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ESCONIDO GOLF AND LAKE CLUB, HORSESHOE BAY

After a Southern California detour of two decades, longtime private club manager Joseph (JJ) Wagner has returned to his Texas roots to serve as the new COO/GM at the prestigious Escondido Golf and Lake Club in Horseshoe Bay. While in California, Wagner enjoyed tremendous success in overseeing the growth and popularity of Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles and Santa Ana Country Club in Orange County.

Escondido has consistently been ranked in Texas’ top 10 out of more than 800 courses by the esteemed Dallas Morning News rankings. It has played host to top tournaments and is the latest bit of Fazio mastery in this region, 50 miles west of Austin and an hour north of Boerne/San Antonio. While superb golf conditions and no tee-time culture are an expectation at Escondido, it is the exceptional service and amenities of the full-service Lake Club with heated pool, a marina on Lake LBJ’s shores, and impressive clubhouse hosting live music every weekend that is referred to by members as the Escondido experience. Add in a private airport offering valet to the club’s wrought iron gates just minutes away and it’s easy to see why Escondido continues to invite members nationally. By Art Stricklin. Photography courtesy of Escondido Golf & Lake Golf

For more information, visit EscondidoTexas.com

FREDERICKSBURG CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

What moves the soul and transports the mind? Live music and theater, of course. And Fredericksburg has plenty of it. Live music serves as a backdrop at many of our restaurants and wineries. From intimate patios featuring one-man bands to larger venues hosting notable artists. Catch a concert at Luckenbach Texas, and you’ll get a true Texas dance hall experience to boot. Yes, pun intended. Rockbox Theater is a veritable candy store for music lovers with its variety of music styles. Check it out. You’ll see. On the flip side, the Fredericksburg Music Club brings classical concerts featuring musicians and vocalists from around the world. And finally, a trip to Fredericksburg would not be complete without seeing a Fredericksburg Theater Company production. Starting their 23rd season, this talented team puts on jaw-dropping performances. Check the calendars now.

For more information, visit VisitFrdericksburgTX.com

HOTEL FAUST, COMFORT

Hoteliers Diane and Brian Treusdell have lovingly and stylishly redefined the 140-year-old Texas Historic Landmark that the New York Times reported as the “crown jewel’ of Comfort. Hotel Faust is undergoing major renewal and renovation recreating the grandeur Peter Ingenhuett and Alfred Giles created in 1880. It offers finely appointed amenities that well-seasoned travelers will appreciate.

A sublime combination of maintaining the historic elements and combining them with needs expected for the times, this destination can serve as your home base for your staycation, or when attending a Hill Country wedding, visiting wineries, or a business conference off-site. It is not uncommon to see a Tesla plugged into the charging station next to a sherbet-colored bicycle at Hotel Faust.

For more information, visit HotelFaust.com

HOME SIMPLE GOODS + DESIGN, FREDERICKSBURG

Christina Lincoln and her partner Candy Vidrine are excited to share their latest venture, Home Simple Goods + Design. Their 20-plus years of experience in interior design has taken them on quite the journey. They learned quickly that they share a burning love for all things home design and enjoy working together so much that they decided to form a partnership that took them to the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

They specialize in fresh, modern furnishings with a mix of new and vintage pieces, and they’re so happy to announce that the opening of a brick and mortar store at 109 North Adams in March. They are now accepting appointments for consultations, in person or by phone and email.

For more information, visit SimpleGoodsShop.com

CHRISTOFILIS HOMES, BOERNE

Forty minutes from the hustle and bustle of San Antonio, Sherry and Damon Christofilis have long been Boerne residents who have come to enjoy all the events that make this part of the Hill Country a wonderful destination.

Christofilis Custom Homes offers concierge home construction service in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas.  “Concierge” means start to finish with a personal touch. We are like a thoughtful personal assistant through the entire building process.  “We first moved to Boerne in 2000 working, until recently, exclusively in Cordillera,” says Damon Christofilis. “We have meticulously built over 120 homes in the last 20 years in the Boerne Area. We are now expanding our services to the surrounding Hill Country area.”

If taking in a parade or attending a car show downtown sounds like a great weekend, then Boerne is a good choice for you as well. We would love to meet you and show you around.

