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.
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.
Our newest editorial assistant is a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Human Development with a focus in childhood development. Originally from Fort Worth, she loves all things fashion and art. While still in high school, she started her own art business, where she created and sold her own artwork. In this issue, Greve contributes to our Exhibit column with her recommendations of the best-curated happenings in the state.
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 in launching 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.
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 his experience in Italy and why so many Texans love it. 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.
Tori Johnson, who contributes to our luxe gift feature in this issue, is the founder of sTORIbook Public Relations and a fashion and lifestyle blogger of ThesTORIbook.com. She is also a successful commercial and editorial stylist. Johnson has been voted San Antonio Fashion Blogger of the Year and has worked with a bevy of top names including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Lancôme, Armani Exchange, and many more.
Our digital director at the helm of our Society Texas associated social media platforms, Eleanora Morrison has been a writer, blogger and editor for Brilliant, The Society Diaries, and other local and regional print/digital publications, covering events, fashion, culture, weddings and travel. Morrison is also the editor in chief and creative director of ELEANORA, a women’s-centric multimedia storytelling platform, and is co-founder and CEO of S.H.E Media. She is passionate about cultivating a community on social media and invites you to connect with her and join the conversation @EleanoraMorrison.
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. Although, 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 in 2020.
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.
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. She is the go-to resource for what’s happening and who you need to know in Dallas. 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” and enjoys taking readers along for the ride as she experiences all that the city has to offer.