Ojo Caliente: Hot Springs for Mind, Body, and Soul

Published July 12, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

If the stress of everyday living is starting to weigh you down, it may be time to do something about it. Sure, the occasional massage or jet-tub bath are wonderful, but sometimes you need something extra to pamper yourself and feel refreshed again.  But, if you're like most people during these economic times, you don't a fortune to spend on healing your aching muscles and spinning head.  One way to ease into a state of total relaxation starts with a road trip...to Ojo Caliente, New...


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To Die For: New Online Boutique The Blissful Gypsy

Published June 24, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

Once in a blue moon you come across an online gem that captures your interest and style in one clever site.  The Blissful Gypsy, a brand spakin' new online boutique is the collaboration of local creative, stylish women with a love for the unique.  With its debut on the web this week, the site not only has a selection that rivals any shop on Melrose, but features independent designers that you can't find on every street corner. So what do they offer, you ask? How about jewelry of all...


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Get a Jump Start on Father's Day Gifts

Published June 8, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

Don't worry, there's still time to get something that will not only make Dad smile, but perhaps even illicit a high-five.  With eleven days left, it's time to act NOW and pick out the perfect Dad-worthy present.  Lacking in the ideas department? I've got you covered.  Here is a list of favorite finds for Dads of all ages, professions, or hobbies....
 
1.MUNITIO™ Nine Millimeter Earphones™
Titanium Coated Earphones for the Father who loves his music, talk radio, or...


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Nail Down Summer's Hottest Shades

Published June 6, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

Manis and Pedis need to be on trend with the rest of your body, so here's a quick run-down of the hottest shades for your digits this summer.

1. YELLOW

Okay, it can look like you dipped your fingers in mustard if you aren't careful, but yellow nails are all the rage with the Katie Perry and Lady Gaga set, so why not you as well?  If you want to avoid the scenario above, try a pale lemon yellow or a neon shade.  Even if the rest of your outfit gets ignored, your fingers and toes will...


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Hey, Litterbug!

Published June 2, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

If you're anything like me, you somehow manage to take your normally clean and functional vehicle and turn it into a dumping ground for all your trash.  I vowed to never eat or drink in my car when it was brand new, but as time marched on, I found myself dropping fries down the crater-sized hole between the driver's seat and the center console.  Gum wrappers, junk mail, straws, reciepts...they all reside in the abyss of my car seats and side pockets. What's a messy bessy to do?

Well,...

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Wearing White: Tips You'll Love

Published May 31, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

Now that Memorial Day has passed, it's time to bring out the whites and pronounce, "It's summer!"  White, deemed the absence of color, can be tricky and downright intimidating to wear.  Some say it makes you look larger than you really are, others just fear it because one spill of wine or Kool-Aid and you're toast. BUT-when you get it right, white looks clean, fresh, and youthful in a way that no other color does.  Here are some great tips to keep white a wardrobe favorite.

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All a Girl Needs: Wigs, Wardrobe, and Wine

Published May 23, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

Designer Paulette Martsolf knows a thing or two about how mystery and style go hand in hand.  The owner and chief designer of Snider Plaza staple boutique Allie-Coosh can often be seen wearing her signature chic styles about town along with her favorite accessory-wigs!  No stranger to involving her friends and clients in a fun soiree, Paulette invited Dallas stylistas to experience her new summer lines and striking new jewelry designs at the boutique.  Unlike the typical trunk...


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Bloggy Lovey

Published May 18, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

Blogs are addicting. I mean seriously addicting.  I used to think they were just for commentary on social issues or Aunt So- and-So's way to brag about every little thing her children do. Not so! I have a treasure trove of cool, charming, and interesting blogs to share with the style, beauty, and interior design concious folks out there.  You may already be in love with some of these beauties, but here is my list in random order:

Southern Weddings: It is exactly what it says. This blog...

