Lele Sadoughi, Known for ‘It Girl’ Headbands and More, Now Open in River Oaks District
The Houston store, which accepts walk-ins and appointments for one-on-one accessories guidance, debuts with an exclusive “Houston” headband design. Adorned with hand-sewn charms of boots, hats and the state of Texas, the piece will be available in store for a limited time and retails for $175.
The new location marks the brand’s fourth store opening within the last two years, and there are plenty more to come. Sadoughi says it is important to open stores where there is history and community. “Our HQ office is in New York, I spend most of my time in Dallas, and my family is in California,” she says. “Houston is a great addition to our fleet of stores, as it is a city I frequent and have grown a loyal community there.”
A Texas native, Sadoughi began her namesake brand after pioneering the jewelry division at J.Crew, developing and expanding the category for the brand. Fast forward to the present, Lele Sadoughi has built an accessories empire with collectible jewelry, colorful sunglasses, signature headbands, handbags, hats and more. Seen on celebrities including Kate Middleton, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, and Zendaya, Lele headbands have been rated the “most comfortable in the market.”
When it comes to store design, Sadoughi continues to forge ahead with a customer-first experience model that parallels her brand philosophy: open, bold and tactile, allowing customers to enter into a world where everyone is encouraged to play and experiment with a new look.
As backdrop and inspiration for the store’s color palette, Lele tapped into the Custom Lele Sadoughi x NuWallpaper that launched earlier this year. Taken from the brand’s most iconic lily earring, the print features a smattering of pastel-colored lilies across a cheerful pink backdrop, another signature statement brought to life for the consumer.
Best Brunches Now: Here's Where to Hop Out for an Easter Feast
WHETHER YOU ARE brunching with kids in tow, in it for the Bloody Marys, or craving prime rib, seafood and seasonal strawberry desserts served on a silver platter, H-Town has the Easter treat for every bunny!
Bloom & Bee
Bloom & Bee
Easter Brunch at this flower-driven Post Oak Hotel stunner starts with a luxurious choice of deviled eggs with prosciutto and black truffle or white asparagus soup. Mains range from lobster eggs Benedict with caviar to herb roasted lamb leg with thyme lamb jus, plus a dessert buffet of French pastries and cakes.
Brennan's of Houston
Brennan's of Houston
The iconic Creole house has three dates for Easter dining this year starting April 7 with Brunch with the Bunny starring photos with the Easter Bunny. April 8 is the Very Hoppy Brunch, also family friendly with live bunnies on the terrace from nearby Boling Bunny Farms! Sunday brunch April 9 is the most leisurely with seatings throughout the day. Reservations are required for all events.
Dessert at Crú (photo by Robert Tsai)
This smart, cozy spot features a three-course wine country-style brunch, along with brunch cocktails and specials on Domain Chandon rosé and Veuve Cliquot by the glass. Highlights include crab cake Benedict, smoked salmon deviled egg toast, and desserts.
Four Seasons Houston
Cheese station at Four Seasons brunch
The Four Seasons Houston’s annual extravagant Easter Brunch in Toro Toro will feature classics with a Latin twist from 10am-2pm ($155 per adult and for $65 per child, 12 and under). Reservations can be made on the website.
Guard and Grace
Seafood tower at Guard and Grace
Downtown Houston’s modern steakhouse will keep guests ‘hoppy’ with a special menu for Easter brunch. Start with smoked salmon rillette with crème fraiche and smoked trout roe or TG wagyu beef dumplings. Its raw bar features a Bubu sashimi plate, Crispy Tuna with ahi, avocado, serrano, yuzu and tempura sushi rice, and a custom-built Seafood Tower for six.
Who wouldn’t want to be in “the garden” (translation of the restaurant name) on Easter Sunday? Take your time because this MFAH gem serves its three-course menu from noon to 7pm. Anticipate lovely choices including Murray’s burrata with strawberry rhubarb; spiced roasted lamb, and Ora king salmon. Save room for the award-winning desserts!
