Monday, October 5, 2015

Junior League of Dallas Announces Theme for 54th Annual Dallas Ball

(Press release) On September 22, 2015, Junior League of Dallas (JLD) members, sponsors and donors gathered at Museum Tower for the highly anticipated announcement of the theme and entertainment for the 54th Annual Junior League of Dallas Ball, presented by Sewell, set for Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. JLD Ball Chair Ashley Allen, along with Honorary Ball Chair Debbie Oates, revealed the theme, To Dallas With Love, which is inspired by James Bond. Tom Addis Productions will bring James Bond to life for guests and create the exciting 007 inspired evening, which will also feature a fantastic big board silent auction.

This year, the annual JLD Ball will feature three entertainers throughout the evening. Dallas-based singer/songwriter/band leader Hunter Sullivan and his trio will kick things off during the VIP sponsor reception. Together, they have built a solid reputation as the go-to source for authentic presentation of the best in Great American Songbook, classic pop and romantic ballads. During dinner, guests will enjoy the sounds of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, a 35-piece orchestra comprised of professional wind, brass and percussion players. Following dinner, patrons will be on their feet and out on the dance floor with the upbeat, high-energy music from Think Big Party with the Bulletproof Brass Band.  For individual tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please visit or contact the JLD Development Office at 214-357-8822, ext. 118, for more information.

Photo: Junior League of Dallas Honorary Ball Chair Debbie Oates and Junior League of Dallas Ball Chair Ashley Allen. Photographer: Rhi Lee

Friday, October 2, 2015

Bottega Veneta Hosts TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation

(Press release) Bottega Veneta at NorthPark Center recently hosted a champagne reception on September 23 for TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation in recognition of NorthPark50: Fifty Years of Giving. TeamConnor is the legacy of eight-year-old Connor Cruse of Frisco who lost his four-year battle with neuroblastoma in 2009. TeamConnor has awarded $1.7 Million in funding for childhood cancer research and patient programs across the country since 2008. “Bottega Veneta has been a wonderful partner,” said Jamie Singer, TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation executive director. “In addition to a generous donation to fight childhood cancer, even brought in special butterfly-themed items in honor of our organization’s logo. And we can’t say enough about the support we’ve received from NorthPark Center.” NorthPark Center is helping with the underwriting of art boxes that TeamConnor donates for Stem Cell Transplant patients at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) at Children’s Health in Dallas. Each art box contains carefully selected art and music materials that reflect the individual interests of the Patient. When a child undergoes a stem cell transplant, they have to be in isolation for 30 – 90 days. The art boxes are individually prepared with the child’s interests and hobbies in mind. An art box might include several games and art projects and books to engage the child and take his or her mind off their treatment for even a short time.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

How Shopping Can Cure Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. A lot of progress has been made, but there is still have a long way to go and your help is needed to fund a cure! Here are a few ways you can help by purchasing special products in the month of October:

Drybar has paired with City of Hope to create the Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo Pink Bottle for $13. Drybar will donate $1 to City of Hope from each sale up to $25,000. With this purchase, customers are supporting breast cancer research, treatment and education. Named one of the top “100 Brilliant Ideas of 2010” by Entrepreneur Magazine and New York Magazine’s Boom Brands of 2013, Drybar is based on the simple concept of focusing on one thing and being the best at it. The idea was a natural one for founder Alli Webb and came from a lifetime of frustration overpaying for blowouts at traditional salons. Stop by any of their 3 North Texas locations: The Shops of Highland Park on Oak Lawn Ave., NorthPark center or Shops of Legacy North in Plano.

In observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Knife at the Highland Dallas will feature a special pink cocktail called Flowers For Tiffany ($14). A portion of the proceeds will benefit breast cancer awareness and research. This limited cocktail will be available for the entire month of October. Ingredients: Gin Herbsaint Lemon Elderflower Orange blossom water Hibiscus.

Knife is located inside the Highland Dallas hotel at 5300 E. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, Texas 75206.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sell What You Got and Buy What You Want with 5miles


On the set of Good Morning Texas with Shannon Powell Hart to talk about 5miles App

I visited the set of Good Morning Texas on Tuesday to share a new discovery with their audience. In case you missed the segment, I thought I'd share it here as well! 5miles allows users to buy and sell items and services with their smart phone. Users can snap a photo, enter a text or voice description, and sell to thousands of potential buyers within seconds. 5miles uses a phone's location to reach a multitude of buyers and sellers in an immediate area. Introduced in 2014, 5miles today has two million active users and facilitates $100 million in transactions within the local economy. The app, which is totally free for both buyers and sellers, has a visual design similar to Pinterest, allowing users to browse images of items sorted by what’s closest to them or search and filter for specific items or services. Safer to use than Craigslist, 5miles provides user ratings and Facebook and phone verification to help users feel confident that they are trading with real people, not scammers. The company’s “Awesome Experience” team checks every item to ensure it matches strict safety guidelines. 5miles customers now can use the app to find local providers of services such as housekeeping and lawn care. In addition, the app also helps users tap into available housing and jobs in their area. To learn more about 5miles, visit, or go to the App Store or Google Play to download the app for iPhone or Android devices.


