Friday, November 16, 2012

Easy Thanksgiving Table Cloth

I bought a few yards of burlap a little over a year ago. It remained rolled it into a bundle and moved from room to room never exactly finding my vision for it, but on the fringe of the holiday season and knowing sticky fingers would soon head toward my glass table I finally gave it a home.

It cost me all of something like $2.25 a yard. It was not quite wide enough to reach the edges of my table so it almost looks like a really wide runner, which is fine, it still works. I left about eight to ten inches draped off either side. Since it was going on the table...with food...I cleaned it first. Also, it was pretty wrinkled after the dryer so I did need to iron it. For a less than $6.00 runner/table cloth that complements the pops of orange very nicely, I think the burlap was well worth the purchase in the end.  

If you want to give burlap a try in place of a traditional table cloth for your Thanksgiving meal this year consider a couple things: 

First, if you buy a few yards of the burlap and your holiday party becomes a bit more wild than expected instead of trying to scrub red wine out of an inexpensive couple yards of burlap try reusing it in your garden to hold in the soil moisture and control wash away or protect your plants form freezes, snow, ice and windburn. Second, use some shiny repeating pops of colors like the orange chargers and the orange bow on the vase. The heavy contrast of the black to the light colored burlap gives the whole table a sharper, more modern look. Just be careful not to add too many rugged touches in addition to the burlap because it could become too severely rustic. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 2, 2012

You Are What You dress accordingly

Before you make assumptions that I am telling you to fill your closet with clothing you cannot afford let me explain the title. I am referring to "enclothed cognition" or the effects of clothing on psychological processes. 

I vaguely remember having classes on the psychology of fashion and consumer buying habits in school so in preparation of my line I decided to do a little refresher research. When I stumbled upon enclothed cognition I was intrigued enough with the idea that I thought I should share it with all of you. There had been many studies from the 1970's-1990's about the psychology of fashion in regards to your clothing affecting other people's perception of you, but more recently scientists wanted to know how your clothing causes you to view yourself and if your choice of dress could affect your cognitive ability. 

Since my area is fashion and my hobby interest is in science I will summarize the study and attach a link to a New York Times article that explains the research in more depth because the publishing journal is not available without subscription. The study gave two control groups the same white coat. One was told it was a doctor's coat and the other was told it was a painter's coat. Those wearing the lab coat showed increased performance on attention-related tasks versus the group believing they were wearing a painter's coat. It is thought that the brain's association of a doctor's lab coat to attentiveness and carefulness increase the wearer ability by changing their perception of themselves. 

Another article in Forbes I found very informative featured clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner. Dr. Baumgartner authored the more informative book than my post, called: "You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal about You."

My point, as a designer, is that our clothes affect our perception of ourselves and our perception of others. They tell people "I am put together. I workout and take care of myself" or "This was in a pile on my floor this morning and I may eat that piece of pizza from that pizza box in that same pile tonight." What we now know is that although we may laugh off the stereo-types our clothes give off to others we need to make sure we are comfortable with whatever message we send out to the world because we internalize that person as who we are more than we realize.

Put on a happy color in a flattering fit and Voila! Instant mood boost!  

Friday, October 26, 2012

Some Thoughts on Skinny Jeans for Fall 2012

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Skinny jeans are firmly planted, mid-cycle of their trendiness and available for every size and shape. The first point I would like to make is that unlike the bunchy socks of the 80's skinny jeans are NOT best worn with gathered extra fabric at the ankles. By removing that bunching you create a more continual line. Many women fight this problem of off-the-rack pants being too long (and too short). However, with the average American woman somewhere in the 5'4" range I would bet there are more bunchy jeans than we would like to admit. Quite possibly the best part about a skinny jean (or any legging-like pant) is that there is really no hemming required! So, yes, I am a designer, but that does not mean I like to sew. All you need to do is turn under the hem to the length that you need (as shown) to create a much better fitting pant.

I am kicking myself for not buying shiny gold-washed denim last year. I found some cute gold jeans close-out priced last spring and though there is no way this trend will make it another year, but I was wrong. Oddly enough, metallics are not only forecasted for this year but next fall too. 

