Posts Tagged ‘Park Cities’

There Goes the Neigh-borhood

Posted by    |    December 16th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Merry Christmas!  I love saying that.  I kind of feel a little edgy when I say it – so many folks these days stick to Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings. I love Christmas, I do. Each year at Christmas I relive my (minor but self important) part in the 5th grade Christmas play (we could still call it a Christmas play in 1977) and belt out “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” in the shower and make the kids watch A Charlie Brown Christmas with me. I love to create funny Christmas cards and buy thoughtful gifts for friends and family. But here’s what I don’t really love: the throngs of people who drive up and down my street and throughout my neighborhood looking at Christmas light displays.

Call me Scrooge. The homes on my street in Highland Park are, for the most part, original 1927-ish Tudors that have been updated. Our lots aren’t wide or deep and our street is narrow. So, imagine a scene in which four vehicles are parked on one side of the street, another seven are parked along the other, and residential traffic is trying to pass through. Then let’s add to this little Christmas kaleidoscope, a horse-drawn carriage with people sipping Starbuck’s hot chocolate and sweating their Thanksgiving paunches off. Just for fun throw in a Dan Dipert super bus inching down the street right behind it.  Then, for a really neat visual image, picture me, in white and blue polka dot flannel pajamas and Uggs, taking my anxiety-riddled Golden Retriever out for a tinkle. (more…)

Drybar: The Perfect Blow-Out

Posted by    |    October 26th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

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The Heavens smiled upon Dallas the day that the Los Angeles-based Drybar finally landed on Oak Lawn Avenue. The salon has been receiving rave reviews from Vanity FairPeople and The New York Times (just to name a few) since it first swept through California like wildfire. It’s easy to see why: it’s literally “Girl Heaven”*.

The impeccably designed white and yellow salon geared solely towards blow-outs is chic and feminine. Guests are ushered to a station complete with iPhone charger, purse hook and a front row seat to the movie playing throughout the salon (always something approved of in “Girl Heaven” such as Mean Girls or Moulin Rouge). After being offered complimentary wine or champagne, guests are encouraged to “pick your poison”: a menu of Cosmopolitans, Mai Tais, Straight Ups, Manhattans and Southern Comforts (hairstyles, not cocktails) are all available for only $35.


Remembering the Past

Posted by    |    September 11th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

“We’re in a war,” he said. “The story of this war – dates, names, who started it, why – that belongs to everyone. Not just the people involved in it, but the people who write newspapers, politicians thousands of miles away, people who’ve never even been here or heard of it before.  But something like this – this is yours.  It belongs only to you. And me.  Only to us.”

-Téa Olbrecht in The Tiger’s Wife

Everyone has a 9/11 story. Mine begins in November 1990 when I moved to New York City fresh out of college. I knew my future was there in the form of independence, career and, the damnedest of all things that ensures and derails your future at the same time, love.  We were freshman-in-college sweethearts who had lost touch for years but, somehow, ended up in New York at the same time. His office was in the World Financial Center, mine was in the Flat Iron district. His subway stop, which soon became our subway stop, was Cortlandt Street, World Trade Center. The World Trade Center was our one-stop for facilitating the business of life.  Our first joint checking account was opened at Chase Bank, 1 WTC. Our dry cleaners, our book store, the Lerner NY store where I bought work clothes for my $16,000- a-year PR job – it was right there in the WTC mall. (more…)

Dip into Dive

Posted by    |    August 2nd, 2011 at 11:49 am

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I’ve been having a mini love affair with Dive for a while now, and I think it’s time I finally spoke out about it. I love it so much. I love the coastal cuisine, I love the soothing white and mint interior and I love the fact that you can dip pretty much every entree (love to dip).

But I’m not just going to go on some rant about how awesome it is. There are some negatives. Mainly, the prices. Honestly, it’s a little too pricey for me to go as often as I would like to (I just can’t bring myself to pay $12 for a little ahi tuna every day). But when you think about it, there’s really no where else like it. It’s tacos, ceviche and wraps are unmatched in my opinion. So while I wish the prices were lower, I’m willing to shell out a little extra change to keep my coastal cuisine taste buds satisfied.


Too cool for school

Posted by    |    July 8th, 2011 at 10:39 am

Before we know it, little brainiacs everywhere will be heading back to school, leaving Mom with a little extra time on her hands.  Oh my, my, my…however will she spend it?  Might we suggest by getting a head start on updating your cool-weather-wardrobe? Just in time to shop the Autumn 2011 collection, Stella McCartney will  soon be opening the doors to her new, Highland Park Village diggs.  And fashionistas all over Dallas are giddy with anticipation. Here’s to hoping her kids line will be coming along for the ride.  Of course, considering that my toddler, Max, has recently decided that wearing clothes is no longer his thing…it might be wise of me to splurge on something for myself, instead. Come on, can you really blame the little guy? It’s hot out, right? Right?

