Friday, February 17, 2017

9th Annual Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon and Art Sale

Gloria Campos and Heather Sauber
The 9th annual Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon and Art Sale was held Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at downtown Dallas’ historic Union Station. The luncheon honored the group of Dallas visionaries who founded the Stewpot Alliance 10 years ago in 2007 after seeing a need for the community to support The Stewpot.

Honorees included Karen Ware, Jennifer Clifford, Catherine Bywaters, Marty Coleman, Margie Francis, Nancy Gillham, Jan Hegi, Kathy Jackson, Martha Lipscomb, Martha Martin, Joan Mason, Suzanne Palmlund, Micki Rawlings, Carolyn Walton and Trish Weigand.

Longtime Stewpot Alliance supporters and civic leaders Margie and Ray Francis served as Honorary Chairs of the 2017 luncheon, chaired by Stewpot Alliance board member Heather Sauber.  Dallas Morning News journalist Robert Wilonsky moderated a panel which included Mayor Mike Rawlings, Florencia Velasco Fortner, President and CEO, The Concilio, Sergeant Jeff Tooker, Police Department, City of Dallas and Keven Ann Willey, Vice President and Editorial Page Editor, Dallas Morning News discussing the future of Dallas homelessness.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Bravo Is Banking On D'Andra Simmons and Kameron Westcott To Save RHOD

Let's face it, the first season of Bravo's Real Housewives of Dallas was kind of a disaster. Questionable casting choices, an inexperienced production company, poor editing and a bad time slot all added up to a less than favorable debut for RHOD in the Spring of 2016. By the time the first season was over in May 2016, there were many who said the franchise would never be picked up for a second season. I, for one, never doubted that it would return for the main reason that in the history of the HW series Bravo has never canceled a franchise after one season. Well, except for Washington, D.C. but that was for legal reasons with that whole Salahi affair... What Bravo did, was set about to retool the show and give it the best chance of success the second time around. And one thing that would entail is new cast members. Over the past summer, I think every eligible woman over the age of 35 within 10 miles of Dallas got a call or an email to gauge their interest in the show. Out of that group, many had phone interviews with casting and those who fared well advanced on to Skype interviews with the production company. Six women were selected to have video "sizzle reels" made to present to Bravo and in the end, two women were chosen. According to casting, high on Bravo's list was wealth, status and diversity. Well, they got two of the three with their selections. So, let's get ready to welcome Kameron Westcott and D'Andra Simmons to the crazy train, shall we!? Sources tell me that D'Andra will be introduced as LeeAnne Locken's friend and Kam will be brought in as Cary Deuber's friend. The reality is that D'Andra and Kam are great friends in real life and it will be interesting to see if they take their cues from production to play on the teams they've been assigned or rebel to forge their own path.

So, you want the juicy scoop the only I can bring you? Well, here it is:

Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from NorthPark Center

Today I visited the set of Good Morning Texas to share lots of great gift ideas for Valentine's Day available at NorthPark Center. In case you can't make it over there in the next few days, I've provided live links below so you can always do some online shopping!

PS: My awesome blouse can be purchased from my favorite Facebook boutique, Follow The Trends.

Valentine’s Bento Boxes: Sugarfina Faves 8 Piece, XOXO 4 Piece, Be Mine 3 Piece 
Dallas is getting a little bit sweeter; opening tomorrow at NorthPark Center on Level One between Nordstrom and Macy’s; luxury candy boutique with the most amazing candies inspired by flavors found all over the world; like an adult candy shop; perfect for everyone you know for Valentine’s, especially your girl friends; can create your own bento boxes or buy some they have ready to go; flavors include champagne gummy bears, rose gummies, sugar-coated lips and more. ($26-$65)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Celebrity Cafe & Bakery Heads To The Design District

