Archive for September, 2011

My Top 5 Rules for Estate Sales

Posted by    |    September 20th, 2011 at 11:08 am

My favorite thing about estate sales is the total high you get when you find an amazing piece.  I’m pretty sure it’s equivalent to a paleontologist uncovering a dinosaur that wouldn’t have been appreicated if it was never found and given a second life.
The difference to me between an estate sale and a garage sale is that an estate sale is the pieces that someone held onto their whole life.  It must have been the dress that she met her husband in, a purse that she took on her favorite trip, or a pair of heels that made her feel beautiful.  Each of the pieces had a meaning deep in her heart that she could never part with. (more…)

How To Wear Gray Boots

Posted by    |    September 16th, 2011 at 7:00 am

If you’ve “invested” in a gorgeous pair of grey winter boots, you’re probably looking for ideas on how to get the most mileage out of them. In the past few years,  the gray boot was building momentum as THE “other” black shoe you needed in your closet to be on trend.  Now everyone can’t get enough of them!  From shades of blue gray to almost brown, gray boots are the go-to boot when you want to add a pop of extra special color to an outfit.

The most popular gray color is the brownish-gray tones of mushroom because of its versatility in both style and occasion. These days you can find a range of boot silhouettes in gray, from heels to flats, and thigh-high to ankle. I suggest you start off with a simple silhouette  that can take you from day to night in a medium (about 2  to 3-inch) heel. What to wear with your fabulous new gray boots? It’s a neutral, so you can wear them with just about anything. Black leggings and dark indigo jeans would look gorgeous, as would a lighter jean, cranberry tights, purple dress, red pants, pale pink sweater, etc. In other words, wear them with dark colors, bright colors, pale colors – truly anything! Where brown or black boots would be the only options, gray boots, in the appropriate styles, can go with a HUGE range of styles and colors. (more…)

Fall Decor Inspiration

Posted by    |    September 15th, 2011 at 7:00 am

It isn’t actually Halloween yet, but stores across the metroplex are tempting us with pumpkins, witches, and fall decor of all kinds…even with the temps still hovering at 100 degrees.  Though we might not have a beautiful fall like Connecticut or Colorado, we North Texans do get inspired by fall colors and objects of harvest.  How can you get in the spirit?  Here are a few quick and easy ideas…

  • Make a fall wreath for your front door with faux fall leaves or mums from Hobby Lobby.  It will instantly brighten your door and someone’s day! (Plus, Hobby Lobby has a host of metroplex locations and often offers a 40% off coupon online and in the Sunday paper.)
  • Add some elements of the season to your mantle or fireplace.  Collect leaves, pine cones, and branches or twigs you can pick up around your neighborhood. Then add interesting gourds, Indian corn, and colorful mini-pumpkins. Add some beautiful brass or silver candleholders and pumpkin spice candles for a lovely scent. I particularly love this Nest Pumpkin Chai candle.
  • Fill a bowl or basket with fall colored fruit: apples, oranges, and lemons. Decorate here and there with sprigs of fall leaves, either real or artificial for a colorful table arrangement.
  • Gourds are whimiscal looking!  Leave them as is or paint them. Try hollowing them out and use them as candle holders.
  • Spray paint pinecones with bronze and gold colors and display a handful in a large glass bowl or jar, or position them on a three-tiered cake plate.

No one seems to do fall decor better than Pottery Barn, so below are some of their classic seasonal inspired images (unless otherwise noted).


Unique Finds: Dallas Craigslist….

Posted by    |    September 14th, 2011 at 7:00 am

Cougar Cashey Fancy Pants – $70 (Garland)

Date: 2011-09-13, 2:11PM CDT

Beautiful new cougar color pants, size 0. ORIGINAL VALUE IS $180

Read more Dallas Craiglist unique finds, and other fashion and beauty tips at YouPlus Style!

Cheap and Chic for Fall at Forever 21

Posted by    |    September 13th, 2011 at 7:00 am

The metroplex is busting at the seams with popular apparel chain, Forever21, and it’s no secret why. Delivering the latest looks for less than a dinner at Maggiano’s (yum!), these stores have universally flattering styles and sizes that women of all ages love when looking for a bargain.  Though the store itself is usually a zoo and you have to hunt through stuffed racks and racks of wrinkled items, you can truly find some great gems for your wardrobe.

