Eyebrow threading (or epilation) began in the Middle East as a hair-removal method passed down from generation to generation, producing nearly perfect arches quickly and painlessly. (If you've ever seen a Bollywood movie, you know what we're talking about.) The procedure finally made its way to our shores, and now everyone's pretty much heard of it and probably heard how great it is, but no one's sure where to get it done. For the best arch for your buck, put yourself in the trusted hands of David Sance. He can be found a few days a week at the Perry Henderson salon on Oak Lawn and will give you the best-looking eyebrows in the Western Hemisphere. The process takes about five minutes and is more cost-effective, less painful, easier on your skin and more accurate than waxing.

Jane Fonda, Cicely Tyson, Paula Abdul, Rihanna, Michelle Williams—lovely ladies with lashes out to here. They have Ja'Maal Buster to thank for that. He's the eyelash guru who's an in-demand expert at custom tailoring false lashes and applying them with the skill of a fine artist. From Dallas to Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles, Buster has built a clientele of celebrities and others who count on him to make eyelashes that no one can tell aren't the real thing. He calls it "art for the eyes." If you're headed for a red carpet or just want a few extra lashes for heavy flirting, Buster's the guy to keep your eye on.

The Army Store

Not that you would ever impersonate a police officer or pull people over and write fake tickets or anything. But it's not against the law to do a little fantasy role-playing, is it? At the Army Store, for $4 to $12 you can find a really cool, battle-grimy blood-red beret that makes you look like a soldier of fortune, or a cloth cap with a stingy little brim on the front and extra-long earflaps. Nothing like dressing up as a North Korean border guard to make the neighbors nervous. You also can be "U.S. Marine Corps—Retired," or a naval officer, but that costs $29.99, and you have to learn how to snap a proper salute. For $10.99 you can don a very chic burgundy boho topper. How very armies of the night.

The Cultured Cup

We know folks around here prefer their tea heavily sweetened and over ice. And we will never refuse a tall glass of sweet tea on a muggy summer day. But at home, away from judgmental Texas eyes, we love to fill our Bodum tea press with a delicious hot tea—one of our favorites is Thé Rouge au Sahara from Mariage Frères, a rooibos-based herbal blend with mint and rose petals. Yes, we are fancy. And fortunately, The Cultured Cup has a wide selection of Mariage Frères teas to satisfy all our snooty desires. Not sure what kind of tea you like? They are glad to make suggestions, and the tea "bar" offers gotta-have-it-now tasting opportunities. To indulge your sweet tooth, Cultured Cup offers fresh Belgian candies from Leonidas (we love the fruit-shaped "jellies") and drinking chocolate fit for a queen (seriously).

Fish Gallery

We took it pretty hard when Fish Gallery was devastated by a fire last year; as renovations dragged on and on, we feared they might remain closed forever. But when after several months they reopened the fish showroom, we were glad they had put in the extra time and effort. The new space is attractive, and they even added a restroom. Sure, they're not the cheapest joint in town, but you'll never get the same service and knowledgeable staff at a big-box store. Their aquatic plant selection is excellent, and African cichlid-keepers already know that Fish Gallery is the place to go. If you're just getting started, it's OK to go to Petsmart. We bet Fish Gallery will still be around when you're ready to swim with the big boys.

Ross Discount Tire

Tires will always, always go flat at the most inopportune times. Some of our favorite flat tire memories include 103-degree heat, sleet, a fairly bulky Halloween costume and temperamental lug nuts. Ross Discount Tire has always been our go-to for treaded salvation. The amiable staff offers unbelievably inexpensive puncture tests and patches, and are lightning-quick. The air-conditioning in the lobby ain't too bad either. In addition to flat fixes, RDT is generous with free air checks (better to be safe than sorry) and swift with rotations and balances. A word to the wise, though: In case you're not in RDT's neighborhood next time you flatten out, be sure to ask their friendly tire techs to check and prep your spare. It's just too bad they can't also repair all the potholes on Ross Avenue.

Yes, we do love flowers. And we love cats too. Maybe that's why this little storefront shop tucked next to an Albertson's grocery at the corner of Northwest Highway and Midway Road is our favorite flower peddler. For years, until she went to that sandbox in the sky, Isadora the kitty dwelt among the fresh-cut flowers and vases at I Love Flowers. She's gone, but the kitty love continues with Oliver (the friendlier one) and Cece (who keeps an eye on the business end of the shop in the office). How the friendly, talented staff of arrangers, whose designs for us always look like living, one-of-a-kind artworks, keeps the cats from munching the merch, we'll never know. It's not because the flowers aren't fresh enough for cat chow. The roses we've picked up here have kept their color and scent for so long, it's almost like they have nine lives.

Sephora

They'll spackle, paint and powder your mug at this makeup emporium. But better than the free makeovers are the free samples of expensive creams and emollients from high-end brands such as Murad and Dr. Perricone. Chat up one of the nice salespeople, and they'll open the magical sample drawers and hand you handfuls of packets—enough to keep you moist and wrinkle-free for weeks. Join the frequent-buyer club (for free), and you'll get more samples with every purchase. For makeup mavens, this place is the candy store of cosmetics.

Best Free-Range Celebrity Sightings (with Cookies)

Celebrity Café & Bakery

Celebrity Cafe & Bakery

Angie Harmon eats. We know because we've seen the reedy actress gobbling some of the $2.50 iced sugar cookies at this HP Village café. Order a quiche or a bowl of made-from-scratch soup, grab one of the wrought-iron chairs at a sidewalk table and on any afternoon you can see actual celebrities stroll in, out and by the place. We've done it. Jessica Simpson has been there. And on one afternoon last spring we saw Wayne Gretzy, his wife Janet and, not 30 minutes later, Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynn. The latter were accompanied by a large retinue of Secret Service men and women. Up on the roof of Tom Thumb across the way were what might have been sharpshooters. Hey, it ain't the Polo Lounge, but for the price of a cookie, this place ain't bad for celeb-spotting.

Design Within Reach

Budgets guide decorating choices. But we've moved up from the "Free Good" line (as in curbside chairs with the "Free Good Chair" sign taped on). These days we need help making our abode look respectable and fashionable without seeming painfully trendoid. Design Within Reach is our fave place to dream-shop. We come here to imagine, ogle...and wish for a good sale. This store's modern wares include furniture, accessories and lighting. Their best items are from their licensed classics. Take Le Corbusier's LC2 collection from 1928. DWR has the three-seat sofa. Eames chairs? They've got the 1956 lounge—a huge coup for modern design. Go mid-century with George Nelson's iconic ball clock. And if you love Eero Saarinen's pedestal tables and trademark Tulip Chair, DWR has those too, and a lot more from 1950s and '60s designers who made their marks on living rooms the world over. DWR has furniture we covet, and while a certain build-it-yourself discount chain may have reasonable knock-offs that are more affordable, we're ready to invest in the best for our nest.

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