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Is anyone else craving a trip to the desert?  I love putting on a hat, sunglasses, packing a great book, and heading out to Marfa, Texas for a long weekend.  There’s something about being out west in the nothingness of endless terrain, dry air, and mountains that’s freeing and stress relieving.  Today, I’m inspired by a soft palette and natural texture that will effortlessly translate into spring.  The key piece of this look is the MSGM Crop Top in the unique catcus print.  If crop tops immediately make you run the other way, think of pairing them with a high waisted skirt or pants before you completely steer clear (this is how I’d personally work them into my wardrobe). Just because it’s “cropped” doesn’t mean to have to bare all!  I love the idea of pairing them with the Harlow Pant from J.Crew in Rustic Mint (such a fresh color).

I’m obsessing over these new raffia shoes - Strey Caramel from Acne Studios.  And, accessories are key in this look: the Janessa Leone Charles Hat is top on my spring wish list. Pair it with these incredible sunglasses from Thierry Lasry and the P Latigo Strap Bag in Bone Leather from Libby Lane.  Top off your look with the vintage rose moon turquoise ring from Imogene and Willie.

 

SHOP THIS LOOK:

MSGM Cactus Print Top // J.Crew Harlow Pant // Janessa Leone Charles // Thierry Lasry Sunglasses at Steven Alan // Libby Lane P Latigo Strap Bag //  Acne Studios Strey Caramel // Vintage Rose Moon Turquoise Ring

 

 

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weekend favorites

 

 

With chillier temperatures this weekend, I’m planning a cozy weekend indoors. I might catch up on work, go to a yoga class, and I’m looking forward to reading my February magazines that came in the mail this week.   What are some items that might complement such a weekend?  I love this cozy Pattern Knit Cardigan from H&M. At under $50.00 – it’s a steal!  Wrap yourself up in this brand new scarf from India Hicks in an exotic beetle print. I love the soothing quality of the Siren Scarf in Dove Grey.  Brighten up your look with new sunglasses.  This matte green pair from PRISM is perfect.  And, read a beautiful book (like this one about shoes for instance - I love it!) or catch up on your favorite magazines on your iPad wrapped in a case like this one (on sale)!

 

SHOP THESE PICKS

H&M Pattern Knit Cardigan from H&M // the India Hicks Siren Scarf in Dove Grey // PRISM Brazilia Sunglasses // Art & Sole by Jane Gershon Weitzman // Dillon des Pres iPad Case 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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moody blues

 

If you are looking for a simple palette to carry you into spring, I love the idea of classic navy paired with rich cognac hues, peach leathers, nude, and ivory – chic, classic, and earthy.  These pairings allow your attire to be as dark and dramatic as you wish with touches of warmth. What to shop for this look?  Try this simple navy belted dress from Massimo Dutti that will easily carry you from day to night. Some of my favorite shoes for spring thus far?  The Isabel Marant Maple Tassel Suede Flats are first on my list.  If you are looking for accessories, the Sophie Hulme Soft Flap Leather bag in beige leather will carry you through spring and summer and the Stellar earrings from Holst and Lee will make an elegant addition to any attire.

For inspiration, purchase the latest book from Malene Birger (her first one was incredible), Move and WorkIt’s includes some of the most effortlessly stunning interiors I’ve ever seen. And, for your upcoming getaway, the Honolulu Zig Zag Bikini from Marysia should be top on your list. And, starting your day with an amazing coffee mug like this one can only lead to wonderful things.

SHOP THIS LOOK:

Massimo Dutti Belted Dress // Sophie Hulme Soft Flap Leather Bag // Isabel Marant Maple Tassel Suede Flats // Stella Earrings Holst and Lee // Move and Work by Malene Birger // Honolulu Zig Zag Bikini – Marysia // Organic Coffee Mug 

 

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I have a tendency to dress very simple and classic during the winter seasons.  Whether it’s a fair isle sweater and my favorite pair of black jeans or one of my favorite vintage coats, I certainly lean towards closet staples during the colder months.  As resort season is in full swing and we’re beginning to see more and more spring 2015 pieces, I’m certainly ready for color, flair, and warmer weather.

This spring, I certainly plan to have a little fun with my wardrobe.  From exotic prints, to pom poms, and fringe, you can really add personality to any attire in a multitude of ways. Right now: I’m smitten with this flamingo skirt from Giles. Pair it with your coziest cashmere sweater during the chillier months and transition to your favorite silk or knit t-shirt or tank come spring. I’ve had my eyes on this Lizzie Fortunato necklace now for weeks (on sale!!) – it’s absolutely beautiful. As for fringe, I’m leaning towards a classic ivory (like the one above) or whiskey leather bag.  And, I absolutely love the pom pom sandals from Figue - amazing!

Last but not least on my list, the RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Sacred is a brilliant way to brighten the face in the morning when you’re feeling your complexion is less than glowing. And, I’ve just started the Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn after reading some excellent reviews. Have you read them?

