More Great Shopping

If I haven’t mentioned that I love to shop in any of my previous posts, let it be known, I love to shop!  I especially love to travel and then shop wherever we are visiting.  The most recent trip was for my husband’s 40th birthday when we travelled to LA and rented a home in the Hollywood Hills. How much fun did we have?!  Well besides the Coldplay concert, the shopping was my favorite part!   We went with another couple and lucky for me, Kelley likes to shop too.  We thought about Rodeo Drive but knew we wouldn’t be able to afford anything so instead we went to Melrose because I wanted to go to Dash.  I had been there once before with my family because my daughters are big fans of the Kardashians.  I knew I liked that store and it was a good starting point.  We took a Lyft to get there which was perfect because neither one of us wanted to drive down that skinny, winding Grandview Road.  We arrived before Dash opened and wanted a little breakfast anyway, so it was perfect, we found a perfect spot called Sweet Lady Jane.  What a charming little bakery.   After a little sustenance, we started shopping.  Dash was quiet so we had the store to ourselves.  If you haven’t been there, it’s really an ordinary boutique selling brands I’ve seen in other stores, like Rails and Chaser.  It’s definitely a higher price point than I carry in my boutique.  I found a perfectly on-trend bomber jacket which was on my list of things to find.  It is Kendall & Kylie brand which I’m not totally crazy about wearing their brand since I’m in my 40s but I thought the jacket was cute. We stopped into several shops, but my favorite by far was Glamboutique.  They had a great collection of comfy everyday lounge wear, scarves, jackets, jeans and I found a leather woven hobo bag that was To Die For!  I wanted to buy many things but had to control myself.  Next we hit Freg Segal and what an experience that was.  It was beautiful on the outside with the sign covered in vines and the inside was unique with different brands separated into little shops.  I was impressed with the brands and the selection, but it was definitely pricey.  We spent a lot of time at Gregory’s, a shoe boutique on the back side of Fred Segal.  The shoes were divine and Kelley and I tried on almost every style.    I would highly recommend shoe shopping there if you’re looking.  What a fun trip!  We’ll definitely go back to that area to shop and eat again.

One Of My Faves

One of my faves in the store right now is this asymmetrical top from Daniel Rainn. What makes it my fave? Well, it’s black for one and it’s unique. I think that if you’re going to do a basic color, look for unique details. This top is a crepe fabric so it has some texture, it has wide enough straps to allow you to wear a regular bra, it has a slight pleat at the center of the neckline and it has side slits so it is just different.  I’ve found many ways to wear it.  I love it layered underneath our Daniel Rainn kimono, I like it alone with my favorite boyfriend jeans and I like it the way I’m wearing it with a skirt I’ve had for awhile and had stopped wearing.  

Do you ever have items in your closet that you just can’t part with but you feel badly that you’re not wearing them?  Well, I can help you with that!  Bring that item into the store and I’ll either find something in the store to pair with it or I’ll make some suggestions as to what would make it complete and relevant today.      

Rachel’s Amazing Photo Shoot

Lucky me that I know a photographer who occasionally reaches out to borrow clothes because she has connections with some models and wants to take them to a beautiful place to get some shots for their portfolios. Rachel Hawkinson (www.rachelhawkinson.com) is the one. She took her models to Mount Lemmon and the shots turned out amazing. Big thanks to Rachel and models Nicole Olson @nicole_l_olson and @kdotee
I’ve included links to each of the garments because they are all available for purchase.  Just click on each photo for the deets!

Patterned Maxi

Deep Purple Bralette Skirt is model’s own

Soft Criss Cross Top with Boyfriend Jeans

LA Made Racerback Tank, Denim Shorts

Shawl Dawl, Lace Bralette, Boyfriend Jeans

Blush Blouse and Denim Shorts

Another Shopping Trip

I love to hit boutiques when I travel.  Well, I love to go to boutiques wherever I am.  I spend most days in my own boutique and then I like to visit others when I have a chance.  I guess you could say I’m obsessed.  I also appreciate the curation that happens in a boutique because I know how much merchandise there is to search through before finding the real gems.  Today I’m going to tell you about a couple boutiques that I loved this summer when I was visiting my daughter in Lincoln, Nebraska.

