Saturday, October 22, 2016

Bravo Housewives Hit Dallas To Talk About Their Vaginas

Real Housewives Brandi Glanville from Beverly Hills, Carole Radziwill from New York and Kristen Taekman from New York will appear in Eve Ensler's stage hit show, The Vagina Monologues tonight at the Texan Theater in Greenville, TX to tell the truth about a woman's place in the world through funny, revealing and vivid monologues - and they hold nothing back! Don't be mad that I didn't bring this news to you sooner, but whoever is doing PR for this gig did a shitty job becasue the only reason I heard about it was that I saw Kristen's tweet. Although apparently they were talking to someone because the show is already sold out (at $600 a seat!). According to the Texan Theater's website, "They are live and in person - and for a great cause - they raise money for V Day's movement against violence to women and also to Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Foundation. It's outrageous, brave and sometimes bawdy but always courageous and truthful. This award winning show is a testament to women everywhere and the Real Housewives do their friends and family proud!" I hope the ladies enjoy a bit of Dallas while they are here!

Two Texas Chefs Prepare to Compete in Top Chef, Season 14

Bravo just revealed the eight chefs who will be back for redemption on the new season of the “Top Chef”. Dallas' Most Hated Chef John Tesar and Shinsei's former Executive Chef Casey Thompson are among the contestants giving us something to look forward to this holiday season! According to the Bravo release this season will be "the ultimate challenge of old blood versus new, on the Emmy and James Beard Award winning series, as the chefs head to Charleston to battle it out alongside eight talented “Top Chef” newcomers."

Bravo's show bio of Tesar describes him as a three-time James Beard "Best Southwest Chef" semifinalist and Top Chef season 10 contestant John Tesar is known for his stylish, modern American cuisine prepared with classic European techniques, innovative culinary perspective and no-nonsense personality. Always looking ahead for the next project, Tesar announced he is working with Flatiron Books and Macmillan on a book, Knife: Modern Steak and All American Meats, that will be published in spring 2017.

Thompson is a Texas native who made her professional start under celebrity chef Dean Fearing at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, one of Texas' most historical fine dining restaurants. From there, she opened and became the Executive Chef at one of Dallas' most popular Asian restaurants, Shinsei. She currently works as the Executive Chef for the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in the San Diego area and continues her private dining business in the Napa Valley.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Discover Personalized Skincare With Kiehl's Apothecary Preparations

Kiehl's Apothecary Preparations
Photos c/o Danielle Sabol

My grandfather was a doctor in small West Texas town. One of my prized possessions is his old medical bag full of potions and powders and medical equipment from the 1950s. I've always had a fascination with the scientific aspect of medicine. So, I was excited to receive an invitation from Kiehl’s to be one of the first to experience their new Apothecary Preparations - a truly personalized skincare featuring potent concentrates that address an individual’s unique skin concerns. The personalized, in-store-only service launched nationwide in select Kiehl’s stores this October. This new innovation is amongst the first in the skincare industry to bring bespoke skincare to the masses. This industry achievement is comprised of Kiehl’s Skin Strengthening Concentrate, plus two, individually selected Targeted Complexes. These pharmaceutical meets herbal concentrates feature a blend of advanced ingredients and are specifically selected for each customer’s skin. Through an elevated consultation and diagnosis, customers are able to craft a personalized formula based on their two most significant skin concerns. Options include: redness, wrinkles, rough texture, large pores and dullness. Once the Targeted Complexes have been selected and the consultation is complete, the Apothecary Preparation’s components are enclosed in a personalized box for the customer, who then mixes them at home prior to first application. The result is a highly potent, tailor-made skincare treatment.

So, how does it work?

Monday, October 17, 2016

ESTEEM Preaches Self-Love Through Fashion

photos c/o Bob Manzano and Thomas Garza

Event co-chairs Melissa Rountree and her daughter Morgan, with honorary chair Lynn McBee, recently hosted more than 250 attendees for the 7th annual ESTEEM Fashion Show benefiting The Elisa Project (TEP) at Tootsies. The mission of ESTEEM is to help increase awareness about eating disorders and the importance of positive body image, ESTEEM encourages people to love themselves while striving to be healthy. With 10% of all purchases benefiting TEP, patrons shopped Tootsies’ fabulous fall fashions, as DJ Blake Ward provided the vibe. At the appointed time, patrons gathered upstairs as Co-chairs Melissa and Morgan took the stage and thanked everyone in attendance for their support of The Elisa Project and this year’s event. Dr. Stephanie Setliff, TEP’s board president, shared some details about the work The Elisa Project is doing in the community through advocacy, education and support, which touches the lives of more than 31,000 individuals suffering from eating disorders each year. Gloria Campos and Tootsies store director Nerissa von Helpenstill, then described the two upcoming fashion scenes, “Borrowed from the Boys” and “She’s a Lady,” which were modeled by an amazing group of TEP supporters chosen for their commitment to giving back to the community and to those with eating disorders. All children’s fashions were provided by KidBiz/The Biz. Co-founder and event producer Rhonda Sargent Chambers had the last word as she thanked the individuals who helped make the event possible, by presenting them with potted orchids. Proceeds support The Elisa Project (TEP) and the important programs dedicated to fighting eating disorder illnesses through awareness, education, support and advocacy.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Meet the cast of Little Women: Dallas

Dallas is known world-wide for many things: big hair, big personalities, big banks accounts among them. Lifetime is seeking to prove that big things come in small packages with Little Women: Dallas. The show will follow the lives of Bri Barlup, Emily Fernandez, Asta Young, Amanda Loy, Tiffany Chance and Caylea Woodbury as they take on new adventures, friendships, fights and (of course!) all the drama. When Bri Barlup and Emily Fernandez move from Atlanta to Texas after dealing with some hard times, they are ready to shake things up with a whole group of new little ladies who prove that although everything is not always "bigger" in Texas, the drama certainly is! 

