Monday, April 30, 2012

Shopping for a Cause!

Today is the day!  Be sure to stop by Charming Charlie in Plano today between 6-8 p.m.!  I'll be their scoping out the latest spring and summer accessories, shoes and clothing while raising awareness and funds for Hope Park Frisco!  10% of the proceeds tonight will benefit the organization that's building an incredible fully accessible park for kids with special needs and their typically functioning counterparts!  To learn more, visit

Friday, April 27, 2012

Food for thought...

He says, she says....

I've got a little time before my Ambien kicks in and wanted to share and respond to the primarily pro-Pilar responses I received from my blog post. Where to start....

Q: Why do have the right to express your opinion?
A:  Well, it is my blog, I'm protected by the First Amendment and I've got something to say.

Comment: Stop worrying about other peoples lives and get on with yours. Try to make a name for yourself instead of living off your husbands profession. Gridiron Goddess. Child Please!
A.  I've got a name - it's Dawn Neufeld. Recognized in law firms, media outlets, television, etc. I could keep going. Might take some time before people realize who Pilar Biggers is. Comment: ur real jealous of Pilar... Right, because I REALLY want a busted lip and a mug shot.

And my favorite - my response is below:

Comment: Brittany Brown said... Blah, Blah, Blah... Why take up so much time, space and energy on your blog to comment on Pilar's failures? What did you get accomplished? You wanted to set the record straight about....? So,is FOOTBALL WIVES off the air because: 1. Pilar left? 2. Cast was boring? 3. Low Ratings? 4. Nobody knew who these guys were besides, for ex: Rocket Ismail, Matt McBriar and Deion Sanders? 5. Was your husband EVER a DALLAS COWBOY???? LOL... I could go on for days.... Sincerely, Brittany Brown

 Well Brittany, Let me respond.
 1. Pilar isn't as big a deal as she (or you) thinks she is. See your points 2 and 3.

 2. Cast was funny with good stories. We're wives, it's our REALITY and not always as scandalous and contentious (big word) that Basketball Wives would make you believe. You might be the uninteresting and boring one if you think a bunch of grown women constantly fighting makes for good t.v.

 3. Ratings were decent but not great. They were higher than a lot of shows VH1 has renewed.

 4. Most guys on a 53 man squad don't have name recognition. Fine by me. But Ryan got a check for 7 years so who cares if you've never heard of him. I'm still Dawn and not Mrs. Ryan Neufeld. Works for me. 

5. Yep. Signed as a free agent after the draft in 2009 and spent half the season on the practice squad before being activated and backing up Moose Johnston. Played with Deion and Rocket actually. Was then allocated to NFL Europe by the Cowboys where his time won thhe Championship in 2000.

 You didn't like my opinion of Pilar so you attacked me and talked smack on a blog. How much energy did that take? Says something about your character, no? And I accomplished a lot - got a clear conscience and a lot off my chest. You? And please keep going.... At the end of the day Pilar can add a mugshot to her portfolio. #notwinning

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

REALity Television

It’s no secret that Pilar Sanders and I didn’t get along on our short-lived VH1 reality show Football Wives. We started clashing week two or three of filming and haven’t seen or talked to each other since we wrapped production in late 2010. It’s been hard to avoid the barrage of media attention she’s gotten recently though since Deion filed for divorce late last year. From TMZ to Media Takeout and now mainstream news media, the Sanders are commanding plenty of attention these days.

First, there was the $200 million dollar lawsuit Pilar filed against Deion, his daughter and one of Deion’s companies. Then there was the fist fight between Pilar and Deion’s Aunt Laura that was caught on audiotape. Pilar claimed she was attacked, but the recording of the incident suggests a very foul-mouthed Pilar may have actually been the aggressor. Funny, because she spent a lot of energy criticizing me for the language I used on Football Wives. Ironic.

Then all heck broke loose Monday afternoon when Deion tweeted that Pilar and a friend jumped him and that he was finally pressing charges. Deion tweeted a picture of him with his two sons (who apparently witnessed the attack) filling out police reports. He’s received a lot of negative feedback for tweeting the pic – folks screaming that he needs to keep the kids out of this. I agree. Both parents should be thinking about what’s in the best interest of the children and fighting in front of them isn't it. Anyway, while I think tweeting the pic wasn’t the smartest move, I believe Deion felt like he needed to do SOMETHING when dealing with his social media savvy soon-to-be ex wife!

