Friday, April 24, 2015

Oh So Charitable: SPCA Paws Cause Kickoff Party

Karen Lufkin, Tiffany Hendra, Marie Reyes, Billy Fulmer, LeeAnne Locken, Cathy Vieth  | photo c/o Cathy Vieth

Last week, Shane Walker and Billy Fulmer hosted Dallas animal lovers at Flower Reign gift and floral shop, for the SPCA of Texas Paws Cause 2015 kickoff party. The party featured a Photomadic photo booth and caricature sketches, bites by Food Glorious Food and champagne donated by Kristen and Scott Greenberg. Among those in attendance were event chair Phyllis Comu, Diane Brierley, LeeAnne Locken, Steve Kemble, Ashley Berges, Karen Lukin, Holly Forsythe, Tiffany Hendra and Rob Bradford. There were even a few four-legged guests in attendance who happily greeted guests with tail wags and lots of licks. Flower Reign donated 20 percent of party proceeds to the SPCA’s Mary Spencer/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair in South Dallas. Paws Cause, will take place on Saturday, June 14 at the SPCA’s Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas. Look for more nibbles from Food Glorious Food, musical entertainment by the British Are Coming, a silent auction, the famous Bone Appetit restaurant drawing and more. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased online.



Photomadic fun (left) LeeAnne Locken, Tiffany Hendra, Marie Reyes (right) Phyllis Comu, Cynthia Smoot

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Meet "Dior and I" Director Frédéric Tcheng at the USA Film Festival on April 23 and 24



There is a major fashion focus on this year's USA Film Festival and I, for one, could not be more pleased. Last week I shared with you the opportunity to meet 93 year-old style icon, Iris Apfel, and view the new documentary called IRIS about her life and the impact her personal has had on the fashion industry. Today, I want to share with you another fashionable film, DIOR AND I, that will play at the USA Film Festival on April 23 at the Angelikas in Dallas and Plano on April 24. You can meet the director of DIOR AND I, Frédéric Tcheng, who will be conducting Q&As both of these evenings.

Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director—a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Granted unprecedented access, the film documents the eight stressful weeks that Simons had to complete his debut collection. Revealing the inner workings of the design house, from the creative processes of its artistic director to the tireless seamstresses of the atelier, the film explores the personal bonds that form between the collaborators, their work, and the legacy of Christian Dior. Melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision. The film also closely follows Florence Chehet, the dynamic and upbeat première for the atelier flou, and Monique Bailly, the anxious and quick- witted première for the atelier tailleur. “For me, they are the two most important people in the house,” says Pieter Mulier, Raf Simons’ right hand at Dior and longtime collaborator. “Because they have everything in their hands.”

Monday, April 20, 2015

Get Ready For Foodie Fun at Fork & Cork 2015

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Debuting last year as the premiere “foodie festival” in North Texas, Fork & Cork returns May 15 &16, 2015 with more opportunities to learn, enjoy great experience food. Noshing on all the delicious bites, savoring craft beers and wines while strolling through the beautiful park, guests will enjoy fun activities, music and exciting experiences including fire pit cooking tastings straight from the pit with the king of “Smoke” Chef Tim Byres (Smoke, Chicken Scratch, and The Foundry), mixing it up with libation leader Eddie “Lucky” Campbell (Parliament), and cooking demonstrations from Chef John Tesar, Chef Richard Chamberlain, as well as other of Dallas’ best chefs. Whether you’re savoring a bite from a hot new restaurant, striking up a conversation with your favorite chef around the fire, or experiencing grilling through a culinary icon – it all can all happen at Fork & Cork. Guests will enjoy beer, wine and food tastings, hands-on demonstrations and all-star entertainment on Friday and Saturday, May 15 & 16, at Addison Circle Park. Tickets start at $15.



Oh So Charitable: Accessible Luxury 2015



Accessible Luxury was created to celebrate Dallas retailers and to bring together individuals with luxurious tastes in fashion, cars, cuisine and gems to benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. This year's soiree will be led by event chair, Jackson, and honorary chairs Clarice Tinsley and Stephan Giles. Join us on Saturday, May 2 at the luxurious Park Place Premier Collection at 5300 Lemmon Avenue. Party goers will have a night of impeccable fun with a myriad of exciting activities like the Maserati Man Cave featuring Beretta. This male-dominated cavern will showcase Beretta’s polished apparel, guns and gear. You will also enjoy specialty drinks and hand-rolled cigars. Maybe you'd prefer the Bentley Bubble Room featuring dazzling jewelry and champagne? Or perhaps the Jaguar Jungle Lounge where you can party on the patio and enjoy a coffee bar and nibbles. Everyone will be dazzled at the Rolls-Royce Runway Show featuring Highland Park retailers. The McLaren Moonlight Room will offer the chance to enter a raffle as well as bid on the Big Board for some luxurious items. Don't forget to take a photo in the Photomadic photo booth and post it to your social media channels (#AccessibleLuxury).




