Coming to a bookstore near you soon is the latest book by Lance Avery Morgan. Set in the Golden Age of Hollywood in 1932, the rise and rise of film starlet Sarita Silva will inspire you to create your destiny your own way.

There are bushels of them. At least two and a half dozen floral bouquets, in just about every color of the rainbow, are arriving by the truckload at Preeminent Pictures, the biggest little major movie studio in Hollywood. An array of tuberoses, peonies, orchids, and gardenias, all ensconced in elaborately towering vases with gift cards of congratulations and well-wishes, have been delivered since dawn. Their destination is the dressing room of Sarita Silva, forever more known as Academy Award-winning Sarita Silva. The journey in which she receives the fabled golden statue has been rather brief by Hollywood terms, yet arduous to be sure. 


Little did she know, as she naps poolside at her Bel Air rental, less than 10 miles away from Preeminent, sleeping off what was a combination of too much champagne and Duck a L’Orange that the real journey of a lifetime had only begun.


It all has to start somewhere, like all great stories filled with love, heartache, success, and misfortune. Every life is as chock full of them as a cellophane bag of mixed nuts, especially in Hollywood. The bright California sun bathes Hollywood’s bustling, freshly tarred streets in lemony golden hues, setting the stage for both glittering dreams and powerful ambitions to collide.


Among the starry-eyed dreamers, like the tens of thousands of young, ambitious, and beautiful women and men before her, Sarita Silva steps off the bus with intense hope in her heart and determination in her youthful stride. A vision of grace and beauty, she knows she has to take a chance on her dream of becoming a movie star. In fact, her aim is to be the world’s most talented movie star.


The year, 1932, and Hollywood, the City of Dreams, is ablaze in the clinquant daylight with the glimmer of its mostly Spanish Revival architecture…and the distinct aroma of opportunity. Among the hopefuls chasing fame and fortune, the striking Sarita’s Silva realizes her radiant smile is not enough to ignite the silvery screen where celluloid dreams are being conjured every minute of the day somewhere in the world. But her secret weapon is that she possesses genuine talent.


 Busloads of Hollywood hopefuls fall off the turnip truck on the corner of Hollywood and Vine, the always-stirring epicenter where fantasies could come true, and often, life could change in what seemed to be almost overnight. That is what is so wonderful about Hollywood, that state of mind of Hollywood, anyway. Truly anything is possible. If can be dreamed, then it can made, or filmed. On the movie industry’s menu is a veritable feast served of possibilities: freedom, riches, personal fulfillment…and yes, even love.


Sarita straightens the hem of her lavender floral print dress that is accentuated with organdy blouson sleeves and makes sure her gloves remain pristinely white as she steadily holds the rail until she steps onto the sidewalk from the bus. As she navigates her way to the labyrinthine studio stages that lay ahead, Sarita’s almond-shaped and expressive eyes sparkle with excited anticipation. Giddy, really.


The Preeminent Studio gates, freshly painted in navy blue with shiny, intertwining copper Ps to represent the logo of Preeminent, loom ahead of her. The indelible gates are guarded by imposingly authoritative figures in gate-matching navy uniforms, like the police back in Sarita’s hometown of Monterrey, Mexico. She steels herself and walks forward, her fingers trembling as she clutches the audition script for the leading role in a highly anticipated upcoming romantic drama, I Am My Own Woman.


         Ambition courses through her veins, propelling her to conquer the challenges that await in the City of Angels. Sarita is not just content with being a visual spectacle; she possesses an innate talent that sets her apart. Whether it’s her voice, her acting skills, or a combination of both, she has a natural gift that draws attention immediately toward her whenever she steps into a room.


          However, beneath the glamorous exterior and the sparkle of Tinseltown, Sarita is not immune to the challenges that newcomers face. She grapples with what little she has heard about the complexities of the industry, navigating a landscape that can be both thrilling and treacherous. Despite the pitfalls, her determination remains unyielding, and she is willing to fight for her place in the spotlight.




For your big day, you’ll want to look and feel as beautiful as ever. Here, our beauty expert, Leanne Raesener, shares the very latest and greatest getting-gorgeous products for a more stunning spring and summer.  


