Monday, January 26, 2015

Get The Skinny on Skinny Cow Creamy Iced Coffee Drinks

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Nestle's calorie-conscious Skinny Cow brand is probably best known for candy and ice cream, but is branching out with three new Creamy Iced Coffee Drinks this year. These new indulgent beverages have just launched in select markets now, including Dallas. They asked me to host a tasting with a few girlfriends and let them know what we thought of the product. I used the opportunity to host a "New Year/New You" breakfast with two of my besties. I'm a big believer in the Law of Attraction, which is the name given to the belief that "like attracts like" and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results. I think it's important to put positive goals and thoughts out into the Universe to be visualized and realized. What better way to do that than to utilize your support system for support on your journey?

LeeAnne Locken and Tiffany Hendra are two friends who are also in the "media" world as models, TV personalities, YouTube vloggers, and digital influencers. During our tasting, we shared ideas and goals with regards to how to grow our brands and support each others journey. Girl power!  Both of these ladies have exciting projects in the works and I can't wait to share them with you when the time is right. All I have to say is lights, camera, action!

But back to the tasting... New Skinny Cow Creamy Iced Coffees come in three delicious flavors: Mocha Latte, Vanilla Latte and Creamy Cappuccino. At 120 calories each, they are great for a grab-and-go treat. LeeAnne and I liked Vanilla the best, while Tiffany leaned towards Mocha Latte. They're available individually as well as in four-packs starting this month. The suggested retail price is $1.99 per bottle and $5.99 per four-pack. You can find Skinny Cow products at most major grocery stores locations. Thanks to Skinny Cow for letting us amp their tasty new products and giving us a great morning of inspiration to kick start the new year? What are your goals for 2015? Leave them in the comments below as a way to let the Universe start to put them into actuality!!

This post was brought to you by Skinny Cow. While I did receive compensation for authoring this post; product selections, descriptions, and opinions are 100% my own. Interested in a sponsored post or product review? Contact me for rates and details.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Edo Popken Invites You To Live Like a King at Chateau de Venteuil

I ran into fashion designer, Edo Popken, earlier this week at the kickoff party for the Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational. I've known Edo for about a year. He travels back and forth from Europe where his menswear empire is based. If you haven't been to his store, grab your man and head down to the Design District or the Galleria. Very cool attire. The point is, that I learned something new about Edo this week which is he owns a fabulous villa in France. Chateau de Venteuil was built in 1760 and is a beautifully renovated XVIII century castle.

It's Jardin a la Francaise is a masterpiece seldom seen in castles of the same type. From the gardens, one can enjoy a breathtaking view on the Marne valley. The castle's park and gardens are a tribute to the family Jussieu - famous for their work in botanic - who owned Venteuil and enjoyed beautiful summers in the castle for several generations.

The castle is conveniently located 40 minutes away form the heart of Paris, 30 minutes from Disneyland Paris, and 45 minutes from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport.  A 3-bedroom Guesthouse and a Private 1-bedroom apartment are available for booking. The Chateau offers "Experience Packages" such as an Edo Popken Champagne and cigar tasting, La Cuisine du Chateau: cooking class and discovery of the local Brie and Coulommiers cheese, French language class and guided cultural tours by certified French instructor. Learn more at

So, if you are looking for an adventure for Valentine's Day or perhaps planning your Summer vacation, I know a guy with a castle... C'est magnifique!

photos c/o Edo Popken

Thursday, January 22, 2015

MagikHelp Replaces Helpless Husbands

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My Mother used to tell a story about my Dad and how he won a radio contest for being the laziest husband alive. The story that won him the title goes a little something like this. One hot spring night when my Mother was about 8.5 months pregnant with me, she was mowing the front yard with a push mower while my Dad sat on the front porch drinking a beer. After a while, she paused to wipe her brow and catch her breath. Looking over at him she said, “Aren’t you afraid that the neighbors will see what a horrible husband you are, making your pregnant wife mow the yard?” Looking up at the sky he responded, “If you wait 20 minutes, it’ll be dark and no one will see.” I don’t think I ever saw my Dad fix something broken or be “handy”. I bet my Mother wishes there had been companies like MagikHelp back then. MagikHelp, is a local company that’s giving your time back and finishing your projects around the house all for $20 per hour. If you have projects like yard work, cleaning, moving, or furniture assembly – they have knights in shining armor ready to come to your aid.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Fashionable Announcement from the Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show is the one day of the year that this redhead wears pink. And I will be joined by hundreds and hundreds of women inside the Myerson wearing various shades of red, pink, magenta and fuchsia all in the name of charity.

