Hem & Her – A Tucson Tailor to Know

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!

Game, Set, Match

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!

Slides Rule at Nordstrom Rack

In these pandemic times, is there nothing better than the slide? It’s the perfect slip-on shoe to take you from your Zoom meeting in the living room to your business lunch in your kitchen with no one the wiser. With origins from ancient Rome and adapted in 1970s Germany to a more sporty style for athletes, the slide can now thank 2020 for adding fur for comfort.

One Tucson retailer is currently offering every color and style imaginable.

Nordstrom Rack on Wilmot has every variation from ballet pink faux fur to black faux fur to leopard. Also, hidden in the show racks are bright pink Fila brand slides and more. Thick heel, thin heel and some with better arch support than others, ranging in price from below $20 and up, the slides are in great supply right now, but may dwindle with demand. Definitely check them out!

POPPED – A Tucson Take on Popcorn

Our household recently got a nice surprise – a shipment of delicious, desert-themed popcorn from Popped Artisan Popcorn, which is made right here in T-town! First off, I’m a packaging girl and the simple brown paper bags emblazoned with majestic saguaros won me over. The popcorn is also light and very flavorful! The small-batch, handcrafted popcorn comes in flavors like Mesquite Smoked Cheddar, Sweet Chili Lime, Mexican Hot Chocolate and many more. Let’s just say, the Prickly Pear Caramel and Mesquite Smoked Mezcal Caramel didn’t even make it one night before they were completely devoured. What a cool Christmas or holiday present to send someone?

Can’t think of a better way to make quarantine not so sucky. You can find out more on the company’s website at www.poppedartisan.com and you can follow Popped on Facebook here.

Did You Know?

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Happy Friday! Some fun facts y’all should know about our beloved T-town…

Jimmy Kimmel began his entertainment career at KRQ in Tucson

President John F. Kennedy once left his swimsuit at the Arizona Inn

Fitness mogul Denise Austin attended UArizona on a gymnastics scholarship

Rande Gerber, Mr. Cindy Crawford and friend of Clooney, graduated from UArizona with a marketing degree

Designer Stella McCartney grew up spending time on her dad’s ranch near the Rincon Mountains

 

 

 

 

 

Keep it Personal

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If they’d told us in the 80s that we’d someday drink water from plastic bottles, I’m sure we would have scoffed. But then again, we were using rotary phones and boom boxes then. We had no idea the InterWeb was coming.

Same goes for hand towels. Now, a plain towel in your guest bathroom is just not enough! You need to have disposable options, and listen if we’re going to have them, might as well personalize them right?

A very favorite store on Etsy is a great bargain for these. NewHopeSoap, out of Worcester, Mass., offers 100 personalized towels for $54, which is a ganga deal if you compare that to Ballard Designs, which offers 50 for $51.75. Plus, they come all bundled up with a cute little ribbon. A nice little way to let people think you have it all together.