Diehard Dallas shoppers have perused the great specialty stores along Lovers Lane, between the Tollway and Inwood Road, since 1949. Big-time chains such as Gap (214-352-1827), Gap Kids (214-357-3194), and Chico’s (214-350-1735) anchor the Village, but we also love more novel shops like Turtletique (214-350-9393), where you can find pieces by Layfayette 148 (one of Oprah’s faves) and Yansi Fugel’s stylish cashmere basics. Browse Byzantine (214-904-9086) for such contemporary lines as Nanette Lepore, Cynthia Steffe, and Trina Turk and for dainty new sundresses by Tailor NY and Ruth. Down the way, pop into Mary Nash (214-352-2603) for the latest Taylor bags or a fitted suit from Fitelle. If you’re expecting—or know someone who is—A Pea in the Pod (214-352-6665) is a hot shop for exclusive pieces from Diane von Furstenberg and Lilly Pulitzer. Around the corner is Haute Baby (214-357-3068), where you’ll find super-chic pj’s and custom bedding for your haute-to-trot tots. Shop Smink (214-350-0542) for Swedish decor and modern pieces. Down the street, at Jaya (214-352-5115), you’ll discover imported furniture and gifts from the Far East. For the latest in Texan art and furniture, go to Artiste (214-350-3536), where we love the hand-painted glasses from Smithereens. Farther down the road is St. Bernard Sports (214-357-9700), featuring more than ski and snowboarding gear, including a large selection of Seven denim and coveted Ugg boots. —S.Q.
Oops! You Did It Again
Keep Miss Oops ($10) on hand for all the mistakes in your life—well, at least the deodorant marks, powder spills, and other embarrassing spots. These handy little sponges, created by Dallasite Jennifer Higgins, remove smudges fast and stay strong for a year. Available at Byzantine, Inwood Village. 214-904-9086.
Fellas, does buying a gift for your favorite lady leave you perplexed? Then pick up a copy of Size Matters ($12.95), a guide to what women want. Written by Texas couple Amal Safdar and Howard Carey, this is a foolproof method for keeping track of her sizes, likes, and, most important, dislikes. Ladies, buy it for him and give the gift that keeps on giving—to you. Visit www.sizemattersgiftbooks.com.
Pucker for a Cause
Sephora has joined Operation Smile to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged kids. Purchase a tube of shimmering lip baume (with aloe vera, shea butter, almond oil, and SPF 15) and help fund reconstructive surgery and health care to children with facial defects around the world. It’s the best five bucks you’ll spend all year. Available at all Sephora stores (877-SEPHORA). For more information on Operation Smile, visit www.operationsmile.org.