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Now that spring is here, I want to revisit the PANTONE Color of the Year, Living Coral. Ready to think outside the closet? Here are a few fun ways to enjoy the effervescent color this season that do not involve your wardrobe:

Make Living Coral colored blooms the focus of your next floral arrangement. Bright tiger lilies, roses or peonies will pop when paired with more subtle colors. Want to try to DIY? Click here to watch tips from Madeleine Elmer of Fleur de Vie.

Put your best face forward with Living Coral inspired beauty products. Glossier loyalists swear by the line’s Cloud Paint, a buildable gel-cream blush that is a breeze to apply retailing for an affordable $18. Or, swipe the shade on your lips for a perfectly popped pout. If you want a bolder take on this year’s most popular hue, try the infamous Lady Danger from MAC Cosmetics. For a more subtle hint of coral, try Charlotte Tilbury’s Sexy Sienna.

Cheers to the color with a cocktail! If tequila is your spirit of choice, whip up a Paloma. Want a less complicated cocktail? Simply add fresh grapefruit wedges and a thyme garnish to a simple vodka soda. Once the flavors infuse, the drink is anything but simple! For the greatest of ease, Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka works well on the rocks or mixed with soda.

How will you live more colorfully this season?

Jana Philips
Houston Hip & Haute

Houston Happenings

Treebeards is celebrating National Cornbread Month at all of their locations throughout April. Customers who order online will receive a complimentary order of scratch made cornbread. Click here to begin your order.


The ART IS AN Outdoor Market series continues at Post Oak Central (1990 Post Oak Blvd) every third Thursday of the month through Thursday, May 16th. Inspired by favorite festivals organizers Sarah Lowe and Marco Guerra have attended, each event will feature a robust set of vendors and products. Mark your calendar for the next event on Thursday, April 18th.


The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center will host its annual Spring Native Plant Sale on April 19th and 20th. This year, they are partnering with Houston Audubon and the Houston Parks & Recreation Department (HPARD) to offer almost 100 beautiful species of native plants – all either grown by a participating organization or sourced from local growers. Guests are invited to wrap day one at the Plants & Pints happy hour from 2-4pm on April 19th. The sale will also celebrate Earth Day on the 20th with free, family-friendly festivities including guided nature hikes, face painting, crafts and scavenger hunts. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Arboretum, Houston Audubon and HPARD. For more information, visit houstonarboretum.org or call 713-681-8433.


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.


Join hundreds of community leaders, vaccine advocates and supporters for the 10th anniversary of the Community Immunity Luncheon benefiting The Immunization Partnership (TIP) on Thursday, April 25th. The event chaired by Andrew N. Van Chau and Diana Tully will begin at 11:30am and held at the River Oaks Country Club. Please visit immunizeusa.org for more information.



American Heart Association's Shop With Heart Card fundraiser presented by the Heart Guild of Houston will kick off on Wednesday, April 24th at renowned design and lifestyle store, Kuhl-Linscomb. Purchase a Shop with Heart Card that evening to use during the 10-day shopping and dining event from April 26th - May 5th. 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.

Photo credit: Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design



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


Join Trees of Hope in celebrating the moms living at Star of Hope this Mother’s Day. A $50 donation will provide a mother with a special gift and a $150 donation will provide several mothers with a special gift. Those who make a $150 donation will also receive a limited edition scarf from John Ross Palmer Art Gallery that would make a wonderful gift for their own mother. Click here for more information and to make a donation.


There is no business like show business! Join Theatre Under The Stars in recognizing and rewarding excellence across 15 categories in artistry of musical theatre by greater Houston Metropolitan area high school students and teachers at the 17th Annual Tommy Tune Awards. The annual awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 30th at 7:30pm. Tickets will go on sale to the public on April 15th at 9:00am at tuts.com/tommytuneawards.


