Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Street Style: April's Vintage Hippie Vibe

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2013 at 3:29 PM

I spied April at the most recent Memphis Rock 'n' Romp event at Rhodes College. April is a hairstylist at Igor Bosin Salon and a pretty hip mom.
The Look: The "active yet stylish mom dressed to survive the heat and the kids" is probably one of the hardest looks to achieve, but April pulls it off effortlessly. Once again the secret is in the details: A classic t-shirt and shorts are a neutral base on which she layers personality through pops of color and accessories. What first caught my attention were the unique handmade leather earrings she bought from a local designer. (She couldn't remember the designer, but if you know who it is or if you are the designer, let me know so I can snag a pair.)

When asked to define her style, April said succinctly, "Vintage hippie." She likes to shop "everywhere, but the most recent local shop I visited was the Trolley Stop Market. I bought my daughter a dress there."

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Street Style: Tia's Casually Sophisticated Look

Posted By on Thu, May 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM


I spotted Tia downtown, at Court Avenue and 4th St.

The Look: A classic 50's style cotton midi dress is perfect for Tia's Sunday transition from church to a downtown brunch date. She makes it her own by adding key details like the yellow skinny belt and other great pops of color, such as pastel sea-foam blue nails and gold bangles from Cambodia. By the way, this dress has pockets, which are admirably practical, sure, but also such an interesting style boost. Simply by putting her hands in her pockets, Tia can't help but look confident.

When asked to define her style, Tia had this to say:

"Casually sophisticated. I usually tend toward more classic pieces because they never go out of style, and that's what I'm most comfortable in. I prefer to be effortlessly stylish, and most importantly, comfortable and not overly done-up."

Her favorite places to shop?

"Almost anywhere and everywhere. To be more specific, Ross, Ann Taylor, Target, TJMaxx, and a few random consignment shops in Memphis. You can really find some treasures in there. I once found an Escada couture pencil skirt in perfect condition for only $7!"

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A Breath of Fresh Air: Spring/Summer Fashion

Posted By on Thu, May 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Now that it's spring, and actually feels like spring, my shoulders and legs reunite with the sun, and my all-black wardrobe gets injected with a few brightly colored tops, floral fabric heels, and bold geometric accessories.

Investing in key pieces to add to my wardrobe is a long, thoughtful process that usually involves discovering new local designers and boutiques that offer custom handmade items or limited collections. In a city like Memphis that breeds entrepreneurship, those indie designers and boutiques are emerging more and more. Finding them is the hard part, so here are some feature items from up and coming designers and my favorite local boutiques.








Custom Coats, Scarves, Dresses and Tops
DeNovo Style by designer Elizabeth Holliday

Handmade Jewelry
Light It Up - Jewelry Arts Studio by artist Sarah Seligman

Elly Deyhle Handbags by Elly Deyhle
Available at James Davis in Laurelwood Shopping Center, Memphis

Local Boutiques
Sir Samuels
522 South Main, Memphis

Crazy Beautiful
3536 Walker Ave, Memphis

Eye-Con Couture
1645 Union Ave, Memphis


Hair and Makeup by Jennifer Ralda

Photography by dirk olsen

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