Austin designer takes swim style retro
Texas-based fashion designer Priscilla Barroso, formerly of the NBC television reality show “Fashion Star” recently launched a limited-edition swimwear collection in Austin called Nine Stripes with East Austin boutique Charm School Vintage.
The idea for the collaboration between Barroso’s line Crowned Bird and Shari Gerstenberger of Charm School Vintage emerged naturally after the pair teamed up for a photo shoot. “We both cater to the fashion forward girl that turns to nostalgia to feel at home,” says Barroso, who also participated in Austin Fashion Week in May.
The 1950’s-inspired bathing suit capsule collection features three different styles that can be worn separate or together. The collection includes features such as high-waisted shorts and removable red crochet suspenders. Ladies hitting the beach this summer can also choose from two different tops — a sweetheart bra or a cropped top with a built-in bra.
The navy and white retro-inspired bathing suit with red crochet suspenders is exclusively available at Charm School Vintage until stock sells out. Price ranges from $66-88.
“It is always my intention, even with swimwear, to create versatility in styling,” Barroso says.
Visit Charm School Vintage online at charmschoolvintage.com or at 2109 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Swap used Patagonia clothes for new ones
Shoppers can now trade in their gently used Patagonia clothes for credit at the outdoor clothing and gear store Patagonia on Congress Avenue. The company expects to receive enough preowned merchandise to launch a Worn Wear used clothing section later this year. The Worn Wear used clothing program began as a successful pilot project in Portland and has expanded to Austin and several other U.S. cities.
Patagonia now accepts used fleece, shells, down and synthetic insulation, and ski and alpine pants for trade in. Items must be clean and in good condition. Credit can be redeemed for purchases online or at the store on 316 Congress Ave.
Bring back the ocean to your bathroom
Now you can take the beach with you wherever you go this summer. Lush has a new limited edition Beach Box gift set ($29.95) that has all your ocean-inspired essentials from lotions to hairsprays. It includes products like Sea Vegetable soap made from seaweed plus a sea salt crust for exfoliating. Other items in the gift box include an Ocean Salt face and body scrub as well as Seanik Solid shampoo made from Japanese nori seaweed and Irish moss seaweed.
Find Lush at 1012 W. Sixth St. or online at lushusa.com.
Take how-to classes at local store
Spend your summer learning new skills. The Bee Cave home décor store Revival has ongoing do-it-yourself workshops as part of the store’s Revival University program that teaches a wide range of home design techniques. Call 512-263-4182 to register for any of the classes.
Revival offers a Paint Basics 101 workshop, which demonstrates how to use La Craie chalk-based paint and wax. The class costs $125, and includes paint materials. Classes are offered every Saturday at 10 a.m.
DIYers also can sign up for a Glacage Embossing and Faux Finishing class that meets on Wednesdays (5-9 p.m.) and Fridays (10 a.m.-2 p.m.). Participants can bring wine to this workshop that costs $195 and includes class materials.
The store also offers a special full day Open Studio workshop that is limited to four people per class. Participants are invited to bring in a piece of furniture that needs work every second and last Sunday throughout the summer. A Revival University program artist works alongside students and the workshop includes consultations for color, application technique and wax finishing. Cost is $325 and includes all materials as well as lunch and wine.
For more information about the classes, visit revivaltx.com/#!__revival-u. Find Revival at 13308 W. Texas 71.