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Soar Through History with ‘Camille A. Brown & Dancers’

Soar through history with ‘Camille A. Brown & Dancers’ on August 24 & 25 at the Moody Performance Hall! Brought to you by TITAS Presents, the company uses Modern, Hip Hop, African, Ballet, and Tap, to tell stories that connect history with contemporary culture. Camille A. Brown leads her dancers through excavations of ancestral stories, both timeless and traditional.

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This is a must see experience choreographed by the choreographer of Broadway’s Once on This Island and NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar.

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Expect to see yourself in the work, the story, your story in Black Girl: Linguistic Play. It is a peeled back, memory-filled exploration of “playing” and its role in shaping who we are and what is culture.

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View the trailer here and get your tickets today.

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New ‘Female-Only’ Social Network launches in Dallas

We recently sat down with the founders of the GirlCrew App, an app that gives the opportunity to connect with like-minded women and expand people’s communities of friends.

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GirlCrew has created a unique platform focused on connecting women for friendship and chats.  Although a digital community, its aim is to facilitate friendships in person; offering an additional channel in which to do so – find a group of girls to travel with, meet for coffee, start a business. Anything is possible with ‘the crew’. Members can participate in online group chat and offline events such as brunch, hikes and networking dinners.

Harnessing the soaring demand for friendship and community, GirlCrew has tapped into a market; facilitating friendship in person, even in an ever-digitized era.  First dating moved online, now friend making is going online.

There’s truly an app for everything these days.

Read the interview below to learn more about how the GirlCrew app is connecting women worldwide:

What is GirlCrew?

GirlCrew is a platform for women to make new friends. Not keen on going to a concert solo? Find a crew on the app.  Want to book a vacation but your friends are all coupled up? Find a group of girls to travel with. Whatever you can dream up, you can do with the crew. Members can participate in online group chat and offline events, and many friendships have formed.

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GirlCrew Women in Tech Event in Austin

How did GirlCrew start?

GirlCrew began one Friday night, when Elva Carri really wanted to go out dancing, but had no one to go with. All her friends were either busy or tired. Believing there had to be other women in the same position, she put a call out for some platonic dancing buddies on Tinder. She had no idea she would quickly garner more than 100 enthusiastic matches. She added everyone to a secret Facebook group in Dublin, where she was based, and GirlCrew was born. Having gained lots of new friends, and a jam-packed social calendar, Elva was going to need help. She teamed up with Aine Mulloy and Pamela Newenham, and the three co-founders began growing GirlCrew groups in cities all over the world, launching an app in the summer of 2017.

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GirlCrew Houston.

How does GirlCrew work?

GirlCrew operates through an app available on iOS and Android, and on desktop.Women simply join the group for their area such as Dublin, Melbourne, Austin or London, and there they can see what events are happening, read posts and comments from other members, write posts themselves and create events. They can also join international GirlCrew groups such as Trips & Travel, Careers, Entrepreneurs, Fashion & Beauty, Fitness & Wellness, Bloggers, Dating Advice and Staying In. In the groups, members share tips, advice and knowledge on everything from getting a new job to finding a good restaurant for a first date.

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GirlCrew Entrepreneurs Event.

How big is GirlCrew and what’s next?

GirlCrew has more than 100,000 members in over 50 cities worldwide, including Dublin, London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Edinburgh and Melbourne. In the summer of 2017, the company launched an app. The app is available on iOS and Android, and will be rolled out worldwide on a city by city basis. The summer of 2018 will see the app expand across 14 cities in the US including San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Philadelphia, San Antonio and Oklahoma.

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GirlCrew Coffee Shop Meetup.

Any noteable events?

In 2016, Facebook flew a film crew to Dublin to document GirlCrew’s successes and featured the video on Facebook Stories for their 12th anniversary. They also flew Elva Carri, Pamela Newenham and Áine Mulloy out to California to meet Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg and celebrate their company’s birthday with a small group of select Facebook users from around the globe.

In 2017, GirlCrew was selected to represent the European Union at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas. The social network was one of more than 220 companies that entered the competition organised by Startup Europe. Only 10 were chosen to join the EU delegation.

