Friday, November 28, 2014

Thai Meets Texas at Pakpao's New Brunch Service


Thai Omelette

Pakpao Thai recently launched a new "Thai-Meets-Texas" brunch and they invited me in this past weekend to experience it for myself. Pakpao's chef/partner Jet Tila has had appearances on Cutthroat Kitchen, Iron Chef America, and Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations so I expected to see some creative thinking when it came to the menu. I was not disappointed. Brunch is my all-time favorite meal of the day so I was curious to sample their entrees. I mean, what is a Thai brunch anyway? I'm posting the menu below so you can see for yourself. Brunch cocktails are always a vital part of the experience because, you know, brunch without cocktails is just a sad, late breakfast. Pakpao serves $1 original or tamarind mimosas, $3 lychee bellinis, and a $5 spicy Thai Lemongrass Bloody Mary (my personal favorite). I sampled several of the entrees and everyone at my table agreed that when it came to sweet vs. savory, the sweet dishes were our favorites by far. The Thai Tea French Toast and the Coconut Pancakes with Pineapple and fresh housemate whipped cream were spectacular. I also thought both the Thai Omelette and the Crab Omelette were delicious. I wasn't crazy about the Pork Congee, but that 's probably because it was the least flavorful of all the dishes we ate. Overall, I loved the menu, atmosphere, cocktails and service and give Pakpao two thumbs way up for their brunch service. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Brunch is served Saturdays & Sundays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday brunch will also feature a DJ. Pakpao is located at 1628 Oak Lawn Ave #120, Dallas, TX 75207, (214) 749-7002, http://pakpaothai.com

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

John Dal Canton Wants You To Get Your Buzz On This Holiday Season



One of my favorite gifts to give (and to receive - hint hint) is liquor. A bottle of wine, champagne or spirits is always a gift well received and fun to share with others.  John Dal Canton, Sommelier at Hibiscus, recently gave me some tips regarding gifting & serving wine over the holiday season and I thought I would share them with you:

OSC:  What is your favorite sparkling wine under $15?

JDC:  Cremant de Bourgogne Rose from Val de Mer. This is wine is from the acclaimed viticulture area of Burgundy France, and is made from the Pinot Noir Grape. The producer is Patrick Piuze who is arguably the up and coming rock star of Chablis, and he makes this wine under his second label Val de Mer. It really rocks and is a great bubbly for the holidays.

John Dal Canton, Sommelier at Hibiscus
OSC:  What wine would you serve a hard-core beer drinker?

JDC:  Either a really brioche-y Champagne, because it has the carbonation and maltiness a beer drinker would associate with beer, or, if the person is a true beer aficionado, someone who likes sour beers and beers impregnated with brettanomyces than perhaps a Mouvedre from Bandol or even some Cabernet Sauvignon from Saint-Julien Bordeaux.

OSC:  If attending a holiday housewarming party, what wine would you recommend bringing as a gift?

JDC:  Since so many people bring different bottles of wine and spirits to a holiday party, I like to give them something they can hold onto for a while. You can almost never go wrong with Brunello di Montalcino as a gift. This bottle can be something that they can add to their new bottle collection or can save for an upcoming dinner party. It is made from a clone of the Chianti grape called Sangiovese Rosso. Some producers I would recommend that will not devastate your bank would be Tenuta Silvio Nardi, Ciacci Piccolomini and Casanova di Neri. These are great producers and will appease palates from the novice drinker to the most discerning.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Festive Finds For The Holidays

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Even though the holidays are quickly approaching I have been dragging my feet when it comes to making a list and checking it twice because the task is honestly a little daunting. So many people to buy for and so many original, clever and meaningful gifts to find! Ack! Nespresso gave me the kick in the booty I needed when they asked me to partner with them and showcase a few of my festive finds for the holidays. Their request forced me to get online, see what was out there and start bookmarking my favorite must-have items for the season. At the top of my list is the VertuoLine System from Nespresso. It's a total game changer in the coffee world - it relies on patented Centrifusion™ technology for state-of-the-art brewing. Just pop in a Nespresso capsule and the VertuoLine machine scans the capsule's bar code, then automatically custom-brews the ultimate cup of coffee or espresso in under a minute. Tops on my wish list for myself is their Aeroccino Plus which allows you to take milk right from your fridge and make steamed or foamed milk in a hot minute to create your own lattes and cappuccinos right in your own kitchen. Scroll through the lookbook below to see some of the other festive finds I will be buying for others (or maybe just hoping I get in my stocking) this holiday season!





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Monday, November 24, 2014

Shop For A Cause: Sukan Jewelry

Pat Smith with Cynthia Smoot (wearing the
Tulsi Bead Horn) in October 2014
Sukan is a Hindi word meaning "good wishes" which reflects Radhika Zaveri's aspirations to provide means to women in rural India to bring forth their art and gain independence through a positive path. Sukan's jewelry pieces are made in India yet represent global purpose of building a conscious society everywhere. Their designs are made thoughtfully and embody sustainability by using recycled glass.

