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Release Your Inner Goddess

Creative Couturier Don O”Neill has the luck of the Irish on his side. He was born in a charming seaside town in County Kerry, Ireland, in his parent’s bed and breakfast, with a castle across
the road. He was surrounded by beauty inside and out, and knew at an early age that he wanted
to design. His lovely Mother had a fabulous collection of designer pieces that were given to her by
her American employer when she was a nanny in New York, as a young single woman. After
college, culinary school, and a fashion design contest, Mr. O’Neill left Ireland to begin his fashion career. His tenacity and talent led him first to London, then Paris at Christian Lacroix, then New York for Carmen Marc Valvo,and later he headed up Badgley Mischka Platinum. He launched
his own line, THEIA, in 2009. Theia is taken from the Greek goddess of light, mother of Helios,
the Sun, Selene, the Moon, and Eros, the dawn. Mr. O’Neill wants women to look beautiful, feel beautiful, and not have to spend a fortune to get that way. His clothes are timeless, whether it is a day or evening piece. When you wear a Theia creation, you will feel like a goddess in your own right, and who doesn’t deserve to be a goddess.
Available at Tootsies.


There’s a New Foodie in Town

Get your shopping carts ready because a new grocery store has arrived in town: Trader Joe’s! The newest location of this chain grocery store to open in Houston is on South Voss. Trader Joe’s is mostly stocked with their own signature label products. They also offer a number of specialty food items in addition to many organic ones. Their frozen food section is quite impressive with the variety of delicious cuisines you can heat up and enjoy. They have everything ranging from Pad Thai to tamales.

If you’re looking for something to drink rather than to nosh on, Trader Joe’s has a nice wine selection also. Or maybe you are looking for a beautiful fresh bouquet of flowers to adorn your table? Then Trader Joe’s is the place to go. One of the great things about this store is the wide aisles so you never feel as though you are crashing your cart into someone else’s as you browse the yummy items. It’s so exciting that Trader Joe’s has finally made its way to our great city, so be sure to stop by and find something for your next meal.

Trader Joe’s
1440 South Voss Road

by Ali Valach HHH intern


Houston Philanthropy

A Night Out benefitting Dress for Success

The Houston chapter of Dress for Success had a big year in 2012. They have a new 16,600 square foot building located in the Upper Kirby District, and are on track to receive LEED certification. The building was designed by Ziegler Cooper Architect and built by D.E. Harvey Builders – and with their help they were able to secure more than $650,000 in in-kind donations. Houston is proud to be the first affiliate in a worldwide network of more than 120 agencies, to purchase land and own a home. Since moving to their new facility they have seen a significant increase in services provided to underprivileged women in our community. They have strengthened several community partnerships including Banana Republic, who not only helped make our store have a retail feel and helped with the ambience – staging different display pieced and mannequins. Banana Republic also started a quarterly seminar with volunteers teaching them how to dress every body type, etc. And during the holidays, they adopted some of the single mother families in the Professional Women’s Group and gave them presents for their children.

L to R: CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide Joi Gordon, Dress For Success Houston President and Co-founder Nancy Levicki, KPRC Local 2 News anchor and Event Emcee Rachel McNeill, & Event Chair and Gardere Labor & Employment partner Rachel Powitzky Steely. Gordon made a special trip to Houston for the event and to tour the new DFSH facility.
(Photo by Kim Coffman)

For the eighth consecutive year Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP served as presenting platinum sponsor for the benefit. Rachel Powitzky Steely, a Labor and Employment partner in Gardere’s Houston office, presided as chair for the event that hosted a full crowd, including community leaders and senior-level female professionals from Houston-area companies. The evening’s festivities, emceed by KPRC Local 2 News Anchor Rachel McNeill, included boutique shopping, a fashion show and style presentation by image consultants Cathy Fitzpatrick Cleary and Holly Thompson, who shared timeless fashion tips and trends for a professional wardrobe.

L to R: Local image consultants Cathy Fitzpatrick Cleary and Holly Thompson gear up for their style presentation at the 12th annual “A Night Out”, benefitting Dress For Success Houston. The duo entertained the crowd with trendy tips for fun and colorful pieces to incorporate into a work wardrobe.
(Photo by Kim Coffman)

Each year, A Night Out maintains its role as an integral fundraiser for Dress for Success Houston, and is organized through the combined efforts of Dress for Success Houston and the Gardere Women’s Council, a business networking and professional development organization established by the firm to support its female attorneys and clients. Members of the Gardere Women’s Council, which include this year’s event chair, Rachel Powitzky Steely, are leaders within the firm and legal community and are also active contributors to other civic and community initiatives. “The Women’s Council is proud to contribute to A Night Out each year and elevate awareness of Dress for Success Houston’s mission to provide life-changing services to women transitioning into employment,” said Steely. “A Night Out is a wonderful celebration of the successes that women can achieve in their lives and in the workplace with the help of simple, yet much-needed resources such as business attire, education and emotional support, which collectively give them the confidence they need to conquer the working world.”
“We are pleased to partner with Gardere once again for A Night Out and to be aligned with a group of women within the firm so dedicated to helping others find success in their own careers,” said Nancy Levicki, Dress for Success Houston president and co-founder. “The funds from compassionate donors, like those who attended the well-planned event, start by shaping our clients into professionals through their wardrobe. However, these women are impacted far beyond this, gaining life-changing confidence that can help them secure a dream job, escape difficult life situations, and learn how to be self-sufficient.”

Check our calendar to plan
your social and shopping schedule!

January 21 - 27
Jimmy Choo Spring Trunk Show at Neimans

January 24
6 - 8 pm
Bayou Preservation Association HEROn
Jackson’s Watering Hole

January 25
Da Camera Gala kick-off party at the exceptional AIA Award-winning home
of Natasha and Michael Bleyzer with a solo performance by classical guitar master Eliot Fisk -by invitation only

Buy your tickets now!

February 8

Spring Branch Education Foundation
Celebrates 2013 Crystal Awards Winners

Mary Grace and Michael Landrum

Community members will celebrate teachers at the 20th annual Crystal Awards Gala on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. An Evening Celebrating Teachers with High Hopes, chaired by Mary Grace and Michael Landrum, is sponsored by Spring Branch Education Foundation and the Houston Chronicle. Crystal Award winners were selected from more than 1000 nominations from the Greater Houston area. Congratulations to: Pattie Franklin, Clear Brook High School, Clear Brook Independent School District; Todd McCardle, Memorial High School, Spring Branch ISD; Alexander McLanahan, St. John’s School, Southwest Preparatory Conference; Donna Palmer, Holy Trinity Episcopal School. The evening also will recognize 46 SBISD Teachers of the Year and two SBISD Principals of the Year. Tickets begin at $150; tables and sponsorships are available. Call 713-251-2381 for tickets or information. Proceeds from the Crystal Awards Gala benefit educational and enrichment programs in the Spring Branch ISD and the Chronicle’s Readers Are Leaders program.

March 2

Da Camera celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season with “Cabaret Da Camera” chaired by Ann and Don Short at The St. Regis Houston on Saturday, March 2, 2013. The gala and silent auction honors Da Camera’s trustees and advisory board members over the past 25 years. The gala and after-party feature a special guest performance by Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell and Friends. For tickets contact Lori Rubin, lrubin@dacamera.com.

March 23

Local fashion designer Jessica Howell will host a fashion show of her collection and other budding designers. Ms. Howell likes women to be put together, and designs dresses and jumpsuits so you are ready to go. She was part of the DC Fashion Week last Fall, and hosted her collection at a show last Spring at the Hermann Park Golf Clubhouse.