Photo Credit Glamour.com via Siren PR

3 Easy DIY Braid Trends

With the temperatures still  heating up, why not try a few new hairstyles that will keep you feeling and looking cool all season long!  Braids have become all the rage, but steer clear of being too traditional or going the pigtail route, a la Pippy Longstocking. I love braids and sported  carefree waves & trendy braids most the summer. Braids are not just for summer  anymore, and here are a few styles I plan to take into fall.

Kelsy Osterman, a stylist  from Cutler Salon gave me some great examples on how to recreate these trendy, easy to whip up styles.

Half crown: This style is super simple to do and very versatile. You can dress it down for a day time event such as a BBQ, or for a hot date at night. Create one classic three strand braid on both sides of your head starting on the sides of the nape of your neck. Tie with an elastic that is close in shade to your hair color. Bring both braids up over your ears and around the front of your head. Attach and secure with bobby pins tucking the ends of the braids (the non-braided part) under to conceal it.

Photo Credit Glamour.com via Siren PR

Braided bun: This is a great way to create a beautiful and simple updo that is different from the traditional bun. Simply put your hair in a ponytail where you would like the shape to be. Make sure to use hair spray to slick down any fly-aways. Create 2 or 3 classic or fishtail braids and secure them with an elastic. Pull them apart to create more width and texture, and for more of a messy feel. The final step is to create your shape out the braids and pin. You can get really creative with this! If you have fine hair, purchase extensions that match your hair and simply braid and pin to your ponytail base and wrap around like you would with your real hair.

My favorite is Nicole’s below. I have tried something similar to this with my short hair, but can’t find any photos(sad face).   Tell me which braid style you like the best?

Nicole Scherzinger-Photo Credit Glamour.com

This Weekend Food Bites for the DFW

If you’re looking for a culinary adventure this weekend, than look no further than my carefully crafted kaleidoscope of food options below.

Best Bet: KRLD Restaurant Week Preview Weekend-This weekend 59 of your favorites restaurants  are joining in on the fun with a preview of next weeks Restaurant Week menus.

KRLD Restaurant Week Preview Weekend

Recommendations

Runner Up:  Central 214 Brunch: This delicious  brunch menu will impress any in or out-of-town guests.  Their’s a  ” Make Your Own Bloody Mary” for $3.  You can also enjoy a nice variety of dishes from the breakfast and lunch menus, plus special brunch selections like the Pork Jowl and Farm Egg with Homestead Grit Cake

Central 214 Delicious Drinks

Central 214, adjacent to Hotel Palomar Dallas

5680 North Central Expwy. at Mockingbird Ln

Ph: 214-443-9339

Weekend Brunch

Sat. & Sun. 7:30am – 2:30pm

2nd Runner Up: Hatch Chile Fest at Central Market

We visited the Central Market in Dallas and the variety of hatch chile products was astonishing. This weekend the store is offering a variety of demos and live cooking events throughout the store.  We spotted: Hatch Chile chips, salsa, burgers, cheese and the list goes on.

We also found the most delicious Olympic cookies at the bakery counter along with gorgeous painted flower cookies. These are perfect to keep the little ones in your life busy or for watching the closing ceremonies this weekend.

London Olympic Cookies 2012 Central Market Dallas Photo Credit DFW Bites of Style

Central Market Hatch Chile Festival

10720 Preston Road, Dallas, TX

Now until August 21st

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Great Sale Ends Today

Hello guys, Ann Taylor is having a great sale. According to the staff they haven’t done an additional percentage off since May. I spotted belts for $14.99, capri’s in yellow, lime, and pink for ONLY $19.99 and shoes as low as $29.99. Everything in the store is an additional 30 % off until Sunday.. So I would hurry if I were you.

Ann Taylor Photo Credit

KatyDidCollection Made In America Maxi Dress Winner

Hello ladies and gents. What a fashionable weeks it’s been already.. Look at this cool photo  below from a FNO press conference in Vancouver. I love that I have fans all over the world… It’s so inspiring.. Wish we could have been there, but maybe next year.

