There is so much to know, see and do as we look around us, with renewed holiday anticipation, according to our pop culture pursuer, Lance Avery Morgan.

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The White House Historical Association always makes the holidays brighter…this year, with its tribute to Texas. The 2021 White House Ornament reflects Texas President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s 1967 Blue Room theme. “To spend holiday seasons in the White House was a privilege and a gift,” said Luci Baines Johnson, the youngest daughter of President Johnson. “This year’s ornament evokes all the historic memories our family shared during those years, and we’re honored to have that time commemorated on this year’s Official White House Ornament.”

$38. At the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin and at


The biggest book of the season? Tom Ford 002. The Austin native, synonymous with high-octane glamour, opulent sexuality, and fearless fashion, has a design reach that has influenced the globe since the 90s. This volume, printed with Forest Stewardship Council-approved materials and personally edited by Ford, reflects his exceptional taste and unapologetic sensual aesthetic. It’s a true collector’s item for his devotees and connoisseurs of fashion, style, and design.

$135. At

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Fort Worth-based design dynamos Noble 31 has released its fall and winter collection to great acclaim. It’s a mix of neutrals sprinkled with bright pops of color, designed to become classic pillars in your closet that carry you not just season to season but year to year – pieces that become your multi-purpose go-to favorites. Shown here, the Linda top.

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Sotheby’s is paying tribute to Karl Lagerfeld by selling more than a thousand lots from his residences in France and Monaco. It represents an anthology of not only his personal taste but also of his life and career. These sales will present a broad panorama of Art Deco works, including a fine selection of furniture by Louis Süe and André Mare, as well as numerous contemporary objects and art by Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami.

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EvolvE may become your new favorite wellness spot. Founded by Shannon Maddalena and her team, this Austin destination offers luxe spa and body treatments like no other. From cryotherapy to the infrared sauna, Liquid Facelift facial, and many more offerings, this is the place for your healing to begin now and into the New Year.