Sit in Style
Recliners are shockingly ugly but insidiously comfortable. Even renaming them “motion furniture” did not make up for their similarity to a melted pile of marshmallows. Many are so ugly, you cannot justify having one until you are so old you are willing to forgo the embarrassment for the comfort. Natuzzi has saved you the disgrace with Re-vive, a performance recliner that is as sleek as it is stylish. This intuitive chair moves with you; there is no cumbersome lever action that slams you into the two unsatisfactory reclining positions, not-far-enough and too-far. Re-vive moves like you move and will even tilt a little left or more to the right — and this has nothing to do with your politics. There are three flex movements — twist, lumbar and recline — that all work at the same time to mimic your body dynamics. The ottoman will tilt to match the angles of your legs and feet. So lean back a little or a lot, twist left, or feel the armrests move to provide maximum support as the chair responds smoothly to your every twitch and turn. The Re-vive comes in three leathers, four metal base finishes, four stitching styles, two sizes (queen and king) and 10 color options. See the variety of choices at www.issuu.com/natuzzigroup. Available at Cantoni, 4800 Alpha Road, Dallas, 972-934-9191, www.cantoni.com.
State of Beauty
This month, museums across the state are featuring exhibitions designed to appeal to lovers of fashion, history, popular culture and design.
Good Friends, Great Performances
This year’s Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Great Performances Festival will be a celebration among friends. Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvorák, history says, became pals when the former — an accomplished but cantankerous German composer eight years older than Dvorák — helped secure financial backing for the obscure Czech composer in the mid 1870s. Brahms became his mentor and collaborator, and Dvorák never forgot his friend’s generosity. Festival patrons will reap the rewards of this friendship when some of the composers’ most beloved works are played in Bass Hall over three days, Aug. 22-24. Among the masterpieces will be Dvorák’s blockbuster Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” and Brahms’ grand Violin Concerto. Popular violinist Augustin Hadelich is the guest artist for the first and third concerts, and Irish mezzo-soprano Zandra McMaster makes her Fort Worth debut Aug. 23. For more information, festival passes ($36-$144) and single tickets ($16-$65), visit www.fwsymphony.org or call 817-665-6000.
Every time we use one of Eminence Organic Skin Care’s dreamy treatments, it’s a little gift to our skin. During the sweaty summer months, who among us doesn’t need to show our face some extra TLC? We’re loving Eminence’s new Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Masque, made with a healthy smoothie of leafy greens, avocado oil, citrus, rhubarb extract and vitamin C blend. The creamy gel (which smells like fresh-cut grass) firms and tightens almost instantly and helps protect against free radicals; $65. For skin that’s breakout prone and overly oily on hot days but has dry patches from too many anti-acne treatments, an aesthetician recently recommended Eminence’s Clear Skin Probiotic Masque. With cucumber listed as its first ingredient, it immediately cools and calms the skin; yogurt and shea butter nourish, and tea tree and kaolin clay help get the oil under control; $54. Find both at Facelogic Spa, 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 256, Fort Worth, 817-731-0500, www.facelogicspa.com.
The Ultimate Hair Care
Looking to treat your tresses to the ultimate at-home pampering product? Renowned international beauty brand Shu Uemura Art of Hair has just launched an exciting new hair-skin hybrid, Essence Absolue Body & Hair, a nourishing (and nongreasy) spray oil that blends camellia, sesame and almond oil and is designed to reduce visible signs of aging on hands and skin, strengthen nails and add a brilliant shine to hair — all with a delicate, floral fragrance; $68. Available at Posh Hair Studio, 16 Village Lane, Colleyville, 817-656-2400, www.posh-hairstudio.net and Avanté Salon & Day Spa, 3300 E. Broad St., Suite 150, Mansfield, 817-453-4247, www.avantespa.com.
