Trend section: Mint Condition
In case you haven’t noticed, mint green is the color of summer. Cool, fresh, and super-versatile, this hue works with just about anything. Pair it with black for a graphic look, navy for a great office option, and, of course, pink for the ultimate in prep. Any way you style it, you’ll be in mint condition!
Must-Have: Gladiator Sandals
Strappy sandals have always been a summer staple, but the gladiator sandal is bigger than ever this year. Lace them up with everything from your denim shorts to a maxi dress to add a bohemian touch to your feet.
Everybody’s Wearing...CP Shades
I’m so excited about the new K. Hall Designs pop-up shop in Plaza Frontenac. The world of K. Hall has been even more realized in this space - with dark grey walls, old wooden tables, and wide-planked wood floors. The store is brimming with amazing eclectic finds for the home, simple but chic clothing, and of course the signature K. Hall aroma fills the air. And speaking of clothing, one thing that really struck me was the rack full of striped long-sleeved tees in a rainbow of colors. Made by Earth by CP Shades, they are knit linen and have been hand-dyed and over-saturated to get the colors so vibrant. I also love that they are made here in the States and use 100 percent natural and sustainable fabrics. At least one of these t-shirts is sure to be making their way into my stripe-filled closet!
Line I Love: Ambre Babzoe
I always love to see what cool new jewelry Esther is carrying. The latest treasures I found were amazing necklaces and bracelets from Ambre Babzoe. A mix of fabric and metals on long chains and cool cuffs, these pieces are super unique and extremely versatile.
Single Stone Trunk Show
Vintage and antique jewelry has become so popular today. Whether it be an engagement ring or vintage costume jewelry, the antique look is back in a big way. One of the premier lines that carry authentic vintage jewelry is Single Stone. Always ahead of the trends, Ylang-Ylang Fine Jewelry is the exclusive carrier of the line in St. Louis. Single Stone caters to a very selective customer looking for original antique jewelry and original, old-cut diamonds. The collection is beautiful and has so much to offer: The engagement rings, diamond bands, hand-crafted pieces, as well as men’s items, are one-of-a-kind and can even be customized. To see the line in person, visit the next trunk show at Ylang-Ylang.
Single Stone Trunk Show
Ylang-Ylang Fine Jewelry
June 28 & 29, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Soleil Store Opening
Erker’s Fine Eyewear is the place in St. Louis to get the most unique eyewear on the market. Family-owned and operated with long-term employees who are experts in the field, the Erker’s experience is always top-notch. Capitalizing on the huge sunglasses market, the company has just opened Soleil by Erker’s, a sunglasses-only store in Plaza Frontenac. According to Tony Erker, “We feel there is a need for unique sunglasses that can't be found in the St.Louis area." So the store will do just that: specialize in the finest assortment of sunglass collections from around the world, including exclusive lines by Cartier, Maybach, Tag Heuer, Matsuda, Chrome Hearts, David Yurman, Judith Leiber, Chanel and Gucci and many more. Styles available range from solid gold frames to pave diamonds and hand-crafted buffalo horn. The store opened June 1.
Shop Worth a Stop
By Katherine Comfort-Mason
14430 Clayton Road, 636-220-9227, fitshopstl.com
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.
We all know that activewear isn't just for the gym anymore; in fact, it’s perfect for those days when you don't feel like lifting a finger. FitShop, which recently opened in Ballwin Grove shopping center, is the place to find the latest in hot workout wear and cozy couture.
“I was tired of getting dressed and going out to see a dozen women dressed in the same outfit,” says owner Amy Berger, who pulls her shop’s eclectic inventory from lines by independent, niche designers—many of which are new to the St. Louis market. And she ensures that every FitShop-styled ensemble will be unique by ordering limited quantities of each size and color.
But that’s not to suggest that the offering at FitShop is limited. The airy boutique, where bright citrines, magentas and emeralds pop against traditional black and heather gray, offers everything from basic yoga pants to edgy, open-backed tank tops to maxi skirts of the softest cotton. A curated selection of accessories provides the finishing touches for a look that Berger describes as defining the “leisurely, luxurious lifestyle.”