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Muse on a Mission

Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:53
“Self confidence is best expressed in clothes.” So says Latesha Lipscomb, the creator of Women Who Wine, a monthly soiree dedicated to women in transition, working women and women hoping to better themselves. Each gathering is sponsored by local boutiques who tend to answer the call without hesitation. In the past, support has come from Chai Boutique, Swirls Boutique, Blu by Goodwill and Sydney’s Boutique. Guests sip some wine and network with like-minded stylish women and donate fashionable items all for a good cause—and always with a creative twist.  “Every month I pick a different local organization to wine for.… Read more...

Spotlight: Jewelry

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 05:07
When Dory Kipker’s twin daughters were born with loads of hair, she started making hair accessories for them. Using felt and seeking to craft something other than traditional bows, Kipker started whipping up some creations that naturally led into jewelry.  “I have a love of jewelry. I like vintage jewelry and I had a bunch that I collected that was kind of broken,” said Dory, the creator behind Pretty Little Things Inc., a dreamy mix of hair accessories and mostly repurposed jewelry. She’s sort of the fairy godmother of accessories, having found herself making shoe clips and custom pieces for… Read more...

Get the Shelley Irwin Experience

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 10:08
What do A.K. RIKKS, Bottega Salon, Lake Eastbrook Family Dentistry, The Leslie Studio, The Skye Group, and Urban Massage have in common? They all are part of the West Michigan Woman Shelley Irwin makeover cover story in June, they all are local businesses, they all are outstanding at what they do, and they all have West Michigan flair and style! We'd like to thank our partners and sponsors, without whom the makeover would not have been possible. A.K. RIKKS: Making GR More Fashionable, One Makeover at a Time West Michigan Woman was honored to work with A.K. RIKKS of Grand… Read more...

Nature's Best: Pure and Simple

Monday, 01 July 2013 07:50
Want to do a little something sweet for yourself—or for your skin, for that matter? When it comes to taking care of your skin, you can never be too careful or too indulgent. Sweet, simple, summer scents and products that are naturally good for you can be found at Från Krämer Organics. The online Etsy storefront is where owner Joanna Brink, of East Grand Rapids, specializes in handcrafted skin care goods that are created using all natural, organic ingredients in their unrefined form. “I started Från Krämer Organics as a result of my own desire for truly natural skin care… Read more...

Rebel-ize Your Home

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 09:12
Whether you’ve lived in a home that needs updating or just have a specific room or corner that begs for some help, Dann Boyles, owner of Rebel.Reclaimed, feels your décor pain. Boyles has a background in design with fourteen years of experience, and through his design-driven boutique on East Fulton Street he offers in-home consulting services sure to give your surroundings the creative boost they’re missing.  “It seems to me that we are going through a transition where instead of using wall color as the main statement piece, we’re seeing a lot more neutral walls and upholstery with accent colors… Read more...

All White, All Night

Monday, 20 May 2013 16:27
Grab a fancy dress, some skinny jeans, and your dancing shoes, but make sure they are white for The Ultra All White Affair on May 26. Held at Eve inside The B.O.B., this party’s location is a classy lounge that’s sleek, intimate and (you guessed it) white, with coves and corners for privacy and conversation.   Have fun with the theme and throw a flower in your hair (as long as it’s white) and enjoy the sounds of DJ DON Q and DJ G-RAW from Detroit. The night features Celebrity Stylist Kev Couture, who’ll be hosting the party, mingling, and… Read more...

Runway Sugar Rush

Monday, 29 April 2013 12:26
Treat yourself to a fantasyland of clothing and candy at the Runway for Charity fashion show. The Design 1 Fashion Event is now called Runway for Charity—and while proceeds still benefit the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, one thing is for certain: Everyone involved is going to have a darn good time doing it.  “We wanted something fun and bright and playful; something that there’s many sides to, like candy,” said Paige Cheever from Design 1 Salon Spa. “We’ve got colorful candy and chocolate candy that’s dark and rich and regal. Another section is frosting, so it’s pastels and fun and… Read more...

Fashion, Fun, and Family

Monday, 08 April 2013 12:37
Fashion and art rub elbows at the annual There’s No Place Like Home Fashion Show held April 24 at the Goei Center in Grand Rapids. This event benefits Liz’s House and Bridge Street Place, housing communities of Dwelling Place, to continue to offer support to women who are homeless and/or victims of domestic violence.  The fashion show celebrates women taking their first steps toward greater independence and stability and will host media personalities and community leaders on the runway as they model the latest trends and style classics provided by Leigh’s and Fitzgerald’s. New this year is the children’s fashion… Read more...

Daydream Dresses

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 10:29
Poetry in clothing form, the kind of garments the girls wore in The Great Gatsby—those are of some of the dress styles found at Myrtle Mae’s Chic Boutique, the heart and soul of Harder and Warner Nursery in Caledonia.  A little flapperish and a lot vintage looking, the collection of lightweight spring dresses in creams, champagne, and tea-stained hues are feminine and flirty, in designer brands from Ryu, Cecico, and areve. There’s a wispy black dress with tulle decoration. I spied a lace-tiered number in brown and a series of rose-colored choices, along with an oatmeal-colored lace dress with a… Read more...

Polka Dots? Yes, Please ...

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 09:34
When your youngest daughter’s name is Pearl, you have an eye for what looks good, and you used to sew, so it’s natural to open your own children’s clothing boutique, no?  Lindsey DeYoung runs Polka Dot Pearl, an Internet-based children’s boutique. DeYoung’s background is in photography, and she’s ready to share with the world her secrets for outfitting your little darlings.   “Coming from that experience of helping families pick out clothes for their kids and coordinating outfits—I pull that into the selections I order,” said DeYoung, who imports the clothing from other countries and features Wednesday sales on the… Read more...

 

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