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For the woman who has almost everything. Surrounded by a myriad of dazzling crystals, the fabulous bee-featured insect landed majestically on this one-liter Bee Bottle to make it sparkle. The best part? It still exudes your grandmother’s perfectly powdery scent.

$20,337. At

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European insiders, and now Texans, turn to Valmont of Switzerland for the best, advanced skincare found anywhere. It’s where nature meets science and luxury meets effectiveness. We highly recommend the Moisturizing With A Cream, Mask, and Hydra Eye Serum.

From $160. Available in Texas at the Lake Austin Spa Resort &


Does your color-treated hair need a volume lift shampoo as we dive into pools and fun this spring and summer? Yep, we thought so. The socialite insider go-to is, of course, Oribe.

$52. At



Tan your face day or night with COU’s perfect Sunless Face Tanning Serum. With ingredients like Raspberry Seed Oil, Aloe Vera, and Vitamin A & E, it works to hydrate, tighten, and firm the skin while giving you a luminous glow. Created by native Austinite Trish Williams Huddleston.

$54. At


To feel wedding day wonderful, revitalize your skin with Glow Drip Serum from LOMI Skin, enriched with nourishing oils like Jojoba and Rosehip. You’ll experience a brighter complexion, reduced dark spots, and smoother skin with daily use. his serum is anti-inflammatory and filled with antioxidants for total skin revival, with Vitamin C as a powerhouse ingredient.

$98. At



This elegant eye quad, the limited edition Wild Meadow Eye Quartet, includes two cream-infused pearlescent shimmering shades, one satiny-soft matte shade, and one luminous satin hue. The color story creates beautiful looks when mixed and matched or when worn as individually solo shades.

$78. At


Complete the look of Tom Ford’s seductive eye using this innovative, dual-ended liquid liner. Formulated in the blackest shade of black, it delivers ultimate precision and makes fluid strokes easy to achieve with this Eye Defining Pen.

$58. At



Zafferano I, a Storie Veneziane scent by La Maison Valmont, a balance of bright florals and spiced accents takes the wearer on a journey without bounds. East-meets-west aromas of saffron, bigaradier blossoms and precious oud lend authenticity and generosity to this captivating extrait de parfum filled with wonder and wanderlust.

$490. At


Water Fresh Eau De Blush in Light Pink from the Les Beiges line is our favorite shade this year. Developed using MicroFluidic Technology, the visible micro-droplet pigments melt into skin upon contact, offering a barely there finish and a healthy-looking glow.

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Ready to turn back the hands of time with Genaissance de la Mer? Infused with Crystal Miracle Broth™, this ultra-sumptuous cream visibly rejuvenates the eye and expression areas to transcend virtually all signs of time.

$520. At



We all want someone in our lives with whom we connect and “gets us” the way we want to be seen and heard. That’s a soulmate, and our Austin-based Resonance Repatternist, Mary Schneider, reveals what it means and how to find one as you begin or deepen your phase of coupledom.


Weddings and romance engender lots of tropes––and romantic ideas. And drama, of course. Everyone has their ‘crazy’ wedding stories. Issues abound–perfectionism reigns. Every detail is poured over and scrutinized. If one pays close attention, the energetic vibrations of a fairy tale are revealed. This is heady and transmissible. That’s why we love them.

I once shared an office with one of the premier wedding consultants of the 80s and 90s. The mothers of the brides would arrive. Pleasantries would be exchanged, and inevitably, she would inquire, “What had so and so’s wedding cost?” My friend would divulge the price, and the mother would reply, “Please make my budget $5K more.” The business end of a multi-billion-dollar industry, I thought at the time, was just a trifle cynical.

Later, after becoming an ordained minister and officiating several delightful, lovely wedding ceremonies, it became clear I was most interested in how this would work––over time. In the past, I have written a lot about parenting. Specifically, exploring the idea that our parents teach us how to be a mom or dad, and how to overcome the pitfalls they may have encountered.

Just as it is with parenting, coupledom depends to a large degree on how a couple’s parents manage their own marriages. As in parenting, if couples get help, marriage can be awesome and fulfilling. Unfortunately, people are not given much training in parenting or marriage skills. We are required to know more to get a driver’s license than we need to be a parent. If we do not receive any education about raising children, we will eventually fall back on and follow what our parents did––for good or bad. It is the very same with marriage.