For more information, visit ChristofilisHomes.com

TURRENTINE PROPERTIES, HORSESHOE BAY

The new luxury is something that is designed specifically for you…and allows you to live the lifestyle you deserve. Custom home builder Brian Turrentine delivers luxury with carefully crafted home designs that not only capitalize on magnificent Hill Country and lake views, but also provide each client with a home that meets their specific needs and desires.

With over 20 years of home design and building experience, Brian works meticulously with clients to bring their luxury dream home to life ensuring that their architectural design preferences are realized in the final product.

Turrentine Properties, Inc. homes offer the ultimate in luxury living and entertaining, while incorporating plenty of space to relax, unwind, and enjoy the beautiful Texas Hill Country. At TurrentineProp.com

FARMHAUS ANTIQUES, FREDERICKSBURG

FarmHaus Antiques is Fredericksburg’s premier destination for unique home and garden items. Every item is carefully curated by the owner, Hollie Fairchild. Often their customers tell them that they’d ”just like to move in.” Fairchild creates a warm and inviting atmosphere mixing both antiques and modern pieces with a focus on natural elements, textured fabrics and a time-worn patina. They also carry Cisco Brothers, a high quality, made in the U.S.A. upholstery line with beautifully timeless designs.

FarmHaus is located in a three historic buildings connected by a garden alley. Opening soon with be the In Haus expresso bar and micro-bakery, along with a bubble bar serving champagne, so stop in and say hello on your next visit to Fredericksburg.

For more information, visit FarmHausAntiques.com

FRESH URBAN FLOWERS, BOERNE

Housed in a beautifully restored farm house, Fresh Urban Flowers is a delightful option for unique flowers and thoughtful gifts in Boerne. They are a part of the Viridian Design Group which has designed and produced hundreds of stylish and unique events throughout the Texas Hill Country since 2007. The freshest and most gorgeous flowers are a signature element in any Viridian event. In 2015, Viridian made the decision to venture into retail; opening flower shops in both Boerne and Kerrville. Viridian’s commitment to style, quality and attention to detail carries over into its retail outlets.

“We know that flowers mark the most important celebrations in life,” says owner Tricia Hamil. “We constantly strive to find the most beautiful and unusual blooms from around the world. Our designers are truly artists. Flowers are their passion, and we think it shows.” Fresh Urban Flowers delivers daily throughout Boerne and San Antonio. 

For more information, visit FreshUrbanFlowers.com           

HABERDASHERY & BLACKCHALK HOME AND LAUNDRY, FREDERICKSBURG

BLACKCHALK HOME AND LAUNDRY

Blackchalk Home and Laundry was founded in 2017 by Jill T Elliott of Haberdashery Boutique and is located in a historic 1920s industrial laundry building two blocks from Main street. This unique store houses a beautiful collection of colorful and unique furniture, interesting lighting, Moroccan and Turkish rugs and pillows, books, gifts, spa, jewelry, scarves, kitchen items, and so much more.  It’s a lifestyle store that has something for everyone and is a must-stop for those seeking something different. BlackChaulk specializes in custom upholstery in so many styles and fabric options, and it’s made in the U.S.A. #loveyourhome.

For more information, visit  BlackChalkHome.com  

HABERDASHERY

For nearly 20 years Haberdashery Boutique has been a destination store on Main street in Fredericksburg.  Founded by Jill T Elliott, Haberdashery offers a curated wide selection of  clothing from designers all over the world, unique shoes from Bosnia, Peru and Turkey, jewelry in an ever-changing array of designers and of course, hats. They have a fetish for great leather bags, colorful scarves and crazy fun socks. Their specialty is how they create outfits out of all of their designers to create a unique look that makes you feel amazing and beautiful. There’s something for the men too…Howler Bros. Clothing from Austin, as well as socks, bar supplies, hats, shoes, manly jewelry.  Plus, see their outfits posted daily on Facebook. 

For more information, visit HaberdasheryBoutique.com

INSIGHT GALLERY, FREDERICKSBURG

InSight Gallery is proud to host their 10th annual Texas Masters show featuring new works by the finest Texas artists living and working today, each with their own unique voice but collectively as diverse as the state of Texas. This year, in conjunction with their Texas Masters celebration, they will be selling a collection of select G. Harvey originals. G. Harvey was a beloved and iconic Texas painter and they are pleased to offer four western oil paintings and a bronze sculpture, none of which have previously been on the auction or resell market.  

