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Everything but the Workout : The Stylish Guide to Getting Workout Ready

Before you can tackle any workout, you’ve got to look the part. We’ve selected our favorite pieces to help get you ready.

From left to right: Varley Strand Black Technical Tee and Pico Mercury Capri, $65 and $100 at Bandier; Dior Créme de Rose Lip Balm, $28; Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Créme, $20; Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion, $29; Klorane Make-Up Remover Wipes, $13 at Blue Mercury; Stella McCartney for Adidas Sneakers, $160.

  • Varley Strand Black Technical Tee and Pico Mercury Capri: Keep cool and look ultra chic with a mesh paneled top and comfy capris that feature a foldable compression waistband. $65 and $100 at Bandier.
  • Stella McCartney for Adidas Sneakers: These bright sneaks are sure to put some pep in your step, $160.
  • Klorane Make-Up Remover Wipes: These no-rinse, fragrance-free wipes are perfect for removing all traces of makeup. Major plus – they’re hypoallergenic and alcohol free, making them ideal for sensitive skin. $13 at Blue Mercury.
  • Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion: If your skin is on the drier side, apply this oil-free lotion after cleansing to minimize pores and moisturize without leaving behind a shiny residue, $29.
  • Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Créme: Tame your fly-aways and whip your hair into ponytail or top knot using this lightweight glossing cream, $20.
  • Dior Créme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm: Finish your look with soft, conditioned lips using this moisturizing balm made from rose oil extracts, $28.

 

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Weddings Done Well: Travel

We’re kicking off our Weddings Done Well series with what’s arguably one of the most exciting parts of planning nuptials – the trips! We’ve rounded up our top picks for bachelor and bachelorette parties, a destination wedding and what’s sure to be a well-deserved honeymoon –  because even though you may spend countless hours crossing to-dos off your list, there is fun to be had.

BACHELORETTE PARTY : Seattle, WA

The Space Needle Observation tower lights up the night in the Seattle skyline.

The Space Needle Observation tower lights up the night in the Seattle skyline.

Seattle gets a gloomy reputation for its wet weather (rainy season peaks between October – April), but the comfortable daytime temperatures and mild summer evenings make it a great place to explore with the girls during the drier months. Visit a winery within city limits or just 20 miles northeast in Woodinville, where the largest concentration of them can be found. Follow it up with a tasting tour of locally brewed coffees or a visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. For a little history, check out Pike’s Place, the country’s oldest indoor market, the Experience Music Project Museum, which is dedicated to pop culture, or the famed Space Needle. For a more outdoorsy group, visit the beaches along Lake Washington, take a hike in a local park, grab tickets for a whale watching excursion or relax in Olympic Sculpture Park.

Pick up an Alexander McQueen scarf for the cool Seattle nights. Easy to pack or perfect to wear on the plane, $385.

Pick up an Alexander McQueen scarf for the cool Seattle nights. Easy to pack or perfect to wear on the plane, $385.

BACHELOR PARTY : Denver, CO

The Denver skyline in front of the Rocky Mountains.

The Denver skyline in front of the Rocky Mountains.

Home to Super Bowl 50 champions, the Denver Broncos, the mile high city also boasts an additional 6 professional sports teams – so no matter the season, you and the boys can watch some of the best players in action on the court, field or rink.  Coors and a smattering of local and large scale brewers call Denver and the surrounding cities home, so visit during the fall for The Great American Beer Festival or throughout the year to tour and taste straight from the producers. For the foodies in your group,  check out The Source, an artisan food market. For a little outdoor fun,  kayak in a local park or take a short trip outside of city limits for white water rafting, skiing or hiking.

 

Up your carry on game with an upgraded backpack. Trimmed in leather with a compartment big enough for shoes, it’s both stylish and practical. Ermenegildo Zegna, $650.

Up your carry on game with an upgraded backpack. Trimmed in leather with a compartment big enough for shoes, it’s both stylish and practical. Ermenegildo Zegna, $650.

DESTINATION WEDDING : San Diego, CA

The San Ysidro Mountains just east of downtown San Diego in the Anza-Borrego State Park Desert.

The San Ysidro Mountains just east of downtown San Diego in the Anza-Borrego State Park Desert.