The Dallas Design District is about to get a whole lot sweeter with the addition of Celebrity Café & Bakery set to open at the International on Turtle Creek Blvd. opening in March. The 3300 square-foot bakery and restaurant will bring the neighborhood a much-needed place to grab a quick bite to eat, pick up sweets for the office or provide catering direct to you. On any given day, shoppers will delight in a variety of handmade cakes, iced sugar cookies, cupcakes, thumbprint cookies, petit fours, brownies, pies and much more sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Diners will find a delicious from-scratch menu that features breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites. Everything is made fresh in-house and from the finest ingredients including their celebrated Cranberry Chicken Salad, hot and toasty Panini’s, wraps, salads and soups. In the morning, stop in for a fresh hot coffee and cinnamon roll or Southwest Breakfast Burrito. With dozens of recipes to choose from, you can take the guesswork out of dinner with their flavorful take and bake dishes. Celebrity Café & Bakery has an incomparable bakery design team ready to accommodate any custom request for specialty or wedding cakes.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Save 30% on Dallas-Based 1791 Supply & Co. in February

Scroll to the bottom of this post for a promo code to get 30% off your 1791 Supply & Co. purchase in February

I recently got a spend a fun afternoon pretending to be a model when I was asked to participate in a shoot for Dallas-based 1791 Supply & Co. The intention of the #RealWomenInDenim campaign is to bring out the true nature of real women, joyful comfort of quality denim and the power of contagious smiles during February, 2017. Founded in 2012, 1791 has helped invigorate the Texas Made Movement while lending support to worthy causes. As a small, yet recognizable start-up, 1791’s product line has grown from simple Americana slogan t-shirts and selvage denim, to three seasons of curated collections. A portion of 1791’s denim sales in February will help bring smiles to children in need of cleft lip surgery through the trusted charity, Operation Smiles. It takes a village to make a difference, so 1791 has suggested the following ways to get involved and have fun doing it: 

SPCA Is Pawsitively Dallas Strong

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Katy Murray (SPCA of Texas Board Chair), James Bias (SPCA of Texas President/CEO) Photo: Thomas Garza

On Sunday, January 29, the SPCA of Texas’ Paws Cause, “Pawsitively Dallas Strong,” at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center saw more than 300 animal lovers come together to benefit the Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair and the South Dallas Pet Initiative. Guests enjoyed gourmet food from some of Dallas’ finest chefs, imbibed luscious libations--including the “Pawsitive Delight” signature drink, danced the night away to musical entertainment by Goga, took part in the Bone Appetite restaurant drawing and had their pictures snapped at the Flipbook photo booth. Haute cuisine stations from several of the Metroplex’s best restaurants, including Salum, Parigi, Pink Magnolia, Cane Rosso, Whistle Britches and 3015 at Trinity Groves tempted guests with everything from sumptuous savories to decadent desserts. Paws Cause 2017 was a tail-wagging success thanks to Honorary Chair of Paws Cause 2017, Andrea Alcorn, and her Steering Committee.

“The spay and neuter initiative that the SPCA is taking on is the lynchpin of the plan…to solve the situation in South Dallas that is hurting neighborhoods,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “We’ve got tens of thousands of dogs that need to have this operation and I believe that when we do that we will not only make the lives of those dogs better, but the lives of the neighbors and the strength of Dallas will come with it.” The event raised $115,000 (net) for the Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair and the SPCA of Texas’ South Dallas Pet Initiative. All proceeds from the Paws Cause event benefit the Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair and fund spay and neuter efforts in the Dallas community. This includes the SPCA of Texas’ programs that aim to support the pets and people of South Dallas to help address the serious stray animal, pet homelessness and pet overpopulation issues, also supporting the preservation of the bond between pets and people and keeping pets and the community healthy and safe.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Sugarfina To Open At NorthPark Center. Suh-weet!

