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A thriving European city that’s awash in rich history and culture, Turin is positioned at the intersection of old world charm and modern chic.  With our Stephanie Johnson Turin Collection, multicolor zigzag weave pays homage to the city’s vibrant baroque architecture, grand boulevards and numerous outdoor cafes, while sleek black patent leather trim and tassel zipper pulls are a nod to a nation at the forefront of fashion.

Want to meet Turin?  Check out this video:

Here are the other fabulous finds I’d bring along to help celebrate la dolce vita in this picturesque setting nestled at the base of the Italian Alps.

1.  Tulip Dress

2.  Multi Pack Enamel Zig Zag Rings

3.  Eric Javits Straw Hat

4.  Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch

5.  J Brand Vera Mid Rise Skinny Jeans

6.  DVF Zia Sandals in Purple Suede

7.  Tinley Road Faux Leather Peplum Top

WHAT’S IN MY SJ? By guest blogger Karla Sugar of

Me and Stephanie Johnson bags go way back.  I first spotted them years ago on an endcap in Neiman Marcus.  It was the pattern that made me stop, but I fell in love with how sturdily and thoughtfully they were built.  (Stain-resistant interiors!  Why doesn’t everybody do that?)

I dislike cavernous makeup bags — I just don’t like products rattling around.  I have visions of shattered powders (and scuffed packaging just isn’t as pretty).  But it seems like the cosmetics bag category (in general) is trending larger and flimsier.  My response has to become a total nut for SJ bags.  So when the lovely folks at Stephanie Johnson asked if I’d like to guest blog, my answer was obvious.  But I realized I couldn’t express myself in fewer than three bags. Most of the time, I do my makeup at home and leave it at home.  But there are occasions when I have to work my magic on the fly.  Maybe some of you work out before heading into the office (I applaud you), or you want to look presentable post-facial, or you’re going out in the evening.  Enter the Mini Pouch (seen here in candy-colored Malibu Coral crinkle patent).  It’s the perfect size for my minimum kit:

Prestige Waterproof Eyeliner in Charcoal Brown A cheap, excellent, dark brown eyeliner. The formula is soft enough that it’s a breeze to apply (but not so soft it breaks), and once it’s on, it stays put.  Eyeliner is the first (and most important) product I put on — the difference between feeling pretty and people asking me if I’m getting sick.  $5.25,

Sephora Slim Pencil Sharpener  $2,

Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer I’m the first to admit this product is expensive, but dang, it’s potent.  The formula is so full coverage, you need only the tiniest amount to erase any discoloration.  And because you used so little product, there’s nothing to crease.  This is you without undereye circles.  Click here for swatches of the different shades.  $70,

Kate Somerville CytoCell Eye Cream I like to put on eye cream first, let it dry halfway, then put on concealer (the Cle de Peau is thick; this just makes it a little more emollient).  I love Kate’s products because they’re lightweight and dry quickly, but they’re effective.  $75,

Mascara The mascara in my bag changes on a regular basis; GWP sizes are convenient. Recent favorites have included Guerlain Noir G, Burberry’s mascara, and Chanel Inimitable Intense.

Tweezerman iLash Comb Silly name, brilliant product.  It’s basically a row of sewing needles mounted into a plastic handle (which folds shut to protect the tines).  Apply any mascara, then comb through your lashes with this metal comb, and you will be utterly clump-free.  $9,

Lipstick The shade depends on the time of year and city I’m in, but bright lipstick makes up for times when I’m not wearing too much else.  In this photo:  L’Oreal Volcanic. Swatches here.  Regular price is $8.95 at, but it goes on sale all the time.

Q-tips You can correct almost any mistake with a q-tip.  Uneven eyeliner application? Smudged a little mascara on your lid?  A dry q-tip will take that right off.

Now makeup application at home is a completely different story — I am an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink kind of girl.  And those tendencies also come out on blog-related travel (fashion week, conferences, anytime I’m representing the category of beauty).  I need options.  And the only way to pack it all in one bag is to use the ML Traveler, a makeup travel case par excellence. The ML Traveler features two flat mesh pouches (which snap into the case) and one big plastic pouch that velcroes in.  The flat pouches hold everything securely (and make it easy to find stuff).

I won’t subject you to a full accounting of the contents, but this is how I build on the basics I carry in the Mini Pouch.  (If there’s a product you’re curious about, ask, and I’ll reply in the comments).

One last bag I have to mention (because I LOVE bags that can be two things):  the Large Pouch.  I often imagine myself attending cocktail parties and brunches and afternoon weddings — but I’m bad at shopping for these events (maybe because I actually attend them so rarely).  The Large Pouch has become my go-to clutch.  I use it for travel, too — it’s the perfect size for a medium amount of makeup (say, a trip to wine country, just me and Mr. Salt).


