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18 Sep

Welcome to The Re-Relaunch of SoFortWorthIt

Hiiii!!!! Welcome back to SoFortWorthIt, AGAIN! Holy crap, have I missed the ever-loving daylights out of ya’ll!

Soooo, I was dealt some unexpected Joker cards over the past twelve months. But, you know what they say, when life gives you lemons…by golly, get a bottle of Vodka and make one helluva drink. It’s all about coming out with the winning hand!

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In order to give the quality and user experience you deserve, I made the decision to scrap my first site three weeks after its inaugural launch in September 2016. I immediately hired former IT director of Project Veritas, Jim DiMeo. This website was built by someone who ran the back end of the company who brought many evil doers to justice, and Jim took the time to focus and understand the mission behind my website. I will never hire another web developer besides Jim, ever again. Lesson learned, unfortunately the hard way.

Nicole Ellis, the super talented Visual Brand Designer and owner of Sweet Southern Pixels, is the mastermind behind the new SoFortWorthIt’s logo/branding design, print collateral and social media templates. She specializes in helping female entrepreneurs create all things fabulous. I’ve truly been blown away by all of her talent. I consider her one of the best in the industry.

Last, but not least of all the companies I worked with, big props and three cheers to Balcom Agency! It was absolutely incredible working with them. Their professionalism exceeded everything I have ever experienced in their field before. Bar none, Balcom Agency is THE best of its kind in all of Fort Worth and the greater cities.

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This website re-relaunch was made possible with the incredible support and encouragement of people around me.  I relied on several dear friends to make SoFortWorthIt what it is today. Special shout outs to the following peeps:

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Sarah Arnold

My childhood best friend, interior designer, granny panty super model and mother of my Godson. Also, Sarah doesn’t eat green vegetables and lettuce still makes her gag.

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Jenny Pace Dupree

Delta Gamma Big Sis at SMU, acrylic painting mastermind and mini Martha Stewart extraordinaire. Jenny’s also been known to do a perfect ballet performance to an original 1977 Star Wars record playing.

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Sheridan French

Sister in Christ, spot on singer of Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball and former fashion blogger of The Southern Eclectic. This girl will make you laugh so hard, tears will roll down your legs!

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Erma Lee

My babysitter of 25 years (do the math, yes we both need counseling) who edits my work in exchange for great meals and witty conversation with me. My boys agree she’s still the best babysitter, with her lenient parenting style. No wonder I had so much fun with her when growing up. Funny how history repeats itself.

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Lizzie Cox Welborn

My next door neighbor and childhood BFF, who wreaked havoc with me on our bikes while terrorizing Ridglea neighborhoods. Many advised me, but she was the one who spent hours helping to finalize details Nicole sent for approval. Lizzie specializes in custom, hand-rendered and painted paper designs, commissioned children’s portraits, special occasion décor and tablescapes on top of taking on very select groups of full-scale interior design projects.

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Victoria Wise

Creative genius of the Facebook group and blog, Tanglewood Moms, and founder of Made Worthy magazine. The biggest cheerleader of SoFortWorthIt was Victoria, who encouraged me to believe I could be successful independent from Fort Worth Magazine. She also allowed me to use her blogsite to sponsor my wildly popular ‘Ultimate & Best in DFW’ holiday articles while we were building the second website.

Janie Harper

A big shout out to my neighbor who makes everyone ROTFL. Not only does Janie keep the neighborhood in line, she also kept me focused on the big picture. She helped me turn a negative situation into a positive one with her pep talks and encouraging words! Let me tell you, cocktails with this woman are soo much fun!

Tammie Rhinehart

And finally, a special thank you to my incredible assistant. For the past four years, Tammie has held my hand through it all, particularly during the last 12 months. She scraped me up off the floor when crap hit the fan hard enough to knock me to my knees. She has been my extra set of hands, especially helping us with my precious mother-in-law who is suffering from dementia. Tammie is also the primary contact for all things pertaining to SoFortWorthIt. Seriously, I couldn’t live without this woman!

One of the new features of SoFortWorthIt is?  Drum roll, please.

Fort Worth’s newest and most fabulous Social and Events Calendar EVER!!! From galas, non-profits, and grand openings to social events including celebrity bartending and celebrations open to the public, everyone will know what’s so worth it to attend! For information and requirements to list an event on SoFortWorthIt, email [email protected].

Social Calendar

VIDEOS!  They are coming soon and they will be awesome! Think big screen moments captured right here in our amazing hometown! This fun promo video was created by A Maggie Film.

In short, this website kicks ass, and I hope you enjoy the efforts of me and my first class team who helped to make SoFortWorthIt massively improved and easier to navigate.

Now, let’s get on with the show. Please enjoy my very 1st blog post I wrote back in September of 2016, before I shut the first site down. Click on the image below.

