Posted Tuesday, Nov. 06, 2012
HEIRLOOM SILVER LIGHTING
For the first time in 30 years, noted Italian lighting designer Aldo Bernardi has created a new finish. Designed with heirloom quality in mind, "Rustic Silver" boasts pure silver plating over the designer's signature brass and copper lighting. A final burnishing process gives the object a matte appearance, with subtle variations in tone. Once completed, each piece is treated with beeswax to slow down the aging process of what Bernardi calls a "living finish." The covetable Loggia Sconces ($3,400) and Loggia Pendants ($3,950) in the finish are slated to debut in January 2013. Be patient; you can preview them at www.carolollier.com.
A NEW DREAM CREAM
Barcelona-based luxury skin-care company Natura Bissé has launched Diamond Life Infusion, an innovative new night cream made especially for women age 35 and up. Formulated with 16 anti-aging ingredients, including patent-pending bio-magnet nanosomes, this treatment touts an ability to prolong the lifespan of skin cells, improve skin tone and texture and boost luminosity, all without unwanted side effects like dryness, irritation or sun sensitivity. Diamond nanoparticles ensure that these very special ingredients reach deep into the skin for long-lasting and cumulative results. $590 for an .08-ounce pump; available at Neiman Marcus Ridgmar, 2100 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth, 817-738-3581.
SERIOUSLY GOOD SHOPPING
World-class collectors and those who enjoy dabbling in (or ogling) fine art and antiquities will gather this month for the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, Nov. 8-12 at Dallas Market Hall. One hundred highly regarded international exhibitors will showcase more than 200,000 items offered for sale, from silver and porcelain to art glass, Oriental carpets, antiques and jewelry. This year's show will include Alexander Gallery, French Country Living, J.S. Fearnley and Zane Moss Antiques, and for the first time, a designer showcase of vignettes curated by John Bobbitt. Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas. www.dallasfallshow.com.
DRAGON SPIRIT SPARKLES
There's a sparkling new way to keep your love for Carroll Senior High School in Southlake close at hand -- a custom bag. Handcrafted in the U.S. by Laura Lee Designs, the bags are adorned with more than 1,500 beads and were specially commissioned to capture the school's spirit and show it off in style. $249. Call 1-888-553-2247(LLD-BAGS) or visit www.lauraleedesigns.com to order.
BEVY OF NEW BEAUTY SPOTS
There has never been a better time to get primped and pampered, and these just-opened businesses in Fort Worth specialize in beauty, health and wellness.
Dr. Lisa Gardner has moved her practice and expanded her services, creating a med-spa concept called Fusion Women's Health & Wellness. She now offers both gynecological medical procedures and therapeutic spa products and services, including cosmetic surgical services like CoolSculpting, hormone replacement therapy and aesthetic services like facials, peels and eyelash extensions. 7250 Hawkins View Drive, Suite 411, Fort Worth, 817-644-1758.
Ideal Skin Laser & Wellness Center arrives Nov. 12 with a number of grand-opening specials, including 50 percent off all hair-removal services and price reductions on Botox and Juviderm. Owner Missy Lane, a veteran med-spa manager and owner, brings a variety of treatments to the West 7th area, focusing on whole-body wellness, including medical weight-loss services (diet plans include meal replacement and HCG), plus specialty massages like deep tissue and prenatal, microdermabrasion and Pixel Laser Skin Resurfacing, mineral makeup and much more. 833 Foch St., Fort Worth, 817-820-0193.
Aveda Lifestyle Salon Lemongrass has added a second Fort Worth location to its roster that includes University Park Village and Southlake Town Square. On the menu of services are a variety of custom massages and facials, including the Green Science renewing facial and the Chakra aromatherapy balancing massage, along with mani-pedis and traditional salon services such as haircuts and color. 6370 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 128, Fort Worth, 817-484-1155.
The Salon is open on Camp Bowie Boulevard, nestled in a quaint spot off the Camp Bowie bricks, where stylists Ian Lobreto and Thomas Serapiglia focus on color and cuts. Nail services also are available. 4119 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 101, Fort Worth, 817-763-8228.
INTO THE GARDEN PARTY
Fort Worth-based Into the Garden has relocated its Dallas outpost to 3300 Knox St. The atmospheric brick-walled former Smith & Hawken location includes a fireplace and reclaimed wood displays, all the better for showcasing an expanded collection of garden decor and furnishings. Doing business since a soft opening Oct. 26, the store is gearing up for a daylong grand-opening celebration Nov. 17. Ten percent of sale proceeds from that day will be donated to the Friends of the Katy Trail, which maintains the urban walking trail through Uptown Dallas. Fort Worth musician Andrew Sullivan will provide entertainment, 2-5 p.m.
