Perot Museum of Nature and Science Hosted First Lego League Championship

We were so excited to see the images from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s First LEGO League Championship at the Hockaday School in Dallas on January 12th.   The Odd Bots, Robot Warriors, and Owldroids are just a few of the names of the competitors in the tournament. 30% more teams participated this year than last year.

The FLL Championship Robotics Tournament provides a competitive platform where students, ages 9-14, apply teamwork, and their classroom knowledge of science and technology, to complete a project challenge and compete in mini-tasks, or “missions,” using robots that are individually programmed and built (by each team) out of LEGOs. “The Perot Museum’s mission is to inspire minds through nature and science,” said Steve Hinkley, vice president of programs, Perot Museum of Nature and Science. “As a former educator, I recognize that children learn best when they overcome challenges through hands-on learning, project design and experimentation. FLL and the Championship Robotics Tournament is a truly educational and fun experience that gives these students the opportunity to view science as a process, rather than merely an end result.”

 

How great are the final projects?
 

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Our Favorite Looks: Golden Globes 2013

from top left: Kate Hudson wearing Alexander McQueen, Anne Hathaway wearing Chanel, Amy Poehler wearing Stella McCartney, Zooey Deschanel wearing Oscar de la Renta, Hayden Panettiere wearing Roberto Cavalli, Jodie Foster wearing Giorgio Armani

We loved watching the 2013 Golden Globes last night hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (didn’t they do an AMAZING job)?  Last night, we saw lots of RED on the red carpet and stars certainly upped the amp of the glam factor with their floor sweeping ballgowns this year.  The looks were kept natural by understated makeup and fresh looking faces – notice – lots of bare and nude lips.  We loved the old Hollywood silhouettes of the statement-making gowns.  But, even paired with jaw-dropping jewels, our favorite looks seemed to emanate an effortless elegance.

Highland Park Village’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kersten Rettig, noted Kate Hudson and Jodie Foster to be a few of her favorites.  And, Highland Park Village’s Senior Marketing Manager, Rachel Michell, mentioned Katherine McPhee, Claire Danes, and Jennifer Lawrence (to name a few) of her favored looks. What were your picks when it comes to last night’s top looks? It was wonderful to see some of our favorite Highland Park Village stores like- Carolina Herrera, Chanel, and Stella McCartney – shining on the red carpet as well!

See more on Vogue.com here.

from top left: Jennifer Lawrence wearing Dior Haute Couture, Katherine McPhee Theyskens Theory, Sofia Vergara wearing Michael Cinco, Julianne Moore wearing Tom Ford

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According to Kiehl’s (And Vogue) Copper is the New Gold

 

Kiehl’s new Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream is on Vogue’s Beauty Hot List for 2013.  The key ingredient?  Copper.  According to Kiehl’s “copper can help form, protect and strengthen elastin, serve as a protective antioxidant, and improve the skin’s moisture barrier.”  The inclusion of copper in the skin cream helps improve the Wrinkle Reducing Cream’s effectiveness as the element allows the cream to penetrate the skin’s layers more deeply – and faster.  Read more on Vogue.com here and visit our Kiehl’s boutique to try out the cream for yourself!

 

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Trina Turk Resort Is Inspired By Art And Miami

We can’t help but SWOON over Trina Turk’s Resort collection and not just because it’s been raining here in Dallas the past few days.  In a beautiful mix of bright oranges, corals, and greens – Trina Turk wows us with spellbinding prints in captivating patterns.  With this collection, flipping through the lookbook and visiting her Highland Park Village boutique, allows you to feel you are in Miami as well (the inspiration behind the collection) for “Art World Miami.”

What’s your favorite new design from this collection?  Which piece would you love to add to your closet?  Check out the entire lookbook here.

 

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Karl Lagerfeld To Host Chanel Fashion Show In Dallas

Yes, you read it correctly. Mr. Lagerfeld himself (Chanel royalty) announced that he plans to host a fashion show in Dallas. To him, it’s the best fit to follow the recent pre-collection show he held in Scotland this past December.

So, what made Karl Lagerfeld choose Dallas as the next spot? “To do the opposite, next time, in a year, I will go to Dallas,” said Lagerfeld. “You know why? First of all, I love Texas. I love Texans. There’s another reason. When Chanel reopened, the French press was beyond nasty. The only press that understood it immediately was the American press – so I think it’s a nice thing to go there.”

To learn more about the show and why we shouldn’t expect to see a memoir from this esteemed fashion designer, check out the full article on the British Vogue website here.

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Shoe Shopping – Bold, Bright, and Pretty Pastels

Clockwise from top left: Chanel 2013 Cruise Embroidered Open Toe Fabric Booties, Hermes Giorno, Stella McCartney Pumps, Diane von Furstenberg Anette

If the shoe fits…..

Here’s an exciting peek at resort and spring 2013 from some of our favorite designers!  Whether you prefer a more classic and understated look this spring or are looking forward to stepping a bold and bright foot forward, we are sure you will find the perfect fit from Chanel, Hermes, Stella McCartney, Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Tory Burch, Rag & Bone, and more!  And, don’t forget, stop by the boutique to try it on for size.  After all, you just might find another pair or two that will complement your spring (forward) closet quite nicely.

