CONNECTING THE DOTS

CONNECTING THE DOTS

Now that we are back in the swing of things, some of us are reengaging with others like never before. Others are taking it a bit slowly. Our Austin-based Resonance Repatterning expert, Mary Schneider, offers insight on moving forward with others.

WELCOME BACK

What an amazing night it was…I went to an actual party, yet I haven’t been out again quite yet. I am being gentle with myself. A therapist wisely counseled me to take it easy and not over-expose myself too quickly. Not due to the pandemic, mind you, but in order to not end up with a “hangover” from too much socializing too hastily. Many people have made the same decision.

 

What has happened in this post-Covid era is slowly becoming a trend. People spent an inordinate amount of time, often alone, in their homes for the past eighteen months. This we know. Many of us developed a curiosity about what society would look like after the pandemic. Welcome. Now we are beginning to get a taste of it. Of course, many people and their families lost loved ones in these last eighteen months. We send them all love, light, healing, and blessings. We wish you peace.

 

Growing re-connectedness. We have coined a new term here. When you make a new friend, there is a choice. A choice to retreat to old ways of being or maybe, try something new. Covid and its subsequent isolation have provided us with a tabula rasa if you will (the theory that individuals are born without built-in mental content; therefore, all knowledge comes from experience or perception). Interacting with selective amounts of people allows us to polish up our communication skills. We are also compelled to go deeper, as opposed to hanging out in what is familiar.

It may just be that we have no desire to do this going deeper-thing. And, being obliged to feel perhaps uncomfortable. There is a wonderful growth opportunity here, though–one of the silver linings of the pandemic. We are invited to try styles of relating to which we may be unaccustomed. Possibly we could be more open. Or, at the other end of the spectrum, we might be more quiet. Being in the same group of people for lengthy periods can magnify our mistakes. Yet, we see that despite our mistakes, we are still loved. We can heal them. I see increased self-acceptance leading to treating oneself more gently, and therefore, intimacy can improve.

 

ELECT TO CONNECT

Of course, with old friends, we can attribute our newfound relationship conduct to being isolated for so long. Over time as we move back out into society, the improved communication patterns we developed can positively affect all our relationships. We begin to reap the benefits of intimacy as a shared outcome. Intimacy (think of into-me-see) is a process where people know one another on a deep level. Many married couples have this, and best friends can, as well. It depends upon the basis of the relationship. The presence of true intimacy is a gift of divine proportion and is to be treasured. This intimacy requires a certain amount of vulnerability–authenticity coupled with the heart. The heart confers the capacity to express our feelings and state our needs.

 

Going back out into the world, we find our relationships are transforming. True intimacy allows us to talk about how we feel without remorse. It also allows us to express our needs with the expectation they will be met making us feel loved deeply. The deeper the intimacy, the greater the love. Intimacy and love increase exponentially. Self-love and self-acceptance are present, and we recognize we are beloved.

 

Ultimately, this agreement we made to engage in a quarantine lifestyle opens us to uncharted territory residing within us that we have always wanted to access. If we give ourselves this gift of self-love, we will have more to come back to when the pandemic is finally truly over. Covid-19 gave some of us a more authentic life.

 

Most importantly, we took the opportunity we were given and made the most of it. Lemons can always become lemonade. It turns the silver lining into pure gold, allowing us to see that we can love ourselves and love others as ourselves. We can see their mistakes, and we can let them go.

BACK IN CIRCULATION

BACK IN CIRCULATION

With social gatherings at an all-time high again, we loved the renewed relatability. Join our editors Jake Gaines in Austin, Cynthia Smoot in Dallas, Jennifer Roosth in Houston, and Eleanora Morrison in San Antonio as they share their statewide selections that are perfect to kick off fall.

AUSTIN

So Well Done Austin Salad

WHISTLE, WHY DON’T YOU?

Whisler’s, the craft-cocktail bar, mezcalería, and speakeasy-style haunt on the Eastside creates cocktails that are completely unexpected and expertly executed…it’s what they are known for most. So for a truly special time with friends, this is the place to gather for a memorable experience.

At WhislersATX.com.

