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.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Great Escape: La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas

La Cantera Resort in San Antonio
Flip through my gallery to view photos from my stay at La Cantera Resort& Spa

My in-laws live in San Antonio, Texas and for 20+ years we have stayed at their home when we visited. But the house has begun to feel smaller and more cramped as my son has gotten older (and much taller) and my father-in-law is recovering from a recent surgery, so this Thanksgiving I proposed a radical idea to my husband - a hotel stay. He reluctantly agreed and I knew this was my one shot. If I didn't find the right hotel for our family, he'd never agree to it again. So, after much research, I booked a stay at La Cantera Resort & Spa.

SPOILER ALERT: It was a holiday home run. Read on...

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show Honors Lela Rose

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show Honors Lela Rose
 Photos by Dana Driensky

Held on Monday, October 29, 2018 in the Venetian Room at The Fairmont Dallas, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show honoring Lela Rose was a sold out affair. Many of Lela’s friends and admirers were there to see the Dallas-raised, New York City-based fashion designer receive the Inaugural Fashion Notes Designer Award. The morning began with a reception and silent auction followed by a fashion show and live auction topped off with a delicious lunch. Fashions were provided by Stanley Korshak, Hip Hip Hooray and St. Bernard Sports. The clothing was modeled by Dallas Symphony supporters including staff and musicians, DSOL Members and former debutantes. Others in attendance included Caren Prothro, Nita Clark, Roxanne Phillips, Julie Turner, Doris Jacobs and daughters Kim Jacobs Calloway and Teffy Jacobs, Stephanie Bray, and Allie Beth Allman.

Tina Brown Brings Women In The World To Dallas

Women In The World 2018
  Photos c/o Kristi and Scot Redman

On November 5, Women in the World kicked off its Dallas forum co-hosted by Toyota and legendary journalist, Tina Brown, on the eve of the midterms Monday at the Dallas Museum of Art. Women who are on the front lines all over the world come to the stage to tell their stories at these summits and salons. Women in the World is the premier showcase for women of impact and for the men who champion them. Women in the World Host Tina Brown mingled with speakers Isabel Allende, Jara Butler, Paige Chenault, Rev. Leah Daughtry, Minyon Moore, and Dr. Viktoria Vibhakar, moderators Alisha Laventure, and Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, Toyota Executive Lisa Materazzo, and guests including, Susan Posnick, Margaret Stafford, Stephanie Seay, Annika Cail, Cheryl Alston, Laila Muhammad, Alanna Sarabia, Susan Strauss, Lesli Levine, Karla Noone, Marcella Generalovich, Kellie Rasberry, Liz Standley, Rebecca Marabito, and Natalie Westbrook.