Guests will have an opportunity to enjoy a special VIP experience for $500 each which includes 2 event tickets, access for 2 guests to VIP hour, priority runway show seating for 2, luxury swag bag, bourbon and Champagne Tasting and one (1) complimentary raffle ticket. Reserved runway show seating is guaranteed for sponsors and VIP ticket holders only. Individual tickets are $125 and provide standing room only at the runway show. Get more information or purchase tickets at http://www.accessibleluxury.org/. TSRHC is a world leader in the treatment of pediatric orthopedic conditions. Since 1921, TSRHC has treated children with orthopedic conditions, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand disorders, hip disorders and limb length differences, as well as certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Admission is open to children from birth up to 18 years of age. TSRHC, the only Scottish Rite hospital in the world, is not affiliated with the Shriners Hospitals for Children. I love that they will treat any patient - regardless of the family's ability to pay.



Friday, April 17, 2015

Oh So Charitable: Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational on May 8-9

Pat and Emmitt Smith have some playful moments on the set of a recent photo shoot
photos c/o Pat Smith


Two of my favorite people on the planet are Pat and Emmitt Smith. These two embody the bible verse found in Luke 12:48, "To whom much is given, much will be required."  Both Pat and Emmitt come from humble, working-class beginnings and are determined to use their hard-earned success and national platform to raise awareness and funds for children who need a leg up to see their potential and give them a reason to dream big.  Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities is a 501 (c)(3) that supports programming for underserved children. They fund summer camps, after school programming, college tuition and other educational programming that impacts over 25,000 children annually through the charity. Emmitt is fond of saying, "You have to see it, to dream it." The Team 22 Mentoring program personally launched and supported by Pat and Emmitt Smith has doubled in capacity over the past year. The students have had the opportunity to have experiences with both President George W. Bush and President Obama this year, to visit Washington DC and be spotlighted at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as up and coming youth.

Oh So Tasty: Brunch at Eureka!

I highly recommend Eureka's Creole Benedict. Like, two thumbs way up...


Eureka!, the new modern American restaurant located in the heart of West Village on the corner of Blackburn and McKinney, recently added weekend brunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to their offerings. On the menu you'll find contemporary classic breakfast entrées, Bloody Marys and Mimosas, and a selection of more than 40 craft beers to take advantage of the outdoor patio for a breezy al-fresco dining experience.

Invest $5 in Eureka's Bloody Mary
The brunch menu features new breakfast offerings including Huevos Rancheros with bison steak chili, fried eggs, ranchero sauce, black beans, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, avocado, and sour cream; Creole Benedict featuring fried green tomato, Virginia ham, Creole mustard hollandaise, breakfast potatoes, and a side of arugula; Brunch Ham & Cheese topped with a fried egg, served with Monterey Jack cheese, Virginia ham, Alfredo sauce, Texas toast, and a side of arugula.

Also featured in the menu are signature favorites like the Jalapeño Egg Burger with a fried egg, cheddar cheese, bacon, spicy chipotle sauce, jalapeños, served with signature handcut fries and the All Day Breakfast Burrito served with flat iron steak, potatoes, fried egg, and ranchero sauce. Additionally, Eureka! offers delectable brunch entrées including Bananas Foster Crunchy French Toast topped with pecans, spiced rum syrup, and homemade whipped cream as Orange Pecan Granola with Greek yogurt, mixed berries, and honey.

Turn Tragedy Into Triumph Through Organ Donation



Did you realize that nearly 124,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States for a chance at a new life. April is National Donate Life Month created to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation. And today, April 17th, is #BlueAndGreenDay when the public is encouraged to wear blue and green in an effort to spread awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.

