Sunday, April 21, 2019

Play Naughty at The Saint Hotel in New Orleans

The Saint Hotel New Orleans


New Orleans has always held a special place in my heart. My husband and I used to travel there for romantic weekends when we were dating. It's where we first drunkenly said, "I love you" to each other. It's where my husband proposed to me, and so, it seemed fitting that we should marry there - in the courtyard of one of New Orleans many charming hotels. And that occasion has given us the excuse to travel back to NoLa over the past many years and lift up a Hurricane toast on the patio of Pat O'Brien's to commemorate our good fortune to have found each other. This past April we celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary. My God, where has the time gone?! Of course, this milestone called for such a visit to our beloved city, but I wanted to do something different. Something out of the ordinary. For this trip, I wanted something sleek and sexy. So, I arranged for a stay at The Saint Hotel.

From the moment you walk beneath the classic pressed metal canopy fronting Canal Street, you enter a soaring lobby with 22-foot ceilings and free-standing reception desks accented in white faux patent leather croc. The Saint Hotel lobby boasts a mesmerizing ambiance that captures the sparkling charm and romance of New Orleans with floor-to-ceiling billowing white drapes, huge 6’x6’ gold bell-shaped chandeliers, romantic accent lighting, and comfortable oversized furniture which adds a touch of whimsy and welcomes guests to sit and socialize or enjoy the atmosphere. The Saint Hotel is located on the Canal Street streetcar line and a short walk from the French Quarter’s charming galleries, boutiques, antique shops, and music- filled nightclubs while also convenient to the Riverwalk, Saenger Theatre, Saks Fifth Avenue, the Aquarium of the Americas and Harrah's Casino. It is minutes from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the New Orleans Arena. After a $45 million dollar purchase and transformation, The Saint Hotel opened in January 2012. The 166-room, 5-suite, 8-story Saint Hotel includes 320 sq. ft. modern guest rooms; five luxury suites including two 1800 sq. ft. master suites; 1450 sq. ft. of meeting and special event space; Tempt, a modern Louisiana restaurant featuring traditional Louisiana cuisine infused with modern culinary style; and the Burgundy Bar offering hand-crafted cocktails (don’t miss the Seven Deadly Sins drinks), live jazz and weekly burlesque shows. Flip through the gallery above to see photos of this amazing property.

SPCA of Texas hosts Fur Ball Kickoff 2019



The SPCA of Texas’ held their Fur Ball Kick-off Party the evening of Thursday, April 11 at Stanley Korshak. About 150 Fur Ball supporters, sponsors, members of the SPCA of Texas Board of Directors and former chairs joined 2019 Chairs John and Lana Payne and Co-Chairs Katherine and Jacob Payne as well as Auction Co-Chair Amber Camper to enjoy the evening of shopping, sipping, snacking and of course cuddling with puppies. Chair John Payne announced that instead of the traditional honorary chair, Fur Ball 2019 will feature a very special partnership with Tito’s Vodka. SPCA of Texas Board Chair Patricia Villareal announced that Brian Curtis, NBC 5 News anchor, would once again grace the stage at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas as Fur Ball 2019 Emcee. Event attendees enjoyed samplings of delightful nibbles, including an artisanal charcuterie board, bacon wrapped apricots, tomato bruschetta parmesan crisps and petit champagne meatballs, all thanks to Preston Hollow Catering. Those who wandered over to the men’s section enjoyed whiskey, provided by Maker’s Mark.

The event was held in support of the SPCA of Texas’ Fur Ball 2019. The elegant black-tie gala will delight the senses with dancing and live and silent auctions. SPCA of Texas’ Fur Ball 2019 will be held on Saturday, September 21 from 6:30 p.m. - midnight at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas. The event is sure to be a smashing success thanks to Chairs John and Lana Payne, Co-Chairs Katherine and Jacob Payne, Underwriting Chair Arlene Kirkland, Auction Chairs Sandra Fite and Julia Howard and Auction Co-Chair Amber Camper. All money raised through Fur Ball 2019 will go toward the SPCA of Texas' important mission to rescue, rehabilitate and find loving homes for vulnerable animals. Guests of the kick-off party included Russell E. Dealey, Brian Curtis, Andrea Alcorn, Katy Murray, Cindy Lindsley, Jennifer Lindsley, John Payne, Lana Payne, Katherine Payne, Jacob Payne, Patricia Villareal, Steve Atkinson, John Ackerman, Ambassador James Brewster and Bob Satawake, Colin Fite, Lexi Holt, Madison McCune, Amber Camper, Gloria Sneed, Elizabeth Gardner, Judy Davis, Gianna DePaul, Chris Hurst, Pamela Graham, Phil Hixon, Dan Tatsch, and Anja and Jeff Woodson.

