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My dry skin brush is one of the most treasured pieces in my bathroom cabinet. It looks a little different than the one I’m giving away today–that is, mine doesn’t look like a hippie’s toilet brush–but it’s truly a miraculous organic tool. The process of dry brushing has been around for centuries, and, some say, it’s detoxifying. But more importantly, it’s a cellulite fighter and it feels good. (Feels even better when someone else is doing the brushing.) Eight Skincare, which specializes in dry brush exfoliation offers a product line to combat lackluster skin. In fact, founder Vicki Weaver-Payne is posting up at local retailer, Stanley Korshak, today (11 am to 4 pm) to offer consultations and free travel gifts with purchase. Eight Skincare encourages a four-step process that includes dry brushing followed by a cream body wash, sugar scrub, and moisturizer in delicious scents including ginger lime, tangerine, and lavender. I can help one lucky reader with the first and fourth steps. I’ve got a ginger lime scented Moisture Treatment and dry brush set to give away. Enter here to win.
If you’ve got time (and/or are a bad daughter and haven’t picked out a Mother’s Day gift yet) head to Korshak for a a little one-on-one with Payne and pick up some delicious smelling presents for you and Mom. Or just you. That’s fine, too.
Mother’s Day Sale at Allie-Coosh: Through Saturday, receive 30 percent off any jewelry purchases at this Snider Plaza boutique.
Eye Pieces Plano: Stop by for the Spring 2013 Trunk Show, from 6 to 10 p.m. this Saturday. You’ll get an exclusive look at the latest eyewear collections, plus live music, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary valet, and a 20 percent discount.
Discounts at Rich Hippie: Save 20 percent off your entire purchase, through this Saturday.
Personal Skincare Evaluations at Stanley Korshak: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Vicki Weaver-Payne, the founder of Eight Skincare, will be demonstrating the brand’s four-step skincare regimen, which promises to cleanse and moisturize dry skin. Come check out the products and to receive an individual consultation from Vicki herself.
Aftershock London Launch Party: This British-based brand is opening up shop in the Plaza at Preston Center, so drop by tonight, from 6 to 9 p.m., to celebrate. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eli Halili Trunk Show at Grange Hall: Our favorite Travis Street boutique is hosting a trunk show for New York-based Eli Halili. The jewelry designer will be making a personal appearance alongside his collection of world travel-inspired rings, bracelets, and earrings crafted with gold and raw gemstones. Happening 10 am to 6 pm through Saturday with personal appearances today and tomorrow.
Jessica Mitzner is a ShopTalk intern.
Yesterday a magical thing happened: TenOverSix at the Joule opened downtown. The much anticipated boutique is everything as good as I hoped. The clean white space is divided into two parts, women’s apparel and accessories and a “TenOverSix Presents” lifestyle section with home decor, kiddo stuff, beauty, and gifts. A rack of apparel includes Alasdair, Vena Cava, Suno, and Opening Ceremony. The pieces mimic the collection housed in the LA store but with the addition of more cocktail dresses. (They know we Dallas girls love a good fancy party.) Translucent boxes contain jewels for all occasions. Although TenOverSix is now sharing a few lines with V.O.D. (Pamela Love, Iosselliani, and Lizzie Fortunado) and Elements (Aesa), most of the pieces are exclusive to the store. I’m particularly thrilled about the dainty mix-and-match diamond and turquoise studs from Mociun. A departure from the exhausted patent pumps clicking all over town, the edited shoe collection is a welcome addition to our shopping scene. Loeffler Randall printed ankle strap heels, Rachel Comey sandals, and Jenni Kayne flats are a delightful change of scenery. (On Tuesday, co-owner Brady Cunning was wearing these, which set my heart on fire. Alas, they’re not available in the Dallas store at the moment.) The lifestyle side of the store has a color changing rack of sunglasses (such as Thierry Lasry), quirky giftables (like “You’re Cute” gold-embossed business cards), and a slew of natural beauty products like Ilias and Tata Harper. In summary, you need to go check it out. Joslyn and I had the opportunity to sit down with owners Kristen Lee and and Brady Cunningham Tuesday to talk shop and favorite things. Take a look.
On the new store…
Brady: I think we love an element of surprise, something that’s unexpected.
Kristen: Something that’s a little off, or a little interesting
Brady: And both of us really love to be comfortable.
Kristen: And always a little bit of a sense of humor. Most of our lines are really special. All of our designers are independent. We know them all personally, or we know the brand really well. We know where it’s made. It’s all niche brands that we really respect and love.