The Lolo Austin Texas wine bar

IT’S LIKE FAMILY

In two locations now, Uncle Nicky’s Italian Specialties brings to the city a relaxed and approachable, all-day dining experience reminiscent of the cafes of Northern Italy to the city. With plenty of cocktail selections, the all-day service will have you there morning, noon, or night.

At UncleNickys.com.

Rebel Cheese Austin Texas

TO MARKET WE SHALL GO

Opening this fall on the trendy SoCo will be the  40,000 square feet of restaurants including Mignette, a bakery, and diner from Michael Fojtasek of Olamaie; a wine bar, butcher shop, and produce store from Salt & Time; Hawaiian pizza chain Fire Dance Pizza; and a location of local charitable coffee shop, Greater Goods Coffee Co., to name a few.

At StElmoMarket.com.

DALLAS

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SIGNATURE SUCCESS

For many years, in their trips to Napa, Tiffany and Daniel Moon developed a great appreciation of the complexity, sophistication, and different flavor profiles of wine. In 2009 they launched their own signature Estate Reserve wines from Napa Valley as a private passion project, Three Moons Wine. Offerings include a 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, a 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, or a 2018 Proprietary Red Blend. Prices start at $42 a bottle and are shipped directly to you.

At ThreeMoonsWine.com.

Georgie Dallas Restaurant

BEYOND CHICKEN

Firebird Fowl is serving up classic favorite foods with a Texas twist. In addition to the chicken and turkey menu options, you’ll enjoy the ranch-to-table duck, emu, ostrich and Texas quail choices. The cocktail menu features specialty beverages created from house-made infused spirits–even ice-creams on the dessert menu will be alcohol infused. At this Uptown high energy restaurant and bar, fowl play is encouraged.

At FirebirdFowl.com.

Food from Rise & Thyme Dallas tTexas

LUCKY LORO

Loro, an Asian smokehouse and bar concept from Austin’s Chef Tyson Cole and Pitmaster Aaron Franklin, features grilled and smoked meats with Southeast Asian and Japanese-inspired sauces and sides. The communal indoor space and patio were designed to emulate good old Texas dance halls. With Chef de Cuisine Mike Perez at the helm, Loro Dallas offers dishes exclusive to this location, such as fish and chips, French onion brisket melt, and brisket coconut rice.

At LoroEats.com.

HOUSTON

Bottled Blonde Pizzeria + Bier Garden

SUITING UP

There’s a new hot spot in Houston (and Fort Worth) where it’s all fun and games. Pinstripes is a multi-concept restaurant that not only offers terrific food and cocktails, but also is a great venue for entertainment like Bocce ball, bowling, and more.

At Pinstripes.com.

Chocolate Crepe Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café

COASTAL VIBE

Eugene’s, formerly Danton’s in River Oaks, the clientele loves the daily specials, from Gulf Coast favorites red snapper, ling, Mahi Mahi, and grouper, to seasonal specials like crawfish, soft-shell crab, and wild-caught salmon.  Then there’s the all-natural, certified Angus beef filets and ribeye steaks, fire-grilled over oak and hickory.

At EugenesHouston.com.

Adair Restaurant Houston

ALWAYS GRATEFUL

Gratify Bistro, in the West U neighborhood, transports guests to a classic and Baroque French environment. In fact, it’s a grown-up escape from the every day where the disco ball shimmers and martinis flow. There are plenty of freshly shucked oysters, crudo, tartare, and caviar selections.

At GratifyHouston.com

SAN ANTONIO

Salad from Jardin San Antonio

LASTEST LUXE

Landrace, now open at the new Thompson Hotel, honors the pastoral beauty of foods that can be traced back to the land where they are naturally shepherded over time. The seasonal menus  celebrate regional Texas ingredients and heritage growers close to home. James Beard Award finalist Steve McHugh, known as San Antonio’s most celebrated chef, helms it.

At LandraceTX.com.

Los Azulejos San Antonio

SIGNATURE STYLE

Stout’s Signature, located at the Tobin Center, is the perfect place for a pre-performance gathering. It features upscale plates, from filets to risottos, with a full bar of handcrafted cocktails. We love the wide selection of pizzas and appetizers, too.

At StoutsSignature.com.

