By Jake Gaines      Photography courtesy of Jennifer Lynch

Author Jennifer Lynch

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.

An excerpt from Livi & Grace

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 by request. These tools can also be used by caregivers and teachers to talk to children about the deeper message of self-acceptance and accepting others.

“I have had the joy of working with children of all ages and all backgrounds,” said Lynch. “Every child benefits from a positive, affirming message. The looks on kids’ faces when they realize they are perfect and lovable just as they are is pure magic, and every child deserves that feeling.” Additionally, Lynch owns the You Are Good children’s clothing line, a precious line of children’s shirts with angel wings printed on the back. Since its founding in 2008, she has donated nearly 1,000 shirts to children in foster care and continues to donate 20 percent of the proceeds of that business to children’s charities.

Livi & Grace is available through the above link, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For every book purchased, one will be donated to children’s charities such as CASA, Literacy First, children’s hospitals, and beyond. The book was illustrated by Missi Jay. Her work has earned recognition from Print Magazine and the Addy Awards, and she won the Big Wig Award for best illustrator from the Austin Advertising Federation.



With the brighter days of summer here, a sense of freedom is evoked by the sheer trend, inspiring care-free nostalgic innocence and a return to the simpler days spent outdoors bathed in sunshine. Our creative curator, Eleanora Morrison of, shares the products that have sent her imagination on vacation this season.


This pleated silk-organza midi dress takes us back to the dreaminess of childhood, in the most elegantly exaggerated way. This whimsical frock is oh-so-Alice, and we are willingly following her into Simone Rocha’s design couture wonderland. $1,610. Photo and availability courtesy Net-A-Porter.


Looking for the perfect gift for a friend who is always on the go? This transparent pouch by Anya Hindmarch is cleverly etched with Important Things across the top and made with clear PVC, so you never have to scramble to find the things you’re always reaching for. $275. Photo and availability courtesy Net-A-Porter


Natura Bisse’s Diamond Cocoon Sheer Cream applies as smooth as silk–at first beige, and it then transforms to any skin tone. It’s made with SIRT-AP peptide complex and plant-derived Detoxin that boosts the skin in battling stress, aging, and helps retain moisture. $225. Photo and availability courtesy Net-A-Porter.


Norma Kamali’s bold Snake swimsuit is for the chic sunchaser. Designed  to elongate the frame with white stretch fabric and panels of sheer beige mesh, this summertime staple is the perfect poolside accessory for the brighter days ahead. $265. Photo and availability courtesy Neiman Marcus.


This oversized silk-organza scrunchie will punctuate your seasonal looks with just enough dainty drama. Perfect for accessorizing your messy bun, low ponytail, or other heat-beating hairdos this summer. Sophie Buhai’s delicate take on the recycled fad won’t snag or pull. $195. Photo and availability courtesy Net-A-Porter.


Who doesn’t love a go-to summer sandal? These Marion Parke shiny patent leather slides will take you from cottage to the clubhouse for every sunny social occasion. $595. Photo and availability courtesy Neiman Marcus.


Chanel’s Les Beige Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick is the perfect punctuation for your summer glow. Just enough color contour, this tiny, totable trick is the shiny sculpting finish for your freshly sun-kissed cheekbones. $45. Photo and availability courtesy Neiman Marcus.


Iris Apfel’s iconic maximalist style has made its indelible mark on the fashion and design world. This crystalline paperweight outline of her will give any space just as much character as if Iris herself came to visit. $80. Photo and availability courtesy Neiman Marcus.


Staud’s Shirley Clear PVC and Crocodile-Embossed Tote Bag is great for the beach, the pool, and even sporting and theatrical events after the cherished vacationing season comes to an end. It comes with a timelessly classic pouch. $208. Photo and availability courtesy Neiman Marcus.


We have our eye on Transparent sunglasses. These sparkling “Donatella” indoor/outdoor shades designed by Houstonian Margot Hogan are inspired by Donatella Versace, and we love the packed-with-personality pairs we are seeing from this new Texan-owned eyewear brand. These are the perfect accessory to exude your many moods, no matter the season. Prices vary. Model shown: $60. Photo and availability courtesy Transparent.


A cocktail dress that is sure to ruffle feathers, Valentino’s Ruffled Silk-Tie Neck silhouette is alluringly sheer with romantic floral patterns that sweep elegantly with each step. Highlighting the feminine silhouette with its delicate fabrics, this dress is the piece for making a bold statement. $9,800. Photo and availability courtesy Neiman Marcus.



South Texas Charity Weekend Hosts 27th Annual Gathering


By Caroline McAllister        Photography by Marks Moore and Doug Smith


THE SETTING:  The wide open spaces of the King Ranch, the historic town of Kingsville, and the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center were the backdrop for the 27th annual South Texas Charity Weekend. Guests came from around Texas and the country to enjoy a weekend with friends and to honor the 2020 South Texan of the Year, Red Steagall. 


