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January always seems to be a transition month as we move away from holiday hustle and bustle and set our sights on keeping resolutions, setting goals and living out our intentions. If you are feeling discouraged and battling the post-holiday blues, you are not alone. Here are a few of my favorite ways to stay motivated and on track to achieve what I want for the year:

§ Stick to a schedule: Sure, life happens, but keeping your daily routine in tact can help combat curveballs. Avoid hitting snooze, make time for yourself in the morning, schedule your workouts, plan your weekly meals – do whatever it is that makes you feel whole and in control.

§ Move: Really, it is that simple! If you are feeling overwhelmed by a situation or task at hand, take a quick walk around your home, office or block. Even a few minutes of stretching can be very beneficial.

§ Seek inspiration: Read that new blog post or watch an episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (anyone else feel the urge to get rid of all things that do not spark joy?) – turn to the source that uplifts you and sparks your ambition.

Implementing change is not always easy, but hey, before you know it, you will reap the benefits of your resolutions, goals or intentions.

Jana Phillips
Houston Hip & Haute

Upcoming events on our radar:
Haute, Hip and Happenings

With multiple shows this week, the Houston Grand Opera hits a high note with Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas with Soprano Ana María Martínez and The Pearl Fishers at The Wortham Theater Center. A beloved social and prestigious event, the 31st Annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers will be held on Friday, February 1st. The competition serves as a prominent recruiting opportunity for Houston Grand Opera’s Studio.

Rescheduled to January 31


Celebrate the Year of the Pig at Poítin’s Lunar New Year on Friday, February 1st. Guests will enjoy a themed dinner in collaboration with Khoi BBQ and entertainment including a dragon dance against Houston’s impressive skyline. The festivities begin at 5pm and the cost is $70 per person to attend. Call 713.470.6686 or visit their website to reserve your spot.

Trade your walk to the bar for a walk in nature at the Houston Arboretum Adult Owl Prowl on Saturday, February 2nd. The event begins at 6pm and includes a presentation, walk in the woods with the chance to spot the wise and wonderful creatures and light snacks served with beer, wine and hot drinks.

Houston Symphony presents their Wine Dinner & Collector’s Auction, An Evening with Great Composers, on Friday February 8th at The Astorian. The exclusive annual gala supports the Houston Symphony’s education and community engagement initiatives at Jones Hall and in schools, hospitals and other venues throughout the city serving more than 181,000 Houstonians, including 114,000 children, each year.

The Junior League of Houston will host their 71st Annual Charity Ball, Fire & Ice, on February 8th and 9th. The black-tie evening will include dinner, an exciting show and silent auction. The annual event is an integral source of funding for the Junior League’s Community Program and volunteer initiatives. The Junior League of Houston partners with organizations to deliver services and assistance directly to those in need, delivering positive change through the efforts of its highly trained and empowered female volunteers.

Houston Ballet’s Ballet Ball returns to the Houston Ballet Center on Saturday, February 9th with a Heroes, Gods, and Stars theme inspired by the world premiere of Sylvia by Artistic Director Stanton Welch AM.

Tapas on the Trails
Saturday, February 9th from 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Time slots for entry: 5, 6, or 7 pm
Last trail admittance is at 7:15 pm $85 Members / $95 Non-Members (price is per person)
Ages 21+
Early birds – register by December 31, 2018 to receive $10 off!
Register Online



March 1-3

84th Annual River Oaks Garden Club Azalea Trail

Celebrate the arrival of spring in Houston with River Oaks Garden Club’s 84th Annual Azalea Trail, Friday, March 1, Saturday, March 2 and Sunday March 3, 11am – 5pm. The trail opens doors to some of the city’s most impressive residences and gardens, all located within the River Oaks neighborhood: 4 private residences and gardens, plus Bayou Bend, Rienzi, and the River Oaks Garden Club’s Forum of Civics Building. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held on Friday March 1 at 10:30 AM at the front gate of Bayou Bend Gardens on Lazy Lane. The MFAH director Gary Tinterow will cut the ribbon and officially open the Trail. There will be free floral demonstrations open to the public at the Forum of Civics each day: Friday at noon, Saturday 11am and 2pm, and Sunday at noon.

Tickets are $30 for entry into all 7 locations or $10 for a single location. Tickets can be purchased at the Forum of Civics at 2503 Westheimer, at each location, and at retail outlets around Houston. Proceeds from Azalea Trail go to Houston area charities.

To learn more, please visit www.riveroaksgc.org

Reserve Your Seat Now!

The 20th Annual Spirit of Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show will be held on April 25th, 2019 at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown. In celebration of this milestone, we have an exciting program planned including Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman and Designer Jason Wu. As one of the most accomplished American gymnast of all times, and working towards her third Olympics in 2020, Aly is a recent recipient of the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. Jason Wu will be unveiling signature pieces during our fashion show presented by Elizabeth Anthony.


