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Get the Look: Pastel Hair

Pastel hair isn’t a new trend. The unicorn-inspired locks have been appearing on runways and gracing the inside pages of fashion magazines for nearly two years. But this spring, hair that resembles feathery cotton candy and barmy sea foam has strut off the runway and into the everyday in a big way.

I’ve been obsessed with pastel locks for more than a year. I colored my ombré with hair chalk, lusted after Pinterest boards dedicated to the look, and booked (and canceled) not one, but two appointments to transform my golden waves into a stream of lilac. I finally worked up the courage to dye my hair three weeks ago.

After two four-hour sessions at Dear Clark Hair Studio, my mane was transformed from golden brown to a luscious blend of lilac and bubblegum pink. I was in love. The following week, I was bombarded with questions from friends and co-workers. I figured that if those around me were curious about – and considering – the look, then others might be, too.

Here is everything you need to know about getting a pastel ‘do in Dallas.

Does it damage your hair?

It depends on the products your stylist uses. According to Miriam Ortega who owns Studio 410 in Oak Cliff: “Not necessarily, because products have changed and have allowed for us stylists to use bleach with no damage.”

I recommend sitting down with your stylist and discussing the process before getting started.

How long does the process take?

Everybody’s hair is different. According to Amy Marshall, my stylist at Dear Clark: “First I have to strip, which is [the] removal of color that’s on the hair. We bleached you twice, but it always depends on the base color. Some people can lift in one sitting, others in two. … We use Elumen by Goldwell at the salon. It’s ammonia-free, and high pigment with high shine.”

How much does it cost?

Prices range from $150 to $750 depending on your hair and where you go. I paid on the higher end of the spectrum but that’s only because my hair took more than one session to “lift” (lighten to silver). I also got a cut.

How long does the color last?

My pink and purple locks faded to silver in three weeks, but I’ve heard of people maintaining their pastel ‘do for up to three months. It’s important to use color-protecting shampoo. Most of the cost comes from the bleaching process, so it’s not nearly as pricey to have more color added the second (and third and fourth) time around. If you’re considering pastel hair, then you should be aware that it is a high-maintenance look.

What are some of the most popular colors?

According to Marshall: “Everyone wants pastel hair, I get three people a week, and that’s just me. As for the most popular colors: baby pink, soft lavender, sea foam green, and pinks and purples mixed together.”

Where in Dallas can you get pastel hair?

Clive & Co.
Dear Clark
Studio 410
Osgood O’neil
Avalon Salon

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Throwback Thursday: ‘Coming Attractions’

Taking a cue from our friends over at SideDish, each week we’ll bring you a glimpse back at D Magazine‘s most fashionable moments.

In the September 1986 issue of D Magazine, we brought Hollywood-inspired style to Dallas’ streets. The team involved in this 14-page spread created a certain “nostalgic and sensual” mood with cashmere, tweed, and head scarves serving as the stars of this shoot. Keep scrolling, and you’ll notice some familiar spaces such as Downtown Dallas’ West End, Fair Park, and The Crescent Hotel serving as the backdrops.

Is it real or an illusion? Fashion designers, like movie-makers, deal with perceptions. With cameras, lights, and a carefully selected music score, a mood is created. […] The mood continues long after the lights have dimmed on the runway. The look is nostalgic and sensual, with the body-conscious styling of spring developing into full-fledged curves for fall.

Many staffers agreed: We’d still wear some of the ensembles so expertly put together in some of the following spreads. From a baby llama cascade skirted jacket to a long black crepe dress with crossed satin straps, there’s a range present within these pages that would satisfy any vintage craving.













Throwback Thursday: ‘Sleek Heat’

Taking a cue from our friends over at SideDish, each week we’ll bring you a glimpse back at D Magazine‘s most fashionable moments.

With the recent chill we’ve experienced the past few days, we felt it was only appropriate to bring you exotic and elaborate furs from our November 1981 issue. Furs that “cost more than a car.” Furs “our models neglected other appointments for to stay and model longer,” to be exact.

