Friday, November 22, 2019

Kathy Ireland Partners With Dallas Designer Don Morphy For Custom Suit Collection

Daniel Mofor and Tommy Meharey.
Image courtesy of Jon Carrasco.
Hold up everyone! There's a new dynamic duo on the fashion scene! MI VI, a men's lifestyle brand by kiWW®, founded by Kathy Ireland and Tommy Meharey, and Don Morphy, an award-winning custom and ready-to-wear menswear label, have just announced a collaborative initiative between the two brands. According to a release, this new combined brand, which will focus on custom menswear suits, was developed with the kathy ireland® Weddings and Resorts brand, and will launch later this month at

"Don Morphy is a brilliant force in the world of design," says Kathy Ireland®, Chair, CEO and Chief Designer of kathy ireland® Worldwide. "His exquisitely-made menswear truly embodies the luxury experience in men's fashion. With this partnership, we continue to expand MI VI into the luxury space in significant ways." Ireland's luxury products include KATHLEEN MARIE NEW YORK, available at Neiman Marcus, couture diamonds and luxury jewels available through KATHLEEN MARIE | PAUL RAPS NEW YORK, and the recent MI VI partnership with luxury luggage brand Samsara.

Tracee Ellis Ross to join Oprah Winfrey for OPRAH’S 2020 VISION: YOUR LIFE IN FOCUS Dallas tour stop

Looking to create a new you in the New Year?! I can't think of a better person to inspire change than Oprah Winfrey... Join Winfrey and her legions of fans at American Airlines center on Saturday, February 15 as she motivates audiences to make 2020 the year of renewal and celebrate all we are meant to be. Guests will participate in an interactive morning session as Oprah leads several workbook exercises and guides attendees to develop their 2020 action plan. Special guests will energize audiences with tools and insights to move them toward their healthiest and best lives. Emmy award-winning choreographer Julianne Hough will kick off the afternoon with an exhilarating movement experience leading her KINRGY method. The day will feature a marquee Oprah interview with Tracee Ellis Ross. Ross is best known for her Golden Globe-winning role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson on the ABC series BLACK-ISH and playing Joan on the long-running hit series GIRLFRIENDS. She is a co-creator and Executive Producer of ABC’s comedy series MIXED-ISH. Ross recently wrapped production on the Focus Features comedy COVERS, which is set for a May 2020 release. Ross uses her voice and vast social influence to advocate for a joyful culture of self-acceptance, inclusivity, and equity across all industries. She is a co-founding signatory of the Time’s Up movement and, in April 2018, Ross opened the TED Conference, the first black woman to do so, with a powerful speech about the wisdom of women’s fury.

Oprah will close out the day as only she can, empowering audiences to let 2020 be the year of transformation and triumph - beginning first and foremost with what makes us well. Global dance phenomenon Daybreaker will lead an electrifying pre-show dance party for audiences at each stop. Unilever Beauty and Personal Care Brands – Love Beauty and Planet, Degree and Vaseline – have joined the tour to help empower audiences to live stronger, healthier and more confident lives. Each brand will come to life through unique activations that celebrate sustainability, healing and the importance of movement. Kohl’s will partner on the tour bringing to life well-being through personal and home style. Attendees will also enjoy a WW customized boxed lunch. For tour updates, go to and follow on Instagram. Tickets are on sale NOW!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Perot Museum of Nature and Science's Annual Night At The Museum: Ignite Gala Set the Night Ablaze

Photo by Turk Studio

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s Night at the Museum: Ignite illuminated Dallas on Nov. 9 for a gala unlike any other. According to a release, more than 1,000 guests attended, including Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Dallas City Councilmember David Blewett, Texas Instruments officials Peter Balyta and Terri West, and philanthropist Sally Hoglund – all on hand to help dedicate the newly reimagined Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall days before its Nov. 12 public opening. “Thanks to our incredible supporters, this year’s Night at the Museum overflowed with opportunities for exploration on every level, igniting imagination and sparking the curiosity of our guests,” said Dr. Linda Silver, the Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum. “As our biggest fundraiser, this evening supports the Perot Museum’s mission to inspire minds through nature and science, allowing us to successfully lead the charge for STEM education in North Texas.”

