It looks like our stylishly chic vintage gals are putting Houston on the map again. Tina Davis and Denise Hazen, proprietors of 4 year old Cheeky Vintage, are telling me that once again, the Tommy Hilfiger team was in their store last week and this time bought over 100 pieces for sale in their 5th Avenue, Paris and London stores. Of course, since I spent much of my former life with every division of Tommy (retail trivia: Foley’s McAllen store was second only to Macy’s Herald Square in the amount of T.H. sold!). I was quite interested to know what fashion goodies sparked the Tommy peeps’ interest. Tina says, “her selection included preppy plaids as well as holiday pieces in navy, dark green and burgundy color families.” They also could not resist purchasing large collections of chunky gold, a big trend for the season. “American chic vibe that will merchandise with Tommy’s current collection is what they were after,” says Davis. Read the rest of this entry »
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Recently Joan Pillow, proprietor of Joan Pillow Bridal, while fitting soon-to-be bride, Laurann Claridge, features editor of Paper City, in her spectacularly, modern gown from Romona Keveza, came up with a brilliant idea. Why not come together and service the complete Bride from wedding day to wedding night and the leisure days that follow in her life. So they had a one-time showing of Vera Wang wedding gowns with a guest appearance by Laurann and her very special menswear-inspired loungewear collection (that should make the groom happy!). Featured in the photo above is Laurann showing her His is Hers Shirt, that can have the sleeve engraved with their wedding date as a constant reminder of that special day! Read the rest of this entry »
Willow Accessories Boutique is back and with it comes the return of Houston’s talented style-maven, Jill Faucetta, who after a two year long hiatus, has gotten her mojo flowing again as she prepares for the re-opening of her new location on Virginia St. (you can enter Willow either from within the Brownstone or from an exterior entrance on Virginia).
Jill, one of the more talented selectors of great one-of-a-kind and uniquely high-styled baubles has pickings that have never looked better. (that’s why we loyalists will forgive her for leaving us high and dry two years ago) She is all about statement pieces and has chosen metals in all finishes, crocodile, both solid and mixed in cuffs and necks, and ebony-wooden pieces from necks to clutches. She has the look of fine, in colored gemstones, both in bold stand-alone pieces or mixed with metal. One of Jill’s strengths other than the best cuffs in town, is also her collection of rings. She’s a rings-girl and has them in all colors, shapes and sizes.
I could go on forever about the treat you have in store just by visiting her tiny corner of the world. The space is small and exquisitely pulled together in touches of sophisticated black and white that showcase her jewels in such special ways! Her presentation for opening is focused on jewelry but there are Handbags,(ask about the Birkin canvas bags in-store soon for mom & daughter!) Scarfs and Belts, all unique and on their way. With Willow, it’s all about the newness and limited quantities in select styles, so every visit promises new surprises!
To give you a flavor of Jill’s many treasures, I have chosen a few of my favorites that I feel give you a feeling of her selections….
First, hand-woven turquoise beaded statement necklace with swaroski crystals and matching triangular beaded earrings. On the right, one-of-a-kind necklace of hand-woven silk golden threads in scale-like shapes, matched with to-die-for cuffs accented with swaroski crystal beading.(cuffs are on my wish-list)
Next, is all about colored gemstones and the look of fine. An emerald green faceted cut resin ring with clustered green and gold chandelier earrings. To the right, Willow’s version of the infamous Angelina Jolie drop-dead Bulgari earrings from a Red Carpet awhile back. Those earrings have started their own trend and look fabulous from Kenneth Jay Lane in all of the rich jewel tones of the season…emerald, ruby, sapphire and amber. Accompanied by large “headlight” rings set in gold plate.
Willow’s take, similar to that of legendary designer Ralph Lauren, on Asian-inspired looks is beautifully interpreted in this resin and tassel black earring with touches of coral. For the modernist, the textured silver, multi-dimensional geometric large cuff, which I have already placed on my wish list as a must to wear with a simple black dress or cashmere sweater.
Speaking of my own personal wish lists, many that know me, know that I proudly sport my silver Liquid Silver snap cuff bracelet most of my waking hours. It goes with everything and has been such a conversation piece for me that I could have sold it off my arms many times but there was no Willow and where would I get another one?
Well, we’re back in business now and as a way to play catch up for all of those empty inquiries that I have had to bear for two years, Jill has agreed to give me an extra one of these bracelets to award to one of my readers. Here’s the catch, just “LIKE” myredglasses fan page on Facebook and leave me a comment so I know who you are and you will be entered in a drawing to receive this bracelet by October 15th. The value, at about $200, is too good to pass up….and I know you all like it, you’ve told me so many, many times. So see you on Facebook!
