10/29/12

Seeing The Light at The Dallas Museum Tower

One of the best things this Lifestylist® ever did was to buy  The Home Idea Factory. Not only do I have space to try out new ideas and to foster lots of rescue animals, but I'm also only a few miles from the Dallas Arts District. - This wonderful gem is tucked away in downtown Dallas and you can experience the best in the culinary arts, discover new artists or ones that you have always read about, and appreciate what Mother Earth has graced us with in the Nasher Gardens or at the new Klyde Warren Park.
When I was driving to one of my favorite events - 'Til Midnight at The Nasher - I was literally blinded while I was driving over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. I'd heard about all of the controversy surrounding the new Museum Tower, but it wasn't until I seriously couldn't see while I was driving 45 miles an hour on a highway because of it did I realize how dangerous it is - not only to the Arts District but to motorists driving down the various highways beside it.
Not only is the Museum Tower getting a reputation for being a bad neighbor - it's going to kill someone.
Let's hope that The Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund -owners of this $200 million dollar building do something about this issue before someone gets hurt.

10/28/12

Is The Museum Tower in Dallas Going to Be a Good Neighbor?

One of the best things this Lifestylist® ever did was to buy  The Home Idea Factory. Not only do I have space to try out new ideas and to foster lots of rescue animals, but I'm also only a few miles from the Dallas Arts District. - This wonderful gem is tucked away in downtown Dallas and you can experience the best in the culinary arts, discover new artists or ones that you have always read about, and appreciate what Mother Earth has graced us with in the Nasher Gardens or at the new Klyde Warren Park.

When I was driving to one of my favorite events - 'Til Midnight at The Nasher - I was literally blinded while I was driving over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. I'd heard about all of the controversy surrounding the new Museum Tower, but it wasn't until I seriously couldn't see while I was driving 45 miles an hour on a highway because of it did I realize how dangerous it is - not only to the Arts District but to motorists driving down the various highways beside it.

Not only is the Museum Tower getting a reputation for being a bad neighbor - it's going to kill someone.

Let's hope that The Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund -owners of this $200 million dollar building do something about this issue before someone gets hurt.

10/22/12

Lifestylist® Beauty Comes From Within



I'm sure that you have all heard the saying "Beauty is as Beauty Does" - the past few weeks have been a great example of that.

We have been on the road doing everything from finding treasures and supporting The Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, NY, being on the committee and working at the Shared Housing Annual Fundraiser, and participating in the great State Fair of Texas. We've picked apples at Whittier Farm - a local farmer in Rochester, NY that had 95% of their apple crop destroyed, seen the absolute joy in a child's face when they got a new backpack for school from the Dallas Stars and Shared Housing, and also seen the ugly side of people who were sore losers at the State Fair of Texas cooking competitions. We were also able to experience "Compassion in Action" when we participated in the Animal Rescue Corps training.

It's so heartwarming to be able to see in action and remember how kind most people are, and how that light truly shines from within. It's not about being runway skinny, or having the most expensive cars or clothes that makes someone beautiful, it's about caring more about others than yourself.

The holidays are around the corner, and this year there are so many people and groups that need help I hardly know where to begin. We will be sharing groups that we personally know and believe in on our LifestylistList - I hope that you will help your inner beauty shine this year and help someone experience their inner beauty as well.

 

10/10/12

Silence

I’ve forgotten how beautiful silence can be.

I went to my Aunt Julie’s 80th birthday in Cambridge Ohio just as a major storm hit. There were power lines and huge trees down on all of the roads, so just getting there was an adventure, but once I was at the home that I had spent so many magical summers at I kind of liked the fact we didn’t have power. With no distractions from the internet, television and our phones we spent hours just talking and getting to know each other again. It was definitely a weekend none of us will forget.

This has been a crazy week for the Lifestylist Brands. ODL is launching OnHand – an amazing new idea that we consulted on and is ready to be shared. It’s been an honor to give my clients the opportunity to get a first look at this product.

Another one of our clients – SE Homes of Texas asked us to create 5 unique model homes that will showcase everything from basic achievable housing to an amazing lifestyle focused home that will change you mind about what manufactured housing is all about. We spent 5 days in 90 degree + weather in homes without A/C (or power) lifestyling these homes. Truly a labor of love, and a great success story.

After the last towel and picture frame were in place I drove home ready for a busy weekend, and a storm came through and knocked the power out. I thought it would only be a few minutes, but it’s been over three hours now so time to settle in. I didn’t know how much I needed a little down time and silence. The power is out for miles around me so the usual noises we hear aren’t out there. the rush and bustle has slowed to a crawl. The sounds I’m hearing instead of the usual air conditioning, television and fans are my dogs snoring and distant traffic. I dug out some candles I haven’t used for ages and now I’m wondering why I don’t burn them more often – their soft glow and intoxicating fragrance has made this a great evening.