Tuesday, January 14, 2020

How To Celebrate Mardi Gras in Dallas


Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," also called Shrove Tuesday. It is the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Christian Lent season leading up to Easter. During Lent, many Christians fast, and the name Fat Tuesday refers to the last day of eating richer foods before the leaner days of Lent begin. In America, celebrations for Mardi Gras are most famous in New Orleans, where it is the conclusion of weeks of parades that begin in January. You don't have to live in Louisianna to enjoy this festive holiday. Dallas has its own celebrations and below are some of the options to indulge and imbibe. As they say in NoLa, "Laissez les bons temps rouler" - which is Cajun French for "Let the good times roll!" ⚜️


SATURDAY, JANUARY 18

2019 Royal Court, Marvin & Raquel
Sutton. Photo Tony Boyattia
Krewe of Orleans is celebrating the "Year of Royalty" 2020 Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center. The anticipated Krewe of Orleans Annual Mardi Gras Ball is the largest Mardi Gras Ball in Texas. Krewe of Orleans aka K.O.O., Royal Court, Mardi Gras Indian, Secondliners and a brass band are some of the sights and sounds that make this ball captivating.

 Krewe of Orleans has successfully transported the authentic Mardi Gras experience to DFW. Purchase tickets online or at The Daiquiri Shoppe, Grand Prairie location. 650 S Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202 If you've missed a Dallas Mardi Gras Ball in the past, you definitely don't want to miss, "The Year of Royalty"! VIP tickets are sold out. GA tickets are $58.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Six Ways Dallas Is Celebrating The Year of the Rat



Dallas loves any reason to party. Add dim sum to the equation and we are ready to TURN IT UP! So, it's no surprise that the DFW-area has many celebrations planned throughout the next several weeks to celebrate Chinese New Year. In case you aren't familiar with this holiday, it is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. In 2020, the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Saturday, 25 January, initiating the Year of the Rat, which celebrates wealth, surplus and the beginning of a new day. Chinese New Year is associated with several myths and customs. Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the New Year vary widely, and the evening preceding Chinese New Year's Day is frequently regarded as an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean their house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Another custom is the decoration of windows and doors with red paper-cuts and couplets. Popular themes among these paper-cuts and couplets include that of good fortune or happiness, wealth, and longevity. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. For the northern regions of China, dumplings are featured prominently in meals celebrating the festival. It often serves as the first meal of the year either at midnight or as breakfast of the first day.

Here's how you can celebrate the Year of the Rat:

Thursday, December 19, 2019

AWARE Affair Celebrate The Moments 2020 Gala Details Revealed


Bennie Bray, Host; Stephanie Bray, Host; Jolie Humphrey, President, AWARE; Kersten Rettig, Gala Chair;
Clark Knippers, Gala Chair (Photo: Dana Driensky)


AWARE president Jolie Humphrey and her husband Bart, along with hosts Stephanie and Bennie Bray, recently welcomed committee members and supporters of the AWARE Affair CELEBRATE THE MOMENTS gala to the Reveal Party, where exciting details about the upcoming 2020 gala were announced. AWARE has been dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease since 1989. They provide funding and support to programs, projects, and research provided by nonprofit organizations that actively help all individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease in Dallas and the greater North Texas area.

The big reveals of the evening were that the 2020 party theme will be UnMask the Myths; Honorary Chairs are Sally and Forrest Hoglund; Gail Plummer is the Amy Osler Spirit of Education Leadership Award honoree; and Barbara Sypult is the Inaugural Founders Award honoree. Honorary Chairs Emeritus are Kim and David McDavid, Jr.; Ellen Terry with her daughter Amy Terry Kriegel and son, Todd Terry. Media sponsors are Downtown Business News and Senior Resource Guide.

