Now that everyone’s back in the swing of things this week (well, attempting to be, anyway!)…HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’ve missed you all so, so much…I hope you’ve had an amazing holiday break and I’m so glad you decided to come back to I Heart Heels again. 🙂 I promised you I would update you on my New Year’s Eve jaunt to Dallas, so here it goes!
It was def a last-minute brainstorm of mine (when I think of something, there’s no stopping me, by the way!), and since it was just one night in the city, I had to cram everything in (including shopping, duh). So, before we even checked into our (amazing) hotel, we stopped at NorthPark Center (one my fav shopping malls around, and I’m not really even a “mall” girl!). If you don’t count the time I spent in Crewcuts and Hanna Andersson for little C., I pretty much spent my entire afternoon in Barneys. Swoon. When I walked inside, there was a huge 60-percent-off sale sign, and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Turns out it was shoe heaven, and I scored the Isola Jean-Michel Cazabat heels here for just $120…gasp!! (They’re the same style pumps Solange Knowles wore to the Met Gala!) I also found a nice lil’ shirtdress by Rag & Bone I’m itching to wear very soon.
After NorthPark, we checked into our hotel, The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa (although sadly there wasn’t enough time for spa-partaking…my friend S. says they have amazing massages!). I’m pleased to say we had a very pleasant experience from start to finish…absolutely no problems at all with this hotel…loved it and would stay there again! I have to admit, I was a little nervous when I found out it has a history of being haunted (I’m such a scared-y cat!), but I was up for it, and turns out I didn’t even have one ghostly encounter. 🙂 The hotel actually underwent a huge renovation, and I don’t know what it was like previously, but for such a historic, older hotel, everything def seemed new and hip to me. We had a plush, corner room that was a great size (and included two full-length mirrors, hello).
We ate dinner that night at Nobu just down the street and I must say it was beyond-words-delicious. We had eaten there in NY, but not Dallas, and lemme tell you. The lobster roll and Miso Cappuccino are things you must taste before you die. That good.
As for what I wore? (Let me apologize upfront for the blurry picture up top…when you’re on vacay and you ask your husband to take photos, he doesn’t exactly bubble over with joy, haha. Some of these are taken on my phone via Instagram, a program I LOVE.) I told you I tried Rent the Runway for the first time, and boy was I impressed. I rented this LaROK sequin jersey mini (and had to do overnight shipping because of my last-minute decision!) and received it in the cutest little Rent the Runway garment bag with double-stick tape and a NYE hat (which I donned as soon as I could, obvi). There were also really clear instructions for the newbie in me! All I had to do was stick the dresses (yep, they sent a back-up size, which thankfully I didn’t need, haha) in the mail yesterday. They even provided me with a USPS envelope, ready to go. I loved wearing this dress so much (it rents for just $50, but retails for close to $300!), but I must also give props to my DKNY Body Perfect shapers (you’ll thank me for this secret later…best.shaper.ever.), for without them, the dress would’ve been nothing. (Oh, and, of course, heels by DVF, clutch by Rebecca Minkoff and wrap by Elie Tahari.)
We rang in the New Year at the bar downstairs in the Stoneleigh where they had an old-fashioned jazz band playing. Much more low-key than many places I’ve been, but it was quite fun for a change and I really enjoyed the music. After the midnight toast, I must admit I was on my way to bed. Ugh. This girl had been shoe shopping all day…tiring ya know?
A special thanks for the Stoneleigh for such wonderful hospitality, and Dallas I can’t wait to see you again soon!! Triple the air kisses (since everything’s bigger in Texas!)…xoxo