Monday, March 30, 2015

Bravo TV adds "Ladies of Dallas" to their lineup



Are you ready for some reality TV news from Bravo TV!? Get ready for some fun and excitement, my loves, because the games are about to begin!! Today Bravo announced 10 New and 4 Returning Series for the Fall lineup. Among the new?

Ladies of Dallas 
(working title - meaning it could change) 
Produced by Goodbye Pictures with Rich Bye and Andrew Hoegl serving as Executive Producers. 

From glamorous galas to scintillating scandals, and supersized spending habits, life in the elite tier of the Dallas social scene is hard to crack, and even harder to maintain. Whether driven by vanity, personal validation, or career advancement, these Lone Star ladies all share the same goal- to climb the social ladder and stay on top.

Oh. Em. Gee. I am literally about to have a heart attack I am so freakin' excited!!! It sounds like Good Christian Bitches mixed with a little Real Housewives and I can. not. WAIT! Do I know who the cast is? YES. But I can't reveal them - yet. Let's just say there are faces you will be familiar with and some new faces you will enjoy getting to know. The show is currently filming round town, so be on the lookout! As Bravo's Andy Cohen loves to say, stay tuned and "Watch what happens!"

photo: Bravo


Oh So Charitable: LLS Introduces Nine Man and Woman of the Year Candidates for 2015

LLS North Texas Man and Woman of the Year 2015 candidates


Nine North Texas Man and Woman of the Year (MWOY) candidates officially launched their 2015 campaigns at a kickoff celebration Thursday night at the Renaissance Hotel near downtown Dallas. The candidates are the first business leaders in North Texas to participate in this new fundraising campaign to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). They will compete against each other in a 10-week fundraising blitz and at the end the male and female candidates that raise the most money will be named the North Texas Man and the Woman of the Year.

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Many of the candidates were joined by their fundraising campaign managers and teams at the kickoff. This campaign is expected to generate more than $250,000 for LLS in its first year. Former Good Morning Texas co-host Amy Vanderoef served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening. This year’s fundraising is in honor of two patient heroes, the 2015 Boy and Girl of the Year: Bennett Williams and Julia Brown. The campaign will conclude with the Grand Finale Gala on May 30th at the Westin Galleria Dallas. "What happens between the kickoff and grand finale is the heart of the race," says Patricia Thomson, Executive Director of the North Texas Chapter. "Throughout the 10 weeks, each candidate will host events and motivate their networks to raise money for blood cancer research. The man and woman who raise the most money will be named as the local Man and Woman of the Year and go on to compete for national honors."

Tony Zazza To Launch Entertainment Podcast March 30

Tony Zazza is one of Dallas' most beloved radio personalities. He started his career at KDMX (then Mix 102.9) back in June on 1998 where he began as a weekend host eventually working his way up to morning host. In 2009, he bounced to KVIL where he hosted the midday show at KVIL before being moved to mornings in January of 2013. In November of 2014, KVIL disbanded the morning show.

So, what's he been up to in the last five months? Apparently creating some great new projects. Zazza will launch a new branch of his brand via podcast this Monday, March 30th.  Zazza Mornings: The Podcast” will deliver a “Daily dose of fun and frivolity” with guest co-hosts each day covering lifestyle, pop culture, local and other entertainment trends. Zazza Mornings: The Podcast” is available via the Podcast App on Apple iPhone (download on Apple's App Store) and also available through the SoundCloud App for other devices such as Android.

He also recently inked a deal to be the host of a new locally-produced television reality series called “Bullies: The Reality Show” where bullies and those being bullied receive help, guidance, and extra surprises from special guests to resolve their pressing problems. More information is available at http://Bullies.TV. Tony told the FWST that "the show has been soliciting stories via its website, and has received several submissions to get it going when it begins filming in late April. There’s not a hard debut date yet, and it will start as a web-only series, although there are hopes that it will be picked up for a broadcast/cable-TV version." Tony is way too cute to be stuck behind a mic in a radio studio so I am thrilled to see him branching out into these new vehicles to show not only his adorable face but his huge charitable heart for others.


