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NOVEMBER | PAGE 8 | 2014 Dinner Diaries: Reviving the Art of the Hostess Book (Assouline, $50) is a charming book filled with all one should already know — but many of us don't — about how to throw a sensational dinner party. Author Daniel Cappello (The Ivy League) takes the track of questionnaires answered by a group of dinner-party wizards, who also happen to be very unstuffy. No dinner party would be complete without: "Booze!" says Allison Aston emphatically. Cornelia Guest states, "No dinner party is complete without 'some sort of mayhem.'" Coffee at the table or served in another room? "We don't drink coffee, we dance after dinner," writes Nanette Lepore. Small talk: Is it an insulting waste of time or social lubricant? "Neither; big brains make small talk smart," says Shirin von Wulffen. What makes for a bad guest? "Me in a bad mood," warns Becca Cason Thrash. All are words to live and dine by. Toward the back of the book, pages for table seating wait to be filled in, as well as a set of blank questionnaires to be parceled out and answered by hosts you admire. Holly Moore Dinner as Theater Dinner as Theater Vineyard Vines, a stronghold of East Coast casual civility, opened in Highland Village Shopping Center late last month. Founded by brothers Shep and Ian Murray 16 years ago on Martha's Vineyard, the brothers' success selling ties out of their Jeep allowed them to escape the constrict of Merrill Lynch and wear colorful pants, ties dotted with whales and topsiders, with a lobster in one hand and gin and tonic in the other. The new store is stocked with gingham shirts, cords … And speaking of cords, we are loving the corduroy club pant ($125) with each leg a different color — front and back, mind you. Four colors. Kind of a brilliant Harbour Island thing. There are stacks of embroidered belts, Shetland cardigans, Fair Isle sweaters, flag-sporting dog collars and patchwork whalies. We're also a bit obsessed following the @brotherhoodofthetravelingpants blog. Don't ask. 4084 Westheimer in Highland Village Shopping Center, 832.962.8992, Holly Moore We See Pine-Cone Pants in Our Future Houston native Paul Hotze has quite the résumé: He studied to be a sketch comedy actor with the Second City company in Chicago, once rode his motorcycle from Houston to the tip of South America, and started (along with Patrick Hotze) the über-hot Paris Texas Apparel Company, which sells dillo polos, Spindletop bow ties and the infamous tees (Come & Take It, Victory or Death and Wildcatters Association) — and that's just in the past five years. Now he's launched ¡Guayaberas! San Cristobal Guayaberas, which makes its own versions of the four-pocket tropical garment rocked by manly men from Ernest Hemingway and Jimmy Carter to Fidel Castro and Ferdinand Marcos. The shirts are made in workshops in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, which became the center of the guayabera industry after Castro took the iconic shirt's homeland, Cuba, out of the running in 1959. Hotze's shirts are made from high-quality gingham-patterned or solid-colored cotton ($150), and he plans a series of shirts sporting the colors of Texas universities. Right now, you can only buy online, but Hotze plans to travel around the state this fall in his immaculately restored 1956 Airstream trailer, visiting football stadiums on game days and selling to a new generation of fashion-forward UT alumni. Game on! George Alexander The 62nd installment of the annual Theta Charity Antiques Show takes place at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A, Thursday through Sunday, November 20 through 23. The four-day collector's classic proffers wares from more than 50 top antique dealers from around the world — as well as a few extras in the antiques and design fields. The Bobby Sue Smith Cohn Forum Lecture Series kicks off Thursday, November 20, 10:30 am, with American historian and author William Seale, whose work includes the restoration of historic American buildings, especially state capitols. He will also sign copies of his