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Dallas socials say hello summer at stylish Uptown fête

Dallas socials say hello summer at stylish Uptown fête

Fantastic weather. Chic shopping. Prime pampering. Tasty food and drinks. And lots and lots of fun. That’s one successful recipe for a summer social — and it’s exactly what was on hand on May 24 at CultureMap’s Hello Summer Social at Uptown’s West Village.

As guests — including Tess DeStefano, Katelyn Smith, Emily Bastaroli, Matt Alexander, Peyton Fedorka, Dylan Shuff, Carlea Sandberg, Omar Aridi, Stephani Nunez, Ethan Skinner, Dea Pennington, and Dustin Barksdale — streamed into the event, hosted by West Village and Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack, they made their way to one of several bars, where Gentleman Jack cocktails, Loca Linda wine, and Deep Ellum Brewing Company beer were all on offer. At the bartender showcase, two CultureMap Tastemaker bartenders — Jenny Park (Bartender of the Year nominee) of Niwa Japanese BBQ and ​Rosey Sullivan of Armoury D.E. (Bar of the Year winner) — whipped up signature cocktails created exclusively for the Hello Summer Social. 

On the food front, bites from Baboush, Eureka!, Grimaldi's Pizza, Mi Cocina, Pok the Raw Bar, Public School 214, Sushi Zushi, and Taco Diner satiated attendees' appetites while they browsed new summer looks from local retailers such as Flirt Boutique, Kendra Scott, ShopSeptember, Y&I Clothing Boutique, Rye 51, Q Clothier, and more. 

Once their shopping needs were fulfilled (or perhaps while taking a break before going back for more), guests mixed, mingled, and played lawn games like Jenga and corn hole — luckily, the Topo Chico Hydration station was conveniently located nearby for anyone who worked up a sweat tossing bean bags. Those feeling a little less athletic headed over to the Get Your Glow On station for a little prime pampering courtesy of Avalon Salon and Spa's braid bar, manicures via MiniLuxe, and neck and back massages courtesy of 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons. And the crowd gathered at the Sanober’s Henna table was hard to miss, as guests lined up to get intricate henna hand tattoos. Right next door, the Hotpoppin Gourmet Popcorn Bar filled any sweet tooth cravings. 

DJ Christy Ray kept the tunes going well into the evening, while Photo Bus DFW was onsite to commemorate what was undoubtedly one of the best summer kick-offs yet.

Proceeds from the event benefit Kidd’s Kids, a foundation started by Kidd Kraddick in 1991 to assist the lives of children and their families who are dealing with life-altering conditions.

Guests at the Hello Summer Social 2017
Guests at the Hello Summer Social 2017. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Tess DeStefano, Katelyn Smith, Emily Bastaroli
Tess DeStefano, Katelyn Smith, Emily Bastaroli Photo by WJNPHOTO
Peter Cweegers, Andrew Embuscado, Sean Caldwell
Peter Cweegers, Andrew Embuscado, Sean Caldwell Photo by WJNPHOTO
Guests
Guests strike a stylish pose at the Hello Summer Social. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Landon Ledford, Kaityn Howell
Landon Ledford, Kaityn Howell  Photo by WJNPHOTO
Stephanie Kaye Ramirez, TIm Kilroy, Natalie Gradick
Stephanie Kaye Ramirez, TIm Kilroy, Natalie Gradick Photo by WJNPHOTO
Photo Bus fun
Photo Bus shenanigans. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Guests at the Hello Summer Social 2017
The scene at the Hello Summer Social. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Blanca Pena, Elise Christmas
Blanca Pena, Elise Christmas Photo by WJNPHOTO
Guest playing corn hole toss
Guests playing corn hole toss. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ethan Skinner, Dea Pennington, Dustin Barksdale
Ethan Skinner, Dea Pennington, Dustin Barksdale Photo by WJNPHOTO
Guest having her hair braided at Hello Summer Social
Guest enjoying the Avalon Salon and Spa braid bar at the Hello Summer Social. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Soul Cycle
SoulCycle knows how to have fun. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sample bites from Taco Diner
Sample bites from Taco Diner.  Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sanober's Henna station
Hands received special treatment at Sanober's Henna station. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Guests having fun at the Hello Summer Social 2017
Guests having fun at the Hello Summer Social 2017. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Linda Snorina, Denise Walraed, Amanda Kleen
Linda Snorina, Denise Walraed, Amanda Kleen Photo by WJNPHOTO
Y&I Clothing station at Hello Summer Social
Y&I Clothing set up shop at the event. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Cocktails for Hello Summer Social
The bartenders showcase feature two cocktails created exclusively for the event. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kendra Scott jewelry
Kendra Scott jewelry provided eye candy. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Savannah Streyer, Natalie Marciniak
Savannah Streyer, Natalie Marciniak  Photo by WJNPHOTO
Anna Agisilaou, Camille Jeffries, Olivia Barr
Anna Agisilaou, Camille Jeffries, Olivia Barr Photo by WJNPHOTO
Malise Flournoy, Kristin Rubin
Malise Flournoy, Kristin Rubin  Photo by WJNPHOTO
Julie Griffin, Michelle Madsen
Julie Griffin, Michelle Madsen  Photo by WJNPHOTO
Guests at the Hello Summer Social 2017
Guests at the Hello Summer Social 2017. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jenny Park, Rosey Sullivan
Jenny Park, Rosey Sullivan  Photo by WJNPHOTO
Guests at the Hello Summer Social 2017
Tess DeStefano, Katelyn Smith, Emily Bastaroli
Peter Cweegers, Andrew Embuscado, Sean Caldwell
Guests
Landon Ledford, Kaityn Howell
Stephanie Kaye Ramirez, TIm Kilroy, Natalie Gradick
Photo Bus fun
Guests at the Hello Summer Social 2017
Blanca Pena, Elise Christmas
Guest playing corn hole toss
Ethan Skinner, Dea Pennington, Dustin Barksdale
Guest having her hair braided at Hello Summer Social
Soul Cycle
Sample bites from Taco Diner
Sanober's Henna station
Guests having fun at the Hello Summer Social 2017
Linda Snorina, Denise Walraed, Amanda Kleen
Y&I Clothing station at Hello Summer Social
Cocktails for Hello Summer Social
Kendra Scott jewelry
Savannah Streyer, Natalie Marciniak
Anna Agisilaou, Camille Jeffries, Olivia Barr
Malise Flournoy, Kristin Rubin
Julie Griffin, Michelle Madsen
Guests at the Hello Summer Social 2017
Jenny Park, Rosey Sullivan