I think we will see skinny jeans a few more fall/winter seasons. We will surely begin to see variations in their liquidity of fit on the leg and ankle. More importantly the focus is shifting from the shape to the fabric or print. Find a way to make the patterns work for you. If you are short look for a small repeating print, if you are heavy look for a print that draws your eye away from your hips, unless of course you carry weight in your ankles, if you are leggy (and I do not feel sorry for you one bit) look for a larger, heavier print. Same goes for colors. If you are bottom heavy wear your lighter color in your blouse and the reverse for top heaviness.

Anyone that lived through the Eighties, well, I hope you liked it the first time around. We will see the shirts get bigger, blousier, and boxier before we see the disappearance of skinny jeans and leggings. 

I hope I have provided a good guide for your informed jeans/legging purchases this year.    


Friday, October 19, 2012

A Golf Themed Birthday Pawty!

Although, is does not appear as a dog birthday pawty it is...the cake is for the humans and the pupcakes in the top right of the photo are for the dogs. I just love when I can have an event that humans and their furr-babies can enjoy together. Please remember pets deserve human grade ingredients, but not human food! There are many human foods and ingredients that are toxic to dogs. If you are unsure please see the ASPCA's toxic pet food list. 

Primarily I wanted to share the human cake idea. I stress bake for relaxation and fortunately it led to a pretty cute, themed cake. Since a forth birthday only comes around once it was my chance for a Fore! theme. 

I made two plain white 10" round cakes and stacked them together with a layer of creme cheese, buttercream icing and condensed raspberry jam mixed together. The buttercream icing was tinted light and dark green, tan, and blue with food coloring. I thoroughly washed a bag of my husbands golf tees and lightly pressed them in the sand colored icing all the way around the cake. For the green I built up a layer of dark green and smoothed it with an icing spatula. Next, I had some trouble with my icing bag ripping at the pressure caused by the tip I typically use to create grass. So I took the spatula and laid it in the light green icing then gently with a scooping motion lifted up. The golf ball is a small ball of icing and the flag is a tooth pick with a folded piece of paper. Apparently golf holes are not black, so says my husband after the fact. Regardless, I pushed a hole down into the icing and filled it with some edible glitter. 

Voila! Quite simple really, to turn out so cute!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

No Posts? Where have I been?

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I have some explaining to do...As you have noticed, (that is, if you have not given up on me posting anything new) I have been a bit absent from my blog, but quite the contrary from fashion. So you say, if you have been so busy with fashion why are you not sharing important fashion scoop? Well, because I have been working on what will be trending a year or more in advance.

Over the past year I have been making baby steps toward returning to the design world. I have traveled across the USA, learned valuable information they don't teach in design school and finally found myself nearing the end of this leg of my journey. I have found some capable factories and the time to make my decision is quickly approaching. My dream of creating my own women's line is emerging into reality. 

Please forgive my absence. I will post as I can. I could tell you all about Fall/Winter 2013-14, but what good would that do? I know I would probably forget that sort of information if it was not my business.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Return of the Pointy Toe!

Dun, Dun, Duuun...(click it, it's fun!) Return of the pointy toes! 

Dun, Dun, Duuun...Return of the pointy toe heels! Just as our feet have reformed into a normal looking silhouette. Yes, sorry to be the bearer of bad news. If it makes you feel better I have even heard the disappointed sigh of uhhhh, at fashion events from fashion people at this news. Although, I have actually heard at least one person say, "Great, they fit my foot better." So, good for you (and your pediatrist). But the silver lining for the rest of us is that this does not necessarily mean the other toe styles are on their way out, just that pointy toes will be fighting for their position on the display racks. 

Really just be ready for about anything in heels for the next coming seasons...some wild stuff looks to be in the works: color, metals, and sky-high heels. For me, as a 5'2" designer, well, 
I'm pretty excited!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fashion's Night Out

Fashion's Night Out is happening Thursday, September, 6th all over the world and probably closer to you than you even realize! This is a night participating stores stay open late, may have guest appearances by various people in the fashion world, support charities, and offer limited-editions.

Check out your favorite mall stores and boutiques for upcoming special events. You can view many registered stores on the Fashion's Night Out website events page.

If you are in Oklahoma City Ruth Meyers is featuring a Nicole Miller trunk show that evening. Which I am sure will be a lot of fun! 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Blanching Peaches

I always had this notion that preparing peaches for the freezer was a long and intensive task. We bought some incredibly juicy, mouthwatering Stratford peaches about a week ago and I was coming to the realization that these wonderfully delicious little gems were going to go bad before I had the chance to make a pie if...I did not freeze them. Left with no other alternative I had to understand what the task at hand was going to the internet I went. 