I visited Select Style, a store I hadn’t ever been to.  Wow, the inside was beautiful.  It was the type of store I love, clean, contemporary, minimally furnished with nice light.  I looked at every item on every rack and ended up with a fitting room full.  I decided to not look at price tags and to focus on what I liked instinctually.  Thank goodness my son was patient (it helped that he brought a book).  The owner and her mom were both working.  I just can’t believe I hadn’t stopped in sooner to check it out.  I liked that the store carried labels I hadn’t heard of.  I had heard of some, such as Vince,  Joie and Equipment.  But I was thrilled to see some I wasn’t familiar with such as Lilla P.  I tried on a lot of clothes, came out of the fitting room each time and the ladies gave me lots of feedback.  I felt like they were genuine and not just trying to make a sale.  Oh, and the fitting rooms were beautiful too,  by the way.  I ended up having to labor over which pieces to say no to and still ended up spending more than I’ve ever spent in a store on just myself.  But I felt good that I was supporting a local business owner and a girl that has a passion just like mine.  She had only had her store for two years!  I bought a beautiful black dress by Lilla P, a great red top that I’ll wear once a week, a pair of the most amazing pants by a Danish designer that I definitely didn’t need but fell in love with, and a nice slip that I’ve never heard of the brand of and may have to carry in my own store.

Next I headed to a fave local shoe boutique that I’ve been visiting for several years, Pattino.  I know the owner and she’s worked hard to make the store successful.  I got lucky because she was working the day I stopped in.  I love being able to converse with the person doing the buying and it doesn’t hurt that she has similar taste and wears the same size.  I found a killer pair of sandals that were unique, comfortable and edgy and Italian.  I wanted to buy several pairs plus some jewelry but I was worried about my son telling my husband and I had to be able to fit it all in my suitcase.  Pattino has always carried unique, high quality brands and I know I will always find something I’ll want.

We hit a couple other boutiques while we were in town but they just didn’t compare to the quality and experience in the store.  If you’re ever in Lincoln, Nebraska, make sure you stop into the College View Shopping District.  You won’t be disappointed.

The great thing about the outfit in this picture is that the top is from my boutique, so I’m representing three boutiques in one outfit and that makes me so happy!

Outfit of the Week

Our outfit of the week features a monochromatic look, white on white.  This look would be great if you want a change of pace from the typical dress to wear to a casual wedding, to your class reunion or just for a day of fun with the family.  The top is a gorgeous lace front layered sleeveless top that runs a little long so it’s perfect for tall women or women who like a tunic style top.  The clean white on top and bottom will lengthen and slim the body.  The capris are meant to be comfortable with a wide elastic waistband and a tapered capri length.  Both items are mostly cotton, so they breath and are absorbent and both are washable.  The top is made in the USA.  I decided to add accessories with turquoise for a little color pop.  The long necklace is versatile and on-trend with the gold chain tassle.  The chunky bracelet is one of my favorite accessories in the store.  This line of jewelry is high quality, handmade in California and we have several bracelets in different colors and styles in stock.   We suggest a heel or wedge of some kind to complete the outfit and make it dressier but it would look great with a sandal too.  Click here to look at the pieces and prices.  For one week customers may purchase any item from this post at 20% off.

