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10 Jun

SoFortWorthIt Attends 12 Mighty Orphans Premiere

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Fort Worth loves a good football movie, but 12 Mighty Orphans, which premieres TODAY, is going to blow everyone away in Cowtown and across the nation. Based on a true story, this inspiring film follows a gaggle of scrappy, football-playing orphans from our very own Masonic Home, (filmed at Texas Pythian Home in Weatherford), whose rag-tag team makes it to the state championship during the Great Depression. The story is obviously amazing, but I am confident that it’s the best movie ever made in the history of movies because it was produced by my dear friend Angelique.

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Angelique De Luca is creative, kind, inspiring and a stylish spitfire. Plus, she’s an amazing mom to the coolest kids. Pre-Covid, Angelique told me about a book written by James Dent, Twelve Mighty Orphans: The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football, and how she eagerly waited in hopes of being a part of turning his NYT Best Seller it into a big-screen movie. I never doubted she’d do it — and do it big. She had a cameo roll and was Michael De Luca’s co-producing partner. 

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Her generosity shined bright when she offered our family the opportunity to invest in her new movie. Fall of 2018, my husband and I, along with my parents Carol and Jim Dunaway, scheduled a round-table meeting with several movie industry creatives, including Director/Co-Writer Ty Roberts, Producer Houston Hill, and recognized Fort Worth businessman George Young Jr. And even though we ended up deciding to not invest in the movie, it was a great experience learning the ends and outs of how a movie comes to life from start to finish.

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12 mighty orphans

Fast forward almost 2 years, and the movie is finally HERE! Last Monday night, June 7th, Angelique invited some of her nearest and dearest to celebrate the 12 Mighty Orphan’s worldwide movie premiere right here in Fort Worth. It was shown at the newly remodeled Isis Theater in the Stockyards, and Hotel Drover hosted the rockin’ afterparty.

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Now, if you’re a loyal reader of my blog, you already know that I am no newbie when it comes to walking the Hollywood red carpet. Thanks to the Hollywood successes of Mike De Luca, Jason and I attended the Academy Awards in 2018, and I attended the global premiere of Fifty Shades Darker in LA in 2017 with girlfriends, both of which he produced.

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From soft porn to school football, if it’s a premiere, I am here for it. So, before I share all of the fun in the premiere and afterparty photos below, PLEASE support this film. When Texas-made movies succeed at the box office, it brings more movies — and more revenue — to town.

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Did I mention you should see this movie? See this movie! It opens today — June 11 — at all major theaters including AMC Clearfork and Movie Tavern West 7th. I promise, you’ll love it (I cried several times and laughed many, many times).

***All professional photography by Laura Wilson courtesy of Fort Worth Film Commission***

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In October of 2019, Jason and I hosted a Steeplechase pre-party in our home, and Angelique thought it would be a fun party favor for actors Luke Wilson and King Orba to crash it. Needless to say, they were a HUGE hit for our guests and graciously took pictures with many of our friends. But that night, I told Luke, especially since he was not in a tux, it would be inappropriate for them to crash the actual debutante presentation at River Crest Country Club. We both laughed.

 

That same month, after Angelique’s birthday lunch at Ellerbe, she surprised a couple of us girls with access to the set to watch the filming of 12 Mighty Orphans at Gateway Park in Fort Worth. We met Martin Sheen and visited with Luke and King again. We also got to visit Video Village, a tented area away from the set filled with director chairs and set up with screens directly connected to the cameras, allowing for each of us to get a first-hand look at the scenes being shot.

 

George Young Jr., a local well-known oilman, producer, and main investor of 12MOs, had a cameo towards the end of the movie, and his actress niece Carlson Young, known for Pretty Little Liars (who is married to Isom Innis of the indie-pop band, Foster the People) had a small role in the movie too. 

 

Many of the orphan characters had never acted before, but they were also taught how to play football by actor/writer Lane Garrison, most famous for Prison Break and Yellowstone. All 12 of the Orphan actors were so adorable at the premiere, and seeing some of these small-town kiddos light up like they were in a candy store was sweet to watch. 

