Sick of corporate Christmas? Try shopping local. Hair Balls presents a 12-part series highlighting ideas for holiday gifts made and sold in Texas.
So the Twelve Days of Giftmas are winding down and you only have one more week to shop for your Christmas / Hanukkah / Muharram / Solstice / Kwanzaa gifts. We've covered everything here from boots to baubles and now we have one last post full of ideas. Experts are predicting that Houston will have a colder, wetter winter than usual. Whether you're looking for some warm winter accessories to stuff into a stocking, or the perfect party dress for New Year's Eve, here are a few local shops catering to the fashion-lover in your life. The Heights' Hello-Lucky carries bags and t-shirts silkscreened by Houston artists for both women and men (a rarity in some boutiques). We dig this bizarre squirrel scarf by Houston artist Rachelle Vasquez, and this tee proclaiming our love for Houston loud and proud. Hello-Lucky also carries silkscreened baby onsies, odd jewelry and vintage clothes.
Speaking of vintage, lower Westheimer is a haven for clothing resale shops, which can be fun if you have all Saturday but not so fun if you don't like to dig. Our favorite shop is Leopard Lounge, despite it's awful reviews on Yelp, because it's hand-curated selection of vintage clothes takes all the work out of finding something unique to wear. Prices aren't too high, considering they've done all the digging for you, and the styles are somewhere between Retropolis and Buffalo Exchange.
Project Runway winner Chloe Dao brought legitimacy to Houston as a fashionable city. The dresses in her Rice Village shop are so cute. Check out the back of this Mod number, and the striking blue of this simple dress. Though some of her hand-crafted clothes can be expensive, falling into the $300-$400 range, she also sells a handful of charming t-shirts at much lower prices.