You can meet Zaveri and shop the Sukan collection at a holiday trunk show at The Lotus Shop inside the Crow Collection of Asian Art Museum on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6 (11am-5pm)

Zaveri believes that personal consciousness is a way of life and at Sukan, they are dedicated to deliver sustainable ways of creating high quality, caringly crafted jewelry. To Zaveri, sustainability is a way of thinking and living that embodies not only ways to care about the planet but also helps communities and their generations and finally our own individual choices.

The genesis of Sukan collections is a dynamic mix of themes, colors and materials that reflect everyday elegance with substance and panache. "The idea is that we empower ourselves and those around to define the type of world we want to live in." Sukan literally mean good wishes and is my mother's name. The inspiration comes from iconic styles that have been transformed to casual modern luxury. http://www.sukanjewelry.com



Oh So Tasty: Henry's Majestic



One of the perks of working in PR and marketing is that I have amazing clients who feed me well. I have had the privilege of working with Bread Winners for 16 of their 20 years and I couldn't be more excited to introduce you to their latest creation: Henry’s Majestic. Normally I don't copy and paste a press release - but I wrote the damn thing so I am using it. Why try to recreate perfection?!

Roe Dileo
Their motto is "Good Food. Strong Drinks." Henry's Majestic will quench your thirst and satiate your appetite in a comfortable setting where great ideas will be forged, enemies will become friends, bonds will be strengthened and memories will be made. Pretty good, huh. Actually I can't take credit for that, my partner wrote it. 

Two large bars provide patrons with a comfortable place to enjoy an array of elixirs, an eclectic wine list or beers from near and far served from 24 taps in an approachable environment. The 4860 sq. foot site features an industrial contemporary design style speckled with unique “found” items. Most impressive are the spacious dog-friendly patio where diners can enjoy an outdoor fireplace, pool table, TVs and al fresco dining in a relaxed atmosphere. We all need a place to imbibe and feast, to relax and reflect, a place that offers the riches of cultured community setting and genuine southern charm. That place, is Henry’s Majestic. 

Part of the genius behind Henry's Majestic is the executive team they put in place. Rosanne “Roe” Dileo leads the team as General Manager and takes an active role in all aspects of the concept; from the menu to the bar to the front of the house. This New Jersey native created a name for herself locally as the chef at The Libertine Bar and was most recently at Boulevardier in Bishop Arts. She is currently appearing on Hell’s Kitchen as a contestant in Season 13 of the FOX cooking competition series starring Gordon Ramsey. Adam Kovac is the Executive R+D Chef for Bread Winners, Inc. Kovac has been with Bread Winners for 9 years. He has turned his passion for charcuterie and meat curing into a new company called Meat Parlour which will be providing Henry’s with its cured meats. Alex Fletcher rounds out the team at the helm of their beverage program. Fletcher is a recognizable name on the bar scene and his work at Victor Tango’s earned him the reputation as one of the best bartenders in Dallas. Fletcher also crafted his skills at The People’s Last Stand and with Bread Winner's team at The Quarter.

Here's some food porn for you:

Friday, November 21, 2014

What President George W. Bush Eats on Thanksgiving

I bet this is what George W. Bush will be eating on Thanksgiving


I've always said that details can make or break a party. Unless you stuff your guests full of great food and drink. Then they are so happy they won't remember any other little snafu that might occur. So, this Thanksgiving, consider making this amazing looking dessert courtesy of former First Lady Laura Bush. It's a Texas Buttermilk Coconut Pie with Whipped Cream and I have a feeling that even if you overcook the turkey or run out of cranberry sauce - this pie could save the day. I found the recipe on Lea Berman's blog, America's Table. Berman is the former White House Social Secretary from the George W. Bush administration and spent her entire adult career as an event planner. She claims to have learned a lot about hospitality from former First Lady Laura Bush. "She thought carefully about every event she hosted: how it could be exceptional, how the food and flowers could in some way reflect the occasion, how the calligraphy honored the attendees – it was a package of small but important details that led to a great party." So, this Thanksgiving, follow her lead and put a little extra effort into your table setting. Pull out the fancy hand towels. Use the good china. And if all else fails... serve this pie.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party Goes Bollywood for 2015

2015 No Tie Dinner & Dessert Honorary Co-Chairs Sterling and Jody O’Donnell and Co-Chairs David Nelson and Dennis Kershner. Photo credit: Sergio Delgado


