Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show 2017 Was An Affair of the Heart

Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show 2017
photos c/o Daniel Driensky and OSC

The Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show is always one of my favorite events of the year. This year's theme was "Affair of the Heart" and clearly it was for 2017 Chair Heather Randall, who did an amazing job with her committee making this one of the most successful luncheons in its 33 year history, raising $650,000 towards the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, to find cures and provide support for patients and families. Through her leadership and the generosity of corporations, donors and patrons, the 2017 luncheon was the second highest grossing luncheon ever! Along with advisory co-chairs, Gina Betts and Michael Flores, and underwriting co-chairs, Daffan Nettle and Yvette Ostolaza, guests enjoyed a not-to-be-missed fashion show produced by the incomparable Jan Strimple with fashions by Highland Park Village. Honored this year were Tracy and Ben Lange as Honorary Chairs. Their son Luke, last year's Spirit of Tom Landry Character Awardee, presented to Bennett Williams, the 2017 recipient. Additionally, honoring Robyn and Don Conlon as the Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award for their long time support of LLS and the community was indeed very fitting as they represent hearts of gold. And lastly, LLS acknowledged an amazing gentleman in Charles Young as the Memorial Hero, who fought valiantly against multiple myeloma. His late wife and former luncheon chair, Lillie Young, accepted the award on behalf of her family. Following the fashion show, guests enjoyed a delicious lunch and dynamic raffle. In attendance were Doris Jacobs, Hamilton Sneed, Lisa Singleton, Kate Rose Marquez, D'Andra Simmons Lock, Bina Patel, Jane McGarry, Kameron Westcott, and LeeAnne Locken. For more information on how you can help this cause, visit https://www.lls.org/north-texas.

Oh So Tasty: Flower Child

Flower Child in Inwood Village

Inspired by its simple mission to deliver healthy food for a happy world, Flower Child offers convenient, nutritious food in a modern bohemian setting. Now y'all know I generally have a disdain for anything "healthy" because in my mind that means it's going to taste awful, so I headed over to Flower Child with more than a bit of trepidation. The Flower Child menu is masterfully designed to offer a healthy and balanced dining experience with a selection of organic, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan items for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Much of the menu is mix-and-match style, allowing guests to select their favorite combination of seasonal vegetables, fruits, and grains such as Spicy Japanese Eggplant (with Thai basil and cashew) as well as optional proteins like Grass-fed Steak and Organic, Non-GMO Tofu. Guests will find a variety of salads like the Organic Kale (pink grapefruit, organic apple, black currant, smoked almond, white cheddar, and apple cider vinaigrette); bowls like the Mother Earth (with ancient grains, sweet potato, Portobello mushroom, avocado, cucumber, broccoli pesto, leafy greens, red pepper miso vinaigrette, and hemp seed); whole grain pita wraps baked in-house like the Flying Avocado (with smoked turkey, gouda, romaine, tomato, and avocado hummus); gluten-free desserts; and ever-changing iced tea and lemonade, with flavors rotating seasonally. I am very pleased to report that everything I had was chock full of flavor. My favorite dishes were the Avocado Toast and the Madras Curry Bowl (I added chicken). This is the second restaurant brand by restaurateur Sam Fox to open in Dallas, joining True Food Kitchen in Preston Center. The 4,523-square-foot restaurant space is situated around an open kitchen that exudes energy throughout the dining room and wrap-around patio. On-the-go guests can easily peace in and peace out with a dedicated area for to-go orders; plus, there’s designated “yoga mat parking” where yogis can drop their mats while they eat (insert eye roll here 😏). Flower Child is located at 5450 West Lovers Lane, Suite 133 and is open Monday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, please visit the Flower Child website at www.iamaflowerchild.com.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Lil' Firefly Sparks Children's Fashion Imagination

