Dawn Mellon Dishes on the Classics


Do you have a classic trench? Read on for more of Dawn’s must-have classics for your wardrobe.
Photo by Thom Jackson as seen in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of D Moms.

By Dawn Mellon.

I find myself repeating famous quotes and later wondering, “What exactly does that mean?”  Take, for example, the old adage, “Dressed to the nines.”  Think about it. The nines? Why not the eights or the tens? How can someone dress TO a number? And, why is it considered a compliment?

As it turns out, the most popular theory of the meaning behind the saying, “Dressed to the nines,” is that it used to take a full nine yards of fabric to create the very best suits.

I think we’re all guilty of saying things without really knowing the meaning behind our words. Worse yet, I think we’re also guilty of tossing about words, acronyms and industry jargon, fully expecting everyone to understand what we mean. Which leads me to think about those in the fashion industry referring to ‘the classics?’  Invest in the classics. Build your wardrobe around the classics. The classics never go out of style. Sounds good, but, what exactly are the classics?

Here’s my take on the classics, or, as I refer to them: “The Dazzling Dozen:”

1.  Little Black Dress

Considered by many as Coco Chanel’s most significant contribution to the fashion industry, the little black dress has stood the test of time. Why? It’s simple. Literally, it’s simplicity is the key to its longevity. You can put on a pair of evening sandals and your best jewelry or you can throw on a pair of flats with a simple pair of earrings, slip into your dress, and you look appropriate and put together.

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Get Thee To The Amazing Sale At The Office of Angela Scott This Weekend


I realize this might read a little shallow or cliché (or shallow and cliché), but, for me, a killer pair of shoes ranks right up there with a good hair day in sheer day-enhancing powers. And since my hair’s been bumming me lately, and my next cut/color is a two full weeks out, I’m going for the quick shoe fix.

Enter The Office of Angela Scott. The designer behind those witty and insanely chic kicks above is having a killer sample sale at her Victory Park showroom for the next two weekends (November 14-16 and the 21-23 ). The sale runs from 11-5 each day and features a range of all sizes (6-10), all for  $125-$195 (Angela’s shoes normally ring in at $500 and up). To check out all the styles that will be available visit and then click “Collections” and then “Women.”

Happy shopping!

Dawn Mellon on Creating “Go To” Outfits

fashion_mom_2By Dawn Mellon.

‘I don’t have a thing to wear!’  If these words resonate with you, you’re not alone.  Sadly, this statement is often made in a closet full of clothes. In most cases, the frustration doesn’t stem from a lack of clothes. Instead, it typically stems from  not knowing how to turn separates into an ensemble or from not planning ahead.  Hence, active wear, is now considered by many a casual outfit suitable for running errands or meeting a friend for coffee. Yet, no one would wear jeans and a sweater to a spin class; no one would wear a bathing suit to a black-tie dinner; and no one would wear a formal gown to the beach. Absurd, right?  Absolutely!

So, how do we keep active wear in the gym?

Create a ‘Go To’ section in your closet.

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Little Bean Joins Hadleigh’s Baby Pop Up in Highland Park Village

Hadleigh's Baby

We spent a hefty chunk of last week mourning the closing of beloved children’s shop Little Bean’s brick and mortar location in Junius Heights. Sure, you can still get stylish kid’s togs, gifts, and accessories from the likes of Anthem of the Ants, Jess Brown, and Joah Love on their online shop, but there’s just something about ogling the goods in person.

So we were bolstered by the news that Little Bean is joining the Hadleigh’s Baby pop up shop opening in Highland Park Village on November 14th. In addition to Little Bean’s slew of indie lines, the shop will stock Hadleigh’s handmade girl’s dresses and speciality gifts, Baby Bespoke by Kathryn Beach, Smocked Auctions, Milly Minis, and I love gorgeous. The best part? All this shopping goodness is going down through January 4. Perfect for your holiday gift needs.

