Archive for September, 2010

Ideation

Posted by    |    September 16th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

At the corner of Commerce St and S Pearl Expy, they meet in secret, discussing ways to improve your community. Last night, You+Dallas hosted the brilliant and creative minds of TEDxSMU to walk them through their Superchannel page, which will go live on our website in one week (look out, world).

You+Dallas’s relationship with TEDxSMU started when President Jeff Hinson attended a TEDxSMU conference and wanted something more. “What happens if we take these ideas and come up with a way to apply [them],” said Sharon Lyle, Director of TEDxSMU & TEDxKids. “We want to dream big and then go do something about it,” says Hinson.

The Supperchannel is a new concept in idea generation. The TEDxSMU bloggers were shown how to contribute ideas to the site to facilitate discussion and brainstorm with the community. “Everyone is here tonight because this is a group that is ‘plugged in’ in a digital format,” Sharon noted. TEDxSMU and You+Dallas have a likeminded interest in people coming together for a better cause; everyone present at the event has a passion for building a better community. “What happens if we actually get to know our neighbors? It could be pretty spectacular,” Hinson says with a smile, “That’s a win.”

Sarah Jessica Does It Again

Posted by    |    September 14th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Can anyone be considered more fashion-forward than Miss Carrie Bradshaw herself? Sarah Jessica Parker made her debut this week as Creative Director for Halston Heritage, the company’s secondary collection that sparkles with updated Halston pieces at updated prices.  Though SJP tried her hand at an affordable line for Steve and Barry stores several years ago (which was promptly discontinued a year later,) she is once again taking the fashion bull by the horns.  What does this mean for us devotees in Dallas? Well, Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Nordstrom all carry the line, which is good news for Dallasites who swooned over two of the Heritage collection pieces worn in the Sex and the City sequel this year.

Fashion’s Night Out-A Recap

Posted by    |    September 13th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

In case you were living under a rock and missed it, Fashion’s Night Out took place last Friday all over the country.  Dallas has really jumped on board the past two years, and this year was bigger and better.

Here are some of the highlights:

1. Neiman Marcus had sketch artist Benjamin Vincent doing complimentary 3 minute “Vogue” style drawings of patrons,

2. Billy Reid had a live band playing in-store while offering Heineken and Bourbon libations,

3. Barney’s hosted the Fashionistas and their following of beautiful people,

4. The Christian Louboutin boutique was so crowded that the doorman was turning patrons away (much to their red-soled dismay,)

5. Harry Winston boasted a 40-carat diamond that would get any wayward husband out of the doghouse,

6. Carolina Herrera featured an ultra hip digital photobooth and bites from Lisa Garza,

7. and Jimmy Choo gave out cute totes to carry your hot new fall shoes.

Next year is sure to be just as exciting, with even more participating retailers….not that we really need another excuse to get out and shop, right?

You+Pics: AHA’s Start! Heart Walk

Posted by    |    September 11th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

You+Pics: The American Heart Association’s Start! Heart Walk


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Smocked in the Face

Posted by    |    September 10th, 2010 at 11:39 am

As a non-mom, I don’t know much about fashion for babies except the super stylish stuff is expensive.  Not anymore, says Smocked Auctions Facebook Page.  Their mantra? “Small clothes for tiny prices.” Awwww. If you want to have the best dressed baby in town, check out their page to bid on dresses, rompers, jon jons and other fun accessories.  Auctions take place every evening at 8:00 (at fixed prices,), and by the growing number of Facebook fans, I’d say you’d better hit the Like button before the festive holiday wear for babies is goo-goo-gone.


I Spy Thigh High

Posted by    |    September 9th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I have found my fall fashion obsession: a pair of thigh high Christian Louboutin black boots.  They are buttery soft, high heeled deliciousness.  These babies are a far cry from the Cole Haan penny loafers I begged my Mom for during junior high back to school shopping.  Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth both have them (for a whopping $2395,) and I’m planning on checking out the new CL boutique in Highland Park Village during Fashion’s Night Out tomorrow evening to see the whole fall collection. My only question: are these leather lovelies more fantasy than reality? More Kat Von D than Sandra Dee?  (Read: Will I look like I work a street corner with these on, or can they look classy?) Mom, I think I already know what your answer will be.

Hey, Big Tex!

Posted by    |    September 9th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I can’t believe it’s almost time for fried on fried, on fried, goodness at the 2010 State Fair of Texas!

 We only have 14 days, 21 hours and 49 minutes separating us from the always original, and always suprisingly tasty,  Big Tex Choice Award creations. This year’s top pick? Texas Fried Frito Pie.

 If  you’re as ready as I am to get my ticket to the Fair on opening day, join Downtown Dallas Inc., and other anxious folks who have been saving up their calories, September 24th for Taste of the Fair. This opening day parade march begins at noon in Pegasus Plaza (Main at Akard). There will be food (of course), and also live music from Jackie Don Loe. 

Any chance we might be burning our Deep Fried S’mores Pop•Tarts on way to the Fair? Who cares anyway?! It’s State Fair time!  I’m grabbing my Best Fried Food Friend, and heading Downtown.

When a Flea is a Good Thing

Posted by    |    September 8th, 2010 at 10:38 am

Wondering what to do this Saturday when the rain has stopped and the sun is out? How about spending the day at the Dallas Flea? Now, I’m going to be honest. I’ve never actually been.  I’m behind the times…I just discovered Etsy this year.  But I’ve been told by many a savvy shopper who loves Texas artisans that the Flea is THE place to find unique, cool, and reasonably priced clothing, jewelry, knick knacks, and gourmet goodies.  It’s this Saturday from 9-4 at South Side on Lamar and only five bucks to get in.  See you there!

Sporty Style

Posted by    |    September 7th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

After a fun Labor Day weekend in Flushing Meadows at the US Open, I came home with a new perspective on dressing stylishly for sporting events.  Football season is upon us and hockey season starts soon after, but as we brave the crowds and cheer on our favorite teams we can still have signature style. Anna Wintour wouldn’t expect anything less.

One thing I noticed in New York is that it doesn’t matter if it’s hot, muggy, or just plain uncomfortable to be wearing something stylish-style MATTERS.  When it comes to tennis and golf, it’s better to err on the side of conservative chic and stick to brands that fit the bill-Polo, Lacoste, and Sperry Topsiders for your manicured toes. (Incidentally, there is a new Sperry store at Northpark.) When it comes to football, baseball, and hockey, you may be a bit more creative with your style.  The TCU Bookstore offers a variety of jewel encrusted dresses and halter tops for women sporting the Horned Frog logo, and the Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop also sells cutting edge fashion pieces that promote your team (including faux Uggs with the famous star on them!) If you prefer not to rock the actual team name or logo, try to incorporate at least one of the team colors in your outfit, and don’t be afraid to destroy your blow-out with a baseball cap.  The AAC might not be the catwalk, but it can definitely be another platform to show team loyalty and personal savoir-faire.