This six-page feature shows models wearing elaborate furs perfect for any occasion a fashionable Dallasite might find herself in:

Our winters may be mild, but there will be times–elegant evenings at the symphony, $1,000-a-plate Republican fund-raisers, debutante balls and extravagant dinners at Jean Claude–when nothing but a fur will do. Deliciously impractical, completely unessential.

Click on the images to enlarge and take a look back at Dallas’ fashion scene in 1981.









Throwback Thursday: Suit Yourself

Taking a cue from our friends over at SideDish, each week we’ll bring you a glimpse back at D Magazine‘s most fashionable moments.

The fashion spread in the December 1986 issue of D Magazine is all about the guys. The feature highlights the fashion choices of five of the city’s most notable gentlemen at the time. The six-page piece features familiar faces, from Dean Fearing, then-executive chef at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, to Ed Budanauro, then-disc jockey and music director for KZPS-FM.

Writer Liz Logan explains the inspiration behind the spread:

These days, men who dress themselves are art increasingly widespread breed, and certainly, the fellows on the following pages don’t need anybody’s help to look, sharp. Each of our quintet of local hotshots manifests his passion for fashion differently, which isn’t surprising. The members of this Gang of Five range in age from twenty-three to forty and in profession from DJ to ad agency CEO. Still, the guys do have one thing in common: they’re aces at what they do, and they dress to fit the part.








Try This: The Perfect First-Date Look

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we started thinking about what to wear to impress, and emanate confidence, on a first date. Leading up to the date can be daunting enough, so take stressing over what to wear out of the equation. We asked stylist Carlos-Alonso Parada for his advice. For Carlos, the foundation of the perfect outfit lies with a nice top and jacket, paired with black or blue denim. Don’t be afraid to mix in prints, he advises. Accent the ensemble with a pair of high heels, and head out the door!

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Liz is wearing Givenchy tank, a Chloé animal print coat, and Dior earrings (all Forty Five Ten), a Brandy Pham needle ring (, Marc Cross bag (Forty Five Ten), and Joe Fresh black jeans.

Photographed by Kristi + Scot Redman. Styled by Carlos Alonso-Parada. On Set Management, Assistant Stylist: Gabe Ortiz. On Set Management, Beauty: Carmen Williamson. On Set Management, Model: Liz Standley. For more styling inspiration, follow us on Instagram: @dstylesheet.

Carlos Parada

See more from Carlos Alonso-Parada on Instagram: @wtfareuwearing or online.


Throwback Thursday: The Dallas Look

Taking a cue from our friends over at SideDish, each week we’ll bring you a glimpse back at D Magazine‘s most fashionable moments.

It’s only fitting to kick off this series within the pages of D‘s March 1979 issue. Society was on the threshold of fashion’s most colorful and–dare we suggest–bold era: the 1980s. If you turn to Page 73 of the March 1979 issue of D Magazine, you’ll find dramatic poses, mirrored backdrops, and soft-hued pastels. “Intense colors” and “body-bearing” shapes also dominate this spread; silks and linens line the pages of this late ’70s tribute.

But we didn’t stop there. Keep flipping, and you’ll run into “Fresh Starts,” a feature in which we gave four staff members makeovers. The color spectrum ranges from “rosy plum blush” to “deep plum tones” within this feature. There are also several mentions of “body waves” – a distinct departure from the Brazilian blowouts of today.






The Parada Edit No.2: 5 Modern Takes on The Classic White Shirt

We asked our favorite celebrity stylist, Carlos Alonso-Parada, to take time off from his busy schedule and play dress-up with us. The proposition: five modern takes utilizing the classic white dress shirt. Carlos showed us several combinations that inspired us to give the old wardrobe staple a new go, and the results are anything but basic.


Keegan wears the white shirt paired with a tweed mini skirt and preppy sequined striped sweater. Gap button-up white shirt; Dior earrings, Saint Laurent sequin sweater, and Balenciaga tweed skirt all Forty Five Ten.