Press Release - Celebrating a landmark year, the 10th Annual No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party launched its fundraising season with a Kick-Off Party at Scott + Cooner for approximately 150 avid No Tie fans and dessert lovers. Announcing the 2015 theme “Under the Yum Yum Tree,” the Bollywood-style Kick-Off Party captured the magic, vibrant energy and exotic flavors of The East and things to come at the main event to be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Frontiers of Flight Museum.  The event also unveiled a new web site and the 2015 chair committee. Stylist, interior designer and all-around Renaissance man David Nelson returns with Dennis Kershner, sales executive at Interior Resources, as Co-Chairs, and Jody and Sterling O’Donnell serve as Honorary Chairs. Another first, No Tie has engaged Kristi Holman, owner of K&L Management, as coordinator of the spectacular tenth anniversary event which has been run by ASD staff and volunteers for the last nine years. Last but certainly not least, the 2015 No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party announced the 2015 presenting sponsor, Purple Foundation, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that raises funds to improve the lives of people in the Dallas area who are living with or are affected by HIV/AIDS. No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party is the largest fundraiser for AIDS Services of Dallas which provides housing and supportive services for low-income and formerly homeless men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS. The Kick-Off Party revealed exciting news, from the 2015 date and theme to a first-ever VIP ticket that will offer a deluxe lounge area serving premium spirits, luxury auction packages, and exclusive desserts. General admission advance tickets are $60 until February 20th or $75. VIP advance tickets are $130 until February 20th or $150. Tickets are available to purchase online at www.notiedinner.org.


Oh So Fashionable: FGI Night of Stars 2014

Lisa Dawson, Todd Fiscus, Linda Gray, Zac Posen, Emma Bell and Nancy C. Rogers were honored at the 65th Annual FGI of Dallas Night of Stars Gala, November 14, 2014

On November 14, Fashion Group International of Dallas (FGI of Dallas) hosted its 65th annual Night of Stars Gala at Fashion Industry Gallery. Every year, FGI brings in a big name designer to honor with a Career Achievement Award and show their Spring collection. Previous honorees have included amazing designers like Lela Rose, Billy Reid and Kay Unger.

Zac Posen and Cynthia Smoot
This year's honoree wasn't just big - he was jaw-droopingly, amazingly, awesomely, fantastically HUGE and everyone there was buzzing to get a moment with Project Runway's Zac Posen.  I was lucky enough to have interviewed him the day before at his penthouse suite at The Joule so when I saw him at the gala I didn't approach him because I wanted others to have their time with him.

But when he saw me he gave me that boyish grin of his and waved me over for a hug. "How's my new Instagram buddy?" he asked as we posed for a photo. His charm is palatable and everyone who met him couldn't stop talking about how approachable and delightful he was.

Highlights of the event included a silent auction, a fashion show featuring designs by Zac Posen, a cocktail reception, dinner, and an awards ceremony. Neiman Marcus' Ken Downing presented Posen with his Career Achievement in Fashion award, model Chandra North presented Lisa Dawson the Career Achievement in Business award, art patron Cindy Rachofsky presented Todd Fiscus with the Career Achievement in Event Design award, Peter Doroshenko presented philanthropist Nancy C. Rogers with the Art Patron of the Year and WFAA's Ron Corning presented DALLAS star Linda Gray with the Lifetime Achievement award. Linda's DALLAS co-star Emma Bell was the host for the evening. All the cool kids were at Table 17... shoutout to Heidi, Bill and Dallas Dillon for having me at their table. Other fashionable attendees included Chuck Steelman (FGI of Dallas Regional Director), Sheree Hartwell (FGI District Director), Nasiba Adilova, Renée Rouleau, Gregg Asher, Brian Bolke, Steve and Lucy Wrubel, Nha Khanh, and Elizabeth Anyaa.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Celebrate The Holidays In Tees From Katydid Collection



There are two things I love with equal abandon: T-shirts and the Christmas holiday. So, when Dallas-based Katydid Collection sent me their new holiday look book I was squealing with excitement. Styles range from boatneck to baseball tees, and come in a range of cute holiday savings like "Eat, Drink and Be Merry", "Ho, Ho, Ho Y'All" and "Jesus Is The Reason For The Season". Cost is $32.95 per tee. Order this week to get FREE SHIPPING!  You can check out all of their fun holiday designs at http://www.katydidcollection.com/holiday-collection.html

Want to win a free Katydid holiday tee of your choosing?
I am giving one away today on Instagram! 


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Celebrate the Holidays at NorthPark Center

Scattered Light by Jim Campbell
The holiday season is merry and bright at NorthPark Center as they celebrate “A Season of Light.” Setting the stage for a magical holiday experience is beautiful décor of twinkling lights, bountiful plantings, and interactive displays featuring the season’s most notable characters.

A spectacular new installation by renowned artist, Jim Campbell, entitled Scattered Light will draw visitors to the CenterPark Garden with its cascading grid of flickering light. The work, which was recently on view at Madison Square Park in New York City, creates the illusion of figurative images through its 3-D matrix of thousands of hanging light bulbs. It promises to be Dallas’ most photographed light display this holiday season.

