If there’s anyone you should take health and fitness advice from, it’s Stephanie Oakes. I mean, just look at her. And it’s not difficult to come by—you can see Stephanie’s informative segments on The Today Show and Good Morning America and read her input in Self, Shape and USA Today Magazine, just to name a few. You’ll discover the latest fitness trends and workout fashions, find out how to stay trim and healthy during pregnancy and what challenges Elite US Special Forces face. Pick up her book, Work Off Ten Pounds a Month, and get a simple and effective way to incorporate strength training, yoga and more in your everyday stroll to maintain health and weight. The real miracle here is that Stephanie does it all—media maven, fitness expert, Nike spokeswoman—all while living the family life in Dallas with her husband and two kids. How does she do it? Read on to see where Stephanie Oakes likes to live it up and wind down here in the Big D.
University Park. I see all my doctors in Plano (where my father’s practice is). So, whether I'm shopping, exercising, visiting friends or attending events with my kids I'm all over North Dallas.
Seasons 52 at the Shops at Legacy
Oishi on Wycliff Avenue, no-frills ambiance but great food
Best Ethnic Food:
The back bar at Javiar's Gourmet Mexicano Restaurant for black bean soup and a margarita
Best place for late night dining:
Great One Cookie Company by Pam Denesuk
Best place for a romantic date:
You can find my husband Chris and I on the Katy Trail running or walking or catching a show at the Angelica or Magnolia. We'll duck into Hillside on Belt Line and eat at the bar.
Best Sunday brunch:
New Years Day at my friend Vicki Crew's home in Highland Park
I still love to run into the Inwood Lounge for a glass of wine with a girlfriend. I had drinks there with Oliver Stone and Kevin Costner...they both loved the 'joint'.
Best place for a power business meeting:
Lunch at Stephen Pyles always beats the boardroom.
All-around favorite spot in Dallas:
Highland Park Village’s Mi Cocina on a Sunday evening for family dinner.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
I know many private pilots who fly into Dallas with their clients and stay at the Hilton in Preston center. It's comfortable, priced well and close to everything. I always book it for my family and friends. If it’s a party or special event we'll schedule the W.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Tory Burch. Her styles are timeless and suit my lifestyle because it’s easy to transition from a biz meeting to school meeting to sports field.
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
My mother in law told me a wonderfully endearing story about Harry Winston. He arrived in New York City on Ellis Island about the same time her father did (my husband’s family owned and ran some of the most prestigious hotels in the city). Harry was just starting out and had nowhere to stay so he was given a room at no fee in the St. Moritz hotel on Central Park South. When he checked out after a few weeks he promised to re-pay his debt. Years later he showed up on the hotel doorstep with his payment in the form of a seven carat flawless white diamond. A man of his word always gets my vote!
Favorite Charity Event:
I'm currently working on three charity events but for the sheer single focus and grass roots effort I’d say BRIDGE lacrosse is my favorite! www.bridgelacrossedallas.org
Favorite Cultural Event:
Art Fair, SMU Lecture series.
Favorite Cultural Institution:
A little-known but fabulous museum is the Jesuit Art Museum. I also applaud the Dallas Museum of Art for its new children's educational programs.
Nick & Sam's of course. My son Nicholas has a best friend named Sam! They instructed we go there to have their photos taken...steak is superb too!
Highland Park Pharmacy at the counter...with a girlfriend, husband, kids, parents. You can't beat it for a sandwich.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
The new Viper training at Equinox, The Bar Method at Inwood Village for a tighter tush, Cooper for the world class Personal Trainers, Beyond Pilates for Barre Cardio and Twisted for Yoga!
The Crescent Spa massages are good but way over priced. Instead I head over to Exhale Spa. Whether it's deep tissue acupressure or Swedish they're consistently good.
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
It's simply Ron, for around town or airport runs. My family has used his services for years. He's always polite, on time, safe and accommodating even with four pairs of ski's or several kids’ car seats.
Spanish Muse at the Meadows Musuem
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