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I Do! I Do!

Weddings in Houston Magazine hosted the I Do! Bridal Soirée at The Corinthian on Thursday, February 12. The event showcased some awesome wedding vendors in Houston along with showing off the beauty of The Corinthian as a venue for a wedding or other event. Guests sipped on complimentary cocktails of cosmopolitans, champagne and mimosas while browsing the stunning displays and booths the vendors had set up.

Vendors included photographers, entertainment, invitations, registry places, videography, event planners and some bridal salons. The invitation vendors had tables covered in beautiful invitations and save-the-date cads. The bridal salons had gowns displayed as well as models walking around in swoon-worthy wedding dresses. The bridal salons exhibited at this wonderful event included Brickhouse Bridal, Mia Bridal Couture, MW Couture, Now & Forever Bridal Boutique, Parvani Vida, Weddings by Debbie and Winnie Couture.

Jackson and Company, The Corinthian’s in-house caterers, served small plates and finger foods buffet style. Guests noshed on freshly-sliced cheese, pate, roasted vegetables and chicken salad. They then were able to follow the tasty food with some sweet treats also provided by Jackson and Company including almond and apple tartlets, macaroons, caramel pot de crèmes and mint brownies.

Other sugary treats included samples from both Hannah Joy’s Cakes and Susie’s Cakes & Confections. Hannah Joy’s Cakes offered miniature cupcakes in chocolate, lemon and vanilla along with samples of their fondant. They offered samples of their fondant because typically people find fondant to be beautiful on wedding cakes but not the most tasty; however, Hannah Joy’s Cakes makes their own fondant from marshmallows, so that it does taste well in addition to being perfect for decorating wedding cakes. Susie’s Cakes & Confections also offered miniature cupcake samples in vanilla and chocolate. Both cake vendors brought a number of intricately decorated and elegant wedding cakes to display.

By Ali Valach HHH intern

3 Simple Steps Toward
A Healthier Relationship

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

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 healthier relationship, here are 3 simple things you can start doing immediately:

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 single, and 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 behavior is obviously not conducive towards having 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. You might want to think about the degree to which you display selfishness in your relationship. People often want to do whatever they want, whenever they want, and they always 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 may want to think twice about whether or not they truly want to be in a relationship with someone else, because that attitude and behavior is certainly not conducive towards creating and maintaining a healthy relationship. 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 that your relationship is healthy, and that it stays that way. Are you kind and considerate to your partner, do you find things to compliment him or her about, and 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 the overall health of your relationship will be taken to entirely new levels!

Houston Philanthropy

A Success for Young Life Transforming Lives

Marisol and James Rockwell, Chuck and Kim Watson, Dr. Eugene Alford, Dorris and Terry Looper
Photos by Michelle Watson and Daniel Ortiz

The power of of Young Life was the theme as over 350 supporters were “transformed” at River Oaks Country Club, Thursday, February 5 with, Chairmen Kim and Chuck Watson leading the way. Honorary Chairmen Doris and Terry Looper visited with attendees as they discussed the importance of the fund raiser to help schools and young people in need of support from Young Life. Special guest speaker Dr. Eugene Alford shared his story of overcoming fear and how faith enabled him to face life challenges. He highlighted how his journey was similar to Young Life, a community of people that surround young people to help them along the path of life. The ballroom was really about “power” with light tables, a light Young Life Sign and light up pens. 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. Coppelia of KSBJ lead the evening as emcee, and announcing the success of over $800,000 raised. Funds from the event will go towards Young Life's Houston Urban Multicultural Ministry which 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.