To change up the look and show the versatility of the top, I’ve added it with our convertible maxi.  This item is perfect for packing to take on your next trip because it can be worn as a strapless dress or rolled down and worn as a maxi skirt.  The great thing about it is the length can be changed based on the fold, so it can be for a short or tall woman.  When the lace top is paired with it, the lace pops even more!Outfit with Convertible Skirt

Next, I paired the top with a basic pair of leggings.  This pair is my favorite because it’s a soft knit fabric from LA Made which means it’s made in the US!  These leggings are a great quality and they will last.  I think this outfit would look great all year long.  And, when you need a little protection from the sun or cooler temps, this lightweight long cardigan from LA Made is the perfect choice.  The great thing about this cardigan is it’s thin enough, it will fit perfectly in your tote bag if you’re traveling and get chilled on the plane, it can be tied around your waist if you get warm.  It has pockets and thumb holes, so it fits with the athleisure trend that continues it’s popularity.  The cardigan is another great piece by LA Made.  Washable and soft, this is getting added to my wardrobe for sure!  Wear this outfit with some of the super chic sneakers that are everywhere right now and in the fall a tall boot will be very fashionable.

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Messages For Mom – Be You Jewelry Trunk Show

I’m so excited about the upcoming trunk show because I absolutely adore Lisa of Be You Jewelry.  This will be her third visit to our store and I’m always impressed with her skills.  If you haven’t heard of Be You Jewelry, let me just tell you about it.  Be You Jewelry is hand stamped jewelry, meaning you can select any message or name or phrase, even a shape and Lisa will stamp it onto your choice of a necklace, a bracelet, a keychain.  What makes this so great is, each and every piece is handmade and it is unique.  Lisa uses high quality components for her jewelry also, making it long lasting.  You will wear this jewelry all the time!  And, if you’re giving it as a gift, you will be proud to present a hand crafted item with a message you choose.  The timing is perfect for Mother’s Day and moms deserve the best, so we’re bringing Be You Jewelry in for just that reason.  Lisa will take your request and create the piece while you wait, shop, have a glass of wine and enjoy the ambience of our charming boutique.

I had Lisa create necklaces for my friends last year for the Superbowl.  They turned out perfect!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These bracelets are simple but meaningful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also have a charity necklace she made that I adore!  Gold bar necklaces are a great layering necklace and so on trend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark your calendar for our trunk show event on April 30 from 3 – 6pm and buy a gift for Mom, yourself or someone else.

 

Messages for Mom

 

What To Wear To Country Thunder

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We’ve had some requests for what to wear to Country Thunder and we wanted to do a post with some of our suggestions for the biggest Country Music event in Arizona.  I’m so excited because this year, I get to attend and I’m bringing my daughter, so it should be a great time!  She doesn’t own any boots, so we’ll be hitting the stores to find her a pair, or maybe we’ll wait and shop at the venue, since boots are always being sold there.

As for apparel, we’ve got some great options in store right now with more arriving every day!

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Our patterned tank dress with ruffled hemline is cool, loose fitting and really easy.  It looks great with a pair of black booties or a pair of western cowboy boots.  We got it first in small girls sizes and the ladies loved it so much, we had to order it for them!

 

The color in our strapless dress is just gorgeous, then add the white embroidery and it will be your fave.  Country Thunder ladies will be asking where you got this incredible dress and since we only get six of each item in the store, it’s highly unlikely you’ll see yourself walking around in Florence, Arizona.  Stay tuned for more new arrivals and to see them as they arrive, follow us on Facebook by clicking here.

Our Newest Line – Dex

DexIt’s fun, yet risky to try new lines of clothing in a boutique. I’m never quite sure how the items will be received. I usually do extensive product testing first and items that I’ve previously purchased, worn, washed and continue to love for awhile pass the test and I’ll bring into the store. Dex was one of those brands. I was familiar with it because a department store in Nebraska that I loved when I lived there carried the line. I thought the brand was all about sweaters so I was pleased when the sales rep called to see if she could bring the line to show me and the line contained lots of perfect pieces for our Arizona heat. That’s another thing that scores big points in my opinion, brands that are willing to come to me. I love that.
The debut of the line in the store went great. Several ladies bought pieces the day they arrived!  I started conservatively by bringing in several black items and black and white prints, but that’s what our customers like, classic black and white that they can mix in with their current wardrobe. The line is comfortable and not too casual but not too dressy either. The price point is moderate and sizing runs from extra small to large. This is a collection that we’ll continue to receive in pretty sizable shipments and I’m so excited about upcoming items.  The lightweight tops as well as the breezy pants are all excellent choices for higher temperatures, and we have the knit three-quarter sleeve blazer for an elevated, yet casual work look.  Make sure you’re following us on Facebook so you see our posts when these new items arrive in-store.
Please stop in today and check out our collection of Dex. You’ll be sure to find a piece you love!Dex Dex Dex

We’re Back! In A New Location!

