Sunday, August 21, 2016

RHOD's Stephanie Hollman Takes A Bite Outta The Big Apple



Real Housewives of Dallas star, Stephanie Hollman, mixed a little business with pleasure this past weekend. On a visit to New York City with gal pals, Sarah Frohnapfel and Brooke Clifton, the girls took in a carriage ride through Central Park, filmed a segment for BehindTheVelvetRope.tv, had drinks at Bar SixtyFive, dinner at STK and topped it off with a night on the town with Real Housewives of New York newbie, Jules Wainstein. You can follow Stephanie's Housewife adventures by connecting with her on the following channels:




Friday, August 19, 2016

RHOD's Cary Deuber Comes To The Rescue Of Ailing Airline Passenger



One of the creeds of those working in the medical field is to abide by the Hippocratic Oath - or in the case of a Nurse, the Florence Nightingale Pledge - which in a nutshell means they strive to devote themselves to the care of others. Real Housewives of Dallas star and Registered Nurse, Cary Deuber, lived up to that responsibility when she came to the aid of a passenger who was on a recent flight with the Deubers as they traveled home from a month-long vacation form Zurich, Switzerland. Cary told TMZ that about an hour out from DFW International Airport flight attendants made an announcement asking if there was a doctor or nurse on board that would be willing to help a sick passenger. Cary laughingly said, "...this has happened to me before. This is not the first time. I must have some weird airplane... this is like the third time this has happened so I kinda knew the drill." Without going into detail, Cary said she evaluated the passenger, determined he was stable enough that the plane did not need to reroute to the nearest airport and they finished out their flight with paramedics meeting them at the gate at DFW Airport. It's just never a dull moment for these Housewives... Three cheers to Cary for saving the day!


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

State Fair of Texas Announces Finalists for the 2016 Big Tex Choice Awards

Touch your mouse to the screen below to scroll through the gallery: 2016 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists
photos c/o State Fair of Texas


Even casual readers to this blog know that I am #obsessed with the State Fair of Texas. It's an iconic part of our city's heritage and from a family outing on the Midway with the kids to date night filled with fried food selections and a romantic Farris Wheel ride, the State Fair provides endless opportunities for fun. The Fair is legendary for it's fried foods and each year, the best new selections are honored with a Annual Big Tex® Choice Award. A press release sent out by the Fair today said, "With an impressive 55 entries to choose from this year, only the eight most decadent dishes have earned the right to go up against the prestigious panel of celebrity judges in hopes of achieving fair food supremacy. Even if your favorite entry didn’t make the final cut, concessionaires can still choose to introduce their creation at their stand as a “new food” during this year’s Fair."  The State Fair of Texas is proud to announce the eight finalists who will be competing for the titles of Best Taste and Most Creative in the 2016 Big Tex Choice Awards:

Monday, August 15, 2016

Dallas Beauty Brands Offer Skincare Tips To Combat Aging

Facing Fifty: Skin Care Products


Brace yourself, because I am about to tell you something shocking. I am about to be fifty. Not until next May, so it's not like it's happening tomorrow, but it's coming. George Orwell once said, "At 50, everyone has the face he deserves." Maybe so, but this is Dallas and no one in their right mind lives with what God gave them. We have too many plastic surgeons, stylists, hair dressers and estheticians for that! The big 5-0 is looming large and that has me reevaluating myself, inside and out. What am I doing right and what areas do I need to make changes or improvements? There's no denying that one of the most noticeable things that is changing is my skin. Gravity has set in and thanks to a new magnifying mirror I recently bought at Target, I can now see every imperfection 500x better than before... Did you know that Dallas is one of the largest hubs for cosmetics brands in the country? According to D Magazine's Holly Haber, "North Texas is fertile ground for beauty brands thanks to its extensive resources for everything from formulations to production, as well as its position as a central transportation hub... It’s difficult to track industry revenue with any precision, given the large number of private firms. But the majors alone rack up around $9 billion in annual sales." One thing I know for sure is that if I'm going down, it won't be without a fight. So, I reached out to some of my friends in the Dallas beauty biz and asked them what advice they had for women in their 40s and 50s. Here are their golden nuggets of wisdom:

Friday, August 12, 2016

The ABC's of Back To School Style from NorthPark Center



Can you believe that Summer is almost over and the kids are going back to school? Where has the time gone!? Like it or not, the start of a new school year is here again and with that comes the need for some stylish new attire. Today, I visited my friends at WFAA's Good Morning Texas on behalf of NorthPark Center to talk about the hottest trend for kids as they head back to the classroom. W.C Fields said, "Never work with animals or children" because they will eclipse you every time. The kids I worked with this morning were so fun and sweet, I didn't even care.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Join Me At Fur Ball 2016: Shedding Light on Their Future