Connect with the crew: 

www.girlcrew.com| Facebook.com/GirlCrewHQ | Twitter & Instagram: @GirlCrewHQ | Pinterest: GirlCrewHQ

 

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Dallas Native Redefines What ‘Luxury’ Means

Lately, we’ve been drawing inspiration from people within our immediate network (ya’ll da ish!). This week our source of inspiration comes from a friend and Desoto native, Kwame Price, whose love for well-designed things led him to the creation of the luxury accessory brand, Cal & Kay. Read the interview below to learn about how Kwame is redefining what ‘luxury’ means and some of his favorite places to drink, shop and eat here in Dallas.
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1. What sparked your interest in fashion?
 

An appreciation for well-designed things. Fashion is where my own design language could find a home. In college, I wanted to make denim, but the idea eventually evolved into leather goods and accessories.

2. Where does the name Cal & Kay come from?

Cal is my Father’s middle name and Kay is my Mother’s middle name. Naming my company after them was my way of honoring them. I want Cal & Kay to be a legacy brand one day, passed down through generations of my family. It’ll be here after I’m long gone.

3. What is the inspiration behind Cal & Kay accessories? 

I started Cal & Kay out of necessity. Shopping for accessories had become a chore. They were either too cheap or too expensive with little or no justification. So, I created a brand in the image of what I wanted to see in the world. Sweet price points, well-executed, and timeless. Each piece is designed to optimize ease of use.

4. What sets Cal & Kay apart from other accessories?

Made in Parisian workshops, the exceptional quality you get at a contemporary price point is unparalleled. I truly believe we are best in class — part of a new wave of brands redefining what ‘luxury’ means. We don’t have a 100+ year history like Vuitton or black & white photos of past generations, but we do have a point of view that resonates with current and future generations.

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5.  When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career as a designer?

The second I realized formal training wasn’t a prerequisite to creating cool shit. Didn’t go to fashion school, had no formal training — but it didn’t stop me. Matter of fact, I’d say it’s one of my advantages.

6. What was your biggest fear when going out and starting your own line? 

That no one would care. Why should consumers care about another brand entering an over-saturated market? While sitting at Soho House in London, a designer friend once told me, “You need to operate as if no one cares about your brand — because actually, they don’t.” Best piece of advice she’s ever given me. In a world full of sensory overload, people will discover you and forget you in the same breath. You have to constantly innovate. Be it through product, marketing & communication, customer experience, etc. If folks let you occupy a little mindshare, take advantage of it.

7. How do you want people to feel when wearing your accessories? 

Ahead of the curve — you’re the kind of guy/gal that constantly puts your friends on to new sh*t. But most importantly, like your best self. We create products for everyday use, but also the kind of pieces you carry when you want to make a statement. Place your Cal & Kay Zipped Credit Card Holder on the table at dinner and they’ll know you didn’t come to play games.

8. Tell us about Cal & Kay’s newest line of accessories? 

In full, it’s an 8 piece collection to be dropped over the course of the fall months. The first 5 pieces (slim credit card holder, zipped credit card holder, bifold wallet, passport cover, and a medium pouch) will ship in Aug / Sept. The imagery that inspired this collection varied, but the concept was the same — boldness. Owning your truth. From Solange in a red jumpsuit with blonde braids to Caravaggio — the man and the works of art (who would walk around with a sword at his side), boldness requires a mastery of sense of self.

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9. What is your fave bar in Dallas? 

HIDE Bar. The vibe is always cool — never too packed, always comfortable. The Old-Fashioned and the double cheeseburger is my go-to combination.

10. What is your fave restaurant in Dallas? 

Medina Oven & Bar in Victory Park. Moroccan & Mediterranean fare — it’s low key. Everything on the menu is excellent. The owner is there daily shaking hands and checking on customers. Very personable establishment. Must order: Mint Tea (thank me later). Oh, can’t forget Whataburger.

11. Where is your favorite place to shop in Dallas? 

Trap Boutique on West Jefferson in Oak Cliff. Hidden among a variety of dress shops, this little gem is worth the journey. So many vintage pieces to choose from, from t-shirts to sneakers. Really can’t believe they’ve managed to stay under the radar. I’m also interested in seeing what changes are made at Forty Five Ten, now that they’ve acquired Tenoversix and named Kristen Cole chief of both retailers.