At one of their most popular shows of the year, expect over 40 new works from Texas-based gallery artists: Mary Ross Buchholz, Nancy Bush, Jill Carver, Cheri Christensen, Douglas Clark, Teresa Elliott, Jim Eppler, Bruce Greene, David Griffin, Brian Grimm, George Hallmark, Francois Koch, Mark Haworth, Kyle Ma, Kay Northup, Robert Pummill, Gladys Roldan-de-Moras, Aleksander Titovets, Lyuba Titovets and Ann Kraft Walker with estate pieces from Roy Andersen and James Robinson. A reception with the artists happens Friday, March 1st, at 6:00- 8:00 p.m.

For more information visit InsightGallery.com

KUPER SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

A unique opportunity to own a piece of Texas history, this magnificent 1920’s estate, originally known as Tulahteka, was designed by the renowned architect Atlee B. Ayers as the ranch headquarters for Louis A. Schreiner’s Hill Country ranch. In 1978, the hilltop mansion was converted and meticulously renovated by the late L.D. Brinkman into his corporate headquarters for his various enterprises.

Step inside and find the elegant sophistication of the space. The attention to detail and quality of this stunning renovation is consistent throughout the main building as well as the additional conference, office and recreational facility at the back of the 14.07 acres. A heliport is also located on the property for easy accessibility. The main building is 13,910 square feet, with an additional building of 4,370 square feet. Plus, the heliport awaits you. This is truly one of Kerrville’s best-kept secrets and a true historical gem located at 444 Sidney Baker in Kerrville. 

For more information, visit KuperRealty.com

YE KENDALL INN, BOERNE

Welcome to the Ye Kendall Inn. Today all 34 exquisite guestrooms, suites, and cabins have been uniquely enhanced. The original four rooms of the Old Reed House have been completely renovated and transformed to create what are now two of our three grand suites; keeping some of the historical details with a modern twist.

Later additions to Ye Kendall Inn include five second-floor rooms. These guestrooms have been beautifully adorned and boast a perfect view of the Boerne Square from the porch. Throughout the years historic buildings from all over Texas were trucked in and reassembled to create our family of distinct cabins.

To accommodate the burgeoning need for large venues, the current owners have built Kendall Halle, a large event center. Here brides, families, and businesses can hold gatherings (weddings, family reunions, conventions, seminars, etc.). The Halle can be divided to fit any size you may need. 

For more information, visit YeKendallInn.com

THE HILL COUNTRY’S SPRING HAPPENINGS

Want to know where to go and what to do this spring in the Hill Country? From Boerne to Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Llano and beyond, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a selection of what’s happening to gain the most from your visit to the Hill Country.

MARCH

Mar 1-2, 5-6, 7-9
20th Annual Images Art Show, Kerrville

Mar 1, 8, 15, 22
Kerrville Farmer’s Market, Kerrville

Mar 2
Kerr County Market Days, Kerrville

Mar 2
Hill Country Chorale Classical Music Festival, Kerrville

Mar 2-3
La Primavera Bike Race,  Lakeway

Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Farmers Market at the Cibolo, Boerne

