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betsy mcbride pHoto by treVor pAULHUs best of tHe city A SPECIALLY CUR ATED LIST OF THE LATEST MUST-KNOWS AND MUST-HAVES IN DALLAS CULTURE, BEAUTY, STYLE, DESIGN AND FOOD. By the Editors with Steve Carter, Holly Haber, Michael Hiller and Ellise Pierce

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On Pointe At age 3, Betsy McBride eagerly joined her older sister in classes at Ballet Academy of Texas in Coppell. Now, 17 years later, she is on her toes as a principal dancer in Texas Ballet Theater. “The biggest thing I love about dancing is performing,” shares McBride, who pirouetted last month as the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. “Every day in the studio is really hard, but knowing we are working toward performing for an audience helps keep me going.” And certainly, going places—McBride is hoping to land the legendary role of Odette in TBT’s spring performances of Swan Lake with live accompaniment by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Texasballettheater.org



What a showing! Look for the work of under-the-radar Cedars artist Rusty Scruby on Jan. 18 at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont and on Feb. 8 at the Grace Museum in Abiline. (He’s even slated to enjoy a stint at the Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia.) Perhaps the fact that Scruby’s pieces frequently involve a meticulous arrangement of small photos or slices of color to create large, precise images and geometric sculptures shouldn’t surprise, as the former aerospace engineer adores the abstract languages of math and music composition. As a child, he even memorized the first 500-plus digits of pi. “As an adult,” he shares, “I’m still breaking down everything in the world around me—objects, photos—and putting them back together as if it was a puzzle, so I’m trying to rebuild the world.” rustyscruby.com

Rock Star

Since philanthropist and jeweler Michelle Midyette started sketching baubles in 2004, she’s dreamed up about 5,000 pieces for a host of labels, including Michele, Jude Frances, Elizabeth Showers and Naomi Pevsner. But the Hockaday grad and fundraising alum of both the Metropolitan Opera and the Santa Fe Opera also makes custom fine jewelry under her own name—and we’re spilling the secret. “I enjoy being able to do just about anything,” she says. “When I design for myself, I see the piece already finished in my head. The stones lend themselves to what they want to be and turn into, and I love being able to pick that out of the sky and put it down on paper.” 214.535.3950, midyettefinejewelry.com

Principal Talent

An insurgence of young new talent is jazzing things up at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with the appointments of two new principals, both young lions who bring consummate musicianship, impeccable credentials and unbridled charisma to their roles. Chicago native Demarre McGill is principal flute in the Joy and Ronald Mankoff Chair, with Michigan-born David Cooper the principal horn in the Howard E. Rachofsky Chair. Both bring plenty of bona fides to their posts. McGill’s CV includes principal flute positions in Seattle, San Diego and elsewhere, with an enviable concertizing history. Cooper, meanwhile, has been with the Fort Worth Symphony, Victoria Symphony and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and guested from London to Hong Kong. Dallassymphony.com


Kudos to Imaginuity, the elite digital branding agency that just clinched the 2013 Obelisk Award from the Business Council for the Arts for its pro bono website development for Undermain Theatre. But that’s not all—the enthusiastic backers have provided free services to other arts and kids charities, including Big Thought, the 500 Inc. and the Fine Arts Chamber Players. “We are all from the Dallas area, so we want to see Dallas grow and prosper as far as the arts go,” explains Tim Langford, executive creative director and partner. “We all think it is vital that all kids have the opportunity to be exposed to art.” imaginuity.com


1 At Talley Dunn, look for “Paintings” by Melissa Miller of Austin and “Patterned” photographs by Rima Canaan Lee. Miller’s surreal depictions portray nature amid the strictures and refuse of the postmodern world, while Lee, who lives in Forth Worth, produces a new take on Texas at its finest with color-saturated images, as well as iconic spots around the world. Talleydunn.com

2 Cris Worley is featuring “Adela Andea: Zero Degrees Celcius,” through Feb. 15. Living and working in Denton, the Romanian-born artist manipulates light sources and technology to otherworldly effect. Crisworley.com

3 In January, RE Gallery + Studio will create an immersive effect with “Nature is the Devil’s Playground” by Marfa artist Sam Schonzeit. Look for the artist’s large nature photographs printed on vinyl stretched floor to ceiling in the shotgun-house gallery in the Cedars. Regallerystudio.com