Photo: Fur Ball Chair John Payne, Fur ball Chair Lana Payne, Fur Ball Co-Chair Katherine Payne, Fur Ball Co-Chair Jacob Payne c/o Thomas Garza Photography


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Don Your Boots and Be a Blessing to Benefit Ally's Wish

Pat Conner, Cole Hendrickson, Cade Hendrickson, Austin Hendrickson, Larry Conner | Boots & Blessings 2018

Pull out your cowboy boots.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Get Lucky This St. Patrick's Day | The Best St. Paddy's Parties in Dallas for 2019



The thing about St. Patrick's Day in Dallas is that you can be celebrating in shorts and a T-shirt, or gloves and a parka. Every year, it's a crapshoot with the weather. According to the weather app (as of today) we can expect partly cloudy skies and a high of 61 degrees! Hey! This is a sure sign that Greenville Ave. will be loaded with lads and lasses ready to chug gallons of green beer and looking to get lucky. If you have moved past this phase of your life and are married with kids - don't worry, there's plenty of fun for you too. Below are options to enjoy this fun and festive holiday. "Here's to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold drink-- and another one!" Sláinte!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Kandi Burruss Brings Burlesque Dungeon Tour to Dallas On May 25


Welcome To The Dungeon. 

Did you catch Kandi Burruss' Welcome to the Dungeon burlesque show on The Real Housewives of Atlanta Sunday night and get a major case of FOMO? Due to the overwhelming response, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Grammy Award-winning, singer, songwriter, TV personality, and entrepreneur is taking the wickedly entertaining variety show on the road this May and will make a stop at the Bomb Factory in Dallas on Saturday, May 25! Inspired by Kandi’s mega-popular show, Kandi Koated Nights, Award-winning adult line, Bedroom Kandi, and a rumor stemming from an episode of RHOA, fans will get a chance to experience Kandi’s adult-only world of fantasies in the exotic show critics exclaimed, “should not be missed!” Fans can expect special guests in select cities, and a best costume contest in each city with a grand prize of $1000. Tickets start at $65, are on sale now and can be purchased at www.welcometothedungeon.com

Good Morning America's Adrienne Bankert to emcee Cure Four All Seasons luncheon on March 22, 2019

Good Morning America's Adrienne Bankert to emcee Cure
Four All Seasons luncheon on March 22, 2019
Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas is proud to support the fight against cancer by hosting the Cure Four All Seasons Fashion Show + Luncheon in partnership with NorthPark Center, Dallas’ premier luxury shopping centre, on March 22, 2019.

The annual fundraiser proceeds will help support the purchase of a Discovery RT, a CT scanner used for all cancer patients receiving radiation therapy at Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Irving.

The event's special emcee guest will be my sweet friend, Adrienne Bankert, national news correspondent with ABC News and the Good Morning America Weekend Pop News anchor. Adrienne spent several years with CBS11 right here in DFW and she's just a gem. I am delighted to have her back in Dallas, even if it's only for a few days!

The event begins at 11:30 am and features a delicious lunch curated by Four Seasons Executive Chef Christof Syré, bubbly, a panel discussion and culminating with an amazing fashion presentation by NorthPark Center and Fashion and Lifestyle Ambassador Kimberly Schlegel Whitman.

