The Dallas Contemporary is Throwing a Birthday Bash, and It’s For the Kids

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We’re suckers for a good family art event. First Saturdays at the Nasher? Yes, please. Late Night at the DMA? Count us in.  So, there’s an awfully good chance (i.e. 100% positive), we’ll be making a beeline for the Dallas Contemporary this Saturday between 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The occasion? The museum is turning 35, and among the many activities they have planned to mark the occasion is a kid-friendly “birthday party” extravaganza.

The free event features children’s story readings, live music, a collage workshop, screen printing + tasty fare from Tutta’s Pizza and Life is Sweet food trucks.

Get full deets and the complete Alive for 35 schedule here.

Diary of a Debutante: The Importance of Teaching Etiquette Early On


Tiffany Table Manners For Teenagers at Barnes and Noble

D Moms intern (and 2011 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Debutante) Monica Lake talks etiquette and how teaching children good manners early on reap all manner of benefits later in life. Diary of a Debutante will be a three-part series through the rest of the summer.

By Monica Lake


It goes without saying that manners (or lack thereof) can enhance a person’s character or take away from it. After all, knowing how to act courteously can set someone apart from all the others (and wouldn’t it be great if that “someone” was your kiddo?). But there’s more to etiquette than knowing which fork to use and minding your Ps and Qs. Teaching your littles the proper way to behave while they’re young ensures they’ll have the whole social graces things locked up later in life. Just because we live in a modern world doesn’t mean chivalry is dead . Continue reading "Diary of a Debutante: The Importance of Teaching Etiquette Early On"

Kay Wyma On Roller Skating, Broken Ankles, and Coffee in Bed

(The only thing better than coffee in bed? Coffee delivered to your bed…by your children.)

Hi D Moms friends. Kay Wyma here. I’m taking a bit of a detour from the norm for my post this week… It’s something from my sister-in-law Chris who lives in Georgia. They too decided to “stay-cation” for their spring break this year, and, inspired by our roller skating adventures, she and her neighbor took their kids to Alpharetta’s rendition of White Rock Skate. Needless to say, her experience was a tiny bit different than mine. While gliding the rink next to her visually impaired (that’s a different ahhhh-mazing story), she tripped and fell and shattered her ankle. Thankfully her neighbor is a nurse and kept calm until the ambulance arrived. Thankfully they live close to phenomenal health care. Hilariously, her 17-year-old son captured it all on his phone and instagrammed most of the experience — puffed up proud that he has a cool mom who skates with them. Or used to skate with them! (I’m not nearly so cool. I usually sit and watch.) And surprisingly the accident netted some rather awesome side effects.

Herewith a little inspiration from Chris for your reading pleasure.


Almost two weeks ago I suffered a broken ankle. [sidebar: broken is an understatement. Her foot actually ended up facing the wrong way. 9 pins, 3 screws and 2 plates later, they’re thankful for an orthopedic surgeon that knew what he was doing!] Like Kay, I also grew up at Skate Whirl in Wichita Falls; but let’s just say … the skills that I once though I had are forever gone. The minute I fell, I knew that life as I have known it would be radically different for quite some time.

To say that I am a “doer” Is putting it mildly. I thrive on cooking for my family, educating our kids, keeping a cozy and clean house, rearranging furniture, vacuuming every other day, going to tennis matches, transporting here and there.

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The Spring/Summer D Moms Magazine Is On Newsstands


The Spring/Summer issue of D Moms hit newsstands this week, and from Hail Merry’s lovely and smart founder Susan O’Brien on the cover to features devoted to stylish family travel, art-inspired fashion, and chic entertaining, it is chock full of all sorts of goodness (if I do say so myself).

You can peruse a smattering of articles from the issue here and then grab a copy locally at most grocery and book stores (or you can order one online).

Happy reading!