Bells are ringing at NorthPark Center to encourage visitors to donate their spare change through The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign, which raises important funds for year-round programs at more than a dozen Salvation Army centers in North Texas. Make the holiday season a memorable one for those in need by giving presents, clothing and necessities through The Salvation Army Angel Tree. Choose an Angel from The Angel Tree, drop off your gift by December 9, and The Salvation Army will make your delivery in time for Christmas.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pat And Emmitt Smith Celebrate The Spirit Of Entrepreneurship


Calvin Carter (Bottle Rocket), Susan O’Brien (Hail Merry), Emmitt Smith, Evelyn Torres (Solaris Technologies), Scott Sams (KRLD), Sarah Palisi Chapin (Hail Merry) Steve Lieberman (The Retail Connection)


Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities hosted its first annual business luncheon on Thursday, November 6, at the InterContinental Dallas Hotel, raising more than $100,000 for youth programming and education. The luncheon, “Celebrating the Spirit of Entrepreneurship,” highlighted a panel of successful business entrepreneurs from the North Texas area and provided inspiration to guests to “stay the course” and always give back. Quotes from each of the featured panelists lined the entryway to the event. My favorite one came from Calvin Carter who said, "The most important thing is to keep the most important thing the most important thing." Say that to yourself 4 or 5 times and let it sink in. I love little nuggets of wisdom like that.

Pat and Emmitt Smith
Featured panelists included:
Albert Black, CEO, On Target Supplies & Logistics
Calvin Carter, CEO, Bottle Rocket Apps
Steve Lieberman, CEO, The Retail Connection
Susan O’Brien, Founder, Hail Merry
Sarah Palisi Chapin, CEO, Hail
Merry Evelyn Torres, CEO, Solaris Technologies

Scott Sams, well-known radio host at KRLD, moderated the event in Addison. Attendees also heard from Noble Obriki, a student in Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities’ Team 22 program, which provides mentoring and enrichment opportunities for high potential, yet underserved youth.

Noble expressed his gratitude for the investment the charity has made in him. “Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities has opened my voice and given me the motivation to aspire beyond the set boundaries of today,” said Obriki. Proceeds from the luncheon will support the programming of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Change Lives This Holiday Season Through Santa's Sparkle


Radio personality Tony Zazza needs our help to make this a happy holiday season for some less than fortunate families on our community. "I have spent the last 16 years as a radio personality here in DFW and absolutely love this community. Last year we helped 5 local families who had all been met with undue hardship. Ranging from a 38 year old single mother of 3 who had been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer to a family who lost their mom and 18 month old brother in floods in Austin and the remaining 5 siblings came to Dallas to live with their grandparents who were living off Social Security."

Santa’s Sparkle is an opportunity to changes these families lives even if for just 48 hours. Nominations are currently underway for this year's programs and will end December 3. The Zazza Community Foundation is a Tax-Exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit and donations are tax deductible.

This year the selected families will embark on a Magical Christmas journey that will begin Sunday, December 14th when arriving at the Hilton Anatole. The families will enjoy a private marionette show in their theatre, followed by plush accommodations that evening. Monday, December 15th the families will wake to breakfast and then be surprised by a trumpet calling and welcoming by Santa & Mrs. Clause before being escorted to the Anatole’s Winter Wonderland known as “Sparkle”. Here the families will be presented with their own Christmas trees and the surprise of presents wrapped under each tree for each of the family members. The festivities will continue with spa treatments at the Anatole for those interested, all meals throughout their stay and ice skating to their hearts content at Sparkle before laying down for a little winters nap that evening again with accommodations provided by the Anatole.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Highland Park Village Announces New Tenants And Says GoodBye To Old Ones



There's a whole lotta changes happening over at Dallas' toniest shopping center, Highland Park Village. Yesterday a press release went out announcing store closings and openings. Here's the good news:

  • goop – a “pop-up” store created and curated by Gwyenth Paltrow. This exclusive engagement opens November 17 and closes December 14. 
  • Giuseppe Zanotti – Italian designer of men’s and women’s footwear, jewelry and accessories. This is the first Giuseppe Zanotti boutique to open in Texas and it is slated to open in early spring. 
  • Dior Beauty – a jewel box of a boutique at only 500 square feet, this is the first Dior Beauty boutique in the United States and is slated to open in late spring. 
  • Bluemercury – a multi-brand beauty and skin-care boutique with expert advisors selling top brands. This is the first Bluemercury store to open in Texas and is expected to open in early summer. 
But alas, as often happens, there is bad news that is accompanying the good news.  As previously announced, Summers also confirmed that Tom Thumb will close its Highland Park Village store on November 30, 2014. Tom Thumb’s parent company, California-based Safeway, informed Highland Park Village ownership and store employees that the store must close by December 1 in order to complete the acquisition by Albertsons that was announced in March 2014.  “We are excited about the new tenants coming to Highland Park Village. They will complement our existing retailers and add to our shoppers’ experience,” said Summers. “We also want to assure our patrons and local residents that we are in talks with potential retailers and grocers to provide some of the services and goods that will be lost when Tom Thumb closes and we’ll have more to share on that as we get closer.”

