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Hotel ZaZa and D Magazine are hosting a Bridal Event July 14th – this weekend!  Also, at the end of July, Hotel ZaZa is launching new bungalows!  They are the perfect destination for bachelorette parties or wedding parties!

 

 

And, what to do after the ring? Thankfully, we have Todd Fiscus from Todd Events to share what every bride needs to know after the ring/ proposal!

Todd’s Top 10 tips for kick-starting your wedding planning:

 

1.      Hire a Planner to keep you on track.

 

2.      Create your Guest List.  Easier said than done.  This project takes the whole family, so give yourself some time to make it perfect.

 

3.      Start Crunching Numbers.  Don’t forget to do your market research and categorize your budget to create allocations for each item.

 

4.      Location, Location, Location.  Decide on a destination or area of town you’d like to stick to.

 

5.      Pick a Month, Not a date.  Give yourself and venues some wiggle room so that you end up at the best location at the best time for you.

 

6.      Day or Night, Night or Day? Decide on a time of day that best suites the event you are trying to achieve.  Are you an early bird or night owl?

 

7.      Pick your Players.  Start with vendors who can only participate in one event a day, like a band!

 

8.      Determine your style – Pin it, baby!

 

9.      Pace yourself.  Not everything has to be decided the first month you’re engaged!

 

10.    Have fun.  You only do this once!

 

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Georgia Short Jacket. Palmer Necklace in Seaglass. Color Block Ruffle Dress in Fuchsia. Baby Starfish Earrings in Gold. Bow Front Cocktail Dress in Mirror Ball. Turk Dottie Earrings.

 

The gorgeous designs from Devon Baer are definitely at the top of my current wish list!  From chic ruffle collars to bow dresses, I can’t even seem to narrow down favorites! I’m thrilled to share this Q&A with the designer for Nonsense & Sensibility.


N/S: How did Devon Baer come to be?  Did you always know you wanted your own clothing line?

Devon Baer: After working in the corporate fashion world as a designer, I realized I had gained enough experience to embark on my ultimate journey which was to start my own fashion line.  Although I was incredibly nervous, and to a certain extent still am, it has been an incredibly rewarding experience.  DB launched  in the late summer of ’09.

 

N/S: What or who inspires Devon Baer?  Where is the line currently available?

Devon Baer: Good question that has an infinite amount of answers as I think we generate our inspiration from so many different places and people. The Collection is currently available online at DevonBaer.com as well as Tuckernuck. Each season we continue to sell to new stores in the US.

 

N/S: What has been the greatest achievement or most amazing part of the journey of Devon Baer thus far?

Devon Baer: I would have to say the greatest achievement has been simply building something from nothing.  The company continues to grow and with each growing pain comes confidence.

 

N/S: What inspired your spring/summer collection for 2013?

Devon Baer: Color and more color.  We felt strongly about shades of green and citrus as well as vintage inspired floral prints.  In the height of the summer heat who doesn’t want something cotton, lightweight, and colorful?


N/S: What’s a key piece of Devon Baer that you’d consider a must-have?

Devon Baer: Our traditional tunic dress  or our Ruffle Tunic is a closet staple.  It works in town,in the country, during the day or night.

 

N/S: Who wears Devon Baer?  How would you describe the line to someone who wasn’t familiar with it?

Devon Baer: One of the many things we pride ourselves on at DB is the broad age group of our customers.  Despite the wide age range our customer is current yet timeless and casually chic.

 

N/S: How do you hope to see your company grow?

Devon Baer: One of the more interesting lessons we have learned  over the years is that once you think you realize where you are headed the nature of fashion and owning and operating a small business leads you somewhere completely different.  Although we do not have an end destination in mind we are confident that our passion and love for the creative design process will ultimately land us where we are supposed to be.

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As you may know, I have a little bit of an obsession with braid bars.  After my first experience in NYC last year, I was hoping one would come to Dallas one day.  Recently, I found out one of my new favorite hair salons, Dear Clark, had launched a braid bar for summer. I was excited to try it a few weeks ago during the first soaring temperature week in Dallas.  I tried a four strand braid that was perfect to keep some of my hair moving after my blow dry and style at the salon. I made a visit to the salon on a Thursday evening and with the help of some dry shampoo, my braid lasted through the weekend!  I tried several styles with it: a low bun, long curls, and even a ponytail.  The braid was extremely versatile and worked with each one of my looks. From side braids to fishtails, this braid is a must-have to beat the Texas heat in style!

Visit Dear Clark online here.

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The Sessions: CJ Vinson and Lauren Bucherie

It was wonderful to meet The Sessions last week in Dallas. Austin based (and proud), The Sessions hosted their first live performance at Hotel Zaza with featured songstress and musician Emily Wolfe, whom they’re currently managing. Beforehand, I was able to catch up with The Sessions – Lauren Bucherie and CJ Vinson and see what their unique take on music is all about. The Sessions bring a new look to the music world and connect audiences with both undiscovered talent and nationally acclaimed artists through live concerts, music videos, and film. Both Bucherie and Vinson have a lifelong passion for music. “I was always into soundtracks,” said Bucherie, “But, I didn’t understand how it could become a profession.” Additionally, Vinson would sneak out at as young as the age of 12 to record bands live performances and he would then pass out the tapes to friends. The pair met in 2008 and formed The Sessions.


