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One of HHH’s favorite designers announced that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle wore a custom THEIA gown to a reception and dinner hosted by His Majesty King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u on day 10 of their Austrailian Royal Tour.

The ivory crepe column gown features flanged shoulders, a jewel neck, and side slit. The shoulders are accentuated with hand embroidered appliques of crystals and micro glass beads.

Creative Director Don O'Neill shares his thoughts. "The Duchess of Sussex has long been a source of inspiration. Her classic, effortless and chic style coupled with all the excitement leading up to her wedding earlier this year inspired my Spring 2019 bridal collection which I showed in April."

"When her stylist reached out to inquire if I could make a dress for her Australian press tour, I stopped everything we were doing (my bridal show was just a week away) and immediately went to work on Her Royal Highness’s gown. We completed the gown in 2 days, shipped it out and received confirmation that The Duchess LOVED it, but with one caveat. We needed to remake it with extra seam allowance. We knew immediately why this extra allowance was required, but Mum’s the word, and with less than one week to my bridal show, all hands were on deck once more, we re-made the gown and I literally had to run down Broadway that Friday night to catch the UPS truck making it with just 2 minutes to spare!"

"I am humbled and sooo excited to dress The Duchess of Sussex. It has been an exciting whirlwind collaboration. Her Royal Highness is a truly beautiful inspiring woman, a bright shining light in this world and we at THEIA are truly honored to be part of The Royal Tour of Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand." Shares Don O'Neill

Her gown will be available for pre-order for $995 at TheiaCouture.com

Don O’Neill with his design and creation

Houston-based interior design firm, Cindy Witmer Designs, celebrated its expansion with the grand opening event of its new home and gift boutique CWD Studio & Home at its newly renovated 2,000 square-foot space. Guests enjoyed cocktails and light bites provided by KB Table.


Cindy Witmer Designs
1403 Whispering Pines Drive,
Houston, TX 77055


The 2018 Fantasy Gifts Include a Tennis Majors Tour with 2017 U.S. Open Champion Sloane Stephens, an Indian Subcontinent Adventure, 74-Foot Serenity Solar Yacht, Custom Sugarfina Candy Bar, Custom-Outfit Designed by Colleen Atwood, and More Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences

Neiman Marcus unveiled the 2018 Christmas Book, curating a thoughtful selection of timeless holiday gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Included in the Christmas Book are the legendary Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts, which were unveiled today in Manhattan, kicking off the highly-anticipated six-month countdown to the upcoming Neiman Marcus flagship in Hudson Yards, debuting in March 2019.

Become a secret agent

This year’s Christmas Book also presents a selection of holiday gifts across a broad range of categories and price points for everyone. Neiman Marcus’ “Crazy Good Gifts” are a thoughtful collection of gifts featuring unique finds with a built-in fun factor.

A custom outfit by Colleen Atwood

A few notable gifts include an exclusive Chiara Ferragni Skateboard ($658, page 23), an exclusive Locomocean Neon Sign ($60, page 25), an exclusive TRNDlabs Razor Drone ($129, page 26), and a Frosted Art Bakery Exclusive Gold-Bar Cake ($260, page 32), to name a few. The 2018 Christmas Book features over 823 holiday gifts across 275 pages. Nearly half of the gifts are under $250, with several items under $20.

FG Yacht sunset port

The most expensive item this year is priced at $7.1 million (74-Foot Neiman Marcus Edition Serenity Solar Yacht, page 124). First published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. Through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and spectacular gifts.


Houston Philanthropy

Annual Gala Featuring Dinner, Drinks and Dancing Benefitted Fabretto Children’s Foundation

Christopher Winkler, Dena Winkler , Kevin Marrinaci (Fabretto CEO)

Houston Night for Niños, Fabretto Children’s Foundation’s fourth annual gala, brought together 150 compassionate, influential individuals for a lively evening supporting a better future for children in Nicaragua, chaired by Dena and ChrisWinkler. This year’s gala, held on October 12th at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts, included plenty of cocktails and delicious cuisine provided by Cordúa Catering. Houston Salsa Band kept guests dancing and energy high with their dynamic performance. Impressive items such as a collection of hand selected sipping rums from the best distilleries in Nicaragua, Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela, Barbados and Guatemala, and a guy’s night out for a party of five at Uptown Park retailer LUCHO complete with a private tequila tasting and custom shirt fitting and wardrobe consultation, were up for grabs in the live auction, raffle and mystery bags. $92,000 was raised during the festive evening.


