october 2012 in Dallas

Select snaps from the past month of my activities in Dallas!
Hope you had a good month…

01 oct    02 oct
various art shows…

03 oct    04 oct
05 oct    06 oct
Texas State Fair! I won a squid hat.
The Chinese lantern festival was beautiful.

07 0ct    08 oct
But Big Tex burned down the last weekend of the Fair. Crazy! He was 60.
Luckily, there were cheerleaders homecoming it up in a parade down my street.
Helped with the mourning.

09 oct    10 oct
White Rock Lake artist home tours.
The amazing AURORA exhibit in the Arts District.

11 oct    12 oct
13 oct    14 oct
Every week I hosted a friends & family debate watch gathering.
Then early voted. Participating in federal elections makes me, literally, weep with pride & joy.
(Did you vote, yet??!!)

15 oct    16 oct
There are always cocktails intermingled in these activities, of course.

17 oct    18 oct
Vegan/Veggie celebration! A park packed with people trying grub, products, music.
Those are vegan sorbet cookie cakes.

19 oct    20 oct
This past weekend a fab new park opened downtown.
Wonderful wonderful wonderful green park bridging two sides of town.
There were activities every day & night and all the museums were free.
Saturday night ended with a packed concert…

21 oct

…at the end of which Fireworks went off all around us downtown.

22 oct

WOW! What a great month in this city.
It just keeps getting better and better around here.
Now for November…

posted 1 year ago


stuff. and things.

Someone I know in Cali recently commented to me that seeing all the cultural pics I’ve been posting lately
makes them think there might be something worthwhile in Texas.
Texas is worthwhile!
Some activities from my past few weeks :

01    02
My friend Sara makes an impromptu art piece at her friend’s gallery open.
An incredible, moving metal wave sculpture at the Meadows museum at SMU.

05    06
I was at SMU for a little photo shoot action.
On the right is a Chihuly sculpture at the Arboretum.
Really cool at night - beer, wine and lush grounds with city & lake views
as you walk around checking out the colorful, glass scultpures.

03    04
Totally accidentally ended up at Bingo night at a favorite dive bar.
A few weeks in a row.
I’m a winner. The prizes are silly toys and drinks!

07    08
The State Fair of Texas has a showstopping chinese lantern exhibit this year.
I can’t wait to see it at night.
Pictured are tons of large scale lanterns in and around the lagoon and a cherry tree forest.

09    10
Esteemed chef Luscher serving up his gourmet, hand-made ($5!) sausages at the White Rock Farmer’s Market. And…sometimes you need to bike for a cone of gelato.
Rocky Road, Pumpkin Pie and Banana Cream Pie flavors

11 OMNI    12
For the opening night of the Dallas Video Fest,
a bunch of artists made work to broadcast on our vegas-style, full-building-of-moving-lights OMNI hotel.
Accompanying music was broadcast on a local radio station.
We headed up to the levee with a battery-powered radio to enjoy.

15    16
Checked out a new hotel, the NYLO.
Insane views, infinity pool, rooftop bar and generally amazing decor throughout.


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posted 2 years ago


mongrels in common dress / free

01 Mongrels from BUffalo

Friday I went to Buffalo Exchange to find a dress
for a Contemporary Ballet Dallas fundraiser that night.

Took a little bag of stuff and they bought it all, so I got this
beautiful, luxurious, light-weight velvet Mongrels In Common dress
with the trade balance.
aka FREE!

02 Mongrels in Common dress

Enjoyed a few demo ballet pieces…

03 Contemporary Ballet at Tower Club

…and the Dallas view.

05 Kayla poses with view

04 Kayla and I at Tower Club

Then checked out the new Dallas Performance Center.

06 Dallas Performance Center

Successful accompaniment, dress.

mongrels dress
On the Anthropology site and the Runway
Can’t imagine wearing it unbelted - it looks so different hanging off the flat-bodied model.

posted 2 years ago


aug 13 2012

Ahhhhh Here’s a catch up.
Cause I got nothin’ in the way of thrifty outfits for ya for at least a few days.
Not because of lack of sweet deals.
More because I haven’t had the time/motivation to take photos outside of my iPhone.
So, here’re some bits of life from last week.

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TUESDAY : I won part of an American Airlines scavenger hunt.
Claimed this model plane and 5000 miles!

