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3 Sassy Girlz
Fashions from 3 Sassy Girlz.
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Jewelry from Centsations.
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Hidden fashion gems are readily available at resale shops like Sassy Kats in Monroe.
Shopping is part of American culture. Here in Monroe and West Monroe, and roll in a little Bastrop and Calhoun, you have a wide variety of small boutiques. A person can map out the locally owned shops and enjoy a day of shopping within a small distance. We do have a few comments from the “Queen” about what she had to do for royal attire; so sometimes you may have to go further to find something for royalty.
What are we all currently wearing or looking toward adding to our closet? Here are some fashion tidbits, from some of the people in the know.
Daniel Moore, S&J Farm and Feed, Thomas Road in West Monroe, across from the mill: “Bright colors are huge, not only in clothing but in accessories, as well. Very over-sized clothing is also huge, plus it tends to hide those extra pounds we may have put on during the holidays."
Nikki Nugent, 3 Sassy Girlz Boutique, inside The Hoof and Fin Restaurant in Calhoun: “Palazzo pants are popular … also leggings; we even have fleece lined. They are paired with fashion tops. My mom, Sandra Nugent, has put in the larger sizes up to 3X. We have another hot item from a local distributor, Ginger Snap Jewelry – beautiful jewelry with interchangeable charms you can switch out on necklaces and bracelets to fit the look.”
Missy Fleming, Arco’s Sassy Kats Resale and Retail Shop, 504 Louisville Ave. in Monroe: "Recycling and upcycling have skirted their way into today’s budget of fashion-minded people. These color-coordinated and properly accessorized individuals have also become aware of hidden fashion gems that are readily available at resale shops like Sassy Kats in Monroe.
Sassy Kats provides employment training for adults with intellectual disabilities and our clothing donors make sure the clothing they provide reflects the value of the people who work there. You never know what you may find; there are many local retail shops who have given Sassy Kats some of their overrun.
A very popular and versatile item, of which we have an abundance, is the sweater cape. As most women know, this little gem will polish their persona and it marries well with casual or office wardrobes.”
Shopper Kacey Romaguera explained, “I always look for that special piece that can be mixed and matched in my wardrobe and if it is name brand – BIG SCORE.”
Tieise Slavent Ardito, Mardi Gras Queen, Krewe of Janus: “My dress came from New York, my crown and scepter were custom-made from "Dynasty Collection" in Mobile, Ala. During our visits to schools and retirement homes we wore our royal attire, including our mantles. If it was a casual event such as an Ag Expo or festival we wore dressy attire but included our sash and crowns. I shopped the boutiques along the RiverMarket in downtown Monroe for several of my outfits for the parties."
Lora Lee, Centsations by Lora Lee: “Fashion, to me, is the expression of an individual, and like each individual, it should reflect our personalities, our moods, our quirks, our weirdness and refinement. It's the first thing people see – our outside appearance – and it should reflect all that is swimming below the surface. That's why I create one-of-kind jewelry. No two people are just alike; your jewelry and style should reflect that.” Centsations can be found on the Web at www.centsations.net.
Myra Gatling Akers, DEDD Development Director, City of Monroe, Director of the RiverMarket: “You can find unique clothing at the RiverMarket. Handmade baby clothes are all the buzz this year. Moms like the ruffled fun look and also that you can buy one of a kind. We will be ready to roll in the spring. You can find accessories to go with your outfit, as well as handmade baubles and beads and custom work. Monroe is all about the unique items, the dress, pants and jewelry you can’t find on someone else. We have several artists that craft jewelry and that is a large draw."
Angie O'Pry Blades, owner of Fiesta Nutrition Center, corner of North 18th Street and Roselawn in Monroe: Blades says her new line, Dr Hauschka, is in fashion now. “The personal skin care line is using organics and blends to help you look good.” Bright colorful patterns in organic fabrics for bags and oversized purses are also the rage right now. Bright pops of color for accessories in a purse or wallet are fun. Baby clothes and baby blankets in natural cotton fabric are here in Monroe now. O’Pry Blades said, “Today’s mothers are very attuned to natural and organic fabrics. Clean colors combined with function and comfort are the bonus of these fabrics.”
By Cindy Ingram