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must admit: I receive A LOT of press releases from national companies touting this beauty product, or that designer, or, inexplicably, a gallery show in New Mexico (huh?). I read most of these releases and typically I will inquire if the product (especially if it’s cute/cool!) is available here and sold at a local retailer. Sadly, many are not, which of course, means it’s much more difficult for me to justify highlighting the product if it’s not available locally!
But recently I spotted a few items that I just couldn’t let go, even though they were only available online. They were so adorable, fashion forward and in one case, show-stopping, that I had to mention them in the blog.
A press release about these comfy Merrell dresses appeared in my email inbox recently touting their keep-cool benefits whilst looking fashionable. I’m not sure that you could take a run in these per se, but they would definitely be appropriate for a brisk walk, gardening or of course, a backyard party. And I like the fun details each of these frocks has to step up the fashion quotient, like the mesh panel and cute strappy back on the “Lily” dress, the bandage dress-like detail (anyone who’s heard of Hervé Leger knows what a bandage dress is) on the bust and hem of the Merigold dress and the satin ribbon-cinched waist on the “Maisy” dress.
These dresses are not sold locally (I asked!) but they are available online at merrell.com.
By the way, If you’re looking for comfy, sexy dresses found locally that can work from day to night sort of similar to these A Stone’s Throw and Title Nine have you covered. If you’re looking for a step up from the Merrell dresses (i.e dresses you can work out/run in) check out Fleet Feet for running dresses. (I also highlighted running dresses in this blog post here). Chain-wise, you can find fabulous running skirts at the Adidas Outlet store at Johnson Creek, which I highly recommend. They step up your workout look AND keep you cooler than shorts!
A Stone’s Throw, 1925 Monroe St. 255-1925. shopastonesthrow.com
ADIDAS Outlet Store, 612 Linmar Ln. 920-699-4415. shopadidas.com
Fleet Feet, 8440 Old Sauk Rd. 833-9999. fleetfeetmadison.com
Title Nine, 702 N. Midvale Blvd. 310-5590. titlenine.com
As someone who played tennis when they were younger (and still try to) I have a penchant for tennis skirts. What other sport can you wear a pretty cute outfit to play in besides tennis?! With the advent of running dresses and skirts becoming more popular (as mentioned above) the rest of the sports world is getting it that some women appreciate looking svelte while sweating.
Of course, the tennis world has been ahead of us for quite some time in terms of fashion making a statement on the court (most recent examples include Serena/Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova—one could argue that André Agassi made a splash in his day, among others). But designers getting into the mix of workout wear is nothing new. Stella McCartney suited up for Adidas a while ago bringing zebra-print leggings and metallic anoraks into the fold of sportswear. And then there was the whole Cole Haan/NIKE AIR thing where Cole Haan teamed up with Nike to put NIKE AIR technology in their shoes, which is the BEST IDEA EVER when you’re wearing four-inch heels, but I digress. (By the way, Maria Sharapova actually designs for Cole Haan and these are a pair of Cole Haan/NIKE AIR gladiator heels! Could I justify them if they’re $198 because they will actually be comfortable? Hmmmmm.)
Daily Candy highlighted Loup tennis wear this week and I went weak in the knees for their fresh, comfortable looks: sleek A-line tank dresses, a top with little ruffles on the sleeves, a feminine box-pleat skirt and gathered skirt dress. Designer Danielle Ribner’s designs are not only must-haves, they are affordable, too. They are the perfect hybrid of stylish, girly, yet just basic enough looks with the durability factor that means that, yes, you can actually play tennis in them.
TO SEE STYLES: louponline.com
One thing I am not shy about is wearing the biggest, boldest jewelry possible. I have a necklace that in the past has been called a “washer” necklace because some of the rings on it resemble washers; recently at an recent a man held my forearm just to see how heavy my arm was because I was wearing about twenty bangles. You know. Like that probably happens to everyone.
So I fell in love with Prismera Design’s Aubrey (shown above in gray) and Vivienne necklaces, crafted out of silk chiffon, sequin, chain and more. Designer Laura Su’s pieces are influenced by nature and botanicals. Both of these could make quite an impact with the right dress: I’m envisioning perhaps a charcoal-gray silk cocktail dress with the Aubrey and the Vivienne with a black strapless little number. Regardless these necklaces definitely make an impact in a good way for me.