Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ARTicle of interest: Norman Rockwell's The Coin Toss

Dallas is home to many priceless works of art. Some hang in museums, many reside in public spaces for anyone to view and others live in private collections - like the Norman Rockwell painting above. According to ESPN, it hangs on the living room wall of Jerry Jones estimated $20 million mansion in Dallas' posh Highland Park suburb. The painting is called "Coin Toss." With a football cradled in his left arm, his right thumb raised and his eyes aimed heavenward, Rockwell's pear-shaped referee, flanked by skinny football players, flips a coin that hangs in midair. The image was the cover of The Saturday Evening Post dated Oct. 21, 1950. "I bought this painting in 1989 right after buying the Cowboys," Jones says, "I had no money left -- I mean, nothing. But Ross Perot collects Rockwells and he told me this one was too good to pass up so I somehow scraped together $1.1 million." Recently, Jones says, auction house Christie's appraised "Coin Toss" at $18.5 million. "Nothing I've ever owned has appreciated that much," Jones says. Proving once again that he is one savvy business mogul. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Oh So Tasty: Eureka!

Known for its expansive American selection of craft beer, small batch whiskey, regional wine, and locally-sourced ingredients, Eureka! recently opened in Uptown in the new phase of West Village (right around the corner from J. Crew). Eureka! offers guests a dining experience complete with 40 American craft beers on tap and 40 small-batch whiskeys in a modern yet rustic atmosphere. The 4,100 square feet main dining room features a cozy ambiance, high ceilings, and (small) private dining room. The contemporary restaurant incorporates tables and paneling handcrafted from hardwoods retrieved from historic American barns, factories, and whiskey distilleries. The 200-seat restaurant features a main dining room comprised of an eclectic selection of sitting options including extra large booths, community tables, bar area, and an al fresco patio complete with outdoor music and lush landscape. Each dish is thoughtfully prepared to showcase quality ingredients, local produce, and locally baked breads. The restaurant specializes in American classics with modern twist with its diverse selection of appetizers, signature plates including all-natural, vegetarian fed, angus chuck burgers, fresh salads as well as delectable desserts.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Two Dallas Women Might Actually Outwit, Outplay and Outlast To Win a Million Dollars This Wednesday On Survivor

All season long, fans of Survivor have rooted on Dallas-based contestants Missy Payne and her daughter, Baylor Wilson in The Blood vs. Water, family-themed season filmed in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. This Wednesday, you can join their family and friends at Cucina Italian Restaurant in Preston Center to watch the finale and live reunion show. Will one of our girls will a million dollars and the title of Sole Survivor?!?! It's a very real possibility! Cucina will be serving dinner during the show. You can order off the regular menu or graze the buffet.  Cucina will be donating 5% of the evenings food sales and $5 from each $50 gift card purchased that during the event to Missy's charity Cheer 4 Your Life. Click here for more details. Cucina is located at 8411 Preston Road at Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX 75225. Reservations can be made by calling 214-468-4674.

2015 Fashion Stars For A Cause Get Ready To Shine Bight

2015 Fashion Stars For A Cause with event founder Yvonne Crum
photo c/o Danny Campbell

Fashion Starts For A Cause is the annual gala benefitting the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas. Last Thursday at Belk, event founder and Gala Chair Yvonne Crum announced that Toni Munoz Hunt will serve as Honorary Chair for 2015 and she revealed the new crop of women who will lead the charge in 2015 to raise funds and awareness of this worthy cause. They include: 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. The gala will take place March 20 at Dallas Country Club.

One of the tasks of this group is to sell raffle tickets to raise funds. This year's prize is super tasty and fun! The prize is a "Royal Raffle Dinner Party with Chef Darren McGrady". McGrady was the private chef to Princess Diana and her boys for many years and is quite the personality. The winner will receive:
  • A four course dinner based on dishes served at Buckingham Palace including food and wine pairing 
  • Butler service to prepare your table, greet and serve your guests 
  • Autographed copy of "Eating Royally" Top Selling Cookbook for each guest 
  • Chef McGrady will join your table, greet and serve your guests 
  • Consulting with the Royal Chef on Menu Food purchase, shopping, preparation 
  • Tables set up and tear down 
  • $5,000 gift card from Belk  

