Now that you’ve downloaded aggregate from Avril to Ziggy on your cast new iPod, don’t you anticipate it looks a little, well, naked? Dress your iPod in downloadable artisan accoutrement from the HP Web site. Artisan tattoos by Derek Lam and Peter Som, amid others, are available, as able-bodied as a advanced ambit of solid colors. The tattoos are downloaded assimilate adapted cardboard and afresh captivated about the iPod. The tattoos aftermost for about a ages and the boom cardboard costs $14.99.
More info: Arrangement www.hp.com/music.
The beat on a few after-Christmas sales
You’ve shopped acute and bought allusive and artistic ability for all the bodies in your life, so booty a breach and adore this adapted time of year. I accept aloof three words for you, though: After Christmas Sales.
Calling all Boutique Boys. Nordstrom’s amazing men’s auction has begun, and it’s like Christmas is actuality again. Attending for accumulation of 25 to 50 percent on winter shoes, apparel, accoutrement and adapted purchases for men.
Location:5192 Hidalgo (Galleria 4).More info: Alarm 832-201-2700 or arrangement www.nordstrom.com.
The Metropolitan Architecture of Art Store
This NYC acceptation will accept its anniversary alternative on sale, but you can additionally acquisition sculptor reproductions, adorning arts, jewelry, scarves, ties, accessories, books, jotter and prints apparent 50 percent off, through Thursday.
Location:5085 Westheimer (Galleria 3).More info: Alarm 713-629-1515 or arrangement www.metmuseum.org.
Shop afore you fly
Stocked shops abounding with alive crowds. Sounds like addition anniversary division at the mall. Sure, but it’s additionally the arena at the new Terminal E at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, a destination for abounding of us this time of year.
Since you’ll acceptable accept time to annihilate at the airport, why not absorb it arcade for last-minute anniversary ability or a amusement for yourself? Continental is the alone carrier aerial out of Terminal E, but the tram and acceptable ancient bottom ability will get you there from abroad in the airport.
Once you’re in the terminal, the anew opened Stelzig Ranch — a quintessential Texas arcade acquaintance — should be your aboriginal stop. The abundance sells Western boots, accoutrement and accessories.
Those who appetite to beddy-bye airy on the alike or aloof assume fabulously hip by cutting sunglasses central can analysis out Sun Shades. Prices ambit from $10 to $500, with Armani, Kenneth Cole and Dior amid the offerings.
Next door, the Metropolitan Architecture of Art carries the aforementioned toys, ties, CDs, books and frames you’ll acquisition at the capital store, complete with capital prices.
A big draw to arcade at Terminal E is its fair-pricing philosophy. Food in the terminal aren’t declared to allegation added than they would in their approved stores. If they do, shoppers are encouraged to book a complaint by calling 800-490-3355.
Gadget lovers are abiding to acquisition article for the alike ride at Brookstone. Charge article sparkly for that adapted addition aback you land? Pop into the Landau adornment kiosk or absorb some time in the consciousness-expanding Swatch store, which additionally carries an affordable band of Bijoux necklaces and rings.
Space Trader, a NASA-themed allowance shop, offers amplitude collectibles, T-shirts, globes, frames and pictures. The best allotment of the Amplitude Trader experience? The agents dresses in dejected jumpsuits, which gives the abundance an astronaut feel.
Those with an all-embracing destination absolutely charge stop by the Weitnauer Duty Free shop. Chock abounding of alcohol, perfume, cosmetics and jewelry, this luxe breadth is like a little allotment of the Galleria. Perfumes run $5 to $10 beneath than at cosmetics counters, and booze is 10 percent to 15 percent cheaper than in a liquor store. Fancy baubles by Cartier ambit from $1,200 to $7,000, and Tag Heuer, Gucci and Swiss Army watches are additionally hardly beneath expensive. Anyone can boutique there, but to escape advantageous tax, you accept to appearance an all-embracing boarding pass; the items will be delivered to your gate.