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HOUSE AND HOME

The airy Guenther House is the Art Nouveau and Victorian home at the Pioneer Flour Mills that offers homey breakfast and lunch, American and Tex-Mex fare, outdoor dining, and event space for special occasions.

At GuentherHouse.com.

ROVING THE LAND

ROVING THE LAND

The Luxury Of Utility Is Found In The New Land Rover Defender

By Michael Satterfield

Photography by Lucas Kepner

HOME ON THE RANGE

Few vehicles are as beloved as the original Land Rover Defender. The iconic off-roader gained a reputation globally for its rugged capability and broad appeal. You could spot almost anyone behind the wheel of a Defender…from the local farmer to the Prince of Wales, that’s how ubiquitous they are. It was considered to be the British equivalent of the Willys Jeep (the original Land Rover prototype was built on a Jeep chassis). In fact, the utilitarian design was part tractor and part passenger car. What started as a simple farm implement became an international icon and the legacy behind one of the most well-known luxury brands in the world.

 

In 2016, the original Defender’s over thirty-year production run came to an end, so replacing a vehicle beloved by so many would be a monumental task. The new Defender would need to harness the rugged image and styling of the classic Defender, yet in a modern package. Somehow the two-door 2021 Defender 90 ticks all the boxes, with its timeless retro style, rugged utilitarian interior, and the right amount of luxury without being pretentious. This isn’t an ultra-luxurious Range Rover; this is a proper go-anywhere off-road vehicle built for the country but still civilized enough to drive to the city. Plus, it looks even better once you get it dirty.

 

I decided to take the Defender out to its natural habitat, a country estate here in Texas, to put it through its paces. This model is the limited-production First Edition, which gets several upgrades over the base model, including a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 395hp, a front jump seat, white contrast painted roof, 20-inch wheels, Electronic Air Suspension, and several other technology features. But by far, the best option is the folding fabric roof that spans almost the entire length of the passenger compartment for when you want to feel the wind in your hair, and the sun on your face while driving down a narrow country byway.

DETAILED DATA

Inside is sparse. The rubber floors, rugged door panels with exposed body-color sheet metal, simple controls, and weather-resistant materials cover the seats and dash. The First Edition has a unique leather and woven textile seating combination that looks like it will hold up to almost anything, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob. Looking graceful while getting in and out of the back seat is quite the task, yet with the front jump seat, the Defender 90 offers seating for six in a pinch. It is perfectly comfortable for four adults. Cargo space is limited, so plan on adding a roof rack if you want to haul people and luggage.

 

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Defender’s air suspension can be set in the Off-Road mode, which gives the little Rover 11.5 inches of ground clearance, while the base model with its standard coil suspension still offers 8.9 inches of clearance. Across the fields, streams, and through the woods, the Defender was confident, inspiring, and felt planted. When the trail gets tight, or there are obstacles to overcome, the standard surround-view camera system shows both front wheels, so no one has to get out to spot where the big rock is on the trail. The Terrain Response system also takes the guesswork out of off-roading.  Simply select the mode: Auto, Grass, Gravel, Snow, Mud Ruts, Sand, or Rock Crawl. Combined with the Hill Descent Control and All-Terrain Progress Control systems, the 90 can make almost anyone feel like an off-road hero.

While I don’t think you can go wrong buying any Defender, I would put my money down on the Defender 90 base model. With its simple mechanical suspension, 296 hp turbocharged four-cylinder, and an extensive ala carte options menu, you can be driving a Defender 90 for under $50,000. That is a deal considering a fully loaded Defender 90 X can come in at just over $90,000.

PATRICIAN EDITION 

No matter which Defender model you choose, Land Rover has made it simple to add on four choices of accessories to fit any lifestyle. The $1,902 Country Pack includes mudflaps, additional scuff plates, fender flares, and even a portable rinse system. The $2,817 Adventure Pack includes gear racks, an integrated air compressor, and several other off-road-focused accessories. At $4,259, the Explorer Pack is designed for the hardcore off-road enthusiast and includes the Expedition Roof Rack, a raised air intake, and other overland-focused accessories. Finally, for the more urban explorer, Land Rover offers the Urban Pack at $1,317 that includes metal pedals, rear scuff plate, front under shield, and a spare wheel cover.

