Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tips and Tricks for Traveling Through DFW Airport



Being constantly on the go means that I am always looking for ways to maximize my time, especially when it comes to traveling. I was thrilled when DFW Airport asked me to partner with them to share some of my favorite things about traveling through DFW Airport. What I love about DFW Airport is that it helps to save me time and doesn't interfere with my lifestyle. The newly redesigned and easy to read wayfinding signs make getting to the terminal a breeze, and as someone who’s a self admitted design and typography nerd, they aren't too hard on the eyes either. As soon as I pull into the garage I'm greeted by a digital display that tells me exactly how many parking spots are available and what section to find them in. No more blindly circling around for eternity hoping that the parking gods show you mercy. As soon as a spot opens up an overhead light turns green letting you know you're cleared for landing. When you're a blogger, inspiration can strike at any time so you need to be able to post at a moments notice even while traveling. DFW Airports conveniently located charging stations are readily available throughout the terminal and ensure that I never have to worry about running out of sweet, sweet battery juice when I need to make an update. I’ve always been a firm believer in mixing business with pleasure and with Free Wifi throughout the entire terminal I can get that work done anywhere. With work done, I’m free to explore the wide variety of retail options the terminal has to offer. Digital directories show me exactly where all the shops are located and if touchscreens aren’t your thing, there's always a smiling face nearby to help you.

DFW Airport
You have arrived.

Look for special appearances in the video above by Jane McGarry, Jack Son, Fashion X and #RHOD's LeeAnne Locken. Thanks to Blushington for making me pretty and Stanley Korshak for styling me for this project.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Target Scores With Store Redesign

Hey! It's Bullseye the Target mascot! 


Target opened its first store in Dallas in August 1969, and now has 47 stores and 6,700 team members across the DallasFort Worth area. Target and I are roughly the same age, and I know from personal experience that once you start approaching 50 you need a little bit of refreshing! So, I was thrilled when they invited me in to be one of the first to experience some of the redesign and upgrades they have recently made to 8 DFW locations (remaining stores to be completed later this summer and fall). Among the changes, look for more of a department store look to the clothing and home decor departments. They are incorporating mannequins and moveable walls to create boutique spaces within each department to highlight designer collaborations. You'll also notice that each dept. will offer a lot more plus sizes in mens, womens and kids. Their electronics dept can now rival any Best Buy with dedicated sales clerks who are knowledgable about products and in the grocery area they are working hard to offer local vendors like Fredericksburg peaches and Tubbs beer! Target is investing more than $220 million to remodel 28 stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. All the remodeled stores will receive top-to-bottom overhauls, including a mix of design and functionality, taking a customized approach to each store location. Wondering if your location is getting remodeled? Here's the timeline for completion:

  • May 2017: Addison, Grapevine, Lake Worth, Weatherford 
  • June 2017: Fort Worth Central, North Dallas Coit Road, Mansfield, McKinney, Plano West, Watauga, Frisco North 
  • July 2017: Rockwall, Burleson, Waxahachie, Euless 
  • August 2017: Love Field, Frisco, Dallas North East 
  • October 2017: Medallion, North Richland Hills, Flower Mound, Mesquite, Hurst, Cityview, Mckinney SW, Denton, Allen North, Lewisville

In addition to Target’s stores having an updated look, they will function differently enabling a digitally connected experience with an updated Order Pickup counter and Ship from Store service, which allows Target.com orders to be fulfilled from local stores and get to guests faster. Later this fall, Target will combine Cartwheel – the company’s popular savings app – with Target’s flagship app, offering guests one, easy-to-use digital solution. In addition to offering amazing brand collaborations at great prices, Target is heavily invested in the community, providing $7.8 million in cash and product donations in 2016 and participating in 26,300 volunteer hours with local organizations like the North Texas Food Bank.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Bravo Releases A First Look at Real Housewives of Dallas, Season 2

Real Housewives of Dallas, S2 Halloween


Saddle up, people. We're hitting the trails once again for Season 2 of Real Housewives of Dallas. Today, Bravo released a sneak peek of what's to come. Frankly, this is one of the tamer moments from this party - heck, from this season even - so I'm surprised they chose this moment to kick off the chatter but... who can say why Bravo does what they do. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  What this clip does confirm is that LeeAnne Locken, Cary Deuber, Brandi Redmond and Stephanie Hollman are back for another season. What it doesn't show were that Season 2's two newest Housewives were also in attendance at Stephanie's Halloween party. Flip through the photo gallery above to see what D'Andra Simmons and Kameron Westcott wore for their RHOD debut. Word on the street is that the new season will launch late Summer/early Fall. At noon today, Bravo released a #BravoSummerSneak on their Facebook Page and had Shahs of Sunset's Mike Shouhed drop that RHOD will follow the Real Housewives of Orange County. "These two shows will definitely be your Monday motivation," claims Mike. I couldn't agree more! After seeing the numbers that Potomac got from following Atlanta in Season One, Bravo is smart to have RHOC be the lead in for Dallas. Are you excited for the drama?! Leave your comments below and sound off!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Oh So Tasty: IdleRye