SPCA Fur Ball
photos c/o SPCA of Texas


The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other's lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization so fundraising is important! And here's where you come in.  The SPCA of Texas will present Fur Ball 2016, “Shedding Light on Their Future,” on Saturday, September 24 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Omni Dallas Hotel. This gala is the a salute to the bond between people and their pets and a celebration of the SPCA of Texas’ important mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home. The elegant, black-tie gala will include dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions for over 1,000 guests. This year’s Fur Ball is raising the bar with headline entertainment by Limelight, a party, variety and dance band that features top flight singers and musicians from around the country. Fur Ball 2016 is sure to be a tail-wagging success thanks to honorary chairs D’Andra Simmons & Jeremy Lock, Anne & Steve Stodghill and Drs. Wendy & John Vandermeer; chair Phyllis Comu; co-chair Kristen Greenberg; auction chair Sandra Fite; and event emcee LeeAnne Locken.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Dallas Dweller: Caroline Kraddick



Although I've known of Caroline Kraddick for 20+ years, I didn't actually meet her until this past Spring when I was seated at her table at DIFFA. (BTW it's Caro-line, not Cara-lyn) I was instantly smitten with her - she has an infectious laugh, a beautiful smile and is one of those people that you are just drawn to because of her warmth and charm. Radio DJ Kidd Kraddick ruled Dallas airwaves for over 25 years until his death in 2013. Growing up, most people knew Caroline as "Kidd Kraddick’s daughter." Listeners got to know his only child from a radio bit called "Bath Time with Caroline" that Kidd started when she was around three or four-years-old, where he would interview her while she was taking a bath. She would tell stories and sing songs and was just generally adorable, as most 3-4 year olds are. Caroline attended Oklahoma City University and got a degree in musical theatre. "I’d always wanted to be on Broadway but my self-esteem had taken a serious blow after not being cast in any of my college shows. Like … ever. But, I’m funny. And acting comes easily to me," says Caroline. "So my new plan was to work for a while, save some money and then move to Chicago to pursue improv. My dream was to be on Second City and SNL. I was sure I’d spend my life performing on a stage, but sometimes God has other plans!"

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Fashion X Dallas 2016 Announces Style Setters

Fashion X



Fashion X Dallas is the premiere “fashion week” in the DFW market and features 3 nights of runway shows each Fall. Each night in 2016 will feature at least 9 full runway collections from local DFW-based designers, Season Winners and All Stars from the hit Lifetime Television show Project Runway, and emerging designers from across the globe. FXD also gives opportunities to the youngest of designers through CAPSULE, mini 3-look collections allowing for an accessible runway experience. Finally, over 20 curated Gallery spaces will feature the best in emerging jewelry and accessories designers each night. This September 8-10, Fashion X Dallas will return for its 3rd year and to keep things fresh, the event is adding a new component called "Style Setters". Four influencers in the local community have been selected not only for their iconic style, but also for their tireless work and dedication to nonprofit organizations. Fashion X Dallas will be donating a portion of all “Style Setter” tickets to each designated nonprofit. This year's Style Setters are...

The Belong Tour Comes To Dallas September 30-October 1

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If you believe everything you see on social media, it would be easy to think that everyone you know is living a picture perfect life. But the reality is that life is not perfect - no matter what kind of filter you are using for it. Regardless of your age or status, everyone is feeling some level of dissatisfaction with where they are on the ladder of life. Single while watching all your friends marry off and start families? A busy, often frazzled mom with to-do lists a mile long while your social media friends seemingly have it all together? A recent college grad, or a now-empty nester, just trying to figure out what’s next? It’s easy to feel unsettled or uncertain, and sometimes figuring it all out isn’t so easy. If you are nodding your head at this point, then read on because you won't want to miss The BELONG Tour.  It's an amazing event coming to cities across the country in 2016 that features a wonderful lineup of inspirational women that you will definitely want to hear and learn from. These writers, musicians, athletes, poets and friends are not afraid to get real – even when reality isn’t pretty. The BELONG Tour will land at the American Airlines Center on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. This 2-day event will give attendees an experience that challenges you to open your hearts, experience connection, and ROCK your purpose. (Keep reading to see how you can SAVE $20 off admission)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Stanley Korshak Celebrates The Dog Days of Summer

Stanley Korshak Celebrates The Dog Days of Summer
photos c/o Thomas Garza Photography


On Thursday, July 28th Stanley Korshak held the Dog Days of Summer benefit to aid the SPCA and Recycled Poms hosted by Alison Volk and her Pomeranian, Squirrel. Human and canine guests alike shopped from The Shak and the various pet vendors who participated in the event, including Hollywood Feed, E&B Couture, Lucky Dog Barkery, Raw By Canines First, and Dear Clark Hair Studio. The festivities also included delicious appetizers and treats from Mutts Canine Cantina and Steel City Pops. Guests enjoyed signature Spirit-Elite craft cocktails, including the refreshing Blue Healer and Rum Rescue. The doggie photo booth by Ochoa Photography was a huge hit amongst guests. Lucky Dog Barkery, Hollywood Feed, Dear Clark Hair Studio, and Odyssey Pets provided items and gift baskets for the raffle.