 

For those seeking the ultimate adventure, Land Rover has released the limited production Trophy Edition. Starting at $90,000, just 220 of this unique Defender model will be sold in the United States. Owners who opt to purchase the Trophy Edition will be invited to compete in an off-road adventure competition hosted at the world-famous Biltmore Estate in Ashville, North Carolina. The competition will consist of a series of challenges ranging from off-roading to teamwork and physical skills. The winning team from the U.S. will earn the chance to compete in the 2022 Eastnor Trophy Experience in the United Kingdom against teams from around the world.

The Defender is currently available at dealerships and is priced in the ballpark of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon or a well-optioned Ford Bronco, but with the Defender, you become part of the legend. Even if you never take an adventure to a distant land, even driving the Defender to the grocery store feels more adventurous. Besides, who doesn’t need a little more adventure in their life these days?  

HIGH STYLE

HIGH STYLE

The best new fall books are beyond spectacular. Glorious, colorful, and enticing, enter the worlds they inspire, as recommended by our own bibliophile, Lance Avery Morgan.

CHARLOTTE MOSS FLOWERS

HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON: PARIS REVISITED 

By Henri Cartier-Bresson

He was known as the eye of the 20th century and is one of the world’s most acclaimed photographers. Paris was Cartier-Bresson’s home, on and off, for most of his life, and the photographs he took of the city and its people are some of his most recognizable and beloved images.

$60. At Thames&HudsonUSA.com.

THE MEN’S FASHION BOOK

By Jacob Gallagher

Take an unparalleled A–Z deep dive into the designers, photographers, icons, and other creatives who have produced and inspired the most memorable looks in menswear–and are still advancing today’s renaissance in men’s clothing and style. Perfect for any gent in your life.

$79.95. At Phaidon.com.

DESIGNING INTERIORS
THE BEAUTY BRIEF

MONIQUE LHUILLIER: DREAMING OF FASHION AND GLAMOUR 

By Monique Lhuillier

Some of the beloved superstar designer’s most memorable bridal and sumptuous red-carpet creations are highlighted, along with her ready-to-wear line, home and fragrance products, and other lifestyle initiatives. This book is just part of her brand’s larger 25th anniversary celebration.

$95. At RizzoliUSA.com

LAKE FLATO: THE HOUSES

By Oscar Riera Ojeda and Helen Thompson

Take a deeper look at this Texas firm’s most recent residential projects built in partnership with the land, rooted in its particular place, and responding in a meaningful way to the natural or built environment. This approach has served them well for the last 30 years and continues even more so today.

$85. At RizzoliUSA.com.

INVITING INTERIORS
FASHION IN THE 90S

THE ROLLING STONES: UNZIPPED

By Anthony DeCurtis

For almost 60 years, the Rolling Stones have helped shape popular culture around the world. Unzipped traces their impact and influence on rock music, art, design, fashion, photography, and filmmaking. Packed with many never-before-seen photos, artwork, and memorabilia, you’ll be immersed in their glam rock atmosphere.

$65. At Thames&HudsonUSA.com.

FROM PALM BEACH TO SHANGRA LA

By Jane S. Day

The architecture of Marion Sims Wyeth defines one of the most preeminent design talents of his day. This richly illustrated book takes readers into the legendary abodes of Marjorie Merriweather Post and Doris Duke—Mar-a-Lago and Shangri La, respectively—as well as the less well-known but equally spectacular Hogarcito and La Claridad, to name but a few.

$75. At RizzoliUSA.com.

MID-CENTURY TRIM WHITE BORDER
ISLAND WHIMSY

LIFE IN A FRENCH COUNTRY HOUSE: ENTERTAINING FOR ALL SEASONS 

By Cordelia de Castellane

With tips and inspirations for living and entertaining à la française, you will delight in learning how to re-create chic French style for holiday celebrations, special events, and everyday occasions with seasonal tableware, recipes, interior design, and floral arrangements.

$50. At RizzoliUSA.com.