On what they’re currently excited about…
Kristen: Alasdair is a new line, which we’re carrying here, and we’re crazy about it. Calla is pretty amazing. [Ed note: This Calla crying dog tee might be coming home with me soon.] Nomia, which is out of New York. We just picked that up for next season. That’s amazing. We always do a lot of Electric Feathers and Rachel Comey–we just love her shoes, her handbags, ready-to-wear.
Beauty products that make their routines…
Brady: We’ll probably say the same stuff, because we use our products.
Kristen: Olo Fragrance. I roll that on, like, three or four times a day. I am obsessed with it.
Brady: And you can use it in so many different ways. I put it in my pillows and things. When we first bought the [Olo] line, I was wearing the hair tonic as perfume without knowing it. But it smells so good.
Kristen: We both wear the Ilia lipsticks. I wear Wild Child. And lavender oil is a big thing for me, too, just because it’s calming. Tata Harper has these little roll-ons that are stress relief–they smell amazing. There’s a bedtime one that I use.
One their favorite shoes…
Kristen: I have a pair, but they’re not very glamorous. They’re Dieppa Restrepo oxfords, and they’re leopard print. They go with everything, and I wear them all the time.
Brady: I have to say my Loeffler Randall black-and-white woven shoes. They’re my absolute favorite shoes.
On how they get zen…
Kristen: Wine. It used to be yoga for me, but I don’t have time for that anymore.
Brady: We spend so many afternoons together at the end of busy workdays. We get together, have a glass of wine, and just kind of unload. We process what has happened, and we let our babies play.
On current reading material…
Kristen: Right now, I’m reading John le Carré. I’m also reading a great book about motherhood and working. It’s called The Conflict. It’s by a feminist writer who is French, Elizabeth Badinter. It makes me feel so much better about being a working mom, which I need.
Brady: I’m reading a great book by Françoise Sagan. It’s so good. I’m also reading a book called Positive Discipline.
Our their favorite tunes…
Brady: The new Phoenix album is basically all that’s played at my house right now. We listen to a lot of old music.
Kristen: I listen to a lot of old country and blues and stuff at my house, like Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Muddy Waters… The one new album I’m listening to is The Alps, because we carry it. It comes on vinyl, and it’s really relaxing.
On their favorite Dallas spots…
Brady: We love Spiral Diner.
Kristen: And Eno’s.
Brady: Oddfellows—that neighborhood’s great. We love the Klyde Warren Park. We’re just blown away by it. You can really feel that things are happening in Dallas. It feels like we’re just coming in at the right time. We went to Collage, a vintage store, yesterday.
Kristen: We bought a bunch of things there. I love the Nasher and DMA. Nasher is amazing.
We’ve been having a serious love affair with Piermarini boutique and its mix of talented and harder-to-find designers since it first opened in Uptown. Nowadays days, in its Snider Plaza location, the shop is cooler than ever. For example, pop in this Saturday and you’ll be able to meet designer Timo Weiland and peruse his spring 2013 RTW collection. Minimalistic black and white pieces and feminine, mixed pattern dresses mingle with textured separates like skirts and cropped pants in oversized yellow houndstooth, blouses with sheer panels, and a smattering of fun pencil skirts.
Just a few moments ago in the elevator I was complimenting a coworker on her golden gams. I assumed she was returning from a vacation, but no, her enviable tan was airbrushed on. It reminded me I was told I look like a vampire over the weekend. Time to get my spray on, too. Coincidentally, as I got back to my desk and my inbox, I found a blast from Highland Park’s Facelogic, who is offering a $19 airbrush tans this weekend. (I should remind you they gave me one of my favorite ever faux glows.) If you, too, need a quick spritz, book now.
Sushi cats. Yep. Just these cats hanging out on blobs of rice. Why not.
Nini Nguyen featured on Who What Wear’s Real Girls style guide. Go girl.
Daily Candy’s bit on soon-to-launch Noe Undergarments. Sexy. Modern. Want it.
The 18 mini Texas vacays in the Best Weekend Getaways story, featured in the newest D.
This story about a girl who didn’t look in the mirror for a year.
3. Zana Bayne Black Leather Choker Belt. Moda Operandi’s in the punk spirit, too, with their Chaos to Couture punk shop. I imagine this paired with a full, 50s inspired skirt, ankle strap heels, and a tee. Also available here.
