If you haven’t yet heard about The Big Read, let me quickly give you this formal description:
In 2013, something unexpected is going to happen in Dallas. We are going to engage the city to read a book together. It’s called The Big Read Dallas, and thanks to the Friends of the Dallas Public Library, D Magazine, D Academy, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, we will spend a month talking about Ray Bradbury’s provocative Fahrenheit 451. Get ready for an excellent adventure.
In summary, we’re trying to get the city to read a book together, and the star of the show is Fahrenheit 451. This all kicks off today. We’ve had our own limited edition version of the book made and I’ve got 25 copies to give away today. As you may know, a good book is a hot accessory (see photo above), and you need a copy of this very on-trend story. To win, enter here. Twenty ShopTalk readers will be drawn at random.
Today I interviewed Martha Stewart, who, you may have heard, was in town signing her books at Williams-Sonoma at NorthPark. Take a look at what the famous homemaker has to say about entertaining, weddings, and loving breakfast. Then go buy her six-pound book.
Due to a shortage of time, my interview was shared with an NBC Guy.
NBC Guy: Okay we’re good and uh, it’s just easier if you look at Bailey.
Martha Stewart: Yeah, okay.
NBC Guy: First, tell me about the book.
MS: Well I need a book. Can I have a book please?
Bailey Powell: I have a book.
MS: So I’m here today to sign books at William Sonoma, and it’s my new book called Martha’s Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations. It’s hefty- six plus pounds (laughs). It’s a book about my own personal style of entertaining and it’s our 75th book at the company, so it’s a big deal.
I’m not exactly sure why new stores are opening in Willow Bend. I mean, every time I hit that mall, it looks abandoned. Great stores in there are plentiful, but the shoppers…not so much. Either way, I’m excited about the addition of Aritzia to the DFW shopping lineup. The store, which is marketed as being “inspired by the energy of culture and connecting,” first opened doors in Vancouver, and now, from what I can tell, seems to have 6 U.S. locations. The shop carries an edited selection of designer labels and trendy lines like Citizens of Humanity, our own Erin Wasson’s RVCA line, Marc by Marc Jacobs (a person fav of mine), Charlotte Ronson, and Cynthia Vincent. But those are just a few. Aritzia also carries books, magazines, and music that pairs with the trendy vibe of the fashion. We’re looking forward to the shopping experience. The store’s expected to open this summer.
I walked in to Oak Cliff’s Bishop Street Market with a fellow coworker–after eating delicious soup at Hattie’s, yum!—expecting to do a little hands-off shopping (read: no buying), but couldn’t help myself when I started looking around. The Market carries so many of my favorite body lines it was overwhelming: Thymes, Niven Mordan, Caldrea, and more. There are all kinds of fun home accessories and gift ideas, too. I walked away the “I Can’t Sleep Journal” from Knock Knock for recording restless nights, two Archipelago votives in the sultry Havana scent with notes of bergamot, tobacco leaf, and ylang ylang, and a couple fabulous cards; one glittery one with Marie Antoinette sporting a birthday cake in her hair, and another—one of the funniest cards I’ve ever seen—which I’ve featured left. (The inside reads, “Seriously, I don’t even know where we keep the salad dressing.”) The damage? $31.34. Not bad.
I told you before, but I mean it. Our D Home magazine is fantastic. The only problem with it, I find, is that there aren’t nearly enough pages to cover the incredible world of “home” in Dallas. We have a truly talented city of designers, home good stores, lighting experts, vintage furniture recovery studios, etc. The magazine can’t possibly capture it all. But that’s precisely why the D Home girls have created a Facebook page, aptly named “D Home Girls.” Go check it out to keep up with the latest design news, the best home interiors in Dallas, and the editors’ top picks for fun finds like lamps, couches, fabrics, etc.
