A Gadget Girl’s Style Guide: 16 Beautiful (and Cool) Tech Essentials

Talk about accessories that we truly can't live without — our gadgets. We can't seem to function unless we have our iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches (to mention gadgets from just one company), and it's second nature to stay connected to the outside world from the moment we wake. Read

It’s Party Season: Here’s the Perfect Way to Make a Clutch Statement

by Nancy Gutierrez

While fur vests and leather booties are making their way into our wardrobe this fall, a unique clutch will help you make your own statement. Have fun with your outfit and go for something whimsical and flirty such as Love Moschino’s Heart Clutch, or take a step on the wild side with Kate Spade’s Evening Belles Steffe faux-fur clutch, which pairs equally Read

The Italian Fashion Connection: Nordstrom Showcases Expertly Crafted Goods — We Pick Our Must-Have Favorites

Italy serves as the birthplace of many acclaimed fashion houses. Famous names such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Prada tout Italian origins and showcase expertly crafted products that are unique to the country. In celebration of fashion Italiano, Nordstrom has teamed up with the Italian Trade Agency to highlight its wide selection of Italian-made products. Read

Your River Oaks District Guide: A First Look at the Newly Opened Stores — and Walkable Luxury

by Francine Ballard
It's the official River Oaks District Opening Day, and it's a new age of luxury shopping in Houston. This marks a historic moment in the city's retail world – the unveiling of national and international brands at an outdoor walking wonderland. Read
Brunello Cucinelli

Shopping Heaven: Another New Luxury Store Opening Gives Houston True French Power

Another stunning new store has opened in the River Oaks District. It's Christian Dior day and with the luxe retailer open, PaperCity Style Editor Francine Ballard gives us a closer look at the new Houston store and the brand itself with an exclusive interview with one of Christian Dior's most important figures.  Read
Sophie Carre for Dior


Inside Frank Sinatra’s Palm Springs House: Swinging Desert Architecture Examined in Dallas

If the ’50s and ’60s were the heyday of modern architecture in this country, no city expressed it better than Palm Springs. The Dallas Architecture Forum’s Design Symposium — to be held on Sunday, October 4, at the Nasher Sculpture Center — focuses on the unrivaled design and architecture of this swinging era and locale with Read

Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House

Round Top’s Best Inns, Hotels & Unique Lodging Spots: No Ordinary Bed-and-Breakfasts Allowed

by Ann Lee Phillips

These sophisticated inns, hotels and lodging spots in Round Top and the environs go well beyond the traditional bed-and-breakfast offerings. Armando’s Round Top Houses Cinda and Armando Palacios have been entertaining patrons at their Houston restaurant Armandos for more than 35 years. They’ve been escaping to Round Top for just as long. Three of their Read


VIP Land: Texas Contemporary Art Fair’s Insider Perks Wow — Your Early Sneak Peek

Just in: Here’s an insider first look at the out-of-town dealers — and their artist headliners — traveling in to Houston for the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, which opens Thursday, October 1 (through October 4) at the George R. Brown Convention Center. From a smart contingent of Mexico City avant-garde galleries organized by independent curator Read

Sarah Bahbah's "Sex and Takeout," 2014, at ZK Gallery, a first-time exhibitor at the Texas Contemporary. The Australian artist is fixated on models consuming junk food.

War, Snakes and Lightning Bolts Cannot Stop Synchrodogs: Duo’s Surreal Art to Grace Dallas

Dallas Contemporary assistant curator Lilia Kudelia’s decision to highlight the work of Synchrodogs in an ambitious show (September 20 through December 21) is perhaps best illustrated by a short and heady visual cocktail. Read
Synchrodogs for Masha Reva

Art’s Tormented Wild Man Finds a Resting Place in Glitzy Monaco:
A Surprisingly Apt Foundation Location

When it comes to pairing outré artist Francis Bacon with specific places on the globe, the tiny principality of Monaco does not leap to mind. Bacon’s “screaming popes” à la Velázquez and fascination with crucifixion motifs don’t instantly jive with the comfy Hôtel de Paris or the yacht-dotted coastline of some of the most spendy real estate on the Read