The Kelsey Family Hosted the Live Oak Legacy Dinner to Educate Houstonians on Leading Research

Virginia Kelsey, Bob Kelsey, Heidi Kelsey, Ann Kelsey

Honoring the memory of: Mavis P. Kelsey, Sr., MD, and John R. Kelsey, MD

Members of the Kelsey family hosted the Live Oak Legacy Dinner at River Oaks Country Club to support the Kelsey Research Foundation (KRF). The evening began with a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner during which guests were served Chilean sea bass followed by River Oak’s traditional chocolate pecan ball. The night began with an informative video that educated guests on the research being conducted by the Foundation. Following the video, guest speaker Dr. Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic and co-author with Dr. Mehmet Oz of YOU: The Owner’s Manual series, discussed the importance of gut health as a key to longevity. Dr. Herbert DuPont, President and CEO of KRF, joined Dr. Roizen onstage for an informative discussion. This year’s dinner raised over $450,000 to support the research efforts of the KRF-UTHealth Center for Microbiome Research, which was established in 2014 as a collaboration between KRF and UTHealth’s McGovern Medical School and School of Public Health. The center is dedicated to unlocking the mysteries of the gut microbiome and its possibilities to modify disease and improve health through the development and use of a capsule product.


ConstructConnect and AEC Cares Unite to Renovate Women’s Substance Abuse Treatment Center

Photo Credit: Sheryl Lochridge – Your Best Shot Photography.

Construction industry professionals joined together and renovated the Santa Maria Hostel’s Jacquelyn House ConstructConnect, a leading provider of construction information and technology in North America, partnered with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Hanley Wood Media and industry volunteers to revitalize the Jacquelyn House at the Santa Maria Hostel in Houston, Texas as part of AEC Cares’ eighth annual “blitz build.” “ConstructConnect, partnering with the AIA and Hanley Wood, is proud of the contribution that AEC Cares made on October 5 at the Santa Maria women’s shelter. As these women recover from addiction, trafficking and other trauma, Santa Maria becomes their home,” said Laura Marlow, ConstructConnect vice president of strategic partnerships and AEC Cares executive director. The Santa Maria Hostel is the largest multi-site residential and outpatient treatment center in Texas and has been serving the community since the 1950s. They provide a wide range of treatment programs and recovery services as part of their mission to “empower women and their families to lead healthy, productive and self-fulfilling lives.” Volunteers also landscaped the outdoor green space and playground area and installed new playground equipment and a shade sail. In addition, the project’s design team contributed over 320 hours towards the planning and design of Santa Maria’s renovation. The design team was led by Kirksey Architecture and included LKB Architecture, Rivers Barden Architects, Powers Brown Architecture, Terralab Landscape For more information about AEC Cares, visit aeccares.com.


IW Marks, Alor Jewelry Bring the Sparkles
for Santa Maria Hostel Party
Great Day Houston’s Deborah Duncan Hosts
Event for Her Favorite Charity

Joanna and Brad Marks and Deborah Duncan
Photo by Jacob Power

Brad and Joanna Marks, Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan and Alor Fine Jewelry teamed up for a night of giving, laughter and shopping benefiting Santa Maria Hostel Thursday, Oct. 4 at IW Marks Jewelers. A percentage of the evening’s sales were donated to Santa Maria Hostel, an organization that empowers women and their families to lead healthy, successful, productive and self-fulfilling lives. Tal Zemer, Co-President of Alor, flew in from San Diego for the Sips and Sparkles event, showcasing new the fall collection of 18kt gold, diamond and cable jewelry. IW Marks Jewelers sells more of Alor’s Blueberry Cable18 karat Rose Gold cuff than any other retailer in the United States and guests had a good time stacking up the cuff and other bracelets in styles perfect for Houston Astros and Houston Texans games. “I have known the Zemer family almost my entire life, my Dad began business with them in the late 80’s. As a second-generation local jeweler, I am always proud to support other family owned businesses like mine; ALOR is also a second-generation family business sharing the same morals and goals.” Zemer and Marks appeared on Great Day Houston with Duncan (the ultimate good-time party guest) in advance of the party, unveiling the new collection and discussing the work of Santa Maria Hostel.


