Monday, September 25, 2017

Oh So Tasty: The Keeper

Photo c/o The Keeper via Facebook

Recently opened in The Shops at Legacy, The Keeper is a fresh, vibrant, casual and sophisticated. It offers an open kitchen, active bar and a fluid environment for both intimate and fun dining experiences. The bar is a premium rum bar with Tiki drinks and classics rewritten with a variety of rums. “We’re taking a lot of the recipes and flavor profiles you might associate with Tiki and applying it to our cocktail program. Some are classic Tiki drinks, but mostly its about taking that style and applying it to how it best fits our concept. So you won’t find the traditional volcano on fire or people jumping over flaming punch bowls,” General Manager Ryan Beard told Plano Profile. "A few items on the bar menu are The Keeper G+T, a Rum Old fashioned and a Mai Tai." With indoor/outdoor spaces, natural lighting, rum cocktails and an overall laid back atmosphere, the comfortable look and feel makes the restaurant and bar the natural choice for all occasions. Located at 5840 Legacy Circle (across from Mexican Sugar), Plano, Texas 75039, 469-210-5337,

Monday, September 18, 2017

Tickled Pink with The Fat Jewish

Pink Party with The Fat Jewish
Photos c/o Thomas Garza Photography

Yesterday was a Sunday Funday like no other featuring The Fat Jewish, White Girl Rosé, and bottomless bubbles overlooking the best views in the Big D from the WET deck at the W Hotel. Among the partygoers were Kameron Westcott and LeeAnne Locken from Bravo TV's Real Housewives of Dallas and Sybil Summers from AMP 103.7 DFW. The Pink Party was hosted by Social Revolt Agency. Scroll through the gallery above for photos from the event.

From Funk to Disco, Night Fever Hits the Galleria

Opening September 20, Galleria Dallas will host an exhibition of fashion from the 1970’s titled Night Fever: Fashions from Funk to Disco.  Visitors at Night Fever will be transported back in time through a sensory explosion of music, light, video, imagery, and of course, amazing fashion. The exhibit will feature over 75 authentic garments and accessories from this iconic decade. Curated by Ken Weber of Vintage Martini, Night Fever will feature a diverse collection of American, French, Italian and Japanese couture designers, including work by Halston, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Stephen Burrows, Giorgio Sant’Angelo, Hanae Mori, Yves Saint Laurent, Chloe and Roberto Cavalli. Many of the garments will be on loan from the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design Texas Fashion Collection, which is one of the world’s most coveted private collections. “This era of fashion was revolutionary in many ways,” notes Galleria Dallas Director of Marketing Martha Hinojosa. “This is probably the first full decade where women wore pants in all aspects of their life. Bright colors are everywhere and ethnic flavors surged with Moroccan themed capes and Hungarian peasant blouses. We are so excited to bring this collection to Galleria Dallas and share the vibrancy of this iconic era in fashion with our community.” Guests will enjoy seeing how fashion evolved during this era through the eyes of designers and made famous by the decade’s iconic social scene including Cher, Bianca Jagger, Jerry Hall, Liza Minelli, Farrah Fawcett and Diana Ross. ““The seventies are really so much more diverse than people realize. While everyone is quick to identify the disco-inspired fashions of Studio 54, it is important to remember that fashions were also influenced by the Vietnam War as well as the women’s and gay liberation movements," notes Ken Weber. “Diane Von Furstenberg has built an empire around her famous wrap dress, which hit the scene in 1974 and is still here today.”

WHAT:    Night Fever: Fashions from Funk to Disco
WHERE: Galleria Dallas Level One, South End
WHEN:   September 20 – November 1, 2017
TIME:     Tuesday - Sunday/Noon – 6 PM
PRICE:   Free

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Celebrity Perspective: Texas Edition with Cynthia Smoot

Ashley Berges is the syndicated talk show host of Live Your True Life Perspectives, and creator and host of The Celebrity Perspective, an Amazon Prime Series later this fall. Ashley is currently shooting a spin-off show called The Celebrity Perspective: Texas Edition and I was honored to be her very first guest! Ashley is a life coach and licensed therapist who has dedicated her life to helping others find their true purpose and authentic self. Her latest book, “The 10 Day Challenge to Live Your True Life” has become a guidebook for busy people who want to make valuable changes to their life. Ashley has appeared on NBC, ABC, CBS, CW33, Fox, Style Network and soon Amazon Prime. Ashley helps others to understand the value of their life and to offer them the necessary tools to create an honestly authentic and fabulous life. I hope you enjoy our chat!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fashion Group International of Dallas Honors Angela Missoni At Annual Gala, Night of Stars

Angela Missoni to receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Image Source: Getty / Scott Barbour
Fashion Group International of Dallas (FGI Dallas) will host their annual Night of Stars on November 10, 2017 at the Hall of State at Fair Park. As in previous years, the glamorous event will honor individuals and businesses for their contribution to fashion and related industries with Career Achievement and Lifetime Achievement Awards. 

Angela Missoni will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Missoni is heir to one of the most famous fashion brands in the world and has emerged as a successful designer in her own right. She is the third child of Tai and Rosita Missoni, the co-founders of the Italian brand famous for its kaleidoscope and zigzag knits. Angela began assisting her mother in the conception and creation of the women’s collections at the age of eighteen. Today Angela is co-owner of Missoni S.p.A., along with her brother Luca. Beyond her role as creative director of the women’s collection, she assumes sole responsibility for the company’s style, including the men’s collection and licences. Angela is also totally committed to infusing the family brand with new energy. In just a few years, Missoni fashion has taken on a fresh new identity. As for the Missoni shows, they again mark important and popular occasions and make an authoritative, international statement in the communication of trends and ideas.

