Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

Piermarini Boutique Styles The Spring

Posted by    |    March 20th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Dallas’ favorite fashion entrepreneur and boutique owner, John Piermarini, is officially saying sayonara to his boutique’s winter wardrobe, as he welcomes the most stylish of spring trends! Piermarini Boutique, famed for its’ shopping in your best friends closet experience, will be undergoing its seasonal transformation, from wintery woolens to a sophisticated and lively spring collection.

The women’s wear collection will kick-off the new season with hints of “ocean colors”; sea foam greens & blues that are pale and pair nicely with bolder accents. Piermarini has handpicked a selection of top-notch designers to be sold in the boutique, including an elite collection comprised of women’s wear by Minimarket, Won Hundred, Osklen, Kymerah and Hyden Yoo.

Won Hundred White Blouse Dress

Minimarket Red Dress

For the gentlemen, he has selected brands such as Won Hundred, Moods of Norway, CREEP and Kai-Aakman, making it possible for even the most fashion challenged men to leave looking suave. Regarding the new men’s collection, Piermarini says, “We are keeping it classy & simple with that extra edge this season.”

Dressing For a Texas Fall

Posted by    |    November 14th, 2011 at 9:50 am


During a Texas fall morning you usually can get by with a light jacket and a scarf.

I’m wearing a jean jacket my dad just gave me that he’s worn since the 70′s and the briefcase he bought a week before he married my mom when he was in Hawaii for a military R&R.


By the time the sun has been up it gets pretty warm.  Take off some of your layers and enjoy the perfect temperature for a lunch on a patio.

I’m wearing a gown I bought from Neiman’s with no reason except I liked it.  I’m dressing it down with a women’s one-piece bathing suit underneath and a j.crew button-up tied on top.


More then likely it will rain at some point in the day.  So make sure you have a pair of wellies on hand and an umbrella in your car.

I’m wearing my favorite Marc Jacobs rain boots that I got from Barney’s and a huge Nike umbrella.

Now you’re set to properly get by for a Texas fall day!  Please visit Kittens and Pitbulls to see the rest of the pictures from this shoot.

Outfit Post: Dynasty

Posted by    |    September 28th, 2011 at 11:17 am

In Dallas there is always a black-tie affair to attend.  It’s always a great idea to snag a gown whenever the opportunity arises.  I found this gem at an estate sale for around $30 and have only worn it once to an Oscar watching party I had at my house last year. (more…)

My Top 5 Rules for Estate Sales

Posted by    |    September 20th, 2011 at 11:08 am

My favorite thing about estate sales is the total high you get when you find an amazing piece.  I’m pretty sure it’s equivalent to a paleontologist uncovering a dinosaur that wouldn’t have been appreicated if it was never found and given a second life.
The difference to me between an estate sale and a garage sale is that an estate sale is the pieces that someone held onto their whole life.  It must have been the dress that she met her husband in, a purse that she took on her favorite trip, or a pair of heels that made her feel beautiful.  Each of the pieces had a meaning deep in her heart that she could never part with. (more…)

Cheap and Chic for Fall at Forever 21

Posted by    |    September 13th, 2011 at 7:00 am

The metroplex is busting at the seams with popular apparel chain, Forever21, and it’s no secret why. Delivering the latest looks for less than a dinner at Maggiano’s (yum!), these stores have universally flattering styles and sizes that women of all ages love when looking for a bargain.  Though the store itself is usually a zoo and you have to hunt through stuffed racks and racks of wrinkled items, you can truly find some great gems for your wardrobe.

Case in point?  These fall trends are straight from the pages of Vogue’s September issue, but all under $20 at Forever21.

The Maxi Dress in Nude ($15.50) (more…)

You Need These Shoes…

Posted by    |    September 5th, 2011 at 7:09 am

Diane von Furstenberg sure knows a thing or two about style, and since the addition of her chic Highland Park Village boutique, women all over town have been sporting her signature wrap dresses and billowy blouses.  What you may not know is that her gorgeous line of footwear is as much a necessity as the classic wrap dress. Since 1972, DVF has grown into the global luxury lifestyle brand that stands for upscale style, and these Opal sandals are a premier example of that style in action.


Wear This….Paper Crown

Posted by    |    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:07 am

Lauren Conrad’s new upscale line, Paper Crown is just gorgeous…as evidenced above with that wispy, ethereal dress that whispers “Romance me!” (The romance maker is called the Ella Gown, seen here in Nude.) At this very moment, you can only find Paper Crown in one boutique in Texas, the Aquarius Boutique in San Antonio. Bummer, I know.  But Nordstrom, who carries our local fav Abi Ferrin’s line nationally now, has Paper Crown online. Won’t you join me in emailing Nordy’s to ask them to carry the line in-store?  Sometimes it’s just waaaaay more fun to try on beautiful things and imagine where you’re going to wear it while surrounded by mirrors and elevator music.  I’m just sayin’.


