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    Zoo Lights 2012

    Passionista’s Guide: NYE celebrations and Zoo Lights, plus this week’s “worth-it” events

    Each week, Bayou City “Doing” shares our perfect week: curated events that are worth the time, money, drive or dress. Sometimes you’ll find one event that we delve into, sometimes you’ll find a set of related events and often we’ll share enough events to make up an inspired week, Bayou City magazine style. This week: Line: Making the Mark at MFAH, New Year’s Eve celebrations, New Year’s Day brunch at Hugo’s, Houston Boat, Sport & Travel Show, Restoration and Revivals film screening: Don’t Look Now, Zoo Lights, Jazz on Ice and BP MS 150 New Rider Info Session.

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    How to experience The Nutcracker

    Journey with Clara as she dances on the arm of the Nutcracker Prince to the stunning Land of Snow and the delectable Kingdom of Sweets in Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker. With only a few more chances to see the performance, There are so many reasons to delight in The Nutcracker: the giant Christmas tree, the dancing dolls, Mother Ginger and her adorable clowns, the lavish sets and the iconic Tchaikovsky score. Ben Stevenson’s production of The Nutcracker has entertained children and their grown-ups for more than 25 years and you still have a chance to see it this holiday season!

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    Shop and sip this holiday season

    Don’t shop until you drop. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and retailers who serve a refreshing respite of wine, spirits or a bite among our shopping venues. ‘Tis the season! The flagship Houston store for Lucchese opened December 9 in the River Oaks area Highland Village luxury retail center. The gorgeously appointed store, which is the second Texas location following San Antonio, features the handcrafted Western boots the company is known for, as well as women’s and men’s shoes, apparel, accessories and women’s handbags.

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  • Living

    Holidays dull your sparkle? Get it back with an at-home spa day

    Aaaaaah…the spa… A day of quiet relaxation and pampering is what many of us are wanting after shopping (and returns), parties, family visits and too much delicious food turned the holidays into a holi-daze. An at-home spa day might be just what the New Year ordered. The trick to duplicating the luxury spa experience at home is in the sensual details, so put on a fluffy bathrobe, wrap your hair in a towel, turn off your phone and let’s set the scene.

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    New Year’s Eve Dining & Doings

    When you were a child, your New Year’s Eve plans probably consisted of staying up as late as your parents would let you to watch the perennially young Dick Clark hobnob with the celebrities of the day before the ball dropped in Times Square and everyone went nuts and mauled each other. Or at least that’s how my nights went. Today, thankfully, we all get to mark the occasion however we wish. For many people, that means a celebratory dinner to ‘Ring out the old, ring in the new’ as Lord Tennyson put it. May we suggest some options to make the night one to remember?

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    The Trimmings: Accessorize your holiday outfits + where to buy them

    As seen in To The 9s—Season’s Chicest in the Dec/Jan issue of Bayou City Magazine, Houston fashion stylist Amee Ly put together a trio of outfits for three different holiday scenarios using pieces from some of the hottest designers (and hippest stores) in Houston. The clothing itself takes center stage in our story, but the supporting cast of gorgeous accessories also plays a vital role in each look. Typically, Ly says, when women shop for accessories, they are looking for a specific thing to complement or dress up an ensemble in their closet—and sometimes a bag or shoe just catches our eye or a pair of earrings or necklace appeals to our sentimental side.

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