Two restaurant newbies celebrated summer openings, beginning with Bosscat Kitchen & Libation’s bars inside The James and The Ivy apartment buildings in River Oaks. Residents and guests can enjoy signature cocktails from Bosscat’s bar director Matt Sharp, plus an exclusive menu of light bites. More foodie fun awaited at Poitín, Sawyer Yards’ newest arrival. The restaurant’s grand-opening bash benefited the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, and was full of funky touches like undercover comedians from The Secret Group and a drag show by Blackberri and friends. There was no shortage of beverages or bites — the pork belly apps were nicely washed down with colorful cocktails and beer from neighboring Holler Brewery and Green Flash Brewing Co.
AFTER A PARTICULARLY hot summer with plenty of time spent in the sun, our skin could use a refresh, and Solaya Spa & Salon knows the way to prep you for a cool fall glow.
The new Brighter You Facial will soothe tired skin and smooth away the dullness from environmental damage and stress. The ultra-hydrating treatment is both exfoliating and invigorating as it re-energizes skin — from beloved skin line Natura Bissé.
Perfect for frustrated and congested skin, the power of pure oxygen within the products' ingredients will decongest and brighten a dull complexion, restore clarity and a healthy glow ensuring you enter the fall season with a fresh face forward. A lip serum and concentrated retinol eye treatment add-on target wrinkles and other signs of aging as well as fighting the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
Solaya Spa & Salon knows this facial is a must for their clients after a stressful year, which is why they are offering an unheard of deal: Four Treatments for the Price of Three. The Brighter You Facial will be available in a series of four treatments for just $360 – less than $100 per facial.
Whether you've spent too much time in the sun, or newly resumed plane travel has dried out your skin, the Four for the Price of Three special on the Brighter You facial can't be missed. Redeem before December 31, 2021.
To purchase and book, call Solaya Spa & Salon directly at 713-263-6500 or learn more at www.solayahouston.com.
JUST IN TIME for CityBook's fifth anniversary and a fabulously full fall calendar, fashion's most glamorous houses are shaking off the austerity of darker days and serving up sensational seasonal style.
Dress, by Cesar Galindo, shoes, $775, by Louboutin at Neiman Marcus and earrings, $45,000, bangle, $35,000 at Valobra Jewelers.
Tuxedo jacket, by Gucci; ring, $9,500 and bracelet, $19,500 at Valobra Jewelers.
Gown and shoes, both by Valentino, and earrings, $21,000, ring, $7,000 at Zadok Jewelers.
Turtleneck and pants by Valentino, shoes, $1,050, by Dior, at Saks.
Jacket, pants, bodysuit, bracelets, necklace and belt, all by Chanel.
Jacket, turtleneck and pants, all by Michael Kors Collection.
Dress and pants, both by Stella McCartney and earrings, $12,500, necklace, $6,000, at Deutsch Fine Jewelry.
Blouse, by Stella McCartney and earrings, $28,500, ring, $7,500 at Valobra Jewelers.
Dress, by Dior and earrings, $7,950, necklace, $85,000, cocktail ring, $16,000 at Valobra Jewelers.
Dress and shoes, both by Michael Kors Collection, earrings, $71,4000, bracelet, $69,000, bangle, $35,000, snake ring, $4,250, cocktail ring, $7,400 at Valobra Jewelers.
Blazer, $1,375, Shirt, $396, and scarf, $365, all by Etro, at M Penner.
Dress, by Oscar de la Renta and black bangle, by Sylva & Cie, $23,250, yellow gold bangle, by Arman Sarkisyan, $36,500, green jade bangle, by Sylva & Cie, $24,375, diamond flower cuff, by Arman Sarkisyan, $10,850, gray diamond, by Sylva & Cie, $13,125, snake cuff, by Arman Sarkisyan, $8,750, earrings, by Arman Sarkisyan, $10,125, and ring, $12,250, by Sylva & Cie all at Lesley Ann Jewelers.
Photos by Ashkan Roayaee
Styling by Todd Ramos
Art Direction by Patrick Magee
Hair and Makeup by Edward Sanchez
Shot on Location at Blossom Houston Hotel
Models: Khay Pope for Wallflower Management and Richard Hester for Neal Hamil Agency.
Fashion assistant: Greta Connolly
PUERTO VALLARTA, THE beautiful Mexican resort town on the Pacific, flanked by the Sierra Madre mountains, is an increasingly popular destination for Houstonians, and for good reason.
Direct flights are quicker and easier than most domestic destinations. And now a pair of sprawling resorts under the same management firm, both literally just minutes from the P.V. airport, near Marina Vallarta on Bandera Bay, make the idea of a quick trip all the more appealing. With a bit of luck, you can literally be sipping fruity drinks from a coconut at the swim-up bar less than three hours after boarding your plane in H-Town.
The Marriott Resort Puerto Vallarta, with an all-inclusive option, is noted for its slick recent contemporary-minded remodel, sexy open-air vibe and onsite sea-turtle rescue operation. A football-field-sized infinity-style pool takes up most of the seaside grounds. Teeming with pretty people, many of them Texans, the pool has a unique, partly in-the-water, two-tiered outdoor lounge in the corner.
Even a rainy evening, which can happen in these parts, is lovely, as songs like Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" echo through the downpour, a sweet soundtrack for watching a storm roll in from a bougainvillea-bedecked balcony. Other memorable moments may be had at the Ohtli spa, which touts couples treatments, or sunrise yoga on the beach.
Meal options at the Marriott are immense and wonderful. There's an ice cream parlor off the lobby, and, at the big breakfast bar, a chilaquiles station. Las Casitas by the sea has a burrito stuffed with shrimp, peppers, caramelized onions and serrano ailoi, with a gratin of cheddar cheese seared onto the outside; it's a wow. For more upscale meals, there's Mikado, with pretty sushi and Japanese teppanyaki performance cooking. Or you can book a private dining room or the twinkle-lighted herb garden for a tequila tasting of the resort's private label, or a multi-course meal with jalapeño-roasted lobster and guava cheesecake.
Cool cocktails at the Westin
Baby turtles safe and sound
The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta has similar amenities, including towering indoor-outdoor spaces and its own spa, with men's and women's private spaces with indoor pools and waterfalls. The vibe is different here, though, a bit less razzle-dazzle and bit more verdant, with lushly landscaped grounds, and a big freeform pool that seems to wind and curve throughout. Mature ficus trees with foliage shaped into squares provide shaded nooks here and there.
The Westin kitchen will make you a picnic of cheese and charcuterie and mini-baguette sandwiches of brie and pear or roasted duck and berry relish — chomp them after a morning kayaking in the bahía. At night, dine on grilled octopus or mahi mahi at the open-air steakhouse; at late night have a street-food-style burger, grilled at a cart in front of you and topped with chorizo and mushrooms, in the grandest sports-bar setting ever, a vast and soaring terrace that overlooks the whole property like Evita overlooking Argentina.
The whole point of these convenient resorts is that you never have to leave. But if you choose to, suggested excursions include a hike or a zipline adventure at the Canopy River preserve outside town. Here, you can access a covered patio bar situated atop a deep ravine and stocked with Corona by traversing the world's longest vehicle-safe suspension bridge.
Or take a 30-minute hotel shuttle ride south to the cobblestone streets of old downtown P.V. for souvenir shopping, or a stroll along the art-strewn, waterfront Malecon, where joggers and small-boat fisherman alight in early morning. Or downtown's nightlife-savvy Zona Romantica, where the LGBT crowd, including many a Houston gay, gets rowdy after hours.