Your Diva, while presently devoted to singledom at its finest, adores gawking at all things bridesy and wedding-related. To that end, I just had to dish about tonight’s so-named Tweet & Toast, brought to you by the upcoming bridestravaganza Art of Bridal Style. More on the event in a sec …
Tonight’s Tweetversation will discuss all things nuptial and feature jewelry designer and style pro Kendra Scott, top bridal stylist Lulu Amin, master event planner Debi Lilly and “Project Runway” alum/bridal designer Carol Hannah. Hosting the Twitter chat will be “Wedding Nouveau” magazine Editor in Chief Fri Forjindam. The dishing starts at 8 p.m. CST; use the hashtags #ArtBridalStyle, #GroomStyle or #BridalStyle to follow along!
As for the main event, Art of Bridal Style takes place Sunday, Nov. 4, at Union Station downtown. Joining Scott, Hannah, Lilly will be Dallas gown designer Nha Khanh as well as special guests Steve Kemble, LeeAnne Locken and Dawn Neufeld. Brides-to-be can find inspiration, enjoy a little pampering and do a little partying. Ooh, and this just in: The ever-stylish Jackson from FLUENT will be hosting a groom’s lounge themed after the latest James Bond flick “Skyfall”! Knowing his killer fashion sense and attention to detail, I may have to pop my head into the groom’s lounge for a spell!
Wanna attend Art of Bridal Style for yourself? Purchase tickets here and get ready to kick up your heels. Oh, and — why try to be coy about it? — you know your Diva’s got tickets to give away! Right after the tweet fete tonight, I’ll launch a giveaway here and via Twitter. Keep your eyes open this evening for me to wave the flag. Tweet ya later!
First off, a huge thanks to everyone who entered — you went all out for this giveaway, my fluffy chickadees! Brings a tear to my waterproof mascara-ed eye … (more…)
The very popular Dallas Flea is back this Saturday for another go-round at South Side on Lamar. From 9 a.m. to 4, you can discover homegrown wares from mostly local artisans and sellers; nosh on eats from food trucks; and soak in the vibe generated from a live music set.
Notable this session is the Flea’s biggest group yet of mobile vendors, including The Urban Cottage–rehabbed furniture sold from an Airstream.
Entry to the Flea costs just $5, and kids 12 and younger get in free. There’s plenty of free parking to be had nearby, too. So just add this to your calendar, already!
If you followed my scads of Fashion’s Night Out coverage last week, you know that there’s a prize package lurking full of all the fantastic products I received complimentary and wrote up–products that helped me look and feel fabulous for the big night. And now’s your chance to win some for yourself!
What’s in this stellar package? We’ve got:
You have a couple ways to win the grand prize:
- Follow me on Twitter and tweet about the Fashion Week Celebration Giveaway using my handle, @thedallasdiva;
- Comment on my Facebook page post about the giveaway;
- Re-pin it to win it at Pinterest;
- Or leave a comment below about which product you’re most jazzed to receive!
So get to pinning/tweeting/Facebooking/commenting! You can enter via social media as many times as you like (but comment once, please), and you have until 11:59 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 13, to enter, and I’ll pick and announce a winner on Friday. Congrats!
As I’m recovering from the whirlwind that was last night’s Fashion’s Night Out, I wanted to share a mini list of observations gleaned during the evening. Let’s do this …
1. The strength of a party’s alcohol is directly proportional to its exclusivity: At least two store parties I hit that promised cocktails were actually serving wine or bubbly. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But the stronger, more fruity stuff was flowin like a river at Neiman Marcus’ Simply Summer post-runway show fete. And I was a fish …
2. These heels aren’t made for walking: The cute ones never are!!
3. Uber Dallas rocks!: I was a so-called Secret Uber, using the car service while it’s still in beta mode, and it was awesome! Rollin’ right up to Northpark’s door in a black Suburban sure beat parking my tan sedan 3 acres away and walking through 105-degree heat.
4. I now know why I’d never heard of the boutique called Gregory’s at Northpark: The do-not-touch sign nestled among high-dollar heels and handbags said it all.
5. Afterparties are where memories start to fade: Because the effects of the evening’s drinks collectively start to set slap you upside the head. Until your head clears the next day and you remember how fabulous the night was!