12. The advice you would give to someone wanting to do something similar. 

Kick down doors — my opportunities came because of persistence and my willingness to hustle. Just because you’re talented doesn’t mean someone’s going to find you and put you on. The beginning stages are hard, but those who prevail are always the ones who are willing to starve a little bit longer.

13. Where to purchase Cal & Kay and how can SoDallas.com readers support. 

Right now you can place a pre-order for our new pieces at https://igg.me/at/calandkay/x — pre-order ends April 26th. Otherwise, they’ll be available on our website calandkay.co, late summer / early fall. If you’re in LA or Japan — starting in September we’ll be stocked at Edifice Japan and VooDoo Los Angeles, a new store set to open in Downtown LA.

You can also find us on IG, @calandkay

 

14. Anything else you would like for people to know 🙂

Aspiring creatives / designers, hit me (kwame@calandkay.co / IG: @kwameprice)

I’d love to be a resource for anyone trying to break into this industry. Fashion is known to be cliquish and inaccessible to newcomers. I didn’t have any fashion mentors or someone to show me the ropes, I learned the hard way. I went through that so y’all don’t have to go through it — kwame@calandkay.co / IG: @kwameprice 

Xoxo,

Karren Whitney

So Dallas

 

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May Events: Socializing for a Cause

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Event: Millenial Debate & Speaker Series: Philanthropy & Social Impact

Time: 6 – 9 PM, May 7th

Place: 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, TX 75225

Organization: Dallas Millenial Club. & Communities Foundation of Texas

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Event: Mentors & Allies Awards Luncheon

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, May 9th

Place: Hyatt Regency Dallas

Organization: WINGS

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Event: Vogel Alcove Mulch Day Volunteer Event

Time: 8:30 – 11:30 AM

Place: 1738 Gano Street, Dallas, TX 75215

Organization: Vogel Alcove

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Event: Networking with a Cause

Time: 6:30 – 8 PM

Place: 100 Crescent Court, Dallas, TX 75201

Organization: National Black MBA Association – DFW Chapter

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Event: Home Buying Seminar

Time: 12 – 2 PM

Place: 211 Centre Street, Dallas, TX 75208

Organization: Black Police Association of Greater Dallas

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Jack Retro Brings Vintage L.A to Greenville Ave.

Jack Retro is a Designer Resale Boutique in Dallas by Jack Perez, a Los Angeles native turned full on Texan, who’s been curating women’s (and some men’s as well) designer vintage and contemporary apparel, jewelry, and accessories for over 15 years.

Jack Perez used to be the creative director for all of the National Council of Jewish Women thrift shops and donation centers in Los Angeles and was the curator of vintage clothing—an appraiser for estate sales.

What sets Jack Retro apart is that they are a CURATED collection of items, versus Consignment.  That means their prices are much lower and the selection much more eclectic. All clothes are in perfect condition, or as near perfect as possible.

The Jack Retro team was very picky about their location so we’re glad they found a home on Greenville Avenue across from the street from Terilli’s and in walking distance to The Grape.

Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram at @JackRetroDallas for a first look at some amazing finds.

Let us know if you visit Jack Retro by tagging #SoDallasy.

xoxo,

SoDallas.com

 

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Places in Dallas to Do Work + Chill

This post is for the go-getters who get tired of doing their work AFTER work at home. Sometimes it gets boring or you get distracted and you just need to work in a different environment that fosters a little creativity, forces you to focus and gives you the chance to interact with others… if you feel like it.

Here’s a list of places in Dallas you can go to Do Work + Chill:

  1. Mudsmith Coffee: Trendy caffeine shop also serving beer, sandwiches & pastries with a variety of seating & WiFi.
  2. Toasted: Creative toasts, grilled cheese sandwiches, coffee & booze served in airy, rustic-industrial space.
  3. Sip Stir Cafe: Modern, airy gathering spot for select coffee, espresso drinks & tea, plus pastries & cafe fare.
  4. Whole Foods Market off McKinney Avenue: This Whole Foods features a full-service coffee, juice and smoothie bar that’s open daily + plenty of seating + rooftop patio seating
  5. Cafe Express: Bistro-style restaurant + plenty of seating inside and patio
  6. The Courtyard on the Harwood St. side of the Dallas Museum of Art: The image featured in this post was taken at this courtyard.

