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What’s inside? Holiday Shopping Guide Part III

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Enchanting Embellishments: Windows designed by the shop’s Michael Shreves.

Wow, there’s a lot to choose from at Enchanting Embellishments. So, after a couple of spins around the shop, I narrowed the choices to just a few for you to consider, including a couple that would be fun presents to gift yourself.

From top left:  An eye-catching Joseph Ribkoff ruffled-sleeved party dress in tomato, $244, and, a sparkly black & rhinestone dress, $324.95, perfect for your New Year’s Eve soirée. Left,  Conrad’s zippered wool vests, $179.95, and right, a knit hat & scarf set for men in ready-to-go gift box, $24.99.

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Accessories include from left, a black, grey & white fur scarf, $36.95, cozy cable knit fringed neck warmer in black & champagne, $24.95, and top right, Charlie Page’s mouton scarf, $24.99. Fyi, for the cold weather ahead, Enchanting Embellishments carries fleece-lined black leggings (bottom right), $21.95.

Enchanting Embellishments, 4732 McPherson Ave., (314) 361-5300, Tues. – Thurs. 10 to 5, Fri. & Sat. 10 to 7, Sun. 9 to 5.

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AG (Adriano Goldschmied)

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At AG, a “Reese Moto” lambskin jacket, made in Italy, $998, is paired with a classic Henson black tee, $78, and slim “ex-boyfriend” 19-years quilted & mended jeans, $255.

Now that’s a real mouthful to describe a pair of jeans, so ever curious about a company’s choice of adjectives, I asked for an explanation.

When AG describes jeans by a number of years it means that the fabric, while new, has the same weight and feel as jeans that had been worn for, in this case, 19 years. The 18-year carpenter jeans, below—which may look quite familiar to carpenters or artists—are actually brand new. A video on a monitor in the shop shows how the jeans fabrics are made.

Also, the “mended” sections on the ex-boyfriend jeans remind me of Japanese boro stitching, an ancient mending technique that is enjoying a renaissance right now. Nicki's Central West End Guide Shop News  Enchanting Embellishments Central West End Bonobos AG

Iced silver Farrah (Fawcett) skinny ankle jeans, $245, are paired with a great-looking French terry Pearl Ruffled Sweatshirt in dark indigo, $178.

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For men, deep mahogany Dylan pants in selvage denim (see white stitching on cuff), $198, are shown with a 7-years tempered lined Dart jacket, $295, over a classic Bryce crewneck tee in heather grey, $68.

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Jamison Field jacket in “climbing ivy camo,” $298.

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From left, Tellis 18-year carpenter jeans, $265, and a 100% cotton Trevor crew in a color called “sun-baked moon glade,” $168.

AG, 36 Maryland Plaza, (314) 361-6161, Mon. – Sat. 10 to 7, Sun. 12 to 6.

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Bonobos: Windows designed by Design St Louis & Interiors by Bethlyn.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Shop News  Enchanting Embellishments Central West End Bonobos AG   When I visited the recently-opened Bonobos for the 1st time, I asked Manager Brittany Jones how the store, which has locations all over the U. S., got its name. She explained that the CEO named it after the Bonobo, an endangered ape species that lives in the Congo. From further research, I learned that the Bonobo is a close genetic relative to humans, and is best known for being peaceful—and promiscuous too.

Since Bonobos’ business is to offer custom-made clothing (at reasonable prices), there is usually nothing you can purchase and walk out of the store with. For the holidays, however, Bonobos has added cold weather accessories you can take with you—and they’re on sale too.

On the form above, a wool 3-button sweater, also available in grey, navy or blue, $108, is shown with a wool cashmere waffle knit scarf in heather or navy, $128. Right, cashmere full-zip sweater in grey or bright navy is $228.

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Lower left: Cashmere crew neck sweater in grey or navy, $148, wool cashmere gloves in black or grey, $68, and wool cashmere hats in maroon, grey, navy or black, $55.

Bonobos, 52 Maryland Plaza, (314) 365-2366, Mon.- Sat. 11 to 7, Sun. 12 to 6.  To set up an appointment for custom-made clothing, which it what Bonobos is known for, click here.

Up next: A gift wrapping service in the CWE.

Valentine’s Windows: It’s what’s inside that counts!

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Decorations have popped up throughout the CWE in advance of Valentine's Day, Saturday. Go explore and shop local, you're sure to find something to please your sweet Valentine!

The Flower Shop at The Chase, above, 212 N. Kingshighway, (314) 633-6910.
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 Left Bank Books, above, 399 N. Euclid, (314) 367-6731.

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Jenny Walker Jewelry, 449 N. Euclid.

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Libby's, 4742 McPherson Avenue, (314) 454-3003.

