High School Sweethearts Enjoy a Dream Wedding as Two of Houston’s Most Powerful Families Merge

Houston Christian High School set the stage for high school sweethearts Holly Smith and Austin Alvis. During family travels to the Alvises’ Aspen home, an inseparable love was cemented. “I remember them telling me, ‘If you’re going to be an Alvis one day, you must learn to ski with us’, so they got me private ski lessons,” Holly explains. While Read

The Priceless Joys of a Custom-Made Suit — When Partying with Prince Harry, It Comes In Handy (a True Story)

by Filippo Tattoni-Marcozzi

In post-war Italy, luxury fabrics were hard to come by. But when my grandfather, the Marquis Giuseppe Marcozzi Rozzi Pousset, was to marry my grandmother, Lea, daughter of the Baron Civico di Leognano, a new morning suit was ordered. As a testament to and a prediction of my grandparents’ happy and long-lasting marriage, the suit Read

Tattoni-Marcozzi's grandparents, Marquis and Marchioness Giuseppe and Lea Marcozzi Rozzi Pousset, 1948

A Hot Valentine’s Day Idea: How to Pamper Your Lover

by India Pougher

Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be all about dressing up and going out. Celebrate your love (or yourself!) this month with a few luxurious treatments Dallas spas are offering during the most romantic time of the year. If you’re looking to relax and look great before a night out, the newly transformed The Spa at Read

Healing waters at The Ritz-Carlton Spa (Photo courtesy The Ritz-Carlton Dallas)

Houston’s Wedding of Delayed Destiny: Young River Oaks Power Couple Grew Up Blocks Apart, But There’s a Twist

photography Donna Von Bruening

THE COUPLE: MOSIE HACKETT & MICHAEL SoRELLE, NOVEMBER 28, 2015 Mosie Hackett and Michael SoRelle’s union was nothing short of destiny. Each is the youngest of four children, and they grew up mere blocks from one another in Houston’s River Oaks neighborhood. Michael lived on Del Monte Drive, Mosie on Pelham, and while they both attended the University of St. Thomas, their paths never crossed there. After more than 20 years Read

Your Dallas Wedding Guide: All the Bridal Shows You Need to Know

You’ve already found the one — but now commences the search for your other perfect match: the wedding dress. A-line, trumpet or ballgown? Strapless or cap sleeves? Silk chiffon, organza, lace? Enter PaperCity‘s bridal trunk show guide, a curated compilation of this spring’s events showcasing beautiful gowns from top designers across the globe. For Dallasites Read


From a Cramped New York Apartment to a Houston Dream Home: A Young Mom/Entrepreneur Finds Designing Heaven in Avalon

photography Jenny Antill Clifton

Interior designer Lindsey Looke and husband, Steven, resided in cozy rental apartments (read: cramped) in New York, Chicago, Palo Alto and L.A. before relocating to Steven’s hometown of Houston, enabling him to accept a position in the family business and allowing Lindsey to finally have the square footage she craved. After nearly a year of searching — while living in another petite apartment Read

Designing Winners: Enter the 2016 Houston PaperCity Design Awards Now

The annual Houston PaperCity Design Awards at The Houston Design Center celebrates design creativity and innovation. Open to all Houston design professionals, we invite you to enter projects across 17 categories for residential, office, retail, historic preservation, outdoor, garden and product design. The Design Awards cocktail event to announce the winning entries is set for April 12, 2016, at Read


Car Treasures: Stunningly Rare Vehicles Shown Off at MFAH Giving New Definition to Priceless Art

You don’t have to be an automotive fan to appreciate one of the most unique exhibitions the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has ever mounted. “Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929 –1940,” rolls into at the MFAH this month, serving up a delicious slice of 20th-century design, specifically the dazzling steel and chrome Read


Mourning a Dallas Mega Philanthropist and Art Backer: The Unparalleled Legacy of Rusty Rose, a $100 Million-Plus Giver

The Texas art world was saddened by the news of the weekend passing of powerhouse — and beloved — patron Rusty Rose. He and his wife, Deedie Rose, were one of the three couples who transformed the Dallas Museum of Art into the bastion of contemporary activity that it is today. In a statement, Rose’s family said “he lost Read

Dallas patrons: Deedie and Rusty Rose. Rusty Rose passed away this past weekend. (Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith)

Chasing Clouds: This Montrose Art Maestro Exposes the Spirits Underneath

by Kate Hinnant

Syd Moen never imagined she would be able to make a living as a photographer. It was simply a hobby, but an expensive one, so she never pursued it in a serious way. But then the digital era arrived, and her world changed. Moen, a Houston native who grew up in Montrose and studied architecture at Read

In “River Oaks Theater – RH,” 2011, Moen renders Houston’s West Gray landmark.

