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Summer social scene stays hot with fine food, great art and make-up wizardry

Summer social scene stays hot with great food, art & make-up wizardry

It was SRO at Vanity Lounge when a chic group of fashionistas poured in to meet Danish make-up whiz Kirsten Kjaer Weis, founder of Kjaer Weis, a line that is so green that 95 percent of the elements employed in her lip tints, cream blush, eye shadows, etc. are organic.

Before the cocktail party, guests booked up the three-hour appointment slots to have the artist work her wonders. The real fun began at 6 p.m. when the party people poured in to meet and greet and to see Weis presented a city proclamation naming the day in her honor, the presentation made by Chris Brown, accompanied by his ever-glowing wife Divya Brown.

Vanity Lounge owner Diane Caplan and make-up guru Edward Sanchez welcomed the throng that included Aries Milan, Rob Thomas, Ashlee Lee, Kathleen and James Jennings, Kathy Atlas, Bethany Buchanan and Tara Brivic.

Showing tasteful support

That would be Brittany Sakowitz Kushner and Kevin Kushner, who opened their new casa in Upper Kirby and turned the ovens over to Chef Philippe Schmit for a delectable evening hosting potential members of St. Luke's Health System's PULSE young professional group. 

Schmit turned on his signature Gallic charm while teaching the ladies how to prepare his traditional scrambled eggs with black truffles. Then began his three-course meal with wine pairings —a tomato bomb with fresh buffalo mozzarella, basil gelee, fig balsamic, fried green tomatoes followed by roasted whole natural chicken and dessert of avocado lime cheesecake and Black Forest white and dark chocolate cake. 

Signing up for PULSE on the spot were Nick and Kaylen Meserve, Leslie Sharp and Jonathan Farb, Jessica Ledger, Kate and Paul Stouffer, Jodi and Michael Rubenstein and Jonathan Wasserberg.

A view for budding collectors 

Dr. Carlos Bacino, a partner in Sicardi Gallery, opened his art-filled home to ACCESS Contemporary, the youthful collector's group of the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, for an evening of art talk and touring. Bacino led the tour of his collection focusing on Latin American art while gallerist Kerry Inman discussed ACCESS tour related to the fair. 

The palette of attendees included Jillian and Andrew Seerden, Maria-Ines Sicardi, Adrienne Johnson Yost, Roel Garcia, Susanna Kise, Elizabeth O'Dowd, Theresa Escobedo, Michael Carroll and Sofia Uurbina, an international art broker visiting from Madrid.

Sight 'ems

Part of the midweek packed house dining at Tony's were Sheridan and John Eddie Williams with Lauren and Worth Snyder and at various tables Y. Ping Sun, Lily and Hamid Kooros and Don Sanders and fiancé Laura Moore dining with Tony Vallone . . .

Making the scene where it's always a scene — Brasserie 19 — KHOU Channel 11 sports anchor Bob Allen, Sara Dodd, Holly Moore, Gregory Fourticq, Joan Miller and scads more amid the SRO crowd  . . . 

Taking in the caricatures on the walls of the refurbished Palm, John and Becca Cason Thrash with Greggory and Pat Burk . . . 

Melinda and Sam Stubbs dining at Da Marco with Cynthia and Tony Petrello.

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Chris Brown, from left, presents Kirsten Kjaer Weis with proclamation at Vanity Lounge where Edward Sanchez and Diane Caplan hosted.
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The party scene for make-up artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis at Vanity Lounge where Edward Sanchez welcomed guests. Photo by Roswitha Vogler/
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Brittany Sakowitz Kushner and Kevin Kushner take hold of summer doldrums with St. Luke's Health System dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
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Chef Philippe Schmitt worked his culinary magic for St. Luke's Health System's PULSE group. Courtesy of Restaurant Philippe