The Pilar I came to know during Football Wives is a master at playing the victim. She would instigate situations and when confronted with her behavior, she’d deny, lie or walk away. She wouldn’t engage cast members while the cameras were rolling, but she’d take to Twitter or radio interviews when she couldn’t be confronted to address the situations and claim we were all ganging up on her. When I tried to defend myself in my blogs or in interviews, Pilar and her followers would rip me apart. It was hurtful and I felt helpless - no one was hearing me! One of my castmates told me I had to try and let it go because I'd never win the public battle against Pilar - she's got a very loyal group of followers who think she can do no wrong. One of those followers is the woman who allegedly aided Pilar in her attack Monday. If it's the same woman I'm thinking about, she was horrible, HORRIBLE to me and even engaged in Twitter dialogue with Pilar about me where they referred to me as the "Crypt Keeper."

And the lies. Boy, would she lie. She said on Football Wives that she was 27. Insisted, really. Well, from yesterday’s police report, she’s 38. In a radio interview once, she talked about my child with autism tantruming. When confronted about it, she said she wasn’t talking about Will. (Um, it’s on tape). She lied about not knowing Chanita went to the hospital on the show. She lied on the show when she said she apologized to me. No apology ever received. She falsely accused a castmate of cheating on her husband – it never happened. And I’ve even heard her say in an interview that the only plastic surgery she’s had was on a cut on her leg. While I have no actual proof she’s had any plastic surgery or other cosmetic procedure, I’d be willing to put some money on it that she’s lying about that one too. So what does this all mean??? Well, I have no doubt in my mind that if Pilar could’ve beat Deion to the punch (shuddering at the pun but my tired brain can’t think of another way to put it), she would’ve tweeted, speed dialed a media outlet, lied, etc. and claimed she was the victim. But seeing that she was transported to a hospital for treatment and later to jail (and possibly in handcuffs), I’m guessing she didn’t have access to her phone to appeal to the masses. Had Deion not said something first, I believe he’d be facing more than the minor assault charge he was slapped with this evening.

Pilar was released from jail today with a puffy lip and bandaged thumb - aren't broken thumbs common injuries when you punch someone without a boxer's glove on? After her attorneys alleged that Deion may have violated a gag order in the divorce case with those tweets, Pilar and her legal team walked right up to awaiting media for a press conference. With tears in her eyes and her voice quivering, the self-proclaimed actress stated, "I am innocent. I understand that I have a very little chance at beating a Hall of Fame, two-sport man that everyone seems to love and adore. I am a full-time mom 100 percent for my children and I have just not gotten a fair shake."

O-M-G!!!! There’s the victim speech I knew was in there somewhere and I actually wonder how often she practiced it in her cell overnight. She’s filed numerous lawsuits, challenged what appears to be an iron-clad prenup, had physical altercations with two people in front of her children, etc. How exactly is she not being given a fair shake? Does she really think that we’re all so jaded by Deion’s celebrity that he’ll get a pass in all of this?!?!? Funny, because the same elite-worship she’s accusing us of with regards to Deion is exactly the behavior she expected of us on Football Wives (our crew included, who she admittedly made use the restroom facilities in her pool house like they were dogs – they were not allowed to use one of the 17 bathrooms in their home). Because she lived in a big house and married well, we were expected to treat her differently. If we didn’t kiss her behind, we were jealous haters. Now she’s asking folks not to give Deion any special treatment because of who he is. She certainly felt entitled to that special attention when she was Mrs. Deion Sanders. Again, ironic…

One of Pilar’s attorneys also spoke to the press and my jaw dropped listening to him. He said that the only party that had injuries was his client, that his client weighs 120 lbs (129 lbs according to the arrest info), that Deion is a big football player who is used to tackling people for a living and that we can draw our own conclusions from that. So, because he played professional football he’s more capable of beating up his wife? And because Deion wasn’t injured that means he wasn’t assaulted? I believe Pilar recently shot some promotional pictures for her fitness DVD in which she’s wearing boxing gloves. Let me draw the conclusion that she might know how to get a good lick or two in and she’s not the innocent victim she’s claiming to be.

The attorney also said, "All I will tell you is that I believe the wrong person was arrested in this case. My client is innocent of these charges. My client is absolutely telling the truth. Mr. Sanders is paid to be a celebrity. He's paid to tell stories and that's what we believe is happening here. There was an assault that occurred by Mr. Sanders against my client." Um, sir, your client has done two reality shows and claims she’s a celebrity. She gets paid to be one. Why does this rule apply to Deion but not your client? I’m just sayin’… At the end of the day, an emergency protective order was granted against Pilar and she packed up her boxes into the same minivan with rims we saw on Football Wives and she vacated the home she can’t return to for 60 days. So now what? What is Pilar Sanders going to do?