Tiffany Hendra, LeeAnne Locken, Steve Kemble
Cynthia Smoot, Dawn Neufeld wear blue and
green in support of organ donation
I was asked to participate in a photo shoot last week with Dallas influencers including Steve Kemble, Dawn Neufeld, Leah Frazier, LeeAnne Locken and Tiffany Hendra (among others) to help raise awareness for the cause.

Trend Next's Shamequia Cason was the event organizer and her mission is personal. Cason suffered from kidney disease for 9 years - 5 of those years was as a dialysis patient - and is the recipient of a kidney transplant. Today she lives a happy, healthy life as a result!

My personal belief is that you are not your body. Your physical body is like a dress. And once your soul leaves your human body, you don't need the dress anymore. So, just like you donate old clothing to charity, why wouldn't you done your body to help those who remain on earth? If I can turn the tragedy of my death into life for other families because someone received my heart, kidney, liver, eyes... I saw TAKE IT! What a beautiful gift to bless another person with - life!

Visit DonateLifeTexas.org for more information or to register as a organ donor TODAY!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fight Night at the Majestic Puts Dallas Boxer in the Spotlight



On April 11, 1921, the new Majestic Theater opened its’ doors during the Vaudeville era. In its 91-year history, the Majestic Theater has hosted a variety of acts from Harry Houdini to Mae West to Bob Hope – but until now, the venue has never hosted a live professional boxing match.  On Saturday, April 25th Big Card Promotions will present FIGHT NIGHT AT THE MAJESTIC at the historic Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas. This electric evening will showcase the return of Dallas native Roberto Marroquin (24-3-1) against Marcos Leonardo Jimenez (20-5) for the vacant USBA Jr. Lightweight Championship. Attendees will be transported back in time with the “Big Card Bombshells” Burlesque Ring Card Girls and surrounded by the elegant ambiance of this beautiful historical venue in which the ring will be placed on the stage.

Dallas-native Roberto Marroquin
Roberto Marroquin is a Mexican American professional boxer from Dallas, TX who fights in the Super Featherweight Division. Marroquin, a former top-ten rated Top Rank boxer, unsuccessfully challenged Guillermo Rigondeaux for the WBA Super Bantamweight World Championship. With the USBA Jr. Lightweight Championship title on the line, this still hungry young fighter is focused on getting back in the mix for another world title shot.

Other exciting fights on the night’s card will include Chad Trahan (7-1) vs. Latin Mundy (8-9), Christopher Jones (3-1) vs. Jerome Davis (6-3) and in separate bouts 2012 National Golden Gloves Champion George Rincon (1-0) vs. Rashad Jones (pro debut) and James Gray (pro debut) vs. Arthur Parker.

The Majestic Theatre is located at 1925 Elm St., Dallas, Texas 75201. Tickets start at $25 and are available on Prekindle or by calling 888-454-4353 from 10AM – 6PM Monday through Friday. Doors open at 6PM / First Fight at 7PM. Fight Card Subject to Change.

UPDATE: On the morning of April 25, Big Card Promotions announced that at yesterday’s pre-fight weigh-in, Marroquin weighed in at the 130 lb. limit and Jimenez weighed in at 132.5 lbs. Jimenez was given two hours to make the contracted weight, and finally weighed-in at 131.75 lbs. Several attempts were made to save the bout, but ultimately Marroquin refused to participate and turned down an offer from Big Card to double his purse resulting in the bout’s cancellation. Middleweights Christopher Jones (3-1, 2 KO's) and Jerome Davis (6-3, 1 KO’s) have seized this opportunity and will participate in an eight round main event. Jones is a former competitor in the World with over a decade of experience beneath his belt. The event will go on as scheduled.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Estate Sales Go Digital With Everything But The House

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"One man's trash is another man's treasure" is a motto I have always ascribed to. There's nothing more thrilling than finding an amazing treasure at a great price at a yard sale/garage sale/estate sale. A new company called Everything But The House (EBTH), is taking the thrill of discovery online. Everything But the House (EBTH) is a revolutionary online estate and consignment sale company that combines the personal touch of a local business with the convenience and reach of a global e-commerce company. EBTH presents sales based out of Cincinnati, Atlanta, Southwest Florida, Columbus, Lexington, Louisville, Indianapolis and Nashville, and is rapidly expanding to additional cities in 2015 - INCLUDING DALLAS IN MAY! With 60-75 sales a month and all items starting at $1, bidders from across the world find that there’s always something new to discover at www.EBTH.com.

