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 chaired, hosted, and attended hundreds of parties, from celebrity fêtes and elaborate galas to events at The White House. Before founding The Salonniere in 2014, Carla had a successful career in marketing. As a senior public relations executive in New York, Carla was named “one of the 50 best PR people in the country” by PR Week magazine and “one of the 40 under-40 business people to watch” by Crain’s New York Business. Carla has also 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 columnist and television host.
Soon to be featured in an entertaining book published by Rizzoli, Carla has been featured as an entertaining expert in media outlets, including Town & Country, Women’s Wear Daily, Southern Living, Elle Decor, Real Simple, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Her 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.