Jen Lancaster Gets Dallas Chicks Laughing While Lunching

Thursday was a killer day for certain ladies around town. First on their agenda was the fourth annual Chick Lit Luncheon at Brook Hollow. Then it would be a quick trip home to watch Rielle Hunter tell-almost-all on Oprah, change shoes and head for the Stiletto Strut at downtown Neiman’s.

Thank heaven the first thing on the list was Chick Lit! Paige McDaniel‘s Community Partners of Dallas had Chicago humor author Jen Lancaster as the featured speaker for 450 gals to get them up and going.

But before Jen could even get started chatting, the ladies were already stressing [Read more…]

Stiletto Strut Almost Got Bussed

More will come on Thursday’s Stiletto Strut (pictured) at downtown Neiman’s, but here’s a quick almost-happened “perfect storm” of a situation that occurred during the American Heart Association benefit.

You know the downtown NM block pretty well, so envision the Main Street side. Because of the number of participants, the ladies who strut will use the street instead of the sidewalk. Only a block of Main Street has been blocked off thanks to all types of very responsible Dallas police on bikes, foot, and motorcycles and in cars. Everything is under control. In fact, it’s sorta empowering to stand in the middle of Main Street and not worry about a thing.

In the meantime, the hundreds of extremely fashionable street strutters are just getting ready to emerge from the store feeling a bit wobbly thanks to nose-bleed-high heels and generous liquid sustenance.

Just as the store doors are opening and the ladies heading for the street and block walk, a Dallas Transit bus appears from nowhere racing up Main Street and headed right in the direction of the ladies. [Read more…]

Day at the Races is Much More Preferable to Louisville Today

The poor folks in Louisville are having to dig out their umbrellas to attend today’s Kentucky Derby. The track is a mess and the stands are going to be wet.

Ah, but you were smart enough to stay here in Dallas and watch all the festivities from the Day at the Races at Lee Park’s Arlington Hall. Sure, it’s a tad bit chilly, but just pull out that pashmina that matches your derby chapeau and you’ll be set.

While the race is scheduled to start late-ish, get to Lee Park around 3 to get a head start on the fun.

A.W.A.R.E. was Dandy-less but Still Memorable

Since it was announced that this year’s A.WA.R.E. luncheon would honor Don Meredith, anticipation was in overdrive. It had been quite a while since the lovable, legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback/ABC sports commentator had been seen in these parts. It had even taken the very persuasive team of former teammate Lee Roy Jordan and his wife Biddy to personally fly to Santa Fe to talk Don and his wife Susan into accepting the honor.

But behind the scenes there was always the concern that 72-year old Dandy’s health might trump all the planning and hopes.

Unfortunately, it did. Susan admitted that he was just not well enough to make the trip to Dallas and stood in for him. With this in mind, this post is being written, so Don will know what happened. Like Don, it was an event that was endearing, full of fun and legendary.

It seemed that nearly all the 1,110+ crowd attending the luncheon Wednesday at the Fairmont had some sort of personal connection to the man who led the Dallas Cowboys from 1960-1968 at the Cotton Bowl for coach Tom Landry under the ownership of Clint Murchison.

Besides videos about the Don, a celebrity panel of “Dandy Don’s” friends and colleagues at times mistook the event for a roast. But what else would you expect from the likes of football legends Walt Garrison, Bob Lilly (pictured) and Roger Staubach; Frank Gifford, one of Meredith’s broadcast partners on ABC’s Monday Night Football; and emcee Phyllis George, the Denton-born former Miss America (1971)/former CBS sportscaster.

The celebrity panelists described the Mount Vernon native as a fiercely competitive leader with a rowdy, down-home sense of humor. In a video tribute, for instance, Lee Roy said he once asked Meredith why he chose to attend SMU. Don’s reply: “It was close to home, and I could spell it.” [Read more…]

Will Lookin at Lucky be Center of Attention at Lee Park Saturday?

If you want to impress your friends between now and Saturday afternoon, just toss out,

Lookin at Lucky is starting to look better as the leader now that Eskendereya has been pulled due to injury.

You’ll be so-in-the-know regarding Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

Now, if you want to really impress them, just ask what time they’ll be attending the race. When they raise their eyebrows, just confess that you’re talking about Park Place Volvo’s “Day at the Races” from 3 to 7 at Lee Park’s Arlington Hall. Did they really think you were taking off for Kentucky, when all the fun will be in Dallas?

Since it’s being tossed by the Lee Park Junior Conservancy, you can expect lots of beautiful people, an abundance of refreshments, and civilized frivolity.

Beyond the Rainbow Treasures Another Success

Question of the day: Why should this photo of Jordan Flint and Barney bother you? Answer: Later.

