Of all the things that go bump in the night, procrastination is the beast we know best, a tantalizing creature promising to indulge our indolence with fairy-tale endings only to leave us freaking out every time. So even though you saw the signs (the suddenly fiery foliage, pumpkins popping up everywhere seemingly overnight, the countless Facebook event invites titled with badly played puns), Halloween’s fast approach has taken you by surprise (BOO! Sorry, had to do it.) You might feel too old to dress up, but ride that train of thought long enough and boom, you’re dead inside. Not that “dead inside” wouldn't a clever Halloween costume make, but here are a few other last-minute ideas.
For the zeitgeist-inspired traditionalist:
We get it. Between finding a way to fund your existence and whatever else that leaves time for, creativity can easily fall through the cracks. Lucky for you, zombies are all the rage this year. Party City has a great selection of stuff designed to maximize the gross-out factor, and you can scrub it all off at the end of the night in a nice, appropriately themed bath salt soak.
They say fashion has a way of coming back 'round, as if trends and cuts are "recycled" every so many years.
Well, I guess they're right! (No, we don't know who "they" are but, who cares, they're dead on.) Just in time for Halloween, we present, quirky and colorful costumes made of items you would typically dispose of. (Insert evil laugh here). They're baaaaaaaaaaack!
Summer anthems are rampant this season and everyone's playlist has a little something from each genre.
Combining hip-hop and rock to form their unconventional, yet oh-so-pleasing-to-the-ear style, Pradigy GT is pure genius. With their uncanny ability to merge the two genres translating into their clothing of choice, they can be edgy, charismatic, smooth, rebellious, trendsetting, and never afraid to push the envelope — matter of fact, what envelope?! Pradigy GT is comprised of dope, no-treble-allowed bassist Ben, microphone fiend vocalist Reggie, Niki C, a tantalizing finger-vixen on the key-tar, beat-machine drummer Patrick, and a man wanted for assault on the guitar, Ben. Be sure to check them out on Facebook, Twitter , their website and during Charlotte Int'l Fashion Week on Friday, Sept. 14 at The Blake Hotel.
Summer is in full gear, and while we agonize over (or take inspiration from, you choose) the latest Men In Black film in local theaters, we present to you, Men In Color. Those with both X and Y chromosomes, take note, as there are appropriate ways to add a little zing into your wardrobe outside of the black, blue and beige.
Today I stopped by and interviewed LaVonndra Johnson, owner of Elle VJ, a cute little boutique in NoDa's Hart Witzen Gallery. The interview will be posted next week, but wanted to share a quick photo of some of the party/cocktail dresses she offers (in addition to some cute flirty tops as well).
Slate.com has an interesting story for you shoppers who want to support worthy causes by buying cool products.
The writer focuses on two specific ways of buying charitable gifts: buying regular products for which a percentage of the proceeds go to charity; or buying products from companies or nonprofits that have figured out how to use commerce to further the greater good, whether that be by empowering women artisans, like Nest, or providing needy kids with shoes, like TOMS Shoes.
For example: "Nest is a nonprofit that provides microcredit loans to women artists and designers in the developing world to help them create their own businesses. Nest then sells the clothing, accessories, and home furnishings on its Web site and plows the proceeds back into microcredit loans to other businesswomen."
See? Shopping IS good for the soul.
OK, I'll admit it. I ended up buying the blue shoes. Sue me.
These flats are from Naughty Monkey, and the funky designs definitely help play up an outfit. Business casual from the top, party-hardy from the bottom. AND ... the inside sole is GREEN.
This particular shoe was found at Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse in the Galleria Shopping Center. With tax, I paid about $70.
1848 Galleria Blvd.
Store Hours: Mon-Sat 10-9, Sun 11-7.
More Naughty Monkey shoes are available at Zappos.com.
If you're a shopaholic, you must love this time of year. Stores start to clear out their winter items to make room for new inventory, and you get to indulge in clearance sales!!
Last night while waiting for a friend to show up for a movie, I walked around Phillips Place, peering through the windows of all the little boutiques. Here's some advice for shop owners: Put signs of sales up near windows. You never know when someone's looking in. Take a look at what I found just from a casual stroll down the sidewalks of and near Phillips Place:
Our Place, a women's clothing boutique, is having a sale at 50 percent to 75 percent off fall and winter apparel. 6700 Fairview Road, Ste 104. 704-554-7748
Magic Windows, a children's clothing and accessories store, is having a holiday sale 60 percent to 70 percent off. 6800 Phillips Place Court, Ste. H. 704-643-7040
Paper Source, seller of fine, handmade papers from around the world, is having its 50-percent-off winter clearance sale. 6800 Phillips Place Court, Ste. AB. 704-552-2220
Montaldos Furs is having an Inauguration Sale. What that means, I don't know, as that's pretty much all the sign said from what I could see, anyway. 6809 Phillips Place Court, Ste AA. 704-552-4955
Sunglass Charlotte, the Q.C.'s only independent sunglass emporium, has Blinde sunglasses 50 percent off.
A couple of shops were still open while I made my rounds, so I was able to milk a little more info on their clearance sales.
Civilian, a clothing boutique, is having a great dot sale:
Tops- 10 percent off
Bottoms/Jeans- 10 percent off
Tunic Dresses- 10 percent off
Holiday Dresses- 20 percent off
Winter Coats- 30 percent off
Hats/Scarves- 40 percent off
Also, all men's stuff is 75 percent off. And gentlemen, they've got some really fly shirts you need to check out. 6908 Phillips Place Court, Ste. C. 704-554-1908
K-La, a trendy men's and women's boutique with brands like True Religion and Seven Jeans, has 30 percent to 70 percent off about 3/4 of the store. More importantly, the men's section pictured is 50 percent off.