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August 20, 2009

Shopping the mall this Tax-Free weekend? Here's when to go

The Woman's Hospital of Texas is ending the summer in style with the
sixth annual Labor Day Luncheon and Style Show Saturday (Aug. 29) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Intercontinental Hotel. The feminine fete
benefits the March of Dimes and features the Boutique Bazaar, a
lobby-wide market with stores such as Lot 8, Willow and Très Chic
participating, a fashion show, style presentation by image consultant
Cathy Fitzpatrick Cleary and much-anticipated goodie bags. Tickets are
$45. 2222 West Loop South, 713-964-5423. www.marchofdimes.com.

Tax-free weekend is here and malls are gearing up for eager shoppers
by extending their hours. Read on to make your shopping plans.

*Katy Mills Mall is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
(Aug. 21-22) and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 23). Newly opened
stores include Forever 21, Calvin Klein, U.S. Polo Assn, Blackfly,
BCBG MAXAZRIA, Victorias Secret and Papaya. Head to www.simon .com for
discount coupons. 5000 Katy Mills Circle, 281-644-6700.

*Houston Premium Outlets is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and
Saturday (Aug. 21-22) and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 23). 29300
Hempstead Road, 281-304-5820.

*Memorial City Mall is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
(Aug. 21-22) and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 23). 303 Gessner,

*Baybrook, First Colony, The Woodlands and Willowbrook Malls are open
Friday and Saturday (Aug. 21 and 22) from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and
Sunday, August 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Baybrook Mall. 500 Baybrook Mall, 281-488-4627.
First Colony Mall. 16535 Southwest Fwy, 281-265-6123.
The Woodlands Mall. 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr., 281-363-3409.
Willowbrook Mall. 2000 Willowbrook Mall, 281-890-8000.

*Kids not excited about school? Northline Commons is hoping to get
them in the spirit with a back-to-school bash Saturday (Aug. 22) from
noon to 2 p.m. Music, food, games, performances by marching band
school cheerleaders, chances to win free school supplies and a $100
shopping spree highlight the event. 4440 North Freeway, 713-692-6131.

*Gap Outlet stores are taking 30 percent off children's, men's and
women's denim through Aug. 31.
Houston Premium Outlets. U.S. 290 at Mason Road, 281-758-0856.
Katy Mills Mall. 5000 Katy Mills Circle, 281-644-6700.

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August 19, 2009

Tax Free. It's just not for kids!

Just because you don't need number two pencils and a Trapper Keeper any more, doesn't mean you can't enjoy tax-free weekend. Here's what's on sale for all of us big kids.

*More Than You Can Imagine is paying customer's sales tax through Saturday, Aug. 22. The upscale resale shop is full of on-trend shoes, bags, accessories and clothing.
Details: 2817 Westheimer, 713-668-8811.

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August 13, 2009

Catching up with Trina Turk, shopping treats for teachers

Contemporary clothing designer Trina Turk is a darling of
girls-about-town because of her stylish and effortless, go-anywhere
clothing. Turk will be bringing her California cool to Houston,
stopping at some of the city's best boutiques.

Turk is the guest of honor at Dress for Success Houston's Sixth Annual
Sizzling Summer Soiree at Tootsies Wednesday (Aug. 19). Shopping,
bites, sips and an opportunity to chat with Turk highlight the party.
Ten percent of the proceeds benefits Dress for Success Houston and the soiree is free for Women of Wardrobe members (the young professional group that supports Dress for Success Houston through volunteerism and fundraising) $45 for non-members and $75 for those interested in joining W.O.W. The party is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Details:4045 Westheimer,713-957-3779.

Turk will also be spending time at Bella Boutique in Rice Village.
Bella owner Stevie Bingham carries an impressive array from the Trina
Turk collection and is throwing Bubbles at Bella for shoppers Thursday
(Aug. 20) from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Shoppers will get an opportunity to
sip multiple champagnes and shop from exclusive Trina Turk designs brought in just for the event. The party is free, but to make sure there's enough bubbly, call the store to RSVP.
Details: 2403 Sunset, 713-528-2352.

*For many teachers, the summer zips by entirely too fast and they too,
are faced with back-to-school shopping, so stores are giving teachers
a break. Stein Mart is holding Teacher Appreciation Week from Aug.
16-22, offering 20 percent off any one item to teachers or school
personnel with a valid school ID.

Anne Taylor Loft also wants teachers to look good and save money with its Loft Loves Teachers program. Register and receive discounts, special offers, invitations to private store events and access to members-only message boards.

The Container Store is giving teachers a chance to start the school
year with a clean slate during the Organized Teacher Discount Program.
Through Sept. 7, teachers can save 15 percent on organization and
storage items.

*Even if you're not going back-to-school, wouldn't it be nice to save
money on a new pair of jeans? Barney's Co-Op is giving shoppers 20
percent off a pair of full-priced jeans through the end of August when
trading in an old pair of jeans. Brands such as Citizens of Humanity,
Acne, Seven for All Mankind, Earnest Sewn, Rag & Bone and
Current/Elliott are part of the exchange and all previously worn jeans
will be recycled with 1% for the Planet. 5015 Westheimer,

*If you run Memorial Park regardless of the searing heat, have the
willpower to pass on carbs and have a healthy, gorgeous look, the Neil
Hamil Modeling Agency and Sun & Ski Sports are looking for you during
the Fit for Fall model search, Saturday (Aug. 15) at Baybrook Shopping
Center and Katy Mills Mall and Sunday (Aug. 16) at Memorial City Mall
and Champions Village. The agency is looking for six finalists between
the ages of 18 and 30. Call 713-789-1335 or visit
www.nealhamilagency.com for more information.

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