This coming Wednesday, actress and Estée Lauder spokesmodel Elizabeth Hurley joins Estée Lauder Companies Chairman Emeritus Leonard Lauder for a celebration at Neiman Marcus NorthPark.  Beginning at 2pm, the celebration will include the unveiling of the new Estée Lauder shop which celebrates 64 years of partnership between Neiman Marcus and NorthPark and for a limited time, the debut of the Estée Lauder compact museum which features over 50 solid perfume and pressed powder compacts produced from 1963 to present (a few will be on display next Wednesday only).

Additionally, enjoy new product previews and the unveiling of the special Neiman Marcus Red Lipstick produced especially for the opening of the new Estée Lauder shop at Neiman Marcus NorthPark.. While you are there, book  an individual makeup session with Estée Lauder Global Makeup Artist, North America, Derek Miller.






NYC based jewelry designer Cassie King will be hosting a Cassandra Collections trunk show next week at Estilo boutique with margaritas provided by TequilaMe. Shop the spring/summer 2014 collection and the latest arrivals from Cassandra Collections at Ritas and Rocks next Thursday from 7-9 p.m.  King is from San Antonio and her contemporary pieces with their beautiful stones and intricate designs certainly have the flair of southern elegance. See you there!

What: Ritas and Rocks with Cassandra Collections

When: Thursday, June 19th, 7-9 p.m.

Where: Estilo boutique, 234 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX


Karolina Earrings from Cassandra Collections

Cassandra Collections

Cassandra Collections

Cassandra Collections

Cassandra Collections

Shop more here.


“I try to live with a positive mentality, and see everything as a learning experience, and to always work hard and treat others with respect.”

– Ariana Rockefeller

This past February, I had the pleasure of meeting Ariana Rockefeller at my friend Natalie Bloomingdale’s wedding in Austin.  I learned she founded a clothing line in 2011 and loved every piece of her spring/summer 2014 collection. “Anticipating my wardrobe requirements for my many pre-wedding festivities last season, Ariana was so thoughtful as to give me one of her gorgeous silk off-white numbers,” said Natalie, “I adore that it is effortlessly architectural – it’s one of the easiest pieces to wear in my closet – which may sound silly, but it’s structured in such a flattering way.”
The Ariana Rockefeller collection is classic, modern, and wearable at the same time – I instantly fell in love.  I wanted to learn more about Ariana’s collection, what she’ll be wearing this season, and what’s to come this fall.

N/S: How did your company come to be? Did you always know you wanted to have a fashion collection?

AR: I did always know know that I wanted a clothing line. I love textiles and design and felt that I had a vision that would be valuable to the fashion world. My sense of style is very all American east coast classic. It also has a modern and easy sensibility and inspired by my family heritage



Ariana Rockefeller fall/winter 2014

Ariana Rockefeller fall/winter 2014

Ariana Rockefeller fall/winter 2014


N/S: How would you describe your collection to someone who had not been introduced to it before? For whom do you design?

AR: My collection is a women’s wear line comprised of elegant basics, that have a simple all-American and chic sensibility.

I design pieces I want hanging in my closet and for my friends. I want my collections to feel personal, so the girl who buys my dress is like me, she busy day but be put together, chic and can go from day to evening effortlessly.


N/S: Where are some of your favorite places in the world to travel?

AR: I do a lot of traveling for work and also the horse show circuit so I get to see a lot of places around the country. This past winter my husband and I road tripped from New York to Florida for the Wellington Winter Equestrian Festival which runs for three months. I always love the Palm Beach area, its so iconic. We also drove through Charleston on our way and I fell in love with the city, and food of course! I just love to explore different parts of our country. My favorite foreign place to visit is Crete. My husband and I spent our honeymoon there.


N/S: What are some of your favorite books, blogs, and magazines?

AR: I read the Chronicle of the Horse for horsey news and articles. My favorite book ever is Anne of Green Gables. I am currently reading Grace Coddington’s memoir and about to start Washington by Ron Chernow.


N/S: Any sneak peek or hints when it comes to what we’re going to see from Ariana Rockefeller this fall?

AR: Lots of metallics, and an easy top that literally goes with everything!


Ariana and her horse, Chogun II

“Nadia” Tunic Dress

Ariana Rockefeller spring/summer 2014


N/S:  What are some of the new styles you are featuring in your spring/summer 2014 collection? What inspired some of these pieces?

AR: One of the new styles we are very excited about is our Laura short in a gold print on linen. I love shorts for spring/summer as they are super versatile. From a day look with a t-shirt to evening with a silk blouse they look chic and polished.


N/S: What are you wearing this spring?

AR: This spring I am living in my Nadia tunic dress in ivory! And I just got a fresh pair of jack rogers:) I hoard those. This spring I am wearing a neutral pair with navy trim.


N/S: Who are your own personal style inspirations, designers, and icons?  How would you describe your own personal style?

