Sunday, May 27, 2018

Don't Miss The Rights & Responsibilities Tour on June 15-17, 2018

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Rights & Responsibilities Tour

Now is your chance to experience Mercury One’s Rights & Responsibilities, an especially significant curated pop-up museum happening at the Mercury One Studios in Irving only on Father’s Day weekend, beginning Friday, June 15th through and including Saturday, June 16th and Sunday, June 17th. Mercury One, a 501(c)(3) foundation, is hosting this temporary exhibition with historically noteworthy items from their permanent collection focused on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens. Everyone is invited to join in the adventure and explore historical artifacts and documents that reveal just what it is that makes America amazing and the most innovative nation on earth: Our core principles and values as laid-out by the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. In light of national conversation surrounding our rights of free speech, life, religion, and self-defense, this event seeks to answer a number of fundamental questions. We talk of defending these rights, but as citizens do we recognize what our responsibilities are? As Americans, what responsibility do we shoulder when it comes to defending our rights? Do we, as a nation, still agree on the core principles and values laid-out by our founding fathers? How can we move forward amidst uncertainty surrounding the intent of our founding ideals?

Monday, May 21, 2018

4th Annual Boots & Blessings Gala benefiting Ally’s Wish

4th Annual Boots & Blessings Gala benefiting Ally’s Wish
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The Fourth Annual Boots & Blessings Gala took place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Austin Ranch at Hilton DFW Lakes 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. “The mission of Ally’s Wish fills a special need that not only touches my heart but leaves a lasting memory for the children of the terminally ill moms they serve. The support at this year’s gala was overwhelming and we are all truly humbled that so many people cared enough to help grant these last wishes. I can’t wait to see what next year’s gala holds as we work to raise even more money and support!” said event chair, Lori Fickling.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Glenn Beck Announces M1 Ball Chairs at 2018 Kickoff Party

M1 Ball Kickoff Party 2018
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Over the past 10 years, I have attended hundreds of charity events, fashion shows and parties, so it's not surprising that for the past few months, I have been experiencing event fatigue. I've decided that to keep blogging fun for me, I need to stretch myself, explore new avenues and step outside of my self-created box and that means more of a focus on people and projects that are meaningful and are striving to change the world for the better. So, when Mercury One's executive director Suzanne Bock Grishman approached me about getting involved with their annual gala this Fall, I jumped at the chance to learn more about their organization. Mercury One is a Humanitarian Aid and Education organization focused on restoring the human spirit. Their initiatives include "providing programs to individuals to advance the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for communities to help themselves as well as assisting our nation’s veterans, providing aid to those in crisis, and rebuilding and restoring the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East." Sounds good, but what does that really mean? On Tuesday, May 16, I joined over 100 business and community leaders at Glenn Beck’s Mercury Studios to learn more about the organization and hear announcements for the 2018 M1Ball benefiting Mercury One, the nonprofit organization founded by Beck and his wife, Tania.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

DIFFA Showcases the Alter Egos of Dallas Society Set

House of DIFFA: Alter Ego 2018

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to attend on of my favorite parties of the year - House of DIFFA. This year's theme was "Alter Ego" and the event was sold-out with an impressive attendance count of nearly 1,600 guests. DIFFA is one of the largest and most successful fundraising organizations aiding HIV/AIDS. The Dallas chapter, formed in 1984, is one of the largest HIV/AIDS organizations in Texas that provides funding to local HIV/AIDS Service Organizations within our community. DIFFA/Dallas has granted more than $8 million to 25 frontline HIV/AIDS Service Organizations in North Texas providing direct care to those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Highlighting the design community, DIFFA/Dallas hosts multiple events throughout the season. Through your support and generosity, DIFFA/Dallas is able to make a significant impact within our community.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Blushington Keep​s​ It Real With EveryHue Beauty

Blushington Celebrates EveryHue Beauty

Blushington hand selects and tests every brand that they carry, offering only the best of the best in beauty. They scour the world for emerging brands founded by women and also offer hero products from iconic beauty brands, all approved by their expert makeup artists. Their Blushington approved edit allows customers to shop for beauty with ease and confidence. With this in mind, Blushington hosted a party on Wednesday, May 2 to announce a new partnership with EveryHue Beauty. Natasha Cornstein, CEO of Blushington, and 3 of the 4 co-founders of EveryHue Beauty, Sophia Rabkin, Karlene Damallie and Gizelle Bryant (who you might also recognize from Bravo's Real Housewives of Potomac) were in attendance to welcome Pat Smith, Tammy Franklin, Paige Chenault, Leah Frazier, Kimberly Alexander, Kathy Fielder, Prashe Shah, Annika Cail and many others. Guests were treated to makeup touch-ups using EveryHue Beauty products to experience the brand first-hand and discover their perfect shade from the experts.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Starplex Renamed To Dos Equis Pavilion

In a press release that just hit my in-box, HEINEKEN USA has announced the signing of a marketing alliance with Live Nation giving their key Mexican import Dos Equis® exclusive naming rights to the Starplex Pavilion, a 20,000- seat venue located in historic Fair Park in Dallas, TX. The largest amphitheater in the Dallas/Fort Worth area will be renamed Dos Equis Pavilion in this multi-year agreement. Under the terms of the deal Dos Equis® will be the exclusive naming rights partner of the facility and be integrated into the official logo of the Pavilion. Prominent signage throughout the venue, including façade, box office and LED displays will drive brand awareness among the hundreds of thousands of legal drinking age concertgoers and enhance the music experience. Acts signed to date span a range of music genres and include Foo Fighters, Luke Bryan, Kendrick Lamar, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Dave Matthews Band.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Volunteer Service Was Honored At The 2018 TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon

2018 TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon
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The Arts Community Alliance hosted the 40th annual TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon, presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Neiman Marcus, on Tuesday, March 20. This year’s luncheon, chaired by Melinda Johnson, featured performances by TACA Grant Recipients and a special announcement in addition to the heartfelt speeches delivered by the two honorees. This year’s award lunch honored Julie K. Hersh and Donald J. “Don” Stone. Celebrated annually for 40 years, the TACA Silver Cup Award recognizes two individuals for their volunteer leadership and contributions to the arts in North Texas. During her acceptance, Julie Hersh initiated a call to action for "radical collaboration" in our arts community, and remarked that after moving to Dallas, the arts community made her a "Dallasite". Don Stone spoke about his love of philanthropy and the joy he has derived from his support of many local organizations has enriched his life. The luncheon served as a unique opportunity to cast the spotlight on two individuals who contribute richly to the cultural fabric of the community through their unparalleled devotion to the arts.

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Food Network Debuts Dallas Cakes on April 30

Master cake decorator Bronwen Weber adds cocoa powder to the 47-inch tall boot cake to give it that rustic, worn-in look. Photo credit: Food Network

Everything is big and over-the-top in Dallas, especially the cakes! Beginning on Monday, April 30th at 10:30pm ET/PT, viewers will follow the best Dallas-area bakers as they transform their clientele's wildest imaginations into extraordinary customized confections in a new TV show on the Food Network cleverly called - wait for it - Dallas Cakes. 🎂 In each of the ten half-hour episodes, three outrageously talented bakers conceive, create and deliver incredible, edible works of art using cake, frosting, incredible imagination and skill. From an impressive Game of Thrones wedding cake featuring an intricate cake topper of a dragon wrapped around the iron throne, to a Back to the Future DeLorean car cake with working headlights, and to a gigantic oil derrick cake that spews chocolate, these Dallas Cakes are always top tier. Among the local bakeries featured will be Frosted Arts Bakery, Society Bakery, Crème de La Crème, The London Baker, Kool Kakes by Dylan and Sugar Bee Sweets.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The 8th Annual Symphony of Chefs Gala Goes Global

Symphony of Chefs 2018
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The 8th Annual Symphony of Chefs was held on Monday, February 26, 2018 at Sixty Five Hundred benefiting KidLinks. The night began with the sounds of Corey Breedlove on guitar during a hors d’oeuvres reception prepared by Chef Partner Justin Yoakum from Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Notable guests included Jolie & Bart Humphrey, Carmaleta & Otis Felton, Margo & Bill Goodwin, Dr. Tana Roberts & Tim Roberts, Daffan Nettle, Jeanie & Bert Conly, Karen & Mike Dollar and founding event chairs Bonnie & Nathan Shea. As the dinner bell chimed, 250 guests took their seats in front of the 25 featured dinner chef tables. Co-chairs Vinette & Mike Montgomery and Georgia & Marc Lyons welcomed guests to the 8th annual event before turning the podium over to WFAA’s Good Morning Texas co-host Jane McGarry. After recognizing a host of new and returning sponsors and a few brief remarks about the night it was time for the chefs and guests to enjoy their first course.

Monday, March 26, 2018

FGI Dallas Celebrates Emerging Talent In Fashion, Beauty, Art and More

FGI Rising Stars 2018
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On Thursday March 1, 2018, Fashion Group International of Dallas (FGI) a global, non-profit professional fashion organization, hosted its 21st annual Rising Star Awards Ceremony at the Design District's Seven for Parties. The fete celebrated the extraordinary accomplishments of Dallas' emerging talents in the areas of Women's Fashion, Men's Fashion, Photography, Art, Fashion Blogging, and MakeUp Artistry. Courtney Kerr of "Kerrently" returned for her fourth year as emcee, with pop-up men's and women's fashion presentations produced by Jan Strimple Productions. Art and media installations were vividly dispersed, reflecting the works of the nominees spanning MakeUp Artistry, Photography, Art, and Fashion Blogging. Guests mixed and mingled throughout, enjoying cocktails by Kruto Vodka and light hors d'oeuvres. Among those in attendance was prior Rising Star Nominee and designer of Smith the 2nd, Charles Smith, Heidi Dillon, Real Housewives of Dallas star LeeAnne Locken, Steve Kemble, musician Larry g(EE), Leah Frazier, Dawn Mellon and Khanh Nguyen, designer of Nha Khanh. A surprise performance by local music artist, HANNA, rounded out the evening, making it one of the most buzzed about events for the season.

2018 Rising Star Award Winners  
Rising Star Winner in Men's Fashion: Jason Simmons of DeadSoxy 
Rising Star Winner in Women's Fashion: Venny Etienne of Levity 
Rising Star Winner in Photography: Aaron Fairooz 
Rising Star Winner in Art: Lindsey Meyers 
Rising Star Winner in Fashion Blogging: Amber LaFrance of DFW Style Daily 
Rising Star Winner in MakeUp Artistry: Jo Franco 
People's Choice Award: Jo Franco 

Photo Credit: Bob Manzano & William Neal