Glam-a-rama at Pastiche
Glamma girls will have no trouble finding something signature at Pastiche. The little boutique has accessories, gifts and decor that mix chic with whimsy. The incredible, limited-edition Tinu Shoebags, handcrafted out of actual shoes, are fashion statements as well as sexy boudoir decor (around $345). Pastiche also sells The Weekender, a versatile accessory made locally by A. Prater out of leather and crystals. The Weekender can be worn as a belt, bracelet or choker, adding a bit of funk to eveningwear or dressing up a tank and jeans ($145). Other girl stuff includes functional laLoop necklaces that fashionably hold eyeglasses and pop-art purses by Helen Walsh Group and Packrats. Find it: Pastiche, 6518 Highway 100, 354-5531.
File these under "stuff you didn't know you needed." The little "Moss Rocks" ($2.75 each) at Cadeau are peculiar, but irresistible. People who come in can't help but touch them, and people who buy them come back for more. They add texture to clean, contemporary pieces, are cheaper than bamboo and never need to be watered. Pair a handful of Moss Rocks with a modern, highbrow bowl ($60) for an urban-organic centerpiece.
Door number "Pre"
On Sunday, Aug. 1, Pre to Post Modern will be celebrating its fourth year with an open house from 1-5 p.m. Besides serious sales (up to 50 percent) on furniture, clothing and more, shoppers will be treated to drinks, snacks and the opportunity to win a handmade, retro-style cocktail bar by featured designer Nance. Other Nance bars sell for over $200, so do the math on that door prize. Browse the Kartell and Herman Miller at Highbrow Furniture and don't leave without an ironic prayer candle or mod mouse pad.
What are they wearing?
The songbird summer uniform: broken-in designer jeans, a strappy tank, high-heeled sandals, a chunky necklace and a scarf or sash in lieu of a belt. These two music biz gals were spotted on the Demonbreun strip, while another (telltale guitar case in hand) was seen in a similar ensemble the same night on Lower Broad. And, the definitive replacement for the trucker hat (thank God) is the newsboy or "grandpa" hat.
It's been mixed with starchy collars for the faux-prepster look, worked in with street-sport styles like Project E and Triple Five Soul and used as a foil for bare shoulders and skimpy tops. In the past month, classic, tweedy Kangols, vintage Winstons and updated versions by Diesel and Puma all have been seen around town.