Btw, I love my Earbolts NUB mini wireless speaker. It’s small but packs a powerful sound.  I carry it everywhere I go and it comes in handy especially when I Do Work and Chill at the park.

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Purchase speaker on Amazon today.

Let us know if you visit any of the places above by tagging #SoDallasy.

xoxo,

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7 Spring Dallas Desserts to Eat Right Now

1.Sno-cones!

There are so many places in Dallas to grab a sno-cone including the Farmers Market, Klyde Warren Park and Aunt Stellas but our favorite is Sno-Cone Shack #5 on Hampton Road in Desoto, TX.

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2.Steel City Pops

Go-to for craft popsicles made with organic, locally sourced ingredients in creative flavors.

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3. La Duni Cafe

Romantic, award-winning Latin restaurant, bakery, coffee house featuring hand-crafted cocktails, wedding cakes, desserts and more.

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4. Milk & Cream

Dessert shop specializing in donut sandwiches filled with ice cream & mix-ins like candy & cereal.

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5. Chills 360

Cozy counter shop for fun, exotic ice cream flavors transformed into made-to-order rolls.
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A dessert restaurant serving artisan soft serve ice cream, designer donuts, fresh baked cakes, unicorn cake, fresh baked goods, frozen treats, lemonade, tea and more.
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Deep Ellum spot for Taiwanese boba tea, shaved snow treats, macarons & packaged Asian snacks.
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Hope you enjoy! Tag #SoDallasy in your posts if you go visit.

xoxo,

SoDallas.com

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Cocktail of the Week: Champagne & St. Germain

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Lately, I’ve been drinking an embarassing amount of champagne which is unusual for me considering I’m a “tequila girl” but since New Years I’ve kept at least one bottle of champagne in the fridge.

This cocktail is super simple yet dare I say it, magnificent.  My super fabulous sorority sister introduced me to this a few months back on a trip to Arizona. There’s only two ingredients: St. Germain (elderflower liqueur) and a sparkling wine. I prefer Asti Spumante but the vendor sold out of it on the Minibar delivery app the day this photo  was taken so I had to get a Prosecco. Lately, I’ve been jazzing up this simple cocktail by adding a little grenadine.

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Directions:

  1. Fill a champagne flute 1/3 of the way with St. Germain.
  2. Top off with champagne.
  3. Stir.
  4. Enjoy!

 

Cheers,

sodallas.com

 

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Hosting 101: Build the Cheese Board of Your Dreams

The older I get, the more I realize the importance of being a good host and having the proper food and drink options for guests when they come over. I love cooking but sometimes I just want to chill a little and a create a bomb cheese board which pairs well when you’re casually having a friends over for a glass of wine or two. I think this is a true art and I finally came across my dream chease board at Anthrolologie a few weeks back. So of course, I could not wait to bring my cheese board to life!

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Here’s what you need to build the cheese board of your dreams:

  1. A cheese board. I love my marble and brass cheese board from Anthropologie but they have many more options that may fit your particular style. Luckily, they always have a great cheese board on sale if you don’t want to spend more than $50 for one. I honestly felt like I hit the jackpot when I found mine. It was sold out online but I found it in store on clearance. PLUS, they were having an additional 40% off clearance sale. WINNING! I knew it was meant to be when I saw it and I’m glad I didn’t settle for another cheese board. lol
  2. Make it rain CHEESE. Choose a mix of cheese from a variety of textures. I stay away from stinky cheese! That’s not my thing. Here’s a list of some of my favorite cheeses that past guests seemed to enjoy: smoked gouda, brie, cheddar, pepper jack, cream cheese and maybe something fun I’ve never tried before.
  3. Add something salty (meats and other things). My go-to salty items are usually olives, pickles, prosciutto, smoked salmon, salami, salted smoked almonds and maybe pepperoni.
  4. Add something sweet. I’m not big on jams and things so I tend to add fruit like grapes or apples to my cheese boards. Fruits go really well with cheese.
  5. Add crackers. Maybe Bread. Use plain sourdough or french bread. If you’re having people over for a good amount time, people tend to get hungry and will reach for the bread. Crackers are totally up to you. I lean more towards water crackers.
  6. Fill in spaces. Fill in the spaces of your cheese board with garnishes, nuts, fruits or whatever is left over!

