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LLane
04-18-2004, 07:05 PM
I hate to wear the same old department store/chain store clothes.... and am looking for a nice summer dress or skirt outfit for a couple of wedding and other special events this summer...... anyone have any suggestions as to online "boutiques"?

Thanks in advance!!

Peace,
Lois

TurtleBay Jewelry
04-19-2004, 01:13 PM
Coldwater Creek is one of my favorites for beautiful feminine wearables...

www.coldwatercreek.com

And Casual Living has a lower price range with some more fun and funky summer stuff. I enjoy a lot of their bright colors.

www.casuallivingusa.com

~Danielle

SuzyQ
04-19-2004, 03:20 PM
Here is a link to some truley amazing clothing/art. I don't know if they are your style but are worth a look.
They are pricey and I'll admit I only own one blouse. But..... if it's in the budget you will wear her pieces for a lifetime. I have had my blouse for 3 years and always feel like a million bucks every time I wear it. And, almost always get a compliment on how cool it is.

http://www.kristalarson.com/BluePolly/BluePolly.html


hmmmm, just looked at the site again, it doesn't do her clothes justice at all.

LLane
04-19-2004, 03:31 PM
OOooooh SuzyQ.... now that is Artisan style clothing!!! Mmmm... you are right about the pics.... but I'm can imagine what some of those must look like!! Wasn't sure the right "event" dress was there!

Danielle.... while everyday stuff from Coldwater is ok.... it is still a little bit more "mall" clothes than I'm looking for ! (don't you hate to show up somewhere and have someone in the same dress or same with different pattern or color?) The casual living sight is fun.... I get that catalog....(ok so what catalog don't I get???)

Thanks for the links though!!! Probably will end up with my plain old basic black and do some funky jewelry. (that's getting old too!)

Peace,
Lois

SuzyQ
04-19-2004, 03:35 PM
We just need to go shopping! I have two favorite "funky" clothes stores and go once or twice a year to get new things to wear to my shows. It is so fun to "dress" the part. And, I use to sell clothes like this on commission way back in a previous life. I just love helping others dress/shop. Too bad you don't live near me :(

TheBlueBetween
04-19-2004, 03:43 PM
http://www.isabellabird.com/

http://www.jjill.com/

:) Pam

NewCreation
04-19-2004, 03:44 PM
I like these.....
Holy Clothing on ebay (http://stores.ebay.com/HolyClothingcom)

TurtleBay Jewelry
04-19-2004, 03:56 PM
Ok, I'm now determined to provide a link with "non-mallish" clothing. :D

Here's one from the designer of Blue Fish. She's got GREAT wearable art clothing, plus it's very original.

http://www.barclaystudio.com/01_ft_barclaystu.html

So nyeah!

/giggles

~D.

LLane
04-19-2004, 05:35 PM
OK Suz..... PA is real close to OH...... maybe we do need a shopping trip!!!

Amy..... I could see myself in some of those holy clothes.... I mean holy Toledo!!!!

Danielle...... you win..... not mall at all.... and the fabric page is absolutely fabulous!!! so nyeah..... back at ya'! :D :D

Pam..... I like JJill too...... but again.... they are in Mall's now so a bit more mainstream ...... the Territory Ahead women's pages are nice.....

I used to shop at Chico's in one of their tiny stores in a funky little building in Key West...... got lots of comments on my clothing and no one had anything like it..... now Chico's is now so corporate that they moved from the little store and got a big new shiny glitzy store..... just like a mall ... on Duval street and the clothes look like Marshall Field's to me!! I'm such a clothing snob!! :D :evil:

Thanks all!

Peace,
Lois

beclectic
04-19-2004, 09:56 PM
I wear some salwar&kameez combos from India. Enter salwar in the search at ebay and be prepared for some really neat outfits at reasonable prices. They have some very dressy ones also. And some belly dancing stuff too. I love it and the salwar/kameez is soooo comfortable.

I can't get these in the mall here, there are probably a ton of them in the mall in New Deli.

When it says 'Any Size' they mean they will make it to your specifications.

Here is a picture of a pretty one and the link to the ebay site.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=63861&item=4144659638&rd=1#ebayphotohosting

Now that I look at the picture more closely those earrings are pretty neat too.

Kerensamere
04-19-2004, 10:47 PM
I like to look for unique "artsy" clothing in unique botiques and at art shows when I can afford them. I am also a BIG fan of Cold Water Creek, check out their outlet online. I've also found some beautiful pieces at: www.chicos.com They seem to have a nice selection of textures, beading and color that always gets my attention. Haven't bought anything from them, just keep drooling over their catalogs. My DM has a couple of pieces and loves them, especially since she can say she wears a 2 'cause instead of S-M-L-XL they do 0-1-2-3 :-)

I've also come to love: http://www.softsurroundings.com/

They're stuff is a little pricey but I picked up a beautiful robe/long jacket for my DM for christmas last year, it looks like it's hand painted silk with cranes on it, she LOVES it and it looks even more stunning on her then it did in the catalog. It was one of those things that just screamed her name so I splurged on it for her, she had just finished out a really tough year so it was worth it.

Enjoy!

TheBlueBetween
04-20-2004, 01:21 AM
Pam..... I like JJill too...... but again.... they are in Mall's now so a bit more mainstream ...... the Territory Ahead women's pages are nice.....



Well that tells you how often I get to the malls these days - I didn't know there were in the mall!

