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GINGER STRAND 2 MILLINERIUM when ginger strand was laid off in 2008, she decided to make ends meet by turning a millinery hobby into a full-fledged business. The SMU fine arts grad had been complimented on her own hand-made hats for years, so making them for others seemed the next logical step. Strand prides herself on her eco-friendly “wearable sculptures” made mostly from re-purposed materials. She uses hundreds of sewing items from her grandmother’s estate to create one-ofa-kind chapeaus. Inspired by her sister’s battle with cancer, Strand takes care to use only the softest and most breathable materials for many of her styles to help those with hair loss and skin sensitivity due to chemotherapy. $22-$1,495/millinerium.com

HATS INCREDIBLE Three Dallas milliners ply their craft to keep you covered. By Kristin Hull

CASSIE MACGREGOR 3 HOUSE OF MACGREGOR cassie macgregor never imagined that one day she would design hats for a living, but a millinery class at the Fashion Institute of Technology changed everything. Although her first creation looked more like a chef’s hat than a beret, MacGregor wasn’t discouraged. She honed her skills working with various New York milliners and, in 2007, headed back to Texas to live near family and open a retail headwear boutique. But after some soul-searching, MacGregor decided that focusing on her craft would bring more happiness than running a store. So she rented a small workspace above the Bishop Arts restaurant Bolsa and, within four years, has become a respected figure in the Dallas fashion scene. $180-$250/thehouseofmacgregor.com, V.O.D., Warren Barrón

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Why is it that the characteristics we dislike most about ourselves are things someone else pointed out?

rhinoplasty, which was right on par with my goals. He also mentioned he was a sculptor in his spare time. How perfect was that? A tag-team surgery was in the works. Dr. Bates would do his part first, then Dr. Pruitt would take over. We set the date, and I paid the deposit. That’s when I started to panic. I was 100 percent sure about the septoplasty. Who wouldn’t want to breathe easier after a lifetime of stuffiness and sinus infections? But then I started questioning the rhinoplasty. Did I really want it? Why couldn’t I just be happy with the way I was born? Was I being too vain? Was it worth the extra recovery time and the extra money? I always thought of rhinoplasty candidates as those with severe disfigurements, not “annoying imperfections.” So did that mean I shouldn’t do it? Everyone I mentioned it to responded with “What?! Why?” Maybe I was crazy. If most people didn’t see anything wrong with my nose, then what was I doing? Fo r t u n a t e l y, I ’ ve learned to assuage panic with rational thoughts, so I created a list of reasons why I wanted to go through with the surgery, and I read it every morning. First, this was an opportunity. My nose wasn’t flawed enough to justify the rhinoplasty, but because I was having deviated septum surgery anyway, I figured I may as well do it. If it didn’t happen now, it prob-

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I’ll never forget the day in high school when a friend asked, “Did you know your nose is crooked?” Great. I already thought it was too big, and now in the midst of teenage angst, I had yet another reason to feel insecure. A few years later, as I was entering the workforce, I made the mistake of getting the pixie haircut Winona Ryder was sporting at the time. I learned the hard way that a super-short ’do only magnifies any imperfections. In the torturous year I spent growing it out, stranger after stranger commented, “You look like Liza Minnelli.” (Yes, you read that right.) I took this as a direct attack on my nose and vowed to get it fixed someday should the opportunity arise. One day, it did. A few months ago, a friend told me about her deviated septum diagnosis, prompting me to get a professional opinion of my own. I shared all of her symptoms: snoring, congestion, frequent sinus infections, and, well, my nose was crooked. An office visit and CT scan later, it was confirmed. I had an S-shaped septum, my sinuses weren’t draining correctly, and my turbinates (bony structures on the walls of the nose that help cleanse air as it is inhaled) were large and round instead of small and narrow— basically, an ineffective breathing system. When my ear, nose, and throat physician, Dr. Evan Bates, suggested a septoplasty (surgery to correct a deviated septum), I was excited. Not only would it greatly improve my breathing, but it also meant I could finally get a nose job. The next week I met with a plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryan Pruitt, who came highly recommended by Dr. Bates as well as several friends and colleagues. We discussed his conservative and natural approach to