This whole situation made me think back to our Football Wives days. Pilar spent a good amount of time trying to convince us that she was someone other than just Primetime’s wife. We thought the Football Wives producers were going to roll with this theme because it is so relevant to a real football wife's life. So many of us lose our identities because we're forced to take on those of our celebrity spouses and make sacrifices to support their careers. The producers chose not to include this storyline in our show unfortunately, and there was plenty to tell. Pilar was the perfect example of this football wife issue. She wanted to be known for being Pilar, not Deion's wife. She talked about her perfume line for which she had a poorly-attended launch (the producer’s chose not to show that). She said Deion didn’t define who she was (oops, didn’t show that either). I thought back to the scene where we were having a pretty intense poolside discussion. I stated and asked point blank, “Pilar, you keep trying to convince us that your someone more than Deion Sander’s wife. If you weren’t married to Deion, who would you be?” She was dead quiet. Chanita quickly responded, “Married to another athlete.” (didn’t get to see that one either…)

It appears that Pilar has realized in the last couple of months just how much she’s lost – the home, the lifestyle, being Primetime’s wife (which surely had some benefits). It’s a situation I’ve seen far too often – real life football wives, girlfriends and jump-offs losing their own identities for the sake of their men, and when those men decide to leave, they have nothing. This is a cautionary tale for all the pretty girls out there who sashay in front of pro-athletes with their tight dresses and 6-inch heels who want to parlay their looks into a relationship with a professional athlete. Trophies don’t stay pretty and shiny forever. Here's a tip - you're a dime a dozen. Have some substance behind your beauty - a degree, goals, aspirations, humility, a good heart - you'll be more likely to keep the pro-athlete's attention after your beauty has faded (and it will). Getting off the anti-groupie soapbox now...

I joked that if Pilar had shown some of this spunk while we were filming the show, we’d be on season three or four by now. Truth is Pilar wouldn’t have come back for a second season of the show. She moved on to guest spots on “Single Ladies” and club appearances and pretty much disassociated herself with the show. But I’m guessing the VH1 folks wished their cameras were rolling now – they thrive off of this kind of drama. Actually, this situation might actually be too real for REALity t.v. When are they ever interested in telling the truth.

You might be wondering why I'm sharing this now. Why don't I "stay in my own lane" and "mind my own business?" Fair question. Here's why I'm sharing now. I'm not bitter. Hurt, yes. Pilar cyberbullied me, she slandered me in the media. She spent a lot of time trying to portray me as unstable, insinuating that I’m unhappy and that I'm a bad mother to my children. This couldn’t be further than the truth. This football wife and her husband are still going strong, work is good, kids are great. I can’t complain about too much. I just wish the producers of Football Wives would have told more of this REALity....

Mean girls don't win. Period. And while I feel vindicated on some level, I find no pleasure in watching someone, especially another football wife, self destruct. It is tragic. And I can only imagine how terrible this all must be for their children. And I have prayed for Pilar. In her attempts to hold on to what was instead of focusing on what will be, she's lost her dignity. That's a hard thing to get back. I have no doubt this isn't the last we've heard about this. I just hope it gets resolved soon for the sake of their children. Just my two cents (from someone who got to see the real Pilar when the cameras stopped rolling)....

I miss these ladies - we had fun! You can watch episodes from our season on

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Hilton Anatole lobby was the incredible back drop for Fashion's Living Canvas last week. Abstract Method Marketing and Jarrod Fresquez produced the amazing event. The who's who of the Dallas fashion world were present - I got to see a lot of great friends. Team Motives transformed models into living works of art while the attendees watched. It was pretty spectacular.

By Bob Manzano

I got to work the catwalk as one of the celebrity models. The items we modeled were auctioned off at the end of the evening with proceeds benefiting the Fashionistas. Steve Kemble and LeeAnne Locken emceed the event. No doubt this will be the first of Fashion's Living Canvas in the big D!

(note watermarks for photo credits where available)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Upcoming Events and Happenings!

A little over a month ago, I was informed that I needed to have minor outpatient surgery. My doctor told me she only performs surgeries on Mondays and that I'd need to take a couple days off work to recover - I asked, "When do I sign up?" Well, tomorrow is that day and it's sad to admit that I'm actually looking forward to a couple days off work and a little bit of down time.

