Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Shops at Willow Bend to Debut New Restaurant District This Fall

The Shops at Willow Bend Restaurant District Hard Hat Tour

Deep into a $125 million reimagining and renovation, The Shops at Willow Bend is destined to become the town center for Plano and North Dallas by adding unique dining experience, office, the Plano Children's Theater, an Equinox club, and one of just four Crayola Experience family entertainment centers in the U.S. A few weeks ago, I was among a lucky few that got to take a hard hat tour of the new food district and meet the chefs. Coming this fall are substantial new dining experiences including:

Monday, July 9, 2018

Dallas Dweller: Lumbie Mlambo

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.

Meet Dallas Dweller Lumbie Mlambo 

Lumbie Mlambo grew up the youngest of 10 children in a rural part of Zimbabwe, Africa. Her family were farmers who raised cattle and grew crops (largely, corn) to feed their large brood. "I grew up feeling loved and supported, learning from them the value of not judging others, being humble, appreciating the little things and understanding that positive change for the better can come, no matter how hopeless the current moment may seem," say Mlambo of her childhood. She discovered a passion for computer science and Information Technology and moved with her husband's job to Indiana where she earned an Associate's Degree in Computer Science from Indiana University at South Bend and later returned to Texas to get her B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Texas Woman's University. She launched her career in Software Development in 1996 and later worked as a business analyst and project manager in the IT Industry. Her background includes an extraordinary 10-year stint as a Software Engineer with JP Morgan Chase, where she was in charge of developing mortgage-related consumer software.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Calling Dallas Lovers! Get Married For Free On July 10

In celebration of the 7th season premiere of the break-out hit docu-series, Married at First Sight, Lifetime is celebrating matrimony in a larger-than-life way - by covering the costs of courthouse weddings for 70 couples in 7 cities (Dallas, NYC, LA, Atlanta, Miami, Boston and Chicago). The nationwide festivities will kick off on with a Texas-style wedding bash at the Renaissance Tower courtyard in Downtown Dallas. The celebrations will be complete with:

  •  Free marriage licenses for the first 70 people who come to Renaissance Tower courtyard between 8am-4:30pm 
  •  Miniature wedding cakes The Jenny Lane Bakery 
  •  Live music (and first dance song requests!) from local band House Special 
  •  Dance instructors providing mini-lessons to couples on site 
  •  A professional photographer to capture each couple’s special day 
  •  Giveaways ranging from restaurant gift cards to overnight stays in honeymoon suites

GuideLive reports that Dallas is getting special treatment because Married At First Sight will feature three Dallas couples this season. The show features six singles who are matched and meet for the first time at the altar. And, like it says in the Season 7 trailer, "the only way out is divorce." The show's seventh season will kick off with a two-hour premiere at 8 p.m. on Lifetime, following a matchmaking special at 7.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Casting Call: Below Deck: Mediterranean Sails To The South of France

Last season of Below Deck: Mediterranean saw several Dallasites cruising the High Seas with Captain Sandy and her crew. Dallas obviously lived up to its reputation of larger than life characters, because casting is back again searching for groups of 6-8 people to appear on the upcoming season. Travel dates are in September and October and groups can be friends, couples, families (kids included), or coworkers that would be interested in chartering the 150ft + luxury yacht and have the entire trip offered at a huge discounted price. Yep, you read that right. Not only do you not get paid to appear on the show - you pay for the trip. I guess this what some people would call the "price of fame"?? If you are interested in getting all the details, or know anyone that would, email the casting office and they will send you the guest packet. Bon voyage! 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Kim Zolciak Biermann debuts new song WIG at Stoli Key West Cocktail Contest 2018

Brielle Biermann, Cynthia Smoot, Kim Zolciak Biermann
On June 9, 2018 Kim Zolciak Biermann (and her brood) made a surprise appearance at the Stoli Key West Cocktail Contest to debut her new song WIG. The event was emceed by Real Housewives of Dallas star, LeeAnne Locken, and Stoli's Patrik Gallineaux.

After Kim's appearance, Kim, Kroy led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to LeeAnne, who's birthday was June 7th. Cameras were rolling during the Bravo Housewives collision, so look for this evening to make an appearance in the upcoming season of Kim's Bravo show 'Don't Be Tardy'.

Many national outlets picked up my video, including People MagazineJezebelAccess HollywoodYahoo, and Perez Hilton.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Equanimity Awards Gala To Honor Changemakers on July 28

On July 28, 2018, the Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala will take place inside the Royal Affairs Ballroom in Lewisville, TX. Hosted by musician Daniel Dodd-Ellis, the Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala will award change makers in the community while raising funds for JB Dondolo, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit which provides the simple, basic necessities to impoverished communities worldwide.

