Friday, January 18, 2019

Success With Style Podcast Launches Providing A Master Class In Cool

Success With Style's Lance Avery Morgan and Rob Giardinelli with OSC's Cynthia Smoot
(FGI Night of Stars Gala, November 2017)

I am a huge fan of podcasts. I love to listen to them when I'm driving in the car or cooking at home. This week, I have a new podcast to add to my subscription list and it comes from two of Texas’ most notable style, media and social influencers, The Society Diaries' founding Editor-in-Chief and author Lance Avery Morgan and The Society Diaries’ Senior Social Editor and author Rob Giardinelli. Called Success With Style, this new podcast series will provide content, tips and experiences for the wide range of interests for people who live extremely stylish lives (or aspire to). In addition to creating one-of-a-kind conversations, Success With Style will provide lifestyle content relevant to the modern podcast listener with topics about how success can be achieved with heightened exposure to style. Some of the guests for the first season include The Real Housewives of Dallas star LeeAnne Locken, model mogul Neal Hamil, philanthropist, art patron and fundraiser philanthropist Carolyn Farb, The’s Natalie Bloomingdale, T.V. producer Ron Davis, star of the Netflix series Dancing Queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Alyssa Edwards, Houston Chronicle society editor Amber Elliott, Roux St. James founder and master perfumer Krista Lacey, The Kindness Campaign founder and lead singer of The Mrs. Andra Liemandt, founder of Lexicon of Style and Instagram influencer Alexandra Dieck, internationally heralded philanthropist/super socialite Becca Cason Thrash, as well as America’s greatest living playwright Terrence McNally. Success with Style will continue to connect with notable, stylish people coming up in Season 2, starting with Carla McDonald of The which will begin in February.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Bite & Believe: Cooking with Envy™ Apples

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Tonight I attended a cooking class at Central Market featuring one of the hottest apples on the market, Envy™apples.  Now, I'm an okay cook. Casseroles are my specialty. I like a one-dish kind of meal - that's about my speed. So, I was pleased to discover that tonight's class was a demonstration class, meaning I got to sit there and watch professional chefs cook while I sipped a glass of wine and then got to sample their dishes. The Central Market chefs were full of energy and educational wisdom. I learned a few tips about how to chop vegetables more efficiently and discovered that I actually like fennel. Who knew!? The star of tonight's menu was the Envy™ apple, whose season is November to January, so you have a few more weeks to enjoy this delicious variety of apple.

Andy Cohen to entertain at the 13th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon

Community Partners of Dallas announced today tha Andy Cohen, New York Times best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning host and producer, will be the featured speaker for the 13th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon presented by Dr. Robert and Lara Tafel on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Anatole.  “We are so excited to announce Andy Cohen as this year’s featured speaker of the thirteenth annual Chick Lit Luncheon,” remarked Paige McDaniel, president and CEO of Community Partners of Dallas. “We look forward to him dishing on all things Bravo, in addition to sharing his experiences as a best-selling author and award-winning producer.” Leigh Anne Haugh and Amy Hegi will co-chair the annual fundraiser, with Amy Prestidge as honorary chair. I'd be shocked if the cast of the Real Housewives of Dallas were all not in attendance. Gini Florer, Emily Haddock, Liz Miller, Margaret Stafford, John Terlingo and Robert Weatherly will serve as the underwriting committee. As well, the 2019 Partners for Children Award recipient is Linda Perryman Evans and The Meadows Foundation. The Partners for Children Award is presented annually to an individual or an organization that has shown an ongoing commitment to the philanthropic needs of our community and whose years of service meet the needs of abused and neglected children.

Since 1989, Community Partners of Dallas has ensured safety and restored dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing crucial resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services. Community Partners of Dallas provides items such as winter coats, diapers and formula, holiday gifts, school uniforms, personal hygiene products, food and more, to send the abused children in our community the message that someone does care. The 13th annual Chick Lit luncheon will include a wine reception followed by a seated luncheon, presentation of the Partners for Children Award and remarks by Mr. Cohen. Tables begin at $2,500 and are on sale now; individual tickets will go on sale in early April if space permits. For more information, visit

Friday, January 11, 2019

Using StudioHop To Rediscover A Healthier Me

I have a vivid memory of a conversation I had with my much-older boss eating lunch one day at work. I was 24 years old and fresh out of college. My boss was at least my Father's age, if not older, and he sat eyeing the Taco Bell I was enjoying while he picked at a salad. "You know," he said dryly, "You're not going to be able to eat like that for forever." I grinned as I opened yet another Taco Supreme taco laden with cheese and sour cream and smartly replied, "Welp, then I better enjoy it while it lasts." And thanks to good genetics and a high metabolism, my ability to eat all the fast food, pasta, sugary sodas I wanted and and do without working out - ever - lasted for 50 years.

But sadly, all good things must come to and end.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Jane Fonda, Martha Stewart, John Cena and more make up the 2019 #hearhere Season

The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center announced today the 2019 season of its distinctive speakers series #hearhere.

From education, business and entertainment – with this series you will hear the radical imaginations, passion, humor and knowledge of iconic personalities who shape the way we experience our world and each other. I am a HUGE fan of this series and cannot wait for every single one of these shows!

This fifth season of #hearhere begins with Serial podcast creators Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder on March 19, 2019. WWE and 16-time World Champion John Cena takes the stage - not the ropes - on April 25. May 29 brings A Conversation with Martha Stewart, Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur and bestselling author. The season culminates on July 8 with a night to remember with An Evening with Jane Fonda, two- time Academy Award® winner (Best Actress in 1971 for Klute and in 1978 for Coming Home), three-time Golden Globe® winner, and 2014 recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award.

