Jason Wu at Kohl’s, Yes…Kohl’s

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So, as much as we all understand that Tucson is often an online shopping town, there are surprises that do happen in T-Town! And, while escaping The Home Depot–which always overwhelms this non-tool girl–I discovered that global women’s designer Jason Wu has a limited-time capsule collection at Kohl’s and it is not bad!

Wu, winner of the Swarovski Award for Womenswear at the CFDA Fashion Awards, has created some stunning jumpsuits and dresses, just in time for the holiday season. Seriously, worth a trip to your nearest Kohl’s! While there, you can also look at the fun new looks by Rock & Republic and Elle. Also, Kohl’s UA section (or should I say UArizona) offers some unique things you can’t always find other places.

Tucson Woman Ahead of Headband Trend

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If you’ve taken notice of Duchess Kate’s newest obsession, it seems to be the high headband. And the royal is not the only fan. The headbands are all over Pinterest and even made Parade magazine’s 2019 Christmas Wish List.

But, I’d like to argue that my friend Griselda, whom we fondly call “Salma” bc of her movie-star looks, saw the trend coming before anyone else. She has been making beautiful, embellished headbands like those coveted by the duchess and other social media influencers for several months now.  You can find them, starting at $20 at Posh Boutique. Covered in velvet, satin and patterned fabric and studded with pearls and gemstones, this is a trend you don’t have to order. You can find it right here in Tucson!

You can also follow G’s instagram, ghobbies for more selection.

MSA Annex: Cool Shops in Shipping Containers

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In the shadow of A Mountain and next to Caterpillar’s new digs lies a hip shopping destination that’s another true example of Tucson low-key cool: MSA Annex.

The annex is a cluster of shops and eateries housed in repurposed shipping containers, just down the street from Mercado San Agustin in what is shaping up to be a popular market district on Tucson’s west side.

Stores include novelty Tucson items (Why I Love Where I Live); minimalist women’s vintage (Luca Ryann); home accessories and global skin care brands (Now or Never); and a destination bar and bottle shop (Westbound) among several others.

MSA Annex has been hosting Summer Night Markets throughout the past few months and is gearing up for Mercado Flea next month, in which vendors will be selling vintage items, antiques and collectibles along the sidewalks and parking lots between the annex and Mercado San Agustin.

A definite desert destination as the temps drop!

 

Fashion of a Different Feather

Ever since Stein Mart and a few other stores started carrying feather-embellished clothing, my Pinterest board has been filling up with stylish ways to wear it–from jeans to dresses to jackets–all while trying to avoid looking like an emu.

Here are a few:

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CVS Beauty Haul = Happiness

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Sometimes, you need only visit your corner CVS store to find a satisfying beauty haul.

“Haul” is a word that comes from YouTube and is when young influencers are sent hundreds of products to try, earn millions of dollars in endorsements and enjoy over-the-top Coachella accommodations while not earning a college degree.

So, when I’m killing time and musing over why my journalism degree doesn’t garner such luxuries, I find myself wandering the aisles of this drugstore, searching for happiness in a cheap beauty product. Some recent finds:

Differin Gel – my dermatologist recently told me about this retinoid acne gel, which used to only be available by prescription. It’s pretty awesome and works! ($15/$30)

Violet Flower Hand Mask – not sure about the “intense moisture” it provides but the gloves are cool and the violet scent is so luxurious, totally worth the $4.99 price tag. Korean beauty products – they know their stuff.

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay – my youngest teen and her product-knowledgeable best friend love this stuff! ($9)

ARDEN Magnetic Lashes – can’t WAIT to try these! ($13.99)

Beauty 360 Rose & Pearl Brightening Mask Pods – I really hope these work well. They are really pink and pretty. They also come in a pack of 2 and include a cover so you can re-use them! I like a product that leaves me prepared. ($4.39)

 

 

Saguaro is a Style Star

 

 

The Saguaro cactus has exploded onto the home decor scene, especially at Hobby Lobby. Wall prints, stationery, laundry bags and more–all imprinted with happy little cactus depictions—seem perfect for a teen room remodel! They are also a nice little diversion from the entire region of Christmas accessories that are quietly plotting their takeover of the store.

The Power Suits Us

Every few years and mostly in the fall, the “menswear” look emerges as a fashion trend for women. But this year, I think it couldn’t be more important. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from Stein Mart, which highlight tweed, houndstooth and even varsity striping on jackets, pants, boots and even jumpsuits as a modern twist on the menswear trend. To avoid looking like Melanie Griffith’s pre-makeover character in Working Girl, I think subtlety works best when adding these into your wardrobe.

I’d argue that, right now, the power suit has no greater meaning.