Carla McDonald of The Salonniere

Carla is the founder and editor in chief of The Salonniere. Before founding The Salonniere in 2014, Carla spent more than 20 years in the public relations business—first in Manhattan and then in Austin, where she ran her own successful PR firm. During her PR career, Carla planned parties and events around the world for many of the world’s top luxury brands. She has also chaired nearly 20 non-profit events and attended hundreds of parties, from black-tie galas and international balls to events at The White House and dinner parties with dignitaries. Carla also served for four years as the on-air television host of an arts and entertainment segment on the local news. Soon to be featured in an entertaining book published by Rizzoli, Carla has been quoted as an entertaining expert in media outlets, including Town & Country, Veranda, Elle Decor, Women’s Wear Daily, Southern Living, Real Simple, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.  Carla loves to entertain at her homes on Nantucket and in Austin, where she has been called “Austin’s Queen of Entertaining” and “Austin’s favorite hostess”. Carla wishes she could go back in time to attend Truman Capote’s Black & White Ball, her favorite party trick is analyzing handwriting (ask her about George Clooney’s), and gin is her giggle water of choice.