Shop Local: Savvy Boutique

Savvy Boutique LogoSavvy Boutique is a high-end clothing store located at the Summit Mall in south Reno. The owners, Amy and Angela Robinson, have self-described the store as a “mini Nordstrom” featuring such brands as SplendidElla MossYoung Fabulous and Broke, Michael Stars, Hudson Jeans, J Brand JeansTOMS shoes, Sanctuary Clothing, and King Baby. It’s pretty awesome that Reno finally has access to designer name brands in a boutique setting, but the prices may be considered a bit steep for the average Reno local. Sure, you are shopping some of the best brands, but is the price tag really worth it?

Personally, I have never been a huge fan of traditional boutique shopping, and by traditional I really mean expensive. Part of me has always wanted to believe that by spending $200 on a pair of designer jeans, you’re paying for quality and that the jeans will last forever, but the sad and honest truth is they won’t. They will start to fade and the material will thin just the same as any other pair. I can attest to this through first hand experience. I think I take pretty exceptional care of my clothing–gentle washing, always following proper care instructions, and utilizing my dry cleaner every chance possible–yet no matter how much I spend on an article of clothing it still slowly deteriorates over time.

With that being said, the store is fresh and modern with sleek, clean décor, the service is dialed in, and the selection is frequently updated. If you are willing to shell out for name brands I would highly recommend checking out Savvy, and even though it is pricey the store is locally owned, so spending there is going to do our economy more good than supporting chain stores.

Savvy Boutique is located at 13925 S. Virginia Street Suite 216. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 7:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am to 6:00pm. The store also has a second location in Incline Village; it is located at 899 Tahoe Boulevard Suite 300. It’s open Thursday through Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

How do you feel about paying for quality? Share your thoughts below!

Summer Sandals

One of my favorite parts about summer is showing off a fresh pedicure in a pair of sandals. A nice pair of leather sandals can compliment your wardrobe in more ways than one. I like to pair my sandals with sundresses, shorts, distressed denim, swimwear, and on occasion I even wear them to the office.

Strappy Leather

Target Sandals

Target | Mossimo Strappy Sandal | $22.99

I love the Mossimo strappy leather sandals from Target this season. They are very reasonably priced, but the faux leather still looks expensive. I think they would pair nicely with a summer dress or even with cuffed jeans. In the past, the sandals that I have purchased from Target generally only last through one summer before they start to fall apart; this is fine by me though because I like changing my look up each year anyway.

Metal Detail

Aldo | Labarbara | $50.00

The gold hardware on these Aldo sandals makes a huge statement. I would keep it casual and pair these with a white cotton dress, or dress them up by pairing them with a bold pattern for a summer wedding. Because the detailing is so prominent I would recommend keeping your other accessories toned down–think a simple necklace or just a pair of earrings.

Metallic Nautical

Dolce Vita Sandal

DV by Dolce Vita | Agnyss | $69.00

I am completely obsessed with the nautical details of this sandal. They are perfect for the beach or for date night; I think they would pair beautifully with head-to-toe black. I am a huge fan of DV by Dolce Vita–they provide a superior product at an affordable price, which is always a good thing!

What sandal trends are you rocking this summer? Share your comments below!

Outfit Inspiration: Reno Rodeo

If you are a Reno local, you know that the Reno Rodeo is a summer staple. You also know that part of the fun in attending comes from getting dressed for the occasion. It’s the perfect time to pull out your boots, sundresses, Daisy Dukes and cowboy hats.

White Sundress

Summer Sundress

Quicksilver | Laurel Dress | $47.60

A crisp, white sundress is the perfect way to look country chic. This dress in particular is made out of a lightweight cotton, which is perfect for a hot summer night. Try pairing your dress with a jean jacket to keep warm after the sun goes down.

Cowboy Boots

Cowboy Boots

Tony Lama | VF3034 | $230.00

Legitimate cowboy boots like the ones pictured can be a bit pricey. The upside to the price is you get a better quality boot that will last much longer than knock-off versions. If you’re shopping locally, I recommend Shepler’s in Shopper’s Square. There is a good sized selection of women’s boots in various styles and price ranges. If authenticity isn’t a huge deal, check out Marshall’s, TJ Maxx or Target; all three stores generally carry a couple different affordable styles.

Daisy Dukes

Daisy Dukes

Rag & Bone | Mila Distressed Cutoffs | $175.00

What’s more country than a good pair of cutoffs? Pair these denim short shorts with a flannel and your boots and you’ll be set! If you don’t have a pair, try reviving a pair of jeans you haven’t worn in a while by cutting them off yourself. Get them the fray by washing them several times.