So get ready, you stylish socialites. In just a few short months, label lovers with a particular fondness for Stella’s take on cutting-edge fashion, can delight over the eye candy she’ll be bringing to Big D, proving yet again, that Dallas is a designer shopping destination.  Yee-haw!

Core Fusion at Exhale Spa

Posted by    |    July 6th, 2011 at 11:56 am

I stumbled upon the magic of Core Fusion completely by accident. I headed over to Exhale Spa under the false illusion that I would be taking part in a beginner’s yoga class (there’s no shame in being a beginner, okay?), but was abruptly denied my soothing, amateur class and told that my only option was Core Fusion. I had to buy special grippy socks was informed that this particular workout would focus on every part of my body. I was terrified.

I put on my grippy socks, grabbed a matt, ball, belt and weights and awaited my fate. I would either fail miserably or receive one of the best workouts of my 21 years in existence. I’m happy to say it was the latter.


Celebrate the 4th of July

Posted by    |    June 21st, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Photo Courtesy of Strange Culture Blog

The fourth of July is one of my personal favorite holidays because there are so many activities to enjoy on this patriotic and fun filled weekend.  Many Dallasites escape to various lakes for boating, tubing and just getting away; however, there are still many events occurring if you prefer staying in the city. The annual Park Cities Parade joyfully weaves around the neighborhood stringing along numerous floats, fancy cars, horses and other buggies. Residents unite together to celebrate and watch their friends and neighbors participate in floats supporting their teams, clubs, and families.

If you want to continue the celebration, a large picnic at Goar Park follows the parade where friends and families join together to eat, drink and play games.  If you want to celebrate the holiday more intimately, many people in HP, and allover Dallas, host barbeques and pool parties to soak up the sun and enjoy the day. A perfect ending to a wonderful day, watch a fireworks show at night. Almost all country clubs around Dallas show off their own beautiful array of fireworks. Enjoy this holiday and don’t forget to wear your red, white and blue!

One Stop Summer Shop

Posted by    |    June 21st, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Photo Courtesy of Adeline's Facebook Page

Looking for a new shop to fulfill your summer wardrobe needs? Adeline on Lovers Lane is your solution. A previous peer of mine, Graeme Gehring, debuted her cozy yet trendy boutique this past May. After graduating from The University of Oklahoma in Spring 2010, Gehring decided to combine her passion for fashion and interest in retail to launch her very own store. The young entrepreneur traveled to markets in Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles to carefully select merchandise for Adeline. After asking Gehring what her target and objective were for opening Adeline, she stated, “I wanted to open a store with affordable clothing because I have always shopped for high quality yet affordable clothing and I don’t think there are enough stores in this area that serve that purpose. My price point is set to engage my target consumer – young women between 17 and 26. This age group of women usually doesn’t have a lot of extra money to spend on expensive clothes so they seek high quality yet inexpensive clothing.” One feature that sets Adeline apart from most local boutiques is Gehring creates most of the jewelry herself.

As an avid Adeline consumer, my favorite aspect of the store is its welcoming ambiance and original merchandise.  Adeline provides fashion forward customers with charming jewelry, clutches, undergarments and clothes ranging from tank tops to bandage skirts.  Whether you are attending a casual BBQ or going dancing, Adeline has everything you will need for the summer.

Adeline is located at 4412 Lovers Lane in Park Cities.

Anti-’bucks: Drip Coffee on Lovers Lane

Posted by    |    June 13th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Sometimes, you just don’t want to go to Starbucks. (Shocking, I know.) Perhaps you feel they’ve gotten to know you a little too well. Perhaps you fear large crowds. We’ve all found comfort in the familiarity of the ‘bucks, but every now and then we crave something new and different in our coffee experiences.

This is where Drip Coffee comes in. This little beacon of roasted hope on Lovers Lane combines the two things I cherish most in a coffee shop: a quality product (they hand roast their coffees on site) and an inviting atmosphere. (more…)

Stress calls for Katy Trail, Milo’s & Digg’s Tacos

Posted by    |    April 6th, 2011 at 10:56 am

The bright green grass at SMU

It’s the beginning of April and that can only mean one thing: one more month til summer. Or graduation for some.

At SMU the stress is running high as exams, projects, papers, and worse: the real world is approaching. After talking to several of my friends who are graduating in May, there are many mixed feelings that come along with an approaching graduation date. Nervousness, doubt, excitement, and utter fear. “I’m expected to leave the safety bubble that is SMU, find a job, possibly move to a new city, and live in the REAL WORLD?” Yep. After 16+ years of schooling, the time has finally come for a lot of students.

But for the rest of SMU, the non-graduation crowd, life is a little less stressful. Although finals are just around the corner, they’re still an arm’s length away to where lounging in the grass on the hilltop and getting your tan on is still commonplace.