In case you’re wondering where the Diva will be, or want a little inspiration for your own itinerary for this grand Fashion’s Night Out, here’re the stops I’m planning to make over the course of the evening. Can’t join me? Cuddle up to your smartphone, and follow my goings-on as they happen, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!
4 pm: Toni & Guy makeup and party
5 to 7 pm: Hit the following fetes–Fashion Group International’s VIP reception; DIFFA’s at Saks; Swagg Mag’s at Brahmin Handbags; Faconnable’s. Watch Galleria’s runway show at 6.
7:30-8:45 pm: Pop into The Fashionistas bubbly party; view the 8 pm runway show; check out Neiman Marcus’ Simply Summer bash at 8
9 pm -???: Host the Galleria’s Official Afterparty at Townhouse Kitchen + Bar. Yes!!
???-2 am: Fashion Fridays’ THE Afterparty at House of Blues’ Foundation Room.
And that’s a wrap!!
If you see me out and about tonight, taking Fashion’s Night Out by storm, know this: Galleria Dallas hooked your Diva UP! Macy’s provided my fabulous one-shouldered dress and my gleaming Michael Kors clutch; Papyrus (yes, girl!) and Apricot Lane came through with stunning jewelry looks, and Toni & Guy has me down for a 4 o’clock for makeup and refreshments. A million thanks to the Galleria Dallas team, especially stylist Holly Quartaro, for coming through. Oh, and how could I forget? I’m hosting the mall’s official after-party at Townhouse Kitchen + Bar, with proceeds from signature cocktails going to the North Texas Food Bank. The fun kicks off at 9 p.m., and I hope to see you there!
So part of doing Fashion’s Night Out like a Diva is smelling the past. To that end, LUSH Cosmetics has hooked me up with Cocktail, an intoxicating fragrance to spritz on before I take on the parties and fashion shows.
Cocktail, according to LUSH, is its “homage to traditional French 1930s perfumeries.” It’s brimming with scents of ylang ylang, rose, jasmine, sandalwood and orange blossom yet doesn’t strike the nose as overly floral. And its cute, compact size make it the perfect fit for the clutch I’ll be rocking this evening …
unlike the actual cocktail I’d like to wedge in there.
My precious FNO prize package will include your very own bottle of Cocktail. Find out tomorrow how to win it!
If you’re still standing after hours of fashion gawking and people watching, and especially if you want more, get yourself to the hottest late show going: THE Afterparty, in the House of Blues’ Foundation Room, brought to you by Fashion Fridays.
More than a hotspot for drinks and light bites, the party keeps the couture of the evening coming, with looks by Edgar Gomez, inner.orbit.systems. by Yasmina Johnston, and Emmanuel Tobias on full display as music pulsates from DJ Chocolate Groove. Tickets can be obtained by going here and clicking “Tickets.”
So get ready to raise a glass (filled with a themed cocktail by Deep Eddy Vodka) and toast the sunset of Fashion’s Night Out with THE Afterparty … as with my moniker, don’t forget the “The”!
THIS JUST IN: Fashion Fridays, on its Facebook page, says, “If you RSVP on Facebook or present a flyer at the door you are able to get in for $35! Can’t wait to see everyone there!” So “Like” the group and RSVP through FB, chickadees!
Here’s a fun upcoming event for you accessory fiends — Dallas jewelry designer Ariel Saldivar will share the Fall 2012 collection of her line Olivia k at upscale vintage apparel shop Factory Girl. This Saturday at the Deep Ellum store, you can sip cocktails while perusing some of Olivia k’s signatures: stones adorned with recycled gold and silver, and raw materials showcased in modern forms. New to the mix at this, the brand’s very first trunk show, will be old-but-new-fashioned faceted glass lockets (top) and rustic rings made of buffalo horn (below).
Saldivar (right), also an art dealer and musician who’s toured with the indie-rock likes of Polyphonic Spree and Broken Social Scene, says she enjoys keeping as much of a natural look and feel to her stone-centered pieces as possible, which you can see in some of her breathtaking agate earrings and pendants — check them out at the Olivia k site. And raise a cocktail to her at the trunk show! It runs from 1 to 6 p.m. at Factory Girl, 2923 Canton St., and will feature complimentary drinks and valet.