There is always designer clothes: http://www.bluefly.com/

There is a great little boutique here called Louie Permelia - I don't think it's a national chain, but it might be. I did a search and found one of their suppliers - and they list a bunch of boutiques that carry their stuff - so maybe one of these is close enough to you to check out: http://www.johnnywas.com/retail.html

Barrie
04-20-2004, 02:33 AM
Now, if money was no object, have you ever seen Carter Smith's pieces in Ornament magazine? I love those!! www.shibori.com - no prices, so we all know what that means! ;)

beclectic
04-20-2004, 09:35 AM
Now, if money was no object, have you ever seen Carter Smith's pieces in Ornament magazine? I love those!! www.shibori.com - no prices, so we all know what that means! ;)

Those pieces are fantastic. Why is it I almost always want the stuff that doesn't even have prices on it?

See this is how I end up off on a tangent. I see some things I really like and I say to myself, I can make that, the only new thing I need to learn is, one thing, how to dye to make the patterns I like. Then I am off learning how to dye and finding out all the interesting things and techniques and where to buy undyed silk or fine cottons or whatever. Then I have to buy equipment and by the time I'm ready to start the project I haven't made any jewelry in a long time. I am resisting - I do not need another media. :angel: :D :angel:

Shirley C.
04-20-2004, 04:44 PM
Now, if money was no object, have you ever seen Carter Smith's pieces in Ornament magazine? I love those!! www.shibori.com - no prices, so we all know what that means! ;)
i've admired carter and teri jo's work for many years. yummmmmm!!!

there's some interesting stuff in this store - wish there were more active links, though.
Renaissance Room
(http://www.renroom.com/Store1.html)

and if you like hand-dyed / burnout, more stuff:
silk velvet clothing (http://prositemaker.com/cyndibuck/index.html)

Beads-Me!
04-20-2004, 05:16 PM
Oh my gosh Shirley! Have you seen Teresa Goodall's jewelry in the Renassance Room site? I just stumbled upon and am in total love with her jewelry. She's making what's been in my head the last couple of days!! Let's see if I can add the link a second..... WOW!

Gorgeous jewelry! (http://www.renroom.com/Good3.html)

LLane
04-20-2004, 05:47 PM
Ooooo Shirley... great site.... but velvet and august aren't very compatible!!! But there are some really yummy things there... I'm liking Lee Anderson..... I'm back to keep looking!!!
Thanks all!
Lois

Shirley C.
04-20-2004, 06:03 PM
Oh my gosh Shirley! Have you seen Teresa Goodall's jewelry in the Renassance Room site? I just stumbled upon and am in total love with her jewelry. She's making what's been in my head the last couple of days!! Let's see if I can add the link a second..... WOW!

Gorgeous jewelry! (http://www.renroom.com/Good3.html)
hiya, 'sis'! our heads must be in similar places. :) i started putting together a "prototype" of something a few weeks ago, using fibers and ribbon, and when i saw this stuff in the ren room, my eyes popped. yep, it really is gorgeous! this isn't exactly what was in my head, but it did give me some additional ideas.

i came across this web site a few days ago, and of course when i find a site like this i have to examine everything out there. (gosh, shirley, maybe this is why you don't have enough time to finish all of YOUR projects...). :rolleyes:

TurtleBay Jewelry
04-20-2004, 06:08 PM
... (gosh, shirley, maybe this is why you don't have enough time to finish all of YOUR projects...). :rolleyes:

HAHAH! I soooooooooooooooo know this feeling. Right now, instead of jewelry, I'm making art purses. LOL. I think the hubby is going to have to move his computer desk out of my studio. It's taking up valuable and much needed space! Muahahahhaa... :evil:

/grin

~Danielle

Shirley C.
04-20-2004, 06:11 PM
Ooooo Shirley... great site.... but velvet and august aren't very compatible!!! But there are some really yummy things there... I'm liking Lee Anderson..... I'm back to keep looking!!!
Thanks all!
Lois

here ya go, lois my friend.
lee anderson (http://www.leeandersen.com/2004/2spring/4spring.htm)

there are retail stores in ohio that carry these clothes, but i don't know if they are anywhere near you. check 'em out. :D

Beads-Me!
04-20-2004, 06:14 PM
i came across this web site a few days ago, and of course when i find a site like this i have to examine everything out there. (gosh, shirley, maybe this is why you don't have enough time to finish all of YOUR projects...).

LOL - yup - we're definitely related..... :rolleyes:

LLane
04-20-2004, 07:41 PM
Wooo hoooo Shirley.... hit the motherload!!! :D

THere are a couple of stores I could go to..... but I picked this one
"Damsels in This Dress" on High Street in Columbus!!! Sounds just like me!!!

Thanks girlfriend!!

Peace,
Lois <------ heading back to the studio to make more stuff to sell for more money to pay for the damage I'm fixin' to do to my bank account!!!

Shirley C.
04-20-2004, 09:16 PM
...
"Damsels in This Dress" ...
love that name. :D

and you know, of course, you're going to have to post a picture of you in your new outfit.

LLane
04-20-2004, 11:14 PM
love that name. :D and you know, of course, you're going to have to post a picture of you in your new outfit.

I really don't know if that's the shop I'll make it too... but sheesh... I gotta try.. whatta name!!! :D

So you want to see this Damsel in this dress huh? Should be good for a laugh!

Will keep you posted!!
L

SuzyQ
04-21-2004, 12:22 AM
Lois I'm so glad you found something! What a great thread you started. I will check back when I'm in the mood to do some shopping. Excellent links ladies!