4. La Mer’s Limited Edition World Ocean’s Day Crème. The ultimate luxury product gets a temporary makeover each year in collaboration with Oceana, an international ocean conservation group. This year, the famous Crème will be wearing an ombre foil dress. Find it at Neiman Marcus stores through June.
Our week of Dallas style makers and their favorite things, comes to a close with Jenifer Strauss, owner and founder of Strauss Marketing-Public Relations. I don’t know how she finds time to sleep between running a PR firm, managing her team, and making appearances at events all over town, but whatever she’s doing, she always looks polished. She co-chaired last week’s Neiman Marcus Stiletto Strut in sorbet-hued platform sandals with a matching tutu and, she loves unicorns. How could we not want to know her other favorite things?
(1) Cocktail: “Tequila on the rocks, splash of soda, and 3 limes…anywhere they serve it.”
(2) Shoe: “YSL Tribute shoes at Neimans, sassy and super comfy.”
(3) Lip color: “Bobbi Brown’s Nougat.”
(4) Workout: “Pilates.”
(5) Spring thing: “I’m not sure if it is trendy but I’m really into ankle boots–I call them hooves–from Rag and Bone. They are comfy and stylish. And long necklaces with creative pendants and charms from Tiffany Forsberg.”
Trunk Show at V.O.D.: Head downtown today to check out the latest collection from Toronto-based designer, Jeremy Laing. There’s also a cocktail reception from 5 to 7 p.m., where you can meet the man himself.
Discounts and a Trunk Show at Melanie Gayle: Through Saturday, spend $75 or more in the store, you’ll receive $15 off your purchase. Or, stop by on Friday to check out the summer collection from jewelry designer Rory Ashton.
“Shop with a Mission” at Stanley Korshak: Buy a $100 Mission Card, which benefits the Jubilee Park & Community Center. Then, you’ll receive 20 percent off your purchases through this Sunday, in store and online.
Jessica Mitzner is a ShopTalk intern.
Dallas designer Abi Ferrin is a gift to the city. Despite her success, prolific seasonal collections, philanthropic work, and traveling, she’s incredibly accessible. She appears at events, galas, and fashion shows around town, she’s a cheerleader for the South Side on Lamar community (see her favorite cocktail below), and she has managed keep her South Side studio open to shoppers, who can snag an appointment with Ferrin when her schedule permits. Then there’s the clothing, of course: colorful, boldly patterned, draped and ruched for ladylike curves, and full of movement for girls on the go from errand running to cocktail parties. We took a look in the Dallas designer’s handbag a year ago, but we thought it was time to touch base on a few of her current favorite things.
(1) Cocktail: “The SouthSide at Cedar Socials–I ask for the ginger version. It’s a bespoke cocktail, a light refreshing alternative to a mojito, but very similar with the muddled mint leaves.”
(2) Shoe: “On my ever-growing wish list: Lucy Choí London’s Wysteria orange and blue heel.”
(3) Lip color: “Dior Addict Gloss.”
(4) Workout: “I love yoga! Tsada Yoga at South Side on Lamar conveniently is my favorite.”
(5) Spring thing: “Black and white. Full, monochromatic looks that have varying layers and unexpected details, but all within the context of those colors–or the two colors combined in a look.”
Hari Mari sandals, free drinks, clothing from soon-to-open TenOverSix and Original Octane, and live local music all in one scene? You can bet your sweet patootie all the cool kids will be at this warehouse party hosted by House of Plates. All kinds of good stuff is going down this Saturday: music by DJ Chriis at 8 pm, a fashion show at 9 pm, and live tunes by Dallas-based Catamaran at 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Plus, the Hari Mari sandal collection will be out in full force and on display. Hari Maris have since been picked by Scoop NYC and are being seduced by a couple fashionable retail giants, so get on board while they’re still under the radar. See you Saturday.
Update: Catamaran is based in Dallas.
Next up during our week of Dallas style makers and their favorite things, Vicki Tollemache, a user research consultant at Usability Sciences and former owner of The Shining jewelry boutique, now closed. Tollemache cultivated the coolest collection (Erica Weiner, Bloodmilk, Flotsam and Jetsam, etc.) of hard-to-find–and slightly strange–pieces, so although she shut the doors to one of my favorite shops in town, I can’t cut the cord. Instead, I keep tabs on her through Instagram and Facebook and places I bump into her from time to time. Her store, dark and whimsical, was naturally inspired by her own taste, and I love seeing what she’s wearing. Her tip: “Since my store closed, I like to shop at Elements on Lovers Lane for jewelry. They carry a lot of the lines The Shining once did. Stevie, the shopgirl there, just ordered me a great Elizabeth Knight piece.” Now, a few more of her current favorite things.
