Archive for November, 2011

The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to Housewarming Gifts

Posted by    |    November 7th, 2011 at 11:07 am

When it comes to gift etiquette, the lines can sometimes be a little blurry.  Some events you already know it’s required to bring a present: baby showers, weddings, and birthdays.  But what about housewarming gifts?  There isn’t a requirement to bring one, but most want to bring a small token of friendship when these unique parties arise.  We all want to show up at the front door with something special, but in these economic times, no one wants to break the bank.  Luckily, Dallas has an abundance of specialty stores that have ideal tokens to complete a new home sweet home.

SampleHouse: This locally owned business has been helping fill homes since 1958.  From their original location on Routh street, the store has grown into seven more.  Their website says they have the “best candle selections around, with hundreds of fragrances from over a dozen top notch companies”, and they’re right. With sweet smelling brands like Votivo and Trapp, there is a fragrance for every taste. And let’s face it-a beautiful candle is always a safe gift choice….especially if it’s for a boss or co-worker. (Side note: SampleHouse has a gorgeous gift wrapping section to make this a one-stop shopping experience.)

10720 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75230
214-365-8085 (more…)

Dallas Sample Sale Starts Tomorrow

Posted by    |    November 2nd, 2011 at 7:00 am

Who doesn’t covet a good bargain?  Dallas Market Center knows Dallasites sure do, so they are holding their famous Sample Sale all weekend with an array of jewelry, gifts, furniture, apparel, toys, children’s clothing, home accessories, and manufacturer samples. Sound like a lot?  Well, it is!  And the best part is that these items are all available at low prices that won’t kill your holiday shopping budget.

Tired of arriving to picked-over goodies? Well then, take advantage of Preview Night!

Preview night event includes a sneak peek at the sale, plus holiday refreshments and live entertainment. Cost to attend is $20 at the door.
Let the shopping frenzy begin! Check out the Dallas Sample Sale (post-Preview night,)t Friday 11/4, Saturday, 11/5, and Sunday 11/6.

See you there!

Market Hall at Dallas Market Center

2200 Stemmons Freeway Dallas TX, 75207

Phone: (800) DAL-MKTS

Darth Vader Behind the Mask

Posted by    |    November 1st, 2011 at 3:09 pm

When I put this black formal dress on to take an outfit post, I knew I wanted to dress it down.  I immediately thought of layering my leather jacket, but then had the idea to put a Darth Vader mask on with it.  I threw on some flat boots to add some masculinity and went with it.   (more…)

Decorating with Trays

Posted by    |    November 1st, 2011 at 7:00 am

One item that adds a bit of polish as well as function to a room is a decorative tray.  Sometimes they serve no purpose other than to look pretty and house coffee table books, but other times they work beautifully as a serving tray when guests are present.  The great news about decorative trays is that they can be relatively inexpensive, re-purposed, or fill a space that otherwise has you stumped.  Where to find a decorative tray, you ask?  You can find them virtually anywhere.  Locally IKEA, vintage shops, high-end furniture stores, and antique flea markets are all good places to start.  I personally love Lula B’s when hunting down a tray with vintage character, but for the pricier versions, check out Thomasville or Weir’s.  Hobby Lobby and HomeGoods also have trays-some high gloss, some more rustic.

Once you find the tray that speaks to you and you know the prefect place for it, it’s time to add contents.  If it’s for the kitchen, why not consider canisters of your basic necessities: flour, sugar, etc.?  A tray for your tea pot, sweeteners, and a small bowl with lemon slices or honey always produces a warm, cozy feeling.

If your bedroom needs a decorative tray, your favorite books, reading glasses, a pen, and perhaps a coffee mug are good ideas.  Bathroom trays are especially helpful for wrangling cologne and perfume bottles, a hairbrush, small toiletries, or sweet-smelling candles.

A living room can always benefit from the quiet beauty of a tray.  I keep one on my sideboard with a framed photo of my in-laws, a cluster of candles of different heights ( ALL flameless that work by remote!) and a few vintage books.  They can also be useful for giving your television remote a home so it doesn’t wander off.  Also, it isn’t a coincidence that most of the trays below feature fresh flowers. Flowers add instant flair and make any room look more expensive.

To get inspiration on how to decorate with a tray, check out these lovely images of how they can spiff up a room.

(Check out the awesome Hermes tray below. Swoon.)