ATLAS OF INTERIOR DESIGN

By Dominic Bradbury

Here is an inspiring, unparalleled global tour of more than 400 captivating residential interiors from the past eight decades. From classic to contemporary, minimal to maximal, the homes included illuminate the design tropes unique to their location’s context, while others confound preconceived ideas of vernacular design to spectacular effect.

$89.95. At Phaidon.com

STAMPS STAMPS
ISLAND WHIMSY

MUSÉE PICASSO PARIS

By Anne Baldassari

Written by the museum’s former president, The Musée Picasso Paris houses the most impressive collection of Picasso’s works. Now you can visit this extensive collection from the comfort of your favorite reading spot, thanks to this canon of his works.

$40. At RizzoliUSA.com.

HOME: A CELEBRATION–NOTABLE VOICES REFLECT ON THE MEANING OF HOME

By Charlotte Moss

Moss presents a fascinating range of creatives, across all practices who share what “home” means to them. The primary objective in doing this project was to benefit No Kid Hungry, a wonderful organization whose mission became all the more vital during the last year.

$50. At RizzoliUSA.com.

STAMPS STAMPS
ISLAND WHIMSY

COLLECTED INTERIORS: ROOMS THAT TELL A STORY

By Judith Nasatir

The curated interiors of Philip Mitchell reveal layered and timeless style on full display in his featured homes—many never-before-published—where he masterfully incorporates a wide-ranging mix of antiques, vintage collectibles, and contemporary pieces. He dials in everything from inherited furniture collections to modern art—in rooms that overflow with memories and warmth.

$55. At RizzoliUSA.com.

INTERIOR AFFAIRS: SOFIA ASPE AND THE ART OF DESIGN 

By Sofia Aspe

The prominent Mexican interior designer presents homes that harmoniously balance eclectic character with modern and contemporary elegance. The book features residences in Mexico City, Spain, Florida, Texas, and other locales that will inspire your own interior designs.

$60. At RizzoliUSA.com.

STAMPS STAMPS
ISLAND WHIMSY

PACIFIC NATURAL AT HOME 

By Jenny Kayne

The book includes lifestyle and design guru Kayne’s home, as well as those of a range of women Kayne admires and who share her reverence for nature, a neutral palette, organic and renewable materials, and the goal of creating a calm, cosseting nest for family and friends.

$45. At RizzoliUSA.com.

THE ARCHITECTURE OF CHANEL

By Peter Martino

This tome tells the fascinating story of the 25-year long collaboration of two remarkable legends–Coco Chanel and Peter Marino. Through a stunning collection of sixteen buildings, the book shows how Marino’s architecture and interior design elevated Chanel’s luxury retail spaces to the realm of fine art.

$125. At Phaidon.com.

STAMPS STAMPS
ISLAND WHIMSY

CHÂTEAU DE ‘HAROUÉ: THE HOME OF THE PRINCES DE BEAUVAU-CRAON 

By Victoria Botana de Beauvau-Craon and Minnie de Beauvau-Craon

Château De ‘Haroué, an estate located in a remote village in the Lorraine region of northeastern France, is an unrivaled treasure of Gallic culture and heritage. Built between 1720 and 1729 for Marc de Beauvau, Prince de Beauvau-Craon, constable of Lorraine and viceroy of Tuscany, his descendants have inhabited the castle ever since and are devoted to stewarding this remarkable estate. Perfect for your favorite Francophile.

$65. At RizzoliUSA.com.

WONDERLAND

By Annie Leibovitz

The luxe book features more than 350 photographs by the renowned photographer, most of which were previously uncollected–including over 30 images never before published and more than 90 images that have not been seen since their original magazine publication. This is a personal library must-have.

$89.95. At Phaidon.com.

STAMPS STAMPS
ISLAND WHIMSY

A TUSCAN ADVENTURE, CASTELLO DI POTENTINO: THE RESTORATION OF A CASTLE

By Charlotte Horton

Offering readers an intimate portrait of the renovation and life at Potentino, this enthralling account of revitalizing the Castello into a thriving vineyard, charming bed and breakfast, and vibrant arts center provides engaging text and anecdotal stories to its audience.

$65. At RizzoliUSA.com.

