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A cherished annual sale is back with some serious discounts for savvy shoppers. Houston fashionistas are ready to flock to the Sale for gorgeous finds for a fraction of their original price.

The ninth annual shopping extravaganza features Houston's premier boutiques, all at one location, with discounted merchandise this weekend at Bayou City Event Center.

Discounts start at 20 percent and reach up to 75 percent from more than 50 of Houston's most popular boutiques, including Bumble and Brim, Christy Lynn Collection, Frock Shop, J. Landa Jewelry, Pomp & Circumstance, Clorinda Antinori, Emilia Collection, Kendra Scott, Hunter Bell, Saint Lo Boutique, Two Tequila Sisters, and more.

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The 2022 Sale Leadership team: Dee Dee Robinson, K.D. Askins Jones, Lindsey Miller, and Courtney Baker

Adding to the feel-good vibes, proceeds from this year's "shop to cure childhood cancer" benefit a pediatric cancer research project at The University of Texas MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital. the Sale is presented by Houston Tri Delta Philanthropies, Inc., the fundraising arm of the Houston Tri Delta Alumnae Chapter, and has raised more than $1.6 million since its inception in 2015.

"Each one of us has all been affected by cancer whether personally or a loved one. We are so lucky to live in a city with world-class hospitals like MD Anderson leading innovative and life-saving research. Our alumnae are committed to helping doctors find a cure to pediatric cancer," says Bridget Melancon Hoffman, the Sale's Marketing Chair.

The Sale runs 10 am-4 pm Friday and Saturday, January 6 and 7 at Bayou City Event Center (9401 Knight Rd.) A special kickoff event runs Thursday, January 5, with a VIP Cocktails & Couture preview party; tickets are $250. Friday and Saturday, the Sale is open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm with tickets available for $30 or a two-day pass for $50.

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Shop for spring at Houston's top charity fundraisers


As spring shopping fever surges, two upcoming events will help inspire a thoughtful approach to seasonal fashion and home décor. The Houston Junior Forum and The American Heart Association invite Houstonians to shop for a cause at their charitable affairs.

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April Salazar at the 'Shop With Heart" launch at Kuhl-Linscomb in 2022.

During both shopping events, customers can purchase high-end frocks, fun trends, gourmet food, and everything in between from notable retailers. Here are all the details to inspire an elite spring shopping list.

The City Market Benefitting The Houston Junior Forum

Kick off the spring season by perusing more than 65 retailers at the second annual The City Market. The two-day shopping event, held at the Bayou City Event Center on March 30-31, will benefit The Houston Junior Forum, a women's non-profit organization committed to providing charitable services for children, youth, women, and senior adults in the greater Houston area.

The event is the primary fundraiser for the 77-year-old charitable organization. Savvy shoppers will find everything from fashion and accessories to home décor, unique gifts, and gourmet food. Retailers include Boots & Bows Smocking Co, Creek Road Designs, Brenham Kitchens, Freida Rothman, Hila, One Hip Mom, and more. A complete list of retailers is available here.

The City Market has several ticket packages, making it easy to shop for a cause. Shoppers can participate in everything from a preview party to shopping and lunch or a general admission ticket. Prices range from $20 to $275 for the two-day event.

Shop With Heart Card Benefitting the American Heart Association

Prepare for fabulous discounts during a ten-day premier shopping event benefiting the American Heart Association. The Shop with Heart Card runs April 21 through 30, and cards are available to purchase online or for pre-order before they go on sale on March 31. Shoppers looking for a 20-percent discount on regularly priced merchandise and services at many of Houston's premier retailers can purchase a card for a minimum donation of $50.

One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. Retailers include Abejas Boutique, Bering's Hardware, The Container Store, Christy Lynn, David Peck, Frock Shop, Intermix, Kuhl-Linscomb, Tootsies, Weidner Hasou & Co, and so many more – a complete list of participating retailers is available here.

The American Heart Association will host an after-hours soiree at Kuhl-Linscomb to launch the ten-day event. The Shop with Heart Card Kickoff event will be Thursday, April 20, from 6-8 pm. Everyone is invited to purchase a Shop With Heart Card to receive discounts at an extensive list of local retailers and restaurants, with a $50 minimum donation. At the event, shoppers will enjoy light bites, drinks, door prizes, and a DJ.

