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

EXTRAORDINARILY ENTICING

EXTRAORDINARILY ENTICING

In the new reality, things are starting to happen again, near and far.  Join our culture seeking editor Jake Gaines as he recommends some new bright spots to know and love this very moment.

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ON THE AVENUE

 

L’Avenue, the hottest spot in Manhattan, is located in an unlikely venue: perched atop the iconic Saks Fifth Avenue. Much like its designer, Philippe Starck, it is something that’s unexpected, as are the two-floor spaces overlooking Rockefeller Center with some of the best views and social scene in the city. At SaksFifthAvenue.com.

BE THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST

 

Show off your true glamorous style at your small group entertaining events this holiday season by wearing an Haute Hostess apron. The company, founded by Elizabeth Scokin, has been a hit with the Jet Set crowd for years. So, don one like this Chrissy model, which has a coral sash with gold and silver trim. There are dozens of styles to choose from–enough to buy one for every special occasion. Starting at $120, as shown. At HauteHostessHome.com.

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LIKE A VIRGIN

The new Virgin Hotel in Dallas offers more to Texas that we are loving, including the new rooftop scene that is plenty ample for correct social distancing these days. With reservations, you’ll feel on top of the world with an unparalleled poolside view of the city, beyond its swanky rooms and restaurants for the state’s metropolitan lives. At VirginHotels.com

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

The best place for a selfie these days in the artful city of Houston might be the new House of Cards installation at Discovery Green. The public-art piece by Israel-based design studio OGE Group consists of 126 oversized playing cards, each of which features a unique piece of artwork. At DiscoveryGreen.com.

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REALLY RECOVƎR NOW

RECOVƎR is the best premium sports drink to hit the market in decades. 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. It comes in three flavors, Acai Berry, Citrus, and Blood Orange, to help you recover immediately from exhaustion, dehydration, muscle fatigue, and over-celebration at this time of year. At DrinkRecover.com.

THE WOW FACTOR

THE WOW FACTOR

What a year for both giving and receiving during the holiday season. No matter what, the show must go on… and all year long, we’ve been searching the globe for the most unique, interesting, practical, and dazzling offerings for everyone in your life. Join our style seekers Alexandra del Lago, Jake Gaines, Lance Avery Morgan, and Leanne Raesener for these inspiringly glamorous ideas. 

SEA TO SHINING SEA

Respecting the delicate flavor of caviar and other species of delicious roe, Larusmiani’s ultra-fine 5-piece caviar set includes two knives with mother-of-pearl handles, two small spoons, and a spoon made entirely of mother-of-pearl. Go ahead, take a dip. $1835. At TheRake.com.

STAYING THE COURSE

The Southern Tide x Star E.V. Collaboration to create an environmentally astute V.I.P. golf cart has our vote as the best way to get from the clubhouse to the 18th hole. Price upon request. At SouthernTide.com.

RESORT-ING TO NEW IDEAS

Bora Bora is where you’ll want to go as your next five-star destination…to flee the everyday world. The recently renovated Four Seasons Bora Bora, with its tropical splendor and amenities, is like no other in the world. From ocean-topped villas to the best activities on the planet, you’ll feel like you’ve really escaped. Price upon request. At FourSeasons.com.

CHIC CHAPEAU

From the neighborhood park to the French Riviera, this raffia straw hat will tell many stories. The dramatic brim provides plenty of shade, and the laced grosgrain on the crown  is inspired by the ribbon ties (chose black or navy) of traditional Basque espadrilles. $300. At LolaHats.com.  

FRENCH TIPS

With its recently refurbished interior, you’ll feel perfectly at home in the new world-meets-old world style at the Plaza Athénée in Paris. The sleek chrome-laden restaurant, Alain Ducasse, will welcome you back to the City of Lights with open arms.  At DorchesterCollection.com.

SEE YOURSELF IN A NEW LIGHT

With technology that mimics actual true sunlight, this Simple Human Sensor Mirror Pro Wide View mirror is perfect for the vanity or, yes, selfies, with its real-life settings of office, restaurant, and candlelight. $400. At SimpleHuman.com.

SUCH BRIGHT, GRAY DAYS AHEAD

Feel like you’re on holiday every day…with a clever Slim Aarons-esque print from photographer Gray Malin. With a bevy of beachy keen images to choose from, having one is never enough to capture that mid-century lifestyle finesse. Unframed prints start at $299. At GrayMalin.com.  