Sugarfina has made a name for themselves selling cocktail candies, such as Champagne Bears®, Single Malt Scotch Cordials, and Peach Bellini® gummies. Today, candy lovers can rejoice because NorthPark Center will be the home of Sugarfina's first Texas storefront! Opening right before Valentine's Day, the new boutique will feature 150+ gourmet candies from around the world, three-quarters of which are exclusively available at Sugarfina. Named one of the ten most beautiful candy shops by Architectural Digest, Sugarfina’s newest outpost is a freestanding 1100 square foot shop with a bright white design, glossy white fixtures, and an aqua neon “candy” sign. The shop will showcase the brand’s signature Candy Bento Box® experience, where shoppers can create their own luxurious candy gift box by selecting from a wall of candy cubes including chocolates, caramels, gummies, jellies, marshmallows, hard candies, and licorice. Sugarfina candy consultants will offer free samples and assist guests in choosing the perfect candies based on their taste profile. The Sugarfina shop at NorthPark Center is located on Level One, between Nordstrom and Macy’s. The Boutique will be open from 10am-9:00pm Monday through Saturday and 12am-6pm on Sunday.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

7th Annual Great Adventure Hunt Raises Funds For Early Childhood Education

7th Annual Great Adventure Hunt

(Press Release) ChildCareGroup hosted its 7th Annual Great Adventure Hunt, presented by Alliance Data, this past Saturday. The fun and clever puzzle hunt at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science grossed nearly $360,000 to support CCG’s early childhood education programs. Following a cocktail hour and dinner, more than 320 guests competed on teams of six to decipher fun and wacky clues and solve mind-bending, unexpected puzzles throughout the museum’s 11 exhibit halls on five floors. This year’s puzzles featured edible clues, a Mother Goose actor, Twister and “The Hokey Pokey”. The masterminds behind the Hunt’s fun and challenging puzzles are Dallas’ own Puzzle Pros John Harris, Joe Mannes, Tom Nynas, Kemp Sawers and Bart and Elizabeth Showalter. This year is the first time they’ve written the Hunt puzzles; however, they’re no strangers to the Hunt. The Puzzle Pros collectively have won or placed in the event at least 10 times. Judges tallied the scores and teams who solved the most puzzles in the shortest time received prizes and bragging rights.

Dallas Best Sports Bars

The Owners Box at the Omni

I wrote a piece about the Best Sports Bars in Dallas for the Winter 2017 issue of Dallas Hotel Magazine. With the Super Bowl coming up this weekend, it seemed appropriate to republish for you here:


If you’re lucky, you occasionally find yourself in the stands of your home stadium on game day, cheering for your favorite team, sipping a lukewarm beer and eating over-priced nachos. Ah, there’s nothing like it. But for the majority of sports fans, bars are where we huddle together in the evenings and on weekends to root for our favorite teams and debate the prowess of our favorite athletes. The sports bars of yesteryear were dark, cave-like venues complete with haggard furnishings complete with the stench of stale beer.

Dallas has always been forward thinking and as more and more women have become equally addicted to sports we have seen a new era of sports bars recently emerge. These new concepts include luxury lounging, craft cocktails and a focus on food (Don’t worry boys, the beers are still cold and the wings are still hot and spicy). Whether you prefer a traditional man cave or a more female-friendly experience for your game day watching, Dallas has a concept for sports lovers of all kinds. Here are a few of our favorite picks for a game day visit:

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Cupboard: Fast Casual Fare With Top Chef Flare

Finding healthy, affordable food options - that taste good - is a problem I face every day. I've said many times that when I win the lottery, the first thing I am splurging on is a personal chef so I never have to think about "what's for dinner?" again! Until that glorious day arrives, thank goodness for forward-thinkers like my friend, Tiffany Derry. The Top Chef All-Star is a working Mom herself, so she has a keen understanding of what diners are looking for and need. Derry's latest offering, The Cupboard, Grab ‘N Go By Tiffany Derry, seeks to change the fast casual market showcasing the master chef’s take on soups, salads, sandwiches, and prepared meals. The first location is currently housed in the food hall in Uptown Urban Market at 2600 Cedar Springs Road and Routh St. “When I, along with my partner, Tom Foley, started thinking about our first entry into the Dallas market, we recognized the opportunity to elevate the simple offerings, such as soups and salads,” said Tiffany Derry. “It has always been important for me to become a part of the community and offer our guests fresh, locally sourced food. It’s exciting to launch this concept and continually challenge our team to introduce new offerings to our Cupboard.”