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The Silver Lady,  4736 McPherson Avenue, (314) 367-7587.

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Enchanting Embellishments, 4732 McPherson Avenue, (314) 361-5300.

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Cassie's, 316 N. Euclid, (314) 454-1010.

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Starbucks, 4656 Maryland Avenue, (314) 367-1577.

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Crave the Cup, 28 Maryland Plaza Rear, (314) 367-6111.

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Lululemon, 26 Maryland Plaza, (314) 454-6857.

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Eye-Roc, 38 Maryland Plaza, (314) 361-9900.

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10denza, 44 Maryland Plaza, (314) 361-1010.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater Food and Drink Services Shop News  The Silver Lady Straub's lululemon Libby's Left Bank Books Jenny Walker Jewelry Flower Shop at The Chase Eye Roc Enchanting Embellishments crave the cup Cassie's AG 10denza

Straub's, 302 N. Kingshighwayn (314) 361-6646.

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The location of this last photo may come as a surprise to you, so here's a clue: Where do fashionable dog lovers buy their jeans? AG of course, 36 Maryland Plaza, (314) 361-6161.

Perk-up your summer wardrobe!

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This summer's weather has certainly been atypical—the month of July went out like early fall. August promises to bring the return of warmer temperatures. To keep you "styling" and perhaps add some pizazz to the same old same old, check out what's available in the neighborhood shops. A bonus to getting out from today through Sunday is that this is tax-free weekend in Missouri. That means no sales tax on clothing priced under $100. The shops I've featured are within the Community Improvement District (except Bowood Farms, see below, which is not located in the District), and will be charging a 1% tax that gets plowed back into neighborhood beautification and marketing.

At Mary Jane's, 387 N. Euclid, above, you'll find blue ankle jeans from blank nyc, $95, "rich & skinny" yellow jeans, $155, a darling yellow-lace-covered clutch, $65, havaiana flip-flops, $25, & an orange Lavand top with scalloped detail, $65.

Mary Jane's is open Weds. through Sun. 11-7.

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Bowood Farms, 4605 Olive, carries reasonably-priced and American-made tie-dyed skirts and tops from New York's Rough and Tumble Vintage. The skirts shown above are $45, the short-sleved tees shown below are $22, cardigans, $45, and scarves, $18.

Bowood Farms, Mon. through Sat. 9-6, Sun. 9-5.

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At Libby's, 4742 McPherson, I found a soft blue cowl neck loose-fitting top with pockets from Comfy, $90, that could be layered and worn any season of the year, and an "oh my gauze" open-neck top with sleeves, $75, and matching loose-fitting pant, $70. The animal-print recycled paper tote in the photograph has a zip closure and is weightless, $27. The striped hat, lower right, with built-in sun protection, is on sale for $15.

Libby's, Tues. through Sat. 11 to 6, Sun. 11-4.

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At Ivy Hill, 304 N. Euclid, a coral seamless tank is $28, a "free people" tan & black striped long knit column skirt is $78, "free people" pink & beige long-sleeve skinny top with shirred sides, $88, pale pink Corly top with a great zipper down the back is priced at $138. Patterned grey skinny jeans are $138, and the lace-patterned Yosi Samra flats are $78.

Ivy Hill, Mon.-Weds. 10:30-6, Thurs.-Sat. 10:30-7, Sun. 11-5.  Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Handmade Shop News  Moris Fashions Mary Jane's Libby's Ivy Hill Bowood Farms AG 10denza

AG, 36 Maryland Plaza, carries long tank dresses in grey or denim-colored silk & vicoise, $144, that can be worn through several seasons paired with a jacket or sweater.
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A periwinkle cotton/silk blend slim-raglan top, also available in antique white, is $98, and  AG's newest denim (made in U.S.) jacket, which never goes out of style, is $275.

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10denza, 44 Maryland Plaza, has markdowns on summer clothing and has begun to put selections for fall on the floor as well. From left, a patterned dress from Clover Canyon can be worn now and with tights or jeans in cooler weather, $230; tie-dyed skinny jeans from Cult of Individuality are $99, and a Mason Scotch grey knit dress with tasseled-fringe on shoulders is marked down to $69.30. A great-looking 360 knit taupe sleeveless sweater in linen and cotton with open-work is also on sale for $82.50. CWEnder Laura Marlow's necklace shown on the sweater is made with African Jasper and silver chain, $175. (Laura's jewelry has been so popular 10denza has reordered it.) Finally, a bronze-leather "George, Gina & Lucy" bag, shown at the top of the ladder, is on sale for $249.

10denza, Mon. through Sat. 12-8, Sun. 12-5.

Don't forget that AG, 10denza and Moris Fashions have lots of great clothing selections for men too.