Everyone’s pretty psyched about the BOUTIQUE BLOW-OUT that independent retailers are holding at the Shorewood High School Youth Center on February 21 (1701 E. Capitol Dr., 9 a.m. till 4 p.m.). This stupendous end-of-season sale conveniently pulls together shops like Lela, Aala Reed, B’Tween Friends, JuJu Gifts, Miss Groove, Miss Ruby, Molloy’s, (shoo), Shop, Sweet […]


Everyone’s pretty psyched about the BOUTIQUE BLOW-OUT that independent retailers are holding at the Shorewood High School Youth Center on February 21 (1701 E. Capitol Dr., 9 a.m. till 4 p.m.). This stupendous end-of-season sale conveniently pulls together shops like Lela, Aala Reed, B’Tween Friends, JuJu Gifts, Miss Groove, Miss Ruby, Molloy’s, (shoo), Shop, Sweet Kicks and Esselle all under one roof while offering shoppers up to 75 percent on men’s, women’s and children’s fashion, shoes, accessories and gifts. It also underscores the dedication these shops have to keeping a positive outlook in a slow economy. With plenty of sweet deals, get there early and bring cash because not everyone will be set up for credit cards. Cost? A $5 donation at the door benefits Shorewood High School’s Drive to Distinction initiative. For more info contact Liz LeBlanc of Shop at 414-962-4030.


Slip into some smashingly sensational evening dress to celebrate in high style at Tutto’s 2nd annual OSCAR AWARDS PARTY this February 22 (1033 N. Old World 3rd St., 414-291-5600). Sponsored by Blush, Grey Goose, Nuvo, Paul’s Jewelers, Aala Reed, Yan Salon, Ultimate SunTan, Beauty, DiCarlo Salon, Mink Clothing, Lela Boutique, Centanni, Fashionable Milwaukee, and Gigi of Mequon and benefiting the Variety children’s charity, the glamour soaked swank begins with a red carpet walk and pre-party at 6 p.m. The all-night event continues with VIP photo ops, the Blush beauty bar, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a champagne toast, ‘Paul’s Diamond Dig,’ a live silent auction and awards for best-dressed guest. And following televised coverage of the awards, an after party. Tickets are $40 at the door with swag bags for the first 25 guests. To get on the VIP list, email sarah@blushmilwaukee.comby February 19. To pre-pay or sponsor a VIP table, call 414-266-3812. Feeling like a celebrity yourself? Opt for star treatment and book an appointment for a professional make up application at Blush between noon and 4 p.m. on the day of the event. 249 N. Water St., 414-272-1718, blushmilwaukee.com.


New bridal party dresses, including collections from Nicole Miller and Lela Rose, are showing up at Miss Ruby. Brides making their purchases by February 28 qualify for a FREE GLAMOUR SESSION PHOTO SHOOT with Hanle Productions (a $450 value) where a gaggle of your gals will be glammed up and captured on film at the location of your choice. 522 N. Water, 414-755-2900, missrubyboutique.com.


An exciting Let Them Eat Cake Wedding and Fashion Show kicks off February 28 at 5 p.m. at the Milwaukee Athletic Club. The bridal event, inspired by Marie Antoinette (with a definite modern twist), features actors in period dress, regionally produced wines, locally created cakes, whiskey and cigar tastings, lots of vendors to shop, a Versailles inspired fashion show to live classic rock and gift bags. Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the door. You can also reserve a seat at a sumptuous sit-down dinner for an additional $50. Call 414-274-0638 for more info or reservations. 758 N. Broadway.


While living in Manhattan, Ricky’s, an edgy urban beauty, body and hair product shop was a once a week stop. Harpers Bazaar calls it “a beauty utopia” and Vogue says it’s “a cosmetic junkie’s paradise.” Me? I just called it fun. Where else can you find nipple covers, ‘Looking Good for Jesus’ lip balm, FDA approved temporary tattoos for babies, ‘Convert to Judaism’ breath spray and Flame, a body scent inspired by the flame broiled Whopper® alongside stuff like fine organic cosmetics and Fredrick Fekkai hair products? See for yourself at rickys-nyc.com.


Soon, the comet Lulin will skim brightly across our corner of the earth. And unless you head to the Geneva/West Chicago location of American Science & Surplus for its free COMET VIEWING PARTY on February 25 (8-10 p.m.), you’ll have to wait another thousand years to catch a glimpse of it. Bring your own telescope or binoculars or use those the store sets up, either way they’ll have an expert on hand to help you get the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event (weather plays a factor so make sure to check with them before you make the drive). 33 W Rural Route 361, Geneva Illinois, 630-232-2882, sciplus.com.


Looking for the unusually interesting? It Gallery recently acquired a limited selection of vintage wooden machine molds in a variety of shapes and sizes, which are perfect for making intriguing sculptural statements. They all hail from the country’s last working (now defunct) foundry, which was established in 1872 and created of the mold for the famous Oscar statuette. 1326 N. Jackson St., 414-271-1333, itgallerymilwaukee.com.


On February 21 at Soho 7 the Untamed Fashion Show highlights the city’s contemporary boutiques and designers with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., live show at 7:00 and an after-set at 8:15. The event is free but contributions on behalf of the Spirit of Humanity Fund are appreciated. 231 E. Buffalo St., 414-431-0811, soho7milwaukee.com.


For those who’ve inquired about where they can get their hands on the Worth Spring 2009 collection, representative Jill Boulier-Smith is currently scheduling private day, evening and weekend appointments from February 20-26. Call 262-227-6077 or email jbouliersmith@worthcollection.com.








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