First you want to prepare a larger sauce pan with boiling water deep enough to cover one peach, a medium to large bowl filled with ice to cool your peaches and a surface you can place the peaches on following the ice bath i.e. a cutting board or cookie sheet.

I learned to first cut an 'X' at the bottom of each peach. In the process I noticed if I cut the 'X' deep enough to reach the pit the peach meat would fall away form the pit with ease.  

Next, you want to place the peach in boiling water for about 20 seconds. Much longer and the skin begins to disintegrate into a mush that is difficult to pull off in one piece. Use a handled strainer or slotted spoon to remove the peach from the boiling water.

Move the peach to your ice bowl and allow to cool as you boil the next two or three peaches.

When the peach has cooled to the touch begin pulling the skin at the points of the triangles. It should pull away with very little effort. After peeling the skin continue the cuts all the way around, which should allow the meat to break free from the pit with ease.

I sliced them, tossed them in sugar and spices, bagged, labeled and dated them so they would be ready for a pie when I am.

Voila! I couldn't believe I have been avoiding making peach pies all because of a process that was actually so easy!

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Monokini

Juicy Couture one piece swimsuit

Juicy Couture one piece swimsuit

So, I have felt compelled all summer to post a series of blogs over swim wear for body types. With summer winding down (so says the calendar but not necessarily the Oklahoma heat) I still really wanted  to mention a few things as they crossed my mind. If you're a thrifty domestress you will be hitting up the swim sales about now anyway.

Today I want to talk a bit about the monokini. It has that feeling of a safety net for those that for whatever reason are tempted to pull out the two-piece but can't or won't. I've always liked something about the monokini. Maybe it reminds me of some of my childhood swimsuits from the 80's or maybe I just like the way it is sort of sexy, sort of practical, but I cannot wear them. Period! I am not over weight, no noticeable stretch marks, I am just not the right shape.

Yesterday at the pool I see a mom of a toddler rocking a monokini. After thinking for a minute I wish I looked good in one of those it occurred to me that maybe I should be helpful and address some do's and don'ts of the monokini with my readers.

This suit is awesome for the straight or banana figure. If you notice the girl pictured above appears curvy, but really is not. That is thanks to the side cut outs of this suit. (I don't know anything about the website it came from other than this was the visual illustration I needed for my point)

Also, this works best for people with shorter waists. The longer body you are the larger the size in this case. Which means you could end up with a baggy suit just to fit the length of your torso. It additionally gives those with short waists and illusion of length as the connecting fabric between the top and bottoms draw the eye in a linear fashion.

This suit is best for smaller and perky breasts. This is probably obvious, but unlike a two piece the neck length must be adjusted to fit the horizontal tie under the breast while simultaneously fitting the crotch length.

If you have c-section scars or stretch marks around the tummy button area a monokini, like the one at the top of the post could be a great purchase...being that you fit the other guidelines too.

So curvy, long-bodied, short-legged, busty girls beware...this suit is not for you! (or me ;)) 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Tomatoes - Sucker Vines

So, I've been a terrible blogger for the past month! Now this does not mean I have not been busy, in fact, quite the opposite. I have made a dress, made some real progress on my line documents, grown quite a bit of edibles, started an art course, taken some golf lessons (and yes, I still can't play and I still don't enjoy it) and remodeled a room, among other things. And here's proof...

I am still learning to grow things. This year my garden has been quite successful which is truly born out of trial and error and a lot of error. I wanted to pass along some helpful information to any tomato growers that my mom recently passes to me.  "Pinch the sucker vines." The sucker vines steal the nutrients from the rest of the plant. So what is a sucker vine? This is...

Just remove the stem growing from the center of the "v". Like this...

Plant free of sucker vine...

A neighbor that is a long-time, successful grower also gave me a helpful hint for my peppers. He said if you want hot (spicy) peppers cut back on the water. Milder, more water. 

Hope this helps you or inspires you to grow your own food.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Red, White and Blue Velvet Waffles

Just in time to gear up for the Fourth of July! You will have to use your imagination a bit but this waffle really is red, or at least it was when I made the batter. The jury is still out for me as far as believing or not in the red, yellow, blue, etc. food coloring scares. So I try to use it sparingly and this is what happens...not red red velvet waffles. If you want to go totally patriotic tint half the batch of drizzle blue!