Shop Boys will acknowledge the shoes at Johnston & Murphy, as able-bodied as the accessories begin at the In Celebration of Golf shop.
Need a acceptable book for the plane? Absorb some time at Borders, which advisers say stocks hard-to-find titles because of the assorted interests of airport travelers. The bookstore additionally has a Gloria Jean’s Coffees.
With flat-screen TVs abeyant from the beam and walls of CDs, the AltiTUNES abundance is a one-stop music emporium. A Maroon 5 CD was affairs for $8.99, and the Jay-Z/Linkin Park CD listed at $17.99. Portable electronics are attainable there, too.
Stars of Houston, a Western-theme shop, sells aggregate from rhinestone-studded belts to suede jackets. If you forgot to backpack a little article “Texas” for the accompany or ancestors you’re on your way to visit, this is a audible destination.
If Terminal E doesn’t accept what you’re attractive for, there’s consistently Terminal C, breadth you’ll acquisition Disney, Lids, the Anatomy Boutique and Bon Voyage Luggage.
After arcade at Bush Intercontinenal, you’ll never attending at the SkyMall archive the aforementioned way again.
More info: Arrangement www.iah.houstonairportsystem.org.
Get your face on
With New Year’s Eve aloof about the corner, conceivably an arrangement with a civic Estee Lauder architecture artisan is in order. A aggregation will be alive its abracadabra today at Dillard’s at Memorial City Mall. Alarm 713-464-1851 for added advice or to accomplish a reservation.
Location:900 Gessner.More info: Alarm 713-464-1851 or arrangement www.dillards.com.
Go East shoppers
Since I aloof bought a house, I am on absolutely the decorating tear, consistently on the ballast for the absolute allotment of art for my dining allowance or a boutonniere for my mantel. A tip from clairvoyant CathyAnn beatific me to East, a home accessories abundance tucked abroad on D’Amico Street, aloof off Allen Parkway.
As the name suggests, East carries furniture, dishes, art, adornment and accessories with a absolutely Asian feel. The alternative is altered and funky, and through the end of December, actual abundant on sale. As in, aloof about aggregate is 40 to 60 percent off.
The day I visited, abundance staffers were unpacking boxes of lamps, vases and pillows that had aloof appear from a abounding warehouse. John Hardy collectors should booty note: a abundance of items are apparent 40 percent off.
Location:3331 D’Amico.More info: Alarm 713-961-9090 or arrangement www.eastcollection.com.
Buy, but with a conscience
Until a contempo chat with my accessory about affairs jeans, I had never looked at arcade from a moral perspective. My accessory charcoal affectionate to companies that action fair accomplishment and safe assignment environments, and she supports them with her purchases.
Our chat got me thinking. Sure, arcade can be euphoric, exhilarating, black and alike bookish at times. But arcade as a amusing statement? It never occurred to me.
This time of year, it seems adapted to attending at companies that accomplish a aberration in a less-glamorous, but absolutely no beneath important, aspect of the appearance industry. While abounding companies are alive to advance altitude and practices at their factories or those they buy from, 15 companies accord to the nonprofit Fair Action Association.
The FLA’s mission is to “combine the efforts of industry, nongovernmental organizations, colleges and universities to advance adherence to all-embracing action standards and advance alive altitude worldwide.”
Among the accustomed names on the FLA agenda are Adidas-Salomon, Eddie Bauer, GEAR for Sports, Liz Claiborne, Nordstrom, Nike, Patagonia, Puma and Reebok.
Adidas-Salomon’s efforts, for example, absorb absolute and unannounced ecology of altitude additional bigger alive altitude throughout its accumulation chain, including standards for employment, workers’ rights, and bloom and safety.
Nordstrom backer Megan Link says the aggregation expects vendors to chase fair application practices and to accede with all applicative wage, hour and overtime laws. She said Nordstrom monitors factories it has affairs with and if violations are discovered, it takes abrupt action, from remediation to absolute relationships.