Tickets are $50 each or three for $100 and can be purchased by any Fashion Star or online at The next day, Crum and Hunt appeared on KTXD's The Broadcast with newly announced Fashion Star, Dawn Neufeld, to share how this event started and why this is such an important cause. Click to view the segment:

OSC Holiday Giveaway: Accessories for a Beautiful Smile

This is the season of giving and to show my love and appreciation for your loyal patronage of this blog over the past year I am hosting a series of OSC Holiday Giveaways!  Every Monday throughout the month of December I will offer a new fun and festive giveaway. Today's giveaway will give you two things needed for a beautiful smile: a free teeth whitening from FLOSS Dentistry ($350 value) and a gift set of Nocturnals Lip Gloss from MAC containing four different shades ($50 value).

To enter to win you need to be following my Instagram account and leave a comment on this post:

I will select one lucky commenter to win at 5pm CST on Wednesday, December 17. The winner will be contacted via email and have 24 hours to respond. If a response is not forthcoming, I will select another name until I get a responsive winner.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Lauren Scruggs Marries E! News Jason Kennedy In Dallas Wedding

photo: Lindsey Shea & Kat Harris
Congratulations to Dallas' own Lauren Scruggs who married E! News co-host Jason Kennedy on Friday, December 12 at the Four Seasons in Irving. The festivities kicked off on Thursday with Lauren hosting a bridal luncheon at The Mansion at Turtle Creek. Among her bridesmaids were fellow fashion bloggers Amy Havens and Shannon Yoachum. That evening, the couple hosted their rehearsal dinner at Kitchen LTO in Trinity Groves.

Many of Jason's E! News co-workers were in Dallas for the wedding, including Giuliana Rancic, Ken Baker, Terrence J and Catt Sadler who hosted their daily news show live from the Four Seasons. For Friday's night's wedding, the bride wore a Romona Keveža gown and was escorted down the aisle by her father, Jeff Scruggs.The ceremony was officiated by two pastors, Matt Chandler and Judah Smith. Guests included Bill Rancic, Tony Romo and Candice Crawford Romo, Kathie Lee Gifford, Courtney Kerr, Tori Gonzales and Krystal Schlegel. Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr.—the man who married Kim Kardashian and Kanye West—was Jason's best man.  Hawkins Romo, 2, served as the ring bearer. During their vows, the couple exchanged rings by William Noble Rare Jewels.

For the reception, Lauren changed into a dress by her friend, designer Nardos Imam. Long before the wedding took place, the couple selected a sophisticated color scheme that featured a tonal palette of ivory, cream, champagne, blush, shades of lavender, and accents in charcoal grey and silver. The wedding reception was held at the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas. Local band Cuvée performed a cover of Keith Urban's "Making Memories of Us" for the newlyweds' first dance.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cinderella Goes to the (Crystal Charity) Ball

Dallas is known for it's philanthropic spirit, it's can-do attitude and it's all out passion for a great party. There are many enthralling, engaging, electric events produced throughout the year but none is as anticipated, as talked about, and no ticket is as coveted as a seat to the annual Crystal Charity Ball.

This year I was granted a wish by a Fairy Godmother (my friend, Leah Pasant) who invited me to be a guest at her table and thus I was granted entry to a magical world of the who's who and the haves and have more's of Dallas.

Now, Crystal Charity Ball is not like most gala's in town. It's back tie. And I mean BLACK TIE. You wouldn't dare wear a cocktail dress to this affair. You need a floor-length gown. This is the one time a year where you absolutely cannot be too overdressed or overdone. Opera gloves? Bring it on. Furs? A given! Grandmother's jewelry... Oh yeah, crack open the vault!

