SUSTAINABILITY, CREATIVITY, AND THOUGHTFUL CULTURE
Skin Care Tips to
Survive The Dry Desert
By Ariana Deats
The Indie Mag
Fairy Tales Boutique
by Hippie In Heels
The Fashion Issue
IN THIS ISSUE
Fashion & Fairy tales Boutique indie owned and operated
How to Quench Desert Dry Skin Naturally
Summer Trends By Hippie in Heels
Indie Brand outfit looks
Meet Fennec Fawn
How to Shop Indie
Shop Local Shop small
The shop is funky, boho and has a splash of edge. She carries for women brands such as the previously mentioned Free People as well as:
WildFox Couture & Project Social.
She has an eye and picks items that have that have that small detail that make it unique and special.
Like her tee shirts for example they all have a unique little edge to them, be it a ruffled sleeve to an open back tee shirt with a racer back. I wanted everything in the shop as my ooos and ahhhs were streaming forth like a giddy little school girl that got asked out to her first prom. It was a wonderland of special curated fashion that spoke so strong to my soul.
Don't get me started on the kids wear. I swear it will make you want to pop out another so you can buy the cute lemon onesie by Lil Lemon . You may have heard of their womens brand For The Love Of Lemons another of my personal favorites.
There is a little kids corner to occupy the little ones while the moms shop. This was a great help as while I was in there interviewing Mrs. O'Connell I had my son with me who enjoyed the store and wanted to return someday.
Shopping at an independently owned and ran boutique, is a wonderful experience to have. Supporting our local entrepreneurs is some feel good fun shopping, especially when they have such great product and a unique concept. We found out about this boutique from an Instagram post by a local artist Emma Roberts of Desert Daisy Jewelry who used one of the dresses from this shop in their photo shoot. Having had just recently lost The Widow Den in The Arts District here in Downtown Las Vegas, I was eager to find some more local boutiques with interesting concepts. Score one for me we hit the jackpot with this little gem. A one stop shop for mommy and child. Being a mom myself the concept was ideal because of my rambunctious little one but they also carry some of my favorite brands, one being Free People. It does not stop there, they carry some pretty amazing local brands supporting our home grown artists. Such as :
Roux & Bones
Desert Daisy Jewelry
Kiss Me Honey
Lost Creek Glass Works
Nice line up right! The shop is the brainchild of Alexis O'Connell a mother of 3 herself. Originally from Irvine, CA she had been a fashion buyer previous to her Fashion and Fairytales venture. This is clearly evident when you see all the handpicked items she has curated for the shop as they tie in wonderfully with each other and add to the theme and atmosphere.
Not only a truly wonderful shop with a charming owner and a must stop shop for the fashion loving free spirited mom, but it is about to turn your shopping world upside down.. What is next for this amazing little boutique? Well Alexis is adding a curbside shop system where moms or anyone for that matter can order online drive up and have the shopping bag brought out to them. When it is upwards of 115 degrees here in good old Las Vegas getting kids and in and out of a car is exhausting for our little humans so this is truly the perfect idea for moms and shoppers on the go. Follow Fashion and Fairytales on Instagram for new arrivals and updates.
Alexis O'Connell Owner
Scorched earth not face
Benefits of Aloe Vera
It contains antioxidant vitamins A, C and E — plus vitamin B12, folic acid and choline. Which helps fight aging
Soothes Rashes and Skin Irritations
Reduce Acne and Infection
It can Lighten Blemishes
You can also use it on your hair and scalp to help hair growth and dandruff
Skin care tips to survive the dry Las VegAS heat
Has your skin ever felt so dry here in Las Vegas it feels like you have a clay mask on? Well I have and it is not exactly my favorite feeling. Plus it also adds wrinkles, so to hell with that. I have enough issues being a 34 year old woman and dry wrinkled skin will not be one of them. Furthermore spending $100 on skin cream is not my idea of a good time either. or an option I would opt for especially with all the sneaky bad ingredients that some skin care lines smuggle into their creams.
