Archive for November, 2011

Kristi and Scot Redman: the Forces Behind ‘D Style Sheet’

Posted by    |    November 30th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Kristi and Scot Redman, the founders of D Style Sheet (formerly Hilltop Glossy), are film graduates from SMU with an eye for style and a passion for photography. Their cinematic, “capture the moment” style has brought Dallas’ fashion and street style to life.

How did you get the idea for Hilltop Glossy?

Scot was finishing his last semester at SMU and we just couldn’t get over the fashion changes that were happening on campus. It’s so innovative and youthful. It honestly rivals what you see in Paris or London, and we felt that we wanted to share that with the world.

photo courtesy of D Style Sheet

You take such incredible photos, what inspired your “capture the moment” style?

I think our photography style is a direct result of our film degree backgrounds. It’s very cinematic, dreamy, and photojournalistic. We always strive to tell a story through the image. And, of course, we’re both in love with photography greats like Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Richard Avedon, and Helmut Newton.

You clearly have an eye for fashion, how would you describe your own style?

Since our job is to look at fashion, we are always taking away bits and pieces of it for our own style. It’s always evolving, which is very exciting.

What do you look for when on a shoot? For example, what moments do you look to capture on SMU’s campus?

We shoot fashion that is cutting-edge, very personal style, and usually playing with current trends. SMU has created a fashion culture where girls, and guys, experiment with trends, brands, and worldly influences in ways that only stylists and fashion editors interpret looks. (more…)

Reese’s Cheesecake Brownies (and a workout plan…)

Posted by    |    November 30th, 2011 at 7:00 am

Oh. My. Goodness.  Peanut butter and cheesecake have to be two of the most sinfully delicious things ever combined.  Though this time of year can add to your waistline, just remember that you can always follow this:

In order to indulge in this:

Doesn’t it look divine?  If you want to try these babies for yourself, you only have to link over to Pip and Ebby for the full recipe. They have a free printable  version that you’ll want to print and keep in your recipe book…after all, you’ll want these again and again and again….

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One 19.5-oz. box chocolate fudge brownie mix One 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened One 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1⁄2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 12 oz. Reese’s Pieces candy
    • One 12-oz. bag milk chocolate chips
    • 3 tablespoons whipping cream
    • 12 large Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, chopped

    Head over to the fabulous Pip and Ebby site for step-by-step instructions! (And stick to that workout regimen.)

Getting Married? Great Guest Idea You’ll Love!

Posted by    |    November 29th, 2011 at 7:00 am

This time of year is a popular time to get engaged and marry your sweetheart.  The air is crisp, the good vibes are circulating, and magic is around every corner.  Why not fall in love in the winter, right?

Well, if you’re about to take the plunge, I have a fabulous find to use at your engagement party, wedding showers, or wedding reception.  Guest Libs!  Yes, the old school Mad Libs that you giggled over as a child are now re-tooled for adult fun.  (But clean adult fun, mind you.)

Does it get any cuter than this?  Not only is this a fun activity, but when you purchase these, you can print out as many as you would like.  Genius! Plus personalized is always fun…reading these years after the wedding will surely bring laughs.

Check out the Guest Libs (and other fabulous paper goodies,) at Cami Purpura’s Etsy Shop, aptly titled Cami’s Paperie Customized Designer Paper Goods.  (Oh, and if you act fast, you can take 15% off your order!)

The Chic Outfit You Already Have in Your Closet

Posted by    |    November 28th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Ever look in your closet and feel like you have nothing to wear, but there are rows and rows of things hanging up to humbly remind you that you have scores of things?  It’s just narrowing them all down into go-to outfits that can work in a jiffy for practically any occasion.  The easiest way to avoid closet meltdown is to keep a handy binder in your closet (or a grouping on your iPad if you’re a techie,) with several pre-made looks that you can throw on.  Today’s featured look is one that includes items you probably already  have hanging in your closet, so no extra shopping required.

Olivia Palermo shows us how to look polished and pretty with simple wardrobe staples:

Recipe for this look: (with links)

Never skimp on the basics, like a luxe white tank or tee.  You’ll wear them endlessly, so go for quality.

Add this look to your repertoire and enjoy a stress-less closet visit.