Delight the whole family in a ghoulish summer evening with a showing of The Addams Family at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. The Broadway musical will be performed by Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, and are free to the public to attend from June 5th-8th. For more information, visit the Miller Outdoor Theatre website.

Houston Society/Philanthrophy

Butterfly Luncheon for Houston Hospice

Isabel Lummis, Jenny Kempner, Sue White, LeAnn Thiemann, Cynthia Nordt

Over 220 guests gathered at the Junior League of Houston on Monday, April 1, in support of Houston Hospice and its Butterfly Program. Butterfly Luncheon Chairmen Jenny Kempner, Isabel Lummis and Sue White were thrilled with the over $200,000 raised, including a raffle.

Melanie Lawson emceed the day commenting that the funds raised from the event are important. The featured speaker was LeAnn Thieman, who is New York Times best selling author of 14 Chicken Soup for the Soul books and has been featured on CNN, Fox-TV, BBC, PBS, in Newsweek Magazine, Voices of the Century issue and PAX TV's It's a Miracle show. LeAnn spoke about her personal experiences as part of the Vietnam Orphan Airlift including how she and her husband adopted one of the babies. She emphasized the importance of being strong physically, emotionally and spiritually to face everyday life and how each person can make a difference in the world. She pointed out that everyone in the room had already taken the step to make a difference. The guests gave her heartfelt round of applause for the comments about dealing with life and death. Many stayed after the event to have LeAnn sign her book. Houston Hospice provides uncompromising, compassionate end-of-life care for its patients and their families. The Butterfly Program, which was developed in 1996, is recognized as a national leader for the advancement of pediatric hospice care.


Party Time for Spirit of Texas

Bruce Bramlett, Tony Gregory, George and Marilyn DeMontrond,
Dick Weekly, John Poindexter,Brenda Love, and Ed Jones

The storms rolled out and the cool weather rolled in to make for the perfect night for the first Spirit of Texas event benefiting the Battleship Texas Foundation, Sunday, April 7, at Armadillo Palace. Close to 300 guests clad in jeans and boots danced to the live country music first by The Robert Hartye Acoustic Duo and then the main event, the Cory Morrow Band.

The Chairs Penny Butler and Trey Strake were applauding the success that raised $200,000 for the Foundation. Honorary Chairs Marilyn and George DeMontrond enjoyed visiting with the crowd and the honorees including Gary Guilhas, Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Manager with Corporate Honoree Shell - Deer Park, Individual Leaders Honorees, distinguished military veteran and entrepreneur John Poindexter and retired Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, who had the flu and was represented by twin brother and former Navy Seal, Morgan Luttrell. Dana Tyson of Sunny 99.1 lead the event as emcee. Barbeque and beers were the choice of the night while attendees bid on a variety of auction items and tested their skills playing on a giant replica of the Battleship game.

Selling out quickly at the event were items that had been made from pieces from the ship including handcrafted original steel pieces in the shape of Texas, and pens and wine stoppers from the ship’s original teak. Chairman of the Board Tony Gregory spoke about the proceeds from the event helping to preserve the USS TEXAS that was originally commissioned in 1914.


The Roastery Coffee Kitchen continued their expansion in the Houston market with the grand opening of their third location attached to the San Felipe St. H-E-B. The flagship location is approximately 7,600 square feet including a large covered patio.

Marble coffee counters, chevron wood accents and stained concrete floors make for a chic and modern interior where guests can gather at high top tables, conversation vignettes featuring cozy chairs in the Roastery’s signature cool blue, community tables or intimate dining areas.

The Roastery Coffee Kitchen extends beyond coffee, tea and pastries. Giagrande’s Culinary Director Matt Johnson and Executive Chef Kent Domas, most recently from Alice Blue, have created a menu that includes small and large plates, sandwiches, pasta, brick-oven pizzas, seasonal sides, desserts and even a kid’s menu. The team also recently added Pastry Chef Sarah Schnitzer, formerly of Pax Americana and The Pass & Provisions. Patrons can also enjoy eight local beers on tap and a robust cocktail program with a section dedicated to craft coffee cocktails - hot and cold.

