FORTY AND FABULOUS
Fashion Fair cosmetics turned 40 last year, and the celebration is just getting started. Later this month, look for an all-new line of luxurious body oils and creams, followed by a spring launch of two bold collections created to showcase lips painted in the perfect shades of nude and red. Also coming are product collaborations with celebrity makeup artists and the appointment of celebrity brand ambassadors. It’s all part of a liner-to-lotion renewal plan, invigorating the classic brand that was built specifically for women of color.
Fashion Fair dates to 1973, when fashionista Eunice W. Johnson, wife of Johnson Publishing magnate John H. Johnson of Ebony and Jet magazine fame, noticed that the models walking in her now-legendary Fashion Fair couture shows had few makeup options. Johnson decided to do something about it and soon created the largest African-American-owned cosmetics company in the country, offering more than 150 shades to match any skin tone and undertone. Over the past few years, the decades-old brand has been undergoing a quiet transformation, says Johnson Publishing CEO (and former White House press secretary) Desirée Rogers.
The result: a modernized product lineup (think mineral foundations and illuminating powders), elegant new packaging, jazzed-up counter displays, celebrity makeup artist collaborations and so much more that Rogers isn’t keeping quiet about the changes anymore.
“Now is the time to spread the word,” she says. “People who talk about Fashion Fair as a thing of the past have not been to a counter recently.” Find Fashion Fair cosmetics at all Dillard’s locations.
IN THE MIX ON WEST 7TH
A new spot to rock a casual vibe has opened up on Crockett Street. Epiphany stocks a variety of casual separates for men and women, including labels like Hudson jeans, Ella Moss, Free People and Tom’s shoes. There’s also locally made jewelry, including beads from Betsy’s With Love, and a small collection of giftable housewares like candles. Owner Sherry Andrus has perfected the mix with her men’s and women’s boutiques in Dallas’ Bishop Arts District, and she’s combined styles into one location in Fort Worth, adding a dash of TCU-themed items in the mix, of course. 2960 Crockett St., Fort Worth, 817-332-2960.
Dallas-based Whimsical Originals’ belt buckle creations don’t stay on shelves long at Leddy’s Ranch at Sundance, especially when it’s time to saddle up for the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Handcrafted and frequently adorned with crystals and polished stones in butterfly and floral motifs, Whimsical Originals pieces are signed on the back and easily pair with multiple colors and styles of leather belts, also made by the Texas artisan. A glimpse of the entire collection lies just a trail ride away at the wholesaler’s permanent showroom at the Dallas World Trade Center. $90-$225; Leddy’s Ranch at Sundance, 410 Houston St., 817-336-0800, www.leddys.com.
FLIRTY BIRDIE’S FACEBOOK LAUNCH
When your business caters to little kids, you eventually have to say goodbye. That’s exactly what Sheila Sawyer of Zoe + Jack Children’s Boutique realized, and she decided to do something about it. This month she launches Flirty Birdie Fashion & Jewelry Auctions, which she created specifically for style-conscious kids who have outgrown and flown from her retail nest. She’ll offer a fun, affordable mix of clothing, jewelry and bags for teens, young moms and “anyone who loves to be up on current trends,” Sawyer says, and it’ll be sold via an auction format on Facebook. Debut items include tops and sweaters in chevron, Aztec and ikat prints, colorful fashion jewelry and even some home accents like fun picture frames and throw pillows. Sawyer says prices will stay under $100 for clothes and $30 for jewelry. Find it at https://www.facebook.com/
myflirtybirdie or by clicking through Facebook prompts on www.zoeandjack.com.
THE MISSION: RELAXATION
Rest Yourself Day Spa has opened in Richland Hills, providing a variety of decadent services designed to pamper the body, mind and soul. In addition to massages and facials, Rest Yourself also offers many state-of-the-art health and wellness helpers, including an infrared sauna to release toxins and boost the metabolism, ionic foot baths to improve circulation and mental clarity, and vibration therapy exercise machines, which help to burn calories while eliminating toxins. And there’s an additional element involved here that you won’t find anywhere else: It’s all for charity. Owner Jaye Ryder-Arsement plans to use the proceeds from the spa to support the nonprofit she founded to provide housing, counseling and educational opportunities to at-risk women who need a hand up to turn their lives around. 7201 Baker Blvd., Suite A, Richland Hills, 817-537-2516, www.restyourselfdayspa.com.
A special occasion takes on a memorable hue when wine or refreshments are served in vibrantly-colored Phoenician glass goblets and a shapely, matched decanter, hand-blown by West Bank artisans. Best of all, the pieces are sold individually, so you can hoard the whole set or create an intimate mix-and-match collection of goblets, candleholders and vases to create an inviting form-meets-function display that defies the notion of being tucked away inside a cabinet. $34-$79; Ten Thousand Villages, 4601 West Freeway, Fort Worth, 817-570-0371, www.tenthousandvillages.com.
A TOUCH OF TEXAS
Texas guys can show their pride by donning a French cuff shirt with Jos. A. Bank’s Lone Star cuff links. Featuring red jasper and mother-of-pearl with one white star engraved on blue lapis, it practically whispers “Cool Texan” as he saunters past. $42.50; Jos. A. Bank, 501 Houston St., 817-878-2548, www.josbank.com.
ON THE CUFF
A rare Navajo revival cuff bracelet boasts distinctive red coral stones and was created by New Mexican artisan Darryl Becenti, brother-in-law to well-known Sunshine Reeves. Its extra-wide swath of heavy-gauge sterling, a trademark of Navajo revival style, makes it a versatile piece for daytime or evening. $1,740, Nezhoni, 4319 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-377-1140, www.nezhoni.com.
