30 Days of Style: Joanna Hillman

When it comes to style inspiration, street style blogs are my go-to source. My favorite time to view these blogs is during the various Fashion Weeks when photogs snap pictures of magazines’ fashion editors. The fashion mag editors really have a knack for creating the ideal outfit (it is part of their job, after all). Lucky for me, Harper’s Bazaar is providing this kind of entertainment all month long with “Joanna’s Wardrobe Diaries: 30 Days of Style.” Through December, Joanna Hillman (senior fashion market editor and one of my very favorite street style ladies) is posting her daily looks, including information on each piece so we can pull the look off too!

Where do you get your style inspiration?

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

I wish I could say that I was a marvelous chef but my culinary talents have never extended much farther than scrambled eggs and grilled cheeses. When it comes to the holiday festivities, my family usually leaves me to making the drinks – something I can certainly manage! I was excited when I stumbled upon these merry (and delicious!) beverage recipes earlier today. There’s plenty of libations to choose from – the Merry Cranberry Margarita is my favorite!

Merry Cranberry Margarita


  • 1 1/4 cups cranberry juice cocktail, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau
  • 3 cups coarsely crushed ice

  • Preparation
  • 1. Pour 1/4 cup cranberry juice into a shallow bowl. Pour 3 tbsp. sugar onto a plate. Dip rims of 4 to 6 widemouthed glasses (6 to 8 oz., suitable for margaritas) into juice, then sugar. Set glasses aside.

2. Reserve 12 cranberries. In a blender, whirl the remaining cranberries, cranberry juice, and sugar, the lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and ice until smooth and slushy. If necessary, blend in 2 batches, then mix together. Divide among glasses and garnish with reserved berries, skewered on toothpicks.

Accessories Report: Lulu Frost for J.Crew

Looks like J.Crew has another amazing collaboration on their hands! This time it’s with the glam jewelry team of Lulu Frost. Lisa Salzar, head jewelry designer for Lulu Frost, looked to the line’s archives for inspiration for the collection. The result? An array of razzle-dazzle pieces with a vintage feel (Art Deco, anyone?). The jewelry pieces, all of which have been constructed from antique crystals and handmade chains, are priced between $85 to around $260. How perfect would any of these pieces be for those holiday parties? I’ll go ahead and add both pairs of earrings to my Christmas list…
Shop the collection right here!

You Need to Know About: Proenza Schouler Mochila Collection

Check out Proenza Schouler’s latest e-commerce wonder: the Mochila collection. The perfect blend of tribal chic and high-fashion, the mochila wallet and tote would be an ideal addition to any closet (not to mention, a wonderful last minute gift for your fashionista friend). The wallet resembles the ever-classic PS1 tote – but unlike the PS1, the wallet has a budget-friendly price tag at $145. Take a peek at the entire collection right here. I’m personally adding the gray/black wallet to my wish list. Which style would you pick?

Editorial: Zing!

The temperature may be dipping below 35 degrees here but it’s warm and sunny in the holiday issue of the New York Times Style Magazine. Photographed by Emma Summerton and styled by David Vandewal, “Zing” features Tali Lennox, Luisa Bianchin, Pauline Van der Cruysse, Fabiana Mayer and Emily Senko in the brightest of the brights from the Spring 2011 collections – Oscar de la Renta, Rodarte, and Lacoste, to name a few. (Side note: Obsessed with that coral lipstick shade! I need it!) Kind of makes you want to hang up that winter coat and put on your sundress and wedges instead, doesn’t it? 

Gift Guide: For Him

Shopping for boys can be quite a task – don’t you think? I often find that anything they really want they just go out and purchase for themselves (i.e. my dad). Whether you’re shopping for your boyfriend, brother or your dad, here are some gift ideas that I hope you’ll find helpful!

Tastemaker: Hannah Hodges

Hannah Hodges
is one of Dallas’ most stylish locals. As an assistant buyer at Stanley Korshak, Hannah is always in the know when it comes to the latest and greatest in fashion. When Hannah isn’t working away, she’s planning her winter wedding! I know that Hannah’s upcoming nuptials will be just like her style – classic and super chic. Read below to hear more about this bride-to-be.

Winter Must-Haves: Number one is a great party outfit! I love Sachin & Babi because you get a couture look without the couture price tag. I am enjoying the over-the-knee boot trend while it lasts, but I always love a great black ankle bootie. It never goes out of style, and it can take you from day to night in an instant. Also, a great pink blush! I love the Chanel tweed blush in fuchsia.

Favorite Winter Color: Camel. It is always sophisticated and versatile.

Best Part About Planning a Wedding: Everything! My favorite part is getting to plan with my mom and sister. My mom recently retired, so it has been a fun project for us – plus they both have great taste. Now that we have the reception and ceremony venues nailed down, it’s pretty smooth sailing- at least for a while! I LOVE my Jenny Packham dress…. It is very unique and vintage inspired. She is a London-based designer who is only carried in a few stores in the USA and exclusively at Stanley Korshak in Texas. Also, having a huge sweet tooth, I am looking forward to all the cake tasting. Morgan Wilson, the pastry chef at the Ritz Carlton, was recently on “Top Chef: Just Desserts”- so I am especially excited to sample his cakes!

Color Theme? I chose eggplant, emerald, and terracotta. I wanted to pick colors that were warm and fall appropriate since we are getting married in November. Dark purple looks great on everyone and is a great alternative to navy or black, which is why I chose beautiful chiffon Amsale dresses in eggplant for my bridesmaids (also from Stanley Korshak). Since each of my bridesmaids has their own unique sense of style, I let them choose which style gown they wanted to wear. I wanted everyone to be comfortable in the dress, and I thought it would add some character!
Most stylish movie of all time: Annie Hall is a personal favorite of mine. Diane Keaton’s character was really the first woman to make gender-bending fashion chic and defined women’s fashion in the late 1970s. This look continues to reinvent itself over and over and is still relevant today. Also, To Catch a Thief…does it get any better than Grace Kelly and Cary Grant?

Best piece of fashion advice you have ever received? Buy clothes that fit you! If it does not fit – get it altered. Nothing looks better than a well-tailored outfit.

Dream possession: A get-a-way in the Bahamas where Walker and I can fly fish for a few days then just relax by the beach…everyone is happy! I also have my eye on a pair of brown Chanel riding boots.

Favorite Dallas restaurant: This is tough. Can I break it down by meal? Breakfast… Easy! A chorizo, egg and cheese burrito from the Taco Joint. Lunch….Grown-Up Grilled Cheese at Nick and Sam’s Grill. Dinner… It’s hard to beat the Oysters Rockefeller and Filet Mignon at Al Biernat’s. Dessert…Pecan Ball at Café Pacific. I also like any restaurant where I can sit on the patio with my dogs.