I found this modification of a Wolfgang Puck recipe for red velvet waffles online at

You will need:
  • 2 c. flour 
  • 1 1/4 c. sugar 
  • 1/4 tsp. salt 
  • 1 tsp. baking soda 
  • 4 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted, cooled 
  • 2 c. buttermilk 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla 
  • 2 Tbls. red food coloring 

  • Preheat waffle iron. 
  • Spray with non-stick cooking spray. 
  • Separate eggs. 
  • Beat egg whites until stiff. 
  • Mix dry ingredients together, then add wet. 
  • Mix all ingredients minus egg whites. 
  • Fold in egg whites.
  • Pour into waffle iron and cook until done. 

As you are probably aware I did not follow the recipe exactly because I never do. But the waffles will turn out if you just stick pretty closely to the above recipe. 

Next I wanted something other than maple syrup to garnish it with, but I still wanted it to taste like a waffle and not “Good morning, Now let’s have cake.” So I just married the traditional cream cheese frosting with a little maple syrup as follows. 

You will need:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened 
  • 3/4 c. powdered sugar 
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla 
  • 1/8 tsp. salt 
  • 2 Tlbs. milk 
  • 2 Tlbs. sugar free maple syrup 
  • divide batch and add blue food coloring (optional)

I garnished the waffle with a Boca sausage patty. They are low in calories and we have meat allergies in the family so it was just easier to work with and still tasted great. Lastly drizzle over each serving and enjoy! 

The recipe makes about 6 servings and I did not even want to know the calories (although they could be much worse without substitutions), so reserve for special breakfasts.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Space for Guys...All Dolled Up!

Ahhh...the simple things that make a house a home. No, I’m not saying in need alcohol to survive my home. I am referring to the flowers! I love fresh flowers and I believe most people would agree they make a space inviting. 

As most men do, my husband treats his living spaces differently than mine, so, the rules of decor change when dealing with his areas. First, one has to decipher a way of fitting a TV into room and building everything around it. Which when thinking about the lines and the layout of the room is ridiculous to chart the course of the whole room off of the one awkward wall where the builder put the TV jack. But this is really neither here nor there. It is really about what are the little thing we can do to make these spaces presentable to anyone other than a house full of guys. 

Well, we start with the things they leave behind (i.e. whiskey bottles, golf balls and tees, shotgun shells). I have come to realize they really do not mind tchotchkes as long as they are their tchotchkes. Leading me precisely to filling a used Jack Daniels bottle with daisies. Other than the investment he already made this little arrangement could be virtually free if you have some nice blooms in your garden.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Swimsuit Season Chicken and Fruit Salad

Salads have never been my thing, but with each year I seem to find myself reminded that they need to become my thing. I think when I was finally able to build salads the way I like them it changed my opinion. (Thank you Coolgreens!) I am not much of a fan of thick dressings like ranch; which is good because the creamy dressings tend to be loaded with calories anyway. Since I have sometimes found myself making supper for just me lately I took the liberty of creating a nice girly salad that I rather enjoyed from seasonal fruit and items already in my refrigerator. 

You will need: 
  • Chicken - 2 or 3 large thighs or a breast 
  • Salt and pepper 
  • Non-stick cooking spray or oil 
  • 1 T spicy mustard 
  • 1 clove minced garlic 
  • 2 T orange marmalde 
  • 1 T raspberry jam 
  • Greens - I used the lettuce, cabbage, carrot mix 
  • 2 T fat-free raspberry vinaigrette 
  • 1 T chipotle mayo 
  • Granny Smith apple 
  • Orange 

I prefer dark meat so I typically choose to use thighs, but chicken breast or tenders work great too. Heat your skillet to medium, spray with cooking spray and add your garlic. Remove the skin from the chicken if it is not trimmed. Salt and pepper the chicken to taste. Rub evenly with the spicy mustard, marmalade and jam. Lay the chicken and any excess wet ingredients in the skillet with the garlic. Cover and continue cooking about five minutes on each side. When the chicken has cooked through remove it to a covered plate. Reduce heat and add the vinaigrette and mayo to the remaining liquid. Mix thoroughly. Slice the apple and oranges into small chunks. Additionally, slice or chunk the chicken. After cutting the chicken return it to the dressing liquid just to coat. Toss the other ingredients together and plate them. Place the chicken on the salad and drizzle the liquid over the top. 