Meet the Little Women: Dallas cast:

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

2016 DIFFA/Dallas Style Council Ambassadors Announced at Burgers & Burgundy

DIFFA Burgers & Burgundy 2016
Photos c/o of Shana Anderson and Joseph Brewster

On Friday, October 7, celebrity chefs from across the great state of Texas headed for the Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge for the eighth annual Burgers & Burgundy event hosted by Terri Provencal & Chef John Tesar benefiting DIFFA/ Dallas. Guests mingled on the bridge with the Dallas skyline as their backdrop as they sipped on cocktails and wine, listened to festive live music and sampled a wide variety of mouth-watering burgers created by John Tesar (Knife), Brian Luscher (Luscher’s Red Hots & The Grape), Jermaine Brown (Julia Pearl), Casey Thompson (Celebrity Chef), David Fingerman (Madrina), Sharon Van Meter (3015 at Trinity Groves), Blaine Staniford (Grace), Jacob Williamson (Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck), Rodman Shields (Common Table). Repel the Robot and The Please, Please Me, revved up the crowd with their upbeat songs, and attendees were entertained by local artists. The night also featured a silent auction of restaurant experiences, grills, and two designer dog houses, created by Gensler, this auction directly benefited DIFFA/Dallas.

The Trains At NorthPark Get Personal(ized)

One of my favorite holiday traditions is visiting The Trains at NorthPark presented by Bank of Texas and benefitting Ronald McDonald House Dallas. This year's display will feature cityscapes, including Dallas, replete with the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and Fair Park; New York with Times Square and Grand Central Terminal; Washington, D.C. with The White House; and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Other highlights include New England’s fall foliage, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and Route 66. Thomas the Train and his friends also draw families to the charming exhibit, which will honor Dallas Police with a special tribute this year. This year, you can make your mark - and support a great cause - by purchasing a personalized railroad car to be a part of the display. Railcars range in price from $175 for a standard railcar to $275 for the 2016 limited edition observation car, third in a series of limited edition passenger cars. Cabooses are available for $225, and engines for $325. Purchase by October 14 to be a part of the opening of the elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit on November 19.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Cookie Johnson Brings Her Brand of Magic To Dallas With New Book

Cookie Johnson Dallas Book Signing
Photos c/o Jai Carol & Co.

Cookie Johnson and Pat Smith have much in common: they are both married to high-profile athletes (Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Emmitt Smith respectively), they are both deeply connected to their Christianity, they are both Mothers who dote on their children and as of this year... they are both book authors. Cookie and Magic hosted a book party in Los Angeles for Pat earlier this year when she was on tour for her debut tome Second Chances, so when Cookie's book Believing in Magic was recently released Pat couldn't wait to return the favor. In her new memoir, Cookie shares details of her marriage, motherhood, faith, and how an HIV diagnosis twenty-five years ago changed the course of their lives forever. On November 7, 1991, basketball icon Earvin “Magic” Johnson stunned the world with the news that he was HIV-positive. For the millions who watched, his announcement became a pivotal moment not only for the nation, but his family and wife. Twenty-five years later, Cookie Johnson shares her story and the emotional journey that started on that day—from life as a pregnant and joyous newlywed to one filled with the fear that her husband would die, she and her baby would be infected with the virus, and their family would be shunned. Believing in Magic is the story of her marriage to Earvin nearly four decades of loving each other, losing their way, and eventually finding a path they never imagined. November 7, 2016 will mark a quarter-century since the announcement and Cookie is now finally ready to share her full account of the reasons that she stayed and her life with Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Aurora and Prelude Lights Get Ready To Light Up Dallas Nights

Aurora 2015 Photos from Aurora 2015 c/o Stevan Koye, Nathanael Rehlander and Carter Rose 

On the heels of the successful biennial Aurora public art event last year, the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center, in partnership with the founders of Aurora, today announced that the tradition of a mini-event in the off-year will continue. Prelude: A Preview of Aurora 2017 – Powered by Reliant will be held on two nights this year instead of one, Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, 2016. Prelude, which remains free to the public, will have a more compact footprint transforming parts of the AT&T Performing Arts Center campus and the Meyerson Symphony Center with light, video and sound-based, immersive arts installations.

Lifetime To Launch Little Women: Dallas in November

Pictured: Little Women: Atlanta cast. Emily Fernandez and Brianna Lyn (pictured far right) will relocate to Texas star in Little Women: Dallas airing 2017

Little Women has been a smash hit for Lifetime. If you've never seen the show, it's basically Real Housewives - but with little people. Each franchise centers around a group of Little Women and their struggles to find love, maintain friendships and chronicles their daily life. The show originated in Los Angels, then spun off to New York, Atlanta and now... look for a Dallas series to air in November 2016! On Sept. 23, ET broke the news that Little Women: Atlanta cast members Emily Fernandez and Brianna Lyn will relocate from the Atlanta franchise to star in the Dallas series. That's not so crazy considering that the ladies are actually Texas natives who moved from Texas to Atlanta to be part of the Little Women: Atlanta cast last season. Filming began months ago with sightings at The Quarter Bar in Dallas and at Fossil Rim Lodge near Glen Rose. Yesterday, Lifetime released a video teaser for the new series featuring the cast dressed as saloon girls in the Old West. Some Texas stereotypes will never die... So, outside of Emily and Bri who are the other ladies? Do you recognize any of them?

Little Women: Dallas will be the fourth spinoff of the original show, Little Women: LA, after the Atlanta show, Little Women: Terra's Little Family, and Little Women: NY. Have you spotted them filming around town? Let me know! Send me pics! Message me scoop!