Into fashion in a big sort of way and interested in wearing something you won’t see coming and going? Well, you might want to make an appointment for The Joe Show, a ‘two for one’ event presented by Personal Shopper, Joe Massimino running May 20 -22 at Macy’s. Local glamour gals will appreciate ‘The 28 Shop on Wheels,’ presenting 600 of the hottest most seasonal picks from contemporary American and European designers that follow in the tradition of fashions drawing discriminating shoppers to The 28 Shop at Macy’s Chicago since 1941. Seriously, if you’re serious on style, stop by. The store is also holding a Tom and Linda Platt Trunk Show featuring the New York designing team’s entire Summer 08 ( along with a preview of Fall 08) collection of beautifully chic day to full out gorgeous evening dresses. Macy’s Mayfair, for more info call 414-471-3546.
The annual Swap-O-Rama-Rama event to be held at Milwaukee Sewing Machine, 9 am to 5 pm May 17 is directed at creatives of all ages and genders with a social conscience. All about the re-use and re-fashioning of clothes, the intention here is inspire people to recycle and restyle while helping out the planet. Pack up what you no longer need or wear and take part in the event’s signature swap while enjoying an inspiring fashion show focused on local, innovative and eco-friendly designers, and on-site workshops exploring silk-screening, new interpretations of embroidery techniques, fabric stamping and knitting. Along with the convenience of having plenty of sewing machines on hand, attendees will find lots of crafty volunteers on site, ready and able to help them alter and embellish their swap finds. $5 admission plus a bag of clean clothing, outerwear, shoes or accessories. All un-swapped goods will be donated to charity. 7226 W Greenfield Ave, 414-443-6444, milwaukeesewing.com.
Getting married? Lucky you, especially now that the city’s only wedding boutique/ design studio, The White Box of Wedding Design has opened its doors. With a blend of urban contemporary and feminine appeal it’s a new contemporary approach to pulling off your big day within your budget and more importantly giving expression to your signature style. The boutique also steps up with a well edited collection of wedding resources (including wireless access to internet sources), complimentary etiquette advice and the opportunity to shop a selection of bridal gifts, books, organizers (including just about every bridal magazine available). But perhaps best of all, there’s the opportunity to consult and work in tandem with experienced wedding planners in a relaxed non-pressured manner to insure getting hitched goes off without a hitch.
522 North Water Street, Suite 202. 414-763-7480,
Speaking of weddings with all the bits and pieces that go with them, along with fabulous fashions, Miss Ruby is always ready and waiting with lots of modern monogrammed or personalized totes, makeup bags, cool cards, invites, stationery, books, notepads and T-shirts to give bridesmaids, flower girls, mothers of the bride or grooms their due. Plus check out their fun survival kits loaded up with goodies to help all the girls get through the day comfortably. Sign up for the boutique’s email and receive a coupon to save 10 percent off your purchase now through May 31. 522 N. Water St. , 4414-755-2900
Hope you caught the new Wisconsin Foodie show (Saturdays at noon on Channel 12)? This locally produced, directed, filmed is edited like a national and presents a great introduction to lots of cool and interesting stuff focused on food in our area – from retail to restaurants, growing to gobbling. Which brings me to this. For those on the hunt for a unique gift, why not look into the Taste Book? Launched late last year, it’s a pretty cool idea. Basically you visit their internet site which allows you to organize and share your recipes and create a professionally designed, personalized, hardcover, tabbed binder cookbook in literally minutes. Simply pick your theme, title and cover design and proceed to fill your book with your own uploaded recipes or thousands made available from Epicurious, Bon Appetite and Gourmet websites. The cool thing is, making it that much more expressive and special, you can customize the book with personal photos and notes and it’s only gonna set you back $34.95 plus shipping. Tastebook.com
How’s this for a bit of yin and yang. On May 17 between 2:30 and 5 pm, A Woman’s Touch offers Our Beautiful Female Bodies, a workshop designed to help women of any age, shape, color, size, mobility or experience recognize how lovely, wise and perfect they are in every way. Using the tools of self-reflection, journaling, safe sharing, affirmations and laughter, the idea is to peel away the sources of negative body image and replace them with feelings of goodness, power and worth. Then on the following day, Sunday May 18 at 1 – 4 pm., the store offers its Lush Grace workshop. This time the focus is on encouraging, inspiring and empowering women to link up with their sassy, sexual, sensual, strong, fiery, creative diva gene. A celebration of all kinds of beauty and voices, the class incorporates all sorts of expression from dance to wordplay to dress up props (both supplied and brought along by participants). So girls, pack your wings, masks, fishnets, headdresses and elbow length pink gloves and go to town with in this fun and safe atmosphere you’re guaranteed to release a few inhibitions and generate lots of self love. Workshops are $40 each and require pre-payment and registration. 200 N. Jefferson St., 414-221-0400, a-womans-touch.com.