 

At the premiere, King Orba told me that he still wants me to gift him my self-portrait painting by John Holt Smith. I told him it could still be available for purchase, but he didn’t like that idea as much as getting a freebie!

 

Luke Wilson much rather chat throughout the night than have his photo taken over and over by the same group of gaggling girls (us). You should have seen him b-line across the room after the last coerced photo. I mean, a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do, am I right?  

 

And our newly elected future mayor, Mattie Parker, and her husband know how to dance, dip and spin the night away. Who knew!

Be sure to check out my Instagram stories and highlights for more behind-the-scenes videos from that night!  

11 Mar

Buying at Auctions for your Home is the Best Thing Ever!

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I’ve been on the hunt for hidden treasures for our home for over 20 years. I’ve always been interested in antiques, and good deals – shopping like a boss is in my DNA! But I really got serious about finding furniture and other home goods when I married Jason. Filling a new home is no easy task, especially on a newlywed budget. That’s when I discovered the magic of auctions.

 

I grew up in a diversely furnished home, and naturally, I fell into the habit of, well, furnishing diversely. Walking into a store or a showroom and coming out with an entire roomful of furniture has never been my jam, and it shouldn’t be yours either. There’s nothing creative about matchy-matchy, IMO. I love and appreciate all of the different things I’ve collected over the years in my home. From my great grandmother’s curio cabinet in our bathroom to special pieces from our travels – some of it fun and funky, some of it basic but essential, but all of it representing a beautiful memory.

 

I’ve found that auctions are the best way to shop for one-of-a-kind finds. I’ve also been able to score some sweet deals over the years. There’s always something for everyone – and I always find plenty of things that need to come home with me. And sometimes, they do!

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I have developed quite an effective strategy for scouting, bidding and buying at auction, one I am going to share with you (for free!). Here, revealed for the very first time, are my Top Five Tips on How to Win Big at an Auction

Five Tips on How to Win Big at an Auction

1. Try to attend the auction preview. However, if you cannot see an item in person thoroughly read the condition reports. You can also speak with someone over the phone for more pictures and information.

2. Only pre-bid if you will not be available during the live auction. Otherwise, you will receive alerts each time someone outbids you, but as long as your MAX bid is programmed, you won’t miss out on the item.

3. If you are going in with a budget be sure to do your math. A little reverse math will save you a headache. Factor in the Hammer Fee, taxes and possible shipping cost for larger items.

Sample: Budget – Hammer Fee – Taxes = Actual Bidding Amount

Example: $2000 – 28% – 8.25% = $1,321.20

4. Don’t bid if you’re not sure you want to buy. If yours is the winning bid, you’re committed to the purchase. You can’t change your mind once the auction is closed.

5. During a live auction I always wait until the very end to place my bid. Literally “going once…going twice…” BID.

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And speaking of, I was excited to pop over to J. Garrett Auctioneers in Dallas last week. The reason for my visit was a benefit for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra that offered a sneak peek (before the public preview) at the firm’s latest high-profile auction: The Loyd-Paxton Collection. Oh Em Gee, y’all, it was amazeballs!

 

The Loyd-Paxton name has exuded glamour and exclusivity throughout the antiques and interior design world for over five decades. The creative forces behind the name, Lloyd Taylor and Paxton Gremillion, earned international renown by fusing unparalleled talent and taste with extraordinary décor. Their approach was to create a total environment rather than just putting pretty stuff in rooms. Among the duo’s most distinguished clients: Sir Elton John, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Versailles (yes, that Versailles!).

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When it came time for Taylor to downsize, he chose J. Garrett Auctioneers to rehome his prestigious pieces, including rare 18th and 19th-century antiques and art. I may or may not be purchasing something this go around, but I always love to look, and some of the lots at the Loyd-Paxton Collection are serving inspiration for days.

 

If you aren’t following me on Instagram, you are missing out on ALL the behind-the-scenes fun from this incredible auction (you can find it in my highlights), but below are a few of my favorite pieces.

