Dear Clark Hair Products & Blow Dry Lounge (GUEST POST Featuring: Anna Cobbs from Fleurdille)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I’m excited to introduce you to Dallas-based blogger, Anna Cobbs from Fleurdille who partnered with me to try out the famous Dear Clark Salon and new product line. It’s always fun working with other talented bloggers particularly for an assignment as cool as getting to know a company like Dear Clark! After you read about our Dear Clark experience be sure and head over to her fabulous blog that talks about fashion, life in the Big D and more!

Hello! I am Anna of Fleurdille and I am so excited to be guest posting today on The sTORIbook and sharing my experience at Dear Clark Salon with you! Stop by my blog to hear about Tori’s experience with the hair care products and see how she styled her hair!

Anna’s Experience at Dear Clark Salon

About Dear Clark:

Dear Clark Salon (named after owners Holly Dear & Kaycee Clark), is hair salon & blow dry lounge located in the heart of Uptown in Dallas. They were also named “Best Hair Salon Dallas 2014.” Additionally, all of their hair care and styling products are invented by the owners and contain natural ingredients from the great state of Texas.

The Salon:

Where to begin? When you walk in the salon you step into a studio filled with light and smiling faces. The walls are decorated with art from local artists, and the vibe of the hairstylists and customers alike is relaxed, fun, and yet still professional. It is not a “cookie cutter” studio so-to-speak, in that there are many different types of people from your college student to your businessman to your typical socialite, and this studio prides itself on being able to give each customer the look they want.



Blow Dry Lounge:

So who doesn’t love a good blow dry every once in awhile? Whether you’re going to a wedding, getting ready for a fun date, attending a shower, or just want to pamper yourself, getting a blow dry is always a treat!

The blow dry lounge at Dear Clark is located in the back of the hair salon giving it a more private feel, while maintaining the relaxed, cool vibe and feel of the salon. When you first arrive for your blow dry, you are greeted by the receptionist and given a beverage (yes, bubbly is on the menu ;) ) as you wait. Then you are led back into the lounge and meet with your hair stylist to explain your desired look. Dear Clark stylists boast of their ability to give you the look you desire rather than a pre-formulated style. They wash your hair with their own products containing all natural, local ingredients, and then accompany you back to your chair to blow dry and style your hair.





What Sets Them Apart?

When I asked my hair stylist what set them apart from other blow dry lounges, she responded with two things. First, there is no menu of hair styles to choose from. Rather, you describe to your hair stylist the exact look that you want and they style your hair according to your desires. Second, the salon uses hair care and styling products that contain only locally sourced, natural ingredients. Oh, and did I mention that a blow dry is only $35? I guess that makes it 3 things…


My Experience:

From the aesthetically pleasing atmosphere to the relaxed, fun vibe of the employees and customers, to the final product, I could not have had a better experience. I was greeted at the door and given a glass of water as I waited for my appointment. My hair stylist was so precious and was a talker, too, so we got along really well. ;) Having my hair washed is one of my favorite things, so it was no surprise to me that I enjoyed the wash & 5 minute scalp massage. When my stylist asked me how I wanted my hair blow dried, I decided to branch out of my normal loose curls rut and try some “beach waves!” I loved it! It was fun to try a new look & my stylist did a fabulous job.



Biggest surprise of my experience? How wonderful my hair felt. I recall my hair stylist bragging about the natural ingredients of their hair products: how they were local ingredients and how they would make my hair feel so much better and healthier than the grocery store products I have been using. I was skeptical at first, but have to admit that my hair felt smooth & soft for 3 consecutive days following my blow dry!


If you are ever in the Dallas area, be sure to try out Dear Clark’s blow dry lounge the next time you need a blow out!

xo – Anna


Disclaimer: Anna and I both received compensation including product and complimentary services. All opinions expressed here are our own.

SeaWorld Game Center

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Daddy Russ was recently on a business trip for over a week so it was just me and the little guy. I was kind of nervous about the trip because Luke has been in Terrible Three mode lately but I ended up really loving our special mommy and son time together. My time with him was filled with so many special moments. It’s this age when you can do no wrong in their eyes and they just love you unconditionally that you want to freeze frame. Sooner than I will know he’ll be a teenager that doesn’t want to give his mom a hug.