Abi & John

Posted by    |    July 21st, 2011 at 4:41 pm

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What do you get when two talented people in the fashion world join forces for the betterment of women everywhere? Happy ladies, let me tell you!

Abi Ferrin and John Piermarini have come out with a new line called Abi & John for basic tanks and dresses that are sold in John’s Uptown Dallas Boutique. The two saw a deficit in the marketplace of wearable, age appropriate slip dresses, so they teamed up to solve this harrowing problem. These soft basics are a must have for every woman’s wardrobe, regardless of your age or style.

The talented 20-year-old John Piermarini opened Piermarini Boutique to showcase labels and designers you won’t see anywhere else in town. These comfortable necessities found at Piermarini Boutique are for any woman’s wardrobe, they even give a little needed stretch! Can I get an Amen? With the many styles of tops and dresses nowadays that have such sheer fabric, the ladies are left out to dry when it comes to what goes UNDER these clothes. Thank you, Abi and John, for thinking of us, and making anything wearable!

Raising the Bar – New Exercise Trends

Posted by    |    July 13th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Photo Courtesy of: The Examiner

Although swim suit season has already approached, it’s never too late to get in tiptop shape!  Due to Dallas’s unrelenting heat, you will be able to show off your svelte figures for the next couple of months.

One exercise trend that has swept across not only Dallas but across the nation is Bar classes. Bar classes are a challenging blend of weight training, pilates, and exercises on the ballet bar. Many who have experienced a bar class describe it as ballet with a modern twist to reshaping your whole body.  This workout is perfect for the girl (or guy!) who enjoys an equal blend of cardio and strength training.  Bar classes burn, sculpt, stretch, and tone all areas of your body, specifically the core.  Bar classes are available at Bar Method on Lovers Lane and also Pure Barre located on Greenville.


Ojo Caliente: Hot Springs for Mind, Body, and Soul

Posted by    |    July 12th, 2011 at 1:23 am

If the stress of everyday living is starting to weigh you down, it may be time to do something about it. Sure, the occasional massage or jet-tub bath are wonderful, but sometimes you need something extra to pamper yourself and feel refreshed again.  But, if you’re like most people during these economic times, you don’t a fortune to spend on healing your aching muscles and spinning head.  One way to ease into a state of total relaxation starts with a road trip…to Ojo Caliente, New Mexico.  Yes, it’s a bit of a drive, but once you get sight of the jagged cliffs and mesas sitting stoically in the middle of the desert, you’ll realize why it’s worth the drive.

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, an hour west of Taos, is literally an oasis of water in the dry desert.  With sulphur-free, geothermal mineral waters that “have flowed from a subterranean volcanic aquifer for thousands of years”, Ojo is the only hot springs in the world with four different types of mineral water.  With temperatures ranging from  80-109 degrees, you can choose from pools of soda, iron, arsenic, lithia, and the mud pool.  The entire springs and spa is ruled a “whisper only” zone, so it’s peaceful, relaxing, and serene.  These mineral waters are lauded for their healing properties over generations, curing ailments like depression, poor digestion, blood issues, low immune system, stomach ulcers, skin conditions, and more.  Open from 8 am to 10 pm daily, you can soak your troubles away as you float in the waters that are surrounded by beautiful cliff walls.

Though locals pay a small entry fee to the springs, you can stay at the resort for access to the springs and the wide array of spa services.  Rooms in the historic hotel start as little as $139, and private cliffside suites and cottages give guests access to all the resort has to offer, including the plush robes worn by everyone, everywhere.  Don’t expect the rooms to be fancy or decked out in the latest technology; no televisions, computers, or steroes are to be found.  There is WIFI available in the lobby and common areas, but guests come to Ojo to get away from the constant buzzing of PDA’s.  The Artesian Restaurant and Bar on site has delicious, organic food that tastes even better than it looks.  Make a reservation when you check in be able to get a beautiful table by the window to look out over the sunset on the cliffs.  (The enchiladas are heavenly if you can’t decide on what to order.  Likewise, the caramel tart is a sure thing. Best part? The food isn’t too pricey and the portions are perfect.)

If you have a few extra bucks to spend on treating yourself while at Ojo, the spa services are incredible.  On the low end of the spectrum, an traditional Ojo Private Ritual Herbal Bath and Milagro Relaxation Wrap Combo, which lasts 50 minutes, is a mere $40.  The Native American Blue Corn and Prickly Pear Salt Scrub ($85) strips away dead skin and rids the body of impurities.  It even boasts metabolism improvement! If you’ve never experienced a Dry Body Brush Massage ($39), it stimulates your lymphatic and circulatory system, but above all, it feels out-of-this-world wonderful.

Ojo Caliente may be in the middle of “nowhere”, but that’s definitely the natural beauty of it.  Perfect for a romantic getaway (you can reserve a private mineral pool with your sweetie,) ideal for a Bachelorette weekend, or just precious time to yourself, this is an affordable and luxurious way to de-stress in no time at all.

Ojo Caliente
50 Los Banos Drive
Ojo Caliente, New Mexico 87549?