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As I reflect on 2018, I look back on fond memories from the past years. I am excited for what’s to come in 2019! Personally, I do not set resolutions for the new year, but intentions. This year, I am focusing on keeping you apprised of new and exciting businesses and events. The cultural climate of 2019 has been described as vibrant yet mellow, matching the Pantone color, Living Coral.

As Pantone describes their choice it is "Living Coral" embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment. In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression."

Keep an eye out for this beautiful color and everything it represents.

Houston Hip & Haute began as a joyful pursuit, and still very much is. This year, I am taking a cue from Living Coral and embracing playful expression with a revamp of the Houston Hip & Haute newsletter and website. While a few things will be getting a refresh, the intention of Houston Hip & Haute will remain the same – to be a source for all things Houston! I look forward to spending another year with all of you and hope your 2019 is filled with plenty of joyful pursuits and playful expression.

Jana Phillips
Houston Hip and Haute

Upcoming events on our radar:
Haute, Hip and Happenings

Is one of your 2019 goals to move more? Trade your sneakers for skates and hit the ice! The ICE at Discovery Green will be open until January 27th.

For those with an affinity for The Royal Family, "Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol" exhibition at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is a must-see. The exhibition features portraits of British royalty spanning 500 years will be open until January 27th.

Calling all theater buffs! Memorial Hermann Mischer Neurosciences Broadway at the Hobby Center will show The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical, from January 15-17th.

Cirque du Soleil presents Luzia, a visual homage to Mexico named after the Spanish words for “light” and “rain.” Luzia is showing now at Sam Houston Race Park through February 24th.

Soft rock duo Air Supply performs at The Stafford Centre on Thursday, January 17th.

Join the fight to end human trafficking in Houston with E.S.S.I. (Empower, Stand, Serve, Impact) on Friday, January 18th at the St. Regis Hotel. The evening will benefit United Against Human Trafficking.

Houston Grand Opera hits a high note with Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas with Soprano Ana María Martínez. The Wortham Theater Center will host showings on Friday, January 18th, Sunday, January 20th, Saturday, January 26th and Wednesday, January 30 with tickets ranging from $20-270.

Memorial Park Conservancy, Trees for Houston and Houston Parks – HPARD have joined forces to present Memorial Park Arbor Day on Saturday, January 19th at Memorial Park. The largest volunteer event of the year at the Park kicks off at 9:00am.

Support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation at the 2019 Crystal Winter Ball on Saturday, January 19th. The event will also honor the 2019 ABC13 Women of Distinction.

Space Center Houston presents “Planet Pioneers” closing day on Sunday, January 20th. Space Center’s fall exhibit challenges attendees to explore, adapt, and survive on a mission to colonize a new planet through exciting hands-on challenges.

Justin Timberlake returns to Toyota Center with The Shadowboxers for his third Man of the Woods show in Houston on Tuesday, January 22nd.

Football fanatics will enjoy Conversation with Gridiron Greats on Friday, January 25th at The Post Oak Hotel. Speakers include Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback Joe Montana his Co-Captains Spencer Tillman and Hall of Fame Defensive Back Ronnie Lott of the San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXXIV. The 2019 Lombardi Award will also be presented.

The Astros Foundation presents the fourth annual Diamond Dreams Gala on Friday, January 25th at Minute Maid Park with a special performance by Earth Wind & Fire. A limited number of concert only tickets are also available.

Texas Children’s Hospital presents the 2017 musical hit The Greatest Showman for family movie night at Levy Park on Friday, January 25th. Moviegoers can also enjoy food and beverages for purchase from Coffee Q.

Houston Grand Opera Presents rarely performed The Pearl Fishers as Second Offering in Winter Repertoire on Friday, January 25th and Sunday, January 27th at the Wortham Theater Center.

The professional men and women singers of the Houston Chamber Choir invite you to Hear the Future at their 20th anniversary celebration on Sunday, January 27th. The Choir will perform at South Main Baptist Church and be joined by area high school singers including Kinder HSPVA Chorale from Houston ISD, Tompkins High School Chorale from Katy ISD North Shore High School Chorale in Galena Park ISD. The event is free to the public.

Haydeh Davoudi, Julie Kuo, Andrea Medina & Luvi Wheelock will be chairing our 6th Annual "Advocate Through Art Party" benefiting The Children’s Assessment Center (The CAC) set for Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Millon Air. The Advocates for The Children’s Assessment Center are busy planning this fabulous event, featuring a live and silent art auction, music, cocktails and more! Don’t miss your chance to be part of the festivities!