So what can a gal or guy do to fight the dry desert heat sucking the moister right out of your face? Well her are some all natural, over the counter of your local grocery store items to help restore some hydration to that beautiful mug.
If you love to take baths we have some good news for you! Add a tablespoon of coconut or olive oil to your bath for some miracle skin hydration. You can also rub a little more on after you get out of the tub. This is one of my go to's for hydration other than coconut oil which is probably my favorite, would be this homemade scrub.
Mix these ingredients together and scrub onto your face. Make sure your face is makeup free before you do this. Then just rinse and gently pat dry. Your face will feel like a baby's bottom. Flax seed oil is also a wonderful one to use. Alcohol free aloe vera or better yet fresh from the plant helps your skin absorb the hydration from the oil better and lock it in.
Retinol is anther face cream staple in my box of skin care tools. Buy a pure retinol cream and use it in combination with the other tips. Your skin will plump up and feel so hydrated. You can also use the retinol cream for your bum as it is great for cellulite as well, but we will delve more into that subject another time.
Coconut oil is your friend
Bravery never goes out of fashion.-
William Makepeace Thackeray
Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.- Alexander McQueen
To Live By..
Good fashion is like rock music:
all anarchy and revolt.-Ann Demeulemeester
Art is the way people see things, and I think it's great when individuals can find in fashion something they truly believe is artistic.-
Fashion is all about happiness. It's fun. It's important. But it's not medicine.-Donatella Versace
Fashion choices are never arbitrary. Even if you say you don't care, that's a decision. There's something you're trying to say.- Felicity Jones
Fashion is Your freedom of expression
Fashion gives you strength. It is your superhero costume to conquer things you once thought unconquerable.-Ariana Deats
Fashion allows you to be whoever you want to be.-
Fashion is about dreaming and making other peopledream-
Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only.
Fashion is in the sky,
in the street,
fashion has to do with ideas,
the way we live, what is happening.- Coco Chanel
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HIPPIE IN HEELS
Meet Mindy, she is a mom entrepreneur and fashion guru. We asked her to tell us about some cool local Las Vegas fashion and other indie designer brands we should know about. She is also known as Hippie In Heels. Lets see what she has to say:
Mindy here, so what's one of your favorite things about concerts? For me it's not only the epic music, (because let's face it I am not going to a shity concert), but it's the fans and their outfits! Yea, well I do love people watching so this helps. I just dig seeing all the rocker tees, denim shorts and funky shoes. I also love seeing the commitment reggae fans have, country fans have, really just any genre. They all seem to have some type of “look”. That to me is really cool to see, it's about how creative and committed fans can be. There is a level of epic funk that everyone attending puts into their outfit. Besides we all Rock stars start and carry on some of the most memorable trends.
Have you seen the amazing guitar straps that luxury brands started using on their bags? Whatttt! I personally am obsessed with anything vintage and re-purposed so with my love for music and my love to be funky AF, this trend is right up my alley!
A As a matter of fact, we have here in Las Vegas two cool chics who started their own company. Not only are they using vintage guitar and leather belts as straps, but also having the brilliant idea of taking old luxury brand handbags and breathing new cheeky life into them. s a matter of fact, we have here in Las Vegas two cool chics who started their own company. Not only are they using vintage guitar and leather belts as straps, but also having the brilliant idea of taking old luxury brand handbags and breathing new cheeky life into them.
Guitar strap bags
Photos by Ariana Deats
Wait until you see these bags! New Vintage Handbags not only creates masterpieces for us to purchase but they also take our old handbags and pump those babies up! There really is nothing like bringing an old favorite back to life.
