Photo by Jordan Geibel

Luxury womenswear brand Christy Lynn continues to take the fashion world by storm. Christy Lynn Lee, the brand's founder and creative director, just launched her fall and pre-fall collections, delved into the world of resort wear, and just opened her flagship boutique in the Memorial Villages.

Houstonians have been able to find Lynn's designs on the racks of luxury retailers for years, but now fans of the designer can treat themselves to a bespoke shopping experience.

"We created this flagship to be a haven for fashion connoisseurs, and I am beyond excited to take both new and existing clients on a journey into the world of Christy Lynn,” said Lee. "We've ensured that every detail is meaningful to the essence of the brand, and it's truly a place where we can showcase our inspiration and the full range of our creations."

True to Lee's brand ethos, her flagship boutique in Memorial encapsulates playful florals with romantic hues and stunning details. Lee worked with Ashton Taylor Interiors and spent a year on the buildout, which began with an empty space, steel beams, and exposed concrete floors.

Details include a majestic green marble wall and fireplace, which Ashton Taylor Oberhauser, founder and creative director of her namesake company, notes was honed to have a matte leather-like finish.

"We wanted to celebrate the evolution of Christy Lynn by incorporating timeless interior elements with vibrant womenswear designs. The space was designed to be the perfect backdrop to enhance the diverse range of Christy's stunning collections," said Oberhauser. "The juxtaposition of the brand's intricate designs adds a touch of boldness that artfully contrasts the inherent lightness of the space."

Other details include Segreto flower print plasterwork inspired by Lynn's signature custom prints that are often envisioned by her sister Vickie Lee, a Parsons School of Design-trained fashion artist. Shoppers will also find personal mementos, including a painting by Lynn's late mother, photos, and keepsakes from the designer's travels.

Christy Lynn's upcoming Resort 2024 collection will debut this November in time for the holiday season. This collection marks a new chapter for the designer as she ventures into evening wear. The collection showcases hand-painted and embroidered fabrics from Italy, Shanghai, and India. The Resort 2024 collection will also introduce Lee's first jacquard print, with a floral design by her sister.


Christy Lynn Memorial Village; Village Towers, 9655 Katy Freeway Suite 180. For information, call 281-699-8207 or visit the store site.

Photo by Jordan Geibel

Houston-based luxury womenswear label, ChristyLynn, announces the opening of the designer’s first flagship boutique in Houston's Memorial Villages.

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2 haute Houston fashion designers debut new on-trend lines blooming with fab florals for spring


For Houston's fashion-conscious ladies, springtime means swapping out heavier winter fabrics for breezier options and retiring those cozy hoodies. It's always exciting to embrace dresses, skirts, and a brighter, more playful wardrobe.

This season's collections evoke a softer mood with delicate fabrics and a nod to chic minimalism, and two Houston designers boast new lines of the trend.

Christy Lynn Lee and Lyndsey Zorich recently debuted stunning new collections for those looking to add to their spring or summer closets. These Houston-based designers have crafted smartly tailored garments featuring antique-inspired patterns and comfortable yet gorgeous pieces that elevate any spring and summer fashion game.

Read on to find out how to shop these must-have collections.

Christy Lynn Collection, Wild Dusk

Christy Lynn Lee unveiled her highly anticipated Spring/Summer 2023 collection, Wild Dusk with an exclusive runway show at River Oaks District restaurant, Bari Ristorante. Christy Lynn is known for her romantic designs and use of carefully curated fabrics, including hand-painted silks, hand-drawn designs, and carefully restored floral prints.

Her latest collection is all about embracing the West's natural elegance and rugged authenticity with an Asian-inspired twist. Lee masterfully infused traditional Western silhouettes with vibrant florals, creating feminine wardrobe staples perfect for summer celebrations and travel.

This collection invites wearers to appreciate the beauty of nature with its custom prints inspired by the stunning colors of sunrises and sunsets. Each piece is crafted using only the finest lightweight fabrics, essential for warm Houston weather.

Speaking about her inspiration for the collection, Lee tells CultureMap, "This collection is a sartorial ode to the grandeur of the big Texas sky and beauty of nature in the West. By infusing iconic Western silhouettes with a blend of Asian-inspired florals and surprising hues, we've brought a modern and unique twist to these classic looks."

While Wild Dusk is available on line and in stores, those looking for even more of Lee's beautiful designs are in luck – the designer is opening a new atelier in Memorial this summer.

Lyndsey Zorich, Mason's Daughter

Mason's Daughter will be available exclusively at The Avenue, a highly curated lifestyle destination featuring apparel, gifts, accessories, and homewares from emerging and established brands. Zorich, the creative mastermind behind the exquisite lifestyle brand, is passionate about showcasing global artisans, up-and-coming designers, and one-of-a-kind vintage treasures.

The spring collection from Mason's Daughter boasts a selection of feminine pieces that are versatile and easy to mix and match. The collection features delightful details such as ruffles, scalloped edges, and flowing maxi skirts. In addition to apparel, Zorich is also working on a line of linens, tabletop pieces, and unique gifts, all of which will be making their debut later this year.

