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The Court Yard Hounds are visiting studio b. the beach this week for an intimate concert!  Not that you need an excuse to visit the beach, but this would be one for certain.  Pack your bags and purchase your tickets for an exclusive evening with Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of the Court Yard Hounds.  Emily and Martie are founding members of the Dixie Chicks.

Emily Robison and Martie Maguire – the Court Yard Hounds

The Court Yard Hounds

So head down to The Coast with the Court Yard Hounds for a meet and greet with these amazing ladies at studio b. the beach!  Tickets and space is limited!!!

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Cassie MacGregor with guests at the House of MacGregor fall open house

Last weekend, I attended the House of MacGregor‘s fall open house.  I always look forward to these events as I get to see some of talented milliner Cassie MacGregor‘s new pieces as well as mingle with some of the coolest individuals in Dallas.

Marcela Zevada at the House of MacGregor open house

Rose and Grey Cocktail – House of MacGregor

House of MacGregor – Isaak Fedora

House of MacGregor Dark Chartreuse Stingray Fedora

House of MacGregor Chocolate Brown Felt Cocktail Hat

House of MacGregor Camel Felt Cocktail Hat

At this year’s latest event, guests sipped rosé while trying on some of Cassie’s latest creations – including vintage feathered headbands, silk bow headbands, and gorgeous veiled hats and fascinators.  After the event, my friends and I went to Bolsa for a late dinner before checking out the new prohibition pop-up cocktail lounge – Bar 828.

Bar 828 – Dallas, Texas

Bar 828

wall mural at Bar 828

Bar 828 – Dallas, Texas

The Vintage Mobile outside Bar 828

Bar 828

Leslie Pritchard at Bar 828

Sarah Ludwig & I at Bar 828 wearing our House of MacGregor purchases

impeccable style at Bar 828

 

Bar 828 is a speakeasy inspired pop-up bar in the Bishop Arts District operated by cocktail superstars Eddie “Lucky” Campbell and Michael Martensen.  It’s third and final opening date is Halloween weekend. It’s set-up in an old warehouse and has featured some of the best cocktail mixologists in Dallas from bars and restaurants including: the Windmill, Marquee Grill, Cedar Social, Whiskey Cake, The Usual, Sfuzzi, Bolsa, and more.  The bar serves pre-Prohibition cocktails and a portion of its earnings will benefit the Promise House. The pop-up bar features jazz and live music, food trucks, and even the vintage mobile! It has certainly been a lively event and I was so excited to have had the opportunity to check out the space! Campbell and Martensen plan to open a bar in downtown Dallas soon and are using some of their techniques at Bar 828.  We can’t wait to see what they mix up next.  Be sure to check out Bar 828 on its final upcoming weekend!

Open Thursday-Saturday night at 6 p.m.  – Bar 828 – 828 W. Davis, Dallas, TX

photography by: ELLIOTT MUNOZ

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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.

Shop the look above on The NOW Stylebook….

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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!

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Queen of Cashmere Trunk Show

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!

Cape — loving this for fall!

love this line from Tish Cox!

Tish Cox

absolutely love this chair!

fur sandals…

fringe sandals

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

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Keira Knightley in Atonement

“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 Ricky Bag in Emerald Green Alligator – 212.434.8000 for inquiries

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.

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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!

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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!

 

*read more in “The Party of the Year Returns..” on vogue.com

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LOVE a feathered handband… from Vogue

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.

my headband from House of MacGregor

this antique looking necklace on silk is beyond gorgeous.

this is such a beautiful Victorian look – I love the CUFFS, the bow, and the collar!

LOVE LOVE LOVE – these poufy textured shoulders – how chic!

this look is fantastic – from the medallion jewelry to the silk bow mixed with the boldly “painted” graphic print – perfection

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.

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Charlotte Olympia – Emilia Suede and Satin Ankle Boots

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.

3.1 Phillip Lim Lynus Fur iPad

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!

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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!

Lander Peerman and Kelly White

Ambiance: 10
Service: 10
Food: 10
Drinks: 10

Royal Sixty
150 Turtle Creek Blvd. Ste. 202
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 741-2604