Last Friday two groups of heroes took to the funway, or rather runway, in the Anatole decked out in Dillard’s fashions for the 22nd annual Beyond the Rainbow Fashion Show/Luncheon. One group was made up of jocks and celebs who go beyond the call of duty in participating and chumming it up with the other group of models — children who have/had cancer.

While all the well-dressed guests were browsing at the silent auction during the pre-show reception, the corp of adult and youth models were having a grand old time in other areas. The youngsters were in the prep room chatting with Mother Goose, clowns and other kid-friendly characters (pictured). They were also getting all dolled up for their catwalk. Think Six Flags Over Texas indoors. It was so much fun that KDFW-CH. 4 anchor/show emcee Clarice Tinsley starting iPhoning photos (pictured).

Across the hallway, the adults were having grownup fun. [Read more…]

Cattle Baron's Ball Casino Corral is a Safe Haven from the Storms

Yup, those wonderful folks in the weather bureau are predicting dicey conditions Friday.

Translation: indoor activities would be wise.

Photo provided by Cattle Baron's Ball

So the Cattle Baron’s Ball Casino Corral at Trecé just might the absolute perfect solution to your Friday night plans. Starting at 7, Event Chairs Rozalyn Colombo and Jenna Alexander (pictured left with Judy Duke Miller) have arranged for all types of gaming, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Problem is that there are only 20 tickets left.

Dallas is A.W.A.R.E. and Dandy Today

Yes, the implosion of Texas Stadium was a real gang buster bringing out many Dallas Cowboys notables from the past. But there was a Dallas Cowboys era before Texas Stadium, Jerry Jones or even Roger Staubach arrived on the scene. It was the days when Bubbles Cash introduced Dallas to the mini-skirt; when kids thought everybody went to the the Cotton Bowl to watch football after they went to church; and when Dallasites watched the Boys play in the torturous “Ice Bowl.”

Those were the “Dandy Don Days” thanks to a fella from Mount Vernon named Don Meredith, who was #17 for the Dallas Cowboys. He was one of Dallas’ first sports personalities with his killer smile, country boy personality and razzle-dazzle plays both on and other the field. After he left professional football, he went on to become part of the legendary “Monday Night’s Football” trio with the late Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford.

Last night the legends of that era (Bob Lilly, Lee Roy Jordan, Walt Garrison, Pierce Allman, Billy Bob Harris, Kay Hammond, and so many others) gathered at Marianne and Roger Staubach‘s new digs in Preston Hollow on the eve of today’s A.W.A.R.E. luncheon at the Fairmont honoring Dandy Don, who just turned 72 on April 10. Not only was the place jammed with people, but the stories of the past were remarkable.

It you haven’t got tickets to today’s luncheon, it’s doubtful if even the finest groveling will work.

Jackie Cavenders' Boots are Going to be Strutting on her Birthday

Thursday’s Stiletto Strut is going to be a double-fun event for Jackie Cavenders. Not only will she strutting her stuff around downtown Neiman’s to benefit the American Heart Association, she’ll be celebrating her birthday and she won’t be doing a solo act. Seems her bud Paige Lane has arranged for some of Jackie gal pals to join the walk. So if you see Sunie Marchbanks Soloman, Olivia Kearney, Stephanie Anne Burroughs, Little Rock’s Chantel McCollum, Jill Reagan and Pat Green‘s wife Kori, give ’em a high five and wish Jackie a happy b-day.

Genesis Luncheon to be a Record Breaker

Still 11 days away (May 7) and Genesis Women’s Shelter‘s annual Mother’s Day Luncheon with Dr. Condoleezza Rice at the Anatole is set to break records for the organization’s 25th anniversary. But what else would you expect with such a featured speaker plus an honorary chair like Former First Lady Laura Bush?

You did know that Laura was a founding member of the Genesis Alliance, didn’t you?

Sorry for all the questions. Now, how about some information that you can use? [Read more…]

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?

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.

Secret to Youth — Volunteering

April has always had a special spot in America’s agendas. Yes, it’s tax filing month. Yes, it starts with April Fools Day. But it is also Volunteer Month. Yup, it’s the month in which volunteers are not just honored, they’re celebrated for giving countless hours and efforts for the good of others.

An example of such giving is Leo Keiles (pictured). In Ebby Halliday‘s world, Leo would be considered a kid. He’s just 97-years young. Sunday he and countless other volunteers were feted at Baylor University Medical Center’s Annual Awards Presentation and Reception. This year’s theme was a sock hop complete with jukebox, poodle skirts, and a killer menu. [Read more…]

Who Had More Fun Saturday Night — Guests or Waiters?

Waiting on people is an art form. Most people take it for granted until they run into a real nightmare of a server. Saturday night’s serving experiences at the Palomar were just the opposite. The Celebrity Waiter Gala had absolute dreams performing the usual and most unusual serving experiences this side of the French Room. Henceforth, the Celebrity Waiters will be referred to as “CW”.

