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 you ever watched Sex and The City, you’ll remember that Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda would always meet for brunch or breakfast in these simple little diners where they would dish about their love lives and eat. That, essentially, is Bisbee Breakfast Club, an unassuming little diner with delicious comfort food that now has multiple locations in Tucson, Mesa and Bisbee.
Kind staff, yummy pancakes and bacon and one very tasty, grilled cheese sandwich greeted us at our first visit there and now, it just doesn’t seem like a proper weekend unless we eat there. Plus, I love the little nods to Tucson at the Sunrise and Swan location.
I have written before about how much I like Batiste Dry Shampoo, and I still really do. It’s very effective and you can find it everywhere, even TJ Maxx. But, if I’m being truly honest, Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is my absolute favorite. Here’s why: the spray comes out nice and strong, making it easy to target the oily areas on the scalp; and it smells so incredibly good! I’m not lying when I tell you, it just really smells like an expensive salon. Klorane feels like a little bit of luxury, like maybe how the Kardashians live. You can find it at Ulta, Sephora and Amazon, for about $10 to $17.
A little Venice-inspired fashion illustration…
Because I have highlighted and curled my hair to an inch of its life, I deal with frizzy hair on a daily basis. Think Monica from the Friends episode when they go on a tropical vacation.
I’ve literally tried everything, frizzy is just my hair’s natural state. BUT….I have recently tried Hask masks because the brand’s magazine ad says its products are used on more Hollywood sets than anything else, or something like that. So far, I have used the Hask Orchid and White Truffle version. I can’t quite tell if it’s working its magic yet, but the indulgent smell and softness of my hair after the first use have me SOLD! Especially for summer, since humidity, desert sun, salt water, sand, travel and different climates make frizziness even more special.
Hask was initially launched in Europe in 2012, incorporating exotic oils into its shampoo, conditioner and styling products. It has since gone global and is available at Walgreens!