My Dal­las/Fort Worth

Where Dallas - - CONTENTS - Con­nie Sigel

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.

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