Art From the Heart: From Creative Celebs to YOU

Posted by    |    April 18th, 2012 at 10:46 am

Remember the fun of creating papier-mâché projects or painting Mom a Mother’s Day masterpiece in art class?  Art is uniquely special because the finished product gives you a lasting memory of the inspiration behind it or the special person who created it.  In the spirit of art warming hearts, Dallas Challenge is proud to announce the 3rd Annual ART FROM THE HEART Celebrity Art Auction & Benefit. This fabulous Dallas event features the artwork of prominent local and national celebrities and personalities in an exciting and competitive auction, hot dishes from Dallas chef Marc DePetris, cool beverages and a hopping dance floor – all in the super chic digs of Marc Events in the trendy Dallas design district, April 27, from 7 to 11 pm. (more…)

American Pie: Fashion Then and Now

Posted by    |    April 12th, 2012 at 7:00 am

American Pie: Reunion is being so heavily promoted that you probably have already heard a dozen interviews with the “stars” of the film.  Though it’s been a little over ten years and most of the cast hasn’t gone on to do too many noteworthy projects, it’s a safe bet that this film will continue to rake in numbers on shock value alone.  (Word on the street is you see more of Jason Biggs than you probably ever wanted to. Ever.) All that being said, what I find most interesting about the resurgence of this cast is how style has changed in ten years.  Check out photos of the group from the original premiere of American Pie in 1999  and what they look like today:


Sandra Bullock Style: Silly is the New Sexy

Posted by    |    December 9th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Isn’t Sandy divine?

Not that you need proof, but watch the video below and have yourself a merry little Friday.

DIY Last Minute Halloween Make-Up

Posted by    |    October 31st, 2011 at 7:00 am

I have to admit, I am totally last minute when it comes to Halloween.  In case you are a slacker like me, I found quick and simple Halloween make-up tutorials courtesy of Sephora that I wanted to share.  These are easy to follow and will add some “drama for yo mamma” on the scariest night of the year! I love the Skull look…very creepy. (Check out even more looks, including the ultra-cool  and somewhat sexy Zombie tutorial here.) Happy Haunting….

• Apply a liquid foundation 2-3 shades lighter than your natural skin tone with a foundation brush.

• Using short sketch like strokes, trace around the entire eye with non-waterproof black eyeliner dragging it out to create a dramatic wing in the outer corner of the eye.
• Sweep silver eye shadow onto the tear duct and inner portion of the eye.

Lips & Cheeks:
• Apply a bright, bold red lipstick starting at the center of the lips and working outward to fill them in. Dot lipstick on cheekbones. (more…)

Documentary ‘DRESSED’ Descends on Big D This Week

Posted by    |    October 25th, 2011 at 7:00 am

DRESSED, the inspiring documentary about self-taught clothing designer Nary Manivong, who defied the odds of a broken childhood and homelessness to ultimately show his collection at New York’s famed Fashion Week, regionally premieres in Dallas at the historic Texas Theatre on Friday, October 28, at 8:00 p.m.

WHO:   El Centro College, Fashion Marketing and Fashion Design programs
WHAT:   Southwest film debut of the documentary movie, DRESSED
WHY:   Screening featuring personal appearances by Manivong, Alexandria Hilfiger & David Swajeski
WHEN:   Friday, October 28, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. CDT
WHERE:   The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, TX 75208, (214) 948-1546
COST:   $20.00 minimum suggested donation

Filmed on location in New York City, as well as Manivong’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio, DRESSED beautifully illustrates the strength and resilience of the human spirit as Manivong navigates through one of the toughest businesses in the world – the fashion industry.

“I remember being inspired by the beauty of clothes, and what it would be like to create garments for the type of woman I want to dress,” said Manivong, who eventually partnered with Alexandria Hilfiger to begin their own design label, NAHM, which is an anagram of the two designers’ initials and also means “water” in Laotian.  Manivong and Hilfiger debuted their first collection together this past February during the Fall 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.  Both Manivong and Hilfiger will be attending the Dallas screening event, along with the film’s director David Swajeski and executive producer Maryanne Grisz.

A limited number of seats for this special premiere screening will be available to the public through the Texas Theatre and El Centro College.  First opened in 1931 and recently restored to some of its original lavish grandeur, the Texas Theatre was briefly owned by renowned aviator and film producer Howard Hughes and later became infamously known as the site where Lee Harvey Oswald was apprehended shortly after he assassinated President John F. Kennedy in 1963.


Lover Mixes Dance and Fashion

Posted by    |    August 15th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Australian clothier, Lover, reminds me of a mix between The Row and Anthropologie. You’ve probably never heard of the label-right now they only ship within their country.  Seeing the obvious correlation between art and fashion, the clothes they create are poised for the constant day to day movements we make and the need for them to be striking statements. What would be the best way to demonstrate these elements for fashionistas? With a clever video starring Amber Scott, Senior Artist with The Australian Ballet as their model, of course.  You can enjoy the beauty of their collection and relive your dreams of being a ballerina through their collection launch video, A Dance For One.

What Are They Really Like? Celebrity Tell-All From the Red Carpet

Posted by    |    April 7th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

One of the cool things about covering the red carpet for any event is getting up close and person with the folks we normally see on our television screens or in the movie theatre. (Or these days, on Hulu.)  Over the years I’ve been very impressed with some in their interviews, like Paris Hilton, for example.  She was poised, articulate, and stunning in person-not quite what I had expected.  Some were less than impressive, like Lorenzo Lamas.  (He brought two dates and neither of them seemed to know the alphabet.)  So what is the consensus from the Dallas International Film Festival red carpet interactions?  Here is my personal run-down….

Opening Night I was pleased to chat with the filmmakers of Being Elmo, who were not only some of the nicest people at the festival, but didn’t give the feeling they were only there to self-promote.  Connie Marks and James Miller acted as if they were here to also make friends, which makes them cool as a fan in my book.

Outlaw country legend Jerry Jeff Walker was friendly and warm, and seems to still have an affinity for lovely ladies.  His wife is a knockout!  There may be snow on the roof, but there’s clearly fire in the furnace.  He is a man who has seen it all and done it all, and isn’t afraid of anybody.