Spring is finally here…and we have even higher hopes for a brighter tomorrow. Our style chronicler, Eleanora Morrison, of, gleefully shares a curation of cheerful looks inspired by the Pantone colors of the year, Illuminating Yellow and Ultimate Gray


This double-breasted Prada coat is a beacon of hope that delivers the sunshine when skies are gray. Made famous by Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman, the coat is symbolic of light and unity. $3500. At


Elegant, timeless, and flattering, this Toccin python print bow-neck dress will turn heads from the board room to the ballroom and everywhere in between. $595. At


For an added pop of joy, why not don a silk scarf to elevate your chic ensemble? This Versace piece will perfectly do the trick. $295. At


We all know that shoes can make an outfit. These 60s-inspired Christian Louboutin heeled sandals are sure to add an extra element of character and pizzaz for a mood lift throughout your day. $895. At


Men’s suit designer Stefano Ricci has created a line of silk masks for men, with sartorial inspiration from Italy. The perfect accessory for a springtime evening look or formal affair. They’ll finish off a suit or a tuxedo, worn along with safe social distancing in place, adding just the right amount of tasteful flare. $110. At


As the days begin to warm up and we begin to dine al fresco and lounge poolside, why not also luxuriate glamorously? This Camilla lace-up dress is for the bold free spirits who want comfort and style at the same time. $699. At


With fewer places to go and fewer people to see, there’s less to carry these days. Convenient and practical, this Balenciaga Neo Classic Mini Bag is the perfect statement satchel for the season. $1850. At


We aren’t quite back on the dance floors yet, but that doesn’t mean we’ve lost our sparkle. The good times will roll once again. And when they do, these glamourous gray satin Manolo Blahnik mule pumps will make you the belle of the ball. $1,295. At


A quick pick-me-up is something that can bring you enjoyment all day long…and into the night. We suggest these Estate Collection yellow gold Victorian Etruscan Revival urn earrings, chosen from an extensive selection at Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. $2250. At


Peace and tranquility can be a part of your bedtime routine with Austin Horn’s collection of comforters. These dreamy patterns will soothe you right to sleep and have you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to take on each new morning. $875 (Comforter). At


Shiseido’s travel-friendly SPF compact foundation delivers a powdery finish while drying excess glow so that makeup won’t wear off or get sticky. Perfect for those springtime days spent outdoors. $30. At


When in doubt, accessorize. Add some panache to your Apple Watch with this durable scratch-and sweat-resistant strap by Casetify, available in a range of colors to suit your style or mood. $50. At



With spring here, a true sense of renewal has arrived in many forms. Our intuitive self-help expert, Austin-based Resonance Repatterning Practitioner, Mary Schneider, explains the importance of creating the new, while acknowledging the past.


Suddenly the promise of this spring brings a feeling of renewal. Difficult, dark days of the pandemic break into a shower of bright blooms. With proper governance and administration, the potential vaccine has given us the signature emotion of spring…hope. As we move into these hopeful days, we see through that long tunnel toward the light. Might the light herald a return to some semblance of normalcy?


So much today seems to be springing into freshness–so many new beginnings. The younger generation will be returning to school en masse. There is a new government in Washington. Others are returning to their offices, while some never will again, and people are further re-examining their careers. In the wake of this novelty, much of what we have known simply slips away. The pandemic foisted change upon us, and we wisely responded by letting go. In many cases, we let go of much that we would not have otherwise.


In the Ayurvedic chakra system, the throat chakra oversees new beginnings. Interestingly, it also rules letting go. As we are all a part of nature, we are at the same time nature itself. In fact, we are subject to much of that which occurs in it. The trees and plants let go of their bark and leaves so that they will return anew in spring. Humans let go to make way for the new. This throat chakra is also about truth and speaking your truth with courage. Communicating in this way makes people listen so that you can be authentically heard. People are drawn to the truth like moths to a flame. A deep resonance is felt, and no amount of logic or statistic can alter the listener’s belief in that truth. This connection is a profound experience.



As we venture from learning to let go in service to the pandemic’s demands, then with what are we left? If you’ve ever lost or given something away, you know letting go is a process. Some processes are much easier than others. The more challenging the letting go, the greater the potential for growth. The adage, the harder you work, the greater the return, is very true. Considering the amount of letting go required of us in 2020, we certainly experienced tremendous growth.


With growth, often the most fertile soil of the human experience is the family. Our family systems are profound settings of both challenge and resolution. Family members can trigger our emotions, both negative and positive. If we look at these situations as opportunities for growth, then we are using them for our highest good–and also for the benefit of our family members. We all realize that it’s often easier said than done.


