Have you received your party invite to that Ugly Christmas sweater party this year? Well, if so, we have you covered at Dee Dee Style. We have been collecting the originals all year just for you! The originals? Yes, the original ugly christmas sweaters. The vintage pieces from the 1980’s -1990’s! You know the pieces that we all still love and no new creation can beat! They are so cute that some consider them ugly. But you and I know deep down inside, that they really are precious and can’t be beat by any reproduction. They are covered in Christmas characters, jingle bells, bead work, and more items that make them exquisite works of art! Stop in today to check out our collection and get ready for that party.
We have posted all of our Ugly Christmas items on Instagram. You can follow us by clicking on this link. You can purchase in store or from Instagram, we ship Nationwide, flat rate $6.
We are open late till 8 pm for Night Owls tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 12th. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on store events.
See you soon!
Hello all! Its been way too long. Sorry about that. Life gets a bit crazy.
Its cloudy and gray here in Rockwall, Texas. Today, I do not mind the rain. I heard someone share years ago that life is about perspective. They shared this story…As you sit in your office cubicle looking out at a gray rainy day, you see wet, cold, miserable, the hassle of an umbrella, mud that gets all over your new shoes, puddles in the parking lot that you have to dodge so you are not drenched. But look again. Look at that little bird splashing in that puddle. He’s happy as can be. He gets to get a drink and he is enjoying a fresh bath. He is so happy!
(Photo courtesy of Pinterest/http://zsazsabellagio.blogspot.ca/)
Doesn’t that make you smile? Why not splish and splash in those puddles? We have you covered here at Dee Dee Style. We have rain boots in stock in fashionable colors and patterns including Imperial Purple, Black and White Polka Dot, Plaid, and the newest arrival- Navy Blue Duck Boots!
What is a “Core”Drobe? It is a handful of essential wardrobe pieces that every woman should have. For the past couple of months, I have been brainstorming to really define what is “Dee Dee” Style? What does that mean? What does it represent as a term? As a brand? I started with descriptive adjectives. Here is what I came up with:
* Vintage or Vintage Inspired
I developed a Dee Dee Style brand board. Check it out here.
Next, came the realization that Dee Dee Style is what my style is, what I wear every day. Pretty obvious, right?!! LOL So with that in mind, there are a handful of pieces that are my go to wardrobe essentials. My “Core”drobe! Here is the list:
* White Button Up Top
* A great pair or two of jeans- a Boyfriend, and a Skinny
* LBD (Little Black Dress)
* white tee (I have at least five on hand at any one time) **You can wear it under anything!**
* Denim Jacket
I have also created a “Core”Drobe Pinterest board. Check it out!
Huffington Post has a great fashion blog section. Here is their article that they did on the “Core”Drobe. They describe it as the pieces that “…should go with everything else.”
After brainstorming and defining Dee Dee Style I started with the introduction of the Little Black Dress Collection in the stores this past fall. Every lady should have at least one little black dress on hand in her wardrobe. Here is my LBD (Little Black Dress) Pinterest board.
This spring I am building on the LBD collection in the store to include many of these essentials including the following:
* basic white tee (super soft, great complimentary fit, perfect for layering)
* jeans- introducing Principle Denim Innovators, made by Red Engine jeans which have been featured in Real Simple, In Style and Elle magazines, worn by celebrities such as Diane Kruger, Jamie Lynn Sigler, and Meg Ryan. Check out their press page for more info. I am over the top excited to bring in this line and to have it exclusively in the DFW area!!
* more Little Black Dresses, spring inspired styles
* white button up top that will change based on season, but always a great layering piece
* denim jacket
So stop by the store today to start building or adding to your “Core”Drobe!
See you soon!
Hello all! Thank you for attending the multitude of events at Dee Dee Style over the past couple of weeks. The holidays are such a busy time. I greatly appreciate your attendance and support in business.
On Saturday, December 6th, Downtown Rockwall experienced their first annual all day Christmas festivity! It was a HUGE success thanks to event coordinator, Tammy Sharp, owner of T&T Color Supply. It was a brilliant effort to bring 5 different organizations together including the City, the County, the Old Towne Neighborhood district, the Kiwanis Parade organizers and the Downtown Merchants Association. The day was filled with fun starting with the Christmas Parade and ending with hayrides to enjoy the Christmas lights in the Old Towne Neighborhood. Two of my favorite events during the day were the Find Frosty Scavenger Hunt (my cheeks hurt from smiling so much at the children’s enthusiasm and curiosity!!), and the photo booth back drop. It was such fun to watch family and friends pose with silly props to create new memories and potential Christmas card covers!
