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/
THE MISSION: RELAXATION
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.