Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Oh So Fabulous: Spa Adolphus

Adolphus SpaPhotos c/o The Adolphus Hotel 

Since its opening in 1912, The Adolphus has served as an integral part of the city's history and culture. The Andrew Sisters, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis and Benny Goodman have performed here. Ronald Regan, Jimmy Carter, and Queen Elizabeth II have all stayed here. Located in the heart of downtown Dallas, The Adolphus has won numerous awards, including the coveted AAA Four Diamond and US News and World Report’s “Best Hotels in the USA”, while its storied French Room is the only restaurant in Texas to maintain an AAA Five Diamond Award for 25 consecutive years. The Adolphus has been undergoing a thoughtful renovation over the past year or so. First they tackled the guest rooms, then updated the ballrooms and last October, they opened the Spa Adolphus as a new urban retreat within the city. I was recently invited in to experience the 5,000 sq. ft. luxury spa and salon which features six treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor relaxation lounges, a couples’ room with a private terrace featuring spectacular downtown Dallas views and a large fitness facility.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Are you a loud mouth with an opinion to share? There's a show looking for you.

CASTING CALL: Common Sense is a new weekly, half-hour comedy NBC series featuring real people from all over the country expressing their opinions on the week’s news - totally unfiltered, totally real, totally funny! They are looking for duos and trios made up of friends, colleagues or family members to take us through their thought process and share their opinions, on everything from the politically charged to the ridiculous. Whether at work, on a coffee break, working out, or relaxing at the bar down the street, the pairs and trios will reflect their unique and personal points of view from Main street to Wall Street. If you or someone you know are 16-80 years old engaging, funny, witty and warm who want to share their views with all of America they would love to hear from you. Apply now at:

Ally's Wish Benefit Raised Funds To Grant Wishes To Terminally Ill Mothers

2017 Boots and Blessings benefiting Ally's Wish
Photos c/o Bob Manzano

The Third Annual Boots & Blessings Gala presented by Lisa and Greg Drew took place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Gilley’s Dallas to benefit Ally’s Wish. The Flower Mound-based organization grants wishes such as trips to Disney World or helicopter rides over the Grand Canyon to mothers battling terminal illnesses so they may create lasting memories with their children and loved ones. “At Ally’s Wish they tell the terminally ill mothers they serve to ‘dream big, no matter what.’ We selected SHE DREAMS as the theme of this year’s event to inspire us as we raised dollars to help make those wishes come true” said event chairs, Kim Gilchrist and Carmen Surgent. Attendees kicked off the evening by perusing through an extensive silent auction filled with trips, fashion & accessories, sports memorabilia, restaurant and entertainment packages and more. A special “Wish Wall” featuring the stories & wishes of over 20 moms currently on the waiting list allowed guests to donate directly to granting a wish that touched their heart.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Rapid Fire Q&A With City Council Candidate Candy Evans

There is one thing that every good politician or celebrity has: charisma. A.K.A. the "it" factor. It's an energy that you are just drawn to, a compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others. I've known Candy Evans for years and people, let me just tell you that she has "it" in spades. So, when I heard she was running for City Council, District 11 I was not a bit surprised. I caught up with her to find out how her run for office was going, why she's running and what she thought her chances were of actually winning this thing on Saturday.

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Society Diaries (May/June 2017) Is A Slice Of Summer

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 May/June 2017 issue I am shining a spotlight on a new clothing line meant to empower women, a darling addition to the kids shopping scene, I examine the poké craze currently sweeping Dallas and give you a great online source that provides great gifts for any occasion.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Bravo's Below Deck Mediterranean To Feature Dallasites

According to Bravo's website, if you thought the inaugural season of Below Deck Mediterranean was full of drama, just wait until Season 2 premieres on Tuesday, May 2 at 8:00 CST. There's something for everyone this season - from the stunning sights of Croatia and beautiful bods, to hook-ups and fights of the verbal and physical variety. You won't want to miss what's in store, primarily because this season the passengers hail from right here in Big D! Tuesday's premiere episode features Melissa Rountree, owner of Level 3 Active, and her "tribe" of gal pals which includes Marzia Prince, Sharon Demko, Summer Smith, Monika Anderson, and Fiona Kirby. Future episodes will feature The Hair Bar's Gina Ginsburg among others. Tune in for the drama, laughs and some stunning scenery of Croatia and the Mediterranean!