Awards will be presented throughout the evening to honor citizens who are using their platforms to make change in the world. Entertainment will be provided by country singer IMAJ, musician/songwriter TOLU, and comedian Alfred Kainga. Proceeds from the gala will specifically go towards Phase II of the Hospital Hope Project, which will entail fixing and building new structures at the Igusi Clinic in Umguza, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe. This effort will impact a community of 20,000 people.

Royal Affairs Ballroom is located at 140 E Main St, Lewisville, TX 75057. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Visit to purchase tickets or for more information. Tickets range from $99 for general admission to $175 for VIP seating.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Don't Miss The Rights & Responsibilities Tour on June 15-17, 2018

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Rights & Responsibilities Tour

Now is your chance to experience Mercury One’s Rights & Responsibilities, an especially significant curated pop-up museum happening at the Mercury One Studios in Irving only on Father’s Day weekend, beginning Friday, June 15th through and including Saturday, June 16th and Sunday, June 17th. Mercury One, a 501(c)(3) foundation, is hosting this temporary exhibition with historically noteworthy items from their permanent collection focused on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens. Everyone is invited to join in the adventure and explore historical artifacts and documents that reveal just what it is that makes America amazing and the most innovative nation on earth: Our core principles and values as laid-out by the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. In light of national conversation surrounding our rights of free speech, life, religion, and self-defense, this event seeks to answer a number of fundamental questions. We talk of defending these rights, but as citizens do we recognize what our responsibilities are? As Americans, what responsibility do we shoulder when it comes to defending our rights? Do we, as a nation, still agree on the core principles and values laid-out by our founding fathers? How can we move forward amidst uncertainty surrounding the intent of our founding ideals?

Monday, May 21, 2018

4th Annual Boots & Blessings Gala benefiting Ally’s Wish

4th Annual Boots & Blessings Gala benefiting Ally’s Wish
Scroll through the gallery for more images from this event. Photos c/o Bob Manzano

The Fourth Annual Boots & Blessings Gala took place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Austin Ranch at Hilton DFW Lakes to benefit Ally’s Wish. The Flower Mound-based organization grants wishes such as trips to Disney World or helicopter rides over the Grand Canyon to mothers battling terminal illnesses, so they may create lasting memories with their children and loved ones. “The mission of Ally’s Wish fills a special need that not only touches my heart but leaves a lasting memory for the children of the terminally ill moms they serve. The support at this year’s gala was overwhelming and we are all truly humbled that so many people cared enough to help grant these last wishes. I can’t wait to see what next year’s gala holds as we work to raise even more money and support!” said event chair, Lori Fickling.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Glenn Beck Announces M1 Ball Chairs at 2018 Kickoff Party

M1 Ball Kickoff Party 2018
Scroll through the gallery to view photos from this event. Photos c/o Rob Wythe

Over the past 10 years, I have attended hundreds of charity events, fashion shows and parties, so it's not surprising that for the past few months, I have been experiencing event fatigue. I've decided that to keep blogging fun for me, I need to stretch myself, explore new avenues and step outside of my self-created box and that means more of a focus on people and projects that are meaningful and are striving to change the world for the better. So, when Mercury One's executive director Suzanne Bock Grishman approached me about getting involved with their annual gala this Fall, I jumped at the chance to learn more about their organization. Mercury One is a Humanitarian Aid and Education organization focused on restoring the human spirit. Their initiatives include "providing programs to individuals to advance the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for communities to help themselves as well as assisting our nation’s veterans, providing aid to those in crisis, and rebuilding and restoring the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East." Sounds good, but what does that really mean? On Tuesday, May 16, I joined over 100 business and community leaders at Glenn Beck’s Mercury Studios to learn more about the organization and hear announcements for the 2018 M1Ball benefiting Mercury One, the nonprofit organization founded by Beck and his wife, Tania.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

DIFFA Showcases the Alter Egos of Dallas Society Set

House of DIFFA: Alter Ego 2018

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to attend on of my favorite parties of the year - House of DIFFA. This year's theme was "Alter Ego" and the event was sold-out with an impressive attendance count of nearly 1,600 guests. DIFFA is one of the largest and most successful fundraising organizations aiding HIV/AIDS. The Dallas chapter, formed in 1984, is one of the largest HIV/AIDS organizations in Texas that provides funding to local HIV/AIDS Service Organizations within our community. DIFFA/Dallas has granted more than $8 million to 25 frontline HIV/AIDS Service Organizations in North Texas providing direct care to those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Highlighting the design community, DIFFA/Dallas hosts multiple events throughout the season. Through your support and generosity, DIFFA/Dallas is able to make a significant impact within our community.