LET’S PAINT THE TOWN RED

Join our erudite editors Lance Avery Morgan (Austin), Eleanora Morrison (San Antonio), Jennifer Roosth (Houston) and Cynthia Smoot (Dallas) who are on the scene and on the go with this month’s recommendations of where to be, what to see and who to know.

Austin

LAKE’S VIEW CAFÉ

The Line hotel’s new restaurant Arlo Gray is the place to be these days. With its one-of-a-kind views of the Lake Austin, the expansive restaurant will have you loving both the scene and the Austin-tatiousness of it all. AtTheLineHotel.com

SOFT AS A FEATHER

Peacock Alley has just opened a new location in Austin, making the luxe linen destination even closer. We can’t get enough of their thousand thread count sheets and other home accessories, can you? At PeacockAlley.com

AREN’T YOU FUN

Austin, according to trend research expert Wallet Hub is one of the top 15 American cities for fun. Now that’s a fun fact. With its high concentration on being fit, more festivals than anywhere else, and the happening restaurant and bar scene, it’s really no surprise.

Dallas

APOTHECARY REMEDY

Spa Habitat is an award-winning organic spa and apothecary, providing a relaxing Farm to Spa® experience using only premium natural and organic ingredients that are safe for the skin, the body, and the environment. Owner Amy Bohn has worked for years with an organic chemist and an herbalist to develop Clovertree Apothecary, handmade in Texas, which is used exclusively in all of Spa Habitat’s spa services. Visit one of Spa Habitat’s five Dallas-area locations. At SpaHabitat.com

SURVIVOR SONGBIRD

In 2014, Baylor Wilson was one of the youngest contestants to complete on the hit TV show Survivor, appearing with her mother in Season 29 San Juan: Blood vs. Water. Wit, wisdom and skill landed her in the Top 5 and those traits have continued to come in handy as the singer/songwriter pursues her dreams in Nashville. You can catch Wilson at The Rustic in Dallas on November 21. At BaylorWilson.com

TERRA FIRMA

Terra Mediterranean recently opened their third location inside the new restaurant district at The Shops at Willow Bend. Since the early 1990s, brothers Jalal Chanaa and Adam Shanaa have made Mediterranean food for foodies hungry for fresh, healthy cuisine first at Ali Baba Mediterranean and now at Terra Mediterranean. The 6,800-square-feet venue features two patio areas, upstairs and down, and a large lounge area upstairs perfect for all types of private events. At TerraMediterranean.com

HOUSTON

FLYIN’ HIGH

Created in Houston by friend duo Katie Nolet and Kathy Nguyen, Big Ass Balloon’s (BAB) intention was simple–to have fun and create an awesome experience for others. What better to make someone’s day than with a BAB? They’ve “popped up” all over Houston, Atlanta and Dallas since their inception in October of 2015, at a variety of events, and in a range of all sizes, styles and themes. At BigAssBalloons.com

TO THE POINT

Houston stylist and entrepreneur Lisa Powers’ background in social work and fashion planted the seeds for her light bulb moment while consulting for VIP clients at Neiman Marcus Dallas. She wanted to carve her own space in the fashion styling industry under her own brand to provide personal on-point wardrobe wizardry for her clients. Powers’ huge philanthropic heart leads her to lends her talents to many of the city’s charities and causes. At StylePointLMP.com

DESIGN INFLUENCE
Creative dreams and family history contributed to Carla Valencia starting her eponymous design company with her father, Carlos Valencia. The Valencias use old-world embroidery techniques passed down by the women in their family to create modern designs using the symbols and icons that influence her. From evil eyes, hamsas, snakes, sacred hearts, flowers, to Frida Kahlo and beyond, the ideas spill out through needle and thread, creating truly one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories meant to last forever. At CarlaValencia.com

SAN ANTONIO

HANDLE WITH RESPECT

Mel Casas: Human presents six large paintings by the late San Antonio–based artist Mel Casas, co-founder of the Chicano art group Con Safo. Casas is best known for pointed visual statements that question cultural stereotypes and portrayals of Mexican Americans in the media. Mel Casas: Human is presented in tandem with Pop América, 1965–1975, in which the artist is also featured; the two exhibitions mark the premiere of the artist’s work at the McNay Museum of Art. At McNayArt.org

THE AGE OF AQUARIUS

Sara Ash Jessop believes that shopping should be an elevated visual experience. At her boutique Aquarius in Alamo Heights, Jessop enhances and celebrates individuality through fashion, and believes that magic is found outside of the box. She showcases designers from all over the world, often changing seasonally, with new items, products and styles to constantly discover. At ShopAquariusBoutique.com

PLAYTIME AT PLAYLAND
Located on historic Houston Street in Downtown San Antonio, Playland is a one-of-a-kind pizza joint from the minds of Chef Stefan Bowers and restauranteur Andrew Goodman. An original concept in an urban space boasting beautiful design, Playland is central San Antonio’s newest hotspot. At PlaylandSA.com