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February 26

Seventh Annual “Making a Difference Luncheon”
Benefiting El Centro de Corazón

Celebrating 20 Years of Service to the Houston Community
11:15 a.m. - Registration; 11:45 a.m. - Seated Luncheon
Hilton Americas-Houston
Co-Chairs: Philamena and Arthur Baird
Honorary Chairs: Harris County Judge Ed Emmett & Gwen Emmett and Margaret & Joel Shannon
Honoree: H-E-B
Keynote Speaker: Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, US Army Lieutenant Colonel (Retired).
Tickets and Tables: Luncheon Sponsor Levels are
$20,000, $15,000, $10,000, $5,000, $3,500, and $1,000. Individual Tickets cost $200
Information: 832.494.1761

March 2

A Century of Caring 2015 Red Cross Luncheon
11:30 a.m.
Hilton Americas-Houston
Chairman: Leisa Holland Nelson and Winell Herron
Honorary Chairman: Bobbie Nau
Honorees: Bruce LaBoon and Marathon Oil
Tickets and Tables: Tables of 10 are $10,000, $5,000, $3,500 and $2,000 and Individual Tickets are $1,000, $500, $350 and $200
Information: Lilya Williams 713.313.7635 or Lilya.Williams@redcross.org
Benefiting: Greater Houston Area Chapter American Red Cross

March 7

The Periwinkle Foundation Presents
20th Cycle for Life Bicycle Spin-a-Thon

Photo provided by The Periwinkle Foundation

Participants enjoy last year’s Cycle for Life event at The Houstonian Club presented by The Periwinkle Foundation. This year’s fund raiser is set for Mar. 7 and is open to additional corporate teams and individuals. Get those cycling shoes ready for the Periwinkle Foundation’s 20th Annual Cycle for Life Spin-a-Thon at 9 a.m. on March 7 at The Houstonian Club, 111 N. Post Oak Lane. Presented by White Oak Energy, this year’s theme is “There’s No Place Like Periwinkle” and welcomes biking and spinning enthusiasts from around the Houston area who are teaming up to support the Foundation. Along with riders, the indoor spin-a-thon brings together patients, families and Periwinkle supporters for a festive and fun-filled morning that helps ensure the continuation of powerful Periwinkle programs, which better the lives of children and teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses at Texas Children’s Hospital. Cycle for Life teams of four rally together to raise needed funds while spinning on stationary bicycles inside The Houstonian Club. Each team spins for four 30-minute heats. Individuals are also welcome to participate in the event by securing sponsorships or pledges. Awards will be given to the Best Dressed Team, Best Bike Decorations, Most Spirited Team, Most Calories Burned and Top Fund raiser Learn more about Cycle for Life and find a registration form by going to our website at periwinklefounadtion.org and checking out “Events.” Or call 713-807-0191 for details.

March 11-13

Leonard Rutan Apparel
3733 Westheimer Rd, #3, Houston
(713) 524-9988

March 29

Spring Branch Education Foundation plans Spring Golf Classic

Spring Branch Education Foundation’s (SBEF) 19th annual Spring Golf Classic is slated for Sunday, March 29, 2015, at River Ridge Golf Course in Sealy. As one of SBEF’s major fund-raisers, proceeds from the tournament will benefit students and teachers in Spring Branch Independent School District. Co-chairs Doug Goodson and Rob Stewart are expecting a sold-out event. “The tournament is always a great success. The last one raised more than $85,000,” said Cece Thompson, SBEF executive director. “It’s a popular tournament. Golfers appreciate that the money goes for scholarships and campus grants, and everyone is guaranteed to enjoy the day.” Team and individual registration is open through Thursday, March 26: teams, $2,000; individuals, $500. Call the SBEF office, 713-251-2381, for registration forms and information. Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP has signed on as the tournament’s Eagle Clubhouse sponsor. Other sponsorships are available. Ciro’s Italian Grill will provide lunch for the golfers, and Goode Company Bar-B-Q will donate dinner. Assisting Goodson and Stewart on the SBEF Spring Golf Classic committee are: Debra Aitken, Mike Baker, J. Carter Breed, Patty Busmire, Kirk Guilanshah, Kamden Kanaly, George Kurisky, Warren Matthews, Roy Montalbano, Paul Moreton, Ted Nowak, Ron Nunley, Lisa Schwartz, Cece Thompson and Portia Willis.


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