COMING HOME, MODERN RUSTIC: CREATIVE LIVING IN DUTCH INTERIORS 

By Barbara de Vries

This book showcases original and resourceful living in the Netherlands at its best. The properties—including historic canal houses, restored farms, and eco-friendly homes—have been brought into the twenty-first century with typical Dutch style and sensibility, showing a wide range of imaginative spaces filled with color and informal charm.

$50. At RizzoliUSA.com.

STAMPS STAMPS
ISLAND WHIMSY

LIGURIA: THE COOKBOOK

By Laurel Evans

Leave it to Texas native Evans, who immersed herself in the kitchens, restaurants, and markets of the Italian Riviera, building relationships with chefs, shopkeepers, producers, and nonne who drive the local cuisine. This book showcases all that she discovered: a cuisine that is beautiful but humble, plant-forward, seasonal, and waste-conscious. This is a healthy cuisine book like no other.

$45. At RizzoliUSA.com.

THE LATIN AMERICAN COOKBOOK

By Virgilio Martinez

Rarely has the incredible range of cuisines from Mexico’s tropical coasts to the icy islands at the foot of South America been documented as comprehensively as in this collection. Savor the 600 remarkable recipes that bring to life the vibrancy of Latin America and its myriad influences–indigenous, European, Asian and beyond.

$49.95. At Phaidon.com.

STAMPS STAMPS
BETTER THAN EVER

BETTER THAN EVER

Fabulous fashion is back this fall, bold and beautiful. Now that we are returning to board rooms and ballrooms, we’re craving connection and communication—optimistic expression through fabulous flair. Our vivacious style hunter Eleanora Morrison, of Eleanora.co., weighs in with her boisterous recommendations.

A DOLL’S HOUSE

For a Texas fall, we always love a billowy blouse. Perfect for the days when the heat starts to subside, and the breezes begin to blow like this Loewe Doll House Printed Oversized Shirt for your transitional seasonal wardrobe.

$1,550. At Neiman Marcus.

THAT MAKES TOTAL SCENTS

The best accessory to any room is a vibrant scent that evokes your mood. We recommend Set To Jet, the 100% environmentally safe soy, long-burning candle. It was created by Dirty Bartender Candles and The Society Chronicles for the brand-new luxury candle collection, Social-Lite Candles. There are many gorgeous scents from which to choose, in 11 oz. platinum glass.

$58. At DirtyBartender.com.

FALL’S PICK-ME-UP

An easy way to perk up any outfit is with a colorful pair of earrings that makes your gorgeous face the focus. We love these perennially happy and hand-crafted creations from Cassandra Collections. These 14k gold-filled, multi-floral earrings with pearls are a delight.

$350. At CassandraCollections.com.  

COLOR ME GORGEOUS

Leave it to Italian craftsmanship to make a colorful splash to add more vibrance to your ensemble. These sparkling bags are perfect from sunrise to sundown.

Prices vary from $360. By Mela of Italy. At The Garden Room, Austin.

GOOD FOR BEAUTY

The Estée Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Campaign has created a global impact since 1992. When you purchase the company’s product, a portion of the purchase price will raise funds towards the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF). We recommend the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex that harnesses the restorative power of night to deliver accelerated visible renewal.

$105. At EsteeLauder.com.

NATURE’S NEUTRAL

You know what they say about animal print—it’s nature’s neutral, and we love it to make a statement. This Turlington Leopard & Cherry-Print Cady Jacket will add just enough ‘wild thing’ to your seasonal ensembles.

$3,195. At Neiman Marcus.

FUSCHIA AND FAR BETWEEN

Who doesn’t love an eye-catching oversized knit reminiscent of the Big 80s? Whether you’re bopping between the office, the country club, or a cocktail party, this Intarsia wool and cotton blend cardigan will have you covered—and always chic.

$1,500. At Net-A-Porter.com.

PUFF PERFECT

Preparing to hit the slopes at some point throughout the coming chilly months? No doubt you’d stand out on the slopes wearing this bold tangerine Ganni Tech Cropped Puffer Jacket.

$425. At Neiman Marcus.

PATCHES OF ART

Where fashion meets art: these Dolce & Gabbana Patchwork 105mm Stiletto Boots are elegant, daring, expressive, and will be a conversation starter no matter which rooms you walk into this season.

