FUN & GAMES

FUN & GAMES

Where to go, who to know…and what to play this spring? Look no further than our editorial team’s top picks as the restful summer season begins.

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GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

The rise of real estate in Texas is a hot topic anywhere you go these days. Now, Monopoly’s new Texas Hill Country Edition is sweeping the state. The Top Trumps USA company has customized the fabled board game with plenty of familiar places that most will recognize…and want to win through their master maneuvering.

$39.95. At TopTrumps.us

ANIMATION’S NEW ADVENTURE

Austinite Richard Linklater’s new animated film, Apollo 10½, is sure to strike a nostalgic tone with Texas viewers. The cosmic adventure is set in the late 1960s at NASA, in suburban Houston and outer space.

On Netflix.com.

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ROUNDING THE BEND

Roundtop, the artful destination between Houston and Austin, has a new chic destination. Hoteliers Cinda Murphy de Palacios and Armando Palacios have a property that offers 14 rooms spread across six 19th-century bungalows, as well as three private cottages. Watching the prairie sunset from a poolside perch is the perfect relaxation spot near the antiques fair and music festival.

At HotelLuLuTX.com.

LONDON MEETS LONE STAR

Londoner-turned-Austinite Nick Campbell is bringing his artful finesse to Texas with his recently launched Campbell Art Advisory in Austin. His previous company, Narcissus Arts, was a London-based art advisory consultancy that helped private, commercial, and corporate clients find art, often under 10,000 British pounds. Campbell’s new art venture in the U.S. will source emerging and contemporary art at various price points, focusing on the global art market from his headquarters in Texas.

At CampbellArtAdvisory.com.

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GIVE ’EM SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT

Conversation just got more fun. Thanks to Table Topics, you never know what you’ll discover about someone when you ask the right question. There are several categories from which to choose, including: Happiness, Family, Couples, Not Your Mom’s Dinner Party, and more. Why not get a few for every occasion?

$25 each. At TableTopics.com.

PUZZLING, YET ARTFUL

How about something that can turn into a masterpiece, literally? It’s More Than A Puzzle offers a fun date night activity that can quickly become a hangable work of art that is colorful, bold, and whimsical. It includes puzzle glue and hanging strips for easy installation.

$39.99. At JoeAverage.com.

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SPRING’S BRIGHT DELIGHTS

SPRING’S BRIGHT DELIGHTS

Where to go, what to see, and what to try this spring? Look no further than our editorial team’s top picks as the winter chill subside. Besides, the heat is on.

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IT’S ALL IN THE WRIST

Perfect as a gift, or as a gift to yourself, we’re crazy about these Roman-esque treasure cufflinks that Dallas-based and uber-talented designer Tracee Nichols has created. These enamel, sterling silver, and diamond links will surely be your new favorites for a black-tie gala or a day in the boardroom.

$800. At TraceeNichols.com.

MAKE MINE A DOUBLE

Founded by Austinite Zach Landry, the Landy Spirits brand was created to celebrate the spirit of quarter horse racing with exceptional Texas-made whiskeys. With the help of partner Gary Crowell, Landry Distillery has two expressions, Landry Stakes Bourbon and Landry Oaks Rye, which are currently available in select bars and retailers in Texas and across New Mexico.

$59.46. At LandryDistillery.com.

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SPRING’S NEW FLAME

Spring love burns brightest with a high-quality candle from the new luxury line, SOCIAL-LITE Candles. The divine Make Mine Champagne scent is always at hand to lift any mood…so vibrant and evocative. It is blended with an elevated essence of champagne, pink grapefruit, mandarin, and extrait d’amande.

$58. At SOCIAL-LITECandles.com.

GALLERY GOING

The new-to-Houston artist Christopher Martin has just opened his eponymous 2000-square-foot gallery in the Upper Kirby District’s Colquitt Gallery Row. The Aspen-based creative is renowned for his expressive and organic abstract paintings, as well as large interior and exterior commissions.

At ChristopherMartinGallery.com.

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SO VERY GUCCI

The latest addition in the coterie of luxe retail offerings at the Domain in Austin is the new Gucci store. The marble facade, of 5,000 square feet, perfectly reflects the Italian-based brand in the Capital City that opens for business March 4th…so what are you waiting for?

At Gucci.com

WHAT’S THE TEA?

Looking to democratize fashion trend analysis and support the billion-dollar and growing creator economy, THE EDIT ADVISORY announces the launch of TEA CREATIVE. This is the first-ever high fashion trend analysis subscription service designed exclusively for influencers, YouTubers, bloggers, and other fashion content creators. To join, visit TheEditAdvisory.com.

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WINTER’S WONDERS

WINTER’S WONDERS

Where to go, what to see, and what to try? Look no further than our editorial team’s top picks as winter chills up. Besides, baby, it’s cold out there.

