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Top Beauty Supply Stores in North Texas

Shopping for beauty products is a fun and fundamental part of being a woman.  After all, even the most fashionable outfit can fall short if you skip your ever important makeup and hair styling steps before heading out the door.  Whether your style is uptown chic, downtown trendsetter, or haute hippie, it’s essential to know where to find your favorite products and the latest and greatest beauty finds.  Fortunately, in North Texas, there is a beauty store to match everyone’s style and budget.  I recently visited a few and here’s my review on the top beauty supply stores in our area. As well as the ins and outs on what to find there and how much money you can expect to spend.

Ulta, $$
2900 East Southlake Blvd.
Southlake, TX 76092

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Ulta is the quintessential one-stop shop for beauty products.  From perfume to nail polish, Ulta is a perfect option for perusing, or shopping with purpose.  Ulta also offer a wide range of makeup options from inexpensive and mainstream varieties like Maybelline and CoverGirl, to mid-range brands like Urban Decay and Stila.

If you have a big event coming up, make sure to look into the salon services at Ulta.  These services include skin treatments, hair color and styling & body waxing.  To finish getting ready for your event, have one of the Ulta makeup artists create a polished party look for you.

My favorite product to pick up at Ulta is a gold (yes, I meant gold) nail polish called Luxe, by Orly for $7.

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How To Get Winter Style Icon Elle Macpherson’s Look In North Texas

Layering is a big trend this winter season, and Elle Macpherson is one celebrity who knows how to play the layering game.  Her mixture of fur, leather and denim looks effortless and city-chic.  But, with all those layers, recreating Elle’s outfit could get pricey, fast!  I’ve managed to put it all together for under $200.  And with so many versatile layers, you are sure to add much than a $200 value to your winter wardrobe.

 How To Get Winter Style Icon Elle Macpherson’s Look In North Texas

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Black (Faux) Fur Vest

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Dillard’s North East
1101 Melbourne Road
Hurst, Texas 76053
Hours: Mon – Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 12pm – 6pm

The outer layer of Elle’s outfit, and the main focal point, is her black fur vest. Now, wearing fur can be tricky as it starts looking bulking, especially over so many layers.  As I tell my clients, “You should always look like you are wearing your clothes, not like your clothes are wearing you!”  The key to keeping trim in these layers is to select a fur piece that is sleek and smooth so that it doesn’t add extra bulk to your waistline.  I like this faux fur vest from Dillard’s for $58.80 because it also has a knit back, which contours to the body instead of looking boxy.

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Places to Learn Forgotten Arts in DFW

The early months of each New Year are often spent working on resolutions and trying to shed the aftermath of the holiday feeding frenzy!  But this year I’m working on two important resolutions (that I will most likely abandon by early April) spending a bit more time doing my cardio routine (shopping in stores instead of online for clients) and taking on a new hobby. I researched some lesser known or forgotten art forms that are still being taught in the DFW area and decided these would be a great new hobby for myself.  They all are so fun and unique that you will want to try them all with me!

Dress Making & Sewing

 Places To Learn Forgotten Arts In North Texas

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Bernina of Plano
2400 Avenue K
Plano, Texas 75074


Bernina of Dallas
12801 Midway Rd. LBJ, Suite 410
Dallas, Texas 75244

As a wardrobe consultant, dressmaking and sewing are of particular interest to me; however, my fashion skills are focused around selecting the perfect pieces for my clients, not creating them.  Since my sewing skills are so very beginner, I decided to find a sewing class that could help me learn the basics of clothing construction.  The Bernina Sewing Centers of Plano & Dallas offer a wide range of sewing courses, from dress making to heirloom work.  They also offer private lessons and even have classes for children.  Best of all, the “Sew Easy Lounge” is limited to four students at a time for hands on help with the sewing basics or a particularly difficult sewing project.  Classes range from $24 to $72.

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Winter Style Icon: Victoria Beckham

Following celebrity style is a great way to re-vamp your wardrobe this winter season.  If you are searching for some fashion inspiration for cooler weather, spend some time looking at photos of your favorite celebrity online.  Identify some of his/her best outfits that you feel would work for your body shape and coloring.  While your favorite celebrity’s fashion fund is most likely much more extensive than your own, you can easily recreate their look for less with a little fashion know-how and some careful shopping.  Voilà!  Your winter wardrobe will instantly be more fabulous!

Here is one of my favorite fashionable celebrities, Victoria Beckham, in a great winter outfit that I have recreated for under $100!

 Winter Style Icon: Victoria Beckham

Photo Credit: Giuseppe Cacace/Getty Images

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Guide to Creating an Evening Look for Under $35

I recently hit some discount stores in the DFW area with the challenge of creating an evening look (that I would really want to wear!) for under $35.  After shopping just two stores within 30 minutes, I found three great pieces to complete my look, without blowing my budget.  Here’s how I did it:

Statement Dress

Ross Dress For Less

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I started my search at Ross and immediately hit the dress rack.  When putting together an outfit on a budget, it is important to get the most out of your money.  So I was specifically looking for a dress with some serious detail.  I found this great black and grey piece for $10.99.  Since the dress has a belt attached, I didn’t feel that I needed to drop more cash on accessories.  Instead, I found my dress and a great belt accessory for one low price.

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Guide to the Best After Christmas Sales

After the hustle and bustle has come to an end, I gear up for a second round of seasonal shopping.  If you haven’t taken the time to hit the after Christmas sales, you may be missing out on some great finds and low prices.  Here are my favorite stores to peruse post Christmas, along with my tips and tricks for making the most of your post-holiday shopping experience.

Holiday Trees & Trimmings

 Guide To The Best After Christmas Sales

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If your tree has seen its last holiday season, after Christmas is the perfect time to pick up a new tree and get a great deal.  No one wants to be hunting a Christmas tree right after Thanksgiving, or to pay full price, so save yourself the hassle and find your tree post, rather than pre, Christmas season.  If you are searching for the perfect tree, your top places to shop are Hobby Lobby and Garden Ridge.  Both stores carry a wide variety of shapes and sizes of trees.  And if you are looking for seasonal flair on the trendy side, Garden Ridge carries an assortment of colored trees like white, black and purple.  What TCU fan wouldn’t love a purple tree!

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Top Rain Boots for the Entire Family

Rain boots have become a mainstream, fashion staple for women, men and children alike.  And this fall, designers are mixing function with fashion when it comes to all-weather wear for your feet.  If your rain boot stash is low, this season is the perfect time to find a pair for each member of your family.  Here are my top picks for the best rain boot brands and where to find them in DFW.

Rain Boots for Women

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Dillard’s The Parks at Arlington
3821 South Cooper
Arlington, Texas 76015
(817) 465-0718
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 12pm-6pm

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Women love to look fashionable, even when we are walking through rain puddles.  These Hingham rain boots by Sperry Top-Sider are made for some serious puddle-jumping. Complete with equestrian details, these boots look more like your favorite pair of riding boots than functional rain gear.  The Hingham rain boot is available in three different styles at Dillard’s for around $98.

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