The Face of Big Tex

Posted by    |    May 23rd, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Ever since that sad day in Texas history when Big Tex caught fire and burned down right before our eyes our spirits have been kept lifted by the fact that Big Tex will return. Throughout Big Tex’s reconstruction State Fair officials have been keeping us updated on his progress with short clips that show the computer design process of his various body parts. So far we’ve seen his hand, his head and now in the most recent installment we see his face.

It seems like they’re sticking pretty close Tex’s original face especially the creepy factor. But hey it wouldn’t be the Big Tex we know and love if he wasn’t just a little creepy looking, it’s all part of his charm and we love him for it.

Visionary Developer Jack Matthews Talks South Side and his New Project, The Rivers

Posted by    |    February 15th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Dallas-based developer Jack Matthews, CEO of Matthews Southwest, is redefining the Cedars neighborhood adjacent to Downtown Dallas. Jack sat down with YouPlus last week at the Enroute event, to discuss his role in South Side, his next big project for the area, and what he envisions for the future of South Dallas.

The Rivers (or possibly River City if Jack gets his way) is a 60 acre development along the Trinity River, just south of the Dallas Convention Center. Located amidst the Downtown, South Side, and so close to nature, The Rivers will be a unique mix of retail, restaurant and entertainment venues, and will place a heavy emphasis on residential living.


Santas gone Wild! Is Dallas ready for this?

Posted by    |    December 20th, 2012 at 3:45 pm


As a resident of Dallas what do you think of when you think of Santa? Besides the obvious magical superhero who sneaks down your chimney and delivers presents, it probably involves hoards of hyperactive children in North Park mall crowded around a guy in a Santa suit, impatiently waiting to sit on his knee and tell him their Christmas wishes. Or maybe you think of those creepy giant inflatable lawn Santas that seem to be so popular now. If either of these scenarios are what come to your mind when you think of Santa then I think it’s time Dallas changed  how it experiences Santa. I say we start with Santacon, which Dallas actually participated in for the first time this year. So what is Santacon?

Well Santacon is where a big group of people dressed up like Santa get together and go on a giant bar crawl through the city, and the whole group has to stick together as you go from bar to bar creating what you might call a joyful and surreal moment for on lookers. Why should Dallas adopt this tradition and partake in it annually? BECAUSE IT’S FUN! Just check out the footage from this years Santacon in New York.

Plus, as you can see from the video, you don’t have to just stick to a traditional Santa get up, you can let your Christmas imagination go wild!


Imagine, a giant gang of sugar plumb fairies, Santas, reindeer, sexy elves and walking christmas trees running around together in Uptown and Fair Park inspiring shock, awe and of course Christmas cheer. I’m going to assume that at this point you, like me, are convinced that Santacon is something that needs to be a part of Dallas’ Christmas every year, so how do we make that happen?

1. First thing we need to do is make Dallas Santacon grow because when it comes to Santacon bigger is better and more fun. A social media outlet needs to be set up to gather all the Santas together and help them coordinate where they’re going to meet and where they’re going to go. This will also help spread the news about what’s going on and encourage more and more people to participate.

2. Start points need to be set and instead going from bar to bar there should be certain zones in various neighborhoods established where all the Santas can congregate. For example, starting in Downtown, galloping along to  Victory, and finishing in Uptown. It would also help if the open container laws in the established zones could be relaxed just a little. I promise to walk and cab it!

3. Finally since this would be Santacon in Dallas we need to find a way to put our city’s stamp on it. What could we do to make this the Santacon everyone wants to be a part of? We could end it with a big concert, do a city wide scavenger hunt, have a contest for best real Santa beard, a cookies and milk food challenge , what Santa can bring the most “reindeer” or any number of crazy things.

It’s time Dallas got Santa out of the mall and into the streets for a holiday celebration that gives people an excuse to cut loose from the mundane holiday responsibilities and let’s everyone’s Christmas spirit go wild.

We apologize in advance for any children that see Santa going crazy in Dallas next year.


Sarah Jessica Does It Again

Posted by    |    September 14th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Can anyone be considered more fashion-forward than Miss Carrie Bradshaw herself? Sarah Jessica Parker made her debut this week as Creative Director for Halston Heritage, the company’s secondary collection that sparkles with updated Halston pieces at updated prices.  Though SJP tried her hand at an affordable line for Steve and Barry stores several years ago (which was promptly discontinued a year later,) she is once again taking the fashion bull by the horns.  What does this mean for us devotees in Dallas? Well, Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Nordstrom all carry the line, which is good news for Dallasites who swooned over two of the Heritage collection pieces worn in the Sex and the City sequel this year.

Fashion’s Night Out-A Recap

Posted by    |    September 13th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

In case you were living under a rock and missed it, Fashion’s Night Out took place last Friday all over the country.  Dallas has really jumped on board the past two years, and this year was bigger and better.