Friday, March 27, 2015

Dallas Dweller: Page Parkes-Eveleth

Dallas is full of colorful characters. There are those you see monthly in the society pages, whose stories are legendary in this town. But, this feature is inspired by the people that I think you should know more about because of their fabulous style, interesting back-story or amazing accomplishments. Dallas Dweller seeks to introduce you to these fabulous faces.

Dallas Dweller: Page Parkes-Eveleth
by Cynthia Smoot

If you have worked in the fashion industry around the South anytime in the last 30 years, you know the legend that is Page Parkes. Page Parkes-Eveleth is the co-owner of Page Parkes Corporation, the largest modeling & acting agency group in the Southwestern United States. Her abilities to find and develop talent led her to be one of the most sought after agents for the fashion and commercial industry worldwide.

Page Parkes Talent is known for developing a few people you might have heard of like Channing Tatum, Brooke Burns, Alexis Bledel and many more. Many of her talents and discoveries have appeared in and graced the covers of Vogue, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle,Teen Vogue, Men's Health, as well as landed many prestigious campaigns like Ralph Lauren, Nike, L'Oreal, Gap, Abercrombie and Fitch.

Page Parkes talented actors have worked in films such as Step Up, The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants 1 & 2, Gilmore Girls and, among many others. Her success got her featured on the E! Channel’s reality television show, Scouted! Page Parkes Corporation is now located in Houston, Dallas and the newest location, Austin Texas.


Page and her brood (2012)
Not only is she a corporate phenomenon, she is mother to 3 children that were adopted from foster care about 10 years ago. "They are biological siblings and our biggest blessing EVER! Adopting my kids at 47 and having the, all arrive on one day was such a joy... crazy... joy."   How does she handle it all? "Staying present and in the moment, yoga, and meditation all help me stay balanced. There is a huge price to pay to be a successful woman. I had a great, long career before the children arrived, so I was ready to be a Mom. I actually enjoy being with them by adjusting my schedule to be home after school.

I feel like God had a plan all along for our family to be created by adoption. As a model and talent agent I had "raised" hundreds of kids and teens over my 34 year career span as an agent. I wanted to really change lives, not just with a movie booking, but a place to sleep, a structure, and a forever home!!" Read more about Page's decision o adopt and how she found her kids at Modeling Mentor.

Oh So Tasty: Brunch at Knife



Chef John Tesar recently launched brunch service at Knife, the critically acclaimed steakhouse located inside The Highland Dallas. The restaurant offers a wide variety of entrees and specialty brunch cocktails every Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Recently nominated a third time as a James Beard Best Chef Southwest semifinalist, Tesar designed the menu to include one-of-a-kind dishes highlighting his signature aged meats, along with more traditional brunch favorites. Selections from the award-winning steakhouse's new brunch menu include short rib benedict with braised short rib, toasted english muffin and hollandaise; crispy pork belly hash with a poached egg and roasted potatoes; Marion Cunningham crispy yeast waffles with Applewood-smoked bacon, strawberries and bananas. The menu also features updated classics such as steak and eggs made with 44 Farms flat iron and French toast made with Brioche. I found it very Teasr-ish to have a Bacon Tasting on the menu, which consists of 5 varieties of bacon from pigs around the world and a Ham Tasting, which consists of slices of 5 different kinds of ham accompanied by David Chang's Red-Eye Gravy Mayo.

A special craft cocktail menu is available during brunch hours, featuring Bugs' Reward, a mix of rum, carrot, lemon, maple, egg whites and ginger ale; the Hibiscus Caipirinha featuring cachaca rum, hibiscus and lime; the Green Bloody Mary made with Knife's homemade tomatillo bloody mary base; and more. Guests may enjoy a casual brunch in Knife's dining room with a view of the open kitchen or opt for a more private dining experience on the restaurant's newly renovated patio, where seating is available at three exclusive covered cabanas that seat four people. Knife is also open daily for breakfast 6:30-11 a.m., lunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and dinner 5-11 p.m. Reservations are recommended by calling 214.443.9339. Knife is located inside The Highland Dallas hotel at 5680 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75206.


photos: Kevin Marple

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The State Fair of Texas Announces Theme for 2015