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party Announces Bond-Inspired Theme for 2016 Event

Susan Friedman, Don Neubauer, Deanna Cahill, David Nelson, Darlene Smith

(Press release) Among spectacular chandeliers, luxury Italian furniture, and a full-size red horse lamp at Scott + Cooner Showroom, No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party, benefiting AIDS Services of Dallas, hosted its kick-off reception to announce exciting details about the main event, and to get the party and fundraising season started! Now in its eleventh year, the 2016 No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party, presented by the Purple Foundation, returns to its humble beginning and foundation: life. Themed “You Only Live Twice,” inspired by the James Bond film and Nancy Sinatra song by the same name, the much-anticipated event celebrates ASD’s mission and journey over the last 25+ years to improve the lives of economically disadvantaged individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. Hosted by No Tie Chair David Nelson, ASD’s largest fundraiser begins with a dinner hosted at various homes throughout DFW. An expected 1,500+ attendees then unite and feast on desserts and cocktails, DJ and dancing, live and silent auctions, and surprise performances throughout the magical evening. The 2016 No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party, presented by Purple Foundation, will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 starting at 7:00 p.m., at the Frontiers of Flight Museum (6911 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75209). Tickets are $150 for VIP tickets and $75 for general admission. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Pictured (left to right) James Shackelford, Kristi Holman | Jeff Mokry, John Micheal Scurio | Joe Pacetti, Tricia Sims

photos by Sergio Delgado 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Get Out & About: Week of September 28

One of the things I love about Dallas, is that you can never be bored - unless you just want to be. From cultural exhibitions to restaurant openings, fashion shows to charity galas. From free events to galas that will cost you a month's salary - Dallas has something for everyone! Here are a few event highlights for the week of September 28, 2015:

Wednesday, September 30
The Essential Energy Speaker Series presents Kim Z. Garrett, retired ex-Facebook Director and author of Roll With It: Living, Working, and Parenting by the Seat of Your Pants.  Kim Garrett's unorthodox upbringing led to a decidedly unusual education–and a unique perspective on privilege, parenting, and empowerment. Self-reliant by necessity and tenacious by nature, Kim became an influential innovator as one of Facebook's directors of national sales, but she didn’t find the foundation for her success in the classroom, she earned it by turning tremendous challenges into positive change. A work-outside-the-home mom until retiring from the history-making social media company in 2011, the Dallas-based author recently reignited her career, signing on as the CEO of Drip That in July 2014. A born-and-bred Texan, Kim has a deep appreciation for all things Southern–biscuits and gravy, sweet iced tea, yellow roses, and the sound of a banjo–and she and her husband of seventeen years are passing on their favorite traditions as the parents of two boys.  No cost. This event will be held at TOOTSIES,8300 Preston Rd #200, Dallas, TX 75225. RSVP to: Christie LeGrand at

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Venny Etienne Reflects On His Recent Study Abroad Trip To Paris

For many, Paris is a dream destination. For recent Wade College graduate (class Salutatorian no less!) and emerging fashion designer Venny Etienne, the dream became a "life changing" reality after a sports bomber jacket and tailored pants, inspired by athletic shoes translated into ready-to-wear concepts, garnered him the top prize in the Fashion Group International Scholarship Competition. Etienne had entered the prestigious competition twice before but always left empty-handed. The third time was a charm with him taking home three prizes – a cash scholarship and two grand prizes – for the FGI’s Best of Sewing Award resulting in an industrial sewing machine plus the coveted FGI Paris American Academy Couture Award. This past June 30, Etienne packed his bags and headed to the fashion capital of the world for an all-expenses-paid, study-abroad program.

On his time at the FGI Paris American Academy Etienne muses, "The professors at the school have 20+ years’ experience in haute couture - working for houses such as Nina Ricci and Christian Dior just to name a few. My professor, Xavier Brisoux, was chief in pushing me outside of the box. I knew to leave whatever ego or knowledge I had of fashion at the doorstep in Dallas and come to Paris with a clean slate to learn. There were many times I would have a one-on-one session with my professor about an inspiration idea, and he would know how to take it 3-4 steps deeper. Seeing his process of how he dissects a concept to its core was beyond belief to me. He would be able to connect nature with science to pop culture and join it all back to the inspiration. Witnessing this had me reflect on my own design process and how all along, I’ve only touched the surface of a concept.

