Archive for April, 2012

How to Wear Mint Green

Posted by    |    April 30th, 2012 at 10:49 am

Minty fresh fashion is everywhere these days.  From clothing and accessories to walls in our homes, mint is having a stint as the hot color for spring and summer.  Universally flattering on most skin tones and plays well with most colors in the box….what’s not to love?

Here are a few ideas to make you fresh to death with this cool color:

1. Pair it with navy. Navy can appear too nautical with other color combos, so mint green tones down the military sea scavenger look and makes it all class, all day.


Read more How To Wear Mint Green and more  fashion and beauty tips  on YouPlus Style!


Dance With Me is Comin’ to the Big D

Posted by    |    April 27th, 2012 at 10:48 am

If you haven’t heard of Tae Bo, you’ve been living under a rock for the past several decades.  Though the Tae Bo craze has waxed and waned, there is a new game in town brought to you by the same family that lured us in with those high-energy infomercials and Billy Blanks rockin’ abs.

Billy Blanks Jr., the once-homeless son of Tae Bo legend Billy Blanks, is bringing his latest creation, Dance With Me™, to the Dallas area on May 19th and 20th in a search to find new Instructors and Master Trainers to certify during their nationwide DWM Tour and their new Lionsgate DVD release. Expect to see more Blanks family fun on your tube; Dance With Me™ and creators Billy Blanks Jr. and Sharon Catherine Blanks will also be featured on the ABC hit reality television series, SHARK TANK, on Friday, May 11, 2012.

Dance With Me™ is Billy Blanks Jr.’s newest fitness sensation that is a total body, high energy, cardio dance workout that is infused with all styles of dance including Hip Hop, Bollywood, Line Dancing, Ballroom, Disco, Broadway, African, Russian, Irish, and Hula. (Hula? Mahalo!)
“We are very excited about bringing DWM to Texas.” said Dance With Me™ creator Billy Blanks Jr.. “Dallas is just the right location for us to find our future Master Trainers to help us on our national tour and international expansion.”

Billy Blanks Jr. and wife Sharon Catherine Blanks (co-creator) are both Broadway, film and television veterans, and they have released several work out DVD’s: Billy Blanks Jr.’s Dance With Me – Cardio Fit, Groove & Burn, Hip Hop Mix and the soon to be released Boot Camp Dance Party which will launch their DWM Tour, nationwide.

Feel like dancing with Blanks?  Find out more at

Rummage Roundup Right Around the Corner

Posted by    |    April 25th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Just by the name “Rummage Roundup“, you know you’re in store for a uniquely Texas shopping experience. The Junior League of Dallas is doin’ it up right again for the  3rd annual rummage sale event benefiting the Junior League of Dallas Community Service Fund. In case you’re wondering what this fund does, it  provides financial support to 40+ local nonprofits who need funds to keep the home fires burning and services to those who truly need them. In true Junior League style, this is more of an event than just a fundraiser; it begins with a VIP Party on April 27th and a sale on April 28th & April 29th at Dallas Market Hall.

Don’t miss out on the goodies your local JLD has rounded up for ya!

Buy tickets online here. General Admission is just $3, and for more information on the event and VIP Preview tickets, call 214.726.6269.

April 27, 28, 29

Dallas Market Hall (Freeway Hall) 2200 North Stemmons Freeway Dallas TX, 75201

Katy Perry: What Do You Keep Doing To Your Hair?

Posted by    |    April 24th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Katy Perry on April 18, 2012 in Hollywood, California. Katy Perry's pink and blue hair

Whether you like her music or not, “Fireworks” pop star Katy Perry has more than just a hot voice; she’s got the hair to match.  Pop stars through the years have traditionally been hair chameleons, from Madonna to Beyonce to Nicky Minaj.  Katy Perry really seems to enjoy changing her hair color as often as she changes boyfriends and cupcake bras.  So what’s with the crazy colors?  Oh sure, if you were in a punk band we’d all totally understand.  But bubble-gum pop music?  Next thing you know, Bieber is going to be sporting full-sleeve tattoos and marrying Pam Anderson underneath a neon Budweiser sign. (more…)

How to Decorate a Book Shelf

Posted by    |    April 23rd, 2012 at 12:57 pm

From the library of Congress to your living room, the look of books is something that instantly creates comfort and style.  If you’re lucky enough to have some roomy bookshelves to experiment with, then this blog is for you.  Unless you’re a decorista with an eye for this kind of thing, it can be a bit tricky getting just the right arrangement.  Luckily, the fabulous pinners on Pinterest and styling tips from yours truly will get your book shelves looking magazine spread worthy in no time.

