“Thursdays at The Penthouse” Brings Style and Soul to Luxe Stoneleigh

Posted by    |    July 25th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Exclusivity is paramount in a metropolitan town like Dallas.  So when Luxe Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa recently launched a new social event “Thursdays at the Penthouse,” it made more than a few ears perk up. Welcoming guests and neighbors to experience an exclusive night of cool jazz/R&B music, handcrafted cocktails and appetizers in Dallas’ most opulent penthouse suite turned hotspot, you can be sure that eye candy galore will be out and about.

“Thursdays at the Penthouse”- Luxe Stoneleigh Spa and Hotel

Held select Thursdays from 9pm-midnight in the hotel’s lavish 11th floor penthouse (next are scheduled for August 2, 16 and 30), the event is quickly becoming a scene for Dallas’ best-dressed and hotel guests. Outside guests are welcome by invitation only from the event’s band – Danny Church and his band – and are encouraged to forward RSVP information to their closest friends for an upscale evening atop the historically hip Luxe Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa.

Danny Church Band

Tempting, isn’t it?  Now you have the perfect excuse to go ahead and splurge on that hot pair of heels or that clutch you don’t really need.  Bottoms up!

For a complete list of dates for “Thursdays at the Penthouse” and other fashionable events at Luxe Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa, visit luxestoneleigh.com or call (800) 921-8498. Follow facebook.com/stoneleighhotel or twitter.com/stoneleighhotel for special offers.

(photos via Duy Nguyen – www.dnfoto.com)

Christmas in July: Holiday Money Jar DIY

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

One of the things that I love about style is that it can be anything.  Style is really defined as the process of creating something or the prevailing mode of expression.  Many people have great style because of who they are, not necessarily what they wear or how they wear it.

When I heard about this wonderful idea of sharing for the holidays, I immediately wanted to share it with you now.  In July.  Yes, the holidays are quite a ways off, and most of us are thinking more about what to pack for the pool than decorating the tree, but it brings to mind the warm, fuzzy feeling I used to get as a kid when our church would do a “Christmas in July” gift drive to provide for those in need. I love that this idea is similar in spirit.

A Christmas Jar or Holiday Money Jar is a new tradition that has spread because of author Jason F. Wright.  In 2005, his family decided to put change and dollar bills into an empty mason jar throughout the year and then anonymously give the jar to someone who could really use one.
Wright later wrote this New York Times Best Seller,  Christmas Jars, and the rest of the world fell in love with this modern holiday tradition as well.

What a great idea, right?  We all have loose change, extra dollar bills crumpled in our wallets or purses….just sitting around waiting to be placed into a Christmas jar.  If you have kiddos, this is an especially valuable lesson to teach them as a family.  Helping others in need without expecting a “thank you” or any sort of return is giving at its best. 

Want to create your own jar now to have ready by December?  Here are some helpful tips from So Crafty.

  1. Take a jar – pickle, mayonnaise, canning. Anything will work, really.
  2. Wash it out.
  3. Throughout the year drop in your spare change.
  4. Once it is in the jar, don’t touch it.
  5. Let the change add up over the course of a year.
  6. During the holiday season, find someone to give it to anonymously.
  7. You may want to add a note about the tradition of the Christmas or Holiday Jar.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then I wouldn’t mind anyone copying this style one bit. Happy Holidays!

Feel the Heat at Sizzlin’ Summer Fashion Show

Posted by    |    July 18th, 2012 at 7:00 am

A lively fashion show does something for the soul.  One minute you’re bummed because you have nowhere to wear that new dress, and the next you’re front row near the catwalk showing it off for the photogs. Luckily, Dallas has no shortage of great fashion show events to help you get your fix. On this Friday, July 20th at Ilume on Cedar Springs, Prestige Model Management proudly presents the “Sizzlin’ Summer Fashion Show” benefiting the Red Party Foundation.

The Red Party Foundation raises funds to benefit the Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage. For 20 years, Legacy has provided quality mental health care, substance abuse treatment and special care housing services for people challenged with HIV and AIDS. In honor of this worthy cause, guests will come decked out and dressed to impress in their most fabulous poolside fashions and sip on featured cocktails provided by Hudson Ferus Premium Vodka. All ticket proceeds benefit the Red Party Foundation, which is something everyone can feel good about.

One unique aspect to this event is the array of designs featured.  The runway show will kick off with vintage looks and  then rapidly progress into futuristic designs. Models are slated to showcase summer styles on custom built pool-top runways. Sexy!

If you’re looking for hair and make-up inspiration in real life and not simply on Pinterest, the hair and makeup on models will be done by the spectacular artists of Neiman Marcus and Toni and Guy and will feature designs by New York Fashion Week Couture Designer, Anthony Manfredonia.