Designer Alisa Culp debuts Haute Hot Lingerie

Haute Hot Lingerie Launch
Photos by Danny Campbell Photography


Haute Hot lingerie celebrated their debut to the marketplace with a sexy celebration at The Joule Hotel on Tuesday, December 3. Haute Hot lingerie offers unique pieces to wear out on a date night or to a party, as well as lingerie that can be contoured to fit a woman’s exact body-type and worn discreetly under clothing. Haute Hot Creator, Alisa Culp, built the company out of her own frustrations with not being able to find beautiful lingerie to fit her “non-standard” body type. After years of having to simply settle for whatever would fit, Alisa decided to create a better solution for women with fuller busts or smaller waists. Anything but standard, the Haute Hot brand is all about creating chic, edgy and (above all) sexy pieces that celebrate and flatter the female form.

Upon arriving, guests ascended to the Joule’s Terrace overlooking the Eyeball sculpture on Main St. to enjoy cocktails by BABE, Frankly Organic Vodka, and other Ben E. Keith brands. Event planner, Steve Kemble, had created several Instagrammable moments around the space for guests to enjoy, like a cut out where you could insert your face to become a lingerie model and a beautiful balloon step and repeat in various shades of pink. Gorgeous floral arrangements by Kristen Wolchik of Haute Floral also added a delightful splash of color throughout the venue and DJ Marshall Leak had everyone’s toes tapping. Guests were treated to an exciting runway presentation of Haute Hot’s designs featuring models from Kim Dawson Agency, styled by Elizabeth Secrest. After the show, things got sweeter with an awesome dessert presentation incorporating showmanship and the hottest dessert trend sweeping the country - Cold Chemistry Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream. Among those in attendance were Sybil Summers, Alanna Sarabia, Joyce Morrison, Leah Fisher, Heidi Dillion, Nancy Gopez, Bo Dorton, Yana Greenstein, and Gina Ginsberg Farmer.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Tony and Tamara Casillas to serve as 2020 Event Chairs for Boots & Blessings

Boots & Blessings 2020 Event Chairs, Tony and Tamara Casillas with Honorary Chairs, LeeAnne Locken-Emberlin and Rich Emberlin. Photo credit: Bob Manzano



On Tuesday, December 3, Tamara & Tony Casillas opened their home to kick-off the 6th Annual Ally’s Wish Boots & Blessings Gala with a night of sips, shopping and holiday cheer. The team from Vestals Catering passed a delicious menu of appetizers and guests grazed on a beautiful charcuterie table. The Casillas home was beautifully decorated with holiday lights, multiple Christmas trees and 25 family photos taken each year with Santa and their children; a family tradition started by Tamara & Tony when their son was born. Five years ago, four friends founded Ally’s Wish in honor of their dear friend, Allyson Hendrickson whose wish was the first to be granted prior to losing her battle with ovarian cancer in 2014. Hendrickson’s blog, 3 Little Cowboys began as a collection of letters and stories to her three young sons, but it quickly gained a national following spanning seven years. With her friends by her side, she unwrapped her published book, Three Little Cowboys.

ZOO TO DO 2019: Wild At Heart Raises $1 Million+ To Further Animal Conservation

Steve and Dawn Moore, 2019 Zoo To Do Event Chairs (credit: Thomas Garza)


This year’s Zoo To Do fundraiser, presented by The Eugene McDermott Foundation was without a doubt the most Instagrammable party of the year. In addition to being greeted by Dawn and Steve Moore, this year’s Event Chairs, the 700 guests who came through the front gates of the Dallas Zoo on Saturday, November 2, were welcomed by animal ambassadors including flamingos, an anteater and penguins as a reminder of why Zoo To Do is so important. Proceeds from the event help support the Dallas Zoo’s dedication to providing the best animal care, deliver unique education offerings, and strengthen its wildlife conservation efforts. Honorary Chef Chair Dan Landsberg of Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa, along with Chef Wrangler Brett Krafft from the Hilton Lincoln Centre joined guests at the award-winning Giants of the Savanna exhibit for a strolling dinner among the 30 restaurant stations representing the finest restaurants in Dallas. How often can one say they had lions, elephants, African painted dogs and cheetahs as dinner companions!?

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 DonMorphy.com.

"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 ww.com/oprah and follow @ww.now 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!"