Posts Tagged ‘hillary kennedy’

Kristen Stewart: Rebel Style the New Sexy?

Posted by    |    July 27th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Hot on the heels of the release of those unflattering photos of actress Kristen Stewart canoodling with her “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders, Twi-hards are either wiping away tears or heading for the mall.  How does a 21-year old Stewart, who isn’t known for her warm, fuzzy demeanor or flirtatious attitude hook a 41-year old married father of two and earn the moniker “trampire?”  With rebel style, of course.

Sporting this style is in NO way recommended to begin a tryst with a married person.  But, there may be something ladies can learn from Stewart-men of all ages like a low-maintenance lady.  I think we can all agree that low-maintenance includes the following:

I Just Woke Up” Hair:

Read more Kristen Stewart Rebel Style, and other fashion and beauty tips at YouPlus Style!

“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 or call (800) 921-8498. Follow or for special offers.

(photos via Duy Nguyen –

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!

Get Sexy Legs For Summer With Citrus Juice

Posted by    |    July 19th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Summer can mean dry, scaly legs…which is unfortunate when the temps are in triple digits and you want to keep them cool.  Instead of slathering on greasy lotion or shedding dry skin, a homemade concoction just might do the trick.  The Amazing Spiderman may have renewed the popularity of lizards, but your skin doesn’t need to feel like one.

Citrus juice = soft legs!

Ingredients and Directions (courtesy of Military-fit Bombshell)

  • 1 1/4 C Sugar (just the store bought stuff-nothing fancy)
  • 1/2 C Oil (any kind will do…I like coconut oil)
  • 3 tablespoons Citrus (Lime or lemon)
  1. Mix everything together in a bowl.
  2. Soak your legs in the tub for 5 minutes.
  3. Shave your legs.
  4. Rub some of the mixture all over your legs. The sugar will help rub off all dirt and dead skin.
  5. Rinse it all off, shave again. Remove any and all dead skin.
  6. Rub your legs again with the mixture.
  7. Rinse off with soap to remove any remaining residue.
  8. Add lotion and be ready to sport shorts!

Summer ready legs are a few scrubs away...

You can use this mixture for hands, feet, arms, etc.  It’s an easy way to exfoliate without purchasing expensive sugar scrubs, and your soft legs will thank you. (As will those who touch them!)


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 –

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 (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

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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.

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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.

Fashion Apps You Gotta Have for iPad

Posted by    |    July 9th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

As someone who is a lover of all things tech, I am a huge sucker for cool apps.  My iPad has quickly filled up with some that I have decided I would be totally lost without.  It’s no surprise that a few of these are fashion apps, and perhaps even some you may have already scooped up for yourself. Check out my top fashion apps that I think are worthy of the download.

1. POSE.  Here’s the rundown: it’s free, it’s fun, and it’s chock full of inspiration!  Pose lets you share and discover styles from around the world. You know you already take self-portraits with your iPhone or iPad on those days you look extra cute, so why not share them with the world?  Note-worthy posers are often featured on the Pose blog, which gives your inner-fashionista something to shoot for.

Pose....the app that lets you pose. See?

2. STYLE.COM.  This is one glossy baby, right here.  If high fashion is your thing, you’ll love watching videos of the latest runway shows and fashion parties across the globe.  Where else can you see up-to-date photos of Sofia Coppola’s new outfit at the opening of Louis Vuitton’s Haute Joaillerie store?

3. SHOPSTYLE.  Read this description: “All the stores you love, all in one place. ShopStyle brings together the most fashionable stores and the best designer brands. Shop the latest styles within our clothing, home decor, and kids & baby categories from over 300 of your favorite retailers including ShopBop, Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Sephora, Net-a-Porter, and more.” Um, yes, yes, yes, yes. Be prepared for restraint with the credit cards.
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4. TRENDSTOP.  If you are keeping up with the trends instead of the Kardashians, then you need this app.  You will be up to date on daily fashion trends, styling ideas, and global interests spotted on the runways and in street style. You can also follow up-and-coming designers, art, exhibitions, launches, etc.  Wanna know it before everyone else?  This is how.
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(Photos via Apple App Store)