31 October 2011

Dallas: Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler is in town this week at Neiman Marcus
 I can't wait to meet her and try on some of her fall collection
 I'm digging the organic almost water-color like nature of her prints
Seems like an overall good fashion time in Dallas right now with all the great lines being carried. PS did you know that everything at Barneys is 20 percent off? Looks like someone is trying to reel in shoppers during Partners Card madness. Hello Maria Cornejo, Dries and Isabel Marant! What will you get?

26 October 2011

Dallas: LAFCO

I had the lovely pleasure of getting schooled at LAFCO in Highland Park Village last week. I love walking in this place, but I'm always overwhelmed by the selection and don't ever feel confident enough to ask questions about products - the packaging is so pretty, but what the heck does it say?! - so I always end up leaving with something basic like a candle.
 So I welcomed the chance to get educated about this Florence, Italy-based apothecary founded by Dominican friars in 1221. I learned that not only are the products made the same way today as they were hundreds of years ago using natural raw materials, but because of this the concoctions are essentially homeopathic, perfect for the person seeking chemical-free products. 
 These are scented waters and talcum powders. Why would you want these? You can chill them and give your face and body a spritz for a daily refresher and the powder can be used to lightly dust your sheets for a crisp, clean subtle scent to slip into at night. 
 These seasonal incense smell deliriously good. The crimson box is my favorite; an earthy, almost terra cotta, clay pot kind of smell. 
 And this is Santa Maria Novella's first Christmas-inspired fragrance. Just in time for the holidays. 
 These bags of potpourri are a mix of Tuscan herbs and flowers. One Santa Maria Novella fan in Dallas came in the store and told them she pokes holes in these bags and leaves them in her closet. They last for months. 

24 October 2011

Houston: Houston Rocket

There are no words. 

22 October 2011

Marfa: Barbara Hill

I'm so drawn to Barbara Hill's homes in Marfa. 
 The design is pared down to the basics, but done is such a gorgeously inventive way
 Living without all the clutter of life is so appealing
 Couldn't have said it better....

 Never thought I'd want a tub in the middle of the room until now
 Hill is a native Texan and a former Miss Texas
 and she owned The Cusack Gallery in Houston

Photos courtesy of Barbara Hill Design

20 October 2011

Austin: Saint Cecilia

There's nothing really new about what I'm saying here. I just love my experience so much every time I stay at the Saint Cecilia that I always feel compelled to post pics from recent jaunts to Austin.
 Aside from the Hastens beds, inspired decor, and dreamy ambience, a visit to the gift store is a highlight.
 A lot of the items can also be purchased at Bows + Arrows and Spartan on South Lamar, but it's nice that the hotel gift store is curated by them. 
 The lending library always has some interesting reads. 
After paying the bill at check out an outdoor breakfast complete with a leisurely look at the New York Times is a must. 
 Who wouldn't want to start a day this way?
 A vintage chandelier hanging from the canopy of branches....
 And the perfect latte and Fever Tree ginger ale - the best ginger ale ever and I consider myself a GA expert - while waiting for a truffle omelet, fruit crepe, and turkey sausage. Wish every morning could be like this. 

19 October 2011

Dallas: Fabulous K

Wellllll? What do you think? The redesign is almost complete - just a few more tweaks - but I'm ready to begin blogging again. Kelly over at fabulous k creative did a nice job and I hope you enjoy her efforts as much as I am. 

18 October 2011

Dallas: The Little Bean

I'm bummed, but what are you gonna do? Christine has decided to shutter The Little Bean location on Junius. Shop in-store while you can. The doors will close November 6.

12 October 2011

Everywhere: Net-a-Porter

I wanted to wait until the redesign to blog something, but this just can't wait. Net-a-Porter's winter boutique launches today. I'm so in the mood for layering. Wish the weather would participate.

07 October 2011

Dallas: I'm still here

TS&S is undergoing a redesign! Just wanted the many of you that keep checking back here to know what's shaking. Can't wait for you all to see the new clean look!