4 African conceptual artist Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya (aka Akirash) is flying to town to mount a show the third week of January at Ro 2 Gallery. Akirash’s work is diverse, including everything from layered paintings that look interwoven to sculptures of found objects. The CentralTrak alum will also be doing some performances. Ro2art.com

5 Holly Johnson is showing John Adelman’s abstract gel-pen drawings One of Two through Feb. 15, while also running Anna bogatin’s Wanderings, a series of intricate, serene meditations on beauty and harmony rendered in watercolor and ink on paper, Jan. 11-March 29. Hollyjohnsongallery.com



A natural look is the holy grail of cosmetics for many urbane women, but not easy to achieve. Leave it to Dallas photographers’ and stylists’ best-kept secret, Kim Dawson makeup artist Loren Holt, to get the look. She says it’s largely about how products are applied. “A lot of people put on full foundation and powder blush, and they’re neutral colors, but it doesn’t look natural,” explains Holt, advising against all powders unless one has oily skin. In this case the cosmetics guru sponges it on specific spots instead of brushing the whole face. Similarly, she suggests applying foundation only to the face’s T-zone, then brushing it out from there, rather than swathing the entire face. And, she notes, don’t overapply mascara; emphasize the base of the lashes. As for products, Holt likes Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer; Nars’ The Multiple blush in Portofino; Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer; Smashbox Photo Set Pressed Powder; BeautiControl Lip Apeel exfoliator; and Chantecaille mascaras. Kimdawsonagency.com

Pearly Whites

Antioxidants are good for everything—even your mouth. High-tech dental care designed to keep teeth and gums in optimal condition is a reality, thanks to the latest brainchild of SkinCeuticals co-founder Russell Moon. His company, PerioSciences, introduced formulas for sensitive teeth, dry mouth, whitening and natural care. And says Moon, “We’re topically applying antioxidants to work with those in the body to help keep the environment healthier.” $18.50 and up, periosciences.com

Nail It

They’re hot on the nail-art trend, but you won’t see palm trees or flowers on fingernails painted by Pampered Soles. Owner Thao Nguyen keeps the look sophisticated— thus she favors intricate mosaics and custom designs, from uniform lines to sharp-edged French manicures, for a truly modern topcoat. “We don’t like to rush,” Nguyen notes. She works with polishes as chemical-free as possible—and includes high-end brands like Chanel in her repertoire. Pamperedsolesdallas.com

Beauty Secret

It’s the place to snag coveted, nearimpossible- to-procure products: Dallas, we’re obsessed with NorthPark Center’s Renew Beauty Med Spa. After years of hunting down SkinCeuticals moisturizers and sunscreens at dermatologist’s offices, and ordering essential Shu Uemura skincare products online, we’ve found your go-to for these hard-to-find favorites and more—and they’re all in this one spot. 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, 214.369.1600, renewbeautymedspas.com

Heat Rises What makes the newly opened ESPA at The Joule so enticing—beyond the soothing Adam Tihany decor, a staff that literally waits on you hand and foot, and the heady aromatherapy treatments—is the unusual Euro-style heat ritual. Recommended as a complementary, self-serve option before any service, the process calls for toasting in the steam room or sauna, followed by a quick rub with ice from a fountain, then back into the steam. It’s very methodical, you see. “The hot-cold boosts circulation, and you’ll get much more benefit from your massage,” assures ESPA founder and CEO Sue Harmsworth. “We have the ice fountain because people are reluctant to jump into a cold-plunge pool.” But, by all means, dip into the body-temp hydrotherapy pool (with high-powered massaging faucets!) And submit to the multi-jet shower. By the time you’re done, you’ll float into the treatment room and onto that heated bed—the ideal winter warm-up. 1530 Main St., 214.748.1300, thejouledallas.com/espa


1 Charlie Price—This rising star (and New York Fashion Week regular) is known for his comforting guidance. Price will hold your hand through the anxious moments of an edgy, even wild, style makeover, from his initial vision to its on-target completion. Hairbycharlie.com

2 Rachel Gatenby—On a quest to find the perfect blonde, we found Gatenby, the color educator and Balayage expert at Frederic Fekkai. Her penchant for pigment is unmatched. Watch as she steers wayward hair from bleached-out Dallas yellow to icy blonde in no time. Fekkai.com