17 Sep

Welcome To SoFortWorthIt

Welcome to SoFortWorthIt

Welcome to SoFortWorthIt! SoFortWorthIt is a Fort Worth based lifestyle blog by Christy Dunaway Smith, featuring the latest in beauty, entertaining, fashion, jet-setting, the local social scene and more.

SoFortWorthIt was originally created in 2012 when our dear friend Hal, owner of Fort Worth Magazine, asked if I would become their social blogger. As a Fort Worth native, I was thrilled because I am so passionate about our city! One evening while my mother and I were enjoying cocktails and brainstorming blog ideas, the name SoFortWorthIt was born.

For more than four years, I was fortunate to share my expertise and experiences with Fort Worth Magazine readers. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to explore many fun topics with the support of the magazine. I developed a new confidence, and now I’m branching out on my own to showcase more content more often! I will still cover entertaining, home and interior design, social events and dining, travel, holidays, health and beauty…and maybe some personal drama too.

What better way to get started than to reacquaint ourselves?

I was born and raised in Fort Worth. Growing up, I attended Country Day, All Saints and Arlington Heights. During my 8th grade year, I went to school in Dallas, lived in Big D with my grandparents for a few summers in high school, and attended Southern Methodist University for college. While at SMU, I started dating my sweet husband Jason, who I met at a stop light. For a long time I was a dual city girl, attending events and making my society debuts in both Dallas and Fort Worth, but after graduation, I decided to plant my roots in The Fort.

Steeple Chase Ball with my parents in 1996.
Visiting with friends at a debutant ball in Dallas in 1997.
Dancing with my grandfather, Francis Winn.

Jason and I have two boys. Our first born rule follower is twelve, and my mini-me party animal just turned nine. We have a cat named Spooky Boots, and a Lab we call Boo (both pets were adopted in October). We also have a rotating door of critters ranging from parakeets, turtles, snakes, hedgehogs, and whatever other heartbeats my kids collect along the way. Oh, and let’s not forget about the amphibian in our kitchen that my kids won at the rodeo, aka Kitchen Fish. We affectionately refer to our house as The Smith Family Zoo!

Family and faith are important to me. Without getting too wordy, I’d like to emphasize that I am a non-stereotypical Christian – an open-minded, social drinking, occasional F-bomb dropping (but never around my children) kind of Christian. We attend a bible church regularly, I cherish my mom’s group bible study, and I love being a youth leader at VBS in the summer when there isn’t a travel conflict on the calendar. I try my best to put God first, husband second, and kids third – except when it’s not possible to go in that exact order, which is frequently. I mean, who are we really kidding, let’s be honest here.

Besides faith and family, my true love is entertaining. I enjoy doing this because it forms relationships and brings everyone together to celebrate even life’s smallest joys. I owe my love for this “sport” to my parents and grandparents, who hosted magical parties for all occasions with amazing food, breathtaking decorations, and ever-present entertainment.

I believe my passion for entertaining is best seen in the exquisite details of each event, from wildly wonderful tablescapes to unexpected surprises.

Although I love going for the wow factor, I appreciate a simple approach when it comes to entertaining, too.

Design is also top on my passion list! Whether it’s a room in your home or a perfectly decorated table, stellar design sets the tone for everything! Not only will I showcase fabulous interior spaces and beautiful tablescapes from my own home, but we will go behind the scenes for different occasions to explore other people’s homes and the way they entertain and decorate.

Here’s a little taste of what else you’ll experience on SoFortWorthIt:

Beauty: Maintaining the Fountain of Youth, anti-aging secrets, beauty education, current trends, product launches, personal services and more.

Design: Decorating tips, styling tricks, trade secrets, home and garden tours, and antique shopping.

Entertaining: Simple to grand-scale tablescapes, floral design, holiday inspiration and dining, parties and even hostess tips and etiquette.

Jet-Setting: From local staycations to global adventures, city tours and excursions, experience the exciting journey through my eyes.

SFWI-Scene: Everything fun and fab in The Fort, grand openings, restaurant events, and all the places to see and be seen.

Style: Casual to couture apparel, costume to precious jewels, in-store events and fashion shows in and around DFW.

Wellness: Healthy recipes, organic foods, the power of essential oils, holistic lifestyle, and sharing what I’ve learned along the way from my own health journey.

The Calendar: Your go-to spot for social and charity events and so much more.

Subscribe via email to stay up to date with SoFortWorthIt. GIVEAWAYS are the best part of SoFortWorthIt! Almost every post will have a prize for a lucky local. From helicopter rides, rodeo boxes, concerts, restaurants and even tickets to sold out galas, I’ve got you covered! In fact, SoFortWorthIt has given away over $50,000 worth of prizes since 2012!

I know you’ll enjoy reading SoFortWorthIt. I’m excited to continue sharing everything I love with you and hope to inspire you along the way. As always, I LOOOOVE hearing from you and reading your comments. SoFortWorthIt wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for all of your LIKING and SHARING of my posts! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It means the world to me. xoxo