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TOASTING THE FUTURE

Kastra Elion Vodka is taking the spirits world by storm, starting with its gorgeous, icy presentation bottle. Family-owned and three generations in the making, the brand combines tradition and innovation with a love for the flavors and heritage of the Mediterranean. After all, it is the first premium sipping vodka distilled from Greek olives.

$55. At KastraElion.com.

NOW, TO THE MOON

Welcome to the first-ever immersive VR experience to take visitors onboard the International Space Station vis-à-vis THE INFINITE–the NASA-inspired installation making its American premiere in Houston at Sawyer Yards. It’s multimedia art, physical objects, soundscapes, and light design redefine the frontiers of the user experience by allowing would-be space explorers to roam freely inside a life-scale 3D replica of the ISS.

At TheInfiniteExperience.world.

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LOVE, BURNING BRIGHTLY

Romance burns brightest with a high-quality candle from the new luxury line, SOCIAL-LITE Candles. The Isn’t It Rich scent is a favorite of ours…elusive, iconic, and seductive. It is blended with Santal, Teakwood, Elemi, Pamplemousse Rose, White Currant, Oakmoss, Amber, and Clove.

$58. At SOCIAL-LITECandles.com.

AB-SOLUTELY POSSIBLE

Stealth is the fitness gadget where you can get your workout done in just a few minutes. In fact, your body becomes the game controller. Simply slip your phone into the slot, choose one of its addictively fun games, and start building a stronger core and leaner physique as you twist, turn, pivot, and hold steady to reach the high score. Working out is fun.

$99. At TryHealth.com.

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GIVE THIS A WHIRL

The Uber Appliance Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker is perfect for all ages. This sorbet and ice cream maker works by feeding frozen fruit or other tasty treats into the chute, which quickly blends it into a delicious dessert without all the extra calories. Healthy has never been so delicious.

$69.99. At UberAppliance.com.

NATURALLY DERIVED

We love that Zoha Fragrances combine a special blend of essential oils and naturally derived aroma compounds in a carrier oil to make their unique scent notes that evolve with your skin. Zoha’s perfumes are all oil-based and alcohol-free, creating a fresh, subtle, and lingering scent all day without drying out your skin. Prices vary.

At ZohaFrangrances.com.

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HOLIDAY FLAIR

HOLIDAY FLAIR

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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SEE YOU IN THE BLUE ROOM

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 LBJStore.com.

TOM FORD, REVEALED

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 RizzoliUSA.com.

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THIS TOPS EVERYTHING

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.

$320. At ShopNoble31.com.

GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE

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.

Dec. 3-5. At Sothebys.com.

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TIME TO REFRESH

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.

At EvolveATX.com

SEEK AND FIND

SEEK AND FIND

Now that things are back to normal for most of us, so many adventures await, don’t you think? Our very own cool hunter Lance Avery Morgan is on the scene to share his insights of where to go, what to have, and things to own.

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LET’S BOOK THAT

One of the most intriguing luxury book sources we love is the famed French publisher Assouline bookstore in the River Oaks District. Loaded with five-star books to taunt your wildest imagination, this is perhaps the perfect host gift source for your next dinner party.

At Assouline.com.

SOME MORE DIOR

The Brooklyn Museum of New York presents the premiere of the exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, which traces the groundbreaking history and legacy of the House of Dior and features unique pieces drawn primarily from the Dior archives. From September 10–February 20, 2022.

At BrooklynMuseum.org.

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MUSEUM QUALITY

While seeking that perfect birthday gift for a friend, why not look at your local museum gift shop? Loaded with plenty of unique items indigenous to the culture the museums reflect, there’s something for everyone, according to the Texas State Preservation Board. Shown is an item from the Bob Bullock State History Museum gift shop, as an example.

At TheStoryOfTexas.com.

SPEAKING OF PARIS

In Houston’s River Oaks District, Moreau Paris is the custodian of an exceptional French tradition, both for the manufacturing processes and in the materials used for its leather goods. The result is timeless, functional, light, and elegant pieces to own forever. We especially love the Faubourg collection, shown here.

At Moreau-Paris.com.

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DRESSING FOR ALL OCCASIONS

Austin-bred Barbara Geller knew that her family’s secret dressing for salads and seasonings would be popular beyond friends and family. The garlic-infused dressing and marinade had developed a fan following, and it’s now on the shelves of Central Market and finer specialty grocery stores everywhere.

At LilliansDressing.com.

RAISING THE BAR

On your next trip to Manhattan, why not nurture your inner icon with a trip to the legendary Bemelman’s Bar in the Carlyle Hotel, now open. Sexy and darkly lit, something always special happens amongst the hand-painted wall murals. Just sit back and listen to the stories the piano has to share through its tickled ivories. Oh, and always order the Vesper cocktail.

At RosewoodHotels.com.

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