A Guide to Valentine’s Day in Dallas


DINNER RESERVATIONS
In honor of the love holiday, restaurants all over town prepare indulgent multiple course menus to delight the senses and pamper the diner. We’ve rounded them up and put them in one place. Click here for an extensive guide to dining in Dallas in for Valentine’s Day. Menus included. photo: charred octopus at The Cedars Social (photography by Kevin Marple)


CHOCOLATE
Whether you’re into Albatross fudge with dark chocolate with dehydrated blue cheese and sea salt or raspberry ganache with crystallized violet lavender or traditional turtles, check out our favorite chocolate shops in Dallas, which await you with a delightful treat for every taste. photo: chocolate covered caramels from Nib Chocolates. (photography by Manny Rodriguez)


DATE NIGHT OUTFIT
There are shops we turn to for brunch attire and shops we love for polishing up for big meetings, but then there are these: the boutiques we can count on for extra special dates and swanky nights out with our girls. Click for a list of top ten shops we’ve deemed perfect-date worthy. For Her. For Him.


LINGERIE
Buying pretty underthings is half the fun of this holiday. Need an excuse to ditch the nude bra for a strappy pink one with lace trim? You’ve got it. Feeling guilty about spending the big bucks on designer undies only you can see? Don’t. It’s Valentine’s Day, and that’s what’s it’s here for. Click here. photo: Damaris “Naked bra” Trousseau, $176

JEWELRY
Skip James Avery. Go for the good stuff. Diamonds are a girls best friend, after all. Click here for eight of our favorite jewelry boutiques you can rely on for bling that’ll make your heart sing and wrist glitter. photo: Heather Moore Harriet Stone necklace from Ylang23. (photography courtesy of Ylang23)


EVENTS
Our top picks from events editor Liz Johnstone include I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Theatre Three, a musical about romance, jazzed up with song, dance, and comedy and the Valentine’s Double Feature at Lakewood Theater. The night begins with lives tunes from Ricki Derek and the Cupid Quartet (think Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole) and ends with a screening of Casablanca. Check out Liz’s full list of V Day events here.


WHERE TO SHOP FOR DATE NIGHT DUDS
FOR HER:

(photography by Matthew Shelley, style assistants: Jessica Acklen and Meagan Paparella)

(in photo) Yigal Azrouël maxi skirt and one-shoulder crepe top ($665 and $465, Forty Five Ten); Azzedine Alaia eyelet shell dress over slip ($3,275, Forty Five Ten); and Shirin Askara jewel-tone print dress ($375, Melanie Gayle)

Barneys New York: For delicious designer garb.
Chanel: For its famous ladylike chic look.
Demerara: For a bit of glitz and a lot of glam.
Diane von Furstenberg: For colorful dresses that fit like a glove.
Elements: For a little of everything, edited down.
Flirt Boutique: For affordable frocks.

(photography by Matthew Shelley, style assistants: Jessica Acklen and Meagan Paparella)

(in photo) Minimarket drape dress, $132; Minimarket sheer-legged romper, $310; and Abi Ferrin scoop back dress, $300, from Piermarini Boutique

Forty Five Ten: For exclusive designer pieces.
Hemline: For of-the-moment pieces that won’t break the bank.
Krimson & Klover: For flirty styles at affordable prices.
l.Bartlett: For the latest trends organized by colors.
Lela Rose: For Dallas-based design.
Lilli London: For sleek cocktail dresses.
Mal Malouf: For style that mimic the latest from designers.

(photography by Matthew Shelley, style assistants: Jessica Acklen and Meagan Paparella)

(in photo) Park blouse and Pleasure Doing Business bandage skirt ($192 and $135, l.Bartlett); French Connection pleated, belted dress ($198, l.Bartlett); and Parker floral maxi dress ($286; Melanie Gayle)

Melanie Gayle: For versatile dresses you can dress up or down.
Neiman Marcus: For a little of everything.
Piermarini Boutique: For under-the-radar design labels.
Scoop NYC: For a stylish look to turn heads.
Stanley Korshak: For personalized service to find the perfect piece.
Turtletique: For dresses you can rework into office apparel.


FOR HIM:
Barneys New York: For designer gear that’ll surely impress.
Cowboy Cool: For quality country-meets-rock-and-roll clothing and accessories.
Culwell & Son: For
Daniel Taylor Clothier: For preppy looks with an on-site tailor.
Demerara: For upscale brands that aim to show off.
Forty Five Ten:For stylish guys in the know.
J. Hilburn Men’s Clothier:For personalized service and customized shirts.
Ken’s Man Shop: For an expert staff and brand name sportswear.
Neiman Marcus: For finding everything in one stop.
Original Octane: For serious denim and European button downs.
Piermarini Boutique: For off-the-radar New York designers.
Pockets Menswear: For contemporary suiting and Italian accessories.
Sebastian’s Closet: For sharp suits, designer denim, and cool accessories.
Stanley Korshak: For contemporary styles and hands-on customer service.

WHERE TO SHOP FOR LINGERIE
Trousseau: For the best in the biz. Glamorous sets at every price point. See photos.
Intimacy: For respected, high-quality sets to fit and flatter. See photos.
Neiman Marcus: For designer underthings. See photos.
Anthropologie: For sweet sets under $100.
Dallas Pin Up: For vintage-inspired head turners.
H&M: For trendy on the cheap.
Lingerie Collection: For reliable sets and floor-length gowns.
Loretta’s Intimates: For customer service and every size imaginable.
Maddox Shop: For an expert staff and custom fit.
Soma Intimates: For everything from cozy loungewear to lacy sets.

Cathy Waterman "Love" necklace and Sydney Evan love ring from Ylang23, Tiffany bracelet, Naomi pearl earrings, and Montblanc watch from Bachendorf's (photography courtesy of retailers)

WHERE TO SHOP FOR JEWELRY

Cartier: For celeb favorite love bracelets.
Bachendorf’s: For world-renowned expertise and quality.
deBoulle Diamond: For a friendly staff to help you shop.
Eiseman Jewel: For exclusive collections of jewelry and custom-designed pieces.
Naomi Designs: For elegant pieces designed in-house.
Matthew Trent: For future family heirlooms in a dazzling array of colors.
Stanley Korshak: For an edited collection of designer jewelry.
SWAG: For on-trend jewelry you can expect to last.
Tiffany & Co.: For the famous turquoise box.
Urban Flower/Grange Hall: For exquisite (and often odd) designs no one else carries.
Ylang23: For the lastest and greatest from favorite jewelry designers.
William Noble: In-house designers can help you create your dream jewelery.

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