SHOP THE LIST:

J.Crew Collection Cashmere V-Neck Sweater in Heather Gray // Flamingo Maxi Skirt – Giles //  Lizzie Fortunato Japanese Cool Necklace // Leather Hendrix Tote // FIGUE Pom Chappal Sandal in Peacock Blue // RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Sacred // The Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn

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joan didion celine

 

Author Joan Didion is the new face of Céline for spring 2015.  It’s so invigorating to see this kind of a move by a luxury fashion label and it feels so right. It’s not surprising coming from the realm of Phoebe Philo, but it truly opens some incredible doors. We’ve watched the shift from early 90s supermodels to the gaunt grunge model era, to a heightened focus on actresses and celebrities (even reality television – ick).  It’s incredible to see this year kickoff with a brand featuring a highly respected intellect.  And, of course, it just makes me love Joan Didion and Céline even more (if that is possible).  Maybe Vogue will follow suit and feature women like Didion rather than Kim Kardashian this year.

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Happy 2015! Dallas: get fit for the New Year with The PilatesBarre! The PilatesBarre has several locations you can find here. I’ve been a long-time fan of pilates and always feel great after completing any kind of pilates exercises – particularly on the reformer machines.  As someone who often sits at a computer all day, it’s a great way to lengthen and stretch the muscles while getting a great workout. I asked The PilatesBarre a few questions about how one can best kick off their 2015 fitness routine the right way.

 

NS: What are some of the classes PilatesBarre offers? Do they cater to all levels of fitness?

T PB: The PilatesBarre is a Pilates studio that links the holistic principles of Pilates together with resistance training and cardio elements, to provide a unique exercise regimen. We offer PilatesBody, PilatesBarre, SpringBarre & BootcampBarre.

All of our classes cater to all fitness levels as every exercise has a modification or an added variation for more of a challenge enabling all levels to take class together!

PilatesBody: core strength training, cardio, and overall body conditioning and stretching to achieve the “Pilates Body” using our exclusive BarreFormer.

Bootcamp Barre: combination of bootcamp-style cardio paired with cardio barre ballet

The PilatesBarre: combines the PilatesBody on the BarreFormer and our SpringBarre workout on the Springboards

The SpringBarre: exclusive to The PilatesBarre, incorporates cardio, spring boards, ballet barre and free weights

Private Sessions: great for the beginning, the super advanced student or someone with an injury or who is new to fitness

 

NS: How often would you suggest keeping active during the work week?What’s the minimum and maximum you usually advise upon?

T PB: Our suggestion to reach your fitness goals, during the work week- 3 x a week would be ideal! We always find it easier to workout before work; social engagements always pop up in the evening! A couple options, either getting in before work or if your schedule permits, try a midday workout during your lunch break.

One should target, minimum 3 times a week and the maximum would be 6 times a week. Everyone needs a day off!!

 

NS:  With travel and holiday parties interrupting regular workouts, how do you suggest staying fit on the road?

T PB: Plan ahead! Always pack a pair of tennis shoes so you can sneak in walk in-between family events. Invite your family to take class with you, always more fun in groups. During the holidays, we always have our regular clients bringing in their visiting family members. Don’t let visitors keep you from your regular workout-bring them along! Exercise raises levels of serotonin, a feel-good hormone, something we all need during the holiday season!

 

NS: What are a few ways PilatesBarre inhibits the workout “rut” people speak about?

T PB:Our goal is too offer the space to foster healthy way of live. The PilatesBarre classes are constantly evolving as we strive to provide the community the latest in fitness trends. All of the instructors are regular attendees of our classes and keep the exercises fresh. Our music is constantly changing and is our driving force inspiration for our class routines. Our new BarreFormers are also enabling us to keep our workout fresh with incorporating new features such as a split carriage, jump board, and additional springs to add more tension options.  Our workout has evolved as our clients have grown with us and needed more challenges to be incorporated into their routines.

 

Learn more about their studios here! 

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Looking for a unique holiday gift that’s thoughtful, stylish, and useful? I was excited to learn about the new calendars from one of my favorite artists - Sally King Benedict.  Benedict’s art is whimsical and inviting.  And, on those days at your desk when you wish you could just escape to the beach, her images are sure to take you there.  The artist’s first-ever calendar includes 12 of her all-time favorite paintings. The calendar + cards combination is perfect for your desktop or bulletin board and it’s just $38.

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So, after a month has past, each art piece tears off in a 5 1/2 x 7 mailable postcard – genius.  Be sure to check out her new website and shop while you’re at it and shop the calendar here.

 

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1. goop

a peek at the GOOP Interior designed by Michelle Nussbaumer

The last month has been an absolute whirlwind.  I honestly can’t believe we are nearing upon mid-December and I haven’t yet purchased a single gift! But, in the past few weeks, I’ve had some wonderful experiences that I’m sure to cherish for my entire life.  From meeting the fabulous Trina Turk at her Dallas boutique, to attending the GOOP Pop-Up shop opening in Dallas, interviewing fashion designer David Neville from Rag & Bone, making it home for Thanksgiving for a long weekend with family, and attending my favorite holiday performance – The Nutcracker with a good friend, it’s been an incredible few weeks!

