ANIMAL KINGDOM

ANIMAL KINGDOM

PetSet Celebrates With Virtual Gala Watch Party

By Jennifer Roosth      Photography by Quy Tran

 

THE SETTING: Even a global pandemic could not stop animal lovers’ kindness, as they rallied around a hybrid format of fundraising. Part virtual gala, part V.I.P. watch party on the much-loved Annie Café & Bar’s outdoor patio, PetSet’s first virtual Fierce and Fabulous Gala raised nearly $200,000 to support the Greater Houston area’s animal welfare groups.

THE STYLE: Animal lovers from Houston and across the country logged onto their device of choice to tune in to the soirée, hosted by Great Day Houston’s Deborah Duncan and Johnny Bravo Holloway. Meanwhile, Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist, Houston PetSet’s co-presidents, celebrated the occasion by hosting a small patio gathering at The Annie Café & Bar. Personalized touches such as food and beverages prepared by Event Elementz and styled by local non-profit design house, Magpies and Peacocks were delivered to the homes of donors to coincide with the event.

 

The virtual program also included special guest appearances by Dr. Stephen Klineberg, founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and Professor Emeritus of Sociology, at Rice University, and America’s Got Talent Season 13 semi-finalist Christina Wells, who added an emotional touch to the show with her performances of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors and Mariah Carey’s Hero.

 

THE PURPOSE: The evening’s program kicked-off with a peek into the homes of supporters enjoying the watch parties across the city. The twin sisters then took the mic to thank their guests for joining them to support the cause. Together, the crowd of competitive contributors enjoyed the heartfelt program shining a light on positive animal welfare in Houston. This event not only marked a success for animal welfare but also showcased the resilience of the Houston fundraising community.

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BLOSSOM FORTH

BLOSSOM FORTH

With winter about to kick into high gear, we’ve mixed our favorite purses with some of the flowers that inspire us most. The outcome? Everything’s coming up roses, and more, in this season’s most desirous statement bags, according to our fashion forward-thinking Alexandra del Lago

VIENNA FANTASIE

VIENNA FANTASIE

Austin Opera Guild Hosts Annual Serenata Wine Dinner & Auction Gala

By Rose Betty Williams                Photography by Marjorie Kamys

 

THE SETTING: Pre-COVID-19, Austin Opera Guild and Austin Opera celebrated the 10th annual Serenata Wine Dinner & Auction at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin with dinner, dancing, and live performances in an evening glittered with Viennese music, cuisine and a memorable tribute to event honorees Elisabeth and Steffen Waltz. 

THE STYLE: Television personality Ron Oliveira emceed Serenata that began with a red carpet welcome replete with eye-catching human statues posed as opera characters, hors d’oeuvres, a cocktail hour and bidding on the silent auction. Once guests were seated in the ballroom, two professional dancers wowed the crowd with a dramatic and colorful waltz. Austin Opera’s General Director & CEO Annie Burridge, Austin Opera Board President Jeff Kodosky and Austin Opera Guild President Cathy Collins thanked event co-chairs Suzanne Breitbach, Paula Damore, Michael Garza and Roger Kahlbau, Austin Opera supporters, event sponsors, underwriters, auction donors, Guild members, and attendees for their tireless efforts and generosity. Serenata featured a stunning performance by opera soprano Alexandra Loutsion followed by a four-course wine dinner, the presentation honoring the Waltzes, the live auction and dancing to the music of The Grooves. 

THE PURPOSE: In addition to the event chairs, the 2020 Serenata committee was comprised of committee chairs Tina Barrett, Megan Bjorkman, Kim Cade, Jennifer Davis, Jim Green, Sue Hoke, Barbara Johnson, Jessica Jones, Monica Servidio and Sharon Sneed and more than 30 Austin Opera Guild volunteers. This is Austin Opera’s largest fundraiser, each year raising more than a quarter-million dollars in support of AOs goal to produce live opera performances for the community and to provide excellent music education to school children. Austin Opera reaches 30,000 community members annually, including 14,000 children through in-person programming, plus thousands more through new digital offerings.

