The Great State Fair of Texas

So excited that the opening day of the State Fair of Texas is finally here!

Take a look at why you should be joining us at this All American event.

Something Old, Something New

Only a few days until the State Fair of Texas opens, and we couldn't be more excited! We have been testing lots of new recipes that we are planning on entering  - we will have them on our Lifestylist page after the fair.

As for something old, a few years ago they had Big Tex from the 50's on display - Big Tex you haven't aged a bit!

The New American Home

I'm amazed and honored at how many new projects and opportunities have come our way recently. Our Lifestylist website is getting lots of positive comments, and our Facebook page continues to be a place that people quote and refer others to.

I've been working on getting organized and came across thie beautiful kitchen that was part of The New American Home in 2011. We were honored to be the Lifestylists of this home, and it was right here where I fell in love with Thermador appliances.

It's great to see that this home hasn't aged a bit - it's as on trend now as it was then.

Celebrity Style

Celebrities have the most impeccable style, which let’s face it... is a part of their job description. Most of us don't have our own personal Lifestylists though to help dress us in the perfect garmets for our lifestyles and personalities.

Check out these celeb replicated looks of your favorite celebrity outfits! Below you will find some great ideas on how you can “get the look for less” and pull off your favorite celeb’s style without hurting your wallet. Today's featured celebrities are Rose Byrne, Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham, Jessica Alba and Jennifer Aniston.

Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne

When Rose Byrne attended the last #DKKNYARTWORKS Charity Auction Event in Montauk, New York, she wore this cute and quirky sleeveless drop-waist dress.

Rose Byrne

You can get this look-a-like dress at Neiman Marcus but it will cost you a pretty penny.

Sue Wong - Women's Cap-Sleeve Eyelet Fit-and-Flare Cocktail Dress, White - Sue Wong - White (6) - $395.00, 18.00 shipping - Available at Neiman Marcus

Rose Byrne

Forever 21 has a great alternative that will give you the same look for less!

Forever 21 - Sweetheart Eyelet Dress - $17.36, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21

Rose Byrne

Complete the look with this super cute and quirky pair of pink heels.

Nine West - Flax High Heels - Pink - $34.99, Free shipping - Available at

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian looked sleek and sophisticated at her True Reflections Perfume Launch in the Debenhams (London). Kim does a wonderful job at proving that you don't have to be super skinny to look good in your clothes!

Kim Kardashian

Check out this fabulous look-a-like dress, available at Forever 21! This dress is just as sleek and sophisticated as Kim's version at a very affordable price.

FOREVER21 - Forever21 Floral Lace Sheath Dress - $13.00, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21

Kim Kardashian

Complete the look with these super affordable and sassy gladiator heels.

Moda In Pelle - Top Moda Women's Gladiator High Heel Sandals - $24.99, 5.48 shipping - Available at Fullfillment By Amazon

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham is one of my favorite fashion icon celebs of today. Her Spice Girls nickname "Posh Spice" is dead on because she makes anything that she wears look "posh" ...Check out this photo collage of Victoria's variations of the "little black dress" that we should all have in our closets.

Victoria Beckham

Here are a few affordable versions available at Forever 21 to help you to achieve Victoria's "posh" look.

Forever 21 - Strapless Textured Geo Dress - $17.80, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21

Victoria Beckham

Here are a couple of affordable versions available at Forever 21 to get Victoria's "posh" look.

FOREVER21 - Forever21 Sleeveless Textured Knit Dress - $9.80, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21

Victoria Beckham

Forever 21 - Sweet Side Bodycon Dress - $12.80, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21

Victoria Beckham

Forever 21 - Beaded Chiffon Bodycon Dress - $27.80, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21

Victoria Beckham

Complete the look with these super affordable and paneled peep-toe heels.

Flip - Forever21 Paneled Peep-Toe Heels - $25.99, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba was stunning as usual with her casual yet sophisticated ensemble when she attended the Ralph Lauren Girl's fashion show in the Hamptons, New York State last year.

Wearing a navy polka dot dress with a light wash denim jacket ...accessorizing with Ralph Lauren platform wedge sandals, a monochrome tote bag and a chunky cuff bangle, Jessica showcased her effortless style.

Jessica Alba

You can recreate Jessica's summer look (for less) by starting with this gorgeous polka dot jersey dress by Ralph Lauren.

Ralph Lauren - Draped Polka Dot Jersey Dress - $95.92, Free shipping - Available at Marketplace

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Jessica Alba

Dress it down with this super affordable denim jacket from Forever 21 for a more casual look... just like Jessica!

FOREVER21 - Forever21 Classic Denim Jacket - $29.80, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21

Jessica Alba

Complete the look with these super cute wedge sandals, a faux leather carry-all and rhinestone t-bar cuff bracelet.

Forever 21 - Canvas Wedge Sandal - $29.80, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21

Jessica Alba

Forever 21 - Structured Faux Leather Carry-All - $27.80, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21

Jessica Alba

Forever 21 - Rhinestone T-Bar Cuff - $4.80, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston can pull of casual attire like no other! I just love how she is able to make casual look super chic and trendy. Check out below for great ideas on how to get Jen's look for less!