While Summers seems super excited about the changes, there are many who are not happy with the changes being implemented. There is a lot of grumbling from consumers (Parkies in particular) that HPV is pricing themselves out of the reach of even the higher-than-average consumer. When I moved to Park Cities 10 years ago you could find stores like The Gap, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic and Harold's. Today, the center is filled with high-end luxury designer boutiques with average price points that 95% of Dallas shoppers cannot afford. If HPV is all about quality over quantity, then they are right on the mark. Many residents of Park Cities are all up in arms over what they see as the demise of what has been a family-oriented destination for the community. Gone are the days when children could ride their bikes over for a frozen yogurt or french fries. No longer will you be able to pop in for a gallon of milk before you hit the carpool line at Bradfield Elementary. What some see as radical change for this community watering-hole, Summers sees at positive change for the 92-year old shopping center.

What do you think about the direction HPV is going? Discuss....


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Zac Posen on Fashion, Food and what he really thinks about Dallas



I caught up with Zac Posen at a luxurious penthouse at The Joule hotel on Thursday afternoon. He is in town for a few days (primarily) to accept an award from Fashion Group International (FGI) Dallas but like any good entrepreneur was taking full advantage of his time here and had spent the afternoon wining and dining some of Neiman Marcus' top customers and socialites like "Fancy Nancy" Rogers, Anika Call and Kristie Ramirez. Posen will be bestowed the Career Achievement in Fashion Award at one of Dallas' hottest events this Friday evening at FGI Night of Stars gala. Other honorees will include Todd Fiscus who will receive the Career Achievement Award in Event Design and Lisa Dawson who will be honored with the Career Achievement Award in Business. In addition, DALLAS star Linda Gray will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and Nancy Rogers will be presented with the Art Patron of the Year Award.

FGI supports fashion student not only with funds, but with connections to others in their fields of interest. I believe that no matter what station or stage of the game you are at, it is crucial to have people who believe in you and support you on your journey, so I asked Zac to tell me who a few of his early mentors had been and what they meant to him.  "I've been really fortunate in my career to have had many mentors. I've always been drawn to people who are magic - I call them my angels." He credits Bloomingdales Kal Ruttenstein for being one of his first big supporters and says that he saw more in him than Posen saw in himself at the time, taking him to dinner sometimes twice a week early on in his career to offer him guidance and nurture him. He called Vogue's Anna Wintour "an instrumental force" in his career saying "she has a level of excellence that is outstanding and has given me some of the best, and hardest, advice I've ever gotten." He credits Dallas' own Neiman Marcus for taking him under their wing and having a huge impact on his success. "Ken Downing took me on the road when I was 21 and that's how I saw America and learned who my customer was," he mused.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dallas Dweller: Marnie Glaser

Dallas is full of colorful characters. There are those you see monthly in the society pages, whose stories are legendary in this town. But, this feature is inspired by the people that I think you should know more about because of their fabulous style, interesting back-story or amazing accomplishments. Dallas Dweller seeks to introduce you to these fabulous faces.

Dallas Dweller: Marnie Glaser
by Alison Weinstein

Last week, I met my friend and early education advocate, Marnie Glaser, for coffee. Even in workout gear, Marnie still manages to channel Audrey Hepburn! Envy aside, I instantly became obsessed with her… bar graphs! It had been some time since we had gotten together and to my “What’s up?” – question, Marnie busted out her laptop! What else could I expect from my friend with the Masters in Brain and Behavior Science? For as long as I have known this classy Preston Hollow Mom of Three (including a set of twin boys), Marnie has been pounding the legislative pavement (in her fabulous kitten heels BTW) with groups like Commit! to challenge the status quo of education quality in Dallas County.

“86 percent of students in Dallas County graduate high school without being college ready,” said Marnie who then provided hard numbers on how this impacts our community. So much for my interest in her holiday travel plans. “The breakdown happens before third grade (with reading and writing deficits) and from there it’s very hard to catch up. Imagine the gravity of change if we could aggregate our talents and work together to remedy the problem. Imagine the prosperity our community would have when every child loves to learn, is successful in school and can reach their full life potential. ” When asked what drives her, Marnie responded that the notion of kids being left behind because of gaps in the system is “intolerable and simply doesn’t have to happen. There is solid research to support change. It’s up to all of us, whether our children go to private or public school, to ensure that all children in our community have access to a quality education.”

DFW Style Daily Announces New Leadership

Leah Frazier is the new Editor of DFW Style Daily while Amber LaFrance will serve
as Publisher for the online fashion magazine.