One of the activities we did was to head to SeaWorld for a Game Center play date! SeaWorld is definitely Luke’s favorite place on Earth right now. We’ve been TONS of times but it was fun to experience something new! Did you know that SeaWorld has an indoor and outdoor game center?!


This is their indoor arcade which is a great spot to cool off in. It’s at the very back of the park near the Great White roller coaster. Luke loves to play Skee-Ball but still can’t get the balls to go all the way up the ramp. Which means I end up chasing balls everywhere.


This rubber duck game is perfect for the younger ones! And every one wins a prize!




Luke might have been a bit of a cheater on this one!






Tons of arcade games, air hockey and much more!




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We also had visits from three Seaworld Animal Ambassadors. This is Bud the Boa Constrictor.


My favorite SeaWorld Animal Ambassador, Star, an American Bald Eagle! She’s still young – she’ll eventually look like the Bald Eagle we are all familiar with.



A very chatty Kookaburra!

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Added a little bit of purple in my hair for some fun!

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Had to give my favorite Cockatoo, Susie, some kisses! Coolest bird ever! She LOVES attention!

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This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

Disclosure: I’m a SeaWorld Wildside blogger. I receive complimentary passes for my family and other perks throughout the year. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Sleeveless Summer

Monday, August 25, 2014

Disclaimer: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received compensation and promotional items to facilitate my review.

A week ago I told you about Dove’s Sleeveless Challenge with the prize to win a trip to New York City! Did you enter? Fingers crossed! Since that last post I’ve been testing the new Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture (pictured below). And putting it to the test is putting it mildly! It has been so insanely hot in San Antonio recently and I’ve been running from client meetings to Fashion Week San Antonio meetings and then rushing to pick up Luke.


I tested two scents (Beauty Finish and Shea Butter) and gave one to my mom (Nourished Beauty). We both loved them! The scents were lovely. Beauty Finish has a light floral scent with a hint of roses, Shea Butter is beachy with coconut and Nourished Beauty has a floral scent mixed with citrus. Not only did they smell wonderful but they worked even better! We never had to reapply throughout the day and were always fresh and clean!


Dove Advanced Care Deodorant is also clinically proven to reduce irritation from shaving and provides softer, smoother skin in just three days. I can say that neither my mom nor I had any irritation. Stylist, Erin Walsh, always says, “It can be nice to wear your hair up when you are wearing sleeveless – to show off your shoulders and arms. Whether you have your hair up or down though, it goes back to personal style and how you feel most comfortable. They key is to project confidence.” This is so true and when you aren’t sure about your deodorant it can really limit your confidence. That’s why having the right beauty products such as Dove enable you to always be at your best.

This was the first time that I got my mom involved in testing out a product with me and we had so much fun doing it! It’s easy when a product is as good as this deodorant and a brand as awesome as Dove!

This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love,  Tori

Shopping Saturday: Asos 75% Off Sale!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

So, I admit it…I really love shopping! But I REALLY love shopping for others the most! I have friends all the time talk about wanting to go shopping with me so I came up with the idea about Shopping Saturday! Shopping Saturday will feature items I’m loving right now! Maybe it will be the hottest designer trend or another weekend it might be a fabulous sale. Either way it will keep you stylish and fabulous!

If you ever need assistance styling please feel free to message me on my Facebook page or email me at and I’m happy to make selections especially for you!

Today I’m featuring one of my favorite online stores, ASOS, which is having a sale right now for up to 75% off! I can tell you I loaded up!



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This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

Fall Beauty Picks

Friday, August 22, 2014

Last month I partnered with HEB to show you some of my favorite Summer Beauty Picks (click here) and this month its time to start turning our heads to fall. With smoky eyes or dark lips (not both at the same time please) – HEB’s beauty department is at-hand to help you transition from season to season.

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Your hair goes through quite a bit of trauma during the summer. Chlorine in pools, the harsh water at the beach and even just the sun take toll on hair. Use Not Your Mother’s Way To Grow Leave-In Conditioner to give your hair some tender loving care!

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I love a good smoky eyes. These two palettes pair together to create a beautiful effect.

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I’ve been using lip stains a lot lately. It goes on like a gloss but then leaves a nice color on your lip all day.

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I want to also highlight this primer. I recently learned about primers and now start every application with my primer. Try it and you’ll never go without one again!

Photography Provided By:

rememory photography

This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

Disclaimer: I received product and compensation from HEB to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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