Posted Wednesday, Feb. 06, 2013
Soft Surroundings, long a go-to for luxurious clothing, bedding and beauty products, has recently expanded to include home furnishings. Inspired by the countryside of Provence, France, the Retreat Collection features vintagelike decor and French reproduction furniture. With prices ranging from $40 to $400 for the decor items and $159 to $2,000 for the furniture, the collection includes everything from end tables and pillows to rugs and mirrors. The Retreat Collection is available in stores and online. Soft Surroundings, 160 State St., Southlake, 817-442-8423; www.softsurroundings.com.
FORT WORTH EMBRACES GRAYSE
Women looking for elegant, stylish and comfortable classics have long loved St. John Knits, and now the women behind the brand have launched a new label. Grayse is the just-debuted sportswear line from St. John's founder Marie Gray and her designer daughter, Kelly, and the duo were recently in town to personally introduce the collection at Neiman Marcus Ridgmar. The line features classic, relaxed silhouettes in luxurious fabrics -- think Italian silk tunics, roomy cuffed shorts and butter-soft leathers embellished with cutouts, studs and similar chic detailing -- and colors ranging from soft blues and creams to brilliant pink and edgy ebony. 2100 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth, 817-738-3581.
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS
Swiss watchmaker Omega last month opened a new boutique at NorthPark Center in Dallas. The elegant 1,308-square-foot store (only the second in Texas) carries the brand's entire selection, including timepiece styles designed for NASA -- the Omega Speedmaster is the first and only watch to have been worn on the moon -- along with those favored by brand ambassadors Daniel Craig and George Clooney. 8687 N. Central Expressway, Suite B1-312, Dallas, 469-232-9999.
FRESH'S NEW FACE CREAM
Fresh, the folks behind the decadent Brown Sugar Body Polish, have brought something new to the cosmetics counter to help nourish your face this winter. Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream is a lightweight moisturizer suitable for everyone -- men, women and all skin types -- that works to boost luminosity and cell turnover with Super 7 Complex, a proprietary blend of natural ingredients like lotus flower extract, fig flower extract and vitamins C and E. It's $42 and available at all Sephora stores.
FLEUR DE RICHE
Fabric design house Scalamandré has revamped one of its most treasured prints, "Jardin de Tuileries," a pattern favored by fine arts collectors and first ladies alike. Jacqueline Kennedy used the fabric in her bedroom in a New York City residence, and Pat Nixon used it for a sofa and chairs in the West Sitting Hall of the White House. Now the delicate floral pattern, adapted from an antique fabric for glazed cotton, is available in linen-cotton and silk-Dacron, and in the shades of porcelain blue, multi on white and jewel on cream. Scalamandré also licensed this pattern with fine china brand Lenox, which renamed the print "Bouvier." Scalamandré Showroom at Robert Allen Group, 1025 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, 214-741-5454; www.scalamandre.com.
SONYA DAKAR DEBUTS AT DAIREDS
Daireds Salon & Spa Pangéa welcomes a powerful new product line to its anti-aging and moisturizing mix: Sonya Dakar's MicroVenom. The line, named for the celebrity facialist whose Beverly Hill clinic cares for celebrities like LeAnn Rimes, Angela Bassett and even Luke Wilson and Robert Downey Jr., harnesses synthetic snake venom (which smoothes fine lines and relaxes facial muscles) and a blend of natural ingredients, including stem cells from a rare variety of Swiss apples, grapeseed oil and organic acai to achieve its results. "We fell in love with Sonya Dakar's products because of the diversity of the line," says Daireds owner Daired Ogle. "It allows us to customize a regimen for all skin types and ethnicities -- something that can't always be accomplished with one line of products." This month, Daireds hosted the national launch of three new MicroVenom products: The Hydrating Night Complex ($88), the Hydrating Day Complex ($86) and a firming Eyelift Complex ($82), and until March, the Arlington-based luxury spa is the only place to find them outside of Beverly Hills. Daireds also debuts two MicroVenom facials ($50 for 25 minutes and $110 for 50 minutes) that provide clinical-strength versions of the anti-aging, wrinkle-fighting serums. 2400 W. Interstate 20, Arlington, 817-465-9797; www.daireds.com.
To celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, luxury ceramics purveyor Mackenzie-Childs will launch the vintage-inspired Aurora Collection of hand-painted enamelware mid-month. Painted in light pastels and paying homage to the company's home, a 65-acre former dairy overlooking a lake in Aurora, N.Y., each beautifully whimsical piece includes a Mackenzie-Childs signature motif, such as silhouettes of teapots hiding in trees, cattle grazing in fields and pink roses to signify the gardens on its grounds. Items in the line, $36-$108, include platters, plates, pitchers, cookie jars and more. Look for them at Neiman Marcus Ridgmar, 2100 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth, 817-738-3581; and at Maven, 3811 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-731-8545. For more information about the collection, visit www.Mackenzie-Childs.com.
TWO NEW DALLAS SHOWROOMS
Known for its beautiful home furnishings,
Arteriors has opened its first lighting showroom inside the Dallas Market Center. The 1,200-square-foot showroom houses a wide selection of lamps, pendants, chandeliers and the brand's own customizable lamp program, Mottega by Arteriors. 2100 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, 972-488-9800; www.arteriorshome.com.
Located in the Dallas Design District, the new Waterworks showroom is a one-stop shop for traditional elegance on a grand scale. At 3,390 square feet, the showroom offers customers a selection of furnishings for the bathroom from the likes of BLP and Larsen, as well as an entire lower level devoted to large tile installations. 1525 Hi Line Drive, Dallas, 214-749-0465; www.waterworks.com.
A NEW CREED
In time for Valentine's Day gift giving, celebrated Parisian fragrance house Creed has launched the dreamy new Fleurs de Gardenia for women. Created by sixth-generation master perfumer Olivier Creed in his French country workshop, the delicate floral-inspired fragrance is meant to evoke the first bloom of love. It has top notes of pink berries, black currants and galbanum and middle notes of gardenias, roses, peonies, jasmine and lily of the valley -- all beautifully captured in a feminine, blush-colored bottle. For more information, visit www.creedperfumes.us. $260 for 2.5 ounces. Neiman Marcus Ridgmar, 2100 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth, 817-738-3581.
MADEWELL NOW OPEN
The hipster-chic womenswear company -- consider it J.Crew's saucy younger sister -- is now open in University Park Village. The bright, inviting space is filled with denim, casual knitwear, shorts and other separates, all at prices ranging from $88 for a V-neck intarsia star sweater to a rose-print silk dress for $160. 1604 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, 817-334-0955.
Beauty Live , a celebration of women and beauty, returns March 2-3 to Galleria Dallas for a weekend of the hottest beauty products and tips, makeovers and giveaways. 13305 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, 972-702-2100, www.galleriadallas.com.
Velo Gold Bicycle, Fort Worth's only "bicycle service boutique," now operates out of a suite inside Quikset Jewelry Repair, 3000 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth, 817-475-0211. Services offered include tuneups, bike fitting, and bike and component pre-purchase consultation, among others.
BellaContour has opened above Mi Cocina in Southlake Town Square, offering a non-invasive combination ultrasound, electrical stimulation and vacuum massage treatment technique to tone, slim and tighten the body and face. 1256 Main St., Suite 219, Southlake, 817-310-0003.
Run On!, the popular Dallas-based running store, has opened a new store in Southlake, its sixth in the Metroplex, boasting apparel, gear and shoe-fittings, plus free social runs every Wednesday evening and classes for 5Ks, marathons and more. 2175 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 170, Southlake, 817-416-0925.
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