Tuesday, August 15, 2017

COSIGN Magazine's Influencer Profile

COSIGN Magazine is a diverse specialized consumer magazine and online platform that focuses on fashion, entertainment, entrepreneurs, music, sports, art and the independent artists that create it. Designed to feature aspiring and established creative individuals (like me) and the companies that service them, COSIGN captures the true elements of independence. I am honored that they chose to include me in their COSIGN1K campaign. I hope you enjoy their article and enjoy learning a little something new about me!

RHOD Memes: Season 2, Episode 1

Real Housewives of Dallas kicked off last night for the Season 2 premiere. Below are a couple of memetastic moments from last night's debut episode. I attended a private viewing party at Highland Park Village Theater hosted by LeeAnne Locken and D'Andra Simmons. Among those in attendance were Rich Emberlin, Jeremy Lock, Jane McGarry, Bo Dorton, Caroline Kraddick, Steve Kemble, Jenny Anchondo, Leigh Ann Adam, Dawn and Ryan Neufeld, and Hamilton Sneed. The show trended on Twitter, which was awesome. For those of you who watched... What did you think? Hit up my Instastory in the next 8 hours if you want to see behind-the-scenes-fun from last night's event. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Oh So Charitable: Emmitt Smith and JCPenney Donate 3000 Uniforms to Dallas ISD Students

PESC Back to School Event 2017
                                                                                                    photos c/o Axxess

On Wednesday, August 7, 2017, Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, in partnership with Dallas Independent School District and title sponsor JCPenney, provided 3,000 new school uniforms valued at $150,000 to students from seven high need, Dallas Independent School District elementary schools. The Ellis Davis Field House was converted into a “pop-up shop” to provide a true shopping experience for students attending Carr Elementary, Jill Stone Elementary, Paul Dunbar Learning Center, Elisha Pease Elementary, Rice Elementary, McNair Elementary and JW Ray Elementary schools. Axxess hosted an arts and crafts and face painting station; DECA Dental provided dental screenings and services; Essilor Vision provided vision screenings and free glasses to students; JCPenney and San Francisco Barbers offered salon services and haircuts; Albertsons/Tom Thumb prepared lunch and gave healthy groceries for all families to take home; McDonalds provided books for each student, and The Dallas ISD Community Police Team was on-hand to visit with students and their families.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Real Housewives of Dallas Season Two Taglines Revealed!

The new season of the Real Housewives of Dallas will return to Bravo next Monday, August 14 at 9:00 PM CST. Joining returning Housewives Cary Deuber, Stephanie Hollman, LeeAnne Locken and Brandi Redmond are newbies D’Andra Simmons and Kameron Westcott who will bring some new drama to the mix. In anticipation of the upcoming second season, which will include unexpected betrayals and shocking scandals, their new taglines were just revealed. Which is your favorite?

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Oh So Tasty: Hot Joy

Pad Thai at Hot Joy Dallas

Hot Joy just opened a pop-up location at 3130 Lemmon Ave. in Dallas. Featuring a wild menu with outsized flavors, tiki-inspired cocktails, late-night hours and an atmosphere that can best be described as “singular,” Hot Joy has brought an energetic vibe to the Uptown corner previously occupied by Texas Land & Cattle. Hot Joy burst onto the San Antonio dining scene in 2014 and immediately threw convention out the window. Owner Chad Carey describes the menu as “a wild mash-up of China, Texas, Vietnam, Japan, Louisiana, Thailand, Mexico, Malaysia and anything else that lights up our brain.” “It’s meant to be insanely fun, bursting with life and just a bit too loud,” Carey continues. “Hot Joy is, at its core, about being spontaneous and creative, and the joy that comes from that urgency. We wanted to create a restaurant experience that’s a little bit different, and I think that’s we’ve done. Of all the things we can be accused of … being understated, nuanced or predictable isn’t one of them.” 

