Dallas Based Global Views debuted their new showroom and collections at the Dallas World Market Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

The dogs need to be walked. The pool needs painted. Brunch at Parigi sounds sooo good. It’s easy to find excuses to not leave your routine, but this Lifestylist decided it was time to step out and revisit the Dallas Market Center during the recent Total Home and Gift Market. I am so glad that I did!

I discovered that there’s a reason my east and west coast designer friends have started traveling to Dallas twice a year for these markets and realized we have some fantastic resources and companies that are proud to call Dallas home. (more…)

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Outlets get a mostly deserved bad rap from the discerning shopper. Originally intended to sell end-of-season and overstock merchandise at reasonable price, today’s outlet malls are stuffed with big names and slim bargains from cheaply-made collections sewn in Romania instead of Italy. These are lines never seen in the brand’s high-street boutiques. As oversaturated as Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren are in these malls, it’s a wonder any label queen would touch their “real” stores with a 10-foot AMEX Platinum card.

But sometimes … sometimes an outlet is REALLY an outlet for some pretty incredible things.

I’m betting y’all didn’t know that in all the world there is ONE Baccarat and Lalique outlet store … in Orlando of all places. It’s located at the Orlando Premium Outlets between a Neiman’s Last Call and a St. John outlet.

It’s true!


I drove through Highland Park tonight and was amazed at how many homes have lights up and are sparkly gorgeous ALREADY! In Dallas we don’t mess around: four weeks MAX to touch up roots, and holiday decorations go up the day after Thanksgiving.

And anyone who recalls the holiday lighting perils of Clark Griswald knows too well: some things are best left to the professionals. One year my son-in-law and I tried lighting our giant Live Oak with ladder and staples — nearly killed ourselves. We pay people to do most things around the house – yard work, pool cleaning, installing ceiling fans and carpet cleaning – why in the world attempt to install intricate lighting displays on each and every branch of our oak trees? In fact, tonight I saw one tree with the dreaded “band of darkness” in between the brights and I knew, that’s a dead strand of lights. One strand equals only about 6 inches on a big, thick tree trunk. Leave it to the pros!

And as you know, I don’t do roofs.

Like a Knight in Shining Armour, and just in time for the holidays, ClubLocal is here when we need it the most. ClubLocal is an online home repair everything service that lets you book home services efficiently online and through its iPhone app. I told you about this genius new company a few weeks ago, and now I have great news. Just in time for the holidays, ClubLocal has expanded its home service offerings to include holiday lighting installation and decoration. For once in our life time, getting the lights done is as easy as buying a gift online, no kidding! You can book a ClubLocal Service Pro to come to your home within a two hour window and install the grandest lighting display, or just hang up the lights you have for a simple, yet elegant home transformation.

And this is better than eggnog: customers who register by December 15 will receive an email offer for an additional $25 credit toward a carpet cleaning, holiday lights or house cleaning service to be booked by the end of the year!

In addition to easy online booking, ClubLocal delivers only the best service providers in Dallas-Fort Worth. That’s why we like them so much: everyone is vetted. ClubLocal conducts background checks on all of its service providers and ensures each is licensed and insured. You are notified when your Service Pro is on the way, and can track their location in real time via the ClubLocal iPhone app. No more “my truck broke down” excuses! The process is simple and convenient and takes care of at least one more thing on your holiday checklist!

Here’s the full list of holiday lighting services offered by ClubLocal includes:

  • Custom Holiday Lighting Installation
  • Custom Holiday Lighting Design
  • Christmas Lighting Installation
  • Holiday Tree Decoration & Wrapping
  • End Of Season Lighting Removal
  • Basic Holiday Light Setup
  • Christmas Decoration Setup
  • Wreath & Garland Decorating
  • Lighting Installation On Roofline, Gutters, & Windows

Book your appointment online, or call 1-800-699-3171.