Things We Love in May

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If it seems like every daddy and dame in the design world is puttin' on the Ritz, well, by golly, you'd be right! Everyone's going to be roaring into 1920s style thanks to this month's much-anticipated release of The Great Gatsby , Baz Luhrmann's $100 million remake of the American literary classic starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. We love the Gatsby-inspired collections from Tiffany & Co. and Brooks Brothers for their authenticity and craftsmanship, and we guarantee you'll be wearing these pieces long after the movie hits Netflix, and for decades after that. The legendary New York jeweler designed the baubles for the movie, but an exclusive Great Gatsby collection also is available in stores with pieces ranging from high-end, like a $200,000 Savoy diamond headpiece, to the freshwater pearl Ziegfeld tassel necklace ($1,200) and a sterling silver locket ($600). At Brooks Brothers, which turned out its design archives to inspire most of the men's looks for the film, a capsule collection presents wearable pieces like burgundy-striped ties ($79.50) and natty tipped blazers ($798). Find Tiffany & Co. pieces in Dallas at 330 NorthPark Center, 214-378-9800, and 13350 Dallas Parkway, 972-458-2800; Brooks Brothers is in Southlake Town Square (233 Grand Ave., Southlake, 817-421-7571).


We discovered Naturopathica skin care during a divine facial at the Lake Austin Spa Resort (see "Couple's Retreat," Page 70) and couldn't come home without buying several jars and tubes. Created about 20 years ago by a clinical aesthetician who was also an aromatherapist and herbalist in East Hampton, N.Y., the products meet a laundry list of good standards: Ingredients are sustainably harvested, they contain no petroleum or other harsh chemicals, they're Natural Cosmetic certified by Ecocert Greenlife, they're not tested on animals, and they're made in the United States. They feel and smell as yummy as they are good for the skin. We particularly love the pear fig polishing enzyme peel ($52), which smells like figs and pears, as well as the powerful plant stem cell serum ($48) and the antioxidant-infused honey vanilla lip balm ($12). The products are sold in North Texas at Sozo Skincare ( and The Woodhouse Day Spa ( in Plano. To order online, visit


Any tour through the Northern California wine country is going to be better in a Bentley. In time for summer vacation planning, the St. Regis San Francisco has introduced an aficionado package called "En Route to Excellence." As part of the limited-time offer, guests receive a one-night stay in a St. Regis San Francisco suite, along with unlimited use of a 2013 Bentley -- chauffeured or not (the keychain will be yours to take home either way), and breakfast for two at the chic Vitrine restaurant. Hotel guests will have access to 24-hour concierge service, the signature St. Regis butler service (for tasks such as unpacking, garment pressing and drawing the shades in the morning), an in-house yoga studio and more. The En Route to Excellence package starts at $2,350 per night and will be available through the end of the year. For reservations, call 415-284-4070, and for more information, visit


The George W. Bush Presidential Center, on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas, opened to the public May 1, following a glittering, historic April 25 dedication ceremony attended by all five living presidents: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, as well as dignitaries from around the world. The 226,560-square-foot center acts as a library and museum of information and items from the Bush administration as well as the American presidency in general. It's sure to be the new must-visit destination in North Texas. Want to get in line? Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10-$16, with center memberships $25-$100. For more information, visit or call 214-200-4300.


Scarves are summer must-haves. They add a splash of chic to a casual business suit, wrap easily around the hips for a stylish poolside pareo, camouflage arms exposed in sundresses and twist easily into turbans for any big Hollywood moment. Right now, our favorite scarves come from designer Sheila Johnson. These luxurious Italian silk swaths, part of her spring 2013 collection called "Contes -- An Account of a Woman's Journey," feature digitally printed photos taken by Johnson that chronicle her experiences in Haiti, Rwanda and Uganda. Johnson turned to art and design following an über-successful career as a businesswoman (she's one of the founders of BET, and she owns three sports teams, including the NBA's Washington Wizards, among other holdings). While the scarves feature compelling images and support an important cause -- a portion of the proceeds goes to the Haiti Artisan Project -- they're also just plain gorgeous. $475,


There was a time, believe it or not, when Elvis Aaron Presley could walk around and do everyday, normal things without being completely mobbed by devoted, love-struck fans. That was from his birth in 1935 until 1956, when he hit it big. On Jan. 8, 2010, the King of Rock 'n' Roll would have turned 75 and, in celebration, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery gathered a collection of intimate photos from his rise to fame, all taken by Alfred Wertheimer, the freelance photographer who was assigned to follow Presley during that first year of stardom. The exhibition, including 40 37-by-42-inch large-format prints, will be on view at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History from May 25 through Labor Day weekend. Entrance is free with museum admission, $10-$14. For more information, call 817-255-9300 or visit


It's that time of year again: Flowers are blooming, houses look their best and the season of home tours is beginning. Fairmount's annual Mother's Day weekend home tour, May 11-12, features eight properties, including Pendery's World of Chiles and Spices on Eighth Avenue, as well as a bonus home that sat untouched for 40 years before its recent renovations. Tickets to the tour are $18 -- $12 in advance -- at Old Home Supply House, Butler's Antiques and Uniques, Montgomery Street Antique Mall and Old Neighborhood Grill, or online at

The Historic Fort Worth Hidden Gardens tour May 19 includes four Ridglea Hills neighborhood gardens of all shapes and sizes. Tickets are $20 or $25 on the day of the tour and can be purchased at Archie's Gardenland, Calloway's Nursery on South Hulen Street, Into the Garden, the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House at 1110 Penn St. and online at


There was a time when being a socialite meant more than wearing expensive dresses to fancy parties and dodging next-day Page Six notoriety. These were the days of noblesse oblige, of dignity and of elegance. These were the days of women like C.Z. Guest. Now, for the first time, Guest's good taste, style and gardening expertise are celebrated in a lavish coffee table book, C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon, by Susanna Salk, with an intro by Vogue style contributor William Norwich (Rizzoli, $75). With more than 200 photos by renowned lensmen like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Irving Penn and contributions from A-list friends like Oscar de la Renta, the book tells the story of how the Boston beauty, born Lucy Douglas Cochrane, married into Britain's Churchill family and led American high society with her fresh-faced beauty, unfussy style and considerable talents as a gardening expert and columnist. It allows the ultimate insight into a life that was beyond charmed. Available at local bookstores.


If you're looking for the newest trend in summer activities, look no further than the trampoline parks cropping up in the area. Flight Deck Trampoline Park, near Ridgmar Mall, and Altitude Trampoline Park, in north Fort Worth, have a little something for everyone, from open jump times to fitness classes, as well as special events. Both parks also rent their spaces for birthday and private parties, which sounds like a pretty great idea to our 10-year-old past selves. Altitude opened in early April, and Flight Deck is anticipating a May 17 grand opening, so it's not too late to jump on the bandwagon for summer. For information on hours, schedules, pricing and more, visit the parks' websites at (or call 682-231-0263) and (817-741-5867).

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