February is
here and you know what that means—it’s formal season! Luckily, I’ve got you
covered from the date to the dress.


Louise Brooks, Clara Bow and other seductive 1920s movie stars glamorized the flapper
on screen. They wore flashy beaded dresses to serve as a reaction against
Victorian fashion. With the current hype surrounding 
“The Great Gatsby” movie, why not rock this art deco
shift dress to your formal? All eyes will be on you! So, do you have the spirit
of a reckless flapper in you?


You have your
dress all figured out now, but what about the perfect accessory—your date?!
Besides the bend and snap (just kidding), how are you going to land your man?
My favorite way I invited someone to formal was spelling “Formal?” on a cookie
cake in pink and blue icing. Of course, I also included a glass of milk and a
silly straw. Another super cute idea would be to decorate a cooler for your
date. If you’re artistically challenged like me, reach out to my “little sis”
Lauren Murphy who just started her own affordable cooler design business,
Southern Customs.


Long lashes seem to
be an obsession these days. Volumizing mascara doesn’t cut it anymore! I’m a
huge fan of wearing Katy Perry false eyelashes to punctuate my look for an
event. But the other day, I discovered Ooh-la-Lash when I was walking to
Starbucks on Hillcrest to get my daily caffeine fix. Mother daughter duo Tahnh
and Tanya Huynhand charge $150 for a full set of eyelash extensions that last
6-8 weeks. For the month of February, Ooh-la-Lash is offering an $89 special
only for Brooke du jour readers!
Whisper my name when you walk into the adorable pink studio : ) Full disclosure: I hear eyelash extensions are
seriously addicting!


You want a fun vibe
to get you pumped up for formal so make a dinner reservation for a big group. If
you’re craving sushi, Naan on Cedar Springs is always a popular choice. Penne Pomodoro and Bandito’s in Snider Plaza are both SMU staples as well. Groups
like to cater at apartments as well if you’re looking for something more low-key.
I hope my party-prep
tips help make your night extra special. Have fun! Break out your dancing shoes, ladies!


  1. February 6, 2013 / 1:38 am

    Love the 1920s vibe! And how can you go wrong with Naan sushi? Great formal post, Brooke!

    • February 6, 2013 / 2:15 am

      Thanks Lauren!! Looking forward to shopping your Rent The Runway closet for a formal or special occasion soon! xo

  2. Becca F.
    February 12, 2013 / 5:11 am

    I've only heard great things about Ooh-la-Lash! Once I'm ready to splurge on falsies, I'm definitely going to see Tahnh!

    • February 12, 2013 / 2:28 pm

      Please let me know how your first visit goes! Feel free to email me! xo

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