

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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 for to learn more about the Miracle Foundation, visit

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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

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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...


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,...


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 and Domain Northside


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,...


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...


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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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...


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?

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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...

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We are wishing you and yours the very best life has to offer into 2019.

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The place to enjoy the most fashionable holidays ever? At the Austin Film Society’s screening of Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion, & Disco, the documentary film featuring Lopez (1943-1987) centers on the most influential fashion illustrator of Paris and New York in the 1970s and his colorful, outrageous milieu and band of followers in the Studio 54 era.

A native of Puerto Rico, Lopez was the son of a father who crafted mannequins and a mother who made dresses, Lopez was a child prodigy who began to sketch at the age of two, revealing a gift that would revolutionize the fashion industry.

It all happens on Dec 18, at 7:30, as part of their Homo Arigato series. In fact, why note immerse yourself in the colorful world of this influential fashion illustrator, as told through his friends in artwork. Here’s a link to the trailer: and information on tickets is at

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You know we always love a good time that offers the unique and unexpected. One upcoming good time we highly recommend checking out is a new experience offered up by Texas Native and star of RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Alyssa Edwards. She has partnered with TAZO team to create Camp TAZO, a unique glam camping experience that is all about experiencing new things and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. We caught up with her to learn more.

Happening in March 2019, Camp TAZO theme is “Brew the Unexpected” which aligns perfectly aligns the spirit of Alyssa and TAZO tea essence of discovery and explanation. The camp, designed by Alyssa, who will also serve as Camp Director, offers a curated list of traditional activities such as campfire chats and of course spilling the tea during tea time. It will also offer some bucket list items you never knew you wanted… until now like hiking in heels.

TAZO tea was inspired to create this camp after conducting a research study. The...

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The Play That Goes Wrong, the hilarious Tony Award-winning hit Broadway comedy, thanks to Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts, makes its Austin debut at Bass Concert Hall, October 23-28. Are you ready for this side-splitting farce?

Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong is a riotous comedy about the theatre. The play introduces The ‘Cornley University Drama Society’ who are attempting to put on a 1920s’ murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all odds to get to their final curtain call.

The Broadway production of The Play That Goes Wrong opened at the Lyceum Theatre on April 2, 2017. The show, which was slated to close on Broadway in August of this year, will extend its run due to popular demand through January 6, 2019. By then, the Broadway production will...

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If you are looking for an evening of creative, chic fun in a stunning environment, we recommend the upcoming Camp Contemporary. The fall fundraising event of Austin’s world-renowned Contemporary Austin will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 5-10 PM at the museum’s famed Laguna Gloria.

In addition, donning your favorite Austin-chic attire, you will a part of a night with Austin’s most notable and passionate art patrons. There a host of five-star experiences to imbibe. Foodies can enjoy “camp fare” featuring a series of delectable camp-inspired edibles from some of Austin’s most notable restaurateur’s including Le Politique, épicerie and McGuire Moorman.

Those looking to channel their inner artist’s creativity can do so in the curriculum available at the...

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Imagine A Way Gala Raises Funds For Children With Autism

THE SCENE: The Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel in Austin was the recent setting for the Imagine A Way gala. The sold-out event featured 300 Austinites who were treated to an evening of fun...all while benefiting a very worthy cause.

THE VIBE: The Austin-chic crowd began the evening with a cocktail hour at the Stephen F’s bar and terrace where party goers sipped on their spirit of choice while bidding on their favorite silent auction items. The action then moved to the main ballroom for the main program and multi-course dinner which was capped off with a spirited live auction. The festivities were capped off with an after-party where revelers danced the night away capping off a perfect evening in Austin.

THE CAUSE: The event raised over $320,000 for Imagine A Way, which provides funding and early intervention programs for children with autism.

Photo: Becky and Jim Urhausen

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For Houstonians, it’s a show you won’t want to miss this weekend. With glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking production of LES MISÉRABLES, which broke box office records during its pre-Broadway tour, has left both audiences and critics awestruck.

Creator Cameron Mackintosh said, “I‘m delighted that after a four year absence this glorious production is once again touring the major cities across North America and is more spectacular than ever.”

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring one of the greatest scores of all time, with thrilling and beloved songs including “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Do You Hear the People Sing” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated...

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When it comes to a perfect match, it doesn’t get any better than tennis champs Andy Roddick and Roger Federer. Put them together and you have magic for any tennis or philanthropy fan. Call it Roger Comes To Austin.

Last night Federer was in Austin for one night only for an entertaining and thought-provoking conversation about his career and the sport of tennis with former competitor, longtime friend, and Austin’s own Andy Roddick, chairman of the Andy Roddick Foundation. We all know Federer is in the running to be named the greatest athlete of all time. After all, he’s the winner of 20 Grand Slam singles titles (the most in male tennis history).

The event, deftly moderated by NBC Sports commentator Mary Carillo, flowed smoothly with intermittent video clips from Roddick and Federer’s tennis careers as young boys to evolved tennis stars. This special event featured a conversation between two tennis greats, as well as an audience Q&A session. The conversation spanned a wide range of topics, including their shared tennis experiences and the...

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We love that some are calling it the best musical of the season. Based on the 2007 Academy Award®-winning film, Once is an enchanting, modern love story about the complexities of relationships and the power of music to connect us all. The musical tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music.

Speaking to Austin's robust live music roots, ZACH's Topfer lobby will transform into an Irish pub, creating an immersive experience from start to finish. With music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, and book by Enda Walsh, audiences will fall for this unexpected romance that features a talented ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage.

Their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Winner of 8 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this unique theatrical experience, with breathtaking melodies by Glen Hansard of the Irish band The Frames, will...

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Recently, the home of Dr. Cynthia Brinson in Austin was the setting where several dozen Sociables and GLBTQ community leaders. They were gathered to ensure the memory of KUT and KOOP personality Stephen Rice lives on for generations to come through the Stephen Rice Memorial Scholarship Fund.

As the summer-chic attired crowd mingled about in Dr. Brinson’s home, the attendees could feel the love, warmth and presence of Rice. Guests shared their favorite memories of Rice while sipping his favorite cocktail, Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka and soda.

The festivities continued as Rice’s husband Mark Erwin and Heath Riddles, former co-host of Outcast on KOOP Radio with Rice, welcomed the crowd and read a recently discovered letter Rice wrote to himself that perfectly captured his essence that brought the crowd to tears of both sorrow and joy. The event concluded with a toast in Rice’s memory.

The event raised over $53,000 for the Stephen Rice Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will...

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When Barkin’ Creek Dog Kitchen & Bath recently opened their first brick and mortar location in July 2018 in the pet-friendly and fitness-focused city of Austin, Texas their mission was to feed our four-legged friends a naturally delicious diet, allowing them to live happier, healthier and longer lives.

The store, located at 2153 South Lamar Boulevard at Kinney Road serves not only signature selection of handmade healthy meals and treats, but also the most innovative and stylish home, travel, and outdoor accessories from leashes and toys to the latest pet-tech necessities. Barkin’ Creek also offers grooming services and products to make sure your dog feels and looks their best. Plus, Barkin’ Creek is a one stop resource for locals and visitors as it will also provide doggie day care in its state-of-the-art day camp with a live video feed, attentive care from the experienced, highly trained staff and lots of safe play time.

Family owned and operated, Barkin’ Creek Dog Kitchen & Bath,...

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the animated film’s Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton.

It will play The Topfer at ZACH Theatre, July 11 – September 2, 2018. Directed by ZACH Associate Artistic Director Abe Reybold, with musical direction by Allen Robertson and choreography by Sara Burke, it’s a true tour de force.

This “tale as old as time” follows Belle, a book-smart and adventurous young woman and Beast, a formerly dashing young prince cursed by an enchantress. If the Beast cannot learn to love and be loved in return, he and his household including Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip will be trapped forever under the spell. The Broadway smash hit showcases a merry, award-winning score with such favorites as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Gaston,” and “Be Our Guest.”

This delightful family musical enchants and transforms hearts of all generations and...

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Love Never Dies is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Audiences will be seduced by the beautiful, sometimes magical and poetic, sometimes joyful - and occasionally melancholic score. Don’t miss this magnificent continuation of one of the world’s greatest love stories. In fact, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, the spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, for the premiere Houston engagement at the Hobby Center through July 22. Set in 1907, it is 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and The Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. In this new, electrically charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar, but he has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé.

The new touring production reflects an extensive re-working of the material by an Australian creative team for the original Australian...

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Think Texas can’t get any prettier? Think again. Blushington in Dallas believes that every woman deserves to feel beautiful and during the month of July, Blushington is offering their Makeup101 Classes at NO CHARGE (that’s a $150 value). Yep, no charge. In fact, during the 1-hour class, Blushington pros will teach you how to apply makeup to look your best. How cool is that?

These techniques taught will include learning how to cleanse, tone and moisturize the skin, how to conceal, how to apply eyeliner and shadow, how to choose the right shade of lipstick and more! Bring your own products to in use and let Blushington artists suggest new products for your consideration, too.

Should you fall in love with something new used on you during the class, Blushington is taking 10% off products when you purchase after their service with no restrictions. You can book any day of the week, with any artist, so call their Highland Park studio today to reserve your spot!

Blushington is located at The Shops Of Highland Park, 4218 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX...


We hope you enjoy this holiday week!


Looking for a fun way to enjoy a classic film? We can't think of a better way than joining AFS Cinema on June 21st. That night the Austin Film Society will be hosting a screening of 1967 camp classic Valley of the Dolls. We love this movie for much more than its glitz and camp. We love it for its 60s glamour and high style.

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Based on the Jacqueline Susann novel, Valley of the Dolls, the film is about the highs and lows that come with success. It follows three women (Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins and Sharon Tate) who rise to fame across the globe, then fall from grace. The film features love affairs, pills, booze, classic style and campy dialogue that provides something for everyone.

Over fifty years later, it remains a cult classic, particularly among the LGBT community. In addition to its timeless style, one of the reasons the film has endured is the universal theme of life's Valley of the Dolls tells this...

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Celebrating fifty years of America’s most beloved fashion brand, a new book, WWD: Fifty Years of Ralph Lauren, chronicles the legendary career trajectory of Ralph Lauren as documented by the global fashion magazine WWD. In fact, it just arrived and we can’t put it down.

We get Ralph Lauren, we really do. He’s been a part of our entire lives. He’s synonymous with timeless American style and has transformed a small collection of men’s neckties that dared to go Mod and wide in the late 60s, into a global empire, offering everything from casual polo shirts and athletic apparel to luxury womenswear and home goods.

Glam mag WWD has chronicled his company’s e very step since its founding in 1967, from that first wide necktie and iconic advertisements to Lauren’s innovative venture into digital media. Offering insight into this trailblazing visionary, this book is an illustrated volume that details his meteoric rise and the highlights of his career.

Through lush, archival photographs and award-winning fashion writing and business articles from the pages of...


In 1982, when Sunday in the Park With George debuted on Broadway, it was a smash hit. Fast forward to revivals and now, a tenure of it playing at ZACH Theatre in Austin this month. It’s a must-see.

We all know Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical masterpiece is a living painting by artist Georges Seurat, and centers on the artist as he discovers unimaginable possibilities while creating an enduring work of art. Seurat, known for juxtaposing points of multi-colored paint to allow the viewer’s eye to blend the colors, connects the dots that make life so passionate, unexpected, heartbreaking, and ultimately rapturous. In fact, all the characters in the painting, in the play, come to life with fascinating and interwoven back stories.

The original music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim with the book by James Lapine. At ZACH, it’s directed by Dave Steakley with musical direction by Allen Robertson making every moment of the two hour and forty minutes (with an intermission) a super way to spend a summer evening. The wildly...

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Blue Cure Foundation recently wowed Houston with their fourth annual lecture series luncheon. With Erin Brockovich featured as the event’s guest speaker, Blue Cure presented a captivating message on the environmental factors that contribute to preventative health, along with announcing a new vision and mission statement and a six-city tour to kick off Men’s Health Month in June.

We love that the foundation’s honorary chairs Carolyn Farb and Vivian Wise, along with chairs Angela and Owen Daniels and Chita and Lane Craft brought the event to life at the Hilton Houston Post Oak, where emcee KHOU’s Chita Craft presented a stirring video outlining Blue Cure’s new initiatives to fund research examining lifestyle factors that can improve prostate cancer outcomes and decrease incidences of cancer diagnoses – adding and building on its core education and advocacy programs.

Brockovich enthralled the audience of nearly 300 guests, followed by audience cheers for a heartfelt speech by Honoree Ryan Chase of KRBE’s The Roula & Ryan Show, whose prostate cancer is currently in...

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The long-awaited arrival of An American in Paris, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, is happening in Austin at the Bass Concert Hall from May 30 – June 3. In fact, we’re counting the minutes until it arrives.

Of course, it’s inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, An American in Paris is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas.

The score of An American in Paris includes the songs "I Got Rhythm," "Liza," "’S Wonderful," "But Not For Me," "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise," and orchestral music including "Concerto in F," "Second Prelude," "Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture" and "An American In Paris."

The production opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace...


It’s that time. When you can officially wear a white dinner jacket, after Memorial Day, and not in the winter according to uninformed Hollywood stylists who dress their male clients in them in February, it will feel like a breath of fresh air.

In Casino Royale (2006), with Daniel Craig’s triumphant return to the Land of Bond, a piece of dialogue fully illustrates our point:

James Bond: I have a dinner jacket.

Vesper Lynd: There are dinner jackets and dinner jackets; this is the latter. And I need you looking like a man who belongs at that table.

Bond: How? … It’s tailored.

Lynd: I sized you up the moment we met.

Enough said.

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Who says social events have to end with Memorial Day? In Austin they extend into the summer, too. On June 2nd at the JW Marriott, the 7th annual Art Bra benefiting the Breast Cancer Resource Center will feature over 1,000 of Austin’s social, fashion and cultural elite for an evening of fun and celebration.

The concept of Art Bra is as unique as Austin itself. Art Bra is a fashion show featuring survivors of breast cancer who will strut down the runway in artistic bra’s, corsets and bustiers that are auctioned off to benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Center. Last year, a piece designed by Kendra Scott sold for over $13,000.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Center which provides guidance, education programs and support to 2,000 Central Texans living with breast cancer. For more information or to purchase your ticket click here or visit

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This year’s Met Ball (the Costume Institute of the Museum of New York) scored another triumph. Its theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, was chaired by Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace, chosen by the organization’s fearless leader, Vogue’s Anna Wintour.

The range of color, black, white and everything in between was profusely on display. We love that and we love how iconic spiritual fashion inspired today’s most fashionable notables. Shown here are six of our favorites.

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We love finding cool new things to do, don’t you? That in mind, the Austin Film Society (AFS) launches its inaugural mini-festival, Doc Days, a long weekend of brand-new documentary films with visiting filmmakers from the US and abroad, on May 10 to 13.

In addition to screening favorite new documentaries from the festival circuit, the weekend includes parties, discussions, and moderated Q&As by Austin’s documentary film community. Scheduled with no overlapping screenings, festival attendees can see every film back to back. The series was programmed by Austin Film Society program staff in conjunction with Programmer-at-Large, Todd Savage, who co-founded the program with AFS.

Here's a look at what you’ll see when you get your passes:

The series kicks off on Thursday, May 10 with an opening reception prior to the screening of MINDING THE GAP, the Sundance award-winning debut feature from Bing Liu. Producer Diane Quon will be in attendance to introduce and Q&A the film, which, over the course of years, follows a group of skateboarders in the rustbelt and...

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Looking for something to do this weekend that will allow you to give back as well as keeping you fit so you can continue to wear your stylish spring threads?

Look no further than the 5th annual Young Men's Business League Sunshine Run. The race will be held Sunday May 6th, 7:30AM at Vic Mathias Shores located at 900 West Riverside Drive. Proceeds raised from the run will benefit Austin Sunshine Camps.

What are three cool reasons to add the YMBL Sunshine Run to the weekend calendar?

  1. It features runs for various fitness levels including a timed 10K as well as a timed and untimed 5K.
  2. The race is a great way to spend time with our son, daughter, niece or nephew. The race includes a Kids D where children under 12 run free.
  3. We can't think of a better way to spend time with mans best friend. You can enroll in the 5K with your dog where one lucky pup will receive the title of "Fastest Dog in Austin."

To register for the YMBL Sunshine Run please visit...

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THE SCENE: The Hilton in Downtown Austin was the setting for The Andy Roddick Foundation Luncheon. Hundreds turned out to support one of Austin's most recognizable couples, Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker, who have a mission of providing quality after school and summer programs for at risk children.

THE VIBE: The Austin-chic crowd was wowed by a program that included several panels. This included a Kids Panel, led by Andy Roddick himself, that discussed how the Andy Roddick Foundation has positively impacted their lives.

THE CAUSE: Proceeds from the event benefitted The Andy Roddick Foundation, which provides after school and summer programs for at risk youth. Since 2000, the organization has raised over $20 million dollars to improve the lives of children.

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Casamigos Tequila, founded by actor George Clooney, restaurateur businessman Rande Gerber and real estate tycoon Mike Meldman, was a hit from the very beginning. Now, there’s a new iteration: Casamigos Mezcal. Here, ModXMan co-founder Lance Avery Morgan recently caught up with Gerbe to get the skinny on the new beverage.

First, let’s start with the facts: Casamigos Mezcal is made in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico. It’s artisanal and crafted from 100% Espadín agaves. The Joven Mezcal is produced in Oaxaca by a 4th generation family of Mezcaleros and the traditional production happens in small palenques or “meeting places”

So much has to happen for Casamigos Mezcal to be made using traditional methods. Once harvested, the piñas are split and laid to cook for 4-6 days in six-ton earthen pits lined with volcanic rocks heated by a slow burning oak wood fire. Then, the piñas are cooled for 24 hours before the crushing process begins. The agave is crushed, one ton at a time by a horse-drawn tahona wheel. Depending on the season the mezcal ferments for 2-8 days before...

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As busy gals and guys on the go, we get that it can be tough to schedule some me time to recharge. Given how fast-paced life can be, we often forget we can get some well deserved rest and relaxation in our own backyard or in a nearby city. To avoid the stress and logistics of a trip out of town, may we suggest a staycation to rediscover why we love Texas in the first place?

Austin is lucky enough to have a gem right just off of downtown that allows for you to get away from it all without having to leave town. It is the series of locally owned establishments along the East 11th Street District. The area is anchored by the Austin-chic Hotel Eleven located about a mile east of the Texas Capitol at 1123 East 11th. The three story building is East Austin’s premier botique hotel featuring fourteen distinct and original rooms with a uniquely Austin flare. Each one perfectly capturing the essence of Texas’ capitol city in its own way.

We arrived Friday late morning, by a ride share, for an early check-in where we were warmly greeted by Hotel Eleven owner Shelly Leibham. We...

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We’re excited that a new exhibition of works at The Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas, curated by international art advisor Filippo-Tattoni-Marcozzi, have been selected to expose, inspire, confront and reflect upon the use and abuse of the female body in contemporary art. The art has been chosen from the extensive works of The Goss-Michael Collection, one of the leading contemporary British art collections in the United States, which was founded by the late music icon George Michael and Kenny Goss in 2007.

Entitled “Beauty and Subjugation from The Goss-Michael Collection” - the show will open on Wednesday, April 11 and run through May 31 at The Goss-Michael Foundation, based in the Dallas Design District, 1305 Wycliff Avenue, Suite 120.

We all know that generations of artists have confronted themselves with the representation and/or interpretation of women. In fact, artists constantly aim at capturing women’s profound identities, being themselves or their muses, sitters or fantasies, they have constantly struggled to empower and establish women’s personal...

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It’s back by popular demand. The Book of Mormon, which played a record-breaking run in the past, returns to Austin on April 17-22, 2018 at Bass Concert Hall, presented by Broadway in Austin and we can’t wait.

Featuring a book, music and lyrics created by legendary creatives Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon musical sensation took the world by storm and won a slew of Tony Awards in its first run. Now is your chance to see it again, so don’t miss it. You may know Trey Parker and Matt Stone as creators of the outrageous animated TV show South Park, and Robert Lopez as the co-creator of the hit musical comedy Avenue Q. Casey Nicholaw choreographer, also worked on Monty Python’s Spamalot and The Drowsy Chaperone.

Guaranteed to be hilariously entertaining, and surely the subject of many conversations to come, The Book of Mormon is full of funny, touching, and surprisingly delicate moments.

Honored by a myriad of awards, The Book of Mormon is the winner of nine Tony...

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Most ten-year-olds don’t seem this grown up. This year marks the 10-year-anniversary of Austin Fashion Week’s runway collections, presented by Fashion X Austin, will be April 5 through April 7. You may know that Fashion X Austin's Fashion Week is the largest week of fashion events in Texas and the 4th largest fashion week in the United States. In honor of the anniversary, lifestyle expert and designer Katie Kime will be designing the runway with execution assistance from Caplan Miller...with the inspiration of florals. Along with the runway collections will be a gallery of designers as well.

The Fashion X Austin Week Style Setters is an honor given to Austin's most fashionable philanthropists, with a portion of proceeds going to the Style Setter's charity of choice. The 2018 Style Setters are Venus Strawn, whose ticket sales will benefit the Rise School of Austin and Kirstin Ross, whose ticket sales will benefit Dell Children's Medical Center.

Schedule Of Events Quick Look:

On April 5 is the BERNINA Fashion...

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The Gentleman Driver, a new 90-minute documentary, is an inside look into the lives of four extraordinary businessmen who moonlight as race car drivers at the highest levels of sports-car racing.

The drivers who are daring? Ed Brown (President /CEO Patron Spirits Inc.), Ricardo Gonzalez (Chairman of the Board – ASUCQ), Mike Guasch (CEO Molecule Labs) and Paul Dalla Lana (CEO NorthWest Value Partners Inc.) are the subjects of the action-packed film.

Outside the racing world people remain unaware of the gentlemen driver phenomenon having never been told a story like this before, we learned. Nope, you can’t buy your way into playing the Super Bowl or World Cup, but you can to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Inside this rarified racing world, gentlemen drivers face negative stereotypes, but these men challenge those with their dedication, passion and skill. Success seems to magically follow these guys.

To help demystify why this is so, The Gentleman Driver provides audiences with interviews of these experts in success, flow and...

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Want luxe spring entertaining? Today the Facundo Rum Collection, the luxury rum from the Bacardi family’s private reserves, launches an exclusive collaboration with Latin American artist Damian Aquiles. They’re unveiling ten one-of-a-kind luxury bar trays – each created as unique works of art. Art meets hospitality? Sign us up.

Marking his first exhibition in New York since 2004, Cuban artist Aquiles is collaborating with Facundo to celebrate the exciting and diverse world of Latin American art and culture that is inherent to the brand’s origin.

From the incredible liquid to the exquisite bottles – inspired by the brand’s Cuban heritage, as well as the Art Deco period of the 1930s, since its creation Facundo carried on the history of cultural appreciation intrinsic to the Bacardi and made its mission to ‘elevate rum to an art form.”

That’s why each of the Facundo rums is a masterpiece of its kind, born of 150-years of expertise in the art of rum-making but reinterpreted in a contemporary way, with the Maestro de Ron adding his own artistry to the process....

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Easter is this Sunday, and from egg hunts to Sunday brunch it’s a time when families and friends come together to celebrate a season of renewal and rebirth. Whether you are hosting an Easter get-together or have been invited into someone’s home, here are some tips from Sharon Schweitzer, an internationally renowned etiquette and modern manners expert, a bestselling author…and the founder of Access to Culture.

  1. Master the Menu: Whether you’ve hired a caterer or are cooking for the whole crew, inquire about any food intolerances or allergies before planning the menu. While it may be tricky to accommodate everyone, consider ingredient swapping or allergen-friendly recipes that let everyone enjoy a delicious Easter celebration. Guests, when replying to the invitation, specify any allergies or intolerances immediately-well in advance, so that your host isn’t scrambling to accommodate at the last minute.
  1. Flexible Schedule: Ask guests about and plan brunch around religious or spiritual celebrations on Easter morning....
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Whenever we are in a different city around the world, we hit the streets to absorb the vibe, as well as to see what locals are wearing that might influence our own style choices. So, when we recently received an advance copy of this definitive history of the world’s most influential clothing trend from the people who wore it best...and we can’t put it down. This Is Not Fashion: Streetwear Past, Present and Future (Thames & Hudson) by authors King ADZ and Wilma Stone. From a view to back in the day to seeing what the day after tomorrow night create, streetwear has never looked so cool.

It shows the story of how streetwear begins in 1972 in Jersey City, the birthplace of Trash and Vaudeville, the first-ever streetwear shop. It then moves on to the start of punk, which was a decisive influence on what is considered streetwear today, and then to Ivy League preppies, the hip-hop kings and queens of Harlem, the dresser/casual movement born out of British soccer culture, the skater scene of California, and the Paninari scooter-brats of Milan. It continues to evolve...

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Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts offers up the Tony® Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder that will play Bass Concert Hall March 20 - 25, 2018.

We love that Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

This has been one of Broadway’s most celebrated musicals and Gentleman’s Guide received ten 2014 Tony® Award nominations, winning four awards: Best Musical, Direction of a Musical, Book of a Musical, and Best Costume Design. In addition, it won the Best Musical prizes from the Drama League, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle, and...

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One of the most influential artists of the past century, Ellsworth Kelly, has permanently put Texas’ capital city on the international art scene with his permanent installation at the University of Texas Blanton Museum of Art, fittingly titled Austin. We recently toured the new destination as well as his major pieces currently on display inside the main museum as a sneak peek for you....

To say that this is a major deal for Austin and Texas is an understatement. Austin was Kelly’s final work that capped off a remarkable 65-year career. Before touring Austin, we first made our way into the main museum so we could tour Form Into Spirit: Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin. In this tour visitors can learn how the concept began for Austin (during his time in France in the late 40’s and early 50’s), as well as some of Kelly’s (and rarely seen) early work. It also includes the original sketches and concepts of Austin that were made in the mid-80s that culminated to what is now a modern landmark.

After exiting the main museum, we...

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Yes, it’s a busy social season indeed. And there will be many smiling children with critical illnesses who will receive their true heartfelt wish...thanks to the generosity of those in attendance at the inaugural Wishes & Dishes event that was recently hosted by Make-A-Wish® Central & South Texas.

In fact, over $120,000 was raised throughout the evening as guests enjoyed fare from some of Austin’s favorite restaurants including: La Traviata, Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile, La Condesa, Moonshine Bar & Grill, and Pink Avocado. Specialty cocktails were provided by Milestone Brands while innovative and traditional beers were provided by Karbach Brewing Company.

“If I could have any wish, it would be that we could grant the wish of every eligible child in Central and South Texas. Many times, the only thing that stands in the way of that is having the funds to do it,” said Governing Board Member and Publisher of Statesman Media, Susie Gray Biehle about the organization. Make-A-Wish President & CEO, Kathrin Brewer agrees and shares, “This year, we...

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11th Annual Heart & Soul Draws Sociables, Honors Its Supporters

THE SCENE: Austin’s JW Marriott Hotel was the setting for a special afternoon recently that honored some of Austin’s most well-known and respected philanthropists. The 300-plus attendees of this year’s annual Heart & Soul luncheon were on hand for the gathering.

THE VIBE: From the moment you ascended the elevators at the JW Marriott, you could feel the inviting warmth Austin-chic crowd as they perused the event signature – a live auction of handbags donated by local merchants and notables. This year was no exception as VIP’s bid on bags from such noted luxury brands as Tiffany & Co. and Givenchy were among the items up for bid.

The action continued into the ballroom where emcee Matt Swinney effortlessly kept the audience engaged. In addition to the parent-child fashion show featuring Rise School Students, this year also featured honored 13 individuals who have made an incredible impact on a school that embodies the inclusivity that is...

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It's Hollywood's biggest night, and it's also the Super Bowl of fashion. The Oscars. Like the range of movies that were nominated and won, there was something for everything last night...

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As anyone who came of age in the 70s, 80s or 90s can attest, television reruns from eras past were a major part of our upbringing. From I Love Lucy to Gilligan’s Island, and everything in between, those shows all had one thing in common. The lack of a fitting ending for the characters we knew and loved once the series ended.

What would the ending of some of our favorite shows we grew up watching in reruns be like? Would Lucy and Ricky have stay married or divorced and co-parented? Would the Professor and Mary Ann have gotten together while the Skipper and Gilligan coupled up? These are questions each of us have likely pondered at one point or another about certain TV shows along the way. Fortunately for us, we now have a fitting ending to one of these shows, the iconic 1960’s television series, Bewitched in a book titled I, Samantha, Take This Mortal, Darrin.

Written by Bewitched historical expert Adam-Michael James, his just-released book gives the satisfying finale and ending the characters on the show never experienced....

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As New York Fashion Week is a buzz with the swooshing down the runways and the champagne flowing backstage after each collection shows these days, we love the spirit of what's being shown by some of our designers who know a thing or two about what makes a woman feel beautiful.

Here, our Editor In Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan has chosen a few of his favorite looks as we look ahead to inspire what you’ll be wearing – and where – for Fall/Winter 2018... (Photos courtesy of each designer)

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We all know Austin is a very diverse, charitable and social city with lots to do. Recently, the city had the good fortune of having not one, but two must- attend galas on the same night. We were lucky to be along for the ride for two great, annual galas: Dell Children's Medical Center and HRC Austin. Each of neared or exceeded a thousand attendees with both having a mix of new and familiar faces. Want to know who was seen on the scene? Here’s a look...

FIRST STOP: Dell Children's Medical Center's annual gala

WHERE: Austin Convention Center

WHO: Over 1,000 donned their Saturday finest black-tie for a night of revelry, fun and most important of all a very worthy cause.

VIBE: The well-heeled crowd with a mix of suits, tuxedos and ballgowns started their evening with cocktail hour and followed with a dinner and program. The live auction and fund a dream (which is where you can make a cash donation that funds a specific need) alone raised over $800,000. The festivities continued well into the...

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We love that The Rise School of Austin will host its 11th annual premier fashion luncheon, Heart & Soul, on Friday, February 9, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the JW Marriott in downtown Austin.

Heart & Soul features a one-of-a-kind silent auction with an array of vintage and designer handbags along with high-end jewelry. Guests will be treated to a very special fashion show featuring current and alumni Rise students.

Please consider joining this annual tradition because in addition to a unique silent auction and heartwarming fashion show, you will be treated to a delicious lunch and beverages provided by the JW Marriott. Proceeds from this fun event benefit the Rise School, a private, nonprofit inclusive early childhood education program that provides high-quality services to children 14mon-5yrs.

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We love that BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center presents School of Rock – The Musical that will play The Hobby Center in Houston through February 4, 2018.

In Austin, Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts tickets for School of Rock – The Musical will play Bass Concert Hall February 13 - 18, 2018.