Cowboy Hat

Cowboy Hat

Dorothy Perkins | Natural Straw Cowboy Hat | $21.00

This hat will pair perfectly with any of your rodeo looks. And after the rodeo has come and gone you can continue wearing this summer-friendly straw hat to the beach.

What is your favorite rodeo outfit? Share your thoughts below!

Outfit Inspiration: Gameday with the Reno Aces

Aces LogoOne of our nation’s favorite pastimes is heading out to the ballpark where we can catch a game, some rays and maybe even a foul ball. Here in Reno, we have the Aces and  I’d say its an absolute summer staple to make it out for at least a couple innings. But how does one go about dressing for such an event? The key is to show some home team pride without looking too kitschy. Today I am going to share three outfit options for the ladies. Whether you’re a first time fan or an Aces groupie, I’ve got you covered.

Outfit 1

Baseball Outfit

This first outfit is for the girl who wants to look stylish and trendy, but still fit in as a fan. Try creating an outfit with your team’s colors using items you already have in your closet. Its easy for us because the Aces colors are navy, red and white–a classic color combination that looks effortlessly chic no matter how you pair it.

Outfit 2

Baseball Outfit

This look is a combination of trendy and all out fanatic. Baseball caps have been very in this season, so why not pair one with a casual outfit to show some team support? I am a huge fan of the traditional, slightly faded, Aces ball cap–it’s a steal at only $21.99. Bonus…Not only does a ball cap keep you looking cute, it also shades your eyes from the afternoon sun.

Outfit 3

Baseball Outfit

The final outfit is for the diehard fan who wants the world to know that she loves her team. Lucky for us, baseball apparel has become much more appealing in recent years. Take this tank top for example, the cut and print are both trendy. I’d pair this tank (another steal at only $20.00) with some jeans or even a maxi skirt on a warm summer night. This look is obviously styled with a mitt because no true fan would ever enter the park without one!

Get out there and see a game this summer…Just make sure you don’t forget the SPF!

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Shop Local: Clothes Mentor

Clothes Mentor RenoClothes Mentor is a local second-hand shop here in Reno, owned by none other than…Hillary Schieve, who is also the owner of Plato’s Closet and The Biggest Little Fashion Truck. Clothes Mentor is located right next door to Plato’s Closet in the vibrant and thriving Midtown District. Clothes Mentor caters to a more mature audience than Plato’s Closet though, and the brands they carry reflect that.

Clothes Mentor is run in a very similar fashion to Plato’s. They buy, sell and trade your gently used name brand clothing. The only difference? The brands they’re looking for include Banana Republic, J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Louis Vuitton, BCBG, Free People, etc. The store is organized by style, size and color…That means if you’re looking for a little black dress you’ll know exactly where to find it.

The staff at Clothes Mentor is very friendly and knowledgeable about the latest trends. If you’re shopping for something specific, let them know. Chances are they’ll lead you straight to it. After all, they did buy it! When sorting through the racks it is easy to tell that the buyers are very diligent when it comes to purchasing items, this process ensures that you will only find the highest quality second-hand. Many times you’ll find items still intact with original tags.

Clothes Mentor RenoIf you plan on selling your clothing to Clothes Mentor make sure that all the items you bring in are current (carried by stores within the past two years), in great condition (free of flaws and gently used) and name brand. If you follow these 3 simple rules you’re sure to leave with cash…err, clothes in hand. No matter how hard I try, I always find myself in the latter position.

Clothes  Mentor is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00am to 8:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am to 7:00pm. Be sure to check them out if your work or weekend wardrobe needs an overhaul!

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Shop Local: The Biggest Little Fashion Truck

Biggest Little Fashion TruckHow many times have you kicked yourself for not being the first to come up with an idea? I experience moments like this on a regular basis, but I have seldom been as frustrated as I was when I was found out about the world of fashion trucks. A few weeks ago when I interviewed Jessica Schneider of Junkee, I was encouraged to contact Hillary Schieve. Hillary is a Reno City Councilwoman, the owner of Plato’s Closet, Clothes Mentor and the co-creator of Reno’s first fashion truck.