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From The Small Screen to The Shops at Starwood: Meet Daniel Lewis

Published May 16, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

What do you get when you cross a cosmetologist with an interior designer? No, not Lady Gaga. Quite the contrary-how about a handsome gentleman who has a earned the title celebrity stylist from this stint on Bravo's Season 2 of "Shear Genius"? Daniel Lewis, owner of Green Peridot salon in Frisco, is not only accomplished in style and beauty, but was also voted a National Fan Favorite from his days as "Daniel from Dallas" on the popular reality show.  And it isn't just the show that brings...


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Leave It To a Pro: Twin Couture

Published May 10, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

Having your make-up done professionally can be intimidating and uncomfortable if you aren't using someone who knows how to make you look like a more beautiful version of...well, you.  Once in a while, you stumble upon a gem of an artist who can do it all: hair, make-up, and sweet as they are talented.  Jessica Witt of Twin Couture is all those things and more.  She's also an actual twin, hence the clever name. A resident make-up artist/hair stylist for a bustling local production...


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Stylish Mother's Day Gifts

Published May 5, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

Buying gifts for the trendy Mom who probably has everything and doesn't need any additional handmade lanyards or paperweights can be tough.  Here are a few cute ideas to grab at the last minute for the woman who can practically read your mind and has eyes in the back of her head...but still manages to look effortlessly chic.

All right, this first idea might not be "stylish", but it's delicious.  Everyone Luvs Chocolate is a little piece of Heaven located in La Jolla, CA.  They...


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Needle's Haystack: Saving Time and Taking the Guesswork Out of Finding One-Of-A-Kind Jewelry

Published April 25, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

Time is a precious commodity these days, so who doesn't want to save some it by finding everything you need in one spot? And better yet, what if that spot is online and allows you to have one smooth transaction involving several different vendors? For jewelry lovers of all kinds, Needle's Haystack is designed to cater to the discriminating buyer who wants to save time and find unique pieces that will spark compliments.  When I first heard about this online jewelry marketplace, I wasn't sure...


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Tan Your Hide

Published April 21, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

It's that time of year, when shorts and sundresses and swimwear come out from storage and on to our pasty bodies.  Well, unless you're lucky enough to be an olive-skinned lass, which I am not.  I know that a bronzed body isn't as widely sought after on the east coast and other parts of Middle America, but this is Dallas.  The city known for big everything, and the most beautiful women on the planet.  You don't want to be caught at Sfuzzi sporting the whitest legs this side...

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Cute and Affordable Birthday Gifts

Published April 18, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

It seems like there are more spring and summer birthdays than any other time of year, and it can be challenging to find something personal to give year after year.  Though giftcards have become the preferred method of gifting, it's still a little sweeter to hand-pick a trinket for friends and loved ones.  Since cash is tight for the vast majority and taxes are due today (yuck!) I thought I'd show you my picks for affordable and sweet gifts for the birthday gals and guys in your life....


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Tips for Comfortable Spring Shoes

Published April 14, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

I tend to buy shoes that look good, regardless of whether or not they are comfortable.  This is fine if you're only wearing them a short time and walking a short distance, but that doesn't usually happen.  With a fear that bunions and corns might start showing up in my twilight years, I have had to get creative with ways to make the shoes I love work for my feet.

One of the most frustrating things that can happen is finding your dream pair of heels and they don't come in a half size. ...

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Dallas Designer's Fashions for Jet-Setting First Ladies

Published March 21, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

If you weren't in attendance for Dallas designer Courtney Russell's grand unveling of his August Alexander Collection at Jet 10 Hangar on Saturday night, I want to give you my condolences.  Everything about this Jan Strimple creation was delicious from start to finish.  First, the location couldn't have been more captivating and fun-after all, who doesn't get a buzz from witnessing the wall of the hangar moved aside and gorgeous models strutting out of a jet..... wearing jaw-dropping...


