The female characters on the popular TV shows we watched growing up fed us the illusion that we'd one day blossom into adulthood as designer-dressed, stiletto-strutting women while on a freelance writer or waitress salary. Thanks '90s, for your lies. But our faith in the fashion gods has been restored thanks to Clotheshorse Anonymous, a high-end consignment boutique that makes the Coco-est of Chanel dreams come true. While some items are on the (rightfully) pricey side, it's easy to find hardly worn designer-crafted dresses for $100 — which admittedly is far cheaper than the piece of crap dress you bought on a whim and wore to one wedding, just to watch it grow uglier every year in your closet. The North Dallas store's inventory is updated frequently and the selection stays consistently sophisticated, so even if you're more rogue than Vogue, you can trust that you'll walk out looking like the true fashionista you assumed you'd be by now.

Ken Weber and Greg Kelly opened Vintage Martini in 2007, bringing quality vintage clothing to Carrollton. Lucky for us in Dallas, a few years later they decided to move to the Knox-Henderson area, where we can find clothing from various eras. There's the expected men's and women's wear by decade, all in impressive condition. Prices reflect that, but they're not unreasonable considering the quality. We especially love the roped-off section of the really classic stuff (a recent visit had a small dress from 1890). Plus, there are occasional events at Martini themed around different styles: It's a good time to shop and people-watch.

The Joule
Kathy Tran
The Joule

As far as hotels go, it doesn't get any sexier than The Joule. Headington Companies', well, crowning jewel, the neo-Gothic beauty serves up eye candy in every inch. Its world-class art collection boasts more than 70 mosaics by California artist Millard Sheets, a Roger Hiorns crystal-covered engine and mid-century mosaics that greet you at the Main Street entrance. Rooms are as luxurious as you would imagine. Completing the experience, there's an 11,500-square-foot subterranean spa and ample food and drink options, including Midnight Rambler, a stylish basement bar serving up creative craft cocktails prepared with house-made infusions.

Camp Bow Wow is perfect for anyone who treats their dogs like furry children. It offers private suites with 24/7 cameras for pups staying overnight, separate play areas for large and small dogs and an attentive staff capable of caring for dogs with a wide range of grooming and health needs. The Grapevine location is convenient to the airport, has tons of play space and has a grooming service if Fido needs a spa day. It's a dog owner's best friend.

Tucked away in the hotel lobby, the Barber Shop was revealed as part of The Adolphus Hotel's recent renovation. Brass Tacks staffs the shop, providing hotel guests and Dallas cool kids with the same straight-razor shaves and classic cuts that made their Oak Cliff barber shop popular. The vibe could be described as speakeasy-esque with a curated selection of vinyl spinning all day long and cold beer at the ready. Appointments can be made online and a variety of grooming products are available for purchase, including Brass Tacks' signature Easy Rider Beard Oil.

Maybe you scoff at those ubiquitous Sewell ads because other dealerships have made you skeptical of the whole car-buying enterprise. Sewell really is different, though. Most car dealerships treat you like a king when you're shopping, and the customer-first sales process at Sewell is no exception. But the family-owned company keeps up the royal treatment even after you drive off the lot. Among other perks, owners can take their cars to any Sewell dealership sans reservation for a free car wash, and when it's time for an oil change, there's no nicer place to wait than the Sewell service lounge, where you'll find complimentary Wi-Fi, refreshments (cookies!) and gracious, knowledgeable staff.

Bicycles Plus
Kathy Tran
Bicycles Plus

If you're looking for a new bike, Bicycles Plus in Snider Plaza carries well-known brands like Trek and Cannondale, as well as some harder-to-find models, with free lifetime adjustments on any bike they sell. And if you're hoping to salvage an old bicycle that's been sitting in a garage for a decade or more, their mechanics can get it up and running without charging you a fortune. The shop hosts 20- to 30-mile group rides at White Rock Lake on Monday evenings during daylight saving time and shorter warm-up and recovery rides on Wednesday evenings.

Thanks to sports and rap culture, sneakers have become a luxury, in-demand product. And nobody understands the fashion commodity like Oak Cliff shop Trap Boutique, which provides high-end sneakers to a large following of loyal customers. The store only advertises through Instagram, so sneakerheads know to check it obsessively for new arrivals. The boutique carries upscale and popular sneaker brands, such as Fear of Gods, Supreme and Yeezys, as well as clothes. The resale store will also give you fair pricing for your old shoes so you can stay up to date on your look. If stylish leisurewear is the only way you feel you can treat your feet, then walk them into Trap Boutique.

Frisco is a record-store desert. Sure, you can score some vinyl at Half Price Books and Barnes & Noble, but an authentic and local record store is difficult to come by when you venture up north. ZT Records stands out as a refreshing oasis, and it's a best-kept secret of sorts. If you type it into Google Maps, you will arrive at a behemoth of an antique store, thinking that the app guided you there by mistake. It didn't -— ZT Records is located inside Frisco Mercantile, and it stands humbly among a throng of neighboring boutique shops. The enclave is small but cozy. It has an impressively varied selection of jazz, soundtrack and classic rock records, and its hip-hop selection is expanding. If you find yourself in Tree City USA and don't want to buy wax from the corporate overlords, give this place a shot.

Although Goody Goody has about a dozen stores scattered across the DFW area, the Oak Lawn location really shines. If you're looking for something a little classier than your regular Tuesday night supermarket Chardonnay, this is the place to look. There are Burgundies to impress your dinner guests, and if you're looking for something more local, they have a respectable selection of Texas wines. The wine selection is big enough that it could be daunting for anyone who isn't looking for something specific, but the friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to point you in the right direction.

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