Mild, sunny days, low annual precipitation and the mountainous and beach landscapes make San Diego an ideal place for an outdoor, destination wedding. More affordable than its Los Angeles neighbor, guests can keep themselves entertained with family friendly local activities including the museums in Old Town, special experiences like breakfast with Koalas at the 100 acre San Diego Zoo or dining and shopping along the Seaport Village Waterfront.

Soak up the sun without a worry. La Roche-Posay Anthelio Clear Skin SPF is light and water resistant - perfect for you and your guests when braving the southern California Sun. La Roche-Posay SPF 60, available at Blue Mercury, $20.

Soak up the sun without a worry. La Roche-Posay Anthelio Clear Skin SPF is light and water resistant – perfect for you and your guests when braving the southern California Sun. La Roche-Posay SPF 60, available at Blue Mercury, $20.

HONEYMOON : Iceland

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One of the many waterfalls in south Iceland.

For a truly one of a kind trip, consider Iceland. Make the most of your time by taking advantage of the long periods of summer sunlight. Attending music, art and food festivals, horseback riding, hiking in the diverse terrain, whale watching and bathing on black sand beaches or inside the hot springs and geothermal spas are just a few ways to explore this unique destination. Year round, adventurous travelers can visit the many parks, waterfalls and geysers.

If the low winter temps don’t scare you off, opt for December – February when seeing the Northern Lights is almost guaranteed. You can also enjoy skiing, glacier climbing and snowshoeing. If you find yourself in need of a nature break, check out Reykjavik, the country’s capital which boasts a vibrant nightlife scene and museums.

His and her sunglasses with 100% UVA/UVB protection will come in handy during the consistent daylight from mid-May to mid-August. Sheldrake Plus and Benedict by Oliver Peoples, available at Peepers, $335 - $450.

His and her sunglasses with 100% UVA/UVB protection will come in handy during the consistent daylight from mid-May to mid-August. Sheldrake Plus and Benedict by Oliver Peoples, available at Peepers, $335 – $450.

Travel Tips:

  • Plan Ahead: Give ample notice to all prospective attendees. For weddings specifically, etiquette maven Emily Posts recommends save the dates should be sent immediately after confirming a venue and invitations 2-3 months out from the big day.
  • Designate Responsibilities: Lean on your most organized friend to lead the charge for bachelor and bachelorette hotels, activities and bookings – you’ve got a wedding to plan! For a destination wedding, lean on the venue concierge or a wedding planner with local experience to get things done smoothly. For the honeymoon, share the weight with your partner and make sure you’re on the same page regarding your activity to relaxing ratio for a truly blissful trip.
  • Don’t Stress: Relax and enjoy! If you’re taking the time to travel, make sure to soak up your surroundings and relish in your company; and remember – even Prince William and Kate Middleton delayed their honeymoon ensuring it happened at a time that was best for them.
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Summer Travel Essentials

Summer is the ultimate season of travel, and no matter the destination everyone has noteworthy essentials to help tackle their trip with ease. We connected with some of our friends around the Village to find out where this summer is taking them and what things have to come along.   

Becky Bowen – Personal Shopper, Personal Shopping Salon

Destination: New York City, New York

Celine shoulder bag; Dior sunglasses; YSL espadrille, $445.

Celine shoulder bag; Dior sunglasses; YSL espadrille, $445.

  1. Celine White Shoulder Bag: “This summer I’m not leaving home without my Celine white classic bag. It’s so chic and functional!”
  2. Dior Silver and Gold Sunglasses: “A fashion statement sunglass is a must. These mirrored aviator are the perfect fashion sunnies  for drinks on a patio.”
  3. Saint Laurent Denim Espadrille: “With all the walking you do in NY a stylish and comfy pair of flats is a must! These denim espadrilles are not only a great neutral for any outfit but just presh and comfy.”

Kaylee Higginbotham – Co-owner, Molto Formaggio

Destination: Italy

Frederic Fekkai dry shampoo, $20; Amazon Kindle, $120; Jimmy Choo wedge, $450.

Frederic Fekkai dry shampoo, $20; Amazon Kindle, $120; Jimmy Choo wedge, $450.