What did the parents model in their coupledom? How did they solve problems; what roles were assumed; were the parents happy with those roles? Was divorce involved? Infidelity? Money issues? Substance abuse? How does one raise healthy, happy children? As a therapist working with potential marriage partners and veteran couples for the past 25 years, I have always known the questions hovering in the background of the Big Day would journey to the foreground soon enough. We ask ourselves, “How do we go about being in a successful marriage?” Sometimes, these weighty matters are discussed before the ceremony, but often they are not. As we all know, part of the fairy tale suggests it will work out after all–happily ever after.

Historically, tradition has suggested the fallacy that one must make their partner ‘happy.’ In truth, what works is when each partner brings their own happiness to the relationship, potentially creating a bond where happiness can be shared. This is the ideal but rarely accomplished easily. The writer I refer to below puts it this way, “The nitty gritty personal history always overtakes ideals.” What would make this kind of shared happiness attainable? Where can we start?



In his book, Wired for Love, author and psychologist Stan Tatkin proposes married couples create a “Couple Bubble.” Mutuality is the answer. He writes, “’Couple Bubble’ is a term I like to use to describe the mutually constructed membrane, cocoon, or womb that holds a couple together and protects each partner from outside elements.” He defines the “Couple Bubble” as “an intimate environment partners create and sustain together.” This environment is its own ecosystem, assuring a few inalienable rights.

He enumerates the rights: “I will never leave you. I will never frighten you purposely. When you are in distress, I will relieve you, even if I am the one who is causing the distress. Our relationship is more important than my need to be right, your performance, appearance, what other people think or want, or any other competing values. You will be the first to hear about anything and not the second, third, or fourth person I tell.”

When I think about it, this is the ideal treatment for a parent/child relationship, too. Tatkin goes on to explain how mutuality can be established in many different conditions. What do we do at a party to maintain the “Couple Bubble”? Safety and security are the hallmarks of this methodology. If this agreement between two people is kept intact, when the relationship is challenged, it can prove to be the only thing holding it together. We can move on from there in a positive direction.

The first time I encountered this concept, I was intrigued because I could immediately envision the ‘bubble’ in my mind. Decades ago, a therapist recommended I “bubble up” in stressful situations. I would imagine myself walking in a big, beautiful, impenetrable sphere, and it seemed to work. However, I never transferred that imagery to include people with whom I was in a romantic relationship. It would have been helpful.

Considering the incredible number of variables in the human psyche and condition, it is a wonder we effectively engage in intimate relationships at all. We are courageous and keep getting back ‘in the arena.’ This concept is one way to think about your marriage at any point in time, but it is highly recommended at the beginning––right along with the wedding plans.




Where to go, how to support, and whom to know this spring? Look no further than here for our recommendations of the latest and greatest that Texans will love, according to our cool arbiter Lance Avery Morgan, who is always on the scene looking out for our best interests.

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Led by its new President, Alicia Bryan, a Houstonian-turned San Antonian, the American Friends of Versailles weekend at the fabled palace, as well as gatherings in nearby Paris, is the place to be to kick off your five-star summer… Le Gala des Fleurs d’Oranger. Founded by Amarillo-born Catharine Hamilton decades ago, the preservation ties between the OG Cultural Landmark and Texas remain strong. From May 31 – June 3. To support, visit


Houstonian Sir Mark Haukohl’s collection of 47 women artists who are challenging the notions of gender, nationhood, and the practice of photography itself are the focus of the upcoming must-see exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. The prior success of In the Now: Gender and Nation in Europe, Selections from the Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl Photography Collection occurred at the Los Angeles County Museum in 2022. March 8–July 7. At

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Most agree that the best wedding cakes in the state are made at Paige’s Bakehouse in the Austin area. The seventh-generation Texan Paige Morgan Perry is the fan favorite for creating artisanal, memorably creative, and festive cakes for any wedding or special occasion. “This is the most important day in a person’s life, and everything has to be perfect,” says Perry. “The cake is a sweet symbol of a couple’s love, and we make sure their vision is perfection.” At


This mini caftan is a part of the capsule collection for The SIL x The Beverly Hills Hotel. Dallas-based La Vie Style House’s combination of light pink silk mixed with pink feathers is an ode to Old Hollywood’s glamorous style. This classic caftan silhouette has a button placket front and boasts wide ostrich feathered sleeves. We love that The SIL’s native Texan-turned-Angeleno founder Natalie Bloomingdale is making the world more dazzling with each of her style collaboratives.  $950. At

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Long ranked as one of the preeminent rejuvenation destinations in the

world, Lake Austin Spa Resort continues to dazzle.

