11/30/2012

Highland Park Village Blogger Event Recap

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a super fun blogger soiree hosted by Highland Park Village. We shopped around and got showered with drinks, bites, and gift bags, so it was pretty amazing! And HP Village is truly extraordinary this time of year...as you'll see below, it glows with white Christmas lights so we got to enjoy the festive scenery while walking from shop to shop.


One of the retailers that hosted us was Five & Ten. As they say, F&T stocks "a little bit of everything" including the Row, Kelly Wearstler, Lanvin, Diptyque, and John Derian. I adore this place...

Perhaps my favorite stop of the evening was Number One / Le Jus, which is a new cafe / boutique.  Like its sister "store" Five & Ten, Number One offers an edited, but diverse selection of clothes, books, decor, accessories, and gifts. Besides the merch, this place is extra special because of the edibles and drinkables à la Le Jus Café Organique. They hosted us with some seriously delicious juice (with organic tequila) and bites, and I'm planning to go back this weekend for more!

I had the pleasure of chatting with the baker and she specializes in making healthy (dairy-free, gluten-free, etc.) treats, so I'll be making frequent stops in for her treats...

YUM!

I'm infatuated with the branding of this French salt blend...

The design of the space is killer. Don't you just love the portraits? You can see more of the space at Highland Park Village's new blog, Style and Social.

Next, Cafe Pacific generously treated us to some bubbly and ceviche. Here's a shot of my pretty compadres: Elizabeth, Amber, and Merritt

On we went to Lela Rose...

Not only do I love the stunning dress, I also love the stunning flooring in the store :)





I wanted to take this home with me...

These fabric-covered cabochons detailed the sleeves of this dress and I about died for it...


 Trina Turk was another store I popped in. It's jam-packed with awesomeness so it was hard to make picks. Nevertheless, these were some of the standouts...

 Trink Turk stocks swimwear year-round, so be sure to check it out if you're needing a suit!

Another lively embroidered pillow...

Chic little striped minaudière...

There was tons of great jewelry in the store...

We also popped into Anne Fontaine and I thought these were really cool belts...


And finally, I spotted this fab hot pink gingham men's shirt at Robert Talbott. It's a great gift option for the menfolk!


And to top off the fun, we were given swag bags filled with fun stuff from Kiehl's, DVF, Uber, Anne Fontaine, Five & Ten, LAFCO, and more. Five & Ten's bag was the jam...my fav things are the Le Labo candle, the RGB nail polish and the FEED pouch.

 And to give you a tiny dose of interiors for the day, here's all of the loot sitting on my newly lacquered vanity that I told you was in the works about a while back...

Happy weekend!

11/29/2012

Robert Talbott Looks 2 & 3

For the second outfit, I wore a super thick cashmere v-neck sweater from Robert Talbott's women's collection with my Vince grey leather leggings, my beloved Golden Goose Charlye boots, and a Prada python clutch. Jimmy Choo provided my sunglasses and my headscarf is actually a Robert Talbott men's pocket square.


I love the split sides with buttons on the sweater...they give the simple sweater a bit of interest.

As I noted in my last post, it was about 88 degrees the day these photos were taken. Had it been cooler, I would've layered a bit more...probably adding one of RT's fitted button-ups underneath the sweater. Oh well, God bless Texas weather!

And for the final look, I picked an awesome zip cashmere cardigan (I was spoiled with cashmere that day, huh?). I LOVE this sweater because it's the perfect comfy, cozy fall piece. I just adore the suede elbow patches, don't you? Here I am in the historic Highland Park Village Theater in HP Village...sipping on bubbly, shopping for sweets...




Wear it with jeans, leggings, or over a dress as I've done here. And if you're on the hunt for the perfect under-sweater tee...I highly suggest getting a Bella Luxx Roll Cuff Tunic. It has a nice long length so it's great over leggings and skinny jeans.


My dress is Rick Owens (it's technically a tee and I normally wear it with leggings, but it was too hot), the leopard scarf is from Topshop, my boots are Michael Kors (from a few years ago), and my bag is Chanel. I'm posing next to Paciugo's decadent gelato case, which is downstairs in the theater...


I hope you're not too exhausted by all of this fashion talk...I know this isn't a fashion blog :)

Fashion Diversion - Robert Talbott Look 1

I was recently invited to style a few looks around pieces from Robert Talbott's women collection...as you've probably heard by now if you follow me on Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. It was a fun project, though admittedly a bit daunting to put outfits together outside of my closet. The hard part was editing down to a reasonable quantity of pants, shoes, bags, and jewelry to schlep to the Robert Talbott store in Highland Park Village. After going through that process, I now understand why pro stylists bring so much stuff with them to shoots! Options are comforting and there's no better place to get a look together than in your own closet, right?

Anyhow, for this first outfit I picked a majorly luxe cashmere button-up to style around. I'm a serious button-up shirt hoarder, but my stash doesn't include a cashmere beauty like this one. Besides the fact that is feels amazing, it's a really pretty shirt that can be dressed up or down and the subtle heather grey color is perfect for fall and winter. And best of all, aside from the gorgeous fabric, is the tailoring.  The cut is exquisite and creates a trim, ladylike silhouette so it's perfect for layering and tucking into skirts and pants. I would've layered more if the temps weren't in the high 80s on the day of the shoot!