Hold onto your chapeau's Dallas... I've got EXCLUSIVE scoop that a new dynamic fashion duo is taking over the helm of the uber-stylish digital voice of DFW Style DailyLeah Frazier is a multi-licensed attorney, fashion journalist, and certified personal shopper, her work has been featured in the Oxford Press, CBS Local, Examiner.com, and Miss A. She's been a contributing voice to DFW Style Daily for the past year, but is stepping in to replace Founder Lisa Petty as Editor and as the new leader of the team at DFW Style Daily, Frazier will apply her industry acumen and keen eye for fashion to future growth. “This is a dream fulfilled for me, and I am excited for the future of what I have always considered to be one of DFW’s best sources for fashion and style coverage,” says Frazier. “I plan to expand both the audience and the outreach of DFW Style Daily through additional coverage of the Forth Worth and suburban areas. I’m a social butterfly, as well, so I plan to institute more interaction between the readers and the publication via social media channels and future events.”

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dallas Autumn Ball Teaches Young Adults How To Give Back, One Cocktail At a Time



Dallas Autumn Ball Teaches Young Adults How To Give Back, One Cocktail At a Time
by Ashley Powell

Dallas Autumn Ball founder Adam Kraus believes that young adults have the desire to get more involved in their community, but sometimes lack the confidence or connections to get started. This evening provides such a platform by displaying the enjoyment of celebrating charity. All proceeds from the Dallas Autumn Ball benefitted Project: Amplify and impacts public education in Dallas.

Ashley Powell and Laura McKissack
at the #TagMeBro photo booth
Apparently Adam is onto something because the event sold out 2 weeks prior, which was directly reflective of the excitement and buzzing atmosphere during the party! With a strict black tie dress code enforced, young professionals gathered at Hotel ZaZa on November 7 to raise the roof and some funds for a great cause. After viewing photos from last year's extravaganza, I knew this was an event I wanted to be involved with. Not only was I supporting a wonderful cause, I got to wear a gown, listen to probably the most entertaining band I’ve ever seen and sip on cocktails among peers.

With 4 bars, a photo booth, huge dance floor and the one-and-only Emerald City covering everything from Macklemore to Madonna, this was the perfect atmosphere for Dallas’ young professionals to let loose! With everyone dressed to the nines, I was lucky enough to have stumbled upon an ah-mazing green sequin Badgley Miska dress from Clothes Circuit that was absolutely perfect for the occasion. If you need a great after-5 or holiday look this season, I highly recommend you visit Clothes Circuit off Preston Center. You will find great designer looks at an astounding price at this designer consignment boutique.

Matt Alexander has what you NEED

The NEED team

NEED Celebrates Its First Year of Servicing The Modern Gentleman
by Dawn Mellon

There's what you need and then there's what you want. By the looks of the turnout for NEED's one-year anniversary party, founder and CEO Matt Alexander has clearly tapped into the pschye of the digital consumer with his men’s lifestyle retailer and magazine. NEED's keen understanding of what its member's want often results in its curated collection selling out - at times, within hours - of its monthly release. Alexander and his team cull through an endless supply of options and hand pick the best clothing, literature, furniture, artwork and coffee to satisfy the discriminating taste of its subscribers. The carefully-chosen collection is then coupled with engaging journalism and award-winning photography and published in a monthly on-line newsletter. Last week, the men's retailer celebrated its first anniversary and the launch of its first pop-up shop.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fashion X Dallas: The Project Runway Finale



Fashion X came to a close last night at f.i.g. The previous two evenings had, for the most part, focused on local designers but for Saturday's grand finale gave fans of Lifetime's hit television show Project Runway had a rare opportunity to watch runway shows from fan favorites Anthony Ryan Auld, Daniel Esquivel, Jeffrey Sebelia, Korto Momolu, Laura Kathleen, Melissa Fleis, Michelle Lesniak, and Mychael Knight.

Among those who turned out for this all-star experience were Vintage Martini's Ken Weber, (my date) Courtney Kerr, Marie Reyes, Charles Smith, Ese Azenabor and like every fashion blogger in a 50-mile radius of Dallas.

I have to admit, I had my doubts that anyone could pull off a 3-day fashion extravaganza of this magnitude but with 6 years under his belt running Austin fashion Week, Matt Swinney was just the man for the job. If the whole point was to shine a spotlight on all of the amazing talent this city fosters and to bring a little awareness to consumers about the brands that live and work here, then I feel like Fashion X Dallas founder Matt Swinney succeeded. Are there things I might suggest they do a little differently next year, sure. But overall, I have to give a tip of the hat to Swinney for his efforts. Below are some highlight's from Saturday's show:

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Fashion X Dallas: Day Two Brings Twice the Fashion Fun

Project Runway in the house!!! Holla!

