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Mari Hidalgo King’s Favorite Things

this Dallas mom's top picks

Our Mom Next Door, Mari Hidalgo King, shares her beauty secrets, favorite local boutiques and where she goes to get inspired.


Favorite Podcasts

“I’m fond of a lot of different podcasts because I’m very non-committal. The only one that I commit to is Michelle Obama’s podcast. I would say I get a lot of energy from Wellness Mama. I also love The Business of Fashion Podcast and Think with Krys Boyd.”

The Michelle Obama Podcast // Available via Spotify
The Wellness Mama Podcast // wellnessmama.com/podcast
The Business of Fashion Podcast // businessoffashion.com/podcasts
KERA’s Think // think.kera.org

Favorite Local Boutiques

Harkensback in Bishop Arts. My girlfriend Julie McCullough owns it, and she is a force. It’s size-inclusive, and the vision is beautiful. Marisa Dukowitz helped design the store. You walk in there and it just transforms you. It’s very magical, mystical and inspiring. Beatnik is also wonderful. I love how I can depend on a quick visit to Beatnik to add stylish, quality and comfortable items to my wardrobe. The pieces are perfectly in line with my active, style-conscious, working-mom lifestyle.”

Harkensback // 250 North Bishop Ave., Suite 170, Dallas
Beatnik Fine Goods // 837 W. 7th St., Dallas

Favorite Restaurant

El Jordan Café is a Mexican diner with the best breakfast tacos and comfort home-cooking that never disappoints. I love all the ways I can get my egg-fix here, and the service is family-oriented. Having eaten there for over a decade, we consider them family as well!”

El Jordan Café // 416 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas; 214/941-4451

Dallas’ Hidden Gem

AURORA Area 3, the drive-thru parking garage art exhibition that opened in October in downtown Dallas. Area 3 has a special place in my heart because of my deep love for AURORA, having worked the event for over a decade. I’m really proud of the team, especially my husband, for pivoting so well to bring this much-needed injection of art to Dallas during the pandemic. I highly recommend families, masked friends and even company holiday parties take advantage of this transporting new media exhibition. And you can feel good that you did because the financial model is structured to split proceeds between artists, vendors and AURORA.”

AURORA Area 3, 1600 Commerce St., Dallas
Open through Jan. 1

Go-To for Getting Inspired

“Traveling really helps. I like walking busy metropolitan streets in other countries just to see how they’re living.”

Beauty Secrets

“I’m trying new products here at Neighborhood Goods. I am loving a local favorite called Colleen Rothschild. She has this No. 9 Face Oil, which is transformative. I’ve had it for a couple of weeks and I’m just really in awe. I also have a cream face wash that I have used for 6 years; I got on our Honeymoon in Germany. It’s Primavera’s Revitalizing Cream Cleanser.”

Designers of Choice

Comme des Garçons is by and large my all-time favorite. Then if you come down a little bit more down to reality, there’s an Australian designer that I really enjoy—her name is Karen Walker.”

Favorite Females

Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Bette Midler.

Where to Find Family Adventure

“On a drive. We have ‘Ms. Cushy,’ our ’06 Land Cruiser that we just bought from a family in Lubbock. Low miles. So we are going to go off-roading and try to find a little nature—random nature.”

Photo courtesy of Korena Bolding Sinnett.