Karla Sugar is a beauty blogger in Dallas, Texas. On her blog, she swatches makeup on her arm and takes pictures of it — outside, in sunlight, so you can see what something “really” looks like before you buy.  She spends the rest of her time drinking coffee, chasing her dog Domino, and exhaustively researching Dallas’s taco offerings with her husband.

I hit Dallas three or four times a year for trade shows (we exhibit the Stephanie Johnson line in the lovely Codarus showroom in the World Trade Center), and to check in with some of our favorite clients.  I’m embarrassed to admit that after a decade of travel here I never saw much outside my hotel room.  Fortunately, this trip changed all that.


A creature of habit, I’ve been staying at the Crescent Court for years.  It’s nice to find a spot you can return to trip after trip and call home, and it doesn’t hurt that Stanley Korshak is next door and Nobu is in house.

I did venture out this trip and check out both the Ritz-Carlton and the newly renovated Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.  Both are winners.  The Mansion is cozy with a fireplace burning in the intimate lobby and the Mansion Bar is the place to unwind after a long day.  The Ritz is bigger with an expansive lobby filled with contemporary art and a hot restaurant to boot.

Any of these three properties will have you tucked in with a smile at night.


Ok, so I frequent Nobu Next Door in my TriBeCa neighborhood so who needs Nobu when I’m in Dallas?  For starters, it’s in my hotel, and secondly, Dallas Nobu is the home of the Matteo Roll.  What’s the Matteo Roll?  Glad you asked.  Nothing short of perfection:  this $25 cut roll features spicy tuna and asparagus wrapped in soy paper topped with more spicy tuna, guacamole, chili oil and topped with dry miso.

Another Uptown favorite is Fearing’s.  Dean Fearing is swathed in Texas charm and makes a mean tortilla soup.  Anything he cooks up is sublime in a gorgeous setting.  The staff here is as AMAZING as the food.

When in Texas, eat Tex-Mex.  Beauty blogger extraordinaire Karla Sugar, aka ‘The Swatcher,’ brought me to Chuy’s and I was instantly entranced.  The weather was warm enough for us to dine in a booth outside in ‘the garage’, sipping margaritas (Sugar ordered ‘the dot’, a frozen lime margarita with a shot of strawberry in the middle), and feasting on chipotle enchiladas.  Insiders know to ask for the creamy jalapeño sauce.  It’s not on the menu, it’s free, and I had two.  Sugar also explained that you get a free appetizer if you bring a framed photo of your dog.  That explains that!

For breakfast try The Dream Cafe after a walk along the Katy Trail and order the popover or Cloud Cakes.  A newcomer directly on the trail, try Company Cafe for outside picnic tables and farm to table fare.  The Ice House sits next door and has games, fire pits, and a backyard BBQ feel.

Shinsei is a must stop for sushi.  Anywhere that hands me the check tucked into a Nancy Drew novel has my vote.  And if you’ve overstuffed yourself on Texas BBQ and are looking to detox, don’t forget the Gem Juice Bar inside DUO.  They feature juice squeezed to order, smoothies and house made cashew milk.  YUM.


Dallas has great modern art.  I was privileged to have a private tour of the Rachofsky House, a private home designed by Richard Meier.  It’s one beautiful white cube sitting on 3 acres of the most beautiful lawn I’ve seen maybe ever.  The views from inside are stunning from every vantage point and the private collection rotates annually.  I was struck most by the work of Janine Antoni, which included a bust of the artist made entirely from chocolate and another of the artist made from soap (Lick & Lather).  Very special.

Lucky for me the Dallas Museum of Art had the Jean Paul Gaultier show, a retrospective of the designer’s work that included pieces he did for Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and Gaga.  A sensation.  Catch it if you can.

I really enjoyed getting out in the morning and walking the Katy Trail, a paved path that runs 3.5 miles from SMU to downtown, crossing bridges and connecting to nature.


I discovered that my TriBeCa neighbor Lela Rose is a Dallas native and had just opened her first Dallas outpost days before I arrived.  A small shop in Highland Village with to-die-for dresses in gorgeous prints with perfect detail, I got to walk away with a tiny recipe book and biscotti that Ms. Rose made herself in her kitchen back home.  (Lela, when are you having me over?)

Of course no shopping trip to the Big D is complete without a visit to the original home of Neiman Marcus downtown.  Go at holiday time when the store is transformed into a space odyssey with tubes the kids can shoot through and their restaurant The Zodiac rolls out the most extraordinary holiday buffet.

Stanley Korshak is also a Dallas institute.  Go there to stock up on all your Stephanie Johnson this season and make sure to tell Mary that I sent you.


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