Don Miguel Ruiz, who authored The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, offers these tips that outline his four agreements:

  • Be impeccable with your word.
  • Don’t take anything personally.
  • Don’t make assumptions.
  • Always do your best.


The second agreement, Don’t take anything personally, is one answer to family challenges and communication. It is rich with potential and interpretation. As the basis of that agreement, Ruiz helps us to stay out of anybody else’s business. He also wants us to be supportive and keep positive boundaries and limits. When we do not take anything personally, unkind words do not phase us. We feel no compulsion to respond, and that conflict has nowhere to go. It can just fizzle out. Ruiz’s other agreements are also worthy and thought-provoking.


With new beginnings, it is beneficial to look at the newness around us. Perhaps we might commit to finding one thing to let go of…and one new thing to bring into our life. Maybe you have already had enough to let go of and enough of the new. This is also perfect for you to have a safe, healthy, and hopeful spring.



Our very own fashionisto Gordan Kendall, considers Chanel’s influences and what she might think of shopping in Texas… for herself, today, fifty years after her death. Her legend lives on, yet does her style translate?


These days, the lists go on and on about what has gone up, down, came, or went. Whether related to the economy, the recent election, the Pandemic, the price of eggs, there’s always some marker. Of course, fashion can’t miss out on any trend. The year 2021 will be no exception as it will mark the milestone of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. What more can be said about this icon and her lifetime contributions to fashion? Any follower worth her or, now his, gold buttons and “Boy” bags, knows Chanel’s story.

Convent raised, where she learned to sew, and through skill and all sorts of talents, plus good timing, and even better luck, she established not only what we know as the Chanel brand, but also brought about new ways of thinking about fashion, based on simplicity, ease, and comfort. Her contemporary, Cristbal Balenciaga, noted Chanel had very little taste. Almost all of it good, he exclaimed.

Extravagant simplicity, priced simply extravagantly, came to be le style Chanel. Of course, it was Karl Lagerfeld, of late as well, who masterfully designed Chanel clothing and accessories that kept it consistently current with times and trends. Even so, much has happened since Chanel wafted into fashion’s hereafter that cold January morning in 1971. Given the opportunity to revive her 137-year-old spirit, what might she think of her fashion legacy now? How it has withstood her absence? In the world of fashion fantasy, it’s not too difficult to imagine what it might be like to go shopping today in Texas with Chanel…for Chanel.  


The lone figure in a beige wool suit stepped tentatively out from the Dallas mall and into The Store, the one that in her day Mr. Stanley had minded and had so feted her in September of 1957 with its very own fashion award. Then, they staged a fanciful show, a defilee of cows done up in fancy hats to the mirth of the fashionable crowd. Today, however, taking her sunglasses off and tucking them into the flap bag hung over her arm, she was here, not to party, but to peruse what had happened in her absence.

“Bon. Bon. Bon.” she exclaimed, seeing the entire wall of fragrances bearing her name. “…and right inside the front door, too. I like that. I’ve always said ‘a women should wear perfume where she wants to be kissed’…because I want to be paid when she wears mine. Oui?”

“Good morning,” cooed the approaching sales associate, “I just love that Chanel suit.”

“Non, non, Cherie, it is my suit.”

“Yes, but it is a Chanel suit, right?”  

“Don’t be ridiculous. It is the Chanel suit. Whose would I wear? That bit of upholstery Dior calls a suit?”   

“Then, perhaps, you should visit our boutique upstairs?”

Maintenant ca je dois voir. Oh, I’m in Texas now. I mean, ‘That I gotta see…Pardner.’”

Going up the escalator, she peered at the people she saw below. Where had most of their clothing gone?   

C’est quoi cette folie. What is this, craziness?” she exclaimed. “They are mostly naked, these young, not so young, people. I said it in 1968, and I must agree with myself, fashion has become nothing but une exhibition de Viande, a show of meat. But still, my sandals do look so well even with these awful blue pants cut so short on the legs with their edges fraying loose.

There was a flurry of excitement as she entered her namesake boutique on the third floor. Associates and other shoppers crowded around; all were holding some kind of metal plates in their hands. Annoying, as they occasionally emitted blinding blinks of light into her eyes. 

“Love the hat,” exclaimed one young man, who then swept it off her head and onto his own. “Post this on Insta, everyone.”  

“You’ve nailed that retro look,” screamed one young lady. “So very vintage.”

