Native Texan D.B. Borton became an ardent admirer of Nancy Drew at a young age. At fourteen, she acquired her own blue roadster, training on the freeways of Houston and the broad stretches of oil-endowed Texas highway. In graduate school, Borton converted a lifetime of passionate reading and late-night movie-watching into a doctorate in English. She left Texas about the time that everyone else arrived, and now resides in Ohio. A special excerpt about the way Houston used to be, from her 13th book, Bayou City Burning, is featured in this issue. You can learn more about her talents at DBBorton.com.
As a busy working mom of two, Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee developed a strong passion for technologies that simplify consumer experiences, so people have more time for the parts of their lives not behind a screen. She contributes our List column in each issue, and her vision is for Rank & Style to give people back the time they waste digging through endless fashion resources to find the products they like. Chandlee is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and is grateful to be able to help people outside the office through her participation in social impact organizations including The Seton Fund, MJ&M, Dell Children’s Council, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, UT College of Natural Sciences and Human Ecology and the Longhorn Foundation.
DION “BLEU” DRAKE
Dion “Bleu” Drake is a fashion stylist with almost a decade of experience working in celebrity, editorial, advertising, and personal styling. Over the years, he has honed his skill by working with celebrities, athletes, and publications such as Elle and Italian Vogue. Originally from Detroit, moving to the West Coast afforded him the opportunity to be infused with fashion and culture from a very young age. He proclaims his inspiration for his keen style aesthetic is anything edgy and glam, allowing Drake to create dynamic images that will forever be cemented in editorial history…as in this month’s fashion cover feature.
Lori Duran, who helms our Always, Acapulco piece in this issue, has had a diverse career and currently researches interesting historical stories of social changes. This has been her life-long passion. Duran serves on the board of directors for the Austin History Center Association, where she is involved in coordinating volunteers and helping the Oral History Committee. She also writes articles for Society Texas and other publications, and recently authored the book, Austin’s Travis Heights Neighborhood. She is currently finishing her second book, The University of Texas at Austin: The First One Hundred Years.
Certified professional life coach and branding expert by day, social commentator by night, and author of the book Being In The Room (available at Amazon.com), Associate Publisher and Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli is a man of many interests. He loves sharing how Texans so generously and passionately give back to the community they love. Giardinelli weaves interesting social commentary that showcases those who work tirelessly to raise awareness of important issues in the state and beyond.
ANA BRIBIESCA HOFF
Writer and enthusiast of all things beauty, fashion, travel, and healthy living-related, our Glow beauty contributor Ana Bribiesca Hoff is currently working in the higher education non-profit sector and has also launched AnaBribs.com. In this new lifestyle blog, she plans to share her passions, experiences, tips, and sneak peeks inside her life while hoping to share large doses of inspiration. This month she reveals the most glamorous of summer beauty secrets yet.
Our very fashionable Texan-turned-New Yorker-turned eternal Southerner contributor Gordon Kendall is always on the go and on the scene. He is a freelance fashion author and educator and helms our exclusive story on our retrospective of designer Lucien Lelong and why so many Texans loved his talents. He is also an executive member of the Fashion Group International/New York, a member of The Couture Council, and The Museum at F.I.T.
Content Creator, Editor and Creative Consultant Eleanora Morrison is a native of San Antonio. She has over a decade of experience in the print and digital media spaces, first as a writer and editor and then gradually evolving into content production. Eleanora, her award-winning multimedia platform entertains, inspires and unites its community, connecting with audiences throughout Texas and beyond. In addition to managing her own platform as a personality and digital creator, Morrison is a content consultant for brands, helping a growing list of clients in a variety of industries with visual storytelling campaigns that advertise consumer products. Connect with her on social media @eleanoramorrison and explore more of her work at Eleanora.co.
