Another busy week in H-town

Another week ended and once again due to my sinuses, allergies and this totally strange warm, rainy, cold and then warm again weather, I  had to stay in and nurse my ailments some and so I missed a lot and got behind. (hence a Monday posting!)  I am enclosing those few events that I didn’t get in previously and sorry for the ones I had to miss this past week. I’m on the mend and ready to be well and out on the streets of H-town much more in the coming week!

Gabriela Dror’s Hat Event and Pily Simon Book Signing at Hotel Granduca….

“On Wednesday April 3, 2013 at Houston’s most elegant hotel, The Hotel Granduca, Gabriela Dror and Pily Simon hosted another successful “pop up show”!!   Gabriela’s millinery display ranged from variety of colors and designs of hand-made hats with large and medium sized brim, to brimless straw hats, fascinators, and fun paper and lurex summer hats. Not only the champagne’s cork was popping, as the women were competing for their favorite chapeaux but they were also enchanted by Pily’s first in a series of her children’s books, “Courage of Hope.”  All of the proceeds from her book signing were benefiting the Children’s Assessment Center, which she has supported for many years. Seen in the crowd: Karina Barbieri, Jonathan Blake, Cheryl A. Byington, Jaqueline Hamilton, Caroline Kenney, Dr. Parissa Mohajer and Mahzad Mohajer, Paula Mott, Ruchi Mukerjee, Laura Pennino, Shehla Rana, Karen-Turner Smith, and Karen Wildenstein.

Lisa Holthouse Kick-off party for Lemonade Day at her home in Memorial…..

Lisa Holthouse, Lemonade day founder, and book author; Guests, Melissa Mitfhoff and Sue Smith

Ralph Lauren Handbag collection on display; Ralph Lauren Gift bags awaiting pick-up at party’s end.

On Wednesday evening, April 3, 2013, rain did not stop the 175+ guest from arriving to the home of Lisa Holthouse, who hosted a ladies’ celebration of all things yellow in support of her charity, Lemonade Day, as well as the publication of her new children’s book, It All Started with a Turtle. Lemonade Day was co-founded by Lisa and her husband, Michael, and the book celebrates the inception of the charity. The evening was generously supported by Ralph Lauren, with fifteen percent of the sales benefiting Lemonade Day. Guests enjoyed an informal presentation of the Ralph Lauren Spring 2013 collections by Page Parkes models, as well as displays of Ralph Lauren women’s accessories, Fine Jewelry and Timepieces and one-of-a-kind vintage and antique pieces, while sipping on lemon-themed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Swift + Company.

As guests left the party they were gifted with a take-away bag from Ralph Lauren that included a lemon yellow key chain and a special invitation to visit the Ralph Lauren store in the Galleria through Sunday, April 21, 2013 to continue the celebration of all things yellow. Guests must present the invitation or mention their purchase is in support of Lemonade Day for fifteen percent of the sales to benefit Lemonade Day.

Virtuosi Kick-off Reception for May 11 Gala Dinner and Concert…

Honorees Kathy Rovere, Margaret Alkek Williams, Shirelle Chimenti, Mandy Tinkle, Jo Furr; Virtuosi String Quartet

Jonathan Blake Tinkle and Mandy Tinkle;Margaret Alkek Williams, Zarine Boyce, Jo Furr, Kiran Verma

Virtuosi of Houston, Kirin and Shiv Verma, Monzer Hourani,  Dr. Meherwan Boyce and Zarine Boyce hosted a preview party on April 9 at the Vermas’  lovely residence on Glynn Way Drive to announce the honorees for the May 11th 2013 Legends of the Future: Celebrating Motherhood Gala Dinner and Concert.

2013 Honorees include:

Mrs. Margaret Alkek* | Mrs. Margaret Alkek Williams | Mrs. Gina Bhatia | Mrs. Marie Bosarge | Mrs. Shirelle Chimenti

Mrs. Patricia Dewhurst | Dr. Carolyn Farb | Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein | Mrs. Jo Furr | Ms. Kathy Hubbard

Mrs. Adeeba Hourani* | Mrs. Cora Sue Mach | Mayor Anise Parker | Dame Darlene Rubino­*

Mrs. Kathi Rovere | Mrs. Betty Shepard* | Mrs. Mandy Tinkle


Virtuosi of Houston is a non-profit youth chamber orchestra for talented musicians aged 11 to 18.  Virtuosi musicians audition annually for acceptance into the orchestra and represent all sociology-economic levels. Members of the orchestra performed for board members, honorees and supporters.  Please visit for information on Gala ticket pricing, list of honorees and other details.

About Roz Pactor

I am a fashion and marketing consultant and blogger based in Houston, Texas. With more than three decades of experience in fashion retailing that has spanned Foley’s, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s NYC, I have earned a reputation for delivering expertise, energy and enthusiasm to my roster of clients. I have remained closely connected with designer women’s fashion as well as the misses, teens, men’s and children’s apparel and accessories markets from coast to coast.

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