As we all want to push beyond Covid-19 and its effects, we also have the opportunity to be mindful of our emotional growth for the future, according to our insightful Resonance Repatterning expert, Mary Schneider.

Post Covid-19, take a deep breath. What a relief. I recently spent time on the East Coast and I observed many people there were of the same mindset. Covid has taken a hiatus. So, we might as well make hay while the sun shines and get out and dance like nobody is watching. Despite the colloquialisms, evidence suggests this is the thing to do now.


In his New York Times article, You’ve Done Self Care. You’ve Languished. Now Try This, Brad Stulberg suggests we have been in a state of languishing and that it is now time to move on. The solution he advises? Take action–whether we want to act or not. Stulberg cites another New York Times article by Adam Grant, a Wharton organizational psychologist. In his article, There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing, Grant defines our all too familiar pandemic mindset. Grant asserts, “Not depressed” doesn’t mean you’re not struggling. “Not burned out” doesn’t mean you’re fired up. By acknowledging many could feel languished, we can start giving voice to quiet despair and lighting a path out of the void.”


Action may very well be the solution. The Fire Chakra (solar plexus) is about action in the Ayurvedic Chakra System. Each chakra has a corresponding emotion, and fire represents anger and resentment. Anger is the fire; resentment is the smoke underneath. Make sense? Any action, even a little, is highly recommended to heal this anger and resentment. After all, depression can be anger without enthusiasm.


Similarly, in the Chinese Five Element Acupuncture System, action again is the antidote to anger and resentment. The Wood Element is related to the achievement of life goals and growth. It is the Element of Spring and consists of the liver and gall bladder Meridians. Simply put, the liver meridian is associated with anger, the gall bladder with resentment. Liver; livid–it’s not an accident. When these meridians are in balance, some people can enthusiastically move forward in life to realize their dreams and goals in all areas.


Judgment is not the issue here. Feeling anger or resentment is not bad or wrong. It is just what it is. Human beings generally have good reason to be angry. Anger gets things done, and it, too, can be a great motivator. We would not have any human rights movements in this country without it. Anger can be very potent, but when anger devolves into a deep depression, it can stop us.


One helpful addition to action is acceptance. Acceptance is even more potent than anger. Often, in difficult situations, I find myself thinking this should not be happening. Yet acceptance gradually emerges and almost any upset eventually dissipates. I recognize this can be challenging, even tough, or impossible in some circumstances.


Our prayers and compassion go out to anyone who lost a loved one in the pandemic or is suffering as long-haulers. My wish for us all is to reach a place of acceptance and move on with our lives in whatever form manifests. Get your rest, enjoy the time available to do that, and then dive back into whatever you wish to do moving forward.

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With everyone returning to restaurants en masse, there are a plethora of new, beautiful ones to try, as well as favorites to try again, according to our savvy eatery devotees, Rob Giardinelli (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jake Gaines (Houston) and Alexandra del Lago (San Antonio).


So Well Done Austin Salad


Maie Day is the newest dining establishment in the always happening South Congress Hotel. A classic chophouse with plenty of seafood and salad offerings means there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy as well as indoor and outdoor seating.


The Lolo Austin Texas wine bar


This new restaurant located downton, Diner Bar, offers an Austin vibe meets Southern style cuisine with the highlight being a delectable oyster bar. Also, not to be missed are their delicious vodka flights…perfect to start…or end your meal.


Rebel Cheese Austin Texas


The popular Ft. Worth eatery, Salsa Limón, has opened it’s first location outside of DFW on the northern edge of UT Campus. Offering fresh, fast casual Mexican food, it is the perfect stop for UT alumns and those visiting their children on the UT campus.

At SalsaLimó


pastry from La Tarte Tropézienne dallas texas


Recently opened in Uptown’s West Village, Fiatto is a casual chef-driven American-Italian restaurant featuring a menu rooted in seasonality. Enjoy a menu of Italian favorites where almost everything is made from scratch including breads, pastas, mozzarella, burrata, all sauces and stocks.


Georgie Dallas Restaurant


Back on the menu at Truluck’s after an extended absence is the delicious Lobster Mac and Cheese side dish served with chunks of Maine lobster and pasta in a gooey cheese sauce topped with fresh herbs and toasted breadcrumbs. Available without the lobster as well, but why?


Food from Rise & Thyme Dallas tTexas


In the Design District you’ll find The Mexican offering discerning diners an upscale, authentic Northern Mexican-inspired cuisine. The Mexican spares no details with an eclectic tequila wall and tasting table, an eccentric cigar lounge equipped with state-of-the-art ventilation, and multi-level, and picturesque outdoor patios.



