Category: Living Well

Dual Dallas Adventures


Winter officially runs Dec. 21 through March 20. It remains to be seen if we will get winter weather but we Texans generally bundle up when it gets below 70 degrees. So, inclement weather or no, I’d like to share a couple ideas for venturing around Dallas where you only have to park once and don’t have to walk in the elements for more than a block.

Let’s start with dinner and a movie. One of Dallas’s best movie theaters is the Texas Theatre. If you haven’t been, it’s a Dallas must. This cool Oak Cliff theater is where Lee Harvey Oswald was captured. It has been restored with a neat little lobby bar and excellent projection and sound systems.

Screening current releases and revivals on both digital and actual film prints, the place is run by a group of film-fanatic friends. There are often theme nights with live music, DJs, or even craft activities to match whatever film is screening.

Indulge in December, Detox in January


When the holidays are over, it’s time to refocus, renew, and rejuvenate...and detox.

Detoxing isn’t only for our bodies, full from the gluttonous yumminess we didn’t say no to (I mean the holidays are meant for indulging and enjoying, am I right?).

The post-holiday season is also a great time for some beauty detox. While we are laser-focused on ridding our bodies of the libations and treats, we should also concentrate on our largest organ — our skin, which is affected by everything we eat. Here are a few products that can help you retain that healthy glow and start the new year fresh-faced.

Get Going at the Ballet Burn

Margot Martin opened Ballet Burn on Sept. 10. (Photo by Kelsey Kruzich)

The Park Cities’ new fitness studio, The Ballet Burn, is not like your average barre workout.

Here, groups of women with limited dance backgrounds learn to dance and pose in eclectic styles, barre-free, in socks or bare feet to the tunes of the Notorious B.I.G., Outkast, or the Pointer Sisters.

Classes are taught by instructors with professional and collegiate ballet backgrounds, many of whom still dance. Clients build strength and coordination over time through a unique combination of ballet, yoga, and physical therapy. The studio also offers lessons in ballet technique and restorative yoga classes, as well as private lessons.

The mastermind behind the concept is Margot Martin, an Ursuline Academy alum and retired professional ballerina who turned to yoga after a career-changing injury.

Center for BrainHealth Honors Rep. Dan Branch

The Branch Family: Terrell, Spencer, Stacey, and Dan Branch (seated), and Daniel Jr., Heather, Catherine, Sarah, and Charles Branch (standing). (Photos by Kristina Bowman and Melissa Macatee)

The Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas presented Rep. Dan Branch with its highest honor at the Legacy Award Dinner, held at the Dallas Country Club Nov. 14.

Robin and Eric Bennett chaired the event, with Patty and James Huffines as honorary chairs.

The Legacy Award is given to individuals whose vision and dedication enables the center and its Brain Performance Institute to empower people of all ages to unlock their brain potential.

Dog Days of the Holiday

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With the holiday season in full swing, it’s important to keep family pets safe and out of the vet’s office.

Jeanna Montgomery, a veterinarian at Preston Center Animal Clinic, weighed in on the dos and don’ts of the holiday season when it comes to keeping pets safe.

Montgomery’s biggest concern is feeding dogs table food, especially fats or bones from meat. This is the most common reason a dog comes to her clinic.

“The number one thing that usually happens is people want to give them a treat so they give them a fatty food when they normally don’t have fatty foods,” Montgomery said.

Pro-Active Partying

Preston Center Drs. Lyssy and Pinckney share holiday health tips. (Photo by Tanner Garza)

You have polished off the last of the Halloween candy and the Thanksgiving pie, and now you find yourself contemplating the rest of the holiday season to come. Do you throw in the towel until the New Year or rely on your wavering willpower? According to Doctors James Pinckney and Anthony Lyssy of Diamond Luxury Healthcare in Preston Center, there are ways to ensure your holiday season is a healthy one.

The holidays can be a whirlwind of activity, from traveling to partying to shopping to entertaining guests. It can be a time of celebration, but also a time of stress. The number one health problem doctors see is “Holiday Heart,” an increase in heart attacks and acute cardiovascular disease.

Stress management can help.

St. Jude Awards Evening Under the Stars Founding Family


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's signature fundraiser, the annual Evening Under the Stars party and golf tournament, will take place this weekend. Earlier this month, the three children of the founder of the party and golf tournament were presented with the inaugural Terre Thomas Award in Memphis, TN, in recognition of their family's legacy of help.

Lydia Novakov, Joe Haggar III, and Marian Bryan attribute their award to the work of their parents and grandparents. Their father Joe Haggar Jr. was a founding ALSAC board member (St. Jude's fundraising organization) and fundraised locally in Dallas for St. Jude since the hospital's inception. 

Party on Treasure Street


Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children will host its 21st annual Treasure Street event at Old Parkland from 6:30-10:30 p.m. on Oct. 13, where you can enjoy live music outdoors, a silent auction, raffles, and food provided by Parigi.

TSRHC is a leading pediatric center where children can receive treatment regardless of the family's ability to pay. Funds raised at Treasure Street, the hospital's signature event, benefit all patients treated at TSRHC, making it possible for the hospital to continue providing healthcare for Texas children in need.

Tickets are available for purchase here.

All About the Youthful Glow


You may have had to switch up your exfoliating routine this year, since microbeads have been banned. I have three products that I love and use regularly that use more sophisticated methods to get that desired youthful glow. Exfoliating is vital to making all your products soak into the skin better. When you exfoliate, rather than just layering products on dead skin, you’re applying on new fresh skin, which helps even tone.

Laura Mercier’s Face Polish is an exfoliator you can use almost daily. I usually use it in the morning in the shower, which makes my skin look a bit brighter for the day and my makeup go on better. I love the way it smells, the skin-softening emollients, and the purifying microbes that give it a very fine granular texture.