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The Beautiful People

Published March 10, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

Beautiful, successful, and smart. (Don't you hate them already?)  To top it off, they are friendly and nice, and have a passion for encouraging other women and their talents.  So it makes perfect sense why these three ladies were chosen as D Magazine's "Ten Most Beautiful", along with a slew of other awards and recognition.  Could we glean wisdom from their professional pursuits and knowledge of all things philanthropy?  Sure. But what inquiring minds want to know is what...


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Talking Pajamas and Oprah with Dallas Designer Bobby Schandra

Published March 7, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

When you meet Bobby Schandra, handbag designer probably isn't your first thought.  He's young, athletic, and has an effortless style about him.  But once you step into his showroom in the World Trade Center, you realize that Bobby has more than great hair going on-he's a bonafide handbag and accessories designer for the modern woman.  When asked what kind of woman he has in mind when he designs, he says "She is on the go, favors high energy environments, and travels for business...


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83rd Annual Academy Awards Fashion Favorites

Published February 28, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

Last night's Academy Awards was a glamorous, albeit interesting event.  I have to say, I wish Anne Hathaway and James Franco had simply attended, because their hosting left so much to be desired that I am still underwhelmed.  My vote for next year goes with an appropriately modified comedy routine by hot comedian of the moment, Joel McHale.  But until then, the memory of a stoned Franco and hyperactive Hathaway lingers.

Now, on to the fashion....

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Fashion on the Road: A Guide to Weekend Shopping in Palm Springs

Published February 23, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to spend it in Palm Springs, California.  Being the golf course mecca of the U.S., I was worried I would be out of my element.  Boy, was I wrong.  Palm Springs is as chic as it is beautiful, and the fashion there is decidedly California casual....with an excess of diamonds everywhere you look. (My kind of town!)  On the suggestion of Palm Springs locals, I took two shopping trips: one to the Saturday street fair and one to El Paseo...


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It's in the Bag: An Interview With bolarti Designer Wendi McGowan

Published February 22, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

She may be relatively new on the fashion scene as a designer, but Wendi McGowan has already made her mark on women everywhere with her artful accessories.  What has made bolarti a success in such a short time is that Wendi stays true to her love of fashion and art and applies her business savvy to her passion. She can proudly add the prestige of becoming one of 20 finalists in Texas’ Next Top Designer Challenge to her list of accomplishments, beating out entries from all over Texas....


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Fashion Week Forecast

Published February 15, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

Fashion Week-the week that fashionistas everywhere equate with Christmas.  For those of us not lucky enough to score invites to the runway shows (I'm certain mine were just lost in the mail due to the snowstorm in New York,) here is a quick recap of what we're missing:

The theme this year seems like it's based around sassy, independent women.  According to stylelist.com, "[Diane von Furstenberg's] inspiration for her collection was strong, independent American women with style, like...


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Dallas Super Bowl Style File

Published February 9, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

Now that the hype of the Super Bowl has finally died down and people are returning to a state of normalcy, it's time to reflect on what the heck just took over our city.  Or, more importantly, who took over our city and what they looked like while doing it.

Just two days before Super Bowl XLV descended on Cowboys Stadium, Off The Field, the NFL Players' Wives Association held its 10th Annual Awards Banquet and Fashion Show benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This event ...


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My Brazilian Blowout Experience at Blanc Salon

Published January 31, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

I have always envied stars like Jennifer Aniston and Halle Berry who look like they've never experienced a bad hair day.  As someone with a lot of hair and no skills at making it look beautiful myself, I decided to try the mysterious Brazilian Blowout at Blanc salon in Uptown.  When I first came to check the place out, I met owners Dien Khieu and Scott Tuan Witmer.  Not only are they the most personable salon owners I've ever met, but also you can tell from their  fantastic...

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Britney Spears Is a Slave For Sears

Published January 25, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

Love her or hate her, Britney Spears won't let you forget her.  Her brand-spanking new single, Hold it Against Me  hit at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and broke the iTunes record for most downloaded female artist in one short week. And, whether she's walking a red carpet or walking barefoot to a gas station bathroom, she is a star "for the people".  She's always rocked her own style, from a glam, studio-era look to her Uggs/tee-shirt/torn denim skirt look.  And now,...