Rocking the roofs off theaters across America, the School of Rock – The Musical national tour stars Rob Colletti as Dewey, Lexie Dorsett Sharp as Rosalie, Matt Bittner as Ned, Emily Borromeo as Patty, Merritt David Janes as Dewey Alternate, Deidre Lang as Ms. Sheinkopf, Olivia Bucknor as Shonelle, Theodora Silverman as Katie, Chloe Anne Garcia as Marcy, Carson Hodges as Mason, Gianna Harris as Tomika, Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton as Freddy, Phoenix Schuman as Zack, John Michael Pitera as Billy, Theo Mitchell-Penner as Lawrence and Ava Briglia as Summer. The adult ensemble features John Campione, Patrick Clanton, Christopher DeAngelis, Kristian Espiritu, Melanie Evans, Liam Fennecken, Kara Haller, Elysia Jordan, Jameson Moss, Sinclair...


The Details: Friday, February 2 I 7:00 pm I 800 Congress I Tickets: $75 – $150

At the new Lone Star fashion event, you can enjoy avant-garde runway collections from three of the best of the BEST, by invitation only, Texas-based fashion designers. Each city is represented on the runway and through our hosts for the evening at it’s all the brainchild of Fashion X brand creator Matt Swinney.

If you’re a native Texan or you just got here as fast as you could, you CAN'T miss this show! Tickets will include an OPEN BAR from Balcones Distilling, Dripping Springs Texas Vodka and Artisan Gin, St Elmo Brewing, and Spicewood Vineyards.

  • Hosting from Austin, Lance Avery Morgan will present the latest collection from Gail Chovan
  • Hosting from Houston, Staci Henderson will present the latest collection from...

We love that Austin’s winter/spring social season kicks off in earnest this weekend. We are fortunate to live in such a diverse that welcomes and respects the talents of anyone who is willing to contribute to the fabric of a unique city whose energy attracts over 100 new residents on a daily basis.

The Human Rights Campaign gala is one such event that embodies all the things we hold dear about Austin: inclusiveness and the realization that diversity makes our community stronger.

This Saturday January 27th, over 700 of Austin’s social, style and cultural trailblazers will descend upon the JW Marriott for an evening that always turns out a fun and interesting crowd.

This year’s gala is co-chaired by Erin Gurak and Trey Pike and fortunately, there are a few tickets remaining. Purchase yours today before the event sells out, as it has done for the past several years by clicking here.


It might be the most gorgeous movie of this century...about the last century. Phantom Thread is getting all the award show buzz because it’s a movie for the ages, set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock.

It’s one of those films that if there was no volume, the cinematic masterpiece element would suffice. The lush score is as rich with emotion as the art direction’s flawless point of view. In the film, women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.

With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both...

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For children and children at heart, there’s a new show coming to town that’s for you, thanks to Lexus Broadway In Austin. Based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time.

It’s directed by Tony®-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair) with book by Olivier Award®-nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award®- winner Eliot Kennedy, and choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance,” Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium), this new musical, packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs, is a timeless story about the power of imagination… and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up.

The production features scenic design by Tony Award®-winner Scott...


Back in our dad’s day of the high-flying 80s in Texas, the epicenter of the world of primetime soap hero J.R. Ewing was Dallas. And where was his favorite haunt? It was Hotel Crescent Court (former Rosewood Crescent) in Uptown Dallas, way before Uptown became Uptown.

It’s always been a mainstay, much like the Adolphus, The Mansion and other swankiendas. But recently, we’ve rediscovered the Hotel Crescent Court, with its highly-anticipated, $30 million renovation will officially be completed as of February 2018.

We were just there and can attest to how cool it is. And, is it ever luxe personified. In fact, the Dallas-based interior design firm, Waldrop + Nichols, led the charge redesigning all 195 guest rooms and 31 suites, as well as elevators and guest-room corridors, while the Dallas-based interior design firm, Michelle Meredith & Associates, spearheaded the overhaul of the 22,000 sq. ft. spa and fitness center.

So what are you waiting for? Get thee to the Hotel Crescent Court on your next jaunt to Dallas – your inner J.R. Ewing...

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we think that one of the most wonderful plays to uplift the human spirit is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I that will play Bass Concert Hall in Austin for a limited one-week engagement, Tuesday December 12 through Sunday December 17, 2017. We can thank Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts for this opportunity.

Directed by Tony Award® Winner Bartlett Sher, it won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical. Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. Plus, The King And I features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

We think it’s one of...

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When high profile Texan professionals think about where to build a second or third, or even fourth home for summer vacations, the conversation can often turn to Cape Cod. Now, a new alternative is emerging in Hudson Valley, New York, just 90 miles north of Manhattan. In fact, Discovery Land Company is building more than 200 condos and homes priced between $1 million to more than $10 million dollars in a project that offers a new definition to country living.

We all know that the Discovery Land Company is a real estate development company specializing in the creation of world-class golf and residential communities. Its core philosophy is to enhance the natural character and spirit of each property, in order to provide its members with a unique lifestyle experience. Guided by these ideals, it has become one of the country’s preeminent recreation and residential developers with successful, high-profile communities in North America like Bakers Bay in The Bahamas, Mountaintop in North Carolina, El Dorado in Mexico, and the Yellowstone Club in Montana,...


There's nothing like a podcast to discuss the issues of the day. Our very own Lance Avery Morgan was recently in Houston and stopped by the Neal & Libby podcast.

Catch up with them as Neal Hamil, Libby Cagle and Lance as they discuss what's happening these days with the latest pop cultural news and all sorts of style for miles.

To listen to the segments, visit

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Who says you have to go to Savile Row to get a one-of-a-kind world class shirt? Fortunately for us, there’s the iconic Hamilton Shirts in Houston.

Finding a great piece of custom clothing is like a fine wine – it gets better with age. Hamilton Shirts is just such a place. Founded in 1883, it is still a family run business with 4th generation owners. It’s a great testament that classic never goes out of style. We recently made the quick jaunt to get a custom fitting and it was a five-star experience all the way.

Upon walking into Hamilton, you feel as though you could be stepping into the finest menswear shop in New York or London. The dark, wooded walls surround the picture window that peers into the tailoring team who make all of the shirts on-site and by hand, a true throwback of sartorial style.

Sarah was the knowledgeable person on Hamilton’s staff that day to expertly take me through the process of obtaining one of the world’s best fitting shirts. I learned that Hamilton is one of only three shirt manufacturers in the...

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We’re always thankful, and this time a year we’re thankful for VIP insider screenings of films that have such an intense Oscar buzz. Like with the new film, The Darkest Hour, which is attracting so much attention as award season kicks into high gear. Plus, we love learning while we are being entertained.

The film is set during the early days of World War II, and with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award-nominee Gary Oldman).

While maneuvering around his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Kristen Scott Thomas as Mrs. Churchill is as marvelous as Oldman is. Lithe ingénue Lily James (you know her as Rose on...

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Looking for a way to honor Veteran’s Day this weekend? We highly recommend checking out the new release, Last Flag Flying, the latest cinematic triumph of Academy Award©-nominated director and Austin resident Richard Linklater. We caught up with Linklater at Austin Film Studios to discuss his formative years during the Vietnam War and the complexities of it in everyday life...and how that affected the film.

The story features an all-star cast that includes four Oscar-nominated actors in its ensemble: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Lawrence Fishburne and Cicely Tyson. Set in December 2003 during the second Iraq War, Steve Carell’s character Larry “Doc” Shepherd’s son dies in the second Iraq War and is going to claim his son at Dover Air Force base. He enlists the help of two of his war buddies he hasn’t seen in 30 years, alcoholic bar owner Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and pastor Richard Mueller (Lawrence Fishburne). Over the course of their journey to Dover, the three men embark on a road trip with twists and turns that are at times poignant, sad,...

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Leave it to The Long Center for Performing Arts to provide a special evening of humor and political satire with award-winning actor, producer, and comedian Alec Baldwin and bestselling author and host of Studio 360, Kurt Andersen on Wednesday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. Together they have teamed up to co-author their new book, You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year As President (A So Called Parody), and will join the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith in conversation.

Channeling the spirit of deeper truth, Saturday Night Live veteran and America’s presidential-impersonator-in-chief, Baldwin, and America’s foremost Trump scholar, Andersen, will share an intimate, first-hand account of all the magic and “fact-checking” that went into their new book, and the story of everything that goes on behind the scenes of making America great again. Until Donald Trump publishes the ultimate account of his entire four or eight or one-and-a-half years in the White House, the definitive chronicle might be...

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The Arthritis Foundation recently hosted its seventh annual Bone Bash Gala at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston...and what an evening it was.

Almost 400 guests attended and came dressed to impress in costume to support the organization’s mission of conquering arthritis. The Havana Nights theme included Cuban-inspired cocktails like a Pineapple Mojito, as well as images of Cuba on a huge LED backdrop in the ballroom and performance by Latin band Grupo Kache.

Honorees included Liv Areno (youth), Jacque Steede (adult) and Dr. Alexandra Gonzalez-Fuentes (medical). Dr. Carolyn Farb presented the Otzi to Peter Remington for his commitment to the Arthritis Foundation and his work in the Houston community. In fact, over $220,000 was raised at the event to support the 52 million Americans including 300,000 children living with arthritis.

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We love Halloween, that time of the year where we get to dress up in costumes allowing us to showcase our artistry, fantasies and inner child.

THE SCENE: The first annual Zach Scott Theatre Costume Bash on Saturday October 28th. There is no better backdrop for a Halloween party than a theatre, a place where actors and actresses dress up in costumes all year long.

We knew going in that this was going to be an incredibly fun night and we were dazzled. The several hundred patrons of the arts donned costumes that would satisfy children of all ages.

THE VIBE: The ZACH crowd is always a welcoming bunch that makes all invited feel welcome. The added element of having everyone dress up in costumes only made the guests on hand all the more friendly.

Austin has long needed a Halloween party showcasing its philanthropic nature. The success of the inaugural ZACH Costume Bash ensures that this event will only grow in popularity and creativity in the coming years.

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Some call it the greatest show on earth. We couldn’t agree more. For collectors of all types, a cornucopia for collecting almost here. It turns out that one of the most unique fundraisers in Austin is celebrating its 42nd year, a true milestone for city and the organization: The Annual Settlement Home for Children Garage & Estate Sale which takes place Thursday, November 2 – Sunday, November 5 at Palmer Events Center at 900 Barton Springs Road.

Named the largest charity sale in Texas, The Settlement Home Garage & Estate Sale is a year-long effort that culminates into four days of shopping. It’s one of our favorite events in the state of the year, in fact. Organized and led by members of The Settlement Club, the Garage & Estate Sale boasts an impressive and diverse inventory of merchandise, all of which has been donated by the community. More than 25,000 shoppers will browse for treasures and bargain-priced deals in our 21 well-organized departments. We learned that the funds raised do a tremendous amount of goodness for such a...


It takes a village to make a quality documentary. That’s why we are looking forward to this November’s FilmRise release The Secret Life of Lance Letscher, a deeply personal and psychological portrait of internationally known, Austin–based visual artist Lance Letscher.

We like that through intimate explorations of artist Lance Letscher’s past traumas and triumphs, this new film, The Secret Life of Lance Letscher, offers an in-depth look at the artist’s thoughts on the creative process, the subconscious, and spirituality. We also like that the documentary marks our pal, Academy Award-nominated editor Sandra Adair’s directorial debut. Adair is an Oscar-nominated industry veteran and frequent collaborator of award-winning filmmaker Richard Linklater, working as his longtime editor. Their shared credits include Boyhood, Dazed and Confused, Everybody Wants Some!!, the Before Sunrise trilogy, and School of Rock, among others. Kristi Frazier produced the project.


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RENT comes to Austin

The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour is happening from opening night on October 13 through October 15, 2017 with Lexus of Austin Broadway Across America at the UT Performing Arts Center/Bass Concert Hall

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

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We love that the second annual Fashion X Houston, founded by Matt Swinney, is happening this week...October 5, 6,7, 2017 with an exciting move to River Oaks District, the new home of high glamour in Texas. Guests will enjoy stunning tent shows while benefitting Hurricane Harvey victims with the Rebuild Texas Fund.

In fact, FXH 2017 will feature three nights of runway shows featuring star designers from Lifetime Television’s hit series Project Runway, the best and brightest designers from the Houston area and emerging designers so you can discover new talent from around the globe along with major labels housed at River Oaks District.

The 2017 super chic Style Setters are:

1. Super chic Staci Henderson on Friday, October 6 benefitting the Rebuild Texas Fund.

2. The inimitably talented Carolyn Farb on Saturday, October 7 benefiting Camp SAY and the Rebuild Texas Fund.

So, what are you waiting for? For...

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When we were invited to an advance Fox Searchlight Pictures studio sneak peek screening of the new fall film, Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. Wow, what a time machine trip back to the hippie dippie 70’s that seems more like a time warp than a dewy-eyed look at the past.

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the Battle of the Sexes. It became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. The match took place at the newish-at-the-time Astrodome in Houston, so the Texas ties to the film were robust. The 70s-specifc era is lushly and accurately captured in the film with a sort of olivey-harvest gold tint that permeated movies that decade.

As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles....

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The place to be to support an incredible cause? According to our Lance Avery Morgan, the Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater is where we’ll be to support the 12th Annual Andy Roddick Foundation Gala that has country music recording star Jake Owen headlining. Since the proceeds of the night’s events benefit the foundation’s after school and summer learning programs, we’re on board to encourage involvement in this worthy cause that happens Monday, October 30, 2017, at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater.

We caught up with Andy recently, when he was being fitted by Liz Brown at Knot Standard for a suit for the gala, to discuss his deep involvement with the cause. It all began with Roddick’s personal relationship Andre Agassi, who confided that he didn’t feel he started his foundation early enough, which inspired Roddick to take action at a young age in creating his own foundation. “We’ve gone from an event in a make-shift tennis clinic in a parking lot to what we are doing now. I’ve been lucky to have been around people who wanted to make change and I...

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How does the runway transfer to the red carpet? In so many ways, according to our very own Editor In Chief & Creative Director of The Society Diaries magazine Lance Avery Morgan, who was on the scene today at ABC/KVUE for a red carpet recap with news personality Terri Gruca.

Here were the biggest fashion trends of the evening:

1. Diversity – as many choices in variety on the red carpet as there is in programming.

2. White - metallic and white were big draws for all ages.

3. Avant Garde – lots of interesting shapes and choices gave visual interest to this year’s red carpet looks.

Photo : NIcole Kidman in Calvin Klein By Appt. Courtesy Calvin Klein

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We love the mission of the Rise School and supporting such a beloved institution. Travel the Vine for Rise is an evening of fine wine, delicious food, entertainment, and a live and silent auction that will benefit the students of The Rise School of Austin.

The evening will feature the culinary talents of Chef Eric Nelson Brown from Eat + Drink Austin, winner of Cutthroat Kitchen's “Crabs of Steel," the one and only Cowboy Auctioneer Heath Hale, and the funky rhythm of Matchmaker Band, whose ten incredible musicians will surely have the crowd on its your feet in no time.

Travel the Vine's sophisticated gothic ambiance, perfect for the Halloween weekend, will be enhanced by the whimsical designs of Transplant Floral and the moody lighting by Ilios, is the perfect way to kick off your gothic-inspired weekend in style.

The Details:

What: Travel the Vine for Rise Dinner & Auction

When: Friday, October 27, 2017; Registration begins at 5:30PM.


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At Neiman Marcus Austin, there’s always some sort of chic festivity happening. This Saturday, September 9th at the Neiman Marcus store in the Domain, the focus of the glam fun is on beauty. In fact, it’s called The Beauty Party.

What’s happening at it? Listen to cool DJ Beats and strike a pose in the photo booth to remember the occasion and for Instagram opportunities.

Guests will enjoy chic drinks, delicious snacks, lipstick readings and more, all while trying the latest in luxe beauty products that Neiman Marcus recommends for your own fall party season.

In fact, with your cosmetics or fragrance purchase of $125 or more, you can take home a NM Exclusive tote chock full of fall-inspired beauty samples.

For more information, visit and to schedule your appointment, call 512.719.1200.

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Fashion X (FashionXAustin, FashionXDallas and FashionXHouston) and its founder Matt Swinney are helping those in need with a benefit fashion show to support Hurricane Harvey disaster relief in Texas ...from Beaumont to Corpus Christi to Houston... and everywhere in between.

The Details:

This Friday, September 8, 2017

J.W. Marriott, Downtown Austin

Begins at 7:00PM. Cash Bar.

Some of your favorite designers and boutiques will be showing including Daniel Esquivel, Ross Bennett, Gail Chovan, The Garden Room, Estilo, Adrienne Yunger, Isabella Rose Taylor, Sally Daneshjou and many more.

Thanks to the event’s and sponsors’ efforts, 100% of your ticket purchase goes directly to hurricane relief. Fashion X Austin will be partnering with Houston Texans football great J.J. Watt who will be distributing millions of dollars to the storm ravaged areas in the places where it’s most needed

We love that this is an opportunity for the Austin fashion and design communities to come...

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Big fun ahead. In fact, it might be the best night you’ll have in San Antonio in 2017. Join us to vote in – and celebrate – the San Antonio Fashion Awards that will be October 12, 2017.

Now in its third year, founded by Burgundy Woods of StyleLush TV, the evening promises to be an exciting look at today’s world of fashion in Texas. Representing The Society Diaries will be Lance Avery Morgan and Eleanora Morrison.

Our pals at The Society Diaries print and digital magazine are nominated for best magazine. We’re supporting them and hope you can to by visiting:

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Let’s face it, literally...we’re all challenged by the elements that can reach our face that aren’t positive. That’s why there’s a revolutionary approach to skin defense: the Chantecaille’s Anti-Pollution skincare collection.

It reigns in the power of stem cells and skin barrier-strengthening extracts to shield the skin from chemical and radiation-absorbing pollutants, soot, smog
and heavy metals that can be found in the air. The pollutants accelerate aging, damage the skin and cause allergic reactions and inflammation. According to the Chantecaille skincare experts, when used together, the Anti-Pollution Finishing Essence and Anti-Pollution Mattifying Cream provide the ultimate defensive barrier against environmental threats to the skin while also working to improve strength. Here’s more about the duo...

Rich in ingredients, the Anti-Pollution Mattfying Cream ($98) protects the skin from the harmful effects of air pollution. In fact, this lightweight whipped moisturizer harnesses the pore-shrinking, texture-refining properties of White Horehound Stem Cell extract...

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The 70s are a big way. Look at current media attention to the decade with series like I’m Dying Up Here on Showtime, This Is Us on NBC and the recent Vinyl on HBO. It’s a major trend and some of the pop cultural fact, the Galleria Dallas is hosting an exhibition of fashion from the 1970s called Night Fever: Fashions from Funk to Disco. It opens on September 20, 2017 and will feature over 75 authentic garments and accessories from this iconic decade. How chic is that?

Curated by Dallas-based Ken Weber of Vintage Martini, the exhibit will feature a diverse collection of American, French, Italian and Japanese couture designers, including work by Halston, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Stephen Burrows, Giorgio Sant’Angelo, Hanae Mori, Yves Saint Laurent, Chloe and Roberto Cavalli. Many of the garments will be on loan from the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design Texas Fashion Collection, which is one of the world’s most acclaimed fashion collections.

Following the success of their 2016...

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Problem skin is something we all face, literally. Day and night, each year through and through. Harsh sun, pollution and cold weather can take its toll on a complexion. Then, there’s the aging factor. Of course, we know beauty starts from within and transpires outwardly. But some of us are born with perfect skin (few) and then there are those on a quest to create, then maintain it (most).

The solution, literally, is IT Cosmetics and it’s the brainchild of media personality Jamie Kern Lima, the IT Cosmetics™ co-founder, CEO and original IT Girl™. "I pour my heart and soul into creating innovative problem-solving products that truly give you your most flawless skin ever,” shares Lima. “Even if you have problem skin like I do, these products will make you look and feel your most beautiful… That’s why I live and breathe." What’s not to love about a personality like that who created something from love to help her fellow human?

The array of products, which we just received, is dazzling. There’s something for everyone, with clever names that reflect this smart company and...

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We love a curated collection, don’t you? We also love that a collector since his childhood, Gaston-Louis Vuitton (1883-1970) accumulated thousands of objects over his lifetime. His wide-ranging interests and voracious curiosity were intimately bound up with the future of the family business and with travel. The extraordinary compendium of rare objects collected by Gaston-Louis Vuitton, grandson of Louis Vuitton, the founder of one of the world’s most famous luxury brand is seen in the new Cabinet of Wonders tome. Just in time to add to your book collection this fall.

“The fascination with ancient practices, timeless techniques, objects unique for the way they were made—and whose irregularity or imperfection itself made them admirable—and the desire to preserve these examples of a civilization facing disappearance due to the standardization of the modern industrial world and serial production, characterizes Gaston-Louis Vuitton,” writes editor Patrick Mauriès in his introduction to Cabinet of Wonders, with texts contributed by John Banville, Pierre Senges,...

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We love that The Long Center for the Performing Arts will debut Fun Home, the groundbreaking and Tony Award-winning Best Musical, in Austin this summer at the Long Center, August 11 - 13.

We all know that Fun Home was the hit of the 2015 Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical and making history along the way as the first show written exclusively by women to win theater’s highest achievement. In fact, it was named to all of the major top 10 lists including The New York Times, Associated Press, New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, The Daily Beast, Chicago Tribune, The Hollywood Reporter and more.

Based on Alison Bechdel’s 2006 best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood that connect with her in surprising new ways. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about the private life of...

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Book Signing Event Promoting New Book Being In The Room by The Society Diaries’ Rob Giardinelli

By Lance Avery Morgan

THE SCENE: Recently, The Society Diaries’ Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli was the guest of honor at a book signing event at Estilo boutique in Austin. The glam event was hosted by Stephanie O’Neill, Cassandra King Polidori and Kirstin Ross. The new book, Being In The Room, offers 25 simple life lessons that he’s learned during his seven years as a social chronicler for the magazine. The event brought out VIPs and Sociables eager to know more about the intrigue about what happens behind the scenes of these charity events.

THE VIBE: The summer chic crowd wore a mix of summer whites and bright bold colors. Prosecco and sparkling water flowed freely courtesy of Chloe Wines and Sway Water, while Maggie Louise Confections provided delicious, custom...

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People. People who need people – are the luckiest people in the world, as Barbra Streisand once sang. When we were invited to attend a luncheon in Houston recently that celebrates people who have lived long and full lives, we jumped at the chance to support it. With more than 200 in attendance set inside the jeweled ballroom of the St. Regis Hotel, The Great Age Movement’s first fundraiser spotlighted some of Houston’s most valuable gems. Peter Martino co-chaired the event with Carolyn Farb, and Tony Award-winning actress Liliane Montevecchi. Under the Swarovski crystal lights, in the midst of all of these jewels, Fritz McDonald took center stage.

For almost 20 years, McDonald has served as a geriatric rehabilitation therapist and business owner with a focus on recovery after a catastrophic event. The insight he has gained from a seasoned career is what lead to this moment. “Sadly, senior community programs few and far between in our society,’” shared McDonald. “The patients I've seen over the years often ask what is available to them in the...

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Mark your calendars. The Long Center for the Performing Arts just announced its 2017 Summer/Fall Season of programming and we can’t wait. This year, they’re excited to offer a refreshed approach to season tickets that they feel confident their patrons will embrace: they have split their annual program into two seasons—Summer/Fall and Winter/Spring—to allow for more shows during the year, a shorter window of upfront commitment, and a simpler process for becoming a season ticket holder.

There’s a stellar line up of shows and Austin premieres this season, including the Tony Award-winning and critically acclaimed musical Fun Home, live-score movie screenings of Star Wars: A New Hope and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life as a part of their new “Live-To-Picture” series, a conversation with Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and New York Times Op-Ed columnist Maureen Dowd, and programming perfect for the whole family with our “Season of Cheer” series featuring holiday favorites...

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The grand opening of Casa de Montecristo, a luxury cigar store and lounge, happens this Friday 6/16 and Saturday 6/17 from 5-9pm, Davenport Village, 3801 N. Capitol of Texas Hwy. The event will be evenings of hosted cocktails and hors d'ouevres, plus gift bags provided by Altadis USA.

Casa de Montecristo is a premier modern cigar store featuring a large selection of premium cigars from brands such as Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, Arturo Fuente, Macanudo, and more. In addition to cigars, you'll find accessories like lighters from Colibri and Xikar.

The new 3,800 sq. ft. Austin location features a spacious walk-in humidor, lounge areas replete with leather club chairs and six HD TVs, a conference table for business meetings, 30 humidified cedar lockers, and outdoor seating. It’s the perfect venue for an extraordinary and relaxing smoking experience.

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Who needs another set of luggage when you can have a Louis Vuitton traveling trunk? This jaw-droppingly cool Louis Vuitton dandy shows the right way to travel in style. It can also do double duty as a coffee table in the library, too. $4225. Available at Viyet


Your pop will pop his top with these sapphire & diamond cufflinks that 18K yellow gold cufflinks featuring blue sapphire at center, round brilliant and baguette diamonds throughout featuring swivel closures. $3695 At TheRealReal


This tremendous Columbus Magnum Political Duo Illuminated Floor Globe is a masterpiece of modern globe making. It’s the crown jewel of the exemplary line from the esteemed German manufacturer. $14,099. At Wayfair.


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My favorite pint-sized athlete, Lucas Bacardi Shriftman, chose to celebrate his 9th birthday at the Spartan Gym at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach. He previously hosted an event at the Seedlings Kids Club at the 1 Hotel for Best Buddies and loved it.

The Seedlings Program offers families and children ways to connect with the local flora and fauna as well as the best in eco-minded, organic amenities. The activities and adventures created are focused on bringing children closer to nature while educating them on the world they live in and the importance of taking care of it now, while also having fun. Best Buddies is an amazing international nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This year’s party was a wellness party as opposed to last year’s Cupcake Wars-themed party.

All of the kids met at the newly opened Spartan Gym. It’s the first ever Spartan Gym, in partnership with the Spartan Race. Guests can train in a studio complete with...

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[Photo: Something Rotten's Rob McClure, Maggie Lakis and Josh Grisetti. © Jeremy Daniel]

Lexus Broadway in Austin, presented by Texas Performing Arts, debuts the premiere of the completely original new musical Something Rotten! The magic happens May 30 – June 4, 2017 (Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7p.m.) at Bass Concert Hall / 2350 Robert Dedman Drive in Austin, TX.

With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point!

The completely original new musical Something Rotten! Is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony...

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It’s almost summer.. are you prepared for all the fun and games ahead? Here’s a few products to make your summer as sensational as ever.


THE LORENZI PICNIC SET IN A LEATHER CASE for two place settings is briefcase style case with lock and key closure. Cocktail shaker, cocktail fixings and chic tableware make this an easy decision for all outdoor activities.. $5,031.34/ At Luisaviaroma


THIS VICTORIA BECKHAM WOMEN`S SMALL PICNIC LEATHER BAG elevates the idea of a picnic with this bag. The flexible leather piece opens to a roomy interior of suede with zipped section...$2,249.35. At Boutique 1


LOVE THAT LOU 72" PICNIC TABLE IN WHITE by Polywood. With a crisp, white finish and a classic...

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It happens every spring. This year the 19th Annual UMLAUF Garden Party welcomed over 800 guests to the sculpture garden for an evening “Under a Texas Sky” on Thursday, April 27. Twenty-five restaurants served delicious bites while Twin Liquors showcased some of the season’s best bubbles and wines.

The museum raised more than $300,000 in its biggest fundraiser of the year, under the direction of Nina Seely, Executive Director and Allyson Maxey, the 2017 Garden Party chair. The money the event raised contributes to cultivating Art, Culture and Community through educational programming and stimulating exhibitions at the UMLAUF.

Garden Party attendees were able to view the current exhibition, Mentoring a Muse: Charles Umlauf and Farrah Fawcett, on display now through August 20, 2017.

Plus, the UMLAUF would like to thank their event sponsors for helping light up the night: HEB, Central Market, C3 Presents, Austin Portfolio Real Estate, Crossroads Cattle Company, Eberly, Pershing and Twin Liquors. So plan now for next year’s Garden Party – it will surely...

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With the bright spring sunshine casting the right light on you, why not sparkle even more? Here are just a few selections we’re recommending to go with those last gala gowns of the season.


Sharon Khazzam Bessy Necklace is styled with a removable pendant, Sharon Khazzam's Bessy necklace features a variety of multicolored gemstones on an 18k white gold double-strand ball chain. With its many colored gems, it’s perfect with any outfit. $28.800. At Spring.


Elizabeth Locke’s Pastel Cherub Intaglio 19k Gold Bangle is pastel Venetian glass stations with cherub intaglios and mother-of-pearl backs. Intaglio made with modern glass using 17th century glass molds. Delectable. At $18,500. At Spring and Barney’s.


Irene Neuwirth Diamond & Water Opal Ring is embellished...


It’s a story that we can all relate to. In fact, all of us have experienced walking into a room where we have felt like a fish out of water and sought a way to blend into an environment that is outside our usual comfort zone. Rob Giardinelli, a technology sales and marketing executive turned expert social chronicler and Senior Social Editor of The Society Diaries magazine, has spotlighted many of these experiences among the high flying Jet Set– and the life lessons he’s learned from them in his new book.

In Being In The Room: Essential Life Lessons From Experiences With Celebrities And High Society, author Rob Giardinelli shares personal stories and experiences during his six years of social chronicling. The subject? The social elite in Texas and beyond. Giardinelli’s book features 25 self-contained vignettes of gilded situations he’s personally experienced with high-profile people. With a variety of happenings that range from humorous to poignant, each of the encounters contains an important and essential life...

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THE SCENE: The 1856 Neill-Cochran House Museum recently hosted a benefit cocktail reception in the Museum’s Centennial Garden to honor Austin builder, contractor, and historic preservationist Joe Pinnelli with the Abner Cook Award. A capacity crowd celebrated Pinnelli’s long career in historic preservation and his dedication and careful recent restoration of the Neill-Cochran House. Supporters and guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres from Word of Mouth Bakery, cocktails, wine and music performed by jazz band.

THE VIBE: Luminaries in attendance included Texas Representative Gina Hinojosa, MariBen Ramsey, historic preservationists Tere O’Connell, John and Candace Volz, Julian Read, Courtney Hoffman, Peter Flagg Maxson, John Ritts and Maica Jordan from The Paramount Theater, Sonia, Sam and Sharon Wilson, Tyson Tuttle, Erika Herndon from the Friends of the Governor’s Mansion, Jan Bullock, Robert Green, Jonny and Brenda Jones.

The Neill-Cochran House Museum is owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in...

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It’s almost Mother’s Day and time to celebrate our favorite ladies, isn’t it? We love that you want to shower them with gifts to show your love, so here are a few hand-selected ideas to inspire your shopping....


