What: Houston Sweethearts
Where: Saks Fifth Avenue
The scoop: More than 150 beautifully clad guests poured into Saks Fifth Avenue for the 9th Annual Houston Sweetheart event where the special guest stars were handbag designer, Nancy Gonzalez, and Tina Craig, founder of the popular blog, Bagsnob.
The 2019 Houston Sweethearts honored are Karina Barbieri of Mediplus Panama, Twila Carter of the Houston Astros Foundation, Laurel D'Antoni (wife of Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni and ardent community activist), Joanna Marks (noted philanthropist), Hallie Vanderhider of SFC Energy, and Laurette Veres, head of H Texas Magazine and the Bridal Extravaganza Show. Hostesses for the teatime event included Anne Carl, Deborah Duncan, Sylvia Forsythe, Kim Moody, Warner Roberts, and Alicia Smith.
Guest sipped and shopped and many took the opportunity to purchase one of Gonzalez' bags which feature vibrant colors and luxurious skins, leading her to become one of the most celebrated handbag designers in the world today. Brad Marks gifted his wife, Joanna, a new Gonzalez handbag.
Proceeds from the stylish event benefited The Mission of Yahweh homeless shelter.
Who: Ericka Bagwell, Carlos Barbieri, Stacey Lindseth, Bethany Buchanan, Tom Flynn, Astrid Van Dyke, Jessica Rossman, Jacquie Baly, Renia Orr, Angie Roberts, Gayla Gardner, Cheryl Byington, Charity Yarborough, Phyllis Williams, Beth Wolfe, Leila Perrin, Samantha Kennedy, Bobbie Weinstein, Joyce Frassinito, Donatella Bechenstein, Leila Gilbert, Mady Kades, Carol Sawyer, Heidi Olson, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Merele Yarborough, Ferdell Duetser, Marla Hurley, and Angela Lipsey.