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Friday, November 1, 2013

2013 Strut! Memphis Fashion Show Recap

Posted By on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 2:34 PM


Last Thursday, it was fashion for a good cause at the annual Strut! Memphis fashion show to benefit the Community Legal Center, which provides legal assistance to those who can't afford it. The runway styles were provided by the shops of Laurelwood, while Mercedes-Benz of Memphis provided the venue that quickly filled with more style mavens than I could photograph.

The night kicked off with a cocktail served by one of the celebrity bartenders, including Mayor Mark Luttrell, Fox 13's Kontji Anthony, and the Flyer's own Jackson Baker and Bruce VanWyngarden.

Before long, the event's energy heightened with what seemed like a flash mob of swing dancers raiding the runway. The music then leaped ahead 40 years with crowd-pleasing hits by Michael Jackson. Guests bopped in their seats as models in exquisite coats, leather boots, detailed skirts, and beautiful dresses whirled above the crowd on the runway.

Click the slideshow to see a few of the runway looks and stylish Memphians I met. You can visit the Strut! Memphis website for more photos.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Boutique Peek: Spruce

Posted By on Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Don't make my mistake. I had heard all the good buzz about Spruce long before I made the effort to visit for the first time. Oh, do I ever regret waiting.

Designer Selena McAdams opened the shop on Sanderlin in 2009 as a retail counterpart to her interior design business. Don't just categorize Spruce as a home decor shop, though. Of course, the selection of modern home decor piqued my interest, but I was even more delighted to discover a handpicked selection of stunning jewelry, handbags, and even clothes for women and girls. After shopping Spruce for myself, I would describe it as a designer's personal collection of everything awesome.



In the intimate, 20 by 20 foot space, there's little chance you'll feel overwhelmed. The handpicked selection also eases the shopping effort, whether you're buying for yourself or for someone else. Among the many lines they carry, there are a couple of notable ones: Be Free Revolution, a charitable line of handmade paper beaded jewelry, and Brave Designs, a Memphis based jewelry line of incredible statement pieces.

In the photo below, store manager Meg models her favorite necklace from Brave design showing just how much of a visual statement it can make. I left that day with a pair of lightweight summer pants for my mom and the perfect tote to fashionably haul around my laptop. The oversized tote by Shiraleah is made of eco-friendly vegan leather. Look for more about this tote next week, when I'll share my list of summer must-haves.


5040 Sanderlin Avenue, Suite 103
Memphis, TN 38117
Facebook: Spruceshop
Twitter: @spruceshop

Monday, November 15, 2010

More Clinton Kelly

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 11:35 AM


What Not to Wear host/fashion guru Clinton Kelly was at the Oak Court Mall Macy's on Friday, and he was just as funny and cute as you would expect him to be. We got to see some great outfits for work and play, and he even critiqued the unfortunate outfits of two audience members.

(In all fairness, they volunteered, and he was gentle. Their sartorial sins? Light-wash jeans from the juniors department, dock shoes, over-sized polo shirts, and blah colors.)

We did a Q&A with him for our print edition, but here is a longer (and more style-y) version of the Q&A for people who just can't get enough Clinton.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Mrs. Post Opens

Posted By on Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Allow me introduce you to Mrs. Post.

Sounding like the old-school manners it will no doubt inspire you to adopt, Mrs. Post is a wonderful new stationery and gift shop in Chickasaw Oaks.

Proprietors Lindsey Cross and Natalie Chang have both been on the wholesale side of stationery for a while, but after being introduced by a wedding coordinator — the own personal matchmaker — they decided to become business partners.

"We were ready for a change," Cross says. "It's fun. Everyone is in a happy mood when they're buying wedding invitations or new stationary."

At least part of the stationary is printed locally, and the shop does customizations on-site.

We hit the grand opening last night and found it to be cute beyond words.

See? There were notes from Jonathan Adler ...


and these little gift cards.


Letterpress greeting cards.


Baby tees and cute little booties.


There were even cupcakes made by Cross and Chang themselves.


"We're young, and we didn't want anything stuffy," Cross says. "We wanted to have fun with it, and I think we've done that."

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fashion Friday

Posted By on Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Online boutique Strange Fruit Vintage will pop into real life tomorrow night as Odessa is transformed into an '80s-inspired clothing store from 6 - 10 p.m.

With music provided by DJ Homework, Strange Fruit Vintage's pop-up shop will offer more than 200 vintage pieces, priced from $20 to $100.

A portion of the proceeds from an era-specific $5 photobooth — that I personally can't wait to see — will benefit the Odessa building fund.

At the Lisa Kurts gallery on White Station tomorrow from 6- 8 p.m., they'll be celebrating the "White Party Art Reception" with work by Burton Callicott, Marcia Myers, Joan Konkel, and Christine Heyman. And, from what the Flyer's calendar says, "white clothing optional."

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Summer Shoot

Posted By on Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 2:30 PM

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:



Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sole Style

Posted By on Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 10:46 AM

There are two events in Laurelwood this week I need to tell you about ...

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.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Big Brother Style

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Oak Hall is having a Knock Your Socks Off "fun raiser" this Saturday, October 31st, with food, fashion, and the unveiling of Ovadafut's custom Big Brothers Big Sisters sock.


From the flyer, it looks like 10 percent of sales from Ovadafut, Robert Graham, Eton, Antique Jewelry Box, Torino, Jose Luis Leather, Frye Boots, Shin Choi, Christopher Fischer, Ava, Minnie Rose, Repeat, Magaschoni, White + Warren, Cullen, and Kinross will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis.

Speaking of fun, here are some other pictures of Ovadafut socks.




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