Craving Some Mama Time? Hit Up The Weekender Dallas


Photo Elizabeth Lavin for D Moms

I don’t know about you ladies, but I’m feeling the need for some pampering time… in a big way. Somehow the fall craziness (i.e. carnivals, costumes, client deadlines and the like) have me craving a Calgon moment. While it’s not exactly lounging in a bath filled with cloyingly-scented bubbles, The Weekender Dallas happening this Friday and Saturday might just do the trick.

The two day event, hosted by The Luxi Society, is billed as a girls’ weekend out, with shopping, beauty consultations, food, and adult beverages (the adult beverages sealed the deal for me). The shindig takes place at a swank model home in Preston Hollow wherein over two dozen luxury brands will have their wares on offer. But the best part? The event helps benefit Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer.



The Details:

The Weekender Dallas
Friday, October 25 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, October 26 10 a.m. -7 p.m.
Bella Vita Model Home, 6830 Waggoner Drive

Tickets (40% of proceeds will be donated to Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer):

  • Red Carpet Cocktail Party only (Friday night) $30
  • All-Day Shopping Pass (Saturday) $45
  • The Weekender VIP (Friday & Saturday) $65


Visit to purchase tickets.

Dawn Mellon Helps Us Organize our Fall Wardrobe

ClosetBy Dawn Mellon.

Fall is my favorite season. Despite the fact that I’ve lived in the south for more than a decade, I still hold on to the thought that I’m going to walk outside and see the leaves on my trees turning from green to red, yellow and orange; to sit at football games sipping hot chocolate; and, best of all, to don all my favorite jackets, sweaters and boots that have been so patiently waiting to be released from summer storage. In reality, I have five palm trees in my yard and I’ve yet to see their leaves turn orange (which is probably a good thing); at the beginning of the football season, I try to cool myself with a fan, and by the end, I try to keep myself dry with an umbrella; and, worst of all, my fall attire spends so much time in storage, by the time they’re ‘released,’ they already have a bad attitude.

While I have no control over Mother Nature, I still enjoy preparing for the new season, even if it doesn’t arrive exactly the way I’ve become accustom. For me, preparing for the season is like a gourmet cook preparing for Thanksgiving dinner. It all begins with careful planning and some tried-and-true recipes, except, of course, I begin in the closet instead of the kitchen (another good thing since I’m certain I was in the shoe department when our dear Lord was handing out culinary skills).

Conquering your closet may seem like an arduous task. But, the results will pay back enormously. I promise. In my first column I wrote about the importance of the way you dress, noting that how you dress on the outside is a reflection of who you are on the inside. Continuing with that premise, your wardrobe should not only be a representation of you, it also should be a representation of your lifestyle. Therefore, the first step is honestly looking at your life, how you spend your time, and bringing your closet in harmony with your life. If you spend your days chasing after young children, you probably don’t need all the clothes you wore before you left your job as a pharmaceutical rep to become CEO of your home. Similarly, if you spend your week in corporate America, you need career attire, but, you also need casual clothes for the weekend.

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Mi Golondrina Solves The Question of What to Wear When You’re Doing “Nothing”

trunkSo I realize what I’m about to admit is a decidedly first-world problem, but I’m going there anyway. Ready?

Lounge clothes vex me.

See, trivial, and (worse yet) I spend a lot of time thinking about them.

There’s this mildly charming moving from the mid-90s called, If Lucy Fell, wherein co-lead Sara Jessica Parker spends lots of screen time padding around her Manhattan loft wearing a longish granny nightgown meets caftan situation. It is the perfect lounge attire. Nearly two decades later I’m still thinking about that damn “dress.”

Lounge clothes are important as a mom. Sure, there’s no actual lounging going on, but you need things you can throw on — easy, comfortable pieces that are appropriate for all the sundry things you have to accomplish around the house on the weekend but still decent and (in my fantasy world) cute for when you have to, say, chase your three year old down the street or wrangle the fifteen neighborhood kids who have taken up residence on your backyard play gym.

What’s a longe clothing challenged mom to do?