Born From Wild
New Vintage Handbags is also bringing funk and personality to bags that would otherwise sit around and have zero love. They are doing this now to wallets and cell phone cases too! Whatever your personality or music genre love, New Vintage Handbags has a badass bag for you and your beautiful life. Oh and get this, their straps, Tassels and Trinkets are all interchangeable! What!! Now that's smart and we all know I love smart!!! So, now you know a trend that you can finally use that old guitar strap for or a badass way to pull that old Louis out of storage. Either way enjoy showing your personality and be you, be bold and just be badass!
Photo by Ariana Deats
The awesome Rolling stones shirt which is one of a kind but you can check out Gypsymamaco for your own special one.
White shirt from
at Town Square in store only
Shop the Look
Vintage high waist hand frayed denim cutoffs by OhHelloRetro
By indie people
Photo by Joshua Deats.
Leather Crane Scarf By The Odd Portrait
old chucks. I know they are not indie but most of us probably have a pair in the closet
Styling by Ariana Deats
Ladies be like.....
over one of a kind Fashion
Take Me On Vacation Yellow Lace Overlay Beige Lined Grommet Tie Front...
Creature From The Black Lagoon Men's Shirt by BlackCoffeeAndTees
FRIDA Frida Kahlo inspired, hand painted, hand made, wedge shoe
Custom hand painted converse style shoes van Gogh starry night by MadebyLeia
Handmade Leather Wallet by
Custom made bell bottoms by BellBottomBleus
Tammy Lyn Annichiarico is the maker of these custom jeans, she views her sewing as art and it sure as hell is. We love what you are doing!!
Be Kind T shirt by RCTees
Black Kru Cargo Goa Pants Shorts by AJJAYA
The Bell Jar Leather Book Bag Sylvia Plath Book Purse by KrukruStudioBooks
Mary's art work
While I was working on growing my indie brand fashion by reaching out to blogger's, we stumbled upon this fantastic blog called Fennecfawn. Meet Mary she is pretty amazing and doing some wonderful things for conscious shopping. Here is a little background about her.
Hi Mary here, I'm a writer, blogger, entrepreneur, and communications professional; I have an omnivorous, voracious appetite to understand and make an impact in the world. Growing up around central PA, my childhood was primarily filled with video games, doodling, horseback riding, and general awkwardness that hasn't quite dissipated. I received my undergraduate degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, and my writing has been published in both local magazines and national journals, like The Burg and The Rectangle. After graduating, I co-founded a monthly curated market for handmade and vintage goods in Harrisburg, PA in hopes of empowering artisans to find a consistent audience and shoppers to buy more sustainably. Called the HBG Flea, I can happily say this business has been growing for two years now. It helped me become a truer version of myself, more confident in my decision making skills and cognisant of strains of running a business, especially when people depend on you. I've always been a creature of politics, so it was natural that I pursue a Master's Degree in Political Communication at American University. Now splitting my time between D.C. and PA, I try to stay sane with splurging on skincare, tending my plants, and doing yoga. You can follow Fennecfawn on:
I started Fennec Fawn first as an assignment in my Writing for the Web class, with the intention of researching and reviewing cruelty free luxury makeup and skincare. In many ways, the blog grew as I did. I have never been satisfied with easy answers, so I spent hours researching my small reviews, beginning to understand chemistry, the ubiquity of greenwashing, and the fashion supply chain. I then expanded the blog to include sustainable fashion and cultural essays. Through this process, I decided to drastically change my lifestyle, only buying goods that meet my ethical and sustainable criteria, from vintage mirrors to ethically made loafers, farmers markets to compost bins. I'm now able to live in a way consonant with my beliefs, and I'm not sure I could have gotten here so quickly had it not been for my blogging experiment. I admit, Fennec Fawn has a very small following; I don't have the "look" of a style blogger nor the time or resources to spend on consistent uploads or fancy (or any) equipment. That being said, the goal was never to be instagram famous or get endorsements (though that would be nice). I want to share my passion, connect with others who share my beliefs, and provide a place for smart, well researched, content for those interested in sustainability and social justice.
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