THE STYLE:  The weekend’s festivities began with a cocktail reception Friday night, hosted by Tio and Janell Kleberg in their beautiful home on the King Ranch, welcoming new and old friends alike to South Texas. The next morning, guests chose between quail hunting on the legendary King Ranch or a shooting clinic with instruction from world-class instructors Charlie Wilson, Bill Massey, and Raye Massey. Lunch was served cowboy style in the field, a tradition the King Ranch is well known for around the world. HALO-Flight was onsite, giving guests a rare bird’s eye view from their Bell 407 helicopter.The pinnacle of the weekend was Saturday evening as guests gathered to celebrate Red Steagall as the 2020 South Texan of the Year. 

Tio Kleberg has earned a reputation for providing a memorable introduction, and this year was no exception. Kleberg entered the room dressed as a 1960’s western singer and went on to deliver a powerful introduction for Steagall, known as The Official Cowboy Poet of Texas. Following a touching acceptance from Red Steagall, he treated the crowd to the story behind his hit song Here We Go Again and then sang Hats Off To The Cowboy. As the crowd cheered, he then announced that he would donate the guitar he had just used to benefit the live auction. Needless to say, this created a tremendous boost of energy and the robust live auction that followed was one of the most successful yet.  On Sunday morning, guests gathered for a farewell cowboy breakfast at the King Ranch.


THE PURPOSE: Wildlife conservation, ranching heritage, and health care are the beneficiaries of the generous donations and underwriting from the weekend, which raised over a million dollars. The charities supported are the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management, CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital-Kleberg, and HALO-Flight.



Rebecca’s Wish Gala Held At Witte Museum


By Jake Gaines        Photography by LNP Photography

THE SETTING:  On a gorgeous night, a lively crowd of attendees gathered to support Rebecca’s Wish. The non profit was founded in 2018 and named for Rebecca Taylor, after her 10-year struggle with chronic pancreatitis and related complications. The gala, which occurred at the Witte Museum, featured keynote speakers, who included Dr. Sandeep Patel and Max Lucado, as well as Taylor herself, shared information about the organization and its goals.

THE STYLE:  A Mariachi band from the city’s Los Dragones Mariachi Southwest High School welcomed the guests. They also experienced a culinary experience provided by the RK Group, which included parmesan-crusted chicken and a creamy chocolate pot de crème with shaved chocolate for dessert. Then, a spirited live auction followed to garner funds for this worthy cause. Singer Elizabeth Latham moved the audience as she gave a poignant performance that spoke to finding a cure for a disease that afflicts more than one hundred thousand children annually. Afterward, as the party continued, The Klocks band performed to the delight of the guests as they danced the night away.

THE PURPOSE: Tracee Feik was the gala chair of the event, while Dina Selva and Jodie Harding served as the auction co-chairs. Christyn Taylor is the president of Rebecca’s Wish. The mission of the organization is to improve pediatric pancreatic research, education, and patient support, as well as find a cure for the disease.



Texas Biomedical Forum Hosts Chair-ity Event


By Jake Gaines            Photography by Super Q


THE SETTING:  Recently, the Texas Biomedical Forum held a unique fundraising event at the home of Gloria and Miguel Dilley. Usually, the black-tie gala celebrating the organization is one of the most important social events in the city. This smaller event, which began in 2017, occurred when The Argyle board decided to donate its chairs to the Forum, giving donors a chance to have a piece of the club’s history. The club was originally founded in 1854 and its incarnation as a private club began in 1955.


THE STYLE:  The Argyle contacted the gala’s president at the time, Courtney Percy, who created the idea of getting local interior decorators to put their creative spin on the chairs. The Argyle contacted the Forum’s president at the time, Courtney Percy, who created the idea of getting local interior decorators to put their creative spin on the chairs. Adrianne Frost and Mal Moorman, the 2017 special event chairs, took Percy’s idea and ran with it.


The organization is grateful to The Argyle for donating the chairs to the Forum. With Courtney Percy’s vision, the special events chair leaders’ achievements each year, and with the designers who have donated their time and talents, it has proved to be a perfect combination, thus ensuring its success at every event. The recent event was celebrated by so many well-dressed supporters who love the organization’s goals.


THE PURPOSE:  With this one-of-a-kind fundraiser, this year was the final event chaired by Gloria Dilley and Triana Grossman. The event has successfully raised over $50,000 in its three years. The Texas Biomedical Research Institute is pioneering and sharing scientific breakthroughs that protect you, your families, and our global community from the threat of infectious diseases.