Monthly Archives: December 2016

Shopping at Home and Away

Fashion and shopping like ying and yang embrace each other as equal opposites that so eloquently complement each other. And, like fashion and shopping, the art and mix of clicks and mortar defines an equally interesting blend of new shopping skills. So, while you crave the latest cute dress, a luxury item from your local boutique or perhaps an exquisite jewelry piece from a far-away place, well, guess what? You have the ability to shop both home and away; how did we get to be this lucky?

Park Cities Fashionistas now have a new boutique to add to their Snider Plaza shopping journey. Melanie Gayle is the latest chic-shop to graciously open its oh-so-very-stylish doors in this local neighborhood. Melanie Ramon, owner and fashionable Dallasite opened Melanie Gayle last month with a fabulous selection of labels and hot new dress lines such as Voom – an innovative designer creating a new genre of style “Twisted Vintage”, Despi – inspired by the ethnic mix of Brazil, Africa and Europe, and Tricia Fix a collection of red-carpet style dresses coveted by celebrity fans such as Jessica Simpson, Eva Longoria and Jamie-Lynn Siegler. Additional labels include Lewis Cho, Meghan, Super Lucky Cat, and accessories and jewelry from Tom Ford Sunglasses, Chrome Angel Candles, and local jewelry designer Amanda Sterett.

At Paper and Chocolate the sweetest of sentiments can be found at this enchanting boutique on Lovers Lane, the latest addition at Inwood Village. Vicki Petersen, owner of Paper and Chocolate inspires us to appreciate the art of celebration by indulging in personalized stationary, award-winning truffles and turning the ordinary into something extraordinary. The experts at Paper and Chocolate will help you create a one-of-a-kind presentation for every event, from weddings to baby showers, birthday parties to anniversaries. And, help you translate your style into personalized stationary, gifts, picture albums, party favors and programs for special events. “I want my clients to enjoy the act of giving,” says Petersen. “From a lovely shopping experience in the boutique, to being proud of their final presentation, my hope is that every moment is celebrated.” So, if you have that special event or that special someone that requires that something special, make sure you visit Paper and Chocolate and indulge.

Tasteful, exquisite, edgy and unique is how you can describe Nomad Eye, an online boutique that carries a selection of hand picked designers showcasing a collection of timeless, artistic, yet sophisticated styles. Nomad Eye launched in 2006 by people who like to go from place to place gathering unique pieces from talented artists. The designers selected are chosen based on their style, passion and personal experience for their art-craft rather than following trends. Ester Ventura a South American native, born in Argentina who resides in Peru, characterizes her jewelry style from the deep mystical vision of the Pre-Columbian world. Ann Dannon creates contemporary jewelry with a classical twist using a mix of silver, gold and semi-precious stones. Knitwear designer Giuliana Testino, sibling to the famous photographer Mario, creates an exquisite wearable collection that forms itself as a second skin. Each garment has its own identity and unrepeatable essence. If you are looking for fresh, talented artistic designers that offer unique, timeless pieces then visit these collections at Nomad Eye. Precious finds are available at this edgy online boutique!

Clues That You Need to Dress Fashionable

Even though the economy is looking on the down side these days, doesn’t mean you have to dress like the down economy.

Did you know that you can look fashionably elegant without depriving yourself? To look fashionable like a million plus does not mean you’ll have to spend lots of money that’s not readily available to get the latest fashion trends that in a few months just might be out of style.

To upscale your fashion wardrobe may take a little time, but it will surely be worth it. Just like seasons come and go it’s the same in the fashion industry. What is most important to remember is there will always be certain fashion designs that never go out of style.

These are the fashions that represent class and elegance:

  • The fabrics are 100% wool, cotton and silk.
  • The styles are tailored, embroidered and seam stitched.
  • The basic colors and outfits to look for as you build your million dollar plus wardrobe should include:
  • black and navy pants, white blouse and sweater
  • a sultry black dress that you can dress up or down depending on the occasion.

You can always add to the mix a couple of designs and colors that bring out the real feminine side of you. The main rule to follow is to see the fashionable woman inside of you and let your creativity flow!

Where do you begin to upscale your wardrobe?

Start with a secondhand store. Not just any old secondhand store commonly referred to as a thrift store. You want to check out upscale consignment shops for your clothes and accessories.