(image via)

How To Give The Good Stuff: Creative Gift Ideas

Posted by    |    November 24th, 2011 at 7:00 am

You know the gift dilemma.  How do you shop for them? The one who has everything. The one who needs nothing.  The one who you’ve only been dating three weeks before Christmas and you don’t want to give anything too personal or romantic.  It’s a total gamble when it comes to gifts, and all you can do is cross your fingers and hope you give something cool and memorable.  If you need a little help in this department, I have you covered.  Here’s a rundown of my picks for problem-solving gift dilemmas that are creative, fun, and affordable!

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Be One of the Village People This Friday in Highland Park

Posted by    |    November 23rd, 2011 at 10:13 am

Ah, the spirit of the season.  And the spirit of shopping! Combine those two loves this Black Friday afternoon at the shopping mecca that is Highland Park Village.

According to the HPV: “Experience the magic of the holiday season at Highland Park Village on Friday, November 25th during the center’s annual yuletide celebration that has become a community tradition. Festivities will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. and will include dance performances, caroling, face painting, photos with Santa, and the lighting of the Highland Park Village Christmas tree and famous holiday lights.”

Browse upscale brands like Cole Haan, Tory Burch, and Harry Winston while admiring the twinkling lights and sipping hot chocolate.  Oh, and bring your hefty list of wishes to gab with Santa about while he’s in the village. Hey, it can’t hurt!

Still not convinced you want to get out of the house and brave the throngs of people?  Take a look at this video of last year’s event and it will definitely change your mind.

See you there….

Highland Park Village Preston Road at Mockingbird Lane Dallas TX, 75205


What to Wear to Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted by    |    November 22nd, 2011 at 10:11 am

There is exactly one and a half shopping days left until Thanksgiving.  Though it isn’t known as the holiday of extreme style, what you wear to Thanksgiving can be crucial in several instances.

1. You are meeting your significant other’s family for the first time.

2. You haven’t seen your own (or extended) family in a long time.

3. You’re eating out at a swanky restaurant for Thanksgiving.

4. You’re invited to a football watching party for the holiday.

5. You’re hitting up the Black Friday sales after dinner that are now starting on Thursday night and need something that will pull double-duty.

Depending on how formal your family or the location of your meal is, you can probably get away with something that is equally comfortable and cute.  Resist the urge to throw on pants with an elastic waist and oversized sweatshirt…neither will make you feel attractive and they only encourage over-indulging.  (Trust me. Remember Joey’s Thanksgiving Pants on that episode of “Friends”?)

Here are a few ideas for pulled-together looks for the holiday that aren’t too sexy and aren’t too frumpy.

Falling Slowly

Posted by    |    November 21st, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Fall is slowly creeping in and I’m loving it.  I have so many light vintage jackets and fall is the perfect time to pair them with anything.  I found this top, jacket, and shoes at estate sales and my husband loves to call this my Sgt Pepper look.

What are you excited about pulling out of your closet for the cooler temperatures?

To see more pictures from this shoot, please click here.

How To Decorate Your Mantle

Posted by    |    November 21st, 2011 at 9:39 am

It’s one of those pesky decorating dilemmas that I’ve wrestled with for months.  How in the world do you decorate the mantle without it looking like a mismatched mess?  Especially this time of year when guests will be over and your home is on display…you don’t want things to look as if you didn’t care.  So, how do you achieve a focal point in your living room worthy of House Beautiful magazine?  (Without breaking the bank, no less?)

After struggling with my own fireplace mantle and surfing the net like a mad woman, I came across a helpful blog post and visual tutorial that turned things around for me.  Though I  like simplicity best and opted for two interesting candelabras (see below,) there are some beautiful and much more detailed examples that can be copied or used for inspiration very easily.

According to Steven and Chris, here is the formula:

1. Take one large piece and centre it on the mantel. Go for something reflective here like a large mirror.
2. Layer in artwork. Layer art and photos in front of the mirror.
3. On the left – Add something with movement. We love tall candleholders – they add height and warmth. At this point, a triangle shape should start to form. Remember to stand back every so often, squint and adjust accordingly.
4. On the right – Incorporate an element with visual weight to the right side like a glass cylindrical vase filled with tall wispy branches or a chinoisery vase with simple white flowers.

Finishing touch – Finish off the vignette with accessories that reflect your personality like souvenirs or items from a collection. (more…)

Milkmaid Braid Tutorial Video

Posted by    |    November 18th, 2011 at 7:00 am

If you want an easy way to fix your long hair for all those upcoming holiday events, check out this braid tutorial from Gal Meets Glam. Enjoy!