Minus a couple ingredients this is a really healthy meal and pretty filling too. This should make two decent sized portions, especially if you are serving soup or some other side. Even if you choose to eat the whole thing by yourself you will not blow through all your calories in one meal, unlike many restaurant salads. 

I mentioned this being a girly salad above, but really it has a nice blend of sweet, tart and spicy. I did give my husband a piece of the chicken and he did rather like it so it is weeknight dinner for two friendly. But I would say this is ideal for a ladies summertime lunch. Double, triple, etc. the recipe, place it in a big decorative salad bowl and it is a self serve dish that can be made ahead. And, Voila! Everyone will think you ordered in.

And I would like to send very Happy Birthday wishes to my Mom today!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Shop Your Closet - A Restyle Event from Formal to Cocktail

This pretty red dress has resided unworn in my closet, literally, since high school. I had more formal events then and for whatever reason this one was never worn. I have come close to giving it to prom dress drives multiple times and probably should have, but every time I would try it on it was flattering in a simple way...just enough that I wanted to hold onto it a bit longer. Finally, I was at a point of either it needed to go or stay, but not stay in its current state because that was what was limiting me from wearing it. 

I specifically needed a red cocktail dress. I liked the princess seaming, the corseted top and the back detail on the dress, so I decided to leave that alone. 

The tulle had to be removed form the under skirt. I have another project I can use this for so I ripped the seam and left the tulle intact. 

Something else that had to be done was deciding on a length and then cutting some fabric from the bottom of the dress. 

I began changing the shape of the skirt by measuring myself in three places below my waist. With each measurement I would place a pin into the dress where the horizontal measurement was taken. I then placed a piece of paper containing my measurement on each of those pins. (This would be easier with help, but this method works pretty well if you are on your own.) Next I measured the dress width at each of those points. Considering the dress is a slight ball-gown I expected to need to take in the seams significantly in some areas. By subtracting my measurements from the dress measurements I was able to divide that number by the four seams I would be working with and take the same amount from each. 

Voila! Though pinned, in this picture, you can clearly see the transformation. 

If you are trying this on your own and not thoroughly comfortable sewing you may try to do some of it yourself or mentally build an idea and take it to a seamstress for advice and help on restyling your garment. 

My intent was never to stop at a simple sheath. I had a design in mind I just wanted to avoid the time consuming efforts of constructing a corseted top with boning. So here is where I stopped with this dress, but again it is really up to you as to what direction you want to take your restyling event. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Sometimes You Must Improvise With Last Minute Decorations

Last week I was co-chairing the decorations, on a very limited, non-profit budget, for a Red Cross event. A local florist, Tony Foss, was kind enough to donated two sizes and styles of floral arrangements. Our original intent was that certain arrangements were to be placed on certain tables, but once it was set up we knew the layout must change. It just did not look good that way. So the improvising began. The large arrangements were already lifted high into the air by large glass vases appearing as pedestals, which then made the small arrangements drown into the center of the table overshadowed by glasses and plates. One of the other ladies mentioned that she had some small glass vases so that we could raise the arrangements. The Skivin events staff and I began rummaging through the hurricanes and vases in their back room. We raised center pieces to various heights and they all looked lovely. However, as we were finishing we faced a new challenge. Three tables had two small centerpieces placed closely together to appear as one larger arrangement. Each piece included the flowers and a styrofoam floral block secured to a salad-sized plate. Because of the plate there was no getting around placing them on separate pedestals. In that case three is better than two, right? We placed three small cylinder vases side-by-side and set the plates on the outside vases. I then took a large ribbon and tied a pretty bow encompassing the vases, as you can see above. This allowed the vases to read as one oblong glass vase. It was a quick fix that looked beautifully with the other varieties of arrangements visible below.   

Placing flowers individually into each vase may work better for trying this idea at home. Try to fill the vases with large blooms like hydrangeas for a look that reads as one large arrangement or single stems will also look nice in sets of threes. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Lemon Savannah Smiles Cheesecake

Lemon Chalet Cheesecake Act II 

I posted basically this same recipe last year, but then the Girl Scouts threw me for a loop by changing their long running cookie the Lemon Chalets to non-creme-filled Savannah Smiles. Who would have ever guessed the Lemon Chalets were due for an update? I remember selling them 20 years ago. So, when girls scouts sale you lemon cookies make lemon cheesecakes, right, even if it takes a few tweets to the recipe.   