All that considered, my schedule over the next month or so is absolutely BANANAS! But what's new! Here is a rundown of some of the great stuff I have coming up. Tickets are available more most of these events, so be sure to check them out!

April 24th - Jordan Vineyard and Winery Art Competition
I will be one of the celebrity judges at this art competition - wine and art are a fabulous combination!!!


Texas artists wanted for a chance to win up to $5,000 in cash prizes

In honor of its 40th anniversary in 2012, iconic California vintner Jordan Vineyard & Winery has created the 4 on 4 Art Competition, a four-city initiative that challenges local artists to create a commemorative work of art that blends the elegance of Jordan wines with the flavor of each city. Rising Gallery will orchestrate the 4 on 4 Dallas competition locally; an art exhibition and Jordan wine tasting event, hosted by D Magazine, will be held April 24.

Over the years, the Jordans have commissioned artists to capture the beauty of the winery chateau through the seasons—its ivy-draped fa├žade, window boxes sprouting spring flowers, the antique clock above a sweeping balcony. To celebrate a special dual anniversary this spring—both the founding of the winery and second-generation vintner John Jordan’s 40th birthday—Jordan Vineyard & Winery is bringing wine country to Texas artists in their own backyard, challenging talented professionals to create a special work of art that combines the essence of Jordan with Dallas’s distinct flavors of culture, food and design.

John Jordan and his family have deep connections to the Dallas area. John’s father started his career in the oil business and had an office in Dallas. “I love visiting friends in the Metroplex area,” said John Jordan, chief executive officer and proprietor of Jordan Vineyard & Winery. “I often stop in Fort Worth on my way to the east coast just to eat barbecue at the Railhead. My Texan friends have even inspired me to start raising cattle on the Jordan Estate.”

A panel of expert judges—including Peter Simek, arts editor for D Magazine; Veletta Lill, executive director of Dallas Arts District; Susan Roth Romans, owner and curator at Ro2 Art; Cris Worley, director of Cris Worley Fine Arts; Dawn Neufeld, a star on VH1′s “Football Housewives“; and James Beard Award-nominated chef and restaurateur Kent Rathbun—will select the top three works of art that meet the competition criteria. Top three winners receive cash prize awards: a grand award ($5,000), first runner-up ($2,000) and second runner-up ($1,000).

April 26th - Front House Management Celebrity Fashion Experience
This will be my 3rd Celebrity Fashion Experience and I'm so excited that this year's event will benefit Autism Speaks! And the FABULOUS Linda Rowe Thomas of Romas Designs will be dressing me for the event!

April 28th - First Annual Diamond & Gem Brunch benefiting the Treasured Ladies Club
I'll be emceeing this fabulous event! I've worked with June Evens before and she is such an asset to the community.

May 5th - WHERE TO BEGIN!!!!

I'll be making an appearance at the Celebration of Spring Luncheon, benefiting White Bridle Society. White Bridle’s mission is to serve our community through equine programs that enable people to live happier, more productive and rewarding lives.

I'd stay longer, but I'll be rushing back to Frisco for the Frisco Women's League Mother-Daughter tea! This event has been sold out for a month - I'm truly looking forward to this incredible event that will raise money for Hope Park Frisco!

To wrap that day up, I'll race out to the Prestonwood Polo & Country Club to help support my good friend Dena Miller at the Polo on the Lawn benefiting Wipe Out Kids' Cancer.

Anyway, say a little prayer for me tomorrow morning! I sure would appreciate it!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Charities are not "one size fits all"

It is a rare occasion that I take to my blog to rant, but I want to share an interaction I had with another Autism mom today.

One of my Twitter followers (well, now ex-follower though she apparently is still checking my tweets) took issue with the fact that Team Will is raising money for the 2012 DFW Walk Now for Autism Speaks. After I posted a link to our fundraising page, it started simply with her asking, "You're raising money for Autism Speaks?" I eagerly responded, "Yes, for the 2012 walk in DFW." Her tone immediately turned argumentative - "But [Autism Speaks] doesn't support biomed, [gluten-free, casein-free] and gives less than 1% back to families. They spend all funds on genetics, salaries, ads WTF?" (For anyone who doesn't know, "WTF" stands for "what the f*ck")

I told her I wasn't going to argue with her, and that "to each their own." There are a lot of different autism charities out there with different missions, different fundraising goals, etc. Some organizations focus on providing direct support for families, while organizations like Autism Speaks focus primarily on research and awareness. In a nutshell, there is a little something for everyone.