Monday, September 21, 2015

IBB Designs Hosts Seller Soiree Benefiting Partners Card

Beth Rafferty, Brooklyn Geyer, Jaylie Geyer, Shay Geyer and Brian Geyer | Photo by George Fiala

Savvy shoppers around Dallas are all too familiar with Partners Card. It's the signature fundraiser for Dallas’ largest domestic violence agency, The Family Place. 100% of your Partners Card purchase goes directly to supporting survivors of family violence. You know how I love to shop for a cause! Approximately 100 guests gathered together for a Seller SoirĂ©e hosted by Shay Geyer and Beth Rafferty on September 9, 2015 at IBB Design Fine Furnishings in celebration of Partners Card 2015. The Family Place, along with Co-Chairs Melissa Boler, Debbie Munir and Ashlee Weidner and Honorary Chair Rhonda Sargent Chambers, welcomed card sellers, sponsors, retailers and friends for an evening filled with festive hors d’oeuvres, sips, shopping and door prize drawings. Co-­Chairs Melissa, Debbie and Ashlee led the remarks, reminding everyone to please mark their calendars and purchase their $70 card for the annual shopping fundraiser, presented by Bank of Texas, set for October 30 through November 8, 2015.

Bank of Texas Senior Vice President and Manager of Commercial Banking Mandy Austin also addressed the group and thanked The Family Place for its wonderful, long-lasting partnership. This year will mark Bank of Texas’ seventh year as presenting sponsor of Partners Card. The Family Place Chief Executive Officer Paige Flink concluded by thanking all those who have contributed to making Partners Card the largest fundraiser for The Family Place. In addition, she shared The Family Place’s latest fundraising goals, motivated card sellers to go beyond previous accomplishments and invited others to join in promoting and selling cards for one of the most popular shopping events in the Dallas Metroplex. Guests included: Nancy Scripps, John Mazey, Brian Geyer, Eric White, Sharon Jett, Brandy Taylor, Michael Munir, Michele and Mickey Munir, Maggie Kipp, Quitman Stephens, Katie Hunzinger, Melissa and Jeff Cameron, Diane Hopson and Kathryn Henry. To learn more about Partners Car or purchase one for this year, visit

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Salvation Army Announces Carmaleta Whiteley as 2016 Luncheon Chair

Slated for Monday, May 2, 2016 at the Omni Dallas Hotel, the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will celebrate its 25th year of service to our community during their annual Fashion Show & Luncheon with a theme of "Twenty-Five Years of Giving." Chairing the event will be well-known Dallas community leader, Carmaleta Whiteley.  “It is truly an honor to chair this premier event, especially during the Auxiliary’s 25th year,” Whiteley said. “We are kicking-off on October 1st with a celebration hosted by The Residences at The Stoneleigh where the honorary chairs will be announced and more surprises will be revealed.”  begins with a reception, silent auction with some one-of-a-kind items and packages exclusive to this event, and shopping in the Chic Boutique, followed by a runway presentation produced by the inimitable Jan Strimple. Ron Corning of WFAA TV Channel 8 will have everyone entertained as the emcee. There will be a presentation and a few surprises mingled in, followed by a fabulous luncheon.

Carmaleta Whiteley
Karen Dealy, president of The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, encourages everyone to visit the website and discover the many opportunities and benefits of Auxiliary membership saying “We support the work of The Salvation Army through many volunteer activities: Back to School, Angel Tree and Kettles at NorthPark, Santa Sacks, and our annual Fashion Show and Luncheon.

 The Auxiliary’s community service projects enrich the lives of those less fortunate, from serving meals at Carr P. Collins Social Service Center to celebrating sobriety at the Adult Rehabilitation Center. Our volunteer efforts support the Community Centers of the Army who provide a variety of services to help those in need in their communities: children, teens, adults, seniors and the ill.” 

Fashion Show & Luncheon sponsorships and underwriting are available. Tickets begin with a limited number available at $250. Then tickets begin at $500. The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. The Salvation Army’s mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

For more information on the Fashion Show & Luncheon or Auxiliary membership, visit the website at, fb:SAWADallas FashionShow , call 214-637-8121 or email

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Oh So Tasty: Brunch at Souk in Trinity Groves

Moroccan Pancakes, Chocolate Bar, Moroccan Monte Cristo at Souk

When I think of Morocco, I see bright colors swirling around the hips of sexy belly dancers and smell sensuous spices in my mind. Souk has done a great job of transporting the look of a Moroccan Bistro and Bazaar directly from the Atlas Mountains to Dallas' newest dining and entertainment destination, Trinity Groves. When it comes to my thoughts on a restaurant, I care as much about the ambiance as I do the food. I want it all - a complete experience. Souk at Trinity Groves provides ambiance, great people-watching and a delectable menu, in spades. Now you can enjoy some sexiness over breakfast because Souk recently launched a new brunch menu and it is TO. DIE. FOR.  Carnivores will go crazy for the Steak & Eggs entree using Filet Mignon Beef Kabob pieces over a think slice of toast topped with an over-easy egg with Paprika roasted potatoes. If you are into sweets try the Moroccan Monte Cristo - their take on French Toast - which tastes like Funnel Cake stuffed with Mascarpone Cheese topped with honey, orange blossom, fresh berries and pistachios. Another favorite was the Moroccan Pancake made with Msemen bread (which has the consistency of a thick, chewy tortilla), Mascarpone Cheese, mixed berries, toasted almonds and Argon honey Syrup. Wash it down with a carafe of mimosas for $10. You can choose from Orange, Pomegranate or Apricot juice. The brunch menu is served noon to 4pm every Saturday and Sunday.