First of all let me say that all the shops on the GlamShop tour were fabulous. We first went to Beyond Tradition and met the Co-owner Phillip. He was quite a character. Cory, pictured above, designs Tikkr watches. Kappie was a doll and told us how she fashioned her "Fashonista" beverage with cranberry juice, vodka, and champagne... nice! They have some really cool/chic items from jewelry to bags for chicas and wallets to watches for men.
We then ventured to Eliza Page where a young lady was very helpful in my futile attempt to find a replacement wedding ring for Brent. Next was Girl Next Door, which I learned has a super secret back room with up to 70% off. I found a fabulous dress for $69 that was normally $350. If I had bigger boobs I would have bought it but it isn't a bargain anymore if you have to add a 5k boob job.
Last and definitely not least was Estilo. These ladies were superbly helpful and I literally tried on about 12 dresses as I was looking for something special to wear to my friend's wedding this Sunday (which I'm uber excited about). Unfortunately I didn't find anything but they had some truly truly fabulous things. It isn't a store I could afford on a daily basis but for a special occasion it's worth the splurge!! The ladies were so friendly, helpful, and I definitely didn't feel they were trying to send me out the door with a big bill and a big accentuated butt. Thanks lovelies! Hopefully next time I'll find something and after that great service I can guarantee I'll be back.
So, now on to the GlamShop concept. In my meager opinion the "event" did not go off well. I paid $6, and additionally convinced my friends to pay for tickets that would have cost like $12 at the door. For some reason, maybe because of the fact that we had to buy tickets, I thought it would feel special. At least a little more unique than simply frequenting shops I can go to on any other day of the week, but it really wasn't chic or glamorous at all. The only other difference from other times I've been shopping on 2nd street was the fact that I had a ribbon, similar to what one would use to tie a balloon to a child, on my wrist to indicate that I was idiot enough to pay $6. Yes there were beverages... but just a few. Food? Um, I don't consider a cheese plate at one shop and some chocolates at another to really be food. Now I know it's hard to get events together. I've been there. Austin is a tough crowd. We like to be out and about but we want a lot for our money. We RSVP but don't always show BUT when you throw something like this and advertise it like I saw everywhere it was quite a let down. Next time I'll pay at the door AFTER I see there's actually a buzz going in terms of energy and booze. So, all in all, I'm glad to visit the shops once again but equally thankful more of my friends didn't come because I felt bad for inviting anyone at all. I don't believe it's the shops "doing" but I don't really know. The way it's promoted it seems like some company puts these on.
Oh yeah, and the first 100 people that showed got goodie bags. What do you think of when you think of a goodie bag? I think of a samples: lotion, cheap this and that's that make you feel fun and special. This goodie bag had coupons. Coupons to expensive stores that didn't really make a difference when you took off 10-15%. Thanks. This concept definitely needs to be revisited.