BE IN THE KNOW

BE IN THE KNOW

Where to go and what to do right now around the state and beyond? Look no further since we’ve assembled the newest and different to try and enjoy, according to our cool culture hunter, Lance Avery Morgan.

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HEIGHTENED SCENTS-ABILITY

The newest candle to be a hit with those in the know is Social-Lite. Gorgeous and filled with delectable scents with such themes as Set To Jet, Make Mine Champagne, Modern Ingenue, My Secret Past, Darling Really, and Isn’t It Rich, these five-star candles will add a sophisticated element to every room.

$58 each. At SocialLiteCandles.com.

EUROPEAN JAUNT

The American Friends of Versailles, led by Amarillo-born Catharine Hamilton, is inviting guests, under the gracious guidance of Princesse Béatrice de Bourbon des Deux Sicilies, to enjoy a spectacular benefit trip of palaces and gatherings from Vienna and Prague. This one-of-a-kind tour of the fabled cities benefits the ongoing renovation of Versailles. Make plans now for October 2–10. $20,000 per person.

At AmericanFriendsOfVersailles.org.

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BOXT & READY

BOXT luxe table wine, Austin-based and female-owned by Sarah Puil, has launched into the new hot craze of premium boxed wines. The three red and white varietals use Napa winemaking techniques, are eco-friendly, and sourced from the best grapes in the world. Available through a subscription service, with free shipping direct to your doorstep.

At DrinkBOXT.com.

ESCAPE WITHOUT LEAVING HOME

With travel in all of our futures, we can hardly wait. Until we’re on that jet, headed for, say, Italy, we can enjoy the flair of the fabled country with art by San Antonio-based artist Allison Gregory, whose contemporary work of abstract and specific venues, like the Italian Riviera, shown here, always brighten any venue.

At AllisonGregoryFineArt.com.

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ALWAYS LOOKING UP

You’ll definitely want to see the Texas Performing Arts exhibit Behind the Scenes: Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel.  Among the 50 backdrops received by Texas Performing Arts from the Art Directors Guild Backdrop Recovery Project was a nearly complete replica of the Sistine Chapel.  These 18 backdrops represent full-scale copies of the historic frescos, that are a cornerstone of High Renaissance Art, and were used in MGM’s 1968 papal drama, The Shoes of the Fisherman, starring Anthony Quinn.

At UTPerformingArts.org.                   

TOTES WITH A CONSCIENCE

The BAE bag is a flagship product from Austin-based Betsy Christian, founder of Bae Liles. The totes, which come in orange and white, and black and white canvas, sport sturdy leather handles. Maker Moms handcraft them in Kenya to create sustainable lives through Fair Trade and every purchase contributes to their financial well-being. Look for a line of easy-to-wear dresses next.

At BaeLiles.com.   

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ALL ACCESS PASS

ALL ACCESS PASS

Where to go and what to do right now around the state and beyond? Look no further since we’ve assembled the new and different to try and enjoy, according to our cool culture hunter, Lance Avery Morgan.

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GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE…

Sotheby’s presents the private collection from the estate of one of America’s greatest philanthropists, Anne Marion of Fort Worth. Estimated to fetch over $150 million, the American Visionary: Fine Jewels from the Collection of Mrs. John L. Marion sale reflects a gathering of objects that range from coveted modern and contemporary art to Old Master paintings, sculpture, and important jewelry. Born into the Four Sixes ranching and oil fortune in King County, Marion’s largesse was responsible for the distribution of more than $600 million worth of grants to a variety of institutions and causes, many of them in her native Texas. May 10-18, 2021.

At Sotheby’s.com.

BOXT & READY

BOXT luxe table wine, the Austin-based and female-owned by Sarah Puil, has launched into the new hot craze of premium boxed wines. The three red and three white varietals use Napa winemaking techniques, are eco-friendly, and are sourced from the best grapes in the world. BOXT is available through a subscription service, with free shipping of its wines direct to doorsteps. Plus, a concierge is available to assist customers with selecting wines based on flavor profiles, and each box has a 100 percent happiness guarantee.

At DrinkBOXT.com.

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RARIFIED AIR

The Texas-based health and lifestyle brand, Meli Hands, founded by Maria Sideris and Vanessa Thanos, has launched a new collection of diffusers and hand sanitizers with two new delectable scents: Lemoni and Aegean Sea Salt. Enjoy a fresh and clean-smelling home with these scents in sustainable glass bottles with the cheery bright yellow and blue design.