D Moms Loves: Clare Vivier Bags, Dallas Art Fair, and The Color Condition

There’s nothing like being at the beach to make me rethink my staunch sartorial commitment to black, black, and a smattering of grey. In fact, I’ve been so inspired by the salt air and sunshine that I even snapped up a cobalt (and yes black) printed caftan at a shop that I pass each day on my walk back to the house from the ocean. Caftan aside, while I’m not feeling a wardrobe filled with pink and green and orange just yet, I am digging a touch of color in art and accessories. Case in point, my technicolor-tinged “Loves” list this week.

Herewith my colorful cravings.

  1. The Color Condition at Oil and Cotton — I’m in love with every. single. thing. that The Color Condition creates. The Dallas artists are known for their bright and utterly awesome instillation art, and they just so happen to be teaching a camp for kiddos ages 6-18 this summer at Oil and Cotton. I nabbed a spot for my girlies a few weeks ago. Suffice to say, I’m jealous.
  2. All Things Clare Vivier – I’m a huge fan (ok, ok, I hace a full-blown addiction, it’s a bad scene friends) of the L.A.-based designer Clare Vivier’s hot pink, citrus, and cerulean leather bags. Cabana sells her genius totes and pouches, but my go-to spot for CV procurement is the online shop Pretty Mommy.
  3. Damien Hirst’s Dots – The image above is one of the artist’s iconc pieces at the Kristy Stubbs Gallery as part of last year’s Dallas Art Fair. This year’s event, which kicks off with the preview gala on April 11, promises an equally stellar lineup. Peter gives the full details on the lineup of galleries and artists here.
  4. Neon — And speaking of art, I am all about neon art a la Tracey Emin of late…like, say, the piece above spotted on shoe designer Sophia Webster’s website. I love it almost as much as her killer shoes. Almost…
  5. Skateboards as Art — And rounding out the art trifecta in this week’s list, there’s the matter of awesome pattern-emblazoned skateboards doing double duty as works of art. I’m rather smitten with this piece in blogger Frances Kwon’s apartment via Teen Vogue, and two of my favorite local bloggers (and favorite people in general) sisters Molly & Sally have a great roundup of skateboards as art in this post.

Chandra North’s Spring/Summer Shopping List


It’s time for another installment of “shopping lists belonging to people far more stylish than me.” This week we hear from the insanely lovely mom and model (who so kindly graced the cover of our D Moms inaugural issue) Chandra North.

Herewith her Spring/Summer wish list.

  1. Narciso Rodriguez sheath dress. I am obsessing over this red (or is it orange?) dress from Narciso Rodriguez… It’s so classically gorgeous and sexy that it hurts my feelings a little.
  2. Thakoon twill shorts. If a short could be called “elegant” it would be these. (Available locally at Forty Five Ten.)
  3. ATM T-shirts. Anthony Thomas Melillo makes the softest t-shirts you’ll ever put on. I’m eagerly awaiting their arrival locally at Forty Five Ten.
  4. J. Crew metallic woven sandals. I’ve got to get my hands on a pair of these sandals…so femme and cute.

Get Your Om On: Yoga for All at We Yogis

The positive vibes are strong at We Yogis. When I walked into their studio, which consists of clean white walls sparsely decorated  with local artwork, two spacious studios, and a kids play room, I immediately felt comfortable – which is a little strange coming from a self-proclaimed “yoga avoider.” It was their motto, “yoga for all,” that convinced me to give yoga another try at their studio. Could a non-yogi (read: incredibly inflexible non-athlete) like me learn to change her ways and pick up the practice? I took advantage of their introductory special (a weeks worth of all you can practice yoga classes for $20) to find out.


We Yogis takes their mantra of “Yoga for All” seriously. They offer over thirteen classes, making room for every member of your family in their practice. Pregnant? Try the Prenatal Yogis Class. An athlete? They have classes designed to stretch out your tense muscles. Have children? We Yogis offers child supervision during the majority of their classes, as well as yoga classes for your kiddos. Kids ages 4 to 8 can be enrolled in Lil Yogis classes, and for 9 to 13 year olds there’s Tween Yogis class.