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WEDNESDAY : 4:30 am wake up. Video shoot.

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THURSDAY : Have been listening to these a lot.
Love that the Katy Perry vinyl is white. Perfect.

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FRIDAY : A play reading at a theater in Fair Park + a drink after.

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SATURDAY : Jellies + evening dancing to Soul 45s.

I feel like I don’t have much going on.
Then put one of these posts together and realize I have awesome people in my life and get to do a lot of cool stuff!
Dear Steph : Cheer up! Signed, steph

Have a good week.
See ya soon.

posted 2 years ago


sway chic tank & ring / $10each

01 Sway Chic tank

02 tank top tied

03 mouth of skeleton AGAIN

04 tank top sitting

05 zee Claw ring

I’ve never accepted comped merch for the blog until Sway Chic contacted me.
A California online store with several brick & mortar shops, they have stuff I actually like at a great price point!
Thrilled with the 3 items I chose from their site.
This striped tank and claw ring are two of them.
They have exactly three of the tanks left, so hit up the site asap, if interested.
I tied up the tank, as I have a tendency to do (I’m wearing size small).
Soft, thin rayon is good for summer.
The tossed together stripes pattern thrills.
I am MADLY in love with the other top I received.
Planning on wearing and photographing it in NYC this week, where I will be until Monday.
Get ready for some side boob…to celebrate America, of course!
Happy 4th of July weekend!

happy 4th

posted 2 years ago


what is up

Probably not gonna get to a thrifty item post this week.
But, don’t worry, I’m still resale-buying and thrifting a plenty.
Just yesterday I was at Thrift Town and Berry Good Buys in Ft Worth.
Here’s a little “what’s been goin’ on” post to tide us over…

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First, the bad news :
•I lost a lover that I really loved lovin’ on (sigh).
•Had to block someone on twitter. Only the second person ever.
You really have to be a class A asshole for that to happen.
Both these events were emotionally disturbing to me.

But, let’s move on.

The good, in instagrams, from top to bottom :
•Rose wine is making a comeback. It’s coming at me everywhere.
•Summer is here. Pool time. Bike rides.
•Lots of friends and quality time at the FOE.
•The Flaming Lips @ KXT’s Summer Cut. Their stage set is so fun.
•Cherries are back in season. One of my favorite things to eat.
•A beautiful light bulb at the Texas Theater.
•Went out to Cow Town aka Ft Worth yesterday to hang with a couple of super cool ladies.
•And there was a full size orchestral Marimba.
Of course.

I am having possibly the best time in my life right now. Consistently.
Even with “the bad,” it’s still so much good.
I’d give credit to Dallas, but I’m pretty sure it’s me.
"Wherever you go, there you are."
Though, Dallas is much easier and more affordable than New York, Los Angeles and Portland.
So many great friends here, new and old, and such fun going on all the time.
I am grateful.

See you next week!

posted 2 years ago


prom 2012 / $19.96

01 steph prom 2012

02 floating dancing leaping

03 three dancers

04 move with me

05 pink and purple organza fabric

06 down the ramp

07 look to the light

08 dont go into the light copy

The Coliseum.
I needed to be wearing something fancy-ish with layers of skirt there.
Just one of those apparent things.
This Delarue dress was thrifted for the purpose.
Extra girly dresses were never my thing from about age 8-33, so I’m donning tulle and organza at 36.
Hey, it’s my style-blogging right, OKAY?!
[ wink ]


posted 2 years ago


the week

A fun week.
I’m really enjoying Dallas and the people I’m spending time with this spring.

01 buffalo exchange dressing room02 Nouveau 47 Theatre 47 theater04 margaritas and chips03 hammock05 monster truck06 jon and his sculpture07 watermelon breakfast08 colorful flowers10 luscher at the grape11 terilli's rooftop

• Trying on a dress at Buffalo Exchange (I got it).
• New Works festival at Nouveau 47 Theater.
• Lunch and margaritas at Primo’s on Lake Ray Hubbard.
• A friend’s hammock. Very big and comfy. Gorgeous, warm, breezy day.
• Monster Truck (eye roll). An attention getter, for sure!
• My friend Jon speaking on his sculpture I’ve been “art-sitting” for years.
• Breakfast.
• The nursery. Such color!
• Happy Hour at The Grape. Chef Luscher greets visitors. Best happy hour in town.
1/2 price wine (I like the Oregon Pinot Gris) and really tasty small bites.
I always share: calamari, mussels and frites.
• The rooftop at Terilli’s. Very cozy and classy.
Have a good weekend!

posted 2 years ago


let’s play catch up

Haven’t been in the mood to take outfit photos, so here’s what I’ve been up to.
Instagrams* from the last 2 weeks or so.


