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A Little Bit of Paris in Dallas

May 6, 2009 by


One of my favorite designers here in Paris is Isabel Marant. She is the queen of Parisian cool and season after season she rules the runway with her laid-back yet classic, chic collections.


Good news for Dallas– A little bit of Paris has been brought to Texas. The Dallas boutique, V.O.D., now carries Isabel Marant. The owner of V.O.D. feels that, “Isabel Marant is all about easy, cool pieces you can wear every day. We are absolutely crazy for everything she does and she has a cult following at V.O.D.”


They made sure to buy only the best pieces. “For spring 09 we loved her gauze dress in poppy, all the plaids and the perfect black blazer and cropped pants from her Etoile collection.” (Her more budget friendly collection)


Her favorite runway collection pieces include “the short quilted skirt and crochet top and the velvet plaid shrunken vest with silk stripe dress. We also loved her oversized slouchy suede bag and of course those boots with the chains are perfection!”


V.O.D. plays host to the many modern designers and Isabel Marant fits right in with the unique, and classic feel that the boutique has. So this weekend, channel your inner Parisian and go check it out!


To see the talked about Isabel Marant items, make sure to visit V.O.D. located at 2418 Victory Park Lane.


Lucy Blair Akin


May 2, 2009 by

pj-ap424_pjfash_g_200904221822161Just got the lowdown from Heather Murphy, The Shak at Stanley Korshak manager –
“I wanted to let you know that we just marked down quite a bit of merchandise this morning to 30% off. There are some really great pieces on sale from lines like Velvet, Rachel Pally, DVF, Milly, Nation tees, Vince, Twenty8Twelve, Collette Dinnigan, Bishop pants, etc. It is not picked through whatsoever so stop by before the sale email goes out to our entire email list…”


I’m so there!!!!

Armoires & More Hosts Jarma Trunk Show

April 28, 2009 by
A Vintage Jarma Kelly Green Handbag, $62

A Vintage Jarma Kelly Green Handbag, $62


Vintage alert!


Holly Olmstead, owner and founder of Jarma Vintage Clothing and Accessories has a trunk show this Thursday at Armoires & More, a trendy furniture/home decor store near Lovers Lane and Inwood.


Amazing furniture, to-die-for candles and vintage jewelry? It’s not too be missed. Oh and by the way, Jarma’s Website is officially up and running with new pictures of merchandise.


Armoires & More is located at 5120 W. Lovers Ln. The trunk show is set to start at 11 a.m., this Thursday, April 30. For more information about the event e-mail


P.S. Rumor has it that Holly just returned from NYC and is busting at the seams with new pieces that are ripe for the picking (buying.) Think vintage coach handbags and necklaces from the
’60s and ’70s.

Hunter Dixon Trunk Show @ SMU

April 23, 2009 by

n63531088850_59SMU sophomore Morgan Predieri is hosting her second Hunter Dixon trunk show this weekend! Predieri is good friends with the co-founder of the line, which sells at hip boutiques nationwide. Hunter Dixon features girly, on-trend pieces that have a fun hippy flare. Stop by the SMU Panhellenic House and browse the entire Spring 2009 collection, along with left-overs from Fall 2008.


Date: Sunday, April 26, 2009
Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Location: Panhellenic House, 3100 Daniel Ave

Nastia Liukin for Max Azria

April 23, 2009 by

nastia-liukin-bcbgmaxazria-spring-summer-2009-ad-campaign-11It’s already way cool Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin is in your psychology class…


The gymnast turned celebrity turned SMU student has had a whirl wind of a life since she won the all around gymnastics title in Beijing last summer. From appearances on Oprah and Gossip Girl, to gracing the pages of People and Us Weekly – the girl is definitely soaking up the spotlight. At New York Fashion Week, Nastia sat front row at big shows like Peter Som and Isaac Mizrahi. While getting her fashion fix at Max Azria’s show Nastia was spotted and landed a contract for the line’s 2009 spring/ summer ad campaign. Nastia clearly has an affinity for fashion, as she is also in the works to collaborate on a denim line and leotards (very fitting).

Stylish Stationary

April 23, 2009 by

hannanew51It’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!

Rush to The Rack

April 21, 2009 by

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


Jaimie Siegle

A Love Note (To Our Planet)

April 16, 2009 by

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

Star Lyte Star Bright: Dreamy Headbands

April 14, 2009 by
Eve With Flower, Headband by Lyte Accessories, $42

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.

Chic on the Cheap: Spring Jewelry

April 14, 2009 by

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 for more.


Elizabeth Lowe