Emily Wolfe performing last week at Hotel Zaza in Dallas

To date, they’ve worked with over 250 artists including The Civil Wars, Gary Clark Jr., Angus and Julia Stone, Fitz and The Tantrums, Allen Stone, and Of Monsters and Men. They’ve directed and produced over 100 videos in the past 4 years. And, currently, they’re producing shows in Austin on a regular basis as well as television show (which they are tightly lipped about)! When asked whether they find music on NPR, Spotify, and other musical platforms, they explained as musical tastemakers, they hope to be the source of music BEFORE NPR. Do they take pitches? They prefer to seek you out. And, as for their new talent, Emily Wolfe, she’s the new girl in town and they both fell in love with her. “There’s nothing out of reach of a good creative vision,” said Bucherie, “You really can push limits and creatively connect the audience to music.”

 

The Sessions with Emily Wolfe “Born Blind” from The Sessions on Vimeo.

A few standout moments in their careers thus far? For Vinson, it was going through office buildings off of 6th Street during Austin City Limits to play on the rooftops. And, for Bucherie, it was shooting a scene for local band in the 3rd level rotunda of the Texas State Capitol building in Austin. It’s apparent that what makes this pair standout in the music industry is their ability to take risks and constantly challenge their own creative vision and project ideas. And, at the end of the day, this clearly stems from the strength of their combined tastes and passion for music.

 

The Sessions with Cowboy and Indian “Troubled Tracks” Live in the Texas State Capitol from The Sessions on Vimeo.

Visit The Sessions on the web here, Facebook here, and Vimeo here.

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I loved exploring the Tom Ford Beauty summer 2013 collection available at Neiman Marcus. They are my new beauty bag basics from now through fall.

With a fresh face from the beach and a light summer glow, a little bit of shimmer is really all you need! I’ll be living in the Tom Ford Illuminating Cheek Blush in Guilt and the gorgeous Pink Haze eye cream (that also works on lips and cheeks)! Shop more of the summer 2013 collection from Tom Ford Beauty here.


 

 

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Don’t miss: the Rock Candy Necklace

I was so excited to have the chance to explore jeweler Ryan Sadkin’s new collection a few weeks ago.  After learning about the Dallas based model and law school graduate’s new jewelry collection, I quickly perused her website to learn more about the pieces.  However, it was a treat to interview Ryan about her new venture and see all of the beautiful pieces in person.  Her jewelry is completely wearable.  You can take it day to night in a cinch and the colors are neutral, but offer a bit of personality depending on the chosen color and charms. I absolutely love the color palette she’s chosen for the first collection and it’s perfect for summer – think rich blues, greens, gray, turquoise, and hints of mint, coral, and gold. It’s decidedly glamorous and natural at the same time.

jewelry designer, Ryan Sadkin with Samantha, the face of Ryan Sadkin Jewelry

 

Ryan launched her line in February of 2013.  ”I always grew up making things and I also like being profitable,” she said, “I believe in going full speed ahead if you are going to do it.”  She wanted to create a jewelry line that you could dress up or dress down.  ”Creating this line, I was very mindful of quality, style, and price point.  It’s not cheap, but it’s fair,” said Ryan. One of the unique components of her jewelry are the charm accents.  You can add as many as you’d like and take them off with ease – creating a new look and feel with every switch.  Because of the affordability of the jewelry line, the pieces also make excellent gifts.  ”I would definitely recommend the gemstone coin bracelet for a gift,” said Ryan, “They’ve been very popular.”

 

Nina Earrings in Ivory

Does she have a favorite piece?  ”I love the Three Strand Twisted Labradorite Necklace,” she said, “I wear it all of the time!” This particular piece is inspired by a necklace of her grandmother’s that she wished to update. If you don’t see something you like, Ryan also creates and designs custom pieces – she recently designed accessories for an entire bridal party (custom jeweled barefoot sandals).  And, better yet, if you are in the Dallas area, she will drop off your jewelry if you order something from her website.

 

The Kate Necklace With Charm Drops

Pyrite Studs Set in Brass

“I thought modeling for my own line would be a little too much self-promotion. I know the trade and so when I saw a picture of Samantha, I asked her to meet me without any makeup, her hair done, or heels.  She came completely natural and my decision was reaffirmed. I couldn’t have imagined a better shoot and she couldn’t be more perfect in representing this line – raw, yet refined – an effortless beauty.”

Shop Ryan Sadkin Jewelry online here and follow the brand on Facebook here.

 

 

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Hey friends! I’m so excited to share this special discount with you today. I know you are probably swooning over J.Crew’s new arrivals as well!