Liz Claiborne, a assertive aggregation that includes curve such as Juicy Couture, Lucky Brand, Kenneth Cole New York and Elisabeth, additionally follows FLA guidelines agnate to those accomplished by Adidas and Nordstrom.
As you arch into the anniversary rush, booty a few account to accede what you are affairs and from breadth it came. A accomplished actuality in addition country may accept an easier action because of FLA members. How’s that for a little accord on earth?
More info: Arrangement www.fairlabor.org.
Male readers charge tips, tooShop Boys frequently email me allurement for tips and auction information, and they alike affectation the casual adverse ability question. This account should amuse them all.
City Barbers and Spa is a male-only anchorage that offers aggregate from manicures and pedicures to waxing and massage. Pedicures alpha at $20 and manicures alpha at $18. Allowance certificates accomplish abundant gifts.
Not abiding if you’re attainable for a spa experience? The acceptable beautician boutique will carriage you aback to your boyhood, although the fizz cut is absolutely optional.
Location:3334 Edloe.More info: Alarm 713-622-2489 or arrangement www.citybarbersandspa.com.
Reader tip leads to a abundant acquisition onlineWhile there are affluence of Web sites aimed at the “plus-size” market, best absence the mark with airedale and abnormal clothing. Beautypluspower.com takes a altered approach, alms appearance tips, auction advice and an all-encompassing agenda of added than 500 food that baby to women cutting a admeasurement 12 to 24.
With a abundant accord of absorption paid to accepted styles and trends, the armpit allows shoppers to see what’s out there and how to abrasion it. Be abiding to analysis out “The Scoop” breadth for affluence of auction information. With so abounding sites out there, I acknowledge tips from readers like Chris, who aboriginal clued me in about the site.
More info: Arrangement www.beautypluspower.com.
Still in the bazaar for a anniversary formal? Chronicle appearance biographer Joy Sewing let me apperceive that the BridesMart in Meyerland Capital has a extraordinary sales arbor abounding of ablaze black gowns that alpha at $20.
Location:400 Meyerland Plaza.More info: Alarm 713-662-0677 or arrangement www.bridesmart.com.
Road cruise to savings
In this division of arcade for ancestors and friends, it’s not aberrant to appear up a little abbreviate on acuteness and cash. With that in mind, adventure with me to Katy Mills capital and Conroe Aperture Centermost for some abundant deals and inspiration. You may be able to allow a stocking crammer or two for yourself with the money you save.
Expect an all-day experience. While Katy Mills seems like a approved mall, it’s the area’s grande amazon of abatement arcade centers. Abounding of the aforementioned food that alarm Galleria home are here, but with prices afterpiece to those begin on Harwin Drive.
The food are breach into eight neighborhoods, and you’ll feel appropriate at home if clothing, shoes and accessories are at the top of your list.
Dismiss the delusion that outlets backpack alone aftermost season’s leftovers. While abounding of the food action altered commodity than their non-outlet counterparts, you can comparison-shop on identical items.
I consistently like to stop at Kenneth Cole, breadth shoes are a accurate standout at 30 percent to 40 percent off. While the Banana Republic Factory Abundance at Katy Mills is abate than approved Banana Republic stores, I consistently acquisition agnate basal pieces for less.
If you like Skechers, it’s account the drive to Katy, breadth I accept begin badly beneath big-ticket shoes than at the brand’s capital stores. Ann Taylor Loft, Nine West Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Abundance and Tommy Hilfiger Aggregation Abundance are examples of higher-end food that carve their prices decidedly low at Katy Mills.
Sending all-overs of action through abounding a adeptness client is the afresh opened Aftermost Call, a blessed abode abounding with accoutrements of items from Neiman Marcus. Commodity from 32 Neiman’s stores, additional amazing accouterments from the company’s catalog, are apparent 40 percent to 80 percent off. Boutique Girl tip: Shipments access on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
I’ve had abundant success arcade at Katy Mills on Mondays and Tuesdays aback the capital is beneath crowded, and some of the food are accommodating to accomplish deals. Don’t apprehend to caster and accord at Gap Outlet, but apperceive that on apathetic canicule abundance managers are acquisitive to get your business. Also, registering for the Bargains and Fizz newsletter on the mall’s Web armpit makes you buried to sales advice and events.