I decided to try out the “Rockin Yogis” class (described on their website as “a rockin’ class (that) turns up the heat through an energetic vinyasa practice”) and the “Flexi Yogis” class that focuses on stretching for beginners (i.e. more my pace). I also found out what my adorable four-year-old friend, Jayne Rice, had to say about the Little Yogis class. Here’s how it went.

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D Moms Loves: Flowery Skirts, Sparkly Bras, and Rose-Infused Chocolates

It’s time for our Monday roundup of the interesting/compelling/useful/just plain pretty things we’re digging of late. Herewith the five that made the cut.

  1. I like Tory Burch best when she goes less Palm Beach preppy and more boho chic. This decidedly boho chunky wooden heart cuff hits the mark, and, as such, is totally speaking my language.
  2. Why should the, ahem, endowed gals get all the pretty underpinnings? Kristie Ramirez (perhaps the most stylish mom I know) swears by these sequin-embellished bralettes from Chan Luu, and now that champagne beauty above is officially on my spring wish list. I’ll wear it when I want to add a little sparkle to a simple white t-shirt.
  3. I’m smitten with Santa Maria Novella’s gorgeous Cioccolatini Alla Rosa seasonal dark chocolate squares flavored with rose essential oil. They’re just infinitely more exciting than your standard drugstore box of chocolates. Nab a box of nine chocolates for $35 at Lafco in Highland Park Village.
  4. I wish my nine year old would still wear Peek’s Liberty of London Wildflower skirt, but, alas, she staunchly refuses such overt acts of looking girliness. My six year old, however, is still very much game. Suffice to say, she’ll be getting this skirt.
  5. The Über thin brush on Napoleon Perdis’ “Long Black Mascara” manages to coat every.single. lash. (even the hard to reach ones on your inner eye). The gold packaging is extremely glam, and the inky black candelilla wax and beeswax-laden formula makes your lashes look very, very, well…long. (They aren’t lying with that name.)

Hair Bar’s Glam Take on Mom’s Day Out

You’ll remember lovely intern Margaux from her past (utterly beautiful) posts about her mother. I’m happy to share that she’ll be posting here more frequently, sharing fun finds and happenings around down under her own byline. Welcome Margaux!

- Joslyn


As a child, I always looked forward to “Parent’s Day Out” at my elementary school – my mom would drop me off for a day of play while she had some much needed time to relax. The Hair Bar, which opened a new location at Preston and Royal in December, is bring back Parent’s Day Out with a glamorous twist. On Friday, January 25th, they will be hosting Mom’s Day Out, an event where moms can come get a blowout while the kids enjoy complimentary(!) play time a few doors down at Kidville. Drop by to pamper yourself before the weekend with a wash, dry, and styling while your babes burn off some energy at Kidville.

Call (214) 369 – HAIR or visit to make your appointment.

Margaux Anbouba is a D Moms intern. 

Dallas Mom And Designer Shay Ometz Makes Beautiful Things (And She Has A Killer Home)

(Photo by Elizabeth Lavin)

In the January/February issue of D Home, we profiled eight cool people creating all manner of hand-crafted goodness here in our fair city. Shay Ometz and her husband Jeff Barfoot were among the supremely talented artists, artisans, and designers featured. In addition to parenting two kiddos and working day jobs, the husband-and-wife duo also co-helm design and illustration company Bee Things, turning out, “art prints, posters, apparel, and products for the home, kiddos, and kids at heart.” Their designs have also been picked up by the likes of Land of Nod and Crate and Barrel.


Not surprisingly, they also boast a rather awesome abode filled with art, interesting objects, vintage finds, and books (oh my the books). Yep, we featured it too (January/February 2011 D Home). Check out more snaps of their home after the jump.

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