Enjoy 20% off women’s full-priced apparel* with code LOOK20. Hurry, ends Tuesday, 5/21.

 

*Offer valid on purchases of full-priced women’s apparel in J.Crew stores and at jcrew.com from May 16, 2013, 12:01am ET through May 21, 2013, 11:59pm ET. Offer not valid in the 769 Madison Avenue store, J.Crew Factory stores, at jcrewfactory.com or on phone orders. Offer cannot be applied to previous purchases or the purchase of gift cards and cannot be redeemed for cash or used in combination with any other offer. Offer not valid on CFDA styles, bridal gowns and third-party branded merchandise. Discount on retail purchases applied at register. To redeem online, enter code LOOK20 in the promo code box at checkout. Limit one promotional code per order. Offer valid in the U.S. and Canada only. Terms of offer are subject to change.

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Aerin Erickson Beamon Cote D’Azur Multi Strand Necklace

The new AERIN accessories are gorgeous. I love that she’s collaborated with brands including Erickson Beamon and Oliver Peoples – two of my favorites! Her jewelry is perfect for poolside soirees this summer and elegant cocktail parties.  It’s bright with just the right amount of restrained elegance. In colors like lavender and coral – the most difficult decision is picking which pieces to add to your shopping bag.

And, the ballet flats?  Comfortable AND chic.

Shop timelessly beautiful accessories from AERIN here.

 

A few of my favorites…

Aerin Erickson Beamon Cote D’Azur Ring

Aerin Erickson Beamon Evening Gold Collar Necklace

Aerin Erickson Beamon Allasio Drop Earrings

 

Aerin Ballet Flats Antibes


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Planning your summer soiree just got even more chic. Paperless Post has partnered with legendary designer Oscar de la Renta and created a new array of gorgeous invitations.  From wedding invitations, to save the dates, thank you notes, stationery, and general entertaining, you are sure to be clicking the send button in high style.  Oscar says “entertaining should be as uncomplicated as possible. It should be simple but interesting.”

Customize digital & print save the dates, wedding invitations, thank you notes, party invitations and stationary inspired by Oscar de la Renta prints, laces and embroideries.

Which are your favorites from the new collection?

Here are a few of mine:

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Kelly Wearstler

I’m so thrilled to share this Q&A on Nonsense & Sensibility today with Kelly Wearstler! Kelly was recently in Dallas at Neiman Marcus Downtown and I was thrilled to catch up with her and see what she’ll be shopping and wearing this summer!


Key Pendant Moonstone – Mother’s Day gift idea!


N/S: What will you be wearing to summer cocktail parties? Weddings?

Kelly Wearstler: I always mix vintage pieces with my own collection for a raw and refined, California chic vibe. I love chunky jewelry, layered cocktails rings and one of a kind pieces – with a great jacket draped over my shoulders and an insane pair of shoes.

 

N/S: What inspired your spring and summer collection?

Kelly Wearstler: A Cabinet of Curiosities: cool oddities with interesting, unique detailing.

 

 

N/S: What can we expect to see from Kelly Wearstler this fall?

Kelly Wearstler: Lots of jewelry, novelty denim with subtle details and signature hardware. Lapis stone pieces and confetti rings with gems and semi-precious baguettes , black diamonds with rutilated quartz, rose gold patinas… Designs that play to my love of stones and metals.

 

N/S: What is on your packing list when you travel?

Kelly Wearstler: My Cannon Camera, a tape measure, Rowena luggage, and sunscreen. I always bring one of my Kelly Wearstler throws for the plane – which makes my travel experience instantly more luxurious and cozy.

 

 

Kelly loves to mix and match china for dinner parties.


N/S: What’s your go-to gift for a host or hostess?

Kelly Wearstler: One of my stone bottle stops or an alpaca throw, or if it’s for a hostess – jewelry.

 

N/S: When did you know you wanted to design clothing? What has the transition been like from working as an interior designer and now as an interior designer and fashion designer?

Kelly Wearstler: I’ve always been inspired by fashion. My collection felt like a natural extension of my design process. I’m an avid collector of vintage. I view home accessories and detailing as jewelry for a room. When designing for clients I often look to their closet first to get a sense of what color stories and patterns they relate to most. The two mediums fuel one another.

 

 

Kelly Wearstler brass legs at Neiman Marcus

 

N/S: What’s your favorite scent or fragrance? Bouquet?

Kelly Wearstler: I love lavender and peonies. I like natural subtle scents that feel organic, nothing artificial or overpowering.

 

N/S: What’s the most fabulous party you’ve ever been to? What made it so special?

Kelly Wearstler: My favorite parties are family affairs. We love to come up with fun themes each year for my boy’s birthdays. Elliot’s is just before Halloween. Family events are intimate, low key and fun. We go all out for Halloween every year.

 

Kelly Wearstler and I at Neiman Marcus – fall 2011

 

Find Kelly on the web here, Facebook here, and Twitter here.


Keyhole Cuff – great Mother’s Day gift idea!