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Dena Miller is the Dallas Editor for Miss A. She has been described by Style Network as a "Queen Bee". Formerly a glam rock scene Diva, Dena is now a Socialite on the Dallas philanthropy scene, specializing in Polo events that benefit women's and children's causes.

While never forgetting her small town roots from a Midwestern farming community in rural Missouri, she’s fit right in the “Big D” since coming here in 1984. After 11 years of promoting the music scene, hobnobbing with the most popular bands from coast to coast, she switched gears after meeting her husband at the first Polo match she ever attended. Always one for excitement, Polo became her new rock n roll.
With her marriage and new found passion for polo, came Philanthropy. Miller founded the Ladies Polo Auxiliary of Texas in 2005 with the goal of promoting the Sport of Kings in north Texas via charity events for causes that are close to her heart. To date the LPA has raised over $500,000 for causes such as domestic violence, children with serious medical needs, therapeutic horsemanship, the Polo Training Foundation, children’s advocacy and food drives for north Texas food Bank. When not working on her own events she is attending Charity luncheons and balls as well as volunteering at golf tournaments and Special Olympics events. She is a member of the USPA Equine Welfare committee and on Board of Dress For Succes Dallas.

Writing has been a lifetime passion of Dena’s. Besides working on a book that proceeds will benefit domestic violence organizations, and writing for two national polo magazines, is a frequent contributor to Dallas area publications, winning Best Contributor Award from Dallas Morning News Neighborsgo, she is co-authoring a book on the phenomenon of cyber bullying by adult women, referred to as Cyber Harrassment.

Charitable And Stylish Holiday Gifts 2013: Dallas

It’s that time of year again, holiday giving.  Whether your friends and family have been naughty or nice, Miss A has some fun ideas on our list of charitable and stylish gifts.

 Hard Night Good Morning

(Photo Credit: Hard Night Good Morning)

For the nice girl who is up too late doing good deeds, or the naughty girl who’s just been up too late – Hard Night Good Morning products keep you looking well-rested and youthful. Full of rejuvenating natural ingredients equipped to battle signs of stress, exhaustion and age,  revitalizing Facial Cocktail Serum is brimming with botanical firming ingredients, including Gatuline In-tenseGatuline expression and Osilift, along with soothing aloe vera, moisturizing hyaluronic acid, clarifying green tea extract, toning guarana extract, baobab and calming acai, that can help you fake a full night’s sleep. Available at Whole Foods Market, Central Market and various other locations in Arkansas, California, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington D.C.

Developed by Dallas own D’Andra Simmons, a socialite big on the philanthropy scene, D’Andra  has spent over a decade in the nutritional and skin care industries, prior to creating her Hard Night Good Morning skin care line. As Vice President of Ultimate Living International, she has studied and traveled the world in search of the finest natural ingredients. In 2011, D’Andra was presented the “Rising Star in Beauty” Award by Fashion Group International of Dallas for her aloe vera-based sulfate and paraben-free skin care product line, Hard Night Good Morning. With the solid success of her serum, D’Andra then created a complete line of eight botanical skincare products for women and men of all ages to enjoy.

Miss Me Jeans

Cheetah Pattern Insert Boot Cut, Medium wash boot cut jean features a leather cheetah pattern insert on back yoke and back pockets. Details include fading, whiskering, distressing, large crystal rivets, and logo hardware. (Photo Credit: Miss Me Jeans)

Who doesn’t love getting a new pair of awesome jeans? Put a pair of MISS ME Jeans winter collection under the tree and you’re sure to get an immediate personal fashion show! Miss Me launched its first collection in the Spring of 2001 with the “single purpose to dress the modern girl who was no longer definable, but multi-dimensional in character and style.”  The line has been featured in Glamour, Lucky, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Teen Vogue among others and has been worn by Miley Cyrus, Mischa Barton, Lindsay Lohan and Beyonce Knowles among others. Miss Me® can be found worldwide at select retailers all throughout Europe, Latin America, Japan and the US. Miss Me supports Ronald McDonald House, we love that philanthropic spirit!

