NWAFW: Elysian Feel

By definition, Elysian is  an adjective  defined as “of, relating to, or characteristic of heaven or paradise.” I headed North to get a feel for the Bentonville boutique. 
Elysian/NWAFW Look #1

Elysian/NWAFW Look #1

Peach Palazzo Pants – Elysian * Cropped Carrot Sweater – Elysian * Handmade Bowtie – Emily OneManBand Smith * Heels – Forever21 * Earrings – Dillards

Elysian/NWAFW Look #2

Elysian/NWAFW Look #2

Kimono – Elysian * Dress – Vintage from Cheap Thrills * Hat – Vintage Metal Belt – 410 Vintage * Heels – Forever21

Make-up: Kory Tyler Simpson /MAC
Photos: Mallory Berry/MGB Photo
Styling/Concept: Payton Bridewell/The Window Shopper
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Lisa & Me, Summer 2013

Lisa Wright opened downtown Bentonville’s Elysian Boutique at the end of 2012. In March 2013, shop moved into its current spot, conveniently located a block from Bentonville’s booming downtown square. When she initially opened, she kept her full-time dental hygienist job while her mom, who retired from WM corporate, worked the store. In the evenings, she would photograph her inventory and post on social sites. At the end of last year, Lisa decided it was finally time to give up on her dual career (as a dental hygienist) to focus on Elysian full-time. Fast-forward to today and the shop is already in the throes of a success story.

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The lovely Lisa Wright, Elysian owner

Women of all ages and incomes shop at Elysian and Lisa aims to please them all. She endeavors to remember details about everyone who shops at Elysian, she credits her customer service for shoppers returning over and over again. Lisa, and in turn Elysian, is style-focused. The shop is stocked with multi-use pieces, items that can be worn a variety of ways. I asked Lisa for her wardrobe staples and she told me “a blazer, a pencil skirt, a pair of pumps and a tunic can get you anywhere.” For Spring, she is looking forward to mixing black & white with pastels.”

Expect whimsy with an edge from Elysian on Saturday night (March 8th) at NWAFW. Check out Elysian’s latest stylings on Instagram, Facebook or ShopElysian.com.  – The Window Shopper

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Stop Shop Fayetteville

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with Mallory & Leea at the Stop Shop Fayetteville event

Mallory Berry is an uber talented photog who recently did 16 stop motion videos for locally owned businesses. She is also my buddy and I’m super proud of her. My other buddy, Leea was the other half of the collaboration. My girls at Guillotine Hair Lounge participated and I was honored to be thier “model”. Watch for me in the middle!
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with Taylor & Lindsey of Guillotine Hair Lounge

Watch the vid –> http://bit.ly/StopShopFayetteville

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a snapshot of the finished look

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find Stop Shop Fayetteville & more pics 
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with Ro at the watch party

The Princess Dress

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This dress is slightly disney princess on crack. I realize this. AND it’s less intense than it once was – belive it or not! I chopped it! It was full length, you guys. However, it was perfection for my birthday. It felt like the quintessential celebratory frock.
dress – thrifted
sunnies – vintage
heels – Seychelles via Maude Boutique

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RAID MY CLOSET

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On May 4th (if you’re local) you will be able to shop my collection of clothes, shoes, hats, jewels and accessories. I am doing a SERIOUS edit.
The sale will be at Grey Dog 724 N. College, Fayetteville AR from 11-6. Of course, I will be there to share stories/style recommendations or possibly just chilling and drinking! We’ll see how this goes and I may do more. Hopefully online – so some of you interested but far away parties can get in on it! —> the facebook event
Click on the photo below to see the preview  album or check out the possibilities from past outfits. I  will be posting more items as the date draws near. xo

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above photo by the lovely Mallory Berry5

The Window Shopper Previews Art Amiss

[CLICKABLES! see the –> original post & –> all the photos]

I wasn’t exactly familiar with Artamiss before becoming involved with NWAFW. As I said, I had already worked with Mel @ Mayapple. We got along really well and I love the one stop shop she has going with Mayapple (hair/makeup/clothes). When she asked me to put a few of the Art Amiss designers in The Window Shop, I readily agreed. Black Cherry & Good Things were the shops that really wanted to participate. I’ve been a Black Cherry fan since Leea opened. She even put me in a unitard for her instagram recently. So I knew it would be fun to show a few things from there. I had seen Good Things and maybe popped in on my way to Dark Star but didn’t really know what it was about. I met Jessy, the owner/designer and found that she has a passion for organic fabric, processes or practices. That carries over into her boutique and the clothing she carries is either made of an organic fabric or the company employs green practices. I have to admit that, at first glance, the store didn’t carry clothes that I would normally buy. However, I quickly understood that what I could love about Good Things were the basic. Tanks, tees, yoga pants, jackets but mostly bralets. Jessy was not sure what I was going to do with the bralet I took for the shoot but as you may know, skin is in. Everything in moderation, right?

