From pockets to pocketbooks, jeans to jackets, bling is still king for fall fashion.
Obsession Boutique, downstairs from The Grill, is for the fashion young and young at heart, with sequined mini skirts, bright colors and bedazzled head pieces.
The store touts tribal cardigans, Oklahoma tees, skinny jeans, and fun shoes and sweaters.
“Every two weeks, we get different Oklahoma tees,” said owner Amanda Harris. “We’ve had four different styles so far, and they sell out quick,” Harris said. “We’ll be getting in OU and OSU shirts and accessories to support the teams.”
The Oklahoma tees are $25 to $28.
“You can wear the bedazzled head pieces several different ways; they’re very nice and high-end,” Harris said.
The colors emerald and burgundy are popular this season.
“Pleather on light colors, like blush, will be very, very in,” she said.
Obsession has Naughty Monkey brand shoes, Lily and Laura bracelets and a new jeans line for curvy women and slender juniors.
“We have sequined and cotton minis you wear with leggings and big sweaters, and solid, flowing skirts that are popular with high school girls and college women,” Harris said.
Sharpe Department Store, behind the post office, features Hooey, Hurley and Aeropostale hats or camo baby clothes.
Trent Jones has been store manager for a couple of months and is already making customer-pleasing changes.
The grandson of longtime local retail sales specialist L.D. Jones said he’s expanded the medical scrub and Under Armor selections.
“All our medical scrubs are $25 or less, and we cater to the particular colors the Cherokee Nation and Tahlequah City Hospital use,” Jones said.
Skechers Go Walks are a huge seller.
“They’re very comfortable and light-weight and nurses and teachers like them because they’re on their feet all day,” he said. “We have slip-on and lace-ups and the breast cancer awareness shoe.”
Miss Me and Silver jeans with bling pockets are in stock now, along with Rock ‘n’ Roll Cowboy and Cowgirl jeans. Under Armor hoodies, zip jackets and clingy, heat-controlled long sleeve shirts can be found, as can Sanuks and Nike elite socks.
“We’re getting in sports tees for Keys, Tahlequah and Sequoyah, and Tiger moms shirts,” Jones said.
Women love the Montana West blingy pocketbooks with scripture on the fronts. Carhartts are the best workwear in jackets, pants and insulated and non-insulated overalls. Sharpe also has fire-resistant shirts and jeans, and carries colorful rain boots for girls and women, and work and western boots in several styles.
At S&V Fashions on Vinita Street and Grand View Road, new fall sweaters, jeans and accessories for working women are in stock, said owner Jana Moss.
“We have Keren Hart and Berek sweaters, cardigans, pullovers and ponchos in burgundy, black and gray,” Moss said. “There are a lot of black-and-white combinations for fall and winter.”
French Dressing jeans are in black, gray and denim colors.
“We’re getting darker denims for fall colors, and lots of tunic-style tops that are sheer and with lace and asymmetrical and high-low hems,” she said.
From pockets to pocketbooks, jeans to jackets, bling is still king for fall fashion.
Red Fern Festival offers family fun
Tahlequah’s Red Fern Festival offers attendees a stroll back in time to old-fashioned family fun.
It’s a way to show children how their great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents lived and played, and tell stories about, “the good ol’ days.” And it’s a way to enjoy what is best about life in Tahlequah, for many folks, including spending quality time as a family, enjoying sunshine, and chatting with old friends and perhaps meeting new ones.
The event, slated for the last weekend in April since 2007, has brought the best of the novel, “Where The Red Fern Grows,” by Wilson Rawls, to downtown, since the movie was filmed here.
Padilla enjoys reconnecting with childhood
As a child spending time at her grandparents’ house, with all her aunts, uncles, and cousins around her, Kerrie (Bosley) Padilla spent endless hours outside playing chase, catching fireflies, or writing and acting out plays.
In 1987, after her dad got out of the Navy, the family moved here from Georgia to be closer to that family: matriarch Dorothy Monzingo, and maternal grandparents Dorothy and Dwight Allen. Her parents, DeAnna and Steve Edwards – as well as a couple of siblings and some aunts, uncles and cousins – still live here.
Eventually, Padilla graduated from Northeastern State University, and then its College of Optometry.
Dream Theatre spotlights songwriters
Dreams can come true for local aspiring songwriters who seek to gain performance experience.
For one young musician, Thursday night was an unexpected dream of discovery, as well.
Two opportunities are available to musicians at the Dream Theatre each month, the new Songwriters’ Showcase which opened Thursday night and Premier Night for musicians who have a few songs or a set, but not a whole show.
In search of the groove that works for The Dream, Manager Larry Clark is partnering with Blake Turner, Lakes Country operation manager.
The Songwriters’ Showcase, which will continue the third Thursday of the month in conjunction with Tahlequah Main Street Association’s Third Thursday Art Walk downtown, features seasoned performers who can share some of their personal insights into the how, when and why of their songwriting experiences.
Dream, Brewdog’s to host music festivals
One sign of spring’s arrival is the scheduling of music festivals, and 10 bands will visit a Tahlequah venue May 24, the Saturday before Memorial Day.
Conference attendees get words of encouragement
Words of encouragement and door prizes were bountiful Saturday morning at the annual Zoë Institute’s Women’s Conference.
Ten women shared words of wisdom in areas from happiness to health, and 100 gifts were given out, including the grand prize of gasoline for a year.
Panelists discuss impact of Southeastern art
Until recently, most people had a certain expectation of American Indian art – and it didn’t include images familiar to people in and around Cherokee County.
“A lot of times, when people think about Native art, they immediately think of Plains art or Southwestern art,” said Roy Boney (Cherokee), Tahlequah artist and moderator of the panel discussion “Southeastern Indian Art: Building Community and Raising Awareness,” held Friday, April 11, at the NSU Symposium on the American Indian.
Boney and the other panelists are frustrated by the divide between mainstream expectations of Native American art and their need for genuine self-expression.
Dickerson believes in putting the student first
As a child growing up in Elk City, Cherokee Elementary teacher Debra Dickerson lined up the neighborhood children and animals to play school.
“I’ve been a teacher ever since I could talk. My mother always said she knew where I was because she could hear me bossing everyone,” she said.
The classroom then was a blanket tossed over limbs of her big cherry tree on Eisenhower Street. Recess was spent tree-climbing, running, riding in the bus (her red wagon) and being creative.
“Those were the days before video games and TV,” she said.
Dickerson, 2013-’14 Cherokee Elementary Teacher of the Year, believes a classroom should be a safe haven for children, because school is often the best part of their day.
Cleaning things up
Lowrey was part of the Cherokee Nation’s Career Service Center contingency of 11 volunteers. Other volunteers cleaned up trash along the roadway from the Cherokee Casino to the NSU campus.
Right to privacy leans partly on Article 9
While the other articles of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights are straightforward – at least, enough for Americans to bicker over in court – the Ninth Amendment might cause a bit of confusion.
It reads: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
There are no rights enumerated, and it might be difficult to argue one’s Ninth Amendment rights in court, though it has been done successfully.
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society and Native American Student Associationat Northeastern State University hosted a traditional stickball game as part of closing cultural activities during the 42nd annual Symposium on the American Indian Friday. Participants included, from left: Nathan Wolf, Disosdi Elk and Chris Smith.
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