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When was the last time you went on a “spring break” trip? While the seasonal time off may be synonymous with rowdy college kids, we can all benefit from taking time away from work and daily responsibilities to recharge. This issue will explore some happenings in the city, but here are a few ideas that might inspire a mini getaway:

Nature and history come together at Goliad State Park. The southeast Texas Park is host to historic sites, hike and bike trails, and the San Antonio River. Should you tire of camping, Alamo City is under a 2-hour drive and with plenty of entertainment (and hotels!) along the infamous San Antonio Riverwalk.

If your idea of relaxation involves a body of water, Lake Livingston and Galveston are a short trek outside of the city. A cup of coffee (or glass of wine - it is vacation) tastes better with a waterfront view, right? Make sure to check out the charming rental options available via Airbnb.

Spa treatments, delicious cuisine and room service - yes, please! Indulge in a little lone star luxury at one of the several resorts in the Hill Country. There are details that are unique to each, but you will end up a winner no matter where you choose to stay.

Remember, spring break does not have to mean an extravagant vacation. If leaving the city does not fit your schedule or budget, take time to indulge in the “breaks” life gives us this season. Stop by your favorite coffee shop on the way to work, have that piece of leftover cake for breakfast, enjoy dinner out on your patio - make time for life’s little moments that bring you great joy.

Wishing you a warm and wonderful spring break - no matter how you choose to spend it!

Jana Phillips
Houston Hip & Haute

Houston Happenings

Dress in your Sunday best on March 24th and do good at the Children at Risk and Attack Poverty annual Spring Party: The Big Brunch – A Bridge to the Future. Guests will be treated to a culinary contest featuring the hottest chefs in Houston. Visit www.childrenatrisk.org for more info.


Start practicing your swing because the Spring Branch Education Foundation Golf Classic is back! Held on Sunday, April 14th at the BlackHorse Golf Club in Cypress, all proceeds from the tournament benefit SBISD’s 35,000 students through education enhancing grants and scholarships. To register, visit https://sbef.ejoinme.org/golf.


Delight the whole family by visiting the Miller Outdoor Theatre to watch the ghoulishly fun Broadway musical, The Addams Family! Brought to the stage by Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, the shows are free to the public and will run from June 5-8th. It’s a perfect way to spend a summer evening with the whole family. For more information, visit the Miller Outdoor Theatre website.


American Heart Association - Shop With Heart Card Kick-Off Party at Kuhl-Linscomb -
Wednesday, April 24th

The American Heart Association will kick off this year’s Shop With Heart Card fundraiser presented by the Heart Guild of Houston on Wednesday, April 24th at renowned design and lifestyle specialty store, Kuhl-Linscomb. Shoppers and supporters will enjoy perusing the unique retailer's large selection of merchandise after hours including everything from skincare to home décor, fine china, stationary, books and kitchenware. Guests will also enjoy sips and bites from some favorite Houston hotspots. 


American Heart Association - Shop With Heart Card
April 26-May 5

Get your shopping on with American Heart Association’s Shop with Heart Card from April 26 - May 5th. This 10-day shopping and dining event offers cardholders complimentary eats at participating restaurants and great discounts on merchandise at hundreds of participating retailers. The American Heart Association receives funding from the Shop with Heart Card campaign sales to continue the mission of being a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Click here to learn more.  


Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown - opening on May 4

News-SPLASH! Wet & Wild Splashtown recently announced it will be rebranded Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown when the park opens for the 2019 Season on May 4th. The new park will feature over 40 exciting slides and attractions. Visit https://www.wetnwildsplashtown.com/ to learn more!


Don’t Forget!

Houston Parks Board celebrates their fifth annual Bayou Greenway Day on Saturday, April 6th at Mason Park. Visit http://www.bayougreenwayday.org/ for more information.


Houston Grand Opera presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni as the first offering in their spring repertoire. The show will run from April 20th - May 5th at the Wortham Center. Get your tickets here.


Save the date for the DASH Spring Market from May 2nd-5th.
Get your tickets now at dashhouston.com/tickets.

Houston Philanthrophy

Susan Sarofim, Christina Morales, Steve Pemberton, Marcie Mir,
Roxann Neumann, Leisa Holland Nelson

Making a Difference for El Centro de Corazón

270 supporters made a difference for the low-income, medically underserved children, adults and families living in Houston’s East End community and the greater Houston area on Thursday, February 21st for the 12th Annual Making a Difference Luncheon benefiting El Centro de Corazón (El Centro). The event was held at Hotel ZaZa Museum District. Chairpersons for the event, Christina Morales and Cyndy Garza Roberts were thrilled with the results of close to $150,000 raised. Leisa Holland-Nelson and Leila Perrin were the Honorary Chairpersons. Gina Gaston of KTRK ABC13 emceed the occasion.

The 2019 Community Honorees were Susan and Fayez Sarofim for all of their philanthropic works throughout the community. Susan Sarofim accepted on behalf of the generous couple. Corporate Leader Honoree was presented to Anheuser-Busch/Silver Eagles Distributors and accepted by Roxann Neumann, Senior VP of Corporate Affairs for Silver Eagle Distributors. Access to quality health care services remains a challenge for low-income families and El Centro is committed to providing accessible and affordable health care to Houston’s residents. Keynote speaker Steve Pemberton, Chief Human Resources Officer at Globoforce, the leading social recognition provider for companies worldwide and author of the 2012 best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World had the complete attention of the crowd. Pemberton spoke about his childhood when he was a ward of the state. His experience has led to his tireless advocacy for the disenfranchised, which has earned him numerous accolades. His dedication to public service and personal and professional achievement have earned him many honors. A standing ovation greeted his remarks.