Our feature photographer for this issue’s fashion editorial cover story is Los Angeles-based Mark Oberlin. Oberlin has also photographed the collections of many of the West Coast’s top fashion designers. He is an acclaimed painter, as well, and has exhibited his paintings in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco galleries. More of his work can be found at MarkOberlinPhotography.com.
Our Associate Editor Leanne Raesener was formerly the city editor for both Brilliant and The Society Diaries magazines A fifth-generation Texan who was raised in Austin, she spent most of her career in Manhattan, before we were fortunate to have her back in the Lone Star State. After working at Goldman Sachs in Charitable Giving for many years, it only deepened her interest in philanthropy. She supports many charities but holds most near and dear to her heart, her brother, Jack Frederick Raesener’s Scholarship Fund, Ballet Austin, and NYU FACES. Her love of life, generosity, creative style, and wordsmithing are a winning combination.
Jay Remer, Canada’s Etiquette Guy, catered his first dinner party at the age of 14 and hasn’t looked back since. Raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Remer emigrated to Saint Andrews, NB, Canada, where he owns and operates The Windsor House, an 18th Century inn. A proud graduate of the Protocol School of Washington, Remer now speaks, writes, and teaches civility. His book, The Six Pillars of Civility, is scheduled for release this year.
Our talented and terrifically connected Associate Editor Jennifer Roosth is a Houston-based writer who never ceases to be amazed by the wonderfully generous spirit of the Houston philanthropic community. “It’s nice to live in a city where so many are excited about giving back,” she says. “In the process, they throw some mighty fine parties.”
Founder and CEO Lesa Rossick of Austin based Market Ambassador loves to build brands and empower entrepreneurs of large corporations in their digital marketing presence. In addition to website development and content marketing, she dines at the hottest new restaurants to find Top 20 experiences for her Keep Austin Eatin’™ blog, contributes to our Savor column, and supports Society Texas with her digital media talents. Outside of business, Rossick’s biggest passion is working alongside her husband, Bill, in their philanthropy efforts.
Our Drive section contributor is Texan Michael Satterfield, an award-winning journalist, traveler, photographer, and lifelong automotive enthusiast who has been featured in Forbes, Hot Rod Magazine, A-Cars, Easy Riders, and many other publications. He founded popular men’s lifestyle site TheGentlemanRacer.com as a blog in 2002, which has grown to become an online and print magazine reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month.
Mary Schneider, who contributes in this issue to our Thrive column, has been a student of energetic medicine for 30 years. She is a Certified Resonance Repatterning Professional in private practice in Austin for the past 20 years (RePatternIt.com). Schneider is also an ordained minister and has studied numerous other alternative modalities such as homeopathy, the Chinese 5 Element Acupuncture System, Ayurveda and the Chakra System, etc. She regularly loves speaking in the community about how we heal.
Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cultural trainer and modern manners expert. She is the resident etiquette expert on two popular lifestyle shows: ABC Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend and CBS Austin’s We Are Austin. Her Amazon #1 best-selling book on International Business, Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide, now in its third printing, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015. She’s a winner of the British Airways International Trade Award at the 2016 Greater Austin Business Awards. Photo by Korey Howell.
A partner at Gangway Advertising, Dallas-based Cynthia Smoot, creates buzz for some of the city’s hottest brands through interactive social media strategies and public relations for the firm’s lifestyle clients. Through her popular lifestyle blog, OhSoCynthia.com, readers get the latest scoop and inside information on fashion, food, philanthropy, events, and celebrity and reality TV news. Smoot describes her blog as a love letter to the city of Dallas.
ROSE BETTY WILLIAMS
Wherever there is a wonderful party, there is usually Associate Editor and social chronicler Rose Betty Williams. This month she writes about the Helping Hand Home debutante gala in Austin. She also leads symposia, plans events, serves on boards and supports organizations from OperaAmerica to the Helping Hand Home for Children and facilitates networking for project and product development. Williams is a longtime Austin resident, freelance writer, and photographer, with a passion for fine art, music, wine, books, tennis, food and life…and a deep love for her family and community.