Mar 8-10
North American Jewelry & Gift Show, New Braunfels

Mar 9
Second Saturday Gallery Trail, Wimberley

Mar 9
Kuhlmann-King Museum Tour, Boerne

Mar 9
San Antonio Kennel Club’s Annual All Breed Dog Show, Kerrville

Mar 9
Rockapella, Kerrville

Mar 9
Second Saturday Art Beat, Boerne

Mar 11-16
Spring Break At Pioneer Museum, Fredericksburg

Mar 13-16
Spring Break-Rio Frio Fest, Concan

Mar 15-18
Llano Earth Art Fest, Llano

Mar 14-16, 19-22, 28-30
Gena Griffin Youth Art Exhibition, Kerrville

Mar 15 – Mar 17
Fredericksburg Trade Days, Fredericksburg

Mar 16
Outdoor Family Fair, Boerne

Mar 16
Gillespie County Historic School Open House, Stonewall and Willow City

Mar 16
Mud Dauber Festival & Chili Fest, Luckenbach

Mar 21
A Thirst for Nature Event, Boerne

Mar 22-24
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, Kerrville

Mar 23
Family Free Day at The Museum of Western Art, Kerrville

Mar 23
Hot Rod Night, Boerne

Mar 23
Concert in the Cave – Spring Equinox, Boerne

Mar 26
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Boerne

Mar 29-30
Footloose, Kerrville

Mar 29
Magic in Motown Dinner & Dance, Kerrville

Mar 29-30
Texas Hills Quilters Quilt Show, Llano

Mar 30
LBJ 100 Bicycle Ride, Stonewall

Mar 30
Hill Country Artifact Show, Fredericksburg

Mar 30
@Last Llano Art Studio Tour, Llano

March 30
Spring Family Fun Festival, Boerne

Mar 30
Science In Nature, Boerne

Mar 30 – Mar 31
Hill Country Artifact Show, Fredericksburg

APRIL

Apr 2-3, 5-9, 10-13
Gena Griffin Youth Art Exhibition, Kerrville

Apr 4
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Boerne

Apr 4-6
Llano River Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, Llano

Apr 4-7
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, Kerrville

Apr 4-13
The Zirkels Zwei: A Retrospective of Art, Kerrville

Apr 5
Kerrville Farmer’s Market, Kerrville

Apr 5-7
Texas Vintage Motorcycle Fandango, Fredericksburg

Apr 5-7
Fiddle Fest Weekend, Llano

Apr 5-7, 13-14
Footloose, Kerrville

Apr 6
Boerne BierFest, Boerne

Apr 6
Hot Rod Night, Boerne

Apr 6
Gillespie County Historic School Open House: Cherry Spring, Crabapple, Pecan Creek and Wrede

Apr 6
Lawn & Garden Show, Llano

Apr 6, 12, 26
Kerr County Market Days, Kerrville

Apr 6,13, 20, 27
Farmers Market at the Cibolo, Boerne

Apr 6-21
Wildflower Celebration at Wildseed Farms, Fredericksburg

Apr 7
Gillespie County Historic School Annual Bbq Meal And Prize Drawing Benefit, Fredericksburg

Apr 10
Be An Environmental Scientist, Johnson City

Apr 11
Diva Night, Boerne

Apr 12-13
Boerne Handmade Market, Boerne

Apr 12-13
Wild Women Weekend, Blanco

Apri 13
Boerne Parade of Artists, Boerne

Apr 13
Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Boerne

Apr 13
Kuhlmann-King Museum Tour, Boerne

Apr 13
Hill Country Antique Tractor & Engine Show, Fredericksburg

Apr 13
Second Saturday Gallery Trail, Wimberley

Apr 13
Second Saturday Art Beat, Boerne

Apr 13-14
Folkfest, New Braunfels

Apr 13-14
Model Railroad Train Show Jamboree, New Braunfels

Apr 15
Kerrville Charity Golf Tournament, Kerrville

Apr 18
A Thirst for Nature Event, Boerne

Apr 18-30
Kerrville Art Club Exhibit, Kerrville

Apr 19-21
2019 Easter Hill Country Bicycle Tour, Kerrville

Apr 19-21
New Braunfels Swap Meet & Car Show, New Braunfels

Apr 19-21
Fredericksburg Trade Days, Fredericksburg

Apr 20
Easter at MO Ranch, Kerrville

Apr 20
Easter Egg Hunt, Fredericksburg

Apr 20
Easter Eggstravaganza, Kerrville

Apr 25
Symphony of the Hills, Kerrville

Apr 25-28
Hill Country Film Festival 2019, Fredericksburg

Apr 26
Movie in the Park, Boerne

Apr 26-27
Llano Crawfish Open, Llano

Apr 26-28
Balcones Songbird Nature Festival, Lago Vista

Apr 26-28
Classic Soap Box Derby, Marble Falls

Apr 27
TeenCon, Kerrville

Apr 27
Camerata San Antonio Spring Quartet, Kerrville

Apr 27
Hill Country Spring Concert, Kerrville

Apr 27
Texas Corvette Association’s Car Show, Boerne

Apr 27-28
Comfort Village Spring Antique Show, Comfort

THE AMAZING DANCING DOZEN

THE AMAZING DANCING DOZEN

The Center for Child Protection’s Annual Dancing with the Stars Features 12 Austin Celebrity Dancers

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by Estrella Chacon, Jeff Loftin Photography, Christina Murphy and Haley Plotkin Photography

THE SCENE: Recently, the Center for Child Protection hosted its 12th annual Dancing with the Stars event presented by Lexus of Austin and Lakeway. This annual winter social mainstay, held at the JW Marriott, featured 850 notable and stylish Austinites for an evening of fun those on hand will not soon forget.