Andy Warhol Signed & Numbered Screen Print
Price Realized: $17,400
SELLING ON EBTH
When a seller reaches out to EBTH, the first thing they do is schedule a free consultation. Their team learns more about the seller and their situation and does an initial evaluation of the items in their home. Once they have determined if EBTH is a good fit for both parties, they set a sale date and get to work.

Estate sales are a good fit when sellers have a house full of items to sell. EBTH experts work in their homes to sort, photograph, catalog (research and describe) all of the pieces that will go up for sale on EBTH. Importantly, they don’t just handle the items for sale; they arrange for pick-up of items that need to be donated or thrown away, and leave the home completely empty and clean when they are finished. They handle, literally, everything but the house.

Once cataloging is complete, they upload images and descriptions to EBTH. All items start at a price of $1 and sales last for seven days. There are no reserve prices! When the sale ends, they collect payment from the buyers, manage the pick-up process, arrange for any items that are being shipped, and process payouts to sellers. When sellers have just a few items or a small collection to sell, EBTH can arrange for a consignment sale. Sellers drop off items at their warehouse, where they sort, photograph and catalog these pieces and present them for sale on the EBTH website in the same fashion as larger estate sales. They work with a wide range of sellers. It’s not just homes full of antiques or museum-quality collections. Sometimes, homeowners have gems hidden in attics, buried in boxes in the basement, or even right under their noses on the bookshelf. Typically, their sellers are experiencing a major life event—a death in the family; moving an aging parent out of their home; retiring; moving across the country; relocating to a new, smaller home; beginning a new marriage. Generally, the sale proceeds are 3-5 times more than traditional estate sales, and their fee is 35 percent of final sale proceeds (much less than a traditional consignment shop).

Parisian Chic Stormed the 27th Annual Mad Hatters Tea



You know what they say, "April showers brings May flowers," so holding the annual Mad Hatters Tea and Fashion Show outside in April is always a dicey affair. This year was no exception with Event Chair Sharon Popham,  Honorary Chair Sherwood Wagner and Woman's Council President Marena Gault fretting up until the last minute, terrified that looming storm clouds were going to dump buckets of rain on the Ginsburg Plaza and all of their well-heeled guests. It did sprinkle off and on several times, but Mother Nature was much too well-mannered to ruin everyone's good time. This event is an all-day affair benefiting the Womens Council of the Dallas Arboretum and it kicks off with a champagne reception, goes into a professionally staged and choreographed fashion presentation produced by the inimitable Jan Strimple, and is then followed by a seated luncheon. Mad Hatters is always one of my favorite events of the year. It's the one time of the year where it's not about your dress but your hat and honey, these women come to play! Among those roaming the plaza in couture culinary finery was Faye Briggs, Carmaleta Whiteley, LeeAnne Locken, D'Andra Simmons Lock, Dawn Neufeld, Dallas Dirt editor Candy Evans, fashion blogger Tiffany Hendra, Karen Lukin, and fashion designer Ese Azenabor. There was also a spattering of dapper gents there as well to even out the playing field including Steve Kemble, WFAA's Ron Corning, Shane Walker, Billy Fulmer and Jeff Shell.

Shout out to Billy Fulmer and Shane Walker of Flower Reign
for designing my beautiful hat complete with live flowers
I was especially thrilled to be one of the esteemed judges in the uber-competitive hat contest. Judging alongside me was Regen Horchow Fearon, founder of the Institute for Interesting People; Lucy Billingsly, Dallas developer extraordinaire; Matilda Louree, former Arboretum board member and docent; Brenda Bogart, artist and former interior designer for Trish Wilson; Kim Harmon Gatlin, best-selling author of Good Christian Bitches; Megan McDonald, Manager of Saint Laurent Boutique in Highland Park Village; and the delightful Jane Rozelle, Society Editor of PaperCity Magazine.

They gave us name tags, but I took mine off so I could roam the courtyard incognito to select my winner. I had the (coolest) category of Most Outlandish and I thought that Carmen Surgent was a shoe-in. I mean she had the whole freakin' city of Paris on her head in a 4'x4' hat created by floral designer Shane Walker. It must have weighed 15 pounds! However, once the judges convened, Lucy Billingsly wanted her for Best of Show and since it was kind of a show stopper - I succumbed and went with my second choice of Kunthear Douglas who used her son's LEGOS to design and create her Hermes hat (see below) complete with an illuminated Eiffel Tower.