Lil Firefly Children's Boutique

I have a darling new client that I am excited to share with those of you who have little mini-me's. Lil’ Firefly children’s boutique recently opened at 6729 Hillcrest Avenue in Park Cities Snider Plaza. Shoppers will find fun, quirky children’s clothing and accessories in infant to tween sizes. The company began online two years ago, selling affordable clothing that reflected the bright, rebellious spirit within each child. The first thing you notice when you enter the store is the energy you feel from the bold, vibrant merchandise and décor. Brands are specifically selected to allow children to express their personality and spirit through what they wear. “Our customer is a child with a bright, strong spirit and although a ‘Lil’ Firefly’ might have a rebellious streak; he/she will accomplish extraordinary things in life,” said co-owner Sherri Rodebaugh. “Michele and I were ‘Lil’ Fireflies’ ourselves, who have grown into big fireflies that can accomplish anything we set out to do. We want to celebrate and encourage that spirit in children!” With a background in interior design, co-owner Michele Hines is used to working with color and texture. “l loved being a stay-at-home mom, but I also have a creative side that I wanted to express in a fun and exciting way. My three-year old son is the inspiration for the store,” said Hines. “He is a firecracker and I wanted to offer clothing that allowed him (and kids like him) to express themselves through what they wore.” Visit Lil’ Firefly boutique at 6729 Hillcrest Avenue, Dallas, TX. 75205, 469-509-6945. Store hours are Monday-Saturday: 10:00am to 6:00pm. http://www.lilfirefly.com

Monday, March 13, 2017

Jeremy Lock Flies Solo With A New Photo Exhibit at JM Gallery

JM Gallery recently launched a solo show of aerial landscapes and portrait photographs from photographer Jeremy Lock. The new exhibition kicked off Friday, March 3 where Lock hosted friends and family. In attendance were Lock's wife, D'Andra Simmons, and several of her Real Housewives of Dallas cast mates: Lee Anne Locken, Rich Emberlin, Dr. Mark and Cary Deuber. I loved that Kate Rose Marquez had her children in tow for a cultural outing, and I also chatted with Hamilton Sneed, JB Hayes, Jane McGarry, Steve Kemble, Chad Collum and a host of other interesting characters.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Charles Smith II Accuses Forever 21 Of Stealing Designs

Forever 21 has had many run-ins with artists and designers claiming to have had their ideas and art stolen by the behemoth chain, but now they've struck close to home. In our backyard. To one of our own and I am not happy about it. And clearly, neither is the designer affected, Charles Smith II. Smith's fashion label is called Smith II and his S2 spring/summer 2017 collection, “Do Not Touch,” debuted this past Oct. 2 at the Dallas Contemporary, with all proceeds benefitting Dallas ISD. Seems Forever 21 took a liking to the concept and created knockoffs of Smith's looks (see below)

(left) Forever 21 knock off (right) Smith II original designs

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Fogo de Chão Brings The Brazilian Gaucho Tradition Of Churrasco To Uptown

Fogo De Chao - Uptown Dallas

Southern Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão recently opened its newest location in the luxurious One Uptown high-rise apartment tower in Uptown Dallas. The concept opened its Addison location in 1997 and was the first place in the world to host a Fogo de Chão outside of Brazil. La tee da. Fogo de Chão shares the Brazilian gaucho traditions of churrasco, the art of roasting meats over an open fire, and espeto corrido, or “continuous service.” The menu features a wealth of savory, fire-roasted meats perfectly seasoned, prepared and carved tableside for each guest by a team of authentic Brazilian-trained gaucho chefs. In other words, this is where you take your man for the carnivorous experience of a lifetime. Guest favorites include filet mignon, lamb chops and ribeye, as well signature Brazilian cuts like their house specialty Picanha sirloin. As a complement to the variety of protein options, guests can also enjoy the gourmet Market Table and Feijoada Bar, which includes seasonal salads, soups, fresh vegetables, Feijoada (Brazilian black bean stew), and authentic Brazilian side dishes. And don't forget my favorite thing there - the cheesy popovers they serve table side. I think I ate about 20 on my visit and then asked for a to-go box of them that I heated up and ate for breakfast the next day. 😋

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What (And Who) Is Hot This Month? The Society Diaries Shares In Their March/April 2017 issue

Among my many projects, I am a Contributor for The Society Diaries, a bi-monthly lifestyle publication that is distributed all across the great state of Texas. I mean, who else know more about what makes Dallas fabulous than me!? In every issue I get an entire page to spotlight the restaurants, fashion designers and retail stores that I think are worthy of a Texas-sized spotlight. In the new March/April 2017 issue I am shining a spotlight on my new obsession with Susan Posnick Cosmetics, introducing you to floral designer Shane Walker who creates magical Derby Day hats, and talking about the mouth-watering cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes which recently opened in The Shops of Highland Park.   