Here is how you do it:

  • Looking for fall clothes, they typically hit the racks in July and they start getting marked down by around September. If you buy a sweater by October or November you can save up to 75%!
  • Usually most consignment shops will provide you two great things affordable and high quality clothes. When you know the right time to purchases you can have a fashionable wardrobe throughout the year.
  • The secret is to buy at the end of every season because that’s when prices are marked down. To build some fashionable outfits add pieces as the season progresses and the prices fall.
  • If you are not into the consignment shopping go to clearance sales, at target malls, boutiques and outlets.
  • Remember to always do your shopping early in the morning when there are less people and the best buys aren’t sold yet.

You can’t forget about accessorizing your upscale outfits…..

This can be very easy because you may not have to purchase anything. You probably already have what you will need a scarf, necklace, belt, or pin. These are a few of the things that can do the job. It’s called accenting you and your outfit with a finishing touch.

Discover a Wide Range of Top Fashion Brands

Westfield London Shopping Centre, located in White City/Shepherds Bush in West London, was opened at the end of October 2008. The centre covers a retail floor area of 150,000m², the equivalent of about 30 football pitches.

Westfield London, with its glass roof providing a bright and airy shopping environment, is said to be London’s largest shopping centre, and the largest urban area indoor shopping centre in Europe.

With a distinctive mix and match of designer and high street labels, Westfield London offers the ultimate London shopping experience. There are more than 265 shops from over 15 countries under one stunning roof – plus 16 brands that have never been seen in the UK before.

It also has a new high-end retail area called The Village, retailing brands such as Burberry, De Beers, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Mulberry, and Tiffany & Co – arguably establishing The Village at Westfield London as London’s third biggest luxury retailing centre after the West End and Sloane Square retail destinations.

Westfield London is designed to bring you the latest trends for all seasons. There’s a huge choice of stores to choose from including all your favourite High Street brands and four flagship department stores including House of Fraser, Next, Debenhams and Marks & Spencer.

Men’s fashion stores include:

* Barön Jon which offer a wide range of designer names and famous high street brands including Versace, YSL, FCUK, Milan Collection, Lambretta & Peter Werth,

* Camel Active, which specialises in masculine and modern casual wear.

* David Mayer Naman for the cosmopolitan man who wants a total look uniting international style with Italian taste.

Women’s fashion stores include:

* Blanco, the Spanish brand, which sells fashion clothing and accessories for urban young women

* Coast which specialises in stunning occasion-wear.

* Donna Ida stocks a constantly evolving line-up of top denim labels and you can expect great service along with up-to-date advice on current trends.

Children’s fashion stores include:

* Atelier de Courcelles, which has an innovative and creative concept dedicated to luxury childrens’ wear.

* Polarn O. Pyret from Sweden focuses on smart, functional and playful clothes for babies and children to age 11 years

* Pumpkin Patch provides the ultimate one-stop kidswear that is totally kid-friendly, comfortable and fun.

There are great facilities within the shopping centre to enhance your shopping experience, including:

* Several restaurant areas including:
The Loft, on the second floor, where you will find restaurants such as Byron, Nando’s. Pizza Express and Spaghetti House.

* The Balcony, on the First Floor, where you can enjoy exotic cuisines from Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, India, Italian, Lebanese, and the traditional English Fish & Chips.

* The Southern Terrace Restaurants, outside the main shopping complex, include restaurants such as Balans, Ciao Baby Cucina, Del’Aziz, Fire & Stone, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, The Real Greek, Wahaca and Wagamama.

There are also plenty of cafes and juice bars scattered all over the shopping centre – try Apostrophe or Butler’s Chocolate Café.

There are many comfortable resting areas where you can take the weight off your feet and recharge your batteries before continuing with your shopping.

Westfield London is a children-friendly environment with spacious, pushchair-friendly malls and plenty of lifts. There are three Family Rooms to help deal with meltdown moments when shopping with kids – two on the Ground Floor and one on Level 1 Retail near The Balcony.

Kiddy Cars are free to hire (up to four hours) to keep your kids entertained, and can be picked up from the Concierge Desk on Ground Floor.

If you are accompanying a disabled person, you can book a free wheelchair or motorised scooter and make the most of the wheelchair-friendly malls and restaurants.