The world’s eyes are on Dallas yet again as the city’s socialites grace TV screens nationwide. Our gal-on-the-town Cynthia Smoot shares the news, an inspiring self-discovery of a celeb, as well as tips on dishy dining


Grab some wet wipes and prepare for amazing BBQ delights. Located in the East Dallas neighborhood of Lakewood, Lakewood Smokehouse serves up classic BBQ offerings such as brisket, smoked turkey and sausages with an array of sides like macaroni and cheese, fried okra, green beans and potato salad. Patrons to Lakewood Smokehouse can expect the same quality and delicious BBQ that has made their sister location, 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House, a household name in Frisco. Guests can enjoy an amazing bar offering a happy hour with 20 local Texas breweries on tap. Seasonal specials will keep diners happy with unique offerings in addition to the regular menu. Lakewood Smokehouse is located at 1901 Abrams Rd, Dallas, TX 75214. 972-677-7906 and at LakewoodSmokehouse.com



Bravo debuted The Real Housewives of Dallas on April 11th and Dallas might never be the same. The cast is comprised of feisty, former pageant Princess LeeAnne Locken, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Brandi Redmond, yogi guru and nurse Cary Deuber, stay-at-home mom Stephanie Hollman and model/actress Tiffany Hendra (profiled in our July/August 2015 issue). Several Dallas socialites made regular appearances as “friends” of the Housewives including Heidi Dillon, Courtney Rider, Steve Kemble, Marie Reyes and myself. Half the fun is seeing familiar locations where the show was filmed: Bread Winners, Henry’s Majestic, Clothes Circuit and the Dallas Arboretum are just a few local hot spots that made it into this season. Visit OhSoCynthia.com for exclusive cast interviews and behind the scene photos from the local blogger who knows them best.



In her early 20s, Pat Smith lost her mother to breast cancer and escaped an abusive marriage with her infant daughter. She found her way back to the church, got back on her feet and eventually met and married Dallas Cowboys running back superstar, Emmitt Smith, in 2000. She’s collected nuggets of wisdom from her journey and in the stories of others and in her first book, titled Second Chances, Pat Smith shares the truths she and other women have learned on their own journeys from heartache to hope. She encourages and empowers you to recommit to the destiny God has for you in life, love, work, and faith. She also shows how to let go of what’s holding you back, reinvent yourself, and rediscover your purpose and joy. Second Chances is available at Amazon.com Learn more about Pat’s work, which inspires women to pursue their second chance in life despite circumstances or setbacks, at TreasureYou.org