Roastery interior
photo credit: Adrian Verde


Derek Potts
hosted friends, family, actors, directors and noteworthy Houstonians at one of Houston’s finest new restaurants, Eunice, and Madison Marquette’s sleek 3737 Buffalo Speedway, the location of The Potts Law Firm to celebrate the launch of the movie The Last Astronaut. Guests were greeted with festive “sparkulars” and savored delicious hand-passed appetizers, a raw bar and food stations, including a whole roasted cochon de lait. Guests mingled amidst the space-themed décor that included martini and champagne walls along with “zero gravity cocktails” served by bartenders in silver painted suits and waitresses in hand-painted body suits while wearing astronaut helmets. Entertainment provided by Houston’s own DJ Senega kept guests dancing throughout the night on the illuminated dance floor.

The Last Astronaut is directed by native Houstonian and director, Shawn Welling, and produced by Welling Films and Deepwater Productions, Derek Potts’ movie production company. The movie debuted in the Houston International Film Festival on Sunday, April 7th.

The crowd enjoyed cocktails, music and space themed decor
photo credit: Bonner Rhoden


Boss babes Karen Henry and Gretchen Brice, who founded The PR Boutique in 2004, recently donned their party pants to toast to 15 years in business. B.B Lemon provided the perfect setting as the dynamic duo hosted their fabulous team alongside clients and friends from over the years.

The crystal-themed evening celebrated the success of the establishment and expansion of the female owned and operated Texas-based firm complete with signature crystal martinis, palm readings and light bites.

The PR Boutique team with founders Karen Henry and Gretchen Brice
photo credit: Fulton Davenport


The Nora's Home 8th annual gala, We Are Family, recently celebrated the gift of life by raising an impressive $950,000. The money raised will allow them to continue to be able to provide a safe, affordable and comfortable place to stay for families. Guests enjoyed a groovy cocktail reception, lively casino games and a delicious dinner of filet mignon and salmon during their night at The Post Oak hotel. Chairs, Nick and Vicki Massad, along with their daughter, Taylor, gave a heartwarming testimony, sharing their transplant journey as a family when Taylor was a perfect match and donated her kidney to her father, Nick.

In addition to raising funds to assist organ failure and transplant patients receiving treatment in the Texas Medical Center, this year’s event also celebrated the grand opening of its recent expansion by honoring Houston philanthropists Carole and Jim Looke and Paula and Rusty Walter. This special family, consisting of brother and sister, Carole and Rusty, as well as their spouses, has continued to generously support Nora’s Home from the beginning and has helped ensure that transplant patients have a place to call home during their greatest time of need. To finish out the evening after an incredible program, The Grooves took the stage and guests broke out their moves and danced the night away.

Chairs, Nick and & Vicki Massad
photo credit: Daniel Ortiz

Drs. Lillian & Osama Gaber, Rusty & Paula Walter
photo credit: Daniel Ortiz


180 guests and fellow Rockets players recently gathered at The JW Marriott Houston Downtown with Clint Capela for his foundation’s first major event, Celebrity Slam. The evening was a slam dunk and raised $215,000 to benefit low-income, single-parent families in the area. Inspired by his upbringing in Switzerland and welfare orphanage experience where he and his brother were only able to visit their single mother on the weekends, the NBA star and Rockets fan favorite launched his foundation with a mission to help the Houston community and focus on giving kids great experiences not typically available to them in single-parent homes.

