Shopping News for May

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Donna Smith, the owner and master designer of Out of the Garden, has been in the vintage furniture business for years -- but always in an under-the-radar way. Out of the Garden, located in Grapevine, is like few florist shops you'll encounter. Beyond designing the floral look for weddings and corporate and social events, Smith also has clients who bring her into their homes to refresh and reinvent the interiors in a way only she can. Smith has never been one just to fill a room with flowers and call it a day; she takes things to the next level, incorporating pieces of personally repurposed vintage furniture into the grand scheme. The furniture side of the business, long an open secret, had grown so much over the years that Out of the Garden filled five warehouses with Smith's one-of-a-kind designs. But in January, when a 10,000-square-foot building across the parking lot from Out of the Garden became available, it occurred to Smith that she shouldn't keep hiding away her work. She snapped up the property, emptied her warehouses and set up a showroom. The new shop is called Vintage Market, and it's filled to near overflowing with unique pieces. "I've always been blessed with the gift that, when I see an item, I know how to put a spin on it, how to make it unusual, how to give it character, how to turn it into a conversation piece," she says. Only Smith could convert an old barnyard chicken feeder into a ribbon rack with old spools vases and fence wire. She also turned an old locker basket and staircase banisters into bath decor. The sensations of Vintage Market so far, however, are end tables with old bedsprings under glass, creating a look that's rural yet somehow thoroughly modern. 1201 Minters Chapel Road, Grapevine; 817-416-6653.


The Cliburn gift shop in the Bass Hall lobby is always a popular place to congregate during the quadrennial competitions, and this year will be no exception, especially with all the great merchandise to take home as souvenirs. Some new things we're eyeing this year include a vintage-style long-sleeve competition T-shirt ($35), belts with the Cliburn logo ($28-$30) and our favorite, a wooden piano cheese board, complete with a set of tools inside ($70). Look for other T-shirts in various styles and colors, as well as a needlepoint key fob ($25), cuff links ($45 per set), stemless wineglass sets ($37.50) and Vineyard Vines ties ($75). The gift shop will be open during the hours of the competition, May 24 through June 9. Items also are available for order through


Fragrance guru and autism-awareness advocate Laura Slatkin has debuted a new collection for her popular NEST Fragrances line. Called White Narcisse, the collection includes items for body and home softly scented with a blend of white narcisse, French mimosa, Asian pear, tarragon, jasmine and sandalwood. Slatkin tapped Russian artist Alexander Solodukho to design the sophisticated flower-adorned bottles and the sculpted porcelain vessel for the candle. $34-$98. Find it at Neiman Marcus Ridgmar (2100 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth, 817-738-3581), Lawrence's (4601 West Freeway, Fort Worth, 817-731-2772) and Soft Surroundings in Southlake Town Square (160 State St., Southlake, 817-442-8423).


Just in time for Mother's Day gifting, several of Europe's top design houses have released new fragrances that are guaranteed to make Mom feel (and smell) special! From London's Jimmy Choo comes Flash, made to reflect the glamour of walking the red carpet in a gown and towering stilettos from you-know-who. Created by perfumer Christine Nagel, the sexy, sparkling scent includes notes of pink pepper, tangerine and exotic white flowers. $38-$102. Find it exclusively at Nordstrom, 1101 Melbourne Road, Suite 4000, Hurst, 817-590-2599. + Add a dash of purple to your dressing table with Manifesto, new from legendary French label Yves Saint Laurent. The beautifully bottled fragrance brings together jasmine, vanilla and tonka beans as the signature of this new declaration of femininity. $62-$102. Find it at Nordstrom and Sephora. + Gucci is giving its popular Guilty fragrance line an intriguing new twist with the release of Gucci Guilty Black Pour Femme. The Italian style house describes the blend of pink pepper, red fruits and patchouli as a "darker and more compelling scent." It's also easy to get a jump on Father's Day thanks to the release of the companion scent, Gucci Guilty Black Pour Homme. $53-$95. Macy's, Dillard's and Sephora.


Inspired by the beauty of the open sea, fair trade retailer Ten Thousand Villages offers the new home decor collection "Horizon." Featuring items made in countries such as Haiti and Vietnam, the nautical-themed collection includes a variety of beachy home accents and tableware. Among the offerings are seashell-shaped dishes, handcrafted table linens and an ocean wind chime made with capiz (the thin, off-white shell of the windowpane oyster). The collection ranges in price from $6 to $395 and can be purchased in store or online. 4601 West Freeway, Fort Worth, 817-570-0371;


Anderson's Furniture is undergoing a major renovation at its Southlake location, 1600 E. Southlake Blvd. The renovations began last month and are scheduled to be done at the end of May or beginning of June. Expect a grand opening celebration then. For more information, call 817-310-0265 or visit the store's website at


Popular British baby brand Mamas & Papas has made its spring 2013 line of baby carriers and accessories available to U.S. fans -- and what a bright collection it is. The Sola stroller ($400), available in several colors, including plum, lime and denim blue, is a multi-position stroller that allows for the baby to lie flat when needed or sit up to look at the path ahead. Parents can make adjustments as the child grows. The baby snug supports the little one's back and helps her build the muscles she'll need when it's time to start sitting up on her own. The collection also includes high chairs, carriers, blankets and more. Mamas & Papas gear is available at Toys R Us and Babies R Us locations nationwide. For more information, or to shop online, visit


The BB boom of do-everything foundations has given way to the CC craze, thanks to the addition of color-correcting capabilities. Clinique throws its expertise in the mix this month with the introduction of its new Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Like the BBs before it, this complexion perfector covers and hydrates, but now it also color corrects -- hence the "CC" designation -- by diffusing and refracting light for a natural, glowing look. It's available in six shades and works with all skin types. $35. Available at all major department stores.


London-based luxury bath and body products company Molton Brown turns 40 this year, and it is celebrating with a limited edition body wash, lotion and candle called the Patchouli & Saffron Collection. Launched in 1973 in an office above a hair salon, the company decided to take a risk with its first advertising campaign, which ran in the early '90s. Instead of hiring a well-known actress or a supermodel to be the face of the brand, it signed an up-and-coming young British model. Her name? Kate Moss. Find Molton Brown's anniversary collection exclusively online at


Mark your calendar for May 16 -- that's when Daireds Salon & Spa Pangéa will team up with the Bloomingdale's Outlet and Indulge magazine to present Summer Style Soirée, an evening event showcasing the latest trends in color, cut and couture. Guests will also enjoy sips, bites, VIP goody bags and giveaways, and Indulge fashion and beauty editor Jenny B. Davis will be on hand to chat about important summer looks. Sign up in advance with an email to to secure a complimentary mini spa service from the Daireds beauty and wellness pros. Stop by any time between 5 and 8 p.m.; Grand Prairie Premium Outlets, 2950 W. Interstate 20.

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