Bottled Blonde Pizzeria + Bier Garden


The much-anticipated modern Italian chophouse, Marmo, is in the stylish new Montrose Collective mixed-use development in the heart of Houston. The menu puts steaks into the spotlight with an array of premium hand-cuts from local, domestic, and international purveyors. The 22-page wine list primarily focuses on Italian varietals by the glass and a cellar’s collection with back vintage gems.


Chocolate Crepe Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café


Opened in June, Postino La Centerra provides a unique dining addition to the upscale shopping district, featuring a spacious 3900-square-foot mid-century modern, open-air layout. It includes rollaway glass walls and an expansive patio to indulge in a menu chock-full of shareables, with a selection of beer and the menu’s 30-plus wines.


Adair Restaurant Houston


Citizen, the 6,000-square-foot space located in a mid-century modern space will soon morph into a sophisticated bar and glossy lounge destined to draw power players, celebrities, pro athletes, business moguls, media titans and social stars in equal measure.



Salad from Jardin San Antonio


Inspired by the open-air markets in Rome, Arrosta at the Pearl is a cafe that brings the seasoned flavors of Italian street food to Texas for the first time. Experience the bohemian charm, fiery attitude and Italian-style rotisserie café and bakery.


Los Azulejos San Antonio


Located at the Hotel Emma, Ladino is the new eatery brought by the folks at Emmer & Rye in Austin, who created the wildly successful TLV. When it opens this summer, Ladino will pay homage to the creator’s Sephardic roots with a menu centered around the charcoal grill, which plays a lead role in the Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines.


Sandwich Best Quality Daughter San Antonio


Located at the entrance of the arts districts Southtown and King William, with Hola’s romantic patio offering the best view of the city’s landmark Tower of the Americas, this Mexican cuisine destination uses only the freshest ingredients on an ever-changing menu.




San Antonio Doseum Celebrates 7th Annual Birthday Bash With Circus Theme

By Jake Gaines Photography by Vanessa Velazquez

THE SETTING: Planning any event requires a true ringleader, yet The DoSeum’s 7th Annual Birthday Bash fully embraced the big top lifestyle. The seven-ring circus-themed event was the museum’s first gala held in person at The DoSeum since 2019 and welcomed over 350 guests seated at tables placed throughout the museum’s galleries. Patrons unleashed their inner party animal alongside VIP guests from The San Antonio Zoo. During cocktail hour, attendees enjoyed elevated carnival cuisine and afterward danced the night away in support of childhood education.


THE STYLE: Acrobats, fire artists, and amazing animals helped guests celebrate at this chic circus. Supporters who attended the gala savored carnival fair favorites of hamburgers, corn dogs, and smoked turkey kebabs provided by The RK Group. Paired with the evening’s meal was the event’s signature drink, Pink Elephants, a refreshing cocktail blending vodka, pink lemonade, and lime. Illusions and Caplan Miller Events provided the evening’s big top decor. Guests competed in classic games, including Plinko and Ring Toss, for a chance to win generous prizes donated by Saks Fifth Avenue and Bohanan’s Prime Steak and Seafood.


THE PURPOSE: Co-chairs and education advocates Adrianna Grossman and Ashley Quintanilla raised over $400,000 to support The DoSeum’s mission of equitable, joyful, hands-on learning for all. The DoSeum is a socio-emotional learning laboratory and a resource for caregivers and educators alike. Its current focus is supporting childhood education recovery after two years of interruptions and modifications. During his remarks, DoSeum CEO Dan Menelly shared, “It is critical community leaders and childhood education advocates come together and direct our attention to ensuring every learner maintains access to equitable, experiential learning resources like those found at The DoSeum. We continue to center conversations around the invisible learner, our role in shaping the future of childhood education, and cultivating both a STEM identity among children and a museum identity for caregivers. Thanks to your support, children are rediscovering the social dimensions of learning.”


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Where focus goes, energy flows. It’s a physics law that we well understand here, thanks to our talented team who make the wheels turn in the engine to create and produce the Society Texas print magazine, its digital brother, and a host of social media outlets.


