Fun with Jane and Judy: An Evening at Guess by Marciano

December 11, 2009

Ever day-dreamed of tapping out an online blog where you could write about all of your favorite things? What about having that blog lead to fame, glamor, worldwide travel and your own line of shoes? Dallas’s own Jane Aldridge has done just that.

If you’ve ever done a little clicking around online looking for fashion inspiration, you’ve surely already come across the 17-year old’s blog, Sea of Shoes, where she posts photos of her own styling ideas, inspirational fashion spreads, and of course, her unbelievable shoe collection.

Jane’s blog has paved the way for some pretty amazing things that most of us will only keep day-dreaming about. It has led to her own shoe collaboration with Urban Outfitters.

Jane Aldridge, Sea of Shoes blogger with shoes from her Urban Outfitters line. Photo:

On top of that, Jane was recently recommended by Vogue to attend the Crillion Ball in Paris, where she wore Chanel Haute Couture, scoring a tour of Coco Chanel’s apartment after her fitting, and rubbed elbows with international debutantes.

Ever daydreamed about this??

Jane Aldridge in Chanel Haute Couture Photo: Sea of Shoes

Having a Ball! Photo: Sea of Shoes

Jane’s mother, Judy Aldridge, a fashion designer and vintage aficionado, attends, photographs and records events and inspiration on her own blog, Atlantis Home, and it’s very clear to see where Jane got much of her fabulous styling ability:

Judy Aldridge on her blog, Atlantis Home Photo: Atlantis Home

Judy in Coco Chanel's apartment in Paris. Photo: Atlantis Home

Last night Jane and Judy Aldridge hosted a festive event at Guess by Marciano benefiting Cook Children’s Medical Center in the Dallas Galleria. It was a sparkling event with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, makeup touch ups and hair by Toni and Guy, lots of glamorous goodies to try on, and a swag bag containing a Swarovski crystal bejeweled December issue of Harper’s Bazaar!

Sparking Marciano! Dallas Galleria

Enjoying the Marciano event.

Swag!! Swarovski crystal bejeweled Harper's Bazaar magazine with Twilight cover!

Judy Aldridge, me, Jane Aldridge at Guess by Marciano in the Dallas Galleria

I enjoyed meeting and talking with Judy and Jane…we compared a few shopping and blogging notes. If these ladies are any indication of where a day-dream can lead, I’m definitely going to keep doing it!


Antsy for the Flea.

December 4, 2009

Who wants to go to this with me tomorrow? It’s at Southside on Lamar from 9am to 4pm. I can’t wait to see all the local goodness!

The Dallas Flea. Click this for details.

Oh la la! Barbie’s Rockin’ Her Louboutins!

December 4, 2009

Look out, J. Lo! We know you love your Louboutins, but guess who got to spend an incredibly fashionable year in Paris with Christian Louboutin as her personal tour guide and fashion consultant? That’s right! Barbie (soooo jealous!).

Louboutin Loves Barbie! Click photo for details on

She’s had many makeovers in her lifetime (did you know that Barbie turned 50 this year? Remarkable!), and this time she’s stepped up her style and stepped into the iconic red-soled world of Louboutins. Not only that, the buxom blond bombshell is now amazingly auburn!

Here’s a peek at some of Barbie’s travel adventures with Christian:

Shopping in Christian's boutique. Photo:

Showgirl Barbie on the flying trapeze! Photo:

One of my favorite places in the world (lucky Barbie!), the gardens at the Louvre. Photo:

Arriving on the Red Carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. Photo:

Barbie, dreaming of being a jewel thief in her sexy catsuit and studded Louboutins. Photo:

The limited edition ‘Cat Burglar’ doll is dressed in a black catsuit, and comes with a collection of 4 teeny-tiny red-soled Louboutins that are exact replicas of the full-size version, each with their own shoe box and signature red bag!