Open year-round, the resort offers total immersive wellness experiences with an emphasis on the naturally restorative power and healing effects of water.

We love that the 25,000-square-foot Lake House Spa Resort features an outdoor

Palm Pool, hot tub, cabanas, 30 treatment areas, including garden

tents and suites, indoor heated Junior Olympic-length lap pool in the

Pool Barn, and two acres of terraced foliage and aquatic

gardens. A few days here will seem like a month anywhere else.



We’ve found your next custom hat purchase. With the Yellowstone T.V. series craze in full throttle, it’s affected runways and closets across the world. Enter Cassandra Everett, founder of Cenizo West and Cenizo Hatworks, and her companies that craft her designs in Texas. Born in San Antonio and raised in Corpus Christi and Kerrville, she currently enjoys rural life in Sabinal, Texas (approximately 60 miles west of San Antonio). There she creates her Western designs that are sweeping the world. At

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Glitz, meet glamour…as the most colorful jewels this season are about to become your new favorites. In every color of the spectrum, we advise mixing and matching to your heart’s wildest content. Too much is never enough, according to our jewelry admirer Lance Avery Morgan.

This Prisma necklace by Ruchi New York is a stunner with 53.44 carats of candy-hued sapphires and 0.58 carats of diamonds. Price Upon Request. At Kelly Wade Jewelers.


Get ready to turn heads with this sapphire and diamond necklace in a rainbow of colors. Perfect for any occasion. $95,000. At Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.

This High Jewelry necklace by BVLGARI in pink gold with three cushion sugarloaf cut rubellites, two cushion sugarloaf cut pink tourmalines, and pavé-set diamonds will have tongues wagging. Price Upon Request. At BVLGARI Houston Store or 713.622.7574 for more details.

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The High Jewelry Divas’ Dream necklace by BVLGARI in pink gold with on cabochon rubellite, six rubellite beads, 26 buff-top rubies, one round diamond, and pavé-set diamonds…should set the room ablaze when you enter. Price Upon Request. At BVLGARI Houston Store or 713.622.7574 for more details.

This beauty of a right-hand ring resembles a flower bouquet set in a dome ring style. Multi-colored jewels wrap all the way around. Price Upon Request. At Kelly Wade Jewelers.


Be the toast of the event with a mixed gemstone ring, in a plethora of colors, with two layers of stones encircling the marvelous center stone. $12,500. At Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.

Add more joy every day by donning this darling multi-gem bracelet. The estate piece is a  rainbow square-cut bracelet set with amethyst, garnet, tourmaline, citrine, peridot, aquamarine, and tanzanite. $3250. At Tenenbaum Jewelry.

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Up your hoop game and add a twist of playfulness to any look with these Desert Blooms Wildflower earrings that resemble flowering vines of springtime. They feature 16.52 carats of colorful sapphires at a length of 1.5 inches. Price Upon Request at Kelly Wade Jewelers.

Slip on this High Jewelry Serpenti bracelet by BVLGARI in pink gold with mother of pearl elements, one oval spinel, 28 fancy tourmalines, two fancy emeralds, and pavé-set diamonds. Price Upon Request. At BVLGARI Houston Store or 713.622.7574 for more details.

your birthday can be any day

This mesmerizing wrist wonder of rubies, tanzanite, and diamonds in two tone 18K Gold is sure to stop traffic, don’t you think? Price Upon request. At Tenenbaum Jewelers.

Create your own Bridgerton-esque drama and intrigue by wearing these antique Georgian-era amethyst 22K Gold cannetille drop earrings, circa 1830. At Tenenbaum Jewelers.

your birthday can be any day

These Desert Blooms Wildflower drop earrings feature 12.99 carats of sapphires in assorted hues. Price Upon Request. At Kelly Wade Jewelers.

This seven-inch-long Line bracelet features a variety of fancy colored emerald-cut sapphires in 18K yellow gold settings alternating with baguette diamonds with 18K white gold links. $45,000. At Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.