“It is a distinct honour and pleasure to support our wonderful community partners – Baylor Scott & White Irving and the Irving Healthcare Foundation – in the fight against cancer, and to provide advancements in technology so the best possible care is available in Irving,” says Dirk Burghartz, Regional Vice President and General Manager at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

10th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational Kick-Off Party

10th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational Kick-Off Party


On Thursday, February 7, Emmitt Smith hosted supporters and sponsors at DEC on Dragon to kick off this year's 10th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational. Once again, this year's upcoming Celebrity Invitational golf tournament and gala will be presented by Healthcare Highways May 3-4. This year, the Friday gala will be held at the Omni Frisco Hotel and Saturday's golf tournament will remain at TPC Craig Ranch. Special thanks to Brown-Forman Corporation for providing Tequila Herradura specialty cocktails. Guests we able to witness firsthand the power of mentorship and opportunity as TEAM 22 student, Lauren Marks, announced her scholarship to Yale University. Her accomplishments are just one of many examples to what this is all about! To learn how you can attend or get involved, visit www.emmittsmithcelebrityinvitational.com.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Hudson House Debuts New York Influenced Brunch Menu On February 2



Brunch is the perfect meal. You aren't expected to eat it at the crack of dawn. No, sleep in! Roll out of bed when you feel like it. Even noon is acceptable... Then select from over the top breakfast items magically enhanced with delicious sauces and sides and pair it with a chilled cocktail. Perfection! I have my brunch sights firmly set on Hudson House who is set to debut a new weekend brunch menu this weekend, complete with "a heavy dose of New York influence".  According to a press release that landed in my in-box earlier today, the East Coast-inspired neighborhood restaurant reveals  that “A West Village Brunch” will be taking center stage on the new menu. From house-made cream cheese, meticulously sourced bagels from a local bakery, to thin, hand-cut slices of premium quality fresh fish, Executive Chef Grant Jones says, “We are excited to implement the new menu at both locations and feel it’s a uniquely fun addition to the brunch scene in town.”

Dallas Designer Don Morphy Wins Big at NYC Fashion Awards

Tommy Hilfiger with Don Morphy at the 22nd Annual FGI Rising Star awards presentation on Jan. 24, 2019


Congrats to Don Morphy, a Dallas-based custom and ready-to-wear menswear label, for receiving  the prestigious “Rising Star” award in menswear by Fashion Group International (FGI) in New York City this past week. Former Rising Star menswear winner, Kerby Jean-Raymond, presented the award to Don Morphy Founder, Daniel Mofor, in a venue filled with many of the top fashion designers, editors, and influencers in the world. Don Morphy’s win will mark the first time in history that a Dallas-based label has won the Rising Star Award in the menswear category at the FGI national awards ceremony. The 22nd Annual FGI awards presentation was held at Cipriani 42nd Street and legendary American fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger served as the keynote speaker, along with appearances by Phillip Lim, Jennifer Bandier, and many other celebrated figures within the fashion industry.

Dallas Designer Venny Etienne to Appear on Bravo's Project Runway

Designer Venny Etienne with model
The wait is over as the iconic fashion competition series “Project Runway” returns to its original home on Bravo with supersized 90-minute episodes beginning Thursday, March 14 at 8:00pm ET/PT.

Having someone you know adds an extra layer of fun to any reality/competition show, so I am SUPER EXCITED to see that our own Venny Etienne is slated to be one of the designers! This Haitian-American designer knew he had a desire to be immersed in the fashion industry when he started styling for local fashion shows in his hometown of Brooklyn at the age of 20.

He attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and later transferred to Wade College in Dallas. He graduated Salutatorian of his class, receiving a BA in merchandising and design and the Founders Award, the highest award given to a student of the graduating class. However, he credits most of his initial creative expertise to Milan-based designer and pattern maker Shingo Sato. Currently residing in Dallas, Venny credits this move for his evolution as a designer. While many thought leaving New York would be detrimental for his career, he was quickly embraced by the Dallas fashion scene and made a name for himself through networking and local fashion shows. In 2018, Venny won the 2018 Fashion Group International (FGI) Rising Star in Dallas. FGI also gave Venny a full scholarship to attend the Paris American Academy in Paris to further his development. To date, Venny has dressed some of today’s trendiest celebrities, including Cardi B and Michelle Williams. He travels to garner inspiration for his Levenity brand, which is part of recognizable American sportswear. Always sophisticated, with an edge that makes it extremely special.