25 September 2012

יוֹם כִּפּוּר‎‎

Easy fasting on this day of Atonement. Yom Kippur begins at sundown on September 25.

Rikki Ragland
the preppy debutante

22 September 2012

My Brother's Best Seller

My brother is featured in a new book, which made Amazon's "Best Seller" list today. Mazel Tov, Sherman!!

16 September 2012

L'Shana Tovah

May 5773 be healthy and joyous!

13 September 2012

Two Hundred Junior Leaguers Knocking Down the Red Door

We were 200 women strong, Wednesday night, as we took over Elizabeth Arden's Red Door Spa in Plano.

We gathered for a night of mini-pampering as we raised money for our biggest fundraiser, 'Neath the Wreath.

With a beauty passport in hand (and separated into small groups) we took a journey through several beauty stations,

including a quick shampoo & blow-out, manicures and more.
One of my favorite beauty stops included a neck & back massage with my favorite and regular Red Door masseuse, Winnie. We met when she did my prenatal massages two years ago and I never left her massage table. Literally, I have remained loyal since then.

We then headed across the hall for a tutorial in facials.
I love getting oxygen & microderm facials and the esthetician did a demo on our hands to show how our skin glowed afterwards.

Speaking of hands, I ended my evening with a parrafin wax and hand massage. It was a nice way to wrap up a relaxing evening.

Of course, a Girls' Night wouldn't be complete without a Red Door bag, chock full of treats.

I must commend the Red Door Salon staff. At a venue that could easily accomodate about 60 women for an event, they were definitely on overload with more than twice that number. All of the staff members were proofessional and provided great customer service during a time that could be very overwhelming!
My next Girls' Night is next week and involves a very trendy fashion show from one of my favorite retailers. Time to pick out what I am going to wear!

06 September 2012

Fashion's Night Out at Neiman Marcus

2009 invitation to Neimans Northbrook Court

My sister, LeAnita, and I began our Fashion's Night Out celebrations several years ago at the Northbrook Court Neiman Marcus in Northfield, Illinois.

After my move back to Dallas, I waddled through Highland Park Village (Highland Park, TX) at nine months pregnant for the big night with my sister. With swollen ankles & fatigue, I was dedicated, but did not enjoy it as much. A year later, and with baby in tow, I took my little male fashion plate to the Fashion's Night Out at the Willow Bend Neimans in Plano, Texas.

It was a late evening for my little one, but it gave him a great appreciation for fashion at the tender age of 11-months-old. Given that he ended up in Neiman's kids' fashion show six months later, I think it was smart to cart him around Fashion's Night Out.
This year, I left C. Alexander at home and headed back to the Willow Bend Neiman Marcus for a much needed ladies night at this year's fashion extravaganza.
I opted for an Asian-inspired look this year, with a red jacket, black pants and a red Asian print handbag.
My cinnabar & onyx necklace was by LeAnita

Marcus Wyss, VP & General Manager of Neiman Marcus, Willow Bend

As usual, Neimans put on a stellar fashion show, featuring exquisite outfits.

Key looks this fall include: Green attire of every shade, brushed gold accessories, leather, tweed, brocade, fur vests and statement pieces. Most importantly, blue is the new black!

the "scene" at NM Willow Bend

Chuck Steelman, Neiman Marcus corporate public relations

enjoying a wonderful girls' night out
making the night a family affair with my cousin

Fashion's Night Out is a worldwide event that was celebrated with more than 4,500 events in the U.S. last year. The event not only puts some fire under America's spending, it brings the consumer to the forefront of fall fashion.
an absolute FAVORITE of mine

Thanks to new ideas from the Neiman Marcus show, I foresee a green handbag in the near future (Happy Birthday to me!) It was a great way to kick-off the fashion season. The event calendar is filling up for most Dallas women, including another Neimans show on the horizon. Hold on tight, Fall is going to be a very swanky ride!

Rikki Ragland
the preppy debutante