The Attic clothing boutique opened its doors over a month ago as the unique slice of retail in Overton Square's main intersection of Cooper and Madison. It's hard to miss, but since Yvonne Bobo recently installed her kinetic sculpture in the corner plaza right in front of the shop's storefront, it's even harder to miss. Just look for the 30 foot tall sculpture.
With their official grand opening party set for this Friday, owner Alexandra Rushing has filled the 1,300-square-foot space with an enticing array of men and women's apparel and accessories. As I browsed all the clothing and jewelry, I added one item after another to my wish list elated. Some of the key items that are selling fast are the Lola jeans that slim your body, colorful scarves, simple cardigans, Chilly Jilly portable ultra soft pants, and fold away ballet flats.
The stand-out item I snagged right away is the Mighty Purse by Handbag Butler that is not only a sleek clutch but also charges your smartphone! Other than the red shown in the photos, they also come in black, silver, and gold. I can confidently say it will be my favorite purchase of the year.
I purchased this practical but bold accessory on a whim, but I'm convinced that with its wide brim and eye-catching color, this hat will help tackle my cool-weather woes for seasons to come.
Leather-trimmed rancher, Anthropologie. Blouse and corduroy pants, Urban Outfitters. Shoes, slingback wedges from a Portland boutique. Paper beaded necklace, Bead for Life, beadforlife.org. Vintage carved bangle, yard-sale purchase from vintage jewelry collection by Debbie Cochran.
Photographed in Overton Park's Old Forest, coincidentally the same location used for the latest Memphis Flyer fall spread by stylist Augusta Campbell and photographer Justin Fox Burks. See it here.
I discovered Mae on a visit to Tamp & Tap, one of Memphis' newest restaurants/coffee shops. In the middle of downtown, adjacent to urban eyesores and empty retail, it’s a visual oasis, though it would be in any hip city.
And inside the picturesque interior, I caught a glimpse of Mae’s high bun and thick bangs as she dashed past me cleaning the tables. I immediately grabbed my camera.
Some look to fashion magazines and runway shows for style inspiration. Others find much more inspiration through people around them in an environment where fashion must also function practically. Inspiration comes through seeing a perfect balance between the practical and artistic realm. As an ode to Mary Cashiola's original intent of Style Sessions, I'm resurrecting the Style Diary series that documents real Memphians and their style solutions to their typical work week.
Today, we feature Fabiana Vazquez, my colleague and a recent graduate of the University of Memphis architecture program, transitioning to the professional but creative office environment of Looney Ricks Kiss, an architecture and interior design firm based in downtown Memphis.
We use the rich architecture of downtown as our backdrop to demonstrate how Fabiana strikes that balance between the comfortable and the stylish with her easy-to-wear pieces inlaid with colors and patterns that perfectly fit her contagiously exuberant personality.