My Dallas/Fort Worth
The owner of trendy women's boutique elements 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 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.
How would you describe Dallas style?
Dallas has always been a mecca for high style and high fashion. The TV show really put us on the 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, or the “Miracle Mile,” was the destination for the best specialty stores in Texas, such as Lou Lattimore and Yves Saint Laurent, which was formerly located in the same storefront as elements! Dallas has always been on the radar of every fashion insider, and Karl Lagerfeld chose our dynamic city for his prestigious 2014 Métiers d’Art, which combined Parisian haute couture with Dallas barbecue and Lone Star beer.
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. Fair Park has also been a longtime favorite landmark. The Art Deco architecture, fountains and of course the Cotton Bowl have been host to some of the most exciting events. I remember going to many Texas/OU games, Rolling Stones concerts and of course the great State Fair of Texas! It is also home to many great historical museums including the Dallas Historical Society and the African American Museum.
Where do you love to eat?
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 The Mercury and Eddie V’s bar for oysters and jazz.
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 those with disabilities. The River Ranch Educational Charities offers a wonderful venue for recreation and will enrich so many lives.