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Pretty In Pink

Pink is one of the must have colors for Spring 2014.
Here are some examples of ways to pink up your wardrobe.

Valentino Coutoure Bow Pump
$695 Nordstrom

Kay Unger Cap Sleeve Ombre Dress
$530 Neimans

Christian Louboutin
loubiposh satin clutch
$625 Saks





The West U boutique hosted a personal appearance by Agate Ranch + Marfa owner and designer Kathy Bracewell. The jewelry line’s Spring/Rodeo 2014 collection features one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings and bracelets, all created from semi-precious Marfa agates. A portion of the day's sales were used to purchase carnival books that were distributed to service men and women and their families at the rodeo.



Aging Parents: Have you the courage to really talk to your parents about their future?

Many adults find themselves in the dark when it comes to their elderly parent’s finances and health… issues which are usually discovered and handled haphazardly in the midst of a crisis. Be proactive. Don’t let this happen to you!

If your parents are currently enjoying financial independence and are not yet burdened with challenging physical, emotional or financial difficulties, there’s no better time to talk with them. The major areas you need to discuss are:

· Current and future health risks along with risk management strategies (will there be enough money to pay for long term care if needed?)

· Current financial investments, pension, social security, annuity and real estate cash flow amounts and duration

· Future desired living model

· Estate Planning (income vs. lump sum asset distribution after death, directives, power of attorney, etc.)

The best time to talk to aging parents about these key four issues is just after a big event like a birthday, anniversary, or the New Year. Introduce the subject with a statement like:

“Dad, since you celebrated your 75th birthday last week, I’ve been thinking about how I can best support you and Mom when independence becomes a challenge. Can we begin a dialog about this today so I can better understand your desires?”

Asking your parents this question in this way achieves two important things:
· It indicates you have their best interest at heart and you want to help them.

· It may expose time or financial expectations they may have for you a
nd/or your siblings for their ongoing care.

For example, discovering your parents do not have an insurance policy for home health/assisted living (or do not comprehend the money needed to self-insure this personal care, such as bathing, dressing, feeding, transferring, or toileting) at the time of need can be financially and emotionally devastating to everyone, including you! Don’t put off talking to your parents today while they are still able to process the information. Listen carefully to their expectations and make a plan of action.

A number of my clients are enjoying their golden years and I encourage them to bring their adult children to our regular review meetings to discuss their plans for the future. If your parents have a financial advisor, ask them if they would include you in future meetings so you can assist them in the years ahead.

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

Successful Kick-Off Party for the
15th Annual Spirit of Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Kick-Off Party for The Children's Assessment Center's 15th Annual Spirit of Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show was a celebratory evening filled with delicious bites, cocktails and beautiful jewels! A special thank you to Tenenbaum & Co. Classic Jeweler and Frost Bank for generously hosting the event.

Tenenbaum & Co. unveiled their stunning Live Auction Item for this year's Spirit of Spring. Guests couldn't wait to try on the gorgeous pieces including an 18k Yellow Gold, Kunzite and Amethyst Suite (earrings and necklace) featuring a total of 81 carats of Kunzite and 210 carats of Amethyst. A wonderful detail of the jewelry is that both the earrings and necklace are convertible for a day-to-night look. Get ready for some friendly competition when the Live Auction bidding begins for these must-have pieces for any woman's jewelry wardrobe!

Don't forget to reserve your table, tickets or donation to the Spirit of Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Westin Galleria on Thursday, April 17, 2014! Guests will enjoy an afternoon of lunch and designer spring fashions provided by Tootsies and Cheeky Vintage. Click here to make your reservation today!

Tenenbaum & Co. and Event Chairs
Kevin Black, Tina Davis, Lidiya Gold, Yvette Webb, Denise Hazen,
CAC Executive Director Elaine Stolte and Tony Bradfield


Ericka Bagwell, Susan Boggio and Lucinda Loya

Tenenbaum & Co. Live Auction Jewelry Pieces


Check our calendar to plan
your social and shopping schedule!


April 8

Dedication of Surls on Kirby sculpture at 10:15 a.m. with Mayor Annise Parker and James Surls speaking. This will take place at West Ave, 2800 Kirby Drive, close to the installation site.


Houston Press Menu of Menus
1501 Silver Street
Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza, one of the city's largest food and wine sampling events, takes place on April 8, from 7 - 10pm at Silver Street Station. Over 40 area restaurants will be showcased. The event will also feature the 3nd Annual Iron Fork Competition presented by Whole Foods Market. Chef Randy Evans of Haven will moderate the competition between Kevin Naderi of Roost and Keven Bryant of Eleven XI, as they go head-to-head to produce the best dish using a secret ingredient.

April 9
Triniti Restaurant
2815 South Shepherd Drive
Join Triniti Restaurant on April 9 at 7:30pm for the Round Pond Wine Dinner. Guests will delight in a special, five - course dinner while sipping wine from Round Pond vineyards as well as cocktails made with Round Pond lemon pepper olive oil and vinegar. The dinner is priced at $100 per person + tax and gratuity.

April 14-15

ALGO Fall Collection!

April 16
2014 Houston Hospice Butterfly Luncheon
Guest Speaker New York Times Best Selling author,
Tyler Hamilton The Secret Race
contact Cynthia Nordt 713.677.7123 or cnordt@houstonhospice.org


April 17

“Community Immunity Spring Luncheon 2014”
Joe Latsinger will be the keynote speaker. He will share his first hand experience of having a loved one to die from flu related complications. Unfortunately, he’s not alone. Over a period of 30 years between 1976 and 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.
11:30a Registration; 12p Luncheon River Oaks Country Club
for tickets contact 281.400.3689

Children’s Assessment Center
Spirit of Spring Luncheon
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