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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Smell Good Giveaway: Sage Turquoise Candle

In another lifetime, I’d own an apothecary full of delicious perfumes, oils, candles, and other tinctures. I’d include the line Sage, a collection of perfumes, rollerball oils, and candles inspired by birthstones. Every product is prettily packaged with a whimsical collection of notes. Take the Turquoise scent, for example. It’s made up of blue chamomile, grapefruit, cassis, floral-infused musk, sandalwood. “Fit for a mermaid,” according to Sage. Equally exciting is the candle’s outwear, a bright blue glossy glass jar encased in a paper container with ornate designs accented by gold sparkles. (Which you can keep to store other trinkets.)

I’ve got one Turquoise candle to give away. Enter here to win.

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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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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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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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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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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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ShopTalk and StyleSheet Are Moving in Together!

Change is here. The good kind. Like, when you rotate your closet to put the newest season front and center. Or when you ditch your usual skinnies/tee/blazer combo and buy a bright floral print skirt. Sort of like that, ShopTalk and StyleSheet have merged. Our shopping and beauty platform and street style blog are now under one roof. Which makes sense. Instead of hopping from one page to the other, finding out who was wearing what at the coolest parties on StyleSheet, and then clicking over to ShopTalk for your dose of retail therapy, you can see it all on our new, one-stop fashion and beauty page.

We know change is tricky–we have our routines, too–but you’re going to get more of what you love, we promise. Click over to our new look and see the street style photos you can’t get enough of, now in big, beautiful galleries, up top. Then check out out all the shopping, beauty, and local style-maker stories below–including our favorite Earth Day-inspired products. And let us know what you think.

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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.

Enter here to win.

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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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