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Always one for giving back, Texas jewelry superstar Kendra Scott is on a good-hearted mission. For the first time ever, an entire Kendra Scott collection will give back — and give back to an indisputably important cause: breast cancer research.

Kendra Scott — who loves a Texas connection — is joining Houston fashion influencer Nasreen Shahifor a limited-edition jewelry collection. It will include two necklaces, two pairs of earrings, and a bracelet, all named after Shahi's mother.

Although Shahi's mother is the muse, it is her own experience with breast cancer that ties the collection to the cause. The fashion maven was diagnosed in 2021, and it's the outpouring of community support that the collection celebrates.

"This is a difficult month for most survivors because you reflect on so much of your own journey," wrote Shahi on Instagram on October 1, commemorating the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The pieces are gold (with some silver options) and very simple, setting stones in abstract patterns meant to be layered. The centerpiece is an emerald eye of protection, a classic Middle Eastern motif. A release states that avoiding pink was intentional, but does not share why. From a wearer's perspective, it may feel refreshing to wear a breast cancer collection that isn't so literal, and doesn't invite questions about the wearer's intent or connection.

Kendra Scott x Nasreen Shahi from @heynasreen collection necklacePhoto courtesy of Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott and Shahi have been "close partners" in previous years (the influencer has been featured on the Kendra Scott blog), but this is the first collaborative collection. All pieces will result in a 20 percent donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

The Kendra Scott x Nasreen Shahi from @heynasreen collection ($55-85) is available at kendrascott.com and in Kendra Scott retail stores.

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Where to shop in Houston right now: 12 must-hit spots for September


After Labor Day, as everyone gears up for those fabulous fall fashion finds, the ladies of Houston are still keeping it cool. While the rest of the world is reaching for cozy sweaters and pumpkin-spiced lattes, Houstonians are navigating the aisles in their summer dresses, thanks to these persistent triple-digit temperatures.

Who says you can't rock a cute sundress or a stylish pair of shorts while sipping iced coffee? Let's embrace the endless summer and find those transitional pieces that effortlessly blend the seasons.

We've rounded up a full roster of Houston designers, fall drops, and fun pop-ups to keep September's shopping season busy. So, grab the sunblock and oversized shades, and let's make shopping after Labor Day in Houston a sizzling, style-packed adventure.

Ann Made Clay

Physicians Assistant at MD Anderson Cancer Center by day and polymer clay artist by night, Ann Made Clay's intricate jewelry sells out as quickly as she makes it. Stalk her Instagram feed for pre-orders and new drop announcements – her earrings are a must for this fall season.

Christina Greene Jewelry

Houston jewelry designer Christina Greene recently dropped her fall collection, including a line of new cuffs, earrings, necklaces, and rings – all containing the brand's signature turquoise stone. Shoppers can pop into her Rice Village outpost or shop online.

Christy Lynn

Luxury womenswear label Christy Lynn opened her first flagship store in Memorial. Guests can shop her newest fall collection with her signature hand-painted floral designs, beautiful skills, and one-of-a-kind fabrics.

House of Creed

The House of Creed just unveiled their latest scent, Carmina. It is a bold and sultry scent inspired by Henry Creed's fashion sketchbooks, passed down the Creed family for generations. Carmina has notes of black cherry, pink pepper, violet, and muted rose. The scent is also layered with saffron, musk, ambers, and cashmere wood. Carmina is available in the Galleria's Creed Boutique.

Elizabeth Anthony

September is a busy month at Uptown's Elizabeth Anthony. The boutique will host several trunk shows, including a Designers Evening Showcase, Derek Lam 10 Crosby pop-up, and Naeem Khan Trunk Show. Lourdes Chavez will also make a personal appearance during her Spring 2023 Collection Trunk Show. Find out more details and more information here.

Hibiscus Linens

Prepare for fall soirees and gift-giving at Hibiscus Linens. The bustling boutique will be everywhere this fall, including Round Top and the Nutcracker Market. Shoppers can stock up on exquisite embroidered cocktail napkins, linens, handkerchiefs, table linens, and the ever-popular blockprint shirt dresses.

Inclán Studio

Houston-based ready-to-wear fashion label Inclán recently dropped their fall collection with gorgeous lightweight dresses perfect for Houston's temperate climate. The Inwood Dress in the colorway Evergreen combines breathable cotton and luxurious silk perfectly. The Octavia Kaftan in Espresso is roomy and comfortable for any occasion.

Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott's newest collection is live and ready to elevate game day looks. Shoppers can rep their school colors with earrings and necklace stacks. Additionally, Kendra Scott's Woodlands' Market Street location offers her newest permanent jewelry program, Sparked. The permanent jewelry collection includes dainty 14K Yellow Gold styles featuring the Eternity Diamond Cut Chain Bracelet, Eternity Satellite Chain Bracelet, Eternity Paperclip Chain Bracelet, and Eternity Rope Chain Bracelet.


