THE SERENDIPITY OF STYLE

THE SERENDIPITY OF STYLE

Dallasite Rhonda Sargent Chambers, the founder of  RSC Show Productions, is well known to be one of the most stylish women in Texas. This Texan shares some of the favorite secrets to her success, as well as sage tips of insight, with our Lance Avery Morgan. 

The best career advice I’ve received is…No one is your competition.

Three qualities that got me where I am today are…Kindness, calmness, and attention to detail.

Change I’d like to see in my industry…Collaborations that are win-win.

How I made my first dollar…as a professional Kim Dawson model.

Last thing I binge/marathon watchedSupernatural on Netflix.

Book that left a lasting impression on meMeditation by Marcus Aurelius.

First album I boughtDreamboat Annie by Heart in 1975.

What every woman should try in her lifetime is…Windsurfing.

One thing I am exceptionally good at that most might not know is… Raising chickens. In high school, I raised Texas State Fair prize-winning roosters and chickens in FFA and 4H.

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dry hands is…Darphin Paris facial cream.

Movie actress’ style I most identify with is…Tilda Swinton.

 

An unforgettable place I’ve traveled is…Taormina, Sicily, but I never tire of going to Rome, either.

 

An artist whose work I would collect is… Mark Herron, a Dallasite. His portraits are beautiful, intriguing, and mysterious.  

My favorite room is…My mom and dad’s kitchen.

In my fridge, you will always find…Avocados. 

On my tombstone, it will sayRhonda Took Me Under Her Wing.

RENAISSANCE WOMAN

RENAISSANCE WOMAN

South Texan-turned-Dallasite Joyce Goss is leading by example. As the executive director of The Goss-Michael Foundation, the Pleasanton native understands the world of philanthropy and art. She’s chaired a zillion galas and is known for her chic style. Here, her longtime pal, Lance Avery Morgan gets up-close and personal with this busy wife, mother, and patron to learn about a few of her favorite things.

Portrait photography by Maxine Heifman

 

The best career advice I’ve received is…Treat everyone with respect.

 

How I made my first dollar…I grew up on a farm in South Texas. One of my first summer jobs included hoeing weeds and moving irrigation pipe. I got a great tan as a bonus.

 

Last thing I binge/marathon watched…Was Schitt’s Creek. It’s beyond hilarious.

 

Book that left a lasting impression on me…To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

 

First album I bought…With Love, Bobby by Bobby Sherman.

 

My favorite scent I wear is…Frédéric Malle’s Portrait of a Lady.

 

What everyone should try in her lifetime is…Volunteering. It’s one of the best ways to make an impact on the world.

 

One thing I am exceptionally good at that most might not know is…Baton twirling. I was a majorette in high school, and I still have my baton. Every once in awhile, when I am feeling bored or a bit nostalgic, I will bring out my baton and twirl. It’s quite a sight.

 

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dry hands is…YSL’s Touche Éclat highlighter.

 

A celebrity I would prank phone call and what I would ask them is…I would call George Clooney and ask, May I speak with Amal?.

 

My style icon is…Katharine Hepburn. Her style was bold and powerful. She could be glamorous in both high fashion and pantsuits.

 

When it comes to one must-have clothing, one that item I always have to have is…A blazer. Throwing on a blazer makes me feel chic and pulled together. It boosts my confidence when I walk out the door.

 

My perfect day would end by…Having an amazing dinner with my family, followed by a cocktail, and watching the sunset while listening to some fabulous music.

 

 

 

AS RIGHT AS REIGN

AS RIGHT AS REIGN

The reigning Miss Texas 2019, Chandler Foreman, is everyone’s cool girl ideal. The fact that she represents the Lone Star State is even better. Here, she catches up with her former Miss Texas Judge Lance Avery Morgan so that we can learn more about this dynamic young lady.

My style icons are… Zendaya, Beyonce, Janelle Monae (sometimes), and Yara Shahidi.