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GOOD FOR THE SOLE

GOOD FOR THE SOLE

KidneyTexas Celebrates 21 Years Of The Runway Report

By Cynthia Smoot       Photography by Dana Driensky, Daniel Driensky, Danny Campbell, Sharon Adams, Maurice Ballew

 

 

THE SETTING: Sandy Secor, the president of KidneyTexas, Inc., event chair Sharon Ballew, and honorary chair Jolie Humphrey, shouldered the responsibility to take this year’s event virtual, and their gamble paid off with the latest incarnation of The Runway Report. The video opened with a nod to the meaning of the theme Our Sole Mission: Transformations that featured butterflies, having transformed from caterpillars, fluttering away, symbolizing a fresh perspective on life. Scott Murray kept the energy alive as the program’s emcee.

 

The event’s honorees and award-winners, included Lorraine Meenan, Mary Miller, and Richard Dickerman, M.D.  Also recognized were Barbara Bigham, Patricia Cowlishaw, Emilynn Wilson, Patty Jo Turner, Carole Murray, Patty Caolo, and Nancy Carter.

 

THE STYLE: The entire event was virtual and streamed to all ticket holders, underwriters, and sponsors. Table hosts at certain levels had champagne, a floral table centerpiece, and lunch provided by Preston Hollow Catering delivered to their home or business for their guests. Teams of society photographers dropped by many host’s homes and captured photos of the fun, virtual event.

 

The PURPOSE: Funds raised at the KidneyTexas event will provide funding to improve methods of treatment, the search for a cure and prevention of kidney disease, and other kindred or contributory diseases, as well as develop adequate provisions for the care of persons suffering from such conditions.

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BOUND FOR GLORY

BOUND FOR GLORY

As winter settles in, why not load up your coffee table and bookshelves with these latest stylish tomes, just in time for the holidays? Our ardent bibliophile, Lance Avery Morgan, recommends the best new books to give…and receive right now.

Nicole Hollis Curated Interiors

NICOLEHOLLIS: CURATED INTERIORS

By Nicole Hollis

A wide range of residences in city, country, and coastal settings that masterfully mix the simplicity of line with organic complexity to create refined spaces are featured in this inspirational volume.

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CHATEAU LAFITE: THE ALMANAC

By Saskia de Rothschild and Baron Éric de Rothschild

Illustrated within are pivotal moments relating to the 150 vintages produced by Chateau Lafite since the family founded the winery in 1868. Also included are informative tasting notes, meteorological aspects, scientific notes, and the grape blends that mark each vintage.

$175. At RizzoliUSA.com.

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ANATOMY OF STYLE

ANATOMY OF STYLE

By Sofie Gachet

For anyone who cannot get enough of fashion, here is a must-have reference and style bible. How? Fifty celebrity looks and trends are dissected into their essential elements to demonstrate how to effortlessly reproduce each show-stopping look.

$29.95. At RizzoliUSA.com.

HOUSES: ROBERT A.M. STERN ARCHITECTS

By Randy M. Correll, Roger H. Seifter, Gary L. Brewer, and Grant F. Marani

These twenty houses and apartments each have a unique design representing a stylistically diverse group reflecting in-depth knowledge of history and precedent. Each house evokes the vernacular architectural heritage particular to its region while gracefully reflecting its unique natural surroundings.

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DESIGN IN ASIA: THE NEW WAVE

By Philip Annetta, Suzy Annetta, and Aric Chen

The axis of design influence has begun shifting from west to east, and designers in Asia are at the forefront of many burgeoning creative and cultural movements, as seen in this chic design resource.