Photo credit: CJ Martin


This past Monday, March 4th, golfers and philanthropists across Houston joined JDRF Houston Gulf Coast Chapter for the 27th Annual Tee Up to Cure Diabetes golf tournament. This year, local legend, PGA member and coach to two time Major Championship winner Angel Cabrera, Charlie Epps,
joined in on the fun as the keynote speaker. The cold didn't stop the guests from enjoying a day
of golf including food provided by BraeBurn Country Club. When all was said and done, the
even raised over $134,000 for JDRF.


National Proposal Day - March 20th

If he likes it and still needs to put a ring on it, remind him that National Proposal Day is March 20th.

Brian Gavin Diamonds opened in 2009 due to high demand for Brain the Cutter’s quality, ideal-cut diamonds. Jewelry seekers are able to shop the collections online, but make an appointment at their Houston-area showroom for the ultimate experience. Is there a better reason than diamonds to shop local?!

Jianna Jewelers recently debuted in Houston at Kirby Collection and is one of five stores across three continents. The jewelry brand only uses conflict-free, 100-percent natural stones, sourced from responsible mines. Good news - they also have a partnership with a diamond cutting firm in Antwerp, the diamond capital of the world, with direct access to rough diamonds from De Beers. Quality diamonds at a substantially lower cost? Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend.




Spring Break in Houston

There’s no reason to feel sad about staying in town for spring break with so much to do! Here are a few ideas to inspire the ultimate staycation:

If you have a fear of snakes or if your little ones are fascinated by all things slithery, creepy and crawly, join Katy Prairie Conservancy for Unplugged Adventure: Native Snakes presented by Texas Venom Experience. The free event held on Saturday, March 16th will shed light on the snakes that live on the Katy Prairie as well as in your backyard. Learn how to identify native snakes and discover common myths and misconceptions. Maybe snakes are not so bad after all?

Photo credit Greg Lavaty

Photo credit Mac Womack

No worries if snakes aren’t your thing, Katy Prairie Conservancy invites you to join them for a walking tour on Ann Hamilton Trail. Learn about the history and value of the coastal prairie as you take in the sights and sounds along the trail - the Katy Prairie is abundant with wildlife including more than 300 different types of birds, bobcats, snakes, rabbits, frogs, skunks, deer, butterflies, bees and much more. Make sure to bring water and dress appropriately for this free event on Tuesday, March 12th.

There is still time to head out to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo! Catch performances by Zac Brown Band, Kings of Leon, Chris Stapleton and more. Legendary country star George Strait will close out the season.

Craving Rodeo food? Enjoy specials from Relish Restaurant & Bar until March 17th. Have your pick of a corn dog featuring a 44 Farms all beef frank and house-made batter or a pulled pork sandwich with smoked pork shoulder. Wash it all down with a Rodeo Crown or Rowdy Pineapple, a blend of jalapeno, mint, agave, blanco tequila, pineapple juice and lime juice with a splash of soda.

Corn Dog with 44 Farms all beef frank

Need a spur of the moment “thank you” gift for the Rodeo suite invite? Stampede on into CRAVE! The beloved bakery has specials through March 24th including individual-themed treats like handcrafted cow, pig and chick cupcakes, and golden boot and Texas shaped sugar cookies frosted with signature royal icing and fondant. Up the ante and knock their boots off with a specially curated “Barnyard” or “Chuckwagon” gift box.

Sweet Treats from CRAVE

Craving peace and quiet? Take some tranquil time for yourself at Houston’s oldest day spa, Sanctuary Spa. Celebrating 35 years this month, the spa opened in 1984 and continues to offer award winning services such as facials, massage, bodywork, hair removal and hydrotherapy.

Neighborhood Happenings...

Springwoods Village - CityPlace

New to the Houston landscape, CityPlace debuted its central plaza to the public on March 1st. The 60-acre mixed use urban district brings luxury residential and state-of-the-art office buildings with an eclectic mix of shopping and dining to the forward-thinking Springwoods Village community north of Houston nestled between Spring and The Woodlands.

Major employers like ExxonMobil, Southwestern Energy and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) add a corporate touch to the Springwoods Village area real estate, and will soon be joined by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. CHI St. Luke’s Health also has a presence with their Springwoods Village Hospital.

For those looking to shorten their commute and still live the big city lifestyle, luxury apartment complexes The Mark and The Belvedere fit the bill. There will also be plenty for CityPlace residents to do on evenings and weekends - Star Cinema Grill will open this summer and 24 Hour Fitness will open a location late this year along with soon-to-be announced eateries. Apartment living is not always conducive for guests, but do not worry, out of towners will be more than comfortable during their stay at Houston CityPlace Marriott.

CityPlace acts as the dynamic focal point for the Springwoods Village development with the unique opportunity for living, working and playing. Check it out for yourself at one of their upcoming events: Fitness on the Plaza with Sphere on Friday March 15th at 4:30pm - free to attend with happy hour to follow at CityPlace Marriott

Lunch on the Plaza on Thursday, March 11th from 11am-2pm featuring the Churasco food truck and live music from George Coward Enjoy special pricing from CityPlace breweries and live music from Nathan Barnes on Friday, March 29th from 5-8pm

Hip and Haute Shopping

Gucci Spring Summer 2019 

Stirrups Print Silk Twill Blouse


Ashley Williams Print Classic Slip-On Sneaker $65

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Valid 3/10 through 3/16

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