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.



Now, more than ever, we welcome a refreshing stability with some favorite classic staples…as well as escapism with these noteworthy trends to represent our strength, exuberance, and optimism. Here are some of the best, and prettiest, finds emerging this season, according to our beauty expert, Ana Bribiesca Hoff.


Referred to as an overnight facelift in a jar, the Overnight Facial Mask from John Masters Organics contains natural exfoliants such as pomegranate enzymes and fruit acids. It instantly brightens skin and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and with regular, consistent use, the results are even more dramatic. $60. At John Masters.


The drop in temperature calls for a shift in your fragrance. You will smell heavenly with The Harmonist Moon Glory, a dusk-inspired formula combining the distinctive Hawaiian Jasmine, the alluring Queen of the Night Flower, and sultry Passionflower scents. $336. At Neiman Marcus.


The classic red lip provides glamour and comfort during times of unrest. Offering endless possibilities with a broad range of hues, the power red pout is undoubtedly our go-to this season. Try Westman Atelier Lip Suede, a luxurious lip color palette with four vibrant shades. $85. At Westman Atelier.


This season’s naturally dewy skin and fresh-faced radiance require the right products. Try Chanel Sublimage Le Teint Ultimate Radiance, an exquisite, lightweight creamy foundation that offers flawless coverage for a glowing, healthy, and luminous look. $135. At Neiman Marcus.

HIGH 90s

Goth-punk touches from the 90s are more glamorous than ever. Moody, Bordeaux lips provide a hint of dark romance and dimension. Try Hourglass Cosmetics Confession Ultra Slim High-Intensity Refillable Lipstick in When I’m Alone. $36. At Neiman Marcus.


Pops of optimistic, bright colors give a warm welcome to the chilly months. This trend is all about the less-than-perfect eyelid, and smudgy streaks of vibrant color across the brow bone. Our favorite? Texas Made, of course. Try Anastasia Beverly Hills Alyssa Edwards Eyeshadow Palette for gorgeous looks. $60. At Sephora.


Gold is a must for all-out-fall-glam. Try Nars Limited Edition Multi-Use Gloss in Working Girl for gilded shimmer and shine that take your look to another dimension. $24. Then, take the ethereal and radiant look one step further with Diorshow Liquid Mono Eyeliner in Gold Twinkle for a touch of glittering, magical gold. $30. Both at Neiman Marcus.


Glowy, dewy skin has become a staple. But this season debuts something different for this trend with a heightened freshness. Try Lancer Dani Glowing Skin Perfector to achieve the coveted, heavenly, dewy effect without masking your naturally beautiful skin. $95. At Saks Fifth Avenue.


As the temperature drops, make sure you incorporate a decadent, ultra-moisturizing body oil for all over soft, smooth, and glowing skin. Try Acqua di Parma Magnolia Nobile Shimmering Oil, a shimmering veil with subtle gold particles. At Acqua di Parma.


Dermapore Grey, from Dermaflash, is a unique two-in-one ultrasonic skincare device that deep cleans pores and infuses your favorite skincare products, revealing a brighter, healthier complexion. $99. At Dermaflash.



Rebecca’s Wish Gala Held At Witte Museum


By Jake Gaines        Photography by LNP Photography

THE SETTING:  On a gorgeous night, a lively crowd of attendees gathered to support Rebecca’s Wish. The non profit was founded in 2018 and named for Rebecca Taylor, after her 10-year struggle with chronic pancreatitis and related complications. The gala, which occurred at the Witte Museum, featured keynote speakers, who included Dr. Sandeep Patel and Max Lucado, as well as Taylor herself, shared information about the organization and its goals.

THE STYLE:  A Mariachi band from the city’s Los Dragones Mariachi Southwest High School welcomed the guests. They also experienced a culinary experience provided by the RK Group, which included parmesan-crusted chicken and a creamy chocolate pot de crème with shaved chocolate for dessert. Then, a spirited live auction followed to garner funds for this worthy cause. Singer Elizabeth Latham moved the audience as she gave a poignant performance that spoke to finding a cure for a disease that afflicts more than one hundred thousand children annually. Afterward, as the party continued, The Klocks band performed to the delight of the guests as they danced the night away.

THE PURPOSE: Tracee Feik was the gala chair of the event, while Dina Selva and Jodie Harding served as the auction co-chairs. Christyn Taylor is the president of Rebecca’s Wish. The mission of the organization is to improve pediatric pancreatic research, education, and patient support, as well as find a cure for the disease.

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South Texas Charity Weekend Hosts 27th Annual Gathering


By Caroline McAllister        Photography by Marks Moore and Doug Smith


THE SETTING:  The wide open spaces of the King Ranch, the historic town of Kingsville, and the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center were the backdrop for the 27th annual South Texas Charity Weekend. Guests came from around Texas and the country to enjoy a weekend with friends and to honor the 2020 South Texan of the Year, Red Steagall. 


THE STYLE:  The weekend’s festivities began with a cocktail reception Friday night, hosted by Tio and Janell Kleberg in their beautiful home on the King Ranch, welcoming new and old friends alike to South Texas. The next morning, guests chose between quail hunting on the legendary King Ranch or a shooting clinic with instruction from world-class instructors Charlie Wilson, Bill Massey, and Raye Massey. Lunch was served cowboy style in the field, a tradition the King Ranch is well known for around the world. HALO-Flight was onsite, giving guests a rare bird’s eye view from their Bell 407 helicopter.The pinnacle of the weekend was Saturday evening as guests gathered to celebrate Red Steagall as the 2020 South Texan of the Year. 