This is the perfect summertime cheesecake. It is not heavy and melts in your mouth…Really, it does. I have served this at brunch; although, I think it would be very versatile for spring and summer from dinner parties to bridal brunches even cut into small square and served at informal get-togethers. 

What you will need: 

Crust Ingredients: 
  • 1 box coarsely ground Savannah Smiles Girl Scout Cookies  
  • 3 Tbs. melted butter 
  • Dash of cinnamon sugar 

Cheesecake Filling Ingredients: 
  • 3 (8oz.) bricks Philadelphia fat free cream cheese 
  • 1 (8oz.) Philadelphia Indulgence white chocolate cream cheese 
  • 1 c. sugar 
  • ¼ c. lemon Jello pudding powder mix 
  • ½ c. sour cream 
  • 4 eggs 
  • 2 tsp. lemon squeeze 
  • 3/4 tsp. almond extract 
  • ½ of 1 zested lemon 
  • 1 lemon squeezed 

Place a sheet cake pan on the middle rack of the oven and preheat oven to 475 F. 

Wrap exterior of spring form pan with foil. Combine coarsely ground Savannah Smiles Girl Scout Cookies and butter. Press mixture into bottom and up sides of 9” round spring form pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. 

Combine softened cream cheese, sugar, lemon pudding powder and sour cream. Beat with electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs one at a time while stirring slowly. Stir in lemon squeeze and almond extract. Reserve 1/2 cup of batter, and pour the rest of the batter into the prepared crust. 

Return the 1/2 cup of batter to the mixing bowl and add lemon zest and juice from one lemon. Mix until well blended. Pour layer over batter in spring form pan. Swirl down into batter. 

Carefully add water to sheet cake pan. Fill about ¾ of the way full. You want to create a water bath to help prevent your cheesecake from cracking. This creates a smooth texture by keeping in the moisture. 

Place spring form pan in water bath. Bake 12 minutes at 475 F, then turn down to 350 F and cook for about 50 minutes. Time will vary depending on oven. Remove. Cool. Chill in refrigerator over night. 

Garnish with a fresh lemon slice if desired. 

Serves: 12

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. So while I hope you will keep in your hearts those who have given their lives to make this country great you will use your domestress skills to also honor them with a little decoration.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Formal Dress Reviews: A Stylish Retail Interview with Clothing Boutique Owner - Cindy Shelby

Many times in the summer we have special events to attend such as formal weddings, charity events or other happening that we need a more formal dress and here are some beautiful examples: 

Aidan Mattox polka-dot dress 

Phoebe Couture yellow dress 

Jill Stuart royal blue polka-dot dress 

Cindi hosted a Gottex swimwear trunk show at Ruth Meyers. They had some nice items though she does not have it in stock regularly. 

Again, we even see how patterns and bright colors can carry over into formal wear and swimsuits. 

Some other brands you will find at Ruth Meyers include: 
Max Mara, Nicole Miller, Christopher blue (denim), Agave (denim), Cambio (denim), David Kahn (denim), Gottex swimwear, Carmen Marc Valvo, Bigio, Apriori, Monique Lhuillier, Pink Tartan

Thank you to Cindi Shelby for allowing us to explore the spring trends through the eyes of her charming store. 

If you are interested in visiting the store Ruth Meyers is located at: 

6471 Avondale Drive 
Oklahoma City, OK 73116 

Ruth Meyers is next to Coolgreens for a delightful afternoon of lunch and shopping.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Spring Dress Reviews: A Stylish Retail Interview with Clothing Boutique Owner - Cindy Shelby

Here are some lovely ideas from Ruth Meyers for luncheons and informal weddings: 

Robert Rodriguez black and white dress 

Lotus Grace white dress 

Pink Tartan red pleated skirt with zipper waist band 

Pink Tartan silk jungle print chemise 

Although we tend to think of color blocking as colorful we also see this trend in the black and white Robert Rodriguez dress above. 

The Lotus white matelass√© dress is a perfect example of heavy fabrics worn in the summer and mixed with the lady-like silhouette of the popular Mad Men look. 

The Pink Tartan chemise and skirt set illustrate both the bright colors and the prints of the season.