Black Lives Matter Gets a Foothold in Houston: Racism, the Police and Stereotypes Spotlighted By Fearless Museum

by Shreya Muchimilli
“The Abolitionists: Different Eyes Seeing the Same Reality,” on exhibit now at the Houston Museum of African American Culture, probes one of the most powerful and troubling topics of today from the art-world perspective. Coupled with “As Small As A Giant,” the shows at HMAAC Read

The Silver Queen: Houston Woman Emerges as an Antiques Roadshow Star and Royal Table Setter

Phyllis Tucker can converse on cutlery through the ages — and has set a table for the leaders of the free world, as well as Queen Elizabeth II. This august antiquarian, who’s possessed of a dry wit, also collects beautiful linens, rare lace and impeccable vintage handbags, each more than 100 years old. But what Read

A trove of American silver at Phyllis Tucker Antiques

The Life of a Street Artist: Fighting a Graffiti Rap, Struggling To Make Money and Love

by Kate Hinnant

Street art is big. From gigantic murals on buildings to tiny stickers on the backs of stop signs, this urban art form is also a way for artists to send a message or influence their audience. A local street artist in Houston who goes by the name Wiley shares positive and cheerful messages with his many followers and Read

Wiley’s fake campaign sign

Black Sheep Feminism Attacks Dallas: Controversial New Show Takes On Sex, Abortion Clinic Violence and F Words Without Fear

Five minutes with international curator Alison Gingeras, whose “Black Sheep Feminism: The Art of Sexual Politics” promises to have tongues wagging as it takes over a huge swath of the Dallas Contemporary. Gingeras’ official first show as adjunct curator with the Contemporary features works by a quartet of saucy, insistent 1970s-era feminist talents from the outer Read

Alison Gingeras, adjunct curator, Dallas Contemporary


Houston’s Most Underrated Restaurant? Oft-Overlooked French Spot Brings Back Truly Refined Service

by Laurann Claridge

Ever so discreetly this past fall, the restaurant formerly known as Table, poised in a prime spot at the edge of BLVD Place on Post Oak Boulevard where Philippe Schmit’s French eatery once reigned, took a sojourn once again to France and unveiled a stunning retourné to the Gallic land called La Table. Chef Manuel Pucha manned the range at Philippe Restaurant; astonished us at Table Read

Wedding Cake Drama: Unconventional Desserts Are Stealing the Show — Let Them Eat Cupcakes!

photography Max Burkhalter

Much like a ’90s R&B ballad, the conventional wedding cake is due for a remix. For the nontraditional bride, towering tiers of white fondant have been replaced with playful motifs and flavor-intense frills, eschewing the postnuptial centerpiece in favor of a more intimate dessert experience. Here, three culinary trailblazers think outside the fondant. REsume: Aussie by birth, tax consultant by Read


Bring on the Rubies and Champagne: Socials Toast 40 Years of Diamonds and Bijoux

What: Tenenbaum Jeweler’s 40th Anniversary Party. Where: Tenenbaum Classic Jewelers. Who: Tenenbaum’s Tony Bradfield and Kevin Black, and Christina Stith; Tootsies’ Fady Armanious (a Tenenbaum collection recently debuted in the chic West Ave spot); Houston Ballet’s Jim Nelson; ruby revelers Margaret Williams, Valerie and Tracy Dieterich, Allie Fields, Jo and Jim Furr, Alex and Astley Blair, and Pat Breen. Read

Iconic British Fashion and Christmas Charity for Tots Collide at Chic Retail Bash

What: Burberry and Toys for Tots Winter Event. Where: Burberry in the Galleria. Who: Hosts Courtney Hopson, Katherine Phelps, Gregory Fourticq, and Neal Hamil; Burberry’s Brian McCulloch; Catheryn Wilson, Misti Garcia,  Sandi Ramirez, Claire Cormier Thielke, Cynthia Neely, Carrie and Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl, Parissa Mohajer, Annie Amante, and Cliffe Reckling. PC Moment: The holiday season arrived with a Read

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