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Laura U’s Studio U had a grand opening celebration on March 12th. There was an outdoor tent housing cocktail tables with beautiful flower arrangements and two bars offering margaritas, wine and champagne. A DJ spun tunes as guests mingled under the tent be fore entering the Studio U space. Inside there was a table covered with appetizers to nibble on while admiring the beautiful design studio. The appetizers included a fresh vegetable platter, hummus, spinach dip, bruschetta, mushroom tartlets, and several plates of cheese and crackers. The event was a great way to celebrate the opening of this design studio, which is sure to be a hit with Houstonians.

Studio U
1840 Westheimer Road

Article and photo by HHH intern, Ali Valach


Snap Kitchen Unveils a new Global-Inspired and Seasonal Menu for Spring


Snap Kitchen raises the bar with the introduction of two dozen new dishes! With inspiration from Mediterranean, Asian, and Latin American flavors, as well as comfort food. Under the guidance of Chef Matthew Reinhart and Registerd Dietitian Andrea Hinsdale, the new menu includes more than two dozen new creations that are made fresh daily and cater to vegan, gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, carb conscious and active lifestyles.




Financial Discussions
vs. A Financial Dialog…
which do you practice?

When it comes to money, each person in a relationship has strong opinions. A discussion is the sharing of opinions where the strongest personality usually wins. Sadly, discussions end with a “winner” and a “loser.” Some share their opinions boldly and do their best to sway the opinion of his or her partner—which usually frustrates the less extroverted person in the relationship.

A dialog is very different: it’s achieved when both parties set aside preconceived opinions to explore a topic anew. A dialog is successful when it produces a directive conclusion in which both parties fully participated and are satisfied.

Achieving a successful and ongoing financial dialog is not easily achieved. Most couples begin a dialog and quickly move into sharing opinions and find themselves in a disagreement. The help of an unbiased third party is often the fastest way to learn how to practice dialog successfully.

This is where a financial advisor will be of great help. I routinely work with couples who have vastly different ideas about how they want to spend their money. My goal is to help you both see your finances in a completely new way through the use of dialog, then help you implement a plan of action that excites and motivates both of you.

If you would like to move from difficult financial discussions to a productive financial dialog with your fiancé, give me a call! I’d be happy to visit with both of you and show you a unique financial planning process that encourages everyone to share freely and come away feeling good about your financial future.

Brian Messier can be contacted at
713-552-7975 or brian.messier@lfg.com
Brian Messier is a registered representative
of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp.
Securities and investment advisory services offered through Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a broker-dealer (member SIPC) and registered investment advisor.
Insurance offered through Lincoln affiliates and other fine companies.

1330 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 2800, Houston, TX 77056.

Houston Philanthropy

HCC Passion for Fashion Luncheon 2014

Bobby Dees, Phoebe Tudor, Mary Ann McKeithan, Kelli CohenFein,Carme Williams, Clifford Pugh

photo by Kim Coffman

On Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at River Oaks Country Club, over 250 fashionable guests attended the Passion for Fashion luncheon in support of Houston Community College’s award-winning fashion and interior design education. Celebrating the success were Luncheon Chairmen Kelli Cohen Fein and Mary Ann McKeithan. Julia Frankel, Chairman Emeritus and founder of the luncheon was also present. Phoebe Tudor received the 2014 HCC Design Society Fashion Icon Award, introduced by a video showing her fashionable and philanthropic life in pictures. The program had a quick change of plans when the flight for featured designer Zang Toi was canceled. Making light of the situation was Vice President and General Manager of Saks Bobby Dees, who invited all the attendees to a cocktail party in April to meet Zang and then turned the program over to long time fashion and style guru, Clifford Pugh. Pugh called back to the stage honoree Phoebe Tudor, interviewing her about her fashion philosophy as they made comments on the designs of Zang’s being shown on the runway. Saks Fifth Avenue was the Designer Sponsor for the luncheon.


Singer, Stories and Inspiration
at MS On the Move Luncheon

David Lepori, Mimi Parsons, Steve Tyrell, Franelle Rogers, Penny Loyd
Photo by Michelle Watson

A sea of orange, the signature color of the National MS Society, was everywhere at the annual On the Move Luncheon, held Friday, March 14 at River Oaks Country Club, benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Chairman Franelle Rogers was thrilled with the success as close to 400 supporters packed the room. Nothing Bundt Cakes added to the fun by providing the delicious cake centerpieces topped with an orange flower. Penny Loyd, was honored as Person on the Move, for her volunteerism, extensive involvement in the community and her diligent efforts to support those in need. Representing the Company on the Move award winner was Regional President for Frost Bank, David Lepori, longtime supporters of the National MS Society.

Audrey Blank shared her personal story about living with MS inspiring the crowd. Emcee Deborah Duncan also shared her connection, with a story about her relatives being diagnosed and saying she was pleased to be there to help find a cure. Duncan interviewed special guest Grammy award winning artist, producer, songwriter, and performer Steve Tyrell who was in Houston for an appearance with the Houston Symphony. The MS cause is close to their family, as Tyrell’s daughter was diagnosed several years ago. Tyrell talked about his long music career, telling the story about his first break through film, Father of the Bride. The crowd was thrilled, especially when a private dinner was auctioned off where Tyrell will be a special guest. Duncan and Tyrell finished the interview with a short spur of the moment song to everyone’s delight.

The drawing for a beautiful necklace donated by Terrie Turner for those giving to the appeal was the perfect closing to the day with over $160,000 raised.