While Mason's Daughter collection is available online, Houston shoppers can visit the Westheimer location of The Avenue in person to experience Zorich's entire retail collection firsthand.

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Christy Lynn Lee at the debut of her Spring/Summer Collection, Wild Dusk.

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CultureMap Emails are Awesome

Superstar singer and 'sentient tuxedo' Michael Bublé hands out his new whiskey in Houston

try this tuxedo's whiskey

A major tenet of journalism is to not bury the lede, meaning, don’t bury the most important info and just get straight to it. So, at risk of doing just that, here’s the top-line info:

Charming singer/actor/pitchman Michael Bublé will host a fan meet-and-greet and tasting event for his Fraser & Thompson Whiskey from 4 pm to 5 pm Thursday, December 7 at Spec’s - Fountain View (2020 Fountain View Dr.).

That means fans should plan for a long line, arrive early, and be ready to sip the Canadian showman’s celebrity spirit at what’s dubbed the Fraser & Thompson “Easy, Now” pop-up lounge within the store. Always one to spread the love to his fans, Bublé is expected to pass out sips only — officially, he’s not slated to sign bottles or pose for photos.

But, knowing his love for fans, there’s no telling if he’ll grab a phone for a selfie — or suddenly start “correcting” certain sparkling water bottles with a Sharpie (as displayed in this ad):

Smooth, subtle, and Bublé-backed — all for a mere 30 bucks!

We mention his love of fans specifically because Bublé’s whiskey retails for a mere $29.99. Hardcore whiskey purists might raise a judge-y eyebrow at the price, which to some, could suggest a rough bottom note. However, the blend, according to press materials, is crafted with “hand-selected aged liquid” to create an “inviting whiskey,” with “sweet fig and blood orange on the nose, and a subtle finish of caramel, vanilla, and a hint of spice.”

Wait…“hand-selected aged liquid?” Ummm...

Ah, further review finds it’s made with“ Canadian Whiskies with Kentucky Bourbon in Bardstown, Kentucky.” And all that crafting comes courtesy of Master Distiller and blender Paul Cirka, who co-founded the brand with Bublé. Whew.

Additionally, Fraser & Thompson also promises “less burn, more Bublé.” Hey, a distilled spirit from a silky-smooth songman has just gotta be smooth, yes?

The greatest press release in the history of Canadian celebrity-backed whiskies for $29.99

Okay, that’s the top-line info; now, let’s talk about this Fraser & Thompson press release. The official press announcement of the brand is very on-brand for the self-effacing superstar. Consider this passage from the release:

This whiskey is a triumph, an achievement, the product of years of hard work and collaborative efforts involving dozens of beverage alcohol professionals, yet we haven’t received much more than a winking emoji from Mr. Bublé when asked how we should advertise it. It strikes us as supremely ironic that a guy with such an extensive catalog of music has mastered radio silence.

We toyed with the idea of constructing an attractive, well-dressed scarecrow stuffed with hay next to a tape recorder playing “Haven’t Met You Yet,” but the coincidental sentiment felt too on-the-nose for our marketing team, whose calls keep getting bounced between assistants.

An attractive scarecrow? CultureMap receives thousands of press releases a week. In this editor’s 20-plus years of experience, this might be the best release...ever.

And it gets better. Bublé, who has his hands full being a superstar, father, husband, bottle editor, and frequent napper, was apparently hard to pin down for marketing. “At some point, from somewhere, he released this very nice statement that we’d like to share with you now,” the release continues:

“I spent many summers with my grandfather at the confluence of the Fraser and Thompson rivers in British Columbia," said Fraser & Thompson founder Michael Bublé. “When I heard Paul’s vision for creating a new kind of whiskey, I knew instantly what I wanted to call it. For the last three years, we worked together to perfect a whiskey blend that is equally elegant and approachable. We can't wait to pour you a glass!”

Meet a “sentient tuxedo of a man”

Well, hey, that sounds earnest enough. But the press team isn’t buying it. The press release responds:

“Isn’t that great? As if Michael is just the salt of the earth, sitting on a porch somewhere talking to the neighbors, and pouring you a glass of his smooth, delicious whiskey? This overbooked, overextended, sentient tuxedo of a man is thousands of miles away telling us, Easy, now,like he’s gone fishin’ instead of playing sold out shows in a new city every night.

(Please excuse us as we steal “sentient tuxedo of a man” for our Instagram bio/description.)

Later, as the release describes the Fraser & Thompson brand launch — all while trying to contact its star founder for comment:

Well, there you have it. I guess we just launched Fraser & Thompson. Tell the concierge at Michael’s hotel to pass along a thumbs up from us so we don’t interrupt his beauty sleep. We wouldn’t want to harsh Mr. Bublé’s mellow.

Sheesh, seems like Michael and the PR team might need to hash things out over a glass of a certain Canadian celebrity-backed blended whiskey, one retailing for a mere $29.99.


Michael Bublé will host the “Easy, Now” Fraser & Thompson pop-up lounge/tasting experience from 4 pm to 5 pm Thursday, December 7 at Spec’s - Fountain View (2020 Fountain View Dr.). Event is free; participants must be 21 years or older.