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Bob Mackie to be honored at FGI's Night of Stars Gala on November 15

Model Jan Strimple gets a kiss from designer Bob Mackie during a runway show in the 1990's. Photo c/o Jan Strimple. 

Fashion Group International of Dallas, most commonly known as just FGI Dallas, will present its annual Night of Stars Gala on Friday, November 15th. A portion of proceeds from the evening will benefit the Fashion Group Foundation of Dallas, which provides scholarships to fashion students in Texas and surrounding states. This year's star attraction will be the legendary fashion designer, Bob Mackie, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Mackie is an internationally renowned costume and fashion designer who has dressed some of the most glamorous entertainment icons in the world including Cher, RuPaul, Liza Minelli, Diana Ross, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Elton John to name a few. Just a very few... With a career spanning five decades, nine Emmy Award wins, three Academy Award nominations, and an induction into the Television Academy Hall of Fame, Bob Mackie's career is nothing short of legendary. Most recently, he received a 2019 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for his work on The Cher Show.

Clearly, Mackie is no stranger to receiving accolades, so I reached out to ask him what receiving this particular award, from FGI Dallas meant to him. "I have many wonderful Dallas memories, but probably my most special one was on my very first trip to present our first, ever Dallas fashion show, followed by the unpredictable trunk show," said Mackie. "The young man whose family owned the store we were appearing in was worried that I might not approve of one of the models. 'She’s very different,' he said, 'She might be too extreme or too exotic. She’s not the usual Dallas girl. If you want to change to another girl, it would be ok.' Moments later I was introduced to the fashion goddess of my life. From that day on, I never did an important fashion event without the amazingly gorgeous Jan Strimple!"

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Local Charities Surprised with Game-Changing Checks from Reliant

Since 2016, Reliant’s crowdsourced, charitable-giving program Reliant Gives, has donated more than $1 million to dozens of Texas-based nonprofits, including $530,000 to 10 nonprofits in North Texas alone! After a week of intense voting by public supporters, this year's winners were surprised with the results at a check presentation at the Dallas Arboretum. Ally’s Wish, a nonprofit devoted to granting the last wishes of terminally ill mothers, was the big winner, receiving a game-changing donation of $100,000. Granting wishes in the form of services, gifts, transportation, lodging or more, Ally’s Wish provides a memory for the family of a terminally ill mother that will last a lifetime. Wishes typically cost around $5,000 and with the $100,000 donation, Ally’s Wish will be able to fulfill 20 last wishes. A young organization that has already been a meaningful force for families, Ally’s Wish has been able to grant 114 wishes across North Texas and the U.S. since its inception in 2014. Based on public vote totals, Vogel Alcove received $20,000 and Texans Can Academies of Dallas received $10,000. Congrats to this year's winners!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Local waxing franchise supports mental health initiative through the month of October

The month of October marks a number of special events and celebrations, including Mental Health Awareness Month. LunchBoxWax, an Idaho-based waxing chain, will be hosting a one year anniversary event and month-long initiative at its second location in Turtle Creek Village. Proceeds from each guest service in the month of October will benefit the Grant Halliburton Foundation, a local non-profit founded to strengthen the network of mental health resources for children, teens and young adults; promote mental health; and prevent suicide. During the month of October, the salons Turtle Creek location will donate $1 from every service to The Grant Halliburton Foundation. At the anniversary celebration on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 9p.m., LunchBoxWax will have refreshments and giveaways, and attendees will be able to shop from local vendors who also support mental health awareness like Vulgar Teacups and Always Coco Collection.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Best Holiday Gifts for 2019

Dallas Hotel Magazine is the definitive guide for discerning visitors to Big D. For the Fall issue, I was asked to curate a selection of goodies that kids of all ages might like to find in their stockings.

In my opener, I state: “One of my fondest holiday memories is of my little brother and I laying on the floor of our playroom, pouring over the holiday catalogs from department stores like Sears and JCPenney that would arrive with a massive THUMP on our front porch. I'm sure delivering these huge books was the worst day of the year for the postmen because they had to weigh 5 lbs. apiece.