3 Richad Hayler—Find this icon and master of color at Songbird Society, his most recent venture. He’s an expert at executing extreme alterations in hue—he’s behind Sea of Shoes’ Jane Aldridge’s red locks—while maintaining the health and luster of tresses. Thesongbirdsociety.com

4 Kimmi Peacock—Thinking of chopping and rocking a hardcore, angular cut? New to Tru, Peacock’s snips will give you all that and more. (They don’t call her Tru Salon’s “hairapist” for nothing.) Trusalondallas.com

5 Chad Rookstool—Male call! Dallas’ fine gents in need of refreshed locks are quickly discovering Rookstool, whose eponymous salon is still new to the game. Chadrookstoolsalon.com



When Abby Williamson waltzed into Wallflower Management talent agency, jaws dropped. The 12-year-old bore an uncanny resemblance to Kate Moss, a comparison Williamson is happy to embrace. “It’s pretty cool because Kate is a great model,” says the now 14-year-old. Like Moss, Williamson has an extraordinary on-camera presence that is rare among upstarts. “She’s a really quirky girl,” says her agent Tammy Theis. “She says the funniest, goofiest things, and then you see this sophisticate staring you down.” From where does this “it” factor come? “I really don’t know,” says the Southlake eighthgrader. “When I get in front of a camera it feels kind of natural.” And a natural fit— she’s also signed with powerhouse IMG in New York. Wallflowermanagement.com

Gem Scene

Kelly Mitchell’s just-opened jewelry boutique in Highland Park may seem like the new kid on the block, but she’s been flying under the radar of the precious gems business for 27 years. The shop centralizes her private enterprise in pedigreed jewels, like a 15-carat natural emerald and diamond baguette ring, or a necklace of 30 matched untreated Burmese rubies. She has also infused lower-priced pick-me-up items made by longtime pals in the jewelry business in Italy, Germany and beyond. “It’s a very high-end store, but a broad spectrum of clients could find a gift or something very special,” she promises. “We don’t cut anybody out.” (But do look for prime cuts.) 4256 Oak Lawn Ave., 214.736.5155, kellymitchelljewelry.com

In Her Shoes

More than 500 pairs of footwear were submitted for the shoe challenge on season 12 of Project Runway last year. Two of the 11 selected were designed by Southern Methodist University grad Emily Mack, with one inspiring the winning dress. The broadcast of Mack’s “Elizabeth” studded black bootie brought a bevy of new clients to her twoyear- old enterprise based in New York—momentum sure to continue with the arrival of new spring fashions for her eponymous label. If the shoe fits... emymack.com

One For the Books

Beloved local retailer Brian Bolke has wowed yet again, this time with his new smart-and-chic Highland Park Village bookstore, Chapter Two. Known for retail cult faves like Forty Five Ten, Five and Ten, and Number One, Bolke’s latest culture-rich outpost is littered with exceptional, upscale titles from publishing giants with established art-book cred such as Assouline, Rizzoli and Taschen, along with hard-to-find magazines and international versions. In addition to a stock that spans genres from interior design and architecture to fashion and gourmet cooking, Chapter Two has an address next door to Bolke’s organic cafe and concept store, Number One. So, it’s easier than ever to cozy up with a cafe treat and a truly novel tome. 2 Highland Park Village, 214. 520.0101, numberonehp.com


1 Brittany Rickets—Despite being fairly new on the scene, Rickets has already spiraled to the top of our list of women to watch with her bohemian vintage finds, art-deco jewelry and gypset style. Plus, there’s her enviable proficiency in sky-high heels to consider. Thepearloyster.com

2 Amber Venz—This virtual darling’s Web venture, rewardStyle, is well-documented (in our very pages). But now we tout the style of this fiery-haired entrepreneur. After all, it was Venz’s ever-popular blog, documenting her innovative outfits featuring Margiela, Givenchy and Celine must-haves with Zara separates, that first sparked the endeavor— and still ignites conversation. Venzedits.com

3 Jane Aldridge—Aldridge is easily one of the first faces to make a splash on the fashion scene with her enviable collection of vintage designer goodies—Thierry Mugler, Emanuel Ungaro, Geoffrey Beene—and, of course, that out-of-thisworld shoe collection. It’s no wonder everyone’s now itching to work with the blogging beauty. Seaofshoes.com

