Year in Review

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Family time in Beaver Creek, Co

 Supporting the community while celebrating the Vintage Contessa Big Birthday Bash in Collaboration with @DolceGabbana for @KNOWAutism  

Supporting the Community as the Recipient of the Crime Stoppers Safe School Award. The Safe School Insitute has evolved into a FREE, year-round program that has educated over 1 million students in 30 Greater Houston Area school districts.

 

We are a trusted, authentic luxury friend in the business. We spent the summer scouring the globe, buying fashionable, modern, unique pieces from and to socially conscious, savvy women and men.

  While in Rome shopping for exceptional pieces for our discriminating customers, we also renewed our wedding vows in a Chapel in the basement of St. Peter’s Basilica. 

Scouring the Globe for Unusual Finds in Italy

 

This summer we escaped the heat in Houston traveling to Colorado to support the @vaildancefest of the @vvfoundation. Whether going to events, traveling or staying home, you will feel fashionable, savvy, classic yet modern wearing pieces hand selected and purchased by @thevintagecontessa.

 

In August, we launched Styling Social Justice Podcast: Glamour that’s global.  Joining forces with my partner in solving crime, @RaniaMankarious and I are two fierce women with a love of faith, family, community and fashion as big as Texas! Based in Houston, each week we host local and national personalities for conversations centered around current events, social injustice, safety and health. We discuss real solutions to these problems in hopes to create safer, happier and healthier communities.

 In September Styling Social Justice and @thevintagecontessa along with Caroline Knapp & Hunter Bell co-hosted our inaugural event with real conversation changing our communities. As Shelby Hodge with Paper City wrote, “Sex Trafficking and Socialites, at the Women Who Shape Houston Luncheon, Two Worlds Collide — and Women of Fashion Vow to Help.”

Through our travels and experiences, we create a new kind of experience for today’s discerning client.  The New York City Ballet Gala was one of the most magical nights of our lives, from the pageantry of the costuming of the dancers to the people watching of fellow attendees, we left forever changed and inspired.

We raised record funds for our community at the Crime Stoppers of Houston Gala Photographer here with four of our podcast guests: Joanna Coles, Joanne King Herring, Jennifer Reyna and Jerri Duddlesten Moore.  Go to Styling Social Justice to listen to our podcasts as we discuss real solutions to problems in the hope of creating safer, happier and healthier communities.

 As a published writer, award winning business woman, style setter and commencement speaker, this year the Contessa was named one of Houston Business Journal’s 2018 Women Who Mean Business as an Outstanding Leader in Hospitality & Retail and The Society Diaries’ Texas Top 50 Women to Watch.The Vintage Contessa was honored as a Fashion X Houston Style Setter with a portion of the proceeds of VIP tickets given to Crime Stoppers of Houston.   Beginning with a VIP party at Dolce and Gabbana, the runway showcased pieces from the Contessa’s Closet and the store including Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Hermes and more as models showcased the looks effortlessly.

This Christmas Season we celebrated with family with a enchanting trip to NYC, catching the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, the Nutcracker, Rockettes, mass at St. Patricks Cathedral and Ellis Island to relive the experience of my Irish and Sicilian Italian Immigrants arriving in the United States.

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