Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cameron Silver has "Decades" of work in vintage fashion

Cameron Silver has "Decades" of work in vintage fashion
by Dawn Mellon

At first glance, the fashionable men and women gathered at the NYLO Hotel's South Side location looked much like any other group of stylish 'see and be seen' party goers out on the town last Thursday night. But, upon closer inspection, it soon became clear that the tall, sandy-haired gentleman clad in silk camouflage Valentino pajamas with embroidered black slippers was, indeed, the reason for the gathering. Named one of Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Names and Faces in Fashion" in 2002, Cameron Silver is the founder and co-owner of Decades, the renowned vintage and haute consignment retailer in Los Angeles, and author of a book by the same name, an oversized, visually stunning exploration of a century of fashion. The former co-star of Bravo TV's Dukes of Melrose briefly addressed the group to share his incredible knowledge of vintage fashion before sitting down to sign copies of his latest book and chat with fans.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monograms for Mother's Day

Maybe it's the Southern girl in me, but I am monogram obsessed. Any gift is 10x better when you add the personalized touch of a monogram. From initials on a shirt pocket, to your last name on a keychain to your moniker on a necklace. I love a monogram. As Mothers Day approaches, here are a few things I would love to receive (hint, hint) and maybe something your Mom would too! Whatever you do, just don't wait until the last minute because personalized products do tend to take a few more weeks to process due to the customization. Like Reese Witherspoon says, "My rule is, if it's not moving... monogram it!"

Jack Rogers Monogram Navajo Sandal ($168)
Throw Pillows from me&re design ($40-$60)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Reality Rewind: Project Runway's Shirin Askari

It's no secret that I am reality TV obsessed.  Reality programming has replaced old-school soap operas as our favorite guilty pleasure and Dallas is the playground of choice for producers hunting for characters to appear in new shows.

DALLAS is the most well-known television show to put our fair city on the world-wide map and although its not a reality show, it set the stage for our image and we've been playing up to it ever since.  It's no secret that Texans (Dallasites in particular) have BIG personalities. That stereotype of big hair and big bank accounts exists for a reason.

Every show in production today has come through town looking for unique, interesting and engaging personalities to help launch their concept into the reality stratosphere.

But what happens to these people when the hot lights of reality fame starts to fade away? For some, it's a welcome relief that they can go back to their normal life. For others, the free clothing and baubles, VIP seating, adoring fans, primo tables at their favorite restaurants and media coverage is an addiction they don't want to give up and will do anything to stay in the spotlight.  Like a bad perfume, I can smell their desperation like animals can smell fear. I thought it would interesting to revisit some of Dallas' reality stars and see where they are now. Who used their 5 minutes of fame to launch themselves into something greater, who quietly slipped back into anonymity and who is still working the system looking for another chance to get back onto the boob tube.

Let's start with Project Runway's Shirin Askari.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

PowerTalk 21: Talk to your kids about underage drinking on April 21

April is National Alcohol Awareness month, and on April 8th, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) North Texas invited me to attend a breakfast meeting at Bread Winners Cafe to talk about their campaign, "PowerTalk 21", a national day encouraging parents to speak with their teens about underage drinking and why it’s important to wait until 21 to drink.

As the Mother of a 13-year old, this topic definitely resonates with me and I was eager to attend and devour any information or tips they had to give about how to converse with your teen on this subject.

The Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence® program has two major parts: (1) A website for parents that includes information and tips based on the best available research, along with access to a free parent handbook and (2) Free parent workshops to equip parents with strategies for having these potentially life-saving conversations.

Nationwide Insurance agent Tamika Raymond spoke on behalf of MADD as the national sponsor of Power of Parents and PowerTalk 21. She talked about her own experience with drinking and driving as a professional basketball player and then as a college basketball coach. And about the trauma her office has to deal with when they receive calls from customers affected by underage drinking-related car collisions. Most powerful was the testimony of Gwen Edwards, who lost her 22-year-old son in an underage drinking related car crash. Edwards shared her own story about the influence of parents and consequences of underage drinking. Her story shed light on the tragic effects of underage drinking and why the conversation with teens about alcohol can’t wait.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The connection between Jesus and the Easter Bunny

See's Candies Surprise Basket
Easter is the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and held between March 21 and April 25, on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox.

See's Candies recently sent me some darling Easter treats for my son that got me to thinking...  There's no story in the Bible about a long-eared, cotton-tailed creature known as the Easter Bunny. Nor is there a passage about children painting eggs or hunting for baskets overflowing with scrumptious Easter goodies. And real rabbits certainly don't lay eggs. So, how did these iconic symbols of Easter come into being??

Apparently, bunnies, eggs, Easter gifts and fluffy, yellow chicks in gardening hats all stem from our pagan roots. Specifically to the 13th-century, pre-Christian Germany, when people worshiped several gods and goddesses.  An article I discovered at Discovery News explains that the Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate. Spring also symbolized new life and rebirth; eggs were an ancient symbol of fertility.

Did Courtney Loves Dallas get the axe?

Bravo TV released their roster of new and returning shows today and sadly, it appears that Courtney Loves Dallas will not be returning to their schedule.

