Many thanks this morning to Annie and Elizabeth of The NOW Stylebook for featuring Nonsense & Sensibility as the guest contributor today! I absolutely loved dreaming up outfits inspired by a personal style icon of mine: Bianca Jagger. Too much fun! Happy Friday and be sure to visit their blog and check out the full post here.
Ever since I stumbled upon Cabana in Dallas on Lovers Lane several years ago, it’s remained one of my favorite local boutiques. Owner, Merry Vose, has a great eye and an amazing selection of unique pieces. From a gorgeous array of colorful dresses, to fur vests, cashmere, and jewelry, Cabana is stocked for a luxe fall. Merry began the store from her very own cabana at her home before moving to the small cottage on West Lovers Lane with the purple door. The decor is inspired by bungalows she loves on Harbour Island. The store also supports local designers and products – which is always an added bonus!
Cabana has an incredible selection of unique accessories. In standout colors, textures, and materials- these are the types of clutches, necklaces, and even keychains – that will inspire wardrobe envy when you are wearing a simple t-shirt and jeans. The day of my visit, the store was hosting a trunk show from Queen of Cashmere. The candy store of colors offered at the Queen of Cashmere trunk show was a treasure in its own right. In fact, you can even monogram the vests, scarves, and sweaters with your initials – or the initials of those near and dear to you. There were certainly some inspiring color combinations and shoppers were crowded around the cashmere rack during my entire visit!
Another talent at Cabana Dallas is local designer Tish Cox. I am in love with the designs from Tish Cox and certainly expect to see and hear more about her line. It’s incredible! I purchased a gorgeous cerulean green dress from her this past May for a wedding and couldn’t have been happier with the cut, fabric, and style. It was perfect in every way! I was just as inspired by her fall and winter line. Tish offers some gorgeous fur trimmed capes and some meticulously cut dresses. Tish Cox’s designs are both flattering, forgiving, and chic. She doesn’t compromise style when it comes to also offering her customer a great fit and comfort.
I also love the array of casual sandals at Cabana. They are ideal for fall in Dallas and are certain to dress up any wardrobe! From fringe, to fur, to metallic leather – the selection is fun and energizing! I hope you enjoyed the images from Cabana and get a peek inside the store sometime soon if you aren’t already a regular.
Cabana Lifestyle is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Contact the store at 214-674-9928.
CABANA: 4711 W. Lovers Ln. Dallas, TX 75209
“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”
– Pedro Calderon de la Barca
My mind has been simply swimming in styles of green lately – I can’t get enough of them. My all-time favorite green dress was worn by Keira Knightley in Atonement. There are so many beautiful green options this fall and winter. From emerald to acid green, the options are endless when it comes to finding the right shade and the perfect accessory. Ralph Lauren has some beautiful pieces available in a striking emerald green velvet. And, the Ralph Lauren Ricky bag in emerald green alligator is positively amazing.
FROM TOP LEFT TO RIGHT: Marni Two Tone Fur Coat, Lanvin Lizard Box Clutch GREEN, Lanvin Asymmetric silk-satin dress, Kendra Scott – Marxis Ring (Emerald) – Jewelry, Marni Satin-covered leather sandals
Ralph Lauren Double-Link Chain Bracelet, Jenae Velvet Suede Peep Toe
TOP LEFT TO RIGHT: Topiary Photo Holder/Place Card Holder – Set of 4, Chanel No.19 Eau De Parfum Spray, Trina Turk Enamel Brick Gold And Acid Green Bangle Bracelet, Ralph Lauren Crystal-embellished velvet clutch, Bormioli Rocco Glassware, Set of 6 Sorgente Lime Green Highball Glasses
Though emerald green tends to add an air of refinement, the options seem to be a bit more fun when it comes to acid green. I love the idea of decorating tables with green topiary place card holders or simply purchasing the limited edition rerelease of the Chanel No. 19 fragrance- which is a rich blend of floral and green notes and was originally created for Coco Chanel in 1971. I’m enjoying this enrapturing wave of green style and hope you find the perfect piece to to add to this perfectly evergreen season.
A paint sample covering your phone? Yes, please! I’m in love with the Pantone iPhone covers. They are so minimalist, chic, and fashionable at the same time. They are available in a variety of colors, but I of course- prefer the simple colors and shades of gray. You can purchase the covers on the Pantone website or from The Webster Miami.
Start your own collection and switch your colorful iPhone 4 cover on a whim. Yes, this tech savvy piece from Pantone is the new mood ring.
shh… what’s next on my list? definitely- these PANTONE mugs!
Mrs. Reginald Fellowes (left) in Elsa Schiaparelli, 1933; Sienna Miller in Prada, photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue, 2007.
Photo: Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Just recently, The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that its spring 2012 exhibition will be “Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion.” The exhibit will open May 10th of next year and is set to explore both of the Italian designers from their two very different time periods in fashion. As Vogue wrote, it is based upon “a format inspired by Miguel Covarrubias’s ‘Impossible Interviews’ published in Vanity Fair in the 1930s.” With a focus on two incredible women in fashion history, this will certainly be a fascinating exhibition. I know I will definitely be in line to see it!