Aftershock London

(Photo Credit: Aftershock London)

To dress up your skinny jeans or fab with a flirty skirt we LOVE these lace ankle boots dubbed “Sophie” from Aftershock London. Dallas boasts the Aftershock London flagship and currently only U.S. store at Preston Centers west side. Perfect place to find your holiday party attire as well, and if you purchase between  December 2nd and 15th  you’ll receive 10% off your purchase and Aftershock London will donate 10% to Dress for Success Dallas. Give a little, get a little, in the spirit of the holidays!

 

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Give the gift of music + theatre with Dallas Summer Musicals show tickets, or even better-a season subscription! On sale now at the DSM box office, ranging in price from $133-$782. 2014 season shows include:

  • IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS, December 17-29, 2013
  • GHOST THE MUSICAL, January 28-February 9, 2014
  • Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, Previews Feb. 13-16, runs February 18-March 2, 2014
  • WE WILL ROCK YOU, March 4-16, 2014
  • THE WIZARD OF OZ, March 18-30, 2014
  • EVITA, April 15-27, 2014
  • MAMMA MIA!, June 3-15, 2014
  • NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, September 2-14, 2014
  • LORD OF THE RINGS IN CONCERT, Special, Nov. 8-10, 2013
  • RAIN- A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES, Special, Nov. 23-24, 2013

WHERE:
Dallas Summer Musicals Box Office
5959  Royal Lane, Suite 542
Dallas, TX
Ph. 214-346-3300

chocolate secrets

(Photo Credit: Chocolate Secrets)

One can never go wrong with a box of chocolate! Dark chocolate is especially decadent, is a natural appetite suppressor, lowers blood pressure and goes perfect with red wine. Pick up both at Chocolate Secrets. For a romantic evening, stop in for live jazz nights and consume your wine and chocolate together there. You could get lucky and win one of the awesome baskets that owner Pam Euderic donates to many charity auctions and raffles locally.

WHERE:
Chocolate Secrets
3926 Oak Lawn Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219
Ph. 214- 252-9801

HOURS:
Open Monday- Wednesday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday- Saturday  until 11 p.m.
Sundays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Jan Cape

Jan Cape by Abi Ferrin

Beverly Pantsuit

Beverly Pantsuit by Abi Ferrin

Anything by Dallas’ own designer and philanthropist Abi Ferrin would make a girl squeal to find under the tree, but this editor’s personal favorite is the Beverly Pantsuit that comes in an array of fabulous colors. We must have good taste because Santa Barbara Magazine just named it in their Best Of guide. Like Abi’s “Nikki”  top that we recommended last year,  there are five ways (halter, one-shoulder, keyhole, crisscross or strapless) to wear the Signature Beverly Pantsuit, but versatility, style, comfort and functionality are why it’ll be a favorite go-to for a fresh alternative to a dress. $400

We must mention the Jan Cape as well, since it’s a favorite of the oh so stylish Kate Middleton. A versatile sweater cape that can be worn day after day. Throw it on over your favorite tee to make running errands, traveling, and even coffee dates chic and cozy. $375

Every Abi Ferrin garment is tagged with a special handmade button, so every purchase is a loving contribution to Sak Saum through her Freedom Project. Sak Saum is a ministry dedicated to the rescue, restoration, transformation and rehabilitation of vulnerable and exploited women and men.

Photo by Lisa Ingason.

Interscholastic Polo Training in Action. (Photo Credit: Lisa Ingason)

How about a passport to the world?  The gift of polo lessons is pretty close.  To quote Winston Churchill, ” A Polo handicap is a passport to the world!” Prestonwood Polo Club offers group and private lessons for ages 8 and up. Lessons are taught by professional 2 goal handicap player, club owner Vaughn Miller. Coach Miller trains the 2013 USPA Central Regional Champion Interscholastic team as well as the Texas Christian University Women’s Polo Team at Prestonwood.  Play as a hobby, train to be a pro or to earn a spot on an Interscholastic team.

Prestonwood Polo Foundation founded on 2010 takes advantage of this historical and elegant sport to raise funds and awareness for important causes in North Texas. to date the Ladies Polo Auxiliary of Texas has raised over a half million dollars for causes such as domestic violence, family homelessness, children’s advocacy, children with serious medical needs and more.

