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Wednesday, 09 December 2015 17:17

Gift Guide: Fashionista

Written by  Missy Black
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Want to help her photograph and catalog her shoe collection? She’ll pay you in makeup contouring lessons. 

 

Shop

Our Fashionista dreams of raiding closets. At Rosa’s Closet, you’ll find brands and designers such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Lilly Pulitzer, BCBG and Free People. Diehard shoppers flock here for “the most amazing luxury consignment,” said Manager Ashlyn Oswalt, who mentions that gift wrapping and pretty bags are available with every purchase. 

Rosa’s Closet, 2141 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, rosascloset.com, (616) 242-9100

 

Do

Play stylist and try using creativity via paper instead of clothes. The Dec. 17 Gift Wrap Workshop is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. For $20, guests bring in their most special gifts and give them exceptional treatment with unique handmade toppers, bows and tags — because really, everyone and everything should dress well. 

Gift Wrap Workshop at 6.25 Paper Studio, 40 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, Dec. 17, $20, 625paper.com, (616) 690-5598  

 

Drink

Featuring classic Mexican and Central American dishes, Luna GR speaks to the Fashionista’s sense of style and color with That Pink Drink — a mix of mezcal, ginger, orange, Jamaica tea, grapefruit and lime. It’s perfect for when you want to match your drink to your dress, shoes or necklace. 

Luna GR, 64 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, lunagr.com, (616) 288-6340

 

Listen

It’s not enough to be a DJ and hip hop artist. Nope. Adrian “A.B.” Butler is also a style entrepreneur churning out hits and a widely popular T-shirt, tank and hoodie line. And this catches both the fashionista’s ear and eye. Catch an AB & Coconut Brown show at Founder’s Dec. 12. Expect a seven-piece live hip hop/soul/electro-funk band and AB demands that you “dance and go crazy.” 

Adrian “A.B.” Butler/ AB & Coconut Brown, everythingab.com

 

Eat

Looking at the macaron selection here is like looking at an eyeshadow palette. Purples, light blues and creamy apricot shades entice. “The colors are beautiful to photograph, plus macarons are in vogue right now,” said owner Kelly Toland. With close to 30 flavors a day, you can choose a few and grab some tea, a lavender French soda or a fancy latte and hope someone spies you being fabulous from your perch in the window. Salted Caramel is a popular macaron choice, but you haven’t lived until you nibble on the Rose Lychee White Chocolate with a brushstroke of edible silver dust on top. Tres chic! 

Le Bon Macaron, 951 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids, lebonmacaron.com, (616) 706-0183

 

Watch

The fashionista can’t commit to wearing one print forever but she can commit to one night of theatre. While the name Forever Plaid throws her off, our fashionable gal is sure to enjoy the Farmers Alley Theatre production featuring Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie (don’t they sound like of-the-moment supermodels?). The four singers who dream of being famous are on the way to their first big gig and are killed in an accident. It’s at that moment, when their lives end, that the story of Forever Plaid begins. Sing along with a program of 1950s pop hits such as “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Sixteen Tons” and “Heart and Soul.”

Forever Plaid, Farmers Alley Theatre, 221 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo

Dec. 4-27, Thur. 7:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.
Tickets: $37 Fri.-Sun., $32 Wed.-Thurs., farmersalleytheatre.com, (269) 343-2727
 
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