Four-show packages are on sale now and range from $193.00 to $423.00. Tickets may be purchased online at, by telephone at 214-880-0202 or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House Box Office at 2403 Flora Street. For groups of 10 or more please call 214-978-2879.

Achieve Your Beauty Goals for 2019

It's a New Year and if you are like most Americans, you have set some goals to become a better version of yourself in 2019. I visited the set of WFAA’s Good Morning Texas to talk about how to accomplish some of the most common resolutions - and support our local economy at the same time. Three of the most common Resolutions are losing weight, getting healthy, and saving money, so  I wanted to share with GMT viewers how you can meet these goals and also support the local economy by shopping local brands based right here in North Texas. Watch the segment to learn more about some of my beauty brand faves, including multi-purpose cosmetics available at Blushington, collagen peptide drink mix from Glotrition, non-toxic and all recyclable skincare products from Tata Harper and a DIY micro-needling device from BeautyBio called the GloPro.

PS: Don’t miss the offer from Blushington at the beginning of the segment to get a FREE makeup application service for first-time customers ($60 value!).

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Carson Kressley to appear at 29th House of DIFFA

Carson Kressley will serve as the 2019 celebrity
auctioneer at House of DIFFA
DIFFA/Dallas, one of the largest HIV/AIDS fundraising organizations in North Texas providing education and direct care service grants for men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, has revealed plans for the 29th House of DIFFA, the organization’s largest annual fundraising event of the season.

With more than 1,800 people in attendance, this extraordinary event will take place Saturday, March 16, 2019 beginning at 6pm at the Omni Dallas Hotel with special guest, Bravo TV star Carson Kressley, serving as celebrity auctioneer. This year’s theme, House of DIFFA:Futuro, looks to an incredible new world that is free of pain and suffering caused by HIV/AIDS.

Undeniably the hottest fashion ticket in Dallas, guests will experience the most incredible runway show featuring elaborate performances and stylish looks from Traffic LA, Forty Five Ten and TenOverSix. DIFFA/Dallas’ renowned designer jacket collection will be available for auction showcasing donations from well-known local and national designers including Dolce & Gabanna, Monse, Alberta Ferretti, Sies Marjan, Rosie Assoulin, Zac Posen, Theory, Ted Baker, and many more. An exclusive after party will ensure the festivities continue well in to the night with beats by DJ Lucy Wrubel. House of DIFFA:Futuro is brought to you by title sponsor Headington Companies along with its retailers and The Joule Hotel and presented by sponsor The Louis L. Borick Foundation. The event’s production team includes Planet Productions, RSC Productions, D|A Creative, and Triad Event Solutions. More information about the event including ticket and table details can be found at

Friday, January 4, 2019

Anne Lamott to speak at the Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center’s Spring Luncheon

Anne Lamott to speak at the Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center’s Spring Luncheon on April 30, 2019

The Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center will Kick-Off their Spring Luncheon on Monday, January 14, 2019 at Interabang Books at 10720 Preston Rd #1009B beginning at 6:30 p.m. Major announcements include bestselling novelist and essayist Anne Lamott will share her experiences at the Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center’s Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. Anne Lamott is the author of seven novels, several bestselling books of nonfiction, and several collections of autobiographical essays on faith. Her new book Almost Everything: Notes on Hope published October 2018. Luncheon chair Chris Ozley encourages everyone to attend this informative and inspiring luncheon which will also feature a book signing from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the luncheon beginning at 11:30. Honorary chairs are Carolyn and Rick Waghorne. Sponsorships and underwriting are available beginning at $3,000 for a table of 10. Individual tickets are $200 each. $1,000 includes two individual tickets and a client invitation. Find out more and secure your spots now at

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

4th Annual TableTops Raises Funds To End Child Slavery

TableTops Southlake 2018
Photos courtesy of Kumiko Murakami

On Friday, November 16, over 300 guests gathered at The Hilton Southlake to party for a purpose at the 4th Annual TableTops Southlake luncheon. Hosted by Good Morning Texas Co-Host, Alanna Sarabia and “Chewbacca Mom” Candace Payne, the festive gathering kicked off the holidays with 35 beautifully decorated table tops by local designers and community members, a silent auction, wine and liquor pull, and photobooth. The purpose of the gathering was to bring together this local community of influential and philanthropic women for one purpose –– to rescue children out of slavery. Among those in attendance were Unlikely Heroes CEO Erica Greve, Jenny Anchondo Oakes, Donna Maas, Michelle Davis, Lily Moore, Mike Hutchison, Olive Cannon, Roxann Taylor, Cynthia Smoot and Delilah Clap.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Oh So Charitable: M1 Ball benefiting Mercury One

M1 Ball 2018
Scroll through the album to see more images from this year's M1 Ball. Photos c/o Gittings and Dana Driensky. 

This year's M1 Ball benefiting Mercury One was led by Event Chairs D’Andra Simmons Lock and her husband, Jeremy Lock, Honorary Chairs Francie Moody-Dahlberg and her husband, Kevin Dahlberg, and Dee Simmons as Underwriting Chair. The evening was produced by Hamilton Sneed of HAS Events and featured a cocktail reception, savory three-course seated dinner, live and silent auctions of priceless experiences and one-of-a-kind treats, followed by an intimate acoustic performance by country favorites Mark Collie and Darryl Worley. Mercury One Founders Tania and Glenn Beck greeted guests including Sara Gonzales, Hilary Kennedy Hoferer and Jeff Hoferer, Jeffy Fisher, Jaque and Pat Gray, Michael Grishman, Dawn and Travis Simpson, Joy Villa, and Paul Vinyard.