Introducing the TEDGlobal speaker lineup

Uncovering corruption with TED

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Few sensations feel better than when your mind does a backflip and, all of a sudden, you are suddenly able to see things in new and unexpected ways. At TEDGlobal 2013, themed “Think Again,” you’ll have this feeling often. “The approach we adopted,” explains TEDGlobal curator Bruno Giussani, “is to take a closer look at the global remix happening before our eyes as power shifts, culture and technology intersect, and hopes and anxieties collide. Many things we think we know may have to be reconsidered — and that’s what this program is designed to explore.” With speakers including biologists, economists, neuroscientists, architects, technologists, activists, artists, a “gentleman thief” and the former Prime Minister of Greece, the program is packed with speakers who take bold new looks at the topics that most intrigue us.

TEDGlobal 2013 will take place June 10 to 14, 2013, in Edinburgh, Scotland — one of the…

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Farmers’ Market Pappardelle

Always a Fresh idea!

What's for Dinner?

Farmers’ markets are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing by small farmers. These markets have become extremely popular throughout the country and are a great way for consumers to shop for fresh, local and seasonal produce. My favorite market here in our area is the Pearl Farmers Market. It’s so much fun to get up early Saturday morning, head down to the Pearl, grab a chocolate croissant from one of the bakery vendors and peruse all the beautiful produce. There’s live music, cooking demonstrations, and everyone just has a great time.

This dish is a great way to showcase the bounty you bring home! It’s not only beautiful, but makes a delicious light dinner with a loaf of good crusty bread and a nice crisp white wine!

Farmers’ Market Pappardelle

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  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons Sherry vinegar or white-wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra…

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Nude sandals

Nude sandals for Summer is the right way to go! So many choices …

nude sandals

You know those illusive nude sandals that match everything and elongate your legs oh so nicely? Such a staple and yet, not so easy to find. I’m determined to find my own though and here are my current online favorites:

Clockwise, starting in the upper right hand corner:
Zara flats with metal details, $90,
White Asos flats, $20,
Metal t-strap flat, $36,
Loeffler Randall bow flats, on sale for $226,
Gladiator sandal, on sale for $48,

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Circuit of The Americas Celebrates F1’s US Grand Prix Inauguration  With Red Bull, Phillip Morris and Ferrari

Circuit of The Americas Celebrates F1’s US Grand Prix Inauguration With Red Bull, Phillip Morris and Ferrari

Circuit of The Americas™ celebrates F1’s United States Grand Prix with an enthusiastic crowd of 117,429 in attendance!


Circuit of The Americas today entered the record books as the first purpose-built Formula 1™ racetrack in the country to host its own Grand Prix. An exuberant crowd of 117,429 packed the new 330-acre facility to watch Vodafone McLaren MercedesLewis Hamilton claim his fourth Grand Prix of the season and his second United States Grand Prix victory in five years having won the 2007 Formula 1™ race last hosted in Indianapolis. McLaren was awarded the constructor’s trophy for Austin’s inaugural event.  Pamela Martin Duarte was there to capture the moments as Chairwoman of the Luxury Marketing Council of Texas. Check out a few of her personal photos below:


Pamela Martin Duarte


Dress for Success in Dallas Hosted By Pamela Martin and Dena Miller

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My friend Dena Miller is the Dallas Chairwoman for Dress for Success (DFS) Dallas and I was honored to be her guest at this years gala A Night in Monte Carlo.  The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

The organization was founded in New York City in 1997, DFS is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help our clients find jobs and remain employed.  The Dress for Success has served more than 650,000 women around the world. Each year they reach more than 65,000 women in the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Ireland and the West Indies. The Dress for Success serves clients by referral only, and women must have an interview scheduled before receiving clothing. Clients come from a continually expanding and diverse group of non-profit and government agencies including homeless shelters, immigration services, job training programs, educational institutions and domestic violence shelters, among many other organizations. Almost 4,500 organizations throughout the world send women to Dress for Success for professional apparel and career development services.

On her initial visit a woman receives a suit appropriate for the industry in which she is interviewing and, if available, accessories. After a woman finds a job she returns to Dress for Success for additional clothing that can be mixed and matched to make several outfits, providing her with the foundation for a professional wardrobe.  This year’s Monte Carlo Night was a huge success indeed.

Pamela Martin, Chairwoman of the Luxury Marketing Council says “A woman can never have too many bags…


Clutch bags are to die for says Pamela Martin –  I love all of the smart designs that are great compliments your amazing cocktail and evening wardrobe.  Take a look at this Alexander McQueen unicorn and skull clasp clutch bag and this emerald green Lauren Merkin louise lizard embossed clutch both are my current favorites and both available at Neiman Marcus.

So Many Shoes So Little Time

You’ll find yourself debating if you want to wear this Alexander McQueen pump or keep it for the value of the artwork it is. I suggest you wear it—the show-stopping construction and signature Alexander McQueen crystal skull have design elements that are made to be seen. The soft suede pump features the signature skull ornament with mohawk and sparkling crystal eyes.

This crystallized platform slingback is a fantastically  beautiful shoe that exhibits the quality craftsmanship worthy of the designer’s hometown heritage. San Mauro Pascoli is a small village on Italy’s Adriatic Riviera  San Mauro is renowned for its fine cobblers and is the birthplace of designer Giuseppe Zanotti.

The Giuseppe Zanotti line debuted 1994.  It’s obviously true there is no place like home.  Both styles are available at Bergdorf Goodman.

Pamela’s Top Trends in Luxury

As autumn approaches, so do the invitations for fun nights out with friends and galas galore.  With so much going on this time of year I am becoming a little preoccupied with thoughts and plans for the holidays that are fast approaching.  Summer I miss you but holidays I love you…As most of you who know, when I am not talking about travel, haters, politics or sports, I am talking about luxury and I am pleased to showcase on my blog clients of the Luxury Marketing Council where I serve as Chairwoman for Texas.

Zip it UP!  Literally with Van Cleef & Arpels

This beautiful piece of art is adorned with diamonds, turquoise, chrysoprase and choromelanite.

Zip it UP! Literally with Van Cleef & Arpels. Price: $690,000.

Yes it is a zipper! Some of Van Cleef & Arpels’ earlier Zip designs are on display in an expansive exhibition, Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels, at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York through June 5, 2013. The exhibit showcases more than 300 pieces of jewelry, watches, and sketches illustrating the house’s influence on design over the past century. But despite all the fanfare, those who wish for a Zip necklace of their own should not expect to acquire one easily: It takes a team of skilled craftsmen from 400 to 1,000 hours to create one, and as much as a year for a special-order design to be completed.  Van Cleef & Arpels, 877.826.2533. The price is a cool $690,000.