Friday, September 8, 2017

The State Fair Of Texas Offers A Secret Garden of Delights

Not all State Fair of Texas ticket holders realize that the Texas Discovery Gardens (TDG) and Butterfly House is open during fair hours and just a few steps from the Texas Star Ferris Wheel. TDG’s mission is to teach effective ways to restore, conserve and preserve nature in the urban environment, with a focus on organic and sustainable gardening. The not for profit garden houses thousands of unique butterflies in an enclosed environment designed to educate young and old alike. Texas Discovery Gardens is an organically maintained urban garden and the first public garden in the state of Texas to be certified 100% organic by the Texas Organic Research Center. The gardens are maintained using sustainable methods that conserve water and help to protect the environment. The grounds feature a two-story Butterfly House and a 7.5 acre organic botanic garden with native and adapted plants. This year TDG offers a change in scenery for those seeking a breather from the bustle.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Dallas Theater Center Presents the World Premiere of Miller, Mississippi

2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award® Recipient Dallas Theater Center presents the world premiere of Miller, Mississippi; a new play written by Boo Killebrew and directed by Lee Sunday Evans. In the south, tradition is sacred and change is slow, so when the Civil Rights movement comes to Jackson, Mississippi it’s in for a brutal fight. Spanning the 1960s and ‘70s, Miller, Mississippi tells the story of one family that falls apart as the country attempts to come together. In the classic Southern Gothic tradition, the world premiere of this tragic new play will stun minds and break hearts, as the personal and political combine to bring about the Miller family’s undoing. Beginning with a Pay-What-You-Can performance on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m., the production runs through Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre Studio Theatre. DTC’s Come Early, a pre-show lecture about the play, will take place one hour before every performance and DTC’s Stay Late sponsored by Wells Fargo, a post-show discussion led by a member of the cast, will take place after each performance. Support for Miller, Mississippi is provided by Presenting Sponsor Donna Wilhelm Family Fund and Executive Producing Partner Embrey Family Foundation. Tickets to Miller, Mississippi are on sale now at and by phone at (214) 880-0202.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

State Fair of Texas Announces Winners of the 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards

Today's 13th Annual Big Tex Choice Awards, presented by VisitDallas, provided guests with an ample assortment of tasty treats. Tom Grace’s Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger took home the titles for both “Best Taste – Savory” and “Most Creative.” With 28 years as a concessionaire under his belt, Tom Grace is no rookie in the world of Fair food. This is his second time to make the finals in the Big Tex Choice Awards and first time winning a title. To create his Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger, he begins with two funnel cakes for “buns” that are fried to a golden crunch. The first funnel bun is topped with a juicy, freshly-grilled burger patty, a heaping helping of crispy bacon, and gooey queso! It is completed with another funnel bun and generously dusted with powdered sugar.

Partners Card Launches A New Level Of Giving For 2017

The Family Place recently announced a new special, limited-edition Silver Card which commemorates the 25th anniversary of Partners Card, as well as the new Partners Card app.  at the Launch Party hosted by Bungalow 5. Cardholders who purchase a $250 Silver Card will receive 20 percent off at participating retail locations, and they will also receive a 25 percent discount at more than 85 select Silver Card locations. The Silver Card also grants cardholders two extra days of shopping at participating Silver Card retailers Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 26, 2017, in addition to the standard 10-days of Partners Card shopping from Friday, October 27 through Sunday, November 5, 2017. With the Partners Card App you can buy or gift a card, view participating stores, see upcoming Partners Card events and more. The Partners Card App is free and available for both iPhone and Android. This year’s 10-day Partners Card shopping event will be Friday, October 27 through Sunday, November 5, 2017. Cardholders are invited to shop with a purpose and help The Family Place reach its goal of raising $1.2 million. Click here to peruse a gallery of photos from this event.

Dog Days of Summer Was A Howling Success

LeeAnne Locken, Shelby DiLena, Jason Oleniczak with Samurai, Jane McGarry, Cynthia Smoot. Photo by Bob Manzano

The second annual Dog Days of Summer event happened Thursday, August 17th, at Stanley Korshak. Creators and hosts Bret McKinney, Alison Volk, and Squirrel turned Dallas’ specialty retail boutique department store into a magical playground for dogs, while their stylish parents strolled the store and shopped to support FIDO (Fashion Industry Dog Organization) and The Street Dog Project. Lining the store, sponsors of the event greeted guests and offered special discounts and information on their local businesses. Sponsors included CycleBar Uptown Dallas, Dear Clark, E&B Couture, Lucky Dog Barkery, Mutts, Paw Lofts, and RAW by Canines First. Throughout the evening, a raffle took place, which included prizes from each sponsor. All raffle donations and a percentage of the store’s sales went to support FIDO and The Street Dog Project. Mutts catered the event, treating guests to delicious food favorites like burgers, hot dogs, fries, and chocolate desserts. Guests included Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Cary Deuber, Shelby DiLena, Kathy Fielder, Lea Fisher, Keetha Hanlin, Janet LeBarba, Leti Lackey, LeeAnne Locken, Kimberly Malouf, Jane McGarry, Zsofia Mezey, Brittanie and Jason Oleniczak, Cynthia Smoot, Kate Wagner, Suzanne Warner, Gisela and Karl Ziebarth. Click here to peruse a gallery of photos from this event.