I know this sounds biased, because I work here at D, but the truth is our D Home publication is incredible. The pictures are gorgeous, the shopping tips are fabulous, and the editors’ picks for furniture and home accessory pieces are always sublime. You don’t have to take my word for it. Look at my favorite cover, my peruse the gallery of my favorite home interior, check out the local designers’ decorating secrets, and see the award winners for things like “best lighting trend,” “best anti-florist,” “best new showroom,” and “best new shopping center.” It’s all covered in the pretty pages of D Home. I tell you all of this to preface the great news below:
The D team is offering yo momma a year’s subscription to D Home for $12.
(It’s about 60 percent off the cover price, so it’ll a pretty good deal.) Giftees will get the 2010 Design Book with that purchase, too. This is a perfect and inexpensive Mom’s Day gift that keeps giving. Plus, you can grab another subscription for your mom-in-law (or, ahem, yourself) for $10. Score. (<– click for offer)
Two books for the ever-evolving fashion fanatic. I Love Your Style ($19.99 at J.Crew) by Amanda Brooks with foreword by Diane Von Furstenberg. The long-time fashion consultant and former creative director of Tuleh shares the secrets of stylish women and fashion icons past and present. Who What Wear: Celebrity and Runway Style for Real Life ($15.16 at Barnes & Noble) by co-founders of the online celeb-savvy fashion newsletter, Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power, give style advice and tips accompanied by 60 photographs. She’ll be on-top of her fashion game with these two enlightening reads!
We will have day 12 (which Kristin already posted below), 13, & 14 today since we didn’t post any over the weekend. This one’s for the fashionable socialite in your life. A Year in Fashion by Pascal Morche ($29.95): a daily calendar (365 days) of fashion’s history and trivia with room to make note of birthdays and events, featured along side full-page photos culled from the Getty Archives of designers, models, film stars and unforgettable fashion. She may always be fashionably late, but she won’t miss any important dates! Available at Urban Outfitters and Nest.
Geoffrey Henning, J. C. Penney’s design director, sheds light on his top reads over at the Reading Room. Sneak preview: Twilight!
In honor of the launch of her website HealthyBitchDaily.com, Kim Barnouin, New York Times bestselling author New York Times of Skinny Bitch, will host a happy hour celebration downtown with vegan desserts and organic wine. If you haven’t checked out www.healthybitchdaily.com yet, it’s a straight-forward healthy living advice blog without the sugar coating and with a dollop of fun sarcasm. To toast to the author behind it all, head to The Joule Nov. 4 from 6 pm to 8 pm. 1530 Main St. 214-748-1300. To attend, RSVP to RSVP.firstname.lastname@example.org.
At least, that’s what they’re saying. Don’t forget the Nicole William’s Girl On Top event at The Limited at NorthPark. If you can’t make Wednesday night’s event, there’s another one on Thursday at The Limited Galleria. If you RSVP, you’ll partake in schmoozing with the other Dallas ladies that have come to participate, free Girl On Top cocktails for three hours, career advice from author of Girl On Top, Nicole Williams, and a 40 percent discount off The Limited’s new business wear. (Yes, yes, and the gift bag.) Both nights run from 6 pm to 9 pm. RSVP here and enter D Magazine in the “How did you hear about GOT?” field. We’ll see you there.
*Update: I was just told gift bags are first-come, first served basis.
If nude colors are your thing, this new one from OPI’s Collección de España is a must. It’s similar to CND’s Cocoa, but not quite as warm. This creamy pink-beige-with-a-hint-of-gray color is dark enough to wear on toes, but muted enough that you can wear it every day with any outfit. I rarely finish a bottle of polish, but this might be one I’ll have to buy in bulk to keep my stock from running short. To purchase a bottle go to your local nail salon, Ulta store, or online at drugstore.com. Follow the jump to see this color on fingernails. (more…)
I’m currently obsessed with a new book by Rizzoli of Mattia Bonetti’s work that is a somehow cross between Gaudi and modern architecture. I’m also sure I’ve seen this table somewhere in Dallas – Laura confirms I had this image on my wall at the old office. So where is it, and where can I see the whole collection? Any ideas from anyone? A self-described “troublemaker turned traditionalist”, Bonetti’s style was referred to as “barbaric.” Now. that wasn’t nice, was it?