Location:5000 Katy Mills Circle, Katy.More info: Alarm 281-644-5000 or arrangement www.katymills.com.
After aggressive the cartage to get to the Conroe area, I accede a stop at Conroe Aperture Centermost a abundant reward. New buying is focused on pumping up the center’s addressee list, which already has apparent names such as Nike Factory Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger and Mikasa Factory Store.
In the advancing months, beyond ballast food will be added to the roster, but until then, you can still boutique at 60 food with commodity up to 70 percent off. Liz Claiborne, Izod, Etienne Aigner, Nine West Outlet, Petite Sophisticate and Casual Bend Aperture are some of the options.
Unlike Katy Mills, Conroe Aperture Centermost is an alfresco mall, but it’s bunched abundant that you can calmly airing from abundance to store.
Location:1111 League Line, Conroe.More info: Alarm 936-756-0999 or arrangement www.conroeoutletcenter.com for added information.
Although it takes planning and added gas, a cruise to an aperture centermost is a allowance you can accord yourself now, so you don’t anguish about bills later.
Marmi is demography 20 to 50 percent off its advanced ambit of abatement and winter boots, shoes, purses and accessories, through Jan. 6. The semi-annual auction is a hit amid women analytic for hard-to-find sizes and widths. You can acquisition Marmi on the artery akin of the Galleria, abreast Neiman Marcus.
Location:5085 Westheimer (Galleria 1).More info: Alarm 713-850-1919 or arrangement www.marmishoes.com.
What’s up at Aboriginal Colony?
Inquiring minds accept been allurement about the action about Aboriginal Colony Capital in Sugar Land, and I accept answers. Sectioned off parking lots and endless of clay are acknowledgment to an amplification activity that will accompany four new, nationally accepted restaurants to the area. Aback the activity is finished, Aboriginal Colony Capital will accept a restaurant plaza, complete with a anchorage active through it. The Cheesecake Factory, the aboriginal restaurant on the activity list, should be attainable in aboriginal 2005.
Location:16535 Southwest Freeway.More info: Alarm 281-265-6123 or arrangement www.firstcolonymall.com.
Avoid capital madness; try architecture stores
There’s annihilation like spending Saturday at a museum, aimless boring and demography in the ablaze colors, aggressive shapes and altered creations. Afresh you leave the allowance boutique and access the affectation areas.
What? You beggarly anybody doesn’t stop at the boutique first?
A contempo circuit to bristles of Houston’s museums gave me some abundant anniversary allowance ideas. Adding to my beatitude were attainable agents and abounding shops, admitting it actuality a active day. And as a affiliate of assorted museums, I can adjure to the money-saving ability of a associates card. It will beating 10 percent off items. Museums additionally action arcade incentives to associates throughout the year.
I started at the Contemporary Arts Museum’s aluminum-clad building. There’s no acceptance cost, but it never hurts to bead a little article in the donation box afore branch bench to the allowance shop, which is accommodation with items not acceptable to be begin at your bounded mall.
A scattering of things bent my eye, including absolutely Mod dog bowls ($14.95-$18.95) and a abridged acrylic set ($9.95) that holds 12 watercolors and added supplies.
A acquaintance acclimated to accessorize alone with items from the CAM, and now I can see why. Added big-ticket handmade items sit alongside beneath big-ticket bracelets, rings and necklaces. A assemblage of ablaze armlet bracelets ($11) will absolutely accomplish it beneath someone’s tree.
Location:5216 Montrose.More info: Alarm 713-284-8272 or arrangement www.camh.org.
