Lustrous Locks Giveaway: Oribe Light Reflecting Spray

Maybe your hair is dull these days. Your chocolate-y winter hue has faded. Or maybe you’ve just revamped your color for spring. Perhaps you’ve even gone blonde. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, Oribe Light Reflecting Spray should be in your product lineup. Obviously, it add luster. It also tames frizzies and flyaways, moisturizes, and adds UV protection. Best of all, it smells delicious.

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How I Went From Brunette to Blonde: An Editor’s Diary

The first few months of 2014 have taught me an important lesson: never say never. Because one day, you’re going to wake up, look in the mirror, and decide you want to transform your dark tresses to blonde. At least I did, which was something I always swore I’d never do.

My infatuation with blonde hair started at the Beyoncé concert last July, and came to full fruition last Thursday at Blanc Salon. But it wasn’t an easy process—it took four months, three dyeing sessions, two salons, and a whole lot of chemicals, but I’m finally at a color I love. Here’s how I got there.

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#AirbrushTanProblems: How To Do it Right and What To Do When it Goes Wrong

As the sunshine is pouring down, the airbrush tan questions are rolling in. I collected the most frequently asked and sent them to my go-to mobile airbrush girl, Jacy Rader of Bronze and Beautiful. Wake up with a halfway bronzed bod? There’s prevention (and a bit of a solution). Can’t figure out how to prep? Rinse and exfoliate. Jacy tackles the world’s spray tan dilemmas ahead.

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Where to Shop in Dallas this Weekend

Spring Beauty Trend Event at Nordstrom: Friday, April 11 from 6 pm to 9 pm stop by Nordstrom at NorthPark Center for an evening of pampering and cosmetics. Enjoy complimentary hair styling, nail polish changes, lash applications, and fragrance sampling. Tickets are $20 and redeemable toward your beauty purchase at the event. Now that it’s spring, […]

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Hayden Panettiere is Just Like Us! Except for the Whole Celebrity Thing.

I recently interviewed Hayden Panettiere, who was in town to celebrate the opening of Belk at the Galleria. I was unsure of what to expect. How would she stack up against her current role as the occasional-diva country singer Juliette Barnes on Nashville? But from the moment she walked into the room, in a Trina Turk dress and stilettos, she was all smiles and jokes. The interview started off with an unexpected compliment—she spotted my florescent pink Cambridge Satchel Company bag and gushed about how she loves the hue. By the end of the interview, I felt like I was chatting with a good friend (with whom I share a love of Cards Against Humanity, Shel Silverstein, and Italy). Read on to get all the details on my newest girl crush (and soon, yours too).

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Good Hair On the Go Giveaway: Drybar Travel Kit

There are a lot of false rumors about Dallas. We don’t ride horses to work. We don’t all own cowboy boots. We don’t each have a boob job. Sorry. Many of us enjoy a pair of worn leather booties as much as we do a pair of dazzling, mile-high pumps. But there’s something to the hair talk.

Truth is, Dallas girls like their volume. ShopTalk’s purse spills confirm it. Texturing spray in Merritt Beck’s bag, hairspray in Kendie Skeen’s bag, and a teasing comb in Rory Ashton’s bag. Perfect to add to the travel bag: Drybar’s Small Box Big Hair kit.

It’s got a mini, original formula shampoo and conditioner, the Southern Belle volumizing mousse, and a can of Money Maker hairspray. All for your own DIY blowout on the go. Everything’s TSA size-approved.

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If you’re not interested in doing it yourself, head into one of the three Dallas salon locations. They also do lovely braids.
Truth is, Dallas girls like their volume. ShopTalk’s purse spills confirm it: texturing spray in Merritt Beck’s bag, hairspray in Kendie Skeen’s bag, and a teasing comb in Rory Ashton’s bag. Perfect to add to the travel bag: Drybar’s Small Box Big Hair kit.

It’s got a mini, original formula shampoo and conditioner, the Southern Belle volumizing mousse, and a can of Money Maker hairspray. All for your own DIY blowout on the go. Everything’s TSA size-approved.

Enter here to win.

If you’re not interesting in doing it yourself, head into one of the three Dallas salon locations. They also do lovely braids.

