Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hoot + Louise Pop-Up Shop with Paper & Clay

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

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Hoot + Louise, one of South Main's coolest boutiques and a personal favorite of mine, has created a series of pop-up shops featuring local artists and vendors. Owner Anna Avant seeks out some of her favorite local wares and wearables, and this Thursday she will host the incredible work of emerging artist/ceramicist Brit McDaniel of Paper & Clay.

McDaniel's modern yet rustic style draws inspiration from classic American and Scandinavian mid-century design. You can take a peek at her latest collection on Etsy, but make sure to also come out to the event this Thursday, August 1st to see her collection in person and support Memphis' local talent. See you there!

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A Hip Little Pop-Up Shop with Paper & Clay
Presented by Hoot + Louise
August 1, 2013
Noon- 8 p.m.
Hoot + Louise, 109 GE Patterson, South Main Arts District
Good music and refreshments (Ghost River beer, y'all!)

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  • Annabella Brandon

You can RSVP through the event link: here.

Paper & Clay: Etsy, Twitter , Facebook

Friday, July 26, 2013

Local Trend: I Love Mi-Me Handmade Bath and Body Products

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 1:48 PM

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Avocado, hazelnut, sweet almond, black currant seed, cranberry seed… mmm, reading the ingredients on the I Love Mi-Me product labels makes me hungry. Natural ingredients like these are carefully selected by the Mi-Me crew to capture nature's health benefits for the skin and hair.
Gil and Liz of I Love Mi-Me

I sat down to chat with Gil and Liz, founders of I Love Mi-Me (pronounced "mee-mee") , to talk about their beauty tips for summer and specifically about my own beauty issues. Even during the summer, my skin gets very dry in spots but stays oily in others. It's called combination skin, and it's a common problem, for which Gil and Liz suggested both an exfoliating scrub and a non-greasy moisturizer like their avocado butter. My hair also has a serious frizz issue and Memphis humidity does not help matters. I confess I spend more money on beauty products than clothes in my search for a product that will tame my mane. Every anti-frizz product I've tried makes my hair look greasy. Gil and Liz were already familiar with that complaint and introduced me their hair serum formulated with natural argan oil. And when I mentioned to them that some of the products they recommended were already sold out the day I stopped by Allie Cat Arts to buy them, Liz and Gil generously sent me some samples.

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I absolutely loved the sweet aroma of the hazelnut and black currant seed oils in their Beautifying Hair Serum, but the more important test would be solving my frizz problem. And it did! Better than any other product I've tried. For exfoliating my skin, I tried the Mi-Me Tahitian Vanilla Salt Scrub containing epsom salt, kosher salt, sea salt, almond, castor, safflower, sunflower oils, and honey. The salt was, of course, the exfoliating ingredient, but I'm not sure which of the other ingredients left my skin so supple. After that good moisturizing cleanse, I applied the avocado butter just on on the dry spots. It soaked into my skin quickly without leaving it looking oily. As a final touch, I dabbed on some of the silky tangerine hydrating lip butter and felt totally refreshed.

With their I Love Mi-Me line, Gil and Liz are focused on affordable luxury and great customer service. If you need a special formula, they are all ears. And just like the personal beauty advice they gave me, they have an open invitation to anyone to ask them questions on Facebook or Twitter.

You can purchase I Love Mi-Me products at Miss Cordelia's, Allie Cat Arts, and K'Presha Boutique. For more information, visit ilovemime.com.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Local Trend: Elly Deyhle Handbags

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 8:22 AM

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What sets Elly Deyhle's handbags apart from any other I've seen is that not only are her patterns beautiful, they're a lesson in 20th century design as well. Deyhle, a transplant from Dallas, uses these fabrics to mix her love for fashion with the world of architecture and interior design — a world her mother first shared with her.
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Elly's mom, Myra Deyhle, is a local interior designer. Together, this mother-daughter duo saw the potential to use interior upholstery textiles in crafting luxury handbags. The patterns you find in Elly Deyhle's current collection were designed by prominent 20th century architects such as Dagobert Peche, Verner Panton and Alexander Girard. These names might not be recognizable to most, but perhaps this exquisite line of handbags will fix all that: Each architect's legacy is being honored in a whole new way through the production of this tote-able art.
Deyhle holding the Martha clutch in a print inspired by Dagobert Peche.
  • Sophorn Kuoy
  • Deyhle holding the Martha clutch in a print inspired by Dagobert Peche.

You can now find Elly's clutches at Hoot & Louise in the South Main district.

Elly Deyhle, www.ellydeyhle.com

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Street Style: Trolley Tour Treasures

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 1:25 PM

It’s no secret the South Main Trolley Tour provides the perfect opportunity to scout great style. On the last Friday of every month, Trolley Tour is a great excuse to go out in your favorite outfit and make that extra effort to style your hair and apply a touch of make-up. In just the brief half hour I had to tour the crowd, I found two captivating ladies with perfect style.

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Julie was wearing a dress from a shop in Portland called 3 Monkeys, but had accessorized with a locally made necklace from Brave Design.
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She was thrilled to show off this turquoise statement piece she had just purchased, and as I looked more closely, I noticed her earrings were a beautiful slice of mineral rock — also by Brave Design — which fit her sophisticated hippie style perfectly. Her favorite Memphis boutiques are Indigo and Crazy Beautiful.Kayla was wearing a maxi dress with such a colorful pattern, she wisely chose to keep the rest of her ensemble simple, without any accessories competing for attention. (Side note: Though I don’t have her height to maximize the maxi, it’s still on my list of must-haves.) Kayla’s not from Memphis, but she did say the dress is from Langford Market, which we featured on this blog last month, when they opened a location in Cooper-Young. Her self-defined style is fun and edgy, and her look for this particular summer night out was the height of put-together perfection.

See you at the next trolley tour!

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