Here are some of the highlights:

1. Neiman Marcus had sketch artist Benjamin Vincent doing complimentary 3 minute “Vogue” style drawings of patrons,

2. Billy Reid had a live band playing in-store while offering Heineken and Bourbon libations,

3. Barney’s hosted the Fashionistas and their following of beautiful people,

4. The Christian Louboutin boutique was so crowded that the doorman was turning patrons away (much to their red-soled dismay,)

5. Harry Winston boasted a 40-carat diamond that would get any wayward husband out of the doghouse,

6. Carolina Herrera featured an ultra hip digital photobooth and bites from Lisa Garza,

7. and Jimmy Choo gave out cute totes to carry your hot new fall shoes.

Next year is sure to be just as exciting, with even more participating retailers….not that we really need another excuse to get out and shop, right?

Smocked in the Face

Posted by    |    September 10th, 2010 at 11:39 am

As a non-mom, I don’t know much about fashion for babies except the super stylish stuff is expensive.  Not anymore, says Smocked Auctions Facebook Page.  Their mantra? “Small clothes for tiny prices.” Awwww. If you want to have the best dressed baby in town, check out their page to bid on dresses, rompers, jon jons and other fun accessories.  Auctions take place every evening at 8:00 (at fixed prices,), and by the growing number of Facebook fans, I’d say you’d better hit the Like button before the festive holiday wear for babies is goo-goo-gone.

I Spy Thigh High

Posted by    |    September 9th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I have found my fall fashion obsession: a pair of thigh high Christian Louboutin black boots.  They are buttery soft, high heeled deliciousness.  These babies are a far cry from the Cole Haan penny loafers I begged my Mom for during junior high back to school shopping.  Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth both have them (for a whopping $2395,) and I’m planning on checking out the new CL boutique in Highland Park Village during Fashion’s Night Out tomorrow evening to see the whole fall collection. My only question: are these leather lovelies more fantasy than reality? More Kat Von D than Sandra Dee?  (Read: Will I look like I work a street corner with these on, or can they look classy?) Mom, I think I already know what your answer will be.

Hey, Big Tex!

Posted by    |    September 9th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I can’t believe it’s almost time for fried on fried, on fried, goodness at the 2010 State Fair of Texas!

 We only have 14 days, 21 hours and 49 minutes separating us from the always original, and always suprisingly tasty,  Big Tex Choice Award creations. This year’s top pick? Texas Fried Frito Pie.

 If  you’re as ready as I am to get my ticket to the Fair on opening day, join Downtown Dallas Inc., and other anxious folks who have been saving up their calories, September 24th for Taste of the Fair. This opening day parade march begins at noon in Pegasus Plaza (Main at Akard). There will be food (of course), and also live music from Jackie Don Loe. 

Any chance we might be burning our Deep Fried S’mores Pop•Tarts on way to the Fair? Who cares anyway?! It’s State Fair time!  I’m grabbing my Best Fried Food Friend, and heading Downtown.

When a Flea is a Good Thing

Posted by    |    September 8th, 2010 at 10:38 am

Wondering what to do this Saturday when the rain has stopped and the sun is out? How about spending the day at the Dallas Flea? Now, I’m going to be honest. I’ve never actually been.  I’m behind the times…I just discovered Etsy this year.  But I’ve been told by many a savvy shopper who loves Texas artisans that the Flea is THE place to find unique, cool, and reasonably priced clothing, jewelry, knick knacks, and gourmet goodies.  It’s this Saturday from 9-4 at South Side on Lamar and only five bucks to get in.  See you there!

Sporty Style

Posted by    |    September 7th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

After a fun Labor Day weekend in Flushing Meadows at the US Open, I came home with a new perspective on dressing stylishly for sporting events.  Football season is upon us and hockey season starts soon after, but as we brave the crowds and cheer on our favorite teams we can still have signature style. Anna Wintour wouldn’t expect anything less.

One thing I noticed in New York is that it doesn’t matter if it’s hot, muggy, or just plain uncomfortable to be wearing something stylish-style MATTERS.  When it comes to tennis and golf, it’s better to err on the side of conservative chic and stick to brands that fit the bill-Polo, Lacoste, and Sperry Topsiders for your manicured toes. (Incidentally, there is a new Sperry store at Northpark.) When it comes to football, baseball, and hockey, you may be a bit more creative with your style.  The TCU Bookstore offers a variety of jewel encrusted dresses and halter tops for women sporting the Horned Frog logo, and the Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop also sells cutting edge fashion pieces that promote your team (including faux Uggs with the famous star on them!) If you prefer not to rock the actual team name or logo, try to incorporate at least one of the team colors in your outfit, and don’t be afraid to destroy your blow-out with a baseball cap.  The AAC might not be the catwalk, but it can definitely be another platform to show team loyalty and personal savoir-faire.