“Vintage, you say? Mais, non, this is…was…from my latest collection. No one will buy someone else’s old clothes to wear. Quelle folle. There is no fashion in old clothes, I predict, you’ll see,” she said with a knowing wink of her eye.

Then, all of a sudden, she was whisked into the changing room by the crowd, each holding some kind of garment, at once strange, but also somehow familiar, as each bore her famous “double-C, interlocking logo, the one she knew so well.

“No, go with the leggings under the shorts,” said one.

“But how about this tunic top, instead?” asked another.

“We need to fun-it-up,” declared one holding studded wrap band bracelets and a beret to replace her bowler hat. “Here… Post this on Insta.”  

“Now, I know what it was like in the cabines, my girls being pushed and prodded about,” she sighed.

After a bit of a tussle over whether to ‘just go with the high-tops and definitely not the booties,’ with the tweed-covered sneakers winning the most likes from someone or something they seemed all able to communicate with through those strange metal plates, she emerged from the changing room and stood in front of the boutique mirror.

“Here,” said the young man, still wearing her hat, “You need this,” and with a flourish, he belted a large, long zippered pouch around her middle, her Chanel name, in all caps, boldly displayed across her very own Chanel derriere. “Quick. Post it on Insta.” 

“What’s this? A costume pour le sport?” she asked into the mirror. “Ah, but these what you call ‘sneeek-eures,’ they are comfortable. Massaro’s slingbacks can cut so. Even if I did design them for him.”


Gone was the beige suit. Instead, she stood in red and black shorts worn over black patterned leggings, surprisingly easy to get used to for someone so used to wearing skirts. So much better able to move about in. A sleek sweater set, one red beneath a red and gold plaid, replaced the blouse and jacket. The enormous black beret sat at a jaunty angle on her head.  

“Totally love the fanny pack,” said one. “It makes it casual…post it on Insta.”

Un ‘fanny-paque’? And what are these dreadful things you keep holding up into my face?” she asked.

“Oh, we’ve so got to get you on Insta, Guurl,” they all said.

“This ‘Insta’ what is it?” Chanel was perplexed; she didn’t like to be perplexed.

“Look,” said one showing her the device, “You can post your picture on it. Get followers, even buy stuff.”

“Indeed” Chanel said, as she turned the metal plate, now alive with images appearing on its surface, in her hand.

“You mean it can really be a phone and a camera at the same time? These ‘followers.’ Why would anyone want to follow me? I can buy things, Non? With this ‘Insta’ character?”   

The crowd gathered around Chanel, each posing with her, moving her this way and that to “get the right look” All around, other shoppers watched the group, taking their own pictures at what must surely be a celerity in the store. The young man handed back her hat and clothes, folded into a glossy black carrier bag for the trip back.

“How would you like to pay for these?” asked the associate.

“Oh, of course, just how you say ‘post it on my ‘Insta’?” Chanel said. She waved a goodbye and headed over in the time she had left to see what that Christian Dior had once again decreed what everyone, except she, should wear.




Local eateries offer more than just comfort food during challenging times…they offer a true sense of community. Join our editors Lance Avery Morgan in Austin, Cynthia Smoot in Dallas, Jennifer Roosth in Houston, and Eleanora Morrison in San Antonio as they share their statewide selections that are socially safe.


So Well Done Austin Salad


New Austin, in Dripping Springs, Abby Jane Bakeshop is a locally owned bakery committed to using stone-milled, heritage flours in all their baked goods. The leavened breads, flaky pastries, and seasonal desserts tempt, along with Roman-style pizzas, grain salads, coffee, tea, and local brews. At

The Lolo Austin Texas wine bar


The new Teal House Coffee and Bakery on SoCo is already famous for its rolls, croissants, and pies. The family-run shop’s caramel sticky buns, cookies, and cinnamon rolls with Nutella, as well as  light lunch options such as soups, salads, and sandwiches on bread made in-house, are all equally tempting. At

Rebel Cheese Austin Texas


The new Tony C’s Pizza & Beer Garden serves up a cheery style as a side dish to its fan-favorite New York-style pizza, salads, and homemade lasagna. Plus, there’s a large selection of beers on draft, as well as plenty of wine to pair with your meal. At


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Texas native and Nashville-bred, Palmer Fortune has tongues wagging with the creation of an authentic Nashville hot chicken concept called Palmer’s Hot Chicken. The entire menu is made from scratch, and their chicken requires a laborious 24-hour process. Enjoy Palmer’s famous frosé on the covered patio, complete with fans, during warmer Texas weather. At

