Sunday, November 4, 2018

First Sight First Night Luncheon Kicks Off Dallas Opera's 2018-2019 Season

Joyce Goss, Cynthia Smoot
On October 11, fashionistas and arts lovers alike flocked to one of the most captivating fetes this fall, FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON with NorthPark Center as Presenting Sponsor. The annual fĂȘte officially kicked off The Dallas Opera’s 62nd Season led by Event Chair, Joyce Goss.

Following a reception in the eastern area of the C. Vincent Prothro lobby, guests moved into the McDermott Performance Hall for a “dramatic fashion show” produced by Rhonda Sargent Chambers featuring CH Carolina Herrera fashions and BVLGARI jewelry “utilizing the set of The Dallas Opera’s upcoming production of Georges Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ (a production originally designed by Michael Vale for Glyndebourne Festival in the UK and director by Sir David McVicar).

Guests then attend a seated luncheon by Wolfgang Puck Catering in the western section of the Prothro Lobby overlooking Sammons Park. Photos sc/o Thomas Garza.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Unlikely Heroes 6th Annual Recognizing Heroes Gala

Unlikely Heroes, a non-profit organization that rescues and restores child victims of slavery worldwide held their 6th Annual Recognizing Heroes Awards Dinner & Charity Benefit on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The evening kicked off with award-winning actor, David Oyelowo and his wife, Unlikely Heroes ambassador and actress, Jessica Oyelowo welcoming guests to a very special evening with a with a non-profit close to their hearts. “We love that you are here and to help set those trapped in slavery free” says David Oyelowo. The two described their unbreakable bond they have established with the girls, Unlikely Heroes and CEO Erica Greve. “When you rescued us, you gave us a fighting chance to live and to become educated to help others in need” says Jessica Oyelowo when asking the girls what you like people to know about you and the Unlikely Heroes foundation. The audience roared with applause when Austin Hurst of Hurst Capital announced that he was pledging a ONE MILLION DOLLAR matching grant that will rescue 200 kids and give them full restorative care for a year! He encouraged guests to match his contribution so that together over 400 children would be rescued. The evening’s keynote speaker was survivor leader, Rebecca Bender.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Mercury One Gears Up For M1 Ball

M1 Ball Patron Party
Photos c/o Gittings for Mercury One

On October 17, Mercury One hosted a patron party at the beautiful home of Travis and Stephanie Hollman in anticipation of the upcoming M1 Ball, happening November 17th at Mercury Studios in Las Colinas. M1 Ball event chairs D’Andra Simmons-Lock and Jeremy Lock, along with honorary chairs Francie Moody-Dahlberg and Kevin Dahlberg, and spotlight sponsors Dee Simmons and others, helmed the festive evening to celebrate charitable giving. At the soiree, guests sipped fine wines from M1 Ball beverage sponsor Rodney Strong Vineyards and noshed on light bites from F2M Hospitality. All got an exclusive preview of M1 Ball live auction highlights, including tropical beach getaways and priceless, unforgettable experiences. Before the close of the evening, many guests purchased raffle tickets for the chance to win the 2018 CLA250 Mercedes-Benz.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Elizabeth Vargas Leaves A Legacy For Magdalen House

The Magdalen House’s 2nd Annual Leave a Legacy Dinner: An Evening with Elizabeth Vargas, hosted over 420 guests, aiming to raise funds for their recovery community for alcoholic women and their families. This year, the agency was excited to host previous ABC’s 20/20 Anchor, Elizabeth Vargas, as the event’s keynote speaker. Best known for her 14 years as co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20 with David Muir, The New York Times has credited Vargas with reinvigorating the news magazine format with her “intellectually brave” reporting. Vargas’s memoir Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction was released in conjunction with a special episode of 20/20, in which Vargas and Diane Sawyer discussed her experiences, explored the link between anxiety and alcohol abuse, and interviewed experts as well as people recovering from addiction.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Halloween Makeup From Decades Past From Blushington

Parties are fun, but a COSTUME party is always my favorite, which makes Halloween the best holiday of the year! I had so much fun Art Directing this segment on Good Morning Texas and helping Blushington show viewers how to create timeless looks from decades of the past. Looks from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s are easy to pull together using items you probably already have around the house. Dash into Party City for a few accessoires and wa-la! Take your concept from good to great with a visit to Blushington. From a hand-jiving Pink Lady to a hippie chick, punk rocker to a superhero, Blushington can help you create the perfect makeup look to top off your outfit and take home first prize at your party. Special thanks to my girl, Leah Frazier, for donning her best Diana Ross wig and shaking her groove thing on today’s segment to help us showcase the 70s. Of course, I nabbed the 80s for myself. Hello! These were my glory years and I love to relive them, even if it’s for just a few hours whenever I can. Blushington has studios in Dallas, New York and Los Angeles. Call or make your appointment online today!