Going through the process of closing my store was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done.  I realized that I’ve made some amazing friendships with my customers and I realized that I love owning a local business.  I’ve made it my mission to foster relationships with other boutique owners because we share a common interest and passion.  So, I’ve been friends with Allison of Adelaide Boutique since she opened her store.  It’s so much better to be friends with other business owners than to be enemies and owning a boutique alone can be really…. lonely.  I am a collaborator and brainstorming is an integral part of accomplishing great things in a business.  During the process of closing I began discussing a possible partnership with Allison and we decided to give it a go.  We hit the ground running and now have two very successful events under our belt.  The great thing about our partnership is our common goals and values, we care about our customers, we care about our relationships and we care about keeping it local.  The exciting thing about the Clothes Minded/Adelaide Boutique partnership is we both kept our identities.  Adelaide carries fun gifts, decor and jewelry.  Clothes Minded carries clothing, accessories and jewelry.  Now, our customers can shop in a store that offers so many more options.  They also can always come in and shop with an owner in the store.  We still offer many locally made treasures and we’re happy to share the stories of those who make these things such as State Forty Eight and Beautifully Broken.  We carry recognizable brands such as Lenny and Eva, Poo Pourri, Dex, HavaiaAllison & Inas, Capri Blue, Invisibelt and more.  We have lots of great events coming and we plan to offer fundraising events for groups needing to raise money, such as high school clubs, dance squads and more.  We will have a prom dress donation soon with the National Charity League’s Cinderella Affair.  So, please follow us on Facebook by clicking here or subscribe to our email by clicking here and entering your information to always be in the know about the many fun things we have going on.  And come shop at 4910 E Chandler Blvd  in Ahwatukee between Bahama Bucks and Madison Ave Salon and Spa!

Our New Apprentice

As a boutique owner, entrepreneur and Mom, when a budding fashionista approached me to possibly come into my store and see what goes on behind the scenes in a boutique, I was thrilled, flattered and so excited! I’ve learned a lot in my 30+ years in fashion and retail and I’m always more than happy to share. I have such a passion for this industry. So, Delaney joined me in the store one day after she got out of school. We laid out clothes and took photos for an Instagram post. She even put together her own look to photograph.

 

our new apprentice I showed her the back room of the store and where the clothes are prepped before they go on the sales floor. She loved seeing how the items all come in plastic packages, individually wrapped (so wasteful) and how we unpackage, hang, steam and tag each item before it’s ready for the sales floor.

I spoke with her about the different jobs in the fashion industry from stylists, bloggers, shop owners and designers. I told her to watch Project Runway especially since they have a kids Project Runway. And even though she doesn’t know what her interests will be within the fashion industry yet (she’s only 10), she knows she’s very interested. Right now she is very conscientious of the outfits she puts together and she helps style her mom and her sister.

She’ll be back in to learn more and I’m sure we’ll have to take some more photos to post on Instagram. It’s so fun to teach others who have a passion for this industry that I’ve been obsessed with since I was a kid. I’ll never forget getting teased by the kids in school because I was trying hard to be a trend setter and they thought neon clothing was tacky. Today, fashion has evolved since way back then, thankfully, so Delaney can have an interest in it and hopefully not get teased for her passion.

Are you a young girl interested in fashion? I’d love to talk to you and educate you on the fashion industry! Comment here or stop into the store and we’ll chat!