PXG, a golf lifestyle company, has unveiled its latest apparel and accessory offerings designed to carry golfers and lifestyle enthusiasts through the upcoming fall and winter seasons. This drop features a curated series of must-have classic and new silhouettes with technical innovations and thoughtfully crafted details for enhanced performance on and off the golf course.

Susana Vega

After an extended run in Bergdorf's in New York City, Susana Vega's newest collection drops September 6. The Houston-based jewelry designer, best known for her earcuffs, has several designs with pearls, gold accents, and more.

Tory Burch

Personalize some new kicks at Tory Burch. Shoppers are invited to join Tory Burch for complimentary personalized laces, charms, and a monogrammed shoe bag – available with any sneaker purchase from the Good Luck Collection. Saturday, September 9 - Sunday, September 10, noon to 5 pm. Tory Burch is located on Level 1 between Galleria Financial Center and Neiman Marcus.

Zadok Jewelers

The Post Oak jewelry store will host Watchtemberfest, inviting guests to view and shop novelties from some of the world's most renowned brands. On Saturday, September 9, guests can view extended watch collections from over 20 world-renowned brands from Watches and Wonders. From 9 am to 11 am, guests are invited to sip on coffee and view luxury cars by Indigo AutoGroup. Enjoy a beer on tap from Third Level Brewing and indulge on soft, gourmet German pretzels from Slow Dough.

Photo by Caitlin Burke

Complete fall looks with a stack of earrings from Susana Vega.

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ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill's guitars,  flashy duds, and more hit Dallas auction

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A massive collection of guitars, fancy clothes, boots, and other memorabilia belonging to the bassist from rock band ZZ Top makes its Dallas premiere. Julien’s Auctions presents “The Collection of Dusty Hill of ZZ Top," a three-day auction taking place December 7-9 in Dallas at 915 Slocum Street and online at Julien's Live.

The auction will feature nearly 1,200 lots showcasing Dusty Hill's one-of-a-kind instruments, Western style wardrobe worn on stage and in appearances, gear, documents, favorite cowboy hats, boots, buckles, and memorabilia. As a prelude, the collection will be on display at 915 Slocum Street through December 7.

A Dallas native who passed away in 2021, Hill was notorious for his collection of stuff, some of which was already sold off in an estate sale in Houston in 2022.

The auction's headlining item will be Hill’s fur bass guitar played on the “Legs” music video. The 1983 Dean Explorer style bass, in sheepskin finish with ZZ Top logo painted on the fretboard, was attached to a rig worn around Hill’s waist to make it spin. They're predicting it will fetch $80,000 to $100,000.

Another offering is Hill’s signature 1953 Fender Precision bass guitar, and most-played instrument by Hill out of all the guitars in this collection. The bass was heavily used by Hill and served as his go to stage guitar for numerous ZZ Top live performances and in the studio until Dusty retired the bass in 2012 due to road wear.

Fans will find a museum-like exhibition created a la “Dusty Land” with instantly recognizable items on display, such as:

  • Circa 1983 Wayne Charvel, Custom Eliminator Hot Rod car-shaped bass guitar in custom red and yellow Eliminator hot rod finish previously displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland
  • Circa 1960s Fender body Telecaster bass guitar, in grey / blue finish with custom pinstriping by Houston artist Jim Carnifax done in 1983, used in “Gimme all your Lovin" and "Sharp Dressed Man" music videos
  • An MTV Moonman award statuette presented to Dusty Hill for Best Group Video "Legs" at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards ceremony held in 1984
  • Bald eagle jacket by Manuel with talons and feather accents down sleeves, accented with prong-set stones, with personalized "Dusty Hill" Manuel label
  • Black leather motorcycle jacket with custom painted skeleton motif, eagle head pins on lapel, and silver spike embellishments with "StreekLandslide" written on the back

Special wall displays feature a horseshoe ring of hats, awards, Elvis Presley memorabilia, cowboy boots, and Western style accessories.

”Dusty treasured all of the items in this auction and it means so much to me that the fans, whom he loved, will have an opportunity to own something from his personal collection. He would be so happy to know that this auction will benefit other musicians in need through the efforts of MusiCares,” says his widow "Chuck" in a statement.

"The Collection of Dusty Hill" was previously exhibited at Julien’s international exhibitions in Kildare, Ireland, and then in New York at Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. It's currently on display at 915 Slocum Street through December 7. Photos of auction items can be seen here. The exhibition is free and open 12-8 pm weekdays, 10:30 am-6:30 pm on Saturday-Sunday December 2-3.