Francis Bacon's "Head VI," 1949

Demolition Man: This Dallas Architecture Expert Sees the Beauty in Destruction — and a Billionaire’s Neighborhood Makeover

When architecture teacher Jay Cantrell isn’t designing buildings for clients, he’s documenting the compelling decay and destruction of old structures in downtown Dallas as they give way to new. Fascinated by architectural ruins and the visual drama of demolition, Cantrell sets out to capture fleeting moments in the city’s ongoing evolution Read

Dallas’ New Cultural Landscape: Largest Flea Market In World Channeled in Ambitious Art Spaces

The largest flea market in the world has something in common with two new gallery spaces in Dallas — let’s call it a revelatory vibe. If you’ve ever explored the Paris flea market Les Puces, you’ll recall that its spaces are devoted to every kind of arcana, from majolica, astrolabes and German war helmets to postcards and stamps. Wares of every sort flare Read

Capera Ryan wears a Rachel Comey dress
from TenOverSix. Giuseppe Zanotti snake
mules from the Giuseppe Zanotti boutique
in Highland Park Village.

Taking It to the Max: Psychedelic Wonder Artist Roars Into Houston — Will Bill Clinton Follow?

by Faith Nguyen

The iconic Peter Max is making two special appearances for his upcoming exhibition at Off the Wall Gallery in the Houston Galleria. The gallery will showcase seminal works from the past four decades, including Max’s recent Masters series featuring Max’s take on Picasso and Renoir. Other creations include his celebrated Statue of Liberty, canvases from the Read

Simon Russell's photo of Peter Max in his studio, standing with portraits of celebrities and his interpretations of the Mona Lisa.

City-wide Scavenger Hunt Hits Houston: Follow the Clues, Scour the Town and Free Art is Yours

by Faith Nguyen

Social media is everywhere, and while it’s easy to get lost amid the plethora of pictures and messages, it is now simpler than ever to bring people together in new ways. Take #FreeArtFriday, for example, a weekly hashtag that promotes free artwork in cities around the globe. PaperCity searched through Instagram and selected some of our favorite pieces that have been Read

Laura Burlton donated “Coming, Going, and Walking a Thin Line,” for the Houston Center of Photography to use for #HTXFreeArtFriday. The photograph was dropped off at the Byzantine Fresco Chapel of the Menil campus for people to find. To see more of her work, visit


Houston’s Coffee Shop Guide: 15 Caffeine Palaces Worth Checking Out — Sleepers Included

by Faith Nguyen

Every day seems like National Coffee Day in this city. Here’s at look at some of the most interesting coffee shops in all of Houston. Agora 1712 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77098 A fire forced Agora to temporarily close in 2010. However, it reopened even better than it was before. This Houston staple houses a jukebox, exotic Read

Widowed French Tycoon’s Champagne Legacy Celebrated in Compelling New Ad Campaign

by Mary Ann Cuellar

Veuve Clicquot is giving us something to toast. The French Champagne house has launched a new ad campaign that tips its hat to the world of fashion and pays homage to Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, the French businesswoman who took over her husband’s wine business when she was widowed at age 27. Inspired by the Clicquot story, the company’s president, Jean-Marc Read


Out and About at Round Top Antiques Show: The Scene on Marburger’s Opening Day

What: Round Top Antiques Show, including the Marburger Farm Antique Show Early Buying Special. Where: Marburger Farm, The Compound and Arbor Antiques. Who: Marburger’s owner Margaret Marsh and daughter-in-law Ashley Ferguson, The Compound’s Mark Massey, Georgia Brown‘s Kristine Brown, Jardin de France’s Gloria Watine, Edit’s Kimber Williams, Eneby Antik’s Carina and Doug Jenkins; The Vintage Round Read

Champagne Cocktails at Lynn Wyatt’s: A Toast to La Perla

What: Champagne reception for the opening of the La Perla Houston boutique in The Galleria. Where: The home of Lynn and Oscar Wyatt. Who: Hostess Lynn Wyatt; La Perla’s CEO Suzy Biszantz, in from New York, and West coast regional manager Marzia Rossetto; Ashley Clauss, in from New York and representing Vogue magazine; MFAH’s Gary Tinterow; and stylish guests Read

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