book, The Imperial Season: America's Capital in the Time of the First Ambassadors. At 5 pm Thursday, former FBI special agent Robert Wittman, who created the bureau's Art Crime Team, talks about his stint as "the most famous art detective in the world" and signs copies of his book, Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures. Sisters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, daughters of former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, headline the Mary Frances Bowles Couper Luncheon Lecture Series Friday, November 21, 10:30 am, to speak about their philanthropic under- takings. Cornelia Guest takes the main stage Saturday, November 22, 10:30 am, to speak about her own charity and events company, which promotes healthier lives through better diet. She will also sign copies of her book, Simple Pleasures: Healthy Seasonal Cooking & Easy Entertaining. Lectures $10 each, plus $10 general admission; luncheon with Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush $80. Tickets, Erin Oppenheim Calling All TREASURE HUNTERS Lewis Jewelers, 1141 Uptown Park Blvd. in Uptown Park, 281.332.8433, Lewis Jewelers has opened a luxe outpost to its Clear Lake-based jewel and watch emporium in Uptown Park, bringing a cache of designer names such as Jude Frances, Jack Kelege, Victor Velyan and John Hardy, including Hardy's Cinta one-of-a-kind collection. Timepieces are all- important here with Clerc, Girard-Perregaux, and A. Lange & Sohne exclusive in Houston to Lewis Jewelers. Owners Cindy and Slade Lewis, who have been operating this gem vault for 33 years, have the sway to acquire specific pieces and collections unique to the city. Molly Jodeit Moving Baubles Stop by designer David Peck's new showroom Thursday, November 13, 7 pm, to toast the ladies of the 2015 Couture Cause calendar, created by bloggers and girls about town Lyndsey Zorich and Tamar Mendelssohn. Funds raised from the calendar — which features such notables at Lindley Arnoldy, Lindsey Amiralai and Katherine Oreleanna Ross — go to Youth Hope Association and Barrio Dogs. David Peck Atelier, 2515 Morse St., 713.524.3482; RSVP A Couture CAUSE Cakewalk Style Shop, 3201 Westheimer Road, 713.284.8283, Pomp and Circumstance, 3209 Westheimer Road, 713.524.2852, Pint-sized Persa Street fashion boutiques Cakewalk Style Shop and Pomp and Circumstance are growing up: The stylish neighbors, who became fast friends on Persa, have moved to larger digs at the corner of Persa and Westheimer. Owners Jennifer Grigsby and Gina Cartwright (Catwalk) and Marie Earthman (Pomp and Circumstance) complement one another without competing: Cakewalk carries coveted higher-end contemporary collections such as DVF, Haute Hippie, Elizabeth and James, Pam & Gela, Joie and Tibi, while Pomp and Circumstance offers fun fashion must- haves by the likes of Gentle Fawn, Everly, Southward Apparel, priced under $200. Adding home-grown sparkle, Earthman's handmade jewelry is sold at Pomp and Circumstance, while Cartwright's costume jewelry line, Charmed Circle (as seen at Henri Bendel and Bloomingdale's), keeps company with designs by Chan Luu and Presmer at Cakewalk. Anna Schuster The Girls Next Door Cakewalk Style Shop Pomp and Circumstance Victor Velyan 24K gold and silver cuff with peridots, diamonds and pearls $17,600, at Lewis Jewelers Jacqueline Kennedy, 1954 © THE LOWENHERZ COLLECTION OF KENNEDY PHOTOGRAPHS, FRIEDHEIM LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES, PEABODY INSTITUTE OF JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY; ORLANDO SUERO, PHOTOGRAPHER Snappy San Cristobal guayaberas MAX BURKHALTER ENTRY SITE OPENS NOVEMBER 13 FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2015 GO TO WWW.PAPERCITYMAG.COM/DESIGNAWARDS TO ENTER. ENTRY PERIOD CONCLUDES FEBRUARY 21, 2015. WINNERS IN 14 CATEGORIES WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A COCKTAIL RECEPTION APRIL 7, 2015, AND WINNING ENTRIES WILL APPEAR IN THE OCTOBER 2015 ISSUE OF PAPERCITY MAGAZINE. @ T H E H O U S T O N D E S I G N C E N T E R

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