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.

COOL, COOL WINTER

COOL, COOL WINTER

Everywhere we look around the globe, there’s something new to love. Join our inveterate cool hunter Jake Gaines as he scopes the world near and far for the most unique new opportunities you can experience, too.

ART’S POP MOMENT

At Art Basel Miami, join over 200 of the world’s leading international Modern and contemporary art galleries display artworks by over 4,000 artists, including paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, film, video, and digital art. You can buy works ranging from editioned pieces by young artists to museum-caliber masterpieces. December 1—4.

At ArtBasel.com

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HOTEL COOL

The new Hotel Zaza, an offshoot of its hipster predecessors in Dallas and Houston, is part of Austin’s downtown Republic Park regentrification project. With a rooftop pool and restaurants, Group Therapy and Perfect Strangers, and the ZaSpa, it’s the place to see and be seen, so what are you waiting for?

At HotelZaza.com

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BODY OF WORK

The stunning Brooklyn Museum exhibit, Pierre Cardin: Future of Fashion, is the first New York retrospective in 40 years. Over 150 objects that date from the 1950s to the present celebrate the master designer’s pristine point of view that still feels completely fresh today. Through January 5, 2020.

At BrooklynMuseum.org

Image 01 : Lauren Bacall, Leslie Bogart and Alain Delon at Pierre Cardin’s fall 1968 fashion show

Image 02 : Sketch for a Cardin minidress, 1968

SECRET HIDEOUT

The most coveted and difficult place to get into L.A. these days is the new San Vicente Bungalows in West Hollywood. The former clothing-optional hotel court, distinctly inspired by the Beverly Hills Hotel pink, green and banana leaf motif, has been reinvented to accommodate the glitterati who swarm there to stay, eat and drink. The strict no-photos policy means stickers are placed on your cell phone camera to avoid any temptation of taking photos of your favorite box office stars.

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FILM FAVORITE

A film retrospective honoring Austinite and Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Richard Linklater will be hosted by the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He will be presenting, for the first time, the retrospective of all his films, and an exhibition reflecting the central theme running through his films. We are mighty proud of our fellow Texan being honored on this international level. November 30.

At CentrePompidou.fr

Richard Linklater. Photo courtesy of Austin Film Society

MEANWHILE, BACK ON THE RANCH

As Texan as it gets, Perini Ranch Steakhouse: Stories And Recipes For Real Texas Food by Lisa and Tom Perini is sure to be an instant classic with page after page of mouth-watering recipes that will have you feeling like you’re on the ranch, even if you aren’t. $35.

At PeriniRanch.com

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FALL’S ARTFUL GROOVE

FALL’S ARTFUL GROOVE

Everywhere we look there’s something new to love. Join our inveterate cool hunter Jake Gaines as he scopes the world near and far for the most unique new opportunities you can experience, too.

THE ILLUSTRATED LIFE

The upcoming Illustration Art Signature Auction will be one of the best in the world for those who want to own a piece of fine illustrated art. The cool mid-century ones will likely go quickly at the Dallas-based Heritage Auction. Bidding begins Sept. 24. through Oct. 15. At Heritage Auctions.

ZOOM INTO LUXURY

The 3rd Annual Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase, Dallas and Fort Worth’s premier luxury lifestyle and automotive event, returns this fall to the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. This sleek one-day event features three distinct areas of phenomenal cars including a juried Collectors’ Concours, featuring a diverse selection of rare supercars, luxury, sports, vintage and classic cars from private collectors. The Car Club Expo will feature some of the best car clubs in Texas, plus fashion, food, and entertainment offerings. September 28. At LuxurySupercarShowcase.com.

TEQUILA’S NEW SUNRISE

Sure, there are plenty of premium tequilas in the world these days. We love that Casa Dragones is an independent, small batch producer with a passion for crafting exceptional sipping tequila, one gorgeous bottle at a time. Add it to your cocktail cart soon. At CasaDragones.com

AT FACE VALUE

Want to relax and tune out? Try Spa in the City, Dallas’ new med spa location on Lovers Lane, where they can also help you create a custom skincare plan just in time for the fall galas. In fact, they specialize in just about every cutting edge aesthetic treatment. At SpaInTheCityDallas.com

CONTEMPLATING CONTEMPORARY

Texas Contemporary, Houston’s leading contemporary and modern art fair, will bring top galleries to the area’s contemporary art collector base. Texas Contemporary 2019 will feature 75 exhibitors and an innovative program of special projects and public installations as a continuation and expansion of Texas Contemporary’s notable partnerships with the region’s finest institutions and museums. October 10-13. At TxContemporary.com

MEET US FOR A NIGHTCAP

The best place for a cocktail these days is near downtown Austin. Think of Nightcap as your extended living room for a cozy dinner, or for a large group. We can’t get enough of this space that has such a welcoming vibe, innovative cocktails and healthy cuisine. At NightcapAustin.com