On Trend: Elegant Embellishments

‘Tis the season for an abundance of sparkle and shine and my favorite way to do this is with a subtle embellishment. Jewels, beading, bows—a little touch makes a big statement. And I love that I’m finding so many non-black items. While black is always chic, try mixing it up this season with navy, grays and whites.

The Best: Winter Hats

You know what they say about heat escaping from your head without proper protection…so obey your Grandmother and remember your hat this winter. And don’t just throw on the same old stocking cap, try one of these sophisticated shapes. Warmth and style don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

Must-Have: Tasha Necklace

Statement necklaces have been a hot item all season, but this one takes the cake. More of a jeweled collar, this Tasha necklace will take any simple top or dress you have and turn it into a stunner! The ribbon tie is a darling detail that finishes it off in the back and enables you to wear it at a variety of lengths. And for $48, who wouldn’t want this piece that can transform almost anything you already own from drab to fab?


Line I Love: Chelsea Flower

Designed for the spirited and independant woman, Chelsea Flower was launched in the spring of 2007. Focusing on staple pieces and wearable silhouettes, the line is a go-to for every fashionable girl (Kelly Ripa, Blake Lively and the Kardashians are fans). Made up of wearable silk blouses and dresses with delicate beading and embroidery, Chelsea Flower is flirty, trend-driven and modern, while still feeling timeless. Perfect for that holiday party, date night or to add some pizazz to your work wardrobe.

Chelsea Flower is available at Esther and Vie.

K. Hall expansion

One of my favorite local boutiques is K. Hall Designs. I have previously written about the pop-up shop in Plaza Frontenac, and now I’m thrilled the company is expanding its flagship store in Brentwood. After listening to customer feedback, K. Hall has more than doubled its retail space, allowing for an optimal customer shopping experience. The expansion opens up room to increase the fragrance selection, add more clothing and jewelry, as well as a larger, more expansive selection of functional houseware goods and a large variety of gifts from local artists and vendors. Many consider K. Hall one of the best places to shop for gifts, so this improvement is coming at the perfect time!

Elegant Eyewear

Elegant Eyewear has just opened in Creve Coeur Plaza. One of the largest reading glass and sunglass stores in the country, it carries more than 12,000 styles varying from $5 to $190 a pair. Featuring brands such as Maui Jim, Ray Ban, Cinzi and many private labels, there is a wide selection of styles for every type of customer. Owned by Fran and Steve Zamler, the store is stocked full of fabulous eyewear that is both fashionable and functional.

Elegant Eyewear is located at 736 N. New Ballas Road.

Shop Worth a Stop

Marta’s Boutique

8827 Ladue Road, 721-3056; 1352 Clarkson Clayton Center, 636-227-8831

Mon.-Fri.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At Marta’s Boutique, it’s all in the family.

Owned by Marta Gaska and her daughters, Lauren and Tanya, the boutique, with locations in Ladue and Ellisville, is truly a family-run business, says assistant manager Kortney Grenko. Each item is hand-picked by the three-woman-team, meaning that the store offers clothing for a variety of ages.

“Someone older, in their 60s, all the way down to someone in their late teens can find something here,” Grenko says.

The store carries basics and trendy pieces not commonly found elsewhere, for women who want to “have a little sass in their outfit,” Grenko says. Marta’s is the only boutique in the area that carries Joseph Ribkoff’s designs, and also carries dress pants by Lisette L, a favorite of Kathie Lee Gifford and Oprah Winfrey.

But what keeps customers coming back isn’t just the chic clothing or hard-to-find brands, but the service, Grenko says. “When someone comes in, we’ll help them pick out an entire wardrobe. We’re their personal shoppers. Every time they come, it’s not just to shop, it’s to create an outfit, have a good time and leave happy.”

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