Post-event recaps: Out & About

Libby Sims (Event Chair), Johnnie Taylor (Event Chair),
Jen Moss (President of Tri Delta Philanthropies, Inc.) -
Photo by Priscilla Dickson

Aptly titled the SALE, the one-stop shop for discounts on Houston’s best jewelry, décor and clothing boutiques returned on January 12th through the 13th at Bayou City Event Center. Guests enjoyed bubbles, bites and the city’s biggest markdowns all in one location. Proceeds from this “shop to cure childhood cancer” event are used to fund pediatric cancer research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. The weekend kicked off with a private pre-SALE Breakfast & Bubbly event for upper-level underwriters emceed by Nan Kelley, a Delta Delta Delta alumna and a longtime host of the Top 20 Countdown and Opry Live and regular on Discovery’s network, Great American Country (GAC). After a short video including patient and doctor testimonials, Kelley introduced three doctors, Dr. Richard Gorlick, Dr. Branko Cuglievan and Delta Delta Delta alumna and former pediatric cancer patient, Dr. Zsila Sadighi. The doctors spoke to their research and how the SALE impacts their mission to save lives here in Houston and beyond. The ticketed event began with champagne shopping on Saturday morning followed by Sunday Funday, which featured 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. These fabulous entrepreneurs shared their business stories, advice for starting a business and tips on how to be the best version of you in 2019.

This year, the SALE raised funds for The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, putting their total raised from the past 5 years at over $1 million for pediatric cancer research in Houston.

God save the queen, it was a party fit for a king!

Cindy Baker, Tirey Counts (as Queen Elizabeth II), Celene Buffington, Missa Sutton

On Thursday, January 10th, The Social Book, a comprehensive calendar of Houston events, unveiled the 2019 edition at its annual launch party held at the Westin Galleria Hotel. The Social Book‘s owners Scott Evans, Jeff Henry and Sami Shbeeb welcomed more than 600 guests to the regal occasion to celebrate the launch of the 24th anniversary edition. Guests dressed in their best Sussex style to celebrate the majesty of Houston and this year’s Houston Treasures. The Galleria Ballroom was spectacularly staged as a “royal court” divided into four quadrants, Queen’s Parlor, King’s Court, Duchess’ Garden and Prince’s Lodge. From the magnificent flower arrangements and the pop-up portrait studio to the plethora of delicious food and dessert options served at 11 different stations, guests received nothing less than the royal treatment.

Notable attendees included Warner Roberts, Lynn Wyatt, Margaret Alkek Williams, Trini Mendenhall, Rosemary Schatzman, Lilly & Thurmon Andress, Diane Lokey Farb, Joann and Bill Crassas, Gigi Huang, Carol & Tom Sawyer, Betty & John Hrncir, Steve Mach, Yvonne Cormier, Jane-Page Crump, Helen & Jim Shaffer, Cliff and Angie Roberts, Sybil Roos, Alicia Smith, Kim Moody, Frank Billingsley, Elsie & Les Eckert, Hon. Bill King, Vicki Rizzo, Michael McClure, Mary Ann & David McKeithan, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Chloe Dao, and many more!


Nancy Almodovar of Nan & Company Properties/Christie's International Real Estate opened the doors to a stunning, multi-million dollar River Oaks masterpiece furnished by High Fashion Home for a one-of-a-kind evening with Houston’s leading ladies. The night was full of glitz, glamour and Instagrammable moments brought to guests by local, women-owned businesses. Attendees admired unique florals from JOYBOX, tried on gorgeous accessories from Peran & Scannell, posed with luxury vehicles including a Rolls Royce and received exclusive beauty treatments from Dr. Ashley Toutounchi of Aura MD Body. In addition to mingling with vendors, guests were able to tour the extravagant home while sipping on cocktails from an open bar. The event’s proceeds benefitted Houston Area Women’s Center.

Neighborhood feature: Here in Houston

Houston’s East Downtown neighborhood, EaDo as it is perhaps better known, is a thriving spot. Do not be fooled by the nickname, this locale has something for casual city slickers and sophisticates alike to enjoy.

Where can you serve a volleyball and be served a drink? HTX Sports Creek. The facility allows players to participate in sporting matches and events while doubling as a post-game hangout. If a burger craving strikes, head to nearby Rodeo Goat where you will find inventive takes on the American classic with your choice of beef, chicken, turkey, veggie or quinoa patty. The Dallas-based eatery’s menu even includes nods to the city with a burger named after infamous news anchor Marvin Zindler and a shout out to River Oaks Country Club.