This summer, the first one in years of feeling free again post-pandemic, we all have a sense of feeling unleashed and rarin’ to go for good times ahead. In fact, that started this spring across the state, and we are very proud to present a look at how so many philanthropies have made a difference in their communities and beyond. Many are newer organizations, and some are over a century old, such as San Antonio’s weeks-long Fiesta celebrations. We salute Fiesta, which is steeped in a long line of Texas tradition, in this issue with an homage to this year’s Order Of The Alamo coronation court, themed The Court Of The Grand Tour. The gowns and accoutrement are a year in the making, and you can bet that 2023’s outfits are already being designed and made to behold next year. Fiesta is one of those Texas legacies that is a culmination of biography, behavior, and backstory….one that we appreciate greatly.


Socially, the sheer fact is philanthropists have made up for lost time (even though donations were generous during the pandemic) in giving back. A gala that raises $10, 11, or even 12 million in one evening, thanks to its spirited patrons, isn’t rare anymore and happens in almost every single major city that we cover. The work that happens behind the scenes of the talented organizations, who create the gala experience are to be commended, for they are tireless and often not rewarded. We proudly salute them in every issue.


As the summer progresses, If you’re like us, you’ve been up to your necks in planning several warm weather excursions. One of our favorites is Budapest, which Ashley Dobson so eloquently helps unfold with her many insights of VIP things to do when you get there. You’ll want to travel in style, so why not grab a new handbag for the trip, with our inspiring feature on the prettiest ones in this issue? Plus, all of our talented team have again assembled to bring you as much lifestyle, fashion, beauty, automotive, and cultural insight and how-tos on every single page of this issue. We hope it inspires you as much as it does us. 


So, from beach to mountains, we’re with you every step of the way until we meet again in the ballroom. Happy travels for a sensational rest of the summer.


Lance Avery Morgan

Editor-In-Chief &

Creative Director

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Portrait photography by Romy Suskin



The Contemporary Austin Hosts Dinner Al Fresco At Waterfront Residence
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Ben Porter

THE SETTING: The stunning mid-century style Lake Austin home of philanthropist Charles Attal was the recent setting of an al fresco dinner that raised funds for a very worthy cause. Over 120 of the city’s most notable art patrons and VIPs attended the event and were treated to great conversation, food, and musical performances.


THE STYLE: The Austin-chic crowd, wearing their best summery cocktail attire, were wowed the second they arrived at the Attal residence. Guests entered the garden overlooking Lake Austin and descended the staircase that perfectly complemented the beautiful grounds where cocktails and conversations awaited them. As attendees sipped on their libations, they toured the beautiful grounds while getting reacquainted with old friends and making new ones in the process.


Patrons then enjoyed a delectable buffet dinner where guests had their choice of dozens of al fresco bistro-style tables to savor the food and take in the fabulous water views. The festivities then moved to another area of the grounds where several colorful, artistic seating areas awaited them for the entertainment portion of the evening, all designed by Panacea Collective. Austin-born musician Calder Allen captivated the audience with a showstopping performance, capping off a phenomenal evening those fortunate enough to be a part of will not soon forget.


THE PURPOSE: The event raised funds for The Contemporary Austin museum. Proceeds from the event will go towards providing cutting-edge programs and art experiences serving tens of thousands of people in Austin, and beyond, each year.



Bayou Bend Celebrates With Annual Garden Party

By Jennifer Roosth      Photography by Jenny Antill and Wilson Parish

THE SETTING: Recently, guests enjoyed a beautiful spring evening at the annual Bayou Bend Garden Party to support the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. At twilight, the attendees gathered in the gardens of the historic Ima Hogg historic estate for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres under an extravagant tent featuring décor by The Events Company that included crystal chandeliers donned with greenery and lavender blooms.


THE STYLE: Everything about the event was ideal for the theme of a spring evening garden party. Tables were dressed with lavender-hued linens. The delicate floral arrangements of rosy pinks, lavenders, and magentas, and chargers with butterfly designs perfectly complemented the theme of this year’s event, the butterfly. Dinner was catered by City Kitchen and included summer melon salad with purslane, Jamon Serrano, pine nuts, basil gastrique, and shaved manchego; pinto bean cake; warm cabbage and celeriac slaw and jumbo asparagus; and grilled red snapper filet with olive oil, Meyer lemon, shallots, and capers finished with a chocolate pecan tart and Amarena cherry gelato. After dinner, guests danced the night away to live music by the David Caceres Band.


THE PURPOSE: This year’s soirée raised $533,000 for the Bayou Bend operating budget. Remarks were made by Gary Tinterow, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, followed by Jim Miller, the managing director for the Tanglewood Corporation. Earlier that weekend, the 5th Annual Bayou Bend Fashion Show Luncheon raised and additional $423,000, with The Galleria/Simon Property Group as the Principal Underwriter.

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