Happy hosting!

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A Look Inside Internet Cafe 2

Go to Internet Cafe 2 and grab a really good coffee at one of Dallas’ most instagrammable (is this a word?) coffee shops. Megan Wilkes, co-founder of Emporium Pies, and her husband, Paul Wilkes, former owner of Glass Optical, brings you a 300 square ft space with a nostalgic white and pink aesthetic.

Scroll down and take a look inside but don’t forget to go and take a look for yourself.

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Photos by Benita (@wefoundbenny on IG)

Internet Cafe 2 is open Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 2 PM and Saturday/ Sunday from 8 AM to 4 PM.

with love,

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Las Almas Rotas Shares their Passion for Mezcal and Mexican Culture with Dallas

Three friends became the partners behind Las Almas Rotas out of a passion for mezcal and the culture that produces it. It all started when this group of friends would meet at each other’s house and share bottles of mezcal. From this grew Las Almas, a private social club based around the spirit.

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They decided that even though none of them had backgrounds in bars or restaurants they would pull together their resources and open Dallas’ first bar dedicated solely to the spirits of Mexico.

Las Almas Rotas is in the business of not only entertaining their patrons but educating them on these unique spirits and their culture.

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Las Almas Rotas, the first Mezcelaria in Expo Park,  features a small menu of Mexican food developed and executed by their chef Jose Luis, a 25-year veteran of the Dallas restaurant scene.

Las Almas Rotas is closed Monday and Tuesday. It opens Sunday through Wednesday from 5 PM till Midnight and Thursday through Saturday from 5 PM till 2 AM. Happy Hour is Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 PM to 8 PM.

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Photos by Raecene Collins from the Sweet and Savory Blog (@sweetandsavoryblog)

with love,

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The Dallas Opera Offers Discounted Pricing for Young Professionals

Love opera or just curious?

Young Professionals under the age of 35 can now enjoy best available seating at the low price of $50 for your choice of the following performances at the Dallas Opera.

Wed 10/25 Samson & Dalila
Wed 11/1 La Traviata
Wed 2/14 The Ring of Polykrates
Wed 3/14 Sunken Garden
Wed 4/18 Don Giovanni

There is a limited number of tickets available at this pricing!  Check the Dallas Opera website to see if a performance is still available.

Ticket includes best available seating on Wednesday performances, access to the exclusive YP Lounge, access to the Community Beer Co. Lounge serving complimentary beer from the brewery AND the opportunity to network with other young professionals interested in art and cultural events.

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The Pin Show Celebrates 10 Years

The Pin Show is an annual event that provides a platform for both emerging and established designers, mostly from the South West Region, and musical talent that aims to create an experience unlike anything before it.

The Pin Show team hope to bring together a show that provides the audience with the latest designs from designers you know and those you will discover, in every aspect of fashion. Whether you come for the streetwear, evening looks, bridal or the swimwear, you will be immersed in over 160 walks from more than 22 designers.

The Pin Show’s 2018 event marks their 10th anniversary and will feature emerging, established and some of the Pin Show’s favorite alumni!

Save the date for February 17, 2018 at the Bomb Factory.

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Save the Date for the Mad Hatter’s Tea in 2018

The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will host its signature fundraising event, the Mad Hatter’s Tea, Thursday, April 12, 2018.  Money raised through this event benefits “A Woman’s Garden”, one of the principal gardens at the Arboretum.  This garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, funded and maintained by the efforts of women, and dedicated to the spirit of women.  That spirit includes the strength, ingenuity, creativity, and determination of all women.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea features an outdoor champagne reception, hat judging contest and some of the best people watching Dallas has to offer as ladies and gents stroll the Plaza showcasing their creative chapeaus.  The event presents a Runway Fashion Presentation by Jan Strimple Productions along with an auction of fabulous items and a tented luncheon at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

Will you be there?