For fancier fare paired with your choice of a glass of wine or cocktail, Nancy’s Hustle fits the bill. The dinner service only restaurant’s menu divides plates into small, medium and large servings with unique offerings such as lamb dumplings with spicy tomato vinaigrette, labneh and lamb jus, Hiramasa crudo and hand cut spaghetti with fermented chili butter, crab, Parmesan and breadcrumbs. Cocktails or coffee? No need to decide, Around the Corner does both. The restored 1903 bungalow specializes in coffee and pastries during daytime service and moonlights as a chic cocktail bar and wine lounge for dinner. Fashion aficionados should keep Magpies & Peacocks on their radar. The nonprofit 501(c)3 design house calls the neighborhood home and is on a mission to nurture arts education, keep fashion out of landfills and give back to the community through upcycled clothing and accessories.

Of course, no Houston neighborhood would be complete without a taco joint. Brothers Taco House opens early (5:00am Monday-Friday!) and continues service until 3:00pm during the week and 1:00pm on the weekends. No judgment here if you grab a taco for both breakfast and lunch. Wash your tacos down with a libation from well-known 8th Wonder Brewery or Little Woodrow’s Eado. The former is known for their craft beer and the latter for their happy hour deals and fun events. The two join forces for crab racing on Tuesday nights hosted at Woodrow’s with beer specials from the neighboring brewery.

Restaurant feature:

Houston’s iconic The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation will open their second location at 1700 Post Oak Blvd in the BLVD Place development in May. Jason Gould, who hails from Australia with 27 years of restaurant experience, has been named Executive Chef of the Uptown eatery.

Before joining Legacy Restaurants, operator of both Ninfa’s and Antone’s Famous Po’Boys brands, Gould had most recently been corporate chef at Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen. Since 2010, Gould managed the day-to-day operations of seven restaurants, assisted with construction oversight of five new locations and opened the now shuttered Rico’s Morning Noon Night in Midtown.

The Original Ninfa’s Uptown Houston will occupy the space formerly known as Peska and features the same lunch and dinner menu as The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation. The new location will operate seven days a week and feature a weekday breakfast menu, a convenient perk for nearby residents and office workers, in addition to the weekend brunch menu currently being offered at Navigation.

Super Bowl Sunday!

While it may be awhile until our city has the chance to host the Super Bowl again,
there are still plenty of opportunities for enjoying the big game:

Hosting a watch party? ??

Forget being cooped up in the kitchen and place an order with Goode Company! There are a few decked out party pack options to choose from:

§ Burger pack for 20 with all the fixings - lettuce, tomatoes, onions, ketchup, mayo and mustard. Take your pick of chuck ($135 + tax) or chicken ($150 + tax) burgers accompanied by homemade toasted buns.

§ Hot dog pack for 20 with all the proper toppings – chopped onions, relish, ketchup and mustard. The pack includes 40 mesquite grilled all beef hot dogs with 20 homemade toasted buns.

§ Score big with your guests when you order barbecue in bulk. Party Packs include a choice of beef brisket, sausage, chicken, pork ribs, honey smoked ham, turkey breast, or spicy pork and a choice of side order — potato salad, jalapeño pinto beans, Austin baked beans, cole slaw, or Jambalaya Texana. Packs range from three to 25 pounds of meat and from $55 to $635 in price with tax. Packs will be available for pickup or delivery via the 5109 Kirby (713.522.2530), 8911 Katy Freeway (713.464.1901), and 20102 Northwest Freeway (832.678.3562) locations.

* Must be ordered 24 hours in advance for Pick Up, Curbside, and Delivery. Call 713.520.9153.


If a pre-game is your style, hit up Hotel Derek to play the SUPER-sized Super Bowl Squares Game at Revolve Kitchen + Bar. Any Revolve patron that orders a Wagyu Burger, Key Cocktail or any local craft beer will receive a square in the Squares Game. Squares will be given out now until the big game on Sunday, February 3rd. At the end of each quarter a winner will be picked and notified via email. Squares are limited and prizes up for grabs include:

§ First Quarter Winner - $50 gift card to Revolve Kitchen + Bar
§ Second Quarter Winner - $100 gift card to Revolve Kitchen + Bar
§ Third Quarter Winner - $50 gift card to Revolve Kitchen + Bar and room upgrade
§ Fourth Quarter Winner - $100 gift card to Revolve Kitchen + Bar and one-night Penthouse stay based on availability


While the Saints may not be playing this year, you and your crew can still channel the spirit of New Orleans with Downtown mainstay Treebeards’ Super Bowl Special - a party pack with Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Red Beans & Rice with Sausage, a side of cheddar cheese and green onions, and Treebeards Hot Sauce. The package feeds 10 fans for only $100. Add Jalapeño Cornbread and price goes to $120. Party packs will be available at all Treebeards locations for pickup on Friday, February 1st.


Cheer on your favorite team at Royal Sonesta with a Bloody Mary! Their Bloody Mary bar will feature Enchanted Rock Ultra-Premium Vodka out of San Antonio and Bloody Revolution Bloody Mary mix out of Austin. You will have your choice of six flavors - Original, Ribeye, Wasabi Ginger, Pickle Zest, Smoked Habanero and Roasted Garlic priced at $10 each. Enjoy the setup in Axis from 3pm through the end of the game.

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