We would spend hours flipping through each catalog, turning down the corners of our favorite pages and circling everything that we wanted Santa to bring us: Dallas Cowboys pajamas with feet, a tent for the backyard that we planned to convert into a playhouse, board games, roller skates that looked like sneakers, a new tennis racquet, and the latest Hi-Fi stereo to play my records on. Fast forward 40 years, and I am still picking out the majority of my gifts from the comfort of my home, but I do so by swiping through the various apps on my phone. Ah, technology. Ain’t it grand!

I still get a thrill discovering new and unique gifts for my loved ones (and myself!) and in the pages to follow I’ve tried to curate a selection of gifts that will have you reaching for your phone to press “Buy Now”. May your holiday shopping be fruitful, and you find lots of Free Shipping on your journey. Happy Holidays!!” Click HERE to view this year's Gift Guide!

Friday, October 4, 2019

José Eber Brings His Brand of Beverly Hills Beauty To New West Plano Village Signature Salon

Naomi Pessy, Loane Pessy, José Eber, Alban Pessy (photo: William Bichera Photography)

Hailed as one of the most recognized hairstylists in the world, Beverly Hills-based stylist José Eber has been setting styling trends for decades by providing cuts and colors that few can duplicate. The styling legend recently made a personal appearance in celebration of his latest José Eber Salon in West Plano Village. Hosted by WFAA Good Morning Texas co-host, Jane McGarry, the party showcased the 2,300 square-foot retail location that houses 10 stylist stations, 6 color stations, 5 shampoo stations and a retail wall. Among those who turned out to meet Eber were Steve Kemble, Real Housewives of Dallas’ LeeAnne Locken, Deve Sanford, Susan Posnick, Elaine Raffel, Nick Rajsakha and Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Jaylon Smith. Eber’s trademark beauty philosophy has led to thousands of extraordinary transformations for men and women all over the globe and created some of history’s most famous hairstyles. José Eber’s unwavering vision and longstanding commitment to “making every client feel beautiful and comfortable within” is just one of the qualities that has led to his long term success and led him to partner with Attitudes & Attire as the beneficiary of this event.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Truluck's Invites You to Celebrate National Lobster Day 🦞

Twin Lobster Tails at Truluck's

Lobsters are interesting - and delicious - creatures. Did you know that in the colonial era, lobsters were the go-to prison food? Only the poor, indentured servants, and prisoners ate lobsters because they were cheap, too plentiful, and considered “tasteless.” According to 19th century Kentucky politician and social observer, John Rowan, the lobster quickly became synonymous with lower classes of society and quipped "Lobster shells about a house are looked upon as signs of poverty and degradation." The meat was so reviled that indentured servants in one Massachusetts town successfully sued their owners to feed it to them three times a week at most. If only we could be so lucky! National Lobster Day is September 25, and in celebration of the lobster, Truluck's gives you some interesting facts about the lobster that you perhaps didn't know:

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Recreate NYFW SS '20 Hair Trends from TRESemmé

TRESemmé created head-turning looks this season for brands such as Rebecca Minkoff, Christian Siriano, Oscar de la Renta, Alice and Oliva, and Chromat. See below for "How To" instructions on how to recreate my favorite looks from the NYFW SS’ 20 runways from TRESemmé Global StylistsJustine Marjan and Odile Gilbert.


Stylist Tip: “This look is chic yet playful. The secret is not tying the ponytail too high on the head, and using a texturizing mousse to prep the hair. My favorite is TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Mousse, which keeps everything in place but with movement so that it feels effortless and natural.” – Odile Gilbert, TRESemmé Global Stylist

Step 1: Prep the hair with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner for a smooth and sleek base.
Step 2: Spritz with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protect Spray and brush through.
Step 3: Add volume with TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Mousse at the roots of the hair.
Step 4: Blow dry with the Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer Professional edition, turning the head upside down for added texture.
Step 5: Using an elastic band, fasten a ponytail three quarters of the way up the head.
Step 6: Twist the hair into a loose braid without pulling too tightly to keep the texture and body.
Step 7: Fasten the end with another elastic and lock in the look with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hair Spray Level 1: Texture.
TRESEMMÉ PRODUCTS USED: TRES Two Extra Hold Mousse, Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Hold Level 1: Texture, Keratin Smooth Heat Protect Spray, Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner