BEATING THE HEAT

Summer in Texas is where things really heat up for fun. Join our roving reporters Lance Avery Morgan (Austin), Eleanora Morrison (San Antonio), Jennifer Roosth (Houston) and Cynthia Smoot (Dallas) on the scene and on the go with this month’s recommendations.  

Austin

THE SWING OF THINGS

Want to cut a rug at your next fall gala with some fun and formal training? Look no further than the Austin Swing Syndicate that hosts weekly Thursday night events including swing dance lessons. Good, clean fun? It’s here. At AustinSwingSyndicate.org

Style: “Color tone – warm”

FENG SHUI GLAMOUR

World class beauty often comes to Austin at the Lake Austin Spa Resort with visiting stylist-to-the-stars Billy Yamaguchi. He incorporates the ancient art of Feng Shui into his lucky clientele’s beauty opportunities served here and around the world. At LakeAustin.com

THIS DOG GONE WORLD

Barkin’ Creek Dog Kitchen & Bath, new to town, offers their signature selection of handmade healthy meals and treats, as well as the most innovative and stylish home, travel, and outdoor accessories from leashes and toys to the latest pet-tech necessities. Plus, they also offer doggie day care. At BarkinCreek.com

Dallas

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KEEPING BEAUTY REAL

EveryHue Beauty was created to meet the needs of all modern women while serving the multiethnic woman. The 12-shade collection starts with its darkest shades first, then gradually gets lighter. “I believe that your body is your temple and your skin is your canvas,” says Gizelle Bryant, co-founder of EveryHue Beauty and star of The Real Housewives of Potomac. At Blushington locations and at Blushington.com.

FORM & FUNCTION

At the intersection of form and functionality, the Sarah White handbag collection is designed for women who really have it together… since versatility and function are key elements in her designs. For example, the convertible clutch can be worn multiple ways: with the jewelry-quality chain as a shoulder bag, without the chain to carry as a handheld clutch, or you can even wear the chain as a necklace. At SarahWhite.com

SURVIVE THEN THRIVE

Dallas native Missy Payne competed in Season 29 of the hit CBS TV show Survivor. Out of that experience has come The Invisible 7. Within the pages of this interactive workbook, Missy shares her Survivor experiences and provides readers with “challenges” and opportunities to tap into seven character traits that every person carries with them from birth: equality, humility, integrity, resilience, self-discipline, compassion and generosity. $16.95. At TheInvisible7.com

HOUSTON

ARTISTICALLY FLORAL

Houstonian floral artist Hanh Tran is known for her work with oil on canvas and applies it to her unique, hand-painted accessories and floral designs. With her team she puts the Hanh Gallery signature touch on every floral arrangement. “Art provides respite and renewal for most people,” says Hanh. At HanhGallery.com

LET’S MAKE-UP

Founder Jennifer Kane set out to create a personal care company with non-toxic makeup products. Beyond Brave Cosmetics was founded in 2017 and we love that proceeds from each purchase will help fund organizations and educational programs that are working to bridge the gender gap—in professions and paychecks—as well as to educate and empower women. At BeyondBraveCosmetics.com

ACCEL-ERATE YOUR FITNESS

Founded by a creative chemist, Accel Lifestyle is the first ethical fitness apparel company for people who sweat…and want a fresher scent. Combining proprietary science that inhibits the growth of smell-causing bacteria from sweat, the fashionable fitness apparel is for men and women. With an ethical supply chain, founder and CEO Megan Eddings with the help of Director of Operations, Amanda Cotler, have created the ultimate fashionable fitness. At AccelLifestyle.com

SAN ANTONIO

FLORAL CHIC
Local seasonal florals, bouquets and arrangements, oh my! Located at the Historic Pearl Brewery, the Vintage Bouquet Bar offers whimsically designed floral bouquets & arrangements, and also featured a gift store offering popular floral design classes. This always-fresh, chic boutique is a must-visit. At TheVintageBouquetBar.com

DOUGH-RE-ME

One of the nation’s recognized top pizzerias, Dough Pizzeria Napoletana, is a San Antonio staple. Made with local farm-fresh ingredients and authentic Neapolitan techniques, it’s no secret why this pizzeria is so popular. You don’t even have to leave the Alamo City to feel as though you’re wandering the streets of Naples. At DoughPizzeria.com

OH, SO GOLDEN

For dwellers of the Pearl district, this Broadway hot spot is newly opened and renamed after relocation, and popular as ever. Still Golden Social House, owned by the locally beloved cocktail craftsman and bar owner Jeret Peña of The Boulevardier Group, offers San Antonio-themed beverages and food truck bites in a relaxed atmosphere welcoming to neighbors and travelers alike. At StillGoldenSA.com