Valentines Date Night Look featuring Slimsation

Bringing in Valentines Day 2019 in the perfect pair of jeans. These denim ankle pants by Slimsation are figuring flattering and perfect for a casually chic Valentines look. Slimsation offers slimming styles with a flexible tummy control panel giving you a smooth, slim, flattering figure.


Pants: Denim ankle pant by Slimsation

Top: The Lela Blouse by L’Academie

Heels: Suede round toe pumps by Alaia


The American Heart Association Kicks off 2019 Cotes du Coeur season January 24th!

Côtes du Coeur International Fine Wine Auction and Celebrity Chef Dinner

Côtes du Coeur is an annual, prestigious, black-tie event which raises funds for the Association.

The Event

This culminating black-tie gala event is the largest of its kind, making it the number one fundraising gala in the nation for the American Heart Association.

One of the largest fine wine auctions in the southwest, Côtes du Coeur features more than 30 of the most renowned wineries in the country. The celebrity chef dinner will feature 16 of Dallas’ most acclaimed chefs putting their culinary skills on display. Over the course of its 27-year history, this premiere fundraising event has attracted more than 24,000 attendees and has raised more than $38 million.

Leading up to the event there are several ways to get involved and volunteer with the association. See “Get Involved” below.

The Important Details

When: Saturday, May 4, 2019

5:30 PM – 1 AM

Where: Omni Dallas Hotel

Learn More

About the Organization

For nearly 100 years, the American Heart Association has been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives.

Their mission: To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

Get Involved

Here are the details for their upcoming events in Spring 2019 along with volunteer opportunities and links to sign-up.

Big Bottle

Kick-off event to the 2019 Cotes du Coeur season! At this event, guests bring a large format wine bottle that will be included in the 2019 Cotes du Coeur Auction. Volunteers with assist with greeting guests and receiving, labeling and displaying these bottles throughout the event. A friendly competition will take place as the bottles are judged by a panel of wine experts.

  • Date: Thursday, January 24th, 2019
  • Time: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Location: Altabef’s Residence | 10235 Strait Lane, Dallas, TX 75229
  • Volunteers needed: 32
  • Signup link:

Dallas GRFW

Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s movement to celebrate the energy, passion, and power of women to stand together to wipe out heart disease. This empowering event focuses on preventing heart disease and stroke by promoting healthy lifestyles and raising awareness through the support of the community to fund education and research of heart-related science in women. Volunteer opportunities include: event setup, registration, auction facilitation and check out, Open Your Heart facilitation, guest guidance, event strike.

  • Date: Thursday, February 21st and Friday, February 22nd, 2019
  • Time: 5:00pm Thursday and 8:00am Friday
  • Location: Omni Dallas Hotel
  • Volunteers needed: 104
  • Signup link:

Chef Announcement

Behold the talent and soul of Cotes du Coeur! At this event, the 2019 Celebrity Chefs unveil the Gala menu and featured wine pairings. Volunteers will assist with setup, registration, greeting guests and pouring wine throughout the event.

  • Date: Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
  • Time: 5:00-7:00pm
  • Location: Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom | 3707 Lemmon Avenue Dallas, TX 75219
  • Volunteers needed: 14
  • Signup link: Coming SOON!

Catalog Preview

Going Once! Going Twice! SOLD! This party focuses on previewing the auction catalog and packages. The Wine Chair leads top- level sponsors and donors through the highlights and “auction lots to watch.” Volunteers will assist with setup, registration, greeting guests and pouring wine throughout the event.

  • Date: Thursday, April 4th, 2019
  • Time: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Location: The Carlisle Room | 1990 Jackson Street Dallas, TX 75201
  • Volunteers needed: 25
  • Signup link for Catalog Preview Party: Coming SOON!

Grand Tasting

This is an intimate gathering with vintners and sponsors. Featured wineries will pour select wine samples and speak one-on-one with guests.

  • Date: Friday, May 3rd, 2019   
  • Time: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Location: Omni Dallas Hotel
  • Volunteers needed: Coming SOON!
  • Signup link for Grand Tasting: Coming SOON!

Cotes du Coeur

Côtes du Coeur International Fine Wine Auction and Celebrity Chef Dinner Côtes du Coeur is an annual, prestigious, black-tie event which raises funds for the Association. Volunteers will assist with setup, registration, greeting guests, pouring wine, the silent auction, ballroom activities and more.

  • Date: Saturday, May 4th, 2019
  • Time: All day – shifts available throughout the day and evening
  • Location: Dallas Omni
  • Volunteers needed: Coming SOON!
  • Signup link for Côtes du Coeur: Coming SOON!


For more information, please contact Ann-Marie Mansfield at or 214-441-4286

Keep in Touch

Connect with the American Heart Association on Facebook and Twitter.