  1. Frederic Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo: “Whoever invented dry shampoo should be given a medal.  I am especially grateful for it when traveling abroad so I can just wake up in the morning and go.”
  2. Amazon Kindle: “I love to read and always have a book that I’m reading.  Lately, since I’ve taken over Molto Formaggio, I’m doing a lot of wine and cheese reading to stay on top of trends and constantly be learning.”
  3. Jimmy Choo Nude Wedge: “Italy has nothing but cobblestone streets and I’ve wobbled or had my heels get stuck more times than I can count.  A nude wedge goes with everything and a wedge heel is more practical than pumps for walking around.  And there is a lot of walking.”

Alexandria Hansen — Bandier Girl, Bandier

Destination: Mazatlán, Mexico

Koral Alliance Versatility bra, $135; Oribe Apres beach spray, $39; Krewe Du Optic St. Louis sunglasses, $235.

  1. Koral Alliance Versatility Bra:  “The fun thing about this is that it doubles as a bikini top!”
  2. Oribe Apres Beach Spray: “This is seriously the best sea salt spray I have ever used, it makes my hair wavy and texturized without feeling crunchy.”
  3. Krewe Du Optic St. Louis Sunglasses: “They’re unique with a great vintage feel, well-made, and I always get compliments when I wear them.”

Stop by the Village today to pick up all your summer travel essentials. And if you’re already packed full schedule just can’t find the time, our Personal Shopping team can take care of it all for you when you email Liz Thrash at liz@hpvillage.com or call 214-272-4894.

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Stella Loves HP Village

(Left) The ferris wheel and carnival light up the sky outside the Stella McCartney store. (Right) The night's hosts, Heather Washburne, Elisa Summers and Nasiba Adilova Mackie, pictured with designer Stella McCartney at center right.

(Left) The Ferris wheel and carnival light up the sky outside the Stella McCartney store. (Right) The night’s hosts, Heather Washburne, Elisa Summers and Nasiba Adilova Mackie, pictured with designer Stella McCartney at center right.

This Tuesday, Highland Park Village was transformed into a magical carnival filled with the sounds of giddy children snacking on cotton candy, a hometown band and the twinkle of lights from an adorned Ferris wheel. Co-hosts Nasiba Adilova Mackie, Heather Washburne and Elisa Summers hosted designer, Stella McCartney and guests of all ages for a night to remember.

A mother-daughter duo collect their Stella McCartney Kids winnings after participating in carnival games.

Guests were rewarded with some of Stella’s favorite things after participating in carnival games.

Dallas-based band, Loyal Sally, entertained with live music as carnival goers enjoyed vegan friendly snacks and sliders, elixirs, spirits and treats from Soulgood, Don Julio, Royal Blue Grocery and more.

Local band, Loyal Sally, entertains the crowd.

Local band, Loyal Sally, entertains the crowd.

Vegan sliders were among the treats served throughout the evening.

Soulgood vegan sliders were among the treats served throughout the evening.

Stella McCartney not only brought the fun to the Lone Star State, but she also unveiled her new Rainbow Pop Falabella Handbag Collection. We got a chance to catch up with the designer about that and then some.

Rainbow Pop Falabella bags and phone cases.

Limited Edition Rainbow Pop Falabella Bag Collection and Phone Cases.

HIGHLAND PARK VILLAGE: Each color within the Rainbow Pop Falabella Collection represents a personality trait – Mist for calmness, Bluebird for confidence, Bright Purple for fun, Hot Pink for friendship, Cherry for love, Orange for playfulness and Golden Syrup for joy. Which color’s personality trait resonates with you the most?
STELLA MCCARTNEY: You know, they all individually come together collectively and I identify with each one of them in some way. 

HPV: Your Falabella bag is so iconic – why do you feel this particular piece resonates so well with people?
SM: I think the design really captures all different sides of women. There is a timeless element to it. It’s very chic and the sloppiness of it is quite emotional and effortless. And at the same time it has the chain detail that has a hardness to it and an edge. I just find it has every little part of all of us.