*Instagram is my favorite social media outlet. I describe it as “twitter with photos (instead of text).”
An iPhone camera/social sharing app with cool filters and easy intermedia connection.
Did you hear Facebook just bought it for a cajillion dollars?
I hope they don’t change much.

posted 2 years ago


new take on old boots / $0


Fair Park Amphitheater.
Another beautiful, unused structure.

Fair Park amphitheater


These are my usual brown boots, just folded waaaay down, exposing the lining.
A fresh look for boots that I wear a lot.

strike a pose

2 of my 3 pairs of boots can morph with folding and scrunching.
Change flexibility is a boot asset.

brown boots folded down

Have a good weekend!

posted 2 years ago


thrifted leather mens belt / $2.98

01 Fair Park Hall of State

Hall of State building

Fair Park Hall of State.

03 thrifted belt

04 thrifted mens brown leather belt

Whoa. That’s some pretty gross rust. Didn’t see it until the close up photos.
Let’s call it “character.” No, no! “Patina.” For the sake of the blog.

06 lovebird scrawl

07 pull up socks

Now for a poll.
What do we think ladies and gentlemen?
Just…in general…
I love you? I love you not?

posted 2 years ago


thrifted kenneth cole leather skirt / $6.98

01 bath house

02 bath house

03 bath house

I don’t know why some thrifts list prices with .98 (vs.99), but they do.
This skirt’s leather is well-worn…supple, if you will.
Between the comfort & pockets, it’s an actual practical leather skirt.
Versatile length. Easy to dress down.

These shots were taken at the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake.
Lots of sun here lately. And warmth.
Everyone is terrified that may mean a 120 degree summer.
Maybe winter will show up in February?

04 bath house

05 leather

06 viewfinder

05 bathhouse

posted 2 years ago


line & dot black silk jacket / $94

01 cotton bowl

Fair Park #4
The Cotton Bowl

02 cotton bowl!

Ohhhhhhh this jacket…
is outta control.

03 cotton bowl

I picked it up at local boutique Milk+Honey.
A lot more than I generally spend, but was a necessity once on.

04 cotton bowl

05 cotton bowl

06 cotton bowl

While taking these photos, I got a nice surprise!
It happens that my brother works in administration at Fair Park.
It happened that he was taking a breather and walking in a random direction.
In which he happened to stumble upon his sister photographing!

07 cotton bowl

08 cotton bowl


A note on this historic park :
Instead of modernizing the Cotton Bowl stadium smack in the center of Dallas,
major football events that used to take place here now happen in Arlington (which is not Dallas).
That’s a bummer.

Fair Park is crumbling.
But these once-grand, public grounds could be refurbished and used for many types of events.
There are so many beautiful structures, halls and much impressive artwork.
Today Nick showed me a vestibule where murals were discovered underneath coats of white paint.
There are small spots delicately sanded down revealing bright, bold colors.
From floor to domed ceiling.
Of course, no money is available to complete this project right now.
It’s such a shame to see an amazing public area unsupported and unused.
What can be done to change this?

posted 2 years ago


thrifted vintage red sweater

01 sunset

02 sunset

04 sunset!!!

red sweater

05 sunset

Seen before here.

posted 2 years ago


black skinny pants / free

01 art deco Fair Park

Fair Park #2 
Centennial Murals found in Halls surrounding the Esplanade Fountain.

02 Fair Park mural

03 Jean Michele Kazabat heels

Jean-Michel Cazabat heels purchased at Last Call

Even better than a great buy is free stuff.
These pants came courtesy of my friend Randi’s closet cleaning.
I went away with a whole bag of goodies.

04 Fair Park #2

05 Fair Park Mural

Changes. On many levels. Tossing it up. The dice are rolling.

06 Hair Splash

07 hair splash

08 hair splashing

posted 2 years ago


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