4 Diamond Mahone—Set against Dallas’ suited-up landscape, this TenOverSix shop girl, and vintage-meets-mod mixmaster, is always edgy eye candy. Her seamless pairings of bright Saint Laurent prints with easy sportswear equal one-of-a-kind cool, and Dallas is noticing. Diamondjanae.com

5 Sally Ann and Molly Bernadette—The preppy sisters behind a sweet-as-can-be blog featuring their fun design finds—J.Crew favorites, Tracy Reese dresses and adorable flats—are giving Dallas’ signature ladylike style a trendy twist. Apieceoftoastblog.com


Brawn and Lawn

Landscaper Jason Pautz loves contemporary design. But minimalist scenery? Not so much. We were excited to discover Pautz, who moonlights as a model, and masterfully blends native and adapted plants with wood and stone accents. “I like mixed modern and lush plantings with maybe five or six species,” says the Grapevine native. “The colors and textures you get from plantings softens the hard, contemporary lines of a house.” Pautz works primarily on private homes, but also greened The Rustic and Cedars Social. Jpautzlandscapes.com

New Chapter

Plunge into the visionary, spectacular world of Maya Romanoff by snagging a copy of Multifarious: Maya Romanoff’s Grand Canvas ($75) by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams. Hot off CityFiles Press this March, the book is a richly illustrated story of one of the world’s most talented designers. A 1960s fashion designer credited with popularizing tie-dye, Romanoff found his calling in 1969 when he began creating colorful, richly textured wallcoverings. Multifarious chronicles Romanoff’s artistic, often maverick, use of items such a glass beads, mother of pearl, sparkle dust, and wood as surface materials. You’ll likely soon spot it on any design-savvy friend’s coffee table: Be the first to get a copy. Mayaromanoff.com


If you don’t own one of these, you’ve no doubt though marveled at their chic industrial design. Telephone pole insulator covers—those glass doodads with curves and ridges that come in mostly clear and blues—are no longer just flea-market treasures, but also the inspiration for Waterworks’ new lighting collection, Watt, which comes in fetching ice-blue, clear and amber glass. Th e retro look perfectly illuminates kitchens and bathrooms, from contemporary to shabby chic. Waterworks, 1525 Hi Line Drive, Dallas, 214.749.0465, waterworks.com

Great White

Some whites are too bright, while others are too blue or yellow. The white conundrum is now solved with Farrow & Ball’s Wevet No. 273. Named after the old Dorset term for a spider’s web, and just as soft, F&b’s best-ever option boasts gray undertones neither too warm nor cool, making it the perfect white. And, because F&b paints have 30 percent more pigment than others, the depth of color is more intense. Find it at new boutique Artifkt. Artifkt, 2026 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, 214. 218.8834, artifkt.com

Take a Seat, Sir

Comfort and chic combine with midcentury design in Sir, an, iconic reimagined armchair from the ’50s. Designed by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, the curvy wingback is made from single units which are assembled separately to ensure longlasting form. (A more diminutive Lady chair has the same futuristic allure.) Available in both leather and fabric with legs in black, aluminum or gold, each makes a bold statement yet emits a stay-awhile vibe. Smink, 1019 Dragon St., Dallas, 214. 350.0542, sminkinc.com


1 The vibrant colors of India’s markets inspire Robert Allen’s new residential fabrics collection, called Ankasa: Legacy, the company’s second collaboration with Sachin and Babi Ahuluwalia, at the Robert Allen/Beacon Hill showroom. Beaconhilldesign.com

2 Side tables are recast as stars, not mere afterthoughts, at McLaughlin Collection. With just-launched Artisans Studio, a series of Lucite tables crafted by local artists, the acrylic design company has a clear winner. Mclaughlincollection.com

3 Trend-proof J. Robert Scott furniture is now available through Allan Knight & Associates, which devoted an entire space to designer Sally Sirkin Lewis’ handmade creations, known for a distinctive ombré wood finish. Allan-knight.com

4 Marcel Wanders, who designed the iconic Knotted chair, has released a line of playful, cartoony stools in jelly bean colors—with both tall and short options. Called New Antiques Container Stools, look for them to attain classic status. Find them at Scott + Cooner. Scottcooner.com

5 Bright colors—of the children’s toys variety— in chairs with both a vintage aesthetic and modern sensibility, are nothing if not pure joy. Enter the Kelly project, a collaboration between Swedish designers Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune, and Italian company Tacchini. Find them at Smink. Sminkinc.com