HPV: How do your day to day experiences as a mother influence your designs for your children’s line?
SM: I think in the beginning it was very much that having kids you realize they grow out of clothes really quickly, they trash stuff really quickly and you want it to be their personality. I think there’s a stage happening at the moment where parents are dressing their children as a reflection of their own ego a lot of the times. So for me, I want kids to be able to love it, wear it, throw it in the washing machine and have it be a reasonable price point. I also want it to be something that is alive and cool, yet still kind of precious.

HPV: You are known for your collections being fur-free and leather-free. Why do you think you are one of the only luxury designers focused on building a sustainable and eco-friendly brand.
SM: This is my biggest challenge every single day when I go to work. To approach luxury fashion in this kind of way is unheard of, so it’s still very new, sadly. I work hard to do the best I can in making it not look like it’s a non-leather bag or shoe but it is very challenging. It’s very important to me personally so it’s how I’m going to always approach the business.

HPV: Being that you are visiting Dallas, what do you enjoy most about seeing your brand reflected in the Dallas lifestyle?
SM: For me, it’s always fun to see the variety – the different ages, backgrounds and sizes – and then to see the different collections and seasons come together on women that really enjoy the clothes. That’s really all I want.

 

Models in the Spring 2016 Stella McCartney ready-to-wear collection.

Models in the Stella McCartney Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Collection.

 

All images courtesy of Dana Drensky.

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What to Wear to the 2016 Dallas Art Fair

Dallas Art Fair  is just under a week away and we’re already thinking about what to wear and looking forward to catching a sneak peek of this year’s exhibitors – who range from the local Talley Dunn Gallery, to Carbon 12 from Dubai – at the 2016 Preview Gala.

Let the graphic works of Bernhard Buhmann and the whimsy florals in Sebastiann Bremer’s pieces inspire your look for the Dallas Art Fair season. Opt for this chic  Alexander McQueen sleeveless, leather dress for a cocktail appropriate feel.

Pair it with a chain metal Tom Ford shoulder bag and strappy, studded Christian Louboutin sandals for a little edge. Top off the look with the new Dior Set earrings, which can be worn separately in each ear or together as a single statement piece.

For more info on this year’s event, which kicks off next Thursday, April 14th, and to see a full list of the exhibitors, visit DallasArtFair.com.

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10 Spring Closet Cleaning Tips

Happy Spring! The start of a new season affords the perfect opportunity to hit the refresh button and re-evaluate those items that really occupy space vs. function in your closet. Our expert personal shopping team has put together their top 10 spring closet cleaning tips to help you tackle the task with ease.

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  1. Decide where your clothes are going before you start cleaning (i.e., consignment boutique, charity, etc).
  2. While going through each piece, ask yourself, “When is the last time I wore this?”
  3. If it’s within the last six months, then ask yourself three additional questions:
    1. Do I love it?”
    2. Is it flattering?”
    3. “Is it the image I want to project?”
  4. If yes to all three, it’s a keeper. If no to any one of the three then it goes.
  5. Organize your hanging clothes by season.
  6. Subcategorize the seasons into tops and bottoms when hanging your clothes.
  7. Color coordinate those subcategories.
  8. Splurge on matching hangers. It will give your closet the most relaxed feel.
  9. Style up your space. Adding a fun mirror or piece of art are great ways to add delight to your closet.
  10. When having a perfect, well organized closet it feels like you are going shopping every time you decide what you want to wear!

So you’ve purged, organized and now realize you’re in need of some signature pieces that meet all of the above mentioned “keeper” guidelines. We’ve got you covered with our spring must-haves right here.

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What’s Trending: Spring Must Haves

From bold stripes to fringe details and denim everything, our expert Personal Shopping team has curated the top spring must-haves to help you stand out this season.   Spring Must Haves