On Thursday, December 11th, Dee Dee Style hosted its second annual Secret Santa “Brewtique” event. This is probably my favorite holiday tradition at the store. My husband is simply brilliant and I love to show off his ideas and talents. I tell him all the time he is such a smarty pants! This was his idea last summer as we were brainstorming for the store opening. It is the perfect combination for both genders- shopping and enjoying a beer! So to recap, in case you have not participated before. The ladies make their wish list during the months of November and December. Then their hubbies are invited back on Secret Santa night to conquer that list and have a beer. Basically the guys tell me their budget, I gather the items, they drink a beer, enjoy some snacks, and the ladies get what they want for Christmas. I call that a Win Win for all and to all a good night!
On Saturday, December 13, we hosted our first annual Holiday Open House. We served refreshments and offered a discount of 30% off jewelry. It was another great shopping day! Many of you asked for the recipe for the Swedish Nuts that were served, so here you go!
Egg White Coating
(Roberts Family Recipe since 1970)
1lb Pecan Halves
1 Egg White
1 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp Salt (I use Sea Salt)
1 Tsp Cinnamon
Preheat Oven to 250 degrees
Beat egg white till fluffy, Pour in Pecan Halves and Coat pecans completely in egg white fluff
In a separate bowl, mix Sugar, Salt and Cinnamon; Stir with a fork to mix thoroughly; Pour into a brown paper sack
Pour egg white coated pecan halves into paper sack; Shack until thoroughly coated with sugar mixture
Pour onto a cookie sheet ( I use non-stick foil) and Bake for 40 minutes at 250 degrees
I am happy to announce that this week I am celebrating 1 year in the downtown Rockwall store location. It is amazing to look back and think that we have been here for a year. It is amazing to think that my studio mess has not been in my house for a year!! LOL
I want to tell our customers thank you. So we are throwing a week long celebration, Shop Till You POP! Customers will enjoy 20% off their entire purchase this week as well as popsicles by POP Fusion. Popsicle flavors include: Simply Strawberry, Cantaloupe Mint, Pineapple Chile Lime, Watermelon, and Blueberry Lemonade Buttermilk. YUM!
I hope that you will pop in, say hello and enjoy a popsicle!
Store Hours: Wednesday 11-5, Thursday *Night Owls, Shop Late Till 8* (10 am – 8 pm), Friday 10-5, Saturday 9-4
Popsicles Served; Thursday 4-8, Friday 11-2, and Saturday all day **1st Come, 1st Served; Limited Quantity; No Purchase Necessary**
On October 10th, I issued myself a 30 day challenge- no Facebook (personal that is). For a variety of reasons, I wanted to see what it would be like to dedicate the energy and time that I spent each day on Facebook to other areas of my life.
Today is October 28th, I am 18 days into the challenge. I have to admit that I am absolutely shocked so far at the results. My mantra during this transition has been “Progress, NOT Perfection.” I have tackled projects, overcome fears, and gotten a ton of stuff done!
This may turn into a permanent thing!
What is washi tape you may be asking yourself. Washi tape is a fantastic new colorful, super fun and crazy easy product out in the market place that can transform anything especially your craft life! I was introduced to washi tape by my friend Michael over at Inspired by Charm in this blog post, 10 Inspired Uses for Washi Tape. Then I purchased my first four rolls on Pick Your Plum. Then I researched some ideas on Pinterest and was hooked. My first project was this one.
I chose my top 2 favorite tapes and wrapped around the USB charger. I can’t even begin to tell you how easy it is to work with. There is no way to mess it up- just peel off and start over! (**Note: the photo above was my inspiration, it is not my actual final project** Source http://www.coolmomtech.com/2013/04/washi-tape-phone-charger-diy.php)
My next project was a bath room vanity. The unit was not pretty, but I was not willing to spend any money replacing it. At first I was going to paint a decorative pattern on the door, but I ran out of time and energy…so I just added two washi tape borders to the door. I think it turned out great for a quick and inexpensive transformation.
My most recent project is probably my proudest. I got the idea on Pinterest, OF COURSE!! I merged several different ideas into one. Some may say it is too busy, and that is okay, but I love it! I took 3 washi tapes and created a frame border for my inspiration board above my jewelry work station.