Biggest Little Fashion Truck

Vinnie Lucido, co-creator of the BLFT

After discovering the fashion trucks of San Francisco, LA and New York, Hillary and her business partner Vinnie Lucido felt a strong desire to bring the latest mobile business craze to Reno. That is when Vinnie set out to re-purpose an old delivery truck into the Biggest Little Fashion Truck.  Hillary and Vinnie’s creation features sleek hardwood floors, built-in shelving, outdoor pull-down racks and an onboard fitting room.

What’s the coolest part about the Biggest Little City Truck you ask? I’d say it’s the versatility. The truck is small and easy to stock so it’s able to cater to trends and a targeted clientele.  Even if that means hand picking a selection of items for a private party—that’s right…the BLFT will travel to you for your own personal shopping experience.

Biggest Little Fashion TruckYou can expect to find the Biggest Little Fashion Truck at different events and functions around town over the next couple of months. The truck made its debut at the Women’s Expo on March 23 followed by a visit to Real Deals Saturday this past weekend. The BLFT’s website features an interactive calendar that allows you to track the truck’s whereabouts.

Find out where the truck’s next stop will be by following the Biggest Little Fashion Truck on Twitter and Facebook!

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Reno Street Style: Abbey Macaluso

If there was one thing I wish Reno had more of, it’d be fashion bloggers…they are far a few between. Abbey Macaluso’s blog, Bows to Toes, is a rare find.

Abbey is a 20 year-old fashion enthusiast. She has a knack for finding and styling affordable looks from many different stores around town. Abbey supplements her blog with a fashion instagram; she posts her outfits there everyday. It’s a great spot to visit for inspiration and local deals.

Outfit 1: In this look Abbey paired a tie neck blouse with a white strapless shift dress for an effortlessly chic look. Paired with black tights and black booties, this outfit works just as well running around town as it does for the office.

Reno Street Style Abbey Macaluso

Tie Neck Blouse: Burlington Coat Factory | White Wool Dress: TJ Maxx | Black Tights: Ross | Black Wedge Booties: Target

Outfit 2: Abbey’s second look is casual and comfortable, perfect for transitional winter-to-spring weather. Layering a light sweater over a dress with tights is a great way to get wear out of your dresses year round and to battle inclement weather.

Reno Street Style Abbey Macaluso

Knit Sweater: H&M | Striped Summer Dress: Target | Black Tights: Kohl’s | Brown Leather Boots: Choice

Outfit 3: I love Abbey’s third look. The pastels and lace are perfect compliments to one another and look especially good with her stylish ombré hair. Leggings are a great way to stay warm and rock spring looks in not-so-spring weather.

Reno Street Style Abbey Macaluso

Lace Top: Forever 21 | Summer Dress: H&M | Grey Leggings: Forever 21 | Denim Flats: Forever 21 | Faded Denim Jacket: Old Navy

Which of Abbey’s three looks is your favorite? Share your thoughts below.

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Shop Local: Never Ender

Never Ender

When was the last time walking into a store made you happy? Just yesterday I got the warm fuzzies when I walked through the door of Never Ender. Sure, I love retail more than most, but it is seldom I feel such happiness when entering a store. I’m not sure if it was the small-time mom and pop feel or the quaint midtown brownstone that had me so giddy; whatever it was, I liked it…a lot.

Melanie Crane, Owner of Never Ender

Melanie Crane, Owner of Never Ender

In 2004 owner Melanie Crane’s daughter Amber Solorzano started Never Ender. She wanted to create a space where she could bring fashion and local art together. Built upon the fundamental notion of selling clothing, accessories and art by emerging artists and designers, its obvious Never Ender has never lost sight of its original vision.

When asked about her opinion on style in Reno, Melanie explained how Reno falls behind some of the trending tendencies that many of the larger cities exuberate—I couldn’t agree with her more. It’s not our fault though. We just don’t have that many trendy shopping options. The good news is we are acquiring more; the even better news…we have Never Ender.

Never EnderThe next time you are looking for something original or trendy, stop by Never Ender. They carry clothing from designers based out of Truckee, San Francisco and Los Angeles; many of the accessories are locally made and each month the store’s gallery features a different artist. Never Ender isn’t afraid to break the mold, and lucky for us, it has become a place people can visit to figure out what’s in.

Never EnderNever Ender is located at 119 Thoma Street. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. When you stop by don’t forget to check out Gold Seam, a small vintage shop located at the back of the Thoma house. I highly recommend checking the store out. You’ll enjoy the superb customer service, and I doubt you’ll leave empty handed.

Check Never Ender out on Facebook or Twitter and share your thoughts about the store below!