Details: Willow Boutique
2803 Westheimer (inside Brownstone, facing Virginia St.)
Bridal is all the buzz these days. Designers, known for their beautiful evening collections have taken a “step down the aisle” to be part of the phenomenon that is taking over fashion apparel, many categories of accessories, increases in venue offerings, event planning and catering, etc. Even my own brother, Steve Tyrell, who has been known his entire singing career for a signature song which began with the Father of the Bride Movies, is coming out with a wedding album/CD…all of this for the simple reason that weddings are hot, and in the case of Joan Pillow Bridal Salons, the word is haute! Read the rest of this entry »
So, maybe I don’t get out as much as I’d like, although I feel that I am always on the run? However, while driving down West Alabama recently, my “trend radar detector” guided me towards Muse Boutique in The Centre at River Oaks. I had not made it by there in awhile and rumor had it that they were on top of all the latest trends and I found that to be just the case and from some of the hippest vendors around these days! Read the rest of this entry »
For anyone that knows me well, you know there are Caputi signature pieces of fashion jewelry that get a shout out or a comment for me every time I wear them. The questions are always the same, “love it, who makes it and where do you get it?” Well, the answer has been Angela Caputi and unfortunately, of late, there has been nowhere in H-town to buy it. Read the rest of this entry »
Is there any name more synonymous with denim in America than Levi’s? They started it all 75 years ago and the news now is that they’re back and they are hauteur than ever in the fashion and celeb world. Read the rest of this entry »
During my recent visit to 310 Rosemont, I was elated to find another denim line that I wore and loved a while back. In fact, I must say that they were the first pair of designer jeans that I ever purchased, at Fred Segal in L.A. and then later could be found at Tootsies here… Edwin Jeans! Read the rest of this entry »
Rebecca & Drew have mastered the task of making fit problems an easy fix. They also give their customers a hand at adding their own personalization to customization! What does that mean, you ask?! Head into Rebecca & Drew’s little hidden boutique in the corner of River Oaks Shopping Center, meet proprietor, Lindsay Aronstein and begin to create your very own special garments that talk to your signature style. Read the rest of this entry »
Ready to shop GREEN? One Green Street is open for you….
Proprietor, Sherry Eichberger had a dream, literally, of a healthier, happy world and from that dream founded One Green Street, an organic lifestyle destination for all. This is not just a store but the cornerstone of a concept that was created to educate all of us about living eco-friendly lives. Every aspect of the store has been designed and constructed from sustainable products.
It starts, as all great retail environments should, with carefully selected products from socially responsible vendors that were hand-picked by Sherry and her hubby, Dave. This unique selection includes must have items in beauty, fashion and home accessories, all designed to give the consumer choices that are chocked full of fashion, enhanced by their eco-minded message. The end result was lots to look at, understand and purchase, which made my entire shopping experience there such fun! It’s great to see how sustainable products are evolving. You will no longer be forced to make the choice of buying fashion or green?! One Green Street’s selection proves that you can have both!
Some of the options are….
* W3LL People cosmetics….all natural luxury, mineral-based, toxin-free beauty collection; wow, it’s got to make you glow!
* Beer Soap Co…….made from, you guessed it, some of your favorite spirits; one of my faves was “Black Pepper and Lime” from Corona, also, Red Dawn from Samuel Adams and of course, I’ve always been a Heineken girl and loved “Pale Lager”…….and no, the fragrance is a fresh scent, you need not worry that you will be smelling like your last night’s over-indulgence?!
*Billy Jealousy….an organic cosmeceutical line of luscious creams for guys and gals; Shaving cream just voted #1 by Esquire Mag.
*A Lot to Say……an adorable line of cotton t’s and undies, imprinted with witty sayings
*Mandika Bags.…handbags “upcycled” from Men’s Suits; must see to believe, they’re darling
*Ruby Sue…..fabric rose clustered tie necklaces, embellished with stones; this fabric jewelry trend is all over Europe these days and was so well executed that I have had my own dream of the Red Rose Necklace that has my name all over it!
*Loomstate…..unisex line of sustainable fashion jeans and shirts
I could go on and on about so many of the one-of-a-kind items that intrigued me so. I am still enamored by their unique usage of many of the everyday products we have around us that have been recycled or upcycled in a way that gives them a second life, so much more interesting than their first!
Sherry has developed eco-icon stickers for each item that tells you if it’s organic, handmade, natural, recycled or upcycled, my new favorite buzz word that means, “taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value.”
So, drop in to One Green Street and check it out. Your choice is either to just hang out in “The Gathering Place,” space where guests are invited to enjoy a warm seating area in the Home section or to Shop! You will be educated, you will definitely have fun, you will make a purchase, I’m sure, and you will be supporting the environment in a very special way!
Where is One Green Street?
5160 Buffalo Speedway (Kroger shopping center at Hwy. 59)
Houston, Texas 77005
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