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These Special Digital Portraits of All 45 U.S. Presidents Will Blow Your Mind

Presidents’ Day, a throwback to an era of civility and statesmanship, is revived with great wit by Houston artist Julia McLaurin. She brings presidential history and the inhabitants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue back to our consciousness with more than a modicum of wit. The scientifically trained artist veered from microbiology to photography and was discovered by …... | Read More

Astros Owner Opens a New Winery With One of the Best Young Winemakers in America

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, head of Crane Worldwide Logistics, titleholder of the Floridan National Golf Club and squire of two downtown restaurants has been busy this week introducing friends to another facet of his multi-dimensional portfolio — a winery. No, Crane is not going to wax ecstatic on the nuances of the nose of … Continued

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This Dallas Interior Designer Rises to the Moment in a Presidential Meeting

I’m sure the majority of you would be a little confused if the title of this page was She’s the Bomb: Eleanor Jean Smyly. WTF? Well, that’s Dallas’ own Muffin Lemak. Eleanor was the birth name given to the Boston-bred Catholic schoolgirl. So, why is she known as Muffin? “I was born the oldest of … Continued

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This Highland Park Wedding Turns Into a Parade — With the Sweetest Mom Ever Leading the Way

Home is where the heart is, and it’s no wonder that bride Haley Hall Tamlyn never dreamed of having her wedding anywhere else. That reverie became reality. Tamlyn and her now-husband Trevor, who met as students at The University of Texas at Austin, danced the night away in her parents’ backyard beneath a canopy of fairy … Continued

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Surprising Houston Spot Named One of Most Romantic Restaurants in World

If you blew it on Valentine’s Day or are feeling particularly amorous now that the commercial day of love has passed, CNN Travel offers what it considers the most romantic restaurants in the world and one of them is in Houston. Joining the rankings of dining establishments from Singapore to Rome is The Kitchen at … Continued

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Ralph Lauren Unveils the Most Sophisticated Coffee Shop Ever at Fashion Week

NEW YORK — If Ralph Lauren ever gets bored with his fashion gig, he’ll always have something to fall back on. His clubby Polo Bar is a favorite among New York’s society set and he operates chic dining outposts in Paris, London and Chicago. In addition, Ralph’s Coffee shops are a staple in Lauren’s stores in New York, … Continued

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Ralph Lauren Unveils the Most Sophisticated Coffee Shop Ever at Fashion Week

NEW YORK — If Ralph Lauren ever gets bored with his fashion gig, he’ll always have something to fall back on. His clubby Polo Bar is a favorite among New York’s society set and he operates chic dining outposts in Paris, London and Chicago. In addition, Ralph’s Coffee shops are a staple in Lauren’s stores in New York, … Continued

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History Making New H-E-B Starts Rising in The Third Ward

H-E-B just can’t stop growing. Just weeks after the grand opening of its crazy-popular new double-decker store in The Heights, the ever-expanding grocery giant has broken ground on a brand new Third Ward supermarket. MacGregor Market is set to open before the end of the year at Highway 288 and North MacGregor Way. Plans for … Continued

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Houston Sports Stars Do Some Serious Country Western Dancing

What: Dec My Room second annual “Kick Up Your Boots for Kids” fundraiser Where: Redneck Country Club PC Moment: While party chairs Joanna and Brad Marks and Caroline and Kevin Walter walked the runway, Houston Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair and wife Hannah headlined the Pinto Ranch fashion show that included a load of … Continued

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Loving the Kitten Heel — The Slender, Curved Shoes are Hot Again

Oh, the sheer number of one-liners I could throw at you to begin my ode to the kitten heel. Purrfectly poised. Tempestuous tigress. Meow-worthy mules. Frisky footwear. In case you need to be schooled, a kitten heel is a short, generally slender heel usually from 3.5 centimeters (1.5 inches) to 4.75 centimeters (1.75 inches) high. The heel normally … Continued

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