Paired easily with distressed denim and a vintage embroidered jacket for an eclectic vibe. Gap button-up white shirt, Vintage jacket, Brandy Pham earrings, Mark Cross bag at Forty Five Ten, Joe Fresh jeans.


For a touch of cool and a little androgyny, pair with a white suit. Altuzarra jacket and pants at Forty Five Ten, Gap white button-up, Swarovski earrings and ring at Forty Five Ten.


A fresh take on the retro 60’s silhouette. Tomas Maier white button-up at Forty Five Ten, Vintage sunglasses, Derek Lam wool dress at Forty Five Ten.


Our personal favorite, paired with the young and modern wide-leg pants. Tomas Maier white button-up at Forty Five Ten, vintage horn rings at Vintage Martini, Rosie Assoulin pants at Forty Five Ten.

Photographed by Kristi + Scot Redman, Styled by Carlos Alonso-Parada, On Set Management, Assistant Stylist: Gabe Ortiz, On Set Management, Beauty: Carmen Williamson, On Set Management, Model: Keegan Senecal. For more styling inspiration, follow us on Instagram: @dstylesheet.

Carlos Parada

See more from Carlos Alonso-Parada on Instagram: @wtfareuwearing or online.

The 5 Most Interesting Gifts From Neiman Marcus’ 2015 ‘Christmas Book’

Dallas-based Neiman Marcus unveiled its 89th annual “The Christmas Book” this morning, complete with a guest appearance from Keanu Reeves, who–non-ironically­–arrived on a motorcycle.

Aside from the usual Tom Ford boots, Saint Laurent bags, and Neiman’s much-loved cashmere collection, the 196-page book also features the retailer’s famous “fantasy gifts.” And this year’s selection, which range in price from $10 to $400,000, upheld the retailer’s reputation for eccentric offerings. It’ll ease that impending shopper’s guilt to know that a percentage of the proceeds from the fantasy gifts go toward The Heart of Neiman Marcus, the retailer’s non-profit organization focused on youth art education and experiences.

Explore India. The most expensive of the fantasy gifts, this 12-day, five-city trip to India includes private jets, luxury suites, a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal, and a private dinner with a Bollywood star.

Price: $400,000

Take a ride with Keanu Reeves. No, really. This two-day, three-night motorcycle ride along the California coast features time with Reeves and custom bike maker Gard Hollinger. This is open to three lucky customers and a guest. (“Speed” references possibly welcome.)

Price: $150,000

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus' "The Christmas Book"
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus’ “The Christmas Book”

Go to the edge of the world. A high-altitude balloon will lift a luxury pressurized capsule 100,000 feet above Earth, offering 360° views of Earth. You’ll have to wait until 2017 though.

Price: $90,000

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus' "The Christmas Book"
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus’ “The Christmas Book”

Get styled by Iris Apfel. Limited to five customers, this fantasy gift comes with a 4-to-5-foot truck built to specifically house Apfel’s jewelry and accessories, which were inspired by her personal collection, and a personal styling session and lunch with the 93-year-old style icon at Neiman’s flagship store in downtown Dallas.

Price: $80,000

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus' "The Christmas Book"
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus’ “The Christmas Book”

Dress to impress. Neiman’s took a slightly different approach to the His & Her gifts this year, offering MacKenzie-Childs trunks featuring your child’s hand-painted initials and holding a selection of Chasing Fireflies Ultimate Collection costumes. The boys’ version includes five Marvel super heroes costumes, while the girls’ holds five Disney Princess-themed costumes.

Price: $5,000


Honorable mentions:

  • This $10,000 couture diary.
  • This $28,000 limited edition golden peacock figurine.

Also new this year is an 11th fantasy gift, which is only sold through the store’s mobile app. The gift is a Memory Mirror, an interactive device that can be installed for $40,000 and allows shoppers personalized service from their favorite stylist.

We’re still not sure how a motorcycle ride with Keanu Reeves yields more than being lifted 100,000 feet above the earth, but you’ll report back to us, right?

For a closer look at everything in this year’s edition, check out the book yourself.