Shopping News for August

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Warren Barrón, one of Dallas’ premier bridal boutiques, has moved, tripled its space and widened its focus. Now you don’t have to have a ring on it to experience the boutique’s signature service or luxe atmosphere, because co-owners Elle Warren Harman and Cecilia Flores-Barrón have added a carefully curated selection of evening gowns. Would they work for mothers of the bride? Sure, says Flores-Barrón, but these gowns are center-of-attention kinds of styles, from designers like Kevan Hall, Gustavo Cadile and Project Runway alum Austin Scarlett, whose collection is exclusive to the boutique. Of course, there are wedding gowns, too, from such designers as Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier and Vera Wang, and Flores-Barrón has added several important new lines, including the more accessibly priced brand Watters. Look for an official grand opening celebration in early September. 6731 Snider Plaza, Dallas, 214-526-8400.


Addison-based Nerium SkinCare has debuted a new night cream, NeriumAD Age-Defying Treatment, which utilizes a patent-pending oleander extract to improve skin appearance where it’s needed most: neck, eye area, forehead and laugh lines around the mouth. It’s also formulated to fight enlarged pores, discoloration and uneven skin texture. $110, available at


Organizing your life just got a lot easier. The Container Store is moving to a big new Fort Worth location in the Chapel Hill Shopping Center. The store, which is almost twice the size of its South Hulen location, will continue to offer its current product lines and design services. It will partner with the nearby Lena Pope Home for its grand opening celebration; 10 percent of sales during the the weekend of Aug. 10-11 will be donated to the charity. Check it out at 4601 West Freeway, 682-224-7460,


Ivanka Trump is more than just a famous last name; she’s becoming renowned for her fabulous fine jewelry. The best place to find her deco-inspired designs used to be her eponymous New York City boutique. Starting this month, she’ll have a new collection available in North Texas, at Bachendorf’s in Dallas, including these impressive pieces, the diamond-studded 18k yellow gold Metropolis ring and the 18k white gold Patras ring with aquamarine and diamonds. 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, 972-392-9900, and 8400 Preston Road, Dallas, 214-692-8400.


Sure you can embroider designs on a backpack. But what happens when your grade schooler decides that walking around with tiny blue frogs on his back suddenly isn’t cool? That’s the beauty of the PatchPak, a new line of customizable school accessories created by Aledo parents Laura and Seth Anderson and Jeff Watts of Fort Worth. They noticed that their kids loved personalizing and decorating their things, and thought, what if kids could easily and inexpensively do that to their backpack, too — and have the ability to change it up when inspiration hit (or the latest craze went kaput). After two years of R & D (with plenty of input from all six kids and their friends), the trio arrived at the PatchPak. The collection includes backpacks, lunch bags and binders ($19.99-$39) made from a sturdy material that lets kids apply and remove letters, numbers and fun patches emblazoned with flowers, cars, butterflies and sports emblems. There are more than 90 patch designs ($2.99 each) with more coming every month. Find it all at


Remember Jonathan Product? The hair-care line was founded years ago by Jonathan Antin, the Beverly Hills-based hair guru who shot to fame with his $500 haircuts, megawatt celeb clientele (think Madonna and Ricky Martin), dashing good looks and, yes, a hit reality TV show. Now the line has been relaunched with a new collection called Dirt that’s based around the brand’s bestselling Dirt texturizing paste ($26). The entire line is free of sulfates, parabens and mineral oil, and it’s available at all Ulta stores.


The shop at the Amon Carter has gotten so good, you’ll forget there’s a Museum of American Art attached. In addition to a wide mix of collection-inspired giftables, the shop always offers a number of pieces created exclusively for the shop by local artisans. The latest one-of-a-kind offerings are leather purses and pouches handcrafted by Fort Worth’s own W Durable Goods — with discounts for members. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-989-5001.


It’s hard to be all things to all people, but the just-opened Active Outfitters is succeeding on every level, offering laid-back looks for the whole family. Inside this well-designed, fully stocked space, you’ll find Hunter boots and Dolce Vita kicks for her, active wear by Nike and Patagonia for him and even little Ray-Ban Wayfarers for the kids, plus the latest styles from Free People, Citizens of Humanity, Seven for All Mankind, RVCA and Ugg. The goal is to provide a locally owned, competitively priced alternative to the popular mall stores, says co-owner Ashley Hodge, a retail veteran who teamed up with Chanel DeWitt to launch what they hope will become a multistore, multistate retail concept that will continue to offer even more ways to outfit active lifestyles. 900 S. Main St., Suite 355, Keller, 682-593-0900.


