Thursday, October 22, 2009

Charlotte Shop Talk has MOVED!

The new Charlotte Magazine website has launched (yay!) and Charlotte Shop Talk has moved in to its new home right HERE.

Please update your bookmarks and come see us over at our new spot on the world wide web!



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What's Happening: ALC Trunk Show at Poole Shop

Looking for a new Little Black Dress to add your your collection, or a perfect tee that you'll wear with everything? Look no further than this Andrea Lieberman trunk show. A.L.C. has long been a favorite of famous gals like J. Lo and Gwenny (above), so why not follow in their fashionable footsteps and become addicted to A.L.C.'s wearable, comfortable, effortlessly stylish pieces?

Head to the Poole Shop TODAY through FRIDAY and check out the latest from Lieberman's line!

Monday, October 19, 2009

What's Happening: Bob Ellis at SouthPark to Close

Oooof. This is terrible. We thought we'd withstood the worst fashion fatalities that this recession was going to cause our poor, dear Charlotte (R.I.P. Coco Fleur and Miss Priss, among many others), but we had no idea that our despair would have to dip this low.

Bob Ellis, luxury shoe purveyor that has been a part of the Charlotte shopping scene for 11 years, is closing its doors.

Luckily, their Charleston store (on King St.) will remain open, but we will mourn the loss of this excellent store in our midst. The service was always impeccable and the styles were always to-die-for.

You'll be missed, Bob Ellis. May there be many fabulous ladies up in shoe heaven waiting to totter around in your heels.

Guy Style: Mad Men Suits Now on Sale at Brooks Brothers

Hey dapper dudes, your Don Draper moment has finally arrived.

As a woman, I'd advise you to only copy the The Don's style, and not his questionable relationship with his wife, or his philandering, mmmkay?

Otherwise, this look has the Official Shop Talk Stamp of Approval - if you've got pockets deep enough to purchase this look for yourself (about $1k is what you'll need), then there are sure to be Mad Women in your future.... driven mad by how foxy you'll look in one of these tailored creations.

Fashion Distraction: Spring 2010 Bridal Runways

I'm introducing a new, recurring category to the posts here on Shop Talk. "Fashion Distraction" posts will direct you to stuff happening online or in print that are worth taking a break from work to peruse. What better way to start off this new, addictive category than with something totally frilly, frothy, and day-dream worthy: The Spring 2010 Bridal Runway Shows!

Is there anything more fabulous than watching bridal gowns float down the runway? No. No there isn't. It's pure decadence in fashion form. I couldn't wait to get myself to a reliable internet connection long enough to peruse the dresses that were debuted at bridal market this past week and weekend.

It would be foolish of me to try and name favorites... there are far too many and my head is swimming with all the dresses I would like to call my own (Yes, I got married a year a half ago, but a girl can dream), so just go, take a look, and let me know which looks you are loving and which ones you'd rather had stayed on the drawing board.

You can comment here on the blog, or you can tweet at me @jenntgrab to let me know which dresses you'll be wearing in your dream tonight!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Trend On Trial: Leather Jackets

The Bomber. The Motorcycle. The Scuba. Short, fitted leather outerwear is the hottness this season, and I just can´t quite decide if I am ready to zip one on or not. Work through this with me, won´t you ST´s?

Pros: It never hurts to add a pinch of badass to your wardrobe. Pairing a tough leather jacket over a soft tee and jeans = instant girl power. Layering one over a flowy dress and leggings is a great way to add edge to an everyday look. Plus, leather jackets last for-eva! They age well, and if you invest wisely, the right one can be with you for a lifetime.

Cons: How do you know what kind to buy? There are so many out right now, it´s hard to know which one is going to stand the test of time and which one is going to be a trend that flames out. Also, sometimes leather smells weird and it makes other stuff in your closet smell weird. How do you avoid looking boxy? Should the leather have a sheen, because that seems a bit flashy, no? I know Lucky magazine had extolled to me the virtues of wearing tough girl jackets year round, even over flowy sundresses, but isn´t that just a smidge insane? If I wear it with jeans and boots are people going to think I´m waiting for my potbellied boyfriend to pull up on his Harley? So many questions.