  1. Balenciaga Highlight City Bag in YellowYellow is THE color to be seen in this spring.
  2. Stella McCartney Denim JumpsuitDenim is here to stay and deserves a head-to-toe ensemble.
  3. Shinola ‘The Birdy’ Watch in Rose GoldRose gold can stand alone or mix with all your other metals.
  4. ETRO Printed Silk ScarfTie a printed scarf around your neck, wrist or bag to effortlessly elevate your everyday routine.
  5. Bandier St. Louis White Linen SunglassesTake a fresh approach to your frames and opt for white with mirrored lenses.
  6. MARKET Aquazurra ‘Wild Thing’ Sandal in RedTie it up in a wrap-around ankle sandal.
  7. Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Alabama’ Fringe SandalDon’t be afraid to have fun with fringe and pair it with all your favorite pieces.
  8. Tom Ford Black Tassel EarringsStatement earrings bring glamorous days and nights.
  9. Celine Phantom Luggage Handbag in White and NavyGo for the bold and make a statement with stripes.
  10. Alexander McQueen Mini Off The Shoulder Knit DressShow some skin the shoulder way for a subtle and sultry appeal.
  11. Alexander McQueen Embroidered Clog Add eye catching detail with embroidery.

Contact our Personal Shopping team at 214-272-4894 or liz@hpvillage.com to shop any or all of these!

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Get to Know…Stella McCartney

STELLA MCCARTNEY : AUTUMN 2016 PRESENTATION Stella McCartney (right) pictured with Gwyneth Paltrow  at the designer’s Autumn 2016 presentation. 

A favorite of models, actresses, musicians and ‘it-girls’ alike, Stella McCartney is known for her sharp tailoring, playful, feminine style and sustainable design. Just ahead of her Winter 2016 Fashion Week showing in Paris, take time to get to know the brand.

Stella McCartney now commands 48 freestanding stores globally in addition to maintaining a strong online presence and wholesale accounts within major department stores and specialty boutiques.

McCartney is the daughter of famed Beatles rocker Sir Paul McCartney and musician, animal rights activist and photographer Lady Linda McCartney. She cast a name for herself after spending time as the Creative Director for Parisian brand Chloe, following her graduation from storied design school, Central Saint Martins.

The brand stays true to the designer’s ethical values and rejects the use of leather, furs and exotic skins in all of their products, including the iconic, braided chain Falabella handbags.  45263180DG_13r_f Stella McCartney’s signature Falabella bag. 

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Stella McCartney’s Spring/Summer 2016 Kids campaign. 

McCartney has had great success in ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, lingerie, fragrance, kids apparel and even athletic-wear through a long-term relationship with adidas. All of which can be found within the Highland Park Village location.

Stop by the store Monday – Saturday between 10 am – 6pm or Sunday from 12pm – 5pm to shop the stunning Spring/Summer collection, and see what McCartney has in store for her upcoming Winter 2016 show, that’s streaming live on Monday, March 7th, by following the official Stella McCartney Facebook page .

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Stella McCartney’s Summer 2016 Women’s Ready-To-Wear collection at Paris Fashion Week. 

Stella McCartney

18 Highland Park Village

Dallas, TX 75205-2733

214-780-0469

All images courtesy of the designer. 

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The Perfect Host or Hostess Gift

As we enter the season of holiday parties, dinners, cocktail hours, family get-togethers, events, and gatherings – we’ve curated a few of our favorite host or hostess gift ideas to mark the occasion.  Spice up your go-to candle or bottle of wine this year with some of these picks to make a lasting guest impression.

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1. Illustrated Desktop Calendar: We fell in love with these beautifully illustrated Inslee desktop calendars at Ellis Hill. Whether you choose the 2016 botanical calendar or the classic calendar, this thoughtful gift will also be a useful one in the coming year.

 

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2. Decorative Piece: The soothing effects of crystal will add a calming effect well beyond the holiday season. Perfect for a floral arrangement, desk, or even an entryway table – the beautiful assortment of decorative rocks and crystals at St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange will be the perfect statement-making surprise.

 

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3. Cocktail Party Essentials: It’s tough to beat the appeal of these chic cocktail party essentials from Anthropologie. Fall in love with the beautiful decorative accents on the coasters, spice up an evening with a stylish jar of party fortunes, or give the gift of glamour with their gorgeous cocktail glasses.

 

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4. After-Party Brunch: Kick start their time cleaning up the kitchen the morning after a night of hosting with a package of Stumptown Coffee from Royal Blue Grocers and a monogrammed coffee mug from Anthropologie. This thoughtful touch is sure to ease any after-party blues.

What would you add to this list?

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