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Glass Houses

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What We Are Thankful For…

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Black: Going Gothic

Dwell with Dignity – We are all Butterflies

Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio – October 2013

Bountiful Botanicals

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Gilding the Lily: the Tôle Flowers of Tommy Mitchell

Greetings from the Big Apple: I. Love. My. Apartment.

Summer in Dallas

America Loves...

Accent Color Choices and an article on WGSN.com

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Sherry Hayslip Talks Coffee Tables with Park Cities People

2013 ASID Design Ovation Awards: It was Our Night!

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Friday Flowers - Tulipmania

The Spring Fling Continues

Spring Has Sprung...

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Color Essay: I've Got the Blues

For Your Valentines Pleasure: A Fantasy Dinner for Two…

Dallas… Modern… Luxury…

New York State of Mind

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Welcome 2013

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If Life were a Color...

While the Cat’s Away, the Mice will Play

Design Dialog: Dressing Room Reveal

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Hayslip Design Associates and The Crystal Charity Ball

Happy Thanksgiving

Design Dialog: Peyton’s Closet is Almost Done

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Design Dialog: Color

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Design Dialog: Confessions of a Lapsed Decorating Mother

Greetings from the Big Apple: How a College Kid Eats in the New Millennium

Design Dialog: What About Fabrics

Design Dialog: Words, Words, Words...

The Painted Desert: The Enduring Appeal of Santa Fe

Bienvenue à Dallas: This Style Scout May Have Found Her Calling

Design Dialog: The Duchess is a Diva

Design Dialog: The Chair has Arrived!

Greetings from the Big Apple: NYU Redux

Design Dialog: First, Step Lightly…

Hayslip Design Associates Visits Les Mettaliers Champenois: Why Cross the Pond When You Can Just Cross a Bridge

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Revisiting Marrakech

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Design Dialog: Taking on a New Client

Coming Soon: A New Blog Series

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Home Again... Dallas in Bloom

The Family who Wanders Together...

Marrakech Express

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Obscenely Beautiful Things

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The Enduring Appeal of Chinoiserie

The Art of the Room

The Color of Love...

Love is the Answer...

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Casa View Elementary School

Welcome 2012

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My Christmas Wish to You

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Celestial Architecture

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Born to the Purple

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My Talented Staff II

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2011 TX ASID Design Ovation Awards

The Meaning of Love...

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Georg Jensen

Farvel Danmark!

Royal Copenhagen

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The Artistry of Daniel Ost

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So the week ended

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a la Michelangelo...

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Rubbing Shoulders with History

It all began with Cole

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Greetings from the Big Apple: Tracy Popken. Is. A. Genius.


“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses  only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the  way we live, what is happening.”
 - Coco Chanel


Tiger Darrow: Style Scout
Style Scout -Tiger Darrow

Hi Friends,

At NYU, I have completed the majority of my required courses for my major. One of my courses is Aural Comprehension, a class that trains its students to quickly identify complex musical elements by ear. I had three different professors over the course of my aural studies.

My first professor was a lenient man who wasn't interested in being difficult and wouldn't push us beyond what he was confident that we could accomplish. The second was a strict man who required weekly assignments and exercises including "sightsinging" (singing a piece of written music without having heard it before) in front of the entire class. In the end, his strict syllabus had been incredibly rewarding and I feel more confident in my skills.

My third professor was different.

My third professor allowed the philosophical discussion of our studies to spark inspiration in other topics. We would begin the class on track, but ultimately, we were always derailed as he would try to explain an idea. I learned a lot about music from this man; but I learned a lot about life as well. Oddly enough, one point he made during a class session is one thing that I still think about regularly.

One day, this free flowing discussion led to how important our appearance is in communicating our essence. He opined that not everyone can look sharp in a suit, but anyone can look sharp in a suit that has been perfectly tailored. He felt the cost of tailoring should be included in the cost of the garment. For some reason, this stuck with me.

I've never really cared about how perfectly things fit me. If something is too small, I don't wear it. If something is too big, I cinch it in a little with a belt or a safety pin and head out the door. About the only thing I really spend money on in New York City is food, even despite being in one of the world's fashion capitols.

Something I will spend money on, however, is gig clothing. I enjoy wearing vintage or vintage-inspired dresses at my shows, and if I find a good deal on a dress I love, I cut back on my grocery money a little and snatch it (example: I found this Betsey Johnson dress at Buffalo Exchange for $30. Done. Deal.).

Tiger Darrow and band

My all-time favorite dress, however, has always been my Zachary's Smile White Label dress from Anthropologie that I bought sometime around 2006. Using fabric from South Africa, he created a number of different styles of dresses, including this one:


To this day, I still wear it to shows and when I'm out and about. When Anthro stopped selling this style, I scoured the internet for more-I was determined to have an entire collection. I was only lucky enough to find this one, which was a few sizes too big (no problem, got it taken in).

So now, enter the trip to South Africa.

This January, to beat the cold, we flew to my boyfriend's home in Johannesburg for a couple of weeks. We drove to the beach, took a trip to Cape Town, explored some museums, saw some animals, and took many, many photos. The one souvenir I was not going to let myself leave without, however, was a few yards of some fabric similar to the fabric of my Zachary's Smile dresses. My boyfriend's mother told us where we would find inexpensive, wax-printed fabric, and before heading to the airport, we rushed to the fabric store to buy a few yards. I wasn't sure what I was looking for in a dress, really, but I grabbed the fabrics that seemed most striking. Though I didn't know what to do with the fabric, I knew exactly who would.

When I returned to Texas, I took the fabric to my amazingly talented friend, Tracy Popken. Tracy is a seamstress who specializes in repairing, tailoring, and reimagining vintage clothing. She also does her own stunning, vintage-inspired designs, so I brought her my fabric, we took some measurements and discussed which era of clothing would most suit my body and taste (50's, of course), and I left the fabric in her hands not having any idea of what exactly she would do.

A little while later, she sent the preliminary sketches. I was already thrilled with the shape and cut of the dress, but I still had no clue how the patterns on the fabric would translate. Well, Tracy. Is. A. GENIUS. Here's what she came up with:

Not only was I impressed with how she was able to manipulate the design on the fabric to sit evenly, but her attention to detail was incredible. She hand-sewed beads to the skirt to add shimmer under stage lights, the lining was so perfectly stitched, everything down to her adorable label on the inside absolutely thrilled me.

It gets better. I gave her several different patterns. Several different patterns = several different dresses.

And I have to say, my Aural Comprehension teacher was right.

Clothing that is made for you makes ALL the difference.

Not just in how you look, but how you feel. I feel like an absolute princess in this dress, and when one feels amazing, their energy is translated into how they look as well. People can see the confidence coming from someone who loves what they're wearing, and often, that confidence can result in the happiness of the wearer contagiously rubbing off on those who interact with them.

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.”
- Yves Saint Laurent

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm starting to realize I'm not JUST going to school for music. I'm learning so much more than how to write medieval counterpoint and which composer wrote "The Monk and His Cat".




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