Reno Street Style: Amy Nguyen

Some people exude style naturally. It doesn’t matter what they put on…they look good wearing it. Take Amy Nguyen for example; she knows her style and sticks true to it everyday.

Amy is a 23 year-old hairstylist here in Reno. She works at Revelations A Salon, and style transcends everything she does. From the way she dresses, to her work at the salon, Amy is always on trend. Amy’s closet is full of eclectic finds from local Reno retail locations and thrift stores, plus a couple of really amazing out-of-town finds.

Outfit 1: Who said shorts were just for the summertime? If you pair them with tights, they work all year-long. This look works especially well on Amy’s slender frame. The striped top, black shorts and tights make for such a simple outfit, yet its so pulled together.

Reno Street Style Amy Nguyen

Sunglasses: Rock N Rose | Stripe Crop Top: American Apparel | High-Waist Black Shorts: American Apparel | Vintage Black Boots: Gold Seam Vintage at Never Ender

Outfit 2: This outfit is funky and original, and I am totally obsessed with it. I love how Amy topped off her stylish look with a trendy topknot; it adds the perfect amount of balance. Bonus points–her orange polka dot pants are from a local Reno shop called Gold Seam Vintage at Never Ender.

Reno Street Style Amy Nguyen

Black Top: Forever 21 | Necklace: Forever 21 | Polka Dot Pants: Gold Seam Vintage at Never Ender | Belt: Forever 21 | Vintage Black Boots: Gold Seam Vintage at Never Ender

Outfit 3: Amy’s final outfit is very rocker-chic. Her accessories really pull the look together, especially the suspender tights and fringe purse. Check out Ebay if you would like to score your own pair of awesome suspender tights.

Reno Street Style Amy Nguyen

Leopard Sweater: Buffalo Exchange | High-Waist Shorts: American Apparel | Suspender Tights: Ebay | Boots: Gold Seam Vintage at Never Ender | Fringe Purse: Ebay

Which of Amy’s three looks is your favorite? Share your thoughts below.

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Shop Local: Junkee Clothing Exchange

Junkee Clothing Exchange

When you first walk into Junkee Clothing Exchange it can be a bit overwhelming…every display is designed to be especially visually stimulating, there’s a rad compilation of eclectic tunes playing in the background, and you are sure to be greeted by at least three smiling employees. My experience Friday afternoon was no different. I had the opportunity to sit down with Jessica Schneider, owner of Junkee, and pick her brain about style in Reno.

When asked about her perception of Reno style, Jessica was extremely insightful. You see she has this theory about style in the Biggest Little City…She thinks that we are currently a little lost but trying to find our way. For many decades after our town’s inception, we knew we were a gaming town; for the first time in history our economy isn’t dependent upon the casinos, and it has us confused. We are in desperate need of a reinvention, but what image are we trying to create for ourselves? This theory brings up many underlying issues, but what I’m interested in is how it explains our style. ­

Jessica Schneider, Owner of Junkee Clothing Exchange

Jessica Schneider, Owner of Junkee Clothing Exchange

It wasn’t until recently that Reno started acquiring a more varied shopping selection, and with the larger selection there has been a shift in style…for the better. This is in great thanks to shops like Junkee. Jessica started out as an interior designer in the area and found great success until the economy tanked. In January 2008, she felt the urge to create a recession proof business and by May 2008 Junkee was up and running.

Junkee Clothing Exchange

Jessica knew that in a diminishing economy people were no longer going to be able to run to the mall and spend $300 on a pair of jeans.  In that sense her business plan was genius. The whole buy, sell and trade game was new to Reno, and it took off with a mighty force. Since she opened her doors, several have tried to imitate her concept but none have succeeded.  Junkee has taken on a life of its own that I don’t think any in this area will ever be able to replicate.

Junkee Clothing Exchange is a 15,000 square foot one-stop shop for vintage inspired clothing, costumes, accessories, furniture and antiques. The buying counter, which operates Monday through Saturday from 12-4pm, keeps the store up-to-date. The clothing is always reasonably priced, and their selection changes everyday. If you sell to Junkee, they will pay you on the spot or give you the option to double your money in store credit…which is awesome.

Junkee Clothing Exchange

Junkee is open 7 days a week from 11am to 7pm and they are located at 960 South Virginia Street; if you haven’t already, check them out, I promise you won’t be disappointed. I encourage you to head over to Facebook and Twitter and follow Junkee Clothing Exchange; you’ll want to be in the know when it comes to this homegrown Reno business!