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Shopping and fashion news, events and more (July 20) 

Green Jeans Consignment Sale: Fashion, sales and going green sound interesting to you? Well, in that case, have we got a consignment sale for you. Fall 2011 registration has begun for the Green Jeans semi-annual consignment sales event, which takes place in Lake Norman on Sept. 22-24 and in Fort Mill, S.C. on Oct. 6-8. The list of brands you will find at this event, created by sisters Cindy Williams and Dana Degan, is constantly growing, some of which include BCBG, Diane Von Furstenberg, Cole Haan, D&G, Michael Kors, Prada, Tory Burch and more.

If the idea of recycling your wardrobe and earning extra money at the same time sounds appealing, sign up to be a consignor. Those who do can potentially earn up to 75 percent through sales and volunteering. Degan writes in an e-mail: "We love giving women the opportunity to recycle their fabulous fashion for extra dollars and the look on someone's face when they find the perfect dress or pair of jeans for next to nothing! It is such a fun way to bridge our love of fashion and being green." For more information, visit

— T. Strong

Belk talks fall trends: "Hello Beautiful." That's the mantra for fall fashion at Belk. Having a fashion buying office headquartered right here in the Q.C. certainly has its advantages. On July 14, Arlene Goldstein, VP of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc.. gave an overview of what we can expect to see in stores this fall, focusing on three style statement trends.

First up is "Classic Charm." This consists of dresses of longer lengths, items with ribbons, bows, pleats and/or pintucking incorporated into them to create a "ladylike" look, silks and lace, interesting patters, new plaids and tweeds and anything with a vintage vibe.

The next statement, "Smart Cuts," says a little bit of drama goes a long way. This fall, it's all about exposed zippers, strong lines and modern shapes. Adding a pop of color will certainly get you noticed, and color blocking is on the rise.

Finally, "High Country" screams classic "American sportswear with a '70s twist." Tailoring to perfection, military influences, faux fur and lots of traditional patterns. Ladies handbags were mentioned in this category as well, like satchels and crossbody saddlebags.

— T. Strong

Vineyard Vines Opens: Drop the anchor! The 14th retail location of the national clothing company Vineyard Vines opened in SouthPark Mall on June 29, sporting that familiar smiling pink whale logo. The grand opening celebration saw more than 200 people step through its doors. A portion of the sales on opening day were donated to the Junior League of Charlotte, and more than $1,600 was raised in two hours. Vineyard Vines in SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-362.5785.

— Kimberly Lawson

Item of the Week: Charm bracelets often remind us of our childhood, but wearing one as an adult adds a touch of whimsical elegance to your ensemble. This particular double-wrap leather bracelet pictured, found at Laura James Jewelry, sports a gold-plated owl. The all-knowing bird is very popular in accessories right now. If owls aren't your thing, you also have a choice of an elephant or a rhino charm. As Laura James says, "Summertime is great for wrap bracelets. They're fun." $66. Laura James Jewelry, 1419 East Blvd., Suite K. 704-351-5680.

— Lawson

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