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Holiday Gift Guide: Fashionista

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Holiday Gift Guide: Fashionista Illustrated by Shi Briggs

The look? It’s called Front Row at Every Fashion Show.  Not everyone can pull it off, but the Fashionista is a committed expert, a bastion of style and what’s hot. 


One of the fashionista’s favorite accessories is her man, and he needs to dress the part. Outfitting him with made-in-house Selvedge denim jeans and button-up shirts (often made of vintage fabrics) is a must. Stock up on men’s accessories, including U.S.A.-made hats, gloves, socks, colognes, grooming supplies and Tenden brand products such as Dopp kits, log carriers, utility rolls, totes and weekender bags. 

19 N. 7th St., Grand Haven


Clothing is art. It’s all about colors, textures and moods. Sign the fashionista up for the Floral Painting workshop with local artist Shelby Kregel. The evening offers step-by-step instruction on how to paint florals on canvas using acrylics. You’ll learn why a specific stroke is best or how to mix paint colors to create the perfect hue. Take home your gorgeous artwork and hang it right in your walk-in closet. 

Floral Painting
Haven Creek
52 Courtland St., Rockford - Dec. 6, 7 p.m.


Lavish Lady is not just the name of a specialty rolled ice cream selection; it’s what the Fashionista aspires to be. This dessert features a lavender and lemon ice cream base, along with a lemon cookie. It’s all topped with lavender sprinkles and drizzle. It’s sumptuously rich (another aspiration — to afford all the designer clothing).

Flavors on the Promenade 
8 E. Bridge St., Rockford


When you create your own style, you win. Mixing hip-hop and classical music, violinist Kevin Sylvester and violist Wilner Baptiste have built an original musical style described as “classical boom.” Style-savvy folk will appreciate that this duo has shared the stage with fashionable artists such as Kanye West, Aerosmith and Alicia Keys. The artists join the symphony to bridge infectious beats and lyrical melodies with classical instrumentation and searing technique in a unique blend that defies expectations and shatters stereotypes.

Symphony with Soul featuring Black Violin
DeVos Performance Hall - Feb. 16


Ever look at a cocktail and want to wear it? The Moxie is a pinky/peach color made with rum, fresh pink guava, fresh lime and drops of chili oil that create a dot pattern. Seriously, it could be a killer fabric print. Fashion is everywhere — even in your booze. 

18th Amendment Spirits Co.
350 W. Western Ave., Muskegon


Figurative artists Julie Liger-Belair and Jessica Calderwood (also a jewelry designer) draw upon surrealist motifs and folklore exploring gender, identity and fantasy. Both artists play with simultaneously revealing and concealing the female figure, a flirtatious dance between invitation and denial. Fashion lovers will be intrigued by the high-collared garb, heel-clad figures and Calderwood’s embellished and brightly colored baubles. 

Absurd Imaginaries
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver St., Saugatuck - Jan. 11-March 1

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