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Treasures and Traditions

Don’t miss the 2014 Theta Charity Antiques Show, November 19-23, at the GRB. Featured Speakers are historian William Seale, Former FBI agent and art crimes specialist Robert Wittman, The Bush Twins, and lifestyle expert and handbag designer Cornelia Guest.

Also, new this year a commemorative Radko Christmas Ornament, underwritten by Houston Hip and Haute. Tickets may be purchased online, at www.thetaantiquesshow.com or at the door.


Sweet Evening

On Thursday, November 6, a sweet soiree was held at Cacao & Cardamom to celebrate the chocolate shop’s grand opening along with the upcoming Fashion Houston 5. The event included indulgent chocolates created by the owner of Cacao & Cardamom, Annie Rupani and celebratory cocktails provided by Deep Eddy Vodka along with champagne and wine. Some of the chocolates that were available for sampling included unique flavors like blueberry lime, chamomile vanilla and black sesame ginger. These chocolates taste delicious and are beautifully crafted and look like pieces of art. To tie in with the upcoming Fashion Houston 5, several models had on outfits from Breccia Demartini’s spring collection, which will be shown at Fashion Houston 5. The evening was a great way to introduce people to this amazing new chocolate store along with getting everyone excited for Fashion Houston!

by Ali Valach HHH intern

Want To Experience A Healthier Relationship?
Try These 3 Simple Steps


Do you think you have a healthy relationship? Some people do and while it's easy to think that it just comes easily for them, there are probably things they're doing every single day to improve that relationship and keep it healthy, whether they're aware of it or not. Usually it takes work to keep a relationship alive and to keep the sparks lit, so to speak, but for those who want to improve and have a more healthy relationship, there are 3 simple things you can do.

1. Ask yourself if you really act as if you're in a relationship or if your actions are the same as when you were on your own. Do you stubbornly insist on doing what you want with little or no regard for your partner's feelings or opinions? This is obviously no way to have a healthy relationship. Some people resent taking their partner's opinions into consideration when it comes to their own actions and resent ever having to do something different than what they want to do, but having a healthy relationship means that you're working toward being in a partnership and not just acting like two single people that live together.

2. Acknowledge the truth about your sense of selfishness. People often want to do whatever they want and want things their way all the time; grown-up, adult, mature people learn to put this selfishness aside for the good of others. Anyone that insists on their way all the time will have a hard time establishing and maintaining any sort of a relationship, let alone a healthy one. While this doesn't mean that anyone should always give up what they want, it does mean that two people should be working at making each other happy. This means compromise and meeting in the middle for many issues. It might also mean "taking turns" when it comes to getting your own way; this weekend he picks the movie and next weekend it's her choice. Tonight you see his obnoxious friends that you don't like and tomorrow night your family comes over for dinner, even if he can't stand your mother. Trading off things like this is part of any healthy relationship.

3. Think about what positive steps you take every day to make sure you're in a healthy relationship. Are you kind and considerate to your partner? Do you find things to compliment him or her about? Do you bite your tongue when you're ready to be sarcastic and dismissive? Do you really listen to him or her or do you have a tendency to tune out? Do you do the things that are important to him or her in having a healthy relationship? Taking positive steps toward building up your relationship is just as important as avoiding the negative behaviors that tear it down.

So keep these simple things in mind and work hard at them, and soon
enough you will experience greater health in your relationship!



Houston Philanthrophy

Accolades Luncheon
Benefits Education Innovation

Dr. Bob Sanborn with Dr. Cathy Flait
Photos by Roswitha Vogler

Chairs Denise and Mike Maher, Deborah and David Roylance, Dr's Joan Shook and Jeff Starke, Heather and Bob Westendarp, and Janet and Bob Zincke welcomed 300 plus guests to the annual CHILDREN AT RISK Accolades Luncheon “Education Innovation” at Hotel ZaZa, on Friday.

Raising more than $170,000 to make Texas a better place for our youth, the luncheon celebrated the organization’s 25-year anniversary. Alief ISD Superintendent HD Chambers, Dr. Angelo Giardino of Texas Children's Hospital, The Meadows Foundation, Kipp Schools, and YES Prep were honored for their outstanding advocacy work for the education needs of our children.

The esteemed Jonathan Kozol spoke on education innovation and reform, and the importance of taking the time to listen to our children and understand their needs.

Melissa Wilson, FOX 26 news anchor, emceed Accolades which benefits CHILDREN AT RISK's efforts to improve the public education system in Texas. The non-profit has influenced legislation regarding health care and human trafficking, and continues to raise awareness of public education, health and nutrition, and evidence based parenting.


Check our calendar to plan your
social and shopping schedule!

November 19

Katie Scott of Katie Design at Neiman Marcus

November 19-21

Fashion Houston 5

November 21

SBEF luncheon and fashion show with Trina Turk

Rebecca Minkoff and TIBI at Neiman Marcus

November 27

Chcck the calendar for Thanksgiving restaurant ideas

Uptown Park Holiday Lighting

November 28

Check the calendar for Black Friday deals

December 6

The Hobby Center Presents Autism-Friendly Radio City Christmas Spectacular

The Hobby Center presents a special performance of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world-famous Rockettes on Dec. 6 at 10 a.m., in an autism spectrum-friendly environment. Part of the Hobby Center Foundation’s Autism Theatre Initiative, this performance presents an ideal opportunity to reach out to a traditionally underserved community. Tickets for the event are now on sale, offered at 50 percent off of the regular price.

This is the second autism-friendly production sponsored by the Foundation, following a successful performance of Disney’s The Lion King in 2012. The 2014 autism-friendly show will provide a welcoming and supportive environment for the audience, including educational materials for parents and children, quiet spaces and activity areas throughout the lobbies and assistance from a larger number of volunteers specifically trained in autism spectrum disorders. Families can also prepare ahead of time by reviewing the event’s Social Story available on the Hobby Center website at www.thehobbycenter.org/RCCSAutismFriendlyShow.

The Hobby Center Foundation Autism Theatre Initiative independently raised all the funds to underwrite expenses related to the performance. Tickets for this show can be purchased on The Hobby Center website at www.thehobbycenter.org/RCCSAutismFriendlyShow. Discounted ticket prices range from $15.50 to $55.50. You can also call 713-315-2580 for more information.