THE VIBE: This black-tie extravaganza began in the ballroom foyer of the JW Marriott for cocktails where Austin’s hip and chic mingled with other partygoers as well as the celebrity dancers. The festivities then moved to the ballroom where guests took to their seats and as they dined on a multi-course meal listened to personal video testimonials of how the Center for Child Protection has positively impacted the Austin community. Next was a spirited live auction where guests bid on a host of luxury items.

After the live auction, came the main event, the performances by the 12 celebrity dancers. Cheering on their favorites, the revelers were often brought to their feet by the show-stopping performances. Guests then voted for their favorite dancers before Kendall Beard McMinn was crowned the winner. Then, the action continued well into the night as guests danced the night away to the tunes of DJ Gatsby.

THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by Francie Little and Jenny Mason, raised $1.4 million for the Center for Child Protection. Over the past 25 years the Center for Child Protection has served as a first stop for children in Travis County who have witnessed violent crimes or have experienced physical or sexual abuse.

EVERY INCH THE HERO

EVERY INCH THE HERO

Recognizing Heroes Gala Benefits Unlikely Heroes

By Cynthia Smoot       Photography by Thomas Garza and Cooper Neill/Getty Images

THE SETTING:  Recently Unlikely Heroes held their 6th Annual Recognizing Heroes awards dinner and charity benefit  at The Ritz-Carlton hotel. The elegant evening began with an exclusive VIP cocktail reception hosted by LeeAnne Locken and Melissa Rycroft Strickland.

THE STYLE:  The evening’s keynote speaker was survivor leader, Rebecca Bender. Guests enjoyed an unforgettable evening featuring a live musical performance by multi-platinum country musician Sara Evans, Emily West (America’s Got Talent Season 9) and Pia Toscano (Netflix’s Westside, American Idol).

Awards were given to Cathy De La Paz, Carrie Wright, Elle Snow and Alan Schonborn for their tireless work in advancing global human rights and outstanding efforts to stop human trafficking. The audience roared with applause when Austin Hurst of Hurst Capital announced that he was pledging a one million matching grant that will rescue 200 kids and give them full restorative care for a year. 

THE PURPOSE: Since 2011 Unlikely Heroes has rescued hundreds of children and their journey to freedom starts in one of their seven restoration homes located around the world, including a restoration home for children rescued from slavery in the Dallas and Fort Worth area.

GLAMOUR H.Q.

GLAMOUR H.Q.

This spring’s glamorous array of books has us edified with new ways of living an extremely stylish life. Here, our bibliophile Lance Avery Morgan recommends the best of the best for the warm months ahead.

SYMPHONY OF JEWELS: OPUS 2

By Davis Sarah

Designer Anna Hu’s has had an impressive career trajectory and her talents remain one of the brightest diamonds in the world of contemporary fine jewelry design. $75. At Vendome Press.

LIVING FORAL

By Margot Shaw

Today’s top stylemakers’ and designers’ innovative floral design ideas enliven this book that’s perfect for those who appreciate the beauty and everyday luxury of flowers. $45. At RizzoliUSA.com

VASES

By Agata Toromonoff

Simple and chic, this is an essential sourcebook for collectors, designers, and anyone with an interest in interior decoration. It book includes important mid-century to late twentieth-century vases to inspire. $29.95. At Thames & Hudson USA.

THEATER OF SHOPPING

By Alastair Gordon

This lavishly illustrated book celebrates one of the most influential and successful retail centers in the world, from its opening in 1965—when it changed the retail landscape by inviting European designers to open stores within a shopping mall—until the present day. $65. Rizzoli USA.

JULIA REED’S NEW ORLEANS

By Julia Reed

Held in a variety of venues, from courtyards to gracious interior spaces, Julia Reed’s gatherings are presented in luscious photographs and include tips on setting tables, arranging flowers, and crafting playlists to create a festive mood.
$50. At Rizzoli USA.

