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July 2013 - Houston

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Jewels in I the MOOD C Company Cupcake, all it a throwback to a comforting morning sweet that we frankly never abandoned: Donuts are a big deal once again, and a mainstay of moms who pick up dozens for baseball and lacrosse practice, church and school functions. First, Mary Lee Donuts left San Felipe Street, then Shipley's left West U. What's a River Oaks carpool mom to do? Mindy Hildebrand, wife of billionaire Jeff Hildebrand and mom to two teenage boys, took matters into her capable hands. She called up Mr. Shipley who, at the time, only offered franchises outside of Houston (his mistake), so she bought a well-located shopping center on Westheimer at Edloe, created her own donut haven and named it River Oaks Donuts. A precious outpost designed by blue-blood architects Curtis & Windham, with drive-through and counter service, ROD offers up handmade donuts from its own recipes, brewed coffee from Houston's Java Pura Coffee Roasters and Prasek's kolaches. Mindy's faves are blueberry cake donuts, raised and glazed chocolate with cream filling and apple fritters, and the donut holes are filled with a variety of flavors — try the cappuccino cream. During the first few days of business in mid-June, BMW X5s, Range Rovers, Tahoes and Suburbans purred in long lines around the block — ordering, we suspect, dozens of the River Oaks-green-iced donuts with pink sprinkles and dozens glazed in the colors of nearby St. John's, River Oaks Baptist and Pooh Corner. River Oaks Donuts will soon offer house charge accounts, just like we loved at JMH, Jamail's and Avalon Diner. Open daily, 6 am to 3 pm. 3601 Westheimer Road, 713.961.9458. Laurann Claridge You've Got JENNY ANTILL n a stunning new array of jewels, Collection Paris Nouvelle Vague, Cartier exemplifies the seven moods of a Parisian woman: mischievous, voluptuous, impish, emancipated, sparkling, glamorous and delicate. The French jeweler has even matched each of the spirited sets to a corresponding architectural element of the City of Light. In Voluptueuse, pearls and diamonds are embedded within swirling arabesque gold cuffs and rings, calling to mind the extravagance of the Paris Opera House at night. The intelligence and culture of the Trocadéro echo in the minimalist sphere-like designs of Affranchie ("emancipated"), which dazzle with smoky quartz, hematites, amethysts and calibrated diamonds. Pétillante ("sparkling") is merry like the Moulin Rouge at midnight, shimmering with fireworks of festive bead frills decked with diamonds and pink sapphires. The moods change with every step around the city, from Impertinente ("impish"), inspired by the bustle of the Luxembourg Gardens in the afternoon, to Espiégle ("mischievous"), in which the child's play of the Tuileries in the evening tumbles through a colorful confetti of stones, and Glamour, where the waters of the Seine seem to ripple through its shape and curves. The Délicate rings and pendant necklaces are right up my alley (or should I say rue?), their simplicity capturing the charm of a morning stroll down a Parisian avenue — a Cartier Paris reminder that it's been too long since Nouvelle Vague Affranchie my last proménade there. At least we bracelet and have jewels to remind us. From $2,740, Nouvelle Vague at the Cartier boutique. Kate Stukenberg Espiégle ring JULY 2013 | STYLE | FASHION | SOCIAL 10 Party: Tony's to-do for new Saks Fifth Avenue GM, Bobby Dees, Party: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Gala: "Flicker Affair" PC House + Art Style: Inside the head of Jonathan Adler 24 26 Decoration: What's new in the design world 21 Design: Back to nature at Animal Farm Pick of the New: Fresh places to shop, gaze and graze Brass peacock table by Jonathan Adler Party: Dallas Art Fair Remembering an Organic Pioneer Style: The new influencers ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Designers from Tom Ford to Stella McCartney found inspiration in the most unlikely of places — think Zsa Zsa Gábor and Lindsay Lohan. These infamous jailbirds may have donned the ankle cuff first, but this summer's ankle-wrapped flats and heels have the fashion police applauding. Megan Pruitt Winder Alexander Wang $525, at Neiman Marcus Gucci python $950, at the Gucci boutique, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue Lindsay Lohan sporting her house arrest ankle bracelet Givenchy PVC banded cone heel $1,250, at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue Christian Louboutin $1,095, at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue Stella McCartney $1,055, at Nordstrom Nicholas Kirkwood for Peter Pilotto $1,150, at moda Giuseppe Zanotti $1,295, at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tootsies Tom Ford back-zip cuff $1,490, at Neiman Marcus JENNY ANTILL 32 on't say we didn't give you much notice: Houston Restaurant Weeks begins Thursday, August 1. Participating area restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus at lunch ($20) and dinner ($35 to $45) for a full 33 days, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Houston Food Bank. Tables get booked quickly, so reserve yours stat. (To find out who's involved, go to … Cordúa Restaurants (and specifically its original Churasscos concept) is heading to Gateway Memorial City, a new development at Gessner (which has also attracted boldfaced restaurateurs Bradley Ogden and Tony Vallone, as we've previously reported). The early-fall opening of the almost 9,000-square-foot space, designed by MBH Architects of California, coincides with the Latin concept's 25th anniversary … Kudos to Ricardo Molina, third-generation owner of Molina's Cantina, who has just been inducted into the Texas Restaurant Association's Hall of Honor — the highest honor bestowed by this organization. The family has operated the legendary Tex-Mex place since 1941. Laurann Claridge Fifteen years before Konstantin Dimopoulos' The Blue Trees sprouted along Allen Parkway and Waugh, one of our own pioneers, Lee Littlefield, had his way with native trees and began inserting brightly painted arbols into the urban landscape. They were first done as a rogue act — the first Littlefield Pop-Up lasted a mere 10 days — but later the sculptor sought permission from the Texas Lee Littlefield with one of his Pop-Ups, 2010 Department of Transportation. Now in official capacity, he can be seen in the ultimate museum for the people: along the Katy Freeway, just west of the 610 overpass, where thousands of motorists have a 60-miles-per-hour encounter with a Littlefield sculpture executed in his trademark safety yellow, with the addition of touches of tangerine. Besides his studio practice, this stalwart talent — who passed away far too soon last month — taught for more than 20 years at Edison Middle School. He, along with wife Liza, formed a very cool and environmentally aware art couple. I will always treasure our time together last December at Blue Star in San Antonio, during Liza's show for her avian painted wall works, as well as my visits to their home at Itchy Acres and their exhibitions throughout the years at Poissant Gallery, which represents Lee's work posthumously (info 713.294.0627; Whenever I pass that buoyant yellow tree along 1-10, I long for a permanent Littlefield tribute to this Houston original who was very much ahead of his time. Catherine D. Anspon [ 18 13 Mindy Hildebrand D Restaurant Buzz in this ISSUE 4, 6, 8 PO P. C ULTU R E . GOS S I P. 8 [ RAP Luxury Swiss watch extraordinaire Hublot opens early August on Level 1 of Galleria II. Hublot offers the most expensive watch in the world: the 5 Million, a name that speaks for itself … Zadok Jewelers is making room for fall collections with its first-ever Summer Sales Event, July 26 through 28. Save up to 70 percent off select rings, designer jewelry, Swiss watches, crystal, cuff links and more … Chloe Dao has designed the MFAH Film Department's first limited-edition T-shirt ($16.95 in the MFAH shop, starting July 12) … Saint Cloud, which opens later this summer in the Hanover development in Rice Village, joins forces with Lynn Goode Vintage for an inverted pop-up shop at 4411 Montrose during ArtHouston, July 12 and 13. Megan Pruitt Winder

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