Shopping News for November

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BESPOKE BEACH BRIDES

Brides considering a destination wedding on a breathtaking Puerto Rican beach can now choose a gown that’s equally breathtaking. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort has collaborated with renowned designer Lela Rose to create an exclusive capsule collection of wedding gown designs, all inspired by the resort and its verdant surroundings. These gowns are so exclusive, they’re available only for brides getting married at the St. Regis. Those lucky women get to choose from one of three elegant designs, and Rose and her atelier will custom-make it for the bride’s special day, whether that’s an intimate “I do” whispered in the ocean surf or a gala event in the hotel’s Astor Ballroom. Gowns start at $5,995, plus alterations; for more information, email destinationweddings@starwoodhotels.com or call 1-877-796-8515.

BETTER AGAINST THE WEATHER

French beauty brand Guinot Institut Paris debuts its first combination product for body and hair, called Huile Mirific ($46). This nourishing elixir blends oils from the passion fruit seed and vitamins to moisturize and protect against weather and temperature-related dryness and damage, adding shine to hair and a silky finish to skin. And its light fragrance, derived from orange blossoms, vanilla, amber and ylang-ylang, energizes and rejuvenates. It’s the latest from a Paris-based brand known for its gentle yet effective approach to even the most sensitive skin types, says aesthetician Susan Peterson of Salons of Volterra Montserrat, who has been using the line to pamper her clients for more than 15 years. Find Huile Mirific (and experience Guinot treatments) at Salons of Volterra Montserrat, 9336 Team Ranch Road, Fort Worth, 817-244-2245, www.salonsofvolterra.com.

RELIVE THE CLIBURN COMPETITION

From the opening chords of Stravinsky’s Trois mouvements de Pétrouchka on Vadym Kholodenko’s new CD, it’s hard not to smile and remember when he played it onstage at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; it was, critics agree, the dazzling performance (of a piece played over and over by competitors) that likely set him on the road to a gold medal. Kholodenko, silver medalist Beatrice Rana and crystal award winner Sean Chen won live competition recordings on the Harmonia Mundi label as part of their prize packages, and the discs go on sale Nov. 12. Besides Petrouchka, Kholodenko’s CD has a performance of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, rarely performed entirely as a set. Rana plays Schumann’s Symphonic Études, Op. 13, Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit and Bartók’s Out of Doors. Chen also peforms a Bartók work, Three Études, Op. 18, as well as Brahms’ Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 21, No. 1, and Beethoven’s famous “Hammerklavier” sonata. Buy the CDs, $20 each, at www.cliburn.org.

BADGLEY MISCHKA’S BELLE DEBUTS AT DILLARD’S

Red-carpet kings Mark Badgley and James Mischka have launched a new diffusion line of accessibly priced dresses called Belle Badgley Mischka, and it’s available in Tarrant County exclusively through the Dillard’s stores at the Parks at Arlington mall, North East Mall and Hulen Mall. Designs capture the same drama and expert fit that have made the Badgley Mischka brand a favorite among movie stars, singers like Carrie Underwood and even on-screen TV characters (think Sex and the City and Gossip Girl). Prices range from $129 to $269; available at area Dillard’s stores and at www.dillards.com.

GAINING RETROSPECTION

Popular Hudson Oaks retailer Retrospection will open a second location early this month, moving into a charming vintage space at 2435 S. University Drive. Owner Heather Hailey calls her shop an “eclectic lifestyle boutique,” and it’s a fitting description for her chic collection of on-trend clothing — think Aztec cardigans from BB Dakota, stylish boots and flats, and colorful costume jewelry — and home decor must-haves like throw pillows, frames and fun accent pieces for walls and table top. Hailey says she’s excited to expand her offerings (the new boutique is about twice the size as the Hudson Oaks store), and she plans to appeal to Fort Worth fashionistas and TCU students with a range of styles at ultra-accessible price points (nothing over $300). For more information on the Fort Worth opening and the grand opening event, check out the Retrospection website and Facebook page, posted at www.shopretrospection.com. In Hudson Oaks, find the boutique at 3318 Fort Worth Highway, 817-458-9139.

ALL EYES ON DOLCE & GABBANA

The Italian style gods are at it again with the Dolce & Gabbana Passioneyes cosmetics collection. The just-released grouping includes a new Passioneyes Duo mascara in black, brown and indigo ($32), masterminded by the line’s creative adviser (and makeup goddess), Pat McGrath, along with everything else for a flawless look, from nails to eye to cheek, plus lipstick and lip liner. The collection ranges from $32 for the mascara to $59 for the eye-color quad. Available this month at Sephora stores and www.sephora.com.

FASHION TAKES FLIGHT

Fort Worth’s hip Near Southside welcomes a new boutique, Two Birds One Stone. This jewel box-sized shop boasts an ever-changing selection of trendy separates and dresses that owner Alisha Cole handpicks from Los Angeles showrooms. She never buys more than six of any style, and nothing is more than $50. She also offers a selection of handmade vintage metal earrings, necklaces and more from Fort Worth-based Bluebird Jewelry and home accents crafted from motorcycle parts and horseshoes. Opening a brick-and-mortar boutique has always been her dream, she says, and she’s building her business in a way that lets her open to the public while also treating clients to a customized experience: From Monday through Thursday, she’s open by appointment only — just call ahead to have the store all to yourself. Or let her come to you, with a $50 minimum purchase. Friday through Sunday, she’s open to all, with appointments also available in between normal business hours. 1208 W. Magnolia Ave., Suite 101, Fort Worth, 817-897-2200, http://twobirds-onestone.com.

CLÉ DE PEAU’S NEW HOLIDAY COLORS

Clé de Peau Beauté’s new limited-edition holiday color palette has just hit the Neiman Marcus cosmetic counter. Called Enchanted Garden, the collection includes a fabulous full-face Wintry Flower kit ($195) stocked with rich new shades for face, cheek and lip — and it has mascara, too. There’s also a new group of five pencils — two for lips, three for eyes — showcasing hues ranging from pearly gold to mauve pink ($95), and the line’s first cream blush, an easy-to-blend formula that imparts a rosy glow, perfect for any winter wonderland. Neiman Marcus Ridgmar, 2100 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth, 817-738-3581, www.neimanmarcus.com.

LULULEMON IN SOUTHLAKE TOWN SQUARE

A new “Ohm”-mazing Lululemon store opened Nov. 1 at Southlake Town Square. This outpost of the Vancouver-based lifestyle brand boasts everything active men and women need for yoga, barre and more, and the 3,200-plus square-foot space is tricked out with myriad custom design touches like copper awnings, leather wall tiles, leather seating and even a custom yogi statue stationed outside to welcome you. 211 Grand Ave., Suite 112, Southlake, 817-488-8035, www.lululemon.com.

NOTES

Ann Taylor will host a November Chic Makeover at all local stores Nov. 15-17, featuring personal styling tips, treats and chances to win merchandise. It’s also a great time to check out the new concept store design at NorthPark Center in Dallas. www.anntaylor.com.

Into the Garden presents a “Home for the Holidays” festival, including food trucks, pet adoptions and more, at its Fort Worth location at 4600 Dexter Ave., Nov. 16-17. All proceeds from the weekend’s sales will be donated to the Saving Hope Foundation. 817-336-4686; www.intothegardentx.com.

Bass Hall’s annual gift market, Shop the Hall, is open in the lobby of the performance hall. Patrons can browse the selection of holiday ornaments, decor and more before, after and during intermission of performances through the holidays. Fourth and Calhoun streets, Fort Worth, 817-212-4200, www.basshall.com.

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