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Houston Hip & Haute
Introductory Article About New
Relationship Advice Video

By: Aaron Kaplan
Relationship & Divorce Coach, CTA-CC & Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator

“Men SUCK!”
“They are all a bunch of little boys trapped inside a man’s body!”
“My boyfriend/husband is an……..(use your imagination and fill in the blank)
“All the good guys are taken!”
“I’m done with relationships!”
“Why don’t men find me attractive and appealing?”
“Am I really undatable and not considered ‘relationship material?”
“There must be something wrong with me!”
“I feel unappreciated and unfulfilled in my relationship or marriage,
but I don’t know how to make it better.”
“I feel like I am destined to spend the rest of my life alone.”

Let’s be honest ladies. Each of you reading this has, on at least one occasion (probably more), uttered at least one of these statements and probably others, to your BFF’s. Whether you are single, in a relationship, married (happily or unhappily), divorced, widowed, however you choose to classify relationship status, all of you, have experienced dating, relationship, or marriage drama. But you know what? It doesn’t have to be this way! Each of you deserve to experience an extraordinary relationship with a man (or a woman) who appreciates values, respects, honors, and admires everything that makes you the special, unique person that you are. I can assure you that there are plenty of men out there who can give you all of that and more. Quite possibly, they may already be right under your fingertips, and it is my job to help you find them and help you elicit from them what it is you want and need.

My name is Aaron Kaplan and I am a professional relationship and divorce coach who helps smart, strong, successful, women navigate the landscape and challenges of dating, relationships, or divorce with confidence, clarity, and courage. So in order to reach as many women as I possibly can, I have decided to openly and honestly answer your questions about dating, men, relationships, sex, marriage, whatever they may be in a regular video blog that will be appear on a bi-weekly basis. No question is off limits, and you can ask me whatever it is you want. Some of your questions might be:

Should I be upset when he flirts with other women?
Could this be a warning sign of infidelity in the future?
When do I start dating after my divorce?
Do men feel awkward dating me if my divorce has been too recent? How long should I wait?
How can you make a long distance relationship work?
Is it shallow to be interested in looks or money?
Am I being realistic in the type of partner I can attract?
How do I date if I’m a single parent?
Are men intimidated by successful women?

The way this will work is that you will submit your questions about dating, men, relationships, sex, marriage, to HHH, at houstonhh@gmail.com, and those questions will be forwarded to me. I will then pick at least one, possibly two of the “juicier” questions, and answer them in a video, which will be disseminated via HHH. In addition to my providing answers to your questions, I will also periodically include various enticing special offers. These offers will take place randomly, and last for a limited time so it will be important for you to follow my dating and relationship advice video blog often so you don’t miss anything. I look forward to receiving your questions, and accompanying you on your own relationship journey.



Calling All Wine Lovers!

Check out "Let's Toast" for a fun wine tasting adventure. On Saturday, July 12 from 8:30 AM until 5 PM you can be part of a wine tasting adventure at Spicewood Vineyards. "Let's Toast" owner, Dr. Joy Ashton who is an educator and wine lover, will be the host and wine consultant for the outing. For pricing and more information, contact houstonhh@ gmail.com.


Houston Philanthrophy


The Immunization Partnership hosts 5th annual
“Community Immunity Spring Luncheon”
400 guests attend; over $200,000 raised

Co-Chairs Dr. Kelli Fein, Kim Cottner David, Debbie Martinez, Dr. Lindy McGee
Photos by Kim Coffman

The Immunization Partnership hosted its 5th annual “Community Immunity Spring Luncheon” at the River Oaks Country Club. Award-winning KTRK-13 anchor,Gina Gaston, served as the emcee. Co-chairs Kim Cotner David, Kelli Cohen Fein, MD, and Lindy Upton McGee, MD, along with honorary chairs Debbie and Vidal Martinez, hosted 400 guests, and raised over $200,000. The funds will be used to further the organization’s efforts to eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases. This year’s keynote speaker was Joe Lastinger. Lastinger shared his experience of having lost his three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Emily, to the flu, one of the many vaccine-preventable diseases. His presentation included a heartbreaking slideshow with photos of Emily. Anna C. Dragsbaek, J.D., president and CEO of The Immunization Partnership honored the former First Lady of New Mexico, Barbara Richardson, with the Ralph D. Feigin, M.D. Award for Excellence, along with her husband, the former Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, and his sister, Dr. Vesta Richardson. The Richardson’s were appreciated for their work and vaccine awareness efforts. Judge Ed and wife, Gwen Emmett, were awarded the John R. Boettiger, Jr. Award for Community Partnership, for their continued support of preventing vaccine preventable diseases.