Van Cleef & Arpels’ Magic Alhambra gold, onyx and mother-of-pearl earrings, in yellow gold. Defined by the lucky charm motif that would become a house signature, the Alhambra collection was launched by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1968 and has been a symbol for fortune, health and love. $8961.From Selfridges.


Nathalie Trad Xestia Mother of Pearl box clutch, Women's, Mother of pearl Try an exuberant look with this box clutch. Crafted with a unique design, the Mother of Pearl finish combines both vintage and contemporary charm to create the perfect statement. $1519.40. From Selfridges.


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We love that Austin Fashion Week, Fashion X Dallas and Fashion X Houston is, for the first time ever, is going international. At this one-of-its-kind black tie exclusive event at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, guests will get to view the best of Mexican luxury with front row-only seating.

The finest in fashions from Mexico will be seen by designers Abel Lopez, Paco Mayorga, Benito Santos Mexico, Amor & Rosas and Olmos & Flores. It will be a night of high style and then some.

All tickets include open bar featuring tequila and mezcal cocktails, heavy appetizers from The Driskill through a collaboration with a prominent Mexican chef (TBA), front row runway seating, shopping in the Alegreea Gallery, and post event designer meet & greets as the music heightens to dance the night away.

Individual tickets are $295. Premium table seating is available for groups of 4, 6 or 8 people ($3000 – $5000 per table). Please use the form below to purchase your tickets. It’s extremely limited availability and this event will sell out soon. A portion of proceeds benefit...

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Fashion is big business. We all know that. It’s especially big business at the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute 2017 gala that saluted the high style of Commes de Garcon’s Rei Kawakubo’s inimitable Asian design aesthetic. It’s on the second time in the organization’s history of honoring a designer in his lifetime (Yves St. Laurent was honored in 1983).

Although few celebrities and supermodels actually wore Kawakubo’s clothing in homage, the grand and architectural point of view that’s made Commes so famous was on full display on the red carpet before guests entered the $30,000 a ticket fundraiser.

Here are a few of our favorites, some of which are festooned in feathers, as our Tori Johnson,, predicted in The Society Diaries' new May/June 2017 issue's Indulge style column devoted to the flights of fancy. Plus, there’s a strong nod to the Dior-esque 50s, as well as all-out glamorous fun...

Zoe Kravitz in Oscar de la Renta

Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana...

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It’s almost here. The 9th Annual Austin Fashion Week, the brainchild of Matt Swinney, will feature a fresh lineup of events including Moda X Mexico, a black-tie affair, spotlighting prominent Mexican jewelry and apparel designers.

A portion of Runways & Gallery “Style Setter” and Brunch tickets will be donated to local organizations: Ballet Austin, Center for Child Protection, Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease, The Kindness Campaign, and YMBL Austin Sunshine Camps in honor of five chic individuals who have been contributing to the Austin community through their personal style and philanthropy.

This year’s celebrated Style Setters are: A.J. Bingham, Ana Ruelas, Andra Liemandt, Ava Late, and Cassie LaMere.

The Runways & Gallery shine a light on independent designers sending capsule and full collections down the catwalk with models sporting makeup from Koh Gen Do Cosmetics. Plus, you can meet your favorite Project Runway stars...including fan favorite Kelly Dempsey who will show in Austin for the very first...

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As the last push of spring’s high social season happens, the ballroom is aflutter with the swoosh of gowns and the whisks of tuxedos. Here’s some of our top favorite gowns to buy and dazzle ‘em all....


We can’t get enough of this embellished off the shoulder gown with gorgeous beading throughout. With a plunging neckline and keyhole back, of course. It has a concealed back zip closure and is fully lined. By Marchesa at Saks Fifth Avenue. $8995


This embroidered silk faille high-low gown is rich with metallic bead embroidery. Approx. The deep V neckline and back accentuates the full ball gown silhouette. By Oscar de la Renta at Neiman Marcus.



Oscar wins again in this radiant gown with a plethora of sequins to enhance this gorgeous...

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Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts spotlights Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. The magic begins April 19 – 30, 2017 on Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Thursday (April 20) at 1 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. at Bass Concert Hall / 2350 Robert Dedman Drive in Austin, TX.

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera opens with Austin’s premiere engagement at Bass Concert Hall. Yes, with newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of it is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest and lushest productions on tour in North America.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said about the show, “Having received great critical acclaim in the U.K. and North America, I am really pleased that Laurence Connor’s new production of Phantom will continue to tour the U.S. playing in tandem with the Broadway production...

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Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts recently announced its upcoming 2017-18 season; the only national touring Broadway series in Austin. The Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts 2017-18 Season bursts into Austin featuring five incredible productions and two season options from October 2017 to June 2018 at Bass Concert Hall. The five-show package with the opportunity of adding on additional Special Subscriber Options includes:




December 12-17, 2017

The KING AND I, directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, won four 2015 Tony Awards ® including Best Revival of a Musical. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We...

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We love that Jeanne Klein, President of the Board of Trustees, and Lora Reynolds, Chair of the fourth annual Art Dinner supporting The Contemporary Austin are inviting art patrons to participate in the art auction for an evening benefiting The Contemporary Austin’s exhibitions program. Accompanying this dynamic duo is the Art Dinner Committee that includes Suzanne Deal Booth, Deborah Green, Kathleen Loughlin,...

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Looking for a jazz-inspired performance this spring? Look no further than Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, a biographical play-set-to-music that will transform the Topfer Theatre into a nightclub with an on-stage bar including VIP cabaret table seating April 5 – April 30, 2017.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill plays on stage and is directed by Michael Rader and stars Chanel (A Christmas Carol and Sophisticated Ladies) as the infamous songstress herself as the role of Billie Holiday.

It’s a period production that feels very current. The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia.The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday's last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.

Pull up a chair, order a delicious cocktail, and turn back the hands of time in our swanky nightclub for an intimate evening with the jazz legend. “God Bless the Child”,...

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It may be the most exciting new fragrance for men in quite a while: WANTED by Azzaro. The boldly powerful and irresistibly masculine fragrance is for the confident, thrill-seeking man. What man doesn’t want to exude that?

With hints of fresh lemon and ginger and spicy cardamom and woody vetiver, Wanted leaves every man feeling both elegant and masculine.

In fact, the bottle itself is unique in its daring design with the feel of a luxe racing car, combined with the fine precision of a luxury watch you’d want to wear on your wrist from the boardroom to the ballroom.

The entire essence of the fragrance combined with the architecture of the one of a kind bottle immediately evokes confidence and refined masculinity for the wearer. Plus, it will look extremely cool on your cologne tray.

WANTED will be launching March 15th at Macy's in San Antonio, so what are you waiting for? For more info visit


Imagine yourself back in the 1930s to the glamorous glory days of Old Hollywood. You’re invited to an event that Bette Davis is hosting because she loves animals so much. She called it Tailwaggers and for one brief shining moment on Friday, April 7, the event will return to Austin for one night only.

Event chair MaryTally, benefitting Austin Pets Alive at the stunning Umlauf Sculpture Garden, is partnering with co-chairs Alex Winkleman and Armando Zambrano, along with junior chair Devin McDonald, for a one-of-a-kind evening. The elegantly casual cocktail and dinner party will feature some exciting activities to keep the party popping:

1. A designer dog and cat collar silent auction

2. Celebrity mixologists serving up some originality

3. DJ Dangit spinning cool vinyl vibes

4. The Vintage 15 Orchestra will perform classic standards

5. Design-It-Yourself pet collars can be made by guests

6. Photographer and animal activist Sophie Gamand (see image) will have photos available for purchase at the event and at Russell Collection Gallery,...

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[Photo: Four Friends. (l to r) Curt Bouril (“Don Kirshner”), Liam Tobin (“Gerry Goffin”), Julia Knitel (“Carole King”), Ben Fankhauser (“Barry Mann”) and Erika Olson (“Cynthia Weil”).]

We love that producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announce that the Tony & Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will make its Austin premiere at Bass Concert Hall on March 21 – 26, 2017.

“Carole King might be a native New Yorker, but her story of struggle and triumph is as universal as they come – and her music is loved the world over,” producer Paul Blake said. “We know that audiences throughout the country will embrace this show just as Broadway and London audiences have.”

With a book by Tony® and Academy® Award-nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince, Beautiful features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil. The show...

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Another phone call had just come in, which I didn’t take. Returning the call, I offhandedly mentioned, “I didn’t pick up. I was on with Fran Lebowitz.” Dead silence on the other end. “How was it? my caller asked. “It was a dream come true,” I retorted, knowing that I’d never spoke truer words about a literary hero.

I’d read her works like Metropolitan Lives and Social Studies growing up, so I knew speaking with Lebowitz to support her upcoming tour to Texas (in Austin at The Long Center on Wednesday, March 8 and in Dallas on Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1, 2017 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center) would be a lively discussion. How could it not, knowing her unique style of sharing her opinions with the world? Plus, her writings have always connected with me on a personal level – her sly style about how the celebrated truly live.

And now, I would be speaking with her directly. For anyone growing up in the provinces who dreams of living in New York, or any major city for that matter, Fran Lebowitz has a towering stature equated to the...

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Who will wear it best? Who will miss the mark? Anything can happen, and usually does, on the red carpet and at the 2017 Academy Awards... so join our very own Lance Avery Morgan as he joins Yvonne Noa Loab and Bryan Mays at ABC/KVUE on Monday morning starting at 11:30 as they discuss who ruled the room and who tried their best...see you there!

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The Long Center for the Performing Arts is turning nine years old as it celebrates the occasion with Peace. Love. Long Center, a 9th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March 4, including a gala and special presentation of the international hit Let It Be. It’s a rare opportunity to hear The Beatles’ greatest hits from the Dell Hall stage and to top off the evening, the fun continues through midnight with a festive after party. And, it seems like yesterday that we attended the opening starring Texan and Broadway great Tommy Tune.

We love that Peace. Love. Long Center, co-chaired by Olga Campos Benz and Kevin Benz, is the Long Center’s largest fundraising event of the year. This ninth anniversary event will raise funds to continue expanding the Long Center’s mission and support its free community events, as well as its eight educational and outreach - programs that impact more than 80,000 youth annually.

Co-chairs Campos and Benz promise an unforgettable evening for all, sharing, “It’s our incredible good fortune to be able to expand on the...

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We love that Carnaval Brasileiro is busily readying the big, big drums in preparation for the celebration of its 40th Anniversary on February 25, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center. The rare local tradition can lay claim to a history stretching back four decades, Carnaval is planning big changes for its exhilarating 40th year.

You likely know that Carnaval is an epic experience powered by the infectiously danceable pulse of samba drums, enrapturing performers, a Texas-sized serving of eye candy with an endless parade of exotic costumes, and the wild euphoria of over 6,000 attendees. Lauded as the largest indoor Brazilian Mardi Gras celebration anywhere on the globe, Carnaval has grown from a small party for homesick Brazilian students into one of the most anticipated fêtes on area calendars. Organizers strive to make this Brazilian-style festival as authentic as possible,

Organizers are packing in more live entertainment than ever before for 2017, including acrobats, burlesque dancers and the most exciting performer to ever take the stage at Austin’s...

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Want to get the inside scoop on how to host a successful gala in Texas - and beyond? Look no further than The Art Of The Gala conference in Austin on Mon, Feb. 13. The brainchild of Monica Maldonado Williams, the gathering is predicted to be a huge success. She’s teamed with St. David’s Foundation, Hyatt Regency and Austin Social Planner.

You may just see a familiar face like our very own Lance Avery Morgan who will serve on the panel, Lexus of Austin’s Cassie LaMere, Michael Barnes of the Austin American Statesman as well as our Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli. Austin Social Planners’ Kevin Smothers and Laura Villagran-Johnson who are among those who will helm breakout sessions as well. Informing, enlightening and entertaining conversations are expected…and welcome. Join us, won’t you?

For tickets, visit

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She’s about to take the stage soon. With two Emmys, a Grammy, and an unprecedented 20 televised stand-up specials, the inimitable Kathy Griffin will be in Austin for one-night-only on February 4th when her LIKE A BOSS rolls through town. A towering figure on television, on tour and in publishing, she doesn’t stop there. She rakes in Emmy and Grammy nominations with apparent ease, though, as she’ll tell you, being a woman in the stand-up sphere is not easy work. After her history-making sixth consecutive Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album, Griffin finally joined the ranks of Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin as the only female comedians to ever win this award.

We love that Grifiin’s brand of “pull-no-punches” comedy and continuous drollery has earned her a Guinness World Record in 2013 for writing and starring in an unparalleled 20 televised stand-up specials—more than any comedian in history. Buoyed by her dedicated and engaged fans, Griffin’s live stand-up performances are legendary and in a class of their own. With plenty of sitcom, red carpet, and live...

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The Texas premiere of The Great Society, the second of Robert Schenkkan’s stirring LBJ plays exploring Texas’ own political mastermind and his memorable years in the White House, plays on stage in the Topfer Theatre January 25 – March 5, 2017. Directed by Dave Steakley, ZACH Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director. The follow-up hit for All The Way has high expectations and we can’t wait to see this next dynamic chapter. In fact, Steve Vinovich returns to the role of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, after his acclaimed performance in ZACH’s All the Way.

Despite division over the Vietnam War and ongoing civil rights issues, Johnson championed the most ambitious legislative work – an end to poverty and racial injustice, education for all schoolchildren, healthcare for seniors, and voting rights – in his vision of a Great Society. In this political thrill ride, The Great Society examines who we are, asks how we got here, and dreams of how great we could yet become.

Joining Vinovich are CECIL WASHINGTON JR....

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(Photo: Dustin Harris Smith, Lizzie Markson in MAMMA MIA! Farewell Tour, Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia, 2016.)

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to Bass Concert Hall January 27-28, 2017 as a part of its final farewell tour. All thenks to Broadway Across America and Lexus of Austin.

We all know that MAMMA MIA! is one of the most successful musicals of all time. In fact, it’s the eighth longest running show in Broadway history and one of only five musicals to have run for more than ten years on Broadway. The West End production is now in its eighteenth year. To date, MAMMA MIA! has been seen by over 60 million people worldwide in 50 productions in 16 different languages. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” MAMMA MIA! is truly a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

MAMMA MIA! is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include...

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It’s the City of Love. And yes, the City of Lights. No matter how you refer to it, we think Paris is one of the most consistently chic cities on the planet. In this new volume, Parisian Chic: THE LOOK BOOK, it’s the perfect companion to her best-selling Parisian Chic and Parisian Chic City Guide. In them Ines de la Fressange shares style secrets that result in the born-with-it elegance and effortless chic that make her a Parisienne style icon both to women at home in France, and here in America.

In PARISIAN CHIC: THE LOOK BOOK, de la Fressange demonstrates how to achieve her quintessentially Parisian style starting with the wardrobe building blocks—a LBD that can be dressed up or down, classic riding boots you’ll wear for a lifetime, or the perfect pair of jeans—which she combines with panache to suit every situation. And then she pinpoints the key accessories—the perfect jeweled flats, the lustrous handbag in an unexpected jewel-tone, the piece of statement jewelry that will become your signature—to ramp up your look from okay...


We love the performing arts and a highlight is happening on a screen near you soon. The Sleeping Beauty, coming to theaters for one night only, on Sunday, January 22 at 11:55 AM CT, is a special Fathom Events opportunity that lets individuals experience the enchanted fairytale classic by broadcasting live from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. This event is only in select cinemas nationwide.

Having attended the Bolshoi Ballet and seeing the beloved Swan Lake, I can assure you this would be a magical evening seeing it on the big screen. The music is by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The choreography is by Yuri Grigorovich and here’s more of the talent attached to the project… the libretto is Ivan Vsevolozhsky and Marius Petipa (after Charles Perrault) and the cast consists of The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet.

The timeless story is truly a treasure. On her 16th birthday, a curse by the evil Carabosse causes the beautiful Princess Aurora to fall into a deep slumber for 100 years. Only the kiss of a prince could awaken her…

In this resplendent...

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You know how much we love our favorite high-performing Texans. So it was a room full of Texas pride today at a special luncheon hosted at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio. The Texas Cultural Trust announced today the 2017 honorees for the biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, taking place February 21-22, 2017, for the first time ever at Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. In its ninth biennial year, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards is the Texas Cultural Trust’s signature event and the state’s most prestigious arts gala, honoring amazing Texans who have made powerful contributions to the arts here at home and around the world. This event celebrates the state’s legendary artists, entertainers, and arts patrons with a series of events, including a Stars of Texas Brunch at the Governor’s Mansion, a star- studded awards show with special musical performances, and a gala dinner.

“The Texas Medal of Arts Awards recognizes those whose artistic talent and generous philanthropy have shone a spotlight on the vibrant artistic culture of our...

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In an extremely glamorous evening that kicked off award season, we couldn’t imagine a more dazzling showing than that of the jewelry supplied to the stars by Tiffany & Co. on the red carpet at the 74th Golden Globes Awards in Los Angeles.

As you likely know, the Globes, sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is like one big party. In the smallish ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the attendees are always dressed to the nines and ready to celebrate – much more energetic than the Oscars.

So, here were a few of our favorites donning Tiffany & Co. jewels that we loved seeing most, some of whom are pictured here…

Emma Stone, Best Actress winner for her performance in “La La Land”, accented her Valentino gown with a Tiffany Archival necklace and diamond earrings and rings.

Natalie Portman, nominated for Best Actress for her work in “Jackie”, wore a selection of Tiffany jewels to complement her Prada dress, including diamond fringe earrings, a ring with white and yellow diamonds and a Tiffany...

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We hope it will be our grandest one yet, don't you?


We wish you the very merriest of holidays ahead!

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It might be the chicest holiday book to give your favorite style setter… There’s nothing quite like Cartier fine jewelry. In fact, it’s usually the centrepiece of any outfit. As an accessory it dominates any tabletop. That’s never been more apparent than in the new tome out this month, Cartier Magician: High Jewelry and Precious Objects by François Chaille (Flammarion, $125). It’s the perfect holiday gift for any connoisseur of fine living.

Luxuriously dedicated to Cartier’s new collection of High Jewelry and precious objects, it celebrates the legendary jeweler’s unique ability to bring inanimate objects to life. The culmination of both a desire and a challenge, these pieces reveal the magical universe and exceptional creativity of the master jeweler and watchmaker that make them veritable works of art.

We love that Cartier weaves its magic into every jewel and every object, from its sparkling diamonds to the incredibly lifelike pieces from the animal collections, and from Cartier Mystery Clocks—Pendules Mystérieuses—to the extraordinary...


Named one of the top five films of the year by The Guardian, we were a tad skeptical upon screening the new film, Jackie, from Fox Searchlight Pictures. That skepticism did not last beyond the opening scene of Natalie Portman’s chillingly accurate star portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy in 1963 just weeks after her husband, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated.

With the film’s action being told to a Look journalist in a flashback narrative, (which really happened with Theodore White, fictionalized in the film by Billy Crudup), the viewer is catapulted into the web of the Kennedy’s high-flying presidential and political world. Portman’s turn as Jackie is represented with her very breathy enunciations that mirror the breathless world in which she became an instant and iconic symbol for the new, young Jet Set.

Portman’s thoughtful portrait of post-JFK Jackie Kennedy is palpable – her grief is as wide as the Atlantic, from where she hailed, and as deep as any despair of anyone who has loved and lost. We’ve seen many depictions of...

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It’s that time of year…time to find the perfect gift for friends, loved ones and professional colleagues. For unique, one-of-a-kind gifts, look no further than the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Celebrating its 41st anniversary, the art and music fair has become a holiday tradition for many. It’s nationally acclaimed festival features regional and national artists alongside live local music performances opens Dec 14th and runs through Dec. 24th. It remains a truly Texan shopping experience which has made the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar one of the Austin’s most beloved holiday traditions.

In fact, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an 11-day shopping destination featuring national and local award-winning artists, with live music and two full bars in a festive, lively atmosphere. This annual tradition and cultural icon is one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals attracting around 40,000 shoppers each year. It all adds up to a fun authentic Austin experience at the Palmer Events Center.

Find an exciting variety of art, handmade gifts, heirloom pieces and...

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We love to read a stylish book, don’t you? We’ve found some dazzling ones that we’d love to recommend…

First, we can’t get enough of 20TH CENTURY JEWELRY & THE ICONS OF STYLE (Thames & Hudson) where international jewelry experts Stefano Papi and Alexandra Rhodes explore the profiles of thirteen style icons who built up astonishing jewelry collections in the mid-twentieth century. From The Duchess of Windsor to Barbara Hutton, and Daisy Fellowes to Maria Callas, among them. In fact, each chapter explores one collection, treating the jewelry as an insight into the personality of these powerful women who became the style icons of their time. This revised and updated edition, in a new trim size, includes two new chapters that explore the lives and jewels of singer and garden designer Ganna Walska and perfumer Hélène Rochas. At

We can’t put down FROCKING LIFE: SEARCHING FOR ELSA SCHIAPARELLI by BillyBoy* (Rizzoli Ex...

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It was a night that Dallas could be so proud of…when over 450 guests attended the “8x8 Art Exhibition and Auction” at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas last Wednesday to bid on miniature works of fine art, and support the museum’s educational programs. Scott Peck, Museum Curator and Director, pronounced the evening a great success and said, "The event was a near sellout of over 140 works of art,”

Gathering under a large digital clock that counted down the minutes to the auction close, Scott Peck welcomed everyone and thanked Co-Chairs Maria Valentina Sheets and Rachel Wimpey, and the event committee and sponsors who made the evening possible. “This annual event raises funds for all our educational programs throughout the year – field trips, Summer Art Camp for Kids, Heroes of History Field Trips, and special workshops we offer for both kids and adults,” said Peck.

The highlight of the evening was a live painting demonstration of large-scale works by Dallas artist Fred Villanueva whose Ash Studios was recently ranked “Best Gallery in Dallas” by D Magazine. Another...

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It’s the ultimate fairytale, isn’t it? Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King & I and The Sound of Music, will play the Bass Concert Hall for a limited engagement from December 6-10. Tickets for CINDERELLA are on sale now at, the Bass Concert Hall box office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.

With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA combines the story's classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to...

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It’s here, it’s here. Eliza Page in Austin, known for its carefully curated selection of local and national independent jewelry designers, has just opened its second store located at The Domain Northside. The original Eliza Page has anchored the 2nd Street Shopping District since it opened in 2005 and The Domain Northside’s Eliza Page store is open just in time for the holiday.

“I picked The Domain Northside for my (second) store after very careful consideration of many retail areas in and around Austin,” shared founder and store owner, Elizabeth Gibson. “While we are continuing to enjoy a thriving retail environment in Austin, The Domain developer, Endeavor has shown a real commitment to creating a showcase for the best of homegrown Austin retail stores among the many fantastic national retail brands.”

The new Eliza Page is a 400-square foot jewelbox of a showroom that features one-of-a-kind, independent fashion-forward fine jewelry, including wedding and special occasion jewelry, along with edited selections of the best of Eliza Page jewelry designs. The new...

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(Photo: The Pershing)

Get ready for Austin’s annual extravaganza of contemporary art, the East Austin Studio Tour (EAST.) This November 12-13 & 19-20, art aficionados throughout Texas (and beyond!) will discover amazing new artists and studios alongside well-established and renowned creative hubs.

Galleries and studios will be hosting countless events and parties – if you want to kick off EAST with a bang, join us at ARTBASH, an all-out art party hosted by Art Alliance Austin. This year’s event will be held at The Pershing, a private, super-hip club. Now is your chance to discover some of the hottest trends in Austin’s art scene while mingling with artists, collectors, critics and creatives.

ARTBASH will layer temporary site-specific installations and performance pieces over Art Alliance’s EAST exhibition to create dynamic and exciting evening for art and preview of the East Austin Studio Tour. Last year’s ARTBASH was an absolute blowout, featuring art installations like we’d never experienced, spontaneous poetry,...

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We love that the 2000-plus strong alumnae community is so robust in Texas. At the recent Stephens College Alumnae Club of Dallas annual fundraising luncheon, perennially stylish philanthropist Carolyn Farb was honored for her gift of three of gowns from her personal collection to the Stephens Costume Museum and Research Library fashion collection. It was an afternoon to celebrate both the Stephens tradition of excellence in the creative arts and sciences and to raise funds for a new building for the Physician’s Assistant program. In fact, Stephens College is the second-oldest women’s college in the country.

This sunny afternoon at the Dallas Country Club contained a live and silent auction as well as remarks from Stephens College Dean of the School of Design, Dr. Monica P. McMurry who honored Farb, “The collection dates to 1700 and houses over 13,000 items of dress,” said Dr. McMurry. “It depends solely on generous donations from alumnae, friends and collectors like Carolyn to provide research data via the element of clothing to study the lives of women.”

The event...

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It’s time. Time for the holiday couture and fine jewelry sale on national auction site. In fact, you are invited to consign to the first exciting national on-line sale of couture and fine jewelry presented by June Hayes & Associates.

The auction will be conducted by Lark Mason and Associates, as part of his auctions that fall into the category of iGavel Interiors and Gardens. They will provide display space in the Estate Sale Gallery at Los Patios for the items we present, and you and your friends may visit at any time to check on the progress.

It will begin with ladies and men’s designer clothing, furs, scarves, handbags, belts, wallets, fine jewelry, designer jewelry, estate and vintage jewelry and other related items. Please contact June Hayes if you are interested in learning about consignments or how to bid when the sale opens. To set an appointment for a free consultation and for information on fees, please call or email soon. Appointments are limited.

Deadline for consignments is November 1 for photography and for us to...

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As a pop culture society, we just can’t seem to get enough of Andy Warhol long after his passing decades ago. We love that he created THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A SNAKE (October 2016, Thames & Hudson) in 1963, while he was working as a fashion illustrator in New York City for Flemming-Joffe, a leather goods company owned by Teddy and Arthur Edelman. In fact, the couple had given him his first job in New York City a decade earlier.

This chicly surprising and whimsical book follows a snake trying to scale the social ladder by transforming himself into accessories for a glittering constellation of 1960’s celebrities including Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy and Coco Chanel.

As the snake navigates the world of the rich and famous, playing the role of a lifetime, it’s easy to see him as a stand-in for his creator. Each colorful, creative, and tongue-in-cheek spread showcases Warhol’s signature style. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A SNAKE is a brilliant portrait of the artist’s obsessions, his talent, and the world he would one day conquer. And, his...


(Photo: Midtown - Independence Title Principals Douglas Plummer and Ed Ishmael)

We love celebrating a successful business that gives back to the community, don’t you? That’s why we were dazzled when Midtown Independence Title recently celebrated its ten-year anniversary with a bash at the super-chic Palazzo Lavaca in downtown Austin. The company’s co-founders Douglas Plummer and Ed Ishmael rolled out the red carpet for approximately 150 clients and VIP guests to celebrate this milestone made even more incredible by the fact that two founding business partners have continued to prosper through their ten years in business.

Originally beginning in 2006 with three employees and an emphasis on residential properties, Midtown – Independence Title has grown to 19 employees, and has dramatically expanded its commercial real estate title insurance practice. The growth of Midtown Independence Title over the past 10 years has been attributable to both the founders and to Midtown’s employees focusing on “high touch service”. As a result, Midtown has created a loyal and devoted...

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(Photo of Neiman Marcus His & Hers Gift)

As a child growing up in Texas, I would wait with anticipation and bated breath for the Neiman Marcus catalogue to arrive every fall. I even voraciously read the book, His & Hers Gifts by the store’s founder Stanley Marcus, at a young age. Some things never change. In fact, it gets better.

The 2016 Christmas Book was unveiled this week by Neiman Marcus in Dallas. The 90th edition of this legendary book continues the brand’s tradition of offering a selection of spectacular holiday gifts sure to make stir even the wildest of gift-giving dreams. Some of the Fantasy Gifts include a walk-on-role in the Broadway musical Waitress, an exclusive Grammy Awards experience, private quarterback camp with Joe Montana, and His & Hers Neiman Marcus Island Cars featuring Lilly Pulitzer, shot in the style of our favorite vintage society photographer Slim Aarons.

Yes, the arrival of the Christmas Book is considered by...

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It’s almost here. Lexus Broadway in Austin presents, on the heels of a highly successful multi-city tour and run on Broadway, the world’s best-selling touring magic show, THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ (, will play Bass Concert Hall in Austin on November 1-6, 2016 as part of its current North American tour to more than 50 cities. Tickets for THE ILLUSIONISTS will are on sale now and are available at, the Bass Concert Hall box office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at 512.477.6060.

Here are some fun facts about the show:

THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson and MagicSpace Entertainment. Conceived by Simon Painter, the show’s creative team also includes executive producer Tim Lawson, director Neil Dorward and creative director Jim Millan. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder,...

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Oh, what a time it was, recently venturing back to the groovy 60s era. The legend of Warhol mixed with whiskey to provide a cocktail of fun called, well, Warhol & Whiskey…as over 250 Austin business and community leaders gathered for an exclusive preview of the Blanton Museum of Art’s newest cool exhibition, Warhol By the Book.

We love a great party and this was indeed one to remember. Guests sipped drinks from 9 Banded Whiskey, savored light bites, listened to live music, took pop-up tours of the exhibition, had poems created for them from Typewriter Rodeo, as well as other artfully-inspired activities.

One the scene were Blanton Board Champions Janet and Wilson Allen, Tamara and Charles Dorrance, Stacy and Joel Hock, as well as Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Christopher Loughlin. The host committee included Evan Baehr, Samantha and Stuart Bernstein, Laura Gottesman, Gerardo Interiano, Callie Jenschke, Meagan McCoy Jones, Jerri Kunz. Rob and Elizabeth Rogers, Alejandro Ruelas, and Phillip Wilhelm.

For more information on The Blanton Museum of Art,...

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We all know that reading is crucial to ongoing self-development, especially in children. That in mind, to raise awareness for reading, to support that the place to be is on Friday, October 28th at the 3rd annual Reading Between the Wines, A Spirited Celebration of Literacy event. It’s for people who love food, wine, spirits and good company.

This year's event is at The Mansion, a beautiful historic Austin venue located near UT campus. The gathering will feature pairings of food with wine, beer and cocktails emphasizing local products and producers. Last year’s event sold out… so don’t wait and purchase your tickets today, from what we understand.

We love that The Literacy Coalition is an Austin-grown nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the literacy levels of our community. Reading Between the Wines, A Spirited Celebration of Literacy event is core for the Literacy Coalition's annual events engaging the entire community in the need for literacy services in the Austin area while highlighting our partners' leadership and commitment to the LC...

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Want to add to your cool weather wardrobe with a chic new accessory? Look no further than adding a dash of style that speaks volumes: a scarf, ascot or pocket square. But not just any silk accessory. One designed by our favorite Texan-turned-Manhattanite Alexandra Dieck, founder and lead designer of Lexicon of Style (

Her designs are a myriad of color and graphics that will give any ensemble a pop of sophistication. Go to lunch with a scarf tied around your purse or wrist. Then, tie one around your neck for dinner . The style possibilities are endless.