Upon arrival, each guest was given a basketball for celebrity signage purposes and entered the cocktail reception to enjoy light bites and silent auction items such as a Houston Texans helmet signed by JJ Watt, a Houston Rockets jersey signed by Hakeem Olajuwon, a diamond and ruby necklace from Jianna Jewelers and more. Attendees were able to meet and talk with Capela, as well teammates Austin Rivers, PJ Tucker, James Harden and Chris Paul. Capela and his teammates then kicked off the program in the ballroom and auctioned off signed jerseys to get the crowd excited. Houston Rockets announcer Matt Thomas served as emcee for the evening and interviewed Capela about his background and why he started the foundation. Alexa Albrecht with DePelchin Children’s Center also gave a heartwarming speech about the impact Capela and his foundation have made on the children and how Capela is the only celebrity that has taken the time to pay a visit to the center in its almost 30 years of existence.

A spirited live auction led by TV host Matt Rogers followed and to round out the evening, guests were treated to a delicious dinner and the opportunity to watch the UH Cougars take on Kentucky on the big screen.

James Harden, Austin Rivers, Clint Capela, Chris Paul, John Lucas II
Photo Credit: Lee Beckman

Restaurants/ Food

Nancy’s Hustle
was recently crowned Restaurant of the Year at the CultureMap 2019 Tastemaker Awards. The top honor was awarded to the dinner-only establishment that, per their website, has an affinity for butter, natural wine, cider and cocktails that pair well with food. Small, medium and large plates can all be found on the menu with big flavors such as pancetta, lamb and duck. Diners with a simpler palate fear not, a burger served on a brioche English muffin is also available. Do not forget an order of their signature Nancy cakes. A robust wine and spirits program elevate the experience while inventive desserts like Parmesan cheesecake with black pepper honey are a satisfyingly sweet way to end the meal.

Classic Nancy cakes with whipped butter & smoked trout roe
photo courtesy of @nancyshustle



I caught up with The Vintage Contessa to talk spring trends. Here are a few of her picks for the season:

Let your bag root for our home team and hopefully inspire another World Series win.

Louis Vuitton Blue EPI Leather PM Alma
photo courtesy of The VIntage Contessa

Louis Vuitton Orange EPI Leather Alma
photo courtesy of The VIntage Contessa

Incorporate the season’s bold patterns, including snakeskin,
with your handbag or shoes (or both if you are really feeling daring!).

Céline Python Mini Luggage Tote Black & White
photo courtesy of The VIntage Contessa

Lighten up on the leather and suede opting for a wicker or straw
bag to complement your wardrobe’s breezier fabrics.

Burberry Basket Wicker Handbag
photo courtesy of The VIntage Contessa

Test drive trends with smaller more subtle pieces like a scarf.

Hermés Graffiti Cashmere and Silk Scarf
photo courtesy of The VIntage Contessa


Want to throw a knockout punch while dressed like a knockout? Savarese Fight Fit, Houston’s state of the art boxing gym, is in your corner with their retail offerings:

Define Your Inspiration asks the question “what moves you” with styles for every woman from working out to hanging out. DYI at Savarese includes chic pieces like comfy sweaters and sexy printed leggings and sports bras.

DYI Printed leggings available at Savarese
photo courtesy of DYI

Feeling like the black sheep in your workout classes? Ditch the basic black for printed items from Goldsheep! Start with a pair of the line’s bold leggings - #roséallday is acceptable after a sweat session, no?

Rosé leggings
photo courtesy of Goldsheep

Men, after you have fought rough, get Gruff (+Tumble). The premium Big & Tall underwear designer creates the world’s best fitting boxer briefs for big men.

Gruff + Tumble boxer briefs
photo courtesy of Gruff + Tumble

No lie, Noli has the cutest fit wear! Italian luxury performance fabrics and cutting-edge manufacturing techniques come together to create the line’s pieces with flattering silhouettes, durability and comfort. Whether studio or street, these pieces will have any girl feeling like a star.

Noli star two-piece set
photo courtesy of Noli

Seat is not a threat for men who wear Rhone’s high performance workout and fitness apparel, which is engineered with world-class odor fighting technology. Pack a punch with activewear from Terez. Women of Houston will experience the joy of living loud and, with styles like these, knock ‘em dead!