$1,125. At Neiman Marcus.

BRIGHT AS THE RAINBOW

Bold and beautiful—this Salvatore Ferragamo Minibag Multicolored Gancini Jacquard Satchel Bag is a joyous pop of personality to add as a statement accessory with your seasonal ensembles.

$1,090. At Neiman Marcus.

SINGING THE BLUES

In search of a portable pouch to drop your most needed items in and go? Look no further than this Ganni Recycled Leather Crossbody Pouch Bag, a stylish and practical way to tote only your essentials throughout town.

$165. At Neiman Marcus.

GARDEN OF DELIGHT

Gucci’s enchanting fragrances within The Alchemist’s Garden collection have us transported to a cosmetic wonderland. We love A Nocturnal Whisper Perfume Oil for your most inspired moments of self-care.

$410. At Gucci.com.

CULTURE HERO

CULTURE HERO

The best plays, musical performances, and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record-breaking crowds, according to our cultural arts maven Leanne Raesener, who shares our favorite recommendations for what to enjoy this fall across the state.

AUSTIN

AUS Courtesy of The Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas Austin, Hollywood, The Prodigal Son

GLOW MAKES THE EVENING FLOW

After having enormous success worldwide—in Paris, Barcelona, and New York—this creative, enchanting, and new concert series is known simply as “Candlelight.” Not to be missed are Candlelight: Beethoven’s Best Works and Candlelight: Otis Redding, Al Green & Southern Soul Legends, both

performed at the iconic Mansion, an intimate setting amidst walls flickering by soft candlelight.  September 10 and October 3, respectively. At SecretAustin.com.

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Secret Austin, Candlelight Series

AUS Torbjørn Rødland, Eggs, 2019. Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper. Artwork © Torbjørn Rødland.Courtesy the artist and NILS STÆRK, Copenhagen

SURF’S STILL UP

The Beach Boys have become synonymous with the California lifestyle, performed more concerts than any major rock band in history, and received numerous awards, including the 2001 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  So sport your Wayfarers and enjoy a hang-ten evening of fun.

October 24. At TexasPerformingArts.org.

ON IMAGE: The Beach Boys, with original members Mike Love, fifth from left, and Bruce Johnston, third from left. Courtesy of The Beach Boys, archival

Texas Gold Changed the World

FANTASY FAIRYTALE

Composer Stephen Sondheim’s fairytale masterpiece, Into The Woods, plays outdoors in a contemporary, reimagined interpretation. From the Topfer balcony, Rapunzel lets down her hair, Cinderella loses her slipper on the steps, and the Milky White cow sculpture moos to life with Jack and his Beanstalk. September 29―November 7. At ZachTheatre.org.

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of ZACH Theatre

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

DAL Anna, Paris 2017, Photo by Paolo Roversi_Courtesy of the Dallas Contemporary.

FASHION IS ART, BUT OF COURSE

A special exhibition, Canvas & Silk: Historic Fashion from Madrid’s Museo del Traje, from Madrid’s premier museum of historical dress, will be on view thanks to an unprecedented collaboration. In drawing examples from the Meadows’ collection of historical dress and pairing with the Museo del Traje’s, one may view these styles through the lens of Spanish art. September 19―January 9, 2022. At MeadowsMuseumDallas.org.

ON IMAGE: Manuel Piña (Spanish, 1944–1994) [designer], Alex Serna [painter]; Vestido (Dress), 1991. ©Museo del Traje, Spain. Centro de Investigación del Patrimonio Etnológico, Madrid, Spain; CE092707. Photo by Lucía Ybarra Zubiaga

DAL Photography is Art exhibition, Courtesy of Amon Carter Museum_ Alfred Stieglitz, A Wet Day on the Boulevard, Paris, Photogravure, 2013

MAGNIFICENT ALICE

As one of America’s most wildly creative and innovative dance companies, MOMIX DANCE/UNBOUND takes you on a walk through the Looking Glass in their reimagined and fantastical Alice. Don’t miss this triumph of imagination, illusions, and special effects in its U.S. premiere performance. September 17–18 at Winspear Opera House. At Titas.org.

