Each month, Coast Monthly visits with some of the most charming people on the Texas Coast to see their style.
Gina Manlove’s busy corporate life revolves around John Manlove Marketing & Communications in Pasadena, where she’s executive vice president, leading the daily activities of the agency as well as managing her own client base. So, her second home in Galveston has become a welcome respite that gives her an opportunity to kick back and unwind. Her husband, John, president and CEO of the agency, feels the same.
“When we’re here on the island, we’re just Gina and John,” Gina Manlove said. “It’s easy to find your quiet space here.”
Her fashion style has two components: Classic and contemporary at work; beachy and fun on the island.
“In the summer, I like to wear things that are cool, lots of shorts and anything sleeveless,” she said.
Here are a few of her favorite things:
1. Pink hat: My go-to beach hat. It looks stunning with black and white or navy and white beachwear, and especially with colorful bathing suits.
2. Boots: I found these at Head to Footsies. They look great with short denim skirts or cropped pants, and can be worn during any season. They work well in a cowboy or beach environment.
3. Throw pillow: This was a birthday gift from my niece. Who doesn’t like a good margarita?
4. San Jacinto Monument appreciation gift: Due to major elevator reconstruction at the monument, the staff had to vacate the building for six months. Our agency housed them during this time and they presented us with this in appreciation. It’s made from the monument’s original Cordova stone.
5. St. Anthony of Padua: We bought this at an antique auction in New Orleans. It’s hand carved out of wood from the 1700s and missing several pieces, but that just adds to the charm.
6. Necklace: I’ve had this for years and wear it quite often. It’s made of abalone shell and the length is perfect. I think I bought it somewhere on The Strand, plus it just reminds me of happy times.
7. Wooden pelican: A housewarming gift from my son-in-law. The pelican stands inside the entryway and greets everyone who visits.
8. Galveston Island Coffee: We started our own coffee company about three years ago for the specific purpose of supporting the Galveston Historical Foundation. Sales at the Bishop’s Palace go 100 percent to GHF. It may also be purchased online. There are several blends: Mardi Gras, Dickens, Island and Palace, with their own distinctive flavors.