Tio Kleberg has earned a reputation for providing a memorable introduction, and this year was no exception. Kleberg entered the room dressed as a 1960’s western singer and went on to deliver a powerful introduction for Steagall, known as The Official Cowboy Poet of Texas. Following a touching acceptance from Red Steagall, he treated the crowd to the story behind his hit song Here We Go Again and then sang Hats Off To The Cowboy. As the crowd cheered, he then announced that he would donate the guitar he had just used to benefit the live auction. Needless to say, this created a tremendous boost of energy and the robust live auction that followed was one of the most successful yet.  On Sunday morning, guests gathered for a farewell cowboy breakfast at the King Ranch.


THE PURPOSE: Wildlife conservation, ranching heritage, and health care are the beneficiaries of the generous donations and underwriting from the weekend, which raised over a million dollars. The charities supported are the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management, CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital-Kleberg, and HALO-Flight.

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With the brighter days of summer here, a sense of freedom is evoked by the sheer trend, inspiring care-free nostalgic innocence and a return to the simpler days spent outdoors bathed in sunshine. Our creative curator, Eleanora Morrison of, shares the products that have sent her imagination on vacation this season.


This pleated silk-organza midi dress takes us back to the dreaminess of childhood, in the most elegantly exaggerated way. This whimsical frock is oh-so-Alice, and we are willingly following her into Simone Rocha’s design couture wonderland. $1,610. Photo and availability courtesy Net-A-Porter.


Looking for the perfect gift for a friend who is always on the go? This transparent pouch by Anya Hindmarch is cleverly etched with Important Things across the top and made with clear PVC, so you never have to scramble to find the things you’re always reaching for. $275. Photo and availability courtesy Net-A-Porter


Natura Bisse’s Diamond Cocoon Sheer Cream applies as smooth as silk–at first beige, and it then transforms to any skin tone. It’s made with SIRT-AP peptide complex and plant-derived Detoxin that boosts the skin in battling stress, aging, and helps retain moisture. $225. Photo and availability courtesy Net-A-Porter.


Norma Kamali’s bold Snake swimsuit is for the chic sunchaser. Designed  to elongate the frame with white stretch fabric and panels of sheer beige mesh, this summertime staple is the perfect poolside accessory for the brighter days ahead. $265. Photo and availability courtesy Neiman Marcus.


This oversized silk-organza scrunchie will punctuate your seasonal looks with just enough dainty drama. Perfect for accessorizing your messy bun, low ponytail, or other heat-beating hairdos this summer. Sophie Buhai’s delicate take on the recycled fad won’t snag or pull. $195. Photo and availability courtesy Net-A-Porter.


Who doesn’t love a go-to summer sandal? These Marion Parke shiny patent leather slides will take you from cottage to the clubhouse for every sunny social occasion. $595. Photo and availability courtesy Neiman Marcus.


Chanel’s Les Beige Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick is the perfect punctuation for your summer glow. Just enough color contour, this tiny, totable trick is the shiny sculpting finish for your freshly sun-kissed cheekbones. $45. Photo and availability courtesy Neiman Marcus.


Iris Apfel’s iconic maximalist style has made its indelible mark on the fashion and design world. This crystalline paperweight outline of her will give any space just as much character as if Iris herself came to visit. $80. Photo and availability courtesy Neiman Marcus.


Staud’s Shirley Clear PVC and Crocodile-Embossed Tote Bag is great for the beach, the pool, and even sporting and theatrical events after the cherished vacationing season comes to an end. It comes with a timelessly classic pouch. $208. Photo and availability courtesy Neiman Marcus.


We have our eye on Transparent sunglasses. These sparkling “Donatella” indoor/outdoor shades designed by Houstonian Margot Hogan are inspired by Donatella Versace, and we love the packed-with-personality pairs we are seeing from this new Texan-owned eyewear brand. These are the perfect accessory to exude your many moods, no matter the season. Prices vary. Model shown: $60. Photo and availability courtesy Transparent.


A cocktail dress that is sure to ruffle feathers, Valentino’s Ruffled Silk-Tie Neck silhouette is alluringly sheer with romantic floral patterns that sweep elegantly with each step. Highlighting the feminine silhouette with its delicate fabrics, this dress is the piece for making a bold statement. $9,800. Photo and availability courtesy Neiman Marcus.



CASAblanca Gala 2020 Smashes Fundraising Records

By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Chad W. Adams

THE SETTING: The Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa was the recent setting for the annual CASAblanca Gala 2020. In total, a sold-out crowd of over 1,000 V.I.P.s, sociables, and community advocates took part in an evening of fun and fundraising that those fortunate enough to be a part of will not soon forget.

THE STYLE: The warmth of the event was evident the moment guests arrived for the V.I.P. pre-party in the Omni Barton Creek’s Hill Country Pavilion. Here, against the backdrop of gorgeous, twilight Hill Country views–the dapper, black tie patrons enjoyed their favorite spirits while perusing the impressive array of live and silent auction items up for bid during the evening.

The action then moved to the main ballroom for the evening’s program. As patrons dined on a delicious multi-course meal, they were treated to touching mission moments from several of CASA’s most prominent supporters and advocates. Next came a spirited live auction and fund-a-need that raised over  $1 million. The evening was capped off with a casino after party where revelers celebrated well into the night the success of another fabulous CASAblanca gala.

THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Holly Mace Massingill and Gavin Massingill, raised a record $1.7 million for CASA of Travis County. Standing for Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA provides dedicated advocates to abused and neglected children to speak out for their best interests in court. This year’s gala proceeds will allow 850 children the powerful voice of a CASA volunteer in the coming year.

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