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31 Petra Nemcova at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
Petra Nemcova poses with her luxury candle line at the Cakewalk Style Shop luncheon at Triniti Restaurant. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
7 Gina Cartwright, from left, Shelby Hodge and Jennifer Girgsby at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
Gina Cartwright, from left, Shelby Hodge and Jennifer Grigsby  at the Petra Nemcova luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
30 Ursaline Hamilton, left, and Elizabeth Perkins at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
Ursaline Hamilton, left, and Elizabeth Perkins at the Cakewalk Style Shop luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
25 Ryan Hildebrand and Petra Nemcova at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
Triniti chef Ryan Hildebrand and Petra Nemcova at the Cakewalk Style Shop luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
16 Isabel David, from left, Mehrnaz Gill and Nidhika Mehta at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
Isabel David, from left, Mehrnaz Gill and Nidhika Mehta at the Cakewalk Style Shop luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
1 Allie Fields, left, and Melissa Strong at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
Allie Fields, left, and Melissa Strong at the Cakewalk Style Shopluncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
18 Jill Fuacetta, from left, Melissa Mithoff, Millette Sherman and Rosemarie Johnson at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
Jill Faucetta, from left, Melissa Mithoff, Millette Sherman and Rosemarie Johnson at the Cakewalk Style Shop luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
28 Anne Carl, left, and Alicia Smith at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
Anne Carl, left, and Alicia Smith at the Cakewalk Style Shop luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
17 Liz Glanville, left, and Kristy Sullivan at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
Liz Glanville, left, and Christie Sullivan at the Cakewalk Style Shop luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
23 Dominique Sachse, from left, Nick Florescu and Petra Nemcova at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
Dominique Sachse, from left, Nick Florescu and Petra Nemcova at the Cakewalk Style Shop luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
14 NAME, from left, Ellie Francisco and Franelle Rogersat the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
Denise Monteleone from left, Ellie Francisco and Franelle Rogers at the Cakewalk Style Shop luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
12 Margie Schneider, from left, Marcia Alexander, Regina Gust and Shannon Corbett at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
Margie Schneider, from left, Marcia Alexander, Regina Gust and Shannon Corbett at the Cakewalk Style Shop luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
10 Christina Sacco, from left, Kathryn Smith, Laura Greenberg and Lacy Baird at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
Christina Sacco, from left, Kathryn Smith, Laura Greenberg and Lacy Baird at the Cakewalk Style Shop luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
9 Rebecca Allen, from left, Beth Muecke and Debra Grierson at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
Rebecca Allen, from left, Beth Muecke and Debra Grierson at the Cakewalk Style Shop luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
6 Sally Salners, from left, Susanne Denley Bryan and Lora Clemmons at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
Sally Salners, from left, Susanne Dawley Byram and Lora Clemmons at the Cakewalk Style Shop luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
3 Tama Lundquist, from left, NAME and Tena Lundquist Faust at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
Tama Lundquist, from left, Marjorie Luncquist and Tena Lundquist Faust at the Cakewalk Style Shop luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
2 Heather Staible, left, and Divya Brown at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
Heather Staible, left, and Divya Brown at the Cakewalk Style Shop luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
31 Petra Nemcova at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
7 Gina Cartwright, from left, Shelby Hodge and Jennifer Girgsby at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
30 Ursaline Hamilton, left, and Elizabeth Perkins at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
25 Ryan Hildebrand and Petra Nemcova at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
16 Isabel David, from left, Mehrnaz Gill and Nidhika Mehta at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
1 Allie Fields, left, and Melissa Strong at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
18 Jill Fuacetta, from left, Melissa Mithoff, Millette Sherman and Rosemarie Johnson at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
28 Anne Carl, left, and Alicia Smith at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
17 Liz Glanville, left, and Kristy Sullivan at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
23 Dominique Sachse, from left, Nick Florescu and Petra Nemcova at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
14 NAME, from left, Ellie Francisco and Franelle Rogersat the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
12 Margie Schneider, from left, Marcia Alexander, Regina Gust and Shannon Corbett at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
10 Christina Sacco, from left, Kathryn Smith, Laura Greenberg and Lacy Baird at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
9 Rebecca Allen, from left, Beth Muecke and Debra Grierson at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
6 Sally Salners, from left, Susanne Denley Bryan and Lora Clemmons at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
3 Tama Lundquist, from left, NAME and Tena Lundquist Faust at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013
2 Heather Staible, left, and Divya Brown at the Petra Nemcova luncheon December 2013

The holiday spirit was in generous supply Thursday as supermodel and philanthropist Petra Nemcova unveiled her Be The Light line of luxury candles in Houston at a private luncheon hosted by Cakewalk Style Shop and CultureMap’s Shelby Hodge.

The coterie of VIPs, gathered at Triniti Restaurant, added pops of red to their ensembles enhancing the festive mood that had the ladies and a sprinkling of gents in high midday spirits. The flowing bubbly and Cotillion specialty drinks (Triniti's version of the Cosmo) surely added to the lively feel. But it was Nemcova, dressed in a white pantsuit, red tank and red heels who set the tone.

 “Don’t leave without saying hello. I want to have a conversation with each of you,” the supermodel said. 

Naturally stunning, Nemcova was also immediately engaging. Kind, intelligent and personable, the supermodel thanked the gathering for attending and took time to pose for pictures and personally sign every candle purchased.

“Don’t leave without saying hello. I want to have a conversation with each of you,” Nemcova said.

Her Be The Light candle collection certainly gives her plenty to talk about. The six-candle collection is inspired by Nemcova’s travels and countries that hold special meaning to her. The United States, Indonesia, Czechoslovakia, Spain, Mexico and Haiti are featured with scents reminiscent of each location blended into each handcrafted candle.

Nemcova proudly makes the candle collection in the United States and employs artisans to create maps on each candle. The process takes four to five days and Nemcova is attached to each candle produced.

“I am invited to so many people’s homes and they have everything, but I want to bring them a gift. I usually bring chocolates and candles because they are unisex, so I wanted to create a candle that was personal and an extension of me. Each candle has a story,” Nemcova said.

The candle collection is available at Cakewalk Style Shop on Persa Street, a coup for the cute boutique that carries Elizabeth and James, Halston Heritage, Mackage, Charmed Circle and other contemporary women’s lines.

It was also quite a coup for owners Gina Cartwright and Jennifer Grigsby to bring Nemcova to Houston, especially during the busy holiday season. But Nemcova said she was drawn to the fresh look and philosophy of their website. They connected, collaborated and in just five short weeks, created the event, launching the collection in Houston. The result was an elegant lunch inspired by the origin of the candle collection.

Chef Ryan Hildebrand started with butternut squash soup and spiced vanilla gel from Mexico, moved to brussels sprout salad and hibiscus glaze from Haiti, served for the main course salmon with saffron risotto from Spain and closed out the meal with a selection of bite-sized sweets hailing from the world collection.

Nemcova’s fervor for joy is woven into each element of her life and the feel of the event reflected her enthusiasm.

“I like to create joy,” Nemcova said. “There’s joy in building schools. There’s joy in employing artisans. There’s joy in gifting someone a gift that’s meaningful.”

The ladies-in-red sipping and lunching at the launch party included Isabel David, Kathryn Smith, Anne Carl, Lora Clemmons, Fredda Friedlander, Alicia Smith, Melissa Mithoff, Elizabeth Glanville, Debra Grierson, Divya BrownCarla ValenciaUrsaline Hamilton, Dominique Sachse, Julie BortnickAllie Fields, Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist.

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