For more ideas and inspiration on what you can do with washi tape, check out my Pinterest board. I have compiled all of my pins and ideas in this one board, What the Washi?!!
My next project that I am going to tackle is a 3 month calendar wall in my studio to help my team and I stay on top of projects. Here is my inspiration.
I would love to hear and see what you have done with washi tape, so please share.
Here are a few of my current obsessions, enjoy!
1. old maps- just love the look and feel, the history. Working on new creative ideas on how to use in store display, home decor, etc.
2. chalk board handwriting font styles and verbage- just so cool!
3. scarves- wear them in fashion and wear them in your hair!
http://pinterest.com/pin/160933386657558409/ (link to photo source)
4. fresh summer hairstyle (hair up in buns, messy, etc.)
http://pinterest.com/pin/160933386657558385/ (link to photo source)
5. gray tee…well pretty much anything gray in clothing right now- LOVE!!
You can follow all of my latest obsessions on Pinterest!
The last few months have literally been a whirlwind. I have thought about writing this blog so many times and this is the first chance I have taken to sit down and actually write it! I am writing today to announce the Grand Opening of the second Dee Dee Style location. The second location will be at 105 S San Jacinto, downtown Rockwall, Texas. The grand opening weekend kicks off on Thursday 7/11. Our summer hours will be Thursdays and Fridays 10 am to 4 pm and Saturdays 10 am to Noon.
Here is a little back story. The picture above was taken in May 2012 at an old abandoned railroad yard warehouse. I have no idea what the 7 11 stands for but the photographer (Stay-See Photography) and I thought it made a great back drop. Little did I know a year later that it would be the perfect representation for the opening of my second location.
Let’s go back to May 2013, just a few weeks ago. This past spring brought an explosion to my business. It grew from one room in my home to literally spilling out and taking over everywhere. My house is under construction and this only added to the chaos. It was not a healthy work environment to say the least. So my family and I all agreed that I needed a studio space badly. So on a whim, we started looking one day in early May. We found a place we now refer to as the “tan shack”. Honestly it was a shack and that is the best description!! But I would have been delightfully happy there. That is when God opened a HUGE door of opportunity. A spot on San Jacinto opened up. It had already been rented and the renters fell through…there wasn’t even a for rent sign up when I called on the property. It was the perfect size, the perfect location, and the perfect price and the bonus was that it was on the downtown square which would allow me the opportunity to have a boutique space as well as move my studio out of my house- WOO HOO!!!!
So now let’s go back to May 2010. I had just started Dee Dee Style in February 2010 with an idea and a dream. May 2010 brought the first art market vendor opportunity…guess where?!! San Jacinto street!!! San Jacinto is where I debuted Dee Dee Style for the very first time 3 years ago!! Amazing, right?!! It gets even better. My neighbor to the newest location on San Jacinto is Worker Bee Studio, owned by Denise Webb. She I and were set up next to each other 3 years ago at the San Jacinto art market. In fact, she is the one that I give credit to on my Dee Dee Style tees. It was a spin on her most popular item. She adds barkcloth applique’s to her one of a kind pillows. I asked her if I could borrow the idea and do that on tees. She said yes and thought it was a cool idea! Now we are neighbors again!!
So mark your calendars for 7 11 and come check out the newest Dee Dee Style location in downtown Rockwall on San Jacinto!
I feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve. The excitement and anticipation is building. My mom, myself, and my girlfriend, Sandy, and her hubby, Dan the Man, will be heading South East on Sunday for Warrenton/Round Top for 5 days of fun adventured filled shopping at Antiques Week. This is the first time for all of us. We have no idea what to expect other than an adventure and LOTS of shopping, junking, and treasure digging! As Sunday approaches, I get more and more excited. I can’t wait to report back and tell you all about our adventures and share photos of the treasures we find.
Here are some links if you want more info. on Antiques Week aka Round Top. And some of the vendors I am looking forward to at the very least seeing their booths if not getting to meet these superstars in person- Robin with Magnolia Pearl, the infamous Sikes sisters of Junk Gypsy, and a slice of pie from Royer’s.
More details about Antique Week on the Junk Gypsy blog: http://junkgypsyblog.com/
Antiques Week Map, Calendar of Event, Show list, etc.: http://www.antiqueweekend.com/indexmain.html
Marburger Farm: http://www.roundtop-marburger.com/