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Project Askari: Getting to Know Sweet Shirin

Published January 20, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

Originally from Richardson, Shirin Askari won the hearts of Project Runway devotees in Season 6, solidifying her as a talented fashion designer and Dallas celeb. Debuting her collection almost a year ago right here in Big D, the young designer's fashions were warmly recieved. Pocketbooks opened, and so did more doors to expanding the line futher.  Shirin was asked to cre­ate four designs incor­po­rat­ing Red Bull cans to show­case at Red Bull: Art of Can, and her trunk...


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Superbowl Kickoff Party with Abi Ferrin

Published January 18, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

A beautiful highrise.  A beautiful group of party-goers. A beautiful showing of fashion designer Abi Ferrin's latest designs.  Last Thursday night was just beautiful.  The Superbowl Kickoff party was hosted at the Azure in Uptown, with some of the members of the NFL Players’ Wives Association, “Off the Field, ” modeling Abi Ferrin's latest and greatest. With the nicest PR queen in town, Sabra Girard, at the helm and hor dourves by the talented Lisa Garza, this...


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Keeping Up With The Crum-An Interview with PlanB PR Founder, Bri Crum

Published January 11, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

Fashion wouldn't be what it is without the driving forces behind it in our city.  The best way to develop personal style is to study the style of those whom you admire.  So, I asked Bri Crum of Plan B PR to help connect me to her bevy of fashion forward friends and clients so we may all benefit from their collective wisdom. A style icon in her own right (and daughter-in-law to one of the most glamorous women in town, Yvonne Crum,) Bri has fulfilled her entrepreneurial dream by founding...


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People's Choice Awards-The Fashion Do's

Published January 10, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

In case you missed the red carpet catwalk before the People's Choice Awards, I've pulled a few of my favorite looks from the event.  I have to say, the mini-dress has never looked more impressive and done in so many different ways.  Although the trend at the awards is younger, younger, younger....this new freshman class is taking the lead with impeccable style. Celebrity stylists are a wise investment, and it shows.

 


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Fit for Fashion in 2011 with Brian Johnson

Published January 6, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

Today I want to introduce Brian Johnson, co-owner of The Movement Dallas.  Brian is giving us some great reminders this week in our Weekend Fashion Plan of Action on how we can look and feel better in our clothes. He is the guy who was probably voted "Most Likely To Help People Reach Their Potential" in high school.  I thought it might be nice to get to know Brian a little better....heck, he may even give us more tidbits on good nutrition, workout tips, and perhaps a yummy recipe or...

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7 for '11

Published January 4, 2011 by Hilary Kennedy

Can you belive it's 2011? Yeah, me neither. Now that we are a few days into it, I've been reflecting on what helped get me through the overcommitted 2010.  Seven lovely life savers come to mind, so I thought I'd share them with you.  Here we go...

1. Clairsonic Plus-this slightly pricey but totally worth it gadget is nothing short of amazing.  If you go online and read the reviews of this product yourself, you'll be as convinced as I was that this is the real deal.  With so...

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New Year, New Vuitton

Published December 29, 2010 by Hilary Kennedy

Like many Dallas women, I have a not-so-secret love affair with all things Louis Vuitton.  There is something alluring about a brand that is constantly copied, revered, and never, ever goes on sale.  Though I try to keep up with the LV Look Book and add the LV coffee-table worthy hardback selections to my Amazon list each year, I have to admit I'm a little behind the times on the 2011 Spring/Summer collection.  In case you're like me and are just now getting around to viewing the...


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Mid Week Must-Haves: Missoni Scarves

Published December 22, 2010 by Hilary Kennedy

If you happened to check out my Wish List for Good Little Girls a few days ago, then you noticed a Missoni scarf was one of my wishes.  These scarves are world famous and a favorite of celebs like Malin Akerman, but they can often run between $500-$900 dollars.  Imagine my surprise today when I spotted these coloful and distinctive scarves at DSW Shoe Warehouse off Northwest Highway and Douglas! Not only do they have several colors, but the price ($69.95!) will floor you.  If looking...