Christofle, the silver service of France, has come out with an easier-to-care-for summer service of stainless steel barware. The porthole feature lends a nautical aesthetic, and the easy-care surface allows it to be used indoor or out. Oh de Christofle includes a wine bucket ($390), champagne cooler ($490), ice tongs ($155), trivet ($270), glass coasters ($195 for set of two), bottle opener ($140), fruit bowl ($570) and candlestick ($230). Christofle (www.christofle.com) is available at P.S. The Letter, 5136 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-731-2032, www.pstheletter.com; and Neiman Marcus Fort Worth, 2100 Green Oaks Road, 817-738-3581, www.neimanmarcus.com.
We Scream for This Book
For Father’s Day, one of our staffers gave her pop an ice cream maker and a copy of the newly released Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts, and dear ol’ Dad has spent the summer making sweet ice cream dreams. The cookbook, whose tagline is “Incomparable sundaes, parfaits, and other meltingly delicious ice-cream-centric desserts,” contains more than 100 recipes for all of those sweet treats and more, “tailor made for a scoop of ice cream,” the author writes. Think Bananas Foster, Sweet Empanadas and Stone-Ground-Grits Pudding Cake, which don’t quite seem complete without the a la mode topping. But also, think creative ice cream flavors like Cumin & Honey Butterscotch, Absinthe & Meringue, and Moonshine & Corn Syrup Custard with Pecans Ice Cream. Author Jeni Britton Bauer founded the famous Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams scoop shops, now with 15 locations around the country. Her first cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, earned a James Beard Award for Best Baking and Dessert Book of 2011. Clearly, this ice cream queen knows her subject matter well. Published by Artisan, $23.95; available at Barnes & Noble.
More Korshak to Love
Stanley Korshak is expanding, and as you’d expect for Dallas’ epicenter of chic, it’s going to be grand. Thanks to record sales, Stanley Korshak is adding 5,000 square feet of additional retail space, bringing its footprint in the Rosewood Crescent Hotel courtyard to 73,000 square feet (yes, that’s nearly the entire first floor). The first phase of expansion is now complete — the doubling of the bridal salon’s size — and doors recently opened on the stunning new space. Brides will delight in the new Vera Wang boutique, and for a totally custom experience, the salon welcomes a new in-house designer, the renowned local talent Nha Khanh. The Naeem Khan label has joined the already glittering bridal lineup of Jenny Packham, Liancarlo and more, and the boutique also has added a selection of gowns for mothers of the bride and groom. The Shak, Stanley’s stand-alone boutique specializing in contemporary lines like Helmut Lang and rag & bone, also got a major boost, moving to a new space and expanding both its square footage and its shoe, handbag and jewelry offerings. Next up: A Men’s Department makeover, with more space and the addition of exciting new brands like John Varvatos, Vince and Suitsupply, which marks the first ever shop-in-shop for the Dutch brand. 500 Crescent Court, Dallas, 214-871-3611 (bridal), 214-871-3641 (The Shak), www.stanleykorshak.com.
A New Way to Wash
Ready for a new way to care for your clothes? The Swash Express Clothing Care System from Whirlpool is like a dry cleaner, an iron and a steamer in one: It removes wrinkles, neutralizes odors, restores fit and helps to preserve fabric — all in 10 minutes, and all with minimal effort. Simply plug in the Swash to a standard outlet, hang your garment on the special Swash hanger and attach the “smoothing clips” if you’d like extra de-wrinkling. Insert a Swash pod (a special gentle formula developed by Tide), turn the knob to select the cycle, press start and let the magic begin. The ingenious machine works on most fabrics, from denim and wool to cotton and cashmere, and it’s even safe for sequins, beading and lace. Thanks to its streamlined design, it can easily be tucked into a closet or set alongside a bedroom wall. Swash comes in two neutral color combinations: white and cream and white and black, both with brushed chrome accents. $499; pods are $6.99 for 12. 866-333-4195, available this month at www.bloomingdales.com and in September at national retailers like Best Buy and Bed Bath & Beyond.