Some recent sketches of Summer 2022…
If you can navigate the million-plus people going to Costco each day this month, these shearling boots are a huge find! As much as I Iove Uggs, the price is a bit high for the amount of time they are worn here–mainly the three days of winter that Tucson has. I mean, I will look for them on discount at Nordstrom Rack always, but these little booties are $29.99 and would make a great gift for a bestie or relative. They are available in camel and black but they are running out though, so go survive the crowds if you like them!
For any of you who haven’t heard of Hem & Her, you NEED TO! I only learned about this incredible Tucson tailor this past Spring, when the winning purchase of a beautiful Cotillion dress on Poshmark ended up being a bit of a fiasco to get the right length. Procrastinator that I am, I waited until the last minute and then panicked that I had to get this dress fixed so my teen didn’t trip through the event.
So, I called Hem & Her, 4004 N Stone Ave, (520-887-4739) after the advice of another mom who raved about the business. The man who answered, the tailor’s husband Marvin, said, “Not to worry!” and told me how his incredible wife, expert seamstress Joyce Feickert, stayed up all night once fixing a wedding dress that the bride’s pit bull had destroyed before the big event. I was sold. When we walked in, she quickly ushered us back to her studio and was able to meticulously trim through every layer of tulle, and then she offered to use a beautiful thread that would finish it off.
IT WAS AMAZING. Literally, she is a genius. Now, the price was high, but worth it. (also, when you wait to the last minute, nothing ever good happens cost-wise! You’d think I would know that) For any of you beautiful moms getting your girls ready for Cotillion and Assisteens this school year, I highly recommend Hem & Her!
It’s in a house. You’re not wrong when you see it. Just look for the sign!
Retailers have remembered our demand for comfy and cute during the pandemic by flooding the stores with tons of loungy, matching short sets this summer that are perfect for post-pool, post-beach relaxation. The T-town choices are everywhere, from Target to TJ Maxx. Online options, on Steinmart.com (yep, it’s still alive online) and boutiques such as Red Dress Boutique are even more stylish. Definitely a trend to stock up on!
Today, Posh Boutique is offering an amazing pandemic deal for shoppers. Grab a bag, fill it with up to 10 items (select merchandise) and pay just $20! I was just there yesterday and y’all, there are DVF and Michael Kors dresses for $2! Not to mention cute tops and bottoms. Racks and racks of deals that you can fill your bag with and spoil yourself! And while you’re there, you can check out some cute full-price items too, including new Louis Vuitton arrivals and an incredible lot of new silk scarves that just came in. Happy Saturday!
When you find yourself at a loss with the retail shopping in Tucson, here are two online clothing sites I recently discovered that are sure to help you stand out in a desert crowd:
Gracia – Launched by Joyce Kim in 1998, Gracia features moderately- priced, embellished tops and dresses that really top the hum-drum state of clothing options these days. From lace trench coats to architectural sleeves, Gracia apparel can be found not only on www.graciafashion.com, but also online at Rue La La and Nordstrom Rack.
Vici – I first saw the ad for Vici Collection, www.vicicollection.com on Pinterest as I was trying to figure out what to wear to a party with a ‘Festival” theme. Though this modern, California-cool line definitely caters to the smaller sizes, there are some beautiful–again moderately-priced– dresses, rompers, jumpsuits, tops, etc. Seriously, there are dresses on this site you won’t find anywhere else!
If Emily Blunt’s beautiful dress last night and Christian Siriano’s latest Insta posts are any indication, Barbie pink is the trending color right now. And honestly, I can’t think of anything the world needs more at this moment. Everything about the bubble gum-color exudes happy and pretty and harks back to childhood memories. Like, when you didn’t get the Barbie Corvette that you asked for, but realized your roller skate would work just as well!
Designer Rachel Roy is one of the highlights of shopping at Macys.com. The designer, of Dutch and Indian descent, creates beautiful, modern dresses, jumpsuits and tops that are part of her diffusion line available at Macy’s since 2009. Roy has also fought hard for her success. At age 14, her father, a hardworking janitor, left her at the mall until she found a job—which she did, folding T-shirts at an aquarium.* Roy later found her way to Contempo Casuals, then Roca Wear and eventually, her own line, which launched in 2004. She is famously known for turning a T-shirt into an edgy prom dress for Teen Vogue.** Though her designs can’t be found in Tucson Macy’s stores (suppress eyeroll here..), you can find them online, as well as, her own website RachelRoy.com.
*”How Rachel Roy Battled to Win Back Her Fashion Empire,” Inc.com, Oct. 2015.
**”Fancy That,” TeenVogue.com, Mar. 2009.