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Ritz-Carlton Spa & Elizabeth Carlock

December 3, 2009 by

Join SMU alumna and designer Elizabeth Carlock at the Ritz-Carlton Spa tomorrow for our two favorite things: beauty treats and jewelry. Give the gift of a mani pedi (to yourself), because tomorrow’s spa day is benefitting The North Texas Food Bank. We know it’s frigid outside, but your toes still need to be pretty under your boots. Squeeze some holiday shopping in, while your getting beautiful, with tunics and gems from the Elizabeth Carlock Designs in-spa trunk show. Get glam: with an Elizabeth Carlock design purchase you will receive 25% off all spa treatments booked that day. Relax and treat yourself to a pre-exam week stress reliever.


Friday, December 4th
2nd Floor, The Ritz-Carlton Spa Dallas

La Mer

October 14, 2009 by

smuStyleFrom hot to chilly, to humid to scorching – Texas weather changes everyday. The unpredictable weather causes skin to go from oily to dry and back again every time the temperature jumps. Keep that temperamental skin looking flawless from season to season with La Mer. The beauty line’s best seller and cult-classic Crème de la Mer is your cure in a cream.


Join La Mer Senior Vice President of Product Development and Innovation Loretta Miraglia today as she personally consults Dallas Divas on all of their skin care dilemmas. Get pampered and prepared for winter weather today from 11am to 2pm at Neiman Marcus NorthPark.

Aveda Institute Opens

September 24, 2009 by

smustyleJust because the economy is suffering, doesn’t mean your hair has to! Cut and Color can be pricey, if you’re getting your hair done at the swankiest place in town expect a bill of up to $350 or more!


It’s time to “cut” back in more ways than one. Introducing the Aveda Institute Dallas: a brand new, state-of-the-art teaching establishment located in the heart of Dallas. The institute is a training facility for future hair gurus. But on’t be scared about about a bad die-job, these stylists are fully trained before they hit the floor.


The grand opening of The Aveda Institue, off of Park Lane, is today. “Bob” in and get mani pedi, facial, deep conditining treatment, blow out or any of their other services starting at just $15.


September 4, 2009 by
Organicare's Eco-Friendly Line of Products

Organicare's Eco-Friendly Line of Products


Chemicals were so last year. It’s high time we all go green. Recycling is fabulous and so is eating all natural — but what about eco-friendly skin care? Enter Organicare. This Dallas-based line of beauty products that launched last spring offers everything from Acai Berry Anti-Aging Serum (not like your youthful skin needs it, but it’s never too early to exercise prevention!) to a Gentle Foaming Cleanser that is to die for.


Try out the line’s five-step program to radiant, healthy skin. Think of it as one less thing to stress about.


Check out Organicare‘s Website for the details or find the line at Nordstrom and Dillard’s at NorthPark Center or Galleria Dallas.

De-stress…Fingers to Toes

April 29, 2009 by
OPI On Collins Ave. Nailpolish, Part of OPI South Beach Collection

OPI On Collins Ave. Nailpolish, Part of OPI South Beach Collection


If you are anything like me, this week is bananas. I told someone earlier that the stress of this week is worse than being in love. I can’t eat, sleep or function normally.


So how do we fix this little stress problem and take a moment to ourselves? Paint your nails. Yes. I said it. Don’t go to the salon. Do it yourself and take care of those little fingers and toes. You’ll be surprised just how valuable and therapeutic those 15 minutes of paint time will be.


Oh ya, and with OPI’s (my favorite) fab spring/summer colors, your de-stress tactic will double as a good luck charm for that big test. (I bet sizzling red nails will help you ace those finals)

The Movies Dahling — Très Chic!

April 27, 2009 by

Here’s to a style feast: French glamour, explained.


The French are responsible for some of the most fashionably influential women in the world: Coco Chanel, Carla Bruni, and Audrey Tautou just to name a few. I find the French actresses from the ’60s and ’70s the most inspiring for any fashionista. The drama and glamour of the period made for beautiful clothes and looks. The female French actresses exhibit the qualities I love most and the trends of today often pull from this source of inspiration.


Brigitte Bardot in “Le Mepris”: Bardot was the first to coin the term “blonde bombshell.” Spotted on camera: heavy black cat-eye makeup with an adorable French-chic striped shirt. The look is timeless and could still be worn today!


Anna Karina in “Pierrot Le Fou”: In this movie, Karina plays a carefree woman on the run from the cops with her lover. Her pink dress and cardigan are striking. The light pink dress juts out at the bottom making for a beautiful silhouette.


Catherine Deneuve in “Les Demoiselles de Roquefort”: Deneuve plays a young, single girl in the South of France and wears a happy yellow dress throughout the movie. Dolce & Gabbana and Versace pushed bright dresses this spring with fixed shapes that gave a sixties vibe to it.


Lucy Blair Akin


April 14, 2009 by
NARS Blush/Bronzing Duo

NARS Blush/Bronzing Duo


At the first hint of sunshine and warm weather, summer fever hits! That’s why I am obsessed with the newest beauty products from Sephora. All of a sudden everything is baked, bronze, and promising to give you a St. Tropez-worthy glow.


Current obsession: Urban Decay Get Baked Kit ($28), a limited-edition palette in a brown Pucci-inspired case of 3 bronze and golden eyeshadows, a pop of teal shadow, a mini eyeliner, and a champagne-colored version of their famous Primer Potion that works solo or under eyeshadow. The palette is perfect for on-the-go glam and is just the thing to get you in the mood for some summer fun!


Also on my radar: NARS Highlighting/Bronzing Blush Duo in Orgasm/Laguna ($37). The double-duty compact comes with NARS famous, universally-flattering blush that gives you that perfect golden flush, along with a complimentary bronzer with just the right amount of shimmer.


Now if only I could book that trip to St. Tropez!


Samantha Weinstein

Seek The Sun! (Safely)

April 7, 2009 by

Time for the tanning pool! Yes, it’s April…and May is sneaking up. The Texas sun is starting to warm up and I couldn’t be more excited. But if there’s one thing i’ve learned (from yes, my perfectly imperfect skin), its that as great as a little Vitamin D is for the soul, protecting your face from over-exposure is vital. After all, no one wants deep wrinkles by the time they’re 30. Here are a few of my fave skin products with SPF:
Fresh makes a great antioxidant-rich SPF with deep-sea algae to not only protect your skin, but repair current damage.
For those spring time social activities that occur in the sun try Chanel‘s tinted moisturizer with SPF. I use it every day and it gives perfect coverage, with a little bit of glow and enough SPF to keep you covered.
Finally, for those of us who stay active in the sun on Katy Trail and at White Rock Lake, try the Solar Defense Wipes by Dermalogica. With one fell swoop of the wipe across your face, these light, fragrance-free wipes fit right in your purse — perfect for outside workouts, or long (makeup free) days by the pool.