Georgie Dallas Restaurant


Once a vintage gas station built in 1922, Thunderbird Station is a full-service bar with bites in Deep Ellum, known for its nostalgic menu and space. With indoor seating and a giant patio, it has a place for everyone. At

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Located in far North Dallas, LADA is a new fine-casual concept from Chef Michael Ehlert. The former executive chef of Mirador and The French Room has created a menu featuring six different enchilada options, elotes (corn) on a stick, Mexican fried rice, and more. Ehlert’s vision is to create elevated dishes based on traditional favorites. At


Bottled Blonde Pizzeria + Bier Garden


The pizzeria with pizzazz, inspired by the team behind Nancy’s Hustle, has opened up in a new locale that has something for everyone: vegetables, pasta, pizza, and ice cream, along with natural wines, beers, ciders, cocktails, and root beer. At

Chocolate Crepe Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café


The place to be in Montrose is 93 Til. It has an innovative menu, lots of records paired with innovative cocktails, and laid-back vibes. In fact, a new record playlist is created nightly so that the action never stops. At

Adair Restaurant Houston


The best new Thai restaurant in Houston just might be Street to Kitchen. Count on everything here being made from scratch, including the curry pastes and sauces that go into the specialty dishes like Pad Thai. At


Salad from Jardin San Antonio


As San Antonios premier contemporary Japanese sushi house, Uniko serves high-quality fresh

fish from across the globe. With a selection incomparable to other sushi restaurants in town,

locals may enjoy weekly specials of ultra-rare varieties. At

Los Azulejos San Antonio


Southtown has a new pearl of an eatery: Little Ems Oyster Bar. Young, local newlyweds Emily and Houston Carpenter left no half-shell unturned with the concept for their hip hot spot that recently opened. Already a hit for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, this menu is a must-try next time you find yourself wandering in King William. At

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Now open at San Antonios Boardwalk center on lower Broadway, the team behind the Chocollazo pastry shop has introduced their new dessert concept, Black + White Modern Creamery, serving fresh, locally made dairy and non-dairy ice cream and cold treats in traditional and modern flavors. At



This spring, go ahead…try something new. In fact, try new things often. Here, our cool hunter Lance Avery Morgan, recommends some of his favorite finds for you to enjoy.

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Celeb entrepreneur Rande Gerber has teamed with Thursday Boots to create and launch the Thursday Casamoto boot, which comes in black and café brown. The zip and lace-up easily goes from business breakfast to a night on the town. $235. At


Looking for a new art experience in Houston, a city already well known for its artful side? Check out the city’s new experiential art museum, Seismique. Its 40-plus unique exhibits overflow with dazzling displays of light generated by 9 million LEDs, color, sound, and natural elements. At

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These custom love letter silvertone brass cufflinks are a unique gift for dad, son, hubby, and beyond. Inside the cufflink, envelope sits a note that can be personalized on wood with whatever you’d like to write. Truly, it’s the personalized gift of a lifetime. $105. At


The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles is officially open and was built to the tune of almost $500 million. Years in the making, and designed by Renzo Piano, its vast holdings include more than 100,000 titles, including obscure documentaries and early American movies; roughly 10 million photographs; 80,000 screenplays; 50,000 posters; and tens of thousands of production and costume design drawings. At

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The perfect fitting white shirt is like the start of spring itself…bright and full of potential. That’s why we love the pristine white shirt (okay, we love the other colors and patterns, too) from UNTUCKit. It’s for the guy who wants to look sharp, even if he is untucked. We like the wrinkle-free Las Cases shirt. $99, as shown. At 80 stores and


The most comfortable slip-on for auto or for feet on the street is the men’s driver shoe. It’s from a new grounding footwear that helps health-conscious men and women replenish their bodies with energy from the earth (electrons). $155, as shown. At

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Some would say the Chevrolet Corvette, when it was introduced in 1953, was the most revolutionary luxury sports car of the era. Fast forward with our on-the-go Mike Satterfield of The Gentleman, who unleashes the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette C8, the ultimate weekend warrior.



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I must admit I didn’t know what to expect from the new Corvette C8. The first production mid-engine Corvette has the potential to be a blue-collar exotic, punching well above its weight. It has the look, but only driving it would determine if this new generation of American sportscar was a worthy competitor to the Italian and British supercars that have dominated the category for decades.

On paper, the C8 has much to offer: outstanding performance, stunning good looks, and a massive trunk (by exotic-car standards) that has the ability to carry a full-size golf bag. My first impression is it looks even better in person. Remove the Corvette badges, and most people would never guess they were looking at a car that costs about the same as a nicely equipped Volkswagen Touareg.