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Superstar and “sentient tuxedo of a man” Bublé will pass out whiskey here in Houston.

Gift experiences this holiday and you might just win Blake Shelton tickets

Celebrate More, Waste Less

What do you get the person who has everything? Hint: It's not another "thing."

This holiday season, consider gifting experiences instead of items — and you won't even have to wrap them.

According to Take Care of Texas, a statewide campaign to conserve and protect our one and only Lone Star State, about 8,000 tons of wrapping paper is used each year. Most wrapping paper contains glitter or metallic materials —which means it can’t be recycled — and ribbons, bows, and gift tags also aren’t recyclable.

To help you get into this new holiday groove of gifting time together instead of stuff, TCOT has a pretty amazing experience to give away.

Sign the Take Care of Texas pledge this winter and you'll be entered to win two tickets to Blake Shelton's Back to the Honky Tonk Tour, presented by Kubota.

Shelton's only stop in Texas is at the world-class Moody Center on March 1, 2024, where he'll be backed by opening acts Dustin Lynch and Emily Ann Roberts. This is your chance to hear Shelton sing "Austin" in Austin!

The prize package also includes a one-night stay at the luxurious Thompson Hotel Austin, so you can return from the Friday night concert and sleep in style.

To enter, simply click here and take the pledge to help keep our air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste.

The contest is open through December 31, and you only need one entry per person. The winner will be drawn on January 2, 2024.

Spring Branch sows Wild Oats with opening of Underbelly's Texas tribute restaurant

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A new option for Texas comfort food has arrived in Spring Branch. Wild Oats has started a quiet soft opening ahead of its official opening day of Friday, December 8.

Previously located at the Houston Farmers Market, Wild Oats is Underbelly Hospitality’s restaurant that pays homage to Texas’ various culinary traditions. After closing its original location in September, Wild Oats has relocated to a new development at 1222 Witte Road next to its sister concept, Underbelly Burger, and The Decoy, a new bar from the owners of Wakefield Crowbar with volleyball courts and a high-energy atmosphere.

Underbelly Hospitality culinary director Scott Muns tels CultureMap that the move gave the company an opportunity to make some changes to Wild Oats’ menu, which was developed by his predecessor, chef Nick Fine. He wanted to respect the restaurant's original vision while expanding to include traditional favorites that hadn't appeared on the menu before.

“There’s room for new items and new ideas,” Muns says. “It’s a new team with a new chef. I wanted them to be able to have a voice in the menu also.”

Those new items start with a wild boar shank that’s braised in salsa verde and served with grits that are treated like masa. For Muns, having a wild game dish on the menu feels appropriate for a restaurant devoted to Texas foodways. “If people think of it as pork, they’re going to be surprised by how much more depth of flavor you can get,” he says.

Muns and chef de cuisine Omar Munoz collaborated on a new seafood boil. Currently, it comes with shrimp, blue crab, and snapper, but the flexible format allows the kitchen to utilize whatever comes in from the restaurant’s seafood purveyors. Instead of a large steak, the menu now offers a smoked short rib as its beef option, which more explicitly pays homage to Texas barbecue.

Puffy tacos, a request from Underbelly Hospitality president Nina Quincy, allow the restaurant to put its spin on a dish that’s identified with San Antonio. In this preparation, the grits gets turned into the masa that becomes the tortillas, which are fried until they’re puffy. Diners can choose from beef suadero, smoked chicken, or pastor mushrooms as a filling.

“It takes technique to get a good puff,” Muns says. “Yesterday was the first day we had it on the menu. From one day’s data, it seem to be something people are going to gravitate towards.”

Menu staples have also been reworked. The chicken fried steak now comes with one patty as a default with the option to “Texas size” it by adding a second patty. When Wild Oats opened, the dish, which is made with wagyu beef from Texas-based R-C Ranch, cost more than $40. Now it starts at $18.

“We’ve tried to be mindful of pricing and making sure things don’t get too high,” Muns says. “The idea of a 40-something dollar chicken fried steak can seem ridiculous, even if you’re using wagyu and expensive products. I don’t want to go out and spend that much money on a chicken fried steak.”

The opening of Wild Oats completes a busy 2023 for Underbelly Hospitality. In addition to opening a second location of Underbelly Burger, the company recently welcomed Comalito, a taqueria developed in partnership with acclaimed Mexican chef Luis Robledo Richards, to Wild Oats’ original location at the Houston Farmers Market. Earlier this year, the company opened Pastore, an Italian seafood restaurant, next to its Georgia James steakhouse in the Regent Square mixed-use development.

“We’re thrilled to plant roots for Wild Oats on Witte Road,” Underbelly Hospitality partner Jeff Lindenberger said in a statement. “Community has always been our core vision for the reintroduction of Wild Oats, and we have drawn inspiration from our neighbors to build a space that reflects the warmth and diversity of Texas. This is a concept and menu we all really love and are eager to share it with our newfound neighbors and loyal patrons.”

Wild Oats food spread

Photo by Becca Wright

Wild Oats officially opens this Friday, December 8.