Hill's widow Chuck's involvement is notable. Houstonians may recall that a sale purporting to be "official" Dusty Hill items was not — and ultimately forced a cease and desist from Hill and her attorney. The experience left Charleen "Chuck" Hill "devastated," though she found no fault with media outlets that reported the sale as it was presented (including CultureMap): “you were misled too, just like the fans,” she told us.

The Rustic's co-owner dishes on his Tex-Mex future, plus our visit to Rumi's

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On this week’s episode of “What’s Eric Eating,” Kyle Noonan joins CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler to discuss Free Range Concepts. The Dallas-based hospitality group operates four restaurants and bars in Houston: Bowl & Barrel and The Generic Public in CityCentre and two locations of its concert venue The Rustic in downtown and Uptown Park.

The conversation begins with Noonan discussing his time working for Pappas Restaurants. From there, he partnered with his college room, finance professional Josh Sepkowitz, to open the first Bowl & Barrel in Dallas. The duo then partnered with Texas country music singer Pat Green on The Rustic, which becomes one of the highest grossing bars in Texas.

After discussing the company’s operations in Houston, including plans for possible new locations of both Bowl & Barrel and The General Public, Noonan shares that Free Range is looking beyond Texas. It has already committed to opening locations of The Rustic in Arizona, Denver, San Diego, Orlando, and Tampa and has eyes on potential locations in the Carolinas and Georiga. Any of those cities or states could also become home to Joe Leo Fine Tex-Mex, which is named for Noonan’s grandfather.

“We’re really interested in Tex-Mex outside of Texas, to be honest. I had experience with the Pappasitos brand. There is a real hunger for Tex-Mex outside of Texas,” Noonan says. He notes that the market for such a restaurant would include former Texas residents as well as people who are curious about the cuisine.

“We like to look for opportunities and low-hanging fruit,” he adds. “I see a lot of green space for Tex-Mex outside of Texas.”

Listen to the full interview to hear Noonan share why he likes to visit a city’s oldest restaurants when traveling instead of its hotspots.

On this week’s other episode, Sandler and co-host Michael Fulmer discuss the news of the week. Their topics include: the Houston return of Dallas Tex-Mex favorite Mi Cocina and Mexican bakery El Bolillo opening a new location in west Houston.

In the restaurants of the week segment, Fulmer and Sandler discuss their recent meal at Rumi’s Kitchen, the Atlanta-based Persian fine dining restaurant that recently opened next to Uchiko. They also share first impressions of Comalito, the new taqueria in the Houston Farmers Market led by star Mexican pastry chef Luis Robledo Richards. Finally, they describe their recent breakfast at Burnt Bean Co., the barbecue joint in Seguin that earned a finalist nomination in the 2023 James Beard Awards for Best Chef: Texas.

Bun B's next trill food favorite pops up at Sunday's Texans tailgate

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Too often in recent years, tailgating would be the best part of attending a Texans game. While that’s not true this season — AFC Rookie of the Month and Offensive Player of the Month CJ Stroud has the team in contention for a Wild Card spot — those attending the game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, December 3 may want to get to the stadium a little earlier than usual.

Houston hip hop legend Bun B will use the occuasion to hold a special pop-up for Trill Tenders in the parking lot of NRG Stadium. Texans fans will find Bun B and the Trill Tenders team at the Modelo Golden Lion Tailgate, which is located near the Amegy Bank gate outside the southeast corner of NRG Stadium. Tenders will be served from 9:30 am until kickoff at noon (or sold out). Given Houstonians' enthusiasm for all things Trill, we suggest getting there early.

The first 100 adults (21-plus) will receive free tenders. Minors will be able to purchase tenders at a nearby location outside the tailgate.

A sister concept to his smash hit smash burger concept Trill Burgers, Trill Tenders serves, as it names implies, chicken tenders. The award-winning concept made its Houston debut at the recent Taste of the Texans fundraiser.

Trill Burgers chefs Mike Pham and Fernando Valladares teamed up on the Trill Tenders recipe. Drawing on their French training and experience operating Nashville-style hot chicken concepts in Orange County, Trill Tenders are brined to ensure they stay juicy when fried. It's served with two dipping sauces, dubbed "Soy OG" and "Pink OG," which looks like the chefs' take on the creamy and tangy dipping sauce served at national chicken tender chains.

Trill Tenders chicken tender and friesThat's a tasty-looking tendie.Photo by Golda Valladares

Back in October, the tenders won the ConTender Contest at the 2023 Tenderfest in Los Angeles where they beat out a host of top California chefs such as Burt Bakman of Slab Barbecue, Joan McNamara of Joan’s on Third, and chef Maynard Llera of Kuya Lord Filipino restaurant.

Sunday’s pop-up deepens Trill Burgers’ relationship with the Texans. Prior to the season, the team announced that Trill Burgers would be available at four stands within NRG Stadium. Of course, the burgers are also available for lunch and dinner daily at its brick and mortar location at 3607 S Shepherd Dr.