The dynamic variety of contemporary and luxury boutiques at Highland Park Village will create an inspired show under the guidance of producer Jan Strimple. But whose fashions will we all be watching, you ask? Hot off the presses, I am here to announce that the featured designers for this year's luncheon will be St. John, Hadleigh’s, Lela Rose and Ralph Lauren. Yes, hunny. Yes!

Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational Kicks Off in Dazzling Style

Pat and Emmitt Smith kicked off the 6th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational presented by Softlayer last night at the home of Lisa and Steve Lieberman. Commercial Real Estate must be very good because - WOW - this was not a home but an estate of magnificent proportions. The Mediterranean-style villa provided a beautiful setting for all of the fabulous folks who showed up to lend their names (and money) to support Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities by agreeing to be on this year's Host Committee. The Honorable Ron Kirk and his wife Matrice, who will serve as Honorary Chairs for this year's gala with Sarah and Jud Chapin serving as Chairs. Kellie Rasberry, David and Tina "Bag Snob" CraigJane McGarry, designer Edo Popken, Shay and Brian Geyer and Scott and Carole Murray were among those in attendance. Emmitt stated that he is "all about breaking records" and that their plan is to raise two millions dollars. Going into last night's kickoff party, Pat excitedly announced that they are already over $560,000 of the way there. As Pat announced that fact, Emmitt yelled "And that's a catch no one can take away!" which led to rousing applause. Funds raised from this event will go to Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities which creates educational experiences and enrichment opportunities for underserved children in North Texas. The event is held in two parts: 1000 people will attend a black tie "Friday Night Lights" gala on May 8 at the Omni Hotel. This is a par-tay and from what I hear it is a throw down of epic proportions. I can't wait to attend this year's event! On Saturday, a golf tournament is held at TPC Craig Ranch. While the golf tournament is totally sold out (sorry golfers!) tickets and sponsorships are available for the Friday Night Lights gala. Tickets start at $500 and can be purchased at For more information on sponsorship opportunities, email Tifani Pinson at

pictured at the top: event Chairs Jud and Sarah Chapin, Pat and Emmitt Smith and Honorary Chairs Matrice Ellis-Kirk and The Honorable Ron Kirk (photo c/o Gittings)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jeff Lewis Is Flipping Out On Bravo Stars (Video)

Jeff Lewis is an interior designer, house-flipper, sassy mouth narcissist who is best-known as the star of Bravo TV's Flipping Out. I am crazy about this man. Not only is he hilarious and zany but he says it like it is. Or how he sees it anyway. He is currently filming Season 8 of Flipping Out, but made a stop last Friday at Dallas Market Center to talk to interior designers and buyers. Jeff gave lots of advice and tips on home decorating trends and talked about his personal style. Of course, my girl Shay Geyer of IBB Design, had to take it there and ask Jeff about his now infamous appearance on Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live when he got Brandy Glanville so upset she threw a glass of wine on him, turned her chair around and cried on live TV for 4 minutes. For the record, although they "agreed that it was okay to insult each other" he says the wine toss was not planned, the crying was for real and was not staged as Brandy later claimed. He says it was one of the few times he was speechless and claims it was incredibly awkward for he and Cohen. He said he felt bad about upsetting her and that he obviously went too far with the teasing and felt bad about what happened. But, hey, Brandy's a train wreck so frankly no one was surprised. In this clip Lewis talks about which of the Real Housewives are his favorites and what Bravo shows he's addicted to:

Click here to watch this clip on YouTube.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Bradley Cooper Charms Dallas at American Sniper Premiere

