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It’s a Wrap

Worthington Wrap Pencil Skirt with contrast waist $34

This classic is making a comeback in true wrap style fashion and in faux. You’ll find it in all price ranges like the one above at JCP or this Jenni Kao couture. Either way you’ll be ready faster with a wrap!

A Yowling Good Time was had by All

As guests filtered into Bar Monarch at Hotel ZaZa on Saturday, October 26 for the Veuve Cliquot Yelloween party, they were greeted with the choice of a complimentary spooky cocktail created for the evening or a glass of champagne. The modern bar had been decorated for the occasion with giant decorative spiders sitting atop the chandeliers and Veuve personal cloth fans waiting for guests upon the tables. To add a little scariness to the party, there was even a robotic little girl on a swing creepily moving back and forth next to the DJ booth that looked like it was straight out of a horror movie. Guests danced to the tunes spun by DJ Lady Bunny ranging from Thriller to Avicii. Partygoers wore costumers such as three blind mice and Audrey Hepburn as they nibbled on the bites being passed around and danced to the music. The bartenders even dressed up for the occasion as they made delicious fruity cocktails such as a skinny berry mojito. It was very fun night, and Hotel ZaZa proved once again that they definitely know how to throw a party.

by Ali Valach HHH intern

Houston Philanthropy

KPC Bioblitz 2013 Green Rough Snake

Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Bioblitz 2013 attracted about 60 people on Oct. 12 at Indiangrass Preserve and Hebert Preserve, part of KPC’s Unplugged Adventures which get people “off the couch, out of the house and onto the prairie.” Group leaders and volunteers identified 171 species of plants, animals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, fungi, fish, algae and birds. Taking part in Bioblitz were members of Texas Master Naturalists, Bayou Land Conservancy, the Houston Audubon Society; students from St. Thomas High School and St. Thomas University and interested adults, teens and children. Among the sightings were the rough green snake, (pictured here) a Groove-billed Ani, green tree frogs and a flock of wood storks. The data gathered during Bioblitz is recorded and adds to KPC’s understanding of the diversity of species that depend on its preserve system for their survival. It is especially helpful in years of drought or heavy rainfall to see how the species adapt. Katy Prairie Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving an ecologically vital tallgrass prairie and associated wetlands area on Houston's far west side for the enjoyment and benefit of all. For more information, visit katyprairie.org.


Recipe for Success Foundation’s
Dress for Dinner, Season V
“High Tea & High Heels with Giuseppe Zanotti”
Saks Fifth Avenue in the Galleria

Guiseppe Zanotti with Gracie Cavnar
photos by Recipe for Success Foundation

On October 10, style-savvy Recipe for Success Foundation supporters sauntered into Saks Fifth Avenue in their most daring stilettos for the first fashion soiree of Dress for Dinner, Season V, featuring iconic Italian shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti. The day began with an intimate VIP Luncheon & Shoe Signing with Zanotti in Saks Fifth Avenue’s 51fifteen Restaurant and Lounge, during which Dress for Dinner season underwriters savored close-quarters and conversation with the shoe maestro. The main event – High Tea & High Heels – included a live Q&A session with Zanotti, which was led by Houston Chronicle Fashion Editor, Joy Sewing, and covered everything from his former life as a deejay and close relationship with client and friend, Beyonce, to his many muses and philosophy on shoes, to his sons, one of whom joined the designer on his visit to Houston. Grammy-award winning singer Yolanda Adams, also a friend of the designer, at $2,000 won the auction item of a pair of Zanotti stilettos and lunch and makeovers for 10 at Saks. Before wrapping the event, guests flocked to snag a photo with the designer, ogle his latest collection and have him sign their shoes.