(Press Release)  Get your bags packed and your road maps ready – the State Fair of Texas® is just around the corner, bringing you an all-access pass to Texas-sized fun! A celebration of all things Texan, the State Fair encourages visitors to explore the great Lone Star State and all it has to offer. A combination of entertainment, art, agriculture, history and cuisine, the State Fair provides fairgoers with a unique way to experience every aspect of Texas culture, all in one place. With that in mind, the State Fair invites you to grab your family and friends and start planning your trip to the 2015 Fair, themed “Passport to Texas.” This year’s exposition will run Friday, September 25 through Sunday, October 18 at historic Fair Park in Dallas. Following a record-breaking 2014 season, Fair officials look forward to another year of bringing people together in celebration of the big event. Whether you’re from near or far, the State Fair wants to show you the true Texas experience.

“After 128 years of bringing quality entertainment to the community, the State Fair continues to celebrate Texas heritage, including its significant ties to agriculture and education,” explains Mitchell Glieber, State Fair of Texas president. “Seeing friends and families come back year after year reminds us that the Fair is more than just an annual event – it is an institution unique to the state of Texas that serves as one of the many special traditions our great state has to offer.”

Although last year’s Fair seems like just yesterday, September will be here before you know it, which means the State Fair of Texas team is already in full planning mode for the 2015 season. Aiming to further “Texify” the fairgrounds, the State Fair began the “Texification” project in 2014 with a series of additions and enhancements, including Texas-themed signage and flags throughout the grounds, as well as all-new Lone Star themed floats and music in the nightly Starlight Parade.

To promote the infinite opportunities for family-friendly fun around the state, the Fair recently launched an “#ExploreTexas” campaign through its email newsletter, with components on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This interactive campaign highlights a wide range of travel destinations throughout the state, as well as their historical significance and cultural attractions. In line with this initiative, and serving as an extension of last year’s “Texification” project, the 2015 theme aims to further support travel and tourism within the state. “Passport to Texas” encourages you to get out and discover some of Texas’ hidden gems while road tripping your way to the State Fair. Serving as a perfect end destination of a cross-country road trip or a trip down the street, the Fair brings people from all over to experience Texas tradition and all it encompasses. Mark your calendars for “Passport to Texas,” where there’s no need to travel abroad to experience culture and history – you can find it right here in the Lone Star State. Big Tex® will be waiting to extend a hearty “Howdy” to each of you when the gates swing open on Friday, September 25. For more information, visit www.bigtex.com 


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cache stores are closing and that means massive savings for you!

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Legacy Counseling’s Tea Party Inspires PositiviTEA

Tiffany Hendra with Helen Turner Goldenberg
photo c/o Tiffany Hendra 
Legacy Counseling held its annual PositiviTEA benefitting the Grace Project Conference on Sunday, March 22nd. The sun-drenched, Dallas afternoon completed the perfect afternoon of tea from The Cultured Cup, delicate bites from Eden Café, friends, and most importantly, empowerment. PositiviTEA is Legacy’s way of raising awareness for the number of women in Dallas County living with HIV/AIDS, which currently numbers over 4,000.

This year, Honorary Chair LeeAnne Locken, a local who recognizes the importance of education of HIV/AIDS education for Dallas women, was this year’s PositiviTEA chair. All proceeds raised through PositiviTEA benefit the Grace Project Conference, the largest conference in the world for living with HIV/AIDS right here in Dallas’ backyard. The conference seeks to support, educate and empower women living with HIV.

Melissa Grove, Ron Brady, LeeAnne Locken
photo c/o Legacy Counseling
Mimosas and champagne started off the event as guests, such as Tiffany Hendra, Cary Dueber, Amanda Ward, Erica Annise and Heidi Snadon, arrived followed by beautiful and delicious finger sandwiches hand made by Eden Café and a delicate and simultaneously bold PositiviTEA blend of tea, provided by Dallasite’s favorite, The Cultured Cup. Guests munched on cucumber, pimento cheese, and salmon sandwiches as women impacted from the Grace Project Conference shared how the Grace Project has changed their lives.

As scones and dessert were brought out, Diane Reeve, a woman who led the charge on securing the conviction of a serial HIV/AIDS infector who knowingly gave her and 12 other women HIV, spoke about how the Grace Project leads to an empowering break in the cycle of isolation for many women who realize their positive status. Diane has been featured on 20/20, and Oprah telling her story.

