Each month, Coast Monthly visits with some of the most charming people on the Texas Coast to see their style.
Lori Traweek grew up in a house on a bluff in Keokuk, Iowa, above the widest part of the Mississippi River.
“It was the center of our world,” she said. “My connection to the water was formed there where we water-skied and watched the Mississippi River Queen paddleboat go up and down the river.”
Traweek is general manager of Gulf Coast Authority, which the Texas Legislature created in 1969 to protect the waters of the state by providing industrial and municipal wastewater treatment services.
Traweek is an organizer for Trash Bash, president of Texas Conservation Fund and is a board member of Galveston Bay Foundation.
She is passionate about protecting oceans and coastal waters and, in particular, Galveston Bay.
She calls her fashion style fun and casual, but not fussy or over-designed.
“I love boots and velvet for the fall, but don’t wear a lot of jewelry, except for bracelets,” she said.
Here are a few of her favorite things:
1. Glass octopus: My husband gave this to me for our third anniversary. It’s hand-blown, made in Laguna Beach, Calif., and anything from the sea with these colors means something to me.
2. Mermaid: My husband gave this to me on our second wedding anniversary that we celebrated in Gruene, Texas. I have a collection of mermaids and this one is beautiful.
3. Glass vase: I bought this at Eagles’ Nest when they were located in Kemah. I love the colors and the design of the fish swimming in circles. Was just something I bought for myself.
4. The Rolling Stones album: I’m a hard rock fan and this is their brand new album — Blue & Lonesome. I am a collector of LPs and have over 700.
5. Martin acoustic guitar: My husband gave me this for my 60th birthday. It was a complete surprise and I was thrilled. We both play; he has a Taylor guitar.
6. Cowgirl hat: I love the color of this Rick Phemister hat with the turquoise headband that I got at the rodeo three years ago.
7. Jewelry box: I got this in George West, Texas, where our hunting ranch is located. It’s made of German silver with Navajo stamp work by J. Alexander.
8. Message in a bottle: We were in Harbor Island, Bahamas, and I picked up this bottle on the beach. It had a message inside, so we broke it open and got in touch with the sender who turned out to be a doctor who had been sailing on a tall ship from the Canary Islands to the U.S. We sent him a picture of us finding it and he sent back a picture of him throwing it in the ocean.
9. Boots: These are my embroidered boots by Old Gringo. I wear them at the ranch, the rodeo and dancing the two-step with my husband, who is an awesome dancer.