Verdict: While tempting, I´d suggest staying away from anything brightly hued, or trendtastic (like the cute one with a ruffled neckline, here or the hoodie-inspired one here) unless you can find one faux and cheap, because you just don't know how that is going to translate from one season to the next.

Instead, invest in one that is a neutral color (black or dark whiskey brown, maybe even a good grey) with excellent details (does the hardwear and riveting look chintzy?). You want it to age well, and depending on how often you plan on wearing it, you might want it to look a little bit aged already (a shiny, squeaky leather coat is like the outwear equivalent of perfectly white Keds... you look like a nerd.). It should be soft, flexible, but scructured and fitted enough to make it obvious that you are all woman, and that this isn´t your boyfriend's jacket. (Speaking of boyfriend jackets, that's another trend this blog will have to take on).

If you can find one that fits that description, go for it girl. Unleash your inner badass.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Weekend Ahead: October 15-18

I just couldn't take another minute of this dreary Charlotte weather, so as you read this, I am in sunny Mexico for a few days of sun and spa pampering. When you are done hurling things at your laptop screen in a jealous rage, you should consider one of these fine weekend activities:


Chances are, if you are going to the race, you don´t need to be reminded about it here on this blog. You are already pumped to catch the fall sprint to the championship cup and you´ve been tailgating and camping out since yesterday. So, perhaps this should be more of a warning to those who aren´t attending the race: don´t attempt any impromptu trips to Concord Mills mall this weekend unless that pair of discounted Joe´s Jeans from Off 5th is really worth 6 hours in traffic. Which... they might be. It depends on how you value a sale on designer denim.

Saturday, Oct 17 at Lowe´s Motor Speedway

KRAWL FOR CANCER - Plaza Midwood Art Krawl Benefitting Breast Cancer Awareness

I live in Matthews. All of our festivals, while charming, usually involve around inflatable kiddy rides and sno cones. That is why I like to vicariously live through Sarah, who is actually a Plaza Midwood resident, and therefore gets to claim cool events like this her ´hoods own. Nearly every store and restaurant in the Plaza is opening its doors, offering drinks, specials and entertainment and of course, art! All in the name of saving the tatas.

LET THE WILD RUMPUS START - Where the Wild Things Are Opens in Theaters

This is a fashion and style blog, so let me pause for a moment to say that there has never been an item of child fashion created that can beat the cuteness of Max´s furry suit with the ears and tail. Who wants to bet this is a hugely popular Halloween costume this year and next as a result of this movie coming out? Who wants to bet that I kidnap some other person´s child and ask them to wear one and pretend to be mine for at least one or two doorbell rings on the 31st? Who wants to bail me out of jail after I do it? Anyone? Okay then. Well, the movie comes out this weekend, and it´s been getting mixed reviews, but no one has anything but glowing praise for the look of the film. The visuals of a storybook come to life are stunning, and Max is spot on adorable.

CHEER FOR KAYLA - So You Think You Can Dance Tour

It´s been several months and I am still steaming over Kayla´s early knock out in the final round. Brandon as a finalist I could live with. But Jeanine!?! Winning the whole thing!?!?! Over KAYLA!?! Did you not see her zombie dance with the sweet eye makeup trick? Did you not see Addiction (photo above)? Sure her solos were a bit predictable, but come on, so are everyone elses on that show. UGH. So, the tour of last season´s top 12 is now hitting Charlotte (and yes, there is already another season on the air. I take comfort in the fact that Jeanine won´t keep her crown as long as winners in past seasons), and whether you agree with me that Kayla was brutally robbed, or whether you perhaps believe that it should have been Evan who took the crown (which likely means you are 14 years old), you can relieve the best dances of last season at Time Warner Cable arena this Monday.

Alright, peace out for now Shop Talkers. I´m going snorkling! I´ll be back this afternoon for a bit more chatting.