One of my favorite new online communities, is Condé Nast’s – The Style Society. Recently, on the Condé Nast Style Society Blog, this spread from VOGUE was highlighted on the modern use of diamonds as accessories. I was just as captivated by the diamonds as I was by the other unique ways each model was styled. From the scarves, to the collars, to the hair bows, to feathers – there was certainly a selection of inspiring ensembles. Before I had even seen these images, I purchased a vintage turquoise feathered headband from the House of MacGregor – and I’m so glad I did! It feels so right at the moment.
See, are you as inspired as I am? I am very much looking forward to continuing to have way too much fun with accessories this fall! As this perfect spread shows, you can pile on accessories in a refined way without being gaudy, over-the-top, or too commercial looking.
Fall 2011, is all about having the right eye and perfect balance while curating a mix of different styles, textures, and sizes when accessorizing. It looks as if these girls rummaged their closets, mix and matched a few different unique pieces, and came out looking like a fine painting. That, to me, is modern style done right.
PICK ONE: I cannot stop staring at these boots. They are perfect in every way and I am dying to add them to my closet this fall. Charlotte Olympia does it again when it comes to sophistication with a flair. These are so wearable and styled so perfectly – they’d look great with almost anything! I’d pair them with skinny jeans or my favorite LBD and tights.
PICK TWO: Does anything commend a stylish fall and winter more than this 3.1 Phillip Lim Lynus Fur iPad cover? I saw this and gasped! I would love to include this in my carry-on bag this season and would certainly be sporting the most chic iPad cover this season. And, with such a luxe texture – wouldn’t finding it be so much easier? A must!
Hello Nonsense & Sensibility followers! My name is Kelly White, wining & dining enthusiast! I am constantly on the lookout for the best places to enjoy a cocktail and a delicious dinner, which is why I started my blog, The Love Triangle – Austin, Dallas, & Houston Restaurant Reviews (www.austindallashouston.blogspot.com). Haley asked me to guest blog about a new hot spot in Dallas, so here I am!
Last week my foodie friend, Lander, and I ventured into the Design District to try Royal Sixty Restaurant. I am not familiar with this area, but I love the artsy vibe! Royal Sixty has only been open for about 4 weeks, and they are already ruling the lunch scene! Wendy Krispin of Wendy Krispin Catering opened this cute restaurant. Her motto is “To eat is a necessity, but to create a memorable event based on fabulous food is an art.” With that being said, Wendy has created a memorable restaurant based on the detailed decorations and the delicious food served to go along with it…just like her events.
Beginning with the all-glass entrance wall, the interior is open and inviting… perfect for Dallas weather! The walls are royal blue with perfectly placed paintings, mirrors, and glass ceiling, which has the feel of an airy tea room. The best part of all is the fabulous classical pianist playing during lunch! I don’t know many places that have live music during lunch…dinner yes, but lunch? This takes Royal Sixty to a whole ‘nother level!
Lander and I ordered the Hibiscus Tea to begin. Erica, our waitress, said it was her favorite, and we definitely agreed with her assessment. They brought us beef broth to clear our palettes before starting our meal. It was actually good – I wasn’t sure how I felt about beef broth, but they brought it in a tiny tea cup, and it was gone in three delicious sips.
For an appetizer we ordered the Brie and Wild Mushroom Queso with flour and corn tortilla chips. It was amazing! I thought it would be too rich, but it was perfect! If you love Brie, this is a must! While we were cheesin’ out, Erica came by and asked if we would like a complimentary Mojito. Sure, why not! Royal Sixty does not have their liquor license as of yet, but when they do get it (soon they said!) they plan to offer a build your own Bloody Mary for their weekend brunch! Interested in trying this place yet?
Next I ordered the Grilled Sweet & Spicy Bacon and Pimiento Cheese Sandwich on Pumpernickel Bread. I really felt compelled to order something healthy after the Brie Queso, but I could not pass up the bacon and pimiento cheese sandwich! Good thing I didn’t… it was fabu! I have never had bacon and pimiento cheese together, and believe me… it is creamy, savory and sweet! Enough said, you must TRY IT!
Lander ordered the House Roasted Turkey with sweet and spicy bacon, cranberry horseradish cream on rosemary bread. Lander said the turkey was really tender and had lots of flavor! The cranberry horseradish cream and rosemary bread was a delicious combination. I personally LOVE turkey sandwiches, and if it was as good as my pimiento cheese, then it’s also a must try dish! I have GOT to get their sweet & spicy bacon recipe! Mmmm… so good! When we were finished with our meal, they brought us the check in an antique book. Apparently this is the new hip thing to do! I have been to a couple of different restaurants that have done this… very creative!
