July 20, 2017

Top Fall Trends Part One!

We are getting close to that fall season and we are going to share some look’s that were so popular on the runway.

The optimism and high shine of the Space Age is back on catwalks for Fall.

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Power on: Runways were filled with amazing pant suits.

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Slinky dresses in bright cherry

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Pastel puff coats appeared everywhere

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*Images from Vogue

Top Ways To Give Back in Dallas Currently!

Hello, everyone! We are all trying to always find ways to give back to our community! We’ve rounded up some things you can do this summer!

Bryan’s House:

Serve on our Corporate Council

Bryans_House_Corp_Council_LogoHelp us be a model agency in the community – mission-driven, efficient – able to provide essential quality programs that fill the service gap. We are currently recruiting Dallas-based Executives from Fortune 500 and DFW influential companies for our 10+ member council.

Role: To adapt corporate best practices to our mission. Are you skilled in Lean Process Management, IT, Corporate Real Estate, HR, Medicine, Food Industry, Law, Insurance, Banking, Consumer Product Development, or another specialty area? We need your expertise!

Members meet quarterly for two hours over lunch at a fun location in Dallas. They brainstorm ideas to address operational and systemic challenges. Some of our council members include: Gary Davis – Intel Worldwide, Terry Syler – Retail Connection, Dana Squires – UPS Freight Worldwide, Ryan McCuller – UBS; to name a few… Join us. Email aerickson@bryanshouse.org to connect.

Boys and Girls Club:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Programming in three core areas meets the diverse needs and interests of our Club members.

  • Academic Success
  • Good Character & Citizenship
  • Healthy Lifestyles

The programs offered provide strong moral guidance, positive role models and life-changing educational programs. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas is an organization that stands for traditional values, while providing progressive programs that address the problems faced by the youth of today.  Today, over 6,000 Club members benefit from the programs and services designed specifically for them at Dallas area local Clubs.

In kind donations are accepted by BGCD. A receipt for the item(s) donated will be issued for the value of the item placed by the donor. To inquire about in kind donations accepted by BGCD, please submit an inquiry via here and select “InKind” as the subject. (At this time, BGCD cannot accept in kind donations of property, livestock or pets.)

Cedar Springs Boys & Girls Club

4440 Brown St.

Dallas, TX 75219

(972) 982-2260 – Ask for Miss Sophia

Summer Hats That You Must Have!

Summer is in full force and we are all about making sure you keep your face protected from those harmful UV Rays! We’ve rounded up some of our current favorite hats that you can sport all summer.

Gondolier’ Boater Hat


Vanessa Straw Boater Hat


Lindi Hat



Straw fedora hat



ASOS Floppy Straw Hat With Gingham Band

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Beauty Favs!


Laura Mercier eye and cheek palette: We are big fans of this palette because it can be easily used during the day or night. It’s perfect for those who want to branch out a little with their colors but doesn’t have extremely bold colors.

Oribe Gold Lust Set: We are big fans for combo packs. This set is perfect for those who travel a lot. Oribe has a wonderful dry shampoo that we use all the time so we decided to try this pack and we fell in love!

Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 Home & Away Duo:  Defense Refresh Setting Mist is a unique three-in-one weightless mist that sets makeup, helps control oil and shine and refreshes your defense against photoaging and UV rays. We are all about protecting your skin from the sun so this is a great 2 for 1 item!

Day-to-Night Lipstick Set:  These everyday lipsticks are perfect for anyone who loves a pop of color on the lip. It’s great for every skin tone as well.

Melon & Citronade Rose Long-Wear Lip Crème Liquid Lipstick Duo :  The formula is light weight and comfortable, long lasting and not too drying. It’s also not patchy and doesn’t transfer!



July 13, 2017

RSC Nordstrom Sale Picks!

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Today is the DAY! The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is here (for cardholders) and we are gathering some of our favorite picks from the sale! We believe these items are going to sell really fast so grab them while you can!

We know opening more credit cards can be the last thing on your mind, but this is one card we highly suggest for you to get. Currently, this sale is only open to those who had the Nordstrom card. Therefore, you will get early access to all these deals!

Stripe Colorblock Cardigan TOPSHOP


Camellia Tall Boot SAM EDELMAN



Ryder Cardigan


Ruffle Bell Cuff Sweater


Kirie Suede & Leather Crossbody Saddle Bag


BP Plaid Scarf


Madolee Over the Knee


Frida Swingpack Leather Crossbody Bag


lenna tassel sneaker KATE SPADE NEW YORK


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Paint Stripe Transport Leather Tote



Small Love Embroidered Nubuck Crossbody Bag


July 3, 2017

Fourth of July Outfits!

