Carla McDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Salonniere. Dubbed “Austin’s Queen of Entertaining” and “Austin’s favorite hostess,” Carla has always had a penchant for parties. Over the last 20 years, she has chaired, hosted, and attended hundreds of events including fêtes for celebrities, elaborate galas, awards ceremonies, events at The White House, and international balls. Before founding The Salonniere in 2014, Carla had a successful career in marketing, first in New York and then in Texas. While in New York, Carla held senior roles at two of the world’s largest public relations firms. Crain’s New York Business named her one of 40 under-40 business people to watch in New York and PR Week called her one of the 50 best PR people in the country. In Texas, Carla served as the chief marketing officer of a venture-backed technology startup, founded and ran her own award-winning PR firm, and worked in the media as both a magazine columnist and television host.
Carla, who will soon be featured in an entertaining book published by Rizzoli, has appeared in media outlets including Town & Country, Women’s Wear Daily, Southern Living, Elle Decor, Real Simple, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, NBC’s “Today,” and “Entertainment Tonight.” Carla, her husband, and their two daughters live in Austin, Texas, and Nantucket, Massachusetts, where she entertains regularly and is an active arts and education advocate and fundraiser. Carla’s favorite party trick is to analyze handwriting, she wishes she could go back in time to attend Truman Capote’s Black & White Ball, and she likes any cocktail made with gin.