DRESS OF YOUR DREAMS

The luxury of putting on a dress by Esme Vie is unparalleled. Part of a capsule collection, and exclusive to The SIL, an online boutique created by Vernon, Texas native Natalie Bond Bloomingdale, this St. Tropez dress in lilac dream, with an accent of rose floral buttons, is a terrific choice for a dramatic entrance. $1095. At ShopTheSIL.com.

TURN ON AND DROP-IN

Combining creativity with craftsmanship, Cassandra Collections, by designer San Antonio-bred Austin resident Cassandra King Polidori, features unique jewelry to be worn as everyday essentials…or for formal occasions. How about a cadre of them? Price upon request. At CassandraCollections.com.

BEAUTY-FULL AND SO HELPFUL

With The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign to support the Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, as you beautify, you’ll be helping those in need, too. We recommend the Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede scent, $142. At JoMalone.com, Darphin INTRAL Redness Relief Soothing Serum, $90. At BlueMercury.com, and LA MER Crème de la Mer’s The Moisturizing Cream, $190. At CremeDeLaMer.com.

BEAUTY-FULL AND SO HELPFUL

With Estee Lauder’s Pink Ribbon Products campaign to support the Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, as you beautify, you’ll be helping those in need, too. We recommend the Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede scent, $142. At JoMalone.com, Darphin INTRAL Redness Relief Soothing Serum, $90. At BlueMercury.com, and LA MER Crème de la Mer’s The Moisturizing Cream, $190. At CremeDeLaMer.com.

FLYIN’ HIGHER THAN EVER

How better to try something new? Feel the rush in a safe, contained environment with an indoor skydiving experience. For skydiving simulators and wind tunnel skydiving in Texas, there are a variety of locations near you. Price upon request. At Cloud9Living.com.

CORRESPONDING IDEAS

Welcome to the ultimate paper lover’s indulgence. Here’s a selection of jotters, stationery, gift tags, and coasters–all with a beloved Bell’INVITO signature touch of detail. The Pucker. $455. At BellINVITO.com.

CAFTAN CHIC

Want to live an eternal Palm Beach lifestyle? All that it takes is donning an Ala Von Auersperg Kathe caftan in her signature bright, festive colors and timeless silhouettes. No matter what the occasion, from entertaining at home to attending a wedding, it’s always right. $650. At AlavonAuersperg.com.

HELLO, YOUR LADYSHIP

Why not make it official? The world of The Crown beckons you. Actually, the manor of Alconbury, UK, welcomes you. Once you fill out the paperwork, you’ll be titled. A Lordship is offered, too, for the gents. Tiaras and septors not included. $30. At UncommonGoods.com.

OUI, LE CAFÉ

Need your morning java as fresh as possible? Look no further than this easy-to-use Chambord French Press coffee maker. In four minutes flat, the job is done, and you’ll be on your way. Plus, this will look so very sleek on your counter. $50. At Amazon.com.

CAPTIVATING CLUTCHES

Who can decide on just one perfect purse? Very few can. So why not ask for a wardrobe of them to refresh your style? Kathy Fielder and her eponymous store in Dallas have scads to choose from, and these are just a few of  our favorites. Prices upon request. At KathyFielderBoutique.com.

ARTFUL SPORT

Be the hit on your mountain with these Keith Haring Tribal 78 skis that boast an excellent  edge grip on the ice and are very stable throughout each aspect of the turn. Adds more color to your outfit on the black run, don’t you think? $2500. At BomberSki.com.

GO, GO GADGET

Electronics can be customized to your every need. We recommend the coolest new products from JLab Audio that will have you on the go with the most innovative wireless sound quality on the planet. We suggest the Epic Air ANC–truly wireless smart active noise-canceling earbuds with a companion  JLab Air ANC App. We also dig the Talk Microphone–a USB microphone great for video conference calls and podcasting, the Studio Pro wireless headset and the Buddies Studio Wireless kids headphones are important with virtual/online learning, and these can be both wired and wireless. Prices vary. At JLabAudio.com.

POCKET LISTING

Interesting art can and should, surround you at all times. So, why not choose a pocket square that tells a story, too? This L’Envie silk number is one of the dozens of designs by London’s esteemed clothier, Rampley & Co. $85. At TheRake.com.

FIND YOUR EXPERT SPIRIT ANIMAL

Masterclass, with its online courses taught by experts, will help you learn to cook from Gordon Ramsey, write a book from James Patterson, or learn about conservation from Dr. Jane Goodall, to name a few  examples of the world-class masters. Subscription is $15 a month. At Masterclass.com.