(1) Cocktail: “I go to the Inwood Lounge from time to time because some of my friends do a record night there once a month, Vinyl Fantasy, and they make a great lychee martini.”
(2) Shoe: “Always Vivienne Westwood shoes, currently Seditionary boots in Khaki.”
(3) Lip color: “Smith’s Rosebud Salve. Love that stuff. I usually do a pretty nude lip because I wear so much eye makeup.” (Her favorite liquid liner: Tarte’s multiplEYE)
(4) Workout: “I play soccer at a variety of places here in Dallas.”
(5) Spring thing: “I hate spring trends (I associate pastels with Spring). Instead I am patiently waiting for this fall, specifically all the eyes at Kenzo.”
ShopTalk’s purse spills went on a brief hiatus, but they’re back. So let’s get voyeuristic.
We’re peeking into the Jérôme Dreyfuss handbag of Stephanie Quadri today. The pint-sized stylist at SisterBrother Mgmt. keeps it surprisingly simple. Like her daily uniform of dark neutrals with a killer pair of heels, the contents of her bag are edited down to the staples with a touch of glam (see leather iPhone case and designer keychain). Take a look:
1. Marc Jacobs purse. “I’m obsessed with small wallets. This is for receipts and business cards.”
2. Tod’s notebook (“I always have a small notebook for interviews and styling notes.”) and pen (“I stole this from the Beverly Hill Hotel.”)
3. Diane von Furstenberg “Love is Life” keyring.
4. J. Crew leather iPhone case.
5. Chanel wallet. “Another one of my little wallets.”
6. Clips. “I always find these at the bottom of my purse from photo shoots for clipping clothing.”
7. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Adventure (“Apparently, Kate Middleton wore this at her wedding.”), NARS Shimmer Eyeshadow in Nepal (“It’s a pinky bronze–you can use it on your eyes and cheeks.”), and La Mer The Radiant Concealer (“Good for late nights out.”) [Ed note: Worth every penny of the $70 price tag--it lasts forever.]
8. Altoids. “I always have mini Altoids.” [Stephanie-sized, I say.]
9. Elvis matches. “You never know when you’ll need matches. I got these in Nashville.”
10. Swiss army knife. “I’m Swiss and my dad lives in Switzerland. He’s always giving us knick-knacks for Christmas.”
11. Topstick tape. “It’s my stylist trick. They’re good for belts and loose clothing. Friends are always asking me, ‘Do you have any Topstick?’”
12. Tide to Go Instant Stain Remover stick. “You never know when you’re going to spill something. Without fail, when I’m wearing white, I spill something.”
13. L’Occitane hand cream. “My mom puts these in my stocking every year.”
14. Diane von Furstenberg cat eye sunglasses. “The color’s great because it’s a neutral.”
After Thursday’s finale, there is a Project Runway-sized hole in my heart. (Yes, I’ll admit I still watch it. I just can’t say no to Tim Gunn.)
So as a PR fan, you can imagine my excitement attending last Friday night’s third annual IIDA CRE8 Fashion Show, a real-life make-it-work moment. In case you’ve never heard of the event–and didn’t catch Thursday’s segment on D: The Broadcast–here’s the scoop: Participating local interior design groups are given eight days to design and create a couture garment out of architectural materials.
This year’s theme was the zodiac, and for each astrological sign, two looks walked the runway–one “good,” celebrating the sign’s positive traits, and one “bad,” reflecting their darker attributes. Bad may not be the best word though, because I thought all the supposedly evil designs looked unmistakably cool and chic. But I digress.
I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse backstage before the show, where I got to see some of the projects up close. I was totally blown away by the designers’ creative use of their materials. We’re talking entire dresses made out of vinyl wall covering and corsets covered in tile. One of my personal favorite looks, Libra Bad (see above), was constructed from carpet tiles and laser-cut Marmoleum, an all-natural flooring.
Ishi provided the soundtrack for the evening, playing their unique blend of folksy, electronica-inspired tunes. And let me tell you, the crowd loved it. Lead singer JT Mudd brought some serious dance moves as he shimmied up and down the runway in his spandex leggings and bejeweled marching band-esque hat. Even after the winning looks were announced and the models returned backstage, guests hung around the Granada for an extended performance from the local musicians.
Jessica Mitzner is a ShopTalk intern.