If you're at the trolley tour tonight, make sure to stop by Charlotte Ehinger-Schwarz for its grand opening.
I went to a special sneak peek last night and everything looks great.
Owner Sarah Worden moved the jewelry store from its former location in Saddle Creek to South Main because she thinks the "fun, funky, artsy neighborhood ... is a great fit for Charlotte."
Charlotte's defining feature is the ability for quick and easy customization, using different stones, plates, and charms.
"There isn't anyone in the jewelry world doing what designer Wolf-Peter Schwarz is doing," Worden says. "With normal jewelry, to have something done custom, you're looking at a hefty price tag and, potentially, months. Charlotte allows you to customize your jewelry in a matter of minutes.
"You and your girlfriend may have the same ring, but you'll never put together the same combination."
Before getting involved with Charlotte, Worden worked for the PGA TOUR for six years and did merchandising, tournament operations, and teaching for private clubs. She says the relationships between her customers and her former members is very similar.
But there is one difference:
"No one ever left my golf shop as excited over a golf shirt or golf club as my customers leave Charlotte with a piece of jewelry," she says.
Almost every time I've been to a fashion shoot, someone inevitably asks if I get to keep the clothes.
The answer is always, regrettably, no. But isn't there always an exception to every rule?
For this week's annual summer issue, the beautiful and talented Hooper Troopers were kind enough to get up at the crack of dawn and brave the Memphis heat (as well as the Memphis drivers who slowed as they drove past to see what we were doing) to model some really cute sundresses.
Did you not see this on the newsstands? CUTE.
Oh, but right. You want to know about the giveaway referenced in the title.
In an exception to the we never keep the clothes rule (sort of) Style Sessions is giving away the medium-sized, orange-and-white-striped T-shirt dress from Wish shown above.
All you have to do to win it is send me — Mary Cashiola — a picture of you wearing your favorite sundress and a little bit about it: where you got it, how long you've had it, why it's your favorite, and where you generally wear it to.
(Consider it like Fashion Week-lite.)
The winning entry will be drawn randomly next Friday, June 25th.
This morning, I awoke at 4:30 to the sound of thunder.
I quickly checked the weather and started cussing. There was a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms all day.
Right about that time, photographer Justin Fox Burks texted me with his own concern about the rain.
I started to text him back, but then thought better of it. Five o'clock may not be my usual time for business calls, but sometimes you just have to hear the other person's voice.
Our shoot for the summer issue (out next Thursday!) was scheduled for 6 a.m. in Audubon Park. We had a back-up weather contingency plan, but neither one of us — I'm going to speak for him now — wanted to use it.
So we tromped out to the location around 5:30 a.m to see if we needed to cancel. The rain had stopped by then, and although it was a little wet, we decided we could work with it.
It was a great choice. Everything fell into place by 6. The rain held off; the girls looked great; we even had a little breeze and a nice, cloudy sky.
This is no way does it justice, BELIEVE ME, but b/c I can't wait, here's a little behind the scenes action:
As I was coming back from lunch today, I found a cute, new store on South Main: The Main Event Boutique.
They just opened last Friday, and they told me that they would be getting more summer stuff in next week, but they already have lots of dresses and skirts and things.
This week in Food News, Halley Johnson wrote about how both Celtic Crossing and the Kooky Canuck were celebrating their 5th birthdays.
2005 must have been a good year.
Both Shelton Clothiers on South Main and Eye-Con Couture on Union are also celebrating their 5th anniversaries.
Eye-Con is running a different promotion each day of this month, and one lucky shopper will win a $500 gift certificate. For more, go here.
To celebrate Shelton Clothiers' five-year anniversary, they say they're giving women what they want: the grand opening of Christine by Shelton Clothiers, their women's store, this Saturday.
I am well aware that the below is perhaps the worst photo ever taken.
There's a reason I stick to words and make Justin wingman me all the time. But when I was on South Main last Friday night and ran into Bianca "Gaga" Phillips, I couldn't not take her picture.
Or, as she said, this was the only chance she would ever have to get into Style Sessions because she is anti-fashion.
(I tried to explain to her about fashion and style being a personal thing, but she wasn't having it. Today, however, she is wearing a very cute cat lady tee-shirt.)
Inspired in part by the recent Glee Gaga episode, Bianca went as Zombie Gaga to this year's march, wearing a blond wig with a silver sparkly wig on top. (To complete the Glee theme, I think her boyfriend was dressed as a zombie Kiss member — he was wearing all black with a long, black wig — but that might have just been a happy coincidence.)
To finish out the Gaga, she wore a fairy costume, wrapping the sash around her neck, and what she was calling hand tutus around her wrists.
I had hoped she would do balloon Gaga, but she says she didn't have enough time.
"I was sort of desperate at the last minute," Bianca says. "I hoped the wig and the blue lightning bolt on my face would let people recognize I was Gaga."
The same night as the zombie march, there was a fashion show at the Warble's The Art of Warble South Main event. (There were also pancakes there.)
I'm sorry I couldn't stay for the fashion show — I had to meet some friends from out of town — because, seeing this, I just had one of those "wow" moments ...
I initially stopped Lauren Glover on the street to ask her where she got this dress, because I wanted one. It's so light and airy. I loved the fluttery, layered skirt, and the back was open and really flattering.
The bodice is diagonal strips sewn together in an interesting pattern. And it's just so white. Despite the obvious pitfalls of getting it dirty, I love white.
And then Lauren told me that her friend Meagan Chaudoin had made it ... out of coffee filters.
COFFEE FILTERS. (I know, go back and look at it again.)
Meagan is a sculpture major at MCA and is currently working on a 30-foot long piece out of coffee filters.
If this dress is any indication, I'm very interested in seeing it.
The first, a table-side fashion show featuring various Laurelwood retailers, is this Thursday, June 3rd, at the Grove Grill.
For reservations, call 818.9951 or visit Laurelwood online for more information.
The other is the Style Your Sole event Saturday, June 5th, from 1 - 5 p.m. at Sachi, where you can personalize your canvas TOMS with paint, fabric, and markers. Local artists will be on hand (on foot?) to help and Panera Bread will provide refreshments.
For every pair purchased, TOMS donates a pair of shoes to a child in need.