$10.99–$38.99. At MeliHands.com

FOLLOW THE SILK ROAD

Want to create your own wearable fashion statement? After a year-and-a-half of e-commerce and successful workshops with beloved local brands like FleaStyle, Dallas Silk Art has opened its first-ever brick-and-mortar location in the Homestead section of Grandscape in Dallas. It offers safe, socially-distanced yet intimate workshops. And,  for the first time, they sell one-of-a-kind retail products such as marbled silk scarves, coasters, and more.

At DallasSilkArt.com.

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HOME-STYLED FASHION

NorthPark Center’s south wing will sit back and relax when The University of North Texas presents Fashion in Residence: At-Home Styles from the Texas Fashion Collection… The exhibition will present selected pieces from its collection of over 20,000 garments that have been curated to represent fashion’s greatest casual moments.

Through June 6. At TFC.CVAD.UNT.edu.

BUSINESS SENSE

A briefcase for any professional makes a statement. Why not make a colorful and creative one while you’re at it, with a new Franki Ray piece? Dallas-based founders Stacey George and Sasha Spivey are setting the style world on fire with their bags and accessories for both women and men.

Prices vary. At FrankiRay.com.  

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ONWARD TO THE COOL

ONWARD TO THE COOL

As we continue with the new reality in 2021, things are happening again, both near and far as well. Join our culture-seeking editor Lance Avery Morgan as he recommends some new bright spots to know and love this very moment.

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LISTEN IN, SKIN

We love that SkinLab, the new-to-market skincare concept developed by the luxe brand SkinCeuticals, is now officially open in Houston. For fans of the SkinCeuticals product line, SkinLab is a one-stop-shop that opened in partnership with Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Forrest Roth–it is the third to open in the country, with the first two being in Napa Valley and Connecticut. At WestAvePlasticSurgery.com.

RANCH STYLE MEANS

RancH2O, founded by native Texan Amelia Lettieri, is the ready-to-drink canned cocktail brand that delivers the kick of real spirits and a refreshingly smooth taste with just the pop of a tab. This is not another hard seltzer…RancH2O is real liquor, perfectly mixed in flavors like Ranch Water, Classic Marg, Vodka, and a Gin Fizz. The four-pack is $13.99. Available at major liquor stores and RancH20Spirits.com.

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BURNING SO BRIGHT

Dirty Bartender candles have teamed with DIFFA Dallas, inspired by its thirty years of service. The delectable scents, aptly named House of DIFFA, Yacht Bar, and Cocktail Garden, will transform any mood and space. Plus, they burn for 40 hours. Each are $34. At DirtyBartender.com.

OH, BABY

Mila & Me, the new Latina-owned, hand-dyed loungewear brand for both mothers and children, was conceived during COVID-19 by Austinite Melissa Dieck Thaxton. She believes in donating a portion of the company’s proceeds to organizations in need. “We hope our pieces brighten your day, bring comfort to your life, and peace that you are helping those in need,” shares Thaxton. Prices vary. At MilaAndMe.shop.

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FAVORITE FAIRYTALE RE-DUX

Cinderella, the upcoming American musical romantic comedy, has been updated for today’s modern audience. Starring Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel, and Billy Porter, the re-boot of the children’s classic promises to be one for the ages. Debuts February 5.

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.

CHOOSING SOMETHING DIFFERENT

CHOOSING SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Now that we’ve gotten used to sheltering in, we’re looking at the world’s opportunities nearby  with brand new eyes. When you do venture out, here’s a selection of what to see and do this fall across the state that will feel like something new indeed, according to our guy-on-the-go Lance Avery Morgan.

LET THERE BE MUSIC

The new multi-block Music Lane development, along hipster South Congress Avenue in Austin, will be the new destination for both locals and visitors alike. The 163,000 square-foot stretch over several city blocks will contain the new Soho House private club (the first one in Texas and it will have a rooftop space) with 25 retail stores, offices and restaurants in the mix including Nak Armstrong Jewelry, LeLabo, Buck Mason, and other luxe brands that are must-haves.