Muffin Magic

Two things you need to know about The Joule’s new pastry chef, Ruben Torano: breakfast muffins and chocolate pudding. At CBD Provisions, the hotel’s all-day restaurant, the talented toque laces his chocolate pudding with whiskey, and mixes bacon or chorizo into his muffin batter, then bakes it around an oozy, softly poached egg. Torano’s father and grandfather were pastry chefs, so it comes as little surprise that he relies on fresh, local, in-season ingredients for his ever-changing menu of cobblers, puddings and trifles. (Thankfully, his banana and marshmallow fluff trifle never goes out of season.) The last, but in no way least, thing you should know about Torano is that the freshly baked fruit-filled “pop tarts” he serves at the hotel’s java-infused lobby bar, Weekend Coffee, may be even better than those muffins. Tall order, but true. Thejouledallas.com

The “It” Superfood

Every year, some new superfood pops up on the radar. Acai, flax, even kale—each had their moment. This year, it’s all about hemp, now heralded as one of nature’s most perfect foods. High in protein and low in carbs, hemp is also paleo- friendly and packs a wallop of heart-healthy omega-3 and fatty acids. Right now, Austin-based Happy Hemp is the hot brand. Its Texas-grown seeds can be found in a number of Dallas drinks—Gem juice bar, Green Grocer and Bolsa Mercado all make Happy Hemp smoothies, popular among the Pilates and ballet barre set. You can snag bags, which start at $6 for the grab-and-go 2-ounce size, on shelves at those locations too. Happy-hemp.com

Double Date

The new best date spot just so happens to be the best old date spot: the Village Theatre in Highland Park Village. The upper level of the former Marquee restaurant has been split in two. On the right: Toko V, chef Andre Natera’s new Asian-American sushi and noodle resto. On the left: the Marquee bar, where the after-dinner crowd gathers on Saturday nights to groove to DJ Steffi Burns’ tunes in what has become the coolest lounge and dance venue in Dallas. Toko-v.com; hpvillagekitchen.com

Inside Out

New resto Savor Gastropub has one of the best views of any restaurant in Dallas. Architect Tom Phifer’s sparkling glass and steel design sits on a prime piece of Klyde Warren Park overlooking the green space and performance stage. It’s an Instagram-ready, glass-walled jewel box where every buttery leather seat is a catbird counterpart. When the weather allows, skip to Savor’s patio to sip a craft beer, a crisp cider or a glass of wine and take in the show. Or, if it’s chilly, pick any inside seat—all are winners. Turns out, even in winter, the hottest spot to hang out is in a park built over a busy downtown expressway—who would have guessed? Savor-relish.com

Love Field, With Love

Refurbished from top to bottom, Love Field is now flying high as home to several upscale restaurants like Stephan Pyles’ Sky Canyon, a miniature version of Pyles’ much-loved Star Canyon, and Robert Columbo’s Cru Wine Bar, which have enticed us to arrive at the airport much earlier. We love the chili at Sky Canyon, especially after a glass (or two) of cabernet at Cru. We’ll skip Wataburger, but we can’t pass on Campisi’s thin-crust pizzas. Dallas-lovefield.com


1 Village Baking Company’s artisan breads and fresh pastries are so moist and delicious, they’ll instantly transport you to a little French cafe. Baguettes, puffed pastries, pies, croissants and jams keep Dallasites calling. Villagebakingco.com

2 Global Peace Factory, owned by interior design guru Michelle Nussbaumer’s husband Bernard, serves up prime Italian java. Extra cool: a portion of each cup’s profits benefit charitable causes. Globalpeacefactory.com

3 Wackym’s Kitchen bakes its delectable cookie treats from scratch with fresh ingredients like real butter, pure cane sugar and unbleached flour, but without artificial flavorings or preservatives. We can’t get enough of the flavors of the season, hot apple pie, and chocolate snickerdoodle. Wackymskitchen.com

4 Scardello Artisan Cheese offers more than 150 varieties of handcrafted cheese from America and Europe, along with state-sourced options. Sample and taste the assortment—think gooey Mont d’Or—and let them cut your choice fresh (and straight!) From the wheel. Scardellocheese.com

5 Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar is now selling owner Lisa Garza-Selcer’s housemade canned jellies. Snag jalapeno or strawberry jellies (flavors depend on the season) after enjoying that locally famous fried chicken. Jars come in two sizes. Sissyssouthernkitchen.com

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