The Lexicon of Style POP-UP SHOP happens at Cove Boutique at 1318 So. Congress Avenue on Saturday, October 8th from 11AM - 4PM.

What’s not to love about sipping on mimosas and getting some styling tips, from the designer herself, while mingling with friends? See you there at Cove Boutique, located next door to Perlas on South Congress and contact to...

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The new River Oaks District in Houston is the site where John Hardy has opened a chic, new store – where else? The 1,000 sq. ft. space designed by Design Republic transports visitors to Bali where the company’s artisans craft the jeweled dazzlers.

In fact, the venue is an in-store brand immersion evolving their Story of Touch campaign, which highlights the artisan’s touch into a full sensory experience to evoke all five senses, from scent to sound to lighting.

The highlight of the space? A large art installation of a hand-carved teakwood tree root, created using the byproduct of the tree which would otherwise be wasted. It manifests creativity and celebrates the uncompromising art of John Hardy jewelry.

We love that the River Oaks boutique also boats a selection of one-of-a-king Cinta collection pieces. Always a perennial favorite of any Texan, John Hardy’s presence in this market is a golden one. For more information, visit Http://

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Some call it the greatest show on earth. We couldn’t agree more. For collectors of all types, a cornucopia for collecting almost here. It turns out that one of the most unique fundraisers in Austin is celebrating its 41st year, a true milestone for city and the organization: The Annual Settlement Home for Children Charity Garage & Estate Sale which takes place Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 6 at Palmer Events Center at 900 Barton Springs Road.

Named the largest charity sale in Texas, The Settlement Home Charity Garage & Estate Sale is a year-long effort that culminates into four days of shopping. It’s one of our favorite events in the state of the year, in fact. Organized and led by members of The Settlement Club, the Garage & Estate Sale boasts an impressive and diverse inventory of merchandise, all of which has been donated by the community. More than 25,000 shoppers will browse for treasures and bargain-priced deals in our 21 well-organized departments. We learned that the funds raised do a tremendous amount of...


We love a great in-store event, don’t you? This week look no further than Neiman Marcus Austin who is hosting a treasure trove of Rebecca Minkoff designs this week. The artist herself will be on hand to welcome her clients and fans on Thursday. September 22 from 5:00-6:30 PM with cocktails and light bites. For more information, visit or call 512.719.1200

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The women of Houston’s chapter of the Ellevate Network enjoyed a dazzling evening of fashion-forward networking with leading like-minded business women at Tootsies. There was much mingling as the event previewed fall fashion trends and demonstrated how to incorporate those into a professional wardrobe. Following champagne and hor d'oeuvres provided by Bryan Caswell, entrepreneur Rebecca Lankford discussed her creative journey to creating Rebecca Lankford Jewelry Designs. A preview of fall’s top picks was presented by Tootsies’ buyers, John Maguire and Kyla Phung. Hope Ewing, the founder of The Diaper Foundation, also spoke about her non-profit and their work to help women and children.

The Ellevate-oriented conversations were complemented by desserts provided by Petite Sweets, and swag bags sponsored by women-led companies SoulCycle River Oaks (note: SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan is an Ellevate Gal and SoulCycle just opened 2 Houston locations in River Oaks and Memorial), The Blonde Pantry, Bar Bleu, Glow MedSpa, and Zalla Massage, and Healing Acupoints. Guests...

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It’s art for art’s sake, as always, in our world. Starting tomorrow and running through Oct. 12, 2016, “At The Edge,” an exhibition composed of drawings from five Austin-based women artists, will be displayed in the Wright Gallery in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University.

For the first time, the show brings together the work of Alyson Fox, Shannon Faseler, Rebecca Rothfus Harrell, Bethany Johnson and Alexandra Robinson. Each artist brings a unique perspective and objective to her artwork in a range of mediums. “At the Edge” unites these accomplished artists displaying drawings that push the boundaries of the art form. The select works, curated together by artist and exhibition participant Rebecca Rothfus Harrell, examine spatial relationships, manipulation of...

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Ever wanted to peek inside an estate sale of the rich and famous? Now’s your chance in Austin. Hosted by June Hayes & The Estate Gallery at Los Patios, an estate sale will be held Saturday, Sept. 3, 10-4 and Sunday, Sept. 4, 12-4) at 1501 Mesa Ridge, Barton Creek, Austin, Texas 78735

Photos of some of the items may be seen at, and some of the chic items for sale include…

Designer furniture by Karges, Drexel and others, 11'5" high display cabinet, patio furniture, Waterford, Spode, Noritake, Lladro, Bing and Grondahl, sterling jewelry and flatware, exceptional sapphire and diamond ring, fine jewelry by Stark of England, round glass top table by Ettore Sottsass, founder of the 1980 Memphis Movement. Glass and Lucite rectangular table with eight Sally Sirkin Lewis "Paris" dining chairs in pewter finish with matching silk upholstery, Plus, there’s G. Harvey signed and limited edition framed prints.

Dinnerware includes Copeland Spode "Florence" and...

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Lexus Broadway in Austin presents, on the heels of a highly successful multi-city tour and run on Broadway, the world’s best-selling touring magic show, THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ (, will play Bass Concert Hall in Austin on November 1-6, 2016 as part of its current North American tour to more than 50 cities. Tickets for THE ILLUSIONISTS will are on sale now and are available at, the Bass Concert Hall box office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.

Here are some fun facts about the show:

THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson and MagicSpace Entertainment. Conceived by Simon Painter, the show’s creative team also includes executive producer Tim Lawson, director Neil Dorward and creative director Jim Millan. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has...

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(Photo: Original company, North American Tour of Disney’s NEWSIES. ©Disney. Photo by Deen van Meer)

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts proudly announces the hit, NEWSIES. The new American musical, features a Tony® Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, a book by four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein and is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, NEWSIES is directed by Tony® nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award® for his work. NEWSIES was intended for a Broadway run of just 101 performances.

The show’s fiercely devoted fans had other ideas, however; they propelled the show to a run of 1005 performances, attendance of more than 1 million and a gross of over $100M. While on Broadway, NEWSIES set and broke seven Nederlander Theatre house records and became the highest-grossing show from the 2011-12 Broadway season. The show received 23 major theatrical nominations –...

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NAAVA, founded in 1973 as AZIZ Spa and Salon may become your favorite new destination for beauty – and handsome – treatments, as we learned when we popped in for a terrific massage recently. It was an amazing experience and one we will savor having again soon.

You may know that NAAVA is the oldest day spa in Austin. The current owners bought AZIZ in 2010. Their secret? They are husband and wife teams: Steve and Vaida Chodniewicz and Natalie and Josh Chodniewicz. Josh is the former co-founder and CEO of web-based business, and is currently currently helming NAAVA. The owners opened a second location in the Arboretum in 2012, and changed the name to NAAVA in 2014, with a second hit location on their hands.

The new downtown location at 300 W. 6th street opened in 2015 and it’s been a hit ever since. The venue boasts a whopping 6,200 square feet, making it the largest full service salon and spa in a downtown office building. Plus, it also is the only LEED certified energy efficient salon in Austin. How cool is...

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We’re big fans of fashion, and especially the Texas-wide Fashion X brands that are the brainchild of founder Matt Swinney. We love that Fashion X Dallas (Fashion “by” Dallas) returns for its 3rd year and adds a new component, Style Setters. Four influencers in the local community have been selected not only for their iconic style, but also for their tireless work and dedication to nonprofit organizations. Fashion X Dallas will be donating a portion of all “Style Setter” tickets to each designated nonprofit…

Linda Gray is an award-winning actress, an accomplished director, a former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and one of the world’s most recognized and admired stars. Her portrayal of ‘Sue Ellen,’ in the original TV series “Dallas,” brought her international fame and critical acclaim earning her an Emmy nomination for Best Actress and numerous international awards. After eleven years as the number one show on television, “Dallas” returned to TNT in 2012 and ran for three successful seasons. She has generously devoted time to...

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We love discovering new place for Yoga, don’t you? Yogalotus, a new boutique yoga studio offering spa-like amenities, wellness coaching and yoga teacher training has announced its grand opening. Located in the West Koenig Flats development at 5608 Avenue F, the new studio features classes across many practices, including Vinyasa, Hatha, Flow and Restorative.

To celebrate their opening, the studio is hosting an open house event on Saturday, August 6th from 4-7PM, featuring studio tours, food, libations, plus class discount offerings and vendor specials on clothing & accessories in the boutique. “We’re extremely excited about our studio model and what it offers our clients,” said Lilyana and Aaron Frescas, co-owners of Yogalotus and studio veterans. We recognize we have something truly special and unique to share with the community and are thrilled to offer these experiences in the comfort of a warm and homey environment.”



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Don’t you just love discovering a new accessory that adds a pop of energy to your look? Austin’s own fashion and lifestyle brand Consuela has been supplying fashionistas with boldly designed bags, shoes and accessories for ten years, and their designs always offer something fun and fresh for your style.

In fact, to celebrate their tenth anniversary they’re throwing a celebration where you can discover their amazing designs, meet like-minded fashionistas, and enjoy family-friendly music and activities. This weekend, July 30 and 31, at Austin’s newest event venue 800 Congress Ave., Consuela will celebrate with music, live street art, piñatas, a photo booth, food, cocktails, small bites and more.

To sweeten the deal, you can also get some of Consuela’s distinctive designs at incredible discounts. With purses, shoes and accessories in myriad styles, you’re sure to find something new for yourself – or, get the perfect gift for your friends or loved ones. For early access to this treasure trove of merchandise, you can get in a...

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It’s here, it’s here. Everyone’s favorite, practically perfect nanny, Mary Poppins, soars into the Topfer Theatre as ZACH Theatre’s 2016 summer musical.

The inimitable Jill Blackwood and unstoppable Matthew Redden will star in Mary Poppins on stage in the Topfer Theatre through September 4 under the direction of Dave Steakley, ZACH Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, with musical direction by Allen Robertson, and choreography by Robin Lewis.

Drawn from the groundbreaking 1964 Disney film and the brilliant series of books, this delightful family musical features the unforgettable songs “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” Dave Steakley and the creative team who brought you The Who’s Tommy and A Christmas Carol will reinvent this beloved musical into a sublimely “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocius” new production – jam-packed with unforgettable theatrical magic!

This delightful musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film and promises to be a fantastic romp for the entire family, so what...

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(Glittery Up Do. Hairstylists: Tiffany Holmes and Mandy Denson, Makeup Artist: Nancy Melendez)

Being beautiful is a year ‘round opportunity, isn’t it? Looking ahead, it’s not festival season without floral headpieces and colorful makeup right?

Enter the Jose Luis Salon, the premier hair and beauty salon and boutique in Austin, who is taking the music festival looks to a whole new level with glittery glam.

The staff at Jose Luis Salon is kicking off Austin’s music festival season stunningly with seriously glamorous hair and makeup. Thanks to the illuminating effect of glitter, the salon’s latest photo collection will transport you to the epicenter of cool Zilker Park, dancing to loud, live music and swirling about in the scene with your friends.

To make an appointment and to get your own chic looks at Jose Luis Salon, visit

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Looking for ways to get more glamorous this summer? In the long hot days of the warm weather months, why don’t you consider getting cooler at a gala?

In fact, join Big Brothers Big Sisters at Austin’s brightest new gala gem, the 2016 Ice Ball. Spend an evening that makes a lifetime of difference for a child, knowing that each person can make a difference in this world.

The festivities will be Saturday, August 20, 2016 beginning at 6PM. The Hyatt Regency’s Zilker Ballroom at 208 Barton Springs Road.

For more information and to get your tickets, visit and #iceball16

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(PHOTO: Back Row: Princess Audrey Sophia Abbott, Princess Madeline Elise Odom, Princess Mary Hannah Eulon Wells, Diamond Catherine Anne Powell,Princess Monika Elizabeth Brinkmann, Princess Alexandra Hudson Sherwood and Princess Luciana Christina Tiblier

Front Row: Duchess Mackenzie Abbott Kopp, Duchess Lindsey Nicole Elliott, Duchess Hannah Leigh Morrow, Duchess Charlotte Elizabeth Blakemore and Duchess Julianne Franklin Boss)

We love that Austin has such a robust social season, don’t you? Celebrating this fall’s 62nd annual Jewel Ball, the Women’s Symphony League of Austin (WSL) recently announced their Royal Court participants at the Jewel Tea. The Court consists of a Diamond Queen and several Princesses from Austin, honoring the support of local families for the Austin Symphony Orchestra. The WSL also invites outstanding, college-aged young women from across the state to represent their communities as members of the Visiting Jewel Court.

Hosted by the Past President’s Council, the Jewel Tea is a time-honored tradition occurring each spring. This...

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Let’s face it: most men aren’t fully suited up for success without a sharp pocket square accessory to complete their style. As entertaining as it is useful, the newly released tome by Thames & Hudson, (http//, The Pocket Square, presents the ins and outs behind twenty-two pocket square folds, from the simple and elegant Presidential to the complex and flamboyant Bouquet.

In this must-have volume for stylish men everywhere, and the women who love them, each fold is accompanied by easy-to-follow diagrams, bold color illustrations of how to wear a pocket square with panache, and descriptions and advice on when to wear each style.

By A. C. Phillips, a connoisseur of gentlemen’s tailoring and pattern design, and featuring quotations from leading men whose names have become synonymous with elegance and distinction—Cary Grant, Oscar Wilde, the Duke of Windsor, Fred Astaire, and Yves Saint Laurent, The Pocket Square provides sharp style insight and inspiration. So what...

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Cool summer theatre for when the weather heats up. The best thing about summer perhaps? We are in luck since Martin Burke stars in One Man, Two Guvnors, on stage at ZACH’s Topfer Theatre from June 1- 26, 2016 directed by Abe Reybold, ZACH Theatre’s Associate Artistic Producer, while J. Robert Moore will star in the hit one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar on the Kleberg Stage from June 8 – August 14, 2016, directed by Nat Miller, ZACH Theatre’s Education Director. Talk about a summer filled with non-stop laughter

One Man, Two Guvnors is a Tony Award-winning modern take on Goldoni’s classic play A Servant of Two Masters. It's the Swingin' Sixties and the easily-confused Francis Henshall attempts to keep his two employers (local gangster Roscoe Crabbe and upper class criminal Stanley Stubbers) from meeting and learning of his dual-employment. It's a laugh-out-loud satirical romp with a live Beatles-era band that keeps the party rockin'.

Running simultaneously in the intimate Kleberg theatre, one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar...

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Art Deco Collectibles is THE book to have this season on your coffee table and amongst your bookshelves. Recently released by Thames & Hudson, the tome is not only a chic resources, but also is is an extensively illustrated showcase of portable classics from the United States and Europe that demonstrates Deco style at its most alluring.

These stunning, small personal items, from cigarette cases and lighters to powder compacts and cosmetics accessories, watches, jewelry, even cameras, “represented the height of fashion during those heady decades, and demonstrated the excitement and modernity of the age” share authors, collectors and designers Rodney and Diana Capstick-Dale.

Featuring high-quality photography and carefully sourced period illustrations and ephemera, Art Deco Collectibles brings these objects to life in all their exquisite detail for the first time. This luxurious volume appeals to both collectors and anyone with an interest in Deco style and the history of fashion, design, glamour...

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It was a great night to gala it up in Houston and we love that several hundred swanky attendees, dressed in their finest shades of blue, recently gathered at the Hilton Post Oak Houston to celebrated 2016’s Blue Cure Benefit Dinner. In fact, Blue Cure’s mission is to prevent prostate cancer and improve outcomes for those with cancer by funding and advocating for cancer research in integrative and preventive medicine and by educating men and youth about dietary and lifestyle habits to greatly reduce their risk of cancer.

This year, the men’s health foundation honored the contributions of Dr. Carolyn Farb, hc for her work in raising awareness on behalf of Blue Cure’s mission – education for men on the importance of preventative lifestyle measures in reducing risk for prostate cancer. Farb, as we all know, has been a tireless fundraiser and champion of so many wonderful causes over the years.

The chic guests were treated to a presentation by best-selling author and health world expert...

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All you art lovers across Texas won’t want to miss this year’s Art City Austin on April 29 - May 1, one of the city’s biggest festivals for collectors of fine art. With some of the hippest galleries and over 200 artists on display, you’ll have the opportunity to view some of the newest, most interesting, and collectible art in the market. Whether you’re looking for a prize piece for your curated collection, or a fresh new decorative element for your home, you’ll enjoy a huge range of styles at your fingertips.

After seven years of calling Cesar Chavez home, Art City Austin will now take place at the beautiful and scenic Palmer Events Center along the shores of Lady Bird Lake downtown. You don’t need to be a collector to enjoy Art City Austin. Simply viewing the art on display while savoring a springtime stroll by the lake, is a treat in itself. As if that weren’t enough, Art City Austin has partnered with the music organization Black Fret to provide a stellar lineup of local...

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What’s not to love about a fashionista’s dream come true…seeing Austin Fashion Week’s 2016’s inaugural Style Setters this week? The lucky honorees Laura Craddick, Aida G. Dieck, Andrea McWilliams and Bobbi Topfer will be honored, one each evening of the fashion show events, during Austin Fashion Week on Friday, April 15 — Saturday, April 23.

We love that in its eighth year, Fashion X Austin’s Austin Fashion Week, the brainchild of founder Matt Swinney, has added a new component of honoring these dynamic Style Setters. These four influential women in the region have been selected not only for their iconic style, but also for their tireless work and dedication to non-profit organizations. We also love that Austin Fashion Week will be donating a portion of all “Style Setter” tickets to each recipient’s designated non-profit organization. Here’s how you can become a style-setting guest yourself…

It all kicked off last Sunday supporting community advocate Aida G. Dieck with an elegant brunch that featured 130 years of...

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It might be one of the coolest live auction items we’ve scene in a long time. In fact, it’s a fantasy that comes to life. It’s for the American Heart Association Heart Ball in Austin that is happens May 7, 2016 at the JW Marriott Austin.

Ladies and gentlemen, place your bids to get to the real “heart” of the matter…a Victoria’s Secret package that is valued at $25,000, with a starting bid at $25,000 will highlight the gala’s live auction bidding.

Here are some details:

Two tickets to the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as well as passes to the event’s official After-Party and behind the scenes tour, plus hotel accommodations, will be presented as a live auction package.

Participants do not need to be present to bid on or win package - and bidding is now officially open. For more information, contact Lauren Holcomb at 512.338.2403 or

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(Photography: Reed L Shannon as Michael Jackson (center) with the Jackson 5. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL First National Tour. By Joan Marcus)

Stop. In The Name of Music. Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts, are proud to announce the premier of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL…

WHO: Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts


WHEN: April 26 – May 1, 2016

Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

WHERE: Bass Concert Hall / 2350 Robert Dedman Drive / Austin, TX

TICKETS: Start at $30. Tickets are available at, the Bass Concert Hall box office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060. For groups of 15 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email...

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In a state known for music, and in a town known for live music like Austin is, the 3rd Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards, which took place February 16 at the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin, TX was a stellar event. Presented by Lone Star beer, and emceed by the legendary Ray Benson. The event honored the best of Ameripolitan Music as voted by the robust music fans in the region.

It was a packed house at the grande dame theatre in Austin. Over 1,200 guests and 97 nominees, from many areas of the U.S. and abroad, packed the theatre to celebrate the best of Ameripolitan Music; a music genre originally coined by singer/songwriter Dale Watson, defined as having a prominent root influence, not conforming to the ‘country’ of today. It is broken into four related subcategories: Honky Tonk, Western Swing, Rockabilly and Outlaw. Artists and bands can fall into one or more of these categories.

The evening’s highest honor, the "Master Award" was presented to the legendary musician Charley Pride. Pride is the first...


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It’s a story that may seem familiar. But, not really. Two years ago, 42-year-old Austinite Kelly Green found herself awhirl amongst a bevy of celebrities at Leonardo DiCaprio’s 39th birthday party. It was her first night out as a single woman after a heart-wrenching divorce. “I was a quintessential wife. I was the perfect Pinterest board. It was all fine—but it wasn’t really living,” Green recalls of her married life.

How’d she create her new adventures? And after ten years of marriage, she wasn’t sure how to act as a single woman—much less a single woman who just took a private jet to party with A-list celebrities. After a missed connection at the party, she made her way home with a sudden burden. It wasn’t about failing to get that phone number. It was the reality that she hadn’t been able to ask for it—or give out hers—because her uneasiness about sudden singledom prevented her from knowing herself and taking control.

Green calls this night her “coming out,” which represents the beginning of her latest chapter in life, which...

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It’s almost here. We love that as part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present, direct from Broadway, the national tour of SAM MENDES (Skyfall, American Beauty) and ROB MARSHALL’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of CABARET, playing March 29 – April 3, 2016 at Bass Concert Hall as part of the Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts season.


WHEN: March 29 – April 3, 2016

Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

WHERE: Bass Concert Hall / 2350 Robert Dedman Drive / Austin, TX

TICKETS: Start at $30. Tickets are available at, the Bass Concert Hall box office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by...

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What’s not to love about a fashionista’s dream come true…to see Austin Fashion Week’s 2016’s inaugural Style Setters that were just announced this week? Who are the lucky recipients? Laura Craddick, Aida G. Dieck, Andrea McWilliams and Bobbi Topfer will be honored, one each evening of the fashion show events, during Austin Fashion Week on Friday, April 15 — Saturday, April 23.

We love that in its eighth year, Fashion X Austin’s Austin Fashion Week, the brainchild of founder Matt Swinney, has added a new component of honoring these dynamic Style Setters. These four influential women in the region have been selected not only for their iconic style, but also for their tireless work and dedication to non-profit organizations. We also love that Austin Fashion Week will be donating a portion of all “Style Setter” tickets to each recipient’s designated non-profit organization. Here’s how you can become a style-setting guest yourself…

It all kicks off with a beautiful brunch. Community advocate Aida G. Dieck has devoted her...

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Always dreamed of building a home in the style of your wildest dreams? Who hasn’t? Or are you in the market for an architectural masterpiece by one of Austin’s great designers? Either way, you’re in luck, because this spring’s Austin Modern Home Tour on Saturday, March 5 features twelve of Austin’s most unique homes for you to explore. Whether you’re inspired by stunning hilltop views or artsy hip houses, you’ll have ample opportunities to get inspired to build or buy a home of your own.

If you’ve always wanted to design and build your own home, don’t miss your chance at Design-Build special event the following Sunday, March 6. This four-hour special event will go in-detail about every step of the modern custom home building experience. Featuring Lex Zarun from Newcastle Homes and Jared Haas from studio, attendees will get exceptional insight into the processes, challenges, costs and opportunities for anyone who wants to create their own unique modern living space in Austin.

During the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to meet...

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What happens when an artist that we’ve known and been following for years, William Hundley, reaches international acclaim? First, we’re mighty proud. Secondly, his talents help the world become a more artful place. Hundley’s work (and 10 other artists around the world) is featured in Apple retail stores worldwide as part of the Start Something new project.

Just how did this amazing opportunity happen? Apple selected Hundley without his knowledge from over 100 potential artists for the campaign. They then contacted him and asked me to shoot his work with an iPhone 6s. The results are amazing. They selected four of his photos to use for in-store art panels around the globe.

Hundley, dazzled by the instant notoriety shared, “It's cool because people are sending me phone pics of my work on display in Apple stores from all over the world.”

To see Hundley’s artful view of the world, visit his specific page at Here are the photos...

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We love awards show season... and we love it with a local flair, don’t you? The upcoming 3rd Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards will be held Tuesday, February 16th, 8:00 pm at the historic Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, Texas with music legend and past Ameripolitan winner Ray Benson as host. Charley Pride (Master Award) will join Wanda Jackson (Founder of the Sound) and Red Simpson (Founder of the Sound) as special award recipients. Tickets are available at, the Paramount Theatre box office, and by phone at 512.474.1221.

“Charley Pride is the first living male to ever receive the Ameripolitan Masters Award, preceded only by the amazing Ray Price, who was instrumental in creating the awards,” exclaims Dale Watson, founder of the Ameripolitan Awards. “Charley Pride’s music spans several generations, blazed new trails, and has never compromised his roots. This makes him perfect for the highest honor we can bestow, the Ameripolitan Master Award.” We love our music legends in Texas....

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We love that The Settlement Home for Children is turning 100 years old this year and singer-songwriter Jewel will be in Austin for a performance to help celebrate the centennial year. Since 1916, The Settlement Home for children has provided opportunities and hope to children in the Austin community. Their mission is to promote healing and growth to children, young adults and families by providing a continuum of care, support and resources. The organization serve individuals with histories of abuse, neglect, and severe emotional trauma.

The very special performance will take place at The Long Center on January 10, 2016. Attendees will have the chance to learn about The Settlement Home’s 100-year history of helping youth in the Austin community before Jewel takes the stage. The performance will be followed by a Cake & Champagne Reception with Jewel for sponsors in the Kodosky Donor Lounge.

The Alaskan-born music icon overcame a rough childhood and went on to sell millions of albums and establish herself as one of the most successful musicians of...

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With cheers to your best year yet, 2016...


(Photo of Jackpot cocktail courtesy of Lucky Bar at Red Rock Casino & Resort in Las Vegas and

Around the holidays, making a heart-felt toast is de rigueur. We all know…and love that. And, it turns out, toasting is an around-the-clock opportunity in Las Vegas, the city that’s always open for fun. In fact, this year, visitors can transport the magic home with festive cocktails that will bring a splash of Vegas to every gathering.

On the Strip and off, the coolest Las Vegas restaurants are inspiring food-loving tourists to make reservations—and mark their calendars. Within a decade, Las Vegas has redefined the culinary and wine and spirits experience by offering the most comprehensive collection of celebrity chefs, world-class restaurants and Master Sommeliers. So, here’s where we think might offer a heightened chance to toast to all your most….

Holiday Margarita at Bellagio Resort & Casino.

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Folks, the Oscar race just became more interesting. How? “The Danish Girl” is a leading contender for categories like Best Actor, Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and so many more. It’s a plethora of talent that makes the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, portrayed in the film by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables).

It all begins in 1926 in Copenhagen, where artist Einar Wegener is married to Gerda Wegener and is revered for landscape paintings. Gerda is also an artist, less renowned but steadily working as a portraitist of prominent citizens. Theirs is a strong and loving marriage, yet personal and professional epiphanies have eluded them both.

That all begins to change one day when, on deadline for a portrait, Gerda asks her husband to fill in for a model by putting on a dress so that she...


Yes, we love that it’s almost time for the third annual "Love. at Stateside" this Friday, December 18, 2015 at the Stateside at the Paramount Theater in Austin.

The inimitable champagne chanteuse (as we call her) Hedda Layne appears with Ginger Leigh, Patrice Pike, Shelley King, Wendy Colonna and more special guests, Suzanna Choffel and Carolyn Wonderland. This one-night-only will be an incredibly powerful event.

In the lobby (and for a special main stage appearance) is the unmatchable Luis Banuelos on flamenco/Latin guitar. So, go listen to holiday songs and original music to help these talented dynamos raise funds for the Superhero Kids organization which supports children and families at the Dell Children's Blood and Cancer Center.

This show will sell out, so visit

Also, there’s a recorded a 31-track production of last year's show available at...

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Starting to spread holiday joy and cheer with shopping for those on your gift giving list? We are too, and it’s never been easier than at the annual favorite Armadillo Christmas Bazaar show in Austin from December 15th through December 24th. This annual show brings a novel element of holiday excitement to Austin with its alluring showcase of statement-making holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. The show’s array of commodities is comprised of collectible fine art, distinguished gifts, artisan crafts, and more. The show’s selection shines the spotlight on 160 locally and nationally acclaimed artists, including several dynamic newcomers” according to the Armadillo team.

But wait, there’s more. The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is also hosting a music festival to accompany the gift show. It makes sense in the musically-inclined city, doesn’t it? Musicians from Central Texas are bringing their glittering talents to the show, and at minimum, three bands per day will take the stage and roughly 28 musicians...

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“The best musical of this century. It’s Heaven on Broadway!” says Ben Brantley of The New York Times. Back by popular demand, The Book of Mormon, which played a record-breaking run in 2013 returns to Austin December 8-13 at Bass Concert Hall, presented by Broadway in Austin and we can’t wait.

Featuring a book, music and lyrics created by legendary creatives Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon musical sensation took the world by storm and won nine Tony Awards in its first run. Now is your chance to see it again, so don’t miss it! You may know Trey Parker and Matt Stone as creators of the outrageous animated TV show South Park, and Robert Lopez as the co-creator of the hit musical comedy Avenue Q. Casey Nicholaw choreographer, also worked on Monty Python’s Spamalot and The Drowsy Chaperone.

Guaranteed to be hilariously entertaining, and surely the subject of many conversations to come,...

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We know just the way to spread some holiday joy and cheer this season… the esteemed Rise School of Austin, a school for children aged 18 months to 6 years with and without disabilities, is proudly hosting the 9th Annual Heart and Soul Luncheon at hot-spot JW Marriott Downtown, and we recommend this as a great cause in which to pour your own heart and soul.

Over the years, the much-anticipated event has grown exponentially, and the December 10 lunchoen is going to be the biggest one yet. With a silent auction featuring a stunning array of Chanel, Chole, Alexander McQueen, Judith Leiber, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and Tiffany & Co. (and more) designer handbags and vintage handbag contributions from the organization’s celebrity friends, Camilla McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, we guarantee that you’ll want to be a part of this event. In combination with the silent auction, The Rise School has partnered with the esteemed Austin Fashion Week Team to put on a top-notch fashion show featuring none other than The Rise School Students and their dads, making it a must-see and...

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How cool is it that the upcoming feature documentary, The Secret Life of Lance Letscher, directed by Sandra Adair and co-produced with Karen Bernstein, is about an artist at work who is changing the world with his art. “Lance is an amazing character; thoughtful, witty, articulate, and driven. His pieces are very complex and his process is fascinating!” says the filmmaker Adair. Academy Award-nominated and award-winning film editor Sandra Adair has partnered with award-winning documentary filmmaker, Karen Bernstein, to document his process in preparing for two major paper exhibitions as well as his process in creating a metal collage for a popular and culturally definitive public space in Austin.

The creative process for a meticulous artist like Lance Letscher is a story worth telling. He is a fascinating person, who lovingly and patiently builds a collection of found object materials for his pieces, which he then compiles into a beautiful composition based on association of color,...

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Art Students League of New York on Painting: Lessons and Meditations on Mediums, Styles, and Methods is one of the coolest books you’ll come across this fall and it goes on sale this month to great acclaim.

As you likely know, The Art Students League of New York is America’s signature art school, run by artists for artists. This coffee table and instructional book invites the reader into the studio classrooms of some the League's most acclaimed and beloved instructors for lessons on fundamental topics and approaches in painting. The book is divided into three sections: Lessons and Demos; Advice and Philosophies; and Interviews. Richly illustrated with artwork from the League's considerable archives, its instructors, and its students, the book is meant as a source of inspiration and enrichment for painters of all levels, as well as for appreciators of art in general.

