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, 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 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:

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Oh So Tasty: North Italia at Legacy West

North Italia at Legacy West
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North Italia is now open at Legacy West. Diners will enjoy handmade pizza, pasta, and seasonal favorites using only the best ingredients to craft inspired dishes from the garden, farm, and sea. North Italia’s carefully curated menu includes small plates, salads, pastas, main dishes, and desserts, such as: Black Mediterranean Mussels with spicy salumi, butter, garlic, fresh herbs, grilled bread; Tuscan Kale Salad made with crispy pancetta, charred grape, apple, pistachio, breadcrumb, parmesan vinaigrette; Squid Ink Mafaldine, which features white shrimp, calamari, acqua pazza, mint, fennel pollen, calabrian chili; and Red Wine Glazed Short Ribs, accompanied by heirloom carrot, swiss chard, creamy mascarpone polenta. And last, but definitely not least, are North Italia’s famous handmade pizzas. From Margherita to Funghi, Bacon & Egg, and Prosciutto, there is something for everyone, including children with a special offering of their own delicious Kids Menu. North Italia Plano’s modern 6,500 square-foot space features an exhibition kitchen overlooking the dining room, a full bar with extensive cocktail, wine and beer offerings, and seating for up to 210 guests. In addition, the 1,500 square-foot outdoor patio seats up to 52 guests.

North Italia Plano is located at 501 Windrose Avenue Suite D190 at Legacy West. Open seven days a week, North Italia will offer lunch and dinner every day, and brunch on the weekends along with happy hour Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. North Italia will also offer half price bottles of wine all day on Sundays. For more information, please visit

Monday, June 26, 2017

Andy Cohen Is Bringing Watch What Happens Live To Dallas

Real Housewife of Dallas star, LeeAnne Locken, on WWHL with Andy Cohen and SNL's Cicely Strong (June 2016 )

Bravo Media’s late-night staple Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen is testing the off-network syndication waters with a limited test run this summer. WWHL is Bravo's late-night, interactive talk show that features guests from the world of entertainment, politics and pop culture. Hosted by Andy Cohen, the series has become a nightly destination for A-listers including Meryl Streep, Cher, Oprah, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Lawrence, Mariah Carey, Will Ferrell and Gwyneth Paltrow. Whether “Pleading the Fifth” or “Opening The Vault,” endless memorable moments have been revealed as host Andy Cohen continues to challenge some of the biggest celebrities and Bravolebrities on the only truly live, interactive series in late night television. In the Lone Star State, you can watch the talk show weeknights on KDFI 27 Dallas-Fort Worth at 9:30pm and Fox 26 KRIV Houston at 11:30pm starting tonight, June 26th. I understand some of the biggest names that have appeared on the 30-minute show will be guests on this summer preview. Mazel!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tips and Tricks for Traveling Through DFW Airport

Being constantly on the go means that I am always looking for ways to maximize my time, especially when it comes to traveling. I was thrilled when DFW Airport asked me to partner with them to share some of my favorite things about traveling through DFW Airport. What I love about DFW Airport is that it helps to save me time and doesn't interfere with my lifestyle. The newly redesigned and easy to read wayfinding signs make getting to the terminal a breeze, and as someone who’s a self admitted design and typography nerd, they aren't too hard on the eyes either. As soon as I pull into the garage I'm greeted by a digital display that tells me exactly how many parking spots are available and what section to find them in. No more blindly circling around for eternity hoping that the parking gods show you mercy. As soon as a spot opens up an overhead light turns green letting you know you're cleared for landing. When you're a blogger, inspiration can strike at any time so you need to be able to post at a moments notice even while traveling. DFW Airports conveniently located charging stations are readily available throughout the terminal and ensure that I never have to worry about running out of sweet, sweet battery juice when I need to make an update. I’ve always been a firm believer in mixing business with pleasure and with Free Wifi throughout the entire terminal I can get that work done anywhere. With work done, I’m free to explore the wide variety of retail options the terminal has to offer. Digital directories show me exactly where all the shops are located and if touchscreens aren’t your thing, there's always a smiling face nearby to help you.

DFW Airport
You have arrived.

Look for special appearances in the video above by Jane McGarry, Jack Son, Fashion X and #RHOD's LeeAnne Locken. Thanks to Blushington for making me pretty and Stanley Korshak for styling me for this project.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Target Scores With Store Redesign

Hey! It's Bullseye the Target mascot! 

