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Book Signings and Shopping Galore !!!

It has been an exciting and eventful few months for Segreto Style; with so many fun book signings coupled with shopping events!! In between signing books and visiting with friends, I spied some wonderful gift ideas at each event which I wanted to share!!!

With the season just beyond the horizon, the timing could not have been more perfect! From the incredible launch party at Joyce Horn Antiques (read about it here!) all the way to the Longoria Collection, each event has been a joy to attend and I love sharing my favorite moments and gift ideas with you!! 

River Oaks Country Club kicked off the holiday in style! With hundreds of vendors from across the country sharing their unique goods, we had just as much fun signing as shopping!!!


Surrounded by talent on all sides, the event kicked off with the amazing vocal talents of The Choraleers caroling throughout the aisles!


My book signing was right in front of Jamie Pope, creator of Liz James Designs jewelry! Based in Austin, I couldn’t get over her beautiful creations!! So much so that I am now carrying her jewelry in the Segreto Boutique. We are so excited to be the only retailers of her pieces in Houston!!!


Eating lunch with the fifth generation baker from Three Brothers Bakery, they were so sweet and gave me  a gift box of goodies at the end of the day! They were delish so I pulled up their website when I got home. Not only do they make amazing bagels, cakes and cupcakes, to name a few, they also ship their goods around the country in the most wonderful gift boxes!! Look at the cake they made of them!!


Then I was off to The Kinkaid School Book Fair where I was a visiting author!! So fun, I was at a signing table next to the famed Betty Lou Philips who was also signing her new book as well. Design greats Nicole Zarr and Pam Pierce, both of which I have had the privilege to work with in the past, are featured in her new book. I even had a reserved parking space and a handler (a friend whose home I had plastered) for the event - so fun!    

The next day I spent the afternoon as a guest at Memorial Antiques and Interiors (aka MAI) as they welcomed shoppers into their beautiful store for their annual Holiday Market!! Placed front and center in Mary Katherine Rathnell's booth, I spied some really wonderful finds.

With lighter and airier accessories being on trend, how great are these books wrapped in canvas that form a design when stacked? Ideal for accessorizing a book shelf or end table! My daughter dreams about a Chanel bag! Think this might fit the ticket? MAI, a collaborative antique mall, is made up of different dealers, each with beautiful vignettes and unique items ranging from furnishings to accessories, lighting to art.  


All of the antiques were exquisite but this dip was to die for!!!!  Linda Gale (dealer #183) made this from a recipe she found in Texas Tuxedos to Tacos Cookbook! I am making it for all my house guests over the holidays!!

The next stop was a signing hosted by my dear friend and owner of JJ Design Group, Kathy Johnson, in her lovely home!!! Surrounded by plaster walls and coupled with beautiful jewels created by designer Cara Porter of Elizabeth Leigh, I had a hard time focusing on the books!!

Her stunning creations ranged from brushed and hammered gold to vintage cameos. The exceptionally beautiful South Sea pearls are Tahitian baroque; their colors varying in shades of Australian white to slate gray. Hard not to fall in love with all of her amazing pieces!!

Back Row Antiques annual Fall Market rounded out our event-filled week! The warehouse is comprised of numerous, unique vendors displaying their wares, incorporated artisans and boutiques into their space for the occasion, providing shoppers with a variety of great gift ideas sure to please!! They have beautiful antiques, and now carry so many wonderful gift items as well!

Getting ready for the big event, we painted these commercial warehouse doors to look like old ones which had been perched open! Owner Tracy forgot they were just painted to look open and ran right into them!         

New to the shop, I adore these Spanish wine tumblers! So clean and modern, they would be a beautiful addition to your entertaining arsenal and at $40.00 for a box of 4 you can still afford a yummy bottle of wine to fill them!

I also spotted these amazing antler kitchen tools! Featuring bottle openers ($75) and ice cream scoops ($50), these would make such a cool gift for the hunters on your list!   

How amazing are these authentic horn and bone handle magnifying glasses priced between $25 and $250! And their variety of antique cutting boards, ranging from $125 to $250 depending on the size, is second to none!

The weekend closed on a high note at The Woodlands Antique and Vintage Market! With something for every style and aesthetic, there was so much to admire!!

Many of the vendors were friends from in and around Houston as well as familiar faces from past Round Top events! It was so fun being able to visit and catch up with them all!

I was thrilled when my sweet friend and designer Genna Weidner and her long time business partner, Deborah Hasou, who specializes in interiors as well as residential building design, invited me to their fabulous Celebrating the Artisan event! Their firm, Weidner Hasou & Co., located on Houston’s Memorial Drive, features a charming boutique chock full of unique items ranging from modern to European antiques.

So fun - instead of catering, each guest was given a ticket to visit The Toasted Food Truck  stationed outside which included a grilled pulled pork and cheese or peanut butter jelly and bacon sandwich - yummy!!! I will definitely remember this for my next event!! Especially after watching the movie, Chef! If you haven’t seen it yet, it is available to rent now!

I had such a great time at the Bering's Season of Style Event this year, alongside my good friend and designer, Ellie Bale! I signed books while Ellie created beautiful tablescapes, just like the one featured in this month's Veranda Magazine! It was so fun seeing everyone that stopped by to shop and supported Small Business Saturday!

Houston Country Club was so much fun! Vendors from near and far set up shop as members and their guests took part in a two day shopping event. Lucky us - we had a view of their beautifully decorated Christmas tree which truly put me in the Holiday spirit!!!

Just down the road, Charlotte Nail Antiquesinvited us to do a signing to help celebrate the seventh annual Deck the Tables, Holiday Tabletop Tour and Open House! Surrounded by her beautiful assortment of antique treasures, Charlotte's table was gilded and grand with oversized garlands of fresh greenery, ribbon and crystals! Next door at Thorntree Slate, the theme was an 'Alaskan Woodland Holiday' and not a detail was spared creating a winter wonderland on and around the dinner table! Such inspiring tablescapes made me so excited to decorate my own this year!

Last but certainly not least, Longoria Collection invited me into their beautiful store to sign books just in time for some last minute Christmas shopping! With vignettes throughout the store featuring beautiful furniture and accessories for every room in the home, it was an inspiring space to spend an afternoon with Segreto Style!

I fell in love with this gold and mahogany coffee table with a sunken bar, perfect for entertaining!! I had such a fun time seeing everyone throughout the day and can't wait to visit again soon!

All wrapped and ready to be gifted, Segreto Style makes a beautiful present to any home design and finish lover! I have had so much fun this past month as Segreto Style made its debut visiting with all my Segreto follower friends!! It was cherished girl time with each of you!!!

I have been so blessed this year and appreciate each and everyone of you! I want to wish all of you a very happy and safe New Year; I can't wait to see what 2015 has to bring!!


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Reader Comments (4)

So many great book signing events and very unique and fun venues!!
I am so proud of all of your accomplishments Leslie!
Thank you for sharing!!
All the best in 2015 and much continued success!

The Arts by Karena

December 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKarena

Leslie, I couldn't be happier for your tremendous success! It's a lovely book, authored by a lovely person! I am sure 2015 will hold even more joy and success for you, your company, and your beautiful family! xx Rié

It's been a wonderful year, Leslie and we are so thrilled for the success of your book - such an amazing talent! We wish you continued success and all the best in 2015!!

January 1, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdesignchic

you get around, leslie! i am impressed and what lovely moments and photography you have shared here. bravo to you as you save the world again with your second book! can't wait to see your designs and projects in the new year. peace to you right where you are.

January 1, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermichele@hellolovelysutdio

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