Things We Love in September

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Austin may have a reputation for being weird, but it’s also fashion-forward and gorgeous thanks to Zink, a luxury accessories label based there. Founder Ben Freedland, a former buyer for Michael Kors and Bergdorf Goodman, brings the best materials and the finest in craft quality together in each bag, from rich leathers and solid brass hardwear to fabrics sourced from family-run mills and socially responsible cooperatives. Since Freedland’s first bag sold back in 2009, the brand’s core collection has been inspired by transportation (which explains such style names as “Steamship” and “Boxcar”). With Zink’s new fall collection of exotic skin bags, however, Freedland says the emphasis has shifted to the destination, “whether you’re heading to Cap Ferrat or just to dinner with your best friends.” Wherever you’re going, we agree these heirloom quality, calfskin-lined bags are the ultimate accent piece, especially the stingray clutch in on-trend camouflage and the multicolored patchwork stingray. Find them at


BluePrintJuice is here! This line of certified raw and organic, cold-pressed vegetable and fruit juice blends was once only available in the New York City area (and to those willing to pay a steep overnight shipping charge) as part of a six-a-day cleanse program favored by willowy fashionistas like Sarah Jessica Parker. Now you can get the same tastes in single-serving bottles at your local Whole Foods Market. BluePrintJuices are more than simply thirst quenchers — they’re specially mixed to promote detoxification and purification from the inside out. The latest new flavors include a beta carotene-rich Carrot Lemon, a vitamin C-packed Three Citrus, and Kale Apple Lemon, which promotes alkaline balance. Juices come in 10-ounce bottles with prices starting at $7.99. Whole Foods Market, 801 E. Lamar Blvd., Arlington; 817-461-9362.


You can now add pizzeria-style pizzas to your gameday tailgating menu by packing Sur La Table’s new Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven in the car along with the ice chest and finger foods. Easy to assemble and disassemble, the portable pizza oven runs on propane and preheats in a quick 10 minutes so as not to waste any of your precious pregame time. Equipped with dual cordierite stones, a reflective heat shield and a moisture vent to prevent sogginess, the oven promises to bake your pizza creation to crisp, mouthwatering perfection in as fast as five minutes. The Pizzeria Pronto costs $299 and includes a rain cap and cleaning brush. The Sur La Table store in Dallas (4527 Travis St.) wasn’t carrying it as of press time but expects to stock it later this fall. Order at 800-243-0852 or


When it comes to wedding gowns, it seems that some designers always steal the spotlight. But savvy brides who are more concerned with the look than the label will fall in love with Winnie Couture, says Wendy Holsomback, co-owner of Bliss Bridal Salon, the only boutique in Texas to find the Beverly Hills, Calif.-based brand. Not only do Winnie Couture gowns feature intricate beadwork and luxe fabrications, but the dresses can be completely customized, Holsomback says — including the ability to mix a top of one dress with the bottom of another. Check out the 2013 collection at Bliss Bridal Salon’s Winnie Couture Trunk Show, by appointment, Sept. 21-28. Prices range from $1,800 to about $3,000. 4624 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-332-4696;


Fashion on the job site has never been a priority, but when the paps come to photograph the groundbreaking ceremony or the top-off moment, do you really want to be caught in a basic hard hat? Finally, there is something better than the beat up salad bowl shape — a Stetson-shaped hard hat. OccuNomix, manufacturers of safety gear, has designed a cowboy-style hard hat that comes in good-guy white, day-wear gray, semi-formal black or tan. Available from for $19-$39, it meets all the safety specs for ANSI Z89.1-2009 Type 1 Class E, G & C. Search for Vulcan Cowboy Hard Hat at


The Fort Worth Opera will truly kick off the social season in style at its 53rd annual Fort Worth Opera Ball. Taking place Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, this year’s ball draws inspiration from Audrey Hepburn’s iconic role in the classic film Funny Face. The glittering event, being called Une Nuit en Vogue (“A Fashionable Night”), will transport attendees to Paris circa 1957. The ball begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, silent auction and champagne and wine pull. The evening continues with a four-course dinner and then closes with a casino and dancing to the music of Trey & The Tritones. In keeping with the theme, chance donations prizes include a trip for two to New York for the Lela Rose runway show during 2014 Fashion Week, and silent auction items include fashion sketches from Project Runway designer Austin Scarlett. Individual tickets to the ball are $375 and tables are $3,750-$20,000. To purchase tickets or sponsor/buy a table, call Jen Appleman at 817-288-1215 or visit


Now that the peak summer travel season is over, it’s time to think about more relaxed getaways for two. Flying off to St. Barth in a private jet and languishing by the ocean for days at a five-star resort sounds like a heavenly vacation to us. Magellan Jets has teamed with luxury resort Le Sereno for a new premier travel package that promises that and more. The “Real Relax” package includes round-trip private charter flights, with transfers to St. Barthelemy and VIP reception service at the airport, as well as deluxe accommodations for two in an oceanfront grand suite at Le Sereno, rental car, full breakfast, a bottle of champagne, beach bag and pair of Havaianas upon arrival. Those who book will receive Magellan Jets’ fixed Voyager Membership rates, which guarantee aircraft availability with as little as 10 hours’ notice and waive fuel charges. Rate for travelers departing from Dallas-Fort Worth start at $35,000; to book, call 1-877-550-5387. For more information, visit or

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