Enter Mi Golondrina. The brainchild of the lovely and talented Cristina Lynch (above), the line of soft cotton dresses and short sets, hand-embroidered by female artisans in Mexico, are a chic (and seriously pretty) antidote to the yoga-pants-and-t-shirt crutch relied on by mamas across the nation. Done and done.

You can snap up Cristina’s creations online, or, you can shop her wares in person at the Trunk pop-up shop launching tonight. A roster of local makers and artists are joining Christina at Trunk including artists Amee Calloway and Molly Cox, jewelry designer Annie O’Grady, ceramicist Paul Schneider, and The Waverly Paperie. So while you’re picking up that inky sea blue and gold, knee-length Dormida gown (my pick), you can grab some earrings, and notecards, and whatnot too. SJP would approve.

Happy shopping!


The Details

Trunk: A Dallas Pop-Up Shop of Local Vendors

6445 Cedar Springs Road, #103

Grand opening Thursday, October 17 from 6 – 9 PM

Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9 AM – 2 PM, and by appointment.

Through Friday, December 13

Dawn Mellon on the Importance of a Salon You Trust


By Dawn Mellon

Whether your next party invitation calls for formal attire or a more relaxed business casual ensemble (see last column), your look would certainly not be complete without a fabulous hairstyle and flawlessly applied make-up, which is easier than ever to achieve thanks to Blaine’s newly-opened, full-service Uptown salon.

From the moment the complementary valet opens your door to the first step you take into the modern, signature orange-hued salon warmly lit with a stunning crystal chandelier, you’re greeted by a friendly smile. The stress of the day behind you (or the anxiety of the night before you) suddenly melts away.

Blaine Schlaudt, the name behind the brand, opened his first studio in Lubbock in 1994.  Earlier this year, the 28-year veteran and his wife, Sharon, moved to Uptown because they wanted to broaden their service offering. In addition to a plethora of hair care services, the salon also features make-up application, eye lash extensions, facials, tanning and waxing services, as well as Botox and/or Juvederm injections.

Blaine’s advice to ‘party goers’ as they prepare for a night out on the town is: “Pamper yourself! Let us handle your hair and makeup the day of the event. Instead of running around town to multiple appointments, sit back, relax and we’ll take care of you.”

With 11 licensed professionals who collectively have more than a century and a half of experience, you can be sure you’re in good hands.  “We don’t have hair feelings,” Blaine claims. “Each one of our clients is different, and each one will receive an individual consultation with one of our experienced professionals.  Our goal is to achieve your goal, not the one we desire.

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Tassel Bracelets, Organic Cotton Napkins, and Monogrammed Clutches. Oh My!

paula3One of our all-time biggest mom crushes, Paul Minnis, just gave us the deets on her new holiday offerings for GAIA, the line of textiles and accessories crafted out of vintage fabrics by refugee women in Dallas seeking a better life.

There are (seriously chic) new tassel bracelets available now at Five & Ten as well as organic cotton napkins and a new line of napkin rings on offer at Number One. GAIA stockings plus a monogramming service will be available at Number One in early November…

Perfect holiday gifts for all your beloved teachers/babysitters/dance instructors et al. Done and done!

We’ve Got Your Strategy For Holiday Photos (You Can Thank Us Later)


Is it ever too early to map out your game plan for holiday photos/cards?

Given, the angst typically associated with the aforementioned holiday photos/cards, I say a big fat, “No!” Let’s face it, you really can’t start too soon.

So here’s a strategy for you. The lovely and talented Kelly Christine (the 2013 Best of Big D Reader’s Choice for Family Photographer) is now booking appointments for her holiday mini sessions on November 2, 3, 9, and 10.  The session fee is $225, which includes a 20-minute session as well as high resolution edited images on a disc to use as you wish.


In addition, this year Little Bean  is offering a 15% discount* to anyone who books a mini session with Kelly Christine… Perfect for using to snap up a fetching outfit for your little to wear for their pics.

Book your spot online here.

(*Details on how to redeem the Little Bean discount will be provided once you’ve confirmed your spot. The discount is available in store only.)

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