VIEW FROM THE TOP

This aerial photographer’s drone dream has a 20-megapixel camera that captures super sharp images and video and is extremely easy to navigate. It will make your family’s next vacation a lot more exciting (at least for you, dad). The DJI Phantom 4 Pro Version 2.0 Quadcopter utilizes the Flight Autonomy system for a total of five directions of obstacle sensing and four directions of obstacle avoidance. $1599. At B&H Photo Video.com.

SWIM & SLIM

The new slim swimsuit silhouette will take off visual pounds when you visit your favorite resort again soon. The always-right Vilebrequin trunks continue to be a classic and comes in father-son sets that are memory-making and perfectly Instagram-able. From $260. At Vilebrequin.com.

YES, I SEE THAT

Whether you are channeling your inner 007, or just want to have the latest style in shades, there are plenty of designs to choose from, thanks to Houston-based designer Margot Hogan, founder of Transparent Sunglasses. Her horn-rimmed shades for men, like those presented here, will have you seeing a rosy future. Prices vary. At TransparentSunglasses.com.

YOUR TABLE IS READY

We relish an everyday object that can become extraordinary, don’t you? Like these billiard balls, for instance, that will refine any pool table and game room. In the signature Tiffany & Co. blue, of course. $1750. At Tiffany & Co.

THE ORIGINAL ZOOM

If you could have any classic car of your choice, wouldn’t you choose a vintage 1957 Chevrolet Corvette? At 63 years old, and entering its golden years, it’s as gorgeous as ever and still rides like an adventure-filled dream. Price upon request. At Hemmings.com.

MEET YOU AT THE 19th HOLE

Born to reclaim the lost legacy of great American irons, Texas-based P53 is the only bespoke golf irons company in the world to commit from day one to 100% U.S. forging and hand-made production in over two decades. P53’s head of design and customization has worked with over sixty of golf’s major champions. The time, care, skill, and effort invested into every set of P53 irons is peerless. Created by founder Christopher Griffin. Price upon request. At P53Irons.com.

ROBOTIC SYNERGY

Take a break and let A.I. do the mowing with this Automower by Husqvarna. It will have your neighbors scratching their heads as they watch it cut the lawn on its own, even when it’s drizzling. From $1599. At Lowes.com.

LET’S TABLE THAT FOR NOW

With Table Topics, you can be sure there’s never a lull at a dinner party. Try these questions to start great conversations that range in many themes, including Past Present Future, and our favorite, Not Your Mom’s Dinner Party. $25 per box. At TableTopics.com.

PUMP UP THE JAM

Leave it to Hermès to create a portable turntable. You can now spin your favorite vinyl records anywhere, and look cooler than ever while doing so. Price upon request. At Hermès.com.

BLANKET CLAUSE

For the wintery nights, how about cuddling up in these luxe Equadorian-made blankets by QISU, a company founded by Austinites Fernando Gonzaga and Mark Erwin? Offered in a selection of vibrant colors with contrasting fringe, these alpaca wool throws will liven up any space, especially since they are so ultra-soft,  hypoallergenic, and waterproof. Prices and sizes vary from $249. At QISUme.com.

COCKTAILS, EVERYONE?

Austinite Kate Hersch, founder of August Morgan, is popular with the home entertaining crowd for many reasons. Her quirky and quippy linen cocktail napkins are the hostess gift to give and receive. $40 for a set of four. At AugustMorgan.com.

TIME TO TOWEL OFF

A towel that expresses who you are by the pool, or at the surf, is a treasure. We love these 100% cotton velour, oversized ones by Texas-raised stylist-to-the-stars Stefan Beckman, founder of Lateral Objects in New York. Each towel can come with its own dive mesh pouch. $120. At LateralObjects.com.

FRAGRANTLY ATMOSPHERIC

Home fragrance has been completely redefined with the introduction of Home Cologne eau de toilette by San Antonio-based Soular Therapy. This luxury ambiance spray offers an elevated, boutique experience in scents like The Study No. 629, The Library No. 721 (shown), and Hacienda No. 117. It’s inspired by nature and architecture to instantly transform any room, office or vehicle…while also sanitizing linens and cotton fabric with its 70% ethanol alcohol, skin-safe formulation. $39-65. At SoularTherapy.com.

AS SHARP AS EVER

Hand-crafted in Japan, we love that these extremely sharp stainless steel knives have durable birch Pakkawood handles and blades with a hornet’s nest pattern on each side. The seven-piece set, for the chef in your life, includes five knives, a birch block display, and honing steel. $1199. At WilliamsSonama.com.