Recipe for Success Foundation’s
Dress for Dinner Season V, Act II:
“Fashion in Four Courses with Elizabeth Anthony/ Esther Wolf”

Leisa Holland Nelson, Julie Phillips Roberts, Laura Max Nelson

Chairs Leisa Holland Nelson and Laura Max Nelson teamed up with Recipe for Success Foundation and Elizabeth Anthony | Esther Wolf, to put on another fabulous event for the fifth season of the Dress for Dinner fashion series. Store Owner Julie Phillips Roberts and her team welcomed a bevy of seasoned style mavens to fill their swanky Uptown Park boutique with bubbling energy for the fun that lay ahead. As with all of the series’ events, this one—cheekily named Fashion in Four Courses—celebrated the latest designer styles made available by the retailer, while giving an exuberant nod to the shared meal. Arcodoro provided decadent passed bites both before and after the runway show, which was comprised of four “courses” of style, to get a fashionable gal from casual cocktails to that pull-out-all-the-stops dinner party with her most elegant friends. Again as usual, Houston A-listers came out to support the Dress for Dinner series, which benefits Gracie Cavnar’s organization, Recipe for Success Foundation, whose efforts to combat childhood obesity and normalize healthy eating in our culture by changing the way children eat. Cavnar and other patrons drummed up excitement for the next Dress for Dinner event by sporting temporary tattoos with an edgy graphic designed by the world’s top men’s sock designer, Vivek Nagrani. The designer will be guest of honor at M. Penner when they host Dress for Dinner’s first-ever men’s fashion show: Sex, Love and Rock ‘n Roll, on February 11. From charity socks designed by Nagrani expressly for Recipe for Success to some of Houston’s most well-dressed men taking to the runway, you’ll want to save the date for you and your beau – he’ll want to join you for this super fun event.


Stayin Alive

Bobby and Sally Anderson
Photo credit: John Lewis Photography

The Friends of the Stehlin Foundation celebrated the life of Dr. John Stehlin (June 16, 1923 - June 4, 2013) and his devotion to cancer research and patient care at their 33rd annual gala themed “Stayin’ Alive.” More than 500 guests, including this year's chairs Denise and Philip Bahr, Cora Sue and Harry Mach, Beth Madison, Trini Mendenhall Sosa and Frank Sosa, gathered at the Westin Galleria for the disco-themed event planned by longtime Stehlin friends and event producers, Ward & Ames. The evening, which honored Dr. Robert Ivany, the president of the University of St. Thomas since 2004, featured a lavish dinner, silent auction and a three-item live auction, including a pink Breast Cancer Awareness guitar autographed by Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Stevie Nicks, Pink, Celine Dion, Shakira, Cher and Beyoncé. Donning rainbow boas and flashing light up glasses, guests turned up their disco fever with the world-renowned Bee Gees tribute band, Stayin' Alive, grooving to favorites like “You Should Be Dancing” and “Lonely Days.” Attendees' dancing shoes didn’t get a break when the COMPANY MEN, America’s first Mashup group, took the stage and kept guests dancing until the wee hours of the morning with their upbeat oldies mixed with today's hits. The gala raised more than $450,000, which will support research related to drug development for clinical trials; DSRCT, an insidious form of sarcoma cancer affecting children and young adults; and the Foundation’s Scholarship Program for students pursuing careers in the health profession at the University of St. Thomas and other prominent colleges and universities.


Celebrating Houston Hospice
with Kelli and Eddy Blanton
15th Annual Laura Lee Blanton Community
Spirit Award Dinner

Kelli and Eddy Blanton with Elizabeth Blanton Wareing
photo by Kim Coffman

Over 250 guests gathered at River Oaks Country Club October 29, to generously support the Houston Hospice Program. A room of fall red and white florals with silvery accents greeted the attendees in the ballroom. The 15th Annual Laura Lee Blanton Community Spirit Award Dinner Chairmen Harriet and Joe Foster along with Honorary Chairmen Ginger and Jack Blanton said “With over 2,400 families served this year, the over $275,000 raised will allow the continuation of this much-needed care for families when they need compassion the most.” The evening is especially meaningful to the Blanton’s with the presentation of the Laura Lee Blanton Community Spirit Award to Laura Lee’s son and his wife, Kelli and Eddy Blanton, who walked to the podium with a standing ovation from the crowd. Eddy’s sister, Elizabeth Wareing introduced them with comments about their shared commitment to our community and a few personal family stories. Eddy Blanton said they were honored to be recognized for this most meaningful award. The crowd got lively buying raffle tickets for great items and cheered as the names were drawn at the conclusion of the evening. Melanie Lawson led the evening as emcee.