I love being Miss Texas America because…This crown helps me fulfill my purpose of inspiring our future leaders. Encouraging youth is what I love, and having the opportunity to impact or enlighten someone is my ultimate joy.

My perfect day would begin by…Waking up on a yacht, having a traditional breakfast (with grits), and a small yogurt parfait, with Moonchild playing in the background.

I made my first dollar by…Losing a tooth and that was paid in quarters, and after that my very first

job was working at La Madeleine.

The last thing I binge/marathon watched wasGood Girls.

A book that left a lasting impression on me had to be…Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Mentality. I recite at least four of his quotes daily. His passing and legacy have heavily impacted my motives.

On my bucket list to do soon is…Travel internationally for the first time. I’ve always wanted to visit Rome, the romantic city, because I’m obsessed with its amazing architecture and history.

What woman should try in her lifetime is to…Be a titleholder. The average girl never considers competing because they imagine a beauty queen and believe there are specific beauty standards. However, it goes beyond physical appearance, and is more about your heart and ambitions. The personal benefits and professional development gained through competing can directly affect your future success.

Something nice I did for myself recently, because, hey, why not is…Yoga. After I experienced a tragedy, I became stagnant. I woke up one morning and decided, “I want peace and do not like being in this mental space.” Twenty minutes later, it’s Namaste.

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dead hands is…Any moisturizer.

WINNER TAKES ALL

WINNER TAKES ALL

Actor Brooklyn Decker is making waves where she lives in Austin, and in Hollywood, these days. Along with starring in the sixth season that just premiered of her hit Netflix show, Grace & Frankie, she also loves being a busy mom, wife to tennis champ Andy Roddick, and finding time for what matters most in her life as she catches up with our own Lance Avery Morgan. (PORTRAIT photo by Jeff Lipsky)

I love the Andy Roddick Foundation becauseAustin doesn’t succeed until everyone in Austin succeeds, and Andy understands the responsibility of that. People are continually looking to Austin to find the what’s next and it’s exciting to think our city can set the example for what the program Out of School Time can look like, nation-wide, because of ARF.

The best career advice I’ve received isJust marry him. Oh, did you say best or worst? 

Three qualities that got me where I am today areI work my ass off. I am incredibly curious and love to learn. I married rich.

How I made my first dollarby selling shaved ice. 

Last thing I binge/marathon watched wasBlack Monday.

My style icon is…Bianca Jagger or Carolyn Murphy.

My personal style signifier isa lot of denim. Apparently, you can’t take Texas outta the girl. 

A classic designer I wish was still designing today isEdith Head. She knew how to design for women and created some of the most iconic on-screen looks we know and love

The book that left a lasting impression on me wasHillbilly Elegy by J.D.Vance. It takes place where I was born and where my mom and a huge chunk of my family are from. It helped me to understand them on a deeper level. 

First album I bought wasAlanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill

If I could live in a foreign city it would be...Amsterdam. 

What everyone/woman should try in her lifetime isYou should ask Lily Tomlin.

My perfect day would begin withMy babies sleeping in very late, then running into my bed to snuggle. 

My perfect day would end bySipping a White Russian, watching a Hallmark movie or political debate, and some making out by the fire.

One thing I am exceptionally good at that most might not know isMy voice ain’t half bad. 

If I could compete in an Olympic sport it would beGymnastics. Growing up, I worshiped those women.

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dead hands isBeauty Counter Red Lipstick.

In my fridge you will always find…Oatmilk and fancy cheese.

NATIVE INTELLIGENCE

NATIVE INTELLIGENCE

Busy mom, wife and interior designer, native Texan Elizabeth McAllen Roberts of San Antonio is considered to be one of the chicest women in the state. Here, join our always-curious reporter Lance Avery Morgan to find out what she’s loving the most these days.