The ex-follower kept going. She listed a bunch of other autism organizations apparently more deserving of my fundraising efforts. Interestingly enough, I've supported several of the organizations she listed. In the same tweet though, she went on to degrade Autism Speaks' Light It Up Blue campaign and said it was nothing to celebrate. If you recall, we light up our house blue every year to help promote autism awareness. I think it's safe to assume ex-follower doesn't support the campaign.

After her additional efforts to "educate" me, or to maybe inform some of my followers who may not know the difference between the various organizations, I told her she was being divisive and she should respect my decision to give to the charity of MY choice. She said she didn't mean to be divisive, but threw jabs at me such as, "You can't see the ocean from the boat." (the rude tweets appear to have been deleted). It's clear that she is passionate about her cause and her beliefs, and I can't fault her for that. But her approach is flawed - you can't badger, insult and/or bully someone into supporting your position. If she thought her approach would work, she was wrong. If anything, it strengthened my position to help support Autism Speaks.

Here is a little FYI about Autism Speaks - it was created in 2005 with a mission of funding, "global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder." According to the Better Business Bureau, Autism Speaks meets all 20 of its standards for charitable accountability. Based on 2010 information, out of the almost $54 million the charity raised that year, 73% of the funds went directly to its programs, 23% went towards fundraising expenses (anyone who has ever tried to raise funds knows you have to spend money to make money), and 4% went to administrative costs.

AS primarily engages in four program service activities. The organization funds biomedical research into the causes, prevention, and treatments of autism. AS is also involved in awareness initiatives such as Learn the Signs campaign through the Ad Council and Light It Up Blue, a campaign to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day. The organization also reports operating a database of about 30,000 autism related service providers, informational tool kits that educate affected families, and grants to community-based projects focused on education, recreation and young adult/adult services. Furthermore, AS engages in legislative advocacy efforts specifically for autism insurance reform and to secure federal funding for research and family support services. Some ($5,775,924, or 15%) of AS’ programs are conducted in conjunction with fund raising appeals. I often promote Autism Speaks' 100 day kit as an excellent resource for families dealing with a new autism diagnosis. This organization has done amazing things in a little over a decade to promote autism awareness, support, advocacy and research.

Now, Autism Speaks has taken a stance against the vaccine-autism connection. As a mom who watched her son regress shortly after he received the MMR vaccine shortly after his first birthday, I feel very strongly about the fact that there is a connection and I don't agree with Autism Speaks on this issue. That doesn't mean I shouldn't support Autism Speaks. What it means is that I can look to other organizations for support and resources that do appreciate the connection, and there are plenty out there. But just because I support one autism organization over another doesn't make me any less of an authentic "Autism Warrior" than someone else. We're all fighting the same battle, and we're all entitled to seek out and support any autism organization we choose. I hate the divisiveness that can permeate charitable causes - no one, NO ONE, benefits from people dealing with similar issues putting each other down because of the charities, treatments, programs, etc. they support.

This reminded me of my position on Susan G. Komen for the Cure. After Komen recently pulled funding from Planned Parenthood based on PP's reproductive services, I vowed to never ever give Komen another dime of my money in the future. That being said, I can't imagine I'd berate or chastise someone for choosing to support Komen. It's their choice, their decision - not mine. My decision not to support the charity doesn't mean I'd attack someone for choosing to do so.

So in a nutshell, here's the point of this long rant. Charities and charitable causes are not "one size fits all." Different organizations serve different purposes and families dealing with different adversities, be it cancer, autism, diabetes, lupus, you name it, have every right to choose organizations to be affiliated with. They shouldn't be attacked for their decision. They should be supported, uplifted, encouraged - not bullied, insulted and torn down. To each their own. To each their own.

To conclude this post, I'd like to provide some resources to other autism charities and organizations I've supported and been involved with over the years. They aren't one size fits all, but can certainly provide resources for families affected by the autism epidemic. And for that, I am grateful!

Generation Rescue is dedicated to recovery for children with autism spectrum disorders by providing guidance and support for medical treatment to directly improve the child’s quality of life for all families in need.