WHERE:
Prestonwood Polo club
525 Yacht Club Road
Oak Point, TX 75068
Ph. 214-390-3444

PRICE: $500 per 10 lesson package or $100 a lesson

la bichette You can definitely give the gift of a blow out or make up session at La Bichette, which is what one would normally visit them for, but they carry the most unique and interesting items from hair care products, lovely parasols to protect your ‘do on a rainy day, the tiniest purse sized hair straighteners for emergency fixes on the go, the ultimate teasing comb and some surprises. On my recent visit I was delighted to find these adorable Christmas tree ornaments and new right away they were on my holiday shopping list! How perfect for any shoe lover! They come in a variety of shoe styles but we especially like the boots. These would make a perfect hostess gift for the holiday parties you will attend, a little something that you will be remembered by every time she/he hangs them on their tree for years to come!

(Photo Credit: La Bichette)

(Photo Credit: La Bichette)

La Bichette is a true mom & pop business (well, mom & daughter). These two redheads were talking about the days when grace, glamor, class and confidence all went hand in hand and the belief that a true modern woman must embody a balance of femininity and feminism.  Their belief that “to be provocative and practical, lively and intelligent, beautiful and bold, you must first know and appreciate yourself. Being gorgeous has everything to do with feeling secure in your own skin. But let’s face it, looking and feeling extraordinary amidst life’s daily hurdles is no easy task. Taking care of yourself, or as the French say, souci de soi, is of the utmost importance.” That’s where Marsha and Tammy come in!

But for these two redheads and devout animal enthusiasts, even life’s most simple pleasures should be conscious ones.  That’s why  La Bichette, is firmly against animal testing and does their best to use and support products that are made in the USA.  Hair product packaging is made from aluminum, an infinitely recyclable material, and is refillable at the atelier.  They say they ” want looking gorgeous to be as guilt free as it is effortless.” Love that!  Oui oui!

WHERE:

La Bichette
6405 Hillcrest Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205
Ph. 214-520-3500

HOURS:
Monday – Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Taylor PetFood

Taylor Garrett of Neighborhood Pet Food Delivery (Photo Credit: Taylor Garrett)

Since we’re talking about animal enthusiasts, we thought we should add a gift for your fur family members! This is great for the busy professional who can’t make it to the pet store, a pet owner looking for a highly-specialized food brand, or those that just have trouble handling a 30 pound bag of food, Neighborhood Pet Food Delivery is at your service! This new tech-savvy startup company offers free same-day and next-day delivery on their health-conscious products. All of their dog and cat foods have been carefully selected and researched and are priced competitively with other locally sold products of the same quality.

Founder Taylor Garrett’s two French Bulldogs experience severe allergies to common dog foods found at large retailers. Taylor has spent many years researching the pet food industry and is a passionate advocate for the benefits of high-quality, grain-free and organic pet foods. As a busy professional, he also understands that convenient access to these products is absolutely essential. Inspiration came one night when he was working late  and couldn’t make it to the store to get food for his dogs, Jack and Jill. He called the small store that sells their food and offered them $50 to deliver the food to his house,  only two blocks away. Their refusal to deliver , Taylor says, “ inspired me to create a company that delivered to every neighborhood in Dallas. My goal was to make it extremely convenient and affordable so every pet owner is able to feed their pets the top-rated, grain-free foods.” Todays featured dog food items range in price from $17.99-$30.99. Delivery to areas they cover is FREE.

timothy oulton trunks

Timothy Oulton Trunks

timothy oulton

(Photo Credit: Shana Anderson Photography)

Timothy Oulton is described as ” a purveyor of fine handcrafted furniture and lifestyle items”. In a clever collaboration, the University of Oxford has teamed up with leading lifestyle and furniture company Timothy Oulton. From this partnership stems an exclusive collection of furniture both inspired by Oxford and bearing its mark, combined with Timothy Oulton’s quality and handcrafted designs. First launched at ‘Maison & Objet Paris’ in 2011, this select range can now be found in his stores in New York, Dallas,  Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. The collection is currently sold in over 17 countries. There is something about these Timothy Oulton trunks that are strikingly cool. We love the functionality of them as well as the style. Great for a man’s office or boys bedroom for décor with the purpose of stashing stuff out of sight!

WHERE:
Timothy Oulton
4500 N Central Expy.
Dallas, TX 75206
Ph. 214-613-2464

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