HGTV announced its new cast lineup for Season 7 of Design Star, and as always, it’s a mixed bag of tricks. Who better to start off our annual cast critique than Bex Hale, from Abilene, Texas!
You have actually “met” Bex before on this blog, without knowing it. Some of you may remember that I saw someone at the casting session here in Austin who was wearing a church lady hat and an icky outfit…then found out through the grapevine that she had progressed to the next level of casting (scroll down to the bottom for visuals)? Well, that was Bex.
Except it wasn’t.
There’s no way I saw her correctly. You just can’t convince me that this gorgeous gal was the frumpy woman I saw at the casting session. Plus, I have searched the Internets far and wide and while I have seen oodles of pictures (and videos) of her in hats, I’ve yet to find one I would describe as frumpy. I’ve confirmed that Bex is indeed the friend of the Donna-Decorates-Dallas-style designer I mentioned in my earlier casting session post, so all I can say is there must have been some sort of across-the-room visual distortion going on.
Bex Hale, a.k.a. Rebecca Allen Hale, has one of those names that sounds manufactured (bEXHALE) but probably wasn’t. Slap on the vintage wardrobe and she’s starting to get very film noir. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Bex and I have a few things in common besides our occupation…red hair, an extensive hat collection (at last count, I had 92, mostly vintage), and we’ve both attended Abilene Christian University and lived to tell the tale.
Shocker, I know. Listen, my parents made me go for one hellish year and then I got the hell out as quickly as possible. My experience is that it was a great place to go if you wanted to be married by the age of 21, but not necessarily so awesome if you were a woman with a brain in your head and an intention to use it. I could bitch about how evil ACU and its ilk are for hours, but that’s not why we gathered here today, so let’s get back to Bex.
Girl has some chops. She’s the longtime owner and lead designer of Relics Home in Abilene, a retail furnishings store featuring many fair trade and recycled products. One of the “Best Stores in Town” according to Shopping Across Texas, the store has some devoted fans.