IdleRye in Deep Ellum



Deep Ellum is in the midst of a resurgence and IdleRye is one of its newest stars opening its doors a few weeks ago at 2826 Elm Street in Deep Ellum.  IdleRye's interior is inspired by historical influences, with galvanized metals, locally sourced, distressed and blowtorched wood, Edison lighting fixtures and rustic pipe fittings & pulleys. It is manly and warm at the same time, so it appeals to both sexes. 👏👏👏   The menu focuses on small bites perfect for sharing. My personal favorites were the Pierogies, crispy potato dumplings filled with fresh chives, cheddar & sour cream and the Deviled Eggs. For those seeking healthier fare, there are a handful of salads on the menu. I am a huge fan of arugula so of course, the salad named ARUGULA jumped out at me. It also happened to many other ingredients I am obsessed with like Figs, Toasted Pine Nuts, Crispy Pancetta, Shaved Parmesan, Lemon & E.V.O.O. My one word review of this salad? YUM.  For my main course, I sampled my husband's Salmon entree. The fish was perfectly pan-seared and was served on a ragout of sautéed sweet corn, Spanish chorizo, wild mushrooms & herb vinaigrette. My taste buds were doing a major happy dance over my selection of the Schnitzel, which was a panko-crusted pork tenderloin served over German potato salad and topped with arugula and a sunny side up egg. The best part about this dish was that it was so big that I had a good 50% of it left over and got to eat it for lunch the next day. I love it when that happens...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Quick And Easy Recipes From The Unlikeliest Of Chefs




Quick and Easy Recipes from Jane McGarry and Heidi Dillon
as seen of Good Morning Texas

I love food. Especially flavorful food that packs a punch. But that doesn't always lead to the healthiest of choices. I joined my #BFFs Jane McGarry and Heidi Dillon on Good Morning Texas today to watch them prepare their favorite quick-and-easy recipe that not tastes amazing but packs a powerful healthy punch. I helped out with colorful commentary and to taste test. We all have our talents.

Enjoy! - OSC


Jane McGarry's Kale Salad

Ingredients:
1/2 bag Taylor Farms Sweet Kale Chopped Salad
1/2 bunch fresh Lacinato Tuscan  Kale (chopped)
1/2 bunch Red Kale (chopped)
2 thick slices red onion, diced (optional)
Chopped jalapeno to taste (optional)

Toss greens, onion and jalapeno.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Oh So Tasty: Fat Rabbit



Uptown is one of Dallas' most popular entertainment destinations and Fat Rabbit is located smack dab in the middle of the district on McKinney Ave. at Routh St. Featuring Global-American cuisine paired with hand-crafted cocktails, local spirits and craft beer Fat Rabbit offers a comfortable setting with modest prices making them a great choice for lunch, brunch, happy hour and late night dining. The place has been open since 2015 and I'd been in for drinks a time or two but had never gone for a meal. When they reached out to invite me in, I was happy for the excuse to give them a try. First off, y'all know I am a sucker for a great patio and theirs is pretty amazing. It wraps around the McKinney Ave. and Routh St. sides of the building giving you plenty of great people-watching options. Inside, you have booth, hightop cocktail tables or regular 4-6 top tables giving you plenty of options depending on the type of seating you prefer. We started out with some craft cocktails, indulged in a selection of appetizers (pictured above) and moved on to sample the 6 oz. Lump Crab Cake and Honey Bourbon Chicken. The Observer's Scott Reitz says he was "seduced by the burger" at Fat Rabbit. I didn't try the burger but after reading his article, I'm going to have to go back and try it. Frankly, the apps were my favorite bites. The Fat Rabbit Wings and Spicy Rock Shrimp were fantastic.  Susie O. of Susie Drinks Dallas says, "The restaurant, complete with a generous patio and upstairs VIP bar (called Masque) bills itself as a purveyor of American food. While that sounds a bit "done" for the area, they do it well. Their food selections are all over the place... (but) The good part? They seem to do it all right." I couldn't agree more. Fat Rabbit is located at 2533 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201, 469-941-4085, Fatrabbitdallas.com