Benefiting the Child Abuse Prevention Center, it started out with a silent auction in the hallway of the second floor of the hotel. The usual low ceilings of the hotel’s hallway seemed lower than usual with the multitudes crowding to see all the goodies. Don’t know how 6’3″ CW/Hunk Kris Clinton (pictured) or 6’2″ Celebrity Chair Daryl Johnston managed. And what about all those poor little beauties with their crowns.

Speaking of the crowned crowd, Kristi “Mrs. North Texas 2010” Engstrom immediately became best friends with Honorary Chairs Al and Sharron Gonzalez (pictured with Kristi).

Despite the crowded hallways, everyone was quite charming. For instance Honorary Chair Julie Rado was seen having her hand kissed by CW Alonso “Reality Show Type” Martinez (pictured with Steve and Julie Rado) as her husband Steve looked on. Drat! How could Julie look so svelte? She just had a baby seven months ago!

But don’t believe that beauty stopped with Julie and crowned types. Nope, [Read more…]

Waiting at Palomar Will be Fun and Profitable Saturday Night

Some very, very well-known people will be serving the black tie crowd and working for tips this Saturday night at the Palomar. No, they haven’t given up their day jobs. They’re doing it as part of the 16th Annual Celebrity Waiter Gala, that benefits the Child Abuse Prevention Center.

Photo credit: Seth Smith

Confirmed waiters include fashion producer wunderkind Rhonda Sargent Chambers (pictured), singer Janie Fricke, Good Morning Texas’s Shay Geyer, Todd “Uncle Julio” Conger, fashionista Abi Ferrin, Kristen “Miss Texas” Blair, and Big Band singer Craig “Big T” Thompson, and former NFL-er James Yarbrough.

Gala Chair April and Sam Spicer and Honorary Chairs Diane and Daryl Johnston have arranged for the following folks to help underwrite the event: [Read more…]

Neiman's and Dallas Museum of Art Set the Ball Rolling with Sarah Ferguson

Downtown Neiman’s is in overdrive with events. Last night it was the scene of the patrons party (underwritten by U.S. Trust) for the DMA’s Art Ball on April 24. As you can guess when you gather this group of tasteful, moneyed folk, the fashions as well as the conversation is simply above board.

But let’s face it. NM LIC (Lady In Charge) Shelle Sills (pictured) and her elves know how to throw in a ringer to make the night especially memorable. And, boy, did they have a royal ringer — Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. What a simply charming chum! Never has a politician worked a room like the Duchess.

And it shouldn’t have been that way. [Read more…]

Pat on Back for Beyond the Rainbow Sponsors

Those wonderful gals at the Children’s Cancer Fund are in the final stages of prepping for their Beyond the Rainbow fashion show/luncheon on Friday, April 23, at the Anatole. Last night they were proper little ladies and threw a thank you party for their sponsors at Lynn and Jim Stroud‘s place in University Park.

Wasn’t too crowded. Wasn’t too light. But it was just right with a lot of pretty folks like Luncheon Co-chair Marisa Huckin (pictured) who made her mama proud by standing at the door to greet every single person. It’s always so tempting for the host/hostess to join the party, but Marisa stood firmly by the door and looked rather fabulous.

Another looker at the party was [Read more…]

Old Friends Gather to bid Farewell to Texas Stadium

Only in Dallas would we celebrate disaster! A luncheon was held today to bid farewell to Texas Stadium that will be imploded on Sunday. Imploded is a very intellectual way of saying, “We’re gonna blow it up!”

It was not a huge gathering (maybe 200-250), but if you’re a Dallas Cowboys expert, you were in slap happy paradise just hanging with the likes of Cliff Harris, Rayfield Wright, Walt Garrison, Alicia Landry (pictured), etc.

The event benefited Irving Cares and they did that by auctioning off photos autographed by the attending Cowboys and a couple of stadium seats.

Ooh, awkward moments: [Read more…]

Crystal Charity Ball's Alison Farrow's Day was a Best and a Bust

Poor Alison Farrow (pictured). You’d think the lass had her hands full last Wednesday at Neiman’s just announcing the Ten Best Dressed for the annual Crystal Charity Ball luncheon (Sept. 10). As she was about to welcome the fashionable gathering, she told them that she was just a tad bit rattled. Seems that a block away from NM, the back window of her car blew out. Reason? One of the women who didn’t make the cut? No, just kidding.

If you haven’t read who the best dressed are this year, they are Nancy Carter, Robyn Conlon, Claire Emanuelson, Kim Miller, Pat McEvoy, Aileen Pratt, Nancy Rogers, Amy Turner, Lee Ann White and Ellen Winspear. Marilyn Augur will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.