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VIOLET SATIN CALLA LILLY COLLAR SHIRT JACKET / MULTI COLOR CHARMUESE PETAL FLAPPER SKIRT

Special prizes, raffles, and giveaways sure to please the crowd will be provided by Neiman Marcus, Michael Kors, and Tiffany and Co. (Feelin’ lucky?)

Don’t miss out…this event has a fantastic pre-show and post-party that are perfect for networking, hanging with friends, and working that new dress. Get your tickets now at – Redpartydallas.org/sizzlin

Unique Finds: Dallas Craigslist….

Posted by    |    July 16th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Don’t be fooled by expensive designer stores….you can find hot, fashionable items for bargain prices right on the good ‘ol Dallas Craigslist.  Don’t believe me? The proof is in the pudding, my friends.

Teal Leather Rodeo Queen Dress s/m – $200

This is a teal leather rodeo queen dress. its got handpainted flowers on it. it needs a zipper replaced other than thats its ready to go. Asking $200obo this is a custom handmade dress. email with questions or offers

Shoe Stretcher Machine – $100 (Plano or Dallas, TX)

This machine stretches any part of your shoe. It is electric and works perfectly. Call, text, or email me.

Black Leather Hot Pants – $15 (McKinney)

That’s right. You heard it…. 4 little words that send a man’s blood boiling: Black Leather Hot Pants

These are woman’s size Medium and have real leather lacing half way up the sides. They are in perfect condition.

Picture yourself in these now that you’ve perfected that summer tan and bikini look… wear these when you go out dancing. : ) Please.

Buyer pays cash and picks up from our home in McKinney. (Another acceptable form of payment would be 1oz. of silver)

Email for directions or more info and thank you for shopping with your local neighbors on craigslist. We shop here too.

Green tye dye top 2x – $3 (Crowley,Tx)

Green tye dye top ………has a red cross on the front and it is a 2x and its just 3.00 bucks……WOW

 

See?  All those years you wasted shopping at the mall, and all you needed was Craigslist!  Go figure.

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

Save Money Decorating Your Home

Posted by    |    July 12th, 2012 at 10:23 am

Who has extra cash sitting around these days for decorating?  Not me, and probably not you, either.  Wallets are thin and gas prices are high, so the world of DIY has really come into play more than usual.  Besides the tried-and-true purchasing of old furniture at estate or garage sales and refinishing them yourself, other simple methods of making your home look fab have started to surface.  And guess what?  Some of them are free (or very cheap).

Let’s start with The Painted Hive’s magic decal transfer tutorial.  You can create customized jars for your kitchen counter or pantry with these free decal templates.  Genius!

Or, what about burlap wrapped vases and votives?  Simply purchase inexpensive burlap and hot glue it to your votive.  Jayson Home sells them for up to $45!
Burlap Vases

Besides these two simple DIY projects, Stylelist Home has the most adorable wall decoration that is FREE to make.  Read more about this project and several more on their website here. Enjoy counting those benjamins you’ve saved!

The Guide to Summer Preppy

Posted by    |    July 11th, 2012 at 8:18 am

Preppy has never gone out of style. Cardigan sweaters, pearls, madras shorts….all great wardrobe staples.  If going full-out prep isn’t for you, adopting one or two classic pieces to your eclectic wardrobe is always a good idea.  You never know when you might be invited to The Hamptons and suddenly have a J. Crew emergency. My advice?  Be prepared.

Here are a few classic preppy looks to help you decide which key pieces need to make their way into your closet.

Monogrammed Tote

The monogrammed tote is a staple of prepsters everywhere.  If your initials aren’t embroidered on something….well, you are late to the picnic, my friend.  Pick a color you love and will carry all summer long. (Plus, you avoid mix-ups. No one is going to try and take home a tote with your initials on it. Hopefully.)

A tea-length dress

A tea-length dress is a must -have because:

A. It’s conservative enough for any and every event

B. It’s flattering to all body-types

To keep it from appearing too “Stepford Wives“, wear a modern heel and skip the pearls.

Loafers or Boat Shoes

The loafer or boat shoe is another gotta-have item.  These are not only polished, but comfy!  Though I recommend buying a pair in the classic shades of brown, white, or navy, brands like Sperry-Topsider have colorful, metallic, and even patterned versions that are the perfect statement (comfort) shoe.

The floppy hat and classic-cut swimsuit

Summer preppy means a classic-cut swimsuit and floppy hat to shield your delicate skin from the sun.  If wearing an all-black suit doesn’t suit your fancy, a gingham version like this one keeps it real and interesting.  (Or this bikini version by Rugby Ralph Lauren.) Besides a simple floppy hat, bring that sunscreen in your monogrammed tote.  Sunburns are not chic.