Blasting down the back roads of Texas, the C8 is everything you want in a sportscar: open-top, a great soundtrack, razor-sharp handling, and looks that draw attention anywhere you go. Park a C8, and there will be a crowd ranging from high school kids to much older car enthusiasts, all excited to see the new Corvette. While this will fade over time, as more C8s are delivered, this was the first American car I have tested that has ever drawn as much attention and interest as a McLaren or a Lamborghini.

The new C8 isn’t just cool to look at; it has the performance and handling to go head-to-head with other mid-engine sports cars on the market today. With a base price of just $58,900, the new Corvette is thousands less than the four-cylinder Alfa Romeo 4C and has a faster 0-60 time than the Audi R8, a car that starts at over $140,000 more. Add on the $5,000 Z51 performance package and the 0-60 time drops to match that of the Ferrari F8 and Ford GT, for hundreds of thousands of dollars less.


Also, it is fair to mention that unlike Ford or Ferrari, Chevrolet will simply sell you a car, without an application process requiring you to tell the manufacturer why you deserve to buy their car or contract to restrict your ability to sell the vehicle in the future. You can simply walk into the local Chevrolet dealer and place an order.

The C8 I tested did not have the Z51 performance package, yet did have some excellent options, bumping the price to just over $71,000, far less than any comparable exotic, but also within the range of most modern sports sedans and muscle cars. A Shelby GT500 starts at $74,095, a new Porsche 911 at just over $99,000, and the entry-level Aston Martin Vantage will set you back $139,000, making the C8 look like even more of a bargain. The real comparison to the supercars will be the Z06 version of the new Corvette, which is slated to be released in the 2022 model year. With its C8.R derived 600hp V8, active aero, and likely starting price at under $100K, it will be hard to justify buying any supercar for twice the price.

But it isn’t going to be enough for the new Corvette just to be a good deal. It has to be on par with the competition in performance, technology, and especially build quality. I drove a 2018 C7 Grand Sport last year, which had some quality issues I would not expect on a car with an MSRP of over $85K. The new C8 addressed my concerns from the previous generations. Not only does the Corvette handle, stop, and drive as you would expect from a modern supercar, it has the fit, finishes, and details of cars that are far more expensive. Unlike past Corvettes, the C8 doesn’t feel like a parts bin special, made of borrowed parts from other GM pickup trucks and passenger cars. Everything you touch in the car feels high quality and bespoke to the Corvette.

The other advantage the new Corvette has over the boutique sportscar manufacturers is it is supported by General Motors’ resources, which gives the Corvette the network and technology of one of the largest carmakers on earth. There is no oddball operating systems for the infotainment and HVAC, no $2,000 oil changes or phantom dealer network, and no wildly overpriced tuning required if you want to modify it. With a small block Chevy between the rear quarters, the automotive aftermarket has endless options for Corvette owners seeking more performance.


Before the C8, I never considered myself a Corvette guy. I liked them, mostly the classic models. But modern Corvettes never really appealed to me. I never found myself wanting to buy one, but one weekend in the new C8 made me a believer. In Sport mode, it is lively, loud, and fun, especially with the top off. Swap over to Tour Mode, pop the top on, it settles down and delivers an average of 22 mpg with a quiet cabin, perfect for enjoying the excellent sound system. Chevrolet managed to build a Corvette that can do everything: it’s a real working-class hero on a track day or canyon run, while still comfortable enough for a lazy Sunday drive or down to the local country club.  

With two decent-sized trunks, a reliable American V8 in the middle, and a Targa top or full convertible, it is hard not to like the new C8. I drove the Corvette back-to-back against the McLaren 570S, a car that is over $130,000 more than the Corvette. While the McLaren was better, I don’t know if it was $130,000 better. The Corvette is not as raw as the McLaren, which has more of a sense of occasion since even at lower speeds, the 570S feels like a race car. Perhaps a better comparison would be the new McLaren GT, a vehicle designed to offer a better ride, more storage space–or even hold a set of golf clubs. But for the price of a McLaren GT, you could have three new C8s and still have money left over.

The Corvette is sporty, and with a few minor tweaks to the suspension, exhaust, and perhaps adding an aftermarket supercharger, it could be a lot more car for a lot less than its British and Italian counterparts. While we have had some American supercars before, like the Ford GT, the Saleen S7, and the SSC Aero, none have ever been so obtainable and realistic, making the C8 the perfect weekend (and weekday) toy.