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Cruize Gaj and Poorang Pahlavan
Cruize Gaj and Poorang Pahlavan

Fall fashion was in full swing in the Galleria — not only in its boutiques and dressing rooms, but at an exclusive event for dapper dudes co-hosted by Houston CityBook.


Upon arrival to the party, which took place in the Saks Fifth Avenue wing of the mall, gentlemen received stylish boutonnieres of succulents, and proceeded to snag a super-strong Maker’s Mark cocktail from the bar. As models showcased looks by John Varvatos, Saks and Ermenegildo Zegna, guests enjoyed delicious appetizers — plus melt-in-your-mouth desserts from Yauatcha — and awaited an intimate performance by Wild Moccasins, who graced the cover of CityBook’s October issue.

The band’s new album was a perfect party favor, courtesy of Mobile Vinyl Recorders, who were pressing records onsite.

Click here to see a video of the event!

Models in fall looks from Saks Fifth Avenue
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In West Houston, in a nondescript shopping center at the corner of Memorial and Kirkwood, there's a hidden-gem boutique filled with treasures from all over the country called PepperLou Gifts. It's the brainchild of Ellie Cassady, a joyful 19-year old with different abilities, and her mom, Valerie. This holiday season, the duo has a ton of fun, festive events in the works at their store — which is named after the family's two cats — including plenty of holiday discounts and CDC-friendly ways to shop safely.

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