Favorite Pieces from Upcoming J. Garrett Auction

Religious Oil Paintings on Canvas Est. $1k - $1500
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Religious Oil Paintings on Canvas Est. $1k - $1500
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Louis Vuitton Trunk, Rare Vintage Custom Est. $32K - $35K
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Chanel Purse Pink Est. $1K - $1200
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Hermes Kelly Bag Est. $16K - $20K
Oversized French Carved & Painted Setter Est. $750 - $850
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Exceptional Rare 18c Carved Court Scene Est. $17K
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Extraordinary Pair of Rare Massive Jadeite Vases Est. $40K - $60K
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Louis XIV Style Consoles Est. $12K - $15K
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Reticulated Decanters Est. $1500 - $2500
Silver Trays Est. $600 - $800
Columbian/Brazilian Emerald Ring 8 carats Est $20K - $30K
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Upcoming J. Garrett Auction Details

 

Preview: March 15th-19th (10am-5pm)

Jewelry Preview: March 18th and 19th (10 am-3 pm)

Auction Start Times: March 20th and 21st (11 am CST)

9203 Diplomacy Row Dallas TX 75247

 

Peep for yourself here, and while you’re at it, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is offering the chance to win a fabulous gift basket valued at $5650. Your chances of winning are spectacular. To participate in the raffle, email info@jgarrettauctioneers.com.

 

If you have been decorating your home for some time, you know how difficult it can be to find that perfect piece. Auctions are a great way to find special pieces that really enhance a home. J. Garrett does auctions twice a year, so if nothing fits the mold this time, check back in the fall for some more treasures. You can also visit their sister company, Legacy Antiques, in the Design District in Dallas for some everyday retail fun.

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16 Dec

Holiday Staycation: Epic Helicopters, GRACE & The Sinclair Hotel

Ho! Ho! Ho! And Merry Christmas! For my final holiday giveaway, I have teamed up with some of my favorite Fort Worth businesses on Instagram and we are bringing to you THE MOST FABULOUS romantic post-holiday escape.

ONE lucky winner and their holiday crush will enjoy this experience on Saturday, December 26th, which includes:

–       A one-night stay for 2 in a suite at the newly opened Sinclair Hotel in beautiful Downtown Fort Worth.

–       A 30-minute EPIC Helicopters Holiday Lights Tour on Santa’s Sleigh from Meacham Airport.

–       A romantic dinner at renowned restaurant GRACE in Downtown Fort Worth.

–       A champagne gift basket compliments of me, Christy Dunaway Smith.

To enter this fabulous giveaway valued at $1000, click HERE!

Terms and Conditions:
~ Giveaway starts on December 16th and runs until midnight December 22, 2020.⁣
~ 1 lucky winner will be contacted via direct messaging on December 23rd.⁣
~ Winner must reply back within 3 hours, or another winner will be drawn.⁣
~ We will announce the winner on IG by 5:00 PM on December 23rd.⁣
~ Private IG accounts will not be selected. ⁣
~ Winner must agree to post photos of their Hotel stay, Helicopter ride and Dinner experience tagging all 4 brands on IG. ⁣
~ Hotel stay, Helicopter ride & Dinner experience must be redeemed ON December 26th and cannot be rescheduled.⁣
~ Prizes not redeemable for cash. ⁣
~ Only open to DFW residents. ⁣
~ Must be over 21 years of age. ⁣

Staycation Itinerary

EPIC HELICOPTERS @ Meacham Airport – 3951 Lincoln Avenue 76106

30-minute Santa’s Sleigh Ride Holiday Light Tour for 2

Saturday, December 26th, 2020

Arrive by 5:30 PM

Departure at 6:00 PM

Seat weight capacity must be less than 300lbs per person

You will need to fill out a quick survey before departure

Rescheduling unavailable

Value: $418.00

GRACE Restaurant @ Downtown Fort Worth – 777 Main Street 76102

Saturday, December 26th, 2020

Dinner reservations for 2 at 7:30 PM

Gratuity not included (Please tip your server)

Value: $150

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holiday staycation

The Sinclair, a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel @ Downtown FW – 512 Main Street 76107

1 Night stay in a gorgeous suite

Check-in Saturday, December, 26th, 2020 @ 4pm

Check out Sunday, December 27th, 2020 @ 11am

Value: $350

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holiday staycation

SoFortWorthIt Champagne Gift Basket

It’s A Surprise!!!

Value: $100