FUN FACT: I got the Lucky Star earring I am wearing on May 4, 1985 at Madonna's "Like A Virgin" concert in Dallas. I can't believe that 30+ years later I haven't lost or broken it. It's one of my prized possessions because it brings back so many fun memories for me. I love pulling it out for occasions like this one!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Shops at Willow Bend Launches The District

Chefs Tasting Event at The District at Willow Bend

After years of planning and months of anticipation, The District, the chef-driven dining area at The Shops at Willow Bend celebrated its official opening at a ticketed fundraiser on October 5 raising more than $25,000 for the Junior League of Collin County. I was thrilled to emcee this Chefs Tasting Event and introduce each of the participating chefs and explain to attendees that they would spend 30 minutes at each venue to meet the chef, and sample craft cocktails and bites specially prepared for the event. The festive cocktail reception featured musical performances by the Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra, appetizers from California Pizza Kitchen and Terra Mediterranean, from brothers Jalal Chanaa and Adam Shanaa; bites from Knife, a steakhouse from James Beard-nominated chef and two-time Top Chef contestant John Tesar; Mexican Bar Co. Cocina from James Beard-featured chef Patricio Sandoval; and Whistle Britches, offering southern comfort food from James Beard Foundation-nominated Chef Omar Flores. The evening concluded with Australian-style coffee from Ascension Annex, desserts from Neiman Marcus Mariposa and a spectacular fireworks celebration. The event kicks off more than a month of activities celebrating The District.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

10th Annual Burgers & Burgundy Benefitting DIFFA/Dallas Sizzled with Success

10th Annual Burgers and Burgundy Event

On Friday, October 5, celebrity chefs gathered at The Eye at The Joule for the tenth annual Burgers & Burgundy event hosted by The Joule Hotel, presented by Chef John Tesar & Terri Provencal, with hosts Bryan Loving, Jim Sheehan, and Southwest Lending, benefiting DIFFA/ Dallas (The Dallas Chapter of Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS). Guests mingled in front of the iconic Dallas landmark as they sipped on cocktails while listening to tunes by DJ Steffi Burns. Partygoers sampled a wide variety of mouthwatering burgers created by John Tesar (Knife, Knife Burger), Justin Brunson (Celebrity Chef, Old Major; Denver, CO), Tim Rattray (Celebrity Chef, The Granary; San Antonio, TX), Josh Smith (Moody’s Delicatessen; Boston, MA), Mat Urban (Commissary), Nick Walker(CBD Provisions), Bruno Davaillon (Bullion),Sharon Van Meter (Taco y Vino), Blaine Staniford (Grace), Mariel Street (Liberty Burger), Josh Sutcliff (Mirador), Coner Seargeant (Wheelhouse), and Rodman Shields (Common Table).

Monday, September 17, 2018

Reality Stars Compete To Raise Funds For Teens

2018 It's A Jungle Out There Party

The 4th Annual “It’s A Jungle Out There” benefit took place on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the Deep Ellum Art Company. Former players from the hit TV shows Survivor, Amazing Race, Big Brother, and American Ninja Warrior gathered to raise funds for Cheer 4 Your Life, which helps teens pursue their passions and provides emotional support to help them stay focused on education and accomplish their goals. The evening’s festivities began with a red-carpet reception where celebrities mixed and mingled with guests dressed in “jungle chic” attire. Photo opportunities were plentiful not only with the with the celebrities in attendance but with snakes and tortoises provided by Wildlife On The Move. Among those in attendance were Wendell Holland, Michaela Bradshaw, Keith and Wes Nale, Missy Payne, Baylor Wilson, Carolyn “Mama C” Rivera, Mike Holloway, Jill Behm, and Sunday Burquest from Survivor; Meg Malley and April Lewis from Big Brother; Uchenna Agu, Tanner Kloven and Ashton Theiss from Amazing Race; and Tom Doweidt, Brittany Hanks, Elliott Jolivette and Joy Strikland from American Ninja Warrior. Local media personalities Bret Mega from Hot Hits 93.3 and Brian Glenn of KEXB 620 AM radio also lent their names to the cause.

RHOD Star LeeAnne Locken to Chair PositiviTea benefiting Legacy's Grace Project

Pinky's up, ladies! I hope that you will join me on Sunday, October 21 for PositiviTEA, for a brunch full of inspiration and celebration, benefiting over 200 women of Legacy's Grace Project. This year's tea (there will also be a mimosa bar!) is Chaired by Real Housewives of Dallas star, LeeAnne Locken and will be held at the beautiful Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom at SMU. In addition to brunch, guests will enjoy wonderful entertainment, an exquisite silent auction and hear from inspiring speakers. All proceeds benefit Legacy's Grace Project, the largest conference in the World designed specifically for women living with HIV/AIDS. Tickets & Sponsorships Available at

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Perform a Random Act of Kindness and #BlessAVet With The Film God Bless The Broken Road

I am all about random acts of kindness - and when it involves honoring a Veteran who has served our Country - it's a double blessing! God Bless The Broken Road is a new film starring TCU alum and NFL Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian “LT” Tomlinson. The film focuses on the importance of family, friends, and faith, while paying tribute to those who serve in the United States Military.

In partnership with the DAV (Disabled American Veterans), 10 West Productions is asking you to honor Veterans and Active Members of the U.S. Military by donating $25 to send a heroe to dinner and a movie.

In the film, Amber’s dream of an ideal life with her perfect family shatters when she loses her husband to the war in Afghanistan. Two years later, she finds herself in a struggle to save her home while providing for her nine-year-old daughter, Bree. When up-and-coming race car driver, Cody Jackson, rolls into town, Amber and Bree become wrapped up in his pedal to the metal way of life. Amber struggles with Cody’s attention and withdraws to protect herself and Bree from the dangers of becoming too close to someone who lives life on the edge every day. With her faith hanging in the balance, Amber is forced to decide between the broken road she knows so well, or trusting in a new path that God has provided.