I headed to the man I knew could help me - Ken Weber at Vintage Martini. After 6 years in Carrollton, Weber finally bit the bullet and moved his designer consignment/resale clothing treasure trove to Henderson Ave. this past June. "Vintage Martini is known as a destination for designer finds from decades past," says DFW Style Daily. "(Their) collection includes more of the likes of Chanel, YSL, Hermès, and Gucci than most of us will ever see in a lifetime." I hit gold with a Zac Posen forest green couture gown from Posen's 2012 Fall Collection. It fit me like a glove. Could I sit comfortably or go to the ballroom? Uh, no. But I didn't care. I looked ah-ma-zing! I paired my gown with chandelier earrings and a statement ring from local jeweler Laura Pierson. The pink and green Ocean Jasper was a perfect compliment to my gown. And I love the story behind this stone - it's mined from the oceans of Madagascar and is apparently very hard to come by because it can only be collected during low-tide for a couple of hours a day. Very exotic! I braved the crowds at NorthPark Center to hit up Drybar for Veronica Lake old-Hollywood tresses. Dressed and ready to impress, I hopped into my Uber and headed to the Hilton Anatole.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Legacy Senior Communities Raises $400K+ With The Help Of Jane Pauley

The Legacy Senior Communities recently hosted the annual “Yes! Event” and welcomed renowned journalist and author Jane Pauley for a special on-stage interview with more than 500 guests. Pauley discussed her career spanning 30 years as a well-respected journalist and talked about the inspiration behind her New York Times best-selling book, Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.

Jane Pauley discusses her career
with moderator Amy Jones
The event, held at the Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, was planned by co-chairs Candy Brown, Linda Garner, Amy Korenvaes, Elaine Pearlman, Ruthy Rosenberg and Madeline Unterberg with the help of Carol Aaron, chairman of the board of trustees of The Legacy Senior Communities. 

“The support that we receive from the amazing donors like those who attend this event enables us to say ‘Yes’ to seniors in need of care, regardless of their finances,” said Michael Ellentuck, President and CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities. “Because of that support, ‘No’ does not have to be in our vocabulary.”

For the first time, The Legacy Senior Communities presented The Carmen Miller Michael Award established to honor and pay tribute to Dr. Michael who was a longtime friend and board member of the organization. The award was presented to Molly Bogen, President and CEO of The Senior Source, who like, Dr. Michael, was recognized for her pioneering spirit and unshakable sense of justice and compassion; for over 38 years Bogen has been an advocate for Texans who are aging. The event also featured a silent auction with a variety of items including jewelry, sports packages, weekend getaways and dining and drinks specials around town.

Clutch This: Acrylic Handbags

Acrylic Clutches from Black Beauty Accessories
Diamond Cut Black & White Clutch
Gold Crushed Leaf Clutch
This season's hottest handbag is the clutch. And the must-have clutch is an acrylic bag. Some are square, some are rectangular, some are random shapes like lips or cat faces. But the one thing they all have in common is the hard acrylic shell they are made from, making these bags a piece of 3D art.

The only problem with acquiring Fall's most enviable accessory is the price point. Want top-of-the-line bags from Charlotte Olympia? Get ready to shell out upwards of $1200+. Fret not, fashionistas! I have found a local manufacturer who is offering these hot, hot, hot hand bags at affordable prices.

Black Beauty Accessories website is chock full of amazing deals on necklaces, earrings but their Noire Bella handbag collection is what caught my eye the other day.

Ranging from $100-$135, BBA's acrylic clutches come in a fun array of styles and colors. Buy a couple of hit, the town in style and be prepared to talk to total strangers because these bags are conversation starters!

Wonder what else is out there? Here's a lookbook of other acrylic clutch options for you to ponder:

OSC Holiday Giveaway: Jessica Simpson Goodies

This is the season of giving and to show my love and appreciation for your loyal patronage of this blog over the past year I am hosting a series of OSC Holiday Giveaways!  Every Monday, throughout the month of December I will offer a new contest for something fun and festive. Today's giveaway is a collection of Jessica Simpson goodies including a .25 Fl. Oz. bottle of Jessica Simpson Signature perfume, a makeup bag/clutch with a floral design on the front that says "The Heart Wants What The Heart Wants. Everything, My Love" and a cotton white iPad cover. To enter to win you just have to subscribe to my email list. If you are already a subscriber, then you are automatically entered to win. I will select one lucky subscriber to win at 9am CST on Friday, December 12. The winner will be contacted via email and have 24 hours to respond. If a response is not forthcoming, I will select another name until I get a responsive winner.


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