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A Few New Favorite Things: Sage Roll-On Perfume, Cozy Texas Tees, and Rose Balm

1. Ivy Kirshner’s “Roman” wedgie bootie at Elements. It’s like a sandal boot, which is ideal for Texas summer conditions: furnace outside, igloo inside. I love the enamel details on the harness. They come in black, too, but I hear the gives you legs for days.
2. Sage roll-on perfumes. If you’re taking a trip to Fredericksburg, pop into Root for these (and lots of other things you’ll need). The perfume collection, themed by birthstones, come in full bottles and prettily packaged roll-ons for stashing in handbags and giving as gifts. Try Pearl with mousse de chene, sandalwood, musk, and vanilla.
3. A Texas Home T. This butter-soft tee falls somewhere in a happy place on the Texas pride spectrum (not quite a flag tattoo on your ankle). No love for the Lonestar State? (Then get out.) You’ve got 49 other states to choose from, including a couple countries.
4. I wouldn’t call myself a Tory Burch girl–I don’t dig the heavy embellishment or prominent logo thing, but on her lipstick tubes, it’s perfect. The familiar orange covers the square container with the emblem stamped on top. It’s fun. Try Pas du Tout, her signature “perfect pinky nude” (couldn’t have said it better myself).
5. Aerin Lauder Rose Balm. They say 350 rose petals were used in the extraction process to make this silky balm. It comes in a pretty glass container with a gold lid, so it’s easy to leave on display. I use it on my nails and cuticles, lips, and around my eyes when I forget eye cream.

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Q&A with Jewelry Designer Eddie Borgo (Plus, Meet Him Tomorrow!)

Eddie Borgo was making cool jewels for photo shoots before he launched his designs for his masses. Editorially-inspired, he makes collections with rock-and-roll edge: slightly dangerous, totally glamorous (hello, gold five-finger ring draped in a strand of pavé crystals). Additionally, Eddie Borgo’s line is on the affordable side (so I actually knock these rose gold spike earrings off my wish list). Meet the main man and shop his designs tomorrow at Neiman Marcus Downtown from 10 am to 3 pm. In the meantime, get to know him with our quick Q&A. (We too love a minimal wardrobe and vintage Levi’s.)

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Where to Shop in Dallas this Weekend

Vintage Chanel at Stanley Korshak: From gold statement necklaces and brooches to colorful bags of all shapes and sizes, you’ve got options at this vintage Chanel trunk show.  The sale is Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, so stop by to snag something special. After all, you can’t go wrong with Chanel.

Spring Restocking at Vintage Martini: With all the crop tops and peddle pushers coming back in style, there’s no better place to be shopping than vintage stores. Instead of rocking the modern crop, shop at Vintage Martini for the real deal. You’ll find unique items ranging from 1950s floral prints and chiffon dresses, to 1960s cocktail attire and jumpsuits.

Summer 2014 Collection Arrives at Trina Turk: I’ve always been a fan of Trina Turk’s bold colors and vibrant prints and the 2014 summer collection is the best so far. From multicolored matching sets to flowy solid tops, the whole line is feminine, daring, and bright. With a selection of flattering dresses, flirty skirts, and (conservative) midriff tops, you’re bound to see something that will spruce up your summer wardrobe.

Eddie Borgo Personal Appearance at Neiman Marcus Downtown: Read our Q&A with the master of cone spike jewels and hit up the downtown store for some one-on-one time with Eddie himself.

Lane Watkins is a ShopTalk intern.

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The Dear Clark Girls on Their Go-To Products, Latest Obsessions, and Best Hair Advice

We love everything about Dear Clark Hair Studio. It’s salon-meets-art-gallery thing, its med spa with an Instraceuticals oxygen facial, the braid bar, and its in-house line of Dear Clark hair products with Texas-sourced ingredients. We especially dig the owners, Holly Dear and Kaycee Clark, who have fueled the McKinney Avenue hotspot’s artful vibe and happy patrons. We also love some of their favorite things. Take a look.

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10 Spring Things You Need for Your Upcoming Vacay

With the unusually cold weather on our hands, I can’t help but dream of a warmer, tropical climate. If you’re making that dream come true in the upcoming spring and summer months, we’ve compiled a list of ten vacation must-haves from local Dallas shops. Whether it’s a girls trip, or a romantic getaway, Seaside, or St. Tropez, you’ll look like anything but a beach bum with this resort gear. Inspiration: toes in the sand.

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Links We Love

Our beautiful photo gallery from House of DIFFA’s masquerade party.
The latest shots from Jane’s Chanel road trip photo shoot series on Sea of Shoes.
Bloom in McKinney is closing. Owner Kendie’s sweet goodbye note on Kendie Everyday.
Celebs as hipsters on Fast Company
Non-slip sneakers on the Neiman Marcus blog. We need a pair stat.
Merritt Beck of The Style Scribe on Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed Challenge. Vote!

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Can Coconut Oil Replace Your Beauty Routine? We Give It a Try. (Oil Pulling Included!)

Coconut oil is having a moment in the beauty world. Beauty and fashion sites are sprinkled with stories touting the benefits it’ll bring your skin, hair, and body. Namely, oil pulling, a system of gargling oil for a healthier mouth and teeth. Supposedly, it’s also ideal for moisturizing, shaving, conditioning, and drawing toxins from your body. I’ve been interested in giving coconut oil a try, so, I decided to go drastic. For one week, I exchanged the majority of my beauty regimen with the stuff. I used it as my moisturizer, deep conditioner, shaving cream, lip balm, and even gave oil pulling a try. See what happened.

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