CARL HANSEN PULLS UP ANOTHER CHAIR
Its furniture may be famed for lean lines, but Carl Hansen & Sons just keeps on expanding -- in all the right ways. Bolstering its dominance of the Danish furniture business -- last year it acquired the 1869 Danish company Rud. Rasmussen -- the company has just added P.J. Furniture to a portfolio that already includes designs by the renowned Ole Wanscher. To add to the good news, Wanscher's iconic 1949 Colonial Chair is available for the first time in the U.S. You can order the mid-century classic through Bulthaup Dallas, 1617 Hi Line Drive, Suite 200, 214-752-2000; www.carlhansen.com.
BABY JOY ON BOWIE
At the just-opened Babies by Design boutique on Camp Bowie Boulevard, those who are expecting can expect to find wonderful things. Owner Hilary Colia brings together everything new moms need to create a delightful nursery, from clothing and accessories for newborns through 24 months to the big stuff, like glider rockers, cribs, bedding sets, lamps and wall decor. What makes this furniture and decor selection different from other shops, however, is the ability to customize colors, patterns and styles, says Colia, whether moms are starting from scratch or just looking for a finishing piece. "There's a lot of love in these rooms," she says. "The goal is to have something for everyone." 4806 Camp Bowie Blvd.,
Fort Worth, 817-731-0440.
TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES OPENS
The concept behind the Ten Thousand Villages fair trade retail brand is simple: to create a market for handmade products, which in turn improves the lives of disadvantaged artisans around the world by providing money for food, education, housing and healthcare. The Pennsylvania-based company sells these specially made wares online, at festivals and in shops across the country, including a newly opened company-owned shop in Fort Worth. Ten Thousand Villages opened last month in the Chapel Hill Shopping Center, offering a wide variety of unique gifts, home decor and kitchen items, and accessories such as scarves, bags and more. 4601 West Freeway, Suite 220, Fort Worth, 817-570-0371.
For men who love pocket squares, the Man's Shop in Arlington has something special for you -- one that's not. Square, that is. Owner Wally Hardin discovered the unique Italian silk "pocket circles" from designer Edward Armah while on a trip to Las Vegas and knew immediately that he had to have them in his store. They have just arrived, and Hardin is ready to show his dapper customers how to get a perfect suit-pocket accent without having to fold. $75 each. 100 S. West St., Arlington, 817-265-1116.
Fort Worth knows The House of Tuscany for lighting design, custom shade covers and all manner of lamp restoration, but store owner Melinda Alexander has recently expanded her services. This summer, Alexander rounded out her annual trip to Italy by completing 20 hours of study in decorative arts at the Florence Art Studio. Working closely with a restoration master who does work for the Uffizi Museum, Alexander qualified for certification in restoration, cleaning and repair (both tears and holes) of fine paintings. The House of Tuscany, 3905 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-377-9013; www.houseoftuscany.com.
University Park Village is welcoming two exciting new brands. Print-lovers will appreciate the new Vera Bradley boutique, which opens Nov. 9. And in January, Madewell will open at 612 University Drive, next to J.Crew, set to delight Cowtown's aspiring Alexa Chungs and other fans of the label's hip, affordable separates, accessories and denim.
Celebrate Indulge Magazine's Seventh Anniversary with a 007-themed cocktail party Nov. 15. Everyone is welcome to join in and enjoy complimentary appetizers courtesy of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse and cocktails from Enchanted Rock Vodka and Rebecca Creek Fine Texas Spirit Whiskey, along with a fashion show featuring styles from local boutiques. The party will run 6-9 p.m. at the 809 at Vickery private event space (809 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth).
Project Runway winner Anya Ayoung Chee brings her signature Caribbean style to Cowtown, making a special appearance at the Holiday Showcase at West 7th shopping event, 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 8. Throughout the evening, businesses in the West 7th development will offer specials, discounts and other exclusives. The evening's guest of honor will be hosting a free meet-and-greet in the lounge of Brownstone Kitchen + Bar (840 Currie St.), 5:30-6:30 p.m., where she'll be ready to answer any question about her life, her style and her experience at "making it work" with Heidi and Tim. For more information, visit www.west-7th.com.
Hale House Vintage Living Co. is open in a curious little building best known for the plane on a pole out front. Owner Bekah Hale has transformed the spot into a charming nook filled with curios, chandeliers, jewelry, handbags, needlepoint pillows, frames and other must-have gifts. And if you don't find what you're looking for inside, check out the wonderful selection in the vintage Airstream trailer parked outside. 1800 Montgomery St., Fort Worth, 817-253-8863.
Neiman Marcus Ridgmar welcomes three decadent European brands to its luxury lineup. Last month, blockbuster Italian brands Gucci and Balenciaga arrived in the handbag department, and on Dec. 6, Jimmy Choo arrives in the shoe department with 47 styles ranging from classic to resort. 2100 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth, 817-738-3581.
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