ably never would. Second, Dr. Pruitt said that because of sagging due to gravity, noses appear to grow larger as we age. With mine already a bit protuberant, the last thing I wanted was for it to look even bigger. He also explained that my “tip was soft,” which meant that it would eventually begin to droop. (I imagined myself a combination of Liza Minnelli and the Wicked Witch of the West. Yikes.) Third, the little things that always bothered me would be corrected— looking awkward in photos, being unable to find sunglasses that didn’t sit crooked on my face, not having bangs or short hair (which I love). The list worked for a while, but as the date of my surgery approached, another attack of “What the hell am I doing?” hit. I had butterflies in my stomach, and I couldn’t concentrate or sleep. The only solution was

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to meet with Dr. Pruitt one more time to confirm (again) that he knew I didn’t want a totally new nose, nor did I want to look like a different person. I wanted to look like me—with a straighter, smaller nose. My obsessive side reared its ugly head as I prepared for the final appointment. First, I asked a friend to Photoshop some pictures of me to illustrate my “after” look, then I scoured the Internet and printed every pertinent before and after picture I could find. I was grateful to Dr. Pruitt for not laughing at my presentation. He explained that as much as he’d like to show me exactly what I’d look like after the surgery, he couldn’t. The final results would depend on a few unpredictable factors. For example, shortening the tip could cause the base to appear too wide, so he might have to narrow my nostrils a bit (which is exactly what he did). Also, it was impossible to predict how I would heal, and that could affect the final outcome as well.

I asked Dr. Pruitt post-surgery if I was the craziest, most obsessed patient he’d ever seen. “Absolutely not,” he said. “Fear is a very normal response. If this is a patient’s first procedure, he or she should be nervous. Rhinoplasty is a real surgery that should not be minimized as a minor procedure. I would have been concerned if you weren’t nervous. Most people feel a combination of apprehension and excitement, which is very, very common.” So, even if I were crazy, at least I wasn’t the only one. The day of my surgery came quickly. I was all smiles going in. They put the I.V. in my arm, and within seconds I was blissfully unaware. Dr. Bates spent about an hour on me; Dr. Pruitt, about two and a half. It took longer than expected because Dr. Pruitt spent more time than usual sculpting the tip. Besides straightening my nose and making it less prominent, he inserted a cartilage graft (or “tent pole”) in the tip to keep it permanently perky. Bless you, Dr. Pruitt!

I was still unconscious) greeted me upon awakening. My husband waited patiently for the brunt of the nausea to wane before he took me home. That night wasn’t as horrible as I thought it would be. Although I looked pretty bad—red bruises around my eyes, yellow discoloration on my cheeks, a plastic “cast” over my nose with a thick gauze pad taped underneath my nostrils, and a gel ice pack over my eyes—I actually felt okay once the nausea subsided. But sleeping that first night wasn’t easy. I was in an upright position (for the entire week, actually), and every couple of hours, my lips and throat would get so dry from mouth-breathing that it woke me up. I also had to use the restroom too many times to count, because I had received so many fluids during the surgery. By morning, I felt 100 percent better, and each day brought improvement. I was shocked at how little pain there was. I never needed more than the occasional Tylenol. By the third day, the swelling that had surrounded my eyes had moved down to my jaw line, creating that adorable chipmunk look. Six days after the surgery, I had an appointment with Dr. Pruitt. Instead of changing my bandages as I had anticipated, he proceeded to take out the stints and stitches (somewhat painful but quick) and remove my bandages. The only remnant of the surgery was a little bruise under my right eye. My nose was tender and swollen, but no one could tell until I spoke. Because most of the swelling was internal, I couldn’t breathe out of it (and wouldn’t be able to for at least four weeks), and I sounded congested. But the worst was over. Now, a month later, 90 percent of the swelling is gone, so I have a pretty good picture of the new me. The biggest relief is that I can still see the old me, just with a better nose. In fact, fixing my nose has made me appreciate my other facial flaws. I don’t look at them negatively anymore, because they’re the characteristics that make me unique.