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Why Being "Oily" Is A Good Thing

Published December 20, 2010 by Hilary Kennedy

Oil-just the sound of the word conjures visions of pimples or car maintenance.  I'm here today to tell you that oil is no longer your complexion's enemy or just something that keeps your car running properly-it's so much more than that.  It was my search for a way to avoid getting the common cold that led to my love affair with oils.  After much googling, I discovered an oil that not only kept my bank account from draining from doctor's visits, but also literally changed my life. ...


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Holiday Wish List for Good Little Girls

Published December 13, 2010 by Hilary Kennedy

It's not often that I find so many things on one website that I love (unless I'm browsing the DeBeers website,) but Net-a-Porter is one of those sites that mimics the childhood wonder of an FAO Schwartz store.  I decided to showcase a few of my most-revered shoes and accessories that would be killer at any holiday party.......or a romantic dinner by the fire. 

In no particular order, they are:

Jimmy Choo patent leather sandals-$950

Yves Saint Laurent Tribute leather sandals-$750

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Links to Great Gift-Giving Ideas for Christmas

Published December 10, 2010 by Hilary Kennedy

If you're struggling to come up with ideas for the perfect gift for the loved ones in your life, here are some fabulous links to blogs that will spark your imagination. Enjoy!

Gifts for Mom

Gifts for Him

Gifts for Kids and Pets

Gifts for the Preppy Princess

Sexy Gifts (yes, these can be holiday appropriate!)

 

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Anthropologie Influenced Christmas Decorating

Published December 6, 2010 by Hilary Kennedy

I'll be the first to admit that I am not an interior decorator.  In fact, I hired one this year to help me with the most basic of all the decorating decisions when we bought our home.  But when it comes to Christmas decorations, I decided to give it a go alone and see if I can make it look festive without professional help.  My inspiration?  This year, it is Anthropologie and their kitschy, vintage-y, warm and cozy fashions that inspired my few attempts at decking the halls. ...


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FGI Dallas: Fashion & Lifestyle Awards

Published November 29, 2010 by Hilary Kennedy

On November 19th, FGI Dallas hosted their Fashion and Lifestyle Awards, with proceeds benefitting their scholarship fund.  I hadn't attended this event before, so I was very excited to see the runway show with a handful of top fashion designers and hear speeches by the award recipients.  My chic "work date", Elisabeth Jordan, accompanied me through the throng of stylish and sexy attendees, introducing me to interesting people like Cynthia Smoot and catching up with with our friend,...


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Shopping at Northpark Center on Black Friday

Published November 27, 2010 by Hilary Kennedy

Was I brave enough to get up early and shop at Northpark Center on the busiest shopping day of the year? You bet your Choos I was.

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It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas...

Published November 18, 2010 by Hilary Kennedy

Is there anyone else around here that can't belive it's almost Thanksgiving? As I was walking through downtown today I noticed that Main Street Gardens has already begun the construction of the 60-ft. one of a kind Christmas tree.  It's going to be beautiful once it's lit up at the City Lights event this Saturday night.  If you want the whole scoop, check out our video update.

Since the stores around town have considered it Christmas since the week before Halloween, it's time to make...

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Blind Ambition

Published November 17, 2010 by Hilary Kennedy

Last April, I attended one of the most impressive events I've ever been to in Dallas. Blind Ukrainian couturier Sergey Ermakov from Kiev came to Dallas for "designing with a VISION", benefiting the American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss. Sergey can only see 5% of what you can see and he is living proof that people can live successfully with vision loss - which is the theme of the event. His creations are inspired by art, literature, nature and history. As you can see from our...


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Partners Card Frenzy This Week!