Case in point?  These fall trends are straight from the pages of Vogue’s September issue, but all under $20 at Forever21.

The Maxi Dress in Nude ($15.50) (more…)

Trina Turk Does Dallas

Posted by    |    September 12th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

If you ventured to Highland Park Village on Fashion’s Night Out, you probably couldn’t help but notice the frenzy over the new Trina Turk boutique. The label is beloved by celebs and stylish shoppers for its brightly colored prints and bold pieces, and the Dallas shop boasts a delectable selection of  jewelry, apparel, handbags, swimwear, and goodies for the home.  As you can see below, there isn’t one uncool thing about Miss Turk’s designs. Whether you’ve worn Trina for years or this is your first foray into her eye-catching collection, be sure to check out her new storefront.

Raven Twist Tie Dress ($159) (more…)

Spotlight on Jewelry Designer Chan Luu

Posted by    |    September 9th, 2011 at 7:03 am

From the moment I walked in F.I.G. and saw Chan Luu , I was totally and completely head over heels.  This jewelry is the definition of laid back elegance: beads in beautiful colors, delicate earrings, and wrap bracelets that are so young Hollywood.  Chan Luu is a designer of fine fashion jewelry and accessories. According to this handy thing called the internet, ” Chan Luu jewelry pieces have been featured in the top fashion magazines and have adorned Hollywood’s hottest celebrities. Using hand cut semi-precious stones, beads, and colored fresh water pearls, Chan Luu’s trademark is her artistic skill in combining unusual forms with beautiful colors to create truly striking pieces which set the trend in fashion jewelry.”

I’d say so! Chan Luu uses high quality materials such as sterling silver, gold vermeil, leather, fresh water pearls and semi-precious stones. If you’re feeling boho or just want a piece of jewelry that will look as good with jeans as it does with a cocktail dress, this designer is it.

This Chan Luu Turquoise Stones And Silver Beads On Wax Linen Necklace ($215) is an interesting blend of silver beads and rounded turquoise beads that have a brown wax linen cord cris-crossing in and out of the beads and stones. Hanging from the necklace is a half moon-shaped piece of sterling silver that features an upside-down rose bud made of turquoise. Gorgeous and unique….this necklace seems to radiate peace. (more…)

Nail Polish Colors for Fall

Posted by    |    September 7th, 2011 at 7:11 am

Now that it’s below 100 degrees (at least for the next five minutes,) don’t you find yourself mentally preparing for the most warm and fuzzy time of year?  Oh sure, you’ll get that new trench and fabulous clothes in the hot nude colors, but what about your nails?  They need some fall fashion too!  Butter London™ created a line of high-fashion nail colors ($14) that aren’t bad for you or the environment: completely toxin-free: no formaldehyde, no toluene, no DBP. So, you’re nails aren’t only healthy, but on trend as well…. all with fun Brit-inspired color names!

Here are my fall picks for pretty fingers and toes:

Tea With the Queen: Pinky tan that’s neutral but never boring.


You Need These Shoes…

Posted by    |    September 5th, 2011 at 7:09 am

Diane von Furstenberg sure knows a thing or two about style, and since the addition of her chic Highland Park Village boutique, women all over town have been sporting her signature wrap dresses and billowy blouses.  What you may not know is that her gorgeous line of footwear is as much a necessity as the classic wrap dress. Since 1972, DVF has grown into the global luxury lifestyle brand that stands for upscale style, and these Opal sandals are a premier example of that style in action.


Fashion’s Night Out-Sept. 8th

Posted by    |    September 3rd, 2011 at 8:42 am

Planning on attending fashion’s biggest night out all year? Grab those Choos and some fat stacks, because this night is going to be even grander than the past few years.  With almost all major retailers jumping on board, shows and styling by the fab Jan Strimple, and goodies galore being given away, you’d have to be crazy to miss Big D’s nod to our place in the fashion world. Hello photo-ops with celebs and fashion designers! Here is a link to all the events, store specifics, and to see what the rest of the country is doing to celebrate style.