TRAVELLERS’ TALES: BAGS UNPACKED

By Bertil Scali and Louis Vuitton

From heiresses to aristocrats to pop stars and designers, this features the personalities who have traveled through the modern era, by plane, train, or car, accompanied by the iconic luggage that defines good taste: Louis Vuitton. $95. Thames & Hudson USA.

SPLASH: THE ART OF THE SWIMMING POOL

By Annie Kelly, Photographed by Tim Street-Porter

This celebration of the style, design, and joy that pools bring to us brims with over 200 glamorous photographs. It’s organized by swimming pool design—from glimmering infinity pools with a view of the ocean to dramatic cascading waterfall pools and those in lush garden settings. $55. At Rizzoli USA.

THE ART OF PLACE: ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS

By Lee Ledbetter and Mayer Rus

The first book from this celebrated American designer and architect known for creating spaces that balance historic detail and modern elegance. The work of architect and interior designer Lee Ledbetter represents a one-of-a-kind combination of traditional details and chic Modernism. $55. At Rizzoli USA

INTERIORS: THE GREATEST ROOMS OF THE CENTURY

By Phaidon Editors, William Norwich

This is the ultimate global celebration of residential interior design and decorating from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day. It’s truly a design bible. $79.95. At Phaidon Press

ISSUES: A HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN FASHION MAGAZINES

By Vince Aletti

By showcasing and exploring the groundbreaking photography published in fashion magazines over the last century, you’ll surely be inspired at your closet every morning with what you see here. $150. At Phaidon Press.

SO CAPTIVATING IN CORAL

SO CAPTIVATING IN CORAL

Living Coral has been named color of the year by Pantone. This sea-worthy shade features tones of pink laced with gold undertones and embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment. Our peachy-keen style editor, Tori Johnson of ThesTORIbook.com, is energizing us with her favorite fashion coral connections.

MONOCHROME MAVEN

Coral hues awakened the runways this season as designers showcased bold, monochromatic styles that will awaken the spring fashion season. Photo courtesy of Vogue.

UNDER THE SEA

This watercolor coral painting is the perfect addition to your beach bungalow. Pricing available upon request. Photo and availability courtesy of Stowers Furniture.

SCENT-CIRELY YOURS

This new fragrance, Carven by Dans Ma Bulle, offers freshness, fantasy and sensuality all in one scent. It’s for curious and daring women who know how to mix Parisian chic and effortless style. $120. Photo and availability courtesy of Bloomingdales.

STEP IN THE SPOTLIGHT

With a layer of sparkle, these crafted Giuseppe Zanotti sandals add the wow factor to any ensemble. $750. Photo and availability courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

IN LIVING CORAL

These Jane Leslie sterling silver and rose gold plated cascade earrings are accented with mother of pearl and pink enamel for a scrumptious jewelry statement. $450. Photo and availability courtesy of Lee Michaels.

PEACHES AND DREAMS

Life is better through Pared Eyewear’s peach-colored glasses which will add a hint of this on-trend color to your ensemble. $270. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

BEACH READY

We love that Gray Malin’s photography offers a vintage tint with a very modern aesthetic. His prints are especially revered by today’s young Hollywood set. $299. Photo and availability courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

PUMP UP YOUR POUT

Step aside everyday nudes, it’s time to add some color. This Tom Ford lipstick is creamy and long-wearing for a polished look. $55. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

CHIC ON YOUR SHOULDER

Let this Ines handbag by Roger Vivier be your pop of color on a rainy day. $2,250. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

POUR ME A COCKTAIL

Carolina Herrera has mastered the classic party dress and this coral fit-and-flare is sure to be a crowd pleaser. $3,490. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

JEAN DREAM

Jet-set in style this spring with these AG Adriano Goldschmied versatile coral jeans that pair perfectly with any bright color. $178. Photo and availability courtesy of Grove Hill.

SEAS THE DAY

Get a jump start on summer and sand with these enamel drop earrings in the shape of a beautiful ocean coral. Pricing available upon request. Photo and availability courtesy of The Garden Room.

AS THE SUN SETS

Kevyn Aucoin has captured the setting sun in this blush trio featuring coral with warm undertones and a golden sheen. $38. Photo and availability courtesy of Julian Gold.