Monday, April 24, 2017

No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party 2017

No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party 2017
Photos by Crystal Chatmon

No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party Chair David Nelson brought art to life at the twelfth annual fundraiser for AIDS Services of Dallas (ASD), presented by Purple Foundation. On April 8, more than 1,500 guests joined Nelson and Honorary Co-Chairs Tricia Sims and Dr. Alan Berg at the Frontiers of Flight Museum to celebrate An Artful Life and ASD’s 30th Anniversary. The pop art theme was plentiful throughout the evening. Guests were greeted by the stunning models, Deanna Cahill and Alika Ray, poised on top of a cupcake platform dressed as Roy Lichtenstein-inspired super heroes, while three Andy Warhol impersonators mixed with the crowd and posed for photos. The aroma of delectable desserts filled the air as guests indulged in lavish cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies, chocolates and pies from some of the city’s finest eateries, such as, Crush Sweets, Daisy Cakes, Dr. Sue’s Chocolate, Frosted Art Bakery & Studio, among many others. The signature cocktail, The Warhol, made with Reyka Icelandic Vodka, club soda and angostura bitters proved popular at the bars generously sponsored by Ben E. Keith (Bud Light) and William Grant & Sons (Reyka, Sailor Jerry, Tullamore D.E.W., and others).

Saturday, April 22, 2017

DIFFA/Dallas Unveils Jackets for House of DIFFA: Arabesque

DIFFA/Dallas Unveils Jackets for House of DIFFA: Arabesque
Photos: Shana Anderson

On Tuesday, April 18th, DIFFA/Dallas hosted an exclusive preview party at the Downtown Dallas staple, The Joule Hotel, to reveal select jackets for House of DIFFA: Arabesque. The fashionable event, presented by Gensler, provided guests a first-hand look at some of the stunning jackets in this year’s Collection. Guests sipped on exquisite cocktails provided by Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Ketel One and bites provided by The Joule Catering, while tunes from DJ Steffi Burns revved up the scene and jackets displayed throughout the room and on models dazzled the evening’s guests. Jackets on display included designs from Billy Reid, TAG Heuer, Michael Bastian, Carolina Herrera, Dan and Joseph, Shemara Couture, Elements, Daniel Esquivel, J Hilburn, as well as jackets modeled throughout the evening designed by Binzario Couture, Patti Flowers, Robert Graham, Forty Five Ten, Silk Threads by Ruby Bhandari, Nha Khan, Carlos Nicholls, Geoffrey Henning, Giuliana Teso, and Traffic LA at The Joule.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Oh So Tasty: Nikkei

Nikkei JapanesePeruvian restaurant
photos: Kathy Tran

Nikkei opened this past February and has quickly established itself as one of Uptown's hottest see-and-be-seen (and taste) spots. With chefs Nick Harrison and Ross Demers leading the culinary team, the namesake JapanesePeruvian restaurant claims to be the first of its kind in Dallas. The food and drink menus at Nikkei were developed to be both exotic and approachable, featuring bold, mouthwatering flavors reminiscent of two distinct cultures. The menu showcases a plethora Japanese-Peruvian dishes, while the dedicated sushi bar delivers both specialty and elevated classic rolls and sashimi offerings in addition to unique items like the Doble Cangrejo Roll with crisp lump crab, shiso panca, garlic, chili, creamy snow crab and a soy wrapper. In the dining room, guests will enjoy a communal experience that flawlessly combines exclusive fare with striking décor and ambiance. On the weekends and after dinner service, the ambience changes and the space intentionally transforms into a late night bar setting. Meanwhile, the expansive rooftop patio provides an alternate atmosphere boasting stunning views of The Crescent and beyond with its own dedicated patio menu.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

FGI Dallas Rising Star Awards 2017

On Tuesday, March 7, Galleria Dallas hosted hundreds of Dallas’ most fashionable for the Fashion Group International (FGI) of Dallas Rising Star Awards. FGI is a global, nonprofit, professional organization with 6,000 members in the fashion industry including apparel, accessories, beauty and home. Taking the annual awards presentation in a new direction with producer Jan Strimple, the event space was transformed into an artistic installation with graffiti walls and neon accents. The sold-out event attracted many of Dallas’ hottest names including Maxine Trowbridge, LeeAnne Locken, Jane McGarry, Jane Aldridge, Steve Kemble, D’Andra Simmons, Jeremy Lock, Susan Posnick, Amy Vanderoef, Allison Mitchell and James Taylor. Click here to see a gallery of images.

Congratulations to the winners of Fashion Group International: Dallas
Rising Stars Awards 2017