Style Scene: Tulsa Promenade lets visitors help area classrooms in need
BY JASON ASHLEY WRIGHT World Scene Writer
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
8/07/12 at 6:34 AM
Tulsa Promenade is not only providing local kids a place to find back-to-school clothes, it's also helping you assist classrooms - maybe even your child's.
The shopping center at 41st Street and Yale Avenue has partnered with DonorsChoose.org, an online nonprofit connecting donors with local public schools in need.
Local classrooms submitted specific projects they need funded. Requests include an elementary school needing 30 stability balls, a junior high classroom requesting a portable laptop computer and a high school classroom looking for pottery-making equipment. None of them has the budget to obtain these items, which teachers feel will improve the learning environment in their classrooms.
Visitors to the mall's website at tulsaworld.com/promenade can click on a link to view all the projects submitted. Then they can make donations that will help purchase the requested materials. The materials are shipped directly to the school once the project reaches its funding goal.
Currently, 10 projects on the site need funding.
For more information, call Promenade, 918-627-9282.
How to pick a book bag
Back-to-school fashion is about more than just shirts and jeans.
School accessories can reflect the individuality, personality and style of your child, said Karen Tweedie, senior vice president for art, trend and design for Kohl's department stores.
She offered some quick advice on picking out a book bag while you're back-to-school shopping:
Seasonal shades "Last season's bright colors transform into more muted shades, such as mustards, emeralds, purples and reds, accented with basic blacks and whites and shimmery metallics," Tweedie said.
"With these shades dominating runways, incorporating color is a simple and affordable way to update wardrobes for the new school year," she said.
Fashion and function Book bags define each student's personality, Tweedie said. As these bags are used daily, it's important to choose a style that is fashionable yet functional.
"The messenger and cross-body bags continue to be popular styles for students as it is a savvy way to tote books and still have hands free," she said.
Who wants a makeover?
Tulsa Promenade is participating in three national back-to-school contests - a makeover, "Mall Haul" and "Scan Jam" - and a grand-prize contest for shoppers.
Makeover: Shoppers are asked to submit pictures and tell why they need a makeover. Visitors to the site then vote on who deserves the makeover the most, with the top five vote-getters each winning a $500 mall gift card. The top vote-getter in the Tulsa area will receive a Dillard's Clinique makeover, a deluxe mani/pedi courtesy of La Fleur Day Spa, and a haircut and style from a Regis hairstylist. The local winner will also receive a $100 mall Visa gift card. This contest runs until Aug. 31.
Mall Haul: Shoppers can show off their hauls, or purchases, at Promenade in a short video. The mall will approve the videos for submission, with approved ones moving to the voting phase of a nationwide contest. The most votes win a $1,000 mall gift card, and the top local vote-getter will receive a $100 gift card. This contest also runs through Aug. 31.
Scan Jam: This QR code contest, which runs Aug. 15-31, asks Promenade visitors to use their smartphones to scan QR codes placed on signage in the mall in order to register for a national daily drawing for a $15 or $25 mall gift card, with 10 national winners each day. The three shoppers with the most scans nationwide will each win a $500 mall gift card.
Grand prize: A shopper who plays all three contests will have a chance to win a $2,000 mall shopping spree.
For more, including contest rules, visit tulsaworld.com/promenade
Bits 'n' pieces
Utopia, 4817 S. Peoria Ave., will host "Two Shows in One" this week. First, Gina Pannorfi's hand-dyed silk and felted wool scarves and wraps will be available for purchase now through Thursday, as well as Aug. 14-16. Also now through Thursday, the boutique will show the Planet fall collection. For more information, call 918-712-7355.
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Original Print Headline: Think back-to-school with style
Mudd Canvas Messenger Bag ($55) Courtesy