Statement sunnies + Bikini Top + Denim Shorts =
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Off The Shoulder Dress + Sneakers
Straw Hat + Colored Pants+ Wedges
Colored Dress+ Straw Bag

June 30, 2017

Poker with a Purpose

18892896_10154442335990919_2196390169001881608_nWe are all about trying to give back to others and today we are sharing one event you can’t miss! Poker with a Purpose by The Elisa Project.

The Elisa Project is dedicated to the development of healthy children and adolescents by promoting the awareness and prevention of life-threatening disordered eating through education, support and advocacy.

June 25, 2017

Our Italy Guide!

18664494_1646693055371466_764020343002023787_n1.  Best Place to Eat While in Rome!
Eat where the locals eat for the best Italian food, that goes for all of Italy, in every region.
In Rome, just one block off the Pantheon. 

2.  What sights are worth skipping?

Don’t skip anything!  My list of sights to see is on 11 out of 40!
Visit the sights I recommended if you only have a week or if you have a layover to stay a few days and review what you want to see to add to your bucket list.
IF you have time for one or two sites to see; Chose the Coliseum or the Roman Forum, they are both close together and possible to cover it all in one day
3.  Favorite thing to eat?
Everywhere I go, I ask the wait staff or better yet the owner, what they suggest is their specialty or what are they best known for. Because I am not a picky eater, I love trying some new.  Mushrooms, seafood, fresh bread and homemade pasta. Abbacchio scottadito, coda allavaccinara, ossobuco con fagioli, filetto al tartufobianco o nero, uova al tartufo,fagioli con le cotiche, saltimbocca allaromana, trippa con mentuccia, pajatasuprenotazione!.
Last but not least…
Have a gelato or two scoopes (uno-due) every day!
Dessert before dinner, second dessert after dinner
4.  Biggest staple fashion item you need in Italy. 
Italian’s are chic dressers, they don’t have to try.  Immolate their layering technique because it is chilly early in the morning and when the sun goes down.
During the summer months from May through August, I layer a viewable tank with a nice matching ‘to-be seen’ lace bra-let.  Then a cotton tee, then the first layer of either a cashmere sweater or a lightweight rain jacket.  Cross body bag, small collapsible umbrella and a hat with a significant brim is important, but the absolute must is the most comfortable walking shoes.  
Comfortable Shoes, because there is a lot of walking…I prefer my black Nike’s.  There are so many shoe manufacturers that make fashionable walking shoes now, but I prefer the closed tow options because of the walking on dirt at many locations for sight seeing.
Take light weight pashmina wraps and use scarves to change up your outfits each day.  It also keeps sun off of your neck and chest.
Winter outfits would be similar in layering but your core color could be black, grey or tonal colors in denim blue, basically a bit darker with heavier fabrics.
DO NOT take anythings that cannot be washed and hung to dry, no ‘dry cleaning only’ except for cashmere. Cotton and Linen are best, I love wrinkled linens and so do the Italians.
My go to color palette for summer is beige, white and grey.  This year I added all tones for denim blue, light blue and navy.  Add shorts, blue jeans, white jeans and a pair of evening dinner low wedges to match.
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5.  Best way to get around?
Trains, no doubt!  Public transportation!  Taxi’s, like any city around the world, become quite costly.
6. Check with your air carrier, all airlines companies have different overhead bin sizes.
The TSA rules have changed recently, don’t get caught with a size that is even 1″ too big.  They WILL not let you fly!
When I travel to Europe, I carry on one duffle bag (max size is 18 x 14 x 8 inches), and one airline approved suitcase, the norm approved size cannot exceed is 22 x 14 x 9 inches.
Some airlines are 21x12x9.
My favorite luggage since I was in college was Travel Pro!

June 20, 2017

Top Trends From Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Week!

Seaside stripes: rippled beach umbrellas, weathered lounge chair, and stripes are going to be huge this season.

Khaki: Designers have made this material work for lunch dates to street wear.

Yellow: We love yellow because it works for every single skin tone!

Stripes: Be prepared to wear blue and white stripes all season long!

Not two but one cutout: We’ve seen all the rage about 2 cutouts, but it looks like one cutout is going to be all the rage.

*All images from Elle.com

June 6, 2017

Father’s Day Gift Guide!

We are excited to show you another great gift guide for your dad!