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When people think of San Antonio, there’s a good chance they think fondly of one of its most prominent citizens, Alice Carrington Foultz. She’s got miles of style and here she gives us a bird’s eye view through the looking glass of her San Antonio.

You know her as Alice Carrington Foultz. The rest of the globe knows her as a philanthropist, art expert, adoring mother and certainly one of our state’s most stylish residents. Meet her for the first time and you instantly feel like you’ve known her a lifetime. She has that effect on people. Maybe it’s because she was raised with Southern...

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It’s all about personal style these days and getting by with a little help from one’s friends, right? Especially friends who decorate for a living. They can be real lifesavers. Diana Vreeland, the legendary editor ofVogue and one of the 20th century’s most important style mavens, asked celebrity decorator New York Billy Baldwin to design an apartment that would look like a garden in Hell. The result was not Hellish, but was in fact completely decorated from floor to ceiling in lacquer reds, with scarlet couches and her favorite Jungle Red mementos of a life well lived.

What makes...

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Everywhere we look, there seems to be The Eternal Twentysomething. The perpetual college co-ed… that fresh scrubbed, freshly-procedured ball of fire named The Texas Woman. But wait, that woman isn’t just turned out from college, she’s… a stunning soccer mom. That’s right, gang, she’s a Range Rover-driving, hard working, community volunteering, soccer mom. But she’s not your father’s Mrs. Robinson, that’s one thing for sure about this seasoned woman. She’s hot, a perfect size 4 (at most) and dresses like a runway model. And that’s just for breakfast.

Why? A lot of this...

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World Movie Premiere Captivates State

Deep in the heart of San Antonio, the stars shined bright at Buena Vista’s The Alamo world movie premiere at the Majestic Theater, where the action-packed film starring Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Patric, and Patrick Wilson was the biggest party of the season. Guests were greeted at the yellow (instead of red) VIP carpet with Brilliant-sponsored yellow roses given by Brilliant Babes who were completely outfitted in clothing supplied by Banana Republic and Cavender’s Boot City Northstar. After walking by hundreds of international press...


“We were all movie stars that night,” enthused Margaret Krasovec, a guest at the lavish Hollywood-style dinner party recently hosted by Houston’s Becca and John Thrash. Honoring Brilliant magazine publisher Lance Avery Morgan for his birthday, the event was something that everyone will remember for quite awhile. Think interior poolside seating for the stunningly black tie-attired guests. Add Versace tableware and over 60 dozen white roses around the contemporary villa. Mix in 50 guests from coast to coast who are making a difference in the world. The result? A sophisticated dinner party...

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We joined the fellow equestrian fans in New York for the 10th anniversary of the Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials in Millbrook benefiting the Millbrook Fire Dept. Rescue Squad. We hosted the Spectator’s Luncheon during the posh weekend event that also included a Saturday evening Blue Jean Ball. Set in the picturesque horse country of Millbrook amongst eighteenth century farmhouses, the horse trials have become a premier equine event and bring in over 200 riding competitors. The course, consisting of dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping, was designed by Mark Phillips, who also has...


Published in Verve magazine: Volume 11 Issue 3, Third Quarter 2003

John Paul DeJoria runs the six hundred million dollar a year beauty empire called John Paul Mitchell Systems. Eloise DeJoria is the stunning Texas-born company spokes model. It all started with a little investment of 700 dollars and a big dream. Call it Beauty, Inc., but call it wildly successful.

They are recognisable all right – from magazine advertisements photographed by the likes of international photography legends Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Matthew Ralston and the late Herb Ritts. They’ve appeared...

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Fiesta Ole’. Insiders know the best party in the state happens in the Alamo City. Every spring for a week and a half, San Antonio welcomes Texas…and the world to experience the richness of the city’s culture with parades, parties and philanthropy. Let’s get this party started.

“Everybody’s out to have a good time, and it’s really about bringing the entire state together,” says Gretchen Lahourcade, San Antonio resident and long-time Fiesta participant. That’s an understatement. The world famous ten day long celebration in April is full of activities…ones that are as grand as they...