Target opened its first store in Dallas in August 1969, and now has 47 stores and 6,700 team members across the DallasFort Worth area. Target and I are roughly the same age, and I know from personal experience that once you start approaching 50 you need a little bit of refreshing! So, I was thrilled when they invited me in to be one of the first to experience some of the redesign and upgrades they have recently made to 8 DFW locations (remaining stores to be completed later this summer and fall). Among the changes, look for more of a department store look to the clothing and home decor departments. They are incorporating mannequins and moveable walls to create boutique spaces within each department to highlight designer collaborations. You'll also notice that each dept. will offer a lot more plus sizes in mens, womens and kids. Their electronics dept can now rival any Best Buy with dedicated sales clerks who are knowledgable about products and in the grocery area they are working hard to offer local vendors like Fredericksburg peaches and Tubbs beer! Target is investing more than $220 million to remodel 28 stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. All the remodeled stores will receive top-to-bottom overhauls, including a mix of design and functionality, taking a customized approach to each store location. Wondering if your location is getting remodeled? Here's the timeline for completion:

  • May 2017: Addison, Grapevine, Lake Worth, Weatherford 
  • June 2017: Fort Worth Central, North Dallas Coit Road, Mansfield, McKinney, Plano West, Watauga, Frisco North 
  • July 2017: Rockwall, Burleson, Waxahachie, Euless 
  • August 2017: Love Field, Frisco, Dallas North East 
  • October 2017: Medallion, North Richland Hills, Flower Mound, Mesquite, Hurst, Cityview, Mckinney SW, Denton, Allen North, Lewisville

In addition to Target’s stores having an updated look, they will function differently enabling a digitally connected experience with an updated Order Pickup counter and Ship from Store service, which allows orders to be fulfilled from local stores and get to guests faster. Later this fall, Target will combine Cartwheel – the company’s popular savings app – with Target’s flagship app, offering guests one, easy-to-use digital solution. In addition to offering amazing brand collaborations at great prices, Target is heavily invested in the community, providing $7.8 million in cash and product donations in 2016 and participating in 26,300 volunteer hours with local organizations like the North Texas Food Bank.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bravo Releases A First Look at Real Housewives of Dallas, Season 2

Real Housewives of Dallas, S2 Halloween

Saddle up, people. We're hitting the trails once again for Season 2 of Real Housewives of Dallas. Today, Bravo released a sneak peek of what's to come. Frankly, this is one of the tamer moments from this party - heck, from this season even - so I'm surprised they chose this moment to kick off the chatter but... who can say why Bravo does what they do. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  What this clip does confirm is that LeeAnne Locken, Cary Deuber, Brandi Redmond and Stephanie Hollman are back for another season. What it doesn't show were that Season 2's two newest Housewives were also in attendance at Stephanie's Halloween party. Flip through the photo gallery above to see what D'Andra Simmons and Kameron Westcott wore for their RHOD debut. Word on the street is that the new season will launch late Summer/early Fall. At noon today, Bravo released a #BravoSummerSneak on their Facebook Page and had Shahs of Sunset's Mike Shouhed drop that RHOD will follow the Real Housewives of Orange County. "These two shows will definitely be your Monday motivation," claims Mike. I couldn't agree more! After seeing the numbers that Potomac got from following Atlanta in Season One, Bravo is smart to have RHOC be the lead in for Dallas. Are you excited for the drama?! Leave your comments below and sound off!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Oh So Tasty: IdleRye

IdleRye in Deep Ellum

Deep Ellum is in the midst of a resurgence and IdleRye is one of its newest stars opening its doors a few weeks ago at 2826 Elm Street in Deep Ellum.  IdleRye's interior is inspired by historical influences, with galvanized metals, locally sourced, distressed and blowtorched wood, Edison lighting fixtures and rustic pipe fittings & pulleys. It is manly and warm at the same time, so it appeals to both sexes. 👏👏👏   The menu focuses on small bites perfect for sharing. My personal favorites were the Pierogies, crispy potato dumplings filled with fresh chives, cheddar & sour cream and the Deviled Eggs. For those seeking healthier fare, there are a handful of salads on the menu. I am a huge fan of arugula so of course, the salad named ARUGULA jumped out at me. It also happened to many other ingredients I am obsessed with like Figs, Toasted Pine Nuts, Crispy Pancetta, Shaved Parmesan, Lemon & E.V.O.O. My one word review of this salad? YUM.  For my main course, I sampled my husband's Salmon entree. The fish was perfectly pan-seared and was served on a ragout of sautéed sweet corn, Spanish chorizo, wild mushrooms & herb vinaigrette. My taste buds were doing a major happy dance over my selection of the Schnitzel, which was a panko-crusted pork tenderloin served over German potato salad and topped with arugula and a sunny side up egg. The best part about this dish was that it was so big that I had a good 50% of it left over and got to eat it for lunch the next day. I love it when that happens...