Editor’s Letter

Dimitri Kritsas, couturier, 1967 at the Temple to Poseidon.Sounion, Greece. Photography by Slim Aarons. Courtesy and availabilty Jonathan Adler

RISING TIDES LIFT ALL BOATS

Rising tides lift all boats. Don’t you just love that concept – the sensibility that a truly good outcome benefits all? Nothing selfish, and certainly nothing selfie. Around here, the September issue is an important one because it continues to reflect those who give back with their philanthropy in great style. Tom Wolfe said it best and we think the same about our readers who live a stylish life: “I don’t like to be conspicuous, but I like to be noticed.”

Heck, all the magazine’s issues we create all year long are important to us, yet this one reflects the eagerness to get on with the year and begin a robust fall season following a strong spring and summer. When I was a kid I couldn’t wait for fall for so many reasons; I looked forward to new school classes and teachers, and yes, the new school clothes too. Then there was the new fall television season – with only three major networks, all TV was “must see.” There’d be new series, the promise of breakout stars and of course, new stories to learn. Saturday morning offered a few hours of kiddie-oriented networks and programming, and the rest of the time I learned to understand the adult world in sitcom reruns.

And, the cars. New, gleaming cars would be rolled out in Detroit amid much fanfare with promises of how one new model could enhance a life in just one spin. Was all the hullabaloo worth it? Yes. We think people like new and different ideas, especially when the changes are positive. The changes we reflect in this issue are indeed optimistic. Our fashion cover story shot by Mark Oberlin and styled by Dion “Bleu” Drake, with Texas-based brands, reflects our typical reader on the go: she’s smart, sophisticated and gives back plenty.

We also offer a fresh look at Texas by Rob Giardinelli, our Senior Social Editor, whose book excerpt from Being In The Room extolls an illustrative look at our state as if the cities were one big family. The kind of family one might find in the film Giant or the 70s series Dallas, or any myriad of programming that has tried to capture the rebellious essence of the Lone Star State. We also venture to Venice, where I spent my honeymoon, to capture the grand essence of the fabled city that always amazes. These, along with a special look at Texas street style back in the day, more gorgeous weddings, and all our wildly talented contributors’ points of view of all things stylish will surely brighten your day as you read and enjoy, we hope.

In keeping with the overwhelming feedback we’ve received with our “how to live life more positively” reminders, here’s this issue’s new offering, courtesy of the new book Love 2.0 by Dr. Barbara Frederickson that we think you’ll enjoy…

  1. Do good things for other people. Don’t even think twice, just do it.
  2. Appreciate the world around you. It’s fast and fleeting, so enjoy every drop of it.
  3. Develop and bolster relationships. Like the song, we’re all people who need people.
  4. Establish goals that can be accomplished. Set the bar high, reach it and then start again.
  5. Learn something new. It will keep you younger and more agile in all facets of your life.
  6. Choose to accept yourself, flaws and all. Hey, you’re the best you’ve got, so keep reaching for the stars.
  7. Practice resilience. Always serve lemonade from lemons, just like mom said.
  8. Practice mindfulness. Live in the present because the past is done and gone.

That in mind, cheers to your best fall season yet and we look forward to seeing you in the ballroom and the boardroom.

XO Lance Avery Morgan

lance@thesocietydiaries.com

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