Celebrating Laura Lee Blanton Community Spirit Award Dinner 

Bryan and Nancy Ruez, Cynthia Nordt, MaryEllen and Bruce Meyer
Photo by Daniel Ortiz

Cool weather greeted the over 220 guests gathered at River Oaks Country Club, October 16, to generously support the Houston Hospice Program. The 20th Annual Laura Lee Blanton Community Spirit Award Dinner Chairmen Mary Ellen and Bruce Meyer were thrilled that the evening raised over $260,000. Dr. Paul Mansfield, Chairman of the Board, shared a moving story of care that represents the compassion of Hospice caregivers at the most difficult time in life. Eddy Blanton, Laura Lee’s son presented the Laura Lee Blanton Community Spirit Award to Nancy and Bryan Ruez. Blanton commented his mother would have been thrilled to see them receive the award as they embody the true meaning of the award with their impact and volunteering in our community. A standing ovation greeted the honorees and Bryan spoke for the couple thanking everyone and again empathizing the important mission and dignity of Houston Hospice for people in our community. Sweetly he thanked his wife and kissed her on stage. Cheers were given as raffle winners accepted their great prizes. Melanie Lawson of KTRK Channel 13 led the evening as emcee.

Check our calendar to plan
your social and shopping Schedule!

November 1-4

Houston’s favorite home décor event is back! Mark your calendar for the DASH Fall Market happening Thursday, November 1st to Sunday, November 4th at Silver Street Studios. New this market is DASH HOME. Attendees have the unique opportunity to shop a curated collection from the DASH founders, who traveled to markets in Las Vegas and Dallas to source product, browse over 80 one-of-a-kind dealers showcasing the latest and greatest home décor, furniture, gifts, fashion and more. The weekend kicks off on Thursday night with the FIRST DASH Preview Party, a must-see for those who like to stay ahead of the trends. Party-goers will enjoy live music, an open bar, cooking demos with Chef Jay of Manna Distributors and Suly Weissman of Gaggenau Kitchens, light bites from neighborhood favorites, Island Grill and Relish Restaurant & Bar. See below for more of the weekend’s festivities:

DASH Fall Market
Thursday, November 1, 2018 - Sunday, November 4, 2018
6pm – 9pm (Thurs)
10am – 5pm (Fri)
10am – 6pm(Sat)
10am – 5pm (Sun)

First DASH Preview Party
Thursday, November 1, 2018
6 – 9 pm

ASID Continuing Education
Designer Sneak Peek + Free Design Tips
Friday, November 2, 2018 12 – 2 pm

Custom Doormats with The Rustic Brush Saturday, November 3, 2018 11am and 1pm

“Make It and Take It” Succulent Arranging Saturday, November 3, 2018 12 pm

Love and Make workshops – Soap Bomb Class Saturday, November 3, 2018 3 pm

Dwell with Dignity Happy Hour Saturday, November 3, 2018 4 – 6 pm

Sweat & Shop with Define Sunday, November 4, 2018 10 am – 12 pm

For more information on weekend workshops, visit: dashhouston.com/tickets

November 3 - November 5


Terry Hershey, co-founder of Bayou Preservation with Robert Rayburn
Bayou Preservation Association Board President

The Bayou Preservation Association is leading a collaboration called Houston Women in the Environment with several other environmental groups as part of the Tales of Houston Women initiative, under the auspices of the Houston History Alliance. A series of events produced for Tales of Houston Women take place from Oct. 27 – Nov. 5 and will explore how women have made, and are making, their marks on Houston’s environment.
November 3, 1 – 3 p.m. (Free)
Memorial Park Conservancy
The Women of Memorial Park: A Guided Stroll
Memorial Park, Cullen Running Trails Center,
7575 N. Picnic Ln., Houston, TX 77007
Gather in the Cullen Running Trails Center to learn about the influential women of Memorial Park, including Ima Hogg, Sara Emmott, Terry Hershey, and Sadie Gwin Blackburn; then join Memorial Park Conservancy’s women leaders for a guided stroll in the park.
November 5, 6 – 7:30 p.m. (Free)
Bayou Preservation Association
The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park, Tea Room, 1100 Bagby St., Houston, TX 77002
Houston Women in the Environment: Inspiring Future Leaders with Stories from the Past
An evening of inspiration from women environmental leaders sharing information and stories about the women pioneers in Houston’s environmental history, and moving through today into the future Event will include a panel discussion and networking opportunity. Registration for the events may be found at: http://www.bayoupreservation.org/News-Events/In-the-News/Houston-Women-in-the-Environment

November 4

Houston Grand Opera hosts the Armadillo’s Tea
Event will raise funds for HGOco with launch of The Armadillo’s Dream children’s book

The Armadillo’s Tea at the St. Regis Hotel will raise funds for Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco, the company’s community outreach and collaboration arm, as it celebrates the launch of The Armadillo’s Dream, a children’s book authored by HGOco Touring Programs Manager Dennis Arrowsmith. This is HGO’s first-ever commissioned storybook, with underwriting by the Connie Kwan-Wong Foundation and publishing by CKW Luxe. Through poetry, it tells the story of Sandy, an armadillo whose fondest wish is to sing onstage with Houston Grand Opera at the Wortham Theater Center. The Armadillo’s Dream is available to the public starting Nov. 5 and can be purchased on the HGO website. Arrowsmith will give a reading and sign copies of the book at the Tea.