 

My interior design icon is…John Saladino. I love his quiet and elegant interiors. There is something very peaceful, yet grand, in all of the rooms he creates.

One interior design accessory I can’t live without is…great art.

How I made my first dollar growing up… I grew up on a working cattle ranch in deep South Texas and would work at our family’s ranch food commissary on Saturdays with my grandfather.

 What I love most about living in the San Antonio/ South Texas area is…The ability to go from the city to the country in less than twenty minutes. The best of both worlds.

If I could live in a foreign city because of its design aesthetic, it would be… in Madrid or Florence.

Last thing I binge/marathon watched wasThe Handmaid’s Tale. I am a huge fan.

First album I bought wasThe Cars. It was a 45 mile drive to get to school in the mornings so The Cars made the daily drive way more entertaining. We listened to it on an eight-track cassette player (does anyone know what those are anymore?) in our Town and Country station wagon.

My favorite coffee table style book is…Roomscapes: The Decorative Architecture of Renzo Mongiardino.

The last meal that truly impressed me was…Restaurante La Tienda in Marbella, Spain. The Foie Gras a la Plancha is simply the best.

Book I’ve read that made a lasting impact on me wasUndaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. The story of Lewis and Clark and their epic trek across the Continental Divide is truly incredible.

In my fridge you will always find…a container of half-and-half (for my morning coffee).

Favorite street to shop on in the world is….Via dei Condotti in Rome.

My perfect day would end with…dinner with my family.

An artist whose work I would collect is…anything by the Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla or Joaquin Torres Garcia; Taller Torres-Garcia.

The best gift I have received is… It would probably be the gift of advice given to me by my grandmother. When my sisters and I were younger she used to say, Always be a lady. I can still hear her voice saying that in my mind.

ETHEREALLY CHIC

ETHEREALLY CHIC

Native Austinite Shelby Krause Goff, who now lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, has always turned heads with her effervescent personality. Here, her longtime pal Lance Avery Morgan caught up with this stylish dynamo, busy wife and mother of two, who is living her own version of La Dolce Vita.

 

I made my first dollar growing up by…Running a lemonade stand during the Fiesta Art Festival at Laguna Gloria (only long-time Austinites will remember this one). I thought I’d made a killing by walking away with $40.

The first album I bought was…Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time. And yes, I still know every word to every single song on the album.

If I lived in a foreign city it would be…London. I don’t even need a flat–I’ll just live in a booth at La Petite Maison.

What I love most about living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area is…Besides the wonderful and incredibly interesting people? The amazing restaurants, world-renowned art scene, and the unlimited events and activities at all hours of the day. I haven’t been bored one day while living here.

One thing I am exceptionally good at that most might not know is…Horseback riding and sewing. Both are oddly very therapeutic.

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dry hands is…Sunscreen. Always and forever. Right now, I’m using La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Mineral Sunscreen with a few drops of SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum.

My style icon is…Lauren Santo Domingo. She is perfection.

My personal style signifier is…Old Elegance. Think Gwyneth Paltrow (classic with an edge) and Grace Kelly (but without the fabulous bling).

Last thing I binge/marathon watched that I recommend is…Killing Eve. It’s hilarious and thrilling. I also love anything involving espionage.

Book that left a lasting impression on me was…The Price of Privilege by Madeline Levine, PhD.

The last meal that truly impressed me was…In Milan last week on vacation. I was completely blown away by our dinner at Dal Bolognese. It’s the first time my husband, Travis, actually took pictures of his food.

In my fridge you will always find…Besides toddler food and wine? I always try to have a vegetable tray within arm’s length in an attempt to keep me from reaching for my children’s goldfish.

The best gift I have given recently is…My in-laws just finished a beautiful new home in Fort Worth. It was truly a labor of love for them. I had a rendering of their new home engraved onto a silver tray. I love that they now display it with pride.

My perfect day would end with…Sitting in my backyard with a glass of wine, my little boys playing and my husband manning the grill.