Fashion Mood Board: Kaleidoscope


Resort 2014, Color Palette: Fuchsia, Electric Teal, Gold, Deep Navy

A euphoric dream world where colors are eccentric, inspiration is rich, emotions are wild and imagination becomes a reality. Without darkness, there would be no stars swimming in ecstasy.

Goop Dallas

Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog, Goop, has opened a pop-up boutique in Dallas’ luxurious Highland Park Village now until December 14th. Follow the blog at

The boutique is in collaboration with Monique Lhuillier and Band of Outsiders and Papercity contributing editor, Lauren Claridge (Claridge + King ‘Poplin Boyfriend Shirts’). Goop pop-up also features exclusive items from Stella McCartney, Bamford Watch Department, Jennifer FisherJennifer Meyer, Claire Vivier, RMS Beauty, Calvin Klein Home, and Staub kitchenware.

“It has been a fabulous journey designing this space for Goop’s first pop-up in Texas,” interior designer of the space, Michelle Nussbaumer, says, “Ceylon et Cie x Goop custom pieces were used throughout to create the Goop vibe while also speaking to Dallas on an intimate level. I envision people lounging around the shoppable pied-a-terre with a cocktail in hand this season.”



This weekend Gwyneth Paltrow attended the goop pop Dallas signing and Launch Party in Highland Park Village.

Nest Fragrances

One of the best things about the winter season are holiday exclusive candles. Light one up and the room will smell of a sparkling holiday season blend of pomegranate, mandarin orange, pine, cloves, cinnamon and a touch of vanilla and amber! Nest Frangrences are found online at Neiman Marcus

$ 34.00


Morning Must-Haves

Going home for the holidays? These three accessories are a must-and make great gifts too!

Winter mornings in Dallas make Mondays even tougher to tackle, but this cozy robe is something to look forward to wearing as you grab your coffee and start your day. After an energizing foam face wash, use this brightening eye cream and face the elements looking and feeling fabulous.



  The holidays have us feeling extra JOLLY…so we’re giving away this JOLIE top! 1. Follow @shop_koch on Instagram 2. #regram this photo, tag @shop_koch using “tag people”, and use the hashtag #JollyJolie 3. We’ll announce a winner Monday November … Continue reading

Dessert Drinks at HPV

Try this after-dinner drink this weekend at Mi Cocina in Highland Park Village: the Crema de Canela and get into the holiday spirit. This beverage includes: Chila Orchata Cinnamon Cream Rum, Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire, Fresh Mint and a Cinnamon Stick.



Courtesy of Highland Park Village via Facebook

David Nail

David Nail

Loved the David Nail concert last weekend at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth, Texas. Check him out on iTunes! Top tracks include…Whatever She’s Got and Kiss You Tonight

The Pie That’s Worth It

The Kitchy Kitchen shares her recipe for salted bourbon caramel pumpkin melt away pie…You’ll want to cheat your diet for this dessert!


For one 9 inch pie
8 cups Pumpkin Ice Cream, softened (recipe below, or just stir together vanilla ice cream with a tablespoon of bourbon, and let it firm up in the freezer)
1 cup salted caramel sauce
2 cups cocoa whipped cream
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 recipe pretzel graham crust (recipe below)

To make the pie, pour about 3/4 cup of caramel sauce in the bottom of the crust, and top with bourbon ice cream. Smooth the ice cream over the pie and pop in the freezer to set, about 30 minutes but you can leave it there longer if you want. You can do two things regarding serving: serve it with fresh whipped cream or with frozen whipped cream. Either way, top the set pie with cocoa whipped cream. If serving immediately, add chopped pecans and the remaining 1/4 cup of caramel sauce. If freezing again, reserve the toppings until just before you serve.


The Black Tie of 2014: Formal Wear Etiquette


I. WHITE TIE: “I’m so fancy.”

Ladies: Bring out your best full length ball gown. This is as formal as you’re going to get with dress code. Long white gloves are optional. Make sure to get ready to this song.

Gentlemen: Black dress coat (tail coat) and matching trousers, shirt studs and cufflinks, white vest, white bow tie, black shoes and socks.

II. BLACK TIE: “Bond, James Bond.”

If an invitation states black tie, abide by the rules below:

Ladies: A night for you to look your most gorgeous! Embrace it and have fun. Wear a long formal gown (if you have the opportunity to wear one, my attitude is WHY NOT?) or a shorter fancy cocktail dress that is black tie appropriate. Colors to keep in mind for winter: jewel tones, emerald, ruby, amethyst and, of course, black. Bring out your best jewels and high heels and jazz it up!

Gentlemen: There’s really nothing as sophisticated as a man in black tie. He should wear a dinner jacket (also known as a tuxedo jacket) and matching trousers, bow tie, and cummerbund.

III. BLACK TIE for OPTIONAL: “Play it safe.”

As Oscar Wilde said “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” We tend to just play it safe and wear proper black tie:

Ladies: Same guidelines as black tie. Black tie optional is really geared more towards the gents.
Gentlemen: Dark suit (with a conservative tie and dark shoes) or a tuxedo if you’re feeling particularly Bond-esque.

IV. CREATIVE BLACK TIE: “Let’s get crafty!”

Eek! The dreaded confusing guideline of creative black tie, AKA black tie with a little whimsy. You can always err on the side of safety and dress in classic black tie, and if there’s a theme, add an element like a conversational hat or accessory.

V. DURING THE COLDER MONTHS: “Put down that Barbour jacket, and no one will get hurt.”

It’s time to invest in a proper formal overcoat.

Ladies: a fur or faux-fur shrug. A gorgeous velvet coat.

Gentlemen: classic overcoat and dapper scarf will do. Sadly, your down jacket, regardless of how cold is it outside, just does not fit the occasion.

Saluda RIver Club

So proud of my Daddy for his award of “The State’s Best New Home Community 2014″ on the Saluda River Club!!

Located in Lexington, SC, the community offers a diverse array of home styles. Created by Lifestone Communities, Saluda River Club is made up of three distinct districts that propose a new way of life. The Village District offers urban, “town center” living in townhomes and single-family homes. The River District is a serene, picturesque setting featuring executive estates along the banks of the Saluda River.




Salsa Verde


5 medium tomatillos
1 medium serrano chili
3 cloves unpeeled garlic
juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 medium onion minced
10 sprigs of cilantro minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Peel the tomatoes and set them on a sheet of tin foil on the oven rack. Turn on the broiler and turn up the edges to prevent juices from running off. Place the tomatillos, chili and garlic on the foil and broil until the skins charred. Flip everything over and char the other side.
Remove everything from the oven with the foil, being careful not to spill any of the liquid. Remove the core excess char from the tomatillos and mince with a sharp knife. Mince the chili and garlic and add to a bowl with the tomatillos. Add the lime juice, onions and cilantro then salt to taste.

The Best Halloween Costumes

Halloween is creeping up, and now is the time to scramble for costumes. Here are a few of my favorite outfits from Vogue’s exclusive fashion portfolios over the years to help you find some inspiration.


Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette in a pink dress and diamond earrings

CFDA Fashion Awards - Street Style

Rihanna at the CFDA Fashion Awards


Clueless: I’m always keen on a good plaid skirt, white tights and a red scrunchie


Claire Danes as Juliet


Mary Kate Olsen and friend as the moon and sun



So excited to launch #KOCHonCampus at SMU! We’ll have sorority exclusives, special events and surprise sales for SMU Koch Girls! #shopkoch #smugirls #sexytomboy