Aconav, Native American designs, Native American fashion, Phoenix
Fashion

ACONAV Highlights Native American Fashion from the Southwest

I first met ACONAV designer Loren Aragon at Phoenix Fashion Week’s ‘Shop Garment District’ last year. The event was a teaser of emerging designers, in anticipation of PHXFW’s annual runway shows at Talking Stick Resort, which took place in October 2016. ACONAV was launched in 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona, by Loren and Valentina Aragon. Loren is […]

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Fashion, Travel, Vintage

Emphatics Fashion Exhibit Opens at Phoenix Art Museum

A few weeks ago, eager fashionistas and museum-goers in the Phoenix area, as well as a large group from Pittsburgh, flocked to Phoenix Art Museum for the grand opening of the exhibition Emphatics. Emphatics was a high-end lifestyle boutique in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and owned by James and Karin Legato. In the early 1960s, James started the business […]

Elefork Spoonsen Forksen
Fashion

Spoonsen Forksen – Upcycled Jewelry from Vintage Silverware

When I first moved to Phoenix and started exploring all the local boutiques and such, I kept seeing these fun necklaces with elephant pendants that were crafted from forks. There were also numerous rings, again, crafted from forks and such. The brand behind Elefork and other fascinating jewelry, handcrafted from old silverware, is called Spoonsen […]

Route 66 "Old Relics" Tour
Travel

Route 66 “Old Relics” Tour

Route 66 or the “Mother Road,” “Will Rodgers Highway,” and “America’s Mainstreet” as everyone refers to it nowadays has been America’s source for cross-country travel since 1926.  It originally ran from Chicago, IL through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona  and ended at the Santa Monica Pier in California. According to Wikipedia, the road played […]

Dawn Bell Vintage Collector and Host of Houston Vintage Event
Fashion, Vintage

Meet Dawn Bell: The ‘Belle’ of Houston’s Vintage Scene

Dawn Bell is a gal after my own heart, as we are both artists and creative in terms of fashion and vintage style. Her career is vast, ranging from styling glamorous campaigns for Elaine Turner to spearheading Fashion Camp and Houston Vintage, both of which are gaining a following throughout the community. She also owns a warehouse/classroom/vintage […]

Laura and Mike Owners of The Place Upstairs Oddities Shop Antiques Houston
Art, Vintage

Late Night Vintage and Antique Shopping at The PLACE Upstairs

“Beautifully Bizarre” is the tagline for The PLACE Upstairs- Houston’s latest and greatest late night antique and vintage shopping experience. With a tagline and offbeat shop hours like that, you just have to wonder…’What DO they have up there?’ and ‘Who goes antique shopping at 11:30 at night?!’ The PLACE Upstairs is located well…as it’s […]

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Fashion

The Gemmes Collection – Cookie Jewelry

Doting Mother and Cookie Culinarian are the words that describe the owner of one of Houston’s latest local bakeries. Meet Cristal Ordonez, founder of Heaven on Earth Gourmet Affairs, an exclusive gourmet gifts and treats company that specializes in exquisitely delicious butter pressed cookies and now edible statement necklaces. Ordonez wasn’t always a professional patissier. […]