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Summertime - The Living is Easy!!

LLBean Backyard Hammock

Summer is upon us! Whether you are vacationing abroad, taking a trip to the beach or staying put in Houston, this season is an exciting time filled with endless possibilities no matter where you are.

I can’t help but notice that my mind is more at ease and my body is more relaxed during the summer. As things begin to slow down and Houstonians begin to vacate to their beloved summer destinations, I encourage you to stop and think about the little things that make summer such an exceptional time of year.

This year, I am looking forward to summer Fridays at work, gathering with friends and family at our favorite restaurant patios and spending days by the pool with a good book.

Relish in the simpler times that the summertime brings to our lives.

Jana Philips
Houston Hip & Haute

Houston Happenings

Get with the latest beauty trends at the inaugural Houston Beauty Conference. Permanent makeup artists from around the world will gather in Houston from June 3-5 at Hotel Sorella CITY CENTRE to showcase their expertise. Over the course of three days, attendees will have the chance to hone-in-on their skills and learn from live demonstrations from thirteen international beauty Masters at the unique, exclusive experience. 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

KPC Bash

The Katy Prairie Conservancy’s (KPC) 2019 Bash: Our Roots Run Deep filled the ballroom at the Houston Country Club on Thursday, May 2nd. Nearly 270 attendees gathered to celebrate the nonprofit’s deep commitment to the conservation and enhancement of our coastal prairie. The annual fundraiser brings together both the young and young at heart, who are supportive of KPC’s mission to protect a sustainable portion of the Katy Prairie for the benefit of its wildlife and all Texans forever.

The event honored Forrest Wylie, an avid conservationist whose donation to Katy Prairie Conservancy of a conservation easement on Spread Oaks Ranch (on the banks of the Colorado River) ensures the protection of prairie, wetlands, Columbia Bottomlands, agriculture, ranching, and hunting for generations to come.

KPC board chair Mark Klein served as auctioneer for three live auction packages focusing on outdoor experiences. These included a helicopter hog hunt for four people; a two-night stay for six at Twin Oaks Ranch in Hallettsville and a one-night stay for 10 at Spread Oaks Ranch with craft cocktails, a farm to table dinner and brunch. At the last minute, a helicopter hog hunt was added to the Spread Oaks ranch stay to sweeten the deal. Nearly $300,000 was raised for the Bash, which will provide critical funds to help preserve and protect our important coastal prairie.

Will and Layne Torsch
Photo credit: Tom DuBrock


DASH Spring Market

Over 400 guests dashed over to Silver Street Studios on Thursday, May 2nd, for the First DASH Preview Party to kick off the highly anticipated DASH Spring Market benefiting Dwell with Dignity, which took place Friday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 5th. The DASH co-founders popped champagne in celebration as partygoers arrived and were welcomed by a vibrant display of balloons created by Margaret Dodd of Festivities TX. Attendees enjoyed an open bar and light bites such as margherita flatbread, shrimp and cucumber bites and Rice Krispy treats and brownies from neighborhood favorites, Island Grill, Relish Restaurant & Bar,and The Blonde Pantry. Live music filled the room as shoppers browsed the latest and greatest from over 80 unique dealers in home décor, gifts, furniture, fashion and design including Laurier Blanc, Melange Eye Candy, Two Tequila Sisters and Monaco Interiors.

As if anyone needed more reason to shop, guests had the chance to enter a raffle to win a luxurious champagne brunch for up to eight people in the Laurier Blanc gallery with Raven Grill and Picnic, an oversized hand-blown Belgian champagne cooler and set of vintage champagne coupes, as well as bid on various home décor items donated by vendors in the silent auction to benefit Dwell with Dignity, an organization dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. Stay tuned for details on the DASH Fall Market set for October 24-27th, 2019.

DASH co-founders Vanessa Sendukas, Michelle Maresh, Lisa Erwin, Angela Poujol
Photo credit: Gray Moore


Center for Pursuit 2019 Game Plan for the Future

In support of the Center for Pursuit Building a Game Plan for the Future Luncheon, 450 guests packed the Briar Club on Thursday, May 2. The event scored with special guest Texan Quarterback Deshaun Watson leading the way for the future of the organization. Chairs Jennifer Dominiquini, Kevin Kushner and Brittany Sakowitz Kushner were thrilled with the record amount $360,000 raised.

Khambrel Marshall emceed the day for the Center for Pursuit which helps empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to live meaningful, dignified lives filled with opportunity. The event unveiled a new logo and the plans for a new, transformative campus that will expand the possibilities for their clients situated on the eastside of downtown. The appeal with everyone waving Rally Towels, sponsored by BBVA raised over $80,000 in 5 minutes. Mayor Sylvester Turner introduced Deshaun, along with a surprise video from Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney that brought applause from the crowd and a big smile from Deshaun. A standing ovation at the end of the interview made for a winning day.

Kevin Kushner, Jennifer Dominiquini, Deshaun Watson and Brittany Sakowitz Kushner -
Photo credit: Catchlightgroup


Hats, Hearts & Horseshoes

The weather cooperated to make the day sunny and perfect for the third annual Hats, Hearts & Horseshoes benefiting Bo’s Place. On Saturday, May 4th, over 400 supporters gathered at the home of Paige and Tilman Fertitta for the running of the Kentucky Derby. Chair of the successful event was Hallie Vanderhider who along with Honorary Chairs, Megan and Luke Hotze and Hannah and Cal McNair were thrilled to raise over $350,000. President of the Board Meredith Chastang applauded the success. Hallie shared a personal story of how much Bo’s Place means to families and the importance of their programs for those that have experienced the loss of a family member.

