Obsession Confession: Zel Nealy

  Obsession Confession proves DFW Style Daily’s dedication to divulging the fashionable fixations of the Metroplex’s top trendsetters. Today, Fort Worth native Zel Nealy shares an adorable addiction that’ll have you doing the two-step to the nearest vintage boutique.   Racking up the raves for her killer hand-crafted candy as the founder of Dallas Chocolates, fans of Nealy’s sweets will be delighted to learn that her wearable obsession may be one of the keys to her culinary success. Read on for the details, and head over to DallasChocolates.com for more on her addictive treats.     The Obsession: Staying true to her Texas roots, Nealy can’t collect enough vintage cowboy boots.                 The Confession: As a little girl, Nealy could be found boot-scooting around her family’s kitchen – a tradition she carries on to this day. Says our stylish confectioner, “I still wear them while whipping up creations for Dallas Chocolates!”           The Rationalization:  Nealy’s particularly taken by the history of vintage kicks, confessing, "Sometimes, when I find a pair I really love sitting on a boutique shelf, I think to myself, ‘Who owned those before me? How many times did those boots twirl around on the dance hall floor?’”   The Collection: “I find some of the best vintage cowboy boots at the Genesis Benefit Thrift Store (3419 Knight St., Dallas) and Gratitude Vintage (3613 Fairmount St., Dallas),” she notes.       Shop It: Two pairs from our expert’s collection are shown here, on the left. Looking to score your own va-va-voom vintage cowboy boots? An embroidered pair with a gorgeous, brushed gold patina is on sale now at Vintage Martini ($245, top right). Finally, the new “Viridiana” boots by Old Gringo from Pinto Ranch only look old school ($395, bottom right).           (Photo credits, from top: 1. Zel Nealy, 2. Dallas Chocolates, 3. Zel Nealy/Vintage Martini/Pinto Ranch)    

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