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FROM AUSTRALIA WITH LOVE TWEEN TOME O ver the course of two- plus decades, Dallas' Summer Nilsson has counted Hearst and Texas- born Brandon Maxwell as clients and worked with magazines including People, House Beautiful, Elle, and Food Network Magazine, developing brand strategy. This trajectory has resulted in game- changing partnerships and national purpose-driven campaigns — yet her latest career move was to launch a book series targeting middle-grade readers. In August, when the first book in her "Loodor Tales" series, The Land of the Pines, came out, it was Amazon's number-one new release in children's intermediate readers. Why such a shift from her former day-to-day life of meetings with glamorous clients? "I sat in meeting after meeting with the biggest brands in the fashion and beauty industries. The topic of social media and the impact on tweens and teens continued to surface," she says. "As an aunt to two 13-year-old girls and a 16-year-old nephew, I decided to put my background to better use. Creating Loodor was a personal choice to encourage kids with a message of confidence, connection, and kindness." A portion of sales benefits Operation Kindness, a pioneer in North Texas for providing assistance to animals in need. Billy Fong D reamy bohemian brand Camilla, founded in 2004 by artist Camilla Franks in Sydney's Bondi Beach, has opened at NorthPark Center, one of only three boutiques in the U.S. And it's about time: The laid-back label's celebrity fan club includes Sofia Vergara, Beyoncé, and Gwen Stefani. Camilla's unforgettable prints are hand-drawn and painted by in-house artists, then sewn and embellished by hand. "Our boutiques have been designed so that you fall down the rabbit hole and enter a new magical realm where you can explore all our beauty and wonder," Franks says. "It's a journey for the senses, and that's just one thing online will never be able to give our customers. Wildly wrapped ceiling to floor in an iconic print, it's a truly immersive Camilla experience and a great addition to the brand." Look for caftans, swimwear, and party-ready dresses, menswear, and childrenswear, as well as home goods and even pet accessories in Nordstrom Court on Level One. Camilla, NorthPark Center, Caitlin Clark O n Friday, September 24, the State Fair of Texas is back in business and ready with fried delicacies (we're drooling just thinking of this 2021 semifinalist: deep-fried seafood gumbo balls loaded with Gulf Coast shrimp). While there, check out the exhibition in the Hall of State commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the Dallas Junior League. The show includes historical documents, memorabilia, and vintage photographs celebrating a century of women who were never afraid to roll up their sleeves in service to their community. The origin story is series worthy (Netflix, please give us a show starring Reese Witherspoon), with the Dallas chapter launching in 1922 by a group of civic-minded women determined to make a difference. Remember, this was just two years after they had been granted the right to vote, and women had few opportunities outside of the home. Given that the League today is nearly 5,000 strong, many of you reading this have probably spent your requisite time with JLD and might find pictures of yourselves or perhaps grandmothers and great grandmothers on display. Pull out your monogrammed Smythson datebooks, because the organization has an impressive list of events over the next nine months, including a luncheon on April 22, 2022, honoring former first lady Laura Bush with a lifetime achievement award. After all: "Well- behaved women rarely make history," as Junior League a l u m E l e a n o r Roosevelt reportedly quipped. "Legacy o f L e a d e r s h i p , Devotion to Dallas," S e p t e m b e r 2 4 through October 17, Billy Fong LEGACY OF THE LEAGUE Camilla opens in NorthPark Center OBSESSIONS. DECORATION. SALIENT FACTS. Summer Nilsson Free TB x-rays offered by the Junior League, 1947. Junior League volunteers, 1994 46

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