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Hidden Memorial Retreat Brings a Sense of Arrival and a $2.9 Million Asking Price: A Serene Wooded Scene in the Middle of Houston

The Georgian-inspired house at 135 Hickory Ridge in Memorial often turns heads. Now, it soon may have someone new turning its key. There is a familiar feel to this brick, 6,298-square-foot retreat, which has four bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths. It’s just hit the market. The asking price? Just shy of $3 … Continued

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Houston’s Party of the Decade Brings Rad 1980s Back in Hilarious Ways: Crazy Costumes, a Mermaid and True ’80s Rock Stars Make This 50th Birthday Crazy Good

For those old enough to remember, the ’80s was a wild and crazy time. So when Jessica Rossman decided to celebrate her milestone 50th birthday, she harkened back to her formative years for a blowout bash that recalled the neon decade in all its glory. She and longtime beau Gordon Bethune took over the Houston … Continued

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Celebrity Chef’s Dream Project Lets Foodies Fish for Their Supper in Ultimate Hawaii Escape: It’s an Oahu Adventure

For those wishing to center an experiential vacation on dining extravagance this summer, Oahu awaits with outstretched sandy beaches and five-star culinary escapes. But there’s a catch. Literally. Vacationers can now put their fishing skills to the test in pristine Oahu waters, teeming with fish, and pillage the pescatarian abundance. By way of a newly … Continued

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Houston’s 40 Top Chefs, Cocktail Queens and Sommeliers Come Together for One Wild Foodie Dream Night: An Almost Sinful Eat, Drink and Be Merry Romp

Grazing through Silver Street Studios during the Taste of the Nation, No Kid Hungry campaign seemed almost sinful. Such was the bounty of gourmet fare and appealing libations that had we not known that the $151,000 raised would provide more than 1.5 million meals for hungry children we might have been loaded with as much … Continued

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The Perfect Wine for Rib Eye: This California Cabernet Lives Up to the Meat (and the Moment)

What do you go for wine wise when you plan to host a dinner featuring dry-aged rib eye, a steak that is full of marbling and flavor and richness? One obvious choice is a Cabernet Sauvignon that can stand up to and complement the meat (in this case, a steak from Meats by Linz, a … Continued

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Houston Jewelry Brand Beloved by Hollywood Stars and Michelle Obama Takes Off: Inside Sutra’s Amazing Rise and an Improbable Power Couple’s Worldly Marriage

Here’s how an improbable trajectory to Hollywood fame took off: A newlywed couple with a fledgling jewelry atelier based in Houston captured the attention of Halle Berry, who wanted to accessorize a Dolce & Gabbana micro frock for the premiere of her 2012 film, Cloud Atlas. Sutra white-gold and gray-diamond earrings, which dangled from the … Continued

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Florence’s Hotel of Art and Style: Fashion and Footwear Dynasty Runs One of Italy’s Most Unique Retreats — Inside Hotel Lungarno

When you realize that the Ferragamo family — the Florentine fine-footwear and fashion dynasty — is behind Florence’s Hotel Lungarno, every well-designed detail makes perfect sense. Last year, the hotel, which is the only Florentine hotel situated on the bank of the Arno River, rang in its 50th anniversary with a significantly expanded art program … Continued

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Houston’s Castle Door Mansion Hits the Market With a $4.49 Million Asking Price: This Tanglewood Retreat is Anything But Cookie Cutter

Cookie cutter mansions are a dime a dozen. Even when they cost several million dollars. But there are some that stick out. One of those — a strikingly modern Tanglewood retreat — is drawing attention as it hits the Houston home market. The European-inspired manse is as contemporary as it gets, with a sleek, streamlined … Continued

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Houston Young Professional Women Wooed in a Diamond Party to Remember: This Afternoon is All About the Special Bling (Just Ask the Kim Kardashian of China)

Oh so beautiful was the bling that De Beers Diamond Jewellers brought to the luncheon fête in The Post Oak Hotel‘s oh-so-lovely Bloom & Bee restaurant! More than a dozen young ladies, who just might be in the market for engagement rings and other sparkling trinkets, were invited to peruse a special selection of diamond … Continued

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Chris Paul’s Hamstring Heartbreak, J.J. Watt and Justin Timberlake’s Happy Dance and Travis Scott’s TNT Block: Rockets’ Wild Game 5 Win Brings Instant Joy and Future Dread

Travis Scott is standing up, even though the Houston rap icon’s in the first row, so Reggie Miller needs to stand up too. The TNT analyst wants a good view of Rockets-Warriors which is turning into one of those rare NBA playoff series that’s talked about for years. The rest of the Toyota Center is … Continued

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