After the variance of designers that showed at the debut of Fashion X Thursday night I couldn't wait to get back to f.i.g. last night to see what Round Two held.  I was not disappointed. In the VIP lounge, Kendra Scott was giving away baubles and I scored a great pair of Madina gold filagree earrings. In the house to watch some fashion magic was jewelry designer Shona Gilbert of SHONA, Shannon Yoachum, Leah Pasant, The Fashionistas sent LeeAnne Locken to represent, D'Andra Simmons, andDFW Daily's Leah Frazier. I was totally star struck to see so many of my favorite Project Runway designers milling about. Even though this talented group isn't slated to show their collections until Saturday's finale performance, almost everyone came in on Friday and attended Friday's show as guests. You know I totally had to snap pics with my faves! Here's a little snippet of what you missed:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Fashion X Dallas Debuts with Ruffles, Flounces, Sparkle and a Whole Lotta Bling

Flounce and ruffles and fun from Austin's Adrienne Yunger


Fashion X Dallas debuted Thursday night at the Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.) in downtown’s Arts District. Design talent on the runway ranged from bridal and after-5 designer Binzario Couture to free spirited swimwear line Curlee Bikini to fresh men's suiting label League of Rebels. In The Gallery, guests browsed pop up shops from emerging designers by Laura Pierson and Mitchel Primrose showing fine jewelry, sumptuous leather handbags by Consuela, global chic footwear by Teysha, and feathered bow ties by Brackish. Prominent Swedish menswear designer Edo Popken closed the Thursday night runway show. Fashion X still has two more nights of shows: Isabella Rose Taylor, 13 year old teen sensation who has just launched a juniors line with Nordstrom, will serve as the finale on Friday night. On Saturday night, fans of Lifetime's hit television show Project Runway have a rare opportunity to watch runway shows presented by fan favorite designers at Designer All Stars Presented By Bernina. With the VIP experience, you can even meet and take photos with the All Star designers: Anthony Ryan Auld, Daniel Esquivel, Jeffrey Sebelia, Korto Momolu, Laura Kathleen, Melissa Fleis, Michelle Lesniak, and Mychael Knight. Explore all of the FXD designers on the fresh new Fashion X Dallas website at http://ow.ly/Cs4Tp and snag tickets to see your favorites. Tickets range from $20 for standing room to $195 for front row. Reserve the best seats in the house before they are gone.

Here are some scenes from last night's Fashion X presentation:

If You Can't Feed 100, Feed Just ONE! Was The War Cry At The 6th AnnualMinnie’s Food Pantry Gala

DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good Franklin, Emmitt and Pat Smith, Kirk and Tammy Franklin, Cheryl and Artis Jackson (Photo: Pat Smith)

"If you can't feed a hundred... Feed just one." This is the motto of Minnie's Food Pantry under the guidance of founder Cheryl "Action" Jackson. Like her mentor, Oprah Winfrey, Jackson prides herself on being someone who doesn't just motivate but who moves people to activate so like a preacher ministering to her congregation, Jackson had attendees to her annual gala repeat that phrase throughout the night at the 6th Annual Charity Gala held on Monday, November 3, 2014 at the Westin Stonebriar Resort Hotel in Frisco.  As a little girl, her mother, Minnie Ewing, often wondered if and when she would receive her next meal. She painted the picture to Jackson of her grandmother walking for miles to work two jobs to provide food and shelter for their family. Jackson’s parents raised seven children. It seemed as though the doors to her home revolved like a store as she watched her parents distribute food, clothes, and most importantly their time and prayers to the community and members of their congregation.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Dixie Chicks' Robin Macy returns to Dallas with her new group The Cherokee Maidens on November 7



The Cherokee Maidens will bring perform on Friday, November 7 at the legendary Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse in Dallas. The group may be new but it is comprised of industry veterans: Robin Macy, Monica Taylor and Jennifer Pettersen, who have come together to create a distinctive sound that harkens to another era. Think Bob Wills meets the Andrew Sisters.  The Cherokee Maidens have more in common than just their Native American heritage. They share a love for old dogs, spicy Tex-Mex, crocheted pillowcases and harmonic melodies along with the red dirt under their nails.

This musical triad is familiar territory for Macy, who was a founding member of the (in)famous Dixie Chicks. Each Maiden is a songwriter: Taylor and Macy have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and Pettersen’s own music videos have garnered more than 10,000 hits online.

All have acclaimed recordings under their rodeo belt buckles. But it is this collective of timbre and shared passion for the past that sets them apart from the pack and unites them as a tribe. “I am returning to the Metroplex after nearly two decades looking for old ghosts and new amigos." says Macy. "Uncle Calvin’s is a favorite venue of my youth." The band describes the show as all-American, multi-generational and family-friendly.

Calvin’s is celebrating its’ 32nd anniversary of Friday night concerts the month of November. Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse is located in Northpark Presbyterian Church at 9555 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75231. http://www.unclecalvins.org. Tickets are $15 tickets in advance / $18 at the door.