Helen Goldenberg, another Grace Project woman, shared her testimony at the event. Helen, a Dallas native, spoke passionately on why the Grace Project emboldens women to keep going and never give up. Melissa Grove, Executive Director of Legacy Counseling, had this to say about PositiviTEA and the Grace Project: “Many people do not realize that HIV can affect them, this wonderful event is not just a lovely day, but also an eye-opening experience to all who attend.” For $50.00 Legacy will create a scholarship in your name so that a woman with HIV may attend this life-changing conference. For more information about the Grace Project, or for information on how to donate a scholarship, please visit legacygraceproject.org.


Fan Expo Dallas is bringing Stan Lee, Carrie Fisher and other pop culture icons to Dallas May 29-31



Get ready to get your geek on! FAN EXPO DALLAS™ presented by Dallas Comic Con is set to blaze into town May 29 - 31. Stars of the movies, TV shows, comic books and more we all know and love are coming to the Dallas Convention Center for an out-of-this-world fan experience that's 600,000 sq. ft. large and completely legendary. FAN EXPO DALLAS™ is a pop culture convention for fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming. The three-day extravaganza is packed with exciting family-friendly activities and celebrities. Tens of thousands of fans are expected, many exploring the world of cosplay dressed as their favorite character. Whether in costume or not, fans can meet film and TV stars, collect rare comics, shop for their own lightsaber, participate in Q&A sessions, cheer on their favorite artist in a sketch duel, and find that perfect gift in the exhibitor area. It's fun for fans of all ages (even the ones larger than an Ewok).

2015 Celebrity Guests include:
Stan Lee (legendary Marvel creator of such comic icons as Spider-Man and Hulk)
Carrie Fisher (Star Wars)
Gillian Anderson (X-Files)
Adam West and Burt Ward (Batman)
Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly)
Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy)
Morena Baccarin (Homeland, Firefly, Serenity)
Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Serenity, Frozen)
Cary Elwes (Princess Bride)
Laura Vandervoort (V, Bitten, Smallville)
Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf)
Billie Piper (Doctor Who)
Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who)
Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy)
Sylvester McCoy (Doctor Who, The Hobbit)
Robin Lord Taylor (Gotham)
Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager)
Ming-Na Wen (Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.)

Dallas Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St., Dallas, TX 75202
4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: www.fanexpodallas.com/tickets


Monday, March 23, 2015

Oh So Charitable: Fashion Stars For A Cause 2015

Jon Mellon pulls off the best photo bomb ever at Fashion Stars For A Cause 2015 | photo Danny Campbell


After the death of her oldest son years ago, event founder and gala chair Yvonne Crum, sought a way to bring attention and understanding to the usually taboo subject of suicide. Through the Fashion Stars For A Cause program (formerly known as Fresh Faces of Fashion), she paired the unlikely topics of suicide and fashion together with funds benefiting the North Texas Suicide and Crisis Center. The result of her efforts has been to raise over $1 million dollars over the past 8+ years. On Friday, March 20 supporters of this cause gathered at the Dallas Country Club for the 2nd Annual Fashion Stars For A Cause gala. The evening kicked off in the DCC foyer with guests sipping a trademarked beverage called a Fashion Stars Cocktail made with 1 part vodka, 2 parts Pomegranate juice, 1 part seltzer and a splash of grenadine. Once seated in the ballroom for dinner the Stars were announced in a runway fashion show wearing gowns provided by belk.  A radiantly pregnant Toni Munoz Hunt served as Honorary Chair for 2015 and spitfire Suzie Humphries was the night's emcee. This year's crop of beauties included: Jennifer Fleming, Jamie Fowler, Leah Frazier, Rebecca Hallam, Caroline Harrison, Dr. Naila Malik, Charmaine Marshall, Dawn Mellon, Jessi Moreau, Dawn Neufeld, Melissa Rountree, and Cathy Williamson. Special thanks to my dear friend (and Fashion Star) Dawn Mellon for inviting me to sit at her table. It was my honor to support her, and all of the ladies, and help raise funds for this organization.