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Let’s face it: making a social debut takes time. And, money. We all know that. We’ve all been to a slew of deb balls and parties. What’s not to love about them and the women who make their debut? Recently, nine Texas debutantes took their bows at the grandest of them all. The grand fete was at the International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan withthree of the debs being from Dallas: Jane Louise Beaird, Sarah Katherine Esserman and Elizabeth Rose Fischer. The Society Diplomat loves girls from Dallas. And, their parents. In fact, Cynthia Beaird, chair of the Dallas...

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When you think High Society may be dead, or at least waning, it really is not at all. Recently in the border town of Laredo, Texas, big things were happening to show that debutantes are as lovely as ever. It turns out that The Society of Martha Washington Colonial Pageant & Ball was formed in 1939 and every year it just grows more popular.

The Society hosts the Colonial Ball, which is an annual debutante gala for the young women make their debut into society. The Colonial Ball, held in the city’s Civic Center, is a part of a citywide festival called the...

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“My muse? That’s easy. My muses are my friends, clients… and the world around me,” confides entertaining expert Lulu Powers, who knows how to get things done. If you grow up one as one of six children, in a bustling Connecticut home like she did, that’s a given. Take that verve, add a heap of talent, mix in several dashes of personal pizzazz and talent… and you get a creation that is this Los Angeles-based, lifestyle entertaining expert to the stars. I recently caught up with her and her husband, celeb photographer Steve Danielian, over cocktails at the Saint Cecilia Hotel in Austin where...

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Picture this: A hot, young designer. An exclusive list of gorgeous guests. Runway models. A midnight breakfast to get the party rolling. We call it the Party of the Year. With the economy soaring, Houston knows how to toss a grand soiree, and nobody hosts it better than Becca Cason Thrash. This time it’s for fashion designer Zac Posen, to benefit Best Buddies International. So buckle up for a wild, sexy and very fashionable night.

There are parties and then there are parties. It’s after 2:30 a.m. Cigarettes with lipstick stains lie in ashtrays. Double old-fashioned glasses dot every...

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Two people in love, 24 bridesmaids and groomsmen, 800 guests and one large tent. Sound like familiar grandness? It might if you attended her sister Kimberly Schlegel and Justin Whitman’s wedding six years ago that was exclusively profiled in the Sept 2005 issue of Brilliant magazine.

But this past weekend was different with Kim’s younger sister Kari’s marriage to Troy Kloewer where the bride and groom lent their unique style to a majestic occasion. We’re calling it the wedding of the decade and luckily for us, the Royal Wedding in London last weekend was a warm up to what was in...

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It certainly doesn’t happen often that a Texan is awarded the National Order of theLegion of Honour (or, as they say in Paris, Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur). In fact, it’s almost never when the honor has been bestowed upon people like Charles Lindbergh, Estee Lauder, Madonna, to name but a few cultural icons. And now, add Becca Cason Thrash to an illustrious list.

The festivities began in late April when Thrash was feted in Paris by the U.S. Ambassador to France who hosted a swanky formal dinner in their official Paris residence, Hotel de Pontalba. American Ambassador...

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Recently in Houston, at the ballroom of the Hilton-Americas Hotel, a vision in white was created, thanks to Darryl & Co. In keeping with the royal wedding theme, tireless fundraiser Connie Cook (asked by the inimitable Joanne King Herring) chaired the event, "Royal Weddings - Then and Now" with HRH Prince Jean de France, Duc de Vendome as the guest of honor and speaker. The tables were decorated with centerpieces of white roses, lilies and hydrangeas that completed the sea of white theme as a backdrop when a special performance by French mezzo-soprano opera star Marie Lenormand...

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The generosity of Americans toward to French is legendary and that was seen recently as the American Friends of Versailles gathered culturally-minded philanthropists, art lovers and patrons from France and the United States recently in New York City for a whirlwind of fabulous benefit events surrounding their annual board of directors meeting. It always has a strong presence of Texans who lend their largesse to the organization.

It was quite a shindig. The round of parties included a champagne reception at the home of legendary financial titan, Julian Robertson, founder of the Tiger...