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ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ROOMS IN THE WORLD

By Marie Kalt

Since 1920, Architectural Digest has celebrated design talents, innovative homes, and
products–providing endless decoration, lifestyle, and travel inspiration. Here’s an unrivaled survey of the most exciting contemporary interior design across the globe.

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DREAM MAKERS: BESPOKE CELEBRATIONS

By Guendalina Litta

From the most minimalistic décor to an extravaganza spread over a vast locale, Litta’s unique gatherings are conceived for pure delight. She never ceases to reinvent her signature art of entertaining to cultivate a welcoming, convivial atmosphere that brings people together through a magical celebration.

$85. At RizzoliUSA.com.

EXPRESSIVE INTERIORS

By Sandra Lucas and Sarah Eilers

Native Houstonians Lucas and Eilers's aesthetic marries the entrepreneurial, can-do spirit of the West with a heaping helping of Southern grace. The distinctive influences of their hometown, from the architecture of John Staub to the textures and color palettes of the surrounding Texas ranches and expansive landscapes to the impact of futuristic NASA, all infuse their design choices. Whether traditional, contemporary, or transitional in style, the rooms they create are timelessly gorgeous and livable.

$45. At RizzoliUSA.com.

EXPRESSIVE INTERIORS
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MODERN IN THE MIDDLE

By Susan Benjamin and Michelangelo Sabatino

The creation of the modern residence led the way for the modernism architecture movement to be more fully accepted by the masses, as seen here, with an abundance of astonishing homes that have never been collected in one study until now.

$60. At MonacelliPress.com.

CASA TROPICAL

By Philip Jodidio

Here, twenty-five stunning houses, designed by Brazil’s Jacobsen Arquitetura firm are excellent examples of building with nature in mind. Fully illustrated with photography specially commissioned for this book, it sets each house in the context of diverse terrains and climates, making it a welcome resource for architects and designers.

$75. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com.

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ÉLAN: THE INTERIOR DESIGN OF KATE HUME

By Linda O’Keefe and Kate Hume

Color, light, and texture all inform Hume’s projects to create a distinctive style that is casually luxurious; bold patterns are expressed in rich, elemental hues. Though color drives her design schemes, it is never dominant. In fact, Hume feels, there is no wrong color, only wrong combinations.

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GABRIELLE CHANEL: FASHION MANIFESTO

By Miren Arzalluz and Véronique Belloir

At the beginning of the twentieth century, she stripped women of their corsets, bobbed their hair, and imposed a young and free fashion that instantly rendered current styles old-fashioned. Then, she introduced the little black dress and created the exquisitely made tweed suits that became her trademark. Re-live the magic in this new book.

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POUNDS OF PREVENTION

POUNDS OF PREVENTION

The Power of Prevention Shares Inspiring Stories

By Cynthia Smoot         Photography by Thomas Garza

 

 

THE SETTING: K&L Gates presented the Power of Prevention, an in-person program featuring former LPGA golfer, Laura Baugh, that benefited the Recovery Resource Council. The enthusiastic supporters gathered at the Hyatt Regency to hear Baugh share her experiences as a young mother touring with the LPGA, her struggles with fame and alcoholism, and her recovery journey to today’s 24-years of sobriety.

 

THE  STYLE: This was one of the very first in-person events to be held since the pandemic shut down the social scene earlier this year. From temperature-taking to hand sanitizing stations, every precaution was taken to ensure the safety of guests, including theater-style seating to allow attendees to socially distance. Tilda and Ty Beasley, the event chairs, welcomed the event’s attendees and shared the reasons for their leadership. Michael Molthan, host of M2 the Rock, was the program’s emcee. Robin Bagwell and Lauren Gillette issued a challenge for donations.

 

THE PURPOSE: The Power of Prevention event supports the services the Recovery Resource Council provides to North Texans who struggle to afford and access high-quality mental healthcare, including outpatient and referral services for addiction and substance abuse disorders, counseling for veterans and their families, housing and basic needs assistance for the homeless, and prevention education for at-risk children and youth.

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