And of course, keep in touch with me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Coffee & Politics Interviews a Steady Hand Founder, Donald Ray Parish Jr.

The Event

Donald Ray Parish Jr has been a big fixture in the community, especially when it comes to mentoring young men and boys. He will discuss the efforts and journey with his organization A Steady Hand and the great work done in an interview style format with Coffee & Politics.

The Important Details

When: Saturday, January 19, 2019, at 10 AM – 11 AM

Where: African American Museum of Art

Learn More

About the Organization

A Steady Hand is a community-led nonprofit that provides mentorship, educational exposure, and leadership development.

Their Mission: Equipping Young People with the Tools to Protect their Future

Get Involved

  1. A Steady Hand is currently recruiting male volunteers for the 2019 mentorship program – please send them an email today at if you’re interested in learning more.
  2. Financial gifts are appreciated, as it is always needed and useful. Donate here.
  3. They gladly accept in-kind donations (office space, work laptops, gift cards) or even pro bono services (event planning, videography, graphic design).
  4. Subscribe to their newsletter and follow them on Facebook to learn about other ways to engage.

For more information, please contact Donald Parish at

Keep in Touch

Connect with A Steady Hand on Facebook, Twitter,  Instagram and at

And of course, keep in touch with me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Join the Texas Women’s Foundation at New Breakfast Club

Start your morning informed and inspired. You are invited to bring a friend and join the Texas Women’s Foundation at one of their Quarterly Breakfast Club events. This complimentary event series is an opportunity to engage with like-minded women and learn about the unique issues facing women, girls, and their families.

The Event

Join the Texas Women’s Foundation for a new complimentary content series where you’ll get the opportunity to learn about the unique issues facing women and girls here in North Texas and Dallas Women’s Foundation’s response through advocacy, research, and grantmaking.

The first installment of this series is January 15th. You’ll have a choice to attend a breakfast at the Federal Reserve Bank of Texas or a lunch at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco.

January’s topic will cover Clipped Wings: A Look at Millennial Women and Wealth. This research examines the challenges millennial women are facing building wealth due to economic policies and systems. This in-depth presentation will show the key indicators that are preventing the future generation of women from building and growing wealth, and what we can do as a community to help change this trajectory.

Anne E. Price, an experienced researcher, advocate, and trainer, who is also the first woman President of the Insight for Community Economic Development will be presenting on the topic.

The Important Details

When: Tuesday, January 15

8:00 – 10:00 AM Breakfast Presentation

11:30 – 1:00 PM Lunch Presentation

Where: Breakfast Presentation | Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

2200 N. Pearl Street | Dallas, TX 75201

Lunch Presentation | Toyota Stadium

9200 World Cup Way | Frisco, TX 75033


About the Organization

Texas Women’s Foundation (formerly Dallas Women’s Foundation) is a catalyst for positive change across the state, with a focused mission and vision to empower strong women to build a better world.

Texas Women’s Foundation is a community-supported organization that invests in the power of women and girls to drive positive change. Through research, advocacy, programs, and grantmaking, we advance economic and leadership opportunities for women, girls and families to build stronger, more equitable communities for all.

Get Involved

Outside of this new content series, you can get involved with the Texas Women’s Foundation through their XIX SOCIETY.

The XIX Society honors the Texas Women’s Foundation founders, 19 trailblazing women of various cultures and backgrounds, through an annual giving society made up of a dynamic group of individuals who invest their passion, gifts, and leadership to help women and girls, and their families, and foster a better community. Your annual membership gift helps support Texas Women’s Foundation research, advocacy and grantmaking to ignite positive change in economic security and leadership opportunities for women and their families.


  •      Participation in the selection of the XIX Society Grant Recipients.
  •      Networking with other like-minded individuals dedicated to advancing women and girls to foster better communities.
  •      Opportunities to explore and discuss issues impacting women, girls, and their families.
  •      XIX Society Bus Tour – an opportunity to visit nonprofits making a difference and learn more about the community impact of our collective investment in women, girls and families.
  •       Invitations to Women Give| Empowering Women’s Philanthropy education workshops and retreats, and other events.

For more information, please contact Jessica Weidman at or 214.525.5315.

Keep in Touch

Connect with the Texas Women’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

And of course, keep in touch with me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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.


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.

GirlCrew Women in Tech event Austin
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.

GirlCrew Houston
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.

GirlCrew Entrepreneurs event
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:| | Twitter & Instagram: @GirlCrewHQ | Pinterest: GirlCrewHQ



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.
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.


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 readers support. 

Right now you can place a pre-order for our new pieces at — pre-order ends April 26th. Otherwise, they’ll be available on our website, 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 ( / 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 — / IG: @kwameprice 


Karren Whitney

So Dallas


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.