Published November 2, 2010 by Hilary Kennedy

So it's the much aniticpated week of Partner's Card, and I'm already going through the tough task of narrowing down the 750 stores in which I'll use my 20% discount.  It's wise to save up your purchases (especially the big ones,) and make them all during the week of October 29-November 7th.  Since You Plus Dallas is a sponsor this year, I feel especially tied to the cause.  If you don't know much about The Family Place, then take a second to check out their website.  They...

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Is My Dream Coming True?

Published October 26, 2010 by Hilary Kennedy

I usually don't spread gossip, but this is too good to pass up.  Word on the street is that international retailer H&M may be coming to Big D and opening its doors at Northpark Center or Galleria.  The reasons that it hasn't already graced us with its presence are somewhat ambiguous, though in this article it sounds like the fact that Dallas doesn't get all four seaons has something to do with it.  Though we have a few affordable, trendy options in Dallas (has anyone else noticed...

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Clinique and Teen Vogue Fresh Faces Tour This Saturday

Published October 21, 2010 by Hilary Kennedy

If you've ever wondered what it's like to work on a fashion magazine shoot and have your makeup done by a true pro, then stop by Nordstrom at Northpark Center this Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  A Clinique expert will do your makeup and a profesional photographer will snap you with your glamorous new look. There is even a chance to win an internship in New York with Clinique.  Plus, score some free Clinique goodies! Book your appointment by calling (214) 231-3900 ext 1056, or...

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Mid Week Must-Haves

Published October 21, 2010 by Hilary Kennedy

This week I was inspired by Jeune Marie's blog to do an overhaul on my closet.  I needed to transport my summer wardrobe upstairs to my seasonal storage closet and bring down the fall and winter wardrobe, so I figured, what better time to do a closet makeover?  After seeing the great work fellow bloggers have done on their closets, I decided to bite the bullet and make a small investment in mine.  My first order of business to was to buy organizational items to get me motivated. ...


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Mid Week Must-Haves

Published October 5, 2010 by Hilary Kennedy

Ah, fall.  The time of year when shorts go away and sweaters come out.  I can't tell you how much fun I've been having doing my fall shopping.  While at Saks doing research on this week's Fashion Update, several new Alice and Olivia dresses caught my eye.  If you aren't familiar with Alice and Olivia, the line started in 2002 at Barney's and expanded from great fitting pants to an entire lifestyle collection.  The clothes are whimsical, have a vintage flair, and can be...


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Mid Week Must-Haves

Published September 29, 2010 by Hilary Kennedy

Designer shopping at discounted prices...isn't that what we are all after these days?  We try to avoid the faux designer bags, shoes, jewelry, but with the economy in the state of flux that it's in, we have to do something to feed our fire without breaking the bank.  Sites like http://gilt.com and http://ideeli.com have grown in popularity for this very reason, and the "invite only" requirement makes users feel like they're part of a special club.  I have a soft spot for Gilt myself,...

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Mid Week Must-Haves

Published September 22, 2010 by Hilary Kennedy

Every week, I seem to find something else to obsess over that makes my heart sing and my wallet cringe. This week, it's shoes. InStyle magazine declared the top six shoe trends for fall: -Pointy Toe Heels -Black Strappy Heels -Biker Boots -Blush Tones -Bright Suedes -Kiltie Details Though I'm not on board with all of them yet, the black strappy heels, blush tones, and bright suedes appeal to my feminine side in a big way. The bright suedes are the most fun, but shouldn't take over the bulk of...

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United Way Fashion Show Recap

Published September 21, 2010 by Hilary Kennedy

Last Saturday night, lovers of all things fashion congregated at Cirque on the pool deck for a red carpet fashion show benefiting The United Way and showcasing local design talent. Lindsey Weatherread and Rochelle Rodriguez presented their new collections on Campbell Wagner models as DJ SoulJah spun great tunes all night. Some of the highlights included Nothing Bundt Cakes giving out mini cupcakes and Aveda doling out chair massages. Talented event planner Lisa Johnson put together an amazing...

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