1.  Space.  Leave some of it!  Not all bookshelves need to be crammed wall to wall with books.  Sometimes leaving a little blank space gives a viewer the ability to take in the beauty of what is there and focus on each piece.  A few well-placed books and meaningful knick knacks or picture frames with family photos can be all it takes to give this space just what it needs.  The arrangement above is a perfect example of how to make free space work for you and not feel empty. (more…)

Get a Jump on Mother’s Day Plans!

Posted by    |    April 20th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and rather than waiting until the last minute, it may behoove you to start planning now.  Mom simply wants that special day of recognition and love from you, so concocting a sweet plan is a must.  Here are a few creative gift ideas to help make the day memorable:

Bake Mom a gorgeous rainbow cake that no one will be able to resist! Not only will it look beautiful on the table, but Mom will know just how much love you baked into it. Detailed (not for the easily frustrated) recipe can be found here.

If planning a delicious meal for Mom means reservations, then Bolla, the award-winning restaurant at The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa, welcomes you to enjoy a special Mother’s Day brunch. The multi- course dining adventure will be held Sunday, May 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Samplings of more than 30 unique items include tasty treats like a breakfast buffet, smoked pecan chicken salad, caviar and deviled eggs, Italian cream cake with raspberry marmalade.  Pricing for the Mother’s Day brunch at Bolla is $48 for adults and $24 for children. For a Mother’s Day weekend getaway, The Stoneleigh’s ‘Suite Sale’ offers rates for luxurious studio suite accommodations starting from $237.

For more information on the Mother’s Day Brunch or for reservations at Bolla at The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa, call (469) 375-5842 or visit

 Treat Mom like the queen she is and start by planning your show of appreciation now. She always did love it when you tried your best.

Art From the Heart: From Creative Celebs to YOU

Posted by    |    April 18th, 2012 at 10:46 am

Remember the fun of creating papier-mâché projects or painting Mom a Mother’s Day masterpiece in art class?  Art is uniquely special because the finished product gives you a lasting memory of the inspiration behind it or the special person who created it.  In the spirit of art warming hearts, Dallas Challenge is proud to announce the 3rd Annual ART FROM THE HEART Celebrity Art Auction & Benefit. This fabulous Dallas event features the artwork of prominent local and national celebrities and personalities in an exciting and competitive auction, hot dishes from Dallas chef Marc DePetris, cool beverages and a hopping dance floor – all in the super chic digs of Marc Events in the trendy Dallas design district, April 27, from 7 to 11 pm. (more…)

Six Ways to Start Your Week Off Right

Posted by    |    April 16th, 2012 at 9:35 am

“It looks like you have a case of the Mondays”.  Never have truer words been spoken.  Monday can be the hardest day of the week for most, since our motivation to return the grind dwindles over the weekend.  There are ways to ease yourself into the swing of things, though.  These six inspirations will hopefully help you add a little spring in your step as your walk to your desk or send those kiddos off to school. (more…)

Must Love Horses (And Fashion!)

Posted by    |    April 13th, 2012 at 11:29 am

The soothing vibes that come from a horse are inexplicable.  They have such calm, gentle, friendly eyes, and when they gaze at you, you’re keenly aware of the peace and compassion they exude.  Who knew that this wonderful feeling when paired with great fashion could be so empowering to others?  ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship and Newman Village, Frisco’s premier master-planned community, are inviting the North Texas community to ManeGait’s 2nd Annual Filly Fashion show and luncheon on Thursday, April 26 at The Westin Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco, Texas, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Beginning in 2008 with four riders, ManeGait’s mission – to help children and adults with a wide range of physical, mental and emotional disabilities move beyond their boundaries through the healing power of the horse and the dedication of a professional, caring community, has increased the number of riders who have benefitted from the equine therapy to 117 individuals in 2011. (more…)

American Pie: Fashion Then and Now

Posted by    |    April 12th, 2012 at 7:00 am

American Pie: Reunion is being so heavily promoted that you probably have already heard a dozen interviews with the “stars” of the film.  Though it’s been a little over ten years and most of the cast hasn’t gone on to do too many noteworthy projects, it’s a safe bet that this film will continue to rake in numbers on shock value alone.  (Word on the street is you see more of Jason Biggs than you probably ever wanted to. Ever.) All that being said, what I find most interesting about the resurgence of this cast is how style has changed in ten years.  Check out photos of the group from the original premiere of American Pie in 1999  and what they look like today: