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12 Lovely Lucite Finds for the Home

Let’s talk about Lucite. It’s a magical material really. It can add a touch of glamour to even the most mundane household object or completely reinvent and modernize more traditional pieces. When applied in moderation, the see-through trend creates a chic, eye-catching effect.

But enough talking, let’s get to the Lucite eye candy. In most cases, acquiring clear pieces will significantly lighten your wallet; so just looking may be enough lovely Lucite to satisfy your inner design maven.

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Luxury Garage Sale’s Second Brick-And-Mortar Shop to Open in Snider Plaza

You may have heard us mention a Luxury Garage Sale pop-up or two (or four) at shops like Blue Print, Mecox, and Ceylon et Cie over the past few weeks, but this is the real brick-and-mortar deal you guys: Luxury Garage Sale is officially setting up shop in Snider Plaza and is scheduled to open towards the end of this summer.

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Home and Embroidery Shop The Loveliest Now Open in Uptown

Nestled on Mahon Street, just around the corner from Blue Print, you’ll find The Loveliest, a new store from sisters Britni and Kelsey Wood and their mother, Joni. The appropriately named shop is filled with unique, fair trade items by makers from all over the world like All Across Africa, MayaMam, Creative Woman, and Woven Promises. “Almost everything we have comes straight from the source,” Kelsey says.

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Book Club: The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind The Original Film

If you read the internet you have surely seen “May the fourth be with you” a whole lot today. You might be over it. Too bad. I’m here to tell you about a young girl from the mean streets of Beaumont, Texas, who was OBSESSED with the Star Wars movies. She saw Empire Strikes Back about eight times when it came out. Remember, this is the early 1980s. You had to go to the movie theater to see movies back in those days.  In her spare time, she worked on a screenplay that was about 1,000 times better than Return of the Jedi. (Her story focused on a new character, Princess Leia’s hilarious, smart-talking junior-highish-age sister, played by a young ingenue/writer/actress from Beaumont, Texas but living in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.) This young lady also had a feeling that George Lucas was following her around to make sure that she was right for his films. (She also had some ideas for some Raiders of the Lost Ark sequels.) This girl wore this for several Halloweens (and a lot of other days, too) and was sad when NO ONE knew who she was. Okay, that weirdo was me. My sister and I have probably watched Star Wars 1,000 times, and even today we can make ourselves laugh and laugh when we speak in Carrie Fisher’s bad British accent: “Governor Tark, I should have expected to find you holding Vader’s leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board.” Anyway, that’s all a really long way of saying, Star Wars was a huge part of my childhood, and  I want this book right now.

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Stay Thrifty and Thirsty at Dwell with Dignity’s “Sip & Shops”

Dwell with Dignity’s 2015 Thrift Studio kicked off just last week with a lively preview party, but that was just the beginning for one of Dallas’ coolest pop-ups.

As the annual event continues its thrifty reign at the Dallas Designer Center, Dwell with Dignity will be replenishing the treasures in each vignette and inviting shoppers to a series of “Sip & Shops.” It’s pretty self explanatory: you enjoy a complimentary cocktail or two, get cool bonus discounts or extra shopping time, score amazing deals on designer goods, and leave knowing that all your well-spent money will go towards Dwell with Dignity’s mission to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design. How awesome is that?

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Party Pics: Thrift Studio’s 2015 Preview Party

Dwell with Dignity’s annual pop-up shop, Thrift Studio, kicked off last night with a lively preview party. Suite 749 was filled with design loving partygoers who were quick to hunt down the fabulous finds found at each vignette. Amidst the lucky shoppers were the talented designers and artists themselves along with D Magazine’s own Matt Shelley, who was there to capture all excitement. Click here to view the party pics.

Thrift studio will continue its thrifty reign at the Dallas Design Center through May 23rd, but move fast, my friends. Though many items are replenished over the month, these deeply discounted treasures will go fast.

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Book Club: The Best of People Weekly/The First Decade

Did you know that actress-singer Ronee Blakley and German film director Wim Wenders married in Caldwell, Idaho in 1979 and their marriage only lasted 12 months? Do you know who actress-singer Ronee Blakley is? I’m betting the answer to both of those questions is a resounding “No.” But if you had The Best of People/The First Decade you could learn about that, read about Miss Piggy, check out covers featuring C-3PO and ET, and read long articles about Patricia Neal and Irene Gubrud. It really is a super fun book for any Gen Xer who grew up with a mom who got a subscription every week. It was published in 1984 (around the time most of the D Home team was born—aside from sad old me. Yay!), and it’s full of good stuff about Alan Alda, Jane Fonda, Michael Jackson, Liz Taylor, Ed Asner, and so many more folks that maybe you haven’t thought about in a while. Whenever I have company, they are drawn to this book (as well as Glamour’s Big Book of Dos and Don’ts, also vintage) because it’s hilarious. So that’s my recommendation for the day: Go check out that vintage coffee table books at Half Price Books, get some that make you happy, and then mix them in with your fancy Tom Ford book.

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