Last night Teya Kyle hosted a red carpet premiere of the film American Sniper with proceeds benefiting the newly formed Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. American Sniper is the story of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper) who takes his sole mission -- protect his comrades -- to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. Known as "The Legend", his pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. Not only does this film show us the struggles of his daily life during war time, but it shows how difficult it can be when soldiers return home and have to completely readjust to a new "normal" life. Rich Emberlin was Chris Kyle's best friend and happens to also be a dear friend of mine. I published a post last month talking about Rich's experience at the New York world premiere of the film. He majorly hooked me up with special access to the VIP event prior to the film where I was honored to meet Teya Kyle and military veteran Jacob Schick who appears in the movie. I can't say I was surprised to look over and see Roger and Marianne Staubach in the room seeing how Roger is a Navy veteran and served in Vietnam. The film's star, Bradley Cooper, flew in for the event and I was able to charm my way onto the red carpet for these photographs:

Cynthia Smoot with Taya Kyle

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Casting Call: Bravo Is Looking for Couples Who Are Consciously Uncoupling

Are you going through a divorce and can't come to terms on assets? There's a show looking for you! Casting is underway for Season two of Untying the Knot. The show follows celebrity divorce attorney and mediator Vikki Ziegler as she travels the country using her particular brand of honest, empathetic and to-the-point communication to help couples divorce with dignity. On each episode, couples receive Vikki's invaluable expertise divvying up their belongings faster than you can say, "I don't"! They are interested in separating your stuff NOT why you are separating. They are not looking to dig into your personal life or put any of your private info on TV. The show is not about maximizing divorce drama, in fact, the aim is to show there can be a dignified approach to divorce which saves time and preserves wealth while still being resolved fairly by a highly sought after lawyer/mediator. Vikki Ziegler, typically charges a retainer fee of $7500+ however, ALL legal fees for this will be covered by the network. This show will make absolutely NO MENTION of children or custody arrangements, etc. This is the anti-Jerry Springer. They are only casting classy, well-heeled couples, who want to move forward in a timely fashion without spending years in court and thousands of dollars. If you are interested in free legal counsel (and 15 minutes of fame) contact 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Dez Bryant Breaks The Internet

In the fourth quarter of today's Cowboys-Packers playoff game - with the score sitting at 21/26 and Cowboy dreams on the line - wide receiver Dez Bryant went up and grabbed a phenomenal catch on 4th & 2. Sporting News said, "This is the stuff dramas are made of. Only it wasn't a catch. The ball comes out slightly after he hits the ground, and it was in the hands of the officials at that point. Somewhere you never want to leave the fate of the game." As everyone knows by now, the call was reversed. The Cowboys lost the game. And the internet went crazy. Some called it karma for last weekend's game against Detroit. Below are some notable Dallas celebs who showed love for Bryant and the Cowboys:

Social Snippets for the week of January 4, 2015

Nothing like a playoff game to bring out the celebs! Pictured: Bradie James & Jordan Speith, Jerry Jones with Governor Chris Christie, Bishop TD Jakes with friends, Pat Smith and Papa John's owner John Schnatter

It's been several years since the Dallas Cowboys make the playoffs (2009/10 to be exact) so it's no surprise that celebs and movers and shakers alike turned out in droves for last Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. Lions quarterback, Matthew Stafford, hails from Highland Park making it very difficult for some Parkies to know which team to root for. Former Cowboys player Bradie James, golf pro Jordan Speith, Big Rich Texas stars Bon Blossman and Cindy Davis, Chef John Tesar, Good Morning Texas co-host Amy Vanderoef, former Texas Govenor Rick Perry, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Bishop TD Jakes were among the famous faces spotted at AT&T Stadium. Even New Jersey Governor Chris Christie me the trip down South to hang out with pal Jerry Jones in the Owners Suite along with former Cowboys great Emmitt Smith and his wife, Pat Smith. Reality TV personality Alex Stein posted, "The last time the Cowboys played a playoff game here, it was in 2009 and I was still in College at LSU." Most Eligible Dallas star and former NFL player Glenn Pakulak posted, "Tough day for me! #styledecisions My two beloved cities meet today in the #NFLplayoffs for an #epicbattle. As much as I love everyone and everything about #Dallas #Detroit will always be where my heart is! #goDetroitLions beat the #DallasCowboys". To which I say "Boooooo Glenn!"