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Tour Dallas With Fashionista Connie Sigel

The owner of elements boutique is a Dallas gal through and through.

Since opening her fashionable boutique on Lovers Lane in 1999, Connie Sigel has worked hard to make elements the go-to spot for designer clothing, handbags and jewelry. She regularly sources trends from New York, L.A., Europe and Australia, but this SMU grad’s love for Dallas runs deep.

Where in DFW do you love to shop?

I really enjoy exploring the Dallas Design District. There are so many fabulous art galleries and every artist represented by Laura Rathe Fine Art mesmerizes me. Lucretia Waggoner’s ceramic pieces are so in demand that I am in line for a commission! All the other artists are exceptional as well and the Design District is also a great venue for mid-century modern furniture and accessories, including Vinya and Give and Take.

A mural in the Dallas Design District
A mural in the Dallas Design District (©Dallas Design District)

How would you describe Dallas style?

Dallas has always been the mecca for high style and high fashion. The TV show really put us on world map—I remember visiting London, and the Brits were just mad for J.R. Ewing! From the 1950s to the late ’80s, Lovers Lane, the “Miracle Mile,” was the destination for the best specialty stores in Texas, such as Lou Lattimore, Marie Leavell and Yves Saint Laurent, which was formerly located in the same storefront as elements! Dallas has always been on the radar of every fashionable fashion insider and Karl Lagerfeld chose our dynamic city for his annual and very prestigious 2014 Métiers d’Art, which combined Parisian haute couture with Dallas barbecue and Lone Star beer.

Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld (©Chanel)

Where do you love to eat out?

I am and have always been a foodie, and remember going to Whole Foods in Austin when it was in its original location on 6th and Congress. It was my last stop after visiting my friends at UT and I would always come back to Dallas with a treasure trove of healthy treats. Fast-forward 30 years and we are blessed with almost as many Whole Foods as Targets! Shinsei has the best and most interesting sushi and Asian fusion in all of Texas, and I have been a die-hard fan of Snuffers since my freshman year at SMU. I also love Mercury and Eddie V's bar for oysters and jazz.

Shinsei restaurant in Dallas
Shinsei restaurant in Dallas (©Zagat)

What’s your favorite DFW landmark?

The Calatrava Bridge has really raised the bar on the Dallas skyline, and the Trinity Groves development has sure added a lot of spunk to our lively food scene with unique and innovative cuisines. It is such a rush to view Downtown Dallas from that locale and the energy is absolutely amazing. Fair Park has been a longtime favorite landmark. The Art Deco National Historical landmark is steeped in Texas history and is a sight to behold. The architecture, fountains and of course the Cotton Bowl have been host to some of the most exciting events in my memory. I remember going to many Texas/OU games, Rolling Stones concerts and of course the great State Fair of Texas! It just does not get better than that! It is also home to many great historical museums including the Dallas Historical Society and the African American Museum.

Fair Park

What are some of your favorite places to visit around town?

Texas Horse Park, opening in the fall of 2014, is so dear to my heart. I have been involved with Equest for many years, and therapeutic horseback riding is a proven therapy for many children and adults with disabilities. The River Ranch Educational Charities offers a wonderful venue for recreation and will enrich so many lives through their services.

Texas Horse Park
Texas Horse Park (Courtesy Texas Horse Park)

My Perfect Day

9 am: Park Cities Stroll

The parks are truly enchanting and I especially like the area near my home, Goar Park. The creeks and all the creatures in their natural habitat are so enchanting.

Noon: White Rock Break

Stop by Empire Bakery for the best chicken salad and trail-mix cookies and then go for a picnic at White Rock Lake with a big blanket and wonderful book. I’m currently reading a biography on Jackie Kennedy Onassis—she was such an icon of style and courage.

3 pm: Horsing Around

I would then head over to watch my daughter Kendell ride her horse at Park Lane Equestrian Center, one of the last city barns in the state! You feel like you are in the country and they have the most darling petting zoo with miniature horses, goats, donkeys and more.

7 pm: Strike!

Then we’d go to Bowl and Barrel for an evening of bowling and great food. It’s a blast and the food is really outstanding.