With many of us living for our weekend getaways and winter sales flooding our inboxes, I begged some insights from the fiery-haired street style star on her favorite places to visit in Dallas and NYC and her winter travel essentials in beauty and fashion. Read on to find out which chic purse she uses as a diaper bag and her genius one-step skincare hack!
What did you miss most about Dallas?
I left Dallas when I was 18-years-old and spent the following 18 years of my life in New York. I can’t tell you specifically what I missed most, but there is something therapeutic about getting in a car in the morning, putting the phone down and just thinking while I drive to work.
Where would you tell someone visiting Dallas for 24 hours to go?
If you’re in the need for cool vintage home furnishings for every era I would visit Industrial Street in the Design District. I’m always spending time in the area on the weekends looking for something inspiring. TJ’s Seafood Market on Oak Lawn for lettuce-wrapped, grilled fish tacos; The Nasher Sculpture Center for an intimate cultural experience; Sprezza for dinner and great tunes. It’s the perfect amount of casual and cozy to catch up with good friends. The Mansion patio bar is great for a nightcap.
What do you miss most about NYC?
My dearest friends that I grew up with in the industry as well as the food. Dallas has amazing restaurants, but there is nothing like the diversity of New York cuisine.
Where would you tell someone visiting NYC for 24 hours to go?
Gramercy Tavern for lunch, they don’t take reservations for the casual Tavern, so you need to get there before they open at noon to wait in line. Or just be prepared to wait a bit at the bar to be seated. ABC Kitchen for fried chicken, it’s the best in town! Galleries in Chelsea – this was our old stomping ground, so we frequented them on the weekends when we couldn’t get uptown to the MOMA or Guggenheim. Must sees include the Pace Gallery, Gagosian, and Mary Boone Gallery.
You’re famous for your hair. Where in Dallas do you get your hair done?
I’ve been going to Michael Flores ever since he did my hair for my wedding. I’m very loyal so once I returned to Dallas I didn’t think twice. To complete my look I see Jeremy Borrego for a quick style also at the Michael Flores Salon.
What are your winter skincare picks from Forty Five Ten?
Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil– This is my all-time favorite beauty product at FFT as I have very dry skin and it is hard to find a daily cleanser that removes residue without making me feel depleted of moisture.
Bellatorra Cellular Renewal Mask– I have thin skin and this is the best mask I have found to date. It gently takes away a layer of dead skin without have to roughly exfoliate my skin.
Verso Super Facial Serum With Retinol 8– The special formulation of their retinol blend is gentle enough for my somewhat sensitive skin but still works.
May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon– This product is so gentle I can even use it on my son. It’s my go-to product in my bag on the plane. I apply it to my face, neck and cuticles to stay moisturized through the flight.
Derm Institute Youth Alchemy Eye Cream– The jury is out on this one, but I have started noticing small crows feet around my eyes and have been promised this product will help “delay decay”.
What are your winter travel essentials this season?
Stella McCartney crop flare jeans- She makes the most prefect flare that is not too extreme
The Row Sideby Crossbody in nylon – It’s a lightweight bag which serves as my diaper bag on the plane and allows me to remain hands-free which is key with kids
The Row Camil block heels- The brand recently introduced heels and are starting to master their craft in the category
Miu Miu ballet slippers- These are easy to slide on and off through security
Acne– They make this amazing thick cotton pant and v-neck sweater, similar to a much more refined sweat suit, which I am thinking will be a hit with all of our women who are constantly on a plane
Thom Browne cotton crepe pleated cardigan- In navy and gray (yes, I love it so much I need both colors)
Eres swim suit- I am beyond thrilled to offer the most luxurious line of swimwear at FFT. I don’t go anywhere without packing one of these
Monse tailored jackets- They will be the new addition to my uniform
Beaufille long neoprene belted top- I’d wear this top over jeans
Harvey Faircloth military jacket- The faux fur trim is just enough to give me a sense of style, but can also handle any kind of spill
Khaite– Love her high-waisted denim and cozy stripe knits
Alix cotton bodysuits- These are easy to throw on under everything
Editor Note: All items (or similar options) are available at Forty Five Ten
You’ve been on the fashion editorial side, helped launch an online presale retail site, ran your own flower business and now are on the fashion buying side. What lessons have you learned from each career track?
As an editor, I developed my eye, found a distinct point of view, and never wavered from it. I thrive on trying new things, but all within a specific point of view, which is usually determined by how it is styled. I learned the business behind those beautiful glossy pages and what it takes to get a monthly publication to print. It’s extremely fast paced, competitive, and addictive in terms of the energy. The most important thing I learned however is that “no” is never the answer. It’s about figuring out a solution and making it happen.
Toward the end of my publishing career I felt the need to broaden my understanding of the industry. After we placed those beautiful images on the pages, what happened next? I was determined to get to know the retail and e-commerce side which lead me to Moda Operandi. After coming off of four years at Teen Vogue and then learning the more commercial market at Marie Claire, I found my passion to be geared more towards young emerging talent. I took that desire to Moda Operandi and helped bring over 200 luxury and emerging brands to the site. We became a destination to pre-order luxury fashion straight from the runway and a marketing platform for many smaller emerging talents, like Rosie Assoulin, Ellery, Brock, Tome. All of which are some of our top performers at Forty Five Ten. While signing brands at Moda Operandi, I also oversaw the buy for the in-season boutique. I worked closely with the buying director and quickly realized the magic that occurs when the merchandising team and creative team are led by one vision, one point of view. Being that I have now covered the luxury, emerging, and commercial markets I believe I understand all types of women and I think my true talent is having an innate sense of what they are want.