Royal Sixty was extremely impressive. The service was first class and the beautifully presented food was delicious! Wondering why the name Royal Sixty?? I asked the same question. Erica explained, “Wendy wanted everyone to be treated like royalty… young, old, 20’s, 30’s, even 60’s!” I love that! Now I understand why the service was so excellent… they have a name to live up to! I am so excited to venture back to this new hot spot. According to the manager, they hope to have a gospel choir singing on Sundays for brunch, and like I said earlier, they’re going to have a build-your-own Bloody Mary station. They also just started an afternoon “Tea”. I’m sure we will see even more unique ideas from this innovative entrepreneur. On a scale from 1-10, I give this place a perfect 10! It is most definitely a lunch fit for a Queen or King!
150 Turtle Creek Blvd. Ste. 202
Dallas, TX 75207
To say I had a blast in Round Top, Texas would be an understatement. To place someone with an insatiable curiosity and love for beautiful things in an absolute wonderland of antiques, vintage pieces, art, and all that is extraordinary- is trouble at its very best. From the food, to the people, to the moments entirely enveloped by incredible things, my trip to Round Top this fall was truly a dream. This year, thanks to guidance from the lady who never ceases to amaze me – Leslie Pritchard, I experienced both the Marburger and Warrenton shows.
Country Garden Antiques, Dallas, TX
I was sure to snap some of my favorite objects and finds while exploring the tents at Marburger and Warrenton. I loved the French inspired pieces at Marburger and of course- the booth I featured above out of England. The teacup tree captivated me for at least fifteen minutes. There were so many one-of-a-kind objects and often- one doesn’t even know where to look! Booths present an array of different styles at Round Top. No matter your design preferences, you are sure to find something to your liking. From antique perfume bottles, to vintage mantles, to ancient oil paintings, the show is a melting pot of some of the world’s most charming things (and people too)!
The Again and Again booth out of Dallas, TX in Zapp Hall!
I loved the vibrantly modern and colorful booths just as much as I appreciated all things antique and French. They were completely different looks and styles, but it was great to soak up a little bit of everything. I really enjoyed perusing The Junk Gypsy. HGTV was on location filming with The Junk Gypsy throughout the week. It was enjoyable to watch! And, of course, Dallas’ very own Again and Again had a booth at Zapp Hall for the first time! Leslie did a wonderful job with the set-up.
Magnolia Pearl - this booth is simply mesmerizing… I’ve never seen anything else quite like it in my life.
“We are up to something like a population of 90 now,” he said, “That’s about a 30% population growth in the last few years – too much!”
Magnolia Pearl is a clothing line handcrafted in the Hill Country of San Antonio. Stepping inside their booth was like stepping into a different world – one of whimsy, purity, and countryside. Most everything I tried on at Magnolia Pearl didn’t quite feel like “me.” But, I did end up finding an adorable ruffle dress that I changed into immediately and wore the rest of the day after I purchased it. It was 105+ outside and I had packed a black cotton vintage dress- bad idea!
I loved spending my evenings at The Bubble Lounge at Zapp Hall. Leslie and I had a blast sipping Veuve Clicquot with a group of friends on old velvet couches. There is just something about enjoying bubbly under the stars while your feet rest on the dirt floor. Talk about being carefree- that was a moment! One of my favorite new finds was Royers Pie Haven. During my visit to The Prairie this past May, I was searching high and low for a coffee shop, I was so happy to find one on this trip! It’s just one of the recent additions to this tiny town. In fact, one morning at the Pie Haven an elderly man couldn’t help but complain about the recent population growth. “We are up to something like a population of 90 now,” he said, “That’s about a 30% population growth in the last few years – too much!” I definitely understand the Round Top appeal. I will never forget my mornings sipping the special Royers cinnamon blend coffee surrounded by the roosters and chickens that live under the porch at Pie Haven. It made me want to move to a farm a.s.a.p.!
I have to thank Leslie for being such an amazing tour guide. As always, I learned so much from her! There were so many other great style finds as well. I loved the leather wrap pearl bracelets from Peach Pearl out of Nashville, the way Leslie artfully layered her array of necklaces (all great finds) and her Bob Mackie vintage dress, and the simple elegance (like that of the oil painting above) that reminded me very much of a young Coco Chanel.
There were so many moments of clarity on this trip – the raw simple beauty that hits you at certain moments from every angle. At Round Top, no matter which drawer you open, you move with the understanding that something at some point, is going to take your breath away. It could be a shy smile, it could be finding the same green comb your grandmother used on your hair when you were young, or it could simply be living for a short time in a world of craft, design, and the purest loveliness.
Very Classy by Derek Blasberg
I loved Derek Blasberg‘s debut novel Classy and can assure you I will be picking up Very Classy this week (October 13th to be exact). Blasberg’s writing style is witty and hilarious – he only interviews the best of the best. I am sure we can expect a great follow up to Classy with this read – and isn’t the butter yellow cover simply divine? Well, certainly very classy!