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What’s in Designer Esé Azénabor’s Bag?

If you didn’t make Esé Azenabor’s fashion show debuting her latest collection, catch up here. The scene was abuzz with stiletto-clad society gals with martinis in hand, and the ornate frocks sent down the runway were showstoppers; hand-beaded and truly stunning. The gorgeous, Nigerian-born Canadian designer popped into the D offices to spill her bag and talk about […]

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Beads, Feathers, and Sequins Galore: See Dallas Designer Esé Azénabor’s 2014 Collection

Dallas designer Esé Azénabor sent her models down the runway–faces half covered a la Phantom of the Opera–last week to debut her full 2014 collection. The fashion show, titled Phantom of the Runway, featured a laser light violin performance, cocktails with swirling smoke, and Esé’s lineup of beautifully embellished pieces, including floor length sequin gowns with plunging […]

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What’s in Robin McMonigle’s Bag?

When I interview designers who come to town, they rave about Dallas women. They gush about their polish and mind-blowing ability to pick up their kids from carpool looking impeccable from head to high-heeled foot. Robin McMonigle’s one of these women. She’s a Cali transplant, real estate guru, and if you can believe it, a single mom of four (15, 14, 11, and 8). And, the woman is gorgeous. See what she keeps in
her Céline tote.

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Dezso’s Sara Beltrán on Ocean Inspiration, Creativity in India, and Diamonds. Lots of Diamonds.

Her jewelry’s inspired by the ocean, but we’re not talking about hippie beach gear. No neon anklets or feather pendants. Sara Beltrán’s jewelry line, Deszo (“desire” in Latin), is enchanting but sophisticated. Rose gold rings, necklaces, and cuffs nestle diamonds, emeralds, obsidian, and other exotic stones, with whimsical nods to the sea with shark’s teeth and seashells. The designer, who was hand-picked to participate in Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Fashion Incubator program, stopped by Forty Five Ten for a personal appearance and trunk show. I got to sit down with her to talk beauty products, music, and India, where she’s inspired to create new things and is and advised regularly by a shaman and guru. How cool is that? You can find her latest collection (rose gold + emeralds = swoon) at Forty Five Ten.

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What’s in LeeAnne Locken’s Bag?

If you know LeeAnne Locken , you know a short title doesn’t cover her accurately. If you don’t, let’s go with her Twitter summary: TV personality, actress, emcee, inspirational speaker, reality star, author. It’s all true. She’s competed on She’s Got the Look, appeared on Big Rich Texas, hosts dozens of events, including the recent No Tie Dinner & Dessert, Art from the Heart, and the Equest gala, all in the last few weeks. (You can’t miss her at an event: she’s either emceeing the thing or competing for an unofficial most glitz and glam award with Steve Kemble.) She’s also an inspiration guru who has released a book based on her uplifting Facebook posts. Plus, she’s gorgeous with an infection laugh. Take a look at what she stashes in her purse.

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The Show Me Your Mumu Designers on Lip Balm, Skinny Margaritas, and Their Dream Collaboration

Girl crush alert. I recently sat down with Cammy Hebert and Cologne Schmidt, the designers behind playful bohemian line, Show Me Your Mumu. The two are college classmates (Berkley, specifically), business partners, part-time models (spot them posing in their own lookbooks), and still, somehow, besties. (They even complete each others’ sentences.) While they were in Dallas, as the featured designers during the Fashion Industry Gallery’s market, I got to chat with the two peas in a pod and walk through the racks of fall samples–where I promptly fell head-over-heels in love a purple-flecked velvet burnout kimono. Show Me Your Mumu has a music festival vibe–especially when topped with flower headbands–but break down the looks, and you have perfect everyday wear: brunch maxis, vacay staples, breathable separates for surviving upcoming summer months, pretty fall prints, and cozy rompers. Shop the line locally at Hemline, L. Bartlett, and The Gypsy Wagon. Read our Q&A with the design duo.

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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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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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Links We Love

The way Ivania Carpio makes wearing Nike workout pants look like high fashion on Love Aesthetics. Leandra Medine’s tips on making an old dress look new on The Man Repeller. Mini skirt as a topping? Maybe so. Dallas gal Erin Wasson as the face of Madewell as discovered on Honestly WTF. An all-at-once cool but sophisticated cotton […]

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What’s in the Hiatus Spa Owner’s Bag?

Anyone who has taken spa advice from me has likely been recommended a trip to Hiatus at Inwood Village. It’s a topnotch facility with some of the best treatments, masseurs, and products. It’s also helmed by a very lovely Sheila Garrison with abnormally radiant skin, luscious hair, and a collection purse accoutrements so inspiring it made me put “shopping at Hiatus’ spa boutique” on my weekend to-do list. She popped by D’s offices yesterday, clad in black–with a very cool leather vest–to share her accessories. With a third location of the spa opening in Plano’s Willowbend Wellness Center in just a few short months, I have no idea how she found the time, but I’m so glad this veteran of the beauty biz could spare some time (and product suggestions).

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What To Wear When Throwing a Party, Courtesy of Hostess Danielle Rollins

Danielle Rollins is the ultimate party girl. The Dallas-born author of Soireé: Entertaining with Style plays hostess for a living, teaching others how to dazzle while throwing garden parties, black tie dinners, and girls’ nights in. Each 75-degree day that sneaks into the cold week makes me absolutely desperate to gather some friends and pour all the cocktails that pop up on my Pinterest feed. Luckily, Danielle gladly gave us some further inspiration for throwing a couple weekend soirees. On her list: “Bloodies & Brunch” and “Mexican, Margaritas, and Mamacitas” with outfits to match. Take a look at her favorite party accoutrements. 

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What’s in Bridal Designer Vatana Watters’ Bag?

Vatana Watters, the Dallas based bridal designer behind Watters keeps her purse well-edited. With a constant rotation of trips around the world, she has to. Before packing up to head back out of town–Shanghai, New York, and London are on her itinerary–she stopped by D to talk about new collections (swooning over this rose champagne gown from spring 2014) and spill her bag.

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