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

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Burgers & Burgundy Announce 2019 Theme

Chef John Tesar | Photo Joseph Brewster
Burgers & Burgundy, presented by Celebrity Chef John Tesar and Terri Provencal, will take place at Klyde Warren Park on October 11, 2019. Twelve renowned chefs will convene at the events’ new venue to serve unique slider and wine pairings to patrons and guests.

I am excited about this year’s event because I love a theme! Event Chairs Christopher Baker and Robert Lee have chosen a Feather Fete theme, and all patrons are invited to incorporate feathers into their looks for the evening.

“As we head into the 30th year of House of DIFFA, we have challenged ourselves to offer our patrons the most thoughtful, over the top and FOMO-worthy experiences throughout the season, and Burgers & Burgundy will be just that,” says Baker and Lee. “We’re excited to host the event in a brand-new venue with a larger capacity to allow for even more patrons to attend the historically sold out event and continue to increase the amount of funds raised to serve those who are affected by HIV/AIDS across North Texas.”

Friday, September 6, 2019

Beauty That Gives Back at OVME

OVME Team members: Keilee Williams, Eva Cassandra, Daj Johnson, Chrystal Durnan, Mark McKenna, Amanda Thomas, Angela Lain, Gabrielle Nurod, Deirdre Kiely. Photo by Shana Anderson

OVME (pronounced “of me”) is a new medical aesthetic experience founded by S. Mark McKenna M.D. and backed by Atlanta-based private equity firm Equity38. OVME’s modern boutique offers a contemporary and innovative take on the traditional cosmetic dermatology environment. The new tech-enabled studio occupies 1,800 square feet of space on Oak Lawn Avenue, boasts six state-of-the-art treatment rooms and a private area for personal consultations. The waiting room features a living green wall, as well as a sleek retail area with a bespoke selection of medical grade skincare products.   “The medical aesthetics marketplace is highly fragmented, lacking in innovation, and generally ripe for disruption,” says, Dr. McKenna. “The needs of the medical aesthetic consumer have rapidly evolved beyond the stale industry landscape. Exciting opportunities exist at the nexus of elective healthcare, consumer focused technology, and retail; this is exactly where OVME lives.” The studio provides an array of services designed to create unique treatment plans for each patient. With locations in Atlanta and Nashville, OVME offers a curated selection of medical cosmetic/wellness services including neurotoxins (Botox, Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra), Vivace Microneedling, BBL, CoolSculpting, Halo, Motus A/X laser hair removal, hormone replacement therapy, PRP for hair loss, and more. OVME and Equity38 are in the midst a nationally branded, multi-unit rollout in the retail medical aesthetics space. OVME extends its ethos through an official partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, donating a portion of proceeds to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions across the country. OVME is located in Turtle Creek Village at 3888 Oak Lawn Avenue Suite 108, Dallas, TX 75219,

Fashion You Can Wear (And Drive) To Be Featured At The Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase

Now here's an event that both men and women can enjoy! Head to the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas on Saturday, September 28 for the 3rd annual Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase. Suggested attire for the day is Concours Casual. What that means, I'm not sure. But that's what was in the press release...  Highland Park Village will present a runway fashion show produced by Jan Strimple Productions on the Million Air Stage inside the climate-controlled Porsche Pavilion at 1:30 p.m. The exciting show will feature Fall looks from prestigious brands Alice + Olivia, MARKET, St. John, Trina Turk, and Theory. Several brands will have retail pop-up shops inside the Porsche Pavilion for guests to browse throughout the day. While fashion may rule the day, there will be plenty of flashy cars to peruse...

Famed Choreographer Debbie Allen To Host Fine Arts Symposium On September 28


St. Philip’s School and Community Center will host its inaugural Fine Arts Symposium on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 9:00am-4pm on the St. Philip’s campus located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, in South Dallas. Join St. Philip's School and Community Center for a unique professional development experience with none other than Debbie Allen (sponsored by The Kimbrough Family Arts Fund). This one-day symposium will forge conversations and feature workshops around the inclusion of children of color in the arts during their primary years of education. Included in the event will be a Q&A luncheon with Debbie Allen and an optional master dance class (open to all disciplines) to round out the day! Studies show that involvement in the arts is linked to higher academic success, lower drop-out rates, increased social-emotional connections, and stimulates creativity, one of the most sought-after skills in today's job market! The St. Philip's Fine Arts Symposium will examine and strengthen our roles as educators to ensure there are equitable opportunities for children of color to receive the highest quality arts education. This event will be filled with powerful tools, strategies, and resources to create a network that educators can use for collaboration and accountability. Ideal for both in-class educators and arts administrative professionals, and practicing professionals. Event tickets are available. Please visit or call 214.421.5221 ext. 241 to purchase tickets.