( ) I scoured the Internet and printed every pertinent before and after picture. Then I asked a friend to Photoshop some pictures of me to illustrate my “after” look. I was grateful to Dr. Pruitt for not laughing.

Coming off the anesthesia was the most unpleasant part of the whole ordeal. Sweating, nausea, chills, and throat pain from the breathing tube (inserted and removed while

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MANDY HAMILTON, 31 Mandy’s career in the nonprofit sector began with Best Buddies and the American Heart Association; now she’s the senior national field manager for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and sits on the volunteer committee for the Kilgore College Rangerettes alumni organization. The Dallas native is also a member of the Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center. Happiness is: Spending time with my niece and nephew who make me laugh harder than anyone else. They bring out the child in me. Philosophy on life: Never give up on your hopes and dreams. My heroes: My mom. She has been through so much and has managed to remain positive through it all. I am also inspired by many of the people I’ve met through my work with MADD. They have overcome personal tragedies and are using their experience to help others. Must-have beauty item: I can’t live without Lancome’s L’ Extreme Lengthening Mascara in black. My lashes are pretty thin, so it makes them look longer and helps open up my eyes. Favorite thing about Dallas: I was born and raised here, so I have a fondness for the State Fair and the Cowboys. Living elsewhere made me appreciate Dallas. What I’d like to change about Dallas: The number of fatalities on our highways caused by drunk drivers. Last year more than 100 individuals were killed in Dallas County alone due to alcohol-related crashes. In 10 years I hope to: Still be working in the nonprofit sector. That’s where my heart is. Favorite article of clothing: My little black dress, because it’s slimming, comfortable, and perfect for any occasion.

Mandy is wearing a black asymmetrical Elijah dress ($330/Elements).

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A corporate and residential interior design consultant, Alissa also writes a restaurant review column called Tasteful Interruption for Southern Vanity Magazine. As a member of the Junior League of Dallas, she enjoys volunteering at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Jonathan’s Place, and Bryan’s House.

ALISSA SUTTON, 28

On being one of D Beauty’s 10 Most Beautiful Women: I am honored to be part of a group of women who have already done so much with their lives and who are so focused on being good people.

Favorite thing about Dallas: The many restaurants and the people. Dallasites are classy, sophisticated, and friendly. The city has its own unique style that sets it apart from other cities. Plus, I like big hair and sparkly jewelry. What can I say? I’m a true Texas girl. What I’d like to change about Dallas: I wish there were more places like West Village where you can spend an afternoon just hanging out.

In 10 years I hope to: Be married with children, and have designed my own line of home accessories. One goal I have yet to accomplish: To go on a mission trip. Making people’s lives brighter and helping to provide them with items that they need is one of the things I enjoy most. I have had the chance to do this on numerous occasions locally, and I would love to do it on a larger scale. Philosophy on life: Keep a positive attitude regardless of how good or bad your day is. Attitude makes you who you are. My hero: My mom. She is positive, happy, energetic, and has a kind heart. If I am half the woman she is, I’ll be proud of myself. I’d like to be remembered as: Someone who made helping others an important part of her life. I’d like to be remembered for my heart and for being an inspiration to others. Must-have beauty item: Mascara. I love L’Oreal’s Voluminous Full Definition Mascara in Blackest Black because it lengthens and separates my lashes. I have used it for years.

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Favorite article of clothing: A great pair of jeans with some fabulous jewelry. I love True Religion jeans because they fit really well and have so many styles to choose from. I like the details they apply to their jeans. Being a designer, I tend to notice things like that.

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At just 25 years old, Jamie has already co-founded her own line of beauty products, JamieO Skincare, and she is working on a new USDAcertified organic line. She loves shopping, dining out, gathering with friends and family, and volunteering for organizations such as the Elisa Project and Starlight Starbright. Favorite thing about Dallas: The people. They’re bright, beautiful, down to earth, and willing to help others. What I’d like to change about Dallas: I wish it had Austin’s topography—lots of trees and rolling hills. In 10 years I hope to: Have had another child, made my skincare company a major international player, written a book that will empower women, and run a half marathon. I admire those who can master their body and have such control and dedication.