GET CARRIED AWAY

Two Dallas-based designers have created a new luxe luggage line for their company, Franki Ray. These top of the line totes, briefcases, backpacks, wallets, and other fine leather accessories have bright bursts of color and linings to enhance your own style. $995 as shown. At FrankiRay.com.

WOMEN X 100

With the Women’s Suffrage Centennial this year, we love learning more about the roots of the women’s voting movement with a brand new digital site. Thoughtfully created during the pandemic by Corpus Christi native-turned-Austinite Mary Tally, it offers numerous compelling stories on so many lives that have made a difference to women…and mankind. At ATXCelebratesWomensSuffrage.com.

VERY, VERY VILLA

The new Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection, a private club with a forthcoming restaurant, Lutie’s, is now open to the public. This majestic urban oasis, built in 1928 and completely re-furbished, is the hot new destination for a weekend, a wedding, or pool time. Its lush, formal grounds evoke an East Coast estate with an updated century-old domain with a modern, comfortable twist. At AubergeResorts.com/CommodorePerry.

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH

The Texas-based Lone River Beverage Company’s Founder & CEO, native Texan Katie Beal Brown, is turning heads with Ranch Water. The first 80-calorie hard seltzer is a twist on the classic Ranch Water cocktail that has long been a favorite of West Texans and West Texans-at-heart. The three, flavored 100% organic agave, natural lime juice and gluten-free alcohol base drinks are sure to become a favorite. At LoneRiverBevCo.com.

JUST BREATHE

You don’t have to be in Switzerland to enjoy world class luxury health treatments. In Austin, you are a stone’s throw away from a state-of-the-art wellness center, EvolvE, where you can gain better sleep, improve immune function, reduce pain, gain more energy, and enhance recovery. And, we highly recommend the Cryo chamber among all the other amenities. At EvolvEATX.com.  

HIGH CAMP

Longtime friends, Eric Houston and Jay Fields, realizing their dream of bringing a stylish and playful spin on the typical RV resort to Houston, is perfectly timed for localized experiences. The debut of Eric & Jay’s RV Resort, a few miles south of the city’s Texas Medical Center and Museum District, perfectly aligns with skyrocketing RV sales and rentals in response to the new realities of travel. At EricAndJaysRVResort.com.

BEST IN CLASS

BEST IN CLASS

Where to go and what to see is something on-the-go Texans are always seeking. Join our inveterate cool hunter Jake Gaines as he recommends some of the best choices around.

NOW, SEE HERE

GLCO glasses are a favorite of the fashion and music worlds, and has opened a new store on South Congress in Austin. The store’s focal point is the lighting system, incorporated into the design as homage to the rich art-centric culture of Austin–inspired by the work of artist James Turell. Prices vary. At GarrettLeight.com.

CLUB NOUVEAU

When it opened in the early 80s, the Crescent Club at the Hotel Crescent Court was the place to be. It is again, as the members-only 17th-floor space renovation embraces the existing club’s traditional French craftmanship while bringing an all-new character to the dining areas, its conference rooms, and iconic bar. At CrescentCourt.com.

YOU OUTTA BE IN PICTURES

Need a new headshot for a social media profile? Or, might you want a family portrait just for the heck of it? Why not get a high-quality photo in a 30-minute session that you can book online. The nation-wide service by Shoott is now available in Austin. At Shoott.com.

NOW HEAR THIS

Whether strolling the beach or indulging in a day of shopping, enjoy the 20-plus hours of Bluetooth® playtime, and the smallest fit ever of these cool wireless JLab Audio headphones. Available in colors, enjoy the dual connect, touch sensors, and auto on and connect out of the case to keep you on the go in style.
$PRICE TK. At JLabAudio.com.

EURO SO MODERN

 

As the newest addition to Austria’s federal museum landscape, Albertina Modern, the second exhibiting venue of the Albertina Museum in Vienna, will open with the exhibition The Beginning. Art in Vienna, 1945 to 1980, which will be the first-ever complete overview of an era of Austrian art that encompasses those three important decades following 1945. At Albertina.au.

REGENERATE & RENEW

The new West University locale of ThriVe Drip Spa is the premier luxury lifestyle spa destination in Greater Houston. It’s the place to be for space-age renewal treatments like I.V. therapy, Cryotherapy, B-12 and lipo shots, and EmSculpt. Plus, the Houston Texans, and Rockets players, as well as wellness buffs, often visit the spa. At ThriVeDripSpa.com.