Medical Bridges One People, One World

Honorary Chairman Margaret Williams with Chairman Barbara Van Postman
Photo by Michelle Watson

Just after Memorial Day weekend, Bobby Dees, General Manager of Saks, and over 80 supporters at the ever fabulous Saks shoe department on Tuesday, May 27 to kick off the 2014 One People, One World Gala benefiting Medical Bridges. The Gala Chairman, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein was under the weather so Chairman Barbara Van Postman, along with Honorary Chairman Margaret Alkek Williams, circulated and visited as the band played and guests sipped and nibbled, to talk about the upcoming event and all that Medical Bridges is doing to continue bridging the healthcare gap, connecting those who have with those who hope. Donating surplus medical supplies around the globe impacts so many lives. Community Honorees, Drs. Mary Ann and Bob Wilkins, and Corporate Honoree Chevron, represented by Joni Baird, Manager, Houston Policy, Government and Public Affairs, were applauded. President & CEO Dorothy Bolettieri stressed the importance, today more than ever, of the vital support to these clinics.




Girls Inc. of Greater Houston’s 18th Annual
Strong, Smart, and Bold Celebration Luncheon

Girls Inc. Board Members: Shelly Millwee, Vivian Mora, Stacy Humphries, Jamie Sava
PHOTO CREDIT: Alejandro Montoya

Nearly 500 attendees gathered at the Royal Sonesta for Girls Inc. of Greater Houston’
18th Annual Strong, Smart, and Bold Celebration Luncheon. The luncheon began with special video message by the incomparable Oprah Winfrey. It was recently announced that proceeds from Teavana Oprah Chai Tea (on sale at Starbucks and Teavana stores) will benefit Girls Inc. Emcee Deborah Duncan of KHOU’s Great Day Houston kept the crowd entertained with stories while Keynote Speaker and Houston author Katherine Center shared her hilarious and heartfelt journey to happiness. Center also received the Strong, Smart, and Bold Award – an award presented annually to a Houston woman who has followed her own path, dedicated herself to education, pursued her dreams and achieved her goals while also giving back to the community. H-E-B received the Corporate Vision Award, which is presented annually to a corporate entity that promotes advancement opportunities for women throughout the company and furthers opportunities for women and girls through its support of youth serving organizations. The Vanguard Award was presented to the Links Texas Spring Cypress Chapter for their volunteer work with the girls at Osborne Elementary.




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July is National Ice Cream month and Pastry Chef Michael Savino of Michael’s Cookie Jar and head “Cat” Sarah Johnston of Fat Cat Creamery have joined forces to create a unique, drool-inducing flavor of ice cream called the “Fat Jack”. Brown Butter-Brown Sugar ice cream, Toffee Pecan cookie chunks and a splash of Jack Daniels will have mouths watering throughout Houston this summer. This very special and creative ice cream flavor was inspired by the recent creation of Michael Savino’s Pecan Jack Cookie, a soft baked chocolate chunk cookie infused with Jack Daniels and tossed with Texas pecans.“Fat Jack” ice cream will be available for a limited time at both Michael’s Cookie Jar locations as well as Fat Cat Creamery’s Parlor at 1901 N. Shepherd in The Heights.

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October 25

Marissa and Duncan Klussman

Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) will host its second Legacies of Spring Branch Gala on October 25, 2014. Marissa and Duncan Klussmann are proud to serve as co-chairs of the celebration. The event’s theme, Haute Homecoming, is reminiscent of a district-wide reunion of past and present Spring Brand ISD legacies. The Gala will recognize three individuals who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to support education. “Duncan and I are privileged to be part of an organization that honors community leaders who make education a priority,” said Marissa Klussmann. “It’s fitting that we’ll be celebrating a homecoming. This is an evening that will bring together former classmates and new friends who work together to build a strong school district.”

As SBISD Superintendent of Schools, Duncan Klussmann is a strong supporter of the Spring Branch Education Foundation. “The funds raised by SBEF, at this event and others, go to projects that enhance education. Every grant and scholarship the Foundation awards gets us closer to our T-2-4 goal of increasing the number of students who graduate from SBISD and pursue technical training, military careers, two-year and four-year degrees.” The Klussmanns have three children. Cameron graduated from Northbrook High School in 2010 and recently completed his studies at the University of Oklahoma. Will graduated from Stratford High School in May, and Caroline is a sophomore at Spring Woods High School.