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.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Celebrate Musicians in Recovery at Recovery's Got Talent on February 7

There are thousands of people right here in the DFW area who have had their dreams derailed by addiction. Simply Grace Sober Living is helping give artists and musicians on the road to recovery a chance to reclaim their dream by taking over the Majestic Theater and providing a platform for 10 people in recovery from addiction to reawaken their dreams and showcase their talents at “Recovery’s Got Talent!”

Celebrity judges Michael Molthan of M2 the Rock radio and Linda Septein will score the contestants In addition, special guest performances will be enjoyed from Rem One, B-RaiN, Joe Nester, Rachel Stacy and Collechie. Join them for a night of unforgettable performances and transformation where the top talent will walk away with an opportunity to perform live on the M2 The Rock show on iHeart radio. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased HERE. All proceeds from the event will go to Simply Grace, a nonprofit sober living in Dallas for women. The event is sponsored by Foundations Recovery Network a network of addiction/mental health treatment centers across the U.S and Sober Living Houston.

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 SIL.com’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 Salonniere.com 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 www.communitypartnersdallas.org.

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 www.attpac.org/hearhere, 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.