JEWELRY FOR THE HOME

A custom pillow can change the face and feel of any room. Treat yourself and your spaces, with peacock feathers, vintage fabrics, and jewelry for a one-of-a-kind look, created by The Pillow Goddess founder Deborah Main, an Austin-based artisan. Prices vary. Shown, $1217 and $1395. At DeborahMainDesigns.com.

TREASURE CHEST

Enhance any occasion with the Rolls-Royce Champagne Chest, crafted by artisans to the highest standard of elegance and luxury. This curated creation includes a removable serving tray, a champagne bottle thermal flask, two thermal caviar bowls, and four hand-blown champagne flutes, all with a leather carrying sleeve. $47,000. At Rolls-RoyceMotorcars.com.

MOVIE NIGHT IS EVERY NIGHT

From the patio and backyard to the family room, turn up the fun with the Nebula Capsule II, the 1 ½ pound device that projects up to 100 feet wide with a 270-degree angle. And just think, you can introduce your kids to classic films in a new way. $580. At Anker.com.

GENTLEMANLY GAINS

GENTLEMANLY GAINS

You take care of everyone else, so why not indulge yourself this time? Our erudite global traveler, Jake Gaines, of the men’s digital platform, ModXMan.com, has been on the lookout for the new and different in this cool, curated compilation.

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GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

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 WineEnthusiast.com.

FIT FOR A KING

The new K Dolce & Gabbana Eau de Parfum for men is a super-charged version of this robust scent hit. Inspired by the earthy, rugged landscape of Tuscany, it evokes the intense and magnetic sides of you. You know, as the king of everyday life. $90. At Macy’s.com.

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IN REVERSE ORDER, PLEASE

This Tom Ford reversible black/brown belt with Ford’s signature T buckle will take you from city to country and boardroom to a late supper in understated style. $599. At NeimanMarcus.com

CLEARLY, IT’S COOL ENOUGH

Some gents have a personal ritual of enjoying a few pours of whisky while engaged in a can’t-tear-yourself-away from book, album, or film. Then, this decanter and glass set is for you, fellow. $330. At NorlanGlass.com.

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MAKE MINE CUSTOM

For the weekend warrior, own the tennis court with a new Custom V3 TOC 1 racquet. Trust us, you’ll be serving up a better game before you know it. Price upon request. At AngellTennis.com.

HELP NATURE DO ITS THING

This new retinol alternative serum, Bakuchiol, helps your skin erase what happened the night before. It smooths and refines wrinkles with the power of natural botanicals to hydrate and improve your skin’s overall appearance. $53.95. At L’Bri.com.

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HOW TO UPCYCLE

 

There are so many engaging vintage books, record albums, and magazines just begging to be seen again. Check the web, old record and book stores, or thrift venues to pick up some cool relics to “hip up” your environment. Prices vary.

SPRING TO YOUR OWN DEFENSE

Novel shoes to perk up a tuxedo? We’re in. Try these Defense slip-ons, with a D on one foot and a fence on the other, in navy, as a real conversation starter. Start from the ground up now. $499. At MatthiasKaupermann.com

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GREENLIGHT THE WAY

 

By Matthew McConaughey

From his early days in Hollywood and rise to fame, the OscarÒwinning Texas native actor opens up about how his travels and life experiences instilled in him the importance of competent core values and the power of new experiences. Written with the actor’s notable candor, humor, and humility, it’s a must-read. $30. At Greenlights.com.

MIND YOUR MANTL

Finally, a premium personal care brand for bald and balding men. The product line is a portfolio of grooming products offering everything the follically challenged man needs to nourish and take care of both his face and scalp. MANTL was co-founded by Karamo Brown, Cultural Expert on Netflix’s Queer Eye and men’s health advocate, along with his partners. Try the Face + Scalp Cleanser, Age Defense Moisturizer, Invisible Daily SPF 30, and No-Shine Sheets. From $9.99. At Mantl.co.

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OK, SUIT YOURSELF

 

The indispensable valet stand is the perfect addition to any closet. With room for all the necessities, including a debonair way to air out a suit, this will be a daily reminder of how to be

your own inner Cary Grant. At $375. ScullyAndScully.com.

OPULENT OFFERINGS

OPULENT OFFERINGS

It seemed like a world far away always landed in the mailbox during the holiday season. That was when catalogues with glamorous merchandise were the norm, providing inspirational ideas, according to our very own cultural ambassador, Gordon Kendall, who fondly recalls them in this exclusive look back.