Neighborhood Happenings...

West U

Earning the top ranking on Wall Street 24/7’s 2018 list of “America’s Best Cities to Live,” West University Place (West U) has certainly earned the top spot with an impressive list of amenities including one of the lowest crime rates in the nation and a plethora of entertainment options.

Hungry? Head to West U. Upscale casual eatery Benjy’s is a neighborhood staple with thoughtful menus. Stop by on the weekend to enjoy their brunch service which includes a breakfast-inspired and aptly named Cinnamon Toast Krunked featuring Houston’s Yellow Rose whiskey, pecan coffee, maple syrup and cinnamon. For house-made pasta and delicious pizza, Coppa Osteria fits the bill. The menu also includes a nice selection of salads and meat centric dishes for diners limiting carbs (keto season). The neutral palette and abundance of natural light at Tiny’s No. 5 creates a chic interior that is warm and welcoming for enjoying breakfast while transitioning seamlessly to an elegant dinner atmosphere. For a true alfresco dining experience, their patio boasts an impressive green space and view of the boxwoods for which the restaurant is named.

Some of the city’s favorites also call the neighborhood home such as CRAVE, Houston’s Restaurant, Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen, Torchy’s Tacos, Local Foods, and even a few Goode Company staples. Whatever the craving, you will be able to satisfy it here.

Ready for a libation? Simone on Sunset evokes a European feel with plenty of cocktails, wine and bites. Named after what has been described as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, Under the Volcano was the first craft cocktail bar in Houston. The haunt serves up a stiff drink, but also knows how to entertain with plenty of opportunities to catch live music and a DJ who spins vinyl on Saturday nights. Celebrate true Houston culture at The Armadillo Palace with their quintessential Texas menu, cold drinks and live music. What more could you need?!

Shoppers rejoice - the neighborhood has something for you too. Swipe your plastic at familiar big names like Gap, Urban Outfitters and Ann Taylor or discover a new go-to at boutique style stores Chloe Dao, Lily Rain and The Impeccable Pig. Former online-only retailer Warby Parker and specialty store Cheeky Vintage are also in the area.

It is no wonder so many Houston families call this neighborhood home. Take a walk along the tree-lined residential streets and you too might find yourself wanting to call West U home.

Fitness Roundup

Is your exercise routine starting to get, well, too routine?
Check out these studios and get ready to book a class and break a sweat!

Feel the beat as you ride to the rhythm during a class at SoulCycle. The high-intensity indoor cycling studio has two locations - Memorial and River Oaks - to enjoy a powerful, candlelit ride with an inspiring instructor and epic playlist. You are sure to feel like you are on your favorite dance floor - minus the heels.

If you are looking to revolutionize your fitness experience, try Revolution Studio. The three Houston area locations offer both cycling and yoga classes designed to complement each other and can be taken on their own or back-to-back. It has never been easier to hustle and flow.

DEFINE body & mind is the perfect choice for those who get bored easily with their workout routine. The Houston-based franchise has six locations for you to choose from with a variety of classes including barre, cycling and yoga. Looking to jump into something new? Try one of their bounce classes, a high-energy, fat-burning cardio class utilizing trampolines.

Fans of full-body workouts will not be disappointed at Orangetheory Fitness. The science-backed, technology-tracked, coach-inspired group workout was designed to produce results and burn calories even after your workout is finished. The catch? Spend at least 12 minutes in the “Orange Zone,” your heart rate at 84 to 91 percent of your maximum unique heart rate. The heart pumping workout goes beyond weight loss and aids in slowing cellular decline as we age - talk about double duty!

A favorite amongst celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba, Barry’s Bootcamp announced their first Houston location to open this summer in River Oaks. The combination of cardio and weight training can help you burn up to 1,000 calories a class. Set to high-energy beats in their signature red room, the efficient workout never has the same routine meaning you never get bored.

Photo courtesy of @barrysbootcamp

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