Style scene: Lladro porcelain artist from Spain to sculpt at Tulsa event
BY KIM BROWN World Scene Writer
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
4/17/12 at 6:42 AM
From printed pants to color blocking to neon pops - spring trends are all about walking on the wild side.
But how do you choose which trends are for you?
My philosophy has always been to take baby steps. For example, the neon thing - as much as I'd love to rush out the door sporting the brightest neon pink jeans, I'm instead opting for a favorite item I snagged from my mother's closet: a bright pink snakeskin clutch from the '80s.
Why? I'm just too practical, I suppose. Those bright jeans are so great, but I know myself. And I know I'd wear them three or four times, tops. The clutch, on the other hand, I'll cherish forever.
The point? Don't rush out to buy a trend just to be "in style." Instead, find a piece that will stay in your wardrobe no matter the season. I'll hang onto that clutch until the neon thing is back in style in another decade.
Here are some stylish events happening in Tulsa this week:
Lladro artist to visit Nielsens
A Lladro porcelain artist will make a special appearance at Nielsens Exclusive Gifts, 8138-A S. Lewis Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
José Santaeulalia of Valencia, Spain, will perform a demonstration and create a Lladro sculpture at the event. He will sculpt a piece from raw clay to create a limited-edition piece during the event, and he will sign pieces.
Lladro has a special relationship with Nielsens, dating back to 1960 when Andrea Nielsen Bartlett first saw the sculptures at the Dallas market with her mother, who founded the family-owned gifts store. Nielsens now displays about 300 Lladro pieces.
"We are thrilled to still have a great partnership and are very flattered to have a sculptor coming to Nielsens," she said.
A 10 percent donation will be made to a customer's favorite charity when making a Lladro purchase at Nielsens between now and April 20. For more about the event, call 918-298-9700.
Charity sale Saturday at Belk
Belk stores will host a nationwide charity sale from 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday at its stores. The shopping event is a fundraising tool for nonprofit organizations that sell $5 tickets to supporters, and customers can receive in-store discounts.
The first 100 customers at each store will receive a Belk gift card, ranging in value from $5 to $100, and a chance to win one of three $1,000 Belk gift cards awarded nationwide. Also, local charities and schools will be registered to win one of three $1,000 donations from Belk, nationwide.
For more about local participants, contact Belk Tulsa Hills, 7309 S. Olympia Ave, at 918-447-6823; or Belk Owasso, 9002 N. 121st East Ave., at 918-272-0062.
Artist's garments to be shown at Cloth Merchant
Tulsa artist, designer and seamstress Adrah Slear will showcase her painted fabrics, inspired by Netherlands designer Koos Van Den Akker in a runway show at The Cloth Merchant, 8210-A S. Harvard Ave., at 6 p.m. Thursday.
With help from co-designer Andrea Bakewell, Slear created eight garments from patterns designed by Van Den Akker; she also created her own designs. Known for mixing fabrics, colors and trims, Van Den Akker is known for his colorful sweaters worn by Bill Cosby on "The Cosby Show" and for his work with Vogue patterns.
For more information about the show, call The Cloth Merchant at 918-935-3434.
Brookside boutique to hold 'Rockin' open house
A new Brookside boutique, Rockin' Sooner Ranch Mercantile, is hosting an open house from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 3745 S. Peoria Ave.
Customers will receive a 10 percent discount on merchandise during the event, which will offer complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, along with entertainment by local musician Mary Cogan.
Rockin' Sooner Ranch Mercantile includes items such as home furnishings and clothing, all with "rustic elegance," according to owner Michelle Owens.
For more about the open house, call 918-619-9166.
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Nielsens Exclusive Gifts is having a Lladro event this week featuring an artist from Spain. The porcelain figures have been offered in the store since the 1960s. Courtesy