Local Table (photo by Jenn Duncan)
It’s easy to find a Local Table as they are all over town with a casual family-friendly menu of egg dishes, chicken and waffles, and savory sidekicks. We hear the Easter Bunny will be hopping around from table to table this year.
Celebrate Easter Sunday in the heart of Rice Village at Aaron Bludorn’s modern American seafood concept. A la carte lunch with Easter specials will be served from 11-2:30pm, as well as dinner a la carte from 5:45-9pm. Lunch on house smoked salmon served with jumbo asparagus, poached egg with Bearnaise sauce, and rack of lamb persillade served with spring vegetables.
Cruise on over to this light-filled Montrose fave for a special three-course prix-fixe Easter brunch (dine-in or take-out). International dishes include shitake edamame dumplings, Japanese Ube pancakes, and Norwegian smoked salmon latkes with onion-dill crème fraiche.
Surrounded by bougainvillea, lemon trees and greenery, this chic restaurant evokes a picturesque spot for brunch. Chef Travis McShane’s focaccia French toast with blueberries and mascarpone; ricotta pancakes with maple syrup; and pizza dough doughnuts will appease carb lovers. Savory dishes include grilled Gulf fish with Calabrian chili, pizzas, gnocchi, and a frittata. Brunch runs from 11am-3:30pm.
Lobster omelet at Ouzo Bay (photo courtesy of Atlas Restaurant Group)
Let Ouzo Bay handle the holiday spread this Easter with Mediterranean takes on classic brunch dishes including short rib chilaquiles with fried pita, tzatziki, and salsa verde; and the roasted lamb Greek Breakfast Gyro with scrambled eggs, tzatziki and Greek oregano fries. Brunch also spotlights Ouzo Bay’s fresh seafood program with crab cake Benedicts and a Maine lobster omelet.
Postino (photo by Becca Wright)
Looking for come-as-you-are casual? Try the eye-opening brunch menu, perfect for dining al fresco on the restaurant’s large, shaded patio. Served weekends, the menu offers myriad shareable dishes. Think Umbria egg toast, cast iron sticky bread, and seeded avocado toast. Sip $6 mimosas and bellinis and refreshing wine-based and beer-based brunch cocktails.
Chef Hugo Ortega and his team will serve an epic Sunday brunch buffet from 10am-3pm this Easter. Expect the usual coastal Mexican favorites as well as a carving station, new seasonal items and Easter desserts.
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Mac & Cheese
Venture in for the deep-fried A5 Wagyu katsu sando, or similarly stacked deli sandwich in the adjoining butcher shop, at this boutique steakhouse. A rooftop terrace makes B&B a premiere Sunday brunch destination. 1814 Washington Ave., 713.862.1814
Wine with lunch and bubbles with brunch is the norm at this sceney River Oaks spot. Situated in the center of a busy shopping strip, Brasserie 19 is reminiscent of a Parisian sidewalk café. 1962 W. Gray St., 713.524.1919
The menu and the gold-gilding-happy space itself call to mind the best old family-run haunts of New Orleans. Expect really great combos of butter, garlic, acid and fresh Gulf goodness. 1985 Welch St., 713.807.8883
Decadent cakes, picture-perfect cake pops and down-home pies await at this craft bakery inside the POST Houston complex. Go for happy hour Mon.-Weds., 4-6pm, for 20 percent off. 401 Franklin St., 832.777.5496
Atlantic Blackened Salmon with Crabmeat Relish
This River Oaks institution serving Southern standards — shrimp and cheese grits, New Orleans red snapper, chicken and waffles at brunch! — is charming. With a beautiful patio and private rooms, it’s a popular locale for showers, receptions and more. 3939 San Felipe St., 713.528.2264
Crawfish season is here! There’s no better spot to get the fixins for a backyard boil than the original Ragin’ Cajun on Richmond. 4302 Richmond Ave., 713.623.6321
Taste of Texas
This famous classic steakhouse — thick bacon wraps around your filet — touts cozy, rustic environs that live up to the name. There’s actually a Texas history museum inside! 10505 Katy Fwy., 713.932.6901