Celi is an art student that Mel asked to shoot for us (Mallory was out of town) and she was really good. It was cool to work with someone that has a different aesthetic and doesn’t know all the faces I’ve already made…At one point Celi told me to “do something with {my} hands”. We got into a friendly rapport.

Mel gave me two different hair & beauty looks. 1. Princess hair complete with a braided bun at the crown with minimal makeup and glossy lips 2. Messy side braid with giant false lashes on the bottom! Needless to say, we had fun.

Leea from Black Cherry came along for the party, she gave me some posing pointers, which I had trouble remembering. We talked about marriage and boys and how to get men to clean. Mel ordered pizza for the group, which annoyed me because I was about to pour into a leopard unitard. Anyway, we had a blast and I hope you enjoy!

I’ve gleaned more info on Art Amiss, Black Cherry, Good Things & Mayapple for your reading pleasure. These ladies will be showing on the runway Thursday but I know you can’t wait so you must try to stop by Arsagas at the Depot tonight from 7pm on. The coffee shop is hosting an artist appreciation exposition put on by Art Amiss. I’ll be heading there after I sip & see at Vetro 1925 (in my LBD, natch).

Good Things’ Jessy Lang majored in Apparel Studies at the University of Arkansas and then worked in product development at the Wal-Mart corporate office for eight years. She opened Good Things in 2008. She describes the store as an extension of her lifestyle and values. She explains, “I like simple, natural, pretty things. I wanted to support positive and good things in my business and also make it easier for others to support those things, and look our best while doing it.”

Jessy told me she is inspired by every girl with big dreams, a huge heart and a great sense of style. She admires women who are motivated to do great things for their communities & world but also look fabulous doing it.

Black Cherry Vintage opened in the summer of 2012. Leea Lee saw a need for a retro woman’s clothing store in Fayetteville and she’s been delivering ever since with feminine silhouettes, beautiful dresses, fun t-shirts and enviable separates. Somehow she finds the time to be an active roller derby girl & play with her (relatively) new hubby, Spencer.

ARTAMISS | web | fb | email |

MAYAPPLE SALON & BOUTIQUE | web | insta | fb | email |

GOOD THINGS BOUTIQUE | web | fb | insta | email |

BLACK CHERRY VINTAGE | web | fb | insta | email |

PHOTOGRAPHY: Celi Birke | web | fb | insta | email |

HAIR & MUA: Melissa Arens of Mayapple | web | insta | fb | email |

STYLING: Payton Bridewell | web | fb | insta | email |

Art Amiss is a not-for-profit art collective based in
Fayetteville, AR created with the express purpose of providing services for artists living in, working in, or from Arkansas.

The organization is composed of 5 board members. We host
semi-annual events for all medias and are interested in working in conjunction with artists all over the state to increase the artistic awareness in our local environments. More @ artamiss.org

The Window Shopper in Print!

AHHH I’m thrilled and honored and excited to share that I was featured in Citiscapes March 2013 Issue!
Click to view —>PRB in Citiscapes Magazine March 2013

Photography: Mallory Berry [web | fb | insta | email]

Hair: Taylor & Lindsey of Guillotine Hair Lounge [web | fb | insta | 479.582.8770]

MUA: Kory Tyler Simpson @ MAC  [web | insta | email]

What I Wore: Weekend Wedding

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what I wore: dress – gracia c/o plato’s closet, heels – bcbg, coat – marvin richards (my mother in law gave me this!)
This past weekend, we went South for the wedding of one of Ro’s childhood friends. It was a  lovely wedding complete with so many gorgeous flowers that I was tempted to break in later and steal them all. This Gracia dress (which normally costs $120+) was a gift from Plato’s Closet for my feature on them for NWAFW :). Love.