CHILDREN AT RISK and Attack Poverty Spring Party 2019

Sunday, March 24, 12:00 - 3:00 pm

Where: The Ballroom at Bayou Place
Chairs: Tracy and Harry Faulkner, Theresa Hildreth, and Joy Winkler Chapman
Chef Chair: David Cordua
Details: CHILDREN AT RISK and Attack Poverty are partnering to end child hunger and kick off spring for the 3rd annual Spring Party. Guests will be treated to a culinary contest featuring the hottest chefs in Houston.
Contact: Alyssa Purcell | 713.869.7740 | APurcell@childrenatrisk.org | www.childrenatrisk.org

The Immunization Partnership’s Community Immunity Spring Luncheon 2019

When: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 11:30a
Where: River Oaks Country Club
Chairs: Andrew N. Van Chau and Diana Tully
Details: Hundreds of community leaders, vaccine advocates and supporters will join us for the 10th anniversary of the Community Immunity Luncheon, benefiting The Immunization Partnership (TIP). Each year, The Immunization Partnership hosts this special event to remind community leaders about the importance of immunization issues, raise funds to support our programs, and honor those who have dedicated their careers to advancing immunizations and immunization rates.
Contact: Ashtyn Hooper| 281.769.3086 | ahooper@immunizeusa.org | immunizeusa.org


Neighborhood feature: Here in Houston

If the Pantone color of the year were akin to a Houston neighborhood, Montrose would be it. Buzzing with diverse establishments, the overall vibe is vibrant and engaging with plenty of opportunities for a more mellow experience.

For those not participating in dry January or enduring Whole 30 (congrats to those who are!), Westheimer offers an abundance of watering holes to enjoy a libation. Have your pick from a list of 100 curated craft cocktails at the infamous Anvil Bar & Refuge – great for a date night or intimate gathering. If your Instagram account favors a bright and bold aesthetic, Present Company is the spot for you. Order one of their signature cocktails, Principal Kisses Alligator or Stranger Danger, served via a can of La Croix to complete your Instagrammable experience. Of course, no bar crawl is complete without a stop at La Grange to have a drink as you people watch from their two-story patio. The casual Montrose outpost has plenty of familiar drinks on the menu and for those who favor a late-night snack, Tex-Mex inspired eats.

If coffee is more your vice, look no further than Montrose mainstay, Blacksmith. Stop in for breakfast or lunch and enjoy their interpretation of coffee house favorites such as a cane sugar latte or scratch square biscuits. Need to get your creative juices flowing with your caffeine fix? Honey Art Café, the brainchild of two Rice University grads, crafts food and drinks with all natural ingredients and fresh seasonal fruits without the use of artificial colors or flavors. The café also encourages patrons to indulge in playful expression through weekly art classes. For a cup with a bit of culture, Campesino Coffee House serves Latin-inspired coffee drinks in a cozy bohemian setting.

Need to feed the whole family? Grab a bite at East Hampton Sandwich Company. The Dallas-based eatery’s second Houston location offers an eclectic menu sure to satisfy any sandwich aficionado, including a fluffernutter for younger diners. Mark your calendar – another Dallas born establishment is making its way to Montrose. Magical Dessert Bar debuts in February with an array of colorful treats inspired by the fanciful unicorn.

Once you have had your fill of eating and drinking, head over to Dripped Nails and indulge in a mani/pedi. The nail spa specializes in unique designs offering the perfect opportunity to try a bolder look.

After, put those polished fingers to good use and pick up a novelty from Space Montrose. The specialty boutique features a handcrafted selection of jewelry, art, home goods, and more.

Spring Trends:

Dreaming of warmer temperatures and spring styles?
Here is what Tootsies predicts will be trending next season:

Neon + Brights
Animal Prints
Polka Dots

For more fashionable finds and inspiration, be sure to follow Tootsies on Instagram.


Photo by Kirsten Gilliam

Good news – you do not have to wait for Mardi Gras (March 5th is over a month away!) or take a trip to The Big Easy for a taste of Cajun cuisine. Recently opened Eunice, named after Executive Chef Drake Leonards’ South Louisiana hometown, is serving a modern Cajun-Creole brasserie-style menu inspired by the flavors of Leonards’ childhood year-round. Diners will enjoy seeing versions of familiar dishes such as boudin, gumbo and etoufee offered, as well as intriguing eats like the Cajun Cajun Duck Poppers with double smoked bacon and jalapenos, and “Dan Dan” Shrimp Sliders featuring spicy aioli and pickled peppers. Light and dark finishes are expertly blended to create an airy atmosphere that is perfectly suited for the restaurant’s lunch, dinner or brunch service. Want a pro tip? If you are dining with a group, elevate the experience and opt for the eight-seat chef’s table positioned in front of the semi-open kitchen.

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