There’s nothing like feeling that great sense of satisfaction for being first in line, on a Wednesday night, for the Black Friday sales. In a little over a week it will be Black Friday, which means it’s time to break out that camping gear. It is seriously my favorite time of the season. Honestly, drinking hot chocolate from a thermos while camping outside of Best Buy in below freezing temperatures is THE BEST. I mean you really just meet the nicest people as you shove your way to the front as soon as the doors finally unlock. Oh and don’t even get me started on the amount of exercise you get as you run to get your hands on that last present, that only really saved you $10… Whoa talk about dedication. The fact that there are people in the world who do not share my love and enthusiasm for Black Friday is beyond me. However, in the off chance that you will need me on Wednesday night, I’ll be the one camping outside on the mall’s public sidewalk, where people have walked, spit and done other disgusting things. Hope to see you there!
I think its safe to say summer is over in Austin, Texas. With the temperature decreasing more everyday, it’s time to break out the pants, boots and jackets. If you’re anything like me you love high-end fashion, just not at the extremely high price only the 1% can afford. I love finding less expensive things on sites like Hautelook and Giltgroupe. If you are a woman and haven’t checked out either site, I highly suggest you do so STAT. Online boutiques selling designer and brand name items at a discounted price, you can find anything from baby clothing to kitchen china.
Posting new items everyday and taking them off after about a week, finding something you are happy with is either a hit or miss. I tend to find the best things as each season comes to an end. Last winter I bought an Andrew Marc leather and fur jacket for $150, originally a $900 value. Other times the picture on the screen is far from what you receive. So you see, its not something for everyday use, as some customers might complain about. However, when you find something great, the feeling you get when you open that package in the mail is like no other. Now that winter is approaching, I would suggest that you sign up (at no cost) and start searching for great finds for the winter season!
This Saturday, November 10, Zink is having their Grand Opening in the Jefferson Square. Zink is a luxury handbag company, creating timeless pieces that have been meticulously crafted. From classic everyday handbags to exotic snakeskin clutches, you can count on Zink to have a bag that will surely accompany you on any adventure. Grab a friend and journey over to enjoy bites from Olive & June and Orange + Basil Skinny Tea Cocktails.
Young & Fabulous celebrated it’s grand opening tonight with a sip and shop social. Austin Lifestyle Magazine hosted this fun night where dozens of females showed up ready to shop while sipping on some of Austin’s local cocktails. The first 25 people to show up received a goody bag filled with gift cards, special offers and other small prizes. The wonderful Culinary DJ provided music and Jordan Jiminez was the lucky winner of Bobby Schandra’s iPad messenger bag, a $245 value. Shoppers also enjoyed cocktails by Leprechaun Cider and Orange Basil Skinny Tea by Firefly Vodka. All Star Burger provided mini burgers and mini cupcakes and cookies, by Hill Country Cakery, were a crowd favorite.
Located in The Hill Country Galleria, this fabulous boutique specializes in trendsetting women’s fashion. Providing exclusive designs that can’t be found in a typical Austin boutique, Young & Fabulous carries one of a kind couture, shoes, handbags, and accessories, many of which have been spotted on Hollywood’s iconic celebrities. Although Young & Fabulous has only just opened, it has already created a buzz throughout the Austin community as a fabulous, upscale boutique where fashionista’s can go to expand their closets at a great price.
TOUCH OF SASS
500 North Lamar Suite. 140
Austin, TX 78703
Photography by Kelly Wendt Photography
The Touch of Sass boutique, located in Austin, TX, offers something many other boutiques don’t: an accessory-only place where women can go to find anything from purses to jewelry to pair with their latest fashion statements.
Centrally located in Austin since 2006, Touch of Sass has filled women’s closets with accessories for any occasion. Recent owner Angela Hampton believes, “this is a go to place for beautiful things.” From as little as $35, women of any age can find unique accessories for personal use or gifts.
After pitching the idea to her husband a few years ago, Hampton finally became the new owner of Touch of Sass on September 1, 2012. For the six years before she became the owner, Hampton always relied on Touch of Sass as a go-to place for accessories. Having never owned a boutique, Hampton admits the work has been a hectic, stressful learning process but states that, “She would never have bought the place if she didn’t love it”. With new products arriving at the boutique almost daily, Hampton is excited for this new adventure, as she hopes to bring in a more diverse crowd.
Never considering herself a “fashionista”, Hampton grew to enjoy fashion and all things beautiful. Despite having a “conservative” style as a mother of two, she is always known for adding bold shoes to dress up any simple outfit. Discovering her love for Austin and its boutiques since 1998, she firmly believes that, “you can make more of a statement with jewelry than clothes”. However, she realizes that Austin is filled with different people and styles, where not everyone accessorizes, and intends to bring in clothing after her first year of ownership.
In the upcoming months and as more inventory comes in, Hampton hopes to host events at Touch of Sass. Anticipate a “new owner reopening” and, closer to December, an event where women can pair jewelry and handbags with their “little black dress”, all while getting their makeup done.
The city of Austin has much to look forward to with Touch of Sass, as Angela Hampton seems to be adding a little “sass” to anyone who walks through the doors.
I can’t seem to help myself when I walk past a boutique. How they really get you is when there are sales and you think to yourself, “Oh, I’m just going to spend $30”, but in reality you end up spending $30 at 5 different places; so, you really don’t save yourself any money… story of my life.
Living with two other girls, especially ones you like, is really awesome. I mean it’s pretty much like I acquired two more closets, not like mine wasn’t big enough to begin with. Honestly, though, whenever I feel like I have nothing to wear, or want a change in my style, I know I can rely on my roommates’ closets to never let me down. What’s even better, though, is when one has the same foot size as me. * winning *. It really just benefits all parties. I get a new look, I don’t go shopping… which I already have a problem with… and my parents don’t lose money. It’s really just a win win situation in my opinion.
However, when it comes to shopping for Halloween costumes, it is always an exciting but hectic experience for me. I mean there are just so many options to choose from, not to mention stressing out about coming up with an eccentric costume so that 50 other people wont have the same one as you… no fun.
Now that Halloween is just around the corner, I can’t seem to think of a better place to shop for a costume than Lucy In Disguise. Originally starting out in 1984 as two stores located next to each other on South Congress, you can find anything you need while trying not to get lost within their 8,000 sq. foot labyrinth. Whether you want to buy a costume or simply rent one, Lucy In Disguise’s extensive variety of costumes and accessories are sure to help you construct whatever you need to express your idiosyncratic individuality… plus, their prices are great!