JAMIE O’BANION, 25 Philosophy on life: Stay positive and dream big. Don’t neglect to celebrate your successes, no matter how small they are. Must-have beauty item: JamieO Skincare (of course!). Happiness is: Helping others. Mom taught me that. My heroes: My mother. She has been a powerful influence in my life and a great caretaker. And my brother who has cerebral palsy—his ability to always be happy and positive never ceases to amaze me. I’d like to be remembered as: An unselfish person who cared about and helped lift others. One way I hope to do this is by fulfilling a dream my husband and I have to start a foundation that will provide anonymous assistance to those in need. Favorite designer: My friend Abi Ferrin. Jamie is wearing a ruffle-sleeved Loeffler Randall dress ($350/LFT) and Beyond Baroque earrings ($129).

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YOU’VE DREAMT OF THIS DAY forever: walking down the aisle, the first dance as man and wife, cutting the cake. You think you’ll remember every moment for years to come, but the whole event will likely be a wonderful blur of hugs, laughter, and dancing. So choosing the right photographer is vital to ensure every detail of your dream day is forever preserved. Unfortunately, many couples hire a photographer without asking crucial questions or doing appropriate research. We chatted with some local wedding photographers to create this foolproof guide so you’ll end up with a beautiful and accurate record of this once-in-a-lifetime affair.

DO SOME DETECTIVE WORK First and foremost, get the names of several photographers. Ask family and friends, attend bridal shows, or check with reception locations and private clubs, which often have relationships with local photographers. Our D Weddings resource guide, which begins on p. 187, includes a list of reputable professionals. Additionally, many bridal web sites provide contact information for photographers according to geographic area, which is especially helpful if you’re planning a destination wedding. Once you have a list, visit the photographer’s web site and peruse the online portfolio. You’ll get a good feel for his or her style—traditional, photojournalistic, artistic—and quality of work. If you like what you see, make an appointment to visit him or her at the studio.

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professionals and will send whoever is available on the dates you have set up. Verify that the person you speak with is the same one who will show up for all your sittings and, especially, on your wedding day. Once this is confirmed, it’s important to get to know the photographer. Most couples don’t realize that it’s essential they actually like him or her. Between the engagement sitting, the bridal portrait sitting, and the wedding day, you will

be spending many hours together. (Although it’s not imperative that you use the same photographer for all three shoots, most professionals recommend it so they can familiarize themselves with your personality and style.) The more comfortable you are with them— and vice versa—the more natural the photos will be. “Ask yourself if you’d go have a drink with this person after the wedding is over,” recommends Heather Williams, of Faces

Photography. “If not, they’re probably not a good match for you.”

THE JOB INTERVIEW Even if you love a photographer’s style, it’s still important to discuss his or her background. Knowing how to compose a photograph is one thing, but only experience can prepare someone for emergency situations, such as a camera malfunction or a sudden change in weather. “Someone with at least five years background as a full-time wedding photographer will be able to solve any unexpected issues,” Williams says. She also stresses the importance of choosing a photographer who doesn’t shoot more than 25 weddings per year. “You don’t want a person who is so burned out that their pictures lack energy and creativity.”

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Almost all event photographers use digital cameras these days, but it’s always smart to double check. Digital cameras offer versatility, and more pictures can be taken at no extra cost. “Confirm that your photographer uses a high-resolution camera for the best results, especially if you are going to have any large prints made,” says Andrea Polito of Andrea Polito Photography. Also, ask how the files are backed up and how long your photos will be kept after the big day. Discussing exactly what shots to take at the wedding isn’t necessary, as an experienced professional will know what to do. “However,” Polito suggests, “if there are any unique family situations, such as divorced or remarried parents that don’t get along, make sure to let us know so we can avoid any uncomfortable moments.” Find out if your photographer will bring an

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