Louboutin Barbie limited edition packaging. Photo:

Child’s play or not, I know exactly what’s going to go on many stylish gift lists this year.

Let it Snowflake, 2009!

November 27, 2009

Had the most wonderful Thanksgiving feast at my parents’ place yesterday. Best of all, it was a stunningly gorgeous day, so after our meal I shared an hour or so on the front porch with my mom–soaking in the sun and letting the day slowly fade away. Mom goes all-out in the holiday decorating department, and I loved how the sun sparkled through one of the snowflakes she’d hung so much that I had to capture it on my iPhone:

Snowflake in the sun...Thanksgiving, 2009

Of course, we know that Thanksgiving is followed by Black Friday which marks the unofficial start of the winter season. If you live in a climate like we do here in Dallas, you know you’re not going to see real snowflakes for a while…maybe not until January (if at all!).

But that doesn’t mean we don’t think about the chill in the air and the crispness of winter and the thrill of seeing the first snowflakes of the season. I say we enjoy the thought now while it’s still fresh and clean and sparkly!

How about some ideas inspired by snowflakes? Don’t you love the crystalline facets?


I love how these tie-dyed leggings from Plan B capture the faceted look in a unique way (kinda like a snowflake, right? No two tie-dyes are ever the same!).

Photo: Behind the Seams blog (

It wouldn’t be the holidays without sweaters and cozy wraps, and I know what you’re thinking. I’m not talking the jingle-bellish, snowman infested Rudolph sweaters (but if that’s your desire, take a look at this site, where you can design your own tchotchke-d up holiday sweater!).

Look at these luscious crocheted pieces. I’m inspired by very open stitches this season. They are perfect for layering over bold or tonal colors, and even prints:


Giant Snowflake crochet project. Click image for instructions on how to make this project. Photo:

In addition to open stitches or yarns, openness and cut-outs in other forms of design are fantastic as well. This white cut-out chair from JANUS et Cie has a snowflake-like effect:


I also love the crystalline effects of snow. Don’t you adore a fresh layer of snow that just sparkles in the sun? Here’s a brilliant gift idea from Anthropologoe.

Glass decor bottle topped with a sparkling iron and crystal stopper. Photo:

Another sparkling handcrafted gift idea I found on Sterling Rose Design’s etsy store:

Sparkling Swarovski crystal snowflake pendant. Click photo to shop. Photo:

And of course, we couldn’t finish off a post-Thanksgiving entry without dessert! I stumbled across these stunning snowflake cupcakes online and think I need to try these (to give to friends, of course!)–white chocolate snowflakes, vanilla buttercream icing, vanilla cupcakes…joy!

Pretty! Tasty! Photo:

Come on winter…the holidays have arrived. Bring it on!

City Lights: Brights and Whites

November 20, 2009

The switch was flipped this evening at the Neiman Marcus flagship on Main Street in downtown Dallas. In a flash, we’re now speeding headlong into the Holiday 2009 season. I don’t know whether to sing out or to break into a full-on panic. Tonight, I simply enjoyed:

Neiman Marcus, sparking in the rain. Main Street, Dallas

The book tree, made of thousands of stacked books, is lit up behind Santa's special chair.

Book Tree again, from the outside of the store.

Books: the gateway to... shoes??!

Guarding all those books can be quite a tall order.

In addition to the books and the fun (including a super-cool system of book tubes that the kids could crawl through, play in and dance around), there was another flavor to NM’s holiday windows…

The Whites.

From pearly white beads to snow-flocked and feathered skirts, every incarnation of wintry whites were seen in the fashion windows around the square block of the Neiman Marcus building.

Draped in Cream. Perhaps my favorite NM 2009 window. Look at the expressions on the mannequins!

Pearlized. NM Holiday 2009

Expressive mannequin in white layers. NM Holiday 2009

Fluffy Whites! NM Holiday 2009

Snowball Fights! NM Holiday 2009

And to All a Good Night. Stay Warm! NM Holiday 2009