Category: Fashion & Shopping

Bloom’s Greatest Hits: The Girls of Meadowood

Bloomington’s unofficial dress code might be called laid-back casual. But there is one place in town that’s the exception. Drop in at the Meadowood Retirement Community for social hour any Friday evening or on any special event day and you’ll find the residents strategically dressed to the nines.

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Retro Scarf Exhibition & Sale To Benefit Projects in Africa

For many, the term “designer fashion” conjures up visions of expensive garments destined for the wardrobes of the wealthy. An upcoming exhibit and sale, “Retro Visions: Democratizing Scarf Art,” refutes that notion while helping some of the world’s poorest people—women and children in Kenya.

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Spring is in the air, and many of our local retailers have something in their inventory to help you embrace this lovely season in Bloomington.

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Piace Boutique: Fashion for All Ages (Photo Gallery)

When Johna Davis and Heather Short first opened Piace Boutique in 2010, it was a leap of faith. Born and raised in Bloomington, they each had stable careers—Davis was a certified public accountant, Short a surgical technician. But they both felt there was a gap in the local fashion market.

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With Jack Frost nipping at our noses (and other body parts), we’re all yearning for that special something that makes us feel pampered. Local retailers offer a blizzard of luxurious finds ready to make your home more inviting or to deck you out in style when you must brave the elements.

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Mirth—A Pop-Up Boutique Finds a Permanent Home

Mirth co-owners Amanda Forgas and Kelly Jennings were struggling to get the fledgling boutique up and running earlier this year when a mistake gave them some unexpected momentum. It came shortly after they attended a trade show to meet with women’s apparel sales representatives.

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Bloomington’s fall season is full of traditions and sensual delights—from tailgating and trick-or-treating to gazing at the brilliant foliage, sipping cider, or crunching into a caramel apple. Autumnal delights also abound on the shelves of local independent retailers. Take a look!

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Where to Find Pre-Owned Bargains and Help Those Less Fortunate

Bloomington’s bargain hunters regularly make the circuit of our area’s reliable resale emporia looking for everything from toys and trinkets to furniture and formal wear—and frequently score unexpected one-of-a-kind treasures. Here’s a quick guide to the nonprofit purveyors of deeply discounted goods.

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Local Designer Gives New Life to Keepsake T-Shirts

Fashion-savvy Bloomingtonians seeking a personal touch for their wardrobe might consider the unusual creations made by Jane Matranga. Since she retired from teaching fashion design at Indiana University in May, Matranga has been amping up her line of Ms Tarantula sportswear, including a variety of casualwear made almost entirely of previously worn T-shirts.

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