We love how it engages the reader by featuring inspiration, stories, and lessons from 18 Art Students League instructors, including: Ellen Eagle, Henry Finkelstein, Knox Martin, Mary Beth...

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Don’t you love that it always smells so wonderful when you walk into a Saks Fifth Avenue store? Perhaps it’s due to Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi scent by Killian and its eponymous Home Collection scent is VCM’s fifth and final scent for “In the Garden and Good and Evil.”

The fragrance Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi unfolds another chapter of the myth of the original sin. After Eve (Good Girl Gone Bad) questioning if she should resist or surrender (Playing with the Devil) the temptation of the forbidden fruit (Forbidden Games), Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi leads us into the evening facet of the story, where the sin of flesh happens. There are as many layers to the scent as its concept.

And, Kilian’s home collection offers Saks Fifth Avenue clients a new way to enjoy perfume. In addition to his line of fragrances and, more recently, scented jewelry Kilian Hennessy has entered into the field of olfactory interior design with four decorative objects. He has developed a collection of scented decorative objects for the home that give physical form to four private...

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It is likely to be the best Bond film ever made. Certainly, SPECTRE is the most emotionally-driven one. A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, expertly...

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There’s a new indie film that may change how you look at your youthful past. In fact, this might be the best indie film you’ve seen in years. Romark Entertainment, Resolute Productions and Dark Factory Entertainment’s film “The Bad Guys”, by director Carlos Rincones, had its world premiere at the 22nd annual Austin Film Festival on Sunday November 1 at the Rollins Theatre at the Long Center for Performing Arts. The film stars Glen Powell (“Scream Queens”), Erik Stocklin (“Stalker”), Mekenna Melvin (“Chuck”), Lucas Near-Verbrugghe (“Grimm”), Keith Nobbs (“Public Morals”) and Paul Iacono (“The Hard Times of RJ Berger”). It knocked the socks off the audience with its riveting relationship plot and deft directing by Rincones.

So, what’s all the fuss about? The plot, the story and the acting that felt far from acting. In the film, during a brief return trip to his childhood home, a budding filmmaker (Stocklin) is confronted by the now-grown ensemble of his old hometown friends – none of whom are aware that he intends to make his fortune off the shared childhood trauma that...

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We love to mix in the art scene, don’t you? If you’re looking for an evening of extraordinary art and delicious dining, you won’t want to miss ARTBASH, a special event presented by Art Alliance Austin. Next Saturday at The Belmont (305 W 6th Street), the exclusive dinner will include curated courses and drinks, an exclusive preview of the exhibition, a private solo performance by musician Dana Falconberry, and an opportunity to meet select artists and curators. If you already have dinner plans, you can opt to show up for the after party, where you can dance to live music DJs while enjoying the art and mingling with Austin’s cool creative community.

Modeled after NYC's CREATIVETIME Fall Ball series, the event will bring together Austin's diverse art community and patrons, bringing art to life through interactions and experiences unlike anything Austin has seen before. Each room of the venue will be transformed by site-specific installations, performance, music, food, and audience activities. The Belmont will be transformed with the help of Austin lighting company KETRA whose...

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Yes, it’s almost here – the show you’ve been waiting for. Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots), opens at Bass Concert Hall on November 10 – 15, 2015. Lexus Broadway in Austin is presented by Texas Performing Arts. From Tuesday – Friday, the showtime is at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. Tickets are available at, the Bass Concert Hall box office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, and at .512. 477-6060.

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots is represented around the world with the Broadway company now that is now in its third year. In fact, Kinky Boots took home six 2013 Tony Awards, the most of any show in the season, including Best Musical, Best Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best...

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The greatest show on earth? For collectors of all types, it’s almost here. It turns out that one of the most unique fundraisers in Austin is celebrating its 40th year, a real milestone for city and the organization: The Annual Settlement Home for Children Charity Garage & Estate Sale which takes place Thursday, November 5 – Sunday, November 8 at Palmer Events Center at 900 Barton Springs Road.

Named the largest charity sale in Texas, The Settlement Home Charity Garage & Estate Sale is a year-long effort that culminates into four days of shopping. Organized and led by members of The Settlement Club, the Garage & Estate Sale boasts an impressive and diverse inventory of merchandise, all of which has been donated by the community. More than 25,000 shoppers will browse for treasures and bargain-priced deals in our 21 well-organized departments. We learned that in 2014, the Charity Garage & Estate Sale netted over $600,000. That’s a tremendous amount of goodness for such a worthwhile charity.

Here are some details:...

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Terrific fun is the next stop ahead – the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour is back in full swing in the exciting fashion of a multi-city music tour, showcasing the unbreakable tie between music and cars. After the tour’s start in New York City this summer, it journeyed to Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and has finally arrived in Austin, where it will continue to give its audience an exhilarating exhibit of music, fashion, and art.

With the iconic musical performance of Passion Pit, a showcase of the esteemed GLA and CLA luxury Mercedes-Benz models – models that both current Mercedes-Benz aficionados and next generation Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts will swoon over – and not to mention art installations by the talented Gregory Siff and Zio Ziegler, the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour is one you do not want to miss.

The Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour will take place Thursday, October 22nd as a part of ACL Live at the Moody Theater. Curtain call is at 8:00pm. Tickets are available to those who participate in the Mercedes-Benz social media campaign at...

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Look no further for the best addition to your personal style library in years… this book. “I think part of my success as an editor came from never worrying about a fact, a cause, an atmosphere. It was me—projecting to the public. That was my job. I think I always had a perfectly clear view of what was possible for the public. Give ’em what they never knew they wanted,” said Diana Vreeland of her illustrious career in fashion media.

It all comes back to life in the new tome releases this month from Rizzoli ( in Diana Vreeland: The Modern Woman that covers Vreeland’s near three-decade tenure at Bazaar. Featured year by year, each annum section opens with all twelve magazine covers before proceeding through a selection of editorial features that best illustrate her innovative perspective and creative working relationships with celebrated photographers such as Richard Avedon, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Lillian Bassman, Martin Munkacsi and George Hoyningen-Huene. This book shows how her...

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Looking for a new, fantastic piece of art to adorn your walls? You won’t want to miss POP AUSTIN International Art Show in Austin October 22 through October 25 — the same weekend as the United States Grand Prix Formula One Weekend. Hundreds of thousands of international thrill seekers will descend upon the hippest little city in America for the world’s premier racing event and the world’s newest art happening. It will be a spectacular weekend to see and be seen.

Featuring some of the most popular stars of contemporary art, as well as a specially selected group of local artists, POP AUSTIN offers some of the coolest contemporary art in the world – worthy investment pieces for a growing collection; art that can represent your hip, worldly style.

Last year’s inaugural POP AUSTIN hit the global art scene with style, boasting artists from across the globe including Takashi Murakami, Gao Brothers, Gérard Rancinan, Mr. Brainwash and Massimo Vitali. Now in its second year, POP AUSTIN 2015 will feature a thematically curated show, ILLUMINATION, an international survey...

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We love that Austin Pets Alive!, the Capital Area’s largest no-kill animal rescue organization, will hold its third annual “Tricks and Treats” charity gala at the Hyatt Regency Austin hotel on Sunday evening, October 25, 2015 starting at 5:00 pm.

The black-tie optional “Tricks and Treats” themed event will include a welcome reception, three-course gourmet dinner, and both silent and live auctions. All money raised will support APA!’s mission to save companion animals from euthanasia and find them permanent homes.

The gala co-chairs are Becky Layne and Liz Handlin, while Deb O’Keefe, morning co-host on 101.5 KROX, will emcee the evening’s activities. APA Executive Director Dr. Ellen Jefferson says the event is critical for Austin to continue leading the national no-kill movement.

Live and silent auctions will be key to the gala’s success. Individual gala tickets are $250, with full tables of 10 also available. For more information to purchase tickets and attend, visit...

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It’s here, it’s here. After much anticipation, the estate sale of the decade is finally here – starting today. Now’s the time to add to your unique collection, or perhaps, start one, right? Look no further. We’ve just previewed the estate sale to end all estate sales… and this one is in Central Texas’ Lockhart, mainly known for BBQ and ranching.

Philanthropist Dollie Cole, a Fort Worth native who rose to the social ranks when she married Ed Cole, the former president of General Motors in the 1960s, passed away last year leaving her family with a treasure trove of items that will comprise this unique estate sale at their 130-acre Briar Patch Ranch. There’s something for everyone…

This truly exceptional sale has a plethora of items relating to Mrs. Cole's grand lifestyle. The furs, jewelry, furniture and so many other interesting social artifacts in bulk lend themselves to this cornucopia of collections. The property includes a large home and several outbuildings that are all filled with top-quality, unique treats, also part of the auction.

Throughout the...

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Love toys like we do? Ones for the child of any age, from 8 months to 108? Just in time for the holidays, look no further than a cool, new book from Assouline, Mattel: 70 Years of Innovation And Play. From its humble beginnings producing picture frames for portrait studios to icons including Barbie and Hot Wheels, Mattel has been a master of imagination and innovation for seventy years. “Innovation became a hallmark of Mattel operations,” said Mattel co-founder Elliot Handler in 1968. “We were unorthodox, venturesome—our people were willing to try new things. This quality, more than any other, has been the key to the company’s progress.”

In 1938, Handler began crafting art objects from Lucite in the LA garage of Harold “Matt” Matson. Soon he was in business as Elzac Jewelry, with Hollywood starlets modeling his designs. When Handler and Matson left Elzac and went into business as Mattel, (taken from each of the founders’ name) the year was 1945 and with the nation at war, plastics were restricted for military use. Innovators that they were, they began selling...

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(Photography: Alan Mingo, Jr. as Sebastian and Jessica Grove as Ariel and the cast of The Little Mermaid. Photo by Bruce Bennett, courtesy of Theatre Under The Stars, Houston)

We love that Lexus Broadway in Austin, presented by Texas Performing Arts, announced Theatre Under The Star’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid begins soon. This fun-filled, timeless tale runs September 29 – October 4, 2015 at Bass Concert Hall.

It turns out that in a magical kingdom fathoms below, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land. Joining her are Sebastian, Ariel’s crabby sidekick; Ursula, the evil sea witch; Triton, King of the Sea and the handsome and human Prince Eric.

The show features all of the favorite songs like “Under The Sea” and “Part of Your World” as well as new songs written by Oscar-winning Disney composer Alan Menken, the mastermind behind productions such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas. Lyrics are by Howard Ashman...

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We're excited about Giving City Austin's The Art of the Gala luncheon, aren't you?

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We call it the big mix. Over 130 seasoned female executives and young professionals alike, hundreds of designer must-haves…and one great networking organization. Now that’s a great occasion for was a recent gathering at Tootsies West Ave for a “back to the basics” runway show demonstrating how to create a professional capsule wardrobe for careers in corporate, business casual, and creative environments in a fun and trendy way.

The organization? Ellevate, which is an international women’s networking group that launched in Houston in February 2015, is a global professional women’s network with over 34,000 members from across industries and around the world. The largest women’s network of its kind, Ellevate boasts a model driven by economic engagement of women worldwide by investing in women. Started as “85 Broads”, the organization was originally created as a networking space for women at Goldman Sachs, started in 1997 by the first woman ever promoted into sales management at the firm.

Really, who doesn’t want to add more style to their professional marketplace? These...

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( Photography by Matthew Murphy)

Tickets go on sale today, Friday Aug. 21 for Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots), opens at Bass Concert Hall on November 10 – 15, 2015.

It’s a tour de force, literally. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots is represented around the world with the Broadway company now in its third year. Kinky Boots took home six 2013 Tony Awards, the most of any show in the season, including Best Musical, Best Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell), Best Orchestrations (Stephen Oremus) and Best Sound Design (John Shivers). The show also received the Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Awards for Best Musical and the GrammyAward for Best Musical Album, along with many other accolades.

Inspired by true events, we love that Kinky Boots takes us from a...

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We love that Saks Fifth Avenue is thrilled to launch Azzedine AlaÏa’s first women’s fragrance, AlaÏa Paris.

The fragrance, resolutely modern, defines itself as an impression of freshness. This is Mssrr AlaÏa’s first fragrance – and his declaration of love and allegiance to women. The olfactory pyramid of AlaÏa Paris Eau De Parfum is delectable with airy notes and pink pepper. It has a floral impression: freesia and peony and the bare-skin impression is that of animal notes and musk.

Throughout the August, Saks Fifth Avenue will celebrate the launch of this fragrance; exclusive to the store. In fact, the Saks Fifth Avenue San Antonio store invites customers to enjoy the experience on August 20 from 2 to 5pm.

It will all be five-star: a fragrance associate in white glove service will walk the floor with a tray; filled with empty AlaÏa mini shopping bags. The store’s clients will be invited to select one mini bag, go to the counter to get it filled with a complimentary sample and ribbon. In fact, the in-store promotion will run through August...

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Want to add to your unique collection, or perhaps, start one? Look no further. We’ve just previewed the estate sale to end all estate sales… and this one is in Central Texas’ Lockhart, mainly known for BBQ and ranching.

But wait, there’s so much more. Philanthropist Dollie Cole, a Fort Worth native who rose to the social ranks when she married Ed Cole, the former president of General Motors in the 1960s, passed away last year leaving her family with a treasure trove of items that will comprise this unique estate sale at their 130-acre Briar Patch Ranch.

This very exceptional sale has a plethora of items relating to Mrs. Cole's grand lifestyle. The furs, jewelry, furniture and so many other interesting social artifacts in bulk lend themselves to this cornucopia of collections. The property includes a large home and several outbuildings that are all filled with top-quality, unique treats, also part of the auction.

Throughout the weekend sales that occur over two months, there will also be a special shopping bazaar on the large terrace with themed pavilions...

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Want to beat the heat on a gorgeous warm August day… and gain more style? The hot get haute with five-star brands, that’s how… at Neiman Marcus Austin for this month’s chicest trunk shows and special events. For more information call the numbers listed or visit

Estee Lauder Special Event, Cosmetics, 1st Floor

Sunday, August 2 – Wednesday, August 12

Receive an exclusive tote and beauty favorites with your qualifying Esteé Lauder purchase. One per customer, while supplies last.

Saint Laurent Trunk Show, Ladies Shoes, 1st Floor

Wednesday, August 5 – Sunday, August 9, 10am - 5pm

Preview the Fall 2015 Collection. For more information, please call 512.719.1200 ext 1450.

Jimmy Choo Trunk Show, Ladies Shoes, 1st Floor

Wednesday, August 5 – Sunday, August 9

View the coveted shoe collection during our fall event. For more information, call 512.719.1200 ext...


Sure, you know she was tough as nails. And, witty as heck. The hit play ANN brings the brassy Governor Ann Richards back to vivid life in a tour-de-force performance direct from Broadway. This Texas-sized story is a perfect fit for ZACH's Karen Kuykendall Stage where you'll be treated to an up close and personal visit with one of the most unforgettable personalities in Texas politics. “I do not want my tombstone to read, ‘She kept a really clean house.' I think I'd like them to remember me by saying, ‘She opened government to everyone'.” at ZACH Theatre April 6 - May 15, 2016 in the Topfer Theatre.

ANN is an inspiring and hilarious new play that brings you face to face with a complex, colorful, and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. “I’ve been after this play since its inception and I am a big fan of what Holland has created,” says ZACH Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley. “Her portrayal of Governor Richards is one of the most stunningly complete, detailed, and nuanced portrayals of a historical political figure, who so many of us...

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Everybody loves a good book. Especially when the Texas Book Festival, the celebration of literature, takes over downtown Austin each year. Each year is more exciting than the last, so we can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year’s festival. “This year is going to be huge. And it should be, it’s our 20th anniversary,” says literary director Steph Opitz. .

In honor of the festival’s milestone, the Texas Book Festival just announced 20 authors who will be featured this year’s Festival weekend, October 17 and 18. The authors include Margaret Atwood, Chuck Palahniuk, Wendell Pierce, Sandra Cisneros, Adrian Tomine, and more. Visit the Texas Book Festival website to see the whole list.

Part of the Texas Book Festival’s appeal is that it has something for everyone. “It’s like a holiday gift list of incredible people,” Steph Opitz says. “Looking for something for that gourmand friend? Check. Angsty tween who loves comics? Check. A 20-something aspiring poet who's read it all? Check. The family history buff? Check.”...

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Shopping is almost a part time sport in Texas. So with much anticipation of its opening in fall 2015, the five-star River Oaks District will be a shopping and dining destination like none other. With world- class brands and iconic storefronts, including Hermes, Dior, Chopard, Dolce and Gabbana, Van Cleef & Arpel, Cartier, Patek Philippe, Stella McCartney, Davidoff, Tom Ford and more, so what’s not to love? In fact, the "ROD" will be a walkable, upscale, sophisticated, open air complex, much like our chic haunt Rodeo Drive. This once again proves that Texas has some of the finest cities and best shopping in the world. But, you knew that already.

“We are excited to welcome these world-class brands to River Oaks District,” shares Jeff Zeigler, senior managing director of retail services for OliverMcMillan. “When we open later this year, our guests will be able to soak in the atmosphere of River Oaks District’s intimate, vibrant and unique setting with their friends, family and fellow tastemakers.”

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As a former Miss Texas USA judge, I can affirm how competitive these pageants really are – and how much work goes into the effort by the beautiful women who compete. Produced by the Miss Texas Organization, the Miss Texas competition exists for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for young Texas women and promoting their voice in culture, politics and community. The competition was founded in 1936 as a scholarship pageant and has evolved into what is recognized today as one of the best organized and well managed of all state pageants.

The contestants competed in the following categories: private interview, lifestyle and fitness, talent, evening gown and onstage question. Miss Texas 2015 will compete for Miss America held in Atlantic City on Sunday, September 13 and broadcast on ABC. Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2015 will compete for the title of Miss America's Outstanding Teen in August in Orlando, Florida.

Miss Texas will receive a $15,000 cash scholarship and the use of an Infiniti from Grubbs Infiniti during her reign. In addition...

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Want to refresh your summer wardrobe? Planning ahead for fall additions? Why not pop into Neiman Marcus Austin for your favorite in-store events to keep you in the know and certainly, in top style. For more information visit

Sisley Spa Event, Cosmetics, 1st Floor

Wednesday, July 8, 10am - 5pm

Experience the latest in luxury skincare featuring Sisley Paris. To schedule an appointment, call 512.719.1200 ext 1488.

Omorovicza Spa Event, Cosmetics, 1st Floor

Thursday, July 9 – Saturday, July 11, 10am - 5pm

Experience this luxury Hungarian skincare line during our exclusive spa event. To make an appointment, call 512.719.1200 ext 1484.

La Mer Spa Event, Cosmetics, 1st Floor

Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17, 10am - 5pm

Experience this skincare line with an elite esthetician during our La Mer spa event. To schedule an appointment, call 512.719.1200 ext 1483.


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We love that Beleza Medspa, is offering complimentary services to all same sex couples to celebrate SCOTUS’s recent decision on marriage equality. Yes, it was a groundbreaking decision from the US Supreme Court making same sex marriage legal in all 50 states and that’s why Beleza Medspa, the leading medical spa in Austin, will offer free Hydrafacial treatments (a $150 value) to each member of any same sex couple until July 25, 2015.

It was a simple endeavor to do this according to the founder, Dr. Lawrence Broder: “Beleza Medspa has long been a friend of the LGBTQ community and counts many LGBTQ community members as patients,” Broder, the spa’s owner and medical director goes on to say, “Growing up in New York City, diversity and tolerance was the norm. This decision is a long time coming and finally allows us to all be equal in the eyes of the State.”

We know that as a cosmetic surgeon and founder of Beleza Medspa in Austin, Texas, Broder has created an environment where beautiful things happen every day. And, of...

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An awe-inspiring performance is back, and we assure you it’s better than ever. After performing 2,700 shows in forty-seven cities, twelve countries, and three continents, we are ecstatic to announce the highly anticipated return of Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA in Austin.

The show spotlights a downhearted loner; the Innocent endeavoring to find his desired place in the world. Through the collaboration of acrobatic performance, the art of clowning, and slapstick humor, the Innocent encounters an eccentric assortment of characters that prompt him to further explore his misplaced identity. With heavy emphasis on the themes of fear, identity, recognition, and power, the bold and thrilling show will keep you on the edge of your seat with it’s adrenaline rush inducing act. It’s no wonder the show has over 4 million viewers.

Join the show premiering on September 3rd under the yellow and blue big top at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin. General sales are going on now with tickets beginning at $40. Get your tickets now, and...


(Photography by Eryn Chandler of LewChan Photography)

For maximum fun and maximum fundraising, Ballet Austin Guild’s fantastic fundraiser “Hot Cars and All That Jazz” was the perfect place to be. Foregoing the Guild’s traditional fundraising luncheon, this year they spiced it up with an evening cocktail event. The event featured Ballet Austin dancers who entered by limo immediately after their rehearsal of Swan Lake: Elise Pekarek, James Fuller, Ed Carr, Oliver Greene-Cramer, and Orlando Canova. Escorted by her father Clay Womack and a VIP ballet dancer with the Kremlin Ballet, Joy Womack made a surprise appearance as she was in town visiting her family. The event’s impact came to light when Ballet Austin’s Executive Director Cookie Ruiz spoke about the abundance of the Ballet Austin Guild’s volunteer and fundraising success as she thanked the guests for all of their tremendous effort and support.

Ballet Austin Guild’s spring fundraiser event took place in the unique venue of The Getaway Motor Club, located in the Govalle area of East Austin. The gorgeous venue was...

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What’s not to love about Matt Swinney, the fashion dynamo behind the Fashion X events that take place each year in Dallas and Austin, and has put Texas on the map of high style. It’s no secret that menswear is becoming a big part of the global fashion scene, and last year’s Austin Fashion Week: The Men’s Event was so successful that this year it’s back and better than ever. Fashion X Austin Men is just around the corner, this Saturday June 13, and we can’t wait for the excitement to begin.

If you appreciate menswear and the dapper fellows who wear it, you can’t miss this opportunity to see some of the sharpest trends in suiting, accessories, and services for the modern sartorial male. Interactive vendors will be giving presentations such as custom suiting, handmade belt-making demonstrations, and onsite shaves. Meanwhile, Catering With A Twist and Rio Bites will be providing delectable appetizers and Deep Eddy Vodka and Rebecca Creek Whiskey will be mixing craft cocktails at the open bar. Cadillac will also be onsite, offering exclusive access to preview their newest luxury...

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You likely know that Richard Andrew Sharum is a photographer who’s pretty big in Dallas – and by “pretty big” we mean that his photos are sixty feet wide, and they’re currently draped over buildings in downtown Dallas as part of Observe Dallas, the largest street photography exhibit in the city’s history.

The public exhibition invites Dallas residents and visitors to interact with the public art, and in turn, to be public art. The public is encouraged to turn their cameras toward themselves, documenting their own lives and surroundings in a digital conversation #ObserveDallas2015.

By draping eight large-scale photographs in common areas Dallas’ economic center, Observe Dallas 2015 makes a public exhibition of the lives of those less privileged. Without making any overt political statements, Sharum’s portraits feature subjects from various social strata: families, protestors, homeless people, protestors, and more. With the addition of the social dimension – viewers are invited to share their own images on social media – the project is a visual attempt to deconstruct...

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We love that Broadway’s original “Dreamgirl,” Grammy and Tony Award-winning Jennifer Hudson is slated to star in this summer’s Duke Ellington musical revue “Sophisticated Ladies.” For its premiere production in Austin, the show will play on the Topfer Stage from July 15 – August 23, 2015 under the direction of Abe Reybold.

“Sophisticated Ladies” deftly welcomes audiences to Harlem’s famed Cotton Club in this stylish, brassy musical celebration of Ellington’s greatest musical hits. A full on-stage orchestra backs superb jazz vocalists, extraordinary tap dancers, dazzling deco costumes, and unforgettable torch singers who bring classics like “Mood Indigo,” “Take the A Train,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” to vivid life in this grand Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. We can’t wait.

“I’m thrilled that Jennifer is joining this incredible cast. She has a real affinity and love for Duke Ellington’s music, which I know will come through in her performance and will bring something very special to this production,” shares director Abe Reybold. “I’m...

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(Photography courtesy of: Images © Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS, Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany,

The newly opened Texas Museum of Science & Technology (TXMOST) recently had its grand opening exhibition this featuring the Central Texas premier of BODY WORLDS, the sensational anatomical exhibition series. The world-renowned scientific exhibition features stunning anatomical figures in lifelike poses, preserved in immaculate condition by innovative plastination. Cool doesn’t even begin to describe it all.

The opening of TXMOST is a momentous occasion for Central Texas; despite its national reputation as a center of science research and technology, Austin has been the largest metropolitan area in the country without a multidisciplinary science museum or planetarium. Now, thanks to TXMOST, kids and families in the Austin area will have access to both.

“This is a historic moment,” says Torvald Hessel, Executive Director of TXMOST. “The opening of the new Texas Museum of Science & Technology is the fruition of years of...

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After a long tour of the film festival circuit, French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello’s dazzling homage to one of the greatest names in fashion hits theatres this week. In fact, it’s s stylish tour de force like no other film in recent memory.

“Saint Laurent” is a dreamy, sensational look at the famous French designer’s life during the 1960s and 70s, a period of cultural upheaval and sartorial revolution. Starring Gaspard Ulliel as Yves Saint Laurent and Jérémie Renier as YSL co-founder Pierre Bergé, Bonello’s film offers an intimate look at the man behind the biggest fashion movements of the 20th century.

Yves Henri Saint-Laurent was born in Algeria and moved to Paris at age 18, where he dove into the world of haute couture. He was soon introduced to Christian Dior,...

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It’s not every day one talks to a musical legend. But today is that special day. When I speak with Johnny Mathis on the phone, his indefatigable energy is everything I hope from the musical maestro – lyrical, positive and ready to chat about his career. His is a long and successful story, to say the least – he and Barbra Streisand are the longest running vocalists on Columbia Records, as a matter of fact.

The native of Gilmer, Texas (close to Tyler) is performing in Austin at The Long Center on Saturday, June 13 and before that in Dallas at the AT&T Performing Arts Center on June 11. “The first time I was in Austin was a long time ago when I was a young man,” Johnny Mathis admits. ”It was so beautiful with its rolling hills…and the energy from university gives its wonderful quality.”

In fact, the effervescently youthful 79-year-old Mathis, who is celebrating his 60th year in show business, is much like the title of his 1957 hit, “Wonderful, Wonderful.” That wonderful career of his has been a nonstop activity of hits and...

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(Photography courtesy of AMC Television/Lionsgate)

Largely influenced by AMC's hit television series Mad Men, the suave, clean style of the late 1950s – mid 1960s era of Madison Avenue’s advertising world has sprung to life during the show’s seven seasons. The mid-century look has taken the runways, offices and streets by tremendous storm as we lamented the show’s ending last night. Here we explain it’s stylistic success.

The leading hero, and sometimes antihero, of the hip hit Mad Men series, Don Draper, would be 87 in 2015. Geez, the guy had style for miles and it is quite clear that the AMC television series Mad Men had the world in a state of fashion fixation. The drama that has garnered numerous awards has more been heralded as one of the finest shows in recent history. Mad Men, short for Madison Avenue Men, became an instant classic when it premiered in 2007. Set in the advertising industry at the dawn of the Kennedy-esque1960s and now up to 1965 where the world is about to exchange prolific changes, the show focuses on Draper—played by the square-jawed Jon...

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(Photo: 2014 Two X Two Gala. Photo by Bruno)

What’s not to love about TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art Gala, the splendid yearly fête that’s a mainstay of Dallas’ social calendar? Last year’s event was an incredible evening attended by some of the most influential players in the art and philanthropic scenes. Now, we are proud to report the announcement of the Chairman and Honored Artist of the upcoming 17th annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art in the fall of 2015.

Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, hosts for the annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, have announced Nancy C. Rogers as the 2015 Gala Chairman and Ellsworth Kelly as the recipient of the 2015 amfAR Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS. Rogers is recognized as one of the most generous patrons of non-profit organizations throughout the Dallas area.

Ellsworth Kelly is among the world’s most important abstract artists with a career spanning more than six decades. His paintings, sculptures, and works on papers place an emphasis on pure form and color, suppressing gesture and creating...

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[Editor’s Note from Lance Avery Morgan: Our longtime friend and Lifestyle Editor Lara Shriftman is a widely known five-star event producer and we love her insight from celeb galas to children’s birthday parties, as seen here….]

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Who doesn't love tennis? Like most boys who are “six-and-three-quarters,” my son Lucas Bacardi Shriftman is fixated with professional sports. He loves tennis - loves to play it, watch it on TV and go to matches; so it came as no surprise when he told me he wanted a tennis-themed party to celebrate his 7th birthday.

Of course he loves to plan parties, and loves to plan them early and “get creative.” Lucas and I have been to tons of tennis tournaments since the time he was born. My firm, Harrison & Shriftman also launched EleVen by Venus Williams, with three fun tennis themed parties, so of course that inspired this year’s tennis-themed party.

Next, we set the date. Lucas’ birthday always falls during Spring Break which is a challenge because so many of his friends are...

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Want great drama? It’s at ZACH Theatre, which recently announced that Emmy Award-winning actress Michael Learned, best known for playing the mother on The Waltons TV show, will join Martin Burke, Nicholas Rodriguez, and William May in the upcoming production of Mothers And Sons the touching new family drama by four-time Tony Award-winner and native Texan Terrence McNally. Mothers and Sons will play at ZACH’s Topfer Theatre from May 27, 2015 - June 21, 2015 under the direction of ZACH’s Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley. Run, don’t walk, to see it.

Why? Mothers and Sons is, of course, a provocative, beautiful new play about a mother who pays a surprise visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s ex-partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her and without her, she is finally able to see the rich life her son might have led. “Terrence McNally’s writing has played a significant role in the life of ZACH Theatre – Ragtime, Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Frankie and Johnnie in the...

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(Photographed: Chris Meyers, Carolyn Farb and Charles Ward)

Recently Blue Cure Foundation President Gabe Canales joined Whole Foods Market co-CEO John Mackey and honorary co-chair Carolyn Farb to welcome more than 300 guests to Houston’s Omni Ballroom for a night of entertainment and exquisite dining, all in the name of healthy lifestyles and cancer prevention. How wonderful is that? The décor was earthy yet ethereal, with gold linens topped with massive blue hydrangeas in art glass vases created by Bill Meeks. It was an evening to remember, featuring a rousing live auction, sumptuous dinner and inspiring presentations by the charismatic hosts.

Dominique Sachse, the lovely and talented anchor of Channel 2 KPRC, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies until she was called away to anchor the evening news. Stephen Lewis of Bernstein Global Wealth Management took over as emcee, while guests who wore their dancing shoes grooved to the global beat by Moodafaruka. While partygoers perused the silent auction, the Honorable Judge Eric Andell presided over the big board...