Young Life Celebrates 40 years

Colt and Rachel McCoy, Doris and Terry Looper
Photo by Michelle Watson

Celebrating 40 years of Young Life was the theme as over 440 supporters mixed and mingled at River Oaks Country Club, Wednesday February 26 with, Chairmen Doris and Terry Looper. Guests learned about the importance of the fundraiser to help schools and young people in need of support from Young Life, lead by special guest former University of Texas Quarterback, and San Francisco 49er Quarterback, Colt McCoy. He highlight the importance of impacting these young lives in a positive direction and the how his faith has always guided him and his family in life. Reverend William Lawson was honored as the 2014 recipient of the Spirit of Jim Rayburn award for his contributions to Young Life ministry in the 3rd and 5th wards. A live feed to a bus filled with the kids that will be able to go to camp from some of the evening’s proceeds, kept the energy going in the ballroom as appeal paddles were raised in the air. Randy McIlvoy of Channel 2 lead the evening as emcee, interviewing Colt and announcing the record breaking success of over $870,000 raised. Young Life's Houston Urban Multicultural Ministry focuses on kids in diverse cultural communities and those in economically depressed areas such as Houston's 3rd and 5th wards and the Southwest Houston area.



Check our calendar to plan
your social and shopping schedule!

March 26



March 28

SBEF Hosts 2nd Annual Sporting Clay Tournament

Pictured, left to right: top – Melissa DeAyala, Cece Thompson, Patty Busmire
Bottom – Mano DeAyala, Mike Moody, David Pruitt, Terry Bell

Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) will sponsor its second annual Sporting Clay Tournament on Friday, March 28 at Westside Sporting Grounds, 10120 Pattison, Katy, TX. Chaired by Terry Bell, Mano DeAyala, Mike Moody, David Pruitt and Pat Zadow, the event will fund grants and scholarships for Spring Branch ISD students.

“The Foundation provides programs to enhance the education of every SBISD student on each of our campuses,” DeAyala said. “Men and women who participate in the tournament will certainly enjoy the shoot, but they’ll also have the assurance that the money we raise will go to a good cause.” Register for event sponsorships and underwriting opportunities on-line at https://sbef.ejoinme.org/clay or download the brochure at http://www.springbranchisd.com/SBEF/sportingclay/. Registration begins at $250 for individual shooters; team sponsorship is $880 for five shooters.

The day’s schedule begins at 11 a.m. with registration, lunch and games, followed by a safety briefing at 12:30 p.m., and the tournament starts at 1 p.m. Call 713.251.2288 for more information.

March 30

April 3

Opera in the Heights
private cocktail reception
Check out their production of Lucia di Lammermoor, (running March 28 - April 6)

April 8

Dedication of Surls on Kirby sculpture

10:15 a.m. with Mayor Annise Parker and
James Surls speaking. West Ave, 2800 Kirby Drive


Executive chef/partner Ryan Hildebrand and Karbach Brewery will pay homage to an American tradition, with an outdoor clambake on Tuesday, April 8th. Featuring classic beach cuisine and refreshing beer, sans the sand--the clambake will serve up a mouth-watering mix of Karbach beer with the Gulf’s freshest seafood and seasonal flavors, including clams, shrimp, corn and potatoes. Guests are invited to enjoy the outdoor patio and lounge, while treating themselves to one clambake platter and one complimentary Karbach beer ($20.) That evening, the popular Guest Bartender Series returns with a new guest bartender Mike Rojas from Beavers, who will take over the bar at 7 p.m., with a special bar menu featuring his favorite cocktails. Karbach beer will also be available all night for $3.50.

4 p.m. until it all runs out
2815 S. Shepherd
$20, includes one platter of food and one complimentary Karbach beer.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please call 713.527.9090.



An Evening Filled With Posh Purses And High Fashion For A Cause

Houston artist Hanh Tran will showcase The Hanh Collection, her hand-painted handbag line, at a kick-off event to the upcoming Heroes & Handbags luncheon on Tuesday, April 8 from 6-8pm. The unique, one-of-a-kind purses will be available for purchase along with fashion from David Peck USA. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the evening's sales benefit Heroes for Children.

6:30 - 8:30 pm
to be held at David Peck USA
3200 Kirby Dr., Suite 200

April 11


April 15

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary presents
Reflections on Style
chic boutique, runway show and luncheon
contact Liz Salinas 832.201.8023

April 17


Event Chairs
Tina Davis, Lidiya Gold, Denise Hazen and Yvette Webb

For more information and to reserve your table
/ tickets, please visit: www.cachouston.org and click on “Events”

or contact Aubre Barr at Aubre.Barr@cac.hctx.net or (713) 986-3370.


April 23

HHH shopping party at Cheeky Vintage!
6:30 - 8:30 pm
an portion of the night’s proceeds will go to the
Theta Charity Antiques Show, November 19-23, 2014
2134 Richmond Ave
(713) 533-1121



May 15


The American Heart Association will host its annual Houston Go Red For Women Luncheon on May 15 at Hotel ZaZa Houston featuring NBC’S “Today” show nutrition and health expert Joy Bauer as the keynote speaker. Bauer, author of multiple New York Times bestselling books, expresses her passion for nutrition through What The Heck Are You Eating?, a popular YouTube series she created and hosts, and a monthly health column she writes for Woman’s Day magazine. The Go Red for Women Expo and Luncheon focuses on educating others on the prevention of heart disease and stroke and living a healthy lifestyle, with proceeds going towards the fight against the No.1 killer of women, heart disease.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014
Hotel ZaZa Houston
Tickets to the event are $250 per person; tables start at $2,500. For more information, visit http://houstongored.ahaevents.org/ or call 713-610-5000.