Jennifer Aniston

Start off with this everyday cotton spaghetti strap camisole such as this one available at Nordstrom.

Everyday Cotton Spaghetti Strap Camisole - $32.00, Free shipping - Available at Nordstrom

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Jennifer Aniston

Top it off with a really great biker jacket... like this one that is available on Amazon.

Womens Mock Collar Zip Up Long Sleeve Crinkled Moto Biker Jacket - $24.99, 16.13 shipping - Available at Marketplace

Jennifer Aniston

Replicate Jen's style by adding a drape jersey cardigan under your biker jacket for a layered effect.

Women's Open Front Cropped Drape Jersey Cardigan-Grey-Medium - $15.00, Free shipping - Available at Marketplace

Jennifer Aniston

FOREVER21 - Forever21 Ridged Ankle Strap Booties - $36.80, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21

Jennifer Aniston

These aviator sunglasses available at American Eagle Outfitters are sure to make a fashion statement.

American Eagle Outfitters - Rose Gold Rose Gold Aviator Sunglasses, Womens One Size - $15.95, 7.00 shipping - Available at American Eagle Outfitters

I hope that you liked my picks for this installment of Celebrity Fashion “get the look” ... I would love to hear if there are any other celebrities who’s fashion looks you would like for me to replicate in a future article. Sound off in the comments below!

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Oh Joy! Mexi-Dip Just in Time for the State Fair of Texas

It has been a busy, busy month in the Lifestylist® kitchen. We love the changes that are happening at The Dallas Farmers Market and we keep coming home with baskets of goodies that we are needing to come up with recipes for.

It's also time for the State Fair of Texas which is one of our favorite times of the year. Every year I say I'm not going to enter anymore, and then I can't help myself and start working on entries again. This year I have already won three 1st and one 2nd place ribbon so I'm completely motivated.

Party Foods is the first category that I'm planning on entering, and this recipe has quickly become one of my favorites.

The Casa

We lived in Tucson, AZ and loved the desert lifestyle. We called our home there "The Casa" and it's where we really fine-tuned our Lifestylist® brand and lifestyle.

We've started updating our Casa site and content - we would love your feedback on what we have done.

The Perfect Pairing: Mondavi Home and Thermador Appliances

I love it when great companies work together, and the new home that is debuting in Beaufort, SC is a perfect example of that.

Rob and Lydia Mondavi have started Mondavi Home, and this beautiful showhome in Beaufort, SC is a wonderful example of how liveable the collection is. The Mondavis chose Thermador appliances for this home because the design fit in perfectly with what they were building, and the Thermador wine columns were perfect to keep Rob's wine collection at just the right temperature.

Find more information here about Mondavi Home, Thermador Appliances and how the Ultimate Lifestylist got these two together.
Photo above is by Josh Gibson

Garden Harvests

I can't believe it's almost time for the State Fair of Texas again! I've been working on new recipes to enter, and I'm excited about what I have come up with. Basil grows like a weed at The Home Idea Factory so I have plenty of that to experiment with, and I'm also using my tomatoes.

A Caprese salad is always one of my favorite meals in the Summer, using goodies that I harvest right outside my door and I decided to figure out a recipe that I can enter in the Party Foods section of the fair that would be a play on this favorite.

Fingers crossed, I'm liking what I've come up with. I'll let you know what the judges think of it in a few weeks!

The Ultimate Lifestylist®

When I trademarked the term Lifestylist® almost 15 years ago I had no idea what I was getting in to. I knew I had a great concept that incorporated everything I was about and wanted my brand to be, and I couldn't be more proud of what we have been able to accomplish.

What I didn't realize is that it was such a great term and brand so many people would try to copy what I do. Talk about being naive...

The great news is that consumers have really embraced what we do, and we are busier than ever. We have stunning new Lifestylist Designed apartment communities opening up in New York - The Hammocks at Canandaigua and The Hammocks at Geneseo. These communities are all about lifestyle, and we love spending the time exploring the roads less traveled and learning what makes these communities so special.

We have also just completed The Hammocks at Millcreek - another beautiful Riedman Companies community that is their first in Pennsylvania. This one was particularly close to my heart - it's in Erie, PA just minutes from where our family has owned a farm since the 1940's and we spent Summers enjoying fruits and vegetables we picked then enjoyed at picnics on the beach.

I've been taking some of the skills and recipes I received from my family and have been busy in the kitchen as well. I pride myself on not only being the Ultimate Lifestylist but also being a pretty good cook, and love entering the State Fair of Texas every year. This year I've already received three 1st place ribbons and one 2nd place one, and that's before the fair has even opened!

At the end of the day I guess I should be flettered by how many people are trying to copy what I do, but there will only be one original Lifestylist, and that's me :)

I hope that you will continue to follow me on my journey  - we have more to share than hours in the day!