Record breaking crowd for Home
Safe Home Food and Wine evening

Mark Russell, Marie Bosarge, Leisa Holland Nelson, Karen and Scott Rozell, Michol Ecklund, Madie Ryan, Julie Hardin
photo by Monica Kressman

The rainy day did not dampen the enthusiasm of the over 400 guests gathered at the incredible home of Marie and Dr. Ed Bosarge, October 30, to generously support Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) and their Home Safe Home evening. Eleven of Houston’s top Chefs, a sommelier extraordinaire and luxury surroundings made for a fabulous evening while supporting this great cause. HomeSafeHome once again brought together the very finest of food, wines and spirits. Event Sommelier Antonio Gianola paired each chef’s signature dish with boutique wines provided by Esprit du Vin (EDV) French Wine Merchants. This year EDV showcased a number of fine wines for HomeSafeHome guests which included, among others, the stellar Alsace wines from the Trimbach Family, wine maker Jean Trimbach was in attendance pouring for his guests and Chefs David Cordúa, Mark Cox, Neal Cox, David Denis, Christopher Dilán, Randy Evans, Elliot Kelly, John Sheely, Erin Smith, Danny Trace and Kiran Verma prepared the delectable treats. Chairmen Leisa Holland Nelson and Julie Hardin applauded the crowd saying AVDA would now be able to save more lives with their programs. Honorees for the evening Karen and Scott Rozzell, Executive VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary CenterPoint Energy, Michol Ecklund, Assistant General Counsel Marathon Oil Company and Maddie Ryan, Assistant General Counsel & Director of Compliance Ascend Performance Materials were recognized for their community involvement and impact. AVDA client at the event told her story of life threatening abuse and how AVDA transformed her life. Dominique Sachse led the program as guest continued to mingle, nibble, drink and bid on auction items.


Check our calendar to plan
your social and shopping schedule!

November 12

On November 12, Central Market will host representatives from 19 Chateaux from the St. Emilion region of Bordeaux, France. Central Market Houston was chosen as one of four venues in the United States to play host these esteemed wine makers. Tickets are $20 per person. Reservations can be made at www.centralmarket.com then link to the Cooking School and then the Houston Schedule, or by calling 713-993-9860.

November 12 -15


Tootsies Trunk Shows:

November 13-14:
Catherine Deane Resort/Spring 2014 Trunk Show & Personal Appearance

November 14-15:
Yigal Azrouel Spring 2014 Trunk Show & Personal Appearance

November 15:
Haute Hippie Holiday/Resort 2014 Trunk Show & Personal Appearance

November 15-16:
David Peck Trunk Show & Personal Appearance

November 21-22:
J Mendel Spring 2014 Trunk Show

November 21-22:
Roni Blanshay Fall 2013 Jewelry Trunk Show & Personal Appearance

November 19:
Monica Pope Wine Event

November 20

tickets or donation by visiting www.cachouston.org and click on “Events”

November 20-24
Theta Charity Antiques Show

November 21 - 23

November 22

SBEF Hosts Third Annual Style Show

Tickets start at $800 for a table of 10 or $100 for individual tickets. Call 713.251.2381 for more information or to receive an invitation.

December 3

Punch Hutton

Kappa Kappa Gamma Charitable Foundation of Houston Holiday Luncheon
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
River Oaks Country Club
Doors and Marketplace open at 11:00 AM
Luncheon and Program at 11:30 AM
speaker Vanity Fair Deputy Editor Punch Hutton who has also
designed a clothing collection of classic yet modern dresses called Punch Shifts.


Get your tickets!

February 8, 2014

Ignite the Night
2014 Heart Ball by Lexus
Heart Ball Chairs: Frank & Carolyn Grese

February 14, 2014
Champagne and Chocolat Gala
Gala Chairs: Kaye Horn, Janine Jannarelli, Tina Raham Stewart

February 21, 2014
Spring Branch Education Foundation Announces Entertainment for 2014 Gala
Legacies of Spring Branch Gala will feature Cory Morrow,
Texas Country singer/songwriter and Memorial High School grad
For more information about the Legacies of Spring Branch Gala, visit springbranchisd.com/sbef.


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