Bravo Ratings predicted the cancelation back on January 24, 2014 saying, "it’s almost certain that there won’t be a sophomore season for Courtney Kerr. (Kerr's) eighth episode saw its ratings fall from the seventh (which had fallen from the sixth) to 610,000 viewers of which 392,000 aged 18-49 – Demo 0.30. Given that Most Eligible Dallas was cancelled by Bravo Media after just one season, it seems very safe to assume that Courtney Kerr’s spin-off will be also."

Attempts to reach Kerr for a comment were unsuccessful. But, not to fret. You can still catch Kerr every Monday through Friday giving her opinions on KTXD's The Broadcast or dishing out fashion inspiration on her blog, What Courtney Wore.

Photo by Mat Wulff for Bauble Bar. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dallas Summer Musicals presents EVITA on April 15-27

Don't cry for me Argentina.... The truth is I never left you... 

Is it bad that I will never be able to hear this song without seeing Madonna's performance in my mind? I actually think it's some of her best work. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award®-winning musical returns at last when EVITA hits the stage April 15-27 at Music Hall at Fair Park.

Eva PerĂ³n used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. EVITA tells Eva's passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater's most beautiful songs, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and "High Flying, Adored." Don't miss the stunning new production of EVITA, directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford.

Tickets available at http://www.dallassummermusicals.org/shows_evita.shtm
Content Warning: Ages 9 and Up
Run Time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including intermission)

Monday, April 7, 2014

American Blogger explores the phenomena of blogging

American Blogger is the debut film from Dallas-based photographer Christopher Wiegand.

"What started this whole film idea for me was how (my wife) Casey loves to blog/instagram so much and she is always meeting new people and, in most cases, really (sincerely) connecting with people around the country (and world). I was really more interested to dig deeper into all this blogging/instagram/twittter world and one, help people understand how cool it is to have an area on the internet that is all yours. And two, I hope to sort-of take a visual snapshot of this time in history when all these instagrammers/bloggers are able to put something out there into the world and really shape culture (in a positive way)."

I love everything about the concept of this film - except the fact that I wasn't asked to be in it. Really, Chris? I've been blogging since 2007 and I live a mile from you!!! So wrong. Just. So. Wrong...

"Entertaining and educational, this film will leave you feeling inspired. It will open your eyes to a thriving movement. The potential could change the world..." says the voice on the trailer. American Blogger will be available to purchase in early June 2014 exclusively on iTunes.

Dallas Market Center celebrates the 10th Anniversary of FashionCenterDallas

Shirin Askari of Askari
Founded in 1957, Dallas Market Center (DMC) is the world’s most complete wholesale marketplace. Within its marketplace of more than five million square feet, retailers from around the globe source products ranging from home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories and men's, western, women's and children's apparel.

Every year more than 75,000 buyers visit DMC and place orders with their exhibitors. They represent small specialty stores and major retailers. DMC supports them by showcasing the most complete and highest quality exhibitors from start-ups to legendary names.

I recently teamed up with DMC to celebrate the 10th anniversary of FashionCenterDallas, which is Dallas Market Center’s complete apparel marketplace of more than 575 showrooms and yearly 1,000 temporary booths, merchandised in easy-to-shop neighborhoods.

I helped curate the list of local fashion bloggers and social influencers which included Cathy Williamson for The Middle Page, Heather Anderson for Style by Fluent, Leah Frazier for DFW Style Daily, Samantha Stewart for Style of Sam, and Hilary Kennedy among others.

At the showroom of Brad Hughes we got a preview of what Catharine Maladrino, Finley, and Layfayette 148 are offering for Fall. Next up, the D2 Drysdale Showroom where we viewed the latest trends in denim from Free People and Miss Me. At Indigo, we ran into one of my favorite local designers, Shirin Askari showing her new collection for Askari.

My favorite stop was The Ritz Group mainly because owner Brad Ritz was so charming and passionate about the lines he showed us. His showroom was amazing and we saw a wide variety of beautiful lines including Alice & Trixie, Trace Reese, and Alexander McQueen. Our afternoon ended with a champagne toast and a runway show showcasing the hottest in Fall trends from DMC. Sitting next to Women's Wear Daily writer, Holly Haber, confirmed this was an afternoon well spent in my continuing fashion education.

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Gabriel Jagger, JerryHall, Niven Morgan, Shelby Wagner

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation, together with the Goss-Michael Foundation and Dallas Contemporary, hosted the third annual MTV RE:DEFINE benefit, a world-premiere art exhibition, auction, and gala to kick off ‘Dallas Arts Week’ on Friday, April 4, 2014 at the Dallas Contemporary. Co-chaired by Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss with honorary guest Jerry Hall, the gala benefited the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Dallas Contemporary featuring a live auction led by auctioneer Alexander Gilkes of Paddle8. Spotted amongst the works of art were Anna Sophia von Zweden, Brian Bolke, Ron Corning, Jessica Nowitzki (sans Dirk), Kira Plastina, Capera Ryan, Chandra North, Anne and Steve Stodghill, Scott and Gina Ginsburg, Jim and Vinita Schroeder, and Justin and Kimberly Whitman.