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OKG Newsletter


Topic: culture chic

Now you’ve got weekend plans: ‘Soul on Fire’

Before or after you head to Gazette’s Halloween Parade, that is.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, Rose State Performing Arts Center in Midwest City presents the musical “Soul on Fire.”

Oklahoma-based and brimming with Oklahoma talent, this musical boasts a forbidden love, powerful music, punchy dialogue and a heap of secrets that Kisha navigates with the help of Mozes.

Onstage, you might recognize Tyrone Stanley, adjunct professor at Oklahoma City Community College; Donna Cox, music professor at the University of Oklahoma; Bonita Franklin, acting chair for the Department of Music at Langston University; and Bruce Davis, Oklahoma City Police Department veteran, just to name a few.

You'll get a healthy dose of stardom from big-name artists and entertainers like Shirley Murduck and Delvis “Tyga” Graham, as well as Michelle Lynn Hardin, former background singer for John Legend.

What are you waiting for? Secure your soul ... at least for the weekend. Get your tickets at soulonfirethemusical.net. Take advantage of the early bird special through Oct. 31: buy one, get one half off!

by Jenn Scott 10.25.2011 2 years ago
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Nice cans

I was can #1,248. Let me know what your can number is, for a good cause!

Are you hungry right now? If you're reading this at your computer, I'm willing to wager you've also eaten a few meals today. Here's the thing: Some people haven't. Nor do they have the means to do so. 

Allens Veggies launched an awesome campaign (“I Yam What I Yam, Donate a Can”) to help combat hunger. It will run through Halloween, and the goal is to reach 3,000 cans. Pairing with local food banks (Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma), bolstered by the wonders of social media, one can of Popeye Spinach for every new Allens Veggies Facebook fan.

Since you're at your computer already, why not hop on over to Allen's Facebook and “like” it?

by Jenn Scott 10.28.2011 2 years ago
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Celebrate boys, b-days and 'staches

This month, give cancer the middle finger.

Do you like boys? I do.

You've probably noticed your Facebook and Twitter feeds filled with the pleas of your men who are growing 'staches in honor of “Movember.”

They want you to donate to their cause. Now, if you're like me, you are generally inundated with the pleas of many for some sort of financial support. After the budgeting and balancing of that hard-earned paycheck, sometimes there's only a meager sum left for the good of mankind.

I urge you to consider the Movember Madness. This movement funds awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer.

Think about your favorite man. Who is it?

Well, I'll tell you who mine is.

It's this guy right here – my grandfather, who the family lovingly refers to as “Pawpaw.”

You might be wondering what this has to do with 'staches and such. I'll tell you:
1. He's a man.
2. He's a prostate cancer survivor.
3. It's his 75th birthday today.

Without the amazing research done, my Pawpaw might not be here today. And I wouldn't have pictures like this:





As you can see, I'm not the only person who would miss him. His honey of 53 years (and counting) would, too.

The point is: Cancer sucks and research costs money. So, get involved if you love your men as much as I love mine!

Though Pawpaw doesn't have a Facebook and isn't growing a 'stache in honor of the cause, there are many people who are. Find yourself a participant and give a little love so we can have more moments like this:


Oklahoma boys growin' 'staches:
• musician Ryan Lawson
• OK native Johnny Perkins
• the Oklahoma City Barons
by Jenn Scott 11.04.2011 2 years ago
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11/11/11!

Not just three 11s in a row ...

As you may or may not realize, Friday's calendar date is rather exciting.

Not just because it looks cool or because it's my birthday, but it's Veterans Day, you guys!

One of the cool things about living in the U.S. is that you get to choose what you believe and support. While everyone has a different opinion on war, the people who fight for the freedom to have an opinion deserve a little shout-out. 

For this Veterans Day, head into Orange Leaf and send a letter of support and encouragement to a veteran or active military member overseas.

Orange Leaf has partnered with “Thanks a Million!” to celebrate its 111th store opening, coincidentally on 11/11/11. This national campaign strives to send 1 million “thank-you” letters by Nov. 11. Orange Leaf customers will find everything they need to send their own letter from any store location. You can also send an electronic letter on its website.

Did I mention that 11/11/11 is my birthday? For my birthday, I would like these things:

1. you to write a letter to in support of an active military service person or veteran
2. snow



by Jenn Scott 11.09.2011 2 years ago
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Black Friday, OKC-style

Let’s talk shop.

I'm going to be honest with you: Black Friday freaks me out. A lot.

The absolute last thing I want to do after OD-ing on turkey is get up early and shove through hoards of coupon clippers (no offense to those who clip ’n’ save). 

Also, most BF offers come from corporate retailers, and honestly, I'd rather a more personal (read: local) product.

If you have the urge to shop but not battle jam-packed malls fraught with strollers, stick fingers and endless lines, then I've got a treat for you.

This year, 16th Street in the Plaza District offers local lovers an option. Get 20 percent off and stimulate your home economy!

Shop art at DNA, peruse vintage at Bad Granny's or pick up some handmade goods from Collected Thread, just to name a few of the great shops. Make sure and take a break for lunch at Saints and a glass of wine at the new Urban Wineworks. And voilà! You've got a stress-free, local day.

Refuse to go out but want to keep it in OK? Head on over to Etsy. Specifically those e-shops run by locals!

Make sure you pop by OU grad and local sweetie Marek Ferguson's shop for thoughtful and OK-themed treasures.

Love Oklahoma? I'll believe it when I see the pillow on your couch.

by Jenn Scott 11.23.2011 2 years ago
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Oh-la-la meets fa-la-la

Rub elbows with local celebs and win prizes at this holiday season kickoff.

So, tomorrow is the first day of December. How did that happen? Yeah, I'm not sure, either.

Anyway, December means holiday fun and parties abound. So, tomorrow, on this first day of December, get out and treat yourself at Trichology Salon, 14101 N. May.

The “Silver Belles Holiday Soiree” is the only way to kick off December holiday happenings. The event, which is free to attend, will feature eats from Deep Fork Grill, and you'll be treated to mini-sessions for holiday hair and makeup by the Trichology team. Hello, pampering!

While you're there, get a sneak peak of “Sleigh Ride: A Winter Anthology,” the newly released winter anthology featuring award-winning women authors, including my ShopGirl/Culture Chic predecessor, Jenny Coon Peterson. The cold-weather collection of short stories boasts local scribe Malena Lott, author of “Dating da Vinci,” “The Stork Reality” and “Fixer Upper.” She'll be on site signing books, so you definitely don't want to miss being able to say, “I have a signed copy of one of her books.”

As if good food, hair and makeup sessions, as well as talented locals isn't enough ... there's more!

Christmas will be coming early this year to a few lucky individuals. Partygoers can enjoy a slew of prizes. You could go home with a cocktail dress and shoes designed by local designer Johnathan Kayne, whom you might recognize from “Project Runway.”

Just by showing up, you could fill your stocking with a 1 ct. sapphire diamond from Samuel Gordon, gift cards from OECU Credit Union or a variety of other goodies.

Warm up with some local glamor and fame tomorrow night from 5 to 8 p.m. Bring your fabulous self, friends and enjoy red-carpet treatment right here in OKC.
by Jenn Scott 11.30.2011 2 years ago
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Z is for Zanzibar!

Shop. Hear. Dance.

Plans tonight?

Well, might I suggest an art walk/concert/dance party combo for you?

Tonight, at Opolis in Norman, take part in some tempting holiday fun with a dance contest, handcrafted items from Totem Tokens and delicious libations by Native Roots.

Hosted by Zanzibar! Records, Zebre and Oblivious will rock you out while you finish up holiday shopping or just enjoy the local talents that will surround you.

So, get out and dance, shop and drink tonight at Opolis!







by Jenn Scott 12.09.2011 2 years ago
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LUSH life

Penn Square gets cheeky with British beauty bar’s grand opening.

I remember it well: I was wandering Union Street in the quaint historic city of Bath, England. A bright shop window caught my eye. As I drifted toward the door, I took a deep breath, and an intoxicating aroma solidified my curiosity, which culminated in my first trip into a LUSH cosmetics store.

I lingered at the entrance for a few minutes, surveying the colorful and aromatic damage I was about to do to my checkbook. After overloading my senses, as well as my shopping cart, I remembered the limited space in my already heavy travel bag and carefully chose a few items. One was a bath bomb that changed my life.

Another was a shampoo bar that proved to be more than helpful during my international travels.

Since that trip to LUSH, the Anglophile in me faithfully ordered (and paid shipping on) a few pampering bath prerequisites. Lucky for me and for you, that's no longer necessary.

Why, you say? Because LUSH is coming to Oklahoma City! That's right: This British beauty bar will be available to you next week (840-7861). So, look no further for stocking stuffers or treats for yourself.

If you've never tried any LUSH cosmetics, take my advice and do so immediately. They are green and never animal-tested, so you can feel good about splurging on yourself or giving to those picky giftees. In-store, you'll find several consults for any questions you might have concerning the products.

Support the growth of OKC, as this is a big step for us! LUSH is a world-recognized brand that comes with an esteemed reputation, as well as a store full of excellent products.
by Jenn Scott 12.12.2011 2 years ago
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Nice wheels!

Art Moves brings free daily art to you.

Greetings! Welcome to 2012, everyone. My guess is that you're probably sizing up those resolutions you made. Just how keepable are they?

Well, if you made one involving the cultivation of your involvement with the art community, I've got fantastic news for you: Arts Council of Oklahoma City and Devon Energy, along with local artists in a variety of creative media, have teamed up to bring art to you.

Art Moves is a free (that's right: free!) daily art show that happens from noon to 1 p.m. throughout the week.  Featuring pianists, opera singers, modern dance routines and much more, you'll be able to enjoy your lunch break with a healthy dose of art appreciation.

Tomorrow, catch Local Honey, a local folk duo.

Next Monday, start your workweek off right with a jazz ensemble, The Larry Pierce Combo. Mix it up Friday with a bookbinding demonstration with OKC's Regina Murphy.

Check out the full list of January events, as well as map for locations to plan your art adventures.

Get out and enjoy your city, OKC! It’s working hard for you.
by Jenn Scott 01.05.2012 2 years ago
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Lights, camera, action!

How the Culture Chic got tube-tied.

This weekend, I did something for the very first time: I was on TV.

Before the taping, I spent a fair amount of time running through a plethora of scenarios that included me tumbling off stage, freezing up and having no words or actually sleeping through the spot.

I just knew this would happen.

Or this.

Luckily, I wasn't climbing on a piano or married to Kim Kardashian, so none of the terrible things happened. In fact, it was a lot of fun, and I got to chat with some lovely ladies at KSBI about fashion and style and places to shop in OKC.

Lynn Hester, Pat Becker and Kari King welcomed me into the studio and sat me down on the red couch. Their smiles made me calm down a considerable amount. They were pros and gave me a few quick tips before we went back on air.

Guess I did OK, because they invited me back! I look forward to sitting down and chatting with them again. Make sure to stay tuned into KSBI to keep tabs on all things Oklahoma.

by Jenn Scott 01.16.2012 2 years ago
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