Entries from September 2014

{ lands end }

September 30, 2014

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This week the weather began to cool a bit, so I decided I’d enjoy the weather with some denim on denim, which is my uniform for errand running in the fall. I started with Lands End’s patterned chambray shirt and paired it with their dark skinny jeans. I don’t often wear frames, but there is something I love about tortoise shell with blue tones- I think it comes from my J. Crew magazine obsession. I also went with a men’s watch as per usual. I felt a little bit more casual and masculine than usual so I changed my nude flats for some satin heels when it came time for meetings to get a bit more ladylike, and I toted all of my work around in my giant Boulevard bag so I could be on the go for the entire day.

psst) notice the cell case? It’s one of my designs – you can pick on up here at Pretty Smitten.

{ Lands End Patterned Chambray Shirt } { Lands End Skinny Jeans } { Heels } { Boulevard Bag } { Tortoise Glasses } { Coach Watch } { Pretty Smitten Phone Case }

{ 70’s glam }

September 29, 2014


Gosh the 70’s was a great era for beauty wasn’t it?  Rosy lips, rosy cheeks, dark eyeliner, and long long straight hair.  Let’s bring back the 70’s in our look today.

{ Make Silk Lipstick Cream in Deep Flesh } { Chantecaille Waterproof Eyeliner } { Surratt Artistique Blush in Canteloup } { Sachajuan Straight & Shine Spray }

{ fashion rocks }

September 26, 2014

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What’s the best way to wrap up NYFW?  Being invited to attend Fashion Rocks and getting to walk the red carpet. I have been on several red carpets, and posed for snaps on many short carpets and step & repeats, but never anything like this.

Can’t say I ever imagined I’d be walking a red carpet- I am an illustrator and it doesn’t come with even the highest expectations of the job. I walked alongside all of the bands and presenters and took a deep breath to make sure I absorbed every single flashbulb that went off.

I wore a Ted Baker skirt with an ASOS crop, BCBG Max Azria heels, a Chanel clutch, loads of Lulu Frost and the coolest braid in the land thanks to the Benjamin Salon.

It was a night I won’t forget. After all of that excitement, I sat back and watched Usher, JLo, Nicki Minaj, and others perform during a fashion show. The best ending to an NYFW. Like, ever.


{ TWN: Burgundy Dreams }

September 25, 2014

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Meet the color of Fall, burgundy.  I just love burgundy, especially when it’s the highlight piece of an outfit.  How to make sure your burgundy is a showstopper?  Pair it with black accessories, a knockout Alice + Olivia tweed jacket, and nude makeup.

{ Reiss Fitted Pleat Dress } { NARS Sheer Glow Foundation } { Wildfox Classic Fox Optical Glasses } { Black Quilted iPhone Case } { Manolo Blahnik Scrunched Suede Knee Boot } { Tory Burch Fleming Nylon Backpack } { Ilia Funnel of Love Lipstick } { Byredo Parfums Fragrance Candle } { Alice + Olivia Leather Paneled Draped Tweed Jacket } { Mountain Rings }

{ asos floral trench }

September 24, 2014

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Last week I was in my Nicole Miller dress running around for the day, and just like that- a chill. I didn’t have time to change into an entire new look for that night, so enter my new ASOS jacket.

What I love about it is that the floral print kiiiind of looks like you might find them on your gram’s kitchen curtains ( in a good way). I threw my menswear belt over it and voila! A jacket. A dress. A way to keep cool and look chic.

What are your thoughts on my florals in the fall ? Would you?

{ ASOS Botanical Print Trench } { Yosi Samra Clutch } { Nicole Miller Ainsley Paint and Lace Dress } { J. Crew Menswear Belt } { Max Studio Emerald Heels }

{ pretty smitten with these cases }

September 23, 2014

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You can always count on me for new ideas to bring to your wardrobe, especially with Fall coming.  But why should your closet have all the fun?  How about a new wardrobe for your phone?  Well, I’ve got you covered there, too.

Check out my limited edition smartphone and tablet cases in collaboration with Pretty Smitten.

{ Bow Case } { Illustrated Girl Case }

psst. you can pre-order for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases too

{ gorg glow }

September 22, 2014


Everything about this look is desirable.  This glow, I mean this glow, is just (you guessed it) gorg.  Highlight above your cheekbones, around your lips, above and below your brows, inside of your eyes to achieve “the glow”.  Then, those strong, bold brows (this Bobbi Brown product can darken your brows and touch up your roots).  Contour your cheeks and voila, you’ve got the glow!

{ NARS Sheer Glow Foundation } { Make Skin Illuminator } { NARS Contour Blush } { Chantecaille Lip Potion } { Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up } { Bobbi Brown Sandstone Brick Compact }

{ dining room }

September 19, 2014

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Today, I’d like to invite you into my dining room!

When we moved into this home, the dining area was all white. So, when the painters showed up, and saw this note I left they actually called me in nyc to say “Dallas, are you sure?”

And I was.

Then, when my husband arrived home and only half of the black and gold Scalamandre wallpaper from Aubusson Home was up, he too called me in nyc to say ” Dallas, are you sure?”

And I was.

Glad I stuck to my guns on this because I love the dark space so much. In these shots by Alison Conklin (love her), you can also see my favorite light in the house by Arteriors– from Angersteins.  Instead of formal place setting for the shoot, I piled and poured my favorite Anthropologie plates, silverware, and cups onto the table (I collect them at random and mix them up).

I even planted some succulents into my votives just for something different!

What do you think?

{ Scalamandre Wallpaper } { Arteriors Harding Chandelier } { Anthropologie Plates } { Anthropologie Dessert Plates } { Anthropologie Tumblers } { Anthropologie Silverware }

{ meet my muse }

September 18, 2014

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My first step when it comes to my illustrations is finding an industry-related inspiration; every page turn in a fashion magazine, racks of clothing backstage at NYFW, clothing flowing and floating down the runways, really inspiration is everywhere.  Sometimes I get inspiration overload and have to stop and rewind back to the first illustration idea.

Here is a recent illustration from this week- and the “muse” that was in my mind.  Hope you enjoy a little peek at my process.

Feel like drawing your own fashion illustrations? Take my Skillshare class and give it a try! I’m a good teacher, I promise!  Not your thing and would rather just purchase a piece? Email info@dallasshaw.com to schedule a commission or purchase a past original.

{ nicole miller artelier }

September 17, 2014

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As you know, I was recently introduced to Nicole Miller Artelier (if not, catch up here). When the NM team sent over the Karina Dress last time, I stalked the the website, which led me to this beauty.
I love how this dress is almost two in one; embroidery on the top and half black pleated bottom. I decided to belt the dress to break up the patterns even more by using a menswear belt, which matched my oversized clutch. I then decided to finish the outfit off with emerald green suede mary janes that have a black elastic strap.
The thing I love most about this dress is that you can wear this to an event with heels or dress it down with a pair of flat leather sandals and a top knot.  Dresses that can work like that get a lot of use in my closet.  This one feels even more “me” than the last.
Can’t wait to see what Nicole Miller Artelier has for me next!

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