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Shopping and fashion news, events and more (July 27) 

Frock Shop Hosts Trunk Show at Eco-Licious: The traveling trunk show Frock Shop will be taking over the recently opened Plaza Midwood store Eco-Licious this weekend to help celebrate its grand opening. Vintage and designer clothing and accessories will be on sale for $5 to $50. Vegan baked goodies will be provided by Fatty Dog Bake Shop, and entertainment includes music by The Dirty Special, Chris Jones and more. "It's definitely festive," says Frock Shop owner Caroline Cook.

When not invaded by other retailers, Eco-Licious offers environmentally friendly, cruelty-free and locally made products. Available brands include Primal Spirit Foods, Go Max Go Foods, Sea Tangle Noodle Company and many more.

For more information on the The Frock Shop, visit Trunk show runs July 30, noon to 10 p.m., July 31, noon to 4 p.m. Eco-Licious, 1916 Commonwealth Ave. 704-966-7030.

— Kimberly Lawson

Aloha Summer Sale at Paper Skyscraper: We all know Paper Skyscraper is one of those places we could walk around in for hours. It's no wonder the Dilworth store has been voted "Best Gift Shop" by a number of publications, many times over. This weekend, check them out as they host their annual Aloha Summer Sale. This sidewalk sale will feature discounts on some discontinued items as well as picks from all over the shop. "It's to clean house and get ready for new things for fall," says Ron Wootten, co-owner. We can't wait to see what new items they'll bring in, but in the meantime, help them free up some space this weekend. July 29-31. Paper Skyscraper, 330 East Blvd. 704-333-7130.

— Lawson

Jeffre Scott Apothecary Partners with Humane Society: If you love to shop and you also want to show support for those furry friends in need, Jeffre Scott Apothecary is where you should be getting your beauty products and services. The Myers Park boutique will donate 10 percent of its sales during the entire month of August to the Humane Society of Charlotte, for the second year in a row. What a fabulous way to help out while also stocking up on the best in beauty brands. Skin care lines offered at Jeffre Scott include Mario Badescu, Natura Bisse, Alchime Forever and Duchess Marden. Aug. 1-31. Jeffre Scott Apothecary, 607 Providence Road. 704-339-0010.

— T. Strong

The Dressing Room near Uptown: Charlotte has so many hidden little gems and boutiques that I love to frequent, and The Dressing Room just happens to be one of the them. Owners Angella Saunders and Natalie Manning opened their boutique a little less than six months ago and have been going strong ever since. Located near the heart of Uptown, this shop carries designs by Better B, Alice + Olivia, Black and many more. Rompers and jumpers may be one of their specialties, as they carry some of the hottest styles and color patterns. You can also find an assortment of party dresses, tops, skirts and fashion shorts to choose from. Oh and let's not forget the jewelry. This boutique always has the perfect accessories to match your look. The Dressing Room, 820 E. 7th St. 704-817-9035.

— T. Strong

Item of the Week: On these miserably hot days, it's hard to stay cool while also looking fashionable. We all want to wear those fitted skirts with a sexy blouse tucked in, but the layering just isn't working in this heat. That is why this two-toned cream and coral dress, found at Lotus, is the perfect day-to-night outfit that won't weigh you down and turn you into a melting mess. "This dress is light enough for during the day with a flat, or you can dress it up at night," says owner Effie Loukas. $78. Lotus, 1111 Metropolitan Ave., Ste. 140. 704-335-8884.

— Cannon Miller

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