One of the foremost sellers of Waterford Crystal in the world, Houston-based Bering’s is the proud purveyor of one of only six full-scale crystal guitars ever produced by the design house. This one — handmade, mouth-blown and fused by master craftsmen in Waterford City, Ireland — was shaped in the form of a Gibson L-7. Bering’s is selling the one-of-a-kind instrument — yes, the strings do play — for an impressive $30,000. Clearly unique!
HOW DID YOU come together as a team? This fall, we are celebrating the introduction of an exciting real estate collaboration between Clare Leppert, longtime Houston Realtor®, and daughter Leigh Leppert. Clare shared a 20+ year real estate partnership with her mother, Bette Carpenter, until Bette’s death in 2016. Having worked solo for several years, Clare in 2021 was awarded Houston Business Journal’s No. 2 Luxury Realtor® in Houston. Leigh, who has been working in marketing for the past decade, has always shared a passion for real estate and watched Clare successfully balance family and career. We are excited to re-create the next generation of a mother-daughter duo at Compass!
Tell us about your business. What’s unique about your partnership and how does the relationship benefit the business? Clare’s experience in the luxury market for the last 20+ years is enhanced by Leigh’s fresh take on marketing and insight on the ever-evolving Houston neighborhoods. We recognize that real estate is so much more than just “the house.” Exceeding client expectations, marketing, negotiating, hand-holding, and successfully maneuvering in changing markets are what we do best.
What is the Leppert Ladies’ secret to success? We take a family approach to real estate. Clare and Leigh provide a combination of grit and grace, constantly striving to protect and honor clients’ privacy and to prioritize clients’ best interests.
What makes your partnership effective? Clients benefit from the expertise of not one but two Realtors! Clare is a top-producing, seasoned agent in the luxury market who grew up in River Oaks and knows the tried and true Houston neighborhoods. Leigh offers knowledge about current marketing and advertising strategies and is a connoisseur of Houston hotspots and happenings.
What can Houston expect from this duo? We specialize in assisting clients in all seasons of life. From leasing or purchasing for the first time to empty-nesting and beyond, Clare and Leigh will be there! Our goal is to be your real estate partner for generations to come.
READY TO SPEND some Christmas cash and gift cards, or eager to get Rodeo-ready?! Houston boutiques are boot-scooting up for 2023 with new collections, pop-ups and more.
A look from Ralph Lauren's SS23 collection
Shop the Ralph Lauren spring/summer 2023 collection at Elizabeth Anthony today until Friday, Jan. 27, 10am-5pm. This collection finds iconic designer Ralph Lauren moving past East Coast constraints to present his take on West Coast-casual. “California has always been a land of dreams and contradictions — rugged coasts and red carpets,” Lauren said in a statement. “For the first time ever, I bring my dream of living here, sharing my worlds in an experience that celebrates a way of life I have always believed in — a mix of grit and glamour, energy and inspiration.”
Join La Vie Style House in River Oaks District (4444 Westheimer Road, F130) for La Vie en Rodeo Thursday, Jan. 26. Get rodeo ready with new offerings from Miron Crosby and Kate Swail Designs.
Hemline Woodway is hosting Margarita Mercantile on Friday, Jan. 27, at 1391 S. Voss Road. The brand is only sold at a small number of boutiques, and Houstonians will be able to shop the timeless, handcrafted tops, frocks and nursing-friendly clothing. Expect new styles and discounted sample pieces!
Ann + Reeves' Valentine's Day dress (photo by Paige Beitler)
Ann + Reeves Kids launched its spring collection with four different lines: Valentine’s Day, Flowers, Boots and Easter. The adorable pieces in custom made fabrics are perfect for the warm and sunny Spring days to come.
Earlier this month, LoveShackFancy debuted its first activewear collection in all of its boutiques, including the River Oaks District outpost, online, and at retailers such as Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Merging its feminine signature floral prints with high-quality activewear, this line consists of nine styles for girls on the go. The collection features three dreamy prints; a pretty pink floral, a vibrant blue hibiscus, and a cream, neutral bouquet, all printed on athleisure-wear like sports bras, leggings, biker shorts, tanks, athletic dresses, skirts and more. The line also includes cozy waffle-knit henleys and joggers.
A look from MIRTH's Resort 2023 line
MIRTH launched its Resort 2023 collection full of flowy frocks and blouses, cardigans, shorts and pants. The feminine florals and breezy silhouettes are beckoning for you to take a warm-weather vacay, stat.
In Fantastical New Sculptures at Houston Botanic Garden, Tobin Captures the Power of the Natural World
Beginning Saturday, Jan. 28, and on view through Aug. 13, the Garden presents Intertwined: Exploring Nature’s Networks, a delightful outdoor exhibit of fantastical bronze, steel, glass and ceramic sculptures by Steve Tobin, each inspired by the natural world. Some stand as high as 30 feet above the natural beauty of the Bayou City’s premier living museum for plants. The show comes on the heels of the organization's wildly successful holiday light show, Lightscape.
“In the Garden, Steve Tobin’s works will invite viewers to engage with elegant nature-inspired forms,” says Claudia Gee Vassar, President and General Counsel of the Houston Botanical Garden. “The Garden will change with the seasons throughout the exhibition, providing different backdrops to explore the creativity of nature and Tobin’s artistry.”
Tobin may be best known for his 20-foot bronze sculpture “Trinity Root,” which was cast from the roots and stump of the historic sycamore tree that grew for more than 70 years in the churchyard of St. Paul’s Chapel and shielded the chapel during the World Trade Center attacks. Among the sculptures in Intertwined, Tobin’s “Romeo and Juliet,” was created using the same technique of casting tree roots in bronze. The two-piece sculpture is finished in bright red patina, evoking the passion shared between Shakespeare’s famous “star-crossed lovers.” Along the winding paths of the Garden, visitors will also encounter Tobin’s bronze and stainless steel clouds, eggs, and nests, sculptures the artist describes as “distillations that recontextualize nature in modernist forms.”
“Magic is my color of choice,” says Tobin of his work. “Roots above ground, clouds at your feet with people mirrored in them, nests with reflective eggs that bring you into the nest, twisty-as-forever sprouts lifting viewers up into the clouds — these seem impossible, yet real.”
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