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Hollywood’s Golden Age costume designer Edith Head comes alive. Very alive, thanks to Susan Claassen, who is appearing with Austin Cabaret Theatre ( on Tuesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 20, 2015 for her tour de force, “A Conversation With Edith Head” that is a whirlwind of talent. When I caught up with her by phone from her Tucson residence, the star is a bundle of energy. How could she not be to keep up the breakneck pace needed to mount such a performance?

Stuart Moulton, Claassen’s show host and founder of Austin Cabaret Theatre, had alluded to her vivacity and shares of her performance of Head by sharing, “She's strong and independent (yet incredibly vulnerable as well). Edith Head was the first businesswoman in a (still) male-driven Hollywood and she could play with the big dogs. A lot of people think that this show would have more appeal to women than to men, but it has been so well-received by both sexes because everyone can relate to that common struggle to get to the top and stay there....

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We love a good party, and you know that the Met Costume Ball 2015, helmed by Anna Wintour, does it better than just about anyone else. Here are our Top 4 votes for the best dressed last night:

Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier

Riahnna in Guo Pei

Bee Shaefer in Alex. McQueen

Amal Clooney in Maison Margiela

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You think you know music? Think again unless you’ve heard Elizabeth McQueen, an unstoppable force of musical creativity. We love that she calls Austin home. She can rock, swing, and croon along with all sorts of genres, and she’s proven to be a successful musical dynamo, continually evolving her style to the delight of her fans.

You may know her from when she played guitar in Asleep at the Wheel, the Grammy-winning western swing band. Maybe you’ve heard her recent solo album “The Laziest Girl In Town”, or her more recent collaboration with Brothers Lazaroff, “The Laziest Remix”. If you like to explore Austin’s musical nightlife you’re bound to run into her sooner or later. She plays all over town – most recently at the Black Fret stage at the Art City Austin festival last weekend. McQueen is one of Austin’s most energetic and dynamic musicians, and we can’t wait to see a prime example of her newest musical incarnation this week at The Museum of Human Achievement.

Described as “retro future experimental,” McQueen’s latest group, EMQ, manifests an audible departure...

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(PHOTO: Gilgamesh Taggett as Oliver Warbucks and Issie Swickle as Annie sing "I Don't Need Anything But You")

What’s not to love about “Annie” - the toe-tapping musical so many of us know by heart? Luckily, it returns with a brand new production for an Austin premier by Broadway in Austin. Featuring uplifting numbers like “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” and “Tomorrow,” the Tony award-winning classic is back and ready to entertain you and your whole family with its inspirational story.

The original production of “Annie” opened April 21, 1977 on Broadway, where it won over a dozen awards for its spectacular success. It showed for 2,377 performances on its first run, and has since been performed in 28 languages around the world for 37 years. Imagine that. Decades later, it remains a beloved classic, and here’s your chance to see it right at home. Performances will take place from April 21-26 at the Bass Concert Hall, so get your tickets now.

This revival production features a cast of 25 talented actors, singers and dancers....

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(Photo: Jewelry by Ashley Pittman)

Are you a lover of handcrafted jewelry pieces where each piece has a story? Jewelry connoisseurs, do we have an event for you as you enjoy… Ashley Pittman’s latest collection of handcrafted jewelry made in Kenya.

Where? Neiman Marcus Austin, in the Luxury Jewelry department on the first floor. When? Saturday April 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You do not want to miss out on the chance to meet the designer herself, Ashley Pittman. A one-of-a-kind woman, Ashley donates a percentage of all profits to rural Kenya where she is helping to fund the operation of a health center and school. Her contributions are an effort to help the foundation expand the area and scope that they serve, making waves of change.

Her gemstone embellished cuffs and various drop earrings are simply apt to complete an outfit for any outing this summer. Each of Ashley’s pieces has a unique handcrafted feel that represents the power and simplicity seen in the shapes and textures of centuries-old African jewelry. Feel the authentic yet fierce vibe of each...

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(Photo by Kirk Tuck: Steve Vinovich in All The Way at ZACH Theatre)

Want to see the most interesting historical play you’ll likely see all season? Look no further than ZACH Theatre’s rendition of the 2014 Tony Award® winner for Best Play All The Way. Starring Steve Vinovich, who deftly plays the starring role as Lyndon Baines Johnson, it is based on his prolific first year as President after Kennedy’s assassination.

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, it features a cast of 20 actors depicting many of the 20th Century’s most famous luminary leaders beyond Johnson… including Martin Luther King, Jr., J. Edgar Hoover, Governor George Wallace, Senator Hubert Humphrey, Secretary of Defense Robert J. McNamara. Schenkkan’s play brings to vivid life a crucial turning point in American history and it’s a feast for modern history lovers.

ZACH Theatre’s production, directed by Dave Steakley, will is the performance of this play in President Johnson’s home state of Texas.

According to the playwright Schenkkan, “In my house, we were big...


You likely know Gina Chavez just released her latest album, Up.Rooted, a strong release filled with catchy rhythms, energy and soul. Now she’s preparing to unveil the music video for the featured single, ‘Siete-D’, with a musical bash at The Stateside Theatre this Saturday, April 11. Featuring Chavez as well as local standouts Mother Falcon and Elizabeth McQueen, the concert will serve as a fundraiser for Chavez’s Niñas Arriba College Fund, which raises money to provide college education for girls in Soyapango, El Salvador.

Chavez sings with a voice reminiscent of the legendary female vocalists of the 20th century – powerful, yet nuanced; confident, yet intimate. Brought up amid the influence of lyrical songwriters like Patty Griffin and Ani Difranco, Chavez started her musical career as “a girl with a guitar,” singing folk style ballads of lyrical poetry. It wasn’t until she traveled to Argentina, studying abroad while in college at the University of Texas, that she discovered the Latin styles that would influence her current musical direction.

In Buenos Aires, she...

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Spring is here, so white not ensure your teeth are as white as your new warm-weather wardrobe? Now they can be with Luster Premium White’s new Smile Illuminator Instant Whitening Kit. We recently discovered - and tried the easy-to-use system that polishes, boosts, and revamps teeth to re-energize smiles with zero tooth sensitivity.

We love that the Smile Illuminator takes an innovative approach to integrating oral care into daily beauty and wellness regimens. It’s easy and takes seconds with three easy steps:

• Step 1: (Polish) with an Electrifying Blue Toothpaste instantly whitens teeth after one use by utilizing Bluverite®, a proprietary technology that leaves behind blue micro-particles causing an optical whitening effect on teeth.

• Step 2:(Boost) Brisk Rinse, a zesty mint flavored mouthwash containing a combination of Bluverite® and peroxide provides fresh, clean breath along with both instant and long-lasting whitening.

• Touch Up: (Revamp): A travel-size...

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Want a new look as the new spring season approaches? Who doesn’t? To inspire you, the premier hair and beauty salon, Jose Luis Salon, has artfully created the next ‘all of the rage’ look by taking pop art to a whole new playing field. Thanks to the salon’s vision, pop art inspired hair and makeup’s unique edge is captured beautifully.

The salon worked with artist Jamie Bigelow to use pop art on the series of portraits and award-winning photographer John Conroy to capture the trendy looks.

“Pop art is bright, colorful and captivating. By combining pop art with our hair and makeup, we knew this would make a great way to express the zeal and artistic appeal of our work,” says Jose Buitron, owner, Jose Luis Salon. “This project is another one of our creative endeavors that allows passionate artists to join efforts and create unique and beautiful looks.”

The intuitive stylists of Jose Luis Salon are incorporating vivacious colors and bold make up as well as modish hairstyles to captivate the novel, inimitable look and we love that marriage of art and style....

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This year, more than ever, you can rest assured there’s no business like show business in Austin. The highly anticipated Lexus of Austin/Broadway Across America 2015/2016 production season is upon us, and we’re thrilled to unveil this year’s spotlighted shows.

Award winning titles and family favorites such as The Little Mermaid, Kinky Boots, The Sound of Music, Caberet, Motown the Musical and The Book of Morman are in the mix for this season’s productions at Bass Concert Hall.

With this season’s inspired theatrics, timeless music, and welcoming vibes, you won’t want to let this opportunity slide by. Season subscription packages are on sale now, so get them while you can.

For more information visit or call 800.731.SHOW (7469). See you at the theatre!

Photo: Kyle Taylor Parker in Kinky Boots. Photography by Matthew Murphy

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We love pop culture, don’t you? Especially cool new tomes. Austin-based photographer George Brainard is celebrating the release of his new book, All Tore Up. We love the way his photos capture this particularly stylish aspect of Texas' personality, as reflected in the people who live to boast the best in creative car culture.

When Brainard started photographing The Lonestar Rod & Kustom Round Up, one of America’s premier car shows, he became captivated by the uniquely American scene and the souped-up hot rods it celebrates. Originally shooting on behalf of the show's hosts, The Kontinentals Car Club, he soon found himself interested as much in the crowd and the culture as in the cars, so he began taking portraits of the people at the car show.

This visually captivating tome would make an edgy addition to your coffee table, or a great gift for the car lover in your life. And for a real-life taste of the custom car culture, check out the book release party this weekend for a rollicking good time with hot rods, cool music and cold beer at C-Boy's Heart and Soul, an...


Love a great museum party? So do we. The Blanton Museum's art party series returns this Friday, March 6 with a stylish night of swinging soul music, exquisite exhibitions, and delectable edibles.

Wear your dancing shoes and get down with great live R&B, snack on southern soul food by local Hoover's Cooking, and of course, take in the current exhibition: Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties. This exhibition is not to be missed. Featuring works by dozens of the most influential artists of the 20th century, this art show features powerful expressions from one of the most important periods in modern American history: the fight to end institutional and cultural racism. Artists, as usual, have a special ability to capture the zeitgeist for the sake of history and remembrance. Indeed, America still has much to learn from this period of social upheaval.

Related: CURATE Texas Arts Round-Up

Not sure what to wear? Take a cue from the featured musical guests and get ready to groove. Local band...

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Here’s a riddle: What do Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, legendary football coach Mack Brown, and ACM award-winning singer Jack Ingram all have in common? Besides representing Texas in the best of film, sports and music, this power trio has come together to create MJ&M, a two day blast of special events this April 16 and 17. Whether you’re all about music, golf, or fashion, you won’t want to miss this springtime celebration. You may just rub elbows with some of the hippest and most influential members of the Texas social scene.

If you like energetic, patriotic, and even rambunctious concerts that will get you out of your seat to dance and sing along, you can’t miss Toby Keith’s headlining performance at ACL Live on April 16. He puts on an incredible show, and he’s been awarded musical distinctions in Nashville as well as New York City to prove it (not to mention millions of album sales).

He’ll be joined by Grammy Award-winners Little Big Town, an upbeat contemporary country group that will have you smiling and clapping to the beat. The following...

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The hits and misses of Hollywood's biggest night? Check out our own Lance Avery Morgan as he makes his picks and pans of the best of the 2015 Oscar/Academy Award fashion on the red carpet at ABC/KVUE. You may be surprised a the trends versus what is actually worn by the celebrities this year. See it at:

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Of course Neiman Marcus has launched the Spring 2015 Beauty Event by collaborating with a stellar designer on the Beauty Event bags…Eddie Borgo. This super style duo factor is off the charts.

The really gorgeous part? With any cosmetics or fragrance purchase of $125 or more, customers will receive a stunning Eddie Borgo magazine tote with the must-have Spring beauty samples. Even better, with a purchase of $500 or more, the customer will also receive a matching wristlet.

It all happens through Sunday, March 1, 2015 and this 11 day exclusive Neiman Marcus event highlights the Spring 2015 new beauty offerings. So what are you waiting for? Go get more beautiful. For more information, visit

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Who is joining the stellar morning news team at ABC/KVUE (the city's top rated television station in the region) on Monday, 2/23 for an Oscar's red carpet wrap up? Our very own Lance Avery Morgan, editor at The Society Chronicles (, that's who. Tune in at 11:40 to see who he selects as the hits and misses of Hollywood's biggest night with the affiliate's co-anchors Yvonne Nava and Bryan Mays. There will be some surprises, as Morgan has shown over the last several years of being Austin's style guy on the go for KVUE's Oscar coverage. For more information, visit

Photography of Lance Avery Morgan by Jen Perez

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Award season is upon us, and you can rest assured that the 2nd Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards In Austin on Feb. 17th will provide viewers with some innovative and heart-pounding mantras you won’t want to miss. In fact, Dale Watson is set to perform and we love that. For those of you new to the highly acclaimed Ameripolitan music scene, the award show celebrates “the exceptional creativity and dedication of roots artists whose work does not readily conform to tastes of today’s ‘Country’, ‘Americana’, or other music genres or organizations” and displays a dazzling brand of “original roots”.

To add even more sparkle to the award ceremony, some of the musically endowed nominated artists including James Hand, The Derailers, Amber Digby, Paul Pigat, Jason D. Williams, Elana James, The Western Swing Authority, Jason Roberts with The Cactus Blossoms, and Sarah Gayle Meech will take center stage for a performance we know will be stellar.

The performance line-up is a veritable ‘who’s who of Ameripolitan...

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As you may know, yoga was born centuries ago in India. It took the world by storm in the twentieth century, and it has never been more popular than it is today. Western practitioners have been captivated by yoga’s physical, mental, and spiritual benefits, and rightly so. It's an engaging and innovative approach to overall health and fitness, and the mind-body harmony yoga provides is an essential counterpoint to the hustle and bustle of daily modern life.

Yoga techniques are known to be both introspective and challenging, but it doesn’t need to be an individual practice. In fact, sharing the traditions and learning from others is a great path toward growth. That’s why we’re so excited about the sixth annual Texas Yoga Conference, which is coming to Houston the weekend of February 20-22. The ultimate event for yoga fans of all ages and experience, the event features invigorating yoga workshops, informative wellness seminars, and exciting concerts. Whether you are an expert yogi, or simply a curious neophyte, you won’t want to miss this enlightening opportunity.


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Suddenly, it’s 1964 again, at least with music…as Lexus Broadway in Austin at Texas Performing Arts presents RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles on February 6 & 7.

RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES is a live multi-media spectacular that takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band.

Going further than ever before, this expanded RAIN adds even more hits that you know and love from the vast anthology of Beatles classics such as “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together” and “Hey Jude.”

This stunning concert event takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to the Beatles, ala’ the Mad Men era. How cool is that?

The performance will be at Bass Concert Hall located at 2350 Robert Dedman Drive / Austin, TX. Tickets start at $30 and are available at at the Bass Concert Hall box office,...

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Texas is home to plenty of inspiring architecture, and we love it when homeowners and designers strive to bring contemporary styles into their homes. That’s why we can’t wait for the Austin Modern Home Tour, which allows access to private properties that are pioneering Modernist architecture in our city. The eighth annual tour is February 7th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and features 16 breathtaking homes.

Not only can you experience the stunning interior designs of these style-forward homes, but you’ll have the opportunity to meet the architects and builders that planned and brought these visions to life. Meet Adam Reiser of Shelter Home Building who is developing a new movement of 100% toxic free residences. Along with architect Gordon Wittenberg, Reiser takes environmentally-friendly building a step further and envisions clean, harmonious homes for truly healthy living. Ingrid Spencer, curator of the Austin Modern Home Tour, will be in attendance as well. Spencer’s 50s ranch-style home had small, closed-in rooms and dark halls — until she worked with architects to knock down...

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We love knowing the best of the best in our state of Texas. Presented by the Texas Cultural Trust, the 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Awards honorees were nominated this recently and spotlight the philanthropy and artistry of Texans and Texas-tied VIPs.

The awards recognize an array of talents ranging from music, film, dance, visual arts, corporate and individual arts patronage, multi-media, television, architecture, theatre, arts education, literary arts, to lifetime achievement. During this year’s awards the creativity and generosity of the 83 nominees for 2015 showcase the ability that the arts have to incite education in schools as well as invigorate the Texas economy and culture, all key aspects to our society. Who was an honoree for this esteemed award, you ask? Drum roll, please.

The 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Awards Honorees include: Music: T Bone Burnett, Fort Worth, TX, Film: Jamie Foxx, Terrell, TX, Dance: Kilgore Rangerettes, Kilgore, TX, Visual Arts: Rick Lowe, Houston, TX, Corporate Arts Patron: Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, TX, Individual Arts Patron:...

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We love that a force of glamour is sweeping across the award shows this season. Case in point? Last night's Golden Globe Awards. Our favorite and best dressed were: Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, Kate Beckinsale, Allison Williams and Diane Kruger with their international flair that mixed the Brits, the Germans and the Americans to turn up the red carpet heat.

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Suddenly, it’s the 1970’s again with the Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA. It returns to Bass Concert Hall in January 2015. Performances begin at the Bass Concert Hall on January 20 and run through January 25. Thanks to Lexus Broadway in Austin.

The super-hit, seen by over 54 million people around the world is celebrating 5,000 performances on Broadway and is the 9th longest running show in Broadway history. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is now in its fifteenth year and has celebrated over 6,000 performances in London and the international tour has visited more than 74 foreign cities in 35 countries and been seen by over 4.3 million people. The blockbuster feature film adaptation of MAMMA MIA! is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family...

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Almost everyone in the Cabaret world knows that Hedda Layne is a woman of many moods, talents and looks. Whether she’s belting out soulful gospel sounds, high-energy dance tracks or moody electro-lounge numbers, when you hear Layne, you better get ready to move. She is versatile in her singing styles covering everything from classical, jazz, cabaret, lounge, new age, soul, funk, blues and gospel. A singer of extraordinary range, Hedda’s voice is perfectly matched by the work of her longtime collaborator and husband Troy Lee Warden. Troy is a gifted musician in his own right, but it is when he builds the soundscapes for his muse that the magic really happens.

Following the tradition of Cabaret music, an evening with Hedda Layne promises to deliver thrilling tunes, classic choreography, and a sultry personal touch from the charismatic performers. Her music is positive, enlightening, uplifting and encouraging no matter your personal background. Drawing from musical influences such as Lena Horne, Liza Minnelli , Diane Schuur, Barbra Streisand, and of course, Judy Garland, she...

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What happens when you mix Origami Owl charms, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Kreation Kafe Pressed Juices for an afternoon soiree in Los Angeles? Fun, pure fun. As a host, I am constantly looking for fun and unique ways to entertain. I love to be creative and doing anything to spice up just your normal party. Origami Owl is my new favorite thing to do at any party. Here’s how it all happened…

Origami Owl is a jewelry company launched in 2010 by 14-year-old Isabella Weems. Bella, as she is known, started brainstorming ways to earn money and decided to make and sell jewelry. Her parents matched the $350 she had earned for babysitting and she enlisted her friends as buyers. Weems began selling her signature jewelry items - which she now calls ‘Living Lockets’ - at every opportunity including house parties, boutiques and local jewelry shows. It’s such a charming idea. Literally.

Who, Who? Origami Owl, Of Course

Origami Owl encourages ladies to host “jewelry bars” where friends can mix and mingle while working with designers to create “Living Lockets” that are fun,...


We love a great holiday sentiment and this is one of our favorites. Enjoy the holidays with this poem in mind... and we can't wait to connect in the sparkling New Year!

Christmas Joys by Joanna Fuchs

Evergreen boughs that fill our homes

With fragrant Christmas scents,

Hearts filled with the loving glow

That Christmas represents;

Christmas cookies, turkeys stuffed,

Festive holly berry,

Little faces bright with joy,

Loved ones being merry;

Parties, songs, beribboned gifts,

Silver bells that tinkle,

Christmas trees and ornaments,

Colorful lights that twinkle;

Relatives waiting with open arms

To smile and hug and kiss us;

These are some of the special joys

That come along with Christmas.

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“Jersey Boys” – that hit Broadway musical, opens in Austin this spring and we can hardly wait. In this production, you can follow the exhilarating career path of Frank Valley and The Four Seasons as they embark on their journey to becoming America’s most beloved 1960’s era pop sensation, while singing along, of course.

The Jersey Boys: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi created an addictive harmony featured in this play. In fact, the Jersey Boy’s sound was so incredible that the band sold 175 million records world-wide, an impressive feat that many performers would find almost impossible. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”

The love for these 60’s boys grows stronger and stronger as the production mirroring their musical profession. Jersey Boys continues to “wow” audiences across the globe.

The production won the 2006 Tony® Award for Best Musical, the 2006 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album,...

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It’s time to light up the night, and day, too, in 2015. With the stunning Roberto Coin jewelry, there’s something for everyone. Love yellow gold? Check. Crazy about white gold? Done. Want over-the-top faceted stones? Yep. In the mood for a classic, estate feel with a modern twist? Roberto Coin is about that, too. In fact, Roberto Coin is a master of originality for all tastes.

I recently caught up with Coin by phone while he was in Panama City. The man gets around. In fact, he’ll be gracing the Neiman Marcus San Antonio store on Friday, 12/12 from 1-4 PM in the Precious Jewels Salon where his Texas fan base is legion and vast.

When we chatted about what makes Roberto Coin tick, I learned that the master jeweler is a dynamic personality who is keenly aware of his own style and that of his clientele who inspire him daily. “You don’t go to school to learn creativity,” he confides. “It is God-given. I have a love for everything… a love for life, animals, and being curious about the fashion industry. Creativity takes a talent to see how the woman of the future can be...

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Winning a Tony® Award might be a “once in a lifetime” affair for many, but not for the esteemed musical, “Once,” a fan favorite. The highly acclaimed Broadway performance acquired eight Tonys along with The Best Musical Theater Album Grammy® award. And it’s coming to Bass Concert Hall as part of the Broadway Across America series sponsored by Lexus of Austin that begins its run Feb 24, 2015.

As if this weren’t enough, the exquisite theatrical production was also declared as Best Musical by New York Drama Critic’s Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Lucille Lortel with certainty. This accumulation of selective awards undoubtedly enhances this number’s shine.

The musical tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant who are drawn together because of their beloved common denominator: music. As the story progresses, this friendship flourishes into an unexpected, intricate romance. This relationship blossoms with the production of alluring songs in which they collaborate on. It has been claimed that the musical “is a celebration of life...

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Want to find a better way to say “cheers” this holiday season, along with delectable wine, excellent music, and of course, shopping? We’ve found it this week by joining guests from all over as they journey to the Braman Winery in Hallettsville, Texas to warmly welcome the seasonal festivities before us. This revered winery presents its visitors with a matchless wine list comprised of the Braman Family of wines, including Joseph Braman, Joseph Braman Reserve, Sparkles, Aldonza, and Eaglefire wines. Plus, there is the Sparkles line of champagne the company boasts.

The Braman Winery offers tasting room to its guests in which all of you wine conoisseours can indulge in their featured palatable libations. To further enhance your Braman Winery experience, the winery set up a remarkable selection to fulfill your holiday shopping needs including candles from Swan Creek, personalized wine gift baskets, Lolita wine glasses, scented sachets from Greenleaf, Sweet Shop USA Gourmet Chocolates and Braman Wine and arranged for musical acts to perform during your holiday season visit. We...

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Start now to jazz up your holiday season with tickets to see the jazz-funk trumpeter, Rick Braun as he embarks on the highly anticipated annual Christmas tour that includes the One World Theatre. Texans are eagerly counting down the days until Braun and the contemporary jazz cohorts, Peter White and Mindi Ablair taking center stage. We are more than thrilled that the performance date is near, on Friday, Nov. 28 at the One World Theatre in Austin.

Over the years Braun has built a sharp and impressive musical repertoire that undoubtedly left listeners fervently waiting for more. Over two decades, Braun has deservingly earned the reputation of being one of the steadiest hitmakers in instrumental music.

His body of work has had a constant presence at the top of music charts and on all of our favorite radio stations. As if this weren’t enough, Braun has also worked in an unyielding manner to keep his vivacious presence in the concert circuit alive and well, which most definitely will not disappoint as he endeavors his tour.

So, join Rick Braun on his holiday...

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Just twinkle your nose to realize 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic sitcom “Bewitched” from the 1960s. It’s magical, it’s true, and to celebrate this milestone author Adam-Michael James has penned “The Bewitched Continuum,” a delightfully insightful and thorough look into all things “Bewitched” and its bewitching facets. We can’t get enough of it.

Fans of the show, like us, will love looking back at each of the classic shows eight seasons and 254 episodes that ran from 1964-1972 on ABC. It features an overview of the highlights of each year’s run, along with a detailed synopsis for each episode. Also, decades-old questions are answered like… "Do witches fly on brooms?", "Can one witch undo another witch's spell?" and "Do witches have power over one another?"

It has lived in the hearts of all of us since the series first debuted. "When I was eight years old, I fell in love for the first time," says author James, explaining his life-long fascination with "Bewitched." "I sat in front of the television and saw a blonde lady wave her hand and make a strange...

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Get ready to be dazzled. The national tour of ANYTHING GOES, the new Broadway revival of Cole Porter’s timeless classic musical theatre masterpiece, will make its Austin premiere December 9 - 14 (Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2p.m & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7p.m. at Bass Concert Hall / 2350 Robert Dedman Drive / Austin, TX) as part of the Lexus Broadway in Austin at Texas Performing Arts.

It’s a top-tapping, rollicking evening of good fun. The 1934-era musical comedy about the lovers, liars and clowns on a transatlantic cruise is “a daffy, shipshape romp!” - Variety. When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.

Of course, the winner of the 2011 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical, ANYTHING GOES sails to Bass Concert Hall under the direction of Sean McKnight and Jennifer Savelli. McKnight and Savelli...

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Starting to spread holiday joy and cheer? Us too, and it’s never been easier than at the annual favorite Armadillo Christmas Bazaar show in Austin from December 16th through December 24th. This yearly show brings a novel element of holiday excitement to Austin with its alluring showcase of statement-making holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. The show’s array of commodities is comprised of collectible fine art, distinguished gifts, artisan crafts, and more. The show’s selection shines the spotlight on “160 locally and nationally acclaimed artists, including 11 dynamic newcomers” according to the Armadillo team.

But wait, there’s more. Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is also hosting a music festival to accompany the gift show. It makes sense in the musically-inclined city, doesn’t it? Musicians from Central Texas are bringing their glittering talents to the show, and at minimum, three bands per day will take the stage and roughly 28 musicians total; including Ruthie Foster, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Carolyn Wonderland, Shiny Ribs, and Mayeux and Broussard, will make an appearance to...

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We were “Wishin’ and Hopin’”… and our hopes finally came true with the news of musical luminary Burt Bacharach’s upcoming performance in Austin this season in November 23 at The Long Center in AUstin. With all of the exceptional musical accolades the song-writer has accumulated, it’s no wonder The Live Music Capital of the World eagerly awaits the legendary icon’s arrival. Plus, we just love the man personally.

The acclaimed musician’s productions are amongst those of legendary Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Paul Simon. Since the start of his remarkable career six decades ago, Bacharach has released 500 noteworthy compositions. His songs have been recorded by some of our favorite legends such as: Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, and Neil Diamond.

Forty-eight of these compositions rose to the “Top 10” hits list, nine of which were so stellar that they claimed the title of #1 hit song. It’s safe to say Bacharach set the bar high in the popular music industry with his creative aptitude and continues to do so today.

We “Say A Little Prayer” that you spend...

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In town for F-1? We recommend stopping by Neiman Marcus Austin to get in the spirit of the racing weekend as a must-do as a part of the scene. We love all the events surrounding the F-1 festivities on – and beyond - the track. Here’s what we recommend attending at Neiman Marcus Austin between the race festivities…


F1 Reception – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (The Man’s Store)

Rene Caovilla Trunk Show – 3 days (Shoe Salon)

(Oct 29-Nov 1)

CREED Cigar Rolling and Consultation Event - 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. (The Man’s Store)

FRIDAY, 10/31

La Mer Spa- 1 day only (Cosmetics)

(Oct 31)

Herve Leger Trunk Show- 1 day only (Designer Sportswear)

(Oct 31)

Frederique Constant Trunk Show - 2 days (Precious Jewelry)

(Oct 31-Nov 1)

Linda Bergman Personal Appearance and Trunk Show - 2 days (Designer Jewelry)

(Oct 31-Nov 1)

Shinola Special Event – 2 days (The Man’s Store and Designer Jewelry)

(Oct 31-Nov 1)

Ferragamo Trunk Show – 3 days (The Man’s Store)

(Oct 31-Nov 2)

MCM Trunk Show – 3...

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It’s that time of year again. Time for the highly anticipated four day Settlement Home Charity and Garage Sale begins on Thursday, November 6 and an entire community has been waiting a year since the last one that does so much good for so many. Named the largest charity sale in Texas, The Settlement Home Sale is a year-long endeavor that culminates into four days of shopping. Deftly volunteer-organized and run, the Garage & Estate Sale boasts a massive inventory of merchandise, all of which has been donated by the community. More than 25,000 shoppers can browse for treasures and bargain-priced deals in 21 incredibly well-organized departments. In 2013 the Garage Sale raised more than $650,000. It’s truly a remarkable gathering of hearts and minds at the Palmer Event Center, now with expanded sales floor to display even more items.

All proceeds from the Charity Garage & Estate Sale go to The Settlement Home for Children, the legendary 98-year-old Austin non-profit that cares for individuals with histories of severe trauma, abuse and neglect. Programs include a...

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Art has always had a wonderful relationship with its patrons since art was first created eons ago. Now is no different, when a swanky affair recently occurred as over 450 guests from Dallas, Houston, New York, Italy, and Israel attended Dallas’ Museum of Biblical Art’s preview reception of the exhibit, “Mysteries, Signs and Wonders: The Art of Barbara Hines.”

The event was chaired by our – and Houston’s - favorite philanthropist and art collector Dr. Carolyn Farb, hc, and it inaugurated the new National Center for Jewish Art. The honored artist Barbara Hines was accompanied by her husband, Gerald D. Hines, founder of the international real estate firm, Hines.

Two-thirds of the museum has been devoted to the more than 60 paintings and works on paper by Hines whose impressionist, yet contemporary style is inspired by the land of Israel and Judaic themes.The exhibition will be on display through August 2015. We think that is quite amazing to have an assemblage like this.

Barbara Hines is represented by Meredith Long & Company in Houston. She and her husband,...

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Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, based on the hit 1980’s film, premieres in Austin November 11 – 16, and it’s a must-see event. The staged musical of the smash-hit movie will play at Bass Concert Hall, presented by Lexus Broadway. It is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this timeless love story features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”

In the play’s story, it’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resort’s staff quarters, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort’s sexy dance instructor. What is bound to happen? Passions ignite and Baby’s...

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By Lance Avery Morgan

It’s powered by electricity and guided by intelligence. Plus, the cool factor is off the charts. With their sustainable design, built-in intelligence and legendary BMW agility, the new BMW i3 and BMW i8 will change the way you think about electric driving… and it’s about time to discover these cars and let them zoom into your heart.