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You Should Hang Out Here: Nikkei Dallas

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Carefully crafted cocktails along with sushi and other Japanese dishes fused with Peruvian flavors is what you can expect from Stirr’s sister restaurant, Nikkei Dallas. Much like it’s sister concept, Nikkei features a robust rooftop overlooking Dallas.

Nikkei’s exotic yet approachable menu reflects both Peruvian and Japanese cultures.

Downstairs features a flawlessly executed lounge while the rooftop patio provides an alternate atmosphere with stunning views.

Enjoy lite bites with bold flavors like the blistered Shishitos, fried calamari and sushi classics including the spicy Salmon, Tuna and California roll.

Nikkei Dallas is located at 2404 Cedar Springs #400 where it opens Friday to Saturday from 7 PM to 2 AM. The kitchen closes at 12 AM.

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You Need to Drink Here: Bowen House

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Experience great cocktails in a plush, Victorian-style watering hole in a vintage house located in Uptown Dallas. Menu consists of one-of-a-kind cocktails & a meat heavy menu served in one of the best ambience in Dallas.

Honestly, if you didn’t know it was there, you wouldn’t know there was a bar inside this historic landmark that is Bowen House.

Whether it’s Wednesday or Saturday, you’re sure to be surrounded by craft cocktail connoisseurs alike.

And don’t forget to ask about the hidden Mezcaleria in the back.

Bowen House is located at 2614 Boll Street where it opens Sunday to Tuesday 4 PM – “Until” and Wednesday to Saturday from 4 PM – 2 AM. Valet is located on Howland Street.

Trust us, you’ll love it.

#SoDallas

Learn how to make Cocktail of the Week: Grassy Knoll from Bowen House by clicking here.

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5 Craft Brewery Tours to Visit in #Dallas

1. Community Beer Company

Open house and Brewery tours every Saturday from 2 to 5 PM

Enjoy fresh brews, live music, food truck, local artists, games, brewery tours and much more.

Get Tickets here> http://www.eventbrite.com/o/community-beer-company-2883058119

2. Deep Ellum Brewing Company

One of my favorite beers is made at this brewery and it’s called the Dallas Blonde. It’s the perfect blonde ale and the name is so fitting considering I’m from Dallas and at the moment, blonde.

Tasting and tours every Thursday from 6 to 8:30 PM and Saturday from noon till 3 PM.

Live music and food trucks on site.

Get tickets here> https://prekindle.com/venue/DEBC

3. Four Corners Brewing Company

My favorite brew is the Local Buzz which is a Honey-Rye Golden Ale. What I especially love about this brewery company is their “uncanny” beer cans with open top lids. How cool! It’s sort of like drinking out of a glass and it makes me feel a little more lady-like.

Free brewery tours every Saturday at 12:30 and 1:30 PM. Learn about how beer is made and sample a few.

Reserve your spot here> http://www.fcbrewing.com/tours.html

4. Lakewood Brewing Company

Brewery tours from noon till 4 PM every Saturday.

Tour is $10 and includes a souvenir glass and samples.

You can also enjoy live music and a weekly, rotating food truck.

For more information click this link> http://lakewoodbrewing.com/taproom/

5. Texas Ale Project

The Texas Ale Project offers free brewery tours every Saturday at 2 pm and 3 pm. Tours are first come, first serve, just sign up at the door.

To learn more, click this link > http://texasaleproject.com/visit/

Support local Texas brews.

#SoDallas

Originally published May 2014. Updated October 2017.

 

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An Insiders Look at Local Fashion Designer, Charles Smith II

“You have to do all you can, while you can.”

Last week, I had the privilege of sitting down with local fashion designer Charles Smith to get the inside scoop on his journey into fashion design, his influence on fashion in Dallas, and his upcoming fashion show.

Why Charles Smith?

Before last week, I had never formally met Charles Smith but I’ve seen him around at different events around Dallas and naturally, he stands out and grabs attention. The way he dresses, the way he carries himself, his overall demeanor is not of the typical Dallasite. When I saw different people pubbing for his fashion show on various social media outlets it all made sense. Immediately, I wanted to know more about him, what inspires him and how he got started.

