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Books to Covet: Vitamin T, Emily Summers, Balenciaga

DECOR: One can never covet too many coffee table books, and I’m partial to table tomes that nurture my knowledge for art, fashion, and design. To wit, all recently published, this selection combines that requirement with Vitamin T, Emily Summers and Balenciaga.

Emily Summers, Distinctly Modern Interiors

Emily Summers, Distinctly Modern Interiors

Emily Summers: Distinctly Modern Interiors, by Emily Summers, publisher Rizzoli, February 2019

Art and design coalesce within the pages of this tome, a testament to the talents of Dallas’ very own AD100 interior designer Emily Summers. A current favourite, this tome reflects the cool subtle connection between art, interiors and architecture⎯a trifecta of modern marvels that typify the inspiration mantra for Summers. With a nod to minimalism and modernism both furniture and art alike, the title of this tome summarises the collective of client projects perfectly. Available in hardcover, price: $50.

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Destination: Essaouira, Morocco

TRAVEL: From the High Atlas Mountains, our journey continued in Morocco last November as my husband and I travelled to Essaouira a small coastal fishing town on the Atlantic coast. The drive was entertaining, the highlight, of course, a gathering of goats perched in Argan trees. Ruminating for hours, these acrobatic goats are mostly situated for the enjoyment of passing tourists, although this is a fruitful life skill the goats have developed to nibble on their favourite Argan nuts.

Goats in an Argan Tree

Goats in an Argan Tree

Just under a three-hour drive from the mountains to the coast, we checked in at the Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, for a two-night stay. Essaouira is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its mid-16th-century architecture, a fortified seaport with the town tucked away in the medina walls. This photo below has a great view, taken from the fortress, with the port below yet overlooking the medina.

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Creature Comforts at Home with the Haas Brothers and Little Monsters

DECOR: So I’ve had a little secret obsession with the wildly weird Haas Brothers for a few years now, which I would aptly describe as an oddly romantic infatuation for their otherworldly masterpieces. While I covet a quirky little creature, I mean sculpture, some weird eyeless beast that could be considered scary yet somehow seems adorable— now I can acquire their artwork as an object of décor!

Haas Brothers for L’Objet and Bergdorf Goodman

Haas Brothers desert inspired homeware collection

Last summer, while chilling in the cooler-than-Texas temperatures of Aspen I visited the Colorado base for the Marianne Boesky Gallery on South Spring Street. I was thrilled to see that the contemporary white cube space was exhibiting a show for the Haas Brothers titled, Stonely Planet.

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Destination: High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

TRAVEL: Casablanca, Tangier, Fez, or Rabat; a hard decision but we decided Marrakech would be our first visit to Morocco, beginning at the High Atlas Mountains, then to Essaouira, ending our trip at Marrakech. And, there is nothing more exhilarating than planning a last minute vacation to a bucket list destination. Two weeks before departure, I curated a well-planned itinerary for a seven-day trip, which was also my first trip to the continent of Africa.

As everyone in America celebrated Thanksgiving with family, my husband and I soared across the Atlantic with a quick overnight stop in London connecting onto a British Airways flight where we flew three and a half hours to Marrakech. Easy!

Kasbah Tamadot in the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Kasbah Tamadot in the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Just less than an hour from the city, the drive to the High Atlas Mountains is breathtaking in a nomadic sense as the dusty road winds through Berber villages. The only inclination that this is a modern-day—villagers still have a smartphone attached to their heads.

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Just Cos Beauty Comes From a Bar

BEAUTY. Last December, a coterie of beauty devotees gathered at Grange Hall for a pretty little lunch hosted by Tina Craig, in honour of Lily Garfield founder of Cos Bar, a speciality cosmetics retailer.

On our introduction by Ms Craig, we chatted, and of course Lily was charming, demure and appropriately fervent about an industry she’s spent the last 40-years conquering. I shared with Lily that I frequented the Cos Bar every visit to Aspen; her original boutique offers a much-needed concept, situated so far away in the Rocky Mountains. Lily shared that she had wanted to break into the Dallas market for many years, but finally found a great location. Amidst a fine feast with friends, our beautiful chatter continued—Tina introduced Lily to Dallas, and Dallas to Lily, and we all bonded over creams, potions, lotions, fragrances and lipsticks and waited for the new store opening.

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Project Athena Foundation: I am a Goddess

HEALTH. Technically speaking I am a Goddess, and who doesn’t want to be a goddess! But the title of Goddess is the term used for fundraisers of Project Athena Foundation. A non-profit organization that helps women survivors of a medical setback achieve their inner Athena—recovery through training to participate in an endurance adventure.

Renee Rouleau, Gail Davis, Max Trowbridge

Renee Rouleau, Gail Davis, Max Trowbridge at Riverplace Nature Trail, Austin

At the end of August, I will check-off my bucket list a hike across the Grand Canyon, thanks to the 16-week training schedule and the supportive coaches at Project Athena. On August 28 I will hike from the South Rim to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon—a 24-mile hike in one day starting at 1 am until we finish.

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