Rock the new school year with the latest color-poppin’ kicks from Chuck Taylor. The All Star Platform Zip gives kids a boost with a hidden platform, and the awesome side zip adds a dash of style along with a way to whip it on and off without disturbing the laces. $52, available at


Fort Worth native Kimberley Ellis has a new website that will feature vintage deliciousness inspired by her second “rejuvenation” home in Cape Cod, Mass. “Off the Cape … Vintage or Not” is an online store with old and new pieces found at estate sales and flea markets, all with that laid-back, refined feel you imagine when thinking about seaside life on the Cape. Items include furniture, lighting, decor, art and more. Explore the store at http://


English lifestyle brand Laura Ashley is 60 years old and is rolling out a “Heritage Collection” this month in celebration of the diamond anniversary. The “new” collection is made up of four classic Laura Ashley prints — Clarissa, Emma, Mr. Jones and Pelham — hand-picked from the archives by the company’s home design team. The prints are being reissued in their original styles and translated into more contemporary schemes for the modern household. A line of candles and bone china mugs in each original print will be released alongside the fabric line. To shop the collection, visit


This month, Zar Clothier opens in Southlake Town Square, a second location for the Dallas-based menswear emporium. Owner Roy Rizwan is filling the handsome space with his signature mix of top-tier brands like Brandolini, Ted Baker and Valentino, and he can get any man suited up for nearly every occasion, from expertly fitted business suits to denim, including underwear, socks, shoes and more. 1264 Main St., Southlake.


Neiman Marcus Ridgmar hosts a fashion show featuring not only the Lafayette 148 New York fall collection, but also a personal appearance from its design director, Edward Wilkerson, on Aug. 20. Enjoy refreshments, light bites and a stylish way to experience the brand and its latest looks. The event begins at 11 a.m.; for information, call 817-989-4617. 2100 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth.

Lacrosse Unlimited, which opened in the spring in Southlake, is gearing up for back-to-school sports time by offering on-site stick stringing in addition to its range of gear from top brands like STX and Brine. 1275 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 433, Southlake, 817-310-5952.

The Star-Telegram Bridal Show, taking place Aug. 18 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center in Grapevine, is a one-stop shop for brides planning their dream wedding. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., with a fashion show at 2 p.m. Before you walk down the aisle, you’ll want to walk these aisles, with more than 150 vendors ranging from beauty and catering to music, travel and videography. Tickets are $4-$8, parking is $5; 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine; for information, visit

Fort Worth fashion designer Shawn D. Florence sends his new Kingdom Collection — a blend of ready-to-wear and custom pieces influenced by tribal, American Indian and Moroccan motifs — down the runway Aug. 16 at the Art of Fashion, a runway show event and cocktail party at the McDavid Studio (330 E. Fourth St., Fort Worth). The evening benefits the Fort Worth Battered Women’s Foundation, and guests are asked to bring a new or gently used article of clothing in a gift bag. The show also features accessories from Adair Eyewear. $45-$65.

Cowtown Farmer’s Market has opened another location, at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, 3-7 p.m. weekly on Thursdays. Find the local, seasonal, artisinal food and wares in parking lot 15 on Clifton Street, near Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth.

The Fort Worth Opera’s live recording of Glory Denied, during its 2013 festival, has been released on Albany Records ($15.99, The album will be available for digital download on and iTunes by mid-September. Single tickets for the 2014 Fort Worth Opera Festival also have gone on sale this month. The four operas presented will be The Pearl Fishers, Cosi fan tutte, Silent Night and With Blood, With Ink. Tickets start at $25;, 877-396-7372.

Sensai’s Soothing After-Sun Mask, which comes in a box of eight applications, is a 10-minute treatment that soothes skin and helps turn red into tan ($100). With dermis-relief herbs and a calming scent, the Soothing After-Sun Emulsion helps prevent peeling, deter wrinkles and promote smooth skin overall ($80). Find the products at

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