The afternoon was led by emcees Stephen Lewis and Chita Craft, who kept the attention of the lively crowd. The fabulous hats made for perfect people watching and guests socialized throughout the grounds, sipping traditional mint juleps. Everyone gathered poolside for a game of “heads or tails” right before the Derby ran, and cheered as the winner received a prize from IW Marks Jewelers.

Meredith Chastang, Hallie Vanderhider, Mary Beth Staine, Megan Hotze, Hanna McNair
Photo credit: Daniel Ortiz


Junior League of Houston - League Legends Annual Fund

On Thursday, April 25, the Junior League of Houston gathered with nearly 100 attendees for its League Legends Annual Fund event, to honor donors who have contributed monetarily to support the organization’s important initiatives in the Houston community. Donors and their guests were invited to enjoy the celebration at Art of the World Gallery, and the lively evening included art, delicious food and conversation. League volunteers Julie Danvers Baughman, the Annual Fund Chairman, and Anne Sears, Development Vice President, made sure no details were missed, and tables and linens from The Perfect Touch set the scene in the room. Partygoers were dazzled by the hyperrealist sculptures by Carole Feuerman and other eye-catching artwork at the gallery as they sipped on Texas wine generously donated by William Chris Vineyards. Taste of Texas served up tasty light bites and dessert and provided the Junior League-branded ice sculpture and flowers under the artistic direction of Kristin Blackford, Taste of Texas director and Junior League member. At the end of the night, guests were sent off with macaron party favors provided by League member Rebecca Adler’s baked goods company, Baker Noel.

The League Legends Annual Fund supports the League’s operating expenses, building preservation and community efforts. Throughout the year, members and the community are invited to contribute to the League Legends Annual Fund. This generosity and commitment to the League enables it to continue “Building A Better Community!”

Steph Magers, JLH President, Tara Hinton, League Membership Vice President
Photo credit: Claire O'Malley


JDRF 20th Anniversary Platinum Promise Ball

The ballroom at the Hilton Americas-Houston glittered with platinum accents, beaded gowns and silver bow ties for JDRF Houston Gulf Coast Chapter’s 20th Anniversary Platinum Promise Ball. Philanthropic community leaders came together to enjoy a seated dinner and a moving program that raised $1.9 million toward its mission.

Emceed by Andrea Bishop, the program began with an emotional story from the JDRF Houston Gulf Coast Chapter Board President, Elizabeth Lay. The program continued with the presentation of the Fielding and Meredith Cocke Visionary Award to Dr. Alana Spiwak and Sam Stolbun, who discussed the advances JDRF has made. This award was particularly special to the couple as it was not only the 20th Anniversary Promise Ball but also the 20th anniversary of their daughter’s diagnosis.

Guests also had the opportunity to make a direct impact on the lives of people living with T1D through a 100 percent tax-deductible donation during the Fund A Cure portion of the evening. The Fisher family was featured in this year’s Fund A Cure video and moved the room to tears with their story. After the program, the silent auction concluded, and the live auction began featuring items such as the Kentucky Derby, American Music Awards, lavish vacations and an adorable goldendoodle puppy. The program was followed by the Liskow & Lewis After Party which featured exciting entertainment from Professor D that kept guests dancing till 1am. Partygoers tested their luck at the late-night casino games, indulged in an exclusive scotch tasting bar, and enjoyed late night breakfast tacos. J&D Entertainment provided dancers that kept the crowd dancing all night.

Mary & Dr. Mark D'Andrea (Chairs)
Photo credit: Priscilla Dickson


Lupe Tortilla Rolls Out New Dishes
Including a Breakfast-Mex Take on Biscuits

They now been serving customers breakfast for over a year, and is excited to announce the addition of a variety of new options for diners to enjoy.

The breakfast menu features everything from omelets and huevos rancheros to barbacoa benedict, chilaquiles, churros and breakfast cocktails - all made with the same high-quality, fresh ingredients Lupe Tortilla is known for. The new additions include a brand-new category of biscuits, two new frittatas and an expansion on toppings that will take your 12-inch pancake or waffle to the next level.

Waffles with homemade blueberry sauce made with fresh blueberries, powdered sugar, whipped cream

Breakfast is served Monday-Friday from 8-11am and Saturday-Sunday from 8am-2pm. Guests can wash down their morning Tex-Mex fix with specialty drinks like the Breakfast Rita made with 100% Agave Tequila, Triple Sec, lime, fresh squeezed orange and whipped cream or with a Fuertaccino made with shaved ice, espresso, milk, chocolate, Sauza Conmemorativo, Cointreau and whipped cream.



Get jeweled for the summer! Shine brighter than the summer sun with these beautiful accessories. Pick a color any color! Take your pick from Jianna Jewelers’ wide selection of ethically-sourced gemstones, including diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies, pearls and more,from responsible mines in Australia, Africa, Canada and Russia.

Jianna Jewelers-rainbow rings

Puka shells are back and better than ever. Look out for this bead as it is guaranteed to be a big hit this summer. Check out this Shashi Baltic Slide Bracelet to get inspiration for your accessories this summer.

Shashi Baltic Slide Bracelet

Dainty and delicate jewelry never goes out of style but is truly the best for the summertime.
You are sure to get compliments on this Super Star Necklace from Gorjana.


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