Florence Pugh proves her stardom yet again in A Good Person

Movie review

The rise of Florence Pugh has been pretty astonishing to witness. After gaining acclaim for her film debut in 2016’s Lady Macbeth, the actor has gone back-and-forth between mainstream and art fare, starring in films as disparate as Fighting with My Family, Midsommar, Black Widow, and Little Women, for which she earned an Oscar nomination.

Now, thanks to her former romantic partner Zach Braff, she has another intense leading part to add to her filmography in A Good Person. Pugh plays Allison, a young, music-loving pharmaceutical rep who’s engaged to be married to Nathan (Chinaza Uche). One day, however, she’s involved in a car accident that winds up killing Molly (Nichelle Hines) and Jesse (Onwumere), her would-be sister- and brother-in-law.

The bulk of the film takes place a year after the accident, as Allison is still struggling with pain resulting from the crash and the grief/guilt over the deaths. Simultaneously, Daniel (Morgan Freeman) is doing his best to raise Molly and Jesse’s daughter, Ryan (Celeste O’Connor), and deal with his long estrangement from Nathan. A search for help with addiction for both Allison and Daniel leads them into a tentative friendship.

Written and directed by Braff (Garden State), the film touches on its serious issues in a deft manner. While Allison’s depressive state sends her down a bunch of tough roads for both her and the audience, the film is balanced with lighter moments, many of them courtesy of Allison’s mom, Diane (Molly Shannon). As much as the film is a meditation on how – and how not – to handle grief, it thrives on Allison’s various relationships, and scenes with each of the main co-stars build those bonds nicely.

Smaller details, like Allison riding her bike everywhere because she’s afraid to drive, pay dividends as well. Riding her bike causes her to show up sweaty and out-of-breath in multiple scenes, adding to the haggard and withdrawn look she maintains for most of the film. There can be a certain cliché in how someone acts when they’re trying to portray the state Allison is in, but Pugh, Braff, and the filmmaking team are able to subvert that trope with their choices.

If there’s one fault to the film, it’s that Braff can’t quite land the plane on each of the characters’ stories. All of the stories are related to one another, so it’s difficult to untangle them. After spending most of the film keeping them relatively separate, a decision to bring them all together in a late scene feels rushed and unsatisfying. It doesn’t ruin the film, but it does lessen it to a degree.

Written for Pugh by Braff when they were still a couple, the film hinges on Pugh carrying most of emotional weight of the story, and she delivers in a big way. She eschews histrionics in favor of more subtle acting, and the result is powerful. The 85-year-old Freeman hasn’t had a meaty dramatic role like this in a long time, so it’s nice to see he still has it. Shannon, O’Connor, and Zoe Lister-Jones also elevate the story.

Though it’s early in the year, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Pugh could snag an Oscar nomination for her performance in A Good Person. You could call it a star-making turn if she weren’t already a star; this just solidifies her place in Hollywood for years to come.


A Good Person opened in theaters on March 24.

Florence Pugh in A Good Person

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Florence Pugh in A Good Person.

Top-rated morning show celebrates Opening Day at Heights burger joint

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The most watched morning show in cable news will be in Houston this week. Fox & Friends will present its “Breakfast with Friends” segments from Christian’s Tailgate in the Heights (2820 White Oak Drive) this Thursday, March 30, from 5-8 am.

The show’s topics are expected to center around Opening Day for Major League Baseball, the NCAA Final Four that’s taking place in Houston this weekend, and other news of the day, according to a representative. Members of the public are invited to attend the broadcast.

Fox Nation host Abby Hornacek will be in Houston where she’ll speak with a number of local guests, including Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale.

“I couldn't be more excited to be in Houston, the home of the reigning World Series champs, where the buzz of last year's Fall Classic is surely still echoing ahead of the first pitch of the 2023 season,” Hornacek says in a statement. “I'm looking forward to talking to sports fans about their expectations for the upcoming season and what brings them to Opening Day in Houston. We'll be there to gauge the level of enthusiasm as all 30 MLB teams get ready to take the field across the country.”

For its part, Christian’s will feature a breakfast-oriented menu of specials that includes chilaquiles, breakfast tacos, a breakfast burger, and chicken and waffles. Those who want a more traditional ballpark experience may opt for hot dogs and fries. The restaurant will also offer $2 mimosas and free coffee from Slowpokes, the local coffee shop and cafe that recently opened its fourth location in West University Place.

In February, Fox announced that Fox & Friends has held its status as the top-rated morning show on cable news for 100 consecutive weeks, drawing an average of more than 1.2 million viewers. Given its popularity, expect an enthusiastic crowd to show up on Thursday.