Clockwise from top left: Christian Louboutin Ron Ron Suede, JIMMY CHOO Malika, Tory Burch Alexa Sandal, rag & bone Saville Loafer

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It’s A Bright Spring With Ann Ross of Leggiadro

Chair print – Leggiadro

It was a true pleasure to catch up with Leggiadro designer Ann Ross on her recent visit to her Highland Park Village boutique!  Here’s the scoop on spring with Leggiadro.  The company is known for their beautiful array of custom and colorful prints!
S&S:    How did you come to own your own store? How many stores do you have total?
Ann Ross:

a. It was a lifelong dream since I was a child to own my own store. I always aspired to be a designer. Right now we have a total of 13 locations. I wanted to create a line that has a purpose. Clothes that have longevity. I love 15-20 year old pieces that you can put something new with and make a new outfit. I am all about timeless pieces in your wardrobe.
b.      My design is classic with a little kick. Something that is interesting for the customer that doesn’t really need anything. I like to create pieces of clothing that will fit in multiple people’s lifestyle.
c.       Your clothing must be comfortable. So many women travel and want to be comfortable while sitting on planes. The clothing items need to travel well. Items you can simply dress up and down.
d.      The most important thing I believe I do is listen to what customers want. What they like and don’t like. You can learn so much by just simply listening.

 


Brown Zebra – Leggiadro

S&S:       What is your most prized possession?

Ann Ross: Daisy my mini Labradoodle. She is a cinnamon/pumpkin color.  Wherever I go she goes with me. She even flies with me when I travel. I am stopped constantly by people asking what breed she is and where I got her. I recommend her fabulous breeder to everyone! Daisy is constantly with me either at home, at the office, or in our stores.

Leggiadro – Houndstooth

S&S:  What do you learn from your customers?
Ann Ross:    I love to listen to my customers! One customer explained to me how she really loves sequins and how we had incorporated that into a few past clothing items. This year, I have three different types of sequin sweaters. I even designed a print t-shirt with sequins. I believe these are items that people can quickly pair with pants and a scarf. One of my favorite pieces we had was a gorgeous cashmere blazer. Absolutely loved it!

S&S:     Who is your favorite designer? Or what is your favorite inspiration?
Ann Ross:  I definitely admire Bill Blass. He was an incredible American designer. He just understood what the American women wanted in clothing items. I also love Prada, Lanvin and of course –  Chanel.

Leggiadro- Classic Animal

S&S: Do you have a favorite artist? We know you love to display certain pieces of artwork in you stores.
Ann Ross:   I really like Bob Kane. I am a very big collector of his. I have multiple pieces from him throughout most of my stores and in my own home. I enjoy his use of colors and unique style. Most of his pieces are from scenes south of France. Locations from Capri and Venice are in a lot of his artwork.
S&S:   Do you have a favorite time period of fashion?

Ann Ross: 60’s and 70’s.

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A Peek At Stella McCartney Spring 2013

The behind-the-scenes images shared by Stella McCartney of her spring 2013 collection are certainly a welcomed breath of fresh floral air!  The pieces are painted in the prettiest palette imaginable – peaches, yellows, lilacs, and blues.  And, you can’t miss the lovely dose of Stella’s whimsy – bubbles, chic tuxedo blazers in feminine prints, glasses, and balloons – a carnival presentation of course!  Shop the new collection online here and of course, visit our Highland Park Village boutique!

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Lela Rose Loves Color And The Extraordinary

a look towards spring – we can’t wait to shop the Lela Rose spring 2013 collection at our Highland Park Village boutique!

We loved catching up with fashion designer Lela Rose to get the scoop on the holiday season (a la Lela)!  What’s better than starting off 2013 with a stylish catchup with one of our favorite designers?  Not much – besides gazing at her spring 2013 collection!  What was she wearing this holiday season?

S&S: What are you favorite items to wear to holiday cocktail parties?

Lela Rose: I always wear white and silver. I also like white and gold and I love to wear ivory with gold. People wear way too many black clothing items. I love to standout.

S&S: What gifts do you like to give?

Lela Rose: Jams or Jalapeno Chutney. I also enjoy making napkins out of fabrics I have found.

S&S: Describe the holiday season style and aesthetic of Lela Rose?

Lela Rose: Very classic. Fabulous fabrics. Very sophisticated, but young. Shapes are very flattering, but understand the shapes. Great colors and textures.

S&S: Finish this sentence: “When in doubt…”

Lela Rose: Wear color!

S&S: What is your favorite thing about the holidays?

Lela Rose: I love being with my family and of course all the food. I also love Highland Park Village during the holidays. I enjoy outdoor shopping malls and it seems there are not enough anymore. Highland Park Village is the perfect place!

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Rag and Bone – Resort 2013

 

With the holidays behind us, we can finally look ahead to spring and resort!  Resort is always a wonderful preview of what’s to come in the spring/summer collections and so far – we love what we see!  Rag & Bone’s resort 2013 collection is a gorgeous mix of navy blues, earthy greens, and pops of yellow. The mix of rich navy, prints, and leather details will assure your wardrobe transition from winter to spring is both smooth and stylish.

Here are some of our favorite pieces and be sure to stop by our new rag & bone boutique at Highland Park Village and try them on in-store!  (* more resort 2013 here)

Clockwise from top left: Holst Shawl Pullover, The Ribbed Dress, Large Navy Pilot Bag, Classic Newbury Navy Floral (womens) Bootie, Rowan Boot (mens) Tan

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