I WISH I COULD HAVE THAT

The chic world on the coasts would remain a dream until I lived there as a young man and discovered it for myself. Until then, there was the holiday catalogue, which beckoned me from afar to aspire to dream about life beyond my ho-hum eighth-grade existence. To understand the Christmas catalogues I grew up with, you have to know something about the stores offering them. From the smallest hamlet to the vastly populated Manhattan, there were scores of local, regional, and specialty stores. These retailers worked with local groups and held store events where they learned what people would and would not want to wear. Around the house, to school, work, play, and holiday parties, these stores had you covered because they knew you. They had merchandise teams of buyers, not Excel programs, and programmed orders, determine what their shoppers would like, because they knew those shoppers, often personally.

The three-hundred-dollar dress would fly off the racks, but the five-hundred-dollar one wouldn’t because the buyers knew first-hand how to gauge demand. Red would sell better than green, solid ties, not printed cravats. The success of these stores relied on being part and parcel of their respective communities. So, when the stores put out Christmas catalogs, they were putting their best foot forward with the finest, most edited selection of goods they could create. Yes, they were the original influencers.

Some stores really got it right. Their taste caught on. Everywhere. Maybe they had a unique product niche, like New York’s (original) Abercrombie & Fitch with sporting goods, or FAO Schwarz with inimitable toys. Perhaps they had a particular point of view found nowhere else, like San Francisco’s sublime and now-resurrected Gump’s. Texas’ own Neiman-Marcus offered as much humor as high fashion with items like Chinese trunks and designer cocktail dresses. Whatever snobbishness there might have been was tempered by the genuine understanding that people like to have a good laugh. Although, as I think about it, that Lucite “N-bar-M” mouse ranch that Neiman’s touted was even funny to a kid like me. The point is, seeking out these memorable catalogues was part of the fun of holiday shopping. Something about them gave you the confidence to purchases their items…as best you could.

Magazines figured out the cachet of these special catalogues and how to partner with them. Remember those cards at the back of all your favorite, glossy lifestyle and fashion monthlies? Just fill them out, pay the fees, and within a certain timeframe, store catalogues from all over the U.S. would come to you. Thanks to this service, I was able to see what it would be like, and what it would cost to outfit myself in New York’s A. Sulka & Co.’s silk robes or wear the latest in Italian menswear from Wilkes-Bashford in San Francisco. Amen-Wardy in Newport Beach, California, took care of haute couture dressing for the ladies. It was the kind of catalogue where anyone would feel more affluent, just leafing through it.

Additionally, Tiffany & Co.’s iconic little blue catalogue was filled with coveted holiday gifts and included full-color photographs boasting both twenty-carat diamonds and sterling silver centerpiece Christmas trees. It was a far cry from the catalogues most stores distribute currently since those were printed in Switzerland and cost five-dollars. In the 1970s. Talk about luxury. They remain, to this day, collectible glimpses into yesteryear.

 

EXPERIENCE LUXE BY MAIL

Now, though, the stores are long gone or may soon pivot in response to modern shopping habits. Community has become a virtual concept, much less a local reality, and luxury has been redefined to mean experiences-and-friends-you-pay-for, not things you keep because you cherish them. The excitement of waiting for, and receiving, a catalogue from a store as far away as London means much less when that same store pushes its wares all the time, right on your computer. So, being part of some far-flung exercise group that only meets on your phone seems more exciting to some.

Prices of gifts have polarized, too. Expensive means very expensive, and low-cost means cheap in every sense of the word. There is no middle ground when it comes to profit margins, and we, the consumer, have spoken: lower prices unless we’re really going to splash out and, furthermore, who cares about quality when we’re not likely to keep it for very long, anyway? Maybe what has happened is that our dreams have changed?

Now, being well dressed, male or female, seems only a worthy goal for as many likes, followers, and tweets that one can garner from complete strangers. It doesn’t seem to be about how you might feel and how you’d like to define yourself personally. They, the hypesters on social media, who always have something new to be afraid to miss out on (defined as FOMO Syndrome–Fear Of Missing Out), have come to shape our aspirations, not the stores that at least knew us and offered their pride of place in catalogues confirming the acquired knowledge of their customer base. Now, one must wait too long even to receive the catalogues, much less the merchandise. But at least, with them, you made the selection and had the assuredness from the stores to give you confidence that, Hey! You got this!

Rockin’ the Christmas Stockin’ these days is an experience unto itself. I hold out hope that new stores will come on the scene, take hold, and find a way into my heart. These should be venues that come to know us as the people we are, not just the algorithms they are told to buy for. Moreover, they must take modern-day branding’s elusive mantra of authenticity to heart…and revive the glory of the printed and mailed Christmas catalogue that offered one-of-a-kind items you can’t find anywhere else. I’ll be looking for it in my mailbox again, won’t you?

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