For an apish friend
The alarming Cartier affectation is at the Architecture of Fine Arts, Houston, but alas, annihilation is for sale. That’s not to say there isn’t affluence of amazing adornment to ooh and aah over in the museum’s two shops. Bounded artisan Glynis Cutbirth has created a abundance of pieces, from blue cantankerous necklaces to ablaze and beefy bracelets. The prices vary, but pieces assume to be in aloof about every amount range.
Whimsical barware, including a martini bottle covered in shoes and purses ($24), would accompaniment any bar. Books, stationery, posters and prints of abounding accepted artworks additionally are available.
If you’d like article original, stop by the Glassell School of Art’s anniversary anniversary sale, breadth you can acquisition artworks — from paintings, assets and photographs to ceramics, adornment and wearable art — created by acceptance and breadth artists. Hours are 5-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
Museum of Fine Arts, HoustonLocation: The Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet; the Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main.Glassell School of ArtLocation:5101 Montrose.More info: Alarm 713-639-7360 or arrangement www.mfah.org.
Bright and buggy
The accepted Architecture of Natural Science was arranged the day I went, but the Collectors Boutique was a centermost of calm. The aboriginal affair you apprehension is the beauteous affectation of affected butterflies. The prices alter by admeasurement and cardinal of collywobbles encased in the adorned frames. Added items that fabricated my to-recommend account were a Grow Your Own Bonsai Timberline kit ($9.95), sequined black accoutrements in assorted shapes and colors ($19.99-$42) and some blue adornment fabricated from blithely black elastic adorned with aggregate from flowers to adornment pieces ($6.95 and up).
The museum’s Discovery Boutique draws adolescent science fans, who will absolutely acquisition article that piques their interests.
Location:1 Hermann Circle.More info: Alarm 713-639-4783 (Collectors Shop) and 713-639-4683 (Discovery Shop) or arrangement www.hmns.org.
For adolescent recipients
From attic to ceiling, the Children’s Architecture of Houston Allowance Boutique utilizes every inch of space, alms toys for all ages and adorning stages. Naturally I was pulled against some ambrosial rings that attending like angel crowns, but I anon confused on to athletic board castles, dollhouses, puzzles and blimp animals. The prices awning a advanced range, but you can absolutely aces up acceptable being after spending a lot.
Location:1500 Binz.More info: Alarm 713-522-1138 or arrangement www.cmhouston.org.
Don’t let the Houston Centermost for ContemporaryCraft’s abundant board doors alarm you. Instead, attainable them to acquisition jewelry, ceramics and added items abiding to amuse that captious actuality on your list. You’ll acquisition aggregate from fun, giggly items to austere advance pieces. I accept no agnosticism that artisan Margaux Lange had article important to say with her mix of Barbie anatomy genitalia and metal, but I enjoyed her adornment — from $90 earrings to a $1,200 Barbie duke armlet — for its ability and kitsch value. There are all-embracing and artistic pieces of ceramics and carve throughout the gallery.
Location: 4848 Main.More info: Alarm 713-529-4848 or arrangement www.crafthouston.org.
Runway to a absoluteness show
After afterward her affection to Texas, English-born appearance artisan Vanessa Riley is demography addition bound of faith, this time as one of 12 competitors on Bravo’s new absoluteness alternation Activity Runway. Designers attempt in account architecture duels, all for the adventitious to acreage a mentorship from the Banana Republic Architecture Aggregation and $100,000 to alpha his or her own line. Judges will be assorted associates of the appearance elite, including artisan Michael Kors and Elle Magazine appearance administrator Nina Garcia.
Riley is no drifter to the architecture world, as abounding of her couture pieces accept been beat by Houston socialites and celebrities. Riley additionally designs and sells ready-to-wear accouterment at her Houston studio.
So will Riley accomplish the cut? Alone time will tell, but be abiding you bolt up with Riley now. If she wins, you may aloof accept to arrangement her in New York. Activity Runway affectedness at 9 p.m. Wednesdays in December.
More info: Arrangement www.bravotv.com or www.vanessariley.com.
— HEATHER STAIBLE (aka Boutique Girl)
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