A NEW YOGA PROJECT
Located on the Trinity River in Fort Worth, The Yoga Project opened its 3,000-square-foot studio at the end of December. It already has locations up and running in Mansfield and Arlington. The Fort Worth studio features a large practice space that looks out over the river and a back-door balcony that leads directly onto the Trinity Trail. The studio offers practitioners a full range of heated yoga classes and two to three seminars a year through the international “Live Love Teach” training school. The Yoga Project is open daily with five or six classes per day.
KEY TO HAPPINESS
If you’ve never been crazy about a key chain before, get ready to fall in love with this one. “ The Big O,” created by Dallas entrepreneurs Janie Cooke and Caroline Nix, does more than simply keep keys contained. Each colorful leather hoop loops easily over a stick-shift, wrist or doorknob, its easy-open latch is a snap at the valet stand, and the bright hues and jumbo size make it easy to spot in a big purse — and even easier to retrieve with a single finger (no more messed up manicures!). The Big O ($55) was an instant hit when it debuted in 2012, and Cooke and Nix recently introduced the “Ossential,” a zip-top card-and-money holder made from scratch-resistant, water-repellent leather ($75) that clips onto The Big O, making it even easier to get o-rganized this new year. Find the key chains at Portfolio in Fort Worth (5224 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-735-1422) and all O-venture products at www.o-venture.com.
LA DAZZLE IN FW
The fine jewelry department at Neiman Marcus Ridgmar has a bit more dazzle these days thanks to the recent addition of Michael John Jewelry, a Los Angeles-based jewelry brand known for glittering couture designs incorporating extraordinary elements like flawless diamonds and natural colored gemstones. Prices start at $2,500; Neiman Marcus Ridgmar, 2100 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth, 817-738-3581.
FOR THE HOME FRONT
Texas art that doesn’t need a frame, the amber-colored Texas longhorn paperweights and full-body bottle stopper by Aden Star Ltd. Co. have a strong-yet-fragile aesthetic. The classic paperweight was recently upsized with strengthened horns, a deeper amber color and an increased size. Now it weighs a solid 6 pounds, while the smaller version and full-body wine stopper weigh in at 1 pound apiece. $38, $42 and $89, Sid Richardson Museum Store,
309 Main St., Fort Worth, 817-332-6554, www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org.
CH Carolina Herrera is moving into a haute new spot in NorthPark Center, upping the square footage and creating a luxe, custom space that’s modeled after the brand’s Madison Avenue flagship. The space, which should be open by the end of the month, features womenswear and accessories (natch), but there will also be a mix of menswear that includes casual knits, tailored suits, dress shirts and ties, and a selection of children’s clothing that blends wearability with quality. 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, 469-232-9002, www.carolinaherrera.com.
Chapter Two, just opened in Dallas’ tony Highland Park Village, stocks more than 180 books covering everything from couture to cooking to interior design, along with specialty magazines, including international editions. It’s the latest über-chic venture from Forty Five Ten’s Brian Bolke, and it’s connected to Number One, Bolke’s retail/cafe concept store next door, to create a seamless luxury experience. 2 Highland Park Village, Dallas, 214-520-0101.
Beehive Boutique has set up a style hive online, offering its inspired selections — plus a range of shoes — at the new ecommerce site, www.lovebeehive.com. Of course you can still see it all in real time — the brick-and-mortar boutique is bustling. 5122 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-570-0484.
The Star-Telegram Bridal Show, the area’s most popular everything-wedding expo, returns to Will Rogers Memorial Center on Sunday, Jan. 12, with an all-day extravaganza dedicated to the big day, the dress and much, much more. Doors open at 10:30; the fashion show starts at 2 p.m. 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth; for more information, visit www.star-telegramweddings.com.
Bella Retreat Spa and Salon now offers a full spectrum of laser services. Utilizing the power of its new YAG Laser, technician Susan Chambers can provide myriad therapies, from hair removal, tattoo removal and facials to the treatment of acne, spider veins, toenail fungus and age spots. 5031 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-377-2457, www.bellaspaandsalon.com.
SPANX has come out with a brand new line of specialty shapers just in time to provide a little New Year’s resolution assist. The Star Power Collection adds snazzy accents to favorite pieces, like a touch of shimmer in the elastic fabric of the “black tie” thigh shapers ($54) and a strip of leather-finished fabric along the leg of the “dress to slimpress” leggings ($82), letting you rock them as daywear and even into the evening. Find the entire collection at www.spanx.com.
Elle L’aime is the latest fragrance (pictured) from designer and perfumer Lolita Lempicka. Contained in an elegant golden column, Lempicka’s eau du parfum ($100) is brimming with rare, natural ingredients and boasts top notes of bergamot and lime and base notes of vanilla and sandalwood. Neiman Marcus Ridgmar, 2100 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth, 817-738-3581, www.neimanmarcus.com.
ReVint Boutique is now open, specializing in designer vintage dating to the 1920s. While the mix at this charming shop does include gems from the 20th century — our favorites include a fabulous tweed suit from Valentino and a metallic-trimmed Dolce & Gabbana skirt set — the real eye candy here is the wall of pre-loved (and well-priced) designer handbags. Think Chanel, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci. Mother-daughter co-owners Jeanne Crutsinger and Eleza Abdul promise even more fabulous finds as they build their inventory, in part through luxury consignment. Another boutique benefit: ReVint offers tailoring services to custom-fit any garment. There will be a grand opening celebration 6-8 p.m. Jan. 18, with live music, beverages and bites, discounts and more. 931 Foch St., Fort Worth, 817-882-8223, www.revintboutique.com.