It’s that time of year again – and no I’m not talking about Christmas. It’s Spring, the season where everyone seems to be either walking down the aisle or getting their diploma. Gift giving for these occasions is always troublesome, and the fact that most of us are broke really adds to the dilemma. But, recently my present problem was solved as a friend introduced me to her friend’s brand new stationary biz.
The friend of a friend is Hanna Brooks and her absolutely adorable stationary is “Gadabout” – my new favorite word.
gad⋅a⋅bout [gad-uh-bout] An aimless pleasure seeker; A traveler in search of enjoyment and amusement; One who roams or roves for social activity.
Each card is completely hand illustrated and Brooks even does custom designs. Give Gadabout, for something personal, chic and unique!
H.D.’s Clothing Company on Greenville is having a shopping extravaganza this weekend. Checkout what owners Harry and Vicki DeMarco just picked up from Paris all while sipping champagne! Ooohh la la!
Click on the invite for all the deets.
Psst! Here’s the secret to snagging some goodies from the new Nordstrom Rack — without losing your mind in the process.
-Be patient. You’ll have to sift through racks and weave between other eager shoppers.
-Plan ahead. The dressing room always has a line, and if you go on a weekend you’ll most likely spend some time finding a parking spot.
-Keep an eye out. Like its counterparts Saks Off 5th and Neiman Marcus Last Call, there are some super steals from hip designers just waiting for you to take home and cherish.
Top three reasons to run to the Rack:
1. Rich & Skinny boyfriend jeans: These babies are going fast, so be speedy and get your hands a pair of Spring’s hottest denim. If Rich & Skinny isn’t your style, opt for Seven For All Mankind, Joe’s, Citizens of Humanity, Earnest Sewn, or AG by Adrianno Goldschmeid.
2. Accessories: From flats to sandals and pumps to purses, these are timeless items that will never go out of style. Other great accessories include Juicy Couture sunglasses, Michael Kors bags and Pashmina scarves.
3. Shoes: (Because we might have a fetish) Your tootsies will look trendy in Sam Edelman, Dolce Vita, Havaianas, Reef, Via Spiga, Ed Hardy, Nike, Lacoste … the list is endless!
Your friends will envy all your fashion finds; and they’ll be even more jealous that you paid only half the price.
Nordstrom Rack is located on North Central Expressway east of 75 across from NorthPark Center
If you haven’t already noticed, green is the new black, which means Earth Day is the new Christmas — well, not quite, but it’s getting there!
How we’ll be celebrating our love for the planet? A bevy of VIP and (sparkling green) events at Mockingbird Station on Wednesday.
Here’s the scoop…
Shop the street: Retailers at Mockingbird Station will be moving their eco-friendly and locally made products from inside to out for a fashionable sidewalk sale.
P is for PURE: Society Stylist and PURE Dental are teaming up to host a VIP launch party benefiting The Ultimate Exchange. Sips and bites will be served. You’re invited so RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and stop by tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Fashion Frenzy: Movida Boutique is hosting an in-store fashion show benefiting For Love of the Lake, a volunteer organization working to preserve the beauty of White Rock Lake. The show is tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. See you at the catwalk!
There are officially six days until Earth Day (April 22)! I’ve been trying — in my own little ways — to go green, so I’ve gathered a few tips that will ease your shopping bug and show a little love to Mother Nature.
Tote Trendy: If the 99 cent reusable shopping bags from Whole Foods aren’t trendy enough for you, check out Dogeard‘s Natural Tote Bags. Dogeared features a Green Patch on its Website chock full of other earth-friendly fare.
Soap Safely: One of the easiest ways to get on a going green kick is to start using eco-friendly dish soap. Mrs. Myer’s rocks because not only are the products aromatherapeutic but they’re also biodegradable and environmentally friendly. (Hint: that means it keeps our water run-off a bit cleaner) Just a tip: The lavender scented products will have you washing dishes all night.
Clothe Greenly: American Apparel has a Sustainable Edition line. We’re talking all your basic cotton necessities (White T-shirts, undies etc.) made from completely organic cotton. The benefits of organic cotton are endless. Safer for us, safer of our environment and safer for animals. Sounds pretty win-win to me.
If you know any green products worth mentioning (or purchasing) e-mail email@example.com
Eve With Flower, Headband by Lyte Accessories, $42
Here’s to adding a little glitz to the top of your noggin. Just call it a make-shift tiara so you can be the princess you know you are.
Lyte Accessories, owned and designed by Los Angeles-based Molly Rhymer, is the perfect answer to the headband rage hitting the ever-fabulous, wannabe Blair Waldorfs out there.
The studded, feathered, bejeweled and beaded hair accessories put a whimsical twist on the traditional headband. I’m imagining they’ll turn any basic outfit from dull to rockin’ instantly. These headbands may take a boost of confidence to pull off but I’m sure topping your head with one of Lyte’s crowns will turn you from shy girl to trendy “it” girl in seconds.
Get ordering and give the Gossip Girls a run for their headband money.
Check out the Lyte Website for looks and be among the first to bring a growing L.A. trend to Dallas.
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!
We all have a sweet spot for costume jewelry. And who can resist these fun pieces, especially with such enticing price tags?
Forever21 currently carries some of the most adorable and affordable pieces to add to your spring look. All of these pieces are sure to add a kick to any outfit without leaving a hole in your wallet. Most importantly, although the price is cheap, you’ll be looking anything but.
Light pink pearlescent necklaces and rings flatter spring’s hot “new neutrals” trend. Large bangles, braided bracelets, and medallion necklaces complement the geometric and Moroccan styles seen in many designers’ Spring-Summer 2009 runway collections. And as always, Forever21 carries deliciously gaudy jewelry for any night-on-the-town outfit.
So go ahead — play around with layers, show off some bling, look chic on the cheap!
At these prices you can wear the piece once and love it or leave it.
I have a feeling you’ll be left wanting more.
All of the following can be found at Forever21 in NorthPark Center, but shop Forever21.com for more.
An Again & Again Zebra-Print Chair
Reasons to shop (and love) Again & Again:
1. Your idea of fun is rearranging the living room furniture.
2. The budget for furnishing your first apartment is smaller than expected.
3. You would rather shop at The Glass Slipper than at The Gap, which means your furniture shouldn’t be massed produced (or from Pottery Barn) either.
4. You’ve driven by the hot pink bungalow (east of 75 at Knox-Henderson) millions of times and always mean to check it out.
5. Because refurbished and vintage doesn’t have to mean old and run down. Instead, you’ll make it mean trendy and sexy.
6. Your friends will be jealous of your one-of-a-kind finds and dub you the Queen of Apartment Decor.
Banana Republic Double-Breasted Coat
Alright fellas, it’s April. Other than the excitement over no school on Good Friday, this month brings rain. And if you look at the forecasts, it looks like there is going to be a lot of it. Follow these steps for raincoat success:
The collar should be popped. Don’t worry, you won’t look like a prepy idiot. That is what it’s for, to keep your neck dry.
A trench/raincoat should fit slimly and snug to your body. The bottom should be anywhere between two and six inches above the knee, according to GQ. If it fits correctly, no need to tie the belt around your waist — that is a little feminine anyways.
Khaki and black are both great options. If you are feeling a little more daring, try something bold, like red, green or electric blue.
While some are pretty pricy, you can hit up stores like Banana Republic or even Barneys co-op to find something rad and reasonable.