Is Jen Lancaster the Erma Bombeck of the 21st Century?

This Thursday authoress Jen Lancaster will be the featured speaker at the  Chick Lit Luncheon benefiting Community Partners of Dallas.

How would you describe Jen? Hmm. Have been working on that one. Let’s just say that she’s today’s version of Erma Bombeck.

Because we suspect you like to test drive anything before committing, check this one.

See you Thursday at Brook Hollow.

Dallas' Mad Hatters Bloomed Wildly at the Arboretum

Forget Johnny Depp. The real Mad Hatter was Shane Walker (pictured) Thursday at the Dallas Arboretum’s annual Mad Hatters Tea Party. While he topped himself in a gray top hat, it really should have been a gold, since Dee Simmons and Ana Pettus took home prizes for wearing his creations. Talk about a wide range.

All in white, Dee’s chapeau (pictured) was bigger than ostrich and just perfect for the royal enclosure at Ascot. Cecil Beaton, eat your heart out! But pity the poor folks who sat behind her at the fashion show.

On the other hand, Ana (pictured) wanted something a little more “edgy” and she got her wish. Look at it this way — she’s all set for Halloween.

But don’t go thinking that Shane was free and clear of competition. No, siree. [Read more…]

Perry's KO's TREC's Sponsors with Kim Haasarud's Concoctions

Sorry to be MIA, but somebody with a nasty head cold hugged too closely resulting in a sore throat topped with a cough and slight sneeze. All too much to face a keyboard without libel resulting.

By now the new Perry‘s on McKinney has opened with Rick Henderson as COO. Last Wednesday (a full box of Puffs ago) as a pre-opening celebration, The Real Estate Council and Lincoln Property Company had a party (pictured) honoring the sponsors of FightNight. Was truly a single woman’s delight!

Top dog Chris Perry was there to make sure that his newest bouncing baby was doing well. Did you know that Chris started his career in the restaurant biz at Louie’s on the Lake down in Clear Lake (that’s halfway between Houston and Galveston). Since those youthful days, he’s started Perry’s, opened a bunch of them throughout the state and moved his family to Austin . . .”to be closer to Dallas.”

But enough about the owner, let’s chat about the gal of the hour. . . Kim Haasarud (pictured), [Read more…]

"Accessible Luxury" Can Overcome any Storm

The weather guessers are saying that storms are headed to Dallas tomorrow night. What would it take to get you out and about in such conditions? Yup, we just knew it. You’re the type that plays hard-to-get-out in damp weather.

Accessible Luxury” is just what will get your bumbershoot warmed up.

Benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the event will take place at Park Place’s Rolls-Royce/Bentley/Maserati location with Clarice Tinsley emcee-ing, DJ Lucy Wrubel (pictured) playing music, and Honorary Chairs Kathy and Tony Herring and Lark and J.C. Montgomery Jr. We just knew that would get your attention. But there’s more.

Event Chairs Ellen and Charlie Johnson, Devonie and McLean Coble, and Kelly and James Middleton have also arranged for you to sip champagne while browsing around Beretta apparel and gear, Noble Boutique’s gems and local designer Geoffrey Henning‘s fashions.

To top the evening off, Barney’s New York will have a fashion show at 8 p.m. featuring the Model Citizens of Campbell-Wagner Runway, LLC.

Now, don’t you feel silly to worry about a little rain?

Sit, Heel and Set Your Recorder

KERA is airing “Through a Dog’s Eyes” tonight at 7. It’s a documentary dealing with “services dogs and the people whose lives they have changed.”

One Mother Helping Another Mother Sleep

Brandi Todd is the Morgan Mill mother who was sitting on a park bench watching her children when a man stabbed her for no apparent reason. The results? Authorities suspect the perpetrator has mental problems and medical experts fear that Brandi is paralyzed from the waist down.

Her neighbors and even strangers have rallied to help the young mother. Among those strangers is mom/wife/Sleep Experts President Christine Cook and her crew with the donation of a new Simmons Comforpedic mattress complete with an adjustable base just like a hospital bed. The family-owned company has made it a habit of stepping in to help others.

This donation plus the efforts of the Morgan Mill community probably doesn’t belong on MySweetCharity because Brandi is not an official, state-recognized non-profit. It’s doubtful that Sleep Experts is going to get a big old tax write off and the folks of Morgan Mill aren’t going to be on Oprah, but their coming together to help a victim should be recognized and serve as an example for all.

Exhale Spa to Benefit ChildCareGroup Thursday

Tax time is behind us. We need to take a chill pill. It can be easily done and help ChildCareGroup, the non-profit child care organization serving children in Dallas County. Exhale Spa at the Palomar is donating proceeds from “select services” and the Exhale Soul Classes Thursday.

The services include facials, fusion massages and healing therapies.

And what’s a fund raiser without a silent auction? Just knew you’d ask. So, here’s the answer — the silent auction and reception will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Spa’s lobby.

Make your reservations by calling Jessie Stansberry @ 214.295.2545.

Hustle! Chick Lit Tables Flying the Coop

If you were planning on attending the Chick Lit luncheon at Brook Hollow benefiting the Community Partners, you’d better hustle. According to the chick-lets, there are just a few tables still available thanks to Honorary Chair Sarah Losinger and Luncheon Chair Jennifer Tobin. It’s all being presented by Lara (pictured) and Dr. Robert Tafel.

Featured speaker is fellow blogger/author Jen Lancaster and that should tell you how much fun you can expect.

If Community Partners is new on your radar, call Paige McDaniel (pictured) at 214.624.7583 . Not only will she tell you, she’ll become your very best friend in the world.


Rawlins Gilliland's Birthday at Lee Harvey's Went to the Dogs

Raconteur Rawlins Gilliland celebrated his birthday these past few days with the high-and-mighty (dinner with Neiman’s President/CEO Karen Katz) and the down-and-dirty.

Whoa! What was that last group?

It wasn’t supposed to be that way, but that’s the way it turned out Sunday afternoon at cute Seth Smith‘s Lee Harvey’s. Thanks to Rawlins’ pals “Reid & Kathi,” a non-global warming chill and off-and-on-rain, a celebration of people and pooches turned into muddy paws (pictured), lots of laughs and the type of birthday gifts any non-profit loves — donations to the birthday boy’s favorite cause, Dog & Kitty City Shelter/Sanctuary.

On hand to help Rawlins greet guests were his two favorite gals (pictured with Rawlins), Mona (the Chihuahua) and Honey (the best of all breeds in one). Both of them had been ladies-in-desperate-need when the former NM exec discovered them. Now, they’re ladies of extreme leisure and luxury.

And speaking of ladies, [Read more…]

Earth Day Reminder: Eat a Cupcake and Check out Mt. Eyjafjallajokull

In honor of Earth Day this Thursday, you can do any of the following:

  • Plant a tree.
  • Buy a vanilla cupcake now through April 23 at Sprinkles. The cupcake cuties are donating proceeds to local tree planting and environmental-care organizations like Texas Trees Foundation.
  • Take a cruise to Iceland to visit Mount Eyjafjallajokull.

MySweetCharity staff has sworn off using paper for the day.