These driving machines are at BMW of Austin, this Friday, October 24 from 5-9 PM to so you can not only see, but also drive the all-electric i3 for yourself, and help celebrate the grand opening of the new BMW of Austin’s hip new i Brand Showroom.

What are you waiting for? Be one of the first people in Central Texas to see and experience first-hand the incredible BMW i Supercar, the i8. This stunning vehicle is a perfect mixture of engineering, technology and adrenaline. You simply won't believe your eyes.

All attendees can enter a raffle to win the use of a BMW i3 for one month and other great BMW prizes such as the two opportunities to win a day of high-speed instruction at the famous BMW Performance...

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We are beyond thrilled to be a media sponsor for the inaugural Fashion X Dallas, only a few weeks away from now at #FXD2014. The brainchild of founder Matt Swinney, the events at FIG include a Project Runway All Star fashion show you won’t want to miss. Plus, you can walk the red carpet to view nine runway presentations by emerging designers, as well as shop emerging men’s and women’s accessories lines.

As part of the Host Committee we are very honored to be a part of the most exciting fashion event to hit Dallas this fall. Be sure to buy your tickets before they sell out, so you don’t miss out – it all happens over three nights, Thurs 11/4 – Sun 11/7

How cool is this? If you buy your tickets before the 16th, you’ll also be instantly entered to win an upgraded VIP experience.

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(Photo: Design by A Parallel Architecture)

Ever think of living in a modern masterpiece? Who hasn’t? Finding the perfect house can often be a challenging experience, especially when there are many beautifully constructed homes to choose from here in Austin.

The 28th AIA Austin Homes Tour is here to inspire. Whether you’re looking to purchase or rent a new home, looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon, or need some design insight; the AIA Austin Homes Tour can provide you with any of these services.

This tour is one of the greatest ways to see “the best of the best” in terms of home designs. From modern architecture to more traditional to fabulously chic, these properties will take you on an exquisite design experience of a lifetime.

The tour specifically showcases 11 brand new or recently remodeled homes spread throughout Austin’s city limits. The tour highlights some of the most talented, eclectic designs from local architects of Central Texas. It will be taking place from October 25-26, 2014. The tickets are $35 in advance and $40 the weekend of...

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(Photo by Joseph Sims, Good Pop Installation)

As POP Austin hits Texas Friday 10/17 – Sunday 10/19, it’s all about the art. In fact, it’s a collector’s paradise. On Saturday and Sunday of the show, POP Austin will also feature “POP Talks” a series of lectures from specialists with expertise ranging from Chinese contemporary art to street art that is open to attendees. We love that art and education go hand in hand.

The Pop Talks will consist of influential business owners, specialists, and artists telling stories related to their interest and knowledge of the arts. The POP Talks speaker schedule looks like this, below… So what are you waiting for? Visit to be a part of the artful action.

Saturday, Oct. 18:

12 - 12:30 p.m.

Speaker: John Hogg (Board Member- Mexic-Arte Museum): “The Art of Displaying Collections"

1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Brian Sharples (Collector/ CEO Home Away): "The Art of Building a Brand"

2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Speaker: Greg Smith (Collector...

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If you love high-quality, casual dining like we do, listen up. When zpizza, the first chef-inspired pizza chain, approached us to experience its newest creations that were being considered as future menu offerings by receiving a dinner kit delivery… we were intrigued. A dinner party with pizza’s and salads? It reminded me of how people used to entertain casually post-game, after-theatre and late night pot-luck gatherings. Sometimes the simplest fare is the best fare and we learned that with zpizza and our eight thought-leader guests who were part of the branding experiment.

These new dishes zpizza offered in their Pop-Up Dinner kits serves up to eight people, featuring a Mediterranean Plate, Avocado Arugula Salad, four mouth-watering gourmet pizzas like Provence, Thai Chicken, Napoli and Casablanca, just to name a few, were beyond tasty. The gluten-free crusts made the dough taste more like a gourmet pretzel, a good thing, than any regular flour crust that most fast casual Italian dining places serve these days. zpizza’s non-GMO wheat flour, prepared fresh every day,...

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(Photo: Dr. Franklin and Cindi Rose)

So many causes, so little time. Recently, however, we made time for this one when everything was coming up roses at the 9th Annual Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation Dinner at Fleming's River Oaks that was sold out to the restaurant’s capacity before a single invitation could be mailed. Over 200 guests attended the “Shade of Roses” dinner which raised $100,000 and included a wine-pairing five-course dinner and a fete of the best wines from around the world, thanks to Fleming’s River Oaks and operating partner Sam Governale. What’s not to love about that?

The event was chaired by Kim Padgett, Jessica Rossman, and John Evatz, and honored Diane Caplan and Alex Martinez with the Tracey Hilfman Award. Founders of the foundation, Dr. Franklin and Cindi Rose, and their children, Erica Rose and Ben Rose, with his fiancée Laura Max Nelson, presented the award to the honorees.

The highlight of the evening was a proclamation from Mayor Annise Parker declaring Sept. 14, 2014 Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation Day in Houston. The charity, named...

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Texas is long famous for producing exceptional musical talent. These days that means native Texan Kevin Ahart in Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World.

The talented singer discovered his love for music at the ripe old age of five when he started sang tunes from the Great American Songbook. He realized his heart was set on being a musician when he sang “In The Wee Small Hours” for the high school choir talent show, and since then, his career has taken off, to say the least. His new debut release, “Let's Take The World” is an album of 10 memorable performances of original and classic material sung in his smoothly expressive voice that echoes those of his vintage saloon-singer heroes like Sinatra, Bennett, and the like. He enhances and extends the American musical traditions from which he draws much of his inspiration, and we love that.

When we caught up with Ahart, we learned that when first discovering the music field, he was immediately drawn to jazz. He relished the beauty of jazz music after buying his first jazz album “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis, and he...

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For your contemporary art buying needs, think again… and, why not think more locally? You can, thanks to POP Austin’s first annual international art show that fuses art and lifestyle in an annual three-day, interactive art event that truly showcases world-class contemporary artists.

Set for three days in October, POP Austin aims to bring together works by several of the most-renowned contemporary artists from around the world. The vision of the founders Matt Randall, Executive Director; Lana Carlson, Curator; Amanda Huras, Director of Brand; and Steve Carlson, Creative Director is to have the country, and the world, recognize Austin as more than a town of artists, but a capital of culture.

The goal? To make Austin an epicenter for annual meetings of truly talented artists, collectors and dealers, according to its creators. This annual event bring in prestigious and internationally recognized talent, and will feature local art as well. Their goal is to present each artist (such as Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, the Gao Brothers, Gerard Rancinan, Mr. Brainwash and...

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We love that the highly anticipated every-other-year event supporting the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is off to the races with tickets sales for Off the Wall: 2015 Blanton Museum of Art Gala. This black-tie event will be Saturday, February 7, followed by Art on the Edge, a festive after-party.

It takes a village to produce and event, as we all know, and UT alumni Judy and Charles Tate (Houston) will serve as honorary chairs of the gala, and their collection of Latin American art, recently gifted to the Blanton, will be on view during the event. How cool is that? The regional event chairs include Janet Allen and Andrea McWilliams (Austin); Sylvie and Gary Crum and Leila and Walt Mischer (Houston); Sally and Tom Dunning (Dallas); and Kit Moncrief (Fort Worth). 

We love that the Blanton gala is a biennial event that raises essential support for the museum’s key programs. Funds raised actually provide critical funding for the museum’s wide range of exhibitions, extensive educational programming for students, adults, and children of all...


Want to see gorgeous horses at their best? Bel Canto Farms in Wimberley, Texas recently announced it will be hosting the 3rd Annual Wimberley Classic Horse Show on Sunday, September 28th to benefit Wimberley’s own Starlight Symphony Orchestra.

The horse show will feature a Short Stirrup Classic for children 12 and under, a

2’ Hunter Derby, and 2’6” Hunter Derby and a Jumper stake with jumps from 3’-3’6” in height. Felicia Davis, a USEF “R” Judge will be judging the horses and riders, and it will be a free event open to all ages.

What’s better than enjoying a beautiful fall day at a charity horse show that raises funds for Wimberley’s own Starlight Symphony? It turns out the symphony has been performing complimentary concerts in Wimberley and its surrounding areas since 2003.The organization is comprised of both professional and amateur musicians along with college and younger students, so it’s quite a gathering of talent. The Wimberley Classic itself was founded by Suzanne Warmack, owner of Bel Canto Farms and who has also been a violinist with The Starlight...

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The power of music was in full swing recently during the Sir Sly concert at The Parish in Austin, Texas. The Los Angeles-based, on-the-rise band greeted their eager fans and the band exceeded the crowd’s expectations with its supreme performance. The solidarity and unison of the band was just as evident as the crowd’s enthusiasm throughout the show. Sir Sly attracted a very diverse crowd, and as they took center stage the crowd’s zeal was especially apparent when they performed hits such as “Gold” and “Ghost”. After each song came to an end, the crowd was on their feet anticipating the next number.

Sir Sly is made up of three band members: Lead Singer Landon Jacobs, Drummer Hayden Coplen, and Keyboardist Jason Suwito. The band’s name was created by its members as a form of aspiration. They created Sir Sly as an intangible enigma in which the band endeavors to personify. The goal of exemplifying the mysterious Sir Sly figure drives the band’s creative processes and performances. With that being said, the three devoted band-mates have worked diligently to fashion their...

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How cool is it to see the marriage of entrepreneurial efforts that incorporates a new way to dine? We’ve found exactly that. Jacoby’s Austin, the family-owned restaurant and mercantile, has made its long-awaited debut in the budding East Cesar Chavez neighborhood. The pioneers at Jacoby’s Austin serve ranch-style cuisine with a southern flair and rustic influence. The restaurant features a full-service bar and dining room, cocktail porch and a backyard-style patio deck with sweeping views of the Colorado River. Also, adjacent to the restaurant is a mercantile, which features artisan jams, jellies, meats, farm eggs, fresh flowers and home goods. Jacoby’s Austin is the newest addition to the Jacoby family company, originally from Melvin, TX. It’s really the perfect mix of style and substance.

Co-founder Adam Jacoby grew up in the small town of Melvin, TX and realized his dream to expand his family’s café to Austin when came to Austin to attend The University of Texas. Jacoby helped to open several local Austin restaurants, then it was back to Melvin to revamp the family café....

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The new boutique, called HACIENDA Austin, is now open and offers a real alternative to home accessories shopping. The store’s founder, Jessica Beattie, has a keen eye for scouting well-designed objects that celebrate local artisans, and she’s bringing timeless luxuries for the modern ranch lifestyle to the 2nd Street District. The grand opening is Tues, September 2nd at 7 PM.

We love that Beattie was motivated by her travels from everywhere from the Outback to the Arctic. She, and the store, showcases locally sourced and globally inspired home décor, furniture, fashion and gifts offering a fresh, distinctive aesthetic that puts a contemporary urban spin on classic, ranch-style living.

In addition to a curated assortment of luxury brand goods including Moore and Giles fine leathers and Canvas Home tabletop accessories, you’ll discover the private label Hacienda Collection®. The debut line will include finely woven Turkish towels, mouth blown glassware, handmade recycled leather rugs and a 100% made in Austin line of organic body care products. If you love what you see...

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We love that on-the-go social chronicler Rose Betty Williams was on the scene at the Helping Hand Home Crystal Ball Gala Debutante and Escort Orientation that was held at the home of Crystal Ball chair Marla Kiger. She relates to us that it’s a fine crop of young lads and ladies set to make their debut in the spring. The Crystal Ball, scheduled March 7, 2015, benefits the Helping Hand Home for Children.

Williams told us that Black’s Barbecue partnered with the Helping Hand Home for Children by donating smoked brisket and sausage for the Crystal Ball Debutante and Escort Orientation, a true crowd pleaser.

Stay tuned to when we’ll showcase the presentation of the lovelies in white dresses and the gents in white tie as they make their walk amongst family and friends next year.

The Helping Hand Crystal Ball gala debutantes for 2015 are: Charlotte Brigham, Madison Bunner, Margaret Cardwell, Claire Chlebowski, Campbell Chupik, Kathleen Cooke. Parker Davis, Sofia Dieck, Zoe Dodson, Emily Edelman, Avery Ferguson, Callie Fowler, Sara Greaves, Winborne Hamlin, Beth...

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We love that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical is coming to the city. It is presented by Lexus Broadway in Austin at Texas Performing Arts/Bass Concert Hall from October 7-12, 2014 Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 11am, 3:30p.m. & 8 p.m; Sunday at 1 p.m.

The perennial favorite features the animated film’s Academy Award®-winning score: with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, and additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.

The production is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

The original creators of the Broadway production are together again for this new touring...

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We love that the first comprehensive analysis of the theatrical world in London shows the significance and variety of London theatre, according to the London Theatre Report, 2014. In fact, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson said, 'London is without doubt the theatre capital of the world. From the bright lights of the West End and our thriving fringe, to the rise of immersive theatre in the unlikeliest of places, the quality, variety and breadth on offer here is unrivalled. Employing thousands and bringing in almost £620 million a year, theatre is also hugely important to our economy. This timely report puts the spotlight on the economics of the sector and provides food for thought about what is needed to ensure we enjoy many more encores for years to come.”

Here are some interesting facts on the London theatre world these days…

• London has 241 professional theatres with a seating capacity of more than 110,000

• In 2012/13, more than 22 million people attended London theatre performances

• In 2012/13, London...


The launch of the first vegan, raw food delivery service in Austin is Super Natural Food and it is the brainchild of entrepreneur and founder Marina Zelle who noticed a void in the Austin market for healthy, organic prepackaged meals designed for busy individuals with fast paced lives. How cool – and convenient – is that?

Serving individual customers and businesses, Super Natural Food’s mission is to help individuals improve their health and eliminate cravings with a no-brainer, easy-to-follow and enjoyable meal plan. The program is simple, convenient and doesn’t involve starvation or deprivation. By any means. A raw, vegan diet consists of unprocessed, raw plant foods that have not been heated above 118 degrees. Raw or living foods contain important natural enzymes, which aid in digestion. We learned that cooking with temperatures above 118 degrees destroys the natural enzymes and vitamins found in foods and results in the formation of carcinogens and mutagens such as acrylamides and AGEs which alter the structure of DNA, interfere with molecular and cellular structure...


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Summer just got tastier. For eleven days, Sunday, August 3, 2014 through Wednesday August 13, 2014, you can drink and dine while giving back at some of Austin’s best restaurants, bars and food trailers – thanks to event producers Launch787.

So what are you waiting for? Leave the house and indulge in special menu items artfully created by each participating eatery: from restaurants, to bars and also, to food trailers that are also such a national trend now.

From brunch to happy hour, and even late night, Eat Out for Good has exclusive menus at accessible price points available to satisfy your craving. Restaurants like Gusto, Max’s Wine Dive and Sagra will choose a local non-profit and 10% of their proceeds will be donated to further their cause. Dine out and do good by visiting


It’s time to put your sunscreen down and reach for Revision Skincare’s revolutionary product that is taking the face of healthy skincare by force. Revision Skincare, renowned for its prize-worthy products, offers one stellar product in particular that has struck our fancy, and we know will strike yours, too.

With its tinted moisturizer that suites all skin types, the Revision Skincare’s Intellishade is a supreme addition to the skincare routine. Its sophisticated components work harmoniously to enrich your skin with antioxidants, minimize the presence of pore size and wrinkles, shield your face from potentially detrimental UVA/UVB rays, and thwart the process of skin aging. How great is that?

We love that this “smart” moisturizer has both brains and beauty, working to make your skin both look and feel good. Trust us on this Beauty Choice Award winning product, and we guarantee your skin will thank you later.

For more information visit:...

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We feel that nothing defines a summer more than the experience of being engrossed in a really good book. Poolside or in the mountains, diving into a literary endeavor is always a soul-stirring opportunity. That’s why TheReadingRoom’s Best Books of Summer list is a terrific place for busy people to discover their next great read. With millions of members and books on the platform, folks can easily discover, purchase and discuss their next great read, connect with like-minded readers, enjoy online book clubs and receive latest news and deals. Plus, the site has just been re-designed and is very user friendly.

What’s more, as an independent bookseller and social discovery platform, TheReadingRoom wants to ensure that its picks help members find their next great read at the best possible price.

Highlights from the list of 12 include:

· The Girl With All the Gifts by MR Carey – an emotionally charged, ground-breaking thriller set...

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Even since before I was a judge for Miss Texas USA a few years ago in Laredo, I have always loved how well Miss Texas does in both the Miss USA and the Miss America competition.

Miss Park Cities, Monique Evans, was crowned Miss Texas 2014 Saturday night, July 5,2014, at the 79th Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant by Miss Texas 2013, Ivana Hall at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. Miss Dallas' Outstanding Teen, Kassidy Brown, was also crowned the 2014 Texas Outstanding Teen, Sheridan Donevant, 2013 Texas Outstanding Teen.

Produced by the Miss Texas Organization, we all know that the Miss Texas competition exists for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for young Texas women and promoting their voice in culture, politics and community. The competition was founded in 1936 by a group of civic-minded citizens concerned about higher education. The first Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant has evolved into what is recognized today as one of the best organized and well managed of all state pageants (see...

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Family and friends gathering for your July 4th festivities. Sounds like a blast, yet how do you keep them guessing with your hosting finesse? Why not show them how hip you are. How? Dazzle with the new Deep Eddy Vodka beverage of choice to show how patriotic you are… with red, white & blue fun all over the party.

We caught up with the folks at Texas-based Deep Eddy and found they had something fun up their cocktail shaker to share with us… the Red, White & Blue Betty cocktail. Here’s how you can make your own, too…

¼ oz Agave Nectar or Simple Syrup

6 Blueberries

1 Basil leaf

¼ oz lemon juice

2 oz Deep Eddy Vodka

2 oz Topo Chico

Blueberry, Strawberry and basil leaf garnish

It’s simple. Combine the first four ingredients, then muddle and strain over new ice. Top with Topo Chico. Garnish with blueberry, strawberry and basil leaf. Delish. For more information, visit

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There’s always room for new luxury in the world. That’s why we are so excited about the premier luxury hotel brand, The Peninsula Hotels, is marking its debut into Europe and the opening of its Paris hotel with a worldwide celebration of “All Things French” and we can hardly wait. We love the City of Lights, and now it shall become even more luminescent with this grand hotel stepping into the luxe world of Paris.

The Peninsula Paris will open its doors for the first time in the French capital on August 1 of this year, more than eight decades after its flagship hotel was opened in Hong Kong. “Paris epitomizes elegance, sophistication and romantic charm, closely embodying what we do at The Peninsula,” says Peter C. Borer, Chief Operating Officer of The Peninsula Hotels. “In celebrating ‘All Things French’, we escalate the guest experience, giving our guests a chance to explore the rich history of French culture no matter where they are in the world.”

From special animations across all hotels on August 1, the festivities extend through the end of the year and you won’t...

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Science is catching up with our youthful aspirations. How? One word: HydroPeptide. Want to see and feel your complexion go back in time? Look no further than with this power couple of beauty products we think is quite revolutionary. It's hope in a bottle.

With the right products, perfect, healthy skincare can be yours now. Reclaim tighter, brighter and firmer skin with HydroPeptide’s Power Serum’s blend of lifting peptides, growth factors and alpha lipoic acid. Then, Hydropeptide’s Power Lift features four categories of potent moisturizers and double action firming peptides to drench your complexion with the hydration it craves while restoring and maintaining a lifted and forever young look. For men and women, these products are making the world more youthful, one face at a time.

HydroPeptide Power Serum: Line Lifting Transformation ($136/ 1.0 ounce) and Power Lift: Advanced Ultra-Rich Moisturizer ($96/ 1.0 ounce) are available in the world’s most prestigious spas and dermatological clinics including nearby Lake Austin Spa Resort and Spa Django at Hyatt Regency Lost...


Your father is a special guy, right? If you are thinking about a truly unique gift for your him, why not consider something unique that he’d really appreciate? A full day at the medspa might be just what he needs.

The experts at Beleza Medical Spa in Austin know how important it is for men to feel good about themselves. Give your dad the gift of youth for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 15th by treating him to a day at the spa. After all, it isn’t just for women anymore and your dad will appreciate some great spa treatments to make him look younger and feel better. After working with thousands of patients, the experts at Beleza know exactly what your dad needs in order to look younger and healthier.

With so many different types of treatments available for men, your dad can choose anything from Botox injections to help get rid of wrinkles to Micrografting for hair loss, and chemical peels to make his face look and feel younger.

Botox Injections

Although Botox injections have become popular among women for years,...

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It might be the best grown-up movie this summer – and it debuts this weekend, June 6. The new, witty romantic drama, “Words and Pictures” stars the beguiling duo of Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen working together on-screen for the first time.

Prep school English teacher Jack Marcus (Owen) laments his students' obsession with social media and good grades rather than engaging with the power of the written word. A one-time literary star, Marcus has not published in years filling his spare time with drink versus the art of language. He meets his match in Dina Delsanto (Binoche). She is an abstract painter and new teacher on campus, who was once celebrated for her art. From the start, the two flirt and provoke each other with equal relish. Then the love sparks develop and fly.

With a performance review looming and his teaching job on the line, Marcus hatches an inspired plan for galvanizing student interest in their studies: he declares a war between “Words and Pictures”… confident that the former can convey greater meaning than the latter. Delsanto and her art...

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ZACH Theatre in Austin has another hit on its hands with the Central Texas premiere of the Tony Award-winning comedy, CHRISTOPHER DURANG’S VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE that runs through June 22nd at the Topfer Theatre. ZACH’s production stars Beth Broderick– of ZACH Theatre's 33 Variations, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and NBC's Under the Dome; Lauren Lane of ZACH Theatre's God of Carnage, August: Osage County and the hit TV series The Nanny; and Jaston Williams of ZACH Theatre's TRU, Our Town and the popular Greater Tuna series, under the direction of ZACH Theatre’s new Associate Artistic Director, Abe Reybold.

In this hilarious parody, Christopher Durang spins a combination of Anton Chekov's great works, like Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard, while upending Chekov's themes of heartache and regret to gleeful results. Vanya (Jaston Williams) and his sister Sonia (Lauren Lane) live a quiet, country life in their childhood home with plenty of time for self-reflection, and humorous counsel from their housekeeper Cassandra, who believes she has the...

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We love a summer family gathering, don’t you? It turns out that for the very fist time, art from five generations of the distinguished, artful Pissarro family will be made available to the public at the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery, June 1-30, 2014 in Austin. The collection spans more than 161 years, initiated by the renowned Jacob Camille Pissarro, a leading figure of the Impressionist movement. The family selected the Central Texas art gallery to premiere the extensive collection of 65 pieces and an artist reception on Saturday, June 7 from 6-9 PM offers the public a chance to meet the youngest Pissarro and burgeoning artist, Lyora Pissarro.

For five generations, the Pissarro family has not only been creating art, but the family’s artistic patriarch Jacob Camille Pissarro was the undoubted master of the French Impressionist Movement. Lyora, age 22, has more than 150 years of history and instruction to rely on from her family, her studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, and of course inspiration for her art from her well-known artist mother Lelia Pissarro. It...

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He was a pop culture legend with had a huge brain and combative personality. In fact, few twentieth-century figures have had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than the inimitable Gore Vidal. Now the documentary, IFC Films’ “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia” shines the light on this bright, cerebral star who enlightened – and infuriated - so many during his time.

Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall's new documentary is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of progressive politics in America. Gore Vidal's professional life spans more than 50 years of American politics and letters. His return to America in 2005 marked the last great stage in his creative career and this film represents an extraordinary opportunity to share his view on America in the twenty-first century

The film is chock-full of commentary by those who knew him best-including filmmaker/nephew Burr Steers and the late essayist Christopher...

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Want some fun this fall? Look no further than the city’s grandest cultural arts center. The biggest, most accessible and diverse arts venue in the Texas capital is proud to announce its 2014 Season of Long Center Presents programming. As we know, the Long Center is Austin’s destination for arts and entertainment this season. Beginning May 27, subscription packages will be available to the public.

Here’s a look at the lineup:

America’s Test Kitchen Live! August 13

Step inside your television and experience the delicious art of cooking with America’s Test Kitchen Live. The hit cooking show takes to the Long Center stage for a multi-media experience filled with testings, food tastings, and science experiments, all hosted by television star Christopher Kimball. Get an insider’s view into one of the highest rated cooking shows on television, and find out what it’s really like to work and host one of the most popular food programs on the air. Bring questions and come hungry; Christopher hosts a Q&A with the...

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Celebrity milliner Madame Paulette was a design legend and her legacy continues to inspire a new crop of designers every generation.

Now her life is celebrated in a new, chic tome from the ultra hipster Thames & Hudson Publishing, “Hats By Madame Paulette.” The extraordinarily visual book on the elegant, creative, and incomparable celebrates the work of famed milliner Paris’ “Queen of milliners,” whose hats crowned the heads of such film stars as Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Audrey Hepburn, as well as Princess Grace of Monaco, and the Duchess of Windsor. How chic is that?

Born in 1900, Madame designer learned her trade between the wars, and by the 1940s and 1950s her hats crowned the heads of everyone who was anyone in Paris, and her designs were increasingly sought by the Jet Set around the world. This book is ideal for fashion experts and aficionados of fine millinery ad succinctly provides a go-to guide on the hat; the most artful fashion item of the mid-twentieth century. At the time no woman would consider herself formally dressed without a hat. In...

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We love that Carolyn Farb’s can-do philanthropic deeds that have virtually changed the charitable landscape of Texas and beyond. We also love that the Arthritis Foundation recently announced her as the inaugural recipient of the Arthritis Foundation’s Ötzi Award at Houston’s Hotel Derek to a room of approximately 200 distinguished guests. The Ötzi Award honors individuals who have made a significant impact in the greater Houston area by furthering the mission and vision of Arthritis Foundation.This Ötzi will be presented to Farb at the Arthritis Foundation’s signature gala, called the Bone Bash, which will be held on October 25 at the Hotel Derek.

Interestingly, the award is named in honor of the first human known to have suffered from arthritis in 3,500 BC. His mummified remains discovered some 5,000 years later, which showed evidence of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis and provided valuable information for scientific study of the nation’s most debilitating disease. The Ötzi was also a healer, carrying a pouch of medicinal herbs that scientists believe were used to help...

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We all love mom and want to help her stay as chic as possible. Want to dazzle her for Mother's Day? Who doesn't? We love our glamour publisher pals and this Mother's Day we are recommending the stylish books from Assouline. For more information, visit


What are you waiting for? It’s time to celebrate the launch of Dean Fearing’s new cookbook, The Texas Food Bible: From Legendary to New Classics with the Neiman Marcus stores in San Antonio and Austin.

For the first time Dean Fearing, to many the best chef in Texas and the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine,” shares the best traditional and modern dishes from the Lone Star State.

Both stores are offering store patrons an opportunity to meet this rock star chef and enjoy a book signing event at the stores.

First, he’s in Austin, Tuesday, May 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at

Neiman Marcus @ The Domain 3400 Palm Way Austin, TX 78758

Then, Fearing’s in San Antonio, Thursday, May 8 – 1 to 3 p.m. in the Gift Galleries at Neiman Marcus 15900 La Cantera Suite 14 San Antonio, TX 78256

For more information visit or call the stores directly.


Last night was an all-star night for high style when the stars turned out en masse in their homage to the latest Costume Institute Gala celebrating Charles James: Beyond Fashion (May-August 2014). Our favorites? Anne Hathaway in Calvin Klein, Blake Lively in Gucci, Charlize Theron in Dior, Sarah Jessican Parker in Oscar de la Renta, Georgia May Jagger in Thierry Mugler, Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa, and Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney were at their elegant best.

According to experts, The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the Met Ball, is the annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. It also serves as an opening celebration for the institute's annual fashion exhibit. It is widely regarded as one of the most exclusive social events...

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Do this, go here, be that. With the hectic lives we live and time slipping away trying to balance work and the social calendars, it’s always a relief to catch some “me time” isn’t it? Creating motivation may be a challenge, yet maybe switching from your work email app to “My Personal Coach” is your answer. We talked to West Coast dynamo Angella Nazarian (photographed), about her new app where you can get help from technology to stay on track while achieving your goals.

Created by bestselling author and former professor of psychology, Nazarian understands that pressure can be a powerful as poison to our meaningful lives. Her solution for us is an app that creates customized growth plan based on the five areas of life that determine our success, priorities, strengths, thoughts, relationships and the environment. How cool is that?

For those who are tech savvy, your iPhone will give you the support you need by configuring your strengths and challenge you to test your own natural talents. The app is built on fun survey based on the research of Gallup, Meyers-Briggs and...

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Texan artist Matthew Broussard will exhibit his current works at Galleria Tornabuoni in Florence, Italy. Commedia: New Works on Steel will show from Thursday May 15 to Sunday June 8. For those of our Texan socialite readers who will be vacationing in Firenze this spring, Broussard’s exhibition is a must-see.

Broussard grew up in Dallas, Texas and graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He spent several years wandering between the United States and Europe, eventually settling down in Italy in 1992. He currently lives and works in Lombardy, near Lake Maggiore, participating regularly in national and international exhibitions. In addition to Galleria Tornabuoni, he is represented in Sweden and Berlin by the Gallerie De Freo.

Galleria Tornabuoni opened its doors in Florence in 1956. The gallery has held interest in modern and contemporary art, hosting renowned artists such as Capogrossi, Braque, Magritte, Marino Marini, De Pisis, and Sironi. The primary concept of Galleria Tornabuoni, as...

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The incredibly moving, Tony Award-winning “Best Play” War Horse premieres May 6th at Bass Concert Hall. War Horse is a “remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship” (AustinBroadway), based on the beloved novel War Horse by Michael Mopurgo.

The show follows the relationship of young boy Albert and his horse, Joey, during World War I. Beginning in England 1914, Joey is sold to French cavalry, and forced to leave his owner and friend behind. Albert, determined to find Joey once again, goes against many odds and embarks on a journey to find his beloved friend.

War Horse features remarkable breathing, running, life-sized puppets made by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company. This show takes audience members on a tour through World War I while captivating imaginations and melting hearts. The National Tour of War Horse runs May 6-11th at Bass Concert Hall and is not to be missed. Lexus is a key sponsor, too.

For ticket information, visit


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It’s almost here. Kicking off on April 24, the festivities are gearing up for another spectacular Austin Fashion Week with its grand finale on Saturday May 3, 2014 at the Austin Music Hall. We love being media sponsors and have cheered on the brainchild of AFW founder Matt Swinney and his team since its inception and we will be presenting a Trailblazer Award at the ceremony, too.

Here’s how this year’s festivities will look:

HOSTS: Anne Hudson from KASE101 and 103.1 iHeart Austin and EJ from KISS-FM.

