4 New Stores Opening Soon in Dallas

Coming soon: Warby Parker The beloved $95 buy-one-give-one eyeglass brand is opening a Dallas “Classroom” (this means storefront). It’s technically a long-term pop-up location, but there’s no end date scheduled currently. In the store, you’ll find Warby Parker’s entire range of eyewear and its signature 50s school decor. Outside, you can enjoy its yellow school […]

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Exclusively at Stanley Korshak: Ela Mirrored Rose Gold Studded Pouch

Stanley Korshak is now the exclusive purveyor of Ela handbags in Dallas. The line, a collaborative endeavor of wife and hubby, Ela and Martin Aldorsson, is a medley of simple, sophisticated bags with a just-right amount of trend. I am completely in a tizzy over the mirrored rose gold studded Editor’s pouch (see above). If you haven’t been bitten by the rose gold bug, you’ll surely be wooed by the clean, minimalistic look of the cream studded pouch or the edgy star-embossed black version. I want all three. And the price points aren’t mind-blowing. Editor’s pouches (about 11 inches long) ring up at $225; Senior Editor’s pouches (about 13 inches) ring up at $325 to $345.

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Come Shop Pretty Floral Perfumes with Us on Friday at LAFCO New York

Highland Park Village’s LAFCO New York storefront is one of my favorite shops in town, and I am beyond delighted to be helping host their spring fragrance party this Friday, May 2. The petite apothecary stocks the shelves with their pretty house brand perfumes, candles, diffusers, soap bars, and new body creams and hand soaps; boutique fragrance collections; and very special Santa Maria Novella line, whose products have been hand-crafted in a Florentine monastery since 1221. Everything in this boutique smells magical.

Pop in anytime this Friday, grab a glass of bubbles, ditch your exhausted designer perfume, and pick a new signature scent. Perhaps a spring-friendly floral? I’ll be in the shop from 4 pm to 6 pm, in a state of aroma-induced bliss, loading up on my favorite things (namely, Santa Maria Novella colognes in violet and rose and everything in LAFCO’s Fleur de Baies scent of bayberry, rose, currant, and raspberry). If you settle on the perfect scent, you’ll receive a gift with purchase. If you don’t need anything for yourself, this is a gift-giver’s haven, and Mother’s Day is around the corner. But, really. Who couldn’t use a little luxury for herself? More details here.

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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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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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A Peek Inside Canary Boutique on Lovers Lane

I have always loved Cabana, the beach house-ish boutique on Lovers Lane. I love its cashmere sweaters, casual dresses, bohemian jewelry, collection of sandals, and an occasional head-turner like a sequined frock or neon leather jacket. When I heard owner Merry Vose was opening a more upscale boutique nearby, I wondered if it was necessary. The threads aren’t exactly inexpensive at Cabana, and along with Forty Five Ten and Neiman Marcus, Highland Park Village has a slew of designer storefronts to provide our label fix, so do we really need more of the same? But sister store Canary is not more of the same. And despite its higher priced lines, it’s totally approachable. You can even pop by for an iced tea. In the March issue of D Magazine, Cristina Daglas reviews the shop.

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Seven Minutes in Heaven: My Interview with Sarah Jessica Parker

It was a lazy Sunday afternoon my junior year of college when my friends and I had “the talk.” The one where we all likened each other to Sex and the City characters. Turns out, I’m a Charlotte-Samantha mix—very rare, I know.

I texted those friends last week to share some big news: I’d be meeting the one and only Sarah Jessica Parker on Sunday. They all swooned. “What are you going to ask her?” they all wondered. Obviously, there were many questions I wanted to ask, but I was there to learn more about the SJP Collection, Sarah Jessica’s Nordstrom-exclusive line of shoes, handbags, and one special trench coat. After spending no less than three hours trying on prospective outfits, I decided on a Rachel Comey dress from Nicole Kwon, and was ready to meet the style icon.

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Peek Inside Planet Bardot on Knox Street

A high-end boutique opened  quietly in October in the blossoming Knox Street area. Don’t worry that you didn’t know. Now’s the time you need to pop in. Owner Diana Tabeshi moved back to Dallas from Los Angeles, bringing with her a West Coast sensibility that fills her shop with all the lines you love to wear in warm weather months. And those are practically here.

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A Box of V-Day Love For Your Bestie, Courtesy of Packed Party

Last year on Valentine’s Day, I watched Gossip Girl while eating Italian food and drinking red wine in bed with one of my favorite girlfriends. It was my favorite Valentine’s Day to date, and it included everything I loved: said bestie, booze, gluttony in a judgment-free zone, and Chuck Bass. It was neither here nor there whether or not a man was in the picture, but, I’m pretty sure, every spoken-for lady in my life was touched with a smidgen of envy when I Instagrammed our full-throttle hedonism. (Yeah, enjoy your steak dinner in a tight dress and heels–I’m going to polish off another tortellini in my pjs.)

But I think tokens of affection for the pillars of support in our lives are the best part of the holiday.

Cue: Packed Party.

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