3 p.m.
St. Regis Hotel,
1919 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX 77027
Limited availability tickets begin at $250 and include a signed copy of the book.
For reservations, go to https://www.houstongrandopera.org/armadillostea

November 7

November 8

2nd Annual Designer Purse Bingo Benefitting BE AN ANGEL

Be An Angel is hosting the 2nd Annual Designer Purse Bingo on Thursday, November 8, 2018, The event will be held at the AMEGY Bank Tower, 1717 West Loop South, 9th Floor. Sponsored by AT&T, the evening, beginning at 5:30 PM until 9:00 PM, will include beverages, hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes. There will be 15 different Bingo Games called by Professional Bingo Caller Marty Drake. Winners from each game will receive a high-dollar designer purse. The designer purses are valued from $250 to $1,500. Adding to the festivities numerous door prizes will be awarded during the evening. Some of the purses ready for the games include Trina Turk, Michael Kors, Elaine Turner, Kate Spade and Louis Vuitton. Individual tickets are $100 and include 2 Bingo Cards. Sponsorship kevels include name recognition on all promotional materials; $15,000 includes 10 tickets and 20 Bingo Cards; $5,000 includes 4 Tickets and 8 Bingo Cards; $2,500 includes 2 tickets and 4 Bingo Cards; $1,000 includes 2 Bingo Cards.

For additional information: Margaret Adsit 281 219.3313 or Margaret@BeAnAngel.org.


Justin Garcia, the local artist working with The CAC, will be having a Sip and See of the project at his studio. The event details are below.

Sip and See
Thursday Nov. 8th
Justin Garcia Studio
2000 Edwards St. Suite 120
Houston TX 77007
Enter through Gate C Parking on Edwards St.

November 30th

The CAC Advocates are actively working on this year’s 6th Annual “Advocate Through Art Party” benefiting The Children’s Assessment Center. The event is set for Friday, November 30, 2018, at the esteemed Million Air.

For tickets: https://www.cachouston.org/artparty/

December 31

Houston Staple has Big Plans for 2019 Including a Rebrand and a New Location

Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood and Steaks has been serving up some of Houston’s freshest and most delicious Gulf seafood since 2007 in its Chelsea Market location. Early 2019 brings numerous changes for this Houston hotspot including a new location, menu and name: introducing, Eugene’s Gulf Coast Cuisine. “When we switch to Eugene’s we will continue to convey what is truly important to us: family values, excellent food and fantastic service. We want it to reflect a true southern upbringing,” says Kyle Teas, Proprietor of Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood and Steaks. “Eugene is my father’s name, so our core values will remain the same, but guests can expect refreshing updates.” Danton’s last service will be New Years’ Eve and Eugene’s Gulf Coast Cuisine is set to debut in early 2019. Eugene’s Gulf Coast Cuisine will be taking over a storied and classic space on 1985 Welch Street, which previously housed Mockingbird Bistro.

Save The Date!

The Sale

Chairs: Johnnie Skalla Taylor and Libby Scott Sims.

A one-stop shop for Houston’s best jewelry, décor and clothing boutiques at a discount? Sign us up! On January 12th through the 13th, the SALE will be back at Bayou City Event Center. Nowhere else in Houston can you find bubbles, bites and the city’s biggest markdowns all in one location. The weekend kicks off with champagne shopping on Saturday morning followed by Sunday Funday, which features a panel with some of Houston’s most influential ladies including Caroline Harper Knapp of House of Harper, Estela Cockrell of Switch2Pure, and Marla Murphy of The Blonde Pantry.

And as if you needed another reason to shop, the proceeds from this “shop to cure childhood cancer” event are used to fund pediatric cancer research at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. Alternating the donation from Texas Children’s Cancer Center and MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, the SALE has donated a total of $740,000 for pediatric cancer research.

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Champagne Shopping Preview | 10:30am – 12:00pm
Open to the public | 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Sunday, January 13, 2019
Sunday Fun Day | 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Bayou City Event Center 9401 Knight Rd Houston, TX 77045

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