The best shade of the season
After one too many seasons, pink has lost its preciousness. There’s a new hue, however, that played favorites on spring 2006 runways. Between blacks and creams came a pop of coral. The bright shade showed up in evening dresses: a lacy Lacroix, a strapless layered Armani column, and a voluminous Gaultier gown. Pair the color with lily green or tobacco brown for a daytime look, then brush on a little coral blush for San Tropez style.
The best way to satisfy a sweet tooth
Noshy? Treat yourself to a fabulous Italian gelato. Made with only 8% milk fat, flavors are more intense than in everyday ice cream. Picky? Check out Ecreamery.com, an online source for custom flavor-blending. Choose your own base, mix-ins and toppings, give it a catchy name, and have the concoction Fed-Exed right to your door. Flavors include avocado, jackfruit, green tea, honeydew, and an especially refreshing cucumber-dill.
The best foot forward
It’s time to kick off the Uggs and bare your soles. For superfine feet, book a pampering pedicure before sandal shopping. Don’t settle for ordinary the ordinary file-and-shellac. The On the Rocks service at ZaSpa features a fully-reclining zero gravity pedicure chair. Their Red Shoes service includes lemongrass exfoliating scrub, as well as before and after foot massages.
The best way to volumize hair
Put the top down! Let the wind whip through your tresses in a new Cadillac XLR. The convertible strikes just the right balance of sophisticated, sleek, and sporty design, while offering a few stellar features. Adaptive cruise control, discrete heads-up display on the windshield, keyless ignition, and voice recognition let this sweet ride help you find that new restaurant.
The best hide-and-seek
Tim Blanks called it “a Taos-Texas vibe.” The spring men’s collection from Michael Kors combines earth-toned linen, chamois, and cashmere with olive camouflage fatigues. The look is decidedly masculine, rich yet unfussy. There’s no blending in with the crowd when wearing this urban desert wear.
The best wardrobe staple
The standard jean jacket from you-know-where is no match for the extraordinary couture creations that grace the DIFFA stage. Designers transform the basic denim into works of art, put on a theatrical fashion show, and release the jackets to the highest bidder. The best part about these one-of-a-kind fashions? The Dallas Chapter of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS uses the proceeds to fund local education, housing, and care. Visit www.diffadallas.org for more information.
The best spring fever escape
If you’re climbing up the cubicle walls, let the calls go to voicemail. Play hooky from the office with a field trip to Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. The Spring Thoroughbred Season starts this month. There’s nothing finer than watching the horses run on a lovely afternoon. Well, except for having those trifectas come in. So, put on a big hat and do a little wagering.
The best accessory
No outfit is complete without fragrance. If you haven’t settled on a signature scent, V Absolu is a limited-edition take on Valentino’s V. Vanilla bourbon mingles with fig, fruits, rose, and sandalwood for an sexy floral-Oriental eau de parfum. For men, Sean Jean’s Unforgivable brings together rum, amber, cashmere accord, and Sicilian lemon for an intoxicatingly masculine eau de cologne.
The best place to flirt
Sure, you could patronize any cocktail hotspot. The best window to a date’s potential, however, may be at the vintage shop. Unlike poring over a rack of khakis, a gal (or guy) shows their personality when picking up a flapper frock or Tyler Durden leather coat. It’s easier to spark a conversation at Artfunkel’s and Zola’s Everyday Vintage – there are just a lot of retro cool offerings to chat about.
The season’s best trend
Call it the new nautical. After the garble of bohemian layers last year, the clean lines of maritime wear look fresh. Sailor chic ruled the Ralph Lauren Collection runway. Crisp cream and indigo stripes married swingy skirts. Boat neck dresses with a touch of red and white ruffled blouses keep the look feminine. Add a few gold buttons or a strappy gold stack-heel pump, and you’re ready to cruise.