“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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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

Katy Perry’s Future Fashion Aspirations Keeping Her From American Idol?

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

Katy Perry is white-hot at the moment.  Her new documentary, “Part of Me” is in theaters, her new single “Wide Awake” is topping the charts, and her divorce from Russel Brand is now becoming a distant memory.  So it seems only fitting that as Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez exit American Idol, Perry would be a natural fit.

Katie acted as a guest judge on the show during Season 9, when Simon Cowell was still insulting teen dreams all over the nation.  She knows the drill, she’s delivered the harsh news to hopeful contenders.  So why not return and raise her star quotient as Jennifer Lopez did, right?

Katy Perry: American Idol future?

Wrong. Er, sort-of.  Perry doesn’t dismiss the possibility of her return to American Idol, but doesn’t feel the timing is right.  Mentioning, “I have ideas for two or three big, creative things, and I want to be able to fulfill those ideas, ” rumors have been swirling that her own clothing label or beauty line may be in the works.  It isn’t a far-fetched idea, since her perfume Purr by Katy Perry hit shelves and has done relatively well with young consumers, and her perfume web address is katyperrybeauty.com. (With a web address like that, there is plenty of room to add additional products.)

One can only imagine the colorful, bubble-gummy style that Perry’s fashion might reflect, but the singer seems perfectly happy to continue on with her technicolor persona.  If beauty and fashion are now a fixture on the pop star’s radar, then it looks like Idol won’t be.

Perry may add fashion designer to her list of accomplishments

Read more about Idol’s search for the new celebrity judge on TheHollywoodReporter.com.

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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.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise Divorce: How He Changed Kate

Posted by    |    July 2nd, 2012 at 8:00 am

Most of us aren’t surprised….Hollywood marriages aren’t exactly known for their longevity.  Five years of wedded bliss, one daughter, and the couch jump heard ’round the world later, Miss Kate has jumped ship.  Was it the age difference? Their crazy work schedules? The paparazzi?  Who knows, but this makes the third failed marriage for Tom, and numero uno for Katie Holmes.  I’m starting to wonder if she had a better shot at lasting love with fellow midwestener Chris Klein.


Say what you will about the former Joey Potter from “Dawson’s Creek”, but Katie is a very talented actress who has seemingly crept into the shadows since her marriage to Tom Cruise.

She did some beautiful ads for Ann Taylor (as did fellow celeb divorcee Demi Moore,) and fronted her own fashion line, Holmes and Yang, but her TV and film appearances have been limited.  After all, when “Dawson’s Creek” is what people remember most about you, (other than your famous marriage,) you’ve probably taken on too few projects since the show. Especially with the caliber of talent this girl has, right?

What is undeniable, however, is that marriage to Tom is what made Katie a style star.  She was always fresh and cute, but “cute” doesn’t quite fit the bill of a megastar’s wife.  With one fell swoop, she went from young and fun, to classy and cool.  Instead of friends from the midwest, Kate was sharing dinners with the Beckham’s…and you can’t just show up in Urban Outfitters for dinner with Posh Spice.

From tailored looks and kitten heels to a designer baby, Katie Holmes, take heart.  You may be losing a husband, but you’ve gained a fashion following that has put you on the map for the rest of your life.

 

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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The Name’s Wu. Jason Wu.

Posted by    |    June 8th, 2012 at 7:00 am

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See all this ridiculously gorgeous eye candy? It’s Jason Wu. He’s the mastermind of modern fashion, and has done everything from couture to Target.

According to ABCNews.com this past winter, “Mere hours after Target released designer Jason Wu’s limited-edition collection in-store and online Sunday, the fashion line was sold out.“The collection became available shortly after midnight online, and was sold out within a few hours,” said Joshua Thomas, a spokesman for Target. “The feedback from consumers has been overwhelming positive. …Jason Wu is a fashion darling and his collection is very wearable by a variety of body types and styles.”Thomas added that out of the 1,800 Target stores nationwide, 1,200 of those stores carried Wu’s collection and many were “sold out or running low.” Wowza.

Women world-wide love him for his feminine designs and use of bold color.  (Men hate him for draining their wives’ pocketbooks.) And now, Dallas is getting their own taste of Wu as his Jason Wu Fall 2012 Collection debuts on June 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Neiman Marcus Downtown.  Simply head to  the Couture Salon on Level Two and dream away of what you’ll wear this fall.  Wu will woo you.

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How to Pack for a Trip

Posted by    |    May 30th, 2012 at 8:57 am

With this season being the busiest for travel, it leaves things wide open for packing all the wrong things.  Sometimes you’ll get to your destination with the appropriate clothes, shoes, and toiletries in hand, only to realize you’ve left your phone charger at home.  (Don’t you hate that?)  So it stands to reason that having a little help with the packing wouldn’t hurt anyone.  Heck, it might even be worth a $2 investment.

Packing

This is where the Packing Pro App comes in.  When I found this, I realized I didn’t have to forget my toothpaste and socks every single trip. The app’s website touts it as ” your very own portable, personal packing assistant. This powerful, flexible and easy-to-use tool can help you better manage your travel packing needs and expectations“.  Wow. Fancy. (more…)

Wedding Season Is Upon Us

Posted by    |    May 18th, 2012 at 11:18 am

Weddings.  They are like graduations, except more expensive and with more gifts.  Now that we are creeping past graduation soirees, wedding season is here to sear your eyeballs with loveliness.

As we ponder our own weddings (real or imagined,) here is some wedding eye candy for your weekend enjoyment.

Could these labels and invites from Pinhole Press be any cuter?  Personalized pretty stuff gets me every. single. time. (more…)