Owning the Fred Segal Fashion Mecca store and working side by side with her father, legendary L.A. retailer Fred Segal, , has certainly taught Sharon Segal a thing or two about what hip women want. Her innovative T-shirt line, featuring premier fabrics and unique designs, has quickly become a must for beautiful basics. Available in lots of colors and styles and known for their great fit, they’re perfect worn alone or layered. See for yourself, at the Summer T-shirt Trunk Show at HERS running May 15 – 18. 309 N. Water St., 414-273-HERS, hersfashion.com.
When it comes to the current craze of rebates, Ess Elle Style Studio gets really generous. Simply spend a minimum of $100 or more and the store will take a whopping 50 percent off the total cost of your total purchase now through June 15 . How cool a deal is that for women on the hunt for fun, flattering fashions to fit all areas of their lives? 1919 E. Kenilworth Pl., 414- 271-3775, esselleonline.com.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times. Offering terrific fashion and accessories, trunk shows and fun, creative special events, Faye’s is one specialty shop that really gets it. If you never shopped either store location, here’s one more reason to start. With a visit to their website, you can print out a coupon good for 10 percent off your first purchase and as a first time customer, after you sign up at the store to receive their email promotions and seasonal newsletter (a treasure when it comes to keeping up with trends), they’ll email you a coupon for $25 off your next purchase. Plus on your birthday, they’ll send you another $25 coupon. Faye’s 1 and Faye@play 1505 W. Mequon Rd., 262- 241-8386 & 18900 W. Bluemound Rd., 262-432-0070, fayes123.com
Just in time to welcome in the warm weather, Milwaukee Public Market holds its Market Plant Sale this Saturday and Sunday (9 am till 3 pm). Perfect for beautifying condo balconies, home gardens and yards, have your pick of lots of perennials, annuals, potted plants, topiaries, flower and vegetable plants and hanging baskets offered presented by local greenhouses on the market’s St. Paul Avenue sidewalk. 400 N. Water St. 414-289-3107, milwaukeepublicmarket.org.
While on the subject of flowers – well, roses to be specific – Bruce Barr of the Milwaukee Rose Society presents his In Love With Roses workshop at Shady Lane Greenhouse Saturday May 24 at 10:30 am. Covering planting, feeding, pruning and watering as well as varieties of new roses, learn tips and techniques on how to grow roses the easy way. W173 N7388 Shady Lane, Menomonee Falls, 262-259-1660, shadylanegreenhouse.com.
Smart shoppers dedicated to supporting local retailers receive constant recognition with the E coupons offered regularly on the Historic Village of Wauwatosa website. Seriously, since all you have to do is print them out, can you think of an easier way to help preserve the diversity of the city’s shopping landscape while saving money? Visit Village of wauwatosa.com.
With Thursday’s grand opening of the new Sendik’s in Greenfield, anchor of the newly renamed Sendik’s Commons shopping center, the Balistreri family does it again. With a huge (60,000 square feet), filled with high quality groceries, seafood and meat, fresh produce and flowers, a full selection of wine and spirits, staffed by a professionally trained staff the family promises to live up to it’s well earned retail reputation. Oh, and word up to the residents of Germantown, look for a Sendik’s to open in your area this fall. 7901 West Layton Ave.
It’s all about diamonds, diamonds and more diamonds at the totally luxe Erickson Beamon Trunk Show Valentina will be hosting May 16 and 17 at their Mequon location. Featuring exquisite jewelry created by the “designer to the designers,” Karen Erickson and Vicki Beamon, choose from collections like Premier, inspired by a Tiara exhibition at London’s renowned Victoria & Albert Museum and Rose Cut, a modern interpretation of antique Victorian jewels. Having wowed the world of runway with designs ranging from street fashion to haute couture for clients like Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan, fans of the designers include celebrities like Nicole Kidman and Cher. Seriously, if you’re planning to ratchet up your style quota, this promises to be a dazzling opportunity. 505 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon, 262-241-4122, evalentina.com.
And yet another reminder that May 24 is the LAST day Barclay Gallery will be open. If you haven’t yet, stop in now and save 50 percent off all regularly priced merchandise, 70 percent off specially marked Christmas items and take advantage of special markdowns on store fixtures, display items and more. While sad to say goodbye it’s the perfect opportunity to pick up handcrafted bargains to give as gifts throughout the year. 158 Barclay St., 414- 347-0500.
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