Drink For A Cause: Oak Highlands Brewery Donates To AiRS Foundation

This fall, Oak Highlands Brewery will donate a portion of proceeds of all sales of Oktoberfest beer to the AiRS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to help women with the costs associated with restorative breast surgery, as well as connecting them with doctors that can help them. The AiRS Foundation will receive 10% of all sales of the Oktoberfest beer, which will be available in both cans and on draft, starting August 1st through October 31st. “Oak Highlands Brewery gives 10% of the proceeds from the sales of its Oktoberfest beer to a different local Breast Cancer Awareness charity every year. Breast cancer has touched many lives, including those closely connected with Oak Highlands Brewery, and because the traditional Oktoberfest season and Breast Cancer Awareness Month loosely coincide, we thought it was a perfect opportunity to raise awareness and money to help find a cure,” explained Erica Connolly, marketing director at Oak Highlands Brewery.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Rebel Role Model Podcast with Cynthia Smoot

Nancy Coblenz or Rebel Role Model with OSC's
Cynthia Smoot (May 22, 2017)
Rebel Role Model is a new podcast featuring interviews of everyday disruptors changing the game in their respective industries. Creator Nancy Coblenz says, "Each episode details hard-earned successes while disseminating real-life practical advice in industries like, startups, professional sports, law, finance, politics, education, art, music, fashion, social media, and many many more. You’ll find that each person came to their success in very different ways, there is no manual to truly being a Rebel Role Model."

I loved visiting with her about how I fell into marketing out of college, left the security of my corporate job to pursue digital media in the beginning days of social media (which I refer to as a modern day "Gold Rush") and found my way to Public Relations.  Along the way, I started this blog as a hobby and have watched it explode into a full-time job, except... wait... I already have a full-time job! Learn more about how I stay sane balancing Motherhood and marriage with running a business, being a #GirlBoss and the "OG Blogger" of Dallas.

Download the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Libsyn, Player.fm or listen online. The first part of the podcast we talk primarily about how I started my career and my work in marketing, PR and social media. Around the 29 minute mark, we transition to why I started blogging and what I think it takes to make it as a blogger today. Feel free to fast forward or skip around!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Oh So Tasty: City Hall Bistro

City Hall Bistro inside the storied Adolphus Hotel (photo c/o Steven Visneau)

Last week, The Adolphus hotel quietly opened City Hall Bistro, overseen by Director of Culinary Chef Darren Anklam. Opening on the site of Dallas’s original City Hall, the Southern European-inspired bistro features shareable fare, an approachable wine list, and craft cocktails housed in a bright space ideal for a stylish power lunch, dinner with friends, or a satisfying solo meal. Open for all-day dining, including daily breakfast, weekend brunch and happy hour Monday through Friday, the restaurant showcases menu selections meant to be shared and intended to create a layered meal, offering guests the freedom to sample many small plates or order in a more traditional, coursed fashion. A new entrance on Main Street allows both interior and street-level access to the restaurant. “In creating a collection of experiences with broad appeal across The Adolphus we are focused on transcending the traditional hotel restaurant scene, with a goal to make City Hall a destination for both hotel guests and locals alike,” said Anthony Cournia, The Adolphus’s General Manager of Food & Beverage Operations.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

WAAS Collective Promotes Peace, One Selfie At A Time

WAAS Collective is proclaiming selfies for peace! On June 17, artist Renda Writer installed his 38th mural in partnership with Peace Day NTX at WAAS. The mural took Writer a tedious 14 hours to complete in the Texas heat letting Dallas be the first to receive such a mural. Spectators were able to witness the installation live, alongside local stars, Tha Mystics, Cure for Paranoia, Faded Deejays, and Sudie. Renda was able to incorporate his written word alongside the recent Jules Muck ode to Paz Lenchantin mural. Founder of WAAS and creative, Brandy Michele Adams invites you to experience this one of a kind public work of art and keep pushing peace. Grab your iPhone and head over to 2722 Logan St, Dallas, TX 75215 to take a photo and spread the message. When you share on social media,  tag @waascollective @worldpeacemuraltour @rendawriter @peaceispossible and let the word know that you #WaasHere.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Real Housewives of Dallas Throw Shade Before Season Even Begins

This past Monday night during the Real Housewives of Orange County's Season 10 premiere episode, Bravo released a trailer for the Real Housewives of Dallas, Season 2 and FINALLY gave us an official air date of Monday, August 14, 9:00 PM CST. In addition to revealing the air date, Bravo also confirmed the two new cast mates, D'Andra Simmons and Kameron Westcott by including them in the trailer. The next morning, they released their bios on BravoTV.com. None of this was any secret to readers of this blog since I announced Kam and D'Andra would be joining the cast back in February... but now the rest of the world knows. Once the cat was out of the bag, it didn't take long for the "ladies" to start jockeying for position and throwing massive shade on Twitter. Here's just a taste of what's already occurred and what we can surely expect much more of this season: