Monday, December 2, 2013

Shop Local: Great Gifts for Fashionistas

The reason I started this website was to shine a light on what makes Dallas such a fabulous city. We have many creative and talented designers and manufacturers right in our own North Texas backyard. Their contributions not only bolster our local economy, but impact our image around the world.  Throughout the holiday season, I will be bringing you a series of posts called Shop Local giving you great gift ideas for under $250 from North Texas designers and retailers. Support local companies this season by considering their wares.

For the Fashionista...

All The Wire is the brain-child of sisters Desiree Cox and Tori Gonzales (you're about to see her every week as Courtney Kerr's BFF on Courtney Loves Dallas). Now, you guys know I love a monogram with all my heart. My motto is, "If it ain't moving, monogram it!" All the Wire takes an edgy twist to the art of personalization. I mean, I am obsessed over this pocketknife necklace. It just gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "cut a bitch!".  The company's website states "Our purpose is to share your stories through our stamped jewelry. We all have a story to share...what's yours?"  Products are made from brass to keep the line affordable. The Double or Nothin' necklace pictured above is $37 and the Part of my Tribe Besties pocketknife necklace is $65 and comes with TWO knives (one brown and one white).

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Dallas teen, Ashton Gillespie, has  utilized her fashion-forward sense to create a stylish line of protective sun shirts for women to provide fashionable options for healthy skin.  Mom, Amity Gillespie, offers her perspective on fashion design, gained from her travels to Paris and Tokyo and as a former interior designer and owner of Blair Booth Designs.

SunKissed Girl’s line of active-wear clothing offers a chic choice for girls, teens and women seeking to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful rays. And, SunKissed Girl is offering more than a cute alternative for keeping skin healthy. A percentage of the company’s proceeds will go to the Shade Foundation of America, the Children’s Skin Cancer Foundation. The long- and short-sleeved tops, jackets, mini skirts and pants offer UPF 50+ coverage, with ruffles, slimming ruching and other dazzling details (prices range from $50-$125).

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Oh, Jonthan Adler. How do I love thee. Let me count the ways. Apparently I am not the only one with a fondness for his schtick. Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus has added these fun pillows to his Neiman Marcus Gift Collection.

Jonathan Adler knows how to accessorize a room with fun—and great design—and these pillows prove the point. These fun fashion-themed needlepoint pillow are 16"Sq., hand-stitched with velvet backing made of a wool/cotton blend.

Cost: $165

Available online or at Neiman Marcus retail locations

How adorbs are these Shania rings from Ylang23? This darling duo from Workhorse Jewelry is the perfect addition to your stack.

Two individual bands of 14 karat gold with a stacking arrow detailed with tiny pave diamonds. Both rings are a size 6 and are sold as a set.

Cost: $196

Available online or at Ylang23's retail location inside the Galleria at 13350 Dallas Pkwy #1300, Dallas, TX 75240. (972) 980-0819

Maxxis ($125)  Spike Mia in Bronze ($84)  Cyrus ($28)

What fashionista doesn't have a smoldering love affair with a good shoe? In my book, your BFF doesn't give you a candle, a true gal pal will buy you shoes.  BDonnas is an Arlington company that gives you the hottest looks for amazing prices. Plus they are super nice ladies to boot.  From booties to stilettos to sandals to casual flats, they bring you a wide array of fun and fashionable footwear. Celebrity fans include Christina Milian (and me!) I bought the Cyrus booties in black and loved them so much that I also got a pair in taupe. They are hot, hot, hot!  And under $30 - are you kidding me!? Shop their retail location at 3811 S Cooper St, The Parks Mall/Ste 2086,  Arlington, TX 76015, (817) 468-4940 or online at

All that glitters is gold this holiday season. Throw on a white T-shirt and black blazer for a fun daytime look or pair these Faron Gold Skinny Metallic Jeans from Aftershock London with a dressy top for an evening out.

Cost: $115

Aftershock London is located in Plaza at 8383 Preston Center Plaza, Suite 160, Dallas, TX. 75225. (214) 363-4699