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Fashion Group Intl’s Night of Stars

The social season is in full swing in Dallas, and a big part of the party whirlwind is Fashion Group International’s annual fundraising and awards gala on Nov. 16. This year, the event’s theme is Night of Stars, and I’m pleased to announce I’ll be a tiny sparkle in the firmament! Your Diva is on the gala’s hosting committee, so I’m happy to get the word out about this fabulous event.

Fashion Group International is a nonprofit professional group whose members are in the apparel, accessories, beauty and home industries. FGI’s stated mission is “to be the pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design and to help its members become more effective in their careers.” If that sounds a tad stuffy, the Night of Stars will be anything but — mistress of ceremonies is noted beauty author Victoria Snee, and runway queen Jan Strimple‘s production company will handle the fashion presentations.

As mentioned, FGI’s annual shindig is more than a fundraiser, it’s also meant to honor local luminaries; this year’s honorees are as follows:

Career Achievement Awards

Sue Wade, Founder of Wade College, Honoree of Lifetime Achievement Award in Fashion Education
Lela Rose, Designer/President, Lela Rose Design, Honoree of Career Achievement in Fashion
Terri Provencal, Editor-in-Chief, PATRON Magazine, Honoree of Career Achievement in Media

Rising Stars Awards

Fashion Design: Nha Khanh Nguyen, Nha Khanh
Fine Art: Bret Slater
Interior Design: Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry of Pulp Design Studios
Accessories: Angela Scott, The Office of Angela Scott
Fine Art Photography: Alex Remington

Shelly Musselman Design Award

Cassandra Bumpous, UNT

Congrats to this fabulous crop of talented individuals — I look forward to meeting and mingling with you all!

And if you’d like to join the fashionably fierce fete, scootch on over to the Night of Stars event site to purchase tickets. Ticket levels range from admission and cocktail lounge festivities to seated dinner to an entire table for 10. The party’s next Friday, so get your ticket with haste! Hopefully I’ll see you there!

My Art of Bridal Style winner is …

… Blanca G.! Congrats, girl, you are going to this Sunday’s Art of Bridal Style luxury showcase at Union Station! I’ll reach out to you on claiming your tickets … thanks so much for entering the giveaway, and again — CONGRATS! To everyone else who’ll be joining the festivities (buy your tix here), see you Sunday!

Tweet and Toast tonight, my chickadees!

Your Diva, while presently devoted to singledom at its finest, adores gawking at all things bridesy and wedding-related. To that end, I just had to dish about tonight’s so-named Tweet & Toast, brought to you by the upcoming bridestravaganza Art of Bridal Style. More on the event in a sec …

Tonight’s Tweetversation will discuss all things nuptial and feature jewelry designer and style pro Kendra Scott, top bridal stylist Lulu Amin, master event planner Debi Lilly and “Project Runway” alum/bridal designer Carol Hannah. Hosting the Twitter chat will be “Wedding Nouveau” magazine Editor in Chief Fri Forjindam. The dishing starts at 8 p.m. CST; use the hashtags #ArtBridalStyle, #GroomStyle or #BridalStyle to follow along!

As for the main event, Art of Bridal Style takes place Sunday, Nov. 4, at Union Station downtown. Joining Scott, Hannah, Lilly will be Dallas gown designer Nha Khanh as well as special guests Steve Kemble, LeeAnne Locken and Dawn Neufeld. Brides-to-be can find inspiration, enjoy a little pampering and do a little partying. Ooh, and this just in: The ever-stylish Jackson from FLUENT will be hosting a groom’s lounge themed after the latest James Bond flick “Skyfall”! Knowing his killer fashion sense and attention to detail, I may have to pop my head into the groom’s lounge for a spell!

Wanna attend Art of Bridal Style for yourself? Purchase tickets here and get ready to kick up your heels. Oh, and — why try to be coy about it? — you know your Diva’s got tickets to give away! Right after the tweet fete tonight, I’ll launch a giveaway here and via Twitter. Keep your eyes open this evening for me to wave the flag. Tweet ya later!

