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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 vintagejarma@gmail.com.

 

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 smustyle@gmail.com

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 Forever21.com for more.

 

Elizabeth Lowe

A Piece of Misch

April 14, 2009 by
Mischa Barton in a signature headband.

Mischa Barton in a signature headband.

With spring finally here and summer just around the corner, what better way to mix up your winter hair rut than with a floral headband?

 

My latest obsession: Mischa Barton’s designs for Stacey Lapidus.

 

Mischa regularly sports a beachy, laid-back hairstyle with an array of headbands for day and night. This year she teamed up with one of her favorite accessory designers, Stacey Lapidus, to create a line that stays true to the Lapidus look but channels her personal LA girl style.

 

You can get a piece of the OC starlette’s look directly designed by MischMisch herself: Pearls, rhinestones, and beads braided into pastel silk and chiffon fabrics look just like a treasure pulled out of the sea. (You’ll definitely feel a little more laid-back and lighter spirited with one in your hair.)

 

Mischa’s headbands along with other Stacey Lapidus accessories can be found at Nordstrom in NorthPark Center and at Sebastian’s in Snider Plaza.

 

Checkout the Stacey Lapidus Website for full collections.

 

Elizabeth Lowe

Pedal to the Metal

April 7, 2009 by

Beach Cruiser
 
Need an Outlet for your summer fever, or just a way to calm that overall jitteriness until classes are over? Channel your inner ’60s Cali beach babe and enjoy the kind of stylin’ bike ride the Beach Boys would have sung about.
 
Fleetwood’s Kit Kat Bike Rentals offers cheap deals for daily and weekly bike rentals and is located right on Mockingbird Lane. Choose a bike from an array of colors like hot pink or tangerine orange. Add some pimped-out detailing, and make pedestrians and car drivers jealous of your wheels.
 
Free rides down Katy Trail and around Victory Park are offered twice a week, for those who want to pedal while keeping their wallets smiling.
 
What’s even more rad? Proceeds from bike rentals go towards preserving the Katy Trail. Even Lance Armstrong will think you’re “living strong.”
 
So grab your friends and take in the sunny skies together. It will make the countdown to summer just pedal by.
 
Visit Fleetwood’s Kit Kat for more information and rental rates. Fleetwood’s Kit Kat is located at 5214 E. Mockingbird Ln. and is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
 
Happy Trails!
 
Laura Cook