ON IMAGE: Photo courtesy of MOMIX.

DAL Photo by Andy Nguyen. Courtesy of Galleria Dallas

ICONIC & IRREVERENT

Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the most important and celebrated American painters of the 1980s. Gifted to the DMA by the late Samuel and Helga Feldman, Sam F is the first work by the iconic artist to enter the museum’s collection. Basquiat painted the impressionistic portrait in oil on a door from the apartment complex where he stayed in 1985 during his visit to Dallas. Through February 13, 2022. At DMA.org.

ON IMAGE: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sam F, 1985, oil on the door, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Samuel N. and Helga A. Feldman, 2019.31, © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

HOUSTON

HOUS Moooi Works, manufactured by Moooi, Mega Chandelier, 2018, mixed media and bulbs. © Moooi, New York

QUITE LOVERLY

From Lincoln Center Theater comes Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Prepare for a classic show-tune heaven in the sumptuous, thrilling revival that’s both opulent and daring. September 14―19. At TheHobbyCenter.org.

ON IMAGE: Leslie Alexander as Mrs. Higgins, Shereen Ahmed as Eliza Doolittle, and Kevin Pariseau as Colonel Pickering in The Lincoln Center Theater Production of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Photo by Joan Marcus

HOUS David Novros, Detail of right wall from Untitled, 1973–75. The Menil Collection, Houston jpg

MODERNIST LEANINGS

The Menil Collection and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will debut of Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s, the first major U.S. exhibition to focus on the radical work of Niki de Saint Phalle—from the artist’s Tirs, or “shooting paintings,” to her exuberant and powerful Nanas, lively sculptures of the female form. September 10–January 2, 2022. At Menil.org.

ON IMAGE: Niki de Saint Phalle Pirodactyl over New York, 1962 98 Guggenheim Museum Abu Dhabi

HOUS Signature Works, Courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston

FIREY OBSESSION

A tragedy of obsessive love, Bizet’s Carmen from 1875 is considered the most famous opera in the world. Camen captivates the soldier Don José with her beauty, confidence, and provocative lifestyle until his jealousy becomes their undoing. Expect striking costumes and gorgeous dancing in this acclaimed production. October 22―November 5. At HoustonGrandOpera.org.

ON IMAGE: Carmen. Photo by Lynn Lane

SAN ANTONIO

SA Brenda Rae, Metropolitan Opera, Courtesy of Opera San Antonio

COMEDY, MEET TRAGEDY

Don Giovanni is sure to be a spectacular opening to a significant opera season. The classic tale balances comedy with tragedy as the Age of Enlightenment’s most notorious womanizer meets his demise. Filled with breathtaking arias and quicksilver ensembles, this is a must-see. October 7 and 9. At OperaSA.org.

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Opera San Antonio

SA Martine Gutierrez, Still from Clubbing, 2012. HD video. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, © Martine Gutierrez.

ONWARD WE GO

Ruby City celebrates its first anniversary with two new installations from its permanent collection, featuring works in diverse media. In the multi-screen installation, Western Union: Small Boats (2007), British multimedia artist Julien chronicles the global history of African migration and diaspora. Cabrera’s exhibition The Craft of Resistance (2008) comprises 1,500 copper monarch butterflies representing perseverance and persistence. September 25—2020. At RubyCity.org.

ON IMAGE: Isaac Julien Western Union Series No. 4 (Flight Towards Other Destinies 3), 2007. Photo courtesy of Isaac Julien Studio

SA Gladys Roldan-De-Moras Memories From My Home, oil on linen

ART’S RULE

The exhibition Nature, Power, and Maya Royals: Recent Discoveries from the Site of Buenavista del Cayo showcases objects discovered at this archeological site in Belize. The pieces, now being exhibited for the first time, were recovered from two royal tombs, one dating to (ca. AD 450) and another to (ca. AD 650–750). Vessels from the SAMA permanent collection are also on display. Through February 27, 2022. At SAMuseum.org.

Detail of jaguar and coatimundi way on Cylinder Vase with Animal Figures, Belize, AD 650–750, earthenware and mineral paint, Courtesy of The Mopan Valley Archaeology Project. Photo by Bernadette Cap