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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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Summer Skin Giveaway: Elemental Herbology Macadamia & Papaya Radiance Body Scrub

My introduction to British skincare company Elemental Herbology almost exactly two years ago. The line was new to Nest, and a handful of us were invited in to the store to hear about the brand and play with the products. We oohed and aahed, and sniffed and played, and squeezed everything onto the backs of our hands. The whole line was delicious. I’ve particularly enjoyed the face collection over the the last couple of years, but I’m excited about what’s on deck for the body. Created for summer is Elemental Herbology’s new Macadamia & Papaya Radiance Body Scrub. In the ingredient lineup are papaya, sea salt, sugar, macadamia and buriti oils, and a couple of patented things: Fresh Cells Strawberry (for toning and purifying) and Kombuchka (a “fermentation of sweet black tea with the symbiosis of two micro-organisms”). We’ve got one jar to give away. Enter here to win.

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How To Pick a Blow Dryer: 5 Dallas Stylists Weigh In

CALVIN MAHONE at Drybar Weapon of choice: Buttercup Why he loves it: “In the hair industry, there are many options when it comes to choosing the perfect hairdryer. I always tell my clients to opt for a nano ionic dryer. Nano ionic dryers use negative ions to neutralize static-causing positive ions, yielding less frizz while restoring moisture to the […]

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Get Fit Giveaway: A Pack of Flywheel Classes and Spin Goodies

Okay. We’ll admit it. It’s time. Time to stop ordering Thai food on the couch in front of Netflix and bench all the wine and put in water. It’s also time to get back to the gym. Get those legs moving by entering the giveaway on our new health and fitness sister page, Be Well Dallas. You’ll enter for a chance to score a floral tote bag, a “Fly Dallas” tank, and a 10-pack of classes to use in Highland Park and Plano. Head on over and scope it out.

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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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Up Your Lash Game: Dallas Fashion Bloggers Pick Their 8 Favorite Mascaras

Lashes rule these days. Extension lash bars are popping up on every corner. Beauty brands are leaning on brush technology and updated formulas to create lengthening looks that create a breeze when you blink. But if you’re not sure which of the myriad tubes is the one for you, maybe take a tip from one of Dallas’ blogging crew. With five girls and their eight recommendations, one of them might become your new go-to.

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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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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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