Not By Design

Brian Crumley never thought he would make a living for himself designing jewelry. Like much of his life, his entrance into the business was unplanned and filled with strokes of luck. In fact, the inspiration behind his first necklace was born out of a moment of imperfect vision: While visiting a friend in New York City’s Harlem, he glimpsed what he thought was a knotted scarf on a walking passerby. Upon closer inspection, he realized that the accessory was only being worn in the usual fashion, but it no longer mattered.

Runway or Another

She wore a dress made out of newspaper, got into a “sticky” situation with double-sided tape and earned a spread in the February issue of Marie Claire. Now that Kalyn Hemphill has cat-walked her way to the winner’s circle on Lifetime’s Models of the Runway: Season One, the model/actress/singer is moving her focus from the runway to Broadway.

Tomorrow People

Arlington-native Blake Mycoskie started Shoes For Tomorrow, also known as TOMS, in 2006 with a simple concept in mind: For every pair purchased, he would give away a pair to a child in need. More than 150,000 pairs of shoes have been given, and now 33-year-old Mycoskie ramps things up with an exclusive line for Neiman Marcus.

How many times has someone addressed you as Tom?

The Art of Getting Groomed

It was finally show time. Cheeks brushed for air kisses. Champagne flowed freely. After more than ten years and $354 million dollars donated mostly from private pockets, the AT&T Performing Arts Center opened with a whirlwind of ballet, opera, and theatre. Over the course of three days, some of Dallas’s most deep-pocketed philanthropists mingled with artists, architects, and aesthetes. The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, with its glossy candy apple red exterior, hosted ballet, opera, and a night of Broadway.

Fashion Forward

It was a whirlwind of fun during Austin’s first-ever fashion week (July 12–19). On a typical day, we (my mother and sister tagged along) dressed (fashionably, of course), loaded up the car, and tried to navigate our way around the city as we went from show to show. We chatted with designers and previewed the next big things. Here’s a little peek.

Susie Q., Mystery Shopper

Susie Q. (not her real name) has been reviewing hotels, restaurants, and retailers anonymously for about six years. She works for several market research companies, such as Sinclair Customer Metrics, to whom she reports her findings after posing as an everyday customer and testing out products and services. She has lived in San Antonio for more than 25 years.

Coiffing Socialites

NAME: Cerón | AGE: 45 | HOMETOWN: Houston | QUALIFICATIONS: Equally good with scissors and sweet talk / Owner and artistic director of Cerón Salon, whose clients include Phoebe Tudor, Holly Moore, and Diane Lokey Farb, among others / Has “done” Paris Hilton, Cindy Crawford, Lauren Hutton, Lisa Rinna, and Ivana Trump

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Some people wouldn’t be caught dead in a Salvation Army. (As a woman I know recently put it, “Don’t you wonder whose dress you’re wearing?) Others consider thrift shopping a way of life. I’m in the latter camp. Why do I love to thrift? It boils down to the thrilling possibility of finding something really, really great for really, really cheap. Buying second-hand means you can wear interesting clothes that are unique to you, without breaking the bank.

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