FEELIN’ GROOVY

Dodo Bar Or, inspires by the Middle East, pairs graphic shapes and strong colors for maximum effect. This coral-full dress is a head turner while still being versatile and fun. Pricing available upon request. Photo and availability courtesy of Julian Gold.

WHAT A DISH

Sprightly visuals of corals and gleaming Imperial Porcelain with 22-K gold accents illuminate this coral set for 20 that’s perfect for tea time. $1300. Photo and availability courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

OBJET D’ART

OBJET D’ART

Every woman is a work of art in her own right. We love that. Plus, some of the most famous art collections live in closets on hangers. Here we present this spring’s most luxurious party frocks against the backdrop of some of today’s most prolific Texas artists. Go ahead, dance up a storm in your own, artful way. 

Photography by  Mark Oberlin    Styling by Dion “Bleu” Drake

Stylist Assistant: Beau Deron        Hair by René Cortez using IGK Hair Products, Keratin Complex and Hot Tools

Makeup by Julia Taylor using IsaDora Cosmetics       Model: Valerija Sestic, Elite Models, Los Angeles

Artwork by:Brad Ellis, Allison Gregory, David Kurio, Shanny Lott, McKay Otto and Tracy Williams,

Sittings Producer:  Lance Avery Morgan

STRIPES OF A DIFFERENT COLOR

Dress by Charles & Ron, Price Upon Request at CharlesAndRon.com

Earrings by Colette Malouf $158, at ColetteMalouf.com.

Art: Dash by Brad Ellis

GALLERY’S STYLE

Dress by Masaki Matsuka, $820, at MasakiMatsuka.com. Shoes by Jessica Bedard, $525 at JessicaBedard.com

Art: (Left) Ever Just Is Ever by McKay Otto. (Right) Nocturnal Garden by Tracy Williams.

SO HIP TO BE SQUARE

Dress by Alessandra Rich $3,340, at Saks Fifth Avenue. Earrings by OutHouse Jewerly $248, at OutHouseJewelry.com. Shoes by Jessica Bedard, $535 at JessicaBedard.com

Art: True Blue: Baby I Love You by Allison Gregory

NOIR IS THE NIGHT

Top by Alessandra Rich $2,370, at Saks Fifth Avenue. Skirt by Charles & Ron at CharlesAndRon.com. Price Upon Request. Earrings by Colette Malouf $141 at ColetteMalouf.com. Rings by Vanna K for Bella Luce at JTV.com. Shoes by Jessica Bedard, $535 at JessicaBedard.com

Art: Black Thicket by Brad Ellis

LOVE ART, LOVE LIFE

Dress by Charles & Ron, Price Upon Request. At CharlesAndRon.com. Shoes by Alejandra G $309, at AlejandraG.com

Art: Love Is Messy by Shanny Lott

DOUBLE VISION

Dress by Olvi’s Couture $1000, at The Garden Room. Earrings by Colette Malouf $141, at ColetteMalouf.com. Shoes by Jessica Bedard $525 at JessicaBedard.com

Art: (Left): Graffiti Flowers by Tracy Williams (Right): Japanese Garden by Tracy Williams

BOLD INTERPRETATION

Dress by Nardos Design, at Julian Gold, Price Upon Request. Earrings by Melody Ehsani, $310, at MelodyEhsani.com

Art: Deconstructing The Myth by Brad Ellis

THE WOMAN IN GOLD-ISH

Dress by Charles & Ron, Price Upon Request. At CharlesAndRon.com. Earrings by OutHouse Jewerly $227, at Outhousejewerly.com

Art: Friendship For Life by David Kurio

SOFT-HUED LIGHTNESS OF BEING

Top by Masaki Matsuka $650, at MasakiMatsuka.com. Ring by OutHouse Jewerly, $225 and earrings, $207, at OutHouseJewelry.com. Bracelet by Isabela Felinski $238, at IsabelaFelinski.com

Art: Every Where Or When Ever by McKay Otto

COMPLETELY CONTROPOSTO

Dress by Nookie $265, at Nookie.au. Feather Jacket by Charles & Ron. Price Upon Request, at CharlesAndRon.com

Art by Mark Oberlin