FNO Vancouver Press Conference Photo Credit Peter Jensen

The winner of our contest is Tarryn  please email us for instructions at  contact@dfwbitesofstyle.com

We would like to  encourage everyone to purchase a fabulous dress from Katydidcollection.  We received the dress for a review, but bought more in many colors.   We are also very honest and would totally tell you if we hated a product. These views are the opinions o DFW Bites of Style Founder Brandy Voirin and Staff Only.  And if anyone is in the DFW area, don’t forget to come to FNO in Southlake Texas- this is where we will be and Brandy will be co hosting some of the festivities along with blogging of the event. More FNO inspirations and party ideas coming soon…Prize must be claimed with in 2 weeks

Question: Are you excited about  FNO in your city?

Designer Swag Facebook Contest

Hopefully you are all following  DFW Bites of Style on Facebook. Today we offered a swag giveaway to our Facebook Followers. It is already over. I kept wondering why we didn’t have 100 likes, so I figured a little swag might entice you guys.

 

Founder DFW Bites of Style holding Carmen Marc Valvo Spring/Summer Resort Collection Photo Credit Thomas Garza

A few weeks ago I spoke about my NYC delivery and here’s one of the prizes… First I Love this designer so much. My heart melts when I think of him. He makes the most amazing dresses, swimwear, and eyewear in the world.. The package he sent came at the perfect time.. I was having a really rough day like we all have sometimes..  Although some of you ” liked” our page just for the swag I would hope you will continue to follow this page.. Along with great giveaways it is my hope to bring you great  fashion , food, and beauty tips along with behind-the-scenes knowledge from my life in fashion…  I love discovering fashion and food in the DFW and beyond. I hope you will continue to  enjoying this journey through my eyes. 

Carmen Marc Valvo Signature Collection Dress Photo Credit Thomas Garza

 

Designer Carmen Marc Valvo understands many, many, things. Mr. Valvo understands fabrics, and the way they flow over the female figure. He understands that a young heart might reside in a mature body.I found myself enrolled in the school of the master with him explaining to me secrets about craftsmanship and fabrications. He is also very handsome too. My time with Carmen was cut too short.

Carmen Marc Valvo explaining the hand bedded work done on this dress

Designer Carmen Marc Valvo Lending Me His Signature Glasses Photo Credit Thomas Garza

I could have spoken to him all day. We laughed, spoke of Italian food and of great American designers. He understands what women want. I bought my first Carmen Marc Valvo creation this summer ,and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life in his dresses. I feel like a modern-day queen in his clothing.. Along with being a kind and generous  men he also enjoys the simple things in life. He recently told me his happiest moments are spent gardening, and spending time in NYC with his life partner. Here’s to the man who continues to make me melt Mr. Carmen Marc Valvo and his signature creations. 

Mr. Valvo’s team generously sent me a few selections of sunglasses for a giveaway. The other pair will  be given away next month. The winner may pick either pair and they are both very hot.  Winner will be announced Friday and sorry the contest is closed. Product will be delivered in 2 to 5 weeksLoading...

Carmen Marc Valvo Summer Collection Sunglasses

Question: Not necessary for the giveaway, but please tell me a few things you are thankful for today?

 

My 2 year old son Sebastian Photo Credit By DFW Bites of Style

For me it’s the relationship I have with my son Sebastian. Everyday when he tells me he loves me and looks at me with his brown eyes I just continue to melt.. There are too many people to mention, but he is at the top of my list. I truly believe we should cherish the ones we love and not material things..  I am thankful for my relationships, job, and family.. I am so blessed and  pray I never take this life for granted.

XoXo Brandy Vorin DFW Bites of Style Founder

Three Fabulous Made in America Products and One Hot Giveaway

Today I wanted to share a few companies that carry some great  Made in America products. These companies headquarters are all in Dallas, and they are making a BIG impact in many communities.

Farm House Fresh, Frisco Texas
Favorite: Fluffy Bunny Shea butter Cream $18
Buy: The ZaSpa at Hotel ZaZa & Farm House Fresh Website

Fluffy Bunny Farm House Fresh Frisco, Texas Photo Credit Farm House Fresh

The Farm House Fresh product line  has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and countless magazines including Redbook, Elle,  and InStyle.  One whiff of their vanilla scented  products, and you’ll want to dig in with a spoon. This companies line of  products claim to  have the freshest ingredients on the farm and I am a believer.  I was worried the Honey Hazel Glaze would be sticky and messy, instead it reminded me of the honey without all the mess. My favorite product is the  Fluffy Bunny Cream which is Paraben & Sulfate free. Most of their products also get the Vegan seal of approval and make great gifts for love ones.  I found this amazing product line at the ZaSpa at Hotel ZaZa in Dallas, but you can purchase this line straight from their website. If you happen to live in Dallas or Houston just ask the  spa receptionist for a few samples of the Farm House Fresh line.