Autism One is a nonprofit, charity organization 501(c)(3) started by a small group of parents of children with autism. Parents are and must remain the driving force of our community, the stakes are too high and the issues too sacred to delegate to outside interests. AUTISM IS A PREVENTABLE/TREATABLE BIOMEDICAL CONDITION. Autism is the result of environmental triggers. Autism is not caused by "bad" genes and the epidemic is not the result of "better" diagnosis. Children with autism suffer from gut bugs, allergies, heavy metal toxicity, mitochondrial disorders, antioxidant deficiencies, nutritional deficiencies and autoimmune diseases - all of which are treatable. THE KEY IS EDUCATION The Autism One Conference, Autism One Radio, Autism One Outreach and Autism in Action initiatives educate more than 100,000 families every year about prevention, recovery, safety, and change.

Since 2003, the National Autism Association has created and implemented direct-assistance programs for the growing number of families affected by autism. Along with these services, NAA provides autism research funding, ongoing advocacy, support and education.

Because we are a parent-led non-profit organization, our objectives and resources center on:
Strengthening autism families by providing support in areas of greatest need, such as safety, therapy and medical services;
Providing our members and community with the latest information pertaining to research, education, legislation, safety, and therapy and treatment trends;
Funding impactful research studies aimed at real progress for our children;
Raising awareness about the autism epidemic and the environmental components that have contributed to the rise in cases

TACA’s goal is to provide education, support, and information to parents to help their children diagnosed with autism be the very best they can be, with the hope of recovery.

Today, there are many, many treatment options that help alleviate many of the symptoms suffered by our children diagnosed with autism. Let us share our collective, hard-won knowledge and experience with your family so your child’s treatment can begin right away. Ask about the autism journey because we are families with autism who have already “been there and done that” with many of our children. Some of us are still working hard everyday with our children for whom we never give up hope. We are Families with Autism Helping Families with Autism.

These are some of the bigger nationally-known organizations. Most have local chapters. There are other local organizations that I love! is one - they give children with Autism the gift of their voice by providing iPads.

So many organizations, so many missions, so many purposes, but with one goal - to provide support for families dealing with autism. There is no one size fits all, not right charity, no wrong one. To each their own...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

SAVE THE DATE!!!! October 20th, 2012

Hey everyone! The date for the 2012 DFW Walk Now for Autism Speaks has been announced - Team Will will be in full effect at this year's walk! I was blown away by how many people were out there last year - I made a commitment to raise at least $1,000.00 this year and increase the size of our team.

I just posted about Team Will earlier this week on Facebook and Twitter and I'm happy to report Team Will is already half way to its fundraising goal thanks to a HUGE donation from my real life football wives sisters at Off the Field Players Wives Association. OTF has been a part of my life for a decade now and this wonderful and tireless organization has promoted its members and their causes. I am so grateful to OTF for their support and helping us promote autism awareness through Autism Speaks!

SO SAVE THE DATE - OCTOBER 20TH, 2012!!!! Please consider joining our team!

For more information about Off the Field, visit Off the Field's website!

You can find out more about our team page at

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Light It Up Blue

April is Autism Awareness Month and yesterday marked World Autism Awareness day! Last year we decided to join Autism Speaks' Light It Up Blue campaign - see how we're paying tribute and raising awareness this year!

For more information, visit

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Down she goes... (almost)

I wore these amazing Brian Atwood shoes last night to the Smoking Haute: DIFFA Collection 2012 event and they were almost the death of me!

The event, which raises money for HIV/AIDS charities, was held at the Hilton Anatole in one of its grand ballrooms. Unfortunately, it wasn't the ballroom close to the hotel entrance and I had to do a lot of walking in what felt like 7 inch pumps. On my way to the ladies room, I became a little unsteady on my feet. I stumbled to the left, stumbled to the right, then managed to recover without actually hitting the ground. But it was close. Luckily my near spill was witnessed by only a handful or two of people or I may have just sashayed my way back to my car. But I managed to keep rocking those pumps, ankle sprain and all, and enjoyed the rest of the evening.

If I had actually bit it and hit the ground, I would've done so in style thanks to my friends at Watters. You may have heard of Watters - they are known for their beautiful wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses. Bet you didn't know that they designed dresses that looked like this!

I felt amazing in this stunning blue gown they designed for last year's DIFFA event. They dressed my good friend Cynthia Smoot as well in a lovely purple ensemble! I hope she doesn't mind me borrowing a couple of her pics - my camera decided to go all diva on me last night and refused to take a good pic. Make sure you check out Cynthia's blog for more pics and coverage of this fabulous event!
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It truly was a fabulous night with good friends. The runway show was amazing, complete with drag queens and body-painted models. Can't wait to see how DIFFA steps up its game next year!

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