Friday, June 9, 2017

Iris van Herpen Brings Transformative Fashion to the DMA

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

IRIS VAN HERPEN: AT THE INTERSECTION OF FASHION AND ART
written by Heidi Dillon

Iris van Herpen (pronounce Ear-riss) is one of the few fashion designers today whose work has the intellectual sustenance to be exhibited in the context of an art museum. Also in this rarified category of forward-thinking, boundary pushing, rule-breaking avant-garde designers is Rei Kawakubo, whose work is currently the subject of the Met’s Costume Institute show entitled Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Art of the In-Between, Alexander McQueen, Victor & Rolf, Martin Margiela, Gareth Pugh, Vivian Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto and John Galliano. There are others who work at the intersection of art and fashion, but you get my drift. The 33 year-old, soft-spoken Dutch designer studied fashion design at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts Arnhem and later landed an internship at Alexander McQueen. By 2007 she had her own label and in 2011 became a member of the prestigious Parisian Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Iris, a former dancer who cuts a tall, willowy figure, appears – in contrast to her lavishly embellished oeuvre - to personally favor a minimalist style. And, for what it’s worth, my 20 year-old son thinks she’s hot.

Monday, June 5, 2017

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Stay Tite: A New Procedure For Loose or Sagging Skin

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When you live in a cosmopolitan, sophisticated city like Dallas, looking good is a necessity! I'm not keeping up with the Kardashians, but I am keeping up with the Jones (literally) and the Simmons and the rest of Dallas society. Beauty and (purchased) perfection is all around us and now there's an exciting new way to fight aging. Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Vu Ho of Beautiful Faces in Plano, Texas has announced that he is one of the few doctors in Texas now offering InMode’s new FaceTite/BodyTite technology, the latest FDA cleared device for tightening loose skin on the face and body. He visited the set of WFAA's Good Morning Texas last week to talk about it (see segment above).

Friday, June 2, 2017

Best Summer Beauty Tips That Take Less Than 5 Minutes Each



To me, Summer is all about relaxed ease, so the no-makeup makeup look is what I strive for. As we head into the hot Texas summer, I thought I would share five beauty tips to help you make the most of the season. The beautiful thing is that each of these tips takes less than 5 minutes! Try them out and let me know which of them you enjoy most!

BeautyRX Peel: Sometimes you need more than an exfoliation product to remove the damage that all of that sun worship has produced. Blushington has partnered with famous NYC dermatologist, Dr. Neal Schultz, to bring you his world-famous products at a fraction of what you'd pay in his fancy-pants Big Apple offices. This peel is simple, easy, and completed in just TWO minutes. First, skin is thoroughly cleansed, and then the pH-balanced and buffered glycolic peel is applied. The unique formulation of BeautyRx’s glycolic works its magic to invisibly and gently dissolve the top layer of dead, uneven skin to reveal gorgeous skin underneath. After two minutes, the peel is instantly neutralized with water, and the client is welcome to apply sunscreen and moisturizer. There’s no redness, downtime, or irritation – just glowing skin. This service is normally $225 at Dr. Schultz's office. At Blushington, you'll pay just $10 hands/$40 Neck and Decolletage/$50 full face.

Brow Tinting: There's no better way to create a polished and put-together look than having a strong brow. It frames your eyes and sets off your look without a lot of fuss. Don't mess with brow pencils and shadows - just like you color your hair, you can have your brows tinted. No fuss, no muss and you are out the door. $15 at Blushington.

Powder Foundation: I am crazy about Dallas-based Susan Posnick's ColorFlo mineral foundation because it's 3 products in one: sunscreen, foundation and powder. Simply brush and go with her self-dispensing refillable brush. COLORFLO provides powerful and natural sun protection and is invisible and weightless on the skin. It's also great packaging and easy to throw in your purse to re-apply later in the day. $68 online at SusanPosnick.com or avail. locally at Stanley Korshak.

Performance Polish: I love the way a great manicure makes my hands look, but I have always HATED that fact that it takes nail polish so long to dry! Thanks to new technology, performance polishes dry in just 5 minutes and come with a 5 day guarantee to not chip. Avail. at MiniLuxe (multiple Dallas Locations - my favorite is The Shops of Highland Park)

Adapt Collagen: I’ve never met a woman who wouldn’t like to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in their skin, or have stronger nails & hair, so let me share a new find with you. The magic bullet you require is more collagen protein in your diet. Dallas fitness trainer, Grant Alexander, has developed Adapt Restorative Collagen, which uses 100% natural, grass-fed collagen protein. Add a scoop into your daily 8 oz. smoothie, coffee, tea or any liquid beverage and enjoy a powerful dose of protein that our body easily absorbs to repair muscles, joints, hair, skin, nails and more. It’s tasteless, odorless, with no gritty feel. This is my kind of product – no pain, all gain! $48 at Adapthq.myshopify.com.


Disclaimer: Blushington is a client of my marketing firm/ad agency/whatever you want to call it. As I was learning about some of the new products and services they are offering, the information inspired this post.