RUNWAY SHOWS: Each year Austin Fashion Week hosts a Mash Up Team competition, where a Photographer, Hair Stylist, Makeup Artist, Model, and various Designers create a cohesive look that will come to life on the catwalk at the Austin Fashion Awards. In addition to the Mash Up Team runway show, Rare Trends, Isabella Rose Taylor and Raven + Lily have been selected to show their latest collections.

Known for using luxurious materials like silk, leather and fur, Rare Trends will show “True Identity” Fall/Winter 2014. A through line from their Kaleidoscope...

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The very, very wealthy have a veneer of perfection, yet rarely is that the case. For those planning to spend some time laying by the pool as the weather heats up, we have found your go-to book this season. Social Death, a gripping mystery by Tatiana Boncompagni, is a true page-turner. The murder scene of a New York socialite happens on the Upper East Side, with no clues except the knowledge of her dying while trying to reveal a scandalous secret.

Veteran news producer Clyde Shaw checks out the scene and realizes the murder victim is the daughter of her boss… and her best friend. Throughout solving the case, Clyde’s past catches up with her and she has to make haunting decisions between her job, reputation, and life. With secrets and millions at stake, you won’t want to put down the book until you unlock Clyde’s fortune. Sound enticing? It is….

If you are familiar with Tatiana Boncompagni’s previous work like our favorites, Hedge Fund Wives and Gilding Lily, you know her glimpse into the world of the rich and...

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We just love a great party, don’t you? There are very few mothers in the world who know how to entertain at a high level… especially for a child’s stellar birthday party. Here, Lara Shriftman, dear friend and founding partner of Harrison & Shriftman Public Relations in Los Angeles and New York, shares her sharp hostess-with-the-mostest skills and strategies for the junior set, like she does with her son and my favorite six-year-old, Lucas Bacardi Shiriftman.

Lara Shriftman hosts a special birthday party, in her own words…

Like most boys who are “five-and-three-quarters,” Lucas is fixated with professional sports. He loves basketball and was thrilled when I took him to his first Miami Heat game last year; so it came as no surprise when he told me he wanted a basketball-themed party to celebrate his 6th birthday.

Lucas loved the pizza making “surprise party” his father, Juan Bacardi and I hosted at Soho Beach House in Miami for his birthday last year. This year he suggested that we celebrate at Soho...

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Everyone loves a great event, right? In true Texas style, Matthew McConaughey, Mack Brown, and Jack Ingram, Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M), in their joint fundraising effort, are also joining forces with designers-to-the-stars Badgley Mischka to raise money to benefit Children’s Charities of America. The designers will debut their latest collection at an exclusive fashion show at Neiman Marcus Austin, on April 25th. Among attendees will be the designers themselves, Amy Ingram, and Camila Alves McConaughey, along with the host Sally Brown.

This event will be a truly unique experience combining the best that Texas has to offer; fashion, live music, golf and a little bit of Longhorn football all mixed together. Badgley Mischka is the perfect design team to complement this opportunity to support great causes, as the well-known American designers have dressed the likes of Hollywood’s A-list and have been a staple in the fashion industry since 1988. Their designs exude glamour and sophistication.

The event kicks off...

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Who doesn’t love stunning jewelry? You’re in luck this week with an opportunity to meet Roberto Coin Thursday, April 10, only at Neiman Marcus San Antonio from 11AM- 4PM. Enjoy champagne and view the Italian artist’s spring collection.

We love that Roberto Coin was founded in Vicenza, Italy in 1977 and is an internationally acclaimed jewelry brand. He always uses gold, and much of signature of his designs use rubies and rubellite. His designs are sold in eight boutiques around the world as well as in several upscale department stores, yet this week you can meet him at Neiman Marcus San Antonio.

Roberto Coin is known for his classic and timeless designs as well as being an innovator in the jewelry industry. His designs have been seen on everyone from Blake Lively on the set of Gossip Girls, to Jessica Alba, Petra Nemcova, Kathryn Heigl, and Kristen Stewart, just to name some of Coin’s leading ladies who love to sparkle.

For more information, visit or call 210.558.8000.

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Searching for the fountain of youth? Who isn’t? Starting now, you may not have to look very far. Named among the “Top Ten Destinations in the World” by Travel + Leisure magazine for three years running, Lake Austin Spa Resort is enhancing its current treatment offerings with astounding and age-defying HydroPeptide’s high-result, zero down-time facials. How great is that?

The leading peptide brand’s award-winning home care products featuring over 60 unique peptides blended with carefully selected antioxidants and botanicals are offered to the spa’s guests seeking to extend their post-treatment results. We recently were asked to try out the facial for clock-turning-back potential and what did we find? Suddenly, the mirror reflected years gone in about an hour. It achieved the desired results with both minimal time and pain.

How? Attribute it to a few different HydroPeptide treatments, including the Advanced Resurfacing Facial and Blueberry Restorative Facial. The HydroPeptide professional products used in these facials deliver superior anti-aging results for even the...

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For the joint fundraising effort of actor Matthew McConaughey, recording artist Jack Ingram, and Texas coaching legend Mack Brown, it was announced that philanthropist Milton Verret will create the Longhorn Stampede. The Longhorn Stampede is an auction of life-size fiberglass longhorns designed by several of the most famous and talented artists in Central Texas. How cool is that?

Philanthropist Milton Verret, the man behind the huge Gibson guitars and 2011 Cow Parade, is producing the Longhorn Stampede. This announcement foreshadows the actual unveiling of the artwork to take place on Friday, April 25, at the ACL Moody Theater as the opening event for Mack, Jack & McConaughey’s two-day fundraising event.

The life-size longhorn cattle statues, which most of you have seen around the city of Austin, double as both a blank canvas for artists and a live auction fundraising object for charity. This year the MJ&M Foundation is thrilled to see what artists come up with and they’re even more excited, of course, to raise thousands of dollars for various...

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A very special story of how life can take us down unexpected paths…

In the spring of 2008 my life changed as I went into a walk-in clinic in Austin because I had a lump the size of an egg on my neck. The doctor told me it would be best if I went to a ear, nose and throat specialist and recommended one here in Austin. I thought the lump I had was to due with stress. When I walked into the ear, nose and throat doctor I thought I was just going to be told that I should take it easy and that I it was due to stress. When I went into the exam room the doctor came in and asked me why I was there and I showed him the lump. By that time I had already waited a week from the walk in clinic, and the lump was almost the size of a grapefruit.

The doctor felt the lump and asked me how long I had the lump on my neck and I told him I had it 2 months and I waited too long to get it checked out. He then asked me if I realized that I have cancer. That day I walked into the ear nose and throat clinic looking at my iPhone thinking wow when is this appointment going to be over so I can...

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(Photography courtesy of Rizzoli USA)

It’s all so, well, very Dior. Author Florence Mueller’s take on Christian Dior’s masterpieces from a photographic standpoint is a point of view on couture elevated to the sublime. The new tome from Rizzoli New York, Dior: The Legendary Images, celebrates the history of Dior intertwined with the golden age of fashion photography. Does it get any better?

These mythical photos that have constructed Dior’s image is featured in a lavish volume that bring the couturier’s dresses to life in its own unique style. Legendary contributors include photography icons like Horst P. Horst, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton, Norman Parkinson, Henry Clarke, William Klein, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Sarah Moon, Paolo Roversi, Nick Knight, Ines Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Tim Walker, Willy Vanderperre, Patrick Demarchelier, and many more. This outstanding collection takes you through more than 60 years of iconic fashion photography- a Dior aficionado’s dream.

The book correlates with the exhibition that runs from May 3 to...

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It's that time again. Time for the Ballet Austin Guild to honor the finest in the city.... and it is their 20th anniversary. For more information, visit

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(Photo: SXSW 2014)

Now that SXSW has come to a close, our pals at Showtime Network shared a list of the top trending topics, presentations, bars and restaurants from throughout the festival (as determined by aggregated social media data). To say that it took over Austin is an understatement, especially with the national focus on the city with Jimmy Kimmel Live’s stint here all week.

The Showtime Network folks analyzed data from throughout the Interactive, Film and Music Festivals to identify the top spots that festival-goers – local and visiting – flooded and favored. For background, as the official SXSW Go sponsor, Showtime Networks added a trending functionality to the SXSW app to promote the new Showtime Networks series Penny Dreadful. Each day, SXSW GO app users were able to access trending data through tarot card readings (a theme from Penny Dreadful) provided by Showtime via banners in the app, which suggested trending bars, restaurants and popular sessions around SXSW. How cool is that?


#BoldStage, #BoldBravery &...

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American Federation of Arts patrons will be spending an exciting long weekend in Paris, May 1–4, 2014 and you can be a part of this VIP experience, too. Over six years in the planning, the AFA’s upcoming traveling exhibition. Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris will embark on its four-city tour in the United States in June, but before this, the AFA will have the rare opportunity to meet with the curator and explore the École’s treasures in Paris. Sound enticing?

The École des Beaux-Arts (which is not normally open to the public) has origins that date back to the mid-17th century, and in addition to being one of Europe’s most celebrated art academies, it is home to some 450,000 paintings, prints, and drawings, making it one of the largest collections in France.
Don’t miss this unique chance to visit the École and explore the connoisseur's Paris with them: participate in special tours of select museums that are off the...

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ABC’S Jimmy Kimmel Live announced the show’s guests for when they are in Austin for SXSW March 10-14. Of course, The Society Diaries will be read in the Green Room and Dressing Rooms by some of the hottest stars in the business who are his guests. How great is that?

Jimmy Kimmel Live will broadcast five original shows from The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts and will also shoot comedy segments around Texas and at SXSW.

For more information and tickets, visit

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Celebrate the most fashionable, fearless, and fun women in pop culture during SXSW. The “Make Some Noise” campaign for CUSP by Neiman Marcus is celebrating the most recent transformations in fashion and music landscapes today. Here’s a chic event to add to your list during this week - "Make Some Noise" will kick off during SXSW with “Cusp on Rainey featuring Music by Atlantic Records.

The fun happens on March 13th and 14th featuring panel discussions and fireside chats with influential women who rock in their respective fields. The panelists include Sanya Richards-Ross, Olympic track and field Gold Medalist, Cameron Russell, model and founder of Interrupt Mag, Marcie Allen, MAC Presents president, Lily Cole, actress and founder of, and more. How cool is that?

Of course, we’ll be dropping by for the amazing music, fashion panels, and of course some sips and snacks. Times are: Thursday March 13th and Friday March 14th 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

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Jimmy Choo Trunk Show, Shoe Salon, 1st Floor

Tuesday, March 4 – Sunday, March 9

View the latest collection of shoes from this iconic designer.

Rene Caovilla Trunk Show, Shoe Salon, 1st Floor

Tuesday, March 4 – Sunday, March 9

View the Spring 2014 Collection. To schedule an appointment, call 512.719.1200 ext 1450.

CHANEL National Artist Event, Cosmetics, 1st Floor

Thursday, March 6

Meet the national artist from CHANEL cosmetics. To schedule an appointment, call 512.719.1200 ext 1478.

Armani Collezioni Trunk Show, Designer Sportswear, 2nd Floor

Friday, March 14

View the Spring 2014 Collection. To schedule an appointment, call 512.719.1200 ext 2230.

Etro Trunk Show, Designer Sportswear, 2nd Floor

Friday, March 21

View the Spring 2014 Collection. To schedule an appointment, call 512.719.1200 ext 2230.

La Mer Broth Spa, Cosmetics, 1st Floor

Friday, March 21

Indulge yourself with a relaxing facial from La Mer. Limited...

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The Golden Statues have been given. There were sure-fire winners and near-miss losers, and as the red carpet is rolled up on another edition of the Oscars ceremony, tune into our Lance Avery Morgan as he shares his insight on the hits and misses he saw, and how you can tailor your own wardrobe for spring gala season on ABC/KVUE with Yvonne Nava Loeb and on Time Warner Cable News with Anne Hudson Andrews’ Fashion Forward segment........ (PHOTO: Lance Avery Morgan with Time Warner New's Anne Hudson Andrews and model Ashley Hargrove)

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The Academy Awards are Hollywood’s biggest night and the stars were shining brightly in red carpet fashions that will affect trends for the rest of the year… and you know, the films nominated also affect fashion American Hustle’s 1970s and Blue Jasmine’s look at high society gone awry.

The envelopes were opened, yet no envelopes were PUSHED in this year’s gowns…

The dresses were as diverse as the women and their roles… and some of this year’s favorite and the best movie star looks were:

1. Cate Blanchett in pale beaded chiffon Armani Prive’

2. Jennifer Garner in silver beaded Oscar de la Renta.

3. Amy Adams in navy blue Gucci Couture, Simple and elegant.

4. Sandra Bullock in navy blue Alexander McQueen

5. Jennifer Lawrence wearing red Christian Dior

6. Charlize Theron in black Dior

7. Lupita N’yongo in an icy blue Prada

The men looked as suave as ever, too. Some of the standouts were:

1. Leonardo Di Caprio always dapper wearing navy blue tuxedo, as was Kevin Spacey.


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Calling all ABBA fans, Jersey Boy’s groupies, and other theater fanatics…the new buzz of the 2014-2015 Lexus Broadway Across Austin show list has been unveiled. Everyone’s tastes are different, yet this round-up is flawless when wanting to find our favorite shows. Bass Concert Hall will be hosting performances of Dirty Dancing, Evita, Once, Jersey Boys, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia, and Rain next year, quite the experience of classic stories on stage.

Lucky for you, season subscriptions are on sale now. If you want to enjoy the best seats in the house for Broadway hits all season long, don’t hesitate to buy because subscribers also receive great benefits including purchasing before the general public, replacement services, upgrading, and much more. The Texas Performing Arts organization is thrilled to bring Lexus Broadway to the community and share new and award winning titles of Broadway favorites. As a university based arts center, Texas Performing Arts presents international music, theatre, dance as well as the best in touring Broadway productions and concert...

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(Photo of Beau Willimon) Great talent always finds its way to Texas. And, especially, Austin. Thanks to the Austin Film Festival. One week after the highly anticipated Season 2 premiere on Netflix, creator Beau Willimon dissects the series February 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM a the Harry Ransom Center on the University of Texas campus (300 W 21st St, Austin, TX 78712). How is the show developed from concept through completion? You will see that since Willimon will hand-select five scenes from Season 1 to show throughout the discussion, revealing some of the most powerful moments behind this beloved, wicked drama that slithers behind the curtain of power, sex, ambition, love, greed and corruption in modern Washington DC.

As you know, House of Cards recently made television history, earning nine Emmy nominations, including Best Drama, the first online streaming show to ever be so honored. House of Cards earned four Golden Globe nominations, including Best Television Series, Drama. The Producers Guild recently nominated Willimon and his fellow producers for The Norman Felton Award...

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The Sixties are still as popular as ever. The 1960’s supermodel Verushcka was not always the famous, iconic model, actress and artist she is today. Veruschka was once Vera; a fresh-eyed, excited new German model. Fashion photographer Johnny Moncada photographed this striking model-to-be when she was simply known as Vera. Thousands of beautiful photos were taken, never developed, and sealed away in his trunk. Until now in a new book from Rizzoli New York.

Fast forward a half a century: Moncada and his daughter unseal this trunk and find thousands of negatives of the famous, beautiful Vera. Three thousand professional and informal poses provide irreplaceable information on 1960’s glamorous fashion and culture. These photos were taken over a course of a year in Rome, Capri, Sardinia and more stunning locations. These photos give a glimpse into the transformation of Vera to legendary Amazonian model Veruschka, right before the Moncada’s eyes. We can’t get enough of these images.

Beginning in March 2014, these never before seen precious photos will be sold in a lavish...

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The Ruby Fizz dazzles. What’s better than a cocktail made with love? Try the new Ruby Fizz, a drink our team has discovered to be the tastiest new beverage seen in a long time. It’s right for Valentine’s Day or any moment where you want to celebrate. The secret? Deep Eddy Vodka Ruby Red, of course.

Here’s how: In a chilled champagne flute (is there any other kind?), pour chilled Proseco and then top with a Ruby Red Floater.

How great is that? And, simple, too. Cheers to your spectacular Valentine’s Day and beyond. For more information, visit

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If you are a jewel junkie like we are, 2014 is your year. Copeland Jewelers is sharing with their customers a promotion of a year to give to local charities. The esteemed Austin jeweler is showcasing a prominent Texan each month, in a shot donated by a top photographer, wearing their Copeland jewelry in support of their chosen charity.

This opportunity is the brainchild of Clay and Debra Copeland and their team. We all know that since 1983, Copeland Jewelers has expertly curated vintage, estate, and consignment collections and the finest custom work and repair. Copeland Jewelers finds inspiration through nature and the rocking music scene. Their handmade custom guitar picks are a must- shout out to all music fans, too.

The VIP’s and charities for the remainder of 2014 have been chosen, with one male, “Mr. December” being revealed in late fall. For February, Mary Lockwood Crouch, has on her Valentine’s Day-inspired red boots atop the Willie Nelson statue downtown. She wears a pre-1970s Santo Domingo heishi necklace from Copeland Jewelers’ vintage collection in...

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What is it really like to be born to the manor and live a controversial and public life? All is revealed in the new documentary, Lord Montagu, an eponymous look at the world of a man in another time, who is also timeless. The directorial debut of Texas-based filmmaker Luke Korem, who also co-wrote and co-produced the film, will be an insightful look at a world that no longer exists and the fights one man had to make to be his true self.

According to the film’s handlers, Lord Edward Montagu was born into history with a rich and privileged life, but with privilege came the great responsibility of preserving his family's noble heritage and their large estate. After becoming the youngest Member of Parliament, he faced a post-war economic depression that nearly crippled England's aristocracy. Boldly, he decided to open his family's home to visitors thus creating a new tourist industry now known as the "stately homes business." His reputation and estate once again faced ruin when Edward became the focus of a national sex scandal and even served time in jail making him the most...

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Back by popular demand…Broadway’s Wicked returns to Austin, so if you missed it before, here is your chance. Mark your calendars, show go-ers, for this is a play you’ll want to see again and again. From February 19th through March 9th, Wicked hits the stage at The University of Texas’ Bass Concert Hall.

After breaking Austin box office records in 2009 and 2012, one of Broadway’s most entertaining and captivating, yet moving and touching, musicals is back. Wicked is the “untold story of the witches OZ”; based off of the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire. The musical tells the story of two girls who meet, long before Dorothy’s story begins. These two girls are polar opposites; one has green skin, one is classically beautiful; one feels lost in the world and one feels like the popular queen of her crop. These two girls have a relationship that twists and turns, providing a relatable plot for audiences around the world. The twist? These two girls become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch of the famous Oz series of books. Powerful music and...

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many wonder what to give as the perfect gift for their other half. If you’re in the Dallas or Austin area, you’ll find it worthwhile to give a day at Hiatus Spa and Retreat, relaxing and rejuvenating in this romantic setting. This Texas-born spa, recently awarded with the Reader’s Choice Best Day Spa in 2013, offers services your sweetheart and Cupid will love.

What’s your relaxation style? Hiatus Spa and Retreat has created customized Valentine’s Day packages including “Date Night Heart and Soul Couples Massage,” “Lover’s Trio,” and “Absolute Hiatus.” These include indulging with a glass of bubbly before ninety minutes of ethereal massage, a couple’s hot stone foot massage and love chakra aromatherapy, or a package of the Hiatus Massage, Facial, and Mani Pedi. Whether you are looking to buy a gift for a friend or share this day with a loved one, Hiatus has something for everyone.

How did Hiatus begin? After becoming the first full-service day spa featuring a monthly membership with affordable pricing in the United States,...

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With acts ranging from the “Aerial Hoop” to “Russian Swings”, Austin will be thrilled to see performances of Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai soon. From February 26 to March 2, seven shows will be performed at the Cedar Park Center. This is the show’s ninth tour stop since December and 8 million people have seen this critically acclaimed production since it first premiered in Montreal in 2002. Varekai has visited more than 72 cities in 20 different countries and features an international cast of 50 performers from all around the world. How great is that?

Cirque du Soleil is a Québec-based organization performing high quality artistic and acrobatic entertainment. With more than 5,000 employees, Cirque du Solei has brought wonder to more than 100 million spectators in over 300 cities around the world. Children and children at heart just love it.

In fact, it’s jaw-dropping stunts and action. Written and directed by Dominic Champagne, Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai brings a fusion of drama and acrobatics. With their mission to invoke the imagination and provoke senses, this is...

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On quest for the perfect bag? The perfect clutch to take to cocktails, or a tote for traveling? We’ve got you covered. Corsetti’s International Fashion Trunk Show event will be held January 31 and is open to the all Austin fashionistas.

Locally owned since 2011 by husband and wife couple team Elizabeth Corsetti and Michael Tietz, Corsetti is the only US importer of luxury bags such as Barada, from Spain and Veragioia, from Italy. These handcrafted leather bags are hard to find and are of the highest quality. Supple leather? It’s like butter.

Since knock-offs and copies of major designers have made it to the market, Corsetti focuses on delivering true value. The company states, “All bags are made by real people making a living wage and showing pride in their professional field.” When you own a genuine handmade product that is not owned by everyone you know, Corsetti’s mission has been met.

Their suppliers have been handpicked, investigated, verified, and chosen to produce a valuable product. And, it gets even better. Corsetti is the only supplier of these...

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For all you entertainment gurus living in the Live Music Capital of the World, mark your calendars to see amazing Peking Acrobatics perform Sunday, February 9 at 3:00 pm. The Long Center will leave you amazed with a troupe of China’s most talented tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, and gymnasts. Along with live musicians bringing traditional Chinese instruments to the stage, this event is great for an afternoon to share with friends or family.

Traveling from the People’s Republic of China, The Peking Acrobatics has redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics since 1986. Their daring maneuvers will leave you stunned. With acts stemming from ancient Chinese acts, the contemporary show is celebrating twenty-seven years of an astonishing Chinese Theatrical Circus.

Many say that this magnificent show represents a historical and beautiful part of Chinese culture. Other than their gravity-defying feats showing off their flexibility and balance, the show is a beautifully choreographed and highlights movements that take years to practice and perfect.


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Move over, Skinny Girls. There’s a new game in town in the Capital City and beyond. Enter: a new, low-calorie, ready-to-serve cocktail line, AustinCocktails, that has just launched in Austin at a number of area Twin Liquor stores. Before its launch in Austin, it turns out Austin Cocktails was released in San Francisco and has been the drink of choice at a number of high-profile events such as the Napa Valley Film Festival and a donor dinner for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Plus, it is a family affair. The founders, Jill Burns and Kelly Gasink, are sisters (and Texas natives), and they united their different skill sets and expertise to create a cocktail line in ready-to-serve category. They both come from successful entrepreneurial backgrounds, so they are applying that to the new brand.

The drinks come in four flavors and are a low-calorie alternative to light beer or wine; and they differentiate themselves from others in the ready-to-serve cocktail category with their craftsmanship, taste and high-quality...

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THE URBAN HOUSE: Townhouses, Apartments, Lofts, and Other Spaces for City Living take readers on a trip around the globe, well almost. This unique volume explores some of the most innovative and eclectic residential designs located throughout the world. With twenty-five new and more recent spaces for living, THE URBAN HOUSE becomes a lyrical journey through some of the most captivating apartments, lofts, townhomes, and other living spaces located in some of the most magical cities in the world.

Renowned author of Houses: Modern Natural/ Natural Modern and Next Houses: Architecture of the Twenty-First Century Ron Broadhurst presents Urban House, a tome showcasing stunning, avant-garde designs and architecture from all over the world. In writing this volume, Broadhurst spotlights modern design ideas prevalent in our world today that will have a profound impression on city living in years to come. Urban House introduces twenty-five novel places to live that would make to-die-for homes to say the least. Not only does this volume display innovation in style and design, but...

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It’s almost here. From January 14-19, Austin’s Bass Concert Hall will present the incredible and thrilling performance that is Green Day’s “American Idiot” musical at the Texas Performing Arts’ venue on The University of Texas campus.

The Tony Award-winning show captures the story captures the story of three adolescent friends finding themselves in a different world, post 911. “Since its inception, audiences have been surprised by the emotional journey the show takes them on, told almost exclusively through Green Day’s songs, including many they are already familiar with and love,” said Tom Hulce, producer. “This is such a potent time for our country and the search of our characters for what to believe in is gorgeously celebrated through Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day’s wonderfully lush score,” he added.

This inspirational and wildly entertaining story is an absolute must-see for Broadway fanatics and Austin locals alike. The musical features the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title...

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In the new Disney film, “Saving Mr. Banks” we were enthralled to see that the 1960-era film went to extraordinary lengths to present Disneyland in Anaheim, CA in its post war, dressed up glam of the era.

The entrance into Main Street is shot in full color glory, saturated with rich pinks and vivid blues, is a feast for the eye. Rides like Tomorrowland boats, Hobbyland, The Viewliner, and the Submarine Voyage may be a long-remembered thing of the past, yet for a couple of hours, the magic of Disney has returned.

See Saving Mr. Banks in theaters everywhere, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in roles that will surely be award-winning.

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(Photo: Cuisine from Due Forni)

Austin has never had much of an indigenous Italian population, hence the scarcity of great Italian food in the region beyond a very few local restaurants. So, leave it to the Las Vegas cuisine scene to bring authentic Roman and Neapolitan pizzas and cuisine that features imported Italian ingredients – and style - to the Capital City with its new Due Forni Pizza & Wine in Austin’s historic Littlefield Building at Sixth and Congress. Formerly the site of high tech boom favorite, Louie’s 106, the restaurant and wine bar is the brainchild of University of Texas at Austin alum Alex Taylor and Chef Carlos Buscaglia, who made a name for himself as a rising star in the Las Vegas culinary world. The pair founded Due Forni and opened the first location in Las Vegas in 2011, with food critics and the community lining up to savor the fare.

After achieving success serving the highest quality of food at accessible prices in Las Vegas, operating partner Taylor knew the next expansion for the brand would be Austin. For Taylor, who received his...

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The outlook for 2014 is very positive and we wish for all your goals and dreams to come true... and more.

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Don’t you just love a great book? So, stay warm this winter by curling up next to the fire with a great read. This holiday season, The Reading Room presents its favorite fireside companions that will keep you turning pages.

The Reading Room has chosen books for the holiday season for all tastes and ages. From fiction novels like Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam and Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, to books of the horror genre such as Stephen King’s The Shining to historical readings, like for instance Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things.

Not only will the Reading Room’s holiday selection of books help you choose a wonderful work of literature for your next read, but also it makes holiday shopping trouble-free with its wide variety of books. With that being said, what are you waiting for?

For more information, visit

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Looking to give your sister and/or girlfriends gifts you know they’ll love this holiday season? You can rest assured y&i Clothing Boutique has just the ticket. This chic boutique has gifts that will add an entire new element of style and appreciation to the holidays.

Located in Austin, Dallas, and San Francisco, this fashion forward boutique provides customers with a dazzling selection. From statement accessories such as Chameleon Jewelry’s “Jewel Cocktail Ring” and Deux Lux’s “Bellini Clutch” to the chic and cool “Turning It Around” bomber jacket by Billabong and the “Feather Skirt” by Blaque Label, it is obvious that the beloved and charming y&i clothing boutique has a super selection for the holiday season.

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The fact that Alamo Draft House is presenting the “Alamo 100” makes us love this movie theatre even more than before. Alamo Drafthouse CEO/founder Tim League and the Alamo Drafthouse programmers compiled an exciting list of much loved movies called “The Alamo 100”. League and each individual programmer created a list of 100 of their favorite movies.

Then, a master list was created consisting of a collection of movies- from each programmers’ movie list and League’s movie list- based on the list creator’s rank of the movie on his/her list and the amount of times the movie appeared on more than one individual list, eventually forming the much anticipated “Alamo 100”. The “Alamo 100” offers an extensive array of movies ranging from fascinating 1960’s French movies to charming romantic comedies.

The “Alamo 100” consists of treasured favorites including E.T., Sixteen Candles, and You’ve Got Mail. Choose to go see a movie from the “Alamo 100” at the Alamo Drafthouse, and you’ll love reliving the movie magic.

For more information, visit:...

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It might be the best film about the 70’s to appear this decade. Opening nationwide on Friday, December 20th, this like-real fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation. American Hustle tells the story of inventive con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale, bloated and wearing a comb-over hairpiece), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (the stunning and cleavage-exploding Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (permed and leisure-suited Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enticing.

The always-stellar Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (blond and New Jersey-accented Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Robert DeNiro makes a career-enhancing cameo that is truly memorable, too. Like David O....

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You love him, we love him. The world loves him. Mark your calendars, everyone, for the return of the inimitable Tony Bennett who is bringing his talents to the Long Center in Austin on January 18th. With his celebrated vocal skills and his noteworthy stage presence, Tony Bennett’s performance will be a performance you, your friends, or family won’t want to miss.

Bennett’s renowned tunes such as “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” and “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” set strong foundations in the American music culture. Although his career, consisting of millions of records sold worldwide, countless gold and platinum albums, and 17 Grammy awards is going on 65 years now, it continues to be in its zenith.

Bennett recently performed at the Radio City Music Hall and received stellar reviews, proving that Tony Bennett’s does not cease to impress his audience and that upcoming performance at the Long Center will be a treasured experience. Run, don’t walk to get your tickets now…

For more information on the Tony Bennett performance in Austin, Texas visit...

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Think the holidays are too busy? Make time for ZACH Theatre this holiday season. The cultural gathering place brings you a trio of holiday shows this season including the Austin premiere of the charming one-man show, This Wonderful life, the classic A Christmas Story and Holiday Heroes that all offer fun for all ages.

The Austin premiere of This Wonderful Life plays thourgh December 29 on the Whisenhunt stage, starring Martin Burke of ZACH's The Santaland Diaries and Harvey. Based on the classic holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life, Burke plays all 37 characters in Bedford Falls including “George Bailey” a la Jimmy Stewart, “Mary,” “Clarence the Angel” and “Old Man Potter.” This comical romp underscored with tender sweetness is a joyous gift for all ages. It’s a can’t miss for fun.

The Austin Premiere of A Christmas Story plays through December 29 at the Topfer Theatre. Based on the classic holiday film, young Ralphie and his quest for the Red Ryder B.B. Gun comes to delightful life on stage! Visions of pink bunny suits, tongues stuck on...

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The best of 1950’s is back. Memphis, the 2010 Tony® Award Winner for Best Musical, opens at Bass Concert Hall on December 10-15 for a limited engagement, thanks to Lexus Broadway In Austin at Texas Performing Arts.

It’s a bona fide hit. The critically acclaimed Memphis won four 2010 Tony® Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score (David Bryan and Joe DiPietro); four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Music (David Bryan) and four Outer Critic Circle Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Score (David Bryan & Joe DiPietro) and Outstanding Choreography (Sergio Trujillo). Now, that’s a musical winner.

“Memphis is a Masterpiece!” exclaimed The show takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50’s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. Memphis is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever and is filled with...

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If you're like us, you're giving thanks on Thanksgiving, as well as every day of the year. May you be surrounded by all the love of family and friends.