NWA FW Window Shop: Maude

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by mallory berry

Hi everyone! This is our first window shopping adventure together! I am so excited to share these collaborations with you. This project has been incredible so far and it has just begun. Before we get to the good stuff, I want to share a little more about your tour guide, me. I’ve been keeping Fayetteville funky for the past 20 years (with a four year detour to NOLA for school). My style is lighthearted & eclectic, I’m a collector of all things fashion and I love treasure hunting.  I love: trying new things/trying on new things, classic feminine shapes, funky details and clean lines. I love piling and styling. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but it gives me great pleasure to play dress up every day.
One of the wonderful things about Fayetteville is the abundance of cool people. Cool people open great shops and great shops want to be involved in amazing community events like NWAFW. When I spend money on my wardrobe, it absolves me to spend it in a way that supports a local business and furthers the community.
 Maude was the first stop for the window shop. I remember when Becca opened Maude in 2007. I still have a dress that I bought on my first visit. Personally, I think Maude was the tipping point for a wave of boutiques that have opened since, offering a variety of contemporary apparel for women who love to look good. Becca (and in turn Maude) was a trailblazer. She started small, cultivated interest in the community and expanded when the time was right. As demonstrated by her interest in NWA Fashion Week, she is proactive and has a vision for community partnership. The store’s website details, “A Maude Girl is much more than her closet, but the one she has should be full of clothes that help her feel confident as she makes her dreams happen.”  What a feel-good place to shop, right?
I went shopping on a Sunday in early January and quickly found it hard to narrow down my selections. Ultimately, I chose examples of styles I already love. I wanted to pull from my own collection to create looks that you wouldn’t necessarily find at Maude but compliment their aesthetic.  I found corresponding pieces in my closet to complete the looks and was lucky enough to snag some of the best creatives in NWA to transform me. They really deserve all the credit (more on them below).
Maude’s High Heels, High Hopes takes to the runway at the Hotel Chancellor on the Friday Night of NWA Fashion Week.
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NWAFW Window Shop: Maude
DETAILS
  • floral skirt-like trouser by Greylin {worn with a vintage Leslie Fay cropped pink blazer, necklace from Forever21, thrifted sunnies and chunky Jessica Simpson heels}
  • open-back sheer maxi by ark & co {worn with pink Gianni Bini heels}
  •  gold paneled crop by mystree {worn with a Lillie Rubin gold lame leather skirt, my mom’s gold star earrings, locket & chunky necklace a gift from my hubby from Mae’s Heirlooms, Miss Me sandals and a vintage hat}
  • high waist black & white trouser by Line & Dot {worn with a vintage velvet Doris Dodson Jrs, vintage /Forever21 necklaces, Lulu Townsend pumps}
  • floor-length print skirt by Line & Dot {worn with a backwards vintage lace jacket, collar from urban outfitters, heels from Forever21 }
The TEAM!
Photography: Mallory Berry, MGB Photo [ instagram.com/mgbphoto ] [email]
Styling/Orchestration: Payton Bridewell, The Window Shopper [instagram.com/mspayton] [email]
Makeup: Kory Tyler Simpson, MAC [ instagram.com/korytyler ] [email]
Hair: Taylor Johnston & Lindsey Wright, Guillotine Hair Lounge [ instagram.com/guillotinehairlounge ] 479.582.8770
Most vintage is either locally purchased at thrift shops or Cheap Thrills in Fayetteville, AR
Featured Items: Maude Shoppe in Fayetteville, AR
Special thanks to the Chancellor Hotel in downtown Fayetteville for being quite the gorgeous backdrop for #3 & #4
More about Maude…

The Fashion Week Window Shop

So, friends…as the PR chair for NWA fashion week 2013, I’ve been asked to blog in support of the local participating boutiques. We are posting my introduction today. I’ve copied it below but go to the site to keep up!
photo by Jade Howard
Hi to all the sartorially preoccupied of NWA, my name is Payton (Rosenzweig) Bridewell and I am the window shopper.
Since Fashion Week 2013 is right around the corner, it’s time to join me for a peek in the proverbial windows of the participating boutiques/designers/shops. Once a week, I’ll be highlighting the shops with shows. I’ll be perusing their racks, choosing a few pieces to take home and styling them with what I already have in my closet – granted… I am something of a clotheshorse. I’ll show you some of the wonderful things you can find shopping in NWA and how to wear them.
I’ve rounded up a local team of skilled professionals to help me and we can’t wait to share what we’ve done. Find me on instagram @mspayton to stay tuned!
x PRB
photo credit: Jade Howard