The Dallas Flea returns


The very popular Dallas Flea is back this Saturday for another go-round at South Side on Lamar. From 9 a.m. to 4, you can discover homegrown wares from mostly local artisans and sellers; nosh on eats from food trucks; and soak in the vibe generated from a live music set.

Notable this session is the Flea’s biggest group yet of mobile vendors, including The Urban Cottage–rehabbed furniture sold from an Airstream.

Entry to the Flea costs just $5, and kids 12 and younger get in free. There’s plenty of free parking to be had nearby, too. So just add this to your calendar, already!

Fashion Week celebration giveaway


If you followed my scads of Fashion’s Night Out coverage last week, you know that there’s a prize package lurking full of all the fantastic products I received complimentary and wrote up–products that helped me look and feel fabulous for the big night. And now’s your chance to win some for yourself!

What’s in this stellar package? We’ve got:

You have a couple ways to win the grand prize:

  • Follow me on Twitter and tweet about the Fashion Week Celebration Giveaway using my handle, @thedallasdiva;
  • Comment on my Facebook page post about the giveaway;
  • Re-pin it to win it at Pinterest;
  • Or leave a comment below about which product you’re most jazzed to receive!

So get to pinning/tweeting/Facebooking/commenting! You can enter via social media as many times as you like (but comment once, please), and you have until 11:59 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 13, to enter, and I’ll pick and announce a winner on Friday. Congrats!

5 things I learned at Fashion’s Night Out


As I’m recovering from the whirlwind that was last night’s Fashion’s Night Out, I wanted to share a mini list of observations gleaned during the evening. Let’s do this …

1. The strength of a party’s alcohol is directly proportional to its exclusivity: At least two store parties I hit that promised cocktails were actually serving wine or bubbly. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But the stronger, more fruity stuff was flowin like a river at Neiman Marcus’ Simply Summer post-runway show fete. And I was a fish …


2. These heels aren’t made for walking: The cute ones never are!!

3. Uber Dallas rocks!: I was a so-called Secret Uber, using the car service while it’s still in beta mode, and it was awesome! Rollin’ right up to Northpark’s door in a black Suburban sure beat parking my tan sedan 3 acres away and walking through 105-degree heat.

4. I now know why I’d never heard of the boutique called Gregory’s at Northpark: The do-not-touch sign nestled among high-dollar heels and handbags said it all.

5. Afterparties are where memories start to fade: Because the effects of the evening’s drinks collectively start to set slap you upside the head. Until your head clears the next day and you remember how fabulous the night was!

My Fashion’s Night Out plan

In case you’re wondering where the Diva will be, or want a little inspiration for your own itinerary for this grand Fashion’s Night Out, here’re the stops I’m planning to make over the course of the evening. Can’t join me? Cuddle up to your smartphone, and follow my goings-on as they happen, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

4 pm: Toni & Guy makeup and party

5 to 7 pm: Hit the following fetes–Fashion Group International’s VIP reception; DIFFA’s at Saks; Swagg Mag’s at Brahmin Handbags; Faconnable’s. Watch Galleria’s runway show at 6.

7:30-8:45 pm:┬áPop into The Fashionistas bubbly party; view the 8 pm runway show; check out Neiman Marcus’ Simply Summer bash at 8

9 pm -???: Host the Galleria’s Official Afterparty at Townhouse Kitchen + Bar. Yes!!

???-2 am: Fashion Fridays’ THE Afterparty at House of Blues’ Foundation Room.

And that’s a wrap!!

FNO Countdown: My Galleria getup

If you see me out and about tonight, taking Fashion’s Night Out by storm, know this: Galleria Dallas hooked your Diva UP! Macy’s provided my fabulous one-shouldered dress and my gleaming Michael Kors clutch; Papyrus (yes, girl!) and Apricot Lane came through with stunning jewelry looks, and Toni & Guy has me down for a 4 o’clock for makeup and refreshments. A million thanks to the Galleria Dallas team, especially stylist Holly Quartaro, for coming through. Oh, and how could I forget? I’m hosting the mall’s official after-party at Townhouse Kitchen + Bar, with proceeds from signature cocktails going to the North Texas Food Bank. The fun kicks off at 9 p.m., and I hope to see you there!

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