Because the shirt is classic and understated, I went a bit wild with the printed pants and massive necklace. Both are from J. Crew. My glasses are Ralph Lauren and my boots are Chanel. I was photographed in the Champagne Room at 31, a super fun lounge/bar located in the heart of Highland Park Village.

Photo Credit: Haley Schultheis

This room has tons of personality so it was a great spot for photos. I adore the blue tufted velvet banquettes and the hits of orange.
Photo Credit: Joy Zhang


Photo Credit: Haley Schultheis

31 wins my vote for the best outdoor space in Dallas. Enveloped with the historic architecture that Highland Park Village is known for, 31 has a quaint European vibe to it...so it only feels natural to linger with a glass of wine there.
Photo Credit: Joy Zhang

Photo Credit: Haley Schultheis

11/28/2012

Highland Park Village Shopping at Robert Talbott

As I mentioned yesterday, I am very excited to be a holiday style blogger for Dallas' finest shopping area, Highland Park Village. Part of the fun involved styling a few looks using pieces from selected stores and I got paired up with Robert Talbott. Robert Talbott is an esteemed, upscale menswear clothier and they also produce an edited women's collection. For the looks I put together, I culled from the ladies' set, so I wanted to be sure and share some of the mens loot too, especially with the holiday shopping season upon us! So here goes...

This was one of my favorite shirt/tie combinations. The tie is special because it's part of RT's hand-sewn Seven Fold series. The ties are literally folded seven times and a limited number of each design is made. 



 Forever a lover of orange and blue...this shirt also caught my eye.

A good-lookin' checked sport coat...

I adore this pink gingham shirt and the cattle skull tie is a nice Texas touch...

A wall of ties + me wearing a heavenly, super thick cashmere sweater along with a pocket square in my severely wind-blown hair...

A glimpse of the dozens of custom shirting fabrics...

I learned that Robert Talbott shirts are finished with genuine pearl buttons, as evidenced by this punched shell...

And finally, I was pleased to learn that the Talbott family is also in the wine business! I was sent home with a bottle of Chardonnay and although I haven't uncorked it yet, I'm sure it's superb. Their Pinot Noir gets rave reviews too. And of course, wine is always a great gift!


A pic of the facade...if you're heading to Highland Park Village to shop, Robert Talbott is located right in the middle...near Bistro 31, Kiehl's, and Jimmy Choo. Happy shopping!

11/27/2012

My Recent Blogging Activities

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! I had big plans to use some of the down time to get caught up on my blogging life, and as usual, it didn't happen. I can, however, share a few recent guest posts that I've done and a partnership that I'm just getting started with. So I suppose I've been doing some blogging lately...just not on Knight Moves!

First, my bud Meg Biram asked me to contribute on her snazzily-redesigned blog MegBiram.com, and I provided an overview of the elements of a reupholstery/refinishing plan. My goal was to help anyone looking to put a professional upholstery project into the works. I tried to lay out the general map of the decisions that need to be made so you will be prepared when the upholsterer creates the order and starts asking questions. I'm planning to write a follow-up to the post that goes into more specific options for each element.

Anyhow, I gave a little peek of the new upholstered bed I had made for the guest room in our house to illustrate how a fabric with a large pattern/design repeat looks on a large piece of upholstery (plus it has contrast cording, tape, and upholstery nail details, which I also talk about in the post). The next step in this room is to get new bed linens...



Also, on Home Depot's blog, The Apron, I was asked to participate in a Christmas Style Challenge along with some other bloggers. I was given materials from HD to decorate my front door. Keep in mind that I was given them in October so I looked like a total lunatic out on my porch decorating for Christmas before Halloween! I can only imagine what my neighbors thought when they saw me out front photographing the scene. I still haven't mustered up the spirit to get everything out again!


And finally, my favorite shopping arena in Dallas, Highland Park Village, invited me to be a part of a group of style influencers and partner up with some of their stores to style a few looks. I got paired up with Robert Talbott. As the brand primarily focuses on menswear, I'd never really shopped there before, but was thrilled to find that they have amazing cashmere sweaters and perfectly tailored button-ups. Here's one of the crazy-comfy sweaters I got to wear...

I'll be posting more on Highland Park Village and Robert Talbott, so stay tuned for those goods!

11/16/2012

Photog Ambroise Tézenas

Ambroise Tézenas is the artist behind a few (if not all) of the photographs hanging on the walls in Pierre Frey's Paris apartment that I wrote about earlier in the week. From what I can tell from the images published in Nuevo Estilo, these are some of the selected pieces:

Mallet Stevens street, Paris, France - European Nightscape series

Trocadero, Paris - European Nightscape series

Sleeping Taxi Driver. Mumbai, India - Mumbai series

While trolling around trying to confirm that Ambroise Tézenas was responsible for the artwork, I found his Tumblr which is full of stunning photos. Being the Francophile that I am, I couldn't resist sharing these interior shots that he took for French magazine Numéro...

“Dans le salon de Kilian Hennessy”  for NUMERO (France) by Ambroise Tézenas

“Dans le salon d’Elie Saab”  for NUMERO (France) by Ambroise Tézenas


“Dans le salon de Schiaparelli”  for NUMERO (France) by Ambroise Tézenas

Aren't his photographs amazing? I hate to focus on his editorial work, but I'm pretty enthralled with the shots he did for Numéro. I need to snoop around and find more photos of Kilian Hennessy's abode...it looks pretty fabulous, don't you think?