Megamalls Are Allegedly Dying, But Simon Isn't Going Down Without a Fight

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Photos by Keith Luter, Jr.
Hilary Williams and Andi Valentine of Settlement Goods (two left) with Refinery29 crew.
Not sure if you have heard, but the megamall is in dire straits. Articles penned by USA Today, The New Yorker, and Business Insider have all prophesied the end of the shopping center as we know it. Blaming the economy, changing culture, and a population shift from the suburbs to the city for the decline, many industry insiders say the beginning of the end is near so get your food court fix in now! Usually when so called insiders herald the end of an era, many of us take it with a grain of salt and maybe an eye roll or two. But, a recent rebranding effort by one of the country's largest mall property owners may make you think otherwise.

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5 Hidden Shopping Gems Neartown/Westheimer Corridor

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Photo by iodine127 via Wikimedia Commons
Probably one of the most popular shopping strips in Houston, Westheimer Road is a main thoroughfare where we all have dropped a few hundred dollars during holiday season. Even though we all are very familiar with the strip, there are hidden spots that you may have never seen or heard of before. Tucked away on the side streets and in the shadow of The Galleria and West Ave are mom and pop shops with really great fashions and gifts for you. Here are five of my favorite off the beaten path Westheimer Road shops inside the loop.

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Simon Malls and Refinery 29 Shopping Block Party at Houston Premium Outlets

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Photo of past event courtesy of Simon/Refinery29
You know who's kind of killing it in on the event front now a days, Simon Malls. I will wait for your shock and awe to wear off.......ok. Yes, the purveyor of mega malls like the Galleria and Houston Premium Outlets is changing it up in an effort to become its own destination for shoppers, specifically the twenty and thirty somethings everyone is after these days. First, they brought us the fall fashion extravaganza Lookbook Live and now comes The Shopping Block, a national collaboration with millennial favorite and online content juggernaut Refinery 29, on Saturday, October 11 at Houston Premium Outlets.

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Elizabeth Anthony Celebrates New Look, Here's Why You Should Check It Out

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Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Anthony
Uptown Park boutique Elizabeth Anthony has had a serious facelift. To celebrate, the team invited a few hundred close friends, created a fashion week atmosphere, and hosted an Escada runway show. Now that's how you throw a party.


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Who's Afraid of Big, Bad Amazon? Not the Women of Fashion Truck Collection

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Photo by Daniel Kramer
Sarah Platt, Lillie Parks, Coryne Rich, Vanessa Mala

Houston is a rambling, gambling town and this year Best of Houston celebrates those in the community who are taking a chance.

Coryne Rich, the woman behind the Shoe Bar fashion truck, says she's got something Amazon and Etsy don't -- a curated collection specifically meant to reflect the tastes and needs of Houston shoppers. Sure, those giant retail websites have thousands and thousands of choices, but that's not always a good thing. With so many options, shoppers are sometimes forced to scroll through page after page of suggestions before finding what they want. With Rich's Shoe Bar, shoppers have a fashion-savvy expert offering personalized advice, along with wares shoppers actually can touch and -- gasp -- even try on. (Take that, Amazon!)

"There's a special place for boutiques in the retail world. Boutiques offer...a shopping experience Amazon or Etsy can never duplicate," Rich says. 

Rich, along with Sarah Platt of Urban Izzy, Lillie Parks of Park Boutique and Vanessa Mala of Height of Vintage, is a member of the Fashion Truck Collection team. Each of the women initially started her own fashion-truck business, and each had plans to move into a brick-and-mortar storefront eventually. But they all found solo ventures daunting. 

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Best Badass Hair Dye Jobs in the Movies for Your Viewing Pleasure and Inspiration

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
I personally love dying my hair. Although I never go crazy with the colors. Being a brunette, I tend to go for safe chestnut colors or reds. But like a lot of chicks I've always had a secret desire to dye my hair some off-the-wall color. So when I see someone in a movie looking bad ass with bad ass hair color it sticks with me and makes me rethink trying something new. So hopefully to inspire fellow chickadees to take a chance and try something different here are some of girls and women in movies I think have rocked the best dyed dos.

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Lucy
6. Scarlett Johansson in Lucy... So I can say I've not really been a big fan of ScarJo... but she won me over when I saw her recently in Luc Besson's Lucy and I think part of the reason was due to her hair. I've thought about going blond in the past and Scarlett's messy blond bob with brunette roots has got me thinking about it again.


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The 5 Best Cheap and Lazy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes of 2014

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Low budget, high concept = solid laughs.
And so it goes that 11 months have gone by, bringing us back to the start of October and the march toward Halloween. For many, this is the most wonderful time of year. We probably all have that one friend who has already decked out his crib with Halloween decorations and has been planning his costume for months.

We all love that friend, even while we're jealous of his costume planning abilities.

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JW Marriott Houston Downtown + David Peck Make a Great Pair, Unveil New Clothing Collection

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Who says work uniforms have to be cookie cutter boring? Not the folks at swanky new hotel JW Marriott Houston Downtown. Not only have they created one of the chicest hotels to hit our little hamlet as of late, but they have outfitted their hotel associates in the most enviable uniforms known to man, courtesy of leading Houston designer David Peck. The partnership and resulting collection made its official debut Monday night in front of over 600 attendees and a handful of frazzled valet attendants - the hubbub in front of the hotel almost shut down the corner of Rusk and Main.

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Get the Gown Brings High-End Bridal Rental to the Bayou City

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Photos by Cherise Luter
The bridal rental business seems to be taking off. A few national companies have seen success as of late and now the model has hit our area with the launch of Get the Gown. The Houston- and Miami-based luxury bridal rental company aims to meet budget-conscious brides where they are and make those champagne wishes come true.


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Carrie Ann Boutique Unveils Fresh New Look

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Photo by Cherise Luter
Well known shopping spotCarrie Ann Boutique in Uptown Park has had a facelift and to commemorate the occasion the team threw open their doors, invited a few friends, a reality TV star, and had a party.

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