“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)

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.

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Light the Runway Recap: Dress For Success

Posted by    |    May 21st, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Last Friday night, Tootsies opened their doors for an event that did more than just benefit Dress For Success Dallas-it put smiles on the faces of everyone there.  Not the “I’m smiling because there are photographers surrounding the place” smiles, but real, genuine, unforced smiles of joy.  Hearing the mission of Dress For Success Dallas firsthand from several ladies who have been through the program is something that really strikes a positive chord inside.

Basically, the organization promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The confidence, the sheer pride in what they’ve accomplished…it’s inspiring, to say the least.

In addition to the priceless inspiration, father-daughter duos walked the runway wearing what can only be described as the most colorful, sparkly, and summertime fabulous clothes you’ve ever seen on a Friday night.  Tootsies was the ideal backdrop for this display, with colorful collections surrounding the runway beckoning attendees to shop their hearts out as soon as the show ended.  With Dress For Success Dallas as your motivation and shopping as your tool to help those in need, how can it get any better?

To find out more regarding Dress For Success Dallas, visit: http://www.dressforsuccess.org/home.aspx



Share Your Steal and Win $500!

Posted by    |    May 17th, 2012 at 7:00 am

You know how you’ll find a great deal and want to brag about it to all your friends?  Well, until June 1st you can potentially be paid for it!  Yep, paid, mi amigos. The down and dirty courtesy of The Shops at Park Lane: “The next time you’re out at The Shops at Park Lane’s great stores and see a great deal, don’t forget to take a photo and post it to their social media pages. The better the deal, the greater the likelihood of you winning!” (more…)

Denim Trends You Haven’t Tried: 7 for All Mankind

Posted by    |    May 9th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Denim-it’s in all of our closets, and if someone was peeking into yours, I bet they’d see a short row of different shades of blue, black, or white jeans of varying cuts and styles.  Let’s be real-jeans have become an acceptable uniform for many workplaces, schools, and even church.  So why aren’t there more options to dress up the classics?

7 for All Mankind has always been a brand that exudes relaxed, Southern California style, so it isn’t much of a surprise that they have been taking the lead when it comes to denim trends and making them accessible for everyone from James Franco to your mother.  (Speaking of James Franco, have you seen 7′s spring campaign, “Episodes of an Untitled Film” with James Franco directing a series of short films? Very sexy.) 

According to Liat Mazor, the Marketing Manager for 7, ” The new spring line is inspired by a California vibe, a forever cool idea inspired by the glistening sun and the ocean. You’ll see a lot of shimmer, pastels, and brights. ”  Glittery, shimmery jeans aren’t a new thing, but the way 7 for All Mankind does them is. (more…)

Mother’s Day Plans? You Betcha

Posted by    |    May 7th, 2012 at 10:46 am

Show Mom that you didn’t forget her special day, Sunday May 13th.  Make plans!  Our fine city has quite a few delish dining options for Mother’s Day, and one you need to consider is the fabulous Hotel Zaza Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch.  Starting the day off the assorted breakfast breads, croissants, bagels, and fresh fruit, Mom will already feel the love.  Hey, anytime she doesn’t have to fix breakfast for someone is a good day.

Smoked salmon, foie gras pate, grilled poached shrimp, and egg station, assorted quality meats and dim sum all mean one satisfied Mommy and tummy.  Don’t think this is just any meat, either.  I’m talking NY strip, leg of lamb, and fried turkey, for goodness’ sake!  Cap it off with seven different desserts, including strawberry shortcake parfait and you’ve done your job to make the woman who raised you feel extra special. Make your reservation by visiting this link ($85 per person/$100 with champagne). (more…)

Who Are You Trying to Impress?

Posted by    |    May 2nd, 2012 at 7:00 am

It might seem silly, but do you ever wonder why you buy the things that you do?  Is is because you really, truly, deeply love these things, or because it may impress someone else? Do you buy it because it may get your photograph in the local magazines, or because you envision yourself keeping this purchase for years to come?  Dallas is a city full of brand-conscious people, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Designer and luxury items are typically the highest quality and universally classic, which is reason enough to make an investment purchase.

How often, though, do we buy those things in excess simply to keep up with the Joneses….only to find that we are sweating it out when unexpected bills arise thanks to our new Chanel?

I guess the lesson here is this: Buy what you love.  The key word here is YOU.  Not what you think you should have, or what you feel other people expect of you.  You can be just as socially acceptable wearing Jason Wu for Target as the couture Jason Wu. (more…)

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

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 http://stoneleighhotel.com.

 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…)