So Dallas, meet Charles Smith, Creative Director of Smith The 2nd

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The Beginning

Originally from Harlem, NY, Charles Smith migrated to Dallas, TX to play basketball in High School. Smith remembers always being very different from his peers although as cliché as it sounds, he didn’t become one of the popular kids till he started playing basketball. Outside of basketball, Charles Smith was a professional model for a large majority of his life, starting high fashion modeling at 14 years-old and signed to agencies such as Elite Model Management in Miami and Milan, Italy.

Smith recalls seeing clothes in stores that bored him and decided to do something about it. “F*** it,” he said. “I’ll just do it myself.”

Smith has always been creative and had a vision but it wasn’t till he quit basketball that he started listening to his instincts and got a better understanding of his creative goals.

“It was like a vault that was unlocked.”

On Being a Fashion Designer

I know you’ve read/heard all the many quotes about how you should work doing something you love and you’ll never work a day of your life. Well, Charles Smith has proven this to be true. Smith can literally work countless hours, sewing and sketching and coming up with new marketing ideas for his brand and it doesn’t feel like a burden to him, he enjoys it. According to him, there’s always something to be done. He describes fashion as an obsession and believes, “you can’t be a fashion designer if you’re not obsessed, always wanting more.”

 

On Being an Influence in Dallas and on the Fashion Community

As a young African-American designer located in Dallas, his style of fashion is out of the ordinary. You will not see many people create similar designs in this area especially coming from his background. The designs he creates appeals to so many different types and groups of people. What he does, no one else does and is consequently hard for the Dallas fashion community to ignore.

“It’s an art form to me… an art form of expression. It’s not just about getting people to wear the clothes… I’m going to keep doing what I want to do at the end of the day.”

Smith wants people to know that if he can do it coming from where he’s from, anybody can do it.

What makes Charles Smith an influential person in Dallas is the fact that he stays true to himself, who he is, and what he wants to do…. Plus, he’s good at it.

“I am who I am and I do what I want to do. I say what I want to say and how I want to say it. I live and that’s it.”

Would you still do what you’re passionate about even if no one took notice?

5 Things I learned from Charles Smith

  1.       Always remain true to whoever you are
  2.       Don’t compromise your dream or vision
  3.       Your instincts will not steer you wrong
  4.       You have to do all you can, while you can
  5.       “You gotta fuck’em up”- Halston

To learn more about Charles Smith and Smith The 2nd visit: http://www.smiththesecond.com/

Article updated October 2017. Originally published March 2014.

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17 Places to Hear Live Music in Dallas

Don’t you love how live music draws you in so much to where you become totally unaware of your surroundings?

The energy, the people, the instruments, the band, the singers make live music so magnetic. It’s truly an experience.

Here’s a list of places here in Dallas to get your live music fix(in no particular order):

1. Chocolate Secrets

Check out event calendar here> http://www.mychocolatesecrets.com/calendar/

2. The Balcony Club

3.  Memphis Bar

Live music every night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., seven days per week

Check out event calendar here> http://www.memphis-dallas.com/Memphis/calendar.html

 

 

4. The Prophet Bar

Live music concerts weekly

Check out calendar here> http://www.thedoordallas.com/calendar/

5. Babb Bros BBQ and Blues

Check out calendar here> http://babbbrothers.com/live-blues-schedule/

6. Terilli’s

Live music nightly

Check out event calendar here> http://terillis.com/music-schedule/

7. Sambuca

Live music daily

Check out event calendar here> http://www.uptowndallas.sambucarestaurant.com/live-music

8. Poor David’s Pub

Check out event calendar here> http://www.poordavidspub.com/#upcoming shows

9. Opening Bell Coffee

Check out music calendar here> http://www.openingbellcoffee.com/calendar

10. Truck Yard

11. The Rustic

Check out calendar here> http://therusticrestaurant.com/musicevents/

12. Mercy Wine Bar

13.  Sandaga 813

Check out calendar here> http://www.sandaga813.com

14. Stoney’s Wine Lounge

Live Jazz on some weekends

15. The Standard Pour

Live music on Wednesday

16. Soho Food & Jazz

Live music nightly

Check out calendar here> http://www.sohofooddrinksandjazz.com/music-schedule.html

17. Double wide Bar

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Originally published March 2014. Updated October 2017.