KatyDiDCollection Dallas, Texas
Favorite Item: Bright Zig Zag Stripe Halter Maxi Dress $38.99 Size XS-XL
Where to Buy:  KatyDidCollection Website & 10,000 stores nationwide 
 

Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban and founder of the  KatyDidCollection at an event in Dallas Photo Credit Katydidcollection Facebook Page

Katy Messersmith first arrived on the fashion scene in 2002 quite by accident. While volunteering at a women’s prenatal clinic in Africa, her life took a dramatic turn.

Blogger Cynthia Smoot Wearing Katydidcollection Maxi Dress  with Ashley Burghardt’s Photo credit Shana Anderson

Her luggage was lost and she was soon collaborating with local seamstresses.  She launched an apparel business in one room of her house nine years ago. Soon, it took over the entire house and the garage, so she rented an apartment and moved out. Her designs are youthful, and edgy with vibrant colors. My favorite dress from the summer collection is  the Zig Zag Halter Maxi dress.

The light weight dresses are made from the highest quality of fabrics, and flatter every figure.  The dresses are perfect for traveling, shopping, or even a night on the town. The lifestyle brand includes children’s apparel, women’s and men’s clothing, and small accessories. The label is sold in more than 10,000 boutiques across the nation and at a price that fits into every fashionistas budget. Katy Messersmith also gives back in big ways through organizations like Dress for Success Dallas, and designing Power Pink tee shirts for breast cancer

Abi Ferrin, Dallas Texas
Favorite Item: Nicki 5 -Ways Dress $258
Where to Buy: Nordstrom, The Ritz Carlton Spa Dallas, Stanley Korshak, Malouf’s in Southlake, and online at Abi Ferrin 
 

My stylist at Stanley Korshak introduced me to designer Abi Ferrin two years ago, and her easy breezy style of dressing. She’s a role model; who won a fashion contest, and turned her dreams into reality. It sounds like a fairy tale, but I am sure it involved lot’s of hard work.   I now proudly own three  of her dresses, and couldn’t imagine my life without them. I could post pictures of myself photographed in her  lovely dress many times, but I want bore you with any of those

Abi Ferrin Dress Photo Credit Abi Ferrin Facebook

. I will just say every time I wear her dresses  people often think I am wearing a brand new dress. Her collection is more expensive than the brands above, but totally worth the investment.

The collection features form flattering dresses, tops, skirts, and pants, all made using the finest fabrications. They are lightweight and never seem to wrinkle.  Her motto, Fashion with Freedom and Purpose, is the driving force behind her brand.  Abi Ferrin started the Freedom Project which empowers and employs women rescued from the sex trade in Nepal by incorporating their hand-made buttons into her designs.    We salute you Abi Ferrin for changing the world one outfit at a time.

KATYDIDCOLLECTION GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a KatyDidCollection Maxi Dress. Click HERE to see your options. I live in her  zig zag halter maxi dress and get tons of compliments all the time.  Most dresses come in size small to extra-large and below are three of  my favorites. These are three of the five dresses available for the giveaway. The coupon is not valid.

KATYDIDCOLLECTION MAXI DRESSES

Here’s how you win:
1. Comment on this post and let us know which Made in America product is your favorite?
2. Tell us where you will be wearing your hot new maxi dress from KatyDidCollection
For additional entries (one vote for each one that you do):

Like” DFW Bites of Style Facebook Page

Like” DFW Bites of Style on Twitter

Like” DFW Bites of Style Founder (Brandy Voirin) Facebook Page

Like KatyDidCollection Facebook Page
One winner will be chosen at random. The Giveaway  ends Saturday July 28th at 10 p.m. central time
Shipping of this giveaway item is for the U.S. ONLY