AR: My style inspirations come from my friends and family mostly, I think imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Hence why many of my pieces are named for those who inspire me! My sister Camilla is definitely one of those girls:) my own style is very simple and easy. Usually, I’m in a tunic dress or jeans and ballet flats!


Ariana wearing the Ariana Rockefeller “Muffy” tunic dress from the spring/summer 2014 collection


N/S: Where can one currently purchase your pieces?

AR: Online at! And stay tuned for our summer trunk show/event calendar!


N/S: What has been your greatest personal accomplishment of your career thus far?

AR: My latest collection, fall/winter 2014. I have been learning so much since I founded the company in 2011, and this season everything really came together in a way that makes me exceedingly proud of, and confident in my company.


N/S: Is there a motto, quote, or piece of advice you were given that you aim to live by?

AR: I try to live with a positive mentality, and see everything as a learning experience, and to always work hard and treat others with respect.


Shop and follow  Ariana Rockefeller on Facebook here, Twitter here, on the web here, and Instagram here.




It was so wonderful to catch up with Celia Tucker of Willow Boutique in Rosemary Beach and Seaside, Florida. Willow is a chic boutique on the beautiful Gulf Coast – right off of scenic Highway 30-A.  They’ll be launching e-commerce soon, so stay tuned.  I shared a few of my favorite things with Willow recently on their blog.

Check out the full article here.




It’s certain that my parents both have green thumbs.  I always grew up with the most beautiful plants and flowers outside my bedroom window and around my home.  On top of our gorgeous magnolia trees, peonies in bloom are one of the things I’ve always looked forward to and not just because they bloom right around my birthday in May. Here are some shots of the gorgeous peonies at our lake house.  I hope you find them as beautiful as I do!




Mother’s Day is right around the corner. And, maybe it’s because I am looking forward to a weekend at the beach with my own mother (and the fact that we had an extra cold winter), but I have picked some relaxing and travel inspired gift ideas.  The Tropical Pajamas from India Hicks are at the top of my list.  How fantastic are these?

For the perfect gift, place them in a fabulous tote from Dash and Albert at Lily Lane Home that you can monogram as well. This tote is perfect to stash a summer book and a Turkish Beach Towel from Serena and Lily.  One of my mom’s favorite bath products is the Island Living Shower Gel (it smells wonderful). And, I’m in love with all products from Mud Australia. I definitely think she needs this coffee mug.  As for candles, you must check out the new Xela Aroma candles.  I have been burning the French Lavender all week.  The scent is clean, fresh, and natural without being overpowering.  And, finally, the Big O Keyring is always the perfect accessory to keep her organized all year and is available in Dallas at Five and Ten.



Things are looking sweet this spring 2014.  Here are a few perfect pieces to carry you through the season in style.  My favorite? The Large Oversize Detail Silk Trench Coat from Burberry.  I’m in love with this piece in Pale Nude. As for notes, we love the Dear Note Set from Sugar Paper LA and be sure to try the Alexis Cabernet Sauvignon from Swanson Vineyards. A perfect accessory for the season is the Kendall Conrad Lupe Sino in Charcoal leather.  Walk on clouds with Sophie Webster and, be sure to shop the Love Letter Napkins for a touch of romance.



Don’t miss Sara Beltran of Dezso at Forty Five then this week- April 23rd and April 24th. I hope you can stop by the store to see the latest designs.  Inspired by beach life and seashells, life by the ocean inspires her entire collection.  The line is called Deszo which is Latin for “desire.”  Her pieces offer a raw natural elegance that’s perfect for spring and summer.

Large Shark Tooth Polka Bracelet


Sharktooth Diamond Earrings



Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the new boutique off of Knox Street in Dallas, Planet Bardot and to chat with owner, Diana Tabeshi.  Tabeshi has extensive experience in the fashion industry as an authority on denim in the celebrity market (previously launching designer labels including Aristocrat Denim, Denim for Immortality, and more).  Planet Bardot is the perfect dose of L.A. for Dallas.  The chic boutique offers labels like Robert Rodriguez, Helmut Lang, Paul and Joe Sister, Clover Canyon, Haute Hippie, Alice + Olivia, Joie, Ray-Ban, Rebecca Taylor, and many more.  They even have the gorgeous Fornasetti candles I’ve been eyeing for some time.  I snapped a few of my favorite pieces in the store. I hope you can stop by soon!  Learn more here.










The perfect Easter dress, right?



Maybe it’s due to the fact that I missed the spring break boat, but I definitely have spring fever and am dreaming of a trip to the beach.  These are a few essentials that will definitely be in my carry-on for a long weekend by the sea.  I’m in love with the Cyprian Dress in Orange from India Hicks paired with Ledburry sunglasses in Ebony.  As for a top, pair the Arlana Crochet Tunic with these adorable Liberty London Track Shorts (you have to check out the ENTIRE collection).  As for accessories, you need the lemlem Adama Scarf, Cusco Espadrille Slip-Ons, and the Onward Bottle and you will be stylishly set for your next journey. And, yes, you need the Buddha Charm Necklace to complete the look of course.