WINTER’S COOL IN DALLAS

Join our favorite girl-on-the-real-scene Cynthia Smoot as she scouts the latest and coolest offerings in Dallas this winter

BAHZ INSPIRATION

The creations of Britt Harless are proof that it’s possible to turn even the most devastating circumstances into something truly beautiful. After a series of personal tragedies, when Harless was at her lowest, she would go outside and study the oak trees in her backyard. Nature was a balm to her soul as she studied the curves of the bare trees in the deepest Dallas winter. “Even when the trees were bare, they still represented strength, nurturing, protection, and resilience. Their stoic, imperfect beauty was stunning. Inspired by their message of annual renewal, I started to sketch again, and once I started I couldn’t stop. I found my way back to a central creative passion that I had left behind years ago, and that led to BAHZ,” said Harless, who created the design line’s name from her initials.

The debut collection from BAHZ is called Winter Branches in Bastille, a name that springs from the designer’s French roots. Each handcrafted piece is named for a street around the prison monument in Bastille. Jewelry is made with .925 sterling silver, bronze, or 14-karat gold plate. Prices range from $250 to $825, and the collection is available for sale in upscale boutiques and select trunk shows. For more information, visit Bahz.us

BULLZERK’S BIG D ATTITUDE

There are many T-shirt manufacturers creating Texana state designs. But Dan Bradley has taken the hometown pride concept one step further and designs hilarious tees that capture the unique flavor of the neighborhoods that make up Dallas. Available at Bullzerk on Lower Greenville in Dallas or online, his witty mottos, from Drag Me To Oak Lawn to Lakewood: Home Of The Original Dad Bod, no neighborhood is safe from Bradley’s snark and I couldn’t love it more. Because he prints everything on-site, Bradley has the ability to react to local news events and stay au courant. In addition to t-shirts, Bullzerk sells posters featuring neighborhood landmarks, as well as smaller knickknacks like koozies, stickers and journals. Tees are $23 each and made from a super soft cotton blend. Bullzerk is located at 1909 Greenville Avenue, or you can shop the entire collection online at Bullzerk.myshopify

I’D LIKE THAT MONOGRAMMED, PLEASE

Reese Witherspoon once famously said, “My sheets are monogrammed, so is my silverware and pretty much everything else I own. My rule is, if it’s not moving, monogram it.” This is a motto that most Southern women live by, so it’s no surprise that the first printing of Kimberly Schlegel Whitman’s seventh book Monograms For The Home: The Art of Marking Your Mark, which debuted this past fall, quickly sold out and the publisher has already ordered its second printing. FGI of Dallas and IBB Design in Frisco hosted a luncheon to celebrate Whitman, one of Dallas’ most beloved and accomplished women authors. The book offers an inside look at both the history of monograms and ciphers, and how each can be incorporated into our everyday lives. The book is available on Amazon.com or in finer book stores everywhere.