Red, White, and Blue

Preppy means unashamedly pro-American, so don’t be afraid to sport at least one piece of red, white, and blue this summer.  From a silk scarf to a no-holds-barred shirt like this one, be proud to show you’re living the dream in the old U.S. of A.

(photos via)

The Weekender Dallas: A Luxury Shopping and Social Event

Posted by    |    July 10th, 2012 at 11:40 am

Ladies, pack your bags!
Spend the weekend in luxury July 27 – 29, 2012 at the W Dallas-Victory Hotel for an exclusive, overnight shopping vacation.

A Little Obsessed With Shoes?

Posted by    |    June 28th, 2012 at 7:00 am

If you happen to have a shoe fetish, then this contest is definitely for you.  Shoe designer Stuart Weitzman has a to-die-for boutique on Fifth Avenue in New York, and he wants you to come there. Not just to shop, mind you, but to indulge in a $1,000 shopping spree with their V.P. of Styling….yep, the same person who helps style celebs like Beyonce, Sofia Vergara, and Angelina.

If your heart is still beating after the royal shoe treatment, you will be whisked away to Stuart Weitzman’s Global Headquarters to see what’s debuting next season before all the other shoe fanatics have a peek!  You’ll be so ahead of the trends that Lady Gaga will be calling you for style tips, dahhhhhling.

While basking in the glow of the ultimate shoe closet ( 1,500 square feet of pure heaven,) you’ll also be introduced to the man behind the magic-Stuart himself. It will be like meeting Santa on Christmas morning, no?

What are you waiting for?  Enter the contest today and be on your way to hitting the shoe lottery!

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Shed Pounds with This Summer Snack

Posted by    |    June 20th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I like an ice cream cone as much as the next girl.  Anything chocolate covered makes my world go ’round.  But the blaring Texas heat doesn’t do much for workout motivation, and pounds can easily creep on.  Sweet treats only add to the waistline, and the organic goodies can sometimes be too pricey to buy  in bulk.  What to do?  Try this easy, low-cost, truly delicious snack.

 

When you feel the cravings for something sweet coming on, reach for these two ingredients: blueberries and honey Greek yogurt.  Coat the blueberries in the yogurt and freeze, and you’ve got a gold mine of goodness. To avoid a mess, use a toothpick or skewer to dip the blueberries in the yogurt. Place them on a cooking sheet and slide ‘em the freezer. Not only does this taste better than you’d imagine, it’s also an easy snack to bring in a cooler to 4th of July picnics, Rangers games, and even devour as a midnight morsel when you can’t sleep.

(Photo courtesy of One Good Thing by Jillee)

Can Wearing Two Different Shoes Change the World?

Posted by    |    June 18th, 2012 at 11:48 am

It’s been everywhere these past few years…bullying in our schools, kids trying desperately to fit in with what is considered “acceptable” and “cool”.  Self-esteem is at an all-time low in children these days. In fact, having low self-esteem changes the way the brain responds to social feedback, according to Dartmouth researchers.  So how does a pair of shoes help change all that?

CHOOZE Toddler Shoes

Dallas Mom Sharon Blumberg started noticing a few years ago that her daughter Ayla liked to mismatch her shoes.  While some parents might try to correct their child’s shoe choices, Sharon started to see it as a creative form of self-expression.  Her daughter was confident in her choices, and felt empowered by the encouragement to try new things.  Realizing this inspiration to create and make a positive impact could affect other children in the same way, Blumberg began CHOOZE.

Shiloh Pitt rocking CHOOZE

CHOOZE shoes are immediately eye-catching because the colorful shoes are matched, but never the same.  The right and left shoe are paired perfectly, yet have small differences that make them unique.  (Angelina Jolie’s daughter Shiloh seems to wear her pair non-stop.)

Not only are these shoes good for the soul, they are good for the environment.  Made of 100% vegan materials, they are machine washable (Moms everywhere are cheering!) and come with an “art box”.  Rather than a plain shoe box that is discarded after the shoes become part of a child’s wardrobe, these special shoe boxes are made of recyclable materials and feature scenes begging for crayons and markers to decorate.  With a handle on top, these boxes can become a child’s art piece, and can hold their toys, treasures, or whatever they’d like.

Fun art box made of recycled materials

So, apart from being some of the cutest children’s shoes you’ve ever seen and helping little ones express themselves, CHOOZE invests its profits at the end of the year in micro-finance institutions that provide loans, education, and training to women in extreme poverty.  These programs do more than temporary assitance; they empower women to start their own businesses and move into a better station in life.

So can wearing two different shoes change the world?  Thanks to Dallasite Sharon Blumberg, the answer is yes.

(CHOOZE shoes are sold in 300+ stores, including REI, Dillard’s, Whole Earth Provision Co., and Piperlime.com)