BLOSSOM FORTH

BLOSSOM FORTH

With winter about to kick into high gear, we’ve mixed our favorite purses with some of the flowers that inspire us most. The outcome? Everything’s coming up roses, and more, in this season’s most desirous statement bags, according to our fashion forward-thinking Alexandra del Lago

THE WOW FACTOR

THE WOW FACTOR

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

SEA TO SHINING SEA

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

STAYING THE COURSE

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

RESORT-ING TO NEW IDEAS

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

CHIC CHAPEAU

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

FRENCH TIPS

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

SEE YOURSELF IN A NEW LIGHT

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

SUCH BRIGHT, GRAY DAYS AHEAD

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

DRESS OF YOUR DREAMS

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

TURN ON AND DROP-IN

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

BEAUTY-FULL AND SO HELPFUL

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

BEAUTY-FULL AND SO HELPFUL

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

FLYIN’ HIGHER THAN EVER

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

CORRESPONDING IDEAS

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

CAFTAN CHIC

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

HELLO, YOUR LADYSHIP

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

OUI, LE CAFÉ

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

CAPTIVATING CLUTCHES

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

ARTFUL SPORT

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

GO, GO GADGET

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

POCKET LISTING

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

FIND YOUR EXPERT SPIRIT ANIMAL

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

VIEW FROM THE TOP

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

SWIM & SLIM

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

YES, I SEE THAT

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

YOUR TABLE IS READY

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

THE ORIGINAL ZOOM

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

MEET YOU AT THE 19th HOLE

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

ROBOTIC SYNERGY

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

LET’S TABLE THAT FOR NOW

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

PUMP UP THE JAM

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

BLANKET CLAUSE

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

COCKTAILS, EVERYONE?

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

TIME TO TOWEL OFF

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

FRAGRANTLY ATMOSPHERIC

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

AS SHARP AS EVER

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

JEWELRY FOR THE HOME

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

TREASURE CHEST

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

MOVIE NIGHT IS EVERY NIGHT

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

NOW GLISTEN HERE

NOW GLISTEN HERE

‘Tis the season to be merry and glam, right? Due to understandable reasons (wear that mask) the focus will be on the eyes, and glowing skin plays a leading role this season as well, according to our beauty expert, Ana Bribiesca Hoff.

AUGUSTINE BADER

WINTER’S SHEEN

Not quite ready to bid farewell to your summer, sun-kissed glow? This season we maintain our glowing complexions with products like Augustinus Bader’s The Face Oil that will instantly nourish and hydrate. $230. At NeimanMarcus.com.

MONOCHROMATIC ROSE

A monochromatic look, like this dusty rose hue, gives this trend a winter-perfect twist. Try a multi-use crème formula like Stila Complete Harmony Lip & Cheek Stick on eyes, lips, and cheeks. $26. At StilaCosmetics.com.

STILA
elixir serum

POWER DUO

Leave it to luxe cosmetic expert, Chantecaille, to create an age-reversing twosome like the Bio Lifting Serum + the Radiance Elixer. Your skin will feel like it turned back the hands of time…in no time. Serum is $275 and Elixer is $210. At Chantecaille.com.

THE NEW MESSY BROW

We continue to celebrate natural beauty with trends like a feathered messy brow, with lots of upward brushing. Try Guerlain Mad Eyes Natural Volume Fiber Brow Gel for emphasized brows. $42. At BergdorfGoodman.com.

GUERLIAN EYE
KOSAS EYESHADOW

SILVER BELL SHINE

Silver bells…it’s Christmas time in the city. Shine all night long by trying the Kosas Cosmetics Mixed Metals Trio Liquid Eyeshadows, including Astronaut, Globe, and Supreme. $58. At NeimanMarcus.com.

TWINKLED LASHES

‘Tis the season to be gold and glam. Metallics rule supreme this season, with gold shining center stage. Try the Christian Louboutin Goldomania Les Yeux Noirs Holiday Edition mascara that provides dramatic color and volume. $70. At Nordstrom.com.

CHRISTIAN LABOUTIN
URBAN DECAY

MERRY & BRIGHT

For an unforeseen twist to end an unpredicted year, layer pops of color for a high-dimension smoky eye or try a multi-color cut-crease. Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Eyeshadow Palette gives your traditional look a major upgrade. $49. At Sephora.com.

OUTER WING

Swap the upward winged eyeliner for an outer wing. With a thick, jet-black liner, bring the wing a bit lower and connect it to the underliner, emphasizing the Outer corner of the eye. Try Givenchy Magic Kajal. $28. At NeimanMarcus.com.

GIVENCHY
TOM FORD

SEEING RED

During the holidays, everything is merry and bright, and with the perfect shade of red lipstick, your beauty look will be, too. Try Tom Ford’s Lip Spark in Clash, an ultra-gliding metallic sequin lipstick that imparts explosive color on the lips with the exquisite look of loose glitter. $55. At NeimanMarcus.com.

WARM GLOW

As the temperature drops, wake up your look with a healthy dose of warm contour and highlighter. To maintain your summer’s effortless glow, try Kosas Cosmetics Cream Blush & Highlighter Duo in Tropic Equinox for naturally radiant, lit-from-within luster. $34. At Shop.SaksFifthAvenue.com

KOSAS BRONZER DELETE CIRCLE NOISE
EXTRAORDINARILY ENTICING

EXTRAORDINARILY ENTICING

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

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ON THE AVENUE

 

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

BE THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST

 

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

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LIKE A VIRGIN

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

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

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

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REALLY RECOVƎR NOW

RECOVƎR is the best premium sports drink to hit the market in decades. At three times the electrolytes, half the calories, and one-third of the sugar of similar drinks, it’s a home run winner as the healthy choice to hydrate strategically and safely. It comes in three flavors, Acai Berry, Citrus, and Blood Orange, to help you recover immediately from exhaustion, dehydration, muscle fatigue, and over-celebration at this time of year. At DrinkRecover.com.

NEST WITH THE BEST

NEST WITH THE BEST

With cool weather here, getting winter-ready with new accessories is something to look forward to, according to our luxe lifestyle arbiter Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee, as her Top 10 recommendations will be even cooler.

ROBE

WINTER’S WRAP UP

The coziest want on anyone’s list is undoubtedly the perfect robe. This perfectly fits the bill in fluffy cotton with a deep shawl color and choice of contrasting piping. With pockets, sleeve buttons, and an attached tie so it won’t get lost. $175. At WeezieTowels.com.

PETAL TO THE METAL

This French-produced candle, in an intoxicating floral-scent, lasts 50 hours and is made from a rich blend of coconut wax and beeswax. Magnolia, night-blooming tuberose and purple geranium resonate with tree blossoms, notes of golden amber, and exotic musk to add the ethereal fragrance of the Petal candle from Boy Smells. .$32. At Nordstrom.com.

CANDLE
PAN

IT’S A WONDER, REALLY

This do-it-all wonder, the Always pan, is designed to replace eight traditional pieces of cookware. It takes the place of a fry pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. Plus, it looks great in any kitchen too. $145. At OurPlace.com.

THE FRENCH HAVE A WORD FOR IT

Chic. Flecked with subtle shimmer, this moisturizing Lumière Rose Dorée body oil is formulated with nourishing Argan Oil and Shea Butter that melts into your skin. It’s scented with a unique blend of Rose and Sandalwood–the perfect mix of warmth and florals. $42. At Net-A-Porter.com.

French Oil
EYE MASK KEEP BOX IN

SLEEPING BEAUTIFUL

Slip’s eye mask gives new meaning to the phrase beauty sleep with this dreamy golden tone. Crafted from the highest grade mulberry silk, it’s designed to sit softly against your face to block out light while protecting against damage to skin and hair. $50. At Net-A-Porter.com.

CAN WE STAY THERE?

Packed with exotic retreats, each of these thirty-six personal tales of the loveliest spots around the globe are packed with anecdotes and lyrical descriptions to transport readers. The photography bursting across each page adds to the allure, inspiring a new desire to discover these beloved corners of the world. $95. At Amazon.com.

BOOK
CHARGER

BE IN CHARGE

What if you could recharge and sanitize your phone with this sleek and convenient device that uses UV light to eliminate 99.9% of screen germs in 20 minutes? Now you can with the Oblio Wireless Charger & UV Cleaner by LEXON. $80. In navy or white. At Nordstrom.com.

SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE
COMFORTABLE

Perfect for home or travel, this charming sleep set, with its darling heart motif, lends a touch of style that will have you wanting to stay in bed much longer. $98. At Anthropologie.com.

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your birthday can be any day

YOUR BIRTHDAY CAN BE ANY DAY

No matter where you go or what you do, always think of it as your birthday. We love that the B’Day Truffle Dozen Box of these rainbow-flecked, vanilla-happy goodies are coated in a barely-there white chocolate shell. Every bite is like your special day. $24. At MilkBarStore.com

THE MAGIC OF THREES

A skincare and makeup trio for optimized dewy shine. The dewiest skin finisher, paired with an ultra-shiny lip gloss and a sheer blush to complete the look from celeb skincare favorite, Glossier. $50. At Glossier.com.   

GLOSSIER
COSMOPOLITAN LIVES

COSMOPOLITAN LIVES

Fall has never looked so luxurious, has it? We’re wide-eyed with optimism as we venture out again into the world, with these fresh looks, as well as some familiar favorites, will have you feeling warm all over as the temperature dips. These are some of the runway collection favorites, according to our fashion arbiter Jake Gaines, as you hit the town.