Choosing The Perfect Breast Size

Models present creations for Rochas during the 2015 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show 2014 in Paris. (PATRICK KOVARIK/Getty Images)


Ever wonder why designers use stick thin models with no breasts in their runway shows? Wise Geek explains that one reason is because of the way designers want their clothes to be displayed during the marketing process. Typically, designers use tools such as busts and mannequins when they are designing their clothes. These devices provide a very basic frame on which clothing can drape and hang. When designers transfer their clothing to a person, they want their designs to maintain this natural effect. Fashion models essentially become living racks for the clothing. A criticism of this practice is that an extremely small percentage of women have the small frame necessary to get the clothing to hang the way it was designed. Interestingly enough, one of the most common reasons women want to get breast enlargement surgery is so they will look better in clothes and feel “more like a woman.” It’s an interesting dichotomy. We all know that “everything is bigger and better in Texas” and that includes breasts.  According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), breast implants have been the top plastic surgery in the United States since 2006. In a recent study published in the official medical journal of the ASPS, 98% of the women surveyed said that their breast augmentation results met or exceeded their expectations. The study noted psychological benefits as well: 90% of the women reported increased self-esteem after breast augmentation. No surprise there. When you look good, you feel good!

Shop For a Cause during The HeART of Neiman Marcus event

Santa Clause outside of Neiman Marcus (Credit: Kelli Wiese/KRLD)


Head to Neiman Marcus November 5th to December 24th and shop from over fifty fabulous items perfectly priced for giving. The HeART of Neiman Marcus is a national corporate giving program that concentrates Neiman Marcus’ charitable efforts on supporting youth arts education. Art is deeply woven throughout the fabric of Neiman Marcus’ heritage, brand and culture. In fact, NM is one of the few retailers in the world with its own corporate art collection and internal curator. Engagement with the arts, especially for youth, impacts educational success, which in turn, pays if forward throughout the community. Vendors include: Diana Vreeland Parfums, John Derian, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Eddie Borgo, Rizzoli, YSL, Kiehl’s, Jonathan Adler, Simon Pierce, Bedhead and Nest. Prices range from $22 - $395. Shop online and 10% of sales from these items will benefit The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation dedicated to supporting youth arts education in communities across the country or shop at your favorite NM location and your sales will benefit a local charity:

Downtown Dallas sales will benefit Booker T. Washington school
NorthPark Center sales will benefit St. Philip's School & Community Center - Arts Program
Willow Bend sales will benefit Plano Children's Theater

Below are a few of the featured products:




Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Meet Jessica and Ashlee Simpson at Belk on November 22



Jessica Simpson will be appearing at Belk Dallas Galleria on Saturday, November 22 from 1:00pm-4pm to showcase her bedding and home accessory line. Inspiration for the new Jessica Simpson Bedding and Home Accessory Collection came after she recently became a mother of two and bought a new home to create a sanctuary for her family. Simpson recently told Retail Merchandiser “I am thrilled to be working on this collection,” Simpson says. “Home interiors have always been a passion of mine. I spend a lot of time at home and even more so as a mom. I always aspire to create a sanctuary for myself and my family. The collection is perfect for both the young lady who is setting up her first space and the family who is setting up their home.”

The Jessica Simpson Bedding and Home Accessory Collection embodies Simpson’s feminine design take on modern Americana. When entertainment, music and style icon Jessica Simpson progresses into a new stage in her life, her collection follows.  Products will feature bohemian prints, delicate floral, and soft, romantic ruffles that can create a whimsical, vintage or modern look in the home.

The line includes comforter sets and duvets, embroidered quilts, bedspreads and accessories, such as decorative pillows, bed skirts, euro shams, throw blankets and drapery, as well as sheet sets and basic bedding. Comforter sets will range in price from $149 to $179 and decorative pillows will be priced from $40 to $60. Appearing with Jessica will be her sister Ashlee.

Receive a gift bag and an autographed photo with the purchase of any Jessica Simpson or Jessica Simpson Girls purchase of $50 or more. Belk is located inside the Galleria Dallas at 13350 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75240.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Mick Fleetwood brings Reflections to Samuel Lynne Galleries

Mick Fleetwood of the super group Fleetwood Mac has stepped out from behind the drums to pursue his other passion and will showcase an extraordinary collection of fine art photography at Samuel Lynne Galleries titled Reflections.  This unique exhibition of fine art photographs has been curated by Fleetwood over the last few years. All works on exhibition will be available for acquisition December 11th through December 13th. Prices start at $2500.

Samuel Lynne Galleries invites its established and future clients to a Private Reception with the Artist, with a minimum purchase of Mick Fleetwood artwork on December 13 from 6-9pm. Please call 866.900.6699 or visit www.roadshowcompany.com for more information.