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with Gwyneth!

With its closing date upon us, I wanted to be sure and recap the GOOP store opening and pop up shop.  The interior of the store was styled by world renowned designer Michelle Nussbaumer. It was absolutely perfect. The black and white floral panels are to die for!  I attended the GOOP store opening party and had the pleasure of meeting Gwyneth Paltrow and Monique Lhuillier to celebrate the launch of their new collaborative collection. It’s absolutely stunning! From cookbooks, to makeup, clothing, candles, and a custom menu from Number One (who’s cooking recipes of Gwyneth’s this month), it’s the perfect stop to find a unique gift this Christmas.

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GOOP x Monique Lhuillier

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With Monique Lhuillier

I asked Gwyneth about a few of her favorite items at the pop up shop.  She said that the secret to luminescence on the red carpet is PRTTY PEAUSHUN skin tight body lotion created by celebrity makeup artist, Bethany Karlyn. The lotion’s subtle light reflecting particles in a natural emollient base give the body a gorgeous, flattering glow! The product’s radiance conceals minor imperfections and enhances definition to create a sexy, slimmer silhouette.  Paltrow made it clear this is an absolute must-have for her.  A few of her other favorite items?  She loves the Flash Facial product from Sonya Dakar. She said you can literally see the dead skin peeling from your face.  And, though they are difficult to find in the US, she loves anything from the UK’s ILA Spa – particularly the bath salts, body cream, and candles. I purchased the ILA Spa candle from GOOP in the Orange Blossom fragrance and absolutely love it. It’s fresh, clean, and inviting.

Please enjoy some of the photos I snapped on my visits!

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Looking for a gift that’s out of the ordinary this holiday season? Try OuiPlease! OuiPlease is a new lifestyle concept that was founded by Parisian-born Jessica Barouche. It shares her love and knowledge of all things French. Barouche’s company delivers the finest in apparel, beauty, jewelry home and epicure.  Each box has an approximate value of $400 USD (over double the retail price PLUS it includes full-size products).  Each delivery has been carefully selected by Barouche and her team of French influencers and researches.  Bring a bit of France to your doorstep each month!

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After receiving a few popular subscription box services the past few years, I never really opt for more than one delivery.  This has mostly been a consequence of tiny sample size bottles or things that I just wouldn’t use. I ended up having to giveaway mini lotions, skin care products, or a lip color that wasn’t the right shade.  I received my OuiPlease box earlier this month and it’s entirely different from all of the rest. I can genuinely say that I am interested in the products – they are all different, full size, and smell wonderful!  On top of that, it includes a magazine that was an absolute treat.  It’s very nicely done, informative, and inspiring. This is a box that would make an excellent gift and stands apart from other subscriptions and memberships in the market. It’s chic and unique.

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Whether you choose a single delivery, month to month, or a yearly subscription, you are sure to find the perfect fit for every circumstance.  With the holidays around the corner, they’d make an excellent present! Learn more here.

 

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On Him: Lanvin “Attitude” suit, Alden long wing bluchers, Sander shirt + tie.
On Her: The Row “Retvers” fox fur vest, Lanvin dress.

One of my favorite boutiques, Austin’s By George, has recently launched ecommerce – right in time for the holidays!  The new website brings the distinctive boutique to life online for a stylishly unique online experience.  Customers around the world may now shop the unique collections and unusual finds. A sampling of featured on the site include Lanvin, Maiyet, SUNO, Band of Outsiders, Golden Goose, in addition to many other globally-recognized brands and local designers. Eventually the site will also include additional apothecary items as well as web-exclusive pieces.

 

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On Her: Isabel Marant “Milroy” jacket, Marni skirt, Coclico “Sage” boots, Organic by John Patrick sweater.

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On Him: Lardini coat, Aspesi cashmere sweater, Dries Van Noten scarf.

The new site allows By George owners Matt and Katy Culmo to showcase lines their customers have come to know and love, in real time, while allowing those around the globe who love the store to shop new pieces and to reach out to a new customer base. “We have noticed through the years that many of our loyal customers, whether from Austin or out-of-town, were shopping with By George not only because of our collections, but the way we buy,” says Matt Culmo. “It’s in how we assemble collections that’s new and different. It’s a skill set we joyfully exploit on ByGeorgeAustin.com, now for a wider audience,” he concludes.   By George 4

On Her: Rick Owens biker shearling jacketJason Wu skirt, Givenchy top, Balenciaga boots, Lanvin “Private” quilted clutch.

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On Him: Officine Generale peacoat, Golden Goose shirt, Aspesi cashmere cardigan3, Jil Sander tie, APC Petite New Standard Jean, Lanvin suede sneakers.

  Are you ready to add to your holiday wish list?  Check it out here! By George 1

On Her: The Row “Nima” pants + “Neshman” jacket, Lanvin heels.
On Him: Dries Van Noten “Brent” jacket, Alden long wing bluchers, Jil Sander shirt, Dries Van Noten tie

Photo Credit: By George and Jackie Young