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Toyota Celebrates Minnie's Food Pantry And Gives YOU The Gift Of FREE Tickets To See The Texas Legends Play On March 9th

I love bringing you a good, wholesome, family outing. The only thing I love more is a FREE wholesome family outing! North Texas families are invited to join Minnie's Food Pantry for a night of fun and philanthropy on March 9th when the Texas Legends take on the Northern Arizona Suns. In celebration of the 9th anniversary of Minnie's Food Pantry, Toyota is generously sponsoring the evening so that families can enjoy this exciting evening at NO CHARGE. Attendees will have the chance to hear the dynamic founder of Minnie's Food Pantry, Dr. Cheryl "Action" Jackson, speak during the game's halftime show about the growing epidemic of hunger that affects hundreds of North Texas citizens on a daily basis and the work that Minnie’s Food Pantry does to provide food assistance to children and families in need. 

Toyota supports Minnie's Food Pantry. You should too! 
Over the past 9 years, Minnie's Food Pantry has served over 6 million meals and with your help they will be able to feed many more! Texas Legends will "pass-the-bucket" around the arena during halftime to help fund the their mission to eradicate hunger in North Texas. Every dollar donated will provide three meals through Minnie's Food Pantry!

The Texas Legends are an NBA Development League team based in Frisco, Texas and the minor league affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. Discover the NBA stars of tomorrow and support the work of Minnie's Food Pantry on this special night!

Tickets are available by visiting texas.dleague.nba.com/minnies-food-pantry-night-driven-by-toyota/

Friday, February 17, 2017

9th Annual Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon and Art Sale

Gloria Campos and Heather Sauber
The 9th annual Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon and Art Sale was held Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at downtown Dallas’ historic Union Station. The luncheon honored the group of Dallas visionaries who founded the Stewpot Alliance 10 years ago in 2007 after seeing a need for the community to support The Stewpot.

Honorees included Karen Ware, Jennifer Clifford, Catherine Bywaters, Marty Coleman, Margie Francis, Nancy Gillham, Jan Hegi, Kathy Jackson, Martha Lipscomb, Martha Martin, Joan Mason, Suzanne Palmlund, Micki Rawlings, Carolyn Walton and Trish Weigand.

Longtime Stewpot Alliance supporters and civic leaders Margie and Ray Francis served as Honorary Chairs of the 2017 luncheon, chaired by Stewpot Alliance board member Heather Sauber.  Dallas Morning News journalist Robert Wilonsky moderated a panel which included Mayor Mike Rawlings, Florencia Velasco Fortner, President and CEO, The Concilio, Sergeant Jeff Tooker, Police Department, City of Dallas and Keven Ann Willey, Vice President and Editorial Page Editor, Dallas Morning News discussing the future of Dallas homelessness.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Bravo Is Banking On D'Andra Simmons and Kameron Westcott To Save RHOD

Let's face it, the first season of Bravo's Real Housewives of Dallas was kind of a disaster. Questionable casting choices, an inexperienced production company, poor editing and a bad time slot all added up to a less than favorable debut for RHOD in the Spring of 2016. By the time the first season was over in May 2016, there were many who said the franchise would never be picked up for a second season. I, for one, never doubted that it would return for the main reason that in the history of the HW series Bravo has never canceled a franchise after one season. Well, except for Washington, D.C. but that was for legal reasons with that whole Salahi affair... What Bravo did, was set about to retool the show and give it the best chance of success the second time around. And one thing that would entail is new cast members. Over the past summer, I think every eligible woman over the age of 35 within 10 miles of Dallas got a call or an email to gauge their interest in the show. Out of that group, many had phone interviews with casting and those who fared well advanced on to Skype interviews with the production company. Six women were selected to have video "sizzle reels" made to present to Bravo and in the end, two women were chosen. According to casting, high on Bravo's list was wealth, status and diversity. Well, they got two of the three with their selections. So, let's get ready to welcome Kameron Westcott and D'Andra Simmons to the crazy train, shall we!? Sources tell me that D'Andra will be introduced as LeeAnne Locken's friend and Kam will be brought in as Cary Deuber's friend. The reality is that D'Andra and Kam are great friends in real life and it will be interesting to see if they take their cues from production to play on the teams they've been assigned or rebel to forge their own path.

So, you want the juicy scoop the only I can bring you? Well, here it is: